Mindfulness Box October 2017

Mindfulness Box is a monthly subscription that aims to promote mindfulness, inner peace & balance.  It contains 4-6 inspiring goods that have been carefully curated to bring you Zen and positivity.  There can be Holistic or Homoeopathic healthcare products, handcrafted jewelry, or crystals.  They offer three different box types based on who is receiving the box, the standard box, a kids box, or a family box.  The standard and kids start at $29.00 and the family is $52.00 per month.  Boxes do go down slightly with longer plans and shipping to here was $15.00 a month.  This is one of the boxes I snagged on Mother’s Day at 50% off and is one I would normally not get due to the price.  I am excited to see what’s inside as the images of past boxes look great.

The box was very differently shaped then normal and also labeled with a fragile sticker on the side.  Once I opened it up, I couldn’t see much beyond some stripes.

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They have an info card that tells you about each item and how it fits in with the theme for the month, Hygge.  This is something that has been everywhere lately and while I haven’t really tried to incorporate it, I do like all that it encompasses.

Bella Luna Luz Warmth Crystal-Infused Aromatherapy Candle

The candle itself is scented with vanilla, but there are pieces of cinnamon on top and that is what comes across first. There is also a jade crystal on there.  Burning this candle is supposed to charge your space with balance and positivity.

14oz. Ceramic Mug

This is a great mug.  It is nice and large and I love the blue inside on the black outside.

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Boxed Wishing Stone Set

This is a set of stones with words on them that you use to make wishes for a positive life.  There is also a velvet bag in the box to keep them safe while you are not using them.  Included are success, love, luck, health, happiness, and peace.

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Epielle Argan Oil Face Mask

This mask contains argan oil and lavender to make your skin nourished and hydrated.  The mask itself is made from natural cotton, which I’ve never noticed any of my others to be made from.  I’m excited to try this one.

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Fleece For Peace Cozy Blanket

This blanket might not seem like much more than a regular 50×60″ fleece blanket but for every one that was sent out in a box, they donated one to flood victims in Puerto Rico.  A blanket is also a great way to experience hygge as it can comfort and warm you.

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Stash English Breakfast Tea

It does seem odd that they only included one tea bag but this does fit in with all the other items this month.  This is not my favourite kind of tea but it’s one my hubby drinks so it will go on his tea shelf.

This month they nailed the theme with the items.  I love all of the things that were included and can’t wait to use them together, just with a better flavour of the tea.  There are no prices included so I cannot do a value but this one is one of the best boxes from them that I’ve received and I’m very happy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Made Luxe Craft Subscription October 2017

Home Made Luxe is a monthly box that sends out everything you need to make a Pinterest worthy home decor craft for your house.  They include step-by-step instructions and there is a link to a video that also walks you through them.  Boxes start at $29.99 plus shipping and do go down with longer terms.  I signed up for this one way back on Mother’s Day during the CrateJoy sale and scored it for 50% off.  I am always looking for new craft boxes and ideas and these ones are a little different from what I’ve received before.  I have a big stack of these to get through but all the delays in reviewing them are mone and have nothing to do with any shipping issues or problems getting boxes.  They do provide shipping notices and often they send out surveys to see what craft you want to see in the next month’s box.

As always the box gives you a hint as to what type of thing you have ordered.  Inside things are not quite as neat as normal but still fine.

They have a little book that not only has your instructions in it but also a little bit about some of the customers and a thank you from the founder on the back.  There are also some notes about how to win a box and a code for a discount.

The main craft this month is a Personalized Cutting Board Kit.  This seems like a good way for me to get burned.  They provide you with a cutting board, templates, a wood burner with four tips, an extra shading tip, a graphite stick, a pencil and tape, and a cork coaster.  I have never used a wood burner in my life!  This could go either way.  I may have to practice on the back of the board first because I want this to look nice and I’m not sure that just going for it is the best way to make that happen.

