Our masterpiece

Like so many other fathers nowadays, because of the busy and irregular working hours I have (the sad life of a self-employed plasterer bring out the mini-violins!), I am not able to spend as much time with my kids as I would love to. So I try to use every free moment to spend some quality time with them. As a father of four children, Christopher (7), Suzanne (6), Anthony (4) and baby Crystal (1), it gets harder to keep their attention equally and I need more energy to follow tempo,...

thai lady

This summer we took a bit of a risk with our family holiday and headed away from the typical Lanzarote, Tenerife, Turkey holidays a lot of families opt for, and headed on the road less travelled to…Thailand! Adventure, elephants, diving and jungles awaited, and we have literally the best time so far in our lives (to date, anyway). And so, shamefully neglecting the plethora of wonders this stunningly beautiful country has to offer, I couldn’t resist putting this article...

fruit and veg

Kids can create a lot of stress. Fact. It starts when they’re born and they’re keeping you up all night. It continues when their poo comes out green, they put EVERYTHING straight into their mouths and they seem to pick up every cough and sniffle anyone within a 10 mile radius of your home has had. Then they start to walk and they become fascinated with plug sockets, the fireplace, cupboards, hot cups of tea, the letterbox, the stairs – basically anything and...

lunch box

Considering Jamie Oliver’s rant about school dinners a few years ago, things haven’t changed much. Without naming and shaming the schools my kids attend, the quality of the school meals offered at both places leave a lot to be desired. As the responsibility for ensuring my kids are healthy, happy, well-rounded kids with balanced diets and eating their 5-a-day falls squarely and solely on my shoulders, I’ve opted to disregard school meals with disdain (despite it being a...

old person

If you’re wondering when is the right time to start planning for your elderly loved ones’ future, then the answer is now. You never know what tomorrow will bring or what the future holds which is why being prepared and having a plan is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. It helps to keep everyone on the same page, minimizing any uncertainty or stress during unexpected circumstances.   The following are some tips that’ll point you in the...

hotel room

When traveling across the state or around the world, you are always in need of comfortable lodgings, good food and entertainment. Perhaps you are on a tight budget and must come up with creative ways to save money during your many different trips? One way you can be creative and save is by learning how to cook inside your hotel room. This may seem like odd advice but cooking inside your hotel room can be easy and even enjoyable. Check out a few tips below so you can learn how...

hikers

Hiking is a popular option for fitness as well as entertainment and can be enjoyed from anywhere around the world. Hikers enjoy being outside and becoming one with nature. Individuals who hike on a regular basis will find trails that offer scenic views, a physical challenge or just a quiet way to spend the day. It is important for hikers who take part in extended hikes to learn the proper dietary needs for a healthy hike. Hikers need to have the right types of nutrients to stay...

hamsalad2

Parents encounter a LOT of problems when it comes to getting their kids to eat healthy. Recently, Johnny Broccolii’s discussed some ways to help get your kids to eat their 5-a-day, and they’re sure-fire ways to ease the stress of making sure your kids get enough vitamins and minerals in their meals. Often, it takes a LOT of convincing to even get them to finish their plates, but a fun bingo game might be able to help them understand why it’s important to eat more veg. Bingo...

child eating

Time at home watching the kids, however much I enjoy it, is always an experience I view with a little trepidation. My kids’ moods seem entirely dependent on small incidences, and a broken toy here or accidental hit with a football there, can cause a good day to crash into a tragedy in 0.7 seconds. And when it rains, my God, it can be a nightmare! All that pent-up energy and boredom does not for an easy time childminding make! I recently realized that every time I am left...

slow cooker

A nice home cooked meal, something that has become a little bit of an anomaly in today’s society. Being a father of four, it can be tough to get a meal on the table that everyone loves, and has the nutritional value that I demand in my cooking. I do have one solution, though: bring in the slow cooker, to which for me is one of the culinary world’s greatest achievements. No longer was I being bombarded with time constraints and was able to give myself more freedom...

Quick, convenient and missing a few vital ingredients...FRESHNESS!

Ask a father about the benefits of microwave foods and he will speak of them as a Modern Wonder of the World. Microwave meals are the quick and easy way for busy, tired parents to provide meals for their kids with minimal effort, and they certainly do have their advantages. Microwave foods have both some pros and cons. Firstly, leaving aside the cons, (why talk about negatives all the time?), I will talk about all the pros of microwave meals. The most obvious upside is that...

leftovers1

Being a busy working dad on a budget, it’s really important that I make the most out of every ingredient and prevent waste as much as possible. There’s such a temptation, though, to get rid of bits and bobs of food you don’t think you’ll use up, and really this is tantamount to throwing good money down the drain. So I’ve put together this article to offer ideas on how to use your leftovers in creative and delicious ways, and save yourself a pretty...

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