Monday, 22 May 2017

How To Make Your Home Your Own

You can’t choose the space you’re given once you’ve bought a house, but you can choose what you put inside it. Our homes are a badge of our personality, a space that allows us to really show the world who we are and what we value. Many people, however, don’t take the opportunity they have to make their space their own, instead opting to play it safe and follow the crowd. Think of your home as a blank canvas: it’s time to start painting!

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Paint Your Furniture


Sometimes, it can make the most financial or style sense to buy a piece of furniture that has been mass produced. Still, that doesn’t mean it has to stay in its original condition. Instead, you can get the paintbrush out and add your own style to the furniture. You can walk into a million homes that have more or less the same cupboards and wardrobes; by making a subtle change to your furniture, you’ll be making it stand out from the crowd and be putting your own spin on what was a regular piece. I'm a big fan of Annie Sloane's chalk paint or the beautiful colours from Farrow & Ball.

One of a Kind


You can’t always adjust every piece of furniture to make it perfect for your home. Sometimes, for your home to be your own, you’ll need to buy a custom piece that is tailored just to the needs of your house. You can have many things custom made, from Montgomery made to measure curtains to wall fixtures, from tables to works of art. Getting custom pieces allows you put your own stamp on the essentials of your home, and also lets you pick the right piece that is right for the size, shape, and colour tones of your rooms.

Learn a Few Hacks


If you’re handy with a few tools (or want to learn), then take a look at a few DIY hacks. (YouTube is brilliant for this!) If you’re creative, you’ll be able to repurpose just about any old piece of furniture into something that you put to real use. You can do things like turn an old bed frame into a coat rack, or take an old door and turn into an epic picture board for your hallway. There’s a million and one things you can do, so grab your tools and get to work. My husband Liam turned old wooden wine crates he bought cheaply off eBay into a brilliant shabby chic storage for all my crafty bits and pieces.

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What are your Passions?


You have passions, so why not incorporate them into your home? Whatever they are, there’ll certainly be a way to include them. For example, if you’re a literature fiend, then creating a cozy reading nook where you can dive into the heavyweights of literature for hours on end will be perfect. You could add a framed Spineless Classic poster of your favourite novel to make it extra quirky! If you’re a music lover, then turn a spare room into a listening center that’s kitted out with records, sound systems, and music posters. Even things you do outside of the home, such as skiing and other sports, can be added to your home by adding some subtly themed features around the house.

Gallery Walls


It’s the really personal items that’ll make your home unequivocally your own. Take a walk around your house: do you have many pictures and mementos that remind you of your friends and family? Create a gallery wall, and you’ll be able to create a space in your home that allows you to have everything that’s close to you right up on the wall. There is an art to getting this right, so take a read of the best practices before you get the project underway. Check out my post all about the gallery wall I recently created in my home.

Rare Finds


Some things won’t be so obviously all about you. Things like antiques and so forth will only reveal their inner connection to you when someone asks about them. If you’re going traveling, make sure you take something home to use in your home. If you do this every time, after a few years you’ll find that the things you use in your home all have a story, a connection to another time of your life. You can easily buy whatever you want from the big home stores; it’s much better to have a real emotional attachment and story to the objects in your home instead.

Get Creative


Ultimately, to make a home that mirrors your personality, you need to get creative and really think about each aspect of your home. Don’t be bogged down by what other people are doing: think instead of how you want your home to look, and go with that. After all, you’re the one who lives there, so why would you design it with anyone but yourself and your family in mind? Think outside the box, and you’ll have a house you’ll be proud to call home.


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Thursday, 11 May 2017

John Bunyan Sports & Fitness Centre, Bedford *REVIEW*

You might remember a few months ago I talked about visiting the brand new soft play centre at my local sports & fitness centre in Bedford. The John Bunyan Sports & Fitness centre has recently had a huge facelift; installing the new soft play, cafe, gym and indoor cycling suite and updating their sports hall, squash courts, basketball court and meeting room. 

As part of my six month membership to Robinson Pools and Fitness (read my full review here) I also gained access to all the facilities at John Bunyan too - so I made the most of what they had to offer - using their soft play, cafe, gym and exercise classes across my membership. 

My two favourite classes were the Sunday morning Legs, Bums and Tums workouts and the weeknight Indoor Cycling sessions. 

