This is a sponsored post in partnership with Konenkii, a very cool discovery box company. Get your own subscription or gift to a friend at http://www.konenkii.com, where the promo code BOLDER10 will get you 10% off!
When I arrived home from a recent trip to Maui and San Diego, I found a much-anticipated Konenkii box on my counter. Last month, I introduced you to Jan and Sarah, the two women who created Konenkii, a unique gift company geared to women–whether you’re 40 or 104. I highlighted their journey here: Why Pampering Is Important.
First, it was a really fun surprise not knowing what would be inside the box. When I opened it up, I was hit with a dazzle of color. Two large-sized chocolate bars in colorful wrappers.
(That was no accident, by the way — this box had a spring theme of embracing color, which was reflected in each gift right down to the chocolate wrappers and in the other gifts, as you’ll see below!)
One was milk chocolate (which my son loves) and the other was dark chocolate (which I ate!). The chocolate was very creamy and rich and not bitter at all–something that can be difficult to find with dark chocolate. I had planned to eat just half of it and save the other half for my husband. Oops.
Now, I almost made the mistake of eating the colorful wildflower seed bombs. Fortunately, I took a glance at the paper attached to the bottom and discovered that each little organic ball could be planted outside and set to bloom this summer. Each seed bomb contains Catchfly, Snapdragon, White Yarrow, Shirley Poppy, Red Prairie Coneflower, and Sweet Alyssum. So, just think, another surprise to see this summer!
Each box always includes something to wear and this one included a beautiful pink beaded, Shamballa bracelet that is adjustable for any size wrist. It’s not just an ordinary bracelet–Shamballa is a mythical place where we find our true selves the Konenkii card explains. “Harmony, enlightenment, and compassion are connected with this piece of jewelry. Every time you wear it, you’re reminded in a symbolic way that we are all one.”
For the bath, there was what I originally thought was a pumice stone (it’s actually a Green Tea Konjac Sponge that is supposed to be used on the face — see more in Konenkii’s blog post which also has a tutorial video for how to use it) and a Cherry Blossom soap scrub. The sponge is from the fibers of a Konnyaku tuber and has been used by women in Asia for many years. Through a quick search online, I learned that Konnyaku is native to Indonesia and it is used as a food in Japan.
Jan and Sarah put together some recipe cards for healthy eating. They’re definitely not your usual same-old, same old recipes–I found each of them to be enticing, especially the lemon squares with coconut. All of the recipes use a variety of healthy ingredients from every color of the food palette.
There was a silicone sleeve that I could not for the life of me figure out what it was for at first. When I pulled out the instruction card, there was an ah-ha moment: “Stick this little baby on the back of your phone and go!” You can slip in your license, credit card, or hotel key on the back of your phone and the silicone keeps it from de-magnetizing. A handy way to carry your money and I.D. without a purse. Genius. I could have totally used that while on the beach in Maui last week!
The best part of all for me was the coloring book and pencils. This is a quality book with many designs and rich-colored pencils. If you haven’t tried a coloring book yet, then this one is for you. I have found that my mind calms down, my breath slows, and the stress simply melts away when I’m coloring. Sometimes I put my favorite music on (loud!) and just go into the experience of being a kid again. If you think you’re way too busy to frivel away time with such nonsense, then you probably need this more than anyone. It’s like that old Zen adage: “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”
With Mother’s Day and Easter coming up, the Konenkii box is a wonderful gift. You can sign up for one box or receive them quarterly (and remember: they make great gifts for other women!). Jan and Sarah have a bigger vision planned and there’s even more ahead. Hop on over to Konenkii to explore more. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter as well. For women “north of 40,” there’s a lot to celebrate!
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Konenkii, a very cool company started by two friends who believe that we can all face the aging process fearlessly while having fun. When you sign up for a Konenkii box, you can choose between quarterly subscriptions or special one-time shipments. Each discovery box comes with different items, hand selected to give you something fabulous to eat, wear, read or share.Remember that you can get your own Konenkii subscription or gift to a friend at http://www.konenkii.com, where the promo code BOLDER10 will get you 10% off!