Manners, Are they a Lost Art?


My teenager took a coach to a school excursion last week and as he was getting off the bus at the destination he thanked the bus driver. Later that day as he was getting off the bus after being returned to school he also thanked him.

His best friend, who comes from a great family, (I love his parents they are good, hard working, considerate people who have raised some GREAT kids) said to him; “Why are you saying thank you to the bus driver for just doing his job?”

This saddens me. Do you thank people for ‘just doing their job?’

I thank my waiter, my woollies girl who checks me out, my hairdresser, my cleaner for cleaning my home and postman when he delivers mail. My clients regularly show their appreciation for the work I do, either with thankful words or in their appreciative demeanour.

Am I the only one who thinks this might be a dying art? I know there are a number of people who think the way I do, but are we in the minority?

How important do you think manners and showing courtesy to others is?

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X50 Broccoli Chips Review

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NOTHING, literally NOTHING could have prepared me for how much I LOVE these chips. I like broccoli for dinner, but I would have never thought of it as a snack. These are phenomenal. I mean really a game changer for our household.

Do you get complaints that all the other kids have chips or other unhealthy (but tasty) snacks in their lunches? Are you always looking for a little crunch to snack on that is heavy on the flavour but light on all the carbs and other ingredients that make your hips look like airplane wings? Me too!

These chips are IT. I have only tried the BBQ flavour which has the following surprising ingredients: Broccoli, Rice Bran Oil, Sea Salt, Cinnamon Bark, Star Anise & Pepper. But they get a BIG thumbs up from me and my kids.

AND I found them at a store not too far away from me: Elermore Vale IGA (They have a huge health section).

Five stars for this healthy snack!


Goodness Me Box – November Subscription Box Review

This is the first time I have received this box as I just subscribed. The first thing I noticed was the insane amount of emails I have received – 13 in all since I subscribed 3 weeks ago!!

I plan to ‘unsubscribe’ from the emails now I have received the first box, but I wanted to see if they would keep overwhelming me with emails and when it would stop. Apparently the answer is never! It’s WAY overkill and made me feel a little negative about them before I even got the box.

Moving on…

I signed up for the 3 month subscription with a $10 coupon so it cost me $65, or $21.67/month including shipping. I signed up on the 19th of the month and received the box about the 7th November.

I LOVE that it comes with a card telling you all about the products inside and where they can be purchased. The box was well packed and had a cute string seal (which I forgot to photograph!)


Hart Soul Coconut Lentil Soup 400g (full size) RRP $4.00

Hart Soul Coconut Lentil Soup

This was delicious! IT had some real spice to it and was super tasty so I will be buying this in the future given I have seen this in a number of grocery stores. 

Probiotic Solutions Room Refresh 500ml (full size) RRP $10.00

Probiotc Solutions Room Refresh

I LOVE this product. Full of good bacteria and essentials it is a great non toxic way to refresh your home. We have a dog that loves to lie on the rug in our family room and this works great on the rug between vacuums.The lemony fragrance was delicate and natural which I also loved. It also came with a 20% coupon for future purchases.

I would go out of my way to find this and purchase it, even if I needed to order it from the net.

Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap (full size) RRP $5.95

Dr Bronner's

This is a safe product that has many uses as shown in the cute card they supplied. From body care to dishes, laundry, dog washing and so much more, this is a must-have for any non-toxic home. 

We always keep a big bottle on hand in our home, but I love this cute 59ml bottle for my handbag or car. Another winner! 

Alkalising Greens (sample size) RRP (Aprox) $2.80

I cannot stomach green drinks at all, but my husband drinks them religiously so I made him drink this. He told me it was absolutely delicious so I tried it and was pleasantly surprised! It had a sweet taste to it with no ‘green drink’ aftertaste that I so despise! 

Peak Chocolate – Pre-workout Dark Chocolate 20g (full size) RRP $6

Peak Dark Chocolate

This is a delicious, rich, dark tasting chocolate. I cant speak of the workout properties and personally am not a fan of Soy Lecithin (especially non-organic) but the taste was delicious. 


Blue Dinosaur Super Bite (Himalayan Chocolate) 30g RRP $2.50

These are the cleanest ingredients you will find in a health treat. Organic coconut, dates, cacao, cacao butter, Himalayan salt.

Its delicious (very sweet) for an occasional treat and you can feel good about eating it. Yay!

Teff Tribe Pancake Mix – Sweet or Savory  350g (full size) RRP $7.95

I haven’t tried this yet but will update this page when I do. 








Dr Superfoods Cherry Bombs (Sample size).


These I will be eating again. If I have to search the earth for them, I will. Absolutely DELICIOUS, I look forward to serving them on my snack table on Christmas day.

That said, they do have soy lecithin which is not something I am happy to be eating (especially non-organic), so these would be a very occasional treat. But, YUM.

This also came with a 25% coupon for their website…score!

Tavalon Herbal Tea  – Cool Mint (Sample Size) 



I love all peppermint tea and this was no different. I would purchase this again if it were easily accessible to me, but therenot enough point of difference from something like T2 or the organic teas I purchase to go looking for it.

The packaging was elegant, which I appreciate!

Naked Wines $100 Gift Voucher RRP $100 


Naked wines offer organic, sustainable and vegan wines. I have tried a number of organic wines and not been too impressed with the taste (which is so disappointing as wine has SO MANY pesticides in it). 

However this coupon might inspire me to try a few I have not tried before. I checked the site and ‘supposedly’ I would receive wines to the value of $235.28 for the price of $79.99 by using this coupon and being a ‘newbie’ to the site. Plus $4.98 shipping and handling. 

