Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Horror Block Subscription March



I've just realized I don't think I have shared and blogged about any of my Horror blocks, this is now my 3rd one and its the only box I've ever opened and not thought Meh! With a mystery box there will be the odd item that you don't like. Last month there was some zombie slime which my son enjoyed and a zombie virus plush which I sold on eBay and the person was very happy with the sale. So it's swings and roundabouts with some of the items, overall i have been very happy with every box so far.


You always get a T-shirt and the Rue Morgue magazine in the box which is always a great base. The shirts are superb quality, prints are great and they wash very well. This month there was two The Walking Dead items included. I did have a feeling the T-shirt would be one and again it's a great print very Daryl based. I suppose it he is one of the lovable main characters now isn't he. The rouge who turned good.  

The other item was the drawstring backpack, again with Daryl on. I was a tad disappointed that both Walking dead items was so Daryl based. I was hoping something more with zombies on or a mystery mini funko. It's something that I will probably use for days out with the kids to hold drinks etc.

The Lee Howard canvas print of Pinhead is really cool which is my favorite item from the box. This guy is awesome at drawing Horror icons and i think if i had to pick Pinhead would of been my first choice, the detail is amazing.

There is also a clown key cover which is a great novelty item, I think there was a creepy baby and a clown design from what I have saw on Instagram. 

The last item is a 3D mummy puzzle that you wind up that walks. Again my son will like building this so it isn't a bad box this month again.



I do think that this box is the best suited to me overall. I love the t-shirts in them and I think I'm going to be a long subscriber to horror block. 

There is a Ghostbusters item next month so I can't wait for that



Monday, 30 March 2015

Meal Plan Monday ~ Cut Costs & Meal Plan



Quite a few people have asked me about meal planning on my personal profile, as I do post about my  shopping habits on there so I thought I would share my normal shop and my Meal plans. One of our main outgoings as a family was food and we would spend on average around £250 a month on food with a huge amount of waste. I will admit I did use a lot of convenience food and we didn't have the best diets all round. 

For Christmas I received a slow cooker and it's been the bane of my life since, my normal cooker has been dying of a slow death for a while now so it's nice just to be able to pop everything in a pot and leave it. As a result of this we have been eating so much better and I hardly ever throw anything away now. 

I do my shopping every 3 weeks at the moment and it normally comes around to £72, so around £24 a week. That includes my sons and other half's sandwich lunches too. I do have a stock up on the fresh items like bread, milk etc. We are pretty lucky as we have a roast dinner every Sunday and the other half's mom buys the meat so that's a little bit off our shopping bill. 

I've also switched some of my brands for value brands as they just taste the same simple things like biscuits, crisps and fruit and vegetables can make a huge difference on your shopping bill. Also frozen vegetables are great to use as an add on for quick meals. 

70% of my cooking is now done in the slow cooker with a cheat simple meal once in the week. Which can be chicken nuggets, hotdogs, burgers. I normally write all my meals down, stick it on the fridge and decide the night before what we will have the next day. 

Here is an example of one of my 3 week meal plans

Chilli/rice (SC) 
Cottage pie/veg (SC) 
Sausage/mash
Chicken casserole (SC) 
Beef stew (SC) 
Chicken breast (SC) /mash 
Cheese potato pie/beans 
Hotdogs/Baps
Mince beef pie/mash/veg
Fish fingers/chips/spaghetti 
Nuggets/chips/peas
Pasta/sweetcorn bake (SC) 
Chicken curry/rice (SC) 
Chicken burgers/Baps 
Toad in the hole/veg
Sausage casserole (SC) 
Spaghetti bol/garlic bread (SC) 
Chicken/veg/pasta soup (SC) 
Hunters chicken/new pots/sweetcorn (SC) 
Gammon cooked in coke/new pots/veg (SC) 
Poached eggs/toast/beans/fried mushrooms





Sunday, 29 March 2015

Qwerki Box Subscription March



I've been trying lots of different subscription boxes the past few months. I'm still convinced that I'm slightly not geeky enough for some of these boxes. I'm not very geeky, not really in to sci fi, comics, games, superheroes so it really limits to what I actually like when I receive a box. I thought I would give Qwerki Box a try to see if I liked their box. The box itself is £15 plus postage. 

Qwerki Box is a monthly package of qwirkiness delivered right to your door that is full of exciting movie, game and animated goodies for you to collect! from Marvel to the Walking Dead each and every month will have a pop vinyl along with five to six mystery items. I've got to admit the pop vinyl and sweets was great but i wasn't keen on anything else. I think i'm going to give it another shot next month and see if its more suited to me. I do want to mention the super customer care. I sent them an email about my pop being damaged in transit and they are replacing with another and i had a reply to my email within a hour! 

