Is this the coolest mama bike? … the Sparta Ion m-gear

Sparta Ion m gear mama bike

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!So you ask: what is a mama bike? It’s a term I recently discovered in Holland and it refers to a bike designed for moms (and dads) to transport children and shopping.  It’s a bike that has a long frame […]

New to cruising? 15 things to expect on the Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas  012  ©Mumonthebrink

Are you new to cruising? Is this the first time you are considering cruising as a family holiday, but you’re not sure what to expect? If you are considering cruising as a family holiday, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, is not a bad place to start! Here’s my […]

A most magical Christmas…best sort the next one.

Christmas 1  ©Mumonthebrink

Hearing the word Christmas as the Summer turns to Autumn fills me with a mixture of excitement and dread. I love Christmas! However, I hate all the pressure that goes with it: The pressure to make a perfect day, to squeeze all the happiness of the year into a single day, to get the perfect […]

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New to cruising? 15 things to expect on the Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas  012  ©Mumonthebrink

Are you new to cruising? Is this the first time you are considering cruising as a family holiday, but you’re not sure what to expect? If you are considering cruising as a family holiday, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, is not a bad place to start! Here’s my […]

The Levante Beach Resort, Rhodes a Mark Warner holiday

Rhodes Levante beach resort Mark warner arrival and room  8  ©Mumonthebrink

Stepping off a plane to be hit by warm, humid air in the dark of the night always makes me existed: There are usually adventures ahead. This time was no different. I was travelling with 12 other lovely ladies to Rhodes to get a glimpse at what a Mark Warner holiday is all about. We […]

A postcard…with love: Würzburg, Germany

Würzburg Residenz

Hello my Lovely, Guten Tag from Würzburg in Bayern, Germany. We’ve been to see the Würzburg Residenz today.  A World Heritage site, with some amazing stucco work. A lot of it burnt down in the war, but some extraordinary rooms survived and some have been recreated with greater (and lesser) success. Bizarrely, one is not allowed to […]

A postcard…with love: Nieuwpoort, Belgium

Nieuwpoort belgium seaside beach postcard

My dear Friend, Today we planned to travel, drive and get to our stop over for the night quickly. Instead we ended up on this gorgeous beach in Nieuwpoort, Belgium. We had a delicious picnic lunch, a splash in the North Sea and enjoyed the warm soft sand tickling our feet. Although it was a brief […]

Campy goes on the ferry and ends up in Nieuwpoort, Belgium

Dover port campy dethleffs caravan europe ferry dfds seaways nieuwpoort 13 © Mumonthebrink

It was a gorgeous sunny day and somehow, with 100s of miles ahead of us, we ended up with an unplanned stop at the beach. Having fiddled around with tyre pressure, mostly for reassurance, we missed our 6 am ferry by about 15 minutes.  The majestic DFDS Seaways ferry was just finishing loading as we […]

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The first Formula E test day- was it what we expected?

Max stroking the car Formula E first test day Donnington Park 2 © Mumonthebrink

How ironic is it that on a day all about the electric revolution I have few pictures to show because both my windowsphone and Dadonthebrink’s iPhone have let us down?  Both our batteries died early on during the first day of Formula E. Nonetheless we had a memorable day.  On the public testing days access is […]

Window 8.1 update on my Nokia Lumia 1020- first impressions

Windows 8.1 upgrade new notifications icon

There I was sitting in the car, on my way to Brighton, desperate to access my Nokia Drive app for directions. My phone screen told me: Almost there… …it will be worth the wait! {Grrr!} I had my Nokia 1020 telling me this for most of the night before and that morning.  I was so frustrated, […]

Creating music with Microsoft

A couple of days ago The Microsoft Apartment hosted an exciting panel discussion with music leaders from Deezer, the Music Managers’ Forum (MMF) and the Featured Artists’ Coalition (FAC), as well as artist Nate James, to talk about how Microsoft is driving change in the creation and consumption of music. We even had David Rowntree from Blur attend to join the debate!  I was lucky enough […]

Phone camera test: The Nokia 1020 vs iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s versus Nokia 1020 camera image quality

Well, I’ve had lots of practice taking pictures with my Nokia 1020. And while I was taking my time sorting out photos for my review of the Nokia 1020 camera, Dadonthebrink’s work went out and got him and his colleagues each an  iPhone 5s.  I set straight to work and used the opportunity for a […]

The truth about the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera #timetestedreview

Nokia 1020 in case

The bright yellow phone in a bright red jacket, that’s my Nokia Lumia 1020, my new companion gadget for the past couple of months. The question I get asked most often (especially from technically-minded dads at the kids’ school or out and about) is whether the camera really as good as it’s made out to […]

Date night shared with a mega tablet

Lenovo Horizon family gaming friends games table PC

On the last day of my parents staying with us Dadonthebrink and I finally managed to go out. It was our date night. However it was a date night with a difference: I dragged him to London to a product launch by Lenovo. In the early evening traffic it took nearly 2 hours to navigate our […]

An ear thermometer that works… and more bargains


About a month ago I went to a press event for Aldi. It was also a round table for mums and their buyer of baby products, introducing their range and talking about the things they are doing. ​ As Aldi is on the other side of town I probably only go once every 3-4 weeks, […]

Half term- What have you got planned?

50 things natural childhood

What have you got planned for this half term? Outdoor adventures or indoor fun? (Let me disclose in advance- this is NOT a sponsored/paid for/featured post,an advertorial or how ever you can call it!) Over past weeks I’ve been receiving emails about things we can get up to over the bank holiday weekend and the […]

Guest Post: Skylanders Swap Force Family Introduction

Skylander swapforce update

A couple of weeks ago we were sent the starter pack of Skylander Giants to review and try as a family as part of a family gaming challenge.  As it’s PEGI 7 and not a kinect game I have been reluctant to introduce the Littlins to it.  Instead Dadonthebrink has had many evenings playing with it.  He […]

Spring bugs including that of the travelling kind

Lyme Regis promenade on a rainy day

I was browsing through my pictures of the past week for a Silent Sunday picture.  Instead I came up with a plan… the changing of seasons always has that effect. Looking through the pictures brought back what utter fun we had this Easter holidays and made me realise just how much I love to travel. […]

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