Tuesday, June 13, 2017

MunchPak Snack Subscription Review and Coupon

MunchPak is a snack subscription with a high level of customizability. Snacks range from sour to spicy and Korean to Irish plus everything in between and around the outside. Basically, you can find just about any snack ever created in your box. They even have an option to add a drink and you can specify if you want coffee, tea, juice, soda, etc. Like I said... Customized!

With all that being said, the cost of boxes vary greatly. Considering you can get them delivered weekly if you so choose, it can add up! Personally, one a month works really well for us since it's a lot of snacks. The Mini MunchPack is $12.95 for 5+ snacks and it goes all the way up to Family Size with 20+ snacks!

The box I received is the Original MunchPak with an add-on of soda. The Original version has ten or more full size snacks!

The Cost: $22.95/box (soda adds $5)

What You Get: Each box features an assortment of the best, most delicious candy and snacks from around the world. The MunchPak Mini contains 5 or more full size snacks, the Original MunchPak contains 10 or more full size snacks, and our FamilyPak contains 20 or more full size snacks.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

What's In A GlobeIn Artisan Subscription Box?! Here's the Answer!

If you're interested in knowing what you might find each month in your GlobeIn Artisan box, you came to the right place. I have gathered together the contents of the last few months of GlobeIn's boxes and can give you a great idea of what to expect when you subscribe! GlobeIn has really been doing a fantastic job with their box curation these last few months. There have been some stellar boxes and they just keep coming. The hard part will be choosing which one you're going to get!

With GlobeIn, you get the added satisfaction of knowing you're helping men and women in remote areas of the world earn a living wage. With every order that GlobeIn makes via vetted partners and fair trade organizations, real families are able to put food on the table, send their children to school and make a difference in their communites. It's one of the best things about this box!

The other good thing is that the products tend to be unique, usually handmade and possess a character all their own.

In this review I'm going to show you several past and present GlobeIn boxes. This should help you decide in one swoop whether you think this subscription is for you. In my own personal experience, I think it takes about three months to get an idea of whether a subscription box really works for me or not.
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The Cost: $55/month for the Artisan Box

What You Get: In the Artisan Box, you'll find exclusive, handcrafted products from global artisans curated around a monthly theme.

Artisan Box options are available for all active subscribers in their subscription settings during the 1st- 5th of each month. Subscribers will be able to choose their favorite box from that particular month's options.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Things Are Finally Starting to Settle Down

It's been crazy around here. Our lives got turned totally upside down and while we don't have everything figured out yet, it's getting there. I had to put blogging aside for awhile to get things in order. While I missed blogging, I have to admit I had a great time gardening and re-organizing our home.

We had partially packed up the house in anticipation of my husband getting a job out of state but it didn't end up working out quite the way we expected. However, it still may happen so everything has to stay fixed and perfect.

Since I'd ignored my garden for the last two years while blogging, it needed A LOT of love and attention. Right now it's looking pretty good! So good that I'm having a hard time finding new thing to do besides weeding. That's a great thing since it means I can get back to writing up reviews.

So expect a slew of reviews! Some may be older and therefore fairly brief but at least I'll feel like I'm tying up loose ends.

On that note, here's some of my favorite garden photos:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What's in a My Texas Market Box? Here's Three Box Examples!

My Texas Market is a subscription box sending farmer's market, handmade and small business products from artisans found solely in Texas. It's an excellent way to get unique items and delicious specialty foods especially if you live nowhere near Texas. Like me.

I have a ton of family in Texas so I've been there many, many times over my life and if there's one thing I can say about it, it's that their food is amazing. It seems to encompass all that I think comfort food should be and it's probably a good thing I don't live there because I always come home about five pounds heavier than when I left.

The Cost: $35/month plus shipping (It's $44.90 total to WA)

What You Get: A combination of wholesome and homemade specialty food products, handmade candles, soaps, or other beauty products or other health and wellness items and/or sustainably-sourced coffee and tea, unique crafts or locally made chocolates and candies.

