Friday, 21 November 2014

New Hot Tub Range From Calcot Manor Available At Tesco

I'm a total sucker for any bath products. I've recently started to take an evening slot for myself to have me time. I did for find it easier doing it when he kids was awake but them I used to get lumbered with my daughter and her tub of a million barbie dolls, it used to feel like taking a bath full of Lego bricks.

I've actually never heard of Calcot Manor before dating back to the 14th century, Calcot Manor is more than a country house hotel set in over 220 acres of Cotswolds meadowland. In our grounds, you’ll find lots to do and see during your stay.

There are 35 individually designed rooms to choose from, including suites for couples and accommodation for families. Choose from The Gumstool Inn for pub meals or The Conservatory Restaurant for finer cuisine. For well-being and relaxation, Calcot Spa offers fabulous facilities and classic treatments and The Barn with its meeting rooms, spacious courtyards and facilities is perfect for business events, weddings and entertaining.

Luxurious Calcot Manor, famed for its stunning outdoor hot tub, has added a new collection to its bathing range, available exclusively at Tesco.

The Hot Tub collection gives you the Calcot experience in the comfort of your own home with two gorgeous bathing essentials. The Hot Tub Goodbye Tension Indulgent Bath Gel and The Hot Tub Sleep Enhancing Luxury Bath Soak. The Hot Tub collection is inspired by the relaxing, therapeutic benefits of heat and water that are fundamental to any spa experience.

 The Hot Tub Sleep Enhancing Luxury Bath Soak

The bath soak comes in a 40ml packet, there is enough for it to be used twice. The gel bubbles quite a lot so I recommend you do split it as my bath was spilling over with bubbles. With using the whole lot. The bath gel helps to gently relieves tired muscles, With extracts of passion flower, petitgrain & orange oil. The scent is very fresh and uplifting and leaves your sling feeling soft and relaxed. Calcot therapists recommend you relax in the warm soft-scented bubbles, close your eyes, breathe slowly and cast your thoughts to a beautiful faraway land.

RRP - £1.99

The Hot Tub Goodbye Tension Indulgent Bath Gel

The bath gel is amazing again you only need a bit to create a mountain of long lasting bubbles. The bath soak is infused with plum, ginger & bergamot. It comes in a large 500ml tub. The scent is slightly different from the bath soak but it lingers on your skin, leaving you with a calming effect. The second time I used the bath gel I was literally out for the night, I was quite surprised as normally I do fidget a lot in my sleep and I didn't seem to that night.  Calcot therapists recommend capturing at least 10 minutes of relaxing bath time to help promote sleep and well being.

RRP -  £5.99

The full Calcot Manor range is available in store and on online at

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Q Pootle 5 Christmas Pootle All The Way DVD Giveaway

I'm going to kick of my Christmas celebrations with a great new DVD that was released on the 17th November. Lexie is a huge fan of Q Pootle 5 and his friends who get up to little adventures on the little planet called Okidoki.

Spark you child’s imagination this Christmas and pick-up your copy of the Q Pootle 5 Christmas Special: Pootle All The Way! as it flies onto DVD on 17 November 2014. Packed with special features including: Q Pootle 5: From Page to Screen and ‘Okidoki Karaoke’ and a special poster insert, there is something for everyone.

It’s Christmas time on Okidoki and all is calm as Q Pootle 5 and his friends prepare for the
happiest time of the year. All is bright too, with the new festive lights festooned across the shack, ready for Groobie’s pantomime. But, when a mayday call interrupts the rehearsal, the friends suddenly find themselves in an epic adventure in which the very future of Christmas is at stake!

Q Pootle 5 is based on the best-selling books by the hugely popular children’s author and illustrator Nick Butterworth and the series features an outstanding voice cast including: Ed Gaughan (Bunnytown, Black Mirror); Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey, Poppy Cat); Steven Kynman (Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam); Richard Ridings (Peppa Pig); and Ella Kenion (Cuckoo, The Hive, Swashbuckle).

In addition to the DVD release, Q Pootle 5 puzzles and games – including a 35 piece puzzle, 4in1 shaped puzzle and giant playing cards – from Jumbo are available now. Two brand new picture books from Walker Books and a special Q Pootle 5 magazine from Egmont Publishing, will arrive in-stores this November.