Although I've never been a huge fan of group exercise, preferring a bit of head space and alone time when I get the chance to escape my busy family life - it was a nice change to workout with others. I definitely pushed myself harder in these classes than perhaps I would if I'd been solo in the gym. Plus, I really enjoyed the reassurance of seeing all sorts of body shapes/sizes, genders and ages accessing the classes. 

I was really impressed with the facilities at John Bunyan; everywhere looks so fresh and new, it really is lovely. The studios for group exercise have a cool sporty/industrial feel, and I found everywhere to be clean and smell fresh (unusual for a gym!).

Indoor cycling studio at John Bunyan Centre
Indoor Cycling Studio at the John Bunyan Centre, Bedford

I was really proud of myself after my first indoor cycling session, also known as 'Spinning', I was scared about this class having lots of preconceptions that it would be way too hard for my fitness level, and I'd 'do a Bridget' (Jones) and fall off the bike or something. Thankfully, this didn't happen and I managed the class absolutely fine! It was an intense 45 minutes, but boy could I feel the burn (in a good way) and I managed to keep up with all the levels and speeds the instructor requested, yay me! 

The other class I tried out was the Legs, Bums and Tums session, which again, I really enjoyed - it was not as intense and sweaty as the indoor cycling, but surprisingly effective, I could feel how much I'd worked a few days after. The instructor was friendly, motivating and explained everything really well - she did the whole class alongside us, so we could see first hand how to do the moves, and correct ourselves if we were doing them wrong. I actually found the class quite relaxing, and really fun - it was cool to listen to loud, upbeat music while working out, and the rhythm really helped with the momentum of the class. The instructor also provided differentiation to simplify or extend the moves depending on your fitness level, flexibility and stamina - this means that a variety of fitness levels could access this class successfully. 

I also used the gym at the John Bunyan centre on a few occasions. Although smaller than Robinson's gym, I found it to be fully equipped for all my needs and very handily situated next to the soft play centre, so I could workout while my mum kept an eye on the kiddies is the soft play - win win! The gym was so quiet, I had no issues using any machines/equipment I needed, and there was always staff on hand to answer any questions I might have had. 

I love that access to this centre is an extension to your Robinson Pools and Fitness membership, its such a great little hidden-gem, which is definitely worth using if you're a Bedford local. 


JOHN BUNYAN SPORTS & FITNESS
Mile Road, Bedford, MK42 9TS
Tel: 01234 364481
Mrs Bishop getting fit at John Bunyan Centre

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

My Top Picks from Wayfair

This week I wrote my first post as a Wayfair Home Expert on creating a gallery wall in my home office. I've shopped with Wayfair for many years now - we bought my son's single bed and mattress, plus various other homeware bits and pieces from them and we've always been so happy with the quality of the products and the great competitive prices. It is a pleasure to now be able to work with a brand I have loved for so long. 

As with all of my favourite websites, I have a long wish list of items that I would love to add to my little home over time - so I thought I'd share six of them with you today. They range massively in budget, but all of them would suit my home style perfectly.

You can see these items over on the Wayfair website as a 'Blogger's Pick' (see below)... and then my face will pop up telling you why I love it so much! Cool huh? 


Lucy Bishop's Blogger's Pick for Wayfair

Lucy Bishop's Blogger's Pick for Wayfair


Baskets & boxes Aprons Cushion
Willow Basket with Heart
I’m all about organisation and practicality, but I want my home to be stylish and look considered and beautiful too. This large willow basket with heart pattern would make perfect toy storage in a living room, playroom or nursery.
Amrapali Peony Cotton Apron 
I’m a keen baker, often blogging my recipes. I like to look the part and protect my clothes while I make a mess in the kitchen, so I have a rather impressive collection of over 20 different aprons, I’d love to add this floral number to my collection.
Ashley Cushion Cover 
Who can resist a pompom? If I had to sum up my style I’d say shabby chic meets rustic French cottage with added quirk - give me a floral print any day of the week, add a pom pom or six and you’ve won my heart forever!
 Artificial Flowers Chaise Longue Rugs
Lavender Floral Arrangments in Planter 
Again, with the practicality - I’m being realistic here - I really struggle to keep plants alive, but I love bringing nature indoors, so this stunning artificial lavender planter is ideal - you’ll always find fresh flowers on my farmhouse table but I love the rustic charm this arrangement would bring all year round.
Inverness Occasional Sleeper Chaise Longue  
I can’t think of anything more practical and beautiful than this beautiful chaise - imagine it positioned in a huge light and airy bay window, adorned with cushions and luxurious throws - perfect for a Sunday afternoon with a good book!
Mottled Teacup  
I’m mildly obsessed with Breton stripes and drinking coffee, so this is a heady combination for me. It’s worth noting that if I could have coffee pumped into me intravenously, then I would - so the bigger the cup the better! Sipping coffee from this wonderful teacup would certainly brighten up my work day!


