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June 2014 Homegrown Collective Review – “Summer Time…& The Livin’s…” 7

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June 2014 Homegrown Collective

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail.  I received this box just before the 4th of July (boxes always ship towards the end of the month) and have been wanting to work on it ever since.  I took it up-north over the holiday week and didn’t get a chance and then every time I planned to work on it at home the day just got the best of me and time ran out.  Since I am not sure when I will get a chance to finish the projects I decided to go ahead and write the review anyway!

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

First Look

I hadn’t a gotten a look at any spoilers yet so I didn’t know what we would be making here. I thought it might be sunscreen related, but beyond that I was clueless.

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

The Information Card

The June 2014 Homegrown Collective theme was “Summer Time… & The Livin’s…” and included the following projects:

~After-Sun Aloe Lotion Bars: These bars work as a great “after-sun” lotion and according to the card help to hydrate your skin.  I was thinking about keeping one or two in the fridge to really cool after a long day outside.

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

After-Sun Aloe Lotion Bars – The Information Card

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After-Sun Aloe Lotion Bars – The Materials

~All Natural Insect Repellant: Love this!  The bugs aren’t so bad in my backyard, but up-north they are crazy awful.  This buy spray has no chemicals like a lot of the store bought sprays do, which is awesome. This mixture is suppose to be mixed with equal parts water and I should note that they included a storage bottle, as well as, a spray bottle do you don’t have to worry about what to do wit the undiluted mixture.

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All Natural Insect Repellant – The Information Card

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All Natural Insect Repellant – The Supplies

~All Natural Organic Sunscreen: Sunscreen is like our number one summer essential for the kids and it’s not really something I was even aware you could make it home.  That’s obviously what Homegrown Collective is for!  I also didn’t know that the differences SPF numbers on sunscreen were so small.  SPF 100 blocks 99% of the suns rays, SPF 50 blocks 98%, SPF 30 blocks 96.7%,etc.  Who knew?

All Natural Organic Sunscreen - The Information Card

All Natural Organic Sunscreen – The Information Card

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All Natural Organic Sunscreen – The Supplies

What do you think of The Homegrown Collective?   Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first 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.

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective Review – “Honey: “How Sweet It Is” 3

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February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Box

Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail.  They always ship at the end of the month meaning that sometimes you may not receive your monthly box until early the following month.  I believe I received my February Homegrown Collective on the first or second day of the March this month.

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

FIrst Look

I knew right away that this box was honey related.  I know that they did a honey themed box a year or so ago, but that was before I started receiving the boxes.

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Information Cards

The February 2014 Homegrown Collective theme was “Honey: How Sweet It Is” and includes three products which are a homage to Spring and the Bee.  Here is what was included:

~Honey Lip Balm: The first project I worked on was making Honey Lip Balm.  I have made lip balm a few times in the past so I basically knew the drill.  It is always a challenge though to make sure you have the proportions right.  Too much oil makes the balm too mushy.  Too much beeswax and it will be too hard.  I think I got a good combination for this one and was pleased with the results (and have applied it half dozen times since I made it just to test it out).

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Honey Lip Balm – The Instructions

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Honey Lip Balm – The Materials

Honey Lip Balm - All Done

Honey Lip Balm – All Done

~Honey Sugar Face Scrub:  I think I was most excited about this one.  It’s a face scrub that contains only two ingredients – raw honey and organic sugar.  I added grapeseed oil too, but that’s not required by any means.  I loved this.  I don’t know when my face has felt softer.  It was kind of difficult to spread, but I added a little water to it and all was well. I will be making another batch of this again soon.

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Honey Sugar Face Scrub – The Instructions

Honey Sugar Face Scrub - The Materials

Honey Sugar Face Scrub – The Materials

Honey Sugar Face Scrub - All Mixed Up

Honey Sugar Face Scrub – All Mixed Up

~Oh My Wood Butter: Wood butter, which is made from beeswax and grapeseed oil is a way to bring your wooden utensils back to life.  The project included coasters to make (which I did) and then also encouraged you to try it on your own wooden cutting boards, utensils, etc.  I didn’t have anything that looked too rough, but I liked how it made the coasters look!  I probably should have removed the bark from my coasters (I broke one of the four) because I can’t seem to get the wood butter out of some of the cracks, but oh well!

