Taking a look at Pretty Peachy subscription box

This post contains gifted items.

The thing I love about the variety of subscription boxes that we have available to us, every order is a little bit like Christmas no matter where you are in the year.
With subscription boxes, you truly do not know what is inside until you have received the box, and your opening it up for yourself. I seem to get a rush of excitement and anticipation to find out what is inside when the latest box falls through my front door!

I am a big fan when it comes to subscription boxes and this month I have been lucky enough to partner with Pretty Peachy Co. These guys are a relatively new company who are providing us with some pretty awesome subscription boxes, “The PEACHY BOX containing 5 goodies, including skincare, haircare, makeup, jewellery and so much more!”. So I am very excited to be sharing with you guys my thoughts on the box that I received from them.

Before I start talking about how much I love the box I received from the Pretty Peachy team let me give you 5 reasons why I love subscription boxes.

The content is random, and a surprise every time.

I love receiving my subscription boxes on an unexpected day! another reason to smile!

Subscription boxes can contain items that are more expensive then the box itself! I love a good find!

Some items in the box can also be a try before you buy! as you can get hooked to new products!

They are just FUN. Plain and simple. Ok?

Talking inside the box…

Firstly I would really like to point out how pretty and eye-catching the box is. I really like the packaging, the peach and pastel-coloured box is a pretty awesome design! I love that inside they have included a selection of sparkly gems. The gems added the nicest touch to the box when opening up and seeing them glistening back at me.

This months box has been themed on ‘all about you!’ and The Pretty Peachy team have outdone themselves with this theme.


Firstly looking at the really cute pair of Cotton Grey Meow Socks, I adore these. The socks are themed on cats which are really cute. not the theme for everyone but I really do think these are cute. They are super soft to touch which is just what you want for a cosy pair of socks. I think these would be the perfect socky item for a day of self-care! The socks have been embroidered with the word ‘Meow’ with a cute white heart and paw print pattern on them. How bloody cute is this?

Next up in my box, an elegant looking ‘cosmetic storage bag’ a stunning black and marble themed pattern. I love the bag, it is really smooth and with a touch of gold for the zip! Also, I would say that its a really practical size, and something that I personally would definitely benefit from using. I’m pretty sure that anyone who is a fan of makeup would find a use for such an item. It is perfect as a makeup accessory.

The makeup included ‘Beauty Glazed Mars bright eye shadow palette‘. What an amazing little treat to have found! The Beauty Glazed palettes are awesome and actually, this one is a new favourite! The palette itself has a really sweet smell to it. Honestly, the fragrance had made the whole box smell amazing upon arrival. I love how bright the colours are inside. I tried some of the shiny looking eye shadows included in the Mars palette and they are so nice! My favourite colour is glittery pink (of course).

The makeup brush that has been included is another item that I am really impressed with. However I admit I can be so fussy when it comes to makeup brushes. I mean no one wants to feel a cactus running over their skin as they are applying their makeup right? Well, this brush is absolutely the right amount of soft! The bristles feel amazing against your skin. Having tried it now it’s perfect for applying liquid foundation, or even as a contour brush! Love it!

Finally included in the box I found a beautiful bangle bracelet decorated with hearts. I love bangles, they are the perfect finishing piece to any outfit. Pretty and girly.

The Pretty Peachy team have successfully produced a stunning subscription box that can appeal to many. I love how connected the products have been with their theme ‘All about you’. I honestly feel that it is well worth subscribing in the future for £15 a box. The pretty Peachy team will be including a massive range of product in each box. “you will never receive the same item twice no matter how long you subscribe for!”I cant wait to see what else Pretty Peachy will be bringing us.

What do you guys think? Are subscription boxes for you? what do you think about the range from Pretty Peachy?

Meeting the Meerkats at Millets Farm Centre​.

I am so pleased that we had finally gotten around to using our voucher for a Meerkat experience. Emma had received this for her birthday back in December and it took us absolutely ages to get it organised and booked. The voucher included having an encounter with the meerkats, as well as being able to feed them, at the falconry at Millets Farm Centre.

I had never even heard of Millets Farm Centre before, and I didn’t really look into the place before going. I just knew that we were feeding Meerkats in Oxfordshire, which of course was pretty exciting.

After taking a short 2 hour car journey, we had arrived not really knowing what to expect. Before we even got out of the car I was already appreciating the beautiful area. We were so lucky to have randomly picked a day where the sun and sky were absolutely glorious with no clouds in sight.

