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What is Kombucha?

If you’ve dived into your October {re}box already (if not, what have you been doing?!), you will have found a bottle of delicious ginger & lemon kombucha from Loving Foods.

If you’ve never tried kombucha before, this is a great place to start – Light, refreshing, sparkling with warm citrus hints and a gingery kick – the Champagne of kombucha.

Light, refreshing and oh-so-good. Organic green tea, honey and a SCOBY (a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast – don’t worry, they take that out) are combined with double-filtered water and natural ingredients to create a vitamin and enzyme rich, amazing drink, full of beneficial live bacteria.

But what is the big deal about Kombucha? Well firstly it’s a potential source of some pretty powerful probiotics. Fermented foods such as some yoghurts, sauerkraut and kefir contain live micro-organisms. As kombucha is also the product of fermentation, probiotic microbes are also produced. These probiotics can help to balance levels of bacteria in the gut and improve digestion.

There is also evidence to suggest that kombucha may be a source of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from oxidative damage (damage to cells, proteins and DNA that can contribute to ageing). Certain teas, especially green teas, are high in antioxidants, so depending on what variety of tea your kombucha is made from, it could be high in these beneficial antioxidants.

Also, kombucha may contain small amounts of important minerals and vitamins including Vitamin C and several B vitamins although levels of the above are likely to vary between products. On a similar thread, kombucha could also be anti-fungal thanks to one of the by-products of fermentation, acetic acid. It is thought that this may supress the growth of less desirable bacteria whilst promoting more beneficial varieties.

Whilst much more research is needed into the health benefits of kombucha, early studies suggest it is a good addition to your diet. And when it tastes as good as this Loving Foods one, it’s hardly a hassle to include it.

Are you planning to give kombucha a try? I’d love to know!

Love Andrea xx

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July 2023 Box Reveal

Is it just me or are the months flying past even faster than usual?! Is it an age thing? It used to feel like the days, weeks and months dragged by but the older I get the faster life seems to be flying past. I sometimes wishes I had a pause button so I could just stand still for a moment (I really mean nap, I would nap). In a world that feels so hectic and is about to get even more so (sending thoughts and prayers to those of you about to embark on the 6 weeks of summer holidays), it feels lovely to be able to send you a box of thoughtful gifts to encourage you to take some time out to relax. This was one of the easiest ReBox I have ever put together – the biggest difficulty being trying to choose just 5 things to go inside it!

Desperate to be freed from its storage pouch, first up we have this beautiful rainbow stripe beach bag from cult brand Dock & Bay. If you’ve been with me for a while, then you will probably still be coveting your Dock & Bay beach towel that I included last summer. This bag will become your summer hero. It holds up to 100X its own weight and is roomy enough to hold everything you could possibly need on your summer day trips. Should you be lucky enough to be heading to the beach, sand brushes straight off and if you’re a lover of the ocean as I am, you’ll be pleased to hear it is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. It folds down to a teeny, tiny size so is great to include in your suitcase too.

If you are heading to the beach (or park or even just your back garden), chuck your favourite book in the bag and be sure to keep track of your page with the fun bookmark from The Happy Company who take pride in ‘sprinkling a little happiness’ wherever they go. Also, does anyone else just seem to get constantly interrupted when they attempt to relax with a book? I’m sure I read each sentence at least three times!

There is nothing more refreshing than this bamboo water drink from Juno. It is the first drink to harness the health benefits of ethical bamboo and is packed with healthy antioxidants and minerals. Bamboo has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy to heal the body and calm the mind. It is known to naturally boost immunity, detoxify the body, and boost collagen production. Lightly sparkling, it reminds me of Japanese iced tea, with a delicious splash of juicy mango.

During the summer months I steer clear of sending out chocolate in your monthly box as I’m terrified it will melt and cover everything. So instead, I have sourced these delicious salt & pepper fava crisps. These roasted fava crisps are perfectly seasoned with a pinch of sea salt & black pepper to create a moreish plant-based, healthy & sustainable snack. These delicious, wholesome bites are packed full of natural protein & fibre & a healthier alternative to crisps. Packed in infinitely recyclable & reusable tins, these plant-based snacks will perfectly accompany your bamboo water (or glass of chilled white wine…).

