Last week, I was contacted by Dr Shara Cohen and we spoke about reviewing a Cancer Care Parcel. The more I learned about these parcels, the more I wanted to feature a box on my blog as I thought it was such a wonderful and thoughtful idea. Shara was diagnosed with breast cancer herself in 2013 where she found there was very little time to just relax, take it all in and give herself ‘me’ time. A few of her friends also found the whole situation very awkward, they avoided her as they did not know how to react or what to say.

Shara says “I set up Cancer Care Parcel to bring back a bit of calm into the lives of people suffering with cancer and its treatment”. Cancer Care Parcel is also an ideal gift, to let people with cancer know that you are thinking of them.

There are 19 different packages and hampers available for men, women, children and boxes specific for chemotherapy, radiation and hospital stays. The box I have chosen to review is the Cancer Comfort Gift Hamper. This parcel is suitable for both men and women to give relief during difficult times. It is the winner of the 2017 Best Mind & Brain Product awarded in the Spotlight Awards by “Live Better With”.

Inside the box: Teddy Snug, Bed Socks, Catchable Bubbles, Relaxing CD, Soya Bean Candle, Eye Gel Mask, Ribbed Foot Roller, Chocolate and Ginger Tea, Colouring Book, Colouring Pencils, Sleep Mask, Water Bottle, Earphones, Access to cancer resources.

For Stress Relief

Colour Therapy: Colouring is such a relaxing and therapeutic activity. The colouring book has 20 amazing half colour designs (such as birds, flowers, hearts and butterflies) to colour with the cute little flamingo box of mini colouring pencils. Colouring is the perfect distraction and the pencil pot is the ideal size for popping into your bag to take with you whilst waiting for appointments.

Sleep Mask: The sleep mask is perfect for making sure you can get a good nights rest, whether that is at home or at a hospital. It has soft cushioned fabric for comfort and a padded nose bridge to block out the light. It is especially created for a comforting and relaxing experience.

For Relaxing

Rain Forest CD: Mystical, melodic and soothing. This is a 50 minute CD of authentic rain forest birdsong with bamboo flutes and panpipes to create a gentle relaxing background soundtrack. Perfect to play in the background whilst colouring or sleeping. Also comes with a handy pair of headphones.

Soya Bean Candle: Designed to make a beautiful and thoughtful gift, this cucumber & mint soybean jar candle is made from hydrogenated soybean oil which means that it is free of synthetic wax or paraffin. Presented in a chunky recycled glass jar, this beautiful candle can be reused and is packaged nicely with a special dust cover. Soy wax is nicer, cleaner and more natural than paraffin candles. These candles burn cleaner and cooler and leave a minimal wax residue.

For Comfort And Pampering

Chocolate and Ginger Tea: This is a beautiful blend of warming ginger, cocoa and licorice. It is naturally caffeine free and adds a bit of luxury to the standard ginger anti-nausea remedy. It smells delicious and soothing and even won a great taste award in 2016.

Ribbed Foot Roller: Natural wood foot rollers provide a calming foot massage which can improve circulation and aid in relaxation.

Eye Gel Mask: This gel mask can be warmed up or cooled down to sooth eyes and provide relief from headaches and fatigue.

For Comfort

Teddy Snug: A warm, cosy and comforting snug which feels just like a teddy bear. It’s so soft, great quality and the perfect blanket to snuggle up with and rest.

Bed Socks: Another cosy item for that extra bit of comfort.

For Fun

Catchable Bubbles: These catachable bubbles are fun for all ages and a nice little added touch.

The hamper also includes a Water Bottle which is eco-friendly and BPA free. It has a handle for ease and comfort and is easy to refill. Every item in this hamper has been carefully selected to ensure it is appropriate and thoughtful. You can include your own gift message and there is also a helpful information sheet on where to find access to further cancer resources. The packages are full of practical, useful and luxury items and shows someone that you are thinking of them during a difficult time.

Cancer Care Parcel promise that their boxes will never contain any religious content, products which claim to cure or prevent cancer, food, hair products or anything mentally or physically challenging. If the person receiving the gift is not delighted, they will give a full refund. In addition, Cancer Care Parcel partners with UK charities helping them fundraise and raise awareness and profit is used to support the cancer community. You can read more about this box here and find out more about other Cancer Care Parcels on their website.

*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own. 

