Tuesday, 2 October 2018

What was in our September Degustabox? + Discount code ...

Have you tried Degustabox?

It's time to share with you the contents of our September Degustabox food box delivery, and what we thought of each item... 

september 2018 Degustabox contents

september 2018 Degustabox contents

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
£0.89 

Satisfy your peanut butter passion with three incredibly delicious Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Rich, delectable Peanut Butter Cups drenched in smooth chocolate! The perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter. 

I love these - so I'm afraid I was only just about willing to let Liam have one of the three in the packet - a very naughty treat but totally delicious for any PB fans out there! 

Cadbury Oreo Instant Hot Chocolate
£2.99

Cadbury Oreo Hot Chocolate is the newest addition to our hot chocolate range, bringing the Oreo biscuit taste to life in a delicious way! Simply put 4 heaped teaspoons (28g) of Cadbury Oreo Hot Chocolate into a mug, pour on hot water and stir for a delicious moment. 

The kids loved trying this hot chocolate - they're big Oreo fans, so it was right up their street. It's perfect to have in the cupboard for the colder months as they approach and I love how easy this is to prepare. 

Juicy Fuel Cola - Original
£1.50

Juicy Fuel Craft Cola is the brand-new craft Cola from The Juice Shed company. A fruit cola made from 100% natural ingredients. No added sugar, no added chemicals, nasty e-numbers or anything that doesn’t need to be there. 

These fizzy drinks aren't really my bag, so I always save them in the fridge until we have guests over who like carbonated drinks. That being said, I did love the packaging, and it appeals to me that it doesn't have any artificial nasties! 

YES! Fruit and Nut Bars 
£1.20 x3

YES! Snack Bars are delicious, wholesome, and perfect for snacking on the go. Our fruit bars contain no added sugar (besides naturally occurring sugars), and contain 1 of your 5 a day! Our nut bars contain 5g of sugar and are a source of protein. 

These were delicious. I'm a big eater of these types of bar, I find them very useful for eating on the go, a good healthy snack that you can pop in your handbag is a must for a busy parent, so I would heartily recommend these bars - worth a try if you see them in the shops!

CHOCK CHICK - Cacao Nibbles 
£1.85

New CHOCK CHICK Cacao Nibbles - the most delicious way to enjoy the goodness of the whole cocoa bean with a touch of Yacon. This super food combination is CHOC full of anti-oxidants, magnesium and iron and is a powerful prebiotic. A perfect desk snack or for adding to desserts, cereals or yoghurt.

I LOVED these! I'd never tried anything like this before, but I found they really satisfied my sugar cravings and it was reassuring to know they are GOOD for you, and not full of processed sugar. I ate the bag as a snack, but they would be equally as delicious over cereal/porridge or a dessert of some kind. I would definitely buy these again! 

Indie Bay Snacks - Pretzel Bites 
£0.99 each x2

Indie Bay Snacks are reinventing the classics, starting with pretzels. These delicious bites are made using alternative flours like spelt and quinoa. That means they’re a convenient source of fibre and protein. Their two new flavours - Smokin’ BBQ & Easy Cheesy, are vegan as well. These are pretzels with benefits. 

We've eaten Indie Bay's Pretzel Bites before, and always enjoyed them. The Bishop's are big traditional pretzel lovers, so these little balls of pretzel-ness really hit the spot. I enjoyed the Smokin' BBQ flavour very much. 

september 2018 Degustabox contents

Dr. Karg’s Organic Wholegrain Snack Tomato & Mozzarella
£1.60

Our organic Tomato & Mozzarella crunchy snack packs are the perfect fibre-rich and natural in-between snack - in the office, at home, or on the go. Baked and not fried, made of crunchy grains and seeds, as well as other wholesome ingredients. Sun ripened, moreish and gone in one bite! 

These were YUMMMMMMMMY! They taste just like a margarita pizza! Perfect for a snack, or for a lunch time light bite - they are super crunchy so go really well in soups, salads or for dipping in hummus, salsa or guacamole! 

Jules Destrooper Butter Crisps
£1.80

Summer butter, sugar, eggs and flour - together, they combine to create a crunchy biscuit that wins everyone over because of the rich taste of butter, caramelised sugar and a hint of spice. A Belgian classic! 

