Saturday, August 2, 2014

Conscious Box: July

So, Conscious Box.

This and Bulu box are going to be written differently because I don't want to come up with a cost, at the end, I'm just going to mention value.  I got this box on either Groupon or LivingSocial and it was a great deal.  This isn't going to be nearly as in-depth as my other box-reports.  And I'm really stressed out this month so I don't have time for the blog--I think I'm going to cook though!  Cooking relives stress.  And I need to save my blogging power for blogging about cooking, right?

So much!


Seven Seas tea:  I'll drink this, I like tea.  I really really wish it said what type of tea it was.

Truvia sweetener.  One packet of sweetener seems a little bizarre.  I'm not a sweetener person, I don't really drink sweet things.

Choco-slim.  I like to lose weight through diet and exercise, so this really isn't up my alley.  Plus I'd rather drink my tea in tea form.

Evironne fruit and vegetable wash:  These really aren't necessary.   I've taken a lot of food safety classes and won't use this.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts--I think this is hilarious and going to be sent to a friend.  Apparently it works as a protein source for salads and smoothies and such.

Everly drink mix--I think this is pretty cool.  Apparently when you buy it, Everly donates money to help children who are sick with waterborne diseases.  This is peach and mango, so I'm allergic to it, but it will find a new home.

Fruitbreak blended fruit with Greek yogurt--I think this is a great idea (and only 100 calories) if you like Greek yogurt, which I don't.  And I'm super allergic to it (see a theme?).

Natralia: Heel balm.  I will use this!  My heels are always a disaster.


Honest kids juice drink:  There is no ingredient label but I'm going to guess I'm allergic to it.  And it's too bad because I really like Capri Sun.

Clif bar:  I'll use this after a workout (they are tasty for the class of bar they are in, protein bars as a whole are usually...not my favorite.  I'm not into sweets)

Glutenfreeda oatmeal:  I don't like oatmeal.  And oats are gluten-free (people, learn what gluten actually is before you decide it matters if you eat gluten or not).  Some oatmeal is not gluten-free because they dust it with flour so that it doesn't clump.  


Anyone tried any of this stuff?

Did I think this box was worth it?  If you like to try a lot of different stuff, sure, lots of samples.  It's really not my kind of box but it included a lot of stuff.  It had a LOT of stuff to sample, which I like, and it was fun to look through.

Bulubox: July

So, Bulubox:

This and Conscious box are going to be written differently because I don't want to come up with a cost, at the end, I'm just going to mention value.  I got this box on either Groupon or LivingSocial and it was a great deal.  This isn't going to be nearly as in-depth as my other box-reports.  And I'm really stressed out this month so I don't have time for the blog--I think I'm going to cook though!  Cooking relives stress!

Group 1:


"Helps" tea:   It appears to be mostly a menopause tea.  I'm happy to say I'm a long way from that.  I'm going to send this to a friend as a joke because alfalfa, lemon balm, and sage doesn't sound that good to me.

"Helps for rehydration": Yes!  I will use these, they seem like they would be great after a workout.  

BioTerra Herbs Sleep...z-z-z:  A sleep aid.  I have a lot of allergies and I don't tend to take things like this because I'm afraid of an allergic reaction.  It will go to a friend.

Chike Protein Coffee:  Yes, I will use this.  I hate coffee but I like protein for after my workouts, so I will keep it and see how it goes.  It's whey based, which I like in protein supplements.

So many coupons!



Most of the stuff I don't want but I'm going to use the 2-week trial and send the wine voucher to a friend.



I've gotten this Puracyn wound spray in like 3  boxes last month (I'm not blogging about every box), I'm keeping it, although I hope I don't need it!






Beanfields chips:  I think a bean chip sounds gross but I like rice cakes, so maybe I'd like rice chips.  I think I'll try it.

Power Crunch bar:  I hate protein bars but I really need more protein in my life.  I will eat it.  

Anyone tried any of this stuff?

How do I join?  Click here!

Did I think this box was worth it?  If you like to try a lot of different stuff, sure, lots of samples.  It's really not my kind of box but it included a lot of stuff.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Skymall: Summer 2014

I've decided to start a new column dedicated to the wonders of the best catalog in the world:  Skymall.  I travel often for work and have regularly threatened my friends with the idea of an all Skymall Christmas. As I'm currently stuck on the Tarmac,ready for a 6 hr flight, it seems the perfect time to start this column.  The pictures aren't great as I'm literally on a plane.  

