22/05/2015

What's in The Box - Degustabox

Last month was no different to any other when our Degustabox arrived and I opened it to see what was inside! To keep the suprise I try not to read the email before it arrives and avoid looking in detail on instagram until ours is opened! Sad? Maybe! 
 
Here's what was inside Aprils Box.



1) Veetee Microwaveable rice - £1.49 each
2) Kingfisher Beer - £2 a bottle
3) New Schwartz Curry mixes - £1.08 each
4) Cirio Tinned Tomatoes & paste - £1.69 & £1.20
5) Kinder Chocolates with cereals & Choco-bons - £1.55 each
6) Barry's Tea, gold blend - £1.75
7) Scheckters Organic energy drink - £1.35
8) Wonjo Hibiscus drink
9) Idrinq Enhancement drink - £1.49 per can
10) Debeukelaer Cookies Bakery - £2 a box
11) Nandos Grooves Cut Potato Chips - 69p each

Another great mix of food items, to suit all tastes. We're not really into the energy drinks here but know they are popular. You can use the code P9609 to get £3 off the registration cost when signing up to Degustabox.



21/05/2015

Woohoo - Target Hit!

So not only have I hit my original 3 and a half stone loss target I've smashed it this week! Down almost 3lbs from last week. I'm delighted, I'm now 3 stone 9lbs lighter than I was back in mid Novemeber 2014. 

This is a HUGE achievement for me and has not only left me feeling fitter, thinner and much more confident but happier, healthier and mentally so much better! 
I feel so good infact that I'm now planning on trying to lose another 5lb. I really think I can do it.
 
Gosh, I've not felt this good since I was about 25yrs old and I'm beginning to think even my new size 10 clothes are too big for me. How mad is that! I never imagined in my wildest dreams I might get to be a size 8 potentially. I would have been delighted with a 12! 
 
Thanks to you all for your continued support and for reading my updates.


Ecooutfitters - school uniform review & giveaway

With big monkey moving into Junior school come September and little monkey starting school I'm always on the look out for durable school uniform, so when we were asked to review school uniform from children's brand Ecooutfitters I was keen to say yes.
They provide ethical and sustainable 100% pure organic cotton school uniform and sportswear. Their clothing is
  • Chemical free
  • Ethically produced
  • Beautifully designed 
  • Competitively priced
  • Top Quality garments
We were sent their grey school socks and classic fit long grey school trousers. I ordered the socks to fit shoe size 12-3 and trousers to fit aged 7-8 for big monkey.

Much like chino's the trousers are £18.95 a pair. They are well made, wash well and although a little long, otherwise a good fit on big monkey. They did need adjusting at the waist but this is common wherever we buy his trousers and jeans from. They have two front pockets and looked really smart on him. He did comment they don't look like his usual school trousers but of course this is beacuse these are 100% cotton.
The unisex grey ankle socks are really soft, made from 100% cotton also and marked on each foot with the size, so socks aren't mixed up in the wash! Great for us, as I often get the monkeys socks jumbled. They sell for £4.95 a pair.
Ecooutfitters sell to both individuals and to schools and organisations. They also sell lunch boxes and accessories as well as the school uniform and sportswear.

We're really impressed with the trousers and socks. Big monkey will be wearing them for sometime to come. Now you can see how their uniform (or other organic products fair).

Giveaway
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We were sent the clothing to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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20/05/2015

The Flower Studio

I just love flowers, they really brighten my day and the home too. Hubby and the monkeys often get me a bunch or two. Every home should have fresh flowers, so I was delighted to be asked to review for The Flower Studio, Marlow.
They arranaged to send me a bouquet from their garden range.
The flowers arrived via courier and I was very keen to see what I'd been sent.
What a gorgeous arrangement it is. I love Roses. Hand tied ones too.
They arrived with a card asking me to enjoy my flowers plus of course flower food. The stems were wrapped in soaking wet oasis under cellophane to keep them fresh.
 They're really beautiful aren't they! A stunning arrangement.
I love how they look wrapped in the white tissue paper and cellopane. Very me and country garden style.
This photo was taken when the roses were a week old. I've only just thrown them away at ten days old. It always pains me to throw flowers but sadly of course they do not last forever. 

I'm delighted with the flowers The Flower Studio sent and would definately order online from them. If you order before 1pm next day delivery is available and when spending over £40, you get free standard Royal Mail delivery. PayPal payments accepted. 
If you're ever in Marlow of cousre they have a shop too.

We were sent these flowers for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
 


19/05/2015

Sportpax - Review & Giveaway

Just recently I came across these fab new kids rucksacks - Sportspax.
 
