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

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Guest Post: Jennifer Gilmour {Product Review – Brother Label Maker}

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Since I was young I always loved labelling and when I got my first label maker I was in my element. Do you remember those old style label makers that emboss the plastic type tape?

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Is it just me or did you also have the urge to go around and label everything?

It also reminds me of The Simpsons episode in which Bart Simpson goes around labelling every item in his path, oh it made me laugh because that was my childhood and a very stationary geekette moment of course.

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My husband has his own printing business and I have been helping out packing and design work. I am at home as a writer so always take his packages. One evening he opened a package and turned to me and said “You will love me for this”… only to see it was an electronic label maker for the packages he sends. I could have hugged him or kissed him but I wanted to print the first label, it was an urge and all the memories had come flooding back!

Hubby’s business- www.outfoxprinting.wordpress.com

I have to admit it wasn’t easy to get started and it was a lot of faff to wirelessly print. The software is basic and thats all it needs to be, it was easy to actually type up and print and thats what we wanted to do so that we sped up the packing process.

Alas my first label was printed and I whipped it off the adhesive and stuck it to my husband, I won’t repeat what was printed here but the Bart Simpson in me came out! Oh how I had so much fun, especially when I discovered the mobile phone app which is much more of a faster process then on the computer. We were covered in stickers but it was ok as it was the complimentary roll. The fun was over and we got all serious about the cost side then. I gladly offer to pack so I can use it and yes I am not ashamed to admit it.

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The label printer we have is the Brother QL-810W and we bought it for around £85, it was worth the investment for this price- this was on the offer price on Amazon at the time. The non sale price is around £193 and I think we would of hesitated a little or had been a little disappointed to have to spend that amount on this device.

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Here it is on Amazon- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brother-QL-810W-Connected-Wireless-Printing/dp/B01NC39W6

Like I mentioned before the installation was frustrating, in fact It took me around 40 minutes to set up both computers and two mobile phones. The software on the laptop and the process to get to print is way longer then on your mobile phone which I do find frustrating as I use the computer the most.

If you are using it for a business element, handmade or crafting then this is a good investment or the sale price as its quick to print labels from the Etsy app.

Happy labelling

Thank You Jennifer for sharing your product review with us today.

Emma-Louise x

Wilko Hypernatural Notebook and TN {Review}

Hey Everyone,

If like me you are a member of many a planner group you will have undoubtedly seen people sharing their love of the Wilko TN.

The TN comes with 4 inserts and for only £5 I had to get it and see what the fuss was about. I didn’t just stop there though, I also got the matching washi set and a couple of fliptop coiled notebooks.

The washi is really nice and isn’t overly sticky so it makes it nice and tactile to use. The designs are really pretty.

The coiled notebooks are gorgeous. They are sort of floppy rather than having hard rigid card at the back. The paper is lovely quality. I’ve already started using mine for my studies.

The TN is so much nicer than I expected. It isn’t leather, it’s some sort of plasticy fabric. It comes with 4 gold strings and a 2 poppers at the front so it can account for any chunkiness.

The inserts are lovely quality. You get a daily insert, yearly insert, notes insert and one which has a mix of plain and graph paper. The covers are so pretty.

I decorated the front if my TN with a decal sticker from FabPlannerPrint on Etsy.

This is called the Hypernatural range and there are loads of bits you can get in this design. I absolutely love it and for the cost it is such a bargain.

I’m using the TN as another writing TN for a specific story I’m working on.

I would recommend this for seasoned TN addicts and for beginners.

Feel free to drop me a comment and let me know if you have one and how you are using it.

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 Box {June}

Hey everyone.

Today I bring you an unboxing of June’s Hocus Focus Box by The Village Witch. The theme for this month was Summer Solstice and Festivals.

When this box arrived I could smell it before I even opened it. There was a gorgeous subtle citrus scent coming from it.

The contents of this box are absolutely gorgeous and so very me. The scents are all citrus which are my favourite, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruits and even a hint of coconut.

The spell that came with the box is really great and really fun, I am looking forward to doing this.

So let’s look at the contents:

  • Spell sheet instructions
  • Summer Zing Aura Spray
  • Summer Zing Ink
  • Summer Solstice Oil
  • Summer Solstice Spell Shooter
  • Summer Solstice Magical Bonfire Burning Mix
  • Summer Cleansing Salt
  • Small Dreamcatcher
  • Magnetic Polaroid Photo Frame
  • Festival Savings Tin
  • Hanging Twizzler
  • Goodie Bag

There was a new and exclusive item in this box, the spell shooter. What a fun product! I can’t wait to go into the garden and complete my spell with this witchy party popper. Even the paper in it is biodegradable.

I’ve hung the Twizzler at my back patio door for now, once I’ve finished my garden it’s going to go out there.

So far the Summer Solstice box is my absolute favourite. The quality is as good as all the other boxes and the scents are amazing. The Village Witch really pull put the stops when making these boxes. The boxes are £30 including postage and always exceed their value.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Previous Unboxing Posts : Mar/Apr/May

*Disclaimer – I received this product free of charge. All opinions are my own and without bias.

Recent Purchases {May}

Hey everyone.

I thought I’d share with you my more recent purchases. Not all are planner related. There are some bookish items as well.

