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July 2017 – Parcel Contents

For this blog post, I’m going to show you another parcel contents, this time for July 2017 – I’m catching up, slowly!

The contents of our parcels are kept secret until they are all received by our customers, so we don’t ruin the surprise of the un-boxing experience!

Each month there is a different theme, and for July, it was ‘…And Relax’.

The contents for July were chosen to encourage you to take a little time out for yourself, and relax. The weather is lovely, so take advantage of it, find a nice comfy spot to sit, and enjoy…

July Contents:

 Mason Drinking Jar & Straw

The first item this month is a bright pink Original Mason drinking jar. We love the retro style, (and the stripy straw!) Summer is here, and so it’s as important as ever to keep hydrated, and drink those summer shakes. After the summer is over, remove the lid, and your jar could then also make a great vase standing on a window sill!

Patchwork Cushion –

This cute patchwork cushion is a lovely design, and perfect to help make a small space nice and cosy.

Colouring Book –

Adult colouring books are very fashionable at the moment, but they are also a great way to relax and unwind at the end of the day, sitting outside on a nice evening, or even while watching TV.

Colouring Pencils & Kit Kat –

Colouring pencils are included to help you get started on your colouring book –  feel free to share your masterpieces on our Facebook page! We wanted to include a little snack to enjoy while you’re busy relaxing, and as the Kit Kat moto says, they were the only option!

‘Live In The Now’ –

When you’ve found your place to have a quiet few moments with your summer drink and your colouring, it’s the perfect chance to refocus and maybe try a little mindfulness. We have a mindfulness category on our blog on the website, which we will be adding more exercises to, so take a look if you’d like some ideas.

Smile Cards

As always, there should be a couple of these little cards in your parcel, I’ve written one for you, and the blank one, is for you to write a short inspirational or positive message, and give to someone you know, or leave somewhere for a complete stranger to find – but this is of course optional, there’s absolutely no pressure to do this if you don’t want to*.

Karen x

Christmas Shopping Can Begin!

This blog post is going to be a little different, as now we have officially opened for our December Christmas parcel orders, I wanted to explain a little about them.

The website opened for orders on 1st November, and will close on 30th November 2017. This is so that we can get them all wrapped and packed, ready for posting during the first week of December, and beat the Christmas posting rush!

This parcel will be beautifully festive, and will contain, gifts, decorations, treats to eat, and something to keep you, or the recipient, busy on Christmas day.

As with all our parcels, they take 3-5 working days for delivery, so should reach you by the second week of December, although our couriers are usually very speedy, so they will probably arrive before then.

We can post to any address within the UK, so we can send them to you, or to a friend or family member, or whoever you want to send a Smile Parcel to!

I know lots of you will be giving the Christmas parcels as gifts, so, just for December, we won’t show the content photos in our emails, or on Facebook in the middle of the month as usual, and instead will wait until a couple of days after Christmas, so we don’t spoil the surprise of opening them on the day.

If you let us know in plenty of time before we start wrapping them, we can even add a note inside from you too.

Let me know if you have any questions before ordering, you can message us on our Facebook page, or pop us an email.

Karen x

Sing & Dance – Mental Health Tip

This has to be one of my favourite positive mental health tips (and I’m rubbish at them!).

Singing & dancing naturally releases our feel-good chemicals, and, well, makes us feel happy.

Being good is definitely not an important aspect of this tip – so wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, put on the radio, and sing at the top of your voice, and try some dance moves at the same time – but be careful, don’t go causing yourself an injury!

Dancing has even been shown to improve brain function, and singing increases oxygenation in our blood, which is good for our heart, and can reduce stress.

So, give it a go, there’s nothing to lose, and, no one is watching anyway…

Karen x

June 2017 – Parcel Contents

For this blog post, I’m going to show you another parcel contents, this time for June 2017.

The contents of our parcels are kept secret until they are all received by our customers, so we don’t ruin the surprise of the un-boxing experience!

As you know, each month there is a different theme, and for June the theme was ‘Step Outside’.

The contents were all about helping you to make the best of your outside space, however big or small it is, to encourage you to make the most of it, and just ‘step outside, and breathe’ – especially when the weather is starting to get better in June.

June Contents:

Garden ‘Odds & Ends’ Tray

The first item this month is a lovely wooden tray. Very handy to keep those bits & bobs in – those that keep getting misplaced! If, like me, your fingers aren’t green – I’m pretty sure that biscuits also count as ‘odds & ends’!

Bee Happy –

This small hanging plaque is very cute, and perfect, as we love bees.

Hessian Bunting –

As you know, this month the theme is ‘Step Outside’, so we wanted to include products to make your outside space look beautiful, however big or small it is. Bunting makes anywhere look happy and inviting, so pop it up in your garden or yard, or even in a porch, or on your door.

