December The Village Witch Sub Box

Hey Everyone,

I know I am a bit late to the party with this box but I wanted to share it with you anyway. This was the December Yule themed subscription box by The Village Witch.

I really loved this box, the aroma I got from just opening it told me that it would be one that I would really enjoy. It smelt of ginger, cinnamon, winter spices. Perfect for this time of year.

Contents Included:

Treat Bag

Heart Home Decor

2 Chritmas Scented Scandles

Warm and Cosy Aura Spray

Peace of The Season Salt Mix

Yule Incense

Yule Oil

 In with the New, Out with the Old Floor Wash

Winter Solistice Spell Shooter

Yule Ink

 

As always the quality was amazing. The quantity you get with these boxes for only £30 is amazing. The retail value is way over what you pay and they always include little extras.
I had so much fun doing this spell, the spell shooter is especially good to do.
You can get hold of a TWV Subscription box by clicking this link.

As you can see I loved using mine:)

Thanks for reading,
Emma-Louise x

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A Piece Of Me

Have you ever been in a situation where you are trying to tell someone something but they don’t believe you? It’s awful isn’t it. I really do know how you feel. In my case it was medical professionals, doctors and A&E staff that didn’t listen to me. I had issues starting in Nov 2017. It took until March 2018 for someone to believe me. When I was first hospitalised in the November, they told me I had a Pelvic inflammation disease, I was told there was no cure and due to the disease I would get repeated infections. I walked away thinking I knew what was wrong with me.

Between then and March I visited the Doctors and A&E multiple times. Each time I was barely looked at and sent on my way with another course of antibiotics. It was at the point where I was getting new ones every 7-10 days. Nothing seemed to be working. I was getting worse. I had stopped eating, constantly felt sick and was vomiting, I lost 3 stone, kept shaking uncontrollably and I had so much pain.

I told them all that something was wrong with me, I knew something was very seriously wrong. They wouldn’t listen, they kept telling me that perhaps I had an addiction to pain medication as I was on Tramadol at this point which didn’t shift the pain. They told me I was imagining it, that I should perhaps seek additional help to deal with my issues.

I felt like I was going crazy, I started to question myself. They are the professionals so they know what they are doing right? I saw a new doctor in March who I sat and spoke to about it all, I cried at her, told her how others had made me feel and she listened. After I was finished she examined me and took 15 minutes to read through all my notes and hospital visits and then turned me and said “I don’t think you have this womb disease” she sent me immediately to the hospital armed with a strongly worded letter. She rang a department and told them to expect me, that she wanted through tests for everything, especially things such as Lupus, Crohns and anything rare.

It was that appointment that changed everything, she saved my life. If I hadn’t have seen her I wouldn’t have had the treatments and surgeries I needed and I would have died. The consultant that saw me at the hospital when they told me what was wrong said I was days away from dying.
This post isn’t about what happened after that, I’ve already discussed that in previous posts. This post is about that time between November and March where I felt I had lost my sanity and had every single part of my self belief taken away.

It is not acceptable for people to make us feel this way. We trust these professionals with our lives, we don’t disbelieve them because they have gone through years of training and experiences to help us.

I have no problem discussing my diagnosis, surgeries, time in hospital, how I have coped with recovering, how it’s changed my life, non of it but I do have issues with the time before hospital.

I can’t talk about it without crying, without anxiety rising up with it’s nasty claws to take a piece of me back with it. I am a rational person, I would like to think I am pretty confident. I know that the same situation is unlikely to occur again but I cannot get past it.
Those few months when I was deathly sick took something from me. It wasn’t even the illness that took it, it was those people I put my faith and trust in, those people who made me feel like I was nothing, I wasn’t to be believed, those who had stamped HYPOCHONDRIAC all over my head.

I am writing this post because I need to do something pro-active to help myself, to enable my thoughts to get past this. A very good friend of mine suggested that I blog about it, not just to help myself but to also show those who have been through similar that they aren’t as alone as they feel they are, or have been. I am lucky that I have people who I love and trust dearly who allow me the space and time to cry, rant, swear and get angry.

