Depression Desperation.

 

It’s everywhere, that word. That feeling. That illness.

That feeling of being completely desperate to know, to feel, to tell someone the truth about how completely empty you feel inside.

How completely empty yet full of every feeling and emotion you have ever felt. All at once, all wanting out, all needing to be heard and felt.

For me, depression had almost become a way of life. As scary as that sounds? This problem and feeling won’t ever leave, so I learn to control it. to turn it off, for a while.

When it happens to you, it’s okay. You’re strong, you can do this, you have done this.

But when it happens to someone you love, it suddenly becomes a whole new experience.

A whole new way of life.

You want to do and say the right thing. You want to be strong, the rock, but you also need to release that emotion. Because watching someone you love fall apart from the inside out is impossible.

But we will cope.

We will pick  them up and carry them, for a while.

We will listen and we will learn.

We will have patience and we will become that rock.

Because we are a family and that’s what we do.

No one really knows the path it will take, or how long we will walk it, but we will walk it together.

Because we can x

 

Sonic Boom: Ryse of Lyric Wii U Review

 

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Sonic Boom: Ryse of Lyric Wii U

Sonic has had a bit of a tough time over the years.
The trouble seems to be fans being torn between the fast paced 2D platform classic style and the 3RD person style of adventure games, and said pointless characters appearing over time.
Regardless of opinion, Sonic games have always tried to push boundaries and try different ventures and thing’s.
The 2D classic style gets far more recognition though there are great 3D titles that did well and are arguably the best games on systems such as the Sega Dreamcast.

Sonic Boom Rise of Lyric is unfortunately not getting much good press and reviews. In my opinion, it’s unfair. The game seems and plays far better than it is given credit for.
It mixes it all up trying to please fans of both 2D and 3D and gets knocked to the ground for its efforts.

They say it’s impossible not to mention Sonic or Mario when talking about either mascot rivals. This is very true and whilst writing up the review for Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, I really had to fight the urge to mention Sonic. But, here I think I need to mention Mario, (and I’m saying this being more of a Super Mario Bros fan than Sonic) as the series did not face the same fan suffering as Sonic does, and has yet again for trying something new in gameplay, style and direction.

The Plot:
sonic5Sonic with pals in tow, are chasing Eggman through a path laden jungle. You take control of Sonic trying to dodge missles, burning rocks and boulders that are trying to slow you down so Eggman can escape. Eggman has a plan up his sleeve though, he leads them to an ambush with metal sonic, he then further ambushes the team leading them to a group of his robots standing by for the group to arrive. After tackling the robots and launcing one through a brick wall, a pathway is created. They notice a circular structure and decide to head towards it.
The team see a handprint similar to Sonics, and further more above it, carvings of Sonic and Tails.
Surrounded by an overwhelming amount of enemies led by Metal Sonic. Against Amy’s gut feeling, Sonic has no choice but to place his hand on the hand print and retreat inside the ruins, just as Eggman had anticipated. Unbeknownst to them by entering these ruins they are to release an ancient evil in the form of a metal snake, Lyric.

The game combines adventure, open world roaming, runner type areas similar to a Sonic Dash style, combat and even platform style areas, where you need to move things in the environment to gain access, you may even notice a nod to Sonic Racers Transformed. Literally, something for everyone.

After a couple of levels, you will be able to switch between four characterssonic at any one point, each with their advantages.
Sonic having his spin dash, Tails being able to fly briefly and gain more ground than the others, Amy has a hammer which she can swing in circular motions and Knuckles having a very powerful punch. Holding down the buttons assigned for their attacks will power up their impact of it once released. They all have an electricity type tether that can latch onto enemies, air rails and pulleys which are also found on blocks and also suspended in the air that will allow you to rope swing from one to another to overcome a large gap or get to higher ground.
The levels are fairly sized and they have a wealth of unlockable areas, launch pads and springs and a horde of robotic enemies.

sonic3There are as you would expect, tons of rings scattered throughout the game and although this is typical for a Sonic game, you would think that you had to find and collect all the rings in each level, but this isn’t the case. You are capped at collecting 100 and again as usual, they act as your health. Having said that, there is a music player option in Q-N-C’s database at the main menu and each track requires a certain number of rings to unlock, and what a soundtrack it is!

