USA Every Day Box Review November 2014

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The USA Every Day Box by Celebrate American Made is a quarterly box of American made products, coupons, info, and samples including everything from home items to snacks. The box ships every 3 months and costs only $15, including shipping!!!

I was very happy to get the chance to review this box–here’s what was inside!

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First, there’s an info card about the companies that are featured in the box. I liked the map so you can get a visual idea about where all these products are coming from and where you can buy the products if you like them.

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1. Surf Sweets Gummies

I’ve seen these in boxes before but I really didn’t know that much about them. I was surprised to see how many local stores offer them! J definitely likes these but so does mommy.

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2. Peppermint Chapstick from Brigit True Organics

I love seasonal chapsticks–peppermint is one of my favorites. This balm goes on smooth and isn’t greasy or sticky. I’m throwing it in my purse since I go through balm like crazy in the winter.

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3. Kidecals Love Roses Small Keycals Keyboard Set ($9)

Kidecals makes all types of decals for your walls, keyboards, water bottles, shoes, clothes, etc. They offer free shipping on ANY order on their website and you can get a 15% off code for your first order.

This product was without a doubt my favorite in the whole box! I genuinely like florals but I can be so picky about prints because some are just too old fashioned for my taste. These prints are perfect! I love that I can put a few decals on my keyboard to add some extra flair, without actually covering all of the keys. And I think this set is exceptionally cute–the letters L, O, V, and E plus a few blank ones, the space bar, enter, shift and tab keys. This product alone was $9 which makes the $15 price for the box seem extremely worthwhile.

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The tag and website said that this set was for Macs only which I was worried about, but as you can see, they fit my laptop beautifully!

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4. Simply Divine Cookie

This was a small cookie sample from a monastery in Indiana. We love cookies around this house and this one was pretty tasty. It was nice to get another treat in the box.

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5. Olea Vert Soap Samples

I love bath and body stuff so I was happy to see some of that in the box! The lavender and peppermint aromas actually made the whole box smell fantastic. The samples are smaller but I can easily get a few uses each out of them. Adding them to my bath stash.

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6. Tattoo Sales Tattoo Samples

This was an impressive collection of tattoos! There was a great assortment of seasonal, abstract, graphic, and character designs in my sample pack. These were also a nice value since they sell on the site for an average of $0.60 each from what I could tell. My stepkids are coming to visit for Thanksgiving and I see them being very excited about this!

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I didn’t do a cost breakdown for the box since many of the products are sample items but I definitely think the value is there. The decals alone are worth $9 and I think you can’t really go wrong with spending $15 every 3 months to support American made products.

Do you get this box? What’d you think??

 

Disclosure: This box was received free for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

 

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25 Holiday Books for your Christmas Book Advent Calendar

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I love traditions. I didn’t grow up with many of them that I can remember so I’m creating them for our family. I also love advent calendars :) And we have a couple of them already. We’re using our mini stocking advent to hold candy treats for Jas this year, and we’re letting him track the days on this super cute Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar.

This year, I’m also going to do the Christmas Book Advent Calendar. You might’ve already seen or hear about it on Pinterest but if not, it’s one wrapped book per day that the child gets to open at bedtime from Dec 1-Christmas. I already have several books from last year, so I’ve found more and I’m so excited!

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Wantable Intimates November 2014 Review

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If you’re new to Wantable, this company offers high-end fully customizable makeup, intimates, and accessories subscriptions for $36 per month or $40 for a one time purchase. Their website is really easy to navigate making it very user friendly. There are extensive questionnaires for each of the boxes so that your box is completely tailored to your preferences. You can cancel or resubscribe online at any time and you can skip months without canceling if you’d prefer. You can read my review of their previous boxes HERE.

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Wet Shave Club October 2014 Review, Discount, and GIVEAWAY!!!