The bonus craft this month are Cork Coasters.  In this one, they give you the cork rounds, the wood burner, templates, the pencil, and some tape.  These seem much more likely to catch on fire while I’m attempting this.  The give you some ideas for how to design them on the facing page of the instructions but they look pretty professional to me.

This month is great but I’m terrified to give it a go.  I really want to make these and try this technique that is so foreign to me but I’m sure I’m going to burn myself or something else.  I have been very happy with all the boxes I’ve received since the first one that made me question why I had signed up for this.  They have been providing me with tool and crafts that I would never reach out to myself and I’m excited to get these all made up.

 

Home Made Luxe Craft Subscription September 2017

Home Made Luxe is a monthly box that sends out everything you need to make a Pinterest worthy home decor craft for your house.  They include step-by-step instructions and there is a link to a video that also walks you through them.  Boxes start at $29.99 plus shipping and do go down with longer terms.  I signed up for this one way back on Mother’s Day during the CrateJoy sale and scored it for 50% off.  I am always looking for new craft boxes and ideas and these ones are a little different from what I’ve received before.  I have a big stack of these to get through but all the delays on reviewing them are mone and have nothing to do with any shipping issues or problems getting boxes.  They do provide shipping notices and often they send out surveys to see what craft you want to see in the next month’s box.

This month didn’t look too interesting for supplies but sometimes the most basic items can make fabulous things.

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The craft this month is a Macrame Kit.  They had an online vote to decide which of the two things to make and there was such a great response that they decided to have both of them in the box.

First up is the Macrame Hanging Planter.  Included in the box for you to make this are macrame cord, a large dowel, a succulent (plastic), white & gold paint, plant pot & lid, and a foam brush.  I need to supply a knife, a nail, and a ruler.  They give very detailed step by step instructions and a link to a video if you prefer to watch someone explain it.

The bonus project is a Macrame Owl.  For this one, they give you a small dowel, macrame cord, and three beads, two large and one small.  This one also has the printed and video instructions so that you can get those crazy knots made properly.

Macrame is such an old-fashioned craft but I have great memories of plant hangers made out of it my house growing up.  In fact, now that I look up, I have one in my living room right now!  This is something I have never done in my life but I’m hoping that my youth spent making friendship bracelets involving all those tiny knots is going to help me out.

Home Made Luxe Craft Subscription August 2017

Home Made Luxe is a monthly box that sends out everything you need to make a Pinterest worthy home decor craft for your house.  They include step-by-step instructions and there is a link to a video that also walks you through them.  Boxes start at $29.99 plus shipping and do go down with longer terms.  I signed up for this one way back on Mother’s Day during the CrateJoy sale and scored it for 50% off.  I am always looking for new craft boxes and ideas and these ones are a little different from what I’ve received before.  I have a big stack of these to get through but all the delays on reviewing them are mone and have nothing to do with any shipping issues or problems getting boxes.  They do provide shipping notices and often they send out surveys to see what craft you want to see in the next month’s box.

This sub comes in a big branded box and inside that, it is always nicely wrapped and packaged.

The craft this month is a Floral Pallet Sign.  All instructions are included and there is also video instructions that you can access if you need more help.  This booklet includes the instructions for a bonus craft, Felt Flower Paper Clip. They added a recipe for Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Boats to round out the pages.  On the back is a note from the founder thanking us for subscribing and letting us know that she’d love to see our finished crafts and any feedback or suggestions.

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The box includes a wood pallet, laugh lettering, white paint, wood stain, a foam brush, glue sticks, felt flower materials, and the kit to make the bonus paper clip project.  The only thing I have to provide on my own is a glue gun.  I have a couple of those so I think I’m set.

My third box from this subscription is again something I am looking forward to making.  This is a new crafting technique for me and it is not something I have made before.   I’m glad that the box has improved from last month and I hope that they keep going in this direction.

