How to get More Tumblr Followers

 Tumblr Getting More Followers


Just a quick post on how to increase the number of Tumblr followers, I recently came across a technique and thought I would share  with you.

1. Go to Google and search for Tumblr tagged and add your niche word relative to you.

2. Look for a post that has lots of notes (comments) and follow them and wait for the follow backs;-) you are allowed to follow upto 200 a day with a maximum of 5000 following total.

Let me know how you go on

Grandad Al

Water Meter Review Update after 6 Months Use

Water Usage with our Meter

Just a quick update of water usage & charges after our water meter installment 6 months ago, we were originally paying£47.20 per month so decided to use the water meter usage calculator on the United Utilities website to see if there would be any savings. The new payment would be £31.11 per month making a saving £16.09  😉 Continue reading »

Liverpool Airport Parking Promotional Code

Liverpool Promo Code

Liverpool Airport Liverpool Airport Parking John Lennon Promo Code

Having recently flown over to the I.O.M. from Liverpool Airport to see our new grandson and paying for parking at the Airport,today I got an email with a 20% off promotional code for airport parking.

Car Park Booking link


(code expires 31st August 2016)

I have used this code and booked to go over later in the year to the I.O.M.and it works.

Enjoy and share 😉

Grandad Al
Photo credit: isapisa via / CC BY-SA

Have you checked out Family Clan giveaways, we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs and it’s free to enter with no catches. You will find them listed here.

Motorola Baby Monitor & Review

Motorola MBP853 Review Family Clan Blog

Motorola MBP853 Baby Monitor Family Clan BlogMotorola MBP853 Baby Monitor

We’ve been asked to review this Motorola MBP853 baby monitor, perfect timing with a family member due in January. It would make a lovely baby shower gift too.

Motorola MBP853 Baby Monitor Family Clan Blog

The Motorola  baby monitor (model MBP853 Connect HD WiFi) comes with a 3.5-inch colour LCD monitor that has a remote pan, tilt and digital zoom function with a 300° view of your baby’s room. The baby monitor has two-way communication to speak to your baby and hear their replies. The monitor has a room temperature sensor so you will be able to keep an eye on the room temperature and you will receive alerts when it gets too hot or cold. With the built-in infrared led lights you can see your baby’s room in the dark (the image is black and white at night) and integrated lullabies help soothe your child back to sleep, number 2 lullaby is great. With the baby monitor you can get free alerts when motion and sound are detected (triggered snapshots).

Motorola MBP853 Baby Monitor Family Clan Blog

Remote viewing is possible on your Android device (4.0 or later) or iOS (7.0 or later) smart phone, tablet or computer via the Hubble for Motorola Monitors app, so you can see a live video stream when you’re away.

In-app video recording and image capture is a free feature and requires a Smartphone or Tablet with available storage. Please note this features is different to the Motion Triggered Recording service, which requires a paid subscription plan.

Just one thing I noticed when reviewing the baby monitor, is that you have to turn the camera on first to pair up with the monitor, if you do it the other way the unit bleeps at you and is not happy, not a good idea when you are trying to settle a little one!


The baby monitor is of a good quality and is straight forward and easy to use, up to 4 cameras can be added to the system which is great for monitoring additional rooms or other children’s bedrooms

Key Features:

  • 3.5 inch colour LCD parent unit
  • Two way communication
  • Remote pan, tilt and digital zoom
  • Infrared night vision
  • Room temperature monitor
  • Integrated lullabies
  • Up to 300m range with Parent Unit
  • Works with Hubble via Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G Connections
  • Motion Triggered Recording*
  • In-App Video Recording and Image Capture
  • Box Contents1 x Monitor; 1 x Power Adapter; 1 x User Guide ; 1 x Quick Start Guide

If you can’t wait & want to purchase the Motorola MBP853 Connect Baby Monitor you will find it at John Lewis and retails for £169.95

If you would like a chance to win, just enter the Rafflecopter form below, the first question is mandatory, if you don’t leave a comment then none of your further entries will count.  Do as many or as little as you like, you can come back every day to gain more entries.  UK Only.

Don’t forget to check out our other giveaways

If you’re not sure about Rafflecopter, we have put an informative page about how to use it here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grandad Al

We was sent this for us to review free of charge. Our opinions are in no way swayed by this. All our reviews are our honest thoughts & feelings.

Fix WordPress Permalinks within Yoast

Permalinks: Changing to ‘Post name’

A long long time ago somehow when we started our WordPress blog, the year and month was always published in front of the post title, ‘very annoying’ and if you changed the permalinks to what you wanted it broke the site, so up until recently I managed to change them without breaking the site YIPPEE!

I found out about changing the permalink structure in the .htaccess folder instead of just adding 301 link redirecting plugin (Google is good 😉

Anyway the .htaccess way usually means opening your file manager, editing and saving it,but I found another way, quite by accident in the Yoast plugin, that I have already installed so the example below is what the permalinks look like now ‘not annoying’;-)

example:   i.e.Post name: without the date/month/year in front of giveaways

You can check what your current permalinks are by going into your backend admin settings in WordPress and go to settings – Permalinks (see below).

