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Pinch Me!

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So, I canceled all of my subscription boxes

But not too long ago, I signed up for PINCHme.

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It’s not exactly a subscription box, but they do provide you samples – FOR FREE.

From PINCHme‘s website:

PINCHme gives you the unique opportunity to discover new products and try them for free.

It’s simple – you choose a product from one of our leading brands, and we then deliver it to your home or workplace for free. But be quick, we’ll reserve the products in your box for a limited time, to ensure that everyone has a chance of receiving the available products. Once you’ve tried, tasted or touched the exciting products we offer, you can leave your feedback. Start pinching now!!

Since November, when I joined, I’ve received seven samples. When they go live on their website, you receive an email and you have to go in and “order” them. I’m assuming that’s because they want you to only pick samples you will actually use. For example, not everyone will be able to review dog treats. (Can we as humans really review them anyway? 😉 ) And a diaper rash cream sample would do me no good.

But you have to act fast. I’ve missed out on some things I really wanted to try because I was too late. If you follow PINCHme on social media and happen to notice a sample go live, you just might beat those who are waiting to receive the emails.

Sometimes more than one sample will be available, sometimes you’ll receive one. And it’s completely free. You just put it in your cart and note where you want it shipped. Then you wait for your samples to arrive. I usually forget about them until they do!

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My first box arrived with two samples that I had chosen:
Gevalia Caramel Macchiato K-Cup and Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair Shampoo and Conditioner Sachet

Gevalia Caramel Macchiato K-Cup and Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair Shampoo and Conditioner Sachet

The other samples I’ve tried:
  • Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream
  • Harvest Snaps: Snapea Crisps
  • Charlee Bear Dog Treats
  • Suave Skin Solutions Smoothing Body Lotion
  • Revlon by Marchesa Box O’ Files (Limited Edition Beauty Tools)

After you receive and use your samples, take the feedback survey to earn points. You can earn points by:

  • Completing your profile.
  • Ordering your first sample(s).
  • Liking PINCHme on Facebook.
  • Connecting your PINCHme account to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Find a product/brand you like? Then like the brand on Facebook.
  • Trying the sample and completing the feedback survey.
  • Sharing on FB, Twitter and Pinterest.
  • Purchasing a product you sampled.
  • Clicking through to buy a product through PINCHme‘s links.

As you earn points, you ascend through different levels for more benefits. I haven’t done much yet, just tried the samples and gave feedback. Oh, I also filled out my profile. Here is what my Rewards page tells me:

LEVEL 1
You have 2370 points!
At Level 1 you can order a free box of products!
Earn more points by completing challenges and earning awards.

NEXT LEVEL – 2
At Level 2 you will be entered into our PINCHme monthly sweepstakes!
You need 630 points to reach the next level!

I see no reason not to continue. There is absolutely no cost to me. If you’d like to learn what PINCHme is all about and/or give it a whirl, click my affiliate link here.

What’s the best thing you’ve received for free lately?

Cheers~
Carrie

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Savory Teas

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Have you ever had a savory tea?

I hadn’t even heard of them until they started arriving in some of my subscription boxes. In fact, they came in two different boxes in the same month. And what I found…

…is that i love them.

You might be surprised by the first one that I tried…

Goodies-Savory Tea

If you know me or have been following this blog for any length f time, you may know my disdain for broccoli. I can’t stand the smell of it. I gag. So you’d think I’d skip this tea entirely. But I was willing to give Numi’s Broccoli Cilantro Savory Green Tea a try.

And I loved it.

I think the cilantro came through a little more and the turmeric gave it a nice spice and flavor. But it absolutely was savory and will hit the spot if you are craving something of the sort. I think it could satisfy an afternoon urge to snack. Here are some suggestions that Numi gives on when to enjoy a savory tea:

Savory - When to Drink

I love all of those ideas. A few weeks later, I remembered that I had a couple more savory teas from the other food box from that month.

This brand was Millie’s Savory Teas.

Millie's Savory Teas

{Source: Love with Food}

“Green tea infused sipping broths” is how Millie’s Savory Teas are described. The first one I tried was the Spicy Tortilla. It tasted just like you would expect it to – like a tortilla soup broth. So flavorful!

The Indian Spice was just as good:

I have been on a tea kick lately and I like the opportunity to mix it up a bit with the savory ones.

