THAT'S A WRAP (BABYJOGGER ROUND UP) #ad

THAT'S A WRAP (BABYJOGGER ROUND UP) #ad

It's December, it's freezing and today what started out as a look back on my collaboration with Baby Jogger has become more of an overall look back on the year. Man, what a year it's been.As I look back on the blog posts I've done as part of this partnership I am reminded of so many memories, I am brought back in time to the moment the photos were taken and can't help but smile. I thought it could be fun to look back over the blog posts, recap on what they were about and then add a little personal memory to each of them. Let's start at the beginning.

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Review of Baby Jogger City GO i-Size + my thoughts our the early parenthood #ad

Review of Baby Jogger City GO i-Size + my thoughts our the early parenthood #ad

Nothing is scarier than that first drive back from the hospital with your new little bubba. I think I stayed up worrying about it for a few weeks leading up to the big day.

There is just something about that drive that makes it all so real. Do you know what I mean? If you are in that position now iI want to let you know that although you wontwon’t stop worrying, it did turn out  less scary and far more magical than I anticipated. though. For me, it was driving home to a new life. A life that has proven to be more incredible than I could have ever imagined.

As part of my ongoing collaboration with Baby Jogger i'mI’m going to review the latest City GO i-Size so that the getting the right carseat seat can be one thing less that's playing on your mind! As always with this reviews i'mI’m going to try and get straight to the facts and make it as simple as possible!

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THE POSITIVITY PROJECT #2

THE POSITIVITY PROJECT #2

If you are struggling to find happiness, if you feel you are stuck in a rut and wanting something to change then i would love to hear from you. As i try and mention a lot, I am in no way a professional and this is in no way an alternative to professional help. This is simply me sharing some of the techniques i’ve used to bring the light back into my life.

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WHO THE HELL IS GOD?

WHO THE HELL IS GOD?

At fourteen I read Richard Dawkins ‘The God Delusion’ and memorised the key arguments ready to take into school and have it out with my R.E teacher. I was a angry kid who was unhappy with the word and all I saw from God was conflict, war, judgement and betrayal. I had no need for the rules, hypocrisy and judgement of religion. Funnily enough I still don’t. But what I soon found out was the articulate and smartly crafted words of Richard Dawkins held no comfort to a human being at a time of great distress and suffering. Mr Dawkins could shine no light in the darkness I had found myself in and offered no solution to the unavoidable realisation that something was missing.

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CITY ADVENTURE WITH BABY JOGGER (CITY MINI 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) #ad

CITY ADVENTURE WITH BABY JOGGER (CITY MINI 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) #ad

I have spent most of my adult life buzzing between underground stations and busy city streets. I have made the early morning train to London my second home and the late train back a somewhat begrudging friend. My job was in the city, I met Ebony in the city and I thought the city was where iI'd be forever. How funny it is now that when Baby Jogger suggested I tested out the City Mini 10th Anniversary out in a city I had to sheepishly admit I don't think I'm going to a city...not this week, not next week and not this year.

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PARENTHOOD WITH UNLIKELY DAD (Adoption, love + blogging)

PARENTHOOD WITH UNLIKELY DAD (Adoption, love + blogging)

“As for UNLIKELY DAD… I always knew I wanted to blog. I just didn’t know what about. I was never the coolest kid on the block with the hottest trends so fashion blogging wouldn’t work. I didn’t have many hobbies either. But then I became a dad and I found I had this voice. I didn’t feel represented in social media really. A young (ish) gay, adoptive dad. I saw the Instagram scene awash with mum and dad bloggers and I love that space. It felt so inclusive and like we were all in this together. But I wanted to make myself accessible and commercial. To be seen as a dad, just like anyone else. And I have worked damn hard. I write from my heart and all my photos are precious to me. I love what I do and hope by sharing what life as a gay dad looks like is actually just showing my followers we’re all the same!”

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City Mini 10th Anniversary Edition Review #ad

City Mini 10th Anniversary Edition Review #ad

By now everyone knows that me and Ebony can be commonly be found wondering along the coastline or running after Tilly as she tries to play with the horses in the New Forest. This means we need a buggy that can travel well across dirt paths as well as city pavements. The City Mini GT 10th Anniversary luckily has all terrain wheels attached that we've successfully put to the test so we are all good in this department. It also has an adjustable handlebar and a hand-operated parking brake for ultimate ease. You can then take it one step further with the City Elite which has large foam-filled tires for ultimate comfort.

