Fred’s Box Mystery Subscription Box January 2018

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.

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This month the book is one the kids have never read before.  The My Favourite Fairytales series has been sent to us before and they are great stories, engagingly written.  These ones are at a level that Bug can ready with only a little help, so that is a bonus also.

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Once again there are no postcards but we got a navy blue pencil crayon and the sticker as normal.

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Our Ooshie is Clark Kent, with just a hint of Superman peeking out.  I feel like maybe he glows in the dark but we’ll have to wait a few hours to see if that happens.

Our selection of mystery items is amazing again this month.  First up was a Littlest Pet Shop Pets In The City blind bag.  Then there are tow Tsum Tsum, Chip from Chip & Dale and Mike from Monsters Inc.  Mike is Bears favourite character so she’s going to be thrilled.  The three little coloured animals are shaped crayons.  I think they are super cute and I can’t believe there is no damage to them or breaks for the distance they traveled and the fact there is no real padding in the box.  Next up is a Kylo Ren wristband.  I think my husband might actually steal this as he’s a big fan.  We have a Legend slap bracelet and a Barbie pencil case. These are both going to go over hugely.  It’s also great that they can store all the treasures they have in random corners and boxes and bags.  We finish off with another package of Disney Princess Trading Cards.

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 crayons and pencils, 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.

Fred’s Box Mystery Subscription Box December 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.

This box showed up well before Christmas and it’s my fault for not getting the post up.  This box had become one of my girls favoutites and I am glad to see it each month, as it gives them a bunch of things that make them happy and keep them occupied.

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The book this month is Rainbow Magic Kathryn The PE Fairy.  We have received other books in this series from them before and while they are just above Bug’s reading on her own level, she tries and gets most words or we read them together.  This one is about finding a lost magical star badge before it all goes sideways if the inspector arrives.  The inner pages are a little damaged but I think it might have just been from a few of the other things shifting around and it’s not critical.

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Our Ooshie this time is Batman!  He’s amazing and we love him.  These toys end up joining all the princesses and LOL dolls and living in some seriously palatial places.  I like that they are squishy and no one gets hurt when they inevitably fly at heads.

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There were no postcards this time but we did get the pencil and sticker.  I like that they send a different colour of pencil each time. Bug has also managed to master the pencil sharpener so they are shrinking at an amazing rate.

The extras are very Xmas themed, as they should be for a December box.  We have a sheet of Elf puffy stickers, a glitter glue set (what are they thinking????!!!! No parent wants glitter in their house), Elf paper straws, Elf caution tape, a package of Disney Princess trading cards, and a set of Novelty Christmas Rubbers, as the bag said. To be honest, I can’t stop giggling after typing that since rubbers here have a somewhat different meaning then they do in the UK.  No one said you were going to get mature on this blog.  This is a great mix of things and the girls will be so happy to explore and play with them.

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.

Rosalette Beauty Bag December 2017

Rosalette Beauty Bag is a monthly subscription that sends out makeup and beauty products.  They offer a few different plans, either 4 sample sized products or 5-6 products, mixed between sample and full sized.  Plans start at $13.90 a month and there are added shipping costs.  If you subscribe for a year there are discounts.  I have no beauty bags left in my sub rotation so I was on the lookout for a cheaper one to get me some fun things.  I chose the Deluxe Bag, which is the bigger of the two.  They do send out shipping notices so that’s nice and it turns out that they are a Canadian company too!!!!

There is never an info card with this subscription but they do usually have the Thank You note and a reminder to tag them on social media using #rosalettebeauty. The bag looks to be heavily lip oriented this month.

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Epic Blend Chocolate Vegan Lip Balm-$3.49

This lip balm is perfect for December here as it has been cold as all heck and my lips have suffered because of it.  This is made with all natural and mostly organic ingredients.  It is also gluten-free and non-GMO.  It has a distinctive chocolate smell and feels very nice on my lips.

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aBella Matte Liquid Lipstick in Moody-$?

