Containing How to Be Sick, a beautiful and empathetic Bhuddist guide to chronic illness for spoonies and caregivers, a stunning little “Brain Fog” enamel pin made by Chronically Divine, a scrumptious box of Booja Booja hazelnut vegan truffles, and a fantastic dry brush made by local brand 1541 London
Our October boxes contained the “I’m Doing My Best” journal, a notebook which incites self-compassion and mindfulness through non-cheesy quotes, by Knock Knock; a designer pillbox with a starry case by Blue Badge Co.; a soothing and varied herbal tea selection by the wonderful Pukka Herbs; luxurious and detoxing Ylang Ylang and Patchouli Secret Salt Society bath salts by Banks Lyon Botanical; and (not pictured as this was a last-minute addition) the So Free, dairy free Halloween witch giant chocolate buttons
Our November box was sleep themed, and contained a soft satin sleep mask by irreverent UK brand Anatomicals, sonar silicone sleep earplugs designed by the super high-rated company Beary Quiet, a luxurious pillow mist by the natural, small British aromatherapy company Made By Coopers, and an organic night-time herbal tea containing chamomile, valerian and hops by the super eco-friendly, UK brand Heath & Heather
We had TWO boxes on sale for December, this one and our Luxury Christmas Box (which you can also see below), but our regular box was still more popular! Our December Box contained: the softest and cosiest wheat bags in a variety of designs by The Wheat Bag Company, the book Chronic Christmas by wonderful author & fellow spoonie Lene Andersen, a perfectly seasonal candle that smells like a forest called Winter’s Keep by Frostbeard Studio, and a cute dairy-free chocolate penguin by Cocoa Libre
Our limited edition holiday box contained a whopping seven items: beautiful book 365 Days of Art by Lorna Scobie, which has simple (brain-fog friendly) yet thoughtful artistic exercises that will engage your creativity every day of 2020, scrumptious vegan + GF mince pies by The Authentic Bread Company, a gorgeous and rich, shea butter-based hand cream by Heathcote & Ivory, a lovely little enamel turtle Christmas tree decoration by Chameleon Wall Art (with a special message for spoonies!), a small, beautifully drawn folkloric 2020 wall calendar by Prism of Starlings, delicious-smelling, large, seasonal vegan candles by The Abstract Bee, and a generously donated (not contributing to the price) one-of-a-kind, hand carved wooden spoon made by the amazing initiative Spoons for Spoonies
Our January Box was conceived as an antidote to the Winter blues, and it within it was: a French country stoneware soup bowl by Dibor for your Winter soups & broths (perfectly accompanied by some yummy gluten-free Miso Soup sachets by Sanchi); an SOS for dry/chapped lips in the form of a Lip Scrub AS WELL AS a regenerating clay & activated charcoal Face Mask by Banks Lyon Botanical; and finally, the hilarious and super sweet “Things I Must Do To Love Myself” notepad by Knock Knock, which is all about giving ourselves permission to feel & heal in more ways than one
Our February boxes were Valentine's themed! Within them: super cute ice cream socks by The Letterroom, natural geranium bath melts by Herbal Harmony, vegan and sugar-free melting hot chocolate by Hasslacher's, and a natural strawberry SNOG ME lip balm by CoconutGrass.
We wanted to bring Spring to you even if you can’t go outside, so we included a Growbar in every box - a soil bar with seeds that you can plop on a tupperware and easily grow blooms at home! We also addressed congestion and hay fever by including Blended Therapies' super soothing Sneezy! Aromatherapy Rollerball. The yummy component was organic, ceremonial-grade Matcha Tea by Pure Chimp, a powerful (and delicious) antioxidant and energy booster. And last but most definitely not least, the incredible book The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elizabeth Tova Bailey: a tale of resilience and beauty in the face of severe chronic illness
Our May Spoonie Box contained The Allergy-Free Family Cookbook, by Fiona Heggie and Ellie Lux - a recipe book that’s friendly to most spoonie diets (and trust us, that’s not an easy feat, as they obviously vary so much and can be quite restrictive!); an adorable stress ball by Fizz, in the shape of the spoonie mascot - the sloth; a vegan, raw chocolate bar by Ombar, which came in Strawberry, Pistachio, and Coco Mylk flavours; and since we’re all washing our hands very very often, a soothing Aloe Vera Soap bar by Alter/Native, a Suma Wholefoods brand
Our June Box contained: Mindfully Evie's fantastic book Within These Four Walls (an uplifting spoonie classic), Patch Strips' bamboo panda plasters (plastic-free AND adorable!), Jealous Sweets' delicious sugar free, gluten free and vegan gummy bears, and chronic pain must-have: Blended Therapies' Ouch! natural essential oils balm for aches and pains.