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Oh My Wood Butter – The Instructions

February 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Oh My Wood Butter – The Materials

Oh My Wood Butter - All Done

Oh My Wood Butter – All Done

I never do a cost breakdown for the Homegrown Collective since it would be too difficult.  As always, I wouldn’t describe The Homegrown Collective as a “value box”.  It’s all about the curation and the opportunity to learn about new things.  If you happen to have some honey and sugar around, I seriously recommend mixing it up and doing a facial scrub tonight!

What do you think of The Homegrown Collective?   Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first 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.

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective Review – “DIY Detoxify” 5

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January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail. They always ship at the end of the month, and delivery takes about two days.

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

First Look

I hadn’t seen any posts about the January 2014 Homegrown Collective theme and the first look didn’t provide me with many clues either.

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Information Cards

Ahh, here we go!  The January 2014 Homegrown Collective theme was “DIY Detoxify: Inside & Out”.  The theme seems to fit perfectly for January after all the holiday indulging.

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

The Details

This month’s Homegrown Collective box was all about giving you a reason to give your body a break with a hot mineral bath, a cup a tea and a chance to get a little muddy.  Here is what projects were included this month:

~Dandelion Leaf Herbal Tea: Since I don’t like tea, I skipped this project, but I did read all about the power of the dandelion herb which I had no idea about.  Quite interesting, but it didn’t make me want to drink tea (not much would).  My cousin (who gets all my tea) will be happy about this though!

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Dandelion Leaf Herbal Tea

January 2014 The Homegrown Collective

Dandelion Leaf Herbal Tea

~Dead Sea Salts and Lavender Fizzing Bath Soaks: This was a super easy project to make.  All you had to do was mix the salts, the lavender buds and the sodium bicarbonate & citric acid blend and put them in the little bags.  Those go right in the bath.  If I had to guess, I would say that there are enough supplies for about 15 (?) baths?  Oh and  the Dead Sea Salts actually came with a mineral certificate, which I thought was pretty cool!

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Dead Sea Salts and Lavender Fizzing Bath Soaks

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Dead Sea Salts & Lavender Fizzing Bath Soaks

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Dead Sea Salts and Lavender Fizzing Bath Soaks

~Bentonite Clay & Rosewater Mask: The final project in the box (and my favorite) was a clay mask!  You mixed the powdered clay with water, smeared it on your face and then sprayed with the rosewater / water mixture.  I loved it. I felt like it made my pores open up and I’ll totally use this again.  It was really thick and I was a tad scared I’d never get it off, but it was fine.  And again, there is enough clay in this for TONS of masks!

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Bentonite Clay & Rosewater Mask

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Bentonite Clay & Rosewater Mask

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Bentonite Clay & Rosewater Mask

I never do a cost breakdown for the Homegrown Collective since it would be too difficult.  But I also wouldn’t describe The Homegrown Collective as a “value box”.  It’s all about the curation and the opportunity to learn about (at least I learn a lot with these boxes) new natural ways to do things.

Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first 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.

December Homegrown Collective 11

December Homegrown Collective

December Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

December Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail. They usually ship near the end of the month (sometimes I won’t even get the box until the following month), but this month they shipped early because of the holidays. This one shipped on the 20th and I received it on the 24th, so that 2 Day Priority Mail didn’t quite work out.

December Homegrown Collective

First Look

I wasn’t expecting the box to arrive so early and hadn’t even had a chance to guess what was inside this month.  Even from the first lookI still couldn’t figure out what the projects were going to be.

December Homegrown Collective

The Information Cards

The December Homegrown Collective theme was “Naturally Essential Home Remedies & Cure-Alls” and included the following projects:

~Herbal Tintures: I have to tell you, I had no idea what a tincture was before yesterday.  It turns out it’s an “alcohol-based derivative of a fresh herb or other natural plant material as an alternative medicine”.  I have not started this yet, but it included your choice of herbs, which each have different benefits and takes about 30-45 days from start to finish.  Once finished, they recommend you take 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon at the first sign of a cold up to 4 times per day.  If anyone already uses this, I would love to know what you think and if you recommend it.

