Choc Affair – The Chocolate Review

One of my favourite things in the whole wide world is chocolate. Hands up who loves chocolate? I bet that its most of you! It’s hard to resist that moment of yummy scrumtiousness that’s in your mouth as the chocolate melts.
We as a nation are huge chocolate lovers. The average Britain consumed approximately 11kg of chocolate last year. That’s a rather large amount, but I suppose it’s about 3 bars a week if you break it down. I know I can easily eat 3 a week!
So when Choc Affair asked me if I wanted to try some of their chocolate, yep me! chocoholic Rachel! I really could not turn them down. I love all types of chocolate, milk white and dark. I love all things with chocolate in, like chocolate cheese spread and my one of my favs chocolate orange cheese which we had at work a couple of years back. That one was a bit weird but delightful none the less.
Choc Affair:

Here is a bit about Choc Affair

Choc affair is a family-run business from York. They have great values that they live by and they endeavour to make a difference. Choc affair have partners in Columbia and Uganda where they work with the farmers and communities helping to provide for their futures.

Choc affair icons
Image from Choc-Affair

“Established and trusted British chocolate producer with family values at the heart of everything we do.”

Choc Affair: Chocolte Bars, Rhubarb, lime and sea salt, raspberry and rose, orange and geranium
So now onto the tasting of the chocolate. Choc affair were kind enough to send me 4 full size bars of chocolate! I got my husband involved as well in trying all the flavours.
I love the fact that all their bars are made with sustainably grown chocolate. They directly invest in people to change lives through the love of chocolate. This is just amazing – spreading chocolate love around the world.
 

“…Changing lives through chocolate”

 
 
 
Lime & Sea Salt
The first bar I had to try was the dark chocolate lime and sea salt. Out of all the bars this one intrigued me the most and also had the most bold eyecatching wrapper.
I have this thing about smelling food before I try it, but with this bar all I had to do was open the gold foil wrap and the lime just hits you.
The first taste just blew my tastebuds away. You get that salty taste first then the lime just bursts into your mouth. I am a huge lover of dark chocolate and with this flavour fusion combination it works really well.
The dark chocolate is very crisp but not too bitter like some dark chocolate can be.
Orange & Geranium
 
Next up was the orange and geranium bar. My husaband and I adore orange flavoured chocolate so this one has a great flavour twist on that.
The chocolate is smooth with the perfect taste of orange. Not too overpowering that the geranium doesn’t shine through. It’s funny as I have never tasted anything geranium like before but have smelt it obviously. Its one of my favourite flowers. It’s a delicate taste reminding me of Summer.
This is one bar everyone should try.
Choc Affair Chocolate bars, chocolate squares
Rhubarb
 
I have always loved rhubarb all my life. My parents have a rhubarb plant that must be over 25 years old and my mum always made gooseberry and rhubarb crumble when we were kids.
So discovering rhubarb flavoured chocolate has brought back lots of childhood memories. It’s not something I would have imagined as a flavour in chocolate. I was also eager to try this one. My husband not so much so as he doesn’t like rhubarb.
When I opened the wrapper I got a faint wiff of rhubarb – mmmmm I just imagined rhubarb and custard from when I was a kid!
The chocolate again was very smooth and tasty. The rhubarb flavour was not quite as strong as I expected. My husband liked it for that reason, but for me as a rhubarb lover I would have liked a more stronger rhubarb taste.
Raspberry & Rose
 
