Family Values. Are They The Same Today?

Has the 21st century changed what we consider to be important when it comes to family values? Is there a generation of young people who now consider their friends to be more important than family? Are they missing the importance of family, in fact do they have any family values left or do they consider family only needed when the sh*t hits the fan and they call family to put the problem they have at that particular moment right? I have in my own experience found that when something goes pear shaped in your life friends are generally a bit… [Read More]

Why Your Kids Play A Large Role in Your Next Family Car

Have you had a kid or two since the last time you bought a new car? Well, you probably already know that things are going to change this time around. You know because you feel the pain of cramming car seats into your sporty two-seater and having to curb your speed because there’s a baby on board. You’ve been dreading this moment, but you know a family car will make everyone more comfortable. Here’s how your kids will play a large role in your next family car. You’ll think about future kids When you were younger, could you ever have… [Read More]

My Mum Has Reached A Milestone. She Is 90 Years Old Today

Today is my mum’s 90th birthday. What a milestone to reach! To live to 90 years of age! It’s actually quite hard to visualise somebody that has lived 90 years and has seen all the changes the world has gone through. My mum has lived through the Second World War, has seen television and the telephone invented, and seen the world change beyond what she would remember as a child. I wondered if life was simpler when she was a child with no internet, no social media etc, that would have been simpler that’s for sure, but how would we… [Read More]

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]