Babies Going Through Tunnels

Daddy Dazed loves this compilation video of babies driving through tunnels.
Their reactions are hilarious. They probably think they are re-birthing!

 

My Little Soldiers – Book Review

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By my calculation at least seven people have seen my girlfriend’s vagina in the last two weeks and that’s not counting me. Nyla’s private parts have become public ones. She seems to be constantly visiting the clinic for a new scan. A new sexamination. And thanks to the dildo-cam I am now getting a daily update on the state of her ovaries.

Welcome to the world of Mike, an infertile man who desperately wants to be a father but is struggling with the new reality of assisted conception.

Mike is the anti-hero of MY LITTLE SOLDIERS a stunning darkly humorous novel about infertility, written by Glenn Barden and published by Piranha Press.

Written from the rarely heard male perspective of infertility, it will make you laugh, make you cry and warm your heart.

You can buy MY LITTLE SOLDIERS here.

Man struggles to giveaway money.

Us cynical city dwellers can be sceptical of clipboard wielding people approaching us on the street claiming to be able to save us money but very occasionally when a stranger says he is trying to give you free money, he really means it!

 

The Cat in The Hat – Live!

I took my daughter to see the live show of Cat in The Hat at The Pleasance theatre in London this week and it was incredible.

M adored it and was totally caught up in the mad adventures.

With a revolving stage, balloons, bubbles, incredible costumes that brought the book’s animation to life, and interaction with the audience, it was a fabulous 50 minutes of surreal fun.

The Cat in the Hat. Photo Credit Garry Lake (4) The Cat in the Hat. Photo Credit Garry Lake (5) The Cat in the Hat. Photo Credit Garry Lake (6)

How to accommodate an ever growing family

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In this day and age where economic pressures are making families struggle, from higher costs to legislation such as the bedroom tax, it can be difficult to cover everyday costs for middle income families.

One of the biggest struggles for the modern day nuclear family is accommodating for an expanding family. If you’re looking to grow your brood, make sure you’re prepared for any surprises by following these tips.

Make space

This is easier said than done, but one of the precious commodities you will value when you have a bigger family is space – but there are a few little tricks you can employ to ensure you make the most of the space you’ve got. For one, consider investing in space-saving furniture. Divan beds, for example, are perfect for storing excess clothes and toys.

Run out of space on the bedroom floor? Why not go upwards? Having a second child will invariably mean some bedroom sharing, so consider investing in a bunk bed while they are still little.

Embrace the benefits of having an older child

One of the great things about already having one child on board is the amount of amenities you will only have to buy once – for example, a sterilising kit, breast pump, and if you’re lucky enough to have two babies of the same sex, clothing. There is no shame to be had in having a few hand-me-downs, and they’re also great if you’re looking to save space as mentioned above.

Have a rainy day fund

Of course, when planning to have a baby, one of the biggest concerns is whether or not you will be able to finance a larger family. Before you start trying, consider sitting down with your partner and going through your monthly income and the potential expenditure of a new child – consider short term expenses, such as nappies, as well as long-term ones, such as education.

You may have already put together a ‘rainy day’ fund for your first child, but it is important not to be too restrictive with this. Yes, it might be for Baby X or Y’s university fees, but you never know what might happen – for example, you might just be surprised with twins! Be willing to be flexible with your savings and also ensure you are prepared to chat with your children about these funds in the future.

 

Dream cars for dads

You’ve got the house, the accompanying mortgage and the 2.4 children. It’s time to get some sensible transportation – a people carrier perhaps, something that’s safe, economical and practical. In other words, something that is lacklustre, unexciting and monotonous.

The good news is that doesn’t have to be the case. There are cars out there that are safe, economical and practical as well as being thrilling, stirring and electrifying.

Here is the pick of the dream cars for dads.

Jeep Cherokee Longitude

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No one could ever accuse Jeep Cherokee of producing cars that are bland and the Longitude follows the American manufacturer’s propensity for fun and quirkiness. Underneath the bonnet however, this is one serious car, coming with the option of a 2.4 litre or 3.2 litre petrol engines it certainly packs a punch. Inside it offers plenty of space and a smart interior with all the safety features you would expect. When it comes to a family car that is also exciting this takes some beating.