And finally, last but certainly not least, there may well be a time or two during the next month where you feel you’d quite like to lay down in a dark room. I’m hoping you get the chance if you need it and have popped in this lavender eye pillow to help block out the summer light and soothe tired, worn-out eyes. Pop it in the fridge for a cooling sensation (or heat it up for warmth in the cooler months).

Love the sound of this box? Get yourself on the list for next month’s {re}box for half price when you sign up today – I’d love you to join our gang!

Lots of love

Andrea x

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The Story So Far…

I remember the specific moment I appreciated I had completely and utterly burnt out. It had crept up on me so gradually, until one morning I realised I physically didn’t have the willpower to get myself out of bed. Unfortunately, as a single Mum to two girls who were in Primary school at the time, curling up in the foetal position and not moving wasn’t an option. So somehow, in zombie mode, I chucked jeans over my pjs, packed lunchboxes and walked them to school. I remember crawling up the stairs, peeling my jeans off and staying in bed, curled up in a ball until it was time to collect them. Pretty sure it would have been a freezer dinner day that day.

The burn out was thanks to lots of factors – I was working part time in an admin role, desperate to create something that would support us all better financially and create some sort of legacy for my girls. So, I spent all my spare time, money and energy creating and launching the most amazing online sustainable gifting marketplace. I was so proud. It was so beautiful. I launched it, celebrated lots and then two weeks later, covid hit and lockdown was announced. Fast forward to suddenly working form home, homeschooling two girls on my own and also trying to navigate the new business I had just launched very much into unchartered waters.

I worked 20-hour days, surviving on wine and adrenaline. I couldn’t afford to outsource anything at this stage of my businesses so had to recruit businesses to join us, deal with all the onboarding admin, technical stresses, marketing, research, advertising, and social media. Not forgetting my actual day-to-day job and homeschooling. The kids (quite happily) played an awful lot of Roblox (if you know you know).

Progress was slow. I had some amazing wins – appearing on the BBC’s Countryfile, recruiting nearly 300 small businesses to sell through us and eventually hiring a small team to help me out. Every step forward felt like walking through wet cement in lead boots, but I pushed on.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom, the girls and I had so much fun during lockdown. Long walks in the fields behind our cottage to rope swings, karaoke evenings, movie nights, sleepovers in the garden, so much baking. But the juggle was insane. I was a shadow of my former self, losing weight, permanent black bags under my eyes and a bit too much of a reliance on my chosen medicine, Sauvignon.

When all the lockdowns were finally lifted and “normality” resumed, the burn out properly hit. I didn’t have to hold everything up anymore, so I crumbled.

I hadn’t spent anytime looking after myself. I realised I hadn’t managed a full night’s sleep in a year. It was like looking after 5 newborn babies at the same time whilst blindfolded and drunk.

My marketplace had got to the point where it required significant investment to push it forward and make it a financial success. I finally recognised I simply couldn’t keep it up anymore.

I spent a week taking the kids to school and then crawling back into bed before realising it was time to call it a day and put myself first and close the business. As soon as I had made the decision, a huge weight was lifted. I slept for 15 hours straight and emerged; blinking filled with relief.

I knew within weeks that my entrepreneurial journey was far from over. I missed the high from seeing an order ping through but knew I had to find a business that wouldn’t take over my life in the same way. I did lots of brainstorming, trying to decide what was next. It didn’t take me long to settle on the idea of encouraging other women to take time out for themselves too. I wanted to help others avoid ending up the situation I had. Eventually {re}box was born. It took next to no time to come together in my head, and I knew I would love every second of working on it.

