Gadget Show Live logoLast week was The Gadget Show Live at the NEC – a trade and public show of consumer technology and anything else that fits into a geeky gadget-y world. I went with the geekdaddy two years ago, and we both really enjoyed it. This year I managed to wangle two days there – once on my own for the “pro and trade” day and a second time once it had opened to the public with the whole family (thank you to Toca Boca for providing tickets for us all). I greatly enjoyed both visits, and have collected together all the best things I saw during both days to share.

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Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Set for Disney Infinity - contains Phineas and Agent PWe bought Disney Infinity for the geekdaughter as her main Christmas present last year, and since then both kids have really enjoyed playing it. In fact, I think the geekson probably plays it more than his sister, although she still likes to remind him that it really is her game! There is an amazing amount of depth to the game, with the combination of pre-made adventures in specific Disney-themed worlds and also the immenseley powerful Toy Box mode where kids can use their imagination to build their own adventures using all sorts of different building blocks. Disney have just released their latest characters for the game – Phineas and Agent P from the TV series Phineas and Ferb - and we were sent the pack with both characters in for review.

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TheBoyandMe's 365 LinkyWell the Easter holidays are just flying by – I can’t believe we’re half way through already! So far we’ve managed to maintain a good balance of days out and days pottering around at home. I even managed a day out all on my own which was a real treat. So here’s what we’ve been up to this week:
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Skylanders Swap Force logoMy two nephews speak a foreign language. It involves words like “Wash Buckle”, “giants”, “fire element”, “Blast Zone” and all sorts of other things that make no sense to me at all. They have an ever-increasing selection of small figures in their lounge, and will discuss each characters special abilities at length. The cause of this behaviour is a video game called Skylanders, which my nephews have been fans of for the last couple of years. I think my kids have just reached the age where they are interested in, and capable of, playing video games – they join in the games with their cousins whenever they visit, and they’ve both been enjoying Disney Infinity which we got them for Christmas. So when I was recently offered the chance to review Skylanders Swap Force, I accepted, as I was keen to see what it was that had gripped my nephews so completely.

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Kids App Review: Toca Pet Doctor

April 7, 2014

There is always much excitement in our house when a new Toca Boca app is released, and at the end of Febuary Toca Pet Doctor (affiliate link) arrived on the scene. If you (or your child) has already played Toca Doctor they will find Toca Pet Doctor plays in a very similar way, although it […]

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A Photo A Day – Week 14 Roundup

April 5, 2014

It’s the start of the Easter holidays, and I’m off work for the next two weeks, which I am really excited about. Things have been busy recently, and the house has suffered a bit – areas that I have previously decluttered are starting to look like they need tidying again, and there are still other […]

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Giveaway: You Need A Budget Financial Management Software

April 4, 2014

At the start of this year the geekdaddy and I invested in You Need A Budget, a highly recommended piece of software that we hoped would put us in control of our finances. We were not disappointed, and I have already published my somewhat glowing review of it. To help us get to grips with […]

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Testing my Audio Blogging Setup

April 2, 2014

listen to ‘Testing my Audio Blogging Setup’ on Audioboo

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Family Game Review: Yoshi’s New Island

April 2, 2014

A couple of weeks ago this rather intriguing delivery arrived on our doorstep. A beautiful white chocolate egg with green spots. What a shame neither of my kids like white chocolate eh? I seriously considered saving it for Easter. After all, that’s what you do with chocolate eggs, right? But I got the feeling that […]

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The Geek Family Supermini Test Drive

March 31, 2014

I’ve mentioned previously that we’re in the process of buying a new car, and I’ve been struggling to narrow down my shortlist. I didn’t think my list of requirements was all that demanding – fuel efficient, Euro NCAP 5 star rating and some fun geeky gadgets. Taking a quick look at what was available it […]

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Mother’s Day

March 30, 2014

What a lovely Mother’s Day I’ve had. I may even go so far as to call it my best Mother’s Day yet. Surrounded by family, the kids being really good all day, beautiful weather – it’s all added up to a wonderful day. Previously I’ve had to issue strict instructions to the geekdaddy on how […]

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A Photo A Day – Week 13 Roundup

March 29, 2014

Week 13. That means I’m one quarter of the way through my photo a day project, and so far I haven’t missed a day, although there have been a couple of times when I’ve posted a particular days photo a little late. It still counts as one photo each day though. This week’s been a […]

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Family Film Review: Frozen

March 28, 2014

We first went to see Frozen in the cinema around Christmas time. We’re a film-loving family, and wouldn’t want to miss a Disney release. A week or so later the geekdaughter had an inset day off school, and she and I went back just the two of us to watch it again as we’d loved […]

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No Business Like Show Business

March 27, 2014

Sometimes you have to take a break from something to realise how much you love it. I haven’t appeared on stage for over 10 years. Amateur drama was a huge part of my childhood, and something I carried on with after leaving home, but at some point I just kind of drifted away from it. […]

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