July Citrus Lane Review

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Citrus Lane is a monthly subscription box for kids ages 0-5. Mine is for a two year old girl.

There were five items in the box:

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Oogaa Travel Placemat – I thought this was a good idea. My daughter makes such a disaster when she eats.

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Cute Cookie Purse – I thought this also was a great product. My daughter carries it about and has fun taking objects in and out.

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Plum Organics – I am always happy to see these in subscription boxes. My daughter loves them so it’s great for snack time.

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Aquaduck – This is another great product that I never would have bought on my own but really like. It extends the water just a bit more making it easier for little hands to reach.

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Purlisse Sunscreen – I’ve gotten this before in another box so this will likely be gifted.

All in all I love Citrus Lane. It’s fun to get in the mail each month and they have some great products.

What do you think of Citrus Lane?

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July Beauty Box 5 Review & Coupon

Beauty Box 5 is a monthly make-up and beauty subscription. I vowed no more make-up subscriptions but they had a coupon code for 50% off so I had to try it out. Coupon code is HALFOFF.

There were five items in the box.

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H2O Shampoo – This shampoo was ok but I feel like there should have been H2O conditioner included as well. After trying it I gave the rest of the bottle to my husband to take on a trip. It is perfect for travel size.

Argan Oil Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment – I really liked this conditioner. It made my hair so soft and silky.

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Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara – I was really happy to see mascara in the box. I had just run out and needed a new one. This mascara is good. I liked it.

Nicka K New York Nail Color in Ripe Apple – I don’t tend to like bright bright reds so I gifted this to my mom.

Body Drench Candy Licious Lips in Cotton Candy – I have received so many lip balms in subscription boxes so I gave this away to a friend. She went crazy over it and says it is the best lip balm ever. Now she wants to buy more but we can’t find a local place to buy it.

Overall I really like Beauty Box 5. Do you subscribe to any Beauty Boxes? What did you think of this one?

Tea Sparrow Subscription Review – June

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Tea Sparrow is a monthly subscription box which ships from Canada. The cost is $20 and each month you’ll receive 4 bags of premium loose leaf tea. Each bag will get you about 7-9 cups or so. Their theme for summer is iced tea. So the teas they send you can be made hot or iced. I’ve been doing both. I have an iced tea maker so the loose leaf works well for me. And when I want to have just a hot cup of tea I use a tea filter bag. The flavors are all very good I thought. And they send a nice mix of caffeinated and herbal teas.

Thai Chai Rooibos Herbal Decaf Tea – This one was my favorite. Very good flavors. Organic rooibos tea with vanilla and cinnamon flavors.

Mandarin Rose Caffeinated Black Tea – I drank this one as an iced tea. Nice mild flavors.

Buddah Bamboo Herbal Tea – I’ve had this one both hot and iced. It has bamboo leaves as well as pineapple and strawberry bits. A nice mild tea.

Flap Jack Oolong Caffeinated Green Tea – This is the only one I haven’t tried yet although it sounds fabulous. It has walnut pieces and maple syrup flavors.

If you drink a lot of tea this is a very good subscription. But for me I don’t really drink 35 cups of tea a month. I liked that the bags are resealable so at least they will keep for awhile. To try Tea Sparrow for only $8 enter coupon code TEAS at checkout. http://teasparrow.com

July Love With Food Review

Love With Food is a monthly snack delivery service. Their boxes usually have a theme and this month’s theme was Happy Camper.

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The box included eight snacks:

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Beanitos White Cheddar Puffs – I must admit that I didn’t try these. I was a bit skeptical but I know the perfect person to give them to.

Sea Salt Lentil Crackers – These were pretty good. I would eat them again.

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Ginnymini’s Butter Crisps – These were just ok for me. I was thinking they’d be more like shortbread but they weren’t. They are gluten-free, organic, and non-gmo.

Madyson’s Marshmallows Chocolate Chip Square Puff – I didn’t notice when I was taking the picture that I had the label side down. I was expecting something really great since this is a gourmet marshmallow but it didn’t wow me. It was good but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy more.

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Jubilee Mix Wholesome Trail Mix – I didn’t try these either but I do know someone I can give them to that will appreciate them more.

2 Degrees Cherry Almond Food Bar – This also was just ok I thought.

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Dutch Cocoa Somersaults – these I liked. I would eat more of these.

Kids Organic Chews – My toddler loves fruit chews and so she scarfed these right up.

I like that Love with Food finds healthy snacks that are not often sold in the grocery store but this month was a bit of a miss for me. Not my favorite box from them.

What did you think of your July Love With Food?

June Dollar Shave Club Review

The Dollar Shave Club is a monthly razor delivery service. They were offering a great promotion and so I decided to try them out for myself.

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Included in the box was 4 razor blades, sample size shave butter, and a razor handle. I could tell from the enclosed leaflet that this box was definitely geared toward men. I tried the first razor and then gave my husband the remaining three to try. He wasn’t interested in the Shave Butter. He is fussy and will only use the standard shaving cream. So I used the Shave Butter and I rather liked it. It was similar in consistency to Oil Of Olay Body Wash. I won’t go out of my way to buy it but it worked perfectly well. I also thought the razor was of good quality and worked well. I still prefer my Gillette Venus razors but as far as cost savings the Dollar Shave Club is a great deal. My husband said he thought the razor was ok but it “pulled” a bit more than his Gillette Fusion. We didn’t keep the subscription but if they had something out there more geared towards women I might consider it.

Have you tried the Dollar Shave Club? What razor do you use?

