Review: Beautiful Sunglasses from GlassesShop.com!

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Today I’m bringing you a review of the amazing online eyeglasses store GlassesShop.com !


The lovely Laura from the store recently contacted me to ask if I would be interested in working with them – I wear glasses on a daily basis (I can’t actually see the top letter on an eye chart with out them!) So this was something I was very interested in; especially as I usually buy my glasses on-line as most high-street chains don’t have a great collection or are very, very expensive. Laura said to pick out any of the glasses frames or sunglasses that I liked and they would make them up with my prescription and send them out to me.

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Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Wonderball wand review

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I know what you’re thinking, two posts in one week?! Surprise! I’m hoping to get back to 3x a week, so get ready for more fun an adventure with me!

CoCo LoCo wonderball

Over the last 15 years, I have searched high and low for a curling wand that will deal with my hair; I hate to think how many different ones I have tried. For reference, I have longer than shoulder length hair – it’s quite thick, does whatever it likes, is pretty much poker straight and really requires a LOT of effort to get it to do anything remotely interesting. My previous, ancient Babyliss curling tongs are completely useless on it now which is why I was looking for a replacement in the first place and had been eyeing up the Wonderball. For starters, it looked awesome with its rose gold and pink colours, had added coconut oil in the wand and promised to give either curls or waves depending on whether you wrapped the hair around the balls or in the grooves – Ideal! I had already purchased the Lee Stafford CoCo Loco Blow and Go Nuts hair dryer and a few other products from the CoCo LoCo range and had already been impressed, so when I was offered the opportunity to review theses for a fair and unbiased review I jumped at the chance.

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Nibboxx snack subscription box ~*~SPONSORED REVIEW~*~

UPDATE 31/01/2017

I’M NOT SURE IF NIBBOXX IS STILL RUNNING.
A READER LEFT A COMMENT ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO ACCESS THEIR WEBSITE AND HAVING LOOKED AT THEIR WEBSITE AND THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWINGS IT SEEMS LIKE THEY HAVEN’T UPDATED SINCE 10/17.
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Hello Lovelies!

The lovely folk over at Nibboxx sent me a yummy 50/50 snack box to review! Check out my thoughts in the video above.

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Here’s some close up of the box – how awesome is the shape? It definitely makes it stand out in the post!

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The front of the box features some information on your new snack box – the snacks are nutritionally balanced, so tasty and good for you too!

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The delicious snacks I was sent, from the top left: coca glazed almonds, dried white chocolate raspberries, date and walnut bars and chill and lemon pop corn. My favourites were definitely the almonds, they were so morish! I was very impressed with the portion sizes – these were very generous. As I mentioned in the video the little pods are the perfect size to pop in a bag and take out and about with you – if they make it out of the house that is, they are that good!

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The leaflet included with the box – This is personally addressed to me which I thought was a lovely touch, it makes the box feel much more personal. The leaflet also contains the type of box (50/50) and the nutritional information on the other side.

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Nutritional information, allergies, organic information over view.

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Organic Nibboxx date & walnut bar.

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Dried white choice raspberries

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Cocoa glazed almonds.

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Gourmet Popcorn – Chilli & Lemon.

I want to say thank you to Nibboxx for sending me this fun box to try out! I’m really very impressed with this box – the variety of snacks was fantastic – I love that they offer different boxes – especially the gluten free one (My Mum can’t have anything with gluten in so it’s something I’m always on the look out for). This is the first snack subscription that I’ve found that offers a gluten free selection. I love the personalised leaflet with the nutritional breakdown on, this is something that’d be very handy if you are working on a macro based diet and for those watching their calorie intake too.

If you’d like to check out Niboxx for yourself, you can check out their website below

NIBBOXX WEBSITE

Have you tried out Nibboxx? Any questions for me? Let me know in the comments below!

Ta-ta for now,

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Planner Update with Mimo Pencil Case Shop

Hello Lovelies!

I hope everyone is well today! For those of those of you who celebrate it, I hope you had a fantastic Easter and long weekend!

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Back in October last year the lovely folks at Mimo Pencil Case Shop sent me a huge parcel of products to review! (You can ready my review here and check out the Mimo Pencil Case Shop here) Back then I said I wanted to make the planner into something I could use for inspiration and motivation too as well as giving making it my own!

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Today I’m happy to announce that I’ve done just that! I’ve created something I love and has a lot of fun and colour to it whilst still being practical. Here you can see that I’m making full use of the card slots in the planner – I’ve used some for my business cards, a couple for the garage and one for a Rilakkuma card I had – I’ve also used the bigger slot at the back to store appointment cards and some sticky notes! I’ve even added in the sweet note from the owner of MPCS – It’s just such a cute note! My personal details are on the sheet behind this – I careful removed this from an old Rilakkuma planner I had and it seemed a shame not to use it again!

