23 February 2015

Degustabox January

A new year and a new and very healthy January Degustabox arrived in our House the other day.

No sweets in sight just what i am after so i can concentrate on my #OpfitBride.



Lets start with some baking/breakfast goodies:


#1
This free-from versatile cake mix helps you make your favourite cakes without sugar and flour. Using our mix as a base, it’s simple to make cakes for everyone to enjoy with a clear conscience. The mix contains sesame flour and Fibrefine instead of wheat flour, and we have replaced the sugar with Sukrin. The result is a delicious and tasty cake that’s big in flavour but small on the ingredients you want to avoid!

#2
Cornflake Top Porridge pots are brilliant for on the go and with some additional little pots of either Lyles Golden Sirup or Nutella they can be sweeten up just to your right taste!
I like my porridge a little bit more together but thats personal taste i guess.

Onto the savoury bits from the box:


#3
Alfa One Rice Bran Oil is nutritionally well balanced and a very healthy oil to cook with. This is Mr. C. favourite Product from this month Degustabox so much so that its nearly finished already!

#4
I have to say i haven't eaten Noodles out of a Pot for quite a while but the Kabuto Noodles
are rather delicious with real authentic Asian flavours and just the right kick (just on the edge of being spice) they made a very tasty lunch for me!
They are available in seven different flavours.

#5
Not a big fan of mustard i past this on to Mr. C's brother to try out and he rather liked the taste of this Haywards Piccadilly which has chunky vegetables in a tangy mustard sauce which makes the perfect addition for any BBQ's, burgers or sandwiches.

#6
Those crunchy FINN CRISPS Original crisp bread made me smile as soon as i saw the name well i couldn't help it with my son being called Finn too!
They are made from wholegrain using only natural ingredients so they are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. I had them as a in between snack throughout the afternoon with a little bit of honey smeared on top and loved them!

And last but not least the drinks selection for this month:


#7
Having tried the Little Miracle Organic Drinks before (from previous Degustaboxes) they have become my favourite drinks to be picked up when i do a quick Tesco shop I prefer the White Tea version to the Black Tea one but that's just personal preferences i guess. They are very refreshing and a great energising drink!

#8
Simplee Aloe is an all natural, never from concentrate Aloe Vera drink. It is blended with fresh grape juice and a squeeze of lemon and i was surprised how lovely and refreshing it tasted. I certainly felt the goodness in me! No kidding i love this drink and can see myself buying it regularly!

#9
Magners Light Orchard Berrys i was so looking forward to giving this a go and rather impassioned me put it in the freezer to cool it quicker....and forgot about it! Result its all in the freezer cupboard and i can only imagine it would have tasted lovely!
Its a Irish pear cider with berries and it contains 30% less calories than Magners Orchard Berries, with the same distinctive character and refreshing taste of Blackcurrants, Strawberries and Raspberries.

#10
This month gift came from Clipper in form of their Fairtrade Green Tea with Lemon.
Its a light, crisps and highly refreshing green tea with a delicious lemony citrus zing.
Certainly a tea which would be perfect to kick start a diet, clean eating or a detox!

#11
Koko Dairy Free Original is a unique alternative to cows milk made with freshly pressed coconut milk. It contains fewer calories then skimmed, 0% cholesterol and its 100% allergen free.
It taste a little different to normal milk but having had i with my cereal in the morning i rather enjoyed it to be honest and its great to know there is something tasty out there for kids with a dairy free diet.

With the Degustabox you have the variety of a alcoholic or non alcoholic box so it would be a choice between #8 simply aloe drink and #9 Magners Light.


Overall we liked 10 items out of the 11 in the Box and it certainly help me trying out some healthy and less calorie products out so thank you Degustabox!!

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 3£ off if you add the discount code: "24H43" to your order! 

Enjoy!!