Fred’s Box Mystery Subscription Box November 2017

Fred’s Box is a monthly subscription full of things for kids 3 and over.  In the Mystery Box, you get a book, an Ooshie or Crayola funky shapes, depending on the age of the recipient, pencil, sticker, postcards, and some mystery items. You can get this box as a twin version to get double the goodies.  There is a straight Ooshies box that saves you from having to try to collect them one at a time as well, in 4 sizes.  Boxes start at $3.99 British Pounds and go up from there.  Shipping to Canada is 54 pence a month.  I decided to go with the Mystery Box for Bug and since her birthday is soon, I aged her up to 6 for the books.  They shipped out quite quickly after ordering and now we get to check out what’s inside.

The box was big again but it’s still thin so it easily fits in my mailbox.  Once I opened it I could see all kinds of fun Halloween items.  This box arrived before Halloween so there is no issue with that, I’m just a little later getting the review done!

They have a card in the box and it lists all the social media links for Fred’s Box and a code for a discount.

The book we received this month is How The World Began by Fiona Macdonald.  It seems to be a little above in reading level then we have been getting but that is not a problem.  This book is a collection of stories and myths from different cultures that explain the beliefs about how Earth was created.  This one is going to be a good book to make my girls think and to show them a broader range of cultures then we might normally.

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The Ooshie is Wonder Woman!  How great is that?  These things are so freaking cute and my kids love them.  Superheros are still a big part of their play and they add in these little guys with their bigger dolls and go from there.

We got a brown pencil crayon this month, we’ll have a complete set by the time this is done!  There is also the standard name sticker and postcards, only two this month instead of the normal four.

There are so many mystery items this month!!!!!!!!!  It’s a serious haul of Halloween and play items.  Half of me wants to hide away the things that are not themed and use them as stocking stuffers.  I should but I’m too excited to see the reactions to the things to do that.  We received this month, a Littlest Pet Shop blind bag, Halloween Glow Rings (we have a glow stick every night, HOW DO THEY KNOW?????), a Paw Patrol Bracelet, Paw Patrol Hair Ties (all the girls in this house have waist-length hair, again how do they know?), Shopkins Top Trumps cards, Disney Princess Trading Cards, Halloween Nail Tattoos,  and Halloween Window Clings.  Every single one of these things is going to be a hit.  The kids are obsessed with Shopkins and all things card game related.  Having their nails done is a special treat that happens way less then they ask for it to.  Once again I am astounded at the items we received and the amazing ability they have to put together a box that is full of the things my kids are into at this moment.

This box is great fun.  The girls are going to be very happy with all the toys in it and the book has already been given the thumb’s up.  There is an opportunity for creativity with the postcards, learning with the book, and play with the rest.  I can’t wait to see what future boxes from them bring us.  Fred’s Box run contests and have lots of special boxes you can get quite often.  If you want to check them out and get your own box of goodies click here.

Earth Wax & Fire October 2017

Earth Wax and Fire is an Israeli subscription that sends out an artisanal candle and a matching ceramic bowl.  You can get a month-to-month plan, or go for a 3,6, or12-month plan.  Plans start at $27.00 a month but go down with the longer ones.  Shipping to here was an additional $11.00 a month.  This normally would be above my comfort price but I signed up on Mother’s Day weekend and they had a 50% code for a 6-month plan.  That definitely made the decision easier.  I have a candle burning every evening so I am on the lookout for them always.  The pictures they have on their site were beautiful so I have hopes for this box.

The box was much bigger this month than it has been.  Inside it was still as beautifully and carefully packed as it always has been.  They take so much care in their presentation and it makes you feel very special to receive it.

There are four cards this month and a couple of them are double-sided.  The first one tells you about the combo you received, one is about the bowl, one is about the candle, and one details massage techniques.  I realize that with the images small the one picture looks dirty but if you enlarge it then you can see it’s really not!

