September 2014 Escape Monthly Review – “Puerto Rico” + Coupon Code

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Escape Monthly
Cost: $49.95/month (Full Size). $24.95/month (Escape Mini)
Ships To: United States and its territories.
Coupon Code: Use the coupon code “MYESCAPE” to score 20% off not only your first box, but all full-size boxes for the life of your subscription.
September 2014 Escape Monthly

September 2014 Escape Monthly

My September 2014 Escape Monthly arrived a few days ago and I was quite excited to see if it was worth the wait!

If you aren’t familiar with them, Escape Monthly, which is $49.95/month, is a monthly vacation in a box. Each month you will discover products from a different location. Products consist off local and destination-inspired foods, relaxation and beauty essentials, and the highest quality products that bring the life of the destination right to you. They also offer an “Escape Mini” ($24.95/month) which contains 4 to 5 luxury, locally-made products and a travel brochure.

September 2014 Escape Monthly

The Box

Escape Monthly ships via USPS Priority Mail.  It generally ships around the 20th of the month, however, this month was a bit delayed.  All subscribers received an e-mail saying that Escape Monthly was learning that some items take longer than others to clear customs and they they will be working on earlier planning / ordering going forward.

September 2014 Escape Monthly

First Look

The first look was so-so.  Not amazing, but I also really wanted to dig in and see what everything was.

September 2014 Escape Monthly

The Information Card

The September 2014 Escape Monthly destination was Puerto Rico and included the following finds from the Caribbean:

~Moon Puerto Rico Travel Guide ($13.22): I went to Puerto Rico once, but only for a night and didn’t really think too much much about it either way.  Clearly I did something wrong though (the first thing would be staying in a hotel that looked like it could have been where the movie Scarface was filmed) because I hear people rave about it all the time.  I will eventually go back there and will be checking out this book for some tips on what to do!

September 2014 Escape Monthly

Moon Puerto Rico Travel Guide

~Mi Madre Natural Hot Sauce ($2.99): This could not scare me any more than it already does.  It looks so.hot.  B’s going to have to figure out something to do with this because I just can’t.

September 2014 Escape Monthly

Mi Madre Natural Hot Sauce

~Dulzura Borincana’s Coconut-Pineapple Candy ($1.85): Looking at the package I thought these were going to be like a hard candy.  No.  They are more macaroon like.  They are okay, but I didn’t want to eat the entire package.

September 2014 Escape Monthly

Dulzura Borincana’s Coconut-Pineapple Candy

~Caribbean Vela Coco Candle ($5): I pretty much love all candles so it’s no surprise I am a fan of this one.  It smells so good!  My only complaint is that it’s not bigger ;).

September 2014 Escape Monthly

Caribbean Vela Coco Candle

~Coqui Pins ($9): These frogs are said to symbolize love and are named after the sound they make which is “co-key”.  I don’t know if I will ever wear this pin, but I appreciate the story behind it and liked reading about it!

September 2014 Escape Monthly

Coqui Pins

~El Isleno Plantain Chips ($3): They aren’t my favorite snack, but I do like plantain chips and these were good ones.  I thought they were much tastier than the coconut-pineapple candy that’s for sure.

September 2014 Escape Monthly

El Isleno Plantain Chips

~Yaucono Cafe Puro Puerto Rican Coffee ($1.99): One of B’s favorite things to get in subscription boxes is coffee. He loves trying them all and deciding which he likes best.

September 2014 Escape Monthly

Yaucono Cafe Puro Puerto Rican Coffee

~Authentic Puerto Rico Souvenir: I am not exactly sure what this is for, but the boys thought it was cute.

September 2014 Escape Monthly

Authentic Puerto Rico Souvenir

All totaled I came up with a value of $37.05 for the September 2014 Escape Monthly box.  I wasn’t overly thrilled with this one and even with the 20% discount I get every month, it didn’t quite hit the $40 price tag.  Then again you can’t get all these items in the States either, so that needs to be taken into account.  The October 2014 Escape Monthly destination is “London” so I now have my sites set on that one which I am hoping is beyond incredible!

