Vodafone Smart Tab N8-Tech Review (from a non-tech blogger)

Vodafone sent me their new Smart Tab N8 to review!

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If you read my last tech review, of the Samsung mobile, you’ll know two things.
1. I am not a tech reviewer.  I review as a Mum, woman (and as someone who has zero idea of tech related information.
2. I am a fierce Apple addict.  I have an iPad, and an iPhone, and don’t often find Android very easy to go back to. Continue reading “Vodafone Smart Tab N8-Tech Review (from a non-tech blogger)”

It’s A Whole Lotta Fun! Fun House Interview With Pat Sharp!

 

During 1989 and 1999, my only issues in life, were attending nursery/school, homework and my favourite television programmes.  Among them-Fun House.  Running from 1989-1999, the CITV children’s favourite, was by far (in my opinion), one of the best things on my big backed telly box.

Now, 28 years since the first episode hit our screens, plans are underway to bring the Fun House back!!

Alas, this news isn’t as it seems!  To be in with a chance of reviving this “whole lotta fun” show, the team need your help!

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To find out more about the revival, and how the general public can help get Fun House back up and running, I spoke to the man himself, Pat Sharp. Continue reading “It’s A Whole Lotta Fun! Fun House Interview With Pat Sharp!”

Summer Holiday Clubs & Camps-Why I Won’t Be Participating

So, it’s that time of the year again.  Kids are coming home with leaflets in their bags, events are being set up and shared on social media.  What are they for?  Summer holiday clubs.

Sports clubs, holiday clubs, holiday camps, fun activity clubs-you name it, there’s something for everyone.

So why won’t I be even debating on sending my children on one of these?

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One Third Stories-Spanish & French Book Review & Giveaway

You may remember, a blog I wrote not so long ago, reviewing a language book from One Third Stories.  (If you don’t, hear it is- One Third Stories Review)

 

StoriesStoriesSince we reviewed that French language book, we’ve been sent some more!  Another French one, and, a Spanish one.

I’ll hold my hands up now, before any vlogs pop up below, before anyone else feels the need to mention it-I don’t speak Spanish.  I literally learnt how to say 1-8, and Hola.  My son however, has just moved to a new school-and, as luck would have it, he’s begun Spanish lessons there!

He’s still not up on the majority of the words we found in the book One Third Stories sent us, but he had a good go, as you can see here! Continue reading “One Third Stories-Spanish & French Book Review & Giveaway”

My Dad-A Daughters First Love

A blog I’ve been wanting to write for a long time seems perfect to do this weekend ready for my Dad’s Birthday.

 

“A daughters first love “

I read a lot of quotes, I use a lot-especially in my blogs, then I decide whether I believe them or not!  However, there’s not a shred of doubt that the above quote is 100% true. Continue reading “My Dad-A Daughters First Love”

Peppa Pig Potty Training Bundle-Product(s) Review

 

Look at all the lovely Peppa Pig goodies, we, (well Olivia really) were sent!

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Olivia is a rather big fan of Peppa Pig-we recently went to London to see “My First Cinema Experience” and she loved it!

Because of this, she was thrilled with her box of goodies, and set to work placing the items where they needed to be in the house.

What was in the box?

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Pocket Notebooks-Esmie,Rhodia & Papio Press Review

Forget the App, there’s a Pocket Notebook for that…

The lovelies over at Pocket Notebooks very kindly sent me some notebooks to review.

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Who are Pocket Notebooks?

Pocket Notebooks are on a mission, to remind people about those good old days, when we didn’t reach for our phone to make notes-when a pocket notebook was all we needed.

The noise and insistence of technology is constant. A notebook takes us to a world that we choose. A world where the only sound is our sound.

Continue reading “Pocket Notebooks-Esmie,Rhodia & Papio Press Review”

Turning 31 – Crappy Birthday To Me….

In one week I’m turning 31.
31 years of Birthday’s, each one, up until now, celebrated and enjoyed.

 

Until this one that is. Continue reading “Turning 31 – Crappy Birthday To Me….”

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Three Mobile Phone-Tech Review

I was sent a Samsung galaxy S8+ from Three, to review for a few weeks.  Before we continue, I don’t want to lead anyone into false expectations; I’m not a tech blogger, I’m a Mummy, Wife and blogger/vlogger, and I’ll base my review from those points of view rather than anything “techy”.

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As some of you will know, I’m a massive Apple fan.  I own the iPhone 6+ and have owned iPhones for years.
When I received the S8+, I wondered if this beaut of a phone, had the possibility of converting me back to wanting an Android! Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy S8+ Three Mobile Phone-Tech Review”

Panasonic-Combination Microwave Cooking With Tom Kitchin

How much can you cook in your combination microwave?  What do you use your combination microwave for?

Personally, I don’t use mine for as much as I now realise I could!

Panasonic have teamed up with Michelin Star chef Tom Kitchin, to create a dish you wouldn’t imagine could be made in a microwave.

Baked Scallops in Shells

All of the ingredients are on the Youtube Video below, just click through when you see the “try it yourself” prompt!

Due to this looking SO easy-and being a big fan of fish, I decided to take the plunge and try to make this for myself!!!
I’m the only one who eats scallops, so I reduced the recipe using the adjustment tool on the website (in case you didn’t catch it on the Youtube video-click HERE).
MicrowaveI began with step one (obviously), and placed my shallots and oil into my bowl.  I put them in the microwave for 12 minutes but checked them after 11 as my microwave has a high wattage.  They needed another 30 seconds and then they were ready!
After that, I removed them and added my vermouth and the fish stock together, and cooked them in the microwave for 14 of the 15 minutes stated (once again because the microwave is a little stronger than normal ones).
I added the cream and once it was thick, I strained it through a sieve and placed the sauce into the fridge to cool.
When it had cooled I stirred through the dill and tarragon.
I then added the carrot and leek into a bowl with some water, and steamed them until they were soft.
It was then time to prepare the scallops.  I began by scooping the meat out of the shell, rinsing them, and drying them on some kitchen roll.
MicrowaveMicrowaveI then washed the shells and added the carrot and leek mix equally into each one.  Once filled, I cut the scallops in half and equally distributed them too, before covering with the sauce I’d made earlier.

 

I then cut strips of the pastry and covered the gap where the shell halves came together, before placing them in the oven to cook for ten minutes.
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MicrowaveMicrowaveThis is the finished dish!!  I’m so impressed with how easy it was to make, and how much I could do in the microwave!  (I’m also pretty impressed with how yummy it was!)
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Why don’t you give it a try too!  And, if you don’t own a combination microwave-check out Panasonic’s range HERE!
Also, check out our other reviews HERE!