Degustabox | June

This month’s Degustabox is BBQ themed. We couldn’t wait to see what was in this box and at £12.99 for the box (including delivery!), it is a veritable bargain! You can buy yours here. So what exactly was in our box?

Haribo Summer Frenzy (Ice Cream Sorbet flavour & Berry flavour) – £1 each

Now we are big Haribo fans in this household so couldn’t wait to see what these tasted like. Obviously being Tangfastics the Ice Cream Sorbet sweets were a little sour but very tasty. As expected, the berry Starmix Haribo is very delicious.

Berrywhite Organic drink – £1.39

These organic drinks are available in four different flavours and are blended with mineral water. We were sent the peach flavour and it was very nice.

ENRJ Energy Juice (Mango & Passionfruit flavour and Apple & Berries flavour) – £1.75

This freshly pressed energy juice has been naturally caffeinated with green unroasted arrabica beans. Neither of us are coffee fans so will be passing these on to family.

Westons Cider (Damson flavour and Rhubarb flavour) – £1.99

Who doesn’t love a cider in the summer? Such interesting flavours and we couldn’t wait to try these!

Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc Alcohol Free Wine – £1.49

I’ve tried the alcohol free wines from Eisberg many times now and am always impressed. Tasty as always.

Light Bites – Mango with Vanilla Yoghurt Fruit Chips – £1.49

These are tasty freeze dried fruit and only 46 calories a bag. This proved a great snack for Jack.

Light Bites Superfood Fruit Bar – £1.25

This sounds super delicious and we cannot wait to give it a try!

Schwartz Authentic American flavour sachets (Spicy Buffalo Wings & BBQ Pulled Chicken) – 85p

We love Schwartz and what they have to offer. They always offer a great taste experience and these were no different. We will definitely be picking some more up.

Capsicana Brazilian Chilli & Coconut Quick Cook Sauce – £1.99

This looks and sounds delicious however I am not a fan of really spicy things so am relinquishing the trying of this to Steve!

Spoon Apple & Peanut granola – £3.70

This sounds absolutely delicious but as we aren’t a granola family and Steve’s dad loves granola, we are giving this to him to try.

Original O’s Savoury Cumin and Sesame Nibbles – £2.99

These are the Degustabox product of the month but I’m afraid we are not really fans of cumin or sesame. We will be placing these in the food bank for someone else to enjoy.

Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Scottie Dogs – £1.95

Probably my most favourite addition to the box as who doesn’t love shortbread? With lovely packaging, a great biscuit design and super tasty as expected, what’s not to love?

What would you like to see in a Degustabox?

Degustabox | May

Box sent for purpose of review

We were recently sent the May Degustabox – the Picnic Box. We love picnics so were very excited to see what was in the box this month. At just £12 for the box which includes free delivery, Degustabox send a variety of items each month which usually add up to more than £20 collectively. You can order yours here. So what did we receive in our box?

Cadbury Dairy Milk Peanut Caramel Crisp – £3.49

Well what can I say? We love Cadbury chocolate and Steve and Jack are big peanut fans so this didn’t last too long in our house. This is a new bar to the range and is the perfect sharing size.

Portlebay Popcorn Sriracha Crunchy Kracklecorn – 79p

These were quite a unique flavour for popcorn. I’m not a big fan of spicy stuff but Steve is and he said these were quite nice; it was nice to have a unique flavour.

Deli Kitchen Skinny Wrap – £1.25

What better for a picnic than wraps? They have recently released a new range of flatbreads. These wraps are just 91kcal and come in an easy to fold unique shape.

Candy Kittens Sweet Pineapple – £3

These are natural and gluten free and very tasty – full of pineapple flavour. The brand believe that life is too short for boring sweets and hence they were born. We will definitely be trying Candy Kittens again.

Homepride Strong White Bread Flour – £1.50

We love making our own bread but we unfortunately don’t eat white bread so we are passing this along to a blogger friend who does and loves making her own bread.

Millions chocolate covered strawberry (50p each) and sour strawberry (60p)

Well what can make Millions better than they already are? Make them sour or cover them in chocolate. These are very yummy and Jack was very happy to see them included in the box!

Cereal Lovers CrunchTime Nuggets – £1.59

These are a brand new snacking concept. Designed to be super healthy and super tasty, this granola is full of all natural ingredients and tastes great. We received the sunshine pack and were very impressed.

Hippeas In Herbs We Trust – £1.5o

A brand new range of oragnic chickpea puffs, we were very excited to try these. They are very high in fibre, a source of protein and just 91 calories, what’s not to love?

