Review | Degustabox October


An exciting package recently arrived at my door in the form of Octobers Degustabox. For those of you who haven’t heard of Degustabox it is a food box subscription service. Each month a box is delivered straight to your door which will contain 9-14 surprise items, many of which are new to the market!

The subscription costs just £12.99 a month (this includes delivery) which is a bargain when you consider the items I received in the October box came to £23.07 and that’s not including the Alpha Bites cereal sample or the voucher to buy a Benecol 4 pack of yoghurt.


Special K Cracker Crisps – £1.29

I am much more of a savoury person than a sweet person so was looking forward to trying the new Special K Cracker Crisps which were in the box. I was sent the barbecue flavour and to be honest I’m not usually a fan of barbecue but the crisps were delicious and the barbecue was more of a sweet barbecue rather than smoky which I think is why I like them. The crackers are also available in other flavours, including, salt & balsamic vinegar, Sour Cream & Onion and Sweet Chilli. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the salt & Balsamic vinegar and Sweet Chilli flavours. With 60% less fat than the average fat content of most other crisps I don’t feel quite as guilty enjoying these, which is just as well since I ate the whole packet in one sitting – oops!


2x Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Sauce – £1.39 each

I have tried Blue Dragon products in the past and have always found them to be great products, they are delicious and also reasonably priced. I received two bottles of the Sweet Chilli sauce which are perfect for dips, stir fries and adding to meals for a tangy sweetness. I used some of the sauce as a dip for crisps and it was lovely, really sweet and full of flavour.


Get Buzzing Flapjack – £1.30

Get Buzzing offers a range of 100% natural healthy eating flapjacks, the perfect compliment to a well balanced diet. The bars release fast and slow energy which helps keep you going for longer. I have yet to try the flapjack as I’m not a huge fan of snack bars but it does look packed with nuts and seeds so perfect for people who do like this type of snack, great for the lunch box or on the go. I will be passing this on to my dad who I’m sure will enjoy it!


Enhance Drinks – £2.49

Enhance Drinks isn’t a product I had heard of before the box arrived so I was really intrigued to try it out. Enhance is a concentrated juice, one quick squeeze turns water into a delicious, light, fruit drink. It is made with real fruit juices and contains no added sugar, it can make up to 32 drinks and each drink contains just 1 calorie! This is one of the first products I tried as it looked really interesting, I received the orange & passion fruit flavour which was really nice. I did have to add a few more drops than stated to be able to achieve a stronger flavour but all in all it is a great product. Perfect for having in your bag and great for camping trips.


Kent’s Kitchen Meal Kit – £2.50

You don’t need to be a professional chef to cook up an amazing meal with the fantastic Kent’s Kitchen meal kits. These are definitely a great product to have in the kitchen cupboard, using an easy to follow method you can make a delicious meal that is full of flavour in 20 minutes. Simply use the three clever pots and add a few fresh ingredients to made a delicious meal. I really enjoyed making a meal with this kit, it is really easy to follow, tastes delicious and gives a much more authentic taste than using sauce from a jar.


Solo Toasted Marshmallow Creme – £1.99

Solo Toasted Marshmallow creme is a spreadable marshmallow creme which is also great for baking, in fact there is a fudge recipe on the tub which I want to try out soon. The marshmallow itself is really soft, creamy and of course delicious! It’s perfect for using to make s’more which is something I will be using it for this weekend with my nephew.


Dr. Oetker Products from – £1.89

I love baking so when I saw the chocolate and cocoa powder inside the box I knew it would put it to good use. The premium 90% dark chocolate is perfect for melting and using in recipes that need chocolate, the chocolate bar is priced at £2.49. The Cocoa powder came in a packet of 3 and is made from the finest cocoa beans to give a rich dark chocolate flavour, a packet of 3 is priced at £1.89. I will be making some chocolate brownies in the next week or so using the products which I’m sure will be fantastic as the Dr. Oetker brand is one I am very familiar with and enjoy using.


