January 2015 Julep Maven Selection Window – Now Open!

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January 2014 Julep Maven Collection

January 2014 Julep Maven Collection

The January 2015 Julep Maven Selection Window is open!  January features The Chrysalis Collection and there are a few colors in there that cannot get to my house quickly enough.

The Polishes

The Polishes

Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment

Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment

What box option (if any) are you going for this month?  If you missed the news last month, Julep is now allowing ALL Mavens the option to “Skip” months whenever they wish!  This is awesome and I love love love that they went back to it!

If you are new to Julep, you can use the coupon code “50CHEERS” to get 50% off the Bubbly Welcome Box plus free shipping!

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Saturday Smiles

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Ramblings of a Suburban Mom

Today I’m smiling because:

~I got my Christmas cards ordered, delivered and out the door in a matter of days. I was going to do New Year’s Cards, but at the last minute I changed my mind. Christmas Cards it is!

~L was SO excited when favorite cousin (“G”) showed up last night to surprise him last night!

BFF's!

BFF’s!

~Due to my slacking lately I decided to be proactive and also ordered labels for L’s Valentine’s and Halloween goodies bags for next year when I ordered my Christmas cards. I going to be on top of things in 2015!  Well. Maybe.

~There’s a chance for snow next week so we may get a white Christmas!

~My gift from my Reddit Secret Santa is on it’s way!  I am looking forward to seeing what they picked out!

~He still needs a little practice, but WB is getting quite good at the art of the Selfie!

The WB

The WB

~L is on Christmas break which means sleeping in and baking cookies and no making lunches for two weeks!

~My Christmas tree hasn’t tipped over yet this year!  Perhaps that’s because we have wised up and now tie it to the banister.  I am guessing that fake trees don’t tip over do they?  Real ones do!  And the water spills all over your floor and mixes with the broken glass from the ornaments and pine needles. Good times.  LOL!!!!!!!

Just one of many falls throughout the years.

Just one of many falls throughout the years.

That’s it from here!  What’s got you smiling today?

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PopSugar Special Edition Must Have Holiday for Him Review + Coupon Code!

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PopSugar Must Have Box
Cost: Monthly Boxes: $39.95/month. Limited Edition: $100
Ships To: United States.
Coupon Code: Use coupon code “SPECIAL15” to save $15 on either the “For Her” or “For Him” Box Valid through 11:59pm PT Wed, Dec. 20, 2014 or while supplies last.
PopSugar Special Edition Must Have for Him

PopSugar Special Edition Must Have for Him

While I liked the box, I decided that I wasn’t going to order the PopSugar Special Edition Must Have Holiday for Him. And then once they offered that deal where they gave you a free December Must Have Box with your Limited Edition Box order (that offer is now expired) and I caved. Ahh, I just can’t pass up a PopSugar box can I? I tried. Anyway, I sent the December box to my Reddit Secret Santa as one of her gifts and knew that B would end up using most everything in this box.

If you aren’t familiar with them, PopSugar Must Have Box is an exciting monthly box full of fun, must-have picks across fashion, beauty, home decor, fitness, and more, which is delivered to your door on a monthly basis. Boxes include full-size products and premium items including tried-and-true classics, celebrity favorites, and brands consumers have yet to discover worth over $100! They also offer Special Edition boxes, like this one, a few times a year which are separate one-time purchase boxes and cost $100 each.

PopSugar Special Edition Must Have for Him

The Box

My PopSugar Must Have Holiday for Him Box shipped via FedEx Smart Post. Orders that are shipping right now are coming via FedEx Super Saver or something like that. They are coming FAST to ensure delivery by 12.241.4!

PopSugar Special Edition Must Have for Him

First Look

All of the items in the “For Him” box were individually wrapped in black tissue paper.  I opened everything up for pictures and then boxed it all back up for B to look through.

PopSugar Special Edition Must Have for Him

The Information Card

The 2014 PopSugar Must Have Holiday for Her box included the following goods designed for the true modern man to put your best foot forward this holiday season:

~Wheelman & Co. Jefferson Desk Tray (PopSugar exclusive) ($75): I have a bunch of super cute trays and and bowls and plates and things to put my baubles and trinkets in and now B has a super gorgeous one too.  It’s designed to hold your keys, wallet or whatever, but I think B will end up using it in his nightstand for watches, collar stays, etc.

PopSugar Special Edition Must Have for Him

Wheelmen & Co. Jefferson Desk Tray (PopSugar Exclusive)

~Dakota Grizzly Chunky Charcoal Beanie ($45):  I think everyone in this house likes / wears beanies.  It’s probably not wild enough for L, but WB would rock this and so would I!  Oh and B would too.  He was wearing it as he was unboxing the rest of the items.

PopSugar Special Edition Must Have for Him

Dakota Grizzly Chunky Charcoal Beanie

Wurkin Stiffs Power Stays ($40): Ohh, well aren’t these fancy!  I will for sure have to remember to take these out of B’s shirts before I take them to the dry cleaners!

