September Treatbox

It’s that time of the month again where I share with you the latest box of happiness that has landed on my doormat. Even though this is my third TreatBox, the excitement never fades when a new box of goodies arrive for me. You can read my previous reviews of the July & August treats 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.

Inside the September box: 2 x Womankind teabags by Pukka, Stay Cosy Pillowcase, Take A Deep Breath print (exclusive to TreatBox), Aromatic Wax Melt, Magic Makeup Remover by AfterSpa Beauty, Apple & Mint Foot Mask, Popcorn Shed Pop ‘n’ Choc.

In every box, TreatBox design and create an exclusive and beautiful print which encompasses the theme. This month’s theme is looking after yourself, self-care and being all cosy. September is the perfect time to take a deep breath and let out all the stress. It’s a simple sentiment but important too. I really love the illustration, it reminds me of my sister so I have decided to give this print to her as a little gift.

As I spend the majority of my time with a cuppa tea at my desk, a couple of extra teabags were always going to be a welcome treat. I received two Womankind bags by Pukka. This tea is a mix of herbs designed to help women balance and bloom. It’s naturally caffeine-free and ethically sourced with 100% organically grown ingredients including chamomile flower, licorice root, hibiscus flower, marigold flower, beetroot, orange peel, cranberry and vanilla. It’s the perfect blend to help calm, soothe and restore. 

I’ve heard of a face mask, but a foot mask is a new one on me. This is the Apple & Mint Foot Mask by VITAMASQUES which is rich in Vitamin C, copper and essential minerals to reduce pigmentation and provide nourishment exactly for the kind of skin on and around the feet. The mask soothes the skin making it feel soft and refreshed and is inspired by Korean innovation and skin care technology. TreatBox has included either this one or the Peach & Honey Hand Mask, so it is a real lucky dip which is even more exciting.

This popcorn was soon eaten straight after this photo was taken and it was so good! It’s Pop ‘n’ Choc by Popcorn Shed, a double whammy of chocolate accompanied by a smooth cocoa-infused caramel base. This ticks all the boxes: its natural, gluten free, suitable for vegetarians, free of any nasty preservatives or additives and is less than 140 calories. It is incredibly moreish and I need to buy some more asap.

At first I thought this was a bar of soap, but it is actually an aromatic wax melt. It smells of all things cosy and Christmassy, the perfect way to welcome in the Autumnal season. Also, how beautiful are the leafy designs, they are so detailed and intricate it would almost be a shame to melt it.

In keeping with the theme, TreatBox has customized their very own Stay Cosy pillowcase, I love the simple design which would look good on any duvet or throw. Plus there is a bright pink AfterSpa Magic Make-up Remover so you can feel clean and refreshed all ready for your super cosy and chilled evening.

Each treat has been thoughtfully selected to help balance the mind and soothe the stresses away. September is the perfect time for getting all cosy and having those pamper evenings and TreatBox have got you covered. Personally, I think it’s great value for money: a one off box is £12.96 and you can save even more money by selecting a 3, 6 or 12 month package.

I really loved this box and it’s given me all the cosy Autumn evening vibes. Have you ordered a TreatBox? Let me know what you think of the September box in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

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Stationery Box Swap: A Collab With Bournemouth Girl

Last month, I saw a really sweet collab with Lisa from Lisa’s Notebook and Jordanne from Life Of A Glasgow Girl. They sent each other a box of thoughtful self-care treats with the theme ‘Me Time For Mums’. After reading their posts, I had the inspiration for an idea: I could do something similar but with stationery goodies! And, I had the perfect blogging friend in mind, the lovely Lauren from Bournemouth Girl.

Lauren & I share the same love of all things stationery and I’ve always wanted to collab together so this was the perfect opportunity. If you love bullet journalling, self-care tips, pretty stationery and fun days out like I do, then check out Lauren’s blog and Twitter. If you want colourful notebooks, washi tape, pens, doughnuts, cats and other nice things on your feed, I encourage you to check out Lauren’s Instagram too!

For our stationery box swap, we agreed to a budget of £20. Cool story: Lauren’s sister hand delivered me my box as she was visiting my local area one Sunday (thanks Holly!). I’m so excited to share with you my awesome box of goodies! Make sure you head over to Lauren’s blog to see what’s in her box too!

How gorgeously is everything wrapped up: Pink paper, hearts and unicorn chocolate all in a cute basket.

Wow! It was like Christmas had come early when I opened up all my beautifully wrapped gifts. There were colourful pens, pastel highlighters, stickers, pretty blank cards, colouring books and pencils, adorable paperclips, delicious unicorn chocolates, a cute notebook and a really sweet card!  What an awesome bundle, thanks so much Lauren!

Pastel highlighters: everything was so thoughtfully chosen and was perfect for me.

I love this. It’s pretty and motivational and you can never have too many notebooks, right?!

Yay, washi tape! I have a small (big) washi tape obsession and these fun and colourful designs are perfect for my collection. This is such an adorable set with cute frogs, donuts, hearts, flowers and pandas.

I love how everything is so bright, fun and colourful. This really is a box of happiness!

I never knew paperclips could be so much fun. These are the prettiest paperclips I’ve ever seen!

Lauren very kindly included two colouring books. Colouring in is one of my most favourite ways to chill, I can’t wait to get creative with these. Also, how awesome are those girl power stickers! 

Whenever I see sharp colouring pencils, I just want to colour things…

I knew it wouldn’t be long before I opened the colouring books.

I got carried away colouring in pretty pastel rainbows.

And I’ve already added washi tape and stickers to my notebook.

