Tuesday Troubles

It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Troubles. I’ve said it before (like every week), but this should be named “things i’m annoyed / confused / want to complain about”, however I couldn’t figure out how to make any of those into a snappy title, so Tuesday Troubles it is.  And yes, I do realize that these aren’t true “troubles”. I know that many of these for sure could be defined as first world problems!

~Today’s first trouble isn’t really for me, it’s for my single friends / family who want to know how to meet people.  How does one go about this these days?  Is everyone meeting online?  And if so, what site do you use?  How do you even go about weeding through all those profiles (while still making sure people see yours)?  B and I met at the bar totally by chance and neither of us did any online dating, so I really have zero idea how people meet now!  So tell me where you met your SO and if you are dating, give me all the details.  I have some friends who post about their online dating stories and my goodness they are entertaining!

~Watching the news last night I discovered that a thing called “Palcohol” may soon be available.  It’s a powder that, when mixed when water, turns into an alcoholic drink.  What?  This sounds like a bad idea.  Well, it’s actually a genius idea, but for places that don’t want you to BYOB (concerts, sporting events, umm, high school functions, etc.) it sounds like a nightmare!  Of course, if it does go on sale, I will be buying it right away.  You know, just to test out ;).

~I have asked this a million times, in various ways, but here is what I want to know.  Your specific skincare routine.  And the products / brands you use. Favorite cleanser, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, brightener, mask, etc.  Do you switch it up and try new things or do you stick with what you know?

~What exactly am I doing on Facebook that makes them suggest these crazy “sponsored” posts?  A few days ago I got one about cold sores (what?) and last night I got one about why men aren’t committing to me and how I should click here to learn how to make that happen.  Huh?  I’m married?

~And finally, in a totally different direction, has anyone installed their own backsplash?  As if B doesn’t have enough to do between school and work and National Guard and working on his new car, he’s been talking about installing a backsplash.  How difficult would this be to do ourselves?  Doable?  In a weekend?

That’s it from here for now! What’s troubling you today?

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April 2014 Escape Monthly Review – “Mexico” + Coupon Code

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Escape Monthly
Cost: $49.95/month
Ships To: United States and its territories.
April 2014 Escape Monthly - Mexico

April 2014 Escape Monthly – Mexico

As if today wasn’t fabulous enough already (B’s home, the weather is amazing, I went to the mall alone, the kids are happy, etc.), I also received a bunch of amazing packages, including my April 2014 Escape Monthly. Of all the packages I received today, I went for this one first ;).

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.

April 2014 Escape Monthly - Mexico

The Box

This month’s Escape Monthly shipped via USPS Priority Mail. Last month’s arrived via FedEx. I don’t know if it depends on the contents how the packages shipped or what, but it arrived very quickly as I just received the tracking for this one on Friday. Also, this box was super heavy which had me very excited to dig in.

April 2014 Escape Monthly - Mexico

First Look

Everything was packaged very securely and I quickly realized why the box was so heavy.  It had to glass drinks in it!  They are much braver than I am as I would have been freaking out they would have broken in shipment.  But they didn’t break!

April 2014 Escape Monthly - Mexico

The Information Card

The April 2014 Escape Monthly theme is Mexico and the box includes products that capture Mexico’s unique spirit.  Items included are meant to indulge your sweet tooth and let the tastes and sensations take you on a journey far from home.  Here is what was included:

~Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo Moon Travel Guide ($17.99):  Someone please please invite me on a vacation so I can use this guide book!   Zihuatanejo is on my “to visit” list and I hope to run into Andy Dufresne down there, just relaxing on the beach (that’s a Shawshank reference if you have no idea what I am talking about).

April 2014 Escape Monthly - Mexico

Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo Travel Guide

~Mundet Green Apple & Sangria Senorial Soda ($4): While I was hoping for some Mexican beer or even some tequila, I knew that most likely would not be happening!  I suppose Mexican soda will work instead.  I would love nothing more than to pair these with some street tacos, but I suppose B and I will have to just do Taco Tuesday in the backyard and pretend!