I won't lie - the whole box of these biscuits was empty within 2 days of our box arriving - if that isn't testament to how great they are, I don't know what is? They're super crisp, almost brandy snap like, but crumbly and buttery at the same time. They are UBER rich and decadent - the sort of biscuit you can FEEL expanding your waistline as you eat it (the best kind!). A gorgeous treat that we would happily enjoy again. 

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cider
£2.29

Jack Daniel’s is proud to bring you Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cider. By combining crisp apple cider with smooth Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, we’ve expertly blended something that’s not only distinctly refreshing, but also unmistakably Jack to the core!

I haven't drunk Jack Daniel's in years, but I do love a whiskey based drink, and I really enjoyed this deep and smooth cider. It basically has all the crisp freshness of a typical apple cider, with a deliciously warming spirit aftertaste! Yum! 

Good Hemp - Hemp Seed Hearts 
£3.99

Our Hemp Seed Hearts are natural hemp seed kernels which have a delicious, light and nutty flavour. High in protein and omegas 3 & 6, they are the perfect healthy and filling snack. Alternatively, sprinkle on cereal, porridge, yoghurt, soup and salads, or use in baking. Enjoy! 

We've had these Good Hemp seed hearts from a previous Degustabox, I do find repeats frustrating with the box, as although it was a while ago we had them, it is exactly the same product and not one I'd be likely to repeat purchase. I'm not keen on the texture of these, and don't feel like they add much in terms of flavour to a meal. 

a2 Milk - Long Life Whole Cows’ Milk 
£1.50


a2 Milk is natural cows’ milk with a difference. It’s naturally free from the A1 protein found in regular cows’ milk so it’s gentle on sensitive tummies, easy to digest and less likely to trigger symptoms associated with milk intolerance. 

Another repeat product, which is disappointing. However, a2 milk is something handy to have in the cupboard, as it's a long life product its a good milk back up for if you ever run out. 

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to know your thoughts. 

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If you'd like to give Degustabox a try then you can receive a whopping £5.00 off your first box by using code:

1VRVA

at the checkout! 

Enjoy everyone and let me know if you try it! 

Mrs B

xxx

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We were sent this Degustabox in exchange for our honest review. 

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big - from 21st September 2018...

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

Oh my goodness, I am so excited to share with you the return of Disney on Ice to a venue near you this autumn! Bert and I went to our first ever Disney on Ice show last year, and to say we were impressed is an understatement. 

If you'd like to read our full review of last years show then click here.

We're off to see the brand new show this November (which we will share on here too) but we wanted to let you know about the tour in advance so you can go ahead and book tickets before venues sell out. 

So, here's everything you need to know about Disney on Ice. - Dream Big...

Moana, Maui and Friends Embark on Triumphant Ice Debut in Nottingham with Disney On Ice presents Dream Big

All-New Production Reminds Audiences That Every Story Begins with a Dream

Tickets now on sale from www.disneyonice.co.uk 

Audiences will set sail with the wayfinder Moana as she makes her Nottingham debut live on ice in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. This all-new production, produced by Feld Entertainment, assembles a collection of inspiring stories connected by a cast of characters with a desire to explore the depths, heights and horizons of their dreams. Alongside Moana and demigod Maui are eight tales of courage and heart, including Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Tangled

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

The production will visit the Motorpoint Arena from 21st - 25th November 2019. Tickets are available from www.disneyonice.co.uk and priority customers can take advantage of the pre-sale to get their hands on the best seats by heading to www.prioritycustomer.co.uk 

Courage leads the way for Disney’s most daring heroines, in this brand-new ice skating spectacular. Travel to the kingdom of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf in a dramatic retelling of the sisterly love that saved a kingdom. Jump into amazing adventures with Aladdin as he seizes his chance to outwit his adversaries in the marketplace of Agrabah. Discover uncharted worlds with Rapunzel and Jasmine. Battle the villain Maleficent in the form of a fire-breathing dragon alongside Prince Phillip, igniting the ice in a blazing spectacle. Dive under the sea with headstrong Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves and is willing to risk it all for curiosity and the thrill of adventure. And find the inner strength that comes from kindness and determination with Belle, Aurora and Cinderella. 