The last chocolate bar we tried was raspberry and rose flavoured. I have tried raspberry flavoured chocolate before but not with a rose flavouring.
I love the design on the paper wrapper, its very old English style with the roses.
My first thought when i broke into the gold foil wrapper underneath was how will the rose change the raspberry and chocolate flavour?
The answer is that you get the smell and taste of Turkish delight. Yep that amazing Turkish delight smell that is just intoxicating and the combination of raspberry makes this chocolate a one in a million smell and taste sensation.
This is a chocolate bar for the ladies.
My favourite chocolate bar out of these 4 has to be the lime & sea salt, it really has an extraordinary taste.
Well this is one review I have allowed myself to munch my way through bars of chocolate while writing. Thank you Choc affair! It’s been a pleasure to write a review on your chocolate. I really do love my job!
Why not pop over to Choc Affair and check out their website. They offer other chocolatey goodies as well. Such as hampers, drinking chocolate and lollies.
Oh and don’t forget to have a look at the rest of the chocolate bar range where I have spotted other flavours like salted caramel and peppermint.
You can follow Choc affair on TwitterFacebook and Instagram
 
Which one of these flavoured chocolate bars would you like to try?

 

A Cornish Mum

 

Mummy in a Tutu

Summer Style with Polyvore

I have just come across this fantastic website called Polyvore where you can plan out outfits and pop them together like I have done below. It will also give you the links to the items on the other websites where you can buy them.

I love how I can design an outfit on Polyvore and then send it to my blog as a post for all my readers to see!  It’s great!

There is also a free app for Polyvore you can get for your smart phone. Design your outfit on the go! 

Summer Style

White sleeve dress
£16 – newchic.com

Acne Studios long sleeve jacket
£235 – brownsfashion.com

Adidas white trainers
£70 – mytheresa.com

Kate Spade woven tote
£165 – katespade.com

Not only does Polyvore cater for women’s fashion, it does men’s, beauty, accessories and my favourite section Home style as well. 
It’s a great website for finding your style for yourself as well as the home.



*I found this website on my own so have not been compensated for recommending Polyvore.


Little House of Science – Classes for Curious Minds

When I first discovered my love for Science I had just moved to secondary school. I don’t honestly remember doing any science at primary school. It was a shame because it became my favourite subject. All the way through secondary school and on to A Levels where I studied Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

Back when I was small there wasn’t opportunities to send children to science classes. Now I have found you can send your children to the Little House of Science and their Classes for Curious minds. 
Children are natural born scientists and it is never too early to start educating them about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Both girls and boys are curious to learn about the world around them and how things work. 
We see this from the moment children start to talk. They observe and ask questions. My 5 month old baby girl is already interested in everything around her. It’s funny to see her frown and stare at her toys taking it all in.
Children love to ask questions such as why is the sun so bright? How did the stars get into the sky? How do planes fly and cars drive? How are bridges built? How does the fabulous brain work? The questions are endless. 
Little House of Science - classes for curious minds

What is the Little House of Science?

Little House of Science offers project based weekly after- & in- school maths and science workshops for children ranging from 3 to 11 years of age as well as experiential sessions for babies and toddlers from 6 months.

They aim to make the classes fun. The little scientists get hands-on learning sophisticated maths and science, instead of just watching us make things go ‘pop’ and ‘bang’.They want to help contribute to children’s understanding of how nature and the world around them works. 

Their reputation has grown quickly as a company and they have a serious interest in teaching the children – making Little House of Science a better choice for parents.

Little House of Science has set up an annual Young Scientist Award together with the Institute of Physics, run the kids section at the annual Royal Society Summer Exhibition and works together with the Science Museum in London hosting joint guided tours.

They run a franchise as well which is perfect for people looking to work with children and help little future scientists.

The Classes:

Little Discovery - Little House of Science



Little Discovery – Age 6-12, 12-24 months


A class for mum and baby discovering the fascinating world around us. A new topic is taken each week and it’s explored and investigated through the senses. Babies are introduced to new ideas, shapes, colours, textures and sounds.                            
Little Maths - Little House of Science

Little Maths,

Rhythm and Shapes – 2-3 and 3-4 years
A class for toddlers learning about how numbers are everywhere. Music, shapes and colours are included as well as quantities and the numbers 1-10.

Little Science - Little House of Science

Little Science – 3-4, 4-7 and 5-8 years


Little Science offers weekly in-school or after school workshops for children aged 3-8 years. These classes help lay the foundations for future academic  progress. The children will learn about problem solving, decision making and how to process information.

