As far as monthly food subscription boxes go, I think Degustabox is my favourite. Just because it’s such good value and there’s always a massive selection in each box, from savoury products, to sweets and chocolate, to alcohol and fruit juices. And you never have any idea what’s going to be in the box before you open it. I love that element of surprise. Degustabox is just £12.99 per month but you can get a massive £7.00 off with my discount code UFDHB – meaning you can get 10-15 food/drink items for just £5.99. I was over the moon with last month’s Christmas box but I love this one just as much. Especially the Bristows Fudge.

Monthly Food Subscription Boxes - Degustabox Winter Box

My favourite from this month’s box were the Hoot Snacks ‘Salt and Vinegar’, the Newton’s Appl Fizzics and the Falafel Bite+ Multi Grain Flake, oh and of course the Bristows ‘Oh Fudge’ Apple and Cinnamon mentioned above. There were strange to begin with but I grew to love them. They’re an acquired taste. I really enjoy Apple Juice so the Appl Fizzics was really refreshing. I can imagine it’ll be even nice on a warm summer’s day, if they exist. The Gallo Vegetable and Cheese Risotto Box also looks lovely, this would make an ideal desk lunch for a busy day at work.

Also included in this month’s box were two bags of Bahlsen Lebkuchen. One was the Bahlsen Akora which are a heart shaped Lebkuchen filled with spiced jam. The other packet was the Bahlsen Lebkuchen Mischung ‘a colourful assortment of gingerbread pieces, decorated with glazing and delicious chocolate’. I’ve been putting these out for customers at work and they’ve been going down well.

A couple of drink items included was an Eisberg Alcohol Free Wine (I don’t like the sound of this one), an a2 Milk and a What A Melon Juice, and the Newton’s Appl Fizzics mentioned above. I’m not keen on Watermelon so gave the What A Melon Juice to Sam, he loved it though.

The Winter Box included a big box of Gluten Free Nutri-Brex which will be ideal for breakfasts as I’ve been sticking to my Health and Fitness Goals. As well as Maggi 3 Minute Noodles and Gallo Risotto, both perfect quick lunches.

Do you subscribe to any monthly food subscription boxes? I’d love to hear you favourites.

Until next time,

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I’ve been visiting Redwood Farm, Cribbs Causeway for a while now. I’m always sharing photos of the food I have on my various social medias but realised I’m yet to do an in-depth review on here. Redwood Farm is part of Farmhouse Inns, a sister company of Greene King. They currently have two pubs/restaurants local to Bristol, Redwood Farm and Winter Stream Farm, but have others all over the country. You can find your ‘local pub’ here. Redwood Farm is only 15 minutes from my work so we tend to go here on a Saturday, we’re always starving and know we’re going to be well fed. The portions are huge!

Redwood Farm is traditionally a carvery. They have many different meats to choose from, usually including Chicken, Beef and Pork and sometimes Turkey, Gammon and other meats. They also do a Vegetarian option of Chestnut, Brie and Mushroom Pie and often Cauliflower Cheese Tart too – this is always the option I’ve been offered anyway. There’s always plenty of vegetables to choose from too.

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Sam and I don’t often go for a carvery, instead we choose from their vast selection of dishes on the menu. We’ve tried quite a few between us now. Sam is a burger man, he’d have a burger for breakfast, lunch and dinner if he could so he’s working his way through the burgers on the Redwood Farm menu. These include the Cheese and Jalapeno Melt Burger, the Tex Mex Chicken Burger and his favourite, the Giant Mixed Grill Burger. Of course there’s also the Spicy Veg Burger. But alongside burgers, there’s also a couple of Hot Dogs, the Farmhouse Dog and the Sloppy Mac and Cheese Dog (pictured above).

My favourite meal on the menu is the Smoky Bean Chilli – they also do Smoky Bean Nachos as a starter (divine). I’ve had this chilli around 4 times now and it never disappoints. I’ve got to the point of ordering it every time I visit as I’m worried that nothing else will compare. I’m dying to try the Cheese, Onion and Potato Pie and the Luxury Homemade Macaroni Cheese though.

