Book Review – No Ordinary Billionaire by J.S Scott…

Dante Sinclair never cared about his family’s money. All the ultra-sexy billionaire ever wanted was to be a cop; and now that he’s a homicide detective in Los Angeles, he’s a damn good one. But when he is injured and loses his partner in the line of duty, he returns to his vacation home in Amesport, Maine, to recover. With a mouth as dangerous as the streets he protects, Dante knows no one can ever heal or tame him.

Sarah Baxter, a brilliant young doctor still struggling with her stifled upbringing, has recently moved from Chicago to sleepy Amesport to escape her past, hoping to find peace. When Sarah is assigned to Dante’s case, there’s an instant heat between them. They couldn’t possibly be more different, yet their intense passion is impossible to ignore. As burning desires awaken within Sarah, her haunted past returns, threatening her once again. Can Dante overcome his grief and unravel the secrets Sarah is hiding in time to protect and rescue her?

Another wonderful foray into the world of literary cotton wool. I read this about a month ago and enjoyed this one so much I read it twice. Now I have so many books on my “to read” pile that for me to stop and read a book twice? It has to be a good one. This one was.

The whole premise of the story is of the wounded Dante taking sick leave in which time he decides to come back to Amesport to heal. We recognise Dante as being a gruff man who is accustomed to getting his own way – ALL the time! That is until he meets Sarah Baxter who turns his whole world upside down and she becomes his one and only desire.

The two of them grow closer together and the story coasts along easily to the end. I can’t really say too much without throwing spoilers into the review so I’m going to finish up here and say if you like this genre of book then you will absolutely love this one.

A four out of five star read.


Unboxing and Reviewing My Bokksu Subscription Box – March ’18…

Oh wow. Just wow. I had been so so excited to get this subscription box. Out of all the ones that I have tried out, this has had the most content and been the best value for money of all. Again, this box was not gifted, I paid for it.

If you want to find out more about what’s actually in the box and the subscription then you can find all the details here…

When the Bokksu box actually arrived, and was hauled out of its external postage box, there were some eye popping packaging. The box is a gorgeous square bright red box and has a white line around the middle outside of the box and the Bokksu logo in the middle of the lid.

When you take the lid off the box you can feel yourself becoming more and more excited to see what’s inside and then when you actually see, I promise I squealed like a toddler on Christmas morning! I was so very excited by what I could see!

The theme of the March ’18 box is Glamorous Tokyo. The card that you get detailing all of your products has a brief history of the city on the back of it.

OK, let’s get to it. The first product I got my hands on was the cafe latte stick. You get two of these. It’s a light latte with a rich taste and it goes well with all of the snacks in the box. It is a really yummy coffee. I’m not a lover of strong coffee. This stuff

is great and it’s all in one sachet!

Next we come to the Maple Butter Cookie. You get three of these. I’m down to one already. Ooooooops! They have a very rich buttery taste and the creamy bit in the middle has a lovely maple syrup taste.

Now we find three small packs of Japanese mini fried rice crackers. This rice is fried and coated in sweet soy sauce and it makes a perfect balance between sweet and savoury. I’m loving these and my gosh they are moreish!

Now we come to the Koala’s March Strawberry biscuits. This is a large box so there is only one of them. They are small, buttery biscuits filled with a strawberry crime filling and they have cute Kawaii koalas on the biscuits! Very yummy they are too.

Next are Black Sesame Goma Senbei crackers. There are three of these. Senbei is a traditional Japanese rice cracker. Black sesame seeds add a roasted, toasty flavour that compliments the flavour of the Senbei well.

Next come the Horn Milk Chocolate biscuits. You get four of these. With famous Meiji chocolate sandwiched between two buttery biscuits, it’s a perfect match with a latte.

Oh my! A chocolate and banana cobbler! There is just one of these. They are gorgeously soft, like a brownie and taste delightful.

We also have an apple caramelised cobbler. Also, just one of these. Soft and yummy like the chocolate and banana one!

Next there is one packet of vegetable potato sticks. These crispy snacks are one of Japan’s favourites!

