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There’s a major bonus to working from home … you can wear your slippers to work! Now you can picture just how glamorous I am, can’t you? Seriously though, I have noticed a massive change in my feet since I left office work and stayed in my kitchen. I used to be a heels girl, spending 8 hours a day on my feet delivering training courses. I just can’t do it now – in fact, I’m to be heard grumbling if I even have to place my trotters in outdoor wear.

I do like to be able to walk to school for the afternoon pick up from time to time though, which makes it difficult to decide which shoes to wear. I’m prone to blisters and stingy balls (not entirely sure that’s the technically correct term but you know what I mean – when you feel like the base of your feet are on fire?)

When I was invited to Hotter shoes in Bury a couple of weeks ago, I jumped at the chance to finally get the feet sorted (Figuratively you understand! My slippers would fall off if I actually jumped). I’d heard of the ‘Hotter moment’ but was sceptical whether there was such a thing. What is supposed to happen is, you try the shoes on, you stand up to do the gangly walk around the shop and you have an ‘Aah’ moment when you realise how comfortable the shoes are. Hotter say that they started life making slippers – they pride themselves now on making shoes that are as comfortable as slippers.

Well, did it happen? Yes it did! We had been shown a brief video and presentation about how Hotter shoes came to be and the success of the business so far, then we were offered the chance to mooch around the store and choose a pair of shoes to our liking.

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suede nude shoes

Still looking good after a couple of weeks – The grass needs cutting though!

Nope, I don’t think you quite got how awesome that was! We could choose whichever shoes we liked! Now judging from some of the footage of the olden days of Hotter, I’m thinking I would have struggled to find a pair I liked – I could have easily chosen half a dozen different shoes at the moment. There are heels, sling backs, sensible walking shoes, trendy shoes, canvas shoes, exercise shoes and even trendy men’s footwear. And that’s before I get onto the bags and purses!

hotter canvas wedges shoes

I opted for a pair of suede nude heels – I can wear them for meetings, WI events, meals out and even the odd trip to the pub that we keep promising ourselves we’ll have. I wanted to do the ultimate test though and do the walk to school! I’m happy to confirm they give the ultimate squishy Hotter moment (Its not compulsory to give an involuntary ‘Aah’ but you just might do) and even better, NO STINGY FEET!

The ladies at Hotter (there were no men there) pride themselves on giving an individual service – They do not go solely off what size you normally are – there are wide fittings, go up to size 9 and have half size fittings and certain styles will fit different foot shapes – Your feet are in their hands! ;-)

men's hotter shoes

What you might not know about Hotter:

  • They are the Uk’s biggest shoe manufacturer.
  • They produce a pair of shoes every 20 seconds.
  • In just 4 years, they have gone from 5 stores to currently 67 stores!

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Disclosure: I was invited to Hotter and offered a pair of shoes. I was given free reign about what to write and all opinions are honest and my own!

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Old El Paso – Review

mexican family meals

Discovering Mexican cuisine was one of the great moments in my life. Seriously, up until then I didn’t know how much I loved spice and a kick. There are very few cheesy dishes but plenty of tomato based meals on a Mexican menu which really suits me. Do I have to prove how much I love Mexican food? Well, we went to Acapulco on our honeymoon because of it (the food in Acapulco was rubbish by the way but that’s a story for another day)

Needless to say that, when we were asked a couple of weeks ago if we would like to test some Old El Paso products, I think you know our answer. We really didn’t expect the selection that arrived though.

I have bought Old El Paso products before but have tended to think they only sold single products – nachos, wraps, chilli sauce.

Trying the meal packs was a gamble for us – we are not really a pre prepared meal selection type of family.

