Hi, guys! So something a little different!
In the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a ‘spin off’ blog from my main stream blog of books at This Girl Reads. It’s something I am desperately passionate about, having seen mental health issues first hand. Of course, I’ll be carrying on with This Girl Reads, as reading is another huge passion of mine. I’ll be mooching some of my previous reviews on well-being, mental health, self-care books and also reviewing new products out there, including self-care boxes… So here’s my first!
I ordered the September Blurt Foundation (https://www.blurtitout.org/) ‘Buddy Box’ in August as I know I always struggle getting back into the routine of the busy work day after 6 weeks off for summer. Teaching isn’t an easy job and, more often than not, 2 weeks of the holiday are spent unwinding, 2 on holiday, then 2 more dreading coming back!
The box is beautifully presented. It comes in a lovely foil-printed, lidded card box. When I first lifted off the lid, I could immediately smell the calming lavender of the included shower/bath bomb..heaven. The inside of the box is wrapped in a theme-matching tissue paper. It’s all the little things that they think of that makes this a real treat.
Included in this month’s box is:
- The Blurt Zine
- Two postcards
- A ‘peopled out’ doorhanger
- A deck of cards with 54 self-care ideas
- A mapology guide – ‘How to grow your no!’
- A Lavender bath bomb for the shower
- And the beautiful Blurt Foundation written book, ‘365 days of self-care: a journal’
I particularly love the deck of cards, such a good idea for a lazy Sunday. Not sure what to do with yourself? Feeling a little down? Grab a card and find a reflective activity to do -from letter writing, napping to reading a favourite book. I love these. Also perfect for post-work wind-downs.
The Blurt zine, the postcards and the mapology guides are the literature of the box. Perfect to read and reflect, or to read and share with those around you. Spread the self-care love!
I cannot wait to try out the bath bomb for the shower! I rarely have time to have a bath in the week, but this sounds so interesting. I gather it goes in the bath at your feet and is set off by the shower water, releasing a delectable, calming fragrance. Love it! I’ll be saving this for a particularly stressful day to make the most of it before bed.
Finally, the journal. This is a winner for me. I have seen that the Blurt boxes often include a book, but this is their own book! I saw this advertised on Twitter a short while ago; a follow up to their hugely successful self-care guide. I have tried diaries, journal, everything before. I currently rely on the Daylio app (available for free from Android/Apple, https://daylio.webflow.io/ ) as it’s quick and painless on my phone. I managed to journal this year until…May. When shit got really stressful in work and it all just fell apart a bit – really, when I needed it most, but didn’t have the appropriate journalling resource. I mark for a living! So the thought of sitting and writing, be it a line or 5, isn’t enjoyable. Which is where this journal is fantastic. No start dates, dip in and out, not loads of writing, no guilt for leaving it. It’s not dated, but labelled as ‘day one’ or ‘day 67’, for example. The journalling itself would take minutes, asking you to reflect over ‘mood, sleep, hydration’ and any additional notes, with single word prompts, such as ‘colour’ or ‘appreciate.’ It’s simple. It’s effective. I cannot wait to get stuck in to some guilt free blogging.
I will absolutely be keeping my eye out for what’s in October’s box, as my birthday is in November…so a gift from me to me, of course!
Only £21.50 for individual boxes, available one-off or as a subscription. They’re definitely worth the price – they even include the individual prices in the box so you can see what fantastic value for money it is, and how well your money is being used as a donation. Plus you can buy extras of the goodies you really love from the Blurt Foundation shop online! (see the link above)