• Blogs,  National Sibling's Day

    Bro Meets Bro

    Tuesday 10th April was National Siblings Day, and even though its somewhat an Americanised event, its still recognised in the UK. So in the spirit of celebrating this day, I thought I’d share with you our experience of introducing Bob to his little brother Teddy, and the trials and tribulations of cementing bonds between a two year old and a baby. Whilst pregnant with my second we always spoke to our eldest about his new baby brother coming. He was only fourteen months at the time, two when baby arrived. When my body started to change and there was no getting away from the subject, we talked none stop about…

  • Blogs,  Sleep

    Spring forward … Goodbye Sleep

    The clocks going forward are one of my favourite times of the year. Summer is on its way! Those short dull days are about to disappear, the birds are singing, the mice are cleaning… sorry went into Disney mode there, but somehow your mood lifts a little more each day as your evening becomes lighter. However, this year is the first year that I can honestly say, damn you clock change! For the last week, the boy does not want to sleep, and we’re blaming it on the clock change because it all started Sunday 25th March. It felt like we had only just got on top of bedtime routines…

  • Blogs,  Kids Entertainment

    365 My Arse!

    My name is Phil and I use too much technology to keep my kids entertained… there I’ve said it. Feels good to get it off my chest but in fairness (to myself) I’m sure I‘m not the only one, and if AA did support groups for techno-abusive parents I would imagine the room would be filled and the meeting a lengthy one at that! I might be being a little harsh on myself but I started fatherhood with all the best intentions of not having kids sat in front of TV’s and certainly not in front of an Ipad… I mean what 2 year old can or should be able…

  • Blogs,  Sleep

    Cooking on Gas

    I’m writing this blog with unexpected energy and enthusiasm given I’ve only had 3 hours sleep! Before children I was unable to function on less than a solid 8, and boy did people know it in work when I rocked up on any less. I jumped out of bed this morning, threw the kids into nursery (they have just started doing full days this week so that may have some influence on my current mood), chucked the dogs into the grooming salon for a morning of pampering, whizzed around Sainsburys and came home and did my best Mary Berry impression preparing tea for the family later whilst listening to the…

  • Blogs,  Health

    Gym Time, Means Me Time

    As a mum to two young boys, finding time for yourself is very hard, or near on none existent. By the time you’ve sorted the kids, cleaned the house, done the washing and if you’re a real super mum, gone out for a few hours, the day has gone, and then its tea, bath and bed time. So, when all that’s done I am far too tired to even think about what I would like, need or do with myself. So, my appearance has taken a massive nose dive these last few years. Yummy mummy I am not! Overweight, from finishing the boy’s food off, as well as my own…

  • Blogs,  Pregnancy

    BIRTH PLANS: Expect the Unexpected

    When I became pregnant with my first, in the beginning the birth was always on my mind. Until one day I told myself women have done this since time began, it surely must not be as bad as it looks on TV. So that was it, I didn’t think about it again, until my midwife told me I needed to start thinking about ‘Birth Plans’. Here’s my story, and my lesson to expect the unexpected. After hearing from my midwife, that I needed to start preparing my birth plan, like a good girl, I did my homework. Attended all the NCT classes, visited the hospital and all the birthing suites,…