Take a Supermarket Siesta

I love small, independent businesses and I genuinely think we should all do our bit to support them. As much as I try to do this, I confess that I do get lured in by the convenience of the supermarket. When petshop.co.uk offered me the chance to take a ‘Supermarket Siesta’, it couldn’t have a come at a better time. I was getting bored of my old routine and I was excited to discover some new companies that I may not have been previously aware of.

Bloom & Wild

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I always like to have fresh flowers in my bedroom. Not only does it add colour and fragrance, but flowers put me in a much better mood (as I’m sure they do with most). Normally, I buy flowers from the supermarket on those rare occasions that I actually remember to pick them up. Although they are always nice, the bouquets are always predictable and dare I say it, boring? I was ready to try something new (and my vase has sat empty for the past few weeks because I keep forgetting to buy flowers!).

Bloom & Wild offer a flower deliver service with a bit of a difference: the flowers are delivered straight through your letterbox. I had heard of this before and wondered how on earth the flowers would be packaged in such a way they would just slip through the letterbox (on the rare occasions I have received it’s always been a knock at the door with a bouquet). My flowers arrived safe and sound, having not yet bloomed  and wrapped in a sort of netting type material to protect them. I was also sent instructions on how to display them in my vase (I’ll admit, I’m definitely not a florist in the making) along with some flower food and within twenty-four hours, they had bloomed and were looking beautiful.

I love the mixture of flowers and greenery, it’s much more to my taste. I would use Bloom & Wild again, especially with their free next day delivery service. Great value for money and my flowers lived a lot longer than those I have ever bought at the supermarket.

Whittard of Chelsea

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Does it come as a surprise that tea is featured in this post? Whittard are one of my favourite tea companies, but they also offer some irresistible hot chocolate flavours that I can never turn down. I often visit my local store (Buchanan Street, Glasgow) to have a look at what new teas are on offer and sample some hot chocolate.

psx_20161021_182606I received a box containing four different loose leaf teas: Goji Acai (green tea), Chelsea Garden (white tea), Red Velvet (fruit tea) and Piccadilly Blend (black tea) as well as some Earl Grey Shortbread and a mug infuser. The shortbread biscuits are buttery, crumbly and delicately flavoured with earl grey. I’m going to write a separate post talking about all of the teas in detail (I do love to go on about tea) but from this range, Chelsea Garden is my favourite and if you love berries, you’ll enjoy a mug as much as I do. Whittard also very kindly sent me some samples of a few of their other teas with my order – looking forward to trying their Mulled Wine tea!

Biscuiteers

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Every cup of tea needs a biscuit! Biscuiteers produce the most vibrant, eye-catching biscuits which are all iced by hand. They very kindly sent me their Unicorn Big Biscuit Card and my mum and sister have both been pestering my for a biscuit since they arrived. They look far too pretty to eat  but when I finally gave in, it was worth every bite (I still have the unicorn, I just can’t bear to bit off his head!). Crunchy vanilla biscuits topped with smooth, sweet icing – what’s not to love?

This would make the perfect birthday present and is much more exciting then a traditional card. Before I received my order, I was a little worried that the biscuits would break in the post but everything arrived in tact. Icing is used to hold the biscuits in place and the card was securely packaged (without going OTT with packaging supplies, which is always good to see). I’m going to be making some purchases from their Christmas shop for some presents for those that live further away from me. (It’s worth noting that on their website you can get £5.00 off your first biscuit tin).

I’m so glad I had the chance to take part in this Supermarket Siesta because it gave me the opportunity to try some brands that I didn’t know that much about. One of the things I have enjoyed is buying from businesses who know their products inside out and are truly passionate about them. Their level of product knowledge and service goes way above anything I have ever experienced in the supermarket.

And I did love having the goods delivered to my door. All my items were well packaged, but not overly so (as some online companies tend to) and delivery was prompt. All in all, I’ve has a wonderful Supermarket Siesta and it certainly won’t be my last.

Have you ever thought about taking a Supermarket Siesta? Why not pick three products that you could buy from and give it a go? If you do, be sure to use #supermarketsiesta when sharing your purchases. 