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HONEST PRAM REVIEW (BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR LUX) #ad

HONEST PRAM REVIEW (BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR LUX) #ad

Do you want to know something absolutely crazy? I’ve been asked if I can do a professional review. Me! Not in my wildest bloody dreams did I ever think I would be asked to do a review. Let alone review a pram from a parents perspective. As much as it still feels a little crazy to be a parent the truth is I have managed to bumble my way through these first eight months with love in my heart. I may not be a super mum with years of experience but here we go!

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OUR NEW HOUSE ADVENTURE (BabyJogger City tour LUX) #ad

It's Friday and we are sat at a cafe by the sea. It's quiet, half empty and feels very much like a place for the locals, situated just a few miles down from the main tourist spots. I’m not from Bournemouth and have no real connection here but for some reason life has taken me to this spot a few times. It has always sparked me as odd, but as I sit drinking my coffee with Daisy and Ebony, it all makes sense. Life has taken me home.


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Q&A #2 - online hate, baby number 2 & our decision to put our lives online.

Q&A #2 - online hate, baby number 2 & our decision to put our lives online.

What inspires you? What books do you recommend? Baby number 2? Are you still sober? If so do you get urges to drink and how do you not give in? Do you and Ebony ever get 'hate' and how do you react?Do you have a routine that helps with anxiety? Do you think it's healthy for Daisy to be on social media and part of your job?


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HOW TO FORGIVE

HOW TO FORGIVE

For me, I have learnt to look past the person and into the pain. I have learnt the power of empathy. The power to see something from another point of view. It's not about me being right and them being wrong. It's not even about them being right and me being wrong. It's simply understanding the situation at a deeper level.

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TRAVEL: A TRIP TO LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS (IRELAND)

TRAVEL: A TRIP TO LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS (IRELAND)

Sometimes in life moments occur where you become aware that what is happening is special and you are creating a memory that will last a lifetime. The sort of memory you can look back at when you are older and know you truly lived. Moments where you feel totally alive. We've just come back from staying at the incredible Skyros on the foothills of Mount Gabriel and I am without doubt that those few days will last forever.

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DAD UPDATE

DAD UPDATE

It's been nearly five months since our lives changed forever and it feel's like every single day we are learning and experiencing something totally new. I often think how best to describe the feeling of being a parent. I think the word that springs to mind is 'wonder'. Being a parent makes me see the world with wonder.

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MENTAL HEALTH: FEEL LIKE GIVING UP?...PLEASE READ.

MENTAL HEALTH: FEEL LIKE GIVING UP?...PLEASE READ.

If you woke up today with no hope left in your soul, instead of giving up or going back to bed I urge you to see this as a sign to change. Embrace it as the moment in time you decided to take back your life. There is so much hope and freedom in a life but when anxiety or depression is totally overpowering it’s too easy to lose sight of it. But it’s still there. Believe me. It's there.

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MUISIC: YUNGBLUD

MUISIC: YUNGBLUD

YUNGBLUD couldn't give a flying fuck about what the industry wants. YUNGBLUD want's to change the world with his music. He wants to give a voice to a generation of pissed off teenagers who are screaming to be heard. And the best thing about it all is that I really think he's got a chance to do it.

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TRAVEL: SLEEPING ON A RAILWAY CARRIAGE BY THE SEA (UNIQUE GETAWAY)

TRAVEL: SLEEPING ON A RAILWAY CARRIAGE BY THE SEA (UNIQUE GETAWAY)

I have just come back from a week away in Haying Island, we spent the week in the most incredible beach house made up of converted railway carriages. I fell asleep to the ocean and explored a ghost town of an amusement park. I chased Tilly through the beauty of a national park and played board games to the soundtrack of a storm. I laughed, smiled, walked, ate and loved, returning home happy, soulful and rested. Not bad for somewhere less than an hour away from our front door.

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MENTAL HEALTH: OVERTHINKING & HOW TO STOP

MENTAL HEALTH: OVERTHINKING & HOW TO STOP

Are you tired of thinking? If I told you I heard voices in my head I'm sure most of you would be worried. Some of you might even politely suggest I see a doctor or a psychiatrist. But it's the truth. Each and everyday I hear voices, continuous monologues or dialogues that follow me relentlessly from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep. And do you wanna know something really scary? So do you. The only difference is you might not know it.

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MENTAL HEALTH: BEING DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES

MENTAL HEALTH: BEING DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES

If you are struggling, feeling overwhelmed or angry then please don't worry. I have felt the same way. Life is more than our diabetes though. It's more than glucose monitors and insulin pens. Life is an adventure so go and live it. We are all behind you.

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