December Homegrown Collective

Herbal Tinctures

December Homegrown Collective

Herbal Tinctures – The Supplies

~Eucalyptus Vapor Cups: These are great!  I could not wait to get started on them and  couldn’t believe how easy it was to make my own shower bombs.  All that’s in them is baking soda and eucalyptus and essential lavender oil.  You mix it all, put it in the oven and bake for 20 minutes and that’s it!  I seem to now have a cold (not a surprise considering everyone else around me is sick) and cannot wait to test one of these out tomorrow!

December Homegrown Collective

Eucalyptus Vapor Cups

December Homegrown Collective

Eucalyptus Vapor Cups – The Supplies

December Homegrown Collective

Eucalyptus Vapor Cups – About to Cook

~Essential Oil: Oregano, much to my surprise, is known as nature’s antibiotic.  It’s been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses.  I have never tried essential oils before (that I can recall anyway), but I’ve got nothing to lose (except this cold) so why not??

December Homegrown Collective

Essential Oil

December Homegrown Collective

Essential Oil – The Supplies

Essential Oil - All Finished

Essential Oil – All Finished

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the December Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  And as always, I wouldn’t describe The Homegrown Collective as a “value box”.  It’s a way to learn about and try new, “green” things and see what works for you.

Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.  This post does contain affiliate links.

November The Homegrown Collective Review + Giveaway 71

November The Homegrown Collective

November The Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

November The Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail.  My box actually arrived in November (it was here on Saturday), however, it is fairly standard for The Homegrown Collective boxes to arrive early into the next month.

November The Homegrown Collective

First Look

I can never guess what the Homegrown Collective will do and actually can never even figure out what the projects are even when I see the materials.  I actually need to read the information cards to figure it out!  Whatever we were going to be making here though, I was liking it!

November The Homegrown Collective

The Information Card

The November The Homegrown Collective theme was “almond de”light”” and included two projects: Evergreen Oil Candle and Oh My Cacao & Coconut Almond Milk!  I didn’t snap a picture, but the box includes an summary page describing each of the projects, why they were included and the benefits of each.

Project #1: Evergreen Oil Lamp: Ahhh, I was so excited about this one that I forgot to take pictures of the materials used!  It’s possible that this is my favorite Homegrown Collective project ever.  It’s filled with all things holiday and is gorgeous.  It took me two seconds to stuff the pinecones and other evergreen filler in, pour in the lamp oil and get the wick set up.  Love love love.  These would make an amazing and thoughtful gift this season too!

November The Homegrown Collective

Project #1: Evergreen Oil Lamp – The Instructions

November The Homegrown Collective

Project #1: Everygreen Oil Lamp – The Final Product

~Project #2: Oh My Cacao & Coconut Almond Milk!: I have not finished making the almond milk yet, but I think this is going to be a project L and I do together.  The almonds need to sit in water for 24-48 hours and then the actual making of the milk can begin. It’s going to be fun to see what L thinks of this milk.

November The Homegrown Collective

Project #2: Oh My Cacao & Coconut Almond Milk! – The Instructions

November The Homegrown Collective

Project #2: Oh My Cacao & Coconut Almond Milk! – The Supplies

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the November Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  I wouldn’t describe The Homegrown Collective as a “value box” by any means, but I always learn something new with each box which is what it’s all about.

Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!! Oh and one more thing! The Homegrown Collective sent me an extra box this month to give away to one of you! All you need to do is enter in the Rafflecopter widget below! Good luck!

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.  This post does contain affiliate links.

October The Homegrown Collection Review + Coupon Code 11

October The Homegrown Collective

October The Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.  I never even attempt to guess what they are going to include in their boxes.  Sometimes when I get the boxes and look at everything (without looking at the information cards) I still don’t know.

October The Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail and it arrived in two days.  They ship “perishable” items every so often and I had never had an issue with something not being fresh and usable.  This for sure isn’t a box to put aside and open later though.

October The Homegrown Collective

First Look

This is more like a second look picture since I removed a ton of packaging material before taking this picture.  I knew right away I wanted to work on this box this weekend (I like to do all my Homegrown Collective projects before I do a review), but I was intimidated from the start with this one. I recruited B to help me before he left on Saturday though, which made it much more manageable.

