Fatherhood: Review – Saltrock Clothing

July 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm

I don’t often get asked to review clothing here on the blog, and when I do it’s rarely clothing that I’d actually choose myself.

So when the folks at Saltrock asked if We wanted to test out some of their children’s range, I decided I should put away my presumptions and give them a shot.

As a rule, we don’t usually buy the kids clothing from cool brands or labels. Aside from wanting to avoid getting them “into fashion” too early (because who can afford that?!) we usually just stick to what the supermarkets and high street kids clothing shops sell.

Fatherhood: Talking Food with Jamie Oliver and HuffPo

July 15, 2016 at 9:04 pm

Oliver-51Today 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

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 – My First Scalextric

December 19, 2015 at 7:49 pm

IMG_9530As most of you will know by now, I very rarely turn down the opportunity to review a new toy – it’s basically one of the main reasons I started blogging in the first place, let’s be honest.

So when the nice people at Hornby asked if we’d like to give their new ‘My First Scalextric’ a spin, I said ‘Yes’ quicker than a Scalextric car flying off a sharp corner.

We’re actually a Scalextric family already, with a very large box of the grown-up stuff up in the loft thanks to a spree in my early twenties.

Fatherhood: Out of the mouths of babes…

December 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm

lost-name-year-review-02To celebrate the end of what is probably a momentous year for them, the clever (and very kind) people behind the world-famous ‘Lost My Name‘ books (reviewed on this very blog before they hit the big time!) have created quite an amazing review of 2016.

Rather than go down the traditional (and frankly, fairly boring) route of asking lots of stuffy suits what they think about the world – allowing people to spout big words that they don’t really know the meaning of – they’ve talked to children. 1,000 of them to be precise, from all over the world.

Fatherhood: 6 Super-Cute Baby/Toddler Halloween Costumes

October 22, 2015 at 6:58 pm

With the spooky season now bearing down upon us like the ghost in a haunted house ride, thoughts invariably turn to costumes. Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party, taking the kids out trick-or-treating or just want to celebrate the season, it’s a great excuse to get the little ones dressed up in super-cute outfits.

If you’re running low on inspiration, or you want to try something a little different this year, I’ve done the leg work and found some really cute (and very affordable) costumes you could try out….

Fatherhood: Going Solo – Roald Dahl gets REAL

September 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Matilda-roald-dahl-60819_275_252As many of you will know, one of my favourite parental activities is reading with my boys at bedtime. I don’t always get to do it (usually due to a delayed commute, or the occasional late stay at the office) but I try to make it as much as is humanly possible, such is the pleasure I get from the activity.

Over the past year, we’ve read a variety of books. As well as the classic bedtime readers for Freddie (think ‘Gruffalo’ and you get the picture, ‘scuse the pun) Robert is now keen on slightly bigger books – chapter-based books, if you will. We’ve read a number of ‘Famous Five’ books, several Michael Rosen poetry books and a few others, but the last 6 months or so has been dominated by the Roald Dahl box set Robert got for Christmas.,

Fatherhood: Family vs September – the Big Fight!

September 1, 2015 at 7:14 am

2015-08-29-14.26.38-DSCF0426Whilst September has never been my favourite month of the year (that honour goes to December, FYI) it is certainly up there in my top 5. Two pleasant milestones take place during this month, both of which I look forward to throughout the summer heat: the start of Autumn, and my birthday.

But September 2015 looks set to turn all of that on its head, and will certainly be the most stressful and chaotic month of this already-tiring year. This September has all the ingredients of a nightmare month. Let me explain why:

Fatherhood: Time to put the book down? Not as easy as it seems..

August 13, 2015 at 7:34 am

imageAs I stood waiting for my train this morning, mentally planning my timetable for the upcoming day, I found myself confronted by a large poster for the new Julia Donaldson book – The Scarecrow Wedding (in paperback at last!)

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this a few times before, but I’m a big fan of Donaldson’s work. My children have loved all of her previous books (particularly her collaborations with illustrator Axel Scheffler) and I personally love her style of storytelling. So I immediately made a mental note to pick up this latest release next time I was passing a bookshop.

Fatherhood: School Placement Appeal Hearings – an Intro

July 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm

This morning my wife and I attended an appeal hearing at the local council building, to appeal the placement of our son Freddie at the school he has been placed in. Or more accurately, to appeal the decision to NOT send him to the school his older brother currently attends.

I won’t go into the ins and outs of our particular case – partly because the appeal is still in flux, and I don’t want to jeopardise things by mouthing-off about it on the internet. But also because it’s not really important – the fact is, the council made him an offer at X school (4th on our list), whilst rejecting our application for Y school.