Next we get Tokyo Chocolate Tea. There are three of these. These biscuits are infused withe tea grown in the Tortoro Forest. The thin layer of chocolate melts away so perfectly.

Finally, and my absolute favourite of this box are the Premium Almond Rusks. There are sadly only three. They are twice baked and topped with sliced almonds, this crunchy baguette slice is flavoured with maple and almonds. I love them!

The best thing about this box is that there are no nasty plastic packing beads at all. The whole thing is perfectly cushioned by straw. I tried to get a picture so you can see.

This box is the best! I will be dropping at least one, maybe more to ensure that I can keep this subscription going. It’s just so perfect!

A 20 out of 10 score for this box!

Unboxing and Reviewing of my Under The Rowan Trees Subscription Box – Feb ’18…

This box arrived the same day as My Boxcitement box, but as I explained in the post about that box, I had some issues with my children and they have to come first.

However, here I am now, to talk about the beautifully named Under The Rowan Trees Subscription Box. The box was a nice slim white box that had a really pretty personalised company stamp on it. Rowan trees mean a great deal to me, so finding this subscription box was a stroke of luck in my eyes!

I must stress here that the box was not free. It was purchased by my partner as a birthday gift.

Should you want to know more about subscription boxes and everything else this fabulous little company do, you can find it here…

As I said, the top of the box is decorated with a very pretty little stamp. I loved it.

The box’s contents were prettily wrapped in purple tissue paper with a sticker bearing the company logo.

Upon first peeling back the tissue paper, I found a stunning iridescent sequinned pencil case. There were black sequins, and depending on which way you tilt the case, the sequins appear either blue or green. I’ve done my best to capture it in the photo.

Then we find a diary page for the month of March. It has a very pretty under the sea type of picture along the bottom of it.

Next come two gorgeous A5 sized pieces of deco paper that could be used for many things. The first one is almost see through and has an under the sea theme to it. The second piece has mermaid scales on it. We also get a sheet of six round stickers that are mermaid scales coloured in blue, pink and purple with black outlines.

I then find a gorgeous clear mermaid sticker that I haven’t decided what to do with yet. She will be going somewhere very special I know that.

Then comes a gorgeous iridescent pen that is twist on/twist off and has falling glitter at the end of the barrel.

There is a gorgeous purple (favourite colour folks!) mermaid stamped onto a buff brown piece of card. Now you could use her as a gift tag but uh-uh, no way! She is going to become my new book mark. Sorry trusty old Tesco’s receipt. You are going to be replaced. It’s not you, it is me. Defiantly! 😉

Next comes an iridescent pink/green/blue dolphin shaped paper clip. Too cute! There is also a gold coloured bulldog style clip that has pink material on it with a gold mermaid on. Then we find a white mermaid shaped charm and I’m not quite sure where she is going yet.

The final two items of the box are two gorgeous rolls of washi tape. One has slanting lines going all the way around in changing colours of gold, pink, green and blue. The other roll is all colour and no gaps. It melts in between the same four colours and it looks absolutely stunning!

I love, love, loved this box! I have always had a soft spot for mermaids and this box found its way into my heart. Thank you so much to all the staff at Under the Rowan Tree!

A ten out of ten subscription box!

Unboxing and Review of My Boxcitement Subscription Box – Feb ’18…

This box arrived the other day. I’ve had things going on with my children so apologies for my lack of presence for the last couple of days. I have two boxes to review, so I’m going to choose to review this one first. The Boxcitement subscription box can be taken up as a one off, or at £18 a month. If you take up a longer subscription, then the prices can be even cheaper still. You can find all the information that you need about it here…


I must stress that I have not been given this box for free. It has been paid for my myself.


The boxcitement box was quite thin. It looked really cool as it had some worded tape placed around the box in the way that we used to tie parcels up with string. The box was white and the tape a buff brown colour. It had the words “boxcitement consignment” all the way around the tape. Excuse the pyramid of colourful cats, that was covering my address.



Upon opening it, there were no distinctive smells or perfumes. Inside the box was wrapped prettily with white embossed tissue paper and a boxcitement sticker.



