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WHEN YOU NEED A TODDLER HERO!

PLAY FACTORE MANCHESTER

Crazy times with the toddlers

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We Had Some Amazing Fun!

It’s not every day you get to enjoy a whole factory of play but when you do, who best to enjoy it with than your bestie. Dorothy and Isla had an amazing time and as parents, it was also easy to get involved and we enjoyed ourselves so much.

Enjoy a few snaps and a video of their hilarity. I’d highly recommend it, ages 5+ will probably get the most out of it, however, as you can see they had a whale of a time!

Playing Golf in Sofia

When in Rome you do what the Romans do, but what about when you’ve been working in Bulgaria for three months?

 

That was the dilema facing me after literally working 7 days a week non-stop for a company that was in trouble!

I was then surprised when my Boss flew in from Denver to help me recruit the final piece of the Recruitment Puzzle. The resourcer that was going to take the mantle after I left, and support the new team I’d put in place.

So after a few days of really hitting it hard in the office, having recruited up for the new accounts about to start, I was asked what I’d like to do to say thanks.

Yep play golf! Obviously I wanted to go home but I couldn’t at that time and that was the next thing I could think of.

Then he said sure, where can we play 🙂

All I can say is the rest is history. What a golf course it was too! There’s not too many good club’s around Sofia and this wasn’t cheap but OMG what an experience.

Literally no-body there, and I can imagine it would get a few ex-pats, but the course was great.

Good greens, tight fairways and kitted out for buggies. The cafe need’s a little something as the service was poor but it was cheap despite being a very expensive course.

Here’s a few pics of my great round, isn’t it beautiful situated within the Vitosha Mountains. Can I go back?

CHILDREN’S BEDTIME

Sleeping with the Monsters

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Sleeping as a child is something you do when you drop and not a moment before.

They don’t want to miss out on the excitement or fun of being around a world where they are learning every day and parents are so cool! Mega cool!

Add on to that the “Monsters” that lurk around at night and make it impossible to sleep, of course!

So what do we do as parents?

I’ve gotten a number of suggestions from my fellow dad friends, from magic monster spray to light saber battles with them. Knowing Dorothy, this will only get her super excited. “Defo no sleep!”

Dorothy’s always been an amazing sleeper. Just look at her face.

So I asked her and we made an agreement. The next time mummy wasn’t home I’d sleep in her room to keep her safe.

And that’s what we did.

On Saturday afternoon Dorothy tried to have a danger nap at 5 and I wouldn’t let her. No one’s ruining our plan not even her.

We watched Christmas films and PJ Masks (oh she loves PJ Masks), we ate popcorn, enjoyed each other’s company and then we got ready to bed. Well I say bed, my bed was a sleeping bag.

This is one of my favourites as it’s a rectangle XL bag big enough for the two of us if we go camping and it’s able to be connected to the other bag to be big enough for the whole family.

So as we both settle (I didn’t), I put on some soothing music and spoke to her about sleeping peasefully and she asked me to put my arm around her while she drifted off.

And she slept like a baby should, all the way to 6am where she woe up and asked to join me on the floor, where we snuggled until 9:30! That’s ridiculous.

Now as for me, my back wasn’t great and bloody hell it got chilly at one point in the night. The clothes on the radiator created a great barrier to my comfort.

But overall it was fine, not something I’d do every night and defo not something I’d do on a “school night” but for one night I was her hero when it was easier to just go to bed.

If I’d left, when she woke at 6am, she wouldn’t have trusted me again.

At least I have that.

Blogging Dads

Bearded with Boys

Our Christmas Dad Feature

On the third day of Advent, the DADvent calendar brings a Bearded dad with Boys!

So from someone that’s been around a few years, it took a real sense of a need to start blogging.

What encouraged you to start blogging?

Since becoming a Dad, I realised that Dads don’t get the same support as mothers, so I started my blog to encourage Dads that they matter too and also to show that sometimes parenting sucks and we all cock it up from time to time.

We all cock it up sometimes especially around Christmas time 🙂 Talking of Christmas, are you a lover or a Grinch?

Always been a Christmas Lover but even more so now that I have children. (I still believe in Santa)

Based on your profile picture, it looks like you still work for him ssshhhh. So what’s your favourite movie?

Santa Claus: The Movie, with Dudley Moore.

An alltime classic and what a legend Dudley Moore was. So what do you want in Santa’s sack?

Just the usual stuff like spending time with family, peace on earth etc and a Sage barista express coffee machine.

With 2019 only a month away, have you made your 2019 goals already?

I’m going to focus more on my blog, start doing some collaborations, regular content etc. Hopefully do more family support work too.

We’re always open to more collaborations so I hope 2019 gives you everything you want. Family support posts are always well received.

Thanks for the interview and have a great Christmas. Be sure to check him out here: http://beardedwithboys.com/ If you’re interested in taking part in our DADvent Calendar, email CorporateDadUK@Gmail.com

Dad Blogging

Diary of the Dad

Our Christmas Dad Blogger Tom

2nd Dad of Dadvent is Tom from Diary of the Dad, an obscure reference to a zombie film that I’ve seen Dawn of the Dead. I defo felt like a zombie in my first few years of parenthood.

I’m a big supporter of Tom and what he does so it was great to find out a bit more about why he became an online dad.

I wanted to create a record of family life and also saw it as a good way of seeing whether people liked my musings with a view to writing a book. That was eight years ago and the blog has taken off in such a big way that, even if I never write the book, I’m happy.

Are you a Christmas lover or a Grinch?

I’m a bit of both really. I love the actual day and the last week or so before it, but hate that the build-up starts so early. I’ve promised to be less Grinchy about it this year though so I’ll be making more of an effort to share other people’s enthusiasm.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Die Hard. We always watch it on Christmas Eve while wrapping up the last few presents.

