January 2015 Estilo Subscription Review + Coupon Code

Estilo
Cost: $15/month
Ships To: United States
Coupon Code: “SUBMOM20″ to save 20% off your first month.
January 2015 Estilo Subscription Box Review

January 2015 Estilo Subscription Box

Estlio, who kindly sent me this box to review, delivers beautiful cards from independent artists to your door every month. You will receive three custom greeting cards crafted by independent Estlio artists; three pre-paid postage stamps and three premium Estilo envelope seals are also included in your monthly subscription.

January 2015 Estilo Subscription Box Review

The Package

Estlio ships via USPS. Your first Estlio box will ship out within one business day. Going forward, you will be billed on the 5th of each month and packages will ship out by the 10th. If you sign up within one week of the 5th, you will be billed the following month for your second pack.

January 2015 Estilo Subscription Box Review

First Look

January 2015 Estilo Subscription Box Review

Second First Look

All of the cards were packaged in individual clear plastic sleeves and were very well protected.  If you aren’t planning on mailing them right away, the sleeves will help them stay perfect.

January 2015 Estilo Subscription Box Review

The Note & Stamps

Each Estlio packages includes forever stamps, as well as, envelope seals for your cards.  There wasn’t an overall information card included, but the back of the cards were clearly labeled with the name of the artists, so it was day to determine where they came from.

The January 2015 Estlio package included the following items:

~The Stationery Bakery “Thank You” Card ($4): This gorgeous card was handmade in Austin, Texas. I really love the flowers on this and think it’s the most perfect Thank You card!

January 2015 Estilo Subscription Box Review

The Stationery Bakery “Thank You” Card

~Print Smitten “i love you” Card ($4.50): Looks like I already have a Valentine’s Day card for B!  Awesome!  I checked out some of the other items in the Print Smitten shop and they have such cute stuff.  If I didn’t already have Valentine’s Day tags for L, I would get these in a second.

January 2015 Estilo Subscription Box Review

Print Smitten “i love you” Card

~Silly Angel Cards Cupcake Card (~$5): From what I can tell these cards are exclusive to Whole Foods, so I had to estimate the price.  The inside of this card is blank, but I am thinking it would make a perfect birthday card!

January 2015 Estilo Subscription Box Review

Silly Angel Cards Cupcake Card

All totaled I came up with an estimated value of $15, which is exactly the cost of the monthly subscription.  If you factored in shipping for the individual cards and the convenience factor of not having to go to the store, you’d have an even better value.  Plus, these are very unique cards and may not be something you’d have access to or know about otherwise!

What do you think of Estlio?  If you are interested in subscribing you can use the coupon code “SUBMOM20” to take 20% off your first month!

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was sent for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
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January 2015 My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Box Review + Coupon Code

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My Pretend Place
Cost: Dress-Up Subscription: $50/quarterly. Craft Subscription: $15/month.
Ships To: United States.  Additional charges apply for shipments to Alaska and Hawaii.
Coupon Code: “pretend” to save 30% off your first box.
My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Reviews

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription (image credit: My Pretend Place)

My Pretend Place, who kindly sent me this box to review, offers a monthly Craft Subscription Box for children ages 3-8. The box includes materials and instructions they need to create a new pretend play item each month.  They also offer a quarterly Dress Up Play subscription (you can check out my review on that one here) box for children aged 3-6. Each box includes dress-up costumes, activities or crafts, and other pretend play inspiration.

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Reviews

The Package

The My Pretend Place ships via USPS.  Your first shipment will be sent out within 2 days of your order. Subsequent shipments will ship out the first week of each month.

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Reviews

The Box

I thought the Dress-Up subscription was so adorable that I just wouldn’t wait to see what this craft was.  I gifted that box to a friend who has a 3 year-old girl and was hoping that I could do the same with this craft.

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Reviews

First Look

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Reviews

Second First Look

All of the items arrived in perfect condition and neatly packaged.

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Reviews

The Card

The My Pretend Place craft subscription included a little note to your Princess explaining the craft.  It also had a little story behind the craft to go along with the pretend play factor.

~Princess Fan Craft: This month’s “Girl” craft was a Princess Fan.  The instructions were very clear and seemed very easy to follow.  I have a 6 year-old boy who looked them over and confirmed he could have done it alone.  There are enough materials to make two fans, so you could do one with your little one or siblings could work on it together!  My 6 year-old didn’t want to make this craft, so I decided to save it for a friend to do with her daughter.  I could have done it alone, but I didn’t want to waste it.

