July Mud + Bloom Box: A Collab With Lisa’s Notebook

If you read my July Treatbox post, you will know the lovely Lisa from Lisa’s Notebook and I have a second collaboration and this is it! I was so excited when Lisa offered to send me a Mud + Bloom box; I had seen these boxes on Lisa’s blog over the months and loved how fun and creative they were. If you haven’t read Lisa’s blog before, I encourage you to go check it out. There is really something for everyone, whether that is a gorgeous gardening post (seriously, Lisa’s garden is #gardeninggoals), a brilliant beauty or book review, or a fun family and lifestyle post. Also, Lisa’s Instagram and Twitter is always bursting with bright and beautiful flowers – it really adds a splash of colour and positivity into my day!

Thank you Lisa for sending me July’s Mud + Bloom box. Don’t forget to head over to Lisa’s Notebook to see what Lisa (and Flora) thought of this months box too!

Mud + Bloom is a monthly subscription box created by Anja (a mum of two young boys) who is passionate about finding ways children can enjoy learning more about nature, gardening and crafts. It’s aimed at children between 3 – 8 years old and each box includes everything you need for two seasonal activities: one gardening and one nature craft – along with instructions, quizzes and games aimed at teaching children about the seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil and rainfall. The activities have been created by qualified teachers and they support the national curriculum. 

When I unpacked the box, I was impressed at the amount of goodies inside, it is just like getting a surprise Christmas present. There are six colourful information cards, 2 packets of seeds, compost pellets, plant labels, glue, buttons, embroidery thread and my favourite item, washi tape! I have a slight washi tape addiction so these two are going to be a very welcome addition to my forever growing collection.

The first activity I decided to do was planting the lettuce and giant radish seeds. This year, I have actually impressed myself by keeping 4 potted plants alive in my garden (a record for me) so I was feeling a little more confident about growing my own seeds. I did have to follow the instructions carefully though as I have never done any planting before but thankfully it was all very straight forward and easy. 

Inside the kit, organic compost pellets are provided which just need to be soaked in warm water for 10 minutes to activate them. Once they have expanded I think they look like little rolled up sleeping bags which is kinda cute. All you need to do is place a seed inside it’s sleeping bag and find a small pot or egg carton so that it stands upright.

How perfect are these pots? I found them at the back of the cupboard and think they make for ideal seed sleeping bag holders. You then label your pots to avoid lettuce/radish confusion, pop them on a sunny windowsill and water regularly. When they are a couple of inches tall you remove them from the bags and plant them outside in a larger pot. It is pretty exciting to check on them to see if there are any changes.

What I particularly love about Mud + Bloom boxes is that they are so educational. Over the months, I have learned so many interesting nature facts from reading Lisa’s posts. This month I found out that a Beech tree can live to 1,000 years old and those flowers which look like giant daisies are called ox-eye daisies. Everything you need to know is on a Nature News card which explains what is happening with plants, animals, insects and birds in July.

As well as a quiz, there is also a spotters card which encourages you to go exploring and see if you can find the different leaves and trees. This is a fantastic idea and not only is it educational, it also makes nature and going for a walk fun and interactive. 

I was really keen to do the Make Your Own Summer Flower Vases craft activityFunnily enough, my mum recently gave me a couple of empty glass jars as she thought I could get creative with them, so this kit was perfect timing. Everything you need (glue, washi tape and buttons) are provided so you can get started straight away.

You get an assortment of different coloured and sized buttons to decorate your vase with.

I love that the kit encourages creativity – there are no rules, you can have a couple of washi tape bands, cover the whole vase in stripes and add buttons, beads and any other treasures you find to your vase. It’s really fun, and the fact that it’s washi means you can easily peal it off and start again if you want to experiment with a different pattern or design.

I was really impressed with this and think a simple design looks really stylish and effective. 

As well as the spotters card, the Nature paint brushes activity is another way to get outside and explore your surroundings. On a walk, you collect a selection of twigs, leaves, dried grasses and flowers. Back home, you use the embroidery thread to create home-made brushes. 

The home-made brushes help you appreciate the different shapes and textures found in nature. You can then add paint and see the different styles of artwork you can come up with using these creative natural paint brushes. 

