Daddy Dazed salutes this clever dad who has come up with a very innovative shortcut to tying his daughter’s hair – using a vacuum cleaner! Only a dad could think of this.
Can it really be February already? By now, most people’s New Year Resolutions will be just a distant, sad-eyed memory, and retoxing rather than detoxing will be the order of the day. But there is something you can do that’s less awful – and unrealistic – than the cold-turkey method of giving stuff up; replace things you enjoy with things that are just a little bit better…
A Better Lottery
If you swore on December 31st that you were never going to do a lottery again, and now you find you’re back on the scratchcards with a vengeance, consider a lottery with a difference. The UK’s Health Lottery was launched in 2011, and, aside from the fact that 20% of the money goes to health-related good causes, the odds of winning the jackpot are actually better than many others, including the UK’s National Lottery. You can get involved and check health lottery results online.
While we’re on the subject of health, giving up smoking is one of the most popular – and least successful – resolutions people make. In the last couple of years a real solution has emerged, with the advent of electronic cigarettes. The first models were a bit dubious, with strange, burnt tastes and unreliable batteries. Recently though, some excellent devices have hit the shops, and online forums are packed with anecdotal evidence of people switching to e-cigs after decades of smoking and not looking back. Talk to your doctor of course, but they really can work for those who find it impossible to quit.
Now for something you can do for the environment; switch to an electric vehicle. If your car journeys are generally short hops across town, it’s worth considering a move away from fossil fuels the next time you change your car. One of the most popular models right now is the BMW i3, a really rather good-looking hatchback that’s vaguely reminiscent of a Ford Focus. BMW claims a maximum range of 120 miles, but admits that 100 is more realistic day-to-day. Top speed is over 90mph and acceleration is comparable to similar sized petrol cars. It could be worth a test drive…
Low Fat Meat
Finally, another resolution that often gets ditched by February 1st – meat. Or rather, no meat. For people trying to cut down on cholesterol, options that don’t involve going vegetarian are often welcome. Enter the ostrich. Unlike most bird-based meat, it doesn’t taste “a bit like chicken”; it’s red and it’s much closer to beef. However, it’s very lean and the cholesterol content is far lower than beef. There are plenty of recipes available, and if there’s no outlet near you, you can also buy the stuff online.
(Images courtesy of casinojuggler.com, forbes.com)
Hey dads – fancy winning two VIP tickets to the British Grand Prix?
To celebrate the release of Ron Howard’s Rush on Sky Store next Monday (January 27th), Sky Store is running a competition to win a VIP trip to the British Grand Prix, which includes: 2 x seats in the VIP box at Silverstone on 4th , 5th and 6th July; three nights in a five star hotel and travel to the venue; and a chance to go behind the scenes with Sky Sports F1
There aren’t any questions to answer or premium phone lines to call, all you need to do is rent Anybody who rents Rush from Sky Store from the 27th of January until the 23rd of February will be automatically entered into the competition.
Chris Hemsworth plays Hunt and Lauda is played by Daniel Brühlas.
2nd Prize in the competition is 2 x tickets to F1 Show at Sky Studios – including travel & accommodation. 3rd Prize is a Rush Goody Bag that includes a McLaren team shirt signed by Jenson Button and a Rush poster signed by the movie stars and director.
The best inventions save time and money, and as a father I have precious little of either, so its great when a new gadget comes along that promises to save me both.
Some clever chaps at Hive have invented an exciting new product which lets you monitor, alter and control your heating and hot water all through the touch of a button on your smartphone or browser! You can adjust your schedules and temperatures away from home with the option for alerts to be sent to your mobile if temperatures reach a certain level.
This sounds like a great device. Never again will have to arrive home to a freezing house. Never again after playing in the snow with my daughter will I have to wait for the water to warm up before we can have a defrosting bath.
Of course this time saving device only works if I remember to use it on my smartphone. Sadly there is no invention I know of that can improve my soggy, fuddled brain and memory.
Daddy Dazed loves this video of a devil baby let loose on the streets of New York City.
The very life life-like “devil baby” is in fact an animatronic, in a remote controlled stroller with hidden cameras recording people’s reactions. It was made to promote the horror movie Devils Due.
For a number of reasons, the period at the end of the year can be a costly time for businesses. With Christmas increasing the pressure on companies to invest in their employees, while not always returning the same amount in sales, it’s not surprising that the New Year can have businesses rethinking their finances.
When January comes around, the timing is perfect for businesses to take a close look at their financial situation and make judgements on how they can move forward over coming months.
Here, we take a look at a few tips for getting everything back on track after the cost of Christmas.
