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TastyKakeMinis: The Mini ‘Kakes’ that are….

…Awesome! (and Tasty of course)

A while ago I signed up to Influenster.com to receive their VoxBox -which is basically a box they send you (every now and then) of a new item or product to test and review.

The main point of it is to get people to test it and to also have them share their opinions on social media and basically spread the word about a new product. The more opinions they share and tasks they complete… The more points, potential prizes and a bigger chance they have of receiving a vox box in the future.

The contents of my VoxBox

The contents of my VoxBox

Sometimes a requirement is to blog about the product that you’re testing and as I do have a blog I will do that from time to time. At this point I must state that I was sent this product (for free) for the sake of testing and reviewing; these are my own opinions. (Oh and if I don’t like the product I will be brutally honest about it)

So…in this VoxBox I received Tastykake minis to test (yum!) Apparently you can get one of three flavours, those being coffee, chocolate or Reese’s peanut butter. I had a peanut butter flavour (yay!) which, honestly, would be my first choice of the three anyway

The theme of the VoxBox was celebrating so the VoxBox came with a whole box of TastyKake Minis, a drink cosi, party hat and some money off vouchers to share with friends (I shared with my husband and son because that way I know I’ll be getting at least one ‘kake’ in return and I’ll really have a reason to celebrate * insert evil laugh mwahahahah * ).

Celebrating Solo

Celebrating Solo

Tasks involved sharing how we celebrated with TastyKate Minis, using the hashtag #tastykakeminiwins on social media platforms of course. Luckily for me, that week I had just started my new job so I had a genuine reason to celebrate … not only having a job but also celebrating the coffee breaks and the chance to put my feet up after a day at work 🙂

So now the product itself- TastyKake Minis are small sponge cakes – in this case chocolate, with peanut butter flavoured icing and peanut butter flavoured crème filling. They come in wrapped packets of 3 – which has a little cardboard tray at the bottom to help avoid squishing 😉 The cakes are very sweet but small enough to not feel guilty about it. They have the perfect amount of crème and icing to balance out the chocolate sponge – which is moist and springy. I feel 3 cakes per pack is just the right amount, 4 would be too many and 2 wouldn’t be as devilishly satisfying. Overall they were a hit – a big thumbs up from me, my husband and my son (seriously I had to hide them to make sure they weren’t all inhaled in one go)

I can see this being a regular thing...(need more wine though)

I can see this being a regular thing…(need more wine though)

Each Box has 24 mini cupcakes (so 8 packets per box) which is a good amount … but odd enough to make you have to buy more than one box every fortnight if you’re using them for lunch-boxes and snacks (sneaky but it works). The box itself is bright, secure and opens in such a way that you can store it in your pantry and still access the TastyKakes without having to take the whole box out each time, which, as a mum and maker of lunches, is a definite plus.

I had never heard of or noticed the brand TastyKake before this VoxBox (maybe if I had grown up in the States it would be a different story) but honestly since testing them I have seen their brand everywhere so this VoxBox thing works as far as spreading the word and sending out those subliminal messages 😉

There are MORE of them!

There are MORE of them!

I would definitely recommend TastyKakes, they have been added to our shopping list and I’m sure they will be a regular purchase from now on. I enjoyed this VoxBox and look forward to the next one 🙂 Have you tried these yet? Are you a TastyKake fan?

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What’s in a name?

sophie
Sophie means Wisdom

The meaning of Sophie is “wisdom” – try and keep the howls of laughter to a minimum please. Anyone who knows me will agree that this is NOT the best word to describe me, in fact classy and demure would suit me better – and THAT’S saying something…

But I guess it depends on what we think of when we hear the word “wisdom”.

flashback

I’m the one on the left….

Back in school my maths teacher would joke about the meaning of my name in relation to my ability (or inability) to recite the times tables or do long division; some of my friends would give me THAT pat on the shoulder or head whenever I pulled another “soph-esque” face palm moment and I had plenty of dumb blonde jokes thanks to my original hair colour (yes I WAS a natural blonde) 

Of course all of the above was said and done in jest, many were friends whom knew me well enough to know I could easily shrug it off and laugh at myself when I did something silly… But when you hear something enough it kind of becomes part of normality, you almost buy into the jokes and for me, without meaning to, it became negative. Somewhere down the line people thought it was ok to say to me how they thought I “played up” my stupidity but the truth is I’m NOT THAT CLEVER. My geography sucks big time, history and politics makes me glaze over and currently my knowledge of any world events is courtesy of my Facebook or Twitter feeds but that’s not wisdom is it? That’s knowledge and you know what? It just doesn’t interest me, I know it should, I try to stay informed but no matter how much crap that’s thrown at me it refuses to stick.

wisdom

Wisdom

 Looking back it seems I clung to the negativity and completely misinterpreted what my name really meant. Wisdom isn’t all about knowing the facts, even if it was I still came out with GCSEs, A-Levels and a BAHons (albeit in fashion – again stop laughing lol) but it’s is more about experience, common sense and good judgement. And really it seems – at least to others- that that was me all over. My friends were only allowed to go to school parties if I was going because if I was there it meant there was “at least one responsible one” (don’t ask where their parents got this idea from lol) I was the younger but more “down to earth”, “logical” and “level headed” sister who wound up her older one because my curfew was later regardless of the 5yr age gap; I’ve been told to consider becoming a policewoman due to my perceptiveness and rationale, or a counsellor thanks to my understanding and insight….

And then I go and throw a spanner in the works by getting pregnant whilst in the early stages of “dating” someone (if you can call it that) or I marry someone after “knowing” them for 6 short months… Or I “drag my son away from his dad” to live in another country with my new husband…. And all of those things are crazy! … But I did them, and my friends and family supported me… Because guess what? Because they know me, they know my situation and they know I have it covered.

the meaning of wisdom

The meaning of Wisdom
Screen grab courtesy of http://www.Google.com

They know I would have considered every outcome, they trust that I have thought things through… That I’ve done my homework, that I’ve got options and fall back plans… And they’re right! It’s not because I’m a pessimist, it’s because I have learned from my past experience. I have learnt that things don’t always go to plan, that curveballs are thrown and you just have to take them as they come; I’ve learned that even after years of “knowing someone” they can still break your heart or shock you in ways you never dreamed of… That life is short, that it’s better to have taken a leap of faith than to ALWAYS wonder “what if” when it’s too late.

Babies, marriage, international moves… They’re all kind of a big deal and yet for me all three of them happened unexpectedly. All three threw me completely but I took them in my stride and welcomed their life lessons. Of course I’m not claiming to be overflowing with wisdom – though I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that after reading my recent guest post on the subject ;)… but in reality I still have a LOT to learn. What I do know is that I’m much stronger than I thought I was; I’m adaptable and less “set in my ways” than I used to think, I’m open minded, understanding and I trust myself…but most of all I have learned that I’m NOT stupid… Just don’t make me take a test to prove that 😉

 
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