As the debate of wether, it’s really a Christmas film goes on (in my eyes it is), what do you really want for Christmas?

A second EU referendum. Failing that, Football Manager 2019.

Controversial! that’s a debate for a whole different time. So what does 2019 hold for you, assuming the world doesn’t end after Brexit 🙂

I’m doing a 40 before 40 challenge so will be doing loads of things I’ve never got round to. Along with family life and other blogging stuff, it ought to keep me on my toes!

For all nearly new dads, here’s one to watch from Tom and if you’re looking for a great Dad Blogger, here’s his site https://www.diaryofthedad.co.uk/:

 

Thanks, Tom please comment below and follow him and as always, if you’re a Dad of having an amazing dad who you would like to get involved, email me on corporatedaduk@gmail.com.

Christmas Dad Bloggers

DIY Daddy

Nigel the Christmas Gift

My first featured Dad of Christmas is not only now a friend but one of the first blogger’s to give me a hand up in this busy world.

Let me introduce you to Nigel and here’s our Christmas Q&A:

Hey Nigel, tell me a bit about yourself:

I’m Nigel and I have an awarding winning daddy blog called DIY Daddy. I’m a painter and decorator, and just over 4 years ago I had an accident at work and broke my wrist. This meant that I couldn’t work for quite a while. My wife has always said that I should start a dad blog. After about a week at home, boredom had firmly set in so I started a blog and DIY Daddy was born! The rest as they say is history!

What’s your stance on Christmas, are you a lover or a hater?

This is a no-brainer! I love Christmas. It is my favourite time of the year without question. Being with my children and family is what it is all about so i’m definitely a Christmas lover.

I’m starting to love Christmas and I must say the Grinch is one of my favourites. How about yourself?

Home Alone! It’s easily still my favourite. I have lost count how many times I have watched it. I guess I always wanted to be Kevin, haha!

All you want for Christmas is ………?

Not a lot! Just to be around my family and watch my six year old twin girls open their presents on Christmas morning. That’s the magic of Christmas for me.

What does 2019 hold for you?

I have never been one to make new resolutions or plans. I tend to take it as it comes, what will be will be.

However, 2019 is going to be a little bit different for me as my health this year has not been good. As such I have decided to slow down just a little bit, both as a painter and decorator and as a blogger. Other than that I don’t have any plans.

Thanks to Nigel and if you’d like to follow his amazing blog, you’ll find a link to it here: https://www.diydaddyblog.com

If you’d like to take part and be a featured dad, email me on corporatedaduk@gmail.com

 

Merry Christsmas

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Where Did 2018 GO?

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I plan to make 2019 the best year ever!

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I started the year with the best intentions, I wrote a post dividing up the seasons with different crafts and things to do then completely f**ked everything up.

It’s great to have a plan but when you don’t even stick to the plan what’s the point. And the main losers are Dorothy and Beth.

I’ve beaten myself up about it quite a lot and with what’s happened recently with work, it’s really allowed me to re-evaluate my life and what’s important.

There’s probably more pictures of Bulgaria than us having fun doing family things!

So where do I go from here?

With Winter officially starting on the 1st of December, it’s time to put my to do list together and stick to it.

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One of few pics of us out exploring

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So what do I want to achieve this winter with the family? Here’s hoping for a plan I can stick with and not be so absent.

While I have a think, I would love some suggestions, invites to cool things and bucket lists. Here’s hoping I’ll tick them all off.

 

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I Missed So Much

Where Did 2018 GO?

I plan to make 2019 the best year ever!

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I started the year with the best intentions, I wrote a post dividing up the seasons with different crafts and things to do then completely f**ked everything up.

It’s great to have a plan but when you don’t even stick to the plan what’s the point. And the main losers are Dorothy and Beth.

I’ve beaten myself up about it quite a lot and with what’s happened recently with work, it’s really allowed me to re-evaluate my life and what’s important.

There’s probably more pictures of Bulgaria than us having fun doing family things!

So where do I go from here?

With Winter officially starting on the 1st of December, it’s time to put my to do list together and stick to it.

One of few pics of us out exploring

So what do I want to achieve this winter with the family? Here’s hoping for a plan I can stick with and not be so absent.

While I have a think, I would love some suggestions, invites to cool things and bucket lists. Here’s hoping I’ll tick them all off.

 

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My Fellwalking Guide

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Fellwalking with Wainwright

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As you probably know, I love a good walk in the countryside and I always hear about Wainwrights and never really knew what it meant.

So after a little bit of research, I found:

A Wainwright refers to one of 214 fells in the Lake District named after Alfred Wainwright, and hill bagging (also known as peak bagging and mountain bagging) refers to having climbed a particular hill, and the objective for some people is to climb as many as you can.

So literally throughout the past few years I’ve been bagging mountains without even knowing it. I need to sort this out.

Thankfully we’re big supporters of local charities and the book-cycle is one of our favourites.

Now while dropping in on the bookcycle, I find the beginning of something amazing.

Not only is it a book on Wainwright’s walks but it’s his 18 favourite walks in Lakeland (Lake District) for you an I.

This isn’t the best photo of the page but there’s 18 beautiful walks finished with Haystacks! Awesome.

Now I’ve already done a few of these. The Fairfield Horseshoe, Skiddaw (amazing), Scafell Pike and I think the Great Gable. But you know me, happy to put my boots on a do them again.

I’m not sure I’ll be using this to navigate but it’s a great way of imagining the walk before setting off and an insight into what to expect. For a photographer like me, I’ll be able to setup my shots before but also my rest stops (because I’m completely out of shape).

If anyone would like to join my I’m happy to set something up on my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/FourSeasonsDad/

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