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Degustabox February

Published March 6, 2018 by Bizzimummy

February’s Degustabox seemed to follow suit with the box from January in that most of the items were focused on healthy eating and fitness. Some of this months food products were a little strange but I do enjoy trying new things.

True Nopal cactus water £3.49. How bizarre does this sound? This is made from the prickly pear which grows on the Nopal cactus. Natural hydration, not much of a flavour. If I had to try and describe it, I’d say the taste is close to lychee fruit but without the sweetness. It’s a strange mild flavour without sweeteners and preservatives. I don’t think this is really something I would go out and buy but it’s nice to have tried it.

protein ball & co £1.99. Yes it’s protein balls. Protein being the key thing when trying to tone up or lose weight. The ingredients include raw dates, sultanas, sour cherries and egg white.

Dr Karg Emmental cheese & pumpkin seed crispbread. £2.00

Made with whole grain natural fibre and additive free. A healthy and easy snack, add butter or toppings to make them more of a meal.

Emily crisps £0.99.

I’ve had these before and they are absolutely delicious as far as fruit crisps go. These are without a doubt the best fruit crisps out there because they are so flavoursome and really crunchy just like real crisps yet fruity and sweet too.

Indie bay snacks – pretzel bites £2.49

I’m not sure what it is about pretzel snacks but be it sweet or savoury I find them so addictive. These bags from Indie bay are a savoury snack and are full of pretzel balls made with Quinoa and Spelt.

Tootsie roll midges £2.50

I wouldn’t say these follow with the whole healthy theme of the box, but I think it’s always a good thing when I find some yummy snacks and treats in my box. Tootsie roll chews are an American candy and these have a milky chocolate taste.

Haribo fruitlicious £1.29

Haribo’s new range contains 30% less sugar tho you wouldn’t think so when eating then. Fruity shaped squishy jelly sweets, lovely yummy flavours and it’s no surprise that these did not last long with my kids.

KitKat chunky New York cheesecake £0.65

Okay so we don’t have near the amount of kitkat flavours compared to other places like Japan but this one is mighty tasty. I ate it straight away before the kids saw it.

Product of the Month” Primrose’s kitchen – raw beetroot & ginger muesli £4.00.

A very healthy alternative breakfast cereal which is a strange combination of beetroot, ginger, gluten free oats & virgin coconut oil. Unfortunately I just didn’t like it personally and am not really a cereal person anyway so it’s not something I would buy. Also £4.00 for one box of cereal is not something I’d be happy to pay out.

Get your Degustabox for just £7.99 including delivery and packaging (usually £12.99). Buy directly from their Degustabox UK and enjoy a selection of full size monthly food products delivered directly to your door.

Degustabox January

Published January 31, 2018 by Bizzimummy

January’s Degustabox has to be the healthiest box so far, which of course is a really good thing for me now that I’ve started eating more healthy.

Starting with some rather refreshing drinks and a big full size bottle of the new Robinson’s this time in a glass bottle, not plastic. Make it up with water just like regular Robinson’s juice.£2.49

Lighter Life shakes – I got two in the box but drank one before the photos got taken. These are meal replacement shakes and can be purchased in Superdrug. £2.49.

Mahtay Yerba mate sparkling tea – okay I really don’t get the whole cold tea concept and sparkling just adds another twist to the confusion. The taste of this isn’t the worst but it’s not really something I’d choose to buy. £1.49.

There’s a fair bit going on here isn’t there? So from left to right starting with Pulsin vanilla protein powder – if you’re not into healthy dieting or fitness then this product probably won’t be any use to you. I have these sort of shakes daily. They provide protein and calcium and perfect for working out. £1.99.

Jordan’s juicy red berry bars x 2 – Just health bars containing berries and raisins. I normally hate raisins but couldn’t really taste them with the sweetness of the berries. £0.45.

Pulsin protein bar – These work well with the protein shakes and especially so if craving a sweet treat without the enormous calories. £1.59

Hershey’s cookies n cream – These are probably the only item in the box which aren’t so healthy, but a little treat is usually harmless. There are 5 bars in the pack of the famous American chocolate and they are very small. £1.00.

A few cupboard type items here, including – Clipper tea bags – which are an everyday full bodied black tea, yes milk can be added to it as well, I can’t drink tea black either. (£3.69 per 100 pack)

Wild planet Albacore tuna steak – This tinned tuna is quality stuff, great flavour and packed full of fish rather than water or oils so it doesn’t need draining. However at £3.49 per tin it’s not something I could buy regularly.

Colombian crunchy chicken bites coating – This could not have come at a better time as my son is making his own “American style” chicken nuggets from scratch in his cooking lesson at school and this packet is just perfect for it. £0.90.

Latin American kitchen by Santa Maria – keeping with the South American type theme it’s a squeezy bottle of Chipolte mayo topping and it’s very spicy. £1.80.

Finally noodles from Miso Tasty – A ramen noodle kit with seaweed garnish and spicy flavours. The noodles being very healthy and low calorie. £1.99.

