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  1. All Things Wild Nature Centre Review

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    I can’t quite believe the kids have been back at school and nursery for nearly three weeks already since half term.  The school summer holidays will be here before we know it!  I still haven’t finished documenting what we got up to in the half term.  I did write a very honest Legoland review where I share why the park wasn’t as impressive as I thought it would be.  We still had a nice time, but the day after that trip we had a much better time at All Things Wild in Evesham. 

    We’d been meaning to go to All Things Wild since March for Reuben’s birthday.  We heard they had dinosaurs and he is dino obsessed.  Unfortunately it snowed heavily in March when we planned to go so we rearranged for the end of March and surprisingly it snowed heavily again! Our visit was long overdue so we finally managed to explore the nature centre for both Bella’s upcoming birthday and Reuben’s belated birthday treat.  In this blog post I’m going to share my honest review of All Things Wild Nature Centre in Honeybourne, near Evesham.

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

     

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    I really don’t know where to start as there was so much to see and do!  On their website they even have PDF you can download and print of ’50 things to do’ during your visit, so you can tick off as you go along.  There’s that many things to see and experience.  Let’s start with the dinosaur section as that’s where we went first.  When we arrived it said the dino train would start at 11am so we headed there first.  It’s a tractor that pulls some carriages of seats and it drives around the outdoor dinosaurs which are dotted around some fields and woods.  The kids absolutely loved the ride and dinosaur spotting.  Reuben was ecstatic as you can imagine!  Once off the train ride we walked around the dinosaurs including through a small woodland area where the train didn’t go.  The dinosaurs were probably the highlight of the day for Reuben.  He pretty much talks and walks dinosaurs so it was the perfect location for him.

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    There is also a sort of dinosaur museum inside a barn.  There are models of sabre tooth tigers, woolly mammoths and dinosaur skeletons. There are lots of amazing facts and some fossils too.  I didn’t get to spend long enough in here as the kids just dashed through.

    Even if your kids aren’t into dinos there is a lot more to see and do.  It’s an animal park with a petting area of goats, chickens and rabbits.  There are some exotic animals such as zebras and colourful parrots.  We saw meerkats, rheas, wallabys and porcupines.  There’s also a lemur walkthrough that opens at certain times which we didn’t even experience.  We have plenty to still do on our next visit.  Indoors there are some reptiles, insects and aquatic life.

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    The day we went was very drizzly and not overly warm so we didn’t spend as much time outdoors as we could have.  I’m hoping we can attend on a warm sunny day next time and have an even more enhanced experience.  There are lots of activities to do outdoors like diggers, mini golf, pond dipping, feeding animals, playparks and so much more.  We didn’t experience as much of this as we’d have liked as we wanted to keep moving once the rain began!

    Indoors there is a large soft play which we couldn’t get the kids out of!  It’s near the café so perfect for the adults to stop for a drink whilst the kids play.  We could only drag them out of the soft play with the temptation of the indoor beach!  There’s a humungous sandpit indoors where the kids can take off their shoes and play with buckets and spades.  Another area we had to drag them from unwillingly!  There’s another play barn that we didn’t even venture into.  I’m not sure what’s in it, but we simply ran out of time.

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review – Family Days Out in the West Midlands

    There’s a café that serves food, but there are also picnic benches indoors.  We did a mixture.  Some had a picnic and some ordered food.  We were all able to sit indoors to eat at some designated tables.  In the summer there are plenty of outdoor spaces, meadows and fields to sit at to eat a picnic outdoors.

    For my children who are ages three and six it was a brilliant day out.  There was so much to see and do for an entire day we couldn’t even fit it all in.  Even though it was a drizzly day we managed to have a brilliantly impressive day.  I can only imagine that we will have an even more awesome time on a sunny warm day and I hope we will get to do this in the summer holidays.

    You can find their website here: https://www.allthingswild.co.uk

     

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    All Things Wild Nature Centre Review

  2. My Personalised Case Review – Wooden Leaf Print iPhone Cover

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    I’d had a wraparound wallet phone case for my iPhone for a few years and to be honest, it was a little worse for wear!  It was fake leather and had scuffed all around the edges.  Plus the material was folding near to the camera and kept putting black shadows in my photographs.  It had been on my list of things to buy for quite a few months now, but somehow I never got round to buying myself a new phone cover.  Luckily a couple of weeks ago I was contacted by My Personalised Case who sell personalised phone cases for all sorts of different phones on their website.  It was great timing, as you can imagine, so I couldn’t resist ordering a case immediately.  In this blog post I will review my experience of My Personalised Case.