However, I would not get to choose my wines and I do not recognise any of the labels as these are exclusive to naked wines. Its an interesting concept and for $85 for 12 bottles of wine (just $7.08 each) its tempting to give it a try.  I will keep you posted!

All in all this was a good box, there’s probably only 2 things I would go out and purchase again (other than Dr Bronner’s which I already use), but I did take out the 3 month subscription and I’m looking forward to the next two to see if I think it’s worth continuing.

Secrets Organic Box Review – October 2017

I’ve been getting the Secrets Organic Box for quite a while and it occurred to me some people might be wanting to know if it’s worthwhile purchasing, so I thought I would start reviewing them here.

When signing up for a subscription service its easy to wonder if it’s a dud or a value-adding to your life. I do try to understand it’s not just about the value of the items vs what I pay for the box, but the benefit of being able to try new products that I might love!

That said, I wouldn’t be happy if I found I was paying more for the items than I would retail, given there will be some I don’t like or want. I pay $25/month including shipping for this box. They usually bill me around the 26th of the month and it arrives around the 15th of the following month.

Now let’s get to this month’s inclusions:

OCTOBER 2017 BOX – APROX RETAIL VALUE $33.70Organic Clean Bathroom Cleaner 500ml (full size) RRP $9.95


This will go straight to the laundry and will be used by my cleaner. I honestly don’t know if I will buy again unless it’s in my local grocery store where I currently buy my organic cleaner as I wouldn’t usually purchase online for an item like this. That said, it has an impressive list of ‘clean’ ingredients and has a strong citrus smell that would make me feel as though my bathroom had been cleaned!

Herbal Fix ‘Focus’ Passionfruit Flavour 300ml (full size) RRP $5.00

Back in the day I used to LOVE Schwepps Passioana. I wouldn’t touch the stuff now because soft drinks are so bad for you, but I do love a passionfruit drink. This had a definite passionfruit flavour and I enjoyed it. It did have a little of that ‘not sugar’ aftertaste but overall it was a very enjoyable and refreshing drink that I would drink again. 


Natural Family Co Natural Toothpaste Whitening 110g (full size) RRP $8.95


I’ll have to come back to you on the ongoing review for this item as it will take some time for me to tell if it’s working. However I have used it for two days and I LOVE the consistently and the flavour. It feels and tastes just like a regular toothpaste! 

I LOVE white teeth and if this works I will definitely buy it as the messy charcoals put me off, and I have ended up in the past succumbing to the toxic dentist teeth whitening program which is SO bad for me, but effective! 

Eat Your Coffee Coconut Mocha Coffee Bar 45g (full size) RRP $4.50


I’m not a huge coffee fan but I tried this and quite liked it. The coffee flavour wasn’t so overpowering that it was bitter, there was good balance of it with the sweetness of the dates. A definite mocha flavour although more coffee than chocolate. My husband who is a coffee drinker loved it! 

99th Monkey Hazelnut Cacao Butter 40g (trial size) Aprox Retail $2.80 (based on 200g retailing for $14.00)


This had a definite Nutella flavour going on! It has an after effect of graininess (the hazelnuts) but I really liked it. My son who is a chocoholic thought it needed a little more sweetness to properly mimic the Nutella flavour but this was very close and really delicious! 

Funch Bliss Ball Mix Chocolate 40g (trial size) Aprox $2.50 (based on 175g at $10.95 on their website) Plus 10% coupon code for their website.


I’m the first to admit baking is not my passion but these balls required the addition of 2 ingredients and some rolling expertise to make the balls, so they were super easy. They were delicious! I will even go so far as to order this online if I can’t find it at my local organic store.

Three balls had 1 tbsp honey so you would need to be aware of your sugar intake when consuming these since they were so more-ish! 

Fem 21 Herbal Hormone Balancing Formula 10g (sample)


I’m not one of those people who like smoothies or protein powder drinks. I tried this in a little water which probably wasn’t the best way to try it, it would have been better in some juice I think.

The smell was a familiar ‘green drink’ smell, a little earthy. It DID have a sweetness I didn’t expect so that was a nice surprise but one gulp was definitely all I could handle.

My husband who downs a green drink every day tried it and was impressed with the flavour and said it was as drinkable as any other green drink, so if you are that way inclined this might be the perfect way to get your greens! (I’m just hoping he doesn’t sprout breasts from his indulgence.)

Extra Ordinary Foods Pimp My Salad Super Seed Sprinkles (sample size)


I love nuts and seeds at any time, so on my salad is a great idea that I wouldn’t normally have in my salad because I’m just not that organised!

Having them in a mix specifically for this purpose is a great idea and I would definitely buy this again especially now we are coming closer to summer and salad season is here.

Raw Body The Original Raw Body Scrub (sample size)


This smells SO good. I am not a drinker of coffee but I LOVE the smell of good coffee beans and this smelled fantastic in the shower!

It was very coarse and did its job well. With just a few organic ingredients you know it’s safe for your body – hell, you could eat it if you wanted to! I would use this again if I were to purchase a body scrub.

Powerfit By Grace Free 5-Day Workout Plan Ebook (coupon)


I personally wouldn’t download an Ebook like this either for a cost or for free, but that might just be me. I didn’t try to download this so I can’t comment on the value or usage of it. I am not a workout kinda girl!

I don’t value the sample sizes or coupons since they don’t have real value as they aren’t for sale and are give-aways wherever you go.

Overall this was reasonable value. Not the best I’ve seen from a subscription service (I get some boxes from the USA that have up to 10 times the value included!), but overall worthwhile and I will be purchasing some of these items again.

I will continue to subscribe to this box as it always has a few items I love. If you would like to see more reviews of this and other Australian and International subscription boxes, let me know in the comments below!




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