Sunday, 31 March 2013

Silent Sunday - 31/03/13


Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Do you believe in miracles?

" A miracle is something that seems impossible but happens anyway."

I heard this quote the other day and it fits well with the events of this week.

The first little miracle is a modern day Romeo an Juliet.
A story of two young lovebirds from two houses, in the case two different religions, Who's heritage dictated they shouldn't be together. After 8 years of secrecy and the chance either families would be unhappy, these two young starlets finally became man and wife. Trust me, I never thought that would happen! In a civil ceremony, they looked into each others eyes and declared their undying love and commitment to each other. It made me realise just how much I enjoyed our wedding day.

The second little miracles has the all the makings of a Hollywood script.
I've talked previously in this blog bout concerns I had regarding if it was possible for me to have children. Turns out I was worrying over nothing!
Those concerns were born from the knowledge that both my brother and sister had issues having kids. My brother now has a 12 year old boy conceived through the magic of IVF. My sister on the other hand, hasn't been as lucky.

Unlike my brother, my sister didn't need IVF to conceive. She managed just fine without it. The issue was carrying a child. I won't go into detail as I will probably get some of it wrong and some of it is not for me to say, but all I know is this. Over the years my sister and her husband have conceived and lost 7 little beacons of life at various stages BUT, when all hope is lost and you think the path of life is laid out, life has a funny way of throwing you a curveball.

Then I was asked to make 1 of my ever popular (with me anyway) announcement videos!

This week, after all the losses, all the heartache, my sister not only conceived, carried but has now given birth to a beautiful baby boy!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome into the world Morgan Revie born 26/03/13 5lb 11oz.

Both mother and baby are doing great and hope to be home soon.
I hope 1 day, my sister will put her story into words and allow me to share it with you.

I can't start to imagine how hard it might have been seeing her baby brother start a family when she craved a family of her own, but now Morgan has arrived, I know she has so much love to give and he is a very lucky little boy to have parents who love him so much.

Congratulations to my big sister and her husband. If mum and dad are looking down, I'm sure they are bursting with pride on how amazing their kids turned out and how beautiful their grand children are.

As always, thanks for reading.

*Incase your wondering, that quote came from Men in Black 3. Not the place you'd expect such profound nuggets of wisdom, but it worked in this scenario dammit! Lol

Saturday, 23 March 2013


I don't always contribute to #SatCap but when The Mrs sent me this picture of LB I couldn't resist putting it out for you all to add a caption!

Let me know your caption in the comments below!
Then pop over to and view some other awesome #SatCap entries!

As always, thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Another new member of the family!

Well would you believe it. 5 years ago it looked like we were never going to have kids. The past 2 years have been a little bit manic but all that's all forgotten when you they make you smile.

Well, last week we added ANOTHER addition to the family. Don't get excited though, this one isn't quite worthy of an FTD video!

Please allow me dear readers to introduce you to the latest member of the FTD crew.....

BB took a shine to Sally while him and The Mrs were walking round a nearly new baby sale. For as little as £4 in a matter if moments we went from parents to grandparents!

We actually contemplated buying BB some sort of doll before LB arrived so he could get used to having somebody smaller than him around that he had to lean to love and take care of. For various reasons that never happened but here we are. Grand parents at the grand old age of....well lets just say we're too young to be grandparents just yet!

Has anybody else introduced a doll into the family to try and transition an older sibling into the new way of life? Did it work?

Would you give your little boy a doll to play with?
If not why not?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

As always, thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013


I haven't pumped out a lot of posts recently and that’s because I've been too busy to have 5 mins free to type stuff up or the ideas I have for posts, quickly disappear when I eventually come to type them up.

Due to this, I have turned down a few PR requests lately that I would have been interested in normally, but not only was I too busy, I didn’t want this site to be full of reviews and no posts from me! However when I was contacted and asked to do a review for, I just couldn’t resist! 
And if The Mrs is reading this before Mothers Day, stop now, it will only spoil it! lol (She promised she wouldn't)
I have never used an on line greeting cards company before. I always felt that it was the done thing to go to the card shop of your choice, spend 3 hours looking at different cards, laughing at some, cooing over verses of others, only to then go back and pick up one of the first cards you found.
BUT as I have been busy, (have I mentioned that?) I'm useless and didn’t want to leave it too late and my first impressions of the site were good, so I figured I would give it a go!

For fairness and variety, I ordered 3 cards. All medium and all at a great price (£1.99each).
I thought the personalisation of the cards would be much more difficult than it was. I simply picked the style I want and uploaded the picture of my choosing.
As I haven't used this type of site before, I'm not sure if this is the norm, but Chucklemonster actually allows you to upload direct from Facebook! Personally I think this is a great facility. A lot of our photographs are taken using our smart phones and put straight onto Facebook.
On more than one occasion, 'The Mrs' has sent me a picture, I've shown it to someone, only for them to tell me they have already seen it on line, so having the option if I wanted to use it, was a great idea.

Within 5 minutes I had uploaded my desired image and personalised the messages inside the card.
The site, was easy to navigate and had a large range of cards for all occasions not just Mothers Day.
I used the normal 1st class delivery option (Free) and only 2 days later my cards arrived. The quality of card is great and the finish of each card was of a high standard. I have recently been involved in some printing so I appreciate a good piece of card!

With the option of sending your card direct to your recipient or to yourself, they really do have everything covered.

When it comes to to ordering cards on line you should definitely give a go and if you order now, theres still enough time to order from their Mothers Day range!

The cards look great!

Loved the site, loved the cards, love the service, therfore I'm gonna give top marks!
(5 out of 5)

Thanks to the guys over at, The Mrs will wake up on Mothers Day with a smile on her face.

As always, Thanks for reading.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Bite size boy.

We all have habits we don't like. Some have habits other people don't like.

I won't go into the habits of myself and the wife as she would probably start a habit of stabbing me in my sleep.
Anybody seen the dog?

I sit there and see my wife's bad habits and I'm sure she sees mine and we both hope BB and LB don't grow up with any of them.

Well, BB seems to have developed a new habit if his own recently....biting.

He bites me, he bites The Mrs, he bites the chair, he bites himself and I'm pretty sure we once caught him biting the dog!!

Now, before you start sending rabies shots through the post, he's not exactly walking round like Pac-Man or one of those loving fellows from the walking dead, but he does try and take a munch on the odd occasion. I'm hoping it's just a phase and that he does it becasuse he is just SO excited!!
I hope it will pass and the habit will turn into something bit less damaging on my arms, legs, fingers and/or toes.

Has your little one ever tried taking a chunk outta you?
Have they developed one of your bad habits?
Any suggestions on what I can do to curb his 'appetite'? (See what I did there?)

In the mean time, if you don't hear from me for a while....send help! And a first aid kit!

As always thanks for reading!