Sunday, 25 October 2015

An Autumn Meetup

Back a couple weekends ago, Teddy bears & Cardigans (my mother-in-law) and I went to a local blogger meetup held at Chapter Arts Centre (if you're local and you've never been to chapter, you really should go - we're long time frequent visitors/supporters of the venue - great cinema, lovely food and family friendly). We were one of the first to arrive so we helped to set up the tables.

Only 10 mins later and pretty much everyone had arrived.  Quite a few of us mingled and said hello to unfamiliar faces and caught up with friends.  The food Chapter laid on was amazing, a special shoutout has to go to the brownies they made - they were seriously drool-worthy!

We basically just chatted for a couple hours and then went on our merry way.  A big thank you to A Mini Norris Blog for organising the lovely meetup - it was lovely to finally meet you!

Kerry also put a lot of time and effort into organising some humongous goody bags for us all!  Here's a look at what was inside.

Goody bags

There were 2 different goody bags, one was (I believe) from the lovely people over at the Celtic Manor.  In the bag were lovely Elemis treats, a perfume sample from St Kitts Herbery, some Crabtree & Evelyn nail polish, a Benefit sample of their pore products and some Soap Nskin body wash.

Pink Parcel also had a box in the bag - it's a monthly subscription service where around the time you're 'due on', they send you a box of stuff.  In this box was lots and lots of tampons including a little black bag to keep some in for your handbag.  A 'down there' wash, and the best bit, a box 'for you' which included some pampering treats for when you're feeling a bit 'blah' with mother nature. My favourite inclusion in that part of the box was the cuttle little arrow necklace, the hair ties, the OPI nail polish and the L'Oreal mascara - a decent amounts worth.  It costs £7.95* a month which is pretty amazing, the OPI nail polish alone is worth more than that.  You can specify if you prefer tampons or towels, and then you select the brand you'd prefer, and you can specify how heavy your flow is - lets face it, if you typically have really heavy periods, them sending you light towels would be useless.

What a fab idea for a box! Oh and it's slim enough to fit through your letter box :) Check them out here.

Pink Parcel - it's a monthly thing

Pink Parcel contents

I'm far from over going through all the goody's!!! The lovely people over at Neal's yard also sent over some lovely gift sets - mine was 'Unwind' - very apt with a baby! This featured a bubble bath, and some body butter - all made with organic and natural ingredients.  How pretty is the packaging!?

A lovely local candle man called Mr Gauci also gave us some cute candles - (it's the I <3 Wales tin), it doesn't say what the scent is on it, so I can't tell you, but I can say that it smells spicy, like cinnamon - perfect for Autumn :)

Also, Valley Mill gave us this cute adorable little box of roast chestnut scented wax melts, they're like little pretty discs.  These smell absolutely divine! A box costs £6.95* and the entire box will give you about 60 hours of roast chestnut burn time :)

Neals Yard

Neal's Yard

There was also a subscription box of sweets included - possibly the strangest type of subscription box I've seen yet - I'm afraid I only have remnants to photograph! Being the terrible blogger I am, I can't seem to find their leaflet in the bag - I'll update this post when I can find out who they are and how much it costs.


Also inside the box were these beautiful mens socks from the London Sock Co - they feel super soft and well made, but unfortunately since my hubby has massive feet, I'll be giving these to my Dad for Christmas :)  Also inside was a lovely little jar of jam which I'm yet to try, from 'Welsh Lady Preserves'. Also a lovely pizza dough mix (dry) which I just need to add water to (I think) - I might make some of my homemade BBQ sauce to use as a base for this, mmmmmm, thanks Sweetpea Pantry!

Socks, jam and pizza dough

Last and by no means least are 2 things perfect for the little ones in your lives.  On the right is the contents of a Toucan Box (petite) - it costs £3.95 +98p P&P every fortnight - inside is everything you need to create something - fab idea!!!!  On the left are 'Play time friends' - little toy characters with a Christmas theme (how cute!) - I can't find anyone to link to online for these, so once again I'll update this post if I find a link :)

Kids stuff

All in all it was a lovely afternoon with great company, mouthwatering food, and very generous goody bags - thank you to all brands involved and again to Kerry for organising.
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