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I dunno about you, but I LOVE preparing for a holiday. I find everything so exciting, from the planning and research stages to the last minute holiday shopping – you can guarantee if it’s holiday related, I’m having the best time. As we are now in the middle of July, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you 5 easy ways to prepare for a holiday this summer with tips and ideas that have worked for me over the years.

Travel Insurance

Once you have chosen your dream destination, the first thing you need to do is make sure you have good Health & Travel Insurance. This is one tip which I unfortunately learned the hard way when my ex-boyfriend and I went to Thailand back in 2012. In all the excitement of going to Asia, we selected the wrong travel insurance which only covered us for the UK. Oops. We then headed off on a two week holiday to Phuket which was pretty awesome other than the fact we both picked up influenza which resulted in a £200 medical bill from the hospital. Yikes. So yeah, get the right insurance if you are going to get ill abroad.

Research Your Trip

I’m such a nerd when it comes to planning and organizing and one of my favourite things to do before a holiday is to look at websites like Trip Advisor for holiday tips and suggestions. Prior to a recent holiday to Kos in Greece, we discovered that holiday-makers staying in our chosen hotel suggested bringing a torch. We did this and it happened to be great advice. It turned out there were no street lights walking to the town or beach in the evening so our touch proved to be a very handy addition in our suitcase.

Photograph Your Passports

Your passport is quite possibly your most important travel item as without it you ain’t going anywhere. A good tip is to photograph or scan your passport page and e-mail it to yourself. That way, if the unthinkable happens and you lose your belongings, at least you have a copy of your identity on your phone and in your inbox. For extra points, e-mail it to a close family member so that they have a backup copy if things go wrong on holiday.

Holiday Checklist

In the week leading up to the holiday, I write myself a travel checklist (any excuse to get the pretty notebooks out hey). This list includes everything I need to do and pack before we go. My list usually includes things like get travel money, pack sun cream, travel adapters, don’t forget your flip flops, and other little reminders like that. Before you leave, you can quickly scan through your list to make sure everything is ticked off before you head to the airport.

In-Flight Essentials Bag

On every trip I go on, I always make sure I have an in-flight essentials bag. Before I went to Italy in April I shared a post on what I was taking with me on the flight. This included things like antibacterial hand gel, mini body spray, crosswords, notebooks and sweets. Finally, make sure your phone, iPod and camera batteries are fully charged as there is nothing worse than a flight without music.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my holiday preparation tips and tricks. Are you going on holiday soon? What do you do to get holiday-ready? Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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I was so happy when the lovely Lisa from Lisa’s Notebook suggested we do a collaboration together. Yes please! Lisa and I have been blogging friends since forever and she is such a sweet and supportive lady. Lisa’s posts always bring a smile to my face, whether it’s a gorgeous gardening post (seriously, Lisa’s garden is #gardeninggoals), a brilliant beauty or book review, or a fun family and lifestyle post – there is really something for everyone! I encourage you to give Lisa a follow on Instagram and Twitter too especially if you love bright and beautiful flowers!

For our first collab (yes, we have another one coming soon, exciting!) we are both reviewing the July Treatbox. So, make sure you head over to Lisa’s Notebook to see what Lisa thought of this fantastic little box of goodies too…

Treatbox is a monthly subscription box which contains a mix of surprises; anything from inspirational quotes, stationary, home accessories, jewellery, edible treats, beauty products, exclusive products designed by Treatbox and so much more! The idea was started by Zoe back in 2016 and it has since grown into a team who are passionate about creating boxes filled with love and awesome products. This is the first time I’ve ever received a Treatbox so I was especially excited to see what sort of treats I would be getting.

 Straight away I noticed the theme of the July Treatbox was very French. This seemed like the most perfect opportunity to bring out my Paris themed wallpaper sample I picked up from B&Q at the weekend.

Inside the box: hello Beautiful picture frame, polka dot coin purse, tasty biscuit, 2x badges, ‘under the stars’ print, Eiffel Tower socks, Bubble T lip balm.

The first treat to catch my attention was the hello Beautiful picture frame by sass & belle. I love the beautiful font and the cute golden polka dots. I didn’t have a photo to hand, so I added in my own floral art postcard from MaggieMagoo Designs. This is a really good quality frame from sass & belle, who are a cute little gift and homeware brand with shops in London & Brighton (I’ve actually been to the Brighton one and can confirm it’s all cute stuff!).

This is the cute-as-a-button coin purse. I’m loving the polka dot patterns in this box. This is such a handy purse not only for coins but for any little trinkets you may own. Right now, I’m using this for all my little wooden stars which seem to get flicked all over the lounge by my cats whilst I’m taking blog photos.

