I was browsing through Twitter the other day and I randomly stumbled over a tweet about Harry Styles and how he has managed to bring the whole men wearing two rings on one finger back into fashion and this got me thinking...why on earth do I hate wearing jewellery so much?

I replied to the tweet with the statement that I wasn't a fan of wearing jewellery at all and I got quite a few responses stating that I'm by no means alone - and it wasn't just the guys who felt this way either.

In fact, I hate it that much I don't even wear my wedding ring anymore - I think it lasted a few months if that - which my wife is actually fine with, by the way...I think.

I've never been one to wear chains, bracelets or anything like that, I just don't see the attraction in it, and to be honest, I don't bother when ladies wear it all either.

The only accessory I do enjoy wearing is a good watch...but even then it will only be for a special occasion - I think a fancy time piece works really well with a suit.

And then add in a pair of braces, a tie and perhaps a pocket square and you have a very statement making, less-is-more kind of an outfit.

And recently - to a lovely family wedding I attended - I put on a really rather fabulous watch which matched and set off my blue suit to perfection.



I obviously don't wear it that often but that doesn't stop me thinking it is one of the best-looking watches I have ever owned.
Usually, I would opt for a full black watch, thinking it would match more things in my wardrobe, but this, well this is not only different but it goes perfectly with my blue suits.

The blue leather strap is really comfortable to wear and it doesn't irritate at all really.
I really like the contrasting coloured stitching on the strap too -  it works really well and adds a lot of detail too.
The buckle is of high quality too which is a must - the more robust the better if you ask me. 


The watch is built to handle any challenge thrown at it - it has a triple function dial which is housed inside of a scratch proof and shock resistant glass face. The watch actually only weighs 78g so it's not only just for smartly dressed occasions but could also be worn for long periods throughout the day and for sporting activities too.

I wore it with quite a smart casual outfit in a recent post shoot too and it really complimented that outfit too.




A lot of my family and friend have actually commented on just how nice this watch looks and that they really love the colour of it and the fact that it is different and really stands out. 

What do you think of it? 

CARL
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Am I the only one out there who hates shopping?

Come on, you've got to admit, online shopping is far better.

I remember years ago, back in the days when I had no money worries, no bills - apart from paying my parent's board money - I used to love shopping. I had just started a job, I was an apprentice but got paid an OK wage for a sixteen-year-old lad.
I was paid weekly so I gave my board money to my Mum or Dad, got a 20 pound top up for my phone and the rest of my wages were play money.

On the Friday I would head down to town and buy whatever I wanted, whether it was the latest album or a new pair of trainers and a hat to had to my collection.
It was amazing, shopping with no worries at all. 

Then I met Simone...no more treating myself to the finest of things anymore, nope, instead the shopping trips turned into shopping for her to find a new outfit...no wait...I mean new outfits for our nights out over the weekend.

But it wasn't all bad because we had a bit of a Saturday tradition worked out - at the time Simone worked at New Look and I would always go to pick her up in the afternoon after her shift and we would head to one of the little market cafes to grab a spot of lunch.

This is really bringing back some fond memories - I do miss those egg custards.

And then all of this changed too because along came the kids!


Obviously, kids take up a lot of money which means shopping for myself is no longer a priority but they also are a right pain in the backside when you take them shopping -they are almost as bad as me.

I think this having children stage was the point where I began to really hate shopping, myself and Simone used to fall out quite a lot because I would just mope around the shops with a face on hoping she would get the hint that I didn't want to be there and would eventually give in so we could go home.

And it worked too.

But obviously, we have to shop - for food, for clothes, for house things, but anything for an easier life.

Around this time online shopping was starting to blossom and more online market places became available selling anything and everything I could possibly need.

No need to chase Willow out of the supermarket bakery anymore - the food shop can be done from my sofa.


No need to listen to Charlie huffing and puffing, wanting to be anywhere but wandering the shops' ladies jeans section with his Mum - the denim choices can be made from the comfort of our living room

No need for me to have to put my snapback obsession on hold because "they are too expensive and the kids need new shoes" - I can make cheeky bids and pay a whole lot less than I would in a shop.

And this is why the internet and the amazing world of online shopping will win hands down every time for me - easier, cheaper and a lot more hassle free than visiting the shops themselves.

Anything for an easy, stress-free life.

CARL
Is it just me or has the six week school holiday just flown by this year?
It only seems like yesterday that my son broke up from primary school and began his six weeks of fun, preparing himself for his new adventure towards secondary school.

When we talk about him going to secondary school it sounds so weird because to us, he is still our little boy...only he isn't that little anymore.

We did try plan to take him away as a treat on a holiday abroad this year but after pricing it up and totting up the pros and cons of taking a 19-month-old baby away with us, we decided not to bother.

But then after a lot of thought, we decided we had to do something but would stay in the UK instead - it would be financially better and we figured we would find it easier taking Willow away by car than we would by plane.
She's not a bad toddler at all but she sure is one very active toddler who doesn't like to sit still for any amount of time, but the car seat does seem to chill her out a little.

So the plan is that next year we will go on an amazing summer holiday.

Willow will almost be three and Charlie would have just finished his first year at high school so the break will be definitely needed.
And we are going to, one hundred percent, be looking at an all inclusive package holiday with a lot of amazing activities for kids - and if possible, some sort of water park built into the complex too.

