Tuesday, 17 February 2015

A review of the Gousto box

A few weeks ago I received a fabulous big box to review from https://www.gousto.co.uk. I had heard of Gousto before but didn't really know anything about them other than that they were something to do with food.
So what is Gousto? Gousto is a subscription company sending you everything you need to make 3 meals. All of their products are organic and come in the exact amounts you need for each recipe. You can make your subscription suit you and by that I mean that you can set what day the box will be delivered and whether you want it weekly, fortnightly or monthly. You can also stop your subscription at any time.
You choose the 3 meals that you want each week from a variety of cuisines that are available. To view examples have a look at their cookbook page by clicking here, Cookbook. We had steak and chips, waldorf style chicken and sticky hoison pork.


With each meal you get a recipe card which is well laid out, detailed and very easy to follow. The ingredients are all separated into the exact amounts you need so you really have no fuss at all.


The steak and chips were delicious. The sauce was one of the tastiest ones i've had with steak and we have made the recipe at least 3 times since we were sent this.




Here's an example of how the ingredients for one meal arrive. I love the fact that you don't get any waste on any products. That's one thing that we get a lot of in our house. 





I wasn't overly enthusiastic about this waldorf style chicken as i've never been one to like a waldorf salad but my god was this tasty!!!! I literally ate my own words with this one. We'll definitely be having this in our house again.




So that was a brief overview of everything. Let's get down to the actual review. For me this hole concept is perfect. I'm a working mum with a busy lifestyle so anything that can make my life easy wins huge bonus points with me. I loved the fact that everything is done for you. I can't stand food shopping, so this wonderful package is like a parcel sent from heaven. It takes away the chore of going to the busy supermarket and also the chore of wondering  'what to cook for tea'. Let's face it, the majority of people look in their fridge and wonder what to cook and end up wasting so much food. To the people that plan their families meals a week in advance hats off to you, I wish I was you!! But i'm not, and this is why Gousto works for me.
We chose to have our box delivered on a Friday which meant that our weekend meals were all covered with no hassle. This meant the world to us as a family as we had more quality time together. I didn't have to shop or spend ages preparing food and ingredients as I just whipped out my recipe card and hey presto we had an extremely tasty meal shortly after.
We loved the fact that all the products are organic. One thing Gousto is passionate about is where you're ingredients come from. They want to provide the best quality available through sustainable methods. Hopefully, this is important to you. It certainly is for us as we always like to buy and support British meat and always have free range eggs etc. Read more about where Gousto gets their products from here, Products.
I was worried that the food wouldn't taste very nice. Not sure why I thought this as I knew all the products were organic. Maybe it was the fear of the unknown. The meals were all so tasty and so easy to make. The recipes are easy to follow and would make the worst of cooks seem like pro chefs.
We'll definitely be getting a subscription as we were overall impressed with the service and products and how it had such a positive impact on our weekend. If you go onto their website now there is £15 available off your first box, https://www.gousto.co.uk. You can also give them a follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you had a Gousto box before? Have you had something similar from another company?

Love Kerry xx

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A homemade Valentines Gift

I thought i'd share this with you even though I made it for my hubby for christmas. It's an ideal present for this upcoming valentines day and was made with everything from http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk. It's the letters A & K which I then painted and covered in black and white photos of us.
The letters are mache letters which are available in 2 different sizes. Mine are the larger of the 2 as I thought it would be easier for putting the pictures on. You can buy the large ones for £2 and the small for £1 each. Here's a link to them so you can see, Large Letter and Small Letter. For this weekend you could do the same as I did with initials or make the word 'love'.
I knew I wanted them a black and white theme to match the other pictures on our wall so I decided to paint them black all over. I bought the ready mix paint from Hobbycraft for £2 and it worked fine, Paint. You could paint them any colour or get mache paper and glue that on.
Then once they are dry you can then cut and glue your pictures on. This part I found the most tricky seeing as I didn't plan what pictures I could put where. Luckily I printed off about 50 so I had a good choice. I just used a normal glue stick to get them on which worked perfectly. If you use a wet glue it will become lumpy.







Have you done anything like this? What have you got planned for Valentine's day?

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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

A valentine's Day challenge with Photobox

Valentines day is creeping up on us fast with less than 2 weeks to go. Arwyn and I never used to bother with it until we had Eva. We've realised that it's a nice way to spend some quality time together remembering all the good times we had as the two of us and how we have now become a family.
I was delighted to be asked to take up Photobox's valentines day challenge which was to show the story of our relationship on a cushion. I couldn't wait to jump at this opportunity as it gave me an excuse to browse all of our photographs which was a great experience in itself. There were a lot to look through seeing as we've been together 9 years. I've chosen some pictures that hold fond, fun and laughable memories. If you scroll down to the individual pictures, i've explained the story behind them. They aren't in chronological order.






This picture was taken on the first proper night out that we had together after our daughter was born. I'd breast fed for 9 months so we hadn't really gone out for long periods of time or drank a lot. This was after a couple of bottles of red wine! It was a very well deserved night out.


