Celebrating the Taste of Christmas with AEG

It’s always exciting when the festive season begins. It seems to get earlier and earlier…. our tree and decorations went up towards the end of November and I’m not in the slightest bit sorry! Time goes by so fast these days and the kids absolutely love the lead up to Christmas so my thoughts are.. let’s make the most of it and enjoy it for as long as we can! Also it was our only free weekend for a while so had to really!

I also love all the Christmas foods. Those delightfully packaged party foods and the fun festive cakes… it all looks so inviting! I start buying it as soon as I see it all in the shops!

I don’t consider myself to be a very good cook but when I have the time, I think it’s lovely and satisfying to make something really good, fresh from scratch! Wish I made the effort to make new things more…. I tend to make the same meals over and over, in rotation, because I always feel I’m too busy to spend hours in the kitchen trying out new recipes. The kids usually don’t like whatever I’ve created anyway when I have made the effort!

That’s why when I received an invite to the AEG Taste of Xmas event with Currys PC World, I was very excited! It was taking place at The Cookery in Hoddesdon and we were going to make some Christmas treats and eat lots more! I was hoping to pick up plenty of hints and tips about Christmas cooking to put into practice at home this year!

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The Cookery is a fantastic, purpose built cookery school in Hertfordshire which you can book for individual or group cookery lessons, parties or work do’s.. they even do kids cookery lessons! It’s also open as a coffee shop during the day and days when there are no events planned. It’s a gorgeous space, not too big or clinical as industrial kitchen areas can sometimes be, but very welcoming and cosy.

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The most striking feature of the space was the wall of AEG ovens! There were LOADS…. all looking very sleek and modern. Each one seemed different to the next, with different features within to provide the best environment for cooking up the most delicious feasts! When I walked in, seeing all the Christmas decorations and smelling all those delicious aromas from the food that was already in the ovens… I knew I was going to have a fab day!

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After a glass of prosecco (don’t mind if I do!) and some chit chat with Sabina here from Mummy Matters, owner of The Cookery and our host for the day, Simon Atkins came over to mingle with everyone before announcing what we were going to doing! Simon has always loved food and started baking at the age of 14. Over the years he has worked with some great people and he has always had a burning desire to open a cookery school to allow the ordinary person to come in, learn and enjoy, and also to take away skills that will help them, their families and could very well be passed down through their children.

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First up, we would be making a Vegetable Wellington! Simon gave us a demonstration and was very technically informative, explaining exactly how to put it together step by step. The vegetables were already pre soaked and cooked so the main thing to worry about was the filo pastry… eek!

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So off we went to our designated work stations, put on our aprons and, in my case, attempted to put together our starters!

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aeg taste of xmas food vegetable wellington

I have to admit to finding the filo pastry tricky to work with as it dries very quickly and flakes off all over the place! Luckily Simon was on hand to give me some reassurance that this was fine, then it was oven time! The AEG ovens are really quite something, there’s the Steamboost.. did you know that steaming your roast meat improves flavour and texture while preserving crispiness – turning every meal into a masterpiece? There’s the Sensecook Ovens that understand how to cook your meal to perfection… how YOU like it! A bit clever me thinks! Or how about the Surroundcook? No need to turn around your dishes anymore! Or maybe you’d like a combination of all three? It’s a whole new world of supersonic cooking. All of the ovens can be found at Curry’s PC World!

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Here’s my finished vegetable wellington which I have to say was absolutely delicious…. I barely had enough time to photograph it.. I couldn’t wait to eat it! Served with a flavourful jus made from red wine, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and butter. Mmmm!

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While the wellington was cooking, we were treated to another demonstration by Angela Vescuso, who has a wealth of experience which she brings to The Cookery School. She talked us through making the perfect pastry! For mince pies!

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Some tips included adding salt.. this balances out the flavours; using strong flour for dusting your work surfaces when rolling as it doesn’t clump as much; not adding too much flour to the surface as this causes the pastry to become too dry and split! Once the pastry has been chilling in the fridge for a while, leave it rise to room temperature before rolling. About 3mm is a good thickness and don’t over fill your mince pies!

Here are mine pre cooking…… I was rather pleased with them!