Explore cuisine – The organic Edamame and mung bean fettuccine is a plant based protein and fibre product. A little like pasta and can be used the same way but much healthier. £3.00.

I Jane really enjoyed this box. It certainly arrived at a perfect time and contains lots of healthy and yummy goodies.

Sign up for a Degustabox and pay just £12.99 for lots of monthly food surprises. Sign up at Degustabox UK.

My Vitamin box

Published January 18, 2018 by Bizzimummy

It seems the whole country have got into weight loss and fitness mode this month. Yes that includes myself, I’ve been eating much much healthier these past two weeks and started back at the gym as well as exercising at home.

Vitamins and minerals play a big part in healthy lifestyles and help to keep our bodies running fine.

My Vitamin box is a monthly subscription which brings a supply of monthly one a day vitamins. There are two options, both of which give a 30 day supply. The wellness box and the vitality box. The vitality box at £9.99 is for a more energetic lifestyle and happens to be the one I have.

The pills are in capsule form and arrive in a small metallic tin. Along with the pills, a leaflet explaining all the ingredients inside them, and believe me there are a lot of good things inside these.

Yes I know they don’t look too appealing do they, and they smell quite funny too. If you have ever taken sea kelp or other vitamins for skin and hair then it’s a very similar smell which isn’t that nice. However the smell is familiar so I know it’s good stuff.

If I went to a health shop for similar vitamins then I would probably expect to pay either the same or more for a months supply and with this being a subscription it means I don’t even need to leave the house to get them.

Degustabox December

Published January 2, 2018 by Bizzimummy

Just before Christmas my last Degustaboxof 2017 arrived.

Here is what was inside!

First a fair few drinks to keep us refreshed over the festive period.

A Sleep well Vanilla milk drink which I’m guessing helps little ones get a better sleep at night. To save arguments I had this and thought it was really nice.

The Lift Green Tea got given to a friend as this is not something I enjoy.

Robinson’s fruit creations are the all new twist on Robinson’s juices. I think they designed them more with adults in mind but my kids had this bottle.

ColdPress Apple juice – very refreshing and especially so ice cold.

San Miguel – it’s beer so not for me.

And then I found all of these lovely treats too!

Willies Cacao black pearls – These sound like something straight out of a Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Think big balls of dark chocolate with an inner circle full of bitter sweet salted caramel, just delicious.

Planters – These are small packs of nuts with varying flavours.

Taking the Pea – yes strangely enough it’s a dried pea snack pack, not really for us tho.

Pop chips – I think this was the first thing we munched through. A nice sized share bag. Star Wars shaped theme snack,

Candy Kittens – sour fizzy sweets bursting with delicious fruit flavours. I love them.

And as if that wasn’t enough. I got these two cupboard items too.

Ryvita – Rice cakes & Mary Berry’s vinaigrette dressing which I did mistake for a drink at first. It’s good with salads and great for drizzling over certain types of fish too as it’s lemon based and I can even see bits of lemon inside the bottle.

I really enjoyed the December box, so much so that there is barely anything left of it now. The snacks were great and some of the drinks seemed to go down well too.

As always Degustabox is £12.99 monthly subscription and this price includes full p&p.

Degustabox November 

Published December 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Ho ho ho t’s nearly Christmas and my latest Degustabox contains a few festive themed treats.  

 We have this bag of Planters fruity chocolate crunch. It’s a big bag and a mixture of peanuts, cranberries and chocolate buttons which went down a treat.

Ooh and look what we have here! Lots of yummy treats. 

Cadbury picnic bites – just like the big bar version but smaller bite size chunks and just as delicious. 
Proper corn popcorn – perfectly sweet flavour and great with a movie.

Jellybean factory super sours – These really tickle the tastebuds. I’m not a huge fan of jelly beans but my kids are. 

Two drinks in this months box, one of them I could not wait to open and drink, the other I’m not so keen on. 

Dalston’s fizzy apple was just lovely. This one bottle is packed full of crushed apples. It’s sweet and so refreshing.

Alo – is an aloe Vera drink and I wasn’t so keen. 

A few cupboard staples in this box too – Ryvita & Flippo Berio, both snack products rye cakes and a savoury Italian biscuit type snack.
English provender caramelised onion chutney – I’ve not opened this yet. It will be opened Christmas Day with the turkey. 
Taylor’s of Harrogate single origin coffee – this is a really impressive find considering it costs  £4.49 which is over a third of the total box cost. 

Kallo – stock pots. Another one for Christmas Day and gravy. 

Oh and more tuna too – 

Rio Mare tuna in olive oil. It’s a nice strong flavoured tuna with big chunks. It does cost £3.00 per tin tho. 

 And finally one for the breakfast table – Weetabix Additions Apple and raisin. Traditional weetabix chunks with fruit. I gave some to a friend to try and she absolutely loved them. 
And wow all this for just £12.99 including delivery. It’s unbelievable value and my favourite snack subscription box too.

Get yours at Degustabox UK for an amazing discount price of just £5.99.

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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.
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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

Also find “Try Treats” on social networks too!

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