Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Influenster GoVoxBox Review


I’ve been a member on Influenster.com for a few years now and this is the second full-on Vox Box that I have received. The first was a wedding-themed one, which I received whilst in the throes of planning my wedding. It was a perfect fit for me! I’m happy to say that this #GoVoxBox is ALSO perfect for me! It’s a box full of items for those that live an active lifestyle, which I definitely do. I’m a personal trainer, so I’m on my feet and moving all day long, picking up weights and equipment, and demonstrating different exercises. Outside of work, some of my favorite activities include weight lifting, TRX, HIIT (High intensity interval training), dancing, yoga (Hot and otherwise), biking, walking, and swimming.


I was SO happy that I was selected to receive the box! When the box arrived, I was pleasantly shocked. It’s huge! And packed full of awesome products that I couldn’t wait to try!

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance

Well these are certainly useful! They arrived just in time. Not much to say about tampons except that I love that they have a plastic applicator, but I almost lost part of it when I took it out of the packaging. These tampons are very comfortable and I didn’t notice them at all, even during exercises where my body parts go every which way. I will definitely keep a box of these on hand!


Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake

Aw YEAH a new shaker bottle! I can never have enough! This one (20 oz.) is smaller than my others and has a jack-shaped shaker inside to help shake the protein shake up. I have a ton of protein powders but I’m always keen to try new ones out. I received Mixed Berry, French Vanilla, and Swiss Chocolate packets to try. The first flavor I tried was Mixed Berry. I mixed it with water, and I use the term “mixed” lightly because unfortunately, the jack mixer wasn’t very effective. It left a lot of chunks in my shake. The BlenderBall does a far superior job at whisking everything together. As far as taste, it reminded me of strawberry milk, or of the cereal milk left after a bowl of fruity cereal. Personally, this flavor doesn’t do it for me, so I’d pass on it again. It did, however, keep me full for a few hours after drinking it. French Vanilla was VERY creamy, almost like melted ice cream. It went down so easy. I would definitely use this flavor again. I’m not a fan of chocolate milk/ice cream (I know, I’m weird.) so I won’t be trying the Swiss Chocolate flavor any time soon.


Blue Diamond Blueberry Flavored Almonds

Well this is different. I typically like my almonds raw but it’s nice to change it up and add some flavor every once in a while. Blueberries and almonds certainly go together so I’m surprised this is the first time I’ve seen something like this. These were delicious! I ate them in the car on my way to a stair and park bench workout. I was afraid they’d make my hands sticky but that was not the case. I would definitely buy these almonds again; they even have strawberry and raspberry flavors!

Profoot Triad Orthodic

This came at the perfect time! I have a pair of inserts from another site that are so worn down and very annoying to use. They don’t stick to my shoe and slide around, so when I take them off they come out, and I have to stick them back in and re-tie my shoes every time I wanted to wear that particular pair. Not the end of the world, just a bit more time consuming if I need to get out the door quickly. These inserts claim they help with knee, back, and leg pain, all of which I experience. After wearing these a few times, I’m shocked to see that I hardly feel that pain anymore! It was amazing! The insert sticks to the sole of the shoe, which I like, and cushions the heel and arch of the foot. The toes have some wiggle room, which is different for me. These inserts are fabulous!

Profoot Pedi Rock

This “rock” is pretty funny looking. It’s called a rock but it’s not very hard! It’s a bit coarse, though. I used to have a Pedi Egg, but I have no idea where it went. I tend to do my own nails instead of getting them done, so this rock is perfect. All I wear are gym shoes, flip flops, and Tieks flats, and being on my feet all day can take a toll on my feet. This Pedi Rock fits very comfortably in the hand and sure does a number on feet. After just a few seconds of scraping, my feet were super soft. Looks like I’m adding this to my pedicure kit!

Aqua Spa Bath Salts

Influensters received either these salts or a body crème. I have lotions coming out of my eyeballs so I’m glad I got these bath salts. After long performance days with my team or after grueling weight training sessions, I like to take a nice salt bath to relax my muscles. These bath salts smell heavenly and will be used up very quick! The scent is lavender chamomile, but I smell more chamomile than lavender.


