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Pinch Me!


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:

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

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?


September Food Boxes {And a Giveaway!}


Subscription Box Saturday – Food Box Edition

I know it’s a little late, but I wanted to share what I received in my September food Boxes. And I’ve got something to giveaway!

Love with Food $10/mo + $2 shipping {1 meal donated to a hungry child for each box shipped)


September Love with Food Box

The contents of this entire box was Gluten Free!

  • Milas Foods Pepper and Artichoke Bruschetta – Just wasn’t my thing
  • Betty Lou Blueberry Fruit Bar – Mmmm…
  • Wild Garden Hummus Dip – I’d had this before and wasn’t a fan, so I passed it along to someone else.
  • Bare Fruit Cinnamon Apple Chips – I always love these and they are so much better in terms of ingredients compared to some that I’ve bought on a whim at the store.
  • Cosmos Cinnamon Crunch – We’ve had caramel corn from Cosmos before. So yummy. This one is just as good!
  • Cheddar Cheese Organicasaurus Cute, but really just tasted like styrofoam… assuming I know what that tastes like.
  • Licious Organics Cherry Berry Raw Cookie Seriously. I don’t remember.
  • YumEarth Organics Fruit Snacks I don’t normally eat fruit snacks, but these are some of the best I’ve ever had.

Lots of fun snacks from Love with food this month!

Goodies$7/month (includes shipping). It looks like I took a lot more photos of this box this month.

September Goodies Box

September Goodies Box

September contents:

  • Gimbals Scottie Dogs – How cute are these? Some people hate black licorice. I don’t mind it. It’s actually supposed to be good for digestion.

Goodies-Scottie Dogs

  • Thyme honey – I’ve yet to try!
  • Broccoli Cilantro Savory Tea – I’m not a fan of broccoli, but this might be refreshing with the cilantro. I will give it a try soon.

Goodies-Savory Tea

  • Zone Greek Yogurt Chocolate Bar – Good, but I still love KIND Bars more. There are a lot of ingredients in this one. I was about to turn over the package so that you could see, but Shamrock photobombed me and I thought it was too cute.
  • Goodies-ZoneBare Fruit Fuji Apple Chips – YES! Another package. YUM!
  • Nestle PureLife Lemon Water – It’s, uh… lemon water.
  • Kashi Sundried Tomato, Basil & Feta Hummus Chips – These were much better than I thought they’d be. Lots of flavor and not as styrofoam-y as i had expected!

Two great boxes this month! However, my giveaway has nothing to do with these boxes. But it does have to do with a Food Box. I received $25 HelloFresh Gift Card in one of my boxes a few months back. I didn’t think I’d sign up. But just when I read some great reviews on the company and decided to join, I found out that they do not deliver to my area. ;(

Therefore, I’d like to give away this gift card to someone who can use it. It expires 12/31/13, so please only sign up for the giveaway if you can the gift card. Check out the HelloFresh website for more information and to determine if they ship where you live. They do list each state they ship-to, but I’ve also learned that they only ship to certain areas in certain states, so be sure to enter your zip code.

Feel free to comment on this post today, but if you’d like to take enter the drawing for the giveaway, please note one thing you found interesting on the HelloFresh website!

Giveaway will close next Subscription Box Saturday – October 12th at 11:59pm.


Subscription Box Saturday


What do you do when you get three subscription boxes in one day?

3 boxesYou write about the easiest one!

This is the first time I’ve received all three of these on the same day. This is not to to mention the other two NEW boxes I received earlier in the week.

But I can’t talk about them all.

So let’s start with Birchbox:

September Birchbox Contents

September Birchbox Contents

I love the contents of this month’s box! I am really excited to give everything a try. I am especially excited for:

Ojon Restoriative Lash Treatment and Mascara Duo

Ojon Restorative Lash Treatment and Mascara Duo

I knew that this was “lash treatment,” but didn’t know it included mascara until I was writing this post. I love this kind of stuff! You know I’ll be testing it out tomorrow!

Another item that is hard to see in the contents picture:

Birchbox Pedicure

VOESH New York Lemon Pedicure Scrub

This is another item I can’t wait to try. Just receiving this made me feel like I’m being pampered this month. I’m going to save it for a reward after a run or a race.

