Subscription Box February Sneak Peak!

Subscriptions boxes are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get…….yeah, no.

Anyone who has ever met me knows I have got Zero -(Zilch!) self-control when it comes to awesomeness.   That also pertains to packages in the mail –  I’ll peak, cyber stalk, and will my packages into existence ( I’m easily entertained that way ^^)   I should stop; half the fun of mail order subscriptions is knowing a box of goodies is on its way but not know what it is Right?  But I just can’t help myself! ….sigh, well my weakness should be someone’s gain, hopefully these sneakpeaks will help someone who’s on the fence about subscribing.  SPOILERS! ahead folks.

Birchbox: ( So excited for the Dr. Jart mini kit! )

Feb BB

Sample Society: meh….. ( update! it was awesome! )

Feb SS

YuZen:  Spring Subscription ( Always interesting! )

Ipsy:  I missed the billing date for February 😦

HomeGrown Collective: ( no sneak peaks until the END of the MONTH!  – but it’s always worth it ^^)

Love with Food:

Snack Olives by Mario CamachoDark Chocolate Crepe Dentelle by GavottesRestaurant Style White Bean Chip by BeanitosDark Chocolate Covered Blueberries by Emily’s ChocolateHoney Graham Sticks by Back to NaturePureNotes Dark “Chocolatey” by TCHO”Mokaccino” SeriousMilk Chocolate + Blue Bottle Coffee by TCHOChocolate Chip Biscotti by Biscotti di SuzyBlack Truffle + White Cheddar Popcorn by 479 Degree PopcornChocolate Truffles by Guylian

Darbysmart + DarbyGirl  ( No sneak peaks, but it’s a 2-fer this month! )

Whimseybox ( this is my last box for a while, I’m just a little bit over whelmed with crafting and underwhelmed by their most recent projects…. )

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Subscription Review: January Homegrown Collective

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I always say I’m going to write reviews, but I never do, too many other great things I could be say, typing and doing. So why are you now reading a post titled “review”?  January’s Homegrown Collective is amazing.

I use present tense because HGC delivers on the last day of the month – Always – so I get to spread out the DIY’s throughout the month.  I am also using HGC’s own stock photos because I tore into this month’s box and didn’t think to actually TAKE pics of arrival and etc.

Theme: Detox Inside and out

Goodness what a great theme for this time of the year! I’m still in that post holiday “bloatiness” and “springs so far away” mentality so this box hit all the right buttons.  I’ve definately been detoxing daily with Kusmi’s BB Detox (good for the skin and Yummers!) and crafting up some spa essentials for my next lazy day inside.

What’s in the box (project by project)

Dandelion Tea:

  • Pack of dry Dandelion stems
  • Tea Diffuser
  • Glass Jar ( to store)
  • Review:  Tea is tasty ( really! )

Rose Water & Bentonite Clay Mask

  • Concentrated Rose Water
  • Clear Spray bottle ( for Rose Water Dilution )
  • Pipette
  • Bentonite Clay (dry)
  • wooden tongue depressors
  • Review:  This is a fun DIY mask.  clay+ water = mask , then mist with Rose water for an amazing time.  The pull during the drying process can hurt, so if it gets too intense spritz more rose water!

Fizzing Lavender Bath Salts (w/ Dead Sea Salts)

  • Dead Sea Salts ( Certificate of authenticity included!)
  • Sodium Bicarbonate and Citric Acid Blend ( for fizzies ^^)
  • Dried Lavender
  • 2 muslin bags (for bath use)
  • glass jar ( to store bath salts)

 

Summary:

This box has been great fun and its a great value.  The projects are easy to put together and make for a great spa moment from beginning to end.  Each recipe makes enough product for 1-2 uses and there’s plenty of raw ingredients left over to make a fresh batch later.    I am slowly working my way through all of  the projects; if I had more self control I could finish all of them in one weekends, but where’s the fun in that ?  I am consistently impressed by the quality of ingredients that HGC send in their monthly boxes and I’m not embarrassed to say I cooed over the glass bottle of Rose Water ( it looks exactly like my Grandma’s bottle of Rose Water – parfum ).  Okay, I cooed over every set of min glass containers that came in my HGC…I like small glass vials!

