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Try the World {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Back in the day, between graduating high school and graduating college I had the chance to see some incredible places – Spain, France, England, Jamaica & Namibia to name a few.  Each place I got to visit was amazing and even the European countries, that seem so close together, each had a unique culture.  Getting to step outside my everyday and experience some of these places was absolutely fantastic, and getting to relive some of those moments when I look at pictures or read my trip journals still amazes me. In fact here is a picture of me petting a Cheetah in Keetmanshoop, Namibia which is totally one of my life achievements. Another life achievement is me stepping up and eating a fried caterpillar – which our Namibian friends ate like popcorn. (Don’t worry, I’m fairly confident Try The World is not going to be sending fried caterpillars, but I’m getting ahead of myself…)

Anyway, I grew up, got married, graduated college, had a career, moved across the country, and had a baby. My options to experience some of these amazing cultures first hand have been put on the back burner for the time being, something about having a young child at home and a husband drowning in course work…

Then I saw Try The World, which is an amazing service that brings the world to you!

Try the World is a subscription service where you can get a curated box sent to your door every other month with all sorts of food from a specific country.  Great idea right?  I mean doesn’t the thought of having some of those delicious and exotic foods sent to you sounds interesting? I thought so.

When I started looking into Try the World, I was curious but also a little bit dubious…  the price tag seemed a bit high for someone in grad school ($45/box), but the concept was so interesting that I had to know more.

I was sent a Try The World sampler box to review, which is a little different than what you would get if you signed up for the service but it gives you a great idea about what it is without giving away all the fun.  What I realized is, each box is so much more than just food! I mean this box is great because they’ve got food (of course) but they’ve also got an incredible ideas for an exotic date night or girls/guys night built into the box.

Each box comes with a booklet about the country you are touring, and this book contains all sorts of goodies.  It starts with a short explanation of what a day might be like touring that specific country, for the Turkey Culture Guide it started off “Wake up to the sound of prayer accompanied by a small but intense cup of Turkish coffee, so dark and rich it leaves sediments used to tell fortunes.”  Then it walks you through what a day touring the city might be, giving you great tidbits about the culture and tourist spots that really bring it to life.

The booklet also has playlist of Turkish music (that you can find on the Trytheworld.com website) a list of Turkish movies you can look into, poems, cultural info, and recipes you can make at home of some Turkish dishes!  Honestly I think the little booklets is nearly as amazing the food, and it gives you so many options to explore the culture from your home (or to build the perfect date/girls/guys night).

Now for the food part (again I was sent a sampler box, which had a little bit of a lot of cultures).  It was such a fun surprise to be able to sample the different food.  I don’t speak french and we didn’t know what many of the items we were sent actually were, or how they were suppose to be used, but it was a blast opening each container and taking a sniff of it, or tasting a little bit of them and figuring out what the food would be best paired with.

I’m a sucker for chocolate, especially rich dark chocolate, so the cookies and the French hot coco were especially divine!

In short, I’m sold.  And if you are looking for a great way to spice up date night, experience something new, or travel without leaving your home you’ve got to check out Try The World.  For 30% off your subscription use code: DANDY30 durning check out.

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Blissmo Bites Box {Giveaway} – Closed

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I think a common goal many of us have for ourselves and certainly as parents is to eat good food. Not just tasty food, but food that is actually nutritious. The problem is it can be really hard to find and/or prepare healthy food, especially if you’re just starting out on a path to eating better and don’t necessarily have a mentor guiding you along.

I know as mom this is a constant struggle. I want to establish healthy eating habits for both me and my boy. However, when snack time rolls around I can be seen with a thought bubble filled with question marks above my head as I scout to cupboards looking for something not fried in oil or loaded with unpronounceable ingredients.

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My biggest problem is I don’t know what to stock my cupboards with. I want to open them and not see fruit snacks, goldfish and gram crackers, but I don’t even know where to start looking for reasonable replacements.

I contacted Blissmo, and was really excited when they offered to let me review a Blissmo Bites Box.

You see Blissmo has this awesome subscription service, where you sign up for a single month subscription, a 6 month subscription or an indefinite subscription ($19-$24/month depending on what you choose), then you get to choose the types of products you want sent to you. You’ll generally have the option of beauty products, snack products or season items, and you can change the type of box you get every month. You make your selections and they will ship a box chock full of good stuff to your door step.

