Degustabox ‘New Year New Me’ | January 2018

I was sent this Degustabox for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

We received our monthly Degustabox just the other day – but what did we receive in our box? All these goodies cost just £12.99 – and that is including postage – buy your very own box here. Here is what we received this month…

Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen Colombian Crunchy Chicken Bites Seasoned Corn Coating – 90p

We haven’t used this yet as we are keeping it for a special meal but it sounds super delicious and we have been impressed with the Santa Maria products we have received in the past.

Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame and Fung Bean Fettucine –  £3

With none of us being edamame or fung bean fans, we have popped this into the local food bank but it provides a high amount of plant based protein and fibre per serving and has almost three times more protein than regular pasta per 50g serving.

Miso Tasty Spicy Ramen Noodle Kit – £1.99

We have had these before and really enjoyed so looking forward to trying them again.
Hershey’s Cookies N Creme 5 Pack snack pack – £1

Hershey’s is a rare treat for us and we all really enjoyed these – very tasty!Mallow & Marsh Coconut Marshmallow bar – £1.35 

I’ve been seeing Mallow & Marsh around a lot recently so am so happy that I finally got to taste the brand for myself – this was delicious!Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen Chipotle Mayo Topping – £1.80

I am not a big chipotle fan but Steve likes it so this is a welcome addition to our cupboards.

Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks – £3.49

We only had these in the last few months so it was quite disappointing to see these again. Not because of the brand or product at all – my kids love tuna so this will always go down well – but when a box is supposed to be varied, you don’t expect a product you only just received in a recent box.

Clipper Everyday Organic Tea – sample

I love Clipper tea so this was a very welcome addition to the box. You just can’t beat a cuppa.
Pulsin Vanilla Whey Protein Powder – £1.99

No one in the house uses protein powder so not sure what we are going to do with this. I understand this is a ‘new year, new me’ box but don’t quite understand the inclusion of protein powder in the box unlike the other Pulsin products.

Pulsin Vanilla Choc Chip Protein Booster – £1.59

I don’t really eat protein booster products but these are delicious, they’re filling and healthy. Yum.

Jordans Juicy Red Berries Frusli bars – 45p

An affordable delicious snack from a prestigious brand. We really enjoyed these.
Mahtay Yerba Mate Sparkling Tea – £1.49

A light sparkling drink that blends yerba mate with coconut water and acai berries. Refreshing and healthy. I wasn’t too sure on the taste straight away but I soon got used to it.

Robinsons Fruit Cordial – £2.49

Robinsons is a staple brand in our household so we were happy to see this included. It is very tasty and the whole family likes it.

LighterLife Fast Ready to drink shakes – £2.49 each

I again understand the ‘New Year, New Me’ motto of the box but am not too sure how I feel about the inclusion of diet drinks. As I don’t drink meal replacement drinks and am currently following Slimming World as is Steve, these aren’t of use to me so I am going to pass along to someone who will actually benefit from them. They can also be enjoyed as a protein hit.

So what did I think of the box this month? It is important to remember that I get sent all the products available across the boxes – some subs may get one thing, others another (there are options for non alcoholic and alcoholic boxes – I would receive both the alcoholic items and the non alcoholic so I can give my viewpoint on all the items available).

But my thoughts on this month are a little..meh. The value of the box is great – well over the £12.99 you actually pay and I understand the theme of the box but I am a little disappointed by the inclusion of diet drinks as I’m sure many subscribers would be – not everyone wants to lose weight and not everyone can actually use meal replacement items.

I am also a little disappointed in the reuse so soon of certain products – we had ramen noodles and the tuna not too long ago, as we did the Robinsons (but I got a different flavour this time). Hopefully next month will see a bit more variety.

Do you buy any subscription boxes?

Our Muddy Boots Crate From Vintage Apple Crates

Muddy Boots crate

We were sent the Muddy Boots crate for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own,.

Jack does football on a Thursday and has his club on a Friday. Now, due to the temperature and the weather, he is usually indoors on a Friday night instead of playing on the common with his club but he is still playing outside on a Thursday afternoon. This makes for a very muddy messy Jack when he gets home.

We’d been looking for somewhere to put his boots when we first get in from club, before I take on the inevitable task of cleaning them. I’ve also been looking for somewhere to store the family wellies after a nice leisurely walk.

The team from Vintage Apple Crates recently got in contact and asked if we would like to review their Muddy Boots crate. Priced at £29.99, the crates are made from their most popular and premium grade crate type and each crate is hand stenciled for the true rustic look.

We’ve been keeping ours outside during the decent weather and then moving it into our front cupboard by the front door when the weather is a little more awful. It has been a great talking point for our visitors, plenty of people have asked about it and where they can get one too.

