Brabantia 30L newIcon Pedal Bin

I was due a new bin since my current one has become a faded red, almost pink on he outside. I eventually decided on the Brabantia 30L pedal bin in fingerproof matt silver. The bin even features a soft closing lid which really sold it to me. Here are some photos of the bin and a link to a video showing it off at the end of this post. 

Open box
Inner plastic bin
Top view

Here is my video of me showing the soft closing lid in action. 

GreenPan Cambridge Ceramic Non-Stick Wok

Bought from Amazon.co.uk, quite impressed with it already. The quality of the wok is excellent, lovely sparkling dark ceramic on the inside of the wok.

On the very first use I had cooked raw chicken with crushed garlic on it. I didn’t use any oil and the chicken did not stick at all. It’s nice and easy to clean, no funny crannies.

I don’t have an induction hob and it still works great, the wide base allows the wok to sit on the grates perfectly.

Ronseal Ultimate Protection Decking Oil

For those that are looking to see the colour of the Ronseal’s Ultimate Protection decking oil applied to new decking, here are a few of photos.

The colour samples on real decking in B&Q.

Natural Cedar being tested on my new decking. As you can see, it’s quite warm and dark although it does dry lighter.

Having tried the Natural Cedar, I thought it was too dark for my liking. I then started to paint using Natural only, here is the photo showing the difference.

Essentially the darker bits of the deck have been oiled with the natural coloured oil and the lighter bits have not been treated with oil at all. You can also see the testing of the Natural Cedar I done. I’ll have to leave that to fade as you cannot get rid if it with a lighter colour.

*** UPDATE

Three weeks after and I wanted to to show you how the protection is standing out, it is still looking great!

Munchkin Stretch to Fit Sun Shade Review

I had bought the sunshade from Tesco during the baby event for £6.50. I was particularly hooked in when I read it was stretch to fit any type of window shape. I bought it without checking the dimensions as it was a really good bargain.

Open up the packaging and you see it is a pretty simple design, a stretchy net attached to four suckers operated on a press and click system.

This is it fitted to A Mercedes Benz A-class rear passenger window. As you can see, it is a too big for the A-class’s tiny window, even using the 2 little buttons on the net to shrink the two vertical sides (my fault for not measuring). The press and click system worked flawlessly, to release the suckers you pull the little tag on the sucker.

*** update 05/11/2017

I’ve decided to take thisboff the A-Class. It’s too difficult to see out the window for checking the blindspot. The window is too small so the material hasn’t stretched enough to make it that transparent! Perhaps this shade will be better on a carvwith larger windows. 

Auchrannie House Hotel Review

Situated in a town called Brodick on the Isle of Arran. Auchrannie Resort it is known as too is a family owned hotel that is very child friendly.

We were staying for 2 nights in a Spa Resort Double room. Check in was very straightforward, no fuss. We had asked for a travel cot for our little one and that was already in the room.

The room had a fridge which provided complementary water and milk stating it will be replenished everyday. The tv was a really nice modern flat screen with all the digital channels working! The only gripe I would say is, the window curtains don’t really blackout the light – not useful having a very young child. The room was very spacious even with our cot in it. The sofa could turn into a sofa bed if required. The room had a massive wardrobe meaning you could unpack the suitcase and place it inside too.

The toilet was in good condition, decent shower and a heated towel rail, useful for drying our swimming gear! Towels and complementary Arran Aromatics toiletries were provided – nice.

Just a note, our room. 101 didn’t have a good wifi signal, a little disappointed with that but surprising too as it was close to the reception! You really need wifi as in that bit you don’t get a mobile data signal either.

The resort had 2 pools, we only went to one located near the spa. It had a splash pool with some waterfall feature, brilliant for a 2 year old. The pool was pretty warm, not freezing like others we’ve been to. You can ask for floats and arm bands which they happily provide use off free of charge.

The restaurants were fab, we had a meal in both Cruize and Brambles Seafood restaurants.

My dessert from Cruise, amazing toffee sticky pudding.

Breakfast is served in the Cruize restaurant for those staying in the Spa Resort. The breakfast itself is very decent being a buffet service with quality Ayrshire bacon and farmers sausages,the hash browns were to die for!

There is a soft play at the resort too, free to use for hotel guests. It has two main sections, one for 0 to 24 months, mainly a play area with a slide into a ball pit. The second section for 2 years and above, a decent size structure full of the stuff with a big slide! There are also a few car types rides too – you have to put coins into these. Part of the soft play is a little outdoor park type thing – slide, climbing frame etc, good to use on a nice day. Here is out wee man doing his thing!

I hope this brief review is useful for you, I would definitely revisit his place. I loved how the resort had so many things quite close to each other. The staff was amazing and we couldn’t ask for any better hospitality.

BaByliss Pro Speed 2200 Ceramic or Not? 

Does the BaByliss Pro Speed 2200 hairdryer have ceramic coated elements? I tried to Google this but was I unable to find anything that confirmed my suspecion. I decided to buy it from Amazon and if it was the case it didn’t I would return it. 

