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Hotter Shoes store signA couple of weeks ago I was invited to visit the Hotter Shoes store in Bury for a special blogger event. This was my first hands-on experience with this particular shoe brand because, despite a number of my friends raving about them, they were never a brand I had considered when I was out shopping for shoes. Partly because they don’t have any high street stores near me, and partly, I suppose, because I had the same perception that a number of people have – that they were the kind of shoes that were advertised in the back of the Telegraph magazine, and not really a brand that would suit me. However I started changing that perception when I attended the Blog On blogging conference a couple of months ago, because Hotter brought along a selection of their current range, and there were a number of styles I really liked.

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Brabantia 50 litre laundry binI love this time of year. As the weather gets warmer, and we get more sunny days I get more use out of my lovely wall-mounted clothes line. Whilst the tumble dryer is very convenient, and gets a LOT of use, I think line-dried clothes smell so much fresher. And save me money on my electricity bill, of course! To celebrate the season Brabantia have investigated the different laundry habits across Europe and summarised their findings in an infographic (which I’ve included at the bottom of this post). The geek family are absolutely in line with the Brabantia reseach – they discovered that three quarters of laundry is washed and folded by the female of the house, and in our house laundry is very much my domain. I tried to teach the geekdaddy how to work the washing machine once, but despite being a computer programmer and an expert with the TV system, he protested that it was too complicated and he was happy to leave it to me.

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FiFA 2014 appApp Name: FiFA / FiFA for iPad

Developer: FiFA

Platform and Price: iOS (seperate versions for iPhone and iPad – requires iOS 6 or later) and Android – Free

App overview: As the World Cup kicks off today I thought it was appropriate that today I talk about the official companion app by FiFA. And what an amazing detailed companion app this is. It has all the information you need right there at your fingertips – full details of the draw, day by day match diary, player and team profiles, news, a live updating real-time match scores and commentary and the opportunity to vote for the “man of the match” for each match.

Our Verdict: If you’re at all interested in tracking the football over the next few weeks this app is essential.

Download link: FiFA on the iTunes App Store (affiliate link)FiFA for iPad on the iTunes App Store (affiliate link)FiFA on the Google Play Store

Disclosure: All information and prices are correct at time of publication, but please check before buying as things can change on the App Store. The download link within this post contains my affiliate code – any purchase made after clicking will be the same price to you but will also result in a small commission payment to me. All money made in this way goes towards the upkeep costs of this site. 


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TimehopApp Name: Timehop

Developer: Timehop

Platform and Price: iOS (iPhone only but will run on iPad in compatibility mode) and Android – Free

App overview: Timehop prepares a personalised “this day in history” for you every day by scanning your social media accounts for updates from previous years. It connects to your social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare to tell you what you were doing and where you were this day one, two, three or more years ago. You can even install a little piece of software on your desktop computer and share your stores photographs to be included in your time journey as well. Once you have your day in history you can share memories to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, or email, text or copy the link to share elsewhere.

What I like about it: I love being able to look back through my recent history and remember things I’ve done. As a parent I particularly like being able to see how my kids have changed each year.

What could be better: The app is still being actively developed, and therefore has changed quite a lot recently. All credit to the developers though, they are listening to their users, and have even backed out unpopular changes. There is also no way to be selective about the memories the app finds, so if you have some painful stuff in your past you will get reminded of it.

Our Verdict: A lovely way to rediscover your past, particularly past photos!

Download link: Timehop on the iTunes App Store (affiliate link), Timehop on the Google Play Store

Disclosure: All information and prices are correct at time of publication, but please check before buying as things can change on the App Store. The download link within this post contains my affiliate code – any purchase made after clicking will be the same price to you but will also result in a small commission payment to me. All money made in this way goes towards the upkeep costs of this site. 


