I signed up to ‘Powder’ as I was given a money off code which made my first box half price and I was intrigued by a box that seemed to have an awful lot to offer. I’ve had many conversations with friends about how we’re over saturated with beauty boxes but what we don’t have a lot of is boxes that cost a little more and are a bit more premium (such as Glossybox in the US and Boxycharm over in the US too) – I know we do have some options for this type of box but we seem to have a lot more of the £10 boxes with tiny samples.

Powder Box, though, is a little more expensive (£15 plus postage or less if you sub for longer) but offers more full sized and some really premium brands along side some more affordable ones and that’s the sort of box I feel like I’ve been looking for. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for offers, as I said I got this box half price and they’ve recently been found on Groupon too.

I’m not entirely sure why but my first box, despite signing up in August, was the June box. I was told that because it’s my first box this is standard, I’m not sure if it’s because it was a half price box or if it’s just the way the system works. Thankfully the June box was pretty good so I don’t mind at all. I already have my September box and look forward to showing you that too. Anyway, on to the box!

The products came in a really large, drawer style, matte effect pink box. I keep a lot of old beauty boxes but I feel like these are some of the better quality that I’ve had and I definitely want to keep hold of them for storage ideas one we have our bedroom sorted out.

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Today I am having an ‘I’m going to get better day’. It’s been over seven years since my fibromyalgia diagnosis, since I realised I wasn’t going to have everything from life that I hoped, I am a long way down the path of learning to cope, but I don’t believe it’s a path that’ll ever end and that’s fine.

Since that first diagnosis my fibromyalgia has become a lot worse, I’ve developed any number of new conditions (more on that soon as there’s been some progress with working out what) and life has become harder than it was when I was diagnosed. And, of course, so has coping.

There’s a lot of ways to cope with a diagnosis of something chronic and a lot, for me, revolves around acceptance, about understanding your new limitations and learning to look forward to the new things your life has to offer. But some days you seem to forget that acceptance (and I know I’m not alone in this). Some days you decide you’re going to get better one day and you think about how your life will be when you do.

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I expect you’ll read this about a thousand times over the next week or so but (I never promised to not be a cliche!) I cannot believe that it’s almost the end of the summer holidays. Whilst they’ve felt long and tiring on the more difficult days it, equally, feels as though I’ve barely taken a breath since Ethan was saying goodbye to his infants school and I watched him perform in his leavers assembly ready to begin in Juniors this September.

I have tried incredibly hard to be prepared for him going back but despite all my hard work there’s still that normal mad rush when I have realised the things I’ve forgotten, last minute of course.

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We have discovered wooden toys, in a big way. If you’ve followed our blog, especially the family stuff, for any length of time then you’ll know that wooden train track is no new discovery for us but, with our new love of everything wooden, some interesting new train track was a seriously welcome addition – Especially in rainbow colours, we love rainbow colours. When we were asked to try out this amazing track from Hape it was an instantaneous yes.

Before you start, a warning, this is a very photo intensive post – But cute toddlers and rainbow colours just ask to be photographed.

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I’ve called this my first MINA (or 3INA)  haul because I have already made a second order and, so, know that there’ll be a second haul in the not too distant future. I discovered this brand when I was trying to buy some shoes from Asos in February and needed an extra item to get free delivery. I wear cream eye  shadow much more than I wear powder, so, a cream eye shadow from a new brand seemed like a great add on.

MINA is a brand who started their UK presence in a store in Covent Garden last year (2016) but are originally from Sweden. They can now be found in Selfridges on Oxford Street, as well as their original store and, more importantly for those of us not in London, are also stocked online. They can be found at Asos as well as their own website https://uk.3ina.com/

To cut a long story short, I loved the cream eye shadow and before long I knew I needed more shades and to try some more products from this brand.
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