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So we made the starter and dessert, all that was left was the mains. This was already prepared for us by the team at The Cookery! Simon shared with us some more of his wealth of knowledge about cooking meat to perfection before retrieving the meats, beef and turkey, from the ovens which were cooked to perfection I might add. He then carved them up for us as we went round with our plates, like being at a Carvery!

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It was all absolutely delicious! I love Christmas dinner, I really look forward to it! This year we will be going to my mother in laws as we have done for the past few years. My plate is usually overflowing and it’s the one day a year I think we can all just pig out…. and eat all day! I drive up to my Dad’s for the week after Christmas to see in the new year with him and we have a second Christmas dinner there! Love it!

Sitting down to a full on Christmas dinner in November, some of which I made myself, in this lovely setting with a lovely bunch of people, really did kick the festive season off in the best possible way! I had a fantastic time and would recommend The Cookery to anyone! I’d love to try out one of their one day courses at some point in the future… maybe take along the kids as they would really enjoy it too!

Thank you to everyone at AEG And Curry’s PC World for a wonderful day!

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Why You Should Take Your Kids for a Health Check

It’s easy for issues such as poor eyesight, aches, pains and ailments to go unnoticed in your children, as they won’t often tell you themselves. If something is wrong with your child’s overall health, it may not get picked up during a routine trip to your GP or nurse, so you must keep vigilant to any changes in behaviour that may indicate that something else is going on. Schools and nurseries are rife with bugs and germs at this time of year, so it’s best to try and keep aware of what illnesses are doing the rounds if their classmates are sick and unwell. If you think that something is wrong with your child, then don’t delay in making them an appointment with the relevant health care provider.

 Book a trip to the opticians

There are a range of signs that you should look out for if you think that your child is having sight related problems. If they are blinking or squinting, or if one eye is looking upwards or in a different direction to the other, then this is a clear sign that something isn’t quite right.

Other signs could be that your child is sitting incredibly close to the TV, rather than remaining on the sofa where they usually sit. Do check in with your child’s teachers if their school report is slightly under par, or perhaps they have noticed some strange or unusual behaviour – often a drop in the standard of schoolwork can be attributed to them not being able to see the whiteboard adequately. It’s important that you tell your little ones exactly what to expect before their appointment. All Eyes are an Opticians in Cambridge who will make your children feel welcome and excited about their eye test as soon as they begin their visit. Why not talk to children about their favourite characters, such as Harry Potter, who wears glasses, and explain to them that they will soon be too. Make this as fun and light hearted an experience as possible.

Visiting the doctors

Visiting the doctors might be scary or daunting thought for your child, so it’s important that you make them feel as relaxed and safe as possible. My twins used to be petrified of the Doctor and would never let him/her listen to their chests or check anything! It was always forced and incredibly difficult. Explaining that they are visiting the doctor to help them feel better sometimes helps. Most children hate having injections, or their temperature taken, so try to keep your little one as calm and relaxed as possible during any examinations. You can reward them afterwards with a treat or healthy snack, so that they associate any further trips with a pleasant experience.

A trip to the dentist

Most children, and adults, hate visiting the dentist. So be prepared for distress, tears and tantrums before you’ve even got them out of the car! Teething and the loss of milk teeth can be an incredibly painful experience for younger children, so make sure that they understand the dentist is here to help them. Once they are at the dental surgery, you can get your child to interact with their dentist, by counting the number of teeth that they have lost, or are yet to lose. Make sure that the visit to see the dentist remains a positive experience, as hard as this may be. Remind your child that poor oral hygiene will see them have a return visit sooner rather than later – even more of an incentive to ensure that they brush their teeth both morning and evening.

Poor eyesight, toothache and aches and pains make your little ones grumpy and grouchy. Be sure to book them in for a health check if you feel that they need medical attention straight away.

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Win a Family Ticket to Christmas at Willows Farm

Visiting The Santa Spectacular at Willows Farm at Christmas time has become a bit of a tradition in our household! We absolutely love it. It’s so Christmassy and just so lovely!

The effort they put in really pays off… there’s so much to do and it’s like a whole Christmas World for the kids and adults alike to become immersed in!