Big Science - Little House of Science

Big Science – 8-11 years


Big Science classes are in-school or after school workshops and focus on expanding the knowledge learned in the eariler classes.




Here is a little bit about Little House of Science:

Little House of Science was founded by three ladies in London in 2014, (Veronika Covington, Liliana Crachilova and Elisabeth Keck), who saw the ever growing demand from children wanting to learn more about how the world works! Children who love science and are inspired by it. This led to the birth of Little House of Science.

Little House of Science Founders -first day
Denise O’Mara is joining the team, having spent her career and education in science and engineering with her last 10 years working in the industry/Engineering sector in the South of England. With two young children, aged 5 and 3, she is ready to bring Little House of Science to the children and families in the area of Southampton.
Denise is passionate about Science and education and has always been a big advocate of getting children interested in Science from an early age, so they can have a positive attitude towards maths and science in the later stage of their development.
Where Can You Find Classes?



You can find Little House of Science classes in and around London in various locations and also now in Hampshire. They have a timetable with lots of different classes throughout the Summer, Autumn and also Holiday Workshops and parties that they run. 

Little House of Science can also be found on FacebookTwitter and Youtube


Are your children interested in Science?
Would you take your little ones to a class?



*Disclosure – This is a collborated post

My Sunday Photo 19/06/2016

Happy Sunday! This week’s My Sunday photo is of my husband’s and baby girls hands to celebrate Father’s Day. It’s my husband’s first Father’s Day this year so it’s a special day for us all.
My Sunday Photo 19/06/2016 First Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day!


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Bio Oil, Stretch Marks and a C-Section

When I was pregnant with baby girl I wish I had thought to use Bio-Oil for my stretch marks. I used a stretch mark cream which really wasn’t very good.
Anyway I have been using Bio-Oil recently and it is a wonderful thing. Although I am very proud of my c-section scar I’m using the Bio-Oil to help reduce the purple colour and to help it heal completely. I’m grateful to Bio-Oil for the chance to have tried it.
Bio-Oil 60ml scars, stretch marks

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Following Evan by Elida May – Release Day Blitz

I am very excited to be a part of the release day blitz as well as the blog tour for Following Evan by Elida May released on 16th June 2016.

Following Evan by Elida May - book cover

Following Evan is the debut novel from Elida May – Full of Sadness, Mystery and Romance.

Book Description

Three years on from the sudden death of her husband Matt and a subsequent miscarriage, interior designer Laura is still lost in grief, hiding out in the smart London townhouse that was going to be her family home. On the encouragement of her best friend Carla, she signs up to a dating website and receives a message from a mysterious stranger, imploring her to visit him in New York because he has seen her face in his dreams. 

Meanwhile, Laura visits an art gallery and is captivated by a painting of a beautiful woman in a flowing dress. It seems to be speaking directly to her, beckoning her to take a leap of faith. 

These seemingly disparate events lead Laura on an epic journey to the bustling streets of the Big Apple and the desert landscape of Wyoming, where the clues to her future happiness are waiting to be discovered… 


Author Bio
Elida May - Author of Following Evan
Elida May was born in Albania in 1972. Growing up in a Communist country, where access to books was severely restricted, helped to nurture her love of the written word, and she avidly read whatever genre she could get hold of, including a lot of European literature. Today Elida lives in London with her son Elidon. Following Evan is her first novel, and she is currently working on her second, Diary of Michael Vica.


Tour Schedule



Please come and join us on the Following Evan blog tour from 17th June – 30th June for reviews, guest posts and author interviews. 

You can find my review of Following Evan on Monday 27th June, so don’t forget to pop back.


We would love to hear all your thoughts and comments.




*I am a part of the Amazon Affiliate scheme so if you click on the link to Amazon and buy, I will recieve a little bit back at no cost to you, so thanks if you do. xx