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Bloom the green fingered date night from Just Us Box

Bloom was our latest date night from Just Us Box. This months box was inspired by the British garden during the spring when all the flowers are at full bloom, bursting with beautiful colours and scents.

I was super excited about this box as I had seen little clues over on their Instagram, little terrariums, plants and flowers. I couldn’t wait to open up the box and find out what was inside.

What’s in the box?

Date Night From Just Us BoxI found another box packed full of exciting things, soil, mosses, gravel, stones, activation charcoal, two of the cutest little terrariums, mini succulents all for making the perfect little terrarium. There was also a wild flower vase, pendants, a flower press, flowering jasmine tea, and a jar of little bits to add to your terrarium.

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Our Bloom date night.

The date night for us started as always with a large glass of wine and a yummy meal. We then opened up the box and got started building our own little terrariums. Making sure we followed the instructions, adding the gravel, then the sphagnum moss, followed by charcoal and soil. Then the fun part of planting the cutest little succulent plants and adding any little extras to make it all look pretty.

Date-Night-From-Just-Us-BoxIt was really quite tricky to plant the succulents into the soil, after adding the soil, moss, gravel there wasn’t to much space to get the plants in along with fingers to actually plant them. All part of the green fingered experience though I guess. After they were planted and had lost of couple of leaves we added in the stones and pillow moss to make it come to life. We were both really impressed with what we had achieved.

We didn’t make the little clay items to go into them because by this time I was just so in love with my mini terrarium I didn’t want to add anything else to it.

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I remember pressing flowers as a child with my Mum, using books then forgetting they were there and finding them months later perfectly pressed. Anyway we didn’t press any flowers during our date as I hadn’t ready the date night book before hand and seen that they needed to done before the date. So we have said that we shall press some flowers with our little girl when the summer flowers come out in bloom.

Looking through the box I spotted little gold packages of fortune cookies. Wondering what our futures hold, we opened them up, to find flower bulbs. Slightly disappointed to not find our fortunes, I was keen to see what these little things would do. Boiling the kettle, filling up our tea-cups and dropped the bulb inside. Then watching this bulb slowly open up to reveal a beautiful floral arrangement floating in the Jasmine tea.

I loved our Bloom date night box

For me this date night so far has been one of my most favourites. There was something a little bit different with this one, we learnt a new skill for planting mini succulents and really enjoyed it. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I am on the look out for a beautiful much larger terrarium to plant up and design. It is so much fun having these date night boxes delivered to us each month, we are able to enjoy some quality time together and do something a bit different.

*Thank you Just Us Box for sending me out this fabulous date night box to review. I cannot wait to see what arrived in the post next month. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Beautiful floating lockets – Pendique Lockets Review

Pendique Lockets started when their creator Nicola wanted to design handmade jewellery, and began selling items on eBay. Nicola then set up a jewellery bead store to allow people to buy items to create and design their own jewellery.

As people’s love for unique personalised items emerged over the last few years, Nicola fell in love with floating glass lockets. After months of searching for high quality items, Nicola was able to launch Pendique Lockets – your very own unique pendant lockets.

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I have seen a few different locket style necklaces available, while searching on line for various unique gifts. Pendique Lockets offfer something a bit different. Their lockets come in different shapes and sizes. Plus they are all great value for money.

Nicola got in contact with me, asking if I would like to see one of her lockets. Of course I would! They are beautiful. I went on line to choose what I would like even looking at Pendique Lockets on Instagram, as I just could not decide what to choose.

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My Pendique Locket

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After quite some time looking at the different options, I chose the medium size rose gold locket, with 20inch rose gold snake chain. When it came to choosing the charms, it took me ages. I loved so many of the different charms, little cupcakes, star signs, wedding items, animals, christmas. The list was endless.

The wedding charms are lovely. They would make a wonderful gift for your bridesmaids, or even for yourself as a lasting memory for your day.

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I really like having something that represents my beautiful little family. So I chose the infinity symbol, to show our family being continuous, so full of love and happiness. I then opted to birth stone crystals. February’s purple Amethyst for both mine and my Hubby’s birthday, July’s red ruby for my Son, Septembers blue sapphire for our wedding anniversary and then Octobers pink for the tourmaline stone. Along with an extra charm window. My delightful daughter ran off with her pink crystal, and since then I have not been able to find it, lost in the abyss of the playroom. I shall be ordering another one to complete my locket.

Pendique Locket Review

My Pendique Lockets Review

My beautiful locket arrived, wrapped in tissue paper, and in a lovely gift box. I love it when items arrive beautifully gift wrapped. It makes a wonderful first impression of the item you are about to open and enjoy.