What do you think of Escape Monthly this month?  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here.  You can use the code “MYESCAPE” to score 20% off not only your first box, but all your other boxes for the life of your subscription.  That gets you a discount of $10/month on the regular box which is awesome (it doesn’t look like the code works on the Escape Mini)!
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Subscription Box Discounts from Living Social, Groupon, Plum District and More!

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Here’s what’s available right now, subscription box wise, on the daily deal sites (bolded items denote additions since the last post):

Plum District:

~Blue Apron: Go through Plum District to claim two free Blue Apron meals.
~bluum: $14.50 for First Month of Bluum + $5 Store Credit (a $29 Value).
Fabletics: Use this link to get your first Fabletics outfit for 60% off.
~Pley: Free 15-Day Trial through Plum District.
~Sparkbox Toys: $35 for a 2-Month Subscription to Sparkbox ($71.98 value)

Living Social:
~Bulu Box: $15 ($38 value) for a 3-month subscription, $30 ($68 value) for a 6-month subscription or $50 ($118 value) for a 12-month subscription. Each offer includes a 1-year subscription to Women’s Health magazine
~Citrus Lane: Get a 1-month subscription for $12 (a $29 value) or a 3-month subscription for $45 (a $72 value).
~Kelly Kits: $25 ($50 value) for a three-month art kit subscription.

Gilt City:
~Flicker Box: Get a three-month subscription for $59 (reg. $102) or a six-month subscription for $99 (reg. $175).
~Little Passports: 40% off your first month through Gilt City.

~New customers can use the coupon code “WELCOME20″ to save an additional 20% off GiltCity orders.~

Groupon:
~Barkbox: $42.50 for a three-month subscription to BarkBox ($72 value) or $79.99 for a six-month subscription to BarkBox ($114 value).
~Citrus Lane: $22 for $40 worth of kids’and baby products ($40 value), $32 for a two-month box subscription for your child ($58 value) or $49 for a two-month box subscription plus one Groupon, good for $40 worth product for your child from the citrus lane shop ($98 value).
~Healthy Surprise: $30 for $60 worth of Healthy Snack-Food Gift Boxes or Subscriptions from Healthy Surprise.
~PetBox:
$11.99 for a 1-month deluxe box subscription ($19.95 value), $32.99 for a 3-month deluxe box subscription ($59.85 value) or $59.99 for a 6-month deluxe box subscription ($119.70 value).
~Tackle Grab: $25 for a three-month subscription ($45 value) or $19.99 for a two-month subscription ($35 value).

Rue La La:
No subscription box deals are currently available.

As usual let me know if I have missed anything!
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Two on Tuesday…

Two Questions today…..

~What is your best subscription box product discovery? I am guessing we have done this before, but I have been thinking about it recently and am curious to hear more answers! I am having trouble settling on just one, but I think what we use the most are the Goobyn bento box containers. I’ve received them from Citrus Lane and PopSugar and I absolutely love them. Are they life changing? I don’t know about that, but they are fabulous. My other one is sea salt spray. I didn’t use it before subscription boxes, but now I am hooked for life. It’s been a total game changer.

~What canceled / ended television show do you miss the most and wish was still on? I was thinking about this yesterday and mine is, hands down, Breaking Bad. A friend mentioned he was watching the show – from Season 1 on for the first time on Netflix and I was so jealous that he’d never seen it before. Because even though I can rematch episodes and find things I missed, I still KNOW exactly how it ends. Such a good show!

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October 2014 Citrus Lane Customize Your Box Time (aka Spoilers) + Coupon Code

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Citrus Lane October Spoilers

Citrus Lane October Spoilers

If you are a Citrus Lane subscriber, you may (or may not) have gotten a Customize Your Box e-mail for the October 2014 Boxes.  Select age groups were given the following options:

~Newborn to 6-Months (Girl): Bling Ring Rattle (Assorted Colors)
~Newborn to 6-Months (Boy): Donut Rattle (Chocolate or Blueberry)
~7 Months to 3 Years (Girl): Leg Warmers (Choice of Patterns)
~7 Months to 3 Years (Boy): Alphasaurus or Shapeasaurus Board Book (That’s WB’s age group and I picked the Shapeasaurus).

