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Tea Tourist – February Review

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This is a month that was not looking forward to writing about. Most of the teas were not to my liking, there were some really nice ones, some I wanted to try, and some I didn’t like. I did try them all as I have no idea what they tasted like, or if I would like them. As usual there are six little packets with looseleaf tea from different tea makers/suppliers. So this is brilliant if wanting to find something new. Each little bag contains enough for about four cups, and a preparation card. So what teas are in this month?

Brockley Breakfast – GOOD AND PROPER
As it states a breakfast tea, contains a mix of usual black teas Aasam Kenya Ceylon and Darjeeling. The mix is good and does taste nice with a dribble of milk and relax.

Blend NO.45 – Edgcumbes
This is another black tea with some more unusual varieties, keemun. This can be either a breakfast or afternoon tea, you can serve as it is, mix with your usual tea, I needed to add milk. I want a fan of this one and to be honest I don’t like the smell either.

BEN SHAN OOLONG – tea in the city
I liked this one strangely, best was when the leaves unfolded. This is a single blend tea which adds its own depth can be re-steeped and enjoyed with afternoon cake!

Gunpowder tea – The UK Loose Leaf Tea Company
I should give lovely tones on this, but I really didn’t enjoy, personally. I do understand that some people do enjoy this. So to enjoy it more I added honey. If you enjoy this style go for it.

Black tea and dandelion – Oteas
Surprised at this one. Didn’t think about dandelion in tea, very tasty and I didn’t need to add anything. Dandelion has health benefits so go for detox and weight loss.

Cherry Sencha – Cheshire Tea
Another good tea from these lovely people. I have saved my favourite one till last. Green tea with cherry, how could this go wrong, it didn’t I’m pleased to say, no need to add anything to this tea.

I hope you have enjoyed this months teas, I already know next months for me are better.

Daz – Review


I signed up for the Daz doorstep challenge. I received a nice box of Daz to try, I’ve never used Daz as I my parents never used it and the adverts naf! So because of this I never wanted to try. 

So after reluctantly leaving it in the box over half term, and we’ll ihad more time, out came the box. I eyed it up suspiciously thinking this will never work, it’s only for white washes. Well I read the information booklet and to my surprise it can be for colours as well. Maybe a good all rounder? I put several loads of washing on, as you do when you have two monkey’s and never really noticed how clean things were. That wasn’t till I washed yet another pile of lights (white) that I noticed the girls white school socks actually looked white again, first win. Secondly this morning after looking at my youngest daughters nightie, usually covered in chocolate milk and spaghetti sauce which was stained even after repeated washes it was clean and “bright”. 

I’m definitely now converted to Daz and all my washing is looking like new again, we’ll part for bobbling for wear! 

I’ve not been paid for this review and was sent samples to try from Supersavyme,  which I have been part of for some time. 

Tea Tourist Monthly Subscription – Review

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Decembers box selection

Well here is another Teatourist monthly box review. I won the November launch box and reviewed that (Tea Tourist Review), but for some reason I believed I have won three month subcription, I hadn’t it was just one box. Anyway I contacted a little confused and they were really nice and had a leftover box and let me have Decembers box. So as a thank you to Tea Tourist im reviewing another box for them.

Tea no.1. Marzipan Rooibos by Hoogly tea

A nice simple rooibos tea with mazipan. Not much more to add. Normally tea tourist do loose leaf but this is already in bags not the paper bags. Now i have to worn you, when you open the packet the marzipan hits you, very nice warm feeling comes over you, and as you drink the marzipan stays with you.

Tea no.2 Gingerbread Chai by TUGBOAT

This is another rooibos tea, a lot different with ginger and cinnamon, I’m not a fan of ginger so I added honey like it suggests. The honey adds a nice twist which really compliments the tea.

Tea no.3 Shiraore Green by mono cha

This is a twig and leaf tea, smells really fresh and as its says on the instuction card “grassy” I’ll agree with that. Tea tourist recommend drinking with cake or just on its own. It is really nice and smooth to drink which is relaxing

Tea no.4 Citrus Ginger by LULIN TEAS

Another ginger team again I added the honey. It has plenty of different citus flavours orange and lemon zest as well as lemongrass. Personally not liking this one, but the honey makes it bareable to drink.