Ford Focus ST

This sporty version of the Ford classic has all the safety and practical features of its more humble siblings. Open it up however on the motorway and you will soon notice that the 2.5 litre turbocharged 225bhp engine ensures there is nothing humble about this little gem. You may want to tame it a little for the school run though.

Skoda Octavia VRS

The Octavia VRS is a car for those who like subtlety but whom also like high performance. The VRS might look like any other Octavia, but it’s powered by the same engine used in the Volkswagen Golf GTI so it’s fair to say there’s nothing ordinary about it. It offers great economy like the Skoda’s of old, but also great reliability and performance, not quite like the Skoda’s of old.

BMW 5 Series saloon

The 5 series is and always has been and hopefully always will be a seriously good car. With a luxurious leather interior, plenty of space, superb handling and performance the BMW 5 series makes an excellent investment. Surprisingly it also offers good economy with the 520d managing 66mpg, oh and the kids will love being picked up from school in daddy’s BM.

 

 

 

5 Ways to Stay Cheerful and Relaxed at Christmas

The most stressful time of the year is just around the corner. The kids are demanding the latest toys, the turkey needs ordering and the relatives need visiting. It’s going to seem impossible that you’ll get any time to yourself, but there are actually plenty of ways for you to wind down this Christmas.

Get Outside

It’s rare to see sunlight over the winter, but make sure if it’s there, you enjoy it. Sunlight can help your body produce vitamin D, which has been scientifically proven to improve your mood and aid any health issues, particularly in bones and skin, such as osteoporosis and psoriasis. These illnesses also tend to be affected and caused by excessive stress levels, so a bit of sunshine can keep the doctor away. If the kids are bored, they can join for a bit of outside playtime in the snow or a walk in the park.

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Get Enough Sleep

Lack of sleep is going to be guaranteed when the going gets tough. Here’s another scientific fact: even the shortest naps can help you feel refreshed and overcome tiredness. The reduced hours of daylight can make us feel more tired when it starts to get dark at about 4pm. Get 40 winks during the day when you can to keep you going through your to-do list, and make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep at night.

Schedule Some Me-time

It’s alright to get a little bit selfish around this time of year. You can reward your hard work by meeting up with some friends for a night out and have a few drinks. Or if you’d prefer a night in, there’s plenty of films on the TV around Christmas. Maybe you could play a few games online to take your mind off things, like poker or blackjack at MrSmithCasino. Card games can help you relax but also keep your strategic and planning mind in shape. Plus, you can play them with friends or on your own at home on your phone, tablet or computer.

Visiting Relatives

Making that dreaded trip to the parents’ house for Christmas can be one of the most stressful parts of Christmas. It can be hard to get along, particularly when there’s a Christmas dinner to cook, presents to organise and very little time for everyone to sit down and relax. If certain members of the family are prone to cause drama, there isn’t much that can be done. Find neutral subjects to agree upon and settle any arguments at a less stressful time.

Enjoy Christmas

While it is stressful and there’s mountains of things to organise, there is still plenty about Christmas to enjoy. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, so make sure you find the fun in it. Get excited about presents, enjoy the time off work and spend some time with friends and family.

Are we nearly there yet?

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Everyone who has ever driven their family in a car knows that sooner or later they will hear the words “are we nearly there yet?”

In a recent survey by Parkdean Holidays of over 1,400 parents they discovered that parents are likely to hear “are we nearly there yet” in less than an hour of the car journey. In my car I’m lucky if we can last ten minutes before the question is asked – and its usually first uttered by my wife!

The majority of parents used iPads and electronic tablets to keep their little ones entertained in the car. But 532 parents still favoured a trusty old book as their source of entertainment. This does surprise me because I always thought reading in the car was a sure way to get a headache.

Thankfully my 4 year old daughter enjoys sleeping in cars. So keeping her amused is generally not a problem. And if she is fighting sleep I generally find a discussion of the day’s political events is a good way to bring on those zzzzzs.

Here’s a link to the findings. And a handy video for keeping your kids entertained in cars.

http://www.parkdeanholidays.co.uk/are-we-nearly-there-yet/