July 2020 – Parcel Contents

Hello lovelies, it’s time for another parcel reveal!

Our theme for July was “Relax & Recharge” and they contained products all connected with giving you an excuse to simply pause for a moment, be mindful and, just like your phone, recharge your batteries.

July Contents:

Splendor Sandalwood Candle Jar –

Welcome to your July parcel and this month’s theme “Relax & Recharge”. Your first item is this lovely jar candle – when we think of relaxing, our first thought goes to lighting a candle, regardless of the time of year. The fragrance of Splendor Sandalwood is a calm refreshing scent and the perfect choice for this parcel.

Colouring Sheet & Twig Pencils –

If you’re a regular subscriber to The Smile Parcel, you’ll know that we’ve included a colouring sheet in previous parcels. Colouring for adults has become a popular hobby and is a great way of taking relaxing time out for yourself. A single colouring sheet can be great if you’re one of those who struggles to make time for me-time…there’s always something else that needs doing or someone else who needs our attention. You may initially think that colouring isn’t for you, but once you get started, it almost “forces” you to be mindful for a few moments, to take a breather and think of something else, even if it’s only for a short time. We included some super rustic twig colouring pencils to help you get started!

Bath Fizzers –

Now, you could probably smell the beautiful fragrance of these mini bath fizzers even before you spotted them inside your parcel. These have been made by Trishell at Bathing Beauties, who you can find over in her Etsy shop. The perfect excuse to run a bath, light your candle, allow yourself to unwind for a while and let the worries of the day drift away…

Bookmark & Snack Bar –

There’s no drama with this Llama and he’s keeping an eye on you …and your page! Reading can be the ultimate escapism, I find it difficult to switch my mind off enough to focus on a book, so I’m very jealous of those of you who can. If you are able to get lost in a book, this Llama has got your back! And, of course, it’s then time for the “Recharge” part of your parcel – a snack bar to help keep you refuelled, after all, all this relaxing can be exhausting!

 ‘Blank Canvas’ Postcard –

We love these postcards, they have a great message, a reminder that each day is a brand new shiny blank canvas, to start over. If yesterday didn’t go so well, try again today. Postcard from Katie Abey Design.

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.

Parcel Assistant

Your Pom-Pom Parcel Assistant who helped us to pack your parcel this time was, Frank!

 

 

Karen x

 

 

April 2020 – Parcel Contents

Hello everyone!

Well, it’s the last day of April and it’s definitely been one of the strangest and most challenging April’s we’ve all ever seen…

Despite this, you’ve continued to support us and we are so grateful. We’ve loved hearing what a difference receiving your parcels is making to your lockdown experience – we hoped we could continue packing your parcels, as we know so many of you say you’re looking forward to them, more than ever, as a much-needed distraction and smile, at this difficult time.

Our April theme was “Keep Growing” and they contained a lovely splash of colourful Springtime!

April Contents:

Terracotta Pot –

Your parcel theme this month is “Keep Growing”, as we wanted to bring a welcome burst of Springtime to your home. Your first item is a very cute terracotta pot. We thought the daisy design was lovely, and it’s the perfect way to get you started on a little challenge we’ve set you, read on…

Bean, with Instructions –

We loved these beans as soon as we discovered them – for obvious reasons! We’ve included an instruction sheet with these too, to give you a head start, and explain more about them…and why they are “magic”. We’d love to see your photos as your beans begin to grow, so do send them over to us on our Facebook page.

Friends Photo Frame –

We’re all going through a very uncertain time at the moment, which probably means that sadly, we aren’t able to spend as much time with friends and family as we’d like to. The quote on this frame should be a little reminder that they are still there, even when we can’t see them every day, and remember, this unique situation will pass, although it’s difficult at the moment, it’s temporary and we will come through the other side, together.

Pink Gerbera –

It’s going to take a little while before you begin to see the beginnings of your bean plant, so we’ve included something that is already in full bloom – albeit artificial! Nevertheless, this pretty pink gerbera will add a spot of Springtime colour to any arrangement.

 “Keep Going” –

We thought this postcard was very apt at the moment, with all the uncertainties, it’s important to keep going – and I promise, it won’t always be this difficult. Postcard from “Colour Your Life Club”.

