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 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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I was so exited when I found out I was the lucky winner of the lovely Em from Em’s World Adagio Teas Giveaway.I’ve had never won a giveaway before so I was especially thrilled to find out I had been selected. When it arrived the other day, I was so impressed at the huge selection of iced tea I received I thought wow, this definitely deserves it’s own blog post. I want to show off my new tea-goodies to the blogging world…

So here it is: an absolutely HUGE box of different iced teas with a glass pitcher too. Thank you Em and Adagio Teas!

In the box there were 7 full sized packs and 8 sample packs of iced tea. The full sized packs have 6 bags in each and the sample packets had 2 each so by my calculations that makes a grand total of 58 pitchers of iced tea!

There is such a wide variety of different flavours too – I was in iced tea heaven. 

I’m so impressed with the 1.2L glass pitcher! This is going to be perfect for sitting in the garden this summer sipping a refreshing glass of iced tea. This can hold around 4 cups of tea so ideal for a nice little ice tea garden party with your tea-drinking buddies.

Adagio Teaspride themselves on the fact that they deliver the best quality and value, they import teas directly from the countries in which they are grown, working closely with the farmers who tender them.

There is a really interesting section on their website where you can read Q&A’s and stories from different farmers who supply their tea. This is called theRoots Campaign which I think is brilliant and you can learn so much about teas from around the world. 

From a Chamomile tea farmer in Sakaran Village, Egypt: “My favorite part of growing and collecting Chamomile is the nice beautiful looking fields in the winter. I really like going up in the morning to see our land covered with bright white colour from a distance, and the closer I get to it, the yellow and green colours make a divine mix; something from God. Secondly, the village is in a good mood and people are usually happy, I don’t know why. Maybe because most marriages and celebrations happen after the Chamomile crop. Finally, I earn some nice pocket money for myself and to help my family a little bit.

Peach iced tea is one of my favourites, so I was super keen to give this one a try first.

The peach tea bags had such a gorgeous peachy aroma, you can tell they are good quality and they looked very posh too. On the packet: Contains oolong tea from Taiwan with the summer flavour of perfectly ripened fruit. Sounds delightful.

By looking at the website I read there are two ways you can make this: 1. Simply place the bag overnight in a pitcher of cold water. Awake to find a tea rich in flavour and aroma. 2. For quicker preparation, steep in hot water for five minutes and add ice.

I obviously went for the quickest option (patience is not really my thing) and five minutes later I was ready to enjoy a refreshing glass of peach oolong iced tea. Yum! It’s so quick and simple to make and perfect if you are a tea lover but want something a little cooling on a hot day. 

I added a drizzle of honey and this was absolutely delicious and much healthier than the sugary shop-bought varieties.

There are so many amazing sounding flavours to try! A few which have caught my eye already are white peach, mango, rooibos vanilla, citron green and blood orange iced teas. I am curious to know what white fuzzy navel iced tea tastes like too!

This is such a fantastic giveaway prize and I know I am going to be enjoying lots of iced tea over the summer. Thanks again to Emand Adagio Teas for keeping me in teas for the next few months! Are you an iced tea fan? Which flavors would you like to try?

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It’s been a while since Shaun and I went on a random adventure, so on a bright sunny Sunday I grabbed my camera and off we went to the train station for a day out. After a false start, where the train decided to split in two at the station without telling us and half went one way and half went the other (we were on the wrong half) we eventually turned back and got on the correct train to Bournemouth.  As we are lucky enough to live only 51 minutes away from the seaside, it would have been a shame not to visit the beach on this glorious day. 

We got off the train at Boscombe which is the stop just before Bournemouth, mainly because we were starving a knew a place which did really nice food.

Urban Beach. 23 Argyll Road, Bournemouth, BH5 1EB

Urban Beach has been our favourite place to eat whenever we visit Bournemouth. It’s a chilled out bar/restaurant with a beach/surf vibe. The staff are always so friendly and make us feel extremely welcome. I blogged about our fab experience here in October and today was just as good. As soon as I saw that Sunday Roast was on the menu, I knew exactly what I wanted to order.

I asked if they did vegetarian roast dinners and yes they did! This is the mushroom and asparagus roast with cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding, potatoes (there are also parsnips and carrots hiding in there somewhere). Yum! Shaun went for a similar but meaty version. As always, the food was delicious and we felt ready to go on a little (8 mile) walk along the beach.

Boscombe is the home of the most colourful instagrammable beach huts. 

When you get the Boscombe pier you can either turn right towards Bournemouth or head left towards Southbourne. We decided to turn left and walk along the promenade. We didn’t have a plan, we just wanted to a leisurely stroll along the beach and see where we ended up.

It was such a lovely day – we saw a game of beach volleyball, people swimming in the sea, families and friends relaxing outside their beach huts. There is something about the seaside that makes you feel instantly chilled and calm.

This is the classic “Shaun stand there and pretend to take a photo, pose”

If you keep walking along the promenade, eventually you arrive at this very scenic grassy bit. We soon realized we were heading towards Hengistbury Head which according to Google is a ‘headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Mudeford in the English county of Dorset, it incorporates many different habitats and supports a wide variety wildlife and rare plant species’. 

What would I do without Google hey.

We carried on walking along the very scenic grassy bit until we reached the top of a hill. More Googling tells me that this is grassy plateau of Warren Hill. If you look to the left you can see the bay of Hengistbury Head. If you are walking from Boscombe, these seats are very much needed for a quick rest.

We followed the path which took us right down to the beach huts of Hengistbury Head. These are no ordinary beach huts though, they are like mini homes, equipped with little kitchens, beds, sofas, TVs, outside bbqs, they are pretty cool.

They are located on the beautiful Mudeford Split which has a harbour on one side, a beach on the other and a cafe which sells you a refreshing glass of lime and lemonade for £3.50 a pint.

These were originally fishing huts but now they are a collection of 365 vibrant and colourful beach huts which make up a friendly community by the sea.

I’ve just found out you can even rent these out for a week here if you have a spare £750 – £1,000 lying around.  These must be the world’s most expensive beach huts as one recently went on sale for £300,000 which you could actually buy a house for. Although I gotta say, the views of the harbour are lovely.

After spending a while sitting on the beach, resting our feet after the 4 mile walk from Boscombe. We prepared ourselves for the return journey. Top tip: when you walk a long way, it’s always worth remembering that you gotta walk back.

It was such a warm summery evening though, so we didn’t mind too much.

I hope you enjoyed my snapshots from the beach. My feet have just about recovered now from the mammoth trek. Have you been to Boscombe/Hengistbury Head? Do you prefer relaxing on the beach or walking and exploring? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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