The Degustabox August 2016 box has got to be my favourite yet. I received the monthly ‘your Degustabox is ready for delivery box’ with mixed emotion, obviously I love receiving the Degustabox but worried that it would be full of all things naughty, set to ruin my health kick. I was so pleased to open it to healthy food after healthy food along with my favourite Clipper Tea and a Lemon and Lime drink from More Drinks. All of the products in this month’s box look absolutely wonderful (I’m writing this post on the day I received the box so I can dig in right away, I’ve already taken the photos too).

Degustabox August 2016

The Degustabox is still only costs £12.99 per box and you can get a massive £7.00 off with my discount code BLDEG15 meaning you can get all this food for £5.99. Worth a try right? Considering the Muesli alone is usually £3.49. The Degustabox August 2016 contained…

Tabasco Sweet and Sticky Barbecue Sauce – My eyes lit up when I saw this as I love Tabasco. This looks like it would be ideal in a wrap or on a burger. It would be nice to flavour things like soup and cous cous too.

Clipper Tea Lime and Ginger – I’ve just finished a box of Clipper Cranberry Green Tea and Clipper Wild Berry Tea is one of my all time favourites. I’m looking forward to trying this new Lime and Ginger flavour.

Nutripot Cous Cous and Thai Noodles – Each pot contains 50% of your daily 28 vitamin and mineral needs, how crazy is that? These will be ideal desk lunches when I don’t have long to prepare food at work.

Dorset Cereals Bircher Muesli – I’ve vowed to start eating breakfast so I was pleased to see this one along with a Dorset Cereals Measuring Cup so I can ensure I’m getting the correct portion sizes. I’m going to try this with some Alpro Cashew Milk that I’ve just bought.

Get More Multivitamins – I’ve done and entire post about these drinks here so you can read an in depth review. The sparkling flavours we my favourites and this has made me want to go out an buy the entire range again. They’re available in many stores such as WHSmith, Tesco and Superdrug so make sure you pick one up when you’re next out and about.

Oloves – I’m really not keen on Olives so I’m not sure what I’m going to think of these. They’re just too salty for me.

Mahou Cinco Estrellas – Sam was pleased to see a beer in the box as he loved last month’s. He’s saving this one for a Friday night to accompany a Chinese takeaway.

Geeta’s Curry Pastes and Mango Chutney – I’ve tried Geeta’s products before and think these two Tikka and Rogan Josh pastes will work well for both chicken and vegetarian currys. The Mango Chutney was a bonus too, I eat far too much of this already.

Willy Chase’s Fit Corn – Told you the Degustabox August 2016 was full of healthy treats. Popcorn is one of my favourite snacks and I was once addicted to Tesco Salt and Vinegar Popcorn until it was discontinued, boohoo.

Rakusen’s Snackers – With only 7 calories per cracker, these are ideal to accompany salads to add a little more substance. They’d be lovely with a dollop of Philadelphia.

Fentimans Sparkling Lime and Jasmine – Fentimans Rose Lemonade or Cloudy Lemonade are my drinks of choice when I go out with friends if I fancy a bit of a treat (I usually order water with ice and lemon, or a lime and soda). I’m sure this one will be just as gorgeous.

Do you get the Degustabox? What was your favourite item in the Degustabox August box?

Until next time,

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As I mentioned in Saturday’s A Stay At The Malvern Spa post, I wanted to feature one of the treatments, The Malvern Manicure, in an individual post as obviously it’s perfect for a Manicure Monday. You all know that I’m always painting/doing my nails, I’m sure I’ve written over 50 Manicure Mondays by now but I’m always neglecting my hands, nails and cuticles and just focusing on the actual colour or design.

The Malvern Manicure at The Malvern Spa

The Malvern Manicure at The Malvern Spa

Forgetting base coats with orange polishes, adding colour after colour and never using hand creams have put my nails in such a state, it embarrassed me to not wear polish of some sort to cover up the mess they were in. Anyway, when choosing my treatments* at The Malvern Spa I just had to go for The Malvern Manicure in the hope that they could work miracles (spoiler: they can).

From the moment I sat down, I felt well and truly relaxed. The Malvern Manicure started with a therapeutic massage helping to nourish and re-hydrate my skin and nails, then the therapist (I’ve completely forgotten her name I’m afraid) moved onto my awful cuticles, I was amazed by how much nail I actually had after she’d worked her wonders. It was a Jessica Nails treatment so she used one of their base coats specifically for dry, damaged nails and then went in with three coats of the Lavender Pearl colour that I’d chosen. The Malvern Manicure was finished with a strengthening top coat and some quick dry drops to ensure I didn’t ruin my nails the second I got back into the pool. Although I did spend 30 minutes in the Relaxation Room afterwards so I could give my nails a little extra drying time (and have a well deserved nap).

