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Infinity crates: A geeky subscription! 

Published March 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy

For those of us (like myself) who like collecting lots of strange and rather geeky/nerdy type items; there is Infinity crates. And yes it’s a subscription box service, you all know how much I love them. 

There are a few box choices including one just for kids. Each one comes filled with all sorts of geeky things and if your not sure what I mean by geeky then think retro, superheroes, computer game characters, heroes, villains, princesses, movies that sort of stuff that straange people like me love to get. 


As for the actual items – there is usually a t-shirt of some sort in every box and you can choose the size too. Also products such as key rings, figures, stationary, toys, clothing, posters, cups etc. The boxes are always a surprise but the contents are pretty good. 

These are the contents insife our Infinity crate.

 

We got a Dark energy t-shirt, an apron, Spider-Man mug, poker card game set, a pop vinyl figure and some picture cards so not a bad box at all. I absolutely love the pop figures, and have started a small collection. Ryan also loves this type of stuff and talked me into giving him the rest of it including the t-shirt. He loves cooking too so also wanted the apron as well as the mug. I have no doubt he will also learn how to play poker soon too. Therefore happy faces all round. 


And I’m just happy with my daredevil figure which will be staying in its box! 

And if you like this sort of geeky collectors stuff as much as we do, then maybe grab yourself a few boxes over at Infinity Crates. Prices start from £7.99. 

Bloomon flower subscription 

Published March 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is a subscription first for me. I’m used to the foodie, snack, kids, beauty and even geek boxes but I have not come across a flower delivery subscription before now. 

Bloomon is a London based subscription service which started in the Netherlands. Bloomon flowrs are cut inin their fields in Holland and delivered to your door the very next day via fast express shipping.  The delivery service is subscription based and you can set up an account to have flowers delivered weekly, fortnightly or monthly and pick from a small, medium and large size bouquets. A free glass vase comes with the first order.


I was really pleasantly surprised to receive a rather large bouquet from them, complete with a large vase. There is nothing worse than receiving beautiful flowers and having nothing suitable to place them in. The bouquet came in huge tall box which was almost as big as myself. The flowers get wrapped and packaged really well with the flower stems wrapped in a wet sponge type material to keep them fresh on their journey. 

To keep the flowers fresher and blooming longer, a satchet of plant food also comes included which gets tipped into the water. 

My bouquet is really big and so it’s hard to get a good picture of the whole thing at a good angel. Instead I have taken various shots at different angles so the majority of the flowers can be seen. 

My bouquet is an array of beautiful colours and lovely scents. Vibrant oranges, baby pink, purple, white surrounded by greenery, a lovely large bouquet which is now sitting perfectly on my new unit in my hallway for all to see as they come in. Having flowers or plants in my home do seem to make me feel slightly happier. 

I am no flower expert so I’m unable to say which flowers are in my bouquet. The only one I really know is the rose which by itself is a beauty. 

I also have no idea how to properly arrange flowers so I’ve just done the best I can with these and I think it looks okay so far. 

Many of the flowers arrive unbloomed, being freshly cut so it’s always nice to see a new flower that perhaps was not their before. 

Getting new fresh flowers delivered regularly to your doorstep is such a lovely idea. Bloomon prices start from £20.95. 

February Degustabox Reveal 

Published March 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well about two weeks ago came a knock at my door and the arrival of my monthly Degustabox snack box. As always packed full of delicious sweets, treats and goodies and oh; was this a great box!

Starting with a few of my favourites – the goodies (sweets, crisps and all that) 


Look at these sweet goodies I found tucked in the box –

 1) Willy Chase: apple cider vinegar popcorn – a very strange flavour of “fit” popcorn but very nice and a rather huge (movie share) bag too. 

Next two bags of sweets courtesy of Bebeto – cheesecake jelly type sweets and Candy crush soft candy mix which was a colourful sticky assortment of many sweets. These didn’t last long as you can see. 

Finally and one of my favourite products from the February box – 3) Maui & Sons chocolate coated banana chips. These were delicious. I don’t normally like dried fruits but dried banana is an exception and when it’s covered in chocolate it’s even better. This is certainly one product that I’ll be looking out for again. 

“And then even more snacks!”


4) Peppersmith are mints and chewing gum. Mints and gum are two  of the few things that I really dislike. However they did not go to waste because my children do like mints and my friend got the gum. 

5) Ameicanos – The label states perfect with coffee and that’s probably because these are coffee. Coffee beans with dark chocolate coating. They were okay but not really something I’d go out and buy. The coffee taste was slightly overpowering. 

