Degustabox | March

Box was sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

The March box seemed very Easter/Spring themed and we loved seeing what we had in the box – so what did we think of the items included in the March box?

As you can see, there were a variety of items for us to enjoy in the box this month – some for the kids and some for the adults. Here’s what we thought of them….

Smarties & Milkybar Mixed Mini Eggs – £3

These were delicious and popular with the whole family. So tasty and we would love them again – yum!

Shreddies Max Granola – £2.59

We always love to try new cereals and these are a tasty combination of oat clusters and Shreddies pieces. These have been great for starting the morning with.

Appy Kids Co Roald Dahl fruit drinks – £1.29

Jack is a big Roald Dahl fan so was excited to see these included in the box. Let me tell you, these didn’t last very long! They contain no GMOs, no gluten, no added sugars or artificial preservatives and my kids loved them.

Ribena Pineapple and Passionfruit – £2.49

This is a tasty refreshing drink for the warm days – this has been proved popular in our house and we have loved drinking it. It is a great new addition to the Ribena squash range. It contains less than 15 calories per 250ml serving.
Hapervoli Flapjack Limited Lebkuchen – £1.99

This was a delicious addition to the Degustabox. It was packed full of flavour, moist and crumbly.

Mr Lee’s Noodles – £2.99

We love noodle pots in our house so this was a welcome addition to the box and I ate it for lunch. It is gluten free, low in sugar and low in saturated fats and calories and tastes delicious.Tenzing Natural Energy – £1.19

I’ve got to admit that we weren’t keen on the flavour of this drink. Not for us, I’m afraid! These have 55 calories per can and have absolutely nothing artificial.

Encona Carolina Reaper Chilli Sauce – £1.49

I am no good with hot sauces and the kids obviously aren’t allowed it so this was all Steve’s and he loves it. It blends the world’s hottest chilli pepper, tomatoes and spices – apparently it is absolutely delicious!

 

Canny 100% Natural Chocolate Milk – £1.59

This was an extra gift for the subscribers who had answered the most monthly surveys. This is refined sugar free and gluten free and Jack really enjoyed it and wants us to get it again!

Cirio Pasta Sauce – £2

We love Cirio products and have had this before, we know it is delicious however we don’t use premade sauces anymore as we are on Slimming World so will be donating this to the local food bank.

We also received a full value voucher for a Cheestrings Snack Mix – worth £1. Jack loves these so he was very happy to see this included!

All in all, we were very happy with the box we received – so delicious and plenty of products we will be repurchasing! If you get the Degustabox, what was your favourite item?

What Things Do You Need To Consider When Moving House?

Moving house can be a strenuous and stressful business with so much that you need to remember and so many things that you need to budget for. Whether you are moving into a rented property or whether you have bought your first house or have sold one house and bought another, the steps you need to consider when moving house remain the same.

Redirect Your Post

You need to redirect your post for the first few months, just in case. You always get the odd bit of post still trying to wing its way to your old address months after you’ve left the property and months after you’ve updated the companies on your new abode. Redirecting your post to your new address will help avoid this. I’ve had to do this a couple of times now but luckily a few of the moves have been from my parents house so I didn’t have to do this those times as they just passed me on my post.

Consider your budget

There are so many things you need to budget for when it comes to moving house like how much do removal companies cost in London or similar areas – you need to make sure you have the funds or else you will end up making multiple car runs trying to move everything in time. Knowing how much of a budget you need, how much time you need to do it in and what you need is so important so you know where you stand and you can hire the right people for the job and get it all arranged. Finalise details in the week leading up to your move so you are not running around on the day.

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Work out a route

You need to work out a route from your old property to your new property for both yourselves and your movers. It may be straightforward or may require some pre planning but knowing how you are going to get from A to B is vital.

Do your final checks

As you come to the last few days in the house before moving, do your final checks. Make sure everything is all packed away, your freezer food has been completely run down, file away important documents and make sure you have began to notify people of your change of address.

Record final details of your utilities

When moving house, you will usually be changing utility providers, at least for the first week or so until you settle down and move to a provider your prefer. When you are leaving your previous house, record the final readings of your utilities such as gas, electric and water so you can arrange for a final bill to be sent to you and the people moving in can start afresh.

I’ve moved house a couple of times now in my life and we are soon hoping to move again as we need a larger property for our family. I need to remember all of the above things when moving as it is inevitable I will probably forget something – I am just that type of person! Having a checklist of things you need to remember when it comes to moving house is vital – that way, all of the important stuff is covered.

Do you have any tips on things you should do when moving house? Is there anything that I have forgotten to add onto my checklist?

 

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How To Boost Your Credit Rating

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I am not going to lie – my credit rating is currently quite shocking. I’d always prided myself on having an awesome credit score – I was always the one out of the couple with good credit but as the years have gone by and we’ve had unexpected expenses and things happen, my credit rating has taken a right battering.

This obviously isn’t great considering we want to get a mortgage in the not too distant future. Getting a mortgage will already be fairly difficult due to the fact I am self employed – at least I will have three years of books made up by the time we eventually apply for one and hopefully Steve will be in full time work at a local school alongside his studies to become a teacher.

Noticing how bad my rating is, I’ve been looking into some ways to boost it and get it back to fighting fit. Do you know of any ways to boost your credit rating?