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

Plus, arrive early to celebrate 90 years of Walt Disney’s true original, Mickey Mouse. High-flying jumps, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget!

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

Dream Big captures all the magic and adventure of Disney’s immortal tales through cutting edge figure-skating, eye-catching costumes and stunning set designs. Through innovative lighting and thrilling special effects, audiences are transported to a world of imagination, where heroes of every kind seek to fulfill their dreams. High-flying jumps, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience families will never forget!

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big will be skating into Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham and London from the 21st September 2018 to 6th January 2019. For the complete list of tour dates, head to www.disneyonice.co.uk Stay current on the latest developments through social media by visiting: 

Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DreamBig
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

Monday, 17 September 2018

Cheese & Branston Pickle Savoury Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe

Cheese & Pickle Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe

This is SUCH a tasty and versatile recipe. It's the perfect way to pimp up a sandwich lunch, or make a quick evening meal. It's budget friendly, really comforting and even the kids will love it too. 

It's really great if you want to make a sandwich based lunch that bit more interesting, or if you want something warming and hearty during the colder months. 

In this recipe, I've taken the basic principle of a bread and butter pudding, but given it a savoury twist! Think of a hybrid between a toasted sandwich, omelette, quiche and cheese on toast. 

This version of the recipe uses the British classic - Branston Pickle, but there's a whole host of variations you could try (see ideas below). 

Cheese & Pickle Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 6 slices of brown or white sandwich loaf
  • butter (to make sandwiches)
  • grated cheese (to make sandwiches)
  • Branston Pickle Smooth or Original (to your taste, for sandwiches)
  • 3 eggs
  • 400 ml semi skimmed milk
  • 40g grated cheddar
  • salt and pepper
  • 20g grated cheddar to sprinkle on top before baking

Method:

1. Pre heat oven to 180 and butter an oven proof dish. 

2. Make 3 conventional cheese & pickle sandwiches, be really generous with the pickle - you can use either smooth or original depending on your own preferences! 

3. Cut each sandwich into 4 triangles, then arrange the triangles in two rows into the buttered oven proof dish. 

4. Spread a little more butter on any dry pieces of bread which are visible once the sandwiches are arranged in the dish (this is to prevent burning or drying out in the oven). 

5. In a jug whisk together 3 eggs, 400ml milk, 30g grated cheese, salt & pepper. Pour this savoury custard mix over sandwiches into the oven proof dish.

Cheese & Pickle Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe

6. Sprinkle on the final 20g of grated cheese & bake for 25-30 mins until the custard is set and the whole thing is golden and bubbling. Leave for 5 minutes before cutting and serving. 

Serves 3-4

We served ours with a green salad containing pickled gherkins, olives and Silverskin onions (think Ploughman's lunch vibes)...

Cheese & Pickle Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe

Do have a play with this recipe and pimp up your favourite sandwich combo. Use the three sandwiches plus custard base of the recipe and get creative...

Why not try...

Cheese and marmite
Cheese and onion
Cheese and tomato
Cheese and ham
Cheese, bacon and onion
Cheese and pesto
Cheese & tuna mayo (Tuna melt)
Mozarella, tomato and basil 

The possibilities are endless... 

Mrs B

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Cheese & Pickle Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Degustabox: August 2018 Box Review & Discount Code

It's that time of the month when I share the contents of our Degustabox food delivery subscription box and what we thought of each product. We love getting a Degustabox food delivery - we never get bored of diving into the box and seeing what treasures have been sent...

degustabox

Each box is only £12.99 including delivery! 

The theme of this months' box was back to work/school and there was also a 'Breakfast Club' element, which is pretty perfect for me, considering that breakfast is my favourite meal of the day! 

Degustabox contents August 2018

Dorset Cereals
Spectacular Grains
£3.49

Discover our new Spectacular Grains collection. Made with toasted spelt flakes and popped grains, for a crispier crunch than our classic mueslis, and blended with delicious fruit – they’re a remarkable fusion of flavours and textures.

