May 2017

Your child’s first swear

Just look at her up above, the picture of innocence. Bella and I spent the day together doing the usual; running a few errands, shopping, cleaning, playing with blocks, reading books and of course: watching the Gruffallo for the millionth time

Daddy Blogger Challenge with MandM Direct

How much can you save with MandM Direct?

I’ve recently quit work to become a stay at home dad (as regular readers of my blog will know). To be able to afford this we’ve had to tighten our belts, quite a bit. Now I’ve always been a bargain hunter (or ‘a real Scrooge’ as my wife would probably describe it) but I have used this to my advantage since becoming a stay at home dad. I see it as a skill, saving money.

She’ll come home from the shops with something and ask my opinion and I’ll say, “That’s nice, was it expensive?” and she actually won’t know. Now, I’m not talking about the whole ‘pretending not to know, conveniently lost the receipt and tags, its more expensive than a small car’ kind of ‘I don’t know’ but that …..she just doesn’t know. As for me, I’ll know how much something is in 2 or 3 different shops. I get a buzz off saving money. Hmmmm maybe she’s onto something and I am slightly ‘Scroogey’ after all.

When did you turn into your mother?

I recently wrote a post about how I had turned into my mother and received a great response from it. Apparently we’ve all turned into our parents at some stage in the past (if you haven’t don’t worry, or actually do worry, there’s still time).

Most of us seem to have come to the same conclusion over a phrase that we heard in the past being uttered by ourselves, so I put it out there to the parent blogger community and this is what they had to say….

Daddy Poppins asks…… ‘When did you know you had turned into your mother/father?’


10 for 10 Blogger award

I have been nominated for the 10 for 10 blogger award by One Hull of a Mum, One Hull of a Dad (yes, they ganged up on me) and Lycrawidow.  If you click on their names you will be transported magically via the wonder of t’interwebs to their posts for 10 for 10. Look I’m sure this is just a tag they’ve stuck the word ‘award’ on to make you feel special and actually do it. Other words wheres my trophy eh?

They call it 10 for 10 because you ask 10 people to name 10 celebrities/famous people that they would like to get Jiggy with or invite to dinner.


I would like to thank Cheryl from Mummy of 5 miracles for creating this tag. Firstly, she is great, I love her honest reviews and the way she doesn’t take life seriously (bar how seriously she takes being the best mother she can be). It’s clear from her blog and the way she is that her family mean the world to her and I’m sure the feeling is reciprocated. I’ve no doubt she’s a wonderful mam and if you haven’t read her posh chicken recipe then do so, (it’s not your normal recipe). Secondly, I think she’s come up with a really great idea with this tag and the fact that she thought of it as a way to instil confidence in others through praise and honesty (about what she perceives to be her own flaws) shows what a kind hearted person she is.. We’ve chatted on twitter (you can catch her here) and always had good fun and #bantz (as the kids say) but I never knew she enjoyed my blog. I honestly thought we’d just ended up in the same ‘twitter tribe’ and that was it. If this tag hadn’t been created I’d never have known that she loved my blog. It really made my day.

I’ve turned into my Mother

I read an article previously that said you turn into your mother by the age of 27. Now granted this ‘article’ (and I use the term very very loosely) was probably in one of the various women’s magazines I buy my wife to stay in the good books (by keeping her up to her neck in celebrity gossip, instead of thinking up jobs for me to do).

I’m 37, a full 10 years off but it has definitely happened. I don’t know why its taken me an extra 10 years, maybe its because ….I’m a man? maybe its because 30 is the new 20 (again women’s magazines told me this) who knows! Maybe its because I secretly* read women’s magazines (also white jeans are making a comeback in summer 2017, but that’s a story for another day).

Grumpy resting face

We’ve all heard of ‘Bitchy Resting Face‘, well apparently I’ve got ‘Grumpy Resting Face’

There’s nothing worse is there? You know what I mean. You’re doing your thing (reading, on your phone or watching the TV) and suddenly the conversation goes like this…

“What’s up with you?”

“Me? Nothing”

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