April 2014 Escape Monthly - Mexico

Mundet Green Apple & Sangria Senorial Soda

~Ayate Fiber Exfoliation Cloth ($6.81): This is 100% natural agave fiber, quick drying and mold resisting.  I almost want to toss what I am currently using (which I just got) so I can test this out.  If I look at it long enough, it may just happen.

April 2014 Escape Monthly - Mexico

Ayate Fiber Exfoliation Cloth

~Pacifica Mexican Cocoa Candle ($6):  Ahhh! I love this brand and I have never tried this scent.  It’s fabulous though and is a perfect fit for this box!

April 2014 Escape Monthly - Mexico

Pacifica Mexican Cocoa Candle

~Fusion Gourmet Habanero Salt ($5): This is the highest-quality habanero sea-salt out there and I am just thinking about whatever fabulous Mexican dish B is going to make with this makes me hungry.

April 2014 Escape Monthly - Mexico

Fusion Gourmet Habanero Salt

~Kopali Organic Mango ($4.79): I am not a huge fan of these, but maybe the kids will be? I really do like mangos, but dried mangos, not so much.

April 2014 Escape Monthly - Mexico

Kopali Organic Mango

~Mexican Candy ($4): I will NOT be trying that Pulparindo candy again.  No no no.  Once was enough! LOL!  I am going to force my brother to try it.  And of course L will get the “L” candy since that’s his name ;).

April 2014 Escape Monthly - Mexico

Mexican Candy

All totaled I came up with a value of $48.59 for the April 2014 Escape Monthly Mexico box.  I pay $39.95/month for my subscription since I utilized the 20% off “lifetime” coupon code they offer.  I don’t know that this box made me feel like I was on vacation in Mexico, but it made me want to book a vacation to Mexico ASAP!!!!! Escape Monthly should partner with a travel agency so I can make use of my guide book in person.

What do you think of Escape Monthly?  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 which is awesome.  The May Escape Monthly destination is “California” and includes beauty products and treats from all over the state.  They just announced on Facebook tonight that everyone will be receiving a Juice Beauty‘s luxurious Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream (a $12 value) in the May box and are calling it their most “luxurious” box ever!  Can’t wait!

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April 2014 Nerd Block Jr. Review (Boy)

Nerd Block Jr.
Cost: $19.99/month
Ships To: United States, Canada and most other countries worldwide.
April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Nerd Block Jr., who kindly sent me this box to review, 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 box for $29.49/month (that includes shipping). This Block is a Boys one for L, who is (almost 6). I did a review on the Girls Block yesterday which you can check out here.

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

The Box

Nerd Block ships from Canada and took only three days to arrive, which I still think is amazing!

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

First Look

LOVED the first look!  I’m considering this the box I got sent to review, but I also got the exact same box since I do also subscribe for L. The thought of having two of these thrilled me beyond belief!

Nerd Block Jr. doesn’t have an information card, however, our customs label on the front of the box did list the contents. I still like information cards better though, because they allow you to know if you are missing something (not that I think we were, but you know what I mean) and give me the proper names for things.  Regardless, here is what was included in the April 2014 Nerd Block Jr. (Boy) box:

~Star Wars Squeeze Meez Pen Toppers (~$5): We still haven’t gotten a chance to watch Star Wars with L, but he knows all about it and these make doing homework just a tad more fun.

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Star Wars Squeeze Meez Pen Toppers

~Sonic the Hedgehog Silver Morphlite Flashlight ($5.38): I thought this was just a figurine, but the fact that it is a flashlight is 100x better!  And since we received two boxes we received two of these (and they are different characters which is even better), so both boys can have one!

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Sonic the Hedgehog Silver Morphlite Flashlight

~Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Mashems ($3.99): I out this in L’s Easter Basket and he loved it.  Of course I have no idea where it is now, but he was happy to play with it and make it fight with the other one.

