Happy Mommy Box Review- January 2014

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Happy Mommy Box came yesterday in the mail, and I was so excited to get my second one, having really liked a lot of the stuff in the first one. This one had a lot of great items in it, including some super cuter jewelry. There were a couple issues, too, but I am chalking that up to them still being a new box company. Here are the goods:

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I was excited to see the containers and couldn’t wait to check out the indie jewelry. Happy Mommy Box is a fairly new monthly subscription box geared towards cool stuff to make moms happy. They always try to include a little item for the kids, too, like a snack or toy, but it is mostly about a little spoiling for mom, which I am all about. Happy Mommy Box is $29 per month, plus an initial sign-up fee of another $29. (making your first box $58 and then $29 thereafter) Here are the details:

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Happy Mommy Box always includes a little hanging-up worthy quote. I thought this one was sweet, and I am going to pass it on to a certain friend who would like this one very much.

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Pop-it airtight containers: ($15) As far as I’m concerned, it would take a lot of portable, lidded containers before we ever had enough. I have great sets of OXO stuff that I used to use when I made baby purees all the time, but those are actually getting kind of small for bigger kid portions. These are awesome. Airtight, microwave and dishwasher safe, great sizes and great for storing. They get awesome reviews on amazon, too.

Pirate’s Booty: ($0.75) Pirate’s Booty is basically a staple around here, so an extra never hurts. We don’t give our son this everyday, but it is his favorite, and it is simply organic puffed corn and cheese, not the most healthy thing in the world, but not candy and Chee-tos either. We definitely never take a day-trip or airplane ride without Pirate’s Booty.

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Chobani magnet and coupons- So, I did not assign a value to this because, while I was SO excited for free yogurt coupons, especially for something we love and buy, these coupons are EXPIRED. They have a date of 12/31/13, and guess what, it is 2014.  It’s weird how disappointed I felt about this. Obviously, it is not the end of the world, or even a big deal, but it is just an attention to detail thing that I found kind of lame. The magnet is cool, as it gives all the conversions to use when using Chobani to replace things like oil, sour cream, mayo, etc in recipes. It is on the fridge, and we will use it, but the expired coupons are annoying.

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Mug from CrystalFaye.com: ($18) Ok, so at first I thought this mug was a promo item since it has the website printed on it so prominently, but they do sell these on their site for $18. It is cute, but not totally my thing, plus, if I am going to pay $18 for a mug, I think that it should just have the cute saying on it and not be an advertisement. Am I missing something? Is CrystalFaye.com such a cool thing that it is cool to have it on the mug? I have been super unaware of cool stuff like that before, so benefit of the doubt and all. I will pass it on to my friend from Georgia, who will like the cute, peachy design.

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Love both of these cute jewelry items!

The Poppy Chain hammered brass stud earrings: ($7) These are so cute and versatile. I love little studs like this, especially for just running errands, you know, those times when you are probably going to wear yoga pants and tennies but still want to look a little girly and like you put some effort in.  Wait, am I the only one who does this?  I also love earrings like this for when I am wearing a big statement necklace. This shop has tons of cute stuff, too.  Yay for discovering new etsy artists, something Happy Mommy Box is really big on.

Jilly Bean Jewelry necklace: ($9.99) This is a cute printed necklace that says inspire on it from another indie jewelry maker. I love the gold, and the matted gold chain is cute, too, and is long enough that it can be worn over a collar as is the trend right now.

All told, the January Happy Mommy Box had a value of about $55 for the $29 price tag. I was pretty annoyed by getting expired coupons, but the cute jewelry makes me happy, and I love the containers. I am going to give this box another month, since I know they are still starting out and I like the concept. They do promise to send their monthly magazine in each box, and that was not here. Not sure if it was just forgotten or if there wasn’t one this month. Looking forward to seeing what these ladies can bring.

FabFitFun VIP Review for Fourth Quarter

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So, I added FabFitFun VIP Box to my collection because I wanted a couple quarterly boxes, and they had a great Black Friday deal that made me want to test it out. I got the fourth quarter box today and could not wait to review it. This might be one of my favorites that I have gotten so far! This is definitely staying in the rotation, and I will have to decide what to replace with it. The good news is that, since it is quarterly, it is less spendy than some of the others at $49 per quarter. FabFitFun is a quarterly box curated by Guiliana Rancic and caters towards active women. Here are the goods:

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This is such a fun box, and I loved how the stuff inside was a mix of beauty, fitness and fashion, and how so many of the items were meant to be inspiring. I am at such a crossroads in my life, and I need some inspiration. This box delivers. Here are the details:

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The Giving Key Never Ending Necklace: ($55) I cannot say how much I love this! It is my favorite item in the box, and I want to get them for everyone I care about. These necklaces are made out of old keys and each one is engraved with a word. Mine says STRENGTH (which I actually could use a little of right now). The thing about the necklace is that you are supposed to wear it until someone you care about needs it more. And then you pass it on, and then that person does the same thing. They also encourage you to add your story about why you passed it on to their website. This  company also employs people transitioning out of homelessness, which I think is so important. You know it’s a good box when an item actually makes you tear up a little bit.