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

12 February 2015

Octonauts Live at the Beck Theatre Hayes

A few weeks ago i took my Octonauts Mad Son and one of his mates to see a very special Show live on stage at the Hayes Theatre! No other then Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure:


The interactive musical stage Show follows the entire Octonauts crew right down to the bottom off the ocean aka the midnight zone and led by Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, they embark on an underwater quest to visit the amazing underwater world full of adventure and you never know that surprises are waiting for them around the corner. 
The crew is joined by Cadet Luke who asked the audience to join to be cadets with him and help the Octonauts out on their mission.


Finn and his mate had a blast dancing, clapping and singing along all the way through the Show. 
They had great little effects put on and the kids (and adults) where mesmerised 
from the start to the finish!

Finn even did a little jump when the volcano erupted, bless him!

Here is what "Captain Finnical" has to say about the show:


The next show is over the Valentine Weekend in the Connaught Theatre in Worthing and the tour will end in Blackpool on the 5th July 2015.

If your little one enjoys watching the Octonauts then this is certainly worth a visit!

Here are some of the local Shows in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Surrey:

WED 18 – THURS 19 FEBRUARY WATFORD COLOSSEUM
Wed 18 & Thurs 19 at 1 & 4 pm www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk 

WED 25 – THURS 26 FEBRUARY THE HEXAGON, READING
Wed 11 & Thurs 12 at 1 & 4 pm www.readingarts.com/thehexagon  

SAT 28 FEB – SUN 1 MARCH RICHMOND THEATRE
Sat 28 & Sun 1 at 10 am, 1 & 4 pm www.atgtickets.com



For more information, tour dates and tickets, 
please head over to: http://www.octonautslive.co.uk/

Disclaimer: I have been given Tickets to Octonauts Live in exchange for a review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

How to pick the right Wedding Invitations...

...or how it gone all crazy over some pieces of paper!!!

Well let's see you want some wedding invitation but don't know what to go for...

How about:

plain
simply
sophisticated
matching with the colour scheme
Exact Wording from the sample websites 
on Google 

Yeah any other normal (and clever) bride would do that and might spend 2-3 evenings to send ideas and improvements to a designer proofread it and bang a week later the invitations are on your doorstep.

But not us....seriously this wedding invitation business has been the most stressful experience of the whole of 2014!

We knew from the start that we wanted some plane tickets for our English & American Guests and have another design for the German guests.

Sourcing a design (which we both liked) took a few weeks, so when we finally found Jenny from Ever After Occasions who was selling her Plane Ticket Wedding invitations over here we thought it will be all plain sailing from then on but hey how wrong was i!

WORDING - gosh what a pain that was we obviously had to have some quirky  demands and added a fair few unusual things onto them! After all we just don't do "normal"!!

Instead of the Luggage Tag which is the RSVP card we decided on a bigger card which had written a little mad libs personalised to us (found the idea on Pintrest) to make it a bit more fun!


The Invitation came in 4 parts. 

Wedding invitation, Information card and the RSVP card all together this was put into the ticket holder which had our stamp design from the save the date cards on the front.


They turned out lovely and as a extra touch we ordered some airmail envelopes to make it go with the plane ticket theme!


At just under 1£ per invitation we couldn't be happier with them!

Stay tuned for the second lot (and more drama) of invitations story coming soon!

11 February 2015

Fat Freezing with Sculptlite

With #Opfitbride well and truly underway I have decided to try out the amazing 
new treatment from Sculptlite!

Lipoglaze® fat freezing is deemed as the brand  new "lunch time lipo" it takes only 1 hour 
and its very straight forward.

How does it work you ask? Well let me tell you about my experience:

So 2 weeks ago I had a home visit from the lovely Lisa whom I felt instantly at ease with! 
At this consultation visit we discussed the treatment and areas I was interested in getting treated 
and Lisa answers all of my other Questions I wanted to know.
She is a trained practitioner in several related therapies which puts her in the perfect position to ensure that you will get the best treatment possible and give practical advice on after-care. 
Lisa is very passionate about what Sculptlite can do for you:

"Helping my clients get the results they want and making them feel happier and more confident about themselves has lead me to the magic of the treatment. This offers a real opportunity for people to reduce those stubborn fat areas that just won’t shift no matter what they try"

She offers a personal service by travelling to your house and performing the treatment in the comfort of your own home in the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey Area.


