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Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog + Yves Rocher Giveaway!

Well, where better to begin, than where I've been asked to begin- an introduction (or reintroduction as the case may be).
My name is Heidi. Here I am:
I love blogging in cafes... :P

I've been blogging for about a year now, almost exactly a year I think, and I just started because everybody else seemed to be blogging really, and it looked fun. One year later and I'm still here, so I can confirm, it is fun :) You can read where the name Box Of Various came from here. I thought it would suit my blog as I couldn't seem to settle on just one thing to blog about! I have since realised that although variety is a great thing, not having a clear theme or direction is confusing for both the blogger and the readers, and so I decided to refocus. I can now proudly announce to any who might be kind/interested enough to ask, that Box Of Various is a lifestyle blog with an emphasis on style and beauty. I sometimes throw in a recipe here and there, and there is the odd post on something interesting that's going on in my life, but I'm much more organised now :)

I enjoy lots of things (hence, again the Various!) But top of my list at the moment are:

crochet- my Mum has got me 'hooked' and I'm currently working on a few projects that you'll hear about in due course here, including a New Year snowflake cushion, and some fingerless mittens for my Beloved- there I've said it now, I have to make them!

ice-skating- I've just recently discovered that I actually can skate, and what's more, I love it! No more clinging on to the edge for me anymore!

music- I play guitar and write my own songs and I'm looking forward to getting back onto the open mic scene soon.

languages- I love languages. I speak French, having spent a very good portion of my informative years in France, and I teach English as a Foreign Language. One of the many exciting things I'm looking forward to this year, is continuing studying Russian!

reading- I don't seem to find as much time as I'd like to, to read, but when I can I enjoy it very much. I'm currently reading Jane Austen's Persuasion.

And so welcome to

I hope you enjoy your stay :)
Now for the exciting part!
I'm giving away this little Yves Rocher manicure starter set I put together, to a lucky Box Of Various reader! The set includes:
Set of 40 Yves Rocher Make No Mistake Manicure Guides
(see my review here)
Yves Rocher Nail Varnish (3ml.) in colour 02. Blanc Neige
Yves Rocher Nail Varnish (3ml.) in colour 11. Rose Pastel
Yves Rocher Collection Cacao, Cocoa and Raspberry Handcream (30ml.)
As per the rules of this party, there is no need to follow to enter; the giveaway is open to everyone- bloggers and non-bloggers alike; and it is international. So if you want to be in with a chance of getting your beautiful hands on these lovely products, then simply leave a comment below. That's all you have to do, just say hello and don't forget to leave your name. All comments left on this post will be entered into the draw, and the winner will be chosen at random (with the help of my Mum- we have a system going!) and announced on 15th February. Best of luck!



Wandering Wren said...

Hello Heidi (hello Mum!)
I love the name Box of Various, it sums up my blog too, with a bit of lots of things!!!I have just popped over from Grow Your Blog. I am having a fun evening skipping through blogs and enjoying. I love blogging in cafes, well if JK Rowling can write Harry Potter in a cafe I figured I can write a blog!!
Nice to meet you.
Wren x

Emily C said...

Hello =) I love following these hops and seeing all the blogs.

Deborah Weber said...

Love the expression "box of various"! There's treasure here for sure. ;-)

Donna Heber said...

Hi Heidi,

I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It is nice to meet you. I too like to read when I have the time, but so many hobbies keep me busy ... LOL. Thank you for the chance to win a manicure set. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

Claire said...

Hi Heidi, lovely to meet you at the GYB party, and I know my daughter would LOVE these goodies :)
I'm not on either google+ or bloglovin', I'm afraid, so I can't follow you... But I've bookmarked your blog, so I'll be back :)
Have a great Saturday!
PS My daughter and I adore The Good Wife - still saving up to buy the Season 4 box-set :(

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Oooo, I'm enjoying your music in addition to your blog! I have a goal to revisit my French lessons so I can communicate better with the many Quebecois I have been chatting with lately (took 5 years of it but it didn't all stick LOL). Trying my hand at sewing, but mostly I make cards 'n other paper crafts. If I win, I'll save you postage and have you send the goodies to my cousin who is studying abroad (local to you) in London this semester. :) Have fun on GYB Day!!! Stop by to enter my giveaway too! :)

Wendy said...

what a great little kit! Thank you for having such a great giveaway.