That’s the other side of this coin, the anger. I go from being completely sad over the way I have been treated to angry. Angry that I wasn’t believed, angry that I almost lost my life and left behind children, a partner, my family, angry that I was fed all these tablets that ultimately made me more sick more ill and I am angry that my 4 yr old daughter cries whenever I have a doctor or hospital appointment because she thinks I’m not going to come home again for weeks like last time.

It should not be this way, we, as people deserve to be listened too. It is our right to be heard. We should not be silenced because we are told we aren’t qualified to know better.
As masters of our own bodies and minds we should have that control.
For those of you who have suffered a similar way, or are going through something like this, please, force them to listen to you, do not let them make you feel the way I do. You deserve better.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Hey_bloggers Christmas Party

Hey Everyone,

I was lucky enough to attend my first blogging event on December 15th over in Hull. The event was the Hey_Bloggers christmas party which was hosted in the Lexington Bar at the Doubletree Hilton

I was a little nervous going but excited. Not only to attend but alo to meet a couple of wonderful people who I have known for sometime via social media.

The train took 3 hours each way but it was well worth it. Unlike most blogging events, with this been a Christmas party there were no workshops but instead party games, icebreakers and lots of socialising and networking. I was lucky enough to meet a lot of bloggers who I hadn’t met before across many different fields.

One of the games we played was called Socialise and Mingle and it was so much fun. It is a great ice breaker style game but also a great one to play with friends and family.

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There were lots of things going on but it was such a great atmosphere, it felt quite intimate and not overwhelming which was great for a newbie like myself. It meant I had the opportunity to engage and talk to almost everyone there.

We also got an amazing googie bag which was full of lovely gifts from different brands. So a special thank you goes out to Hugh Rice Jewellers, Metcalfe Skinny, High Maintenance Jewellery, Rock on Ruby, Fenitmans, Wordery, Napoleons Casino, Sienna X and the Hull Truck Theatre.

The event was also catered for by Like Sugar Bakery and the cakes were amazing!

There was a raffle which was raising money for Oscar’s Chance Charity which is an amazing cause. I won two tickets to The Deep Hull, a watch, sweets and a cut and blow dry.

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Thank you to Hey_Bloggers for putting on a fantastically Festive Event, I cannot wait for the next one.

Here are some more pictures of my time at the event, featuring the wonderful Sam Alderson and Jennifer Gilmour.

Emma-Louise x

What!? There Have Been No Posts!?

Hey Everyone,

As the title suggests, lately there have not been any posts from me. We moved house on the 1st December and the week prior to that I was decorating the new house and the week after I was very unwell and had hospital appointments.

I have found that managing my Crohns and moving quite a bit difficult, the stress of it meant as soon as we moved I was really unwell and I havent felt that bad since before my operation. I honestly thought I was heading back into a major flare, luckily though it seems it was just a mini one and I needed to rest.

I had news from my Urologist last week that while there are two options to having a permanant fix for my kidney both are such high risk to life with low success rates that I have been advised against them. I am waiting for a MAG3 scan to confirm the damage to my right kidney before moving forwrd. It might mean the damage is as severe as with my left kidney and I will have to have stents fitted in both. For the forseeable future though my left kidney will have to be re-stented every 4 months, this means more surgeries which I am not thrilled about to say the least.

At the moment I am just taking things one day at a time and seeing how I go. I have no expectations when it comes to my health as each day can vary so much.

I am currently trying to work my way through blog posts that I have missed and feel terrible for committing to them and then not been able to uphold my end. I thought that at least if I can get the reviews out there even f they are late, it’s better than nothing.

I hope you are all well and getting into the festivities that come with this time of year. I am so happy I have my tree up, it feels like Christmas is coming now.

Take Care,

Emma-Louise x

The Village Witch Sub Box {October 2018}

Hey Everyone. I am so sorry this post is a little delayed. I hoped to get it brought to you sooner but life has been so chaotic.