Sadly, this Skymall isn't as insane as most!  But there are still some gems:  

1.  A wine sippy cup.  Who exactly is this for?  The person who is to drunk to work a cup? A toddler with a drinking problem?   I guess the fake stem is just there to keep it classy.


2.  On top, they are advertising what is essentially a Segway without the top.  You just stand and it wheels you where you are going.  And it's almost a grand. So you can not walk.  Walking is free.  I recommend walking.  On the bottom is an amazing contraption that is half skateboard, half inline skates.  Once, when I was about 7, I decided to try my hand (foot?) at skateboarding and promptly fell off and almost broke my wrist.  I suspect my clumsy ass would not fare well in the Orbitwheel.  Although it's a bargin at a mere $99.99.  


3.  No lying--I need this jacket.  I will go to events where nobody else gets a sibgle bug bite and I'll have dozens.  Over the years I've tried every type of spray.  I don't wear perfumes or scented anything and I never wear bright colors but I still get bit like mad.  Need to know if you have fleas?  I'll walk through your house and come out with ankles looking like I'm 9 months pregnant. This jacket might be the best invention in the world.  


4.  I would only buy this for someone as a joke. What kind of person buys a singing gondolier for their pool?  Who buys this???


5.  On the other hand--if I didn't live in an apartment I would not only have this climbing squirrel but that zombie dog??  Totally would be in my yard.  In fact, that's possibly my mom's Christmas present.  
 

6.  Doesn't everyone feel their shower could be improved if it looked more like a rave?  I've been to a lot of spas (okay, like 2 spas) and I don't remember multicolored showers!  Obviously I wasn't involved in the " pure fun"!  


7.  Don't lie.  You'd buy everything on this page if you could.   Everybody wants a body of armor or an Egyptian coffin in their house.  I'd use it to scare the dogs and pull "Home Alone" style pranks but I'm sure there are many uses. And most of the options offer curbside delivery!  So you don't have to go pick it up like a filthy heathen.  


8. I love this page.  In the middle, they offer his and her fake tattoo shirts--there is nothing more badass  than committing to wearing a shirt with printed tattoos.  So realistic!   I like the shirts in the lower,eft because I was just sitting waiting for this plane with a set of young lovers wearing matching shirts that said "I love my southern wife" and "I love my southern husband over gigantic confederate flags.  Ah, young love.   

But the real winner is the box in the lower right cornor.  It appears that the box exists to give you daily affirmations, but only if your name is Bob.  Wouldn't your day improve if a box complimented you every time you opened it?  I am looking good today, box, thanks for noticing!  


9. You think I'm going to talk about the hideous dholes but no--that bag freaking winks as you wear it!!!  What kind of black magic is that???  Burn the witch!!



All in all, I'm disappointed in the summer 2014 issue of Skymall.  It doesn't have nearly the WTFeryof previous editions.  I'm going to have to rate this one a 3/10 because there aren't nearly enough items you'd have to be low on oxygen to buy. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lootcrate: July

Loot Crate: "Loot Crate is the monthly gear and swag club for those that live and embrace the geek and gaming lifestyle. Loot Crate is a product discovery box, connecting our subscribers, known as Looters, with the best new and emerging companies producing gear, snacks, toys, hardware, art, and other goodies for the geek and gaming market. Each month, Loot Crate handpicks 6-8 new items to include in the box, which are kept secret until the boxes are delivered!"  Every month has a theme and May's theme was VILLAINS.

I am definitely a geek (thousands of comics, walls covered in comic and video game art, love of comic conventions, lover of urban fantasy novels (HARRY DRESDEN FOREVER!), and such but there are huge swaths of geekery that I'm not into so I didn't know how this box would go for me.

This is what the box looks like:



LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the actual crate this month.  It's hilarious!  Good job, Lootcrate!




Item 1:  A Loki/Joker mash-up shirt

Apparently there isn't always a shirt but, when there is, they warn you so you can select the correct size.  Not only is this beyond not my style, I'm not a big Joker or Loki fan....

Verdict: ...so this will be either given away or sold.

My take:  It's clever and cute but not my style 

Value: $20?  This is going to have to be a guess.


Item 2:   Bowser propaganda style magnet

My take: AWESOME.  Already on the fridge.  I have some awesome propoganda style posters I got at C2E2 from Justonescarf (WHO IS AWESOME AND I WILL OWN ALL HIS STUFF ONE DAY).

Verdict: Keep!

Value: $5?

Item 3:  I'm not going into detail on the pin.  You get a pin every month, believe it or not, there is a market for them, its's going on ebay.

