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    Life

    Climbing Moel Famau For Cancer Research

    25th May 2019 was the day of our second charity walk. Last year we raised over £1000 walking 11 and a half miles. This year we decided to climb Moel Famau, a small mountain in Wales. What made this walk so challenging was the fact that one year old Austin was going to be climbing too. Although we didn’t raise quite as much this year, the total still surpassed £550. The charity that we are raising money for is Cancer Research UK. Our motivation for this charity comes from the sad passing of my Dad in 2017. You can read all about his story here. Since then, our family has…

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    Life

    Has Masculinity Lost It’s Appeal?

    Let’s talk about masculinity. What does it mean to be a ‘masculine’ or ‘manly man’? The first traits that come to mind are strength and ability to successfully use a power tool. If this were true, that would rule me out straight away. I don’t ever pretend to class myself as ‘manly’. It’s not in my DNA. I took to social media to try and find out if the typical masculine man was still what women (and men) find attractive, or if society has changed it’s views. Does being manly still put you at the top of the pile? A Little Bit About Me Let me first give you a…

  • February
    Life

    A Recap Of My February Goals

    After reviewing January last month, I’ve decided to carry that on into February. It’s good to keep track of your progress each month. February has been a mixed month for my targets. Some of them I smashed out the park. Others I crashed and burned. That’s the typical life of a blogger. Sometimes you win, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. February is a shorter month, and so it’s inevitable that views will be slightly down on last month. That’s my excuse anyway! It hasn’t been my best month, but I’ve done the best I could with the time that I had, and that’s all that matters.   My February…

  • Life

    A New House For A New Year

    Moving House The year 2019 will be one of change. There’s a new career in the pipeline. Potentially a new car. The biggest change has already happened right at the beginning. Moving house. The most stressful but exciting time of any adult’s life. I honestly believe that having our first child was less stressful. I may have aged a couple of decades in the last few months, but it’s time to start the next chapter in our lives. I’m going to be showing you around the house that we now call home. The Important, Boring Stuff If you have recently moved house yourself, you will know how much paperwork you…

  • Fatherhood,  Life

    10 Hopes I Have For My Child’s Future

    As a parent, we often think about how our children will turn out. We raise them in a way that reflects our own values and views, in a hope that they will grow up to be just like us. In some ways I would love for my son to be just like me, but in so many other ways I want him to be completely different. I’m going to be talking you through some of the hopes that I have for my son, Austin. 1. I hope he enjoys life I want Austin to get as much enjoyment out of life that he possibly can. That means exploring the world,…

  • Life

    Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging

    When I started my blog in April 2017 I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. I was very naive in thinking that blogging was just writing a post and then publishing it online. The reality of the blogging world was so much different, and I have been shocked by just how much goes in to creating a successful blog. There has been times when I’ve wanted to give up and leave it as a memory to read back on in years to come, but my passion for creating something special has brought me back. I’m going to be looking back on things that I would do…

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    Fatherhood,  Life

    Austin’s A&E Scare

    Every parents worst fear is that their child will end up in Accident and Emergency. You worry about it all through the pregnancy and then once they are born, you take all the necessary precautions to make sure they are free from harm. So when a 111 call resulted in an ambulance turning up outside our apartment building, our whole world stopped dead in it’s tracks. Austin had been suffering with a chesty cough and a cold for about 4 days, when we thought enough was enough. We took him to the doctors to get checked out, and everything came back okay. His chest was clear and we were told…

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    Life

    How Volunteering Abroad Changed Me

    This is me in April 2016 being presented with a certificate for being a ‘Shy Guy’ when I spent three months volunteering abroad in Africa. How times have changed. The guy in this picture is the same person that stood up in front of two sets of families and proposed to his girlfriend. The same guy that is now the father of a child. The very same that now uploads videos of himself to the internet for the whole world to see. Who’d have thought it? Not me that’s for sure! I have always had trouble with confidence. It held me back my entire childhood life. If there was ever…

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    Fatherhood,  Life

    Dad’s Guilt

    This is a post that was written as a guest post for the lovely Jemma and her blog. She has very kindly allowed me to post it on my own blog too. Feeling guilty is something we all experience. Here’s my story. Guilt is something that every single parent will go through at some stage. Nobody warns you beforehand how difficult parenting is going to be. The reality of the challenge can hit parents hard. As a Dad I have experienced many of these situations where I’ve felt guilty and have doubted myself. This is completely natural. Men generally find it difficult to open up about their feelings. I want…

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    Life,  Work

    Childcare Needs More Men!

    Usually my blog posts are full of advice for parents. This one however will be slightly different. It’s taken me a year but finally I will be having my first rant. I read an article on the BBC website that has really hit a nerve with me. I have decided to have a good old moan about it. The article in question can be found here. It speaks of the lack of men that work in early years childcare. As many of my readers know, I myself am a 25 year old male that works in a private nursery. I am based in a room with 2 and 3 year…