Creating content for our socials, managing website admin, setting the box themes, and shopping for products for the boxes feels like the most natural thing in the whole world. I love knowing that every month my subscribers are unboxing a gorgeous present for themselves. I love picking exactly the right products to go into {re}box each month to act as prompts to encourage you to take time for yourself. I love reenforcing the narrative that self-care isn’t selfish and is in fact, a necessary step in being the best version of yourself each day. I’m a better mum on the days when I’ve taken time to myself. I have more patience, more time, and more energy.

I hope you all love receiving your boxes as much as I love creating them for you. A lot of careful thought, time and love has gone into every single product choice. Come and join us and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Has this post resonated with you? Drop me an email to let me know. Better still, come follow me on Instagram for a chat or even better, join the {re}box gang today.

Take care of yourself.




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What is Grounding?

You’ve probably heard the term thrown around, but was does the practice of grounding actually mean and what are the benefits?

Grounding, also sometimes referred to as Earthing, is the act of connecting your body with the ground most commonly by walking barefoot or lying on the ground. It relies on earth science and grounding physics to explain how electrical charges from the earth can have a positive effect on the body.

Grounding is currently an under-researched area of science. However, the main theory from one study is that grounding affects the living matrix which is the central connector between living cells. Electrical conductivity exists within this matrix that is believed to function as an immune system defence. The belief is that through regular grounding, the natural defences of the body can be restored.

More research is needed into the benefits of grounding however it has been reported to improve conditions such as chronic fatigue, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease. Although all these claims need to be researched much more deeply, there is no harm in trying.

Ways to try out grounding

Walking barefoot – kick off your shoes and socks and head outside. Remember running through the grass barefoot as a kid? Get that feeling back. Sand, grass, mud – all do the job.

Lying on the ground – when was the last time you lay on the ground and looked up at the clouds? Kick back and spend some time lying in the grass and reconnecting with nature (and your childhood self)

Grounding mats – don’t worry if you can’t get outside (hello English weather). You can try out a grounding mat like this one.

Let me know if you try out any of these grounding techniques or if you have other ways you like to connect with the Earth.

Love Andrea xx

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What happened when I went online dating for friends…

I’ve always been a little nomadic (I think I’ve counted nearly 20 different addresses so far), but I’ve never strayed too far away from my close-knit little bunch of mates. However, as life has gotten more complicated (marriages, divorces, kids, high-pressure-long-hours jobs) it has felt harder and harder to stay in touch with my old friends in the same way. Throw in a move that took me an hour (yes, I know that’s not far in the grand scheme of things) away from my best girls, during covid, and I started to feel really isolated.

I no longer had friends on my doorstep who could pop in for a cuppa and a chat or an impromptu glass of wine in the evening. To make matters worse, we were in the middle of our squillionth lock-down. I spent far too much time on my own in the evening with a glass (bottle) of wine and my dog, Bella, for company.

As soon as the lockdowns finally ended, I knew I had to put myself out there are go and find some female company asap. My youngest daughter Harriet was now in Year 5, so Mum friends from school were tricky, as even though I tried hard to ingratiate myself to the Mum’s friend group, these women already had their set of school mum friends and were not on the look out for anymore.

I was at a loss as to where to start, when I read an article about Bumble BFF. I’m no stranger to online dating. After my divorce 7 years ago, I jumped headfirst into the dating apps and went on my fair share of horrific first dates (that’s another blog post in itself!), before meeting my now boyfriend, Ben. But how would it work for friends? Would I end up choosing my friend circle based entirely on their attractiveness?!

After downloading the Bumble BFF app, the first thing you do is set up your profile. If you can think of something more awkward than writing yourself a bio on a dating app, I’d love to hear it. “Hi, I’m Andrea, I like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain… no seriously, although I do like pina coladas I’m more into wine, cheese, reading and taking long walks with my dog”.

After several rewrites of said bio, I decided to stop overthinking it; added some pics to my profile that I’d probably used on Tinder and hit publish. (Side note, you also had to answer some question prompts like “Yoga or Hiking”, “Night owl or Early bird” – I did warn you it was cringe).

I was then able to begin my swiping. Much like dating apps, you are presented with their profile pic, location, and age.