Today I am bringing you the reveal for October’s Hocus Pocus Samhain box from The Village Witch Shop.

October’s box was all about Halloween and honouring your ancestors and the ancestors of Witches past.

I kept my box until the 31st to complete the spell and I had such fun with it. I really enjoyed making the ancestors oil which doesn’t just look pretty but is functional too.

In this month’s box there was:

Skull jar

Ancestral Herb and Root Mix

Samhain Aura Spray (which smells soooo good)

Remember The Ancestors Ink

Samhain Oil

Invoke the Spirits Water

Thining The Veil Salts

Invoking the Spirits Incense

Black spell candle

Orange tealight candle

Skull coaster

Treat Bag

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Yet again the TVW team knocked it out of the park not only creating an amazing quality and value for money box but providing us a fun and loving spell.

The boxes can be found here and are priced at £30 which includes all postage and packing fees.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

October Instagram Challenge!

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Hey Everyone,

It’s October and its a NEW month but most importantly it is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Jennifer Gilmour who is an author and advocate for women in abusive relationships,  has decided to do something different to bring awareness this month.

Here is what she had to say:

“Not only is it the publication day of Isolation Junction (second edition) on the 22nd but I am doing this Instagram Challenge. I am sure you have noticed it says positive challenge and this is because I felt personally I needed to bring some positivity to the month. It can be quite overwhelming when each year bringing awareness brings back memories I would rather lock away and I felt that if I feel this I am sure that others feel this way as well. I have to remember that my life now is that of a happy one and that I have managed to build a positive life after the abusive relationship I experienced. So… I thought we could have a month to recognise the positives and still bring awareness to domestic abuse”

How to join in:

  1. Let everyone know on Insta that you are joining in on the challenge, sharing will get more people involved.
  2. Take a picture relating to the prompt on each day of the month (see image below).
  3. Make sure you tag Jennifer in the picture, her instagram is @authorjennifergilmour.
  4. Don’t forget the # as well so others that are joining in can see your pictures as well.

Make sure you come back each Monday of October and check to see if your photo has been featured on Jennifer’s weekly blog post especially for this Instagram Challenge- www.jennifergilmour.com

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Happy posting, can’t wait to see your pictures.

Emma-Louise x

The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Box Reveal {September}

Tis the season for cosy nights, knitted jumpers, hot chocolate, pumpkins and gratitude. This month’s sub box is based around the autumn equinox and gratitude and I have to admint it is one of my favourite boxes so far.

I really cannot stress enough how much time and effort goes into the making of these boxes from The Village Witch team and the quality of ingredients used is second to non.

So what was included in the Seotember box you may ask? Well I am about to share this with you;

Treat Bag

Handmade Thankful and Joy Aura Spray

Handmade and Blessed Mabon Incense

Handmade Offering Floorwash

Handmade Autumn Equinox Cleansing Salt

Handmade Mabon Oil

Handmade Gratitude Powder

Pink and Yellow Spell Candles

Journal

Real Tree Coloured Pencils

Now for the pictures;

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I actually had the opportunity to do this month’s spell straight away. I have to say I loved it. I had so much fun with it and I really gave thought to the year past and the year ahead and what I am thankful for and what I hope for going forward. The journal is so pretty and the paper is fantastic quality. I just adore those pencils!

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If you would like to find out more about The Village Witch boxes you can do so here. They are £30 a month and you can cancel at anytime. The price includes postage.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Sub Box {August}

Hey Everyone,

Today I bring you an unveiling of the Hocus Pocus Sub Box from The Village Witch. I would like to thank The TVW team for providing me this box for review.

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This month’s theme was self-reflection and road opening and as always included ingredients to perform a spell, or in this case 2 spells.

Unfortunately I haven’t managed to do these yet, the summer holidays have meant I’ve had no time to myself to be able to get into the headspace and I really want to make the most of it as these spells are so perfect for this point in my life.

