Sunday, March 31, 2013

March Season's Box

Have you heard of SeasonsBox yet? This is another new monthly subscription service but they focus on lifestyle items that focus on the current season.  SeasonsBox  is based out of Canada and they will send 3-5 luxurious full size seasonal must-have products for your home, body and spirit.  For this service you can sign up monthly, quarterly, bi-annually or annually.  The monthly price is $29.95 plus $4.95 shipping.  If you sign up for the 3, 6 or 12 month subscription you get a discount of anywhere from $5-$69.80.

This subscription ships to US and Canada. 

The good:

Products: You get full size products and they send an email before shipment to let you know what's going to be in the box.  This is helpful if you want to skip.

Variety: It's not limited to beauty, health, food, etc.  There is a variety of items in each box.

Themes: I like the theme boxes and I like this this one will focus on seasons, holidays or occasions.

Referral program: If you refer a friend you get $5 and they get an extra product in their first box.

Skip: If you aren't into the box that month you can log into your account and skip.  Awesome!

The not so good:

I can't really think of anything.

The them of this box is Spring into St. Patty's.

Contents of SeasonsBox with approximate retail value:

ShedRain Ecoverse Compact Umbrella from. Value = $32.00

Octavia Emerald Spring Green Tea. Value = $13.00

Vance Kitira Natural Incense Cones with holder. Value = $7.00 - I like the holder but the incense is quite strong when burning. The cones burn quickly which is ok since it's strong.

All Things Herbal Dublin Mint Soap. Value = $5.50

The total value of this months Season's Box is $57.50.  I had actually skipped this months box not because I didn't think the items were nice but because I already have too many of these items. There was a mistake so I received the box anyway but was told I wouldn't be charged for it.  How very nice of them!  I will use all these items but it might be awhile. I do like the green color scheme of everything. I used to burn incense cones quite often but the boyfriend doesn't any type of smoking items so I have to burn candles and such when he's not home. I've decided this week I'm going to start drinking more green tea and I prefer loose tea to packaged so I might try this right away. I actually have about 3 umbrellas in my trunk right now so not sure what I'm going to do with this quite yet.

Verdict:  Great subscription for full size products.

Fresh Dish Home Meal Delivery

I discovered Fresh Dish through Love with Food. They included an information card with a promo code for a discount on their product.  Sadly when I went to check out their offerings I discovered they didn't ship to California. I was hoping to find a replacement for the now out of business Pop-Up Pantry.

I signed up to be notified when they will start delivering in my area. I always do this as opposed to just checking back because I know businesses keep track of things like that and if they are getting a major interest from California then that might speed up the process.  A couple of weeks later I received an email saying they now ship to California!  How exciting.

So here's the basics; Fresh Dish will send you a meal kit that will contain everything you need to prepare a from scratch  meal with 2 or 4 servings. Everything is pre-measured, sliced, diced so you will have a complete meal ready in 30 minutes. They work with professional and celebrity chefs on menus and incorporate some cooking in the meal so you're not just reheating something. Meals arrive via FedEx in a temperature controlled container. All shipments will arrive on a Tuesday before 8 p.m. (why? I'm not sure).
The price is $24 for 2 servings and $32 for 4 servings. Use code FRESH10 for $10 off your first order.

The good:

Time saving: I work long days 12-13 hours sometimes and sometimes 5-6 days a week. The last thing I want to do is cook, even though I enjoy cooking. The nice thing about this is the meal is done in 30 minutes.

Price: The price is $8-$12 a meal depending on if you order a 2 or 4 serving size. I think this is reasonable, considering it's cheaper than eating out and healthier than fast food.

Weekly menu change: They change their menus every week but act fast because some items sell out quickly!

The not so good:

Delivery days: Pop-Up pantry allowed you to choose your delivery day. I would prefer this because most Tuesdays I get home late and the weather here can rise to over 100F. I don't like the idea of my food sitting outside that long in that kind of heat.

Nutritional info: As of yet this isn't included but it's coming soon.

I ordered 2 different 4 servings meals.  This is the box and the inside. The box was fully insulated and their were ice packs inside. I'm saving this box for summer trips to the lake or camping!

Here are my two meals.  Each one was in a separate labeled box. 


My first meal is shrimp fajitas and the second meal is lamb meatballs. 
Here are the instructions and information on what you need and storage info. It should also be noted this came with everything including salt and pepper. I have probably 10 different kinds of salt and pepper (I'm a spice hoarder) so I didn't need this is just an example that they really do include everything. 

I made the Shrimp Fajitas first. It said 4 servings. I ate two tortillas and this much shrimp. The boyfriend had 3 tortillas and the rest of the shrimp. I think this serving size was a little small. We had 6-7 tortillas leftover. I used some of the them for breakfast burritos out of the next day.  


My friend Denise also ordered from Fresh Dish. She ordered the lamb and the Chicken Di Parma with 2 servings. She said her chicken came with 4 chicken breasts and was plenty and even had some orzo left over and ate it the next night with the meatballs.

I think I will  probably order this a couple of times a month. The items aren't frozen so really they need to be eaten within the week. Some items can be frozen like chicken, shrimp and meat but others like the sauces and breads cannot. So make sure if you order you are going to eat it that week! I'm actually not a fan of lamb but the boyfriend is. My thought is I can make this and he can take it for lunch and I can eat something he's not fond of like tofu or soup.

