August 27, 2018

Feeling Suave With Frederick Thomas London

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Suave - Having an air of confidence, courtesy, and intelligence. A stylish attitude, with high self-esteem

Do I consider myself? Probably not, and by probably I mean, definitely. This is where companies like Frederick Thomas come in. Their products are high quality and make they make you feel better about yourself. 

I was lucky enough to be sent this weekend bag. 

Frederick Thomas Ties was established in 2009 and specialises in selling high-quality men's ties, cufflinks and other men's business accessories. All of their ties feature their signature floral design to the rear of the tie which gives them a unique edge. They can also create custom ranges of ties for schools, football teams, rugby teams etc. They also have just recently introduced a wedding range. 

Upon checking out the bag I was impressed with its size (aye aye). According to their website, this bag is the perfect size for cabin luggage on a British Airways or Easyjet flight. This is perfect for me as we are going to America next year and I needed something to use as a flight bag.

I am also going to a conference with work next week where I have to stay over. Taking this bag with me, I'll be feeling like the bee's knees. It oozes quality. The bag itself is tweed and fully lined inside. It has a decent sized inside pocket and also comes with a larger strap inside if you wish to carry it on your shoulder. It has a reinforced leather base and studded feet. There are a variety of colours to choose from which should suit any man's preferences. 

Frederick Thomas is based in London. Looking online I saw a photo of their shop and based on the look of the shop I instantly had a mental image of the film, Kingsman. The Kingsman are a secret spy agency is masquerading as a tailors. I'm not saying Frederick Thomas are a secret spy agency but if they are, they're more than welcome to drop me some info if they're ever recruiting. 

You can buy socks, ties, cufflinks, pocket squares, weekend bags and other accessories from them. The prices are very reasonable when you take into considering the quality of the products on offer. If you have an important job, it's the little things to set you apart from other businessmen, such as the cufflinks or a nice tie. 

These products would also be a great gift for the man in your life at Christmas. You can find their website here.

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August 20, 2018

Is having Children worth it?

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This past weekend my wife went away for some much needed time to herself, away from the demanding job that is being a stay at home mum. This has left me in charge of keeping two young humans alive (no pressure).

On Friday they spent the day with their aunty, whilst I was at work. I left at 2pm and made my way home. It's fair to say that I don't deal with the stresses of parenting that well and find myself frustrated by the kid's behaviour, even after a few minutes of seeing them. This stresses me out even more as I question whether I'm a good dad or not, on several occasions. I often can't wait for the kid's bedtime so that I can chill out and de-stress.

I'm quick to lose my temper when the kids aren't behaving the way I want them to. My brain sometimes doesn't let me understand that they are just children, I'm sure every child behaves the way mine do but this doesn't help me "In the moment".

When I came home on Friday the house was empty as the kids were out. I stood in the kitchen and the house was deathly silent. Sheer bliss you might say, enjoy it while you can. Usually, I would, but In that moment today, I felt something was really missing from my life.

I took a second to think about what my life would be like if I didn't have kids. The house would be quiet, I wondered what I would do if I didn't have the kids, maybe go to the gym I thought to myself, or go shopping. None of this thrilled me with excitement.

I immediately missed my children more than I ever have.

I really realised in that hour when they were still out, that they had made my life so much better. Even with all the stress they bring, I am so Glad that we decided to have kids. The joy they bring to your life out ways the stress they bring.

I believe that having children makes life truly worth living. I am blessed to have my kids in my life and I'm honoured to be their dad. I can't wait to see them grow up and become even more amazing than they are now.

So parents, if you're having a hard parenting day just remember

It's absolutely worth it!

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August 13, 2018

How to make Disney button art

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After making my wife the rose from the Disney film Beauty and the Beast (which i blogged about and you can read here). I decided I wanted to have a go at some Disney Button art. I mean, how hard can it be right?

Read on to find out how easy these are to make...