“Moving on to the beverages”

Lots of refreshing beverages came in February’s box. 

6) Coldpress – A blend of fruity greens in a bottle – kiwi, banana, and a bit of celery  and kale all blended together. The taste wasn’t really for me but my 9 year old daughter loved it.

7) Just Bee – This one is honey water with blueberry flavour and a natural antioxidant. I did not taste any honey in this drink and the blueberry flavour was fairly weak but tasteable. The drink on the whole is extremely refreshing and seems to be a real thirst quencher so these would be good for Summer bbqs.

8) Double Dutch – Cucumber and watermelon sparkling tonic. There are other varieties of course and all come in glass bottles. They are designed as mixers to have with a gin or vodka or any other tipple. However once again my daughter Jordanna; spotted this drink and asked if she could try it (minus any added alcohol of course). I tried it too and for a drink which contains cucumber it isn’t too bad at all. The fizziness makes it all the more better. 

9) Blossom Hill – Oh the excitement when I pulled this bottle out of the box! It’s wine and fruity bubbly “rosé” type wine too, my absolute favourite. Their fruit bloom wine is just 5.5% and has hints of summer fruits. A sweet fruity refreshing taste.

10) Koko dairy free – Its a milk alternative aimed mainly at people who can’t; for whatever reason drink regular cows milk. This one is made from freshly pressed coconut milk. The overall taste isn’t too bad – I’ve certainly tried worse milk alternatives. It does however claim to be similar to cows milk and suitable for use in hot drinks such as coffee and tea. This is where I have to disagree: and it may just be my opinion, but! It just does not taste right in a hot drink or on a bowl of cereal. 

 

“And last but not least!”


These are what I call the “cupboard” items or if I’m being old fashioned – the “pantry” stock. Those tins and packets that can be stored for a while. I often find 2/3 items in most of my Degustaboxes, some great, some not so good and some that last ages.

11) Heinz – Yes its beans, love them or hate them but us Brits seem to go through millions of the tiny orange things. These mini tins are a new no added sugar recipe. I don’t mind the smaller tins, in fact I prefer them because the bigger tins end up being wasted as only my two girls really eat them in our house. 

12) Willy’s apple cider vinegar – This was an extra free sample item included in Feb’s box. If I’m being totally honest I have absolutely no idea how or on what to use this stuff. I don’t think it’s the sort of thing to shake onto my fish and chips. I have read somewhere on the internet that it has a fair few health benefits as well as perhaps being used in some sort of cooking. The brand “Willy’s” being William Chase.

13) Kabuto – Its noodles, rice noodles to be exact. One of those on the go type pots that gets filled with hot water. Slightly spicy, not really something I eat myself but my daughter loves them.

And that concludes my February Degustabox reveal. All those goodies for just £12.99 a month, full sized products too and no tiny samples. Postage is free so sign up today at Degustabox UK

Chewy moon snack box for kids

Published March 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Chewy moon is a weekly subscription snack box for kids. 

The boxes are created based on the child’s age and come packed full of healthy natural snacks for children ages 3 and over.

Each box contains many snacks, each of these snacks comes in its own colourful package which all have animal images on them. 

Now when I hear the words “healthy snacks” I immediately think – raisins, dates, prunes etc, all the things I dislike and my kids aren’t overly keen either, especially not prunes. As you can see there were many snack boxes to try and not one of them contained raisins or prunes. The majority of the snack boxes were actually really tasty with sweet berries or nuts and other fairly healthy items. 

A menu detailing what everything is and what the ingredients in each pack are, comes included as do a few kids activity sheets.

Chewymoon sends a box of snacks weekly for approximately £4.99. It’s a mixture of sweet and savoury snacks which we all enjoyed, none of us found any thaf we really disliked. 

Chewy moon differs from other similar subscription services because – 

Snacks are sampled and approved by kids

And made by nutritionists who are experts in children’s nutrition

100% natural: packed with goodness, not sugar or other additives

Tailored and addressed to the child

Stories, fact cards and totems in every pack, making snacking and learning a brilliant experience.

Mysteries in time subscription 

Published February 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This subscription box is one for the kids and mainly aimed towards 7-11 year olds and therefore Jordanna gets it this time around. 

I think many children can find history lessons a little boring, I for one was never a huge fan of the subject at school; although I did find some parts of it more interesting than others. 

The Mysteries in time box makes history more fun by sending a personalised monthly time machine box to children every month. The box comes with child’s name on and is full of items relating to part of the worlds history.


The first box starts with ancient Egypt which happens to be one of the history areas I did enjoy at school. These are Jordanna’s box contents. 