If you are in one of these age groups and didn’t get the e-mail, you can log into your account and see the “Customize” option on the left sidebar under “My Account”. It’s available through 9.30.14 and if you don’t make a selection one will be chosen for you at random.

If you are a new subscriber, you can use the coupon code “NEWMOM” to get your first box for only $5! Using this code will subscribe in you a monthly membership, but you are free to cancel (online) anytime after you receive your first box!
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Try The World Paris Box – 50% Off Exclusive Discount!

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Try The World Paris

Try The World Paris

Try The World has offered an exclusive discount just for us! For the next two days only you can use the coupon code “SUBURBANMOM50” to save 50% off the Try The World Paris Box!  You can check out my post on it here and get signed up for it for only $22.50!
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Hamptons Lane – Southwestern Fiesta Box is Back!

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Hamptons Lane Southwest Fiesta

Hamptons Lane Southwest Fiesta

Hamptons Lane has brought back their Southwestern Fiesta Box for a limited time only! This was their first ever box and contains:

~Authentic Lava Rock Molcajete ($50)
~Award-winning Salsa from La Fogata ($7)
~Salt Traders Margarita Salt with Chipotle Chile ($12)
~Lime Juicer from Norpro ($12)
~Custom-Crafted Taco Seasoning from Melissa Guerra ($5)
~Menchaca Fajita Seasoning from South Texas Spice Company ($5)

The box is available with a monthly subscription (you can cancel or skip anytime) for $47 with free shipping or as a one-time purchase for $59 (plus $10 shipping).  We absolutely love ours!
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September 2014 Kiwi Crate Review – “Castles & Catapults” + Coupon Code

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Kiwi Crate
Cost: $19.95/month.
Ships To: United States and Canada.
Coupon Code: Use code “FOOD50” to save 50% off your first month.
September 2014 Kiwi Crate

September 2014 Kiwi Crate

Our Kiwi Crate arrived late last week and we were all excited to see that green box in the mailbox! Kiwi Crate was one of the first boxes I ever subscribed to and we have no plans to stop subscribing anytime soon.

If you aren’t familiar, Kiwi Crates are designed around fun themes and filled with all of the materials and inspiration for hands-on projects for kids ages 3-7. L and I have been doing the projects together for years and every now and then, WB gets in on the act!

September 2014 Kiwi Crate

The Box

Kiwi Crate ships via FedEx Smart Post and took about a week to arrive. This month’s box was delayed a bit due to some quality issues with one of the projects in the box. Kiwi Crate sent out an e-mail about the delay and apologized in advance which was much appreciated.

September 2014 Kiwi Crate

First Look

Kiwi Crate announced their Fall themes in advance so I pretty much knew what to expect from this box. L and I has been waiting on this one, so we worked on it over the weekend while WB napped.

September 2014 Kiwi Crate

The Theme

The September 2014 Kiwi Crate theme was “Castles & Catapults” and included two projects “My Medieval Castle” and “My Launching Catapult”. Our box, however, did not include the “Explore!” magazine it usually comes with it. I don’t know if ours was forgotten or if they didn’t do one this month or quite what happened. I am going to e-mail them to see, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Project #1 – My Medieval Castle

September 2014 Kiwi Crate

Project #1: My Medieval Castle (The Instructions)

September 2014 Kiwi Crate

Project #1: My Medieval Castle (The Materials)

The first project we worked on was “My Medieval Castle” which included everything you needed to construct and decorate your own castle. The project was low on the messiness scale, low on the grown-up involvement scale and involved “creating”, “exploring” and “moving – fine”.

September 2014 Kiwi Crate

Project #1: My Medieval Castle (In Progress)

L did most of the work on this one. I think I opened all the packages up and that was about it. And I don’t even think that I did that as fast as he built this. We had some problems getting the flags to stay on the top of the castle, but that was the only issue we encountered.

