You probably know that I am lucky enough to be a Morphy Richards Innovator. This means that I get sent a product each month to review and give my honest opinion on. I want to make clear that just because I am part of the innovator scheme does not mean I am on the Morphy Richards payroll or that they can dictate to me what to say about their products.
That said, it is completely not a problem as I have no fault with any of the products they have supplied me with so far. Morphy Richards is a name I remember from my childhood and the positive image still remains. This month I was extra lucky as I received both a kettle and toaster to review and I am loving both of them. I would love to write you a witty post but let's be honest there is not a lot to say about kettles and toasters. My requirement from both of these small appliances is that they do the job they are supposed to do and that they look nice. Big tick on both accounts.
Here are my old toaster and kettle - a very sad corner of the kitchen, right? Bog standard, boring white, bought for utility rather than look. I kept thinking one day I'll get the kitchen re-done and then I will have nice posh ones, but for now...
and then my fairy godmother from Morphy Richards came along and said Michelle choose yourself a nice new toaster or kettle. Brilliant thought I and I had a good look through the new Accents range. There are some beautiful coloured appliances and two different shapes of kettles and if I had a bright and modern kitchen I would definitely have gone for something like the lime green or red but sadly I have a dated 80's kitchen and I just need to add classic touches to try and make the best of it. So here are the classic appliances that I did receive -
a massive improvement on the white ones, yes? I will tell you my favourite feature; they both wipe clean with a damp cloth without leaving any kind of streaky marks. I have this little fear of stainless steel as it used to be that it took loads of care to keep it looking good but both the brushed steel of the kettle and the polished steel sides and top of the toaster keep as good as new. I have been using the products for about three weeks now and not a sign of wear - brilliant!
The toaster has all the features you would expect, variable browning, hi-lift to remove smaller items like muffins and crumpets and removable crumb trays to keep it squeaky clean. There are also reheat and defrost settings and the whole toaster is cool to the touch, great for my little kids.
As with other Morphy Richards products a 1 year guarantee comes as standard and if you register within 28 days of purchase they will double that to a 2 year guarantee - super value!
All in all I am a happy girl and I would recommend both these products. You can buy directly from Morphy Richards or I noticed Debenhams had a wonderful display of the range last weekend. Also, don't forget to visit their blog, Home of the House proud - it really is very good!
I received a kettle and toaster free to charge to review as part of the Morphy Richards House Proud Innovators Scheme. I was not instructed what to write and I remain honest.
Friday, 17 June 2011
Sunday, 5 June 2011
Our family task for the Fuss Free Dining Report was to eat at an Ask Italian restaurant earlier this week and we got the children to fill out scorecards and let us know what they thought. Dh and I also give our review here.
Range of choice for kids 5/5
Entertainment on offer 3/5 (only the colouring really!)
Value for money 5/5 (with the voucher, perhaps 3.5 without the voucher)
Quality of Food 5/5
|Yum, I could eat this again, right now!|
Friday, 3 June 2011
|Look, there it is Mummy!|
Miss M kept referring to the big windmill and Miss E announced upon seeing it, that she did not want to go up high. A naughty white lie from Mummy that our capsule would not go too high and we were OK. Dh had reservations that we might spend hours in the queue but take a look at the picture to the right, this is the queue we literally walked straight through - fabulous!
The wheel never really appears to stop so you get on and off as it slowly moves by but it really is very slow so this is not a problem, even with toddlers. I was completely impressed with the staff who clean each capsule and check it over for safety reasons between travellers.
JJ tells me there were about 25 people in our capsule and this number was fine. Yes it was busy but we could see out of every window and get good views, we always managed to get a seat on the central bench when we wanted one and everyone seemed to help each other out with taking group photos etc. I was being a bit silly that day and ducked out of most photos!