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Wowcher Clearence Mystery Box Review

Good afternoon friends,
How are we all doing on this grey stormy Saturday?


I have now cancelled all subscription boxes, (any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!), and have been looking for mystery boxes. Well damn, there are dozens out there, but not many with decent reviews.

Now, I’ve never used Wowcher before, but their clearence mystery boxes caught my eye. £10.99 (+£5.49 delivery) for a mystery box with a minimum of 20 items, what have we got to lose?

Here’s what I received –

• Hanging liner basket 14″
• Garden netting
• Snail plant holder
• Spray bottle

• Nail files
• Pumice stone
• 5mm knitting needles
• Twilight make up brush travel organiser

• Paper towel holder
• Alcohol pads
• Rail hooks
• Universal Microfibre Cleaning Mop Pad (mop not included)
• Interior Dehumidifier
• Wireless speaker suitable for iPhone/8/8P/X

The contents are basically a ‘Poundland Haul’, and after waiting 2 weeks it was a bit anti climatic, however I will use almost all of the items, but otherwise it’s not too bad!

I now may need to learn how to knit?

Have you bought one if these boxes before, or are you curious to?

Kaya •

Cooking at home with Kaya

Simple Blackberry Crumble recipe

Good evening friends, I’m in full swing for Autumn, the summer clothes have been packed away, the autumn candles are filling the house with that cosy welcoming scent, and I’m ready to bake! This quick and easy dessert that can be whipped up and ready to serve in an hour.

Ingredients (serves 6-8)

400g blackberries (these were picked from our garden)
55g caster sugar
For the crumble topping
200g plain flour
100g butter
100g Demerara sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Custard or vanilla ice cream for serving (optional)

What you’ll need
A glass dish
Mixing bowl
A wooden spoon


Method

1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

2. In the glass dish, mix together the washed berries and caster sugar until coated evenly.

3. Rub the butter into the flour to make a light breadcrumb texture.
Add in the demerara sugar and cinnamon until combined and spread onto the berries

4. Bake for 45 mins until golden brown.

5. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before serving, and enjoy!

Kaya •

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Let’s get to it

Good afternoon Friends,

Well, hasn’t it been a while? I hope every single one of you are thriving, smiling, and feeling strength within.

This morning I realised I haven’t blogged this year, which surprised me as I have half a dozen blogs pending, I thought I’d actually posted a few but clearly not.

No ‘new year new me’ update, but to be more self away and conscious of my mind body and soul. A little time away to refocus was required, now I’m back with a clearer outlook

This year I intend to be consistent; blogs with health and fitness updates, recipes, beauty box reviews, film reviews, with plenty of adventures on the way.

Hoping you’ll stick around for the journey

Kaya •

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Boxing Day Swim 2021

Good afternoon there friends,

Blimey, it’s been a few months since I’ve last blogged. I’m back! (Again)

We decided to mix it up a little for boxing day this year, of course we had the standard turkey sandwiches, cheese and crackers and yet another tipple, but before that Callum and I took part in the Annual Boxing Day swim.

I’d always thought people racing into the sea late December were mad, this year something sparked in my head, and it all looked quite appealing!

F it, why not?


This year there were 3 Annual Boxing day swims on The Isle of Wight, each raising money for their chosen charity.

We took part in The Shanklin swim raising money for Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat

We arrived at The Small Hope beach at noon where The Salix Cafe had Music and entertainment as well as serving hot food and drinks including mulled wine and mince pies.


Tubs of pastel powder were spread out along the beach ready for a explosion of colour before the horn blast for us to race into the sea.

That was the plan – instead handfuls of coloured powder were grabbed and thrown around the beach covering everyone involved. It was hilarious and beautiful.

At 12.30, the horn blasted, myself and about a hundred other rainbow coloured people cheered as we threw ourselves into the sea.

Splashing around in the sea on December 26th, covered head to toe in powder, it was invigorating, and as you can imagine, a little chilly!
I should mention, I was dressed as Wonder Woman. As you do!


I knew from watching previous years people normally dress up, so I dug out a comic con costume from 10 years ago.

We swam, splashed, floated around and enjoyed the waves crashing into us for a few minutes before we ran back to land.

So far an amazing £350 has been raised for the Independent Lifeboat.


And bonus, I won joint 1st prize for best fancy dress. Who doesn’t love a tub of Hero chocolates?


I’m tempted by the New Year’s Day swim, although I may avoid the coloured powder – that took some serious scrubbing, it got ev-er-ry-where!


Kaya •

Cooking at home with Kaya

One Pot Guinness Beef Stew

Good evening friends,

It worked!
If you read my last blog post you’ll know I was toying with the idea of making this dish in my Dutch oven from my Autumn Fab Fit Fun box.

This was the first time I made this one pot, Dutch oven stew, I was intrigued but unsure of the outcome.
Oh my goodness, this stew was thick, tender and absolutely delicious with a smokey sweetness.
Mix it up this season and give it a go



Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 1 hour and 20 minutes
Serving 4

Ingredients
• 220ml (1/2 can) Guinness
• 400g cubed beef in 2inch cubes
• 50g dark chocolate
• 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into small slices/chunks
• 2 large parsnips, peeled and cut into small slices/chunks
• 2 large potatoe washed and quartered
• 3 heaped Tbsp plain flour
• 1 large onion, diced
• 2 cloves garlic
• 2 Tbsp Olive or vegetable oil
• 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
• 1 Tbsp tomato paste
• 1 cup beef stock
• 1 Tbsp soy sauce
• 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
• 1 Tbsp fresh thyme (chopped)
• 4 sprigs of parsley (chopped)
• Salt and pepper to season

Instructions
• Heat oil over med/high heat in a dutch oven.
• Cook beef cubes for 4 minutes, then set beef aside on plate.


