Staying Healthy At Home with waterdrop

AD | For the past few weeks, I have noticed that I’m drinking less and less water. At home, it is just easier for me to grab a squash or make a cup of tea whenever I fancy – the sugar boost or caffeine kick is waaay more appealing than plain old water. Then Waterdrop contacted me to ask if I wanted to review a range of their microdrinks and accessories, I thought aha, this could be just the healthy encouragement I need.

What is Waterdrop? Waterdrop is a pretty genius idea tbh. It is a mini cube (microdrink) which dissolves and enriches your water with fruit and plant extracts as well as vitamins to help you stay hydrated and healthy. It’s sugar-free, available in a wide range of delicious flavours and can be used anytime, anywhere.

Not only did the idea of a healthy and convenient microdrink impress me, but the bright and colourful designs immediately caught my attention.  Waterdrop kindly offered me a glass water bottle of my choice from their gorgeous empowerment range. I loved them all and chose the pretty purple “Boost” edition. 

True story – as soon as my sister saw my bottle, she was like “wow, I’m getting one!”. She must get her excellent taste from her older sister, don’t ya think?! (haha!) And a few days later this beautiful “Relax” magenta bottle arrived on our doorstep. Which one is your favourite: team boost or team relax?

Each bottle is made out of quality borosilicate glass complete with extra leak-proof cap made from bamboo wood. It comes with a cooling and protecting thermal sleeve and the glass itself is scratch-proof and heat-resistant. Perfect for carrying around with you, keeping your water chilled and fresh all day long.

Being the proud owner of a stunning new water bottle, it was time to test out the microdrinks and I certainly had plenty of tempting flavours to choose from. I received a Taster Pack containing six different flavours (focus, clean, glow, youth, defense, relax, boost), the natural caffeine NERO pack and a calming ZEN pack.

Each flavour offers something different, from aiding in relaxation, to keeping your immune system fit and helping you stay young and glowy. All the flavours are enriched with vitamins and herb extracts to give you that natural healthy boost.  And the best bit? Each microdrop cube has just 4 calories and zero sugar. 

As I mentioned earlier, I struggle to drink enough water. Thankfully, Waterdrop has solved the problem for all of us who need a splash of flavour to help us reach our daily recommended water intake. They have sourced the best ingredients in the world to transform our plain water into a rejuvenating, delicious drink.

Boost: blackcurrant and elderflower fused with the Brazilian power berry Açaí – vitamins B6, B12 & C.

Focus: refreshing citrus aroma of fresh lime with the tang of Baobab and Acerola – vitamins B1, B5 & C.

Youth: Ginseng and Dandelion extract with juicy peach and mild ginger – vitamins B3, B7 & C.

Glow: tropical cactus fruit and mango meet tart artichoke – vitamins B1, E & C.

Defence: miraculous Moringa and Rosehip with fruity notes of cranberry – vitamins B2, B7 & C.

Relax: a botanical blend of Hibiscus, Acerola and Aronia – vitamins B1, B7 & C.

Zen: a harmonious balance of starfruit, white tea and lemongrass – vitamin C, folic acid & biotin.

Nero: guarana, cola nut, blackberry and activated charcoal (naturally caffeinated) – vitamins B6, C & B12.

Now that I have tried each one, I can honestly say that I enjoy them all, my favourites being Glow & Zen. The microdrinks aren’t too overpowering but have enough taste to be light, flavoursome and refreshing. The glass water bottle keeps my drink cool all day and of course, the design is absolutely beautiful.

So, if you are like me, and need an extra splash of flavour to encourage you to drink more water then I would highly recommend Waterdrop. There are tons of gorgeous bottles to pick from and right now, for every bottle you buy, they will donate one Edition Bottle to our heroes in the health sector! #winwin

Which flavour do you think you’d like best? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you! <3

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Stationery Box Swap – A Collab With Bournemouth Girl

In a world where everything is either cancelled or postponed, I am pleased to see that National Stationery Week is go go go. Monday 20th – Sunday 26th April 2020 is seven days of celebrating all things stationery – what an absolutely wonderful week! As today is #StationeryShopSaturday this has inspired the most perfect collab with fellow stationery lover and awesome blogger, the lovely Lauren from Bournemouth Girl.

If you haven’t seen Lauren’s blog before, I encourage you to check it out! It is a stationery lovers dream with fantastic posts on blogging, bullet journalling, creativity, self-care and supporting small businesses! And for all your cute stationery and pretty planner needs, why not check out Lauren on Instagram and Twitter!

Lauren and I previously swapped Stationery Boxes in 2018, so it was definitely time we arranged another collaboration. For our stationery box swap, we agreed to a budget of £20 and had fun selecting goodies we knew each other would enjoy. Make sure you head over to Lauren’s blog to see what’s in her box too!

