Monday, 1 December 2014

Degustabox The Winter Box

We were very excited as usual to open our degustabox and see what surprises laid in wait for our discovery. We are really grateful that then send helpful emails and text updates letting us know fairl accurately when to expect the delivery. If you are thinking about getting a Degustbox I have a special code which entitles you £3.00 off when you register with Degustabox. The code is V9MI8.

This weeks start product for me has to be the Alcohol option not just because it was Alcohol but because it had a certain elegance and care which has gone into it creation. Having this bottle in the box was a real delight and would be something I would buy again.

 Montano RRP £2.79



"Montano is an elegantly crafted Italian cider made only from apples grown in the foothills of the Trentino region of Northern Italy. Nestling in the foothills of the Dolomites, these orchards are the highest in Europe enjoying fresh mountain air and over 300 days of sunshine each year. The result is a golden, elegantly sparkling, fruit driven medium-dry cider with a refreshing, crisp finish. A wine-like bouquet complemented with an effervescent citrus aroma balances the delicate and refined flavour making it perfect with Italian cuisine."


Holy Cow rrp £3.38

Authentic Indian curries unique because they contain no artificial colours, flavors or preservatives. We are a big fan of these we had the Korma with chicken and it was divine.


Kents Kitchen  RRP £1.85

These awesome flavor shots are the quick way to jazz up most meals, add it to diced meat or prawns. The clever gel shots coat the meat or prawns whilst cooking and add a delicious taste to enhance the meal. We love that these are so easy to use with life getting more and more busy these are going to be very handy to have.


Kettle Chips RRP £2.19

We love all of the exquisite flavors you can get with your large share bags of chips in this modern day. This one from Kettle chips is no exception, the Salsa and Mesquite flavor was one which had me coming back for more. I'm not ashamed to say that this bag was not shared it brought pleasure to my taste buds.


Pip Organic RRP £1.50ea

This one will have you Pip Piping for joy, why? The london based family run business has core principles at heart which look at the environmentally sustainability of what they do. I think this shine through in waves as the product is delicious and satisfying. Made from 100% Organic fruit and the drink are not from concentrate and contain NO added sugars, water, preservatives or additives. 


Lindt £0.65 ea

Its Lindt and its irresistibly smooth ! Say no more...... ! Needless to say these were a massive hit in the box and had us almost fighting over them. These really were melt in your mouth moments of pure joy.


Branston RRP £1.50

Chutney is a funny thing we really are not big fans of it but this was pleasant enough and is a nice addition to the box.

 

Cool Dawn Recovery RRP £1.49

I'm sure there is science behind what these drink are trying to achieve which is a recovery for your mind to be taking in the evening and then again in the morning. I basically could get past the strong flavor, it wasn't particularly unpleasant but just very strong.


Our sample present was this Chai Latte from Drink Me Chai, I'm not a fan of Chai Latte and I did give it a try but just confirmed my dislike for the product. I'm impressed that you can get it in a handy sachet and that the packaging looks great but this stuff just really isn't for me.

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Pines and Needles : Nordmann Fir Christmas tree

We have our christmas tree up ! Its from Pines and Needles and is a Nordmann Fir  real tree and it is magnificant an we love it. Well it may only just still be November but to be honest it has been feeling a lot like Christmas for some time now. I thought I'd share with you what our Christmas tree looks like. We are very excited this year because it is our first real one. Before we have always had a plastic one and to be honest it just isn't the same as having a real one.



There have always been a number of the things which have put me off getting a real one. The main issue is how do you get a six foot Christmas tree home easily from the shop and what type is best to get? I was very kindly offered a Nordmann fir from Pines and Needles, the Nordmann fir trees are great for family for a number of reasons. The needles have a very low drop rate which is great in a busy family home as it is always being knocked. The second thing which is great is that the needles are super soft.



The best thing about getting the tree from Pines and needles is that they will deliver the tree ina an allocated time slot of your choice. It came wrapped in a tough plastic which protected it from damage and the netting kept the branches neat during transport.

If you thinking about getting a real Christmas tree then I would highly recommend a Nordmann Fir from Pines and Needles. We have also been given a special code for you to use which entitles you to a free Mini Christmas tree and Mistletoe.




Saturday, 29 November 2014

Parragon Book buddy : The Diggers


Over recent months we have really been enjoying our role as a Parragon book buddy, this months book is especially exciting because it is about Diggers. Our boys love diggers, always spotting them when we are out and about and wondering what they might want to dig up with one. This book most defiantly grabbed their attention the fastest. The book is called 'The Diggers' and is written by Margaret Wise Brown and Illustrated by Antoine Corbineau.

