I have gradually over the last couple of weeks been working on sorting and organising our kitchen. In all honesty it was a disaster zone…….Please don’t judge me on my before and after photos. There was stuff everywhere. I must have had at least 3 boxes of icing sugar all of which had been opened. Jars and Jars of food which had passed it’s use by date and boxes of opened stale crackers/biscuits. I found stuff which I don’t even know why I’d brought in the first place.
It has had to be a gradual task. To do it all in one go would have been overwhelming. I have worked on a shelf by shelf basis. I brought a label maker and countless plastic tubs and baskets. There is this really cool teeny weeny shop in town which has EVERYTHING you would ever need. These baskets are a bargain at 65p.
The difference is amazing. So far I have managed to find time to attack two cupboards. The thing is I need to do it because we have recently had an offer accepted on a new house and the thought of trying to do it when we move is too awful to contemplate.
Last week we were asked to review the Limited Edition Matey bathtime book. Designed to help parents across the country to make bathtime a fun and enjoyable experience for children.
As soon as it arrived in the post my Harriet started trying to grab it and hasn’t really put it down since. In fact I just had to retrieve it from her cot so that I could use it to write this review. I know that it has been designed with bathtime in mind but I have found it also works well at feeding time; light weight and waterproof it is ideal as it easily cleaned.
If I bath both of the girls together they literally fight over it. Harriet in between chewing it squeals at the bright fun Matey Characters – Max Matey, Molly Matey and Peg Leg and Amelie tries to read it with me.
Working in collaboration with Argos we have been reviewing the Lego Friends Cafe.
Lego has always been a favourite in our house. I have many happy memories of playing with my brothers sprawling collection. Back in my day Lego was designed for boys and whilst girls did play with it, it wasn’t designed with them in mind. All this has changed with the introduction of the Lego Friends collection.
Having had two girls I am keen to get them interested in Lego. It’s such great stuff, well built, changeable, adaptable and fun.
The Lego Friends Cafe has been a hit with Amelie. I was a bit worried as she is only 4 and the box comes with a suggested age range of 6-12. I thought it might be a bit too advanced but I needn’t have worried. She needed some help building the cafe but was able to find the pieces and follow the instructions to a degree. But I quite like the fact that she needed help. I think it adds to the charm of it and made it a family project that needed to be thought through.
The instructions are logical with the Lego pieces in numbered bags making it easier to follow. We had all of the pieces on a tray on the table to prevent us loosing bits all over the floor.
The colour scheme has been well thought out which makes it appealing to girls but allowing it to be used alongside regular Lego.
We think it is very cleverly designed as even some of the food is made out of little Lego pieces. I am not too keen on the design of the characters. I think they are a bit too stereotypical for my liking and unlike the older style lego people their hands do not rotate which means they can not hold things properly. But on the whole we have had lots of fun with the Lego Friends Cafe and I am sure we will continue to do so in the future.
Do follow Argos to see if the Lego Friends Cafe makes this years Dream Toy.
So here is the first of my four Apple Recipes to try this week. I just loved the thought of this recipe. I am a big sucker for cheese; the stronger the better so this was always going to be a winner in my book. Not only does it use Rochefort but combined with the Red Onion Chutney I was drooling at the thought of it. This is probably not the best recipe to follow if you are trying to loose weight but as a naughty treat it was delicious and easy to make and went well with a crisp green salad. Check out this months Waitrose Kitchen available in store for the full recipe.