Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Orange Glad: July 2014 Review


I always look forward to receiving my Orange Glad box, a monthly subscription filled with all kinds of sweet treats and desserts from bakeries across the U.S. starting at $15 (plus S/H for a total of $21.95) each month. I love all of the new bakeries and treats I'm introduced to with this box - no way would I ever find them on my own. Big thanks to Orange Glad who kindly sent this box for me to review and share!


Cranberry Muffin Top
It's no secret that the best part of the muffin is the muffin top, so it was nice to find one in this month's box - the Cranberry Muffin Top (~$4) from Seattle's Favorite Gourmet Cookies and Dessert Co. I love cranberries and I love oranges but wasn't completely sold on the flavor combo. I did scarf it down pretty quickly though!


Freedom Star Sugar Cookies
The Freedom Star Sugar Cookies ($3) from Gianna's Homemade Baked Goods were my favorite treat in this month's box! Sugar cookies are one of my very common desserts, so it wasn't a complete surprise, but I loved the star-shaped and theme for July. Very appropriate considering our country's big holiday!


Ice-Dream Sandwich
Although Orange Glad curates this amazing subscription box, this mont haas the first time they've debuted their very own dessert - the Ice-Dream Sandwich ($1.50), two sugar cookies with "ice (butter/sugar) put together. So delicious! I hope more unique treats from the Orange Glad bakery come out next month!


Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownie
I'm not usually a huge cheesecake fan other than the crust, but I must say, the Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownie ($4) from Chocolate Maven is pretty tasty. My mom, who's a big fan of cheesecake absolutely loved this one and immediately wanted to try more.


Chocolate Babka
Before looking at the info card, I expected the Chocolate Babka ($6) to be something similar to a pound cake, but it was actually more like monkey bread or a cinnamon roll - chocolate with soft coffee cke-liek breading. I ate this for breakfast (who said dessert can't be breakfast?!) and found it to be pretty rich but so good!



July's Orange Glad box retailed out to about $22.50 and was another big hit! I like that not every dessert needs to be eaten right away, and that whether it does or doesn't, the timeframe is indicated on the info card. I'm also thinking I need to start making a list of some of these bakeries to visit in real life if/when I venture to their location. Yum!

If you're interested in subscribing to Orange Glad, use code "YUMMY10" to save 10%!


*Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Tunes



Happy Tuesday and greetings from San Francisco! This week my song pick is "Cool Kids" by Echosmith. Thanks to my best friend Lisa for finding this one - I love it! It has a indie meets 80s sound and sounds like something that will make it onto a movie soundtrack soon if it hasn't already. Definitely one you need to add to your summer playlists!



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Monday, July 21, 2014

PopSugar Must Have: July 2014 Review


I'm very happy that my July PopSugar Must Have box arrived a little earlier than usual this month! But as usual, some spoilers came across my screen before I was able to unbox myself (I can't resist the spoiler alerts)!

Sending top picks from PopSugar home, fitness, beauty, fashion and food, PopSugar Must Have costs $39.95 (they instated a price hike not too long ago) and is one of my favorite boxes to subscribe to. Check out the goodies in July's box below!


French Bull Ziggy Salad Servers
The Ziggy Salad Servers ($12) were one of my favorite items in the box! I love the bright colors and pattern and oddly enough, this is one kitchen accessory I don't have! This set is also dishwasher friendly which is a huge plus.


Michael Stars Beach Hat
This Beach Hat from Michael Stars ($48) came in a couple different colors and I ended up with the chocolate brown version. Very cute style and perfect for summer! I'm not a big hat wearer though, so I'll probably end up gifting this one.


Acme Chevron Straws
Normally straws aren't anything to get excited about, but the Acme Chevron Straws ($7) are adorable and the perfect accessory for any summer party. Although I don't have anything planned at the moment, I think I'm going to need to host a get together with friends because these are too cute to not use!


Dang Toasted Coconut Chips
I've never heard of the Dang brand or tasted toasted coconut chips ($3) and thought this was a pretty interested inclusion. I like that it's a healthy snack alternative, as opposed to the typical things you'd find down the chip aisle.


TKO Soft Grip Jump Rope 
I can't remember the last time I used a jump rope, but since I've been on a fitness kick this year (at least more so than previous years), I'm actually really excited about this TKO Soft Grip Jump Rope ($12) and can't wait to use it! I also love the color (Glacier + Ash) so PopSugar did well here!


Sun Bum Sunscreen & Lotion
I think I've seen some kind of sunscreen in every subscription box I've received this month and because of it, am set on sunscreen probably for the next 10 years (slight exaggeration). The Sun Bum Sunscreen ($12) & Lotion ($8) are my favorite though because some aloe is included for people who end up like lobsters (me)!


Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara
The last (and bonus) item in my July box was Revlon's Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara ($8). I haven't tried this yet since I'm still using my current mascara, but I think I'll give this one a try once it runs out.


