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Prestige Flowers – A Floral Celebration!

After a girly shopping day in Harrogate with my friend I was delighted to arrive home to these stunning flowers by Prestige Flowers UK to review. Having been chosen previously to review their flowers my expectations were high and they haven’t disappointed me at all!

Prestige Flowers arrive via courier in an attractive sturdy box with a carrying handle built into the top.

Opening and unpacked the flowers is easy. Just lift the lid and lift the flowers using their wrapping. The flowers are gift wrapped and tied with a lovely rustic bow

Also inside the box was a vase – perfect for the size of bouquet and the flowers fit in perfectly. There is also a gift bag which the flowers stand inside and matches the wrapping.

I filled the base with water and used the flower food that was included, snipped the tie, removed the paper and cut the bands securing the flowers. I then just simply – and no more than that placed the flowers in the base and they fell into the most beautiful arrangement. Bright cheery perfectly fresh flowers to brighten up the fast approaching cold Autumn days! I wholeheartedly encourage you to take a peek at their gorgeous Birthday Flowers here – they truly are a special gift for that important person!

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September Degustabox is here!

I am very pleased with this September edition of the Degustabox What a great selection! As a blogger I get the alcohol and non alcohol versions so I may have a couple more items in my box that you may not receive in yours but they are great value and a chance to try something new!

Degustabox is a monthly subscription box which you can cancel any time. You can try your first box for just £5.99 with my code 8c0x9 by signing up here

This months selection will help keep me on the right healthy eating track before my holiday!

The contents are:

Miso Tasty Original Ramen Noodle Kit

This is a great kit which includes 2 non fried ramen noodle nests, 2 white miso pastes and 2 seaweed garnishes and works put an incredible 1/2 syn pp on Slimming World after running it through the calculator! More info here

Rice Dream with Quinoa

Rice Dream Quinoa with Calcium, and vitamins D2 and B12 and no added sugars . Rice Dream is a plant based milk alternative. Sign up for the Dream Challenge at My Dairy Free Dream , print off £6 worth of vouchers and browse their online recipes. £1.60

Gluten free San Miguel

330mls of Gluten free San Miguel to tickle the tastebuds of over 18’s! 5.4% volume £2 each – more infohere

Virtue Sparkling energy waterVirtue sparkling energy water in Berries and Lemon and Lime flavours. A refreshing canned drink that is zero sugar, zero calories, no sweeteners and nothing artificial £1.35 each. Visit their website here

Wild Planet pole and line caught tuna

Wild Planet Pole and Line Caught Tuna Steaks are hand packed and cooked just once to retain the natural juices in the can. No need to drain – just mix the juices with the Tuna for added flavour and nutrition. £3.49 . More info here

Knorr Rich Beef concentrated stock

New Knorr Rich Beef Concentrated Liquid Stock is made from real beef extract, gluten free and free from artificial colours. No MSG – just add a few drops to your dishes to enhance the flavour! £2.20

For more info on Knorr products visit here

Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen Peruvian Garlic and Tomato Sauce and Arroz Amorillo yellow Rice

Santa Maria American Kitchen has just landed on some supermarkets – I have seen them in Morrisons and it’s a pretty impressive range too! A variety of sauces to tempt and inspire you along with the perfect rice accompaniment to transport your taste buds to Latin America The sauce – Peruvian Garlic and Tomato is 5.5 syns for the whole pouch and the rice – Arroz Amarillo Yellow rice is 4 syns a pouch

Rice pouches £1.85, Sauces £1.85

For more info visit their website here

Green and Blacks Velevet Edition 70% Dark Chocolate

The new Green and Black’s Velvet Edition 70% smooth dark chocolate has been blended to be smooth in flavour by using the finest Ghanaian cocoa balanced with sweet Madagascan vanilla and is in supermarkets now £1.99

View their range here

Mint Mentos- spearmint and mint

Mint and Spearmint Mentos. A chewy refreshing Sweet in a resealable pouch perfect for sharing £1.19 More info here

Nestle Oat Crisp Cheerios

Nestle Oat Crisp Cheerios have been developed to help lower cholesterol. They are high in fibre and low in saturated fat and contain beta-glucan from Oat fibre to help keep your heart healthy! £2.49 For more info visit here

