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Bonjour French Subscription

Published January 29, 2014 by Bizzimummy

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I’m getting rather addicted to these subscription services and my latest one has to be one of the best foodie subscriptions I have so far sampled. This one is Bonjour French Food it works similar to other subscription boxes in that you pay monthly and receive a lovely box full of surprise goodies. You can of course cancel any time. The service starts at £29 a month.
Bonjour French is all about French food and new tastes. If you think French food is all about snails and frogs legs then your wrong. They have some delicious tasty products which are difficult to find in the UK.
The foods are curated and selected in France before being shipped to the UK. Each month will bring a different selection of approximatly six gourmet French products each time and the products will always be worth more than what you pay for the subscription each time.
You can view previous boxes here to get an idea of the type of products in the boxes. I have found there is a mixture of sweet and savoury items.

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The products come in a little box with plenty of packaging and items individually wrapped in tissue paper. It looked like a little posh hamper. I had no idea what was inside and enjoyed unwrapping the lovely treats.

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As the products are all from France you may struggle to know what they are unless of course you speak fluent French. A guide is included explaining what each and every one of the items are.
This months box contained the following products.

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Chocolat Blanc Saveur Violette which translates to violet flavoured white chocolate. I had never tried violet chocolate. It’s aroma was certainly a delight and needless to say this chocolate was gone quite quickly.

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Terrine de Canard A La Sauge et la Ciboulette which translates to Duck terrine with sage and chive. Terrine is similar to a pâté but much thicker and judging by the ingredients on the back (in French) it also contains pork as well as duck. After googling a few ideas on what to do with it I found it best with crackers or French baguette slices.

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Sirop de Menthe is of course Mint Syrup (why does it always sound better the French way?) I have not got around to using this yet but it has a good shelf life and will keep until the end of 2015. It’s made from fresh aromatic plants and is part of the Eloide syrup range. It has many uses. It can be added to water and drunk or used to make a mint cocktail. Also used for cooking and baking or drizzling over cakes.

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Coing Thym Romarin is Quince Thyme rosemary. It’s a sweet treat by fruit expert Favlos. It’s best eaten with cheese and especially the blue salty types. This has a sweet herby taste and apparently brings out the flavours of recommended cheeses.

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Romarin Enrobe de Chocolat Blanc which translates as Rosemary coated white chocolate. They are from the Bovetti factory and are little pieces of white chocolate infused with rosemary to give a rather unique and distinct taste. They can be added to desserts or simply eaten from the jar.

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Saucisson aux Herbes de Provence – Dried sausage coated with herbs. This was quite a surprise and I have to admit I did not have a clue what to do with this nor if it was pre cooked etc. However I simply asked for a little help from the lovely staff at Bonjour French. I was informed it was ready cooked and all I had to do was peel, chop, eat or cook with it. It also keeps for a few weeks and the longer it matures the better it tastes. Or so I’m told. It can be used with pasta or in sandwiches, salads or basically anything else you can come up with and has a lovely strong taste to it. Again very herby being coated with herbs.

I really enjoyed my French foods. This is a very pleasant and enjoyable subscription box service which is fairly new to the UK. If you love surprises then you will certainly love this. The products come directly from France so it’s unlikely you will have tried them before. I will certainly be ordering another box from Bonjour French
Perhaps a few times per year would be nice to receive one of these boxes full of French Gourmet foods.
The subscription can also be sent as a gift and there is no obligation to buy a box every time.

miamoo travel goodies

Published January 29, 2014 by Bizzimummy

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As you know I have a tiny princess named Izebella. Izebella may only be one year old and she can’t yet walk and doesn’t understand much, but like most princesses she loves to be pampered and washed and smell beautiful just like a little princess should. Little Izebella wanted nice things to use against her delicate baby skin, something that used natural products, something that smelt great and something that was kind and gentle to her skin.
One day came a knock at the door and a nice postman bearing goods. Inside the packet was a little bag full of goodies with the name miamoo which looked perfect for my little princess.

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Izebella being very inquisitive really wanted to know what this gorgeous little bag had inside.

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So Izebella along with help from mummy opened up the little bag and was surprised to find just how many lovely miamoo products were inside. All of these wonderful things.

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So who is behind the making of these wonderful little products we wonder? Well miamoo is the idea of a Saira Khan who suffered with dry skin problems since being a young child. She suffered for years and endless trying of various creams and lotions and eventually decided to develop her own range of products and hence miamoo was created.
Miamoo does not contain any nasty chemicals and uses a year free formula to protect young eyes.
Izebella gets the odd dry skin patches mainly in the creases of her legs and under her arms which can get a lite sore and cracked. Big sister Jordanna used to have very dry skin on her legs and stomach and both get dry cheeks in the cold weather.
Both of my little princesses were rather curious and amused with this cute miamoo travel set.

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There are 7 lovely products in the travel set. Saira recommends following her 3 step routine with the enclosed products to prevent dry skin.
*Wash
*Moisturise
*Massage
First part is washing and lots of fun and the first products to use are Splashy wash (for bath and body) this makes lots of bubbles and massages into Izebellas skin. It has a lovely warm fresh smell and contains aloe vera, lemon oil, jojoba and chamomile. Lots of natural oils and loveliness which is kind to the skin and will also help my little princess relax in time for bed.

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Little Izebella had so much fun with her new Splashy wash splashing away in the bubbles whilst getting nice and clean. A wash cloth is enclosed too and Izebella took it out of my hands trying to wash herself.
Next it was time to wash Izebellas hair. She has a lot of hair for her age which needs special products. Fresh Locks shampoo has beautiful scents of lavender and geranium it helps get rid of cradle cap aswell as making hair shiny soft and smelling angelic.

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After a very fun bath with the new miamoo products, little Izebella was reluctant to come out and made a bit of a fuss. I guess she really enjoyed splashing about with the splashy wash.
Once out it was time to Moisturise with our Huggy lotion this one has sweet almond oil and marshmallow extract. Perfect for after bath Huggy times with mum. I applied to her face and body. It rubbed in very easily and dried quickly and leaves Izebellas skin feeling nice and soft.

20140123-195747.jpg I also gave her a mini massage as the third step in the routine with the miamoo baba oil again this also dried very easily meaning she wasn’t left undressed and cold for too long.
Cheeky Cream is funnily named and for those little bums and bum cheeks and is a natural barrier cream to protect against nappy rash.

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The final product is called Spritz and Wipe and it has numerous uses including wiping dirty hands and faces or even wiping whilst changing a nappy or using on mummies hands etc.
After the 3 step routine – washing, moisturising and massage little Izebella smells gorgeous and lookalike the clean little princess once again.

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All the products are 30ml size and come in a see through zipped pouch. They are light and compact making them perfect to pack in luggage and take away on a holiday. This is also perfect for a mum to be and for expectant mums to put in a hospital bag for those first few days in hospital. I think this is something I would of considered putting in my hospital bag when having my children as they were all born by caesarean so I had to stay in hospital a few days each time.
The miamoo travel set costs £15 and can be purchased from miamoo website.

DISCOUNT OFFER
miamoo sell lots of exciting skincare and bathing products both for adults and children. They are kindly offering my blog readers a 10% off all products using the special code Blog13 at the checkout.
Please also follow miamoo on FACEBOOK and TWITTER to be kept updated on new products and skincare advice.
I hope you will enjoy the miamoo products as much as we do.

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