school, school gates, stay at home dad

School gates; a daunting site for any stay at home dad.

Just over a year ago my eldest, Helen, started school. I was nervous about this event. It wasn’t just the fact my daughter would need settling into school, but the fact that I would be doing the pick up and collection each day. In other words, as a stay at home dad I would be settling into a predominately female school community. Continue Reading…

#fairpayforbloggers, fair pay for bloggers, not dressed as lamb, reviews, paid for content, sponsored posts, giveaway, giveaways

I’ve recently been reading the Not Dressed as Lamb fashion blog written by Catherine Summers. While the fashion tips and imagery Catherine produces are fantastic, these have not been the reasons I’ve been visiting the site. I am not, after all, a woman seeking “occasion appropriate” style tips.

#fairpayforbloggers
I’ve primarily been reading the blog because Catherine has done something very brave. She’s launched a #fairpayforbloggers campaign and suggested that bloggers, in particular pro-bloggers, should get paid for writing reviews.  Continue Reading…

I am today launching a new, weekly, feature on this blog. Inspired by the reaction to my recent posts about baby change facilities for men, I am going to post pictures of various examples where I find them. You can see the previous posts here and here.

This is a topic that people seem to get really passionate about. Having spotted one of my earlier posts, I was recently interviewed about my experiences on BBC Radio Jersey. It turns out parents on the island are very underwhelmed at the facilities provided for them and so a campaign has been launched to improve what is on offer. I’ve also seen some amazing discussion threads on Mumsnet dedicated to baby change facilities (a staggering 5,020 search results on this subject). Continue Reading…

Rock Face, men's toiletries, men's style, men's fashion, male grooming

A little while ago I tried and tested Rock Face shave butter. It was a positive experience so I was delighted to be asked to try out a number of other items from it’s range of men’s toiletries and grooming products. Here’s what I thought of them. Continue Reading…

buzzard, bird of prey, #MysundayPhoto, My Sunday Photo, Silent Sunday, #SilentSunday

#MySundayPhoto 17 August, 2014. A buzzard in the wild.

This week’s image is something I’ve never really attempted before; a spot of wildlife photography. It’s a bird of prey taking a rest on a telegraph pole. Continue Reading…

Child Trust Fund, Junior ISA, JISA, CTF

Child Trust Fund v Junior Isa, just what are the options for investing and is change on the horizon?

Do you remember Child Trust Funds (CTF)? They seem like a distant memory don’t they? For those unfamiliar with CTFs, they were launched by the Labour Government in 2005 as a way of investing for a child’s future. Each child received £250 from the Government at birth, with the money locked away in a CTF. They came with the promise of a further £250 from the Government at the age of seven with families encouraged to invest whatever they could into the fund.  Continue Reading…

Lindam, Lindam back seat organiser, lidam pushchair

Lindam back seat organiser on a car seat.

On several occasions I have recently found myself struggling with a pushchair stuffed full of children’s items. The sun and heat has necessitated carrying hats and sun cream for the toddler and her big sister in addition to drinks, snacks, nappies and all the usual paraphernalia associated with youngsters. This back seat and pushchair organiser from Lindam looked like it could solve my storage problems.

As the name suggests, this item can be attached to the back of a car seat or a pushchair. It’s versatile, it’s very simple to remove it from the car and attach it to your pushchair and vice versa so there’s no need pack and unpack bags etc.  Continue Reading…

 

Calias

The exceptionally well kept grounds of Calais Town Hall (Hotel de Ville)

Calais is not a place I would usually consider for a family day out. I had, however, been promising my eldest daughter for some time that we would visit France.

This is where things got a bit messy. To quote Harold Macmillan, “events” just kept happening. Time and again plans to travel across the English Channel were scuppered. Continue Reading…

Retirement,

I’m not convinced I’ll have time to to sit down and read the papers in the sun when I retire.

According to a survey carried out for the Skipton Building Society, the majority of Brits consider retirement to be a positive thing. This is all well and good if you follow the traditional work pattern expected of your gender. What, however, if you’re like me and have followed a non-traditional route? Continue Reading…

#MySundayPhoto, My Sunday Photo,

Sunset over the English Channel, #MySundayPhoto, 10 August, 2014

This week’s image is not for landlubbers. It was taken on Wednesday evening when Child Number 1 and I were returning from a day spent in Calais. Continue Reading…