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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Improving Your Humble Abode This Summer

Summer’s well into swing, but you’re still adjusting to the sudden season change. Winter clothes are hastily being thrown back into the wardrobe and you’re frantically searching for those lovely shorts you were wearing last year. Of course, there’s much more to think about over summer than simply what you’re going to wear; you need to think about your house too. Okay, you might be out on day trips with the family or jetting off on holidays during most of the season, but you’ll still come back to your home now and then. You want it to look good for… [Read More]

12 Months Of Gardening

There’s no doubt that gardening is a never-ending task. There will always be another harvest to collect, another weed determined to flourish, another pile of leaves to be swept away. Keeping on top of all the different tasks that come with maintaining a garden can be a difficult proposition, especially when you’re trying to live your life and have other hobbies at the same time. Staying on track is one of the most important ways of ensuring your garden is always exactly as you need it to be. If you want to try a more organised method of maintenance, then… [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]

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]