29 July 2014

Toys R Us Deals - 7/27


My husband and I decided to go to Toys R Us this past Sunday to look for a K'nex Roller Coaster set.  Unfortunately, we left the store without the set, but we did get some pretty good deals.  We purchased these in Warner Robins, Georgia, and your mileage may vary, but it might be worth a drive to check it out.  Be sure to glance at the picture of the receipt below.  Here's what we got:

$9.00 - (Normally $59.99) - Skylanders Giants 3DS Starter Pack (Game & 3 Figures)

$1.05 - (Normally $6.98) - Skylanders Erupter Clip-on Change Collector - 10" tall

$2.55 - (Normally $16.99) - Skylanders Stow n' Go Case



...and the best part of the whole trip?  My husband won me this from one of those 'crane machine' games.  I love owls, so this was pretty awesome!




26 July 2014

..::Product Review::.. Graze Box - July 2014




My Review of the July 2014 Graze Box

What is it exactly?

Graze is an online snack store where you can order healthy, delicious snacks online and have them shipped to your door.  There are over 90 recipes that you can choose from, and Graze handpicks a box that is inspired by your choice of recipes.  They put 4 of your snacks into a box, and ship them out to you!

Review…

I've recently had the pleasure of receiving the July 2014 Graze Box!  I paid NOTHING for this box, with a first-timers coupon code, and it was free to ship.  Usually this box costs $6.00 with free shipping, and is sent out biweekly.  Therefore, it is $12.00 per month for these delicious goodies.  Please read on . . .

Packaging & Presentation

Wow!  To be honest, I forgot I ordered my Graze box.  It was until today when I opened my mailbox that I was thrilled to see it in there!  The outside packaging was held together well with some plastic, and it was easy to open with perforations.  As soon as I got it, I opened it up, and saw 4 little tubs that were clearly labeled, and each in it's own cutout.  There was also a nice pamphlet inside, telling me about the contents and their nutrition information.  

First view of July's Graze box
Contents of July's Graze box

Since I was able to customize the contents of my personal Graze box, I knew that there would be delicious snacks that I knew I would like.  Just by looking at the content labeling, I was excited to give each one a taste test.  Here's the rundown of the contents:
  • Cheese & Chive Oatbakes
    • Wholegrain oatbakes with caramelized onion marmalade
  • Brownie Flapjacks
    • Rustic rolled oat flapjack with brownie pieces
  • Triple Berry Smoothie 
    • Mini strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, and banana
  • Salted Fudge & Peanut Cookie
    • Salted peanuts, redskin peanuts, vanilla fudge, and mini chocolate cookies
Cheese & Chive Oatbakes
TASTE TEST RESULTS:  Eh, not my favorite.  The oatbakes were good by themselves, as they had a lot of flavor.  The caramelized onion marmalade?  I was confused.  It was sweet with onions in it.  I don't think the two compliment each other, in my opinion.

Brownie Flapjack
TASTE TEST RESULTS:  Delicious!  As you can see in the picture, I ate one, and I gave another to a friend.  We both agreed that they are exquisite!  Very sweet, granola bar texture.

Triple Berry Smoothie
TASTE TEST RESULTS:  Another good one!  This one has dried fruits, so if you are not a fan, you might not like this one.  Personally, I love dried fruits, and if you try each ingredient together, it really does taste like a smoothie.  It was great!

Salted Fudge & Peanut Cookie

TASTE TEST RESULTS:  This was my favorite of all 4 snacks.  I can't put into words how good it is!  I grabbed a handful and closed my eyes so I can really get into the flavors.  I was bewildered at how these flavors come together to make this!

Pros
  • The box arrived on the date the website said it would.
  • My box was perfectly customized, therefore I did not receive anything that had an ingredient that I didn't like, allergic to, or defies special dietary restrictions.
  • The packaging that the Graze box comes in is made out of recycled materials (this aspect is definitely a pro to me!)
  • You have the option to receive a Graze box every week if you choose.
  • Each snack is perfectly proportioned, and provides a variety of goodness.
Cons
  • Price.  At $12.00 per month, it is a little expensive for me to order on a consistent basis.  It would be nice if you could order only 1 box per month, and cut costs a little without interruption in service.
  • If you really, really like a snack, I do not see a way to order it online in a larger, single version.
Summary

The Graze box was a good one.  I subscribe to a few different surprise boxes, and this is my first 'food' box.  I was quite impressed with the presentation, as well as the taste.  I LOVE being able to customize my tastes, so I get to try new things, yet not be disgusted with ingredients of which I dislike. 

Please keep in mind that everyone's Graze box can be different.  When you sign up, you tailor the food choices to your likes and dislikes.

I'd rate this Graze box and the entire experience a 7 out of 10.

Are you wanting to get in on the Graze box experience?  Click this link, and sign up!  Your first box AND fifth boxes are FREE, and you can cancel at any time without any commitments!