Included in this months box was : 

Funko Pop Vinyl - Big trouble in little China, Lo Pan
Limited edition Spider-Man comic
Star Wars card game pack 
Ratchet and clank soft toy
Selection of American chocolates 
Toxic crusaders stickers x3 




Saturday, 28 March 2015

Look In My Lettebox.


Hi everyone, here is my weekly round up with items I've received this week.

Wins 

I won the whole range from Witch skincare, can't wait to start using it. 



MAC lipstick from another blog. This is actually my first ever MAC lipstick and it's gorgeous.



Buys

Acrylic Riser Stand to display some of my Supernatural pops on. £7.49 from ebay. 





Build a bear Rainbow dash for Lexie's birthday next month. It was actually £17.50 with delivery in a promotion they had last week. 



Qwerkibox  



Mystery box from a Funko group



A selection of different Funko's 





Alice Megan

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Trendy Tot Thursday - (#TT_Thursday)



Trendy Tot Thursday is back, where you can showcase your trendy tots's outfits. Pick an outfit from in the week, snap some pictures and post! 

This week is a dress that I got for Lexie for her 3rd birthday last year. It's a vintage hand made dress, which on the listing said it was made from an old duvet cover. Th listing said it was age 4/5 years but it still seems so big for her. So I'm not sure if the wrong size was listed. 



The dress itself was £10 with postage and it's an unique one off. I love the blue bow at the back and the pattern has a glitter shimmer to it and it's just gorgeous.





 I had totally forgotten it until I noticed it at the back of the wardrobe. I'm hoping it fits slightly better for the summer as I think it's going to be a firm favorite. 



Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Superdrug Own Brand Footcare - Get Ready For Summer.



Even though there is a few brands I love, I also like to try own brands. In the past I've found that sometimes they work better than some branded items. I do love to get my feet ready for summer, so Superdrug sent me some items to try out. 

I normally do use a foot scrub once a week, I like to keep on top of dry dead skin so it doesn't build up. The Superdrug Intensive Foot Scrub 
contains gentle exfoliates, jojoba seed oil and aloe vera to smooth and soften rough and dry skin. The scrub itself is very thick and it has small grains in. I actually now prefer the smaller grains in any exfoliates as they don't tend to stick on you when you are in the bath. I liked the scent, it's pretty mild not overpowering. I really liked the scrub and it did leave my feet feeling smooth and soft.



RRP -£3.49 

The Superdrug Intensive Foot Cream contains aloe vera to sooth and vitamin B5, renowned for its conditioning properties. The cream itself is also really thick, it does take a while to absorb and leaves a slight greasy film over. Once it's dry it does leave a love,y silky smooth feeling. There really isn't a scent at all either, which I found a bit strange as normally when I moisturise  I do like a bit of a lingering scent too. 



RRP- £3.49 

Superdrug also are proud to say that no animals are tested in their own brand range. So great products without animal cruelty too.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Look In My Lettebox.



Hi everyone, here is my weekly round up with items I've received this week.

Wins 

I won this very nice wooden candle set last week. 




Reviews 

Superdrug foot therapy items 



Godiva chocolate 




Colgate adult and kids toothpaste 




Buys

Lots of Funko pops, the Joker one was a swap. The ponies are for Lexie's birthday.




Freebies 

My little pony squishy pops



Atomican blind bag 




Alice Megan

Friday, 20 March 2015

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Ravensburger Puzzle Giveaway.



I'm giving away this lovely Ravensburger Puzzle. I remember The Hungry Caterpillar Story when I was growing up. It's actually 45 years old. The way it's explains change and growing is magical. It's definitely on the top of my list for children's books. 

Four bright and colourful puzzles specially designed for youngsters aged 18 months+. Each puzzle shows The Hungry Caterpillar in a different stage of his development - the 2 piece shows him nibbling his way through leaves, on the 3 piece he's emerging from a big red juicy strawberry, the 4 piece shows him at his biggest and fattest, whilst the 5 piece shows his transformation into the beautiful butterfly. Each puzzle ensures that children get plenty of visual clues to help them assemble the pieces, helping to build their confidence and encouraging them to move onto other titles and larger piece counts. Start with the 2 piece puzzle and move onto the 3, 4 and 5 piece puzzles once your youngster has started to understand the concept of piecing together the different scenes. The puzzles are made in super-thick white-lined card, just right for little hands. Finished puzzles measure 11.5 x 16cm when completed. A great introduction to jigsaws!





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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Trendy Tot Thursday - (#TT_Thursday)



Trendy Tot Thursday is back, where you can showcase your trendy tot's outfits. Pick an outfit from in the week, snap some pictures and post! 

