TP Link Deco Router Review

In todays day and age the ability to connect to Wi-Fi is an almost constant thought on our minds whether you use the internet for streaming TV or checking out the latest updates on our social media accounts most people of a certain age are probably guilty of checking for Wi-Fi wherever we are going to be for an extended period of time.

Wi-Fi is also a must in our homes as well whether you have a small flat or a big house most people will want the best coverage they can get and that includes myself and my family. In our house, probably like millions up and down the country we stream TV and Movies, surf the web, do our banking, check and pay bills, blog, watch YouTube and check our social media along with probably half a dozen other things we use the internet for and don’t even give it a second thought, however when that Wi-Fi coverage starts to play up or isn’t strong enough to cover a certain room in your house (the master bedroom in our case) it can get frustrating to say the least. So when the lovely people at TP Link asked us if we would like to review their Deco Router range we jumped at the chance.

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About the Product

The first thing I noticed when it arrived was how nice it all looked from the box and packaging down to the design of the product, you can tell it was designed not only to look nice but to also sit in the background of a room and not be noticed but to be used.

When we opened the box we discovered three discs inside around the size of a saucer that you would put under a cup in diameter and around 2cm high, so surprisingly compact. Unpacking the box we found that there was one Ethernet cable and also plugs and leads for all three routers.

In the instructions the first thing you are asked to do is to download the Deco App from your App Store as this is needed in order to operate the routers once everything is set up.

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The routers were remarkably easy to set up and extremely quick as well. You simply take one router and using the Ethernet cable plug it into your current router (as supplied by your internet provider) when switched off and then switch both on together and wait for them to boot up. Once they have done this you then use the app you downloaded to sign the Deco Router into your internet and allow access for it. Following this you then proceed to place the routers around the house at points where you know your coverage in lacking, the app helps with this, we chose both the boys room and the master bedroom to give full coverage across the house.

You simply plug in the routers one by one and after each one is plugged in and booted up connect them up to the network via the app on your phone. It literally took me less then half and hour to complete the whole process. Once this has been done you can then connect your appliances that you would like to, so in our case we connected our Roku Stick, both phones and the tablet we have.

Now one of the fantastic features of this product is its ability to regulate how much time an appliance has. So for example our boys use the tablet for things like YouTube and playing games aimed at their development. When you connect your appliance to the router you can set it to certain people and then set a length of time you would like that item to be connected to the internet for each day. So for the tablet we set it to 1 hour each day and then it would automatically disconnect. This was a great feature and help regulate how much time Oliver was using the tablet for, much to his annoyance. To be honest as a parent and all parents will know this, you can easily become distracted with other things going on and forget when you said that they could have X amount of time on the tablet, with this feature it does the remembering for you.

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Another amazing and well used feature was the ability to block areas of the internet that you don’t want your child to go on, so again on the tablet we blocked social media and certain types of video etc.. as a result we were able to have peace of mind that the boys wouldn’t come across anything that we didn’t want them to watch or see. I cannot praise this feature enough, what with the videos that have appeared on YouTube in the last few years in regards to spoofs (term used loosely) of various cartoons, it was great to know that most if not all of these would be blocked with this product.

 

Where to Buy

The Deco M5 Router is available at multiple retailers including Currys/PC World, Huges, Maplins and Very and retails from £229.99. Now I know that sounds a lot for something that just gives better Wi-Fi, however when you consider the other features it includes such as time limits, time monitoring, blocking features and parental controls then to me £229.99 is money well spent if it makes your network at home secure enough for the whole family to use.

 

This blog post is a paid post for TP Link. TP Link supplied the Deco M5 Router for us to review on 2 Bottles and Milk, however our review of the use of the product and its features is a true account of our experience using this product. 

 

Organix – Rainbow Savoury Muffins Recipe

We are very lucky in that both Oliver and Leo will eat pretty much everything we serve them and that they tend to prefer fruit over sweet foods. Recently when the lovely people at Organix got in touch and asked if we wanted to try a recipe or two of theirs we jumped at the chance.