Sportpax are backpacks with iconic, fun designs in the shape of sports balls. They are tough, resilient and spacious – perfect for cramming in bits for school, taking to the park, and of course, for any sporting activity. Inside are handy pockets and dividers to store anything from pens to mobile phones.
Worn by Victoria Beckham! 

When I was approached by creator Tony Brown and asked if we would like to review the Sportpax I of course accepted! We all know what a big footy fan we have in this house. Kindly Tony sent us two, one for each monkey.

Sportpax Iconic Backpacks

Sportpax are backpacks with iconic, fun designs in the shape of sports balls.
Sportpax bags are tough, resilient and spacious – perfect for cramming in bits for school,
taking to the park, and of course, for any sporting activity. Inside are handy pockets and dividers to store anything from pens to mobile phones.
- See more at: http://www.sportpax.co.uk/#sthash.lqNf7H5L.dpuf

Sportpax Iconic Backpacks

Sportpax are backpacks with iconic, fun designs in the shape of sports balls.
Sportpax bags are tough, resilient and spacious – perfect for cramming in bits for school,
taking to the park, and of course, for any sporting activity. Inside are handy pockets and dividers to store anything from pens to mobile phones.
- See more at: http://www.sportpax.co.uk/#sthash.lqNf7H5L.dpuf

Sportpax Iconic Backpacks

Sportpax are backpacks with iconic, fun designs in the shape of sports balls.
Sportpax bags are tough, resilient and spacious – perfect for cramming in bits for school,
taking to the park, and of course, for any sporting activity. Inside are handy pockets and dividers to store anything from pens to mobile phones.
- See more at: http://www.sportpax.co.uk/#sthash.lqNf7H5L.dpuf
The Sportpax arrived along with water bottles and both monkeys were keen to try them out and see how much they carried. They also insisted on having a drink from their new bottles!
I set about taking photo's and letting them wear their Sportpax, which they were very keen to do. Little monkey has since been using his for Preschool.
I think they look fab don't they and so much more fun then your typical rucksack! Both monkeys needed the adjustable straps tightening which was very simple to do. The thick padded shoulder straps seems comfortable for both of them.
I've never seen the two of them so keen to pose for photo's and try out a review product!
The carry loop is a comfy grip and ideal as it does not dig into little hands. I'm loving the zip pulls too. With a double zip the Sportpax is easy to open and get into.
Which brings me onto the inside. Nice and spacious with room for whatever you chose, pen and pencil holders, a phone pocket, zipped pocket and more. Of course my two don't use a phone but this Sportpax would also suit older kids who do.
The Sportpax seems very well made and durable with the logo embroidered into the back of it too. It would seem it's been made with comfort and style in mind, a real plus for me.
I've easliy fitted a few sets of clothes in little monkeys Sportpax for preschool and he proudly showed it off to his mates outside the gate the 1st day he took it!
Our conclusion on the Sportpax? We love it! At £24.99 it's reasonably priced too. Would I change anything? Not that I can think of! I know the monkeys love them. Surely that's what matters. Hey! 

Coming soon....Rugby and Tennis Sportpax! 
 Giveaway
Want to win a football Sportspax like the ones pictured and a Sportpax bottle? Just complete the rafflecopter form below by the closing date (midnight 9th June) and check the T&C's. Open to UK residents only. Good luck!
We were sent these Sportpax for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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18/05/2015

Great Blogger Bake Off With #FloridaTixBakeOff

You may remember just recently that I made cupcakes and a Birthday cake for Big monkeys 7th Birthday! Madly around the same time I agreed to take part in a blogger bake off challenge to celebrate Florida Tix 10th Birthday.
I've been to Florida twice and absolutely love it there. One day we'll take the monkeys. Of course I could rise to the challenge of baking and decorating them a birthday cake! Couldn't I!
Ten of us were sent a kit with everything we would need to bake a cake and decorate it, so on Thursday I set about making the sponge and then I decorated it Saturday.
I had in my mind the sort of thing I wanted to create but really wasn't too sure how it would look! Luckily I think it's turned out better than expected. I cut the top of the cake off to give it a flat surface, then rolled out the white royal icing before laying it over the sponge. Next I used a paint brush to paint the food colouring onto the icing to create my road design. I used blue edible glitter for the sky and then the monkeys cars to finish the look!
I decided on the Disney Cars theme as both monkeys love the films and of course are very much into their cars too. Think......rising sun and Lighening McQueen is setting out across the plains to find his buddies! 
It's not perfect but I'm happy with it! The monkeys love it too! Now, all we have to do is enjoy eating our cake (and send a virtual honourary slice or two to Florida Tix)! 

Happy 10th Birthday!!

This is our entry into the Florida Tix 10th Birthday bake off competition.

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