Monday Morning Ramblings

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MondayMorningRamblings

~Ahh, Monday!  B’s off traveling this week, L’s up-north and WB and I are headed to IKEA in a few minutes to pick up the things we didn’t know we needed on our last trip.  We are mainly headed for shelves, but we’ll see what else falls in our cart.  Oh I feel like I need those spice racks everyone on Pinterest uses as bookshelves too right?

~Tonight is the night! Andi is picking her man!  I read the spoilers months ago, but I still can’t remember who she picked (I also still can’t remember my PIN number), so whatever happens tonight will be a surprise! Is anyone else watching?  Let’s talk about it on Facebook tonight okay?

Cannot wait

Cannot wait

~It’s going to be a super slow subscription box week around here. I am expecting The Homegrown Collective, Julep (I think), Wantable Makeup & Intimates and seriously, that might just be it. It will give me no excuses not to be ready for a garage sale!

~I think I am actually going to not only schedule a haircut this weekend, but a hair color at the salon as well!  I usually just dye it at home, but I really want to try an ombre again and that didn’t work when I tried it at home. So off to the salon it is! L is going to need a haircut too, so I’ll take him too.  I think he likes the salon better than I do.

~I think I have mentioned this before, but has anyone seen that chevron removable wallpaper stuff at Target?  They don’t just have chevron, they have lots of different patterns.  Is it easy to use?  Should I attempt this?  Have any of you tried it?  Give me the scoop. I would have to do it on a wall in the basement, a wall in our bedroom or in the half bathroom downstairs because most of the rest of our walls have judges panels on them. Not sure which room to pick or what pattern to try, but I feel like it’s calling my name when I go to Target and I can’t keep saying no.

It'd be like this, but cuter.

It’d be like this, but cuter.

~And finally, a few questions.  What book are you reading right now?  Me: Tempting Fate by Jane Green.  What shoes are you wearing today?  Me: Sanuk Flip-Flops.  What craft / sewing / whatever project do you have in the works right now?  Me: Nothing other than organizing the lego room and getting ready for a garage sale.

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

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Sunday Sentiments

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SundaySentiments

~I had to check the date twice because before I posted this because I wasn’t totally sure it was really Sunday. B had National Guard this weekend and wasn’t around during the day, so that might be why I’m all screwed up?  But it really is Sunday!

~I found a chair for my office this weekend!  WB and I ran some errands yesterday and stopped in TJ Maxx.  And there it was.  The perfect Cynthia Rowley chair.  I don’t know where these were originally sold at, but they are $99 at TJ Maxx!  Perfect.  They had aqua and grey and I went for the aqua.  I am totally in love and that chair I bought on Friday night now resides in my living room.

Cynthia Rowley Chair, IKEA, Office

The Office!

~I haven’t watched Big Brother in like a week and I need to get caught up!  What’s going on?  What am I missing?  Who is hooking up?  Who is in an alliance?  Someone fill me in!

~Has anyone tried these Applegate Half Time Lunch Kits?  I had read about them in a few different places and was so excited to finally run into them at Target.  They have Stoneyfield YoKids yogurt, an Annie’s Organic Snack Pack and Applegate meats.  Totally awesome!  Later Lunchables!

Applegate Half Time Packs

Applegate Half Time Packs

~I have been to Ulta twice now in the past week and have not been able to find the new EOS flavors.  And it’s driving me nuts.  Ahh!  Has anyone seen these in a store or am I going to have to breakdown and order them online?

~My love for Prize Candles is no secret and I am going to take advantage of their latest coupon code “HALFOFF” which gets you 50% off “A Star is Born” and “Happy Birthday” candles today only.  It looks like they don’t come with boxes, but honestly I just like the rings ;).

Prize Candle Promotion

Prize Candle Promotion

~I am quickly realizing that summer is coming to and end soon and think we have two weekends left with no plans.  One clearly needs to be garage sale weekend and the other?  Well I think we need to go on a road trip.  Chicago?  The Toledo Zoo?  The beach on the west side of the state?  What to do?????

That’s about all I have time for tonight.  I’ll be back in the morning!