Tea no.5 Winter Spice by chash Tea

This tea smells like winter with all the different flavours and ingredients in the tea. There is apple, rosehip, lime blossom, elderberries, sage leaf and a few others. With tgis been a December (Christmas) box “drink with mince pies or add a cheeky tipple”

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Tea no.6 Scotch Acorns by Nothing But Tea

Plenty of different ingredients in this tea, even a little whisky and plenty of nuts. The smell when you open the packet is sweet and heavenly, the tea itself looks good enough to eat without making it into tea to drink. Recommended as an after dinner drink and with the whisky I can see why.

This month sees a mixed bag of new teas I love and some that I hate. Yes I did use hate when talking about tea, but I really don’t like ginger. For me ginger spoils things.

Tea Tourist Monthly Subscription – A Review

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A teatourist box

I won a competition for a box of tea from Teatourist. This may sound rather silly until you find out its for a monthly subscription box which contains six very different teas, which change every month. I won the launch box for the company Tea Tourist back in November, but with things as they were I did get to drink them, but not review. So here goes.

Tea Tourist searches out six different teas for every month and send them out in letter sized boxes (fits though most letter boxes if postie tries, mine didn’t, but I was in). Every month there will be new teas to try. Each sample bag is resealable with a little card telling you what’s in the tea, how to brew it, how to serve it and if the tea can be rebrewed (great for stingy people). Also each sample will make about three or four standard sizes cups/mugs of tea. As all are loose leaf (or stems and other things) I would recommend a tea strainer or similar items to stop the tea leafs from your mug.

Tea no.1 Orange Blossom (oolong) by Easy Teasy
This is sold as a breakfast/morning tea “best served with morning toast and butter” well I was told and its very nice. The orange peel and orange flavouring comes through really nicely not overpowering. This type can be rebrewed 3 or even 4 times.

Tea no.2 Malawi Peony by Baraka Teas
I was I little confused when I saw this, it just looked like plant leaves, but open to new things into the pot they went. Unfortunately this point the next day I had d&v, first thought was the tea, but no the whole family came down with d&v. The next time no problems. Its recommended that you serve this with chocolate or fruity deserts, very nice.

Tea no.3 Japanse Kukicha by Shibui Tea
Another strange tea for me, this one is made from branches and stems of the plant, I suppose somewhere somebody tried it and must have tastes nice (and was safe to drink). Well its a green tea that’s been roasted, its very nice with not much information – drink as it is! So I did just that.

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Japanese Kukicha tea

Tea no.4 Peppermint Tea by Cheshire Tea
A reply nice cool peppermint tea, if you like peppermint this takes it up a notch. The company import this from Washington State USA. With not much to add I’ll move to the next tea.

Tea no.5 Tummy Rub by Tea Box
I had no idea what to expect from this one, and was surprised, in a nice way. It contains peppermint, liquorice, chamomile and fennel. All the different flavours come though to make one extremely moreish tea. I one I would like to be having a little more often.

Tea no.6 Yoga Tea by T-tox Tea
This is a white tea and aimed at when you can drink it in a relaxed state. I love the rose petals which make the dry tea really pretty. But for me personally the ginger and nettle didn’t do it for me. Pleasing to drink but not on my to drink again list.

Having tried all this months teas I know what I would buy again. Tea Tourist costs £14.95 per month and currently they have an offer of 10% off your first box and offer rolling subscriptions which can be paused or stopped at anytime, the boxes will be shipped on or around the 20th of each month.

Robots and Gadgets – a Book Review

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My children were sent this book as part of Parragon Books Ltd -Book Buddies. The book can all lovely and wrapped for them to rip open, a nice little touch was the extra roboty stickers that were sent with the book, not that 300 stickers in the book was enough!

Having said that my 8 year old loved reading it to her 4 year old sister, and both merrily added stickers to the pages.

Lots of interesting facts, and stickers to help build up knowledge and understanding. Extra activities none sticker based makes it varied and keeps them occupied.

I would recommend to anybody who like robots, not necessary loves them.

Inspired Colouring, Christmas – A Review

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Inspired Colouring – Christmas

I was sent this book via Blind Date with a Book with Parragon Books Ltd. I liked the idea I had no idea what book was going to be sent when I applied this month. So a colouring book was a nice surprise, I do love colouring and have previously bought colouring books for myself.

I do love how Parragon send the books in beautiful packages, purple, with little touches. In the case of this book some handmade wooden colouring pencils.

