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January Buddy Box 2017

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For a good while now, I’ve been aware of the Buddy Boxes by the Blurt Foundation. This is a charity set up to help people with depression. The Buddy Box is described as a ‘hug in a box’. It can be bought for yourself or as a gift to someone else.

This is a snippet from the website:

“Life is stressful.
With so many competing demands for our time and energy, there’s little left over for us.
We come last. Our needs are side-lined, our wants are ignored: we’re too busy to look after ourselves.
But when our wellbeing becomes an afterthought, it impacts on our health. We feel frazzled, wrung out, and disconnected. And eventually, we crash.
The BuddyBox is a subscription box with substance, designed to counter the pressures we face in modern life.
Packed full of thoughtful, mood-lifting treats, the BuddyBox comforts, delights and gives you that warm, ‘I’ve been cared for’ feeling inside.
In other words – it’s a hug in a box.”

I first came across the Buddy Box when searching for subscription boxes on the market. This was around last summer. I loved the idea of it but at the time it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. However, I found I kept coming back to the site and looking at the Instagram hashtag #buddybox (which by the way will also bring up a dog related subscription box as well!).

I almost bought a box in December but decided to hold off again, mostly due to funds. When I saw the reveal I was kicking myself. The contents were beautiful! There was a box of journal type cards with uplifting quotes, something I adore. In fact everything in that box got my attention.
I decided to purchase a box in January. One thing I love about the boxes is that they sometimes include a book, usually an uplifting non-fiction book. I felt that as one hadn’t been in the last box, there was a chance the January box could have one. Complete guess work!

So around the 11th January my box arrives. It’s a nice size and it’s weighted. Straight away the box looks really professional, the top has a blue foil design, the colour changes to match the monthly theme.

Inside the contents were wrapped in good quality illustrated paper (to match the theme).

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The contents included:
– The Little Book of Hygge. The Danish way to live well – Meik Wiking
– Human+Kind hand lotion (tropical scented)
– Bullet Journal Self Care Post-it Notes
– Yuyo Rooibos Restore Tea
– Do Not Disturb door hanger
– Postcard with quote ‘Lets start by taking a smallish nap or two – Whinnie the Pooh’
– Zine magazine

My first thoughts were how good the quality was of the box contents. The book alone is a hardback book. Everything feels as though it’s been sourced from high end suppliers. I knew this box was created as a ‘relax and retreat’, a self-care box for January.

Every item provides it’s own quality. I’ve already tried the tea and it’s looooovely! I will enjoy curling up with the tea and reading the book.

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In fact I’m intrigued by the book, I’ve read that Hugge is all about enjoying the simple pleasures in life. This is something I really want to work on this year so this book has come at the right time!

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If you don’t already know, I Bullet Journal so the self care sticky notes will be put to good use 🙂

The hand cream is already being used, it smells amazing!! I love hand cream and regularly use it. Winter is cruel to my hands and this hand cream isn’t heavy. It soothes my hands but isn’t greasy.

The other bits and pieces will be kept for journal work. As much as I love the door hanger, there’s no point using it in my house as the kids will steal it! So that will be useful in my art journal, perhaps for a reflection page.

The box is available as a subscription for £21.50 per month. I decided to buy a one off box. This was due to the nature of the box being to uplift and wanting to give it a go. The good thing is that a one off box is also £21.50.

I also love that the profits from the boxes go towards the charity 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

Kelly xxx

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