Our July Boxes included a versatile, linen-encased wheat bag eye pillow by Blästa Henriët to help you unplug during the daytime, a Magnesium Sleep Lotion by BetterYou (actually... to help you unplug during the night time!!), encouraging post-its by Emily McDowell to remind you how well you're doing, and super yummy protein balls by Go Bites, available in three flavours and gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar free.
Including issue 2 of the groundbreaking magazine written for & by people with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities Sick, along with a gorgeous ceramic spoon rest by Mason Cash (a community symbol on your kitchen counter, pun intended!), a delicious and healthy breakfast treat: the pear and apricot bircher by Primrose's Kitchen (a fellow spoonie enterpreneur!), and a soothing, refreshing Manuka & Aloe Face Mist by Made By Coopers to help see you through the end of this scorching Summer.
Our first Autumn box of the season contained It’s Ok That You’re Not Ok: an incredible book on grieving (which includes the grief we can experience around the loss of health) by Megan Devine; a box of delicious Yogi Tea Immune Support Tea to help prepare you for this chillier season; We Are Paradoxx’s soothing Anti-Bacterial Hand Spray with tea tree; and a special nod to spoonies with two different-coloured, expanding vitamin pill pens with the cutest little cartoon faces :)
This month, our boxes contained: Sitting Pretty, the most heartfelt and beautifully written book about what it feels like to know the world isn't made for you as a disabled person and what we can do to change it, by Rebekah Taussig. Also in this box, delicious + healthy fruit rolls by Yoyo Bear, a super comfy face mask with a filter pocket (filter also included) by local small business Aaltrade (who donate a percentage of their income to the NHS and to the Libyan crisis), and a super soothing Headache Balm for your temples by one of our favourite brands, Anatomicals.
Our last subscription box of 2020 had: a beautiful borosilicate glass + bamboo water bottle by Neon Kaktus, the healthy and delicious GF, vegan Crookies (cookie bites) by Raw Bake Station, the wonder that is the cooling pain-relief gel of Biofreeze, and a super useful meal planner notepad by Knock Knock to help you eat healthy and save spoons by planning ahead!
Instead of a December or January box, we had this special holiday box for gifts and self-treats! Our Christmas box contained: Totes Toasties Slipper-Socks in a choice of four designs, Chronic Christmas by Lene Andersen, a box of four handmade Mince Pies by Denice's Delicious Gluten Free Bakery (also WF and DF), incredible SF and DF, Raw Spiced Cacao by Rosamond & Ivy, a spoon-in-a-jar token complete with a poem for spoonies by Katy Page Designs, and a seasonal Esscentual candle in a choice of three different scents.
Our first box of the year was self-love themed in honour of Valentine's Day, and it contained a box of Pukka Love Tea, a bag of organic, vegan and gelatin-free Biona Pomegranate Heart Jellies made with real pomegranate juice and no artificial flavourings, the hilarious Supertired Mug by T & Belle, the adorable Self-Care Sloth Stickers by Okayish Arts (providing cute little permission slips for self-kindness), and the most wonderful spoonie poetry book: Sun in Days, by acclaimed writer Meghan O'Rourke - one of the few books known to us that truly capture the loss of health experience with such depth and beauty.
The March Box had not one, but two yummy items: Hodmedod's British (Lightly Salted) Roasted Peas, and Littleover Apiaries' Organic Wildflower Set Honey - to celebrate the coming of the Spring with healthy treats! We also included an A5 print of fellow spoonie Dandy Doodlez' Chronically Cool artwork, the amazing Five Minutes in the Evening journal, to help spoonies with limited energy derive the benefits of a journalling practice, and an exfoliation + body butter bar by Sknfed London, a natural, 2-in-1 product that nurtures Winter skin quickly and efficiently during your shower or bath.
The April Box contained a pair of gorgeous compression socks by fellow small spoonie business Not Your Grandma's, which are great for improving blood circulation, the amazing book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande - a deeply moving meditation on how people can better live with age-related frailty, serious illness, and approaching death; some super scrumptious vegan Belgian chocolate-covered Mallow Puffs, in raspberry and vanilla flavours; and finally, a box of thirty Japanese Scentsual Incense sticks (made with 100% natural fragrance oils and no colourings), each box with its own ceramic incense holder.