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Little Fun Club Review - 11 mo - September 2014
Box: Little Fun Club
Frequency: Monthly
Includes: 3 Age-appropriate books, puzzles and games for your child (up to 12 years). Selected for educational value, merit, and awards.
Cost: $25/month + free shipping (Cancel anytime)

Little Fun Club Review - 11 mo - September 2014I’m on month two of Little Fun Club, which is my third baby subscription (in addition to Bluum and Citrus Lane). Now that I’ve traded my big-kid book library for my Kindle Paperwhite, I live vicariously through my son and his richly illustrated baby books. We were both excited to see this one arrive, and Little Guy helped me tear into it. He was opening the books before I could photograph them.


DK PUBLISHING – BABY TOUCH AND FEEL: FARM (MSRP $5.99)

Little Fun Club Review - 11 mo - September 2014

I was happy to increase Little Guy’s Touch and Feel collection, and so was he! Last months’ books taught him to look for surprise textures on each page. The second he opened this, he ran his hand over the pages.
Little Fun Club Review - 11 mo - September 2014

HORNE, JANE – MY CUDDLY CLOTH KITTEN (~$5)

Little Fun Club Review - 11 mo - September 2014

These are sold out everywhere online, perhaps Little Fun Club got a closeout deal? This one is meh for me, even though the illustrations are pretty cute (especially Crazy Cat). Little Guy is disinterested, although I’ve learned that can change on a dime. He has a couple cloth books he prefers, because they have crinkle pages and other embellishments.

Little Fun Club Review - 11 mo - September 2014


O’HAIR, MARGARET; DOCKRAY, TRACY- SWEET BABY FEET (MSRP $14.99)

Little Fun Club Review - 11 mo - September 2014

This book has the thickest pages, aside from board books, that I’ve ever seen. They are coated and very durable. While not completely baby-proof, my little Hercules was pulling muscles trying to (unsuccessfully) tear them. The rhymes are cute and I like the pretty colors, but I don’t think my son is quite old enough to appreciate the longer verses yet. I have to wrestle him still to get through it. I think this will be pulled off the shelf more frequently down the road.Little Fun Club Review - 11 mo - September 2014

For some reason, this book arrived with some kind of gunk on the cover. It kind of resembled the sticky residue left from price tags, although not quite that bad. Not a big deal, but it didn’t feel completely new.


SUMMARY

The value of this box seems to be right in line with MSRP. I really liked two of these books, and I’m sure the cloth one will get a decent amount of love and slobber in the future as well. My son is starting to become fascinated with puzzles, so I’m really hoping for one or two of those in upcoming boxes.

If you’re interested in signing up for Little Fun Club, you can do so here.


DISCLAIMER: Obviously these are my own opinions. They mean nothing. I’m not compensated for anything I say. The links above are not referral links.
Little Fun Club Review - 10 mo - August 2014
Box: Little Fun Club
Frequency: Monthly
Includes: 3 Age-appropriate books, puzzles and games for your child (up to 12 years)
Cost: $25/month + free shipping (Cancel anytime)

Little Fun Club is the latest addition to my baby subscriptions. When I heard there was a subscription centered around children’s books, I had to bite! Little Fun Club says they select books for your child based on educational value, merit, and awards.Little Fun Club Review - 10 mo - August 2014

Although I love this subscription for my 10 month old son, I think it would be even better for older children. It’s easy to find engaging board books at discounted prices, so I feel the value of this subscription increases for older children (based on what I’ve researched). Also, I love the idea of making books a reward and an exciting surprise. My mother always treated books as a wonderful experience instead of a chore, and instilled a love for reading in all five of her children. Older children will be able to look forward to getting this surprise in the mail, which creates a positive association with reading.

This month included 4 books, rather than the advertised three. I assume this is because board books are a little cheaper.


DK PUBLISHING – BABY TOUCH AND FEEL: FIRST WORDS (MSRP $5.99)

DK PUBLISHING – BABY TOUCH AND FEEL: PARK (MSRP $5.99)

Little Fun Club Review - 10 mo - August 2014At first my 10 month old was only mildly interested in these, but very quickly he learned that he could spastically rub his hand over the page and be rewarded with the feel of a new texture. His favorites are the fur pages, and we now read at least one Touch and Feel book a day.
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DK PUBLISHING – BABY: TRACTOR! (MSRP $6.99)

Little Fun Club Review - 10 mo - August 2014I saw this same book (albeit a little beat up) at my local TJ Maxx for about $5 yesterday. I didn’t pick it up because of the condition it was in, so I was happy to see it included in this box. It includes tractors of various colors on tabbed pages, with animals “hiding” behind each page. I know it will come in handy for working on color identification with Little Guy, and he appreciates Peek-a-boo more each day.

