That’s It: My Five Year Old Twins 1st Year Of School Is Finished 

A school year goes by very quickly, and the changes in my five year old twin girls has been incredible. Sadly they have grown up so much. Of course nobody can stop time. It flows by in a constant way. Just as they are getting older of course I am as well. The year started out with an element of tears and plenty of, “I don’t want to go school” comments on an almost daily basis. The reality had hit home that they have to stay there all day very quickly. The girls settled very quickly for all of that… [Read More]

You Vs. Mother Nature: Outdoor Fun Indoors

WolfBlur There’s no doubt that the summer is a wonderful time. The kids are off school so you have more time to bond with them and it feels like the days are open with endless possibilities. Well, right up to the point the unforgiving British weather decides to wade in on the argument and make life difficult. We’ve all gone through the disappointment of planning an exciting summer jaunt then waking up on the day of the trip to dark skies and what feels like torrential rain. It’s one of the bitterest letdowns most of us have to deal with, especially… [Read More]

What if you can’t get IVF with donor eggs on the NHS

IVF with donor eggs via the NHS is available only when certain criteria are met. For instance, if your wife or female partner is over 43, she is no longer eligible for free treatment. Moreover, the waiting lines are often long as the number of infertile couples in the UK is growing rapidly every year. If you already fall outside the NHS criteria, you may need to find a private fertility clinic and pay for your own IVF treatment. If you have already unsuccessfully undergone IVF with own eggs, it may be that IVF with donor eggs is now the… [Read More]

My Sunday Photo (Aladdin)

Yesterday we went on our annual visit to the open air Everyman theatre in Cardiff. This was our third year in a row. This year it was Aladdin and the standard as previous years was top class. The girls sat and applauded all the way though and loved every minute. In fact my wife and myself loved it too! When we were leaving I couldn't resist a photo with the cast to have a nice memento from this years show. I'm really looking forward to going back next year.

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]

Your Most Hated DIY Problems Solved

On this blog, we love DIY. But there are some jobs that just suck. No matter how well you prepare, it always seems as if something goes wrong and ruins your plans. Here are some of the commonest DIY problems out there and what you can do to make your life a bit easier.Sealing Around The Bath Sealing around the bath is important for many reasons. It stops mold from growing in places where you can’t see it, and it prevents water from dripping down the side of the bath into the room below. In other words, it’s essential. However,… [Read More]

I Was Once Part Of A Happy Family Of Five 

In the near future I will be doing a blog post about a company that basically revitalises all your old black & white photos. So at this point I decided to raid my mum’s house for as many old black and white photos that I could find,  and wow! What a shock I was in for. Regular readers of my blog will on occasion come across posts that are about how dysfunctional and messed up my childhood was. So it came as a huge surprise when I came across about six or seven photos showing when I was part of… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature Week 119 

This week our brilliant dad feature is Alan. He is co-owner of a sign making business in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is married to his wife Catherine and they have been married for 12 years now. They have added two beautiful girls to their family, Imogen and Abigail. They are 9 and 6 years old and and Alan says they’re full of too much energy. They began blogging on their family blog – Here Come The Hoopers in January 2016. It followed on from a realisation of a sudden ending. Alan’s father died of a heart attack in the September… [Read More]

Tech Gadgets The Whole Family Will Love

As your kids get older, they become a little more demanding in terms of technology. They are part of a generation that was brought up on tech and it is usual for parents to turn to teen kids to help them work out how to use a new gadget. The plus side is that they can start to help around the house and some tech gadgets can encourage them to do so!If you can find tech devices that the whole family can enjoy then you are on to a winner! However, it is also true that being a parent costs… [Read More]

The 3 Factors Of A Successful DIY Project 

There are all sorts of developments which you might want to carry out in your home. No matter what it is that you are going for, however, it is likely that you are keen to make sure it is as quick and painless as possible. But achieving that can be surprisingly hard, especially in the current climate. If you are about to embark on such a project, you will want to ensure that you have the right focus. It takes a certain congruence of factors to ensure that it all goes off without a problem. Let’s take a look at… [Read More]