Tired of looking mediocre by The Honest Father

Dress code: Dad – I’m tired of looking mediocre

I've committed to some changes in the last few weeks that should stop me looking mediocre. Not New Year resolutions as such - I'm crap at them - but just changes that I need to make. I have an impressive track record of going through phases, but this is not one of those times. Unlike my previous efforts I'm hoping these changes last longer than one of Katie Price's marriages... (more…)

Total Fitness Gym Review

Review: Total Fitness

If you took one look at me you'd instantly conclude that I'm not someone who is likely to have a gym pre-programmed into their sat nav. I've been a dad for over three years now and the combination of a crappy diet and lack of sleep has lent itself to me sporting the stereotypical "dad-bod". Imagine, then, my surprise when Total Fitness asked me to review their gym... (more…)

Don't ask me what I got for Christmas

Why I dreaded starting the school term after Christmas

I was never bullied at school, but I was never one of the popular kids either, I was in that happy medium that required the least effort - I could just go by unnoticed if I wanted to. I was right where I wanted to be. No matter what position you held in the shitstorm of a school social-rank though, there was one question in January you could never avoid: "What did you get for Christmas?". (more…)

Hands covering womans face

5 undignified moments of parenthood

Pregnancy is the wrecking ball that obliterates both the internal structures of a woman and the foundations of both of our dignity. I started this blog with a view to being intolerably honest, and I feel I've not done this ethos justice if I skip this part. Here are the top five undignified moments of parenthood that we've endured. (more…)

Philips OneBlade Razor review

Review: Philips OneBlade QP2530

The Philips OneBlade (QP2530) is Philips's (Philips'?) answer to bridging the gap between an electric shaver and a beard trimmer. It's aimed at those of us who want to style their facial hair (hence the funky shape). Philips claims the OneBlade is able to shave, trim and edge all lengths of hair. For me, the best part about the Philips OneBlade is its gentle shave - especially given my issues with shaving. (more…)

One peg isolated from the group

Social life after becoming a parent

Friends are for life, not just prepartum

Friendships shift and change at different stages of life. We make childhood friends, then we start school and make new friends. Some friendships stick with us for years while others are discarded at the drop of a hat. Some friendships make it through the tough times and survive and they're the unchanging constant in the equation of a turbulent timeline. That is, at least, until you have a child... (more…)

Sleeping on teddy

“Sleep is for the weak!” – my daughter’s sleep pattern

It's a curious thing - we crave, seek and pursue sleep but it's essentially "dead time". We don't remember doing it but it takes up a third of our lives. If we don't get enough of it we act like an arse and if we neglect it completely we just die. So why has mother nature decided that a newborn baby - something that takes a huge amount of concentration just to keep alive - will rob you of all but an hour's kip here and there?! (more…)

The Walking Dead Season 7

The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 1 review

What the hell did I just watch? I started The Walking Dead Season 7 debut episode feeling morbidly excited and saying "ooh I wonder who it is that got killed?". By the time the credits had rolled I felt sick, shocked and I had that fight-or-flight response I very rarely get. I blame fatherhood for making me such a wreck with things like this now. Anyway, here are my thoughts on it...***SPOILER ALERT. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 7 EPISODE 1*** (more…)

Autumn activities

Kate says: 10 things to do this autumn and Halloween

Apparently summer is over and autumn is here now, meaning Halloween is just round the corner. The change in season brings with it a shed load of activities. In the interest of remaining the HONEST father, I have to say I'm pretty rubbish at planning activities! Therefore my Fiancé, Kathryn, has written up a top 10 list of things to do this autumn. As a thank you she's been granted her own category on the blog, "Kate says", so keep an eye out for more... (more…)