So here is what the sub box contained;

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Treat Bag

Road Opener Aura Spray

Unlock Your Potentional Oil

Be Brave Incense

Florida Water

Self Reflection Powder

Mojo Bag Herb Mix

Red Velvet Bag

White Candle

Skull and Rose Compact Mirror

Make Your Own Crystal Necklace Kit

As Always these items are all handmade with love and care over at TVW. The Aura Spray smells like lemon polo mints (that’s if you are old enough to remember them).

This box is a great box, the theme is perfect. Heading into the colder months, children back at school and it makes for a great time to renew and refresh ourselves ready for the hectic Winter months that are approaching. September is the perfect time for fresh starts.

You can purchase the sub box here for £30 including p&p. While this is a Traditional Witch shop, the TVW Team work hard to include things in the box suitable for those who are Wiccan.

I would love to know if you subscribe to these boxes. Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Birchbox June {Review}

The other week an advert popped up for Birchbox, having been a previous subscriber I knew these boxes well. The special deal was 2 boxes for £10, one of whch was the gorgeous metal tin box I had seen advertised previously.

Feeling like I was in need of a bit of a pamper I decided to go ahead and order. I had swapped to My Little Box from these as I wasnt overly impressed with the contents but given that was aound 3 years ago I thought it would be worth another go.

I have to say that Birchbox have upped their game. I was much more impressed with these boxes than the ones they did all those years ago and I would say they defintely compete on the market for value for money now.

So, I know that you arent really interested in my previous dealings and just want to see the goodies. Without futher ado, here are the boxes I received;

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The boxes themselves are great. I love the tin but I also love the drawer style box and the pattern and design used.

As for the contents, I was really happy. I love the little handbag size sunscreen, the shower foam smells divine and I will absolutely be purchasing the full version. The anti-frizz hair cream works a treat as does the volume spray. I have not tried the other products yet but I am looking forward to the face masks.

Overall I am happy with this box and once my finances improve I will be looking to become a monthly subscriber.

You can find out more about Birchbox here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Sub Box {July}

Hey Everyone!

It’s my favourite time of the month – Hocus Pocus Sub Box reveal.

This month’s theme is “all about the money, money money” (Thanks Jessie J).

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As always I could smell the box before I opened it, Bexz, Amy and the rest of the The Village Witch team do such an amazing job with these and not only is there one spell but there are two spells in this box.

So let’s see what there is (all oils, sprays, washes, powders and incense are homemade to age old family recipes);

  • Banish Debt Powder
  • Abundance Aura Spray
  • Money Drawing Floor Wash
  • Blesses 7 Wonders of Wealth Incense
  • Money Drawing Lucky Rice
  • Money Drawing Ink (Green)
  • Showers of Gold Oil
  • Little Purse
  • Sterling Silver Pot (to burn charcoal/incense)
  • 2 Green Spell Candles
  • Little Jar
  • Bay Leaf
  • Faux $10 Bill
  • I-Ching Coin
  • Paper Shamrock
  • Money Bag Charm
  • Charcoal Disk
  • Green Small Organza Pouch
  • 3 Cowrie Shells
  • Treat Bag containing Black Jacks, Chocolate Coins, All Butter Cookie, 2 Teabags

Delicate tones of Patchouli, Vanilla, Sandalwood and Honeysuckle along with the gorgeous sparkles of the gold leaf makes this box so pretty.

The retail value of this box is again way over the £30 you pay. Baring in mind the Aura Sprays are worth £12.99 and the Floor Washes are £7.99 and you don’t pay extra for shipping.

I am very lucky to receive these boxes to review and have never been disappointed in what I have received.

Just a quick note – it should go without saying but I’ll mention in anyway. The oils, powders, floor washes, salts and everything else are not to be applied to the skin nor are they edible. These are family recipes passed down via generations and therefore you will not find an ingredients list.

If you have any concerns about allergies then please message the shop directly as Bexz does tailor the boxes for customers needs, this also goes for vegetarian/gluten free options as well.

If you subscribe to these boxes I’d love to know what you think and if I inspire you to subscribe then please let me know.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x