My SUnday Photo, #MySundayPhoto, London, City of London, Liverpool Street Station,

This photograph was taken when I was in Central London the other day. I’d been at an event discussing family finances in a building near Liverpool Street Station.

When I came to leave, it was throwing it down. It was one of those stereotypical rainy London days; it was grey, wet and the clouds were hanging low in the sky. Continue Reading…

mummy, #country kids, #countrykids, linky

This photograph is a little misleading. It appears to show Toddler Adams nearing the top of a scramble net at a nearby park. In actual fact, she wasn’t.

Mrs Adams can sometimes get a bit nervous of the kids when they’re playing on swings, slides and the like. Deciding to have a little fun at my wife’s expense, I took this image on my phone and sent it to her at work (I know I know, I’m a mean husband). Continue Reading…

Debt calculator

Have you ever wondered how long it might take you to pay off your debts? Maybe you owe money on credit cards, have a mortgage on the family home or other loans?

If you are looking to clear these debts or want to get a monthly plan in place, help is at hand from Natwest. The bank, which is running a campaign to make banking fairer, has produced a debt calculator’.

I’ve had a good play around with this tool and it is fascinating. Dare I say it, it’s actually quite good fun.

You can enter in any debts you might have, be it on credit cards, loans to family and friends and so on. You can also enter your desired repayment period.

Simply hit return and the calculator will tell you what you owe and how long you will need to pay it back. It really is that simple.

You will find the calculator here. It joins a list of other tools the Natwest is offering savers, such as a budgeting calculator.

How do single parents do it?

John Adams —  February 27, 2015 — 3 Comments

Single parent

I’ve always had the greatest respect for single parents. My experiences over recent days have further proved to me that single mums and dads must be superhuman.

Mrs Adams, you see, went away for a couple of days with work. To be precise, she was only away for the one night but she left at 6am on Wednesday and didn’t get back until 10pm last night. This was enough to have me run ragged. Continue Reading…

aldi fleece jacket

The Aldi workwear fleece jacket.

With the weather steadily improving I’m turning my mind to the DIY jobs that need doing in the garden. I don’t know about you, but I always find this involves getting filthy, especially in that period between winter and spring when the ground is still wet and muddy.

To save my clothes, I have turned to the workwear range from Aldi. Let me be clear, this is not the kind of thing I would wear out, but for doing DIY around the family home, this stuff is ideal. Continue Reading…

eye drops, conjunctivitis

Oh the joys of dealing with conjunctivitis. Pic redit below.

Toddler Adams has had a bout of conjunctivitis. It’s not been a particularly serious bout, but it has meant administering eye drops.

Wow can that child fight when she wants to. I mean seriously, never again will I underestimate Elizabeth’s strength. It’s like she turns into the Incredible Hulk at the sight of the bottle.

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legal & General, #MoneyHangout

It’s come around all too quickly. The family finance #MoneyHangout with Legal & General takes place tomorrow (26 February) and you are invited to the party!

For those who haven’t seen my previous blog posts, this is a Google+ hangout with a panel of first rate financial experts. They will be taking questions from readers of Dadbloguk and elsewhere. The hangout takes place between 10am and 10.30am on Google+ and you can join in by following this link. Continue Reading…

divorce, remarriage

I’ve had some awkward conversations with my eldest daughter just recently. The subject matter, you see, has been divorce and how it has affected her extended family.

Helen has reached an age and a level of comprehension whereby she’s realised there are extended family members she either rarely sees, never sees or has only ever communicated with via Skype. My parents are divorced and both remarried, as have various other family members. Continue Reading…

A day out…at The Baby Show

John Adams —  February 23, 2015 — 2 Comments

The Baby Show

This was the first time I’d had the opportunity to attend The Baby Show, now in its thirteenth year. It’s a huge show for “bump baby and you” (note the dad-inclusive language), but as our eldest is now six and the youngest two I wasn’t sure how relevant it would be for this family.

I had planned to take both kids, but a case of conjunctivitis meant Toddler Adams had to be left at home with mum. It was just this dad blogger and Helen, his eldest daughter, on the loose in London’s Excel centre checking out the latest products for those with the youngest of families. Continue Reading…

blogging, telephone, #MySundayPhoto

At first glance, this photo looks like it shows my daughter using a telephone. In truth, it reveals the moment I realised just how much technology has moved on in my lifetime.

During half-term, Helen and I had a morning to ourselves and so I took her out to a nearby historical attraction. One of the displays was of this telephone. You were supposed to pick up the telephone, dial a number and you’d get to listen to a recording about how the attraction was renovated. Continue Reading…