Little Fun Club Review - 10 mo - August 2014


CRAIG, LINDSEY – FARMYARD BEAT (MSRP $6.99)

Little Fun Club Review - 10 mo - August 2014

This is a really cute book with very lively, rhythmic prose and intensely colored pages. Right now I think it’s more fun for me to read it, than for Little Guy to listen, but I hope it will become a favorite. He usually takes a few readings and a couple weeks to really take to a book. Except Goodnight Moon. He’s loved that one since he was a few weeks old. No joke.

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SUMMARY

I always love books and I always love surprises so obviously this is a subscription for me (ahem, I mean for my child). At an MSRP value of $26, this month was a fair, not amazing, deal. I can find some of these same books for discounted prices, and would prefer that selections were a little more unique. Since board books are inexpensive, I appreciate that they threw in an additional offering this month to increase the value. After a couple of months I may “adjust” Little Guy’s age to see how the selection and value varies at, say, three years old. They show a variety of books on their website that I (I mean HE, HE!!) would love to receive.

If you’re interested in signing up for Little Fun Club, you can do so here.IMG_0608


DISCLAIMER: Obviously these are my own opinions. They mean nothing. I’m not compensated for anything I say. The links above are not referral links.
Box: Bluum
Frequency: Monthly (ships on the 17th)
Includes: Variety of goodies for mom and baby, based on gender, age and developmental stage.
Cost: $24.95 + free shipping (discounts for pay ahead subscriptions). Earn points through purchases, product reviews and referrals to subsidize future purchases.

I received my baby boxes one after another this month! Of the three, Bluum was the winner. They included lots of fun little goodies this month. My little guy is starting to rival my excitement for random boxes showing up at our house. From the second he saw it, he couldn’t keep his hands off it. Literally.

Bluum Box Review - 11 mo - August 2014I had to retake pictures on almost all the items because he couldn’t stop photo-bombing.

There were six items, which earns me extra review points. Review points can be used for future box purposes, so the more the better!

HAPPY BABY – STAGE 2 HOMESTYLE MEALS – ORGANIC BASMATI RICE COCONUT MILK & CARROT (x2) ($2)

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I was so proud of my baby for knowing this was food. He instantly grabbed one of these packages and stuffed it into his mouth. Of course, when I turned around 10 seconds later he was eating the paper shavings from the box. You win some, you lose some.

I appreciate getting unique meal combinations that I wouldn’t normally make myself. While I try to make most of Little Guy’s food myself, these pouches are great for travel, emergencies, babysitters, and panicked dads.

PARRAGON BOOKS – “PEEK-A-BOO I LOVE YOU” BIG LIFT THE FLAP BOOK ($8.99)

Bluum Box Review - 11 mo - August 2014

Bluum Box Review - 11 mo - August 2014

This book measures bigger than the average board book at 8″x8.” Now that Little Guy is turning pages, he loves any and all Peekaboo books. He hardly let me take pictures, he was so excited to get going.
Most pages have large flaps that hide additional pictures. The illustrations aren’t my favorite, but I appreciate the additional activity, which keeps him more engaged. We’ve read this dozens of times by now and he still loves it.

DANDELION HANDCRAFTED PRETEND PLAY RATTLE – DAD ($9.99)

Bluum Box Review - 11 mo - August 2014

This woven rattle is very soft. Little Guy loves anything that makes noise and/or that he can throw on the ground. This toy is two for two! An added bonus is that when he drops it on his face it won’t hurt as much. I’m not sure I would spend $10 on a rattle myself, but it was a nice addition.

B KIDS LOONEY LOBSTER TEETHER ($5.99)

Bluum Box Review - 11 mo - August 2014

This misspelled toy is cute and functional for teething, According to the packaging, it’s intended for use through 2 year molars. Since Little Guy is a little piranha with 7 chompers already (whoa! Make that 8!), I’ve been rapidly expanding his teether collection. He seemed taken with this one, which has a good gripping handle and a nice variety of textures for him to gnaw on.

BABYLEGS LEG WARMERS – LITTLE SAILOR ($12)

Bluum Box Review - 11 mo - August 2014

I know my husband will veto his son wearing these out of the house. He doesn’t share my opinion that leg warmers on boys are ADORABLE!! I love the nautical stripes, although I’m sure my husband will only see a future member of The Village People. They can be worn alone with a diaper or layered under pants, although that probably won’t ever be necessary in Arizona. We may have to bust them out with a onesie, Flashdance style, for the occasional at-home dance party. What hubby doesn’t know won’t hurt him…

SUMMARY

The value of Bluum this month was about $40, not bad! Bluum doesn’t include descriptions of the products inside the box, but they do send a perfectly timed email with explanations, values and links for reviews. I appreciate that you can indicate on their website which skills on which your baby is currently working. I’m not sure if it affects the contents of the box or not, but the email ties the toys back to his current skills.  Overall, I’m pleased with this month – toys and food will never go to waste around here!

