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!

Throwing an Outdoor Summer Party — 3 Tips from the Experts

July 21, 2017 at 12:59 pm

It’s that time of year when outdoor summer parties are more or less compulsory. And they always sound like a good idea when the notion first springs to mind. What could go wrong, after all? There’s more room for fun and games, and everyone loves being outdoors.

Outdoor summer parties, however, need just as careful planning as any other type of party, so here are a couple of tips to make sure yours goes down the way you’d want it to.

Plan Early

Too many people think it takes just a couple of days to throw everything together, then wonder why the music’s rubbish, the kids are bored and the food runs out.

Here’s a quick checklist of areas where planning is needed:

Unless it’s a really spur of the moment family get together that needs no more planning than a quick supermarket trip, you’ll need at least a couple of weeks. Factor in months if it’s a big do and you’re hiring entertainment, erecting a stage or marquee, or organising outside caterers.

Keep Everyone Entertained

As the organiser, it’s up to you to make sure everyone is having fun. Fun can’t be conjured up on demand so make sure you provide the elements needed:

Children — need entertaining and supervising. Toddlers can get into a world of trouble at a moment’s notice so maybe consider drawing up a parent rota for supervision duties? The grownups will appreciate their time off duty more if they know someone’s keeping a watchful eye on their little ones.

It’s a good idea to have some kid-specific entertainment, and supervising lively tots is easier if these happen in ‘fun zones’, especially if guest numbers are high. How to cordon off areas? Hire some barriers or fences. They don’t obscure the view of what’s happening, but they help keep everything and everyone in one place. When there are various activities going on at the same time, this also helps prevent items (or people) wandering off or getting lost. Ask for volunteer supervisors for each area to make sure everyone takes turns and plays nice.

Adults — providing food and drink goes without saying, but it’s a good idea to keep it as simple as possible. If you’re hiring outside caterers, arrange delivery times and locations that allow room for error. There’s nothing more stressful than being behind with the food when hungry guests are forming queues. Drinks bars are popular and, like kitchens at a party, are where people congregate. Erect a marquee for big parties or a gazebo for little ones, and have plenty of tables and seating.

Bands and DJs — need somewhere to work/perform. Hire a stage if the budget allows, and have it erected by professional stagers. Stages need to comply with safety regulations, ensuring they’ll withstand the intended use and weight.

Health and Safety

Thinking about the safety aspect before the event will mean you spend less time fretting during the event.

Things to consider include:

  • Fire and burn hazards — these range from open flame candles to hot food and spitting barbecue fats. Have a fire extinguisher handy, just in case, and make sure cooking zones are away from lively party/dance/play areas.
  • Trip Hazards — guy ropes from tents or power cables running across pathways can spell trouble.
  • Toddler dangers — aside from adequate supervision, make sure the venue is as safe as possible. Cover ponds or pools, make sure garages or sheds are locked up tight, fence off entrances and exits so there’s no wandering off, and keep pets under control.

And finally, a bonus tip — an outdoor summer party may well keep your house tidy, but there will be plenty of clearing up to be done after everyone’s gone home. If you can rope in some volunteers to help pick up glasses, stack seats, clear away debris and tidy up the kid’s activity zones, this post-party obligation will go a lot smoother.

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.

Fatherhood: Review – A glowing review of Glowsticks.co.uk (plus discount code!)

June 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm

I recently got in touch with the folk over at Glowsticks.co.uk with the cheeky request of a discount code to offer on the site. After all, I’ve been a customer of their site for years and years, and I thought it was about time I shared my love of Glowsticks with the world.

Luckily for you, they were more than happy to offer a discount code – just in time for those summer holiday parties and festivals! As well as the discount code, they kindly sent me a few products to review too – so I thought I’d give you a run-down of some of my favourite products they sell.

Fatherhood: Top Tips for making your blog more attractive to brands and agencies

June 23, 2017 at 8:43 pm

For those of you that don’t know me, I sit on both sides of the fence when it comes to blogging – as well as having written this blog for the past 6 years, I’ve also worked at a number of digital marketing & PR agencies. So I’m often asked for tips about what agencies look for when searching out influencers to work with.