To win your very own copy of Q Pootle 5 Christmas DVD, please see the Rafflecopter below. Please don't tick all the options then not do the tasks as I check.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Join designer favourites - Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi and Ashley Thomas for your countdown to a fabulous Christmas with Debenhams.

From 17 November 2014, Debenhams will be a hub of inspiration for the savvy shopper.  Visit the flagship Oxford Street store for a week of interactive events - from a bespoke Christmas gift wrapping master class with interiors favourite Ashley Thomas, where customers will also walk away with their own personalised Christmas Decoration, to a Festive family fun weekend where kids can take part in biscuit decorations, face painting, toy demos and eat free in the Debenhams restaurant on floor 5!

For the fashionistas, celebrity favourite Henry Holland will be on-hand to customise your Christmas wardrobe from his exclusive collection, whilst Ben de Lisi offers you the opportunity to win your party-ready look - created just for you by the designer himself. Alternatively, take part in a Winter wardrobe master class with TV style expert Mark Heyes, or makeover your make-up bag with complimentary beauty transformations and Christmas party tips from Urban Decay.  All of this and more, means Debenhams is THE place to be to kick-start your fabulous Christmas!


KEY DATES – no appointments necessary

Monday 17th November, 6pm – Henry Holland Customises Christmas (floor 2)
Henry Holland offers tips and tricks for personalising your wardrobe this Christmas.

Tuesday 18th November, 6pm – Fabulous Christmas Makeovers (ground floor)
Expert make-up artists at Urban Decay help you to feel fabulous this Christmas.

Wednesday 19th, 6pm – Office to Christmas Cocktail Party by Ben de Lisi (floor 2)
Ben de Lisi shows you how to look glam and party-ready straight from the office. Outfits and goody bags to be won.

Thursday 20th, from 6pm – Fashion Workshop with Mark Heyes & Guests (floor 3)
Join TV style expert Mark Heyes for a winter wardrobe master class. Goody bags to be won.

Friday 21st, from 5pm – Ashley Thomas’ Home Made Christmas (floor 4)
Ashley Thomas offers a master class on a unique range of personalised Christmas decorations.

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd – Festive Family Fun Weekend, 11-5pm (floor 5)
Free fun and festive activities for all the family, including biscuit decorations, face painting and toy demos. Kids eat free in the restaurant on floor 5.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Look In My Letterbox.

Another round up I've had this week, again not much but I also missed a few parcels on Friday as I was on my daughters school trip.


My Merlin passes I got a few weeks ago was actually the wrong ones so they have been changed now to premium passes which are even better.


Dora activity pack which includes, magnets, stickers and a great big book with activities in.

Dulux tester paint which was free I got a pink as I wanted to paint some dolls houses furniture.

Andrex umbrella and Christmas soft dog - I used my puppy points for these and just had to pay postage in the end.


I picked up these bargains off amazon which I love baylis and harding and these was at a bargain price. The dove set is for my mum and the men's set for my other half.

Baylis and harding hand wash £1.33
Baylis and harding men's gift set £4.00
Dove set £3.00
Baylis and harding body wash £1.49

Simpsons Lego mini figures was £1.68 each instead of £2.50 on amazon. There was only three left but perfect for stocking fillers.

Two play-dough sets half price on amazon again. So was under £20 for the two. 

Alice Megan

Friday, 14 November 2014

October Degustabox Review & Recipe

We reviewed a Degustabox last March and was utterly thrilled with it. We was lucky to be asked to review another this month and again we was very happy with the contents of it. Degustabox is a monthly box with between 9-14 food and drink products in. Price is £12.99 including postage. Got to admit in my box some the products I got I wouldn't of picked up myself in a shop, I suppose that is the whole point of the box an add on surprise of something you wouldn't get.

Brioche Pasquier Brioche Loaf £1.69

The kids loved the loaf my daughter is obsessed with chocolate spread so this went so well with it. The brioche loaf is made using the same traditional methods as their rolls. Delightful at any time of day and versatile as a snack, meal or ingredient, this loaf is sliced for your convenience and ready to go. Super soft and sweet.

Brioche Pasquier Pain Au Lait With Chocolate Chips  £1.60

These have been a hit in the lunch boxes with a bit of butter on, sweet and delicious. They used the same traditional recipe and baking expertise as the Pain au Lait and added some delicious dark chocolate chips. These rolls are soft and tasty, and ideal for a sweet snack or for breakfast.