The first thing we tried was the One Pan Rice Meal – We went with the Extra Mild Option which is suitable for all ages. I wanted a meal that the 3 girls could eat – They are convinced they don’t like spicy food so were appeased by the ‘Extra Mild’ label. What I didn’t expect, though, was how much they would enjoy the meal. I added 3 chicken breasts (the meal is most suited to chicken) and 2 chopped peppers and there was plenty for all 3 of them plus Dermot (and a taste for me). Very easy to prepare, I think this may be a standby in future for when we need to be out to training quick. I wasn’t entirely fond of the lemon sauce that you add at the end but the girls raved about it. Every plate was scraped clean – I won’t show you photographic evidence – post meal times in our house are rather gruesome.

old el paso rice meal

One of my most favourite tastes ever has got to be the Jalapeño sauce – Its not nearly as hot as I thought it would be and it goes with everything (well, maybe not porridge) – I’ve just had it tonight with Stuffed Potato Skins. Pictured below is when we had it with Bacon Potato Cakes – Delish!

hot jalapeño sauce uses for

Our next meal was the Taco meal – I’ve seen these boxes in the supermarket but honestly just thought they were the Taco shells. I love that by adding minced beef and peppers you can get a tasty meal that we all sat and enjoyed. Because there are 5 of us, I filled it out slightly with some rice and tortilla chips was that was plenty.

The kids love the independence of putting their own meal together. They choose whether or not to add salsa (Do it, its fantastic!). The only downside of serving a meal like this is the amount of washing up afterwards but for sheer enjoyment and family time – I highly recommend a Taco family meal night.

family taco night

Disclosure: We were sent the Old El Paso products for the purpose of this review – All opinions are are own.

For more information about the Old El Paso range visit www.OldElPaso.co.uk

Duck & Hazelnut Risotto with Maille Hazelnut Oil

hazelnut Oil risotto

A short while ago I was invited to test out a couple of Maille products and come up with an original recipe using at least one of them. I will admit to previously thinking that Maille was solely about mustard, which I don’t tend to use loads of in my recipes. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that I could get both aged Balsamic vinegar (which I used to dip my Hazelnut Ficelles in) and most excitingly, Hazelnut Oil. I’ve heard about Hazelnut Oil for a while now but wanted the opportunity to explore new tastes. I wanted to get away from just trying it in Baking (if you are a Nutella fan, then try it!) and find a savoury dish.

There’s no denying that Hazelnut Oil is quite a sweet taste (and quite subtle so you won’t find it overwhelming) so a sweet flavoured meat was my first port of call. I love using oils in risottos as they stop the flavour becoming too samey – you never know which bite will be an ‘oil bite!’

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Duck & Hazelnut Risotto

Serves 2-3
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Gourmet, Serve Hot
A beautiful dish of creamy risotto rice with tender duck and a surprise crunch of hazelnuts

Ingredients

  • 2 Duck Breasts
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil (or Duck fat if you want to use it up)
  • 1 Small Onion (Finely chopped)
  • 150g Risotto Rice (I usually use Arborio but used some French stuff we brought back from our holidays last time - equally nice as each other!)
  • 700ml Vegetable Stock (You may need to top up with more water as you are cooking)
  • 1 pinch Salt & Pepper
  • 50g Hazelnuts (Chopped into small chunks)
  • 1 tablespoon Hazelnut Oil
  • Rocket to Garnish

Directions

Heat the oven to 200C and cook the duck breasts on an oven tray for 10-12 minutes. I do not use the Skin - if you want to add the skin to the dish, seal in a frying pan before oven cooking.
Remove duck breasts from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Chop into bite sized pieces.
Heat the Vegetable Oil (or the oil left on the oven trays from cooking the duck) in a large saucepan.
Soften the onions on a low heat for 2 minutes until soft and transparent
Add the rice and stir into the oil & onions. Add 100ml of vegetable stock immediately to stop the rice from catching on the bottom of the pan.
Allow to cook on a low heat for 2 minutes and add another splash of vegetable stock when that has been absorbed. Keep doing this until all the stock has been absorbed. If the rice is not soft enough to eat, then add some water - I would not normally have to add more than 50ml. This may take up to 20 minutes depending on the risotto rice that you use.
Add the chopped hazelnuts and continue to cook for 2 minutes - they will go a little bit softer but will still have some crunchy texture
Add the chopped duck and stir through. Add Salt & Pepper to taste.
Dish out and drizzle the hazelnut oil on the top of each portion. I like to dot some extra around the edges of the risotto.
Serve with rocket (and a glass of something chilled!)

