• 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,  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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,  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,  Education,  Milestones,  Top Tips

    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,  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,  Top Tips

    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,…