July's PopSugar Must Have box retailed out to about $110 and was a pretty big win for me overall. I'm already looking forward to August's box! If you're interested in subscribing, be sure to use coupon code "REFER5" for $5 off your first box!

What were your favorite items in this month's box?


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun Findings Friday


Tory Burch FitBit Accessories:
The Tory Burch and FitBit partnership was announced months ago, but we finally saw the new Tory Burch for FitBit accessories earlier this week - yay! Although these new bracelets and necklaces don't include the FitBit tracker which you need to track your steps, the designs are pretty cute and start at $35. I'm not a big wearer of gold jewelry so I'm hoping they roll out some silver options in the near future. Would definitely wear them!


La Fresh Sunscreen Wipes:
Summer is in full screen and sunscreen in high demand. Although I have plenty of bottles of sunscreen on hand, I always end up spilling it or getting it all over my belongings which can be frustrating! I've been obsessed with La Fresh wipes for makeup removal and facial cleansing for a few months now and am LOVING their sunscreen wipes (SPF 30) that're easy to tote around, smooth to apply, and no mess! These are only available during summer so be sure to stock up now!


Mental Floss Magazine:
Browsing the airport magazine rack I discovered a new (well, at least to me) magazine that I'm now hooked on! Sure, you can use Google to find random facts and stats, but when you're in flight and aren't wanting to splurge on the slow Wi-Fi, Mental Floss Magazine is my new favorite way to pass time!



*Disclosure: I received the La Fresh sunscreen wipes for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Essential Apps: July 2014


I have lots of exciting things planned this month and to help keep me on track, I've compiled a list of my essential apps for July. Check them out below!

IFTTT (If This Then That):
This app is absolutely brilliant! IFTT uses "recipes" to bridge apps that wouldn't normally work well together, allowing your phone to take action when something happens, hence the app name, If This Then That. I've already signed up for several recipes on my smartphone and so far it's been so great!


BlogHer '14:
I'm so excited to be attending the BlogHer blogger conference next week and the BlogHer 2014 mobile app is a must have for me in keeping my schedule straight! If you're a fellow blogger attending, I highly recommend downloading this, as you'll have the schedule of events with you on-the-go!

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Tasting Passes/Winery Finder:
I know this won't be relevant to a lot of you at the moment, but hopefully when you're planning a trip to the Napa/Sonoma area in California, this will come in handy for you! The Tasting Passes/Winery Finder not only helps you track down wineries in the area along with reviews/ratings, but also offers coupons on wine tastings to help you keep your spending down whenever possible. I've already planned a big chunk of our itinerary from the deals listed in here, it's a great resource!



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Tunes



Today's tune is inspired by one of my favorite artists of all time (and who I also happened to see in concert and MEET last night)! "We Are the World" was a song originally written for charity by Lionel Richie along with Michael Jackson. It also happens to be the song currently stuck in my head, as it was the encore/closing song in Lionel's concert at the Ampitheatre in Tampa last night. If you're a fan of artists from the 80s, this is one you'll appreciate as it features a number of big artists from that time!



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Monday, July 14, 2014

FabFitFun: Summer 2014 Review


I've been eyeing up the FabFitFun subscription box for quite some time and was SO excited when the company offered to send me a box to review and share with you!

FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box that sends a variety of products in fashion, fitness and beauty, worth over $100, for $50 which is an amazing deal!


Diamonds Away Mini Clutch
All kinds of purses are my guilty pleasure so it was nice to find the Thursday Friday Diamonds Away Mini Clutch ($35) in my box! I'd never heard of the brand prior to this but their collection of bags on bags (see below) is pretty funny. A $30 coupon code was also included with this for additional Thursday Friday shopping! Lots of cute bags for summer toting!


Skintimate Shaving Cream
I was very happy to find a bottle of Skintimate Shaving Cream ($4) in my summer box! It's actually a product I use regularly so it's always nice to have some extra on hand that saves a trip to the store!


Sonia Dakar Flash Facial
I remember seeing the Sonia Dakar Flash Facial ($95) in one of the gossip mags (People or US) at one point and was curious about it, but $95 is a lot to spend on a product you're unsure about, so I was thrilled to find it in FabFitFun's summer box! If you're into exfoliation/facial treatments, this product alone is well worth your investment in the box!


KISSTIXX Lip Balm Set
A girl can never have enough lip balm - especially with SPF! There are several flavors KISSTIXX offers, but I received the strawberry and chocolate lip balm combo ($10), which is one of my favorite combos in general!


Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil
Living in Florida, I can't get enough of the no-frizz products. The Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil ($25) is another great one to add to the shelf to keep my hair in line. I also love the Buddha/Zen reference to their name and logo with the lotus. This is also within airline requirements for liquids, so if you're planning any trips you can carry this on with you!


