MunchPak: May 29, 2014 Review

MunchPak, you are too good to us! They sent my co-workers and me a snack pack after I told them how quickly we devoured the last one. These guys are so sweet and I’m proud to be a subscriber.

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Now on to the goods!

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These photos are missing the Japanese gummies and Latin American cheese corn chips that came in the box. That’s because I couldn’t even get the MunchPak out of my building’s shipping center without wanting to share its bounty. I tried the squid peanut cracker things on the left; they’re not bad!

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I can’t resist those koalas. They’re the one thing I keep to myself in every box. The smog balls were super sour, the fruit pastilles incredibly sweet, and the Hi-Chew was a nice, juicy mango flavor. No one has been brave enough to try the sherbet yet…

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My co-workers and I go through snacks pretty quickly, but this jump rope-sized strawberry licorice may prove a challenge. The Jamoncillo and sesame snaps were quickly snapped (ha) up, but I think we’re hesitating on the sandwich cookies with banana creme filling. Then again, if it’s in a MunchPak, it must be good!

Verdict: MunchPak is a fun, inexpensive way to try new snacks. Subscriptions start at $8 (plus shipping) – at $14 a month, your tastebuds can travel the world. Customer service is prompt and friendly. I’d rank MunchPak in my all-time top three subscription boxes. Thanks again, guys!

Le Tote: May 10, 2014 Review

For around $50 a month, you can rent an unlimited amount of totes (one at a time) containing clothing and accessories from Le Tote. Totes are shipped via 2-day shipping, and you can keep whatever you like for a discount, or send it back.

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Le Tote also lets you browse their collection and add your favorites to Your Closet, so you end up getting mostly items you’ve favorited, with the occasional surprise from your stylist. I picked this Art Deco Blouse specifically to go with my Popbasic skirt,  and I like the way it turned out. The shirt was comfy and breathable for summer; if I needed more tops, I would have kept it.

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This Kensie Aubrie Dress.  I am SO in love. It is my favorite thing I have received in any Le Tote so far. It was comfortable, durable, flattering… Confession time: I did some Internet hunting to try to find it at a better price than Le Tote… nope. Le Tote had everyone beat by at least $15. Even so, I can’t justify spending $54 at this exact moment with a trip to Vegas less than a month away but dress… I have my eye on you. (note that this was also part of the First Look program for members: you can request pieces before they’re live on the site – very cool!)

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I wore it with these Black Riot Stud Earrings for a simple jewelry touch.

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This Cascade Jewel Necklace was a lot of fun. What I couldn’t manage to capture in a picture was the opalescent shimmer it has, which was my favorite thing about it. I paired it with a white tee for some pop. I’m not a big statement necklace kinda girl, but this was another First Look piece, and I enjoyed being the first to wear it!

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What I love about Le Tote is I’m able to go outside my comfort zone,  because I know I can send things back. And this BCBGeneration dress was waaay outside of my comfort zone.

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Especially because I couldn’t get it to zip!

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I went with one of my Golden Tote staples instead.

Verdict: I can’t stop thinking about that Kensie dress. I kept it in my Le Tote closet and hope it gets sent again. I’d like to try a colored slip underneath next time. I enjoyed the other pieces too (except maybe that last dress!) and am looking forward to my next tote!

Referrals: I will receive a $25 credit if you sign up for Le Tote using my link. You and I receive a $15 Popbasic credit purchasing through my link. I will receive a $10 Golden Tote credit if you purchase a tote through my link.

MunchPak: May 22, 2014 Review

MunchPak offers weekly, biweekly, or monthly subscriptions to fun, foreign snacks and candy. Subscriptions start at $8 + shipping for a Mini, which is what I subscribe to monthly.
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This month’s pack came wrapped in a Japanese newspaper, which was a cool touch!
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It included two fruit chew candies, Old Bay chips (which I dove into immediately), prawn crackers (thanks to a babysitting incident where a kid put some first in his mouth then in mine I cannot eat these), seaweeed crackers, chocolate sandwich cookies, and two sour candies.

Verdict: I love the variety of snacks MunchPak offers. There are things I would never would have found on my own, and it would be a hefty task to try to assemble such a mix of goodies. That’s why I’d much rather MunchPak do it for me! I bought this subscription to share with my co-workers, but will definitely be sampling some snacks.

BuluBox Weight Loss Review: May 2014

BuluBox Weight Loss is a monthly subscription for health and weight loss samples such as vitamins, supplements, snacks, and more. It’s normally $10 a month but goes on sale quite often. Use code JOINBULU for 55% off any subscription, like three months for $13.50 or a year for $49.50.

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I’ve subscribed for a few months now, and this month’s box is by far my favorite!

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Each box contains a card with more info on the samples.

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BuluBox also offers a standard BuluBox with general fitness and health samples. I subscribe to the weight loss version.

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I got weight loss Smarty Pants gummy vitamins in my first-ever box and loved them!  They’re like candy! I actually forgot to take my vitamins this morning so I ate them immediately. Not sure what to do with the kids ones though. I put them up for swap but may just eat them.

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I’d like to get back into juicing and I imagine I’d be able to blend this hemp powder right in, or maybe I’ll sprinkle it on a salad.  The Power Crunch bar will be great to have at my desk when the 3 ‘o clock snack craving strikes.

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Anxiety? Meeeee? Haha ha ha… Never!… Do these come in bulk? The main reason I joined BuluBox was to try weight loss supplements, so I was excited to see Burn in there.

