Two on Tuesday… 2

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Two questions today…

1. What is your favorite “quick serve” restaurant? I’m talking somewhere in between Fast Food (McDonald / Burger King) and a sit-down restaurant (like Cheesecake Factory). My favorite are Potbelly, Piada and Salad Creations. All are chains (franchises), but I don’t think they all over the country?

2. Would you ever consider living in a “Tiny House”? My parents have gotten me hooked on the TLC show Tiny House Hunters and it’s fascinating. I always love those tiny spaces they put together in the showrooms at IKEA too. But could I actually LIVE in a tiny house? I don’t know. *Maybe*. Maybe if it was somewhere absolutely fantastic that we could have a lot of outdoor space too? I just don’t know!  I do like having my own space so it would be a huge adjustment.

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FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code 5

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fabfitfun
Cost: $49.99/quarter
Ships To: Continental United States & Canada
Coupon Code: “JULY4″ to get a free FabFitFun Fruit Infusing Water Bottle ($30 value) and a Pur~lisse pur-protect SPF 30 ($55 value) (expires 7.6.15) or “FFF10″ to save $10 off your first box.
FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box

fabfitfun is a quarterly monthly subscription box that includes hand-selected items (the “hottest of the season”) in beauty, fashion, fitness and wellness from the fabfitfun team. fabfitfun is $49.99/quarter and beginning with their Summer 2014 box, they ship to Canada!

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

The Box

fabfitfun ships via FedEx Smart Post and took under a week to arrive.  I was actually surprised by how quickly it arrived to me – with the holiday and all.  Boxes were supposed to ship the week of June 22nd, which I thought meant ALL boxes would ship that week, but they started with annual subscribers first and then quarterly subscribers boxes were shipped after that. I think my box ended up shipping on the 29th?

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

First Look

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

Second First Look

It’s been so long since we originally had gotten the spoilers on this box that I almost forgot what was all in it!  It was packed full and looked like a good box to me.

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

The Information Card

The Summer 2015 fabfitfun box included the following items:

~Wren 14K Gold and Black Sapphire Necklace ($100): I think this is cute and I am happy with it, however, I would never pay $100 for a gold-dipped necklace.  At least I don’t think I would?  Anyway, I love the Rose Gold Heart and didn’t realize it had a Black Sapphire in it until it arrived so that was a fun surprise. And I like that this piece is simple and delicate and can be worn in any setting (unlike the bullet necklace which I know a lot of people were not about to wear in a professional setting).

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

Wren 14K Gold and Black Sapphire Necklace

~The Everyday Wireless Speaker by FabFitFun ($29.99): I am really excited about this one.  I love having Pandora on when we are out playing in the backyard and my phone speaker just doesn’t cut it.  B has a bigger one that sounds great, but it’s kind of a pain to lug around.  This is much better.  Sure the sound isn’t as good, but it’s just fine for my purposes.

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

The Everyday Wireless Speaker by FabFitFun

~Inkling Scents Sultry Roll-On Oil Perfume ($25): Getting perfume in a subscription box is generally pretty iffy, but I really like this.  It’s described as a blend of “creamy sandalwood, white amber, lotus flower, orchid, Bulgarian rose and silky vanilla” and is gorgeous.  I would prefer a spray over a roll-on, but I am just happy I like this scent so much.

Inkling Scents Sultry Roll-On Oil Perfume

Inkling Scents Sultry Roll-On Oil Perfume

~Gorge “I’ll Make You Look Amazing” Daily Spray ($24.95): My hair is looking pretty healthy these days, but this spray is a leave-in conditioner designed to restore moisture and repair all types of damage. I have been letting my hair air dry which I think helps a ton, but when I break out the hair dryer again I will break this out too.

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

Gorge “I’ll Make You Look Amazing” Daily Spray

~tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss (Natural Beauty) ($19): I believe there were a variety of shades sent out, but I love the one I got.  It’s called “Natural Beauty” and is a sheer shimmering red. Totally love.

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss

~FabFitFun x CosmoBody Jump Rope ($14): I would love to pretend that I am going to use this in the basement to get my fitness on, but I am not.  In reality L will probably use it to tie a wagon to the back of his bike or something?

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

FabFitFun x CosmoBody Jump Rope

~Scratch Nail Wraps ($12): Meh. I like nail wraps, but I am not too crazy on the designs on this one.  Actually the triangle designed ones are fine. It’s the single red triangle on the top of the plain ones that I am not crazy about.  I suppose I could just not apply that part, but then my nails would be just pale pink and then what’s the point of using nail wraps?

