Feeling Ambitious? Here Are Some Home Renovation Ideas 

Do you have some free time on your hands this summer? Would you like to make some improvements to your home? Then you’ve landed on the right article today. I’m going to make some DIY suggestions in this post that could give you some inspiration. If you have a toolbox and some basic equipment, you could save a fortune. That is because most tradespeople charge a lot of money for their services these days. So, you should think about using your free time to manage the task yourself. There are lots of videos on YouTube that show you how to… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature Week 113 

This week our Brilliant Dad feature is Rich who blogs at Daddy And The Poo Monster. He is new to the game of parenting (and he says what a remarkable game it is!). He is a new dad to a cracking baby boy of 7 months. His blog includes an honest account of how he is finding parenting whilst working full time and trying desperately to maintain his sanity. He is loving being a parent and is so proud of his wife and The Poo Monster. He is currently functioning at about 30% due to severe sleep deprivation. This has made teaching… [Read More]

I’m No Longer A Blog Conference Virgin 

Last weekend I went to my first ever blogging conference. As I have written in a previous post I was very nervous and excited at the same time. This is my reflection on the blogging conference and I’ll share with you what I learnt about blogging. First up though I wanted to tell you what I found more interesting and that’s what I learnt about myself. I always thought I knew myself quite well. How wrong can you be when you are taking yourself out of your comfort zone. So the blogging conference I decided to attend for my first one was… [Read More]

My Sunday Photo 

  My Sunday photo is a just a building in Manchester a museum to be precise. This might not mean a lot to anybody other than me.  Today is a very special day, I am at my very first blogging conference, BlogOn MSI. I was very nervous arriving, but I went to the launch party last night and met some awesome people. Bloggers that I have admired from afar for a long time Laura @fivelittledoves one of my absolute favourite Bloggers. Tim @thatchamdad who is somebody, I have always read, and try to use as a benchmark for my own… [Read More]

Our Children Joining Clubs And Doing Activities 

When I was growing up there was little or no children’s clubs or activities. The most you could wish for was joining your local football team, or maybe cubs before moving on to scouts. It was just the way of the world I didn’t grow up in world where kids joined clubs. Thankfully that has all changed. Nowadays there are clubs and activities in abundance for all our children and it has to be a good thing. There is no doubt about that. I feel that the reason for this is that our children are all very different, and with the… [Read More]

Four House Renovations You Should Consider If You’ve Got Kids

Let’s face it, having kids changes pretty much everything about your life – you can’t go off on weekend breaks on a whim, your wardrobe becomes a whole lot more relaxed and casual and devoid of high heels, and your house becomes full of brightly coloured plastic instead of the chic chrome and black look that you’d always envisaged. If you think your home needs some changes to fit in with your new child friendly life, here are a few tips that might make it an easier place to live in… A New Kitchen. Image source For many families, the… [Read More]

Stepping Out From Behind My Blog 

So in a few days time I will be attending my first ever blogging conference,. For many this may not seem like a big deal. For me it’s huge and the reason why is simple. I have never been a particularly confident person which in a large part is due to my childhood. If you get told you are useless enough times, well the truth of the matter is you start to believe it. Basically you stop trying for fear of being told again you are no good. Of course at some point once you grow up and become an… [Read More]

My Blog : Some Days I Feel like I’ve Created A Monster

I know. I guess you might think it’s a strange thing to say, but there is no doubt my blog can feel like a monster coming over the hill and searching me out to devour and spit out the remains of a stressed out husband, father, blogger and oh yes, a painter and decorater which is the actual job I do to afford my lifestyle. Now I will explain how blogging has changed my life, and occasionally my character and personality and it’s not always for the better. When I started blogging it was a HOBBY! For gods sake, but… [Read More]

Fitting a Large Family Into a Small Home

It’s fairly common for people to feel like their home restricts them. Perhaps you simply don’t have enough bedrooms and, as a result, you have to cram your kids into a small bedroom with a bunk bed. Maybe you don’t enjoy the idea of your large family waiting for their turn to use the bathroom in the morning, and perhaps the garden just isn’t big enough for your kids to play in.We all get that feeling at some point in life, but moving home is an expensive way to get a larger house. Renovations can be expensive, and you might… [Read More]

Has My Childhood Impacted My Adult Decisions?

I have often wondered how my own very dysfunctional childhood shaped my own adult behaviour, and how would I end up dealing with my own children when I became parent? Growing up, as I have written on a number of occasions before, was tough to say the least. There was certainly no 2.4 family in my house. Not that there is anything wrong with that, because truth be known I would have killed for that as a child. Well not literally killed, but I’m sure you know what I mean! My father was absent from a very early age and… [Read More]