Lets start with my YourWorldOfColour orders. I ordered these beautiful spring/summer feel kits and some matching day of the week covers along with some swear word quotes. These are bright, fun and amazing quality.

Next is my first ever order from Linouspots. These are lovely watercolour stickers and didn’t cost a fortune in shipping. They arrived really quickly.

I purchased this Filofax Ranger from a destash in a group. I am now using it as a wallet/purse combo.

I ordered more inserts from Queen Mabel and Doris as mine are almost empty. I got two different weekly styles and some dotted inserts.

Now we have another destash purchase. These are fab and I couldn’t resist for the price.

Last but not least an order from Fable and Black which are one of my favourite stores for bookish goodies. I got the Rattle The Stars Throne of Glass cup and a Bad Witch badge.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Your World of Colour PR Kit – May

Hey everyone, today I’m sharing with you my PR kit from YourWorldOfColour. I love my little packages from Carlyann, they are always full of fun and functional bits that are incredibly useful especially since I’m am more of a functional planner.

The first picture shows little Unicorns eating fries, Office desks, Coffee cups, antibiotics and trainers. These are all great for me. I normally wouldn’t use the trainers but I’m taking up running once I’m better so they will be useful then.

The next set are cleaning check lists which I use all the time and March Wacky Holidays which I will save for next year

Then last but not least the amazing Cow kit! I love this so much and cannot wait to use it:)

So that’s everything. You can see my purchases from Your World Of Colour in another post later this week.

Don’t forget you can use the following code for a discount:)

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

May 21st-27th Planner Decor

Hey everyone.

Today is just a quick post to share with you my weekly planner decor.

I’ve not been using a planner much over the last few months but I’ve decided to start using my gorgeous Galaxy Recollections planner to keep at home with all my stuff in.

This week I used the Unicorn Dreams kit from Your World Of Colour. I love it. It is summery and all pastels which are my fav.

As you can see the EC kits work well in other planners including horizontal ones like this.

If you fancy getting yourself this kit or any others then remember you can use my code for a discount.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Box (Mar, Apr, May)

Hey Everyone. I’ve been super slack on writing about these three boxes due to being ill however, the time has come to unleash all of this amazingness to the wonderful internet.

I am a big fan of The Village Witch, not just as a company but as people they are just amazing and so extremely kind hearted. It is such a lovely family run business that I am happy to support in any way that I can.

I have had 4 of these boxes so far since launch and not one of them has been disappointing. You always get far more value that what you pay for and everything is made with love.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at what the contents were.

March

March saw the theme of Ostara/Rebirth. These boxes are made to suit both those who are Wiccan and Witch and Witch many crossover elements.

Included in this box was;

  • A Rebirth Spell
  • Eggcup
  • Wood Pencil
  • Daisy Tealight Candle And Glass Holder
  • Charmed Bookmark
  • Treatbag Full Of Various Goodies
  • Handmade Ostara Oil
  • Phoenix Ambient Salt Magic Mix
  • Handmade And Blessed Ostara Incense
  • Ostara Aura Spray
  • Handmade Phoenix Ink

April

April’s theme for the Hocus Pocus Box was Beltane/New Ideas.

Included in this box was;

  • A Treatbag Of Various Goodies
  • Beltane Spell
  • Maypole Kit
  • Greenman Keyring
  • Dream Magnet
  • Friendship Bracelet
  • Offering Hands Ornament
  • Black and White Spell Candle
  • Pack Of Charcoal Disks
  • New Ideas Floorwash
  • Handmade and Blessed Green Man Lucky Rice
  • New Ideas Cleansing Salt Mix
  • Handmade Beltane Oil
  • Blessed Beltane Incense
  • New Ideas Magical Bonfire Burning Mix

May

May saw one of only two special themed Market Bazaar Box. Rather than having a specific theme as other boxes have this box was packed full of wonderfully random pieces to help build your stock and to give you some quirky witchy pieces.

May’s box included;

  • Themed Notebook
  • Greetings Card
  • Keyring
  • Witches Wall/Door Plaque
  • Bits and Bobs Tin
  • Incense Holder
  • Moon Scented Incense
  • Helping Hand Aura Spray
  • Protection and Prosperity Floor Wash
  • Handmade Practical Magic Oil
  • House Cleansing and Home Blessing Herb Mix
  • Treatbag Full Of Goodies

As always these boxes are packed with amazing quality items and the handmade ones smell absolutely unreal. If this looks like something that would suit you I would highly recommend subscribing.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Disclaimer – These boxes were provided free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. The opinions stated above are my own and are not influenced.

Blissful Gifts and Services {Review}

Hey everyone. Today I have something a little different for you. Author Jennifer Gilmour runs a little gift business with her husband. Blissful Gifts and Services have a wide range of different things available and Jennifer approached me and asked if she could send me some items. The gifts they make also come in a variety of personalisations. 

I asked Jennifer to surprise me to which she replied asking for some photo’s. Not long after I got this gorgeous package.

The package includes a metal 2018 desk calender than can be coloured in using sharpies, some emoji fridge magnets which my toddler loves and a beautiful metal bookmark personalised with the photo’s I selected. 

The items are amazing quality and so unique. I really love the bookmark. It’s my most prized possession.

There is a link provides above to the store. I’d highly recommend checking them out. Would be perfect for Christmas gifts.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x