Saturday, May 23, 2015

May Graze box - 8 snack pack

Graze sends out a box of four snack size containers of dried fruit, nuts, crackers, dip and dippers, etc.  The boxes are semi-customizable meaning you don't actually get to pick which items you want but you can rate the items you receive from love to never send me this again.  The cost of the box is $6.99 per shipment. You can also choose how often you want the boxes. I have mine set up for every four weeks.

I signed up for this box awhile ago and I'm still under the old pricing plan of $5.00 per shipment. I think it's super cool of them to keep me at the old rate. The price is why I keep this subscription. 

I was checking my subscription online and noticed there was an option to receive a box of 8 snacks instead of 4. I decided this would be a better option for me so I switched to this plan and have it shipped every four weeks. I think this option becomes available after you get your first box. 

Price: $6.99 per 4 pack shipment. This subscription ships to the US only, except Hawaii and Alaska.

The good:

Like Snacks: Are you a snacker like me?  These are perfectly proportioned snack size containers.

Nutritional info: The include nutritional info in each box. It's on the card in the package though, not the actual product.

Skip: You can do this online through your account and it's super easy.

Semi-customizable: You rate items and that's how they choose which items to send you.

The not so good:

Price: The costs ends up being $1.75 per package.  You're paying for convenience but I gotta be honest it was super convenient to pick up a pack and throw it in my lunch bag this morning.

All 8 snacks and I'm super excited about the Thai Tom Yum soup!!

Contents of box:

Oven Roasted Salt & Vinegar Nut Selection, salt and vinegar almonds and peanuts. 

Tropical Dacquiri, pineapple, green mango and lime infused raisins. 

Thai Sweet Chili Bites, sweet chili sauce with baked soy bites. 

Original 3 Seed Protein Flapjack, rolled rustic oak flapjack with flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. 

Iced Cinnamon Bun, cinnamon and honey almonds, yogurt coated sunflower seeds and vanilla cookie drops. 

Strawberries & Cream Granola Yogurt Topper, oat and barley granola, yogurt coated strawberry pieces and freeze dried strawberry pieces. 

Thai Tom Yum Soup, spicy tom yum soup with aromatic lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves served with zucchini, red pepper and rice noodles.

Hickory Smoked BBQ, bbq peas, corn nuts and smoked cashews

I had been hoping the tom yum soup would make an appearance in my box soon. They are a few different varieties to try. The Tom Yum was good but a little spicy

Verdict: I'm really like my Graze boxes for convenient portable snacks. 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

May Birchbox - Cupcakes and Cashmere

Birchbox is a monthly subscription service for beauty items like makeup, skincare, fragrance, etc.  Each month you will receive 4-5 generously sized samples and sometimes full size beauty products.  The cost of this service is $10 w/shipping included.  They also have a yearly subscription which is $110 for the year bringing the cost down to $9.16 a month.

Price: $10 a month or $110 a year pre-paid. 

This subscription is available in the US only.     

The good:

Name Brands.  You will receive items from Benefit, Stila, Pür, Essie, Kerastase, Tarte, etc. 

Cost.  For $10 you can give yourself a little beauty treat.    

Like surprises?  You don't know what's in your box until you receive it.  When you sign up you take a little quiz and the items in the box are supposed to be customized to you.  I have seen pictures of other peoples boxes and they do receive different items.   

Discounts: They have a system where you earn points for referrals and things you buy.  The points allow you to receive discounts on future full size purchases from their shop.  They offer free shipping on items from the monthly box and a $5 flat shipping rate for items that don't qualify for free shipping.  This is a nice feature because if you want to order several different brands you get free or $5 shipping for everything. 

Need a gift? You can gift a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription or you can purchase a gift card in any amount.  There also have a nice option with the gift subscriptions where you can choose to have the 1st box shipped you for giving and subsequent boxes will be shipped directly to the recipient.  Great birthday/holiday gift!

The not so good:

Skip a month?  Currently there is no option to skip a month only cancel.

April Birchbox Cupcakes & Cashmere box. 

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.08 oz. Coastal Scents Revealed 3 eyeshadow quad. Value = $4.00

.05 oz. Harvey Prince Yogini perfume. Value = $4.44

.1 oz. Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Oil. Value = $9.52

.24 oz. Marcelle Hydra-C Energizing Hydrating Gel. Value = $3.43

.16 Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Water. Value = $1.33

The total value of this box is $22.72. I'm not sure why this box has a cupcakes & cashmere theme other than that's the name of the curators book. None of these items say cupcakes or cashmere to me, however I am happy with the items. I'm a fan of the macadamia oil. I use it a few times a week on my hair and I know it really does work. The eyeshadow colors are really pretty and compliment each other nicely. It's a great size for traveling also. I'm going to try the photo finish primer this weekend. We are getting all dressed up and attending a soirée/ball. I'll have to break out all of my finest beauty products. 

The verdict: This box was just about perfect for me. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

May RawSpiceBar - The Andes, Peru

Do you love cooking with new foods and spices? Then you have to check out RawSpiceBar. Each month you will receive 3-4 whole spices or spice blends along with a recipe to use them. Each recipe will use the include spice and will make 8-10 servings. The price of this subscription is just $6.00 a month with shipping included. You have to sign up for a minimum 3 month subscription.  

Price: $6.00 a month (minimum 3 month subscription) w/ shipping included. Discounts for 6 and 12 month subscriptions. Ships to US and Canada.

The good:

Love to cook: If you love cooking with new foods and spices this a fun way to do it. 

Know someone who loves to cook: This makes a great gift!

Price: $6 is a great low price. 

Reduce waste: It's such a terrible thing to buy a jar of spice and have it go to waste. This allows you to try the spice without buying a whole jar. 

The not so good:

Skip: I don't see an option to skip or pause your subscription. 

Buy: I really want them to have a shop on their website where you can purchase more spices you like. 

Inside the shipping envelope is another envelope with the spices.

April RawSpiceBar - The Andes, Peru

Contents of the RawSpiceBar envelope:

.4 oz. packet Peruvian Spice Rub.

.4 oz. packet Aji Amarillo Spices.

.3 oz. packet Pink Peppercorn Blend.

One of the best parts of this subscription is the included recipes. They include ingredients that are easily found at the grocery store. Although I will say one of the recipes calls for a 6 lb. chicken and I don't think I've ever seen a 6 lb. chicken. That's a BIG chicken. 

The recipes are:

Roasted Aji Amarillo Sweet Potato Wedges.
Pink Peppercorn & Sea Salt Voladores.
Peruvian Spiced Roasted Chicken.

Verdict: I think this is a great subscription and I'm really enjoying the new spices.

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