The Ultimate Guide To Being A Cool Parent

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...

Travelling With Tots: Making Your Trips Terrific

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...

Kipper 25th anniversary book giveaway

People who read my blog know I love children books, I love reading them to my son and love finding new books. We have a ridiculous amount of books stacked up in his room – its like having a mini library. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); But one collection of books we have is a throwback...

Cheap Winter Activity Ideas for the Whole Family

It can be more difficult to find fun things to do with the family in the winter months, when the outdoors isn’t always quite as inviting, and there aren’t always as many events being held locally, after Christmas has passed, anyway. It is, however, important that you still stay active and have fun together as a family whatever the...

Pool Holidays Are A Washout: Keeping Kids Entertained Abroad

When planning a family holiday, few of us consider that the kids could get bored. Surely sun, sea, and sand will be enough to keep them happy? In reality, though, it can be a bit of stretch when you’re away for a week or more. You don’t need us to tell you that kids need a lot of stimulation....

Looking back and jumping into 2018

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The Family Looking back at my highlights of the year has to be the birth of my second son, born on the 27th September, now we have two children both born in the same month, but its ok as there is a payday in-between, thankfully. He such an easy going little chap and with Steph breastfeeding it has made my...

Tips For Becoming A Better Bargain Hunter

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Whether you’ve just got yourself to look after, or you’ve got a family to feed - it never hurts to try and save a bit of money. There’s some immense satisfaction that comes from finding a good bargain, but it doesn’t have to be a once-in-a-blue-moon phenomenon. Learning to become a better bargain hunter will help you make the...

Surprising Things You May Not Know About Home Heating

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  As I write this, there has just been an announcement on the news saying tonight will be the coldest evening of the year, and things could get a lot worse before they get better. And having stepped outside for a few minutes, I can confirm it is brass monkeys. So, what better time to do a little research on...

Seven Home Improvement Projects You Shouldn’t Put Off

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We all wish we had the perfect home, but often we need to prioritise the projects to keep within the family budget. If you are wondering which part of your home you should renovate first, and which projects should not be delayed, you should focus on the cost and benefit of each project. Below you can find seven home...

Our Christmas 2017

Another year another Christmas over. And what a day it was. My eldest is 3 years old now. And this year he understands this special day even more. It's so magical to see him so excited for the big man coming. On Christmas Eve we spent the day chilling and watching movies. On the night we ate nice food. Opened the...

Vintage Home Design its a thing of the future

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Decorating your home in a vintage theme can give it a much more luxurious look, and help it to feel far more expensive than it actually is. That being said, you need to make sure you plan meticulously if you want to decorate your home in a way that takes you back in time. Here are some ideas you can...

Dad Bod, where did it come from?

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Since the birth of my first son I have gained a lot of weight, and I mean a lot, to put it in simple terms I used to be a 34” waist, drum roll please.......I am now a ahem  a 46” waist. I weigh about 22 stone now maybe even more, which isn’t bad as I am well over...

Baby Nursery build

Let’s talk about children’s bedrooms and some dad hacks. What ideas did you have for your children’s bedrooms when you found out you were expecting? Or as your children are growing and their tastes ever changing. I now have 2 children, one 3 years old and one 10 weeks old. Baby E is still in our roomat the moment so the nursery...

Christmas Gifts – Ho Ho Ho or closer to home?

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So the missus pointed out an article she had read on a well followed Facebook page today, and the comments that followed and it got me thinking.... The basis of the article was basically asking for parents to buy minimal presents from 'Santa' as once children return to school; if they were to discuss what Santa had gifted them then...

A day through the woodland to the beach

I’m fortunate enough to live in an area where there are so many places to visit for a day out. I live on the North East coast, If I travel North I have Northumberland, If I travel south I have Yorkshire and the east coast such as Whitby, and If I travel West I have Cumbria. I am surrounded by...

Shared responsibility – Teaching our kids to run a home

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We share all the duties in our home, well we both own our home so why wouldn't I? Its not the early 1900s now, times have changed since woman ran the home and the men went out to work. The new age is seeing more and more stay at home dads, and women with high earning careers. It makes sense...

Gender specific toys – No such thing!

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What a Toddler knows is that he or she loves activities, whether that is role play, building, drawing or going to the play park. All can be done equally well with toys that are blue, pink, yellow, or green, but whoever said that certain colours are for a specific genders? Men wear pink and women wear blue don’t they? Toddlers would...

We need a bigger house (again)

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When life was simple and all wee needed was a little 2 bed bungalow. If I rewind back a bit to give you a little background story. I bought my first house when I was only 19 years old, a little bungalow in the centre of a old pit village, It really was a perfect house for us, and a brilliant...

How I taught my son to potty

Ah that time when you need to start training your child to go the toilet or potty. I don’t think training is the right phrase as it sounds like training your dog...Anyway... Tips on how best do it can be quite difficult as every child is different but I remember just always having the potty out for my son to...

Depression and Fatherhood

  I cried, I was feeling low, I told myself this is it, its time to say goodbye. I can’t take feeling like this anymore. The devil inside kept telling me they would be better without you, you serve no purpose in this life. My head was like a thunderstorm, lots of black clouds, thunder, lightening and the dark thoughts...