Unboxing & Review of my Doki Doki box – June ’18…

I’m always happy to see this box arrive. It is a big toss up between kawaii box and the DokiDoki crate. They both have such utterly gorgeous things inside them and I always do my best to show them off and describe them adequately and hope I manage to get across just how cute they all are.

First out of the box is an awesome “bottle sock”. They are all the rage in Japan, meaning you can hold your cold drink without getting your hands all wet and cold. The one I got had mini Mt Fujis on it.

Next up was a super cute Sumikkogurashi cooler pad. This one you keep in either the fridge or the freezer before taking it to keep whatever you need cold.

Then comes a slim Rilakkuma glass. This glass is half frosted and has the image of two super cute little bears on it.

Next was a yellow see through PVC bag with the cute kawaii dog PomPomPurin on it. I adore this, I think it was my favourite of all.

Then came a Shiba Inu towel. Compared to the size of Western towels, its thin and long, but it has some very cute dog pictures on it. The towel was so long, I had to photograph it in two sections.

Well, as always, a super cute box and I loved everything. I chose to gift the glass to a very close friend of mine because I hoped it would cheer her up.

This is another five out of five star box.

Be kind to each other.x

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Unboxing & Reviewing of my Treatbox – June ’18…

As always, I’m excited to receive a subscription box. As I’m relatively new to Treatbox compared to other subscription box companies, I’m still getting used to them and deciding whether or not to keep this one going.

The box arrived and it was beautifully wrapped as usual.

The first treat out of the box is a print out calendar for the month of June. Forgive me, even though it has my favourite flowers on it, sunflowers, I just don’t see the point of doing this. Everyone I know has calendar of their own or a diary. This just seems to be a waste of paper.

Next out is cute picture of four different flowers saying “Bloom where you are planted” I love that!

Then we have a gorgeous smelling tube of “Hello Sunshine” hand cream. It’s nice, but sadly won’t persuade me away from my Lush hand cream, whom I am PROUD to say I’m still a customer of!

Next comes a super cute pack of ten small citrusy smelling wipes. They fit into pretty much any bag!

Then we get a fabulous pack of seeds of my most favourite flowers in the whole world ever – sunflowers! 😍😍😍

Next there is a cute wall plaque that could be hung next to the back door. “In our back garden we plant dreams and grow miracles”.

Then we get a super cute pair of slanted tweezers. I needed to pluck my eyebrows so out they came and away I went!

Next was an adorable little sunflower charm that is on a cotton strand. The theory is that you make a wish as the bracelet is tied around your wrist and when the cord breaks, the wish comes true.

Then comes a big A4 pad that had meal planner sections and a shopping list next to it so you can make informed choices about your food choices. This is not really for me so the manshape will use it for waste paper.

Whilst there are some super items inside this box, I’m disappointed by the overall wastage of paper in this box which leaves me able to only leave a review of 3 out of 5 stars.

Be kind to each other.x

Unboxing & Reviewing of my Kawaii Box Subscription Box – June ’18…

As always this box is super cute and I’m super excited to open it up and delve inside. It’s cuteness overload before you even start looking!

First out of the box is a packet or little round Hello Kitty strawberry marshmallows. I’m not a massive fan of the taste of artificial strawberry sweets but I’m sure my youngest will enjoy them.

Next comes a brilliant panda bento rice mould. A bento box is like a layered lunch box. This kit enables you to make super cute panda shaped rice balls.

Next comes a silicone blue bunny head drinks mat. Always have a use for those.

Then we have a packet of Sumikko Gurashi deco stickers. This literally translates as “hiding in a corner” and the characters are shy, just like many Japanese people.

Next up we get something that made me super happy! A Moomin note paper set. Oh I loved it! I adore anything Moomin!

Then comes a pink neko (Japanese for cat) ears headband which I love. It’s ideal for when I want to put on a face mask!

Next comes a common type of toy in kawaii – a squishy. This particular squishy is a salmon sushi squishy and it is so super cute!

Then there is a kawaii hamster soft bag charm. It looks awesome clipped to your bag.

Next we have a kawaii drinking straw pen. This is a combination which I have never seen before. Honestly, never!

Then last of all out come a packet of Precure grape gummies. Precure is a super popular Japanese “magical girl”anime series. These gummies are shaped like characters.

A definite five out of five star box as usual.

