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
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
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.
I 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!
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.
PR Sample. Thoughts and opinions are solely my own.