A Neat Blog Award for a Neat Guy!

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I want to thank all my fans and family and the barista in Starbucks for this award, it means so much to me and my world is complete.

My thanks go out to G over on 16bitdad – who if you don’t follow him (and you should) he runs a pretty awesome parenting and retro gaming blog. Mixing life tales of child proofing and moving house with articles on the worst Video Game Films and reviews on Welsh Horrors that I had never even heard of. Such a good blog and such an awesome helpful guy.


THE RULES

  • Put the award label on your blog.
  • Thank the people who nominated you and link to their blogs.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like, include links to their blogs (and ask them 7 questions).
  • Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog or twitter etc)

THE QUESTIONS

Well then, the time has come for me to pass on this award and bring attention to some other bloggers! But first, let’s take a look at the 7 questions that those bloggers will need to answer:

  • What does blogging mean to you and has this changed since you first started?
    • To me blogging is an output, a way to document life and record development, but since starting and joining some amazing groups and communities it now also means friendship and support, both getting and giving. It’s crazy to see how many people appreciate what I have to say and listen or even ask for help.
  • What was the biggest mistake you made with your blog?
    • I would probably say starting my format over on WIX and the moving to WordPress – in no disrespect to WIX, they were great. But I think the change meant almost starting again in regards to building a following. But we live and learn.
  • If you could change one thing about your blog, what would it be?
    • Knowledge. I wish I knew more on SEO and the Jargon that comes with the technical side of things, I think developing that skill will help progress my blog.
  • How do you come up with your blog’s post ideas?
    • I literally just write what comes into my head, regardless of the sensitivity of the topic. If it effects or bothers me so much I feel the need to air my thoughts then I will. Or I will just make up a topic and watch it develop.
  • Which other blogs do you read the most?
    • Upon reading this my mind has just gone blank. I can’t think of a name or page of the top of my head. Oh no! Try THIS ONE, and THIS oh and HERE
    • Bit of mystery there of who they belong too, three very talented and delightfully amazing ladies, Maud, Jess and Abbie – all loveable, insightful and well worth the follow.
  • What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
    • The Follow / Unfollow game! A sneaky cheeky way to up stats and figures. Which is just fickle, I try to talk to my followers. There is some awesome people out there. There is no need to Follow/ Like something / Then Unfollow.
  • What’s the most embarrassing thing you have done whilst trying to get imagery or content for your blog?
    • I did a post about Bras and the equality in the female market. Which can be read HERE – but if you notice the top image I put together myself but it did involved searching the internet for Stock Files of Women in Bras which opened the internet up to showing me similar stuff – only to then have my GF walk in and ask “What the hell am I looking at?” – It made sense in the end, but she thought I was being very casual with porn. #Awkward

NOMINATION TIME.

Eeny Meeny Miny Moe I pick:

  • My main man Matt over here . . . HELLO
  • The splendidly lovely Issy Belle . . . BOOM
  • Directly picking Laura . . . CHECK IT
  • And newly acquainted Em Bumble . . . TA-DAH

Your challenge if you choose to accept it and my golly I hope you do. Is to answer these gems!


MY QUESTION.

  1. How have you found your Blogging journey so far?
  2. If you could host a meetup event for you and your blogger pals, what would you do and where?
  3. If you had all the skills in the world so anything was possible what else would you run a blog about?
  4. Imagine you have invented THE best new gadget that could help everyone, what is it and what does it do?
  5. You have the power to make one wish, it could be as big and world-changing or as little as matching your socks up. (Can’t wish for more wishes) What would you wish for?
  6. What is your blog origin story? What gamma radiation hiccup brought you to here?
  7. A mad man is holding the world hostage and the only way to stop him is for you to give up a sense (Touch, Sight, Smell, Taste or Hearing) which would you give up and why? (I know that is very implausible and silly, but we like silly)

 

Now off you pop, do the post, I can not wait to read these and get some more insight into who you really are. I am sure it’s all good.

And to finish off have a photo of me “Hulk Smashing” the pavement. Just cause really!