What we thought: As a healthy breakfast cereal obsessive, I was thrilled to see a new box of cereal to try this month. I eat a healthy cereal with greek yoghurt and fresh fruit for breakfast every weekday morning, so it's always nice to trial a new cereal and add an element of variety to the meal. I really enjoyed this cereal - I liked the added texture of the dried fruit, and the strong apple and raspberry flavour. 

Illy
Instant Smooth Taste
£5.85
Discover the unique 100% arabica illy blend, now available as instant! illy instant Smooth Taste is a well-balanced velvety coffee characterised by sweet, floral and fruity notes with caramel, toast and chocolate. Naturally fragrant with aromas of almond and honey, it’s the perfect coffee for any moment of the day.

What we thought: This was our favourite product from this months box. Liam and I are absolute coffee snobs - and so we were really surprised to love this coffee so much. It had such a gorgeous flavour, and we will absolutely pick this up next time we see in the supermarket. 

Good Hemp
Unsweetened Dairy Free Drink
£1.60
A dairy free alternative to milk that’s delicious, nutritious and good for the planet. Try it with your cereals, hot drinks and smoothies. Made from organic hemp seeds, Good Hemp is 100% natural, vegan friendly, free from GMOs dairy & lactose, gluten, soya and nuts.

What we thought: I always like to have a dairy free milk alternative in the cupboard for when friends of ours visit who cant eat dairy. We would be unlikely to use/buy this product for ourselves, but it is definitely handy to have available. We can't comment on the taste of this one, as we're yet to open it. 

Gunna
Craft Soft Drinks
£1.09 each
Gunna is a new range of lower sugar craft soft drinks. We were tired of bland tasting, sugar packed soft drinks packed with unnatural junk! So we created Gunna, great tasting, characterful soft drinks with less sugar, 100% natural flavours and no artificial colours of preservatives.

What we thought: Unfortunately, we weren't too keen on these, although the brand states they have 'less sugar' and natural flavours, we found these drinks overwhelmingly sweet for our taste buds. 

John West
Infusions Salad Tuna Fillets
£2.29

John West Salad Tuna Fillets are a range of tender succulent tuna fillets, delicately cut from the highest quality part of the fish and marinated to keep them tender. Infused in oil that’s a perfect salad dressing and available in 3 flavours: Chill & Garlic, Basil and Lemon & Thyme.

What we thought: These were delicious! We made a traditional tuna mayo with ours, and served it in a jacket potato with salad for a speedy weekday dinner. I loved the added kick of chilli - and the tuna was great quality with a lovely flavour. 

tuna mayo jacket

Maggi
Fusian Sticky Hoisin Duck Noodles
Bring the taste of Asia to your home with Maggi Sticky Hoisin Duck Fusian* Noodles. Sweet soy, oriental spice and roasted duck flavours combine with sunflower oil and veggies to create a flavourful noodle dish with a difference.

What we thought: Hubby loves having these instant noodles on hand for a speedy work lunch during the winter, when it's cold and he fancies something filling and warming. I love the sound of the sticky hoisin duck flavour, it sounds delicious. Maggi is brand we love and trust - we've used many of their products over the years! 

Crooked Beverage Co.
Alcoholic Soda
£2.00
Crooked Beverage Co Alcoholic Soda is light, refreshing and totally delicious. Often fruity alcohol can be heavy, syrupy and synthetic yet Crooked delivers tasty, moreish fruity flavour whilst only containing less than 5g sugar, and just 46kcal, per 100ml. Made with natural ingredients – no nasties – you can’t go wrong!

What we thought: We enjoyed this a lot - hubby and I shared it over dinner one night - it really took us back to the alco-pop days of our youth! It was definitely reminiscent of a Hooch from days gone by. Basically, a reinvented alcopop in a can, but a bit more upmarket in packaging and flavour - especially nice really cold and served over ice. 

LioBites
Smoothie Bites
£1.99 each
LioBotes are new, healthy and 100% natural fruit crisps. Our Smoothie Bites are made from fresh fruit, picked in season, blended and freeze dried to create this crunchy and delicious snack. Smoothies Bites are high in nutrients, vegan and gluten free with no added sugar or preservatives. A perfect snack for the whole family, ideal for lunch boxes and 1 of 5 a day.