Value: $1? Who knows.

Item 4:  Darth Vader Key Chain

My take: I'm not that into Star Wars (I know, I know) but it's actually pretty attractive and does fit well into the theme.

Verdict: Sell or give it away as a gift

Value: $10?  Hard to know, I rarely guess keychain prices more.  But I'm going to link to a keychain I like more:  





Item 5:   Lootcrate exclusive Rocket Raccoon Comic

My take: I think this is cool, I like Guardians of the Galaxy and it's just in time for the movie!  

Verdict: I'm thinking keep.

Value: $3.99




Item 4:  Necessary Evil DVD

"Christopher Lee narrates this awesome documentary that explores the villains of the DC Universe for over seven decades of incredible comic book chaos"

My take:I'm not a DC fan.

Verdict: Sell or give it away as a gift

Value: $10?  Almost impossible to know.  



Item 6:  Deadpool socks

My take:I love Deadpool!!  And these are easy socks to wear because they aren't over the top geeky.  Like when you have Wonder Woman underpants under your suit.   Yours little dorky secret.

Verdict: Keep or gift to a beloved friend.

Value: $10? I'm guessing everything at $10.



Item 7:  Harley Quinn and Joker posters

My take:I'm not a DC fan.  But these really are pretty cool, the style is awesome--they just don't fit with my decor.  Don't get me wrong, it's all geekery, but it's not this type.

Verdict: Give away to a friend, I'm thinking, right now.

Value: $10?  Almost impossible to know.


All in all, about $59.99 worth of stuff for about $20.  

Another month?  Yes, I'm sticking with Lootcrate for another month.

To join Loot Crate click here!  It's $19.37 a month.  I'm not going to go into shipping speed or delivery method--if you want that, there are plenty of other blogs that will give you that information.


CODE:  If you order now and use the code VILLAINS you get 10% off your first month!  (this is only going to work in July, I assume)

As always, I swap on my Pinterest page, so if you want to buy any of the stuff that didn't quite trip my trigger, email me!

Barkbox: July

Barkbox!  I love my Barkbox.   I managed to get my first month at a hellava deal and it's been worth every penny so far.  

Barkbox explains itself as "When you sign up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets!"

Unfortunately, the dog has figured out that one of these boxes is for her and now stands excitedly over every box, every month.  It's a fight to take these picture

I think some of you thought I was exaggerating--I wasn't.  This is what happens when I try to take the pictures.


Item 1: P.L.A.Y. Clam Toy

"Hand crafted with a double layer exterior and inverse cross-stitched joins to ensure extra durability..."

My take: It's cute but sort of a generic toy.  It has a nice sqeaker but I wish I had gotten the giant squid and not the clam.  I don't even know what the giant squid looks like but I bet it's more interesting.

Verdict: Keep and add to the 10000000 toys the dog already has

Value:  $10


Item 2: Loopies Corduroy Whale Toy

"...This plush and cuddly whale will become fast friends with your pup..."

My take: How much can you say about a squeaky toy that looks like a whale?  The dog loves it though.  She's currently fighting me for both of them because she doesn't like them on my lap.

Verdict: Keep.  All these New England-y and PNW toys are going to make my dog feel high-end!

Value: $10


Item 3: Mr. Barksmith's Pina Colada Smoothie

"Each treat is made from human-grade food ingredients, is wheat, gluten, and dairy free, and can be enjoyed room temperature or frozen"

My take: Your dog treats and food don't need to be gluten-free and we can talk about that more if you want to but the dog does really like frozen treats.  I'll tell you from experience--this is not a "before bed" treat because it will make your animal have to pee.

Verdict: I've gotten this before and the dog loved it, so obviously keep.

Value: $2

Item 4: Think!  Dog Louisiana Crab Jerky

".USA made and sourced from sustainable family farms and fisheries in Louisiana, these crab and alligator jerky treats are wheat, corn and soy-free,.."

My take: You know my take on the ingredients.  Also, most farms in this country are family farms but whatever.  A good way to differentiate yourself in an over-saturated market

Verdict: They smell absolutely awful but the dog not only ate it right down but is sniffing the ground to see if she missed any.

Value: $7 

Item 5:  PetSSafe Indigo Triple Chews

"Grain-free but taste-FULL (their emphasis) These indigo tripe chews combine immune boosting antioxidants, a satisfying teeth-cleaning chew, AND a deliciously moist probiotic filling that promotes digestive heath.  No artificial colors preservatives on these chewy delights--the blue tint is provided by the scrumptious blueberries used in the recipe."