If you're wondering what comes in a My Texas Market box, I have several to show you right here to show you a broad example of what you'll find.

They say that the best way to know if you will like a subscription box or not is to get one for three months. So here is three months of my My Texas Market boxes so you can see the wide swath of products you can get.

Monday, April 24, 2017

PB&Jealous April 2017 Sweet Subscription Box Review and $10 Coupon

PB&Jealous is one of my new favorite subscriptions. Every month they send small batch nut butters, jams and jellies and/or nut related snacks and goodies. It's a lesson in mouthwatering deliciousness and restraint. This month was "WOW!" one the peanut butter side and "/swoon" on the jamtasticness.

One of the wonderful things about PB&Jealous is the ability to customize your box (to an extent). First, you get to choose if you want only Sweet items or if you want a dash of Spicy in your box. I choose Sweet Things Only because I don't like spicy things. Second, if you have allergies, just mention them when you sign up and you'll be taken care of. This also means every box may be a little different. I have an issue with grape since it's a migraine trigger so anything grape that would go in the normal box is swapped out with something else for me. How awesome is that?! Really awesome!

There are also two box sizes, so depending on the size of your family, you can get the most appropriate one. I get the bigger box even though there's only two of us because we go through sandwich fixings pretty quickly.

The last box I got was the Welcome Box. It has a little bit of everything from previous boxes and it was SO fantastic. You can see what I received here. I was so happy I was subscribed. Seriously.

The Cost: $34.95/month plus $5 shipping for the Big Box, $26.95/month plus $5 shipping for Mini.

What You Get: The Big Box will have 5-8 artisan products, an average of over $40 in value. The Mini has 3-5 artisan products, an average of $30 in value. Both boxes will include a handcrafted artisan nut butter and a delicious, all natural jam, jelly or preserve. Additional products can be anything from honey and fruit butters to syrups and organic snacks.

The Daily Goodie Box Free Sampling Program Review April 2017

I'm totally in love with The Daily Goodie Box. It's a free sampling program that sends full size and sample products. My favorite part about the whole program, besides the fact that it's completely free and they send awesome items, is the fact that you don't have to do anything to get your samples. There's no scrambling out of bed at an ungodly hour to snag some samples before everyone else does. I *love* that. While there's no guarantee you'll get a box, you don't have to stress out about annnyyything! The only thing you have to do is make an account and fill out your profile.

Filling out your profile means you'll get samples that fit you and your household. So if you don't have a baby you're not going to get diaper wipes and if you have a husband you may get items for him to try. That kind of thing. It's actually a great system and means you'll get things you are most likely to use and enjoy.

Here's the criteria they use for sending out boxes:

a) Have you already received a Goodie Box previously?
b) If you have received a Goodie Box, have you completed your product reviews?
c) Do your demographics match what the brands supplying the products are looking for?
d) Do you show interest in this months products by viewing them from the 'Products' page?
e) Do you actively engage in our social media pages?
f) Is your shipping information up to date?

Once you get a box, you need to try everything and then report your thoughts back via your profile. Easy peasy!

I was selected for another Goodie Box and was sent an email saying it was on the way. I didn't expect to get another one so quickly but I was pretty happy when it did! Here's what arrived:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Hive Box March 2017 Subscription Box Review and Coupon

The Hive Box is my new favorite thing! Every box has a raw honey in it plus all kinds of honey and bee related goodies. Now that I always have a new fun honey, I've been using it a lot more often (and more generously) in my teas. It's nice to splurge with different honeys, especially when they all have such unique flavors.

There are two different sizes of this box. The one I get is the Deluxe box but they also have a smaller box that has a honey, a beeswax candle and one goodie in it for $15.95. I may switch to that one but right now I'm still enjoying the added bits that the deluxe version has.

The Cost: $24.95/month plus shipping.

What You Get: Every month you'll receive one new raw honey plus 3-5 other bee-related items like candles, soaps, home goods, paper products and edibles.