Box of Happies Subscription Review – March 2014

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Box of Happies is a monthly subscription that sends you a variety of quality, handmade goods designed to make you smile! Sound good? I thought so too!

Box of Happies kindly sent me this box to review.

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The Box: Box of Happies

The Cost: $28.99/month

I absolutely love that this box comes in a reusable box! I believe that they are the only subscription box that does this? This box has already become a stamp holder :)

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The wrapping is so cute and I definitely found myself smiling before I even saw what was inside! I love that they included a card with suggestions on how to use your box!

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First Look

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Shamrock Necklace & Earrings

Value: $16.00

I realize now that my granite countertop was not the best choice for this photo! These pieces are Box of Happies exclusive and were perfect for St. Patty’s Day. (Yes I wore them both) This necklace has actually become one of my new favorites; green is my favorite color and I think this is pretty and delicate!

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A closer view of the jewelry!

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Homespun Northwest Natural Lavender Eye Makeup Remover

Value: $6.00

This makeup remover smells so nice and it actually works very well! It’s completely vegan, non-toxic and paraben free.

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Tulips Apothecary Pucker Pots in Licorice Stick

Value: $8.00

I was so excited when I saw this pot because I love handmade, artisan lip products. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed in the scent because I am not a black licorice fan. However, I’ll be gifting this to a friend who I know will enjoy it :)

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Earth Cookie Creations Magnets

Value: $2.50

I was really excited to see these in the box because my fridge is desperately in need of magnets and I have been putting off buying any for months. I immediately stuck these on there and I love the way they look!

Verdict: This box had a retail value of about $33. I had so much fun looking through all of the items! Each of these small retailers were new to me which makes me happy, I love discovering new small businesses. For me, this Box of Happies was a win win, as I received some awesome products I’ll enjoy, while they are doing their part to support local businesses. This is absolutely a subscription I’d gift to a friend and Box of Happies has a large variety of different length subscriptions to choose from!

Would you like to sign up to receive your own Box of Happies? Click HERE and be sure to use code HAPPIES to save $2.00 on your first box!

 

 

Earth Day Giveaway from UBOX and The Waybu Eyewear!

The wonderful folks over at UBOX have partnered with The Waybu Eyewear to bring you this awesome Earth Day inspired giveaway!

The prize is for this 100% genuine Bamboo iPad case by Limited Luxury Cases. There will be TWO winners so make sure and enter for your chance to win! Also, there may be another giveaway for a chance to win some eyewear from The Waybu, so stay tuned for that.

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You know the drill, just enter in the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win! The winners will be drawn on Earth Day, April 22nd!

 

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Square Hue Subscription Review – March 2014

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Square Hue is a monthly nail subscription that sends you a set of 3 custom nail colors that are curated to fit that month’s theme. Square Hue kindly sent me March’s box to review and let’s just say that I was more than thrilled when I saw what this month’s collection was…Paris!

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve already been back in the U.S. for nine months; It feels like I just got back! Oh, how I miss France.

The Box: Square Hue

The Cost: $14.99/month + shipping

All of Square Hue’s polishes are made in the USA, are “5-free,” and are never tested on animals. I was excited to see what colors Square Hue chose for the Paris Collection.

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Champs Elysées

This polish is beautiful! It has a very fine shimmer and is the palest of greens. I actually painted my nails with this for St. Patrick’s Day! I didn’t want bright green, but this polish kept me from getting pinched ;)

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Notre Dame

Named after one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris (in my opinion), this polish is a rich, creamy texture and color. I haven’t used this one yet but I plan on using it maybe alone on 4 fingers and underneath a sparkly top coat on one finger.

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Arc de Triomphe

Just typing this review makes me wish I was gazing at L’Arc de Triomphe! This polish is definitely classic Paris, and has a fine shimmer to it. It reminds me of French macaroons and pastries. I think I’ll be trying this on my toes next!

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This collection is so cohesive! All of these polishes are beautiful on their own but they could definitely be used with the same mani to create something special.

