Thursday, January 29, 2015

K.Bell socks grab bags


K.Bell socks grab bags

I was introduced to K.Bell Socks in one of my subscription boxes and fell in love with their fun designs! Recently I received an email advertising grab bags of assorted socks, so I couldn't resist ordering a couple. I ordered two bags at $20 each in order to qualify for free shipping, then used a 40% off coupon. Score!

K.Bell socks grab bags
the welcoming info card

K.Bell socks grab bags
My two grab bags full of awesome socks and footies! Only two duplicates, which isn't bad at all. Love almost all of the designs I received, and am now set for socks for the rest of the year!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

PopSugar Must Have Box - January 2015

The PopSugar Must Have Box is a popular lifestyle subscription box with several of my online friends. It's been hit or miss for me, but I signed up for a 6 month subscription with a Black Friday special. I can never resist a good deal! Cancelled all of my other subscriptions, so hope the next few months are awesome!

PopSugar Must Have Box - January 2015PopSugar Must Have Box - January 2015
First look at my January goodies!

PSMH info card - aka Terri
The info card. I like how it gives you in-depth information about each product.

PopSugar Must Have Box - January 2015
January goodies!

Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Nature Valley Protein Granola
Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Nature Valley Protein Granola
Not a big fan of granola, but this isn't too bad. In small doses.

Empire Skin Jewel Tattoos
Empire Skin Jewel Tattoos
Temporary tattoos that can also work as nail art, I think I'll pass these along to one of my nieces. If they're not interested, I'll try to swap them for something else. So not for me!

ToGoSpa Eyes
ToGoSpa Eyes
Gel eye pads to help reduce dark circles and puffiness, I think I'll give them a try. Haven't been sleeping well ever since I caught the flu, so developing huge bags under my eyes. If nothing else, it will be like a home spa treatment and who couldn't use one of those?

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
I've heard that this is a really good cream, but I already have so many lotions and creams that I'm hesitant to open it. Maybe I'll put it on my swap board for now and see if anyone is interested?

Manduka eQua hand towel
Manduka eQua yoga hand towel
Love towels like this, as they're super-absorbent! This one is definitely a keeper!

KeepCup Brew 12 oz reusable coffee cup
KeepCup Brew 12 oz reusable coffee cup
Love the idea of taking this to Starbucks for a tall chai latte! I think if you bring your own cup, you get 5 or 10 cents off your order. Will have to give it a try!

Jack + Lucy pom pom hat
Jack + Lucy pom pom hat
I usually don't wear hats like this as they really do a number on my hair. Plus I've heard that it's really, really big. Another item for my swap board!

I think that this is a really good box to start off the new year! Love the yoga towel and reusable cup and will probably use the eye pads. The hat looks like a good one, just not my style, and the cream is supposed to be good. Great value this month!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BarkBox January 2015

BarkBox January 2015

BarkBox is, literally, for the dogs. Their goal is to make dogs happy. BarkBoxes contain all-natural treats and other the coolest pup products in each box - things you can't find at the typical big-box pet store. Each monthly box contains a combination of 4-6 treats, toys, and hygiene products that have been hand selected and approved by Scout, head product tester for BarkBox. (website)

BarkBox January 2015BarkBox January 2015
First look at our January goodies! The boxes are available for small, medium, and large dogs. We get the medium box.

BarkBox January 2015
The info card

BarkBox January 2015
The goodies! The theme this month is "Ice Age!" 
Your pup gets to unleash their inner snow dog with this month's Ice Age box. They're about to enter an exciting adventure filled with snow, avalanches, and wooly mammoths.

Puppy Love Wild Alaskan Salmon jerky treat
Puppy Love Wild Alaskan Salmon jerky treat ($11)
Waffles loves salmon treats, so these were a big hit! Not a bad size either, as some of the treats we get are teeny tiny. These are bite-size, so great for rewards!

Complete Natural Nutrition Off-Leash Stix.
Complete Natural Nutrition Off-Leash Stix ($9)
These are larger treats, about the size of Pup-Peroni sticks. We still have some older treats to get through so haven't tried these yet.

Etta Says Deer Chews
Etta Says Deer Chews ($4)
Waffles' absolute favorite chews! She loves Etta Says chews and goes nuts for them! Love receiving these in our box!

