Tried & Tested Products – The Round-up (April 2015)

So the month of April is over and a long weekend with Early May Bank Holiday is ahead of us… Let’s hope it will be filled with great sunny weather, good times, delicious, healthy foods, refreshing drinks, and lots of outdoor activities.

Below couple of products we have tried and tested in the last couple of weeks, and liked enough to share with you, enjoy!

Spring & Summer ideas or seasonal crafts & recipes can be found here.

Corkers potato crisps vegetable crisps

If you are looking for quality, classic potato crisps Corkers Crisps (£1.85 / 150 g) made on the family farm in Cambridgeshire are the perfect fit.

And to make things even better they have 8 different flavours to choose from, including very peppery sea salt and black pepper, mild sweet Thai chilli or flavoursome Red Leicester and caramelised onion just to mention few… Our family favourite was sea salt and cider vinegar and the only “non-potato” crisps in the range – mixed veg crisps.

HomeSense TKMaxx flower pots planters flowerpots

May is a perfect time for all kind of planting / replanting activities and HomeSense has quite a selection of unusual planters. I have chosen this small flower pot (£2.99) for one of my baby succulents (Crassula ovata) that needed new space to grow.

review of Philips juicer

Philips Viva Collection Quick Clean Juicer (£110.00) is a quite useful gadget to have at home, especially during Summer months when there is a lot of seasonal fruit for juicing.

Comparing to our previous juicer, this one is much more powerful, easier to clean and use and thanks to the round shape of the base it takes much less space on the counter, we are very pleased with it. Full review can be soon found between our other reviews on Amazon website.

honeycomb caramel flavour liqueur

The Dubliner Irish Whiskey Liqueur has divine scent (and flavour) of honeycomb and caramel, it would make great addition to coffees and dessert sauces.

HomeSense crockery plates bowls melamine enamel

As always HomeSense has a great selection of unique, seasonal tableware at bargain prices.

Above couple of items I have picked for myself:
large hand crafted multi-purpose Portuguese ceramic bowl (£6.99) to be used for making Spring salads, as a fruit bowl or even for kneading the dough;
Cynthia Rowley New York medium melamine plate (£3.99) that looks like real crockery, great alternative to plastic plates for picnics and garden parties;
Julie Dodsworth small enamel bowl (£3.99) that would be great in Summer for camping (or camper vans) but it’s cute enough to use at home for the rest of the year.

elderflower spring water drink made in UK

Heartsease Farm Elderflower Pressé (from £1.69 / 425 ml) – this lovely, very refreshing, sparkling drink made from British elderflowers (that are now in season) and spring water from the farm the Heartsease Farm in Wales.

Motorola Moto G reivew

Motorola Moto G (£137.85) – if you are wondering what we are using for our social media presence, quick mobile snapshots, step by step kitchen photos… here is the answer. It came as a sim free handset with no useless, additional gadgets such as another usb charger or headphones, just the phone. It is very fast, has enough memory for all the necessary apps, space for additional storage and can take two sim cards if needed. Quality of the photos is also very good, take a look at our Instagram feed to find out for yourself. I use GiffGaff network so I’m not tied up with any contract and I pay £7.50 a month for a goodie bag with 250 UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and 500 MB internet data.

Full review is available on our other (more technical) blog at 416 Studios. And here you can read about mobile phone case with crochet motives I made.

Since March’s Tried & Tested I reviewed also Discovery Channel 100 x Microscope and Bug Barn which turned out to be great gadgets to have at home, especially with May holidays and Summer approaching.

The next Tried & Tested will be published on the 31st of May, stay tuned…

DISCLOSURE: This post contain some affiliated links. All of the products, except for the Motorola Moto G, which I purchased myself, has been sent to me for review purposes. Tableware and succulent planter has been bought using Homesense gift voucher. I have received Philips juicer as a part of Amazon Vine™ Programme and you can find part of  this review on Amazon website as well. I was not financially compensated for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own and I retained full editorial control.

Your thoughts…

  1. I am loving the homesense goodies, so pretty and well priced too :)

  2. I love Homesense, I wish I had an easier branch to visit than Romford. And those Corkers’ crisps look corkingly good too.

  3. I’m very lucky to have HomeSense store on the route of my school run, right next to the bus-stop so wait for the bus home is never a problem ;)

    Yes Sara, those Corkers crisps are worth trying, good classic crisps made from real potatoes ;)

  4. Great round-up of new products! I love the Corkers Crisps and in partiular like the look of the HomeSense china – a brand I’ve not heard of before!

  5. HomeSense is a sister store of TK Maxx so some of the items can be bought in either of them. Here in Brighton we separate big HomeSense with planters, kitchen gadgets, tableware, pillows, frames, craft materials, pet accessories, storage etc.

  6. Good old Home Sense! I can spend hours in there!
    Love the look of the juicer too!

  7. Ohhh I love Elderflower Pressé, I will need to give a try to the Heartsease Farm one. Such a refreshing drink indeed :-) Thank you for sharing.

  8. Those crisps sound tasty and all the Homesense products look lovely too

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