If you’re interested in getting 50% off your first Bluum box, feel free to use my referral link here (and Thank You!).


DISCLAIMER: Obviously these are my own opinions. They mean nothing. I’m not compensated for anything I say. There are referral links above, which have the potential to help cover the cost of future orders.

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Citrus Lane Review - 10 mo - August 2014
Box: Citrus Lane (50% off first box with this link)
Frequency: Monthly
Includes: Variety of best items for your 0-5 baby, based on his or her age.
Cost: $29+ free shipping (as low as $19/month with annual subscription)

Last month’s Aden + Anais security blanket was a huge win at our house! It’s now a staple for naptime and bedtime. I love seeing my little guy grab it as he sticks his thumb in his mouth and settles down to sleep. There’s no way we could top that find, but it’s left me feeling magnanimous towards Citrus Lane in general. So while only a couple of items were really great for me, I was still pretty happy with this month’s box.

Citrus Lane Box Review - 10 Mo - August 2014

GREEN TOYS ANIMALS-ON-WHEELS PIGGY ($12.99)

Citrus Lane Box Review - 10 Mo - August 2014

It’s not quite a pig. It’s not quite a car. It’s a…something. Made from recycled milk jugs (and with a milk jug-style handle), this wheeled thingymajig has yet to fully capture my boy’s attention. I’m generally a fan of Green Toys and always appreciate receiving them. I like that they are lightweight, have cute rounded designs and supposedly nothing in them that I need to worry about. Hopefully one of us will find a use for this guy.

PETIT COLLAGE GROWTH CHART ($20)

 Citrus Lane Box Review - 10 Mo - August 2014

What a fantastic unique idea for a children’s box. Before my son was born, I told myself 100 times I was going to track down the perfect growth chart. Then I saw my sister-in-law’s fantastic sanded, painted, wood creation and decided I would tackle that incredible project…SOON. So clearly neither of those things has happened yet, I was more than happy to get this ADORABLE growth chart to hang in his room. This woodland themed chart comes with leaf stickers that you can write on, is made of durable cardboard, and goes up to about 4 1/2′. I can always switch the numbers over to the “perfect” chart once I find/make it.

The Petit Collage website has some very cute wall decor and personalized gifts for sale. A coupon was included in this month’s box.

EPISENCIAL SNUGGLY LOTION (~$10)

Citrus Lane Box Review - 10 Mo - August 2014

This brand cracks me up because they take up about half the real estate on the back of their products claiming how green/organic/natural they are.  But really, solar powered? I assume that’s because they are plant based? Frankly, none of their self-granted accolades matter to me, because their bath gel that we received from Citrus Lane a couple of months back caused a rash on my baby’s skin (he’s very sensitive). We won’t be trying out this lotion, and I wish there were a way to opt out of partner brands based on past boxes. Too bad!

INNOBABY PACKIN’ SMART STACKABLE (~$5)

Citrus Lane Box Review - 10 Mo - August 2014

I haven’t seen these little containers before. You are encouraged to buy multiples of these and stack them for compact storage of snacks/hair ties/formula/what-ev in your diaper bag. It’s a cute, practical idea, and I’m trying to decide if I want to pick up a few more of these from Amazon.

SUMMARY

This box contained about $48 in baby products. Even though it wasn’t one of my favorite boxes, I love that they keep the variety fresh and send a healthy mix of useful vs playful.

If you’re interested in getting 50% off your first Citrus Lane box, feel free to use my referral link here (and Thank You!). Use code TAKE20OFF to get $20 off your first box, making it only $9!


DISCLAIMER: Obviously these are my own opinions. They mean nothing. I’m not compensated for anything I say. There are referral links above, which have the potential to help cover the cost of future orders.

Citrus Lane Box Review - 10 Mo - August 2014

Stitch Fix Review - August 2014
Box: Stitch Fix
Frequency: Monthly or On-Demand
Cost: Determined by what you keep. Non-refundable $20 styling fee will be applied to any purchase made from box. No shipping costs.
See how Stitch Fix works here

My mom drilled it into my head that it’s the thought, rather than the execution, that counts. From that perspective, I suppose I should be grateful to the Almighty Stitch for taking me back into the fold. Honestly, though, this couldn’t have been a bigger miss for me. I requested Camille again. While the card SAID it was from her, I had strong doubts the moment I pulled the clothing from the box.

 

Stitch Fix Review - August 2014

I’m pretty specific that I only want to see dramatic edgy & glam pieces, and I felt like this box definitely leaned boho. While there were a couple of pieces that were decent attempts, the selection was a far cry from my last fix, which I raved about. Perhaps it was a Camille-bot that did the styling.

This review is going to be short and sour. Although I did try on every piece, I couldn’t bear to capture the results on film. For those of you that love witnessing another’s misery, I’m sorry.