Dex & Penny Squeaky Icicle
Dex & Penny Squeaky Icicle ($11)
While Waffles loves squeaky toys, she's developed an aversion to rubber toys for some reason and doesn't want anything to do with them. I'm going to contact BarkBox to see if we can exchange this for something else. If not, I'll add it to our donation box for the shelter. Disappointing.

Deica Corp Adorable Snowman
Deica Corp Adorable Snowman ($9)
This toy was the star of the box! I think he's adorable and Waffles fell in love with him immediately! Of course, she killed the squeaker within a couple of hours and then tried to eviscerate him. As much as she loves making a toy squeak, she loves removing the squeaker even more. I usually wind up removing it for her, then duct taping the toy so she can keep playing with it. 


The total of this box came to $44, well worth the subscription! Aside from the one toy she didn't like, the box was a big hit! Do you get BarkBox for your furbabies? If so, I'd love to see what you got this month!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Brookside Dark Chocolate Crunchy Clusters


Brookside Dark Chocolate Crunchy Clusters

Smooth dark chocolate, multi-grain clusters and alluring, fruit flavors create an enticingly delicious taste experience. Its unexpected crunch and texture like you've never experienced before.

I received a small bag of Brookside Dark Chocolate Crunchy Clusters from Crowdtap for review. Once I opened the bag, the candy didn't last long! The dark chocolate was a big hit, as most of the chocolate we eat in our house is milk chocolate. It has a nice bite to it, so we'll definitely try other dark chocolate down the road!

These have a nice crunch, but aren't hard like granola. One of my family members said they reminded him of Raisinettes, probably because of the fruit center. The cluster range in size from tiny to slightly larger, and are definitely addictive! I can see buying these again, as they're SO good!

About Brookside Chocolate: 

Brookside Farms was founded in 1954 in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. In the late 1960s, Brookside began its evolution to a confectionary company. Over the next several years, Brookside artisans worked to craft the finest chocolate recipes, using old world traditions. In doing so, they developed a patented technology to create soft fruit flavored centers covered in smooth dark chocolate. Brookside soft sweetened centers dipped in luscious dark chocolate provide an intriguing texture and exotic taste. Try them in Açai and Blueberry flavors, Pomegranate and Fruit flavors, and Goji and Raspberry flavors.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wantable Intimates Box - December 2014

Wantable Intimates Box - December 2014

Wantable is a subscription box company that offers makeup, jewelry, and intimate apparel options. When you sign up for a subscription, there is a detailed quiz so that they can better match products to your unique preferences. This is one of the more expensive subscription boxes at $36 per month ($40 for a single month), but there seem to be a lot of 50% off deals floating around lately so I recommend waiting for one of those.

Sutton Notch pink PJ set
Sutton Notch pink polka dot PJ set
I usually wear a tee or sleepshirt, but this might be good for those cold winter nights. Very cute pattern and a comfy fit!

Rene Rofe black thermal PJ set
Rene Rofe black thermal PJ set
While I appreciate them honoring my request for something with sleeves, I neglected to mention that I can't wear anything clingy. Yes, I'm very picky. These are nice and warm, but I need something loose-fitting in order to sleep. These are cute, but will try to trade for something else.


Think I have enough pajama sets now so I cancelled my account. Might try the accessory box next time they have a good promo, but I'm even pickier about jewelry so haven't made up my mind yet.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Escape Monthly - December 2014


Escape Monthly - December 2014

Escape Monthly is a monthly subscription service that brings you a taste of a vacation destination, a literal vacation in a box! Normally $49.95 per month, they also have a mini-box for $24.95. Half the size of a regular box, but just as much fun! I thought about ordering a mini box, but they sent me an email with a really good deal for the full size box, so I signed up for that one instead.

Escape Monthly - December 2014
The info card

Escape Monthly - December 2014Escape Monthly - December 2014
First look at December's goodies! The theme this month was A European Christmas.

Rick Steve's European Christmas book
Rick Steve's European Christmas
I enjoy Rick's books and this one looks interesting! There's some history, a few recipes, and lots of pictures. I'd love to spend the holidays in Europe one of these days!

