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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.

 

 

 

SUMMER HOLIDAY TIP:  OPEN A KIDS ART GALLERY 

It’s the start of the summer holidays and for many parents it will fill them with dread as they have to find countless activities to fill their child’s day and avoid those two deadly words  “I’m Bored”.

So here’s a suggestion to occupy a day or two – turn you house into an art gallery. Firstly, you may download a digital art app onto your ipad/tablet for them to draw pictures or create abstract digital arts by using the app. Once done, you can then print them out and display them on the walls of your house. Then get your kids to give you a tour of the exhibits and listen to their no doubt baffling abstract creations.

It will be fun to hear their explanation of why triangular blue blob with pink dots is in fact “daddy” and those disturbingly phallic looking yellow things are in fact trees. You can also quiz them on their motivation for giving rainbow eggs ears.

So load up some good quality printer inks, art papers and get your printer working hard. You can start your art gallery in no time.

Why not combine this activity with a trip to a real art gallery? Some parents think that young kids won’t “get” real art but even toddlers can appreciate masterpieces. Beth Schneider, head of learning at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, sums it up perfectly.

 “You’re never too young to enjoy Manet,” she says. “He often painted his family and friends, and children immediately notice that, in some cases spotting relationships grown-ups might miss. Going to an exhibition is a great family occasion that can spark a conversation that goes all the way home.”

My daughter loves big bold colourful works. Matisse at Tate Modern is a particular favourite of hers. Art galleries are big spaces so there is plenty of room for even the most hyperactive of kids. In addition, many galleries have special activities for children during school holidays.

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World Cup Competition

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Daddy Dazed is loving this World Cup  – such great games, such good goals – my biggest problem is wrestling control of the TV remote away from my daughter who doesn’t appreciate the finer points of team tactics and just wants to watch Frozen.

And now Daddy Dazed brings you a great free World Cup competition – Jungle Goal$, courtesy of 888casino

First prize is a LG 9.1ch 3D cinema system.

All you have to do is visit here – World Cup at 888casino – watch a short video and work out who bounced the ball the most times (HINT: it’s harder that it sounds, so concentrate) and guess the team that’ll win this year’s World Cup.

Competition ends 14th July.

Good luck!

Fathers Day Competition

Dear Readers, How would you like to make your dad’s dreams come true?

All you need to do is submit a video or simply tweet saying why your dad is your hero and what his #FathersDayDream would be e.g.: a racing day at Silverstone, a family holiday to Paris, a trip to see the Northern Lights  etc. Then Braun will chose one winner to make their dad’s dream come true!  

The competition ends on 16th June to enter & you have to include the hashtags #Braun & #FathersDayDreams in your tweet/video.  Full terms and conditions here – http://braunfathersdaydreams.wordpress.com/