9 Self-Care Tips Learned From Losing 120 Pounds

REPOSTED FROM MINDBODYGREEN.COM


By Cat Elliott
July 11, 2014 4:36 AM EDT

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I was overweight or obese most of my life. I only vaguely remember being normal size before the age of 6. Everything I really knew about myself was centered on my size. Here are a few perceptions and Read

I haven’t always been a happy, healthy and confident person. In fact, I used to be an obese, depressed, junk food addicted and booze-fueled party monster. I still have days when I feel like I’m not measuring up, but it’s about not letting those one-off days become regular appearances in your everyday life.

Too often we look to find the flaws in ourselves and constantly downplay our assets. For years I beat myself up physically and mentally about my appearance, telling myself I was never good enough or worthy enough. I let how others judged me affect how I judged myself. I ate poorly as a way of self-medicating in the search for happiness, and ended up becoming 240 pounds of unhappy.

I was heading for an early grave, until one day I snapped and thought, “What the hell are you doing?” I consciously decided to change my life. Over two years I lost 120 pounds and detoxed my life of bad food and negative people. It wasn’t easy, and there were slips-ups, but my new lifestyle eventually became second nature.

But the years of self-loathing and negative self-talk had also become second nature. What I learned, and have to constantly remember, are the following nine tips:

1. It’s OK to love yourself.

For some reason it is drummed into our heads from an early age that being confident and loving yourself means you’re stuck up and egotistical. From now on I want you to release this negative connection and look yourself in the mirror and say, “You’re frickin’ awesome. I love you.” Say it loud and proud, and say it daily until you start believing it. It will be hard at first, but fighting for something day in and day out means when you finally grasp it, you earned it, and you will appreciate it.

2. Reflect on your past.

So many people say you should leave the past in the past, but it doesn’t hurt to look back and appreciate your achievements. If you still dwell on a negative memory, forgive whatever or whomever and release the negativity. Move forward with positivity and appreciation.

3. Get a journal and use it.

Write things you achieved, your fears and dreams, and use them to solidify your thought processes. On the first page, write a letter apologizing for the way you’ve negatively treated yourself, and vow to never do it again. Also start two lists: One being “I love myself enough that I will …” and the other “I love myself because …” Start each list with five things, and each day or week add one thing to it. Before you know it, you’ll start thinking more positively, you’ll see how much you deserve your love.

4. Do things that make you happy.

Take a bath, get a massage, read a book, have a glass of wine, meditate, sit and listen to music: just do something completely indulgent for you and do it guilt free. Looking after yourself is paramount to your happiness, and it doesn’t mean you’re selfish. You’ll feel better, and your positivity will radiate into the lives of those around you. Take time out every day to reset, reflect and enjoy. This is your life.

5. Start each day with love and intention.

Wake up each morning mindfully. Don’t drag yourself out of bed when the alarm goes off. Lay still, smile, take five deep breaths and remind yourself how fortunate you are to be alive, what you are grateful for, what you are going to make of today, and what you love about yourself.

6. Stop apologizing.

We have become accustomed to apologize for simple things and say sorry without genuinely meaning it. Not only does it downplay the significance of the word, but it drums it into your head that you are constantly doing something wrong.

7. Nourish your body.

Nourishing yourself with the best quality foods and taking time to exercise (think of all the endorphins!) means your health becomes a priority and you feel good about yourself. Plus you can enjoy that delicious raw vegan chocolate guilt free!

8. Seek help when you need it.

It’s a great feeling to realize we aren’t superheros and can’t be expected to handle everything on our own. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional, a friend, a family member, a partner and say “I need help.”

9. Expect slip-ups.

Nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. If you fall out of habits, eat something you normally wouldn’t, do something out of character, simply acknowledge what happened, learn from it and move forward with positivity, grace and dignity.

Be kind to yourselves and to others. You are worthy of your love.

July The Bouqs Review

I had a coupon code for The Bouqs and July is our anniversary so I asked my husband to buy me some roses from The Bouqs. They arrived in one day shipping. Here are some pictures:

The Box

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First Look

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I chose two dozen sweetheart roses. They arrived well wrapped and in good condition.

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Here they are in the vase

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View from above

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I thought they were very beautiful and I was pleased with them. I would order from the Bouqs again.

What do you think? Have you tried the Bouqs?

June Naturebox Review

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Naturebox is snack subscription box. You get 5 3-4oz snacks a month. You have the choice of receiving surprise bags or choosing what you want. I really like choosing my own and they have a big selection to choose from. You can choose gluten-free, dairy-free etc. This month I chose 4 snacks.

Pistachio Power Clusters – These are my favorite. I get these every time. This time I ordered two bags. It doesn’t show two bags in the picture because I had already eaten one whole bag before I remembered I needed to take a picture.

Cashew Power Clusters – These were good. Cashews are my least favorite nut but I wanted to try them anyways. It’s easy to just grab these nut clusters for breakfast than actually cook.

Fancy Dried Figs – These were ok. I’ve never had dried figs before. They taste just like a fig newton only without the outer cookie part.

Praline Pumpkin Seeds – These were very good. Just the right mix of salty and sweet.

Poppy Seed Sticks – These were an extra add in from the company at no charge. They were just ok.

The cost is $19.95 a month including shipping. I think this is a fair price since you’d pay just as much at the store for similar snacks. They also give you the option of adding more snacks for only $3 a bag.  If you want to try out Naturebox click here and get $10 off your first box.

Have you tried Naturebox? What do you think of them?

The Bouqs has $10 off deal at Plum District

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The Bouqs offers farm fresh flowers with free delivery. My husband just ordered me these for our anniversary. You can get $10 off your order by purchasing this deal from Plum District. We got TWO dozen roses for only $50 including delivery.

Click here to take advantage of this deal. It’s only available for 5 more days.