Sunday, 19 October 2014

TaoTronics TT-FT02 Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter

We were kindly sent the TaoTronics TT-FT02 Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter for review which could not have come at a better time. Recently we have changed our car and I have been looking for a solution to allow me to listen to my music in the car. I'm a huge fan of music and if I can not listen to my play-lists which I have created on Spotify at least once a week I get a bit narky. To say I was excited about receiving TaoTronics TT-FT02 was an understatement.

Firstly, I received an email confirmation that my FM Transmitter had been despatched and it gave an estimated delivery date. When the product arrived it was neatly packaged and came with a detailed instruction manual. With products like this I always think its a test of how user friendly they are by not reading the instructions and just trying it out. I was very pleased that within a few minutes of using the product I was able to work out most of the functions. The first thing I needed to do was connect to it via bluetooth on my Samsung Galaxy, a quick scan soon showed TT-FT02 as a device.

I have been nothing but surprised by this little product its very easy to use and works incredibly efficiently. The first time of asking it found a clear FM channel and locked on to it, then when I tuned the car radio in to that frequency displayed my music played perfectly.

What can you do with the TaoTronics TT-FT02 Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter ? You can easily search for new clear FM frequencies on the device which is handy on long car journeys where you encounter lots of different local radio stations. There is also a fine adjustment knob which will allow you to tweak the frequency to the exact number you want. You can adjust the volume on the device by twisting a knob. You are able to charge, via the USB port, your phone for example. The device allows you to skip songs by pressing the arrows near the display. You have a hands free option in car call ability.

The main cylinder part of the device can be pulled apart and it has a medium battery life and will still work for about half an hour before it gives up.

I have been thoroughly impressed with this product an it has fulfilled my need for a device that can play my music through the car stereo system. To this day I still have not had a need to pick the instruction manual up because everything about the product just worked and was obvious. I really really like this product and would highly recommend it. The TaoTronics TT-FT02 Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter can be purchased on Amazon for £29.99 (Which is a sale price)

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Impact of Family Inheritance Issues on the Family

The Impact of Family Inheritance Issues on the Family

The inheritance you leave behind can have profound effects on those who survive you. Any cash gift will drastically improve the lives of those left with expensive funeral costs, while sentimental possessions will go a long way to providing desperately needed closure. Unfortunately, however, almost 30 million people in Britain are reported to have no Last Will and Testament prepared, a fact that invites unwanted problems at passing. But what are these problems, specifically?

Dying Intestate

Dying intestate is legal talk for dying without a will. This means that on your passing you have no legal direction to divide your estate as per your wishes, leaving the State to handle all of your life's work under the direction of the frustrating UK Intestacy Laws. To avoid this, simply draft your Last Will and Testament before anything happens; Coles Solicitors can ensure that your estate stays well out of the reach the intestacy laws.

But back to dying intestate: Instead of your children, your spouse or your close personal friends being able to benefit from this unexpected tragedy, the government will disperse your estate in the most appropriate way they see fit – a process which will rarely mirror what you would have wanted.

In a nutshell, only your spouse will be entitled to the bulk of your estate (as well as a small percentage set aside for any children). This means that your siblings, your parents and your nearest and dearest won't receive anything for the most part – despite what you might have promised/the particulars of their own circumstances. In the case that you are not married, however, the estate will likely be left to your parents in a 50/50 split, regardless of the personal relationship between yourself and either parent. And, in the event that you are divorced with joint-owned property, separated from your spouse or a single parent, the law becomes more convoluted and difficult to predict. As a warning, however, especially after divorce or separation, expect a large proportion of your estate to go to the ex – despite the circumstances of your breaking up.

Personal Effects on the Family

Neglecting to produce a will, then, can have deep-routed effects on the family. Not only will they feel cheated, but in the case that other parties need to be located to dispensate your funds, they will have no choice but to front all legal costs to do. Consider the cautionary tale of Richard Moore, a man who, upon his dying intestate, relinquished his entire estate 50/50 to his mother and his father – despite barely knowing his father his entire life. Can you imagine what this can do to a family? To see the legacy and the hard-work of a close member thrown in the proverbial bin, to see people who absolutely don't deserve it smugly accept their cheque for something they never did anything for? Now don't get me wrong, money is not the issue here. It is what that money represents – your time on Earth, your legacy, and your hard-work. And would you like to see that of a sibling or parent fall unjustifiably into the wrong hands?