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Reviews

Instructions

My Pretend Place Craft Subscription Reviews

The Supplies

If you are interested in subscribing to My Pretend Place you can use the coupon code “pretend” to save 30% off your first box which brings the cost down to only $10.50!  I like the idea of doing the Dress-Up subscription quarterly and then the craft boxes in the in-between months!

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Silent Sunday

Why are cat meme's funnier than all other animal ones?

Why are cat meme’s funnier than all other animal ones?

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January 2015 MissionCute Review

MissionCute
Cost: From $29/month
Ships To: United States
Coupon Code: N/A
January 2015 MissionCute Reviews

January 2015 MissionCute

MissionCute, who kindly sent me this box to review, is a monthly subscription box full of cute stuff, but with a mission. Each MissionCute box comes with at least 2 items made by small-but-mighty artisans and local businesses and each month they partner with a different nonprofit to help promote their mission.  50% of the net proceeds of each box are donated to the chosen (you can vote on it) monthly nonprofit (this months partner One Simple Wish) and MissionCute also sponsors and works on a service project each month in their community.

January 2015 MissionCute Reviews

The Box

MissionCute ships via USPS and took just a few days to arrive to me.  Boxes ship on the 15th of the month. If you subscribe before the 10th of the month you will receive that month’s box.  If you subscribe after the 10th of the month, your subscription will start the following month.

January 2015 MissionCute Reviews

First Look

I have been totally loving MissionCute and was really happy to see this in the mailbox today. I didn’t realize that it had shipped, so it was an awesome surprise.

January 2015 MissionCute Reviews

The Information Card

The January 2015 MissionCute partner is “One Simple Wish” and like I previously mentioned and 50% this month’s proceeds will be donated to them. The mission of One Simple Wish is to empower more people to support children who’ve been victims of abuse.

Here is what the box included:

~MissionCute Mason Jar Tumbler ($22): So cute.  A pink mason jar?  What could be wrong with this? I love it!

January 2015 MissionCute Reviews

MissionCute Mason Jar Tumbler

~MissionCute Jewelry Roll ($12): This cute jewelry roll helps you keep everything organized when you travel.  It’d work great in your gym bag if you head to the gym before work too!

January 2015 MissionCute Reviews

MissionCute Jewelry Roll

~“Slow Down & Enjoy Life” 5×7 Print ($9.50): Perfect.  This is going in a frame in my office asap.  I have a frame that I use for prints like these and I swap them out every once in a while or when I get a great new one like this.

January 2015 MissionCute Reviews

“Slow Down & Enjoy Life” 5×7 Print

~MissionCute Mint Cable Knitted Headband ($18): I tried to guess what this was and could NOT figure it out.  It was too big to be a drink sleeve, but too small to be an infinity scarf.  It made total sense when I read the information card and discovered that it was a headband to keep your ears warm!

January 2015 MissionCute Reviews

MissionCute Mint Cable Knitted Headband

~MissionCute Pearl Drop Necklace ($16): When I got this box I thought PLEASE let there be a necklace in here!  I really wanted to use my new necklace stand / display.  LOL.  And not only did the box have a necklace, it had a really cool one. Totally unique with some, but not too much, flair!

January 2015 MissionCute Reviews

MissionCute Pearl Drop Necklace

All totaled I came up with a value of $77.50 for the January 2015 MissionCute box.  As usual, I just loved this box.  It’s pretty much like all the cute things you can imagine on etsy in a box and delivered right to your door.

What do you think of MissionCute? If you are interested in subscribing (I believe they have a wait list) or just want to check out more / look at previous boxes, click here.  They have also just launched a Mini MissionCute box for $20/month which consists of 2-3 hang-curated items which may be another option if you aren’t ready to try the full box!

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was sent for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
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Birchbox ~ Spend $75, get a free Cheeki Thong & Boyshort Set!

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Birchbox Gift With Purchase

Birchbox Gift With Purchase

Birchbox has announced yet another brand new gift with purchase offer! You can use the coupon code “CHEEKISET” to score a free Cheeki Thong & Boyshort Set when you spend $75+ in the Birchbox Shop. The package includes one Snuggle Hard Boyshort in Black or Blush and one Racy Lacy Thong in either Blush or Indigo (colors will vary).