It’s also a subject that I spend a bit of my free time researching, not just because I want to ensure that I’m making my own blog as ‘appealing’ to brands as possible, but because I find the whole thing fascinating. So the following post is based on information I’ve gleaned from two sources:

Fatherhood: Even more camping tips for families

June 22, 2017 at 12:48 pm

A few years ago I put together what some useful tips for taking your family camping – it was at the end of our first full year as a camping family, and summarised a few of the things we learnt. You can take a read here: Fatherhood²: 7 Lessons I’ve Learnt After Our First Summer of Camping

Since then, it’s fair to say we’ve done a heck of a lot of camping as a family – and have even roped some friends into it too. Each spring and summer (and occasionally Autumn!) we take a number of long weekends at various spots around the UK – we even went to France with 4 other families and camped in Carnac, Brittany.

Fatherhood: Review – Case Hut Smartphone Cases (and competition!)

June 5, 2017 at 11:39 am

I don’t know about you, but barely a day goes by where I don’t see somebody tapping away on their smartphone with a horrendously smashed-up screen. I don’t know what it is that’s causing everyone to drop their phones so hard that they smash the screen, but people seem to do it far more often than I would have guessed.

Fatherhood: Review – Handmade Burger Co

May 27, 2017 at 3:10 pm

The lovely people at the Handmade Burger Co recently got in touch, asking if we wanted to give their new kids menu a try. It probably doesn’t take a genius to work out what I told them in response – not least of all because you’re about to read my review.

So, on a sunny Saturday lunch time after Freddie had finished football practise, we headed down to Reading’s Oracle Centre (home of our nearest branch) and tucked-in!

If you’re not lucky enough to have tried a Handmade burger already, I can highly recommend you rectify that at the first opportunity. We’ve been to our local one a few times now, and always enjoyed the experience. Today’s visit was no exception.

Fatherhood: Review – Lottoland

May 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm

iew offer was a bit of a new one to me – I was contacted with the offer of reviewing a new Lottery-based website, called LottoLand. I was also give £25 free credit to try out some of the games on offer – gambling with somebody else’s money is definitely a lot more pleasurable after all!!

So, with my credit added to my account, I gave Lottoland a spin (pun intended) to see what they offered.

Now Lottoland isn’t like the regular lotto-based sites (not that I’ve used any others, mind you) as you’re not betting in the “regular” draw – you’re betting on the results of the draw, but with a completely different (and, I assume, smaller) audience base. So if I decide to be on the regular UK National Lotter, LottoLand will use the numbers drawn in the official draw, and will match the top prize on offer, but you’re getting it from their own prize pool, rather than the lottery.

Does Beacon Resources Work to Find Talent Locally? Or Nationally?

May 14, 2017 at 3:15 pm

One of the biggest questions that finance recruiters face is whether they work locally or nationally when they are searching for talent for their customers. It’s an important question, just as important as the question of whether or not they will place local talent with national customers. Since customers that are looking for recruiters tend to ask both, it makes sense to tackle both at once.

Our Goals and Approach

We have offices and markets in both northern and southern California, and generally our goal is to provide local talent to local employers in those markets. When there is a specific demand for talent that goes outside those markets, we do have resources available to help find the talent you need. That can be done by looking for candidates willing to relocate from other California markets or by working with our parent company to provide national services where they are available.

What About National Employers Seeking California Talent?

For employers looking to develop operations in California or to add to existing operations here, our team is not only ready to help, but prepared to deliver everything you need. For employers looking to recruit talent from California markets for jobs elsewhere nationally, our parent company the DLC Group is more likely to be able to help.

California Jobs We Fill

Whether you are looking to hire a permanent staff member or to fill an interim position, we are able to help with:

  • Accounting recruiters for a variety of jobs, including senior and staff accountants and tax accountants.
  • Finance recruiters for financial analyst and financial management jobs
  • Help recruiting talent for top management positions, including accounting manager and CFO
  • Payroll specialists and other experienced financial professionals

We work to find the talent that is already here, and to fit them to the opportunities available from our clients. That way, Beacon Resources can be the connection between the best talent in the industry and the best places to work in the state. Contact us today for more information.