Degustabox | March

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

It’s that time of the month again where I talk about all of the goodies sent to us in this month’s Degustabox. This month’s theme was Spring & Easter so I was interested to see what was in the box. You can get your first box for just £7.99 (usual price is £12.99) with shipping included. Just use this code WDGX9 on the website here (the code gets you a one time discount of £5).

With the theme, I assumed there would be some chocolate included and I was right. Here’s what we received in this month’s box.

Costa Signature Blend Coffee Ground For Cafetiere & Filter – £3.70

We don’t actually drink coffee in our house so this is going to a good home; my in laws. Nevertheless I have heard good things about Costa’s coffee.

Forest Feast Preda Fair Trade Mango 30g & Milk Chocolate Mango and Coconut Fruit Balls 30g – £1.29 each

These were a perfectly delicious treat. The perfect bit of indulgence without any of the guilt. These didn’t last long in my house at all.

Weetabix On The Go Strawberry – £1.49

We’ve tried these before although I am not sure if they were from a previous box. We really enjoy these so this was very welcomed.

Moose Juice Passionfruit – £1.59

We try not to have energy drinks too often in our house but sometimes do, Steve more than me. Steve liked this and said it was the best energy drink we have had in any of the previous boxes so high praise indeed.

Red Red Super Stews Black Eyed Beans & Tomato – £2.99

These are made with natural plant based ingredients and inspired by Africa. Unfortunately I could see that neither Steve or I would probably eat this so we are donating it to our local food bank rather than it languishing in our cupboard until it passes its expiry date.

Ballymaloe Original Relish 

Rich in tomatoes and made using all natural ingredients, this relish was definitely a positive addition to the box. We use a lot of relishes and chutneys, Steve especially, so he was happy to see this. It’s gluten free, suitable for vegans and tastes great.

Jubel Alpine Beer cut with Peach – £1.80

We haven’t actually tried this yet but were super intrigued to see it in the box. It is a lively lager with the zest of freshly ripe peaches, gluten free, naturally infused and vegan too. Can’t wait to see what its like!

Green & Black’s Praline bar and Truffle bar – 89p each

I never used to be a fan of Green & Black’s, I mostly associated them with dark chocolate which I wasn’t a fan of. As I’ve got older and my tastes have matured, I find myself enjoying dark chocolate more and now I also realise that Green & Black’s do milk chocolate too. These are made with ethically sourced chocolate and contain no artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. These were absolutely delicious.

KIND Snacks Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt – £1.35

These are a tasty and nutritious snack bar which we were very happy to see in the box. These are gluten free and naturally high in protein and a great option to slip into your handbag or pocket for an afternoon snack.

Chum Fruit Bites Apple & Strawberry – 79p each

These are made with 100% fruit, high in fibre and vegan. These also did not last long with my two kids – they devoured these quickly and really enjoyed them. They are delicious and we will certainly be buying again.

Willie’s Cacao single state chocolate Passionfruit – £1.99

This slab of chocolate only just made it out of the box before me and Steve shared it between us. These are made using only natural ingredients and this was super tasty, a nice treat that we could indulge in that we didn’t have to share with the kids for once.

Overall I was fairly impressed with this box. There was a fair amount of sweet stuff compared to savoury but I’m not complaining. With the box retailing at £12.99, the boxes contents added up to just over £20 if you were to buy them all separately – a great saving, I think!

Which item of the box would be your favourite?

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis | Review

I was sent an Advanced Reader Copy of this book for the purpose of review. All thoughts are my own honest opinion. This post also contains affiliate links.

After being offered an ARC of Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis, I was wondering if I should have read her previous book ‘Girl, Wash Your Face‘ {affiliate link}, especially as so many of my friends had been raving about it in real life and on social media. But I was reassured that wasn’t the case so began reading this book.

Described as a shame-free plan for embracing and achieving your goals, it sounded just like a book I needed. I’m always pushing myself and striving to achieve my goals but it is true that so many of us feel shame when trying to better ourselves which we really shouldn’t.

Written by #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author, business podcaster and motivational speaker Rachel Hollis, the book urges women to stop apologizing for their desires, hopes and dreams and instead to go after them. Rachel is a well known bestselling author and lifestyle influencer with a global social media fanbase in the millions and a loving family. I’d heard a little about her before starting this book but found out so much more during my time reading it.

I’ve never been one for self help books, I’ve never been one for non fiction in general but I have found myself leaning towards non fiction in recent months. I was excited to see if Rachel’s advice could help me in any way.

Something I loved about the book is that it was sectioned into different parts. For instance, Part 1 was Excuses To Let Go Of and it was separated into little ‘chapters’ which were titled Excuse 1, Excuse 2 etc. The book was formed in three parts – Part 1 which was, of course, Excuses To Let Go Of; Part 2 which was Behaviors To Adopt and Part 3 was Skills To Acquire. In each part, the author details the various excuses, behaviors and skills that people use and handily provides anecdotes from her own life where applicable to show that she knows what she is talking about.

What I really enjoyed in the book was that you can see how the author has grown over the years. She always knew she wanted a New York Times #1 bestseller but had to work for it and had to wait many years before finally achieving that goal. She also talks about her first TV appearance on local TV and her appearance on the Today show, something she’d aspired to be on for many years – it was eight years between these two TV appearances and had sent hundreds and hundreds of pitches for TV appearances in the meantime with only a handful accepted in that time. It goes to show that you should never stop working towards your goals, despite how long it may take to achieve them.

Since finishing the book, I have found myself going back to certain sections to remind myself when I am not feeling especially confident about my goals. I know that they are achievable and what to do to achieve them but sometimes find myself struggling and need a kick up the bum to get myself back into action. This book is the perfect tonic for this, reminding me that it is okay to falter and stumble sometimes – we all do it. It is important to get back ‘on the horse’ though, so to speak.

