2.20.2017

Degustabox February 2017 {Subscription Box Review}

Degustabox is a food surprise box that is chock full of goodies.
{Many thanks to Degustabox for sending me this box free of charge. If you click through the affiliate links in this post, any purchase you make supports this site.}

The Box:

Degustabox

The Cost and Coupon Code:

Degustabox is regularly $19.99 per month, with free shipping. Use code 8PICG for 50% off your first box.

What's Included:

Degustabox includes 10-15 food items each month, from a wide variety of categories. Every month is a new surprise, but you'll find snacks, beverages, and pantry items, too.

Degustabox is a food surprise box that is chock full of goodies.

Degustabox Review:

Like previous months, February's Degustabox includes a wide variety, from snacks to sweets to hot sauce:

Degustabox is a food surprise box that is chock full of goodies.

Here's what I received in Degustabox this month:

Degustabox is a food surprise box that is chock full of goodies.
Popchips Potato Ridges, $1.59 each - I received Salted and Tangy Barbecue flavor for these potato chips that are never deep fried or greasy.

Grace All Natural Coconut Chips, $2.99 - These superfood chips are high in lauric acid, low in sugar, and have zero cholesterol.

Degustabox is a food surprise box that is chock full of goodies.
Walker's Shortbread, $4.49 - I love a product with a short ingredients list and these fit the bill. Walkers Shortbread is made with only butter, flour, sugar, and salt.

Green & Black's Pure Dark Chocolate, $3.49 - this bar includes dark chocolate with flakes of Anglesley sea salt from the Irish Sea.

PR Bar, $2.07 - these protein bars are gluten free, with carbs and vitamins in an effort to provide energy and endurance.

Degustabox is a food surprise box that is chock full of goodies.
Slendier Noodles, $2.49 - this Australian brand of organic pasta, rice and noodles offers an alternative for those losing weight, with food allergies, or with diabetes.

Nando's Hot PERi-PERi sauce, $5.99 - I love a hot and fiery hot sauce like this one! Its flavor profile includes lemon, onion, garlic, and spices.

Degustabox is a food surprise box that is chock full of goodies.
Jones Orange & Cream Soda, $1.79 - this yummy soda is made with natural cane sugar and tastes just like a creamsicle!

Degustabox is a food surprise box that is chock full of goodies.
Ricola Herbal Immunity, $13.99 - These lozenges are packed with ginseng and vitamins C, B6, and B12. There are no artificial flavors, colors, or GMOs.

Conclusion:

Opening up a box full of such a unique set of food items is always a treat. The box is also a great value. It only costs $19.99, but has a value of $40.48. This box would also be perfect for gifting to a foodie in your life who loves to try new things. Give it a try!

The Legends of Orkney Series by Alane Adams {Book Review}

Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams
{Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an eARC of Kalifus Rising free of charge. If you click through the affiliate links in this post, any purchase you make supports this site.}

The Legends of Orkney is a middle grade trilogy by Alane Adams. It begins with The Red Sun, then Kalifus Rising, and a third book that is not yet published. We follow the story of Sam Baron and his friends, who are magically transported to Orkney and a rich world based on Norse Mythology.

Both books in this series are wild rides, fast-paced, and full of adventure. We follow Sam Baron, along with his friends Keely and Howie. Each of these characters take unreasonable leaps in logic during internal monologues, then act unreasonably based on that logic, which I found frustrating at times. Then I have to remind myself that they are 13 years old. I was not the most reasonable person at 13....

I recently listened to Neil Gaiman's American Gods, so hit up Wikipedia now and then to learn more about Odin and his buddies. As a result, I picked up on on some of the Norse myth references in The Red Sun and Kalifus Rising, However, I felt I was missing some plot points, or at least nuances, because I don't have a working knowledge of those stories.

This is widely referred to as a read-alike for fans of the Percy Jackson series. It is certainly the perfect read for anyone interested in Norse mythology - they will eat this up!


