Review of Electric Jukebox - a subscription free music service that you plug into your TV

I never listen to music anymore, or at least I didn’t. I stopped listening to music because it got too confusing. Spencer is into all his latest tech, we have a Sonos speaker in almost every room of the house. In theory it is great. We can control the music from our phones and computers and play it wherever we like, we no longer have a CD player or CD’s (apart from a few ‘classics’ boxed up gathering dust). Unfortunately, in reality I find it very complicated and it has resulted in me longer listening to music. Or at least that was the case before I discovered Electric Jukebox*.

Review : Electric Jukebox - a subscription free music streaming service, simple and easy to use - just plug into your TV and go

Electric Jukebox is a simple piece of kit, you just plug into your TV and hey presto! You have one year’s access to a subscription free music database containing over 29 million songs. Once your first year is up, rather than losing the whole service, it simply reverts to a basic package. You then have the option of running it this way forever at no extra cost, or paying £52 for a one year premium music pass.

As well as being exceptionally easy to set up the Electric Jukebox is also extremely user friendly. It comes with a remote which resembles a microphone which has four simple buttons on it and that is it! You have ‘OK’ to select and play, back, pause and a speaker button. You can search for your favourite music by clicking the on screen icons with the ‘OK’ button or by activating the voice search using the speaker button. There are several variations of playlists including era, genre and charts.

I have so far been very impressed with the music selection. I regularly tune into the 90s playlist and shimmy away to a bit of Britney and Hanson’s Mmm Bop, and just yesterday I decided to introduce myself to some new music in the form of Ed Sheeran’s latest album. Unfortunately, whilst most music is on the Jukebox some iconic artists, such as The Spice Girls, aren’t.

As with all good products there are some downsides to this one, nothing is perfect after all. The main two draw backs for me are that it isn’t portable due to the fact that you need a TV and wifi to use it, and, there is no denying that £169 is a big layout. For me, personally, I think the simplicity and ease of use make the cost worthwhile. Spencer on the other hand thinks that it is a great product but that it is overpriced. The difference is that Spencer doesn’t necessarily need a product that is easy to use and I do.

The Electric Jukebox comes in a choice of black, red and blue and is available to purchase from various retailers nationwide, click here to find out more.

*Disclosure – I received the Electric Jukebox in exchange for an honest review*

Blog review and unboxing video March 2017 Easter themed UK Degustabox

I had high hopes for the Easter themed March Degustabox*, what choco-holic wouldn’t get excited about an Easter themed food subscription box winging it’s way to them, right? I expected posh chocolates, maybe even an Easter egg or two, but definitely lots of posh chocolates. Unfortunately it seems that I got a little carried away in a chocolate haze and the Easter themed box wasn’t exactly what I had expected it to be…


While the contents of the box were great I just wasn’t overly happy. Don’t get me wrong, it did contain a few chocolate products but nothing overly Easter-esque, posh or exciting. Saying that, the mint flavour Oreo was actually amazing and I want another right now. The peanut butter Oreo chocolate wasn’t as nice as I had expected and is one that I won’t be repurchasing. I also really enjoyed the Pipers crisps, which is high praise as I’m not really a crisp person.

Onto the pricing, as always there were two varieties of the box and I received all of the contents, unusually I have received the price lists for both boxes so I can show you an individual breakdown of both subscriber boxes :

Box 1 : £21.01

  • Heinz (Seriously) Good Sauces – £1.99
  • Pipers Crisps – £2
  • Naturelly £1.19
  • Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo – 2 x £1.49
  • Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes – £1.50
  • Weetabix On The Go – £1.39
  • Weetabix On The Go Protein – £1.99
  • Whitworths Cacao Raw Bars – £1.50
  • @onepoundsers Chocolate Eclairs – £1
  • The Jelly Bean Factory Fairtrade box – £1.49
  • Westons Cider – 2 x £1.99

Box 2 : £20.42

  • Heinz (Seriously) Good Sauces – £1.99
  • Pipers Crisps – £2
  • Naturelly £1.19
  • Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo – 2 x £1.49
  • Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes – £1.50
  • Weetabix On The Go – £1.39
  • Weetabix On The Go Protein – £1.99
  • Whitworths Cacao Raw Bars – £1.50
  • Rebel Kitchen Chocolate Mylk – £1.89
  • Gusto Organic Lemon Energy – £1.50
  • The Jelly Bean Factory Fairtrade box – £1.49
  • @onepoundsers Chocolate Eclairs – £1

As you can see all variations of the box are just shy of £20, which isn’t half bad for a box that costs £12.99, or £5.99 with discount code P2W4U (new customers only).

*I receive the Degustabox each month in exchange for an honest review*

Degustabox february 2017 unboxing video - random box of food surprise hamper delivered monthly subscription

We recently received our February Degustabox* and I have to say, this one was a good one! It contained a good mixture including alcohol, chocolates and the other random treats that I have come to expect from this monthly food subscription box. As always me and my glamorous little assistant couldn’t wait to get stuck in and trial the delicious items from within the box, so I filmed an unboxing video.

My favourite product in the box was most definitely the Blossom Hill Fruit Bloom, I drank almost the entire bottle on the weekend and I really enjoyed it, it’s light and fresh and very pleasant. I think it’s safe to say Aria’s favourites were the Maui and Sons chocolate coated banana chips (they were delicious, I only wish that she had let me try more than one!) and the Diablo no added sugar chocolate covered wafer. I managed to sneak one bite of the chocolate wafer and it was delicious, a real treat with no sugar – winning!

