Things I just didn’t expect as a parent

Rightly or wrongly there were many things I expected to happen when I found out I was gonna be a parent. Well 5 and a half years into it, I can safely say there are way more things I just didn’t expect as a parent! I think it’s fair to say that becoming a parent…

Irish Independent Article

Do modern-day mums and dads have it tougher than their own parents? Now that’s a tough one! It was however the exact question I was asked by fellow blogger & best-selling author Jen Hogan when she contacted me to asked if I would like to contribute to an article she was writing for the Irish…

He Said / She Said – Bloggers Ed #15 Do Dee’s To Daquiris

WELCOME TO ‘HE SAID / SHE SAID – THE BLOGGERS ED’ “Agh it’s that shitty change in the weather that riddles us with colds & coughs for both the nips and The Stented Papa & The Stented Missus! (But mine was way worse of course cause it was ‘Man Flu Cough’!!!!)  So if you’re suffering…

I’m coming out ….. As a Feminist

That’s right. I’m coming out as a Feminist. Yep, you read that right. Me – a man, a dad, a human being who thinks it’s about feckin time that the gender imbalance of power and order shifts to an level playing field for all. Agh-fuckin-men to that. wait, What? Why? Stupid question man. If anything…

He Said / She Said – Bloggers Ed #14 See What Mummy Says

WELCOME TO ‘HE SAID / SHE SAID – THE BLOGGERS ED’ “Ya know, there’s been some crackers in this series so far so a few nights ago I sat down and re-read all existing posts to date. Man, I laughed my skinny ass off cause they are just hilarious and if I’m being very honest,…

Salon Confidential – I’m back on the telly!

Hot on the heels of my TV Debut on ‘Rearing to Go‘, The Stented Papa is gonna be back on your TV screens in October in possibly one of the most anticipated shows on RTE in recent years called ‘Salon Confidential‘ – yeah baby yeah!!! It doesn’t rain but it pours as I filmed both…

Meet my Doppelgangers!!!

So they say everybody has a doppelganger – you know, a double of themselves – somewhere in the world. A chat on Twitter yesterday prompted me to let you meet my doppelgangers!!! Now, whether you believe that or not I don’t know. But what I do know is that I’ve looked like a few famous…

He Said / She Said – Bloggers Ed #9 Sparkles & Stretchmarks

WELCOME TO ‘HE SAID / SHE SAID – THE BLOGGERS ED’ “So we’re back folks. Slight little hick up last week but I’m delighted to say it’s full steam ahead cause it’s Wednesday and that means it’s #HeSaidSheSaidWed time. Kids in bed? Check. Kitchen tidy? Emmmm. Drink of choice in hand? Checkers. Let’s do this…

The Stented Papa’s TV Debut is now live online!!!

Well holy moly, check me out above. Yep, that’s me making my TV Debut. Yeah baby yeah! To say I’m on a buzz now is a bit of an understatement. Why? Because a few hours ago, I was told my TV Debut is live on the RTE Player & Lifestyle on RTE – that’s why….

The day I broke my TV duck

Oh yeah. TV Debut – CHECK! ‘The day I broke my TV duck‘ – I like the sound of that!!! What an amazing experience. Wednesday 28th July ’17 will stick in my head for a long time. Blogging Goals Like every blogger, after a while I wrote down a number of major goals I hoped…

Hypnosis – would you do it?

Hypnosis – is it something you’ve ever done or thought about doing? Are you friends with your subconscious mind? Are you so in tune & relaxed with your mind and it’s deepest inner fears that you are ‘buddies’? If you are, I tip my hat for you are probably a ‘1% er’. It’s widely known that your…

Imaginosity – Dublin Children’s Museum Review

‘This place is for kids?! – we’ll then, I’m the biggest kid of them all in that case‘ I said to The Stented Missus as we were leaving. Seriously, don’t mind the Nips, I had a ball at Imaginosity last weekend! But as the Mrs told me, ‘It’s not about you sunshine’ – fair point! There was…

Kia Ora Mini Farm Review

So let’s kick this off the right way – Kia Ora Mini Farm is absolutely class – and that’s a fact. Let’s Go! We spent last weekend in Courtown on a mini break. Mini breaks rock, get the hell away from the normal every day crap and get the ‘oh hell yeah, I’m away‘ buzz.  #sweetness Let…

‘He Vlogs / She Vlogs’……Coming Soon!!

Yeah that’s right baby. We’re going to start a ‘He Said / She Said‘ spin off over on our You Tube channel called – yep you guessed it – ‘He Vlogs / She Vlogs’ – yeah baby yeah. So you can expect more of what you’ve read just with our ugly mugs on show –…

Heineken – You Beauties!

Ok you might think that this is a sponsored post for Heineken but it’s not!! Having said that, if they feel the need to throw me a few squids, well who am I to argue?! Allow me TO explain! So on the night of our wedding, the owner of Mount Druid came over to me…

Your Health is Your Wealth

So even though my tag line for The Stented Papa reads ‘Tales, Stories & Opinions from a (new) Stay-At-Home-Dad, The Missus, Our 2 Beautiful Girls, The Woofie and oh yeah…..My 4 Stents’ it’s just dawned on me that I very seldom actually write about my stents. Or my heart disease (angina) in general if I’m honest….

Our Wedding

Jayzus, I’ll tell ya we’ve done well to knock out 2 weddings in the space of 7 months !!! Not many people can say they’ve done that wha?! On the 25th March we had the best wedding ever – of course we are gonna say that but loads of our guests said it so who…

The Relzers Song – wedding gift from my Sis-in-Law

I’m not even sure where to start with my feelings about this one! Basically – my *new* Sister in Law absolutely ROCKS !!!!   Backdrop: So last week we had our wedding – our ‘real’ wedding. Our ‘legal’ wedding took place in August 2016 but in our minds, this was always our real wedding. And holy…

Don’t wait for an occasion, surprise that person with flowers!

  As men, generally we buy flowers when we get ‘the panic‘. You know, the day before the birthday / anniversary / Valentines Day (etc) when your partner drops a hint and you lie through your teeth saying ‘Yeah yeah, don’t worry, I’ve it all sorted‘ but in your head you’re thinking ‘Balls…..that’s tomorrow?!’. Yeah,…