21 July 2016

Panasonic SC-RB5 Review

Have you ever just sat back, cranked up the tunes and forgot about all the worries of the world?

Have you ever just thought to yourself  'I fancy having a dance' and turned on some music, cranked the volume up to the max and thrown out a few moves and shapes?

Do you think music is important?
Do you think the music you have grown up listening to has played a part in who you are today?

I know I have certainly answered "Yes" to those top two questions many times and I think the music I listened to when I was younger certainly shaped who I am today massively, and here's why.

I think I had a quite good up bringing, and was introduced to various, very different music types from an early age - my mum was a massive reggae fan and she loved UB40 whilst my dad on the other hand was a massive rock fan - he always had Kiss, Iron Maiden or The Who blasting out.

But what brought both of their tastes together was a huge shared love of Queen and lets face it, no matter what type of music you listen to I'm sure you'll know a lot of the words to a few Queen songs.

As I got older I already had a good understanding of music but I was drawn to one type - Rap.

I was that one white kid who walked around with a baseball cap on, really baggie jeans with a few home made bullet holes in them, rapping along to the likes of Eminem, 2pac, Snow "Informer, lick ya bum bum down".

And do you know what - I totally fit in within the neighborhood that I lived in - it was a very mixed cultural area and I had so many friends from all over the world living close by.

We all had the same music taste and a lot of our time out of school was spent at my house, chilling out and listening to new music.
A lot was taped from the radio or recorded from Yo MTV Raps on the trusty old VHS.

It was always my house too because I had the most lenient parents by far with the best sound system and if you're going to blast out music you may as well do it in style and make sure the guys living at the bottom of the street could enjoy it too.

They had no choice really, I had two of the biggest speakers you could possibly imagine, part of the reason my bedroom was in the attic.

So back to now - I have just had my 34th birthday but I am still that same kid with the baseball cap.
I tend to not wear the baggie jeans anymore but I'm still listening to Rap.

I've found that I'm actually living my life now as my parents did when I was young - me and the wife listen to a whole heap of different music and now my my son is ten he is starting to find his own preferences too - at the moment it is DubStep and we often catch him singing along to his favorite tracks from his IPad.

He loves listening to all his favorite WWE wrestlers intro music too which is a real mixed bunch of rock, rap, country, and so much more.
I don't think there is a day that goes by where he hasn't listened to some sort of music and it's really nice to see because it reminds me so much of myself at that age.

Naturally, with music being so important to us, when I was asked if I would review the Panasonic SC-RB5 Wireless Speaker System I thought there would be no-one better to judge it than my son.

The speaker is connected via bluetooth but won't be like any you have used before.
You know the ones, those that go a little crackly when the volume is cranked up a little too high because the speakers can't handle the power.

But with this you don't need to worry about that because this clever device actually transforms the object or surface it is sat on into the actual speaker.

It's brilliant and really loud - I've tried it on my van bonnet, the kitchen table, our bath tub, my living room window and each one produces a different level of sound.

This works because the sound is amplified using vibrations so if the surface is able to vibrate more the sound will projects more - it's really clever and is called "Resonance Bass" technology.

So that was me testing it, now it was time for my son, "The Expert" to have a try.

All I did was give it to him and told him that it needs to sync up to his IPad through Bluetooth and that I wanted him to play with it to see where he thought it worked best and then tell me what he thought.

Once he had a look, he came to see me and said that it took 20 seconds to sync up and he was pleased with it (he has no patience).
He tried it on a few surfaces, some which he didn't think worked too well and others which worked extremely well - I knew about this anyway because I had to tell him to turn it down a few times - we didn't want his 9 month old sister waking up, wanting to join in with the dancing...mum and dad didn't fancy being up all night with a giddy baby that's for sure.

The place he found that projected the best sound was on his desk which is also joined to his bed - the vibrations on the large flat desk combined with the enclosed space (his bed is on top) made the sound really blast out.

He is very impressed with it and has decided the speaker is now his and is staying is his bedroom.