My take: No use beating a dead horse about ingredients but the dye thing does matter--especially if you've ever had to clean up dye-full vomit from a light color carpet.  These are SOLID treats.  They are more like Greenies than Milk-Bones, if you get my drift.  The dog doesn't seem sure about it, she's not going after it like she hasn't eaten in 6 months like she normally does.

Verdict: I don't see myself buying these again but she can enjoy them for now.

Value: $10

All in all, about $39 or so for about $18-$29 depending on how many months you sign up for.  Pretty good deal and the dog is getting much more variety in treats than she would get if I was randomly buying them at the grocery store.

Another month?  Absolutely.  I love never having to buy treats and trying all the new items.

To join Barkbox: Click here to get 10% off of your first Barkbox.

CODE:  Click the above link and get your first for 10% off

As always, swap on my Pinterest page, so if you want to buy any of the stuff that didn't quite trip my trigger, email me!



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Popsugar: June

Popsugar Must Have boxes:  "Every day we are pitched hundreds of new products. We love testing them all out and sharing our favorites with our readers.

For over five years, our editors and I have been reporting about our monthly must haves. Now we'll curate the very best in home, fashion, and beauty and send them right to your door.

Imagine getting an awesome surprise present every month, full of fun products for you to enjoy!"

The unveiling--and remember, if you want beautiful pictures, you've came to the wrong blog.  These pictures are what's going to happen when you actually open your box, assuming you aren't the Martha Stewart type.  And if you are, I bow in your direction. (I know I say this every post but it bares repeating).

The box:


Item 1:  Emily Giffin's "The One and Only"

"Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.
 
But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.
 
Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living."

My take: It looks like a book I'll like but I certainly wouldn't have bought it in hardback form.  It's certainly popular--I saw it on a main display in Barnes and Noble this weekend.

Verdict: Read and then trade or give away (I'm a big fan of trading books, I love PaperbackSwap, if you are interested in joining, let me know and I'll send you a link!).

Value:  $28 (I'm using the Popsugar booklet for all my prices in this one)



""The key to the future is anticipation. I’s getting there before everyone else. It’s not just solving the problem in front of you but also what’s after it. In this day and age, it is not enough to understand where we are. We have to know where we are heading.
Native Union was founded on this principle. Formed in 2009 to provide solutions to the challenges of the digital age, we had one goal: to make life simpler in a rapidly changing world.  Our biggest investment has always been in our people. Native Union consists of a pool of creative designers and engineering talent from all over the world who are passionate to deliver only the best products to our customers.
At every stage, from concept to execution, we ensure the level of quality is consistent. Improving lives through technology is not an easy task and we take pride in providing the best product experience. Through great design, we strive to bring communication back to how it should be: simple and enjoyable.
Who we are is a result of our core values: innovation and design. Part of our job is to figure out what you need before you do. We believe that the future is not something you wait for.  It is something you create." (I've resized this but it's all from the website).
My take: I'm starting to fall in love with this cable/charging station.  Considering my iPhone and iPod are constantly running out of charge, this is an exciting product, and once you take off 10% for being a new customer and the $15 off, it's pretty cheap.

Verdict: KEEP and use before I forget about it.

Value:  $15

Item 3: Turkish-T beach towel

 (This is for the tie-dye version of this beach towel but they seem similar).  "An alternative to the standard striped Turkish towel, the Basic Breeze Tie-Dye towel serves as a sophisticated, stylish bath sheet and beach wrap. Lightweight and quick-drying, this semi-sheer, 100% Turkish cotton towel makes the ideal beach sarong, dress, and shawl.  As the summer temperature rises, the brightly-colored, hand dyed Tie-Dye Breeze is certain to keep you cool and comfortably covered.

My take:  I can always use new headphones, especially for working out, and I like that these have 3 sets of earphones and a microphone.  They come in like 5 colors if you hate the green but I think it's okay.

Verdict: Not sure yet.  I want to be a beach person but I'm almost never at a beach.  I hate coverups.  This might go to my cover-up loving friend.

Value:  $32

(This isn't the same one but gives you an idea of a Turkish towel):



Item 4: Sachajuan Shiny Citrus Body Lotion

"After a long day under the sun, your skin needs hydration.  Using Swedish oats, this lotion reduces the appearance of wrinkles and calms irritation--keeping your skin replenished all summer long"

My take: Undecided.  I, obviously, don't tan.  But I do want to start using night cream.  So we will see.  It certainly smells great.