If the kids are happy and having fun then that means myself and Simone will be happy and will be having a great time too.



We are the sort of parents who like to go and have a really nice, stress-free holiday which is why we would always choose an all inclusive holiday

The thought of not having to do any sort of cooking for our breakfast, lunch and tea, plus having drinks and snacks on tap when every we want them is so handy - I mean you know what kids are like, "Mum...Dad...Can I have a drink? An ice cream? A snack?" every five minutes - it can certainly get a little expensive and that's not even thinking about the cost of dining out for most meals.

I know a lot of people would say, "just go self-catering, do a big shop and just cook yourself - that will be even cheaper", but for me, that isn't a holiday.
I know loads of people would love doing that but if I'm on holiday I want to do as little as possible and spend any time I have simply relaxing.

Our "we must have" holiday next year is going to be so important too because our last holiday abroad was a massive six years ago now.

We traveled to Corfu and yep, it was, of course, an all inclusive holiday - it was amazing.
There were plenty of choices when it came to meal times and whilst I wouldn't have said the food was mega amazing it definitely was good enough for the Baker Bunch.

Charlie befriended a few other kids who all loved playing together day and night so it seemed that he was always hungry - the all inclusive aspect was brilliant because he didn't have to come and get money from us every time he wanted a snack or a drink, he just visited the bar himself.
We did check on the about of times he did go and grab something but having it there without having to use money every time was great.


I definitely would recommend all inclusive type holidays -they have been easier and hassle free for me - but I know every family is different and love to have their own little adventure on their summer break.

What are your favorite holiday types?

Are you a relaxer like me or do you love to get in the kitchen and prepare your own food?

I'd love to know in the comments below.

CARL

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Firstly I want to apologise because this post may make you very hungry.

I know I'm not the biggest food blogger about, but I do love talking about food, I mean who doesn't!
There isn't a food which I don't like, I will eat anything and the more of it there is the better.
In fact, I'm craving all the food at the moment as I am on a weight loss plan, but I will save all of that for another post.



Like I said I do like most foods but there is one type of food which I could eat for every meal, every day.

I love the texture, I love the flavours, I love that kick of heat it gives out and I especially love the variety of different dishes it offers.

The food I am talking about is Caribbean food.

And my favourite place ever to eat Caribbean food is...the amazing Turtle Bay!
If you have read my blog before you may have spotted that I have been there quite a few times before, my first event visit was amazing and actually I was lucky enough to be one of the first ever people to eat at the, then not even open, Huddersfield restaurant.
Check out my post here

Then, I was invited over to the Leeds restaurant to try out the full dining experience with my family, and you can read about this experience here.

I have actually been quite a few other times too after that, and I have tried quite a few different dishes.
And then, a few months ago I received an email asking if my and my family wanted to go back again to the Huddersfield restaurant to review their all new Summer menu - I don't think I've replied to an email quite as fast as I did to that one.

I must admit I had a bit of a selfish parent moment because I didn't want to take our youngest, Willow, with us - she's at the age now where she eats whatever we are having but as soon as you take her anywhere then she's in adventure mode and definitely will not stay sitting at the table for long - and I wanted to be able to savour the meal...

I know, selfish right.

I really wanted to enjoy the food and purely for the purpose of an in depth review, her Nana said she would watch her for an hour or so.

We did, however, take Charlie who loves Caribbean food as much as myself and his mum do.

Now let me get down to the important bit...the food.


Normally when we go to a restaurant we order a different starter each for the sole reason that we can all have a taste of each other's, but this time we were blown away the vast amount of variety on the Just Jerk Sharing Platter. 

Just look at the photo, if that doesn't make your mouth water then nothing will.

We had pork ribs, sweet corn fritters, beef patties, jerk marinated wings and to top it off there was a plate of spiced popcorn complemented by a nice salad with herb mayo.

Everything was cooked perfectly, well seasoned, packed with flavour and tasted as good as it looked,.

I only had one issue and that was I wished I had ordered one just for my self.


For my main I ordered the Bajan Beef Cheeks which was from the new menu - the beef was so soft and tender, kind of melt in the mouth.
It came with okra, potato and the fluffiest steamed rice you can imagine. 

Once again as I have come to expect from Turtle Bay it was packed out with flavour and with every mouthful you got a different flavour hitting your tongue

I demolished the lot and could have easily eaten another bowl full, I'm not sure if that's because I was still hungry or if it just tasted that good I wanted more!


Simone ordered the same as me and loved and ate every last forkful too.


Charlie ordered the Slow Cooked Beef Ribs with sweet potato fries.

He said it was amazing and I can second this because I helped him finish it. 


Now let's talk about the pudding, this is the amazing Passion Pie and we ordered it with 3 spoons.

Just look how bright and vibrant it looks, it kind of sums up Turtle Bay on a plate.

It is such an amazing place to eat at, the atmosphere is great and there is always a great vibe due to the sounds of the Caribbean coming from the speakers.


The lovely selection of drinks - some alcoholic, some (one!) not also helped with the chilled, relaxed vibe too...delicious...and those cocktails - very rum packed.

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I did eating the food

CARL


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