Special K Cracker Crisps  – £1.29

I'm already a massive fan of these crisps they are 60% less fat than normal standard crisps so they are great if you are feeling a bit naughty. They are a mix of a standard crisp and a popped crisp and are gorgeous tasting. Perfect for a light and tasty snack. This flavour is now my favorite of them all yum!

Get Buzzing Original Nutty Bar – £1.30

This is a 100% totally natural bar/Flapjack and is packed to the brim with tons of fruit and nuts. I really didn't like the texture or the taste of this it felt too jelly for me. The bar Re-fuels the body for up to 3 hours. Only 2% saturated fat. Perfect before, during & after sport. A unique healthy snack bar for anyone on the go.

Enhance Drinks PassionFruit – £1.49

I love these versions of drinks, they come in handy when you have kids and are out and about. They turn plain water in to a juice drink with one squirt and are perfect for just popping in to a bag. I thought that these was great they are made with real fruit juice. no artificial colours, flavours or added sugar. Only 1 kcal per drink, which is great if you are planning on drinking more water though the day.

Solo Marshmallow Fluff – £1.99

This is something I have wanted to try for ages and it is really nice. It can get a bit sickly as its super sweet. Solo Toasted Marshmallow Creme brings the campfire indoors with a delicious toasted marshmallow flavor that is perfect for s'mores. The kids have loved smearing this all over plain biscuits.

Bear Paws & Alphabites - 55p

Lovely paw shaped apple and strawberry snacks which my daughter loved she thought they was little sweets. No added sugar or preservatives and counts as 1 of your 5 a day.

Alphabites cereal is delicious healthy breakfast cereal with no refined sugar, salt, or any other nonsense. Nice and tasty healthy wholegrain cereal perfect way to start the day.

Kents Kitchen Bangal Curry Kit -  £2.50

I'm a massive curry fan been craving one for weeks. so I'm super excited to try this out. These brilliant kits will create an authentic meal for four in just 20 minutes. Perfect for a simple and quick tea. Made with quality natural ingredients to create delicious, tasty meals. It's an easy one, two, three step to culinary magic.

Jelly Belly Fruit Bowl – £2.40

These lasted all of five minutes, we are massive Jelly Belly fans. This mix is actually our favourite too.  This mix is bursting with 16 of the freshest and most vibrant fruity flavours imaginable. Tangerine, Green Apple, Blueberry, Coconut, Very Cherry, Lemon, Red Apple, Watermelon, Plum, Raspberry, Peach, Juicy Pear, Pink Grapefruit, Grape, Top Banana, Lemon lime.

Dr.Oetker Extra Dark Chocolate £2.49

Will admit I don't normally buy anything dark chocolate but I'm hoping to sneak these in to a few cooking bakes soon to see if the kids actually notice.  Dr Oetker is always a brand I buy over and over again, as it is great for baking items. With a huge range of items its hard not to fall in love with the products.

Dr. Oetker Premium 90% Extra Dark Chocolate contains 90% cocoa solids and is made from single origin Ghanaian cocoa beans which delivers an intensely indulgent chocolate taste to all your baking. Premium 90% Extra Dark Chocolate is ideal for melting and using in your favourite recipes to create exceptionally indulgent desserts and to cover cakes, biscuits and traybakes.

Dr. Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder - £1.89

Dr. Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder is a dark cocoa powder specifically created for home baking to give a rich dark chocolate colour and flavour. Dr. Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder is made from the finest quality cocoa beans, and is perfect for using in all home baking recipes including cakes, cupcakes, brownies and desserts.

We also received a voucher for a free 4 pack of Benecol yogurts which I will pick up this weekend. Cholesterol-lowering and calorie counting has never been easier with Benecol Fat free yogurts. Available in a four-pack of delicious flavours; strawberry, black cherry, rhubarb and peach. Just one pot of delicious yogurt equals one serving. We recommend 2-3 servings a day of Yogurts or Spreads as a simple way to lower your cholesterol.

Blue Dragon Sweet Chili Sauce - £1.39

Last but not least was the Blue Dragon sweet chili sauce. As I have got older I am loving anything that has chili in. We got 2 of these in the box and I think its going to be a staple in our cupboard forever now. The sauce itself leaves a little tingle in your mouth and I made a lovely Quorn chicken pasta meal with it.