What we thought: I wish I could say I got a look in with these, but Connie devoured both packets and they barely touched the sides! Needless to say, she really enjoyed them and I loved the fact that they were actually a healthy snack choice for her. Win, win. 

Boka Bar
£0.75 each
Boka cereal bars are unique in having four green traffic lights, they are low in fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt, under 100 calories, whilst tasting delicious! Great as a healthy snack in a school lunch box or sports bag. Treat yourself or your children to a Bokalicious snack!

What we thought: Another winner - I eat these types of cereal bars really regularly as I find them very practical and easy to shove in my handbag/baby bag and eat on the run. The fact that this one was healthy and low calorie was an added bonus. I really enjoyed the flavour and texture - both the apple and cinnamon came though, with neither one overpowering the other.

Rowntree’s
Random’s 30% Less Sugar Pouch
30% Less Sugar, 100% Fun-Filled. Introducing Rowntree’s 30% Less Sugar Random’s. The sweets you know and love, but now with 30% less sugar. Rowntree’s sweets contain no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners.

What we thought: Again, I didn't get a look in - the boys of the house set to work devouring these, and it didn't take long to empty the packet. 30% less sugar is always a parenting win in my book. Great stuff.

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If you'd like to give Degustabox a try then you can receive a whopping £5.00 off your first box by using code:

1VRVA

at the checkout! 

Enjoy everyone and let me know if you try it! 

Mrs B

xxx

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We were sent our July Degustabox in return for this honest review. 

Monday, 27 August 2018

Body Positivity - weight loss, weight gain, having babies and learning to accept and embrace my post baby body! *Skirtini Review*

Today I wanted to talk a little about body acceptance, and body positivity...it's a broad subject and there's loads I want to say but for today I'm going to keep it simple, a bit of a mind dump - on how I'm feeling currently about my body, and what I've been doing to improve my confidence, and feel more positive about what I see in the mirror. 

Firstly, a little back story for those who aren't familiar with my history. All through my childhood I was overweight - food was always a comfort, a celebration, a treat, a consolation: whatever emotion I was feeling, food was my crutch. In my teens and for most of my twenties, I weighed around 17 stone, and wore a UK size 20. I felt unfit, self conscious and was obsessed with food, portion size and did little exercise. On my exterior I was confident - your token funny fat girl; an actress, a performer, but inside I was far from confident, I would berate myself for my appearance, my weight, the lumps and bumps, and pretty much without exception I hated everything I wore. I felt quite out of control and the negativity swamped me on a daily basis. 

Mrs Bishop overweight
Mrs Bishop overweight
Liam and I in 2010

Skip forward a few years to my late twenties - and I managed to drop a few stones in time for my wedding day - I felt a lot better, much fitter and healthier,   happier and more confident - and I had got down to a UK size 16 - the smallest I'd ever been as an adult. Then I suffered a miscarriage on my honeymoon, and I turned to food once more - piling on a stone or so, before finally falling pregnant with my son Bert, who is now 5. 

Mr & Mrs Bishop Wedding Day
On our wedding day

Lucy and Liam Bishop
Pregnant with Bert in 2013 

Lucy and Liam Bishop
A few months (yes, really) after Bert was born. 

After Bert was born, I found I had ballooned back up to 17 stone, and was again feeling lethargic, unhealthy and very unhappy about my body. My husband Liam had also piled on a lot of weight, so together we embarked on a massive life overhaul - calorie counting every mouthful of food, learning about portion control, healthy choices, adding in exercise to our daily routine, and arming ourselves with a whole new repertoire of healthy from scratch recipes. Over the course of 2.5 years we shed over 11 stone between us (6st 9lbs from me alone) and I slimmed down to 10 st 6lbs and a small UK size 12. 

Lucy Bishop - at her slimmest

Lucy Bishop - at her slimmest
At my lowest weight in April 2015

Lucy and Liam Bishop - at their slimmest
11 stone shifted and feeling great! 

