Last weekend saw the annual Christmas offering from the Ideal Home show team.

After having great fun at The Ideal Home Show in the summer we were really excited to head back for a taste of all things festive ahead of December arriving.

I’m always impressed with the ‘wow factor’ that hits you as you exit Earls Court station for one of the Ideal Home Show events – and being greaterdby Father Christmas, a snow machine and lots of Christmas trees certainly got us all excited for what we would find inside.

The show was packed, to be honest busy to the point of being uncomfortable. The crowds made it hard to browse, there was no chance to meander and take a look at the stands – and that was a shame.  That said, the stalls that did catch our eye and we took time to stop at were all very good.

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We caught the team at the Sage Appliances stand just as they were starting a demonstration with their juicers and blenders.  Having been on the look out for a juicer for a few months now it was fab to be able to see them in action, and to view first hand how easy they are to clean. The Nutri-Jucier Pro is right there at the top of my list.

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While I’m talking helpful additions to my life I have to mention the Stira who were demonstrating their remote controlled loft ladders, perfect for the plans we have to convert part of our loft space into my home office.  We also got talking to the team at Simply Soft Water Softeners stand about their Kinetico home water filter systems.  Turns our East Anglia is an area where water filtering is very important, who knew!!  They have a great range of filtering systems ranging from just drinking water filters (perfect for improved drinking water quality and great tasting food amongst other benefits) to whole house systems.  The team was really informative, and I look forward to speaking more with them at the Ideal Home Show in the summer where they will have many more actual products on show to demonstrate to everybody.

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As we reached the centre of the show both girls squealed with delight at the ice rink and were desperate to give it a go. Unfortunately, as we tried to book tickets we were told that you had to be aged 5 or above to skate so only S could go on. The Essex Husband took her on while I watched from the side with O, but due to very busy ice-time seasons and a lack of smaller size boots they ended up only getting to use half their time slot as they needed to wait so long for a pair of boots that would be safe for S to use.

The rink was beautifully decorated – and had the added bonus of some fantastic live music from The Rock Choir who were performing while we were there.

Post ice-skating we had all worked up an appetite and headed upstairs to my favourite area of the show – the food stalls! The girls opted for American hotdogs, The Essex Husband had Chinese and I had one of the most delicious Halloumi wraps I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. The only downside to this delicious food was the fact we had to eat it sitting on the floor as there were far to few tables and chairs for the number of people onsite. If we were to go back again I would almost certainly book a table at the restaurant, the menu today looked extremely inviting and there were many young families in there enjoying a meal together. It will set us back £22 a head for just two courses, but that would be worth it to not have to eat our food on the floor.

All in all we had a lovely day spending time together, I just wished we could have visited mid-week and actually been able to enjoy what the show had to offer instead of being overrun by crowds.

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We were gifted tickets in exchange for a review of the event. All views expressed are my own.

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