Understand your Christmas expenses
Business spending can change a great deal over the Christmas period and this has the potential to mess with the statistics for the whole year. Rather than making the mistake of working your Christmas finances into a wider trend, it’s important that you are able to isolate your spending over the Christmas period and separate it from the rest of your annual finances. This will allow you to plan more effectively throughout January.
Look for a comprehensive overview
Whenever you’re handling accounts it is important to have all of your information presented to you in a clear and easily understood fashion. Using online accounting software is a great way to do this and will allow you to enter and manage your data in such a way that it is easy to read, change and stay on top of throughout the year ahead.
If you can’t see you information as part of a clear presentation then there’s no easy way to interpret the data or take positive action based on its results.
Set clear New Year’s resolutions
New Year’s resolutions aren’t a phenomenon which should be exclusive to our private lives. They are also applicable and incredibly useful in a business environment. As this Fox article points out, resolutions can be great for financial planning.
If you are able to set yourself clear targets at the beginning of the year, you will be able to measure your progress in a refreshing and tangible way. These resolutions, in conjunction with clear and comprehensible software, will help you to make sense of your finances throughout 2014.
Expand your financial team
Smaller businesses are sometimes afraid to expand their financial team, believing that it will cost them more. In fact, the opposite is sometimes true. With cloud based software, it’s possible for employees to access accounts from a number of locations and devices so that those running the business, their accountants and anyone else with the relevant permissions can gain access to financial data.
Cloud software can actually allow your existing accountants to take on a greater number of tasks as they are able to split the workload evenly between them. For smaller firms, this represents a wonderful opportunity to increase productivity in an incredibly efficient way and ensure that financial management remains a priority for the business.
Wifey has a rough time at work recently. She said she wanted to find something to make her happy. And she thinks she might be able to find it in Zara. So on Sunday I let her go shopping and I hang out with M.
We do some chasing games and bounce on the bed then we watch Peppa Pig until she falls asleep on my chest. With time to myself, I consider playing some pc games but then I change my mind, place M on the sofa and pop in my The Wire box set DVD. And promptly fall asleep.
When I wake up Toddler M has got some baby powder from the bathroom cupboard, wrapped it in a newspaper and says she wants to “Go out. To work the corner.”
I pick up the phone to call wifey. M knocks it from my hand and says “Don’t be silly daddy. Wire. Feds listen”.
NB: For readers who don’t know (ie Mum and Dad) The Wire is a clever, sometimes darkly funny, perfectly plotted, crime drama series that gives a complex portrayal of the illegal drug business in Baltimore, USA. The title refers to the wire taps that the cops use to listen in on the street gangsters’ elaborate drug dealings.
The script is full of street slang and is hard to understand (although Baby M had no trouble) and it stars British heart throb actor Dominic West as a maverick cop.
It is one of the greatest tv shows to have ever been made.
It all started with an innocent question over breakfast.
Darling have you got a pilots license? Asks my wife.
You mean can I fly a plane? I say.
A few days later…..
Darling. Have you got a pilot’s uniform? She asks.
What like a fancy dress outfit?
No. And you know how I hate fancy dress parties.
The following morning.
Darling I want you to tell me what to do. I want you to assert your manliness.
Really? Are you sure?
But you hate it when I tell you to pick up your dirty clothes off the bathroom floor. You get angry and tell me not to treat you like a child.
I like the way you said dirty. I can be very dirty sometimes can’t I? She says seductively.
What’s going on?
She moves in closer.
I want you to dominate me. I want to be your submissive.
Then the penny drops.
You’ve been reading that Fifty Shades of Grey haven’t you?
Yes I have and its opened up a whole new side of me. I want to be your sex slave. I will have sex with you whenever you want me to.
But when I tried it last week you told me to get off because you were watching Desperate Housewives.
You should have insisted. That’s what dominants do. You should do what you want whether I want it or not.
You sound like a Conservative talking about rape. How about you tell me when you want me to dominate you and I’ll pretend I don’t know and then I’ll sneak up behind you, grab you and carry you off to bed.
Mmm that sounds nice. But be careful of your back. You don’t want to have to go to the physio again.
Ok ill drag you across the floor.
I like that. But make sure there aren’t any of baby’s toys in the way I don’t want o to get injured like when you stood on her xylophone and you cut your foot.
Ok. So you’ll give me the sign. I’ll pretend you haven’t given it to me. Then I’ll sweep the floor of all known toys. Pull you across the floor and into the bedroom. Where I will have my wicked way. Loudly and manly.
Not too loud though honey. We don’t want to wake baby.