This is such a fantastic bundle of stationery goodies, I am so happy with everything! Thank you so much to Lauren for this thoughtful and awesome stationery box swap. This was such a fun collab to do and it felt like I had Christmas early in September. What is your favourite item in the box? I’m off now to do some more colouring and eat tasty unicorn chocolates…

Make sure you head over to Lauren’s blog to see what stationery goodies I’ve included in her box too!

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Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva

In the photo: Build Your Own Treatbox

Self-help and personal development books are my favourite kinda books. I first saw Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva on Melanie’s blog (Frasers Fun House) and after leaving a comment, Lana herself got in touch offering to send me a copy of the book to review too. Yes please!

Happier Thinking is a book which contains a collection of tips and suggestions to help retrain your brain and see more of the good. Lana has suffered with bouts of depression in the past and is now sharing the things which worked after years of mindfulness, therapy and educating herself on mental health. It’s a short read (50 pages long) and I actually finished it in an hour or so as it is definitely a book that I couldn’t put down. There are 12 chapters which are easy to read, offering a range of inspirational ideas on how to lift your mood and think happier.

It’s packed with simple and helpful advice on things to do when faced with everyday challenges (big and small). My favourite chapter is ‘Turn negatives into positives’ where Lana gives typically negative situations and encourages you to see the hidden positives in each one. This part reminded me of the time when my boiler broke and I had to shower everyday at my local gym. A normally frustrating and annoying situation made me realise I was fortunate enough to have a gym membership, access to leisure facilities so close to home and in that week I got in more exercise than I normally would have. Win.

The book includes alternative ways of thinking when it comes to unexpected changed plans, comparing ourselves to others and making assumptions. I know I sometimes get caught up overthinking about the worst case scenario or worrying what people think of me. Lana reminds us that our thoughts are not reality, and is it really worth dedicating your energy to worrying over something that may not happen?

Happier Thinking is an handy companion to have when you need a quick boost of positivity. It isn’t swamped with scientific facts and statistics, instead it’s written in a clear, relatable and easy to understand way. Since reading this book, I have been putting the theory into practice: this morning I felt myself getting anxious about the amount of things on my to-do list. Once I put it into perspective and reasoned with myself, what is the worst thing that can happen? I’ll just carry it over to tomorrow. I stopped feeling so overwhelmed and just got on with the first thing.

Have you been able see a positive in a negative situation? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your stories! Why not order yourself a copy of Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva. 

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Back To Uni Essentials: Ryman Stationery

In October, I’m starting my very last module with The Open University. I’ve been studying with them for many years now, completing my Health Science degree and now finishing my Post Grad Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry. Admittedly, I’m more excited about new stationery than the course itself, so when Ryman contacted me asking if I would like to review their Back To Uni Essentials, I was like wow, yes please!

Ryman sent me the blue pastel stationery bundle to review which included a Lever Arch File, A4 Notebook, A5 Notebook, Stapler & Holepunch. Everything else you see in this post is Ryman stationery I already own (stationery addict here). Click here to see the full pastel range at Ryman.

The quickest way to jazz up any plain notebook is to add stickers! Here I have used Bright Owls, Cupcakes, and Woodland stickers. These sticker packs are only 99p and can really transform your stationery. Check out the other stickers Ryman have in stock and add some cuteness to your covers.

Studying science is fun when you have a purple pastel notebook covered with cupcakes and gingerbreads!

My study notes are more like an art book, I can only learn if everything is bright and colourful. 

In my opinion, my stationery life has got significantly better since the introduction of pastel highlighters.

Grab yourself a pack of 4 or pack of 8 of pretty pastel Stabilio highlighters.

You could argue that these fun-sized milk and juice cartons are not a back to uni essential but hear me out. These are the cutest novelty erasers you can put in your pencil case. I picked these up in store and can’t find them online but do not worry, you can still get coffee cups, drinks cans and colorful cactus.

Why would I need fun-sized milk and juice cartoon novelty erasers? Well for these pastel pencils of course!

And where I am going to put these pastel pencils and novelty rubbers? In this Strawberry Milk Pencil Case! How ridiculously cute is this. If the strawberry milk flavour isn’t for you, there is always the Llama Drama Energy Drink With Added Fizz and Unicorn Milk With Added Magic.

Live demo (these pencils didn’t actually fit in here but you get the idea).

You know beauty bloggers have a favourite lipstick, well I have a favourite pen. The Pilot G-2 O7 has been my inky friend for many many years now. I have so many of these in pencil cases, bags, notebooks, just lying around the house. I’ve yet to find a better one. Do you have a favourite pen? (or is it just me, ha ha).

I’m pretty lucky that I don’t have anymore exams! Yay! I did have 6 exams during my degree and still have my hundreds and hundreds of revision cards as study souvenirs. For each exam, I used index cards to test myself and these Pack of 100 Assorted Coloured Pastel Record Cards are perfect for the job.

You can either get small (5″ x 3″) or big (8″ x 5″) depending on how much you want to cram onto your card.

Whatever size you prefer, the more colourful the better! 

I love Matilda Myres stationery so I’m super happy that it is available at Ryman! You can choose the Matilda Myres Butterfly Diary in either pink or blue and it’s the perfect size to pop into your handbag. As this starts in 2019 I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do about Oct, Nov & Dec so I hope my memory is good.

The cute mini stapler and hole-punch in pastel blue and washi tape (non-essential but necessary).

Revision tip: scan your index cards into the computer and save in a Word doc. You can then e-mail the document to yourself and have a copy of all your revision cards on your phone. It’s perfect if you are out and about with a spare 5 minutes and want to quickly test yourself.

If you got to the end, well done and thank you. I can honestly write about stationery for hours! Have you got your study supplies ready for university yet? Why not check out the Ryman Back To Uni and Pretty Pastel range to grab yourself a bargain. Good luck to all those starting their courses soon! Let me know what your favourite essential back to uni item is in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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