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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

Aromatherapy · Chocolate · Food · Gifts · Health · Oils · Recipes · Snacks

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!

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Hackney Coffee Co

I have just received some very aromatic samples of The Hackney Coffee Co coffee blends – and am pleasantly charmed!Columbia Road – Delicate floral notes combine with hints of citrus, berries and caramel 

Kingsland – Forest notes of Berry and walnuts with a creamy milk chocolate finish

Sadler Ascent – a roving single estate coffee with bold flavours that change seasonally

Regents – Bold chocolate caramel and dried fruit notes – de caffeinated 

I chose to sample the Kingsland first – I can’t try them all at once with my sleep problems! 

I decided to road test Kingsland Road in my lovely Jane Hogben expresso mug. Lovely coffee,  good aroma – I can’t taste the chocolate tones but I get the Walnut slightly and anything tasting of nuts is good for me! It’s a great blend which encouraged me to have a top up. I find some coffees can be quite bitter but this is lovely and mellow, fragrant with a beautiful aroma. 

I am looking forward to sampling the other blends over the coming days! 

Visit https://hackneycoffee.co/  to view the full selection. £5.95 per 200gm bag with an option to save 10% on your orders by subscription 

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Evebox WOW! 

I am absolutely over the moon to be the first person to review Evebox’s amazing gift boxes! The quality is outstanding!  Evebox have an amazing selection of tailored gift boxes to suit anyone deserving of a special giftMy box contained beautifully handcrafted Jane Hogben mugs, stunningly exquisite Saint Aymes Chocolate, wonderful blends of Salvombe Brew coffee and delicious Teoni’s Cookies! Evebox have smashed it bringing together all these special items to make this ‘Couple’s Coffee One’ box and there are even more selections on their website at https://www.evebox.co.uk/

Use my code SWDEBS to get 10% off! 

These really are a special gift! So wonderfully arranged I don’t want to spoil the display! The box arrived double boxed and cushioned with straw with a little pine twig – perfect, just perfect ❤️EVEBOX are completely dedicated to discovering beautiful & distinctive gifts to pack into their gorgeous boxes, especially for you to give to your loved ones. Beautifully packaged, and charmingly presented, they take the utmost care to pack and meticulously present their gift boxes to delight family and friends.​From their Barn in beautiful South Devon, they spend their days continuously searching high and low, tirelessly looking for the loveliest of gifts from all over the UK, (and sometimes beyond), to create their unique gift boxes, just so that you can always find that perfect gift with ease.Once they have created the best of the best gift of combinations, they carefully arrange all the goodies in their beautifully presented boxes, and even tuck in a charming menu card so that your loved ones can see all the lovely details of the contents of their specially prepared gift box.To make absolutely sure their boxes are perfect they of course ‘road test’ all their finds…sometimes having to eat their way through copious amounts of chocolate! In all – my perfect job! 

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Vintage Tree of Life Necklace by Jewelpoche

I have been very lucky enough to review this lovely Tree of Life necklace from Jewelpoche.  Jewelpoche were very keen for me to review the whole service from creating an account to ordering and delivery. The process was so simple, the prices are great and the product I received is really good quality. This Silver Vintage Tree of Life Pendant is only £14.99 and shipping is free. It comes from China but unusually it comes with tracking details so you can see your item winging its way to you! 

So what can I say now I have experienced the full process? Well it was speedier than I thought – it took just 7 working days to arrive and it's so pretty! I love the design and they have more exciting designs to choose from, rings, earrings and necklaces and they have a summer sale on right now! Thankyou to Jewelpoche, I am so pleased with my lovely symbolic necklace! 

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