Disclosure: I was sent the Hazelnut Oil for the purposes of entering the Maille Culinary Challenge competition for Food Bloggers and Food reviewers. All views are my own and I had free reign which recipe I chose to make.

Mushroom & Nut Filo Parcels

filo parcels with a mixed nut and mushroom filling

There’s just some short cuts in life that are too good to miss. Using bought Filo pastry is definitely one of them. I’d love to say I always make my own pastry but life really is too short when it comes to Filo.

The secret to working with Filo (or sometimes known as Phyllo) is to be quick. I only have out of the fridge exactly the amount that I need as it dries out and becomes difficult to work with pretty soon. I have my butter melted ready to spread on each layer and the fillings ready to go. Time is definitely of the essence.

I like my parcels to have 3 layers of pastry but you can get away with just 2. I also cover the edges of my pastry with teeny tinned foil lids for the first 20 mins of cooking to stop them catching.

Mushroom & Nut Filo Parcels

Serves 9
Prep time 18 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 48 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Snack, Starter
Misc Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party
Crunchy nuts mixed with herby mushrooms encased in a crispy Filo pastry shell

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Small Onion (Finely Chopped)
  • 1 clove Garlic (Finely Chopped)
  • 250g Mushrooms (Preferably Chestnut Mushrooms)
  • 150g Mixed Nuts (I used Macadamia, Almonds, Hazlenuts, Brazil - Chopped into small chunks (1-2mm))
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Dry Sherry
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce (or Soy Sauce if you are vegetarian)
  • 25g Melted Butter
  • 135g Filo Pastry (I used exactly half a packet)

Directions

Soften the onions and garlic in the oil in a large frying pan until clear - About 5 mins
Add the mushrooms, nuts, sherry, parsley and worcestershire sauce and continue to cook on the hob for another 5 minutes until soft and well mixed together
Add a pinch of salt and pepper
There should not be very much liquid at the bottom of the pan but if there is, drain it off. You don't want the mixture too moist or it will make the pastry soggy at the bottom
Cut the pastry sheets into equal squares until you have 27 squares (This recipe makes 9 parcels)
Lay one sheet down and quickly brush melted butter around the sides, add another layer on top with the points turned 45 degrees and repeat the butter. Add the final layer and again brush melted butter around the edges.
Place one large tablespoon of the mushroom nut mixture in the centres of the squares and quickly scrunch together at the top. The melted butter will help it stick.
place a scrunched up square of tinned foil over the top of the pastry before it goes too crispy and bake for 30 mins at 190C (remove the tinned foil after the first 20 mins)
Allow to cool slightly and serve with balsamic vinegar as a dip and rocket. Enjoy!

Disclosure: I was sent vouchers from JusRol to cover the cost of buying the pastry – I was given free choice which pastry to use and the recipe is my own.

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When Casa Costello visited Center Parcs, Whinfell

Family Holidays at Center Parcs

We are well known for a our love of holidays and equally well known for our love of Center Parcs. Even before we became Center Parcs Family Bloggers, we had spent several holidays both at Whinfell and Sherwood Firest. We were in no doubt that we would thoroughly enjoy our recent break but it was even better than we expected. Having 3 children of wide age ranges sometimes poses difficulties in what we can do all together but CP caters for us perfectly.

We got up to all sorts! I’ve made a short video of just some of the stuff we got up to …

Hair Braiding
This was number one on the girl’s lists of things to do. There was much discussion about which colours to have. The braids have lasted well over a week after we have got home (We are now experts on hiding the braids during school hours!)

Ten Pin Bowling
We weren’t quite sure how a 3 year old would get on but she loved it! She was so excited when we got in – the atmosphere with the blue lighting is fab. We had the sides up and could use the trolley to help Tara even more (To be honest, I could have done with a bit of help too!)

Bikes
They say you never forget how to ride a bike – It may be try but it didn’t stop me being awfully wobbly. All good entertainment for the girls (and the other holiday makers!) Tara had a truck which was brilliant for putting all our swimming kit in … and a minion!