The website for this company doesn’t seem to exist right now but I did find reference to it on other blogs.  Liquid lipstick is my nemesis.  I seem to be able to only make a giant mess with it.  Applying this one to test it out was no exception.  The colour is nice, slightly darker than I might normally wear for day to day but not crazy.  It is a matte so it dries on your lips and becomes a battle to rub your lips together.  This probably means that it’ll stay on for a while though.  If I can get this one without looking like a clown I’m going to be wearing it.

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Jersey Shore Cosmetics Radiant Gold Leaf Highlighter-$22.00

This is a highlighter stick that contains real gold leaf particles.  You can use it anywhere you want to add a glimmer of shine.  It is vegan and 100% natural.  One little swipe gives you a whole lotta sparkle, it would be great for a night out.  I like glitter so I may even wear this to work and make people wonder about me.

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Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Liquid Lipstick in Man Hunt-$10.00

Once again my computer is against me and I cannot flip this image no matter what I do.  The other sad part is this is another liquid lipstick.  Why are they punishing me???  This is described on the site as a dark rich taupe….it’s not…it’s purple, and not the kind of purple I can pull off.  I made an even bigger mess trying to test this one out then the first one.  I don’t think I will wear this one very often if at all.

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Not Soap, Radio To Sleep Full Of Sweet Dreams Bubbles-$1.89

This is a body wash or bubble bath that will help provide anti-manic and stress relief through its scent of clementine and lavender. It smells very fresh and light.  I think it will make a nice bubble bath for me one of these cold, miserable nights.

I am sorta happy with this month’s offerings.  The soap is a duplicate from last month but in another scent and while I love lip products, both being one that I can’t apply does suck a little.  There is a great mix of beauty products and they’ve given me the makeup I’ve been missing from my other boxes.  The value of this month is $37.38 plus the other lipstick.  That is great and so much higher than the price of the box.  The shipping was quick as well since they are Canadian and only a province over from me.  If you want to try them out they have a coupon that will get you 10% off any subscription, just type ROSALETTE at checkout.

 

Mighty Fix December 2017

Mighty Fix is a monthly subscription that sends you one product a month that can help your family live healthier.  Boxes start at $10.00 per month and there is a slight discount for a yearly join.  Shipping to Canada is $3.00 per month and free to the US.  You also have the option to add any items from their shop to your order each month with no extra shipping fees.  They also send out emails with member-only deals on items all through the month.  This was another one I had really wanted to try but they’ve only recently opened up shipping to Canada.  Once I found that out I jumped on board to see what I could get that would make my life healthier and hopefully easier too.

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They didn’t cover the logo with a shipping label this month so I’m giving you the bag image you’ve all been missing 🙂

There were two cards in the bag this month.  One reminding you that you can send Mighty Fix as a gift for anyone that you think would like to get helpful tools in the mail.  The second card is the standard info card that comes with your package each month.  On the front is a message about why the item was selected, uses for it, and a little about it.  On the back is either a recipe or hints for the product.  This month it is a list of three recipes for making pesto.

RSVP International Silicone Spoon and Spatula-$6.00 each

They sent out these really awesome utensils this month.  The reason they chose them is that there is no leaching of chemicals from this silicone like there can be from plastics.  These are resistant to bacteria, stains, odours, and will not degrade.  They are safe up to 425 degrees and both of them are super flexible.  Top it off with being dishwasher safe and you have the best and most useful thing I’ve received this month.

I’m very happy with the offerings this month.  I can use this right away and will be once I get them washed.  I’m getting to try some things I’m sure I would never just buy and they are easy ways to make simple changes to try and keep my home and family in better health.  I’m glad that they opened up to Canada and can’t wait to see what other crazy things they send me next.

Sunday Mood November 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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The box felt heavy this month but opening left me thinking that it was a little scarce in items. 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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RoseVale Bath Bomb in Love-$2.69

This bath bomb smells very nice.  They are free of artificial colors and dyes and leave no residue in your tub.  I have been running very low on bath bombs and you can’t believe how happy this makes me.  I can only hope that Santa is reading my blog and brings me some for under the tree.

