• Gnome Roam Review
    Days Out,  Kids Entertainment,  Reviews,  Travel

    Gnome Roam – Newmillerdam Country Park

    Days out during the summer holidays can cost an arm and a leg and even just doing 1 or 2 a week that require paying for can really rack up the pound signs! I’ve been trying really hard over the last few weeks to keep our weekday activity costs as low as possible, so when a friend told me about a free ‘Gnome Roam‘ then we had to go and check it out. Newmillerdam Country Park, Wakefield Set in a beautiful part of West Yorkshire, this woodland walk offers a great family day out at little to no cost. The only cost we incurred was £1.30 for parking, but if…

  • Wall Art by Pug Pup Print - Featured Image
    Gift Ideas,  Home Products,  Keepsakes,  Reviews

    Wall Art by Pug Pup Prints

    Finding the right art work for your home or as gift for someone can be really tricky. For a while we’ve been wanting to find a nice piece to hang in the boys new play room so we were thrilled when we were sent a fab piece of wall art by Pug Pup Prints. In our house we are superhero mad, so when I saw the option to include a superhero picture that shows us as a family into the boys room, I knew it was the right one. It now hangs a constant reinforcement to our adopted children that we are a forever family, so wall art doesn’t get…

  • Blogs,  Kids Entertainment,  Top Tips,  Travel

    Avoiding The Journey From Hell

    The holiday season is royally upon us (not the Christmas kind, don’t worry it’s not one of those eager beaver kind of posts… we ain’t anywhere near that prepared!). The feelings of excitement preparing for a 5* holiday somewhere exotic in kid-free hotels are nothing more than a distant memory. Instead I’m going to spending the next week frantically planning on avoiding the journey from hell as we get ready to head off on our first all-inclusive, family resort holiday… during school holidays. SHOOT ME NOW! We did go to Menorca last year, late in September once schools were back, but in hindsight it wasn’t our best idea. All the…

  • Blogs,  Getting Ready For School,  Top Tips

    Starting School: Summer Preparations

    The summer holidays are looming and for both Pips and I, we won’t just be worrying about what on earth we are going to do for 6 weeks to keep the kids entertained; we’ll also be trying to get ourselves into gear as we prepare for the kids starting school. In a previous post we talked a bit about getting the boys ready for reception and developing their independence skills, which is great, but then there is sooooooo much for the parents to consider and start getting ready in time for day one! I thought I’d share a bit about my preparations and offer some tips, but the reality is…

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    Learn How to Save Money Every Day

    Raising a family even on two incomes can sometimes create moments of financial despair, especially when a child’s birthday or a family social gathering lingers just around the corner. The good news is that there are many ways to reel in your spending and conserve your resources, to save money each day. Smart Shopping The weekly trip to the supermarket can consume a lot of your extra cash. However, there are ways to reduce the cost of food shopping each visit. First, it’s always in your best interest to create a complete shopping list prior to heading out the door. This will allow you to stick to the list and…

  • Thinking about adoption
    Adoption,  Blogs,  Top Tips

    So, You’re Thinking About Adoption…

    I can’t believe my boys are turning 4! It’s seems like only yesterday that we started our adoption journey and that moment when they first crawled into our lives seems an almost distant memory. Looking back on our experience of the adoption process there was so much I wish I had known or really understood/paid attention to as we began that epic year in our lives…  not that I would change anything about where we are now, but just so that I could have felt better prepared or in truth being left to feel a little less aggrieved by parts of it. So I thought I would share some of…

  • Blogs,  Humour,  Media

    “Radio Blah Blah”

    When a random email dropped into the Parenting Phil’s inbox asking if we’d be interested in becoming regular guests on Radio 5 Live’s parenting slot, ‘School Runnings’ with Nihal Arthanayake, it’s fair to say we got a little excited… OK we had to literally scrape Pips off the ceiling! Within just a few days and after a brief chat with a producer… BOOM we were booked to appear together the next week! It was a whirlwind of excitement versus nerves leading up to the day. We weren’t nervous about talking about ourselves… we could do that in our sleep, and we weren’t particularly nervous about actually being on radio talking…

  • Getting Ready for Primary School
    Blogs,  Competition & Giveaways,  Education

    Getting Ready For School

    If you’re a parent of a pre-schooler, then this week probably started with feelings of anxiety and worry about getting the primary school place you had hoped for. Here at the Parenting Phils, we were both fortunate enough to get our first choice schools which was such relief and we hope that’s a similar story for you too, and if not we hope you are happy with your allocated school… or good luck with your appeals! So now the wait to find out which school your child will go to is over, the next worry is getting them (and you) ready for September! Now I know what a lot of…

