Thursday, 20 July 2017

Supernova 5K Run 2017 : Part 1 - Sponsored Post

Hi everyone!

This November I'll be taking part in the Supernova 5K Run at The Kelpies in Falkirk, and I'll be working alongside the organisers for the next few months with a few blogs detailing my progress in the run up to the event and beyond.

So, a brief intro.
I'm Mark, aka Thoughts Of A First Time Dad, 32, married to Caroline and dad to our little girl Mara who is 17 months old just now. By day I'm a bathroom installer for our family's business and in my spare time (which is a luxury as a parent!) I like to write.

I'm really excited to be taking part in the Supernova 5K run again. I ran it last year and it was an amazing experience to run around Helix Park at night and see The Kelpies lit up in all their splendour. Some of the other participants actually gave the Kelpies a run for their money with their neon, flashing outfits!
Don't get me wrong it was absolutely freezing, 8pm on a Sunday night in mid-November running around Falkirk in shorts!
However, based purely on that experience, I have signed up to do it again this year and I can't wait!

I recently competed in one of those well known obstacle courses and it let me see just how unfit I've become, especially since I've acquired quite the "dad bod" of late, but since finishing that event its given me a bit of a boost in my training and I've started working out at home 3-4 times a week with Caroline.
Granted, we're getting up stupidly early so we can get the work out done before Mara wakes up, but the early morning work out sets you up for the rest of the day. Unless it falls on a Saturday, and I do the workout on my own while Caroline is at work and have Mara laughing at me for half an hour, or worse, try to take part while I'm trying to do press ups!

Thanks for following my progress and I'll post another update soon.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

*Review - Despicable Me 3 meets Arthur Price


To coincide with the release of the latest Despicable Me movie, Arthur Price HQ has been invaded by the Minions to launch a special range of children's cutlery and crockery, and Mara and I were lucky enough to be selected to review some of the items available.

Despite the fact that it is aimed at children, I was so excited when I first saw the range and I'm 32!

At 17 months old, Mara is currently learning how to feed herself with cutlery and the little spoon is just the right size for her to hold comfortably and she manages to eat her meals with very little mess, which is handy as she doesn't really like to be too dirty.

The 'Expressions' four piece cutlery set retails at £24.95, comes in a great presentation box which is very appealing to kids, and are made of the highest quality (and shiniest) stainless steel emblazoned with the likes of Kevin, Stuart and Bob from the Minions series.

The bone china 'Sea of Minions' three piece breakfast set , also £24.95, has a china bowl, plate and mug. Each part can be purchased individually too starting from £8.95.

Mara loves the bowl! I think she's happy to have a noisy one like us grown ups rather than a plastic one for a change! This allows her to be a part of grown up meal time with proper crockery, but still has an element of fun.

All in all, a fantastic range of top quality items that are designed to last, and will no doubt see Mara through the next few years. My only hope is that she loves the Minions & Despicable Me as much as I do!

Arthur Price is a family owned business, set up in 1902, supplying their goods to Royalty, Heads of State and the finest hotels, restaurants, airlines and cruise ships across the globe.
Please visit their website to view their great range of cutlery and gifts.

In the words of the Minions,

Tank Yu and Poopaye!

Thoughts Of A First Time Dad was sent these sets in return for an honest review , all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sulk Hogan

Here's a treat for you folks, Mrs TOAFTD shares her Thoughts Of A First Time Mum!

Welcome to Car Seat Fight Club.
And yes we are going to talk about it.

We have recently binge watched GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling) on Netflix.
Watching the satirical drama has led me to realise there is a wrestling match taking place every day in my life. Sometimes several times a day.
Ladies and gentlemen may I introduce you to CROW (Car seat Refusal by Offspring Wrestling.)
Through my extensive research via the aforementioned mock 80's show, I have learnt that you need moves, and most importantly a signature move. You can't just jump in there and punch the car seat.
No. No, you need finesse, you need panache, you need DRAMA. And, luckily for the future success of CROW, Mara has drama in spades.

Bear with me while I talk you through some of her special moves.

There is the original "My Car Seat Is Trying To Eat Me." An oldie, but a goodie. Performed by arching ones back whilst placed in the optimum car seat position. The car seat is powerless to respond, its straps simply cannot fit around the waist when its so far away. Toddler edges ahead in the wrestling game.

Mara has upped her game in recent weeks by adding substantially to her repertoire. She now seamlessly moves from the "My Car Seat Is Trying To Eat Me" to "The Exorcist." This move involves a total 180 rotation. Car seat is helpless as toddler spins round and the ref (that would be me) frantically tries to catch toddler.

Then it's time for "The Crucifix," propelling herself upwards, Mara stands in the car seat and prepares from the penultimate move. This is similar to a wrestler standing on the ropes. The crowd goes wild (her grannie pleads with her from the passenger seat) and Mara raises her hands to a "T" shape, above the headrest. She is now wedged in place, unable to be lifted above, unable to be pulled down. Ref is dangerously close to calling the whole match and heading back into the house. (Who needs groceries anyway?)

It is now that Mara tackles her signature move, the mother of all finishes, designed to take out her nemesis. Yes, here is "The Birth Canal." From her position in "The Crucifix" she pulls her arms in and shoots down the car seat as if on a flume. Ref struggles to stop toddler before she rolls right under the ropes and out of the ring (through her poor mothers arms and out the car door.)
The car seat can't catch her, the match is over. Toddler emerges triumphant and hungry for a rematch.
Luckily, a rematch is imminent as the ref carts her off to meet her new opponent... The Buggy!