    My Personalised Case Review – Wooden Leaf Print iPhone Cover

    Over the years I’ve had a few phone cases, mostly clear cases so I can actually see and appreciate the phone, so the wallet case was the first I’d had that totally covered the whole phone.  It was OK and meant I could use my phone as a wallet too by carrying a couple of notes and a few cards, but it had recently started to annoy me a little as the front cover was always in the way of my phone.  I always had to use two hands to photograph or the cover would flap over the camera lens.  When choosing a case from My Personalised Case I decided I would just choose a back and side cover so I could use my camera with ease again.  Plus, it was a great excuse to get a new purse to hold all my cash and cards!

    It’s really easy to make your own phone case and totally customise the design.  There’s a few choices of covers such as wallet, tough, silicone and wooden.  I love all things natural so the wood case really appealed to me.  I’ve never seen anyone with a wood case so I couldn’t imagine it in real life at all.  Not only is it wood, but printed wood with a design of your choice.  You’re able to upload an image of your own such as a photograph (or your business/blog logo – how cool would that be?) and have it printed right onto the wood.  I did upload a couple of photos to see what they looked like, but after flicking through some of their own designs I decided to choose a large leaf print.

    My Personalised Case Review – Wooden Leaf Print iPhone Cover 1

    The whole ordering process is very easy.  It’s so amazing how quickly we can create our own personalised designs nowadays thanks to the internet.  It’s not something that ever existed when I was a youngster.  We can all be so creative and put our photos to good use or create beautiful personalised gifts for loved ones with a few clicks.

    I’ve had the case for four days now and so far so good.  The leaf print was the perfect choice as it complements the wood and represents my interests perfectly.  I wasn’t sure how a wood case would be with regards to weight and strength, but it’s made from bamboo so is very lightweight and smooth.  At first I thought it didn’t fit my phone, but the phone needs a good push and press into the case for a tight snug fit.  The sides are not wooden, but plastic with a soft touch finish so they feel almost like rubber or silicone.  These are great for people like me who often have butter fingers and regularly drop things! 

    All in all it feels like a hard wearing case that looks great and has a sleek finish around the edges.  I’ve had my other case for so long that it actually feels like I have a brand new phone since switching up the case to a totally different style.  I do also love not having a flap get in my way all the time!  If you’re looking for a personalised photo or cool print phone case, do check out My Personalised Case to create a cover that reflects your personality or showcases a favourite memory.

     

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    My Personalised Case Review – Wooden Leaf Print iPhone Cover

  3. My Very Honest LEGOLAND Windsor Review

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    This week we spent two days at LEGOLAND Windsor.  It was our very first trip to a LEGOLAND.  Well, Ben had gone as a child to the Denmark version, but he was around seven years old and could only remember his disappointment at the gold wash!  He remembers spending ages sifting sand for gold and proudly handing it in, only to be given a plastic gold coin in return for his efforts and even at that young age he felt ripped off!  Needless to say when we saw they had the gold wash and it was £4 for a go, we didn’t partake!  Other than Ben’s trip as a child, we hadn’t yet been.  It’s been on our list of places to visit for a couple of years and I thought the kids now aged 3 and 6 would have been the perfect ages.  In this blog post I am going to share my very honest review of our 2018 trip to LEGOLAND Windsor in the UK.

    My Very Honest LEGOLAND Windsor Review Entrance

    We booked the hotel through the LEGOLAND website, but we chose to stay at a nearby hotel instead of the resort hotel purely to save around £300!  Last year we spent around £500 staying at the CBeebies Land Hotel as a special treat, so I couldn’t justify spending the same for another one night hotel stay so soon.  That said, perhaps our entire experience would have been better if we had stayed at the LEGOLAND Hotel itself.  When we went to CBeebies it was the hotel which really made our trip so special.  The whole booking process was very easy and we booked a lovely Holiday Inn in Maidenhead.  The total cost was £190 for two adults and two children with two day passes to the resort and a one night hotel stay with breakfast.  Considering I’d heard how expensive LEGOLAND was from various people over the years, I didn’t actually think this was a bad price.  Perhaps people are referring to the price of a stay at the official hotel.