Highlights last year were the 3D Cinema where they showed a cute Christmas film about Santa and his Elves; the Create a Cuddle workshop where kids can stuff a soft toy to take home; the Elf Academy show; the ice skating and meeting the Reindeer!

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We absolutely love the indoor soft play area where we can thaw out if it’s cold, grab some of the great food on offer and relax for a while! Well, us parents can anyway… the kids usually run riot!

The Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground which is absolutely brilliant, is open every day during Santa Spectacular and is not to be missed! Kids can also meet and greet Peter Rabbit at selected times throughout the day.

A trip to Willows isn’t complete either without a ride on Tristan the Tractor, which takes us on a magical musical journey through the festive woods!

Of course, the main event is meeting Father Christmas himself! The Santa’s Grotto at Willows Farm is the best we’ve been to. It’s visually stunning as you walk through a Winter Wonderland before arriving in Santa’s big log cabin. Once the kids have met him and told him their Christmas wishes, they’re given a golden key to access his toy shop where they get to CHOOSE any gift they want from hundreds of amazing toys!

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For the last few years we’ve arranged to meet my very lovely friend Ruth from Rocknrollerbaby and her brood, to spend the day together! We plan to do the same this year and honestly now, I don’t think it would be the same without them! Love this photo of all our kiddies with Father Christmas last year…. all looking very happy indeed!

There’s lots more to see too and it’s all included in the entry price… even the cuddly toys to take home!

This festive season, Santa Spectacular at Willows Activity Farm is the only event for families looking for a truly magical day out. Starting from 22 November – 24 December, visitors can enjoy the ultimate festive experience in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

For your chance to WIN a family ticket for up to four people, simply fill out the widget below and enter as many options as you can to be in with more chances!

Best of luck!

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Four Ways to Encourage Your Children’s Creativity

All children are creative by nature, but some are much more so than others. Those that are more creative when they are young generally go on to be more confident as they become older as the ability to see things differently makes it easier to take on life’s challenges. Here are four ways to ensure your child is able to make the most of their creative instincts.

Feed their imagination

Reading aloud to your children when they are young will give them an incentive to read by themselves when they are older and strengthen both their imagination and their ability to emphasise with others. Some children, boys especially, may express a dislike of reading but this can usually be overcome by finding the right material. There has been an explosion of high-quality children’s literature in recent years and the many thrilling tales of young footballers, spy academies and teenagers trying to survive in dystopian worlds should strike a chord with even the most cynical youngsters.

Film and television can also have a role in feeding imagination but it’s important to monitor both the content and the time spent watching so that their viewing doesn’t detract from other activities.

Let them loose on a project

Family birthday, anniversaries and holiday celebrations are a perfect time for your children to stretch their creative muscles. Making cards the old-fashioned way with paper, glue and glitter can be a messy business and frustrating as any mistake means having to start over.

Providing your children with access to an online card maker, either alone or under your supervision depending on their age, means they can experiment with designs and colours to their heart’s content. Far from being limiting, studies have shown that access to apps and computer programs that allow children to paint, draw or make music all encourage creativity.

Show, don’t tell

Academic studies have found that children who watch other people being creative go on to become more creative themselves. These findings fit in well with other studies that suggest the children of highly creative parents are also likely to be creative. Although there is some evidence to suggest some elements of creativity are genetic, scientists believe these traits are more likely to derive from observation. This means if you want your children to grow up with the ability to find creative solutions to any problems they may encounter, they need to see that you can do the same.

Encourage outside the box thinking

Play a game where you try to come up with as many different uses for an item as you can. Allow your child to make simple decisions such a what to have for lunch, accompanied by a rule that they can never have the same thing twice in a week to ensure they are reaching for new ideas. At the end of simple stories, such as the one about the Three Little Pigs, ask if there are other ways the story might have ended or talk about what might have happened to a minor character in a story while the hero or heroine was having their adventure. You can also use open-ended questions and “what if” scenarios to encourage your child to use their imagination and fill in the blanks.

I love all of these ideas and I’m guilty of not doing as much ‘creative’ play with my children as I think would benefit them, so I’ll definitely be trying some of these out at home!