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It’s their desserts that they’re famous for. I always take friends/family to Redwood Farm and show them the desserts before we order. Just so they know how much room they have to save. Sam and I are making our way through the selection of desserts, we’ll be able to recommend them all soon – oops. They have Classics, School Day Favourites and Sundaes. They are ginormous! I’m sure there must have been about 600g of soft cheese in one slice of the Toffee Waffle Cheesecake. It tasted lovely though! The Chocolate Crunch and Pink Custard also took me back to my primary school years. I’m definitely going to try one of the sundaes next, the Crunchie Munchie one sounds amazing.

As far as price is concerned, each and every meal/dessert is excellent value for money. My Smoky Bean Chilli was just £7.25 and the desserts start at £4.15.  The only thing I’d say lets this pub down is the service. We’ve always had lovely food but always left feeling unsatisfied with the service. You need to go to the bar to order your food, sometimes wait 10 minutes in a queue to order. A pub this good, with food as nice as it is should definitely have waitress service. But the food most definitely makes up for the service. And I look forward to visiting each and every time.

Have you visited Redwood Farm or another of the Farmhouse Inns? What did you order?

Until next time,

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I went a little crazy in the LUSH Christmas Sale, just like I did last year. I just can’t resist any more. Especially when they are 50% off. A couple of these products were featured in last year’s LUSH Christmas Sale post so I’ve left them in the packets, but you can view these here. Stardust is still one of my all time favourites.

For those who don’t know (where have you been), LUSH offer 50% off their Christmas and Autumn products on Boxing Day. And afterwards if there’s still products in store. I didn’t buy all this until the 27th at the LUSH Cribbs Causeway Store. There was still plenty left. The online sale was a little crazy, or should I say insane this year. So I didn’t even bother. There were ‘holding queues’ of about 90,000 and upwards of a 5 hour wait to get on the site, I avoided it like the plague and thought I’d go into store instead. I tried to pick up one of everything available as my local store still had plenty in stock.

LUSH Christmas Sale Picks. 50% off LUSH!

The first bubble bar I picked up was Snowie, there were only two of ‘him’ left. This was a tribute to David Bowie and creates huge fluffy bubbles. It smells like Grapefruit and Rose, I think it’s the same scent as ‘Frozen’. The only other bubble bar I bought was Candy Mountain. This has an absolutely gorgeous Sweet Vanilla scent and I’ll be using this one right away.

Next it’s on to the bath bombs, and of course I bought plenty of these. Who could resist at 50% off? Firstly Stardust and Butterbear which were included in last year’s LUSH Christmas Sale Haul. Stardust is one of my all time favourites, it reminds me of talcum powder for some reason. But that scent takes me straight back to my childhood years and I love it. Butterbear is another Vanilla scented product, with a generous helping of Cocoa Butter to nourish and protect skin.

I couldn’t wait to try Northern Lights, this one looks so funky. This one is meant to look like the night sky when it fizzes (I may add some photos once I’ve used it). Scented with Ylang Ylang and Jasmine. A lovely, fresh scent. Lastly was ‘Never Mind The Ballistics’ – what a name. Full of fresh ingredients including Wild Orange, Lime and Banana.

I also bought the Autumn Leaf bath bomb. But as you can tell from the name, this was from their Autumn range rather than the Christmas one. I love the scent of this, Sam hates it. I think it’s one of those scents.

On to the non bath bomb/bubble bar items. Firstly the Salt and Peppermint Bark, the first body scrub I’ve tried. The sea salt will softly exfoliate your skin and it’s filled with Cocoa and Cupuacu Butter to soften skin. The LUSH body scrubs are meant to last quite a while too. Next is the ever so famous Rose Jam Shower Gel, this is one of my favourites from this entire selection as I love anything Rose scented.

