October 2014 Petit Vour Review

Petit Vour
Cost: $15/month
Ships: Worldwide. Shipping to US is free. Add $10/month for shipping to Canada and $15/month for shipping elsewhere.
Coupon Code: N/A
October 2014 Petit Vour

October 2014 Petit Vour

Petit Vour, who kindly sent me this box to review, is a monthly subscription box of cruelty-free beauty products, hand-picked from businesses that align quality with progressive standards.  Boxes are $15/month and the value of the contents always exceeds the cost.

October 2014 Petit Vour

The Box

Petit Vour ships via USPS First Class Mail.  Boxes are shipped in batches between the 15th and 20th of the month.

October 2014 Petit Vour

First Look

I hadn’t gotten tracking on this one (at least not that I know of), so not only were the contents a surprise, actually receiving the box itself was too.  It was a good surprise though, because I thought the first look was great.

October 2014 Petit Vour

The Information Card

The October 2014 Petit Vour theme was “Beauty Thrillers” and included the following wicked picks with no spooky ingredients:

~Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick ($14): Love this! It’s lipstick, but in balm form.  I didn’t think the color was too much, but it was certainly enough enough.  I think layered with one of their lip glosses, this would be excellent.

October 2014 Petit Vour

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick

~Flo+Theo Body Butter (~$3.50): I don’t know that I love this scent (I received Wild Mint) as a body butter, but as a hand cream it works.  This is so thick (it’s almost a solid it’s that thick) and a little bit goes a long way. I hope we see more stuff from this line down the road because because they have a few more products I would love to try.

October 2014 Petit Vour

Flo+Theo Body Butter

~Forager Botanicals Natural Eau de Parfum (~$2): This is a tiny sample, but it smells amazing.  It has notes of florals, citrus and honey (no actual honey is in it though) and makes me want to keep smelling my wrists.

October 2014 Petit Vour

Forager Botanicals Natural Eau de Parfum

~S.W. Basics Makeup Remover ($10): I have liked basically everything I have tried from the S.W. Basics line, but I am not a huge fan of the bottles themselves.  Don’t get me wrong I think they are fabulous looking, but I get scared I am going to knock it over and spill it all! I need it to have a cap like salad dressing has.  Still it didn’t stop me from buying the S.W. Basics toner a few minutes ago when I was on their site pricing this out ;).

October 2014 Petit Vour

S.W. Basics Makeup Remover

All totaled I came up with an estimated value of $29.50 for the October 2014 Petit Vour Box.  It didn’t have as high of a value of some of their other boxes have had, but it did have lots of great products from brands I know (S.W. Basics and Pacifica) and introduced me to two new all-natural brands (Flo + Theo and Forager Botanicals) I haven’t heard of before.

What do you think of Petit Vour?  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here.

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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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Beauty Box 5 Oh. Em. Gee. Limited Edition Box ~ Now Available

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Oh. Em. Gee. Beauty Box 5 Limited Edition Box

Oh. Em. Gee. Beauty Box 5 Limited Edition Box

Beauty Box 5 has released a brand new limited edition box. The “Oh. Em. Gee” box is $199 (wow) and includes $400+ worth of glam goodies. The description says it contains 40 full-sized “products from A-Z that’ll have you saying Oh. Em. Gee!”

I have to admit, the name makes me giggle, but at such a high-price point for a mystery box, I will be passing on this one!  If anyone ends up getting it, let me know what’s included because I am super curious!

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October 2014 Nerd Block Jr. Review

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

October 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

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 the adult Nerd Block for $29.49/month (that includes shipping), Arcade Block, which is a video game mystery box and Horror Block which is filled with “gruesome horror toys”. This Block is a Boys one for L, who is 6.

October 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

L and the Box

Nerd Block ships from Canada and took just four days to arrive this month.  For having to clear customs during that time and considering that one of those days was a Sunday, I think that’s amazing.

October 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

First Look

I opened up this box, took the pictures and then reassembled it all for L to open on his own.  When he opens this box, things go flying because he is so excited to rip into it!

October 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

The Customs Form

Nerd Block doesn’t include an information card, however, the customs label on the front of the box lists the contents.  The “value” listed doesn’t mean too much, so I wouldn’t pay attention to that.  They always list the total value at $13.99 since that is the cost of the box ($13.99 plus shipping) and just randomly divide up the $13.99 between the items.   Here is what the October 2014 Nerd Block Jr. (Boy) box included:

~Dragons Riders of the Berk Book ($5.88): We actually just got How to Drain your Dragon on DVD, so this is great timing.  This is a comic book style book and with a little help I think L will be able to read most of it to us instead of the other way around.

October 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Dragons Riders of the Berk Book

~Costume Face Tattoos ($11.99): I need to see if I can talk WB into letting me put these on him for our next Halloween event (he has a pirate costume).  L is game to share and thinks it will be awesome, but WB’s a wild card ;).

October 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Costume Face Tattoos

~Ninja Turtle Keychain ($7.99): This is much larger than a normal keychain.  It’s meant to be hooked on a backpack or a normal keyring and pretty much ensures that you’ll never lose your keys again.  L doesn’t have any keys, but it will make a good backpack decoration.