Register on the electoral roll

If you want to get credit in the future, your name needs to be on there otherwise it can prove incredibly difficult.

Check It Regularly

This may sound incredibly silly but checking your rating regularly is very important. Whilst it is a little unlikely, sometimes things appear on our reports that are wrong and if you aren’t checking your rating often enough, it could be a while before you notice them and get them removed. These mistakes can have a big impact on your score.

Pay on time – and avoid defaults and CCJ’s.

Paying on time is vital – and whilst it can sometimes be inevitable that a bill gets missed, try to get back on track before you end up with a default or a CCJ on your file.

Consider a credit building credit card

Something most people consider when they have a poor history is getting a credit builder credit card from a provider such as Vanquis. Something to remember is that the interest on these will be slightly higher than other cards but these are great for building up your credit as long as you remember to pay on time.

Reduce your debt

Finally and perhaps the most obvious – reduce your debt. By cutting down on your debt, your credit score will increase. Find innovative ways of cutting down on your debt – take on more hours or do overtime at work, sell off anything items in the house you no longer need, do some side hustles to bring in some more money and apply every penny to your debt. Make a budget and stick to it, throwing every single extra penny at debt. Meal plan – this is something we have started to do again and one such item on the menu is this Instant Pot Pork Chops I found on Recipes From A Pantry.

Try and pay much more than the minimum payments each month and your balance will soon be going down and your credit rating up. One thing to remember though is to not pay everything off in one go – I recently found out that if you pay everything off in one go and have no credit at all, it can have a negative effect on your credit score for a while afterwards before rising again. We plan to reduce all our debts down to a certain amount each eventually and to then pay the minimum payment on each (of about £5) until they are paid off – so they all get paid off at different times. We will then keep one card for emergencies – maybe get it turned into a joint card.

Do you have any tips for increasing your credit score? I’d love to hear them!

WIN | Little Budgie’s Done A Fudgie Hardback Book

Olivia is not quite ready for potty training yet but she has slowly been showing signs of knowing when her nappy is full. Now it has been quite some time since I potty trained a child so I will have to refresh my memory but it is great that there are so many fantastic resources out there now to aid parent and child when it comes to potty training.

I was recently contacting about reviewing ‘Little Budgie’s Done A Fudgie‘ by Simon Harris, a former teacher who is now a social media manager. Within 2 weeks the ‘Little Budgie’s Done A Fudgie’ video had over 18K views and went to number 1 on the Amazon Kindle Nursery Rhyme Book Sales Chart.

 

After struggling for what seemed like an eternity with potty training his toddler son, former French and IT teacher and dad of 2 (with the 3rd arriving imminently) Simon Harris had a fun idea.

“My three-year-old son Luke has been a little bit slow with his potty training so I decided to write a little story to try and help him – it’s called ‘Little Budgie’s Done A Fudgie.’

It’s a little bit ‘out there’ as far as titles go, however to my amazement he really identified with Little Budgie and how Mummy Budgie has helped him to keep trying and get there in the end.” 

Seeing the progress his son was making, with Luke feeling more confident and more like a “big boy”, Simon thought this could be great for fellow parents too. He’s created some fun as well as educational at what can be a very stressful time for both parents and children.

 

 

Priced at £5.99 for a hardback copy and £2.99 for an eBook copy, Little Budgie Does A Fudgie is a different potty training book for toddlers. Visit the Facebook page here or buy the book here on Amazon {affiliate link}.

I can’t wait to read the book with Olivia when she understands a little bit more and is on her very own potty training journey.

However I have a hardback copy for one of my lucky readers to win – all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway ends at 23.59pm on the 28th of April 2018, UK only. Good luck all! For more information on the book, visit the website here!

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Mummy Loves Organics Sleepy Feet Oil | Review

Item sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Olivia has always been a much worse sleeper than Jack and it has really got to me in recent months. When asked if we would like to review the Sleepy Feet Oil from Mummy Loves Organics, I knew I just had to give it a try to see if it would help.

Described as an amazing organic oil for babies and children to help them to get to sleep and stay asleep, it is also said to prevent night terrors. It uses essential oils such as mandarin, frankincense, English lavender and Roman chamomile, it is to be applied to the soles of the feet, temples and behind the ears and allowed to dry.

Retailing at £12, this product is recommended for use on babies 12 weeks or over. So how did we find using it on our 1 year old?

Well, Olivia has never been a great sleeper. Even the age old routine of bath, bottle and bed didn’t seem to work with her and I was slowly getting to my wits end. I didn’t know what to do and so when offered the possible chance of actually getting some sleep, I knew I had to take it.

We started by applying it to the soles of Olivia’s feet after she had just had a bath and just before she had some milk. After a little bit of milk, she was sparko and stayed asleep until morning! As it was obviously our first use, we didn’t know if this was just coincidence so applied it each night from then on – and apart from one or two nights where she was a little restless, we otherwise had a perfect sleep routine for her.

I won’t claim that this will work for everyone but this has been great for us. I think it just relaxes Olivia to a state where she is happy to go to sleep. All too often she is too interested in the world around us and can’t relax enough to go to sleep. By being a little more relaxed, she’s falling to sleep a lot easier and not waking up as much during the night.

This product has definitely saved my sanity and I will be stocking up. Have you ever tried this product?