Boys School Shoes from Cloggs

Boys School Shoes from Cloggs

It’s nearly that time of year again when you have to go, sit in a shoe shop and wait in a queue of parents and children to try on the inevitable black shoes. The same black shoes that at least half the class will be wearing. The ones the teachers groan when they see, just knowing it will be hours or days until those shoes are all on the wrong feet.

So you sit, you wait and you inwardly sigh that you didn’t do this earlier, that you didn’t find a better way to avoid the queues and to find the shoes. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You could plan ahead this year. You could download a shoe fitting guide. Measure the kids feet in the comfort of your own home and then head to Cloggs. Cloggs stock a wide range of boys school shoes so you won’t be short of options. They also stock a range of brands including Clarks, Kickers, Dr Martens and Geox to name a few. That means you have a wider range of choice and the easy delivery option means they are speedy.

I chose these Kickers for C, they are good quality. sturdy shoes that look like they will stand up to some stick from the playground! They are also a bit different from the standard schools shoes and the little logos help with getting shoes on the right feet and look good too. Delivery was quick and the shoes arrived well packaged. The bag contained the necessary paperwork to confirm order details but also for returns information. Be careful when opening the bag to make sure you have a suitable bag to use should you need to return anything!

Boys School Shoes From Cloggs Boys School Shoes From Cloggs Boys School Shoes From Cloggs

 

I actually had to return an extra pair of shoes to Cloggs and did so via Collect + . This simple service means that you can drop it off locally for return to Cloggs. I used a convenience store on my way to work which was actually very convenient! It’s as simple as handing the package over to the shop assistant and getting a receipt, very quick and simple!

I received a pair of shoes in exchange for this review

 

 

CafePod CoffeeMoments

CafePod CoffeeMoments

If you’ve read my blog before you will probably have noticed a bit of an addition to a couple of staple items. The first is wine, I love wine and do talk about it quite a bit, at least on social media. The second is coffee, I’ve talked about coffee on here many times and on social media it gets more mentions than pretty much anything else. So it’s not surprising to hear that my Nespresso machine is my favourite kitchen gadget, I think there will be a period of mourning if it ever gives up on me, followed by an emergency trip to the shops to buy another I might add! It’s the only piece of equipment that I really use and my husband would be lost without his morning coffee too.

I’ve reviewed a few different types of coffee pods that work with my Nespresso machine and each time I ask myself how they compare to both each other and the pods direct from Nespresso, because quite frankly that’s what you want to know right? I was sent some samples of the CafePod coffee pods to try, in a few of their varieties so that I could see how they rated compared to others and to think about what scenarios I might most like to enjoy them in.

CafePod CoffeeMoments

You will see from the photos below my suggestions on how best to enjoy the CaféPod coffees……

Arabica Lungo – my first cup in the morning has to be uplifting, it has to be a wake up shake up kind of cup! CafePod CoffeeMoments

Smooth – Perfect with Pudding, I love coffee with a desert, especially a mini muffin, they compliment each other perfectly!  All the best puddings go with coffee and this blend is ideal because it isn’t intensely flavoured so it doesn’t mask the taste of the pudding but complimented the chocolate. CafePod CoffeeMoments

Ristretto – Great for when you get Five Minutes Peace. I like to sneak off for a bath and take a coffee and a good book. There’s nothing better than an uninterrupted bath or an uninterrupted coffee for that matter.

CafePod CoffeeMoments

 

Intense – Paperwork pick-me-up, sometimes you just need a proper boost! When you just need to get your head down and plow through a pile of paperwork this coffee gave me that ‘zing’ and helped me focus. Especially needed when balancing your books or reading reports! CafePod CoffeeMoments

My favourite pod was definitely the Arabica Lungo, it was perfect for my first cup of the day, smooth, great flavour and a good ‘wake up’ coffee. I found this coffee was easy to drink throughout the day due to it’s fresh taste and clean palette.  The ‘lungo’ part of the name means that the cup lends itself to being drunk ‘long’ so you can opt for a larger cup than you might do in the other strengths/varieties.

None of the pods were unpleasant but my least favourite was the intense because quite frankly it was….intense. Just quite a strong flavour that suited my husband more than me. Price-wise you are looking at around £2.75 for 10 cups which is slightly cheaper than the lower priced Nespresso which work out at approx. £2.90 for 10 cups. The main benefit is that the CafePod’s are available in the supermarket so you can stock up with all your other shopping, which does make it easy to grab more and to change your pods should you wish to!

So my overall verdict is pretty good, value for money, good taste and convenient. I’d buy these again!

GIVEAWAY – Cadbury Thank You chocolates

GIVEAWAY – Cadbury Thank You chocolates

As we come to the end of yet another school year you are probably starting to think about gifts for your child’s teacher. It’s hard to balance getting a nice gift with not breaking the bank and also giving the teacher a gift they’d like to receive.

Summer is here and school’s out! Ramblings of a Surburban Mummy has teamed up with Cadbury to bring a little bit of joy to Mums and Teachers around the UK as the end of term approaches.  Ten lucky winners will receive a box of Cadbury Thank You chocolates to help take the hassle out of what to buy for your child’s teacher.   

Cadbury thank you chocolates

Bored of buying the same old mug and bunch of flowers for an end of year gift? You’re not alone! A whopping 73% of Mums and Dads have less than an hour to spend on finding a gift and are stuck for inspiration, with a further one in five admitting to recycling abandoned presents! Cadbury Thank You boxes are the perfect present to send you straight to the top of the class. Filled with lovely little Cadbury chocolates with hazelnut praline in a flower shaped box, they are the ideal way to say ‘thank you’ to your child’s teachers for their year of hard work.

Available from www.cadbury.co.uk, and most retailers: RRP £3.99 for 180g, or RRP £1.49 for 48g.

To enter, simply answer this question:

What shaped box does Cadbury Thank You come in?

  • A flower
  • A square
  • A triangle

This competition is open to UK residents aged 18 or over and will close on 6th July at 11.59pm.

 

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