If you are a woman constantly working towards your goals who is in need of a little bit of motivation and inspiration, then Girl, Stop Apologizing {affiliate link} is definitely worth adding to your bookshelves. The author is like a best friend, reminding you of your worth and telling you about what she has experienced so you can bond. She’s letting you know that if she can do it, so can you – and I’m certainly going to keep trying.

Baby Clementoni Sandy, Cuddle And Words | Review

This item was sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.

We’ve previously reviewed a number of Baby Clementoni products – the Baby Clementoni Baby T-Rex Pink, Baby Clementoni Disney Ball Drop House and the Baby Clementoni My First Tablet. Today I am here, talking about the Baby Clementoni Sandy, Cuddle and Words. It is for ages 6 months plus and is available on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Now Olivia is two years old but she received this before she turned two – we received all the Baby Clementoni items together for staggered reviews. Despite this being 6 months plus, I didn’t find that this was too young for her by any means – in fact if anything it has helped her with her learning. She is getting so good at her numbers, letters, shapes and colours and I definitely think educational toys such as this help.

What features does Sandy have? It is a soft talking teddy bear with five interactive buttons. It talks and helps children to learn letters, numbers, shapes and colours with a big bright central button on the bear’s tummy. The bear also comes with lots of happy nursery rhymes and songs. It helps with visual perception, hearing perception, tactile perception, eye hand co-ordination and language which is great from a toy.

.What is also great is that there is also a free app for the toy so you can play with Sandy in augmented reality as well! The app is available on the app store and on the Google Play store and has plenty of games and activities that are specifically designed for younger children.

Olivia absolutely adores her Sandy and whilst she may be on the upper end of the ages he is specifically catered to, I definitely feel like she has learned a little from him. I’m passionate about my kids having educational toys alongside their non educational ones – it is so important that they learn even when having imaginative play.

With multiple friends having recently given birth and a few due very soon, I’m definitely considering getting their children a Sandy in a few months time. He is so soft and cuddly, made from non toxic material and would certainly make a great gift.

I’m yet again really impressed by an item from Baby Clementoni – Olivia really loves her Sandy and it isn’t hard to see why.

Do you have any Baby Clementoni toys?

Dumbo Fluttering Ears Plush | Review

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

Are you as excited as I am for all the films coming out this year? I am super excited and so are Steve and the kids. One film we are looking forward to in particular is the new Dumbo which is released very very soon. Just Play have released a new plush collection and we were sent one of the products from the range.

We were sent the Dumbo Live Action Flapping Ear Feature Plush which retails at £29.99 and is available from Smyths Toys here. Now I have to admit I absolutely fell in love with this plush when it arrived. The large bright ears and those super cute oversized ears – it is easy to see why everyone loves Dumbo as a character. It was a struggle to get a picture of the ears covering Dumbo’s face as they move so quickly but you can see how large the ears actually are, just like we know them to be in the story.

This plush toy sits at 13″ tall and has beautiful detailing. Olivia is absolutely enamoured with Dumbo, she’s always cuddling the plush or pressing the button in Dumbo’s foot to move the ear. Sometimes she will get me to press the button instead and giggle away as Dumbo makes some different elephant noises and flaps his ears.

She’s proud as punch of her Dumbo plush and has been showing anyone who comes to our house. My Mum is a big Dumbo fan too and it almost seemed as if Olivia was going to lose her toy and Nanny was going to sneak it home with her, haha!

I really do think this plush range from Just Play is great – it’s good quality, it is affordable and will be in high demand for sure when the film is released, as other Disney films have proved in the past. The sounds and flapping are not annoying like some toys can be – they last for just enough time to be entertaining for the child but not annoying for the adult.

I’ll definitely be checking out some of the other items from the plush collection – this has been so popular with Olivia that I am sure she (and her brother) would probably love some more toys from the range.

Will you be watching the film when it is released?

Baby Shark Plush Toys from WowWee | Review

These items were sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Now if you haven’t heard of Baby Shark, you must have been living under a rock. It is a song/video that is played in my house at least twice a day – if not more – and both my kids love it, especially Olivia. With the news that a range of plush toys was going to be released, I just knew Olivia would love them and we were kindly sent some items from the new range from WowWee.

We were kindly sent Daddy Shark (one of the Pinkfong’s Baby Shark Talking 25cm plushes – you can choose between Daddy, Mummy and Baby) and Baby Shark (one of the Baby Shark Family Sound Cubes – there is the choice of Daddy, Mummy or Baby once again).

The talking/singing 25cm plush sings an extract from the hit song. For ages 2 and up, this retails at £15 which I consider a great price. What I like about this is that you squeeze the shark once to play the music and squeeze again to stop it – if you don’t want to listen to the song for the millionth time in a row, you don’t have to wait until the end of the song before silence!

The family sound cube is much the same in terms of it playing an extract from the song and you can squeeze once to play the music and again to stop. These are also for ages 2 and up and retail at £7 – these are a great option if you don’t want to buy the bigger plush.

So what were the kids thoughts? Well, they loved them. They are super soft and cuddly and feel really good quality. As a parent, I love that you can switch them on and off and that they keep my children entertained.  It is easy to see how the YouTube video amassed so many hits – over 2 billion views at last count – and how it managed to become a top 10 hit in the UK. It is such a catchy song that gets you up and moving – everyone knows the moves, right?

Olivia and Jack already want to get the other singing plushes and the cubes – I am tempted to get them as I know they would love them but do I really want six renditions of the song blasting at the same time? I’m not sure!

You can buy the new Baby Shark plushes at The Entertainer and other toy shops now. Are your children fans of Baby Shark?