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CAT JOB SITE MACHINES TOY REVIEW | WITH TOY STATE #ad

CAT JOB SITE MACHINES TOY REVIEW | WITH TOY STATE #ad

Corben loves nothing more than playing. Just good old fashioned playing!

Toy State have been kind enough to send him over these awesome Job Site Machine toys to play with and he’s loved them. Mix these toys with our recent trip to Diggerland and you can imagine the hours of fun Corben has had.

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Toy State have an array of Job Site toys to choose from, they even have options for toys that have lights, sound, music, are motorized and/or remote controlled!

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If your child is into construction, diggers and JCB’s then this selection of toys are great, they’re not only well built, easy to use and play with, they’re also really realistic.

Definitely a great addition to the toy box.

 

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I’M A MAN LIVING IN A WOMAN DOMINATED WORLD

I’M A MAN LIVING IN A WOMAN DOMINATED WORLD

I’m a man, just incase you didn’t already know and I live in a woman dominated world.

The two biggest aspects of my daily life are my job and home educating my 5 year old son. My job is blogging and social media, mainly around the topics of parenting, marriage and lifestyle. This world is heavily populated by women. For every dad/male blogger there must be 500 mum/women bloggers. Don’t quote me on that but the notion is the same, there’s loads more!

Home education involves lots of meet-ups with other home educators and again this world is massively dominated by mums/women. It’s rare I’m not the only man at most of the meets and classes we attend.

Add to this I have a wife, 2 daughters and you may as well throw in that our dog is a girl too!

My life, my world is massively female populated and I’m absolutely fine with it. I’ll be honest, I actually prefer it this way. I have my mates, like the lads I’ve been friends with most of my life, we’ve grown up together and know way too much about each other. I can happily play one of the lads when texting about football in our WhatsApp group and generally chatting about man stuff.

What I then like about being involved with groups heavily dominated by women is that I can talk about, discuss and express another side of my personality, one that in general women understand better. Don’t get me wrong us lads can chat about anything and we do, but sometimes women are better communicators when it comes to certain topics.

 

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I find home education is a prime example. The amount of mums home educating their kids whose husbands either don’t agree with it or aren’t involved in it is massive. None of my friends home educate either meaning I don’t really have any males to talk to about home education. That’s fine though because I do have loads of mums to chat to who understand. Obviously I’m meaning other than Donetta, we chat all the time about everything.

I like having the experience of both sides of the fence and I actually think it helps my communication skills no end. I’d like to think I can talk to anyone and that’s probably because I do! I chat with my lifelong mates about anything and everything, I chat with my Instagram Dad mates about dad stuff, I’m involved with a blogging group filled with women where we share blog ideas and I can talk about home education with the home ed mums I meet with regularly.

Its almost like I have a go to group of people for all occasions. I wonder if that’s been subconsciously built or whether it’s just happened?

I’d like to think that there are more dads/men out there in a similar situation, throwing themselves into different groups despite a gender dominance. I think the more men that infiltrate the women dominated areas the better for everyone, it could improve understanding between genders. I don’t mean that in a weird way like men are coming to take over, I mean more in the sense of how more dads are taking on the role of stay at home parents. It’s bringing mums and dads together, giving dads more of an understanding of what has been a female dominated area for decades and more mums are realising men are just as capable at parenting as they are.

I guess the message I’ve gone around the houses to make in this post, is that the more activities we share together, the more communication we have with each other the more understanding we can become, creating a much more united world.

So many things that have always leaned towards one gender or another can be equalled out to create a much better version of it. Parenting and home education being the main ones within my world but there’s so much more.

 

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The Ultimate List Of Gifts Dads Really Want

The Ultimate List Of Gifts Dads Really Want

Unfortunately when the kids are small the vital job of choosing gifts for dad usually falls on the shoulder of your long-suffering other-half (OH).

Of course, their plate is already full with a myriad of other responsibilities and that means they can, on occasion, take their eye off the ball. That is when we tend to end up with gifts such as a pair of socks and some aftershave, the latter being ever so ironic for us guys with beards! Luckily, I have taken some time to put together a list of gifts that we dads genuinely want. Read on to find out what they are.

 

Consoles and games

 

Who doesn’t love getting a new games console? After all, they provide hours of low-cost fun and can be used as alone time once the kids have gone to bed, or with some more child-friendly games as a way of bonding with the family.