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 COLLECTIVE CONCEPTS JENNAH FLUTTER SLEEVE LEOPARD PRINT BLOUSE ($64)

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The most promising of the bunch, I liked the bold print and black inset detail. Unfortunately, with all the extra material it just wasn’t flattering on. I don’t do billowy well, unless it’s pretty sheer so that you can see some shape definition underneath.  

STATUS: RETURNED

SANCTUARY ELVIS MIXED PRINT FAUX LEATHER DETAIL BLOUSE ($78)

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I also held out hope for this one. The pleather detail makes it a little edgy, and I really liked the mixed snake/houndstooth print. It’s a really unique tank top and I was disappointed I couldn’t make it work. First of all, I can’t wear a bra with it, which automatically disqualifies it. Secondly, the fit was too tight across the front and too shapeless below that.

It just goes downhill from here.

STATUS: RETURNED

 SANCTUARY RICKIE CAMO PRINT CARGO SKINNY PANT ($98)

Stitch Fix Review - August 2014

I just got an awesome pair of camo leggings from Fabletics, so I’m not prejudiced against the print. Everything else about these was wrong, wrong, wrong for me. They were too short, looked old and faded, and unflattering. They fit, they just fit poorly. It would be an insult to our military for me to wear these in public, so I packed them back up.

Status: RETURNED

EN CREME WANDA EMBROIDERY  RUFFLE DETAIL TANK ($28)

Stitch Fix Review - August 2014

Although I’m partial to black, nothing else about this tank appealed to me. It was too short and I disliked the ruffle. Tight through the bust, it just wasn’t (you guessed it) flattering. I could see this being cute on someone else, but it wasn’t my style or fit at all.

Status: RETURNED

ANGIE LIA MIXED PRINT SOFT PANT ($38)

Stitch Fix Review - August 2014

It’s Hammer! Go Hammer! Hit the Hammer! Yo Hammer!

Can’t touch these. Ever.

I requested cute track pants, which is how these ended up in the box. For me, the print is wrong and the fit is REALLY wrong. The waist doesn’t sit properly high or low, but that’s just a minor detail. These pants are majorly wrong for me. I have to admit I was a little worried that even Stitch Fix wouldn’t want them back.

STATUS: INCINERATED

SUMMARY

Sadly I couldn’t find one piece of clothing I was willing to tolerate any longer. I was out $20, but I probably saved a ton in long-term therapy costs. This is the worst fix I’ve had, but I also know it’s possible to have a great experience. Don’t get me wrong, not all of these clothes are awful – they just were awful for me. I’m not a free-spirited girl in either personality or style, so the Boho has gotta go.

If you’re interested in subscribing to Stitch Fix, feel free to use my referral link here (and Thank You!). You can always request specific pieces that you like.


DISCLAIMER: Obviously these are my own opinions. They mean nothing. I’m not compensated for anything I say. There are referral links above, which have the potential to help cover the cost of future orders.
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Box: Stitch Fix
Frequency: Monthly or On-Demand
Cost: Determined by what you keep. Non-refundable $20 styling fee will be applied to any purchase made from box. No shipping costs.
See how Stitch Fix works here

Stitch Fix has been all over the place for me, so I had no idea what to expect this month. As I pulled out the stacks of folded clothing, however, I knew this month had the potential to be amazing.  Any chance I could keep all 5? I had requested a variety of items: wrap skirts, destroyed boyfriend jeans (they just got all their fall denim in), cocktail dresses and a specific jacket I had seen posted elsewhere. Camille (and, unlike last month, I think it’s really her!) came through for me.

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KUT FROM THE CLOTH MAISHA PONTE DRAPE FRONT JACKET ($88)

Stitch Fix Review - September 2014

Before I tried this on I knew I would love it. This is a casual jacket that can be easily dressed up or down. It has a faux leather front, cloth sleeves and the PERFECT amount of structure for me. Jackets that button or zip in front are difficult for me to pull off, as you will see. This soft, cardigan-style fall is much more flattering.

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A black jacket with great draping? Welcome to my collection!

STATUS: KEPT

KUT FROM THE KLOTH KATE DISTRESSED BOYFRIEND JEAN ($78)

Stitch Fix Review - September 2014

I knew I was optimistic when asking for destroyed jeans. As I suspected, even with all the new denim they are advertised, they don’t have anything along those lines. In place of that I received this pair of slightly distressed boyfriend jeans. Luckily my husband liked these more than I thought he would; after years of squeezing into skinny jeans I think they feel like heaven! While they will never be my most flattering pair, I think the relaxed fit is cute and casual. Still, I will probably balance this cropped look with heels or wedges – there’s a limit to my casualness.

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I gotta admit, the vanity sizing on these gave me a little thrill. Even though she sent me a size smaller than my profile, they still feel slightly big in the waist. I ignored the fact that these obviously run huge, and gave myself a pat of the back for skipping my workouts this week and enjoying pizza night – it clearly paid off!

