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Fatherhood: 5 Lessons I’ve learnt by Living Lagom

May 22, 2016 at 7:26 pm

IMG_1186Over 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…

Fatherhood: First Day Nerves – Parental Empathy

May 9, 2016 at 7:03 am

Me, as a school boy

Me, as a school boy

There are many moments in life where I empathise with my children, but very few of them hits as hard as today. On this beautiful spring Monday morning I find myself realising exactly how my children have felt on a number of occasions recently.

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.

Fatherhood: Review – QuidCo’s High Street Happy

May 4, 2016 at 12:40 pm

reading-pedestrianisedThe 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!

Fatherhood: Review – MARVELous CROSS pens

April 22, 2016 at 7:36 am

pens-pens-pensAs 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.

Fatherhood: A Grown-up guide to Snapchat

April 5, 2016 at 8:14 am

Snapchat Beginners GuideWith 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.

Fatherhood: Live Lagom – the Story so Far

March 30, 2016 at 7:49 pm

henweb-rugI’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…

Fatherhood: Review – Tree and the Rock

March 24, 2016 at 7:56 am

Prints_image2_1024x1024Sometimes when we discover cool new things, our first instinct can be to keep them to ourselves. We’ve all done it – “I liked them before they became big”. Whether it’s because we want them a secret so “fame” doesn’t change them, or because we want to feel like an OG fan, the temptation is always there.

But whilst it’s a great feeling, it probably doesn’t help the producer of that thing you love so much – after all, if they’ve only got a small (albeit devoted) audience, they may decide to call it a day.

All of which is a very roundabout way of saying that I want to tell you about something very cool which I’ve loved for a while now, which I think lots of you will love to. Namely: art.

Fatherhood: Review – The Peugeot 308

January 31, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Yes, you read that right. I got asked to review a car…!

imageIt’s not often that I feel compelled to start a blog post – much less a review – with an apology. But having been asked to test and review a CAR, it feels right to apologise. You see, I know bee little about cars. If we pass a car and you ask me to identify it, you’ll be lucky if I get beyond the size and colour.

Jeremy Clarkson I ain’t. So if you saw this review and thought “Oh good, I’ve been waiting to find out about the handling and fuel efficiency of the new 308”, you’re going to be unlucky. I’m not even going to pretend to know how big the engine is, what sort of steering it has or… actually, I can’t even think of topics to not talk about – that’s how little I know.

Fatherhood: Living Lagom in 2016 with IKEA

January 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm

ikea-windAs most people who regularly read blogs will know, bloggers often get approached by brands asking them to review a product, endorse their brand or any number of other weird requests.

I get my fair share of them, and whilst it might sometimes seem like I agree to some weird ones, I actually turn down as many as I agree to. My criteria is fairly simple:

Fatherhood: 5 Ways to be a Better Father in 2016

January 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm

20150812_113511As a rule, I don’t really go for New Year Resolutions – never have really, but even less so as I get older. Much like most of the promises and plans we make in January, 90% of them are a distant memory by March, so what’s the point in deluding ourselves?

If you want to make a change in your life, do it then and there – like the dieter who decides to lose weight on a Friday, but convinces himself