What do you think? Would these items suit your home style too? Or are you more modern or industrial in your taste?

What would you choose if you could select your six favourite items from Wayfair?

Mrs B xxx

Monday, 8 May 2017

Creating A Gallery Wall in my Home Office with Wayfair

This year I was thrilled to be selected as one of Wayfair's 'Home Expert' Bloggers - I love interiors, as you all know, and I'm always working to bring interest, colour, quirk and ultimately style into the rooms of my home. 

One of the rooms I spend most of my time in these days is my home office. I work from home part time running my own social media consultancy - it's pretty full on and takes up at least 15-20 hours of my time per week. As a creative the space that I work in is actually really important for influencing how I feel, and therefore influencing how I work. Busy, cluttered and disorganised spaces really fog my mind, and my home office was tired, cluttered and very unloved! It was full of random bits and bobs stuck up on walls with blu-tack and lacked any thought: it needed some love pouring into it. 

The space is an extension off of my large kitchen/diner, it has one small window, two large floor-to-ceiling book cases either side of a big desk, which faces the window. It is actually a very dark space, and doesn't get a huge amount of daylight, so it can feel gloomy, especially during the winter months - I hoped a little facelift would help perk it up, despite the lack of light which I can't do too much about. 

Mrs Bishop's office before
Mrs Bishop's very messy/unloved office
messy office before

When Wayfair challenged me to create a Gallery Wall at home, I knew that my office would be the perfect location! I was determined that I would really think about it, selecting very special pieces that would fully reflect my personality and passions. 

This project is in collaboration with The Art Group, and I got to select three pieces of art work from The Art Group on Wayfair's site to add to my gallery wall...I chose pieces that I knew I would enjoy looking at while I work - I wanted pieces that made me feel happy and calm, with colours that complemented each other and the space, and ultimately would look stylish and purposeful. 

I selected two acrylic on canvas pieces by Chris Forsey called Birch in Spring and Sun and Meadow Thistles. I loved the colours and the abstract nature of the canvases, but I also felt they provided a visual escape to somewhere beautiful, tranquil and calm.

Anyone who knows me well will know that I have an obsessive love of Highland cows! They are my favourite animal, and I think they have so much character and charm. When I saw I Need A Haircut by Louise Brown I knew I had to buy it! I wanted this gallery wall space to reflect my personality and passions - and Highland cows are definitely included in that for me. 

Once I had selected these pieces I began to piece together the other pieces I wanted to include. I needed functional aspects like my monthly wipe-clean calendar which I use for work and blog deadlines, meetings and so on. I also needed to include my client colour codes chart, which I use for creating branded graphics and content for my clients' social media platforms. I wanted to create the gallery wall over three wall spaces and decided I would theme the left hand wall to work related media. I had one more space on that wall to fill when I found the At Shape Metal Wall Decor, perfect timing! I knew I had to include it, what could be more perfect for a social media consultant? 

I already had three framed post-card size prints of landmarks in my hometown of Bedford, created by one of my graphic designer clients, Tabitha Mary, which I wanted to include. As well as a cute floral watercolour print which says "Do what you love and you'll never have a problem with Monday" which I found as a free printable from Kristen Laczi here.

For the second and third walls for my gallery space I decided to reflect my vastly eclectic nature and many interests by including a mis-match of items... from a light up hashtag and ampersand, to the recent newspaper article in the Daily Express about my weight loss. I've included the three pieces from The Art Group as well as some free motion embroidery I created, a family tree piece by my best friend and artist Carmi Latham, a Spineless Classic print of Beauty & The Beast (my favourite Disney film!), a cute Avocado hanging wooden sign I found in Primark which says 'Let's Avocuddle' and of course, a biscuit-themed print that says "You've gotta risk it to get the biscuit". I have also included my WIFI code in a frame for guests when they visit, and a framed postcard which says "Tea is a religion of the art of life."

selecting art for my gallery wall space

....Tea, biscuits, avocados, the great outdoors, highland cows, free motion embroidery, weight loss, social media, my family tree... an eclectic mix for sure, but it's so me!

