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.

SweetsGiftBox March 2017 Review and 50% Off Coupon

SweetsGiftBox sends tasty baked goods, candies and treats to your door every month. This month was a total win for me because I loved everything in it. This is a fairly new subscription under the TheGiftBox umbrella (they also have boxes for pets and are still expanding). I'm curious to see how this box progresses. It's a little bit different than other treat boxes because it doesn't stick to just independent confectionaries and small businesses necessarily.

The theme this month is probably the best theme I've seen for a box of desserts. It's "Space" and the contents are so fitting it's fun!

The Cost: $25/month

What You Get: Every month you'll receive a selection of 4-5 sweets ranging from crunchy, chewy, chocolate, fruity or salty.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bokksu Japanese Snack Subscription Review and Coupon March 2017

When I opened up this month's Bokksu box I had to grin. Check out all that PINK! The theme is "Snacks over Flowers" and pays homage to cherry tree blossoms. Spring in Japan starts when the cherry blossoms bloom. When they do, everyone stakes out a spot in the parks underneath the trees and picnics under the flowers. When we visited Tokyo, it was at the end of the bloom season but there were still plenty of flowers and groups having tea on the grass.
So this month there are some sakura flavored treats, along with other pink snacks and sweets. Plus a tea pairing, of  course, which might be one of my favorite parts about this box. No one else does it!

The Cost: $38.99/month

What You Get: You'll receive 18-20 authentic Japanese snacks sourced directly from Japan plus a tea pairing curated around a cultural theme.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Esian Box Deluxe Snack Box Review and $3 Coupon Code

Esianmall has a few eclectic box subscriptions for those into Asian snacks, Asian beauty and/or geeky gamer goodies. It seems like kind of an awkward combination but it works. At least for the box I got. This is the Deluxe Esian Box version of their snack box which means it comes with not just snacks but also gamer items!
I'm all for snacks. Bonus geek items are always welcome in my household so this went over fairly well. We've been taste testing since it arrived.
Esian Box has a selection of three different Snack Boxes. The Deluxe box is the only snack box that comes with "geek swag" though. Since I've only received one box so far, I can't attest to the total quality of the swag and style. I'm happy with what showed up in this month's box, though.

The Cost: $34.95/month

What You Get: In the Deluxe box you'll receive 12-14 snacks with 1-2 items of geek merchandise. Total value is at least $50 per box.

Snakku March 2017 Premium Japanese Snack Subscription Review and Coupon

Snakku has been arriving directly from Japan for the last few months. I think that means better access to delicious snacks. There were some REALLY tasty snacks in this box, too. I usually tend to love the crunchy, savory snacks but lately Snakku has been sending some delicious sweet treats and I've enjoyed the indulgence.
I know I've said it a million times but I'm always so impressed with Snakku's presentation. This box is a pleasure to open. The pretty furoshiki cloth. the colorful box itself and the professional information page add up to a gift experience. I love it!

The Cost: $38.99/month for the Snakku Box. $15.95/month for the Tasting Box.

What You Get: Get a collection of 10-15 hand-picked snacks that you can only find in Japan,
along with a selection of familiar & delicious Japanese snacks delivered every month.

Sephora Play! VS Allure Beauty Box March 2017 Review

I've finally narrowed it down to my two favorite low cost beauty boxes. Sorry Birchbox and Ipsy, it's not you. The Allure Beauty Box has been one of my top boxes for years and the new Sephora Play gives it a run for it's money every month. They're both so good about brands and sizes that I continue to get both rather than choose only one.

I've been having them duke it out over the past few months and I'm going to continue doing so just to tally it up later and see who gives me the most wins. My initial guess is that they'll be pretty close to even.

This month has a clear winner for me. No question!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Kloverbox March 2017 Review and 10% Off Coupon

Kloverbox sends natural, cruelty-free and/or organic beauty, lifestyle, nutrition and healthy home products to your door every month. It's a great way to get to know new eco-friendly and health conscious companies and encourage a more sustainable lifestyle. This month there's only four products and one of them reeeally skewed my view of the whole box. Sad but true.

The Cost: $25/month

What You Get: Receive premium products to sample from top brands and hand-picked by health conscious curators in beauty, health, nutrition and home categories.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Barkbox Small Dog March 2017 Subscription Box Review and Free Box Coupon

My dogs love getting Barkbox. I love it because it saves me time and trips to the pet store and because it keeps me in constant toys and treats. My dogs love it because... well, treats and toys, of course! I have two rat terriers and we get the Small dog box because they tip the scales at about 17lbs. I don't recommend it for under 10lbs since the toys can be too large but other than that... yay!