  • Battle of the Boots
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    Battle of the Boots

    When it comes to boots, what’s not to love? There are boots of all kinds. Some boots look great with dresses while other boots are meant for hiking. Let’s take a look at some of the best boots in every category for this upcoming season. Work Boots Timberland makes some of the best work boots on the market. They’re durable, comfortable, often water resistant, and will last for a long time. If you work construction or do hard labor on the weekends, these boots are the best. When you see Timberlands, you think workaholic. They have rustproof hardware, cushioned collars, and anti-fatigue midsoles. They are made using Leather Working Group…

  • Adoption and the NHS
    Adoption,  Blogs,  Children's Health,  Rant

    Adoption & the NHS

    Before people start getting upset with me, I feel I should start this post with a disclaimer. I am a huge supporter of the NHS. I am very appreciative of the free healthcare we get in the UK and I want to protect our NHS desperately from the likes of Theresa May, who let’s face it, would sell it off to companies like G4S to line the pockets of people like her husband! OOOOsh Now that’s out of the way… BUT… it can be absolutely ridiculous at times and I’m feeling the need for a rant! For those that might not know, when a child is legally adopted they receive a new NHS…

  • Scary Flowers
    Blogs,  Humour

    “Scary” Flowers

    I wouldn’t blame you for thinking a post titled ‘Scary Flowers‘, posted a week after Valentines Day, would be all about how I didn’t receive any flowers from my beloved or how the ones he got me where ‘shocking’ in some way (the shock being that he actually bought me some obvs). Well, you would be wrong… in most part. For the record I didn’t receive any flowers, rather Craggers opted to buy the person who is desperately trying to lose weight and resist the urge to drink on school nights, chocolate and gin! Do you remember that documentary called ‘Fat Girls and Feeders’ years ago… they could totally film…

  • The Goblin's Blue Blanket
    Books,  Competition & Giveaways,  Reviews

    The Goblin’s Blue Blanket by Kieron Black

    I love that getting a new book is like getting a new bike to a three-year-old! I never realised just how excited a kid could get opening a package to find a book instead of sweets or ‘Ralph toys’, which is what he was guessing as he opened it. He wasn’t disappointed at all. The unveiling of this amazingly illustrated children’s book took place after nursery, around 4pm, which made the next 3 hours until bed time unbearable! All H wanted to do was read the book before bed, so it needed to be bedtime at 4pm, 4.05pm, 4.15pm and pretty much every 5-10 minutes for the rest of the…

  • Blogs,  Home Improvements

    Team ‘LOVE IT’: Peaky Blinders

    I’m sure the title got you Peaky Blinders fans excited for our final instalment of TEAM LOVE IT!?? Well I’m really sorry to disappoint but I’ve never actually watched it… although Tom Hardy is in it so I’m not sure why I haven’t? Instead I’m going to talk about something slightly less thrilling but that can really transform your home, both visually and economically… your windows. I remember being a kid and having to wipe the window sill with a towel to mop up the puddle of water most mornings because of the condensation. Those days are long gone for most people thankfully but the world of UPVC windows has…

  • Blogs,  Gardening,  Home Improvements

    Team ‘LOVE IT’: A Garden To DIE For

    Earlier this month I posted about wanting to go on Kirsty & Phil’s ‘Love It or List It’… well the message I received was loud and clear! So this week Pips and I are going to share some home improvement ideas that we are planning this year to help us stay on #TeamLoveIt. One of the things I love most about the house we are currently in (as pokey as it is🤣) is the garden. For a new build house the space outside is pretty decent which you don’t always get with most developers! We were fortunate that when we bought the house part of our garden was retained by…

  • Skipping the Potty
    Home Products,  Potty Training,  Reviews

    Skipping the Potty

    Over the last 6 months we’ve moaned non-stop about potty training and all it’s joys and in a previous blog, I [over]shared with you about the twins both suffering from toddler diarrhea and my concerns about potty training. In hindsight, post-potty training, I think I made such a big deal of it in my head when the reality was that the process wasn’t quite as painful as I expected and I’m glad I followed my gut and just waited until they were both ready. HOWEVER, what people don’t tell you about potty training is that whilst it’s great that you no longer have to change a sloppy nappy, cleaning a…