Massage Combo #1 Back to the Sea contains a handmade ceramic Sea Glass bowl, a white flower floating candle, and a bottle of sweet almond massage oil, with a stopper.  The bowl design is inspired by the sea glass that can be found and has been crafted to look like that while being fully usable.  I have all the other ones as dishes for things on my dresser.  The candle is beautifully scented with a blend of florals.  It is amazing!  I’m happy to have received the massage oil but now I need to convince Hubs to put it to use.  Maybe the fact that there are instructions on how to give a relaxing massage will be the push he needs.

I am so impressed with this box.  The level of detail provided and the care in selecting and packing it is first class.  They have reached out a few times to see what my choices would be and been polite and friendly each time.  I know this is a slightly higher priced subscription when it’s not on sale but I honestly believe it would be worth it.  You can currently save 10% off a plan using the code SAVE10 at checkout.

Terra Bella Box October 2017

Terra Bella Box is a monthly subscription that sends out 3 to 4 natural beauty products.  They also offer a Makeup version that has 3 items in it.  You can get a monthly plan or 3 and 6 month plans in either version.  Boxes start at $32.95 a month and there is a shipping fee to Canada.  That is way, way more than I want to pay for a box and so I had refrained from getting this one until I found it on 50% off for Mother’s Day.  I went with the standard box and they always ship out the Welcome Box as your first one so you get an idea of what you can expect from them and you can get your first one quickly.

This must be the new box for them as this makes the second month that it’s looked like this.  Once I opened it up I could see nothing past the tissue paper that was carefully wrapped.  Getting under that, I still had no clues!

They have an info card that has a fall design on the front and the back has the list of items that you will find under all the crinkles, who made them, where you can get them, and the value of them.

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Mystical Mojo Mystical Zombie Dust-$6.00

This is so fun!!! It is a deconstructed bath bomb that is scented with orange and frankincense.  It is supposed to remind you of a Fall afternoon and make sure that after a hard day facing off against zombies you can relax in the tub and soak it all away.

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Soul + Stone Apothecary Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion-$14.95

This lotion is an all-natural blend that smells okay.  I am not a huge fan of anything pumpkin spice but this is not the overpowering nutmeg and cinnamon that is normal in this scent.  This has the most bizarre texture for a lotion.  It is like marshmallow fluff.  It is so light though and it absorbed really fast leaving me soft and not greasy at all.

Soul + Stone Apothecary Goblin Blotch Serum-$9.95

This one was an added surprise with it being hidden in a bag.  This is used to help reduce dark spots on your skin.  You apply a few drops after cleansing and toning and rub it in.  It is infused with crystal energy and they sent a crystal along as well.  This smells really nice but even two drops covered the back of my hand and took a long time to rub in so I’ll have to use this very sparingly.

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Project Detox Beauty Detox Botanical Facial Steam-$16.95

You add two tablespoons of this blend to a bowl of boiling water.  You let it steep for five minutes and then drape a towel over your head and steam yourself over the bowl.  You stay like that for five to ten minutes.  This should open up your pores and clean out the yucky things.

I had always thought the items I’d seen others getting were good and now that I’ve tried it I can be certain.  I love that they did all the items with a Halloween theme.  The value of this months box is $47.85, which is a little lower then it has been but is still good and is great with the deal I used.  I don’t normally purposefully seek out natural products but they do work great and it can’t be bad for me to use them.  This month was so good!  I’m very excited to use all of these things.

 

Sunday Mood October 2017

Sunday Mood is a monthly box that includes a mix of indie brands, vegan beauty lines, all-natural bath & beauty products, handmade jewelry, cool niche household items, art, specialty teas, and healthy treats.  They offer two different sizes of box, a sample box that has 2-3 deluxe samples and 1 full-size item or the full-size box that contains 4-6 full-size products.  They are priced at $25 and $44 but do go down with longer plans.  Shipping to Canada is $10 per box.  This is another one I picked up on Mother’s Day for 50% off or I would never have given it a go.  There was an additional Customs charge when it arrived, so that is something to keep in mind if you order.

