5 Activities to Give You a Well Earned Break from Parenting

February 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Parenting Is a Full Time Job, so a Break Can Work Wonders.

There are plenty of jobs that imply a great deal of responsibility and in return reward players both materially and professionally. There is usually an indissoluble link between the importance of the duty and the financial compensation. Most people would agree that money isn’t everything and the personal satisfaction can be much more important. All things considered, parenting is arguably the most important activity in a parent’s life and definitely the most meaningful.

Which Wills tells you Which Will you need!

February 23, 2017 at 7:23 pm

The clever people over at Which? Wills have commissioned new research that reveals the ‘unmentionable’ topics in life that we often feel uncomfortable discussing with family and friends.

The survey and infographic reveal the trickiest subject matters are sex, finances, death and relationships.

However, our perception of taboo subjects depends largely on our relationship with the person we talk to. For example, conversations with kids will differ to those with parents; siblings; grandparents or friends.

According to the research, many of us have managed to avoid discussing awkward subject matters with our parents altogether and although it’s clear that wills are generally not seen as taboo subjects, we still don’t really like to talk about them.

Personally, my wife and I chose to get a will when we first became pregnant with Robert – becoming parents seems like the natural time to think about responsibilities and legacies of course. It was also a good way for us to clearly specify what would happen to our children in the unlikely (I hope!) event of our deaths.

When the time does come to begin thinking and talking about the topic of wills with those around us, Which? Wills has simplified the process of learning how to make a will with its easy to use online tool to create a will in 30 minutes.

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Super Heroes Iron Man: Detroit Steel Strikes

February 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm

When I first heard that this Lego set was being released, I got way more excited than you’d probably imagine a grown-up man getting. Not because I’m a huge “Detroit Steel” fan, but because of the other Marvel Hero introduced in this set.

The character in question is possibly the most pivotal in the entire Marvel cinematic universe, having played a key part in numerous movies – either present or in the background. He’s the former director of SHIELD, the man who “Assembled” the Avengers and possibly my favourite character of all – Agent Phil Coulson.

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Super Hero Mighty Micros 2

February 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Having bought the kids the complete set of Super Hero “Mighty Micros” sets last year for their birthdays, we have been eagerly awaiting the release of more from the series. Thankfully, we weren’t disappointed – this year sees the release of a whole new set!

Just like the first series, this line comprises of 3 Marvel and 3 DC Good vs Evil match-ups – and they’re just as good as the first set, let me tell you.

Series 2 (I don’t think they’re officially calling it that, but if we keep doing it they might bring out a third next year!!) comprises of the following sets:

Fatherhood: How-to – Make a Lego Minifigure Storage Display for under £5

January 29, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Home-made Lego Minifigure Display CaseIf you are a collector of Lego Minifigures – either the ‘blind bag’ collections or perhaps a particular range – you might struggle to find a good solution to storing them all in a nice display case. Sure, you can buy a variety of options that do the job, but they’re all very expensive and not particularly nice looking.

So when I was looking to solve this problem for myself – and to find a place to store the nearly-200 figures I’ve collected over the past 5+ years – I decided to make my own instead. I found a few different designs on pinterest, and one my favourites is really easy to make – and can cost under a fiver! All you need is a “Ribba” 23x23cm frame from Ikea (currently £3.50), some spare 2×2 Lego bricks, paint and some superglue.

Where to get the best deals for your everyday expenses

January 16, 2017 at 8:57 pm

fashion-clothes-hanger-clothes-rack-clothingSome people may not believe there are working ways to cut down on one’s expenses. However, the truth is this, there are some ways to lessen your monthly expenses and save on some money. You just need to know some good working tips that will help you to save on some spending. They are as follows:

  1. Make sure to write down all of your expenses – You should be very mindful of just where you do spend your pennies and write down all of things that you do have to pay for the entire month. You can then see, as well as, go on from there to learn just how you can effectively cut on your costs in the future.

Fatherhood: Review – O2 Smart Home (Pt 1)

January 3, 2017 at 1:55 pm

o2-smart-homeJust before Christmas, a lovely chap got in touch from O2, to ask if I’d like to take part in a home test/trial thingy for their snazzy new “Smart Home” technology.

Designed to connect and automate many of your regular tasks around the home, the start of Winter seemed like the ideal time to give this a spin, so I jumped at the chance.

Guest Post – The 5 most expensive Lego sets

January 2, 2017 at 9:25 am

Lego, one of the best known and most played with toy of the past couple of decades. But Lego isn’t only for children – adults also like to play with it. What makes certain Lego sets so expensive? It is not the number of pieces or a popular theme. Usually the value goes sky-high after its retirement. Rarity is the most important factor that makes a Lego set expensive. If it’s rare, and desirable it will be valuable. Here are the top 5 most expensive Lego sets.

Fatherhood: Review – Chalkola Pens

December 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Chalkola MarkersDespite having only dropped into the Henry’s Blog mailbox this month (also known as the work pigeon hole in the Good Relations offices), the Chalkola Markers I’ve been reviewing for this post have turned out to be one of my favourite reviews of 2016.

Sure, it helps that I’m already a bit of a liquid chalk marker addict – we’ve had some generic ones at home for a while, and we use them to write on the walls at work too – but I’m pleased to say the markers that the people from Chalkola sent over for me to review are fantastic.

Fatherhood: Safe Driving During Winter

December 21, 2016 at 2:21 pm

p1030718To launch their new “safe driving on two wheels” infographic (which you can find by clicking on the image at the bottom of this post), the lovely people at Jefferies Solicitors have asked me to tell you about some of my winter driving experiences.

Obviously I’m not a motorcycle rider personally (I’ve never figured out how to fit a child’s car seat onto the back!) but they told me that car driving tips were just as useful.