Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May Tea Sparrow package

Tea Sparrow is a subscription service for loose tea and is based out of Canada. Tea Sparrow sent me a complimentary box to review just in time for Mother's Day. If you click on the Tea Sparrow links and use password "teas" you can get your first month for $8.00. What a great gift!

I know there is a whole sub-culture of coffee and tea connoisseurs and there is an art to brewing the perfect cup of either. I enjoy both drinks but am by no means an expert in either. I like trying new flavors of tea and if you are a tea drinker this is a perfect way to sample some new varieties.  In fact Tea Sparrow's tag line is "A World of Tea at Your Door". That pretty much says it all. Each month you will receive four 1 oz. bags of loose leaf tea to try. Tea Sparrow says each shipment will make 35-65 cups of tea depending on if you like your tea weak or strong. So really you could have a cup of tea every day for a month, very cool. The price of each shipment is $20 with shipping included.

This is $20 a month and ships to the US and Canada. 

The good:

Variety: If you like trying different loose teas but get overwhelmed at the numerous jars at Whole Foods then give this a try.

Want more? Love a tea you tried. There is info on where to get more printed on each bag.

Perfect Cup? Each package tells you how much tea to use as well as temperature of water and steeping time.

Tea loving friend? You can send a gift subscription to the tea lover in your life.

Tea'd out this month? You can skip months or put your subscription on pause.

The not so good:

Price: This cost more than if you bought the tea individually yourself. Of course you would have to find them and pay shipping costs.

May Tea Sparrow package

This is extra information on the Clouds and Mist tea. I just love the name Clouds and Mist. 

Contents of box: 

Chocolate Blueberry Organic Black Tea, This blueberry chocolate tea combines the maltiness of Assam black tea, the sweet aroma of blueberries, and a creamy chocolate finish. Add a touch of honey and it makes a wonderful dessert! Value = $3.75

Blood Orange Smoothie, This creamy blend of naturally caffeine-free South African red roobios, orange, and vanilla is herbal bliss! Value = $4.00

Organic Cheery Fruit Tea, Honey brings out the flavours of this original blend. Lovely natural sweetness with a hint of orange. Value = $1.50

Clouds and Mist, also known as 'yawn', has a compelling aroma of smoky, citrus and vegetal. It's earthy taste, reminiscent of sweet, roasted artichokes, is well-rounded, with a slight note of toasted pecans. Value = $4.00

The total value of this box is at least $13.25. The cheery fruit tea is from Germany so the pricing was difficult to find on that, not to mention having it order it from another country. The other teas were from America and the Clouds and Mist and Orange Smoothie came from The Tea Spot and they will send you sample packets for $4, which I would guess are about these size of these packets. The last shipment I received from Tea Sparrow I ended up brewing the teas in hot water then putting them in fridge for iced tea and I loved it! Since summer is coming I think I will do that with these ones also. 

I can't wait to try all of these teas but especially the Blood Orange Smoothie and Clouds and Mist. I would've tried them before posting but I wanted to get this out in case anyone wanted to try and order this for mothers day.  

If you want to give Tea Sparrow a try click on my link and enter the password "teas". You will get your first month for only $8. That's only $2 a pouch, what a great deal!

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

O's Circle of Friends - Special Gift

Back in October Oprah 2014 launched her new O's Circle of Friends subscription. The subscription has three levels of membership and each one offers a little something different. The basic membership is $39 the prime membership is $99 and the premier membership is $199. The prime membership has all the bell and whistles but it's also expensive. I debated on which one to sign up for but because Oprah has the magic touch when it comes to products I opted for the premier membership. I was intrigued by the "test (and keep!)" products component. The total value of the premier membership is $597.00 

I received a package in the mail yesterday from O's Circle of Friends. This came with a card that said it was a special gift for being one of the first to become a Premiere List.

The good:

Oprah: Pretty much everything associated with Oprah turns to gold. 

Price: Three different price levels. 

The not so good:

Value: So far I'm not seeing the value in the premier membership.

This is the front of the book and the inside cover saying what it's about. 

This is my first special gift item. I probably wouldn't have bought this book but it looks like it's worth reading. The value is $17.99

Here are the items I've received so far with this subscription:
One year subscription to O Magazine print & digital. Value = $16.00

(2) Gift subscription to O Magazine. Value = $16.00/ea.

Keepsake Gift Box of luxury items. Value = $122.27

Surprise Gift (Sequin Bangle). Value = $28.00

Test (and keep) product (Tips and Toes Kit from Burt's Bees). Value = $13.00

O's Little Book of Happiness. Value = $17.99

By my calculations I should be getting more items totaling $367.74 coming my way in the next 5 months if they want to honor the $597 value promised.

Verdict: I'm still not too impressed so far. I really hope more "test (and keep)" products make their way to my mailbox. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Friday, April 24, 2015

April Urth Box

The Urth Box tagline is "Discover a Healthier You". Well who doesn't want to do that?  Each month Urth Box sends a box of healthy full size snacks for you to try. They have different types and sizes of boxes the choose from. You can choose a gluten free, diet, classic or vegan box. From that point you choose which size box you want. They have a small box (7-10 items) for $29 a month, medium box (12-15 items) for $39 a month, large box (20-24 items) for $59 a month. Shipping to US is included. If you choose a 3 or 6 month plan you can save up to $10 a month. 

This review is for the small box under a 6 month plan so the box cost me $19 a month. 

Price: $29-$59 a month depending on size of box with discounts offered for 3 or 6 month subscriptions.

This box is available to US and Canada but extra shipping fees apply to Canada. 

The Good:

Variety: They have a variety of boxes to choose from depending on your dietary needs.

Products: They send full size products which is awesome!

The Not So Good:

Price: The price is a little high for a monthly box.

Skip: It doesn't appear there any way to skip.

April Urth Box

Contents of the Urth Box:

Coco Libre Coconut Water with Pineapple. Value = $1.99

1.5 oz. Lesser Evil Super 4 Baked Bean Bites Kale & Roasted Garlic. Value = $1.35

2 oz. Newton's Naturals Go Nutty Cashews Sesame. Value = $??

3 oz. Pretzel Perfection Salted Caramel Clusters. Value = $4.66

Betty Lou's Just Great Stuff Superberry + Acai Bar. Value = $1.97

Fuel for Fire Triple Berry Fruit + Protein Pack. Value = $2.99

1.2 oz. Mr. Popular half-popper corn kernels. Value = $2.00

Good 2 Go Protein Bar in Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. Value = $2.50

2 oz. Chic-a-Peas Baked Crunchy Chickpeas in BBQ. Value = $2.00

4 oz. Dakota Style Savory Bacon Sunflower Kernels. Value = $1.99

The Yes Bar, Mocha Cayenne. Value = $3.00

TerraNut Pnut Punch. Value = $0.80 - great protein shot but tasted like really dry peanut butter. 

Urban Remedy $15 Gift Card. Value = $0 - requires a $50 min purchase. 

The total value of this box is $25.25 plus the value of the Newton's Naturals product. I couldn't find it anywhere and I couldn't get their website to load. If you have been reading awhile you know my issues with coconut water. This one happens to be pineapple flavored. I'm hoping that will make it better. I can't wait to try all of the products in this box, even the coconut water. 

Verdict: This box was great in value and products.

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