NEW ZEALAND DADDY BLOGGER

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This blog is about a Brummie who moved to New Zealand, married a kiwi and created our own little KiwiBrummie. The ramblings you’ll find here are all based on the adventures of growing our little man Taylor, from the learnings during Daddy Daycare to introducing our toddler to sights around the globe. Grab yourself a cuppa and spend some quality time at Dad’s Patch.
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Blog Topics

New Zealand Daddy Blogger - Tales

Tales

The life of Daddy daycare

New Zealand Daddy Blogger - Adventures

Adventures

Sparking a little wanderlust

New Zealand Daddy Blogger - Growing

Growing

Tools to grow a Toddler

New Zealand Daddy Blogger - Food

Sustaining

Dads can cook too

New Zealand Daddy Blogger - Chill

Chill

When Dads need to relax

Cool Sh*t

Reviews for cool products

Latest Posts

Your Garden – Getting Your Garden Ready For Summer

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Getting Your Garden Ready For Summer With winter finally over and summer right around the corner, there is no better time for showing your garden some love. While it may look like a bit of a mess now, the sooner you get started raking those dead leaves and pruning those bushes, the sooner you’ll be…

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Your Garden – Five Essentials For The Perfect Lawn

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Five Essentials For The Perfect Lawn If you are a fan of gardening, the idea of tending to your lawn may seem a little… mundane. After all, your usual outdoor activities involve encouraging the growth of beautiful plants, flowers, and vegetables; in comparison, a lawn just seems a little basic. However, a well-manicured, healthy lawn…

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A sight for sore eyes…

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A sight for sore eyes… “Look, dad, they fit me…” I turned around and there was Taylor with my sunglasses on his head. When he said the glasses fit him, this would have been the case if one of his ears was on top of his head, where he had bent one of the arms…

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The best fish pie recipe…ever!

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The best fish pie recipe…ever! That may be quite a bold statement, but I really do believe this is the best fish pie recipe. I’ve tried fish pie in Portugal, France and of course in the UK, picking up tips along the way to perfect the mighty fish pie. It is essential to make the…

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A little taste of home…

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A little taste of home… When I was a kid my mum worked at the local Safeways grocery store and she was in charge of the staff canteen. As well as running our home on a tight budget, mum also had to feed the store staff with a few quid and whatever product was going out…

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Growing Mighty Kids…

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Growing Mighty Kids… A couple of years ago I was approached by Ecostore here in New Zealand to explain how to go about building a school garden and thought I’d share it on Dad’s Patch! Becoming a Chief Go Getter at OKE When I was 16, I was introduced to the world of project management.…

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Top 100 Dad Bloggers

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Dad’s Patch in the Top 100 Dad Bloggers List It was quite the surprise last month, when I opened my email to find I had been chosen as one the Top 100 Dad Bloggers on the planet. To be amongst such good company as The Dad Network, How to Dad and DadvWorld was a real…

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Dad’s Patch Words of Wisdom

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Dad’s Patch Words of Wisdom I was very fortunate to be invited to take part in The Learning Hub Blog Series earlier this year and just thought I’d share my pearls of wisdom with you… 1 – How can I boost my child’s self-esteem?  To begin with, how is your self-esteem level? Yes you, mum…

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This is a parental game change – FeverSmart

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Nurofen for Children FeverSmart Temperature Monitor This is a parental game changer! What better way to launch the new Dad’s Patch “Cool Sh*t” section, than with a very cool piece of kit. The Nurofen for Children FeverSmart Temperature Monitor is a real game changer for us parents. We really could have used this piece of…

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Kicking off a new year of Netflix.

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Kicking off a new year of Netflix. It’s been quite the start to 2018. I kicked off the year by signing up for the Queenstown Marathon to not only tick off an item on my bucket list but also to raise funds for our kid’s charity, OKE. Then our little guy got really sick and…

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Taylor’s Travels – San Francisco, USA

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Taylor’s Travels – San Francisco, USA Long distance travel with a toddler for the first time…a new adventure. Birthday Celebrations “What are we going to do for your 40th?” was the question I posed to Mrs.D back in 2016, with the birthday celebrations coming up in May 2017. “I’m not to sure, it would be…

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Make a Hershey’s Kiss Christmas Tree

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Make a Hershey’s Kiss Christmas Tree This counting activity will give your child the satisfaction of creating something that the whole family will “Ooh” and “Ahh” over during the holidays, and best of all, it’s edible! Using a cone shaped piece of Styrofoam as the form, your child can glue Kisses onto the “tree” using a…

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When Netflix teaches you a thing or two…

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When Netflix teaches you a thing or two… Last week Taylor and I were driving around Auckland, picking up various things for the OKE Head2Head Walk, which is just around the corner. Due to the dad/charity founder life balance, Taylor often joins me on these jaunts and he has the iPad to keep him company.…

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It’s all in the preparation…

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It’s all in the preparation… Earlier this year we headed away 0n our biggest adventure yet as a family, taking in the amazing cities of San Francisco and New York. We also had a little road trip to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. Travelling with Taylor as a toddler could have been a bit…

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Deciding what to watch on the box…

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Deciding what to watch on the box… When it comes to deciding what to watch on the box, something that can easily be dismissed is your standard channels. Back in the UK, the TV Licence has gone a long way to improving the channels available to everyone. Alas, no such funding is available in NZ,…

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M.A.D. Mondays #4 – Awhitu Adventures

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M.A.D. Mondays #4 – Awhitu Adventures The far flung reaches of Auckland… Back in 2012, I was working in the corporate world, when I came up with the idea of the Head2Head Walk. This was a fundraising walk which went around all the way Manukau Harbour, Auckland.  Since its inception, it has gone on to…

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M.A.D. Mondays #3 – Blast from the Past

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M.A.D. Mondays #3 – Blast from the Past The Dickson’s hit Devonport A couple of weeks ago, Taylor and I kicked off M.A.D. Mondays, when we would head off on little adventures and see some cool places together.  This week and for the next few weeks, we’ll be joined by mum. Anj is becoming a District…

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A little Mexican to spice up your life

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A little Mexican to spice up your life A Farrahs love affair If you were to ask me a few years ago about my favourite foods, I’m pretty sure Mexican wouldn’t have been on the list. I’ve always loved food with distinct flavours, from Italian to Indian. Growing up in Birmingham, it’s hard not to…

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Baking without the dreaded sugar…whatever.

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Baking without the dreaded sugar…whatever. Orange and Date Scones – sugar free kind. A few years ago the Dickson household went through somewhat of a lifestyle change, to help with the whole conception of our little dude. We gave I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson a crack and I think I lasted a grand total…

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M.A.D. Mondays #2 – A Wash Out

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M.A.D. Mondays #2 – A Wash Out It was all going to plan until I got up this morning. The plan for this M.A.D. Monday was to drive to the local train station, park up and jump on the train to Pukekohe. Taylor loves travelling by train, maybe it has something to do with the…

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M.A.D. Monday Poll…

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The M.A.D. Monday Poll With it being Monday tomorrow, I’m looking to enlist your help in deciding where Taylor and I should head off to for our M.A.D. Monday. Pick your favourite out of the options below… 1, All Aboard to Pukekohe (train ride) 2, Tracking Kiwis (zoo trip) 3, Fluffy in Maraetai (beach fun)…

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