 

Verdict: I love this month’s collection! And not just because it is Paris themed. These polishes are fantastique! I first have to say how much I love the bottle design of Square Hue’s polishes. I don’t feel like it’s going to tip over when I’m painting my nails and they fit really nicely together in my polish drawer. I think Square Hue does a great job coordinating their collections, I can tell a lot of thought went into curating this month’s theme. And let’s face it, $14.99 for three, high-quality nail polishes is a great deal!

If you’d like to sign up for Square Hue, click HERE. I noticed that there is also currently an offer for 50% off your first collection if you sign up to receive their newsletter!

 

The Feed Subscription Review, Coupon Code & Giveaway – February 2014

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Hello to my lovely readers! I’m sorry for the week and a half silence, I was in finals and had to devote all of my attention to studying! But, I’m back with another awesome review and a giveaway to spice things up :)

The Feed is a monthly sports nutrition service that sends you the best products in fitness nutrition. They work with you to help you achieve your goals by providing you with the nutrition products you need to get you through your training.

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They offer a starter box that contains 6 “must-have” sports nutrition products, the first three steps of the Feed System, and a Camelbak water bottle.   Each month, you can let The Feed pick out your products, or pick the products yourself. Prices vary depending on how many products you pick for yourself each month and therefore, every box is extremely customizable!  You also have access to a personal nutrition coach who can help you to achieve your goals.

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The Box: The Feed

The Cost: Varies depending on what you select for your box! (Starter Box is $19.97)

As a former collegiate athlete, I know how important it is to provide your body with the correct nutrition, no matter what your fitness goals. That being said, I was excited to check out The Feed and see what products they had available.

The Feed kindly provided me a box with a variety of items for review.

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I thought these stickers were so cute, I had to include a picture. The “I sweat for snacks” one is particularly accurate for me ;)

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Epic Bars

Cost: $5.80

I was really interested to try these out! They are 100% organic and are like jerky on yummy steroids. The beef one was my favorite but they were both tasty. These are packed with protein so are perfect for a post-workout snack or as a meal replacement.

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ProBar Core Bar & Bonk Breaker in Peanut Butter & Jelly

Cost: $2.99 & $3.25

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of the ProBar. It’s really good, and I typically am not a huge fan of protein bars. I haven’t had a chance to try the Bonk Breaker yet, but the PB&J sounds tasty.

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Fluid Performance Singles

Cost: $1.49 each

These packets can just be added in your water bottle and consumed during exercise. I like them because they give you the extra electrolytes while still quenching your thirst. (I’ve found some sports drinks actually make me feel more thirsty)

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Justin’s Maple Almond Butter & Honey Peanut Butter

Cost: $1.25 each

I’ve had these before and I am a huge fan. Honestly, I could eat the peanut butter right out of the packet but they are both great on wheat toast in the morning!

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Honey Stinger Energy Gels & Clif Shot Energy Gel

Cost: $1.29, $1.66, $1.25

I take the Clif shots to work with me sometimes to use as an extra pick me up. Since they have caffeine in them they give you an extra boost. I plan on trying these other two soon!

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Justin’s Almond Candy Bar & Breeze Bar

Cost: $2.99 and $1.99

This candy bar is all natural and has almonds, caramel, nougat and chocolate. Needless to say, it didn’t last long in my house. Will be purchasing again. (and again)

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Clif Shot Bloks

Cost: $1.95 each

I love Shot Blocks! These are seriously like little energy packed fruit snacks. They are super tasty, give you an energy boost and contain electrolytes.

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Vega Protein Smoothie & Rip van Wafels Caramel Filled Amsterdam Wafel

Cost: $1.99

These smoothie mixes are packed with vitamins and have two servings of veggies! I think smoothies are a great way to make sure you get your daily fiber. They’re yummy and easy. These Wafels are delicious and go great with coffee. ‘Nuf said.

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 Skratch Hydration Single in Lemon Lime & Vega One Bar

Cost: $1.95 $3.98

To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Skratch electrolyte mix. The flavor just wasn’t for me. However, this is one of the top products on The Feed’s website, so others must like it!

