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Gifts for teens: Superloot

Published November 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Finding small gifts and stocking fillers for teenagers is no easy task, but if they are a bit on the geeky side and enjoy their gaming, computing, movies and superheroes then Superloot may just be up their street.

Superloot can be purchased as a subscription box service or as one off boxes . The boxes come filled with unusual geeky, nerdy type bits and pieces with changing themes each month. Superloot monthly boxes are divided into three choice categories being mystery, sweets and comic. The mystery speaks for itself, it’s a box full of surprise items. The sweet box comes with surprise world and USA sweets and chocolates and the comic box is surprisingly full of comics each month.

All the boxes including the one off purchase box will contain between 5-7 items each, all brand new products including t-shirts, toys, collectibles, key rings and much more.

To show an example of the type of products in the boxes; this is the box that I recently received.

This was the October mystery box and therefore themed around Halloween. A ghostbusters coaster, which I’m afraid to admit, I love it. I have a small collection of pop vinyl figures already so this was an unexpected surprise to add to my growing collection. Also a ghost keyring and a set of walking dead figures which look like the sort of thing that will be much sought after in many years (or so i hope! 😀) and finally the T-shirt. You can choose the size of t-shirt you want, kids, adults and sometimes between a male or female design too so you always get one that fits.

The subscription is cheaper than the one off box. The subscription cost £16.99 per month and the one off boxes are £24.99. Either way I’d say the products inside are worth what you pay. The pop vinyl figures alone start at £9.99 upwards.

Get your box here!

Degustabox October reveal

Published October 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My October degustabox arrived a few days ago. And as always, here is my box reveal.


TREATS!


My favourite bit of Degustabox are the treats. The chocolates, sweets, crisps etc. 

This month bought me a large bag of Chippeas which seem to be a new take on puff type crisps. Instead of being made from potatoes they are made with chickpeas. Unfortunately they was not to everyone’s taste. I thought they was okay, a little herby but my children did not like them at all.

Millions Vimto however went down a right treat. I actually didn’t even get to try one of the tiny flavoured vimto sweets and it was a fairly big tub too. My kids were like vultures with these. 

Michel et Augustin cookies – I made sure I did get to try one of these. I say one because there were only two cookies in the pack. Soft, sweet and ever so slightly like the taste of rusk. I would of liked a few more but yes these get the thumbs up. 

Nuttvia breadsticks – This is a new type of chocolate spread product, similar to Nutella but claims to contain 97% less sugar. It comes as a jar spread as well as the breadstick pots which are like the old retro choc pots I had when younger. The chocolate is delicious and certainly doesn’t taste like there is less sugar. They do not come cheap tho, forget the old 30p choc snack. These cost £2+ each. It was probably my favourite product this month from my box but there is no way I would pay that amount for a small breadstick and chocolate dip snack. 

 The small white packet contains a chocolate disc from the Real hot chocolate company. These discs are all wrapped and sealed individually by hand. They make an excellent cup of dreamy milky hot chocolate. Just what I need on a cold Autumn dark night.



DRINKS!

Just two drinks this month, both of which I am quite familiar with.

They are from the same company – Feel Good. The infusions being one of the new refreshing additions but not really a flavour I’m too fond of. It just doesn’t sit well with my palette, I don’t like mint and it’s quite watery too. The orange and mango still juice is on the other hand a lovely refreshing treat.



CUPBOARD ITEMS!

Finally the cupboard treats, or the items with a longer shelf life that can be stored in my cupboard.


Heinz spaghetti hoops, the no added sugar variety make a very simple and easy lunch during school holidays. Tinned spaghetti on toast being one of the rare things that all three of my kids will actually eat.

Misfortune cookie – I think this was put in as a Halloween treat, or trick. They don’t taste too great.

Lo salt – I don’t think this needs much explanation. It’s a tub of salt that contains less sodium than regular salt so a bit healthier. 

Pulsin bar – A healthy bar, they don’t taste great to me tho and far too expensive. It’s probably cheaper to make my own. 


AND ALSO !


Kabuto Noodles – I’ve had a fair few of these noodle pots in my boxes over the past few months. Unfortunately again, I’m not a big fan of pot noodle snacks or microwave noodles so I end up giving these away.

Valfrutta seems to be a vegetable Quinoa product. I have not made this yet. Not too sure if I will or what I’ll make it with.

Lee Kum Kee – Now these look really interesting and tasty. Real Chinese, Cantonese and oriental sauces to make delicious dishes. Instructions in English too. I cannot wait to make the king prawn dish. I just have to get round to buying the ingredients.


 I found the October box a little bit of a strange one. There seemed to be a fair few “repeat” products from previous months. A few social network comments from box subscribers state the same too. 