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Getting Older and Dealing with Taste.

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This post isn’t about taste as in style and decor – I mean come on, I have exceptional taste . . . much to my to GF’s disagreement. But this is more about taste buds and food. Exploring how we change as we get older.

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This topic spurred from a conversation we had a work the other day, where I explained how the Salad Bar at Harvester isn’t as good as the Salad Bar at Pizza Hut – I mean what a boring adult conversation, I didn’t think I would ever get to a point in my life where I would be comparing Salad Bars but I am. I went on to explain how my dislike for Harvesters SB came from the anarchy I always witness when I am there, seeing the onions breaking loose in the pepper tray, the sauce trail contaminating everything in it’s path or the amount of watery residue that gathers in every other bowl.

Now I know this is more than likely down to the customers, we are inherently lazy and careless when it comes to spooning pasta into our bowls, because if a mess is made – it’s not our house, it’s not our place to clean up always bubbles to the surface and the state of the SB that I hate is made.

Not saying I am a saint, I’ve been known to leave my tray on a table in McDonald’s instead of putting it in the bin because and I quote: “They have Front of House floor staff to clean the tables” – plus I like to think if they come and clear my tray (which I will leave neatly packed and ready to go) they will clean and wipe down the table. If I do the tray myself what is to say they wont clean the table.

Silly I know and you are probably thinking – What a tool. But I like to think there is logic in there somewhere.

Anyway back to the point in hand. I have noticed that as I get older my food tastes and appetite has changed. But it’s the little changes that you think wouldn’t make a difference until they do. Spice being the biggest one – back in my youth I used to be able to handle the heat as it were. A spicy curry – bring it on, jalapeno poppers – easy, ASDA fresh based “American Sizzler” pizza – we’ll have two of them – and my god they had some kick to them bad boys.

But now-a-days I just can’t do it, it’s not so much the taste I can’t handle – it’s more of the aftermath, the moment I begin to turn a lovely shade of rouge and a battle is on between my forehead and nose on who can produce the most moisture. I am not about that life anymore, about putting myself through that kind of pain and humiliation – and for what? I am not a fan of the bathroom antics the next day either, but the less about that the better.

I do miss that tasty American Sizzler pizza though, it reminds me of being at college, heading to my friend’s house after class and watching a tonne of films or playing play station while indulging in some tasty pizza. (This picture is from that time, forgive the filters, a younger me was new to Instagram and excited to test it all out)

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So I guess what I have learnt in this baffling game of life and growing up is that taste buds changes and maturity takes over. But that is a good thing, it means something you might not have liked 10 years ago now tastes amazing – or that drink you couldn’t stand back in the day, well now it isn’t half bad. It just means keep trying new and old things. One day you might be surprised.

It’s been a pleasure as always guys and I would love to know what you used to love but can’t stand now days.

Ciao Bello!

Redecorations & Sexy Smart Canvas Art

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Over the past week me and GF have found out our lodger is moving out which means its time to redecorate the spare room. A fresh lick of paint, a new lampshade – heck maybe even some new curtains. Yes this is where life is at right now.

Adulthood at its finest.

So ideas came flooding in. Some were accepted and some were thrown straight in the bin (mostly my ideas were binned) but I stood strong and finally won one.

It’s the little victories in a relationship that you have to cherish.

This came at a good time because I had been approached to do a collab with Photowall. A Sweden canvas and artwork company. The lovely Jenn got in touch and struck up a deal. She proposed she’d send me a print if I review and promote it.

I was honoured. Little old me being asked to do this. It’s the start of a beautiful friendship.

So with the new room decorations in mind, me and the GF picked a print that would suit and look smart. I put my order in and within days a package was at my door.

Inside was the print rolled up and nicely protected. A bag of screws, a wall hook and some corner braces. Along with a single page of instructions on how to assemble the canvas – it was so easy, I put the canvas together in about 20 minutes.