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

Scratch Nail Wraps

~Headspace 3-Month Subscription ($38.85): Headspace is a app that takes you through a series of life-changing guided meditations.  I really can’t see myself using this, but I probably should?

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

Headspace Gift Card

~Hello Konjac Cleansing Sponge ($12): I have gotten a few Konjac sponges lately, but I don’t mind another. Maybe I will give this one to B to see what he thinks?  I am a big fan of them and have been using them on my face instead of my Clarisonic.

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

Hello Konjac Cleansing Sponge

~SponsoredIntensive Care Spray Moisturizer with Aloe by Vaseline ($6.49): I have tried this in the past, but I didn’t love it.  It just didn’t spray out in the steady steam I hoped for I guess?  I will give it another chance though and who knows, maybe I will love this scent more than the last.

FabFitFun Summer 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer with Aloe by Vaseline

All totaled I came up with a value of $282.28 for the Summer 2015 fabfitfun box.  It wasn’t my favorite box from them, but it was a totally solid box.  My three favorite items – the speaker, the perfume and the lip gloss totaled well over the cost of the box and I would have happily paid full-price for those, so basically everything else was just a bonus for me!

What do you think of fabfitfun?  What was your favorite item from this box?  If you haven’t yet subscribed but want to get signed up (you’d receive this Summer box as your first one) you can use the coupon code “JULY4” to get a free FabFitFun Fruit Infusing Water Bottle ($30 value) and a Pur~lisse pur-protect SPF 30 ($55 value) (expires 7.6.15) or “FFF10” to save $10 off your first box.

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Your Bijoux Box July 2015 Subscription Box Review 1

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received. This post contains affiliate links.
Your Bijoux Box
Cost: $35/month.
Ships To: United States and Canada.
Coupon Code: N/A
Your Bijoux Box July 2015 Subscription Box Review

Your Bijoux Box July 2015 Subscription Box

Your Bijoux Box is a monthly jewelry subscription box service. For $35/month you’ll receive 2-3 pieces of on-trend, versatile and wearable jewelry, worth at least $70. Items included are always a surprise and could range from a long layering necklace, a fun statement collar or a pretty piece of arm candy.

Your Bijoux Box July 2015 Subscription Box Review

The Box

Your Bijoux Box ships via USPS by the 15th of the month (if not sooner). Your Bijoux Box usually takes three days to arrive to U.S. customers after it is shipped. I received mine a little earlier than normal for review purposes.

Your Bijoux Box July 2015 Subscription Box Review

First Look

Your Bijoux Box July 2015 Subscription Box Review

Second First Look

Your Bijoux Box always packages all of the pieces in individual organza bags so if you decide there is an item in the box you want to gift it’s all ready to go!

Your Bijoux Box July 2015 Subscription Box Review

The Information Card

The July 2015 Your Bijoux Box included the following items:

~Art Deco Collar: This is beautiful!  The information card compares the geometry and symmetry of the necklace to the lines of the Chrysler Building in New York. I am not sure I would have thought about that on my own, but it’s a gorgeous piece.

Your Bijoux Box July 2015 Subscription Box Review

Art Deco Collar

~Meridian Silver Bracelet: This is totally unique and like no other bracelet I have received in a subscription box.  And on top of all that, it’s beautiful!  Very well made and I wouldn’t worry a bit about this breaking if it clanked into a wall or whatever.

Your Bijoux Box July 2015 Subscription Box Review

Meridian Silver Bracelet

~Tiny Fishie Earrings: I think theses were my favorite piece in the box this month.  They are classy, but still super fun!  I mean fish earrings!  What’s not to love?

Your Bijoux Box July 2015 Subscription Box Review

Tiny Fishie Earrings

What did you think of this month’s Your Bijoux Box?  If you are interested in subscribing to Your Bijoux Box click here.  This box is still available and will ship shortly!

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Genuine Articles June 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code 0

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
Genuine Articles
Cost: $49.99/quarter
Ships To: United States
Coupon Code: “RAMBLINGS15″ to get 15% off all subscriptions.
Genuine Articles June 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

Genuine Articles June 2015 Subscription Box

Genuine Articles is a quarterly subscription box supporting charities and celebrating the artistic/entrepreneurial spirit of North American Muslims.  Boxes include at least 5 items curated from the best makers and artists in North America.