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Pro Bar Meal Bar

Cost:$3.29

I took this bar to lecture with me the other morning and it kept me full until noon! It was super tasty and there were big chunks of berries inside which made it fun to eat. I’ll definitely be buying these again! (Perfect to have in your drawer at work in case you forget to eat breakfast or pack a lunch)

Verdict: First of all, WOW to the selection of products The Feed has to offer. I got to try so many interesting things and I only scratched the surface of the items they have! I love how customizable this box is, you can spend as little or as much as you want each month. And, you can choose whether you want to be surprised, or stick with what you know and choose your own products. I also like that The Feed doesn’t only have products that are purely for athletes. So many of these items would be great to have around to promote healthier snacking!

If you’d like to read more about The Feed, or sign up for your first box, click HERE and be sure to use code 20SOMETHING at checkout to receive 20% your entire cart!

Also, The Feed has generously offered to provide me with a box to giveaway to one of my lucky readers! Just enter the Rafflecopter below to have a chance to win!

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Artistry Gift Wrap Subscription Review! March 2014

Artistry Gift Wrap is a neat subscription that sends you a variety of themed gift wrap supplies including paper, bows, ribbon, bags and other goodies to create some beautiful gifts. Artistry Gift Wrap features a different designer or specialty gift wrap in each of their monthly boxes that you’re also able to purchase in their online store!

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The Box: Artistry Gift Wrap

The Cost: $24.98/month

The box arrived in a tube (which I guess I should have expected to protect the paper) and it made me even more curious to see what was inside!

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I love that the info card had some recommendations on how to use all of these products to make the perfect gift!

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Pink Butterflies Paper & Pink Butterflies Bubble Paper

Value: $9.00

These papers are absolutely beautiful and are handmade from recycled cotton and screen-printed using water based ink.

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Here’s a closer look at these papers. I think I may use one of these sheets to wrap my mom’s Mother’s Day gift :)

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Small Lilac Butterfly Giftbag

Value: $2.50

This a nice, thick material (same as the paper) and can absolutely be reused.

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Pink Luggage Label Gift Tags

Value: $4.50

These are my favorite items in the box! How beautiful are these? These can be tied on to any gift, but I think they’d also look beautiful in a photo album or a scrapbook!

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Here’s a look at both types of tags that were included. So pretty!

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Silver Luxury Ribbon & Glue Dots

Value: $3.75 & $2.49

I’ve already used some of these glue dots to put up a few prints on my walls but they also are perfect for a more professional wrapped look instead of scotch tape!

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Pink Dotty Mini Box

Value: $5.00

This is such a sweet little box. If I can get my craft on, I’d love to make a pair of handmade earrings and present them to a friend in this box :)

Verdict: What a unique subscription! I’d love to have such beautiful wrapping materials around my house for when I have a gift. I always end up going to the store last minute and picking out something. I also love that the papers featured this month were made from recycled cotton, so they are environmentally friendly too! I’m excited to see what Artistry Gift Wrap features in future months!

Would you like to sign up for Artistry Gift Wrap? Click HERE!

 

Petit Vour Subscription Review & Giveaway! February 2014

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Petit Vour is a subscription that sends you vegan, cruelty-free beauty products each month. I had the opportunity to review their box in July and loved the products I received, so I was excited to see what was in February’s box. This is a great box if you are looking for all natural products that are earth and animal friendly.

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The Box: Petit Vour

The Cost: $15/month (They do ship worldwide for $30/month!)

Petit Vour has some of the cutest, most delicate packaging that I have seen in any of the beauty boxes!

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February’s message was “love is in the hare…the best of beauty without the broken hearts.”

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Amala Purifying Gel Cleanser, Gel Moisturizer and Clay Mask

Value: $16.00

These are generous sized packets that came with two of each of the products. I’ve never heard of Amala but their products are made without parabens or phthalates and are organic too, so I’m excited to try these!

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Everyday Minerals Tinted Lip Butter in Fairly Mauve

Value: $6.00

This is my favorite discovery from the box! This butter goes on super smoothly and the tint is beautiful. However, it’s subtle enough that I can wear it at work. (One of my jobs is at a gym and I like to go for a natural look!)