The first recipe we tried was their Savoury Muffin Recipe and when I first looked at the amount of ingredients involved I was a little concerned that the boys would struggle firstly with the making and then secondly the flavour and taste of them once cooked, however I needn’t have worried.

The Muffins were so easy to make and the kids loved making them and then eating them and here’s how you can make them too.

What You Need:

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1 small carrot
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 2 tbps sweetcorn
  • 100g mature cheddar
  • 175ml milk (or dairy free alternative)
  • 1 large egg
  • 50ml olive oil

 

How To Make:

  • Step 1
    Preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas mark 6/400°F). Lightly brush 10 moulds of a 12 hole muffin tin with oil.
  • Step 2
    Measure and sift the flour into a large mixing bowl.
  • Step 3
    Prepare the vegetables – grate the carrot, finely chop the spring onion, de-seed and finely chop the red pepper. Add all of the vegetables to the flour. Grate the cheddar cheese, add it to the bowl and mix well to combine.
  • Step 4
    In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, egg and olive oil. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Divide the mixture between the 10 oiled muffin tin moulds.
  • Step 5
    Bake for about 20 minutes until cooked through and golden brown.
  • Step 6
  • Cool on a wire rack.

 

Then all you have to do is eat these delicious treats. These are definitely something we will be making again when we have a party of event that needs that something different. I total they took less then an hour to make.

 

Vionic Shoe Review

Since having a C section with Oliver I have suffered lower back pain which gets especially bad when I have been doing loads of walking and in pregnancy. Which is why since booking Disneyland Paris in early pregnancy, I have worried about how I would cope with all the walking and being 27 weeks pregnant.

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So, when I was contacted by Vionic asking if I would like to try out a pair of their shoes which are fitted with FMT technology and built in arch support as part of their #steppingintomotherhood campaign to reduce swelling and foot pain in pregnancy I jumped at the chance, they have a wide range of styles for all occasions, I picked out the Midi in grey.

Vionic suggest you start off wearing their shoes for a few hours a day to allow your feet to get used to be correctly supported but with the Disneyland trip rapidly approaching I was unable to do so. I was a bit worried I was going to end up regretting wearing them but to my surprise from day one I found the shoes very comfortable and didn’t suffer from any of the pains associated with new shoes.

So how did I get on?

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On day one of walking around the park I didn’t give my feet or back pain a second thought until come 3pm when my feet started getting hot and because we had popped back to the hotel without thinking I slipped on a pair of flip flops. What a mistake!! Within half an hour my unbearable back pain had started. That’s the thing with pregnancy and back pain you don’t notice it when you have not got it but when you have the pain nothing can take your mind of it. The second day was a lot cooler, so once again I put on my Vionic midi’s but considering how bad my back pain was the previous afternoon I wasn’t holding out much hope of being pain free but to my surprise I managed the whole day without any inkling’s of back pain, sadly I didn’t get away totally pain free I still had some ligament pain in my bump but at that stage of pregnancy its expected.

Since Disneyland we have had a few trips to London and two weeks in Greece and I can honestly say I don’t know how I would have survived without my Vionic midi’s.
The focus Of the #steppingintomotherhood campaign was how Vionic FMT technology can help reduce swelling in pregnant woman, well I have not experience any swelling in my feet at all but I can’t hand of heart say that is because the shoes or if it’s because I’m just one of the lucky ones that are not prone to swelling, I have worn these shoes in extremely hot weather, on two planes trips, two London trips and also two days of travelling backward and forward to Disneyland on the Eurostar so if my feet were going to swell they had plenty of chances to do so.

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One thing I will swear by is the difference the shoes have made to my back pain, so much so I am already eyeing up the shoes in different styles and will be investing in a pair of their sandals asap in case the sun finally decides to rear its head over here in Britain and some more fancier shoes for after the baby is born.

