I Like Facebook.

I have a confession to make. I like Facebook.
Well, I think I like the marketed idea behind Facebook. You know the one: The nice utopian idea of bringing people together in an online community.
The thing is, in order for people to come together, to share photos, update statuses, play games, and what ever else. Data is collected.
And that data, that’s worth something, which seems to be something that we took for granted.
Maybe we all thought our data was so general that it would have no real world impact?

Perhaps we didn’t care enough to read the fine print?
Perhaps it’s not just the data harvesting for the Donald Trump campaign?
It could also be that it was done through the use of an innocent looking quiz?
Maybe it’s that Facebook tried to sue to stop the story from getting out?
But now could be a good time to re-evaluate, and learn about our relationship with social networks? It’s not just the data we willingly give, but with the revelation that Facebook has been keeping track of calls and text messages from our phones, it’s also clear we need to seriously think about the phone apps we install.

Why I’m I going on about Facebook here? Two things; Parenting blogs seem to discuss social networks and smart phones on a regular basis. These conversations normally focus on the amount of time spent on electronic devices / social media, and if that time is healthy and safe? Should we also be discussing the information we willingly give up to large companies such as Facebook?

Secondly, parenting bloggers in general also seem to include a lot of time on Facebook, and Instagram. Perhaps this is a reminder for us all to check what we put on social networks about our families and ourselves?

I like Facebook.

But right now. I don’t trust Facebook.

Mudpie Fridays

#MySundayPhoto – Remains of Winter

“It never snows in Exeter.”
Words I’m sure I said, just a few weeks ago.

This was taken just as our second snow storm in about two weeks was thawing away.

I guess, the question is. Is it going to snow again over Easter? Or will we actually get a chance to sort out the garden?

Photalife

Last Minute Easter Bonnet Ideas

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, it is almost Easter. The season of Easter Eggs, Chocolate, Bunnies, Jesus, Easter Egg Hunts, and obviously Easter Bonnet Parades.

Perhaps, I have a greater selective memory of my childhood then I remembered – but this whole Easter Bonnet Parade thing seems a bit new to me. Isn’t it a just bunch of decorated hats – that may or may not have an Easter connection to the said decoration? (I can hear the pitchforks being sharpened)

Well as its the season (and I may have an Easter Bonnet to make tomorrow), here’s Dads Sofa list of Last Minute Easter Bonnet Ideas. (Be warned these may or may not be serious)

Lego Easter Bunny

Glue the bunny to the hat! At least the wearer would get the respect of any Lego loving teachers! Downside.

You’ve just glued a perfectly good piece of Lego to a hat.

(Find the bunny in your local Sainsburys, or the Lego website)

Something about Death.

Instead of a colourful Lego bunny, your Easter Bonnet could be more of a mood scene, and be a diorama showcasing the death of Jesus.

With this from Amazon. (affiliate link)

Even though… I’m not sure if Jesus was really that white! Besides, as an idea this could be more “Good Friday” then “Easter”?

Grass

Know someone who is going to glue some moss to a hat? Go one better, and fix some grass to the top of your child’s head hat.

Really complete the picture by throwing a few of those yellow plastic chicks in amongst the grass.

Embrace Nature

Similar to the above, but somehow balance and keep an actual chick on top of the Easter Bonnet*.

*I’m kidding! Don’t do this, that’s cruel!

Easter Eggs

Lets see how the kids really do behave at school!

What would happen if an Easter Bonnet had loads of chocolate attached to it? You could also have a bet with other parents to see how much of the chocolate survives ?

Well, they’re some of my ideas at the top of my head – sadly I’m not sure if my daughter would like most of those. Lets see what we end up making. Have you got any ideas for decorating an Easter Bonnet?

 

What My Fridge Says

#MySundayPhoto – Tranquil Colours of Knightshayes

One of many tranquil places we found at the National Trust – Knightshayes estate. These flowers growing, were in the perfect position to catch the sun as it shone over the hill, and through the trees.

We didn’t have time to check it out as much as we’d like, but if you’re in the Tiverton / Devon area, I’d recommend giving it an explore.

Photalife

Exploring National Trust – Knightshayes in Devon

In an attempt to use the holiday allowance that my stress levels wish that I had used by now, I’m on holiday this week. This has given us the chance for some child-free exploring. Today we checked out the National Trust – Knightshayes property by Tiverton here in Devon.

First, and overall impression of the Knightshayes estate is how tranquil it seemed! While I’m sure it can get busy during the school holidays / Christmas time, off peak – it did feel very peaceful.

We spent the majority of the little amount of time that we had exploring the historic house at Knightshayes, sadly as time ticked away, we didn’t get a chance to explore the wider estate. But what we saw, was a lot of space for small people to run around, and I’ve seen a photo online of what looked like a great climbing frame that I’m sure that the our little person would love.

I’m not going to write a full blown review of our trip, due to our lack of exploration, but I’d like to share a few pics of the estate, after-all they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Have you explored Knightshayes? What would you suggest we look for, when we go back with our small one?

What My Fridge Says

#MySundayPhoto – A Walk In The Snow

What a week!

It never snows in Exeter. At the end of this week we weren’t able to drive out the driveway at one point. (And my poor bike almost looked like it was getting buried at one point)

All this snow, makes choosing just one picture difficult. I liked this as it was a little different to the normal “toy photos” that I take.

I was tempted to choose a smiling little person picture – but there were so many of those to choose from!

 

Photalife