When the Worst Thing Happens

smashed up and no place to goSo this is the kind of phone I’m using right now. Smashed up, slow as anything and a battery that just about makes it to 10 in the morning.

And I’m not happy.

At all

I know, first world problems and all that. But my lovely LG G4 just decided to shut up shop last week. For no reason whatsoever. It was a  full and total system crash. It choked a couple of times as a small but insignificant warning and then died.

In the words of an oft-repeated comedy skit, my phone is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet ‘its maker. It’s a stiff. Bereft of life, It rests in peace.

It is an ex-phone.

It means I am now having to use a smashed up old Samsung. And I’m suffering. Not quite shaking yet, but suffering. Trying to get into Facebook, Twitter,  or Whatsapp are all an excruciating exercise of blank screens, seconds of frozen nothingness and delayed chaos.

Yes, I know I could just down tools. Pick up a book. Catch up on real TV. But then I would miss memes and hashtags and the angry mob on the local Facebook forums who are eternally taking photos of badly parked cars in Tesco and car-shaming other people’s friends.

As for my phone. Well, LG apparently know about this ‘little’ bug. Meekly and slightly embarrassed, they simply offered to send a courier to pick up the phone, repair it (commonly known as replacing with a refurb phone) and send it back. Oh, it takes 7-10 days. And I’ll obviously lose everything unless I can back it up (I refer you to the previous comment. ITS DEAD). And in the meantime, I’m using a smashed up almost dead Samsung. I guess it could be worse – it could be an old Ericsson.

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How did Parents Survive Before Google?

before google

I don’t think i’m particularly stupid. I’m no Einstein either but all in all, I think I get along fine.

Until my daughter went to school.

Suddenly I had to become a huge encyclopedic vat full of immediate knowledge and answers. I have to know every historic person, living or dead. Their thoughts, their family, their vitals. I have to understand and explain every natural phenomenon, every geographical fact and figure, every scientific discovery as if I had discovered it.

And I had to have the answers NOW – not in 5 minutes, when the question has been long forgotten. But NOW! Pronto! MUMMMMMMMMY I WANNA KNOW (that’s a bit unfair, she doesn’t whine like that. Its more constant repetition of the question until neither she nor I can bear it anymore)

Now, I’m not complaining that my daughter is so interested in things she learns at school or from books. Far from it. In fact, I thoroughly encourage it. I think its great she has so many questions and I really do try to answer them as best I can. But, for now, I just have to offer my thanks to Google. My best buddy. My friend in need. My educational support system. And not only that, I have to thank the smart phone that’s glued to me all day that gives me access to Google . Because without that, I have nothing.  I can just hear the never-ending rings of ‘who?’ ‘why?’ ‘what?’ ‘when?’ ‘how?’ reverberating in my ears. I know I could make up the answer, but you just know that’ll come back and bite you in the bum one day in the future.

So i’m trying to think back as to how parents did it PG (Pre-Google). I know we had encyclopedias – but using those was a rare occasion. And they didn’t cover everything, especially present-day questions. It didn’t cover modern authors and films and dancers and singers and modern-day environmental phenomenons. Did we just not ask the same amount of questions? Did my parents actually know everything (this makes me laugh!) Or was there just less ‘things’ going on that we wanted to know about? I half guess its the reason why we were so independent then.

“Mummy, Daddy, how many people live in China?”

“Its such a nice day, why don’t you play outside”

it would be great to know what the most difficult question your child has ever asked you. Let me know in the comments below

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I’m Back!

typewriterSo…after almost 4 years of inactivty, I’ve decided to return.
I can’t excuse where i’ve been, because I’ve been nowhere to be honest. But in those years, my Little Monster is now a slightly bigger one at 7yrs old and running the house and I have a new Little Monster. He’s 2 now and just starting nursery – which slightly explains my return.
My 3hrs of freedom is basically me getting back onto the laptop.
In those 4 years I’ve gone through 2 laptops and 2 ipads. Don’t you just love kids!
Gadgets haven’t changed too much. They’ve just got better and prettier and thinner. The opposite of me I guess 🙂

So, I’ll leave it here for now because I’ve got a really fun giveaway to launch my return to blogging. Its kinda fun and stupid and sums me up perfectly.

Catch ya soon!


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Are you a Shopaholic? C4 WANT YOU!

I’ve been asked by a TV production company to ask my readers if any of you are, or know a shopaholic. It sounds like a fun show, so please do get in touch if any of this resonates with you.

Here’s some more information:


Does your other half buy every faddy home appliance from smoothie makers to exercise bikes?

Or do you have to own the latest gadgets from mobile phones to tablets and games consoles?

Or does your friend have to fill their home with the most lavish and on trend home accessories?

Do you love shopping for clothes and fashion? Or despair of your spouse and their shoe collection?

Shopping has become one of Britain’s favourite leisure activities and we are looking for lively, fun people to talk about their families spending habits.

If any of the above sounds like you or someone you know please get in touch with our team ASAP! Email: shop@silverriver.tv

If you prefer to call them directly, please contact me and I’ll send you a phone number

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Don’t Throw Away Those Batteries! Win a Duracell ‘Second Life’ Retro Box of Goodies

Like most parents, batteries are the scourge of our house. I go through loads of them – toys, games, gadgets. I try to have a stock of AA’s at all times!

I was amazed to find out from Duracell that over 30% of all batteries thrown away may still have up to 67% of usable power left inside.

67%!! Thats crazy!

Apparently, some high-powered gadgets such as digital cameras and mp3 players may ‘switch off’ before all the power is used up – however, in reality the battery is anything but dead and can power low drain devices, such as alarm clocks or TV remotes for a long time

To combat this waste of batteries, Duracell is working with Energy Saving Trust to help consumers maximise battery power. They want to get people to tap into unused resource and reduce wastage by giving their batteries a second life. Their unique Duracell Ultra Power batteries even have a built-in powercheck that allows you to see how much energy is left inside (I LOVE those batteries!!)

Duracell Second Life Box of Retro Goodies

Pac Man, tetris, Arcade Money Box – what more could you want!

To prove a point, Duracell sent me a fantastic box of very cool retro goodies in order to give them a ‘second life’ – that is, use batteries that I assumed were dead, to power up a Pac Man clock or Retro radio alarm clock. So I did – and they were right! I took some old batteries from a digital camera and put them in the clock radio and it worked…perfectly.



LED Duracell Bunny

Duracell have kindly offered an iconic retro-box to one of Gadget Mum’s readers.

All you have to do is watch the YouTube video below, which shows how a very cute LED bunny can be built from ‘presumed dead’ batteries, and answer the question using the rafflecopter app. There’s also some bonus entry opportunities

The retro ‘second-life’ box includes:

  • Retro Radio Alarm Clock
  • Pac Man Wall Clock
  • Arcade Game Money Box
  • Tetris Mug
  • Retro Sweets 🙂
  • A Pack of Duracell Ultra Power

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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