 

Now, you may be thinking that a brand new shiny bit of tech like this is a bit expensive for a single occasion, but you don’t have to go out and buy a PS4 or Xbox One. Although if you did you probably won’t get too many complaints. In fact, with some impressive retro numbers like this reissue of the Nintendo SNES that is chocked full of classic games like Mario World and The Legend of Zelda, buying a new console as a gift is totally doable.

 

Of course, if you’re looking for something in an even more reasonable price range, then why not go for a new game instead? There are nearly always offers in online shops and catalogues for the new releases, and you can even save more money by buying them pre-owned. Something you can find out more about in the clip below.

 


 

 

New threads and kicks

 

Most of us dads still like to look as fly as possible, and that means new thread and kicks are always a welcome gift. For OHs that are trying to smarten us up a bit then a piece from John Henric’s UK collection is a good shout. While if you are looking for something a bit more alternative Shepard Fairey’s Obey range has some awesome hoodies and shirts that would look great in any wardrobe.

 

When it comes to kicks, then it’s always best to check what sneaker brand we are currently wearing before investing. After all, us dads can be very particular about what we wear on feet!

 

A fun day out

Lastly, as one of the biggest joys of being a dad is taking the fam’ on a fun day out, and so vouchers for this make a fabulous gift. Think exciting places to visit and explore like the Jurassic Kingdom where you get to see (almost) real racing raptors. Legoland Windsor where you can ride the laser shooting rollercoaster, or even Thorpe Park, where you can have a grown-up moment and try out the Walking Dead coaster! Although, there are plenty of kid-friendly rides to please the little ones there too, making this type of trip the perfect gift for us Dads.

 

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TWITTER VERSUS INSTAGRAM | REAL VERSUS FAKE?

TWITTER VERSUS INSTAGRAM | REAL VERSUS FAKE?

I’m not looking to compare Twitter and Instagram in a ‘which is the best’ kind of manner. That’s down to personal preference, I want to discuss how different the mood is between them.

Now this could just be me and what I notice, but lately I’m getting a more negative vibe from Twitter that doesn’t exist on Instagram.

It feels to me like there’s always something brewing, something ready to kick off whenever I click my Twitter icon. A controversial view that sparks debate, yet turns into arguments and personal attacks, or a general news story that focuses on the negatives only.

I’m not even talking about just the ‘average’ people for want of a better phrase, it’s large brands, celebrities and mainstream media outlets, they’re all at it. It could be a blogger, a politician, a footballer or an actress, there’s ‘Twitter spats’ happening on the daily and most of it is just ridiculous.

I’ve become less and less active on Twitter over the last 12 months in particular because I happen to stumble across so much negativity and I don’t want to see it. I know it can be real life, bad shit happens all the time but I don’t need to hear about it 24/7 and quite frankly I couldn’t care less about half the topics people are falling over themselves to argue about on Twitter.

That brings me onto Instagram. Without a doubt my favourite place online to engage, share and communicate with other people. I haven’t ever come across a feed on Instagram that has negativity and arguments filling up the comments section. I’d imagine there are some but I haven’t seen them. I also feel good after engaging on Instagram, I find the community of people I have on there are always helpful and promoting positivity.

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Why is the mood so different?

I’ve been thinking about this lately. The first thing I thought about was who I follow. I follow the same or similar people on both platforms so I don’t think it’s that. Then I got to thinking about each platform’s feed and what they offer up for you.

On Twitter you’re offered so much content that you’ve not asked for, it must be more than half of your feed. This is down to sponsored posts, Twitter offering you suggestions and the biggest one for me is people you do follow retweeting content. I might follow you because I’m interested in some of your content but, this doesn’t mean we have all the same interests. You might like Love Island for example therefore you RT the latest drama and now I have to see it too. That’s just one example but when most people are doing it you can see how more unrelated content can be offered to you that you just don’t want.

On Instagram you get what you’ve asked for with a sprinkle of sponsored crap. You largely get only the content the people you follow are creating into your feed. There aren’t many accounts, not in my list anyway, that repost random stuff constantly.

A more controversial way I’ve thought about this whole thing is that Instagram is also the fakest platform out there! It’s visually driven and people usually only show their best versions of themselves or whatever content they’re sharing. As opposed to Twitter where you can simply skip the visual aspect and drop a tweet calling someone a dickhead because you don’t agree with them on something. Twitter is driven by conversations, minimal characters available for you to bluntly get your short opinions across, oh and link dumping, it’s also driven by link dumping.