Brioche Pasquier Sliced Brioche Loaf – £1.69 

Brioche Pasquier Pain Au Lait with Choc Chips – £1.60

I had never tried Brioche Pasquier products so was looking forward to trying out the sliced loaf and the rolls. I tried the Brioche loaf first and tried it with butter and strawberry jam, it was sweeter than normal bread and really nice. Definitely a must buy if you have a sweet tooth. It would be perfect for making any bread themed deserts! The Brioche rolls are great for grabbing in the morning for breakfast or a quick snack to grab if you’re heading out the door and haven’t had time to eat. They are ready to eat from the packet and tasted delicious, you can even heat them up a little which melts the chocolate inside, mmm!

alpha bites

Alpha Bites Sample

This product was a sample present, the perfect size for breakfast. I have to be honest, I’m terrible with eating breakfast and haven’t eaten breakfast for a good couple of months. I know it’s supposed to be the most important meal of the day but it’s hard to break the habit of a lifetime. I did try the Alpha Bites just not at breakfast (I know, I’m a rebel lol) they were really nice and the fact they contain no refined sugar, no salt, are low GI and naturally high in calcium makes them a great breakfast cereal.


Bear Paws Fruit Snack – £0.55

This products is not only delicious, it’s cute too. My nephew Maxx and I tried these and we both thought they were delicious. The packet contains a mixture of strawberry and apple fruit shapes that are gently baked into paw print shapes. These are great for packed lunches or as a snack on the go and are really reasonably priced.


Jelly Belly Jelly Beans – £2.50

I hadn’t had jelly beans for such a long time before these arrived. There are over 100 Jelly Belly bean flavours in the Jelly Belly family, so many delicious flavours! The pack I was sent contained an assortment of 20 flavours and included, green apple, bubble gum, toasted marshmallow, candy floss, my favourite wild cherry and many more. Here is an incredible Jelly Belly fact for you – each bean can take up to 21 days to create! No wonder they are so delicious and juice.

I love the fact that you don’t know what items are in the box from month to month, it’s really exciting opening the box to see what’s inside. It’s like Christmas every month! If you want to find out more about Degustabox or to sign up to receive a box straight to your door head over to the Degustabox website. There’s no commitment and you are not tied into a contract, if you decide you no longer want to receive the boxes simply cancel the subscription. I also have a discount code – NJXGB this code will give you £3 off your first box so what are you waiting for?

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By |November 19th, 2014|Categories: Food|Tags: |1 Comment

Job Hunting Now and Then

job search

When I was looking for my first job I handed CV’s in to shops in town that were hiring and asked friends and family if they knew of any vacancies. Nowadays the internet plays a big role in job hunting, there are hundreds upon hundreds of recruitment websites out there, some better than others. The internet can be both a blessing and a curse when looking for a job.

Job hunting isn’t an easy task and can be really time consuming when you factor in signing up to recruitment agencies and job sites, writing or updating your CV and applying for the jobs. One downfall of online job sites is the fact there are so many job advertisements on the websites. On the face of it this might seem like a good thing however you soon come to realise that it’s not when you end up spending most of your job hunting time rejecting unsuitable jobs.

Thanks to City Calling, a worldwide online based job site it is possible to take the hassle out of job hunting. If you are looking for a job head over to the City Calling website, register your details and you will be able to search for relevant job vacancies. The website can be accessed using a mobile phone or computer meaning it is accessible to most people and easy to use.

Below are a few job hunting tips that will hopefully help make job hunting a little easier.