I purposefully choose a mixture of frames - in size, colour and material, to provide interest and texture...I'm not one for matchy/matchy - I wanted the overall look to be rustic, varied and to look like a collection curated over time. 

Now the pieces had been selected it was time to decide how to arrange them - I took tips from Wayfair's blog and created templates for each piece by cutting out a black plastic bin bag to size, and stuck these to the wall using Washi-tape/masking tape, rearranging as necessary until I was happy with the balance of the layout. 

planning a gallery wall
Using templates to design the layout of my gallery wall space
planning a gallery wall

I would definitely recommend this method if you have multiple things to hang on a wall together, especially if they vary in size, colour and media. It really helps to visualise what it will look like, and stops you making mistakes and making holes in the wrong parts of your walls. 

Once we were happy with the layout my lovely hubby set to work hanging each piece, and we are utterly thrilled with the final result...

Mrs Bishop's office gallery wall
The practical work-themed part of of gallery-wall

Mrs Bishop's office gallery wall
The main gallery wall space

As you can see, doing the gallery wall forced me to have a big sort out and to tidy up and de-clutter the space as much as possible. 

Obviously, this is still a functional space for me - and as much as I'd love it to be perfectly minimalist and tres-chic, that is not realistic when I need access to my laptop, printer, stationery, work folders, client notebooks and filing cabinet. 

It's busy but it is certainly a more fun and much brighter space that has finally been shown some much needed love. It now reflects me, my work and my personality much better than it did before. 

close up metal at sign

close up gallery wall

close up light up ampersand

I loved the added quirk provided by the two light up elements: a hashtag I found in Aldi a few months ago, and the ampersand, which I found on Wayfair (but which seems to currently be out of stock..) I often work very late at night, so these little little up elements will be a fun way to provide some extra light for me during my twilight working hours. 

close up Chris Forsey gallery wall

Have you ever created a gallery wall space? 

What tips would you give someone creating their own?

Mrs B

xxx


How-To: The At-Home Gallery Wall with Wayfair & The Art Group

This is a sponsored post. 

Monday, 1 May 2017

Six Months at Robinson Pools & Fitness, Fusion Lifestyle Gym BEDFORD: The Verdict *REVIEW*

For the past six months I have had access to full membership at the newly refurbished Robinson Pools and Fitness, in Bedford. I have used the pools and gym there in the past as a guest, but I was never really enthused with the facilities - they were tired and in major need of updating. So when I heard about the multi-million pound face-lift the leisure centre had received I was eager to try it out for myself.

Those of you who read my blog frequently will know a little of my history when it comes to exercise, diet, weight and health. In short, back in 2013 after the birth of my son Bert I was at my heaviest (17st 2lb) and miserable, I decided enough was enough and embarked on a complete lifestyle overhaul - changing my diet, exercise and working on my difficult relationship with food. Over the course of 2 years I shed 6 stone 8lbs and went from a UK size 20 to a size 12. 

Soon after reaching my goal weight I fell pregnant with my daughter Connie and although I did try harder this time round not to balloon as much as I did with my son during pregnancy, I did pile on the pounds once again, and post-Connie's arrival I found myself at 13st 8.6lbs and wearing a size 14-16.

Mrs Bishop at 13 stone 8.6 lbs post second baby
Mrs Bishop at 13 stone 8.6 lbs/Size 14 post second baby. 

Determined once again to make positive changes and get back down to my goal weight, I decided I needed to up-my-game when it came to exercise, and so when the offer of a gym membership came along, I jumped at the chance! 

Although Robinson is not my nearest gym (it is 45 minute walk for me, as I don't drive) this didn't phase me - I love to walk and figured that the walk either way would not only be an amazing addition to my workout, but would also provide a warm up and cool down for me, as well as some much-needed me time to just be in my own headspace without the kiddies in tow. 

I'm proud of myself that six months on I have smashed my goal which was to make regular gym visits an integral part to my week for the first time ever. Initially, I had set myself the target of going just once a week, but I'm pleased to report I now go to the gym a minimum of twice a week, every single week: for an hour on one evening and half an hour on the other - plus all the walking either way and sometimes an additional class or session if I can fit it in at the weekend. 

Attending the gym this regularly has definitely become second nature to me now, and thankfully instead of making excuses and finding ways to get out of going, I genuinely look forward to it every week. This is not only testament to the shift in my mindset towards the gym/exercise, but also to the brilliant facilities at my disposal at Robinson. 