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Once again there is not an info card for the month.  There seems to be a bit of chatter online that there has been no response from customer service for people who have reached out and that the quality of the items has been dropping.  They are supposed to be all full sized products in the box and I know that I can say that that has not really been the case for a few months.  I really would like to get something that tells me about what I received personally.  I could forgive the lack of full sized items if I knew that what I was getting was worth it.

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This is a case of the lack of information.  I have no idea what this is, who made it, where it came from, or what makes it up.  I believe that this is bath salts with some type of herbs mixed in.  It is dry to the touch so not a scrub but that’s really all I know.

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This is a chunk of quartz, I think.  Again no clue but I can tell it’s a rock.  Based on other things I can safely assume that this has some type of healing properties.

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Autumn Equinox Ritual Mist

I had higher hopes of finding something online for this one but I’ve come up empty.  It is a blend of oils in infused water.  It smells wonderful but I”m not sure if you are supposed to spray it on yourself or use it in some other way.

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There are 3 teabags of Numi Organic Chocolate Pu-erh Tea.  This might be good but chocolate tea doesn’t sound all the great to me.  Let’s hope I’m wrong.

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Dang Coconut Chips

Well, these are something that I know I like!  Coconut chips are so tasty and I can convince myself that they are healthy when I eat half a bag at a time.  These ones are not flavoured with anything but the goodness of coconut alone.

I am just okay with the box this month. The items are fine but without a card or some idea of what I’m getting it’s a downer for me.  The value for this month is not available since I can’t identify parts of the box.  That is okay but I’d rather not have had the Customs fee on top.  If you go to check it out they do have a code on their site that says will get you some type of a discount upon checkout, but be aware of the issues that have been happening.

Geek At Heart October 2017

Geek At Heart is a monthly subscription box that will send out 5-7 items based around a fandom theme.  They will send out a mix of home, beauty, and lifestyle products to make you feel the special connections to fandoms that are part of geek life.  They say they will focus on 2-3 fandoms per month that link to the theme that they pick.  You can go month to month for $24.95 or lock in for three months at a time for $23.65 per month.  Shipping to Canada was just over $20.00 for the three month period.  I am always wary when I order a geek or fandom box as the themes can vary into things I just don’t care about and then the box is wasted for me.  I decided to give this one a go as I am not receiving any geek boxes right now and I was feeling the lack.

I was a little concerned as I could see the corner of something poking out of the box when it arrived  Turns out it was just a piece of a shipping label and nothing that was part of the box.  The inside did have some type of powder all over it and smelled quite strong.

There is an info card that lists the theme for the month, “The Witching Hour”, with a list of all the items included.  On the back is a preview of the next month’s theme.

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Hocus Pocus Sleep Mask

This might be my favourite sleep mask I have ever received.  It is awesome and purple and sparkly and the sentiment is perfect.  Sometimes things just arrive when you need them!

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Green Apple Cauldron Bath Bomb

Well, I guess I found the source of the mystery powder that was everywhere.  This is very cute and while you can’t really see it that well there is a spider embedded on the top.  I’m thinking you just drop the whole thing in your tub and then once it dissolves take out the cauldron, which is plastic.  There are no other instructions anywhere so I’ll wing it.

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Harry Potter Temporary Tattoos

But I’m a good witch!!!  This is a great Death Eater tattoo.  It obviously needs to be worn in the right company or people will not know what it is and think that you are just hardcore.  It is about three inches long and a little over an inch wide so it will be noticeable.

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Witches Bew Scented Incense Cones by Cherry Pit Crafts-$1.99

This little bag of five cones is the other part of the scent that hit me when I opened the box. This is a blend of patchouli, cinnamon, and cedarwood.  Patchouli is one of the scents that can be crazy strong but in this blend it’s okay.  Incense is hard for me to burn with the girls around but maybe after they go to bed I can burn one.

