How to help vulnerable dads be better fathers

When it comes to parenting, mothers are still stereotypically seen as the dominant force in the family, in charge of everything from dinner to more serious decisions. Regardless of how involved a dad might be in helping to raise his children, society still wrongly sees men as the lesser parental counterpart. But the fact is that the role of fathers has changed: they are no … Continue reading How to help vulnerable dads be better fathers

The understated affection of fathers

Men may not be from Mars, but – compared to women – they do communicate in very different ways. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the relationships of fathers and sons. Outwardly, many father and son pairs may appear distant and disengaged. A guy who wouldn’t think twice about hugging and kissing his mom might offer his father only a stilted handshake. Dads … Continue reading The understated affection of fathers

Shopping picks: J-PEGS by MOXONLONDON on Etsy

If you are anything like me, leaving the house is a three-stage process. First get the kids out with their various school bags, PE bags, coats, scarves, hats, one glove each (because they’ve lost the other one). Now you have few things to clear. Second get you out with all your random bits and pieces – work bag, coat, hat, scarf, glove (see above), car … Continue reading Shopping picks: J-PEGS by MOXONLONDON on Etsy

Kitchen design

Kitchen Renovation – warm, stylish and practical

Most people would agree that the kitchen is at the very heart of the home. It’s where people gather to cook, socialise and enjoy spending time with each other so when it comes to a kitchen renovation, it’s important to get it right. Homeowners – perhaps spurred on by a combination of home improvement programmes and foodie shows on TV – are investing in their kitchen … Continue reading Kitchen Renovation – warm, stylish and practical

Top ten things to do in Madrid

Being in Madrid is all about living in the moment. It’s a city about doing rather than seeing, about trying different ways of mixing the old and the new. Within the space of a weekend, you can experience laid-back tapas culture, boundless nightlife and some of the best fine dining, high art and fashion Europe has to offer. What’s more, this vibrant capital is on … Continue reading Top ten things to do in Madrid

Cutting The Cost Of Your Family Ski Holiday

While ski holidays are great fun for active families, it’s true that they can be much more expensive than sunshine breaks when you factor in the cost of flights, accommodation, equipment, ski passes and so on. But, if you’re determined to enjoy some snow with the family, there are ways to keep the cost down. Here’s how: When should we book? Follow the general holiday … Continue reading Cutting The Cost Of Your Family Ski Holiday

Holiday Reading – why choose books over e-tablets?

Although the idea of taking an entire selection of great holiday reads abroad in one portable easy-to-use tablet is tempting, booksellers everywhere suggest that our relationship with e-books cannot surpass our relationships with books. Interacting with a book, turning its pages, seeing it transform from being untouched to gathering stains and dog-eared pages, gives us a tangible emotional attachment to it as a physical object. … Continue reading Holiday Reading – why choose books over e-tablets?

A Foodie Guide to Morocco

With its stunning sunsets, charming medinas and enchanting spice souks, Morocco is the perfect destination for foodies looking for a sun-filled break – even more so now that Ryanair has announced plans they are opening two new bases in Fes and Marrakech and starting flights from Essaouira and Rabat from April 2013, making it quicker and cheaper to visit this exotic corner of Africa than … Continue reading A Foodie Guide to Morocco

Swap relaxation for an adrenaline rush on an Activemoon

The perfect honeymoon should give you as much happiness as your big day; it’s your first chance to really enjoy each other’s company as Mr and Mrs and reflect on the happy memories of your wedding. For some couples, there’s no better way to do so than lying side by side on a golden beach in a sun-soaked paradise. But for an increasing number – … Continue reading Swap relaxation for an adrenaline rush on an Activemoon