I was so excited when my box arrived, Lauren chose this gorgeous ‘You Can Do This’ motivational design in bright pink with pretty flowers – this is exactly my kinda thing! This is going to come in super handy for storing my washi tape collection, it’s forever expanding and in need of a bigger home! So perfect! <3

The first item which caught my attention was this bundle of pretty notebooks. There is a set of 3 with tropical/leafy patterns neatly tied with a cute bow. A brand new notebook is always a very welcome addition to any respectable stationery collection, so I’m extremely happy to receive three gorgeous designs!

I absolutely love anything bright, colourful and rainbow-y, Lauren knows me so well! These rainbow sticky notes are perfect for mini-to-do lists, jotting down reminders, brightening up planners and journals or even scrapbooking! They are such a cute way to stay organised and you can never have too many rainbows!

I’m so glad Lauren included this handy and stylish To-Do List Pad as they are awesome for staying organised and motivated! There is always (always!) something to be doing when you are a blogger and keeping a list of all the tasks is good for productivity. And ticking completed things off is soo satisfying, don’t ya think?!

How adorable is this sweet little ‘Be Kind To Yourself’ book – another gorgeous addition to my notebook collection! I’m thinking this would be ideal for a journal or a gratitude diary to make note of all the positive and joyful things in our lives right now. I also love that it’s cute and mini, so perfect size for our handbags!

Lauren thought of everything and included this set of bright and vibrant fineliner pens! There is such a nice range of bold and beautiful colours which will really liven up my notebooks and planners! As they are fineliners, they are brilliant for doodling & lettering – my bullet journal better get ready for ALL the colours!

Yaaaay, washi!! I was so happy when I discovered not one, but SIX cute and colourful tapes! Washi tape is amazing for adding splashes of colour to journals, notebooks, scrapbooks, creative projects and so much more. I also love that everything in this box follows the same colour and pattern theme – it’s gorgeous!

Included in the box, Lauren gave me this set of 3 inspirational & motivational pens – I absolutely love matching stationery and these go perfectly with my brand new pretty notebooks and handy list pad. I can’t wait to get started making notes in my books and I am sure the ideas will be flowing with these cute pens!

This stylish letter writing set could not have come at a better time! As we are all social distancing, many of us are away from our favourite people, so writing a letter to a loved-one is such a kind & thoughtful gesture. This kit is complete with beautiful paper, note cards and envelopes and will come in very handy!

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the fabulous goodies I received in this Stationery Box Swap and a huge thank you to Lauren for everything – it’s perfect! This was such a fun collab and can’t wait to see what Lauren thought of her treats too… head over to Bournemouth Girl to see what stationery I included!

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Enamel Pins by Katnipp

Thank you to everyone who took part my Twitter 1K Stationery Giveaway last week, I had so many lovely comments about the goodies, it really made me smile. One of the prizes was the ‘lil chubby unicorn’ enamel pin by Katnipp. Katnipp are my latest obsession, it is the most adorable kawaii stationery shop that is bursting with pastel colours and cute characters. Every single item is incredibly cute and irresistible.

So when I was giveaway shopping, I couldn’t resist adding a few more Katnipp treats to my virtual basket for my own enamel pin collection. It’s been waaay too long since I made any pin purchases, but these grabbed my attention, they are super sweet and it’s always nice to do our bit to support smaller businesses <3

Who is the creator behind Katnipp? Catherine Kay is the illustrator who describes herself as the human marshmallow that loves cats, coffee, cake and Harry Potter. Catherine is also an anime geek, and you can instantly recognize a Katnipp illustration from the textures, pastel colours and hugeee cute eyes! <3

Katnipp is a one-woman independent brand, based in a sea-side town, North-east of England. Check out the Etsy shop for an fab range of prints, pins, badges, washi, postcards, bookmarks and so much more! A pastel-loving stationery dream! You can also keep up to date with all the cuteness on Twitter & Instagram.

Easter Pin – Puddin’ The Dog Enamel Pin: Look at this! It’s Puddin’ The Dog squished into his adorable Easter Egg outfit *all the heart eyes*. I mean, this couldn’t be more perfect could it?! It’s Easter themed, it’s pastel and is right up there on the cuteness scale. This is my very first Easter pin and it’s set the bar high.

Marshmellow Milk Enamel Pin – I’ve never tried marshmellow milk, but if there is something I *need* to try, then this is it. Here is another lovely pin, lookin’ pretty in pastel pink. I tried to limit my pin spending spree, so I’ve bookmarked a few other favourites for another time (see: Cosy Hot Chocolate Marshmallow)

Kawaii Banana Enamel Pin: Continuing with the cute foodie theme, let me introduce you to the most adorable banana, ever. I love the rosy cheeks, what an sweet little dude. If you like fun and fruity pins, I encourage you to check out the following: Adorable Lemon Enamel Pin and Cute Peach Enamel Pin. 

The Lil Chubby Unicorn Enamel Pin: Who wouldn’t want a cute and chubby little unicorn in their pin collection?! It’s so nice, I had to buy it twice – one for my giveaway and one for meeee! If you are wondering where you can put all these fab pins, then Katnipp has you covered – check out these pretty pin displays!