Vionic shoes come in a wide range of styles which can be view on their website http://www.vionicshoes.co.uk/womens-shoes

Why I Love Cycling!

We all know that exercise in general is good for us and it’s probably also true that everyone has a particular type of exercise that they prefer over the others, for me that’s cycling.

I just love cycling and although I haven’t done it for a few years it is certainly something that I would take up again if I had the free time to do it.

This time of year always brings back those memories of my early to mid teenage years, riding my bike with my brother and cousins across to local woods or along the seafront for a free day out.

This year especially since Oliver has started riding his bike that we got him earlier in the year I have been thinking a lot about how I would love to start up again. It would be very easy considering my bike is sitting in the shed awaiting an MOT.

This year also I have wondered where my love of cycling has come from! It got me thinking about my childhood before those teenage summers, between the ages of around seven and eleven I used to watch Le Tour De France with my Dad, well the highlights, and used to be amazed at the speeds those cyclists did and the ground they could cover. I remember racing my younger brother and us both pretending that we were participants in the Tour and I think those memories resurface whenever I do ride my bike.

One thing I am certain of though is that as the boys grow older and they start getting more independent and confident in their ability to ride I will be taking them out for bike rides and picnics as a way of making sure they learn to love cycling as much as I do.

This is a sponsored post paid for by Bike Discounts UK a comparison website for the cycling enthusiast.

Airfix Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf109E-3: Review

One of those things I will remember from childhood is the Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons spent making various Airfix models, so when the lovely people from Airfix got in contact and asked if you would like to review some of their kits to mark the release of the new movie Dunkirk, which is out today, I jumped at the chance.

We were sent four kits in total,  a Spitfire and a Messerschmitt starter set and also two of their quickbuild kits of the same planes, which are aimed at aged 5 plus. The starter sets we have reviewed and the quickbuild kits we have recorded vlogs for which show us building them.

In this post I will be reviewing a Spitfire Starter Set and a Messerschmitt Bf109E-3 Starter Set.

The sets themselves are in the classic Airfix Red box with a picture of the plane on the front and above are the paints, brush and glue to complete the build of this iconic plane.

Within the box is the traditional plastic flat pack kit that everyone who has ever built a kit will be familiar with, also in the box are the decals to finish off the plane once painted.

The instructions are almost identical to what I remember from childhood which meant that I was soon in the building stage and well within my element.

Although I have done a number of these kits over the years, I was amazed at how quickly the plane took shape from this flat pack kit to a full Spitfire shaped plane. All ready to paint in the familiar Royal Airforce Spitfire Colours.

As for the Messerschmitt I found it slightly more complicated however it wasn’t anything that wasn’t easily over come with a re-read of the instructions.

The decals simple to attach, although I did learn that less water is better then too much after I flooded the table I was working on.

If you have an older child, 8 Years plus, that has a love of all things plane then I would thoroughly recommend these kits as a great easy kit to get started with! 

Pros:

  • Kit includes everything you need.
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Nice starter plane to build.

Cons:

  • Although the kit includes a paint brush, when it comes to painting the details and also the pilot you could do with a finer brush if you don’t want to loose the details
  • I found that the glue had a tendency to flow too fast and therefore, leak all over the plane when put together. A different nozzle would solve this. 

I personally love the Spitfire design and look, over the Messerschmitts however when you place them side by side you can seriously imagine them flying through the sky in a dogfight over who was in control. You can also image just how brave those pilots were on both sides.

As Airfix sent these kits to us to mark the release of the new movie Dunkirk it only seems right that when you make these kits you also take a minute to not only marvel at the design feats that they were but also to those many, many young men who gave their lives on both sides.

The 5 things I didn’t know about ASDA’s little angel nappies…

On Sunday, I was lucky enough to be invited for afternoon tea and a spa day at the Dorchester Hotel by Asda’s little angels. The whole day was amazing and although very shy I got to meet lots of other mummy blogger’s and had a truly wonderful day, one I hope to repeat one day.