Common Permalink Settings

Permalinks WordPress Common Settings Family Clan Blog

Create 301 Redirects

First off you will have to generate your new permalink code (see below)

Yeost-301-Permalink-redirects Family Clan Blog

Once you have generated your 301 redirect code, highlight the text and copy the code code, you need to go back into your permalinks (admin backend in WordPress ,go to settings – Permalinks) and change your permalinks to Post name and press save.

After you have saved to Post name, go to Yoast SEO-Tools-File-editor (see below).

Yoast tools File editor Family Clan Blog

Scroll down till you see the .htaccess file, then all you have to do is paste the code previously copied into the top of the file before # Begin WordPress and job done.

wordpress.htaccess-file Family Clan Blog










Don’t forget to check everything is working,if not you may not be allowed to use RedirectMatch.

Please call back and leave a comment to let me know how you go on.

Grandad Al

Pana Chocolate Review

Pana Chocolate Review 

Family Clan Blog Pana Chocolate 1

I don’t buy dark chocolate as I prefer a good galaxy or dairy milk bar, but I was given a Fig & Wild Orange to try by Pana Chocolate.

Pana Chocolate has a minimum of 70% cacao, they are organic, with no dairy or soy included & also gluten free. There is also no refined sugar & has a low Gi (Glycaemic Index), it’s suitable for vegans too & to top it all it is handmade in Melbourne Australia

Family Clan Blog Pana Chocolate 2


I have never tried their brand before, to my astonishment, it tastes rather good. It is nice & chewy from the fig & not bitter at all, unlike some dark chocolate I have had in the past.  The bar has six blocks; I found eating one or two plenty enough for one sitting, unlike Nanna Jane who no doubt would have the lot if I let her.

Family Clan Blog Pana Chocolate 3 (1)




The Fig & Wild Orange has cacao solids 70% min (cacao butter & cacao powder), coconut nectar, coconut oil, carob, figs (14%), cinnamon, wild orange essential oil 1%, Himalayan crystal salt.

So I give Pana Chocolate in fig & orange a big thumbs up.


Pana Chocolate is also available in an assortment of 9 flavours including: Cinnamon, Coconut & Goji, Eighty, Fig & Wild Orange, Mint, Nuts, Orange, Raw Cacao, Sour Cherry.

You can purchase from Amazon
Pana Chocolate given us two bars for you to win in our Rafflecopter  giveaway.

For a chance to win just enter the Rafflecopter below, the first question is mandatory & if you don’t leave a comment then none of your further entries will count. Do as many or as little as you like, you can come back every day to gain more entries.  UK Only.

If you’re not sure about Rafflecopter, we have put an informative page about how to use it here.

Don’t forget to check out our giveaways

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Granddad Al

Pana Chocolate sent us a bar from their range for us to review free of charge. Our opinions are in no way swayed by this it. All our reviews are our honest thoughts & feelings

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WordPress Hacked htaccess Files Fixed


Just a quick update regarding the website being hacked again, SEO Spam was the culprit this time ‘MW:SPAM:SEO’(webpage post links redirected to a Viagra site.
Apparently WordPress is vulnerable to backdoor attacks ‘brute force attacks’ (admin login page being one in particular because WordPress is an outdated CMS according to our hosting provider.
You can use the free site check tool on the link below to see if your site has been hacked (6 pages of ours were affected).
This time the .htaccess files had been modified with a link to another site, ‘from what I understand it changes the permalinks’, this time instead of taking the site down and uploading an earlier backup copy, which I did after the previous attack, I accessed the .htaccess in the public html folder, through file manager in cPanel, tick the box to show hidden files (dotfiles), then (right click and code edit), this opens up in notepad, I ended up deleting the contents and putting in a clean version of code that fixed the site (see code below)
P.S. there were also a number of plug-in .htaccess files that were also hacked.
Grandad Al

# BEGIN WordPress

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index.php$ – [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# END WordPress


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Sneaker Chains UK Selection Giveaway

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Navman Tourer Life Map Updates Not Working Now Fixed

Navman Tourer Life Fix

First of all I must congratulate the staff at Mitac (Navman Support) for their first rate service when I had a problem updating my Navman Tourer Life Sat Nav (Life = Lifetime Map Updates;-) my email was answered within 24 hours after being sent and now it’s now back up and running with the latest maps 😉

Navman Tourer Life

I had just wanted to update my Navman with the latest maps, but ended up taking all my history, saved places & all the maps out!! Trying to put it back in turned into a nightmare, I tried all different ways with out success. I eventually emailed Mitac & within 24 hours received this reply

If you have the problem that when clicking ”Install Maps” in MioMore Desktop, nothing happens. Use instructions below :

  • If you have any other USB devices connected to your PC, please disconnect them.


  • Go to Start > (My) Computer > Navman Tourer Life > (1) open the Navman folder. In this Navman folder, (2) delete every folder and file apart from the Sound folder.






  • Close NavDesk and re-open it. Now try to install the maps as normal.

We are now back up & running, or is that driving, again.  We have had to manually put in all our places again & some have been lost until we go there again, like the hotels we stay in when visiting our daughter H, but at least it is now all good.  I had thought i might have had to buy a replacement.

Hope someone else finds this information useful.

Granddad Al