STATUS: KEPT

RENEE C AZINEE 3/4 SLEEVE ABSTRACT PRINT DRESS ($68)

Stitch Fix Review - September 2014

You’ve heard the old adage “She would look good even in a potato sack.” Whoever made that up was definitely not talking about me! Shapeless outfits, particularly those with high necklines, are atrocious on me. In fact, I think they’re atrocious on most people, but Twiggy-sized girls somehow make them look ugly-chic. This dress isn’t quite that bad, but it’s not quite that good either.

Stitch Fix Review - September 2014

This was included to meet my request for a cocktail dress. Camille felt it was similar to some structured pieces I had on Pinterest. This dress is a lot of things, but cocktail and structured aren’t two of them. It hit me at a good length, but that’s about all it had going for it.

I tried to give it a shot with a belt and a jacket, but ugh…

Stitch Fix Review - September 2014

I need to bold and capitalize my requests for no high necks and shape through the waist.

Status: RETURNED

MARKET AND SPRUCE ELISSA FRENCH TERRY MOTO JACKET ($68)

Stitch Fix Review - September 2014

Breaking up with this jacket was difficult. I requested this specific jacket and I really, really wanted to make it work. I tried it in a bunch of ways and it had its moments. In the end it was too short for this high waisted girl, and didn’t lay quite right when it was open. I liked the waistline it created, and had it been about 3 inches longer I would have loved it. Sadly, I know that once this goes into my closet it would never come out again. It’s not you, jacket; it’s me!

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Status: RETURNED

BRIXON IVY JARRED LACE DETAIL CAP-SLEEVE BLOUSE ($68)

Stitch Fix Review - September 2014

This was the pleasant surprise of the group. Ok, so this blouse IS high-necked, but it’s saved by the V of lace in the front. Even though I’m no longer corporate, I occasionally help out my husband and attend meetings at his office. This is the perfect top for that occasion. The fit from the front is decent, but it’s the lace detail that really sold me. The cap sleeves are incredibly delicate and the back is stunning. I love the jewel-tone cobalt, and since I already own plenty of this color would love to own it in a green or blush as well.

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STATUS: KEPT

SUMMARY

It’s still several months from our chilly weather here in Arizona. I’m glad that most of what I received is wearable now, even though the rest of the country is getting serious about their fall fashion. This is my second truly successful Stitch Fix out of five. Disregarding last month’s fiasco of a fix, my stylist definitely seems to be forming a better sense of my style, and I’m hoping future fixes continue to improve.

If you’re interested in subscribing to Stitch Fix, feel free to use my referral link here (and Thank You!).


DISCLAIMER: Obviously these are my own opinions. They mean nothing. I’m not compensated for anything I say. There are referral links above, which have the potential to help cover the cost of future orders.
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Box: POPSugar Must Have
Frequency: Monthly
Includes: Hand curated full-size picks in Fashion, Home, Fitness, Beauty and Food
Cost: $39.95/month (free shipping!) – Cancel anytime. Save more by paying up front.
Value: Varies, but I’ve found it to be consistently over $100

Dear POPSugar, please forgive my neglect! Traveling almost the entire month of July means I am woefully behind on even my favorite reviews. Luckily, POPSugar didn’t hold back and continued to send me my monthly box of assorted awesomeness. I think I’m starting to love these boxes even more. Their products are well-curated, useful, and get high marks for design and cool-factor. Additionally, the value is consistently high.POPSugar Must Have Box Review - August 2014

The August box (I’ll get to July later) didn’t seem to have a terribly cohesive theme other than Perfect For Me.

KENDRA SCOTT ELLE EARRINGS IN SLATE (Sugg. Retail $52)

POPSugar Must Have Box Review - August 2014

I found it odd that the actual jewelry subscriptions I’ve tried haven’t impressed me. In fact, I haven’t even bothered to write reviews on them and have cancelled them after the first box. When I receive jewelry in POPSugar, however, I’m always happy. While they don’t usually include pieces I would buy for myself, they are good quality and I almost always grow to love them. These are a good size and a beautiful pearly gray color in a brassy-gold setting.

THE MASON JAR COOKIE COMPANY (Sugg. Retail $12)

EXTRA – THINKTHIN BROWNIE CRUNCH HIGH PROTEIN BAR

POPSugar Must Have Box Review - August 2014I love that this cookie mix has the cuteness of mason jar packaging without actually requiring me to keep a mason jar around to remind me of all the Pinterest crafts I am NOT getting around to! I haven’t made these yet, but even I can probably handle adding an egg and butter to this mix.  I will probably make a giant pizza cookie out of it for the next birthday that comes along.

