The Vegan Kind Snack Box Review

I have seen these boxes in some of the vegan magazines I have been reading, they looked great and I was lucky enough to be gifted one for my birthday from a family member, it came jam packed full of amazing goodies, some of which I had never even heard of before, I wanted to share my experience of this snack box with you all.

So, what exactly is inside?

Here is what I got inside my Snack Box, I think it changes all the time so you might not get exactly the same as me, but it will give you an idea of what to expect.

  • Chika’s – Black Pepper Cashews
  • Ten Acre – Hand Cooked Cheese & Onion Crisps
  • Ten Acre – Cornelius Popperley’s Sour Cream & Chive Popcorn
  • Mallows – Vanilla
  • Hoots – Cheese & Onion Multigrain Snack
  • Ombar – Coconut & Vanilla Raw Cacao Bar
  • Vego – Hazelnut Chocolate Bar
  • I’m Sunkissed And….Good Full Stop – Chocolate & Orange Fruit & Nut Bar
  • Sarelle – Hazelnut & Dark Chocolate cream filled wafer covered chocolate bar
  • The Foods Of Athenry – Chocolate & Raspberry Cookie
  • Golden Blonde – Botanical Raw Cacao Bar

What are my thoughts?

Right, let’s dig in, these are my thoughts on the products that were inside The Vegan Kind snack box.
The snack box itself was wonderfully presented, it came delivered in a shoe box sized box and inside were all of the snacks wrapped in The Vegan Kind tissue paper, I can’t comment on the delivery of the box as it was a gift but it wasn’t damaged in any way so I can only assume delivery was just as perfect as the contents of this box.

Vego – Hazelnut Chocolate Bar

This chocolate bar was gorgeous, the hazelnut pieces inside were huge, it wasn’t just the taste of hazelnut either it was actual hazelnuts. The bar itself was the same size as a kit kat chunky I would say and it tasted amazing, not like a kit kat of course but the chocolate was yummy. Definitely one for future purchases.

Golden Blonde – Botanical Raw Cacao Bar

I am not sure what I was expecting with this, I have tried vegan chocolate bars before and they have all been really strong, not really something I enjoy but this was out of this world, I don’t really know how to explain it if you have ever had a Caramac in your life this was exactly what it tasted like, it came in a box you would expect a mascara to come in, inside was the chocolate wrapped in brown paper, as I bit into it I was thinking that it was going to be overpowering but it really wasn’t it was so creamy and delicious, after taking my time with the first bite so I had an idea what to write for the blog I practically inhaled the rest. Another amazing find and one I will definitely be buying again.

Sarelle – Hazelnut & Dark Chocolate cream filled wafer covered chocolate bar

Another gorgeous bar, the chocolate was delicious and the wafer biscuit inside was everything you would expect, you wouldn’t even know that it was vegan it, definitely another one for the list.

I’m Sunkissed And….Good Full Stop – Chocolate & Orange Fruit & Nut Bar

I have never been keen on chocolate and orange but wanted to give this a try, you never know it might be very different to everything I have tried before…unfortunately it wasn’t it was very orangey and not really something I enjoyed eating, this one I won’t be buying again.

Ten Acre – Hand Cooked Cheese & Onion Crisps

Do you like hand cooked crisps, the ones that are really crunchy? Do you also like Cheese & Onion? If you answer yes to these questions you are going to LOVE these crisps, the flavour is intense and amazing not just peaking through actually bursting through with each bite, another product for the future list.

Ombar – Coconut & Vanilla Raw Cacao Bar

The chocolate in this bar is nothing like the Golden Blonde it is dark chocolate but it tastes really creamy and almost melts in your mouth, it also has a really soft centre that appears right at the end, just as the taste of the chocolate is disappearing the creamy centre bursts through. A lovely bar of chocolate.

Ten Acre – Cornelius Popperley’s Sour Cream & Chive Popcorn

Much like the Cheese & Onion crisps from Ten Acre, the popcorn was absolutely delicious, if you like sour cream and chive,of course, the flavours were so strong and vibrant, another one for the keep list.

Hoots – Cheese & Onion

These multigrain snacks are very much like the Ten Acre Cheese & Onion crisps in terms of flavour, very strong and lovely cheesy taste the snacks themselves are also extremely moreish nothing like a crisp but more like a crunch multigrain snack. Adding these to the list of snacks to buy again.

The Foods Of Athenry – Chocolate & Raspberry Cookie

I had big hopes for this, I had saved it for a while knowing that one day I would really fancy it, that day came, I sat down with a cup of tea and opened the cookie packet, the cookie itself was really crunchy excellent, exactly what you would expect from a cookie, this is a great start I thought, you could really taste the chocolate too but what I was really hoping for was pieces of raspberry, you know like chips of chocolate you get in a choc chip cookie but there was none just a small hint of raspberry taste which seemed to be overpowered by the chocolate.

Mallows – Vanilla

Are you a fan of Marshmallows? You are going to love these, they taste exactly like the Marshmallows I used to have when I was younger, the texture, the flavour everything about these is amazing, definitely one for the keep list.