  1. Sign up to job sites that will send you relevant job opportunities. If you have to complete a profile in order to receive job notification take the time to fill it in correctly as a mistake could mean unsuitable jobs are sent to you resulting in time wasted.
  2. Ask a friend or family member to look over your CV. They might spot something you have missed and be able to give you feedback.
  3. Carry some copies of your CV with you at all times. You never know when you might see a job vacancy sign so having you CV to hand is a must.
  4. Set up a mock interview. If you haven’t had a job interview for a while or if you’re a bit nervous about an upcoming job interview set up a mock interview with a friend who can ask you questions you might be asked.  You can never be too prepared.
  5. The internet is a fantastic resource and also a great place to network. Use social media sites to network, websites such as LinkedIn are perfect for connecting with people in a similar field and it could open up a great opportunity.
  6. When job hunting online if something sounds too good to be true it usually is. There are a lot of work from home opportunities which ask  you to pay an upfront fee to register, do your research before signing up or parting with any money.

Good Luck!

By |November 17th, 2014|Categories: Random Thoughts|Tags: |0 Comments

Dance into the holiday season with L’Occitane

There are a few signs I look for that tell me Christmas is well and truly on the way. The fantastic Christmas adverts that are released each year is just one of the signs. I love watching the adverts, companies keep coming up with more inventive and imaginative adverts and they always make me smile and bring Christmas to life. Below is this years Christmas advert from L’Occitane, I love the enchantment in the advert, it has a hint of magic about it.

Can you believe there are only 40 days until Christmas – when did that happen?! I’m so excited about Christmas, I love curling up on the sofa watching Christmas films, drinking hot chocolate, snow days and my favourite thing about Christmas is shopping for presents for family and friends.

This year we are going to have a big shopping day and I can’t wait, I used to hate shopping but now I love heading out to the shops in search of the perfect gift. With my mum and two sisters thinking of different gifts that they will all like and use can be difficult. If you are in the same position as me and are in need of some inspiration take a look at the great selection of gifts below.

I was recently introduced to an award winning company called L’Occitane, they offers high quality beauty products and fragrances – perfect gifts this festive season. As well as catering for the ladies they also cater for the men in your life with their fantastic selection of men’s gifts.

There are a couple of items in their Christmas Classics range that caught my eye for my mum and sister’s. The Shea Butter Collection looks lovely and I think would be something my sisters would really like, for my mum the Almond Collection looks amazing and the fact that they come in gorgeous gift boxes just makes them even more appealing.

Christmas Classics

As well as the Classic Collection there are some fantastic stocking fillers available at great prices. There a few items I would love from this range, the Almond Mini Kit and the Hand Cream Collection look amazing. I also really like the Hugs & Kisses original Shea Butter which is perfect for keeping skin hydrated and nourished during the winter months (consider this the start of my Christmas list Santa!).

stocking fillers

If you want to buy any of the gifts I have mentioned or if you want to see the full Christmas gift selection head over the the L’Occitane website now. New gift collections are added weekly so keep your eyes peeled for the new products becoming available.

What is your favourite L’Occitane product?

By |November 14th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Family Meals Around The Dinner Table


Furniture Choice recently conducted a survey looking into Britain’s dining habits and the results were pretty interesting! 79 percent of UK adults living in a family home think it’s important to sit down to a meal together, however 36 percent of us still sit on the sofa (I’m guilty of that) and 58 percent are more likely to watch TV whilst eating with others (guilty again). Furniture Choice are on a mission to bring the family back together around the dinner table and have asked selected bloggers to get involved.

I have to be honest, growing up we didn’t eat around the table every night. We had a dining table we just didn’t use it very often, we would often eat at different times so I guess that was a factor. On the occasions we did eat around the table, Christmas, Birthdays etc it was great as we all sat down at the same time and it gave us the opportunity to enjoy a meal together.

As an adult the dining room table has become a place to sit and work rather than enjoy a meal, I tend to eat in front of the tv which I admit isn’t the best habit.

To try and change the habit of a lifetime isn’t easy, however I do think it’s better to eat around the table so it’s something I am trying to change. Having a roast dinner on a Sunday is something we always enjoy so I thought that would be the perfect opportunity to eat around the table and enjoy a meal together.


