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21 June 2016

Selfie Phone Clip Review from Paladone

Now who doesn't love selfies? Either just from yourself or with your children, friends and family or your best mate, you want to capture that special moment!

When Paladone send me one of their Selfie Phone Clips i couldn't wait to try it out!


Here is what Paladone write about their Selfie Clip:

Be the selfie king or queen with this must-have smartphone accessory. A specially designed phone clip for your camera lens that will transform your selfies and party pics to top quality selfie-pro standards.
The Selfie Phone Clip is the perfect way to boost your selfies. No longer will you need to struggle to fit all your friends into one shot. The Selfie Phone Clip is a specially designed wide angle lens that easily clips onto your smartphone and increases the scope of your photos. Perfect for group selfies or panoramic shots, this is a great way to get the most out of your smartphone camera. Simply clip the lens onto your smartphone, gather your friends, say cheese, then add great new photos to your collections or onto social media.
The Selfie Phone Clip fits most standard smartphones, and comes with a lens cap and storage bag to make sure everything stays well protected, or safe and secure when not in use.
So why not add a few extra smiles to your photos. The Selfie Phone Clip is perfect for more inclusive group photos and spectacular selfies, and is a fun gift for anyone who loves to get the most out of life. 

What i thought about my new Selfie Clip:

I love the idea of getting more people into the picture and have panoramic shots. What i really liked is how it did improve the quality of my selfies when the camera is facing towards me. I did notice that you do have to make sure the lense is clean otherwise you end up with some blobs on your selfie.

 I use the Selfie Clip at my Cousins Wedding and found outside with the right light and a clean lense it gave me some fantastic shots, unfortunatly the wedding venue where the reception was held was too dark so the selfies didnt come out as good (i know i should have put the flash on but these where more spontaneous pictures!)

Left one was taken outside and right picture was taken inside. 

Here are some examples of pictures i took to show you the comprising how much more you get into the frame when using the Selfie Clip:


I think its a great little gadget and very reasonable priced and i will defiantly be using it for upcoming parties and meet ups with friends to get us all in one picture!

The Selfie Phone Clip is designed by Paladone and you can purchase it for only £6.99 over at IWOOT.

Disclaimer: I have been sent the Selfie Phone Clip from Paladone for reviewing purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

8 June 2016

Degustbox May Review

Another Month has gone by and its time for a brand new Degustabox in May.
There is always excitement in the house when the delivery man brings us our next Degustabox and there is a huge variety of items in this month box, something for everyone!

Lets start with the sweet stuff from this month box:


#1 A traditional French breakfast wouldn’t be the same without an all butter croissant from Brioche Pasquier. These delicious croissants are are free from preservatives, hydrogenated fats
 and artificial colours.
We love them because there are packed up individually as pairs so they make the perfect on the go snack but obviously there much nicer with some butter and jam spread all over!

#2 A guilt-free mid-morning treat or an afternoon bite, these chocolaty corn cakes from Kallo are made with the highest quality ingredients, suitable for vegetarians and are also coeliac friendly. At only 78 calories per corn cake, they make a delicious snack that satisfies any chocolate craving. 
I loved the taste of the chocolate corn cake allot there was plenty of chocolate for my cravings mixed with some crunchy corn cakes! We also tried out the Kallo yogurt coated rice cakes who are individually packed up in pairs and Molly-May in particular loves them as her afternoon snack!

#3 Get Fruity is an award-winning fruit and oat bar that has a high percentage of the named fruit making it authentically fruity. Get Fruity contains gluten free oats & virgin coconut oil with no added refined sugars, produced on a nut free site and is 100% natural. Get Fruity comes in six fruity flavours.
I tried the juicy apricot, orange & ginger flavour which tasted very fruity indeed but the ginger taste wasn't to my personal liking.

#4 Pech Keks, Misfortune Cookies are Black cookies with black humour: ideal for Lucky Lukes and Bad-Luck Brians, superwomen and high-flyers, crybabies and wussy wimps, iron ladies and tough guys. These cookies are like a left hook: because you can be sure that they won’t predict eternal love or unimaginable wealth. The messages are crude, truthful and direct – the glimpse into the future brutally honest and pessimistic. So you’re left with no choice but to take them with a sense of humour. And that means one thing is guaranteed: lots of fun!
They tasted just like the normal fortune cookies and the message was certainly funny a great little joke present to bring to the next BBQ or party.