R.L. Linden & Co. Ms. Tilly Rosalie’s Beauty Tea

Value: $4.00

This isn’t a tea that you drink, you can use it for a beauty bath, facial steam or eye compress!

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OFRA Cosmetics Blush in Charm

Value: $15.00

I really like OFRA, and this blush is a nice color, but I don’t think it’s my shade so I’ll probably pass this along to a friend.

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Everyday Minerals Color Corrector in Sunlight

Value: $7.00

I’m excited to give this a try on my terrible undereye circles. College is rough on them!

Verdict: This box had a value of around $50! Petit Vour is such an affordable beauty box especially considering the quality of the products that are included. I’m really trying to be more conscious about the products that I purchase and what they are made with. Petit Vour is a great option is you’re curious about finding some brands that don’t compromise ethics when supplying you with high-quality products!

Would you like to subscribe to Petit Vour? Click HERE!

In addition, Petit Vour has kindly allowed me to run a giveaway for a chance to win a March Petit Vour box! All you have to do is enter in the rafflecopter widget below! So get on it :)

 

 
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Nailed Kit Subscription Review! February 2014

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Nailed Kit is a neat subscription service that sends you a new kit for nail art each month. In addition to the kit, you will also receive a set of their exclusive waterslide decals. As someone who is not gifted in the artsy department, I’ll take all of the help I can from nail art kits!

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The Box: Nailed Kit

The Cost: $14/month

I checked out Nailed Kit’s website before they kindly sent me this box to review, and they have so many adorable kits available. You can purchase the kits or decals separately on their site but it definitely is a better deal to do the monthly subscription!

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“Heartbeat” Nail Art Kit

Value: $14.00

This kit has everything you need including: red nail polish strips, nail file, shaping stick, heartbeat decals and pink rhinestones. I absolutely love the little EKG stickers, and the pink rhinestones are fun too!

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Waterslide Nail Decals

Value: $8.00

These are darling and super easy to use. All you have to do is apply them after you paint your nails, then follow with a top coat!

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These were a few cute little extras that were included in the box. This nail file went straight into my purse!

Verdict: What a fun subscription! I love that you receive literally everything you need to get the look in the kit. The box is definitely themed for the time of year and I can’t wait to see what Nailed Kit sends out this Spring! This would be a great, affordable subscription to gift to a friend who’s into nail art. (Or to yourself ;) )

What do you think of Nailed Kit? If you’d like to check out their kits, or sign up for your own box, click HERE!

 

Driven Coffee Company Review!

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For those of you who know me or have been following my blog for a while, you know that I adore coffee. As a proud Seattle-ite, I love trying new blends and discovering small businesses who sell delicious coffee that is ethically sourced.

That being said, I was really excited when Driven Coffee Roasters reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying some of their coffee!

logoDriven Coffee partners with roasters all over the world to provide it’s customers with the world’s “finest specialty grade coffees.”  But of course, that’s not all (it never is when you’re reading one of my reviews! ;) ) Driven Coffee partners with a variety of regional and national organizations and donates 10% of all sales to these organizations. They’re goal is to donate one million dollars within their first 5 years of operation. Wow!

Now let’s talk coffee:

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Impact Espresso Blend

This was my favorite blend between the two that I had the opportunity to sample. I love dark roast coffees that pack a punch when it comes to flavor. These beans are a mix of the Mexico Chiapas SHG, Costa Rica Tarrazu, Sumatra Mandheling, and Guatemala Antigua blends (that was a mouthful!) and I love that you can find all sorts of information on how the beans were dried and processed on Driven Coffee’s website. Super delicious, nutty blend with a bit of a smoky flavor. This bag of coffee sells for $10.95.

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I absolutely love opening a new bag of coffee and getting a big whiff of the scent. I was pleased to see that the coffee was whole bean. Though some people think it’s a pain, it keeps your coffee so much more fresh! Trust me, if you’re a coffee drinker, invest in a cheap coffee grinder, it will be the best investment you ever make.

