February Pijon Box Review

IMG_0206Pijon box is a subscription box designed for college students. My stepson is in college and so I wanted to try it out to see what I thought of it before I sent him one. There is an option to choose male or female and for this one since it was for me I chose female.

IMG_0207Oat Works Pomegranate Blueberry – This was a very tasty juice with the added benefit of a little extra fiber. You couldn’t tell that there was any fiber in there and my toddler and I drank this happily.

IMG_0208Not Your Mother’s Thickening Hair Lifter – I haven’t tried this yet but I think it would be a useful item for a college aged girl.

Bamboo Toothbrush – This is not an exciting item but certainly a useful one.

IMG_0210Jimmy Bar Clean Snack Bar – I like the idea behind these bars but the taste is straight up awful. I didn’t like them one bit.

Revolution Tea Sampler – This is a sampler pack of three different types of tea. I haven’t tried them yet but how can you go wrong with tea.

IMG_0211Game Day Chapstick for men – I was surprised to see an item for men in my women’s box but I think chapstick in this cold climate is very useful. I gave it to my husband but I’m not sure he’s tried it yet.

Go Towel Pack of 3 – This is another great item that fits easily in your pocket that you can use on the go.

These items aren’t particularly high in value or super exciting but I loved receiving mail when I lived in the dorm and these are all useful items that a college student could use. What do you think of Pijon Box?

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January Koala Crate Review

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Koala Crate is a subscription box for kids ages 2-4. The cost is $19.99/month. Each month has a theme and this month the theme was music. There were three activities as well as an activity book.

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The first activity we did was decorate a tube and then put tissue paper on the ends so that when you blow through it it would sound sort if like a horn. This activity was easy and my three year old liked it. She likes stickers and she likes musical things. But she didn’t really understand the crepe paper aspect and so it didn’t stay on the tube long. Luckily several pieces were included.

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The next activity was a rhythm game using this:

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The last activity was a music activity which involved dying a scarf with cool aid and then swaying the scarf to the music.

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My daughter loved all of these activities and I thought this was a great box. I can’t wait to see what they do next month. If you’d like to subscribe to Koala Crate use this link to get $10 off your first box. Subscribe

The Fare Trade January Review

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The Fare Trade is a monthly subscription box which sends you high quality delicious ingredients as well as recipes by professional chefs. The cost is $65 a month. Each box usually contains 5 ingredients:

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As well as 2 candies, several recipe cards and info about the ingredients.

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This month the candies were caramels by Avenue Sweets. I was kind of excited about this month’s box. All the ingredients I like and the recipes seem doable. The chef is Fabian Gallardo. Here are pictures of each ingredient individually: IMG_0113

Dude, Sweet Chocolate One Night Stand Potion Chocolate Sauce $9.00

“Product Description – Using 100 anos tequila, One Night Stand Potion is a loose take on a Mexican coffee. Using agave, South American chocolate, Valrohna cocoa powder this sauce is shelf stable and dairy free. Never meant to be refrigerated and happiest as a chocolate martini with three parts vodka to one part sauce.”

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Guelaguetza Mole Coloradito Sauce $12.00

“Product Description – This is the same mole made famous by our chips at Guelaguetza’s Restaurant in L.A.. Pour it over a nice piece of chicken, beef, or come up with your own unique way of using it.”

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Diane’s Sweet Heat Mango Habanero Jam $10.00

“Product Description – A Mouthwatering Blend of sweet fruits, bell peppers and the spicy habanero made from all natural Ingredients. It is low sugar and has a medium heat Scoville Rating. Great served on bagels, crackers with cream cheese, meats, fish and poultry or on ice cream and other desserts. Made in Northern California.”

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Gustus Vitae Taste of California Gourmet Seasoning $8.00

“Product Description – A delightful composition of savory, zesty, and sweet notes, Taste of California is a rich, flavorful blend of the natural bounty of California. Dried strawberries lend beautiful color and a lingering sweetness, cilantro, thyme and tarragon add depth and warmth, the natural zest of lemon peels brings a refreshing sharpness, and a light sprinkle of Pacific sea salt binds all the flavors together. Apply the Taste of California to fish, chicken, vegetable and pork dishes prior to cooking, or sprinkle on to fresh salads for vibrant color and complexity of flavor. Taste of California works beautifully as a marinade or sauce too: mix in a generous helping of the blend into a cup of yogurt or coconut cream and savor the rich flavors of the Golden State!”

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La Fundidora Humo Salsa $6.99

“Product Description – A tomato-based red salsa with select chipotle morita and pasilla chiles. This is our most complex offering. The depth of taste and the undeniable allure of smoke make this an ideal salsa to pair with beef, heartier cuts of pork, stronger cheeses, beans and other legumes.”

The total value of ingredients is $46. But, that does not include the cost of shipping, curation, recipes, or video tutorials. This is a great box for anyone who would like to try new products, cooking techniques and professional recipes. I have not yet made any of the recipes from this month but I’m looking forward to trying them. For me this has been the best month yet. What do you think of The Fare Trade?