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4 Home Improvement Ideas That Add Value

If you’re looking to move or sell your home in the near future, it’s a good idea to tackle your projects in order of importance. Prioritise your tasks so you’re focusing in on what’ll be most beneficial to you in the process.

Don’t assume what will add value. Do your homework and make sure you’re doing what the market calls for before making any sudden moves. Take your time and incorporate the updates as it makes sense. You want to be certain that the money you’re investing will be worth it in the end.

Here are four home improvement ideas that add value…

Windows

One way to add value and lower heating costs is to double glaze your windows. It’s recommended you speak with a glazing expert who can walk you through the process. Double glazing can save you money and reduce hot and cold spots in your house, as well as improving the value. Double glazing reduces your energy bills by slowing heat loss, so you spend less money heating and cooling your home. While the amount you save is low, it adds up a great deal over time and can help you to reduce your total yearly bills.

Kitchen

Your kitchen sees the most traffic in the home. There’s no denying that all eyes will be on this room when you’re showing it. The kitchen is where you cook and engage in conversation. It’s one of the main areas of your house, and you want it to look nice. If you have old countertops, appliances, cabinets and floors, it’s probably time for a full kitchen remodel. Doing so will impress your buyers and get them excited about living in the space. You’ll also get to enjoy it for a little while and can admire all of your hard work.

Bathroom

The bathrooms are another area of the home that you should pay special attention to. Update them and replace any old materials or designs right away. Bathrooms are important to buyers, and you can guarantee they’ll be checking them out closely. It’s also a good idea to add a fresh coat of soothing paint. Think enduring designs and neutral colours that will last a long time. Accessorise and create a wow factor that will impress guests and potential buyers.

Curb Appeal

Remember to step outside when you’re looking to add value to your home. Your curb appeal is important to buyers and people passing by. Tidy up the garden, path and trim your shrubs and trees. Hire a professional landscaper if it’s not a job you want to tackle alone. Improve your entrance by adding a welcome mat, attractive lights and a bench and flowers for a personal touch. You want to create an inviting environment before they even enter your home.

Conclusion

It’s smart to prioritise your home updates, so you’re getting your money’s worth. Listen to the experts and follow their recommendations to be safe. 

A Great Day Out at Waddesdon Manor

Last Sunday, knowing the weather was going to be great, we wanted to have a day out as a family so I took the opportunity to suggest Waddesden Manor in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for ages as I’d heard fantastic things, but just hadn’t got round to going!

It looks absolutely, stunningly beautiful doesn’t it?

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I’m fascinated by these old Country Mansions and the fact that they was once someone’s home blows my mind! Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1883 to display his collection of arts and to entertain his family friends and the fashionable world.

Opened to the public in 1959, Waddesdon Manor is still managed by the Rothschild Foundation, a family charitable trust, on behalf of the National Trust, who took over ownership in 1957. It’s home to the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.

I hadn’t showed any photo’s of Waddesdon Manor to the children, so on the journey there they were trying to guess which house it was! I couldn’t wait to see their faces when they actually caught glimpse of it for real….. although, even when we turned into the driveway there was still no sign of the house!

Obviously to maintain the beauty of the enormous parkland surrounding Waddesdon Manor, the car park is situated a good 15 minute walk from the house. It can’t be seen. You can walk if you like but there’s also a very frequent FREE shuttle bus service that takes you all the way. We took the bus!

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Catching glimpse of the house for the very first time truly catches your breath. It’s the most stunning house I have ever seen, and I’ve been to lots of mansion houses before. It’s probably even more beautiful than any palace owned by the Royal family…. I haven’t seen them all so hazarding a guess there, but I think you get the picture!

After stepping off the bus at the house, we hovered around for a while, taking in the house and all it’s glory from the bottom of the path. My children liked the fountain, which they threw coins into to make a wish!

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There’s lots to see and do at Waddeson Manor so my advice would be to plan your day. Their website is great and gives tips on what to do as a family or if you prefer some of the other attractions, like the special exhibitions!

You can walk around the grounds of Waddesdon Manor for free, but there is an entrance fee for the beautiful gardens, which also gives you access to most of the other attractions such as the Aviary, the Woodland play area, the Wine Cellars and the Restaurants and the Shops!