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July 2014 Lip Monthly Review + Coupon Code

Lip Monthly
Cost: $10/month
Ships To: United States (Free).  International (Shipping is Additional).
July 2014 Lip Monthly

July 2014 Lip Monthly

Lip Monthly, who kindly sent me this box to review, is a new subscription box which offers a curated box of lip products shipped directly to your door every month.

July 2014 Lip Monthly

The Package

Lip Monthly ships via USPS First Class Mail and takes just a few days to arrive.

July 2014 Lip Monthly

First Look

The past few months Lip Monthly has sent out some discontinued products which I know not everyone was thrilled about. This month they had said that this was not the case, so I was excited to see what they were sending!

The Information Card

The Information Card

The July 2014 Lip Monthly featured a combination of the following more well known brands and some niche brands you may never have heard of before:

~Appeal Cosmetics Lipstick ($22): The Information card says that this is “Red Light District”, but mine is actually “Mock Up”.  I got this exact same color in this month’s BOXYCHARM, so I hope my sister-in-law loves it!

July 2014 Lip Monthly

Appeal Cosmetics

~City Color Cosmetics Lip Balm (Mauve) ($2.99): It’s got a bit of color and at $2.99 a pop, it’s not something you would be super sad about losing.  It’s always awful to wake up after a night out and realize that you lost your favorite $$$$ lipstick/lipgloss the night before.

July 2014 Lip Monthly

City Color Cosmetics Lip Balm

~City Color Cosmetics Lip Lush (Wine) ($2.99): This is bright!  Not something I could pull off (nor would I probably ever even attempt to wear this out of the house), but I am sure on the right person it would be amazing.

July 2014 Lip Monthly

City Color Cosmetics Lip Lush

~Revlon Color Burst Lip Gloss (Sunbaked) ($8.49): Love this gloss and love that it was included in here.  Because I get so many products in the mail I tend to not roam the aisles at Target as much as I used to anymore.  This made me realize that I should because there are lots of fun goodies to be found!

July 2014 Lip Monthly

Revlon Color Burst Lip Gloss

~Monthly Mix Up: John Frieda Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme ($1.80): Every month Lip Monthly includes a non-lip product.  I thought this was a fun one and always have troubles with frizzes and fly-aways!

July 2014 Lip Monthly

Monthly Mix Up: John Frida Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme

~Stila Lip Glaze Stick (Orange): I can’t find this one online, but it’s also not on the information card so I assuming it’s a bonus item.  It’s  very bright, but I will make it work.

July 2014 Lip Monthly

Stila Lip Glaze Stick

All totaled I came up with a value of $38.27 for the July 2014 Lip Monthly box.  I thought this box was a nice step up from the previous months which did feature a lot of discontinued items and for only $10/month it’s quite a deal.  I am looking forward to seeing what next month brings and hoping that this keeps up.

What do you think of Lip Monthly?  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here and use the coupon code “SUMMERLIPS” to get your first box for $5.

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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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July 2014 Tique Box Review

Tique Box
Cost: $30/month
Ships To: United States.
July 2014 Tique Box

July 2014 Tique Box

Tique Box, who kindly sent me this box to review, sends a monthly box of local goods by Portland artisans.  Items are selected from a variety of categories and are also meant to showcase the local artists.

July 2014 Tique Box

The Box

Tique Box ships via USPS and took just a few days to arrive.  This box was very heavy which made me even more interested to see what was inside.

July 2014 Tique Box

First Look

The first look told me nothing!  There wasn’t an information card in my box, but it wasn’t too difficult to figure out what everything was.  Here is what was included in the July 2014 “Backyard BBQ” Tique Box:

~Fatdog Handcrafted Mustard ($7): I am not a mustard fan, but B is and my mom likes it as well.  I have been getting a lot of mustard lately in boxes so maybe someone is trying to convert me?  It’s not happening if I can help it though!

July 2014 Tique Box

Fatdog Handcrafted Mustard

~Vance Family Soy Candles (Portland Rose) ($5): This candle smells great and I love the little tin.  The family who makes them sounds great too.  They never use any synthetic fragrance and they donate 10% of profits to those in need.

July 2014 Tique Box

Vance Family Soy Candles

~Zen Shine Pouty Lip Vegan Natural Lip Balm Coco Lime ($3): This smells very good and that smell made me “need” to try it out right away.  It was super moisturizing and really did leave my lips shiny!