St. Dalfour Red Raspberry & Pomegranate Jam
St. Dalfour Red Raspberry & Pomegranate Jam
I don't think I've ever tried pomegranate, so looking forward to trying this!

Bisschopswijn Mulled Wine & Cider Spices
Bisschopswijn Mulled Wine & Cider Spices
This smells really good and I was excited to see it in the box, but then I saw that it was made in Iowa. This is supposed to be a collection of European items, so seeing something made in the USA took a little bit of the fun out of things for me.

Stash Christmas in Paris tea
Stash Christmas in Paris tea
I love tea so was excited that this was included! Had high hopes when I saw that the box was printed in both English and French, then found the small print that it was made in Oregon. Really? 

Nougat de Montelimar
Nougat de Montelimar
This is a little scary looking, but the ingredients sound good so will give it a taste. And it was actually made in France! Finally!

Clement Faugier Creme de Marrons de L'Ardeche chestnut spread
Clement Faugier Creme de Marrons de L'Ardeche chestnut spread
I've never tried a chestnut spread, so am definitely intrigued. And it looks like it was made in France too, so yay!

St. Michel Mini Madeleines
St. Michel Mini Madeleines
Another French product! Looking forward to trying these, as they look tasty!

German white lace snowflake ornament
German white lace snowflake ornament
This is a very pretty ornament, actually made in Germany! It looks like people received different versions and I've seen a Christmas tree and angel as well as the snowflake. Will try to trade for an angel, as my mother collects angels and I think she would like it.


Despite having high hopes, I was disappointed once again by the items chosen. And am I expecting too much for a European box to have actual European items in it? I could get the real things at World Market for less money, so what's the point? While I really, really like the premise of this box, I've been disappointed by the execution too many times and have cancelled my subscription.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Wantable Intimates Box - October 2014 box & replacement

Wantable Intimates Box
Wantable is a subscription box company that offers makeup, jewelry, and intimate apparel options. When you sign up for a subscription, there is a detailed quiz so that they can better match products to your unique preferences. They've added a new comment section at the end of the quiz, which is incredibly helpful for requests! This is one of the more expensive subscription boxes at $36 per month ($40 for a single month), but there seem to be a lot of 50% off deals floating around lately so I recommend waiting for one of those.

Wantable Intimates Box
My October goodies. I had to send them an email when November rolled around and I still hadn't received my box. I was told that something was on backorder and that's why it was delayed, but think they should have notified me instead of waiting for me to ask.

Wantable Intimates Box
Apparently, Wantable changed their quiz since my last order and my preferences didn't transfer. I know that I had listed tanks as a dislike, yet I received this pajama set with a tank top. Now that they only send 2-4 items per box instead of 4-6 items, this was very disappointing. While the set is really cute, I get cold at night and need something with sleeves. After several emails back and forth, the CSR agent offered to send me a replacement and said I could keep the pajamas.

Muk Luk footies
Love these little Muk Luk footies! So comfortable!

Wantable replacementWantable replacement
Took several months and several email reminders asking for updates, but I finally received my replacement order. I got the impression they were hoping I'd forget about it so they wouldn't have to send me a replacement, but I was persistent! ha!

Wantable replacement
The replacement was totally worth the wait, as I love this sleepshirt! It's really comfortable, nice & warm, fits well, and is long enough to not worry about flashing anyone. I know some people weren't happy with this one, but I love it!


While the customer service agents are really nice, I think that they should have sent me notice that my original order was going to be delayed without me having to reach out to them. Then I had to send several emails asking where the replacement was, which left a bad taste in my mouth. I cancelled my subscription. Well, until the next 50% offer rolls around.

Friday, January 2, 2015

My 2015 New Year's Resolutions

My 2015 New Year's Resolutions



Another year, another list of resolutions that I probably won't be able to keep. Not that I'm not going to give it the old college try though!

My 2015 Goals:

  1. Complete the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge (I made a page for the weekly goals)
  2. Take part in the daily Declutter Your Home Challenge (see January's tasks)
  3. Use an online timer to help with my time-management issues
  4. Post on a more timely basis
  5. Use time spent in my knee brace more productively. That's three 30 minute sessions a day that I could be reading or writing instead of watching mindless TV!
  6. Update my blogger planner on a daily basis

Have you made any New Year's Resolutions? I'd love to hear them!