Monday, October 21, 2013

October Love With Food Review

This was my very first month of Love with Food. I cancelled Graze and Treatsie, so I could try a few different boxes. Love with Food is $15/month, and a way to discover new, organic, natural snacks. I had a coupon, which made my first box just $2. I had heard others talking about the snacks from Love with Food for a while, so I was glad to give it a try.


When I first opened the box, I was immediately impressed by how full it was! Totally worth the $10, and absolutely worth the $2 that I paid!! I recognized a few of the products, but in general, it was all new things to try. That's why I love subscription boxes:)


The first item were Toasted Coconut Chips by Dang. I had never heard of the product, or the company. The information card says that they are so good, they'll make you say "daaaaang." I like coconut, but really didn't know what to expect. They were quite good, and surprisingly satisfying. A nice combination of salty and sweet. My younger son liked them as well, and I'm always looking for healthier snacks for the boys.


The next item was a bag of Chocolate Pizzelle Crisps from Silk City Snacks. The entire bag is under 100 calories, and they were very satisfying. I've seen Pizzelle Crisps around, but I'm not sure if they were this brand or not. I usually prefer more salty snacks, but when I want something sweet, these will definitely do the trick! They weren't too sweet or too rich, just delicious. I will definitely pick some of these up to have in the house.


The next item was a Happy Squeeze from Happy Family. I've never seen this particular product before, but I know several companies are jumping on the squeezable bandwagon. This pouch was blueberry, apple, carrot. I will admit that neither of my boys like vegetables. They did when they were babies, but it just didn't stick. My older son will eat raw carrots with ranch, and maybe a piece of broccoli once a year. He isn't a big eater to begin with, healthy or otherwise. He wouldn't even try the snack, but my younger son is always happy to try new snacks. The squeezable part of it was a huge draw for him. His school provides family style lunches and snacks, and the kids aren't allowed to bring food from home. When he's home though, H. is a huge snacker/grazer. He likes a lot more variety than C. does, so I thought this would be a hit, and I was right. I love that there is a vegetable component. I'll definitely get more of these, as I liked it as well!


Caveman Cookies by Caveman Bakery. My husband ate these before I got a chance to try them, but he said they were really good and satisfying at the same time. Caveman Cookies are made of healthy and hearty ingredients like pumpkin seeds and maple syrup. They are sweet and satisfying, when you need something a little sweet.


The next goodies that I unpacked was two packages of Glee Gum. I had never heard of this company or this treat before, and I'm not a gum chewer (I also do not let the kids have gum yet). M. has always liked gum, so I had him try the Glee Gum. The flavor was triple berry, and it is made of brown rice and cane sugar. He did like it, although I don't see him replacing his regular gum with Glee. Still, it was good to try, and definitely healthier than bubble gum.


I've seen Kind bars before, of course, but I've never tried them. I was happy to see the healthy ingredients right away, as this bar is made of fruit, nuts, honey and spices. Their slogan is "One Kind bar a day, will keep your hunger away." I really enjoyed this, even more than I thought I would. I'm not a huge snacker, but there is that time of day when my blood sugar drops, and I need something. Kind bars are a great solution to keep the afternoon munchies from turning into over-snacking out of hunger.


One of the things that is really great about Love with Food, is that there is such variety. There were two pieces of Organic Hard Candies from Torie & Howard. These were fruity and the flavor lasted.


The final item in the box has been a huge mystery, even among other bloggers. It was a package of liquid, called Pixo Pearls from Vinaigerie Gingras. As I looked at the pouch, I was sure that the pearls had popped. As I looked closer, and held it up to the light, I could see the little bubble like pearls in the liquid. Still, I haven't figured out what to do with them. Others have tried them on salads, tomatoes, crackers, etc. I think that I will make a simple tomato and mozzarella salad, and try these. It's a little out of my comfort zone to try something so foreign, but everyone reports that they are very good.

All in all, I really enjoyed Love with Food. I plan to keep the subscription, as the variety of the box was healthy and had a little something for everyone in the family.

**Disclaimer-I purchased this box on my own, and was not compensated in any way for my review.





Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October Ipsy Review

Ipsy is one of my favorite subscription boxes. The cost is $10/month, which is a steal! Each month you receive a limited edition cosmetic bag, called a Glam Bag, and 5 items. October's theme is The Art of Beauty.