July 2014 Tique Box

Zen Shine Pouty Lip Vegan Natural Lip Balm Coco Lime

~YoshiniG Creative Geometric Frog Greeting Card ($3.50): This card is blank so it can be used for just about anything.  I am not sure who I’ll send this too, but it will for sure be someone that likes frogs.  Maybe I will even sent it to L!  He’d love that.

July 2014 Tique Box

YoshiniG Creative Geometric Frog Greeting Card

~Locavore Shea Butter Soap (~$1): So B tells me yesterday that the closet is where I store all my subscription box goodies is too organized and now he can’t find anything – including soap.  LOL! He’s silly!  I still only use bar soap rarely, but he’s busy working through our stash and I will add this little guy to it for him.

July 2014 Tique Box

Locavore Shea Butter Soap

~The Noble Spice Yellow jacket – Hot Earthy Curry (~$1):  I wish Tique Box would have included a Portland’ish recipe for this so we could get some suggestions on how to use it!

The Noble Spice Yellow jacket - Hot Earthy Curry

The Noble Spice Yellow jacket – Hot Earthy Curry

All totaled I came up with a value of $20.50 for the July 2014 Tique Box.  I can’t say that I am thrilled with this considering that the box is $30.  I do understand that you’d have to pay for shipping if you were to order the items individually, but it just didn’t wow me.

Did you get Tique Box this month?  What did you think?  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to see 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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Latest Additions to the Subscription Box List ~ 7.27.14 Update

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Below are the latest additions (all were added as of 7.27.14) just added to the Monthly Subscription Box List and other updates made to the subscription box list.  You can also find them book marked here.

Added to the menu bar as well.

Added to the menu bar as well.

**Craft / Hobby Boxes**

~Twined: $30.90/bi-monthly. Twined Parcels are sent every other month and contain the materials and instructions to create both an art project and a craft project in the same parcel.

**Fitness Boxes**

~PrettyFit: PrettyFit provides active women with the best nutritional supplements, healthy snacks, workout gear and more through monthly packs chosen by top fitness professionals. Each pack has a unique theme and is curated by a fitness professional who also includes their workout tips, recipes, and more.

~Yogi Surprise: Price Unknown. Yogi Surprise is a monthly care package designed to complement your healthy lifestyle. Within each Yogi Surprise you’ll receive 6-8 full size products ranging from unique yoga accessories and natural beauty items to herbal tonics, organic snacks and super food essentials. Yogi Surprise has yet to launch.

**Miscellaneous Boxes**

~RC Subscription Club: $29.95/month. RC Subscription Club is a monthly remote control subscription box. Each month you will receive $60+ worth of remote control toys (helicopters, cars, trucks) from HobbyTrons vast inventory.

**Pet Boxes**

~Furry Friends Club: $24.95/month.  The Furry Friends Club delivers the highest quality products to loving pet owners on a monthly basis through their monthly pet subscription boxes.  Boxes  are available for both cats and dogs.  Deluxe boxes ($24.95/month) contain 3-4 items while Premium boxes ($34.95) contain 5-6 items.  Multiple Pet boxes are also available for $54.95/month and contain 8-10 items.

~A Horse Box: $22/month. A Horse Box is an exclusive monthly subscription service that delivers high quality equestrian products to your door. Each month you will receive 3-5 handpicked items ranging from the best grooming products to gourmet treats & more.

**Soap / Bath Boxes**

~Sirref Box: The Sirref Box is a monthly subscription box filled with handmade bath and body products made from organic, natural and some vegan materials. Each box will have four full size products from different categories depending on the theme of the month.

**Other Subscription Box News**

~FitBox by Platinum Box: FitBox has closed their doors. The company’s website is no longer working and no social media presence was noted.

~Happy Dog Box: As of June 2014, Happy Dog Box has ended their subscription service.

~Julibox: Due to some unforeseen challenges, Julibox has decided to “pause” their service for all new and existing subscribers. I will keep you posted if / when they relaunch.

~Treats & Trends: Treats & Trends is no longer in business.

As always, if I am missing any new subscriptions boxes or if you know of any box news I have missed, please let me know!

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Silent Sunday

They were "helping" me look for a chair....

They were “helping” me look for a chair….