Be kind to each other.x

Unboxing & Review of my Boxcitement Subscription Box – May ’18…

I was super happy when my box arrived. I always look forward to my Boxcitement box as they put everything that they have in to each and every box that they put out. They really do. The theme of this box is “Mono Dramatic”.

First item out of the box was a book mark that was black and white with a simple image of pebbles on it. I was in need of a new book mark, so that was good timing!

Next was a gorgeous white gemstone chip bracelet that has three inter changeable charms on it. You can remove them all and switch around which one you wear or you can wear all three at once if you like.

Then came a unique and novel item called a key keeper. It is in the shape of a large white key and you are supposed to clip your spare keys to it and not lose them in your drawer. I tend to keep all my keys on a key hanger so I will gift this to somebody.

Next out came a small compact mirror with geometric shapes on the back. Again I already have a compact so this will be gifted to someone.

Then came a cute little pencil eraser with the word “Oooooops” on it. Always handy!

Next came a set of three large black and white paper clips.

Then there is a stunning couple of black on white card drawings of a zebra and a cat like people. I’m building up a really good selection of cards, I love it!

Next there is a really gorgeous black and white photo of budding blossom on a tree branch in a white cardboard frame, which will definitely be going on my wall.

Last of all, we have a chunky black notebook with the legend bright ideas on the front. A stationery addict can never have enough notebooks!

A brilliantly put together box as always and a huge thank you to the Boxcitement team! As always, five out of five stars!

Be kind to each other!

Unboxing & Review of My Purrfect Gift Box – May ’18…

Yay!!! My favourite time of the month when the mother of all subscription boxes arrives. I honestly have to say, that as a card carrying crazy cat lady, this is my favourite box of all!

As always, the box is both beautifully wrapped and presented. The theme this month is “Mew York, Mew York!”

The first gift that I encounter is a really gorgeous and unusual letter art picture spelling out the word CAT. All three pictures that make up the picture are genuine New York landmarks! It’s already up on my wall.

Next is a really stunning “tea towel” that says “New York Cats” at the top and includes twelve different illustrations of Olga Angelloz’s fashion forward cats. No way am I messing this up as a tea towel. It’s too good! It’s going on my wall next to my cat picture it really is! It’s difficult to take pictures of it since it is so big, but I tried to get one of the cats. All twelve are different.

Then comes a pack of two cards featuring bodega cats. For those of you who do not know, a bodega is a local corner shop. Cats traditionally live there in return for keeping rats at bay.

Finally is perhaps the most awesome gift in the box. The book “Felines of New York” was the inspiration for this box. There are more than 100 pictures of kitties in various poses, often with hilarious comments to accompany them. If you want to get a cat lover a birthday gift, this would be the perfect thing!

As always a fabulous five out of five star box! Thank you so much My Purrfect Gift Box – yet again you have smashed it! I love it all so much!

Be kind to each other.x

Unboxing & Review of My Underneath the Rowan Trees Subscription Box – May ’18…

I’m always thrilled when this subscription box arrives. It really is my favourite stationery based one!

This time the box had an Alice in Wonderland theme. I’ve got to be honest, this is not my favourite theme at all, but that is not the fault of the creator of the box. That’s my fault.

As always, the box arrives stunningly wrapped and presented. The presentation is really lovely.

First item out of the box is a gorgeous little bag of four red &a white jelly sweets with the words “eat me” on the bag. My youngest son will polish these off.

Next comes a single wrapped tea bag. It’s Clipper breakfast tea which is a really lovely brand. I enjoyed that – I love a good cup of tea.

Then we have our first roll of washi tape which bares the image of different playing cards.

The next item is our second roll of washi tape with Alice themed pictures on it.

Then we get a really cute mint green and blue striped pen with a gold crown on the top.

Next out is a pencil with the quote “Off with their heads”!

Then along comes a super cute little pin badge in the shape of a clock.

Next we have a notepad with an Alice themed picture and sentence from the book on it.

Then we have a very cute little pink flamingo paper clip which I love.

Next comes five decent sized different stickers of various cakes. Made me want a slice they really did!

Then there is a long sheet of various Alice themed stickers.

Finally we have a very cute printed sheet with a recipe for Victoria sponge on it: for your very own tea party!

Now, the problem for me here is that I really dislike Alice in Wonderland stuff, but I am only one of many subscribers so I cannot expect every box to suit my tastes. I know exactly who I can gift all of this stuff to.

