Conscious Box April 2013 Review

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One of my favorite boxes!! :] Conscious Box is full of awesome products that are all natural and good for the earth! It’s $19.95/month and worth every penny (at least to me!) I love discovering all the cool new brands and products that I get to sample from these boxes. They usually send a large(er) supply of goodies every month compared to all the other boxes that I get. This month, 12 new products wooooo hoo!! :]

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As usual, I didn’t get a list of the products inside emailed me to me, so that is one thing I don’t like. They do send you an inspirational little card and also a postcard, this one just covered in their 10% coupon.

BUT NOW FOR THE GOODIES!!!!

Item #1 • MRM 
100% All Natural Whey, Rich Vanilla, 1 serving 12.1 grams 
{Full size: $19.53, 1 lb.} 
Check out the product here.

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Item #2 • Earth Friendly Products 
Baby Ecos Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent, 4 oz. (Price: 9 lbs, $13.09) 
So excited to try this! I love different scents of new laundry stuff!! :] Plus, it’s Disney! How fun! Check out the product here.

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Item #3 • Happy Family Organic Superfoods 
Happy Squeeze: Super Kiwi Banana + Apple (Price: $1.79/pouch) 
I am super excited to try this!!! It looks pretty good and interesting to me :] Check it out here.

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Item #4 • Celestial Seasonings 
Antioxidant Max Wellness Tea, Green Tea, 2 tea bags (Price: $27.99, 20 tea bags) 
Check them out here.

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Item #5 • Earthrise 
Spirulina Natural, Green Superfood for Longevity, 1 day supply (6 tablets) 
{Full size price: $30.54, 360 tablets} 
Check them out here.

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Item #6 • Seventh Generation 
Refreshing Facial Cleansing Cloths, Mandarin, 1 facial cloth (Price: $5.99/30 count) 
I love facial wipes like these; perfect for on the go! Check them out here.

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Item #7 • Sappo Hill 
All Vegetable Oil Glyceryne Creme Soap, Lavender (Price: 4 pack, $8.76) 
I always love getting to try all these fun new soaps… I never have to go out and buy any again! Love it! Check it out here.

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Item #8 • Totlogic 
Body Lotion, 0.24 oz (Full size: $15.30) 
I’ve read good things about this brand before, and I always love lotion samples! Check them out here.
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Item #9 • Coromega 
Omega 3-D squeeze, Tropical Orange, 1 packet: one serving, (Full price: $19.99) 
Check them out here.
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Item #10 • Organic Food Bar 
Active Greens, Protein, Chocolate Covered (Price: $3.29)
I was not very happy with the packaging of this item. Clearly it came out of a bigger box and wasn’t meant for sampling, but I wish I had a little more information without having to do research on it and try to read what’s barely even printed on the packaging… Anyway, I found it all here. Check it out.
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Item #11 • Q Speed 
CoQ10 100mg quick dissolve tablets (Full size: $24.95/ 50 tablets) 
Check them out here.
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Item #12 • Nurtur Me 
Plump Peas, dried organic baby food, 1 pouch (Full size: $10.00/8 pouches) 
I love baby food. I don’t mind mixing it into smoothies or either snacks either! Check them out here.
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I loved that the April Conscious Box was sooo jammed packed with stuff! Getting 12 items was awesome! I liked pretty much everything in the box and know it will all go to good use :]
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all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

KLUTCHclub March 2013 Review

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This month’s KLUTCHclub box was pretty great, and of course this happens the month that I cancel my subscription. It is one of the pricer boxes I get at $17/month, but the first two boxes I received (January and February) weren’t worth the money (to me I mean). They boast “$50 of the best healthy snacks, supplements, fitness programs, personal-care products, and more”, and although most of the products I received were pretty cool, some of the “programs” that are “worth” the most money were just pointless to me. It was like I was getting maybe the $17 back for the products, and then they send gift cards for random stuff I wouldn’t use for $20 or $30 some dollars. THIS MONTH HOWEVER, the 2 programs they give gift cards to are pretty cool and I love most all the other stuff too!

Let’s get to the box!!!

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Nice big booklet of information about the products included

Nice big booklet of information about the products included

Item #1) Skinny Pop 100-Calorie Popcorn Snack 
Retail value: $3.69, 4.4 oz

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Item #2) Lumosity.com 1 month giftcard 
Retail value: $14.95 for the month 
I thought this was kind of silly. I’ve seen commercials for the company, about how it helps you “train your brain”, and always thought “Who the heck would pay money for this?!” BUUUUUUT now that I have a free month of it, I checked out the website and it looks kinda cool! I won’t be renewing it and paying for it next month, but I think it’ll be fun. It says that after just 10 hours of working on stuff, you can see improvements in the areas that you needed the most help on (for me, that will be memory).

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Item #3) Lacote USA Guam Beauty Mud Cellulite Treatment 
Retail value: $69.00, 17.64 oz.

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Item #4) Cocoa Via, Daily Cocoa Extract Supplement 
Unsweetened Dark Chocolate, 1o packets
Retail value: $39.95 for 30 count box

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Item #5) Aligned Signs.com $30 Gift, 1 month worths 
I had no idea what this was and it looked super weird… but then I checked out the website and it was completely fantastic! It looks pretty cool, it’s sopposed to help you get to know yourself better and stuff… It just seems pretty interesting :]

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Item #6) Juice Beauty, Hydrating Mist 
Retail value: $22.00, 6.75 oz. 
I already got this in my ipsy Glambag this month, making me think that this product was being given away for free like crazy.

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Item #7) Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate 
Dark 70%, 1.2 oz
Retail value: $35.84, pack of 10

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Item #8) Corazonas Blueberry Oatmeal Squares 
Retail value: $13.99 for 12 pack 
SO YUMMY!