Upon arriving at Millets Centre you are presented with adorable farmhouse buildings. The site is quite big and there was so much too see including. A large play area for the little ones, a cute farm shop, a beautiful garden centre, Gift shop, farmhouse restaurant, an animal walkway, huge maze, of course the falconry with so many beautiful bold birds and so many other things to see and experience.

We started our day by taking a slow stroll down animal walkway, where we were able to meet some awesome creatures.

After, we headed over to the falconry where we took a lovely slow stroll around the many birds. The falconry is also where the meerkats live and where we needed to be. My favourite animal. Well, one of my favourite animals, I love them all.

There were so many different types of falcons, owls and eagles. One thing I would say about these birds is how bold, and strong looking these creatures portray themselves as. They are very stunning things. Especially the American eagle.

The experience included Emma & myself along with 4 other members of the public, were invited into the meerkat enclosure where we were able to take a seat on a bench. All of the staff at Millets Farm Centre are so friendly, we had a girl called Becky who works in the falconry then gave us an impressive talk about the meerkats whilst providing us with raw chicken on tongs to feed the meerkats with. The 30 mins went so quickly because every minute was so much fun, we all had meerkats climbing all over us, we were able to stroke their fur whilst feeding them. I always thought they had rough fur, but even though it doesn’t look like it is, the fur is so soft and cuddly feeling.

It was honestly so exciting and surreal to be so up close with them, I really did feel in my element all morning! I would really suggest Millets Farm Centre to all of my friends because it is genuinely such a lovely place to go too.

We couldn’t leave the centre without takin a walk around the shops there. I really thought the farm shop was so cute and really did have a variety of things that we wouldn’t normally see in the normal shops. Obviously, we had to buy something so we got some really nice looking cheese and dips for our next Camembert lunch we have with friends. Honestly, we couldn’t resist. Everything in the shop looked so lovely., but of course being a farm shop some things were very pricey.

We really enjoyed our experience at Millets Farm Centre and would happily travel there again one day. Such a lovely place to be.

I would highly recommend any of you to take a trip there. Especially booking to see the meerkats, as it’s an utterly amazing experience.

I Would love to hear your thoughts on our experience, maybe you have had an experience with Millets, Comment away below.

Keeping yourself organised and carrying on.

With my life being as hectic as it has been in the past months I thought that now would be the perfect opportunity to talk about the greatest art of them all. Organisation.

Are you like me with a thousand things going on in your mind right this second, then you have about a hundred different things that you really need to do? No matter how hard you try sometimes it feels like you are never going to catch up! like all that life stuff just seems to get in the way of just everything that you need to do! or maybe you have too many plans to do all the things you need and there is just not enough hours in the day to fit it all in! It can literally feels like a rollercoaster that you are stuck on, with no brakes and no way of getting off. Scary hey? but did I get it right? If so you are not alone. Literally there are thousands of people exactly the same right this minute! In fact even the most organised person can have moments where life is mental as hell and cannot get all their shit together.

Let us be honest. Life really can be a bitch at times, with it being so busy at times that it is hard to get a break from it and catching up seems like mission impossible. keeping organised can be a hard enough at times. So what can we do to get ourselves to keep going, and feel like we are heading in the right direction again?

Stop and breathe!

Honestly, this is probably one of the most important steps to getting yourself in a calm and organised, destressed state of mind. I know that if you are reading this, you are wanting to get organised and productive, and you are probably feeling like you must do it all and do it all now, but it is so important to stop. Take a breathe and don’t panic. We all know being unorganised and having a lot to do is stressful but if you can just take a minute, to gather your thoughts, this will be a massive game-changer for you. what I mean is, by taking it slowly you aret going to make less mistakes, be in control of what it is you have planned, and you are going to feel less of a want to give up before you have even begun.

Making Lists!

So now that you are calm and you have taken a break, let’s think it all out! It may sound pretty cliche honestly, but I do believe in to-do lists. Even if they never seem to end. By sitting down and recapping everything you need to do can help you work out the most productive way to do things anything to be able to save a bit of time) as well as making it possible to remember everything you need to do! so a brilliant idea would be to keep an active note book with an ongoing list, that you can add to when ever you need, and the feeling of crossing an item off the list when it has been completed. yeah that is actually quite satisfiying

Also by making a list, you can priorities what actually needs to be down first and what can wait. Which means you will not need to stress because youwill be able to confidently work to deadlines, knowing you have completed your ‘To-Dos’ efficiently. Pretty awesome hey?

Use your phone

If we are honest with ourselves, how many times in life can you say that you do not carry your devices around with us 24/7? We literally have this amazing device that we do so much with. So why not use your smartphone as your personal PA? It is the ideal way of constant reminders and keeping yourself on ball.