    I had not read any reviews of the resort before going, nor had I read any blog posts.  I had no idea what to expect, but I did have high expectations.  After all, it is LEGOLAND!  LEGO has got to be one of the most popular kids toys, if not THE most popular, so I can imagine they are a very profitable company.  I would have assumed they would have poured their heart, soul and lots of this money into their UK resort to really make something incredible that blows all the other theme parks in the UK out of the water.  I thought it was going to blow me away.  I know it’s probably more aimed at kids, but I expected it to be so good that us adults were thoroughly impressed too.

    My Very Honest LEGOLAND Windsor Review st basils cathedral

    Unfortunately I think my expectations were a little too high.  Had I read the total mixed bag of online reviews on Google before going, I would have realised this and lowered my excitement levels considerably.  There are lots of 5* reviews, sure, but there are also many 1 and 2 star reviews from people who have attended recently who saw and thought the same as me.  I was reading them last night and constantly reading aloud to Ben to say, see, they thought the same.  What a shame.

    I am going to share below the Good and the Bad of LEGOLAND Windsor in my opinion from our two day trip this week:

    My Very Honest LEGOLAND Windsor Review 2018

    Good

    • Easy booking process and a great price for a nearby hotel and tickets.  I had heard it was a very expensive place so was expecting a lot more than £190 for four 2-day passes and a nearby hotel with breakfast for 2x adults and 2x kids.
    • The parking was very close to the entrance so there are no long walks to the resort entrance like at some other UK theme parks.
    • Entry to the park itself was very quick.  We did not have to queue very much at all, maybe behind one or two families each day.  There are bag checks and then we were able to scan our tickets ourselves and go through the turnstiles.
    • Splash land looked amazing.  The first day we went we stupidly didn’t take our swimwear and it was boiling!  It would have been perfect and the kids would have probably spent half a day there playing.  We did take their swimsuits the second day, but sadly it was chucking it down with rain!  Bella wasn’t keen to play, but Reuben didn’t want to come out.  We definitely did this the wrong way round, so check the weather and be prepared!
    • Out of the rides we experienced the kids liked the Fairy Tale Brook.  It was great for young kids to see all the fairy tale characters made from LEGO and it was quite a long ride.
    • The two play parks were well done and fun for the kids, but we don’t pay £100 for tickets for parks for the kids, so this is only a minor part of the experience for me.
    • The slides next to the steps walking into the park from the entrance were a great idea!  They should put slides next to all sets of steps everywhere for kids – how fun!

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    • The 4D Ninjago cinema experience was great!  We wore 3D glasses and got splashed with water and snow (foam) making  the show really come to life.  It was the first attraction we went into after our arrival and we really enjoyed it.  Though it was a bit too scary for Reuben our three year old who leapt onto my lap and jumped quite a lot!  So just be careful with really little kids!  But, the rest of us enjoyed it!
    • The LEGO Friends show was probably the best part.  I’m sure Ben really loved standing through it too – just his thing!  But for Bella, our six year old, who absolutely adores LEGO Friends it was the best part.  The show was so well put together and a great length – not rushed or too short like some shows at these things.  It really was great and Bella was dancing along.  It was probably the best bit of the whole day, for Bella at least!
    • The Duplo show was also very good and great for both the kids’ ages.  I think the shows were a winner for us at this resort and not much else.
    • There are lots of great photo opportunities, especially with the smaller Lego statues and the kids.  Bella loved having her photo taken with all the different Lego Friends.
    • There were lots of toilets all over the place so we always had one to hand, which is handy with little kids who are suddenly bursting out of nowhere, and I never had to queue for a toilet once.

    For a nice day out with the family to look at some interesting things and enjoy some kid’s shows, then it was good.  It’s got what you expect from a standard UK theme park, but as I said I was expecting more - so much more as it’s LEGO!

    Onto the reasons why I felt it wasn’t as good as it should have been:

