August 2014 Woof Crate Review + Coupon Code

Woof Crate
Cost: $24.99/month
Ships To: United States.
Coupon Code: Use coupon code “RSM10″ to get 10% off your first Woof Crate.
August 2014 Woof Crate

August 2014 Woof Crate

Woof Crate, who kindly sent me this box to review, is a monthly gourmet treats subscription box for dogs! EachWoof Crate will contain a variety of gourmet treats from a couple different local, artisanal bakeries. The treats will be an assortment of small, bite sized treats that will be perfect for smaller dogs or training, to more full-size treats that will satisfy your bigger dogs.

August 2014 Woof Crate

The Box

Woof Crate ships via USPS on the 20th of the month. Orders places before the 10th of the month are shipped that month. Orders placed after the 10th of the month will not ship until the following month.

August 2014 Woof Crate

First Look

I was beyond impressed by the first look of this box!  Everything arrived perfectly placed and looked amazing!

August 2014 Woof Crate

The Information Card

The information card included details about each of the snacks in the box along with a list of ingredients!  The August 2014 Woof Crate included the following items:

~Treats Unleashed – Mixed Bag: I am not sure who got which treat from this bag, but the furred loved them! They are baked from scratch and were still soft and perfect by the time they arrived.

August 2014 Woof Crate

Treats Unleashed – Mixed Bag

~Po’s Bags of Bones Bakery – Peanut Butter Bacon Truffles: I am saving this one for a special special occasion because it looks to be the fanciest of the bunch.  It’s a bacon cookie which is then topped with a peanut butter glaze and even more crumbled bacon.  I feel like I might even like this!

August 2014 Woof Crate

Po’s Bags of Bones Bakery – Peanut Butter Bacon Truffles

~Woofables Bakery Bacon Twists: As soon as I figure out how to break this in half, it’s on!  The boys will totally love this!

August 2014 Woof Crate

Woofables Bakery Bacon Twists

~Woofables Bakery BBQ Ribs: I gave these to my brother’s dogs to enjoy because I wanted them to have treats too! The shelf life on these is 6 months, so they have some time to enjoy them.  The shelf life / care instructions are listed on the information card for each  of the items.

August 2014 Woof Crate

Woofables Bakery BBQ Ribs

~Woofables Bakery Biscotti: My brothers dogs got the biscotti as well.  They are handmade treats that are dipped in flavored yogurt and have a 6-week shelf life.

August 2014 Woof Crate

Woofables Bakery Biscotti

~Woofables Bakery Cinna Swirls: These look so good that I almost want to try them myself!  This is another one that Baxter and Buddy haven’t tried yet, but they seriously look fantastic.

August 2014 Woof Crate

Woofables Bakery Cinnaswirls

~Woofables Bakery Puptarts: I broke this in half and gave half to each of the furries.  I believe that both of them first licked the frosting (yogurt) off first and then worked on the actual tart itself.

August 2014 Woof Crate

Woofables Bakery Puptarts

~Woofables Bakery Truffles: These truffles (which are chocolate and peanut butter flavored) was the first treat the dogs tried and they were huge fans of it.  And yes, they seriously pose like that for me.

August 2014 Woof Crate

Woofables Bakery Truffles

Pre-Truffle

Pre-Truffle

I didn’t do a cost breakdown on the August Woof Crate box, but I can certainly tell you that we have spent more than $24.99 on this many treats at our local dog bakery!  This kind of dog could totally spoil any dog and I love that they use small local bakeries to get the treats from.

What do you think of Woof Crate?  If you are interested in ordering or just want to learn more, click here and don’t forget to use the coupon code “RSM10” to save 10% off your first box.

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
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September Birchbox Spoilers & Citrus Lane Mystery Boxes!

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Just a few subscription box things today…

~Birchbox: Birchbox has released some spoilers for the September 2014 boxes (which also happens to be Birchbox’s 4th Birthday)! The Sample Choice selections for September are: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit, Davines Deluxe Oi Conditioner paired with Shampoo and Oil Packettes and Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray And the Birchbox Plus selections for this month are: Ruffian Essential Blush Collection & Towelettes ($26) or a Pura Vida Bracelet Style Pack! E-mails will be going out from Birchbox soon, so stay tuned!