Chika’s – Black Pepper Cashews

You can most definitely taste the black pepper on these cashew nuts, the tingle on your tongue, not something I would buy again though but for people like a snack with a little kick, these would be perfect.

Conclusion

So, now that I have finished all of the snacks from this little box what is my overall thoughts I hear you ask? Absolutely fantastic, some of the products I had in this box I had never even heard of, there were a few I didn’t like but the ones I didn’t outweigh the ones I didn’t.

I would totally recommend this box to anyone else be it you have been a vegan for a long while or just making the transition this box is certainly worth the money.

Salt Of The Earth Deodorant

I guess deodorant isn’t something you would really pay all that much attention to, I know I didn’t, I would walk into the store find one you like and walk out, right?

Since going Vegan I have started looking more and more into what is inside products, what makes them work and deodorant was one of them products I wanted to replace, I won’t go into the reasons as this is a review.

After I had decided I no longer wanted to use aerosol deodorant anymore I began searching for something that wouldn’t let me get smelly during the day, that was good for my body and as a bonus would smell good (the last point wasn’t mandatory) I found so many different solutions, I could make my own deodorant, much like powder variety you get from Lush or I could buy a deodorant from a company that already had the formula worked out, I choose the latter, that is when I found Salt Of The Earth from Crystal Spring.

The deodorant is completely natural, it contains nothing that is going to harm your body like aluminum or nasty chemicals it doesn’t even have a scent, you spray it under your arms at the start of the day get dressed and go, the formula also prevents white marks from appearing on your clothing after you have applied the deodorant to your armpits.

I bet you are thinking, this has no scent and it is made totally from natural ingredients, how can this possibly work? Truth be told, I thought exactly the same thing before buying it, but three months down the line I have just bought a 1ltr refill bottle I am that impressed. One thing I have noticed is how my body actually smells, since going Vegan my perspiration doesn’t smell all that much like it did before I was Vegan, I can go a whole day wearing Salt Of The Earth and not smell at the end of the day.

I don’t use any other deodorant now, when I am going out I will put on a bit of Lush Dirty Body Spray but that is it, nothing else.

I think deodorant is different from person to person, we all smell different so you have to find something that works for you and your body, for me this works perfectly and I am really happy with the results, if you are looking to replace your current deodorant, give this a try from my own experience, I recommend it.

Save Some Green Toothbrush

Today I want to talk about toothbrushes, yep that is right toothbrushes, for as long as I can remember I have been using a generic toothbrush you can pick up at any chemist or health store, the kind with nylon bristles and plastic handles, you know the ones, right? Recently I discovered bamboo toothbrushes made with bamboo bristles and a bamboo handle, much nicer on the environment as they degrade much better when you put them into the trash, and the materials they are made from are responsibly sourced also they don’t give off nasty chemicals when they degrade so and overall better for the environment.

So what is the toothbrush actually like Rich?

It comes delivered in a brown paper packet, there is no plastic to open, simply tear the top of the packet and remove the brush, you can put the paper packet right in the trash and it will bio-degrade, or pop it in the compost bin if you have one.

When ordering my brush I choose the soft brush head, I prefer that to the other options, but Save Some Green do have various options which you can select when purchasing, something for everyone. As for the soft brush head I really like it, it cleans my teeth just like any other toothbrush would and isn’t too harsh, sometimes the brush head can be too hard and it can hurt when brushing, this for me is perfect.

The bamboo handle is soft to hold, it doesn’t slide around in your hand when brushing, it is perfectly sized, not too big and not too small either, just right.

I am on my second brush from Save Some Green I really liked the first one, so much so, I ordered a second, the brush lasted around 4 1/2 weeks before the bristles were no longer effective in brushing and the brush needed replacing, they are a little more expensive than your normal chemist toothbrush, costing around £3 per brush but discounts can be had if you buy more than 1 at a time, am I going to order again next month? Absolutely.

Toms Shoes

New shoes you say? I hardly ever buy new shoes I either can’t find ones that are comfy enough or I just can’t justify the large amounts of money some of the shoes cost for the very short life they seem to live, however I have been looking for some slip on slip off type shoes to replace my old tatty vans which had seen better days, they had a massive hole in the bottom and my feet would get soaked every time I went outside when the floor was wet or damp, which in the UK is pretty much all the time, so they had to go.

I had looked at various options Vans being one of them but a lot of them were not vegan friendly, either using some form of leather in the shoe design or the manufacturing process of the shoe wasn’t vegan, I then found Toms, I had used them before buying my daughter a pair a couple of birthday’s ago the overall quality of the shoe felt good but of course I never got to wear them, they just wouldn’t fit my feet.

Not wanting to get something plane or a single colour I found these they looked perfect all be it a little bit expensive however they were vegan and Toms donate a pair of shoes to people in need for every pair sold which in my book is a winner.