Müller Yogurt

The yogurt wasn’t put in the box, rather, a coupon was sent for us to redeem at a local grocery store that carries Müller. I chose the Greek yogurt with strawberry flavor. I haven’t used a “corner” product in years! I’ve seen it with cottage cheese and fruit but not with yogurt and fruit. I usually just spoon and scrape the fruit into the yogurt but this time I folded over the corner and let it slowly pour in while I was writing this. This yogurt is delicious! Sometimes Greek yogurt can be very tart. If I have plain, I add some honey to it. The strawberry topping was sweet and great compliment to the Greek yogurt in this case. I would definitely buy it again! I noticed they have a few different flavors and even some mousses. #MullerQuaker

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Urthbox April 2014 Review


So, I still love my Urthbox subscription! The boxes are jam-packed with new and delicious items! I hope they do another Gilt City deal soon! Or, I suppose I can earn some member points, which are earned by doing things like posting the box on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

This month’s box took painfully long to reach me. I forget the exact time frame, but I’m pretty sure it was almost two weeks from the time it shipped out to reach my door. Naturally, I obsessively tracked the package. In the past, poor shipping times frustrated me and even led me to cancel subscriptions, but I love the box so much that I don’t mind waiting for it.


La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat Tortillas

One of my friends also gets Urthbox (Diet) and told me she received these tortillas in her box as a “bonus.” So, I was so happy to see these in my box! I was in need of some tortillas or flatbread, although, I don’t eat too much bread. I originally planned on making hella BBQ tofu pizzas with these, but I actually just made scrambled eggs and put them in the tortilla. Sometimes I even spread some guacamole on the tortilla.

Annie Chun’s Roasted Sesame Seaweed Snacks

I’ve had seaweed snacks before in a Love With Food box, so I knew what to expect. I ate them at work to freak my boss out. These were AMAZING! They melted in my mouth! I want more!

Wai Lana Chips in “Thai Curry & Lime”

Well Wai Lana is all up in my life lately. I got their chips in my Love With Food box last month. These chips are addictive. I buy them at Big Lots for super cheap but I need to stop – chips are my weakness and I can go through bags like it’s my job! That aside, I highly recommend these chips. Interesting texture and great flavor. The Thai Curry & Lime is a new one to me.

Zouq Curry Crunch

These were ok. Definitely a sweet “curry” flavor. It was a bit hard to eat so I had to just pour it into my mouth. I keep it classy in the workplace.

Elianni Vegan Pate in “Mushroom”

Ok I really don’t know what to do with this. First of all, the word “pâté” makes me uncomfortable. I wish I had gotten the “vegetable” flavor but what can ya do? I guess I can try spreading it on crackers or something. That’s what you do with pâtés, right?


Hail Merry Macaroons in “Choco”

I’ve tried many a macaroon but never this one. I once found a knockoff recipe that imitated the brand’s strawberry macaroon and it was AWFUL. But! These macaroons were very delicious! I would definitely purchase them again, but I only see them at Whole Foods and they cost a pretty penny. I’ll stick with my cheaper brand that I find at HomeGoods.

Natural Delights Medjool Dates

Aw yeah, dates! These were a bonus. I really love this company. I got these dates in a Taste Guru box recently. I love to use them as a sweetener so it’s time for me to decide if I want to make an old recipe or find something new to try!

Honey Graham Crackers

These were a bonus in the box. Graham crackers sometimes make my stomach hurt so I may pass these on to a friend.

Caveman Cookies in “Original”

These are one of my favorite snacks. They are paleo cookies, and I first tried them in a LWF box and have since nabbed them at HomeGoods whenever possible. They’re a tasty, healthy snack.


New Tree Orange Pearls

I’m not a big fan of chocolate and orange...I still ate these though, duh.

SunRype 100& Fruit Strip in Strawberry Watermelon

These were quite tasty, albeit a bit sticky. They were like fruit leather that you can pull apart.

