Sunday, 14 August 2016

#MySundayPhoto

I thought I would sign up this week to the #MySundayPhoto linky!



Cyber Punk Son-day



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Thursday, 11 August 2016

X-CAM QUADCOPTER DRONE Review with WickedUncle.co.uk


Wicked Uncle approached us and asked if we would like to try out a gift of up to £40 from their website. I handed the whole project over to Evan and let him choose and order the item he would like to review.



Evan chose the X-cam Quadcopter Drone as he is a skateboarder and wanted to see if it would record him whilst he skates.






He has split the review in to two parts so you can see the unboxing video below:




                                        

Part two will be live shortly so please make sure you check out the flight footage!

Wicked Uncle's ordering process is probably one of the most informative I have come across. From the instant you order you are kept in the loop via email and text; letting you know exactly where your order is and how long it will be. I was really impressed!

Gifts for kids get harder all the time and I love how Wicked Uncle have sourced quirky and unusual items that you wouldn't come across normally. Evan loved loads of items on there, so if it grabs the attention of a 14 year old,  then they must be doing something right!

I absolutely love the T shirts that you can write on then they light up via LED at night, I want one for myself!






You can search via age of whom you are buying for, sex, interests etc so it really is simple to narrow down what you are looking for.

So I will update with Evan's Part 2 and see how the drone flies! 







Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat on a Budget! #CampBestival #2

Festivals Shouldn't Cost The Earth -

I love festivals, my first was Glasto age 12; year of the SMYTHS [sic] #ahem followed by years of one dayers, 2 dayers and then spreading out to; more recently, 6 days at Glasto...

In the hedonistic days of pre- child and only caring that I had a tent and glitter (and being fed by the Buddhists)



since then I grew up a little, I have always is gone prepared - my friends used to refer to my tent as the Mary Poppins as you could find everything from a toaster to mixed herbs. Cooking whilst camping is a love of mine and I have been known to serve up 13 fry ups for breakfast on one fold up army stove - the type with the little fire cubes!



This year Camp Bestival was going to be a struggle financially as I am brassick so I sold some stuff on eBay and manged £65 to take with me.

Evan is now 14 so he had £30 spending money which he earned by washing cars and saved the money to take with him. It is so much easier once they get older as they are far less inclined to go for the festival 'must have' tail or hat!

So over the year I pick up bits, just one or two at Poundland like extra pegs, water container, heat blankets, ponchos etc and put them away ... this saves loads as Cosy Camper for instance is not cheap if you have forgotten the essentials!

Biggest saver if you have little ones is to buy bubble guns/ wands/ shapers from Poundland / eBay and hide them until you get there. I was caught out in our 3rd year as Ev really wanted the gun and I remember paying £9 for it plus liquid and it was IDENTICAL to the £1 gun!

Fire toys sell some amazing gear but you can pick up diablos and LED poi for a fraction of the cost on eBay.
If you have girls - pick up pots of glitter when you see them going cheap - glitter is a MUST HAVE!


So this year for 5 - FOOD

Years ago (think it was 7/8) I invested in an IGLOO cooler - it has been the single best investment yet. If you fill it correctly it stays frozen for 5 days - I freeze all I can so milk, sausages, ice pops, bacon etc etc it all gets really frozen and packed in with the ice packs.  Before you freeze things, take them out of the boxes and separate into freezer bags in portions.
The IGLOO is on wheels and pulls along like a suitcase, Ev could manage it age 7 at Glasto - so it is awesome!


We ate full English brekky every morning, lunch was BBQ or sarnies and evening meal was cheesy chicken pasta with salad etc it varied but you get the picture. Snacks and yoghurts/fruit etc that can easily be taken out with you. Ev is veggie so I have to think of that too - he did get his annual Corn on the gold plated Cob but it is darn good!

Beers/ ciders / soft drinks were bought in advance when on offer at the supermarket, then put in the igloo and were chilled all weekend along with the £2.99 bottles of Bucks Fizz!

If you do run down low on anything, there is a Spar in Wool (also has cashback facility and atm) just a couple of miles from the site & Holmes Nursery sell the best cider ever! Getting out and back in on the Sat/Sun morning is never a huge issue!

I take a small bag of spuds and slice thinly then boil then transfer to the frying pan for chips.

I cook it all on one stove and butane case (4 tins for £3.99 This is it).

Toast when you are camping is for some reason so much more tastier! It took years to find the perfect toaster and the Gelert Folding Toaster is the biz! Bread & Bagels no problem!

Gadgets are now amazing for camping - Biolite stove (charges your USB devices whilst cooking) , Roccbox oven and the incredible toasty maker from Ridge Monkey  (which Matt brought along this year) are all just incredible and with kids makes things so much easier! I'm going to try and  invest in all 3 for next year.

Just a tip if you want to make it fun saving for your kids spending money next year - start saving 5p's in a bottle - I did this last year for Xmas and a Jack Daniels bottle (1.5 litre) holds approx £115 !!!!

Visit the W.I tent - coffee/tea & cake for a fraction of the cost of buying in the Castle field. The Fika Volvo stand with the beautiful Vanessa and crew - provide free drinks and buns in comfy, cool surroundings!