I quickly realised that I needed to be more selective with my swiping as there were hundreds of potential friend matches and quite frankly, I didn’t have the energy to message and attempt to build up a rapport with everyone!

I started swiping on people close in location to me, with similar interests. I passed on anyone who didn’t drink (don’t judge me – I find any first date less awkward over a glass of wine!) I looked for other women who liked live music, long walks and red wine and cheese. I could afford to be ridiculously specific, there were that many women on there. I realised that feeling lonely was clearly not rare – thousands of other women in my area were in the same boat.

My first “date” was a nerve-racking experience. I’d been chatting to a girl for a week or so, but much like dating, I was keen to meet IRL to see if we had any kind of connection. I was horribly anxious about going and nearly cancelled all day. We met at a local wine bar and shared a bottle alongside a huge cheeseboard (which I consumed most of). Conversation flowed, she was easy to talk to and never left space for an awkward silence which I appreciated. At the end of the night, we agreed to meet up again soon but were both realistic about busy lives and schedules. We caught up again about 3 weeks later at a comedy club and it was much less awkward, we laughed a lot (it was a comedy club after all) drank crap wine and had a really fun evening. I’ve seen her a few times since and really enjoy her company. She’s different to other people I hang out with, and I love that.

Much like Tinder I also went on ‘dates’ that didn’t last long or go that well. There was the really lovely girl who wanted to give me a complete makeover (thanks but I’m fine) and the girl who was so shy she couldn’t say more than two words together (I really felt for this girl, but she also told me she really didn’t want to be there).

Interested to see how else I could explore new friendships; I joined several local Facebook groups who regularly hosted local events where you could go along and hang out with a group of women. This is much less intense as there is a whole group of you. My favourite event so far has got to be the Drag Queen bingo we went to. I laughed so much all night; the drag queen was absolutely savage, and we were all terrified of getting ‘bingo’ as she tore apart everyone who was called up. Of course, I got bingo and was so nervous when I went up to collect my prize (a bottle of prosecco) that I told them that I was worried I’d ticked off the wrong numbers after a glass of wine. She promptly decided I must be hammered and made the bingo call “Andrea’s sh*t faced” Cue the whole venue shouting that line repeatedly for the rest of the night. That cringeworthy experience to one side, I met a really lovely girl that night who I’ve stayed in touch with, and I really get on with. Again, she’s different to other people I hang out with, and I really value that.

Like anything worth having, creating friendships takes time and effort. Its in spending time together that memories are created, and bonds are formed. But know that if you are feeling lonely, you aren’t the only one and I can bet there are lots of other women in your area feeling the same isolation who would love to meet up with you for a drink, a walk or drag queen bingo. It’s time to put your big girl pants on and put yourself out there. Failing that – message me, I’ll come hang out with you.


Andrea xx

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What is mindful meditation?

Mindfulness is something we all do whenever we bring our awareness to what we are feeling or experiencing. It is the process of becoming aware of your thoughts without being overwhelmed by them.

Mindful meditation can be traced back thousands of years to ancient Eastern and Buddhist philosophy. Whilst it is a practice linked to Hinduism, Buddhism, and yoga in recent years it has become widely practiced as a non-religious meditation.  

In a study conducted by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University, scientists proved that it really does make you happier and calmer. Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre says, ‘mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment’. The clinical study showed that in people who have the most recurrent forms of depression, it halved the risk of relapse over a 12-month period. But it isn’t just beneficial those suffering from depression, other studies have found that it enhances wellbeing as well.

How can you start to practice mindfulness?

Much like training your body at the gym, mindfulness is tool that needs to be practiced regularly and can be mastered over time. It is important to dedicate time to learning how to be mindful and what techniques work for you. You may like to find a class and attend an 8-week course helping you learn how to be mindful. Others may prefer to read a recommended book such as this one or follow an online course on YouTube.

How can mindful meditation benefit you?

Mindful meditation may carry many health and lifestyle benefits for you. Studies suggest that focusing on the present can have a positive impact on health and well-being. Mindfulness-based treatments have been shown to reduce anxiety and depression whilst increasing concentration levels and easing stress levels.