Barkbox has an Allergy Friendly version of their boxes and I flip flop between the two since Dexter can't eat chicken without explosive side effects. Heh. I am SO happy they have this option since there are plenty of allergy prone breeds out there who will appreciate being able to snarf all the treats instead of just some of them.

The Cost: $29/month

What You Get: Every BarkBox has at least 2 innovative toys, 2 all-natural bags of treats, and a chew, curated from each month's unique themed collection.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

GlobeIn "Dine" Subscription Box Review and Coupon

GlobeIn is a subscription box dedicated to finding fair trade, handmade, ethically sourced products from direct sources or vetted partner organizations. That means you're getting the real deal! GlobeIn is serious about what they are doing- helping global artisans while sending subscribers a little bit of what's out there in the world.
This subscription allows you to experience the world and it's artisans without leaving home. The themes of each box make it even more fun. This box has a theme of "DINE" and its about having the perfect items for getting ready for dinner.

The Cost: $40/month.

What You Get: Exclusive, handcrafted products from global artisans curated around a monthly theme.

Handmade Hive March 2017 Subscription Box Review

Handmade Hive sends monthly mystery boxes filled with handmade goods from small and independent businesses from around the country (and this time the world!). Each month has a theme and will have a great variety of goodies to enjoy.  This month it's "Time for Tea!" I couldn't resist that theme so I had to snag a box for myself.

With every purchase, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to organizations that help fight sex trafficking, sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.. The months of January, February and March, donations will go to Truth for Women's Truth Home. Truth Home is a therapeutic residential home offering changed lives and hope-filled futures to survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. The home offers a safe place and supportive services for women who want an opportunity to rebuild their lives.

The Cost: $44.95/month plus $9.99 shipping

What You Get: Each box is filled with locally-sourced, quality handmade goods from small businesses around the country. Each month, the contents will center on a specific theme and contain a piece for home, wardrobe or style. You will receive anything from art, personal-care products and stationery to home goods, edible treats and more.

Illumicrate Book Subscription Box Review and Coupon

While the US may have a plethora of subscriptions for book nerds of all kinds, other places are jumping on the bandwagon. One of the best book boxes I've found in the UK is Illumicrate. This box is curated by Daphne at Winged Reviews. This is a guilty pleasure for me because it's rather expensive with shipping to the US. Subscribers in the UK get free shipping so it's less of a big deal.
One of the best things about this box, besides the contents is that it's quarterly. I really like that option because while I read plenty of books in a month, a monthly subscription gets pricey. I find it's super do-able when it's quarterly. If I was living in the UK I would never unsubscribe!

If you are outside the UK, know you'll get the UK version of the books included. I think that's pretty sweet.

The Cost: £29.99/quarter. If you're outside the UK add £9.99 shipping. I think my total was $50USD.

What You Get: Each crate will contain a newly released book in a variety of genres. Besides a fantastic book, you'll also receive bookish items like bookmarks, stationery, jewellery, accessories or other small bookswag items.

Popsugar March 2017 Subscription Box Review and Coupon

Popsugar Must Have totally made my day! I have been searching for these Smashmallows in stores for ages since I picked up one out of curiousity from a floor stand. Then they disappeared forever. Until Popsugar! While the Smashmallows might be my favorite thing in the box there's a very, very close second! This was sort of a "meh" box for me but since everything always gets used one way or another, I'm still happy with it.

The Cost: $39.95/month.

What You Get: You'll get an exciting monthly box full of fun, full-size products that are hand-selected by the Popsugar editors. Full-size products and premium items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food.

Box of Style Spring 2017 Subscription Box Review and Coupon

When I look back and think about where I started when I first got into subscription boxes, I've come a long way. Back then I wanted samples and lots of them for as little as possible. Then I became inundated with a thousand tiny little bottles and tubes. After finding good skincare, getting overwhelmed with makeup and with snacks piling up, I realized that I just wanted things that I could actually use. I also wanted to feel like I was getting a good deal.
Box of Style is more expensive than your average beauty box, of course. The returns on that investment, at least for me, have been very, very good. I love getting these boxes. I love the focus on fashion and good skincare. I'm also appreciative of the quality. This subscription has quickly climbed to the top of my "favorites" list and it's position hasn't budged. Even when I may not like everything, there's no denying that the thoughtful curation and the value are there.

This box is curated by Rachel Zoe and her editors at thezoereport.com. For the Spring box, the focus was on women and female founded brands. I think the release coincided nicely with all the current happenings.