Back in Octover, I bought the 6month subscription from the get-go ( I hate paying SH fees) and I’m really glad I did, when April comes around I might plan on an Annual Subscription ( they’re the only ones who give me Glass jars! )

Anyone else get January’s HGC?  What did you think?

For the love of Crafting

I’ve been sitting on this post for a while, mainly because….well….I’ve been crafting.

Crafting  and general DIY culture is about grasping a self-sufficiency.  “How do I do that?” “How do I make it better?” floats though my head every time I see something that makes me say”ooooooo Me Likey” and “awww, that’s so cute”  ( which basically means my brain is spinning as soon as I step into a store ).    Really one could say its the ultimate a mental exercise – see, think, realize.   Beyond the comforting knowledge that dreaming up a bear shaped bookshelf is benefiting my neurons, Crafting can be down-right cathartic!  Pounding, smashing, tearing, and smearing new life into raw materials settles my mind and gives me a positive outlook on the day.  I try to make something, anything everyday.

The only draw back to this grand “DIY” mentality is time and money but mostly time;  now that you’ve mapped out all the pieces and a general method of assembly (“insert tab A into slot A” ) you need to put it together.  How long it THAT going to take !?!  and When are you supposed to find time to get all of the supplies for this “Live Changing DIY” ?   Don’t stress, just buy it online, seriously.   There are an endless number of art supplies, beading, canvas and etc suppliers online; many are brick and mortar store just down the street ( they won’t mind mailing you stuff, promise! )  I first stumbled into this stress trap during college when the urge to create something was unbearable ( and Ochem was a definite thing of the past).  I try to make a quick run to Paper Source, Archivers, or even Marshals but always got stuck in traffic, a long checkout line or worse – waste time in the clearance section ( “I NEEDS them ALL!” ).  Once I discovered Amazon, Etsy, and Archivers Annex my life was suddenly much happier ( if poorer ^^).

Now a days, my ultimate crafting solution is joining a Craft subscription ( or 4 ).  Every month the company sends out a box containing 1-4 various DIY activities ( see below for a breakdown and promo link for each of my existing subscriptions  and Pics of February boxes TBA).  There are tons of different types of Craft and DIY subscriptions for example: MyPaperPumkin sends paper crafts and stamping,  Home Grown Collective sends DIY remedies and recipes for the home, and Whimseybox sends rotating crafts.  Check out MySubscriptionAddiction’s page of Craft subscription boxes, it’s huge and the reviews are super insightful!  If you don’t like committing to monthly boxes, Brit+co and Darby Smart have a store of DIY and Craft kits for you to purchase ( no commitments here! )

The options are endless, so have fun and Create!

WhimseyBox ( Mid – Month)

  • Cost:  $15/month ( less with 6mo/annual subscription)
  • or $20/each WB + S/H
  • Pros: the name! ( Whimsey…box…) rotating crafts, fun new products, everything you need for the project, cute WB theme extras
  • Cons: actual project can be hit or miss
  • Promo Link: here ( $5 credit towards purchase or subscription)

Darby Smart Girl (Mid – Month)

  • Cost:  $12/2 months
  • Pros: Tons of supplies, quality and quirky items
  • Cons: it’s designed for teens ( oh well….)
  • Promo Link: Here ( Promo howdydarby for $10 gift card )

Darby Smart “to DIY for…” 

  • Cost:  $19/month
  • Pros: Tons of Supplies, rotating “craft” theme, projects can be as personalized easily
  • Cons: New Subscription so boxes are “hit” or “miss”
  • Promo Link: here  ( Promo howdydarby for $10 gift card )

HomeGrown Collective (End of Month) Featured image is January’s Box “Detox inside and Out” ( Very DIY Spa – like ^^)

  • Cost:  $48/month (less with 6mo/annual subscription)
  • Pros: 2-5 projects,  glass jars, organic/single source/domestic ingredients, useful projects
  • Cons: sometimes the project can be intense ( ie, DIY almond Milk = 3 hours + Failure….)
  • Promo Link: None