  • Search for your image on Google. I searched for "Mickey Mouse silhouette". Once you have found your chosen image print it off.
  • Now go and buy your buttons and frame. As you can see from the pictures I used red, white, yellow. I used an A4 frame, a box frame would be ideal but I couldn't get one in that size. You will also need a glue gun and glue sticks
  • Cut out your image and stick it to the frame backing board or card you are using as a mount. Use double sided sticky tape for this.
  • Get your buttons out and arrange them onto your picture
  • Once you are happy with it, you can start glueing them down using your glue gun
  • You can put more buttons on top to give it a more 3D effect if you wish (for this, you will definitely need a box frame).
  • Once it has all dried then you can put the frame on and stand back and admire your masterpiece!

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Have you made any button art before? I'd love to see some photos. Feel free to Tweet me and pictures and I will share with everyone 

Just in case you haven't read my Beauty and the Beast rose post I'll give you another link here

Thanks for reading

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August 12, 2018

How to make a Beauty and the Beast rose

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This year I decided to get my craft on. I wanted to make my wife the rose in a glass case from the Disney film Beauty and the Beast as she loves Disney. Even more than me, I think (joke, I don't think, I know). Below is my how-to guide so you can create your own Beauty and the Beast themed rose. It is very simple to make.

Step 1: Buy a glass-cased dome from a craft store or DIY store. If you're reading this in the UK, you can buy these from Ikea or from their website. You are generally looking at around £15 for a 27cm high case. You can get them smaller if you wish to try it out first.

Step 2: Buy yourself some Mod Podge, red, green and silver glitter and also grey paint. I used Americana chalk paint. Buy an artificial rose. I couldn't get a red one at the time so, I spray painted it red. Cut the stem of the rose down until it fits inside the glass case.

Step 3: Drill a hole in the centre of the wooden base. Ensure the rose fits into the hole. Paint the base grey (two coats would be ideal) and once dry, give it a coat of Mod Podge. Then sprinkle your silver glitter over it. Once dry, pour the excess glitter off the base. Repeat this step again if it isn't fully covered in glitter. Once you are happy with it then apply another coat of Mod Podge to seal the glitter and stop it from coming off in the future.

Step 4: Cover the rose head in Mod Podge and sprinkle your red glitter onto it, again leave to dry and pour the excess off afterwards. Do the same for the stem but with the green glitter. Once these are dry, again, seal the glitter with another coat of Mod Podge. If you're not happy with it, add more glitter.  

Once it is all dry and you place the rose stem into the hole of the base unit. If you feel you need to you can add some super glue to ensure it doesn't fall over. Mine isn't glued and after several months it is still standing.

There you have, an easy guide on how to create the rose from Beauty and the Beast.

Youre welcome.

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August 05, 2018

What Are The Best Dad Jokes?

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Everyone loves a good dad joke. Becoming a dad for the first time is great for several reasons, one of the best, clearly, is using all the dad jokes you've learnt over the years and being able to swat up on even more jokes in readiness for the perfect opportunity to deliver them to an unsuspecting audience.

Below I have found my favourite dad jokes from a few joke books we have and websites.

Whats your favourite dad joke?

Dad, did you get a haircut? No, I got them all cut.

Dad, can you put my shoes on? No, I don’t think they’ll fit me.

You know, people say they pick their nose, but I feel like I was just born with mine.

What’s brown and sticky? A stick. - A personal favourite of mine!

Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? Great food, no atmosphere.

“I’ll call you later!”- “Please don’t do that. I’ve always asked you to call me Dad!”

This graveyard looks overcrowded. People must be dying to get in there.

If I had a £1 coin for every book I’ve ever read, I’d say: “Wow, that’s coincidental.”

How many apples grow on a tree? All of them.

How does a penguin build its house? Igloos it together.

“How can you tell if an ant is a boy or a girl? They’re all girls, otherwise, they’d be uncles.”

The only thing worse than having diarrhea is having to spell it.

I keep trying to lose weight, but it keeps finding me.

Why do you never see elephants hiding in trees? Because they’re so good at it.

What did one snowman say to the other one?  “Do you smell carrots?”

Why did the blonde stare at the orange juice container?  It said concentrate!

I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn’t find any.

A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, Doctor, doctor, I can’t feel my legs!” The doctor replied, “I know you can’t I’ve cut off your arms!”

“What’s ET short for? Because he’s only got little legs.”

Last night Kerry and I watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the TV.

Breaking news! Energizer Bunny arrested – charged with battery.