Copyright Camp Bestival


We all chipped in for 1 programme bag and then photographed the schedule so we all had a copy.  If you can't afford the extra £10 though just ask somebody to let you photograph the lanyard - I certainly wouldn't mind!

Solar showers are really cheap and this year heated to almost boiling point, bring swimming costumes for little ones and voila, much nicer than wet wipe washing, or get a collapsible washing bowl and hot strip wash!

ALWAYS take far, far more socks than you need!!



There is still no way to make the rides/ bouncy castle etc any cheaper - this is one gripe I have as I am so used to other festivals never charging for anything on top of the ticket. I always feel bad that if you have a few children, the cost of this on top is awful and they are obviously going to want to have a go!

T shirts etc... well Ev had a few over the years but he is not really bothered and the last 2 years spent his money on the skating wear Ezo stand.

I did buy myself a treat of an anklet, the adult 'Must Have' ;)

All in all though it depends what you are getting out of the festival - if it is your main holiday then eating out and trying new things is part of the whole experience. Festival / Event food has always been high - Wembley in the 80's would bankrupt you for a cheeseburger; so things don't change!
Children will always want stuff - Ev was ALWAYS set a limit and his money kept separate so he could see how he was spending, he didn't ask for one thing this year - so maybe I am doing something right!

I would however like to see more in the form of Welfare - if people are struggling and it happens! Unexpected occurrences can leave people frantic, so somewhere that the kids could have a hot meal, plasters for FREE (and not £5 unless you see the Doc!) etc would be a great asset and support to those who may need it (even knowing it is there is sometimes enough!).

It is a beautiful festival in gorgeous surroundings, it is hilly though as it is countryside! I completely understand the whole trolley issue... I never used one. I couldn't pull one if it was filled, and I know this so when Ev was tiny I bought one of these off a friend for £50:


Bike Trailer/Double Buggy

Only second to the cooler in best investments, they glide over terrain like it is nothing, will fill well over what you would expect and make excellent beds for babies at night. Pushing it up the hill of death at Glasto is no problem, well no more than walking up it!
Ours has now done 32+ festivals and still going!

So I hope any of these tips may help you if you decide to do CB in the future. If I remember anything else I will add it on; and if any of you have any tips to add please do so in the comments and I will credit it on here!

Maybe see you there in the future! #SilentDisco!!

Song For This Post HERE (Just HAD to) 

L xx









Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Flower to the People - Camp Bestival Review 2016 #1

Camp Bestival is over for another year and wow were we lucky with the weather! A glorious 4 days in the Dorset countryside, blue skies (mostly) and a warm breeze to counteract the scorching sunshine; made for yet another brilliant festival!



 Evan & I have been to them all and always have a lovely time - this year being no exception. Every year is unique, yet always great fun, with different highs and lows - this post though is dedicated to the Sunday evening Castle Stage set.

 After the chaos of the Castle Stage on the Saturday - Trolley terror; Sunday was an absolute joy. We arrived early to get a nice spot on the barriers and with my broken leg it was relatively easy to stand on the flat surface and have the barrier as support.

For some reason Sunday down the front is always one of my favourite times and we always seem to meet some lovely people; this year being no exception. It just seems really chilled and I suppose as it is all more or less over the pressure is somewhat off!



Hilly - Looking stunning!

We settled in and awaited for the stunningly beautiful Anne Marie; you may know from lead vocals on the Rudimental track Rumour Mill. What an absolute delight Anne Marie was, chatting in between tracks with funny anecdotes as to why she wrote them (and most us us have been there too!) and pleasantly chatting with the crowd, then blasting in with some awesome dance tracks including her hit Karate and current single Alarm; that got the crowd bouncing and warmed up nicely for the headliners. Perfectly scheduled for the Sunday and I hope she comes back as I am sure it is not the last we hear from her.



 After a short break it was the moment I had been waiting for, in say 1989 I was a HUGE metal fan but I still liked Tears for Fears. In the 90's I still liked them but when I hit my 30s I really appreciated them and realised just how fantastic musically they were so they went on my dream 'must see live' list and never did I think I would get the chance.
THEN you start to worry that they might just look like your Dad up there and have that 'drunken uncle at a wedding' dance thing going on....

 I didn't need to have worried;



 Entering to the Lorde cover version of Everybody Wants to Rule the World (From the Hunger Games, Catching Fire) the instant they struck the first chord the set was on fire. Absolutely perfect vocals, if not better than the original.
The set list went through all the hits from the first album, some from the early 00's - highlights of mine being Change, Pale Shelter and of course Mad World all completely amazing. Backing vocals from the very Joplin-esque Carina Round, simply amazed with very bluesy soulful tones and just made a great set even better. Very 'floyd' tones to the tune Closest Thing to Heaven sent shivers down my spine.

 I believe it was 26 years since they had played a festival and I sincerely hope it is not the last, coming back for an encore of Woman in Chains (My fave) and the very crowd pleasing and insanely good Shout, wrapped up the evening before the firework spectacular.

Definitely the best Sunday headline act Camp Bestival has had so far - Absolutely Sunday Best!