I know, I know… It’s not even Halloween yet and here I am posting about Christmas ornaments. Perhaps I’m a wee bit ahead of the game, but when Dixie Midwest contacted me about reviewing one of their personalized ornaments, I just couldn’t say no. What can I say… I’m a sucker for things with my babies faces on ’em. 😉 [read more…]
Healthy Surprise is a monthly subscription box for snacks — vegan/gluten-free/soy-free, all-natural-super-fantastic ones! It’s a great box for those with food allergies, vegans (hey, that’s me!), or anyone who wants to snack a little healthier.
Oh, did I mention that all of the snacks are FULL SIZE? Yep. They sure are. No sample-sized, mini snacks in these boxes! You can choose from 3 different box sizes: Starter (16-20 servings), Healthy (32-40 servings), or Large (48-60 servings). Boxes start at $33/month and you can cancel at anytime. (But why would you want to?)
Okay, less talk, more snacks! Let’s see what goodies Healthy Surprise delivered this time! [read more…]
September marked the first anniversary — I mean, “snackiversary” — of the Vegan Cuts Snack Box! Woo! Although I don’t currently have a subscription, I was lucky enough to WIN this box in a giveaway over at another blog. So awesome!
Vegan Cuts offers two different, 100% vegan & cruelty free monthly box options: The Snack Box and the Beauty Box. Both are just $19.95 a month (free shipping!) and deliver a fun assortment of snackin’ & beautify-in’ essentials. Most of the products in the Snack Box are also gluten-free (roughly 80% of ’em).
Okay, let’s see what was inside this celebratory snackiversary box! [read more…]
This is the first time I’ve gotten my Ecocentric Mom box totally spoiler-free! I was surprised to find it on my doorstep so soon and couldn’t wait to tear into it. (No really, these things truly do excite me! Sad, I know.)
Ecocentric Mom offers 3 different box options: Mom-to-Be, Mom, and Mom & Baby (for babies up to 18 months). Every box contains products that are eco-friendly, natural, organic, and often vegan-friendly. Subscriptions are $21/month (or less with longer commitments) and shipping is free.
I always get the “Mom & Baby” box, because I’d much rather get stuff for the girls than for me. Hey, what can I say, I’m just that damn awesome. 😉 Okay, let’s see what I got this month! [read more…]
e-Sentials is a brand new subscription service for that oh-so-wonderful “time of the month”. They want to save you the trouble of having to go out and replenish your stock of “essentials” every month. (Or worse, making your bf/husband do it.)
There are 3 different package options to choose from: $10 for 20 pads/tampons of your choice. $13 for the pads/tampons and 3 disposable razors. $16 for the pads/tampons, 3 disposable razors, and deodorant. Packages are totally customizable — you choose how many pads and/or tampons you need, if you want light/heavy/etc., and whether or not you need extras (there is a 30 cent charge for additional pads/tampons). Shipping is always free.
I was sent the $16 package for review purposes. Here’s what I received… [read more…]
Bestowed is a monthly subscription box that features healthy snacks & foods carefully chosen by nutritionist/author Heather Bauer.
Boxes are only $19/month (including shipping!) and contain a nice variety of different snacks, food items, and beverages. While the box isn’t geared towards any particular diet, I was pleased to find many vegan items in this month’s selection. (Yay!)
September’s theme is “Back to School” and features lots of kid/lunchbox-friendly products. While my girls are too young for the whole “bagged lunch” thing, I’m more than happy to eat everything myself. 😉 So what’s in the box? Read on! [read more…]
Matilda Jane Clothing is a mom-owned company that specializes in uniquely designed girl’s clothing and accessories. Their collections are fun, whimsical, and sized to fit everyone from babies to mommas.
Needless to say, when Matilda Jane contacted me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their outfits, I totally jumped on it. Buying clothes for twins is NOT cheap! 😉
Twice a year, in the spring and fall, a new line is released. The outfit I received is from their Paint By Numbers collection, which can be found here.
Chloe was kind enough to be my model for this post, though she wasn’t exactly cooperative. Ah, one-year olds… [read more…]
“Twins? Ugh! Better you than me!”
“Oh boy, twins? You must really have your hands full.”
“Uh oh! Double trouble!”
When you have twins, everyone feels the need to tell you how screwed you are. How your life is over. How they’ll age you faster than you can imagine. How happy they are that they didn’t get stuck with a similar, awful fate.
Well guess what, haters? HAVING TWINS IS EFFING AWESOME. And here are my top 10 reasons why…
10. A new appreciation for BOGO sales. Sure, everyone likes a good deal — especially when it involves buying something and getting another one free. This is doubly (har har) true with twins. They need a LOT of shit. We usually have to buy 2 of just about everything (to an extent), so BOGO sales are fan-freakin’-tastic.
9. We get more help in public places. Strangers often feel sorry for us. Two babies the same age? OMG! In turn, they go out of their way to be nice. Doors get opened, toys get picked up, they move the eff out of our way, etc… Sure, people do that for singletons too, but I think they up the ante a bit for us poor, poor souls who have twins.
8. Twins are cute as hell. One little baby in a frilly dress: cute. TWO little babies in frilly dresses: Cute as HELL. ‘Nuff said.
7. We don’t have to remember 6th grade math. I was awful in math. Awful. I was so relieved to finish my last math requirement and dreaded having to revisit it when I had kids. However, since twins will be in the same grade, they can help each other out when it comes to all that equation crap. At least one of them will be smart, right? RIGHT? (fingers crossed)
6. One delivery, two babies. I only planned on having one baby. Ever. But it was always in the back of my mind that what if I had one and decided I DID want another? Welp, no need to stress about it now, since I got myself some BOGO babies. One pregnancy, one delivery, two kids. I’m efficient as hell.
