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    Small Steps, Huge Leaps and Plodding Along!

    The beginning of September is a big moment in so many peoples lives for many different reasons. The most important is that it is  my birthday (I’m now 39). The second is preparing for photograph your front door day. All parents will be aware that the first week of September it is LAW that you […]

  • The Hoopers Family Photo Shoot

    Family Photoshoot with Mandy Charlton

    Buying birthday gifts for my Dad is always a tricky one.  This year my Mam came up with the idea of a Mandy Charlton Family Photoshoot. Genius plan! It’s been a couple of years since we had some nice shots and Mandy always delivers with her natural, relaxed style.  The girls are growing up fast. […]

  • Northumbria University Clearing

    Northumbria University: The Best Decision

    Northumbria University has been part of my life now for 15 years.   After completing a Sociology degree in 2005, I started working at the Students’ Union that same year and have been there ever since. Helping students to make the most of their time at Northumbria University is extremely rewarding. Forget school, University really […]

  • I Love Football

    The UEFA Woman’s Euro 2017 and our Girls

    The UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 are being held in the Netherlands this year. The England women’s team qualified, but are also joined this year by Scotland for the first time. In the World cup Finals in Canada 2015 the England women’s team came 3rd, so the pressure is on to bring it back home this […]

  • Hatchimals Colleggtibles Mystery Puzzle

    Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Mystery Puzzle – Review

    Our two girls get obsessed with the latest must haves. Recently we ventured to Tamworth to see Toys and Me star Tiana at the Launch of Hatchimal CollEGGtibles. Since then Hatchimals Colleggtibles keep getting sneaked into our shopping baskets. Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Mystery Puzzle We were sent the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Mystery puzzle by Spin Master to […]

  • Fathers Day Makeover

    A Father’s Day Treat

    Apparently Father’s Day isn’t real! After a pupil asked the school why there is no Father’s Day assembly, the reply confused me. Father’s Day isn’t real as it is just a holiday that we have adopted from America. So there you have it your wasting your time today. Nothing special to see here. Unless you […]

  • Vasectomy NHS

    The Day I had a NHS Vasectomy

    Sure… Lets start off with the story of how I had some plumbing disconnected. Or more commonly known as a Vasectomy. The main reason I want to talk about this is to share my experience of a no Scalpel Vasectomy for other Dad’s that are thinking about it. My tale will be warts ‘n all… […]

  • Camping 2016

    How the internet has changed our lives.

    We’ve just returned from a weekend camping. Setting ourselves free from the routine lifestyles we live in the town. What better way to relax than to head to the country? Until you realise that you have next to know signal on your mobile phone and start stressing that you can’t access Facebook every 10 minutes. […]

  • Education Quizzes Revision

    Educational Quizzes and our Kids

    The weekend has come and our kids are loaded with home work. OK maybe loaded is a little harsh. They both have a piece of homework to do. Abigail is currently getting Maths homework as she’s in Year 1 (KS1). Imogen is bringing home projects that are written assignments, History, Geography or cultural awareness (KS2). […]

  • Hatchimals Colleggtibles and Tiana Toys and Me

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    Hatchimals Colleggtibles and Toys and Me Tiana

    The Early May Bank holiday Monday was the UK launch date for Hatchimals CollEGGtibles. So as any normal person would do I thought it would be a great chance to drive 4 hours to Tamworth and get some CollEGGtibles. As much as Imogen and Abigail hate long car journeys this one was slightly more exciting for […]

  • Vegetable Patch by Beginners

    Vegetable Patch by Beginners

    I’d toyed with the idea of starting a Vegetable patch two years ago and it went no where. This year would be different. I would actually do it! I would actually try and finish off the garden I started to build 4 years ago. There had been a section at the far end that catches […]