There’s also evidence that mindfulness can lower blood pressure and improve sleep. It may even help people cope with pain.

You can read further about mindfulness on the NHS website here.

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What is Cognitive Load and How Can You Manage Yours?

Cognitive load is a term that refers to the amount of mental effort and energy used to process and store information. It’s the capacity of your brain to handle a certain amount of information at one time. As we all know, our brains can only take so much before we start to feel overwhelmed. Taking control of your cognitive load is essential for productivity and overall mental health.

Cognitive load is important to understand because it affects our ability to learn, recall information, and make decisions. When our cognitive load is too high, it can lead to feelings of stress, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. On the other hand, when our cognitive load is too low, it can lead to boredom and a lack of motivation.

So how can we manage our cognitive load on a daily basis? The first step is to become aware of how much information we’re taking in. It’s important to limit the amount of new information we’re trying to process at any given time. The second step is to prioritise and focus on the most important tasks. This will help us to stay on track and avoid becoming overwhelmed. Third, we can take frequent breaks. Taking breaks gives our brain a chance to rest and recharge, which can help us to stay focused and productive. Also, we can practice mindfulness. Mindfulness helps us to stay in the present moment and be aware of our thoughts and feelings. This can help us to manage our cognitive load and make better decisions.

I try and take control of my cognitive load by making comprehensive lists and delegating tasks.

Begin by jotting down in a notebook or on a piece of paper, every single task that is currently taking up space in your head. As you compile the list you will probably begin to think up more and more. Make sure to include EVERY single task. Today my list might start a bit like this: Put white washing in machine, Hang white wash on line, empty dishwasher, load dishwasher, Clean breakfast things away, fold washing, put washing on children’s beds, make the children’s beds as they have forgotten, make a note to remember Harriet’s flute for tomorrow’s lesson, pick Sophie up from afterschool club, prep and make dinner, answer work emails, call my mum to catch up, return a friend’s text, take the rubbish out, walk the dog, drink water, remember to eat lunch etc.

Starting to make sense? The quick list I’ve compiled above is only the immediate tasks I need to complete. It’s also important to add tasks that are taking up space in your brain but don’t need to be completed immediately. For example, book dentist appointment, post Dad’s birthday card next week, research summer holiday destinations, book car MOT, clean washing machine filter.

Once you have written all these tasks down it is time to take control of them and start breaking them down into manageable chunks. I like to use highlighters to categorise my tasks and I start with my favourite category; tasks I can delegate. Which tasks on your list can you hand over to someone else? I know it’s annoying to have to point out tasks to your significant other as it can feel like they should know they need doing too, but that is a whole other blog post!! Are there work tasks you can delegate to a colleague? Which tasks can your children take control of?

The next set of tasks I highlight are tasks I need to complete today. Which tasks are time sensitive? My advice here is to try not to include too many tasks on this list. Be realistic. Is it life or death if you don’t clean the oven today?

Then highlight tasks you need to finish by the end of the week (this exercise is great done on a Sunday night when you’re planning your week). These tasks can be tagged on to any day where you have a moment spare.

Finally highlight tasks that are long term and don’t really have an immediate need for completion. For me this is tasks that have a month or so grace such as holiday planning or certain deep cleaning tasks.

Now take a deep breath and breath out… feel better? It’ so much easier to see a way through the overwhelm with a clear plan.

Final word from me: Don’t forget to take regular breaks during the day and plan in time to eat/shower/get some fresh air. You’ve got this!

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June 2023 ReBox Revel

This week my daughter is turning 14! I have been busy getting everything prepped, decorating, baking etc and was feeling utterly exhausted by the end of yesterday. I took my own advice for once and headed out for a walk with Bella (the whippet) in the cool evening and felt much better after half an hour away from the madhouse! I hope the contents of this month’s {re}box centred around creating your very own at home {re}treat will bring you some peace and respite from whatever your busy lives hold.

