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Subscription Box Saturday: Goodies in Photos (Nov 2012)


I recently received my second one of these:

This sweet (and savory) little box is just $7 per month shipped to my door.

This includes any shipping or taxes.

You can barely ship anything for that price, these days!

The November 2012 theme:

That’s “Entertaining Made Simple” if you can’t read it. I’ve been playing around with Camera + on my iPhone and wanted to try all photo options. You can still see Benny Bear sneaking his head into another photo if you look closely.

This month, sitting on top of my goodies was a reusable, canvas Goodies shopping tote. Just a nice little bonus!

And here are the contents:

Clockwise from upper left: Oogie’s White Cheddar PopcornFlourless Bliss Pumpkin Souffle Mix, The Lazy Baker Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie Mix, American Vintage Wine Biscuits, Bigelow Eggnogg’n Tea, Lotus Bakeries Smooth Biscoff Spread and Bobbysue’s Original Flavored Nuts.

Here’s another photo from Camera +:

It was an excellent package this month and one that prompted me to actually make a purchase on the site! Here are some highlights:

Bobbysue’s Original Flavored Nuts

I adore nuts and these are seasoned perfectly. The size was a perfect snack for my lunch. I took a picture of the back:

“A portion of every nut dollar goes towards building a shelter for homeless animals.” Gotta love that.


American Vintage Wine Biscuits

I expected these to be more like palate cleansers. But when I read that they are made with white wine, shallot and cayenne, I was intrigued. My package insert (or the box, I can’t remember) stated that they could be served by themselves or with cheese and/or wine. I can see why!

These are truly biscuits in the fact that they taste buttery. But the finish gives it that little kick of cayenne. Oh so flavorful! I can’t believe I’m describing a biscuit like I would a wine! I had my wine and cheese at the ready. And the biscuits did taste excellent with either and by themselves. These are going to make one great gift with a bottle of wine.


Lotus Bakeries Biscoff Spread

Oh dear, Biscoff, what have you done?! I absolutely adore the Biscoff cookies that we get on Delta flights that my husband often saves them for me if he flies alone. But in spread?! I fear an addiction!

The spread is not as healthy as peanut butter or other nut butters, so I decided to spread it on pieces of fruit as suggested on the box insert. You know, to be a little healthier… Result?

Apples + Biscoff Spread = a heavenly combination

A jar of Biscoff went straight into my online shopping cart.


Oogies White Cheddar Popcorn

This White Cheddar Popcorn is wonderful, but the only thing that makes it different from any similar product is that it’s more natural. There are very few ingredients and Oogie’s uses non-GMO corn. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that before.


I have not had the other items yet. I didn’t grow up drinking Eggnog over the holidays, so it’s really not my cup of tea. And here they put it in a cup of tea. But I will give it a try. I was a little reluctant on the pumpkin-flavored tea in my Love with Food box and ended up loving it.

I was going to make the pumpkin soufflé one night for dessert when I realized I didn’t have an egg or the half and half required to make it. That just may be breakfast this weekend!

As for the oatmeal cranberry cookie mix, I’m not one for cookies without chocolate. Nor am I one for oatmeal cookies, um… unless they have chocolate. {Maybe I’ll try to add chocolate chips to the mix!} But I was a little jealous when I saw that some other boxes included a dark quinoa chocolate bar. 😦

How Goodies Works:

  • Subscribe for $7 per month (taxes and shipping included) and receive new food product samples.
  • Review products to earn points and unlock rewards.
  • Buy full-sized versions of your favorites, if you’d like.
  • Click here to get invited.

Now, a question for all of you that’s not Goodie related…

Which Camera + photo style above did you like best?



BarkBox – November 2012


This month’s BarkBox arrived the day before Thanksgiving, but we didn’t get a chance to sit down and open it until the following day. This means that Benny and Sophie didn’t miss out while Daddy got to open birthday presents all day long!

As usual, Benny was anxious and curious:

And I think it was the best box the pooches have received so far!

November BarkBox Contents

The contents of each BarkBox so far have always included treats, a toy and something for dental hygiene. So let’s review some of this month’s items:

Barkworthies 6″ Dog Chew

This chew claims to be “100% natural”, high in protein, low in fat and to keep teeth and gums healthy. It is made of 100% beef pizzle {whatever that is}. Sophie tried to rip it out of my hand the moment I took it out of the box. I didn’t want to give it to her, however, due to recently having two teeth extracted and her follow-up appointment being the next day. So it remains to be chewed. Still, this chew must have been a last minute addition to the box, as it was not listed on the BarkBox insert anywhere!

Bionic Bone

This plastic bone, made of food grade materials, claims to be virtually indestructible. The design is meant to fit your pooch’s mouth and its ridges are supposed to provide a “chewy” feeling. It is recommended to stuff it with treats and freeze it overnight for “hours of fun”. Ours is currently filled with peanut butter and has been stuffed in the freezer. We’ll try to test it out on both Benny and Sophie. If they both like it, we’ll have to buy another. Both dogs currently have KONGs, but I am not sure if those are freezable.

Fruitables Healthy Dog Treats – Pumpkin & Blueberry Flavor

The pumpkin craze that has swept the blogosphere this time of year did not pass up the doggie world! I opened the bag and these actually smelled really good – lots of blueberry aromas, none of those dog biscuit smells. The dogs loved them. At only 9 calories per crunchy treat, they’d be perfect for training.

