I’m a big fan of subscription boxes, having tried and tested a few in my time: Birchbox, My Little Box, Glossybox just to name a few, but never have I tried a box like this one…

The Monthly Fandom Collection

The Monthly Fandom Collection is a themed monthly subscription box, which includes 3-5 carefully selected pieces that reflect the theme of the month. Themes that you can expect: Disney, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games and more. Of course we all know my favourite theme: Disney!

As you can imagine, when I was approached by a PR company to trial the new monthly subscription box, by being sent their first box, I was ever so excited (it literally screams my name!). I wanted to experience the box exactly how it should be experienced and I stayed away from social media and their website, so that I didn’t ruin the surprise as to what was in the box.

Of course, I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, so if you’d rather not know, look away now. You’ve been warned!

The Surprise

So, my box arrived on Wednesday and I could not wait to get into it and see what was inside. I was obviously hoping for a Disney box, or a Harry Potter one – as we all know I love anything HP themed. But I am so not spoilt *blushes* and would have been completely fine had it been something else. BUT, I was in luck: IT WAS DISNEY!!!

In line with the upcoming film release, their first box is in fact Beauty and the Beast themed. How amazing is that?! The box was beautifully packaged and arrived within 2 working days. Everything was thought out; perfectly fitting for the Beauty and the Beast theme. I can’t even imagine how excited I’ll be when they release The Little Mermaid or Pocahontas boxes…

*ALSO* I filmed the opening and my reaction in my weekly vlog which will be live now for you all to see (follow link at the bottom of the post!).

Anyway, I’ll stop talking and show you what you really want to see…

What’s Inside?

Included in this months box was a charm bracelet, a pair of earrings, a bookmark and a necklace. All of which had subtle yet stand out references to Beauty and the Beast. My Chip mug is not included in the box by the way.

My absolute favourite is the charm bracelet. It’s so pretty and delicate. It’s very feminine, just like Belle. I can not wait to wear this (I think it’ll be a great accessory when visiting Disney parks!).

The earrings are so sweet. They are small red roses, which I think will be so easy to wear, adding a pop of colour to any look.

As for the bookmark, oh it’s adorable! I was slightly confused what it was initially, I won’t lie! I especially like the ‘I Want Adventure’ slogan.

Of course, the box wouldn’t be complete without a quoted necklace. ‘Until The Last Petal Falls’ is beautifully written on the necklace, a gorgeous reference to the Disney classic.

Want To Sign Up?

They are kindly offering the first box for just £10 (plus postage), you just have to use the code NEWBOX10 at checkout! But usually the boxes would cost only £12 per month plus a £2.90 postage fee. They also do an offer where you can pay either 3 or 6 months upfront and receive the boxes at a cheaper price. I will link the website below for more information and how to sign up!

www.monthlyfandomcollection.com

Thank you so much to TMFC for the wonderful Beauty and the Beast Fandom box, I really loved it and I’m super excited to use everything. With the release of Beauty and the Beast coming March 17th, I definitely know what I’ll be wearing at our cinema date (Tom and I already have our tickets!).

What was your favourite piece inside the box?

Jessica Xx

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Tom and I went to see The Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre in London a few months ago now, and I have been meaning to tell you all about our amazing date day for a while. Tom had surprised me with tickets as I’d had a bit of bad news and just felt a bit down in the dumps, bless him, he knows how to put a smile on my face! We were having Disney withdrawals after coming home from Walt Disney World, so going to see The Lion King was the best idea (well done Tom!!).

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We had a lovely dinner at Côte in Covent Garden, which is literally across the road from The Lyceum Theatre. It’s actually one of my favourite chain restaurants, I’ve always had very good service and delicious food there, so I would recommend it if you are in town for the theatre. They also do a pre-theatre menu which is really inexpensive and has some lovely options. We drank champagne and ate a gorgeous meal; it was the perfect place to go before the show!

After dinner we headed over to the theatre to take our seats, but not before buying lots of sweeties to enjoy throughout the performance. For those of you that have seen the show, you will completely understand how amazing it feels when the show begins…it literally gives you goosebumps all over and makes you feel all happy inside! I can’t help but well up when I hear that first note.

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The performance was just incredible, I couldn’t fault it. Rafiki stole the show!! Her voice is like nothing I’ve heard before!! For anyone that loves Disney or musical theatre, it’s a show that can not be missed. The tickets may be a little bit more expensive than other shows in London, but it’s well worth the money. That I can promise.

Tom was such a star booking those tickets as a surprise, I am a very lucky girl, I love him all the world!! For anyone thinking of booking tickets (great Christmas present!), here’s a link to their website: http://www.thelionking.co.uk (I suggest buying them straight from the box office).

Jessica Xx

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I don’t know about you, but I have always struggled with the notion of making things perfect. Whether it be my blog posts, my cooking or something as huge as the timing of my life, I basically just put huge amounts of pressure on myself to do everything right, and even when I think I do things right, I still worry that I may have upset someone or that somebody is judging me for it. Oh gosh, how complicated is my brain?! Please tell me I’m not the only one that over thinks and creates more problems than need be?!

