Their website is fantastic, it's really user friendly & from the moment you see the home page, to me, it feels like a safe caring place. The tag line you're greeted with is "We are Blurt, and we're dedicated to helping those affected by Depression." You can sign up for their newsletters, which are lovely to receive; they're full of encouragement & make you feel like you're not alone in how may be feeling.
Although I've never spoken about it in detail on here or really anywhere else, I do suffer with bouts of Depression & Anxiety seems to be a constant companion, so when Blurt came on my radar, I decided to check them out. The information & articles on their website are wonderful & I've especially found their free download "Self-Care Starter Kit" very helpful on the days I'm struggling mentally.
As they are a foundation, donations & sales from their shop help keep them running. The shop has lots of lovely items to purchase from colouring books to pin badges, all of which are aimed to encourage self care & help ease the daily struggle living with a Mental Illness can be. One amazing resource they sell is their very own Subscription Box aptly named the "Buddy Box". I've had this little box on my "to buy" list for a little while & in August I decided to pre-order the September box. It arrived this Wednesday & it's timing could not have been more perfect, since the day before I had gone through the most horrendous PIP Medical Assessment & receiving the Buddy Box was just the pick me up I needed.
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When I opened the package, I was greeted with a lovely embossed lid & when I took the lid off, the items were wrapped up with a really cute paper. The top item was a little card which had a break down of the contents of the box & also how much they cost. I really liked this as you can see what has made up the price you've paid & you know that the box isn't being over priced.
I have to admit, I was little overwhelmed by the quality & range of the products. Inside the box was a little postcard, water flavouring, The Blurt Foundation Zine, a pack of "You Are Enough" cards, 3 Laptop vinyls, a pen & The Little Book of Kindness. The quality of all these products are very high & you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into putting the box together.
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The great thing is that everything in the box is useful in some way or offers a little pick me up when you need it; For example, I've got the Pen clipped onto my planner, one of the Laptop vinyls on my Mac & the Kindness book sat on my bedside table ready to read. I've had a quick flick through it & it seems like such a lovely little book, full of useful & thoughtful ideas to spread kindness around - to yourself & others.
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I think I mentioned this point in my "Yoohoo Mail" review, but a lot of the Subscription Boxes you can buy, although filled with lovely things, aren't always great value for money for myself, as I have quite a few sensitivities so bath or food products or highly fragrant items I can't use myself. Though they do mean that I can pass on some loveliness to others by gifting them, so that is a win & they don't go to waste. However, it is a little disappointing when you might only be able to use say one item from a box that you were looking forward to as a treat. So the Buddy Box is good one to keep on your list if you've got a numerous sensitivities like myself & are looking for a treat.
Overall, my first impression of The Blurt Foundation's Buddy Box is that it's wonderful & I definitely agree with how they describe the Buddy Box on their website: "A hug in a box!" At £21.50 it could be classed as a mid-range priced Subscription Box. Some may think that is a little pricey, especially for someone who doesn't work & has to prioritise what the money they have goes on & I will completely admit that I was one of those people. However, after deciding to treat myself to one these boxes, I can wholeheartedly say they are great value for money & a lovely little treat.
The nice thing is that you can buy a one off box if you don't want or can't justify committing to £21.50 every month. They would also make a lovely little gift for a family member or a friend who maybe needs a little pick me up.
If I've sparked your interest in the Buddy Box & The Blurt Foundation, I've listed below all the places you can find them on Social Media. Whether you have Depression or know someone that does, I really do recommend checking them out as the information they provide is so helpful & I'm incredibly grateful to have come across them.
Website: The Blurt Foundation
Facebook: The Blurt Foundation Page
Pintrest: The Blurt Foundation Pin Boards
I truly hope today has been a kind one to you all, please all of you take care.