Instagram is all about the perfect visuals, whether you agree or not, it really is.

So, it’s no wonder really that Twitter can sometimes be a place for controversy, debates and person attacks, whilst us Instagrammers can live in a positivity bubble pretending life is great and glamorous dishing out our filtered photo’s.

Hey, this is just my feelings and opinions I know it will be different for the next person, feel free to let me know you agree on Instagram and love what I had to say, or call me a twat and tell me I haven’t a clue on Twitter…

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DAD GUILT | BY A WORK AT HOME DAD

DAD GUILT | BY A WORK AT HOME DAD

Mum guilt, dad guilt or parent guilt, whichever bracket you fall in this is relevant.

I hear a lot around mums feeling guilty and the phrase #MumGuilt is extremely popular. Well I’m a dad and I feel the dad equivalent #DadGuilt almost daily.

Speaking from what is my reality, it’s the working from home factor where this dad guilt kicks in the most. I work from home full time and by far the most difficult thing to do is to find where to fit in the full time hours during each 24 hour day we’re given.

There’s not a chance I could sit down at my desk and clock in at 9am then smash it through til 5pm, clocking off ready to have tea and some play time with the kid before settling down for the evening. For a start my job just isn’t a 9-5 kinda thing but, the biggest obstacle I face is that home educating Corben means he’s also around all day every day.

We have to find time to work full time, home educate and do normal life all within a 24 hour time slot, that’s before we consider getting in some actual sleep!

The guilt for me really kicks in when he’s done his education for the day and now is in full playtime mode. When in full playtime mode he obviously zero’s in for a play partner. It’s sometimes Donetta and sometimes me. It’s usually me at the worst possible times. He’ll really want to have a blast on Batman on the PlayStation and that’s definitely a job for me rather than Donetta, we’re both really into Batman and love playing it together. The problem is that it feel like it’s always right when I have to get something done. I’ll have client work to complete or be half way through something that really needs to be finished off.

 

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‘I’ve just got to get on with some busy work mate and then I’ll play after’.

That sentence kills me inside every single time it spews from my mouth, I hate it. Of course I want to play Batman, I mean who chooses work over playing Batman Arkham City on the PlayStation!

I can’t help but think that in his mind I’m sat right there and willingly choosing to do something more important than spending time with him. Now as adults we know that’s not the case at all, I have to do some work otherwise there would be no Batman game or PlayStation. To him though, he’s only 5 and whilst he knows mummy and daddy have to do work he doesn’t really understand why.

I’m not saying that being a parent that goes off to work to do a 9-5 would be any easier, I’d guess you feel guilty leaving them in a morning and not being there all day, but being here and still not being available to play feels awful.

On the bright side we do get to spend more time with him than the average parent would. Our decisions to work from home and to home educate him mean that we’re together most of the day, most days and that’s exactly why we’ve made these certain life choices. That however doesn’t stop me feeling shit every time I have to explain that I can’t play for the next few hours because I have to work.

I know parent guilt forms in many different ways, guilty about using a babysitter for a much needed break, about feeding them the right foods all the time and/or throwing them an iPad after a stressful day just for 5 minutes peace and quiet. Many of these things torment our parent brains and we can send ourselves crazy over it but please don’t.

This is how parent guilt forms in my life but I know that it’s all for the greater good. I’m trying my hardest to give him the best of all worlds and as long as you can lay your head on the pillow at night and know that you’ve tried your best that day, you’re winning.

Please do get in touch and let me know about what drives the parent guilt for you, let’s talk about it and support each other. Drop me a comment below or DM me on Instagram @davidanddonetta

 

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VILLAGE GREEN SIGNS | THE REVIEW

VILLAGE GREEN SIGNS | THE REVIEW

It’s Summer and the suns out! If you’re thinking, ‘obviously’ you’re obviously not British!

Anyway, I’m here today to tell you about our new house sign! Now, I can’t show it to you because I don’t want stalkers outside my house, but I will show you some screenshots from VILLAGE GREEN SIGNS of their awesome products you can personalise for your home.

We went with this one…

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…that’s what we call our house. HA! It obviously made up, you, like us, can personalise this design to have your own address or just house number to have up outside your home.

Personalised house plaques are the cool bit, now for the serious bit. The quality of the product. It’s brilliant. We’ve had ours a while now and it’s well built, great design and feels rugged enough to handle the ever changing British weather conditions.

