Purrfect Box

My cats are so spoilt!

As you already know they get a monthly box from a different company, but Purrfect Box got in touch with me to offer me a free box to try and could not say no – Merry & Pippin need more toys obviously!

As you can see as soon as it arrived they claimed it as theirs as they do with every box that comes into the house.

Once we open the box I was pleased to see a lovely amount of toys and treats contained within.

First up (and put straight out of the way) were the treats. I don’t know how, but my two can tell the difference between their normal food and treats straight away. I think I might try to put their food in treat bags sometime to test out their cleverness. I’ve only given them the chicken filet bites so far and they love them. I think they life softer treats more as they are on dry food all the time.   

Next up is catnip spray, which my two love. This came in a handy size and they could tell right away what is was. I sprayed a bit on their favourite areas and they were super happy.

Pippin is a fan of this next toy as he likes batting things around with his paws. Merry is not interested unless it moves and she can chase it.  These are great to throw up the stairs and watch Pippin chase and catch and miss and run back down. 

Merry was a fan of this one though as it smelt and she could lie on top of it to keep it all to herself. She like chewing it, but it is standing up to her attention quite well.

I had only recently bought them a tunnel, so this was a duplicate of a recent toy, but much shorter in length and Merry love it. She lies in with her head out one end and her butt out the other and is quite happy. Pippin like the tunnel as he can launch a surprise attack.   

The box comes with a leaflet of cat advice and descriptions of the contents of the box.

Merry and Pippin gave the box a paws up and have been enjoying the contents for the last week since it arrived and also the box itself!  

They both wanted to fit in, but it did not work.

Pippin isn’t sure what to make of the smelly bow.   

Merry in the tunnel.

Merry wondering what the balls were, but quickly lost interest when she worked out she had to move them herself.   

Merry asleep in the box after a hard day being a cat. Merry is not usually the box cat, but I think she claimed this one for herself before Pippin could get there.

Overall a fab box and if I didn’t already pay for one I would consider signing up for this. However this is more expensive than what I currently pay and in order to pay the same I would have to pay for a whole year up front which isn’t feasible. I would suggest taking a look at all the different boxes out there now and decide which is the best for you and your moggies.

Adventures in Swimming… Big Cotswold Swim 2015

It’s been events galore the last few weeks with swimming. Although I have not done a single bit of training!

This last weekend was the Big Cotswold Swim. You have the choice of doing a one mile or a two mile swim and I always chose the two mile as love doing longer distances. As you can see it was a beautiful few days around the event, which meant the water temperature was up to 22 degrees, so I haven’t been wearing  wetsuit and decided to forego it for the event itself too, which is something I’ve never done before. I know you aren’t supposed to do anything new on race day, but as I hadn’t trained and wasn’t really racing and therefore didn’t want to compare it to my time last year I decided to go for it and was so glad I did.

It was a n okay swim. I came out feeling like I could have done another lap, so I know I didn’t push hard enough for a race, but I enjoyed taking it steady and feeling the water. It was a hard swim in a way as well as the field was busy. There were about 150 for the mile and for the two mile so I didn’t get any time on my own and always had someone around me.

On the first lap I kept to the outside and found I was pushed to the edge of the lake, almost swimming into tree routes at one point. On the second lap I decided to take the inside and found I was surrounded by people all the time and somehow ended up in the middle of a group, or they were drafting me. I definitely felt a few people weren’t happy I was keeping pace with them as I was not in a wetsuit. It’s funny what you pick up on while in the water – it’s totally different from any other kind of race.

I came out dead on 60 minutes, which compared to my 58 minute wetsuit swim the year before was excellent if I do say so myself. I am so glad I decided to forego the wetsuit and think I am converted to skins swimming from now on, even if it’s only to not have to put the wetsuit on and then take it off again. I stayed cool all the way round and think if I had trained properly I would have been able to beat my time from last year. So that will be the aim for next year. I am very likely to do it again as it’s local and so easy to get to without having to wake up super early.

The last few events have been good training for my Solent adventure in September!

Weekly swEATS – 8th July 2015

This weak has been much better than previous editions of my swEATS – woohoo!

I am constantly wondering why I struggle with the food aspect of my life and do not like that I use it as a comfort or security blanket. So I have to work at keeping myself on track and other ways of emotionally supporting myself.

