Fathers Day Gift Guide 2020

fathers day gift guide
With Fathers Day being just around the corner I thought it was time to get the gift guide published. This guide contains some items you can pick up with your weekly shop for essentials and some items that are available to purchase online and will be here in time for the day. The perfect mix for the current situation as the world slowly starts getting back into some kind of normal routine.
sugru tech kit
For the techy Dad, whether he’s a tech nerd, a crafting wizard or a master hacker - he’ll be blown away by the 101 ways in which Sugru can be used to fix and improve pretty much anything around the house. Once described as ‘play-dough for adults’ this is what DIY should be - easy and fun. A high tech mouldable glue that sticks to most materials and turns into a strong flexible rubber overnight, Sugru is used by dads in over 175 countries. Each Sugru kit comes with four single use packs of Sugru, a dinky storage tin and a booklet with step by step guides for over 15 inspirational DIY projects. Normally priced at £11.99, grab yours between 8th and 21st June to enjoy a 20% discount exclusively at Sugru.com
zippo hand heater
For the always busy Dad, the Zippo Heatbank 9s, rrp £34.99 is a portable charger for any USB device that also doubles up as a rechargeable hand warmer. With 9 hours-worth of battery life, it’s perfect for taking with you on any hikes to ensure you stay connected or even along to a socially distant picnic, to hook up a set of portable speakers to. It charges USB compatible devices including; mobile phones, Mp3 players, tablets, cameras, etc. Dual sided heat up to 120°F / 50°C operating temperature with  6 heat settings for adjustable and comfortable warmth.
taylors pop art
For the arty Dad how about having one of his favourite pictures reimagined in a funky way? Taylors digital portraits over on Etsy offer this fab service. If you send her any photo she will be able to create a custom portrait for you! It comes as a PDF download only, if you want a physical print please visit her shop for other options! With the high-quality digital PDF, you will be able to make your own prints in any size, use them for cards, save the dates, invitations, and Christmas cards. She can also help you choose which size and paper quality are best when you decide to print it! Prices from just £6.17.
panda cove sunglasses
For the sporty Dad, or just if he need some new sunnies for this glorious weather we've had, check out these fab sunglasses Cove Sunglasses from Panda Optics, rrp £54. The Cove polarised sunglasses are a wide frame lifestyle design with the two options colour options, orange or black. With their unique C-Hinge technology, the metal C shape tension in the hinges keeps your arms responsive and rigid for 5x longer than regular hinges. They offer 100% UV protection and have fully polarised lenses with a blue mirrored effect. The frame is lightweight thermoplastic material with enhanced durability and flexibility, which makes the frames particularly comfortable around ears. They are very cool looking and I know Dave will love them. He rides his bike to work and always struggles with the glare off the road so these will be ideal for him.
For the new Dad! Sudocrem have just launched their new Personalised My Little Sudocrem portal online at https://personalised-sudocrem.com . You choose the name, design, even a gift box and Sudocrem will do the rest. From the makers of Britain’s favourite nappy cream, Dad’s Little Sudocrem, rrp £5.99 can be used for a variety of things. Whether it’s to soothe dry patches of skin, an annoying spot, shaving irritation, or even dry hands from too much hand sanitiser! Whatever the need is, this little pot of soothing magic cream, made especially for dads, is practical and personal.
STABILO art supplies
For the arty Dad you cant go wrong with some supplies from STABILO a name we are all familiar with. The woody 3 in 1, rrp £14.47 are ideal for drawing on window. Why not write a loving Fathers day message on his window. The pen 68 are in some bright funky colours and what I love is that the fibre tips don't dry out for the inevitable time the kiddos get hold of your pens and leave the lids scattered everywhere!! The pencil crayons go on like pencil and dry like a watercolour, the effect is beautiful. All 3 items are available from the STABILO shop along with all your other arty supplies.
Teeth whitening kit
For the Dad who likes to do a bit of manscaping and cares about the way he looks how about the teeth whitening kits from Man Behind the Mirror? 
The Teeth Whitening Kit, £49.95 includes a bespoke mouth guard and tray, LED emitting activation light, and a month’s supply of our highly effective Teeth Whitening Gel. To maintain your whitened smile, they recommend you subscribe to receive new Gel Refill Kit each month whihc is just £14.95. You can see results after just 10 minutes use with the highly effective gel and UV light.

I still have a few items on the way so I will add them as they arrive! I hope this has provided some gift inspiration for you.
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Whats New Scoob?