Stuck to the top of the inside lid was a card with the words “Happy Go Lucky” printed on the front. I removed it but deliberately didn’t look as I didn’t want my surprise to be spoiled as I dug into the box.



The first thing I found was a “happy habits” planner card. This had some tips on the back of things that might make you happy and on the front there is a month’s long planner for you to mark off certain things that you have done each day.



The first thing I found in there was a fabric purse with the phrase “Today is a Good Day” on it.


There was a handy small tin that can be reused for storage or as a gift container for someone else (I’m all about upcycling!) and inside the tin is a long cord wrap around bracelet which I will have to gift to someone as I am vegan. It’s very cute though.



Then there are two greetings cards in there. One that says “Happy Birthday” and the other says “Could be Worse”. Both are blank inside.



A pack of three pencils for use however you please. I prefer writing in pencil as it means we are reducing the amount of plastic we are using.



There is an A6 notebook that isn’t particularly large but can be used as a notebook. I might keep mine by my bed. Sometimes I think of things when I’m half asleep and never remember them when awake! It’s bullet journal style paper but so what. I can use it for notes.



Finally there is a cute little “Happy as a Lamb” pin to wear. He is limited edition for this box only and he’s very sweet.



The boxcitement staff are fabulous and very helpful. A gorgeously well put together subscription box! I can’t wait to see the next one!

Bullying in the Workplace…

I have a longstanding history of being bullied. I was bullied by my so called ‘father’ until I broke all contact with him at the age of 16. Why was he a bully? Apart from the fact that he was a violent, alcoholic asshole, I honestly don’t know. My best guess is that he made himself feel bigger by making me feel small. I was badly bullied at school, from the age of 9 to the day I left at 16.

All of this had combined to give me some serious self confidence issues. I felt less than nothing. It was heartbreaking for me. I always tried my very best to be a valuable person, to integrate into whichever team or group of people I was in and to blend in.

It never happens to me. I never blend in. I am always the one that may as well have a flashing blue light above her head and a bullseye painted front and back.

I had wanted to be a nurse for a long time. Yet my father did not like that idea and was making every effort he could get to bully me into going to uni to study Law. When I got my first college form, he swept it out of my hand and demanded they were changed to Law, Sociology, psychology and his favourite chemistry. (No’ frikkin’ way jose!) He threw me out of the house two weeks after my mum’s funeral. I was 16 years old. The woman who he threw me out for was the woman he left my mum for. I’m glad I didn’t have to be around to see her move into that house and into my mum’s bed.

I had one relationship with an emotionally manipulative bully, whom I managed to escape from. We were together for just two years. Then when I was 19 I met what I thought was the love of my life. He treated me like a princess, married me, and turned into a carbon copy of my ‘father’ – a violent alcoholic. Within a few weeks, I was so under his control I wouldn’t lift up my head unless he spoke to me.

I know all of this is not relevant to workplace bullying. But it is relevant to me as a person and it is important to understand my past in order to understand why my workplace bullying affected me in the place that it did.

I qualified as a nurse at the end of 1995. I was so very excited to have finally become a nurse after three long years of study and hard work. I had always wanted to work in medicine – surgical wasn’t for me. So I was thrilled to get a job on a medical ward.

My first shift was a very quiet one as it was Christmas Day. That was not too bad. I felt a little like a square peg in a round hole, but I put that down to the awkwardness of it being my first day on the ward.

My second day however, everything changed. The deputy ward manager was working with me and asked me to go and get her a specific bag of IV fluid as her patient’s IV was almost finished. It took me about five minutes to locate it as I hadn’t been given a proper tour of the ward and shown where everything was. When I got back to her with the bag of fluid, she screamed at me in front of the whole ward, patients and staff, “Are you dumb?”

That was soul crushing. I could feel the tears stinging the back of my eyelids. I mumbled a sorry and managed to make it to the staff toilets. Then the tears came down thick and fast. I couldn’t believe that she had done that to me in front of the whole ward.

