On Monday, Thomas and I went shopping to kit him out for summer and get ready for our holiday at the end of next week. He looked a real cool dude in his new sunglasses
On Tuesday, Thomas came back from nursery and decided to be a boy racer
On Thursday, I cooked my favourite childhood dinner, fish fingers, mashed potatoes, vegetables and parsley sauce. It was delicious!
On Friday, we spent most of the day at home and Thomas 'washed' his hands in his play kitchen
On Sunday, we had a restful day at home. I cooked slow cooker gammon for dinner with new potatoes and salad
On Monday, we went shopping then afterwards we played some football in the garden
On Tuesday, I went to Handmade Burger Co. in the Bullring, Birmingham for a food bloggers event. I had the American cheeseburger and it was delicious
On Wednesday, I went for a walk around work and found these gorgeous looking flowers
On Saturday, I helped at the NCT Stourbridge and Halesowen Nearly New Sale by running the cafe. Here are some of the yummy cakes and cookies people made
On Sunday, we went to my Nan and Grandad's house and Thomas went and played in their garden. He loved their vegetable patch and went and sat in it for a long time. We wondered what he was going to grow himself into!
On Tuesday, Thomas came home from nursery and played with his stacking cups. He is getting quite good at building towers now
On Wednesday, Thomas left his two monkey friends on his little chair and I thought they looked quite cute together
On Thursday, Thomas played with his Daddy after nursery. Here is his 'Talk to the hand daddy' pose LOL!
On Friday, we had a relaxing day at home and Thomas decided to feed himself pasta bolognaise again! This is the mess he got into
Today, I went to Tots 100 #BlogSummit in Birmingham. I had a fantastic time. Here is a sneak preview of what I am wearing in my photo booth shots!
I am not 100% sure what happened last week. I just seemed to have no energy to blog. Normal service is resuming this week though and I have two weeks to catch you up on.
On Sunday, we went shopping and then feeling hungry, we went to the food court in the shopping centre. Thomas tired his first spring roll. He loved them!
On Tuesday, Thomas played with his new drum kit that has been given to us from friends. He deafened us!
On Wednesday, it was Daddy's birthday and as he was away in Edinburgh we wrote a message for him on a chalkboard and Thomas posed for a picture. Daddy really liked it and knew we were thinking of him
On Thursday, I hosted an NCT event at my house and I made this strawberry and caramel tart for everyone. The plate was spotless by the end!
On Friday, Thomas randomly decided to climb into a plastic bucket while we were at our NCT coffee morning
On Saturday, Thomas turned 18 months old (where has my baby gone?)
On Sunday, we went down to Bewdley to see my nan. While walking the dog, we saw this nesting swan and her partner keeping guard. It was lovely and very peaceful.
On Monday, we went shopping again and Thomas played in the play area within the centre. He loved this blue car but wanted to get out of it as soon as another child came anywhere near it!
On Tuesday, Thomas and I took a picture of ourselves
On Wednesday, I took a picture of myself for this week's The Gallery theme
On Thursday, I went to a farm shop on the way back from work to get some asparagus. I took this photo of the apple trees in blossom opposite in the farm shop
On Friday, Thomas tried asparagus for the first time and I made asparagus with poached eggs and butter for my lunch
We love gadgets in our household. Thomas already knows how to talk to Siri on our iphones’s and knows how to flick between the pictures on the iphone too. Therefore, we were all really excited when we were asked to review the Acer Iconia B1-A71 Android tablet. The full spec details are at the bottom of this post, however a few key things you need to know are:
As soon as it arrived, Thomas knew it was the perfect size for him and he waited very impatiently for us to set it up. The set up was very easy and soon we were downloading applications from the Google Play store. We were very happy to discover that we could get Thomas’ two favourite applications that he already loved on our ipads onto the tablet. They are Ladybird Happy Babies and Ladybird Peekaboo. One negative with the tablet is that I was unable to find an application that made the tablet childproof enough so that I did not have to watch Thomas every single second with it. We tried Kid Mode, Kids Shell and Kids Place and all of them let Thomas press the recent applications button on the front of the tablet and get out of the application. It was very frustrating and I am just glad that our own ipads have a much better system in place.
Compared to my ipad 3, the tablet is much more portable and very light. I was very pleased to discover that it fitted into my Mia Tui Lotte bag and that I could take it out and about with ease. The feel is a bit plasticky and it only has a forward facing camera on the front of the tablet too. I was impressed with the speed of the internet browsing and it played a television programme from BBC Iplayer application very easily without any pauses.
Overall, we were very impressed with the tablet. We would definitely consider buying it for Thomas when he is older as it is very easy to take out and about. I would love to find a childproofing application that actually worked though before giving it to a toddler again. Keep up the good work Acer, we looking forward to what you do with your next entry level tablet!
Acer Iconia B1-A71 features and specs:
-Android Jelly Bean operating system
- Mediatek dual-core 1.2GHz processor (MTK 8317T)
-7-inch diagonal WSVGA capacitive multitouch screen with 1,024 x 600 resolution display
-8GB(2) of internal storage
-Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
-Bluetooth® wireless technology 4.0
-3.5mm headset/headphone/microphone jack
-microSD™ expansion slot with up to 32GB support
-front-facing 0.3-megapixel webcam
-Rechargeable 2,710 mAh battery
-micro-USB (charging and PC connect) with USB 2.0
-Dimensions: 197.4 mm x 128.5 mm x 11.3 mm
-Weight: 320 g
Disclosure: I was lent an Acer Iconia B1-A71 tablet for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.