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Let’s Talk About The Low Tox Box.

One of the reasons I love Twitter is because I find little gems on it. Over my social media platforms, I’m trying harder than ever to curate my feeds with who I follow, what they’re talking about and what I personally take away from it. That’s how I came across the Low Tox Box.

(Disclaimer: I haven’t been paid to do a review nor have I been sent this box for free. I bought this myself after coming across the company on Twitter and I was so impressed that I wanted to share my thoughts on it. The links contained in this post are not affiliate links, I simply wanted to make the products more accessible to you, if you were interested in finding out more.)

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If you’ve never heard of the Low Tox Box (like me until very recently) it’s what it says on the tin (or shall we say box?). It’s a company that was started up in 2017 by a woman called Lucy that delivers ethically sourced and low toxin products so you can become part of the change for a cleanlier and more sustainable environment. From my research, the company used to do monthly boxes but they are now more focused on one off gift boxes, which to me personally, I prefer. I love the idea of subscription boxes but I simply can’t justify it each month.

The shop stock four different boxes; “Mindfulness” Gift Box, “Vegan New Mum” Gift Box, “Eco Friendly Travel Essentials” Gift Box and the one that I purchased was the “Zero Waste” Starter Kit. They all vary in price but mine came in at £30, but they had a special 10% off deal for Earth Hour the day I purchased it, so including postage and packaging, mine came in at just under £30.

LowToxBox(Original Photograph Source: Low Tox Box)

As many of you know if you follow me on social media, I’m always looking what impact I have on the environment so this “Zero Waste” kit is the perfect stepping stone for me. Below is up close look at what you get in the box, and for every box that is ordered, a tree is planted. Now, if that doesn’t make you feel good, I don’t know what will!

20180330_164906-01.jpeg(I love getting a little personalised note with my packages.)

20180330_165733-01.jpeg(The Que Bottle that holds up to 600ml of liquid hot or cold when expanded.) 

20180330_165859-01.jpeg(Reusable Stainless Steel Spork (a spoon and fork in one!), Wire Straw Cleaning Brush and Reusable Stainless Steel Curved Straw.)

20180330_170206-01.jpeg(Natural Mesh Produce Bag.)

20180330_170132-01.jpeg(Natural Small String Produce Bag.)

20180330_170321-01.jpeg(Natural LowToxBox Tote Bag.)

I know that I’ll use all of these products; I would tend to drink quite a lot of water and I try and carry a water bottle around with me as well as my Keep Cup. The produce bags will come in handy when I go to the green grocers at the start of the week before I head into work that morning and the Tote bag will fit in any of my bags because even though I try my best to remember, sometimes I forget to pack shopping bags. As for the straw and the spork, these will be fantastic in work because it will only be me using them or if I’m ever out to grab a quick bite, I hate using disposable cutlery so this will be absolutely perfect.

This would be a fantastic gift for someone you know who is trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle or even if you’re trying to take small steps to help change the way you shop, eat or purchase products. Let me know if you’ve bought this box before or any of the other boxes, and what you thought of them (I have my eye on the “Travel Essentials” box next!) 

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SS: Sunday Saves (#76)

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Good morning on another edition of my Sunday Saves! If you don’t know what my Sunday Saves are, each week I choose three blog posts that I’ve read throughout the week that I think those reading the blog should read too. Today I’ll be discussing regrettable spending habits, ethical fashion and growing your own confidence.

1) The Financial Diet (7 Regrettable Habits From My 20s That Stopped Me Saving Money)

I came across the Financial Diet on YouTube quite recently and I have been loving their videos, but I only started reading their blog over the last week or so. The post I’ll be talking about is habits that the author Samantha took part in during her 20’s that prevented her from saving money, and with my last monthly intentions post talking about a savings plan (That post is linked here!) I was interested to see if I am taking part in the same habits. The biggest one I can relate to on Samantha’s list (to a certain extent) would be not looking at my spending habits. I do try to at the start of the month but I seem to fall behind. Another thing I liked about Samantha’s post was that it wasn’t the same thing we’ve heard one hundred times. We know we shouldn’t buy a coffee (or a tea in my case) every day, we know we need to not buy lunch out all the time; I’m glad she came at it from a completely different angle. It was very refreshing.

2) Tolly Dolly Posh (The Answers To Your Many Questions | Survey Response)

I have been thinking a lot about ethical fashion lately and it’s something I want to dive into and discover for myself. In saying that, I’ve been one of H&M’s best customers lately because of my wardrobe overhaul I’m hoping to have soon (I also mentioned it in my new monthly intentions, linked above!) so while I’ve been thinking about it, I haven’t been putting it into practice, I’ll hold my hands up to that. If you’ve ever had questions about ethical fashion, Tolmeia’s post is the one to read. She’s squeezed in some key questions and answers about it while explaining it in a way that everyone can understand.

