I’ve had so much fun with blogger collaborations recently – two with with Hello Bexa (here and here) and one with Jordanne from The Life of a Glasgow Girl (here). So when Lydia from Mademoiselle Women asked if I’d like to do one with her, of course I said yes, please. Because we’re both busy girls, and because looking after ourselves comes bottom of our lists, if at all, we decided to go for a self-care themed box swap.
Self-care blogger box swap
I’m not sure when I first became friends with Lydia but we’ve known each other for a while. She’s an Autism Advocate and her blog is a mix of reviews, articles, interviews, and events. I’ve guest posted for her a couple of times (My Top Ten Childhood Books and a Blogmas post) and she’s also my penpal. Most excitingly, she recently qualified as a journalist, whoop, whoop! And I’ve loved reading her engaging pieces for various magazines and publications. If you don’t already follow Lydia, then you can keep abreast of what she’s investigating and working on via her Twitter.
Lydia and I set a budget of £10 because we like a challenge, haha! When I opened my box, I was intrigued by an envelope marked “Instructions”. Not only had Lydia chosen some lovely items, she’d also given me some ideas on why, and how to use them too.
Notebook and pen
I still remember the thrill of being told my handwriting was neat enough to graduate from pencil to ink pen at school. So imagine how excited I was to see a real fountain pen in my box. And with purple ink too, my favourite colour, which matches the BLOC London pocket-sized little notebook (because you can never have too many of these, can you?)
Here are Lydia’s instructions to me:
“Words are powerful; more often than not they have a negative impact, ie, we are more likely to remember something critical, it’s just how our brain works. But we can reclaim our power over them! Here’s a challenge to improve your self-care: for a month, write down a daily gratitude list.”
Isn’t this the loveliest instruction to receive? So, here’s the first page in my gratitude journal:
I’m aware this is an unpopular opinion but I don’t like Lush products (or the hassle the staff are made to give any unsuspecting individual who enters their shops). Flora and I much prefer Bomb Cosmetics, and this little She Sells Seashells bath melt smells gorgeous. My daughter shares many of my things but this is one gift she certainly won’t be getting her hot little paws on.
Lydia gave me some instructions again:
“Shut yourself off once in a while, draw a bath, use the melt, and read a book.” I promise I will do this – maybe when Flora’s at a sleepover…
As a gardener, I don’t tend to wear much nail polish because it rarely lasts. That said, Kiko nail polishes are some of the best I’ve tried and purple is my favourite colour. I’ve not worn blue before but Flora has, so I imagine she’ll be “sharing” that bottle with me 🙂
Lydia’s instructions for these treats prove just how well she knows me:
“Your blog talks a lot about gardening. I worry about your hands! These polishes from Kiko are so chip resistant, just remember to take care of your hands.”
Final thoughts on my self-care box
Bearing in mind our budget of just £10, I’m completely bowled over by what Lydia has collated for me. I love everything, and most especially her reasons for choosing what she did and her instructions for my self-care. Honestly, it just goes to prove that self-care isn’t about money, it’s the little things and the thoughts behind them. Thank you so much, Lydia, I’ve absolutely loved collaborating with you this month, I really hope you like what I chose for you as well. And on that note, please do go and check out what Lydia thought of my box for her too!