#5 An exciting new range of two gluten free Madeleines from Mrs Crimble's. Perfectly baked sponge cakes available in Classic or Chocolate. The Classic is delicately flavoured with vanilla 
whilst the indulgent Chocolate has a gooey choc filling. 
Six cakes per bag, individually wrapped to enjoy on the go.
We had the classic Madeleines in our Degustabox and really enjoy the taste of those sweet and fluffy.


#7 Fusilli Bucati Corti, a corkscrew shaped pasta, is one of the many great shapes available in the UK from Italian pasta maker Garofalo. Made from only high quality durum wheat and shaped using a bronze die gives Garofalo pasta its premium taste and texture; and not forgetting the Italian passion, which why those who choose Garofalo pasta can be sure of enjoying a great experience!
We are huge pasta fans and have it at least 2-3x a week we tried it together with goulash the other day which was great and i think those Fusilli would taste lovely with a Pasta Bake too!

#8 The Wonderful Co. Almonds & Pistachios are sun-ripened in our California orchards. Our high quality almonds have a sweet, mild flavor and crunchy texture. Ideal for snacking and cooking. Taste the California difference.
I love to snack on nuts when i get peckish so those 2 little packs where perfect and just the right portion. The almonds where crunchy and had a sweet kick to them and the pistachios had a great flavour and just the right amount of saltiness in them.


#9 Gluten, wheat and dairy free, our unique Date Nectar is made from 100% pure dates, 
absolutely nothing else!
Great as a topping on porridge, pancakes or as an alternative to sugar in home baking, it offers a delicious, naturally sweet caramel taste, and unlike honey, is suitable for vegans.
I am looking forward to trying this in my next bake as a sugar alternative, i already had a little spoon full to taste and really like it!

#10 Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Honey Barbecue Glaze is infused with the soft flavours of the popular Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Honey™ Liqueur, giving the glaze a hint of honey 
and a delicious, smooth flavour.
Now who doesn't like the sound of a JD BBQ Glaze Sauce over their chicken or ribs? I cant wait to try that out when we have our first BBQ soon!



#10 In our California orchards, we grow only the Wonderful variety of pomegranates for our Pomegreat Juice; the variety we feel produces the sweetest and best-tasting juice. We harvest our pomegranates when they are a deep, ruby red and bursting with flavor. Using our special recipe, we enhance the unique pomegranates with aronia juice from concentrate for a delicious and refreshing fruit drink the whole family will enjoy. 
  I am not a huge pomegranates fan but i could see this juice working well as a mixer for a summery cocktail at the next BBQ.

#11 Cranes is a 4% alcoholic drink that is brewed purely from crushed cranberries, with added juice for real flavour. It comes in three distinctive flavours: Original Cranberry, Raspberry & Pomegranate and Strawberry & Kiwi. The product is 100% natural, high in juice (16.5%+), low in calories (99 calories) and has little added sugar.
This sounds like a very summery and refreshing drink to have for the upcoming garden session! I am looking forward to having a taste of the 2 flavours we received one upcoming weekend!


Overall we liked 10 items out of the 13 in the Box!

If you want to hear more about Degustabox head over to their website or check out 
their Facebook and Twitter Pages.

You can get your very own Box with a whopping 6£ off!!
 Just add the discount code:
 "BLDEG15"

Enjoy!!



Disclaimer: I have been sent the Degustabox for reviewing purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

23 May 2016

BLOG ON Manchester - A Trip Up North

Last  Month i treated myself to another rare child free weekend away and this time 
it took me up north to Manchester.
I never ventured as far as Manchester (or anywhere up north!) so i was exited to 
check out another city.
I once again was lucky enough that my lovely (Blogger) Friend Sadie who blogs at Tiaras and Wellyboots let me share her journey so May Bank Holiday Saturday morning we meet up in Henley to start our Road trip.
There was loud singing, chatting, laughter and fun to be had and after 3 hours and plenty of weather change we finally made it to our Hotel for the weekend the Premier Inn in Denton.