5. Only one party to plan. One birthday, one party. (But two cakes, cos they shouldn’t have to share everything. Especially cake.)
4. Free stuff! Twins can be expensive. Some companies are willing to give you free shit if you prove that you’ve been cursed with BOGO babies. I made a list here.
3. I’m not a twig, and that’s okay. Babies wreak havoc on our bodies. Twins destroy ’em. While I got lucky and dropped like 30 pounds in the first week after giving birth, I’m still not at my ideal weight (in my eyes, anyway). Sometimes I get self-conscious about my “pooch”, but then I say “Fuck it, I had TWO babies in there. I look pretty damn good.”
2. Refer to #6. That really deserves to get listed twice. My uterus agrees.
1. You realize how damn lucky you are. Twin pregnancies are a lot more common these days, but they’re still riskier than a “normal” pregnancy. It’s a lot more demanding on your body and with double the babies, there’s double chance of something going wrong. I’m forever thankful that I didn’t have any serious issues (until the very end) and that the girls were only in the NICU for 3 days. I’m still amazed that despite the fact that they were born 6 weeks premature and weighed only 4 and a half pounds, they totally held their own… For that I couldn’t be more grateful. (I just need to remember that the next time I wake up to the smell of a port-o-potty and a dumbfounded baby with fists full of feces.)
Sparaj is a brand new monthly “discovery” box that features a collection of wellness products unique to Asia. It’s not a typical “subscription” service, as they don’t charge you every month. Instead, you simply sign up for a single month, or prepay for 3 to 12 months to ensure you won’t miss a box.
Sparaj selects high-quality products that are both eco-friendly and beautifully designed. Each month you can expect to receive an assortment of bath/body, spa, and aromatherapy products.
I recently received their “pre-launch” box to review, and was very impressed, to say the least. Beautiful packaging, natural ingredients, awesome scents… Sound good? Read on! [read more…]
*As of December 2015, Citrus Lane is no longer in business. If you’re looking for an alternative, bluum is a great choice. — You can see my reviews of them here. With bluum, you can choose your own products and build your own box. They feature the same great brands, plus you can save $10 on your first month with coupon code “MRVA286CCE“.*
Citrus Lane totally delivered this month! I mean, I’m usually happy with everything they send, but this month was perfect. All of the items I hoped to get (from seeing spoiler pics), I ended up receiving in my box. Score!
For any newbies out there, Citrus Lane is a monthly subscription for babies/kids (aged newborn-5). It’s $25/month (cheaper with longer subs) and includes a nice assortment of toys, books, snacks, toiletries, etc. Sometimes they even include a gift for mom. Needless to say, I LOVE this box.
This time around, my box was geared towards a 14-month old girl. There really wasn’t much of a theme, though the info card does mention autumn and doing more indoor activities. Blahblahblah… Let’s see what I got! [read more…]
Petit Vour is a monthly subscription that features 100% vegan/cruelty-free luxury bath & beauty products. It includes samples (“miniatures”), as well as full-sized items for only $15/month — and shipping is always free!
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I’m not a huge fan of “beauty” products (especially makeup). Thankfully, this box had a nice mix of beauty and bath/body stuff. That was definitely a relief. 😉
Let’s see what was inside, shall we? [read more…]
It’s Taste Trunk time again! Yay! As always, I ordered the “Health Trunk” and was pleased with the nice mix of healthy (and tasty) treats I received.
For those new to Taste Trunk, there are 4 different themed boxes (“trunks”) to choose from: “Sweet Trunk”, “Health Trunk”, “Gourmet Trunk”, and “BBQ Trunk”. Can’t decide which one to get? There’s an option on their website to switch trunks whenever you want. You can change it every month if that’s the way you roll. Personally, I always stick with the Health one, since I assume I’ll have a better chance at getting vegan-friendly items in the box.
September’s “Health Trunk” was full of autumn-inspired goodies. Let’s see what I got! [read more…]
Try the World is a new subscription service that invites your taste buds to explore a new city every sixty days. Each box will include locally made/grown gourmet goodies and cultural finds, such as music playlists and poetry, native to the city being featured. The first month’s box takes you to Paris, France.
Try the World kindly sent me a mini version of the actual (fuller) Paris box that subscriber’s receive. It was a nice little taste of what they have to offer, and as luck would have it, everything was vegan. 🙂 Let’s have a look! [read more…]
Mia Tempo is a monthly subscription box featuring all natural/organic spa and beauty products. Their mission is to provide you some much needed “me time” with a relaxing, spa-like experience each and every month. What could be better than that? This —> With each box sold, Mia Tempo donates a portion of the proceeds to non-profit organizations that empower women. Sounds good to me!
This month they debuted their first “Limited Edition Signature Box”, which is the box that I’m lucky enough to be reviewing. Lucky, because this is the first box in which ALL of the products are completely vegan/gluten-free! Yay!!
Thankfully (for me), this box was heavier on the “spa” products than beauty, which makes me a very happy camper. Alright, let’s see what’s inside! [read more…]
Love With Food just launched a new “deluxe” box and September (this box!) marked its official debut. Their regular box is $12/month, and this new one is $19.95/month (shipping included for both options). There was supposedly a waitlist to sign up for deluxe one, but I think current subscribers were instantly switched if they decided to go with the new option. You could also keep your “regular” box and get the deluxe as well.
This month’s box was curated by Chef Ming Tsai and featured products that are all gluten-free. (Many of them are also vegan. Woo!) I was excited as soon as I saw the size of the box — the “normal” one is a LOT smaller. My excitement turned to giddiness when I opened it up and saw how full it was. Jackpot!
Oh, did I mention that with every box purchased, Love With Food donates a meal to a child in need? Yep. They do.
Okay, onto the goodies! [read more…]