• Blogs,  Health,  Lifestyle,  Parenting

    Self-Care: The Importance Of Looking After Numero Uno!

    The other week Phil asked me if I fancied doing a co-written piece with him on self-care for our blog, which I thought was a great idea because it’s been on my mind A LOT these days. Before I start though, it must be known that I am that typical disheveled mother, who wishes to be the yummy mummy but is too bloody knackered to do something about it, and the list of jobs and mothering boys (1&3) far out-way, well, ME!   Until this happened… A few months back a comment was made to me that literally THREW ME, and I thought something drastic needs to be done! I…

  • Mother's Day Gift Ideas,  Reviews

    Mother’s Day – A Personalised Gift Idea

    Ladies and Gentlemen, soon the day will be upon us where we all celebrate just how wonderful our old Mum is, as Mother’s Day fast approaches on the 31st March. Now before you pop the shops for your box of chocolates and bunches of flowers, let me tickle your taste buds with something different. Something more sentimental and long-lasting, like a quality piece of affordable jewellery. I was really excited to be given the opportunity to try a piece of jewellery from our friends at Engravers Guild of London, who offered to engrave a beautiful locket with my own personal message. The service I received and the quality of the product is the reason why…

  • Blogs,  Energy,  Home Improvements

    Team ‘LOVE IT’: Get SMART (with your heating)

    Now some of you may have already read from my previous blog that I’m #Team[will]LoveIt as we are currently overhauling the house from top to bottom. Granted it feels like it’s moving at a snail’s pace at the minute because we’re doing most of the work ourselves. Which as you can imagine is not easy with a young family and a job to contend with. Still, at least it’s happening whatever the pace feels like! By the end of January, the plan is to have finished all of the upstairs landing and bedrooms, the stairs and downstairs hallway – fingers crossed! This will bring us to the dining and living-room…

  • Blogs,  New Year Resolutions

    No ‘New’ Years Resolutions Here: I’m D.U.N.N

    I used to love January… It used to be one of my favorite months of the year. Simply because it signalled a fresh start, a new plan, a new ‘me’ so to speak and it all used to start with my New Years Resolution! The problem is… I am Philippa DUNN. A woman who loves ideas, plans, resolutions, but does not live up to the name of getting anything DUNN! I’m pretty pants at sticking to any new years resolutions, and more often than not, the promises and plans made fall by the wayside or simply don’t get DUNN. So much so, I am practically drowning in my new years’ resolutions…

  • Christmas,  Competition & Giveaways,  Stocking Fillers Ideas

    Last-Minute Stocking Fillers For Kids 🎁

      LAST WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS!! Are you just about to start your ‘last minute’ shopping for Christmas?… Are you struggling with ‘stocking filler‘ ideas for your kids??… Fear not… the ParentingPhils are here to help!!! With a little assistance from our friends at Amazon, we have carefully selected some fun and reasonably priced stocking fillers you may want to consider whilst buying your last minute gifts. You never know, this list may buy you some time to brew up before the unwrapping onslaught extravaganza begins🤞 Last-Minute Stocking Fillers   The Home Fusion Company – Kids Christmas Socks It’s not Christmas if your stocking filler doesn’t contain the obligatory Christmas socks! Check these festive…

  • Blogs,  Christmas

    Making Christmas Traditions

    So it’s my turn to post… late as usual but hey ho, I made it eventually! Last week we all read about Phil’s Christmas movie list and his must have films that make the season for him and his boys. Along with my must have crimbo telly, which I snuck in. So in an attempt to tell me to sod off and stop hijacking his blog, Phil very kindly drafted a Christmas blog for me to do on WordPress called ‘Christmas with Pips‘. Feel bad really, because he did put some work in to it, at least a whole 15-20 minutes. But as I sat and looked at the screen thinking of…

  • Books,  Children's Mental Health,  Reviews

    One for Sorrow

    We are thrilled to introduce a lovely children’s book called ‘One for Sorrow’, written by a gentlemen called Mr Gresty, who is an unpublished author from our neck of the woods – The North West, so naturally we tuned-in, to support our region! And we’re so glad we did! This simple tale tells the story of a Magpie called Sorrow. One day, Sorrow awakes to find he’s lost his Joy. So he sets off on a journey through the thick fog to find her. This heartfelt and sincere story has been intuitively written as a way of introducing the subject of mental health with your children. Something we can all agree…

  • Blogs,  Education,  Milestones

    Top Ten Things to Consider when Choosing Primary Schools

    The time has come, too quickly I might add, where both Parenting Phils are experiencing yet another milestone in the world of parenting – primary school applications! Which means countless tours of prospective schools, reading Ofsted reports, meeting other parents and getting the general nitty-gritty of what your prospective school is all about. As you’ll agree, choosing the right school for your child is an important task. Simply because they will spend the best part of their day in that setting, 5 days a week, 9 months a year. So it’s incredibly important to know your child will be cared for, supported and safe, whilst on their new learning journey.…

  • Blogs,  Children's Health,  Food Intolerance

    Our Food Intolerance Journey (so far)….