I maintained that lowest weight for a few weeks, and then found my 'happy weight' at around 11 stone - although this might be a big weight for some, for me I felt confident, happy, sexy, curvy and I fitted perfectly into my new size 12 wardrobe. A few months later I fell pregnant with my daughter Connie, who is now 2. Throughout that pregnancy I gained just over two stones - and two years later, I still haven't shifted them!

That's not to say I haven't tried to shift them - I've been making a consistent effort to stay on track with my food and exercise, I've been mostly eating well and keeping up my twice weekly gym sessions, I've been fitting in lots of power walks with my mummy friends and I have worked hard at keeping my portions controlled. I still mostly cook great food from scratch - but I haven't been calorie counting, I decided to stop in a bid to step away from that obsessive way of controlling food, and trying to apply what I learnt through those two years of obsessive calorie counting to everyday life, without crunching the numbers.

I have been enjoying treats, snacks and 'little extras' frequently enough that although I haven't piled on any more weight since Connie's birth, I haven't lost any either. It's frustrating, but I know why and I know if I pushed harder, cut the frequency of snacks and treats, that it would start to come off. I've moved up a dress size to a size 14, although I can still wear a fair amount of my size 12 wardrobe too, but my goal is to get back down to my happy weight, where I can confidently fit back into 100% of wardrobe of lovely clothes, and feel my healthiest/happiest and most confident - it also puts me at a much healthier BMI, which although many don't agree with, is something medical professionals still use - and 11st is a weight I have been at before and I know 'works' for me. 

That being said, I don't hate what I see in the mirror anymore, which means that desperation and determination I used to feel when I looked at my body is nowhere near as strong - perhaps another reason why the weight isn't coming off like it did previously? I am slowly learning to embrace, accept and be more positive about my changing body. Over the years it's been fat, thin, birthed two babies, miscarried a very wanted baby, had broken bones, scars, tiger stripes, and a little loose skin from weight loss. I have also suffered injuries that have over the years really affected how I exercise and what I am capable of, I had a bad back injury back in 2012 (3 slipped discs) which is an ongoing issue I deal with still to this day, and more recently, in January this year I injured my shoulder. This has put a dampener on a lot of my weight-based exercise and training, and also the regular swimming I was doing, but it is slowly improving with physiotherapy and a rest from lifting weights in the gym and swimming for a few months (boo!!!). Our bodies are a bloody marvel really - and we are all far too quick to flog them to death with negativity - picking apart our reflections and focussing on every negative part we perceive.

Instead of fixating too much on numbers on the scale, I'm trying to focus on making healthy choices, exercising regularly and practising moderation in all things. I'm keeping an eye on the scale just once a month to ensure I'm moving in the right direction, and apart from that I'm trying to embrace my curves, accentuate my best-bits and celebrate how far I've come... I'm still a long way from my 17 stone/size 20 body, and for that I should be proud. 

One of the best ways I've found to help boost my confidence when I'm struggling is to dress in something that makes me feel great - for me that is usually something that fits really well, flatters my curves and cinches me in at the waist, which is my smallest part. 

Great swimwear can be particularly difficult to find for midsize women like me - I don't feel confident or supported in flimsy bikinis or one pieces without added boob support or tummy control - but I also don't fit into plus size swimwear which usually start the size above me at a size 16. So I was thrilled when UK Swimwear asked if they could send me one of their beautiful Skirtinis to try out.  

They sent me their Gottex Profile Cruise Tutti Frutti Swimdress priced at £109.95 to try, and I was blown away but not only how beautiful it is, but how supportive and comfortable it is to wear, and how confident I felt in it. 

Mrs Bishop - UK Swimwear Skirtini review

From UK Swimwear - the credentials... 

Gottex Profile Cruise Tutti Frutti Swimdress £109.95

* Bandeau
* Soft cups
* Underwired
* Loose fit skirt
* Tummy control
* Removable straps 

Profile provides the most unbeatable sculpting technology in Gottex's range, and the Cruise collection is the pinnacle of luxury. Here they meet in a flattering and stunning piece of swimwear. This swimdress is a homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood, with the bandeau and twist front, and the wavy skirt, all of which you might have seen a starlet from the '50s wear. But the outer skirt section is added over a tummy control swimsuit, as you can see from the sheer material that makes up the skirt. The result is a classic piece of swimwear fashion, and a figure sculpting interior part. This swimdress is soft cupped and has removable straps.

