Bluestone National Park With Persil UK #DirtIsGood #Presstrip

We have just arrived back from Bluestone in West Wales after spending the weekend there as guests of Persil UK. We were invited to Bluestone Wales as part of their #DirtIsGood campaign. The campaign is all about getting outdoors as a family, and I couldn’t think of a more perfect location than Bluestone Wales. Situated in Pembrokeshire, Bluestone Wales offers up plenty of opportunities for families to get back to nature. We’ve actually been to Bluestone a number of times, however this time was definitely a bit different and that’s because all of the activities for the children and the… [Read More]

Switch Off The Technology This Half-Term That Was My Aim

It’s been half-term this week and I decided that it was important for me to put my phone down and just have fun with my seven year old twin girls. I don’t want to be that parent that uses a tablet, laptop or the television as a babysitter for my children. This can so easily happen in this world of technology. Kids today have an almost unlimited amount of choice when it comes to technology, but too much can easily shut them off into their own little world. The learning of the use of this technology comes from us as… [Read More]

Press Trip: Oakwood Theme Park

Yesterday we had the pleasure of visiting Oakwood, the largest theme park in Wales. It was a beautiful sunny day and blue skies for as far as you could see. As we live in Cardiff it was only about an hour and a half drive. Oakwood is set in the Pembrokeshire countryside and I couldn’t think of a more perfect setting for a theme park than in the countryside of Wales. Rolling green hills for miles around. I have been to Oakwood before about 10 years ago and experienced the thrills and spills of the rollercoaster. Sadly my experience of… [Read More]

Creating Memories With My-Picture.co.uk #AD Competition Win £50 Voucher

One of the things that I love to do is look at old photographs. They instantly re-create in my mind the memory of that special moment in which the photograph was taken. There really is nothing quite like holding a physical copy of a photograph. Today with the smart phone those times seem to have changed and I’m sure, like me, you have thousands of photos on your phone and scrolling through them all can be a painstaking job just so that you can find the right photo you want to see. So when I was recently approached by My-Picture.co.uk… [Read More]

Do You Need A Father As A Role Model When You Become A Dad?

The answer in a word is no. You don’t. However, my concern is that it is projected by society that we all need a father whilst growing up so that we have a role model to help us develop our skills as a father when that moment in life comes that a little one calls us dad. In my own childhood I grew up without the influence of a father in my life. Did it have any adverse effects when I became a father? None whatsoever that I can genuinely think of. In fact if anything it had some positive… [Read More]

Hannah The Spanner Children’s Book Reviews The Perfect Bedtime Story COMPETITION #AD

I have been a dad for 23 years and one of the most special parts of fatherhood for me has always been bedtime, and more importantly the bedtime story. You would think that after 23 years and five children I would have grown tired of reading bedtime stories, but the truth is I still love reading a bedtime story to my children. Well not the older children obviously! They are not so keen anymore, shame that haha, but we are lucky enough to able to read a bedtime story to our seven year old twin girls every night and we… [Read More]

Rewarding Parents – How Much Can We Earn For Our Favourite Job

Being a parent is the most rewarding job in the world, as well as life changing. It comes with the tears, the tempers and the tantrums, but the love and unconditional pride you feel whilst cooking meals that may not get eaten and tidying toys that will be broken is priceless. Multitasking if I only got paid. In fact, how can you put a price on parenting? Ahead of Mother’s Day, Funky Pigeon have created a #ParentsSalary calculator for stay-at-home parents to work out just how much they could be paid should each parental duty come with a salary; cooking,… [Read More]

Raising Little Geniuses: How To Make Your Kids Smarter

Young children are much more intelligent than we give them credit for. While your little one might not be Einstein or Curie material quite yet, they do learn a tremendous amount just through everyday living. They learn about physics with toy bricks and maths when setting the table. As parents, we want to give our children every advantage in life, so it’s natural to want to nurture their minds as much as you can. With that in mind, here are six ways to raise smarter kids. From Pexels 1. Ditch The Junk Food Junk food doesn’t provide the nutrients that your… [Read More]