Overall, I thought this whole box was excellent, there are so many enjoyable activities and things to learn. My favourite activity was making the summer vases and I loved the pretty washi tapes which were included in the kit. Anything which encourages children to get outside and explore nature as well as get arty and creative at home is fantastic in my opinion. A monthly Mud + Bloom box is only £7.95 + free UK shipping which is great value for money and even though it is aimed at younger children, I think it’s great for the whole family to get involved with.

Thank you again to Lisa for sending me this fun and fabulous box of goodies! Don’t forget to check out what Lisa thought of this month’s box, you can also read previous reviews for May and June

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  1. July 30, 2018 / 7:22 am

    This box has some of the most fun activities. Would be so nice to do with great company!
    Enjoy your day!


    • July 31, 2018 / 7:48 am

      Thank you Radi! 💖 It’s such an awesome box full of enjoyable activities 😍 xx

  2. July 30, 2018 / 8:04 am

    Ah, Bexa, I’m so glad you loved your box! When I saw the washi tape I thought that would be your favourite activity, haha, your vase is so stylish. Flora and I really enjoy these boxes, you’re absolutely right, as well as interactivity and creativity, we love the fact that there are no rules. Everyone needs encouragement to experiment and test out what works and what doesn’t. I’m sure your radishes and lettuce will start growing quickly in the warmer weather and your little pots are adorable 🙂 Thank you so much again for my TreatBox, I’ve absolutely loved collaborating with you this month, I hope we can do it again in the future – maybe a Christmas collab? 🙂 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • July 31, 2018 / 7:56 am

      Thank you so much Lisa! 💖 I definitely loved the washi tape, you know me so well! 😄 My radishes & lettuces are still alive which is very promising he he 😂. Looking forward to seeing what’s in your August Mud + Bloom Box and yes please, a Christmas collab sounds awesome! 😘 xx

  3. July 30, 2018 / 8:06 am

    I think this is a great idea for the whole family – everyone can get involved!

    • July 31, 2018 / 7:57 am

      Thanks Rachael 💖 So true! It’s such a fun box for all ages 😍 xx

    • July 31, 2018 / 8:46 am

      Yay! Thanks for checking out our posts Babita 💖 xx

  4. July 30, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    This is such a cute box. I think this box would be great for my niece or nephew or for anyone that wants to get out in the garden and do things really. Thanks for showing off all the goodies and explaining about the box. ♥

    • July 31, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Thank you lovely! 💖 It’s such a great box, I’m sure your niece and nephew will love it! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  5. July 30, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    This is so cute! I love that they make it so easy to get creative, but also grow something. There’s nothing worse than wanting to garden but not knowing where to start, and these little ‘sleeping bags’ are such a good idea. The washi tape is cute too!

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • July 31, 2018 / 9:26 am

      Thanks Cordelia! 💖 Exactly! These boxes are so perfect, otherwise wouldn’t have a clue what to do he he 😂. The sleeping bags really work, my seeds are growing well 😄. Glad you enjoyed the post and yay for washi! 😍 xx

  6. Shaun
    July 30, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    This mud + bloom box is such a good idea 😄. I love your summer vase, the washi tape makes it look really pretty 😘. I’m pleased your lettuces and radishes are emerging nicely from their sleeping bags too ☺️. A lovely post Bexa 😄😍💖😘 xxxx

    • July 31, 2018 / 9:33 am

      Thank you Shaun! 💖 I’m very impressed with the sleeping bags, the seeds are growing nicely! I’ll be making my own salads in no time! 😄 Glad you enjoyed the post 😘☺️😍 xxxx

  7. July 30, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    Ooooh I am loving the sound of the mud + bloom box! I love growing plants and gardening! I tried strawberries but my kitten pushed the pot over the windows edge so… no more strawberries!

    • July 31, 2018 / 9:34 am

      Thanks Corinne! 💖 He he, that’s exactly the kinda thing my cats would do too! 😂 I’m surprised mine are showing no interest in my latest gardening project 😝 xx

  8. July 30, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    This box is so cute. I haven’t seen this kind of box before. It’s so unique and creative. It really such a great idea. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • July 31, 2018 / 9:35 am

      Thanks Antonia! 💖 It’s a great idea, I love that it’s so creative! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  9. July 30, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    This looks like a really great box, filled with so many great fun activities, this actually look like something my younger sister would love! Will keep this box in mind for future birthdays and Christmas presents. Also love your photos Bexa💗