So first up on our list this month is this cute face mask jar from Wild Venus. Believe it or not, this little jar contains enough product to make three face masks with! All you need to prepare a clay mask is a teeny drop of water, a small bowl and the mask brush provided in your box to make it into a paste.  Yellow clay is a good alternative to green clay, they’re very similar but yellow clay is slightly milder. Make sure you use a good moisturiser afterwards as clay can be a little drying for some skin. Of course, if you are using a face mask, you absolutely need a super soft spa headband. These bands are so gentle on your skin and perfect for using during a face mask, cleansing routine or whilst you’re applying your makeup.

When I picked out these beautifully fragranced bath bombs, the weather was a little cooler to say the least. However, I stand by my choice as these bombs are the perfect addition to a cooler bath when you need to feel refreshed and relived from this humidity! Plus, if you really can’t stand the idea of a bath, they make great shower fizzers. Pop one in the corner of your shower and enjoy the most aromatic shower of your life!

If you are choosing to enjoy a bath (whilst your face mask is doing its job), you can light this travel candle from Keynvor. When I opened the delivery, I was transported to childhood holidays cycling through forests in France, it has a really earthly, leafy smell. I keep returning to it for a sniff and a whiff of nostalgia.

And last (but by no means least) I hope you enjoy this little bar of chocolate heaven from Delicieux Chocolate. I have chosen their ruby blend for you (not just because it is pink) because it is an incredible taste experience that offers a punchy fruity flavour and a pleasant sourness. And also, does not contain any added colourants or fruit flavourings.

That’s all from me! If you loved the sound of an at home {re}treat like this, then why not join us today – you can get your first box half price. It’s time to start making more time to look after yourself.


Andrea xxx

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May 2023 ReBox Revel

Did you ever get a proper look inside our May {re}frame box? I’d love to share some pics with you and talk you through what I chose to include and why…

The theme for this May’s box was one that is close to my heart. As a single mum to two girls, I am rushed off my feet, buried under mountains of laundry, logistically challenged, head chef, complaints department and juggler extraordinaire on a daily basis.

After going through the most epic (not in a good way!) burn out after lockdown, I knew I needed to reframe the way I looked at my day-to-day life and start sorting myself out!

The most powerful tool I’ve found to help me with this is my cognitive load list. Every morning I take a few minutes to jot down all the tasks (I included this pretty bee notebook for subscribers to use) that I need to complete that are swirling around in my mind creating this very real feeling weight in my head. Next, I highlight them (enter this gorgeous pack of pastel highlighters) depending on which tasks I can delegate and when they need to be completed by. I’ve written an entire blog post just on this topic which will be on my shiny new website when it launches soon.

The next beautiful smelling product in the May {re}box was this solid shower gel bar! I have completely fallen in love with this shower bar and am so pleased I ordered a few too many as I am absolutely keeping them for myself (sorry not sorry). All the different scents available smell divine – let me know which one you ended up with. The practically zero waste packaging is perfection too! No more liquid shower gel in plastic bottles for me – this has totally {re}framed the way I look at shower gel!

I included this gorgeous vase because in the words of Miley, I want you to go out and buy yourself some flower to pop in it. Don’t wait around for someone else to get you some. It’s time to treat yourself – go out and get a little bouquet to pop in the vase and choose to make yourself happy 😊

I am not usually a fan of fizzy drinks (apart from soda or sparkling water) so this tasty, refreshing drink from Posh Pop caught me pleasantly by surprise and has definitely changed the way I look at fizzy drinks! Gently carbonated with no artificial colours or flavourings, these drinks are like summer in a bottle! If you loved this one, you would love the rest of their range which you can check out here.

Last but my no means least I popped in a bag of prosecco gummies in your box this month. I am a sucker for a bag of Haribo, but I wanted to find something a little more ‘grown up’. Enter these delicious gummies from Ask Mummy & Daddy. I’ve tasted a whole bag just to make sure but can confirm they remind me of pint pots – remember them?! Definitely a fresh look at sweets and far too adult to be shared with the kids 😉

Love the sound of receiving a whole box of goodies like this every month? You can get your first box for just £15 when you sign up.