Eating
There’s no excuse for going hungry at Center Parcs – I’ll be sharing another video of all the eateries we visited very soon.

Swimming
Well, we wouldn’t be us without a pool, would we? The girls spent HOURS on the rides … and I went on them too!! Mega brownies points for me. You could literally spend your whole holiday in the water park – its toasty and warm and there’s always something different to do. I think Me & Derm were the only people to be drinking tea in there though! You can take the people out of Ireland but …

After 10+ visits to Center Parcs, we’ve come across some of the more hidden activities that you may not know about. Here’s our tips for some of the extra treats you can find…

  • Free Children’s Disco – Every night in the Bowling Bar at 6Pm
  • The Swimming Pool is much quieter after 5Pm – Fabulous for evening swims when they dim the lights and no queues for the rides
  • Free WiFi in the main complexes
  • Later Opening hours in the shop – Open til 8PM most nights now
  • Most restaurants provide colouring kits for the children. Most also have play areas in them.
  • Hidden play area above Cafe Rouge (You’ll be amazed!)
  • Toilets have steps for toddlers- Its the simple things that work best.
  • Hair Diffusers in the Accommodation – The ONLY place I have ever known to provide this!
  • Straighteners available for £1 a go in the Swimming Paradise (You can’t have 3 girls without thinking about hair … a lot!)
  • Cash Free wrist bands that can be used in the Swimming Paradise – also serve as your locker key and your lodge key. Amazing!
  • Bowling – You can say which people you want the bars on and which you don’t. And also change your mind half way through if you find out that you aren’t very good.

I could go on and on, but really I think you should just find out for yourselves. For more information about Activities at Center Parcs visit the website. One of the massive bonuses for me is that Whinfell don’t have frogs (massive phobia!). We’ve already talked about going back next year sometime.

I’ve got tons more to talk about our trip but for now, we would like to say a huge thank you to the team at Center Parcs.

 

Knorr Gravy Pots Review and the Ultimate Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

ready made gravy pots

There’s one meal that I can guarantee my 3 girls will devour in silence – A Sunday Dinner/Sunday Roast (whatever you call it they still eat it!) Whether we go out to eat on a Sunday (not very often) or cook a meal here (not that often either sadly), its always a success. We always end up asking ourselves why we don’t do it more often.

I was lucky enough to be send a complete Sunday Roast a couple of weeks ago, in order to taste test Knorr Gravy Pots. Knorr Gravy Pots have been awarded Product of the Year in the Gravy and Stock Category (who knew there was such a thing?!) I had completely forgotten it was coming, so it was a lovely surprise to get back from a day of synchro to this. Dinners always taste so much better when you’ve not had to do the shopping?

beef sunday roast

Well, what can I say about the gravy pots themselves? I have used them before when we were in France (they are amazing for when you are camping!) so I wasn’t expecting to notice too much difference between the Knorr Pots and our usual gravy. But there was! There was a definite stronger taste – even the kids were surprised. Violet and Tara couldn’t get enough of it – I have seriously seldom seen either of them enjoy something so much (and it wasn’t just the novelty of the new gravy boat!)

So a massive thumbs up from us!! We were sent 3 types of gravy pots to try and used the Beef Gravy Pots for this meal. Violet has already put her order in for Toad in the Hole later this week so I will be putting the Onion Gravy Pot to the test.

Of course, no Sunday dinner would be complete without yorkshire puddings. All my 3 love them and I’m proud to say I’ve somewhat perfected the technique of them over the past 12 months. Its true the trick really is to get the oil (vegetable oil in my case) as hot as can be before you pour the batter in but equally you need to make sure you don’t overfill the tins. Whenever I see a recipe that serves 12 mini yorkshire puddings, I mostly tend to get at least 20 out of it. There is nothing worse than stodgy batter left at the bottom of your yorkshire!

