Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Winter box of joy | November’s Degustabox in review


After a few weeks of stinking colds it's not been the best month to try a food box and frankly I've not got through much at all but this is my review of the November Degustabox! So what did we get?

Montano Cider – Why haven't I tried this yet? No idea. It's been chilling in the fridge ready to pop open but for some reason I've not got round to it yet. Very much looking forward to it though!

Cool Dawn Recovery – Nah, not into this kind of thing. If you want to recover from a hangover drink water and get wise to not get a hangover again in future, no point quaffing a diddy tin of something that you think might fix you. I'll try it at some point but it might hang about for a while yet.

Lindt My Melting Moment – The camera wasn't even put down before we'd already eaten one of these. As with everything Lindt, absolutely scrummy.

Kent's Kitchen Flavour Shots – We got fajita flavour which I will use at some point but it's not a particular favourite. I would have loved to try the BBQ flavour....

Pip Organic Juice – I'll drink it soon, promise. Glad to receive two bottles and organic is always best.

Branston Chutney – I'm kind of saving this for Christmas, we have some special pate and the caramelised onion chutney is going to be spot on for eating with it on some crusty bread or toast.

Holy Cow Currys – We haven't used them yet as we've only just got our taste back from these rotten colds but they look pretty good and I'm looking forward to tasting them.

Kettle Chips – We have salsa flavour crisps and that's not something I'm likely to reach for....ever!

We did get a free sample of spiced chai tea which you might spy, but as we have a tub already I haven't opened it.

Overall, I didn't love the offerings of this box compared to the previous boxes but the December box was delivered to me today and it looks good! I like the look of it already!

If you fancy getting yourself a Degustabox to fast on then by all means use my discount code! It's 86FRR and that gets you a £3 discount when registering, neat!


That's right, I reviewed a box without eating anything but the chocolate. Thanks to Degustabox for sending me the box to review! All content and opinions my own.

Monday, 15 December 2014



It was cold this weekend, really cold, especially Saturday. The puddles froze over, the roads were icy and the frost glazed everything in a pretty white layer. It certainly called for hats, gloves and scarves when we took Lincoln out for his morning walk (and I was thankful for my new jacket!) even though the sun was bright it didn't really warm things up all that much.

The freezing wintery weather isn't so much of a problem on a personal warmth level; wrapping up means I can remain comfortable so that's no trouble but the icy roads are another matter. The main problem with living in the countryside is that many of the roads do not get gritted which is ridiculous as people still have to drive along them regardless and it's particularly dangerous especially first thing in the morning on a drive to work. Over the years we've had quite a few close calls and even last week I had a minor skid – fortunately I pre-empted it and so was at slow speed wel back from a junction but even so, it's unnerving at the very least.

I took a few photos on my phone of the recent cold snap which I''ll share soon but I have to say that just lately I've not been all that inclined to pick up my main camera. I've not got any proper outfit pictures again recently which does make me really sad as I really liked what I wore, I'll have to see how my selfies turned out.

Have a great start to the week!


Friday, 12 December 2014

Tartan Dreams

Can you believe it's the first post this season with a tartan skirt? I KNOW! My beloved collection of these awkward length pleated skirts is about to come into it's own with some thermal tights – Bob's your uncle. That day I was undecided on the red or the blue skirt so I asked the opinion of my esteemed consultant (husband) and after the very briefest of dithers he chose blue. Things have moved on; roll back 18 months and he assured me he wouldn't be seen dead with me if I wore these skirts, even he has warmed to them.

Oh my gosh, these biker boots have been a godsend, I love them so much. By far one of my favourite buys of the year and touch wood a pair that will last a good while. There is little worse than finding a pair of treasured boots wears out before your love for them wears thin. The idea of forking out a fortune for an expensive well made pair does scare me but it has to be said that cheaper footwear is made pretty shabbily these days so it's little wonder they don't last.

Have a great weekend

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

At the rate I’m going, when I’m 30 I’ll be the only person in the nursing home flirting


I've been mulling over my goals and aims for 2015 over the past few weeks. Normally, I make resolutions or at least talk about my aims for the year in some sort of post over here but this time it feels more tricky. The main reason why I'm struggling to pin down my thoughts is because next year I turn 30 and frankly it's scaring the shit out of me. In my head this makes it some sort of 'landmark' year which I really dislike and although on one hand I don't want to talk about it, on the other hand I do.

I don't act, dress or profess to be my age, my plan for next year is to start again at 20 – just to warn you. My head says that 2015 is the year to make the fitness improvements that I want to make.... before it's too late (this sounds alarmingly ominous but I have no idea at what age things become unrealistic). It makes sense to me to invest in myself by either devising my own plan of action or (and I prefer) get myself a personal trainer to do the thinking for me and just bollock me when I get lazy an haven't made enough effort.

You can only start to make an action plan when you have objectives set out but one of my main problems is that I can't seem to figure out what I want to achieve. Just 'improving fitness' seems rather too vague, doesn't it? I don't specifically want to be all about running, I do want to feel stronger and I want to sort out my forever bloating middle. What has been an obvious idea is to go teetotal for the year as I'm sure I would feel better for it or at least wouldn't be consuming so many empty calories but in another way it would make me sad to wave goodbye to alcohol for such a long time. At the moment I still don't know.

Slightly sadly,


Inappropriate lyric title from Marshall Bruce Mathers III