I was a little bit worried about the colour of the rose gold, because sometimes it can look a bit cheap. However, this was just perfect a real rose gold colour that worked beautiful with my chosen charms and window frame.

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It’s great that I ordered the window frame to go with my locket, because it means I can change it. I am able to remove the window frame easily, giving a real floating look to my locket. It looks fabulous up against my block colour clothes. Next winter it will be firm favourite with my much loved black roll neck jumper. Changing the look of the locket depending on my mood.

I love my new Pendique Locket, it’s stylish, unique and completely personalised to me. I going to have to order one for my bestie before she steals it from me.

 

*Thank you Pendique Lockets for sending me this beautiful locket for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

Leave bleeding gums behind with Corsodyl Toothpaste

In my younger days I worked as a Dental Nurse, so the importance of having great oral health is something that is as important to me as getting my eyebrows threaded.

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Visiting the dentist is so much more than just checking to see if you need a filling. Sat in the chair listening to as string of random numbers and words while the dentist prods and pokes your teeth and gums. These numbers and words not only relate to each tooth and different part of the mouth, but also the condition of your gums.

Gum Disease

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Did you know that gum disease effects about 50% of adults worldwide? What a crazy figure! When you think that toothbrushes and toothpaste can be bought at very little cost. Do your gums bleed after brushing or flossing your teeth? If they do, you have the first signs of gum disease. Now is the time to start addressing these issues, before the problems get worse and lead to possible tooth loss.

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Gum disease comes in 5 stages:-

  1. Bleeding Gums – Caused by plaque, which constantly builds up on your teeth, if not removed by brushing and flossing can lead to bleeding gums.
  2. Bad Breath – No-one wants bad breath, especially on an important day. Plaque starts to break down the tiny pieces of food in your mouth, which can release an unpleasant smelling gas. Hence the bad breath.
  3. Swollen Gums – As plaque builds up on the gum line, it causes inflamed gums, which become red and swollen.
  4. Receding Gums – As the plaque builds up and forms pockets between your teeth, the gums pull back from the gum line and expose the root beneath.
  5. Tooth Loss – If you leave bleeding gums untreated for a prolonged period of time it can lead to you loosing teeth. Not nice and certainly not pretty to look at.

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My Oral Health

Now, I wouldn’t say I am best at flossing my teeth on a daily basis. However I make sure I do at least twice a week. I have always tried to maintain a good level of oral health, sometimes when I have been poorly and rundown, I suffer with occasional bleeding gums. Like so many other people, after a couple of days of looking after my teeth and gums it has all cleared up.

Corsodyl Toothpaste

Recently, I suffered with a very sore mouth. I had many painful ulcers all over my Buccal Mucosa (the inner cheeks), under my tongue and on the roof of my mouth. Not forgetting my sore and swollen tongue. This nasty mouth issue came on very quickly, starting with a couple of little ulcers, then before I knew it I was unable to eat and could drink very little. Great for the waist line not so good for a healthy lifestyle. So, after a couple of days of struggling to get a tooth brush to my teeth, I purchased some Corsodyl treatment mouth wash. Before I knew it, by using the mouth wash a couple of times a day, my mouth was so much better. I was able to eat again and more importantly look after my teeth and gums.

Only using it for a couple of days at a time. I love using Corsodyl treatment mouth wash when I have soreness or irritation within my mouth. I have also recommended it to many friends. In fact in the dental practice it was something that the dentists also recommended to patients on a regular basis.

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Since then, Corsodyl have released a range of toothpastes, designed for daily use to help stop and prevent bleeding gums. Corsodyl’s daily fluoride toothpaste targets the bacteria that builds up along the gum line causing bleeding gums. It’s proven to be four times more effective at removing plaque than normal toothpaste.

Corsodyl Toothpaste

I have been using Corsodyl’s new Ultra Clean toothpaste for a couple of weeks now. I don’t think my mouth has every felt so fresh and clean after brushing. It has a very strong minty flavour, almost too much, it took a couple of brushes to get used to the sensation of this toothpaste. So many toothpastes are now gel style, with various ‘whitening’ elements, gritty or white flecks, this is really a paste. Slightly pink in colour and smells very fresh when you open it up. I haven’t had any other mouth issues since using this, it could just be that i’m feeling quite healthy right now, so no ulcers or it could be the toothpaste. Either way Im really happy using this toothpaste and I shall continue to do so.

Do you suffer with mouth problems? Why not try Corsodyl toothpaste to help leave bleeding gums behind.