And I know I promised to report when the Birchbox Book Club Gift With Purchase appeared in the shop, but it doesn’t look that like is going to happen.  Birchbox Customer Service has indicated that they are taking a break from the Book Club for the time being.  Thanks to reader Tammy for the heads up!

Don’t forget that you can add a Mystery Sample Pack to your cart on ALL orders of $35+ as well.

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The Fantasy Box Valentine’s Bundle + Coupon Code!

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The Fantasy Box Valentine's Bundle

The Fantasy Box Valentine’s Bundle

The Fantasy Box has just announced their Valentine’s Day Fantasy Bundle! You can select the Classic Bundle for $179 or the Platinum Bundle for $359. Each bundle contains the Special Edition Valentines Day Fantasy AND and *NEW* Shower Fantasy! The Valentine’s Bundle will ship by February 14th, while the Shower Fantasy Bundle will ship in April (get it – April showers).

If you prefer, you can also opt for just the Valentines Day Fantasy! It promises an evening of secret message envelopes, challenges, and the sexiest lingerie the Fantasy Box has ever sent out in a box!

You can use the coupon code “VDAY10” to save 10% off either option! The Fantasy Box also has a huge giveaway going on where you could win a trip for two to San Francisco or Los Angeles (flight and two nights hotel), the “Enchante” boudoir package by Alloria Winter Photography, hair/makeup for the shoot, two lingerie sets from Coquette, a Platinum Fantasy Box and dinner with The TFB Founders! How cool would that be to win?

Oh and one more thing, The Fantasy Box will be featured on the View on Monday!  No real details are available, but I do know that there will be an huge deal on one of their boxes (not the Valentine’s Day box though), so stay tuned for that!
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January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box Review

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SocialBliss Style Box
Cost: $47.90/month ($39.95/month + $7.95 shipping).
Ships To: United States.
Coupon Code: N/A
January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box Review

January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box

My January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box arrived yesterday and I couldn’t wait to check it out.  Socialbliss is pretty hit or miss, so I am always curious to see what they do.

If you aren’t familiar, the Style Box by Socialbliss, is a fashion, lifestyle and accessories box. Boxes contain items which may be featured on the Socialbliss site, along with others that are emerging hot items not yet available to the public. Boxes are $47.90 ($39.95 plus $7.95 shipping) and promise a monthly value of at least $100.

January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box Review

The Box

Socialbliss ships via USPS Priority Mail around the 20th of the month.

January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box Review

First Look

January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box Review

Second First Look

The first look was pretty good. I didn’t know what everything was, but it looked like it was going to be fun to unpack and check out.

January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box Review

The Information Card

The January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box theme was “An Organized New Year” and included the following items to help you stay on trend while practicing the art of minimalism:

~The Studio Bag by Madison West ($45): I believe that this bag came in one of three colors.  White, red and navy.  I have mixed feelings about the white.  I don’t dislike it, but I also don’t carry a white bag too often.  It’s a crossbody, which I know some people love, but I would probably use it more if it were a clutch.

January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box Review

The Studio Bag by Madison West

~Beauty Bliss Bag by Jacki Designs ($12.99): Cute little bag.  I will throw it in my travel bag and use it for packing jewelry.  You probably can’t tell by this picture, but this is small – probably the size of my hand.

January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box Review

Beauty Bliss Bag by Jacki Designs

~Crafted Pave Luxe Necklace with Earrings ($24): This is a very simple set and for that reason I really like it.  It would work with just about anything!

January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box Review

Crafted Pave Luxe Necklace with Earrings

~Bounded in Bliss Notebook by Denik ($10): Love this.  Then again, I would be okay if they sent us notebooks every month.  I use them all the time and am always jotting something down.

January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box Review

Bounded in Bliss Notebook by Denik

~Mix & Match Mini Manis by Ciate ($16): I love the duo I received, but I can’t wait to see what other variations there were!  I have used a lot of different Ciate polishes and effects and have always enjoyed them.

January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box Review

Mix & Match Mini Manis by Ciate

All totaled I came up with a value of $107.99 for the January 2015 Socialbliss Style Box. I liked this box about 100x better than the December box, but I still didn’t LOVE it.  I am really happy with the improvement though and hope that it continues in this direction.  I would also really like to see a lower price point on this box.  Maybe around $30/month?

What do you think of this month’s box?  If you are interested in subscribing (boxes are currently $47.90/month including shipping) click here to get signed up!