Lorna Jane MoveNourishBelieve (MNB) Bracelet: ($30) This is another inspirational piece, a bright pink rubber bracelet with a charm that is meant to remind you to Move, Nourish and Believe each day. It is a reminder to be a part of a sisterhood of health and wellness. As someone who is on a quest to lose 30 pounds and needs a constant reminder to believe and move and nourish (and not to nourish with candy) I love this piece. The box also included a 20% coupon for Lorna Jane (which ended up getting pictured below with the gift cards)

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NYX Eye Shadow Palette in La Dolce Vita: ($8) This is one of the beauty bargain bonus items that was included. I have gotten a bunch of NYX eye shadow palettes in boxes, and the shadow is really nice. These colors just won’t work for me; I can’t do blues and greys. So I will happily pass this one on or add to the Bag-o-Beauty.

Beauty for Real Lip Gloss in Turned On: ($22) This lipgloss is a great pink color that will probably work for just about anyone. But the hilarious thing is that you click the lid, and the whole thing lights up. Like a flashlight. It also has a little mirror on the bottle, so you can apply lipgloss in the dark when you are somewhere with no mirror. It’s like a James Bond gadget for the ladies. I tried to demo the light up feature in the photo, but it was hard in the daylight. I love this.

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Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser: ($7.49) This is another bargain bonus item, but I like it. I use stuff like this in the shower all the time and could use an extra for my gym shower caddy. I typically use Aveeno in conjunction with whatever fancy exfoliator I’m into (still using the awesome one from the PopSugar Fall Luxury Box) but this one looks like a good one. Done and done.

Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream: ($45) Every day when I look in the mirror, I remember that I need more eye cream in my life. This one is formulated to fight wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles, and I am the proud owner of all of those, so sign me up. It has great ingredients and includes cotton powder. I hadn’t heard of cotton powder as an ingredient before, but apparently, it is legit. This has no scent and the texture is really nice. I feel less puffy already.

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TruEnergy Inspired Earbuds: ($39.99): These are very cool. I struggle with keeping earbuds in my ears when I work out, but I will give these a try. They also have a cool splitter option, so a friend can plug in to your headphones and listen to the same music or watch the same movie. I can’t wait to use these with my husband to watch a movie on a plane the next time we travel child-free. So like, sometime in 2030.

Bioxidea Miracle 24 Mask: ($19) This mask says it reduces signs of aging and smooths skin with visible results that last for 24 hours. The next time I have to look super hot, I will use this the night before. In the meantime, I’d better do some sit-ups.

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MeUndies.com gift card: ($20) This will get you a free pair of underwear from MeUndies.com, shipping included. As soon as I showed this to my husband, he got excited because Esquire magazine rated the men’s underwear from MeUndies as the best ever. So of course, as the dutiful wife that I am, I used this card to order him a pair of boxer-briefs. No shipping, no handling, this card equals a free pair of drawers, your choice.

Physique 57 Classes: ($25): This coupon is good for five online workout downloads. I have never really used my computer for workouts, but these look pretty awesome, and I am going to give it a try.

All told, this box had a value of over $225 for the $49 dollar price tag. I am in love with this box and cannot wait until next quarter. FabFitFun is totally up my alley, and is one of my favorite boxes I have ever received.  Seriously, this box rocks.

PopSugar Must Have Review December 2013

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The PopSugar Must Have December Box has received a lot of mixed reviews thus far, with some people seeming pretty unhappy with it. While it wasn’t necessarily my favorite PopSugar Must Have box, I actually thought everything was pretty nice, and even the stuff I didn’t initially love, I realized I would get use out of. Here are the goods:

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This box was full of holiday cheer and everything was pretty fun. Here are the details:

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Govino Go Anywhere Champagne Flutes: ($12.95) This is a set of four disposable champagne flutes from Govino. While I understand why some people weren’t happy with them being plastic and disposable, I think we will get use out of them, but I think it will be during the summer. We take picnics to jazz in the park a lot of summer Sundays, and these are perfect. I can’t really see using them more than once like they say you can, but we shall see. I didn’t think these were amazing, but we will use them.

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Whoa, snack-city for this PopSugar box.

CC Made Caramel Corn: This is a great size to add to a gift basket, which is probably what I will do with it. After the peppermint pretzel incident from the Special Edition Box, I need to lay off the snacks for a bit.

Ghiradelli Squares: (2 packs) ($4.25 each) These were fine, and I actually put them out at our cocktail party, so I got use out of them right away. The Pumpkin Spice flavor is to die for. These were listed on the information card as an extra, although I thought it was a little weird that there were two packages of them. Chocolate is good, and so I accept these and will do my best to give most of them away.