I love that this is included in the same box as cookie mix! POPSugar and I are on the same page – polish off a batch of cookies and make up for it by eating a protein bar! I am all for “thinking” myself thin rather than doing any actual diet or exercise. This was really yummy so I was really surprised when I saw it had no sugar and 20g protein.

PADDYWAX OCEAN TIDE + SEA SALT MINI JAR CANDLE (Sugg. Retail $10)

POPSugar Must Have Box Review - August 2014

This is the second mini Paddywax candle I’ve received recently. I think the scent of the other one was stronger, but this one is pleasant enough. I like these for my bathroom and our guest bath. The jar it comes in is gorgeous and after burning down the candle I will have to use it for…something. Dang it – no mason jar but a candle jar to contend with!

GOODBYN PURPLE MEAL & DIPPER SET (Sugg. Retail $8)

POPSugar Must Have Box Review - August 2014

I received a GoodByn product in either Citrus Lane or Bluum a couple of months ago. I haven’t gotten much use yet because I don’t pack lunch but I love the sizes of these and the fact that they usually come with a couple of compartments. This purple one comes with two individual compartments, each holding 1.25 cups of food. Additional it has an adorable removable little dipping container for ranch, marinara or (more likely) caramel. I need a reason to start using these!

LOLLIA AT LAST PERFUMED SHOWER GEL (Sugg. Retail $22)

POPSugar Must Have Box Review - August 2014Someone needs to create a YouTube tutorial for men describing what a “dime-sized” amount is. It seems the more expensive my girly stuff is, the more my husband thinks he needs to get clean. When he got his hands on my Pureology last month I almost had a heart attack.  My point is, since I’m usually bathing with my baby these days, my husband will probably be smelling like a rose garden before I get to try it out. Since I love the smell of this, I guess that’s still a win-win.

BITE BEAUTY LUSH FRUIT LIP (Sugg. Retail $22)

POPSugar Must Have Box Review - August 2014A delicious color for a delicious flavor! This sheer gloss is not nearly as bright on as it looks in the tube. In fact, I wish it had slightly more pigment, but it tastes great and is a great everyday summer color. It claims to be made from real fruit which makes me wonder if it’s going to rot if I don’t use it quickly enough.

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Kendra Scott Earrings and Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss

SUMMARY

More and more each month I look forward to my POPSugar fix. As always this month was full of quality, useful and fun surprises. It seems like a lot of thought and strategy goes into creating balanced and perfectly seasonal boxes. Even as I slowly edit my ridiculous list of subscription boxes, I know this one will be kept around for quite some time.

The only thing getting me more excited than POPSugar September is their Fall Limited Edition box headed my way!

If you’re interested in subscribing to POPSugar, feel free to use my referral link here (and Thank You!).


DISCLAIMER: Obviously these are my own opinions. They mean nothing. I’m not compensated for anything I say. There are referral links above, which have the potential to help cover the cost of future orders.
Fancy Subscription Box Review - July 2014
Box: Fancy (Regular)
Frequency: Monthly
Includes: Hand curated full-size picks in categories you select.
Cost: $39.00/month + $7.95 s&h – Cancel anytime. Save more by paying up front.
Value: Over $80 of the most “Fancy’d” items from the Fancy website

I wasn’t supposed to receive this month’s regular Fancy box since I switched my subscription to Nicky Hilton, whose box also showed up. After the headache of dealing with customer service previously, I’m throwing in the towel. They could send me every box they curate and probably get away with it until I get the energy to deal with them again.

Fancy Box Review - July 2014This month’s Fancy box was intended to improve poolside soirees. Even with a pool IN MY BACKYARD I highly doubt I will get pool time anytime in the near future. As a mommy survival kit, however, it’s fantastic!

“I’M BUSY” TOWEL (Value?)

 

Fancy Box Review - July 2014This towel is awesome! I think I will cut a hole in the middle of this and re-purpose it as a poncho. What a fantastic repellent for mall kiosk employees and pest control salesmen! On second thought, they’re tough rascals; it will probably only be effective at warding off romantic advances. In any case, it gets the point across beautifully.

Large beach towels generally seem to run around $20. There is a cooler, larger, out-of-stock but much more expensive towel here.

TOVOLO SILICONE KING CUBE TRAY ($8.50)Fancy Box Review - July 2014

How do you know you’re a mommy? When you see a product intended for alcoholic beverages and automatically think “What a FABULOUS baby food freezer!” Originally intended for creating giant ice cubes to reduce dilution of your favorite spirits, these sections are actually the perfect size for longer-term storage of my pureed concoctions. My lucky little guy will get even more eggplant/tomato and spinach/applesauce. Yummy.