Wet Shave Club sends a box of wet shaving supplies including things like soaps, razor blades, brushes, aftershave, etc designed to last you for the whole month. The cost is $29 per month, lower if you buy multiple months (3 mo–$24/mo, 6 mo–$22/mo, 12 mo–$19/mo). One of the things I loved is that they ship literally anywhere–shipping is free in the continental US, $5 to Canada, and $7.99 to anywhere else. Their page says that even if you’re on an international space station, they’ll figure out a way to get you a box–I’d love for someone to test this!

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT!–Use the code LANE5 to save $5 on your purchase!

Hubs doesn’t get enough fun mail so I was so happy to get the opportunity to review this service. He’s also a military guy as y’all know so he has to shave every day. I was sure he’d appreciate a fancier shaving experience.

Here’s what I received:

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Stitch Fix #3 Review

I’m SO excited that my Stitch Fix came last week cause I needed a little Fall color for my wardrobe. I was very pleased with the colors I saw when I opened the box–Tracy did great!!

Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You fill out a REALLY thorough questionnaire with all your sizes, likes, dislikes, style, preferences, budget (tell them your budget, it helps!), etc and they send you a package of clothes (and accessories if desired) to try on at home. You return whatever items you don’t want and pay only for the items you keep.

COST: Varies. It’s based on what items you receive, how much they cost, and what you decide to keep. At a minimum, you pay a $20 styling fee which covers the time the stylist spends on you and your shipping costs. If you keep anything, the styling fee is applied to the cost of the item. If you return everything, you’re out $20. If you keep everything, you get 25% off every item in your fix!!!

SHIPPING: Ships via FedEx and you pick the delivery date–costs for shipping and return shipping are included in the styling fee.

STYLIST: If you find a stylist you love, you can keep them!!! And they’ll do all your fixes :) You can request a stylist in your comments. My stylist is Tracy Ng and I HIGHLY recommend her!

Here’s what I received:

Cheyenne Mixed Media Top ($48) Returned

I wanted to love this. It’s super comfy and really warm and the sleeves are unique. It looked like a great SAHM top. But obviously it’s really really short. I have a long torso and a large cup size so I just don’t think the hi-lo look works for me.

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Kut from the Kloth Burgundy Jonathan Skinny Pants ($68) Kept

I love these!!! I really wanted some burgundy in my fix and these are fantastic. They fit sooooo well and I think they’re great for Fall. The corduroy adds some texture too.

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Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt ($54) KEEEEEEEEP!

Does this sound familiar from my last fix? Hahahaha, that’s cause it is ;) I begged and begged and begged Tracy to find me another one of these and not only did she succeed, but she found me one in another color!!! I’m thrilled!!!

And modeling the pants again ;)

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Sanctuary Stripe and Lace Henley Top ($58)

I loved the style of this. The lace detail is beautiful and I’m obviously a fan of casual henley tops. It’s beautiful but it is so so so fitted. I’d say this is more of a small rather than a medium. It’s super duper tight so it was a definite no.

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Avah Two Tone Chevron Top ($58) Return–which I’m already regretting…

So here’s what happened…I wanted to keep this sooooooo bad. If I had kept all 5 items, it would’ve been pretty much the same price as keeping just the three items that I wanted to keep (due to the 25% discount). I wasn’t able to sell or swap the tops I didn’t want, and I knew I’d never wear them myself…and I couldn’t justify the pricetag for only keeping the three items I wanted. So I returned one. Which already feels like a terrible decision :(

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That’s it! I’m really happy with Tracy’s color and print choices for me. It was another fun fix to try on :) If you want to try them, check them out here!

 

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October Wantable Intimates Review

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If you’re new to Wantable, this company offers high-end fully customizable makeup, intimates, and accessories subscriptions for $36 per month or $40 for a one time purchase. Their website is really easy to navigate making it very user friendly. There are extensive questionnaires for each of the boxes so that your box is completely tailored to your preferences. You can cancel or resubscribe online at any time and you can skip months without canceling if you’d prefer. You can read my review of their previous boxes HERE.

