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*

*Disclaimer : I receive a Degustabox each month in exchange for an honest review*

Firstly, apologies for the lateness of this post. My December Degustabox arrived in between Christmas and New Year and, as I’m sure you can imagine, life has been a little hectic since then. Aria decided to help me open this box and trial the contents which she loved, and she certainly adds the cute factor to the video. 

december 2016 degustabox unboxing - a monthly subscription box for surprise foodie items

As you can see we were very pleased with the contents of the December Degustabox. The box contained a wide variety of products including crisps, chocolates and drinks and has opened my eyes to a few new lunch ideas for 2017.

I love receiving my Degustabox each month, I always look forward to discovering new foods and drinks. It usually ends up being a complete bargain when you compare what you pay verses the total content worth, which makes up for the fact that there may be some items that you don’t like in the box. You can buy a one off box which costs £12.99, or subscribe for three months for just £11.99 per box.

If ordering a one off box be sure to use my discount code P2W4U to get £7 off your first box, meaning that you pay just £5.99 for one box.

You may recall me mentioning that Aria still wasn’t walking at twenty months and was undergoing tests for suspected hip problems, possibly hip dysplasia. Fast forward two months and we have had A LOT of progress! First and most important things first, the X-Ray came back clear, Aria does not have hip dysplasia – huge sigh of relief. Secondly the Physio thinks that she has hyper-mobility which is causing confidence and stability issues and therefore slowing her down. Thirdly, and quite amazingly, Aria is now walking, at almost twenty two months she decided to take the plunge and go for it – and now there is no stopping her!

after fears of hip dysplasia and with hypermobility my toddler took her first steps at twenty two months. This blog post explains the diagnosis and shares a video of her first steps.

Our Physiotherapist doesn’t know that Aria is walking yet, we have our second appointment with her after Christmas and I am hoping that we will now be discharged. I did check in the first appointment if we were to cancel if Aria started walking but she said no, she would still like to see her.

At our first Physio appointment our physiotherapist spent time getting to know Aria and examining her, she didn’t start the exercises as we hadn’t yet had the X-Ray results back and so she wanted to wait until we had them to be sure that she wasn’t going to cause her any further damage or aggravate her. She noted that her feet were flexible, not flexible to the extent of severe hyper-mobility but she definitely suspects mild hyper-mobility. Mild enough that she will grow out of it, much like it seems that I have as I mentioned that I have previously been tested for hyper-mobility and didn’t have it, Aria’s physiotherapist explained that I likely did have it and just grew out of it.

We were advised to buy some trainers or boots with ankle support, which we have finally managed to buy, it isn’t an easy task when your toddler has size three and a half feet (well, one 3 & 1/2, one 2 &1/2 to be exact!) and await the X-Ray results. What we didn’t expect was for Aria to take her first steps in the meantime!

Last week, with a bit of encouragement, while we were prepping for our Bluestone holiday Aria decided to take a little walk completely unaided! We were so excited and managed to capture the second and third walk on camera which is just magical. While we were in Bluestone she walked, a lot. People were amazed when we told them that she had only just started walking as she is doing so well. I bought her some new trainers with ankle support yesterday and she is getting even better with her walking, she now runs and jumps too!

I’m amazed and so proud that, at almost twenty two months, we are finally here.

When my baby was sixteen months and still not walking I thought she was just a little ‘slow’ compared to others her age, she is so small she probably will take longer to do things.

When my baby was seventeen months and still not walking I thought she was just waiting until she was more confident and fully able, but mentioned it to the health visitor just in case.

When my baby was eighteen months and still not walking I hadn’t heard back from the health visitor so assumed that if they weren’t worried, I needn’t be. She is a bum shuffler and they always take longer to walk.

When my baby was nineteen months and still not walking I started to think that there may be a problem, we had received a letter from the health visitor stating that she had a check up next month. They were concerned and so was I.

When my baby was twenty months and still not walking the health visitor confirmed what we had worried about, she may have hip problems and they would X-Ray her for suspected Hip Dysplasia and send her to Physiotherapy.

When my baby was twenty one months and still not walking we were worried, wondering how she and us would cope with life in a spica and fearing the worse.

When my baby started walking at twenty two months it was one of the proudest moments of my life.

This week’s day in the life video was quite a disastrous day, okay that is a slight exaggeration but it wasn’t a good day! It was hammering down with rain so we stayed inside all day. Aria was very clingy and whinging about everything. She said no to absolutely everything, including her yoghurt while she was eating it!

a day in the life vlog, follow our day with life with a toddler and a kitten

I eventually gave up and stayed in my pyjamas all day while binge watching Christmas films on Netflix! Sometimes a clingy toddler really isn’t such a bad thing… My house was a tip the entire day as a result but housework can wait, cwtches are more important, right?

On a side note, I must be crazy but this year I am attempting to join in with Vlogmas. The idea behind vlogmas is that you vlog everyday in December right up to Christmas. I will probably fail, but I figure that it is worth a go, if nothing else it will give me a lot of filming and editing experience.

I won’t be publishing all of the videos on the blog, so if you don’t want to miss them please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

As always I’m being completely disorganised and winging the whole thing. I have a few vague ideas which include day in the life videos, festive toddler finger foods, Christmas money saving tips, weekly found ups sharing the contents of Aria’s Wow Toys Advent Calendar and more! You can watch my Vlogmas trailer for a sneak peek of what to expect :

I’ll be kicking it off tomorrow by showing you my sentimental Christmas tree decorations.

*Disclaimer : I received the MuscleFood Family Hamper in exchange for an honest review*
A little while ago the guys over at MuscleFood got in touch to ask me if I would like to review their eighty piece family hamper. I’d ordered from MuscleFood before, back when I was doing Slimming World, and I really liked their food, the meat is always good quality and fresh, so of course I said yes.

blog review and unboxing video MuscleFood 80 piece family meat hamper

The eighty piece family hamper is jam packed with a huge variety of meat, all fresh and suitable for freezing. All of the meat in this hamper is lean and low fat, perfect for those cutting down or bulking up, or just looking to save money by buying meat in bulk. 
As you can see we received a lot of meat in this hamper, my one piece of advice if ordering one is to make sure that you have plenty of room in your freezer, oh and plenty of freezer bags if you are splitting the meat! We have quite a small freezer (or a big freezer full of rubbish) so decided to split the hamper, giving a chunk of it to my parents as a treat. Splitting the cost with friends or family is a great idea as you are still getting a lot of food for a very low price.
We received the hamper over a month ago and are still working our way through the meat. All of the meat that we have tried so far has been lovely, you can tell that it is of very high quality, there isn’t much fat on it and it is so lean it is really filling. 
Watching my unboxing video to see exactly what we received in the hamper, that’s a lot of meat for £65! 
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