If you want to go inside the house itself, you will have to add on another ticket. I would wholeheartedly suggest doing this as it IS worth it. The house is vast, you could easily spend half your day slowly walking around. It holds so many of the Rothchilds’ extensive art and antique collection and every room is exquisite. Again, if you are thinking of visiting, you need to book a time slot, check the website to ensure the house is open on the day you want to go too. Sometimes it’s closed and only the gardens are accessible. Some people just prefer to look around the gardens anyway.

Seeing inside the house and all it’s treasures was top of my list, so after a slow walk up the long path and admiring the splendour of the French Renaissance châteaux style architecture, we ventured inside!

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The below photo shows the outside of the beautiful spiral staircase that runs up inside the house. You can walk up this staircase, complete with rich red carpet, during the tour!

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You are free to wander around the house in your own time. There are certain routes you should take if you want to ensure you see all the rooms and don’t miss any. Guides are on hand to help you along and talk to you about the rooms and answer any questions, if you need them. You can also hire headsets for the audio guide, or you can download this from itunes before you visit.

The first room we entered literally took my breath away! A Dining Room fit for a princess! Honestly, mind blown at the beauty of this extravagant but ever so pretty room. Take a look for yourself on this little video….

I could’ve stood in this room for hours, just taking in it’s beauty and imaging myself sitting down for dinner at that gorgeous table!

The children were given a little view finder on the way in, a kind of game to spot things in the rooms. This is a great idea to keep them occupied, just in case they get a little bored! My children enjoyed this immensely and it really made the tour fun for them!

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Walking around the rooms, each one as interesting and beautiful as the last, I found myself completely captivated. Trying to guess what each room was used for as there seemed to be endless drawing rooms! Luckily there are clever, informative cards that tells you exactly what the room’s purpose was and indeed what treasures it beholds!

Waddesdon is famous for its collection of French 18th-century decorative arts and 17th- and 18th-century paintings. This is still being updated to this day by the Rothchilds’. Includes world-class objects carefully chosen for their beauty, craftsmanship and historical interest.

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waddesdon manor art collections

There are interactive areas on the house tour too… my children loved tapping on the screens to find out more information and look at other interesting features of the rooms!

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Loved the bedrooms! The height of the rooms to accommodate such extravagant furnishings!

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There were also some contemporary furnishings. I fell in love with this chandelier…. if you look closely you will see it’s made up of broken crockery.. cups, plates, knives and forks! Fabulous isn’t it?

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At the moment there’s a couple of exhibitions going on inside the house too including the Power & Portraiture Queen Elizabeth 1 display of paintings. This is only on until the end of October though. But there are always so many different events and exhibitions showing at Waddesdon that there’s usually going to be something new for you to see. Keep checking the website to see what’s coming up!

This week it’s all about Horrible Halloween at Waddesdon, with lots of different activities for kiddies to enjoy from pumpkin carving, a creatures of the night trail, spooky afternoon tea and a fancy dress competition!

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halloween afternoon tea at waddesdon manor

On the Halloween weekend, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October it’s the Fete Worse then Death event whereby a two day Halloween party will take place filled with petrifying party games, live performances, frightening face painting, spooky stalls and much more. From 10am-4pm, is a fang-tastic finale to half-term. The Creatures of the Night trail will continue over this weekend.

After our tour of the house we headed out to the Woodland Play Area. It’s fantastic and kids can really let their hair down here. There’s the adventure playground on different levels, areas to climb trees and build dens, the kids were happy exploring the different levels and could’ve spent hours here!

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We headed to the Stables Courtyard afterwards which is just by the Woodland Play Area… so a perfect place to sit down and relax either outdoors, or inside in the Stables Cafe, the ice cream parlour and coffee shop! We headed inside to grab a snack and to get warm! Well, for me to get warm, the kids were all hot a sweaty from running around outside for so long!

There’s a good menu in here if you want something substantial to eat and the kids menu is great! We just opted for snacks and I ordered a cream tea… lovely!

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cream tea at waddesdon manor

We stayed right until it was closing time and caught the last shuttle bus back to the car park! We had a great day out at Waddesdon Manor although we certainly didn’t get to see and do all that it has to offer! But then that gives us an excuse to go back very soon and finish where we left off! I want to see the beautiful gardens at the back of the house and visit the wine cellar and Aviary.