Each box is loaded with organic, non-toxic and/or eco friendly products. This month they had a Blissmo Beauty Box or Blissmo Bites Box. The Beauty Box has high quality beauty and personal care items, think non-toxic, sustainable soaps, make up, shampoos, etc.

I was sent the Bites Box, which was full of delicious and healthy snacks. Snacks I didn’t feel guilty about indulging in or sharing with Dmitri. I loved that the gave me such a broad spectrum of sample to try, and it gave me a chance to taste test some things I would have blindly walked passed at the grocery store. (Now I know what brands/products to look for so I can stock the cupboards with better stuff.)

 

I was sent:
Chic-a-peas, 2 flavors of Ricky’s Lucky Nuts, a Rawr Bar, Glee Gum, Bola Granola, Mary’s Gone Crackers ‘Love Cookies’, & Gaia Herbal Energy Plus.

I love that the ingredients in the chickpeas are: chickpeas, safflower oil, and sea salt. That’s it!  I thought they tasted a bit like half popped popcorn kernel, but I loved how crunchy they were.

The Rawr Bar is made only of Sweet Potato Puree, Apple Puree, Lemon Juice & Cinnamon. It was delicious fruit leather and tasted a little spicy from the cinnamon, both Dmitri and I went to town on this one.

Ricky’s Lucky Nuts in Sweet Chai had only peanuts, cane sugar, organic masala chai blend & salt. Dmitir’s not quite old enough to eat nuts but my husband and I loved these! They were thick coated, flavored, peanuts and they were gone about ten seconds after we opened them!

The other products are not pictured specifically but they were still awesome and delicious products. (Bola Granola, Mary’s Gone Crackers ‘love cookies’, Herbal Energy Plus, and Glee Gum.)

Blissmo is a great company and reading over their about us pages and FAQ’s it seems like they are really out there to make a positive impact on the world. I know that I would rather eat something sustainably harvested, high quality, and eco friendly than some unknown unpronounceable chemicals and I love that they take care of research for me and ship only best products.

If you’re looking for an introduction to some new healthy products, or you just loving having surprise food shipped to your door then you’ve got to check out Blissmo!

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One Use the code “blissmokm” to get $10 off a new subscription, and one lucky winner will receive a Blissmo Bites Box!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 26th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Indie Gift Box {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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 What does “Indie” actually mean?  Part of the way you think?  Following your own mind?  Someone who shies away from labels and anything mainstream and commercial?  Whatever it means, this cute little Indie Gift Box is probably quite appropriately named because it is full of unique treasures and gifts that are anything but mainstream or commercial.  They are charming, one-of-a-kind, and totally cute/charming items from independent artists and small businesses.

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This is a monthly box subscription, so every month, you can get a taste of new small businesses and a sampling of fun treasures.  You can choose if you’d like your subscription to be on-going, or simply a one-time spree, but keep in mind you will be getting $35-$80 worth of items for only $25.

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I love seeing the work of passionate artisans vs. big name brands.  Even from the packaging, you get a sense of a personal touch of handmade thoughtfulness.  I was sent the January box which was called “Bright Beginnings”!  It was valued at over $60, and it was full of beautiful treasures!IMG_9349

Every month is themed so that you can look ahead and decide if the upcoming month is for you or not.  “Bright Beginnings” contained that Glamssence bracelet in the bottom right corner with “celebrate” on it (which I gave to my little sister for her 19th birthday last week), and the postcard on the far right from Inspired Cards.  I quickly used it to send a note to say hi to a friend!

mailMore favorites were this mineral makeup from Simplicity Cosmetics (a gorgeous blush!), and these really fun brilliant green earrings from Nazari Jewelry!  I wore them to the mall on date night.  They feel so cosmic and they go perfectly with my favorite thing in the box…

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…a 2014 Stitch the Stars Calendar Kit from Heather Lins Home!  How charming/cool/creative/displayable and unique!  Every month has a new constellation and the thread is glow-in-the-dark :).  Totally right up my alley, and its actually only $9.99 right now.

starsIndie Gift Box was so dear to send me December’s box as well!  Above is a sampling from that “Miracle on 34th Street”, which contained handmade nailpolish from CoCoLacQuer, a darling Christmas card from Se La Vee, stunning crystal rock earrings from Words to Bead By, and this oval-shaped tinted lip balm that I’ve been using daily.  Mmm, it smells and feels fantastic.  Here is another sampling of what you could get:

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Bottom line: I really love this box.  I haven’t come across anything quite so unique and full of such treasures that all make such excellent gifts.  I think sending a box to a friend for their birthday would really boost your placement on the ‘best friend list’.