 

As lovely as it all was, the main reason for attending was to find out more about ASDA’s little angel nappy range. As a mum of two and having had countless experience with other babies I didn’t think there was much they could tell me about nappies which I didn’t already know! But I was surprised to learn some new information which will not only help me but hopefully means I can pass on some knowledge to others, seeing as I often see these questions asked in many of the baby forums I read.

The 5 things I didn’t know about Asda nappies…
1, ASDA will exchange nappies for bigger/smaller sizes.
one of the questions I think every mum will ask or struggles with, is what size nappies to buy for their unborn baby? Sizing in nappies can often be confusing using both numbers and weight. Asda new born nappies come in 3 sizes’ 0,1,2 and each size has the weight range the best way is to go by the weight range. Once the baby is born s/he will be weighed and this will give you a better idea of what size to buy until then its recommend buying a few packs of each size and exchange any you don’t need. (Be aware size 0 is for premature babies)
2, ASDA deliver their nappies.
Ok so technically I did know this but it’s not occurred to me before now, how convenient this is when your stuck at home with a new born or if you don’t drive and struggle getting the nappies home on the bus. once the baby has been born and you know their weight you can order nappies from your hospital bed to be delivered once your home. What could be simpler?
3, Asda nappies are not only designed to look pretty!
There is a reason ASDA have a colour section on the front of all their nappies, it’s another way to check the sizing and fit of the nappy. Useful when you have not had your baby weighed for a while. The tags should stick within the coloured area for the best fit. Not only do they look pretty they state they have Super soft – feather-like softness which I can confirm after feeling them for myself.

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4, Poo explosion
Sorry if you’re a first-time mum and have not heard of a poo explosion before but it’s something every mum dreads! a Poo explosion happens because nappies are not holding the poo within the nappy areas allowing it to travel out of the leg hole or up their backs. But Hopefully with the support of ASDA nappies you will never know the dread that comes with a poo explosion because they have been working hard to make them a thing of the past! ASDA little angel nappies have been designed with an elasticated back and leg holes helping to contain the poo without causing discomfort to the little angel in your life.

5, The all-time consuming question what does the + symbol mean on nappies
I have read a number of debates on social media and baby forums about the meaning behind the + symbol on nappies, some argue that it means the nappy is bigger in size ( like half a size up) others say it’s because the nappy has more absorbency.
The correct answer is…both answers are right! Although the main purpose of the + symbol is that they offer more absorbency, they also can accommodate a bigger weight range meaning they are slightly bigger than the normal range.

I hope you found the above information as useful as I did!
If you need any more convincing to give Little Angels nappy a try they have been given the Mumsnet Approval!
Check out more information on their webpage https://babyclub.asda.com/brands/littleangels/Nappies-and-Pants/Comfort-and-protect

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ASDA have kindly gifted us not only some of their new born nappies but some other great items from their Little angel range so check back once the baby has arrived for my honest review 😊

 

written by Keighley Miles

Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Razor Review 

Anyone that knows me or has followed the blog and our Instagram account for any length of time will know that I sport a beard and moustache and that shaving is one of the last things on my mind.

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However recently I have been thinking about changing my style recently so when I was offered to try Wilkinson Swords Hydro 5 Razor I jumped at the chance.

Obviously being a 34 year old male I have been shaving for just over 15 years and during that time I have tried razors from most well known brands through to own brand as well and always struggled to find one that I liked, to be honest this is probably what led me to grow a beard to start with.

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The first thing I noticed about the Hydro 5 razor was how comfortable if felt in my hand. Also as I examined the razor I noticed that there were two lubricating strips that meant that when I shaved it felt extremely smooth.

When I trim my beard I tend to use an electric clipper and then tidy up with the attachments that come with it, however this time round I was able to use the Hydro 5 Razor and it gave me a great finish and I will definitely be using it again.

You can buy the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Razor from most main retailers.