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.

Parcel Assistant

Your pompom Parcel Assistant who helped (or hindered!) us with packing your parcel this month, was…Albert!

Karen x

 

 

March 2020 – Parcel Contents

Hello…we’ve reached the end of another month, and a very long, strange week – Coronavirus lockdown has definitely brought us a few challenges, as it has to most of us.

We will endeavour to keep going and continue packing your parcels, as we know lots of you have said you’re looking forward to receiving them more than ever, as a welcome distraction and a mental health boost throughout all the constant changes, news updates and uncertainties – which is so lovely.

Our March theme was “Hopes & Dreams”, and they contained lots of colourful products to help the recipient keep those dreams alive…there was a noticeable rainbow vibe going on too!

March Contents:

Believe You Can… –

Your parcel theme for March is “Hopes & Dreams”, and we wanted to celebrate the beginning of Springtime, by making them bright and colourful. We love this quote “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there” as having a positive attitude towards achieving our dreams, can only help towards making them a reality! This print comes ready framed, perfect to hang on the wall, pop on a shelf, or even add to your desk at work.

Compact Mirror –

You’ll notice that there is a rainbow theme to your contents this month – starting with this super cute compact mirror.  We thought it was the perfect size to simply pop in a bag, or in the car, and have handy should an occasion arise…to turn that frown upside down!

Rainbow Notebook –

We just mentioned the rainbow theme running through your parcel, so we continued it with this A5 notebook – “Spread a little happiness wherever you go…”. We decided to include a notebook this month, as we believe, rather than keeping all our hopes and dreams in our head, writing them down, whether they are big or small, can help make them feel more real, and achievable.

“Yes I Can” –

At The Smile Parcel, we do love a button badge! They make great accessories to a bag or coat collar, and add a spot of colour at the same time. This one says “Yes I Can” and is a great reminder that, well, you can do, and be, anything you want to be – so go get ‘em!!

 Imagine The Possibilities –

Just imagine the possibilities, so many things to do, places to see, dreams to make come true, so what are you waiting for?!

Postcard from “Katie Abey Design”.

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.

Parcel Assistant

Your *Parcel Assistant who helped us with packing your parcel this month, was…Harold!

Karen x

*Parcel Assistants are cheeky little pompom chaps who help (or hinder!) us with packing your monthly parcels!

February 2020 – Parcel Contents

Hello…it’s time for our February contents reveal, and this month the theme was “Love Yourself”.

The contents were all about the importance of putting yourself first and investing in a little self-care – you deserve some me-time!

February Contents:

The Pad Of Productivity –

Your February parcel is here! And, as this month is associated with all things “Love”, we wanted to celebrate the importance of showing yourself some love and self-care – something that is very easy to forget to do! This Productivity Pad is a great way to help unload our mind. It can be stressful thinking about all the daily tasks and chores we have ahead of us, so writing them, in a list, and the satisfaction of ticking them off, one by one, can be a great help!

“My Mindful Day” & Star Pencil –

We spotted these lovely sheets on Facebook and contacted the creator, “Tiny Acorn Mighty Oak” for a collaboration, as we thought they were a perfect fit for this month’s parcels. Mindfulness can be great for anxiety – it can sound daunting if you’re unfamiliar with it, but in short, it simply means slowing down, taking time to breathe, and allowing yourself to refocus and become grounded. This sheet is a great way to begin…we’ve even included a cute star pencil to help you get started.

Spotty Socks –

Now, when we’re thinking about self-care, we think, cosy, warm, snuggly…socks! So, these had to be included in your parcel this month, now all we need is a blanket, a hot chocolate and our favourite box set, and we’re sorted…

Home Sweet Home –

These wooden heart decorations look lovely wherever they are hung. Home Sweet Home is a safe place to lots of us, and where we can relax and take some much deserved me-time…there’s nothing wrong with investing a little time in ourselves and our own wellbeing…and taking advantage of that long overdue duvet day!

 Go At Your Own Pace –

We’ve included another inspirational postcard from “Katie Abey Design”. Remember to take a moment to breathe, to step back and to enjoy the journey – it’s Okay to go at your own pace.