Who knew I could babble on about LUSH for so long? Nearly finished, promise. The last couple of products I picked up were the Sugar Plum Lip Scrub and Snow Fairy Body Conditioner. I just had to pick one Snow Fairy product up so I went for the Body Conditioner as I’m yet to try one of these. It smells divine, I’ve got the pot next to me here and I can’t stop sniffing it. Sugar Plum smells just as good, it’s a very strong blackcurrant scent. I’ve had a lip scrub on my wishlist for a while so I’m glad I finally got my hands on this one. I’d say it smells almost as good as the Bubblegum one.

Obviously Intergalactic wasn’t 50% off but the very very lovely Annie at the LUSH Cribbs Causeway Store gifted it to me when she heard what an awful Christmas/end of 2016 my family and I had. You can read about it in my 2017 Health and Fitness Goals post if you’d like. Annie heard that I was yet to open any Christmas Presents and wanted to give me my first Christmas Gift. She honestly made my Christmas, so thank you Annie.

Did you shop the LUSH Christmas Sale? What did you buy?

Until next time,

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2017 is going to be MY year. How many times have you heard that already? And how is it 2017!? Every year I write health and fitness goals and every year I try… for a few months; until getting bored, unmotivated and fed up. I honestly, 100% feel like I’m going to smash 2017, in health, fitness and overall life. I have A LOT to look forward to in 2017, I’m already working on projects to take my blog to a whole other level, I have two major things launching with my business, Sam and I will be in our own home AND there will probably be a wedding in there somewhere too. Crazy right? I’m going to write an overall ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ post like I do every year. But this one is just going to focus on my 2017 Health and Fitness Goals. Sorry, I know I’ve said 2017 far too much already but my gosh am I excited.

As this is my first post of 2017, I think it’s only right that I let you know where I’ve been since I last posted 2-3 weeks ago. I’ve been blogging 10 years in May, and at least 6-7 of them I’ve been blogging 2-3 times weekly, so not posting for weeks is not like me whatsoever. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know, but I lost my Uncle from Cancer in October, followed by my Grandpa Mike in December then my Grandma spent Christmas in hospital. You honestly couldn’t write it. But I felt I needed time away, to get my head together, process everything and be there for my family, and let them be there for me. Thanks to everyone that’s been here for me over the last few months, I could never have imagined the lifelong friendships I would create through blogging. I’m ready for 2017, and we’re going to make it the best year yet.

2017 Health and Fitness Goals

1) Join The Gym (again) and go three times a week…

I loved being a member of the gym but once I’d finished university, I had no motivation to travel 20 minutes (each way) to work out. I’m moving house in the New Year, fingers crossed, and I’ll be able to walk to the gym. A bloody fantastic gym at that, with over 15 daily workout classes from spin to circuits to a more relaxing Yoga. And Fitball which I used to LOVE. Along with a 25m pool and a gym filled with every piece of equipment you could possibly imagine. The only thing it’s missing is a sauna or steam room. I want to start going at least three times a week, whether it be a morning fitness class before work, or a 9pm Yoga session, I’ll be there.

2) Drink 2 Litres Of Water Per Day

I’m sure this is on everyone’s health and fitness goals this year. But it’s so damn important. I’ve been making a point of doing it recently and noticed such a difference in my skin and alertness. I want to make it a habit rather than really having to try to remember to drink. It is possible to drink too much water though so don’t sit there downing litres and litres.

3) Make Healthier Choices

2016 saw me become a ‘proper’ vegetarian and I also gave up alcohol completely in 2015 so I’d say I’m pretty healthy overall. However, my snack choices are awful. If I’m hungry, I’ll get crisps, chocolate, sweets or sugary cereal bars instead of something that’s actually going to fill me up for more than 10 minutes. I want to fill my fridge and cupboards with healthy snack choices such as carrots and hummus, fresh fruit or roasted chickpeas (a firm favourite of mine). I will restart my ‘Healthy Snacks’ posts and try and do them monthly for you to give you some ideas.

4) Bake Healthy

I love to bake, but baking to me means an entire tub of butter, ridiculous amounts of sugar and all the sprinkles you can imagine. I want to start baking healthily, occasionally that is, of course I’ll still be making my cakes and other treats. I’m going to try to make my own cereal/fruit bars, or energy balls or granola. I’d love to hear if anyone has any go-to healthy baking recipes?