This week’s sweats:

  • Thursday – I chilled out at home and caught up on some reading. I was supposed to have a 121 lake session at 6:30am, but got an email at 6:45am while I was at home having my first mug of tea and realised I had totally forgotten, which is completely unlike me.
  • Friday – I had my rearranged 121 lake swim session. It was great and I practiced using some different paddles and a tempo trainer to work on my speed. I also went for a cool down swim that evening as it was humid and I don’t cope well when the temperature goes above 20! I also coached that night.
  • Saturday – the Big Cotswold Swim 2 mile. I completed this 3.2km swim without a wetsuit and it was glorious. I stayed cool and just enjoyed the swim without any pressure about time. I also went for 2 mile evening walk as just wanted to get out in the late evening sunshine and enjoy some quite movement.
  • Sunday – I was feeling a bit low all weekend so had a me-day on Sunday and chilled out. I did go coaching in the evening, so got moving.
  • Monday – Appointment central on this day. Before work I had the dentist and after work I had the chiropodist, so by the time I got home I just tidied up and had my dinner.
  • Tuesday – I went to my normal swim session and did a 2800m set. I really felt not having been training properly and had to drop a 50m on several of the 200m sets as I would have fallen way behind the lane. It doesn’t bother me, but it shows how quickly fitness can disappear.
  • Wednesday – I was not active at all. My cats weren’t well so I was at home all day stressing out, then went to a meeting in the evening and caught up with the running buddy after that.

This week’s eats:

  • Thursday – I was not organised for lunch so got a tuna baguette from work. Crab pasta for dinner again as I love this dish so much!
  • Friday – Sausage and bean casserole with pasta and was super yummy.
  • Saturday – This was snacking day. I had toast, porridge, eggs, bacon, bread. Too much really.
  • Sunday – I went round my parents for dinner so had a simple roast chicken dinner with lots of veggies
  • Monday – I started back tracking on this day. I just felt I needed to, so tracked everything and enjoyed my tuna stir-fry for dinner.
  • Tuesday – Sausage and bean casserole again as I’m using up what is in my freezer.
  • Wednesday – I had M&S chicken casserole for lunch and then enjoyed some ice cream for dinner.

As I said I am backing to tracking everything. It is the only way I can stay accountable and really delve into the reasons I am not losing weight.  I feel good about things and know it’s just about focusing on the right things for a while and re-forming some good habits to make it easier to do without thinking.

Candy Japan Subscription

After the free box I was sent for review from Candy Japan and which I loved I decided to sign up for my own subscription (paid for myself) and last month received the first two boxes. I find it great that you get two boxes a month as it means I don’t eat it all at once and it’s something to look forward to. The wrapping tape is always fantastic too!


This was a do it yourself jelly sweet kit. It was a couple of powers, one of which you added water to and then turned the tree through both. It was weird, but fun to try. I don’t think I got the hang of it as the jelly kept falling off in the water powder.

I followed the instructions on the back from the pictures :)


These were rose flavoured chewy sweets that I was surprised I liked so much. You get quite a few in the bag and they although they are nice I couldn’t have more than a few at a time as they were quite floral and rich, so the bag lasted a week.IMG_2168

The second box consisted of a mix of things for the cinema or a movie night. I seem to have only taken a group shot of these, so apologies for the lack of photos. First up was so toffee popcorn type sweet, which was super yum. Secondly were some sour cola jelly chews which were also quite good. Lastly was a fake ice cream cone with whipped chocolate inside instead of ice cream.IMG_2429.JPG

This was a fab box that I enjoyed and wasn’t too weird, just different from what you can get in the UK. I hope some matcha stuff gets included soon.

I am currently planning a trip to Japan with my family and am super excited and with each box that arrives I get even more excited!

Cat Hampurr

Cat Hampurr is a monthly subscription box I signed up for back in January when they gave new subscribers a discount on their first box and I have now received them for the last 6 months. Overall I am really pleased with the variety of foods, treats, and toys I have received, but have had an issue with quality of toys recently that the team have been super helpful with and replaced some that were faulty, so do get in touch with them.  I have seemed to have built up a stock of treats that I can’t seem to get through with two cats even though the box is designed for one cat!  It’s a great way to be introduced to some new companies and different treats/toys I might not have found otherwise. Also the team engage via twitter and instagram as well and I find that great! They want to see photos of your cats enjoying the treats and the boxes, so do give them a tag if you can.

I wanted to share with you some new-to-me companies that I have found do great treats and toys and I would buy again outside of the box subscription.

I also wanted to share Merry and Pippin opening and enjoying the box from June.


Merry really liked the catnip fish, so much so it came apart at the seems!  Pippin didn’t get a look in before I had to confiscate it. 


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