October The Homegrown Collective

The Information Cards

The November Homegrown Collective theme was “Preserving & Preparing The Harvest Feast” and included two projects – Gourd Candle Making and Water Bath Canning.

Gourd Candle Making: I have never ever thought to make a candle out of a gourd.  Never.  Little did I know that this was even an option. I had B cut and carve out the gourd while I melted the wax for it.  I do think that B was impressed I knew how to melt the wax using a double boiler.  I always save the mason jars from old Homegrown Collective for just this reason.  The box came with two wick options, a wax wick and wood wicks.  We opted for the wood wicks because they seemed cooler.  B left before the wax was cooled but when he gets home I need to have him work on smoothing out the bottom of our gourd so it sits flat.  I’m not sure if we did something wrong or what, but it didn’t mention in the instructions we needed to somehow smooth out the bottom.  I don’t think it’s going to be too hard though (and I also consulted with my mom on this who agrees) so I am loving these.  I think mini DIY pumpkin and gourd candles would be so cool for your Thanksgiving table!

October The Homegrown Collective

Gourd Candles – The Instructions

October The Homegrown Collective

Gourd Candle – The Materials

Gourd Candle - In Process

Gourd Candle – In Process

Gourd Candle Making - The Results

Gourd Candle Making – The Results

~Water Bath Canning.  The second project was water bath canning.  I have never actually canned anything myself and I guess I didn’t realize what an involved process it was.  I guess if you do it all the time you have it down to a science, but I never would have thought you needed to, for example, put the filled jars back into a stock pot and bring to a roiling boil?  Clearly I have never canned before.  I “cooked” the cranberries (we made cranberry preserves) while B got the jars ready.  For some reason we only ended up with one full jar (B was in charge of that as well), but I don’t mind.  We are saving this for the “right” meal, but I am super curious how they turn out.  Did anyone make these yet?  What’d you think?

October The Homegrown Collective

Water Bath Canning- The Instructions

October The Homegrown Collective

Water Bath Canning – The Materials

October The Homegrown Collective

Water Bath Canning – In Process

Water Bath Canning - The Results

Water Bath Canning – The Results

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the October Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  I wouldn’t describe The Homegrown Collective as a “value box” by any means, but I always learn something new with each box, which I love and what this box is all about.  Some things (canning, wool dryer balls, sugar scrubs) you’ll love and incorporate into your daily life.  And some things (growing your own alfalfa sprouts, preserving lemons) you’ll realize aren’t for you, but you’ll be happy you tried!

Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.  This post does contain affiliate links.

September The Homegrown Collective Review 4

October The Homegrown Collective

October The Homegrown Collective

I had heard that the September Homegrown Collective box was a great one, so I was totally waiting on mine to appear! The Homegrown Collective includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

October The Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail and it arrived in two days, which I love. Some lady at the Post Office (well the gas station that has a post office in it) was complaining about how she ships things using Priority Mail and it doesn’t really come in two days, blah, blah, blah. But I still think that USPS Priority Mail is where it’s at!

October The Homegrown Collective

First Look

The Homegrown Collective always takes great care to pack their boxes neat and secure to avoid any breakage and they really do a great job.  They include glass and / or liquid in almost every shipment and it’s amazing that they ship out so many boxes without issue!

October The Homegrown Collective

The Information Cards

The September Homegrown Collective theme is “Back-To-School: Sustainable Laundry 101″ and includes sustainable laundry products which are not only good for the environment, but are also good for you, your family and your budget.  Here’s what was included:

Soap Nuts:  I have never heard of washing your clothes with soap nuts (which contain saponin) before, but I have a pile of laundry to do so I figured why not give it a go?  I made sure that the muslin bag was closed tight so that the soap nuts were secure. I usually use Honest Co. pods and didn’t notice much of a difference.  Which I am guessing is good!!  Soap nuts are suppose to be the ideal answer for sensitive skin and also naturally soften and add body to your clothes.  I’m not too sure how long (i.e. how many washes) these will last, but they really do seem like they’d be a money saver!