 I did enjoy a few of the products, mainly the Nuttvia, hot chocolate, and my children loved the millions and always enjoy spaghetti. The salt will come in useful as it will last a while, salt of course being used for many things, not just chips. The Chinese sauces will be used in the next few weeks and I’ll hopefully remember to get a quick snap of the dishes I make. All the treat products are now gone, along with the drinks. I did like the addition of the novelty fortune cookie, even tho they don’t taste great to eat, it’s one of those silly food type products that everyone wonders what’s actually inside. None of us like the protein bars or the noodle snack, but apart from that it’s been a fairly good box. 

The content total is approximately £21.00 or just over and subscribers pay just £12.99 per box including the postage and packing. Therefore it’s still worth it even with the odd few products that we don’t really like. Degustabox currently have an amazing offer of 55% off a box, meaning the box only costs £5.99 (including p&p) instead of the usual £12.99.

 If you’re new to reading my posts and have never heard of Degustabox then head over to Degustabox UK to read all about the monthly subscription.

In a nutshell you get up to 15 different full size products delivered in a box each month. The products are usually new items that have recently appeared in UK stores and supermarkets or even products yet to hit stores, sometimes mixed with a few well known items. The products will never be small sample packets as no one wants those do they? Some boxes contain alcohol, some don’t, you can choose whether to receive an alcohol box or not. It’s all about trying new things each month. Yes there will usually be one or two items which you won’t like but just do what I do and offer them to friends and family to try instead.

Degustabox is without a doubt my favourite food/snack subscription box and yes I’ve sampled a fair few different ones.

Degustabox September reveal

Published October 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yes it’s that time of the month again! It’s Degustabox reveal, the box that keeps coming packed full of foodie surprises.




It’s a fairly random mix this month, perhaps not quite as many sweet/snack type products as I would have liked but there are some good food cupboard (as I call them) useful things here.  

Chocolate from Green & Blacks: £1.99. A really dark deep 70% cocoa bar here. Perhaps a little too strong on the cocoa for me but it would be great for making cakes or deserts with.

Mentos mints sharing pouch £1.19. There aren’t too many food things that I dislike; but! unfortunately mint and mint flavours are one of them. I can’t even use mint toothpaste as it makes me gag, even the thought of it. So no I’m certainly not a mint person. Luckily my children do like the occasional few mints so they had them.

 Nestle Cheerios Oat Crisp £2.49. Nice big full size box as always. I really hate those small sample packs, they just seem to linger in the cupboard for all eternity. Full boxes get opened and used. I’m not a cereal person, I rarely eat breakfast but I have three children who need fuel before school and cheerios is quite healthy. 

Green’s egg custard mix £0.69 – I’ve not got around to using this yet. Just not had time or found a suitable recipe. It looks easy enough to make egg custard so hopefully I’ll give it a go soon.

Knorr concentrated stock £2.20 – A bottle of liquid beef stock. This goes good with beef stews or casseroles for added flavour.

Midi Ramen noodle kit – not got around to making these yet. I’m not overly keen on packet noodles such as these but we will see.

Dreams Rice Quinoa £1.60 – A milk alternative for those who can’t or don’t want to drink cows milk. It’s plant based. It’s okay, wouldn’t want to make me swap my normal milk tho. 

Wild Planet Albacore wild tuna steaks £3.49. I think this is damn expensive for one tin of tuna. It’s a no drain type but still expensive. I wouldn’t buy this due to the price and as three of us in our home (plus cats) eat tuna then it would get expensive. However it was nice, a richer flavour compared to other cheaper brands.



Tuna pasta is a really great easy meal. Large quantities can even be refrigerated and used for packed lunches in tubs etc. It’s really versatile too as any ingredients and sauce can be added.

The Virtue can you see here  was also in the box. I had two of them and they cost £1.35 each. It’s flavoured sparkling water. I found them a little bland and tasteless with only a slight hint of flavour. Not really something I would choose to drink. 

San Migel £2.00 per bottle – It’s beer and gluten free but again not for me. I’m not a beer drinker.

Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen £1.85 per pack.

Santa Maria have launched a new range of cooking sauces and rice packs. Latin American brings the flavours of South America here. There are five varieties of rice and five of the sauce.

Easy to make. Add chicken or other suitable meats, add any vegetables, add sauce, cook on high heat. The rice can be microwaved in the pack for a few minutes. Then serve and enjoy!


And that concludes my Degustabox reveal. All of this for just £12.99 a month which includes postage and packing too. With this box I was able to make two family meals with drinks, treats and a big box of cereal.
Get your Degustabox here. First time triers get a box for just £5.99!

