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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

Asus DSL-AC68U Configuration Settings for BT Infinity

I had bought the Dual Band Asus DSL-AC68U AC1900 modem/ router to replace the BT Homehub 5 on BT Infinity fibre broadband,  I was getting pretty bad dropouts and signal degradation through some bits of the house.

I had a nightmare of a time trying to get the router connected to the Internet and, in the end I managed to successfully connect it to BT Infinity 1.

You could go through the quick setup option but you’d still have to click the manage settings option to configure further settings. 

Quick setup option I choose was BT Infinity no vlan.

Here are the settings I used to successfully connect to BT Infinity.

Asus ac

Use PPPOE mode and

username: bthomehub@btbroadband.com

Password : bt

The most important setting to get it connecting was VLAN ID = 101 and ensure you enable 802.1q. 

The DSL Settings that I used that gave pretty good performance.

*** UPDATE 26/11/2016 ****

Please Enable G.INP (G.998.4) – BT have implemented that on some cabinets apparently! I managed to get an extra  3Mb on my download data rate.

DSL AC68U DSL Settings
DSL AC68U DSL Settings for BT Infinity
Line Stats
Line Stats

References:

https://community.bt.com/t5/BT-Infinity-Speed-Connection/Asus-rt-ac68u-FTTC-MTU-settings-purchased-from-the-BT-Shop/td-p/1121908

Boon Grass Drying Rack Review

With our recent baby, we found ourselves washing his chew toys and food bowls quite a lot and needed a clean surface to dry them. I came across this product by accident on Amazon and I thought it was an amazing idea. I bought it to try and it made an amazing difference on the kitchen table, it looks the very pleasant on the eye and it’s very easy to use. It comes in two parts, the tray to hold the water and the “grass”,   which are plastic spikes that are spaced apart unevenly so that you’ll find a space suitable for whatever size of object “stab”  in.

I find the grass really useful, keeps the baby stuff hygienic and away from your other everyday items. The grass is easy to clean too, a dunk into the wash basin with antibacterial washing up liquid and that’s really about it.

Osram Night Breaker Unlimited

I recently upgraded my headlights on my car from the standard Osram bulbs to Osram’s Night Breaker Unlimited.

Here is a picture showing the difference between Osram standard vs Osram Night Breaker. The Night Breaker is fitted on the right-hand side on the car (left-hand side looking at the photo!).

 

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Timbuktales Wallpaper

This weekend I put up the wallpaper for the nursery. Quite to our surprise there was not much nursery themed wallpapers that were easy to get. We’ve been to B&Q, Homebase & Mothercare – all of which have a very limited range. We finally settled on Timbuktales from Mamas &Papas, it is a white background based wallpaper with large coloured stars on it.

I’ve noticed it is quite difficult to find a decent photo to see if the colour of furniture goes with the Timbuktales wallpaper. Here are some photos of the wallpaper with our Mothercare Padstow furniture.

Timbuktales wallpaper
Timbuktales wallpaper with Mothercare Padstow Oak furniture
Timbuktales wallpaper with brown furniture
Timbuktales wallpaper with room light on