2.09.2017

Stitch Fix Review #11 {Subscription Box Review}

Stitch Fix came through on a request for clothes to create a new work wardrobe!
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Sometimes in life, you have to come to terms with the fact that things have changed and they aren't going to change back. Yes, a deep sentiment in a post related to clothes, but I had an epiphany that maybe trying to cram myself into work clothes that no longer fit was not the best idea.

Enter my best friend, Stitch Fix. I hopped on their site, updated the sizes in my Style Profile, and requested a Fix filled with work clothes. A few days later, a box arrived on my door step. When I popped it open and saw the dark colors, I knew that my stylist, Catherine, really listened to my requests! I am a lawyer in a professional office, so requested colors like navy, black, and gray. That's what I got!

Here's everything that Stitch Fix sent over:

Stitch Fix came through on a request for clothes to create a new work wardrobe!
FUN2FUN, Kittridge Lace Detail Blouse, $44.00


Stitch Fix came through on a request for clothes to create a new work wardrobe!

LE LIS, Grenaa Knit Blazer, $58.00 (it's black)

Stitch Fix came through on a request for clothes to create a new work wardrobe!
KUT FROM THE KLOTH, Mollee Knit Dress, $88.00 (I couldn't get the color right in the photo, but it's just a shade lighter than navy blue)

Stitch Fix came through on a request for clothes to create a new work wardrobe!
LIVERPOOL, Anita Skinny Pant, $78.00

Stitch Fix came through on a request for clothes to create a new work wardrobe!
KUT FROM THE KLOTH, Rose Bootcut Pant, $78.00

I kept it all! The fit was perfect and the style was just right for my professional office. So, the lesson here is that Stitch Fix really can nail a work wardrobe request.

Catherine listened and got me a perfect new work wardrobe. I keep my price point requests pretty low in my profile (I'm cheap), but she reminded me that work clothes might be worth an investment for staple pieces and she was right.

It was so nice to go to work today in clothes both fit well and were stylish. Learn more about Stitch Fix here.

Check out my previous fixes:

Stitch Fix #10
Stitch Fix #9
Stitch Fix #8

2.06.2017

Fresh n' Lean Meal Service {Subscription Box Review}

{Many thanks to Fresh n' Lean for sending me meals free of charge.}

Is that New Years' Resolution to eat healthier starting to get a little more complicated? Maybe you wanted to transition to more of a plant-based diet, but the prep and cooking is beginning to wear on you now that we've hit February? I've got a subscription box for you! Check out Fresh n' Lean.

The Box:

Fresh n' Lean

The Cost:

Starting at $9.33 per meal

What's Included:

Fresh n' Lean allows you to build your own box of 1-3 (or more) meals per day for 5 or 7 days. They offer a Standard Plant Based Plan, a Low Carb Plant-based Meal Plan, a ION Performance Protein + Plan. and a ION Performance Paleo Plan.

Fresh n' Lean Review:

If you'd like an idea of what an average week could look like under the Standard Plant Based Plan, check out this recent menu:

Fresh n' Lean offers fresh (never frozen), organic, chef-prepared, vegan & plant-based meals that are convenient and reasonably priced.

I received Hearty Granola, Mint Vegetables with Heirloom Quinoa, and Lemon Wild Rice Vegetable, and Green Apple Walnut Loaf:

Fresh n' Lean offers fresh (never frozen), organic, chef-prepared, vegan & plant-based meals that are convenient and reasonably priced.

Fresh n' Lean offers fresh (never frozen), organic, chef-prepared, vegan & plant-based meals that are convenient and reasonably priced.

Fresh n' Lean offers fresh (never frozen), organic, chef-prepared, vegan & plant-based meals that are convenient and reasonably priced.

Fresh n' Lean offers fresh (never frozen), organic, chef-prepared, vegan & plant-based meals that are convenient and reasonably priced.

Where I think Fresh n' Lean would be ideal is for work - these packages would be so quick and easy to tote around and heat up. They are also nice and compact for storing at the office in the fridge. How nice to have an entire week's worth of healthy meals.