5) Eat Breakfast

OK this is a hard one. I haven’t eaten breakfast since I was about 9, and Mum had to force it down me then. There’s something about eating first thing in the morning that I can’t get my head around. But recently I’ve been starving by 11am and waiting until 1pm to eat lunch, it can’t been good for me. I’m going to make a point of having breakfast’every morning. Even if it’s just a piece of fruit or a yogurt.

6) Get Into A Bedtime Routine

I’m awful at sleeping, thank you Mother for that one. I am determined to get into a routine and sleep at least 7 hours a night, going to bed before midnight and sleeping until 7am. And I’m going to make a point of reading for 30 minutes before I sleep instead of scrolling through Twitter or watching YouTube videos. And I’m going to get up with more than 10 minutes to spare before I have to leave for work. That’s an awful habit of mine. I want to have enough time to do something productive before work, whether it’s scheduling tweets, tidying the house or preparing dinner for the evening.

7) Take Time Out, and Relax… 

I very rarely take ‘me time’. And my gosh do I need it. I’m over the moon to be working with many hotels and spas throughout 2017, and I’m going to use these as a chance to totally relax. Although I’m always working when doing hotel/spa reviews, I find myself able to totally switch off at times too. They have given me a chance to spend quality time with the people I love and I’ll be forever thankful for that. I took my fiance, Mum and best friend last year and I’m hoping to be able to do the same this year too. I really want to take my Grandma along to one but she’s adamant it isn’t her thing. I’m hoping to change her opinion on that though so watch this space…

I’m sure there are a few more Health and Fitness Goals that I haven’t touched upon here. I may add them to this at a later date or just include them in my New Year’s Resolutions post next week but these are the definite goals I want to work on this year. I honestly cannot believe it’s 2017. Happy New Year everyone, may 2017 make your dreams come true.

What are your 2017 Health and Fitness Goals? I would love to try and smash them together!

Until next time,

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I’m going to start a ‘new products this month’ series. Featuring products I’ve bought or been kindly gifted by PRs & brands. I’m still going to keep up monthly favourites (or start them again next year) but these posts will be mainly showing you new products before I’ve had a chance to test them out and letting you know of fantastic offers before it’s too late. My favourite in this selection has to be the Rimmel Santa Rose Blush or the 50% off New Look Roll Necks. But more about those later.

New Products feat. Rimmel Santa Rose Blush

I’ve got to mention the New Look Roll Necks first; I bought a couple last year and been meaning to buy more ever since. I picked these up in Burgundy, Black & White and Grey/Black. They’re already an amazing price at £9.99 each but New Look have 50% off at the moment and they were just £4.99. I wish I’d picked up more colours now. I live in these over Autumn/Winter.

I’ve also included a couple of purchases from a recent trip to Swindon McArturGlen outlet. I picked up a couple of sets of Elegant Touch Nails, and some Wooden Snowflakes from Paperchase to use as Christmas Blog Props. Lastly the little earrings from Claires, I thought these would be perfect every day earrings as I don’t wear any at the moment.

I couldn’t resist a 3 for 2 deal on Rimmel at Boots. Especially when most of these products have been on my wishlist for a while. I picked up the Rimmel Santa Rose Blush as I spotted it in Tanya’s video then I’d also seen the Stay Matte Powder featured everywhere. I then bought the Brow This Way Clear Eyebrow Setting Gel as I’m yet to try one and got the Make-up Case and Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit free. So get yourselves to Boots lovelies, I bought all of this for £7.98.

Just a couple of other products to mention. I featured the Quick Fix Facial Exfoiliating Scrub Mask in my Christmas Gifts For Girls That Have Everything last week and was gifted this beautiful Glass Robin from Robyn Coetzee at the Bath Christmas Market. Lastly is this Collection Bronze Glow Bronzer; I’ve been on the hunt for a subtle, non shimmer bronzer for a while so I’m looking forward to trying this.

Have you tried any of these products? How gorgeous is the Rimmel Santa Rose Blush?

Until next time,

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