Bestowed Box July 2013 Review

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The Box

Bestowed is a monthly subscription box that sends healthy and delicious food, snacks, and treats, all hand-picked by celebrity nutritionist Heather Bauer. This was my first month trying out a Bestowed box, and I was oh so eager to see which delicious treats would be in my box this month!

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Whats inside

“Get 5-7 new healthy and delicious foods delivered to your door every month, each handpicked by Heather Bauer, celebrity nutritionist.” 

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cost

$19/month with free shipping! Or, you can subscribe for a year for $209 + get a month for free!

theme

This was my very first box so I’m not sure if they normally do a theme or not, but I don’t think this month’s July box was themed. At first I thought the title could have been “Hello Yum”, but then I figured that maybe all the cards say things like that. haha.

the goods

1 • Health Warrior Chia Bar – Açai Berry 
$23.50/ 15 pack
I haven’t tried this yet because I figured it would be a good snack for work, but it looks absolutely delicious! I’m excited to try the yummy flavor and I love that it’s only 100 calories and full of fiber and protein. Check out the bar here.

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2 • 34 Degrees Crisps – Natural 
$18.46/ 6 pack – 4.5 oz boxes
I have gotten these before in a subscription box and think I may have received a better flavor back then because these “Natural” flavored ones don’t really have any flavor at all. I tried just dipping them in my whipped cream cheese along side some pretzels, but it still wasn’t even too great. Not the best crackers/chips in the world, but you can eat 18 of them for just 100 calories so it would be a pretty good snack. Check them out here.

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3 • Hooray Puree Butternut Squash Puree 
$4.00, 2 packets in each box
This product was certainly very new to me and quite surprising. Even after reading through the back of it and seeing all the dishes you can add it too, I guess I’m still not sure what the point of it is or really what the benefits are of using it. They advertise it as “veggies made easy”. I’m very intrigued to try this one out. Check out their website here.

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4 • Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Chips – Sweet Potato 
$3.89
These chips were preeeetty delicious. I always love a cool new crunchy snack, so naturally I was excited to try this. It was perfect packed in my lunch! Check out the chips here.

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5 • Emmy’s Organics Vanilla Coconut Macaroons 
$2.95
Eh. These were way, way too coconutty for me. The texture looked so soft and delectable and just moist and amazing… unfortunately, I just really didn’t like the flavor. I’m sure coconut lovers will appreciate this cookie! Check out the macaroons here.

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6 & 7 • 1 year subscription to Organic Gardening & Barre3 Online 15-Day Pass 
I wasn’t really too excited about either of these things because they are not anything I would personally use. If anyone else would want them, they’re all yours!

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winnersHonestly…. the only thing that I really liked were the Food Should Taste Good chips…..Oh and their excellent info guide about the products inside, I always appreciate a nice box guide and they did a great job with this!

losersHmmmm well, honestly for me, pretty much the whole box…. I might try out one more month to see how the next one goes…

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This wasn’t my favorite box, but only because I just so happen to not eat most of the things in this box normally. I might try it for one more month and see if August works out a little better for me.

all love & smiles,

Sig3

Brrrr, It’s Cold Over Here

Soooo it’s July 3rd in Chicago & it’s freezing outside. It was just pouring rain all day long, and it’ been cold for a couple days. What is going on!? Usually July is so hot and sticky it’s annoying, but this year mother nature decided to trick us all and just hop right to Fall! Crazay!

IN OTHER NEWS:

I am sooooo happy and excited to announce that my terrible months of unemployment have come to an end. I am FINALLY employed and will be able to use my degree that I spent so much time and energy trying to earn. The coolest part of it all is that I’ll be working in the Willis Tower, aka the Sears Tower! That tallest building in the nation! Woooooooop! I am so happy that after everything I went through and finally landing a part time job, all of it boiled down to me getting this extra amazing opportunity!  I can’t wait to go back to my normal shopping-fiend self!!!!!!!!!

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{I accidentally forgot to add this into my post yesterday, so 2 today for the July Photo A Day Challenge}

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Shoes

July 2 - shoes

…I used to think sandals like this were creepy and thought they looked weird, but now I want awesome summer sandals in every color! PS: Just got this adorable polka dot dress at Target! Love it!

Day #3

Cold

July 3 - cold

…We have basically been living on these things for the past several days when it was actually super hot out… Gotta love them freeze pops!

So tomorrow is the FOURTH OF JULY WOoOOOOOO WooOOOOO!!! Everyone knows how much I love AMURICAAAA so I am ecstatic that I get to wear red white and blue to work tomorrow! AMURICA!!!! THESE COLORS DON’T RUN!!! I’m actually about to go and paint my nails nice and festive for the 4th tomorrow!

PS: Little funny story: today is the day that I was super excited to make kale chips for the first time and after making a delicious spicy topping and attempting to cook them, I realized that it certainly was NOT kale, but dandelion. Yuuuuup. I laughed when I saw “dandelion” on our receipt thinking NOooooo I know I bought the kale… Wooooops. hahahaha

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4th of july drinking

This fabulous picture makes me laugh because it shows just far I go with my Amuricaness! I have shirts, clothes, headbands, phone case, jewelery, and the list goes on & on! LOVE ME SOME GOOD OL’ FOURTH OF JULY FUN!!!

