Wednesday, 10 February 2016

January Degustabox

This is my first Degustabox and I was excited to rummage through the contents and discover new culinary goodies and appetising snacks and drinks.  You get a generous quantity for the price, mine included Finn Crisp – Crispbread, Halewood International – Tsingtao beer, Coldpress – Apple juice, Conscious Chocolate – Chocolate bar, Jordans Ryvita – Country Crisp Cereal, Amoy – Taste of Asia Sauces, Calbee – Yushoi Sticks, Clarks – Carob Syrup, Nah Foods- Slim Noodles and Gathr Foods – Crobar.

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My favourite had to be the Yushoi Sticks these are made from green peas and rice, they sound a much healthier alternative than crisps, as they are baked with no artificial colours or flavours and high in fibre.  I had the lightly salted variety but would be keen to try the sweet chili and lemon next time I spot them.  If it had not been for Degustabox I probably would not have sampled them and found out how much I like them.

We also enjoyed the Taste of Asia thai green curry cooking sauce, it helped make a lovely dinner for hubbie and I.  He washed it down with the Tsingtao beer, he was pleased to see one hiding in the delivery and claimed it straight away!

I have a code BLDEG15 to share, which gives you £6 off a box if you are intrigued to see what all the fuss is about.  I think it’s very easy to coast along when it comes to food, picking the safe familiar options not being adventurous.  Having an opportunity to try Desgustabox for the next three months is certainly making mealtime more interesting!  It’s the most perfect way to be introduced to new brands, ones that sadly you might miss when you stick to the exact same food purchases every week.  It’s time to take your taste buds on a journey of discovery!  Although so far no one has been brave enough to eat the Crobar, eldest says he is willing to face the challenge but he is no closer to opening the wrapper and trying cricket flour for the first time…

The delivery also included some money off vouchers, which helps if you are tempted to try the products again.  I am looking forward to seeing what February will have in store for us.  It's so much fun seeing what new to the market goodies we will experience.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Dreading Another Party

Youngest has decided he now wants a birthday party when he turns 7, I can just see the pound signs flashing before my eyes and feel my blood pressure rising rapidly already.  I thought last years one would keep him going for awhile, he had Zoolab so got to handle lots of creatures in the comfort of his own home, he had a Minecraft cake (and little cupcakes for guests to leave with) made especially and personalised party bags.  

We spent a small fortune buying all the party food and hubbie baked long into the night to provide enough cupcakes for the hungry party goers and their parents (well mainly so the kids could just lick off the topping and leave the cake!).

I dread to think how much we spent in total, it must have been close to £300 and that was with only about 15 guests.  This time he is thinking BIGGER and wants to invite his whole class, he looked heartbroken when I suggested something on a much smaller scale.  I had hoped that a cinema trip would suffice, even bringing a friend along with him to sweeten the deal, but no… he is not going for it at all.

So I have spent the evening looking at party bags and accessories and feeling more than a little bit stressed about the costs mounting up.  I wish I knew how to do a party on a budget because then I might not be so panic-stricken.  Back in the day there was none of this party bag nonsense, my mum just used to wrap up a slice of birthday cake and if you were lucky you might also leave with a mini mars bar.  I sound so bah humbug but I do think sometimes the money would be better spent elsewhere.  We could have a mini break away for the cost of a party, I tried to offer that as bait but he wasn’t taking it!

Tomorrow it will be back to the drawing board to see if I can think of anything to beat a party, I have found some great ideas when they are older like a monster truck driving experience (you need to be 10 sadly!), but that £79 sure beats what I would spend on a class party.  I do not begrudge him spending time with his friends I just like to leave a couple of years between full on parties!  Especially now parties are becoming more and more elaborate.  I like making a fuss of him on his birthday of course, each birthday is special but I just do not like jumping on the party bandwagon and getting crushed with ALL the costly extras.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Our Weekend: New Parents & A Pantomime

Eldest has been reading The Parent Agency over the weekend and has now decided he wants new parents so thanks for that David Baddiel… his choice is sweet shop owners!  Although if he lived in a sweet shop I doubt they would ever make a profit as he would be too eager to eat up all the products!  I hope his “new parents” also know a good dentist. 

He has since asked if I can have our builder round and get a quote for him to have a small sweet shop installed in his large bedroom, he has already planned where he will move things so he can squeeze it in.  He said he is going to start saving right away… I was quite impressed with his entrepreneurial nature until I learnt he planned to just eat all the sweets with his friends and not actually sell any…

The weekend was a wash out in terms of weather but we went to a pantomime so had lots of fun anyway.  

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I really enjoy watching shows with the boys are they sit avidly watching everything, the script was very entertaining lots of giggles for the adult’s included that went right over the kids heads thankfully!  They always invite children on stage to join in with one of the songs and they got a bit overwhelmed with how many clambered on to the stage this year!  I think half the children in the audience must have wanted their moment of fame (although I think most were driven by the packet of sweets they get presented at the end!).

A break from flyball this week, which timed in well with the pantomime, but I thought I would share this little video of how our dog is getting on.  She is starting to get the hang of jumping over the hurdles, what you didn’t see was her return she did have the ball which is something but she decided to bypass the hurdles completely on the way back (so she still has work to do!).

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Youngest has not had the best nights sleep so I am running on empty today!  I would normally top up on sugar (cakes and chocolate) but I am trying to be good.  Hubbie is also trying to eat more healthily but it is making him proper grumpy, I think his body is having withdrawal symptoms.