Come join us and start making more time for yourself. You deserve it!



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April 2023 ReBox Contents

And just like that we are nearly halfway through April!! I hope you had a lovely Easter and managed to enjoy the patches of sunshine in between the torrential downpours?! 

We’re celebrating lots of ‘lasts’ at the moment as we are in the process of renovating our new house – this was our ‘last’ Easter in our current (disgusting) rental, we’re entering into the last full term of Primary school before Harri joins her big sister at secondary and this may well be the last ReBox that I package and send from our house before my new office is ready! We’re trying not to wish the time away here (I know time is an incredibly precious gift) but lots of our sentences are starting with “when we are in the new house…” or “when I’m in my new office…” I am definitely treating the experience as an excuse for a complete refresh of all the things we own, routines we have, exercise, diet…you get my drift! (Please stay tuned to find out if anything actually changes other than our address!!)

So, it made perfect sense to me to have this month’s ReBox theme as {Re}fresh. I’ve included lots of gorgeous products to help you have a refresh of certain parts of your daily routine – products to encourage you to make little changes that may become habits that will help you look after yourself better in the long run

When I was choosing the products for this month’s {re}fresh {re}box the first thing that came to my mind was skincare – it’s easy to get stuck in the same skincare routine and not try out new products or regimes that might yield excellent results. With this in mind I couldn’t not include this gorgeous Nurture Face Oil by Ela Life. I know so many of you fell in love with the Ela Life Diffuser in our February ReBox, so I know you are going to adore this scent! 

This face oil is the perfect addition to your skincare regime when used with the Gua Sha tool I have included. If you are new to using a Gua Sha tool it is a facial massage tool, but it actually comes with a lot of history. Originally an ancient Chinese healing technique, a Gua Sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping the skin with a small tool that can help you reduce inflammation, puffiness, and dark circles and also tone, firm and lift sagging skin. I’ve filmed a full tutorial which you’ll find on our Instagram next week but will also outline the basics below. It’s best to follow these steps 2-3 times a week.

Once you have applied the Facial Oil (or your normal moisturiser) follow the following steps.

Hold your Gua Sha with the curved side to your face. Gently glide it gently up and out, starting with the neck. Make sure you’re stroking down the neck, never upwards, to drain fluid.

Next move onto your jawline, chin and around the mouth, stroking the skin between three and five times per area. Always take short strokes in just one direction, not back and forth. If you want to reduce puffiness, work lightly, then more firmly, to relax muscles.

Pressing the tool flat to the skin, next delicately stroke under the eyes or over any redness, to soothe and de-puff.

Finally, work the tool in small horizontal strokes over the brow bone to lift, or hold and press upwards between the brows to release tension.

After adding that refreshing step to your morning routine you are definitely going to be hungry for breakfast. I’m sure you’ve heard a hundred times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why? For a start breakfast kick starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day and gives you the energy boost you need to get things done. It is said to be beneficial to eat fruit, grains, or lean protein within two hours of waking up which is where your gorgeous, glazed ceramic egg cup comes in. When was the last time you had a boiled egg and soldiers? (Bonus points if you’re using seeded bread 😉) Hopefully this little addition will give you the incentive to take the time to make yourself breakfast.

Another excellent habit to get into (yes, I know I am ALWAYS banging on about this), is to drink more water. If you are anything like me, you need constant encouragement and reminders to do this which is why I have included the perfect handbag-sized water bottle. I am put off lugging my big water bottle around as a. it doesn’t always fit in my bag and b. is really heavy! I’ve been searching for the perfect leak proof; mini bottle and I think I’ve found it! Fill it up, pop it in your handbag and remember to sip on the go! You can also find a handy tool here that shows you where your nearest refill station is! Winner!

Finally (apologies this has become rather wordy!), I have popped in the tasty mini egg marshmallows for no other reason than it’s Easter and they are absolutely delicious!

If you think this sounds like a lovely gift to give yourself every month (you’re not wrong!), then you can join us today and get your first box half price too.


Andrea xx