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Mashems

~Avengers Grab Zags (~$2):  We got the disk launcher (this was another item that went in L’s Easter Basket) and was also a hit.  Any time he is given something that is meant to be launched across the room is always good!

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Avengers Grab Zags

~Hot Wheels 1999 First Editions ($2): I think B likes this one more than the little boys.  At least he appreciates it more that’s for sure.  We love Hot Wheels and have them everywhere.  The kids even bring them in the bathtub.

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Hot Wheels 1999 First Editions

~Mustache Friends Mustache ($9.99): I totally saved the best for last.  If this isn’t fabulous, what is?  I love it.  The boys loved it.  And B loved it.  And my cousin wants to borrow them for a photo booth at her daughter’s graduation party.  A total win. Seriously how cute do the boys look in these things???

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Mustache Friends Mustache

The Boys mustache you a question....

The Boys mustache you a question….

All totaled I came up with a value of about $28.36 for the April 2014 Nerd Block Jr. (Boy) box!  Boxes are $13.99 (plus $6 shipping) and we loved this month!  It was even better than March in my opinion and L and I are looking forward to seeing what he gets in May!

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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Women’s Fancy Mystery Box Review (Large)

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Fancy Mystery Box
Cost: Small: $10, Medium $20, Large: $20 (An additional shipping fee of $7.95/box applies).
Ships To: Worldwide.  Additional shipping costs apply to shipments outside of the US.
Women's Large Fancy Mystery Box

Women’s Large Fancy Mystery Box

After receiving my fabulous Fancy Mystery Boxes last week (you can read about them here and here), I just couldn’t help myself and had to order another one. I once again went for the Large Women’s box option.

If you aren’t familiar with Fancy, they offer a regular monthly Fancy Box full of cool goodies or celebrity curated boxes which include a collection of the coolest products hand-picked by Jennifer Love Hewitt, Verbal, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, Coco Rocha and / or Tyler Florence. They also offer a Fancy Food Box (which is one of my favorites). In addition, Fancy is now offering Mystery Boxes in three sizes – Small ($10), Medium ($20) and Large ($40), and either Men or Women.

Women's Large Fancy Mystery Box

The Box

As per usual, my Fancy Box took two days to arrive.  I ordered it on 4/17 and received it on 4/19.  Super fast right?  This Mystery Box shipped via FedEx from MA, however, some Mystery Boxes also appear to be shipping from New York.

Women's Large Fancy Mystery Box

First Look

I am always stalking for Fancy Box spoilers, so I was actually pretty familiar with this box when I opened wit.  I wasn’t totally excited about it, but I wasn’t disappointed at all either.  Fancy Mystery Boxes do not contain information cards, but my box contained the following items:

~Sophie Sparrow Shark Tooth Necklace ($40): I actually received this necklace in a previous Fancy Box, so it will likely end up in the trade pile.  Fancy Mystery Boxes don’t make any promises regarding duplicates so I go into the boxes knowing that it’s always a possibility.

Women's Large Fancy Mystery Box

Sophie Sparrow Shark Tooth Necklace

~Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf ($16): I love this!  However, I hope to not having to wear this infinity scarf for the next few months (at least)!  At least.  It’s thicker in person than it looks on the model in the link, but I like it better this way.

Women's Large Fancy Mystery Box

Brown Infinity Scarf

~Square JellyFish iPhone Stand ($14.95): This is also a repeat for me so this will end up being swapped as well.  It does work nicely when you want to prop your phone up, ohh, say to entertain your little one with Thomas the Train videos during a long wait at a restaurant.

Women's Large Fancy Mystery Box

Square JellyFish Spring Tripod Mount

~TKO Milano Skeleton Rubber Watch ($95): I never wear watches, however, that hasn’t stopped me from always wanting this watch.  It came in a Fancy Box last Spring, but we were receiving the Men’s box option at the time, so we got a different watch.  I don’t know that I will always start wearing a watch just because I received this, but every once in a while for sure.