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    Bad

    • I expected more LEGO!!  I didn’t feel like there was enough.  Is that crazy?  I thought there would be more giant LEGO sculptures. Things that blew me away with their magnificence.  Things we couldn’t make at home or a LEGO hobbyist wouldn’t make in their garage or spare room.  Yeah, they had some big things – the big black dinosaur breaking out of a building, the huge Tutankhamun and the dragon by the rapids, these were all amazing and so impressive.  That’s what I was expecting.  More of these sorts of things.  Bigger and better LEGO like nothing  ever seen before!  I imagined  a Lego house or something where it’s almost full size and made of Lego, wouldn’t that would be amazing?!  A zoo full of life size LEGO animals.  Replicas of cars and helicopters made from LEGO that are BIG!  Ooh, even famous people made from LEGO, like Madame Tussauds, but LEGO Tussauds?!   I think there are so many genius things they could do with LEGO and showcase at their own UK resort, but they haven’t.  I just wasn’t blown away.  Perhaps my expectations were too high. I hadn’t researched or looked at pictures before going, so maybe my imagination was too big!
    • The parking is expensive - £6 per day so £12 for the two days – this should just be included in ticket price or free!  It seems more and more resorts and attractions are doing this now and it just feels like they’re trying to make as much money from us as possible, which is never a nice feeling.
    • The chip shop was over-priced and terrible quality - tasted like low grade potatoes or old crappy oil.  Perhaps we are spoilt by having a really good chip shop at home where everything looks and tastes fresh and there’s no weird oil taste.  We really notice if chips elsewhere are not up to par.  We paid over £30 for 2x kids’ fish & chips, 1x adult fish & chips and 1x portion chips.  For this sort of price I’d expect them to be good quality and delicious.  We took a picnic the first day and found a local restaurant for dinner so we didn’t try any other food places in the resort.  It looked like a lot of junk food places and meat places which is why we decided to go elsewhere (I'm vegan and Ben/kids are meat/dairy free) so we could all enjoy something and not eat there.

    My Very Honest LEGOLAND Windsor Review Splah Land

    • Since returning home I have seen there is a Hill Top Café at the entrance of the park where they seem to serve a wider selection of food and not just junk food.  It’s a shame they don’t have a restaurant nestled in the park itself with a wide variety of food options and proper cooked meals to suit all tastes and to cater for healthier diets.  It would be amazing if they had a huge LEGO themed restaurant with amazing food and things made out of LEGO all around to see.  It would be an attraction in itself.
    • There were not as many rides as we were expecting for little ones.  We obviously didn’t go on all the rides as Reuben is only just three, but I expected some smaller rides for his age group.  We’ve been to theme parks before where the kids could go on nearly everything and also where there’s an entire tots section.  It would have been great for lots more rides in the DUPLO section for the little ones.  More rides would hopefully also mean shorter queues!  There were a couple of rides we didn't even bother with as the queues were so long and the kids are just too young to queue for 45-60 minutes.
    • The rides we did go on, aside from the Fairy Tale Brook, were really short.  I couldn’t believe the rapids were over so soon, they hadn’t even got started!  We just got bashed about for a moment!
    • The Vikings' River Splash (the rapids) were awful! They were really short and didn’t really go anywhere.  They’re nothing like the rapids at Alton Towers which are amazing.  We just kept smacking into the sides at full pelt and it was more painful than enjoyable! I did not enjoy them at all and Bella really hurt herself when we hit the side really, really forcefully at one point and immediately wanted to get off.  Luckily Reuben was just too short for this one so he and Ben didn’t have to experience them.  Perhaps we had really bad luck and hit the sides way too much and way too hard, but I definitely wouldn’t go on these again.

    My Very Honest LEGOLAND Windsor Review Friends

    • We only stayed for three hours the second day.  I had expected there to be so much that we wouldn’t have been able to see it all in the two days, but one full day would have been enough for us. Though to be fair it was raining lots on the second day so we didn’t want to hang around having seen it all.  The kids did ask to leave the second day so they even felt they had seen enough and weren’t begging to go and see anything like usual.  With older kids and the opportunity to go on more rides then you may want to be there longer.
    • Talking of younger children, Reuben is only just three.  That’s a big difference to being nearly four and school age than just coming out of being a two year old and becoming three.  I think their children tickets should start from age four instead and under fours should be free.  He just couldn’t get much out of the experience and wasn’t allowed on many rides as too small!  At Peppa Pig World he was free as he was under a certain height, yet he was still able to go on so many rides.  It just wasn’t the same at LEGOLAND unfortunately.  It seemed wrong for his ticket to cost the same as Bella’s who could do so much more.
    • The Heartlake City Express Train was out of action.  In fact we didn’t even see it at all and since returning and seeing other reviews of the train I think this would have really made our experience a little better.  The kids love to go on the train rides at places like this and it looks like there was more LEGO to see on the train ride that we didn’t get to see just wandering around the park.
    • The Hill Train was also out of action!  It’s a shame they didn’t have at least one train working.  This train looks good to see the views into the park and would have been great fun for the kids.  Kids love a train ride!
    • Unfortunately the Remote Control Boats didn’t work.  These cost extra and we tried to put a pound into a few of the boat controls, but it kept spitting our pounds back out.  This was a shame as I think the kids would have loved to play this together.
    • If you love shopping or you’re going for the chance to buy some LEGO then there are 9 shops dotted around the resort, but they’re quite expensive and if you’re not there to shop and you’re more there for the theme park, then it feels a bit like every other building is a shop trying to sell you something! I felt like it was shop overkill and there could have been more attractions and just one humongous incredible shop at the end.