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~Citrus Lane: Citrus Lane is back with an assortment of new Mystery Boxes! They are $29/each and promise a value of $60+! A few of them are already sold out, so if you are interested in picking one up, don’t delay!

Citrus Lane Mystery Boxes

Citrus Lane Mystery Boxes

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What Birchbox sample are you getting this month? I cannot decide!  They all sound so amazing that I think this is going to be a hard pick this for me.  Maybe the Davies and Shiseido (I have two subscriptions)?  We’ll see!

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Friday’s Letters

Dear The Bank, You win, I am getting a new ATM pin number. Enjoy that $5 you are charging me for it.

Dear TJ Maxx, I love you. I seriously love you. I scored so many amazing goodies while visiting you yesterday. I can’t get enough!

Dear L, Two more weekends of fun and it’s back to school! Let’s soak it all in while we can!

Dear Garage Sale, I am so glad you are over. However, I am oddly excited about having another one of you next summer.

Dear Me, Umm, when you wear your fitbit, you must make sure it’s charged. B says the steps still count even if you aren’t wearing it, but no, they do not.

Dear Nina Garcia, AHHHH, you are making me wait until October for my next Quarterly Co. box? NO!!!!!! The anticipation is already driving me crazy!

Dear Rocky The French Bulldog, Uh could you be any cuter? My goodness you are one adorable little puppy! And such a good jumper too.

Dear Ronnie and Sammi, I wasn’t even aware you were back together, so the news of your breakup is quite a surprise.

Dear Wendy, Thank you for nominating L for the ice-bucket challenge. He is beyond excited. He thinks having a bucket of ice water dumped on his head sounds amazing!

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August 2014 Phone Case of the Month Review + 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.
August 2014 Phone Case of the Month

August 2014 Phone Case of the Month

Yay! My August 2014 Phone Case of the Month is here! I really think that phone cases are my latest obsession. I can’t get enough.

If you aren’t familiar with them, Phone Case of the Month delivers you a unique, one of a kind phone case to you every month.  Currently they only offer cases for iPhones and Samsung Galaxy’s, but they are looking to expand down the road.

August 2014 Phone Case of the Month

The Package

Phone Case of the Month ships in two batches during the month depending on when you subscribed during the month. My case ships in the second batch. Like last month I never got a shipping notification on this (maybe they don’t send them anymore?), but it took about five days to arrive.

August 2014 Phone Case of the Month

First Look

Since I have zero self control at all, I peeked at my account to see what I would be getting this month!  It make me even more excited for it to come!  Here is the case I received this month:

~Life Is Beautiful:  Ohhh, I totally 100% love this case!  It reminds of vacation and being relaxed and calm and it’s perfect!  I just bought two new iPhone cases today at TJ Maxx and then this one came and now I can’t decide which one I want to put on my phone.  Not a bad problem to have!

August 2014 Phone Case of the Month

“Life Is Beautiful” Case

This case (and all cases they send) are exclusive to Phone Case of the Month so, as usual, I cannot do a price comparison.  But for $10/month I think it’s beyond worth it.  The cases are a nice quality, are super cute and you can’t beat the price.  They aren’t going to save your screen from cracking in a fall, but they protect the back from scratches!

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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August 2014 Stitch Fix Review

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Stitch Fix
Cost: $20 Styling Fee + Cost of Items Kept ($20 fee will be applied as a credit toward anything you keep from your shipment.)
Ships To: United States.
Coupon Code: N/A
August 2014 Stitch Fix

August 2014 Stitch Fix

My August 2014 Stitch Fix arrived a few days ago.  This is my 11th Fix and I plan on keeping it up monthly because it is just so easy.

If you aren’t familiar, Stitch Fix is a personal styling service for women. You provide your style, size, and budget preferences, and they will send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. There is a $20 styling fee that is applied to your order should you decide to keep any / all of the pieces.  If you don’t keep anything, you don’t receive a refund of the fee. And if you keep all of the pieces, you get a 25% discount on everything!  Also, I should mention that you are only charged once you “check out” at Stitch Fix.  You have a few days to try everything on and the box comes with a bag and a prepaid return label so you can easily ship back the pieces you aren’t interested in.

