The Halston & River Story: If You Have The Passion, Do It!

If you said to me 12 months ago that Halston and River would have a little over 50 amazing subscription box businesses as part of our family I would have said “Oh to dream!”. But as I sit here today, that is exactly what we have. I can’t believe how much this business has grown in the last 12 months. A growth which has extended to me in so many ways.

The learning curve that a new business puts you on is steep, emotional and a lot of hard work. But in the same breath, it is utterly rewarding and fulfilling.

I started Halston & River to feel challenged and inspired. To have something just for me. Something to make me feel alive again! Since becoming a Mum, I felt like I was becoming just that… a Mum. I love being a Mum to my twins more than anything, but I felt `I still need an outlet. A place or purpose that keeps the fire and drive alive.

For me, I wanted an outlet that meant I could still be there for my twins. As a high flying (literally!) international flight attendant I was used to being busy and on the go. It was a great lifestyle, but certainly not one I would recommend with a young family. My change in direction to business owner means I am there for my kids whilst still having something for me. My life on my terms.

The journey so far has had its ups and downs and international moves hasn’t helped. Who knew moving an online business overseas would have so many hurdles. But alas, my persistence (or stubbornness as some may call it!) has paid off.

The community support you can find online in places like Facebook groups is amazing. For anyone starting their online journey, I highly recommend becoming active in these groups. I have found new friends and built an amazing support network of like-minded women. This is the support you don’t get from family and friends. Whilst they are truly supportive of my journey, it takes a like minded business woman to pull you through the tough days. Someone who is on the same path as you.

The hardest thing I have found since opening Halston & River is the balance between work and kids. One plus side that a 9-5 job has for it, you have a start and end time. Working an online business from home, the boundaries are somewhat blurred. I’ve lost count the number of late nights I have had working on my business. Burning the midnight oil posting, scheduling, networking and some days just staring at my Facebook wondering what to do next.

Would I change it? Absolutely not. I have found a passion for providing a service to the subscription box world. Subscription boxes make the best gifts or just a practical way to keep on top of your nice to haves. Have you seen the chocolate subscription box? Who wouldn’t want a box of chocolate delivered each month! Or a good book to keep the library stack fresh? How about keeping your tea supplies fresh and flavoursome with a new blend each month? I never knew I could do this and help so many people like I have. But it’s the business itself that has helped me the most. I feel alive again and a new found focus that enables me to keep my passion alive. I have found I am a better Mum because of it too.

So why Halston & River? Well, it’s all because of my gorgeous twins. They are my reason for starting this journey and I wanted to reflect them in the business so they are always with me, driving me to succeed.

The Mother’s Day Gifts That Keep on Giving

halston and river mother's day gift ideas that keep on giving

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (like literally!) and if you’re anything like me, you’re scrambling around looking for the best Mother’s Day gift that can be delivered within days! Now, I’m not just any gift giver and a bunch of flowers isn’t going to quite cut it. I’m the one who has to outdo last year and of course outdo the sisters!

In order to do that, we need to think outside the box. So, follow me for a wave on inspiration that is guaranteed to be the gift that keeps on giving this Mother’s Day.


The Pamper Club

Does your Mum love to be pampered? There is nothing better than relaxing with a hot cup of tea, a good chick flick and a rejuvenating face mask. Now, let me tell you though, these aren’t just any face masks. They’re so impressive you could wear them to a masquerade ball. Don’t believe me? We’ll wait here while you check them out!



If your Mum loves to read, then you can’t go past the Bookabuy subscription box. A new book arrives once a month tailored to your Mum interests. Beautifully gift wrapped with a card, it will be Mother’s Day every month of the year. And the best part about this one, you get to read the book afterwards, so it really is the gift that keeps on giving and giving…


Bring Joy to Mum

“Joyou” means to bring joy to you and this one will do just that. Each month your Mum will receive a special gift created by a local artisan delivered straight to her mailbox. Not only is this gift supporting local Australian artisans, is it supporting ethically made and sourced products. Your Mum could be surprised with body scrubs, jewellery, candles or even handmade ceramics. We know, how tempting is this to order two!


Head Down Gin Lane

Oh this one is definitely a contender. Who doesn’t need a Gin or 3 at the end of a busy week. If your Mum is a Gin lover then this one will hit the spot and have her in that oh so happy Gin place. Your Mum will be an expert in no time with a new monthly Gin to sink her taste buds into. So take a walk down gin lane, this one is sure to please him, her and them!


Tea Garden

For the Mums who aren’t into the alcoholic drinks, we’ve got one for the tea lovers amongst us. There is nothing worse than that box of 200 of the same old Lipton’s tea bags every day. Indulge the taste buds and tick the healthy box with an array of new tastes and textures delivered to her door each month. With flavours including Peachy Cream, It Takes Tea To Mango and even one called Candy Cane, what is not to love! I’ll bring the scones!


Seriously, we could go all day with subscription ideas for Mum and these are just a taste of what you can surprise Mum with this Mother’s Day. To get some more unique ideas, head over to our website where we have a directory full of Aussie and international subscription businesses.

So, if you’re Mum loves surprises (every single month!) then one of these awesome subscription boxes is going to get you in the best Daughter or Son books for a very long time to come. And who doesn’t need some good credits in the bank every now and then.