Japanese products you need in your life

This is one of the most exciting boxes Ive received!

The Kawaii Box is filled with 8-10 kawaii products from Japan and Korea. Life without kawaii is too sad….read on to get the chance to win a Kawaii box aswell 😉

Ive lived a life of LOTS of travel and one of my favorite places in the world and somewhere I even considered to be a permanent home is Japan. There is something about the fact its so unique that gets you every time.

One of my favourite things to do was to visit the 100 Yen shops and walk the isles discovering all the crazy, odd,  useful and bang on genius products they would have.

The smells and tastes and unique quality are something I always miss.

So to get this delightful package was brilliant for me!

The package is in a beautifully bright box, covered in hearts! it was really hard to reclaim it back from my 5 year old daughter!

Inside I was delighted to read a quote Im often heard saying myself “Cuteness overload” my thoughts exactly.

Wrapped in a beautiful Pink, white and love heart tissue paper were 10 products!!



A soft and warm pair of low rise socks with the cutest happy face over your toes.

A stamp set that comes in a box with over 10 different stamps inside.This would be so cute to use for marking Homework! or even for the letters we right.

A sheet of puffy stickers all about Dolphins.

The cutest soft stuffed penguin key chain. He’s juts adorable and we would love to hang from out bag.

I LOVE the little pink and gold key chain with a burger and french fries! this one I’m defiantly keeping for myself!!

A adorable pen with a doughnut hanging form the top.

A cupcake coin purse with a key chain on it this would make finding  my coins a breeze.

A packet with a milk and strawberry eraser. These two are so cute.

Gudetama key chain which are the most adorable Japanese products meaning lazy eggs.

And also I know Kawaii always like to throw in a little snack and this time it is box of strawberry pocky which are chocolate coated biscuit sticks.

For $18.90 a box for a 6 month subscription its a whole lot of value and there is something for everyone.

We rate the kawaii box 5/5

 CLICK HERE TO WIN!!!!!  Halston and River Kawaii Box Giveaway

For the modern Dog lover with Purplebone

The modern dog lover wants a quality subscription service. What British brand (ships internationally), Purplebone does is add a lifestyle element recognizing there is a human at the end of the lead who might like a little treat as well. If you are looking for a gift as a non-dog owner, this one is a solid choice.

Each month the box contains two of Purplebones’ high quality treats, two toys, the lifestyle element surprise and 60 poop bags. Anything with poop bags is immediately a win, and even better, these bags are mint scented, stylish white bags with purplebone details to make all your dog accessories as fabulous outside, as as they are inside the home.

What I like about this is adding a fresh element of surprise for your dog and the treats are always devoured by my French Bulldog. The treats include pork jerky and a tripe bone twin pack. The treats are all-natural and Gluten Free- just like humans, you rest at ease that your canine kid is getting a high quality treat here, not watered down with chicken fat.

Each box has a theme. The box I received was nautical, perfect time both for summer and Shark Week, my personal favorite week of science documentaries (*yes, I know they have mixed in a lot of fictional tales as well.) The toys are bright, durable and can withstand tug-of-war. Boxes can be ordered according to your dog’s weight in small, medium and large. You can purchase a box you might like from their archive. That flexiblity is great since we are all drawn to different themes in our decor.

The lifestyle suprise was the debut issue of DOG magazine, an absolutely beautiful magazine of high fashion editorial mixed with dog roles in the world. A mix of essays and interviews, with the most stunning visuals, this magazine serves as inspiration for anyone who loves their dog. Well-priced at £24, the contents inside would cost close to double if purchased separately

If you are in London, you will be able to spot Purplebone dog grooming parlours and shops in Chelsea and Notting Hill. Owner, Jacob van Nieuwkoop’s well curated shops are a favorite among British celebs including The Beckhams, Lily Allen and Holly Valance to name a few.

Calling all Mums, Dads & Kids this is a Club you need to Join!