Tea Light & Holder –

When the weather is nice, it’s lovely to sit outside, and this tea light is the perfect little centre piece on a patio table. The tea light scent is ‘Cool Cotton’, and it has been made by Caroline over at ‘The Madhouse’ – you can find her on Facebook to see her lovely products. (As with all candles, take care & read the safety guidelines inside the holder)

Step Outside & Breathe –

Sometimes, we need to just take a moment, and breathe. The amount of Serotonin we have, is affected by the amount of oxygen we inhale, and Serotonin can significantly lighten our mood and promote a sense of happiness and well-being, so that’s a great excuse to breathe in some fresh air.

Smile Cards

There should be a couple of these little cards in your parcel, I’ve written one for you, and the blank one, is for you to write a short inspirational or positive message, and give to someone you know, or leave somewhere for a complete stranger to find – but this is of course optional, there’s absolutely no pressure to do this if you don’t want to*.

Karen x

Get Organised! – Mental Health Tip

We’re now well into September, and back into the full swing of work and the school routine.

When we have lots to do, and busy lives, it helps to be as organised as we can, and plan ahead where possible, this way we know what we’re doing, when we’re doing it, and what we need.

 

Being organised can help make us efficient too, and reduce any last-minute panics, as well as increasing confidence, and, importantly, ensuring we are ready for anything!

Karen x

Visualisation!

Now, I know I’ve added this blog post to the category of ‘Mindfulness Techniques’ but this isn’t actually mindfulness, in fact it is, kind-of, the complete opposite, but I wanted to include it as a post, as I use both mindfulness and visualisation in the same way.

Basically, mindfulness is all about focusing and staying in the present moment, whereas visualisation is about taking your mind somewhere else.

Visualisation involves, firstly, thinking of a place where you feel most relaxed, and at peace. It could be a sandy beach, in a forest surrounded by trees, sitting on your favourite bench in the park, anywhere that is special and calming to you.

It’s best to do this initially when you are feeling relaxed, so you can fully picture yourself there in your mind, without distraction.

It’s important to also add to the mental picture, how you’re feeling in that situation, anything you are physically feeling or touching, if there’s a particular smell belonging to that image, and anything you can hear.

Spend a few moments focusing on it, and thinking about how relaxing and calming it is.
The exercise of visualisation is to keep this image locked away in your mind, ready to come back to whenever and wherever you need it, it does take some practice, but it gets easier over time.

You can use the visualisation technique when you’re in a place or situation which may make you anxious, e.g. standing in a queue or sitting in the doctors waiting room.

We Won!! Women In Business

Something exciting happened this week, we won another award!

We won the Jacqueline Gold Women in business award via her Twitter page.

It is known as #WOW, which stands for Women on Wednesday, as that’s when entrepreneurs can enter and the winners are chosen.

Jacqueline Gold is the CEO of Ann Summers, and has a huge following on social media, so to get chosen by her, and retweeted to her followers is a great boost for us.

If you have a business and would like to enter #WOW, you need to be a female entrepreneur, and tweet Jacqueline Gold about your business between 1 – 3pm on a Wednesday, including the all important hashtag #WOW.

After 3pm, Jacqueline goes through all those tweets and businesses, and chooses her top 3, announcing them on her Twitter page.

As a winner, we are given a Women in business badge, which we can use on our website, and in advertising materials, to show that Jacqueline is a fan of our business.

We also gain access to a support group on Facebook, where previous #WOW winners can share business tips and advice with each other.

So, if you qualify, you should definitely give entering a go…

Karen x

May 2017 – Parcel Contents

For this weeks blog post, I’m going to show you another parcel contents, this time for May 2017.

The contents of our parcels are kept secret until they are all received by our customers, so we don’t ruin the surprise of the un-boxing experience!

Each month there is a different theme, and for May they were all about one of our favourite things…tea!

The theme was ‘Time For Tea’.

May Contents:

Mug –

When we were selecting a mug for this month’s parcel, this one was an easy choice – some days it’s just too difficult to even think about ‘adulting’, let alone doing it!

Coaster –

We loved the quote on this ceramic coaster, and its good advice too – take life one cup at a time. The past is gone, and the future is unknown, so just concentrate on the here and now.

Tea Bags –

We thought we’d go a little bit different with the tea bags, and these are lovely blend of vanilla, cinnamon & ginger. We’ve given you 3 tea bags, so it’s a great excuse to meet with friends or family, or even someone you don’t know well, and have a natter over a cuppa – good things happen over tea!

Wooden Plaque –

This gorgeous hanging wooden plaque was created just for our parcels by Sarah, over at Sarah’s Crafty House.

You can find her on Facebook, please check out her other beautiful makes.

Chocolate Biscuits –

I don’t think we need to say anything about the chocolate digestives, do we? – Hopefully they’re not too small for dunking in your tea! (Please check ingredients for allergens)

Biscuit Tub & Love Heart Sweets –

We selected the biscuit tub as it could come in very useful, when travelling with a snack is a must. We popped some little Love Heart Sweets in there, as we couldn’t give it to you empty, and the digestive packets wouldn’t squeeze in!

Smile Cards –

There should be a couple of these little cards in your parcel, I’ve written one for you, and the blank one, is for you to write a short inspirational or positive message, and give to someone you know, or leave somewhere for a complete stranger to find – but this is of course optional, there’s absolutely no pressure to do this if you don’t want to*.

Karen x