Food and Drink

My SodaStream Review

Recently SodaStream got in touch to see if I would like to review one of their new SodaStream machines, of course I would!

ice blue sodastream I remember as a child my Dad going out and buying us one, we didn’t have many fizzy drinks in our house, so for Dad to get us on of these was a real treat for me and my sister. I remember Dad being as excited as us about it. It was a great boxy looking machine with glass bottles. I’m sure now it would be classed as a retro item, who knows what happened to it.

sodastream canister

Now I can share this excitement with my little ones who are only allowed fizzy drinks on our treat days or if we are eating out.

ice blue sodastream

SodaStream Review

SodaStreams for those who don’t know about them are little magical items that make your tap water into a delicious fizzy drink. You then have the option to add flavour to your carbonated drink.

sodastream bottle

I choose the icy blue, which looks almost minty green on line but is a real icy blue shade that I love. Although maybe I should have gone for the pale pink, which is super cute.

sodastream bottle water line

The SodaStream is very easy to use, your only a couple of simple steps away from your drink. Fill up your SodaStream re-useable bottle with tap water or filtered water to the fill line on the bottle. Ensure your gas bottle is attached correctly, attach the bottle and push the button on top of the machine. Give it a couple of short blasts and you are done!

soda stream

I love that it’s so simple to use, just make sure the bottle is in correctly, it doesn’t sit on the bottom of the machine, there will be a little gap. So don’t think that it’s not in correctly.

The children love it too, I make sure the bottle is in correctly and they can add their bottle and then push the button to generate the bubbles. It’s great because they love to get involved and its also sugar free, as it’s just tap water. The children now have it in their bottles or we will tip it into glasses for them to enjoy. My advise is to keep a bottle of water in your fridge so you can always have a cold fizzy water, for me I like my water to be cold.

I love my SodaStream

I do love fizzy drinks, I know I really shouldn’t drink them as much as I do. However it’s my plan to use our SodaStream Spirit as much as possible to cut down on the amount of diet coke that I drink. I’m able to take a bottle of the fizzy water with me wherever I go, so I don’t feel the need to buy diet coke on the go.

We try to take our own bottles with us places, we normally all have our drinks bottles with us but this will help cut down the amount of tins and plastic bottles we put into the recycling bin each week.

sodastream bottle with bubbles

Not only do SodaStream give you delicious fizzy water, you can buy a selection of flavourings to enhance your experience. Fruit drops, that are only £2.99 each, zero calorie and make 80 servings and they come a range of different fruity flavours. Not only do they sell Fruit Drops but also Soda Press Co retro looking bottles that have a range of retro flavours including cola, lemonade and tonic. I haven’t actually bought any of these yet, but I’m going to order the cola and the tonic. So it will mean I never run out of tonic for my gin………. Yummy!

I really love my SodaStream and I am so grateful to SodaStream for helping me to relive my childhood memories with my little ones.

Living more sustainably………food!

Becoming more eco friendly isn’t just about changing your energy supplier or recycling. There is so much more that you can do and that include with your food. So here are some ways you can live more sustainably by make some changes to the food you buy and eat.

freshly dug up home grown carrots

Living more sustainably

Of course grow your own. Its something that has been around for a long time, right back hundred or even thousands of years. People would only eat what they could grow. Now people might not have the space or the time to grow everything, however you could start with something small. Maybe a single plant and see how they get on. We have gone from growing strawberries to having a large vegetable patch growing a lot of our own veg.

Sounds simple but don’t waste food. I know that I’m terrible for doing the food shopping and not planning out meals out properly. Which often leads to us having excess food in the house, but with careful meal planning I will be able to reduce our food waste and also our food bills.

Eat less meat, my hubby will hate me for saying it but from the research I’ve been doing it shows that cutting down on the amount of meat you eat is on way to be more environmentally friendly.

When it comes to having food waste, instead of putting it in your bin then compost it. It is great for the gardens but also helps the environment but not having extra going into landfill.

Take food with you from home each day, make sure you use re-useable containers. This was you save money on ready made items and also on the packaging.

Ensure you take water bottles with you everywhere, it again saves on plastic bottle and save your bank account.

If you would like some more ideas on how to live simply then Yaya at My Dreamality has a lovely post for you to read.

Let me know how your family is planning to become more stainable.

The cutest Valentines Biscuits from the Biscuiteers

It’s already February, how have we already arrived at the second month of the year? Not only is February my and my Hubby’s birthday month, it’s also Valentines day. Each year I wonder if my Hubby will remember, I mean how could he not remember, there are love hearts in every shop and surely all over his social media. Luckily for him, he does normally do something for Valentines day, a card and a bouquet of flowers. What more could I ask for?

Valentines-Biscuits-from-the-Biscuiteers

Well this year Biscuiteers got in touch to see if I would like to receive a gift tin of their valentines biscuits, for us to enjoy and maybe give him a little reminder. Biscuiteers are a London based company the specialise is luxury hand-iced gifts that can be delivered all over the world. Biscuiteers started in 2007 when Husband and Wife team wanted to offer something a bit different to the normal flowers that people get delivered. Over the last 12 years has seen them collaborate with some luxury brands, opened a cafe, written books and become a house hold name. All while producing unique luxury gifts. I have followed the Biscuiteers on Instagram for quite a while now, and have seen so many of the personalised items each one unique in it’s own way.

Valentines biscuits

Valentines Biscuits from the Biscuiteers

With Valentines day coming up the Biscuiteers have released a collection of valentines biscuits and chocolates. I choose the Vintage Love Letter tin, which includes 10 different Valentines biscuits and a lovely keepsake tin. Within the tin you can have the letter biscuit personalised, with up to 26 characters. I went with ‘Happy Valentines Day’ added to mine.

As I hadn’t previously ordered anything from the Biscuiteers I was actually slightly concerned about how the Valentines biscuits would arrive. I mean who really sends luxury biscuits through the post and they arrive in perfect condition, well the Biscuiteers do. I was really impressed to see that there wasn’t a forest worth of packing around each biscuit, or even the tin to be honest. With their clever way of ensuring each biscuit stays in place, just the right amount of layered packing and a really pretty outer cardboard box, my beautiful Valentines biscuits arrived in perfect condition. Really impressive.

Included within my Vintage Love Letters tin, was three hearts, a pen, a dove, post box, a stamp, two smaller letters and a larger personalised letter. Each one finished to a beautiful quality. I love having something that is a bit different and also a luxurious gift. As £35 for this biscuit tin, isn’t cheap but it worth every penny in my opinion. Not only are they beautiful to look at they really taste as good as they look.

My Hubby and I enjoyed eating them along with a lovely cup of tea. When the children are not about, we often like to sit down with a good cuppa and enjoy a chat while eating cake or biscuits, it’s not often we have that time, what with the children and work. But when we do it’s great to share a little treat at the same time.

The Biscuiteers have a large range of different items to choose from, if your looking for a new baby gift all the way to Wedding biscuits. Not forgetting the beautiful Christmas collections they release each year. Whatever the occasion you are needing a gift for then you will be able to find the perfect item with the Biscuiteers.

What do you think to them? Would you be happy to receive a tin of these beautiful biscuits for valentines day? I know I would be.

Thank you Biscuiteers for sending me this gorgeous gift tin of Valentines Biscuits, I can’t wait to see what your next designs will be.