TomTom GO 5000 Review

TomTom GO 5000 Review

I love our TomTom but we’ve had it for years and it’s been slowly getting less useable as maps have updated and it’s system just seemed out of date and slower each time we used it. So when we were sent the TomTom GO 5000 to review I can’t say I was sorry to see my old TomTom go, it’s faired us well in the UK, France and Spain but I think it was time for it to be replaced with a newer, prettier, quicker model.

The TomTom GO 5000 appeals because it’s designed to receive real time traffice information, designed to help you beat the traffic and get home to your loved ones. In fact TomTom have created an online complimentary children’s book, Alfie’s Story, which is available to parents to redeem as part of an exclusive TomTom GO and book package. The book is the story of a little boy and his mum, trying to get home from school in time for a new book at bedtime. The book isn’t war and peace but is a fun take on how the TomTom GO 5000 can help you get around obstacles. For more information on the book please see

TomTom GO 5000 Review

The TomTom GO 5000 has connectivity built in. The Always connected feature means that you can easily access TomTom traffic and Speed Camera info whenever you needed. The unit regularly receives information about changing traffic conditions. If traffic jams or other incidents are found on your current route, your device will offer to replan your route to try and avoid any delays.

A major plus is that I used the traffic option on the way to work one day and found a new route that is saving me time every day! Really making a big difference to a heavy traffic portion of my commute.

TomTom GO 5000 Review

The main downside to the TomTom GO 5000 is that when it arrived it needed updating so dutifully I plugged it into my computer and started the updates. This is when I encountered a problem. The TomTom GO 5000 doesn’t have enough internal memory for all the updates! In order to download them all I need an micro SD card, an added inconvenience and expense that wasn’t communicated. I spoke to TomTom customer support (who were very helpful) but they couldn’t rectify the problem completely and could only advise I could take a micro SD card from my camera or phone!

The positives! The TomTom GO 5000 comes with a 5 inch wide-screen, much clearer to see than my previous model. It attaches to a bracket that suctions onto your windscreen, meaning you could leave the bracket attached and take the unit with you. We take the whole unit down when not it use or when we are leaving the car.

The touch screen is responsive and easy to navigate and has new functionality that means it works like current smart phones and tablets in terms of zooming in.

We liked that you can set the voice of your TomTom GO 5000 and there are a range of different accents to choose from. We call our TomTom friend Lucy, the kids like talking to her as we drive, particularly when she tells us to “Do a U-Turn when possible” – they find that hilarious! That normally happens when we don’t follow the route she’s advised. It is quick to find a alternative but sometimes the fastest remedy is to do that U-Turn!

Overall the TomTom GO 5000 is a good sat nav, my only real suggestion for improvement is for it’s internal memory to be larger or for it to come with a micro SD card!

Disclosure: We have received the TomTom GO 5000 for the purposes of this review

The Life Of My Washing Machine

The Life Of My Washing Machine

I feel sorry for my washing machine. If it’s not full of work shirts, it’s school uniform or towels or bedding or something else. The poor thing can’t catch a break!

I try and think of ways to make laundry easier, for the machine (of course I mean for me really).

The Life Of My Washing Machine

I wish they’d invent a washing machine that not only washed clothes well but also sorted the laundry, ironed and folded the washing too! Until that day I try to make my washing machine as effective as possible and my work just a little bit easier!

Here are a few of things I do so far to try and ease the load:

1. The kids separate their clothes into lights, brights and darks as they take them off, we use two small laundry baskets to help them and then I just quickly check through before loading the wash to make sure nothing has slipped into the wrong basket.

2. Periodically run your washing machine on it’s hottest setting with a cup of washing powder and a cup of white vinegar, this will clean out any residue and a clean machine cleans better!

3. Rub chalk onto grease stains – you would not believe how many grease stained items we get in this house, this new tip I’ve discovered is a life saver!

4. Send everything to a serviced laundrette

5. Pop a post it note on your washing machine to remind you of items that don’t go in the dryer

6. Don’t overload your washer, either with clothes or with detergent, too much of either mean that things won’t be as clean and your poor machine will suffer!

7. Buy a clever washing machine (they do exist!) that has a quick cycle for those emergency wash needs or has a darks cycle that keeps darks dark for longer with no added effort from you!

I’m always looking for ways to save time or make life easier. If you have any laundry tips you could share please do so in the comments!

This post is in partnership with Beko.

Family Bedtime Stories

Family Bedtime Stories

Do you read a bedtime story with your family every night? Do you sit down together and get lost in a story, getting excited about the characters and storylines?

I’ve always read to our children, my love of books has definitely rubbed off on them as we’ve read old and new stories both at bedtime but at every other opportunity during the day. Daddy Ramblings on the other hand isn’t a big reader, he doesn’t enjoy reading very much and I’m conscious that I don’t want that to rub off on the children.

When he offered to read Harry Potter with the children I was amazed. Not only would that involve him reading every day but also it would mean that we would have to stick to it, you can’t promise the children you will do something like that and not follow through, can you?

Family Bedtime Stories

So now we all gather in C’s room at bedtime, once teeth are brushed and pj’s are on we all sit down to listen to Daddy read. We get excited about parts of the story and think about what it would be like to be in Harry’s shoes. It reminds me of being small and listening to my Dad read my The Hobbit, I loved that special time with him too.

Every night the kids ask when it will be time to go to bed and since we started reading Harry Potter we no longer have moans of “But I’m not tired” or groans about it not being bed time. Now the children race up the stairs eager to get ready for bed and eager to know what happens next in the story.

Family Bedtime Stories

And the grownups? We’re eager too, enjoying our special family time and enjoying the story. I think we will all be disappointed when the first book is finished. We will definitely have to buy the rest of the set now! The Works have loads of great offers on books sets, I spotted Famous Five and The Magic Faraway tree and I think they might be the perfect type of books to read next. Again, going back to books I enjoyed in my childhood and classic stories I think the whole family would enjoy!

Can you recommend any other good books that might be good as family bedtime stories?

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