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Freedom Natural Deodorant in Lavender Citrus-$17.00

Well, this was shockingly expensive.  It has a whole bunch of ingredients that make you feel good about wearing this.  It is also aluminum free, paraben free, phthalates free, and dye free.  The lavender comes through as the main scent and it goes on very dry and smooth.

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Foxbrim Stretch Mark Oil-$13.95

This oil is formulated to heal stretch marks and scars using natural and organic ingredients.  It is cruelty-free and bottled in small batches.  I didn’t test this on my stretch marks yet but it feels nice on my hand.  It doesn’t leave me super shiny or greasy feeling even though it was definitely an oil that came out if the bottle.  It has almost no smell at all to it.

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Numi Organic Pu-erh Chocolate Tea

Well, this month I only got two where last month I three so there’s a downer.  I still haven’t tried the other ones because I’m thinking I’m not going to enjoy them all that much.

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.

Rosalette Beauty Bag November 2017

Rosalette Beauty Bag is a monthly subscription that sends out makeup and beauty products.  They offer a few different plans, either 4 sample sized products or 5-6 products, mixed between sample and full sized.  Plans start at $13.90 a month and there are added shipping costs.  If you subscribe for a year there are discounts.  I have no beauty bags left in my sub rotation so I was on the lookout for a cheaper one to get me some fun things.  I chose the Deluxe Bag, which is the bigger of the two.  They do send out shipping notices so that’s nice and it turns out that they are a Canadian company too!!!!

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This sub showed up later than it normally does so that is the reason this review is a little later than some of the other ones for this bag.  There was not a thank you card this month nor is there an info card.

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Not Soap, Radio The Stuff That Cupid Dips His Arrows In…..-37.5mL $1.92

There are another six words in the name of this soap and that is just crazy.  This is body wash that has pheromone activation.  It is a blend of blackberries and vanilla cream and can be used as a body wash or bubble bath.  It says it can help you get either that one night stand you want or find a long lasting relationship because you are now in control of your romantic destiny.  Let’s hope the Hubs enjoys it then 🙂

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Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner-$15.00

There are two sizes of this available and this is the large one.  This is also packaged in the old label, which it says on the website they’ve recently changed.  This is vanilla coconut cream flavoured and surprisingly doesn’t smell that good.  It feels amazing on my lips though.  It is very creamy and feels almost thick on my lips but in a good way.  I like this lip balm and the fact that it’s anti-aging as well is a bonus.  Oddly it does not have any SPF value.

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Barefoot Venus Argan Dry Body Oil in Poppy Fairy-8mL $3.00

This is a repeat item from last month.  I know that sometimes there will be repeats but feel it’s bad form to give the exact same thing two in a row. This version of this oil is not on the website.  Also, all of the other scents that come in this size of the tube are out of stock. This was a bit odd to put on.  I guess I read dry oil and wasn’t expecting it to be an oil.  It is.  Once you rub it in though it doesn’t feel oily at all.  The smell is soft and feminine.

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Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator-20g $10.00

I have already received this sample before in a Birchbox and an Ipsy box. However, I like this cleanser a lot so I am glad to get more.  This has a super fine scrub in it that really polishes your skin without being hard on it.  You are supposed to use it a few times a week but I went more and still had no issues.

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Glow For A Cause Perfume in Wish-11g $16.00

This perfume solid is lovely.  It is a blend of light florals, white tea, bergamot, and light musks.  It is very feminine but the floral part is really light and I think this smells smart and somehow festive.  You can get this same scent in a vegan version of this solid or a roll-on.  I have received items from this brand before in this bag but not this product.

I am very happy with this box from them, even with the duplicate item. There is a great mix of beauty products and they’ve given me the makeup I’ve been missing from my other boxes.  The value of this month is $45.92.  That is great and so much higher than the price of the box.  The shipping was quick as well since they are Canadian and only a province over from me.  If you want to try them out they have a coupon that will get you 10% off any subscription, just type ROSALETTE at checkout.

