Month: January 2017

Pawsomebox; A Pooches Review!

Well this is a slightly different one for me as we were sent something to review for our two pooches; Lola & Lily! I can’t tell you how excited they were when I told them! I really can’t, I don’t speak yappy dog language sober!


Anyway, we were sent an awesome Pawsomebox (see what I did there?!) in December but unfortunately both ladies have been a bit poorly at different times, and a bit naughty ( I had to get a professional carpet booked in, that’s all I’m saying!), so I hid the box from them for a while. As things are settling down slightly I decided to bring it out and see what they thought.

How Does It Work?

Firstly you complete a full profile on your pet, what size they are, whether they have long or short hair, how old they are, that kind of thing, so the guys at Pawsomebox can pick the best suited treats and toys etc. for your lovable pooch.

Secondly you choose which subscription plan you would prefer. They offer 12 months, 6 months, 3 months and 1 months subscriptions, all of which you can suspend at any time.

And that’s it.

What’s In The Box?

6 products suited to the answers you provided on your dog’s profile as well as a selection of delicious treats, toys, accessories and hygiene products.

This is what was in the box I received…

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I have to say I was pretty impressed with the contents. You also get the ‘Paw Notes’ leaflet which is full of facts and stories for you to have a read of. This one even has a recipe and instructions to make your own salt dough Christmas decorations using your pets paws!


We got;

  • Shampoo
  • 3 Toys
  • Festive Poop Bags
  • 3 Packs of Different Treats

Our Lily and Lola have never really been a fan of toys since they were pups so they weren’t too impressed by them. Apart from a few sniffs they wouldn’t go anywhere near them so they’ve ended up the kids toys now- great eh? More noisy toys! They weren’t so fussy with the treats though. Their favourites are definitely the Trixie Rice Balls!


I love the idea of Pawsomebox as there are so many different subscription boxes available these days, it’s nice to have one for our pets too!

You can take a look for yourself here.


Mother Hermit xx


Disclaimer; We were kindly sent this box for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.


New Year, New You; ‘Inspiring’ Film Watchlist

If you’ve read my previous post ‘New Year, New You; ‘Classic’ Film Watchlist’ you’ll know that I’ve set myself a challenge to watch at least one film per week, preferably ones I’ve never seen before. It’s going quite well so far but I’ll mention the films I’ve watched in my round-up post at the end of the month.


So here’s my watchlist for ‘Inspiring’ films I really want to watch;

Bridges of Madison County

‘A National Geographic photographer (Clint Eastwood, who also directs) arrives in Madison County, Iowa, to cover a story about the Roseman Bridge. He stops to ask directions from a bored housewife (Meryl Streep) whose family are away, and so begins a romantic love affair.’

Joyful Noise

‘Musical comedy starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. In an impoverished Georgia town, the death of gospel choir director Bernard Sparrow (Kris Kristofferson) sparks changes in the lives of two of the choir’s members. Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah), Sparrow’s second-in-command, is named as his replacement – but Bernard’s widow, G.G. (Parton), a wealthy benefactress of the church, believes she should have been given the position. These two formidable women lock horns over the direction of the choir as it heads towards a national competition.’

The Bucket List

‘In The Bucket List, a corporate billionaire (Jack Nicholson) and a working class mechanic (Morgan Freeman) find their lives thrown together when they end up sharing a hospital room. Both at a crossroads in their lives they come to realise that they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they ever wanted, as well as an unrealised need to come to terms with who they are. So before they, as the expression has it, “kick the bucket”, the two men will support each other in realising their dreams.’


‘Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick and Sam Worthington star in this drama from director Daniel Barnz. Claire Bennett (Aniston) is a victim of chronic pain who often has to resort to illegal measures to get the pills she needs to relieve her symptoms. As she struggles to deal with her own issues, pushing away the people who are trying to help her in the process, she becomes intrigued by the suicide of Nina Collins (Kendrick), a member of her support group who ended her life by jumping off a freeway overpass. When Claire starts to suffer from hallucinations of Nina she decides to get in touch with the woman’s widowed husband Roy (Worthington). While developing a bond with Roy, Claire starts to make discoveries about Nina’s suicide… The cast also includes Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Mamie Gummer and Chris Messina.’

The Blind Side

‘Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) knows little about family. Less about football. What the homeless teen knows are the streets and projects of Memphis. Well-to-do Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) knows little about his world. Yet when she and Michael meet, he’s found a home. And the Tuohys have found something just as life-changing: a beloved new son and brother. This real-life story of family and of Michael’s growth into a blue-chip football star will have you cheering with its mix of gridiron action and heartwarming emotion. Share the remarkable journey of the college All-American and first-round NFL draft pick who was a winner before he ever stepped onto the playing field.’

You can buy all of these titles here or keep an eye out on my Twitter feed as I’ll be running another competition where you could be in with a chance of winning this whole bundle on DVD!

New Year, New You; ‘Classic’s’ Film Watchlist

So this year I’ve decided that one of my “resolutions” is to start watching films again.

Since a young age I’ve always enjoyed watching films and as I grew up I took utter pride in building my DVD collection. Unfortunately, probably since having kids, that DVD collection has been gathering dust in the loft and apart from the occasional trip to the local cinema, I rarely watch films. Which makes me pretty sad because I love curling up and having a little cry over a good film!


This is why I’ve decided to set a challenge for myself to watch at least 1 film per week. I’m aiming for 2 or 3 really, but one’s probably a more realistic start! I’m also aiming to watch more of the films I haven’t seen rather than one’s I have seen and then collate a monthly post full of those I’ve watched and what I thought.

So here goes my first watchlist for the Classics (I haven’t seen any of these!);

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

” “I was born under unusual circumstances”. And so begins The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any mans life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, Benjamin Button is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.”

The Colour Purple

“Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple is a richly-textured, powerful film set in America’s rural south. The Color Purple marks a new, more mature colour in Spielberg’s artistic palette. It is an exquisitely crafted, landmark film that will be treasured and talked about for years to come.”

Gone With the Wind

“Epic romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning novel set during the American Civil War. Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) often uses men to get what she wants, but is unable to get the one man she truly desires, Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard). She soon meets her match in the roguish Captain Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) and in the war itself which destroys the genteel way of life she has always known. With determination she rebuilds her life from the shattered remains the Union Army leaves behind. Despite its sometimes troubled production (director George Cukor was replaced by Victor Fleming, with Sam Wood brought in when Fleming’s health failed), the film won ten Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.”

Dial M For Murder

“Grace Kelly and Ray Milland star in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller adapted from the play by Frederick Knott. Former tennis pro Tony Wendice (Milland) hatches a cunning plot to get rid of his socialite wife, Margot (Kelly), when he discovers that she has been having an affair with author Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings). Wendice blackmails a corrupt former schoolmate into murdering her, but the man bungles the job, and Margot, having killed her would-be assailant in self-defence, then finds herself under suspicion of premeditated murder…”

The Towering Inferno

“A huge glass tower block, touted as the tallest building in the world, bursts into flame on its opening night. An all-star cast includes Steve McQueen as Michael O’Hallorhan, the fire chief determined to get the blaze under control, while Paul Newman stars as embarrassed architect Doug Roberts, trapped inside with fellow guests Fred Astaire, Richard Chamberlain and Robert Wagner. ‘The Towering Inferno’ became the biggest of the Seventies cycle of disaster movies, which began four years earlier with ‘Airport’.”

You can find all of these films here but make sure you keep an eye on my twitter feed as I’ll also be holding a competition very soon to win all five of these films on DVD!!