Have you been woo’ed yet?  It looks like you can still get this month’s box which is titled “The Librarian”, and by the look of what it might contain, all I can think of is “must get this box!”  It’s promised to contain things along the lines of cat eye glasses, lace collars, vintage rings, and a cute little nose buried in books.  Oh!  Only 150 boxes have been made, so hurry hurry hurry!

While you’re jumping on that steal, enter below to win an Indie Gift Box of your own!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Mar 14th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

November Accessories Box from Wantable {Review}

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One of my most favorite things: Wantable.  Remember how I was head or heels about last month’s box?  After they knocked it out of the park for me, I kind of wanted nothing more than another box from Wantable!  I was so pleased and so satisfied with Wantable’s ability to hand select pieces of jewelry that were exactly to my preferences, even if I didn’t know it, that I knew this month wouldn’t be any different.
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With Wantable, you have the option of tweaking your preferences a little with each box.  This time, I wanted to go a little more towards “every day classic” and a little less towards “statement”, so I adjusted my preferences accordingly.  I also indicated that I would LOVE earrings and another watch this time, and so that is exactly what I got!
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Once again, I tracked my Wantable box on a daily basis until it got here, and when it arrived, I pulled out treasure after treasure with just as much glee as last month.
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I love everything!!!  Home run again, Wantable.  First were these tortoise shell stellar earrings priced at over $30 that I think are marvelous.  Exactly my style, of the highest quality, and just what I had in mind when I wanted Wantable to just dazzle me with something great.
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Next were these smaller earrings.  They are tiny rings on posts.  Cute and simple, and still a little unique.  They’re a little small for my liking, but if I think of them as posts, they’re great.  By the way, these items retail for $24, $36, and $18, making the value of this box well over the $36 you pay if you get a subscription.  Even if you ordered a one-time box for $40, you’re getting a steal.
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The winning item, again, was the watch.  Big and beautiful, classic, and still considered a statement by the size and details.  I had this one sized before these pictures were taken, so if it looks a little small, know that four entire links were taken out to fit my wimpy wrists.
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So did you know Wantable does way more than just accessories??  They have a makeup box, an accessories box, an intimates box, and occasionally a holiday box.  If I were wealthy beyond reason, this is exactly how I would be spending my cash.  One of each, every month!  Oh my glory, how fun would that be?!  These would be so fun to give as Christmas gifts!
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November Starbox by Starlooks {Review}

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As a little girl, I remember how much I loved watching my mom get ready for church or for a date with my dad.  She gave me a pink blush kit that was almost gone to play with, and I remember primping in front of the mirror with that terribly frayed blush brush all the time!  Makeup is magical at any age!  Painting yourself up is just so fun.

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Starlooks is a pro-quality makeup line with a monthly subscription box option where you get to try the entire line at an exclusive discounted price!  If you’re a subscription box guru, you know that $15/month is a steal.  Especially when you’re getting 3-4 full size items.  The value of what you’re getting is between $35.00 – $99.00, so do the math.  Here were the last three month’s boxes:

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Subscribe to Starbox before December 10th to receive the incredible December Starbox, containing our Starlooks’ $99 VALUE, 15 Shade Eye Shadow Palette.  Subscriptions are only $15/mo + shipping!

Knowing what I was getting into, of course, I was pleased as punch to be able to review November’s box!

box2This month’s goodies included the “Monaco” 5 Shade Shadow Palette ($41), “Orion” Infinity Pot Liner ($13), a “Slanted Liner” Brush ($18), and an eye and lip pencil sharpener.