Slim Fast Have Your Cake Vanilla Bar
It's been years since I've eaten any kind of Slim Fast bar, but I was very interested in sampling the Have Your Cake Vanilla Bar ($1.20) because who doesn't enjoy cake for breakfast!? It was a little strong for my tastebuds and VERY sweet. Definitely not something I could eat regularly, but there's always a chocolate version to try!


Pur-lisse SPF 30 Sunscreen
I've been seeing the Pur-lisse brand a lot in subscription boxes lately! Their SPF 30 Sunscreen ($55) is a perfect addition to the summer box, helping to keep us free of the lobster color a.k.a. sunburn! In addition to being a sunscreen, it also acts as a light moisturizer and has anti-aging ingredients to keep your skin healthy and glowing.


Always Xtra Protection Liners
I love the Always brand and was pleased and also surprised to find some of their Xtra Protection Liners ($3) included! Feminine hygiene products are often left out of subscription boxes (even though they are essential), but this was a win to have. Always helpful to have some extra liners handy!


FabFitFun Water Infuser Bottle
I've gotten a couple water infuser bottles but the FabFitFun Water Infuser Bottle ($15) is probably my favorite! It's much easier to manage placing fruit in and is one of my favorite colors - hot/bold pink. I'm not sure if it's dishwasher safe but if so, this one's definitely a winner!


Sour Cream & Onion PopChips
I've seen PopChips ($1) around a lot but haven't had a chase to try any until receiving them in this box. These are a little healthier for you than regular chips and come in the standard chip flavors (e.g. sour cream & onion, original, salt & vinegar) and are actually pretty good!


Zoya Nail Polish in Maya
I love the bright fun Maya color nail polish from Zoya ($9). It's definitely perfect for summer! On the downside, I'm terrible at painting my nails (at least one hand) so I don't normally have a use for nail polish at home. I think I might bring this color into the salon next time though!


I really enjoyed my first FabFitFun box and definitely think I'll be back for more when the next box comes out this fall! There's definitely a nice mixture of items across the beauty, fashion and fitness categories for the season that will come in handy for every day use and trips near or far.

If you're interested in subscribing to FabFitFun, be sure to use coupon "SMALLTOWN5" for $5 off your box - there are still a limited number of summer boxes available!


*Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Fun Findings Friday


Candy German Subscription:
There's a new company in the subscription box game and I'm dying to try it! Candy German costs about $40 ($29 in Europe) and contains 6-8 items of Germany candy in each box! I love this for several reasons, but mainly the following two. First, it's candy. And although some of the items will be available to buy in the US, most will not. And second, I'm German! My grandparents were born and grew up in the country so I'm always interested in learning more about the culture (candy included). I'd be curious to know what my grandparents think about the box as well!



Amazon Prime Music:
Amazon just keeps getting better. As part of their Prime membership program, we now have access to Amazon Prime Music. Although not every song is available, there are over one million available to stream (think Pandora/Spotify) ad free! The only downside is that you have to click on the songs or albums to add to your library, but that's small potatoes for something so awesome! I've been using this just about every day since it was released.


Frozen is the New Black:
If you're a fan of Orange is the New Black, Frozen, and/or Disney princesses/villains, you'll absolutely LOVE the parody video, Frozen is the New Black, which went viral this week. Although this is just a quick trailer-like video, it'd be pretty cool to see a full-length episode in Frozen-style!



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Thursday, July 10, 2014

5 Things Every Harry Potter Fan Should Own


In honor of Diagon Alley opening at Universal Orlando earlier this week AND a fabulous surprise short story updating us on the lives of our favorite wizards (available on Pottermore), I decided to pull together a list of 5 things that every Harry Potter fan should own.


Don't Let the Muggles Get You Down Print
Don't Let the Muggles Get You Down ($18) is basically the motto of life. I purchased this art/typography print a couple months ago and love it. This is a great piece to hang somewhere that you'll see every day (i.e. bedroom or next to the front door).


Harry Potter Book Cover Coasters
I've been eyeing these Harry Potter Book Cover Coasters ($30) for quite a while now! Handmade with Italian marble, they're high quality and come in a set of 8 (all 7 books + the Tales of Beetle the Bard). These can easily be split up between rooms in your house and at your desk in the office. Love them!


Post Potter Syndrome Tee
Anyone else suffering from Post Potter Syndrome? We're all well overdue to own this "I am Suffering from Post Potter Syndrome" tee ($25), which you have to admit, is pretty awesome. If enough of us wear it, maybe JK Rowling will decide to start writing about HP and the gang again. Hey, we can hope.


I'm a Catch / I'm a Keeper Mugs
Couples or best friends that love HP, this one's for you. The set of mugs ($24) that read "I'm a Catch" and "I'm a Keeper" are perfect. The only problem is determining who gets which mug - they're both adorable! Although I have a million coffee mugs in my kitchen, I think I have room for one more!


Polyjuice Flask
With so many summer concerts, festivals, and vacations, the Polyjuice Flask ($25) is the perfect accessory to tote along. Plus, this is one of the coolest flasks I've ever seen (obviously because it's HP-related).



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