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]

Running Your Own Business Advantages/Disadvantages 

I have been running my own painting and decorating business for about 20 years now. I have never regretted starting out on my own, but that is not to say that it's been plain sailing all the way. Image source It was very tough in the beginning and of course the internet was not what it is today with the resources that are instantly available today at the click of a button. I would have been so happy in those early days if I could have found some free guidance on being your own boss that can be found online at Trevor… [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]

Fathers/Mothers: Who bonds Easiest With New Baby? 

I have often wondered if mothers have a huge advantage when it comes to bonding with a new baby. In my own experience I believe they have a massive advantage because a mothers bonding with a baby starts when they see that positive pregnancy test. Whereas for a dad, yes, I was excited at seeing the positive pregnancy and thinking, ‘wow, I’m going to be a dad’, but in my case the excitement was very shortlived, because obviously I’m not pregnant, my body is not changing and that’s where mothers have that advantage. They know that a small little person… [Read More]

Letting Out Your Home: Know Your Responsibilities

Image by Pixabay For a variety of reasons, homeowners often find themselves having to let out their property to a private tenant. Maybe you’re relocating for a while due to a work commitment, or perhaps your home has been on the market for some time and it doesn’t appear to be shifting despite the fact that you and your family have outgrown your home and need to upsize. Whatever your reasons, you need to be aware of your commitments and responsibilities. While seasoned property investors tend to be savvy to this, many homeowners simply aren’t aware of the myriad concerns… [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]

My Daughter E Is Going To Uganda As Part Of Her University Course 

My nearly 20 year old daughter is coming to the end of her second year in university of a three year course in child nursing, and she is doing incredibly well even if I say so myself. Her grades have gone up significantly since the end of her first year which makes me very proud of her. My daughter is apparently in a very enviable position according to a ITV news report I saw the other night on tv. Most hospital trusts throughout the UK have massive vacancies for nurses, so there should be no problem getting a job. Of… [Read More]

Keeping Your Kids Healthy During The Holidays

The summer holidays are looming, and every parent wants to make sure that the holidays are packed with fun, rather than worrying about illnesses or emergencies. Of course, it’s not always possible to avoid accidents, and you never know when illness will strike, but there are some steps you can take to try and keep your kids as healthy as possible while school’s out.Book a trip to the dentist If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-9 months, the holidays are a great time to book a trip to the dental clinic. Routine checks only take a… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature Week 118 

This week our brilliant dad feature is Michael who blogs at This real life Dad. He is Dad to two children, a girl and a boy, Alba, who is two years old and Arran who is nearly six months. He is a husband to his beautiful wife, Ruth. He has only just started blogging recently as he has been in and out of hospital and needed something to do to pass the time. His posts will mainly highlight his life as a dad, husband and most likely a few about his illness too. Michael is an awesome new dad blogger… [Read More]

Our Day Trip To The Seaside

So far this summer the weather has been very good in comparison to our usual British summer. We normally have two weeks of sun, then it rains for two months solid. Haha! But hey, that’s the UK! Last Saturday we decided to go to a local beach about a 20 minute drive away from home. The main reason being was that the girls had been on a school trip there on the Thursday and wanted to go back. It’s quite a strange feeling as I had not been to this particular beach for many years. In fact since I was… [Read More]