A Weekend Of Worry, A Little Sadness And Lots of Driving

The weekend that has just passed was a strange and long weekend for many reasons. Early Saturday morning my 21 year old daughter left her home city to embark on her life journey. It’s that moment when you really go out to conquer the world. In my post yesterday I wrote about how after three years of university she is now a qualified nurse, but with a tinge if sadness. She has secured her first job 150 miles away, but you have to let go eventually. The worry for me started at around 6.00am. She was driving to Southampton, which… [Read More]

A Final Post About My Daughter E And University: She Is A Qualified Nurse

It’s been nearly three years since I took my daughter, E, to Southampton to start her university course to study nursing. It actually only seems like yesterday, and I clearly remember how emotional I was at leaving E at her university halls, and the drive back home was lonely. It gave me plenty of time to reflect on how much she had achieved in such a short time, and of course I knew I was going to miss her, and it was tough leaving her a two hour drive away from home, but that’s life and your children grow up… [Read More]

Are You Saving For Your Children? Start Early

I became a dad 23 years ago. There is no doubt that when I was holding my first born for the very first time, the last thing on my mind was how much it was going to cost to raise my child, and ensure that I do my best to help them in every way I could, which of course takes money. I consequently went on to have three children in four years. It still didn’t dawn on me just how much it was all going to cost having children. Needless to say it has now! Raising children is without… [Read More]

Renovation 101: What Resources to Use When Hiring a Contractor

When building or taking on a renovation project, the most important person you can count on is your contractor. They are the middle-man for your needs, constantly working between your vision and the construction of the project itself, meaning that their understanding and input is vital to the final product. They are in charge of the labor, pricing, materials, you name it. This makes them a kind of collaborator with your project because as much as it is your design, it is up to their execution. When on the hunt to find the right contractor for you, here are some… [Read More]

Will Women Be Getting A Better Deal By The Time My Twins Finish School?

Our twin girls, R & M will be seven years old on their next birthday which is in February, by which time they will be halfway through Year 2 which is also their final year in infants, before moving on to junior school. Before I know it, they will be in secondary school and preparing for university. It sounds crazy I know, but it will be around in the blink of an eye. Recently the UK had a visit from the current president of the United States of America. The protest against his visit was immense and I hope that… [Read More]

DIY Jobs Around The Home Seem To Go On Forever

When you own your own home the one thing that never seems to end is the constant list of DIY jobs around the home. I know it certainly never ends for me. If anything it seems to me the list grows bigger on a daily basis. One thing I have always found though is that you’re never able to do a one stop shop for everything you need to complete all your DIY jobs either at the shops or online. It seems I am forever having to go to different shops or different websites to complete the DIY job around… [Read More]

Easy Home Upgrades to Ensure Your Child’s Safety

Everything changes the moment you welcome a child to this world. That tiny human will change your life. While nothing will ever truly prepare you for the challenges, pains, joys, and the fulfilling journey of being a parent, you try to give only the best for your little one. At the core of everything is safety. If only parents can watch over their kids and hold their hands 24/7, they will. But that is not always the case. In the US, more than 3.4 million children experience accidental household injury every year. Some of the leading causes include choking, drowning,… [Read More]

Does A University Education Prepare You For The Real World?

I will start this post by saying I never went to university or for that matter ever had the opportunity to do so. At age sixteen I finished my GCSE’s and was promptly told by my mother that I needed to find a job as she was not going to fund my life. So on a personal experience level I have no idea of how university does or doesn’t prepare you for the real world, but… Two of my children have attended university. One has completed her course and the other is moving into his second year in September, so… [Read More]