This was the beginning of almost a year of intense bullying and victimisation for me. There was a clique of staff in that ward and if you didn’t fit in to it then you were ostracised and ignored every single day. I was only ever spoken to if it was to make a direct work request or to belittle me. I was ignored, had backs turned to me, was given all the worst shifts and it got worse with every single day that passed.

The bullying got so bad that I would walk around with my head down. I walked to my patients’ beds with my head facing the floor and would only look up when I got to them. It got so bad that I used to cry every single time that I had to go in to work. Then it would intensify and no matter how I tried to be a good nurse and part of the team they hated me. Big time! One of the few people I was friends with there, who was subject to the same kind of bullying told me that one of the staff had said every time she saw me she wanted to slap me. That made me feel awful. It must be me. My husband beat me and now a colleague wanted to? This made my life hell.

Then I found out that one of the junior staff on the ward was going to be moved to a different ward and oh boy did I hope it was me. I couldn’t bear the atmosphere there anymore and was getting more upset day by day.

Then I found out it was me to be moved. First of all, I was told that a draw on names had been done to “make it fair”. A part of me thought oh, ok, at least that makes it all fair. Then it came to the surface that wasn’t the case at all. That horrible cow who had bullied me to the verge of a nervous breakdown had set it up so that my name was guaranteed to come out. I was thrilled to be moving from that hell hole of a ward but the fact that these horrible people could be so mean and pathetic as to set me up and then lie about it like that? I almost felt as if it was a kick to the stomach.

I moved to the new ward and even though the staff were super nice, they were worried about me.

I was referred to occupaitional health and put onto nights (which I loooooved!)

However, one night two very senior managers arrived on the ward asking to see me! *gulp* Oh boy what had I done??? Then they told me to get my cigarettes as I might need them and got ma a mug of coffee! This really was not a good sign!

They were both very kind and put my nerves behind me right at the start. They were here to talk about the the bullying that I had endured for over a year. It seemed to be fate that so many people had gone through the bullying. That so many people were affected was horrifying to me. I should have been and opened my mouth to the nurse director but I didn’t. I started do feel like utter crap for this!

I slowly talked about my experiences and about the fact that my lack of action over the other people was eating me up inside. I got told that right up front it wasn’t my fault, as every single one of us (there were many) that had been victimised by this woman and her clique of cronies all felt the same. We all wishes we had spoken up, but we were all too scared.

The more we talked, the more memories came spilling out. It was like picking a scab. You really wanted to stop, but once you had started, then you had to keep going until all of the scab was gone. I remembered all the little details like them making a tray of drinks (tea and coffee) for them and there was never a cup for me. Offers would be made to go to the canteen on Sunday morning and I was never asked. If I overheard and asked, my order would be conveniently be forgotten every single time. A million and one tiny things very quickly built up and they pushed me right to the edge of breaking. I hadn’t realised just how close to breaking I was. I turned out that this interview was the catalyst that pushed me over the edge and into the abyss.

I sobbed for about thirty minutes non stop as they finished the interview and they were really good. They held my hands and said I may need to give evidence of my experience at a tribunal which made me sob even more but I understood why. They also said I could go home for the night as I wasn’t fit to finish my shift and they would understand if I needed time to heal.

That time to heal turned into almost three months off work. I couldn’t face it. I felt sick to the stomach about going back there and even when I did go back, I didn’t feel confident for a long time.

This whole experience sickened me to the core. Instead of being brave and reporting things, I let them multiply until I became very ill and that was what left me off work for so long.

I’m telling my story now in the hope that I can inspire even one person to have the courage to speak up and speak out about the workplace bullying that they are either witnessing or undergoing.

I am now medically retired due to physical health issues. However I have seriously bad anxiety and paranoia which are attributed in part to the way that I was treated by that group of people at work. I would seriously urge anyone who is going through workplace bullying to please go to someone and speak out. Don’t make the mistakes I did and end up so ill that you cannot function. Don’t suffer. Speak up and speak out for the sake of your sanity. Please don’t suffer alone.

My blog can be found here: https://arwenfreebird.wordpress.coma

Jennifer Lawrence and That Dress…

Anyone who knows me, knows that I worship the ground that Jennifer Lawrence walks on. The woman can do no wrong in my eyes. She is my idea of perfect, she really is.

