Alan Hooper

  • Lay Z Spa Vegas

    Buying a Lay Z Spa has change our lives!!

    The title says it all and it’s a bit of a wild statement, but it is so true on many levels. Hot Tubs, Spas, and Jacuzzis. After a recent trip to see our friends in Great Yarmouth, our kids got to experience their Lay Z Spa. I’ll admit I was a “mick” taker and mocked his […]

  • Strato Hosting Down

    Our Website was Hacked!

    Technically this is a lie, but for the best way of describing it, it is the same. We were camping in the Lake District, having a fun long weekend for the School Half Term Holidays. Unknown to us our hosting company had detected some strange activities on our website hosting account. A set of files […]

  • Puppy Dog Pals Toys

    Puppy Dog Pals Toys

    Last Christmas we introduced two little tiny dwarf hamsters into our family. Two adorable little balls of fluff. We never really knew that over the following few months we’d find out that they have two different personalities. The Hoopster Hamsters (when no one is looking) are seriously training for something! We received a bundle of Puppy Dog Pals […]

  • Stikbot Farm Movie Set Review

    Stikbot Farm Movie Set Review

    We’d seen Stikbot in various forms in the shops and knew the concept of the product. For anyone who isn’t familiar with it, Stikbot is a posable figure for creating stop motion animation. It is possible to create stop motion with normal toys. Stikbot has the addition of suction cups to its hands and feet, […]

  • Gel-A-Peel Fuzzy Kit Review

    Gel A Peel Fuzzy Kit Review

    We’d seen these on display the last time we were in Toys R Us. Both Abigail and Imogen thought they looked fun and crafty. Then fast forward to the beginning of May when we were at a Blogging conference, where we met the PR company for Gel-A-Peel. We asked if it would be possible to review […]

  • Miller and Carter Gosforth Park

    Miller and Carter Fixed Price Lunch Special

    The Kids had been lucky enough to be taken to Blackpool for the weekend by Catherine’s Parents. Or as I see it… We’d been lucky enough that Catherine’s parents had taken the kids away to Blackpool. Childfree for a full weekend! What were we going to do? Simple, go out and have 2 meals out for […]

  • Whacky Shots World Warriors

    Whacky Shots World Warriors Review

    Since the Hoopsters channel has started to grow, we’ve been getting quite a few toys for review. Last week we received a Whacky Shots Battle Pack from Brainstorm. Whacky Shots World Warriors Battle Pack From the first inspection, Whacky Shots seems to be a simple catapulting style target game. In reality, there are multiple levels to […]

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    Remembering My First Time!

    It only seems like a couple of years ago, but when I work it out it was around 1987. I would have been 9 years old at the time. My parents had booked a coach trip with the Evening Chronicle to travel down to London and see The Phantom of the Opera. What seemed like […]

  • DFDS King Seaways on the Tyne

    The Best Non-Cruise on the Tyne

    Our experience of holidays on a ship is very limited. We’ve only done one, and that was in the Caribbean. We’d looked at heading over to Amsterdam with DFDs Seaways last year but never got around to organising it. Then when it came to booking the mini-break to Amsterdam this year we booked flights instead of […]