Sunday, 31 August 2014


When I think about back to school I think of uniforms and school bags. So when Debenhams set up an awesome blogger comp with Brummy Mummy of 2 to create a back to school outfit I jumped on the opportunity. I don't necessarily think that uniforms are needed. Especially when children are really young. Max is still in his last year of preschool and I know loads of kids his age who have full on uniforms. Luckily they are allowed to wear what they want as long as they don't mind it getting a bit dirty.

So I have decided to continue that theme and go for the smart casual look. Max is a bit of a rocker so we have gone for a classic mod look mixed with a bit of classy flair. Something that a parent and a teacher would be proud to see in a classroom and playground! Max picked each item himself, he's got the knack from his mum obviously!

Boys Shirt (BlueZoo) - I absolutely adore this shirt. He may have 2 or 3 exactly the same but you can never have too many checked shirts. The amount of dress up and outings we use a checked shirt is unreal. One minute a cowboy next at a christening.

Denim Jeans with Braces (RJR.John Rocha) - There's something adorable about boys in braces and these are no different. Teamed with the shirt they give that impression that he is way older than his years but also cool enough that can get away with anything!

Grey Zip Hoodie (BlueZoo) - The classic hoodie. A grey colour means it goes with any uniform, stains come out easy and it's warm and cosy. I constantly seem to find pine cones and leaves in all of our pockets so these deep ones will allow Max to hide them away for when we do nature crafts.

Black Shoes (Converse) - Who doesn't love a Converse. The great thing about these is that they are black, so go with anything and comfy enough that he could also play sports as well as use them for normal wear. I remember wearing Converse at the end of my school years and feeling like a complete rebel (little did I know that most other kids wore them too!).

In Max's words "Mum I like this outfit because I look really cool like Dougie and Matt from Mcbusted and I can go to school and play lots of music with everyone because I'm a rock star"

(I think he likes it!)

Friday, 29 August 2014


Fri Dad is back after an unannounced weekend off. No worries, simply a change in schedule forced me to alter plans.

I normally take the time to post out parent related discussions. I've always felt that as a parenting blog, I should never stray too far from the subject. I'm well aware Laura can post non parent related topics, but I felt obligated to be stringent, maybe it's the way I was raised.

However, I'm writing today to propose a potential make over of the Fri Dad post.

I've been in thought about Fri Dad for the past few days thinking about how tough it is for me to stick to topics and experiences. What I have noticed is that I enjoy chipping in with bits and bobs that can sometimes go on a tangent.

This gave me a bit of an idea of how to deal with this. I propose a change in format where I essentially break down my post in to 4 to 6 subjects. The subjects can include, personal updates, good ideas, funny incidents and even topical subjects (whatever you read about). Think of it as a guest column just like the Sun, but it's no one famous or controversial, it's just me.

This way I can cut out any guff (though as a writer, a simple edit would make more sense) and cater for as much as I can considering that it's a weekly post.

So now I open it up to you. What do you think? Is Fri Dad in need of a makeover or since it ain't broke, don't fix it?

I've had little chance to interact with you all after discovering when I go missing I'm asked after.

You can simply contact me via Twitter on your opinions...or even if you want to chat with me, I'm @SJCastle_. I look forward to hearing from you and I promise to try my best to give your blogs a look in return.

That's it for Fri Dad, the verdict will be made next week. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

A lazy list for a wet summers day.

So summer is over or so it seems. The rain is drenching you as much as that ice bucket challenge did and you are so fed up with soft plays filled with screaming kids galore. But wait, there is still time left of the summer holidays. That means coming up with something that isn't going to the splash park and eating your weight in ice cream! Here are a few things you could do instead (or not- I don't blame you if you don't!):

  • Go to the park. I took Max in the pouring rain. He thought he was a rockstar doing Busted jumps in all the puddles. I may have cursed once we got home and realised he had a pint of water in his wellies though. Still, he might get a job because Charlie Simpson left the band.
  • You could always sit and watch films. I'm sure you have spent so much time playing outside that you forgot what a tv was. We normally go on the kids section of Netflix and pick the first age appropriate film we can find. If I have to hear Frozen one more time I'm going to let it bloody go!
  • Craft. Also known as that one moment you forget that your OCD will kick in when they use more than one colour Playdoh and you find loom bands down the side of every crevice and nook. Also remembering that what mess you make you must tidy.
  • That leads me on to baking. Now that the Great British Bake Off has started you could try your hand at being Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood (or one of the rubbish contestants if you are like me).
  • Dressing up is always really good to do. Until your child is forcing an age 3-4 firemans hat on top on your head and the only fire you really want to put out is the burning sensation on your scalp.
  • And finally, treasure hunts. Also known as that moment in time you can trick your child into searching for one of their toys so you can sit for a moment and drink a cup of tea.

I hope that this has really given you a few ideas for those rubbish raining days! Feel free to share your own ideas too.