Sunday – more signs of Spring
Monday – I’m going to catch it!
Tuesday – sunshine and blossom
Wednesday – it is a hard job doing blog reviews!
Thursday – Dancing Tinkerbell
Friday – now I’m ten I don’t like having my photo taken
Saturday – Little Miss Butterfly
I love it when I throw random things together to make a meal and it works really well and this dish; Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Pasta is currently one of my favourite things to eat and the real joy is that it is so ridiculously simple to make and not hugely expensive on the ingredients front either.
- 200g cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic puree or paste
- 400g pasta
- 100g smoked salmon (trimmings are fine to use) chopped
- half a teaspoon of dried Dill
- salt and pepper to season
- Add some water to a pan and add a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil.
- Add your pasta and simmer gently.
- Using a heat proof bowl, add the cream cheese and garlic puree and pop the bowl on top of the pasta pan for a couple of minutes to warm the cheese until it is soft.
- Take the bowl off the heat and mix well. Season, add the dill and the smoked salmon. Mix again.
- Drain the pasta, saving a small amount of the water and add pasta and water to the cheese sauce, mix and enjoy.
Since the demise of our last pet, the subject of another pet has been a constant one. We have had endless debates on the subject in fact and so when I told them that I had relented and we were getting a pet, the children were all thrilled.
When is it coming? Erm, well it is coming in the post and should be here in a couple of days. They all looked at me with a puzzled expression, but being children, they soon shrugged it off.
So what is it? Well you will have to wait and see, was my response.
When the Tropical Robo Fish arrived from Hawkin’s Bazaar, I did feel a bit mean, but they have seen the adverts and although slightly disappointed that the postman hadn’t arrived with a dog (?), they were all quite happy with our ‘new addition’.
Now, the Robo Fish is definitely my sort of pet. Fun, nice to look at, easy to take care of and doesn’t make a mess. What more do you need from a fish?
In all seriousness, the Robo Fish is a really great idea. The boys thought it was fun and A spent ages watching it swim around the bowl and then decided to get her hands in and have a play, which she would never have done with a real one. The fish is equipped with a soft tail fin that powers it around through the water and it moves just like a real fish. It is also really easy to use, it comes with the batteries in place and as it is activated as soon as you place it in the water. When you are done, take it out, wipes it dry and it place it on its stand.
There is a whole range to go with the Tropical Robo Fish; there are nine different colours to collect and you can also get a bowl and accessories to make your fish feel at home.
The children are really happy with their new pet and have been discussing a possible name and for now at least, they aren’t asking me when we will be getting a real pet, which is a definite bonus.
We were sent a Tropical Robo Fish for the purpose of this review. All opinions and images are our own.
Locksies are a new range of dolls from Bandai and I have to say that they are quite a clever concept. Now we have a vast array of dolls in this house of different sizes and types, but Locksies are something quite new. There are four Locksies dolls to collect and each doll is 15 cm and comes with a selection of fabrics, ribbons, shoes and accessories. Each doll also comes with a stylus and has a locking strip at the back and the idea is that you take the pieces of fabric and ribbons and you wrap them around the Locksies doll and tuck the material into the back with the stylus.
A was fascinated by the idea of this as she loves dressing her dolls. With her normal dolls, she does struggle to get the clothes on and off and so I did wonder whether or not she would be able to dress these dolls without my help.
She was thrilled to get the Locksies doll out as she was really excited about having a doll with accessories and different clothes and once I had shown her how to lock the fabric into the back of the doll, she was able to do it herself easily.
She really loves this doll. Every now and then, she asks me to help her to slot the fabrics in, but it has been great to encourage her independent play as she has played for hours. She changes the dress, plays with the doll’s hair and puts slides in, takes the shoes on and off and then plays with the doll in the car and her dolls house. The doll’s size is good as it easily fits in her dolls house which is her favourite thing to play with in the whole world.
We were also sent one of the Locksies play sets called Ride in Style / Cabriolet Surprise. This is a fun little set with a rather fetching pink car for the Locksies doll to drive. However, the surprise is that this also transforms into a vanity unit with a stool and a mirror and like the dolls, it comes with a selection of fabrics and ribbons and using the same locking system as the doll, you can open out the car and dress the unit and make it look pretty for your doll.
I did manage to have a quick go at doing this, but I was quickly told off by my daughter as she loves the car and currently doesn’t want to transform it, but I’m sure she will at some point.
We have had the Locksies doll for a week now and A has played with it every day. I have been really impressed with the doll and would definitely look at buying a couple more for A in the future as she has been really inspired by being able to dress the doll so easily. You can buy an additional pack of fabrics and accessories, but we have talked about making our own little dresses too from some scraps of fabric that I have.
We were sent the Locksies Doll and play set for the purpose of this review. All opinions and images are our own.