There’s a tonne of designs to choose from so there’s something for everyone.

 

 

Rather than me try to hack the explanation of all the ins and outs of how they make their signs and the details on how to order etc, click the following link for all the official details https://www.villagegreensigns.co.uk/house-signs

We love our house sign and definitely recommend the quality of it 🙂

 

This post in a collaboration with Village Green Signs.

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A FAMILY DAY AT THE RACES WITH DONCASTER RACECOURSE #AD

A FAMILY DAY AT THE RACES WITH DONCASTER RACECOURSE #AD

So straight off the bat, it’s always a good day at the races when you go home with more money than you came with. This happened.

Bookie bashing aside, the Father’s Day Family Fun Day at Doncaster Racecourse was excellent! It was such a good day.

I’ve always loved a day out at the races but have always been with the lads. To go and have a day enjoying a full race card with the family proved to be just as good. Corben has taken to horse racing really well and loved picking out a few winners.

Doncaster Racecourse have nailed this family fun day business, this is the second one we’ve attended and I dare say this one was even better than the first.

There’s loads for the kids to do, pony rides, Mini Kicks, fairground rides, face painting, Paw Patrol characters to meet and more. Add this to the full race card and the whole family is happy. You can take a picnic or indulge in the food and drink available on site too and make a real day of it.

Corben had a go at pretty much all of it! Rather than telling you how the day went I find it’s always better to show you, so have a gander at our video below 🙂

Don’t feel like you’ve missed out, well, maybe a little because it was a great day, but there’s loads happening at Doncaster Racecourse over the rest of the year, have a look HERE!

Keep your eyes peeled for more from us with Doncaster Racecourse… 🙂

 

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I LOVE OUR FAMILY CAR!

I LOVE OUR FAMILY CAR!

People carriers, especially with 7 seats are cool and I don’t care what you say.

As many of you will know, a couple of months ago our family car went in for it’s MOT and never came back out. After a week or so of wondering what we were going to do, a friend almost angel-like came to our rescue with a great offer.

A little back story. 

Before Donetta and I met I managed to bag myself a Vauxhall Astra 55 plate and it was AWESOME. We’re talking pre-wife and kids so this thing was my pride and joy. It was as good looking on the outside as it was inside. The Vauxhall dashboard and interior design has always been a favourite of mine and I still miss my Astra to this day.

It was amazing that Corben was at the time on his way to make our family a 5 rather than an Astra filling 4. Although it did mean it was time for me to let go of my first love for the greater good of the family. We’ve gone on to have about 4 or 5 different cars over the years and none have even come close to my Astra.

Until now. 

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Back to the present day and our angel-like friend mentioned earlier had a 7-seater Vauxhall Zafira, yes that’s right, basically the family version of the Astra! Ever since getting to that time of life when a good people carrier gets you going, as opposed to a 3-door hatchback with a go-faster stripe, I’ve longed for another Vauxhall.

Now, our current circumstances have landed us a 57 plate Vauxhall Zafira and we couldn’t be happier, it really is the exact car I’d been looking for, unless you’re throwing me your bank card with unlimited resources obviously! We’ve got bluetooth to bang out some Westlife via Spotify, we’ve got those ever so useful extra 2 seats in the back to throw the least favourite child in (Joke obviously, or is it?!) and we even have a built in DVD player where the sound comes through the car stereo, its AMAZING!

Our DVD player is a custom extra but being the ambitious forward thinker I am, we’ve been speaking with PG Motors about their latest Vauxhall range, in particular the family cars available today.

I can dream can’t I?! 

As much as I love our family car I’d swap it for this Vauxhall Zafira TOURER tomorrow, I mean look at these things, they’re epic. They’re the upgraded version of what we have so they’re naturally a strong choice for us in a good few years.

I’m going to guess that many of you reading are more like ourselves than not, in terms of finances for a new car. I think it’s fair to say there’s only few people that can go a purchase a brand spank motor, especially high end one’s like this. When we were drooling over what could be on the PG Motors Unbeatable Car website, we spotted they also deal USED cars, so maybe it’s not such a stretch for us to be thinking about an upgrade.

I’m really happy going back to Vauxhall, I have to say they’re my favourite for sure. Our Zafira has all the features mentioned above that really do make family car journeys much more bearable, the design of these cars make them nice to drive and their so spacious and comfortable. It’s everything we want in a family car.

What do you look for in a family car? Let us know in the comments 🙂

 

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