31st October 2018
Blackpool Illuminations

For us Northerners, Blackpool illuminations is a rite of passage. It's a coming of age moment. Right up there with your first Greggs pasty, chip barms and rickets.

I'll not lie, I had high expectations. So much so I may have bigged it up a little too much.

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10th August 2018
Big Shop with Little Helpers

As a seasoned stay-at-home dad I should know better than to do a big shop with little helpers.

I guess it's like my relationship with KFC; every few years I just need reminding of why it's best avoided.

The warning signs were all there. Their eagerness to help for a start, that's not normal.

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1st March 2012
Toddler Soft Skin

When I tell the boys I'm off to make their dinner, what I appear to be saying is,

"You've got ten minutes unsupervised ... do your worst!

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27th November 2013
Parenting styles

If someone asked me what my parenting style was my response would be,

“Why, what have they done?”

Apparently there are four. (1) Authoritarian, (2) Authoritative, (3) Permissive, and (4) Uninvolved.

(source: a half-read news article whilst having cushions thrown at my head, and a quick google search).

This doesn't help in narrowing it down for me.

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16th September 2015
Manchester Hidden Gems

Richmond-tea-rooms-6I was recently asked if I'd like to contribute to an infographic on the foodie hidden gems of Manchester. I'll not lie, my first thought was that I was being mocked.

Me? A stay-at-home dad? Eating out?

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30th August 2016
Altomincio Family Park with Canvas Holidays

altomincio-poolOur trip with Canvas Holidays to Altomincio Family Park near Lake Garda was to be a holiday of firsts. First time on a plane; first time abroad; our first proper holiday as a family.

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5th September 2016
Not Another Back to School Post

Sorry, I lied, it absolutely is another back to school post. What can you do, I called it The Tales of Sonny and Luca. You make your bed, you lie in it.

Sonny started Juniors today, but he'll not forget his time in infants, not least because those memories are still etched across his tie in gravy.

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11th May 2016
Sanctuary of the Shower

I don't want to sound overly dramatic, but you know that image of a polar bear clinging to an iceberg? That's me in the shower that is. And if you're thinking hippo in a bathtub, shame on you!

It all began when the kids first scaled Mount Stair-gate. Until then, upstairs was a savannah of sanity.

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9th May 2013
LEGO City - 3DS Review

After reviewing LEGO City Undercover on the Nintendo Wii U, I was asked if I'd also review the 3DS version, LEGO City - The Chase Begins.

As I mentioned on the Wii U review (which you can read here) Sonny and my old DS have previous.

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8th November 2013
Waterstones NaNoWriMo Project

As part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) I was asked if I'd like to take part in the Waterstones NaNoWriMo Story Cubes Project.

The idea is that a group of bloggers will all contribute one chapter each, with the twist being you roll a pack of Rory's Story Cubes to determine where the story goes next.

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