There will be lots of Christmassy events soon and I’ve heard it’s absolutely wonderful at Christmas. There will be markets and lights… can’t wait.

If you’re thinking if visiting, I must make you aware that the house is ‘put to bed’ for the Winter months from the beginning of November. This is to preserve and deep clean. So if it’s the house in particular you want to see from the inside, this won’t be possible until Spring. But there are so many more things to do at Waddesdon, you could still enjoy a whole day out here. Even if it’s just to appreciate the absolute charm and exquisiteness of this fascinating house.

The Lego Ninjago Movie Review and Spinjitsu Masterclass Event with Jade Jones

We love the Lego Movies in our house! That brilliant mix of kiddie and adult humour that ensures us parents are going to thoroughly enjoy it as much as the kids means they are films to watch over and over again as a family! So, as you can imagine, we were very excited about the brand new Warner Bros. film ‘Lego Ninjago’ that’s being released all over the UK this weekend and the fact that we’d been invited to a special event with double Olympic Champion Jade Jones!

Taking place against the iconic backdrop of London’s Tower Bridge, this promotional event was a thrilling morning for everyone and a fun way to whip everyone up into a frenzy ready for the film screening later! There were clips from the film being shown on big screens for all to see, Dick and Dom from childrens’ TV were hosts and the super lovely Jade Jones gave a Spinjitsu materclass and happily chatted to everyone afterwards!

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All the children had a fantastic time.. I mean, it’s not everyday you get to do something as amazing as this is it? Jade Jones is certainly an inspiration and one who so many of the children who were at the event aspired to be! Little Taekwondo champion wannabe’s meeting their idol and getting some fantastic hints and tips on how to achieve their dreams. This of course was relevant to all the children to remember for which ever path they want to take in life! Plus of course they were taught some impressive moves that they could go away and use in their next battle!

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Jade posed for this lovely photo with my daughter!

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My boys here admiring this amazing Lego construction!

Later on it was time to head over to the lovely Empire Cinema, Haymarket for the UK preview screening of the Lego Ninjago movie and my boys were beside themselves with excitement! They’d been looking forward to it for weeks knew… just knew, because they told me millions of times in the weeks leading up to this, that it was going to be AWESOME!

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Film Synopsis: The battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, also secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat the evil warlord Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting father against son, the epic showdown tests these fierce but undisciplined modern-day ninjas as they learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash the inner power of Spinjitzu.

Kids are familiar with the Ninjago TV show and the Lego sets that have been around in the shops for years, so this brand new feature film from Warner bros. has been highly anticipated! If your children have been waiting to see it, they won’t be disappointed, and neither will the adults in the family!

The film begins with a little real life scenario starring Jackie Chan, who voices two characters in the film, it then dives into the animation. We are introduced to the secret Ninja’s, who are all school friends, the main one being the ‘Green Ninja’ Lloyd, who is a bit of a loner normally. This is because everyone knows that the evil Lord Garmadon.. the ‘Baddie’ in the film, who is constantly attacking and trying to take over their city, is none other than Lloyds’ estranged Father. Lord Garmadon doesn’t know this though, not initially anyway!

Fast paced and full of action and the funny little one liners we’ve become accustomed to with the Lego movies, we were all hooked! My boys were laughing and jumping up and down in their seats at various parts, especially the action bits… simply loving it! I love admiring the actual Lego pieces, the bricks and tiny bits that make up the bigger picture. Even though it’s animation you can totally see that every single part of the scenes are made up of the actual pieces that you would find in the Lego toys! This fascinates me!

There’s a sentimental undertone to the film as Lloyd and his Father have moments where they try to reconcile. Even though this brings a softer side to break up the action, I did feel as though one part in particular towards the end dragged on a bit too long. I found my children to be losing interest a tad and this point and it was unnecessary. A bit too much. But then it was back to the fun which was all was forgotten!

We thoroughly enjoyed this movie and my boys have been raving about it ever since! It was a great day out for us and on the way home on the train my little O was practising some of the Ninja moves he learned at the Spinjitsu Materclass that morning! ;)

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