I'm also impressed with Fresh n' Lean's commitment to offering fresh (never frozen), organic, chef-prepared, vegan & plant-based meals that are convenient and reasonably priced.

I'm not sure healthy eating could be easier. Taking the decision making out of the process can be very freeing! Have you tried Fresh n' Lean before?

Want more subscription boxes? Check out our Subscription Box Directory.

2.03.2017

A Gentleman in Moscow {Book Review}

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is historical fiction at its best. You'll want to head to Moscow!

{Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an eARC of A Gentleman in Moscow free of charge. If you click through the affiliate links in this post, any purchase you make supports this site.}

That's it. I'm going to Moscow. Not something I ever thought I'd say, but after reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, I'm feeling compelled.

Well, maybe I should be more precise. I want to to go to the Hotel Metropol and visit the pre-Revolution Russia inhabited by Count Alexander Rostov. Rostov ran afoul of the Bolsheviks and ends up put under house arrest at the Hotel Metropol in the first chapter of A Gentleman in Moscow.

Rostov is a character with such charm, wit, and humor that even the most banal story can be infused with meaning and joy. Watching him navigate his current circumstances while looking fondly back on his pre-Revolution past is such a delightful experience.

Like any good historical fiction novel, A Gentleman in Moscow made me want to research the time period. But, even more, I wanted to research the rich Russian culture that is a star of the novel. I liked Towles' Rules of Civility, but I loved A Gentleman in Moscow. It's almost 500 pages, but each one is a lovely experience.

2.01.2017

Subscription Box Directory Update {February 2017}


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.

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Here's the list of subscription boxes that I added the the Subscription Box Directory over the last couple months. Enjoy!

This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Best Face Forward Masks (face masks)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Betty Boomerang (subscription box for retro modern homes and the people who love them, retro-style design goodies every other month)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Book Bath Box (quarterly subscription box inspired by a love of bathtime reading)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Call Number (library-inspired book subscription box celebrating contemporary Black literature and authors)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
The Cat Kit (unique box of gifts for the modern cat lover & their cat(s), with a unique cat-egory each month)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Charm With Me Club (Build your own fandom bracelet with this unique geeky themed charm subscription)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
The Desert Box (cacti and succulents)

This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Enchanted Crystal (a curated selection of crystals and minerals sourced from around the world)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
The Gin Box Shop (gin samples, UK only)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Hiker Crate (healthy trail snacks, hiking apparel, and hiking gear)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.

Indigo Beaux
(makeup, skincare, teas, and relaxation products)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Intuitive Alchemy (magical & metaphysical tools based on a monthly theme and includes a mini-reading)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Kali (feminine essentials)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
King & Stone (men's shoes, quarterly)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
MilSO Box (a monthly treat for our lady Military Significant Others (MilSO's)!)

This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
The Moon Box - Witchcraft (ritual and altar tools for witchcraft)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
My Run Bag (running supplies)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Narwhal Natural (crafts box for earth-conscious kids 8-12)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Nestify (home goods by skilled artisans)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
NIAH (vegan, cruelty-free, green beauty cosmetics, bath and beauty)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Pet Studio Art (animal-themed tote bag and necklace along with 1 surprise goodie)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Pop Shop America (handmade jewelry)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
The Preschool Box (fun, educational box for preschoolers and their parents ideal for ages 3-6)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
She Swank Too (girls accessories box)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
So Bakeable (supplies and recipes to create two desserts, get $5 off with code BAKINGTIME)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Splendid Spoon (healthy soups)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Super Gains Pack (fitness subscription box needed to crush goals and dominate your workouts!)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
TuTu Royal (princess dresses, tutu’s, tiaras and tools of STEM empowerment)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Uncorked Box (wine related items)


This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
Victory Coffee (Victory Coffees 5-Star "Award winning" coffee)

This month's update to the Subscription Box Directory is perfect for books, cats, and the world of the mystical.
WEvolve (metaphysical & sacred objects from mystical traditions worldwide)

Even More:

S&G Beauty Box (natural beauty products)