3) Mode Lily (Project Me Time: How To Grow Your Confidence)

Something I should bring up about Lily’s post, just like Samantha’s, is that Lily isn’t telling us what we’ve heard before. Her post is about growing your confidence; she’s not telling us “just to be yourself”; to a certain extent she is but she is helping enhance with her six tips. Her point about writing a list about what you love about yourself sounds like quite the challenge for me because I tend to dislike more than liking things about myself. That’s a comfort zone pusher right here! She also talks about giving yourself that extra push and incorporating everything with gratitude (something which I am passionate about too). It’s a really nice post and I recommend it very highly.

That’s all for this week’s choices; remember to click on their links and give their posts a little read too. Thank you so much for taking time out of your week to read this and have a great rest of your day!

SS: Sunday Saves (#63)

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Good morning everyone and welcome back to another edition of my Sunday Saves! If you’ve never read a Sunday Saves before, I choose three posts each Sunday that I’ve found throughout the week to talk about. This week I’ve decided to have a #NIBloggers special, and if you’re not sure what that is, it’s a hashtag used mainly on Instagram and Twitter for Northern Ireland bloggers. Being from Northern Ireland myself, I always think it’s great to highlight local bloggers as well as national and international bloggers. So this morning I’ll be talking about Instagram worthy feeds, becoming more ethical and tattoo stories.

1) Retro Rose (Is It Insta Worthy?)

Miriam Rose’s post about Instagram is something that I think we can all relate to. She speaks about some of her thoughts on Instagram including if you have nothing to post, that’s perfectly okay. I went through a period of panicking when I didn’t have something to post at least twice a day and I see on Twitter other bloggers who worry when they haven’t posted in a day. I soon came to the realisation that just because I don’t post in a day, it doesn’t make me any less of a blogger (or a person). She also talks briefly about themes and keeping to the same editing style which in all honesty, that wouldn’t be my cup of tea but whenever I see someone who has kept to a certain filter or style, I praise them because they have almost the perfect feed.

2) Lauren The Day Dreamer (Why I’m Trying To Be More Ethical)

I love that Lauren has decided to try and become more ethical! It’s something I’m trying to do myself; I haven’t ventured into any charity shops to buy clothes yet but I’m in the same boat as her. I tend to wear the same clothes over and over again and I’m definitely nowhere near as fashionable as Lauren so my sense of style could be labelled as boring but comfy clothing but I think I need to have another look at my wardrobe to see what I actually need and what I actually wear. Shopping elsewhere other than my regular H&M might even open my style habits up further too!

3) Sarah Louise Writes (My Tattoo Story #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek)

We all know that I love scrolling back on people’s blogs, not just looking at their latest posts and this is exactly how I came across Sarah Louise’s post about her tattoo. I don’t have any tattoos and I don’t know if I’ll never have one because I’m too indecisive, I’m more of a piercing woman myself but I loved her story behind the tattoo. I’ll let you go to her post to read her story in full but I think it’s so special to hear about the stories behind people’s tattoos because not many people open up as much as Sarah Louise has, especially when it comes to mental health.

Thank you so much for reading my post and remember to go to the featured blog posts to give them a read too. To catch up on my other Sunday Saves, click here and you’ll have another sixty two to keep you busy. If you want to keep up with what I’m up to during the week, I’m over on Twitter and Instagram. Have a wonderful day! 

SS: Sunday Saves (#43)

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Because I can still post Sunday Saves on a Monday, right? Welcome back to my Sunday Saves, albeit very very late. This week I’ll be talking about living more ethically, an A to Z look at yourself and what to expect from a CBT course.

1. Water Painted Dreams (Living More Ethically)

Ever since becoming vegan at the start of the year, I’ve become slightly more conscious of what I use. For example (and it might sound silly) but I try and buy in bulk, so I’ll buy a big bag of rice rather than waste money and packaging on smaller packets. I would be quite similar to Hayley in that I try and reuse my plastic boxes especially when I cook a big batch of food. They’re a lot handier, you can clean them really easily and they’re not as big a pain as you’d think. If you’re looking for little changes you can make to your lifestyle, I’d recommend Hayley’s post as a good stepping stone.

2. Lauren Catherine (A to Z of Lauren Catherine)

I really liked the idea of Lauren’s post, so much so that I’ve started my own version of the post (which will be coming soon!) I quite like tag posts but I feel like they can be quite limiting even though I have covered a few on the blog. I hope Lauren doesn’t mind me borrowing her idea, but I love the idea of going in a little more in-depth into who you are without actual questions.

3. Nourish Me (What To Expect from a CBT Course)

For anyone who hasn’t experienced CBT before or is looking into the possibility of attending therapy for one reason or another, Stephanie’s post is one to look into. She’s covered her first session of therapy in another blog post but what I loved about this particular one is that she’s not telling you that CBT will work for everyone, because it simply won’t. There isn’t one thing that will work on every single person but I know in my experience of CBT (which I’m hoping to write about soon), it has worked for me. So if you’re curious about CBT or have no idea what it is, head over to Stephanie’s post.

Thank you for reading this week’s (late) Sunday Saves. Remember to click through to everyone’s links and send them some love. That’s what all bloggers love.