Hello it's Trendy Tot Thursday again. This week Lexie is wearing a black and white striped long sleeve skater dress from H&M. The dress itself is quite thin so it's perfect for spring/summer as it's very light. They normally have this dress for sale all year around and release it with different prints. They are around £4/5 each.



The black tights are a two pack from Adsa for £4. 



Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Pop In A Box - March Unboxing





So excited this month, as it is Pop In A Box time yet again!  If you haven't heard of Pop In A Box before it's basically a subscription service where you get sent a mystery pop a month. You can have up to six pops delivered. On the website you thumbs up the pops you really want, thumbs down the ones you would hate and the ones you aren't to fussed about leave neutral. So you are guaranteed a pop you are going to love with the surprise of not knowing which one.

We are on the 3 pop plan, as I added some of the kids likes. Lexie did well last month with a 6" Discord from My Little Pony and a Frozen pocket pop tin.  

Every month you have a chance to be given a special/limited edition pop. A ride, oversized or pocket mini tins. As long as you have the item thumbed up, you will have a chance in winning it when Eddy works his magic! 

This month we have got it early and I was a little ruthless with some of my Wishlist and likes, but I think it was after the cut off point and my pops was already picked. As one of them I had thumbed down, but it ok as she was actually one of my favorite characters from Buffy. 



Again totally thrilled to bits with our subscription, we received this month Evil Queen, Woody (Special events giant edition) and Wishverse Willow. Again thrilled with my sub, roll on next months.





Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Kawaii Box Review



If you are a follower of my blog, you will know I'm having a bit of play around with various subscription boxes. At the moment I have my Horror Block & Pop In Box, but I've wanted something unique and girly for me and my daughter to share. 

I'm a massive fan of Kawaii & Harajuku items already and I've saw the Kawaii Box pop up in my newsfeed a few times and I've always loved the cute items inside. I was thrilled to be asked to review one and share my thoughts.


If you aren't familiar with Kawaii Box  it is a monthly subscription box with 10-12 hand picked Kawaii items. Every month they send you a box filled with a carefully selected mix of unique Japanese and Korean Kawaii cute products. The cost is $18.90 with free shipping, which works out around £12.60 GBP. I actually think the price for this box is extremely cheap and free shipping is always a bonus as it comes all the way from Singapore. 

As you can see my box arrived a little squished, but everything inside was in perfect condition. The box comes with the Kawaii Box sign and a cute little cartoon rabbit on. We was really surprised to see 12 items included in the box and its a great assortment of different products. 




First of all there are three little postcards with different things on, one has a cute saying with thank you, code 10% off for the blippo store, then the last card ha wall the social media buttons on and the website address. 



First out the box was this stretchy cube pastel coloured bracelet. The colours are really great for spring and it something I would wear on a day to day basis My daughter has claimed it hers for the time being though. 



Next was a very classy white glossy diamond travel tag to pop on a suitcase or hand luggage for when you go on holiday. This isn't something that I would generally use but it something I'm going to pass on to my sister for when she goes away. 



These panda chopsticks was my favorite item. I've always wanted to own a pair of chopsticks but never been able to pick a pair up. These are mega cute with panda face son the top of them and a lovely polka dot pattern. 




My daughter has pinched the next item to go on to her school bag, which was a cute and very cuddly fluffy raccoon keyring. 




The Nostalgic stickers are really nice with lots of detail, they would be great for cards, if me and the kids are making a special card for a family member.




The lollipop hair clip is a bold, bright and super glittery. The clip itself is a strong clip and it actually stays in my daughters hair and doesn't fall out. We have a huge problem with slides just slipping out her hair and her losing them. So this is perfect for keeping her hair from out of her face. 




The bow eraser is a great novelty item and it's something that always comes in handy as I can never normally find one when its home work time. The bow itself reminds me of Minnie Mouses bow that she wears in her hair. 



I loved this very dainty chocolate cup key chain which went straight on to my Keys after I took a photo. 



The bear pencil was my second favorite item and again it's always great to have another pencil around, as they seem to disappear when I need them. 



The mesh back pencil case, I've been using to store little misses hand bobbles and bands as they seem to appear everywhere. It has " I forget my soul in you " written on the front.



There was two food items in the Kawaii box that I had never seen before and it was really exciting to see and taste them. First was a Nerunerunerune packet, where you add the first packet and water to form a soft candy. Then you add another packet and it changes colour and taste. You stir it all together then add the candy rocks. The kids loved it as it tasted like bubblegum but it was a bit sweet for me.





The last item was a Kitkat macha, which I have never seen the macha flavour ever before. It was nice to have something I've seen in the UK but a totally different flavour. 





I loved my Kawaii box and the contents and it's something I'm going to sign up for, to add it to my monthly subscription box.