October The Homegrown Collective

Soap Nuts – The Details

October The Homegrown Collective

Soap Nuts

Wool Dyer Balls: I actually use wool dryer balls (I use 4 at a time though) and they really do work.  But adding a little essential oil is a genius idea to give your clothes a fresh scent when they come out of the dyer.  I am using this on all the dryer balls I already have!

October The Homegrown Collective

Wool Dryer Balls – The Details

October The Homegrown Collective

Wool Dryer Balls

Olive Oil Castle Soap:  You can use this soap, which is non-drying, as directly on the skin and / or as a shampoo bar! I have always wants to try a shampoo bar and this is my lucky day!  I will for sure report back on how this goes!  I washed my hands with it and they really did feel nice and soft after.

October The Homegrown Collective

Olive Oil Castle Soap – The Details

~Laundry Soap: You can “make” your own laundry soap by grating the olive oil castile soap with the washing soda + salt.  I didn’t use this yet because I have been using the soap nuts!  You only need to use one tablespoon of this per load though, which is awesome.  Does anyone know where you can buy washing soda + salt?  This is an online item?  Something you pick up from a local store?  I’d love to continue this once mine runs out!

October The Homegrown Collective

Laundry Soap

~Bleach Alternative: The final item in the box is a bleach alternative.  I’m not exactly sure what this is, but I am guessing google could tell me??  Wait, I just googled and its’ a “oxygen-based compound” while bleach is a “chlorine-based compound”! I love me some bleach and while I don’t love this quite as much, I do love that it is much safer for my family and for the environment!

October The Homegrown Collective

Bleach Alternative

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the September Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  But like always, I feel like it’s worth the price tag if working towards being “green” is something you are interested in.  I always learn something new with each The Homegrown Collective box, which I love!.   Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

August The Homegrown Collective + A Giveaway! 68

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August The Homegrown Collective – superfood – detoxifying – antioxi-…docious

My August Homegrown Collective box arrived a few days ago and since I was totally spoiler free (this rarely happens – with any boxes) I couldn’t wait to check it out.  The Homegrown Collective includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

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The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via Priority Mail and arrived in the stated two days from CA.  They always ship at the end of the month, so you will receive your box the following month.  Like I got the August box in September.  It wasn’t late, it’s just how they ship!

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First Look

The Homegrown Collective ships a lot of fragile items, so they use a lot of packaging materials.  Everything was snugly in place and I don’t think anything moved at all.

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The Information Cards

The August Homegrown Collective theme was “superfood – detoxifying – antioxi-…docious” and included everything you needed to make alfalfa sprouts, green tea and lavender bath soak and dark chocolate pomegranate wonder cups.  Here’s a breakdown:

~Alfalfa Sprouts: I do not like sprouts (I know they are super amazing for you, but I just don’t love them.  However, I know that L is going to love this little project, so I got it started.  You have to let the seeds soak overnight, remove the water, rinse them 2x/day, etc. to get them to grow.  L is all about gardening and growing things, so this is awesome. And heck, maybe he will even like sprouts?

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Alfalfa Sprouts – The Instructions

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Alfalfa Sprouts – The Supplies

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Alfalfa Sprouts – In Process

~Green Tea & Lavender Bath Soak: This one was super easy and involved simply mixing lavender and green tea!  When you are ready for the bath, you’ll add a cup of epsom salt to a HOT bath, let it sit and then put the green tea/lavender bag under the hot running water.  It’s suppose to sooth your body, mind and spirit while drawing our harmful toxins and healing wounds.  I can’t wait to have B test this next time he takes a bath.  Heck after this crazy back to school week, I might try this!

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Green Tea & Lavender Bath Soak – The Instructions

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Green Tea & Lavender Bath Soak – The Supplies

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Green Tea & Lavender Bath Soak – The Final Product

~Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Wonder Cups: OMG!  These are amazing.  Amazing.  I don’t know much about pomegranate and was surprised to see that it’s a fruit of seeds basically.  After removing the seeds (which isn’t as hard as I expected) I put them in the bottom of the cups and then added melted chocolate (done on the stove) and a dash (okay a lot) of salt.  I had some left over chocolate and there was no way I was letting it go to waste, so I grabbed some more cups and just made plain chocolate  / salt cups.  Umm, they are all delicious.