I love the pearl colour and think it would be perfect as a wedding colour. I probably chose it for that reason subconsciously as I’ve had weddings on my mind non stop recently, I really should start planning mine. The Malvern Manicure lasted at least 10 days before I removed it, it was still in a lovely condition with very few chips but as you all know, I get bored of nail colours quickly and I had so many new ones to try.

Have you had a Jessica Nails Manicure? Which treatment would you have if you were to visit The Malvern Spa?

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A couple of weeks ago, my friend Jess and I made our way to The Malvern Spa, Worcestershire* for a relaxing pamper weekend. Malvern is only around 50 minutes from us so its not too far to travel, although I would probably travel half way across the country for guaranteed relaxation. We arrived at the spa at around 2pm and had extended use of the facilities so we got straight into our robes and slippers and made ourselves at home right away. We headed straight for the Hydrotherapy Pool and the four different saunas.

The Malvern Spa, Worcestershire

The Malvern Spa, Worcestershire

The Malvern Spa, Worcestershire

We were so lucky with the weather, it was around 26 degrees both days, perfect for chilling next to the outdoor pool on one of the many sunbeds or cushions provided, which is obviously what we did for most of the weekend. I was surprised how quiet it was, there was always a bubble pool available, or room in the saunas, or a sunbed, there seemed to be the perfect amount of people there. Oh and I didn’t see one child, not that I dislike children, or that The Malvern Spa is child free (at least I don’t think it is) but it’s always something I can do without on a relaxing weekend. And I know this is a point that would make others choose The Malvern Spa too.

The Malvern Spa, Worcestershire

The Malvern Spa, Worcestershire Relaxation Room

After a quick swim we checked into our room, we had a twin room with views to the Malvern Hills which was lovely. We unloaded our things, had a Chamomile Tea and got ready for our first treatment, The Malvern Signature Treatment. The Malvern Signature Treatment consisted of a Malvern water ice scrub, a hot lavender steam, a full body warm oil massage and a facial massage, all finished with a Lemon Sorbet and a Malvern Spring Water. Writing this post is making me want to visit all over again, the treatment was perfect, the staff were fantastic and I was totally and utterly relaxed. I then fell asleep to the sound of calming music in the also perfect Relaxation Room. Am I making you want to visit yet?

The Malvern Spa, Worcestershire A La Carte Restaurant

The Malvern Spa, Worcestershire A La Carte Restaurant

The Malvern Spa, Worcestershire A La Carte Restaurant

Dinner was on our mind almost immediately after waking up so we got ourselves sorted and made our way down to the a la carte restaurant. We were given a complimentary platter of breads and olives to start, I recommend trying the the Rosemary and Sea Salt bread, we then had the Baked Camembert to share, this was served with crackers, homemade chutney and honey granola. For the main course, I went for a Mushroom, Quinoa and Chickpea Burger and Jess had the Steak which we both thoroughly enjoyed. We probably shouldn’t have done, but we had Poached Peaches with Raspberry Sorbet and Raspberry and White Chocolate Macaroons to share for dessert. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

The Malvern Spa, Worcestershire A La Carte Restaurant

Breakfast was just as mouth wateringly good, croissants are one of my guilty pleasures so I may have had one (five) of these, along with some mixed fruit, green tea and scrambled egg on toast. Oh and jam on toast. All whilst I was still full from the wonderful 3 course dinner, oops. It was then straight back to sink sit in the pool.

My second treatment of the weekend was the Malvern Manicure, I’ll be writing about this on Monday for Manicure Monday so I won’t say much about it here, except for the fact that my nails and cuticles have never looked better.

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Warning, more food… I promise we didn’t just eat for the entire weekend. We had a Cream Tea after our treatments, we didn’t quite think we could manage an entire Afternoon Tea… although it did look amazing… so opted for Cream Tea instead. The Malvern Spa Cream Tea was only £5.95 per person and consisted of an entire pot of tea and 2 scones with jam and cream. Believe it or not, both of us only managed one.

Overnight Spa Breaks at The Malvern Spa start at just £189 for two people including breakfast and a treatment of your choice and 3 course meals start at £25 per person at the a la carte restaurant. If you fancy just coming for the day, Spa Days start at £65 including lunch and cream tea or £70 for a half day including a treatment. Such competitive prices at such a wonderful spa.

Have you visited The Malvern Spa? I’d love to hear of any other Spa Days/Weekends you’ve been on recently.

Until next time,

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I have so many technology/electrical items on my wishlist at the moment so I thought I’d write a Technology Wishlist featuring each and every one of them. I often say I hate technology, I do, but it’s something we all need, especially us bloggers. I don’t think I necessarily hate it but I’m flipping useless when it comes to technology, I’m definitely not your average twentysomething year old girl. I can still lust after it though, right? Here’s the things on my Technology Wishlist this year. I’d love to hear what items are on yours.

