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

 

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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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The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day is coming up, so I’m sure you are all out hunting for that little perfect gift. If you have dad’s that are anything like my dad they don’t want a lot, but they appreciate what little gift you do get them. So here is the perfect gift – A Sugru Starter Kit
When I was given a Sugru Starter Kit from Sugru to review I knew this would be the perfect Father’s Day Gift for those DIY home hacks.
The Starter Kit includes:
  • 5 single use packs of Sugru in 5 different colours.
  • A great little storage tin.
  • A little booklet full of project ideas and how-to guides.

 

Sugru Starter Kit
Image from Sugru.com

So What is Sugru?
 
Sugru is a moldable glue that sticks to almost anything and turns into a strong flexible rubber overnight. It is made to stick to as many materials as possible forming a strong bond to aluminium, steel, ceramics, glass, wood and other materials including some plastics and rubbers.
Invented for people looking to repair and improve stuff, it’s used by people in over 160 countries. Handy for any number of small home improvement projects, Sugru’s durable cured properties mean it’ll stay strong and securely bonded anywhere from the freezer to a hot shower, from the garden to the great outdoors.
Sugru’s name derives from the Irish word for ‘play’ and is available in 10 different colors which can be blended to make any color you like. Sugru is available at a wide range of retailers as well as online at Sugru.com.
Home Hacks Made Easy - Sugru Starter Kit
I love the cute little practical tin that comes with the starter kit. Great for keeping your Sugru pieces in.
Sugru Starter Kit - Sugru in many colours
The handy guide that comes with the kit is fab! It’s a really great quality guide with loads of hints and tips of what where and when you can use the Sugru. I especially love the way the Sugru can be used to help cables work for longer. We have been through loads of cables where the wires break inside. The Sugru just helps protect the delicate ends.
Sugru Starter Kit - help keep your iphone cables working longer
So what’s a home hack then? It’s a kind of DIY that we’ve all be doing for years without even realising it. Often referred to as fixing, tweaking, tinkering or enhancing. It’s the perfect gift for anybody who loves a good idea.
Would your dad love a gift like this?





* I received this product in exchange for an honest review.

A Orsolya Hernold Guided Journal Review

Ever since I was a little girl I have always been interested in diaries and journals. I have kept one on and off most of my life. When I was about 10 I used to have one of those little journals with a lock and key. I think this was where my love of writing began. Now I use my blog as a sort of online diary/journal.
When I was given one of Orsolya Hernold Guided Journals to have a look at and review, I couldn’t say no.
 Orsolya Hernold Guided Journal Review

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Stick To Stigu Planner Review

Since the beginning of the year I have been looking for the perfect planner/diary. I’m quite fussy in what I want from a planner. It had to be perfect for me. I had heard about the Stick To Stigu planners from other bloggers and I really wanted to try one out to see if it’s the “one” for me. 
The kind people at Stick To Stigu gave one of their planners for a review. I know we are already 5 months into 2016 and so obviously those first pages of those months are not going to get used now, but that doesn’t matter. I’ve still got months left of use to get out of it. Besides there are still the useful activities to do when you read back over. 

I love the way Stick To Stigu describes their wonderfully wacky planner so I have had to include it for you to read!
So what is it? Essentially an annual planner, a to-do pad, a notebook but also a rest and zest handbook hosted by the character ‘Stigu’ and a couple of his friends who encourage new habits in a non-judgemental, non-preachy way that actually works. Stigu shows how, with humour and compassion, through no-nonsense tips, practices, provoking quotes and inspiring illustrations, that juggling a crazy life is possible, and a good plan (plus enough rest and zest for life) can help.”
The first page introduces you to Stigu and what’s included in the planner. If you have any feedback on how you think the planner could be improved, Stick To Stigu would love to hear your feedback for later editions.
I love the yearly planner at the front. Perfect for quickly jotting down dates and holidays. It’s good to see the year as a whole in front of you, when planning things.
This is an example of one of the activities I saying about earlier. A really cute and useful addition to the planner. They help you to be more active, mentally as well as physically. The little drawings are adorable!
Each month has activities on a different theme. The month for May is the “Ground” theme and next month it’s “Play”. The activities are fun! This week’s activity is called Waking up your feet!. I love the little facts  and quotes included on the daily diary pages.
I have had the planner now for a few weeks and in the photo below shows you how I m using my Stick To Stigu planner. I love to tick bits off when completed. It shows me that I have achieved something that day – hard when you have a young baby who constantly wants your attention!
Alongside each week there is a page for notes and weekly to-do lists. At the back of the planner is plenty of blank pages for extra notes and a 2017 yearly planner to jot down plns for next year.
I bought some really cool Reminder Stickers off Amazon that I just add where I see fit in the planner. There are all sorts of stickers for appointments, birthdays, housework, school holidays and dentist and doctor appointments as well as many others. You get 7 sheets of them in the pack.

You can find the Stigu Planner at SticktoStigu and follow them on Twitter
What type of planner/diary do you use?

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 These stickers are the ones I bought over at Amazon.


     You can pop over to Amazon and buy this planner now.



Disclosure: I was  given this planner to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am a part of the Amazon Affiliates scheme so if you click the link and order, I will receive a little back, at no extra cost to you. Thanks if you do. x