Friday 15 July 2016

Baby Baker Friday - Sassy Bloom Subscription Boxes

So as you know, I decided that Friday's on the blog would be dedicated to my pregnancy and now, mummy status.

I know it's not something everyone wants to read about but it is something that I really wanted to do - so I'm doing it - after all, being pregnant and having a beautiful new baby is a huge thing to be happening in my life and I really wanted to share bits and pieces of what is going on amongst these pages.

So here we go

~ Baby Baker Friday ~

Today I wanted to talk Subscription Boxes with you all.

I'm sure by now almost everyone out there will have experienced the thrill of having at least one of these "what have I got inside mine" boxes land on their doorstep and if not, well, I'm almost certain that everyone will know what they are about.

But if not, in a very short, basic sentence, a subscription box service is something which you sign up and pay for each month, before boxed up goodies are posted out to you for as long a duration as you choose.

There are so many different types out there too - make-up packed and beauty product stacked; ones crammed full of food and tasty beverages - there is just so much choice.

And it makes sense that a section of this choice is dedicated to our little ones - the babies and children in our lives.

Well, they need fabulous treats too now don't they.

And the brand I have heard most about which offer such a baby-specific subscription box is none other than Sassy Bloom

Sassy Bloom was set up in 2012 after founder, Hollie, experienced a very traumatic moment in her pregnancy and afterwards, was presented with boxes of thoughtful gifts from friends and family to help take the pressure away from her once baby had arrived safely.

I mean as a new parent, who doesn't want a little more time?

~ A little more time with baby, away from shopping for necessities

~ A little more pamper time, away from having to search out the best deals, offers and prices

~ A little more sleep time, away from deciding which would be best between almost identical products

Sassy Bloom was formed as a way to help parents by removing a few of these extra added stresses.

And so, once a time frame for receiving the boxes has been chosen (the longer you sign up for the cheaper the monthly cost) and a few basic details have been entered (child's gender, age etc) it's just a matter of simply sitting back and waiting for the deliveries to begin.

And when they do begin, they are packaged all cute and pretty...
(a perfect gift or what)

...I was desperate to get my hands on one and when I finally did (yay!) I couldn't wait to delve inside.

And I wasn't disappointed.

It's always nice to open a box and find well known, well trusted brands and I was immediately greeted with this very age appropriate Fisher Price "Rock-O-Stack" toy...

This was something I had been wanting to pick up for Willow for a while so it was the perfect thing to find.

It is great at helping with the development of her fine motor and co-ordination skills so it's a winner in my book.

The bright colours have grabbed her attention from the very minute she saw it and the soft plastic rings (and not-so-soft plastic stacking tower!) have proved to make excellent teething toys too.

~ Bonus ~

So then I opened the main box and found...

...this lovely little lot.

If you've watched our un-boxing video over on You Tube (see below if not!) then you will already know that straight away Willow decided the Halilit music maker rattle was her favourite - she wouldn't put it down and still doesn't now...

...not that I'm suprised really - I mean it makes a noise...a rather loud could she not love it.

The outer red plastic edge is smooth and perfect for her to chomp down on too.

Next up was my favourite find from our stash and it was this...

...a very cute, very pink, very fleecy, soft and fluffy personalised blanket with heart and flowers embossed into the material.

It is super comfy and very practical but is still quite striking and really pretty - plus anything personalised will always get a big thumbs up from me.

I love it.

Another really useful find was this zebra-faced, easy clean bib from Bibisili...

Bibs are an absolute must with a baby, especially once the whole super fun, super messy weaning stage begins.

Rather than opt for boring, run-of-the mill ones, well, this just makes everything a lot more interesting doesn't it.

It is really easy to clean too and has a little escaping-food-catcher making it very Mum-friendly as well.

And then last but by no means least we found a lovely paper-back book tucked away in the bottom of the box...

"Peter's Pebbles" by Cherie Zamazing
(fab name!)

Although we don't sit and read every word in our books yet, Willow is really beginning to take interest in the colours and the pictures on the pages now.

She knows to always expect a turn of the page and listens to Mummy's silly voices rather intently, sometimes throwing in a smile for good measure.

I do think this book was intended for an older audience than our nine months though but the illustrations are bright, colourful and not too fussy and I'm sure we will be reading it for a long time to come.

I really enjoyed this Sassy Bloom box and yes, I totally understand that having another monthly cost commitment isn't what everyone will want but there are ways of saving money on the boxes you order...

I mean you could copy and paste this code into the Sassy Bloom checkout for a £10 discount for example: 603519608

* wink wink*

Anyway, I know this won't be the last box we order - I have loved it - and if you did happen to want to have a real-life look at what we thought as we opened everything, well, here you go...

~ You are very welcome ~

Let me know in the comments below if you do become a Sassy Bloomer and what you find

* small discount granted on this box - I did pay for it - & words & pictures are all my own

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