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I had the opportunity to review a Starbox a few months ago (and you can read that review HERE), and there were a few things that made this monthly subscription box stand out from the rest.  First of all, they send full-size items, not samples.  You are getting a product that will last you much longer than one or two applications just to test it out.  You’re getting products that will last you weeks/months.  Also, all of the products you are getting are of the Starlooks brand.  This makeup line rocks.  This is a PRO quality makeup line, comparable to Makeup Forever, Sephora, M.A.C, Chanel, and Dior.

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Ok, at first sight, the amount of color in this box looked a little crazy, but I gave it a shot.  The included pictures of how to use all 5 of these colors at once was helpful.  The look is really fun, and though it might be a little loud for church, this is perfect for date night!box3Same with the blue liner.  It is dark enough while also not being too sparkly, so it looks professional and not as juvenile as I thought it would.  I’ll certainly keep using it and love it more each time :).  What I REALLY love is this eyeliner brush!  Its actually my first one to own, and I really love being able to apply my liner with such a fantastic brush.  The slant angle makes it super easy to use and the look is gorgeous.

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Kind of crazy, but I like it!  I love the ease in which this makeup goes on and stays on.  It looks and feels high-quality, and the color combination is so fun.

If you’re into eyeshadow, I have it on good authority that you should RUN over to Starlooks and sign up for the Dec. box!!  You will not regret this one, ladies.  Give the gift of a Starbox Subscription to a friend / loved one for the holidays, and they will receive the December Starbox – an incredible $99 value! – which will contain their 15 Shade Eye Shadow Palette!

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Wantable Accessories Box {Review}

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My husband and I reeeally have a hard time choosing gifts for eachother.  We kind of know exactly what we want, but we still want to be surprised, so the weeks preceding the holiday turn into a frustrating charade of trying to drop hints when we’d really just like to click “purchase with gift wrap”.  It is 10x easier to just buy our own gifts and still act surprised, but where’s the fun in that?
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All the excitement of dropping hints and clues as to what I want for Christmas was wrapped up in my shopping experience on Wantable.  Wantable is an online subscription box where you answer questions about what you like and love, then an in-house specialist handpicks the items for your box.  You answer questions like this:
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I spent maybe 10 min answering questions about my style and jewelry specifics, and when it was over, thought, “That was so much fun!!”
How true that everyone has very specific style preferences, we still want to be surprised.   I was able to indicate on more than a dozen pages just what I like and don’t.
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I ended up with preferences like “classic”, “glam”, “mix ‘n match”, “watches”, “rings”, “necklaces” etc. and here’s what I opened!
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Opening my box was like Christmas morning!  I was giddy as ever.
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The first thing I pulled out was this gorgeous Bora watch!  I love it I love I love it!  I decided that if I received nothing else but this watch, I’d be a happy girl.  It is gorgeous!
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Next up, this cute and classic bow ring.  I pulled this out and thought, “This one piece of jewelry might summarize my style entirely”.  Wantable couldn’t have been more spot on.
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Ok, the last item kind of threw me.  I pulled out this gorgeous (and very brave) glitzy glam necklace and thought, “Iiiiiii don’t know” :).  However.  I gave it a shot, wore it to church with a bright and black outfit, and you guys, I got so many compliments on it!  Things like, “OH that necklace!” and “You look so regal today!”  I didn’t know if it was really my style, but I’m so happy with it.
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That’s what Wantable is all about!  Favorites alongside pieces that you wouldn’t pick out yourself, but could potentially be the next favorite item in your jewelry box.  I am SOOO in love with Wantable and even more excited to show you next month’s box!!!
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Beauty Box 5 {Review}

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Man, I love mail.  More specifically, I love anything that comes in a box.  Bills and clutter come in envelopes.  Only good things come in boxes 🙂  The most exciting boxes are the ones that are filled with surprises, and surprise boxes filled with beauty products are my favorite kind!  I was so looking forward to receiving my first Beauty Box Five, and just as promised, it was filled with wonderful things!

beautyboxlogoBeauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription plan (but you can order just one month at a time if you’d like) that arrives with five beauty product samples from new and upcoming brands and companies.  Everything is hand-picked, and focused on NEW products and best practices.  I’ll explain below.