Hong Kong Crate

Published September 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yeahhh! It’s another snack subscription box from the other side of the world – Hong Kong to be precise. 

Watch my unboxing video to see what’s inside!

Hong Kong Crate subscription deliver monthly and ship worldwide. It’s $30 a month which roughly works out around £23 or so. Lots of snacks in this one, both savoury and sweet.  Subscriptions can be purchased via Crate joy

Try Treats Subscription box 

Published September 11, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today’s Subscription box is called Try Treats. This subscription delivers a monthly box of treats from a different country each month. It’s a unique way to try the delights that the world had to offer and snacks that would be hard to find here in the UK. 


The treats may come from any countries in the six main continents (excluding arctic/Antarctic of course). Each month brings a different country with different munchies each time. 

 The service is based in the USA but they offer very low cost shipping rates to the UK and worldwide. As the products come from various countries all over the world; there is of course a chance that one box may just be UK based too. The boxes start at $11.95 per month with a choice of box sizes.  

 My box of treats is all about Argentina. I would have no idea at all what snacks are sold in Argentina but I have to say, I was not disappointed with this selection.

 

Chocolates, biscuits, and a few lollipops all included here. There is a card in English explaining what it all is and another card with a few facts about the country.

 

I think this is a very low cost subscription, low shipping rates considering it’s in the USA and a good opportunity to try new foods too. 

You can subscribe here and “GET 15% OFF A BOX USING CODE BIZZIMUMMY

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My Pocket money toy subscription 

Published August 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is our 3rd months box from the My Pocket money toy subscription which brings subscribers a box of age appropriate toys each month complete with a changing theme. We have so far had dinosaurs and space themes. August theme was very exciting for my girls being unicorns and rainbows. 


Here you can see Izebella looking fairly pleased after opening her monthly box of goodies.


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She found lots of lovely toys and sets in her special box, including a sticky bug, a rainbow alphabet puzzle, a hatching egg unicorn and a window decoration which she absolutely loved doing all by herself. She would not let anyone help her. 


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Jordanna also received her box of toys. The toys are curated around the child’s age each time so that children get toys that are not too young or old for them. Jordanna’s box therefore contained some different items to Izebellas box.






 
Jordanna’s box contained a lockable unicorn diary, a unicorn shrinkies craft set, a rainbow twirly stunt ribbon and also a tumble insect sticky bug, tho a different style to the one Izebella got. 

My girls have enjoyed all their monthly boxes and they both tell me that this was the best one so far. 

These subscription boxes start at £14.99 and subscriptions can be purchased 

here.

Degustabox August reveal

Published August 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

August Degustabox has arrived, and this box came with a Back to School theme. A few lunchbox and snack treats came included and in my opinion; this is possibly one of the best boxes this year..

 

 

So starting with some lovely treats or snacks. I got a 6 multipack of Seabrook crisps. Seabrook happen to be one of my favourite crisp brands. The crisps are also big pieces with minimal crumbs and with a crinkle cut design. This multipack of six would usually cost £1.00.


Also two packs of Popped chips, usually costing 99p each. The sweet and smokey Chipolte are very spicy. The Pesto and sundries tomato really do taste like sun dried tomato and not just artificial flavours.

 

 And even more yummy treats here! Bahlsen biscuits, are loved by us all here. We haven’t had these Black & White pick ups before but; not surprisingly they didn’t last long here. £1,69 for a 5 pack.

Refreshers Softies seem to be a softer version of the well known refresher tubes. Soft and chewy and still with the fizz. Just a pound a bag too.

Cadbury’s new product resembles broken bits of curly wurley which taste just like Curley Wurley but are meant to look like worms. Curleywurly Squirlies will cost a rather overpriced £1.89 per bag in shops.

Also from Cadbury, a Dairy milk big taste toffee whole nut bar; I have to wonder why the extra long name for a bar of chocolate costing just 65p? It was delicious tho. Shame I only had one.

  

Next the drinks! There are always a drink or two or maybe more of some sort of drink in every 
Degustabox.
 

I included the JellySqueeze here too because they look like drinks and get drunk like drinks but it’s Jelly and they cost 69p each.

Orangina was the biggest box surprise this month. I remember loving the original Orangina when it first came out years ago. It still tastes great and the price has not increased all that much at £1.20 per bottle.

Twisted Halo sounds more like a video game than an alcoholic beverage. This one is made with vodka and natural flavours. I’m not too sure how this could be a back to school themed product. Although maybe it’s meant for us parents as a stress buster?

 

 Moving on to the cupboard items or products with the slightly longer shelf lives.

   First from Hellmann’s who don’t need much introduction as the majorly of people know they make mayonnaise. I love the stuff on salad and sandwiches and even hot dishes such as chilli. I don’t mind paying the £1.69 for this.