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.

Parcel Assistant –

Your pompom Parcel Assistant who helped (or hindered!) us with packing your parcel this month, was…Robert!

 

Karen x

January 2020 – Parcel Contents

Hello…we’ve almost successfully made it all the way through January – lots of us don’t particularly enjoy the first month of the year – it means a return to work and reality, it’s cold, and it seems to be very very long!!

Our parcel theme this month was “New Beginning” and with the contents we hoped to make your January a little brighter, by including products all associated with kick-starting your new year with positivity and inspiration!

January Contents:

Llama Water Bottle –

For your first parcel of 2020, we wanted to focus on the theme of new beginnings and add contents associated with inspiration. Lots of us are starting the new year by trying, where we can, to reduce the general waste we create, and particularly, single use plastic, so we thought we’d start by including a reusable water bottle. We loved the cute Llama design, as well as being great for the environment. (We will be doing more ourselves, and making the switch to biodegradable packaging inside all our parcels soon!)

Be A Flamingo… –

We love this quote. It is a great reminder to embrace being you, and standing out from the crowd. Be proud of your differences and flaunt them – there’s only one you! This artwork card has been handmade by Rachel over at “Rae Creates” – you can find her other lovely designs over on her Facebook page.

Dreamcatcher –

Lots of people choose to set resolutions for themselves at the start of a new year. For some, this is great and helps them to focus on achieving their goals, but for others, it can mean too much pressure, and have the opposite effect of feeling down or deflated if those goals aren’t reached. But what we do believe, is that everyone should have dreams, whether big ones or small ones – so what could be better than a dreamcatcher, to stop them getting away!

Mindfulness Charm –

As soon as we discovered these beautiful charms, we knew they were a perfect addition for our parcels. They have been created by “Claire Craft at Little Gestures”, who also writes lovely poems to go along with her inspirational products and gifts.

Appreciated, Valued, Loved –

We’ve included another inspirational postcard from “Katie Abey Design” this month. We all go through tough times, and sometimes we all need a little reminder of just how appreciated, valued and loved we are – I hope this card reminds you of this…because it’s true.

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.

Parcel Assistant –

As always, a pompom Parcel Assistant helped (or hindered!) us with packing your parcel this month, and for January, it was the turn of Victor!

Karen x

December 2019 – Parcel Contents

Hello lovelies! I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

We’re now right in the middle of that strange little area between Christmas and New Year, where we have absolutely no idea what day it is, or where we should be!!

We kept the contents reveal this month, until a bit later, as we know lots of our customers choose to save opening these for Christmas, or give as gifts – which we love!

Our parcel theme for December was, of course, “Christmas” and they were bursting with festive treats and decorations.

December Contents:

Shortbread Mix & Christmas Cutter –

Happy Christmas! I know for some of you, today will be Christmas day, as we know lots of you choose to save opening your December parcel until 25th December, and others like to have an early treat. Whichever you’ve chosen, we like to include something you can “do” in this parcel, so this month, we’ve opted for baking, and have collaborated with “Katie Bakes” to include her lovely shortbread mix. You’ll find a Christmas cookie cutter in your parcel too – just to add that festive touch to your bakes!

Starry Night Hanging Decoration –

In our opinion, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a little shimmer, sparkle…and of course, glitter! These pretty hanging star decorations fitted that brief perfectly, and are sure to add a little extra sparkle to your décor!

Adult Reward Stickers –

If you received our Christmas parcel last year, you may remember that we included some similar reward stickers for December 2018. At The Smile Parcel, we firmly believe that, regardless of age, we all deserve a little reward for our achievements, however big or small those achievements may be. So, as you battle through the chaos and festivities, and tick those items off your to-do list, we hope you wear your stickers with pride!

Metal Daisy Heart –

We didn’t want everything in your parcel this month to be Christmas related, and these daisy hearts, although they won’t look out of place for Christmas, they can be left hanging all year. We loved the intricate detail of the daisy design, and we think they look particular lovely when simply hung from a door handle, or even on curtain tie-backs!