We had quite a bit planned but because we didn't leave as early as anticipated we decided to just relax in our room for the rest of the afternoon.
In the evening we headed into town with Kara from Chelsea Mum who kindly offered to give us a lift to the Red Hot World Buffet Restaurant where Laura from Tired Mummy of Two who is the creator of Blogon arrange a pre BlogOn Meal for the Bloggers to meet and have a chat.


The next day it was a early start to get ready and head to the Museum of Science and Industry in  Manchester.  After attending Blog ON Winchester last year i was looking forward to experiencing the original Blog On in Manchester where it all started 3 years ago.
Packed with a empty large Suitcase (which is a MUST to bring along the reason for that is shown further down on the picture!) we made our way there for a full packed day. 
Meeting brands, checking out new toys, entering competitions (pretty cool ones i must say!) spending money on the raffle and Tombola, catch up with familiar faces and meet lots of new bloggers too oh and learn stuff from the workshops although i somehow skipped that part this year! 
And did i mention the amazing adult size ball pool from Swizzles to play in??!! 
Because lets face it we are all still children at hearts right? 


We eat cake, drank some (alcohol free) Echo Falls Wines and tasted the yummiest marshmallows ever! You've got to check out Cookies and Fluff!
There was some sweet treats from Swizzles to be tasted and some healthier snack on the Real Handful Stand (you can read my review about their snack range over here).


If you want to have some more info on Blog On head over to the website and have a read, its one of the friendliest and relaxed Blogger Conferences i have been to and i would recommend it for everybody if you are a Newbie Blogger just starting out or if you have been blogging for quite some time there is something for everybody and you get to meet and get to know fellow bloggers, have a laugh, drink some wine, eat loads of food and come home with the most amazing goodie bags ever:


Oh and just before our child free epic weekend finished we went for a yummy dinner in a lovely little greek restaurant called Dimitris near Deansgate and the next morning we meet up with my Nephew Harley for breakfast wo lives and study's in Manchester right now!


Getting pampered at the Kit&Coco #happyhair Event

Its been a while that i went into London Town so when Kit&Coco invited me and Molly-May to the Launch of their brand new Head Lice Protection & Treatment Products as well as a morning pampering session at Duck&Dry i was delighted and kindly accepted!
So off we went on a train/tube/bus journey into town with a very happy little girl:
Upon arrival at the Venue the lovely Team talk me through their new range (you can read more on that further down) and whilst Molly-May checked out the whole Salon and set her eye onto 
the delicious mini cupcakes, i was treated to very nice curly hair do:
It was great catching up with Bloggers who i haven't seen for a while including Elfa from Californian Mum in London and of course Clare from Emmy's Mummy who brought along Harry who got on really well with Molly-May and they both went off to explore and eat some more cupcakes 
and little nibbles together!
  
With both Kids in School and Nursery they are defiantly a prime target to come home with nits and lice at some point so once that dreaded day will come to our house at least we are prepared!

The experts in happy hair Kit&Coco have launched their head lice and nits (eggs) treatment and prevention range that boasts highly effective plant-based active ingredients to free little heads from the tiny pests, comfortably.

With both children and myself being eczema prone its nice to see a product which can treat lice and nits without the harsh chemicals and i don't have to worry about them reacting to it! 

Let me quickly talk you through their range:

1: Kit&Coco Complete Treatment Kit comes with four treatment shampoos, a gentle ergonomic nit comb, a applicator brush, a protective shower cap and there is even a surprise treat for little ones   (some super cute temporary tattoo's).

2. The Protective & Hydrating Mousse protects and nourishes little heads for up to 24-hours 
and styles their hair at the same time!

3. A 24-hour protective spray which comes with a stylish headband accessory for all 
the girls out there! 

4. A cost effective and handy refill pack of four treatment shampoos for those who already 
have the treatment kit.

When i was talking to Jamie Webb (who is the founder of this Earth Limited) at the Event he told me that you only need to use half of the shampoo for a childs head and a whole one for an adult with longer hair which is great to know because i probably would use the whole pack but thanks to Jamies Tip i can use it for both kids and with a shelf life of 3 years you can get the products now to be prepared once the nits strike in our house!