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29 Comments

  1. October 22nd, 2016 / 12:23 am

    I like the term supermarket siesta! I do this sometimes and now I have a nice name for it. 🙂

  2. October 22nd, 2016 / 8:57 am

    Sounds like an interesting challenge! I love using indies and small businesses wherever possible.

  3. October 22nd, 2016 / 9:02 am

    Such a fantastic idea. I hope something like this starts off in Dubai too (where I live) – Maybe i could bounce off this idea on a Blog post. Thanks for this! BTW Biscuiteers is gorgeous! I’d never eat them 😀

  4. October 22nd, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    All of the above are already places I shop in / buy from but it’s still such a fun challenge!

  5. October 22nd, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    What a fun post! I have only heard of Whittard of Chelsea before – I saw them in a shopping centre once selling alice in wonderland teapots. I wanted one but couldn’t justify getting one!

  6. October 22nd, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    I love the term supermarket siesta, I do love shopping online though x

  7. October 22nd, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    What? You got me at Red Velvet Fruit Tea! This sounds amazing, I’ll need to test them out 🙂

    Kumbear Xo

  8. October 22nd, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    This is such a fab post and I try as much as I can to use independent shops for some items because I like to see them on my highstreet x

  9. October 22nd, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    All of these products are great and a supermarket siesta seems like so much fun!

    xo, Elizabeth | txelizabeth.com

  10. October 22nd, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Oh my gosh I need those cookies! So amazing xx

  11. nicol
    October 22nd, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    the flowers from bloom and wild are absolutely beautiful. ive never ordered from there but am tempted to

  12. francesca
    October 23rd, 2016 / 9:01 am

    Bloom and Wild sounds amazing!! So unique that they actually get delivered through the actual letterbox!!! I love flowers I’m one for thinking they complete a room too!!

  13. October 23rd, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    wow this is a fantastic idea – I am all about supporting local businesses where possible. I just wish there were a few more near me!

  14. October 23rd, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Such a great idea to try and get things outside the supermarket. I love the treats from Biscuiteers, they’re so pretty x

  15. October 23rd, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Such a good idea! The unicorn cookie looks amazing, biscuitieers have some fab biscuits

  16. October 23rd, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    OMG a unicorn biscuit I want one, how cute is that!!!! Bloom and wild do have pretty flowers.

  17. October 23rd, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Looks and sounds amazing! Beautiful photos

  18. October 23rd, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    I would love to do a supermarket siesta one day and I love supporting small businesses when I can.

  19. Hannah
    October 23rd, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    I need those cookies in my life they look fantastic!!

  20. October 24th, 2016 / 10:55 am

    I don’t have fresh flowers in the bedroom, I have em in the living room! I have my faux flower wedding bouquet in the bedroom and it always makes me smile. H x

  21. October 24th, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    This is such a fab idea! I love Whittards – they do a divine white hot chocolate! I’ve never tried their teas though – haha! xx

  22. October 24th, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    What a great idea! I have to say Biscuiteers are my favourites – their biscuits are amazing! x

  23. October 25th, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    I love the idea of flowers coming through the letterbox, but surely the quantity would be a single flower or two or three so they fit through the letterbox??

  24. October 31st, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Chelsea Garden – White tea really got me. I have to try it. Thanks for your recommendation. And, the unicorn biscuits are so adorable.

  25. November 4th, 2016 / 3:46 am

    I like Biscuiteers’s treatment. The idea of flowers coming through the letterbox makes us comfortable and fresh. Thanks

  26. November 4th, 2016 / 8:06 am

    I wanna try some Goji Acai and Chelsea Garden. Never tasted these before. Tea is really good for heart and spirit. Somehow, I prefer tea to coffee or chocolate. Thanks for your suggestion, Sarah

  27. November 7th, 2016 / 9:31 am

    So cool !!! I can’t wait to try them for an afternoon teabreak. Biscuiteers and Whittard would go well together. Thank you so much for review me some small companies like them xoxo :p
    And by the way, your photos look beautiful 🙂

  28. November 24th, 2016 / 10:28 am

    This is so cute and I love the biscuits from Biscuiteers how cute are they x

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