Verdict: Great idea, very useful and I hope they grow and offer more menus.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

March Sample Society Box

Sample Society by Beauty Bar is a monthly service for beauty products that promises 5 fresh deluxe sized samples from luxury brands designed for multiple uses.  You also receive a coupon each month for $15 off a $50 purchase from Beauty Bar and a 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  The cost for this subscription is $15.00 a month.

The good:

The samples: You get deluxe sized samples from luxury brands.   

Information: They include a booklet with beauty tips  

Magazine: You get a free 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  If you already subscribe they will extend your subscription and if you don't want it you can mail in a form for a refund on the value ($12)

Coupon: They send you a coupon with each box for $15 off a $50 purchase.  The catch is your order has to include at least one item from a brand you received that month.  It doesn't have to be the item you received just the same brand.

Referrals: If you refer someone to their site and they make a purchase the company donates up to $30 to charity.  I thought this was a nice gesture.  My referral code is pixiepower. 

The not so good:

Skip a month: There is no option to skip a month, only cancel.

My Sample Society Treasures. 

Contents of box with approximate retail value.

1 oz. Peter Thomas Roth Shampoo. Value = $2.12

FULL SIZE Butter London nail polish. Value = $15.00

FULL SIZE Hollywood Fashion Tape. Value = $9.95

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture. Value = $11.61

Lash Food eyelash conditioner. Value = $10.00

The total value of my Sample Society box is $48.68.  I think this was a great box with great value. I'm always happy to receive shampoo because I use it several times a week.  I've heard awesome things about Butter London polish but have never tried it and I like this blue color. With summer coming I always wear a moisturizer with sunscreen. I've been using the lash stuff from a previous box but I haven't seen a huge difference - admittedly thought I've been slacking on the application. The fashion tape is kind of meh. I have had the occasional need for it but really once one or twice a year. This will probably go in a drawer and get used over the next few years.   

Verdict: I do enjoy these boxes and that value is always way above the $15.00

Friday, March 29, 2013

March Gourmet Spotting Box

Gourmet Spotting is just what the name implies.  It's gourmet food sent to you discovered by the owners during their travels.  One of the tag lines of Gourmet Spotting is "Discover the world from your kitchen" Love it!  They send the best gourmet products from around the world, every month to your doorstep.  For $37.94 a month (the box is $29.99 plus $7.95 shipping) you will receive a box of 4 to 6 medium to full sized hand-picked gourmet products.  In addition to sending you a box of delicious treasures they also donate a meal to charity for every box they ship.  You know I'm a big fan of the meal donations so this made me very happy.  

This subscription box ships to the US only and ships from New York, NY. 

The good:

Gourmet food: Love gourmet food then you will love this.

Price: Great price to be able to try thing that aren't readily available at your local store.  

Pay it Forward: They donate a meal for every box sent.  

Sizes: Not just little sample sizes.  This is enough for everyone or you can keep it all for yourself.  

Information: The sent a flyer (printed on nice heavy card stock) with information on all the products and now they are including the prices which is great for me. 

Want more: The store is up and running!  If you want more of what you tried just go to their website and buy more.  This is awesome because so much of what they send are hard to find specialty items.    

The not so good: 

Skip: The is no option to skip a month, only cancel.  

All the Gourmet treasures!

Contents of box with approximate retail price listed: 

BaCorn, Bacon/Caramel Popcorn & Spicy Spanish Peanuts. Value = $5.00 - This was good but I expected more of a bacon taste. It tasted mostly like caramel corn. I did like the little spice the peanuts added. It took 2 days but I ate the whole bag.  

8.8 oz box of Black Truffle Strangozzi pasta from Italy. Value = $14.99 - I made this and drizzled truffle oil and truffle basalmic (both from previous boxes) and added white prawns to it.  I wanted seconds and thirds!

8 oz. tin of Shortstacks Pancake & Waffle Mix from Georgia, USA. Value = $7.99

Eli Zabar Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie. Value = $4.00 - I wanted to try this just how it is but the boyfriend decided to put it in the bottom of a bowl and pile banana ice cream on top. It was pretty crunchy but I'm guessing that's from getting cold from the ice cream.  I did notice it had big old chocolate chunks in it. 

Eli Zabar Blondie Brownie. Value = $3.61 - I was hoping to try this but I came home to find the empty wrapper on the coffee table. The boyfriend says "oh you would've have liked it, it tasted like brown sugar" I say "I love brown sugar!" he says "oh, it didn't taste anything like brown sugar then." sigh 

The approximate value of this months box is $35.59.  I can always count on the boys to include a little truffle something in the box.  I made pasta the other day and put truffle oil on it. The teenager has now decided she really likes truffle oil, nothing like getting spoiled early. Pancakes and waffles are very popular in my house so the Shortstacks mix is perfect for us.  

****Gourmet Spotting is offering a special discount to my wonderful readers.  Use code TREASURE30 and receive an extra gourmet product in your first box. ****

Verdict: If you're a foodie you will love this box!  I can't wait for next month.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

March KLUTCHclub Box

KLUTCHClub is a monthly subscription service that focuses on health & fitness.  KLUTCHClub ships their boxes out on the 15th of every month.  They advertise that the boxes contain over $50 worth of products or services such as snacks, new workouts or body care regimens to try.  KLUTCHClub offers two types subscriptions, one for women and one for men.  KLUTCHClub allows you to sign up monthly, quarterly or yearly.  The monthly price is $18 a month, quarterly is $51.00 or $17 a month and the yearly is $192 or $16 a month.  Shipping is included in all of these prices.

This subscription is available in the US only and ships from Illinois. 

The good:

Healthy: This box is totally dedicated to health and fitness. If you're just starting to get active this is a fun way to try new products or fitness regimens. 

Need a gift: Have a health nut friend or want to encourage someone? Send them a month, 3 month or yearly subscription.

Information: They send a little info card on the products included in the box. 

The not so good:

Skip a month: No skipping a month option. 

The theme of this months box is aging and longevity. 

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed. 

.65 oz. bag of Skinny Pop Popcorn. Value = $0.55 - We have one of the popcorn makers on wheels and frequently make our own movie theater style popcorn. With that being said it tasted a little dry to me BUT I think if you want popcorn sans the added fat and calories then this is pretty good. 

3.01 oz. Guam Beauty Mud Cellulite Treatment. Value = $11.90

Gift card for 1 month at Lumosity, online brain training. Value = $9.95

10 pk CocoaVia Supplement. Value = $13.32

One month membership at Aligned Signs. Value = $30.00

1 oz. Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist. Value = $3.70 - Smells fruity, I like it. 

1.2 oz bar of Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate bar. Value = $2.09

1.76 oz. Corozonas Blueberry Oatmeal Squares. Value = $1.17

1.5 oz. travel size Crystal Essence Deodorant. Value = $2.29

(3) Davidson's Organics Green Tea in Tropical Green, Sun Moon & Stars and Red Green and White. Value = $0.37/ea.

The total value of this box is $76.08.  I included both gift cards since they won't cost you anything out of pocket.  The aligned signs one looks interesting.  It's basically a website to learn more about your western and Chinese astrological sign and a Myers-Briggs test.  They say then they can link you up with other like minded people based on the results but it is NOT a dating service. Weird. I happen to know my western sign (Cancer) and my Chinese sign (rabbit) and the last time I took the Myers-Brigg was 20 years ago in high school and I think I was a (ISFP). I would be curious to see how if at all that has changed.  All the snacks look great and I will definitely be consuming those.  I was happy about the crystal essence product because I use that brand already (in spray form). I happen to be allergic to aluminum (I know, odd) and it's one of the only brands that doesn't cause me to break out into a rash. I just received the juice beauty product in my ipsy bag but with summer coming I guess hydrating mist isn't a bad idea. I liked this months box a lot.  It had some very unique products in it that I'm curious to try.

Verdict: This box never fails to disappoint. If your into fitness type stuff or know someone who is I highly recommend this box. - I think this would make a great gift for someone who has expressed interest starting an exercise program or changing to a generally healthier diet. 

I am an affiliate for KLUTCHClub.  This means I earn a 20% cash commission if someone signs up for a subscription using my link. This does not affect my opinions in any way.  I purchases these subscription boxes myself. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Raffles and Giveaways

I've decided to start having giveaways for some of the things from my subscription boxes.  These are not "bad" items, they are just things that either aren't my color, duplicates, doesn't work for me etc. All items will be in new unused condition and in the original packaging. If you get something you don't like pass it on to someone else.

On the top of my page is a tab called Raffles & Giveaways, be sure and check it weekly to see if I've posted a new giveaway. Giveaways will last about 5 days. 

My first giveaway is going to include makeup items and a bath product.  Good luck!

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March Beauty Box 5

Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service for beauty products including makeup, skin care, fragrances, nail care, body care, beauty tool and just about anything else beauty related.  Each month you receive 4-5 samples of beauty related items.  They have three ways to subscribe.  You can pay monthly for $12 a month, or quarterly $30 which brings the price down to $10 a month or yearly for $100 which brings the price down to $8.33 a month.  Shipping is included in all these prices.

This subscription ships the the US and Canada from Austin, Texas. 

The good:

The brands.  Well known brands including some eco-friendly ones.

The pricing structure.  I like the options they have, monthly, quarterly and yearly.  Even the quarterly gives you a little bit of a discount.

Like surprises? Boxes ship out on the 15th of every month and you never know what's going to be in it.  I like surprises so this is a positive for me.  Also since this ships out in the middle of the month you get a little treasure towards the end of the month.  Most monthlies ship at the beginning.

Information: They have started including an information cards on the products in the boxes which I love

The not so good:

Skip a month. Currently there is no option for this.  If you want to skip you have to cancel.

Here are all the goodies.  The pictures below are the eyeshadow and a swatch.  


 Contents of box with approximate retail value.  

(2) La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Wipes. Value = $0.67/ea.

FULL SIZE Brazen Cosmetics eyeshadow in Value = $7.49

2 oz. Tree Hut Shea lotion in Tropical Mango. Value = $1.44

1 oz. H2O Plus Spa Sea Salt Body Wash. Value = $1.36

H2O Plus Aqua Firm Eye Lift Concentrate. Value = $10.00

The total value of this month's box is $21.63.  I was happy about everything in this box except the eye cream but only because I have a ton of it right now. There is nothing in this box that won't get used.  I really like the color of the eyeshadow.  It's brown but with a little glitter - nothing wrong with a little glitter is a girls life.  

Verdict: This months box was great.  It's a keeper!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March FabFitFun Box

FabFitFun is the newest celebrity endorsed subscription box to hit the market. This box is curated by Giuliana Rancic a co-host of E! News.  I'll be honest I've heard her name before but I don't know anything about her so her curating didn't influence my decision to purchase but as you can see she puts together a great box!
This box is not a monthly subscription but quarterly meaning 4 times a year. They say that each season you will receive hand-picked, high-end and exclusive gifts including beauty, fashion and fitness products. The items are full sized and premium with a value of $100 or more. As an added bonus randomly selected members will receive super-fab bonus gifts.  The cost of this box is $49.99 billed every 4 months.

This subscription in available in the US only. 

The good:

The Products: You will receive mostly full size and premium products in each box and not just beauty items.

The Brands: They send well known premium brands

Quarterly: This is nice because monthly boxes can cause overload as I'm discovering

The not so good:

Price: The price is a sticker shock, but it's only 4 times a year which would break down to $16.67 a month.

This is the box everything was in. 

This is what it looked like inside. Everything was neatly arranged and had it's own spot. I couldn't believe my eyes looking at all this awesome stuff. 

Here is everything out of the package.

Contents of the inaugural FabFitFun box with approximate retail price/value:

FULL SIZE Moroccan Oil. Value = $43.00

FULL SIZE Zoya Nail Polish in FabFitFun Fuchsia. Value = $8.00

.11 oz. Jouer Lip Gloss in Glisten, sheer sparking pink. Value = $5.00

Think Thin Bar in creamy peanut butter. Value = $1.99

JewelMint Astro Glam necklace. Value = $29.99

FULL SIZE Butter London nail polish in Yummy Mummy. Value = $15.00

FULL SIZE Go Smile on the go Pen. Value = $22.00

FULL SIZE Josie Moran Lip and Cheek Stain in Waltz, soft berry rose. Value = $19.00

The total value of the first FabFitFun box is $143.98.  That's a great value and I think they are some great products in here. The only thing I'm not super excited about is the Jewelmint necklace and only because I had received that necklace once before in a mystery box and traded it with someone for something else. Also I have the Josie Moran product from another box and I still haven't used it - although I like the color. I do still have the matching earrings though so maybe I'll look at again since the universe seems to thing I should have this necklace. I have been using Argan Oil on my hair and really like the way it feels. I've heard great things about Moroccan oil so I'm anxious to give this a try. I think the go smile pen is super cool. I've always wanted to give those items a try but never wanted to pay for it since I'm skeptical about it working. The nail polishes are super pretty and I love that they included one bright one and one subdued one. The lip gloss looks like it's a nice light color and I don't mind the small size so then I can slip it in my pocket. 

Verdict: I thought this box was super great. Since it's quarterly I'm guessing the box will out around June and you can believe I'm getting that one!

Monday, March 25, 2013

March Dumpling Box

Today I'm posting about Dumpling Box which is a monthly subscription for Asian snacks.  This is there third offering and it just keeps getting better and better!  I love trying food from different cultures. Everyone combines their flavors differently in ways that I would never think of.  Also what I've always liked about Asian desserts is they are very rarely extremely sweet.  They have a sweetness but more on the savory side.

Dumpling Box will send you a box of goodies and a little card that tells you what it's called, where it's from and the ingredients.  Perfect!  The cost of this box is $10.00 a month.

This subscription is currently available in the US only and ships from Belmont, Massachusetts

The good: 

Like Asian snacks: This is a great box if you're a snacker and specifically enjoy snacks from the Asian region.

Price: The price is fair considering these are not easily found products.

Information: I like that they include the information on the product with ingredients.

The not so good:

Skip: There is no option to skip, only cancel.

Love all the dumpling box treasures!

Here is a close up of the Uni Crackers, the cola candy and the sesame powder.

Contents of Dumpling box.

Dandy's Coconut Chocolate Wafers, China

Kasurgai Cola Hard Candy, Japan - This contains fizzy bits that foam to simulate the carbonation of energy drinks

Kasurgai Kiwi Gummy, Japan - This contains fizzy bits that foam to simulate the carbonation of energy drinks

Lotte Sasha Milk Chocolate, Japan

Marukawa Variety Gum, Japan

Okaki No Kyoen Rice Crackers, Japan

Puccho Stick Genki Energy, Japan

Sunlight Royal Sesame Powder, Taiwan - This says to mix with hot water and it will turn into a porridge with a sweet taste, creamy texture and high fiber. She says it's quite popular in China

Tenkei Marshmallow Pudding, Japan

Uni Suki Rice Crackers, Japan - The card says this is sea urchin flavored - I tried this and I have to say they are good but they don't taste like sea urchin to me.

I'm not going to attempt to find a value on these items because it would take me way too much time to even find these items.  In my opinion I think it's worth $10 but I love unique foods.  I'm really curious about the Uni crackers because I've had Uni and I can't imagine what it would taste like in cracker form.  Uni is the soft part of the Sea Urchin and it had a creamy texture which to me is the most unique part about it.  The marshmallow pudding looks and feels just like a regular marshmallow so I'm wondering where the pudding part comes in.  

Verdict: I really enjoy this box.  I think it's unique and fun and I'm going to keep subscribing. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My Top 5 Subscription Boxes

Recently someone asked me what my top 5 subscription boxes would be and suggested I do a post with my list.  I've really been thinking about this and it's hard to lump each category together.  The food ones have their benefits and it's really hard to compare them to the beauty ones.  This was truly a challenge but I'm up for it.  I had narrowed it down to 7 which I thought was pretty good but I had to give 2 more the axe.  After much thinking and comparing this is my top 5 list.  This list is in alphabetical order. 

Glossybox - This is a monthly box for premium beauty products.  I really enjoy and use the items they send and I also enjoy the reusable pink boxes the items come in.  The price is $21 a month.

Gourmet Spotting - I love this monthly gourmet food box because the items they send are truly specialty, hard to find, not available in the US and just delicious.  The price of this box is $38.00 a month.

KlutchClub - This is great box if you're into fitness and healthy eating.  I'm by no means a die hard gym person and I'm not a health freak.  I'm probably like most of you I like the try new things when it comes to fitness and healthy eating and this allows me to do that inexpensively.  The price of this box is $18.00 a month.

ipsy bag - This is a monthly subscription for beauty items.  I like this one because it's inexpensive and they frequently send fun products with a great value overall.  The price of this subscription is $10.00 a month.

Nature Box - This is a monthly box for healthy snacks and it's customizable.  We all have time crunches where we sometimes just don't have time to make a good meal.  These snacks are good because they are quick and convenient and WAY better than fast food.  They are good for working peeps, students, peeps with kids, really anyone!  The price of this subscription is $19.95 a month. 

That's my top 5 list in alphabetical order.  I was able to whittle it down pretty quickly to 7 but the last 5 were tough.  These are the 2 that didn't make the cut but it was close. 

Beauty Army - This is a monthly box for beauty items.  I like this one because I like that you can pick the items you want and it comes in a cute reuseable box.  The price of this subscription is $12 a month.

Goodies Co. - This is a monthly box for snack foods.  I like this one because it's inexpensive and has a nice variety of items that can be found at your local store.  The price of this subscription is $7.00 a month.

So there you have it.  This is my top 5 subscriptions and my 2 runner ups.  For now :)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

March Bulu Weight Loss Box

Bulu Box just introduced a new box called the weight loss box.  I've been a subscriber of the original Bulu box for awhile but thought this one might be a better fit for me.  This box will contain a variety of 4-5 weight loss targeting items including but not limited to supplements, fitness tools and healthy eating tools for both men and women. The cost of the box is $10 a month or $110 a year ($10 savings) which brings it down to $9.16 a month. The boxes ship around the 15th of the month so this box will arrive towards the end of every month.  This is a great way to try supplements and weight loss items without spending a ton of money.

This subscription box ships to the US only and ships from Lincoln, Nebraska. 

The good:

New products: Weight loss products can be overwhelming and expensive to try.  This allows you to try new products for a low price.

Samples sizes: The sizes are really decent.  I received multiples of a few items which will allow me to try it a couple of times.

Information: They include a card with the product information on it.

Access to products: There are links to purchase the products on the Bulu website'

Point: You can earn points by reviewing products on their websites. Points can be used for discounts on full
size items. I've used my points to by a protein powder I liked.

Skip a month: No but you can put your account on pause.  It will stay in that status until you reactivate it.

The not so good:

You may get products you won't use or don't want to use.  A lot of people don't like taking supplements which I totally respect but I would say this probably isn't the box for you.

Bulu Weight Loss Box.  

The information card had a couple of handy quick exercises you can do anywhere. 

They also included some recipe cards this month.  

Contents of box with retail price listed.  

Sleep Better:

2.5 bottle of Dream Water with melatonin. Value = $5.00. - I've tried this before and I think it actually works - either that or it's one of the mind trick things like placebo pills.  

All Day Appetite Control:

1 capsule of NRGX Labs Red Stinger. Value = $0.67

Pre Workout Motivation:

1 packet w/ a half serving Prolab Quick Fire drink mix. Value = $0.55

Weight Loss Habit:

FULL SIZE XyloBurst Gum. Value = $1.29

Increase Metabolism:

.17 oz. packet Barlean's Omega Swirl Fish Oil. Value Value = $0.28

Healthy Energy:

2 capsules of Redd Remedies trueENERGY. Value = $1.04

iTrain gift card. Value = $50.00

The total value of my Bulu box is $58.83. I counted the gift card because you can purchase quite a few of the workouts listed for $50.  The only bad part is you have to have an MP3, although it seems most people have one nowadays.  I think I have 3 iTrain gift cards now so when my knee is healed up I should be go to go with personal workouts!  All the other stuff in the box is ok.  I take fish oil everyday and I'm willing to try the energy supplements.

Verdict: This box was better for me than the regular box.  I'll see what next month brings. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Book and Beauty Cravebox

Cravebox isn't a monthly subscription service they just send of boxes of really cool stuff if you are lucky enough to get picked.  Here's how it works.  Sign up on their website to be notified when a box becomes available they will send you an email telling you the drawing is open and what the price of the box will be.  If you choose to enter you will get an email about a week later telling you if you've been chosen or not.  They don't tell you what's in the box, just the theme of the box.  A lot of times they also have an option where you can purchase the box right then for a couple of dollars more than the drawing price. I used this option for the Cooking Light Box because I really wanted those boxes.

The price of this box was $12 but not only did I get picked to get it, I got it for free!  I received an email saying that I was a referral program winner for the Book and Beauty Box and since I was a top point earner in referral I would get this box free!  How cool is that!

These boxes are available in the US only and ship from Aurora, Colorado. 

The good: 

Themed Boxes: While you don't know what exactly is coming in your box you know the general theme and the price it will be.  

The price: I don't think.  It ranges from $10-$18 but they always tell you what it will be before you enter.   

Referral program: If someone lists your user name as a referral you earn points which may get you a free box.  Also it's retroactive meaning you can add someones user name even if you signed up months ago.  I wish it were clickable link but it's very cool none the less. My user name is pixiepower. 

The not so good: 

Value. Every now and then the value doesn't add up (read my Cooking Light Selects Box Review). 

Here is my Book and Beauty Cravebox!

This was also in the box. Looks like an ad for Arbonne cosmetics. Wonder how that distributor was able to put this in Craveboxes. Awesome advertising for her. 

Contents of box with approximate retail value listed: 

4 oz. John Frieda Full Repair Deep Conditioner. Value = $9.99

3 oz. Vaseline Total Moisture lotion. Value = $2.99

1 Biore Nose Strip. Value = $1.00

.24 oz. packet of Biore Combination Skin Cleanser. Value = $0.27

.25 oz. packet of Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub. Value = $0.37

Mistress of My Fate by Hallie Rubenhold in Hardcover. Value = $25.99

The total value of the Book and Beauty Cravebox is $40.61.  I was super curious about what book we were going to receive.  I was really hoping it wasn't a romance novel because I've never been into those and probably wouldn't read it.  I started reading this book and so far it seems pretty good.  I'm only on the second chapter and the only reason I stopped there was because I was exhausted and my vision was blurring.  I'm very happy with getting lotion and hair stuff because that is something I will definitely use.  I'm also happy with the Biore products because it's something I used to use awhile ago and for some reason stopped.  I'll be honest I can't wait to use the nose strips.  It's nice seeing a product actually work and seeing all the gunk it gets out of your nose.    

Verdict: This was a great box and thanks to my readers I got it free!  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March Blush Box

Blush is a company that is associated with Dermstore.  Recently Blush announced they would be selling a monthly mystery beauty box.  You can make a one time purchase for $34.95 or subscribe monthly for $24.95.  Both prices include shipping. It made absolutely no sense to me to pay $10 more when I could just cancel the subscription if I didn't like it.  Each month Blush says they will send a box full of products handpicked by their panel of beauty experts of mostly full size and some travel-size products worth at least $100.  The subscriptions are limited and last month sold out quickly.  It looks like this month there are still some available.  What I don't know is if everyone gets the same box.  I don't think they do because I was reading one of the reviews and someone mentioned getting shampoo and conditioner which I didn't receive in my box.

I happy to be outside with my neighbor when UPS pulled up in front of my house and handed me the box.  The first thing I thought and said was "Oh, it's heavy how exciting".

I believe this subscription is available to the US only, they don't really say on their website. 

The good:

Size: There were four full size products in this box and they were premium products to boot!

Price: If they continue to send great products with a value of at least $100 that's 4 times the value.

Want more: Since they have a retail website reordering is easy and all these products were easily found.

The not so good:

Price: This is one of the higher priced subscriptions but the products seem to be premium.

Skip: Their website is not user friendly.  I couldn't find an option to skip or cancel.

Here are all the goodies in my Blush Box.

This is the eyeshadow close up.  

Contents of Blush box w/approximate retail price listed, also note ALL items are full size. 

Intelligent Beauty Labs Rescue Oil Hair Serum. Value = $50.00

Burt's Bee's Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion. Value $7.99

3LAB Perfect Cleansing Foam. Value = $40.00

Exuviance Rejuvenating Treatment Masque Value = $39.00

Raw Color duo color eyeshadow in Kalahari Value = $28.00 retail but was on sale for $22.40. 

The total value of this mystery beauty box is $159.39.  I gotta be honest this box was a definite hit for me.  Not only was the value amazing I will use everything in it! I love anything hair related especially stuff that will help keep it healthy since I color my hair. Face cleansers and masks always get used.  I found it interesting they sent baby bee lotion but hey lotion is lotion and I love Burt's Bee's. I thought the eye shadow was great, a perfect neutral color and I love that it's a duo.  The really cool thing was all this stuff could be found on the Blush website which is where I got the pricing from.

Verdict: This box is a hit and becoming one of my favorites!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March Julibox Collection No #7

Julibox is a subscription box for those who like the beverages of the adult variety. Each month Julibox sends out a recipes for two different cocktails and all the ingredients necessary to make them (minus any fresh fruit).  Each cocktail will be enough to serve two people so basically you get four cocktails per box.  Julibox cost $40 if you do a month to month membership and can go as low as $36 a month if you sign up for a 6 month membership.  Shipping is included in all prices.  The nice thing about the 3, 6 or 2 month memberships is they don't bill you in advance they still be you once a month.  I signed up for a 6 month subscription and this is my third box.

They say you can buy more of anything you like in their shop but when I clicked on their store page the only thing for sale were some older boxes which were all sold out.

This months theme is "I Love Paris in the Springtime"

This subscription only ships in the US and only to certain states that don't have restrictions on alcohol shipments.  The package ships from Brooklyn, New York via UPS and requires adult of 21 years or older to sign. 

The good: 

Like new drinks: This is a great way to try new drinks without buying a full size bottle of alcohol.

Need a gift: You can gift Julibox. What a better way to say thanks than with a cocktail.

Monthly billing: I like that if you sign up for 3 months or longer they still bill you monthly.  If you cancel before the end of the subscription term they will charge you $15.00 This seems like a fair deal to me.

The not so good:

Price: The price ends up being $9-$10 per drink which is right around regular bar prices.  The benefit is you can drink in the comfort of your own home.

This is an example of the email that is sent about a week before the package arrives.  It tells you what fresh produce you will need to go with your cocktails.  

This is what it looks like when you open the box.  The glass bottle are wrapped in bubble wrap and tissue paper.

Here are the bottle and recipe cards for each drink. 

Cocktail #1 Les Deux Magot

100 ml bottle of Banks 5 Island Rum. Value = $3.99

50 ml bottle of St. Germain. Value = $4.99

The total value of this cocktail is $4.49 per drink. 

Cocktail #2 Pear Flower

(2) 50 ml bottle of St. Germain. Value = $4.99/ea.

(2) 50 ml bottle of Grey Goose La Poire. Value = $5.99/ea.

can of Perrier. Value = $1.50

The total value of this cocktail is $11.73 per drink. 

The total value in this box is $32.44.  That's about $8.11 per drink and the cost of the box is $9-$10 per drink. I thought the value of this box was great and I'll be honest I was super happy to see Grey Goose in the box. That stuff is delicious!.

Verdict: I'm liking this box more and more.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Julep Spring Mystery Box

Julep mystery box time!  Julep had a special for a Spring mystery box that I couldn't pass up since their mystery boxes are almost always a great value. The price of this mystery box was $24.99 ($5 more than usual) For your $24.99 they guaranteed you would receive $70-$200 worth of treats and a guaranteed mystery color in each box.  Also one lucky box included 3/4 carat diamond earrings.  Since the price had gone up $5 I only ordered one box this time.

Let's see what I got....

This is my Spring mystery box. The packing slips said it was mystery box #3

These are the four colors I received.  Surprisingly I don't have any of these colors!

Claire, It Girl, Bright Sky Blue Creme. Value = $14.00

Portia, Boho Glam, Sheer Tropical Blue with Opalescent glitter. Value = $14.00

Parker, Bombshell, Golden Tangerine Creme. Value = $14.00

Camille, Classic with a Twist, Value = $14.00

American Beauty Volumizing mascara. Value = $24.00

One-step polish removing pad. Value = $1.00

Julep nail file. Value = $1.00 - great file, I keep them all over the house

3 Spring colored hair ties. Value = $3.00 - love this things, I use them everyday!

3 chocolate eggs

The polish came wrapped in a reusable cloth gift bag with a to/from tag. 

The total value both my mystery boxes is $85.00.  I'm guessing the mystery color is Camille because they don't have any information on it online yet and everyone seemed to get this color in their box.  I had been wanting to try the mascara but didn't want to pay for it so this was great for me.  I absolutely love this little hair ties even though I find they stretch out quite easily.  I can't have enough of them. I've tried to Julep glass file and didn't like it but their basic one is awesome.    

Verdict: This was a great mystery box even though the price went up by $5.  I'm totally happy with it. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

ModCloth - vintage inspired clothing

ModCloth is a online shopping place for vintage inspired clothing.  They have a large selection of dresses, shirts, bottoms, skirts, accessories and even item for your home.  The price vary widely and what I like most about them is the range of sizes they offer from XS-22W.  I've never been lucky enough to purchase from their mystery boxes because by the time I was able to make a purchase they had always sold out of my size.  

I'm home this week recovering from knee surgery (good for my knee, bad for my Visa!) so I was able to jump on this sale.  I've heard other people talk about the amazing items they have received in their mystery boxes so we will see.....
If you are interested I would suggest acting now before the sizes sell out!

I have included my referral link which will get you $15 off a $50 purchase but I'm not sure that works on the mystery items.  

March NatureBox

Nature Box is a food related monthly subscription that sends 15-20 servings of delicious snacks from 4-6 different items.  Their products contain no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, no trans fat, no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors.  The cost for this subscription is $19.95 shipping included.  In addition for every Nature Box sent out they donate a meal through Feeding America.  I had heard new members were able to customize their boxes but they that was not available for existing subscribers.  I ended up canceling my membership and resubscribing so I could customize my box but I still wasn't able to figure out how to do it.  There is a little note under my account that says this feature is coming soon.  Ugh!

This month the theme of the box is "Spring Training"

This subscription is available to all US states and ships from San Carlos, California

The good:

Good for you: You get snacks for you and your family that are good for you. 

Variety: There is something for everyone, fruit, nuts, rice crackers.

Skip a month: Yes you can skip a month or have your box sent to a friend.  The not so good is you have to call in order to do this.  There is no online option for this feature but they are working on it.  

Need a gift: You can send a 3, 6 or 12 month gift subscription.  Perfect for college students, frequent travelers, moms, singles, really anyone!

The not so good:

Customize: Your supposed to able to customize your choices but I can't figure out how that works. 

Want more: Love you snack and want to order more?  Currently they don't have an option to purchase more but they are working on making that a possibility. 

My Nature Box Treasures. 

Contents of my Nature Box:

(4) 1 oz. servings Honey Mesquite Almonds - pretty good but not fantastic. 

(5) 1 oz. servings Roasted Kettle Kernals - these are like corn nuts on sweet.  They are great!

(2) servings Granny Smith Apple Rings

(4.5) 1 oz. serving Toasted Cheddar Stix - These are pretty good alone but I added them to my tomato soup and it added the perfect texture and cheddar flavor. 

(4) 1 oz. serving Sunshine Chips - I wanted to like these but I could taste the oil, I think I would prefer them baked. 

Recipe for Crunchy Kettle Monkeys from MOMables - uses the roasted kettle kernals.

Its hard to determine a value of the products because there is so much variation in this type of food.  I looked at a couple of organic dried fruit items online and they were about $4.50 a bag.  I know when I've purchased nuts before in a package or bulk it's about $3-$5 depending on the brand, etc.  What I received this month works out to be $4.00 a bag and I think that's pretty average for these type of snacks. I like that that send a variety of items because I enjoy the mixed nuts items but the boyfriend is more of a dried fruit kind guy.

Verdict: Great variety of items and great healthy snacks but I really want to be able to customize!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

March Yumvelope

Yumvelope is a subscription service centered around food and snacks.  Each month you receive a large USPS envelope filled with yummy goodies.  The cost for this service is $21 plus $3.00 shipping or you can sign up for a month to month subscription for a flat $21.00.  If you like what you get then you can sign up for 6 months for $126.00 w/shipping included and a bonus shipment (I'm guess that means an extra month free). With your payment they promise to all natural hand picked delicious items in each envelope.  Yumvelope has also started a meal donation program for each envelope purchased, and you know I'm a big fan of that. 

This subscription is available is the US only and ships from Illinois. 

The good:

Variety: There is a good variety of items.  

Discounts: The try and send a promo code for each product so you can order your favorite products at a discounted price.  

Size: They send full size or close to full size products which is always nice.  

Meal donation: For every Yumvelope shipped they donate a meal.  

The not so good:

Skip: No option to skip a month 

Yumvelope Treasures! 

Contents of box with approximate retail value/price listed.  

Biscotti Bari Pistachio Dark Chocolate Biscotti. Value = $2.00?? - Great with coffee, otherwise hard. Nice chocolate chunks inside.  The boyfriend said "this is really good biscotti"

Biscotti Bari Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti. Value = $2.00?? - Same as above except I missed the lemon flavor when I dipped it in my coffee

Liz Lovely Gluten Free Snickerdoodle cookies. Value = $3.99

Liz Lovely Chocolate Moose Dragon cookies. Value = $3.99 - the boyfriend and I agreed this was the best dang cookie ever!!!!! It was soft, chocolately and downright fantastic!

Blanxart Chocolate Negro chocolate bar from Spain. Value = $3.45

Pecadero Fig Bar from Spain. Value = $2.50??

Good Life Cranberry Cherry Granola. Value = $6.50

The total approximate value of this Yumvelope is $24.43.  I couldn't find any prices on the Biscotti or Fig Bar so I made a guess. The first thing I noticed is the envelope was stuffed with food this month.  The second thing I noticed was how heavy the cookies are.  They are some seriously dense cookies! The boyfriend wants to break them up put the in a bowl, put ice cream and caramel sauce on top and eat them that way. I'm just hoping to try one before they are all gone. I love figs and dark chocolate so both chocolate bars are great. I'm kind of over the granola but the teenager likes it and she was excited about it.  Can't wait to try the biscotti as they are two of my favorite flavors - which one to try first.

Verdict: I've really been enjoying my Yumvelopes, I'm going to keep this subscription going. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Original OG Sack

A while back I received a discount code for $30.00 off the purchase of The Original OG Sack from my KlutchClub Box.  I didn't plan on using the coupon but I went to the website to check out their bags and I liked the concept. 

OG stands for original green which is the principal element in all their designs.  They feel reducing your carbon footprint shouldn't entail carrying a poorly made tote bag decorated with a trite design.  Now while I agree with the poorly made part I disagree with the second part.  I happen to like some of the trite designs on my poorly made grocery bags. 

The folks at OG put a lot of thought into the design of their bags.  The made in inside liner removable and washable.  The bag itself has a wide body with a slim design so it fits into gym lockers.  It has a convertible strap so you can carry your bag as a tote, backpack or messenger bag.  Last but not least for each OG purchased one bag will be planted in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. 

The bags range in price from $75.00-$80.00 and come in 6 different colors.  I choose the olive colored sack. 

This is the actual bag.  As you can see it had lots of storage pockets.  

This is the bottom of the bag.  It's pretty wide to hold lots of stuff.  

This is the bag of the bag with the padded backpack straps.  There is also a removable strap to make it tote or messenger style.  

This is the inside.  It's hard to tell but the bag is pretty deep and the lining actually pulls up a little bit to give you extra room if you need it (kind of like expanding your luggage using the zipper).  The liner has a string closure mechanism and is removable and machine washable.  

This bag was way better than expected.  I haven't actually used it yet but it seems really durable and well made.  I will probably use it for camping or taking with me on bike rides.  The other cool this about this is you can buy an optional insert to make your back into a cooler.  That would be perfect for picnics or camping or just taking to your friends back yard BBQ.  

Verdict: I really like this bag and I have a feeling I'm going to find many uses for it.  

**I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Original OG Sack.  I purchased this item myself.