A Sandwich walks into a bar, the bartender says “Sorry, we don’t serve food here”

“Doctor, I’ve broken my arm in several places” Doctor “Well don’t go to those places.”

What cheese can never be yours? Nacho cheese.

I went to the zoo the other day, there was only one dog in it. It was a shitzu.

Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field.

What’s the difference between an African elephant and an Indian elephant? About 5000 miles

Why don’t skeletons ever go trick or treating? Because they have nobody to go with.

Why do scuba divers fall backwards into the water? Because if they fell forwards they’d still be in the boat. - This actually made me LOL

Two goldfish are in a tank. One says to the other, “do you know how to drive this thing?”

Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite dad joke that hasn't made my list.

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August 03, 2018

The Fireman Sam Conspiracy

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We all know that Fireman Sam is Norman Prices father, I mean they are the only two people in Pontypandy with ginger hair!

Don't anyone give me any of that science bollocks about someone not having to have ginger hair to have a ginger child cause I'm not buying it! There was at one time, clearly a fireman's award ceremony, where Sam and Dilys had a few too many peach schnapps and ended up making sweet sweet love in the coat room.

9 months later, out pops Norman Fucking Price! Yes, that is his *actual middle name.

Does Pontypandy have a dark secret?

Over the years there has been a large increase in the population of the small town of Pontypandy but one resident seems to have mysteriously gone missing...

Where on earth is Bella Lasagne?

The official story is that Bella "moved to Newtown" (which is the most made up name for a town ever, apart from Madeup town obvs). She returned after several years to help Gareth with a food gala but then she was never seen again.

What happened to Bella?

I have a theory.

Bella often made Sam his lunch, he wouldn't even ask for it. It's fair to say that Bella was a nice lady who would help anyone. Possibly she had a crush on Sam, I mean, after all, he is a fox. She used to be good friends with Dilys, they would often stand gossiping about one thing or another, but with Dilys being madly in love with Sam she clearly had an issue with the whole lunch making scenario. Something we shall call


Bella conveniently made her disappearance *after the fireman's award ceremony as she wanted a new start,

Did she? Did she really? 

Heres what could have happened...

On a warm summers evening, Dilys was still reeling from the pounding Sam gave her in the coat room at the town hall. She gingerly made her way to Bellas cafe to tell her all about it.

As they're conversing Dilys notices Bellas body language, she doesn't seem happy to hear her friend has had a good rogering. In fact, she's a little disappointed, she thinks Sam can do better, which he can. We all know this, but sadly Penny is a lesbian and even Sam isn't hot enough to turn her.

Dilys notices this disappointment, she starts to get angry, she thinks Bella is jealous because she has a crush on Sam

"Aint nobody stealing my man, bitch!" she shouts as she knocks Bella out with a candlestick in the kitchen. 

She drags Bella down into the basement of the cafe and ties her up. The days go by and Dilys is unsure what to do, the days turn into weeks. Now, to much time has passed so she cant let her go. She doesn't want to go to jail, even though there is a surprising lack of police presence in Pontypandy. 

So Dilys tells everyone that Bella has made to Newtown to start a fresh and that she has met a man called Herbert who she is very happy with. When the food Gala is announced, Dilys can see that Gareth is struggling so she goes to Bella and tells her to help him. She also tells Bella that if she tells anyone what happened she will make sure she is never heard from again.

After the food gala, Bella tries to make a run for it, but Dilys, being the wily minx that she is, knew this would happen. She confronted Bella as she tried to leave. They got into a big argument, things got physical and then "smack!" a 2x4 over the head deals with Bella in no time. After the shock subsides, Dilys sees Norman holding the 2x4 breathing heavily after the realisation of what he's just done hits him.

Dilys and Norman decide to throw Bella off the cliff into the sea. They make a pact to never speak of what happened again. Over near the mountains, Fireman Sam is doing his weekly bird watchingathon and as he pans his binoculars around, he sees Dilys and Norman throw something over the cliff. He makes a mental note to discuss the importance with Dilys and Norman of littering and the danger it can cause to sea life. 

So there you have it. The *actual story of what happened to Bella Lasagne in all its gory details.

Shocking. Truly shocking.

*All statements made are probably false

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