Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Review | Degustabox March

Evening all!

It's at this time of the month I get a little bit too excited for the arrival of our Degustabox, I literally avoid Instagram until it's arrived so the surprise isn't spoilt by others who pop their pictures on there, ha ha. Degustabox is a monthly subscription box which gives you a surprise of 9-14 products, anything from sweet to savoury, fresh ingredients and even drinks, with brand new items you may not have heard of yet and your favourite well known brands too! I think one of my favourite things about the box is the surprise of what you're getting, it really is the perfect subscription service for us!

Here's what we received in our March Degustabox...

Jordan's Granola
I'm a big fan of granola, even since we started our healthier lifestyle i've been enjoying trying new ones for breakfast, however i've noticed that they're either full of sugar and pretty high in fat, or they taste like rabbit food! Jordan's have always been my favourite, the tropical one in particular, so when I saw the new 'lighter' version in this box I was super super happy, with a little bit less sugar and 30% less fat, it's definitely a healthier version and tastes bloomin' delicious too! 

As i've said before, i'm pretty wary with fruit juices, usually the shop bought ones are full of sugar which ends up upping the calorie count to the same as coca cola and the like! Juiceburst are an honest juice with 14 different flavours including 3 skinny versions too! Coming in at only 99cals per bottle, you get a yummy refreshing drink, without the calories and without all those sugars too! The Mango and lime was definitely my favourite!

It was only yesterday I was saying to Ben that I needed a good BBQ sauce, we had pork ribs and forgot to order a sauce to dip our chips into! Original Bavarian isn't a brand i'd heard of before because it's exclusive to Degustabox this month and not even available in the UK yet! Coming in 4 different flavours, Original, Beechwood, Honey & Mustard & Horseradish, each one is ideal for BBQ's marinades & dips, and as a way to spruce up your usual meals with a little tang! The Original sauce we received contains, cranberries, beer, honey and apples, definitely something I will be adding to future pulled chicken or beef recipes as well as on ribs and as a yummy marinade to ribs!

Lindt Assorted Mini Eggs
I love a good treat, and knowing this is the easter box, I knew Degustabox would give me something utterly yummy to enjoy! Two bags of Lindor smooth mini eggs, in milk chocolate, dark chocolate & white chocolate too, with the famous smooth centre in each one, a heaven sent treat perfect for Easter time! 

Bassetts Jelly Babies Berry Mix
I may have done a little shriek when I saw these, Jelly Babies are my FAVOURITE sweets in the entire world, I could quite happily eat bag after bag without a care in the world! Instead of a bagful of all the flavours, Bassetts have now created a special bag with just the favourite flavours inside, blackcurrant, raspberry and strawberry! 

Sour Patch Kids
I'm not the biggest fan of sour sweets, especially after just trying some american ones which literally made my face screw up for what felt like an entire week! But these have the balance of sweet and sour just right, a much more subtle tang than other sweets i've tried of it's kind! A definite treat but very low in calories if you're craving something naughty, without the guilt too!

Kents Kitchen Posh Noodles
I'm already a big fan after being introduced to them a few boxes back with their meal kits! Now we have been given posh noodles which are perfect for lunch on the go or as a yummy hot snack! Made with all natural ingredients, low fat and low in calorie too! All you need to do is add water to the pot, stir well, wait and you've got a lovely little pot of Szechuan noodles! yummy! If you follow me on Instagram you'll see I had them for lunch today and absolutely loved them, so fresh, so tasty and filling too! 

A relatively new brand to the market but a brand we have actually worked with recently, with more recipes coming up soon too! They are a 100% naturally sourced alternative to artificial sweetener and sugar. With ZERO calories, non GM and has a low GI too, it's simple to use, just substitute your usual sugar in your cuppa with this and use instead of sugar in your favourite recipes too for a much much healthier version! 

Brioche Pasquier - Baked Bread Bites
Already being fans of the Brioche brand, we were both pretty excited to find out they make crisps too, I say crisps, these are made with real french bread so as the title says, bread bites! They are low in saturated fat, free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives too! Abbie will be having these in the lunch so will let you know what she thinks too!

If you're interested in starting up your own subscription, whether it's just a one off to see what the fuss is all about, or you want in for the long run, here's a little discount for you, taking £3 off 5CXXU - making your first box only £9.99!

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Monday, 23 March 2015

10 Fun Easter Crafts!

Easter was always one of my favourite times of the year growing up, it wasn't just about the chocolate (though that was very important!), but every year my Nan would host an Easter Egg hunt for the grandkids and we'd all be at her house for the day, each of us with a little wicker basket, searching for colourful eggs amongst the trees, bushes and the rockery, we all had one colour each to stop us just collecting every egg we saw! 

There would be little yellow chicks everywhere too, and even big easter eggs for the grown ups hidden on the tops of the greenhouse! We also had a tradition where my cousin and I were able to design our own Easter Bonnets (I really must dig out some photos!), we could do to them whatever we wished, add ribbon, add chicks, beads, glitter, anything! It was an amazing day and is something I really want to do with Abbie as she gets older too!