PopSugar Special Edition Must Have for Him

Wurkin Stiffs Power Stays

~Richer Poorer The Long Weekend Gift Pack ($36): Love these!  Thanks to subscription boxes B now wears wild socks to to work on a daily basis.  And I love it because it makes sorting / matching socks 100x easier for me.

PopSugar Special Edition Must Have for Him

Richer Poorer The Long Weekend Gift Pack

~Urbanears Bagis Cobalt Headphones ($30): What is it with PopSugar and the color cobalt lately?  LOL!  It’s a good thing I don’t hate this color.  I like that these came with three different size earbuds so they will be comfortable for most people.  And we are always losing headphones or they brake, so we’ll eventually use these.

PopSugar Special Edition Must Have for Him

Urbanears Bagis Cobalt Headphones

~Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream & Fantastic Face Wash ($22): B has tried this brand in the past and likes it.  It also included a sample of their Face Balm and Face wipes to try out.

PopSugar Special Edition Must Have for Him

Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream & Fantastic Face Wash

~TCHO Chocolate “Mokoccino Seriousmilk + Blue Bottle Coffee Bar ($5.95): This is more of a “me” item than a B item so I am going to suggest that he use it as a stocking stuffer for me.  I’ve had it in the past I love the chocolate / cappuccino combination.

PopSugar Special Edition Must Have for Him

TCHO Chocolate “Mokaccino” SeriousMilk + Blue Bottle Coffee Bar

All totaled I came up with a value of $253.95 for the PopSugar Must Have Holiday for Him box!  I paid $100 for it, but did get the December PopSugar box free (a $39.95 value), so I totally feel like I got my money’s worth!  And

Did you order the PopSugar Must Have Holiday for Him box?  If you want to pick one up before the holidays, there is still time!  For real. As long as you order by tomorrow (12.20.14) at 11:59PM PT, PopSugar will guarantee arrival by 12.24! Plus, you can use the coupon code “SPECIAL15” to save $15 on either the “For Her” or “For Him” Box, making them $85 each!

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December 2014 Phone Case of the Month Review + 50% off Discount

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Phone Case of the Month
Cost: $10/month
Ships To: United States (included), International (additional $5 for S/H).
Coupon Code: Use this link to get 50% off your first month.
December 2014 Phone Case of the Month

December 2014 Phone Case of the Month

My mom is going to be quite excited because my December 2014 Phone Case of the Month is here! I recently got a new iPhone, so she’s been getting all my cases until Phone Case of the Month gets the 6+ cases! She loves it!

If you aren’t familiar with them, Phone Case of the Month delivers a unique, one of a kind phone case to you every month.  Currently they only offer cases for iPhones (and will be adding iPhone 6 and 6+ beginning on 1.1.2015) and Samsung Galaxy’s, but they are looking to expand down the road.

December 2014 Phone Case of the Month

The Package

Phone Case of the Month ships via USPS in two batches during the month depending on the time of the month you subscribed.  My case ships in the second batch and usually takes just a few days to get to me.  I don’t seem to get tracking numbers on these e-mailed to me, but I can always find them in my account.

December 2014 Phone Case of the Month

First Look

Phone Case of the Month ships their cases in their own pouches and always includes a little something extra extra in each pouch.  This month was a sticker and it also included an offer for Stunner of the Month.

December 2014 Phone Case of the Month

The Information Card

My December 2014 Phone Case of the Month theme was “Living and Loving” and included the following case:

~Pineapple of My Eye Case: Ohhh, how cute is this?  You know that I love pineapples and I really hope that they end up making this case for the iPhone 6+ too!  That would be fantastic! But in the meantime, my mom will love this one!

December 2014 Phone Case of the Month

The Phone Case

As usual, this case (and all cases they send) are exclusive to Phone Case of the Month so I cannot do a price breakdown.  But for $10/month I think it’s beyond worth it. As usual though, I will warn you that these aren’t going to save your screen from cracking in a fall (trust me I know), but they protect the back from scratches and they look cute!

If you subscribe to Phone Case of the Month what case did you get this month and what did you think?  If you don’t subscribe and want to get signed up, click here to get 50% off your first month!  That’d make your first case only $5 which is awesome!
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December 2014 Barkbox Review + Coupon Code

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Barkbox
Cost: $29/month
Ships To: United States and Canada.  Shipping is an additional $5 to those outside the continental US and in Canada.
Coupon Code: Use code “ALLYOU” to get 20% off ANY subscription.
December 2014 Barkbox

December 2014 Barkbox

Baxter and Buddy’s December 2014 BarkBox arrived today!  Much to their dismay though, I wouldn’t let them see what was inside because I am saving it for Christmas for them.

If you aren’t familiar, BarkBox is a monthly subscription box for dogs. Each monthly box contains a combination of 4-6 treats, toys, and hygiene products that have been hand selected and approved by Scout (the dog), head product tester for BarkBox. Boxes can be customized based on the size of your pet (I get the Small box for the furries) and you can add an additional toy to your box for an extra $9/month.We have been getting BarkBox for ages and have always been satisfied with them.

