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Make sure you read all the way to the end of this post for an awesome Sweet Reads Box Giveaway. It’s the perfect gift idea for book lovers!
A few years ago, a handful of my girlfriends and I got together for a “girl’s night out”. We did a private yoga class at a local studio, run by my friend Kim. It was an amazing night that has really stuck with me. Not only was the company great and the class fabulous, but something that Kim said to us really stuck with me. She talked about what a hard job being a mom is, and how as mother’s our needs often end up falling to the wayside because we put the needs of our kids before our own. She talked about how important it is as a wife, mother and woman to practice self care and to do things (like that yoga class) for ourselves. She told us that she has a list of self care activities on her fridge and that she tries to do a few of them each day. She said that carrying for herself, and making her own needs a priority has made her a better mother and wife, and that when mommy is happy and healthy that spreads to the whole family.
So today I want to ask you this question Mamas– When was the last time that you did something just for yourself?
I’ve taken Kim’s advice to heart and have made a point since that night to try to do more things that make me happy. Let me tell you… It’s hard! You might feel selfish that first night when you say to your husband “I’m going to go take a warm bath and read. Can you put the kids to bed tonight?” But mamas, it’s worth it.
Self care can come in all shapes and forms from eating healthy, to getting your nails done, to going to bed early, to buying yourself something pretty, to sitting down for uninterrupted time to read a good book.
My friend Kerrie is the mother of twin boys, a teacher and the owner of one of my favorite blogs– Family Food and Travel. She knows what it’s like to be a busy mom and to make every excuse under the sun to not treat yourself. She’s done something to remedy that. Together with her partner, Mark, she’s created the Sweet Reads Box.
The idea behind Sweet Reads is a fabulous one- Life is busy, but we all deserve a chance to sit down, relax and enjoy a great read, a decadent sweet and a beautiful gift.
Can you imagine if once a month a friend sent you a specially thought out, curated gift? It would be amazing right? That’s exactly what the Sweet Reads Box is! My first Sweet Reads Box arrived at my doorstep earlier this month and I was so excited to open it. When I saw what was inside it felt like someone had thought “Mama, you deserve something special and some quiet time to enjoy it.” It’s the perfect gift idea for book lovers!
When I opened the box, I saw tissue paper that was sealed with a Sweet Reads Box sticker. When I peeled back the sticker and opened the tissue paper I was surprised by the lovingly curated items. It felt like my best friend had picked them out for me.
First I noticed Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips, a book I had eyed the week before at the book store. Then I noticed the pink elephant tea infuser (seriously how cute is that?!?!). Just as I started to think “oooh I wonder what tea I will brew in it first?” I noticed that there was a bag of A Mother’s Love Tea included in the box along with a Sweet Reads Box cookie to enjoy with the tea.
The last thing that I opened was a jewelry box that had this Foxy Originals necklace in it. How beautiful is it? I love this quote from E.E. Cummings. It perfectly sums up a mother’s love for her child.
The box also contained a Sweet Reads Postcard that highlighted each of the items in the box and shared why it was picked to go with the book.
The Sweet Reads box is $49.99 per box if paying 1 month at a time, $47.99 per box if purchasing a 3 month subscription or $43.99 per box if purchasing a 6 month subscription but the boxes contain goods valued well over the subscription price (for example the box I received was valued at over $75!) If you sign up for the Sweet Reads Box E-Newsletter you will get a 10% discount off of a 3 or 6 month subscription. Read more about the Sweet Reads Box and subscribe here.
I think that the Sweet Reads Box would make a lovely gift for yourself or a friend or family member. It ships on the 15th of each month and would make a fabulous Christmas or Mother’s Day Gift. I also think that it would be super fun for book clubs to subscribe to. Each month each member of your book club would receive the next book they are going to read along with beautiful gifts to go with it!
Who doesn’t love to receive Happy Mail? I know that getting beautiful things in the mail makes me very happy and that’s a great way to practice self care!
I encourage you all to take a minute for yourself and reflect on what self care means to you. Maybe it’s the Sweet Reads Box!
PS- The cookie and tea were the perfect treat while I sat down to start reading Fierce Kingdom and the pink elephant diffuser matched my new mug rug that I’m going to be sharing a tutorial on how to make here soon!
Want to win a Sweet Reads Box of your own? Enter below!
Tell me… What does self care look like to you? Who would you love to give a Sweet Reads Box to? (It’s ok to say yourself!)
Must have a Canadian mailing address to win. Prize value of the box is $64.95 (box price + shipping) but the goods in the box actually total a value of over $75.00. Good luck!
Disclosure: Thank you to Sweet Reads Box for sending us a the Mother’s Love Box for review and for providing our readers with this fabulous giveaway. As with all articles on Hello Creative Family, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.