Box Basics

The Curly Clues Box is aimed at helping kids ages 3-8 connect with their parents, and helping them “spark creativity, connect socially, and grow emotionally”. I personally don’t have kids this age, but I can definitely see how this would be perfect for young kids. As soon as I opened the box, there were lots of bright colors and things to look through. It was one of those times when I was impressed as soon as I very excitedly tore the tape off of the box. This box’s theme was “Sibling Conflict” and that was clear as soon as I got to the first welcome letter.


Box Manual: Explained everything in the box with instructions for the crafts, ideas for how to use all of the activities and generally how to make the most out of everything included

Activity: Yoga Cards
Craft: Tissue paper flowers
Game: Small jigsaw puzzle
Pretend Play Craft: Masks, with glitter glue and sequins
Book: “Bug and Boo” by Kyle Carlin

The Cost

Single Box: $34.99 per month plus shipping.
3-6 Month Subscription: $24.99 per month plus shipping

Watch our Unboxing of the Curly Clues Club Here

Personally, I was really happy with how everything was packaged. It included everything needed for all of the crafts, down to scissors to use for the tissue paper flowers craft. The manual included very detailed instructions, and even talking points to bring the book to life. I loved this box and I would 100% recommend it to my friends with young kids! I have already passed it on to a friend with 3 young children (ages 7, 4, and 2) and I got to watch how excited they all were to open it. I hope they love it as much as I did!

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Ladies! Now getting your period just got a whole lot better with this subscription box.

You’re going to have some questions in your mind as to how this subscription box can really help me at that dreaded time of the month, but it didn’t take us long to soon realize its just so nice to feel loved, special, relaxed and even satisfy a craving or two when you have your period.

This beautiful box arrived in no time to our front door and right on “time”

Boxed up in gorgeous tissue paper and a lovely little sticker we were treated to a fabulous apt card saying, “This too shall pass” what a sweet little reminder!

From a woman’s point of view, it has it all! A box of organic tampons a bunch of pads, some tea and a beautiful block of chocolate!

The tampons & pads are from Organiyc. They have created 100% organic certified cotton pads and tampons for women who care about the health of themselves and the environment. All you get is the comfortable, absorbent, hypoallergenic protection of organic cotton.

• No wood pulp.
• No non-biodegradable plastics.
• No chlorine bleaching.
• No nasties.
• Period.

How lush is that?

The Tea is from the English tea shop. We love this tea from London. They are also Organic and Fairtrade farmers, blenders and producers from all over the world to produce their special range of teas.

The Sweet treat is a bar of chocolate from Loving Earth – Healthy, sustainable and fair trade chocolate. We love their philosophy “Loving Earth is based on the philosophy that the earth is a living organism, popularised by James Lovelock’s Gaia theory.

The very same idea is at the heart of many indigenous cultures around the world. This philosophy consists of an immense respect for our environment, recognising our own physical bodies as being an indispensable part of that environment. Accordingly, the three central principles of Loving Earth are Healthy – Sustainable – Fair. These ideals have been extremely important to us since the beginning and are the foundation of everything that we do.”

A stunning collection of products and enough to make you feel a whole lot better. As busy women its always important to take care of yourself, we think this is a perfect idea!

Watch our Unboxing of Uptown Girls Here

The Cost:
$25 AUD

Contents:Essentials Box includes

• Chemical-Free, Organic Cotton Tampons (16)
• Pads (10)
• Organic Cotton Night Pads (5)
• Organic Tea and Treats

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The doorbell rings.  The moment has finally come after a month of anticipation.  On your doorstep you see a familiar box which you swiftly sweep up and move to the kitchen counter.  You impatiently break the seal to open the box.  The box opens to reveal tissue paper overlapping with a sticker.  You break the sticker to unwrap the paper which now reveals the contents of your subscription box.  The excitement is building.  One by one you remove each product from the box, checking each one out as you place it on the kitchen counter.  You know you will have time to check them out more thoroughly but for now, you just need to satiate the thrill of opening the box and finding out what is inside! Finally, your box has arrived and you can now enjoy your subscription box, satisfied until the waiting for the next box begins…Continue Reading →