Over the last couple of days, the press, and the world in general seems to have lost its collective mind over the fact that Jennifer exercised her right to wear what the hell she likes and put on an absolutely stunning black dress for a photo shoot promoting her latest film “Red Sparrow”. My word did she ever look good too! The dress was so elegant.

Yet I’m not here to discuss sartorial elegance and movie stars fashion choices. I’m here to discuss the way that the internet seems to have lost its damn mind over the fact that Jennifer wore this dress at all.

Before I go any further I just want to make clear that THE CHOICE WAS HERS!!! All the idiots that are saying she was coerced into wearing the dress – get a grip!!! Also, she openly admits there was no way that she would spoil this dress and the look of it by wearing a coat/hat/scarf. Again, HER CHOICE PEOPLE!!! She made a post on Facebook about the fact these photographs went viral. She was stunned that the world lost its damn mind over a dress!

Jennifer Lawrence’s Facebook statement regarding the dress.

I was so pissed off by the fact that she even had to make that statement. Hell people, if she had wanted to stand there with nipple pasties and a g string (I wish) then it would have been HER CHOICE!!!

I’m now seeing all kinds of articles from all over the internet saying that the dress was against the #metoo movement and that it was not feminist to have Jennifer freezing in a dress while her male co-stars wore coats. See the above paragraph. HER CHOICE PEOPLE!!! As for it damaging the #metoo movement? That is the biggest load of horse crap I have ever heard!

This article from “The Pool” really yanked my chain. Right at the end… “a thin young woman”. What does her body size have to do with it? If she was a size 26 and had a skimpy outfit on, then then it would be commented upon about the person being overweight. Yet the media wonders why so many people lay the blame for eating disorders so squarely at their door.

Idiotic post from The Pool

Whatever Ms Lawrence chooses to wear, she is damned by a certain segment of society. Too skimpy, not skimpy enough, too short, too long, too revealing, not revealing enough… you get the picture here. Yes, people are going to analyse what famous people wear, but get a grip here. It is really not some misogynistic plot to get Ms Lawrence to flash her boobs for the camera just to get bums on seats for a movie! Again – her choice!

There are some more sensible articles about the issue

Not a symbol of feminism

Jezebel struck with a teeth clenchingly annoying article asking for Jennifer to be given a coat. 😡😡😡

Give Jennifer a coat

Then the self same website does a 180 and produces this…

She chose to be cold, deal with it

The more that I hear people harping on about this, the more annoyed I get. One Irish journalist, Orna Mulcahy was rude enough to say that she “doubted” the choice was Jennifer’s! How patronising can you be? Jealousy makes one very ugly Ms Mulcahy, it really does.

I’m going to say this one last time. It was Jennifer’s choice to put on that dress and she looked damn good in it. Keep your jealous, bullshit opinions to yourself!

Be kind to each other.x

What makes people so mean?

No, seriously, what does? We are not born with hate and mean feelings in our heart so clearly as children, our children learn how to think and how to feel from observing the behaviour of the adults around us. We should not be exposing children to maladaptive thought patterns and hate speech when they are so malleable. We should be teaching our children that there are many races, creeds, colours, religions, sexualities and genders that we should all be treating with the same love and respect that we treat the people in our families. Hate is not acceptable.

There are many different ways for us to hate and be mean to one another and we seem to be adept, as humans in finding all of those ways and meeting out some truly horrible ways of making other people hurt and and feel like they are less than human.

What is it that causes hatred? I have a sneaking suspicion that a fear of the unknown/misunderstanding of a topic or group of people has a great deal to do with it. Then people are so scared that they don’t want to learn more about the topic that they “hate” because they think that these other people are wrong or evil in some way and giving in lets them win! It’s not about winning for fuck’s sake! It’s about proving a safe environment for all peoples to co-exist peacefully.

People need a reason to hate, and hate is an incredibly strong word. Jealousy can be often one of the biggest triggers of hate. That they can hate the followers of a certain religion. Do they hate them because they are jealous of the calm and spiritual attitude and life that these people have? It’s certainly possible.