August 2014 Stitch Fix

The Box

Stitch Fix ships via FedEx from San Francisco.  In general, it takes about four days to arrive to me.

August 2014 Stitch Fix

First Look

I didn’t even have a chance this month to peek at my box before it arrived (once it ships you can go into your account under “checkout” and see the contents) so this was all a total surprise to me.

August 2014 Stitch Fix

The Information Card

Stitch Fix comes with an information card which includes a listing of everything in the box, prices, and then a total of how much everything would be if you kept everything in the box (it deducts your $20 styling fee and the 25% discount for keeping all of your items).  Just to give you an idea, my box had a merchandise total of $280 and had I kept everything, I would have had to pay $195 (plus my $20 styling fee).  In comparison, my August fix would have been $379.50 to keep everything.  As you can see, they have a variety of price ranges available.  Here is what I received:

~Fornash Shalina Spade Cut Out Bangle ($32):  I was on the fence about keeping this one (it’s adorable, but kind of tight), but when I did a search for it I realized that it was selling for $23 if you buy it directly from Fornash.  And I am not about to pay $9 more than the regular price for it.  Verdict: Returned.

August 2014 Stitch Fix

Fornash Shalina Spade Cut Out Bangle

~Fun2Fun Hilly Crochet Detail Chevron Print Tank ($44): At first I thought this was awful, but it’s totally growing on me.  So much so that I think I am going to keep it.  I like the colors, the pattern (which I actually wouldn’t call chevron) and even the lace on the top.  Verdict: Kept.

August 2014 Stitch Fix

Fun2Fun Hilly Crochet Detail Chevron Print Tank

August 2014 Stitch Fix

Fun2Fun Hilly Crochet Detail Chevron Prink Tank (The Style Card)

~Papermoon Mauna Mixed Print Sheer Open Cardigan ($38): I may have kept this if it were just a scarf, but it’s just too much for me as a cardigan.  Too much happening here for me.  Verdict: Returned.

August 2014 Stitch Fix

Papermoon Mauna Mixed Print Sheer Open Cardigan

August 2014 Stitch Fix

Papermoon Mauna Mixed Print Sheer Open Cardigan (The Style Card)

~Liverpool Rizzo Pull-On Skinny Ponte Pant ($98): I am pretty sure I am going to keep these.  They will be great in the fall with boots and are comfy and stretchy and fit well.  I am sure I could find some I like for less, but that would require me going out and trying a bunch on, which I dislike.  Verdict: Kept.

August 2014 Stitch Fix

Liverpool Rizzo Pull-On Skinny Ponte Pant

August 2014 Stitch Fix

Liverpool Rizzo Pull-On Skinny Ponte Pant

~RD Style Braddon Airy Knit V-Neck Sweater ($68): I don’t dislike this, but I don’t want to pay $68 for it either.  Oddly, had it had a hood on it, I would have kept it in a second.  I actually should mention that in my profile.  I really like tops with hoods!  Verdict: Returned.

August 2014 Stitch Fix

RD Style Braddon Airy Knit V-Neck Sweater

August Stitch Fix

RD Style Braddon Airy Knit V-Neck Sweater (The Style Card)

I was much happier with my August Stitch Fix than my July one, but I still need to do some (more) revamping of my profile to get some items I am more in love with.  I am going to work on that in the next few weeks and hopefully I will get an amazing Fix in September!

Do you get Stitch Fix?  What have been your favorite items you’ve received?  If you haven’t checked out Stitch Fix but want to give it a try, click here.  And don’t forget, the better feedback and more information you give, the better chance you will have to get amazing Fixes that work for you!

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PopSugar $10 Off Coupon Code, MemeBox “Jack Pot Box” & More Subscription Box Deals!

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A few subscription box related deals worth mentioning today..