 

 

 

Happy Families Review

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Now everyone is familiar with the age old game of Happy Families, whether it be Mr Baker the Baker or Mrs White the Doctor, it was a favourite of mine growing up. So when Phoenix Trading got in contact with us and asked us to review their updated version we jumped at the chance and with the summer holidays coming up this is a great buy and a great game that won’t cost the earth at only £3.50.

This version of Happy Families follows the tradition of the previous incarnations of having forty cards split into families of four, the major difference this time is that the families are animal families. Within the pack you have The Barker Family (Dogs), The Polly Family (Parrots), The Quackers Family (Ducks), The Nutty Family (Squirrels), The Mews Family (Cats), The Redbrush Family (Foxes), The Hoppity Family (Rabbits), The Furry Family (Koalas), The Hoot Family (Owls) and last but not least The Squeak Family (Mice).

When we first opened the box Oliver seemed confused as to what exactly they were and what he was supposed to do with the cards. However once I had explained the game he actually really enjoyed it. In an age of computers and constant entertainment it was great to see him enjoying a classic game from down the years.

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Oliver has since asked for the game to be played a few times since and has also asked that Nanny and Grandad (on both sides) play in the future with him.

I would, and I dare say Oliver as well, thoroughly recommend this version of Happy Families from Phoenix Trading. They can be purchased here for only £3.50

 

We’re Going On An Egg Hunt Book Review 

Just before Easter Keighley brought a book from the Supermarket for the boys called ‘We’re Going on a Egg Hunt’. 


The boys loved it so much that we’ve decided to review it. 

The book is written like the extremely popular ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ in that you literally go on a hunt for the eggs like the children in the original book go on a bear hunt through the pages.

In this book however there are five little rabbits going on the egg hunt for their Easter Tea. Through the pages the rabbits come across various obstacles including bee hives, lambs and a wolf. 

As you progress through the book the rabbits collect eggs on their journey and each egg is numbered from 1 to 10, which is great for children learning to count. 

The book is filled with big colourful pictures which the kids loved and lots of places for Daddy to use expressive voices when reading the book. 

As a family we would thoroughly recommend this book for next Easter. 

WaterWipes Review

Like most parents we have a favourite brands for things, Bottles, nappies and wet wipes to name just a few. So when the lovely people at WaterWipes contacted us to try their Wipes I did so with a little hesitation. 

We’ve always used Huggies Pure Wipes since Oliver had an allergic reaction to another brand we haven’t strayed since. However my wife and I had heard good things about WaterWipes but just never given them ago due to our fear of the unknown really. 

A Bit About WaterWipes

Taken from the WaterWipes website

WaterWipes are the only wipe made using just water and a drop of grapefruit seed extract. WaterWipes are the only wipe in the UK to be approved by Allergy UK. 

The Review


We were sent four packs of the large pack of wipes (60s) and four 10 wipe carry packs. 

The carry packs are fantastic as I can slip them in my baby bag with a couple of nappies, snacks, water and a change of clothes for Leo and off we go without having to carry around a normal size pack of wipes. I say this because one of the first things we noticed was that these wipes weighed more then the Huggies wipes, considering that the wipes are 99.9% Water that isn’t surprising when you stop to think about it. 

Being that these wipes were mainly water I was also worried that they wouldn’t have the ‘cleaning power’ so to speak. Well I was proven wrong. They cleaned better then Huggies and also because they have the 0.01% fruit extract they also left a subtle smell that wasn’t what I had just cleaned up. 

One of the things that we also use wipes for, probably like most parents, is to clean up your child after they have eaten, whatever it is they’ve eaten, and these wipes were fantastic. They cleaned no problem and were moist enough that they kept the boys faces moist as well. 

To be honest I can’t find anything bad to say about the product, they are fantastic. 

My only complaint, now that I’m a covert to WaterWipes after how fantastic they were during our test is the cost. They are on average £1.50 more expensive for an individual pack when we compared them to our usually Huggies wipes. However I will definitely be buying them when they are on offer in the future.