They have several options for prints. Framed. Non framed and self build. It was honestly the easiest thing ever. The wood has double-sided tape on already – all you have to do it peel and place. Once all the frame lengths are down you fold them over and bolt them together. No tools were needed it’s that simple.

Just like that it was built and ready to be hung on the wall. I can not fault Photowall for the superb service and amazing quality of print they sent out. They also have a really smart Casablanca canvas that I might have to order next.

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Now we just need to wait for the decoration to be done to hang this canvas. But I would buy from Photowall again. The selection they offer, the service and quality are all top-notch.

If you fancy one of their amazing canvases – take this discount code for 20% off and get yourself one today.

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This code is live until 10th March. If you use it let me know what print you picked. Just cause I’m nosey and curious as there is so many good ones to pick from.

Once again – Thank you Photowall – you guys are awesome and as always thanks to you my beautiful readers who make things like this possible.

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My Name, Your Name, Who’s Name?

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In the modern world we live in getting married or taking other people’s names is becoming more complex and different.

Traditionally it would have been the wife who takes the husband’s surname as they join into his family. But as time has moved forward there are more cases now days where either; No name change is taken, the wife’s name is taken, a double barrel name appears, a hybrid of both names comes out or the even newer approach happens – a whole new name is produced.

The reason this post came about is that a few of us got chatting about it at work. Who would take whose name. It’s also a conversation me and the GF have quite a lot. So I just wanted to know what everyone thought about this subject – I took it to twitter and got some very interesting points back.

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Overall everyone said as long as the marriage works than it doesn’t matter what the surname is. Which lead into the topic of regardless of surname it’s the children involved that matter most.

Which made me think about the flip side of this topic. When families break down and it becomes a mixing pot of surnames all under one banner – as long as everyone involved is happy and wanting to be there it shouldn’t matter what you are called.


But more about taking which name, I think in this modern age that the traditional sense of taking the Husbands name because he was the patriarch and the head of the family is long gone. What with equal rights and even the legalisation of homosexual marriages coming into an effect the rules of the game has changed.

I know people who got married but still have their original family names because they are both lawyers and I understand that. They have made a name for themselves as this person and to take another name could lose worth in their career as their identity has changed.

Sadly though I have seen equality turn people into stubborn unreasonable people, I know a person who flat-out hands down will not consider or entertain the fact of changing their name. Which as much as I believe if you don’t want to that is ok, I think you have to be open enough to have a conversation about it, rather than stubbornly not respecting the partner enough to even have a conversation.


I took my husband’s name. I don’t know, personally my own surname wasn’t that important to me. It’s a name lol. I wanted to have to same name as my husband, it feels like a symbol of unity I guess. – @SimplyySplendid (Twitter)


Personally I wouldn’t want to take my GF’s surname. Not because I am not open to the option. But because I think mine is better. Which sounds arrogant I know. But this is also why I like the idea of merging names or even creating a whole new name all together. To make something more personal and fair – but on the flip side of that I also think I should keep my name as I am the last and only Male in my family and if I want that name to continue I need to be the one to carry it on.


Personally I’d take my future husbands surname bc I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to it, but I don’t think it really matters. – @AllLadyA (Twitter)


It was pointed out to me that something else to be taken into consideration is all the paperwork you will have to change and update – Passport, Driving Licence, Bills, Work Profile. It’s a costly and time-consuming task regardless of which name you end up with and that I can see as a reason not to change the name.

It wouldn’t be impossible to get a hyphenated name now, but it’s a bit of a chore changing it with everything. And also now I’ve since had a child, I wouldn’t like not having the same name as him… – @Jakijellz (Twitter)

Overall there is not a right or wrong answer to this situation we will ultimately put ourselves into and from the feedback and responses I have received about this topic the answers are different but overall the main thing that shines through is people’s love for their family and children – it doesn’t matter who has what name, it’s the idea of the happy family that wins.

I also want to thank everyone for the feedback and responses I received while writing this.

Once again you guys are awesome and as for me – I think it’s something me and GF will have to discuss nearer the time . . . which isn’t anytime soon (just so we are all clear)

Peace!

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