There are two box sizes – classic and bumper and both contain similar items. The boxes start at £7.95 monthly. There is quite a few interesting things inside the Egypt box such as colouring sheets, world map, a booklet all about ancient Egypt which is quite informative for children and even an Egyptian statue to keep too. The included yellow craft packet contained even more products to help create more models and crafts. 

I think it’s a nice idea to help get children interested in history. Other box subjects include WW2, Aztecs, Ancient Greece and many more. Learning about historical important events such as these can help children with school subjects and homework and of course learning about the world and history all around them. 

The subscription can be stopped any time and these boxes seem perfect for boring rainy days school holidays too.

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Everdine

Published February 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Imagine if you will, having chef prepared meals in your own home every day, no cooking, no mess and the food tasting delicious whilst being healthy and nutritious. Hard to believe right? But it’s now possible to have those meals with the Everdine service. 


And here is how it works! 

There are over 20 choices of meals on the menu. These include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian dishes. There are two plans to choose from – either 8 meals or 12. 

The meals are then cooked by trained chefs who use all natural ingredients and only unprocessed foods.

The meals are then delivered to home and all arrive in recyclable packaging meaning even less mess. 

The plans start at £64.00 a box.

I had the 8 meal plan. This is how the meals arrive. 

The meals are all inside these very secure cardboard containers which look a little like takeaway food boxes. However what’s inside is so much better and healthier than any take away food. Each box is colour coded. Yellow for poultry, red for other meats and blue for fish. Once they arrive they can be placed in the freezer until needed. 

The meals are already cooked so they really just need re heating and each one only takes between 8-10 minutes. 

Here is just a selection of the delicious chef prepared meals that I have been enjoying recently. 

Harissa & king prawn tabbouleh 


Lemon & black pepper chicken 


Coconut Katsu chicken  


Roast duck breast & blueberries 
And I still have a few in my freezer yet to try. I found all the meals very tasty and cooked to perfection. They tasted just like I would expect food to taste at a nice restaurant and I have no complaints about the food whatsoever. They are tasty and totally mess free. No cooking, minimal preparation and minimal mess as all the packaging can go in the recycle bins.

The recipes get updated frequently too with new ones added.

I’m not sure £68 is something I could afford on a weekly basis on top of my regular food shopping and meals for my children but it has been lovely to try them out. 

If you want to try Everdine then I have a huge discount code of £30 off a first box. The code is IN1BIZZIMUMMY

Sign up at Everdine

Pipsticks subscription

Published February 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yes it’s another subscription box. I do love them don’t I . 

This time it’s all about stickers and it’s called Pipsticks. They are US based but happily ship to the UK and a fair few other countries.

Pipsticks is letterbox friendly meaning the monthly subscription fits through the door rather than waiting in all day.


So what’s inside?? Well that depends which subscription pack is chosen as there is one for kids and one for adults as adults like stickers too.. don’t they? The pack start at $9.99 and there are two size packs to pick from.

These are the contents of the latest kids pack. 


So, we got about 15 sheets of different themed stickers with all sorts of cutesy things on them. A few pieces of coloured paper and a colour in picture (not on photo). There is also a small raffle ticket which we keep as they have a giveaway each month.

And that’s the pipsticks subscription. My kids love it, what child doesn’t love new stickers each month! 

Munchpack subscription 

Published February 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

A few years ago, when this blog first started, there were a few subscription boxes around but not so many to choose from. Today there are literally hundreds of them specialising in many different categories of goodies inside. They all seem to share one element and that is “Surprise”. With subscription boxes you usually won’t know what’s inside until you open the box. 

I do love my subscription boxes, of which I have tried many. I especially love snack boxes, as do my children; and Munchpak is just that. 

Munchpak ships from the USA but is available world wide. The box we have is the Munchpak mini, which is the smallest box. The other options being original and family size.

Inside Munchpaks are a selection of snacks from around the world, as opposed to being from just one country like many boxes are.

The Munchpak mini gives at least 5 different snacks per month. And in our box we got six. 

There was a small selection of candy, chocolate and savoury snack bag. Unfortunately I could not find any sort of guide or leaflet to tell me what each item was. Luckily many of the products did have English txt on them or at least images of what the product was.

This type of snack box allows us to sample snacks from various countries each month rather than just one place. The monthly subscription starts at $9.95. All amounts are in dollars and payment via debit cards or PayPal. 

Healthy meals from Mindful Chef

Published February 2, 2017 by Bizzimummy

In keeping with a fairly healthy start to 2017, I received a large box full of ingredients from Mindful Chef.