MERKURY INNOVATIONS – SOUNDWAVE BLUETOOTH PORTABLE WIRELESS SPEAKER ($39.99)

 

Fancy Box Review - July 2014

I fully expect to see this on clearance in the TJ Maxx Men’s Christmas section this winter. This speaker boasts a bluetooth range of several feet and a 4-hr battery life. In reality, I had to keep my phone right next to it to keep the audio from cutting in and out. I also think the range they were referring to was actually the distance from which you could hear it, in a monastery, at full volume. I would say you would get laughed out of your pool party for using this, but I honestly don’t think anyone would even notice you had a speaker with you. Luckily, I’ve wanted something similar to play lullabies in little one’s nursery and baby needs his music really quiet. He won’t mind the short battery life either, since Mommy has a penchant for singer/songwriters from the 60s.

CANVAS POOL TOTE (Value?)

Fancy Box Review - July 2014

 

This navy & natural canvas bag will never see daylight as a fashion accessory. I don’t find it too fashionable, and I have enough random totes. However, the older my baby gets, the more piles of junk collect around my house. So I’m always in need of creative ways to disguise my clutter as something useful. This will likely eventually be filled with old Starbucks receipts, coupons two years past their expiration, and returns for Marshalls. I estimate the value to be $15 – $20.

SUMMARY

In a strange twist of fate, this month I can actually see myself using every item in my Fancy box for non-intended purposes. The depressing fate of the tote makes me want to get rid of it ASAP. I had a tough time locating values, but I’m not disappointed spending about $45 for what I received. Still, I hope the computer glitch works itself out next month because I’m getting a bit overloaded with random, entertaining, semi-useful, mid-grade quality items. Taking bets on how many Fancy boxes I will receive next month…

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DISCLAIMER: Obviously these are my own opinions. They mean nothing. I’m not compensated for anything I say. There are referral links above, which have the potential to help cover the cost of future orders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicky Hilton Fancy Box Review - July 2014
Box: Fancy (Nicky Hilton)
Frequency: Monthly
Includes: Hand curated picks from Nicky Hilton.
Cost: $39.00/month + $7.95 s&h – Cancel anytime.
Value: Over $80

This is the way Nicky Hilton does Fancy. In addition to their regular and food boxes offered monthly, Fancy has several “celebrity”-curated boxes. This month, I switched my Fancy subscription to their newest curator: Nicky Hilton. Please forgive (or celebrate) my brevity this month; I was out of town most of the month and am playing catch up with some of my posts. 

I’m always curious about fashion and beauty oriented boxes. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this is what I got!

Nicky Hilton Fancy Box Review - July 2014
NCLA – JETSETTER NAIL POLISH – I ONLY FLY PRIVATE (~$16.00)

 

Nicky Hilton Fancy Box Review - July 2014This is a beautiful creamy coral polish that came in an adorable suitcase themed box. Too bad, so sad. I’m a gel kinda gal, so until NCLA starts making it I won’t be using their stuff.

OUT OF PRINT – INVISIBLE MAN JOURNAL ($16.00)

Nicky Hilton Fancy Box Review - July 2014You know when you have one of those brilliant flashes of inspiration that’s just begging to be captured for the next Great American Novel? Or do you want to pretend you’ve read “Invisible Man?” No? Then who else am I going to pawn this journal onto?

Out of Print is the branding of this specific journal, and the likely future status of ALL journals once my generation dies off. It’s beautifully cloth-bound and has 300 lined pages. It makes me wish I was not only better-read, but a bonafide journaler. If I could output my chicken-scratch at 100 wpm I would totally consider it.

Does Nicky Hilton journal?

FRED & FRIENDS- PUMPED UP SMART PHONE HOLDER (~$8.00)

 

Nicky Hilton Fancy Box Review - July 2014This is cutely random. Like most cutely random items I receive I enjoyed it for all of 10 seconds before accepting that I’m never going to use this. If I worked at a desk all day I might have a need to prop up my phone. As it STANDS (eh?), if my phone isn’t in my hand it’s in my wallet. So I will need to find a loving forever home for this guy.

PADDYWAX – GARDENIA & TUBEROSE SOY WAX CANDLE ($16.00)

 

Nicky Hilton Fancy Box Review - July 2014

Celebrities…they’re just like us: They don’t like stinky rooms either!

This smells fantastic. Even though I don’t bake, I like my kitchen to smell like cookies, so this will be delegated to the master bath. The list price is $32 for this 3 oz candle, which is ridic. Amazon is selling for $16, which is only slightly less ridic.

LUMO – HEART NECKLACE ($35)

 

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The more I look at this delicate little necklace the more I LOVE it. I’m not really a heart person, but this 14K gold plated design is so tiny and cute. I typically go for bigger pieces, but I love that this is an expensive-looking everyday piece that barely catches the eye. There’s something sweetly sexy about it and I’ve been wearing it since I received it. Best pick for the box by far!