Greens Egg Custard Filling

Green’s Creamy Egg Custard Filling is a perfect quick dessert fix. Just add milk, a pre cooked pastry case or alternative, follow the instructions and refrigerate. At apx 50cals for the pack you add 1pt of milk and make a delicious dessert – ready in just over an hour. £0.69 for more info visit the website and use coupon code Degusta15 by December 2017 to get 15% off your first order

Seriously Spreadable Creamy Squares

Also included in this months box is a

Voucher to try Seriously Spreadable Creamy Squares free! Available in Tesco, Morrisons and Asda. Great for lunchboxes, on crackers or that little cheese fix! £1.75

Conclusion – a great little box full of goodies and I can’t see any one of them not being enjoyed!

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Degustabox Back to School theme

A fantastic selection of goodies in this months ‘Back to School’ themed Degustabox ‘ Its that time when parents are looking for school uniforms, buying new shoes and lunch boxes – this months Degustabox is stashed full of goodies to send your children back to school with a smile on their faces! And yours too 😉

Our children are grown up now so we will just have to treat ourselves and pretend we are back at school! I do receive the alcohol and non alcohol selections though so will probably get the glasses out later!

Get your first box for just £5.99 here with my code 8c0x9 . In this months line up there are lots of tasty treats

Seabrook Crisps 6 pack of assorted – sea salt, sea salt and vinegar and cheese and onion – the original crinkle cut crisps for a proper crunch! My fav is the Cheese and Onion! £1.00Also included in the box is a 25p off voucher so we will be using this soon!

Hellmans Real Mayonnaise 250ml

Made with 100% free range eggs and is a perfect storecupboard staple – do you have your Hellmans? I do – I just have one more now! £1.69

McIlhenny & Co Tabasco green pepper mild sauce. Perfect for me as a lightweight around hot spices this is the mildest version made from green jalapeño peppers and can be added to pizzas, pastas, meat and seafood etc to give an extra kick! £1.89

Twisted Halo Coconut water and ginger muddled with premium vodka! At only 90 cals per bottle it’s a slimmers dream! It’s a gentle sparkling drink twisted with coconut, ginger and a hint of lime. Serve chilled £1.50 available in Morrisons and Wholefoods

Orangina and Orangina Light – soft sparkling orange drink in Original and lights options . Orangina is a household name going back decades and is delicious on its own or used as a mixer for mocktails and cocktails £1.20 each

Maggi Fusian noodles by Nestle

Fiery sweet chilli -Spicy Chilli and ginger with onion oil and veggies – a fiery noodle and Sticky hoisin duck – soy sauce, oriental spice and hints of roasted duck with veggies, spices and infused oil and ready in 4 mins £1.39 each

Refresher softies – Ken has snaffled these !

A great retro soft chewy sweet with a fizz! Available in Asda and Tesco £1.00

Cadburys toffee wholenut bar

I love this little bar – I love nuts and Cadburys so a great combination £0.65

Bahlsen Pick up Black and White biscuits. Two chocolate covered biscuits with a bar of white chocolate sandwiched in between – oh my days – I can’t resist a nibble later! £1.69 – a perfect individually wrapped lunchbox snack

Fruitypot Jelly squeeze – Orange and Apple and Blackcurrant. Jelly squeeze is a resealable jelly in a pouch. gluten and lactose free, vegan and vegetarian makes it perfect for a packed lunch or an on the go snack £0.69 each

Cadburys Curlywurly squirlies

Bitesize chewy curly wurly pieces covered in milk chocolate in a shareable bag £1.99

Lighter Life Fast Soya and Chickpea popped crisps

Pesto and sundried tomato

Sweet and smoky chipotle

Both are under 100cals, gluten free, full of fibre and protein, veggie friendly, free from artificial colours, preservatives and flavours and are low in saturated fat too. They are potato free, msg and gm free too! £0.99 each

I love receiving my Degustabox once a month – it’s a surprise hamper full of goodies for all the family! Get your first box at Degustabox and use code 8c0x9 to get it for just £5.99 !

