Wednesday, 11 December 2013
When I received my case of Asda wine for review I was hoping there would be a bottle of Pinot Grigio inside. I love white wine in particular and Pinot Grigio is one that I find easy to drink, whatever the occasion.
Within my case was a bottle of Asda Extra Special Pinot Grigio, produced in Italy.
I suppose the only trouble with the fact I drink mostly Pinot Grigio is that I've become quite set in my ways in terms of which ones I like and dislike. I've found some great Pinot Grigio's over the last couple of years, and I've also come across some awful ones too!
Asda's Extra Special Pinot Grigio was for me a mid table contender. It wasn't unpleasant, far from it, but it didn't blow me away.
Although often Pinot Grigio is light enough to drink on its own, I felt this one would be better with food. Ideal in fact with a Friday night curry and a good DVD.
The price at Asda's rollback offer of £5.00 is about right. Personally I wouldn't pay the full price of £7.00 for this wine. A disappointing selection for Asda's Extra Special range.
Please note: I received a case of six bottles of wine for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own unless stated that friends or family shared in the tasting experience.
Friday, 6 December 2013
The last couple of weeks have been frantic. Starting a little business right before Christmas is maybe not the best timing in terms of working around family ties, but it's proving to be a good time in terms of selling my product.
After much badgering from my husband I am now selling handmade bracelets.
Issy K Jewels is my venture, designing, making and selling something I love.
I have always been a huge fan of costume jewellery, particularly bracelets, but sometimes can't find exactly the colours I am looking for, or some are too big, or just not "right". I've found that I can make bracelets exactly to my liking, and my friends tell me they are really pretty designs.
So, I've launched myself into business....ok, at the moment it's more on the scale of selling a hobby, but you never know until you try hey.
I am only selling bracelets at the moment, using my favourite beads "shamballa style clay beads", with a mix of hematite, agate and pretty spacers and diamante rondelles.
My aim is to design a small yet stunning range of statement bracelets, suitable for parties, occasions, but also some everyday wear designs.
Combining this with the opportunity for customers to commission me to design bespoke bracelets - one off designs for the customer only, or new designs and new colours for general sale, so far the response has been fantastic. I am also happy to alter bracelets to size (and adjust the price accordingly), if the bracelet is to be made considering bigger or smaller.
My prices range from £6.50 to £8.95, although specific bespoke designs may edge slightly higher if the customer requests. I hope to offer special discounts for multiple orders, reduced postage and am soon to run a competition in conjunction with a fantastic mummy/style blogger for someone to win a brand new design for the New Year.
I have so many ideas buzzing through my head, I feel amazingly enthusiastic and so ready for this opportunity to share my love of good quality costume jewellery.
My work is very much slotted in between looking after my three children and running a home, but I hope to find a good work/life balance and achieve a good standard of customer liaison.
Please join me on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IssyKJewels and follow my Twitter account @issykjewels
Oh, and anyone purchasing the "Santa" bracelet, if you like my facebook page, follow me on Twitter and have read this blog post please message me the code "Womanwifeandmum" and you will receive 10% off your single order.
Monday, 2 December 2013
Wine is best served with friends. There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting with a friend sipping a nice crisp white wine and having a good girly chat.
The Asda Extra Special Fiano seemed perfect choice to enjoy with a friend, and I'm all for getting a second opinion when reviewing wine.
My friend Naomi tends to drink white and rose wine. Like me she finds red wines a little heavy. On tasting the Fiano she said that it was very light and crisp. A wine that could accompany most foods as it wasn't too overpowering.
Naomi said that she would definitely buy the Fiano, although possibly it would be more of a summer wine choice for herself and her husband.
I feel that the Fiano is a good party wine, delicious served very chilled.
The Asda Extra Special Fiano is currently on a rollback offer at £5.00 per bottle and I feel at this price the Fiano is a great buy. Possibly a little steeply priced at it's usual £6.98 per bottle.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
I was recently contacted by Cardooo and invited to take a look at their range of activity and story cards for children.
Cardooo greetings cards add an element of fun to a children's card, something that ordinarily would just be popped on the mantel piece for decoration for a week, before heading for the recycling bin. They are available as activity cards, sticker cards, dot-to-dot cards, story cards and more and cover the main occasions such as birthday, Christmas and get well soon.
I was sent two samples to review. A Christmas activity card and a fairy story card for any occasion.
The Christmas activity card includes a story about a family of pigs getting ready for Christmas leading up to the big day. There are stickers that can be placed on the pictures throughout the storybook section and the last page is for colouring in a picture of Santa Pig.
The fairy story book is the story of Red Riding Hood. Colourfully illustrated and with a blank page for you to add your own message.
I love the idea of these cards for sending to young children in my family, there are plenty to choose from depending on the child's interests and age, for example there are Doctor Who themed cards for the slightly older child. I particularly like the Get Well Soon cards as I'm sure these would cheer a little one up who is recovering in hospital, or at home poorly missing out on their usual activities. In this range there are sudoku and crossword cards again perfect the the slightly older child.
The quality of the cards is very high, the outer pages are of a quality I would expect from a good greetings card and the story pages inside are equivalent to the pages of a children's story book.
The postage symbol was clearly labelled on the back of each card and both cards that I received for review would only cost the price of a standard letter to post, i.e. standard 1st or 2nd class stamp. The cards are priced between £3.50 and £4.00, which is good value if you are sending the card to double up as a gift.
You can take a look at the Cardooo selection on their website www.cardooo.com or follow them on Twitter @The_Cardooo or Facebook Cardooo
This is the second red wine I've tried from the Asda Extra Special wine selection, and I much preferred this to the first one.
Although I drink mostly white wine now, through my mid to late twenties my wine of choice was red, and the Asda Extra Special Cotes Du Rhone would have very much been to my liking.
Following on from my mum's review of the Cabernet Sauvignon, I did the traditional "nose" test and liked the fact that this red had just a light perfumed smell, much lighter than the Spanish Garnacha I tried a week ago.
The colour was almost burgundy and it had a smooth mellow taste and didn't give me the instant "heady" feeling after one glass, that I had felt with the Garnacha.
Usually I'd pair a red wine with a rich meal such as roast lamb or a hearty casserole, but a regular red wine drinker would enjoy this one with or without food.
This wine is priced at £5.00 on Asda's current rollback, but even the £6.75 usual price tag makes it an extremely good all occasion red.