THE FACILITIES

Robinson Pools & Fitness, Bedford
Robinson Pools & Fitness, Bedford

The new-build Fusion Gym at Robinson Pools & Fitness, Bedford
The new-build Fusion Gym at Robinson Pools & Fitness, Bedford

Robinson boasts a swimming pool, learning pool and diving pool, all the latest gym & fitness equipment in their gym, an extensive programme of group exercise classes, indoor cycling studio, INTENCITY HIIT training studio, café, high-spec changing rooms, and creche! Included in your membership is also access to the John Bunyan Sports & Fitness Centre (on a different site) which also boasts and impressive gym, studios, classes, cafe and brand new soft play centre


PRICE

Choice Individual Monthly - Direct Debit for 1 Adult costs £46.00 per month and gets you...

Unlimited access for one adult to over 50 classes per week, the Gym, the Swimming pools, for 7 days per week/anytime, advance bookings for classes, 2 hours per week of court booking, a no strings contract, & multi centre usage (John Bunyan).

THE GYM

Although I have used the pools on a couple of occasions over the six months I've been a member at Robinson, honestly, swimming just isn't for me...I've never enjoyed it, and although I can swim, my form isn't great and I find it so boring! 

Instead, I've been using my membership to access the brand new, state-of-the-art gym facilities and I've been uber-impressed with what Robinson has to offer. 

First and foremost the changing rooms, locker area, showers and the gym itself is really clean, and that's a vital point for me, there's no compromise for me when it comes to cleanliness, and it was one of the reasons I have avoided Robinson in the past, however, since the re-fit I cannot fault the facilities, they are spotless. 

Secondly, no matter what time I have visited Robinson to use the gym I have always been able to use any of the equipment and I've never had to queue for a machine. This is a major plus for me; as a busy mum with limited time to spend there, it is vital to me that I can access what I need to, when I need to, without delay - and Robinson have come up trumps on that front. 

I've been majorly impressed with the technological side of the equipment available to use - as a social media manager by day, I'm quite into my tech stuff, apps and devices, so I was thrilled to find out that at the Fusion gym at Robinson you can use the LF Connect (Life Fitness) phone app to store all of your workouts, set yourself targets, store your details and track your progress. As you sit down at each machine in the gym you scan your phone onto the machine using the QR code, and it logs you in & you can then select which workout type/length/level you'd like to do. At the end of your workout it stores all the info on your phone, and I can now access 6 months worth of my workout data! Amazing! 

Life Fitness Equipment Workout Options On Screen
Life Fitness Equipment Workout Options On Screen 

As well as the impressive fitness tracking, each machine comes complete with a large personal screen where you can access Freeview TV, radio, games, the internet or in-built workout simulations for your pleasure while you workout. There's room to store your phone and water bottle on each machine, and an ear phone port too. These little extras are the absolute number one selling points for me...because the gym is as much about me-time, escapism and improving my mental health as well as my physical health, it has been so good for me to be able to indulge in some of my favourite TV or to catch up on watching my favourite vloggers while I workout. Not only am I killing two birds with one stone - working out and relaxing all at the same time, I'm also taking my mind off of how hard I'm working, which undoubtedly makes my workouts easier and means I have put in more gym hours than I ever thought I would. 

watch vlogs while you workout at Robinson
Catching up with my fave vloggers while I workout!

Finally, and very importantly, all of the other gym users I've encountered at Robinson have always been polite, friendly, encouraging and supportive towards me: I've never once felt self-conscious or worried whilst there. I'd say there's a pretty equal split between men and women, and a whole range of ages accessing Robinson, that you'll never feel like the odd one out. You see every shape, size and body type using the gym, and I have never felt judged by anyone.  Equally, the staff have always been friendly and on-hand if I need help with a machine, or some workout advice. 

MY WORKOUTS

Once a week I see a personal trainer at a different, more local to me gym. I'd already been seeing my trainer Matt for a while before embarking on my Robinson membership and have kept up these weekly workouts as well as my Robinson visits. Matt puts me through my paces for half an hour per week and works with me on building muscle, strength and tone, as well as some cardio for fat-burning. 

This means that my weekly sessions at Robinson are more focussed on fat/calorie burning - so I tend to stick to using a combination of the bike (with lumbar support seat), cross trainer, treadmill, rowing machine and stepper during my weekly hours workout at Fusion. 

