We all know that moving house can be a tricky business. Along with getting married and having a child, it’s one of the most stressful things you can do in life – so it usually ends up in at least a couple of fails. Whether it’s an arduous house search, a nightmare moving day or (like one of my work colleagues) you’re being held hostage by one link in ‘the chain’, there are countless ways that things can go wrong.
Today I had the privilege of being invited to take part in a really interesting event at the offices of the Huffington Post in London. Myself and a selection of other, much more prolific parenting bloggers (and a few others to boot) were asked to take part in a debate with TV Chef and all-round nice guy Jamie Oliver – an opportunity that I’d have to be a right idiot to turn down. Naturally, I jumped at the chance.
As luck would have it, the HuffPo offices are only a couple of underground stops away
Now as you will probably have figured out by now, neither of my children are driving age yet – something I’m certainly thankful of, given their general craziness! But when they do get a little bit older and start wanting to learn to drive, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be a nervous wreck.
Everybody knows that teenagers are some of the most at-risk drivers on the road – partly at risk of their own driving, but also from other young drivers on the road. A combination of their inexperience and their young, care-free age is the double-whammy that adds up to this high-risk status – neither of which are their fault, of course.
One of the strange quirks of parent blogging is the way your focus changes as your children grow and develop. Where I initially started blogging with a newborn, I’m now the father to 4 and 7 year olds, so the stuff I’m going through (and which I naturally focus on while blogging) is very different to what it used to be.
That’s not to say that I haven’t had experiences which aren’t still valid for a new father today – indeed, looking back on some of my earlier experiences as a dad is something I should do more of. After all, I was mostly too tired to write about most of them while I was living through it all!
Over the past few months, I’ve been working on a project with the friendly people from Ikea – Live Lagom.
If you want some background on what I’ve been up to, you can read my first two posts (Living Lagom in 2016 with IKEA and Live Lagom – the Story so Far) but as the project is now coming to a close, I thought I’d highlight some of the lessons I’ve learned so far…
Today, I start a new job. Whilst this may be a regular occurrence for some, I worked at my last company for over a decade, so this isn’t something I’ve done for a while. Needless to say, I’m feeling more than a little anxious right now.
The lovely people at Money-saving site QuidCo are conducting some interesting research relating to why we love our local high street. If you (like me) thought QuidCo was an “online only” thing, you might be surprised to find out that QuidCo deals can also be done in regular, high street shops!
As part of the research, they are asking bloggers like me to share a post about what we love about the high streets in our local town – as well as giving QuidCo a try at the same time. So that’s what I’m about to do!
As a blogger, most of my writing tends to be via a keyboard (or occassionally a touch-screen, if I’m bored on the train) – I very rarely get any time to do much handwriting these days.
So, when I DO get the urge to write freehand, I like to make sure I’ve got a SUPER pen to do it with. And they don’t come much more super than the new Marvel line of CROSS pens.
With Snapchat growing more popular by the day, many parents (and bloggers) are joining the service to “see what all the fuss is about”. And more than a few of them are left scratching their heads.
Since I myself struggled when I joined, I decided to write this guide as a helpful companion to those of us who have joined or are considering joining, but are finding the whole experience a bit confusing.
Snapchat has been designed for young people who aren’t yet used to the conventions of classic “User Experience” – some people think it might even be purposefully UN-user-friendly in an attempt to become off putting to “grown ups” and squares like me.
I’m now two months into the Ikea “Live Lagom” project (if you don’t know what that is, read my first post here) and I’m pleased with the progress we’re making.
We got off to a shaky start with the pressure cooker (as my fellow Live Lagom’ers know all to well – more on that in a moment) but we’re now really feeling the impact of our efforts.
So, whilst I haven’t come to any conclusions yet, I wanted to give a little update on how things are going with the various aspects we’re trying to tackle during the project…