Zeo Soft drink – £1.19

We’ve had Zeo drinks included in our boxes before and these are all natural and low calorie drinks. We have always been impressed by Zeo and this time wasn’t the exception – this tasted just as great.

Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer – £1.89

We love Crabbie’s ginger beer whether it is the non alcoholic or the alcoholic version. We are saving this as a treat as we know it is super tasty.

MOMA Gluten free Raspberry and Coconut Bircher Muesli – £3.20

We don’t eat much muesli in our household but Steve’s dad does so we passed this along to him. He really enjoyed the muesli and would definitely like to try more from the MOMA range.

We also received these intriguing bean bags – yes coffee bags that are just like tea bags! We don’t drink coffee so gave these to Steve’s brother to try and he really enjoyed them – however said the concept was a little strange to get used to at first!

All in all we were very impressed with our box this month. The contents work out at over £20 which is great when you are paying just £12. What would you most like to try from this months box?

My Healthy Kitchen Meals | Review

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I was recently contacted by the team behind MyHK (or My Healthy Kitchen) to see if I wanted to try their new meals. I’m currently on Slimming World so wavered for a bit as I didn’t know the syn values but figured out  – they’re healthy, so why not?

These nutritionally balanced ready meals are available at Waitrose and Ocado, having recently launched there. When you’re pushed for time, it can be so tempting to pick up something not so healthy but this offers you a different option without having to eat salads all the time. Each meal is under 500 calories and has no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Each meal has at least one other nutritional benefit too – whether that is low fat, low salt, being a source of fibre or containing a certain amount of your five a day.

They launched on the 15th of May in Waitrose and there are currently six myhk meals available to purchase. These are Moroccan Prawn, Roasted Vegetable Mediterranean Risotto, Oriental Chicken, Prawn Katsu, Chicken Paella and Pea, Mint and Rocket Risotto. They are all inspired by cuisines from around the world and have tons of healthy and exciting ingredients. So what was I sent?

We were sent the Pea, Mint & Rocket Risotto (made withArborio rice and quinoa crushed pea and fresh mint pesto, pickled red cabbage, rocket, and a creamy onion sauce); the Chicken Paella (cooked with tender roasted chicken breast, beautifully smoky chorizo, sweet Piquillo peppers, peas, Arborio rice and sundried tomato purée) and the Prawn Katsu Made with aromatic star anise, fennel, fenugreek, and coriander seeds, our irresistibly tasty katsu sauce has a spicy kick. It works perfectly with the flavours of the juicy king prawns, pickled carrot, and jasmine rice). A real wide variety of meals and flavours to sample.

I haven’t always been a risotto fan but this one was super delicious – packed full of flavour and colour and very filling – you get so much food in the pot; you don’t quite realise just how much food there is. This was very minty and very tasty.

I have always been a fan of paella so I knew I’d love the chicken paella – ate it so quickly I didn’t even get a picture of it before I scoffed it all! It tasted just as paella is meant to but I had the added benefit of knowing that it was super healthy too. Finally I tried the prawn katsu. I’ve always heard tons about katsu curries but had never actually properly tried one – I wasn’t disappointed though. It was packed full of flavour and oh so filling. That is exactly what you need from a decent ready meal – good taste and it fills your belly. I’m definitely going to be picking some of these up as sometimes I just don’t have the time to make a meal from scratch. They’re so delicious!

I was very impressed with My Healthy Kitchen ready meals but here is what you need to know:

Some of the meals are suitable for vegetarians – if they are marked with a green ‘V’, then you will know they are vegetarian. None of the meals contain nuts but they do sometimes handle nuts in the factory – so it is your personal choice if you choose to eat the meals. The pea risotto, chicken paella and prawn katsu are great if you are gluten intolerant as they don’t contain any ingredients with gluten BUT they haven’t yet been certified as gluten free. The same goes for the roasted veg risotto – it is made to a vegan recipe with vegan friendly ingredients but hasn’t yet been certified vegan. There are also some meals that are dairy free – the oriental chicken, the moroccan prawn, chicken paella and the veg risotto.

Each meal serves one person and because of the fresh ingredients, aren’t recommended for freezing. However I would definitely recommend these meals if you need a healthy option for nights when you just can’t be bothered.


Perfect Personalised Father’s Day Gifts With Snapfish

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We were recently asked if we would like to review some personalised Father’s Day gifts from Snapfish. The site has recently added a whole new load of design features such as collages and the option to add text so you can really personalise them completely to your standard – perhaps you want to put a special date or a special message on your gift? We were gifted with a £25 credit to use on the site so we chose a couple of gifts that we thought Daddy would like.