Just after I had finished all my pin shopping, Katnipp posted on her Instagram about these adorable bees. There were only a few available so I quickly flew over to Etsy to grab myself one. They are now sold out, so make sure you stay up to date on social media (TwitterInstagram) for all the latest Katnipp goodies!

Do you collect pins? Which one is your fave? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you! <3

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Cattitude Box – Subscription Box For Cat Ladies

If you asked me what my purrr-fect collaboration would be, I would say anything cat-related is high up on my list. So when I saw that Cattitude Box were looking for bloggers again, I couldn’t reply quick enough. Last year, I became the proud owner of my very first Cattitude Box which you can read all about here (click to see the world’s coolest cat-astronaut bag). Today, I have the second installment of cat-related awesomeness.

Since I blogged about the first box, we now have a new addition to the family in the shape of a very fluffy black kitten named Bella. Bella is my little miracle cat as I found her one freezing night in December crying in the bushes outside my home. She was absolutely tiny and at about 8 weeks old she wouldn’t have survived the night on her own. We took her in and looked after her whilst trying to track down her family, but weeks and weeks went by and no-one came forward. In the meantime, Bella was making herself at home, making friends with the cats and had no intention of leaving us, so fast-forward three months and she’s here to stay.

So the 2020 line up of cat judges for the March Cattitude Box includes Simba, Zazu, Mr. Alan and Bella. 

What is Cattitude Box? Cattitude Box is a monthly subscription box for cat ladies and their cats. It is jam packed with cool accessories to treat and pamper your cats as well as awesome cat-themed goodies for you too! You can either sign up for a monthly, bi-monthly subscription or simply gift a box to a cat-loving friend.

Opening up one of these boxes is like Christmas is here all over again, just with less stress and baubles. The first kitty-themed surprise was the Feline Friends Playing Cards – this delightful deck is beautifully decorated with alll the cats and is perfect for a friendly game of cards with your feline (human) friends.

I’m glad I photographed this as soon as I opened the box, as once it was given to the cats it was gone in seconds! Simba and Bella were clearly a fan of Scrumbles Chicken, as they licked the bowl clean. Unfortunately, Zazu and Mr. Alan were out at the time so missed out on this round of taste testing.

I had no idea what this cute little donut was for until I threw it on the floor and Simba was all over it – yep, it was full of catnip! This has very quickly become a favourite among the cats and I often see 1 out of the 4 going crazy for it. It’s made by From Me To Mew, a shop which makes handmade unique catnip toys.

I love this adorable little ‘You Are Purrrfect’ kitty wallet – it’s so handy for organizing your cards, receipts, business cards, reminders, anything! It’s kitty and it’s punny, what could possibly be better than that?! It’s also perfect, hang on, purrrfect size to fit in a handbag or pocket to keep everything safe and secure.

One of my favourite things about my last Cattitude Box was the pretty cat themed jewellery. And this latest addition did not disappoint with this adorable kitty necklace with added pearl in collar – so sweet! This is such a unique and simply adorable design, ideal for cat mummies of any age to wear with style.

I’ve not heard of Scrumbles before, but after four positive reviews I’ve just found my cats new favourite brand. Scrumbles make natural pet food for dogs and cats, containing probiotics and responsibly sourced ingredients making it kind to tummies and the planet. It’s approved by vets and chief testers, Smudge & Boo.

Over Christmas, my family and I got a bit (a lot) addicted to jigsaw puzzles and we spent hours & hours round the dining table slowly putting together these complicated masterpieces. Since then, we have been jigsaw-less, so this mini cat puzzle is a very welcome surprise which will hopefully re-kindle the jigsaw love.

This toy baffled me as I’ve never seen anything like it before, so I did a little research. Tatarian honeysuckle is an alternative to catnip, containing a compound called actinidine that attracts cats to interact with it. Zazu (my cautious cat who is scared of a lot of things) even played with it for a while, so it’s gotta be good.

Cattitude ensure that both owners & cats are both looked after, and this ‘Cat Nap’ tea by Shelgo Tea sounds absolutely dreamy. Cat Nap contains three organic herbs, ingredients prized for their calming qualities: Camomile flowersLemon Verbena, and Lavender. Purrrfect to unwind with at the end of the day.

This Paper Kitty Fortune Teller is a fun game to play with your cats. The activity is in the hands of the fortune teller, so play the game to find out if it’s treat time, play time, cuddle time, chin rub time and much more. Despite all these lovely toys and treats, I think a brand new box is always a winner in a cats world.

Simba playing with his new cat nip donut toy.

I hope you enjoyed checking out all the cat themed goodies in this month’s Cattitude box! You can sign up here for monthly or bi-monthly boxes or you can even surprise the crazy cat ladies in your life with their own unfurrgettable gift box. Are you a crazy cat lady? Would you and your feline friends enjoy this box?

Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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