The bags are all so cute, and in my opinion the perfect size to put cosmetics in for your pocketbook. I'm a makeup addict, but I don't usually carry much with me during the day except for lip balm, hand cream and lipstick. I use these to organize things so they don't get lost in the depth of my tote! Since the theme is The Art of Beauty, Ipsy is running a contest for those who want to decorate their bags. 


The first item in my bag was a Zoya nailpolish in Mason. At first I thought it was just a dark plum color, but when I looked closer, it has a bit of iridescence to it. This will be a great fall color!

I also received Style Sexy Hair Spray Clay. I don't usually like getting hair products in my subscription, but I just cut my hair short, and this will be perfect to create a messy look, and to finish the ends after I straighten my pixie!

Next, I opened Nourish Organic Coconut & Argan Body Lotion. I love everything coconut, and this smells SO good! I've promised that I will be better about using body lotion this winter, and this one will be perfect to start me out on a yummy note.

One of the most sought after products in this month's Ipsy Bag was an Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster. I already use several Ole Henricksen items, so this will fit in with my current routine. The Truth line has vitamin C in it, and I find that it brightens my skin and helps to keep it moisturized.

The final item in my bag was Ofra lipgloss plumper in Sultry. The color is a beautiful purple/pink. It is a color that seems like it would look great on anyone. It isn't too thick or sticky, and really does seem to plump my pout!

If you haven't tried Ipsy yet, there is a waiting list. It took me about a month to get off the list, and it was so worth it! You can check out Ipsy at www.ipsy.com. You won't regret it!

*Disclaimer-I purchase this subscription box myself, and I received no compensation for my review.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

E-Sentials.com Review

I was very happy to try the new subscription box, e-sentials.com. It is essentially a woman's monthly box, and I do not currently subscribe to any of this box type.

E-sentials.com has three different box types that one can choose from, which gives important options. There is a box for $10/monthly that sends 20 tampons/pads/liners, or any combination of these. There is a box for $13/monthly that has these same options, but also includes 3 disposable razors, and finally there is a box for $16/monthly that also includes a deodorant/anti-perspirant.


The box is packaged nicely and discreetly, and it always ships for free. I was impressed by how many options that e-sentials.com had to choose from, including Tampax, Playtex, Kotex, OB, and Carefree. You can also choose the absorbency that you need, including a combination. The box also came with a sample of Summer's Eve Simply Sensitive Cleansing Cloth, which was a nice addition.

I tried to order a variety, and I included some Ultimate Playtex Tampons. I've seen these advertised, but I've never seen them in the store. They are basically one step up from Super Plus, which for women with very heavy cycles, will be terrific.

I hadn't really thought that such a box would be quite as handy as it was to be delivered right to my door, but e-sentials.com also let's you choose when it will be delivered. This may be an over share, but considering the topic, I'm sure it's ok. To be very honest, I usually end up sending my husband to the store for me. Needless to say, he admitted to me that he is thankful that e-sentials.com exists!

If you have any questions at all about the company, their products, or their services, check out their website www.e-sentials.com. Their customer service is wonderful, and they can be reached by phone or e-mail.


*Disclaimer-I was provided this box free of charge for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Things I'm Thankful For Today

I know that I need to be better about writing every day. I enjoy it, and I think I just need get into the habit each day.

Many bloggers have themes each day that they write about, and I've decided that I would like to write about things I'm particularly thankful for on Sundays. Some are huge, some small, some obvious, and some not.

Clearly, I'm thankful for my amazing husband and sons. They bring so much joy into my life. My boys are so sweet, that even when they are wild, I can't really be upset. H. and I play a little game where we say "I love you more than..." Tonight, I said to him, "I love you more than the color pink." Before he said his, he added an "oooh, that's a good one."

I'm thankful that for the first time since our wedding (almost 13 years ago), my entire family will be together for Thanksgiving. In those 13 years, there have been 4 grandchildren added (totaling 6) to the family. We've had pieces of the family together, but not everyone. My father died suddenly when I was 16, and my mother, my sister and her family, my brother and his family, and ours are all going to Indianapolis to have Thanksgiving with my dad's brother. My uncle looks so much like my dad, that it is comforting to be with him, and to see a little glimpse of how he might have aged.

I am thankful that my long time friend, Rob, was legally able to marry his partner Charles in California this weekend. They had a commitment ceremony about 12 years ago, and they have adopted twins who are around 10. They are great dads, and very much in love. This makes everything perfect for them.

Finally, this one is silly, but I'm glad that Sunday night tv is back. Once Upon a Time, Revenge, a new show Betrayal, and The Good Wife are all back. All that's missing is Game of Thrones. Yup, I think about these things!