Saturday, 23 July 2016

I kissed all my children on the lips. Shocking!

This is a first for me. Writing about something that is topical in the news. First of all how absolutely crazy that Victoria Beckham has been criticised for kissing her five year old daughter on the lips.

It's disgusting and just so wrong  that people think what she did was wrong. It is narrow minded emotionally challenged people with an absurd sense of what's right or wrong questioning people showing their love by kissing their children.

These people have obviously never loved or been loved. One of the most expressive forms of love towards your children is a kiss or a cuddle and god forbid a kiss on the lips!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Nursery is over Lets have another Baby!

R and M finished nursery in the last few days. The year has really gone quickly and it's now time to enjoy summer and prepare them for their first year of full time school.

Now that the twins are soon going to be going to school full-time I think it's time we had another baby! 

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Brilliant dad feature week 71

This week our brilliant feature is Matthew who, as he says lives 'up north' in England with Jo and his daughter Effy. 

He turned 30 last year and started his blog Dad Up North  shortly after Effy was born. His daughter is now eight months old and is contributing to his ever increasing grey hair. Matthew says becoming a dad for the first time has been an amazing experience. His blog isn't a place to get expert parent advice, the truth is, he has acquired most of his knowledge and skills from google, his mam and Family Guy.

Thank you to Matthew for taking part. 

1. Have you always wanted to be a dad?

Yes absolutely, I have always said I wanted children before I turned 30, left it late, but Effy was born 3 months before my 30th birthday. 

2. How did you feel when your children were born?

Exhausted, its was a pretty horrendous 27 hour labour. It wasn't until I went home afterwards before heading back to the hospital that reality hit home. Everything was so frantic that I needed some calm to actually process what had just happened. Oddly it was when I was in the shower, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride and joy. 

3. What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a Dad?

Might sound odd, but I really love just watching her. She's only 8 months, but its crazy how quickly she has grown and developed. She seems to learn a new skill, noise or movement every day. It's absolutely fascinating to watch. 

4. What are some of funniest moments to have happened to you as a dad?

We've had some pretty horrific poo incidents, which in hindsight are actually funny. I wrote after the first few months that a "poo in the bath is a harrowing experience" and at the time it truly is, but we laugh about it now. It will most definitely be a story which is recited on her 18th birthday. 

5. Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?

The lack of sleep is an absolute killer. I wrote in my very first blog post that: "Lack of sleep doesn’t kill you, but it certainly turns me into a t**t." This is still true, I've never been a morning person and I'll be honest, I've always been quite lazy. So surviving on lack of and broken sleep, has been a real challenge. She is sleeping better now so its getting easier, but be prepared people......its tough. 

6. What are your dreams and hopes for your children?

I want a lot of things for Effy but above the standard; healthy and happy. I want her to be confident, in both herself and her ability to make the right choices. I think young girls have it really tough these days. Social media is an amazing tool, but it also puts a lot of pressure of young people, to act, look and be, a certain type of person. I want Effy to make choices based on what she's comfortable with and not on external influences.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Talking periods, sex and pregnancy with my daughters

I'm a father of four daughters so the subject of periods and pregnancy was always going to come up and amazingly I thought it would embarrass me, but in truth it never did.

Of course I could have given them the sugar coated version of periods and by that I mean those incredible adverts on television that of course nothing should stop you going para-gliding, rock climbing or tomb-stoning, not even a period! We have all seen those adverts that women just carry on with their extreme sports whilst having a period, ignoring the fact that women, not all I admit, get headaches, stomach pains and other symptoms. 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Selective hearing and children

I have come to the conclusion that children have an amazing ability for selective hearing. After having five children I have found that those moments of selective hearing usually relate to whats in it for them or is it something nice.

1. I would ask my children if they'd like a banana, pear or some fruit and get no response. Then I would ask them if they'd like a Cadburys Twirl and all of sudden their ears open up and you get an instant yes please! 

2. We are going to be late for nursery! Get your rucksacks! Not a moment of deviation from watching CBeebies. Ok girls we can call at the shop and get a magazine?! Then they move into fast forward and are ready in seconds! 

3. When talking to my older children I constantly am trying to remind them how important it is to manage their money properly so they get as much use out of it as possible. The response is normally yeh, yeh! I just know they haven't heard and what happens? I get a phone call asking if I can lend them some money Dad I'm broke! 

Monday, 18 July 2016

5 Tips for Choosing Exterior Colours for Your Property

Contrary to interior paint colours, exterior paint colours can affect your entire street. That puts a great deal of pressure on homeowners when they need to choose a colour palette. There are also several factors that come into play when painting the outside of your home, including roofing, landscaping and hardscaping. The following tips will help you choose a colour scheme that works both for your home’s surroundings and your personal style.

1. Plan Around the Elements That Are Hard to Change

Unless you’re planning a complete renovation, surfaces like stonework, roof shingles and tiles, driveways and pathways are going to stay where they are. Take them into consideration when choosing your paint colours for your home’s exterior. Look for undertones between them – are they cool colours (black, blue and grey) or warm colours (rust, brown or beige)? Consider colours that will be able to tie the fixed elements together harmoniously.

2. The House’s Era and Architectural Style

The paint you choose for your exterior should be appropriate for the style of the house. Many paint manufacturers will offer collections of historically accurate shades which are a great springboard for your colour palette. While you don’t need to strictly adhere to historical guidelines, they will likely offer the most pleasing effect.

3. Consider the Visual Effect You Want to Achieve

Professional painters on the Gold Coast your house’s relationship to the landscape and street. Does your house sit back from the road or does it lie amid a cluster or towering trees? If the latter is the case, you may want to consider a brighter or lighter colour to help your home stand out. A darker shade will make it look as though it is receding.

4. Choose Three or More Different Shades of Paint

An exterior colour scheme is typically comprised of three major parts: the accent colour that brings shutters, doors and other small areas to life; the field colour that dominates the colour scheme and trim colour that is used for roof edging, door casings, railings and windows.

It’s a good idea to ensure the trim shade contrasts strongly with the field colour. If your main shade is fairly dark, go for a classic white trim or other pale shade such as eggshell or cream. A lighter field colour will look incredible with a darker trim, sort of like eyeliner for the house that produces a dramatic effect. Accent colours can be bold, just be careful not to go overboard. A door painted lemon yellow or fire engine red offers just the right punch of colour. It just doesn’t work when extended to the gables and shutters.

If you are stuck for inspiration, most of the major paint brands offer preselected palettes so you don’t need to do any guesswork.

5. Don’t Rely Only on Paint Chips

Just as with interior colours, exterior hues can vary greatly from the way they appear on the chip. Since painting the exterior of your property is a much bigger undertaking than merely painting a room, you need to get it right from the start. 


Your best bet is to buy a small sample of paint and test it on an inconspicuous area of the house. Study it at different times of the day and in different weather conditions before making your mind up.