Once she talked me through the options on which areas can be treated 
and how the treatment process is exactly working i decided that I would like to treat the lower part of my Mummy Tummy because as you can see on those lovely pictures this is what (can) happen when you had 2 children (and lost a fair amount of weight in both pregnancy) I have loads of excess skin and plenty of fat to be given that special frozen treatment:


On her 2. visit (23. January) which was to do the Treatment it was all go once i signed the consent form. I got comfy on my Sofa and Lisa put a antifreeze sheet onto my Tummy, hooked up the Lipoglaze Machine and i was ready for my first ever fat freezing experience:


The Lipoglaze fat freezing treatment took 1 hour (this is per area treated) during which you can read a book, watch TV or just relax.

You might wonder how it felt like?

Before the treatment I was assured by Lisa that it won't hurt but you do feel a suction sensation on the area being treated at the beginning but this will only last a few minutes until the fat is all sucked up in the machine. 

It didn't feel in any way uncomfortable and even the antifreeze sheet which has been put on before the machine started up wasn't as cold as I imagined.
Straight after the hour was up I was able to resume my normal activities again (in my case that was washing the dishes and hang up some washing!). The area treated was still cold for a while but other then that I felt perfectly fine! Sometimes you might experience some slight bruising but in most cases it goes very quickly!

So HOW exactly does it work?

This image explains it quite good I think:



When can you see results?
You may notice a reduction within two weeks but the full benefit of Lipoglaze® may take up to 2 to 3 months as it works with the bodies own disposal system for the removal of dead fat cells. 
This time will be reduced if you lead a healthy active lifestyle. 
The Lipoglaze® system uses a powerful non invasive suction to target areas of your body with unwanted or excess fat. A single Lipoglaze® treatment from Sculptlite can destroy on average 33% of fat!!
Before Lisa left she recommended me the following tips to maximise my results:

1. Increase my fluid intake to  assist the ‘flushing out’ of the crystallised lipids in the fat cells.
2. Exercise a minimum of one hour per week.

3. Regular body brushing (on dry skin) is a great way of stimulation the lymphatic system to naturally eliminate the fat cells.

You can read some more Information on Lisa's Sculptlite website over here and she is more then happy to answer any Questions via her Facebook or Twitter Page.

Lisa will be attending the Bride: The Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse  
on the weekend of the 14-15th March where she will perform some live demonstrations so you can see how its been done  and hey if you come on Sunday you might even find me amongst it all!

If you want to WIN Tickets to attend the Wedding Show then head here 
to enter my Giveaway for a Pair of Tickets!

I cant wait to see and show you my end results in a few months time!!

Scultplite is certainly a great kick start to get rid of those stubborn fat cells 
around my mummy tummy all in the name of:

Disclaimer: I have been given the Sculptlite Treatment in exchange for a review, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

10 February 2015

WIN 2 Tickets to BRIDE: The Wedding Show in Ascot Racecourse

Next Month i will be attending my first ever Wedding Show and i am rather exited!! 

I cannot wait to see whats out there because even though our venue and band is fixed there is still so much where i am in need of inspiration starting from my dress (yes i still haven't found THE ONE yet!!) and finishing with table decorations and favours not to forget we will be having a Party back in the UK end of the year which is in need of planning too!

Bride: The Wedding Show at Ascot Racecourse is on from the 14-15 March 
and has everything a real wedding should have 
fantastic clothes, music and dancing, beautiful flowers … 
all the elements to make a perfect day of fun and inspiration. 

Brides, their partners and families will be spoilt for choice with The Pavilion at Ascot Racecourse packed with more than 70 bridal industry professionals from bridal boutiques to florists, photographers to cake-makers, all on hand to offer the advice you need
 to create your dream day locally. 

It is the biggest professional wedding show in Berkshire and this year exhibitors include John Lewis, De Vere Venues, Laithwaite’s Wine, Olive Marquee’s  and Tom French Jewellers.                  
There will be a catwalk show which run at 11.30am, 1.15pm and 3pm both days which provides a showcase for the best couture in an inspirational and fun environment.