The Range varies from £9.50 to £15.75 which i think is very reasonable and is available from April 2016 online and on the high street for more info about KIT & COCO, 
go and visit their website.
After a eventful and cupcake filled morning Molly-May and a very pampered and happy Mummy made their way back home!
Thank you Kit&Coco for a lovely morning and for our goodie bag Molly-May loves her new headband and her Kit&Coco T-Shirt:

Disclaimer: As a Thank you for attending the event we received a Goodie Bag, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

13 May 2016

NEW Real Handful Snacks Review & Giveaway

Whilst attending Blog On Manchester earlier this month where i discovered a amazing new snack range from Real Handful.

Their motto is pretty simple involving some tasty snack maths: 
Chewy Fruit + Crunchy Nuts + Yummy Stuff = A tastier way to fuel your day!

Inspired by their discovery of trail mix snacks whilst hiking in the Grand Canyon the founders of Real Handful Carly & Joe make tasty and nutritious blends of the best quality dried fruits, whole nuts and seeds with added yummy ingredients such as natural flavours, chocolate and yogurt.
Rolling our nationally in the UK in 2016 they are on a mission to prove that healthier impulse snacks can still taste amazing.


The Real Handful Range has got something for everybody's taste:

For the dark Chocolate & less sweet Lovers: Blood Orange & Dark Choc 
For the Blueberry Lovers: Blueberry Blitz
For the Coffee Lovers: Mochaccino
For the Tennis Fanatics: Strawberries & Cream the perfect match break snack!
For the Berry Lovers: Mixed Berry Crunch
And for the health kick Lovers: GO-Go-Goji Berries

I am a terrible snacker and i am always on the look out for healthier snacks then my usual biscuits and chocolate and i also love to find something which i can just pop in my bag for a quick to go snack on the way to school run, on days out or before my Zumba class and i think the Real Handful Snacks are just that! A large variety for everybody's taste in a nice pocket size (40g) and every pack is between 170-200 Calories which is labelled on a nice heart on the front.
You can buy the snacks in your local Ocado, Holland & Barrett as well as any Harris & Hole Cafe's.


My favourite one out of all of them has to be the Strawberries & Cream one, a summer time blend of juicy strawberry flavoured raisins, strawberries, cranberries, white chocolate chunks and cashews 
just delicious!!!

The lovely Folks from Real Handful let me have 2 ration boxes to give away for 2 lucky readers of mine so if you fancy trying out some Real Handful Snacks for yourself why not enter my Competition to win a ration box all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below:

The competition is open to UK Residents only and will close at 11.59pm on the 26th of May 2016. 



Good Luck everybody! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway 


Disclaimer: I have been sent some Real Handful Snacks including a ration box for reviewing purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

29 April 2016

Degustabox April Review

Another Month has past and once again we received a yummy box full of treats from the Degustabox Folks so here is what the April box had on offer:


Lets start with the sweet stuff:


#1 The new Canderel Sugarly tastes like sugar and looks like sugar but with zero calories. Use it in hot drinks, sprinkle on fruit and cereals or even cooking and baking, to maintain a healthy balanced diet without compromising on taste.
So it seems like i am pretty much one if the rare ones who don't diet in my friends circle so this sweetener came in really handy when we had friends from school over for a playdate and i could offer the mum a tea with the new Caderel Sugarly granulated sweetener she said it tastes really good! 

#2 The SMARTIES Sharing Block combines delicious milk chocolate with whole, crispy sugar shell mini SMARTIES. Containing no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives!
Now who doesn't like smarties it really doesn't matter how old you are those are always a hit so the new smarties sharing block seems like a adult version of a smarties treat and tastes delicious!