If you can sort yourself so that all of your important dates and appointments in your calendar on your phone, and then set your phone to remind you a day before so you are always on top of the stuff that is coming up in your life. I find it really useful as well that you can even share an open calendar with loved ones that they can also add too. So not only are you reminding yourself, you are making sure everyone else is on point too..

I literally have 100 reminders set to go off to remind me at times to do things, because thats how I role! and it works! If Im playing on my phone and something comes up it really does push me to get up and get it sorted before it is too late! and it really is the things that I havn’t set

Planners

My happy planner (one of them)

For me a Planner is my favourite purchase of the year. at the moment I am a proud owner of a Mambi Happy Planner, I absolutely love it. My planner is another creative space for me with all my upcoming adventures and chores written in. I have been using one for 2 years now. As well as a standard planner. I would suggest to anybody, especially anyone who has a love for stationary. I’m thinking of even trying a different style next year and getting the Erin colder life planner.

But don’t get me wrong. You don’t need a fancy planner. A cheap and plain one will do just fine as long as you stick to writing everything you basically need too.

Find your Zone

And by Zone I mean your own space! like a little corner of your room or house, that is completely yours for getting stuff done! it is such a good idea, since I have gotten my own desk the way that I work has changed so much! I almost never have my laptop on the bed anymore! I am happy to sit in my ‘zone’ which I have personalised to be a bit of me, and I am able to craft and create for hours at a time without any distractions or excuses. Even if you can’t have an office like set up or anything like that. I would still suggest you have an appropriate space where you can get shit done. Its such an amazing tool!

Sticky notes

So speaking of sticky things…. I have always had a massive love for sticky notes. I can quite easily have them everywhere. Full of reminders, info or just a few doodles and inspirational phrases. Plus leaving messages for yourself on pretty and coloured paper, can really brighten up a room.

Those colours <3

Time

Another really important factor for the skills of organisation. Time management. Ensuring that you are able to give yourself enough time to complete tasks and that you are able to take your time on whatever it is you are doing, is so so important. Don’t set yourself a task that is going to take you 3 hours, when you only have 1 hour free. you will be less likely to complete what it is you are doing, and that would just suck wouldn’t it? no one likes too many open projects at one time hey?

So that is all of the most important factors that I can think of, and methods that I actually use to keep myself organised and on the right path! I would always encourage all of my friends to try these ways to getting back on track! and never giving up, you can do whatever you put your mind to.

So guys. What are methods that you guys would suggest? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions below! so I look forward to hearing from you all.

3 positive things this summer

Hello my lovelies!

I though it was about time I checked in with you all with another blog post actually about my life shinangagins. More importantly my world right now with my positive glasses on.

I’m not gonna lie that this summer has really had some real lows for me and my health has been constantly shite. So I really wanted to take the opportunity to focus on anything positive, and what better way then to share the 5 most positive thing going on for me This summer because who really wants to be sat there hearing me moan on about the negative crap.

Spending well deserved time with my family and friends.

This year I’ve been massively lucky to be spending so much more time with my family and friends. It has been so lovely to be able to freely spend time together with friends mixing with family on lunching and adventures.

Myself and Emma have been massively lucky to be so involved with one of our best friends weddings. We have spent so much time together helping her with making things, painting things, decorating things and getting prepared to have the celebrations held here on the farm. The week of the wedding was the busiest week of madness every part was new memories made.

I have a new found obsession and love for vinyl and personalising everything .

So back in February on our trip away to Disneyland, our return journey home with my newly named Fiancé (Yep I still get a buzz from saying it) we experienced some real lack of safety on an elevator in the train station we were at in France, causing injury to my poor Em, and damage to our newly brought suitcases. So after months of writing back and forward letters of complaints (in french I might add) Em finally received compensation for what happened.

Em being as amazing as she truly is has treated me to something I have wanted for absolute years, the Cricut Explore Air 2. Oh my gosh I am so lucky! If your reading this and thinking what on earth is a Cricut, well basically it’s a machine I can use to cut many different designs, shapes, etc on to vynal, paper, card, all sorts! But my biggest love for the cricut is VIYNL. I am labelling and decorating everything in sight right now! And the more I get into it the more complicated designs and projects I am wanting to have a go at.

Meet Bella…. our 8 week old pup.

Yes that’s right. I have the most exciting news. It has finally happened. We made a family today, with the addition of this beautiful pup. We are proud fur baby mummies, and yes I am loving it already. Yay.

