This giveaway is my baby and it’s been SO LONG in the works that I’m SO happy to finally be able to announce it and give it away!!!!
The 1st Vegsmoothiebunny SECRET FRIEND giveaway!
This giveaway is a dream come true for me because I’ve always wanted to use this blog to do more than just talk about healthy eating. Healthy living, for me, is truly about building ties in the community and encouraging compassion and thoughtfulness for one another. In this year, I’ve had the chance to meet up with so many amazing people with the biggest of hearts retailing the best products and I wanted to connect these awesome retailers with the people I love and the people YOU love!
But I ran into all sorts of problems on the way.
In the beginning when I first thought of the idea for this box, I wanted to package the sample stuff I got from retailers. It felt a little unfair that I had good stuff to try so why not share the love with you guys? Unfortunately, after trying out several items, I felt that they were unsuitable because of certain hidden ingredients or false marketing. I wanted products that were free from additives and other nasty and truly good for the body, not some packaged product full of junk. This of course, made some people really upset when I politely declined their contributions. But honestly, I couldn’t bring myself to put in ‘healthier’ cereal that was still made up of 8 kinds of sugar!!
In the end, I decided to put together a box full of things that I personally LOVE. Every item you see in this box is PERSONALLY curated by me. Which means that I PERSONALLY tried and tested the products before emailing the relevant people to contribute their products to this box!
So thank you —
I’ve never met more generous, loving people than the people behind these brands! I can’t wait to introduce them over the course of this week!
But why ‘secret friend’?
From now on, all VSB giveaways are going to be ‘Secret Friend’ giveaways. Which is really to try and encourage you to think about someone you know or someone in your community that you would like to spare a thought for and/ or reach out to. It’s inspired by this short film called The Secret Friend which is about an elderly, disconnected widow who is pranked called but ends up being inspired to live once again through the connection with the prankster who calls her everyday and becomes a ‘friend’ to her.
I really believe that the solution to a lot of societal problems is connection and so with the season of giving upon us, I would really like to encourage you to search for people in your community that you can reach out to. It can be a really close friend, a colleague, someone you sort of have an inkling is struggling or lonely but you just never worked out the courage or time to say a ‘hello’. It could even be you poor mom, who slaves for you day in and out. After all, we so often take for granted the ones closest to us.
How do I participate?
To participate, simply leave your name and email address in the comments below along with a short (or crazy long! :D) note on who you would like to be a secret friend to this Christmas or who has been a secret (or not so secret!) friend to you in your life. I would really love to create a space where people can read the comments and just fill so full of hope for humanity once again! So please do share freely!
What are the other details?
This giveaway ENDS Friday, 19 December 2014 at 10:00PM! Winners will be announced on Saturday, 20 December 2014 at 9:30pm. There will be FIVE winners but here’s the thing! Each winner will win not one but TWO boxes– one for yourself and one for your nominated secret friend! Upon notification, winners can either choose to supply the email address of the person you would like to be a secret friend to so I can contact them for their address and the box can be mailed directly to them, or request for both boxes to be sent to you. (I trust you will do the right thing and really be a friend! Haha)
For this first givaway, we are focusing on SELF LOVE so everything in
this box is full of healthy goodness for you or your loved one along with uplifting and gorgeously decorated cards from The Paper Bunny you can use to cheer yourself or your loved ones up! The coconut oil, beenut butters and vegan sauces are perfect to chase away any sort of blues as well! I’ll be
introducing each item in the box an item at a time over the next few
days till the giveaway closes so you’ll be able to understand each
product better! Over time, I hope to have other themes for giveaway
boxes as well such as ‘baby boxes’ or ‘Pampering Kits’ for struggling mothers to be and other people in society who just need that little whisper of encouragement to carry on in life!
So to kick things off- here’s my entry!
This Christmas, I really want to reach out to my parents. They’ve done so much for me but I’ve been so busy growing up, it’s only hit me now that they are growing old. I also want to be a secret friend to girls in my community that could do with reminders of how precious and lovely they are as they struggle to grow in a society that is often brutally harsh on them. I also want to be a secret friend to the uncle at the coffeeshop nearby who works with a terrible hunch yet always cheerfully cleans my table. Perhaps I will buy him coffee. But I’m shy to do things like that. Maybe I’ll just start off with clearing my tray myself and thanking him a little more sincerely and loudly when I pass him by. Just last night, the cab uncle that brought me home was a secret friend to me. He waited for me to get into the lift as it was past midnight before driving away. Also, this might be a little cheesy to say but my fiance has been my biggest secret friend. Secret because I’m sure he doesn’t even know it. I wouldn’t say it’s because of his love or him per se because I always feel self love must come from within oneself but he has definitely played a huge part in my recovery in bingeing. These days I no longer binge or do harmful things to myself because I want my body to be a reflection of all the love I’ve received from him and from everyone around me. A body stuffed with junk or thin and sick is a terrible testimonial of the immense love I’ve received so now I eat and treat my body like it’s my badge of honour and a reflection of the beautiful company I have the privilege to keep.
Can’t wait to read your entries as well! To win this box full of goodness, just leave your name and email address and who you would like to be a friend to/ who has been a friend to you! It doesn’t have to be long! Just a short one will do too!
WIll be introducing Eden’s Kitchen to you guys tmr!
go out there and love somebody!