 Christmas Card –

We wanted to pop a thank you Christmas card inside your parcel for supporting us and purchasing from us this year. Without you we wouldn’t have the pleasure of packing these parcels, and we have big plans to increase our ready-to-go gift range in 2020, so do follow us on Facebook for updates. Card from mental health charity MIND.

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.

Parcel Assistant

Your *Parcel Assistant this month is Clive…or how he prefers to be known, Christmas Clive!!

Karen x

*Parcel Assistants are cheeky little pompom chaps who help (or hinder!) us with packing your monthly parcels!

November 2019 – Parcel Contents

Hello lovelies!

I can hardly believe it, but we’re already in the last few days of ordering for our Christmas December parcels – November seems to be going by so fast!

But, before we can think too much about Christmas, we need to reveal the contents of this months parcels…

Our parcel theme for November was “Warm & Cosy” and they contained products all connected with making the most of the chilly days and colder evenings, by getting super cosy!

November Contents:

“I Can’t Adult Today” Mug –

It’s getting colder, and we think you deserve a much overdue day off – a day off from adulting that is! So, get yourself comfy on the sofa and put your feet up, pop your favourite boxset on the TV, the kettle on, and enjoy your…

Hot Chocolate Sachet –

This was an obvious choice for your next item, we couldn’t give you a new shiny mug without providing you with your first warming hot chocolate to have inside it. This time we went with the bubbly goodness of Aero, yum!

Christmas Countdown –

Now, I know we are a little early with a Christmas countdown, however, our December Christmas themed parcels, won’t arrive with you by 1st December, so we wanted to include a little something this month. We loved these cute “Dreams until Christmas” countdown decorations – perfect to pop on the shelf to keep you on track!

Slate Coaster –

We love a quote or slogan, and also, we really love a coaster! These are slate too, which added a lovely winter vibe, and with Christmas creeping up on us, the more coasters in the house, the better!

 The Porcupine Of Positivity –

It can be difficult to stay positive at this time of year – the clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in, and the evenings are chilly. So, trying to embrace the colder days and nights can be helpful. Dig out those blankets, fluffy socks, warm PJ’s and of course, hot chocolate! Postcard from Katie Abey Design.

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.

Parcel Assistant –

Your *Parcel Assistant this month is, Kevin. Now, you’ve been warned, but Kevin loves (really loves!) hot chocolate – so if your Aero sachet is empty when it reaches you – you know who took it!!

Karen x

*Parcel Assistants are cheeky little pompom chaps who help (or hinder!) us with packing your monthly parcels!

Christmas Is Open!

Wow, the time has arrived when we can officially talk about…Christmas!

The website opened for our December Christmas themed (of course!) parcels on 1st November, so you can now grab the one-off version, or sign up for a 3 or 6 month subscription, with the first parcel being our Christmas parcel – (subscriptions make great gifts!)

Ordering for these will close on 30th November, so we can get them all wrapped and packed, ready for posting during the first week of December, hopefully beating the posting rush!

As always, our Christmas parcels will be super festive, but will still contain our usual mix of inspirational gifts, decorations, handmade items, and maybe, treats to eat!

We know lots of these will be bought and given as gifts, so we won’t spoil the surprise and will save the contents reveal until after Christmas. As with all our parcels, we can also add a personal note inside from you too, if you wish, and we can post to any address within the UK, so we can send them to you, or directly to the recipient.

Subscriptions can be paid for in a one-off lump-sum payment, rather than by monthly instalments, as we know when buying as gifts, some of you like to have the option to pay all at once and then not have to think about it again, just let us know what you’d like to do.

And remember there’s no limit to how many one-off parcels you can order, so if you’re looking for surprise gifts for friends and family, we’ve got you covered!

We also have something brand new this year…a Christmas Eve Box! These are available now, to order directly through our Facebook page, and currently over in our Etsy shop. These are ready-to-post, so there’s no posting times or waiting for these, along with our other ready-to-go range.

We wanted to create a Christmas Eve Box for adults, who after working hard all year, deserve to take a break, put their feet up, and have some me-time, even if it’s only for a few moments, before the bustling festivities of Christmas Day begin.

Remember, if you have any questions or queries about any of our parcels, feel free to pop me an email, or a Facebook message, I’d love to hear from you!

Karen x