Friday, 23 June 2017

Create the Ultimate Beer Shed #Beer #Shed

We have a lot of space in our house and we are creating more every time we finish off another room, however each room always seems to be another area for the kids to takeover!  I got to thinking that I should invest in a place just for me, and that man cave (shed) would be mine, like many other men who are desperate to carve out their own area without toys and the other trappings of children!

Not any old shed mind but an Ultimate Beer Shed, Badger Ales have recently ran a competition that really caught my eye where they gave away The Ultimate Rugby Shed, which included a 65" 4k TV complete with stadium surround sound, a beer fridge and even a pie oven to mention a few! You can check it out in the following video to see it in its glory:


For me I would have to insist on adding a few extras of my own into the already tight setup, I would want to throw a laptop or two in there just for the occasions sport isn't on, it would also lend the space to other streaming services, not to mention some quick online or LAN gaming! Perhaps adding a dart board and football table if there is room, and make the shed a mutli-sport experience and a space that is the envy of all dads!

The only issue I can foresee is trying to keep the place a secret, I will have to ensure I have some generic looking tools as a prop when entering the shed just to keep the kids off the scent, and periodically produce some wood worked furniture, well a quick order from an oak furniture shop to pass off as my own creation! (I am sure they won't guess!) so all my time in the shed looks well spent!!!


I can for sure not only get some peace and quiet but also keep up to date on all future sporting events, while honing my skills on the dart board! Well let raise a well earned glass of badger to living the dream anyway!  Us dads deserve some TLC.

Pre-Holiday Checklist #Holiday

We recently got back from Spain and I have to say it was a very enjoyable experience, it was the first time I have ever been and we got to take in a few of the sights while keeping the boys happily entertained. We always do lots of research prior to booking to ensure the holiday itself goes as smoothly as possible, with plenty of things to see and do, in this instance we booked a hotel that had free daily entrance to a theme park on its doorstep!


Our next trip will be a Luxury Holiday as we will be celebrating a certain persons big birthday!  Yes the wife is going to turn 40!!!  I am three years younger so have ages to go as I love to remind her.

I always find that on the lead up to the holiday it can be somewhat stressful and more like a military operation in the making! (Well the Mrs certainly barks commands at me like it's one!) Destination2 have a great countdown to your holiday guide, which is very useful and could certainly help you plan effectively, in all honesty I barely have to do anything in the lead up, but I know the next holiday I will have to do all the planning and execution, its only fair for her birthday celebrations for me to do my bit.

So what have I picked up and put on my checklist?

Passport

When booking a holiday always check you have enough time left on your passport, it can be quite a wait to get a new one issued.

Travel Insurance

It is really important to have this in place way before you travel, I usually end up printing all the terms and conditions as well as the insurance document itself just in case.

Car Parking

We always book about a month ahead with our parking and go for the valet option, this year we arrived 3 hours earlier than anticipated and I was expecting to be told to hold onto the car, but to my surprise they took it without any problems, so do ask them and see if they feel flexible!

Cash


I usually get this last minute, dependent on the current exchange rates, even if your going on an all inclusive break, having a couple of hundred pounds of currency can be extremely useful if you want to head out for a walk (kids need constant snacks and refreshments!) or plan a trip or two away. 

Boarding Passes

Always do your online check in if available, and ensure you printout your boarding passes or you could be left red faced when trying to board your flight!

New Clothes

We always head into a city to pickup a load of new clothes, after all you want to look your best when abroad, plus it means you can pack them straight away so you don't have to worry you have no clothes ready for your holiday!

Sun Protection

Stock up on good UV block sun lotion, there is nothing worse than running out halfway through your holiday and dashing around the shops trying to find a comparable brand, also remember hats and sunglasses!  

Towels

Its important to remember your beach towels there is nothing worse than having to buy over priced towels abroad, many hotels will not let you use their towels around the pool. (Well what they don;'t know won't hurt them right?).  The towels we have bought abroad have always looked nice but are never very absorbent.

Chargers and Adapters

Imagine forgetting your charger or adapters, definitely the first thing to pack when going abroad especially so you can keep snapping away!  Pictures are the perfect way to document your travels.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Must-have Accessories for Dapper Dads

For all the dapper dads out there, looking good while performing their fatherly duties isn't always easy to balance. It's hard to find time to look your best when you're busy chasing kids around. One of the best ways for a dapper dad to keep himself looking good, whatever he's wearing, is to embrace some stylish accessories. Many of them can be worn with anything to immediately add a suave edge to any outfit. If you know a dad who's more dapper than most, he's sure to love one of these accessories as a gift for the next special occasion that comes up.

A Reliable Watch

Every man needs a watch, and it's even more important for dads. When you have to pick up your teenager from a concert or take your toddler to nursery, it's always useful to be able to tell the time without getting your phone out. A good watch is an accessory that can last for a long time - even generations if you choose the right one. They're also a pretty smart accessory option, which you can make work with casual outfits, work clothes or wedding suits. A watch is an excellent choice for a gift for a special occasion, but it could also be a present for no particular reason.

Suit Accessories

Every man has to get dressed up in a suit occasionally, although some have to do it more often than others. Putting together the perfect outfit requires careful consideration and expert accessorising. There are lots of choices for dressing up a suit, including some options you might not have thought about before. The shirt sleeve garters from Trendhim are useful for any man who likes to roll up his shirtsleeves but still look smart. And, of course, there are the standard suit accessories. You can choose ties, cufflinks and pocket squares to match his suit.

A Smart Bag

Choosing the right bag for a dapper dad is sometimes tough. A lot of men are reluctant to carry anything too small, but something like a backpack is often a bit too casual. Fortunately, there are smarter options, and they can hold anything from work documents to baby supplies. A large leather bag can be versatile and big enough for any man to find practical. You explore lots of styles too, from weekend holdalls to briefcases or satchels. A decent bag can last a long time, so it's a worthwhile investment.

A Lasting Wallet

Everyone needs somewhere to put their money. Many dads go for a wallet they can keep in their back pocket. Unfortunately, that means they often sit on it, putting lots of pressure on it. A leather wallet is a good idea if you want one that lasts. Presenting it with a bag might discourage keeping it in the back pocket of his jeans, though. You might want to choose something with a bit more structure to it, so it holds up well.

If your dapper dad likes to dress stylishly, he can always have a dapper touch to his outfit with one of these accessories.