    My Very Honest LEGOLAND Windsor Review

    Overall thoughts

    There were good and bad parts to our trip with two young children (ages 3 and 6), but for me there were just too many bad parts and I felt very underwhelmed by LEGOLAND Windsor.  It was such a shame as I had high hopes it was going to be the best theme park we had been to yet.  I think this is why I was so disappointed as I had expected so much more.  It is such a well-known brand though and I thought they would have really nailed it.
    Perhaps it is better with older children who can go on more rides or those who are seriously obsessed with Lego!
    The kids obviously know no different and had a great time, but I did expect me and Ben to be more impressed. Ben says it was good but not amazing.
    When we left CBeebies Land, as an example, the kids were crying and they didn’t want to leave after two full days!  After a few hours on the second day at LEGOLAND the kids asked to go home.
    I’m not bothered about returning anytime soon, but I would love to visit a LEGOLAND in the USA as I am sure they’ll be on the next level!  It’s what I was expecting from this resort.

     

    Out of the theme parks we’ve been to recently with the kids I’d rate Peppa Pig as the best for young children.  It had lots of rides throughout the park suitable for the youngest of kids and was so well maintained.  Second would be the CBeebies Land Hotel, but purely as the hotel itself was so incredible for all day long entertainment that amazed the kids.  Read these reviews here:
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    My Very Honest LEGOLAND Windsor Review dinosaur

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  4. Family Travel Review: Pirate Tour aboard the Pedra Sartaña in Morro Jable, Fuerteventura

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    On our recent holiday to Fuerteventura we decided to do a couple of day trips to break the week up, explore more of the island and of course, have an adventure!  Bella and Reuben were ages five and three, so this limited us quite a lot to the trips we could do.  Most of the excursions are more suited to adults only or older children; however there were two that were very young family friendly, so we booked both.  One trip was to the animal park, which I’ll review in its own blog post soon, but the other was for a pirate cruise! In this blog post I will review the Pirate Tour in Morro Jable, close to Jandia, in Fuerteventura.  So if you’re looking for things to do with kids in the south of Fuerteventura, read on.

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    We arranged the tour through our holiday tour guide, TUI, at the welcome meeting.  I had been emailed for several months before our arrival with excursion details and it was possible to book in advance, but we wanted to confirm exactly what was suitable for the little ones, particularly Reuben who had only just turned three.  She highly recommended the pirate ship and it sounded perfect for the kids.

    I’m pleased to say, it really was!  The kids and even the adults had a great time.  One of my most enjoyable activities on holiday is to have a boat ride to sea.  I love looking back at the island and the landscape, plus there’s a huge sense of freedom being out on a boat.

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    The entire trip was around 5 hours from 10.30am to 3.30pm.  So it’s a good half a day.  We were provided with lunch too and soft drinks and water were included.  There was alcohol for sale if wanted.  We enjoyed potatoes and salad, but for the meat eaters there was a chicken BBQ.  The potatoes were really delicious!

    The ship was amazing.  There’s something so magnificent about pirate ships.  I love all the ropes and sails.  They got some of the adults to help pull the sails up which was fun to watch.  Then it felt like a real pirate ship sailing out to sea!

    The main entertainer was brilliant.  He spoke English, French and German, so said everything in all three languages and then pretended to wipe the sweat from his brow comically exclaiming ‘phew’ each time!  He totally made the excursion so brilliant.  He entertained the children by playing a couple of games which ended up involving the adults and was quite amusing!  I won’t spoil what happens in case you ever go!

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    The seas surrounding Fuerteventura have lots of dolphins and whales and we were lucky enough to spot some dolphins!  One came right to the side of the boat and poked its head up.  It was an amazing moment which luckily Bella and I got to experience.  Unfortunately Ben and Reuben were below deck so they missed it.  The captain was great and every time he spotted dolphins in the distance, he headed that way and slowed down so we could all spot them too.