Verdict: Unsure

Value:  $24



Item 5:  You Smell Lemon Wet Wipes

"Finding time to freshen up just got easier.  These naturally antibacterial wipes are not only durable, but also gentle.  Throw these in your bag before your endless adventures ahead."

My take: These are going straight in the gym bag.  I will report back but I like the idea of adult wet-wipes.  And they are certainly cheap enough.

Verdict: KEEP

Value:  $6


Item 6:  Lollies Basic Hair Ties

"Spruce up your ponytail instantly with Lollies.  Made from swimwear fabric, they'll look cute on your wrist, and we love that these braided ties don't stretch over time like your average hair bands"

My take: If these actually work like they say, they would be like magic.  I hate the stretching of hair bands and I constantly do have one on my wrist (as does every woman with long hair).  I'm happy to give these a try.  And the $8/3 isn't a terrible price.

Verdict: KEEP

Value:  $8

Item 7:  One potato, Two potato chips

These are pretty much fancy kettle potato chips with a Hawaiian BBQ flavor.

My take: FINALLY a food item I will actually try.  I like potato chips and they sound tasty.

Verdict: KEEP

Value:  $2




All in all, about $115 worth of stuff for about $39.95 for the normal box. 

Another month?  I really love Popsugar.  If I had to give up all other boxes, this would be the one I would keep.

To join Popsugar: Click here You won't regret it!


CODE:  Use REFER5 for $5 off your first box!!

As always, swap on my Pinterest page, so if you want to buy any of the stuff that didn't quite trip my trigger, email me!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Barkbox: June

Barkbox!  I love my Barkbox.   I managed to get my first month at a hellava deal and it's been worth every penny so far.  

Barkbox explains itself as "When you sign up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets!"

Unfortunately, the dog has figured out that one of these boxes is for her and now stands excitedly over every box, every month.  It's a fight to take these pictures.
See that first toy?  The one facing us that looks like it might be a monkey?


Here is the other side (ignore the mess, this has been a month of extreme housecleaning):



This toy actually has no head at all.  It's just a baboon ass.  It's extremely disturbing.  And the dog LOVES it.  It's currently her favorite toy.

So, 
Item 1:The original Silly Bums (Nuthin' butt fun for your dog) (yes, it really says that)

"
  • Unique plush dog toy made with soft fur and enticing crinkle material
  • Also includes a squeaker inside
  • Suitable for any breed of dog"


My take: So, it appears that it is difficult to find this baboon toy in the US so I included a link to what I feel is equally inappropriate, a beaver.  The prices are all over the board.  I wish the dog didn't like this toy but she does so...

Verdict: ::Sigh:: Keep.

Value:  $7.99?





Item 2: Pet Qwerks Toys plush frog

It's a plush frog that is surprisingly difficult to find an actual description of.  It squeaks, there isn't a whole lot to say about it.

My take: Cute, squeaky, the dog likes it.  But not as much as that ass-toy.

Verdict:  Keep

Value:  $11?  Another hard one to figure out.

Item 3:  Healthy Dogma Blissful Banana Crisps

"
  • Banana Crisp Treats are all natural and healthy for your dogs
  • These are great as a training treat and can easily be broken into smaller pieces
  • Banana Crisps make a great energy snack and are easy on tummies"

My take: The first time I gave a banana crisp to the dog, she looked at me like "Where is my real treat?"  She now will eat them but I wouldn't say she loves them.

Verdict: Keep but I'm not buying these again.  Quit thinking about what you want to eat when you buy your dog treats (dried banana) and buy what the dog would actually like (liver treats).

Value:  $11.87


Item 3:  Primal freeze-dried beef liver snacks.

My take: The dog really likes them so they seem to be a winner.

Verdict: Keep.

Value:  $4.99? These don't appear to be sold anymore?  The turkey liver ones are everywhere though and I think they'd be similar.  Probably better but that's mostly because I don't like beef liver (the dog does, though, and that's what really matters).


All in all, about $35.85 or so for about $18-$29 depending on how many months you sign up for.  Pretty good deal and the dog is getting much more variety in treats than she would get if I was randomly buying them at the grocery store.

Another month?  Absolutely.  I love never having to buy treats and trying all the new items.

To join Barkbox: Click here to get 10% off of your first Barkbox.

CODE:  Click the above link and get your first for 10% off

As always, swap on my Pinterest page, so if you want to buy any of the stuff that didn't quite trip my trigger, email me!