Five ways dads can make the most of the last few weeks of the summer holidays

Guest post Author Bio Han-Son runs DaddiLife – a parenting website for dads, with tips, stories and advice for the modern day dad covering things to do, health, lifestyle and more. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram. Five ways dads can make the most of the last few weeks of the summer holidays The summer holidays can be tiring, we know. By now you’re probably exhausted! It can be hard when they’re at school to find enough quality time to spend with them, so it’s important to make the most of the summer holidays – and as there are… [Read More]

Free Summer Holiday Activities for Kids

We’re a few weeks into the summer holidays now and I have to be honest and say that I’m loving it! The extra time spent with our girls is wonderful, and thankfully it hasn’t cost us a fortune. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed that we’re trying to complete as many of the National Trusts 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 List. A lot of the activities are cheap, or free. For more info, click here. I thought I’d share with you some of the free/cheap activities that we’ve been doing so… [Read More]

Money Saving Tips for Busy Parents

As a parent I know how hard it can be to keep children entertained during the long summer months. I also know how expensive it can be. That’s why I’m doing everything I can now to ensure that our summer holidays are fun, but cheap! Many people often think that in order to have fun or experience something new, you need to spend money, but that’s always the case. Here are some of my favourite and most useful money saving tips for busy parents this summer: Get Outdoors So many things are free and don’t have to be boring. If… [Read More]

My Top Summer Essentials

With summer well and truly here, I thought that it was about time that I got my summer essentials together. Having kids means that the majority of my summer essentials have changed from what they used to be when I was a teenager, but I still have some firm favourites. I thought I’d share some of them with you! It’s also good to know that you can get some great deals on summer essentials at Groupon. 1. Garnier Summer Body Lotion Light Gradual Tan Moisturiser This varies in price depending on what shop you like in, but it’s generally anything from… [Read More]

6 ways to have a brilliant summer – despite the weather

Summer is here, meaning sunny days, picnics and having fun enjoying the fresh air, right? Wrong, if the British weather has anything to do with it! But don’t let storms keep you inside. The long days are an ideal time to get out with your children, giving them new skills and experiences and making for some lifelong memories. Life under canvas Camping can teach children about the world outside without leaving your back garden. You don’t need a big tent, just a quick pop-up one – the kind you would take to a festival (remember them?). Failing that, sling a… [Read More]

Get the Kids Outdoors this Summer with the Chad Valley Range from Argos #GoodToGo #PlayPanel

Finding ways to encourage children to put down their iPads and get outdoors can be challenging, but thanks to Chad Valley and their range of over 400 toys for babies, toddlers and younger children, that’s about to get easier! As part of the Chad Valley Play Panel, a network of parenting bloggers from all over the UK, we’re here to put the Chad Valley range of toys to the test and give you our unbiased opinion on their wide range of toys. These toys include inflatables, mud kitchens, sports sets and more! In order for us to put these toys to… [Read More]

What we did over the summer holidays

I can’t believe that the summer holidays are over already. I feel sad at how fast the past few weeks have flown by, and also by the fact that our girls will now be entering into full time school. Sadly that means my days at home will no longer be spent with the girls. I feel sad the only time I will get to spend with our girls will be the short spell between them coming home from school and bedtime, and also the weekends. I’m so going to look forward to the weekends! Although I’m feeling pretty sad at… [Read More]

Getting the Car Ready for Summer: 10 Top Tips

Every time winter rolls around, I see guides popping up here, there and everywhere with tips for keeping your car safe in the colder months. What about keeping your car safe in the summer though. Well, that’s exactly what you’re going to find out in this post! Depending on the age of your car, you may not need to do all, if any of the tips listed below. This is because newer cars require less maintenance. This is mainly due to advances to in technology. Gone are the days where you’d need to change the oil in your car every… [Read More]

Summer Holiday Fashion Wish List

In just a few weeks time, we’ll be off on our summer holiday. Of course I have plenty of clothes in my wardrobe, but part of the fun in going on holiday is being able to buy new clothes. I don’t want to take too many things with me, but at the same time I need to have some essentials such as ‘throw away’ dresses for the day whilst we’re lounging by the pool, wandering around the shops or lazing on the beach. When it comes to night time I’d like have some more smarter clothes, but they need to… [Read More]

Summer Holiday Checklist – Adult Edition!

Following on from my kids edition summer holiday checklist last week, today I bring you the adult edition! Passport/EHIC cardTravel gamesBook(s)/MagazinesIpad/Kindle/Electronic games console – make sure it’s fully charged and bring the charger too!Phone chargerCamera and memory cardsHeadphones Travel kettleSpare batteries Medicine/First aid kid – make sure it’s well stocked!Sewing kit Snacks SwimsuitSwimbagKaftan/Cover upGogglesUV sun tent – great for the beachBeach ball or other pool inflatableTowels Sun creamAfter sunInsect repellent Sunhats/sunglassesBlanket(s) Toiletries: Shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, cotton buds/wool, razor, face wipes, talc – great for getting sand off!Hair dryer/straightenersHairbrush/comb – I personally recommend a tangle tease!Nail clippersTweezersTissues Portable black… [Read More]