    After dolphin spotting, games and lunch, they anchored the boat and gave everyone a chance to swim.  The ship had a kind of trapeze swing to the side so the adults were allowed to swing into the sea.  It looked so much fun.  We hadn’t planned to swim, so didn’t go in the sea, but everyone who did looked like they had a blast.  If you didn’t want to swim or sunbathe on deck, then you could also fish off the front of the boat.  There was plenty to do for everyone, but personally I was just content being out at sea in the warm sunshine looking out for dolphins!

    Review Pirate Tour aboard the Pedra Sartaña in Morro Jable Fuerteventura

    I’d highly recommend this trip for any age.  There were a lot of families on board, as it is pirate themed with activities aimed at children, but there were some adults by themselves too.  I’d have had a great time even without the kids as the boat trip itself was great.  It’s a perfect way to catch some rays other than laying by a pool!  The kids loved it and I’m still so happy we saw dolphins in the water, in their natural habitat.  There’s nothing more amazing than that.

    To see some great photos of the boat and find out more, simply visit their website here: http://www.excursiones-barco-fuerteventura.com/index_english.html

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  5. Indigo Herbs Superfood Powder Blends Review and Vegan Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

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    I absolutely love superfoods, powder blends, wholefood supplements and vegan ingredients.  Our cupboards are always overflowing with these sorts of things and my Kilner jars are stacked up on the kitchen sides filled with such goodness.  When the opportunity arose to review some items from Indigo Herbs last week, I simply couldn’t resist.  In this blog post I am going to share with you the three superfood powder blends I received and the vegan berry smoothie bowl recipe I instantly whipped up.

    Whilst many women may get excited about clothes shopping, my thrill rather comes from shopping at natural grocery stores; especially those full of vegan delights and with healthy superfoods at the core of their products.  Indigo Herbs is definitely one of these places that I can get very excited about.  I create smoothies on almost a daily basis, sugar-free and dairy-free snacks and bites for the kids (OK, OK, and the adults too!) and energy balls galore.  We have a meat and dairy free household and we’re 99% refined sugar free.  This means I’m regularly buying the types of products Indigo Herbs sells – they are right up my street!

    Indigo Herbs Superfood Powder Blends Review and Vegan Berry Smoothie Bowl R

    Ice-Cold Vegan Berry Smoothie Bowl

    The products came with impeccable timing as I was already planning to make a delicious ice cold vegan berry smoothie bowl yesterday to enjoy in the heat.  We had the most gorgeous bout of sunshine the past two days and our south facing sun trap of a garden provided some sweltering heat!  I usually favour green fruit and veg smoothies or chocolate milkshakes (with plant based milk of course), but the heat had inspired me to make a thicker than usual, ice-cold berry smoothie bowl to cool me down!

    I had frozen berries, oat milk and almond flakes at the ready, but no suitable powders to add to the concoction.  Luckily my Indigo Herbs parcel arrived and the Super Vital powder was the perfect addition.  It’s full of acai, baobab and beetroot powders so is a lovely rich purple flavour.  It’s going to be the ideal accompaniment to many of my summer smoothies, homemade ice lollies and more.  I’m even thinking up some berry style energy balls with this powder and drooling just at the thought!

    It’s the first time I’ve made a smoothie bowl instead of drinking it from a cup, but I knew just what to do.  Several times before I’d created a too thick consistency and struggled to drink from the straw, so had thought to myself it’s more like a frozen yoghurt type dessert!  Inspired by the many smoothie bowls I see plastered on Instagram, I decided to make my own and turn my beloved drinkable smoothie into a much thicker spoon feedable (made up word right there I believe) mixture instead.

    Indigo Herbs Superfood Powder Blends Review and Vegan Berry Smoothie Bowl R

    Ingredients

    • 1x small banana (preferably frozen, but fresh is fine too)
    • As many frozen berries as you can fill to the line of your largest blender cup. I used redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
    • Oat milk (or water or whatever plant based milk you prefer)
    • 1x heaped teaspoon Indigo Herbs Vital Powder (if you’re not used to superfood powders then start with less and build up over time)
    • Flaked almonds, blueberries and berries for decoration

    Method

    • Using your largest smoothie cup, add the banana and then top up with frozen berries to the fill line.  I use a Nutri Ninja and used the largest cup with makes a good large bowlful of smoothie, or two smaller bowlfuls to share.
    • Pour the milk or water up to the fill line
    • Add the powder
    • Blend until smooth – this may take a little longer than usual as it crunches through the frozen ingredients, so make sure you keep pulsing until they’re all blended properly
    • Pour, or scoop out, into a bowl
    • Add some flaked almonds and berries to make the bowl look extra pretty (and totally Instagramable)
    • Devour and enjoy!

