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]

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.

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]

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]

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]

Finally Getting Your House’s Exterior To Mirror Its Interior

Whether you’re an avid gardener or not, an overgrown and neglected exterior is a sorry sight. It can ruin the overall appearance of your home even if you’ve spent endless hours working and reworking the interior design of your property to look sleek, clean, and modern. The outside of your home has a huge effect on the inside of your home. The front of your property, in particular, is the first thing your or guests see, and it’s so important that a warm and refreshing sight greets the eye. Here are tips to help you finally get your house’s exterior… [Read More]