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Mixt Studio Holiday Gifting Set: ($9) This is a package of three different kinds of wrapping paper with string and tags to finish the packages. I think this is super handy and pretty, and I will be wrapping a few presents with it this week. i thought this was a cool addition for the holidays.

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NCLA Peppermint Lane Nail Wraps: ($16) Nail wraps are not my thing, but I already know who is getting these as a gift. We are doing a small-gift gift exchange with my husband’s family, and I am going to put together a little nail set for Mike’s brother’s girlfriend. These will be perfect to add to that.

Modelco Fibre Lashxtend Black Mascara: ($20) I have a ton of mascara, and as I have mentioned a million times, am currently totally hooked on It’s So Big mascara by Elizabeth Mott. This will go in the makeup box for gifting or putting into the Bag-o-Beauty for girls’ trip. I’m sure those classy ladies will throw down to see who gets a full size mascara out of there.

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Lulu Frost for PopSugar bracelet: ($110) This was another item in the box that had a lot of mixed reviews. I really like it and will wear it. While I would not pay $110 for it retail, I think it is edgy and pretty at the same time and am excited to wear it. Lulu Frost items are typically pretty spendy, so I think  that is part of what they figure into the price. I like that it is a special edition for PopSugar, and I like the antique coloring to the gold chain. This was my favorite thing in the box.

All told, this PopSugar Must Have box had a value of around $180 for the $39.95 pricetag. I liked the holiday cheer, loved the bracelet, and thought it was pretty good, though not my favorite PopSugar box. Looking forward to what they have in store for 2014.  You can always get $5 off of your first PopSugar Box by using the promo code REFER5.

JewelMint is Decidedly Not My Thing

I did not get too many holiday edition boxes this year because I wanted all the PopSugar ones and opted to spend my money on those instead. But I did get a couple others. I had a JewelMint coupon code and decided to give their holiday mystery box, as well as a couple items on their two-for-one sale a try.  Sad to say that this will be my first and last JewelMint experience.

The pieces I got in my mystery box were odd, to say the least. I realize that my tastes are pretty simple, but I can still be trendy, and I still like cool statement pieces.  The two piece in the mystery pouch were both bracelets, and the statement they made was not quite what I was after:

The stack on the left is made of a bronze colored rubber with pewter colored plastic bars on each bracelet. This was my favorite item out of everything and probably the only one I will wear. 
What was weird is that these bracelets have to slide over your hand to wear them, and they are TIGHT. I have small hands and wrists, and it was still a struggle to get these on. I had to do it one at a time, and look at how red my hand is from sliding them on!
The second bracelet was about the weirdest thing I have ever seen.  It looked like a part of a belly-dancer Halloween costume, and I cannot imagine wearing it and being able to live your life at the same time. I couldn’t get it to latch right around my wrist, but seriously, look at this thing:
Can you imagine having all of those chains hanging down over your hand all day?  I would be driven insane!
I got the stacked rings and a long pendant for my two-for-one items. The pendant was fine, but kind of meh.  The stacked rings consisted of four rings, and two were huge and two were too small. In addition, a stone had come unglued from one of the rings and was floating around in the box.  Overall, I was not happy with the Jewelmint stuff and will not be ordering from them again. I guess part of finding stuff you love to get involves weeding out the stuff you don’t love. My overall impression of JewelMint was that their stuff was poorly made and worth way less than they say it is. I mean, the piece I thought was the nicest was made out of rubber and plastic! No mas JewelMint for me. 

Shoptiques Gift Card? Check!

Yesterday, I got a tiny little envelope delivered by UPS. It was the necklace I ordered from Shoptiques, using the gift card that came in the PopSugar September Must Have box. It was from the shop, Olive Yew (so cute, right), a new shop on Shoptiques that has a bunch of very dainty, simple jewelry.

If you’re unfamiliar, Shoptiques is an online shop that features clothes, jewelry, accessories and housewares from funky, cool boutiques all over the world. It is like wandering through a bunch of cool shops right online.

Even though I am a larger girl, I love very dainty necklaces. I think it is actually because I am so tall that I like to wear things that make me feel feminine and a tiny bit fragile.  Does that make any sense? The necklace I ordered was from the Olive Yew line of lowercase letter necklaces, and it did not disappoint. I got the D, which stands for my baby boy, and I can’t wait to wear it out.  So cute! Did I say so cute, already?  I believe I did.  But it is!

It came wrapped around this tiny card:

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It was $38 in the Olive Yew shop, and so I got it for $13 with my gift card. My only complaint was that they charged $9.95 for shipping.  I mean, seriously, I KNOW it did not cost ten dollars to send that tiny envelope that weighed less than a birthday card from North Carolina to Denver. Stuff like that annoys me, but I am willing to let it go because I love my little pendant, and it is nice to have a little reminder of my quickly growing boy right next to my heart.