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Item #9) Crystal Body Deodorant Stick 
Retail value: $2.99 for the travel size 
This looks pretty awesome. It has no scent, you just splash a little water on and then use it to block odor. The only ingredients are natural mineral salts.

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Item #10) Davidson’s Organic Tea 
Tropical Green, Sun Moon & Stars, Red Green & White
Retail value: $2.95 for a box of 8

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I think I got my money’s worth for this box, and I’m really happy about it! I know I cancelled my subscription, but that’s only because I’m currently unemployed and need to cut back on some stuff…. maybe in a couple months I’ll try them out again! These 3 months were pretty fun with them tho! :]

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all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

8 Things

1) I slept in today! I didn’t wake up until 7:32 am! I usually can’t really sleep well past 5 am because I have my kitten running all over the bed meowing and clawing at my hair and face (it’s just lovely, I swear haha), plus I have the sun just beaming into my room from the den… I still refuse to close the door when I sleep, however, because I don’t want to NOT sleep with my kittys…. Ya I know, I’m a freak. 😉

2) In conjunction with point #1 relating to the A.M., I got this amazing lil egg guy: It keeps your egg in a perfect little circle so that you can easily slide it on breakfast sandwiches, which is perfect for me, because although they are always delicious, my sammies usually look pretty messy. It works great, and I got it for $1.99 at Marshall’s :]

$2 for a cute, nifty, and easy-clean kitchen utensil. love it :]

$2 for a cute, nifty, and easy-clean kitchen utensil. love it :]

3) Dishes: I am starting to despise them. Every time I wash them (we don’t have a working dishwasher, and even if we did, I’ve never used one before, my dish washer has always been my own 2 hands) they just end up piling up super high and gross over the next week. I don’t know how it happens so fast! I know I should be washing them everyday but I just let it get so bad that I then try to stay away for so long it makes it soooo much worse. Right now I think I’m almost past the 2 week mark of some of those dishes sitting in there. GROSSSSSS, I know, I know, but every time I get up to do them, I just dread it so much I make an excuse and do something else…. oooops. Today, I MUST do them. It shall be my goal.

4) “Your” & “You’re”: I STILL cannot understand what people confuse about those two COMPLETELY different words. One means YOUR and one means YOU ARE. Totally different meanings people. I’m sure I have made a typo or two with these words before, I’m not saying I’m perfect in any means, but when I see the same people online and even in print ad’s and news articles, I’m like COME ON AMERICA! You’re better than that! Learn to use these words correctly, for the sake of Mary’s sanity please! (Yes, sometimes I like to refer to myself in the 3rd person. It’s fun haha)


one of my fav scenes from Friends… Thanks Ross, you tell ’em!

5) and now that I was on a rant anyway… I absolutely DESPISE when I’m scrolling through Twitter or the Book of Face and read something to liking of, “I’m sooooo bored, omgggg seriously like soooo bored”. ARE YOU SERIOUS??? How can you POSSIBLY be bored while living on this planet Earth?? There are LITERALLY trillions of things you can do with your time/life. I, myself have been unemployed now for over a week so I am NOT bringing down those with no jobs, however, if you ARE always tweeting that you’re bored at noon on a Wednesday, MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO GET YOURSELF A DAMN JOB! And if you have one with irregular hours, why aren’t you sleeping? Or eating? Reading? Playing video games? Watching TV/Movie? Going outside? Volunteering? Cleaning/organizing? Watching hours of mindless YouTube videos…? I don’t care, just STOP saying you’re bored when you’re privileged enough to obviously have a computer and/or iPhone, you probably have hundreds of “toys” at your disposable. There are thousands of other people in the world (including CHILDREN) starving, alone, living in grass huts, etc., and YOU wanna tell ME that YOU’RE bored with your life? Go help out someone in need! ………. Alright, sorry for my rant, it just had to be said. Back to happy thoughts! haha :]

6) “A Pep Talk from Kid President to You” : A couple weeks back, a co-worker sent this to me as I was going through a little hard time with things on the work front, and this adorable and motivational lil video absolutely MADE MY DAY! The next day, a different co-worker was having a terrible day… I sent this to her, and BOOM! there was a smile back on her face. The kid is so cute, his voice makes me smile, and everything he says….. actually makes sense. If you haven’t seen it before, WATCH IT RIGHT NOW. I promise it will be the best 3 minutes and 28 seconds of your day :]

7) Chicago Blackhawks, baby! We’ve won 19 straight regulation games in a row. We’ve made history! It’s just so exciting, there’s something about the spirit of the Blackhawks that just keeps people SO excited to watch game after game. We play the Blues tonight at 7 on the road, so hopefully they can pull out another win!!!! Let’s go #4!!! (My boy, Niklas Hjalmarsson!!!)

8) Watermelon. Yes, I know it is not summertime, but this morning I woke up with the most crazy craving for watermelon. I was thinking about all the things I would do to have a huge, cold bowl of perfectly chopped watermelon right in front of me. I would absolutely devour the entire thing. I know you CAN buy watermelons right now, but would it even be worth it? There’s a fresh market right up the street, but I don’t want to buy a watermelon, get all excited chopping it up, only to realize it’s not nearly as good as what I was expecting. Hmm…… at least a picture will hold me over until I make my final decision. 😉

this SCREAMS summer to me! i want the sun and the beach and the watermelon right MEOW!

this SCREAMS summer to me! i want the sun and the beach and the watermelon right MEOW!

Off to start washing the dishes!…. or maybe I should shower first…. haha anything to get away from them!

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse