Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July Klutch Club Women's Box

I decided to renew my subscription to KLUTCHClub. The sent me an offer I couldn't refuse. I was able to get a years subscription for half off. It's kind of tricky though because the box itself is $8.00 and shipping is $8.00 making the box $16.00 a month. The 50% off is only taken off the box price of $8 not the total price. Anyway it was still a good deal and made a years subscription $144 or $12 a month. I have always been happy with the value and products in these boxes.

Yeah, Yeah that's all fine and good but what the heck is KLUTCHClubKLUTCHClub 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.  I've a had a few months where the value was lower than the $50 promised but still higher than the price of the box. I don't count gift certificates or coupons that require out of pocket money in order to use them. KLUTCHClub offers three types subscriptions, one for women and one for men and now one for moms.  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 month is "Host The Perfect Summer Bash With These Healthy and Gluten Free Goodies"

This is the magazine, gift cards and come coupons that were also included. 


Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed. 

Good Greens Soy Greek Yogurt Bar in Blueberry Bliss. Value = $2.99

(2) Botanical Interests Wheatgrass Seed packs. Value = $1.69/ea. 

30 ct. bottle Puritan's Pride Raspberry Ketones. Value = $2.99

5 pk. Flavrz Organic Drink Mix in Revive. Value = $6.25

Nawgan Alertness Beverage in Mandarin Orange. Value = $2.08

PowerBar Performance Energy in Banana Blueberry. Value = $2.49

PowerBar Performance Energy in Apple, Mango, Strawberry. Value = $2.49

1.5 oz. bag Beanfield Chips in Salt n' Pepper flavor. Value = $1.50

Earnest Eats Dark Choco Espresso Bar. Value = $1.75

Delight Gluten Free Magazine. Value = $5.95

BistroMD gift card. Value = $75.00 - 5 day meal plan is $130 and a 7 day is $160

Waves Gear gift card. Value = $25.00 - Sunglasses are $30 with about $5 shipping, so out of pocket would be about $10 - not bad if you want some inexpensive sunglasses.  

The total value of this months box is $31.87. I didn't include gift cards because both of them require an out of pocket expense. This is one of those boxes where they don't make the $50 (if you don't count the gift cards) but the value is till more than I paid and I'm happy with everything they sent. I might even try the BistroMD meals. With the coupon you can get 7 days of breakfast, lunch and dinner for $85 or $12 a day. My only problem will be finding freezer space, right now it's pretty full. I think that's a great deal since one lunch meal out is at least $7-$12 and probably not as healthy. I will probably use the sunglasses gift card also. The teenager likes these type of sunglasses and the nice thing is they float, so they are perfect for being around water. The PowerBar things have been popping up everywhere. This must be their new product. I don't eat gluten free on purpose but the recipes in the magazine look good. I'm more of a water purist meaning I don't put flavors in my water but I'll be honest the times I've used additives I've drank more water so maybe there is something to it. I've used Raspberry Ketones before and didn't notice a difference in anything but I'll try them again cause why not.


Verdict: Even though this box is less than the $50 promised it's still more value than I paid and I'm happy with the products inside. I'm even thinking I may use the gift cards from this box. 


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July BarkBox

Since we have a new fur baby in our household I have decided it's time to resume my reviews with BarkBox.  Human loves treasures and I know dogs love treasures so why not a box for them?  BarkBox is based out of New York and every month they will send your pooch a box of goodies for their very own. The cost of this service is $19.00 to $29 a month.  All plans include shipping.  Monthly is $29.00, 3 months is $72.00 ($24 a month) and 6 months is $114.00 ($19.00 a month).  You tell them what size dog you have (small & cute under 20lbs, just right 20-50lbs or  big & bold over 50lbs.) and they send items for that type of dog.  The company also donates 10% of their profits to a shelter every month.  How awesome is that!  

The Good: 

Pets - Lots of people have dogs and it can be hard to figure out what products work.  This is a great way to try stuff out without spending a ton of money.  

Donation - 10% doesn't sound like much but it all adds up. The shelters can use all the help they can get.  
Semi-customized - your 10lb. Chihuahua won't be receiving a toy larger than it's whole body.  (Although I know lots of Chihuahua's that like to think they are bigger than they are and would love the challenge)
Need a gift - It's like a shower gift for someone with a new fur baby.  How cool is that.  Congrats on your new bundle of fur, here's 3 months of goodies to get you started.  

Pricing options: I like that they have different pricing structures.  $29 is kind of a lot per month but $114 for 6 months is much more reasonable. 

Dog like surprises? - Dogs usually love surprises. Everything is a surprise to them.  They can join in the surprise fun with you when you open their box cause you won't know what you get until it gets to you.  

Referral program: They have an awesome referral program. For everyone you refer you get a free box and they get $5 off!

Need a gift: Know someone whose adopted a new pup. This makes an awesome gift!

The not so good:

Skip a month. This is not an option

Dog doesn't like it? This may happen. Our older dog didn't care much for the toys so we donated them to the shelter. This girl is picky about her toys so we may still end up donating a couple of items but I don't mind. The shelter could use the extras. 

Funny Side note: 
I found this under the FAQ section of the BarkBox website:

Question: If I cancel in the middle of my subscription, will I still get all of my boxes?
Answer: You will definitely receive all of the boxes from your subscription, but don't be surprised by an rebellious brown smelly "presents" left on the living room floor when your dog learns of a BarkBox cancellation. ; )

Well played Barkbox, well played...

                       
Sorry about the blurry pic. This came the day we were leaving for a road trip and I wanted to take some of this with us so I quickly took a picture. 


Contents of the Bark Box with retail price: 

Wigzi pocket bone treat stuffer and chew. Value = $7.99 - Maddie wasn't too into this. She will be donating this to her friend at the shelter where we got her. 

Max & Ruffy's Natural Organic Dog Treats in coconut, molasses and flax flavor. Value = $7.25 - I was surprised Maddie ate this. Didn't think she would like flax but guess she doesn't mind. 

No Grainers Training Size Soft Chews. Value = $4.99

Mr. Barksmith's Smoothies for Dogs in peanut butter flavor. Value = $1.33

Safemade Silicone flexi-bowl. Value = $4.99 - We took this our on coastal road trip. I think it makes a better food than water bowl. It took a lot of water to fill it up and we ended up tossing a lot of it. This now has a permanent place in her to-go bag.  

(2) Clear Conscious Pet Tender Stikz. Value = $1.79/ea. 

The total value of this box is $28.34.  This is what I would call a break even box. If you have a monthly subscription it's about the same value if you have a 3 or 6 month then it's a deal. I was happy with this box especially the dog bowl. We literally were packing up and I checked the mail before we left and this was in it. We were going to use some of my plastic food containers but this worked out much better. I was kind excited about the jerky looking things. Jerky for dogs? How cool is that?



Verdict:  Great box for the four legged kids in your house.


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July Julibox - Collection Number 11 Caipirinha and Mayan Sunset

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 bill you once a month.  I sign up for 6 months at a time which takes the price down to $36.00 billed monthly.

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 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.

Don't like the drink: Well at least you don't have full size bottle sitting around not being used.

This months cocktails are Caipirinha and Mayan Sunset. Theme is Latin Lovefest.


Cocktail #1 Caipirinha

200 ml bottle of Leblon Cachaca Rum Value = $8.99

Total value = $8.99 for 3 drinks. This actually made 3 drinks which was nice. The drink was very good and simple to make. Just muddle lime and sugar, add rum and stir. I liked it and would make it again. 

Cocktail #2 Mayan Sunset

50 ml bottle Grand Marnier. Value = $4.99

(2) 50 ml bottles Herradura Anejo Tequila Value = $7.49/ea. 

Total value = $19.97 for 2 drinks.

The total value in this box is $28.96. This was a much better than last months. It's a about $7 less than the $36 I paid but I'm finding it mighty convenient to be able to try these drinks without having to buy full bottles of alcohol. I like the little cards also. I've been making notes on them and keeping them for reference.


Verdict: This box has grown on me. While the value is almost under the $36-$40 dollars I like being able to try new drinks.


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Sunday, July 28, 2013

July Blush Box

Blush is a company that is associated with Dermstore and Blush started 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 sell out quickly.

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

The good:

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.

                 
July Blush Box

This color is gorgeous!
                        

Contents of Blush box w/approximate retail price listed

FULL SIZE Deborah Lippmann 3D Holographic Nail Color in Ray of Light. Value = $19.00

.5 oz. Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex SPF15. Value $34.50

FULL SIZE Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance 24H Lotion. Value = $19.99

10 pack. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Exfoliating Self Tanner glow pads. Value = $18.00

FULL SIZE Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray. Value = $22.00

.25 oz. Bioelements Quick Refiner. Value = $3.83

FULL SIZE Emani Lip Shine in Blush. Value = $16.00

Free Sample:

.10 oz. Airbrush Eye Cream. Value = $9.07

The total value of this mystery beauty box is $133.32 or $142.39 with the free sample. I thought this box was great. The nail polish alone almost pays for the box. I've tried the Lumene products from another box and thought it really did work. I usually apply it at night before bed. I don't use hairspray much mostly because I don't like the way it feels. I'm curious about this self-adjusting stuff though. How does it know how firm I want the hold? The Bioelements products is another one I will use before bed. I use creams with SPF in during the day which the Hydroxatone will be great for. I'll use the self-tanner pads eventually. I prefer that to tanning and we have a day at the lake with some friends coming up soon.

Verdict: I was really happy with this months box. The only product I may not use is the lip shine only because I have so much already.  

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

New addition to our family!

The boyfriend and I have been looking at adopting another fur baby. We looked at puppies but I felt like our work schedules are way to crazy to raise and train a puppy. We also debated on what type of dog to get. The boyfriend wanted a larger dog while I wanted a medium size dog. We both agreed we didn't want a tiny pup and we wanted a dark short haired dog since we wear dark clothes for work.

We searched online through petfinder and the local shelters and found lots of possibilities. We saved our favorites and I consulted with my friend whom also happens to be an animal control officer and has lots of experience with dogs. We went over our list of potentials and she basically said no to all of our choices for various (good) reasons. I told her what we were looking for and she said she had a dog at the shelter that she thought we should meet. I work in the same building as she does so she went to the shelter and brought the dog back to our office and I fell in love. The boyfriend also works at the same place so I called him and told him he had to come see what our friend had found for us.  

We took her home for a sleepover to see how she got along in our house and with our kitties. I brought her back to work with me the next day and told our friend to start the process cause she she had found her new fur ever home. 



Maddie

Maddie keeping me company at work. 

Look at those eyes. 

All stretched out after a full day of playing with her toys. 


Everyone keeps asking what type of dog she is but honestly I have no idea. She has the look and personality of many breeds. The shelter said she is a Chihuahua mix and our vet said she looked like a combination of miniature pinscher, shiba inu, jack russell, or some kind of terrier. He thought she was too big to have chihuahua. She is 18lbs 6oz and about 5-6 years old. We are thinking Manchester Terrier with miniature pinscher as the main breed with something else mixed in. 

I have decided to have a doggy DNA test done because curiosity is getting the better of me. Anyone have any guesses?


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Friday, July 26, 2013

July Goodies Taster's Box

Goodies Co. is a monthly subscription that sends out 5-8 trial sized food products for $7 a month w/shipping included.  Yep just $7 for this tasty little box!  Goodies Co. is a Wal-Mart brand which to me means these products should be readily available should you want more.

The good:

Price: $7 is a very reasonable price to pay for a box of snacks to try.

Points: If you write a quick review on their website you can earn points for rewards.  It takes 300 points to earn a free box.   

Want more: You can log onto their website and purchase the things you enjoyed from your box.  

Skip: You can put your account on pause for up to 3 months at a time. You can do it online and it's super easy.

The not so good:

Information: They used to include an information card with the product name and price but they stopped doing that. Not a big deal really but I miss it.


July Goodies Box

Contents of box with approximate retail value:

Glaceau Fruit Water in Strawberry Kiwi. Value = $2.40
2.75 oz bag Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers. Value = $1.29 - I don't know what I was expecting with these but they were like a jelly bean. They did have a really good cherry flavor but jelly beans aren't my favorite thing. 
2 oz. The Better Chip, Spinach & Kale. Value = $0.99 - I thought these were absolutely delicious. I would buy these again and dip them in salsa or pico de gallo. 
.7 oz. Cosmos Creations Salted Caramel popcorn. Value = $0.70 - I love this stuff. I got some before in another box. 
.5 oz. Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers in Sea Salt. Value = $0.50 - I like these as well. They aren't as good as the Spinach & Kale chips but pretty decent. 
The total approximate value of my Goodies Co. Box is $5.88. I'm slightly disappointed in the value of this box. Usually it's much better. I think they could have thrown a little extra something in there to bump it up to at least $7. With that being said there were some fun snacks in here. I really liked being able to try the Spinach & Kale chips. I would buy those again.

Verdict: This box is pretty good considering it's only $7.00 a month even though this one was lacking a little in value. 


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The boyfriend got to this first and this is what he left me in the bag. His excuse was that there wasn't a lot in there to begin with.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

July Love with Food Box

Love with Food is a monthly subscription box filled with food.  Each month is a different theme and you will receive 5+ gourmet food items. The price is $10 plus $2 for shipping a month or you can sign up for a 6 month plan and shipping is only $1 or a yearly plan and shipping is free which makes the boxes an even $10. In addition to yummy treats for every box sold they donate a meal to a hungry child.

Love with Food has provided a code for $2.00 off for my readers.  Use code TREASUREVIP

This subscription is only available in the US and ships from Santa Clara, California. 

The good:

The price: $10-$12 is a reasonable price to pay for yummy treats AND you're donating a meal. 

Need a gift: You can send a 3 or 6 month subscription to a friend.  Who wouldn't love getting tasty treats in the mail?

Variety: You get a lot of variety in each box. 

Discounts: You can earn points for discounts off future full size product purchases by submitting reviews on their website or referring new members. 

The not so good:

Skip a month: Skipping is not an option.  If you don't want a box you will have to cancel. 


This months box theme is Fun on the Boardwalk. Also this month they donated not one but TWO meals to food banks in Oklahoma.


Contents of box with estimated value/retail price listed:

Kukuruza Hawaiian Sea Salted Caramel Popcorn. Value = $2.50??? - Good popcorn.

.5 oz. Vermont Smoke and Cure BBQ Beef Stick. Value = $0.78 - The boyfriend ate this. He said they were a little greasy but good. 

1 oz. Lord Nut Levington Rebel Mary Peanuts. Value = $1.17 - A nice amount of spicy on these. The boyfriend didn't realize they had spice and took a big handfuls. Ha Ha

(2) Angel Mint Orange Salt Water Taffy. Value = $0.25/ea. - These were good, nothing spectacular but tasted like orange.

(4) Twangerz Snack Topping. Value = $0.25

Uncle Henry's Handmade Sourdough Pretzel. Value = $2.36 - This was ok for a nice crunchy snack.

Nature's Bakery Strawberry Fig Bar. Value = $1.75

NECCO Candy Classic Wafers Value = $0.22

The total approximate value of this box is $9.53 give or take a little for the popcorn. I thought this was a nice summer themed box. I haven't figured out how I'm going to use the salt topping yet. I'm not a added salt person but I hear they are delicious. I love the Nature's Bakery bars and this new strawberry flavor sounds good. I haven't seen NECCO wafers in ages. I actually don't care much for them but they boyfriend seemed to like them. Other people received hello fresh gift cards in their boxes. I didn't get one but that service is not available in my area. It seems like it would be a lot of work the separate out the boxes my region.

Verdict:  The Love with Food boxes are about even in value but they send some fun products.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July ipsy bag

Ipsy bag sends out 4-5 samples and a makeup bag for $10 a month with shipping included. If you sign up yearly it's $110 which brings the price down the $9.16 a month with shipping included.  I've been with them for over a year now and have really enjoyed it overall.  They constantly have a high product value with products that I use.

This subscription is available to the US and Canada. 

The good:

The samples.  They seem to include at least one full size sample each month, which is nice.    

The packaging. Each month the products come in a cute makeup bag for all your goodies.

Discounts: The almost always offer a discount on any additional purchases you want to make. 


The not so good:

Skip a month? There is no option to skip a month.  You have to cancel.

July Beach Beauty ipsy bag


Pretty in Plum nail polish by Nicole

Contents of bag with value and approximate retail price:

.1 oz. pop beauty pouty pop crayon in fuchsia flirt. Value = $4.16

.08 oz. Benefit benetint rose tinted lip and cheek stain. Value = $6.00

.23 oz. Coola mineral sunscreen tinted moisturizer SPF20. Value = $5.04

BH Cosmetics California Collection eyeshadow sample. Value = $1.00??

1.7 oz. Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray. Value = $6.65

clear pink makeup bag.

Bonus item for referrals:

FULL SIZE Nicole by OPI Pretty in Plum nail polish. Value = $7.00

The approximate value of this months bag is $22.85 or $29.85. What a fun bag this month. Even the makeup bag is super cute! I use Sexy soy products on a regular basis. I'm glad I get to try this new line of beach spray. I love the eyeshadow colors from the California collection. The tinted moisturizer is just ok, I have lots of products like this I haven't used yet. The lip stain is fun. I like to wear that under lipstick so when the lipstick comes off there is still some color to your lips. I didn't have any idea I was getting a bonus nail polish. I love the color!
Verdict: Great bag this month. Always a great value.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July 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.   

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.


July Sample Society Box.
                     

Contents of box with approximate retail value.

FULL SIZE Vincent Longo Eyeshadow Trio in Sinful Rhapsody. Value = $30.00

2ml. Dr. T's Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF37. Value = $6.00

.33 oz. Tres Pure Face Tonic. Value = $5.42

.33 oz. Lollia Wander Petite Treat Shea Butter Handcreme. Value = $2.08

1.69 oz. Red Flower Ocean Cleansing Hair Wash Value = $5.38

The total value of this box is $48.88. I'm loving this months box. The included card said I was getting the eyeshadow trio in Stella Untold but I received Sinful Rhapsody. I looked up the other palette and I'm super glad I got this one. The other colors are nice but this is more fitting to my skin tone. The card also said I would be getting Supergoop! Sunscreen but I received eye cream. I have lots of sunscreen and eye cream so it really didn't matter which one I got. Face tonic, yay!. I knew Red Flower made candles but I didn't know they made hair stuff. I have tons of shampoo right now but I'll use this eventually. Small lotions are always great for keeping in my purse.

Verdict: This box was great for me. I paid $15 and I definitely got my moneys worth!


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Monday, July 22, 2013

July Kona Kase

Kona Kase is priced at $15 a month with shipping included. They also offer a 3 month plan for $41 ($13.66 a month), 6 months for $77 (12.83 a month) or 12 months for $145 ($12.08 a month). The 3,6 and 12 month plans need to be paid for in full.  Each month Kona Kase will send a Kase of premium endurance products and boxes ship between the 10th and 18th of every month.

This subscription ships to the US and Canada (additional $8 shipping). Ships from Oakland, Ca. 

The good:

Don't know what to buy: This is a great way to try protein bars, food, snacks and healthy stuff without having to go out a buy it.

Variety: They send a nice variety of products and I don't know if this is usual but it was all food and not supplements, pills or such.

The not so good:

Skip: There is no option to skip. You can cancel and restart.

July Kona Kase box.


Contents of the Kona Kase box with approximate retail value:

(2) Caveman Cookies unknown flavor. Value = $0.95/ea. - This tasted like a healthy macaroon cookie with a lot of honey. I thought they were very good and my guess would be they were the tropical flavor.

Garuka Bars. Value = $3.00

Barbara Llewellyn Granola. Value = $2.00??

Body Glove Surge Gel. Value = $2.39

.5 oz. Perky Jerky. Value = $1.50 - I've had this before and it's pretty good although not enough of it in the bag.

1.63 oz. Enjoy Life Seed & Fruit Mix. Value = $1.33

Pro Bar Bolt Organic Energy Chews in orange. Value = $2.49

Health Warrior Chia Bar in Acai Berry. Value $1.57

The total value of this Kona Kase is $14.28. I can't believe how good the caveman cookies are! I would buy these again for sure. The seed and fruit package is a good to go item for me. I'm not a huge fan of the Health Warrior bars but this looks like a new product so maybe they have made some changes. I find energy chews don't really work for me but maybe I just don't notice the slight energy boost. I'm one of those people who doesn't wake up from coffee. I can drink a cup a coffee and go right to sleep. I'll try them anyway though cause why not.
Verdict: I'm happy with the variety in this box.


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Saturday, July 20, 2013

July Conscious Box - Classic Box

Conscious box now offers 3 types of boxes. The classic, vegan and gluten free.  Each box contains a wide variety of items from food to beauty products to household goodies.  The price is $19.95 a month with shipping included. They also have a 3, 6 and 12 months plans. The 12 month plan is the only one that offers a discount.

This box is only available to ship to the US including Alaska and Hawaii and ships from Portland, OR

The good:

Variety: You get a wide variety of items and the box was packed!

Vegan: If your vegan the vegan box is great for you.

Gluten free: If you live a gluten free life the gluten free box would be great for you.

Information: They now include an information card with product details on it.

Points: You can earn points for rating products. The points earn you discounts should you want to purchase something you like.

The not so good:

The price: It's on the high side for subscription boxes but I would consider this a specialty box for sure.

Skip: Currently no option to skip a month


This is what they be by conscious box.                                

                     
Conscious Treasures

Conscious Box - Classic Box

Contents of box w/approximate retail price: 

Graw Bar Gluten-Free Raw Sprouted Energy Bar. Value = $2.67

28 pack Hebron USA Kios DS Stomach Relief. Value = $16.99

(2) Good Nature Linden Tea. Value = $0.30/ea. 

(2) Similasan Computer Eye Relief Drops. Value = $0.92

1 oz. Awakening Spirit Aromatherapy Lavender wash liquid soap. Value = $1.50

.24 oz. Totlogic Body Lotion. Value = $0.46

Bambooee Reusable Bamboo Towel. Value = $3.33

Adonia Bronzing organic self-tanner 3 applications. Value = $1.95

.10 oz. Ancient Minerals "Goodnight" Magnesium Lotion with Melatonin. Value = $0.30

Eco Gecko Wooden Cutlery taster spoon. Value = $0.02 - This is the smallest spoon ever. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. 

MRM Hydration Factor drink mix. Value = $2.99

Last Round All Natural Hangover Support. Value = $1.66

(2) Epic Dental Fresh Fruit Xylitol Mints. Value = $0.19/ea.

(2) Ecover Automatic Dishwater Tablets. Value = $0.24/ea. - These work pretty well and I will use them but I still like my normal brand more. 

(2) Kidslac Sour Apple Kids Probiotics. Value = $0.67/ea. - No where on the package did it give instructions on how to use this. Do you eat it out of the container, mix it with water, pour it on food. I went to the website and it turns out you can do all 3.  

The approximate value of my classic box is $35.59. I will use everything in this box except maybe the stomach relief stuff. We don't get too many stomach issues but I'll put it in the medicine box just in case. I have a friend who is constantly using eye drops, she like me works at a computer all day. I never got into the habit but I will give these a try because I do get tired dry eyes by the end of my work day. The Adonia tanner stuff says it's enough for 3 applications but I don't see how. It's a pretty small packet. I wonder if they mean 3 applications on a very small part of your body. The hangover support product is supposed to help remove alcohol and detoxify your body after a night on the town. I think I should test this with some watermelon margaritas tonight.

Verdict: Lots of fun products to try in this box.


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Friday, July 19, 2013

July Quarterly Co. - Food52

Quarterly Co. is a slightly different kind of subscription box company.  It's not a monthly adventure but it's quarterly.  The way it works is you pick a "contributor" you would like to receive a curated gift from anywhere from $25-$100 and every 3 months you will receive your item in the mail from them.  With each gift you receive the story behind it.  The curators consist of CEO's, authors, chefs, world travelers, business owners, etc.  Amanda Hesser and Merril Stubbs are the creators of Food 52.  I very much enjoy cooking and experimenting with new ingredients and flavors.  The description of this service read: "The best home cooking is a blend of the practical and the inventive. Which may be why, as avid home cooks, we love objects with utility as much as those with great beauty. We’ll be sending you packages filled with nifty items for your kitchen and table—no superfluous gadgets or gewgaws but things you’ll want to use and display for decades, until your children attempt to snag them for their first kitchens."  Sounded perfect for me.

The good:

Variety: There are lots of different curators to choose from.

Something different: This is definitely different from other subscription companies

Commitment issues? Don't want to make a monthly commitment but still want a treasure?  You can get a quarterly treasure. 

The not so good:

Don't like waiting: If you don't like waiting this may be torture for you. 

Price: It used to be all subscriptions were $25.  Now there have different price points.  I'm curious about some of the others but not curious enough to risk $100

My Food52 treasures.

The ash cutting board.

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Nudo Lemon Olive Oil. Value $10.00

Jacobsen Sea Salt from Netarts Bay, Oregon. Value = $10.00

Boards by Joel Ash cutting board. Value = $20.00

The value of this box is $40.00.  The cutting board is absolutely gorgeous!  On my vacation in June I went to Oregon and was about an hour away from Netarts Bay. I was excited when I saw the sea salt was from there. I actually have tons of sea salt right now but that's ok I will use it eventually. I'm always up for getting olive oil. We use it frequently for dressings, caprese salad and dipping. 

Verdict: I really enjoyed this box!

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July Yumvelope

Yumvelope is a subscription service centered around food and snacks.  Each month you will 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 rate of $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 confirmed this is an extra month - so you get 7 months for the price of 6. This breaks down to $18 a month). Yumvelope promises to send 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

June Yumvelope


Contents of box with approximate retail value/price listed.  

Bearded Brothers Energy Bar in Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla. Value = $3.00 - Kind of dry.

Bearded Brothers Energy Bar in Fabulous Ginger Peach. Value = $3.00

(2)WOW Baking Co. Lemon Burst Cookie. Value = $2.48/ea. - These are some of the best cookies I have ever had. I received them in another box months ago and was super excited to see not one but two in this box.

Crunchies Roasted Veggies. Value = $4.99 - These were ok, a little dry. The boyfriend said they were dumb. 

Marshall's Farm Honey Straws 9 pk. Value = $4.50

Marshall's Farm Honey Bear. Value = $3.70

The total approximate value of this Yumvelope is $24.15. I love, love, love the lemon cookies. They are dense and super soft and delicious! The energy bar is ok but like a lot of health food stuff it's kind of dry. They have some nuts and what not that are good for you so I'll eat them eventually. I thought the roasted veggies were ok but they would probably be better mixed with something, I just don't know what. I love the honey straws they are fun to eat on their own for a nice light sweet treat.

Verdict: Great box of fun snacks.
        
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

July Taste Trunk - Gourmet Trunk

Taste Trunk is the newest food based product to enter the subscription box world. I love food, especially gourmet food so I didn't hesitate to sign up for this box. Taste Trunk actually has four different themed trunks you can purchase. They are Gourmet, Health, Sweet and BBQ trunk. I love that they have something for everyone. I get lots of health type foods and I don't need any sweets so I decided against these ones. I was torn between the BBQ one and the Gourmet one but ended up choosing the Gourmet one. The nice thing about Taste Trunk is you can switch your boxes at anytime so I may try the BBQ one at some point.
The price of Taste Trunk is $29.00 plus $5.99 shipping making it $34.99 a month. They actually just changed the price and added a shipping cost of $5.99. For those that subscribed prior to July 15th they only pay the $29.99.

This subscription is available to the US only and ships from Discovery Bay, Ca.


The Good:

Products: The items in my box were gourmet and full size.

Info: They send info cards with products information and recipes.

Variety: I love that they have four different themed boxes.

Want more: They have an online store where you can purchase more of the things you love.

The Not so Good:

Skip: Doesn't look like there is a way to skip, only cancel.
Referral program: They have one but you have to enter the persons full name when you check out and they get 10% off their next box. I like referral that use links and have discounts for both people.




This is what the box looks like when you open it. They even have a wax stamp which is a nice touch.

In the old timey bag were all these product info cards

Here are all the treasures from the trunk.

I loved that this even came with a small olive oil.

I love artichoke bruschetta!

Contents of the inaugural Taste Trunk with approximate retail price:

Cucina & Amore Artichoke Bruschetta from Richmond, Ca. Value = $2.99 - This was really good on crackers and the price is fantastic!

Mexico Lindo Jalapeno Hot Sauce, from Hermosillo, Mexico. Value = $6.00??

Susan's Salsa Mango Salsa from Newport Beach. Ca. Value = $4.25 - Not a fan. It had too much liquid in it. 

Community Spice Co. Prima Vera Spice Rub from Sausalito, Ca. Value = $5.00

Miners Mix Cheese Spread mix from Mariposa. Ca. Value = $4.99

Oren's Kitchen Coconut Chili Macadamia Nuts from San Francisco, Ca. Value = $3.99 - I liked these but ohh wee they are spicy.

Purely American Gilroy Garlic Pasta Stir-Fry Mix, from Athens, Ga. Value = $6.50

Imperial Organic Organic Chai Vanilla Rooibus. Value = $4.99

Discount of 15% at The Andiron in Mendocino, Ca

The total value of this first Gourmet box from Taste Trunk is $38.71 give or take a buck or two for the hot sauce. I couldn't find it for sale anywhere online. I was really excited about this box and it didn't disappoint when I opened it. The only thing that won't get used in this box right away is the hot sauce. I have tons of hot sauce already and I don't use a lot of it in daily cooking. I love artichokes and bruschetta. I just bought a bread maker and I'm thinking homemade bread with bruschetta sounds mighty tasty. We go through a lot of salsa and I'm a big fan of mango salsa. I hope the macadamia nuts aren't too spicy because I love mac nuts. The story behind the miners mix is pretty cool. The recipe is from a gold prospector named Joshua Shelby who migrated from St. Louis to the Mother Lode Region of California. Turns out gold mining wasn't his thing but cooking was so he became a semi-famous camp chef for gold miners. His recipes were found in a mine in Mariposa County along with a well seasoned cast iron skillet. What a great story huh?

Verdict: This may be one of my new favorite boxes.



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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bark Box sent me 6 codes to giveaway for free Bark Boxes. The code is valued at $29 and can be used towards a single box or a 3 or 6 month subscription. What a great deal on the subscriptions! The code expires on July 24th at midnight eastern time so this will be a quick giveaway. I will pick 6 winners at random using rafflecopter







This little giveaway is for a Tagua bracelet from the June Season's Box and a NYC liquid lipshine. I will pick one winner at random using rafflecopter





Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July Fancy Box - Food Box

The Fancy Food Box includes 5 or more gourmet artisan food products along with a selection of tasty recipes and pairing suggestions. The Fancy Food box is priced at $39.00 plus $7.95 shipping. This is a little high but if you are into food products they send out some really cool stuff and so far the value has been over the $48 price of the box.

This subscription is available worldwide, shipping prices vary on location.

The good:

Sizes: You get full size food items!

Information: They include a nice card with the product information and picture.     

The not so good:

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

Price: The price is a little high - unless of course it has great products and a high value

The information and recipe cards.

The Fancy Food Box.


Contents of The Fancy Food Box with approximate retail price listed: 

Early Bird Farmhands choice granola. Value = $9.00

Brad's Raw Foods Classy Coconut Onion Rings. Value = $7.99 - This looked promising but I wasn't a fan of the curry flavor. 

Black + Blum Bento Box. Value = $23.00 - Yay, now I have two!

Prometheus Springs Pomegranate Pepper Elixer. Value = $2.00 - This was really, really bad.

Nonna's Sweet Sauce tomato sauce.  Value = $10.00

Big Picture Farm. Farmstead Goat Milk Caramels.  Value = $10.99 - I'm not a huge fan of goat milk although I like feta. These had too much of a goat milk taste for me. 

The total value of this months box is $62.98. I'm glad they sent the Nonna's sauce. I've been very close to ordering it on Open Sky but hadn't pulled the trigger and ordered it. It says you can add cream to it and make a tomato soup with it. The pomegranate pepper drink sounded interesting but it wasn't very good. I wished the coconut onions rings didn't have curry in them, then for me they would be delicious. I've been trying to clean out my old plastic containers so I'm actually glad I got another one of these. 

Verdict. This box was a good one. I'm glad I got to try some new food stuff. 

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

July Season Box

SeasonsBox is a monthly subscription service focuses on lifestyle items of the current season.  SeasonsBox  contains 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. 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 theme of this months box is Get In Touch With Nature.


Contents of SeasonsBox with approximate retail value:

Pure Vida Hippie Hair Ties/Bracelets. Value = $10.00

Bella Organics Dead Sea Mineral Mud Mask. Value = $10.00

Wild Mountain Raw Foods Snack Pack in moon beet. Value = $3.50 - This didn't taste anything like beets. I really enjoyed it and ate the whole box in one sitting. Which to be fair isn't huge but it was that good.

Nibnaks Under the Boardwalk Pineapple, Mango Banana snacks. Value = $2.19

Made from Earth Pure Aloe Vera Skin Treatment. Value = $14.99

The total value of this months box is $40.68. Usually SeasonsBox sends an email every month showing you what's in the box so you can decided whether or not you want to skip. I didn't get an email but it turned out ok because I'm loving this box.  I love, love, love these hair ties. I keep one around my wrist all the time and I love that these are lacey. I'm a sucker for mud masks, can't wait to try it. The wild food snack looks interesting. It's a gamushel of sunflower seeds, beets and pumpkin seeds, I'm really hoping its good. I don't have any use for the aloe right now and I try to stay out of the sun but its good for kitchen burns which I seem to do quite frequently.


Verdict: I thought this box was terrific in product and value.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

June BroBox

The newest offering in the subscription box game is BroBox. BroBox is a monthly box. They say they cater to the bro demographic sending the coolest products from awesome brands & expert craftsmen. The price of the box is $14.95 with shipping included. I found a deal on this and I think I paid around $7 as an introductory price. 

The good:

Not recurring: I see this as good and bad. Good because you don't have to worry about canceling and bad because if you want it monthly you have to remember to order it each month

Need a gift: You can send a BroBox to the bro is your life. 

Not just for bros: I noticed the items didn't have to be for men. Woman could use them just as easily

The not so good: 

Price: The price is OK. I think I would like it more at $10 or $12.

Shipping: They ship after the month is over. For instance this box is June but it didn't ship until July 5th. I like to received my boxes in the month they are for. 


This is the box the bro stuff comes in. 

All the bro stuff

The funny card included with the Dude wipes.

Contents of box with approximate retail price: 

Multipurpose pocket survival tool. Value = $5.00??

Lenny & Larry's Muscle Brownie in Peanut Butter. Value = $2.50 - This is delicious! I always expect these thing to be dry and blah but not this one! I only ate a quarter of it because that's all the boyfriend left me - guess he liked it also.

Aeroshot in green apple. Value = $2.99

Aeroshot in raspberry. Value = $2.99

(3) Dude Wipes. Value = $0.30/ea.

(4) Turbo Truffles. Value = $3.95 - these are pretty good.  Tasted like chocolate and has the same amount of caffeine as a cup of premium coffee. I'm not sure it worked though because I had that and a skinny mocha and felt exhausted all day. 

(2) Bold for Men Dry Shave Gel. Value = $0.68/ea.

The total value of this BroBox is $19.69 give or take a buck or two for the survival tool. It's heavy and has a can opener, knife edge, screwdriver, ruler, can opener, wrench, saw blade and direction ancillary indication. I asked the boyfriend is this was useful and he said "not really" but what does he know. Ha ha. I think I will put it in my glove box cause you never know when you may need to measure and cut something. The boyfriend uses an electric razor to shave so so I'll be giving the dry shave packets away.  I think the dude wipes are hilarious and even though I'm not a dude I'm going to use these after working out. 

Verdict: Interesting box. The first thing the boyfriend asked is if there was jerky in the box. Sadly no but there's always next month. 



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