Can you believe that Scooby Doo has been gracing our screens for 50 years!! It's a show I remember watching with my siblings, then my own children. Its been amazing seeing the change in the animation for the cartoon version, then watching the actual film version with the kids. This year the Scooby Doo franchise is back with a brand new animated movie launched in America, it's heading to the UK too, I'll let you know as soon as there is a date. To support that movie Character Options has launched a fab new Scooby Doo toy line!
scooby doo toys
The line up has 6 different items available for your avid Scoob fan and they are all at really great prices. We have been sent 2 of these to take a look at, the Mystery Machine and the action figure multi-pack. Also in the range is the Scoob twin pack of action figures, Scoob Mystery Mansion, Plush Scoob figures and the awesome super-stretch Scoob which I know Cody would love!
scooby doo mystrey machine
The Scoob Mystery Machine retails at just £20 which is a great price for a toy that starts as a functional vehicle and opens out into a cool playset. It has all the markings of the mystery machine and has space for up to 6 figures to sit in the vehicle. The mystery machine comes with a poseable Shaggy figure because there is no Scoob without his sidekick is there? The roof of the mystery machine is packed full of equipment to help the gang on their mystery solving missions. The vehicle has moving wheels so can be easily pushed around for some imaginative play. I like that you can fit all 6 of your action figures in the vehicle, it is well made of sturdy plastic and there are no loose parts. The vehicle is suitable from ages 3 and up, so perfect for your younger Scoob fans in the family.
mystery machine side view
mystery machine front view
To accompany the mystery machine and enhance our play opportunity we were also sent the Scoob action figure multi pack rrp £10! Again a great price, I bet you can't show me another 6 piece action figure pack for just £10. In the box, you get  Super Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Blue Falcon, Dick Dastardly, Black Rotten and Dusty Rotten. All the figures are fully poseable and look the same as they do in the movie. All of the figures are a great size, no loose pieces, so suitable for ages 3+
scooby doo action figures
Our chief tester for these toys was, of course, Spud, he likes Scooby Doo and testing toys is every kid favourite past time. He got to work straight away putting them to the test and telling me what he thought. I was impressed the packaging was very limited on plastic, always a good sign, just 1 piece of plastic on each package, the rest of the packaging was all recyclable. Another parenting win is that none of the toys required batteries.
playing with scooby doo
The sides of the mystery machine all open out to make a playset for your action figures, this enables some imaginative play opportunities. Spud loves to make up his own little stores and scenarios with the actor figures. True to form Scoobs and Shaggy are trying to solve a spooky mystery.
mystery machine play
There is as I said above room inside the mystery machine for all your action figures, this is great for storage options, there is nothing worse than pulling out a playset and there are pieces missing. I encouraged Spud to put the action figures inside before he finished playing and the vehicle can be stored in his toy box with his figures safely inside.
toy play
The mystery machine and action figure set got the thumbs up from Spud, he has just turned 9 and he didn't find the playset and figures too small to play with. He enjoyed playing with them and is definitely interested in the rest of the range, handy to know for birthdays! He is eagerly awaiting the release date fo the new animation in the UK, I will be sure to pop on here and let you know the date when we get it.
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Mandy & Cody

Business As Usual

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We have been plodding on since our last post and we have fallen into a comfortable routine for our home life. The promise of a blog a week flew out of the window the day after I published the last post......LOL, The kiddos are mostly happy with the routine as it isn't heavily work focused and involves lots of free time for them to just be kids. 

My youngest school have finally after weeks set up some kind of work schedule and he now has to complete an online lesson everyday and submit it by 3pm. He has also had a few class video calls, so it was nice for him to see some of his friends. 

After half term Pops went back in school for her 3 hours per day, I think that even of her school opens fully we will stick to the 3-hour sessions as they seem to fit her well for the moment. Dj is attending school 1 morning per week to assist him with his English work, I have struggled to get him to complete his English as its one of the few lessons where resources are given online and he needs to write the answers, after not writing for 10 weeks he was reluctant. He is due to start his new school in September and right now should be having transition visits there, this obviously isn't happening and we don't currently know whats going on with that. The good news for Dj is that all the paperwork for Dj's EHCP is finally in and we are hoping for a good outcome in place for his new school come September. Spud's school are due to reopen next week for the year 6 kids, he is adamant should his year be able to go back to school that he wants to do so. I don't really have an argument for him not to go back as 2 of his siblings are back in school on some sort of basis. There has been a whole lot of argument about whether it is safe for the kids to go back to school or not. For us Dave has been in working all through lockdown, so we are already at risk of possible infection, so the kiddos being at school makes no difference. The schools have put in some really sensible measures to ensure the kids are safe in school, so the likely hood is we have more chance of catching corona from Dave being at work than we do with the kids being back at school.

I think what people want to remember is we are all parents and responsible for making decisions for our own children, what's right for one family might not be right for the next, so berating people on social media when they post pics of their excited children heading back to school after over 2 months is just mean! Do what's right for you and mind your business as to what others are doing for their own family. From speaking to my close family and friends is a complete 50/50 split on whether they are sending their kiddos back.

Since we last spoke I have finally finished the kitchen, I'm not totally in love with it as the wallpaper is a little too dark for my liking, BUT its up and its better than the bare walls that have been there since December!! My next job is the decorate the new hallway that was created when the boys big bedroom was divided into 2 rooms. I also want to redo Skye's room but want to wait until after shes had her operation because I want to get her a new bed too.

We had a lovely weekend and finally after over 2 months, thanks to the easing of the lockdown I was able to see my beautiful Niece and Nephew! We had a lovely gathering in our garden and the sun shone for us! It was so lovely to see them, their Mum and Dad too obviously. Have any of you been able to see relatives after the lockdown easing? My Mum was shielding for 12 weeks due to her many health complaints, we actually had to break her shielding 3 weeks before the end of her 12 due to her having a little accident. I say little, but she tripped over and managed to break 2 of her fingers pretty badly and dislocated (to the point of the bone sticking out) her middle fingers. She required surgery for pins to try and fix them, sadly for her due to Corona she had to have it done under local anaesthetic rather than a general, she's a trooper though and she she hopefully is right as rain in a few weeks.

I think that's enough rambling from me, I have a Fathers Day gift guide to go and write and if I don't start now I will be up late into the night writing it! Trying to get anything done during the day is a no go at the moment!

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