    • July 31, 2018 / 9:42 am

      Thanks Aaliyah! 💖 That’s such a great idea, it would make a brilliant present as you can buy one off boxes. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  10. Lupe
    July 30, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    This box looks so fun! I love the mix of fun activities and new information, it’s cool to see a box mix things up and be so full of creative projects

    • July 31, 2018 / 9:51 am

      Thanks Lupe! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post, it’s such a fun box of goodies! 😘 xx

    • July 31, 2018 / 9:51 am

      Thanks Lainy! 💖 That’s awesome, it would be perfect for schools! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  11. July 30, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    I always read Lisa’s versions of this and think I’d love it even though it’s meant for kids. I think it would be so great to grow my own vegetables if I could (and didn’t have a dog who would be very interested in the process). I love how you still managed to get some creativity in here too! x


    • July 31, 2018 / 9:57 am

      Thanks Sophie! 💖 Glad you enjoyed our posts! I know what you mean, pets are so curious about these kinda things! I’m surprised my cats are not interesting in my new gardening project 😂 xx

  12. July 30, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    What a cool idea and great for getting kids entertained and learning about ecology

    • July 31, 2018 / 9:59 am

      Thanks Gem! It’s a really fantastic idea! 💖 xx

  13. July 30, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    I remember reading Lisa’s post about one of these boxes before and they sound so good! It’s such a great way to get children interested about nature. It’s great that they’ve mixed in different creative activities, information cards and the spotters card. I love the summer vases you made, they look so pretty 🙂


    • July 31, 2018 / 10:01 am

      Thanks Amy! 💖 I always love reading Lisa’s Mud + Bloom reviews and felt so lucky to be able to check one out for myself ☺️. Glad you enjoyed our posts lovely 😘 xx

  14. July 30, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    This is such a cool subscription box Bexa, lovely review! I know I would’ve loved this & all the decorating stuff that comes with it when I was younger!

    Soph | http://www.lovesoph.co.uk

    • July 31, 2018 / 10:06 am

      Thanks Soph! 💖 It’s such a great box, I wish there were things around like this when I was growing up too! 😘 xx

  15. July 30, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    Looks absolutely amazing! Never mind the kids this is something I could play with 😂

    • July 31, 2018 / 10:12 am

      Thanks Shan! 💖 He he, I definitely had fun with this box by myself 😂 xx

  16. Phoebe
    July 31, 2018 / 2:28 am

    Baisng on your post I have some ideas for my lovely box. It ‘s so lovely !

    • July 31, 2018 / 10:52 am

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed the post 💖 xx

  17. July 31, 2018 / 2:33 am

    I really like the idea of this Bloom box! Considering how you’re growing your own veggies, you have control over what goes in the planting process and avoid all of those pesticides and stuff. Love how there’s so much in the box! I like how they make it easy for you to start planting goods. The washi tapes are SO CUTE!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • July 31, 2018 / 10:54 am

      Thank you Nancy! 💖 I’ve never planted my own seeds before so this is very exciting for me! 😄 Glad you enjoyed the post lovely and yay for washi tape! 😍 xx

    • July 31, 2018 / 10:55 am

      Thank you Isa! 💖 xx

  18. July 31, 2018 / 11:36 am

    Aww how cute! I love the idea behind these boxes getting children involved in learning more about nature. I think that is so important. But also perfect for adults if they want to learn. As I don’t know the first thing about gardening 🙈😂. Such a beautiful selection of goodies. The vase is so cute! Love a good washi tape 💕🌷xxxx

    • July 31, 2018 / 12:02 pm

      Thanks Lauren! 💖 It’s such a great box, it’s really educational and I was so excited when I saw there was washi tape involved he he 😍. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 💕 xx

  19. July 31, 2018 / 11:57 am

    Aw, these kits are absolutely adorable! I’m a complete plant noob so all the educational information aimed at children in the box would be just as educational for me, haha. I think the range of activities are fantastic as well. It seems like a lovely box to encourage activities within a family, something everyone can do together, which is super cute.

    I love how you mentioned the fun of checking on your seeds to see how they’re growing, btw. The only gardening type activity I’ve ever done is propagating succulents for my wedding last year and I definitely became obsessed with checking my plants every day to see how their growth was progressing. It really is amazing to see nature in action! (And it was great with succulents because anytime I had one that wasn’t going too well, I could pluck off it’s leaves and watch as it would grow into a new plant. So good!)