I can confirm to you all that the BaByliss Pro Speed 2200 does indeed have ceramic technology! It states it on the back of the box… Phew! 


Aliathon Holiday Village in Paphos

We’re having our holiday here as I blog about this here. We flew with First Choice and when you land and do to the reception point, we gave our names and we received our hotel pack, so we were virtually checked into the hotel at the airport. The transfer to the hotel via coach was only about 20 minutes, you just need to see your luggage off the coach and go to the hotel reception to hand in the filled in form you received from the airport and you get your room key cards. We were then whisked into a golf buggy along with our luggage by the porter, we can see the hotel staff were really friendly already.

A tip here, make sure you specify any requirements upfront before you arrive as they do really deal with it. We only asked for a pool view room which they accommodated for us, however we didn’t specify a high floor so we got a ground floor room. They checked our requirements, and right enough it didn’t mention we wanted first floor, but we managed to change the room the next day though so they are very accommodating, albeit it is easier to do in March which is still pretty quiet here, the hotel is only about 50% full.

This is the view from our apartment 1205 in the fishing village.

The fishing villa apartment is great, they have the living area and the sleeping area separated, so great when you’ve got kids. When they go to bed you can still watch TV in the living room!

The bedroom is a good size with an additional patio door to the balcony. Facilities in the apartment includes a safe, hairdryer, TV in bedroom, drinking glasses, kitchen sink, cooker, oven and travel cot on request. 

The gym is great, plenty of free weights! I was the only person using it just after 2pm.

In the evening there is children’s entertainment in the main indoor stage, they have the entertainment team performing a live show that children can dance and interact with.

 

IPC6023 Error on BT TV Internet Channels

Read this if you use an ASUS 3rd party router (i.e. not the BT HomeHub) and, you are receiving the IPC6023 error on BT TV when trying to watch internet channels. Funny thing is, your BT Player works fine and so does apps like BBC iPlayer.

I’ve come across a solution that worked for me from one of the posts in the BT Community site. It took me ages to find so hopefully you find this specific post easily! There are lots of posts out there that mentions if you are using Powerline or not, I am using Powerline adapters and I got my internet channels working.

I’ve got an ASUS DSL-AC68U router and there are a couple of settings within the admin pages that I turned on to make it work.

Enable multicast routing (IGMP Proxy) – ENABLE
Enable efficient multicast forwarding (IGMP Snooping) – ENABLE

Leave the other settings as below.

ASUS-AC68U Multicast

As soon as the settings were applied, I tried the BT internet channel  and it worked!

Thanks to sepph who posted on this https://community.bt.com/t5/YouView-Boxes/Multicast-Settings-for-3rd-Party-Routers-may-not-work/td-p/913740/page/11

 

 

Nespresso Lattissima Plus Espresso Coffee Machine

Quick post about my new coffee machine we bought, the Nespresso Lattissima Plus. We already own an espresso machine but it’s not ideal to use in the morning before you go to work, there is just too much cleaning involved. Hence why we bought a pod type one. It’s quick to make the coffee – makes one within 2 minutes from pressing the on button. This model EN521.R has four coffee modes –  espresso, lungo (basically a long coffee) , latte and cappuccino. The milk unit can be removed and stowed in the fridge, so your milk is not wasted. It’s recommended that you run the 10 second clean cycle before you stow the milk unit into the fridge.

I’ve taken a measurement here if you want to buy your own latte glasses,  14.3 cm max height without having to tilt the glass. It does not fit the traditional ones we had,  we ended up having to buy some shorter ones. You can customise the amount of milk the latte and cappuccino options dispenses, the default latte setting will fill a 250ml glass to the brim.

Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Penrith

We visited Center Parcs for the first time ever. My wife, I and our 16 month old son in tow, we had a four bedroom lodge to accommodate us and 2 couples and their baby each. Even though it was 3 couples and 3 babies in total, we had to book a four bedroom lodge as a three bed was not allowed for health and safety reasons.   

The Lodge

We had lodge number 25 in Lake Beck, a very nice lodge with 2 car loading spaces in front  of it, quite close to the bins on the  main path for us to dispose nappies! The living area was big, couch that would easily site 5 people along with 2 single seater sofas. Was pretty impressed with the large 8 seater  dinning table. The kitchen was open plan type with lots of crockery and cutlery provided. The 4 bedrooms were quite small, 2 double bed and 2 twin beds, one room with a tv.we all had brought our own travel cot however they do provide a wooded cot in the dinning area. Our cots just managed to fit into the bedrooms, I can say the one they provide will not really fit into any of the bedrooms. There was a hoover provided, iron, board, hair dryers and towels. 

Some tips on what things you may need day to day that they do not provide:

  • Washing up liquid
  • Cooking oil
  • Kitchen roll
  • Cling film and foil
  • Shower gel and shampoo
  • Toilet roll (you get 2 rolls provided) 
  • Slippers

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