Saturday, October 25, 2014


Go on, admit it, you're reading this because of the title aren't you?

Who wouldn't, it's chocolate! There's many of us that see that word, then fancy a bar. Yes, thanks to my diabetes, I am very limited in what I can eat. That doesn't stop me from buying it for my family........then having one little bite!

But, when you fancy a bar of chocolate, what do you choose? 
How do you pick, from the many creations out there? 
What if you could choose your own?
By that I mean, pick your own random topping, to suit your individual taste?

You can!
I was recently asked to review Chocolat Chocolat. They are a Cambridge based company that hand make bars of chocolate, that you create! My 3 biggest boys (yes, I mean Mr. Ojo) were in heaven. 

They all have very different tastes. So this is what they picked:

Mr.Ojo: A milk chocolate bar topped with freeze dried raspberries, amaretti biscuit crumb and crystallized mint(!?)

The Teen: White chocolate bar with chocolate fudge brownie pieces, mint chocolate crisp and milk chocolate buttons.

The Tween: White chocolate bar topped with Milk chocolate buttons and marshmallow minis. He wanted writing on his, but I got a little confused here. I thought I had done it, but I did him a label. (This is more likely to be me, than the website!)

I had a little nibble (it really was just little, honest!) of each. They were beyond gorgeous! I'm not normally a lover of white chocolate, I just find it took sickly sweet, but this wasn't like that. It was really creamy, yet still tasted like white chocolate. Granted, I barely got a sniff of the tweens and the misters was tasty, but the teens combination was definitely my favourite! 

I wanted to share this pic of my tween eating a bar, to give you an idea of size. This is not a small bar of chocolate!

I shall be ordering one for my grandmother's birthday, at 93 I'm limited on what I can buy her these days! I will also conquer the writing on the bar, so I can wish her a happy birthday!

Oh! And as if that wasn't enough..........They do chocolate making and tasting sessions!!!

So, shall I race you there??

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Reasons to be Cheerful

Oooh, we are over half way through October already! I have really loved hosting this month, your happy posts and reasons have made me smile. 

I do love sharing this blog hop with the lovely Becky, from Lakes Single Mum. It's a real good way to keep it interesting.

So what are my reasons this week? Read on fine people, and don't forget, if you blog, grab the badge.

Ojos World

1. Having the mister around. Yes I know I sound like a broken record, but I do love having time with the hubby. The last 2 weeks he's been around a lot. He had a weeks holiday the 1st week, then he started at 1pm the following week, so I had him to myself every morning......Bliss.

2. Finally getting him indoors to admit, he can't use the multi gym and we should sell it! It's been taking up space for months, he used it a lot at it's just annoying!! 

3. Some lovely review opportunities! I've been sent Chocolate (more the boys than me, but I had a taste) and a load of Halloween stuff ( I LOVE Halloween!). All to be written about in the next few days.

I'm seriously looking forward to this weekend, as I'm meeting up with a load of other Welsh bloggers in Cardiff, for afternoon tea! It's a pre-Christmas meet up and purely social, expect me to spam Instagram.

So what are your happy thoughts this week? Do share, I read them all.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An Interesting Read

I want to do a quick post to share a book recommendation with you. 

I have mentioned in the past that I am a big fan of fiction that is crime based, good thrillers. I am a huge James Patterson fan, as well as Karin Slaughter and several others.

You will probably notice a lot of the Private books, this year, on my 50 books in 2014 challenge. In fact, nearly, all the books on that list are crime thrillers!

It's not those I want to talk to you about though. It's the most recent additions to the list I want to tell you about!

I'm currently reading the Girl in the Box series, by Robert J Crane (The link, in the book title, is to the kindle version)........and WOW.

These are a total break from what I normally read. I would say, if you are a fan of Greek/Roman mythology. Or a fan of superhero movies, then you would love this! 

It follows the story of Sienna, a meta human, from the discovery of her meta powers onwards. I really can't say much more, without giving some juicy details about the book. I really do hate spoilers!

It is written in present day, with hints of the past thrown in to explain who people are, and what they do.

I am totally hooked on these books, I'm trying to get the teen to read them, as I know he would love them. 

So if you feel like reading something totally different, well written and interesting, give it a go!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's Coming!!

It doesn't matter how much we try not to talk about it. 

It doesn't matter that Halloween and bonfire night is yet to come.........

Christmas is coming!!

No, I'm not the type to put my trimmings up as the bonfire is still burning. I do, however, like to be ready.

All of my boys have birthdays in the month after Christmas (No, I didn't plan well), it costs a fortune. It's not like I'm the type to buy lots of presents, either. Having 2 children in the house on the autistic spectrum means I have to be careful. They can be easily overwhelmed, a lesson I have learnt the hard way.

Still, I like to get them what they specifically want. It's my one chance a year to spend my money on them, without being told off for forgetting myself!

I do like to find good deals too, well who doesn't?

I have a film addict and a gamer here, both of them have Xbox's, but the eldests' has stopped playing discs. It's driving him crazy that he can't watch his favourite DVDs or play his favourite games.

I could buy him a DVD player, but that wouldn't solve the gaming problem. So I've started looking at prices, and was slightly disappointed! I thought the price of an Xbox 360 would go down, now the new type is out. Mostly, I found, they were the same price. 

Until I found these great Xbox deals online at Tesco. I'm over the moon that it's within my price range.

I also think it's a good deal for parents that are dipping their toes into the gaming world, it's a bit of a minefield and you don't want to spend a fortune on your child's first one.

I'm even considering one for myself. With so many film providers linking up to game consoles, it's cheaper to get one of these as a way of streaming films.

Definitely worth a look, because............

Christmas is coming!

A collaborative post 

Monday, October 20, 2014

What Ifs?

Early hours of Sunday morning, I had a 'blonde' moment. I had been told in the past that if you have a lottery win, and you play it on line, the larger the win the earlier they tell you.

So, unable to sleep properly and playing games on my phone during my awake times, I decided to check my emails. 

An email informed me that it had news about my ticket, the email had been sent just after 1am, it was now after 2am. 

Excited didn't even come close!! Unfortunately, the lottery site was down for 'routine maintenance' between 2 and 5!?

By now, I had woken the mister up too, just to tell him! To say we struggled to sleep, would be a major understatement!!

Eventually we did sleep. Both of us, probably, dreaming about new cars, new houses and holidays.

I woke again at 7:30 am and, obviously, went straight on my tablet to check the lottery site to find, I had won............


Disappointment was served fresh with the cheap coffee that morning.

But it did give me sweet dreams of *what ifs?*.

A new car, all of my own.
A bigger house, where we could all actually fit.
A motor home? (A dream me and Mr. Ojo have)

So many things I could of spent the winnings on! 

What would you splurge on?
Would you be good and put some away? 

We've never had much, so £25 was quite a bonus.

Just not worth losing a nights sleep over!!