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The YAY Makers: Joanne Hawker July Box

I think the best kind of blog posts are the ones you don’t plan, they just land on your doorstep (literally). This is what happened the other day when I came home to find my favourite monthly mail had arrived. Yaaas, you guessed it (from the title obvs) but it’s time again to share the goodies from The YAY Makers: July Box. This one is extra special as it is a takeover by the brilliantly talented Joanne Hawker – yaaay!

Who are The YAY Makers? The YAY Makers love teaming up with inspirational Indie artists to accessorise your life with colour and motivate you to get creative. Each box contains limited-edition products from talented makers, creators and designers from across the world. Go sign up and put some YAY in your day!

You know it’s gonna be a happy day when you see one of these boxes of joy awaiting you…

Before we jump into the takeover box, check out the monthly featured pin artist: Luke John Matthew Arnold. Luke describes himself as a name hog (haha!) and a multi-disciplinary visual artist and illustrator. His work is bright, bold, colourful and funny – what more could you possibly want?! This pin is pretty cool, yas? You can follow Luke on Insta and Facebook to keep up to date with all the cheeky designs!

Who is Joanne Hawker? Joanne is a designer & illustrator from Somerset who is a lover of stripes, tea, all things yellow, imaginary Frenchies called Frank and denim dungarees. She makes a range of fab products like special occasion greetings cards, prints, pins and bags – expect lots of bright colours and cute lettering!

I have followed Joanne on Insta for a while now, and her posts always stop me in my scrolling-tracks and catch my eye. In fact, one of Joanne’s enamel pins: ‘Courage Potion’ appeared on my blog last year in Pretty Pastel Pins (ya know, back in the day when I had money to spend on pins – hah). So as I was already familiar with Joanne’s creativity, I just knew this was gonna be an awesome box…

This is pretty much my whole life summed up in one badge, hehehe!

Motivational postcards are my fave. I am slowly trying to cover my walls in inspiration, so bright colourful additions like these are most welcome. After all, we all need that reminder to just believe in ourselves <3

“Don’t be afraid to try” – wise words and awesomely bright colours!

LET’S DO THIS! okaaaay?

I love love love this bright and cheerful to-do this! I love that it has space for ‘bonus tasks’ for when you are feeling in an especially productive mood. Plus it’s yellow and motivational, so win win! Also comes with a clever ideas stick (aka pencil) to jot down those all important tasks and brainwaves.

This is one cool door sign designed for creatives. You can switch it around depending on your creativity levels… right now the creative genius at work (full on blog mode), tomorrow, who knows! Watch this space.

Everything in this box is so bold, bright, colourful and brilliantly designed. If you like what you see here, why not head over to Joanne’s shop and see what other fabulous goodies you can find. I really loved each item in this month’s box and it’s definitely added a splash of colour and happy to my space.

You can keep up to date with Joanne’s latest creations on: Insta / Twitter / Facebook.

The YAY Makers enable us to discover awesome creators and find our new favourite shops. If you are interested in signing up for their subscription boxes, click here and let the creativity come to your doorstep each month. You can also catch sneak peeks of their goodies over on Instagram too!

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Krizma Cosmetics

A couple of weeks ago, my step-mum Wendy very kindly gave me some lovely bath and beauty products to try from Krizma Cosmetics. When I saw them I thought ooooh pretty colourful things… this would be perfect for a blog post! So, a big thank you to Wendy for inspiring this post and for the fabulous goodies too!

Krizma Cosmetics is an online store with an array of gorgeous gifts to help you feel beautiful. They pride themselves on sourcing only the best products, ensuring they are not tested on animals, are vegetarian / vegan friendly and paraben free. They are an ethical brand who are conscious of the current issues faced around packaging and are fully transparent about all the ingredients used in every product they sell.

In the photo: Fig & Casis Bath Bomb / Total Unwind Bath Potion & Scoop / Autism Awareness Jigsaw Soaps / Mini Soap Unicorn Wishes / Mini Bath Fizzers / Soap Cracker Gift.

Autism Awareness Jigsaw Soaps: A fabulous set of 8 bright jigsaw soaps – £1.00 from each sale will be donated to The National Autism Society. These are such fun vibrant soaps, I love that they are: 1. colourful and 2. supporting a good cause. At first glance I thought these were just some cool looking soaps, but I’ve now learned the jigsaw puzzle is the symbol for Autism Awareness and I think these are even more awesome.

Soap Cracker Gift: We were lucky enough to get a few extra treats to sample and one was this cute pink flower soap. It comes from a set of 5 colourful soaps wrapped up in a cracker. This bright pink one is scented with fresia which is reminiscent of strawberries and summer – perfect for this time of year. Other scents include lilly of the valley, lavender, honeysuckle and bluebells – a gorgeous combination of fragrances!