Since everyone loves personalised gifts, Jack opted for a ‘magic mug’ for his Daddy. This is a mug that looks plain black when not in use but the picture magically appears when hot liquid is poured in. Jack thought this idea was simply magical so knew he had to order it. We played around with the photos on the mug, even considering making a photo collage but ultimately decided the picture of the two of them ‘playing’ the PS4 would suit it perfectly.

Another one of the fabulous photo gifts available is the best selling wood panels. We played around for a bit with all of the different options – trying to find photos that would suit the product and wouldn’t be lessened in quality proved quite a challenge but we finally opted for a cute picture of the two kids together – the sun is hitting the picture just right and makes for a really cute picture.

There are so many different ways to personalise your gifts on Snapfish – whether you want to add a collage or text to your gift, you truly can personalise your gifts to exactly how you want them. If you want to write a lovely message to your dad or your partner on behalf of your kids, then you can do so. There is so much that you can do and this makes it a great site to purchase personalised gifts from on such occasions as Father’s Day. Have you bought your presents yet?

Visiting Chessington World of Adventures This Half Term With My Merlin Annual Pass – SALE NOW ON!

Merlin Annual Pass is providing us with a year of fun for our family. This half term we have visited Chessington World of Adventures to check out the rides they had on offer – Jack was very excited to get on the Gruffalo ride; so excited in fact that he dressed up completely in his Gruffalo clothing. That’s dedication for you. As always, we took our Merlin Annual pass as shown below to get into the attraction. Merlin annual passes are fantastic – not only do you get entry to a number of different UK attractions, you also get discounts at food vendors and other different things at the different attractions which is very handy!

Chessington World of Adventures is just a short drive away from us so we got there in good time. After our trip to Legoland where we still have loads to do and will be going back to, we really wanted to maximise our time at the park so bought two of the Fast Track tickets, getting a discount on these because of our Merlin passes. Unfortunately two of the rides weren’t working at Chessington this day or were under maintenance so we couldn’t use the Fast Track for those but they said we could reuse Fast Track on any other rides on the ticket.

We did ask which would be a good Fast Track ticket for Jack as he is only 5 and we were recommended one – however it turned out Jack wasn’t tall enough for most of the rides on the ticket which was a little disappointing. Fast Track tickets can be used by anyone in the group so both Steve and I could have ridden on all of the rides however we had bought the tickets to use with Jack so didn’t use them on these rides.

However we did manage to get on plenty of rides; especially the one Jack was most excited about so all’s well that ends well. We will bear this in mind when buying Fast track style tickets at attractions in the future – we will definitely make sure Jack can ride on all or the majority of the rides before purchasing.

The Rides

We managed to get on a number of different rides – we didn’t manage to get photos of all of them though as some are inside and quite dark or led to us getting very wet – I wasn’t keeping my phone or camera out to get soaked! The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure was lots of fun – there’s a sign saying you will get wet and you go round the ride as the story progresses and you think that you’re at the end – and then suddenly you get soaked! It was great fun and Jack was super glad to be able to get on that ride – it was actually one of the first rides he went on at the park. We also went into Tomb Blaster which turned out to be one of Jack’s favourites – I may have had to help him a little with aiming his laser gun but we had plenty of fun trying to hit the targets!

We managed to also go on some other rides as you can see above – we actually managed to get on quite a few in the last ten minutes thanks to our Fast Track tickets – definitely made them worth their while!

The Animals

Chessington has plenty to offer in the way of animals. Not only do they have a spacious Sea Life centre on site but they also have the zoo and the Zufari ride for you to see different animals such as flamingos, rhinos and giraffes. We all visited the Sea Life centre and the zoo together but when it came to Zufari, Steve and Jack went on the truck and got up close and personal with some gorgeous animals!

We love that Chessington has so much to offer children of all ages – rides, animals, splash zones. Literally everything a child could ever want from an adventure park. As you can see, one of the giraffes was right up next to the truck – how amazing is that?

The Food

There is plenty of different food options on site and we were really spoilt for choice. Of course we got our Merlin Annual pass discount on whatever option we went for and we eventually opted for the burger and chips restaurant, the Vampire Burger Kitchen. There was plenty of food to choose from and the burgers were super tasty – we will definitely be heading back there for a burger next time we go to Chessington.

Now…does a Merlin pass sound attractive to you? Why not pick one up for you and your family?


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I am a Merlin Annual Pass Blogger Ambassador, I was given a Merlin Annual Pass to do this review with my family and I was not paid to do this post. If anyone would like to confirm any details in the post, please email