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DISCLAIMER:  I was not compensated for this post, nor did I receive anything for free in lieu of writing this post.  I just decided to write this post on my own time and at my own accord.

25 July 2014

..::Product Review::.. Birchbox July 2014



My Review of the July Birchbox

What is it exactly?

From the website . . .
"...Each month, you'll receive a selection of samples that we've tried (and retried) ourselves. We source our samples from both well-known brands and emerging gems. The women’s subscription includes everything from skincare to makeup, as well as fun non-beauty extras. The men’s subscription delivers top-tier grooming products in addition to lifestyle accessories ranging from hip socks to tech accessories."

Review…

I’ve recently had the pleasure of buying and receiving the July Birchbox!  I paid $10.00 for this box, received a $3.00 discount, and it was free to ship.  Please read on . . .

Packaging & Presentation

I was sent a plethora of goodies in this shipment.  This is my first ever Birchbox, so I did not know what to expect.  When I received it, everything was intact, covered by tissue paper.  Nothing was broken, leaking, or crushed.  


Layout of my Birchbox after I opened it

Contents of July's Birchbox

I was pretty excited when I opened the box up to reveal a 5 new products that I have never heard of before.  That is the best, because I love sampling new things from the makeup world.  Here's the rundown of the contents:


  • Supergoop!
    • Lightweight, water-resistant SPF 30+ protection.
  • Vasanti Cosmetics
    • BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
    • Mimics microdermabrasion
  • Harvey Prince
    • Hello Fragrance
    • Mingles cheerful citrus with floral notes
  • theBalm Cosmetics
    • Stainiac in Beauty Queen
    • Stain that gives lips and cheeks a sheer, rosy tint.

  • Cynthia Rowley Beauty
    • Silver Eyeliner
    • Metallic liner that goes on smoothly
  • Women's Health
    • One-year subscription to Women's Health magazine 


 Supergoop! - Sunscreen & Vasanti Cosmetics - Facial Rejuvenator

 Harvey Prince - Hello Fragrance

theBalm Cosmetics - Stainiac & Cynthia Rowley - Eyeliner


Pros

  • Quality products - real beauty brands
  • The Cynthia Rowley eyeliner is bomb, I love it!  The silver color is not something I would usually choose for myself, but it makes my eyes look great!
  • The Vasanti Cosmetics face rejuvenator works great.  I've never had microdermabrasion before, but  it made my face feel clean and smooth.
  • The Harvey Prince Hello fragrance is nice.  Usually I'm not one for a floral fragrance, but this one mixed with the meyer lemon is energetic, bold, and well, happy!  I've been wearing it everyday since I received this box, and I'm happy with the results.
Cons
  • Supergoop!  I'm not sure this is necessarily a 'con', but I *gasp* never wear sunscreen.  I did rub a little on my hand, and it is very nice feeling, but I would never use it on a daily basis.
  • theBalm Cosmetics's Stainiac. I mean, it works okay, but the color is definitely not me.  I'm more of a deeper, nuder color.  Pink just doesn't suit me.  I also have naturally colored cheeks, so I wouldn't use this as a cheek stain, either.  On the good side, it does go on smoothly and is very light feeling.  It lasts a long time, too.  Which in my case was not very good.
  • The Women's Health magazine subscription.  I dislike this magazine. It's boring.  If I ever need to look up something about my health, I look it up online.  No need to pay $26/year for something I wouldn't use.  On a good note though, since this is a free subscription, there is an option to get a refund on the magazine.  If I send the card in with my Birchbox confirmation, they refund the $9.99 that Birchbox paid for the subscription.  Considering this Birchbox in specific cost me $7.00, I am making quite the profit!
Summary

Yes! I love it!  Everything was a great experience, and I surely await future shipments from Birchbox.  The good thing is that even if you only keep a few products, and give a few to a friend, you still get your money's worth.  I'm stoked that I actually took the dive and purchased this subscription.  

Please keep in mind that everyone's Birchbox can be different.  When you sign up, you tailor the products to your needs and tones.

Considering the cons really aren't 'cons', I'd say I'd rate this Birchbox and the entire experience a 9/10.

Are you wanting to get in on the Birchbox experience?  Click this link, and sign up!  If you have the iBotta app on your phone, you also qualify for a $3.00 rebate, making the total only $7.00!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!



Please visit Birchbox on:

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DISCLAIMER:  I was not compensated for this post, nor did I receive anything for free.  I just decided to write this post on my own time and own accord.

19 July 2014

I'm Back!



After a long hiatus from keeping up with this blog, I decided to bring it back.  I have had quite a change in these past three years, but that is a whole different blog post.  I just wanted to take the time to say hello, and that I will be posting again, quite frequently.  To all my followers, thanks for holding in.  I've got a lot planned for this year, so hang in there while I get my act together.  ;)

04 July 2011

..::Winner's Post::..

Congratulations to the winners selected for the giveaways ended June 27 - July 3 2011!
You have all been emailed, and please respond within 48 hours, or new winners will be selected!