October 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Ninja Turtle Keychain

~Nitro Grinders (~$3): This was easily the biggest hit of the box.  L ripped into it immediately and started to set up a course to test it on.  He had yard sticks and cups and ramps out and he got this thing to drive on it as promised.  I believe these are exclusive to Canada, but hopefully they appear in the States soon because they are really neat.

October 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Nitro Grinders

~Super Mario Mini Figure ($7.99): I don’t know what L’s plans are for this, but he does love Super Mario and wishes he could play it more.

October 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Super Mario Mini Figure

All totaled I came up with a value of $36.85 for the October 2014 Nerd Block Jr. box!  L loved this box and looks forward to getting it every single month.  It’s his version of my PopSugar boxes.

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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October 2014 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
October 2014 Socialbliss Style Box

October 2014 Socialbliss Style Box

My October 2014 Socialbliss Box is here! It was actually one of the (many) boxes that arrived yesterday afternoon and it was a fun one to open since I didn’t know what all was in it.

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.

October 2014 Socialbliss Style Box

The Box

The Style Box ships via USPS Priority Mail which I absolutely love. It takes two days to arrive once it ships so you don’t have to constantly check that tracking.

October 2014 Socialbliss Style Box

First Look

Everything was wrapped in bubble wrap and, like I said, I was excited to see what it all was. I had seen a few of the spoilers so I knew about half of the items, but I didn’t know which variations I received.

I didn’t get an information card in my box (Socialbliss said they didn’t have the cards set from the printer when they packed my box), but the October theme was “Follow Your Bliss”.  Here is what was included:

~Wrist Bliss Watch by Varsales ($22.99): I don’t ever wear a watch, but I think this one is cute.  I believe subscribers either received white or black.  The white was cute, but if I were going to wear a watch, I would pick the black.

October 2014 Socialbliss Style Box

Wrist Bliss Watch by Varsales

~traveling Scarf by Papillon ($22): I can’t find this anywhere online, so I went with the Socialbliss price. It seems fair though.  This either came in a coral / grey print or a black / white print.  I love the black and white that I received.  It’s a cool pattern and will work nicely this winter.

October 2014 Socialbliss Style Box

traveling Scarf by Papillon

~“Grab-n-Go Bliss Book” by Denik ($12): This notebook was designed just for Socialbliss.  It’s purse sized (well everything is really since my purse is giant, but this is probably 3’x5′) and is blank inside.  I use little notebooks like this all the time and always like to have one with me.  It doubles as something for the kids to write in if they get bored at a restaurant too. Crayons and a placemat are okay, but an ink pen and Mom’s notebook?  WAY COOL.

October 2014 Socialbliss Style Box

“Grab-n-Go Bliss Book” by Denik

~Convertible Clutch by Silverake ($35): With all the purses we have been getting from Socialbliss, it’s fabulous to see a wallet!  Of course, this can also be used as a clutch or bag (it comes with a chain so you can wear it on your shoulder), but this is going to be used as a wallet by me.

October 2014 Socialbliss Style Box

Convertible Clutch by Silverake

~“Matte-Hatter” Matte Polish By Nabi ($3.50): I love matte nail polish! You can use it to turn shiny polishes matte or you can use it as a base coat under lighter polish colors so you don’t need twelve coats of polish.

October 2014 Socialbliss Style Box

“Matte-Hatter” Matte Polish By Nabi

All totaled I came up with a value of $95.49 for the October 2014 Socialbliss box.  I thought the variety in this box was great and I really liked that it didn’t contain just one large item.  It was a nice mixture of items so even if you didn’t love one thing, there was still a bunch of other stuff in there to enjoy.

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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Two on Tuesday…

Two Questions today…..

~Do You Have Any Tattoos? If so, where / what are they? I have mentioned it a few times here and there, but I have two tattoos. A sun on the small of my back and a band of flowers around my big toe. In my defense (as if I have one), I seriously got the sun like 20 years ago before the term “Tramp Stamp” was coined. Anyway, I have been wanting another one for years but haven’t settled on what I want yet.  B has a bunch (maybe 9?) and probably wants more.

~Would you rather talk on the phone or text?  I know this is so bad, but I 90% of the time I would just prefer to text.  It’s just easier and you don’t have to worry about the kids yelling or the dogs barking in the background.  As I am sure is the case with all other moms, my both L and WB save everything really really “important” they have to tell me until I am on the phone ;).  Of course if you want to catch up with an old friend or have some serious things to talk about (like the latest episode of Homeland), then you gotta use the phone ;).

Can’t wait to hear your answers!

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October 2014 bluum Box Review – 34 Month-Old + Coupon Code

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bluum
Cost: $29/month
Ships To: United States and APO/FPO addresses.
Coupon Code: SAVEMEHALF to save 50% off your first box (new customers only).
October 2014 bluum Box

October 2014 bluum Box

I was expecting maybe a box or two today, so I was super surprised when 80% of the boxes I thought I was getting this week appeared on my porch this afternoon.  And one of the boxes was my October 2014 bluum box!