~Birchbox: Right now Birchbox is offering a FREE Original beautyblender + mini blender cleanser solid with the purchase of a women’s yearly self-subscription. No coupon code is needed (just add it to your cart), however, you MUST be a current monthly self-subscriber to qualify.  In addition, MSA is reporting that you can use the coupon code “BBPLUS100” to get 100 extra Birchbox points with your annual subscription purchase AND you can add a Mystery Sample Pack to your cart too!  I already have an annual subscription so I can’t test this out myself, but hopefully it works for you because it’s an incredible deal!

Birchbox Gift With Purchase

Birchbox Gift With Purchase

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~Julep: Julep has just released a Limited Edition Fall Neutrals Welcome Box!  New subscribers can use the coupon code “FREEFALL” for only $2.99 when you sign up to become a Maven ($24.99/month).  The Fall Neutrals box includes products worth over $60.

Julep Fall Welcome Box (colors may differ)

Julep Fall Welcome Box (colors may differ)

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~Memebox: Just a heads up that tomorrow (8.22.14) at 1pm, Memebox is offering a “Friday’s Jackpot Box“!  This box will be $32 (plus S/H) and will contain AT LEAST $155 worth of products. There are nine different box varieties on this one and one lucky subscriber will get a box worth $1000.  Others will also get higher value boxes, but everyone is guaranteed to get products worth at least $155.  This will only be available while supplies last and I am guessing will go pretty fast.  I may end up grabbing one myself!

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Memebox Jackpot Box

 

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~PopSugar: Use code “MUSTHAVEMOM” to save $10 of the September PopSugar Must Have box! The August box is officially so September would be your first month if you signed up for a subscription now! As you know I love me some PopSugar, so, if you haven’t tried them yet, make sure you take advantage of the deals they offer!

August 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box

The August 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box

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~Space Scouts: Enter coupon code “BLAST50” to receive 50% off your first monthly subscription or “BLASTOFF50” to receive 50% off your first month when purchasing 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription plans.

Space Scouts Coupon Code

Space Scouts Coupon Code

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That’s all for now!  As always, let me know if you hear of any amazing deals (subscription box or otherwise) out there!
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August 2014 Nerd Block Jr. Review

Nerd Block Jr.
Cost: $19.99/month
Ships To: United States, Canada and most other countries worldwide.
Coupon Code: N/A
August 2014 Nerd Block Jr (Boy)

August 2014 Nerd Block Jr (Boy)

L’s August 2014 Nerd Block Jr. arrived yesterday! It’s probably his favorite box that he gets because it’s full of “stuff” which of course he loves!

Nerd Block Jr.is a monthly surprise box for kids! It’s is specifically designed for children (you can opt for a Boys Block or a Girls Block) aged 6-11 and is filled with toys and games just for them.  They also offer an adult Nerd Block for $29.49/month (that includes shipping) and a Horror Block which is filled with “gruesome horror toys”. This Block is a Boys one for L, who is 6.

August 2014 Nerd Block Jr (Boy)

The Box

Nerd Block Jr. ships from Canada and took under a week to arrive to me.  Which, as always, is amazing since it takes some boxes almost two weeks to get to me and that’s just shipping from state to state.

August 2014 Nerd Block Jr (Boy)

First Look

I’ll admit that I was a tad scared by the first look!  LOL!  Look at that thing! I always mention it, but Nerd Block Jr. doesn’t have an information card. The contents are, however, listed on the customs sticker on the front of the box. Here is what was included in the August 2014 Nerd Block Jr. (Boy) box:

~Spiderman Project-A-Lite ($6.99): I think we have (had?) a Batman one like this, but I don’t recall where it is right now.  I do know that the boys thought it was super fun to play with!  I also know that if I cannot find that one, I will be buying another one so they each have one.

August 2014 Nerd Block Jr (Boy)

Spiderman Project-A-Lite

~Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Enemy Danglers ($3.99): These are tiny little guys!  L never really cares which item he gets in a mystery pack and always seems to be excited regardless of which it is.

August 2014 Nerd Block Jr (Boy)

Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Enemy Danglers

~Skylanders Giants Flingers ($5): I thought this was just a stuffed toy, but it turns out it’s a pencil topper, which makes it way cooler!  I don’t think L knows about Skylanders, but he thinks this creepy guy is cool.

