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Im Lew - A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I'm doing it anyway - expect all sorts of randomness.

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Ahh Mothers Day, once again another time of year that stresses us males out with the dread of what we can buy or do to make the day memorable. Buying for both my own mother (who happens to have her birthday the same month too!!!) and the mother to my two sons a gift honestly fills me with dread. I long for the missus to drop me a subtle hint so I at least have some idea!

However this year I was approached by a company called Dom and Geri. Enter this years saviour – as they specialise in personalised gifts, wrapping paper and cards. Get in!

After having a browse about their website, it really impressed me with the wide range of Mothers Day gifts they offered. What I particularly liked about the site was when you choose a wrapping paper it automatically then hand chooses a matching card for you. Now of course you don’t have to choose that recommendation but its nice that it gives you a suitable match rather than having to trail through yourself for a card. You don’t have to take their suggestion but I would probably quite comfortably say 95% of men will take this easy option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The range of cards and wrapping paper alone is vast and has a wide variety that would suit all of your needs. As I have 2 young sons that would be requiring a gift for their devoted Mammy – I opted for a paper that suited a Childs choice. I did give my eldest Zach a choice of a few to see which one he liked the best but I got the typical “threenager” response of; I WANT ALL OF THEM DAD!!  Typical eyy? So the paper design I chose myself had an image of two boys on which looks as though a child has drawn. A really nice touch I think.

The paper and cards can then be personalised in different ways with either your own pictures or text. The paper design I chose, I was then able to add both of my sons names to the paper, which adds a further lovely personal touch. The paper is a nice thick quality – you know not the sort that rips like a sharks tooth is going through it the second you try to wrap up even the squarest of parcels!

The wrapping paper itself comes in a variety of sizes, from a small sheet of A2, right up to a 7 meter roll supplied in a tube for extra protection. The cards also come in 2 different sizes, A5 and A4.

The site also offers many other personalised gift options, such as champagne, gin, ales and even candles for a multitude of occasions. Another great thing about Dom and Geri is that if you order before 2pm on a weekday your item is dispatched that very same day and can be either sent 1st class or special delivery – meaning if you do leave it till the last minute you still have a chance to get something special in time.

So at least this year even if the gift inside is a terrible choice she will be so distracted by the wonderful and thoughtful card and wapping paper that I will be onto a winner anyways! Bonus!

You can impress your own Mam, or Mother to your children by heading here and ordering pronto!

 

 

Disclaimer

I was sent these products to review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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In many ways, London is the perfect destination for a day out with your family. There’s simply so much to do there, and you can get around the city so easily if you know what you’re doing. But what actually makes the perfect family day out in London? That’s what we’re going to attempt to answer right now so that you can learn from the information here the next time you head to London with your family. Read on now to find out more.

 

A Good Gameplan

 

If you head into the centre of London with your young family you’re only going to cause problems for yourself, which is not what you need. Make sure you have a gameplan and are sure what you’re going to do when you reach the capital. Head to www.vlondoncity.co.uk if you’re not sure what you should do with your family. There are so many options out there to consider so don’t leave the decision making process too late.

 

Fun and Learning

 

The best things you can do in London tend to involve the combination of having fun and learning something at the same time. For example, the Natural History museum has plenty of exhibits geared towards families and children, making them fun and interested. And they’re obviously very educational for children at the same time. That’s just one example but there are many others out there.

 

 

Not Too Much Traveling Around the City

 

You don’t ever want to be doing too much traveling around the city of London itself because that just takes time. When you’ve got young children to think about, it’s never great to be relying on transport and rushing to get trains. You want to get to your location and then stay in that area for most of the day. That keeps things simple and prevents problems later.

 

A Great Lunch

 

Be sure to research the dining options in the area of London where you’re thinking of heading to because you don’t want be left stranded without a place to eat that’s suitable for families. These places aren’t very hard to find but it always pays off because a great lunch is always part of a great family day out. You can’t skip over the importance of this.

 

Back Before Patience Wears Thin

 

Finally, you need to remember that you don’t have to hang around in London all day for the sake of it. Head back if everyone is done and there’s nothing else you want to see or do. Your kids patience will simply start to wear thin if you make them tired by staying in London later than is necessary. It’s usually best for everyone if you keep the day out relatively short and sweet.

 

Family days out either go brilliantly or disastrously; that’s the way it tends to be, so make sure that you plan things out and set your family up for a successful trip. London can be pretty overwhelming sometimes, but you can’t let it overwhelm you too much.

Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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Mental health, its just a word, don’t let it define you

The main reason for getting the help I needed was the simple fact that I needed someone to talk to, someone who didn’t know me to share my background with and try to get to bottom of me feeling unwell. Deep down I think knew the reasons but I wasn’t able to come to accept them.