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Breakfast Blend

This is a tasty roast that is much lighter than the espresso blend. I’d definitely recommend this blend for someone who is newer to coffee or always finds themselves loading in the cream to a darker roast coffee. I usually drink my coffee black, but even someone who typically doesn’t would likely enjoy the flavor of a cup of this breakfast blend without cream.

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I love their slogan, “what drives you?”

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Here’s a look at my tasty cup. Yes, that is a cookie in the lower part of the photo. I love indulging with a cup of coffee and sweet in the evening after a long day! Drinking coffee in the evening is a habit I developed while living in France and I can’t get rid of it.

Verdict: I’m really excited to have discovered Driven Coffee! Their website is very easy to navigate and you can order any of their coffees online. There have a list of their partner causes on the site that gives more information about each of the organizations and what they are striving for. I’m always impressed when companies donate any of their proceeds to a great cause; I think a lot of people take it for granted but I’m sure the charities who are receiving the help do not.

If you’re interested in learning more about Driven Coffee and maybe buying a bag or two, click HERE to head over to their site!

 

Healthy Surprise Subscription Review! February 2014

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Healthy Surprise is a monthly snack subscription service that sends you a large variety of all-natural, gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free, wheat-free and vegan snacks. (That was a mouth full…literally!) I had the opportunity to review Healthy Surprise in July and absolutely loved my box. I was really excited to see what February’s box had in store!

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Healthy Surprise kindly sent me this box for review.

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The Box: Healthy Surprise

The Cost: $40/month for Starter Box, $60/month for Big Box, $95/month Combo Box

Healthy Surprise has a variety of box sizes to choose from. I received the Starter Box for review.

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The first look into this box was promising. I saw several brands I didn’t recognize which is always exciting; I dug in immediately to look at everything!

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Harvest Roast Pumpkin Seeds in Garlic Herb

Value: $2.20

I LOVE pumpkin seeds! They’re fun to roast yourself but these garlic ones are delish.

Trophy Farms Roasted Almonds

Value: $2.50

I have to avoid whole almonds at the moment, they are the one thing that always seem to break my brackets. But, I’m getting my braces off in about a month so I’ll snack on them then!

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Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix

Value: $1.50

This was a refreshing change from traditional trail mix. It was quite delicious with a mix of raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chocolate bits, apples and cranberries!

GoGo Squeez in Appleberry

Value: $1.00

I could eat these fruit squeezies every day. So tasty and convenient.

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Lydias Organics Rawkin’ Spicy Beet Chips

Value: $5.50

I received these in my July Healthy Surprise box and I was terrified. But, I finally sucked it up and tasted them and they are actually pretty yummy. They have a ton of vitamins in them as well.

NibNaks Under the Boardwalk

Value: $2.00

These are tasty dried fruits that come in easy, travel-size packs.

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Samai Plantain Chips in Pacific Sea Salt

Value: $3.00

I haven’t tried these plantain chips yet, but I’m curious! I’m trying to not eat every snack the same day I receive it. ;)

The Daily Crave Veggie Chips

Value: $1.50

I love these veggie chips! I could munch them just like a normal potato chip but they are much less fatty and don’t have anything fake or artificial.

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OneBar Cherry

Value: $1.25

This was my favorite discovery in the box! Such a tasty little bar and it contains a full serving of fruit. I’ll definitely be buying more of these!

Oskri Fig Almond Bar

Value: $1.25

I haven’t had a chance to try this one yet, but I know that figs are very good for you so I hope I like it!

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Just Pure Foods Kalenola Chocolate

Value: $8.00

I have to confess. I’m intimidated to try this! I have it out on my counter and I’ve been staring at it every morning. Chocolate Kale? It seems so crazy but it’d be so great if I enjoyed it! I’m going to try it this week… I just have to pluck up the courage. Has anyone tried this product before or something similar?

Verdict: This box had a value of about $30 but also included a $25 gift card for a future box which ups the value to $55. I love this box because of the awesome creativity of items and brands included. I think this would be a fantastic box to have around the house or at the office to encourage healthier snacking. Healthy Surprise believes that “everytime we eat should be an opportunity to improve our health,” and I really think the snacks they send speak for themselves!

Would you like to sign up for Healthy Surprise? Click HERE!

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