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Fatherhood: Review – MARVELous CROSS pens

April 22, 2016 at 7:36 am

pens-pens-pensAs a blogger, most of my writing tends to be via a keyboard (or occassionally a touch-screen, if I’m bored on the train) – I very rarely get any time to do much handwriting these days.

So, when I DO get the urge to write freehand, I like to make sure I’ve got a SUPER pen to do it with. And they don’t come much more super than the new Marvel line of CROSS pens.

Fatherhood: A Grown-up guide to Snapchat

April 5, 2016 at 8:14 am

Snapchat Beginners GuideWith Snapchat growing more popular by the day, many parents (and bloggers) are joining the service to “see what all the fuss is about”. And more than a few of them are left scratching their heads.

Since I myself struggled when I joined, I decided to write this guide as a helpful companion to those of us who have joined or are considering joining, but are finding the whole experience a bit confusing.

Snapchat has been designed for young people who aren’t yet used to the conventions of classic “User Experience” – some people think it might even be purposefully UN-user-friendly in an attempt to become off putting to “grown ups” and squares like me.

Fatherhood: Live Lagom – the Story so Far

March 30, 2016 at 7:49 pm

henweb-rugI’m now two months into the Ikea “Live Lagom” project (if you don’t know what that is, read my first post here) and I’m pleased with the progress we’re making.

We got off to a shaky start with the pressure cooker (as my fellow Live Lagom’ers know all to well – more on that in a moment) but we’re now really feeling the impact of our efforts.

So, whilst I haven’t come to any conclusions yet, I wanted to give a little update on how things are going with the various aspects we’re trying to tackle during the project…

Fatherhood: Review – Tree and the Rock

March 24, 2016 at 7:56 am

Prints_image2_1024x1024Sometimes when we discover cool new things, our first instinct can be to keep them to ourselves. We’ve all done it – “I liked them before they became big”. Whether it’s because we want them a secret so “fame” doesn’t change them, or because we want to feel like an OG fan, the temptation is always there.

But whilst it’s a great feeling, it probably doesn’t help the producer of that thing you love so much – after all, if they’ve only got a small (albeit devoted) audience, they may decide to call it a day.

All of which is a very roundabout way of saying that I want to tell you about something very cool which I’ve loved for a while now, which I think lots of you will love to. Namely: art.

Fatherhood: Review – The Peugeot 308

January 31, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Yes, you read that right. I got asked to review a car…!

imageIt’s not often that I feel compelled to start a blog post – much less a review – with an apology. But having been asked to test and review a CAR, it feels right to apologise. You see, I know bee little about cars. If we pass a car and you ask me to identify it, you’ll be lucky if I get beyond the size and colour.

Jeremy Clarkson I ain’t. So if you saw this review and thought “Oh good, I’ve been waiting to find out about the handling and fuel efficiency of the new 308”, you’re going to be unlucky. I’m not even going to pretend to know how big the engine is, what sort of steering it has or… actually, I can’t even think of topics to not talk about – that’s how little I know.

Fatherhood: Living Lagom in 2016 with IKEA

January 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm

ikea-windAs most people who regularly read blogs will know, bloggers often get approached by brands asking them to review a product, endorse their brand or any number of other weird requests.

I get my fair share of them, and whilst it might sometimes seem like I agree to some weird ones, I actually turn down as many as I agree to. My criteria is fairly simple:

Fatherhood: 5 Ways to be a Better Father in 2016

January 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm

20150812_113511As a rule, I don’t really go for New Year Resolutions – never have really, but even less so as I get older. Much like most of the promises and plans we make in January, 90% of them are a distant memory by March, so what’s the point in deluding ourselves?

If you want to make a change in your life, do it then and there – like the dieter who decides to lose weight on a Friday, but convinces himself

Fatherhood: Review – My First Scalextric

December 19, 2015 at 7:49 pm

IMG_9530As most of you will know by now, I very rarely turn down the opportunity to review a new toy – it’s basically one of the main reasons I started blogging in the first place, let’s be honest.

So when the nice people at Hornby asked if we’d like to give their new ‘My First Scalextric’ a spin, I said ‘Yes’ quicker than a Scalextric car flying off a sharp corner.

We’re actually a Scalextric family already, with a very large box of the grown-up stuff up in the loft thanks to a spree in my early twenties.

Fatherhood: Out of the mouths of babes…

December 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm

lost-name-year-review-02To celebrate the end of what is probably a momentous year for them, the clever (and very kind) people behind the world-famous ‘Lost My Name‘ books (reviewed on this very blog before they hit the big time!) have created quite an amazing review of 2016.

Rather than go down the traditional (and frankly, fairly boring) route of asking lots of stuffy suits what they think about the world – allowing people to spout big words that they don’t really know the meaning of – they’ve talked to children. 1,000 of them to be precise, from all over the world.

Fatherhood: The Lego Movie + Sprouts

December 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Untitled-1If you are yet to see the 2015 Christmas advert from Sky Movies, which features a little girl trying to get rid of her Christmas Brussel Sprouts by distributing them around a variety of movies, you should probably go watch it now. Because if you haven’t seen it, this post is going to make even less sense than it already does…

Right, if we’re all caught-up and on the same ‘page’, I’ll begin. Inspired by the aforementioned Sprout advert, the clever people at Sky Movies got in touch with a bunch of bloggers – myself included – and set us a challenge.