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Being a Brand Ambassador

Lots of you who read this will have probably seen a link on my social media. Some may understand the world of being a ‘blogger’ , ‘influencer’, or ‘brand ambassador ‘. Some of you may be intrigued – I get messages from people asking me how to become one. My response is always the same. Work hard, be prepared to spend up to and sometimes over 12 hours a day to build good relationships and be courteous, kind, respectful and patient.
My post though is not really about how to build your ‘visibility’ which makes it more attractive to engagers – it’s about what happens in the day of myself – a brand ambassador, I will call it ‘blogger’ as it’s quicker to type lol.

My life as a blogger started with my weightloss journey. My venture into Slimming World was the best thing I have done for myself in years . I have to thank Slimming World for giving me confidence, health and helping me regain self esteem. It began sharing ideas in group, sharing recipes and new products. People started to look to me in group for inspiration which was unbelievable to me and I became a very active member on their Facebook page sharing anything I could find and cook to inspire. I was voted Woman of the Year 2016 and it truly was one of my happiest days!

That’s where my life as a blogger started as I decided to be more active with my social media sharing to a larger audience.

My typical day starts as soon as I open my eyes! I reach for my phone, check to see if any of my followers or friends have sent me late messages – I always respond there and then. The only messages I ignore are the spoof accounts!
So once I have replied to any messages I quickly scroll through my feed to see what people have been up. Unfortunately with some platforms if you like too many it’s seen as spam so I am only able to ‘like’ a few. If you don’t get a like off me, it’s not because I don’t want to, it’s because we are restricted and I also follow over 4000 people so it’s impossible to like them all. I get inspiration from everyone though. Posts jump out, meals inspire me and your stories are so motivational. The most important aspect about my Instagram account are my followers – not the products I receive – I always respond to messages throughout the day as soon as I can and love getting them and being in touch with such kind genuine people. We are all wanting to be healthier, slimmer and fitter – That is the foundation of my life as a blogger.
Once I can part myself from my social media and have responded to all messages I get up and have my coffee. My phone is on charge ready to take breakfast pics. I photograph, eat and post my pics at the same time. Many a meal goes cold lol!
I tag in any suppliers on my pics and use lots of hashtags which I key in manually. I don’t use any automated system . When I post I am posting live.

Once breakfast is over I shower, get dressed and do my makeup and think of any stories I can do. I love talking to you all and the messages I get in return which need responding to I can’t ignore them!

For those who are not so familiar with my lifestyle we live on beautiful big boat. This needs taking and filling up with water, emptying out, filling with diesel etc – probably 3 times a week. We have to watch the weather – it gets difficult if it’s windy and in winter, but we get to enjoy the summer days ‘al fresco’ We fit this into our days which takes a couple of hours or so and keeps Ken busy and happy. I quite often in the midst of a blog have to quickly put my coat on and help Ken manoeuvre the boat. Especially if the weather is bad!
Around lunchtime I get the post.
If I am lucky enough to have received a delivery it gets opened and I plan my day around that.

I like to do my reviews as soon as possible but sometimes have to schedule them as I don’t like bombarding you with too much at once but have to balance that with the expectations from suppliers.
I always treat suppliers and their products with respect – If I am not keen on something I have contacted suppliers and explained to them why and I don’t post. I don’t really want something on my feed I don’t like anyway as I like to have a positive feed and don’t want to spread negativity. We all need more positivity in our lives but it’s got to be honest too!

So on the days I have received a delivery I read up about it. Take photos, experience it and review honestly. I then post.
Once this is done I check messages again, check feeds – I have Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and then plan lunch if I haven’t already squeezed it in between all of the above! I photograph again, post, check messages, check my feed.
It all settles down around mid afternoon and I get some quiet time before planning and cooking tea, taking photos, posting, watching tv with one eye and responding to messages and checking feeds.

It all sounds a bit laborious but I love it!
Ken my partner is very patient with me and acknowledges this has to be done lol!
We only watch a couple of hours tv so my social media gets priority again! And so it goes on until bedtime!
Don’t get me wrong I do have free time to spend with family and friends and I love to have a bit of pampering now and then. I am semi retired now but work 1-2 days a week as I am not at retirement age yet! – my days are full and happy! I wouldn’t change it. We are lucky enough to get to try new and exciting (and some not so exciting) products and my mission is to share these with you. I love new ideas for foods, recipes, gifts, gadgets, and the occasional luxury! My friends and family get first hand experience of these as I am a sharing type of person!