Can we actually understand why so much hate is floating around the collective consciousness? In most countries in the Western world there are now anti hate laws of one form or another in place and still people are prejudiced. Still people hate. Still people are beaten and much worse because of the ignorance and hatred in the hearts of others. The laws are there but they cannot dictate to the human psyche. People will still hate no matter what we do to try and stop it.

LGBTQ people are one group that particularly treated so badly that it makes me cry. A gay person is no different than a straight person apart from who they lay down in bed with at night. Hate of a whole race of people, a whole religion or a group of people with a different sexuality to your own is just hate projection. These people are so insecure within their own skin that they have to project their hate on to other people so that they feel less afraid of their own feelings.

Hate of difference says everything about the person who hates and not the person being hated. These narrow minded haters cannot take a second to just ask themselves exactly what it is that makes them this way. In most cases (not all, but most) you can trace it back to the person’s upbringing and the people around them when they where growing up. I stress in not all cases as I am one of those cases. My so called ‘father’ was a violent racist, fascist, bigoted homophobic scumbag. Yet me? I don’t have any hate in my heart. I just wish I could help people wake up and ditch their hatred and prejudice.

Haters can hate for as simple a reason as you have something they want. From a piece of jewellery to a partner… they covet what you have. Moving on from that, they can also hate you because they are convinced that you do not deserve what you have but they do deserve what you have. They can see themselves losing in life to you and that is something that really gets under your skin. There could have been something that happened between the two of you in the past. Not necessarily romantic, maybe a fight. While you have grown up and moved on, they have not. If you were a partner to this person, they may be obsessed with hating you because of the very thing I just said. You have moved on yet they have not.

It could be something as simple as the fact that they have nothing better to do with their lives. That is to be pitied. They could be jealous of the fact that your life is going well and yours is not. They could be craving attention. For all of the nasty little comments they write bring them attention of one form or another and they think that “I’m doing this just because I can.”

They are possibly hate filled bigots who have been indoctrinated into hate by those around them. They see themselves as self righteous and being on the moral high ground. They are little more than nasty little jealous creeps and are so unhappy with the things in their own life that they make it their mission in life to upset yours too. They can have a pathological need to put other people down in order to feel good about themselves.

How can we stop people hating? Well in reality we can’t. All we can do is counter the darkness with light wherever we find it and work hard to educate as many people as possible to think for themselves and accept people for who they are.

Be kind to each other.x

Book Review – The Billionaire’s Christmas by J.S Scott…

OK, here it is. Time for me to stick my middle finger up to the world of intellectual and literary snobs who look down on people who read romance novels. My main area of interest in reading lies with crime fiction/thrillers and non fiction books. But thanks to my stupid brain and my mental health issues, there are times when I simply cannot process reading a book that is going to give me the intellectual stimulation that I normally crave. That is when I crave what I call literary cotton wool. It’s quite simply a nice story. Normally a romance that doesn’t have a challenging plot line and a plot that makes you constantly think. It feels like your brain is laying down in a big, squishy mattress that is the most comfy you have ever been. They give you time to recharge your brain cells whilst still being able to read. If you have an issue with that, then move along you must as I don’t expect to be judged for my reading choices on my own blog. 🙂

So – this story…

Called an eccentric beast by the citizens of Amesport, Maine, handsome, sensual billionaire Grady Sinclair stays isolated in his mansion on a private peninsula. The arrangement suits Grady just fine—until an unassuming woman rings his doorbell, awaking his long dormant passion with her fearlessness. All he wants is to make the fiery blonde his forever. But will he have to become the monster everyone thinks he is to get his Christmas wish?

Emily Ashworth is desperate. The Youth Center has been robbed of all its money, and as the director, she has to find a way to give the town’s needy children the Christmas they deserve. With nowhere else to turn, she ventures to the mansion of a mysterious billionaire to ask for help. Warned to expect a beast, Emily is shocked to find Grady Sinclair a handsome and very sensual man. With steamy kisses under the mistletoe and seductive whispers while hanging the wreath, Emily finds there’s more to Grady than meets the eye. Is this misunderstood billionaire just a lonely soul who needs the gift of love for Christmas?