The quality of the equipment at Robinson's Fusion gym is amazing - everything is brand new, and so robust. I've used gym equipment in the past that feels flimsy, and like it might break if I use it too hard. No fear with the equipment at Robinson, it is sturdy beyond belief and I've never had any concerns when working out there. 

Life Cycle Lumbar bike at Robinson Pools & Fitness, Bedford
Life Cycle Lumbar Support Bike at Robinson Pools & Fitness, Bedford

The Fusion Gym at Robinson Pools & Fitness, Bedford
The Fusion Gym at Robinson Pools & Fitness, Bedford

Life Fitness Cross Trainer at Robinson Pools & Fitness, Bedford
Life Fitness Cross Trainer at Robinson Pools & Fitness, Bedford 

I have also attended 'Legs, Bums and Tums' and 'Indoor Cycling' classes at their John Bunyan Sports Centre location, more on those classes to follow in a separate review. 

MY RESULTS

When I started using the facilities at Robinson Pools & Fitness I weighed in at 13st 8.6lbs, I was wearing a size 14-16 and felt weak, bloated and was suffering hugely with back pain due to my degenerative disc disease. I did no 'formal' exercise/workouts apart from walking. 

Six months on and I now workout in the gym 2+ times per week. I currently weigh 12st 5.2lbs and am back into my size 12 wardrobe. I feel stronger, leaner and more toned. I can see definition where I never had it before, and perhaps most importantly, I rarely suffer from back pain anymore! It seems that building my core strength and muscle during my workouts has helped me almost eliminate my symptoms. I also feel in-control and much happier in mind - the buzz I get after working out is so powerful and is now something I'm rather addicted to! 

A svelter Mrs B at 12st 5.2 lbs & a size 12, 6 months into gym membership. 

More shape & tone thanks to Robinson's Fusion Gym, Bedford.
More shape & tone thanks to Robinson's Fusion Gym, Bedford.

Although, compared to my previous weight loss attempts, the last six months has been pretty slow (I've lost 1 stone 3.4 lbs in six months), the change in my strength, shape and tone has been much more dramatic - and we all know that muscle weighs more than fat, so without a doubt I have "bulked up" in places and lost fat in others, creating a new silhouette but obviously slowing down the actual weight loss on the scales. 

Unless you stole it, you should never feel guilty about food!

I'm much less focussed on weight and weighing myself these days - as long as I'm working out regularly and being mostly moderate with my diet, then I'm happy. Moving slowly in the right direction is absolutely fine with me...I'm in no rush, it isn't a competition - I'm doing this for me and me only. 

"Look in the mirror...she's your competition" graphic

For any Bedford locals considering a gym membership, or looking for classes to take part in, then I whole-heartedly recommend Robinson Pools and Fitness. Despite it being such a long walk for me, I've loved going there enough to keep up my regular weekly gym-visits for six months - even through the bleakest winter weather...if that isn't testament to a great gym then I don't know what is?!

Mrs B

xxx

*I was given 6 months membership in return for my honest opinion of the facilities in this post & in some social media posts*

Friday, 28 April 2017

What's in our April Degustabox?

Degustabox overview

Once again we were excited to try loads of new-to-the-market foodie/drink releases throughout April. We've been receiving our Degustaboxes for a long time now, and the novelty still hasn't worn off! I've discovered so many new products I love and now regularly buy in my weekly food shop. The monthly delivery from Degustabox is making me take foodie risks and try things I wouldn't ordinarily go for, I'd definitely recommend it if you're a foodie like me. 

April 2017 Degustabox contents

Contents of my April box...

Seabrook Lattice Crisps - Sea Salt & Black Pepper £1.50 - £1.99

For a Seabrook crisp to make the cut, it has to be cut just right. So these Lattice crisps are sliced both ways to hold even more Sea Salt and Black Pepper flavour and give you a crunch like no other. The most flavoursome crisps you've ever eaten? You decide. 

POLO Sugar Free Pot £1.49

The POLO®️'s you've known and loved since 1948 are now available in a handy convenient pot for on the go. POLO®️ mints are flavoured with natural mint oils to refresh your breath and the POLO®️ Sugar Free range is accredited by the Oral Health Foundation®️ as being kind to teeth. 

CELIA Organic Lager £2.49

100% organic and brewed using just three ingredients, CELIA Organic is a premium craft Czech lager that appeals to all. Moravian malt sourced from the Bohemian region, 100% locally sourced organic Saaz hops and sand-filtered water from the Zatec foothills create a delicious, refreshing lager - and it's gluten free!

