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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: Competition – Fireplace Accessory Set

December 11, 2016 at 8:02 pm

dscf2016With Winter now firmly making it’s presence felt, there’s nothing I like to do more of an evening than sit in front of our log fire.

When we originally moved to this house, I wasn’t really very fussed on having a real fireplace – it was a “nice to have” but not a deal-breaker by any stretch.

Having now lived here for a few years though, I can safely say it’ll be a must-have in our next house move, whenever that is.

Fatherhood: The Daddy Changing Room Dilemma

November 30, 2016 at 9:59 pm

photo034There are many types of dad in the world – and many types of dad blogger, too. Whether you’re married, single, gay, straight, working, stay-at-home – pretty much any dad, in fact – you will, in the first few years of your children’s lives, have come across the same issue:

Namely, where to change your baby when in public.

For reasons which are fairly understandable historically, but no longer relevant today, most baby changing facilities have traditionally been placed in Women’s toilets.

Fatherhood: Competition – Brew Your Own Beer!

November 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm

img_1520With the holiday season fast approaching, you might be scratching your head wondering what to get the various dads in your life.

Whether it’s a husband, son, father or friend, we dads can be a tricky bunch to buy for – assuming we’re looking past the cliched socks anyway.

Thankfully, Brew Barrel have come up with a product which would make the ideal gift for the dad in your life – a home brewing kit that is almost fool proof!

Each kit contains everything you need (well, except tap water) to brew a small barrel of your own, customised lager.

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar, 2016

November 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm

lego-star-wars-advent-2016Most of you who follow or know me will already be aware of my fascination with Lego – so when I was asked if I wanted to review the 2016 Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar, I obviously jumped at the chance.

After my initial excitement, I realised I was in a bit of a strange situation. To truly “review” a product, you’ve got to open it and play with it – something I’ve always done in past reviews. But with this – an advent calendar – opening it before December the 1st seems a bit… well, a bit naughty. And as we all know, you’ve got to stay on the nice list at this time of year!

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Star Wars ‘Tie Striker’ Rogue One Set

October 10, 2016 at 8:33 pm

91zsjdbz4l-_sl1500_1Today is an exciting day. It might not seem like much to you, but today I have fulfilled a dream which I have been working towards for nearly five years – ever since I started this very blog, in fact.

Yes, today (well, very recently anyway) I was asked to review a new Lego set.

Sure, it might not seem like much to some of my fellow bloggers, many of whom get to do this all the time. But in the five plus years I have been blogging, with every single review I’ve written, I’ve secretly been

Fatherhood: Coming Around to the Cub Scouts

October 4, 2016 at 8:43 pm

img_3505A little over a year ago, Robert (then 7) finally got a place at our local ‘Beavers’ colony. For those of you who I’ve already lost, Beavers are the early-years faction of the Cub Scouts, designed for children between 6 and 8 as a precursor to the more well-known Cubs.

Short of a couple of vague mentions, I’ve avoided mentioning much about it on my blog – despite having some strong feelings toward the Cub Scouts system. Mainly because my feelings at that point weren’t necessarily all that positive.

Fatherhood: Here Come The Girls – 5 (+1) Fantastic Mummy Bloggers to Follow

September 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

mum-bloggersParent blogging is a fast-growing world, with a slew of great new blogs popping up every day – seemingly at a much faster rate than other blogging topics. It’s hardly surprising when our subject matter is something that almost everyone in the world could do, which requires no qualifications and which there are a million different opinions on.

Fatherhood: A Day out on the Thames in London

August 29, 2016 at 2:55 pm

IMG_2695With the chaos of 2016 showing no signs of calming down, and a new house to save for, we opted for another ‘staycation’ this year.

With Sara and the boys off for their usual 6 week school holiday, I was lucky enough to be able to take a week away from the office and spend some quality time with them at home.

Fatherhood: Top Home Moving FAILS we all Recognise

August 9, 2016 at 7:50 pm

DSCF5223We 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.