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I have just received my January Birchbox! This month celebrates the 1 year anniversary of Birchbox UK and I'm pleased to say the box does it justice!

The sneak peak at this months box showed some really exciting options, and i definitely had my heart set on a few, so luckily when my box arrived I was relieved to see a few in there. This month's box is so good I'm so happy with it!

Here's a look at what I got...

Itsu miso soup, Philip Kinglsey Elasticizer, Premae anatomy nutrients instant renewal body oil, Vasanti detox nutrient-rich purifying facial cleanser, Lavera basis sensitive hand cream, Benefit the Porefessional.

ITSU Miso Soup | £2.25 for 3 sachets

Well I love Miso soup so we're off to a good start! I never realised you could get snacks and healthy treats in the Birchbox so this one was a surprise and right up my street, and at 42 calories it's completely guilt free!!

Philip Kinglsey Elasticizer | £27.50

The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer couldn't have come at a better time either! Only yesterday I picked up (and put back down) a hair mask in boots - my hair could really do with some TLC, so this nourishing pre-shampoo hair mask is perfect for me. I'll have to do a before and after to let you know if I like it.

Premae Anatomy Nutrients Instant Renewal Body Oil |£9.50

The Premae anatomy nutrients instant renewal body oil is a real treat for me. Body oil is something I never remember to use, so this will have to be incorporated in to my mid-week pamper routine. It claims to moisturise, tone and detoxify the skin so I'm expecting good things.

Vasanti Detox Nutrient-Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser | £18.00

So ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you I'm a cleanser junkie! I love trying new skin products, in fact I just ordered my first Clinique take the day off cleansing balm, recommendations of Tanya Burr, so this will be perfect to tide me over until it arrives. I'll make sure I do a compare and contrast to see how it weighs up on the blog soon.

Lavera Basis Sensitive Hand Cream | £4.45

The Lavera hand cream also gets a tick in my books. I always carry a hand cream without fail especially in the colder months, but with my skin allergies and extra sensitivity it's so hard for me to find a cream I'm not allergic to, smells great & still feels a little luxury. Well this has all those things so I'm a happy lady. Today is the first day I've tried it so we will have to see how things go but if it all works out it's going to be a must have on my essentials list!

Benefit The POREfessional | £24.50

Last but not least Benefits Porefessional!! I got a little giddy when I saw this peeking out of my box. I've been dying to try the Porefessional for so long now so this absolutely completely my box (and my day).

I'm really pleased with my box this month and I can't wait to test drive all these new products.

(I was hoping to get the Laura Mercier body butter which was also in the product list for last month but I'm still hoping - fingers crossed for February).

If you got a Birchbox this month, let me know in the comments below what products were in your box or if you've tried any of the products I received tell me what you think!

Make sure you keep an eye out on twitter @theasthinkings and bloglovin for all the reviews coming soon.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now
xxx
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Well I've been reading around and everybody is making New Year's Resolutions. I've never really been one for making resolutions, mostly because I forget about them and don't follow through but this year I thought I'd give it a go.

Technically, I'm not going to be making any resolutions but I'm going to be trying something a little different.

A while ago, I watched a vlog from the lovely Ingrid Nilsen (or Miss Glamorazzi). In this vlog Ingrid touches on the loss of a loved one, something I can also relate to and it really tugged at my heart strings.

I definitely know what it's like to have those days when you feel so low, you can't get those thoughts out of your head, maybe you don't want to get out of bed, or maybe it's raining outside which just zaps your motivation to get anything done today...I'm sure you know what I mean...but Miss Glamorazzi had a great solution and I want to put it to good use.

Ingrid said that to keep positive she takes a snap of something that makes her feel happy everyday!

Although I don't have resolutions one thing I do want to do this year is boost my motivation, my confidence and my overall well-being. With all these things then in place I hope to pursue some of my life long ambitions that I've always been to nervous to follow.

So from today I'm going to try following in her footsteps.

Enter...

100 Days of Instagram: Happy Challenge

Today was a really special day for me. For the first time since age 9 my Dad cooked me lunch and we ate at his house - my childhood home. It was a very precious moment for me.


Everyday for the next 100 days I'm going to take a snap of something that makes me happy. Whether it's sunshine (rare in Wales!), flowers, family, friends, food, music, or just my favourite nail varnish this week! If it catches my attention or lifts my mood I'll be snapping it an you can see it!

It's about time I started using my Instagram account more so if you want to see my mood lifters, from today you can find them here.

And on those days I realise nothing caught my eye, the 100 day challenge will be a great way to get myself out and about to find something to snap and consciously make an effort to brighten my mood.

If you're on Instagram leave your link in the comments below and I'd love to see your 100 Days of Instagram snaps!