 

* This post was in collaboration with Corsodyl. As always thoughts and options are my own.*

Son of Steak – Join the Steak revolution

“Steak doesn’t have to be snazzy and expensive. It should be simple. It should be beautiful. And it should taste great, no matter what”

This is what new newly opened steak house in Nottingham believes. I was recently invited to an event at Son of Steak, a relaxed and casual dining style restaurant in the city centre. With an industrial feel, their relaxed style is perfect for my Hubby who loves a great steak but also likes not to feel the need to get overly dressed up to go out. Unfortunately he was unable to join me for the evening, so it was the perfect chance to take my bestie along with me.

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The Drinks

We arrived to be greeted with a Mojito, and a great Mojito it was too. Made with Bacardi and on tap. Son of Steak are proud to be the first place in the UK that sells a ‘Taptail’ so all they have to do is add ice, lime and mint. No waiting around for these tasty cocktails to be made. There is also a full menu of different drinks, wines, beers and spirits, something for everyone.

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For the non alcoholic drinker they have a daily hand-mixed soft drink as part of their unlimited drinks offer. We had a pink lemonade with basil. It was really refreshing and not too sweet. Of course there is a selection of other soft drinks, which are on the refill drinks offer. The lovely FireFly drinks are sold here, plus various hot drinks.

The Food

During the event we were treated to samples of the menu. Starting with with salads, a lovely raw salad with a ginger and pineapple dressing and a delicious avocado and caesar salad.

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Out came a large selection of side dishes. Flat mushrooms, crispy onion loaf, house ‘slaw all from the standard menu. At £2.25 each or on a 3 for 2 offer. On the Gourmet menu there was crushed sweet potato, creamy béchamel spinach, grilled halloumi, mac ‘n’ cheese and roasted veg sprinkled with zatar all £2.80 each.

The mac ‘n’ cheese was a massive hit, with everyone going back for more. I loved the sweet potato and the creamy béchamel spinach. They are something a bit different to the normal side dishes you can get in most restaurants.

My favourite items came out next the BAO Buns, which is fairness I had never seen or heard of before. However, they looked delicious and tasted even better. If you, like me have no idea what a BAO Bun is, well it is a Taiwanese street food. They come filled with crispy vegetables, cucumber, and a choice of chilli, soy and yakiniku sauces all sprinkled with sesame seeds. Not forgetting your choice of filling. We had steak in ours, because it was so thinly cut it was well cooked. I like my steak well done and this perfect for me. I can’t wait to go back with my hubby and enjoy a BAO bun all to myself, I think I would opt for the pulled chicken.

The Steaks

“Forget the the fuss… focus on the flavour”

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The Son of Steak’s iron steaks and chips, started off the selection of steaks we were treated to. The steak was all served medium rare. As I mentioned earlier I don’t eat steak unless it is well done. I know, I know, no chef wants someone like me ordering a great cut of steak and wanting it well done. Anyway, I was told that it was soft juicy and tasted amazing.

Followed by more steak. This time Lomito and Picanta steaks, both 8oz, both cooked in a charcoal oven served with a pinch of salt. Lomito is a cut from the tender part of the rump, while the Picanta comes from the top part of the rump. Again these were served to us medium rare and rare, so I didn’t try any. However the men around the table happily munched their way through a fair amount, so my guess it is it tasted great.

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There was also a selection of burgers and charcoal cooked chicken for us to try as well. The burgers arrived served on sesame buns with a burger sauce, lettuce and tomatoes. Really just a standard burger, they were the least enjoyable item of the night. When you have so many other fabulous things to try, they just didn’t meet the standard of the rest of the food. However, the chicken was succulent, tasty and I would quite happily have eaten more of it.

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The Puddings

Son of Steak have a limited dessert menu. A bottomless fat free frozen vanilla yogurt with various sauces. A chocolate chip cookie and a chocolate chip cookie with freshly pipped chocolate mouse, which we sampled. I have to say it seemed a little odd to me, quite a childish style dessert, however it tasted amazing. A light fluffy, chocolatey mouse, yum! That is all they have, 3 different dessert options. Maybe they could offer some other bits. I mean who doesn’t want a big slice of chocolate fudge cake?

Son of SteakI really enjoyed going to Son of Steak and trying samples of almost everything on the menu. It was a great setting with lovely relaxed feel to the venue. Next time I head into the city, I shall be taking my Hubby for a steak, cooked rare for him and a BOA Bun with pulled chicken for me, along we a couple of tasty mojitos.

*Thank you Son of Steak for inviting me to your event. All thoughts and options are my own*