The other items:

  • BCBGMAXAZRIA Bon Genre perfume sample – I love receiving perfume samples. I am waiting for the day that I love one so much that it makes me run out and buy it. I have a few of my staple favorites and I don’t often deviate. But when the day comes that I adore a scent, you better believe that I’ll be getting a full-sized bottle.
  • COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 Mineral Suncreen – I would more likely expect to see this in the summer, but whatever. By now, we all know that we should be wearing sunscreen year round. Being fair-skinned myself, I apply it often. However, with my Vitamin D deficiency discovery as of late, I’ve been foregoing the sunscreen on short runs after work.
  • RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer (Fox Hunt color) – This is an all-purpose color for fall or spring. Maybe I’ll treat those tootsies after the pedicure treatment.

As you can see, I’m quite excited about this month’s box. If you subscribe to Birchbox, what did you receive? Everyone receives something different depending on how you answer the profile questions! Just $10 per month.

What products are your favorite for pampering yourself?


SBS: Books, Beauty & Bikinis


Subscription Box Saturday – Cravebox Edition

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Cravebox is one of my favorite subscription boxes because you don’t receive a box every month. Instead, you only pick the ones you want! There is a different theme going at any given time and you choose only the boxes that suit you. In addition, I’ve found that the retail of the items inside the box is more than what you pay for the box itself ($12 – $18). For a complete rundown on how this works, check out my original post on Cravebox.

Here are my two most recent boxes:

Book and Beauty – $12


Contents: John Frieda Deep Conditioner; Vaseline Total Moisture Lotion; Biore Sample Trio: Cleanser, Pore Unclogging Scrub & Nose Strip; Hardcover Book: Mistress of My Fate by Hallie Rubenhold

One of the things I loved about one of my first Craveboxes (Dog Lovers II) was the surprise of receiving a book, which has become one of my favorite reads about dogs! So when a Cravebox for Book & Beauty popped up, I knew it wouldn’t disappoint, especially when it was described this way:

Some call them “guilty pleasures.” We prefer “well-earned necessities.” Cravebox brings you a romantic read that will whisk you away from the everyday. Add skin cleansers and care, and decadently rich moisture for body and hair. You deserve it!

I absolutely love the John Frieda Deep Conditioner. (And it helps solve my conditioner dilemma!) I tried the Biore Nose Strip and wasn’t too impressed. And since the Biore Cleanser and Scrub are one-use samples, you know that I’ve already thrown them into my travel toiletry kit!

I have not yet read the book just because I have so many in queue. But it’s smart of Cravebox and/or the author to include part one of a series! I will tell you that I loved the book so much in my Dog Lovers II box, that I sought out another book by that author. Genius. As for the Vaseline Total Moisture Lotion, I’ve learned from Comedian Bill Burr that as a Caucasian, I need to use it more. 😉

Bikini Ready – $13


Contents: Hardcover Book: The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy; $5 Gift Card towards the Gympact App; Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit (and coupon for next purchase); Zone Perfect Chocolate Caramel Cluster Nutrition Bar; Weleda Sample Trio: Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion, Arnica Massage Oil, Birch Cellulite Oil; Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips

Originally, I was not going to try this box. Having never worn a bikini in my life, I didn’t think it was for me. Remember, when a box is released, you don’t know what’s in it. You just get a description. And after reading this one, I changed my mind:

Don’t let those winter winds fool you. Spring is not far off, with summer sun just behind. That’s right: beach season is coming, and your bathing suit awaits. Why wait for warmer weather to get your “house” in order? This box gets you bikini ready starting with a fired up metabolism and ending at your perfectly polished nails. Indulgent body oils, smooth skin, a healthy treat, and a pact worth keeping round out the offerings found in the Bikini Ready Cravebox.

Again, I’m surprised by receiving another hardcover book! Alas, it’s not my sort of book. I’m not into fad diets. But I’m going to thumb through it anyway to see if I can pick up any good tidbits of information or recipes. All of the other items I will use and am looking forward to trying. The Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips aren’t really my style, though. Maybe I’ll give them a shot on my toes instead. We’ll see what “Fits All Nails” means!

Bikini Ready Salon Effects

But what intrigues me most in this box is the information and gift certificate on the Gympact App.  With this app, you can earn cash rewards for “hitting the gym, paid for by the non-exercisers.” You set your goal and the amount you will pay each time you miss a workout. Then you track said workouts and earn cash rewards. Hmmm… Has anyone tried this yet?


If either of these Craveboxes interest you, they may be available soon as Instant Boxes. Instant boxes are a few dollars more because the contents have now been revealed. If you decide to purchase one or any other Cravebox, feel free to include my username uncommonwine as your referral, if you’d like.

What books are YOU reading now?!