These can fit multiple pairs of shoes or boots – there’s usually only one or two pairs in there but it is handy to know we can fit more as and when needed. There is a bigger gap under the top slat so the crate can be easily carried.


Each crate is customised by hand and the woodworkers add the black stencil lettering. So what did we – and especially Jack – think of our crate?

Jack loved it. It turned up whilst he was at school and he couldn’t wait to put his muddy football boots in there. Shoe storage is something we severely lack (and we have a lot of shoes!) so we were so excited to receive this Muddy Boots crate. He’s been excited every time he goes out since that he can come home and put his shoes in the crate – how cute is that?

We love that it is customised by hand – so many brands who offer customise items do so using technology so it is fantastic to know that the woodworkers add the black stencilling themselves.

Muddy Boots crateWe love ours – and as I mentioned before, lots of people have been asking where we got ours from. I’m hoping Vintage Apple Crates see some orders soon from my friends as they (and especially their kids) love it! In fact some of Jack’s friends have tried to put their own ‘muddy boots’ in there!

What do you think of our crate? Do you love the rustic vibe like we do?

SuperZings – Will These Be The Latest Craze?

We were sent some SuperZings for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

If you have a child, you will know just how popular blind bags are with their generations and how they have to collect the latest ones until they have all of the collection. Jack himself has started many collections thanks to blind bags – and he recently had the opportunity to start yet another with SuperZings Rivals of Kaboom collectables.

SuperZingsWe received the starter pack (£5), a blister 4 pack (£7), 3 supercars (£2.50), 5 hideouts (£1.50) and 10 blind packets.(80p) to really get us started with our collection. For children between the ages of 4 and 8, the SuperZings are everyday objects brought to life – they have a Hero vs Villain rivalry theme. Each figure is clad in the typical superhero cape and eyemask.

There are more than 80 figures to collect – each figure has a matching ‘rival’. So you definitely want to find both the hero and the rival in the collection. For instance, we unwrapped a rare silver finish ‘Ironhead’ from the Star Team – his rival is Coink so we will want to collect him. We have two rivalries so far – we have both Pow Corn and Sugar Rush and they’re apparently rivals! We also have Pow Power and The Champ too who are rivals. Jack can’t wait to complete the other rivalries though!
There are 36 regular characters – each is available in two different colours (72 figures) and then there are 6 silver figures, 2 gold rare SuperZing figures and 1 ‘Enigma’ Super Rare SuperZing. Jack was very excited and very happy to find Enigma in his collection!

The Starter Pack and Blister Packs as shown above both contain four SuperZings and an exclusive Super Disc Blaster. These are more than enough to start off your child’s collection and start their love off for a brand new range. Jack collects Zomlings and these remind him much of these so if your child is a fan of those, then they may like these too.

When it comes to toys for young children, you want them to be affordable and child friendly and these really are – you can start off your Kaboom City collection of SuperZings with under a tenner which is fantastic. As well as the items shown in the pictures above, there are even more toys in the range for fans to add to their collection – there is a Kaboom Trap which is £5 – it comes with two exclusive SuperZings and can imprison villains. There is also a Mission Pack which is £12.

If your child loves superheroes, then they will truly love SuperZings – they have that real colourful comic book style that you expect heroes and villains to have. These really help to promote imaginative play too – Jack has been sitting there for ages playing with his – pitting the heroes against the villains. Even his little sister got involved!

Jack had plenty of fun ripping open his blind bags and opening up his packs to find out what he had got. He has two rivalries which he is chuffed about, three figures which were duplicated (same colour not the alternate colour) and he also managed to unwrap the ultra rare ‘Enigma’ SuperZing – no one knew what he looked like as on the leaflet, he is a shadow but we soon worked out that’s who he was and Jack couldn’t contain his excitement! For the amount of figures we unwrapped, he is very chuffed with his ‘haul’. We worked out he has 3 figures from the Star Team, 3 from the Furious Gang, 2 from the Central Patrol, 2 from the Mutant Bandits, 4 from the Cool Troop and 4 from the Mad Clan – how good is that?

SuperZings will be sold at The Entertainer, Tesco, Asda, Co-Op, Spar and many more stores and hit shelves this January – you can find out more from and follow on social media at @magicboxtoysuk. Who knows which figures you will unwrap – will you be lucky like us and unveil a couple of the rivalries and receive the Ultra Rare figure?

Do you like pocket money collectibles for your child? What toys does your child collect – or did you collect as a child?