In the limited time we’re given on this earth, if we’re not living life for ourselves, ignoring all the nasty comments and the sniggers of disbelief behind our backs, then we’re holding ourselves back from potential success and happiness. It’s been bugging me lately because I know that I can’t always live life like that, and that I definitely can’t please everyone. I tend to second guess myself when writing a blog post or instagramming a picture, worried that it won’t get enough likes or that people won’t take well to what I’ve poured my heart into. It makes things stressful and less enjoyable, and so I have decided to make more of a conscious effort to do what I want to do, feel confident and happy with my choices and just be that little bit more ‘so what’ about things! I know it won’t be easy to do, but it’ll make me a much stronger and happier person in the long run as I’ll be more able to shrug the little things off and stand up for what I believe in.7a3432525544f0265964d740f91d04bcAfter coming home from an amazing trip to Orlando, I decided to start up a YouTube channel – something I have wanted to do for a while now, but rather scared to do so. It’s one of those things that I think could go either way: I could really enjoy it, it could compliment my blog and be another way to connect with others whom have similar interests, or it could be an extra stress in my life, something that doesn’t go anywhere and then I count it as a failed attempt at something in my life. But what good is it if I don’t even try because I’m afraid of failure?! With my ‘so what’ attitude in full throttle, I felt the fear and did it anyway. My YouTube channel is up and running and I have already posted three videos! I have stayed in my safety zone at the moment, just posting videos from our holiday (Disney Vlogs) but I do have the intention of creating more content for my channel that will be different from Disney Vlogs, but these are easing me in gently, and hopefully gaining some following for the channel (I’m on 26 Subscribers so far!).

So, I wanted to share with you something that I am doing which is pretty scary for me to do in the hopes that you’ll

1. be really supportive and hopefully subscribe, and

2. that I can inspire you to do something you’ve wanted to do for a while, but you’ve been too scared to do so!

Let me know what you do, and remember life is far too short to be living it half-heartedly! Go out there and live life fully, and always follow your dreams!!!

Jessica Xx

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I can’t believe it’s over! We have come home from two weeks of adventure, laughter, fun and lots and lots of walking…wow there’s lots of walking in Orlando! But let’s just say that’s probably for the better, as without the walking, I don’t doubt Tom and I would’ve come home two stone heavier!! Anyway, we have arrived home safely, with extra suitcases filled to the brim with souvenirs, gifts and lots of Disney merchandise, that now we’re home, we have no idea what we’re going to ever do with it (yes, you do get carried away there don’t you!). I mean we needed a goblet that lights up for our juice in the morning right? And I definitely needed a stuffed Dumbo that comes with his very own blanket, yeah? Ermmm maybe not, but hey, what the hell – these things don’t come around often, so when they do, you go all out!

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We spent the majority of our trip in Walt Disney World, as well as visiting Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, which houses the amazing Wizarding World of Harry Potter! The trip was unforgettable and everything we’d hoped for and more. However, it was such as shame that during in our visit, Orlando experienced some extremely sad times – the Orlando shooting (the worst in US history), a little boy was killed by an alligator on Disney property and Christina Grimmie (whom I was such a fan of) was shot dead by a deranged ‘fan’ of hers at a meet and greet – so of course our emotions were slightly mixed throughout the trip due to the tragedies that occurred within only a couple of days of each other. We did however, keep our spirits up and make sure that our trip was not so affected by these things that were very much out of our control.

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Disney World is magical – I even saw a sparkle in Tom’s eye every time we stepped foot in that place! You honestly go from serious adults who only buy things they actually need, to being big kids, wanting to buy every single thing they sell that is shiny, colourful and somewhat tacky. It’s madness! We did budget for this though – so we’ve come home with our fair share of ‘tat’…It’s obligatory!

We did every Disney Park, apart from the water parks, with Hollywood Studios being Tom’s favourite and Magic Kingdom being mine. Despite the fact we’re in our twenties and childless, we made time to meet with characters, buy Minnie Ears and go on baby rides – and trust me, you have to do this! The nighttime firework displays are out of this world and being someone that doesn’t typically enjoy fireworks, I could’t have enjoyed this part of our day any more – it was truly spectacular. Missing this so much – thank god I filmed it, I can watch it whenever I feel crap!

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The Universal Parks were more action packed and full of thrill rides, which of course Tom and I revelled in, but we have to admit that it doesn’t come close our experiences at Disney World. We were however, blown away by The Wizarding World of Harry Potter though – being huge HP fans, this is something we’d been looking forward to for a very long while now, and it absolutely met our expectations! I’d love to visit it at quieter times though as you can’t take it all in with such crowds.

So I’ve done a quick list of things we loved and what we would recommend, as well as including some of our photos. I will, however, be doing separate blog posts on our WDW photos and experience, and a blog post about our hotel visit. Plus maybe our WDW haul – so watch this space Youtube…!!!

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Favourite Rides

Universal Studios – Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Escape from Gringotts & Dragon Challenge

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Tower of Terror & Hollywoods Rock N Roller Coaster

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Expedition Everest & Kilimanjaro Safaris

Disney’s Epcot – Test Track & Soarin’

Disney’s Magic Kingdom – Space Mountain & Splash Mountain

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Food We Loved

Universal Studios – Doughnuts from The Simpsons Land – May I suggest just one between 4 people…we got one each and barely touched them – they are SO big!!!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Fish & Chips at Three Broomsticks

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Toffee popcorn & visit Mama Melrose Italian for dinner (the steak with mac and cheese was amazing)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Mickey Pretzel

Disney’s Epcot – Pastries from France Pavilion – these are seriously good!

Disney’s Magic Kingdom – You must get a Dolewhip Float!! Plus have dinner at Be Our Guest if you can get in – and make sure you get the drinks in a Goblet too!!

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Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed it! Also, I just wanted to say that all of these photos are my own and none of them have been edited at all.

Come back on Monday for more Disney World Blog Posts!

Jessica Xx

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