Brilliant dad feature week 80 


This week our brilliant dad feature is James. He is from Reading in the UK. He’s married to Sarah and they have an awesome 2 year old son called Joshua. His blog is just somewhere that he can write about things that inspire him and that will hopefully give people a bit of a laugh when they read it! It recounts his pretty ordinary life that has been turned on its head since the arrival of their little one, when he suddenly became Joshua’s Dad! His blog is at A life just ordinary and he is  on Twitter as JoshuasDadJames. Thank you very… [Read More]

The Value of Garden Maintenance and Looking After your Trees 


In order to get the most out of your garden, you need to ensure that it is well maintained. When it is a bright, pristine and attractive space, it can be a fantastic area to spend time during the warmer months of the year. Whether you are entertaining guests, playing with the kids of simply relaxing with a good book; your backyard should be an area where you can completely unwind and enjoy your natural surroundings. Garden Maintenance Unfortunately, many homeowners do not put enough thought or care into maintaining their garden. Not only can this make it not as… [Read More]

Top Tips for Preparing your Kids for University

Father and daughter

My daughter, E, is entering her second year of university. The first year has gone by in a blur, but I must admit I’ve learnt over the past year. Having a child in university is both exciting and nerve wracking! I live in Cardiff, yet my daughter is in Southampton as that’s the university of her choice. It’s strange being this far away from her, yet I know that this is a new exciting chapter of her life and I’m both pleased for her and also very proud of her. So, if you have a child who is thinking of… [Read More]

Domestic Safety Alarms: Protect your Home and Family 

Fire Alarm

Making your home safe and sound for the ones you love and for yourself is a must. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is by installing fire safety alarms, they are inexpensive, easy to fit and a tried and tested life saver. Information taken from the Label Bar website shows that “Last year (2014/15) 80% of all fire-related fatalities occurred in the home.” The article goes on to explain that 41% of the fatalities occurred due to gas, smoke or fumes – the tragic thing is that many of these fatalities could have easily been prevented by a… [Read More]

The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home Book Review 

Intergalactic Book

I was recently sent a perfect Christmas gift for my four year old twin girls. A stunningly, beautifully illustrated book called, ‘The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home’. My twin girls love reading and it’s one of our bedtime rituals. This book is perfect for bedtime reading and I love that it’s personalised with our girls names. With these books they can start their fabulous journey through space! Along the way on their journey home they get to meet a variety of characters including gwolls, flares and zingos to name a few. They also get to fly in the spaceship and see… [Read More]

My Ultimate Five Person Football Dream Team!


It’s no secret that I love football. When I came across this video which was created by Audi I thought it was pretty cool! It’s such a fun idea that’s left me wondering who I’d pick to be in my ultimate five person team! First up would be David Beckham. He’s probably the finest passer of the ball ever. He’s definitely the greatest free kick taker there’s ever been and he’s performed at the highest levels. He also seems like a really nice bloke! Secondly I’d choose Zinedine Zidane. He had it all! He could head the ball and take… [Read More]

Dating after divorce

online dating

After my divorce a good few years ago, I was left wondering what I was going to do with myself. I didn’t know if I wanted to be in a relationship or if I ever wanted to get married again. I’d been out of the dating game for quite a while and wasn’t feeling all that confident. I’d thought about online dating, but I was often put off by the youthful profile pictures. It seems more and more teenagers nowadays are taking to the internet in a bid to find love. For those who are a bit older, the internet… [Read More]

Why I hate Mondays!

Marmite Mondays

Ugh. It’s Monday. Again. It feels like only yesterday that it was Monday, and now it’s Monday again. How did that happen? I hate Mondays! It means a full week of work. 45 hours spread out over just five days. The weekend seems very far away and all I want to do is lie in bed, hide under my duvet and go back to sleep. People of the UK! It’s time to take action! The threat is very real, but the UK isn’t aware of just how badly the country is set to suffer from ‘The Mondays’ should we not… [Read More]

Making sure my daughter has some home comforts at university 


My 19 year old daughter has just started her second year at university and the time has come to move out of her university halls into a shared accommodation house in student land. When she was in the halls of residence I took comfort in the fact that she was safe and living in a clean environment, but of course that needs to change. She no longer has any university staff to fall back on for support and I guess this is the time to mature and take full responsibility for oneself. Of course I’m sure she’ll take all of… [Read More]