Acadia Antlers Moose Rac Chew Toy  Rope Antler Chew – Made from Naturally Shed Maine Moose Antlers and 100% Cotton Rope

Okay, our dogs really aren’t into rope toys; so I had fully intended to give this one away. However, I let Sophie sniff it and she went CRAZY. She tugged, chewed, scratched at and rolled on this thing for at least an hour straight.

Sophie went ballistic over this. I guess we won’t be giving it away!

On the tag:

“Our MOOSE RAC* (rope antler chew) is made from Maine Moose Antler and 100% cotton rope with no fillers or synthetics. Soft roping acts as a floss for teeth, great for chewing, tugging and throwing. Chewing is great jaw exercise, and our Moose Antler will hep scrape tartar off your dogs teeth!!”

Mr. Barksmith’s Smoothies for Dogs – Pumpkin Patch Flavor

What a “cool” concept! I thought this might feel really good on Sophie’s teeth. I popped it in the freezer so that it would be ready by feeding time. The recommendation was to “pop the cool treat into your dog’s favorite bowl.” At dinnertime, I took the Smoothie out of the freezer, filled Benny and Sophie’s food bowls, divided the cup in half and popped it on top of their regular food.

At first, I think Sophie wasn’t sure what to think. She licked the cool treat on top of her food and then looked at me. Meanwhile, Benny took his portion out of the bowl and put it on the floor and licked it up. By the time they were finished, I checked both bowls: They both were completely empty.

Ingredients: Pumpkin Puree, Banana Puree, Apple Puree, Water, Omega 3 Chia

Also in the BarkBox were coupons/vouchers for:

  • Rover.com – $10 off dog-sitting from local insured dog-sitters
  • Chewy.com – $10 online gift card for pet food and treats
  • DogTV – $10 gift card – uh what?

I had never heard of DogTV before, but here is what the card insert read:

I wonder if we’ll receive December’s shipment in time to wrap it up for Christmas. No matter what, we’re definitely finding products we would have never encountered nor tried on our dogs before if it weren’t for BarkBox!

This would make the perfect gift for any dog or petparent in your life. To join, you just choose your dog size, the plan (month-to-month, three months or six months) and enter your billing and shipping information. It’s that simple.

Click here to get $5 off your subscription to give it a try.

Have you ever heard of DogTV?

What do you think of something like this?


Love with Food – November 2012


Okay, so I was going to start saving my subscription box posts for what I plan to call “Subscription Box Saturday”, but my Love with Food box just arrived! And I just couldn’t wait to share.


Because Love with Food is doubling its donations for the month of November to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

You see, each month, a meal is donated to a hungry child for every subscription box of Love with Food that is shipped out. Not only have I loved the samples I’ve received, but I’ve loved this mission from my very first box.

But in November and December, for every box shipped, Love with Food is donating TWO meals to food banks located in the hardest hit areas of New Jersey and New York.

If you’ve even had an inkling of checking out what this subscription box of fun snacky samples is all about, why not try it now and help out your fellow Americans at the same time? Even better, get some great gifts out of the way by subscribing friends and family. Just a few clicks and you are done to treat yourgift recipients who live across the miles. And it’s the only $12 per month gift you’ll ever be thanked for… over and over again!

Now… for what came in the box:

Thanksgiving 2012 Love with Food Box Contents

This month’s fall favorites come from Amy Roloff of Little People, Big World on TLC. I’m not familiar with the show, but I know I’ll be familiar with these treats real soon!

I haven’t tried a-one-of-them, but here they are {clockwise from top left}:

  • Fruit.0 Organic Fruit Snack – Mango Pear Pineapple flavor – This feels like juice in the pouch, but I’m guessing is more like the GoGo Squeez Applesauce I received in a previous box.
  • Mini Crunch from Mrs. May’s – Cranberry Almond – 100 calorie snack with minimal ingredients. This is going in my lunch for an afternoon snack at work!
  • Inka Corn – I’m not sure what to make of these. The package reads “Roasted Giant Corn”. They kind of look like giant corn nuts {if I remember correctly what those look like}. This is a salty snack I’m likely to share with my husband.
  • Pumpkin Spice Tea from Stash Tea Company – I’m *almost* over the big fall pumpkin craze. Almost. I’ll give this a shot at work as well.
  • Chocolate Chunk Cookie from Skeeter Snacks – You had me at “Cookie”. Oh, who am I kidding? You had me at “Chocolate”.
  • Truffle Piglet from Hagensborg Chocolate – I bring one piece of dark chocolate with me to work every day. Yup, this will be the one I indulge in tomorrow!
  • Original Mulling Spices Blend from the Aspen Mulling Co.“DIRECTIONS: Mix contents with 8 oz. cup of Apple Cider or Juice, Red Wine, Tea or Brandy. Serve Hot or Cold.” Can you guess which one I will be doing? 😉

It seems that I am missing two items from my box that are listed on my insert: Turkey Bak Kwa Jerky from Little Red Dot Kitchen and Bhakti Chai.

I don’t want to seem ungrateful, most definitely during the month of gratitude. After all, one of the reasons I receive these boxes is to donate to a good cause. Still, I don’t know if they ran out or just missed these items, so I’ll still let Love with Food know…

This month also came with a few discount vouchers:

In case you’d like to see what’s come in my past boxes, here’s a link list, along with my favorite snack from each!

October 2012Açai  Strawberry Sesame Strips

September 2012San Franola Granola with Raisins

August 2012Coconut Toffee Peanuts

My First Love With Food Box

And if you are curious and want to check Love with Food out for yourself, click here.

Have you tried any of the snacks listed above?

If so, which ones and what did you think?

If not, which of the snacks above would LIKE to try?