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Fatherhood: Review – Star Wars Jedi Training Remote & Holopanes

December 4, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Anybody who knows me will attest to the fact that I am long-time Star Wars fan. It’s not just the films either – I’ve read a lot of the “extended universe” books, collected the trading cards, have a loft full of action figures (both classic and new) and much, much more.

In short, I’m a Star Wars nerd. I’ve also managed to pass this love onto my children, as both of them are showing signs of Star Wars geekiness even at this young age.

All that being said, this means I’ve seen my fair share of Star Wars toys over the years, from the incredibly good to the incredibly bad. So putting “Star Wars” on the box doesn’t mean I’m guaranteed to love it – far from it in fact…

Fatherhood: Win a Nest Smoke Detector with npower

November 25, 2017 at 5:05 pm

If I asked you how much you know about Carbon Monoxide, chances are you’d probably give a very similar answer to me. Namely: not a heck of a lot.

Apart from the basics I learned in GCSE science, I know that we have a couple of basic Carbon Monoxide detectors in our house, which our landlord insisted upon, and that the fact we have a log fire means we’re at more risk from this elusive gas.

Based on research put together by the lovely people at npower, who have an awesome CO hub dedicated to this stuff, it seems like a lot of other people are pretty clueless about it too – which is a bit of a worry when you consider that Carbon Monoxide can be deadly.

Fatherhood: Review – Hassle the Hof(meister)

November 19, 2017 at 9:49 am

As I occasionally mention when starting off my better reviews, the novelty of having a brand asking whether they can send me their product to try still hasn’t worn off, 6 years in. And when that brand happens to make beer, this is especially true. Who doesn’t want to try beer?!

But when the email mentioned Hofmeister as the beer in question, I must admit to being more than a little dubious. You see, I’m very familiar with the product – or at least I was.

Just under 20 years ago (god, now I feel old) when I was starting University, Hofmeister was quite a popular beer. Well, I say popular – perhaps well-known is a better description.

Fatherhood: A Tyre for All Seasons? Maybe I Can Help!

October 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm

Or: 14 things I learned at the Goodyear All-season tyre event in Luxembourg

I was recently lucky enough to be invited along to join an event Goodyear Tyres were running in Luxembourg, to showcase their “All season” tyre range.

Along with a contingent of other, much more successful bloggers than myself (including a few British dad bloggers that you might recognise!) we took a 2 day trip to Luxembourg, where we got to test-out their tyres first hand.

Fatherhood: Bugs and Slugs and Toads, Oh My!

October 6, 2017 at 10:23 am

Last weekend we were up in Hereford, spending my birthday weekend with our extended family. It’s almost an annual tradition in our house, and one of my favourite weekends of the year – and not just because of the obvious birthday timing!

My cousin and his wife live deep in the Hereford countryside, in a house which is paradise for a small child (as well as a slightly bigger one like myself) – acres of fields and woodland to explore, a lot of fun sporting equipment to try out and a tonne of family around them to keep them occupied.

Needless to say we had a fun time – so I thought I’d share some pictures.

Fatherhood: Review – YourDesign custom merchandise

September 15, 2017 at 11:24 am

Over the past year, I’ve become a huge fan of a particular item of clothing: namely, the obscure reference t-shirt. You might not know an obscure reference when you see it – that is, after all, kinda the point – but I’m sure you’ve seen a few in the wild.

I have a number in my collection, mostly purchased via very well-targeted (i.e. I’m a sucker) Facebook ads which appear in my feed. I’ve got a Flight of the Conchords t-shirt, a Hot Fuzz/Shaun of the Dead t-shirt, a few Marvel ones.

Fatherhood: Where is your Happy Place?

September 15, 2017 at 10:13 am

Tresco in the Isles of Scilly

With Summer now rapidly disappearing in the rear-view mirror of 2017, you’d be forgiven for feeling a little bit sad about the approaching colder months. Whilst I personally LOVE the Autumn and Winter months (as I’ve written about a number of times) I appreciate that not everybody is in the same boat.

Unlike the last few years, where work has been so busy that we’ve not had time to take a break, we managed to squeeze a great summer holiday in this year – I’m sure I’ll write about it at some point.

Fatherhood: 7 tips for finding coupons, online discounts and promo codes like a total pro

August 23, 2017 at 7:47 am

We’ve all been there: you’re doing a big shop online, you’ve spent half an hour browsing and gathering the products you want, and then you get to the checkout page. Suddenly you spot a little text box that you’d not seen until now. It says “Enter promo code here” – and you get excited!

So off you go to Google, typing in the website and “promo codes”, only to be met with a raft of discount websites and blogs professing to offer you a dozen different promo codes for said site. Only trouble is: none of the buggers actually work. Arse.

Fatherhood: Review – Disney Store & Cars 3

July 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm

I don’t know about your house, but the Cars films have been an entertainment staple in ours for the past 5 or 6 years now. We saw both of the first two films at the cinema (the second being Freddie’s first ever trip to the cinema) and we’ve got more Cars toys than you can shake a stick at.

So when the nice people at the Disney Store asked if we’d help them to spread the word about their fantastic range of Cars 3 toys, my boys jumped at the chance. Even better, we were tasked with building a racing track for the toys to zoom around – something the kids do on a regular basis anyway!

Fatherhood: Review – Saltrock Clothing

July 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm

I don’t often get asked to review clothing here on the blog, and when I do it’s rarely clothing that I’d actually choose myself.

So when the folks at Saltrock asked if We wanted to test out some of their children’s range, I decided I should put away my presumptions and give them a shot.

As a rule, we don’t usually buy the kids clothing from cool brands or labels. Aside from wanting to avoid getting them “into fashion” too early (because who can afford that?!) we usually just stick to what the supermarkets and high street kids clothing shops sell.