Mindful chef is a food/recipe subscription service which enables the user to cook healthy new meals at home from scratch. They send all the necessary ingredients along with recipe cards and you make the food.

Boxes can be for either one, two or four people. Each week the recipes change and they all sound pretty exciting and interesting. There are vegetarian options but for me I prefer a bit of meat or fish with my meals.

This is what the box contents look like when they arrive in the box.

 

Everything comes in bags like this. Any meat and fish come in the plastic ice bag and the rest in the brown paper bags.

As you can everything is simply good fresh ingredients and nothing else. Meat, vegetables, herbs, spices, dressings and sauce, nothing bad or unhealthy.

With my ingredients I was able to make two meals for four people which included a chicken and a pork dish. The first one I made was – Chicken Cacciatore with sweet potato. Instructions are very clear and it is really easy.

It didn’t look quite like the image on the recipe card but tasted great and even my children thought so too.

 

And then…. crispy pork schnitzel with carrot fries! This one was also easy peasy and very tasty.

And no the pork isn’t burnt its just the coating that cooked before the pork but it didn’t taste burnt at all.

The ingredients are pretty generous and a four person box could easily stretch to six. All the portions I made were the same size and there was a lot of it on both recipes. I found the included meat joints of pork and chicken to be very generous in size.

I very much enjoyed both making and eating my new recipes from Mindful chef.

First Degustabox of 2017

Published January 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I am very happy to still be recieving my monthly Degustaboxes. I never know exactly what I’m going to get inside so it’s always a nice surprise.

This months box (January) contained a lovely selection of drinks, and snacks. The first product I had, which I finished rather quickly, is the Protein boost shake.

 

Anything that tastes good and is also good for you is a bonus and this ticks both the boxes.

And keeping with the drink/beverage products, look at all these!

 

There are 2 Aspire cans which have a green tea base so once again healthy. A can of Crabbies ginger beer which is the alcoholic version, so not for inquisitive children and a bottle from Chosan. Chosan appears to be an organic drink with ginger and hibiscus. So yes I can only assume that January’s box may just be themed around healthier foods.

Then some instant coffee from Littles which comes flavoured with natural vanilla. If the coffee isn’t sweet enough then add a spoon of Natvia.

Natvia is a natural sweetener with zero calories and tastes fairly similar when added to hot drinks, so yes once again a healthy start to the Degustabox year with this box! However that’s when I found the surprise white package as in the photograph above!

 

Now this was a nice surprise. It’s from Pip’s real hot chocolate company. Unlike the usual hot chocolate which you make with powder; this one is a solid chunky chocolate disc which gets added to hot milk and then dissolves just like this. See the bits of delicious melting chocolate stuck to the sides!

 

This milky chocolate drink was delucious and even made me feel a bit sleepy after it. Shame there was only one in my box.

Moving on from all the lovely drinks, the box contained some rather lovely snacks too like these four items.

Popchips – Now these are one addictive snack and luckily they contain less than 100 calories per serving. I’m just not sure if a serving means the whole bag or not. I really love bacon flavour snacks too.

Snapea – I have tried a few times previous. At first they did not sound too appealing being made with green peas (Yuk!) but I honestly cannot taste any peas at all.

Finn Crisp – Think healthy nibble crackers, a bit like small bits of Ryvita but much tastier.

Fruittella – 30% less sugar so much healthier with even more fruit juice inside.
Plus- Chia Co and Quinola Mothegrain!

 

The Quinola I’m giving a miss. I’m not a big fan of the stuff and it’s also cooked with split peas which I don’t like either. The Chia seeds, I am a little confused by as I really don’t know what to do with them. I think they can be added to hot drinks and desserts and they provide multiple health benefits such as fibre and omega 3 but I’m yet to use them.

And finally………….. The Collective gourmet yoghurt!

 

No this was not in the box, it wouldn’t last long without being in a fridge. Instead I found a voucher to buy one. I have had this yoghurt many times. In fact a tub or two is usually in my weekly shop. The Russian fudge is a favorite of mine but there are other varieties in both big and little pots. This yoghurt is deliciously creamy and has a unique taste compared to other yoghurts.

Now for just £12.99 per monthly box, I don’t think anyone can grumble about all these tasty products inside; but if your still feeling the Xmas pinch then I have a very special code to get a box for even less. Use this code 0MES2 and get the box for just £5.99. You sign up to the box subscription at the Degustabox website. It is a really good monthly box and as many of you probably know – I have tried a fair few of the many subscriptions out there.

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