11 Things I’ve Learnt From Visiting Soft Play

Pre-kids, I’d never visited the wonders of soft play as an adult. I’d not had the pleasure of smelling the amalgamation of shit chips, PVC and excited toddler farts or been forced to bend my body through obstacles designed for five-year olds whilst only wearing socks. Then I became a dad – suddenly, my office […]

Review: HP Envy Photo 7830 Wireless All-In-One Printer And HP Instant Ink

Over the last few months, I’ve been working with HP on their #ReinventMemories campaign, which is all about transforming digital moments into tangible memories. I’ve already written about capturing and remembering these special memories from Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, so now comes the turn of actually reviewing the kit we’ve been using – namely […]

Thinking About My Daughter’s Growing Digital Footprint

I’ve been thinking recently about L’s digital footprint. As someone who shares a big part of my life online – by association – a lot of her 3.5-years on the planet have also been publicly documented. This is something I’m increasingly worried about. By putting her out there, have I inadvertently impacted her future life? […]

Review: A Connected Smart Home With Hive

I love tech. I wouldn’t say I’m a ‘geek’ in regards to understanding the intricacies of how things work and I’m not up-to-date on the latest innovations in Silicon Valley (is that still a thing?). However, I do enjoy the practicalities of technology – how can I use things to make our lives easier, less […]

A Pregnancy Update: Third Trimester (Week 31)

Welcome to the third trimester! I keep switching between shouting that as per Mad Max or singing it ala Frankie Goes To Hollywood – I’ll let you choose your preferred delivery. Talking about ‘delivery’, we’ve just hit Week 31 and this whole baby thing is getting very real. With Christmas being the immediate focus, I […]

Surviving Mealtimes With A Toddler

In my three and a bit years as a dad, I’d probably say that the constant battle between child and food has been the most challenging. I use “challenging”, but I could easily substitute that with “annoying”, “infuriating” or “exasperating” – I could also chuck in a few swear words for good measure, but I’ll […]

Pregnancy: It’s Just Like Starring In My Own Horror B-Movie

I was sitting in the car the other day and the revelation hit me. Pregnancy is basically the same as starring in your very own B-movie. You know the ones I mean. Those low-budget science-fiction and horror films featuring swamp monsters, man-eating toasters or alien avocados from Mars. Set to a backdrop of piss-poor special effects, scripts that read as […]

Review: Beko 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Deluxe (VRT6221P)

One of the few household chores that I don’t mind doing is vacuuming. There’s something quite nice about whizzing around the house getting rid of the dust and dirt that the toddler and dog have bestowed upon my home. However, a big part of ensuring that vacuuming is pleasant – or at least not a […]

What Will Our Second Baby Look Like?

The whole making a baby thing fascinates me. I’m no Dr Robert Winston, but the fact that two people can create life by bumping uglies, then the mum-to-be’s body changes to develop and give birth to that life, is truly incredible. All of that biology stuff – to go from nothing to an actual human being […]