• Saute the onion and crushed garlic for • 3 minutes. Then stir in the tomato paste, and turn down to a low heat to simmer


• On the set aside beef, seive the flour onto the cubes to combine the juices and flour, this will give a paste like consistency.


• Next add Guinness, stock, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and chocolate, to the Dutch oven and stir well for 5 minutes.
• Add the flour coated beef and stir well.

• Pop on the lid and leave to cook on a low to medium heat for 40 minutes.

• Gradually fold in the carrots, parsnips, potatoes, thyme, and  parsley.
Cover and simmer for an additional hour.

Serve this hearty flavoursome stew and enjoy either alone or with crusty buttered bread.

Kaya •

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Pop Culture Mystery Boxes Review

Good afternoon friends,

This week my fiance and I enjoying an escape and a few days away to Winchester (blog to be posted soon).

We walked past HMV as saw a stack of
Pop Culture Mystery Boxes for just £9.99 each

We no longer have a HMV on the Island, and had been meaning to pick up a Mystery box from Amazon

The boxes cost £9.99 each, with a minimum value of £25. You will receive at least 5 items, which are Pop Culture/Licensed merchandise products from Film, music, gaming and more.

Box 1
•A Game of Thrones thermal flask
•Frozen 2 lined notebook
•Frozen 2 Olaf keyring
•Toy Story Woody keyring
•4x Game of Thrones postcards
•Harry Potter A4 poster

Box 2
•The Legend of Zelda mug
•The Legend of Zelda glass Rupee
•Venom Notebook
•A4 wooden Batman plaque
•Facemask Illustration by Steven Rhodes, Concept and art direction by Kellie Taylor

As you’d expect, the Mystery boxes are a bit hit and miss.
We thought the 2nd box was pretty cool and will make use of all of the items – even the Rupee, will be a geeky feature to our shelves that some will be able to recognise.

The 1st box however was a bit of a dud box.
The flask will definitely be used, it is always handy to have a notebook around the house, but the HP card, GOT postcards and the keyrings will either be passed on to a friend or donated

Although you can purchase the boxes online, is suggest grabbing one in-store, as our heavier box had much better items, that may be a winning factor?

Have you tried a mystery box before?
If so, would you recommend it to others?

Kaya •

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30 Day HappinessChallenge

Good afternoon friends!

How are you all doing this Sunny Saturday?

I have a fully free weekend, with no plans. How glorious does that sound?

I’ve been harping on recently about my poor mental health, exhaustion and stress, enough it enough, I need to throw myself back into the positive spin of things.

For everyone, life has been a bit of a emotional rollercoaster, it’s time to realise I can’t do everything, and that I have to give myself a break and improve my lifestyle slowly, step by step.

A few years ago I took part in a 100 day happiness photo challenge, and took to Pinterest to find something similar.

I found a simple and heartwarming 30 Day challenge by ‘captivating crazy’

We may be 7 days into the month, but there’s no point waiting until September to start the challenge so why not spread out the first 8 challenges over the weekend?

Screen shot this photo above and join me in this challenge

Kaya •

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Are we in the same boat?

Good afternoon friends,

How is this beautiful Sunday treating you?

I have to jump right in and ask, Is it just me or does anyone feel like they’re all over the show??

The past 3 months I’ve really been struggling. You can only push yourself so hard.

The uncertainty of life, (I don’t mean in a spontaneous way) has thrown me off. Recently my mood has plummeted, then shot to the sky the next minute.

The past couple of months have been trying, with a mixture of emotions and events, I haven’t been in the right frame of mind to blog and didn’t want to post for the hell of it.

There have been a few topics that I’ve missed, but mental health and self care is more important than keeping up with a few posts which relate to the season.

I’ve been feeling constantly lethargic, little under the weather and finding it difficult to stay focused

I haven’t been able to shake the feeling of being tired, achy and low energy.

A few weeks ago we lost a family member which is always difficult, especially during covid but thankfully we were able to attend the funeral to pay our respects and say goodbye, which I am extremely grateful that we were able to.

I’ve mixed up my diet, have made an effort to exercise regularly, take my vitamins, drink more water and make the most of getting out in the fresh air when I can.

I have a solid group of support around me and have comfort in my family, friends, and surroundings, and don’t know if this is all stemming from Covid, but does anyone else feel a little lost and not themselves?

If you can relate to anything I’ve said, please reach out to me, or if you have any advice it’s greatly appreciated

Kaya •

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Saturday stroll, Carisbrook, The Tennyson Trail and Gatcombe

Good afternoon friends,

Yesterday morning/early afternoon, my fiance and I set off for a stroll

We didn’t anticipate such a long walk, but as the weather was so beautiful we decided to make the most of it.

We packed a lunch along with a flask of tea, wrapped up in layers, and set out for our trek. We walked from,

Carisbrook to the Tennyson trail to
Bowcomb down, towards Gatcombe, back through Carisbrook and into Newport.

Here’s just a few pictures from our journey

To walk for hours without a destination, to just chat, no distractions, getting exercise and taking in the glorious views, it was wonderful.

We ended up walking 13.6k, my legs definitely needed the stretch, and my chest the fresh air.

We passed less than a dozen people and a few dogs, spotted 2 robins, a sparrow, buzzards, a pheasant, sheep with their lambs, and a festival of birds singing in a tree.

The last few miles of the walk, the trees bowed over is along the tunnel path, I felt as though we were hobbits leaving The Shire.

There were dozens of exposed roots, with burrows, perfect for small creatures, as well as what I expect were rabbit or badger holes around them.

We were tempted to walk around Carisbrook castle before we heading home, though we could hear the families and dogs barking, and decided to take a different route as it looked a little too busy

Forever thankful for our Island, and cannot wait for Spring right around the corner

Kaya •