Genuine Articles June 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

The Box

Boxes are shipped via USPS Priority Mail on a quarterly basis in March, June, September, and December each year.

Genuine Articles June 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

First Look

This was the first ever Genuine Articles box and I thought it looked fantastic.  First boxes are generally tricky because you are working the kinks out and that sort of thing, but everything looked great here.

Genuine Articles June 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

The Information Card

The June 2015 Genuine Articles charity was “SHARE Atlanta, Inc.” and the box following items:

~Grammy’s Kidz Natural Bath & Body Products – Peaceful Bath Salts ($18): These Dead Sea Bath Salts smell great!  I received “Peaceful Balance”  which I assume should be calming? B takes more baths than I do so he will likely use more of these than I will.

Genuine Articles June 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

Grammy’s Kidz Natural Bath & Body Products – Peaceful Bath Salts

~hawwa do it art “The Heat” Print ($5): This is a print from Muslim artist Hawwa Youngmark who lives in Minneapolis and attends Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  She enjoys working with mixed media drawings and paintings. The colors on this are even more vibrant in person and I bet the mixed media original is stunning.

Genuine Articles June 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

hawwa do it art “The Heat” Print

~INKhandcrafted Handmade Charm ($12.50): INKhandcrafted was started by two sisters with the initials I and K, hence the name “INK”.  I like that they explained in on their Etsy page because I was wondering why it wasn’t a stationery shop either.  This could be used as either a keycharm or a backpack charm.

Genuine Articles June 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

INKhandcrafted Handmade Charm

~Kelly Crosby Design Decorative Art ($15): This is an “IKEA Tweaked Vase”.  It’s made by Kelly Crosby, an artist based in Atlanta, Georgia.  It’s really cool in person and the texture from the paint is really neat.

Genuine Articles June 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

Kelly Crosby Design Decorative Art

~Mary’s Mariposa Handmade Raw Body Cream ($15): I have to say, this wasn’t my favorite body cream.  It wasn’t bad, but it was a little too, I don’t know, liquid (?) for my liking?  Totally a personable preference though.  I imagine I could pop it into the fridge to firm it up and it’s be fabulous. I should actually try that!

Genuine Articles June 2015 Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

Mary’s Mariposa Handmade Raw Body Cream

All totaled I came up with a value of $65.50 for the June 2015 Genuine Articles box.  I thought it was a great first box and really liked that the print didn’t account for a significant portion of the value like some boxes tend to do.

What do you think of Genuine Articles? If you are interested in ordering you can use coupon code “RAMBLINGS15” to get 15% off all subscriptions. The June box is still available, but supplies are limited!

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Birchbox Man August 2015 Sample Choice Reveal! 1

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Birchbox has released the sample choices for the August 2015 Birchbox Man box!

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Here are the Lifestyle Choices this month:

Birchbox Man August 2015 Sample Choice Reveal!

Birchbox Man August 2015 Sample Choice Reveal

~Coalatree Nomad Backpack
~Native Union Key Cable Lightning Cord
~W&P Enamelware Camp Mug Set

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If none of those options appeal to you, you can select this month’s special curated “Field & Forest” box.

Field & Forest Box

Field & Forest Box

The “Field & Forest Box” contains the following:

~Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash
~Hanz de Fuko Natural Shampoo & Natural Conditioner
~Baxter of California Hydro Salve Hand Cream
~Das Boom Everything Wash Denali
~W&P Enamelware Camp Mug Set

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August Birchbox Man Power Play Options:

~Izola Pocket Knife
~Native Union Monocle Speaker
~Coalatree Packable Hammock
~Myles Everyday Shorts
Items can be reserved beginning July 8th.

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Sample choice is limited to a first-come, first-serve basis. Sample choice e-mails will go out to Birchbox subscribers around July 14. For early access to Sample Choice, log in and share your box page on Facebook or Twitter on or before July 12; you’ll get to choose your item an entire day early.

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July 2015 ipsy Glam Rooms Sneak Peek! 7

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July 2015 ipsy Glam Rooms have been revealed! You have to share on Facebook to see the items, but it’s always like that.  If you want to see all the items ipsy sent out this month, scroll down a little once you are logged in to ipsy and you can see all the options this month (they are shaded).