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Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Wonder Cups – The Instructions

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Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Wonder Cups – The Supplies

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Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Wonder Cups – The Final Product

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the August Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  But once again, I feel like it’s worth the price tag.  The Homegrown Collective comes up with things I’ve always wanted to do and some things I’ve never even realized I wanted to do (like these).  And I always feel like I learned something in the process which is awesome.  And, of course, the box is even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

And just like last month The Homegrown Collective wants to give one of you guys a Homegrown Collective Box!!  All you gotta do is enter in Rafflecopter below and you’ll be entered to win the August Homegrown Collective Box so you can be on your way to making some wonder cups in your kitchen!

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Disclosure: This box was received free of charge in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received and, as always, all opinions are my own. Just in case that’s not enough fine print, this post also contains affiliate links.

July The Homegrown Collective Review – “The Beauty of Coconut” + A Giveaway 139

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August The Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month. I always look forward to seeing what they come up with each month because you never know what it will be!

August The Homegrown Collective

The Box

I received my first July Homegrown Collective box a week or so ago (they ship via USPS and service is fast), but one of the items in it had leaked. I planned to just run out and pick up some essentials oils (which is what leaked) so I could do the projects, but The Homegrown Collective insisted on shipping me a whole new box! I gotta tell you though, that first box smelled AMAZING!!! But I did appreciate the customer service response and also the fast shipping time on the new box.

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First Look

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Second First Look

As you can see, the second box was packed nice and secure and there wasn’t much chance of anything happening to this one.

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The Beauty of Coconut!

The July The Homegrown Collective theme was “The Beauty of Coconut” and included all of the items you needed to make Homemade Coconut Milk, Coconut Orange Sugar Scrub, Citrus Coconut Lip Balm and a Coconut Oil Lotion Bar. It’s quite possible that this may be one of my favorite, if not my total favorite Homegrown Collective Box ever. The thought behind this box is to know what you are putting on your skin because if can’t pronounce an ingredient in your lotion, it probably shouldn’t be on your skin.

Homemade Coconut Milk: The first project is Homemade Coocnut Milk and is the only one of the bunch that I didn’t do. I just don’t like coconut milk and know I will never drink it. When L gets home we will probably make it though because I think it’s something he will enjoy. You blend shredded coconut and warm water in a blender until it’s thick and creamy. You then have to use a strainer and a towel to get any remaining hunks of coconut out. After that you can add flavor (strawberries, vanilla extract or cocoa powder) or enjoy on it’s own.

Coconut Orange Sugar Scrub: The second project is Coconut Orange Sugar Scrub. All you do is mix coconut oil, sugar and essential oil and that’s it. Three things. I used to think it was so difficult to make things like this on my own, but recently (thanks in part to The Homegrown Collective) I have realized it’s so easy. At first I thought there was no way the sugar would mix in okay with the melted coconut, but it worked out perfectly.  This smells amazing and rivals store bought scrubs. It would also make an amazing (and inexpensive) gift! Cute labels and fancy ribbon on the jar would make it even fancier!

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Homemade Coconut Milk & Orange Coconut Sugar Scrub: The Instructions

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Orange Sugar Scrub: The Ingredients

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Orange Sugar Scrub: The Results

Citrus Coconut Lip Balm:
I LOVE all this make your own lip balm lately and this was no exception.  This is made from beeswax, organic coconut oil, cocoa butter and citrus fresh essential oil.  The making of this was a tad more involved than the sugar scrub, but probably only took 10 minutes and involved melting it all together double boiler style on the stove.  I didn’t use the exact amounts of each ingredient, I more of less just guessed what I thought was close and all was well. I didn’t realize that the reason that lip balms needed to be reapplied so often is because they contain water and that dries your lips out.  I can’t wait to see how how works after using it for awhile.