Personal conflict will almost certainly arise, especially when either party feels cheated. This can cause long, drawn-out and uncomfortable legal battles, and can leave an irreparable feeling of frustration muddying your memory forever. Don't let this happen. Draw up a will.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

September Degustabox Review Little Miracles Special

It's that time of the month again, Degustabox time and this months box was a real delight to receive. I have been very impressed by all of the product in one way or another. We received our text confirmation for delivery this month which was great for planning with kids. The box was well received by everyone and we actually filmed an un-boxing video on our daily vlog channel The Gibblets September Degustabox Unboxing you can sense everyone excitement.

The star product this month has to be the Little Miracles because I loved the flavours all of which were really great. I have begun the review with this months star product which I have actually been wanting to try for months.

Little Miracles RRP £1.39

I have been wanting to try the Little Miracles Organic Energy drinks for along time I was very pleased to get to try them in the Degustabox. I preferred the Green tea drink but I wish drinks companies would stop putting ginger in the beverages. In the Little Miracles Organic Energy drinks Green Tea flavour the Ginger is only just distinguishable which makes it bearable for me. I really do not like ginger :-)

Little Miracles Organic Energy drinks are sweetened with agave, less than 90 calories and free from artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners. Considering the amount of crap they ram into other energy drinks it makes these beverages real Little Miracles.

Burts RRP £2.07

I was a big fan of these I like that you can have a tasty snack from a well know brand and it isn't going to be that bad for you ! My favourite flavour was the Thai Sweet Chilli and I thought you got a really nice portion size.

Righteous RRP £2.49 225 ml Bottles

We have three funky flavours to try and they all look great we like the Raspberry and Sweet basil dressing the most. All the flavours are really unique and we love the look of the packaging and branding.

Jordans Simply Granola RRP £2.69

I have never tried Granola before but now am a real fan, I thought the Granola cruncy baked oats with a hint of honey were so so tasty. We found the resealable packaging great and the fact you get lots in a pack makes them last all week.

Pick Me RRP £1.69

Now these were a real treat they were very difficult to put down they really felt like a solid biscuit. Some times biscuits can feel light and airy and feel a bit cheap. The Pick Up! Biscuits are great they feel like luxury biscuits and taste great, you are not let down when you open them up.

Elizabeth Shaw RRP £2.50

The best way I can describe the taste is after eights, but you get the feeling the thins have been crafted and lovingly made. These were a big hit with the family, it was great because there were plenty in the pack so 5 hungry mouths were not disappointed.

Carnation £1.65/unit

We are undecided whether we liked coking with these or not, we followed the recipe for carbonara which was on the back of the pack. I personally thought the meal was pleasant, however the kids didn't like it and neither did my wife. We often cook carbonara from scratch so maybe this is the problem our expectations were to high.

Crabbies Lemonade RRP £1.20

This was a lovely tasting Lemonade which has been ruined by the presence of yet again to much blooming Ginger. Everyone took one sip and I'm sad to say the rest was poured away. It will always be a problem for us if the drink contains Ginger, we were really looking forward to trying this lemonade.

Crabbies Zesty Lemon RRP £1.50

I was pleasantly surprised by this product I had thought it would have had an over whelming lemon taste yet I found it to be light and refreshing and a joy to drink. Sometimes with the fruit alcohol drinks they are too easy to drink fast,with the Crabbies Fruits Zesty Lemon you feel like you actually want to take it slow and enjoy it. I would be more than happy to buy this product.

La Vieja Fabrica RRP £1.59

The marmalade was a real delight it was light refreshing and tasty, sometimes marmalades can be to bitty but this is really clear. The product clearly focuses on the taste and I think it has made for a delightful spread.

This months box was great if you want to follow Degustabox on social media I have left their links below.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Mr Longlegs : Fly puppet goes viral on the Gibblets

If you are not already one of the 97,933 people who have viewed the Viral video on my YouTube channel then you can catch it here, Four year olds fly puppet makes huge UK spider LEAP !!!! Some have been calling it a Green fanged spider, funnel web spider, monster spider, beast but we all know him as Mr Longlegs affectionately named by my four-year old Charlie. This week on our family vlog update we will focus on what has happened with the Spider fly puppet video but will also cover the other videos from the week.

So how did it become such a viral hit?

It all started when the local paper Plymouth Herald shared the video as an online story, the video started to pick up views and become popular. Then ITV Westcountry decided to run the story on their website. After a quick twitter interview it ended up being the most popular story on the national page. With this national exposure the video on YouTube started to pick up some serious views. Then some national papers ran the story The Mirror and The Telegraph to mention a few. We were also shocked that a number of popular online sites like Bubblews and Metro had the story.