Having spent a week puppy sitting a beautiful Frenchie dog, Lola. The heartbreak was real saying goodbye to her as she with off home. We decided we needed a puppy in our life so much. It has been a very long term goal for us anyway so it was going to happen sooner or later either way.

Bella is tiny and weighs a measly 900kgs at the moment. She is the same size as a Sky TV remote. That is proper titch, like I keep panicking when I can’t see her and she’s always in an obvious place in the end!

I promise you now Bella is going to be the most spoiled puppy ever. She currently has coordinating everything right now!

I apologise now for the influx of puppy pictures you will be receiving from me from now on.

So now I am Looking forward to the adventures to come…

We have had some great things to be positive about. I am more and more determined every day to not let pain get the better of me. We also have so much more to come. We’re be spending a day feeding meerkats soon. Going to the beach and focusing on life a hell of a lot more. Since life is for living after all. Next year were be getting married so will have lots of things that we will need to do for our big day. So I’m looking forward to the new challenges and adventures to come.

That’s me done for now…

AlexaJade xoxo

What’s on my desk?

The last few weeks I have been absoloutly none stop with wedding things for our best friend who married her love this saturday. It has been amazing! but I am finally back to normal (be it extremely exhausted, yet alone still ill)

let me let you into a little secret… I have always been super jealous of those people who post pictures of their desk set up, the place where they work, craft, blog etc! I pretty much have a dedicated Pinterest board of all the 1000’s of things that I want to do when we have our own house one day. SO… I am super excited about this post. why? Because I finally own my very own desk, which means I totally have my own personalised working space right now and I am completely loving it.

For the last couple of years, the bed has been my creative space which of course causes obstacles when it comes to things like crafting! So when my wonderful girlfriend spent some of her compensation money on me for a Cricut machine, a desk became a rather Nesacary piece of furniture to own and ofcourse we got one each! YAY.

Having a proper desk to sit up at is a complete game changer for me! I love having a space to be organised and properly creative. So here you go. What I keep on my desk …

Cricut Explore Air 2
There is so much I can say about the Cricut, But I will be posting a review soon on my thoughts so far! let’s just say for now! I LOVE IT.

My Laptop (MacBook Air)
I mainly work from my laptop whenever possible I am currently running a few projects from the comfort of my laptop right now!

Pen pot
Well Since I own a million pens! I needed an extra place to have some more.

Bendy light
My bendy light is a life saver for me when I’m crafting particularly, especially for fiddly things.

Photo frame
Every desk needs to be personalised with photos and things right?

Im still personalising my space at the moment. So I would love to hear and see what your guys spaces look like! leave me a message below with what you think I should be adding!

The Blogger recognition award

Firstly a very big thank you to BlueHillB at BlueHillBlogger for nominating me for the Blogger recognition award. I really appreciate the nomination, and it just goes to show how supportive the blogging community are, especially on twitter.

About the Award

The blogger recognition award is an award that is given to bloggers by the bloggers. This helps the fellow bloggers to get their work the recognition it deserves. It’s a really good way of helping each other out. It aims to help blogger get their work recognised and promoted to other bloggers.

These are some rules the nominees must follow

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to their blog

2. Write a blog post on your site displaying the award and describe why you started your blog.

3. Write two pieces of advice for the new bloggers

4. Nominate and notify 15 more bloggers.

Why I Started Blogging

When I started my blog I wanted to find a creative space where I could express myself and get my crazy thoughts out there. I had always been very shy and really unconfident. I really believe that by starting my blog I have really grown in myself. I’ve made so many friends and learnt so many new things. I have a place I can really show who I am.

Advice For New Bloggers

My first bit of advice to anyone who is starting out as a blogger, be your self. It can be a pretty intimidating world out there on the internet and sometimes it is so hard not to compare yourself to other bloggers and influencers out there. If your looking for your blog to be successful, don’t for one minute think that it is going to happen overnight. It really doesn’t work like that. The more hard work you put in the more you will strive as a blogger.

Secondly be creative with your posts, make sure all your content is as original as it can be. To be able to stand out from the crowd, you need to show your unique style. It can be pretty tough, especially when it comes to thinking of constant and consistant ideas, but keep a note book. That notebook will be a life saver. I literally can be in bed and scribble a few lines in at 3am with an idea for something.

Who I would like to nominate…

Jack DeyesKirstyNixie TrixAlishaValerieEleanorCassieLauren Bate AmieCara LisetteBethChocovivJessieEstelleLucy JadeJemma

AlexaJade
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