Women's Large Fancy Mystery Box

TKO Watch

All totaled I came up with a value of $165.95 for the Women’s Fancy Mystery Box (Large).  I paid $47.95 ($40 + $7.95 shipping) and totally enjoyed it.  I didn’t fancy it (get it – LOL) as much as the last one I received, however it was totally worth the cost.  I love Fancy Mystery Boxes because you just don’t know what you will get.  It could be anything!

Did you get a Fancy Mystery Box?  What’d you get in yours and what size did you get? If you are interested in buying one, go here and search for “Mystery” and you will see them.  The drop down menu will let you pick the size of the box (Small, Medium or Large)  you want and Men’s or Women’s.  And don’t forget to use the code “FOLLOWUP10” to save 10% off your order (some people can get this to work, some can’t.  Not sure why?).

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April 2014 Lip Factory Review

Lip Factory
Cost: $22/month
Ships To: United States (free shipping), Canada ($4 additional shipping) & International ($10 additional shipping).
April 2014 Lip Factory

April 2014 Lip Factory

Lip Factory Inc, who kindly sent me this box to review, is an exclusive, affordable (it’s $22/month), makeup subscription service. Most months, like this month, Lip Factory sends a mixture of cosmetic products, but once a quarter they send an “All About the Lips” box.  The last one was in March and I am guessing the next would be in June.

April 2014 Lip Factory

The Box

Lip Factory ships via USPS First Class Mail and took just a few days to arrive.  I believe that Lip Factory ships their boxes in two batches.  Mine went out in the first batch and I believe the second batch ships a bit later in the month. At least that’s how I understand it from reading MUT. They are my go to source!

April 2014 Lip Factory

First Look

I couldn’t tell too much from the first look.  I recognized a few brands, but other then that I didn’t know what the products actually where.  It looked nice and full though, so we were off to a good start.

April 2014 Lip Factory

The Information Card

The April 2014 Lip Factory theme was “Welcome Spring” and included the following items:

~OFRA Lipstick (Royalty) ($13): Totally an item for my sister-in-law, the lipstick lover.  I need to sort through my stash and put together a box for her.  We were just talking about it at Easter dinner.  I was like what do you will with it all?  And she’s like put it on my lips duh?

April 2014 Lip Factory

OFRA Lipstick

~Color Club Polish ($8): Love this brand and this color is fabulous as well.  I tend to grab an aqua or a pink when I do my toe nails, so I am happy.

April 2014 Lip Factory

Color Club Polish

~NYX Butter Gloss ($5): Love the smell, love the color, I love it all.  I also love the price.  I want to find more of these.

April 2014 Lip Factory

NYX Butter Gloss

~Be A Bombshell Eye Crayon (Fetish) ($14): My crayon came a little smushed, but it’s still totally usable.  Since it’s a review box I am not going to contact them for a replacement, but I know that they totally would if I did.  They have great customer service.  Anyway, I think eye crayons are super fun and while the color isn’t exactly me, something about it being in a crayon form makes it much more attractive to me.

April 2014 Lip Factory

Be A Bombshell Eye Crayon

~Be a Bombshell Shadow (Divine) ($14): Divine is a pale blue with shimmer shadow.  Not too crazy, but totally something different.

April 2014 Lip Factory

Be a Bombshell Shadow

~Jesse’s Girl Kohl Eyeliner (Grape Expectations) ($1.99): I don’t love eyeliner, but I am still totally fascinated by the built in liner on these products.  So genius.  Why doesn’t every pencil liner have this?

April 2014 Lip Factory

Jesse’s Girl Kohl Eyeliner

All totaled I came up with a value of $55.99 for the April 2014 Lip Factory box and was once again an amazing value considering that the box itself is only $22/month ($26 if you are in Canada / $32 for International subscribers)!