Some may see bloggers as ‘freeloaders’ but we actually work hard to do what we love to do, which in monetary value equates to way below the minimum wage! Although we are privileged enough to receive sample products from suppliers purely for review we never take this for granted. It is a job/ hobby/vocation. The products we receive from suppliers are either gifted or discounted and if we are passionate about something you will know about it!
I don’t always post about products I have been sent and quite often write about products I have purchased or things I have seen when out and about. It’s about sharing after all ! I sometimes receive products on a regular basis, build good relationships with suppliers and often do work for them behind the scenes.

They may ask for my help in creating recipes which I plan and write up for them to publish or are looking at development and ask for my input.

My foundation for all of the above is searching for a healthier,
more confident and a happier me. My Slimming World group enabled me to move on from the rut I was in and give me a focus for the future, inspired by encouragement from the same people and I will be forever grateful for that.

I love creating new recipes and sharing them and spend as much time making stuff as I can. I sometimes end up with too much because the cooking bug got a hold of me – I should open a cafe lol!

Life is importantly about balance, I now look towards a healthy lifestyle with a bit of indulgence and luxury but continue to share what I experience with you guys – my extended support group. Thankyou for being there and listening to my ramblings, for putting up with my posts if it’s not your ‘cup of tea’, for ‘liking’ my meals when it’s not something you would have and for watching my insta stories and sending me lovely messages which I am always telling Ken about. Keep in touch

Love Debsx

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Holistic, Fantastic Indigo Herbs!

Indigo Herbs have a fantastic range of Botanicals, Gift Sets, Free from, herbal teas, superfoods and much much more! From salad toppers to tinctures they have a wealth of knowledge and many products are listed with guidance.
I am lucky enough to get to review One of their Botanicals range – a lovely oil which contains bergamot, lavender, geranium, and fennel in a dilution of sweet allmond oil and peach oil. Emotional balance is calming, relaxing and helps to ease the mind. I massage this oil into my skin before bedtime. They do say you are drawn to oils that you need and I was drawn to this and love the aroma! Emotional Balance Aromatherapy Massage Oil

A good aromatherapy oil can be quite expensive but at £6.99 for this 100ml bottle i think it's well worth trying. Indigo Herbs have a great range of oils labelled under their Indigo Botanicals range and for those who are going through challenges, emotional upsets, sleep disturbances struggling to concentrate or simply relax they have a great selection which can be seen here

Ingido Herbs also have a great range of 'make it yourself kits, perfect for gifts or for just simply treating yourself. I have the Indigo Chocolate Making Kit – link here It includes everything you need to make your own chocolates for £19.99. It contains pure botanical ingredients with nothing added
Ken and I had a great time making these chocolates which was easy and fun
We thoroughly love these chocolates which aren't too sweet, deliciously nutty and like a firmer ganache. We added the Brazil Nuts which were included in the pack but omitted the Goji Berries as Ken wasn't so keen. You could add your own slant to these lovely treats to make your own little sumptuous bespoke chocolates

Next time we try them we may use a bit of imagination and add some cherries!

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AuntieMos Perfect Cookies!

This was a great find at the Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival last week. Auntie Mos are a small company who have perfected the art of cookie mixes!

They are vegan and make lovely dairy free cookies. The pack which is incredibly easy and fast to make and ready from start to finish in 20 mins states 99 cals per cookie and makes 12 altogether. I split the mixture into 18 cookies
which works out at a very respectable 3.5 syns each (check syn values yourself to protect your weightloss)

I followed the instructions to the letter and 30 mins later allowing for cooling down I has a delicious 3.5 syn cookie which was crunchy and soft in the middle – a perfect cookie! They have a great best before date too – mine was dated 31/01/2018 which is fabulous! You can purchase their delicious cookies here £3.50 pk

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It’s Summer time at Degustabox!