September 2014 Kiwi Crate

Project #1: My Medieval Castle (The Final Product)

Looks pretty good doesn’t it? Once WB woke up he took control of the castle and was driving his trains through the doors. Turns out it works as a good tunnel system too.

Project #2 – My Launching Catapult

Project #1: My Medieval Castle

Project #2: My Launching Catapult (The Instructions)

September 2014 Kiwi Crate

Project #2: My Launching Catapult (The Materials)

The second project this month was “My Launching Catapult” and included the materials needed to build a catapult and launch different objects. It was low on messiness scale, medium on the grownup involvement scale and involved “moving – fun”, “exploring” and “discovering”.

September 2014 Kiwi Crate

Project #2: My Launching Catapult (In Action)

This project was a tad more involved than the first one. But L loved it. Anything that involves launching projectiles across the room is a good thing in his book. And this thing seriously did launch far. Awesome project.

September 2014 Kiwi Crate

L and his Kiwi Crate!

I thought the September 2014 Kiwi Crate was well worth the little wait for it. Everything fit the theme perfectly, was well thought out and the quality was excellent. Another great month from Kiwi Crate for sure!

Did you get Kiwi Crate this month? What did you think? If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here! New subscribers can use the coupon code “FOOD50” to save 50% off their first month! And if you missed my post on it the other day, Kiwi Crate has also launched a variety of new crates including Tinker Crate, Doodle Crate and Koala Crate which you might want to check out as well!

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Monday Morning Ramblings

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~Good morning!  Can you believe it’s already (almost) October?  Ahhh!  Where has this year gone?  So much I wanted to get done and so much, uh, I haven’t done.

~Is anyone else reading (or done with) Big Little Lies?  I am totally obsessed with it.  Let me tell you, L’s classmate’s parents isn’t nearly as exciting as these people are.  I hope the movie does it justice! I must say, Birchbox has been picking some fabulous books for their book club.  October isn’t just one book, it’s all of Gillian Flynn’s books. I haven’t read Gone Girl yet (I know, I am behind the times), so that’s what I am going to read.

September Birchbox Book Club Book

September Birchbox Book Club Book

~I don’t have a ton of boxes coming this week, but there are a few. I am expecting FabFitFun, Hazel Lane, a Citrus Lane Mystery Box, The Boodle Box, PashBox (I cannot wait to check out what they are doing now that it’s a quarterly box), Five Four Club, Wantable, Sudsy Box and Hammock Pack.   Now that I typed them all out, that is quite a bit more than a few!

~I did that update for my iPhone last week and I have been noticing that when I talk on the phone that the touch screen is SO sensitive.  Like I’ll be talking and all of a sudden I hear all these beeps and realize my cheek is barely grazing the phone and pressing all the buttons.  What gives?  It’s super annoying and I hope that the next update for the last new update (lol) fixes this!  Has anyone else noticed this or is it just me?

~Now that I have seen Lauren Conrad’s dress, I have my sites set on checking out Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress! Because really, what does one wear when they marry GEORGE CLOONEY? Whatever it was, I bet it was flippin fantastic.  Fingers crossed this will be in People this week!

imagecredit: SplashNewsOnline.com

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~I got the best package in the mail over the weekend from a reader (that sounds so weird to say) a friend I did a trade with.  I sent her a few things she had said she liked and I received this in exchange.  I THOUGHT she was just sending the check registers (super odd but I always run out before I run out of checks and I am too old school to track that online), but she sent all this.  Thank you Kelsey!  She sells Origami Owl (she didn’t ask me to tell you that though) so if you ever need some stuff from there, check here out.

SO cute!

SO cute!

~Does anyone host a Kid’s Halloween Party?  I have always thought this sounded fun and there are so many cute ideas for it on Pinterest (why do I even look there), but I don’t know of anyone who really has the parties.  I mean seriously how cute is that food?  That bloody bandaid one actually makes me want to vomit, but L would go wild for that.  So gross!

image credit: http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/halloween-party-food/

image credit: http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/halloween-party-food/

What’s up for your Monday? Any big plans this week?  And of course, what subscription boxes are you expecting?

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