This post was inspired by #ThePrompt linky hosted by the Mumturnedmom blog. The prompt word on this occasion was Christmas, no huge surprise bearing in mind the time of year. Click on the badge at the end to visit the linky.

I have an uneasy relationship with Christmas. On the one hand I think it is an excellent reason to have a party and get together with family and friends. On the other, I am very uncomfortable with the way the event has been commercialised beyond recognition and every year I feel like I haven’t done enough to mark the true meaning of the season.

Christmas, Bethlehem, #theprompt

One of the less aesthetically pleasing sights that can be found in modern day Bethlehem. Pic credit below.

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I’m not in the habit of using products like this, but I had a hunch it would appeal to my wife. I was correct, in the short time we’ve had this blanket, she has become a big fan of it.

So what exactly is it? Essentially it is an electric blanket but instead of going on your bed you throw it over yourself on the sofa. It measures 150cm x 70cm and has six heat settings. Continue Reading…

will and testament, will writing, will, inheritance
I have been slightly melancholy over the past few days. The reason; my wife and I have at long last employed a will writing specialist and are making plans in case something awful should happen to us. I’m not so bothered by the fact I’m staring my own mortality in the face. It’s the thought of not being around for my family and daughters that has left me feeling more emotional than usual.

Needless to say, we should have got wills written years ago. To be honest, we should have done it when we were expecting our first child. Continue Reading…

 

LAB series, skincare, moisturiser, men's style

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying out a couple of products from the LAB Series skincare range. One was a moisturiser the other, in deference to the weather, was a lip balm. Here’s how I got on. Continue Reading…

It’s been a while since I’ve published a baby change facility of the week and so I’m delighted to bounce back with this example. I’ll cryptically say that it was taken at the outlet of a well-known Swedish furniture retailer. Continue Reading…

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I was out with both girls in the park yesterday. The sun was low in the sky and very bright so we all had huge shadows. I wondered if I could get a picture of all our shadows, something I thought would work well in black and white. Continue Reading…

I’m sure we all know people that have fallen victim to fraud, be it identity theft, an online shopping scam or similar. According to Financial Fraud Action UK, fraud cost us Brits £600m in 2013. To help families protect themselves from various criminal scams, Natwest bank has produced an infographic detailing the tactics criminals frequently use and how to avoid falling for them.

You’ll find the infographic below. Do take a look and see if you’re doing enough to protect yourself and your loved ones. Continue Reading…

Alison was stood next to the friendship bench. She was the only one in the playground that wasn’t engaged in conversation and this made her feel awkward.

Even so, she couldn’t bring herself to sit on the bench. It wasn’t possible to do so without attracting comment. Someone would stroll past and make a joke at her expense.

Alison looked around for another lost soul that looked interesting and approachable. She’d been here weeks now but still didn’t like the look of anyone. That one over there, she seemed haughty and above herself. As for him, eurgh, he was too old, she couldn’t be seen speaking to him. Oh, and of course he was male, so that just made it more difficult. Continue Reading…

child, missing mum, missing parent,

Okay, things aren’t quite this bad in our household, but you get the idea. Pic credit below.

My youngest daughter has reached a point where she is much more self-aware and increasingly understands the world around her. This has manifested itself in a way that breaks my heart and makes me feel a little guilty as a non working parent.

This is a topsy-turvy family. My wife, Gill, works full time while I run the household and do most of the childcare. This means that each morning, if they’re awake, the kids wave mummy out the door as she heads off to the office. Continue Reading…

men's style, men's fashion, 90:10, men's clothes, polo shirts

The 90:10 logo as embroided on the front left of the classic pique polo shirt.

A relatively new label, 90:10 is a men’s clothing label aimed at men who accept they are grown up, but still want to have some fun. The clothes in the range reflects this. These are casual items; hooded tops, sweat shirts, tee shirts and polo shirts.

The inspiration for the label came when the founder, Dan Glatman, had a late night conversation with his neighbour. The pair were discussing being grown up and having responsibilities and Glatman remarked; “when it comes to me having to accept that I’m now a grown up…I’ll go to 90% but no higher.” Continue Reading…