#MumsLikeUs : Eggs, cook books, LEGO Friends and ice cream

lego friends rock star set

We had another #MumsLikeUs chat this week. Nadine from Juggle Mum and I jumped online at about 1pm and had a great discussion about various products we’ve been sent to  try out and review.

I like these hangouts as they are completely off the cuff, even though we have an idea of what we might talk about, quite frequently it can change at the last minute. Living on the edge people!

This week’s chat starts with Nadine telling us about the Zoku Ice Cream maker, it seems very easy to use and very versatile. I think the beauty of this product is the kids can get involved and I can see a lot of fun in the kitchen making ice cream this summer. I reviewed the Zoku lolly maker here.

Nadine’s second product this week is the book Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward. I too have a copy of this book and have started to read it. I am very impressed with the way Ella has used food and made changes in her diet to overcome a serious illness. I’ve heard of people doing this in the past and believe it can be done however it has to be taken very seriously. Not all of us can go to such extremes.

Over to me and my chosen products this week are The Cracking Egg company and LEGO Friends Rock Star set

The Cracking Egg Company

cracking egg co

This product arrived unexpectedly on my doorstep one day and although I had received an email to review it I hadn’t got back to them, after all – surely everyone can boil an egg?

The eggs arrived nicely packaged and are very eerily coated in bright blue and bright red colouring, not the colours one connects to healthy nutritious food right?

Reading the ingredients I am assured that the protective coating is all natural product and used to lock the flavour of the egg in. I still wasn’t feeling the desire to dive in but one day as I was preparing my salad for lunch I decided to be a devil and go for it.

hard boiled egg and salmon salad

I cracked a red one open and found a hard boiled egg inside. Surprise! There were a couple of red dots on the white but again reading the packaging I am assured this is perfectly ok.

I cut the eggs open and discover, hard boiled yolks inside but with no grey shadows that sometimes happen when you boil eggs.

It tasted of egg and I can’t find anything negative about it.

I wouldn’t normally buy ready hard boiled eggs to be honest but if I was going to the supermarket to make an impromptu picnic, I could easily add these to my basket. Cost £1.59 for two eggs.

LEGO Friends

building LEGO Friends

After our recent trip to LEGOLAND Windsor the girl’s passion for LEGO Friends has increased tenfold. They came home all inspired and set to to complete the LEGO Friends Treehouse and the cars found in their spoils of the day.

Then unknown to them two further LEGO Friends sets arrived from the Rock Star Range. A studio, which in all honesty is quite simply superb, I am in awe of the detail that goes into these sets, sliding CD players, microphones, guitars and all the knobs and buttons that you would associate with making music.

LEGO Friends

The larger box contains a limo and red carpet. The limo comes with glasses and a bowl of cherries too.

Once the toys have been built I have listened to the girls play out BGT and X Factor moments. They are brilliant for stimulating the imagination and sometimes the car isn’t used for music at all but a trip shopping or to school or to Go Ape where we are organising their 7th birthday party this year.

A definite winner in this house

Disclosure: I was sent the two boxes of Rock Star LEGO Friends sets for the purpose of this review.

 

 

Heartlake City – LEGOLAND |2015

 

Mia's riding School - Legoland Windsor

Legoland Windsor invited us to visit their brand new Heartlake City area dedicated to the Friends LEGO that we love.

Fortunately for us the sun shone as we leapt out of our beds at 6.30 am to drive over, we had been asked to get there by 8.30am so we could visit the area before the park opened to the public.

The M25 played ball and we rolled up early before the press team had even set up, that is how eager we were. On our fist visit to Legoland a few years ago the girls burst in to tears at the end of the day and we told them we had to go home. On our second visit to check out the revamped Pirates Shores, which they both thoroughly enjoyed, they asked when there would be a Heartlake City or a Disney Princess area put in too? Maybe they knew something we didn’t?

Heartlake City LEGOLAND Windsor

Heartlake City has been placed over by the hotel part of the complex and the buildings that were there have been freshly painted in wonderful bright colours that match the Friends range, there is a Pet Salon, a Mall and lots of other fabulous Lego builds to spot like this cute puppy, this sweet bunny and the Friends themselves.

legoland friends windsor

We had a breakfast of smoothie and brioche (or croissant) just by the harbour where the shows take place. And talking of shows at 9.30 along came the gang of Friends and they put on a spectacular show for us.

Heartlake City Friends - legoland windsor

We sat mesmerised for a good 20 minutes watching as they played out a story of friendship and helping each other out. I liked it, it touched upon working as a team to help each other out and supporting one another in difficult moments.

I made a short video clip for you to get an idea but it didn’t capture the sound in parts. Once you go in a bit you can hear the show

After the show we got to meet all of the friends, here are Andrea the singer and musician of the group and Stephanie the confident natural leader who likes writing and ballet.

Andrea and Stephanie Lego Friends

And here we meet Emma the fashionista, Olivia the environmentalist and Mia the animal lover.

Emma Olivia Mia Lego friends

A very exciting moment was trying the new ride in Heartlake City, Mia’s Riding School which is a circle with ponies around the edge which you sit on facing outwards, a sturdy back rises to hold you firmly in your seat (see top photo) and the ride moved up and down a banana shaped course as it spins at the same time. You leave your tummy behind a few times but the girls loved it and went on it three times! You have to be 1.20 tall to go on.

Mia's Riding School Legoland windsor

We took some time to visit the entire park going back to our longtime favourites such as the Driving School which has a revamp and is looking great. 3 visits again!

LEGOLAND Windsor Driving School

And as I took the girls up the ramp home at the end of the day we passed through Miniland, one of my favourites. There was a huge picture of Taylor Swift made out of Lego but I’m sorry my photo didn’t come out, you’ll have to go see for yourself. Here’s a view with my beloved London in the distance.

Legoland windsor Miniland

A huge thank you to LEGOLAND for inviting us to spend the day with them.  We were given free entry and  fast track wristbands in return for this post.  All opinions and images are our own.  

Time Traveller time, if you are new to the Travel Blogger Linky then please nip over here to find the rules. I apologise for missing last week (half term and a broken laptop!) and I will catch up on your posts from then as soon as possible, thank you so much for joining in again, I look forward to reading about your travels and pinning them on my board.