I can’t be mean and give a low score. Despite me not liking the contents, it is still a five out of five star box.

Be kind to each other.x

Unboxing & Review of My First DokiDoki Crate – May ’18…

This was the first Doki Doki box that I had received. I’d heard good things about it so was really looking forward to receiving it. When it arrived, I was super excited to get in to the bright pink box and see what goodies lay within there.

As with most subscription boxes, it was really well wrapped and presented.

The first adorable item out of the box was the angel bunny charm. These adorable rabbits will be your guardian angel while you travel. Each rabbit holds on to a different natural gemstone that is sure to bring you luck and good energy on your adventure.

The next item out of the box was a Sanrio ticket holder. The My Melody design will keep all your travel documents together. Stops you from having to fumble and look through bags and pockets for things.

Then comes a brilliant travel kit. They help you travel with ease. The kit includes two bottles that you could fill with shampoo & conditioner, a round case you could fill with lip balm, a comb and a mirror. Other things will also fit in these pouches.

Next comes a gorgeous, generously sized My Melody luggage tag. It’s so very cute, I love it!

Last of all comes a packet of Rilakkuma travel wipes. These are perfect when you need to freshen up or to clean up an emergency spill.

Unfortunately I can’t find the wipes to photograph them. Sorry!

I was so super happy with this box, I really was. I might even stuck around to see if they stay cute. 🙂

Definitely a five out of five star box!

Be kind to each other.x

Unboxing & Review of My Sugar & Sloth Subscription Box – May ’18…

This neat little subscription box arrived this morning and had cute little hearts in the tape securing it. Really cute. 💜

Getting into the box, it was all cutely wrapped and looking very nice.

First of all I found a mini tube of love hearts that are a sweet that I used to adore as a child. They were eaten straight away!

There was a card first of all, with a yummy smoothie recipe on the back which I absolutely have to try. I love bananas and raspberries!

Next there was a big, circular pink sticker that said tea time all the time. Super cute!

Then the first badge comes out. It’s a round badge and it has a pink macaroon with a blue bow on its head and the badge bears the legend “bite me!” I love it!

Finally we get the deluxe enamel pin. This month’s pin was a wee fox in a tea cup. Oh it’s just super cute!

A four out of five star box.

Be kind to each other.x

Unboxing & Reviewing My Bokksu Box – May ’18…

Wow. Just wow!!! I so totally adore this box. It is beyond awesome. Every single time that it arrives, it is guaranteed to be packed full of yumminess!

I love the red and white boxes that the snacks arrive in. They are smart and sturdy and easily reusable for other purposes.

First item out of the box was an olive oil salt senbei herb & vinegar flavour. Take a bite and discover a mouthwatering olive oil and herbal flavour that dissolves and reveals a sharp vinegar tang to the tongue. They are just delicious!

Then come the Okinawa soba. These savoury, deep fried soba noodles tossed in Okinawan red pepper are dangerously addictive and it’s crunchy texture and tantalising flavour will make it your go to snack. Sobs means buckwheat and commonly refers to a dish of buckwheat noodles enjoyed with either a chilled sauce or a warm soup base. Okinawa soba is unique in its use of thick wheat noodles and koregusu (Okinawa chilli peppers infused with rice liquor)

Next item from the box of yumminess is a slice of fruit pound cake. Fruit cakes are iconic symbols of the holiday season and come in nearly infinite variations. They can be light or dense, soaked in alcohol or dry, heavily spiced or simply sweet. But in the end, so long as it has dried or candied fruit, it’s a fruitcake! This slice of cake has a wonderfully soft and lightly sweet pound cake base with autumn fruits baked in. Dried raisins, oranges, cranberries and digs soaked in syrup add tang and texture lifting up this cake.

Next we have the white raspberry. Made in Hokkaido, this airy and crisp rye cookie is coated with a layer of white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed raspberries. A selection made by Michelin-starred chef Chikara Sono, this cookie is unique in its white chocolate coating made using world famous Hokkaido sweet corn.

Then comes the macha & white chocolate covered azuki beans. Usually called amanatto, this Japanese confectionery is normally made by dipping an azuki bean into refined sugar and drying it. Originally created in the late 1800’s, the store of its origin, Eitaro, is still open for business in Tokyo today! Magic beans don’t just exist in faerie tales. Dipped in matcha powder and white chocolate, these azuki beans are a dreamy, creamy confection.