    As part of our month long ‘Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ series, today we are talking about food intolerance and Pips experience so far with her 1 year-old son Teddy. Our Food Intolerance Journey (so far)… Discovering my youngest has a food intolerance has been somewhat of a ‘learning journey’, one we are still on at the moment, as no firm diagnosis has been given, at least not yet. His first appointment with a Paediatrician is not until November. But for me, all the signs are there. Initially, I thought my son’s food intolerance started when we introduced cows milk after he turned twelve months. Now we’re a few months…

  • Health,  Parenting,  Share A Story

    Guest Post: Motherhood & Epilepsy

    On Friday 19th October 2018, a new National ‘Tea Break’ campaign for Epilepsy Action launches, so we invited a good friend of ours, Rachael, to come and tell us about living with epilepsy and being a great mum to her gorgeous daughter, Erin. Motherhood & Epilepsy by Rachael  Hi, my name is Rachael and I’m an Epileptic! It sounds weird and sometimes I wish I was saying alcoholic as with epilepsy it is completely out of my control. It can hit at anytime and the unpredictability is the only thing, in the 16 years that I’ve had it, that I haven’t been able to get to grips with. I first…

  • Blogs,  Children's Health,  Phobias

    Survival Week: Childhood Phobias

    This week I asked you about what you’ve been ‘surviving’ as a parent at the moment and I asked this because I’ve had a tough couple of weeks, with food intolerances and structural work on the house, but particularly around the issue of child anxieties and phobias. All children will experience some form of anxiety during their development. The most common being separation anxiety, which in simple terms is when your baby or child learns how dependant they are of you and struggle to be apart. Some children may even develop specific fears or phobias, for instance, fear of the dark, animals, strangers or even weather. It is all part…

  • Blogs,  Rant

    The FT Parent Roast

    Since joining the blogging world I’ve discovered a new phrase, so to speak, which I’ve found most used in the parenting bloggers community. It’s a phrase I find quite unsettling for a number of reasons, but rather than rant, rave or ‘roast’ (which I purposefully titled to get your attention). I’d like to explain why I feel unsettled by the phrase and why it is something we as parents or bloggers should STOP using. I’m sure my opinion will divide many, so I’m wearing my armour ready for the back lash. But please hear me out… The phrase which I’m referring to is ‘FT’ [Full Time] Parent. There’s a number…

  • Gift Ideas,  Home Products,  Keepsakes,  Reviews

    Photo Keepsakes from My-Picture.co.uk

    When My-Picture.co.uk asked the Parenting Phils to team up and review a product from their website, I thought great, this place has just the thing I’m looking for! Over the last few months I’ve been putting together a memory box for the boys, which has things in it like the outfit they wore leaving the hospital, first toy, cards, sentimental gifts from family, all those sorts of things. The things I basically can’t part with. Then I came across the ‘Photo Blanket’ on My-Picture.co.uk and again thought ‘great’! This would make a fab addition to the boy’s memory box… and clearly so did BOTH of them as when it arrived, this…

  • Blogs,  Kids Entertainment,  Toys

    Toys that make my 🔥’Burns List’🔥

    Out of all the toys your child or children have, I bet only a couple of them are played with the most. They’re usually the ones that cause the most mess when being played with, the most arguments because they can’t be shared, the most noise, the most tears, the most tantrums… you catch my drift? 🤦 Your child loves these toys but you hate them. You rue the day you bought them, or accepted them, unwittingly not knowing that this toy was going to cause you harm, physically and/or emotionally. You’ve tripped, slipped, kicked and fell over it escaping near death umpteen times a day. You’ve chucked it in…

  • Blogs,  Working Parent

    Work-Life-Family-Balance

    Returning to work after maternity leave is a daunting feeling for any parent. The worry of missing your child’s first milestones, the logistical nightmare of organising appropriate and affordable childcare and of course the simple stress of another plate you need to spin, are all but a few things that run through your mind constantly whilst preparing to return to work. Of course, this isn’t said for all parents. For some, returning to work is welcomed with open arms! Holding a conversation that doesn’t involve the constant motion of your bodily functions and being able to dress in something other than leggings and a baggy T (because lets face it,…