Win a Weeks Worth of Crafted Drinks

Welcome to day 6 of mine and Life in a Break Down’s Christmas advent giveaways, we decided to take part of the weekend off to rest and relax in between competitions but we are back with some more great giveaways, in the run-up to Santa popping down your chimney.

Today we have teamed up with Crafted who are the maker of delicious drinks. Crafted drinks are made to offer the best taste possible to their customers, they use no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives, they never add sugar or sweeteners and are always on the lookout for new flavours to bring out. At the moment Crafted drinks offer a choice of 4 different flavours:

  • Pineapple, Coconut and Lime
  • Mango and Passionfruit
  • Still Cloudy Lemonade
  • Apple Mint and Lime

Each serving of this delicious drink helps give you 1 of your 5 a day and with such a focus on the taste of the drinks you are bound to really enjoy every sip.

The lovely people over at Crafted drinks have offered us the chance to giveaway a week’s worth of their flavoursome drinks and all you need to do to be in with the chance of being the lucky winner is let us know:
Which of Crafted drinks would you most like to try?

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Degustabox | November 2017

Yet again we received our monthly Degustabox subscription box, priced at just £12.99 for the whole box with free delivery. This month was a festive themed box and we were lucky to receive a lovely selection of items. Subscribers only get one of the Filippo Berio products in their box but we get to try all of them to showcase what is available. So what did we receive this month? Cadbury Picnic Bites – £1.99
Picnics are one of my favourite chocolate bars so I may have shrieked to see these Picnic Bites included. They didn’t take long to eat – they were probably gone within thirty minutes of the box being opened!

The Jelly Bean Factory Super Sours – £1.79

Now if I was extremely happy to see the Picnic Bites, Steve was very happy to see these – jelly beans are his favourite sweet! They went down a treat.

Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch – £2

This was something the whole family enjoyed. Made with crunch peanuts, juicy cranberries and creamy milk chocolate buttons, we all enjoyed this very much.

Weetabix Additions Apple & Raisin – £2.99

These have been in the boxes before and I enjoyed them then. I love having these for my breakfast and I never share – the box is all for me!

ALO – £1.99

Steve had this as I am not a big fan of aloe vera drinks. Steve really enjoyed this and it is cool to know that Alo are the only quality-proven brand of Aloe vera drinks in the UK.

Dalston’s Fizzy Apple – £1.89

Steve also drank this and found it quite tasty. I tried a bit and wasn’t too sure but Steve enjoyed it.

Taylors of Harrogate Cacao Superior Colombia Ground Coffee – £4.49

We don’t drink coffee in our house so have gifted this to my brother in law – however it does sound quite nice!

PROPERCORN Perfectly Sweet Popcorn – 89p

Hand popped corn sprinkled with unrefined Fairtrade sugar, Jack enjoyed this whilst watching a movie with a friend. It didn’t last even five minutes.

Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes – £1.39

Whilst these do make a great snack, we aren’t the biggest fans of these so donated these to our local foodbank.

 Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil – £3

Jack and I both like tuna so this was a lovely addition to our box. It has a real unique taste and we really enjoyed it.

Kallo Organic Stock Pots (chicken flavour) – £1.80

We always use stock or stock pots in our meals so these are a very welcome addition to our pantry. Kallo are a fab brand and these new stock pots are made with organic, natural and high quality ingredients. There are three flavours available – chicken, beef or vegetable. We received the chicken flavour.

The English Provender Co.’s Caramelised Red Onion Chutney – £1.99

I don’t think you’ll find a family who loves chutney like we do and this was a very pleasing inclusion in our box. This is absolutely delicious.

Filippo Berio Classic Pesto

I am the only one to like pesto in our house so we don’t tend to make pesto dishes. I donated this to the local food bank so someone else can benefit from it.

Filippo Berio Fennel & Garlic Crostini

These were great to snack on and we all really enjoyed them. We would certainly buy them again!

This is what we received and we were very impressed – a great mix of sweet and savoury items and some interesting drinks. Definitely worth the money again this month.

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


I’m Always Looking For A Good Bargain

If there is anything you should know about me it is that I love a good bargain. Whether that be by taking advantage of deals online or visiting charity shops and picking up as new pieces for pence, I can always be found looking for some sort of good deal.