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Citrus Coconut Lip Balm – The Instructions

Citrus Coconut Lip Balm - The Ingredients

Citrus Coconut Lip Balm – The Ingredients

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Citrus Coconut Lip Balm – The Final Product

Coconut Oil Lotion Bar:
The final project was the coconut oil lotion bar which is made from coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax and citrus oil.  This was made double boiler style again and I was totally sure that this wasn’t going to work out because I didn’t think I had enough coconut oil left (clearly I should have measured better).  But to my surprise, it turned out PERFECT!  I was so excited and tested it right away.  I think it’s awesome for elbows and knees and would totally make this again!

Coconut Oil lOtion Bar - The Instructions

Coconut Oil lOtion Bar – The Instructions

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Coconut Oil Lotion Bar – The Ingredients

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Coconut Oil Lotion Bar – The Final Product

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the July Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  However, I do think it was totally worth the $48/month ($39 + $9 shipping) price tag.  The Homegrown Collective actually gets me to do all the projects I have always wanted to do which I love!  And, of course, the box is even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

But wait, The Homegrown Collective wants to give one of you guys the July Homegrown Collective Box so you can make your own beauty products too!!!  How cool is that? All you gotta do is enter in Rafflecopter below and you will be all set!

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Disclosure: This box was received free of charge in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received and, as always, all opinions are my own. Just in case that’s not enough fine print, this post also contains affiliate links.

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June The Homegrown Collective

The June Homegrown Collective Box appeared in my mailbox yesterday and, much like last month, I hadn’t even gotten a chance to figure out what the theme was, so I was super excited to open it up and see what was inside.  The Homegrown Collective includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.  They typically include many of projects I have always wanted to do, but haven’t quite actually got around to doing.

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The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail and took only two days to arrive to me from CA.    Love that!

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First Look

Eeek!  I was so excited by the first look because it’s totally perfect for us right now.  And I have to say, The Homegrown Collective packs a good box.  They send liquids and glass and I have never had any issues at all.

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The Information Card

The June The Homegrown Collective theme is “Vim & Vinegar” and includes three projects: “Blueberry Infused Balsamic Vinegar”,  “The bBest all Purpose Cleaner” and “The Best Drain Cleaner / Unclogger”.

~Blueberry Infused Balsamic Vinegar:

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Blueberry Infused Vinegar

The first project is “Blueberry Infused Balsamic Vinegar” and is going to be perfect for us since we are eating clean and eating a lot of salads.  B usually puts balsamic vinegar and a little oil on his salads so he is going to love this!

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Blueberry Infused Vinegar – The Supplies

The items included for this project are balsamic vinegar, organic dried blueberries, a small glass jar and a bottle for the dressing.  I so badly wanted to make this yesterday when it arrived, but I thought I should wait for B because I knew he’d want to help.  Plus, I think I might need his help deciding when the vinegar is just about ready to boil.

~All Natural Cleaners:

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All Natural Cleaners

The second and third projects were for all natural cleaners. I have always wanted to make my own cleaners, but yeah, I never have gotten around to that.  It’s one of those things I think would be so amazing, but I never really did it.

~All Purpose Cleaner:

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All Purpose Cleaner – The Materials

The first cleaner is “the best all purpose cleaner of all time” and includes vinegar, organic orange peels, a canning jar and a spray top.  You leave the orange peels in the vinegar for a week or two (to get the smell in I assume) and then do 1:1 water to citrus vinegar mix and start cleaning!  I can’t wait to see if this is really as OMGAMAZING as everyone who makes their own cleaner says it is!  This may be an I’m Totally Trying it July Edition item!

~Drain Cleaner / Unclogger:

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Drain Cleaner / Unclogger – The Materials

The final project is the best drain cleaner / unclogger and included vinegar, sodium biocarbonate and a mason jar.  And wouldn’t you know that B JUST unclogged our shower drain?  I wouldn’t get anywhere near it when it was going down, but I would have loved to give this a try first.  I am going to use this on every one of our sinks first though!  I don’t believe the drains have ever been cleaned?  Please tell me you all don’t do this on a regular basis??

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the June Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  However, I do think it was totally worth the $48/month ($39 + $9 shipping) price tag.  The Homegrown Collective actually gets me to do all the projects I have always wanted to do which I love!  And, of course, the box is even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

Disclosure: This box was received for review purposes and this post also contains affiliate links. But that doesn’t make me like it any more or less than if I paid for it on my own. And, as always, all opinions are my own!