Onto the pricing, the information leaflet in my box shows a total of £22.39 worth of products + a sample of Apple Cider Vinegar, which isn’t at all bad for a box that costs £12.99, or £5.99 with discount code P2W4U (new customers only).

The products on my information leaflet were :

Koko (dairy free milk alternative) – £1.50
Heinz no added sugar Beanz x2 – £1.30
Kabuto Noodles – £1.99
Bebeto Cheese Cake sweets – £1.69
Bebeto Candy Crush sweets – £1.69
Blossom Hill Fruit Bloom – £4.99
Peppersmith – £1.50
Coldpress – £2.79
New York Delhi’s Americanos – £1
Diablo No Added Sugar chocolate wafer – £0.95
Willy Chase’s Fitcorn – £1.99
Maui and Sons Chocolate Bananas – £1
Willy’s Apple Cider Vinegar – Free sample

As I am sent the box to review I receive the product choices for all of the box variations, so in addition I also received :

Peppersmith – £1.50 (subscribers received one of two items, I received both)
Just Be Honey Water – £1.49
Double Dutch Mixer – £1.19

*I receive the Degustabox each month in exchange for an honest review*

 

Toddler sat playing on bed - blog post with hints and tips on smooth transition from cot to bed

I mentioned a little while ago that my toddler has transformed into a sleep demon. It’s quite typical of her really, she doesn’t like to conform to stereotypes so of course she would be ‘backwards’ and sleep through when babies typically don’t; and then digress to not sleeping when toddlers typically do. Typical Aria. We’ve tried a few things to get her back into a good sleeping routine, all of which have failed miserably. The next step was to make the transition from a cot to a bed, so, when Emma Mattress got in touch asking if we would like to review one of their single mattresses* we decided to take the plunge and move straight from the cot into a single bed. Why waste time and money with a toddler bed?

 

Pretty much as soon as we put the bed up Aria came down with a Viral Infection, she was super poorly and clingy and it just didn’t feel right to put her into a new bed while in this state. Instead, Spencer slept in Aria’s new bed while Aria slept with me. Spencer gave it a big thumbs up and was actually quite disapointed when Aria had recovered enough to trial her new bed – high praise for the man who is dead set against co-sleeping.

 

During the time that Aria was ill I sat her on her new bed during the day with her toys, this was a great way to get her used to the bed without piling the pressure on her. We decided to pile the bed with things that Aria loves, i.e. Peppa Pig. We bought Peppa bedding and stuck a little Peppa sticker on the wall next to the bed, above her Peppa pillow. Knowing how much Aria likes to throw herself around the bed resulted in a search for a long bed guard, most of them are quite short and I didn’t trust that they would prevent her from taking a dive.

 

Fast forward a little while and Aria has now been sleeping in her ‘big girl bed’ for two weeks – did the transition from a cot to a bed help with the sleepless nights? A little. I am so glad that we made the move. Aria still wakes up once most nights, but has a bottle and almost always goes straight back to bed. Sometimes there will be a few tears but when left to settle she gets over it within around two minutes.

 

Aria loves her ‘big girls bed’ and I am so glad that we made the move. Every morning, or at least on the mornings when she wakes up in a good mood, she excitedly sits in bed and points out all the Peppa’s to me, which is usually followed up by a tour of her soft toys and then switching the night light on and off. She is so proud of her bed and it just melts my heart.

 

Spencer and I are extremely jealous of her new bed, the mattress from Emma is so comfortable and also pretty damn cool, even the way it arrives is impressive, it comes rolled up in a box and once opened it comes to life and ‘puffs’ up, I filmed a little video showing the unboxing and ‘puffing’. We highly recommend Emma Mattresses; who wouldn’t want a comfortable foam mattress delivered to their door?

 

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Transitioning your toddler from a cot to a bed - our hints and tips on making the transition from cot to bed

*Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and items marked ‘*’ were received for review purposes*

I received the January Degustabox* this morning, I resisted opening it until this evening when Aria came home, the suspense killed me but I really enjoy filming the unboxing videos with her so decided to wait. The information leaflet doesn’t speciffically state that this is a healthy themed box but going on the content and the fact that it is January I am going to assume that it is.

UK Degustabox Jan 17 Unboxing Vlog - blog header image photo of contents with text over

As mentioned in the video this box was quite dull. It contains a lot of foods that I just won’t eat, and some that weren’t very nice. There were a lot of drinks in this box and while it is nice to receive one or two drinks (especially alcohol or coffee!) I did feel that six drinks was a bit too much.

I’m really looking forward to trying the hot chocolate, the Crabbie’s Ginger Beer and the coffee. While filming the video I didn’t realise that the Crabbie’s is Scottish Raspberry flavour which sounds delicious.

Onto the pricing, the information leaflet in my box shows a total of £25.29 worth of products (assuming that you actually go to get your yoghurt!), which isn’t at all bad for a box that costs £12.99, or £5.99 with discount code P2W4U (new customers only).

The products on my information leaflet were :

Quinola Mothergrain – £2.49
Aspire Drinks x 2 – £2.90
Finn Crisp – £1.89
Natvia – £4.99
Protein Boost – £1.29
Propercorn – £1.99
The Collective – £2.00 (there is a voucher for this rather than the physical item)
Fruittella – £1.25
Yushoi – £1.79
Crabbie’s – £1.39
Popchips – £1.99
The Chia Co x 2-  £1.32

As I am sent the box to review I receive the product choices for all of the box variations, so in addition I also received :

Real Hot Chocolate Co – £1.50
Island Coconut Flavour Infused Coffee – £2.99
Chosan Organic Hibiscus Drink with Fiery Ginger – £1.56

*I receive the Degustabox each month in exchange for an honest review*