I hope you enjoy the challenge and let me know if you join in!

Bye for now xx
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It's that time of the month again where I pick out some of my favourite blog posts on blog lovin' and share them with you! If you missed last months favourites you can find them here!

With Christmas and New Years there are so many more to choose from as everyone's been busy blogging their favourite hauls, memories, gifts, resolutions... I could go on! But I won't, so let's get down to it.

Here are my favourite bloglovin' posts so far this Month.

Travel & Style

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Having only just found The blonde salad  I was totally swept away by her photography, fashion, and travel adventures. Yucatan Day 2 is a blog post that gives a great example of all of these, and I can't wait to see there rest of the trip. I've never had many opportunities to travel, something I hope to rectify very soon, but The blonde salad's travel posts really make me yearn for adventure.

Food

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The Londoner is making another appearance in my bloglovin' favourites. Find out what I loved last month here. I can always rely on The Londoner for great recipe ideas, and this one is right up my alley - the BLT Bowl! This meal is so quick and easy to make, and full of amazing colours and flavours! A must try for me, I've already written my shopping list.

Decor

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I love a room make over, and can't get enough of looking at people's home decor ideas (I can spend far too many hours on Pinterest finding new inspiration to transform my kitchen or bedroom). I find moving house so exciting, so when I came across this new flat post by Thoroughly English I had to give it a read. I think it's the little touches that make a room and I love the use of candles to add that homely feel. The little house lantern is adorable, will have to find myself one.

Favourite Blog this month

I think this one has to go to A Beautiful Mess. I can always find a good read on this blog and these next few are just a snippet of the easy reads I've found. This first is another House renovations post that got me all excited...

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and these next two gave me some lovely inspiration for future blog posts and crafty decoration ideas. 

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A Beautiful Mess Book club

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Little Traditions: Wine Cork Memories

I too have always collected the corks from special occasions but I have to confess that it does sometime get confusing remembering which ones are which! I have a craft project set up for these in the future but I loved the idea of writing the events on the cork. So simple!

Resolutions

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This post from "I wrote a little something" is the last of my favourites but not the least! Some of these resolutions really stood out for me, because as a new blogger myself I could really relate to many of them. Although I've not yet written any resolutions this year (mainly because I never seem to complete them!) I really aspire to achieve  many of these goals myself, so fingers crossed we both make it!

Choosing this month was really challenging there were so many more I wanted to include but if you check these out I hope you enjoy them and spread the love!

If you like my posts you can also follow me on bloglovin' here! I'm always looking for new blogs to follow too so feel free to leave a comment with your link below, and tell me what your favourite posts have been this Month!

Thanks for reading.

Bye for now!xx

*Photos were all sourced from the aformentioned blogs. All credits are given to these bloggers.
Good news! I've finally found my Camera cable to it's back to the blog for a well needed catch up.




I hope that if you celebrate Christmas or not that you've enjoyed the season and you raring to head into 2014 at full speed!

Before we get ahead of ourselves I want to take a quick look back at the Christmas season and the lovely gifts I received thanks to my wonderful family.

My favourite event of December 2013 was the Countdown to Christmas and Christmas Bake & Make series which kept me busy crafting all season with gifts and treats for my family and friends.

Luckily for me they went down a storm!

My family always astound me with the well thought out and personal presents I always seem to receive. This year they had me down to a T and some of the gifts were the most meaningful I've ever received.

Here's a look back at Christmas in the Price house and some of the my lovely gifts.

















This last two presents had me in mushy happy tears. Both these gifts have shown so much thought I was truly touched. This first gift is from my beautiful younger sister. For as long as I can ever remember, my family have always affectionately called me "leaf", so much so that my real name "Alethea" rarely gets used. This gift came with a lovely sentimental note from my sister which I will cherish for years to come.





 And this final present shows just how much some of the most precious gifts need not have great monetary value. I have never intended to fill this blog with the ghosts of my past, but all I will say is that recently I came to the saddening realisation that as I have never really owned a camera I have no family photos, especially of my mother, which unfortunately I will not ever be able to rectify. This really made me so sad and is something I struggle with on a regular basis. But remembering this, my older sister went trawling through the loft and through all her own family photos and put this photo album together for me. I can't explain in words how much this means to me, as I write this I'm struggling to keep myself together but I am so thankful for this gift, and will treasure it for as long as I live.





(The little one with lots of hair is me!)

Regardless of the gifts you've received this Christmas I hope you've taken away some loving memories and you have many more to come. Let me know in the comments below what your favourite memories or gifts have been this Christmas.

I can't wait for whatever adventures 2014 brings, I have some exciting plans in place and I can't wait for them to unfold and to share every experience with you.

Until next time

Bye for now!
xx
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