Do you subscribe to Lip Factory, Inc.? What’d you think of this box?  If you don’t subscribe and want to sign up or just want to learn more, click here.

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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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Monday Morning Ramblings

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MondayMorningRamblings

~Monday oh Monday! We had a long weekend (which was actually even longer than it should have been because L was sick last week), but it’s back to school for L today. B is off though, so I think we are going to head to the casino (YES!) and then hopefully hit up the outdoor mall after picking L up from school. It’s suppose to be SO nice and they have a great outdoor play area for kids. Plus I need to go to Nordstrom. And Lush. And Sephora. Hopefully I win big ;).

~Our weekend was fabulous and included B’s birthday, WB’s birthday and then Easter! I don’t think we could have asked for anything better. The kids were healthy and in fabulous moods all weekend. And B got to work on his car and do stuff around the yard, so he was in a pretty fabulous mood as well. And when my boys are happy, I am happy! After a wild morning of hunting for eggs and Easter baskets, I spent WB’s nap time on the patio watching L and the neighbor kids play in the backyard. And we had Easter dinner at my parents which involved more egg hunting (we ALL hunt for eggs at their house) and prizes and family and yummy food. Why can’t every weekend be like this?

Easter Recap

Easter Recap

~I have an assortment of subscription boxes coming this week including Escape Monthly, bluum, Mantry, Haute Look Beauty Bag, Loot Crate, Hazel Lane and hopefully my Citrus Lane mystery boxes.  And I also have a “few” reviews to get posted including Nerd Block Jr (Boy), Little Blast, Lip Factory, Fancy Mystery Box (yes, another one), Indie Gift Box, Homegrown Collective and Q BOX.

~Guess what today is?  If you guessed the beginning of the Target after Easter Clearance sale you are correct!  It will be 50% off today, then probably 70% on 2-3 days and 90% off 2-3 days after that.  I am not in “need” of anything except for candy for my cousin’s graduation party, however, I am sure I will find stuff I never even realized I needed!  I will try and remember to do some scouting at the store this week and I will see what the “hidden” (i.e. toys and things that you’d never know where Easter clearance unless you “knew” what to look for) clearance items are over at Slick Deals.

~Because I cannot go to the store without buying lip balm, I picked up an EOS Blueberry Sphere over the weekend.  I think it’s my new favorite!

Love

Love

~Instead of trying to tackle organizing my entire house all at once, I am challenging myself to one bag / box a day.  Every day I am going to throw away, donate or put away for a garage sale one bag of stuff.  And this will continue until I am done!  Lately I have been looking at some things wondering where I will even begin and then just giving up before I start.  This is going to make it much much easier.  And hopefully won’t be so discouraging!

~If you missed yesterday’s posts, you may want to check them out.  You probably will really want to check out the “Cleaning Out My Closet” Giveaway post ;)  Just a few things I found that I didn’t even realize I still had.

~Can anyone recommend any good movies out on DVD?  Or even a new tv show?  I keep hearing all about Game of Thrones, and, umm, I have no idea what that even is, but from the looks of it, it’s not my kind of show.   I am not a fan of sci-fi, fantasy and / or movies set  in the future.  I like things that could happen in real life.

 What’s up for your Monday?  How was your weekend?  What subscription boxes are you expecting this week?  And to everyone in Boston today, I am hoping for an amazing day for you all and will be thinking about all the runners and spectators! #bostonstrong

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Sunday Sentiments

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SundaySentiments

You know the drill, I am stealing Jen’s Sunday Sentiments button and idea and making it mine tonight!

~What a weekend! Somehow it was both super busy and relaxing at the same time! I’ll recap our Easter tomorrow after I come down from my chocolate high, but WB’s birthday was fabulous! We went to the park and fed the ducks, and spent the day pretty much doing everything a year year old would like. We colored Easter eggs, ordered pizza for dinner and then had ice-cream cake for dessert. A good good to turn 2!