I’m already a pin addict but I’m wondering if this might be the start of a badge addiction too. How cute are these little love and penny-fathing French badges!

I never thought I would need a pair of Eiffel Tower socks but now I realise these are an essential item in any self-respecting sock drawer. These are so comfy and soft and I’m loving the pinkness. Interesting fact: I found out I had a fear of heights whilst I was coming down the stairs from the very top of the Eiffel Tower with my sister in 2015. Looking at all the little people down below made my legs feel like jelly.

Subscription boxes are brilliant for helping you discover new and awesome products. The July Treatbox introduces us to the Bubble T Macaroon Lip Balm – this is made out of lemon grass and green tea and contains essential oils to keep your lips hydrated and soft.  It’s such a colourful and cute little lip balm which smells gorgeous and have been using daily.

You can also get the Mint Tea and Hibiscus & Acai Berry versions too.

I am always on the lookout for new prints with fancy fonts to brighten up my home and Treatbox must have read my mind. This A4 print reads à la belle étoile which translates to under the stars and it is written beautifully. Another French phrase I learned from the July Treatbox was la vie est belle (written on the biscuit) which means life is beautiful. Yes it is, especially with a tasty biscuit in your hand.

Overall I thought the July Treatbox was très bon (very good). There are seven fantastic French themed products, my favourites being the hello Beautiful picture frame, lip balm and tasty biscuit. It is also brilliant value for money too as the total cost of the goodies in the box is over £30. A one off box is £12.96 and you can save even more money by selecting a 3, 6 or 12 month package. I have even treated myself to the August Treatbox as I was so impressed with this first one so watch this space…

Don’t forget to head over to Lisa’s Notebook to see what Lisa thought of the July Treatbox too!

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A couple of Friday’s ago, I shared with you Make Your Own Rainbow Cake using a Bakedin Baking Kit. I was so impressed by the simplicity and tasticity (new word) of the baking kit, I went ahead and bought myself their Choc Mallow Melt Cookie Baking Kit. I love cookies, but these are no ordinary cookies… this is a cookie sandwich with double melted choc and gooey marshmallow. It’s pretty special and so easy to make. So if you have 30 minutes spare, I encourage you to give these dreamy little treats a go.

Here is how I made mine:

All you need is the Bakedin Choc Mallow Melt Cookie Kit, butter and one egg.

Bakedin really makes life easy for you by labeling each packet and providing a simple step-by-step guide. Inside the kit: cookie mix (bag 1), marshmallows (bag 2), Belgian milk chocolate chunks (bag 3), Belgian white chocolate chunks (bag 4), baking paper and a butter measure.

The Butter Me Up measuring card is perfect for those amateur bakers who do not own a pair of kitchen scales (like me).

Step 1: Line two baking trays with the baking paper provided.

Step 2: Microwave 115g of butter in a bowl for about 1 minute.

Step 3: Add the cookie mix and egg into bowl and mix well.

Step 4: Resist the urge to sample your cookie dough and pre-heat oven to 160.

Step 5: The guide suggests making 24 balls. I tried this but my balls started to expand, so I settled on making 12 larger balls/blobs. Place both trays in the oven and leave to cook for about 10 minutes. As mine were bigger, I added an extra couple of minutes baking time.

Step 6: Add marshmallows to one tray and place back into the oven for a minute. Now make your marshmallow sandwich!

Step 7: Melted chocolate time! Microwave the milk chocolate chunks for about a minute, it is impossible not to sample the delicious melted choc.

Step 8: Spread the delicious melted chocolate over the cookie marshmallow sandwiches.

Step 9: Boil the kettle and add bag 4 (white chocolate chunks) into mug of hot water and let it melt.

Step 10: Snip open the bag and decorate the top of each cookie with the white chocolate. I managed to create some kinda double chocolate marble effect. Yum!

Step 11: I added some marshmallows to the roof of the sandwich for that extra bit of deliciousness.

Step 12: Enjoy your cookie creation!

These cookies took about half an hour to make and were so simple! You don’t need to be an expert baker to get in the kitchen and make a batch of cookies with these Bakedin Kits. There are so many kits to try, why not give their tasty Rainbow Cake a go? You can aslo try the Iced Cinnamon Bun KitDouble Choc Brownie KitChocolate Layer Cake and a Sticky Toffee Cake MixLet me know if you have tried any of these or are planning to, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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