Tabasco green pepper sauce – I have not used this yet so not really able to comment much on it. It says it’s mild and made with mild Jalapeños with salt and vinegar. It’s basically a light Mexican dressing costing £1.89 per bottle. 

 Finally two packs of noodles from Maggi. I’m not normally a fan of packet noodles but these are actually quite good and flavoursome. 

 

 I have used the sticky Hoisin duck packet and added some actual duck meat. I made mine in a wok. Inside the packets and other small packets containing oil, flavour and some dried vegetables and I had to combine them together to make this.  They tasted really good, and I’ll be having the other pack soon too. These cost £1.39 per pack.

Degustabox costs just £12.99 per month as a monthly subscription box. This price includes 10-15 full size product food items, packaging and delivery. Sign up at Degustabox UK. They constantly have offers and discounts on boxes too.

Ink drops subscription 

Published July 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Ink drops is a monthly subscription service which brings a packet of unified stationery items through the letterbox each month. 

It seems a good subscription for those who still enjoy good old fashioned letter writing as many of the packages seem to come with cards, stickers, pens and other bits that make letters more fun.

The contents obviously vary each month and come with different themes, each subscriber receiving the same items

The items don’t come in the usual cardboard box, but rather a pretty paper packet which sort of gives it the old fashioned feel.

Anyway here are the contents of the July ink drops. 


There are two glittery cards, one is a birthday card and the other blank. Two colourful lolly erasers which I’m assuming are from another country as I cannot understand the language. Then a moon notepad and a pack of coloured small highlighters.

The majority of the products all have foreign writing on, it looks Japanese but I could be wrong but it does mean that these items are more harder to come by.

Ink drop subscriptions cost £15.45 for the UK which includes shipping and slightly more for Europe and the rest of the world.

For this price I was expecting slightly more products than what was in the packet. I’m guessing that the price reflects sourcing the more unique products. I think I would be slightly disappointed paying the £15+ for this package myself, tho people who collect stationery or are looking for more unique cards and bits will probably enjoy this one. 

Degustabox July

Published July 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I had a sneaky suspicion that my July Degustabox may just arrive with some sort of Summer theme; and I was not wrong either. 

The theme is Summer and it’s Summer outside. So let’s take a look what’s inside the box this month.

I was very happy with the Blossom hill spritz of course and am looking forward to popping it open over some ice on a hot day. 

My daughter Jordanna loves the Mango and passion fruit juice and of course it is much healthier and better than fizzy pop.


I would of liked to have seen more sweets, chocs or crisps in the box, but I was happy with a bag of new rowntrees ransoms. 

The fry light bottle is actually avocado oil as opposed to the usual olive oil. Again being more healthier and I can use exactly the same as I would any other cooking oil.


My girls will eat the Weetabix. I’m just not a breakfast person at all. We like ryvita thins and have tried a few of the other varieties previously. The Djohn mustard may come in handy to make a recipe, perhaps some sort of sauce or flavouring for a meat dish. 

I’m not too sure about the packet of Quinoa. I know it’s a more healthier version to rice but I just prefer the rice too much so maybe I’ll pass it on to someone who will enjoy it more. 

None of us are really keen on olives either so the Oloves will be passed on to an olive lover somewhere.

It’s a nice box. The blossom hill was a lovely surprise. 

As always Degustabox costs just £12.99 monthly which includes U.K. delivery. If you use this special code – OMES2 at checkout then this will give you a massive £7.00 off a box meaning you only pay £5.99. The blossom hill costs £4.99 alone to buy so it’s a bargain price to pay.

Subscribe on line over at the Degustabox website. 

Find Degustabox on social networks too. 

Instagram: @Degustabox_uk 

 Twitter: @DegustaboxUK 

 Facebook: @DegustaboxUK

Chimasu Snack subscription box

Published July 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Chimasu is an Asian smack box, bringing a taste of Asia to UK door steps each month.

Each monthly box comes filled with at least 12 snack products from Asian countries such as Japan, China, Thailand etc. The majority being products that we never see over here and would find difficult to get hold of.

Monthly subscriptions start at £18 per month. This includes free shipping to the UK. Subscriptions cost slightly less if you sign up and pay in advance for longer.

And here is our unboxing video, so you can see all the goodies we got inside our July Chimasu box. I had 19 products in total.

Pocky sticks are gaining some popularity in the U.K. now tho I doubt we will see the full range of flavour like Japan has. The chocolate biscuit product was lovely as were the fruity gummy sweets. I was very surprised with the sunflower seeds too, they were like sweet crunchy nuts. I probably won’t eat the noodles myself or use the green tea tea bags but everything else is going down pretty well in our house.

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