Ingredients:

140g plain flour
pinch of salt
4 eggs
210g milk
1 tsp vegetable oil for each pudding

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 220C until it comes to temp – Don’t be tempted to start cooking before it is hot enough
  • Measure out 1 tsp of vegetable oil into each ‘hole’ of a muffin tin tray – As said earlier, I normally get at least 20 puddings out of the mix
  • Place in the oven for at least 5-10 mins until blistering hot – You will need to have your pudding mix ready to pour in, so don’t get the oil out of the oven until the very last minute
  • In a large bowl, put the flour and the salt
  • Whisk the eggs and whisk into the flour – it may go lumpy but don’t panic
  • Whisk the milk in until all the lumps have vanished
  • Pour into a jug – its so much easier to divide equally into the muffin pan
  • You only need at most 1cm of batter at the bottom of each pan
  • Place in the oven for 25 minutes (I’d check after 20 if you can see through your oven door – whatever you do, do NOT open before 20 minutes is up)
  • When they are golden and crispy, remove and take out of the tin as soon as possible.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Disclosure: I was sent the Gravy Pots for review purposes, I was given free reign on what to write and all opinions are my own (and my kids)
More details of Knorr Gravy Pots can be found here

Jersey Black Butter Review & La Mare Chocolate Giveaway

peach apple compote sweet vol-au-vents

When I was asked by the people from Jersey Tourism and Travel Service, if I’d like to test some of their local food, I was very intrigued. I’d never heard of Jersey Black Butter before but it sounded so mysterious. I loved the thought of trying something so different and that there were so many options for how it could be used.

Jersey Black Butter is a described as a conserve of apples, cider jelly and spices – In short, I’d describe it as the taste of Christmas in a jar. The most obvious use I could find for it, was as a jam spread on toast. I even thought about spreading it on a victoria sponge, and getting a ‘cheats’ Christmas cake.

I used the Jersey Black Butter in a peach & apple compote mixed with cream, inside a vol-au-vent and it was absolutely delicious. Don’t know about you but I always feel rather brave when I eat a sweet vol-au-vent – I’m strictly addicted to mushroom vol-au-vents (and also it would appear, addicted to the 80′s!) I urge you to give it a go!

For more details of how to get Jersey Black Butter and other products local to Jersey, visit La Mare Wine Estates.

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I also have details of another promotion running to win a 2 night break in Jersey – All you have to do is visit the Jersey Facebook page and share your memories of Jersey – Be quick though, this competition only runs until Friday 17th January.

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East India Tea Company – Afternoon Tea Hampers

afternoon tea hampers tea biscuits

I’m well known for my love of a good brew – I’m seldom seen without a cup in my hand. What better to accompany a good cuppa than a biscuit?

When the East India Company sent me some First Estate Assam tea and Butter Shortbread biscuits to review – they got the right person. These are part of the selection that you get when you order one of East India Tea Company’s Time Stops for Tea Hamper. Afternoon Tea seems to be the craze that doesn’t appear to go away. It’s great for me as tons of my mates love supping tea and nibbling on goodies. This hamper is available for £40 and contains the AFirst Estate Assam Tea, Butter Shortbread biscuits with Clotted Cream, Strawberry & Pepper Jam & Strawberries enrobed in White Chocolate.

Don’t you just love my new glass teapot? I ordered it as a Christmas present to myself – I couldn’t possibly review tea without a new flashy teapot to put it in! Just big enough for 2 good cups and looks gorgeous too.

The Assam tea itself is a strong, black loose leaf brew – I would normally put 2 teaspoons of tea leaves in a pot for 2 but this definitely only needs one. They really swell up and you can even top up with hot water for another brew – Most cost effective. I’ve been brought up on tea leaves as opposed to tea bags so I reckon this is definitely a tea my Mum will approve of. I’m thinking of making some tea biscuits this week to see how the strong flavour relates to cooking.

The Butter Shortbread with Clotted Cream biscuits were divine – A good 2-biter but small enough to be able to be dunked (I’m sorry I cannot pretend I’m too posh to dunk!) Beautiful strong, buttery flavour that copes well with the strong taste of the tea.

The Time Stops for Tea Hamper is just one in a wide range of hampers available from the East India Company

Disclosure: I was sent the tea and biscuits as part of a review – All my opinions are my own as I was given free reign what to write. Many Thanks to the East India Company.