1. Amazon Kindle – I’ve been eyeing up Kindles since they were first released but I think it’s time I treated myself. I’ve been reading much more lately and it’ll be nice to have something I can keep on me at all times, to ‘fill the gaps’ in the day. I’m currently reading Me Before You.

2. Panasonic Lumix TZ100 – I’m always looking for new ‘day’ cameras and this has been recommended as an ideal camera for travel. I actually had one of the first Lumix cameras many many years ago and got on really well with it. It’s compact enough to fit in a handbag, or even a pocket but still takes wonderful, high quality photos.

3. MacBook Pro/something else anyone would recommend – I’m in desperate need of a new laptop and Apple seems the only way to go. Unless there’s anything else you’d recommend?

4. Cool headphones – I can’t stand earphones sometimes, especially on long journeys so I thought it was about time I bought myself some comfortable headphones.

5. Canon 50mm Lens – I want to start using my Canon DSLR for blog photos again as I feel I’ve been neglecting it. My parents gave me money towards a new lens for my birthday in January and I’ve still got it tucked away in a money box. I’m just too indecisive!

6. Apple iPhone 6/7 – Another Apple product… I’m still on the iPhone 5 and it’s driving me crazy. It deleted everything last week including all my notes, apps and photos, I managed to get most of it back but had to say goodbye to a few recent photos. I’m not sure whether to buy a 6 or wait for the 7, or buy a 6 when the 7 comes out so it’s cheaper…

7. XBOX 360 Controllers – A random one here but my XBOX controllers went ‘missing’  so I haven’t been able to use my XBOX for around 3 years and I’m yet to buy new ones. Mainly due to the fact that I’m frustrated I have to spend £50 replacing something I had in the first place but suppose it’ll have to be done.

Are any of these items on your Technology Wishlist? What’s top on your list?

Until next time,

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*in collaboration with Panasonic.

Last month I made my way to the Island Bar Birmingham to spend my Sunday with almost 40 other wonderful bloggers. The lovely Kirsty from www.kirstyleanne.com organised the #BloggerTikiParty and I’d been looking forward to it for months. Just like I’m looking forward to the #BloggerHalloweenParty in October as Kirsty always puts on THE best events. I arrived at the Island Bar Birmingham slightly late as I didn’t have a clue where to park but I wasn’t the last to arrive for once.

Island Bar Birmingham #BloggerTikiParty

Island Bar Birmingham #BloggerTikiParty

I made my way to the bar right away, in celebration of National Pina Colada Day (yep, that’s a thing), Malibu were giving away vouchers for a free Pina Colada. As I don’t drink, I asked the barista if he’d kindly surprise me with something non alcoholic, he made me the most gorgeous banana colada style drink with my very own banana dolphin eating a raspberry. Impressive right?

The rest of the event was spent mingling with other bloggers and the many brands attending the event. Kirsty always manages to get so many lovely brands involved with her events and the goody bags are from another world. Hats off to this girl, she goes above and beyond to make sure the events are absolutely perfect. I got chatting to the lovely girls at Heaven Skincare and let them know just how much I love their Bee Venom Mask, I then met the girls at Love Aroma who gifted us with some gorgeous candles and wax melts (the way to a girls heart). If the goody bags weren’t enough, there were individual gifts from other brands such as Earlybird, Little Bit Lavish and Pink Parcel that we could pick up too. Weren’t we spoilt?

After we’d had time to get to know each other and have a few drinks, it was time for the raffle, there were some amazing prizes, I was eyeing up the Neals Yard hamper *heart eyes emjoi*. I didn’t win in the raffle but I did win best dressed. Yep, last minute Primarni shopping really did pay off. This jumpsuit fitted the tropical theme perfectly don’t you think? I did spend about 30 seconds looking around the room for Ami to collect her prize before I realised it was me though, I never win anything, especially if it’s to do with fashion!

Island Bar Birmingham #BloggerTikiParty

And before we knew it, we were being handed goody bags bigger than us and the event was over. I refrained from going through my goody bag before I got home but gosh it was amazing. I loved all the foodie items the most, especially the Dilly and Wolf Fava Beans featured here, the Yushoi Rice Sticks and the Drumstick Bon Bons. I have spent hours on the colouring book too, I think I underestimated how relaxing colouring really was. I’m sure I’ll be featuring many of the other goody bag items in upcoming posts so keep a look out for those.

Thank you so much Kirsty for organising yet another fantastic event. See you at the next one!

Have you visited the Island Bar Birmingham before? Have you been to a blog event recently? I’d love to hear all about it.

Until next time,

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