As always the book from Parragon is made of very high quality material and looks fantastic. I love the Illustrations in this book it allows children's imaginations run away with them. The book in the beginning touches on some animals which like to dig holes but then moves on the a city man digging a hole but slowly. Then introducing the digger her is able to dig much quicker and digs a hold for a train under the city and out towards a mountain. Then the digger also come in handy for tunneling under the mountain.


The official Description of the book.

'Dig, dig, dig! Join the animals and the machines as they dig an incredible journey of discovery underground in this imaginative story from best-selling childrens author Margaret Wise Brown. This amazing adventure is brought to life by french illustrator Antoine Corbineau, using patchwork of texture and colour in his vibrant illustrations to bring the fun and energetic world of the diggers to life.'
We really loved the story with the nice little creative touches it has really been a great read for the kids. They especially love the cavemen's homes and buried gnomes page i think then imagine digging the gnomes up themseleves.


We are thankful to have receive this for review and we think it is a great read and a woderful book to add to our collection. Be sure to check the family vlog out and you can see first hand our children's reactions to cool books like this one we are The Gibblets.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

90:10 Man Hoodie Review


We have been very lucky to review 90:10 Man's "Signature" Embroidered pullover hoodie and from first contact we have been nothing but impressed. So lets make no mistake we are in love with this hoodie and I have already have put another one in a different colour on my Christmas list. I think this review post will be mostly explaining why we love the hoodie and 90:10 Man

So what do we love about the garment and the company, I think it would be best to start with what we loved about 90:10 Man. The thing we liked most about the company is how the personal it is, you get a great feeling from just being on the website with great statements in descriptions like the one below.

'My wife has to keep dreaming up new and cunning tactics to get this one washed as I'm often reluctant to hand it over!'
The product clearly means a lot to its creator and this shines though in the companies image. 90:10 Man is a new company with plenty of exciting innovative products, they have sent us a mission statement to clearly show us what they are all about. We particularity like the 90% Serious part and and 10% not, we think that this would be true for most young men around the products demographic age.

"90:10 is a new and exciting brand for men who consider themselves to be 90% Grown up and 10% not. Encapsulated within the brand's message is some recognition for a guy for getting his act together but at the same time reminding him that that this in turn, doesn't mean that he is now over the hill...far from it! We all have responsibilities but I don't accept that just because I am no longer a teenager or in my early 20's, I have lost the ability to have fun or have forgotten how to enjoy myself...quite the contrary! This is what a guy is expressing about himself if he wears 90:10..For the lion's share of the time, we all have to take life seriously but not all the time!  My vision is to marry humorous and innovative branding to stylish and well made clothing delivered to the customer at the right price in an environmentally responsible way.

People will interpret 90:10 in different ways and how it applies to them and that is all part of it..The intention is to start a positive and light hearted conversation with men by demonstrating that the brand cares about the same things that they care about."
 Have you noticed it yet ? The missions statement is written in two paragraphs, it represents the 90% and 10% a theme which is continued for the description of the products. This is something I thought to be so unique and fun.

The Hoodie
The first time I wore the hoodie I loved how it felt, how it looked and the quality of the garment. The hoodie is very light soft and comfortable, I totally agree 90:10 Man quote from the description about needing to invent clever ways to get the hoodie in the wash. I have been wearing it to death if you watch our daily Youtube vlog The Gibblets then you'll have seen me wearing it constantly.

I have added another colour hoodie of the same design to my Christmas list, there are 5 different colours to chose from Navy Blue, Khaki, Azure Blue Heather Grey and Anathacite.

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I love the way the hoodie has a slimming effect on me I often wear hoodies and this one has now by far become my favourite. I have been give a discount code for people who may wish to buy one perhaps for a loved one for Christmas. Use 'BLOG' to get a 20% discount of the price of a garment. We have been very happy working with 90:10 Man and love the company we would highly recommend them to anyone.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

My Family Photo Album

Hey guys Just a quick photo update of mainly the kids but some of us and our favourite things ! Keep an eye out for something very special we were sent from Fishermans friends who knew they had so many exciting flavours now ! To be honest I thought they had stopped being made.
Harry is such a handsome boy always ready to pose for his picture :-)
Olivia she is camera mad we are thinking of getting her a pink version for her birthday which is ciming up this month.
 I call this one flip reverse it !
 One of our favourite places to visit in the world Plymouth hoe. Don't forget to check out our daily family vlog The Gibblets where we often visit this iconic location in the Southwest of England.
Brothers they really are best friends :-)











 

You might not know, but Pavarotti actually used to use them to keep his voice in tune - and we've just had word that Stevie Wonder is a big fan. Well these little facts ought to give you some solid pub chat ammo or you could just go armed knowing they do some awesome flavours ! Cherry, Honey and Lemon, Mint, Blackcurrant, extra strong and or of course original.
 She wears pig tails so cutely now it really is adorable.
 Look at the cheeky chap !
 Waiting for daddy to come out at lunchtime.
 Daddy goofing around at lunchtime!
 The fam !!!!!
 Wife I love this woman ! So I put a ring on it !
Brothers in arms ! Strong forever through thick and thin !