The speaker has a bluetooth range of around 10 meters depending on any obstacles or interference.
It comes with a USB charging cable and has aux in and audio out ports.
The volume boost icons light up blue when the speaker is turned on too which look really nice and there is a blue band of light which flashes all around the speaker when the music is playing.
It has a battery life of 12 hours making it perfect for taking with you on days out.

The speaker is definitely a must for garden parties, and the rule is, who ever has the best playlist on their phone gets to sync up first. 


I was sent the product for review,all opinions and pictures are my own

3 July 2016

Fathers Day Sacrifices

Father's Day is one of the days dads like myself really enjoy and is something we really look forwards to.

You know, the day we get a lie in, then get breakfast brought up to us in bed and generally spend the day getting looked after by our kids and partners (if the kids are a little too young).

It's the day we get a new mug for our precious morning brew and is usually the day that we go out for tea or order a take away - Dad's choice of course.

So you can imagine how excited I was for my Father's Day this year...

Well to be honest I wasn't really looking forward to it at all because I was working - silly me told work I would work on the 19th without realising what day it was.

I could have probably got off work if we had something massive planned but, I'm a dad, and working on a Sunday would mean earning some extra money to support my family and even if that meant missing out on all of those Father's Day perks needs must sometimes.

And providing for my family is more important than anything...even if this year was extra special as it was my first having two children.

Last Father's Day I wrote a post about how close the bond is between me and my 10 year old son and how we were spending our last Father's Day together it being just us two.

The post was one I wrote in collaboration with Next and their Mini Me campaign and I have to say it's been one of my favourite posts to date as it was a mix of fashion and lifestyle,both things I love writing about and it also gave me chance to talk about my son loads, who I totally adore.

I wanted this post to be out a littler earlier than this but I've been so mega busy with work and then I damaged my shoulder playing rugby the day before Father's Day and I struggled to do one handed typing...let's be honest, I struggle with two handed typing as it is - I am the slowest typer in the world.

So, now I am a dad of two.

How has my bond with my son changed?
Well if anything it is even stronger than before, don't get me wrong, we have our little arguments at times but five minutes later one of us will apoligise and then we get on with what we are doing.

I am so proud of him with how he has become such a perfect big brother to eight month old Willow.
When he first met her in hospital he just burst into tears saying how beautiful he thought she was.
You could see the love in his eyes that first second and you could tell he was going to be her protector for life.
She was only a few hours old and he was over-seeing other visiting family members and telling them how to hold her properly - he even warned a few - you could tell at that very moment he had already grown into his big brother role.

Willow is eight months old now and has already got her own personality.
She's a little bit famous on Instagram already due to the hundreds of outfit pictures my wife posts of her - she definitely knows when that camera is pointing her way.

But unlike my son who was a total Daddy's boy when he was little, Willow is a Mummy's girl, but she does get super happy Dad gets home from work or when she "talks" to me on a video call.

One thing I have got over Mummy though - Willow's first word was "dadda" which was very heart melting when she first said it let me tell you.

But as I said above, I didn't get much of a Father's Day this year but a week earlier we made up for it and went on a little adventure to take some outfit photos for this years Next Mini Me Campaign which I was invited to take part in again.

But this year, the photos featured a beautiful little girl stealing all of the limelight...well Charlie and Willow take the attention away from their old Dad trying to pose and look good for the camera any day, they are both naturals.

We both chose outfits that we feel the most comfortable in - we are both very similar when it comes to picking clothes - we go for comfort first and both wear shorts at every opportunity.

With us being a really close family we decided to start our very own family Youtube channel called Baker Bunch.
We see it as a great way to record our adventures so that in a few years time we can look back at all of the fun stuff we got up to and we have a laugh filming, so why not.

We actually filmed the day we went and took these photos, so if you fancy seeing what goes on behind the scenes then watch the short vlog below and if you enjoy what you see please subscribe here and follow use on Twitter @BakerBunch04

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.


this post was in collaboration with Next, all photos and opinions are my own
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