#MoneyHangout, Legal & General, Google+

Deciding whether to buy or rent a family home can be a tough decision. Pic credit below.

Are you thinking of buying a bigger family home? Maybe you’re looking to rent a property? Whatever your position, you will face a number of challenges, especially if you have children or an expanding family to think of.

If you are looking for advice on how to handle these issues, help is at hand from Legal & General. The financial services giant will shortly be holding its third Google+ #MoneyHangout and wants to answer your questions on the subject of buying and renting property. Continue Reading…


A personalisd bag from Papucci and a firm favourite of my youngest daughter, Eizabeth.

Knowing what gift to get for a new born or young child can sometimes be tricky. Do you get clothes or toys? More to the point, you can never be too sure you aren’t buying items that several people have already bought.

An individual called Abi Smeaton spotted this very issue and came up with a solution. Noticing that her children’s favourite gifts were usually personalised, she set up a company called Papucci. Continue Reading…

BritMums Live, blogging, stay at home dad, #BiBs2015

This’ll be me. Imagine that face with a beard, and that’s what you’ll find at BritMums Live. Pic credit: Anina Wilk-Lawton, Photography for Parents.

Late last week the finalists in the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards (BiBs) were announced. To my amazement, I have made it through to the finals in the family category, as sponsored by Reading Eggs.

The final decision is now in the hands of the judges and we’ll find out who takes the prize at the BiBs awards ceremony at BritMums Live on 19 June. In the meantime, I wanted to thank absolutely everyone that voted for me and got me on to the shortlists and then into the finals. I can’t stress enough, your support is really appreciated and I’ve been touched by the number of supportive messages I’ve received. Continue Reading…

Beards for Babies, Lullaby Trust, SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

I haven’t had a proper beard on my face for about 17 years. I’m about to grow another one as I participate in the Lullaby Trust’s Beards for Babies campaign.

For those unfamiliar with the Lullaby Trust, it’s a charity that works with families affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Between 1 June and 26 June 2015, it is calling on men to quit shaving. Continue Reading…

EXP Workwear

I think this lumberjack is wearing a reasonable amount of personal protective equipment. Pic credit below.

Noticing that I’m a bit of a DIY fan, EXP Workwear has produced this guest post. In it, the company takes a sideways look at some of the most dangerous jobs around and highlights how can protect yourself.

Plenty of jobs involve an element of danger, and none more so than professions in the trade (although you will see childcare and teaching get a mention below!). Many of us are used to working in environments containing risk, but which jobs are most dangerous and how can you protect yourself if you work one of them? Continue Reading…

WWII, vintage, antiques, Fullerphone, morse code, #MySundayPhoto

Here we have a photo of my eldest child, Helen, playing with a vintage item I purchased earlier this week. It’ll soon be stored firmly out of reach of the children and so she was making the most of it while she could.

The item in question is a Fullerphone MKV Morse code machine dating back to WWII. It’s something I bought on a whim from a nearby second hand furniture store and I’m so glad I did. Continue Reading…

relationships, friendships, children

There has been a lot of discussion about friendships and relationships in this household over the past week or so. Toddler Adams has reached an age where she’s started to make friends whereas Helen, who is six, has been presented with a few different issues that have necessitated “having a chat with dad” (or indeed “mum and dad” when Mrs Adams has been around).

A whole variety of circumstances have been up for discussion. For starters, there have been a couple of friendship issues that we’ve had to deal with. Continue Reading…

broken toe, family life

For the avoidance of doubt, this was not my foot! Pic credit; Daniel Pacquet.

As you may be aware, a little over a week ago I broke the little toe of my left foot following a freak domestic incident. In less dramatic terms, I caught my left foot on the leg of the ironing board when I had nothing on my feet.

Okay, I concede this was not a particularly serious injury and it was not as painful as childbirth (as my wife rather sarcastically pointed out). Even so, recovering from this fracture has provided me with a valuable insight into family life. Continue Reading…

moisturiser, male grooming, moisturiser for men, skincare for men, men's skincare, skincare

I used to know a guy who spent some time working on an Australian sheep station. At every exit to the building, he said there were huge bottles of sun screen mounted on the wall, rather like hand sanitiser in a hospital. As you left the building, you were expected to apply it to every bit of exposed skin.

This guy apparently stepped outside in the mid-day sun for one brief moment. A woman on the site saw him, dashed out and placed a hat on his head.

The message? Burly, tough Australian sheep shearers appreciate the power of the sun. They take skincare and the risk of skin cancer seriously. If they can, you should too. You would also be following in the footsteps of Hugh Laurie, Clive Owen and Laz Alonso, men who all famously moisturise. Continue Reading…

Depression, new fathers, mental health

Should we do more to help new fathers so they avoid mental health problems? Pic credit; Andrew Mason. Reproduced under Creative Commones Agreement 2.0

Can you get the connection between all of the following; Supergrass, Radiohead, Ride, Lewis Carroll. J.R.R. Tolkein, Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Ed Milliband, Iris Murdoch, Camilla Long? All either hail from Oxford or were educated there.

You can add to that list a superb but little known reggae band called Makating plus my life-long friends Stuart and Steve. If you’re feeling particularly generous you can add me to the list as I spent most of my childhood in the area*. Oh, and let’s not miss the Turf Tavern pub off the list. It’s probably the only pub in the world that can sell 15 crates of Pimms in one day (Oxford is a Pimms kinda place). Continue Reading…