Merry Christmas & Happy New Year From DIY Daddy

I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to anybody that has read my blog posts this year. I always feel honoured and humbled that you find the time to read my ramblings. I truly appreciate you taking the time. I would also like to thank the many friends that I have in the blogging world for their support through what has been a difficult year for me. In particular I would like to thank Tom who blogs at Diary of the dad, John who blogs at at Dad Blog UK, and David who blogs at David and… [Read More]

Christmas I’m So Lucky But Not Everybody Is

I’m so lucky that over the Christmas period I will be surrounded by love and warmth from my family that you simply can’t put a price on. There is really nothing unusual about this because for many millions of families it will be the same scene in homes all over the world. However, for many they won’t be surrounded by a loving family. There will be many lonely people this Christmas Day and it will feel just like another day. Loneliness on Christmas Day is something which I’m no stranger to. I have spent Christmas day alone on a couple… [Read More]

5 Things That Make Christmas Special For Me

I have said this recently, actually more than once, yes, I love Christmas! It really is my favourite time of the year! The excitement and build-up to Christmas day, there really is nothing like it! It’s the little things like when my six year old twin girls wake up in the morning and ask which number on the advent calendar to open, and then excitedly realise it’s one less day to Christmas. There are many things that make Christmas special for me, but I thought I would list my absolutely top five special things about Christmas, so here we go!… [Read More]

Keeping The Magic Of Christmas Alive With Thorntons Cheeky Elf #AD

Christmas is such a special time of the year for lots of reasons. Families get together and if like me, you have small children, keeping the magic of Christmas alive is a must! Our children are growing up so quickly nowadays. That’s why it’s so important to me that we keep Christmas as magical as possible for as long as possible. This year I have been lucky enough to have been invited by Thorntons to become part of the Thorntons Cheeky Elf Academy Campaign. The Thorntons Cheeky Elf Academy have created their Top 10 Cheeky Tricks which will help parents… [Read More]

Christmas Past Christmas Now!

I love Christmas. It’s easily my favourite time of the year by a long way, but I love the Christmas of today and that is something that has happened from the experiences of my own childhood when Christmas was not such a happy time. Growing up, as I have written about on occasion before, was at times incredibly difficult. My family when growing up has to be up with the best of them as super dysfunctional. It was like walking into a war zone every time I entered my house. I say house because it was so far removed from… [Read More]

Santa Safari At West Midlands Safari Park Our Trip #AD

There is no doubt in our home that Christmas is easily our favourite part of the year. When you have six year old twin girls that still fiercely believe in Father Christmas it gives the festive season that magical feel that only children can create. They believe, and that’s quite simply the magic of Christmas for my wife and I. So when I was invited to have the experience of a Santa Safari at West Midland Safari Park, we as a family took absolutely no convincing! West Midland Safari Park has without question become our favourite place to visit on… [Read More]

Christmas Gift Guide 2018 #AD

I cannot believe that Christmas is here again. The last year seems to have flown by. For me the most exciting time of the year will always be Christmas. It’s especially exciting to all gather together as a family and celebrate. Every year I have done a Christmas gift guide and this year is no different. Well maybe a little bit different because I have gone for a complete mix bag of presents that you can get for family or friends. So if you are looking for inspiration take a read to see what I have selected for my Christmas… [Read More]

Do Our Children See Christmas As Just A Big Bag Of Presents

Christmas is nearly upon us once again and it has got me thinking about how my six year old twins see Christmas. Is it just a big bag of presents? Of course with them only be six years old they still believe in the whole nine yards of Father Christmas delivering presents on Christmas Eve, but if I’m honest this will most likely be the last year that happens. They will be in junior school by Christmas 2019 and the truth will most likely come out from older children. I’m not actually bothered about that it to be honest. It… [Read More]