August Degustabox

For some reason this month went much slower but I finally got my August Degustabox* and as ever I loved it!

August Degustabox

Dr Oetker Mug Cakes – £1.37 each

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Obviously not part of my diet so these will be saved for a very rainy day. However, I saw these in the shops a couple of months back but I never got round to trying them. They come in 3 flavours – rich chocolate, chocolate chip and lemon. All you do is add milk and pop them in the microwave for two minutes. I cannot wait to try these! Mug cakes made easy!

LifeTonics – £1.49

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I’ve been working very closely with the amazing people behind LifeTonics recently and I can already tell you that these bottle of flavoured coconut water are delicious! They are a great addition to smoothies as long as you use the complementary flavours! With natural fruit extracts, 5 vitamins and 4 minerals, you are drinking so many good things!

Scheckter’s – £1.45

This is an energy drink which is 100% natural and organic. I’m not a fan of energy drinks but if you are then this is definitely one to try!

Williamson Tea

I love everything that Williamson Tea stands for, this Ginger Tea is delicious, you have to make sure that you leave the tea bag in for the right amount of time, and not too long or the taste isn’t quite right!

Ryvita – £2.88 each

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I am actually a big fan of Ryvita, I know some people think it is bland but with flavours like black pepper and sesame seed, topped with something delicious, they are a great healthy snack!

Bahlsen – £3.48

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While these look so tempting! And you literally cannot beat chocolate and biscuits, I really had to resist from these! I have been told by my family, my brother mainly, that they were really good! This was also evident from the empty packet when I got home from work!

Barilla – Pasta & Sauce – £1.50 & £2

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I must say these look delicious and also tasted great together! When I found them both in the box, I knew they had to be eaten together. The Penne Rigate are inspired by the shape of an old styled pen and have great ability to hold the sauce. Arrabiata sauce is one of my favourites and is an incredible blend of spicy chillies and Italian tomatoes.

Walkers – £2

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I don’t know anyone who hasn’t tried their shortbread! It reminds me of train journeys to London when I was younger and I can vouch they are the best around (after my Nan’s of course)!

Primal Pantry – £1.49 each

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This is something new for me! Aimed at those on a Paleo diet and is made with the best real food ingredients and free of any junk. The bars are raw and coldpress, made in the UK, and are naturally gluten and dairy free. Oh and a delicious snack.

Baked Bites

I love these, they are an amazing snack and less than 100 calories. Plus bacon bread bites?! I could eat them all day!

August Degustabox

Fru Snax

Last month we tried the strawberry and fig flavours. This month we get to try the Peach slices with Vanilla Yoghurt Melts. I absolutely LOVE this flavour. I need to find these in the shops, I love them that much! A new favourite of mine.

This box has been really great this month! I love finding new products and remembering forgotten favourites each month with Degustabox. To get £3 off your first box, enter the code C1DAC.

This month’s box retails at around £25, this is over double what you pay for the box which is incredible value and one of the best I’ve seen yet!

Don’t forget to check them out on Twitter and Facebook too!

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*This product was kindly sent to me for review purposes and as always all views are my own.

Day Zero Challenge Update #3

Day Zero Challenge

It’s been a few months since my last Day Zero Challenge Update, so I thought I would share the ones I have managed to check off since my last update, admittedly not as many as I thought I would have but I’ve got a few ideas to get the next ones going! So hopefully there will be an update sooner rather than later!

  • Go to a Concert
  • Sort out my emails
  • Get myself a good workout regime
  • Go to a Festival (Camp Bestival 2015 & BST Taylor Swift)
  • Get promoted to key holder
  • Get promoted to supervisor
  • Have a picnic in the park

I love checking all these off my list and seeing how far I’ve come!

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Stationary Haul #1

This is more of a mini stationary haul but even though there are only a few things they are just too cute/amazing/incredible to not share.

There is an incredible shop called Paper Source in America which I knew I had to go to as they don’t ship to England.