This was the first time I cooked a roast dinner (shocking I know!), all in all it went pretty well apart from the fact I forgot the yorkshire puddings and had to put those in and completely forgot the mash – oops! I cooked the usual, chicken, roast potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, parsnips, and of course yorkshire puddings. I set the table using the news plates I bought as part of the Furniture Choice meal challenge and we all sat down to enjoy a meal together.

The meal was lovely and it was nice to sit down together and talk about what we had all been up to. I definitely feel there are a lot of benefits to eating together around the table, we all get to spend time together, we find out how everyone’s week has been and it’s nice to have some time away from the TV and technology to just talk.


We even had some desert around the table. Some delicious cheese cake, sadly I can’t say I made this but it was really nice and it was great to finish the meal off with something sweet.

We will definitely be eating more meals together going forward, I’m not going to say we will have every meal together as sometimes that isn’t possible. We are however going to eat around the table every Sunday which is definitely a step in the right direction.

By |November 11th, 2014|Categories: Food, Home and Lifestyle|Tags: |0 Comments

A Day In The Life Of Rua


As told by Rua…

I normally get up between 5am and 6am, this depends on when the little person gets up. They make me sleep in the kitchen as they say they don’t like my meowing very early in the morning and the fact I can open the living room door to go upstairs and wake them – show me a dog that can do that!

If I have had a late night I sometimes don’t want to get up so I stay in bed for another half hour or so, they call me lazy but I say I need sleep to look this good!

When I eventually get up I normally have some breakfast, usually meat and some biscuits. If it’s a Monday I get chicken so Monday’s are my favourite! I can’t complain though my human’s try to alternate the flavours day to day so I don’t get fed up of eating the same thing day in and day out.


After breakfast I normally head out for a few hours, I don’t venture too far but like to spend a couple of hours outside in the morning. Sometimes I meet up with my friends, climb a few trees or just have a little wander to see what people are up to. My human’s tell me I shouldn’t climb tree’s because I might fall out.. 1 – I’m a cat! 2 – I have 9 lives (that’s true right?) and 3 – that’s what pet insurance is for.


After a fun couple of hours outdoors I head back inside, have a snack then head upstairs for a snooze. I try to find a comfortable spot that’s quite dark so sometimes sleep under the bed, occasionally I sleep on the bed as it’s pretty comfortable on there. I normally sleep until around 4pm or 5pm, I did tell you I liked my beauty sleep.


After waking I have something to eat and normally spend some time playing games. Some of my favourite games are, chasing feet, playing tag under the door, knocking things off of the sofa and playing fetch. Playing with the humans is a lot of fun.


After playing a few games I usually go outside where I sometimes bump into my friend again. She’s pretty nice, she scared off another cat that was trying to get me and we like to play chase in the garden, I don’t even mind when she comes inside and has some of my food. I love spending time outside when it’s nice and sunny but if it’s raining then I really hate going out, I hate getting wet.

ruachewI usually spend most of the the evening outside where I sometimes collect things for the humans and bring them home. They never seem very grateful though, I’ve brought back sticks, sponges, lots of elastic bands and even a teddy bear with no eyes, yet not once did they say thank you. I’ll keep bringing things back though as I like to surprise them and who doesn’t like a surprise gift?!


I don’t really have a set bedtime, if my human is going to bed early then she will call me in around 10pm, sometimes I get to stay out until 1am if I’m really lucky. Occasionally I don’t want to come in because.. well I’m just having too much fun so when she shouts on me I walk towards the door then run off as fast as I can, it’s pretty funny!


When I’ve had enough of that game I come inside and have something to eat then climb into bed. My ‘bed’ is actually a beanbag which I claimed, it actually belongs to the little human but I sleep on it at night time and I don’t think he minds. Well that’s an average day in my life, now I’m off to bed, got to catch that beauty sleep! Zzz

By |November 10th, 2014|Categories: Home and Lifestyle, Pets|Tags: |0 Comments