As it comes up to Christmas, I am looking for bargains even more. We have just had Jack’s birthday, we’ve got Christmas in just over two weeks and then Olivia’s birthday is in early January. It can get very expensive so anything that helps keep the costs down is fine by me.

But there’s also another side to this – there is always some fantastic sales in the last few months of the year and the early months of the next – Black Friday sales, Boxing Day sales, January sales. In these, there is always such a wide variety of items that can be bought for a much lower price than normal.

Jonathan Brinkhorst

I’ve been utilising the LatestDeals website recently to help me to find bargains most suited to my needs. I’ve mentioned that we have been looking at new houses recently and are planning on moving. We’ve also got a number of appliances that could do with a refresh – we’ve had our washing machine, fridge and microwave for donkeys years now so to find some cheap microwaves would be very handy. Mine has started making a weird sound when microwaving stuff so I don’t think it is too long before it gives up the ghost. I’ve found a few models that I’m considering but ultimately it all depends on what property we end up moving to and kitchen space – after all, microwaves aren’t one size fits all!

I’ve also managed to pick some great deals on toys for Jack’s birthday and Christmas presents – he is very much into certain things at the moment like Paw Patrol, Scooby Doo and Ghostbusters but those toys and other paraphernalia don’t come cheap. However I have managed to get some fantastic deals on some of the items which has freed up my budget a little to buy some more stuff for stocking fillers.

I’ve also picked up some items for Olivia – although she is obviously not getting too much for Christmas or her birthday as she is only tiny and it is not like she will remember it! She has a walker, some books and some extra little bits but nothing too big.

Have you found any decent bargains recently? Did you pick up anything from the Black Friday sales and will you be logging on this Boxing Day to grab some good bargains?




More Christmas Gift Ideas | 2017 Christmas Gift Guide


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For someone who loves a snack

Abakus FoodsIf you are buying items for someone who loves snacking, why not consider getting them some of these fab snacks from Abakus Foods? Choose from a variety of items such as jujube crisps, hickory nuts, stuffed jujube with cashews and so many more. They have some lovely gift jars here from just £12.99.

When you need an on the go essential

XO Balm, £12.50 for 45ml, is available from XO Balm. It is a multi-use balm you can’t live without.  This natural beauty solution  has many other uses, making it an ideal on-the-go essential. It comes with an applicator and is housed in a mirrored compact tin. The unique formula is designed to soothe and strengthen the skin, as well as moisturise and nourish all parts of the body, face and hair.

Each of XO Balm’s four ingredients has fantastic benefits, but combined they deliver a unique blend of hydration, protection and nourishment. It contains Coconut Oil which hydrates and protects the skin, keeping it plump and rejuvenated. It also contains Beeswax which acts as a protective and breathable layer for the skin; locking in moisture and protects skin from damaging environmental factors. Also included is Olive Oil which softens the skin and prevents moisture loss while protecting from environmental damage and finally, Chia Seed oil which soothes irritation and reduces inflammation, and contains vitamins and minerals. This would make a lovely stocking filler


For the pets Britain’s finest grain free dog and cat food, Canagan recently released a range of wet food pouches for cats, one of which you can see above. With 80% meat or fish and an array of chelated minerals, the new range offers a complete and balanced grain-free meal for kittens, adults and senior or sterilised cats.

If you pride on feeding your pets with decent quality pet food and want to involve them in Christmas gift giving this year, why not get them some food that they can enjoy whilst you are tucking into your Christmas meal?

For the beer lover

HofmeisterHofmeister Beer would make a fabulous gift for any beer lover. The Hofmeister brand first hit the UK back in the 80’s when it was a 3.2% ABV pale lager produced by Scottish Courage. It was famous for the cool and loveable Bavarian ‘George The Bear’ and the iconic advertising line ‘For great lager, follow the bear’. Following a 13-year hiatus (the original brand was axed in 2003 by then owners Heineken), the new Hofmeister brand is back and has been made over into a 5% ABV Helles lager, slow-brewed in Germany by a fourth generation family-owned brewery located on the edge of Ebersberger Forest in Bavaria. They even recently won best lager at the World Beer Awards which tells you how good it is!

We received some bottles for inclusion in this guide and let me tell you, they went down a treat. We’d been planning on taking some to the in laws for my father in law and brother in law to try (as they love trying different beers) but there may not be any left for them to try….