Here’s what I got for October:

1. Coobie Wire Free Lace Bralette ($22)

As usual, I love this aqua/teal color! I cringed at the “one size” tag cause that doesn’t normally work well for my size D girls. It’s a tad snug, but it’s workable. And the laceyness is beautimous. I generally like a little more support if I plan on leaving the house but I think I’ll be indoors quite a bit this winter and something like this is nice for stylish lounging. I also think it’ll be a cute addition under certain tops.

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2. Modern Heritage Seamless Leggings with Zippers ($12)

The weather’s been getting a lot cooler around here so I’ve been living in leggings. I think these are SO cute with the little zipper detail at the bottom. I can probably never get enough leggings, and I’d love to get some in different colors in the future!

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3. Pink Stripe Racerback Tank ($24)

I seriously wish I could get a whole box of JUST loungewear from Wantable cause it’s some of the most cute and comfy stuff I own. This tank is SOOOOOOO soft! I’ll enjoy wearing it around the house with my yoga pants on yucky weather days, but I also thing I’ll be using this one at the gym. Definitely my favorite piece this month–LOVE!

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4. Ozone Checkerboard Knee Highs ($15.99)

So I seriously didn’t know what to think when I saw these, lol! I love Ozone socks, I have a couple pairs already and they’re really great quality with super cute prints. I love the checkerboard pattern of these, but I guess I was unsure about the color combo. The brown/grey neutrals combined with the super bright orange and aqua kind of threw me off at first. But the more I look at them, the more I like them. I have NO idea how I’d style these–do I just wear them under pants? But I’m pretty sure they’re sticking around. I did say that I like “neutrals” and I like “brights” on my profile, so kudos to Wantable for finding a perfect combo, lol!

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So all totaled up, this month’s box is worth about $73.99! Not my highest value box from Wantable, but more than double the $36 cost of the box! Interested in subscribing to Wantable? Click HERE to check them out!

 

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Easy Crockpot Applesauce Recipe

Have you ever had homemade applesauce? We love homemade applesauce. The kind that I make is super smooth with a very fine texture, unlike anything you could get from a store bought jar of applesauce. We use it as a side dish for some meals, a snack, or sometimes dessert. I make it for friends too, and I’m always surprised that they think it’s so difficult. It’s SO easy!!!

Here’s what I do:

Take a bunch of apples, rinse them and remove the core and slice them. I use this OXO Good Grips Apple Corer and Divider. Something like this makes the coring/slicing a really quick task. I normally use about 6 large apples or 15 small apples like the ones pictured below. It really doesn’t matter how many you use.

*Note–it is not necessary to remove the peels if you make applesauce like I do, but if you don’t have a food press, you might want to remove the peels before coring/slicing.

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Next, dump all the apple slices into your crockpot and add a cup of water. You don’t really have to worry about too much water and I’ll tell you why in a sec.

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I cook mine on high for about 3 hours, but if you’re gonna be out for a while, you can cook on low for as long as you need. They’ll get nice a mushy like the picture below :)

What? This doesn’t look appetizing? LOL!

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Next you want to take a slotted spoon and scoop out the apples and put them in a food press like this one. Moving them with a slotted spoon is the reason you don’t have to worry about the extra liquid–it’ll stay in the crockpot unless you want to add it to the sauce. There are other various types of food mills and food presses that you can use but mine looks similar to the one linked above. They’re perfect for make sauces like this, or jams and jellies.

Once the apples are in the food press, I mush them with that wooden pestle and voila! Applesauce comes out the bottom.

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You could also add other fruits, like pears, or seasoning, like cinnamon, if you want to change the flavor.

If you left the skins on like me, they get stuck in the food press. If you don’t have a food press or food mill, you can remove the skins before coring/slicing, move the cooked apples to a bowl with the slotted spoon and use a potato masher to turn it into sauce–it will have a thicker and chunkier texture.