Healthy Snacking For Children With Googly Fruit

Googly Fruit healthy snacking for children

We were sent the Googly Fruit snacks for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

As a parent I am always looking for healthy snacks for my kids. It can be so easy to give in and give them those sweets and chocolate they are demanding but why not try to give them something a little healthier?

Googly Fruit healthy snacking for children

I am quite lucky in that both my children quite like fruit but sometimes just don’t want a whole piece of fruit. When offered the chance to review Googly Fruit, I knew that these had the potential to go down really well with my children. So who are Googly Fruit and what did we think?

The brand was founded by Natacha and Alex, parents and aunt and uncle to children. Their mission is to help kids make a lifelong friendship with fruit and vegetables.They have given all their fruit and veg googly eyes and cheeky names and personalities. Googly Fruit is made from 100% organic fruit and veg with no organic nonsense.

We were sent a variety of different products for the children to try. So what did we think?

Googly FruitWe were sent five of the Squeezy pouches – apple, blueberry and purple carrot; apple, mango and peach; apple, pear, carrot and pumpkin; apple, sweet potato and clementine & apple, strawberry, blueberry and raspberry. Both kids love a pouch – they are so convenient and usually quite tasty and the Googly Fruit pouches are no different. I even tasted a couple – they are so fruity and delicious and you can tell there are no additives in them. They taste just as they’re meant to taste and Olivia and Jack are loving them.

We were sent three packets of their crisps: 100% strawberry, 100% banana and raspberry and 100% apple and blueberry. Olivia has tried little bits of these but I still feel as if she is a little too small for these so Jack has been the one mainly snacking away on them – and loving them! He loves fruit and veg crisps – he loves a tasty snack with crunch!

We were also sent three packs of their crunchy puffs. Now my children LOVE puffed crisps so I was sure these were going to go down well – and I wasn’t wrong. I’ve had to split the packets into two equal halves when giving them as the kids love them so much and don’t really want to share with their sibling! So far the carrot ones seem to be most popular – but the others are well liked by Jack and Olivia too.

As well as this lovely selection of tasty treats that my children have enjoyed, they sent this lovely lot to the kids too: an activity book, googly eyes, stickers and a book that tells you the names of all their fruit and veg! Jack was disappointed not to see his name under J until he realised there was a jackfruit and now he is chuffed! Olivia is quite happy that her name is an Orange, she giggled when we kept pointing to it saying it was her, haha!#

All in all, I have been very impressed by what Googly Fruit has to offer. They are spreading a very popular message – that we should introduce our children to fruit and veg whilst they’re young even if that means making them fun. Their products also taste great and I can be assured that when I am giving my children one of their snacks, I’m not giving them any chemical nasties.

I’ll definitely be picking up some more of these for the kids – I can let the kids snack without worrying about what they are consuming.

Have you ever tried the brand?

L.O.L Surprise Pets – What Pet Did We Get?

L.O.L Surprise Pets

We were sent one of the L.O.L Surprise Pets for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Having previously reviewed the L.O.L Surprise dolls and doing an Easter hunt with them, we were chuffed to be asked to review one of the new L.O.L Surprise Pets. Jack is a massive animal lover so he couldn’t wait to see what was inside so much so that him and Olivia got a little too eager and took off the first layer before I managed to take photos, oops!
L.O.L Surprise PetsAs you can see, the L.O.L Surprise Pets are much like the dolls in terms of the layers – I think the only difference is that pets don’t really wear clothes and the addition of the litter box (where you can scoop for surprises). L.O.L Surprise Pets include puppies, kitties, bunnies and hamsters and there is 7 layers of surprises: 1 x secret message, 1 x collectable sticker sheet, 1 x water bottle charm, 1 x scooper, 2 x accessories, 1 x pet and collector’s poster. You can feed your L.O.L. Surprise! Pets with the water bottle or bathe them to find out if they cry, spit, tinkle, or colour change!

L.O.L Surprise PetsL.O.L Surprise PetsSo who did we receive?

L.O.L Surprise PetsWe received Midnight Pup, she is a popular pet and is from the Cosplay Club. She is very cute and when we dug in the litter tray to see what surprises were in store, we found her collar. These went great with her bat wing accessories!

L.O.L Surprise PetsL.O.L Surprise PetsJack fed her water to see if she colour changed, cried, spat or tinkled and he deduced that she spat!

So what do we think? We think that L.O.L Surprise Pets are a fantastic addition to the L.O.L Surprise range – Jack can’t wait to collect some more and see just what pets he gets. Now I’ve just got to persuade Jack that he wants to give Midnight Pup to me – after all, it’s so cute!

You can buy your own L.O.L Surprise Pets from Smyths here for £9.99.