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One box is $12/month, but if you order three or more, they are only $10/month.  Join for a year, and your boxes get down to $8.25!  Plus, there is always free shipping.  Each box contains a selection of makeup, hair care, skin care, nail care, fragrances and beauty accessories.  Time for the box-reveal!IMG_7058

My first two goodies: Skiin Shop Smoothing & Soothing Eye Cream and Bella Pierre Cosmetics Celebration Shimmer Powder.  This makeup is gorgeous (and perfect for all skin tones, in my opinion) and the eye cream is SO soothing and tingly!  Its really a treat for my eyes right before bed.  These products might be listed as “sample size”, but there’s nothing sample about the size of this makeup jar, or a full pack of these hair ties.  Typically, the products included will be travel, deluxe and full-size.

IMG_7060See those makeup remover pads?  Every Beauty Makeup Remover Pads w/Argan Oil.  Life changing.  Just add water and wipe off your makeup.  There is no rinsing required, and though they just look like cotton pads, there is some serious cleaning agent in these because they are 100% effective with a single pass over my skin.  More than any sample product I’ve been able to try, I am really looking into getting a supply of these.  How fantastic that every box comes with a card of detailed info and prices (and coupon codes) of where and how to get more.  $6.99 for a 50-count.  Count me in.

IMG_7063 This mango-flavored Lip Drench smells fantastic and works great, and lastly, these Fly Ties rock!!  I’ve seen them become so popular, and I’ve been dying to try them out and see just what they’re all about.  They are, indeed, worth some praise.  No pulling or tugging, just smooth containment with leaving creases.  I love these colors, too.

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So I mentioned that Beauty Box 5 picks products that are new and best-practice.  Instead of including a well-known eye-cream, name-brand hair ties, and a face wash, they have chosen to include a unique light-defusing eye cream, hair ties designed to be snag-free and hair-friendly, and facial cleansing pads that are fantastic for traveling and don’t even require rinsing.  I feel like being able to try these out, my eyes have been opened as to what better options are available to me.  I doubt I would have found these on my own, so being introduced to these new products and practices makes me feel like I’m really looking out for my well-being.

Try them out for yourself!  What a fun surprise for yourself or as a gift!

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Conscious Box {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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A couple weeks ago, my doorbell rang at 7am, and I ran down to find a city employee asking if I knew whose car was parked in a spot along the street, because a tree was coming down, and they didn’t want to crunch the car.  My heart sank, and I thought, “Nooooo!  These trees are the only beautiful thing we’ve got on this terribly overcrowded intercity Boston street!”  The owner moved their car, and within 5 minutes, these men who were clearly tree-chopping professionals, hacked down and chopped up a perfectly beautiful and thriving tree, threw it in a chopper, pulled out the stump and swept up the mess.  Apparently it was going to soon interfere with some phone lines, and so someone decided it needed to go, and I had to witness the deed.  It COMPLETELY ruined my day.
It surprises me more and more how much I care about the environment and the natural beauty of the earth.  Perhaps as I get older and understand the value of open space and natural earth, I’m becoming a little more eco-friendly every day.
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Conscious Box struck me as something I could stand behind and enjoy.  This is a monthly subscription box consisting of new, natural, and eco-friendly products!  It is exciting thinking of the variety of products it could contain–healthy food, natural beauty products, or even non-toxic home goods!  Natural and eco-friendly companies are popping up all over, and a monthly box of hand-picked items from new and trusted companies that I don’t have to hand select sounds great to me.  10-20 companies with the most ethical goals are featured every month.
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Here are some goodies that might be in your box!
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Glob It On Natural & Non Toxic Paint Set
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A box of my own is on its way, and as soon as it arrives, I’ll upload a picture of everything inside!  Its surprising me how excited I am to try out these new eco-friendly products!  Now you might be just as intrigued as well!
UPDATE: here is my box!  What a load of treasures!  I’m most excited to use the Earth Paste, a natural toothpaste in a lemon twist scent!  So many fun things!
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One lucky winner is going to win a 3-month subscription to Conscious Box!  This is a $59 value!  AND our readers can get a 25% OFF discount for any Conscious Box subscription.  Use code: LOVELIFE

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 17th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Conscious Box, but all opinions are strictly my own

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