Sophie Hall said...

Beautiful photo of you Heidi :) can't wait to see you soon! xxxx

okcamp said...

Hi Heidi, I'll be back to check out your blog after the party. I'm following via email.

Sharmayne said...

Hello Heidi, it was great coming to visit with you, and just for the record, I love your blog name, and I think with blogging, you should be able to blog about anything at all that takes your fancy. I love variety and I will be happy to be a follower....... And excited to be in the giveaway......heaven knows, my nails sure could use some TLC!!! Blogging in a cafe.......YUM!!!! Scrumptious idea which I am sooooooo going to have to do one time at least. Anyhooooo if you want to come visit me, I have 2 blogs with kinda different moods...... And.
Hugs Sharm. (Australia)

Bernadett Rauski said...


Nice to meet you.:)
I would like to participate in your giveaway.



mysteryhistorymom said...

Heidi- So nice to meet you! I'm your newest follower! Yippee! Please stop by my blog and enter my giveaway, too, and follow along, if you like.;) Lori

Joyce Carter said...

Hello Heidi. It was nice visiting your blog and learning all about you. Thank you so much for the great giveaway. What "girl"doesn't like to pamper herself!

PK Sews said...

I like your "Box of Various" theme! It's fun to read a blog with variety and to share favorite things. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Nice to meet you Heidi, Stopping in from GYB. Be sure to stop by to be entered in my fabulous fifty giveaway!

Janina Lynet Rolin said...

Hello Heydi I'm Lynet, nice to meet you, your blog is beautiful, I following now,I love to share with you from now on and we are good friends!Happy grow your blog

cmoh said...

Hey Heidi, so nice to meet you. I too would love blogging in cafe's if the food all looked that good! And wow you are a woman of many talents. I also love to read but have never read a Jane Austen. I'll have to pick one up. Hope you have a wonderful week.


Tisha Dolton said...

Listening to your soundcloud right now! :)

I'm still making the rounds from Grow Your Blog. Thanks for sharing your story & blog. My redwork/ embroidery blog is!


Thistle Cove Farm said...

It's very impressive, the many languages you speak...wonderful! I'm visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog; your tutorial on taking up a hem is excellent.

Kippy SoMature said...

Hi Heidi! it is a delight to follow your blog :) and thank you for the opportunity to enter the give away ~ I too like the "Box of Various" :)

Sarah and Dan said...

Thanks for sharing some of your story!

EvalinaMaria said...

Hello from the Yukon. I hope you're enjoying this party as much as I do :)
Evalina, This and that...

macmillanmarie said...

Hi, nice to meet you. I enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for sharing. Happy hopping!

jackie vernon said...

Hi Heidi, What a fun blog. please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks, Jackie

dcargill said...

What a fun giveaway

ACBeads said...

Hello Heidi! I'm visiting from the GYB Party. I love music and languages too. Please count me in for the giveaway. Nice to meet you. Ana

nicolesender said...

Hi from the USA! Enjoyed your blog.

dcargill said...

I would love to help my hands. I am having the same blogging problem - can't settle on a subject.

Patty Antle said...

Nice to meet you! Glad you are in the blogging world.

Puppet Lady said...

Hi Heidi, good to meet you! Interesting blog you have!

BluMoon said...

Hello Heidi, nice to meet you I really enjoyed reading your blog, I have just finished reading Persuasion by Jane Austin, I enjoy reading and my daughter plays classic guitar. I hope you will visit my blog sometime.

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