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,...

bingo balls

Bingo’s always been a game that is associated with women, and older ones at that. It’s traditionally been viewed as the lightest (and thus most acceptable) form of gambling; a game you can play for real money, but only pennies at a time. It seems a little unfair that men have been excluded from the game of bingo – it’s a bit like saying women shouldn’t play games like roulette or poker. Since bingo became an online game, however, the profile of bingo players has changed...

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The lead up to the Christmas holidays is crazy. Your kids start to become over excited while you are busy mulling over what you are going to feed everyone and when you are going to find the time to do the grocery shopping. Even when you think you’ve got everything sorted, your neighbour pops in and you realise you don’t have any drinks or nibbles to offer them. To help you through this hectic time, here are five tips that will help make the big Christmas grocery shop much...

Me doing something other than cooking.

OK, so I’m venturing a little outside my typical niche with this article, but that’s only because it involves my third passion (after my kids and cooking): cycling. I’ve loved cycling since I was a kid, be it road cycling or mountain biking, and I find it’s one of my kids’ favourite family activities – and a great way to keep us all fit! ...

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...

Hamper

How awesome is it when someone makes the time and effort to make you a personalised food present? If you have never received one you are seriously missing out. Make someone’s day by putting together a hamper full of goodies especially for them. Here are some tips about how to make a hamper that will have them smiling. Personalise it: It is exceptionally easy to personalise a hamper. Find out what it is that the person you are giving it to especially loves and cater to that...

One Direction’s burrito

Ingredients 2 tsp sunflower oil ½ small red onion, diced 1 red pepper, diced 240g can of black beans, rinsed and drained Pinch of chilli flakes Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 eggs and 4 egg whites 34g grated cheddar 4 tortillas 60g sour cream 60g salsa 1 large tomato, seeded and diced 1 small avocado, cubed Chilli sauce Method 1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Gently cook the onions and peppers until softened, about 8 mins. 2. Add black beans and red pepper and cook...

girl on comp

With the digital age well and truly upon us, the amount of young children using mobile and internet technology is going up while it seems the age groups are getting smaller. As each day passes, internet security threats are becoming a bigger concern for people from all walks of life, including parents who are concerned for their children’s welfare. When used appropriately, the internet can be a wonderful tool for both communication and education, particularly for children....

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...

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