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Fatherhood: Review – Lego Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Ravager Attack (76079)

March 13, 2017 at 9:07 pm

When it comes to blogging, I’ve always told myself that I need to maintain an even mix of reviews and other less-commercial content. Partly because I didn’t start blogging to review products – I started because I wanted to share some of the joys (and challenges) of parenting with my fellow parents. But also in a large part because I didn’t get many opportunities to review stuff – so it wasn’t really an issue.

With the realisation that reviewing stuff is actually quite good fun, though, I’ve decided to loosen my reins a little and take a few more opportunities. And when it comes to what must be my favourite brand in the world – LEGO – I’m definitely not going to turn down the opportunity to get building.

Fatherhood: Taking the Redex Fuel Challenge

March 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm

With the last frosty days of Winter now behind us, thoughts inevitably turn to the Spring and all the opportunities it holds. In our house, one of those opportunities is the chance to get back in the great outdoors.

Whether it’s some camping trips, days out at the local National Trust properties, seeing friends or making trips further afield, our car gets a lot more use in the warmer months – so keeping it running well is a definite priority.

Fatherhood: The Debenhams Big LEGO Challenge

March 6, 2017 at 9:32 pm

As most of you will have gathered by now, our family are quite big fans of Lego. Whether it’s Ninjago, Superhero, Star Wars or Creator (and many more in between) we love them all – and I love reviewing the sets too.

But the crafty people at Debenhams had a different challenge in mind – one which test our creativity and cunning. And who can say no to a challenge like that?

The lovely folk at Debenhams (who have a great range of Lego both in store and online) sent us a Nexo Knights model – the one you can see below, to be precise – and asked us NOT to build it.

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Super Heroes Iron Man: Detroit Steel Strikes

February 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm

When I first heard that this Lego set was being released, I got way more excited than you’d probably imagine a grown-up man getting. Not because I’m a huge “Detroit Steel” fan, but because of the other Marvel Hero introduced in this set.

The character in question is possibly the most pivotal in the entire Marvel cinematic universe, having played a key part in numerous movies – either present or in the background. He’s the former director of SHIELD, the man who “Assembled” the Avengers and possibly my favourite character of all – Agent Phil Coulson.

Fatherhood: Review – Lego Super Hero Mighty Micros 2

February 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Having bought the kids the complete set of Super Hero “Mighty Micros” sets last year for their birthdays, we have been eagerly awaiting the release of more from the series. Thankfully, we weren’t disappointed – this year sees the release of a whole new set!

Just like the first series, this line comprises of 3 Marvel and 3 DC Good vs Evil match-ups – and they’re just as good as the first set, let me tell you.

Series 2 (I don’t think they’re officially calling it that, but if we keep doing it they might bring out a third next year!!) comprises of the following sets:

Fatherhood: How-to – Make a Lego Minifigure Storage Display for under £5

January 29, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Home-made Lego Minifigure Display CaseIf you are a collector of Lego Minifigures – either the ‘blind bag’ collections or perhaps a particular range – you might struggle to find a good solution to storing them all in a nice display case. Sure, you can buy a variety of options that do the job, but they’re all very expensive and not particularly nice looking.

So when I was looking to solve this problem for myself – and to find a place to store the nearly-200 figures I’ve collected over the past 5+ years – I decided to make my own instead. I found a few different designs on pinterest, and one my favourites is really easy to make – and can cost under a fiver! All you need is a “Ribba” 23x23cm frame from Ikea (currently £3.50), some spare 2×2 Lego bricks, paint and some superglue.

Fatherhood: Review – O2 Smart Home (Pt 1)

January 3, 2017 at 1:55 pm

o2-smart-homeJust before Christmas, a lovely chap got in touch from O2, to ask if I’d like to take part in a home test/trial thingy for their snazzy new “Smart Home” technology.

Designed to connect and automate many of your regular tasks around the home, the start of Winter seemed like the ideal time to give this a spin, so I jumped at the chance.

Fatherhood: Review – Chalkola Pens

December 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Chalkola MarkersDespite having only dropped into the Henry’s Blog mailbox this month (also known as the work pigeon hole in the Good Relations offices), the Chalkola Markers I’ve been reviewing for this post have turned out to be one of my favourite reviews of 2016.

Sure, it helps that I’m already a bit of a liquid chalk marker addict – we’ve had some generic ones at home for a while, and we use them to write on the walls at work too – but I’m pleased to say the markers that the people from Chalkola sent over for me to review are fantastic.

Fatherhood: Competition – Fireplace Accessory Set

December 11, 2016 at 8:02 pm

dscf2016With Winter now firmly making it’s presence felt, there’s nothing I like to do more of an evening than sit in front of our log fire.

When we originally moved to this house, I wasn’t really very fussed on having a real fireplace – it was a “nice to have” but not a deal-breaker by any stretch.

Having now lived here for a few years though, I can safely say it’ll be a must-have in our next house move, whenever that is.

Fatherhood: The Daddy Changing Room Dilemma

November 30, 2016 at 9:59 pm

photo034There are many types of dad in the world – and many types of dad blogger, too. Whether you’re married, single, gay, straight, working, stay-at-home – pretty much any dad, in fact – you will, in the first few years of your children’s lives, have come across the same issue:

Namely, where to change your baby when in public.

For reasons which are fairly understandable historically, but no longer relevant today, most baby changing facilities have traditionally been placed in Women’s toilets.