Unreal “The Loaded One”

Another candy from Unreal. This is a chocolate-peanut-nougat bar. I’m not a big candy person but this was a nice treat while watching the Dancing With the Stars finale last week.


Bach Rescue Pearls

Natural stress relief? Sign me up. On the back, it says certain active ingredients help with “patience with problems and people,” “focus when ungrounded,” and “courage and presence of mind.” I’m typically a calm person but I have my moments and these will definitely be put to use. I tried one once before bed and I didn’t feel any drastic changes – just normal relaxation.

Deeply Rooted Roots Superfood Powder in Blueberry

I love my superfood powders! I’ve never heard of this brand before. I’m going to take these packets along with me when I go on a trip next month. That way, I won’t have to carry around my Amazing Grass container…which I DEFINITELY did on my honeymoon. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

I love the box and I love my May box too! This may be my new favorite subscription box! Click here to try Urthbox!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Love With Food April 2014 “Flower Power” Box Review


The theme for April is “Flower Power!” The information card says, “After a long winter, spring is finally in sight! Let’s all take a moment to stop and smell the roses – and enjoy the spring thaw with these flower inspired treats. As always thanks for spreading the love by helping a hungry child this month.” That’s funny, because I ate through the box without even reading the card to understand the theme. I was like, “WOW there’s a ton of honey products in this box, what gives?”


Popcorn by Crave Canyon

YUM! Non-GMO popcorn – love that. I had the “Hatch Has Met Its Match,” which is aged white cheddar and hatch green chiles. It was slightly spicy and slightly cheesy - yum! This stuff is addictive.

Orchard Blend by Sensible Foods

I love this company. I first tried their dried corn snack when they first came out but haven’t eaten it again because it’s quite expensive. I loved this flavor! Healthy stuff here!


Organic Energy Bar by BumbleBar

I’ve tried this brand before and while it’s tasty and healthy, the texture is a bit weird. Lots of seeds. It’s not bad, it’s just not what I expected!

Honey Waffle by Meli

Also haven’t eaten this yet! I’m either going to have it with my coffee one morning or give it to a co-worker who loves these waffle snacks.

Creamed Honey with Chocolate Mint by Vintage Bee

Haven’t tried this yet. Maybe I should put this in one of my many teas! I think I might have a chocolate mint tea, too! I’m not a huge fan of chocolate and mint together so it may take a bit for me to try it. Or, I'll give it to a co-worker who loves honey and tea.


Fiordifrutta Organic Fruit Spread by Rigoni Di Asiago

Haven’t used this yet but I plan on doing so very soon. I like to spread almond butter and a fruit spread on rice cakes.

Almonds with Cranberries, Honey + Sea Salt by Sahale Snacks

Yum! I love nuts but I’m not too keen on eating them covered in a sugary coating. I do enjoy them that way from time to time, so I really enjoyed this. I see this brand at HomeGoods all the time now!

Heart-tee by Wild Hibiscus Flower Co.

Have not tried this yet. I have so much tea now! I need to get on that!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Urthbox March 2014 Review


So this is a little overdue. Whoops. My May Urthbox is on its way too! I’ve got some catching up to do.

I first heard about Urthbox when I saw them on Gilt City. They’re a fairly new subscription box service, so I was a little hesitant. I read a few reviews and decided to go for it! I am SO glad I did – I LOVE the box! It is jam-packed with goodies! This may be my new favorite subscription box!


Neo Water

This water is very crisp and I can definitely tell that it’s alkaline. Not much else to say about it! It's water!

Svelte French Vanilla Organic Protein Shake

Ironically, I recently picked up the spiced chai flavor from HomeGoods. I LOVED it and was keen on trying the French vanilla flavor next – what perfect timing!


Snikkidy Baked Fries in Cheddar

I tried these Snikiddy fries years ago and really enjoyed them, so I was pleased to see these in the box. The company's “Eat Your Vegetables” chips are delicious as well.

Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips in Pico de Gallo

This is my first time trying Beanfields and I loved it! I’ve seen these chips before at Whole Foods, HomeGoods, and Costco but shied away from them because chips are my weakness. I’m glad I got to finally try these!