It got me thinking about other Easter bits and bobs, things that you can do yourself and things the little ones can help with too, so I've taken my personal experience and a few Pinterest ideas to bring you my favourites from the net...

First up we have...

Mason Jar Crafts
by Eclectic Mom Sense

by The DIY Dreamer

from Fellow Fellow

Easter Bunny Gift Jars 

Easter Centerpiece

Subway Art Painted Easter Eggs

Paper Strip Easter Egg Art
by Minted

Paper Chicks
by Simple As That Blog

Easter Chick Placeholders
by Crafts by Amanda

Pom Pom Easter Chicks
by Crafts Unleashed


How to Make Your Bathroom Look Bigger!

It would be amazing to afford one of the bathrooms like above, I'm obsess with those baths and the giant mirror especially! However in reality we only have a basic little bathroom upstairs which we could do with decluttering a little! 
Your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house, you probably spend every morning in there getting ready and it’s perhaps the space you should find most relaxing if, like me, you love a long soak in the bath (if I ever get the chance anyway!). 

Therefore, it is important to maximise your bathroom space to make it as clean and spacious as possible. It can easily and very quickly turn into toys r us when you have little ones, luckily, there are tricks to make the smallest of bathrooms look bigger! 

Neutral, lighter colours are known to do the best job of making a bathroom look bigger. It is also worth sticking to similar shade rather than make the colour regime too ‘busy’, if you do want to pick out the occasional bolder colour try and limit it to smaller objects such as a cabinet or piece of wall art!

Tiling all the way up to the ceiling around the bath will make walls look taller. It is all about having as few transitions as possible, so try and match the tone of the tiles to that of the walls around them. Also try light colours again, white is always so brightening and really makes the sun bounce off them!

Clear Glass Shower 
Having a shower screen which is clear glass rather than frosted eradicates another barrier in the room and therefore opens it out. You may not get as much privacy but it will make a big difference to a small room, even one that folds on itself too will create more space!

Use Mirrors 
Mirrors are well-known to make a room appear larger, take the opportunity to install the biggest mirror possible above your sink if the wall behind permits it. An outlet such as Ideal Standard has a fantastic selection of mirrors and you should also consider mirrored surfaces where there is the option!

Maximum Natural Light 
This can be a tricky one for smaller spaces but make sure natural light from windows is impeded as little as possible, try not pile up items on the window sill which block out too much light. If you need to create privacy by adjusting the window glass, use translucent window shade or tone-on-tone stained glass window rather than blinds or shutters. Remember, a nice light bathroom will also help with your make-up! 

Cavity Storage 
Shelves and cabinets jutting out into precious bathroom space is unavoidable in a lot of rooms but if you have interesting walls which allow for storage within their recesses maximise that opportunity. It is vital to utilise smaller bathroom spaces to their full potential and in a lot of cases this means being creative. Built in cabinets are so much more spacious and still keeps all your products hidden away!

Other Storage Options 
As well as in recesses, fit cabinets and storage solutions under sinks and high up where possible so they are out of the way and you are not taking up valuable space, storage cabinets are great in bathrooms, especially those with deep drawers, ours currently has one for Abbies toys, one for nappies and wipes and another for our bath products!

If you are planning an all-together new bathroom always consult a plumber who should be able to advise you on utilising your space to it’s full potential without sacrificing things like water pressure, experts have all the answers!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Ordinary Moments | Family Day Out!

Happy Sunday everyone!

This week has been such a lovely one, lots of fun activities, a well behaved toddler (who turned 2 1/2 on Thursday) and Ben & I's 6 year anniversary! As Ben was working most of the week including our actual anniversary, we decided to take a family day out on Friday and headed out to a gorgeous Animal Park! It's such a hidden gem and we usually end up forgetting it's there until we drive past it, but we planned it at lunch then headed out straight away, of course with my camera in tow, as always. The sun was out and it was lovely and warm, t-shirt weather even!

We've been here a few times before, the first time Abbie was teething badly and wasn't interested in anything apart from clinging to me and crying, the second time she wanted to sit in her pushchair and be pushed around for most of it, she still enjoyed it but this time was completely different, she's so much more grown up, as soon as we arrived she headed off to explore, walking everywhere, getting involved with all the animals, telling us what they all say, dancing, giggling and having a few tiny tantrums when it was time to move on to the next section, but she thoroughly enjoyed it and both Ben & I beamed just watching her playing, she's suddenly a proper little girl now!

Her favourite animals were definitely the chickens (and a weird looking turkey), they kept trying to peck the little people toys out of her hands which made her giggle loads, they followed her across the path and she was very disappointed when she couldn't enter their little enclosure with the worker...cue tantrum number 1.

This place literally has everything, animals including horses, pigs, emu's, chickens, parrots, ducks, geese, owls and donkeys, wendy houses, trampolines, slides and swings, miniature golf, ride along toys, a cafe, everything you need for a family day out! I can't wait to take Abbie back again, especially now Spring is here :).

Once we got home, it was pretty much dinner time so we treated ourselves to an M&S dinner of pizza, garlic bread, salad, coleslaw and a yummy (and healthy) chocolate dessert! Perfect way to finish a perfect day!

I took so many photos, so apologies for the spam! :)

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