    If you want to get even more funky and enjoy the flavours for longer, simply pour the mixture into moulds and freeze for delicious homemade, healthy, all natural frozen ice lollies.

    The bowl was absolutely delicious and best eaten immediately before it starts melting, so I did.

    Thank you so much to Indigo Herbs for sending me the powder.  Let’s take a look below at the powders I received in more detail and their amazing benefits:

    Indigo Herbs Superfood Powder Blends Review and Vegan Berry Smoothie Bowl R

    Superfood Powder - Beetroot Acai Baobab (Super Vital)

    This is the amazing bright purple powder I used for my smoothie bowl above.   It contains three ingredients; beetroot, acai and baobab.  The colour is so vibrant and the blend is so flavoursome that you can add the powder to water alone for a great tasting refreshing beverage.  For extra goodness blend with fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly more purple varieties to enhance that colour!  It’s high in vitamin C and antioxidants providing energy, protect8ing against free radicals and helping to purify the blood.  The baobab and acai are both organic too.

    Find this product here: https://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/shop/buy/supervital-powder-blend-product

    Love Your Liver

    This powder is full of such a mixture of ingredients it sounds strange, but it’s like another green powder blend with a rich green tone and grassy flavour.  This will be another great addition to my regular green smoothies, but today I wanted to have a sort of shot of green goodness so blended a teaspoon of the powder with half a cup of distilled water and one kiwi.  It’s a strong grassy flavour, so if you’re not used to this then add more fruit and start with less powder until you become accustomed to the taste.
    This is an exclusive superfood blend which has been formulated by nutritionist David Ash for Indigo Herbs.  It’s recommended to take it daily to support overall health and wellbeing.  I bet this would have been a very beneficial blend just recently when I suffered a twisted sacroiliac joint for six weeks as it contains the remarkable anti-inflammatory turmeric powder.
    This blend is aimed at the liver, though it can support health in many other ways.  For the liver it provides detoxification, support and nurture.  Again, start with a small amount and build it up over time to the recommended daily serving if you are new to these superfoods.  This product contains:

    • Barleygrass Powder
    • Chlorella Powder
    • Camu Camu Powder
    • Turmeric Powder
    • Banana Powder
    • Milk Thistle Extract Powder
    • Grapeseed Extract Powder

    Find this product here: https://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/shop/buy/love-your-liver-powder-fortified-product

    Indigo Herbs Superfood Powder Blends Green Love Your Liver Review Shot

    Super Greens Powder (Certified Organic)

    These sorts of powders are my favourite.  I read once that green vegetables have around ten times the nutritional content of other veg.  I’m not sure how accurate that is, but they are abundant in vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to improve and safeguard our health.  We need a whole range of colours of vegetables and fruits which is where the saying ‘eat the rainbow’ comes from, but greens should be a part of a healthy diet every single day.
    Of course it is essential to eat your greens, but for an extra boost and to get even more beneficial antioxidants in the diet then quality green superfood powders provide the perfect way to do this.  Simply mix with water and drink as a shot each morning or alternatively create a mostly vegetable green powered smoothie with a touch of fruit to sweeten it.
    This blend from Indigo Herbs is certified organic, very high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and 100% pure.  It’s full of all the green goodies, the best and some of the truest superfoods, that are going to boost your health the most; wheatgrass, barleygrass, spirulina, moringa and chlorella.  Personally I prefer to get my vitamins and minerals from natural solutions such as this powder rather than questionable synthetic vitamin tablets made in labs.

    Find this product here: https://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/shop/buy/supergreens-powder-blend-product

    Final thoughts

    Overall I am so impressed with Indigo Herbs.  These three products are high quality, full of mostly organic ingredients, 100% natural and each blend works really well.  For those of us who want an extra daily boost of vitamins and minerals from natural sources, they provide the perfect solution.  They are abundant in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants which are naturally derived and perfect for us plant based foodies.

    Indigo Herbs Superfood Powder Blends Review and Vegan Berry Smoothie Bowl R

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