Summer Fun in the Garden

School summer holidays are fast approaching and suddenly the prospect of keeping the kids entertained, without spending a fortune or getting stressed out planning new activities every day, can be a bit overwhelming. If you are lucky enough to have a bit of outdoor space where your kids can run around, get fresh air and require very little parental supervision- here are some tips on making the most of your garden this summer! (Not only for the children, but parents too!) 1. Family barbecue Nothing says summer like the smell of a barbecue and a cool glass of lemonade (or… [Read More]

Am I Grumpy? Disneyland Paris

In couple of weeks time as I have already written in a previous post called Family Holidays this Summer, I made no secret of the fact that Disneyland is not my ideal holiday, but hey ho I have a problem. My wife and our five year old twin girls are mega excited and I am doing my best to get into the spirit of Disney. I am not a Disney type of  person. You know kind, smiley, wholesome, and yes there is no bad in the world when Disney is in your life. Of course the reality is there are… [Read More]

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]

The 3 Awkward Conversations You Must Have With Your Kids

Image source Blushing, cringing, palm sweating conversations are usually avoided within families. They are the sort of conversations that purposefully get pushed down to the bottom of the list of priorities. So we are here to help you sift through the ones that you can leave there, at the bottom of that list, and the ones that unfortunately you are going to have to sweat and squirm through. These are our list of top 3 conversations you absolutely have to have. Puberty If you have kids that are heading into adolescence the conversation about puberty is certainly a pressing one…. [Read More]

Preparing Your Kids for a Greener Future

Of all the challenges we parents encounter when raising our children, nothing is more difficult than coping with changes that we ourselves find difficult to grasp. For instance, our children are going to grow up with technology in their hands that far exceeds those bulky computers of old that we used to use at work. Computers used to be the size of entire wardrobes, but that technology has been condensed into tiny smartphones that are a thousand times more powerful. Photo Source But now that us parents have had time to catch up with the latest modern trends and social… [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]

How to have a Successful (big) Family Holiday

I’ve just booked a last minute long weekend in Prague’ a single friend of mine recently told me. ‘Lucky you’ was my response, and I meant it! Last minute getaways are a thing of the past when you have a handful of kids to look after, a pet who needs to be cared for and not to mention the work schedules of you and your partner and the school timetable to contend with! Maybe quick breaks away are more or less a thing of the past for me but a family holiday can be such a fantastic experience (whatever the… [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]