December 2014 Barkbox

The Box

BarkBox ships via DHL Global Mail and took over a week to arrive.  Sometimes it’s just a few days, but other months it’s double that.

December 2014 Barkbox

First Look

I was totally hoping that box would be Christmas themed and it was!  I guess if your dogs don’t celebrate Christmas they wouldn’t be excited, but mine do so we are good.

December 2014 Barkbox

The Information Card

The December 2014 BarkBox theme was “Happy Pawlidays” and included the following items:

~Simply Fido Penguin w/ Crinkle Paper Body ($12): I love these flat dog toys because I know there is never going to be a stuffing explosion.  Plus, I also like the noise it makes.  It’s a nice change from the squeaker toys we usually get!

December 2014 Barkbox

Simply Fido Penguin w/ Crinkle Paper Body

~Butcher’s Block Bones 6″ Trachea ($2): Are these really only $2?  That’s what the information card says and I am going with it.  My dogs go nuts for these.  I like that you can crack them in half so that they can share.

December 2014 Barkbox

Butcher’s Block Bones 6″ Trachea

~Henrick the Elf from Quaker Pet ($7): Ha!  I love it!  I don’t think my dogs will actually touch this because it looks so much like a kid’s toy.  But that’s fine because we’ll use it as their Elf on the Shelf going forward!  They could use some watching over too.

December 2014 Barkbox

Quaker Elf

~Polka Dog Sfizis: Lucky Duck Recipe ($6): These all natural treats are high in protein, low in fat and made with USA-raised ducks.

December 2014 Barkbox

Polka Dog Sfizis: Lucky Duck Recipe

~Safemade Holiday Tartan Bandana ($5): Oh you better bet Baxter will be sporting this on Christmas morning.  He’s all about costumes and sweaters and bandanas.  Buddy?  Not so much.

December 2014 Barkbox

Safemade Holiday Tartan Bandana

All totaled I came up with a value of $32 for the December 2014 BarkBox.  As usual, I loved the theme and the curation and thought they did a great job with the variety of items they included.

Do you subscribe to BarkBox?  What’d you think of this month’s box?  If you want to subscribe or learn more, click here. A monthly subscription is $29/month, but if you opt for a longer subscription, the price drops as low as $18/month (that’s what I get)!  And you can use the code “ALLYOU” to get 20% off ANY subscription which knocks the price down even lower.  Plus, if you order by 11:59pm on 12.21.14 and selected expedited shipping, you can get your box in time for Christmas!

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January 2015 Birchbox Sneak Peek / Spoilers!

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Birchbox released their first January 2015 Sneak Peek video earlier today! There was so much going on in this video that I’ll break it up unto sections!

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Sample Choice:

January 2015 Birchbox Sample Choice

January 2015 Birchbox Sample Choice

The January 2015 Sample Choice selections are:
~Naobay Body Radiance Lotion
~TOCCA Crema de Mano in Cleopatra
~Essential Elements Body Lotion in Wake Up Rosemary

Birchbox Aces and Early Access members will receive an email to select their items on December 22nd and everyone else will get an e-mail on December 23rd to make their picks. All Birchbox Aces will automatically get early access to sample choice, but everyone else can also “skip the line” and get Early Access too. All you need to do is enter at least one friend’s email address on your Birchbox refer-a-friend page between 12/1/14 and 12/21/14.

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Birchbox Plus:

January 2015 Birchbox Plus

January 2015 Birchbox Plus

The Birchbox Plus options this month are:
~Bow & Drape Big Hair Don’t Care Sweatshirt ($29)
~Pointe Studio Grip Sock Set ($15)
~The Everygirl 16 oz. Insulated Travel Tumbler ($15)
I don’t really understand how because I don’t think these e-mails have even gone out yet, but (ETA: They were sent out.  I just must have deleted mine).  It looks like the Birchbox Plus items are already sold out. I’d keep checking the link just in case they get more stock.

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Guest Editor Boxes:
This month there are not one, but two Guest Editor boxes to select from. They are:

Relax & Recharge box:
Manna Kadar Lip Locked – All of Me
Perlier Body Butter – Lavender
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream
When Travelmate Sheetmask
Briogio Don’t Despair, Repair!
Teapigs Tea Bags (Licorice & Peppermint, Chamomile Flowers)

Tone it Up box:
Coastal Scents Eyeshadow Palette – Latte
Aqua Reveal Satin Bright Soft Water Peel
Klorane Dry Shampoo
Whish Body Butter – Lavender
Coola ER Plus Radical Recovery

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They haven’t announced the Birchbox Book Club pick yet, but hopefully that’s coming soon.  I will post an update when I hear what it is and another update if / when it’s a Gift With Purchase in the Bonus Shop!

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If you aren’t a subscriber yet, you have until 12/21/14 to subscribe and get in on the January 2015 Sample Choices!

What sample are you going for this month?  I am going for the TOCCA lotion on one of my accounts and one of the Guest Editor boxes on my second account. Probably the “Tone It Up” box, but I am not sure yet!

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