Snapea Crisps Original Green Pea Crisps

I’ve tried these before and they are very addictive! I have to stop myself from buying them at Costco because I know I can eat these FAST. I was very pleased to see these in the box.


Well that's an awful picture huh?

Shelton’s Jalepeno Turkey Stick

I have not eaten this yet! I may give it to my husband.

Viana Veggie Snack Sausage

A friend of mine also gets this box and she said she hated the snack stick. I liked it! Maybe it’s because I’m used to tofu and meat analogues. The texture is a little different, especially if you’re expecting a chewy meat stick.

Unreal The Double One Candies

I thought about trying Unreal candies since the day they launched. They’re supposed to be non-GMO and all-natural but I’ve always shied away from them since candy is still candy. I was, however, excited to see these in the box. They were basically peanut butter cups. Very good!

Licious Organics Honey Cookies in Cranberry Almond


I’ve tried this brand before in another subscription box. This flavor was delicious! A great snack for on-the-way-to-work. I gobbled it up real quick.


Eco-Dent

Have not tried this yet. Not too eager to, either.

Salba Chia Boost Premium Ground Chia

Ground chia, eh. I suppose you can sprinkle this on oatmeal and such but I poured my packets into my green smoothies!

Spatone pur Absorb Iron

I was nervous to try this. I expected it to taste like metal and I was right. I read in another review that the blogger was completely turned off by it and was very surprised by the flavor. I took it straight and had no problems. I find this supplement to be beneficial, because us women need our iron!

If you want to join, click here. They have three different options: a small "Discovery Box" for $19-$29/month, a medium "Part-Time Snacker Box" for $29-$39/month, and a large "Happy Snacker" for $39-$59/month.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Taste Guru March 2014 Review


I'm not gluten-free, but I really like Taste Guru! I always discover cool new foods. I still haven't received my April box so I need to check on that. It will be my last box since I'm on a subscription plan through Groupon.


Bakery on Main Granola Bars

Woo – a WHOLE BOX of granola bars! Awesome! I got the Cranberry Maple Nut. These were quite good but I found them to be a bit sweet. Maybe it was the rice syrup. The flavor is “Cranberry Maple Nut” but there’s no “maple syrup” or “maple flavor” listed in the ingredients. Odd.

Natural Delights Whole Medjool Dates

YUS! I was very excited to see these in the box! I love cooking with dates as they’re a great natural sweetener. I never had one on its own and I decided to try one – they’re SO sweet! I used these in a recipe I found on Instagram. They included some coupons so I’m definitely going to use them!
  
Enjoy Life Decadent S’mores Bar

For some reason, I expected this to be very soft. It wasn’t but I didn’t mind. I’m not a HUGE fan of s’mores but this was delicious. I love Enjoy Life’s products so I was happy to try this!


Cooksimple All American Sloppy Joe

I’ve never had a sloppy joe in my life. Ok, maybe when I was young, but not in my adult life because nothing about it interests me. I liked that I could make this without meat; the colorful directions on the back showed different ways. I literally thought outside the box and added some crumbled tempeh. I ate it on a Flatout wrap and I had lunch for a few days! It was SO good! Later that week I went to a Chicago Cubs game and ordered their “Sloppy Jane.” I guess I like vegan sloppy joes now!

Keen One Garden Medley Quinoa

I LOVE quinoa. I made this to eat alongside some salmon from Costco. I pumped up the “garden” and added some halved cherry tomatoes. Very good. I see quinoa mixes at HomeGoods all the time and now I’m wondering why I never tried it. I guess I just like to make my own quinoa and add my own flavors.


IPS Egg White Chips

Egg white chips?! Weird but I love them! I’m all about getting my protein in and this is definitely a unique way to do it! You can kind of taste the egg whites but I don’t mind. I looked into buying more and I found some at My Fit Foods in Chicago and I grabbed a bag of the Aged White Cheddar flavor.

RW Garcia Original Tortatos

Different. A chip made with corn and potatoes…a cross between a tortilla and potato chip…it’s a…tortato. I ate these with guacamole and they were delicious!