Have you had a savory tea before?

If so, what flavor?

When would you drink a savory tea?

Cheers~
Carrie

They All Arrived on One Day

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Last Friday, these arrived at my doorstep:

photo 1Yes, all four subscription boxes arrived on the same day. Only I didn’t know it. I was hosting an Open House Wine Tasting and our first guest had to bring them in! Consequently, I actually waited until the next morning to open them. I was like a kid on Christmas morning!

So hear goes…. From Top to Bottom!

Love with Food

  • $10 + $2 shipping per month
  • Each box shipped = meal donated to a hungry child
  • Earn points for reviewing or referring toward product purchase

November’s {appropriate} Love with Food Box Theme:

There was a whole slew of coupons and inserts, as well as a recipe from Chef Ryan Scott:

And the contents:

November Love with Food Contents {clockwise from top left}:

  • Mighty Leaf Ginger Leaf Tea – Refreshing!
  • Arora Creations Indian Spice Blend – There is a recipe to make Indian-spiced green beans or asparagus. Can’t wait to try this!
  • Kukuruza Tuxedo Popcorn – Rob and I split this and we were in love {with the popcorn!}
  • Eat Natural Almond, Apricot and Yoghurt Bar
  • Laura Secord Maple Fudge – Reminded me of a caramel… sort of. YUM!
  • Dancing Deer Baking Co. Rosemary Sea Salt Shortbread – Rosemary may sound like a strange flavor for rosemary, but so hath one of my favorite desserts in all of the Twin Cities!
  • Sensible Foods Sweet Corn Crunch – I received this in what I believe was my very first Love with Food box. Loved it then, so I’m sure I will again!
  • Sweet Potato Popchips
  • And to the right… Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate {70%}Dark chocolate. Duh.

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Birchbox

  • $10 per month (includes shipping)
  • Earn points for reviews and referrals toward product purchase.
  • Discounts on each month’s products for members.

November Contents

November Birchbox contents {clockwise from top left}:

  • Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
  • Fatty Sundays Chocolate Covered Pretzel – Yummy Toasted Coconut. But a full-sized one one/container is about $32.
  • Beauty Protector Shampoo & Conditioner – samples sized, perfect for travel
  • Supergoop Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream – sample size

This month’s box = not that exciting.

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Bestowed

  • $19 per month (includes shipping)
  • All products chosen by a Registered Dietician

November Bestowed box contents {clockwise, from top left}:

  • Nektar Honey Crystals – I’ve received these before and love that they make honey portable for tea.
  • Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers (full-size) – I’ve received these in other boxes, too, and love them. I love that Bestowed includes full-size products!
  • Perfect Fuel Chocolate
  • Wild Garden Hummus Dip – I’ve had this before and wasn’t a fan. I love hummus, but I’m just not thrilled with this stuff.
  • Eat Green Tea – Eat green tea?! Just sprinkle it on anything and get your green tea antioxidants. I liked it on my salad. They recommend it in smoothies.
  • Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix – I really liked the flavors
  • Salba Smart Chia Boost
  • ZICO Chocolate Coconut Water
  • And to the right… LifeIce – I put this in the freezer and forgot about it until now!

Obviously, I haven’t had time to try everything. And I really didn’t want to, because it’s one of the best put-together boxes in my opinion, but I canceled Bestowed. *GASP!* I decided it’s way too many foods to keep trying. I’m sticking with LWF for now because it’s cheaper and I’ve racked up rewards. But that may change soon, too, just because Rob and I are talking about more clean eating. Otherwise, I think I actually prefer Bestowed… by a small margin! I’d highly recommend it.

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Barkbox

  • $29/month (including shipping), as low as $19 per month if you pay up front.
  • Earn free boxes for referrals. Click my referral link for $5 off your first box.
Anxious Sham

Anxious dogs!

Last year we wrapped the December Bark Box for Sophie & Benny and opened it for them on Christmas. We are planning to do the same this year. But here’s November’s Box:

November BarkBox contents {clockwise from top left}:

  • Bocce’s Bakery Truffle Mac & Cheese Dog Treats
  • N-Bone – I’m glad there were two! They chewed on the chair together, as you can see above.
  • Happy Howie’s Turkey Sausage Treats
  • Etta Says Chew – Not pictured. I’m not sure why. These are Sophie’s favorite, so I’m trying to find a time when I can give it to her without making Sham jeaouls.
  • P.L.A.Y Zucchini Toy – Not pictured. Shamrock stole it immediately. Of course, it’s his new favorite. {Until the next new toy comes around!} I liked that there was a zucchini muffin recipe for dogs included! I may attempt those this weekend.

