Author: Kip Hakes

Hi! I’m Kip, I’m a 37 year old Daddy Blogger / Vlogger. I’m married to 'Mrs H' (Vicki), I've got two children, a Daughter, G (15) a Son, J (6) not to mention a Puppy called Duggee - we live in the Essex countryside. I’ve blogged since 2008, and my blogging subjects include – Parenting, Technology, Reviews, Photography, Rants and Raves and more. I’m Designer of stuff by day, and a total nerd at night.

Aren’t school nativities a bit shit?

This week was James’ school nativity. This isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve watched all of James’ and Georgia’s too, and my word, they are shit. Gone are the years of some Christmas Carols with the ‘Christmas Story’ intertwined within. There’s no longer a barebones cast of Mary, Joseph, an Inn …

Video Blog #46 – Alton Towers – Santa’s Sleepover

This is a VERY festive vlog – Merry Christmas! However, it’s a little bit different from a regular vlog – normally as soon as it’s filmed I rush and get it sliced down and edited as soon as possible. This was actually filmed in December 2017 – that’s right – …

Review – The Braintree Express Christmas Experience at Freeport Braintree

On Saturday we took a trip to try the Braintree Express Christmas Experience at Freeport Braintree. The event promises a magical train journey to the North Pole to see Santa. Was this an enchanting journey to a wonderful festive land? Or more ‘Grotty’, than ‘Grotto’? Read on to find out.. …

Competition – Win a £20 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card

To celebrate the fact Kip Hakes.com has it’s own Amazon.co.uk Influencer Store, and Christmas is just around the corner I’ve decided to give away a £20 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card. You can use it to buy someone special a Christmas gift, or just treat yourself for being so flipping awesome! I’ll …

An Interview with Anna Danshina

After the screening of Love Possibly that I attended a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to speak to the leading lady, Anna Danshina. We had a chat about Love Possibly, how she got into acting and what she’s been up to recently. Anna was born in Siberia in …

Better brushing with the FOREO ISSA Mikro and Mini

A few weeks ago the cool kids at FOREO invited me and James down to a FOREO ISSA Mikro Event. Foreo makes a wide range of skin care and oral care products. This event focused on the ISSA Mikro and Mini toothbrush ranges for children. Leading cosmetic dentist Dr Mark Hughes was …

Are you getting the best deal on your Broadband?

Ahhh man, I remember back in the day excitedly fitting a 28.8 kbps modem into my computer and having ‘the internet’. Having my Mum and Dad complain that the phone line was always engaged, and shouting at them when they picked up the phone and whatever I’d been downloading stopping …

Is Sharing, Caring..?

Share this. Like this. Retweet this. We’re constantly being asked to push people’s content. Sometimes it’s because it’s sharing something that might be helpful, or useful to others. Sometimes people share nonsense to breed hate. Should we always share though? I remember there was a post knocking around a year …

How To – Replace Light Switches with Philips Hue Switches

I LOVE my Hue Lights, I really do. Every light fitting in the house has a Hue Bulb. The only issue I’ve had is with the Philips Hue Switches. They work magnificently, however, because they are so wildly different to UK Light Switches it’s very difficult to replace them. Until …

The top 3 reasons to invest in defensive driving classes

Most people think that they are pros once they finish a driving course. A few weeks of driving levels can never be enough for you to truly be a professional. Besides that, other drivers think that they are cautious, and so, they can escape an accident anytime. However, that may …

Review – Love Possibly

I’m not a massive romantic comedy fan – I tolerate the genre. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll happily watch them, but they don’t appeal to me. When I was invited to see Love Possibly, I was expecting a reasonably enjoyable romp. As I was offered the chance to interview the …

Review – Roav VIVA by Anker – Alexa for your CAR!

We’re a household heavily invested in the Amazon Echo (Alexa) ecosystem in this household. When I saw the Roav VIVA which is an Alexa for your car – I was excited to give it a try. The Roav VIVA is made by Anker, whose phone chargers and charging cables I …

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