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EMPLOYMENT!!!

Yesterday I got a call that I was officially hired and I have a freakin job!!!!!! I am SO EXCITED! I was getting so worried that things just weren’t going to work out and I didn’t know what I was going to do because I was getting dangerously low on funds seeing as I hadn’t worked since mid-February and it’s already nearing the end of June!!! Time has been FLYING by but I am SO HAPPY that I can finally start making some money!

Now I can finally buy some new fun summer dresses & spend more stress-free time outside to get some nice bronzed skin on my white body! I can get some inspiration from myself, circa 1995ish. :]

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On another happy note, this week I was lucky enough to get new amazing rollerblades from Michael AND a brand spankin new bike!! We live about a mile away from the beach, so it’s a whole new experience for me that we get to ride and glide on the paths alongside the lake! It’s so beautiful and it’s such perfect scenery to make it seem fun!

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The difference between my decrepit old blades from 15 years ago and my brand new beautiful pink ones :)

The difference between my decrepit old blades from 15 years ago and my brand new beautiful pink ones 🙂

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We even got a fun bike rack so we look all fancy and fit haha

We even got a fun bike rack so we look all fancy and fit haha

Finally, the Blackhawks are fighting for the Stanley Cup right now! They play tonight and hopefully can get a win in after 2 straight losses 😦 Boston is up 2-1, so today is really important for us to win and gain some positive momentum!

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Meow I’m off to clean and organize my life!! I have about 7 loads of laundry, a pile of clothes that need to be dry cleaned, a walk in closet that is an absolute pigsty, a pile of dishes that has been growing for WAYYYYY too long, a kitty room cleanup, and then not to mention my hair is an absolute wreck, I need a cut & also need to dye it, my nails need some fixin’ up, and I need to find a self-tanner that agrees with me. TODAY WILL BE A WONDERFULLY BUSY AND PRODUCTIVE DAY :]

{On another random note, I thought it would be fun to sign off my posts with a random picture from anytime in my life where I was genuinely happy. It feels so good to look back on moments like this and remember the fun times that were shared. It’s silly and simple, but it’ll be a fun pretty change.}

Sherrill iowa cowsHere I am chillin’ with the cows on my friend’s family’s dairy farm. I visited there a couple summers and always had SO MUCH FUN. I love them farm animals. * Mary Elyse 

Just Because They Make Me Smile

So it’s officially been just over a month since I quit my job. At first, it wasn’t too bad. I was getting organizing projects done around the house, cleaned out my closet and shoe collection, and thought long and hard every day about what I really want out of a career. Now, a month later, I am about to lose my mind. Every morning I wake up and sit at the computer for at least 4 hours prospecting job leads and filling out application after application. The session usually ends with my head hurting and me wanting to be far, far away from a computer screen. I have never been without a job since I was 15 years old, and it’s really starting to drive me insane. This week I am trying to think positive thoughts and good vibes, in hopes of getting more interviews!

ANYWAY, these silly gif’s make me smile and laugh because they are of some of my favorite shows and I need all the happiness I can get!! :]

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Ron Swanson, how I love thee. ❤

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Thank you Daniel, for making a valid point.

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Can never get enough Michael Scott. We watch AT LEAST 2 episodes of The Office a day. My Michael got me addicted.

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The OC is probably my all-time favorite show ever. I can’t help it. I will never un-love it, in fact, I think it will be the next show I re-watch (for honestly probably the 15th time) right after I finish watching Sex & the City for the 5th time (yes, I love my TV shows, so what of it?)

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My main man Hjalmy!!! This wasn’t a recent game, but his smile makes me so happy!! hahah :]

In hopes that this week will be bring me some good luck…….

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Bread + Oil + Cheese

beer bread & delicious dip from my mama

beer bread & delicious dip from my mama

best pizza on the planet, seriously in love with DiGiorno's!!!

best pizza on the planet, seriously in love with DiGiorno’s!!!

at Connie's nom nom nom

at Connie’s nom nom nom

more bread with oil

more bread with oil

seriously have been living on this all week

seriously have been living on this all week

michael makin me some grilled cheese mmmm

michael makin me some grilled cheese mmmm

This is ALL I have been eating. I might have a heart attack soon so I should probably cool it with all the bread and pizza and oil and cheese and macaroni & cheese and grilled cheese, etc. I can’t help it, this is all I’ve been craving, but it’s starting to clog up my veins. I can just feel it! But it is just SO GOOD.

It’s currently hailing/raining/freezing here in Chicago, it’s so ugly outside and I am just SO SICK of winter!!!!
To take my mind off the gross freezingness outside, I decided to look on happier times, which was this summer in Louisiana with my baby cousins :]

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obsessed with gators. I was so happy here!!!

obsessed with gators. I was so happy here!!!

 

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse