Happy Favourites of August 2018

Visit to the Purple Cat Cafe – Purple cat cafe is the first cat cafe in Glasgow and it is an experience worth going to… especially if you like cats. To get in you should book a time slot, as they book full really quickly, we were lucky that we got the last spot left right at the time when we showed up. Although they serve food and drinks which are tasty and offer vegetarian as well as vegan options, the main attraction there is, of course, the cats, which there is around a dozen. All the cats are friendly although don’t always want people touching them, however, if you offer them a treat they just might pay more attention to you. What I really enjoyed about the experience though was the atmosphere. I felt relaxed looking at what the cats were up to. Climbing their trees as they were able to go all around the cafe including nearly the ceiling where they had a shelf and a little nook to sleep in. We got a spot next to a sleeping fur baby, who didn’t wake up to anything but looked like an angel whilst sleeping, until it was time for the treats to which he woke in a second and happily came to collect his treats. I definitely recommend visiting this place and spending some quality time watching the feline’s life.

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European Championship 2018 in Glasgow – I really wanted to go and see one of the events, but didn’t really have time for it, however, on one Saturday whilst being out and about in the city centre I realised the cycling was on. It was at the same time exciting as it was a bit annoying. Half of the city was fenced and to get to the other side of the road, which usually took you less than a minute, now took you around a couple of blocks and then through the very crowded little passing spot. However, this is not a usual occurrence in Glasgow, so I decided to enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the city and clapped alongside to encourage the cyclists. Funnily enough, two German cyclers had time to chat with each other while doing the race.

Local Heroes – Made In Glasgow – An amazing showcase of design in Glasgow that was up for the duration of the European Championships. We got gifted a limited edition print by Emer Tumilty and saw some great new designers who I hadn’t even heard about. Scotland is truly full of great and innovative designers!

Trying Out Malaysian Food – I’ve never before tried Malaysian food but when my friend came back from her holiday and suggested a dinner to catch up a restaurant close by came to my mind and we decided to catch up there. The food was very tasty, although mine was so spicy I don’t remember ever eating as spicy food, except that one time when we cooked with singapore spice set and put too much of it into our food. Unfortunately, the restaurant was trying to be too fancy that we felt being pestered by the waiters too much and the atmosphere a bit pretentious. Nevertheless, the evening with friends was lovely and a breath of fresh air!

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New Plants – If I see a plant that I fall in love with it I have to get it. So in August, I added two new plants to the collection: a cute new succulent and a gorgeous Calathea. I really need more space for plants in my house though!

Green Eco Box – That I received in August was truly a joy and I loved getting to know the company well and the beautiful products! If you want to read more about it check it here.

Bear and the Nightingale – I just finished this beautiful, magical book that questioned the relationship between church and old beliefs, and a woman’s place in a man’s world. I loved it!!

Void – The only thing I went to see during the Edinburgh Fringe was a show called Void which was essentially a dance performance showing a woman who was due to a highway accident been thrown into an area not suitable for people and from where it doesn’t seem that she could get away. The performance was very moving and I especially liked the performer, Mele Broomes, who was brilliant. The whole thing worked together well and left me moved and thinking.

My Ninja – The cat in the pictures who likes attention so much that she decided as soon as I started to take pictures that she needs to be in them.

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Reading

14 Badass Women – An article introducing you to 14 badass women who paved the way for other women, for equality and who showed that women really can do what men can. Very inspiring!

How To Get Your Message Across To Companies About Using Less Plastic – This excellent post by From Scratch provides you with real tips and steps you can take to affect change. Very inspiring and you can take action instantly!

It’s Not Waste Until It’s Wasted – This post put waste into a new perspective. Very interesting!

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Support

Buy a Bag To Support Sustainable Education – Bag For Change helps to support educational projects with waste, recycling, composting and energy.

 

Watch

Safe – I finally watched Safe on Netflix and couldn’t stop watching, it was really thrilling!

Sharp Objects – Another really thrilling tv show and watching it and seeing the human relationships that are not healthy opens your eyes to the world and to your own world. It makes you appreciate what you have with your own family.

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What were the happy things that happened to you in August?

With love,

Lii

The Green Eco Box – Subscription Box That Does Good

(Suomeksi skrollaa alas)

I was kindly sent a Beauty in the Box* by Green Eco Box to test and enjoy. I am really excited to introduce you to this box as I enjoyed exploring it and I really feel they make a difference!

The Green Eco Box is a company that offers you some wonderful artisan products from around the globe whilst promoting more environmental living and it fights against the big problems in our world today: global warming, deforestation and loss of biodiversity. It is a one of a kind product and service with a small but dedicated team behind it to make it all happen. At the heart of the company is the love for our planet and it’s inhabitants, which can be seen in every aspect the company does from their values and ethos to their products.

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The Green Eco Box has two types of boxes on offer the Beauty in the box and Bee happy box. Bee happy box is a monthly subscription box that is full of amazing sounding artisan gourmet foods like jams, biscuits and tees, whereas the Beauty in the box (which I received) is a bimonthly box full of artisan beauty products. What is really amazing is that that Green Eco Box has partnered up with amazing charities, for example for the sale of each box the organisation 1 tree will plant a tree in either Haiti or California and depending on which box you choose they gift 3-5€ to WWF or Greenpeace.

In the box I received: Shower Gel from Creamy Stuff, Shampoo bar from Sauberkunst, Soap from Les Belles de Savon, Bath melt from Autour du Bain, samples of chocolates from Valrhona, Tea from Higher Living and a sheet of seeds, which when planted will grow carrots. The seeds are untreated which is all the better for me and the soil I will plant them into! I can’t wait to try it out and see if I can grow my own carrots. My kitchen garden is growing!!

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My Experience

Shower Gel – Creamy Stuff

A pomelo scented shower gel which is not tested on animals and is paraffin, paraben and palm oil free. In addition, it is handmade and vegan.

I like the scent of the shower gel, although it is a bit sweet. The consistency was milky, but little goes a long way and it felt luxurious when showering with it. The only criticism I have for the product is that it is in a plastic bottle and therefore I don’t know if I can recycle it here. I have since learned the packaging was made out of recycled plastic and is BPA free, which is excellent!

Shampoo bar – Sauberkunst

A mango lassi scented shampoo bar that is cruelty-free approved by PETA and handmade with wonderful ingredients that will make sure your hair will only get nourishment and none of the ugly stuff.

This was definitely my favourite product from the box and one that I will probably keep buying as it became one of my favourite shampoos ever! The scent was fairly strong, thankfully I like mangoes. And the first time I used it I had to lather quite a lot to get enough product into my hair, however, it washed my hair wonderfully but still gently, as it doesn’t have any soap in the shampoo. The bar is small and would travel well, but also I have washed my hair several times using it and I don’t think it has diminished at all, so will definitely last me a long time!

Soap – Les Belles de Savon

This is a multifunction ‘soap’ that is suitable for hair, body and face, as well as due to it’s natural and perfume free nature it’s suitable for all different skin types and even for babies. It’s full of wonderful ingredients that will make your skin soft and your hair clean.

I tried this bar on my hair, which it washed well and on my skin which was left soft. The scent is fairly natural, maybe slightly peaty, but not in a bad way. The scent after the shower is wonderfully natural. The actual bar is like a balm and a pleasure to touch and use. This would be a wonderful product to take with you when travelling as you won’t need any other product in the shower with you!

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The chocolates were nice and the teas had a wonderful flavour of not being too berry, which is usually what I dislike in teas like this. I especially loved the tea with watermelon as it was flavourful but fresh, yummy!

I loved trying these different products and appreciated the uniqueness of each product and the work Green eco box does. What I also like is that if you liked any of the products you tried or if you missed a product that you would like to try you can buy them from the Green Eco Box eboutique!

I think the box is a unique way to be introduced to new brands you wouldn’t otherwise find and like me fall in love with new products. Each box contains something new and interesting and you know that the money you put into the box goes towards supporting small brands and their craft as well as great charities, which I love! I also like that many of the products were third-party certified which made me trust the work Green Eco Box is doing that much more!

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Subscriptions:

Monthly subscription of Bee Happy box is 42€ (approx. £37.5) delivery is included to EU, Switzerland and the UK, additional costs for deliveries to other countries.

Bimonthly subscription of Beauty in the Box is 33 € (approx. £29.5) delivery is included to EU, Switzerland and the UK, additional costs for deliveries to other countries.

 

Right now if you subscribe you get 15% off, which is a great deal to try this box now. Check it out!

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Boxi joka tarjoaa sinulle mahtavia tuotteita eri nurkista maailmaa ja samalla promoaa ja tukee ympäristöystävällisiä elämäntapoja, sekä taistelee isoja ongelmia vastaan kuten: ilmaston lämpeneminen, metsä kato sekä luonnon monimuotoisuuden kato. Tämän erikoislaatuisen tuotteen ja palvelun taustalla on pieni mutta hyvinkin omistautunut tiimi joka varmistaa että jokainen boxin tuote on harvinainen ja korkea laatuinen.

 

Green Eco Box:illa on kahden tyyppistä boxia tarjolla: Beauty in the box ja Bee happy box. Bee happy on kuukausittainen tilaus-boxi joka sisältää artisaani herkkuja kuten gourmet hilloja, keksejä sekä erikoisempaa teetä. Beauty in the box (boxi jonka minä sain kokeiluuni) on tilaus-boxi joka tulee joka toinen kuukausi ja sisältää artisaanien tekemiä korkealaatuisia kauneus tuotteita, joita ei ole testattu eläimillä. Vielä mahtavampaa on että Green Eco Box on lyöttäytynyt yhteen hyväntekeväisyys järjestöjen kanssa ja jokaisesta boxista menee 3-5 euroa joko WWF:lle tai Greenpeace:lle, sekä 1 tree hyväntekeväisyys järjestö istuttaa yhden puun per jokainen boxi joko Haitiin taikka Kaliforniaan.

Minun boxini sisälsi: Creamy Stuff suihku geelin, Sauberkunst kiinteän shampoopalan, Les Belles de Savon saippuan, Autour du Bain kylpypallon, Valrhona suklaata, Higher Living teetä, sekä siemenpaperin jonka siemenistä kasvaa porkkanoita! En malta odottaa että saan kasvatettua itselleni porkkanoita ja levitettyä pientä keittiö puutarhaani.

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Kokemukseni

Creamy Stuff – Suihkugeeli

Tämä suihkugeeli oli pomelon tuoksuinen, sitä ei ole testattu eläimillä, se ei sisällä haitallisia kemikaaleja eikä palmuöljyä. Suihkugeeli on käsin tehty ja vegaani.

Vaikka suihkugeelin tuoksu tuntuikin hieman makealta, pidin siitä silti. Tuote tuntui luksukselta kun se oli niin maitoinen ja pieni määrä riittää pitkälle. Olisin toivonut, että tuote olisi pakattu muuhun kuin muoviin, mutta muutoin olin kovin tyytyväinen kokemukseeni.

Sauberkunst – kiinteä shampoopala

Tämä kiinteä shampoopala oli herkullisen mangolassin tuoksuinen ja yksi ehdoton lempi tuotteistani boxissa. Se on PETA:n hyväksymä ja sisältää ihania luonnollisia tuotteita jotka ravitsevat hiuksiamme.

Tämä tuote riittää todellakin pitkälle. Vaikka shampoopala onkin pieni, käytin sitä useampaan kertaan, enkä huomaa että sitä olisi kadonnut minnekään. Hiukseni tuontuivat pesun jälkeen puhtailta sekä terveiltä ja tuoksu pysyi pitkään. Tämä tuote olisi mahtava mukaan reissuun ja on ehdottomasti tuote jonka ostaisin uusiksisin!

Les Belles de Savon – saippua

Oikeastaan tämä ei ole saippua vaan pala jolla voi pestä hiukset, kropan ja kasvot, mutta joka ei sisällä saippuaa vaan muita ainesosia jotka ovat hellävaraisia mille tahansa iho tyypille atooppisesat vauvan ihoon. Se pesee hyvin ja on luonnollinen eikä sisällä parfyymeja.

Kokeilin palaa hiuksiini ja kroppaani ja olin oikein tyytyväinen tuloksiin. Tuoksu oli kevyen tervamainen, mutta pidin siitä, ja pesun jälkeen koin tuoksuvani hyvin luonnolliselle. Tuote tuntui hyvin pehmeältä ja ylelliseltä. Tämä on myös tuote joka toimisi mahtavasti matkassa mukana, kun et muuta tuotetta suihkuun tarvitsekkaan.

 

Tykkäsin paljon suklaista ja vain harmitti ettei niitä ollut enempää. Yleensä en pidä marja teestä, mutta nämä teet olivat hyvin raikkaita ja erityisesti pidin siitä joka sisälsi vesimelonia, se oli aivan ihana!

Minusta oli ihana kokeilla näitä tuotteita, joita en varmasti olisi muuten tullut kokeilleeksi. Jokainen oli korkealaatuinen ja ihana elämys. Aloin arvostaa Green Eco Box:ia ja heidän työtään vain enemmän! Nyt heidän netti sivuiltaan löytyy myös eboutique, joten jos missasit jonkun tuotteen tai haluat ostaa lisää jotain mistä tykkäsit se onnistuu helposti.

Minusta Green Eco Box on aivan ihana uniikki palvelu joka tutustuttaa sinut brändeihin joihin et muuten luultavasti tutustuisi. Se mahdollistaa uusien tuotteiden kokemisen ja tukee pieniä artisaani tekijöitä ympäri maailmaa, sekä varmistaa että jokainen tukee myös hyväntekeväisyyksiä. Oli myös mahtava huomata kuinka monet tuotteen oli certifioitu, joka sai minut vain luottamaan tähän boxiin enemmän! Heidän nettisivuja voi toistaiseksi käyttää vain englanniksi, saksaksi ja ranskaksi, mutta toivottavasti tulevaisuudessa he laajentavat myös muille kielille.

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Tilaus jaksot:

Bee Happy box:in kuukausittainen tilaus on 42€ per boxi. Hintaan sisältyy postimaksut Eu:n sisällä mukaan lukien Sveitsi ja Iso-Britannia.

Beauty in the Box:in joka toinen kuukausittainen tilaus on 33 € per boxi. Hintaan sisältyy postimaksut Eu:n sisällä mukaan lukien Sveitsi ja Iso-Britannia.

 

Juuri nyt uudet asiakkaat kirjauduttuaan saavat 15% alennusta. Tuo on mahtava hinta kokeilla boxia ja tutustua uusiin artisaani tuotteisiin. Vieraile heidän sivuillaan täältä!

 

With love,

Lii

 

*Green Eco Box gifted me with a free box to test and write about, however, all opinions are my own / Sain boxin lahjaksi Green Eco Box:ilta, mutta kaikki mielipiteet ovat omiani.