Verdict: Yay! I hope there are more boxes like this one. I’m happy to send the kids’ gummies to any of you with offspring; just leave a comment! (and maybe soon… I might eat them)

Referral: I receive a $5 credit if you sign up with my link.

Sneak Peek: Popbasic June 2014

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Is it just me or is that a TonyMoly Bunny Gloss Bar? Just when I thought I couldn’t love Popbasic any more, they go and feed my addiction to all things Korean…

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Maddy from Popbasic gave me a preview of their Le Breton top in red. I ordered one in black this month and with all the rave reviews it already has, no doubt I’ll be picking it up on red too. I’d love to pair it with skinny jeans, wedges, and a red lip, though maybe I’ll just settle for a red VW bug:

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Coming in June is their Paloma Collection:

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In Seattle, we can get away with scarves year-round. This Grey Striped Infinity Scarf is perfect for pairing with dresses or t-shirts.

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Speaking of t-shirts, the Paloma Collection includes a Basic White Tee. I wear white tees until there are holes in them, so goodness knows I could use a new one. Popbasic’s tops are soft and durable, so I’ll get quite a few wears out of it until that happens!

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I love the contrast of grey with the rose gold zipper on this pouch. I’m a little disappointed that it’s leather; I really prefer to stay away from it, and they did such a good job with their vegan leather skirt last month, I’d love to see more pieces in that same material. Though with the quality of Popbasic and their fabulous style, I may just pick up the Paloma Collection and find a good home for the pouch!

Referrals: You and I both receive a $15 credit if you make a purchase through my Popbasic link.

MunchPak: May 12, 2014 Review

MunchPak (aka Munch Pack or MunchBox) is a snack subscription box featuring foods from around the world.  Starting at $7.95, it’s available in three sizes and can be shipped weekly, biweekly,  or monthly.

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MunchPak kindly sent me a box to review. I believe it’s the FamilyPak,  or at least I hope it is; it’s enormous!

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I love that MunchPak features international snacks. The ketchup chips bring me back to my travels in Canada, and the snack rings are from Thailand.

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I’m not sure if they went with a color scheme on purpose but this turned out to be a pretty picture to take. I sanctioned the Cow Tale for a coworker and kept the Twizzlers for myself.

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I’m quite the Haribo fan and had never seen their gummies in this form before. Of course I had to sample the entire package in less than 5 seconds. Delicious.

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Did I eat this cherry Airheads for breakfast? Yes. Do I have any regrets? Not a one. Also the Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish are straight after my own heart, and I dig the retro candy.

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Another coworker of mine got me hooked on the Lotte koala cookies. I’m happy to report that Hello Panda is just as tasty, especially when eaten all at once.

Verdict: Receiving this MunchPak was truly Christmas in May. If I’d had any sense I would have taken a picture of the entire stash because it was quite the haul. As it was, I was too excited to share it at work. An hour after dropping it off, all that remained of its former glory were a few ketchup chip crumbs. MunchPak is the Bark Box for candy and snack lovers. It’s a great alternative to Graze Box if you’re looking for larger volume and fun, international choices. I wish they’d include a card or blog link explaining some of their choices (I’d love to know how the minds of MunchPak work). I was impressed enough to buy a monthly subscription. My tastebuds are thrilled!

Le Tote: May 1, 2014 Review

Le Tote lets you rent clothes and accessories for $50 a month. If you like them, keep them for a discount. If not, you send them back and get a new batch of clothes. Shipping is included and is 2-day both ways. It’s tied with Golden Tote as my favorite subscription.

It is HOT in Seattle. We’re talking 80+ degrees in a city with no air conditioning. So I was a little disappointed to see long sleeves, sweaters, and scarves in my box. I’d had these pieces of my Favorites list for a while so I was excited to get to try them on, but due to the heat, I sent them right back.

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When my Le Tote stylist asked me to describe my style, I pointed to this Dina Gray Sweater as an example of something feminine and quirky and very me. It’s soft and fit well. I hope it’s around in the fall (Le Tote cycles their clothing regularly) – I’d love to try it then!

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This Deer Printed Scarf looks straight out of Anthropologie. It was fun to style and would work with many different colors and prints. I knotted it into an infinity scarf and wore it with my Popbasic tank.

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The Lottie Bell Blouse was a fun, summery orange. Like the other pieces, it was a little too warm to wear in the summer. I’m not sure I can get away with wearing orange anymore now that I have purple highlights.

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Like the Lottie Blouse above, the Harper Pleated Blouse is one of the newest additions to the Le Tote lineup and the only top I could wear in the heat. I paired it with boots for a rainy day.

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This Arrowhead Druzy Necklace would work for someone who’s a little more jewelry adventurous than I am. I found it long and heavy.

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I love that they chose matching earrings. These Jackie Rectangular Studs were incredibly comfortable – I forgot I was wearing them!

Verdict: Le Tote spoils me with unlimited, fun fashion and attentive, prompt customer service. Being able to send and receive clothing and accessories pushes me out of my comfort zone, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t, and I love that I can just send it back when it doesn’t. I also deeply appreciate doing less laundry. I bought a few months in advance at a discount through Gilt City but will happily pay full price when it runs out.

Sizing: I was so excited to try everything on, I forgot to check sizing! I think everything was a medium, and everything fit well.

Referrals: I will receive a $25 credit if you sign up for Le Tote. I receive a $10 credit if you purchase a Golden Tote. I receive a $15 credit if you make a purchase at Popbasic.