The Cost: $100/quarter, $350/annual

What You Get:  At least five products worth over $300 in fashion, beauty and lifestyle carefully curated by Rachel Zoe and her team.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Yogi Surprise March 2017 Review and 15% Off Coupon

YogiSurprise has been sort of a guilty pleasure for me. I don't do yoga although I think maybe I should because I need to get some good tendon stretching in. Lucky for me, with every box there's a yoga pose card with several poses on it for me to practice.

One thing that I love about YogiSurprise is that it's presentation is very good. If you wanted to gift this box to the yoga enthusiast in your life, you could do so without reservation. It's going to make any one happy!

The Cost: $44.95/month.

What You Get: You’ll receive 6 to 8 full-size products with a value of over $70, designed to nourish and support your well-being, vitality, and growth.

True Tea Club Subscription Box Review and 50% Off Coupon

I've been sick the last week and how lucky was I that True Tea Club arrived just when I needed it most!? True Tea Club is a UK based tea subscription that specializes in loose teas and blends. You'll find everything from white tea and herbal teas to oolong and rooibos. Each box has four teas for you to try along with tea bags and descriptions of each tea.

Since I'm a major tea lover (and I was sick) I started steeping right away! With names like Vanilla Cupcake, who wouldn't!?

There are four teas sent every month and the amount depends on your tea addiction levels. The Standard subscription sends enough for 4-5 cups of each tea if single steeped. More, obviously, if you double steep. The  Premium sends enough for 60 cups total and the Deluxe sends enough for 80 (that's 20 cups of each tea).

The Cost: £10/month for Standard, £15/month for Premium and £20/month for Deluxe. Shipping is free in the UK and £3.50 shipping Internationally.

What You Get: Four loose leaf teas and tea bags. Teas may be black, green or white teas along with Oolong, Rooibos, herbal infusions or specialist teas. You may also tailor your subscription to your personal preferences by email.

Adidas Avenue A Spring 2017 Subscription Box Review

I've been subscribed to Avenue A by Adidas for three seasons. This is a quarterly box full of shoes and sportswear. I think it was originally geared toward runners but it also has a gym and "hey, I wear yoga pants as real clothing" vibe, too. When you sign up, you're asked a bunch of questions about your workout lifestyle and I'll be completely honest.... I don't run. At all. Ever. Unless I'm chasing the dog or the FedEx guy.

However, that does not mean that I don't love a good shoe and/or workout gear. I do go to the gym rather regularly. I am currently lifting weights with my husband after months (okay, fine, years) of chugging away on treadmills and ellipticals. I'm loving it! And with my changing shape, I'm also appreciating the glory of beautiful workout clothing.

The Avenue A box sends real Adidas gear for a fraction (and I do mean fraction) of the regular price. Usually, the shoes alone make up the cost of the box and there are still four other goodies whose retail prices make me croak. This is the only way I'll ever justify getting some of these things.

The Cost: $150/quarter

What You Get: Get premium urban running gear, crafted and perfected by women for women on the move. Discover a fresh mix of styles curated quarterly by celebrities, always on-trend and on the pulse of fashion.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Cozy Reader Club February 2017 Book Box Review and Coupon

I was lucky to have won a giveaway for Cozy Reader Club last year but I got so addicted I had to subscribe for myself. If you are the epitome of a bookworm, if you love hot drinks in big mugs, wrapping up in big sweatshirts and blankets and curling up with a book with three more next to you, this box is for you. I am a fanatical reader. I read at least 150 books a year. If you ask me what my hobbies are I'll say reading, blogging and gardening.
I love a good escape and reading provides all that I need to do so. Cozy Reader Club takes it to the next level and provides all that I need for that perfect reading experience. Every box has a beverage, a gourmet snack, a women's fiction novel and some other perfect bookish accoutrement.

The Cost: $64.95/month.

What You Get: One newly released women's fiction novel, an artisan coffee, tea or hot chocolate, gourmet treats and beautiful handmade items.

Winc Wines Monthly Delivery Service plus Coupon Code

Winc is for wine lovers. This is a subscription dealing solely with wines, delivering new ones of your choice every month. You'll have access to wines you may not be able to find near you which makes every box an adventure.

When you start your sign up, you'll be asked a series of questions designed to figure out your palate and recommend specific wines. This was somewhat difficult because my husband and I prefer different wines. He likes reds with earthiness and full body. I like whites, acidic and tart. However it was a lot of fun to go through what was available and choose.

The Cost: Monthly deliveries start at $39.99 for three bottles plus shipping.

What You Get: At least three bottles of wine of your choice. If you forget to choose, you will be sent bottles based on your profile.