My Little Box: January

I was never a big fan of monthly subscription boxes. After reading the constant love/hate battle that people seem to have with them on social media, I was never fully convinced that it was worth it. I mean, for the same price (or even less) I can binge watch It's Always Sunny on Netflix, or treat myself to a naughty takeaway on Deliveroo. Personally, I couldn't justify spending a tenner that could've gone into my savings, just for a box of random samples. You usually get a single full size product but still, I couldn't seem to draw myself into them. I signed up to Carmine a good few years back - I'm talking 6 years ago, as I thought I'd try a lesser known box. Even then I was left completely disappointed with it. I mean, the excitement of receiving a surprise gift each month sounded like a nice excuse, but it was only after I'd unboxed it and laid it out that I felt slightly let down. I remember thinking, "Oh, is that it?" and I just didn't feel like taking the gamble again.

It wasn't until an old work colleague started receiving a monthly subscription box to work - My Little Box and I was pleasantly surprised by it. Luckily, I received a subscription to My Little Box for Christmas, however even when that runs out, I'm definitely going to re-subscribe myself.

My Little Box is different to other subscription boxes that I've seen on the market. They create their own products, and even include bits like stationary, fashion pieces, jewelry and home ware, among many other goodies! They also include illustrations and a glossy mini-mag each month. Rather than just throwing in a few samples, My Little Box seems a bit more special and unique. Each box has a theme, and each gift inside is a part of that.

This month I received

A weekly planner (Timeless Planner) 
 Hydrating body cream from the My Little Beauty range 
○ Hand cream from the My Little Beauty range 
 Natural toothpaste by Merci Handy
 Hair mask shot by Garnier
○ Scarf
A handy pouch to store my bits and pieces!

The products that you receive are honestly such good quality and I do believe that they're worth the £14.95 monthly subscription fee. They obviously put a lot of care and attention into each box, even down to the packaging which was a large re-usable pouch decorated with an inspirational quote.

You can view their website here. Have you ever received a My Little Box? What were your thoughts?

A Fresh Start: 2017

It's been a while since I've poured my self a cup of tea and sat down to write. I feel like it's been a long time coming, I just haven't been in the right frame of mind to sit down and write a blog post, nor have I honestly felt ready or brave enough to start writing again.

I think I just sort of put my blog on a back burner until I felt the time was *right*. I am completely happy with my life right now. I have a loving family and the most incredible boyfriend. We live in a lovely flat in the South of Manchester together and I've never been so genuinely happy. I'm besotted. Everything is going absolutely swimmingly and I guess I've just been living in the moment and soaking it all up. With that being said, there's always been that one thought sitting at the back of my mind, and that's how much I've missed blogging.

I guess, realistically, I would've been able to find the time to blog - I just decided to use that energy elsewhere. I feel as though I would've been forcing myself to write, or trying too hard to "get it right". The blogging world is evolving and growing so fast that I felt I needed to catch up with it first. I didn't feel like my blog posts would cut it if I'd written and produced them halfheartedly - which I tried on a couple of occasions, but they ended up being redrafted days later. Don't get me wrong, I'm always reading blogs, and I spend a lot of my time still catching up with my favourite YouTube channels. I've just sorta kept myself on the sidelines for a while until I felt ready to jump back in.

I felt that it was only right to mature my blog slightly so I dropped the Belle and replaced it with my name. I feel like it's more me (that's probably a stupidly obvious thing to say seeing as it's my name but you get what I mean...) I didn't want to try and get all experimental because a) that blog name is probably already taken and b) i'll probably end up wanting to change it yet again in the future - queue my old Hotmail E-mail xbaybeexstephx... I know right. 

I'm not sure what my blog is going to evolve into but I'm super excited to get my teeth stuck back into it. I started Bonjour Belle way back in 2012, so I guess it would be silly to give up on it really! I've already started drafting a couple of new blog posts, so stay tuned! If you've managed to get this far please feel free to share your links below, I'd love to add some new blogs to my reading list!