Next comes the edamame senbei. With real edamame bits baked into the cracker, this senbei is made by finely grinding green soybeans and is peppered with kinako (roasted soybean powder), which gives it a powerful punch. White kinako literally means “yellow flour”, it is commonly known as “soybean flour”. Kinako is commonly used in sweets, but this rice cracker highlights the nutty flavour hidden within kinako.

The next one out of the box is known as Okinawa chinsuko (brown sugar). Chinsuko is a traditional cookie from Okinawa and is a very popular omiyage (souvenir gift) in Japan. Similar in texture to a shortbread cookie, this chinsuko cookie gets its incredibly rich flavour from kokuto, a special brown sugar made in only 7 of Okinawa’s 48 inhabited islands. The process involves slowly cooking down pure sugarcane juice to a soft crumbly sugar with a very complex flavour. These cookies combine both of these traditional Okinawa specialities in a delicious bite size.

Next out there comes kinako mochi. Echigo Seika uses mochi made from pounded 100% Japanese Glutinous Rice and a secret process to transform it into the crisp and airy texture of this cloud-like confection. The puffs are then finished with a dusting of kinako powder made by roasting soybeans grown in Hokkaido. This snack’s delicate texture and sweet, nutty flavour make it wildly addicting.

Then we have Takoyaki corn puffs. A classic Osakan street food, Takoyaki are pan fried balls of tako (octopus) topped with a special sauce, drizzled with mayonnaise and sprinkled with powdered seaweed, slivered green onions, and dried bonito flakes. These light corn puffs perfectly recreate the sweet and savoury umami-rich takoyaki flavour and are dangerously addictive!

Next out if the box comes sweet potato langue de chat. Langue de chat literally means “Cat’s tongue” in French and gets its namesake from its original chocolate form that resembles the tongue of a cat. In Japan, however, it is commonly baked into a square butter cookie with a white chocolate filling. Sweet potato Lange de Chat is a crumbly, buttery delight that soothes your taste buds with the perfect blend of delicate white chocolate and creamy sweet potato.

Last of all out of the box is Hoshu tea. Having a refreshingly subtle and smooth flavour, this premium tea is made using only the highest quality sencha tealeaves. Kagoshima prefecture is known for having the best green tea. Sencha is like no other and made by infusing the processed tea leaves in hot water. After just one sip of this rich tea, you’ll immediately see why sencha is the most popular tea in all of Japan!

This box is just awesome!!! Third box in a row where I have loved every single thing bar one item in the last box. That’s one heck of a record!

Another five out of five star box!

Be kind to each other.x

Unboxing & Review of My Purrfect Gift Box – March ’18…

Oh my gosh, I am so late with this review! Bad blogger, no biscuit!

This was only my second box from these guys and I was so looking forward to it after the fabulously put together box that I received from these guys last time. I love, love, loved it!

As always the outer box was a gorgeous deep purple colour and the tissue paper is a deep purple colour as well which just looks absolutely awesome when you open up the box.

The first item of fabulousness was a head band with a pair of very pretty kitty ears on them that were very sparkly. I knew however that I would not wear them so I sent them to my friend’s little girl and she loved them.

Next came an absolutely stunning scarf in a very satin like material. The scarf was edged the whole way around in navy blue and the main body is a pale pink. The scarf is covered with cats in various different poses. It was simply too big for me to take a picture of all of it, so I went for a close up of one of the cats instead.

Next item out of the box was a gorgeous set of two black bags and a purse. The first bag is a reasonable size and I love it so much! It has gold coloured metal handles in the shape of a cat’s head! How awesome is that? The second bag is considerably smaller and can either be used as a clutch bag or you have the option to attach a handle to use it as a shoulder bag (the handle came inside the bag). The bonus here is that you get a really pretty little handbag charm to clip onto the side. The charm has black tussles and a really pretty little black cat and a heart. It’s adorable! Finally comes the smaller purse. This is roomy enough to take on a night out if you don’t want to carry a bigger bag and will fit lipstick, cash and keys in it.

The final item was in a black jewellery box tied with white ribbon. It is a gorgeous wrap around kitty ring that is designed to sit on the top section of your finger.

I love, love, love this subscription box! A definite five out of five here!

Be kind to each other.x