Winter Hands and New Babies – with Dettol

how to stop hands from getting sore chapped

I was set the task by the good people at Dettol to come up with some tips of how to look after your hands. Its due to get a lot colder shortly and from my experience, hands soon start to suffer.

Before I had babies, I didn’t appreciate how many times you end up washing your hands and the effects of chapped skin – I had the lot … cracked fingers, bleeding knuckles, red raw skin. By the time daughters 2 and 3 came along, I was a bit wiser. Aswell as making sure I used moisturising hand wash, I had a few other tricks that I followed:

  • Handcream – Have some by every sink. This was from my mum – I argued that I didn’t have time to allow it to sink in, but looking back she was right. Even if its only on for a second, it does some good.
  • One Handed Jobs – Yes, I’m serious – There are some jobs that only need one hand and therefore only one hand needs to be washed. Believe me, if your hands are that sore, you go for the one handed tasks … i.e. Getting washing out of the washing basket, wiping surfaces down
  • The Order of Events – There’s some jobs that you can do before others – I used to Empty the washing machine, peel potatoes and then feed the cat – all with one hand wash. I’m not suggesting you skip hand washing if its something that need clean hands for i.e. cooking, washing the baby, just that even one less hand wash a day can help.
  • Accept Help – If someone visits and asks the immortal question, ‘Can I do anything to help?’-  Let them! Let them wash their hands instead of you.
  • Before you go out – Last job = Put your hand cream on and put your gloves over the top. I’m going to pretend that not everyone is like me and forgets something EVERY SINGLE TIME!
  • Bedtime – Last job of the day, hand cream on before lights out. Aren’t we hot in our house? (and obviously everyone has hand cream next to their bed?!)

Disclosure: I received no payment for this post, although Dettol did send me some E45 Handwash and a beautiful gift. All the tips are my own! Thank you to Dettol.

Acer Iconia A1 Tablet – Review

There’s one day in particular that starts Christmas off for me – The Sunday in December that Sports Personality of the Year is on. Its been that way for years, I remember watching it when I was young with my Mum & Dad, starting to feel all Christmassy. This Sunday was THAT day in our house. We didn’t move too far, had a chinese takeaway for our evening meal and settled down to watch our programme. We couldn’t forget the girls though, and chose Sunday evening to present them with a brand new Acer Iconia A1 tablet that we have been sent to review.

acer iconia tablet product review

I will admit to hearing about ‘Android’ devices and not knowing exactly what they were – I now know that they are basically devices that aren’t Apple. The girls were delighted when they were presented with the Acer (and worryingly, not a bit perturbed that they were being given such a big treat the week before Christmas). I didn’t get much time to play with the tablet myself on Sunday and thought it would be more complicated to get used to than it actually was. Set up was easy and registering with Acer and Google very straightforward (You can use an existing Google account) Violet was incredible on it though, she picked it up and just whizzed away with it. Finding Google and playing on it straightaway. We have always been an Apple family, so I was very intrigued how the girls found an Android.

Once you have found the Play Store (where you buy or download the Apps from) you are well away. There is a huge array of free Apps – My kids aren’t that spoilt, I’m not about to start paying for Apps the week before Christmas.

The Tablet itself is 7.59 inches and the screen is billed as being ideal for using one-handed. I particularly like that it feel slightly chunkier than the IPad mini, which with 3 children using it gives me faith that it might last. One element that I really like is the vibration when you press a key. The Home key is really easy to find and the system has been easy to navigate so far. (If in doubt, ask a 7 year old – they do it without thinking)

One point that has puzzled me is the charger that we got with the tablet. It is a European plug fitting with a USB cable – We have got an old Samsung phone charger which bizarrely fits. We have had to charge it once already but I have to say the kids have been hammering it watching videos.

tablet review

What the kids think…

Millie aged 11: ‘Think it really good mum, I like it’

Violet aged 7: ‘I think I’ll have this as my own’ Nice try, Vi!

Tara aged 2: ‘I want it!! Me watch Ben & Holly!’

Acer Iconia A1 Tablets are available for around the £150 price bracket – We received our free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are our own genuine feelings. More information/reviews can be found on the Acer Website.