March Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

March Degustabox

The March Degustabox was one of the seasonal boxes; being the Easter box! So I was looking forward to lots of yummy treats, and I wasn’t disappointed. I think this one was one of my favourite boxes yet.

  • Enjoy 10 to 15 surprise products, many are completely new to the market!
  • Receive your Degustabox every month filled with goodies.
  • All for much less than you would pay in the shops!

So what was inside the March Degustabox?

March Degustabox contents

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Apple, carrot & raspberry juice | Recipe

Apple, carrot and raspberry juice recipe.

I recently posted my thoughts on the Slow Juicer from Panasonic; this recipe is the first juice I have ever made. On first thoughts you may think – apple and raspberry, yes; apple and carrot, maybe; but mix them all together and it seems a bit of an odd combination. Raspberry juice isn’t one that is come across very often.

I can tell you though, it is delicious. The apple gives it a little tartness; the carrot a more savoury flavour; add raspberries, and it adds sweetness and makes it a beautiful colour! I almost didn’t want to drink it. All four of us loved it, and it’s a real thirst quencher. It is super super easy too! Read more

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Spring garden inspiration | Wish list

Spring garden inspiration with Fishpools

April is here, spring is upon us, which means lots of long days spent in the garden are ahead. With Jacob being at school now, and Noah now going to nursery for three mornings a week, I will also have the garden all to myself for a few hours a week – heaven! Well, I will be sharing it with a dog now, also…

We moved into this house one and a half years ago, and have done quite a bit of work on the garden already; but, we still don’t have it near where we want it. I know we will get there eventually though, and I hope we can put some work into it this summer, so it is all ready for us to enjoy completely next year! Read more

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Coffee around the world

Coffee around the world

Coffee. This wonderful liquid is sometimes the only thing that gets me through the day! Wake up – coffee. Breakfast – coffee. Mid morning break – coffee. Lunch time – coffee. You get the gist. I will mostly drink an instant coffee during the day, but come night time I love to relax with a latte from my coffee machine – I do love a latte macchiato.

Through visiting coffee shops I do know that there are so many different types, but I never realised there was so many ways to drink coffee around the world! Coffee In My Veins has put together this really interesting infographic, showing how different countries make their signature coffee. Read more

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Panasonic Slow Juicer | First Impressions

Panasonic slow juicer first impressions

I have loved testing out some great products from the Panasonic Kitchen over the last few months; the latest one I have been trying out is the Panasonic Slow Juicer. A juicer is something I have always fancied trying out; I love the fact that it leaves you with a super smooth juice but still contains all the nutrition from fruit & vegetables. There are so many combinations to try too; pure fruit juice, pure vegetable juice, or a mix of fruit & veg. The juice world is your oyster!

For rich-tasting highly nutritious juices..
You get rich, smooth juice filled with nutrition. You can also use the Frozen Attachment to make healthy desserts.

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Our favourite five – February | Food, flowers, and a farm

Our favourite five February

Once again, I’m back to being late with our favourite five – oops! I didn’t manage to get it written up by the end of the month, and March has been super busy so I’ve barely even turned the laptop on! I’m here now though, better late than never, right?

So, what were our favourite five for February? (That’s a lot of f‘s!)

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Chocolate coffee ganache tarts | Recipe

Chocolate coffee ganache tarts

It’s been a while since I’ve made a tart, and it’s also been a while since I’ve made ganache (I could eat a bowl of that on its own…). The first thought that came into my head when I saw the chocolate coated coffee beans in the most recent Degustabox, was chocolate coffee ganache tarts – yummy. Using dark chocolate makes them very rich, but it also compliments the luxury of the coffee beans. The size of the tarts makes them perfect for a grown up party, or maybe with cocktails!

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February Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

February Degustabox

I had to wait a little bit longer for my Degustabox last month as there was a problem with it in transit, but it was worth the wait as there were some exciting products in there; lots that I’ve never heard of, actually!

  • Enjoy 10 to 15 surprise products, many are completely new to the market!
  • Receive your Degustabox every month filled with goodies.
  • All for much less than you would pay in the shops!

So what was inside the February Degustabox?

February Degustabox in the box

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Protecting yourself from data transfer hacks

Protecting yourself from data transfer hacks

If you have visited my blog recently, you may have unexpectedly stumbled upon a disturbing blog post; it wasn’t my doing, Stacey in the Sticks had been hacked! I wasn’t alone in this; many fellow bloggers suffered the same fate, with very similar posts. I won’t lie, it was very scary and panic inducing. I thought I had lost a whole post that had taken me a while to prepare and write; but any post written would have had the same effect.

To know that somebody had immersed themselves into my world, potentially stolen my data, and imposed their beliefs on my blog and my readers; it was horrible. By imposing their beliefs, this is what I mean (apologies for the unsavoury language, but I wanted a clear picture of exactly what happened):

Hacked blog post
Credit to Zara at www.mojoblogs.co.uk for the screenshot

Not nice, right? When you have taken years of hard work to build up your brand, and then this happens. I cannot stress enough how much it stressed me out. Luckily enough, this was a simple fix to get my original post back. There are obviously many other ways and means that hackers work, and this is just in the minority; though it’s the first time I’ve ever been a victim of hacking. It did get me wondering though, am I protecting myself enough?

There are many ways in which you protect yourself from data transfer hacks and Data Label have put together this handy guide with some steps you can take to make sure your data is kept secure. Admittedly I don’t do all of these already, but I did immediately change all of my passwords again; something which I do regularly anyway. I make sure I back up my blog every month too using BackupGuard, and continually save drafts as I am writing; luckily I was able to retrieve my blog post this way! If you think you may have been hacked, you can also use a tool such as Kaspersky to run a virus & malware check.

Taking these steps may not completely stop data transfer hacks, but they will go a way to helping you retrieve your data if you are ever unlucky enough for it to happen.

Have you ever been a victim of hacking in any way?

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Musings of a Slimming World target member | #1

Musings of a Slimming World target member #1

It’s been a few months now since I reached target; just over three of them, in fact. It does actually feel like it’s been longer to be honest. I haven’t shared an update since becoming a target member so I thought it was about time I got my thoughts down on paper; well, virtual paper! I was going to say, I can’t remember the last time I went to weigh in dreading getting on the scales, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. The truth is, I’ve been really struggling for most of the year already, and it’s almost March! Read more

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