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Christmas Bargain Hunting: Tips From A Dad

CHRISTMAS BARGAIN HUNTING: TIPS FROM A DAD Christmas is just around the corner and will be here before you know it. My wife and I, like a lot of families, find Christmas to be a ridiculously expensive time of year. However, does Christmas need to be as expensive as it can be? I genuinely believe that you can have a great Christmas without spending thousands and thousands of pounds. In this post I am going to share with you my Christmas Bargain Hunting tips which I believe will help to make Christmas a little easier on your wallet. Here goes... 1) Start Early: This one is an obvious one but a one that not many people do. I always start getting presents in for the twins around August. The reason for this is that many shops are starting to get prepared for Christmas so they are clearing room on their shelves. This is a great time to pick up some bargains from some of the bigger supermarket chains and retail outlets. Here are some examples of bargains I obtained at the end of Summer this ye…

A Dad Review: Veemcdee

VEEMCDEE A couple of weeks ago I responded to a PR request from "Veemcdee" to do a review on some craft packs. I won't lie - I had no idea what "Veemcdee" was or what they did so I did a quick research on my phone (during a game of mini-golf) and figured "why not?" The response from "Veemcdee" was instant and very friendly and just a few days later I received a package through the post. Inside were two craft packs. As soon as I opened them the twins got their eyes on them and were instantly intrigued. I am guessing this is because of the colours and the shapes and the fact that they look interesting and inviting. I let them have a look but explained we would be looking at them in more detail at a later date. So - what is "Veemcdee"? This is a company that is a bit like those subscription boxes that you see plastered all over social media except they deal in craft supplies. You can get a rolling subscription, a fixed subscription or y…

A Dad Review: Blackpool Zoo

BLACKPOOL ZOO



We have visited Blackpool several times over the past few years with the twins. We mainly visit as Kate's Aunty and her wife live there and it is nice to visit them and for them to see the twins (and us, I guess). Usually we do the "typical Blackpool stuff" like going along the prom, taking in a couple of fairground rides, a donkey ride, some ice cream etc... and we have been up Blackpool Tower. This summer when we visited we decided to visit the zoo for two reasons:
1) We have never been 2) The twins love a zoo So that is what we did. We drove to Blackpool and met up with one of Kate's Aunties (the other was at work...we had dinner with her later on) and we hit the zoo...here is what we thought... Blackpool Zoo is way bigger than we anticipated...there is loads to do and there are loads of animals to see. Like most zoos it is broken down in to sections: Waders and Waddlers Wallaby Walkabout Wolf Ridge Zebra and Bongo House Sea Lion Pool Penguin Pool Gorilla Mounta…

"What Did You Think Of.....Captain Underpants?"

For our latest review we took the twins to see "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie". I say "we"...I let Kate take them with their Aunty Spot while I sat in Costa and read my book with a latte. Here is their review:
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie WARNING: COULD CONTAIN SPOILERS Describe "Captain Underpants" in a nut shell: Ruby: It is about a man who is a teacher and a boy who finds a ring and turns him in to Captain Underpants.  Poppy:Two little boys who love making comics and there was a nasty teacher and they turned him into Captain Underpants.  Kate/Spot: Comic books come to life. What was your favourite bit of "Captain Underpants?" Ruby: Every time the boy said "Freeze" and talked to the camera (broke the 4th wall).   Poppy:When he was changing to Captain Underpants and then back to the teacher loads of times. Kate/Spot: Two words....Fanny Waffle! See it and you'll see it's not as rude as it sounds! Hilarious!  And wha…

A Dad Review: Preston Park: Museum and Grounds

PRESTON PARK: MUSEUM AND GROUNDS About 40 miles away from Newcastle in Stocksfield is what I would consider to be one of the best attractions in the North East...Preston Park. We have been coming here for years with the twins and we visit at least 3 or 4 times a year. Situated on Yarm Road in the middle of a residential area is the entrance to Preston Park which, once you have entered the grounds, is much bigger than you would anticipate. There is a decent sized car park with a good sized overflow car park so parking is never really an issue although if you arrive in the afternoon you could struggle. Preston Park is one of those places that you can accidentally spend the entire day at as there is so much to do. This includes: Adventure Playground Parklands River Walks Skate Park Preston Hall Museum Victorian Street Walled Garden CafĂ© The first thing you will see is the giant adventure playground, which is extremely well equipped for all ages, and has one of the biggest climbing nets I have e…

A Dad Review: STAND Magazine

STAND MAGAZINE A little while ago I was followed on Twitter by a magazine called "STAND". I will admit I had never heard of it but as it was a "Man Mag" I followed back. After a bit of snooping on their Twitter page and their website it became apparent they were a fairly new magazine with only a few issues released. Clicking on the subscription services I was able to see that they are a quarterly magazine with a new issue released every 12/13 weeks. It also became apparent that they were aimed at the "modern man" and at "fathers" which is strengthened by their tagline: "For Men Who Give A Damn" I read a few of their articles online and found them interesting so when I saw that they were looking for bloggers to do reviews I expressed my interest. I was asked to contact the Editor, Dwayne Hayes, which I did and we exchanged details. A week or so later I received a print copy of "Issue 06" through the post which is the latest editi…