 

 

Bitchy Box TOM November 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.

Since American Thanksgiving is in November, most of the things I could see in this box reflected that.  They do a great job of matching the theme to the month if they can.

They include an info card that tells you the box name, “Let’s Get Ready to Gobble”, the items you will find inside, some recipes in the center, and info about the company on the back including all their social media links.

Harebrained “Menstralmania” Period Panties-$8.99

These are so cute!  The Ultimate Warrior was one of my favourite wrestlers back in the day and these are a perfect homage to him 🙂  There are still a few of the options I am hoping to get in the remaining months of this box but they are all really fun and great for more than just that time.

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Cranberry Grape Natural Lip Balm-$3.28

This smells like wine and that makes it awesome!!!!  It feels almost thicker than a normal lip balm and it is creamier too.  It feels nice on the lips and that smell is wafting up from my mouth and I think this might be my favourite balm ever.

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Turkey Leg Headband-$9.00~

So there is no way the people creating this box could have known this but I LOVE festive headgear.  I have ones for pretty much every holiday during the year.  This will join that elite group of things and be brought out once a year in all its glory.

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Original Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Tin-$?

This is a cookie that is good for the next four months tucked into a decorative tin.  I will stick this into my snack drawer and have it with a cup of tea one night, all alone with no little people asking for a bite.

Nuccina Pumpkin Spice COokie Butter Dippers-$?

I am not a big fan of pumpkin spice anything.  I will give these a try but I don’t have all that much hope of liking them.  Maybe I can eat just the breadsticks with some peanut butter.

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Mini Apple Pie-$?

This didn’t survive shipping from the States very well.  It definitely did arrive before the expiry date listed on it!  I think this is a little odd of an inclusion but it fits the theme perfectly and it’s fun.

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!

Mighty Fix November 2017

Mighty Fix is a monthly subscription that sends you one product a month that can help your family live healthier.  Boxes start at $10.00 per month and there is a slight discount for a yearly join.  Shipping to Canada is $3.00 per month and free to the US.  You also have the option to add any items from their shop to your order each month with no extra shipping fees.  They also send out emails with member-only deals on items all through the month.  This was another one I had really wanted to try but they’ve only recently opened up shipping to Canada.  Once I found that out I jumped on board to see what I could get that would make my life healthier and hopefully easier too.

I didn’t grab a picture of the package this month because they put the shipping labels all over the logos.  Inside the bag is this info card.  On the front, it tells you what item you are receiving and why the product qualifies as a meaningful change in your life.  On the back is either a recipe or some tips for the product each month.  This time it’s telling us why we should be using a chemical-free sunscreen and why sunscreen itself should always be part of your routine.

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The sunscreen they are talking about is Goddess Garden Face The Day Facial Sunscreen and Firming Primer, $18.99.  I’m going to go with the description off the website as it gives a great list of why this product is awesome. “Face the Day is a three-in-one facial moisturizer, firming primer and sunscreen that protects, repairs and readies your skin for the day, in one easy-to-use product. It features a sheer and lightweight formula that hydrates, firms and protects your skin from the wrinkles, roughness and dark spots that come from daily sun exposure.”  I have used the regular sunscreen from this line before and it works really well, once you get past the fact that it’s green 🙂  This one does have that smell that tells you it’s a natural product but it’s not offensive and I really do need to up my sunscreen game for my face.

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MightyNest also sent me three codes to give out that will get you one free month of the Mighty Fix subscription.  If you are interested in one, drop me a line and I can send you all the details so you can start to get your own helpful items too.

I’m very happy with the offerings this month.  The item is a higher value than they normally ship and I can use this right away. I’m getting to try some things I’m sure I would never just buy and they are easy ways to make simple changes to try and keep my home and family in better health.  I’m glad that they opened up to Canada and can’t wait to see what other crazy things they send me next.

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.