    • July 31, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Asti! 💖 Ha ha yes, it was so educational for me too, I loved reading all the facts and quizzes 😄. I know what you mean about checking plants, they take up more time than having pets! 😂 That’s really cool that the leaves grew into new plants, that would keep me entertained for ages! 😄💖 xx

  20. July 31, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Aw I love this post, I read Lisa’s yesterday and loved Flora’s painting with the natures paintbrushes feature! I’m glad to hear that this box would be good for a novice like me! I love how you’ve decorated your jars and how fun this whole box sounds!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com/ x

    • July 31, 2018 / 2:51 pm

      Thanks Soph! 💖 I was impressed with Flora’s artwork too! It’s so creative! The washi tape vases were really fun to do. Glad you enjoyed our posts lovely 😘 xx

  21. July 31, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    Absolutely love this, so nice to have little things to do that allows you to be creative and try new things out isn’t it! Having some things to grow is also super fun and definitely I’d like to do more, also so educational if you were doing it with kids as well! xx

    • July 31, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      Thanks Lorna! 💖 It’s a really fun box and I loved trying out the new activities! The seed planting was really enjoyable too! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  22. Phoenix Desertsong
    July 31, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    These boxes look so awesome! My kids would probably love this when they get bigger. Alas, I’m in the US, so I don’t know what shipping across the pond would be :/

    • July 31, 2018 / 4:46 pm

      Thanks Phoenix! 💖 It’s such a great box for kids to get creative with. Aww hopefully you can find something similar in the US to try 😘 xx

  23. July 31, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    what a creative box! it looks like a lot of fun, perfect for summer camps or to just do with a bunch of girlfriends! i love that it lets you sample gardening if you are beginner🌼🌼🌼 great post xxx sending lots of love

    -Mich | simplymich.com

    • August 1, 2018 / 10:36 am

      Thanks so much Mich! 💖 It really is a fun way to get into gardening 😍 glad you enjoyed the post lovely xx

  24. July 31, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    This box looks so fun and there’s something in there for everyone to do which is amazing! I love being creative so this looks like the perfect box for me to try. The washi tapes are super cute 💕

    Samantha | https://believeinamiracle.co.uk

    • August 1, 2018 / 10:37 am

      Thanks Samantha! 💖 I loved the washi tapes too, so cute! It’s was a really fun box, glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  25. Ellen
    July 31, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    I’d have loved this box when I was a kid, it’s such a good idea!

    • August 1, 2018 / 10:38 am

      Thanks Ellen! 💖 I would have loved it too, so many fun activities included 😍 xx

    • August 1, 2018 / 10:39 am

      Thanks Cora! 💖 He he, it’s definitely fun for all ages! 😄 xx

  26. July 31, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    This looks like such a good idea! And your pics are beautiful!!

    • August 1, 2018 / 10:43 am

      Thank you so much Hannah! 💖 xx

  27. July 31, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    I don’t have kids yet but I would purchase this for myself! I like learning about nature and gardening. I feel like anything educational is always appreciated no matter the age range, everyone will always learn something new. You two had a sweet collaboration!

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • August 1, 2018 / 10:44 am

      Aww thanks so much Natonya! 💖 It’s a great box for all ages, I definitely had lots of fun with it 😄. Glad you enjoyed our posts lovely 😘 xx

  28. July 31, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    That’s really a great set of stuffs to engage adults too! I particularly loved the Nature Paint Brushes. Such a creative and interesting way to keep children and adults involved in their surroundings and away from phones and iPads. Loved the post, Bexa!


    • August 1, 2018 / 10:45 am

      Thanks Anjali! 💖 The nature paintbrushes are such a good idea! Definitely! It’s a really fun way to keep everyone entertained away from technology. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  29. July 31, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    This box looks so exciting! I’ve never heard of it but it looks so creative, and I particularly love that there are veggies to grow, I’d absolutely love that!

    Jas xx

    • August 1, 2018 / 10:48 am

      Thanks so much Jas! 💖 I loved planting the seeds, it’s so exciting waiting for the veggies to grow! 😍 xx

  30. July 31, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    This looks like such a cute and fun box! Never seen anything like it I love it 😍

    • August 1, 2018 / 10:57 am

      Thanks Simone! 💖 Glad you like the post 😘 xx

    August 5, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    Very nice bexa , i am your big fan now… Such a nice article… Hmmmmm amazing articles there in your site. . thank you…

    • August 5, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much! You are very kind 💖 xx

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