Adventure Brown

Im Lew - A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I'm doing it anyway - expect all sorts of randomness.

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Do kids even use the word ‘cool’ anymore? Or is it all ‘sick’ and ‘epic’? Whatever the word is that means you are one of the most highly regarded human beings on the planet, that’s what you are aiming to be. Being a responsible parent and taking care of your little ones doesn’t necessarily mean you are reaching for the coolness factor. You want your kids to be safe, secure and healthy. If that means that you have to force them to eat their vegetables and stop playing the Xbox once in a while, you’re ok with this.

To try and locate a firm place in your kids good books, you need to think about those parents you saw when you were growing up as a kid. What made them so cool? The chances are they looked pretty fashionable and had a fantastic rapport with their offspring. However, it goes so much deeper than this. Take a look at how you can impress your little darlings and secure your place in the cool stakes.

 

Quality Time

 

Although you might be concerned about making enough money to support your nearest and dearest, you also need to put aside some quality time that you can spend together as a family. Kids love spending time with their parents and crave their attention. How many times have you been to the park, only for your son or daughter to scream your name continually until you take a break from what you’re doing to watch them do some really amazing trick while launching themselves down a slide? Your offspring love to receive positive praise from you and adore spending time kicking a ball around, playing catch or heading out to the park for a picnic. By spending time together with your tots, you’ll get to know your little ones inside out, find out what makes them tick and be a fully involved parent.

Don’t Be A Pushover

 

It might sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but the coolest parents don’t succumb to their child’s every want and desire. They don’t simply give them the latest gadget or game. A cool parent sets boundaries and rules. Kids nowadays not only need this framework but they crave it. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat your little cherub.

Think about giving them their own space within the home to retreat to. Their bedroom is a great example of how you can provide them with the perfect environment in which to kick back and enjoy some downtime. If you have a couple of siblings sharing you should check out the cool bunk beds from Cuckooland that go way beyond your basic bed frames. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and themes from London buses to treehouses. By allowing your child to create their own space, you’re giving them some responsibility. If they are a little older, give them a budget and let them choose their own furniture, furnishings and colour scheme. This will certainly see you leap up the coolness ladder.

 

Communicate

 

There will be a time in every parent’s life when they get into a confrontation with their kids. Hopefully, this is nothing too major. However, it can still be traumatic for both parties. If your offspring has stayed out late or they’ve been a little too chatty in class, you’ll need to communicate with them in a way so that they will listen to what you have to say. There’s no point shouting, slamming doors or getting angry. You need to get to their level, work out the tone that has the most impact and discuss consequences of their actions. If you’ve already put in the groundwork and have a positive relationship with your kids, this should be relatively easy. You need to explain why your child is grounded or can’t use their video games console for a week. At the same time, you cannot allow this to hang over their heads. Tomorrow is a new day, and the slate should be wiped clean for everyone.

Being a cool parent is a lot harder than it looks. Although you thought being a cool mum or dad was letting kids stay up late and eating whatever they wanted when you were growing up, now that you have your own little human beings who you love to bits, you realise this is not the case. To be cool, you need to be responsible, give your kids the freedom to make their own mistakes and enjoy spending quality time together as a family.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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We all want to treasure and hold onto the memories we make with our families. Special moments can pass by in the blink of an eye and in the age of digital photographs and iPhone cameras it can be difficult to preserve these physical memories. I am going to share with you a few ideas to make those important events last a lifetime. Create your own memory box full of photographs and trinkets which you can pass down to your little ones. Retain those perfect images of your kids and keep those recollections alive for the whole family. Follow these simple concepts and you will soon build up a collection of everlasting memoirs which you can look back on and be proud of.

 

Tick Off The Technology

Before you can think about starting up the memory box you need to get equipped with the relevant tools. Firstly, if you want to start taking beautiful photographs you will want to invest in a good quality camera, now a mobile will suffice, but ideally a good DSLR or SLR camera should be on your shopping list. Go to your local digital shop (MPB is a good second hand online store) and ask for some of the best models for what you want to do. Cameras can vary in price, so don’t overspend if it isn’t quite within your budget. Some of the lower end cameras can still capture extremely high quality images. Equally, if you don’t feel up to investing in a new photographing device, then take a quick online course in the best ways to shoot images with your phone. There will be handy hints which you didn’t know about and it will assist you in getting the best out of your mobile device. Alternatively, follow my blog as I will be helping you along the way to take those amazing pictures.