So how do the shoes feel I hear you asking? The fit was perfect, not to small, not to big just perfect, in a way they don’t even feel like they are on your feet, not in a barefoot kind of way, though, more like a lightweight fit you don’t feel your feet carrying them when you walk, they are soft under foot too so when it is time to put in some steps they are ready for the challenge.

I would totally buy another pair, maybe in a different colour or a different design but if you are looking for a new shoe ready for Spring/Summer I don’t think you could go wrong with a pair of Toms.

Liar Liar & Fat Rabbit Review

Liar Liar has been open in town for a while now but I have never been, today I decided to give it a shot.

You are made to feel welcome from the moment you walk in, the customer service is fantastic I ordered a Latte with Soya milk, while I was waiting a lovely lady came over “Are you eating in?” I was “You can go and find a seat if you like, we will bring your drink to you” I did just that, I found a stool in the corner, the same girl came over “There is plenty of space upstairs if you would like to sit up there” amazing, I went upstairs and found a seat, it was really roomy, not cramped the windows are huge and let is loads of natural light, I just sat there for a while taking it all in.

My drink wasn’t that far behind me, delivered in a lovely mug I took a sip, usually, I like a sugar in my coffee but this was lovely, it is really hard to explain but the coffee tasted delicious, much nicer than Starbuck’s offering anyway.

The great think about Liar Liar is they also host Fat Rabbit, a vegan street food pop-up restaurant which I believe has permanent residency here. The menu selection was vast much larger than any other cafe I have ever been to, I ordered the Falafel Burger with Fries.

When it arrived it looked delicious, so colorful and fresh it had gherkins though and usually, I won’t eat them but I thought to myself I am going to leave them on and experience this dish to its full potential.

It turned out that the burger was just a lovely as it looked, I managed to eat it all but couldn’t manage the coleslaw or garnish the burger and fries filled me up so much.

Would I recommend this venue to someone else? Absolutely. Will I be going back? Definitely. Liar Liar is now by far one of my favorite cafes in town.

Apple Watch Review

I have had the Apple Watch for a good few months now and thought I would share my thoughts on it as a daily watch.

I decided to get an Apple Watch around Christmas 2016 I had been wanting one for a while but held off waiting, when the Apple Watch 2 was released I decided that I wanted to get one, I started saving and when Christmas came I had enough money to go out and buy one, I opted for the 42mm watch face made from Aluminium with a white sports wristband, I don’t know what it is about watch bands but certain bands don’t sit nicely on my wrist, the Apple Watch band however, is super soft and really comfortable.

So, about the watch itself…

The home screen is completely modular, you can select a number of different faces and depending on the face you choose you can choose different ‘widgets’ from Watch supported apps installed on your phone to show up in these widget areas, for example, I have Dark Sky weather installed on my phone and you can see it shows the information about the weather in the middle of the watch face, pretty cool right?

Single pressing on the weather on the watch face will load the current weather forecast where you can scroll through various bits of information that Dark Sky has collected about your current location.

The Apple Watch supports Apple Pay and if it is enabled the watch has to have a pin code set, this is to secure your card details, you can unlock the watch with the phone if the phone is unlocked then the watch is unlocked if you don’t want to get your phone out to unlock your watch you can single tap the screen and enter your pin number manually.

Selecting an application to open on the watch is a fidely business, you have to single press the digital crown which will load the applications page, you can then scroll around until you find the application you want and single pressing onto it will launch it.

Interestingly one of my favourite features of the Apple Watch is its integration with Siri, putting dinner in the oven and setting a timer is easy peasy simply summon Siri using the phrase “Hey Siri” and ask her to set a timer, she will then set the timer and vibrate the watch when it is done, you can also ask Siri to send text messages, initiate phone calls, and other cool things.

Controlling music is also super simple, although Spodoesn’tsen’t have a native watch application if music is playing on the phone you can launch the now playing application on the watch to control the volume either with the on-screen buttons or you can use the digital crown, pause and start music, skip songs also if you have a playlist playing you can’t view the songs in it (at least I haven’t found a way) still much better than getting your phone out of your pocket every time to change a song.

I use YNAB on my iPhone every single day, they have a native app for the watch which I can load to view current category information, unfortunately you can’t add transactions from the watch or do anything else like you can on the phone but the brief overview of the budget from the watch face is great.

 

Calendar notifications are also great, if you have an event coming up you will get a notification on the watch telling you the time of the event and the description plus location should you have entered it into the calendar event description, pretty neat right.

Finally the activity monitor and possibly the most integrated application into the watch but the one that I use the least, the watch will track various bits of information, how long you have been active for, how many steps you have taken things like that and display them in what they call the rings, when the rings close the goal has been reached, the watch will chime and vibrate and will continue on another loop until it closes for a second time. There is so much more than just the watch face view for activity but as I don’t use it that much I don’t really have much to say.

If you are looking for a smart watch I would totally recommend the Apple Watch, the price may be higher than some of the competitors but the quality of the device and the quality of the software and integration with the devices I already own is fantastic.