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On the next page I’ve used some stickers to brighten up a blank sheet – and here’s the first of my custom dividers! I’m so proud of these – they’re postcards I’ve collected and cut down to fit – postcards are just the perfect width for these planners! I love this one in particular as the top bird is on a little spring that wobbles about.

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I’ve used one of the kawaii paperclips to hold the first divider for month views to the current month – this was I can keep previous month to refer back on with out having to sort through lots of pages to find the current month – this little heart fits in perfectly.

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Here’s one of my month views – it’s really fun to draw in little doodles, they also brighten up the pages – I’ve used stickers in places too! I added in some kawaii note papers on each of the month views for any extra little notes.

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I made a couple of my own little book marks for the planner too – this one is a cute little Totoro – I had a lot of fun making these and will most likely make more of them.

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Here’s the custom divider for weeks – I thought this one was quite bright and fun.

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I’ve used the weeks sections to go into more detail on anything I need too and make extra notes on addresses and things I need to remember for appointments. There’s also another little bookmark of Usagi from Sailor Moon.

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A custom dividers for addresses and the to-do lists

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I’ve lined up and hole punched some kawaii note papers to use in my planner too – this way I can add in cute extra pages in weeks or months if I need to.

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I’ve used a clear zip file here to store photos and pictures I like (Check out Harry looking super grumpy/unimpressed!)

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Finally in the back I keep super useful page markers (I use these in my favourite recipe book!) and some extra daily schedule sheets – these are useful for making notes at work.

So there you go! I am absolutely loving my gorgeous planner and will be using it for a long time to come! I’m still thinking of other ways to customise it and add to the cuteness! Do any of you have any fun tips for things I could add into the planner? Let me know in the comments below!

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Let’s Cook! – Old El Paso Stand N’ Stuff Taco kit

Hello Everyone!
It’s time for another Let’s Cook! Today I’ll be showing you Old El Paso’s Stand ‘N’ Stuff soft Taco kit – this is the smoky BBQ one. Old El Paso very kindly send me some of their new range to try out, as I’ve already tried out the fajitas before (The BBQ one is one of my favourites!) I decided to try out the taco kit first as I’ve seen these advertised on TV recently and as I like Mexican food was curious about them.
The kit comes in a brightly coloured box – you’d definitely notice this in a super market! I love the fact Old El Paso’s branding uses a red tile roof, it makes you think of somewhere warm and sunny. So the kit is very easy to use – you only need to add 500g of minced beef, two tomatoes, lettuce and 125g of grated cheese. The back has very simple and straight forward instructions on how to prepare the tacos – I think this is ideal for a week night dinner as it’s ready in 20 minutes with very little fuss or mess.
Inside the box are the tacos, a sachet of seasoning mix and a pack of salsa.

The instructions say to heat a little oil in a pan, add in your mince and brown the mince. Easy peasy!

Once the mince is browned, the box says to drain off any excess liquid (I didn’t seem to have any!) Then sprinkle in the seasoning mix.

Once the seasoning has been added you mix it through to coat the mince before adding the water. I do love the smell of this seasoning.

I’ll be honest I found it quite hard to get the seasoning to mix through as there didn’t seem to be enough of it or water. The box says to let it simmer and once its boiling to let it boil for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Mine never came to a boil as it just didn’t have enough liquid in it despite following the instructions. I’m wondering whether I should have cooked this in a sauce pan rather than a frying pan, the box didn’t specify either way and I use this pan for fajitas.

Whilst the mince is cooking you need to warm up the taco shells – again this is really straight forward, you simply take them out of the packet, carefully separate them and pop them on a microwaveable safe plate and into the microwave for 30 seconds on high power.

After about 10 minutes the mince looked like this – I think due to the lack of liquid it did dry out in a few places, it smelt really good though!

Here’s my pre-pared lettuce, tomato, cheese and the salsa sauce from the kit.

Everything all together! Look how colourful it is!

Assembling the tacos is simple, you take an empty shell, add some mince, some tomato, lettuce, salsa and finally cheese! How easy is that? Dinner in 20 minutes with very little mess to clear up after which is always an added bonus. These did taste pretty good, although I thought a little dry and the flavour wasn’t super strong – it’s very similar to the BBQ fajitas which is great in my opinion. If I bought these again (and I may well do) I’d be tempted to add either more water or try a different pan to see if that made a difference to the dryness. As tasty as these were and fun to make I still think Old El Paso’s fajitas will remain my favourite for the time being, but I’d definitely recommend giving this a try for a straight forward and easy dinner!
You can find the Old El Paso range in most super markets, but if you’d like to check out their products, why not take a look at their website below?

Old El Paso Website

Ta-ta for now,
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In collaboration with Old El Paso.