Capturing Those Magical Images When Your Baby Has Arrived

After nine months of pregnancy and waiting for your baby to be born, once your new baby has entered the world, life is turned on its head and time becomes a premium because you simply don’t have enough time to do anything. It’s all about the baby and let’s be fair they are incredibly time consuming. With all the feeding, changing nappies etc, it’s full on, and of course if it’s your first baby it can be very overwhelming. Lots of things that you had time to do like long leisurely lie-ins on a Sunday morning or a shower that… [Read More]

Just When I Thought Family Couldn’t Hurt Me Anymore This Happens!

Well here is a story which would be difficult to make up. Just when I thought my original family couldn’t leave me bruised and hurt anymore than they already have, they just have again, and it’s left me thinking that you can’t pick your family, but you sure as hell can pick your friends. I have a biological brother that went to the other side of the world well over 40 years ago and it’s about 30 years or more since we have seen each other. We have had very sporadic contact over the years, and the last time any… [Read More]

8 Family Cost-Cutting Techniques to Try Today

Cutting costs and looking after your family at the same time can be tough. Not only do you have to deal with the regular monthly expenses like food, gas, electricity, and the mortgage, but it also feels as though we’re plagued with countless unexpected costs too. Everything from a kid needing a new pair of shoes, to a suddenly expensive dental treatment can leave your budget in the gutter. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to start living a more frugal lifestyle as a family. With a handful of the following tips, you could find that… [Read More]

Physical Violence in Relationships 

I recently read a post by Alan at Omg it’s a girl about domestic violence, and that in Ireland there is a campaign underway. The statistics of domestic violence that Alan quoted were massive, but it didn’t surprise me one bit, especially the figures of domestic violence against men by their partners, wive’s or girlfriends. The post brought back some personal unhappy memories for me. Which I hadn’t thought about for a long while, but felt need to write it down. For years the stigma attached to men being abused by the women in their lives has been swept under… [Read More]

Chocolate For Easter Is That Really What’s It All About?

Yesterday on Easter Sunday, like a lot homes up and down the UK, Easter egg hunts were in full flow, as our young children attempt to eat their body weight in chocolate, which I have to admit is partly our fault, but not entirely. There are darker forces at play here, more commonly known as supermarkets and marketing companies, and of course the chocolate brands themselves. Between them all they manage to fill the shelves in supermarkets, newsagents, and actually any shop they can with a mountain of chocolate Easter eggs. Of course this encourages us as parents and our… [Read More]

Am I A Pet Sort Of Person? Well I’m About To Find Out!

Growing up I didn’t really have pets, in fact the only pet I had was a guinea pig named Georgie, but sadly my mother murdered him and left me traumatised for life when it comes to owning pets. Well possibly not quite that serious! Anyway my guinea pig, Georgie, lived in the garage and if I’m honest he would on a regular basis escape from his hutch, as he did on this fateful day. My mother, if memory serves me right, was rushing to get somewhere, and quickly reversed the car out of the drive and unfortunately Georgie was right… [Read More]

Family And Love This Boxing Day In Our Home

I will never be super wealthy, but I don’t need to be, especially when I look around me and see who was in my home on Boxing Day. My five wonderful children, my beautiful wife and my mum. Let’s be honest all the money in world could never buy all that love and family. It’s what completes me as a dad, husband and son. In today’s money grabbing society, have we just lost the meaning of what’s really important in life? It’s family it’s togetherness and most importantly it’s love. Sibling love Many of us grew up in a loving… [Read More]

Present Patrol to Protect Christmas Presents this Christmas!

I’ve teamed up with ADT for their newest campaign which encourages children to find the best ways of protecting their presents from intruders! ADT take security as seriously as Father Christmas takes delivering presents on time. That’s why our very own Present Patrol – the nation’s children, are being asked to help keep stock of their stockings! ADT’s research reveals over half (58 per cent) of UK kids are developing Christmas security solutions to protect their presents from sneaky siblings, pesky parents and other potential ‘gift-grabbers’. As part of the Present Patrol we were sent two ingenious inventions floor plans… [Read More]