The Boys!

The Boys!

~The May Julep Maven selection window is open!  The May collection is the “Fresh Twist” collection and it is  also the month Julep is finally introducing the Pile Wand (which I still don’t totally “get”, but I am sure I will when it arrives).  They also have some news on tap for June and are offering fully customizable boxes.  You can read about that here.  And, as always, if you haven’t signed up for Julep and want to give them a go, click here and use code FREEBOX to get your first box for $4.99.

May Julep

May Julep

~I had no idea that the 19 Kids and Counting was still on tv.  How did I not know this?  And I had no idea that one of the girls was engaged.  I watched a few episodes the other day (including the one with the Bates wedding) and please tell me I am not the only one who is uncomfortable watching the courting process? If that’s how they want to do it, cool for then, but I feel so awkward watching.  Like I am intruding???

~I’ll do a new (and closed) subscription box roundup later in the week.  I just didn’t get a chance to do it today, but it’s coming, I swear.

~Does anyone use the “Checkout 51” app?  Word on the street is that I need to get with this?  I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out, but my friend was telling me you basically just scan your grocery receipt with your phone and you can cash back?  I’m all over that!

Checkout 51

Checkout 51

~I’m headed to the mall tomorrow and it has a Lush.  Tell me what I need.   I am always so overwhelmed in there! No bath bombs or soaps though.  I’m talking products!

That’s about it from here tonight! How was your Easter?

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April 2014 Nerd Block Jr. Review (Girl)

Nerd Block Jr.
Cost: $19.99/month
Ships To: United States, Canada and most other countries worldwide.
April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Nerd Block Jr., who kindly sent me this box to review, 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 box for $29.49/month.  This review is for the Girls Block.  I will have a Boys Block review coming up in the next few days as well!

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

The Box

Nerd Block ships from Canada and took only three days to arrive.  How my packages from New York can take a week and this can come from another country AND clear customs in just three days is beyond me.

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

First Look

This was a great first look!  I (obviously) don’t have a little girl, but it looked right away that there were things my boys could enjoy as well.  Nerd Block Jr. doesn’t have an information card, however, our customs label on the front of the box did list the contents. I like information cards better though, because they allow you to know if you are missing something (not that I think we were, but you know what I mean).  Regardless, here is what was included in the April 2014 Nerd Block Jr. (Girl) box:

~Plush Smurf ($7.18): We love the Smurfs (me more than everyone else I think)!  I am going to save this for a fun surprise when the next Smurf movie comes out.  I have no idea when that is, but it’s bound to happen!

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Plush Smurf

~My Little Pony Class of Cutie Marks Set ($7.99): I am not going to say who, but someone in this house knows the names of all the My Little Ponies.  LOL!!!  He claims he doesn’t like them anymore, but I am 100% sure when I give these to WB he will instantly want to play with them.

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

My Little Pony Class of Cutie Marks Set

~Playmobile Figures Mystery Pack ($3.49): For whatever reason, we never really got into the Playmobile thing around here.  But L loves Mystery Packs ( I do too) so I will be giving this one to him.

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Playmobile Figures Mystery Pack

~Baby Filly Princess Mystery Pack (~$2): I am not sure who Baby Filly Princess is, but I am sure I can find a little who who will totally enjoy this!

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Baby Filly Princess Mystery Pack

~Sort of Shy Sticker (~$1): Aww, Piglet!  Don’t be shy!  This sticker will also end up being passed along to a friend with a little girl!

April 2014 Nerd Block Jr.

Sort of Shy Sticker

All totaled I came up with a value of about $21.66 for the April 2014 Nerd Block Jr. (Girl) box!  Boxes are $13.99 (plus $6 shipping), so it wasn’t crazy valuable.  However, this is one of the only boxes out there with just toys for older kids and I don’t really know what kid wouldn’t love getting a box of presents in the mail just for them!