Mini Soap Unicorn Wishes: Oh yesss, hello unicorn soaps! I’m so impressed at the amount of detail on these little guys and the fact they are pretty cute too. You can get a full set of 12 presented in a lovely box which would make a perfect self-care treat for yourself or a loved one. If you are a fan of novelty soaps, Krizma have got you covered with their Box Of Lego Inspired Soaps and the Little Box Of Dinky Dinos.

Not only are they super cute, they are super affordable too. A Box of 12 Mini Soap Unicorns is just £5 which means one unicorn is approx. 42p. You won’t find a unicorn cheaper than that these days, believe me.

Fig & Casis Bath Bomb: This bath bomb is something quite special, it has a heavenly aroma of… wait for it… casis, cherry, grass, fig, hyacinth, cyclamen, jasmine, pine tree, patchouli, cedar, amber and musk. It also has a super moisturising Shea base, which makes this a truly Luxurious Bath Bomb. If you are anything like me, I like my baths to resemble an affordable at home spa day, and this is quite literally, the bomb.

Total Unwind Bath Potion & ScoopA couple of scoops of this magical bath potion is guaranteed to relax your mind and allow the stresses of the day to melt away. It is the perfect addition to any bath time routine, and the gorgeous scents of lavender, orange and sweet basil is enough for 100% blissful relaxation. Krizma stock a delightfully calming range inc. Stress Buster, Detox and Sleepy Head. 

I hope you enjoyed taking a look a few of the lovely bath and beauty products available from Krizma Cosmetics. A special thank you to Wendy for introducing me to this fab brand and sharing these gorgeous goodies. If you are into all things bath and beauty, why not check out the full range (inc. skincare, aromatherapy, gift boxes and much more!) and treat yourself to some affordable luxury.

What is your favourite product? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you! <3

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The YAY Makers: June Box

Whoooosh! Can someone please tell me where did June actually just go?! I think I blinked and missed it. It hardly feels like any time at all since I was blogging The YAY Makers: May Box but as we are now at the end of the month I have another fun and colourful bundle of YAY mail to share!! *happy dance*.

Who are The YAY Makers? The YAY Makers love teaming up with inspirational Indie artists to accessorise your life with colour and motivate you to get creative. Each box contains limited-edition products from talented makers, creators and designers from across the world. Go sign up and put some YAY in your day!

In June’s box: Festival Fun enamel pin by Poppekins / Girl Power greetings cards by Zabby Allen / Sprinkles by Rainbow Sweet Treats / Biscuit DIY Kit by Nikki McWilliams / Notebook by Lydia Meiying (extra gift).

As a thank you for sharing May’s box, the lovely Kate added an extra treat for me in June’s box! Thank you Kate! You can never have too many notebooks, and this is such a gorgeous addition for my collection. It is designed by Lydia Meiying who is a talented freelance Pattern Designer and Illustrator, inspired by children’s stories, fables and the wonders of the natural world. It’s beautiful, it is also 100% recycled – win, win!

For more stunning designs check out Lydia on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook.

My favourite type of baking is bright, colourful and as rainbow as possible. So, when I saw these RAINBOW SPRINKLES from Rainbow Sweet Treats I was like oh yesss this is my kinda thing! Alix is the creator behind this fabulous sweet shop that has everything from fun sprinkles to colourful custom made chocolate. Everything is bursting with colour and happy and would make the most perfect gift for any occasion!

Add a delicious sprinkle of fun to your social media by following Rainbow Sweet Treats on Instagram!

Inside June’s box, there are also a couple of recipe cards to spark some yummy inspiration! These sprinkles are perfect for decorating cakes, cookies or melted choc. I couldn’t resist getting creative with these delicious cupcakes and the rainbow sprinkles were such an awesome added touch! Yum! <3

One of the most exciting things about these boxes is seeing which new enamel pin I get. I have discovered such awesome designs thanks to The YAY Makers and this month is definitely a favourite. This is the fabulous helta skelter pin by Poppekins which fits perfectly in the summer festival theme. Poppekins is Carla van der Meer who designs fun and vibrant prints that are so bright, colourful, creative and happy! Yay! <3

Keep up with all the colourfulness by following Poppekins on: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook.

It’s bright, fun and represents the colourful festival season – what is not to love!

I always love finding a cute and creative independent business and Zabby Allen is my latest favourite discovery. Zabby creates prints, notebooks, pins and patches inspired by all the things that make her happiest. These awesome cards are from the best selling Girl Power range and I’m loving the pinkness and sassiness. I’m also loving Zabby’s Rainbow Postcard Set to encourage more letter writing and happy mail.

Say yes to more positivity, rainbows and Girl Power by following Zabby on Twitter and Instagram.

Send these to your girl-pals to remind them how awesome they are! <3

The YAY Maker’s always include a little creative project to have fun with and this month we are making biscuits! This DIY kit is by Nikki McWilliams who makes bold and playful homeware and accessories which are inspired by British culture, contemporary Pop-Art and a lifelong love of having a nice cup of tea and a biscuit. Her shop is biscuits galore and I’m sooo looking forward to getting creative with this kit!