Firstly I picked up this 17-month Date Book which has the black hardback cover with dots. It was $29.95 which works out around £20 which I thought was good value. Inside there is a monthly view until the end of next year, and after that a weekly view with a notes section too and there are notes pages at the back. It’s almost too perfect to write in but I’m a bit in love with their planner!

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I’ve been searching for emoji stickers for AGES. So when I found these I was so excited! I had to have them! Ready to use in my new planner!

Emoji Stickers

I also got this pretty pencil case/pouch which is a lovely canvas material dipped in fold and matches my planner perfectly!

Gold Pencil Case

Not entirely stationary related but it was from Paper Source still and too cute not to share! These confetti dot cellophane bags are great for putting small presents in with a bit of ribbon around. I couldn’t resist.

Cellophane Bags

A while back (and I think the deal is still on) everyone went crazy over the pack of 28 Sharpies for £7 so I had to get some and I’ve got this cute tin to store them in!

Sharpies

What are you favourite stationary buys recently?

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New York, New York

Tuesday was my sisters 18th Birthday, and me and my other sister headed out to New York to meet up with the rest of the family.

The original plan was to surprise my brother and sister on her birthday but this was too much of a big secret to keep so they found out a couple of days before, damn it!

It was so exciting arriving in New York, it took so long to get through the security which was frustrating when all you want to do is go see your family. So nearly 2 hours after we landed, we got to the apartment which just screamed New York at you!

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We were in a quieter part of the city which was quite nice when you wanted to go for a little walk in the morning.

The day we arrived was my sisters birthday so after showering her in presents (and you can see what we got her here), we headed out to go bowling. Possibly the most American bowling alley I will ever see with a huge I heart NY on the wall.

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I lost to the most competitive people around but it’s ok because this conveniently name Life’s A Peach cocktail made everything better.

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We then had the most amazing dinner at a restaurant called Hakkasan. If you’ve ever been to Ping Pong in London it is very similar to that but a million times better!

We had so much food, sharing dim sum plates, crispy aromatic duck like you’ve never tried it before and a whole range of main meals. It was absolutely delicious but what with it being the early hours of the morning back home, we were beyond exhausted and needed to go to sleep straight away! I could barely keep my eyes open by this point!

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The next day we went down to the 9/11 museum which is something I was desperate to do and while I am so glad I did, it was so hard to walk around and see what actually happened. There is one part where it takes you through what happened on the day by the minute. There were recordings of calls made by people in the buildings and on the plane and while it felt so horrible to listen to, it definitely gives you a better understanding of what happened that day and the years after. I thought it was quite amazing how all the emergency services pulled together within seconds of it all happening and did absolutely everything they could to save as many people as possible.

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It took us over an hour to go through this one part of the museum by which point we were starving so headed to this cute little cafe and I had this delicious salad. It was just too good, I could eat it all over again.

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New York

We did a bit of shopping and I found the most amazing stationary shop in the entire world so naturally I bought half of it.

That evening we went for dinner at Tavern on the Green which was an adorable restaurant but unfortunately the service wasn’t that great but the food was pretty good! The lights were absolutely amazing, and so pretty when it got dark!

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On the second and last full day that I was there, we had a very late start and walked up towards Central Park, doing a bit of shopping along the way. I bought my first ever MAC lipstick in Peach Blossom which I love.

We went into Whole Foods and got an absolute feast for a picnic and took it to Central Park to eat. Whole Foods is literally something else, there is so much to choose from and we didn’t even look around all of it! There are huge salad bars, fresh bread, sushi, huge fruit platters, literally all of the healthiest food you will ever see.

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New York

After, we walked back to our apartment along 5th Avenue as it was so much prettier than the other avenues.

Thursday nights dinner was at Lupa, an amazing Italian restaurant where we had the past tasting menu. So much pasta, I’m ridiculously fussy but I did enjoy some of the dishes and I certainly enjoyed their cocktail menu!

Friday morning also meant a bit of shopping on 34th Street followed by lunch back at the cafe round the corner with this INCREDIBLE avocado on toast!

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The trip was definitely over too quick which was a shame. I cannot wait to go back!!

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Goodbye New York

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