Finally, add liquid from the crockpot till you reach your desired texture and sweeten to taste. This is why I use a slotted spoon–my sauce starts out really thick. Then I ladle over some of the liquid from the crockpot until it achieves the thin and smooth texture my family likes. You have to play with it to find your perfect texture cause everyone has different tastes :) And speaking of taste, add a little sugar if you like your applesauce sweeter. I start with a couple tablespoons and add more until I’m satisfied.

Super easy!

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Pumpkin Pop Stand–Dollar Tree Craft

Hiya folks! Sorry for the long absence. My laptop died and I had to get it replaced. Took a little bit of time, but I’m baaaaaaaack :) Here’s my latest Halloween decor I thought I’d share.

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My friend originally told me about this idea where you take a pumpkin and you drill holes into it and then you put lollipops into the holes. It sounded like too much work (and too much mess!) so I didn’t bother with it. But I was at the dollar tree the other day and I found a foam pumpkin designed for carving, and I thought that would be perfect!

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I also love this idea cause J really digs lollipops. Having them on display is a good way to bribe him into behaving (hey…this isn’t a post about good parenting, lol)

So it really is as simple as that. Buy a foam pumpkin from the dollar tree and then stick lollipops into the side of it. I think it will be a cute addition to my candy display that I will use outside for the trick or treaters. We are almost never here to answer the door because I like to be out with my little guy and so does his daddy :)

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Wantable Intimates Review September 2014

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If you’re new to Wantable, this company offers high-end fully customizable makeup, intimates, and accessories subscriptions for $36 per month or $40 for a one time purchase. There will be a new FITNESS sub starting soon so make sure you fill out the profile for that if you’re interested! Their website is really easy to navigate making it very user friendly. There are extensive questionnaires for each of the boxes so that your box is completely tailored to your preferences. You can cancel or resubscribe online at any time and you can skip months without canceling if you’d prefer. You can read my review of their previous boxes HERE.

Here’s what I got for September:

1. Live Lounge Light Pink Paisley Cotton Pajamas ($19.99)

This is seriously SO cute! I don’t normally wear paisley…but I’d consider it for this set. Sadly, the pants are too short, but I know someone that will love them :)

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2. Yummie by Heather Thompson Stephanie 2 Way Tank ($33.99)

This is SO awesome!!! It’s a shapewear tank, one side is boatneck and the other side is v-neck, seriously–why haven’t I seen anything like this before??? All tees and tanks should come like this, it would cut the layering pieces part of my wardrobe in half. The color is so me too. Perfect!

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3. Isadora Paccini Women’s Seamless Leggings ($9.99)

I was a little worried when I saw the sizing on these cause they were S/M (100-130 lbs). I’m not under 130, I’ll just leave it at that. But these still fit perfectly. I heard somewhere that Wantable sends tights/leggings based on the undies size you select which would match up with my profile. Either the leggings are super stretchy or they fit more based on your undies size. Either way, perfect Fall wardrobe staple and super comfy. Love!

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4. Pucker Up Cotton Fusion Bikini in Pink ($14)

I love these types of undies with the lay flat edges cause they look completely seamless under my leggings. Wantable has sent me about 10 pairs of undies so far and I’ve love ALL of them! They’re steadily phasing out my plain jane cotton undies which makes me uber happy :)

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So all totaled up, this month’s Wantable is valued at $77.97–more than double the cost of the box!!! I’m super excited that they’re getting ready to launch their new Fitness box–I can’t wait to see what they pick!!! :D Click HERE to check them out!

 

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Bubbleguppies Under the Sea Birthday Party! Including Food, Decoration, and Activity ideas!

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My sweet boy just turned 2!! I updated his chalkboard art (above). I love that piece cause it hangs in his room all year long and it’s the perfect party decor for our entry way :)

Here it is on the entry table. The Happy Birthday bubbles above it are from NickJr.com

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