Imagine my delight today at receiving a summer themed Degustabox on a perfect Summers day! The sun is blazing and my face is beaming! For anyone who hasn't experienced opening a Degustabox- you can try your first box for just £5.99 with my code 8c0x9. It's a monthly subscription box which you can cancel at any time. Go to https://degustabox.com where you can find more details on delivery, subscriptions and cancellations.
This months aptly 'Summer' themed box is so welcome! The perfect balance of healthy food with ample liquid refreshments!
We always start the day with breakfast so what better way to introduce this months contents than to start with:
Weetabix Additions – Coconut and Raisin. For those on Slimming World two of these are your hexb or 7.5 syns. It's a huge box of 24 and packed with fibre, vitamin D and 100% wholegrain. £2.99

A cheeky little fruit juice is another way to start a beautiful Summer morning and we are lucky enough to have just such a thing with this lovely carton of Cracker Drinks Co. Mango and Passionfruit fruit juice drink A uniquely crafted fruit blend, Cracker Drinks describe their juice as sweet, smooth and subtle. It contains only naturally occurring sugars and provides you with 1 of your 5 a day. At 60 cals per 200 ml serving or 3 syns that's definitely affordable! £1.80

Another thing that comes in handy at breakfast time – for frying or baking those eggs and hash browns or omelettes is Frylight. Something I cannot do without! This new flavour – Avocado is perfect for pan frying, woks, roasting or the BBQ. At just 1 cal per spray, just spray away, it's good exercise! £2.99

If you haven't got time for breakfast and have to eat on the train etc these Ryvita Thins are perfect.
Take them to work, accompanied by a little hummus or a dip they are a perfect snack or addiction to lunch. Topped with Cheddar, Regato and Emmental cheeses you can even enjoy them on their own for just 1.5 syns or 29 cals. £1.89

One thing we do like to do on a hot day is to enjoy light snacks. It's sometimes difficult to fit in a healthy nutritious snack when you don't fancy fruit.Oloves are perfect for that. Natural green pitted olives flavoured with chilli and oregano and just 53 cals per pack or 3 syns they make a perfect filling snack £0.99

All this is making me thirsty and what better for a lovely refreshing drink than an apple spritz. Thor Dry Apple Spritz has included two flavours in this months box – Ginger and Mint. At just 69 Calories per bottle or 3.5 syns you can enjoy a lovely refreshing dry crisp sparkling drink

Cooking on a hot day can be a bit of a bind and salads are quite often on the menu. We all need that extra bit of filling power and not all of us eats bread. Quinoa is a perfect alternative to rice or couscous and can be served with salads, stews or enjoyed on its own. Merchant Gourmet's Red and White Quinoa ( pronounced keenwah) can even be used for making a wholesome porridge. At just 3 syns per pack it's a very filling healthy wholefood £1.99

A staple in anyone's cupboard should be mustard. MaillesTraditional Dijon Mustard is a perfect accompaniment to many a meal and I often use it as an ingredient to flavour dishes – grilled lamb, in potato salad or simply with a steak. Just a tiny amount can transform a recipe. £1.99

So we have got through a hot day and we are well into the evening and we fancy a nibble! What better than to indulge on something random …..
Oh yes! It's Rowntrees Randoms. Not only are they packed with fruity flavour, they have 30% less sugar too! 9 sweets are 106 cals or 5.5 syns and so worth it for a lovely chewy fruity sweet! Perfect for the family if you can bear to share! £1.29

So if you couldn't bear to share them how about giving the rest of the family some beautiful nutritious yoghurt. Included in the box this month is a voucher to enjoy any flavour of The Collective Kids Yoghurt With no pips or bits and packed with fruit they make a delicious healthy snack or dessert. No added nasties and just whole milk and fruit this fruity yoghurt was created to cater for children's palates and preferences. £2.00

The Collective didn't stop there though! For those gym goers or those that just need a protein boost. The Collective have included two vouchers to try their Pro-Yo berries, coconut or strawberry protein yoghurt in a carton to enjoy on the go! Containing more protein than 2 eggs in each carton and less sugar than an apple they make a perfect snack!

Well after a long day what better way to wind down the day with a lovely refreshing alcoholic drink – feet up, in the garden with a glass of Blossom Hill Spritz
Blossom Hill Raspberry and Blackcurrant Spritz is a fruity twist on wine. Light bubbly with natural fruit flavours. Best served chilled. £4.99
A perfect way to reflect what an amazing Summer themed July's Degustabox was!