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.

Fatherhood: A Lego Mini(figure) Adventure

May 7, 2017 at 3:07 pm

As most people who read this blog will probably be painfully aware, I’m a bit of a Lego fan. Actually, that’s probably an understatement – I’m a huge, geeky Lego fan – and thankfully my children like it quite a bit too.

We have boxes and boxes of the stuff (all sorted by colour, obviously – we’re not neanderthals…!) and our spare room is the defacto Lego display room, with 5 shelves of models on display.

Fatherhood: 100 Year Old Organisation, or F1 team?

March 29, 2017 at 8:11 pm

If I were to tell you that my son owns a piece of clothing associated with a world-famous organisation which contains the branding of half a dozen major organisations, I suspect you’d think he was a fan of Formula 1 racing.

Failing that, maybe some major American sport, where sponsorships are more important than the sport itself.

If I told you that the brands in question included Tesco, Hobbycraft, Cotswold Outdoor and Pets at Home, you might be left scratching your head.

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Guardians of the Galaxy 2: The Milano vs. The Abilisk (76081)

March 19, 2017 at 6:34 pm

Well, after an epic few sessions of Lego building, where we reviewed the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Lego sets “Ravager Attack” and “Ayesha’s Revenge“, we finally come to the grand finale – the biggest set of the bunch.

In case you aren’t familiar with the Guardians of the Galaxy films, the “Milano” is our hero, Star-Lord’s ship – named after 90s acting heroin Alyssa Milano, apparently.

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Ayesha’s Revenge (76080)

March 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Today we’ll be reviewing the next model in the new Lego “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2” range, “Ayesha’s Revenge”. As with the first set (“Ravager Attack”) it’s a model inspired by the upcoming sequel – and like the other model, features a couple of elements that will probably make a lot more sense once we’ve seen the film.

So, setting aside the question of “Who is Ayesha and why is she taking revenge?”, we set about building the model. Unlike the previous model, this one has a marginally higher “Recommended Age” rating (see box below for all the details) so Robert (8) volunteered for this one.