15 Nov 2017

How to Design a Brand Logo with Logojoy

I have recently been giving the blog an overhaul. I have updated the header and social media buttons. I have changed the layout and colour scheme. Next on the list was a brand new blog logo. Logojoy, a blog designing website, invited me to try out and review their software.

Logojoy uses artificial intelligence to generate beautiful, unique logo ideas to suit your business. You can design a logo for free and keep refining it till you are completely happy with the result. You only make a payment once you are satisfied with your logo.

Logojoy uses artificial intelligence to generate beautiful, unique logo ideas to suit your business. You can design a logo for free and keep refining it till you are completely happy with the result. You only make a payment once you are satisfied with your logo.


I started off by filling in the name of my blog when prompted. The next step was to pick five or more logos that I liked from a list of pre-made ones. They differ in colour, font and layout. Logojoy then uses these choices as a guide to create a design just for you. 



The next page prompted me to choose a colour swatch from the nine available ones. I am partial to a cool colour scheme, so chose black, turquoise, blue, violet and orange.


Next I had to think of a slogan for my blog. This step is optional, but any business or blog looks better with a slogan. Rambling Through Parenthood is a family lifestyle blog that is all about taking on challenges, trying new things and pushing horizons. So I picked a slogan to reflect this. I was then prompted to search for and select five symbols to symbolise what my blog was about.


Logojoy now wanted me to create an account before I could continue. I had the option to log in via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or use an email address. For reasons unknown, it would not let me log in via anything other than my email.


Once I had overcome this little niggle, I was shown all the logos that Logojoy had created for my blog. I could choose the ones I liked and edit colour, layout and fonts. This was the hard bit. They all looked so pretty and appealing; I found it difficult to narrow down on one.

I did eventually, and then had a go using the various tools to change things around. I would have liked an ‘undo’ button to cancel changes I had made. There was none, so I had to keep going back and forth with the choices. It would also be useful to be able to compare two or more choices next to each other. Other than that, it was fun to play around with colours and fonts till I found something I liked. The best bit was to generate a preview to see how your brand logo will look on billboards, t-shirts and business cards.



Generally speaking, the Logojoy website was easy to navigate. The instructions were precise and self-explanatory. The pricing structure was clear, so you knew exactly what you were getting in the package you select.




I am super pleased with my new blog logo and can’t wait to use it. Isn’t it striking!


Disclosure: I was given a Premium logo package for the purpose of this review and was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own. 

13 Nov 2017

Meccano M.A.X - the Interactive Toy Robot, Review

I grew up in the 1980s watching The Terminator movies and reading Isaac Asimov’s principles of robotics. It was a time when artificial Intelligence (AI) was the stuff of sci-fi fantasies. I never thought that one day I would own an intelligent, learning robot that can tell a joke!

Meccano M.A.X. by Spinmaster is the new AI-powered smart robot designed to learn through interaction. The more you play with it, the smarter M.A.X gets! As a personalised STEM toy, M.A.X. has the capacity to stimulate young minds and foster a passion for science and critical thinking.


Meccano M.A.X. (Meccano Advanced XFactor) by Spinmaster is the new AI-powered smart robot designed to learn through interaction. The more you play with it, the smarter M.A.X gets.

12 Nov 2017

170 mile Cycle Ride - Training and Weight Loss (Week 6 Update)

I am at the end of week 6 of training for The Way Of The Roses and after missing all of week 5 to a nasty cold bug, I am glad to say this week has been a lot better. I managed an average speed of 21mph on a stationary bike at a level 9 tension. This session may have lasted only 25 minutes, but it is the fastest I have ever ridden on any kind of bicycle.

My on-going struggle with chronic sinusitis affects cycling performance. I have introduced kapalbhati pranayama into my morning routine in an attempt to overcome this. I am also practising mindfulness because the mind plays just as big a part in performance as physical training.

10 Nov 2017

The Great British Sewing Bee Sewing Studio Review

I don’t do sewing machines.  I can crochet beautiful patterns and I can sew with a needle and thread, but I don’t use sewing machines. The last time I used one was a couple of years ago when, under the watchful eyes of professionals, I managed to sew a Christmas gift bag.

What is life without a challenge, eh? So I accepted the task of using and reviewing the The Great British Sewing Bee Sewing Studio.

The Great British Sewing Bee Sewing Studio comes fully equipped with a pro sewing machine with features like a finger safety guard, auto speed settings,  and a thread spool compartment. It can be battery operated or you can plug it into the mains. The Sewing Studio is aimed at ages 6 and above, but only with adult supervision. Creating with the Sewing Studio can be a fun family project, something to spend time together and bond over.

6 Nov 2017

Mi-Mic Karaoke Microphone Speaker - Review

I love to sing and so does my six year old son. I have never had any formal training and J is only just beginning his, but we have always bonded over music. We love to listen and sing along to our favourite tracks at home as well as in the car. So when the opportunity arose to review a karaoke microphone, I knew it was something we would both enjoy.

The Mi-Mic is a karaoke microphone with an in-built speaker and Bluetooth functionality. The Bluetooth allows you to connect the Mi-Mic to any paired device, so you can channel the music through it as you sing. It comes with 7 coloured LED lights for added fun. Mi-Mic is perfect for children's parties, as a single charge gives 4 hours of play-time.

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