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July 2014 SpicySubscriptions Review

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SpicySubscriptions
Cost: $19.95 (Toy of the Month) / $29.95 (The Spice Box) / $34.95 (The Spice Box Deluxe)
Ships To: United States & Canada (free).  International (Add $4).
July 2014 SpicySubscriptions Spice Box Deluxe

July 2014 SpicySubscriptions Spice Box Deluxe

Spicy Subscriptions, who sent me this box to review, is an “Adult” box that contains Romantic Gifts and an assortment of Intimate Toys, Massage Oils, Sexy Lingerie, Romantic Fragrances and much more!  They now offer three boxes: Toy of the Month ($19.95), The Spice Box ($29.95) and The Spice Box Deluxe ($34.95).

I review all sorts of boxes and I know that this kind of box may not be some people’s cup of tea, so like I do with all my **Adult** reviews, I am going to spoiler from here on out.  Click at your own risk ;).

Spoiler Inside SelectShow

What do you think of SpicySubscriptions?  If you are interested in ordering or just want to learn more, click here.  And use coupon code “1STFREE” to get your 1st month free on a 4 month subscription!

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July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc. Review – “Second Anniversary”

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

July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc.

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 All About the Lips box should have happened this month, but July is also their anniversary, so the next one will be in November.

July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc.

The Box

Lip Factory ships via USPS.  I received a tracking number on this one maybe a week and a half ago, but it didn’t start actually moving until the past few days.  Once it was picked up I think it took a total of 4 days to arrive.

July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc.

First Look

This box seemed very full! I was quite pleased about that and was excited to dig through everything!

July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc.

The Information Card

The July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc. box was a celebration of their 2nd Anniversary and included the following products:

~Beauty Addicts Sweet Lip Gloss (Lilac & Ginger) ($17/each): $17 each seems really expensive for these little glosses, but that’s the price! They do smell great though and go on very nicely. I like the brush applicator and they weren’t at all sticky. It pretty much just felt like I had lip balm and gloss on. Very hydrating.

July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc.

Beauty Addicts Sweet Lip Gloss

~Eco-Lips Eco-Tints Tinted Lip Balm (Plush Red) ($4.50): Great color. This is sheer which I like, but it does still give you some color and shimmer.

July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc.

Eco-Lips Eco-Tints Tinted Lip Balm

~Palladio Shadow and Liner Crayon ($6) (Raspberry): I am not a big fan of this color for my eyes so I will probably end up trading or giving this to a friend. It’s probably just because I don’t apply it properly, but I feel like this family of shades like raspberry makes me look like I got punched in the eye.

July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc.

Palladio Shadow and Liner Crayon

~Pari Beauty Eye Shadow (ES 70) ($11): This color is bright and fun and will close out the summer nicely! This is actually almost the exact color I am thinking of for an office chair. I actually bought an office chair yesterday only to get it home and realize it’s WAY too big. It will be relocated to our bedroom or the living room just as soon as I can actually find a chair I like.

July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc.

Pari Beauty Eye Shadow

~OFRA Lip Liner (Cherish) ($13): I always mention it, but I am not a big lip liner fan. I probably actually wear it less than eyeliner. The color on this one is a very fun bright pink, which I do like, but I will probably still give it to a friend.

July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc.

OFRA Lip Liner

~Palladio Brow Fix (Black) ($6): I don’t know how Lip Factory knows I will be needing this, but I have big plans to tackle my eyebrows today and have been known to get a little over zealous with the tweezers. “Just one more hair and it’ll be perfect!” “No wait, one more”. “Okay, just one more, I swear.” It goes on and on until it’s too late!

July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc.

Palladio Brow Fix

~J. Cats Wonder Lip Paint (WLP112) ($4.99): This wasn’t listed on the information card so I am assuming it was a bonus gift of some sort for their anniversary? Whatever it was I love it and am happy to get it in such a great color!

July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc.

J. Cats Wonder Lip Paint

All totaled I came up with a value of nearly $80 for the July 2014 Lip Factory, Inc. box.  Lip Factory is $22/month so obviously the value is totally there, but it’s not my favorite box from them ever.  Worth the $22?  Yes and I love that it had a bunch of different items in it.  But nothing jumped out and wowed me with this one like some of them have in the past!

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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