Garden Party Barbecue with Iceland: Video Special #Ad

Summer has arrived and for us that means it’s time to get the barbecue out, gather round family and friends and let the good times roll! I think there’s no better way to bring the whole family together than a good, traditional barbecue. Did you know that the UK is Europe’s leading BBQ nation, hosting over 130 million BBQ’s in 2016? Over the past couple of weeks we’ve already had two barbecues, so this will be our third this year and I’m sure we’ll have many more to come! Thankfully, Iceland are close by to give us a helping hand… [Read More]

My Five Year Old Twins And Their Desire To Learn

My five year old twin girls have just finished their first year of school, and I have been amazed at how much they have developed and how inquisitive their minds have become. Their curiosity on how things work keeps me on my toes with a constant stream of questions. Their minds are being stimulated everyday that they attend school. This means of course that whatever they learn one day, is reinforced the following day by their teachers. However with the six weeks holiday now fully in force, the biggest danger is that they forget what they’ve learnt in the last… [Read More]

Can You Inherit Depression, Alcoholism? 

When I was a teenager from about the age of 15 most likely into my late twenties I was angry. I didn’t like my life. I didn’t like the cards that life had dealt me. I had the biggest chip you could imagine on not one shoulder, but both of them. Looking back, it’s rather sad that I wasted all that energy being upset with everything and everybody in my life. It would be a normal occurrence for me to be in another fight or altercation. Looking back it was madness. I wouldn’t even contemplate such actions today. Does that… [Read More]

Scooting: If You Can’t Beat Them Join them 

When I was younger I loved to skateboard. I used to think I was the next Tony Hawk. Sadly that was very misguided, but then I became a father and a lot of those things you do in your youth get put away for another day. I’m a father of five children as regular readers of my blog will know, and I have five year old twin girls and my twins love to go to their local park, which is about a ten minute walk. Walking, well that’s not much fun! My twins love to scoot there and I always… [Read More]

Win Two Tickets to the 2017 Royal London Cricket One-Day Cup Final at Lord’s

The Royal London One-Day Cup Final is the pinnacle of the one-day domestic cricket calendar and we’ve teamed up with the ECB to offer you the chance to win two tickets to attend at Lord’s Cricket Ground to watch Nottinghamshire take on Surrey on Saturday 1st July 2017. As well as taking in a match at the iconic sports venue, known as the Home of Cricket, the winner will be able to take part in a range of activities based on the theme of a quintessential British summer’s day, including picnicking by the pavilion, cricket croquet and giant jenga. Whether you… [Read More]

Easter Break: Summer Is Nearly Here! YAY! 

I love summertime because my job as a painter and decorator is made much easier with lovely sunny weather in planning my work and it hopefully works out on the dates I plan. Firstly though with Easter just behind us, this always makes me feel that much closer to summer and seeing the back of winter and it’s terrible weather so I thought I would give a quick update of my Easter break. The twins were definitely ready for a break from school. They had only had one week off since Christmas and it’s so easy to forget that this… [Read More]

My Five Year Old Twin Has Developed Empathy 

The other day I wrote how hard it is watching my mum getting old. Her mobility is probably now at its worst. It’s not a common occurrence, but one of the most unfortunate things of getting old is for no real reason old people tend to fall over and my mother is no different. What came as a revelation was my five year old twin daughter showing empathy. I was in for a shock about how one of my five year old twin girls would react to the news that her Nanna had fallen and may have to go to… [Read More]

Chatting To My Five Year Old Twins About Family 

For half of the school week I drop off and pick up my five year old twin girls from school. When I pick them up I always ask the same question. What did you do in school today? 99 times out of 100 I get the same reply which is a wall of silence or nothing or I can’t remember. The other day came as a huge surprise to me. I’m not sure if they were learning about family in school, but R announced to me whilst sitting in the back of the car. “Dad?”, yes R I said. She… [Read More]

Who Are The Losers in Divorce 

Divorce is a very unpleasant thing to happen to anyone in life but nowadays it is happening more and more. When I was a child my parents seperated and divorced and I was far from the norm in fact I was very unusual thinking back Me and one other child came from a divorced family. When I got divorced from my first wife my children were seven,five and three years of age  the two oldest ones were in school and they were far from unusual but most likely not the norm. Fast forward to today and my four year old… [Read More]

Designing A Family Friendly Garden 

Image source  There are few things quite as enjoyable as spending a sunny day in the garden with your family around you as you soak up the sun, cook steaks on the barbecue and indulge in together time. Of course, that is only possible if you have a nice family garden in which to hang out. The good news is that creating a family-friendly garden is easy as can be if you put just a little thought into the needs of each family member. Relaxation and Entertainment Adults will primarily want a place in the garden where they can relax… [Read More]