May
25
2016

April Degustabox Review

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April Degustabox Review If you follow our Instagram or twitter you will have seen that the May box has already arrived, and I’ve made dinner with one of the ingredients already. I am a little behind in posting the April Degustabox review as I was waiting to make something with one of the items so I could add a little recipe to this post, but sadly I just haven’t found the time to be creative with this box and most of it has just been eaten, which isn’t a bad thing, hehe! So instead I will just jump straight into this post and tell you what we thought of the items we received in the April Degustabox. Plus you’ll find a discount code at the end of the post if you would like to try Degustabox yourself. Continue reading

May
23
2016

Aldi Baby and Toddler Event – What we got…

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Aldi Baby and Toddler Event

I hadn’t really been to a Aldi Baby and Toddler Event in the past but had heard great things about them from friends so when I saw the advert for the next one I decided to check out what would be on offer and see whether it was worth an early start for me (8am is not a time that exists yet in my world, unless we are photographing a wedding, and I plan to keep it that way for as long as possible!) At the last event there had been Bambino Mio Solo Reusable Nappies that a few friends had recommended, but by the time I called into our store the day after the event started they had all sold out (luckily a friend picked my up 4) so I knew if there was anything with a good brand (or more miosolos) then they would sell out quickly. Continue reading

May
21
2016

My Afternoon Tea Baby Shower

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Afternoon Tea Baby Shower Well as the secret of beans gender is finally out of the bag (check out our gender reveal photoshoot here) I thought it was also about time you got to see a few pictures from my Afternoon Tea baby shower at Quay 3 in Swansea Bay. Huge thanks goes to my little sister, Briony, for organising it all and a big thank you to all the lovely ladies who came to celebrate my with me. We had a really fun time and me and bean were very spoilt! Continue reading

May
18
2016

8 Tasty and Healthy Ryvita Toppings for Summertime Lunches

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ryvita toppingsWarm weather usually has a big effect on my appetite, it usually makes me not want to eat and when I do get hungry I don’t want to eat hot food. I often look towards salads, sandwiches and easy to make but flavourful lunches and snacks. Luckily this usually means that I tend to eat more healthily in the summer.

In a few of my past Degustabox deliveries I have received Ryvita crisp breads or similar wholegrain rice cracker type products and I find these are perfect for summertime lunches when I just want something light to eat. Plus I find that Ryvita’s are really versatile and can be topped with so many different things depending on what I feel like and what I happen to have in the fridge or cupboard. Here are 8 of my favourite healthy and tasty Ryvita toppings. Continue reading

May
16
2016

36 Weeks Pregnant – About time we did a gender reveal!

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Gender revealOk ladies and gents, here it is. We are now 36 weeks pregnant so thought it was about time we did a gender reveal for you all. With the awesome talents of our best friend and fellow photographer Vikki Tyrrell and an awesome balloon from local company Balloon Avenue we had a brilliant maternity photoshoot this week. Here are the photos from the gender reveal part of the shoot (more maternity photos to come at a later date!) so you all know our secret now!

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ITS A BOY!!!!

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May
13
2016

Our Day at Edinburgh Zoo

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Edinburgh Zoo We spent a lovely (if a little wet) week up in Scotland recently visiting family and having a bit of a chill with my sister and her boyfriend (Briony and Andrew). Me, Jon and Briony have seen most of the tourist sights over the years of us visiting there so decided to ask Andrew what he fancied seeing, he chose Edinburgh Zoo, which weirdly it turns out none of us had actually visited before. There was a reason Andrew chose the zoo though, a secret none of us knew about util this point…he is obsessed with Koala Bears, and Edinburgh Zoo is the only place in the UK which houses them! Continue reading

May
6
2016

March Degustabox Review and Discount Code

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Degustabox Review Sorry for the delay in getting the March degustabox review up but as you would have guessed it has been a super busy time over here. Bean has just over 5 weeks left till D Day, and I am pretty sure that is going to fly by and manage to drag all at the same time! If you follow our Instagram, Facebook or twitter you will have seen a few of the products from the March Degustabox already when we have been enjoying them, but here is our Degustabox review of everything from the March box (or at least all the bits we have managed to eat so far). Plus at the end you’ll find a discount code should you wish to try out the box for yourself. Continue reading

May
5
2016

My Current Kitchen Gadget Obsession – Stainless Steel Cheese Slicer

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Cheese Slicer ReviewWho knew a cheese slicer could bring me such joy, but it really does! If you follow me on instagram, twitter or possibly Facebook you may have seen my small cheese slicing accident a few weeks back. Me in my genius decided to make myself a cheese sandwich and slice a block of lovely cheddar with my very sharp ceramic knife…now some of you will already see what I did wrong here, your not meant to use a ceramic knife to cut something like cheese, this was not a fact know to me, until of course my hubby told me. Instead of slicing the cheese I sliced my finger when my index finger slipped down the back of the knife onto the tip end of the knife, I still have no idea how exactly I managed it but the slice was a fair length and depth and hurt like hell for days! Plus bleed a ridiculous amount for a very long time. Continue reading

May
3
2016

Mercure Cardiff Holland House Spring Menu Tasting and Hotel Review

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Mercure Cardiff Holland HouseLast week Jon and I were lucky enough to be invited to the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa Spring menu tasting evening for their newly rebranded Urban Bar and Kitchen, along with a few fellow bloggers and local journalists, plus they even put us up for the night in a lovely room so we could get the full experience of the hotel. We had an absolutely lovely evening chatting with some fellow foodies and some of the staff from the hotel spa then a really nice relaxing night and some yummy breakfast, it was just what I needed at this point in my pregnancy.  Continue reading

Apr
10
2016

Degustabox February Review – Plus a Carrot Juice Bread Recipe

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Degustabox February - carrot juice bread recipe

Yay it’s that time of the month again, Degustabox delivery! Yum!! It’s probably my favourite bit of mail to receive (sorry penpals!) so I always get excited when I get the text telling me my box will be delivered the next morning. There is nothing more fun than opening a box of random edibles, you just never know what you are going to get, but I can always guarantee that there will be a few things me and Jon will both love and a few we won’t be so keen on, but thats the fun bit!

If the whole Degustabox concept is new to you check out one of my other reviews or take a peek at their website – plus if you fancy testing it out yourself then my reader discount code can get you an awesome £6 off!! Use code ‘BLDEG15′.

So here is what was in the February Degustabox and what we thought of it, plus at the end you’ll find a my carrot juice bread recipe (for the bread maker!) using the James White British Carrot Juice I received in the box. It’s something a little different and inventive, but it turned out yummy! Continue reading