Finding Time For Your GrandParents

This one is all about my 23 year old daughter again. It’s definitely her turn this week. Nowadays we are so quick to criticise the youth, but yesterday I wrote a post about how my daughter works hard and saves her money to enjoy some of the good things in life, and I can’t emphasis how much effort she puts into everything she does. It’s always 110% effort. As I wrote yesterday My Daughter is off to New York Very Soon! Just shows how much she puts into work, so she can do great things like travelling. My mum, her… [Read More]

Your Children Are On Loan

When my eldest daughter was born 23 years ago, I remember holding her in my arms when she was just a few hours old. My mother was standing next to me smiling. My mum was never one with wise words of wisdom when I was growing up, but this particular time she shared some wisdom that at the time I took no notice of, and actually thought what a strange thing to say to me. My mother looked at me and said, “remember Nigel, your children are only on loan”. I was a little shocked at this statement, and distinctly… [Read More]

Don’t Listen To So Called Parenting Experts: Do It Your Way

The internet, social media and blogging is full of advice about the right or wrong way to be a parent, of which the only useful tips you could write on a postage stamp. Being a father of five children I have long since given up listening or believing anything that is written about how to parent, simply because I follow my own instincts and will always go with my initial gut instinct because after 23 years of parenting I have come to the conclusion that my gut instinct will be invariably right. Although I would be the first to admit… [Read More]

I Have Been Nominated For An Amara IBA18 Award I Would Love Your Vote!

Somebody has very kindly put me forward for an award in the Amara interior blog awards, more commonly known as the IBA18 awards. I have been nominated in the Best DIY & Home Improvement Blog Category. It’s always an honour to be considered for an award, and to be nominated has totally shocked me if I’m completely honest, but for all of that I’m over the moon. It really has made my day! When I first started my blog four years ago I wanted to split the content between DIY and parenting, and I have always tried to maintain that… [Read More]

What You Should Look For In Your Next Car?

Buying a car for you and your family is an important consideration and an important financial milestone. So how do you know which one is the right car for you? Here, we’ll share some of the most important things to look for in your next car. Safety The first thing you should consider is safety. This is the most important thing when buying a car for you and your family, especially with kids. Check the safety ratings of the vehicles you’re considering and analyze features such as airbags, backup cameras, lane assist, and many other important safety concerns. Dependability Like… [Read More]

Family Day At The Beach

Last Saturday we decided to go to a beach which is about a 30 minute drive from where we live. The beach is well known for its big waves so is very popular with surfers. It is also well known for its abundance of rock pools which was the main reason we went yesterday. It was a chance for the girls to try out their new fishing nets in the rock pools, and hopefully catch a few crabs, or fish. Well we did catch a few fish, but the crabs never appeared! We didn’t actually see one, let alone catch… [Read More]

Creating A Disney Themed Bedroom

We moved into our current home about three and a half years ago and like a very typical painter and decorator, I never get around to doing any decorating in our own home! My six year old twin girls bedroom was in desperate need of re-decorating. The walls on one side had been plastered in football player posters using sellotape by one of our girls, and the curtains were Disney’s Frozen themed which the girls had up in our previous home, and they were looking seriously tatty and were definitely passed their sell by date! Their bedroom was in need… [Read More]

Protecting Your Home When You Are On Your Summer Holiday

It’s that time of the year when the school holidays are upon us, and it’s time to start getting excited about your annual family holiday. I know I always get excited as it draws nearer to the time when you are either flying off somewhere abroad or driving to a place in our country to stay at a beach resort in a hotel, a caravan or you could be going camping. Whatever your destination is family holidays are always to be enjoyed. An opportunity to leave all the worries of the daily grind behind you for a week or more…. [Read More]