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Conscious Box Secret Valentine Box!

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Conscious Box Secret Valentine

Conscious Box Secret Valentine

Conscious Box has just released their Special Edition Secret Valentine Box!  The box is $49.99, has a value of $89.99 and is described as a collection of super romantic products to surprise and delight.  And that’s about all we know on this one.

The box is available while supplies last and delivery by Valentine’s Day is guaranteed as long as you order by 2.5.15!

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February 2015 Sudsy & Co. Sudsy Box Review + Coupon Code

Sudsy Box
Cost: $20/bi-monthly.
Ships To: United States
Coupon Code: “BOX20″ to save 20% off your first box and Sudsy Box will also donate one bar of soap to Clean the World.
February 2015 Sudsy Box Reviews

February 2015 Sudsy Box

Sudsy Box, who kindly sent me this box for review, contains 3 full sized soap bars from Sudsy & Co. (Heidi’s Artisan Soap and Sudsy Box were recently combined into Sudsy & Co.) and one sample of a lip balm, lotion bar, sea salt scrub or body butter. The soaps will vary and will be themed to the season of the shipment.

February 2015 Sudsy Box Reviews

The Package

Sudsy Box ships bi-monthly via USPS Priority Mail. Boxes are shipped during the beginning of all even months.  I received the February Box a little early for review purposes.

February 2015 Sudsy Box Reviews

The Box

As always, the box smelled amazing. I didn’t know what scents would be included, but I knew that they smelled great.

February 2015 Sudsy Box Reviews

First Look

Sudsy Box got some new packaging as a result of the name change, but all of the products are made in the same way.

February 2015 Sudsy Box Reviews

The Information Card

The February 2015 Sudsy Box included the following items:

~Wild Rose ($7.50):Easily the prettiest soap I have received from Sudsy Box.  It’s almost too pretty to use.  It was made with rose oil, which has an anti-inflammatory, soothing, cooling effect on the skin.  And of course, it smells incredible.

February 2015 Sudsy Box Reviews

Wild Rose

~Woodland Mint ($6): This is definitely a woodsy soap. It’s made with Cocoa and Chlorella – which is a known to be a powerful skin healing agent.  I think B will end up stealing this one. It’s a scent he will love.

February 2015 Sudsy Box Reviews

Woodland Mint

~Orange Mocha Expresso ($4.25): This one isn’t on the site right now, so I used the sale price of most of the bars listed on there.  I smelled more orange than mocha expresso on this one, but it’s a good combination.

February 2015 Sudsy Box Reviews

Orange Mocha Expresso

~Pamper Me Bath Tea ($3): I should have taken a picture of the actual contents of this bag, but it’s a mixture of Oatmeal, Dead Sea Salt, Rose Buds, Lavender Buds, and Lavender Essential Oil.  As you can probably guess, it smells delightful.

February 2015 Sudsy Box Reviews

Pamper Me Bath Tea

All totaled I came up with a value of $20.75 for the February 2015 Sudsy Box.  Just slightly over the cost of the box, but if you purchased everything separately, you would have to pay for shipping as well which would add about $6 to the cost.  When you take that into consideration, it’s a great deal!

What do you think of Sudsy Box?  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here!  You have until the 15th of February to pick this box up, otherwise, your subscription will begin in April.  If you are a new subscriber, you can use the coupon code “BOX20” to save 20% off your first Sudsy Box!

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was sent for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
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Saturday Smiles

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Today I’m smiling because:

~It’s Saturday! We have no plans and it’s supposed to snow tomorrow! Yay!

~L got an amazing progress report for school yesterday. I couldn’t be more proud of him!

This picture cracks me up ;)

This picture cracks me up ;)

~My skin is FINALLY starting to look better!

~I have decreased my Diet Pepsi intake by like 90% since the New Year and that makes me smile!  And it is also likely the reason my skin is looking better!

~Ice-Skating is on in Prime Time tonight!  I don’t know if I am more excited for the skating itself or the commentary from Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir!

image credit: Getty Images

image credit: Getty Images

~Gas prices are still super low!  It’s amazing to see it for less than $2/gallon and I still do a double take because it seems to good to be true!

~A friend of mine who works at the GAP informed me last night that Sale items are an additional 50% off in-store!  I do all my shopping about a year in advance for the boys.  It saves me a ton.

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

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