For all things bold, witty and biscuitty follow Nikki on Twitter and Facebook!

I hope you enjoyed having a look at all the talented artists and Indie businesses in this month’s box. I love that The YAY Makers enable us to discover awesome creators and find new favourite shops! If you are interested in signing up for their subscription boxes, click here and let the colour and creativity come to your doorstep each month. You can also catch sneak peeks of their goodies over on Instagram too!

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Cheer Up Treats Mystery Box

If you are a fan of all things fun, colourful and positive from a variety of awesome independent businesses, then look no further, Cheer Up Treats is the one for you. I discovered these fantastic boxes last year and couldn’t resist treating myself to an exciting mystery package. It included many happy things that instantly made me smile, I knew it was simply a matter of time before I ordered myself another box of surprises.

Cheer Up Treats is a wonderful way to make a day by providing a cute selection of goodies such as notepads & stationary, badges, motivational postcards, enamel pins, wax melts, bath bombs, candles, stickers, sweets, bookmarks and more! Every box is unique and thoughtfully handpicked by the lovely Vicki, a lifestyle and positivity blogger who is passionate about supporting small businesses and making people happy.

If you want to treat yourself or a friend to a lucky dip bag or mystery box make sure you use the code HIBEXA and get 10% off your order! And here is a little idea of the kind of awesomeness you will receive…

Firstly can we just take a moment to appreciate Vicki’s fabulous wrapping skillz. The box was bursting with colour and everything looks beautiful. You can tell that so much love, care and attention goes into each of these packages. There was also a few extra bits to say thank you, so I felt very happy indeed! <3

Add some positivity to your social media by following Cheer Up Treats on Twitter / Instagram.

The first surprise I opened was this super cool and colourful ‘Kind But Badass’ badge by Katie Abey. How freakin’ awesome is this! Katie is actually one of my favourite illustrators and her bright, colourful and vibrant creations pop up all over my blog. If you love funny, punny and witty designs, you will love Katie.

Tattoonicorn by Katie Abey sticker – yaaay for puns and unicorns! <3

Inspire Tealight Candle by Kiss Air Candles: an independent, candle brand created by sisters Louise and Laura, manufacturing soy wax candles infused with strong, fabulous fragrances. This is such a cute candle – it’s pink and it’s inspirational! Check out Kiss Air for tons of different natural, homemade, pretty candles.

I admit I thought this was novelty pink chocolate but it is actually a Pink Wax Melt by Scentual Scents (I’m glad Vicki included a list, haha!). It is described as ‘bergamot, summer rose, peach and strawberry cut with a hint of fresh citrus fruit’ – gorgeous! I can’t wait to fill my home with all the summery fragrances.

You can never have enough stickers to brighten up notebooks, planners, scrapbooks, anything! I love these little adorable Animals In Teacups by The Persnickety Co. – a creative brand dedicated to bringing to the market little, original and quirky gifts that make people happy. And these stickers defo make me happy!

YAAAS! As a self-confessed enamel pin addict, these little things bring me a ridiculous amount of joy. This is the very brilliant cat in fairy lights pin by Punky Pins. This pin reminds me of all my mischievous cats and never fails to put a smile on my face. Why not check out more of my Punky Pins collection here.

The Cloud 9 paperclip is another cute item from The Persnickety Co. It is handmade, it’s happy and it’s perfect for planners, notebooks or even as a bookmark. Life is way more fun when you have pretty paperclips and Persnickety have a delightful range. Click here if you love llamas, unicorns, cats and teacups!

My badge collection is less impressive than my enamel pin collection, although it is now growing thanks to cute little additions like these. These badges are designed by Cheer Up Treats and I think they are really sweet and adorable. I love that Vicki includes her own awesome and unique products in these boxes too.

The Tweet Tweet badge, for lovers of birds… or Twitter?

These postcards are super cool and I was even more impressed when I found out they were designed by Vicki herself (so talented!). I love postcards, especially ones which are motivational, inspirational and full of vibrant colours! These are fantastic and are the perfect pick-me-up when we need a little positivity boost.

Pin them to your wall or why not post them to a friend and bring some happy into their day.

I’m loving all The Persnickety Co. items in this box, until today I had not heard of this cool and quirky shop but it has quickly become a favourite. Say goodbye to boring Post-It’s with these cute and creative sticky notes! Being organised is way more enjoyable with a cheerful koala bear (other wild animals available).

If you didn’t think you could possibly take any more cuteness, wait, there is more! This is the fox notepad by Drix Productions – a must-visit shop for lovers of all things anime, kawaii and awesome. This is perfect for to-do lists, scribbling down random notes or sending someone some happy mail. Yaay! <3

Every single item is thoughtfully selected to bring happiness and positivity. Vicki discovers the cutest and coolest treats out there from fabulous designers to create these beautiful packages for us. If you are passionate about supporting small businesses and making someone smile, go check out Cheer Up Treats. 

Don’t forget to use the code HIBEXA and get 10% off your order.

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