It is a the perfect blend of platforming and open world exploration, with collectables.
Granted the character voices are cheesy and there is a lot going on especially with the mixture of gameplay styles, but this makes the game stand out.

It has crisp graphics and it is visually pleasing, it looks great on the Wii UScreenShot0186 and once again shows what the system, which many deemed a failure, is capable of. Despite the unnecessary bad press, this is an excellent addition to the Wii U games roster and for those game collectors.

Further more extra features are included in the game.

The Nintendo 3DS connect is worth while checking out if you own a copy of Sonic Boom for both Wii U and 3DS, you can connect them to each other to unlock exclusive power-ups, nice!

Team Challenges which is a section for co-op play with 2-4 characters, providing you know 2-4 other people that own the game and own a Wii U, and you have 4 friends to play with at home, so for me that’s a no, …and a no. ;-(
Joking aside, it seems the people that are not fans of the game, or either the loyal fans to his master system or mega drive days, simply have not played enough of it.
You only have to go onto Nintendo’s e-shop and look for the game and see that is has an impressive 4 out of 5 stars, so it really can not be (and isn’t) as bad as social media and hardened reviewers make it out to be.

Love From The Hazel Key Xx

So, it’s been a while and things have changed so much around here. Now The Hazel Key in finally finished and I have somewhere that finally feels like home.

Somewhere that suits me far more.

This year I hope to see some change. In myself and moving house. Into our forever home.

I want to come here and mind dump again, force my opinions on people and hope bring a smile to some faces.

Not least my own.

SO thank you for staying with us and we hope you enjoy the new look and new name.

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Love us XXXXX

PS Ben took the photo, so he’s still kinda there! 😛

WeebleDown Farm

Weebles Wobble but they don’t fall down! Who doesn’t love a Weeble?

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Young and old the Weebles have been around since the 70’s they are great toys that are egg shaped and they have a weight placed in the bottom-center so that they will wobble but always return the upright position.

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Weebles have and always will be, well-made toys and will last forever, there is something for every small persons taste. Many different playsets and charters to be had and to suit all pockets. Ranging from around £4.99 to about £29.99. They do Tv characters like Peppa Pig with a full range of characters from the favourite children’s TV program to to play sets like Peppas Wind and Webble playhouse to Rock ‘n Wobble Playground and Weeble Down Farm.

We were very pleased to get the WeebleDown Farm to play with, as the girls love animals and there is a great selection to collect for the Weebledown Farm, like Rusty the Rooster who comes included with the farm. The animals range from Patch the Dog and Daisy the Cow to Truffles the Pig and Woollaby the Sheep which start around £4.99 each and come with their own pad which connects together to make the farmers field some even come with vehicles which include hay bales and milk churns, which can be connected to the Weebledown farm tractor which is sold for £19.99 to create the farmers field.

The Farm has a working windmill which spins round when the milk churn is pushed and the Weebles can spin on the millstone  at the bottom of the side which the Weebles  can wobble down. There is a turning weather vane in which the farm weebles can sit on. This is hours of fun and you can keep adding to the Farm and watch it grow.

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Both girls love watching Rusty slide down at warp speed, having seen the set advertised on the TV, they were both bursting to play with it from the get go. I can see this being a set we will be adding to more and more over the years.

 

From ages 18 months upwards

#Netflixstreamteam January

The New year is here!

YAY!

Neflix has kept us all entertained over the new year and going forward, from the wonderful King Julien who is a total hit with the girls, to the newly added films to keep us adults sane on the COLD nights.

Take a look below as we have been watching them all!

For the parents – Netflix gives you the perfect selection for a quiet New Year’s Eve or duvet day on New Year’s Day 

And for kids over the break

Puss in boots is a particular favourite as Boo has a favourite toy which is a ginger cat. Ginger, naturally. So she loves watching her “Ginger” in his own movies on the TV!

Also having the rugrats has been a guilty pleasure, this is something from my own childhood. So having the girls watch and love something I myself loved is equally as epic.

So, as we wonder into 2015, please stay with us and our netflix journey.

Remember you can have everything you see here from Netflix for £5.99 a month.