July 2015 ipsy Sneak Peek

July 2015 ipsy Sneak Peek

I am getting:

~Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser
~Teeez Cosmetics Read My Lips Lipstick
~Crown Brush Professional Tweezers
~City Color Cosmetics HD Powder
~Jor’el Parker Classico

Did you peek at your ipsy yet?  What are you getting and what do you think?

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Prize Candle Mystery Box – Now Available! 1

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Prize Candle Mystery Box

Prize Candle Mystery Box

The Prize Candle Mystery Box is back! The Prize Candle Mystery Box is $69.99 (a $159) value and includes 6 assorted candles plus an additional bonus item.  I ordered one last time (you can check out my review here) and really liked it.  These candles make fabulous gifts so snatch one up before they sell out!

Available online only until July 6, 2015 at 11:59pm PDT. While supplies last. All sales final.

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July 2015 Golden Tote – On Sale Now! 1

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June 2015 Golden Tote

July 2015 Golden Tote

The July 2015 Golden Tote is on sale NOW! You can opt for the $49 tote which includes 2-3 items (you select 1 piece) and has a retail value of up to $200 or the $149 tote which includes 5-7 items (you select 2 pieces) and has a retail value of up to $600.

If you are interested in ordering, head over here and get shopping!  The tote is available all month, but pieces do sell out.

What is Golden Tote?
Golden Tote is a curated “Suprise Grab Bag” filled with clothing and accessories for women. Boxes include selections from contemporary designs, as well as, up and coming designers.

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Prize Candle Mystery Box Review 1

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Prize Candle Mystery Box
Cost: $69.99/One-Time Purchase (no longer available)
Ships To: United States
Coupon Code: N/A
Prize Candle Mystery Box Review

Prize Candle Mystery Box

A few weeks back Prize Candle offered a one-time only Mystery Box.  It was $69.99 and promised to include 6 assorted candles (I opted for an additional add-on candle for $9.99 I believe) plus bonus mystery items. If you aren’t familiar with them, Prize Candles are all natural soy wax candle in fragrances that will enhance your environment with the added bonus of a prize in every candle!

Prize Candle Mystery Box Review

The Box

My Prize Candle Mystery box shipped via USPS and took just a few days to arrive to me.

Prize Candle Mystery Box Review

First Look

Prize Candle packages everything very securely and I wasn’t worried at all when I opened the package.

Prize Candle Mystery Box Review

The Packing Slips

The box didn’t include an information card, but it included a packing slip which detailed all of the scents included.  My Prize Candle Mystery Box (plus one candle add-on) included the following:

~Citrus Blossom, Provence Lavender & Ski House: Of these three scents, Citrus Blossom was my favorite.  And that actually happened to be the one I added on to this shipment.  But to be real, I love the all.  They make such fun gifts.

Prize Candle Mystery Box Review

Citrus Blossom, Provence Lavender & Ski House

~Cabana and Tahitian Vanilla Candles: These are scents I for sure would have picked up on my own. I actually may have bought one of these in a previous order actually.

Prize Candle Mystery Box Review

Cabana and Tahitian Vanilla Candles

~Charm Candles (Island Escape & Italian Leather): I didn’t realize it, but in addition to the traditional Prize Candles (which include rings), they also offer Charm Candles.  These include – you guessed it – charms.  You can see it in the top picture but the bonus gift was actually a little charm bracelet.  It actually looked to me like a chain you’d find on a key ring and not really a bracelet, but it was a bonus gift and I probably wouldn’t wear it regardless so it’s okay.

Prize Candle Mystery Box Review

Charm Candles (Island Escape & Italian Leather)

How it Works

Burning

Burning

One you start burning the candle it will take a while for the “prize” to appear.  It’s always on the edge of the candle and not in the middle so it makes it fairly easy to spot.

The Prize Container

The Prize Container

Once enough of the wax in the candle melts I usually pull out the prize with a pliers or a pair of scissors.  It makes a bit of a mess, but it’s easy to clean.  All prizes are inside of a plastic bag which is inside of the plastic case you can see in the candle.

The Prize

The Prize

Each prize comes with a code you can enter online at Prize Candle to check out the value of your ring (or charm as the case may be).  I believe this was a $10 ring, but I have gotten $25 and $50 ones in the past.  And really, I sometimes like the $10 ones better than the $50 ones.

The Prize Candy Mystery Box is now sold-out, but Prize Candles are available anytime!  And make sure to signup for their mailing list because they often send out details on sales and hopefully they will do another Mystery Box!

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