Two Quorn fillets
1/4 green & red pepper.
Five plum tomatoes.
Three tablespoons of sweetcorn.
50g of plain pasta
Blue dragon sweet chili sauce.


Cook pasta in boiling water for around 12-15 minutes.
Cook the Quorn fillets for around 15 minutes in the oven.
Cut the pepper and tomato and add to a frying pan with a teaspoon of olive oil, add the fillets and sweetcorn. Cook for around 4/5 minutes then add the sweet chili sauce. Cook until the sauce has warmed up then serve with pasta.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Get The Perfect ‘Tache This Movember With A Little Help From Tesco And Gillette

To support Movember, Tesco is sending Gillette barbers into 10 of its stores in and around London to trim and style the Great British public’s Movember moustaches.

Pop Up Barber Shops will be in stores from 17 November to 28 November, with Saville Row trained Gillette Barbers and Barbettes offering wet shaves and styling, and the best news is that it is totally free of charge to Tesco customers.

And don’t worry if you don’t happen to live in or around London, you can still have the best groomed ‘tache in town with these great grooming offers running from 4th - 24th November.

Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Manual Razor, was £10.00, now £5.00 and Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Cooling Gel 200ml, was £4.00, now £2.00

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

My Christmas Wishlist

Its already got to the stage where people are asking me what I would like for Christmas. I actually never need anything but of cause there are things I would like I'm a women after all. I personally think I'm super simple to buy for i love nail polish and Yankee candles.  Over the years I have got some amazing presents my beautiful Thomas Sabo necklace has been a firm favourite, but my best Christmas present ever was back 2011 when I got a phone call from the Curry's gadget show competition to say I had won £10,000 worth of gadgets. The phone call was on a cold Sunday morning and I was utterly speechless  after I put the phone down I was actually sick with shock. Our TV and kettle had broke that week, so you can imagine our delight.

My worse Christmas present has got to be a cheap tiny diary, I can't stand them as I never use them. I have a bigger diary which is personalized so I add all my appointments there, they would never fit in a mini diary.

They are always things that catch my eye so I've put together a little list.

 I'm a massive fab of perfume and I have loads of bottles on the go. I am loving the editions that are coming out which are rose scented. Emporio Armani Diamonds Rose Eau de Toilette 50ml Gift Set. 
DIAMONDS ROSE opens with a sparkling freshness where the bergamot mingles with the juicy tones of raspberry and blackcurrant. A heart of seductive rose is revealed with a new version of the Bulgarian rose more exacerbated, luminous, delicate and vibrating. The crunchy tones of lily of the valley and the fruity facets of the freesia, highlight the radiant beauty of this irresistible and exceptional rose. The fragrance finally unveils a delicate addiction of amber notes, enveloping and warm, mingled with the woody sensuality of patchouli. The ambrette seed adds a salty, musky sweetness which irresistibly merges with the skin. The smell is amazing and I loved the little 20ml bottle which is perfect as a handbag size.

Set Contains 50ml Eau de Toilette + 20ml Eau de Toilette

RRP - £36.00

Crockpot Slow Cooker

A slow cooker, I've wanted one for ages. I'm intruglied to see what amazing meals I could make in one. I would like at least a 3.5l one so I could make the whole family a meal in one.


Rocketdog Boots

I don't need anymore boots but I'm a huge fan of rocket-dog boots and these look fab! Soundoff style in a tan brown colour, perfect for the cold weather coming up.

RRP - £67.99

Montagne Jeunesse Gift basket Set

I love these face masks and use a couple every week so this would be the perfect gift for me. Included in the Wicker basket, pom pom bath salts, Dead Sea clay spa mud pack, passion fruit peel off mask, hot chocolate mask, fruit smoothie mask, Manuka honey peel off mask, creamy coconut mask, strawberry soufflé mask, very berry mask, Buriti sachet, raspberry scrub sachet and bath bombs.

RRP - £8.99

Nails Inc Christmas Nail Polish 

My wishlist wouldn't be complete without a nail inc polish would it. I love this new Christmas Winter lights royal avenue polish.  A limited edition blend of red and gold sequins that is sure to be a favourite for the party season. We recommend applying two coats over your favourite Nails inc polish for a Winter Lights effect.

RRP - £16.00

*Disclaimer i received the Emporio Armani Diamonds Rose set to write this post, wishlist and opinions are all my own*