Garofalo Whole Wheat Penne Pasta £2.19

A pleasure to eat, Garofalo Whole Wheat Penne Pasta is rich in aromas and unique in taste and texture. Made with unprocessed whole organic durum wheat means that its natural bran, germ, fibre, vitamins and minerals remain intact; giving many health benefits. And it cooks in just 11 minutes! 

GOOD HEMP Hemp Seed Hearts £4.49

These delicious, nutty super seeds are packed with GOODness. Not only are they high in Protein, Fibre and Omega 3, they are also free from nuts and gluten and are super environmentally friendly. Perfect for sprinkling on cereal, yoghurt, salads, and stir fries. You can even bake with them! 

Dorset Cereals £4.89

Join us on our foodie journey with our Ultimate Adventures collection. Our Machu Picchu flavour is an adventurous Inca trail inspired blend of oats and barley with Brazil nuts, golden berries and a taste of coffee. Our American Roadtrip  flavour blends cranberries, almonds and orange zest - inspired by Route 66.

Doisy & Dam's Quinoa, Smoked Tea & Vanilla Chocolate £1.75

This bar of chocolatey deliciousness is one of 8 unique flavours. To make it, we soak our delicious nutty Bolivian popped quinoa in a secret smoky infusion, before combining it with our smoothest organic Dominican 39% milk chocolate. Let it melt on your tongue for an awesome taste sensation. 

Nothing But Freeze-Dried Fruit & Veg packs x2 £1.20

Snack packs of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, containing noting but 100% wholesome ingredients. And because our ingredients undergo a special process called freeze-drying, rather than being baked or fried, all that's removed is the water. Suitable for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets. 

Whitworths Full of Super Vanilla Macs-roons £1.50

Whitworths VANILLA MACA-ROONS are crammed with almonds, flakes of coconut, and golden flax seeds. What's more they're naturally high in fibre and Pantothenic Acid (which aids mental performance), gluten free, soya free and are suitable for vegetarians. 

ViPnuts Hot Chilli £1.25 

Introducing New York Delhi's ViPnuts - the gourmet peanut brand. Our unique take on one of the world's favourite snacks. Hot Chilli is the one for the chilli lovers out there - this is not an imposter like so many - this really does not disappoint if you yearn for that chilli kick and depth of flavour then this is the one for you. Deliciously and not dangerously hot!

Fentimans Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water 500ml £1.99

Made with ruby red grapefruit and quinine for a tonic that is refreshingly dry and crisp. Mix with Gin or Vodka for a refreshing and zesty long drink. No artificial sweeteners, flavourings or preservatives.
BOX VALUE TOTAL = £26.43


April 2017 Degustabox contents

Doisy & Dam Chocolate in my Degustabox

April 2017 Degustabox contents

Our top picks from this months box were...

Top Picks April Degustabox

Liam was also chuffed with the handy pot of POLO mints, which he has taken to work to have on his desk. I enjoyed trying the Whitworths Full of Super Maca-roons, although I probably wouldn't buy them again as there are other energy-ball style snack products on the market that I prefer. 

We tried the Doisy & Dam chocolate but it really wasn't to any of our tastes, although I could appreciate the quality of the milk chocolate itself, and the texture from the added quinoa, I just couldn't get on board with the smoked tea element - it was almost savoury, which for me just didn't work! I'd be interested to try other flavours in their range though. 

We all enjoyed the fruit bag from Nothing But, however we found the pea/sweetcorn vegetable bag to be very bland - I think the natural sweetness in the fruit bag works well, but the veggie ones really lacked flavour and pizzaz. 

Liam drank the CELIA Organic lager with our delicious steak dinner on Wednesday night and he said it was the perfect refreshing craft lager to go with a treat meal. 

We're saving the whole wheat pasta for a family dinner next week - we only eat whole wheat pasta here, so I'm sure we'll love it, having not tried this particular variety before - a very handy addition to this months box, as it saves me buying me usual packet in my weekly shop! 

A totally new-to-me product is the GOOD HEMP Hemp Seed Hearts - the health benefits really interest me, and they've been really easy to sprinkle onto my cereal and yoghurt in the mornings - they add a nice bit of texture and a subtle nutty flavour. The packet is massive and will last me a really long time as I only sprinkle a teaspoon full each time. 

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Mrs B

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