This was taken at a friend's wedding. It was a fab wedding and we were dancing to a band that were later to play out our wedding. I remember the exact song which was a version of mia's paper planes which is a rap, hip hop song. Arwyn hates this type of music where as I love it. This was me winding him up rapping and playing out the actions in the song 'bang bang bang'. Anyone that knows us will know that Arwyn gets highly embarrassed by me dancing to rap and my choice in music. 



This was taken at the first party we threw in our first home that we bought together. Those days of partying hard are long gone. Although i'm pretty sure all we did was play on the wii fit and do the limbo. 

This picture was taken when we climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with the charity scope. We had the most amazing time and bonded so well with our group. We actually got engaged here and ended up having the most fun engagement night as everyone was on a high from climbing the mountain and then seeing us get engaged. We'd love to go back in the future. 


Just incase you can't guess, this was at our wedding. It holds a very special place in our hearts as I was actually pregnant and we'd only found out 3 days before hand. It was very difficult keeping it from everyone. 


This was taken on our honeymoon at universal studios in LA. I find it hilarious that 2 grown up people were so desperate to have their photo with spongebob. What a pair of idiots. 



This was taken on a trip to Paris very late on in my pregnancy for Arwyn's 30th birthday. I suppose it was a bit of a babymoon too. We adore Paris and try to go whenever we can. This was on a horrifically high big wheel which I was rather petrified of.




Finally this picture was taken on a boat trip on a holiday in Turkey. I love it as someone managed to catch us having a tender moment. 

The cushion is such a fab gift. I think photo gifts are the perfect way to remember special moments in time. I've loved this challenge as it has made me laugh hard, giggle often and also cry a little.

You can create your own cushion on the photo box website by following this link, Cushion. There are also a huge range of other photo gifts you can choose from. I'm really happy with how the cushion has turned out The quality is really good and it's actually very comfy. It'll take pride of place on our bed to make us have something to smile about every-time we look at it.

Have you created any photo gifts? What have you got your loved one's for Valentine's Day?

Love Kerry xx

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Disneyland Paris in December

If there's one place in the world that Arwyn and I love, it's Disney!! We can't get enough of it so an obvious weekend break away for us was to take Eva to Disneyland Paris to see their christmas festivities. To see how we travelled there, read my post called Travelling to Paris.
We booked to stay at the Dream Castle hotel which we have stayed in on a previous trip before Eva was born. We managed to get a fantastic deal by booking it as a top secret hotel on http://www.lastminute.com. From the description of the secret hotel we were 95% sure it was the dream castle and just went for it and thankfully are guessing and daringness paid off.

Previous hotels we have stayed in at Disneyland Paris are the Radisson and Disney's Kyriad. I have to say the worst one of the lot was the Kyriad, it was overcrowded, horrendous breakfasts and pretty rubbish rooms. 

The Dream Castle hotel is fantastic. It's a brilliant family friendly hotel which still feels magical when you are not at the park. The rooms are a really good size and come with tea and coffee facilities, which lets face it are a massive must when you are waking up early and facing a very, long, tiring day. The breakfast buffet was tasty with a varied choice of foods to suit everyone. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The only downside I would have to say and this is by no means a criticism of the hotel itself, are the free shuttle busses back and forth to the park. When you are travelling with a baby or toddler and a pushchair these can be your worst nightmare. At very busy times I felt particularly unsafe with all the hideous parents pushing and shoving to get on the buses. They literally turn into animals. Anyway we braved the bus into the park but at night when we were tired we just paid for a taxi back which didn't cost much at all and was well worth it to avoid the hassle of the mad parents at the shuttle.

A top tip that I can give all parents before going to Disneyland is to book your restaurants in advance. This saves a lot of queuing and disappointment when you are there. You can do this by going on the website and ringing the bookings number. We booked to eat at Cafe Mickey which is one of the most popular restaurants in Disney village due to the fact that you can dine with the characters. Various ones pop around to every table while you are there. This seemed like a fantastic idea although as you can see Eva was completely unimpressed with Pluto. Thankfully Mickey came out shortly after to enlighten the mood. The restaurant itself is severely overpriced for what you actually eat and I found the children's menu in particular very poor. However, disney for children is all about meeting the characters and for this reason, this place is a must. I've been told you can have breakfast there so perhaps we'll try that next time.




We also booked to eat at the Blue Lagoon restaurant. This is a favourite of ours and we eat there every-time we go. It is actually inside the pirates of the Caribbean ride so it all feels very authentic. Eva thoroughly enjoyed seeing people going passed on the ride and really enjoyed the food. 

Disneyland is magical whatever time of year you are there but boy do they up the ante at christmas. The decorations and lights are spectacular. Eva's jaw didn't come up from the floor. It really is the most wonderful time of the year to visit.







My top tip for visiting disneyland at christmas is to pack lots and lots of layers. It's fairly chilly as you can imagine and if you are waiting for rides and just standing still, it feels like you are stood in the arctic. I'd advise lots of thin layers, especially for children which can be taken on and off to adjust to the varying temperatures of being indoors and then outdoors. 

My top tip for visiting disneyland with toddlers is to make sure you carry plenty of things to entertain them in the queues seeing as they become bored so easily.

Have you been to disneyland Paris? Have you got any top tips to share?



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