How We Survived Financially During Maternity Leave

Surviving the big financial drop whilst going on maternity leave is a legitimate money worry for many parents. When we started trying for a baby my wife got pregnant very quickly. It took us a mere six weeks. And as a result, we lost a bit of money. My wife is a nurse with the NHS. When we put the dates together after she got pregnant, it meant that she missed out on the NHS maternity pay by five weeks. FIVE WEEKS! If we had our daughter a little bit later we would’ve been roughly £3000 better off. So we had…

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Thinking About My Next Charity Challenge for 2018

Enough time has now passed since I did my skydive. And I’m now ready to look for another charity challenge to push myself and raise money at the same time. The skydive was actually quite easy. It doesn’t take anything to do it other than a little bit of mental strength not to back out. When I did it, it was my third time down in Salisbury to do it due to the other attempts being postponed for weather. So by the time I was there for the third time, the idea of coming all the way back down once…

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It’s About Time People Stopped Incorrectly Parking in Baby Spaces

I don’t usually write posts where I complain all that much. But this is going to be one of those posts, even if it is something that has probably been covered by others many times before. Yesterday me and Rachel popped to a local Asda, and, with it being a Friday, it was rather busy. We drove around the car park and eventually saw someone leaving a parent and baby space. We drove around and the car in front, with no baby, pulled in instead. Now, me and Rachel are both pretty socially awkward, me more so than her, and…

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How Becoming a Parent Has Changed My Feelings Towards the NFL

As very few of you might know, this weekend marks the 52nd Superbowl for the NFL. And, as this will be the first time that I’ll be watching it as a dad, I thought I’d do a quick post about how my relationship with the NFL has changed since Isabelle was born. A few years ago I was verging on being addicted to the NFL. Sunday nights from 6pm meant Redzone (their service for skipping between all the games going on) until well gone midnight and that was it. No excuses. Whatever Rachel wanted to do on Sundays it had…

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Walking 100,000 Steps with Fitbit: Earning the Olympian Sandal Badge

This time last year, I randomly decided to leave the house in the middle of the night and walk for the next 14 hours until I hit 100,000 steps on my FitBit. Why? Just to earn the Olympian Sandal badge. I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t really have a worthwhile reason behind doing it other than for that badge. I’ve had Fitbit since April 2015, and as of this writing I am currently on 19,287,747 life time steps. I’m a postman, so it’s almost like I cheat. There’s no reason for me to quote that figure other than I think it…

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