August 2014 Nerd Block Jr (Boy)

Skylanders Giants Flingers

~Angry Birds Star Wars Phone Danglers ($2.99): Ahh, it took me a minute to figure out how to use a phone dangler, but I am with it now.  It has a little thing that you plug into your headphone jack to connect it.  I am so old that I remember when cell phones had a little loop thing right on them!

August 2014 Nerd Block Jr (Boy)

Angry Birds Star Wars Phone Danglers

~Ben 10 Omniverse Khyber & Ben ($17.99): Ben 10 is another series that L isn’t familiar with, but he thinks these guys look cool.  WB is partial to the “doggie”, but I think L thinks the other guy is cooler.

August 2014 Nerd Block Jr (Boy)

Ben 10 Omniverse Khyber & Ben

~Owl Fun Summer Fun Activity Book ($5.99): We got a similar activity book like this last month and L hasn’t even come close to finishing that one, so this one will get saved for winter when all we can do is dream about summer.

August 2014 Nerd Block Jr (Boy)

Owl Fun Summer Fun Activity Book

All totaled I came up with a value of $42.95 for the August 2014 Nerd Block Jr. and I think it may be one of the most valuable ones we have received to date!  I am so hoping though that they start to do some Minecraft stuff in these blocks because L is so so so addicted and would go crazy to see it in a box.

What do you think of Nerd Block Jr?  Did you get a Nerd Block or a Nerd Block Jr. this month?  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here.

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Thursday Thoughts

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It’s time for another Thursday Thoughts! If you want to participate, but have no idea what a link-up is, you can check out my explanation of it here.

~Can you believe it’s already Thursday? This week is flying by! It occurred to me yesterday that we have less than two weeks left before school starts. Wait. What? For real? How is that possible? Ugh!  Our weekend plans ending up changing again, so it looks like we will be having a fun little weekend getaway after all.  Although I suppose that could all change again tomorrow!

~Remember the other day when I asked about Gypsy Sisters?  Well I started watching and that show is a complete train wreck.  And I love it!  And totally on the other end of the spectrum, did you hear that Jill Duggar is pregnant?  I am not 100% sure I am following the math on this, but my calculations are showing that she is about, huh, 4 minutes pregnant!

image credit: People

image credit: People

~I still have a few subscription boxes coming this week including Barkbox, bluum, Escape Monthly, Hammock Pack, ipsy Mystery Bag, Lip FactoryLoot Crate and Phone Case of the Month.  Well, I have gotten shipping notations on all of those anyway.  I am pretty sure they won’t all be arriving by the end of the week!  Oh and my other Citrus Lane box is suppose to arrive today.

~Every time we go somewhere these days we try and go geocaching as well.  We aren’t very good at it at all, but we all love it.  I am seriously considering placing one of our own somewhere.  Has anyone done that?  I think it would be so fun to see who found it.

We found it!

We found it!

~I am on Day 4 of the Advocare Challenge and am starting to feel great! I usually feel miserable on Days 2 and 3, but I only felt icky on Day 2 this time.   I think I felt so good yesterday because I got a full 8 hours of sleep the night before!  If you are doing it right now as well I so hope you are using the App!  It doesn’t get amazing reviews on the App store, but it makes figuring out what you need to take and when super easy!  Oh and if you have a fitbit, do you want to be fitbit friends?  Sometimes it helps when I see that someone else has 15,000 steps and I only have like 2,000 so I started a group!  Feel free to join up!

~OMG did you hear that Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin are dating?  Can this be true?  Radar Online says so (and obviously if it’s on the internet it’s true) and I hope it is!  She’s very un-goop like, but I think that’s probably what he’s looking for!  That and a cheeseburger!

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image credit: Radar Online / Getty

That’s it for now!  What are you up to today?  I have a million errands to run including grocery shopping, the bank, Hobby Lobby (that’s not exactly a chore though), a bunch of blog posts to write and I want to do some more toy clearing out while the boys are hanging out with my mom (thanks mom)!

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