This book doesn’t pretend to be War and Peace. It’s a nice romance of the ever growing trend of “Billionaire mommy porn” books genre, but who cares? It is a nicely written story that made me relax whilst I was reading it. Some books don’t do that because you are so tense to race ahead and get to the end of the story to find out what happened. This book doesn’t do that.

The lead characters, Emily and Grady appear to be polar opposites to begin with. He is an introvert and she is the outgoing head of the local community/youth centre. He hates Christmas and she loves it. Yet despite that, from that first meeting, Grady’s character begins to thaw and become much warmer. All he needed was a good woman.

This book isn’t going to win any major literary awards, but it is perfect if you just need (like I did) somewhere for your brain to retreat and relax inside your head.

A four out of five star read.

Unboxing and Review of MyPurrfectGiftBox – Feb ’18…

I have to say, as a card carrying, certified crazy cat lady I was seriously anxious to get this box. After my last few attempts with boxes and feeling let down by one or two things (or everything in the last box) then I was really hoping this one would be better. Well, D’OH!!! It’s cats silly woman! I really should have known!

I have not received this gift box for free, it has been paid for by myself.

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The outer box is a gorgeous deep purple and presented really well. Upon opening the gift box it was beautifully wrapped in deep purple tissue paper, with a white ribbon in a bow, and a tag with my name on. Now that is personalisation that I have not seen in any of the other boxes that I have had.

Upon opening the parcel up, a gorgeous smell wafted up to meet me, but I didn’t quite know where it was coming from. The first thing I noticed was the gorgeous pamphlet telling me about this month’s box. The theme is Hygge Cat and the pamphlet explains all about what that means. I won’t write it all out here so you can enjoy reading it when you get one.

The other parts of the pamphlet tell you what you have in the box, where the items came from and their RRPs, and also, if you choose to, you can pay more and get some treats for your cat included. Now I know my moggy. He is a very fussy eater and will only eat one specific brand of treats, about the charity the box is supporting and on the back it gives us a sneak peak at next month’s theme.

The first thing that I noticed are the incredible snuggly cat socks. They are so soft and lovely, they make your feet feel like you are walking on a cloud. I used to call socks like these “bed socks” when I was a little girl. The socks are white and have little black ears at the top and the face underneath. As you turn the socks over you see some black spots, like cat markings. I’ve got my socks on now. I love, love, LOVE them. Oh, have mentioned how I really like these socks?

The next gift is an amazing rolling pin with a difference. This rolling pin has kitties indented all over it. The idea is that you roll out your pastry with an ordinary rolling pin and then when you have the thickness that you want, gently roll the kitty pin over the pastry and hey presto! You have kitty pastry! It’s just too cute!

The next item is a brilliant little free gift (hey, who doesn’t love free stuff right?) of a cat head biscuit cutter. I love it!

Next comes an adorable, really substantially sized cushion cover. I would measure it for you but my tape measure has gone missing (looks at children) so I’m guessing 16×16 inches which is roughly 40×40 cms (I’m guessing here) and the verse printed on the cushion cover is just one of my favourite cat poems ever. I now need to buy a cushion insert. That cushion is getting pride of place on my bed!

The fabulous smell! I have located the source. A handmade piece of cocoa butter and vanilla soap. It’s in a small canvas drawstring bag with a picture of a kitty on.

Yet more gorgeousness! Out comes an A5 notebook and pen. The notebook says “All you need is love” and of course has a kitty picture on the front.

What makes me happy is that there was no plastic padding inside this box and they used scraps of crinkled paper. All the cardboard inner packaging and also the cardboard of the notebook looked recycled, and the pen with the book has a cardboard barrel! YES mypurtfect cat box! You have done good things there!

As if you could not already tell, then I will just gently remind you all – I LOVE THIS GIFT BOX!!! Every single item was just wonderful and I loved it! I shall definitely be getting this box again!

Be kind to yourselves and each other.x