SUMMARY

Fancy’s “thing” is apparently product randomness and spotty customer service. The necklace and candle were winners for me, although the subscription cost of $45 is pushing the upper-limit of what I’m willing to pay for those two items. The value of the box, based on my highly-scientific internet research, is about $90. The journal, polish and cell phone stand just won’t get used, although I would love to convince myself otherwise. Nicky did a decent job with this box, and I may stick with her another month.

If you’re interested in subscribing to Fancy, feel free to use my referral link here (and Thank You!).


DISCLAIMER: Obviously these are my own opinions. They mean nothing. I’m not compensated for anything I say. There are referral links above, which have the potential to help cover the cost of future orders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluum Box Review - 10 mo - July 2014
Box: Bluum
Frequency: Monthly (ships on the 17th)
Includes: Variety of goodies for mom and baby, based on gender, age and developmental stage.
Cost: $24.95 + free shipping (discounts for pay ahead subscriptions). Earn points through purchases, product reviews and referrals to subsidize future purchases.

Yay – it’s Bluum time again! I love having two baby subscriptions because I feel like there are always little treats coming in the mail for baby.  Citrus Lane rocked this month, so my expectations were a little higher than normal.

Bluum Box Review - 10 mo - July 2014

There were six items, which earns me extra review points. Also, since I may not use a couple of these, I liked the greater variety.

MELISSA AND DOUG – PEEK-A-BOO PANDA ($7.99)

Bluum Box Review - 10 mo - July 2014This is my favorite item in the box. The panda graphic is adorable, as is the concept. This wooden toy has arms that snap up and cover Panda’s face, so you can play Peek-A-Boo with your baby. He’s just getting the hang of this game lately, so it’s perfect for him.

There is a small insert describing ways to use this toy. Although fairly self-explanatory, I always appreciate additional tips that I may not have thought of. Of course this is a Melissa and Doug product – they are the best!

I PLAY – DISPOSABLE COMPRESSED WIPES 20 PK WITH TRAVEL TUBE ($4.50)

BUMKINS – PACIFIER CLIP – BLUE FIZZ ($2.98)

Bluum Box Review - 10 mo - July 2014
I’ve seen these before and, while interesting, I’m not sure that I would use them. These tiny discs are actually dehydrated wipes that expand when you get them wet. At $.225 apiece (not accounting for the travel tube), these are pretty steep for wipes. I like that they won’t dry out and take up a small amount of space, but I feel that I would always carry them in addition to my normal wipes as emergency backup. I’m probably more likely to grab a paper towel instead. I think these would be great for a really specific purpose, I’m just not sure what it is yet. Points for including a unique product though!Another pacifier accessory that my thumb-sucking cutie probably won’t use. I’ve received a few Bumkins brand items now, and I really like them. This one is a washable pacifier clip that prevents baby from losing his paci three aisles back on the grocery store. It also prevents Mommy from getting reported to CPS when she finds it and interprets the 10 second rule as the 2-minute rule.I’m hoping I can repurpose this to hold his raspberry teether, which is kind of shaped like a pacifier.

BEECH NUT – STAGE 3 BABY FOOD JAR – JUST APPLE & ARONIA BERRY ($2)

Bluum Box Review - 10 mo - July 2014

I’m glad we got the proper stage and flavor this time. I’ve never heard of aronia berry but apparently it’s tasty! The ingredients list is only two words long and neither of those is sugar, so I’m a happy camper. I think the reason it’s a Stage 3 food (8 months+) is because the texture is a little chunkier. It’s similar to whole berry cranberry sauce (versus the jellied can-shaped kind that REALLY belongs on a Thanksgiving table).

SPUNI – SPOON ($8.00)
JELLYSTONE DESIGNS – JCHEWS SMARTPHONE TEETHER ($12.99)

Bluum Box Review - 10 mo - July 2014

This spoon is specially shaped to trigger latching and reduce messiness during eating. I haven’t got the hang of it yet. My baby is an EATER and likes big spoonfuls, so I kept habitually overfilling this. The end result was that he was twice as messy as usual and annoyed at me for feeding him too slowly. I think this is a great concept for picky eaters, so I may be sharing it with someone who needs it more.

My husband has an old iPhone that has been laying around. It still has apps on it, but no service. He brilliantly repurposed it for our little cell-phone snatcher. My baby may not know the difference between food and his foot, but somehow he KNOWS which phone is which. He only wants the phones that can awkwardly pocket-dial past colleagues or one-click order a treadmill from Amazon. They seriously think this yellow rubber teether is going to fool him? Still, it’s cute.

SUMMARY

The value of Bluum this month was about $38.50. Solid box with some unique products, but Citrus Lane was a little more applicable to me and mine this month.

If you’re interested in getting 50% off your first Bluum box, feel free to use my referral link here (and Thank You!).


DISCLAIMER: Obviously these are my own opinions. They mean nothing. I’m not compensated for anything I say. There are referral links above, which have the potential to help cover the cost of future orders.

 

Bluum Box Review - 10 mo - July 2014

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