I recently visited The Wedding Warehouse in Ascot and the lovely Ladys there told me 
they will be attending the show too so iam looking forward to see some of their 
stunning gowns up on the catwalk.

Another reason to visit the show next to all the glorious dresses and cakes and flowers Lisa from Sculptlite will be there too (you can read my experience from last month Fat Freezing Session over here) and she will be having some live performances throughout the 2 days as well as a brilliant Show Offer for her Treatments! She will be more then happy to answer any of your questions!

There will be live music and entertainment performed over the weekend and the first 100 brides through the doors each day will receive a goody bag packed full of wedding favours, 
treats and samples to take home.

 On the Sunday, which is Mother’s Day, the first 20 mums through the door get a free glass of Champagne!

There will be a Champagne Bar and a Cafe to sit down and flick through the brand new  Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Bride magazine packed with beautiful photography, fascinating features, advice from experts and brides and inspirational real weddings from the region.

How to get there:

Bride: The Wedding Show is at The Pavilion, Ascot Racecourse, 
High Street, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX

Opening Times:

10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, 14.-15. March

Tickets cost £5 each or £15 for a group of four adults in advance
or they are £7.50 on the door.  

If you are using my special discount code "MBJ83" you can snap them up for just 3£ each over here.

16 and unders are free and Parking is free of charge. 

Now if that made you want to come too why not try your luck and enter my Giveaway to win a Pair of Tickets to attend the Wedding Show 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 25th of February 2015.


Good Luck!

9 February 2015

Molly-May's Moments Twelfth Month

Now our little Princess is 12 Month old, i still can't believe it! She had so many firsts last month and it always makes me think back and compare (i know i know you shouldn't do that) if Finn was like that when he was the same age!

High Five - We are not completely sure which of her cousins or uncles teaches her that one but its a very cool trick to do and as you can see Finn thinks its hilarious:

Baby Led Weaning - She is obsess with pouches and that can get quite pricey but thanks to the brilliant Sucup which i discovered in one of my Weaning Boxes (i bought it when i was pregnant with her at the Babyshow) she can now eat her desert all by herself and she loves it!

Clapping - This was the most amazing one for me this month all of a sudden she just started clapping and hasn't stopped since i didn't really show her how to clap or encouraged her to do so at all!
Head Shaking - She sometimes looks at you and when you ask her something (doesn't really matter what!) she shakes her head and giggles. Or when Mummy tells her No, so i think she slowly gets what that word means! 
Talking - Well its still just babbling so her "ja ja ja" is a firm favourite word of hers and when she's hungry its all about "maaamamama" and the rest of them time she goes on about 
"daaaaa dada". I cant wait to hear what her first proper word will be!
Teething - We had a pretty bad month because she was cutting 4 top ones at the same time and 3 of those are finally out were just waiting for tooth nr. 6 to make a appearance.
Pointing her finger  - In the last few days she started to point her finger to things who are on the couch, on the table or out of reach for her to grab but she so desperately want.
Sharing - Molly-May loves to take Finns toys just for the purpose of giving them back to him its rather cute when she does that.
Walking - somebody decided to crack it just before she turned 1. Last Saturday we had a little Family Party to celebrate her Birthday and she decided its time to do a few steps well 11 exactly i was lucky enough to film it although only from her back view, but i am so proud of my little girl!! Time to get her first proper shoes soon by the looks of it!
Likes/Dislikes - Somehow she has a little obsession with clearing out the washing basket and bringing me all the dirty clothes or even better she loves to hold them and stretch them out 
behind her head! 
She absolutely giggles her little face off every time she is on a swing but then Mummy and Daddy can pull some great eating faces, hehe!
Hats are a big no no right now! As much as Mummy likes to buy them and put them on her as soon 
as i turn around she pulled them off again! 
Going anywhere near her Bed is always greeted by a head shake or crying which is not ideal at all and i do hope we can put that onto her Like list very soon!

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