The whole point of a memory box is that you can create a tangible copy of your images. Make sure that your printer supports your chosen camera or phone and get the correct leads which will link up your devices efficiently. Make sure you’re fully stocked up on printer ink cartridges too. You don’t want to get behind on printing off your pictures, so be sure to have a load of cartridges ready and waiting.

 

Family Fun

The most exciting element of creating a box full of memorable moments is that you can share the activity with your whole family. Get everybody involved in the process and make it an ongoing hobby for you all to enjoy together. Bonding together after a big family event or talking about your favourite part of a holiday can really bring you and your little ones together. Allow them to input their own thoughts and ideas into the memory box and start-up fun creative activities which are centred on it. Perhaps you could get them to draw a picture of their new pet or create a poem which describes their birthday. Those personal touches will really make it special and allows them to feel involved in the project.

 

Capturing The Moment

Never forget to take your camera out with you and capture each special moment. You don’t want to be one of those people who are constantly snapping away whilst their child poses, but sometimes it can get you great images. You should also try and capture your family looking natural and truly enjoying themselves during special occasions. Don’t be afraid to ask other people to get some pictures of you with them too, after all you don’t want to be missing from them all!

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Start your memory box project today and it promises to be one of the most treasured possessions you will ever own.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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Before the little ones came along life seemed like a breeze. You could jaunt off to any place at any time with minimal thought and a breezy, carefree attitude. Nowadays, travelling seems like a burden; with a million and one things to remember. You are in charge of keeping a tiny human (sometimes several tiny humans) entertained for a long stretch of time and making a long journey to an unknown destination can be an overwhelming task. Whether you’re travelling a long distance to take part in activities for the winter or you’re jetting off on an aeroplane to sunnier climates, you will have to think about every element of the trip. It all begins as soon as you set off and it doesn’t end until you get home. It is a long time to be away from your comfort zone, but you want your holiday to be a memorable and relaxing experience for everybody. Join me as I attempt to take away your stresses and plan each possibility that could crop up during your family getaway. You will no longer find yourself fretting if you think ahead, stay calm and prepare yourself in advance.

Jovial Journeys

Sometimes the most stressful part of a holiday is the actual journey to the destination. Whether you’re taking a long car ride or hopping onto an aeroplane, there are a number of ways in which you can reduce the stress and boost the entertainment. First of all make sure that the little ones have visited the bathroom before setting off on any type of journey. Guaranteed you will be ten minutes into the ride and your kid will be ‘bursting’ for the bathroom. The next thing is to pack relevant drinks and snacks to keep you all going for a lengthy amount of time. Save yourself a tonne of money in airports or service stations by pre-packing all of your favourite foods before you go. Make it like an exciting picnic (because we all know the Browns like a picnic) and prepare sandwiches and nibbles to keep everybody quiet, this is including me. Not only will you have food on hand instantly if the children start to grumble, but you can also make sure they are eating nutritionally balanced meals, so they’re not hooked up on sugar from the get go.

Once the bathroom breaks and nourishments have been tackled you want to get prepared with activities. Before your trip spend a little bit of time planning what your children might want to do during the journey. Whether it’s a new colouring book or their favourite film downloaded onto an electronic device, make sure you have a variety of activities lined-up to keep them entertained. Allow them regular breaks to stretch their legs and burn off some energy. Perhaps that could involve a quick walk down the aisle of a plane or train, or a pit stop when you fill up your petrol tank where they can have a quick run around. Tire them out in every which way possible and you might find yourself with an hour of peace when they nod off to sleep!