Monday, 3 November 2014

The Bully and the Shrimp : Parragon book buddy Review

Parragon Book Buddy Review:
The Bully and The Shrimp


We were very excited to receive our second Parragon book buddy book to review, The Bully and the Shrimp. The book has nice strong folded edges and the book generally feels of very high quality, we particularly liked the art work in this book, the pictures are brilliant. The kids have taken no time in falling in love with the book especially when you dramatise the bits when you can.

We really liked this book it had a significant message I think all children could learn from, it will hopefully make them think about how others are feeling and thinking. Thankfully I was never picked on at school but having a book which is as engaging as this one would have helped if I was. There is some very helpful information at the back of the book which helps further with bullying issues.

'When small-for-his-age Noah Shrimpton moves to a new school, the class bully starts picking on him. Noah has no friends to support him and is afraid to tell anyone. He starts to use his journal to express himself, doodling all sorts of outlandish scenarios where he beats the bully (sometimes involving superheroes or giants!). Follow Noah as he learns to make friends and gain the confidence to stand up to the bully in this contemporary tale.

Developed in conjunction with school teachers and child development experts, this picture book deals with the current issue of bullying in a sensitive way and is perfect for any school-aged child and their parents.
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The story is simple but gets an extremely important message across to the children who read. When Noah comes across Connor the bully his school days become filled with dread and worry. I like how the book describes exactly how Noah feels when situations occur.

'Connor laughed and ran off. Noah felt small and hot and ashamed'

This is great because if a child who is being bullied reads this or has it read to them it will show them that its normal to feel this way when some is bulling you. It will help show any bullying victims what is happening is bullying and hopefully aid them in identifying what is bullying.



We really love this book for a number of reasons it looks great, holds a very important message to children and our kids fell in love with it instantly. I think kids first reactions to anything is the best indicator of whether something is interesting to them or not, they will be so openly honest (Sometimes in the wrong situations).

Sunday, 2 November 2014

The Halloween Party


So as we all try and peel our children of the ceiling after the trick or treat induced sugar rush this past 24 hours we want to reflect on what an awesome party we had. Luckily I had the Friday afternoon off so we were able to get into the Halloween spirit very early, the kids had their costumes on by 3pm and even showed them of around Tesco's.

So what makes the perfect party ???? Cake !!!! We thought what better way to start the preparations for our Halloween party. We used the pavilion with the kids in tent mode to browse through food heaven to choose a ghoulish cupcake recipe to follow. If you don't already use tablets and laptops for following recipes then you might want to consider this. Laptops are big and will be in the way on the side and tablets lay flat and often need picking up to see the next step which is no good with mess hands ! The HP Pavilion X360 allows you to use it in tent mode, this give you almost all the full power of a laptop, allows you to easily see the screen and is small so it will not get in the way. Something which I think the digital recipe reader would find very handy whilst whipping up a storm in the kitchen.


The kids decided what cupcakes they wanted to bake and the Pavilion was set upon the side and they began to bake. The awesome thing we found as the perfect way to present and serve the cupcake was this cupcake kit from Snap Fish. Snap Fish, which if you follow me on Social media I have been raving about, is an awesome website created by HP with tons of printable PDF's to choose from. Combined with HP's wireless ENVY 5640 Printer getting all the bits printed was so easy. The hardest part is decided where to put the decorations.


With all the food, decorations and costumes ready all that was left was to create a spooky atmosphere and yet again the HP Pavilion x360 had the answer. We used the pavilion to play the Halloween sound board, this was one of the highlights of our party. The sound board played spooky sounds at random through out the evening. We kept count of the amount of time the kids were spooked by the noises and the time they found them funny. We found that in the beginning the spooked count was much higher but when they were used to it the laugh count came up equal. It was 15 Spooks and 12 Laughs throughout the party tea, once we had eaten we thought it was a good idea to have in the porch to spook the local trick or treat callers.


With the Pavilion x360 and envy 5640 we have found putting together our Halloween party easy, our favourite part has been making our own decorations. We really love the string of lights we made in our last Halloween post we have kept them hoping they stay good for next year, if not we will just re print them. Mostly for the party we found it easy to use the Pavilion X360 in tent mode but you can find out what other positions it allows you to use it in on the HP Website. All in all our Halloween party was a so much fun if you wanted to see in more detail what we got up to on Halloween lucky for you I film every day for our family vlog.



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