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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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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Ramblings of a Suburban Mom “Cleaning Out My Closet Giveaway”

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Ramblings of a Suburban Mom and is in no way affiliated with, sponsored by or endorsed by any of the brands included. Please read the Official Rules which are located in the Rafflecopter widget under “Terms and Conditions” prior to entry.
Cleaning Out My Closet Giveaway

Cleaning Out My Closet Giveaway

I’ve been doing a little spring cleaning and came across a few things I didn’t realize I still had.  So what else would I do with them but give them away???  Here’s what you could win:

1. Jenna Hipp Essential Nail & Hand Cream
2. Flavor Infused Water Bottle
3. Stella & Dot Hang On Crazy Stripe
4. Barr Co. Diffuser
5. Mason Jar Mugs (Set of Three) (like the ones here)
6. Stella & Dot Bring It Jewelry Roll (Cerise)
7. Zoku Slush & Shake Maker

You know the drill, just enter in the Rafflecopter widget below and you will be all set. And, as usual, you get a free entry every day, but you can do all that extra stuff, including sharing and tweeting to gain extra entries! Good luck!!

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April 2014 Bike Loot Review

Bike Loot
Cost: $14.99/month
Ships To: United States including any APO military addresses. Shipping to Canada will be offered soon.
April 2014 Bike Loot

April 2014 Bike Loot

Bike Loot, who kindly sent me this box to review, is a new monthly subscription service that offers you a box containing 5 to 7 top-quality, pro-level cycling product samples delivered straight to your door.

April 2014 Bike Loot

The Box

Bike Loot ships via USPS First Class Mail and always arrives mid-month.  As usual, I don’t hear of customer service issues, late shipments, etc. with Bike Loot, which is always a good thing.

April 2014 Bike Loot

First Look

The first look was a good one!  I didn’t recognize too many things, which to me is always good.

April 2014 Bike Loot

The Information Card

Still loving the Bike Loot information cards!  Bike Loot doesn’t have a theme, but I loved the quote on the front of the April card.  It said “Wow.  I really regret that workout.”  - Said No One Ever.  Ha!  So so true!  Here is what was included:

~Bonk Breaker Real Food Energy Bar: These are the official energy bars of US Cycling.  And they are good.  I checked their site and they are sold at a few store near me (Dick’s Sporting Goods being one) and I am hoping they have the Expresso Chip ones there because I so want to try those!

April 2014 Bike Loot

Bonk Breaker Real Food Energy Bar

~Natureplaex Ultra Strength Muscle Rub: Ohh, this is awesome to have at the house.  Whenever we need something like this, we do not have it.  Bike Loot recommends that cyclists use this 30-45 minutes post-ride to soothe those tired legs!

April 2014 Bike Loot

Natureplaex Ultra Strength Muscle Rub

~Upfront Foods Healthy Granola: I couldn’t figure out what was the front and what was the back of this package.  B had to explain to me that the front was the side with the nutritional information on it.  Because, you know, they want to be “upfront” about what’s in the mix.  Ahhh, it made so much more sense when he explained that ;).  I should have read the information card first.

April 2014 Bike Loot

Upfront Foods Healthy Granola

~Eload Endurance Sports Drink: This will be a sample for B to try this summer.  He’s planning to start running again and will swears he’s going to eventually do a triathlon.  This winter about killed us both and we so need to get back on track.

April 2014 Bike Loot

Eload Endurance Sports Drink

~Peloton Lips Natural Lip Balm: This balm gives you natural protection from the wind and sun.  It’s awesome not only for cyclists, but for everyone who spends time outside. I am good about remembering sunscreen, but sometimes I forget that your lips can get burned as well.

April 2014 Bike Loot

Peloton Lips Natural Lip Balm

What do you think of Bike Loot?  Interested in signing up?  Want to learn more?  Click here!  You can opt from the monthly recurring subscription for $14.99/month or go for the 3-month subscription, which works out to be $13.99/month!

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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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