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It’s not spring, but I’m doing a little spring cleaning! Today, I’m cleaning out my closet AND the office. All of this “stuff” sometimes makes me want to purge a few things. I’m actually looking forward to it.

What do you need to purge/organize this time of year?

Disclosure: I was not paid to review any products listed here and have purchased the boxes on my own. Referral links are imbeded in this post if you choose to try out a box.

Cheers,
Carrie

Bestowed

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Subscription Box Saturday

With a $10 deal, this new-to-me box was bestowed upon me.

Bestowed1With the disappearance of Goodies, this could not have come at a better time. Here’s a description from their website:

Get an assortment of FULL-sized healthy snacks, beverages, and more  — delivered to your door every month. All products are selected by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and every box is loaded with expert tips, recipes, and advice! FREE Shipping.

Even better. However, it’s regularly $19 per month. Still I was surprised and thrilled by what was bestowed upon me!

Bestowed4And the well-thought-out booklet describing all of the contents really impressed me. This month’s theme was no GMOs:

And finally, the contents of the October Box:

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From Top Left Clockwise:

  • Way Better Snacks Simply Beyond Black Bean Tortilla Chips – I had these with my leftover Crockpot Carnitas!
  • Ultima Replisher – Add this packet to 8 -12 ounces of water. There’s nothing artificial, but lots of nutrients. I guess it would be a good alternative to Crystal Light packets. Tasted just fine to me.
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  • Enjoy Life Seed & Fruit Mix – Like trail mix without the nuts. It’s perfect for those with nut allergies.
  • The Good Bean Smoky & Chili Lime Chickpea Snacks – I had these in another box earlier this year. Surprisingly, they didn’t have much flavor, so I’ll either give them another try or give them away.
  • UNREAL Peanut Butter Cups – Rob and I split the package and we both agreed that these are better than the ones we all know and love! I adore that they are made with dark chocolate, too. Not a health food by any means; but if you are gong to eat one, you might as well have one that is better on your body and tastes better, too!Bestowed
  • Fiber Love Cinnamon Raisin Bar – A cinnamon raisin bar. There’s not much more to say.
  • Hemp Pro 70 Plant Based Protein Supplements (2)– I don’t use protein supplements or shakes because I prefer the real thing. But I’m willing to give this a try. Anyone got a good use for this?Bestowed10
  • Nature’s Path Love Crunch – Dark Chocolate Macaroon Granola – I’ve had Nature’s Path Love Crunch before, but not the dark chocolate macaroon granola. Now that I have some milk in the house, this will be on the breakfast menu this week.

And there was a special Bonus this month:

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That was perfect timing because I just received a notice to renew my subscription!

I loved the healthiness focus of this box. My November box has already been shipped. I’m excited to see what will be bestowed upon me this month! However, I’m not sure if I can keep up with all of these snacks. There are just too many now.

Do you worry about GMOs?

What is your favorite non-GMO product?

Is there a favorite product of which you wish you could find a non-GMO version?

Cheers~
Carrie

I Tried the Bulu Box…

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Subscription Box Saturday

Last month, I found a deal for a Bulu Box described on their website as such:

Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you.

The deal site read:

Maintain your healthy lifestyle, or get yourself on track, with the top-brand products included in the monthly Bulu Box. If weight loss is your goal, choose their targeted Weight Loss Box for fitness gear and healthy lifestyle tips, as well as sample vitamins and supplements to help you reach your goal. Their monthly subscription service comes with no strings attached: your subscription automatically expires once your chosen number of months are over.

I choose the regular box because I’m not into weight-loss vitamins or gimmicks. I should have read both sites more carefully, because after my first box, I decided that it’s one that’s probably not for me:

039Contents in the October box included (from top left, clockwise):

  • Rootology Nasal Health Herbal Vitamin – I’d been feeling stuffy in the mornings lately, but perhaps due to the dry weather. I didn’t see any change after taking these.
  • Women’s Formula Pocket Protein (strawberry flavor) – I was curious about this one because it has 15 grams of protein and only 60 calories! I grabbed it on my way out the door in the morning this week. I did not like how it tasted at all. It reminded me of something I’ve had before, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I’ll take a couple of hard boiled eggs over this any day.
  • Smarty Pants All-in-One Adult Gummy Vitamin – Of course, these tasted pretty good. Check out the nutrients in the photo below.
  • Axia3 ProDigestive Antacid – Luckily, I have not needed to use these!
  • Body Glove Surge Energy Gel – This would be perfect for a runner. I’m not running continuously right now because I’m being very careful when my back hurts; but that is when I would use it.
Smarty Pants Vitamin Nutrition

Smarty Pants Vitamin Nutrition

For the size of the box, it didn’t look like much, nor much I was excited about. But I think the dogs think that any box I open now is for them. And Shamrock is starting to photo bomb like Benny used to!

040The one thing that would benefit Bulu Box recipients is the card that is included to help decide what you think of a product. It’s one where you take notes on how you feel before and after trying a product:

041Just like many other subscription boxes, you can take surveys and leave feedback on the products to accrue points to purchase your favorites. I don’t understand how you can review products that you might not need to use yet {antacids, nasal health} or have the use for {energy gel}. I guess you could save the cards for when you do use them. But I’m not sure how long they keep the surveys open either.

Bulu Box is $10 per month and includes free shipping.

My deal was $15 for three months. If I was just trying out the first month, I would have canceled because this box is just not for me. However, we’ll see what the next two boxes bring. Maybe this is their way of showing you that you may still like what they have to offer.

Do you use any of these types of products?

If so, what are your favorites and why?

Cheers~
Carrie

R.I.P. Goodies, Hello Love with Food

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Subscription Box Saturday: Food Box Edition

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I was sad to receive this email this past month:

028They don’t explain exactly why they are discontinuing the subscription box service, but at the $7 price-point (including shipping), I still question if subscription boxes can thrive. Although if anyone could swing it, you’d think Wal-Mart could. The email has me curious what is in store next that they cannot share.

Here was the contents of my final Goodies box:

051Of course, all things chocolate are long-gone. Everything in the box had a thin dust of what seemed like flour over it. Then I realized that it was coming from the foccacia mix. I still want to make it, but I wonder if it’ll turn out because I’m not sure how much of the mix was lost! I have not tried the other goodies, but they all are things that would be perfect on-the-go.

Love with Food

For those of you who subscribed to Goodies, I think you will be happy if you take the $5 off offer and come over to Love with Food.

Why? The subscription is more – $10 + $2 shipping. But for each box that ships out, a meal is donated to a hungry child. You can certainly feel good about that! I also feel like that the products in the LWF box are usually more new-to-me and a bit healthier and/or less processed. They do have fun themes, too.

October’s theme?

Scary Delicious!

It was quite appropriate for Halloween. Here are the scary contents:

chocolate Pizzelle Crisps from Silk City Snacks

Chocolate Pizzelle Crisps

Verdict? Meh. I’d rather have one piece of Dove Dark Chocolate (35 calories) than this 100-calorie bag.

Triple Berry Glee Gum

Triple Berry Glee Gum

I love that Glee Gum uses brown rice and cane sugar. It’s kind of a novelty, but I’m still not lovin’ this gum.

Caveman Cookies

Caveman Cookies

Dark photo – sorry. But I loved these! They are made with a mixture of pumpkin seeds and maple syrup. Festive and yummy!

Torie and Howard Organic Hard Candies

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I didn’t notice that they were even in the box until later. My favorite flavor of the bunch was the d’anjou pear and cinnamon!

Vinaigerie Gingras Pixo Pearls

Vinaigerie Gingras Pixo Pearls

What? These are apple cider vinegar pearls. Not exactly sure what to do with them yet. Need to go to The Google.

Happy Squeeze Fruit and Veggie Twist

Happy Squeeze Fruit and Veggie Twist

I brought this on our road trip back to Green Bay one weekend. Not bad with both the fruit and the veggies. {I’ve had the applesauce and other fruit squeeze pouches before.} I shared it with the pooches, because Sophie couldn’t get enough out of that pouch! She loved it! I may have to mash up some blueberries, apple and carrots for her dinner some time. That pouch is only 60 calories.

Dang Toasted Coconut Chips

Dang Toasted Coconut Chips

These are appropriately named because DANG! are they good! What’s interesting is that I first tasted these when the arrived in my very first Goodies Box. I guess some things come full circle. I’ve even sent these to a couple of Foodie Penpals. This will make anyone who loves coconut (and maybe even those who don’t!) very, very snackfully happy!

Kind Bar

Kind Bar

I love Kind Bars and want to try all the flavors. So I’m quite happy any time one ends up in any of my subscription boxes!

BONUS COUPON!

BONUS COUPON!

Love with Food doesn’t often put these kinds of coupons in their boxes, but you can’t exactly ship this item. So it’s a great idea! I’m looking forward to picking up a Lean Cuisine “Honestly” Good Entree to find out what they are all about.

I have a few new boxes in the works because I found some great trial coupon codes! You’ll learn about them in the next month or two. If you have any questions about any of them, let me know because they make the perfect gift!

If someone were to sign you up for a subscription box as a gift, which one or which type would you like it to be?

Cheers~
Carrie

Happy Halloween BarkBox

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My photos for this month’s BarkBox, turned out all dark and scaaaarrrrryyyy!

There’s are good reasons for this.

  1. Halloween is approaching and such was the theme of the box.
  2. It was dark when we opened it. {But it’s dark when I leave for work and pretty much dark when I get home this time of year, though.}
  3. I’m not a professional photographer and, quite frankly, didn’t put in the effort in improving these photos. No apologies.

Here were the October BarkBox content for our “small dog” box:

Pet Qwerks Chevron Bear – I’m sorry. I have to call this toy Bucky the Badger! It looks so much like the Wisconsin Mascot! I got approval for this name change from my Michigan Alumnus husband. Of course, in true Shamrock-style, it was the first thing stolen out of the box. I had to retrieve it to get the photo below. It was a nice little birthday gift for him since he turned one on Wednesday. Happy Birthday, Shamrock!

photo 5Superior Farms Lamb Ear (not pictured) – Unlike Shamrock, who loves the toys, Sophie always sniffs out a chew from the box. Since Sham was already so busy with Bucky, I immediately unwrapped the lamb ear, to find TWO inside. SCORE! One for each of the pooches! Sham’s interest in his lamb ear helped me to retrieve Bucky for that photo above.

Your Dog’s Diner Mutt Meatball Treat Mix – What does that even mean? According to the instructions, you mix this with 1 lb of grand beef and an egg just like you would to form regular meatballs, and bake. Sounds like a bit of work to me for some dog treats! But maybe I should make them this weekend. I didn’t make a puppy cake, like I’d thought about doing for Sham’s birthday. Maybe we can celebrate with some meatballs. After all, I did make some for ourselves this week and we did not share with the pooches!

photo 2Baker’s Best Autumn’s Harvest Treats – There is rarely a complaint about treats in the box. In fact, there was only one time when Sophie was reluctant to take one, but ended up eating it anyway. This was not that time. 😉

photo 3Fruitables Dog Treats Share Pack – I almost shrieked with delight when I saw these! They are Halloween treat bags for dogs!!!! Perfect if you have any doggie trick-or-treaters (or should we say tricks-for-treaters?!) who stop by on Halloween. And we love the Fruitables-brand treats. Okay, so I’ve never eaten them, but they are some of the best-smelling dog treats ever. Nothing’s worse than handing your dog over a smelly treat or two and then having to wash your hands more than thoroughly so that you don’t smell like said treat. These treats are actually steering me in the direction to maybe even like Halloween.photo 1I have mixed emotions about dogs getting dressed up for Halloween. Part of me thinks that it is so cruel. But when I see the cutest costumes, the other half makes me think it’s so adorable! We dressed Sophie as a butterfly last year for the Spooky Tails 5k. She absolutely hated it. It was the first time I had ever dressed a dog in costume.

Look at my antennae!

Look at my antennae!

But Halloween might actually be fun if we dressed the pooches and walked through the neighborhood. Sham would bark at every kid and get pretty scared though, I’d imagine…

How about you? How do you feel about doggie costumes?

**Get $5 off your first month of BarkBox when you subscribe here. It is so much fun for our pooches and makes the perfect gift!**

Cheers~
Carrie