With this type of exposure it was no surprise really that some press offices were in touch and we ended up having to do some interviews on camera. You can catch this 'Media storm' in our vlog episode called The Media Storm you see in this video how early everyone had to get up. I think its great because it shows the Media Storm from our perspective and you also see me at the end of the video on ITV News my moment on the TV.

The Online community which I'm apart of have been so shocked by the sucess of the video that most have sent some kind of message of congratulations. I have been humbled I feel that I'm apart of such a special community because we all support each other so much in sucess and over troubled times. I have to thank everyone so much for their messages and if I have missed your comment then I'm sorry I have not intentionally missed anyone's message on Facebook or twitter. 

The Gibblets Vlog Weekly round up 

Jamie Oliver Pizza Party (Year 1 Episode 84) 29 September 2014

The week has been obviously very focused around the viral video but the highlight of this weeks videos before things went very crazy has to be the episode called Jamie Oliver Pizza Party. In this episode after a slow start playing some toot toot road and a failed trip to buy a new gold fish we head to the pizza party. The party is for my dad who turned 52 last week. My uncle built an authentic Jamie Oliver inspired Pizza oven and then used his recipes to cook a host of pizzas. Considering he worked as a very highly regarded chef you can imagine the food was good. Click the image to see this vlog episode.

Degustabox Unboxing 

Not apart of the daily vlog episodes but this separate video is well worth a watch, it has some really unique and interesting products inside to see. There will be a post coming soon reviewing the products but until then you can click on the image to view the video. 

This weekly round up post is something I will write every week, it will allow you to get an idea of what we have been up to in the week. Obviously this week has been very focused around Mr Longlegs but in time it will be the perfect way for me to merge the vlog and blog together. Let me know in the comments if you like the idea of this type of post.


Thanks for reading

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Parragon Book buddy

Parragon book buddy Spot A Lot - Steve Smallman and Nicola Slater

One of the better things to come out of Brit mums Live was becoming a Parragon book buddy and a few weeks ago we received our first book to review Spot A Lot. We are very excited to receive our first book as a Parragon Book buddy. As a parent reading books is one of the most important things you can do for there development. Bringing a child up with a positive experience from reading is going to help them in later life at school and university.

This months book is called Spot A Lot and is written by Steve Smallman and illustrated by Nicola Slater and it is best described as a picture book. It has words to help but the emphasis is on spotting the animals in the  pictures. The first few pages are fairly easy and you can spot most things quickly, which was a great way to get our children in to what the book was about. Then as you go through the book and the count gets higher the pictures become more complicated and its far harder to spot the animals. Below is a picture of my favourite page from the book on count number 9.

I have copied the description of the book below for us Adults to understand.
"There’s trouble at the zoo today… The animals have run away! The animals are everywhere! Look very carefully as you help the zookeeper count and spot all the zoo runaways in this great animal escape. A bright and busy book to keep you searching, spotting, reading and counting together again and again!" From
The children loved this book, the first time they read it with us it held their attention all the way through. I think the way the books calls for the kids to interact with it all the way through makes it such a hit with little ones. I had thought that it may be detrimental to have a "Picture Book" but I feel the kids have been able to learn how to relate to books even more. I loved being able to sit with the book and help the kids find all the animals it was lovely to see them getting so excited when they spotted what they were looking for.

Something which I thought was a nice touch through out the book was the little extras. The core idea of the book is to turn each page counting to 10 by spotting for example '4 Gibbons, long and slim, swinging by the jungle gym'. However on this page along in separate statements hidden among the picture the book asks you to find other animals and things.

On the first page you are challenged to follow the tortoise on every page which again is just something else which makes the book so interactive. The children really enjoyed the book and how interactive it was and has changed my perception of so called 'Picture books'. I would say that due to how excitable they get when reading it we have had to stop using it as a bedtime story because it causes to much excitement.

We have been really impressed with Parragon books and we really love this book and can not wait for our next one. You can follow Parragon books on Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Butlins Minehead Review - Butlin's Team

This is another post in my series of reviews for Butlins Minehead after our recent stay there. First of all I have to say I can't fault their staff at all they were so so helpful, friendly and kind and I genuinely think that massively contributed to us having such a great stay!

The staff at check in were efficient yet friendly and instantly made me feel welcome. Unfortunately as we got to our room we found our room card wouldn't open the door, I stepped outside thinking i'd head back to reception and saw at least 5 members of staff walking to and fro buildings so got the attention of the guy closest to me, who checked our accommodation on our booking in and confirmed we were in the right place and apologised and immediately opened the apartment with what I presume was a master card so we could get in and then he himself went to reception to rectify the error for us and was back within 5 minutes with two cards that worked perfectly. It felt like nothing was too much trouble and he was happy to help!

