Tuesday, 28 July 2015

How a Surprise Parcel From Sandra at Beauty Balm Saved My Day!


You know those days you get when not just one or two things go wrong, but a whole procession of calamities befall you. Yep, I had one of those last Wednesday.

I’d set aside the day to write a load of posts for my blog. But I’d got writers block and only managed to muster up enough creative thoughts to write one. These things happen, I thought. At 1.30pm I decided to switch off the computer and leave the writing for another day.

It then occurred to me that my teenage son was still in bed. Yes, I know it’s gone lunchtime but as he keeps reminding me, he’s on Summer hols! After waking him and he begrudgingly getting himself out of bed, he tells me that he’s in a bit of pain with a swollen foot – apparently it had been like this for a week!

Clearly, he needed to see a doctor. We get there for the appointed time of 4.30pm only to find the surgery is running half an hour late, meaning we were going to be late collecting my daughter from her tutor.  I rummage around inside my bag looking for my phone. Then I remember I’d left it at home on the kitchen table, so I can’t call the tutor to let her know we’re going to be late. I’m now getting visibly stressed!

My son gets a skin allergy diagnoses, and we hot foot it (no pun intended!), half an hour late, to collect my daughter (stopping off at the chemist to dispense a prescription and at Hotel Chocolat for a gift for the tutor by way of an apology).
Raindrops Falling On Our Heads. Pic Credit: Paweesit
But just as we step outside the shopping centre the heavens decide to open, and I’m without a brolly. I’m going out that evening and washing my hair before I go wasn’t on the agenda!

By this point I’ve pretty much accepted that I’m having a day where NOTHING is going to go right. Finally, my daughter is swapped for a box of chocs and we head home, bedraggled and weary but all in one piece. 

It’s been a bad day and I’m feeling low. But once home I spot a parcel on the floor beneath our letterbox addressed to me that I wasn’t expecting. I opened it, and what I found inside put a massive grin on my face. It was a Miss Ballantyne Organic Rose and Geranium Soap sent to me by my blogger pal Sandra at Beauty Balm.


Sandra thought I’d love it and she was absolutely right. It smells utterly divine and looks incredibly pretty - it’s got miniature dry roses pressed into one side.  I’ve been slathering this on my body for the past week, whilst taking a long soak in the bath. Thank you Sandra, you are so very generous and kind. And your timing was impeccable – you really did lift my spirits on what had been a truly grumpy day!     
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15 comments

  1. Awww how lovely :) What a lovely friend! I'm sure your daughters tutor was thrilled with the choccies, I'm obsessed with Hotel Chocolat ;) xx

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    1. Aha, Hotel Choc, definitely the best :) Tx

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  2. The soap sounds really nice. I love that packaging too x

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    1. I love the packaging too, anything with a retro feel! Tx

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  3. That was lovely! It's like great minds who think alike, and the same timing as well! So sweet to send you that and also, the moment you received it! Really a very stressful day, no doubt! By the way, your son is OK by sleeping :) teenagers grow when they sleep,no joke, but you know that, for sure! And adults "develop" good skin when sleeping :) anyway, hope his foot is OK and well, no umbrella means biiig hair, at least for me! Hope that for you it was only wet hair :) Now I want to thank for the amazing comment you left me! I totally agree with you! Age is a number, but people love to divide others into categories: 20, time to date and get married; 30, time for kids; 40, don;t wear mini skirts; 50, don't dance like crazy; 60, stay home and knit; 70, why buying a new house, it won't be used longer! And so it goes. I hope your days now are much better than that Wednesday! When back to the Uk I want to send you some "happy" parcels too!
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    1. You're right about teenagers needing their sleep. I've got another one heading that way in a few years time, lol! Tx

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  4. What a great post - I think everyone can relate to those kind of days. I absolutely love the look of the soap, the packaging is so pretty. Alex xx

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  5. Sounds like that was a bad day and the soap was the perfect cheer me up! So glad you love it x

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    1. Thank you again Sandra. It's gorgeous! Tx

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  6. What a lovely and much-needed surprise! I received a similar package on a needed day last winter. Sure hope your son's foot is better! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. My son's foot is getting better, thanks. Seems you too have a very generous and thoughtful friend who sent you a surprise package on a much-needed day. A big 'cheers' to friendships :) Tx

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  7. What a hideous day. I had a day like that yesterday, I was nearly in tears (I blame the pregnancy hormones)!

    The soap looks deliciously edible, though. Pleased it put a smile on your face. :-)

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    1. Oh poor you, I hope things have got better? Absolutely, blame those pregnancy hormones. They have a lot to answer for! ;) Tx

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  8. It was a lovely surprise. The soap looks amazing and must smells divine.

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