Stay-Cations

You know you want to get away with the family, but you’re not quite sure where to start. If you think it may be less stressful to stay in the country, rather than jetting off to hotter climates, you may need some assistance in planning a fun staycation. There are companies such as, NST group who can help you design your perfect family trip or tour. Whether it’s a nature trail or an action packed thrill-seeking adventure, they will have you covered. Take the stress away from planning each activity down to the last detail and let them do the hard work for you! You will have hundreds of options to choose from, so pick something to suit the whole family.

Awesome Abroad

If you fancy a little sunshine and think you can handle a lengthier journey then you can totally go abroad with minimal fuss. Check out the destination and resort you’re planning on heading to and make sure they’ve got plenty of kid-friendly fun so they don’t get bored. Often holiday resorts have a kid’s club, which can come in really handy if you want them to make some new friends and give yourself a break for a short time. With any hotter climate make sure you’re being over generous with sun lotion and water. Children are extremely sensitive to changes in their environment so protect them from the sun and keep them in the shade as often as you can.

So enjoy a fulfilling family vacation without the added stress. Make sure you know your destination inside out and plan your journeys with all the family in mind. You deserve a break and so do your kids, so you won’t ever need to worry about the little things going wrong any more. Relax, unwind and make memories with your loved ones!

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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If I was ask you what is the perfect film night food what would say? Pizza or . takeaway maybe? thats what most people would say.

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Well over the weekend we enjoyed some of the tastyest Nachos I have ever eaten, seriously the best.

Want to know how they were made? of course you do.

I am a big fan of so called man foods. apparently this is classed as a man food. But its ok the women can eat it too, the missus really enjoyed it as it wasn’t covered in all the trimmings and greasy which is what she hates.

SO we shop in Aldi so all the ingredients were bought from there (this post isn’t sponsored by Aldi)

Heres what you need

1 1/2 bags of Tortilla Chips

1 Tub of cream cheese

1 Bag of grated cheese

1 Mozzarella Ball

2 Chicken Breasts

2 tbsp of Honey

2 ripe and ready Avocados 

1 lime

Chilli (optional)

Sour cream 

 

Method

  • Set your oven to 190 whilst you prepare the nachos. 
  • Grab yourself a baking tray and spread half the chips in the tray followed by the dollops of cream cheese, then rip up the mozzarella and dollop those about. Add the rest of the chips and top with the grated cheese and a few more dollops of cream cheese. 
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  • Next put your pan on to heat up and add diced chicken along with the chilli if using and the honey. cook away on a medium heat until cooked through. Once the chicken is cooked spread over the nachos and top with a little more cheese and put it in the oven until the cheese has melted, usually 10-15 minutes will do. 
  • Whilst your Nachos are cooking put your avocados in a bowl along with the lime juice. 
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  • Take out of the oven and dollop your avocado mix over the top and squirt some sour cream all over.

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The next step is vital.

Crack a bottle or open a beer, sit down in piece and put a film on.

there you have it, a perfect night in watching a film with your new favourite nachos.

 

 

 

 

DIY Daddy

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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For me having a go to hobby helps When I’m feeling low or if I feel something is about to happen, I grab my camera and jump in the van to go take pics somewhere.

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Being out in the great outdoors is a big thing with helping with your mental health. But like everything it’s not for everyone. Me, I like to be alone when I’m feeling low and not everyone does.

So when I’m out somewhere nice and peacefultaking in the views and relaxing it kind of clears my head. It helps get rid of those bad thoughts and dark clouds.

But what got me thinking was a challenge that I would like help with.

Since I’m into photography I am going to set a challenge. If I get enough people contributing it will make a fantastic post so I need all the help I can get. But please dont just think this is for the people who have or has suffered or even know anyone that does, its for everyone, I want all views.

The challenge is this.

If you were to describe mental heath what would it be?

If you were to take a picture of mental health how would it look?

These 2 questions is all I ask. If you email me an answer and a photo along with your name and blog. I will feature it in another post.

Email me at lewis@adventurebrown.co.uk

All I ask is that you share this post far and wide to help get as many people as we can involved. My aim is to gather at least 100 photos.

And remember you don’t have to have a DSLR camera to help me out. A simple phone shot will suffice. As long as it represents your take on mental health.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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