My partner was the person who noticed a change in me and even she didn’t know the reasons behind the change in behaviour. And the same questions were asked – HOW ARE YOU? and the biggest lie to respond with is I’M FINE, How are you going to get help if all you do is keep telling the people who ask this that your fine when your not!

IT WAS AFFECTING MY WORK AND WASN’T ABLE TO CONCENTRATE. 

I really don’t know what triggered it off, maybe a build up of too many things, maybe the past had finally caught up with me, the missus was due our first baby in a matter of weeks, maybe I was scared of becoming a father, I really don’t know.

After a week or so I started getting really bad suicidal thoughts and I wasn’t able to sleep at night due to my mind running overtime. I never felt I would ever harm myself but the thoughts were still there, and I didn’t know what to do with them.  My mind was planning how I would do it My mind was telling me cut, it was telling me the way to do to end my life,  I was very scare, this wad the first time this had happened to me so I just didn’t know how to cope with it.

I finally built up the courage to tell my partner and explain how I was feeling and told her I needed help…She was very understanding which was a huge reliefThis made me feel a little better for getting it out…I MADE THE FIRST STEP WHICH WAS AN ACHIEVEMENT IN ITSELF. 

THE SECOND STEP WAS TO TELL MY MANAGERI was called into the office for something I had done and straight away before any conversation had started I broke down, who said men don’t cry? It just came flooding out, it wasn’t a nice feeling crying in front of my manager but everything was on top of me. I told her about my thoughts and said I needed help, I needed someone to talk to… Then the words came that I thought Id never hear.

COUNSELLING!!!

To be continued…

This is a very powerful image, if you have seen it you will know what I mean, if you havent, read it and let me know your thoughts.

If you can relate to this is post then I hope it will help you speak to someone, anyone that you feel comfortable with, get it out there, it really does help, maybe not at first, but the more you speak the better it will become, I cant promise anything but make that first step into becoming a new you.

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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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This week I have 2 questions for you.

Why should you use foreground interest?

And should you use it all the time?

 

So why should you use it? Picture this –  if you were in a large field, nothing it is in this field just you and your camera. You take a shot. what does this shot look like?

Not so good, now take that same shot of the field, but add in a few hay bails, a few close you, a few further in the distance. Now picture the shot. Better? of course it is, it adds interest to a photo, by having this foreground interest, it draws you into the image, taking you from that foreground, right the way through to whatever it is your shooting in the distance. examples.

 

This is an image I shot at Bamburgh Castle in the summer, I h=could have easily just shot the castle, but with the poppies out in full bloom I took the opportunity to get tthem into the shot with the Castle in the distance. Now take those poppies away and it just should work.

Another shot, Taken at Dunstinburgh Castle, this time I used an old Buoy to add a pop of colour into the foreground, however, this image ties into the the second question. Should you use it all the time? well in this case there was no real need to add that Buoy into the image as there was enough interest in the foreground with all the rocks, These themselves would have been fine.

 

You have to make your own judgement, as with most photos, its down to personal choice. Take an image with and without the foreground interest and do a comparison, its over to you now.

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Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.

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The other day I was approached by a company called Gingersnap – who sell a variety of light boxes, neons and letter boards. The light boxes are something I have seen floating about the squares of Instagram but never up close and personal. So I agreed to have a closer look and test it out.

The idea behind a light box is to display messages, whether that be serious or funny, the choices are endless! Each box comes with a set of letters and symbols which are easily slid on and off the box. The model we had has a switch on/off on the side and discreet fixings to the back to be able to wall hang it. It sounds simple right, thats because it really is that simple, but also very fun.

You can use the light box for all types of occasions, weddings, birthdays, christenings and the list goes on, to be able to share messages or use it as a focal point of the decorations. But what about Valentines Day, its fast approaching and men (and women…) will all be panicking about what gifts we can buy for our loved ones. Preferably not the typical cheesy teddy kind or throw away nic nacs that nobody really wants… Well how about a Light Box and display romantic messages around the home for your loved one?!

Take a look at a few of the messages I left around for my missus this past week!

 

 

 

I think to make day to day use of it I am going to fix it to the wall in Zachs bedroom and use it as a night light displaying various messages like the one below! Then when we want to use it for any other occasions it is easily removed – the missus has already got an idea to use it for Elijahs upcoming christening.

The Lightbox itself comes in all different sizes on the website and offers a lot of extras to really let your mind go creative. The box I have here is the landscape box coming in at a reasonable £40. I also have the A4 coloured letters pack which costs an added £10 but comes with lovely pastel coloured letters and a lot more quirky symbols. Take a look on the website to see the different shapes and sizes they have to offer.

 

So why not impress your other half this Valentines and get them a quirky gift that can be used for many years to come!

 

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