We also found the staff at the dining area to be very friendly and they always greeted us enthusiastically and listed some of the scrumptious dishes set for the evening. They also interacted with our children which they loved! Some adults seem to ignore children but this was the opposite it was lovely and left the kids feeling part of it and grown up.

We also encountered the cleaning team when we went back to the apartment for Olivia to take her morning nap and they were apologetic for being there when we arrived (which we had no problem with at all) but they also asked if we had a preference of time for when they should clean the next day which I thought was very thoughtful.

Due to the dishwasher unfortunately breaking we also encountered the maintenance team who again were so so friendly and helpful! We had a brand new one installed roughly 2 hours after we discovered it wasn't working. Not bad at all eh?!

The staff around the park were also very friendly, especially the staff on the fairground rides, who spoke to the children as they got on sharing their excitement and every had lovely manners. In all honesty I have to every single member of staff we encountered was friendly and helpful from the managers to the cleaners!

If you want to check out our Daily Vlogs from our Butlins Holiday then have a look at our YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Butlins Minehead Review - The Entertainment and Activities

The entertainment and activities at Butlins where do I start?! Well firstly I could write pages and pages on the different things available to do and it still wouldn't do Butlins Minehead justice so I will write a brief description of the things available and then go into detail about our favourites.

Okay so firstly there is the swimming pool with its amazing slides and rapids, there is two fairgrounds on site, a large one for all the family and a slightly smaller and indoors fairground which is amazing for the younger children. There are the shows/entertainment held throughout the day on stage in the main entertainment area and entertainment in the evenings held at Reds and Centre Stage, and a play area for children that is also in this building. You can hire the pedal buggys that you can explore the park in, there is also bumper cars, go-karts, adventure golf, outdoor play areas, shops, 10+ restaurants and bars onsite and as if that wasn't enough there was also an onsite launderette if needed and a church should you wish to attend.

So onto our favourites-

The swimming pool - It was AMAZING!! The rapid were soooo much fun! We got the kiddies a rubber ring each to sit in and took them round again and again and it was even fun for us as parents! The wave machine was also pretty cool and there was a warning to let you know it was starting which was great as it meant to could get to the shallows so the little ones were safe. Water slides.... I felt like I was a child again, they were awesome! Charlie was the only one tall enough to go on the main water slides but there was also a small toddler slide in the toddler/baby pool so Harry and Olivia didn't feel they had missed out. And as if all of that wasn't fabulous enough there was little mini fountain pools, hot tub type pool and a main pool area where the wave machine didn't reach and it was quiet and peaceful for a gentle swim! The changing rooms were well equipped and had a lovely family changing room and plenty of lockers, there was numerous changing rooms so it wasn't jam packed! (Always a plus!) Check out our DailyVlog for a sneaky peak.

The Fairgrounds - The main fairground was outside and had lots of rides to choose from! They did have height restrictions but even our little ones were able to go on lots of them and had lots and lots of fun. The biggest plus for this was the rides were free (the cost is part of the cost to stay) and so the children could line up for a turn again and again to their hearts content. This avoiding any tantrums and worries about spending all your spending money. The smaller fairground aimed at slightly younger children was equally as successful with our monkeys, it had a great slide, a train that went around a track and several other fairgound rides. Again these rides were free. I also want to add all the rides were manned by a member of staff to ensure safety and they were all friendly and outgoing which helped keep excitement levels even when waiting in line.

Play Fort - This was a big outdoor play area with slides, tunnels, a zip wire and lots of climbing frame constructed of wood and not metal. It was a lovely place to sit and let the children play as there was also picnic benches. We spent lots of time here and it truly was a fabulous play area, there were others but this one was our favourite.

Skyline Pavilion - This building is at the heart of the resort and has the Skyline Stage where they played live shows throughout the day, shops, lots of different places to eat, an indoor play area and arcade type games. It was great, there were plenty of tables in front of the stage and it was always busy as the shows were so fun, it made for a great atmosphere (and kept the little ones entertained with little input needed from us for a while).

On top of all this there was a timetable of all the different activities available to join in for example: Tots Soccer, Arts and Crafts, Welcome disco, Swimming Lessons, Archery, Rounders and much much more and the majority of these activities were free!!!!!! And the ones that did require a fee were a maximum of £5!

All in all the entertainment was amazing!! The resort had so much to offer it was impossible not to find something the whole family wanted to enjoy and it was lovely to go on holiday and have so much to do literally right outside the door! Thanks for an amazing holiday Butlins!