• 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…

  • 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…

  • Blogs,  Lifestyle

    The Top 7 Tag

    Can you believe it’s really 2019 already? I mean seriously, I’m sure by 2020 we were supposed to be zipping around on hover boards like something from Back to the Future… and I don’t mean on those imposters that are really on wheels and are prone to exploding whilst on charge! I can’t believe 2020 isn’t actually that far away, Pips will be turning 40 and I’ll be on the slippery slop too clinging on to my 30’s for one final year… yikes! But let’s not dwell on that just yet, it is only January after all and I was recently tagged by fellow blogger Rachael from Lukeosaurus And Me to take part…

  • Blogs,  Lifestyle

    Love It or List It… (or Just Get Over Yourself)

    The ‘Curse of the Itchy Feet’ has reared its ugly head once again… sounds like a great Hollywood blockbuster, doesn’t it?? Well I’m afraid it’s not quite so exciting but has produced a fairly epic dilemma in our house again… it occurs fairly regularly and usually results in a year or two of Craig saying ‘no‘, followed by us doing some costly work to the house, followed by us moving house within the next 6 months! Now before I plead my case to you and gather your support and sympathies for the ‘tragic’ living conditions I suffer, I should really ‘fess up and say that we live in a really lovely 4…

  • Blogs,  Books,  Rant

    Julia Donaldson: Credit Where Credit is Due!

    With the new year comes the New Year’s Honours List and there’s a few familiar faces on the list with Dame Twiggy and Sir Michael Palin just to name a couple of the big ones this year. Despite being a misery, I do actually really like the fact that we can recognise a persons contribution in this way and celebrate their outstanding career. I also really like that it’s not just the celebs that are given this prestigious credit, with charity workers, NHS staff and many others also getting a look in. I worked with several people during my time in the voluntary sector who had received OBE’s and MBE’s… and…

  • Blogs,  Christmas,  Humour

    The (Other) Queen’s Speech

    IT’S CHRISSSSSTTTTTTMAAAAS!!!! Wohooooooo!!! I’m sure by the time you’re reading this the novelty of Christmas has probably worn off? And who could blame you after an early start, a morning of clearing up shredded wrapping and breaking down boxes, maybe trying to see family and trying to get more food than is necessary ready for the feast! I’ll assume that you’ve probably already had a few cheeky sherries (or whatever tipple is traditional and acceptable in the AM in your house)… if you haven’t, then what are you playing at? Go pour yourself a glass of something festive and get ready for this queen’s speech!!! Today we get to hear…

  • Blogs,  Christmas,  Humour

    Christmas Movies: Our Naughty & Nice List

    All year we seem to worry about the kids spending too much time staring at the box, well it’s finally the Christmas season! A time to acceptably shove your kids in front of the TV and ram down their throats your favourite Christmas films whilst ignoring their cries to watch Big Hero Six or Toy Story for the 20th time that week! I know lots of my fellow bloggers will be talking about getting outside and dirty whilst it’s wet and miserable, using really positive and upbeat words to describe the weather… well that just aint me I’m afraid. All year I’ve tried to be ‘crafty daddy’ and ‘messy-play daddy’…

  • Competition & Giveaways,  Kids Entertainment,  Reviews,  Toys

    Getting Slimy with Zimpli Kids

    I’ve got to admit a ‘baff’ full of ‘gelli’ sounded like my worst nightmare. The thought of this gross, gooey mess consuming my beautifully white bath… oh and my children, filled me with horror. But I’ve got to say… it was gross but we LOVED IT! Zimpli Kids is a really innovative brand of messy kids stuff for both indoor and outdoor play, with products like the ‘Gelli Baff’, ‘Slime Blaster’ and ‘Simon Squirters’ just to name a few! They come in different colours too, we received a pack of the red ‘gelli’ to try out but you can also get them in blue, green and pink too! Perfect if…

  • Blogs,  Health,  Lifestyle

    Mothers Ruin?

    Here at the Parenting Phil’s we love a gin and tonic… as you might have guessed this from our last video and from a few insta posts, and from a few other blogs… OK we talk about G&T fairly regularly! And whilst there’s absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a relaxing beverage on an evening after a long day of playing referee, chef, bottom-wiper and ‘Daddy Robot’ (don’t ask), it’s important to recognise when you might be having one too many. This week in the UK it’s Alcohol Awareness Week, a good time to take a step back and reflect on your booze intake and ask yourself  ‘Am I meeting all my daily…

  • Blogs,  Humour

    Daddy Finger, Daddy Finger🖕🏻

    WORLD NURSERY RHYME WEEK starts on the 19th November 2018, a time when we can celebrate and share our favourite musical numbers… hahahahaha yeah right, have you heard some of the lyrics in these songs? Most are borderline ridiculous, others make zero sense, some encourage our children to hurt or maim others and the rest are just down right annoying! So, that being said, here’s my top 10 nursery rhymes that I really detest and encourage you not to expose your children too! TOP 10 NURSERY RHYMES YOU SHOULDN’T LET YOUR CHILDREN LISTEN TO! #1 Hush Little Baby “If that mocking bird don’t sing, momma’s going to buy you a…

  • Blogs,  Days Out,  Humour

    5 Reasons Why I HATE Play Centres! 20 Minute Challenge

    Kelly, over at Daydreams of a Mum has just challenged us to take part in a ’20 minute challenge’ where we have to write about anything we like. I got the tweet from Kelly whilst sat in our local play centre, so what better to talk [rant] about!?! As it’s a quick challenge, I’m writing this on my phone without Pips’ supervision, so apologies for typos and all that jazz… The rules: 1. In 20 minutes you are to create your post, including writing, checking, proofreading, editing and adding any images. 2. Mention the person who gave you the challenge and include a link to their website. 3. After 20…

  • Food,  Lifestyle,  Share A Story

    Rub-a-Dub-Dub, THANKS for the Grub!

    October 2018 has been MEGA for the Parenting Phils, we set out to have a jam-packed month of blogs, reviews, interviews, guest posts and giveaways with our ‘Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ theme. Well life through us a few curve balls to say the least, but guess what, we did it! We’ve had some fab guest posts this month from Louise talking about her sons nut allergy and how it has changed the lives of her whole family, from Rachael who shared her journey to starting a family whilst living with epilepsy and from Phil’s big sister, Jenny, who sold us on the idea that we need to suck it…

  • Books,  Food,  Reviews

    Getting The Little Blighters To Eat

    To finish off our month-long ‘Rub-a-dub-dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ theme, I thought I’d share with you a book that made a huge difference to me and my approach to feeding the kids. At the time I purchased it the boys where just about to turn 2 and their feeding habits where starting to change and the fear of them becoming ‘fussy eaters’ was royally kicking in. The book I’m referring to is called ‘Getting The Little Blighters To Eat‘ by Claire Potter and it’s available on Amazon for £4.99, which was a bargain in my opinion, given the impact it had on us. Now I’m not a big reader,…