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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Szczecin, Poland Vlog & Photo Diary


I've always loved travelling and exploring new places. A few months ago we decided to book a cheap trip away to Szczecin, Poland for a few days not really knowing much about what was there to see or do. Even though I normally like to plan everything out before booking it, I have no regrets about picking cheap flights to a random place and just going with it. The town turned out to be a really nice place to visit, with a picturesque river and some interesting architecture. Getting to learn more about the war by exploring the tunnels used to take shelter many years ago was an eye-opener into what people went through. I tried to capture some of what I saw, both in the photos below and the vlog at the bottom of the post. Laura has some other photos of our trip which you can see in her post.






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Monday, 16 October 2017

MYNT Smart Item Tracker & Remote Review


Losing items is something I'm rather good at, particularly putting down the essentials such as my phone, wallet and keys. Bluetooth trackers are becoming a lifesaver for these situations and mean you may never lose anything important again. MYNT have created a smart item tracker (£18.99)* that can be attached to literally anything you want, whether this is your wallet, keychain, laptop, remote, child's clothing or even to use it as a pet tag. This tracker has a very sleek and elegant design and looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. It's only 1/8th inch thick, 2 inches in length and 1 inch wide. 


Even with its small size, it's still packed full of features that can make your life a whole lot easier. Separation phone alert will give your phone a real-time notification when it leaves a preset area so you can be alerted before you get a chance to lose your item. This function is a step up from just being able to see where your item is after you've already lost it. Separation location allows you to see where your item is and lets you follow directions using the map to be reunited with your possessions. 

The distance indicator will make it quicker to find your stuff and prevent you stressing about getting it back. Being able to track your items from your phone is great, but what happens when you lose your phone? The MYNT tracker is a bi-directional anti-loss device that can be used to locate your phone. Long pressing the button on the MYNT will make your phone ring to help you get it back, probably from the back of the sofa or at the bottom of your bag. Alternatively, whichever item you've tagged will allow you to ring the tracker from your phone and can quite easily manage multiple devices all in the smartphone app.


Additional options on the MYNT tracker let you use it as a camera remote, music remote or even as a presentation clicker. Some extras that are supplied are the tracker loop, a keyring, a spare battery and a couple of adhesive pads for when you want to attach it to solid items. I've loved using this tracker and playing around with all its great features. My favourite function at the minute is the separation phone alert as it prevents me leaving the house without my valuables. I can definitely see myself investing in more of these in the future to tag up multiple items so I can keep track of all the important things I own. 

*Post contains a PR Sample.
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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Hofmeister Beer Review & Giveaway


Hofmeister has recently relaunched their beer after it disappeared a number of years ago. Back in the 80's it was a 3.2% ABV pale lager that was produced by Scottish Courage. It was well known due to its famous Bavarian 'George The Bear' and the slogan 'For great lager, follow the bear'. This lager was available until 2003 when it was axed by Heineken who owned the brand back then. After 13 years, Hofmeister returned last year having been turned into a 5% ABV Helles lager, that is slow-brewed by a fourth generation family-owned brewery on the edge of Ebersberger Forest in Bavaria, Germany.


The new lager is owned and run by drinks industry veterans Spencer Chambers and Richard Longhurst and has taken a lot of painstaking work to bring it back from the dead. It's brewed and crafted according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law, with Hofmeister believing that their Bavarian Helles is the best lager that you can get your paws on. Made using natural mineral water and locally grown barley and hops, this lager is 'subtly hoppy and a gently carbonated Helles. If you fancy picking up some of your own, you can get it here



I've tried a number of different beers over the past few years including a variety of German beers. At 5%, this beer is on the weaker side for German beers, however, that doesn't mean it's a bad thing. I found Hofmeister to be a really easy drinking beer that wasn't too overpowering. It's got a slightly sweet taste to it and combined with the slight carbonation makes it a pleasantly refreshing drink. Hofmeister would be a perfect beverage to enjoy with a meal, and it worked particularly well with the BBQ that I had mine with.

Competition

If you fancy getting your hands on some of your very own Hofmeister, then check out my competition on Twitter below to enter and be in with a chance of winning. The prize will include a 12 pack of Hofmeister Helles Beer, Two Hofmeister Beer Glasses, a Hofmeister Bar Blade and a pack of Hofmeister branded beer mats. Please see T&Cs below.


Terms and Conditions

UK entries only. Must be over 18 to enter and be willing to prove your age. Ends 17th September at 10pm. Prize items listed above in competition section. No cash alternative. Winner will be notified on Twitter. Hofmeister will be sending the prize out to the winner. To enter, must be following both @amsblog & @hofmeister_beer and retweet the tweet above.


This post contains PR samples.
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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Popsockets | Are They Worth It?


I've seen a lot of people talking about Popsockets and I first thought they would be a bit of a gimmick. I mean, why would you need something stuck to the back of your phone to help you hold it? Even though my phone, an iPhone 6S, isn't huge I do tend to rest it on my little finger when holding which can result in it feeling a little sore after a while so much so that I have a slight curvature to my finger which seems to be known as 'smartphone pinky'. Popsockets are designed to be a grip/stand or to be used as an earphone management system. After reading about them a little more I decided to give it a go and order one to test it out which even prompted Laura to want one too, hence the pink sparkly one above. I also ordered a mount for the Popsocket which I'll talk more about below.


The Popsocket simply sticks to the back of your phone or phone case and is so simple to put on. Simply pull the back and it 'pops' out to one of two heights as you can see above. I use it fully pulled out and have actually found it much easier to hold my phone, partly due to the fact that you can get a solid grip without worrying about dropping it. This comes in particularly useful when laying in bed and not dropping my phone onto my face, which I'm sure many of you will have done at some point. Priced at £9.99 for the ones I got, I thought it was decent value for money as they should be something I get a lot of use from.

Depending on the design on the back, the prices do vary slightly. You can choose from a number of pre-created styles or you can create your own uploading an image. Repositioning of the Popsocket it easy enough, you just need to peel it off and then apply in the desired position. If it loses its adhesiveness then a quick rinse in water will get it sticky again. Using these as a stand could come in useful, particularly if you watch a lot of videos on your phone or even tablet. Those with a larger device could use a couple of them to make holding or standing it easier. I haven't bought any yet to use with my iPad but have been considering it.


As I mentioned above I also bought a mount for the Popsocket which is designed to allow your phone to be mounted anywhere you want. The main use for me will be in the car so I can securely have the phone on the dashboard which will come in handy when using my phone as a Sat Nav. You could also stick it to the wall or window if you needed your phone for displaying something while still having your hands free. I got this for £6.99 on offer but even at the full price of £9.99, it's still good value if you compare it to car phone holders. Overall, I would recommend trying out a Popsocket, especially for those who are constantly on their phones. For the price, I think you are getting a very handy accessory that may change the way you use your phone. If you tend to use your phone as a Sat Nav, then I'd also go for the mount as the perfect way to mount your phone in the car.

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