night light, Dreambaby
My eldest daughter doesn’t always like to sleep in the dark. She’s usually happy so long as there’s a little light in her room. We were, therefore, very happy to try out the Ladybug Battery Operated Night Light from child-safety brand Dreambaby.

In terms of popularity with Helen, my daughter, it has won hands down. Almost as soon as she could get her hands on the light it disappeared off to her bedroom and has hardly been seen since. Continue Reading…

paddling pool

This guy’s got the correct idea.

In the past few days I have come to appreciate the simple beauty of the paddling pool. Forget iPads, or other complex toys; when the sun is out and the temperature rises above 25 degrees Celsius, the paddling pol really does reign supreme.

Our paddling pool really came into its own yesterday afternoon. I filled it up prior to going on the school run. The idea had been to take both kids to the park for half an hour before returning home and letting the kids play in the pool. Continue Reading…

investing, ISA, Child Trust Fund, piggy bank

You will probably need to do a bit better than a piggy bank to pay your child’s tuition fees if they go into higher education. Pic credit below.

This guest post from family finance expert and MoneyPlus blogger Julie Hutchison looks at where you might wish to invest for your children’s future…and why their age should be taken into consideration.

John has written before on his blog about how his oldest child qualifies for a Child Trust Fund, whereas his youngest has a Junior ISA. Continue Reading…

teenager, entertaining teengers

This is NOT my nephew, but you get the idea. Pic credit below.

There’s a certain air of anticipation in our household right now. Tomorrow we shall be entering new and uncharted territory; my teenaged nephew will be flying in from the USA to stay with us for a few days.

This is a whole new world to us. We’re used to entertaining young children. We inhabit a world of paddling pools, petting farms, visits to the park and, on an adventurous day, a visit to the Natural History or Science Museums in London. Continue Reading…

#MySundayPhoto, #SilentSunday, photography, blogging, family life

A couple of weeks ago I published this photo of my girls with a huge bar of chocolate. It was taken on Christmas Day 2014 and I invited you all to figure out what happened next. Continue Reading…

Throughout June I’ve been growing a beard in support of The Lullaby Trust (for more information, please follow this link). The campaign has come to an end, but so many people have commented on my beard I thought I would record a vlog about it.

This is the first in a short series of vlogs I plan to record that are focused on facial hair. In this one I explain how I found the experience and what I did to maintain the beard. Future vlogs will focus on various beard styles and reviews of products such as beard oils and trimmers.

If there’s anything you’d like me to cover these beardy future vlogs, then please leave a comment below. In the meantime….enjoy!

 

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sex education, sex and relationship education, SRE

This pic describes my school’s approach to sex education. Pic credit below.

Helen, my six year old, has just come home from school with one of those letters. You know, one of those that explains in stark terms that your child is about to receive a lesson in sex and relationship education (SRE). Continue Reading…

anti-ageing serum, Boots, No7, No7 Men, No7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum

No7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum is a product with a long name that makes big promises. It claims that after two weeks it can make you look younger and that skin texture will be improved. I gave it a shot, and here’s what I thought.

First of all, this is a serum and not a moisturiser. This was the first time I’d ever used a serum so was fascinated to see if it would have any impact. Continue Reading…

Ageing, JAgged Little Pill, Alanis Morisette

Alanis Morisette, whose music has made me very reflective (For the avoidance of doubt, we have never been to the theatre together). Pic credit below.

It’s funny what can put me in a reflective mood. Followers of my twitter feed may have noticed how excited I became the other week when I discovered that Alanis Morisette’s classic album Jagged Little Pill was two decades old.

A whole two decades. In that time I’ve experienced some incredible highs and lows. Continue Reading…

BiBs, BritMums Live, blogging, dad blogger, daddy blogger

Left to right, Darren Coleshill of OneDad3Girls who was a finalist in the social media category of the BiBs, me, finalist in the family category and Julian Boffin finalist and winner in the writer category.

I’ve scored the hat trick; I’ve attended and survived my third BritMums Live. For me, this year’s conference was a really interesting experience because I actually knew loads of real human beings who were going. Sure, I met loads of mum and dad bloggers that were new to me, but having attended twice in the past, the number of individuals I genuinely knew in real life was well into the double figures. Continue Reading…