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Black Flame Candle Nail Polish by Spectrum Cosmetic-$12.95

This is a black polish with gold flakes in it that is part of the Halloween 2015 collection of this brand.  It is a great Halloween colour and I’ll probably wear it beyond that but I’m concerned that it’s from such an old collection.  The bottle I received is not gummy or old looking so maybe they just keep the old colours around and make them fresh.

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Bellatrix Lestrange Coaster by Simple Tweaks-$6.64

This coaster is made of natural stone with a cork backing so that it doesn’t scratch.  It has the Wanted Poster from the Daily Prophet.  It is very heavy and I like it.  I don’t have a coffee table so this will have to live on a bookcase until I need it.

This is my last box from them as I only had a three-month subscription. I am happy to have tried them out and have enjoyed the items that I received.  They covered the theme pretty well and the items are well crafted.  You can see that they take care to source quality items and the ones they make have the same level of care.  This month didn’t have the same problem as my first month with the T-shirt so that is good.  You can sign up for this box either on their website or find them on CrateJoy.

Bitchy Box TOM October 2017

Bitchy Box is a TOM box with a difference.  They don’t provide feminine hygiene items, but instead items to help you get through that time of the month.  They will fill the box with a variety of sweet treats, salty snacks, and handpicked gifts.  They endeavor to make sure you don’t stab anyone while you are riding some fun hormonal shifts.  They have 3,6, or 12-month plans available, starting at $66.00, plus shipping to Canada.  I had seen some other people’s boxes from them and thought they looked fun so I’m trying them out.

The box has its normal polka dot paper covering everything up.  Opening that, I found a scary Dracula looking up at me.

The info card lets you know that the theme this month is Bitchy Witchy.  It tells you all the items you will find in there, some recipes in the middle pages, and on the back are all their social media links.

Harebrained “Cunt Dracula” Period Panties-$8.00

These panties are great for a Halloween box.  While I know some people will be offended by the name of them, I personally don’t care.  This little dude is super cute and like the rest of the period panties I’ve received they are good quality and have a black lining to hide any accidents that can occur.

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Sinful Colors-Glow In The Dark Nail Polish-$5.99

How much fun is this??  You can’t even tell you have it on when there is light, it just looks like a shiny top coat.  I haven’t had any darkness since applying it but I’m super hopeful.  It says to apply two coats but since that is normal for any nail polish I’m not sure it matters.  I can’t wait to go to bed and see what my hands look like!

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Halloween Nail Decals-$1.95

These are perfect to go with the polish that was sent.  They are on a clear background so you can still see the nails underneath them.  There are just the ten but since you only need them for a few days this month that’s okay.

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Bone Zone Bootiful Skeleton Hands Barrettes-$?

These barrettes are insane.  They are huge and don’t have much in the way of a clip on the back.  Also, they are both the same hand so one will always be upside down on your head.  I can’t find them on the Hot Topic site which is where they are listed to be from so no idea on the price of them.

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Assorted M&M Fun Size Packs, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, Caramel Apple Pops

It’s not Halloween without candy and not having to rummage through what the kids bring in to find the good stuff.  I love peanut butter cups.  I can’t buy the treats because I will have none left to give out at all.  The caramel apple pops are a bit weird to me as the caramel is soft and gooey around an apple flavoured lolli.

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Gummi Brains

These are so soft and fresh that I’m in heaven.  Gummi candy is one of my weaknesses and this is the second time they have sent out some and I’m glad.  I’m more partial to the pink and red ones but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to gobble the blue ones too.

This month had another great selection of things.  I think that they really nailed the theme this month!  Everything in the box is made to make you feel better and less worked up about things that may go on for this time of the month.  I am not bothering with a value this month as half the box I can’t possibly price.  It’s enough to know that I’m happy and love everything!