If you aren’t familiar, bluum (who acquired Stork Stack earlier this year), is a monthly box of goodies for moms and babies.  Products are hand selected based on your child’s age (from pregnancy to preschool), gender and developmental stage.

October 2014 bluum Box

The Box

bluum box ships via FedEx Smart Post and took under a week to arrive.  My tracking still says it’s in-transit from the FedEx facility to my local Post Office, but it’s really at my house!

October 2014 bluum Box

First Look

This box was packed full and looked great!  It didn’t have an information card of any type this month, but once tracking shows that your box is delivered (which mine isn’t showing yet), you can access the details in your bluum account.  WB’s October bluum box was for a 34 month-old (*) and included the following items:

~Little Rabbit Waits for the Moon by Ben Shoshan & Stephanie Peel (~$6): Super cute book. We don’t have it yet, so it’s a great addition for us.  And WB is finally loving reading books (well having books read to him), so that is awesome.

October 2014 bluum Box

Little Rabbit Waits for the Moon by Ben Shoshan & Stephanie Peel

~Halloween Color & Activity Book (~$5): Love this! It’s actually perfect for L and for WB and has activities both of them can do.  We don’t have much going on this week, so we’ll be able to work on this and some Halloween crafts as well.

October 2014 bluum Box

Halloween Color & Activity Book

~Squirting Turtle Bath Book ($4.19): I’m not overly excited about this, but the kids will play with it, so I guess it’s fine.

October 2014 bluum Box

Squirting Turtle Bath Book

~The Manhattan Toy Company Bear ($20):  Ahhh,  how cute is this guy?  His official name is “Folksy Foresters Bear” and WB and I just think he’s adorable.  Love!

October 2014 bluum Box

The Manhattan Toy Company Bear

October 2014 bluum Box

WB and the Bear

~LUNA Protein Bars (~$3): I was super excited when I saw these because I love LUNA bars.  They are fabulous.  I don’t think I have ever tried the Lemon Vanilla flavor, so I am going to go for that one first.

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LUNA Protein Bars

All totaled I came up with a value of $38.19 for the October 2014 bluum box.  It wasn’t my all-time favorite bluum box, but I am content with it.  I think the bear and the LUNA bars won me over!

Did you get bluum this month?  What was in it and what’d you think?   If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here!  And if you are a new customer, you can use the code “SAVEMEHALF” to save half off your first box!!!!

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(*) It’s a long story, but we used to get bluum ages ago when they just did those smaller sample sized boxes for 0-12 month olds. When WB was about 9 months, bluum launched their current box for ages 1+ and was still doing the sample boxes for babies 0-12 months old. I wanted to check out the new, bigger boxes for WB, so I aged him up a few months so he was 1. And he’s still aged up!
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October 2014 Dottiebox Mini Review

Dottiebox
Cost: Full Size Box: $26/month ($20 + $6 S/H).  Mini Box: $13/month ($10 + $3 S/H).
Ships To: United States & APO addresses.
Coupon Code: N/A
October 2014 Dottiebox Mini

October 2014 Dottiebox Mini

Dottiebox, who kindly sent me this box to review, is a monthly subscription box full of high quality handmade items for women, from both small businesses and indie brands.  They offer their standard Dottiebox which is $26/month and a Dottiebox Mini subscription, which is $13/month.  I did a review on the October (full-sized) Dottiebox here and now it’s time for the Dottiebox Mini review.

October 2014 Dottiebox Mini

The Box

Dottiebox ships via USPS.  My box was scheduled to arrive on Friday, but it didn’t appear until today (Monday).  Totally not Dottiebox‘s fault though.  I think the Post Office just misplaced it for a bit.

October 2014 Dottiebox Mini

First Look

The first look told me nothing at all.  Nothing!  The box was super light so I knew it wasn’t a paperweight, but beyond that I had no idea.

October 2014 Dottiebox Mini

The Information Card

The October 2014 Dottiebox Mini includes the following items:

~Lisa Leonard Designs Earrings ($24): I can’t find this exact pair online, but I think they are  so pretty.  They have just the right amount of detail for me and are a great size.  I am thrilled with these!

October 2014 Dottiebox Mini

Lisa Leonard Designs Earrings

~Dottiebox Bookmarks ($7.99): I think these may be my favorite item from both Dottiebox boxes this month.  They are giant paperclip bookmarks and are just perfect.  Totally love!

October 2014 Dottiebox Mini

Dottiebox Bookmarks

All totaled I came up with a value of $31.99 for the October 2014 Dottiebox Mini.  Including shipping this box is $13, so it was almost triple the value of the box.  I loved this box and I loved how different it was than the full-sized box this month!

Did you get a Dottiebox this month?  What’d you think?  If you are hoping to get this box, you are in luck because it’s still available!!  If you are interested in ordering or just want to learn more, click here.

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Citrus Lane Friends & Family Sale ~15% off Shop Purchases!

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Citrus Lane Friends & Family

Citrus Lane Friends & Family

Now through 11:59pm on 10.31.14, you can use the coupon code “CLFAMILY15” to save 15% off your entire shop purchase at Citrus Lane!  If you are thinking about making a larger purchase through them for holiday gifts, it might be time!

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