The front cover was shiny and made it feel special. The pages themselves are wonderfully delicate with the option to be very careful or be bold. For some reason I used my tropical colours for colouring a Christmas colouring book. Still looked fabulous, which I’m pleased about. I haven’t finished the book, so I’ll put it away for next year.

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Colouring in bed

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adult colouring books, especially all the lovely Christmassy pictures.

A Cheesy Showstopper -Orchard at Tesco Review

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7 cheese selection

Having a show stopping Christmas when you have little ones to entertain is fun and can be exciting. This year Tesco’s Orchard program invited me to try their Christmas ranges of cheese.

Armed with my vouchers to buy cheese, a look around the different cheese selection was needed. You can have cheese with alcohol, cheese with more cheese. But I went with a cheese selection box for £4 and a couple of extra cheese’s to make my voucher up.

The date for the cheese was good, plenty of variety. The individually wrapped cheese was nice, as was the size of each cheese.

To make things easier for me, we only had a few cheeses out at a time. We don’t like cheese overload.

 

so what cheese did we get

  • Edam
  • Cheddar
  • Stilton
  • Red Leicester
  • Brie
  • Smoked German Cheese in a sausage shape
  • and Wensleydale with Cranberries

I also got Wensleydale and German smoked Cheese Sliced both pre-packaged.

 

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Finding Dory, A Book of the Film – Review

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Funding Dory a book of the film

As of yet our family haven’t seen the film (I always wait until its at the kids club). We have seen, many times, Finding Nemo which is a big hit in our house. So it was a great pleasure to be given a chance to read this book.

I let Squidge open the package and she jumped up and down with excitement (mind you she gets excited by most books, she’s a bookworm), and proceeded to read the book straight away.

Its nice that for people who have seen Finding Nemo, and starts before Nemo was lost. We meet Dory’s parents but are not sure how Dory gets lost, but she is looking for them, looking for something when she meets Marlin and starts on the journey looking for Nemo. The story skips to when the three of them are back home and life is moving along nicely. One day Dory starts remembering snippets of her past and is a little confused about she can remember. A journey across the ocean to find Dory’s parents began….

Half way through the book there are pages of pictures taken from the film whichs gives a break from reading and also a nice touch to the book. My daughter loves reading it, and has started to read it to her little sister, so they both can enjoy the book. This book you will want to read and read again (I’m hooked on it, I’ll be reading whilst the girls are at school).

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Photo pages

I was sent this book to read and review as part of Parragon Book Buddies, other than a free book I have not been paid for this review. All the words and thoughts are all mine.

The Gift Company – A Review

This is a review of candles and reed diffusers from Flame Homewares.

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My surprise package from the Gift acompany

I spotted a chance to review items from the The Gift Company. I choose to receive a surprise package containing candles and reed diffusers, of a variety of scents. I received two candles (cappuccino & lemon lavender) and two reed diffusers (raspberry sundae & Amber Honeycomb).

First up reed diffusers. The reeds are made from cotton and are really sturdy, the reeds soak up the oil really easily. Both fragrances with all the reeds in the oil should last about three months.

I started with the Amber Honeycomb. I put all 10 reeds into the oil, waited a little while inverted them as per instructions. Then spent the next two days sneezing. Once I have removed five of the reeds, my sneezing stopped, the fragrance was still there and not too overpowering or too weak. I kept these in my lounger for about two weeks before I swapped to Raspberry Sundae, I remembered to only put five in from the off. I real gentle fragrance not overpowering, but can sometimes make you feel hungry as the nice fruity smell drifts to your nose. I’m keeping the Raspberry Sundae in until it finishes, then going back to the Amber Honeycomb. I would buy both these again, remembering to use less reeds.

Candles – both candles came with lids. The burn time is about 40-45 hours.

It was hard choosing which to try first, so a blind pick meant it was lemon lavender. Was too sure of what to expect, but smells really nice. You get the zesty lemon with the lingering lavender smell. I like been able to put the lid on once finished (and cooled) so you can burn other candles without the last one lingering or dust getting in the candle. Next was the cappuccino truffle, I felt I was a delicate fragrance but so lovely. The hint of coffee was just right followed by a sweet after smell perfect. Again with a lid to keep it clean. I would buy these again when I see them in the shop.

I was sent four items free of charge to review, I have not been paid anything extra. All the opinions and words are my own.

 

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