If you would like to gift them some Hofmeister this Christmas, why not pick up this Hofmeister 2 Pack Selection and Glass for £16 or this Hofmeister 5 Pack Selection and Glass for £22? Alternatively you can purchase from Amazon here. Happy drinking!

For the bookworm mum

the supermum mythmum hacksI reviewed The Supermum Myth here and Mum Hacks here and mentioned how I think all mums should check them out as they are great reads and really make you think. If you are buying for a time starved mum who tries to be supermum all of the time then why not gift them these books this year? You can buy The Supermum Myth from Amazon here for £9.39 (*) and Mum Hacks from Amazon here for £9.99 (*).

For the one who wants a calming and relaxing Christmas

rescue remedy

Christmas can be a hectic time, so help friends and family take a moment to unwind and enjoy the festivities, by putting NEW RESCUE® Spearmint Chewing Gum (£4.95)  in their stockings. With the act of chewing suggested to help calm and relax the mind, the chewing gum, with its liquid flower essences centre, is both a handbag and desk essential.

You can even keep a cool head over the busy festive period with NEW RESCUE PLUS Lozenge (£3.99). Whether you’re doing final checks on the turkey or flitting between family members ensuring their Christmas spirit is still going strong, the lozenge has a soothing orange and elderflower liquid centre and contains pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) which helps support normal mental performance. These are both available from Sainsbury’s, independent pharmacies and health food stores, grocery stores nationwide and online at Amazon (*).

For the one who loves unique gifts

twenty fingersIf you have someone who loves something a little different, why not gift them a bespoke product from Twenty Fingers. I reviewed mine from Twenty Fingers here and gifted it to my mum who absolutely loves it. It is something a little different from the norm which makes it feel even more special.

For someone who is eco-friendly

Do you have an eco-friendly family member or friend who loves cooking? Why not gift them a Wonderbag, the award winning eco friendly slow cooker. The product is basically a non-electric heat-retention cooker. It continues to cook food that has been brought to the boil by conventional methods for up to 12 hours without the use of additional fuel so it’s super eco-friendly and portable. It comes in two different sizes – small for £35 and large for £45 – and a variety of colours. They are even currently offering free shipping. This would make the perfect gift for someone who loves cooking.

The one who loves scented stuff

Who doesn’t love a Yankee Candle or two? If you know someone who loves scented candles, why not purchase some for your friend or family member – especially some of their festive range right now? You can purchase Yankee Candles in a variety of scents and sizes from Amazon here (*).

I hope this has given you some great gift ideas for this year. What are you purchasing for your friends and family members?

Win £50 to Spend with Spartoo

Hello and welcome to the 5th day of mine and Sarah’s advent giveaway (honestly I keep getting myself all confused with which day we are on, as we aren’t quite in line with the day). but I digress as we have a fantastic prize on offer for you today!

We have joined forces with the fantastic people over at Spartoo, home of fantastic fashion brands, they stock over 1900 brands including many favourites such as Dr Martens, VANS, Irregular Choice, Paul & Joes and more! So if you happen to be the lucky winner, you know you will have a whole host of choice to choose from.

However, if you are stuck for ideas, here are a few of our favourites from their new arrivals.

Photo of 4 shoes from the new in at spartoo Meline NINIA Black Airstep / A.S.98SAINT Black / Smoke United nude FOLD MID python Black Chie Mihara FLAWLESS Black

United Nude Fold Mid

If you are a lover of the low ankle boot this pair from United Nude might be the perfect pair to see you through the winter season. Just check out that textured look on them, I can see a lot of people loving these this year.

Chie Mihara Flawless

This pair of black leather shoes, offer something different to the norm. Offering three straps, rather than the normal 1, you might just find a few people asking you questions about your choice of footwear when you wear these.

Meline Ninia

For those who like a bit of sparkle, these trainers from Meline offer something very different. With the silver star and glittered sides they are bound to catch the light, as you dance the night away. No matter if you are at home with friends or hitting the town.

Airstep Saint

Last but by no means least is this pair of boots and aren’t they wonderful. I can just imagine them being perfect for treading the streets, searching for Christmas presents or getting to check out the local Christmas market.

So with some ideas under your belt here’s the time for the prize! Today we are offering you a fantastic £50 to spend at Spartoo and all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is head over to the Spartoo website and let us know:
If you were the lucky winner, what would you buy?

*Please note the winner will need to set up a Spartoo account, to have their £50 winnings credited to it.

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