#2 New MILKYBAR Milk & Crunchy, a perfect sized bar which kids will love! A fun cow shape with a delicious creamy & crispy centre adds excitement, with all of the milky taste that both Mums & Kids enjoy. It is available in a single bar and a multipack (4 bars).
I am a huge white chocolate fan so once again i decided to test those on my own (bad mummy!) and have to say there just as fab as there sound!

#3 Bebeto Fruit Strings has been awarded The Product of the year for its innovative use of fruit juice and reduction of processed sugars with the added benefit of it being suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The kids loved those a great car snack when on the go and their favourite ones where the strawberry and raspberry ones!

Onto the drinks selections this month:


#4 The Green Lady modern restyling of an ancient beverage, using Green Darjeeling tea leaves and an assemble of the finest natural ingredients; to create a calming and entertaining alternative to alcohol. This is healthy drinking with style.
I am not such a huge Tea fan so this wasn't to my taste at all. 

#5 Derbyshire spring water enriched with amino acids, Rejuvenation Water is specifically designed to deal with the rigours of modern life. The unique amino acid profile has been shown to fuel the immune system and build a natural resilience to stress, depression and anxiety.
The taste of the mince was a little bit too overpowering for me in this drink.

#6 Enjoy the crisp refreshing edge of English cider with the legendarily glorious flavours of Pimms Cider Cup…. Oh, and it wouldn’t be Pimms without a hint of strawberries and cucumber.Simply pour straight from the bottle onto lots of ice, and enjoy with friends wherever, whenever.
We had friends over at the weekend so i happily shared my first ever Pimms Cider Cup of the Summer 2016 with my friend and we both rather enjoyed it next time i make sure i have plenty of fruit and cucumber in the house to make it even better!

And lastly we come to the savoury delights:



#7 Veetee microwaveable rice range is the ultimate mealtime solution. Whether you are trying to conjure up a meal from the contents of the fridge, or find an innovative way to use up leftovers we’ve got a rice for that. 
We received the Basmati Rice and a Wholegrain & Quinoa Rice whilst the kids went for the basmati version i tried out the wholegrain one (after all even though i don't do diets there is nothing wrong with eating healthier!) both tasted nice and soft and went really well with our curry!

#8 Parle G is the largest selling biscuit brand in the world. Filled with the goodness of milk and wheat, Parle-G is a source of all round nourishment. Treat yourself to a pack of yummy Parle-G biscuits to experience what has nurtured and strengthened millions of people for over 87 years.
It taste a bit like a malt biscuit but a little bit sweeter a great treat for the kids to eat on the way 
home from school/nursery.

#8 Parle Rusk - Crispy and crunchy toasts made from the choicest of ingredients.
Baked to perfection and enriched with Cardamom, it’s the perfect companion to your daily cup of piping hot tea. While the delicious snack will appeal to your taste buds, the distinctive packaging with a contemporary look and feel will make you want it all the more.
I love rusks so this one didn't disappoint and tastes lovely with a nice sweet hint to it!

#9 Lord’a Mercy! Levi Roots’ fabulicious Coat ‘n Cook sauces add big, bold flavours to your meal easily. No marinating necessary - Simply pour over chicken, ribs or fish and cook straight away! Available in 3 delicious Caribbean flavours: Jerk, Ginger Beer and Smokey BBQ. One love!
I cant wait to try this out at our next BBQ which probably will be held at my BIL and the boys in our family all love a bit of a spice to their meat so this will defiantly go down well!

#10 New to the Popchips family are award winning sea salt, garlic & rosemary and sea salt, caramelised onion & thyme. Both new Limited Edition flavours are full of flavour and crisp in crunch, delivering a naturally delicious, lighter snacking alternative with all the flavour of fried crisps, but less than half the fat.
I love the flavour and texture of those Popchips just the right amount of crunchiness 
but still soft enough!

Overall we liked 10 items out of the 13 in the Box and thought it was a well balanced box although i would love to see more fruit juice in the future instead of favoured water bottles!

If you want to hear more about Degustabox head over to their website or check out 
their Facebook and Twitter Pages.

You can get your very own Box with a whopping 6£ off!!
 Just add the discount code:
 "BLDEG15"

Enjoy!!



Disclaimer: I have been sent the April Degustabox for reviewing purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

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