Mrs Bishop - UK Swimwear Skirtini review

I wear a size 14 and found it true to size. 

I love the shape of this swimming costume - the way the sheer material floats over your tummy and thighs, and the way it moves and sways with you as you move about. It feels very supportive of the boob area, even without the straps, and I had no issue keeping it up - I didn't need to keep pulling at it or readjusting it. I think the bust bandeau section is really pretty, I love the wave and bunching of the fabric as it sweeps across your chest, it's a lovely detail and makes it feel very feminine, and even quite sexy. 

Mrs Bishop - UK Swimwear Skirtini review

I teamed it with an old favourite beach cover up from New Look in a size 12, to add a pop of colour and some much needed warmth, as it was a pretty chilly day when we headed to our local splash park last week to celebrate my little boy's 5th birthday (which was when we took these photos).

It felt great to feel confident in my own skin, and not get bogged down worrying what people thought of me, or how I looked with more skin exposed than normal. 

I think my age has a lot to do with my change in perspective when it come to my body image. Do I go around judging all and sundry on what they wear, how much they weigh or whether they have cellulite? Hell no! I'm too busy living my own life and worrying about what they think of me, it's so silly really! What has become of paramount importance as I've gotten older, and since I've become a mum, is being present in the moment, enjoying the little things - watching my kids splashing in the water, and running in to join them, rather than covering up and sitting it out in case someone was to see the rolls on my tummy or the dimples in my thighs. 

Mrs Bishop - UK Swimwear Skirtini review

Is this swimsuit magic? No. Do you absolutely need one in order to feel confident? NO! It's lovely and well made, a great fit and flattering - but it's got a hefty price tag too, and so it won't be within everyone's price range, but there will be a swimsuit, bikini, tankini, swimdress or skirtini out there which will flatter your shape (whatever that shape might be) and will make you feel fabulous - whether it's this one, or one that is more budget friendly - and it is worth shopping around until you find 'the one'. 

Mrs Bishop - UK Swimwear Skirtini review

Mrs Bishop - UK Swimwear Skirtini review

Mrs Bishop - UK Swimwear Skirtini review

This swimsuit will fit and flatter me, even if I drop some weight as it is very form fitting, and so I'm hoping will last me a very long time (which will then mean it warrants its price tag). I feel confident that the shape and colour of this swimdress is timeless, and over the years I will be able to accessorise it with different cover ups, sarongs, wraps, hats, shoes, bags and even jewellery to fit with current trends. 

So, the plan is to keep on keeping on - life is busy and crazy, and I've worked hard in the past three years to build my freelance business, which takes up a lot of my time and energy. As well as, of course, looking after both our brilliant kids (Connie full time/Bert goes to school) and I even attempt to find time to blog when I've get a moment too - so I don't have the luxury of time or the headspace available to obsess over my weight anymore, or to worry about how long it might take me to reach my goal, but as long as I'm taking small steps in the right direction health & fitness wise, then I'm happy!


Mrs Bishop - UK Swimwear Skirtini review

The Future


I am so excited at the prospect of getting back into every item of clothing in my wardrobe, it is such a motivator for me. I'm also excited to improve even more on my fitness levels, challenge myself and build the strength back up in my slowly recovering shoulder. I can't tell you how thrilled I will be to get back to my brilliant personal training classes with my ace PT Matt. 

In the meantime, I will not be berating myself for enjoying a treat here and there, I will not pick apart my reflection (especially in front of my children) I will celebrate my brilliant body, accentuate the bits of my body I love and flatter those bits that challenge my confidence. I will live life, and will not let my shape, weight, size, or perceived imperfections cut me off from embracing life. 

All bodies are brilliant, miraculous and worth celebrating. 


Mrs Bishop - UK Swimwear Skirtini review

Mrs Bishop - UK Swimwear Skirtini review

I was gifted the above swimsuit in return for my honest opinion of it, which I have shared in the above post.