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App Talk episode 10: Mr. Crab #AudioMo

June 10, 2014

listen to ‘App Talk episode 10: Mr. Crab #AudioMo’ on Audioboo App Name: Mr Crab Developer: Illusion Labs Platform and Price: iOS (Universal – requires iOS 7 and above, however I believe earlier versions will run on original iPad) – Free (with in-app purchases) App overview: This is a really fun platform-style arcade game. You control a crab who has […]

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App Talk episode 9: Sago Mini Monsters #AudioMo

June 9, 2014

listen to ‘App Talk episode 9: Sago Mini Monsters #AudioMo’ on Audioboo App Name: Sago Mini Monsters Developer: Sago Sago Platform and Price: iOS (Universal – requires iOS 5 and above, will run on original iPad) – £1.99 / Kindle Fire – £1.80 App overview: This is a fun app aimed at toddlers and pre-schoolers which allows your child to create […]

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App Talk episode 8: keepy: kids, art, photos, love #AudioMo

June 8, 2014

listen to ‘App Talk episode 8: keepy: kids, art, photos, love #AudioMo’ on Audioboo App Name: keepy Developer: Keepy Inc Platform and Price: iOS (iPhone app but will run on iPad in compatibility mode - requires iOS v7 and above) / Kindle Fire / Android – Free (with optional monthly subscription) App overview: This app provides a way for parents to save […]

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App Talk episode 7: Cars in Sandbox: Construction #AudioMo

June 7, 2014

listen to ‘App Talk episode 7: Cars in Sandbox: Construction #AudioMo’ on Audioboo App Name: Cars in Sandbox: Construction Developer: Thematica Platform and Price: iOS (Universal – requires iOS v4.3 and above, will run on original iPad) – £1.99 / Kindle Fire – 59p / Android – £1.69 App overview: This app mimics playing with construction toys in a […]

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App Talk episode 6: Dipdap #AudioMo

June 6, 2014

listen to ‘App Talk episode 6: Dipdap #AudioMo’ on Audioboo App Name: Dipdap Developer: Cube Interactive Platform and Price: iOS (Universal) / Kindle Fire / Android – £1.99 App overview: Dipdap is a fun little drawing app aimed at kids aged between about 2 and 6 years old. It’s based on the CBeebies programme of the same name, although […]

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App Talk episode 5: Loomin’ #AudioMo

June 5, 2014

listen to ‘App Talk episode 5: Loomin’ #AudioMo’ on Audioboo App Name: Loomin’ Developer: Doug Penny Platform and Price: iOS (Universal) Currently free for a limited time, normal price £1.49 App overview: Loomin’ gives safe access to Rainbom Loom instructional videos on YouTube. It holds a curated list of over 100 instructional videos, sorted by difficulty. The developer says […]

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App Talk episode 4: Farmville 2: Country Escape #AudioMo

June 4, 2014

listen to ‘App Talk episode 4: Farmville 2: Country Escape #AudioMo’ on Audioboo App Name: FarmVille 2: Country Escape Developer: Zynga Platform and Price: iOS (Universal) and Android, free but with in app purchases ranging from 69p to £69.99 App overview: FarmVille 2 is the sequel to FarmVille, but where the original was written first for Facebook and then adapted […]

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The Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Blogger Challenge

June 4, 2014

Mario Kart 8, the latest installment in the highly successful Mario Kart series of games, was released last week for Wii-U, and as Nintendo family bloggers we were sent a copy to try. Along with our copy of the game the team at Nintendo have posed a series of challenges for all their bloggers which will […]

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App Talk episode 3: Toca Town #AudioMo

June 3, 2014

listen to ‘App Talk episode 3: Toca Town #AudioMo’ on Audioboo App Name: Toca Town Developer: Toca Boca Platform and Price: iOS (Universal) £1.99 App overview: Toca Town is a virtual town for your child to explore. You can interact with any of the 21 different characters in any of 6 different locations – park, shop, police station, house, apartment […]

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Our Skylanders Half Term Adventures

June 2, 2014

It’s been over a month since we we given our copy of Skylanders Swap Force, and the geekson is still borderline obsessed. He points out the logo wherever we go – on other kids’ lunchboxes, in shop windows, and even when shoe shopping (yes, he ended up with a pair of Skylanders shoes that day!). […]

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