Date Night Subscription Boxes

With all this staying in, we decided to arrange date night at home. Usually, we get the kids settled with a movie and some popcorn and then start on our activities. It’s often hard to come up with something to get us talking about something other than work and kids, so we tried out a couple date night boxes.

Hunt A Killer

So far, this is my favorite date night box. It’s super high quality, like letters are each on their own letterhead, a playbill is on that shiny paper that playbills usually come on, the missing cufflink is actually a cufflink. Pretty awesome! Their mysteries run in sets. Most of them have about 6 boxes per mystery. So, if you’re getting a monthly subscription, it can take you six months to actually solve the full mystery. You solve little things along the way, but you don’t identify the killer until the last box.

You can speed up your boxes if you’re getting impatient but I actually like waiting and having something fun like this once a month. It takes us more than one evening to solve it, so sometimes we get in a couple weeks of date night on just one box. Pretty awesome!

At $30 a month, this box is worth every penny.

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Happily

Our first box arrived right as school started, so I’ve opened the box and looked at it, but with adjusting to our school schedule we haven’t carved out date night time yet. I think we’re about settled in, so this should happen this week.

This month was Japan inspired and it’s a sushi making kit. I keep saying that I’m going to try making sushi, so here’s my chance! It has the rice, seaweed, mat, etc. so I don’t have to go find any of the special sushi ingredients or tools. You do have to provide your own protein and veggies so that slowed us down a bit on getting to this. However, my husband went shrimping with a friend this weekend so I’m thinking that we’re going to use some of that fresh shrimp for our sushi, yum!

The box also includes a link to a playlist and a couple of little games (like a suduku puzzle). At $40 a month this box was interesting enough for me to go ahead and get next month’s box. And I’ll probably decide after that one if we’re going to keep getting these or not. They’re supposed to mix it up with different activities every month. So, we’ll see what we get this time!

They also have a digital option for $8 a month, but, I really like getting something special in the mail.

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Cleaning Subscription Review

YVY Naturals

YVY has 3 cleaners, all purpose, kitchen, and bathroom. They sent me their all purpose cleaner to review and I’m loving it. It has a great citrus scent and worked well on every surface that I tried it on. It was easy to insert the pod in the spray bottle. Since the spray bottle is reusable you just get pods every month. Less waste already, and they have a way for you to mail back your old pods and they can reuse them, reducing waste even further.

Just think of all the plastic I’m saving by using and returning empty pods for recycling!

You can purchase just once, or join a subscription for $20 every 30, 45, or 60 days. Your choice. Pause or cancel any time. Pretty simple! You can choose a home kit with all 3 cleaners. This kit comes with 3 bottles and 6 pods (2 of each). Or, pick a kit of just one cleaner type. This kit comes with 1 bottle and 6 pods. Then you get 6 pods every subsequent subscription cycle – so you only get a bottle when you sign up. Once you have collected 30 empty capsules, you just let them know and they’ll take them back for recycling.

I love that I can clean and reduce waste at the same time.

Their products are made with 100% natural citrus and amazonian botanicals, so no harsh chemicals when you’re cleaning. I love something that clean well but it’s still ok for me to breathe it in while I’m cleaning!

Trumans

I’ve only used their surface cleaners, but they have dishwasher soap, laundry soap, and toilet cleaner as well. My favorite is the “more shower to you” spray. These cleaners also come with 1 bottle per cleaner and refill pods. These are my favorite spray bottles to clean with. They’re comfortable to hold and spray really well.

They have window cleaner, kitchen cleaner, shower cleaner, and all purpose cleaner. It looks like they’re revamping their surface cleaners subscription because I don’t see that one available at the moment. These are also non-toxic and I can clean all day with these without them bothering me. Not having to turn on the bathroom vent just to be able to breathe while I clean is nice!

And the way my kids like to use ALL the spray in the bottle when they clean, it’s super easy to just have some refill pods on hand and reload my cleaner when needed.

After using both of these cleaners, I really can’t pick a favorite. YVY is a bit stronger smelling but it also cleans a little better. But Trumans has almost no scent and is super easy to clean with. They’re both terrific option if you’re looking for a more natural cleaner with less waste. Of course, if you’re like me, I like to have both options on hand to fit my cleaning mood for the day!

For Guys – Subscription Boxes

I’ve done quite a few posts about my favorite subscription boxes. So, I have to include a couple that I like for my husband and son! I received both of these boxes for free to review.

Outlaw

Live Outlaw Soaps is pretty awesome! You know how little boys can be about bathing … it’s just not their thing. And, I’ll be honest, I can’t blame them. Most bath soap is very fruity or sweet smelling. Not exactly exciting to a boy.

Well, my Outlaw Soaps box came in the mail and my 7yr old was super excited when I told him that it could all be his. These soaps have very manly scents. Honestly, perfect for guys. My son actually doesn’t fight me about taking a shower.

The scent sticks around for a while, so my kid actually smells good for more than 5 minutes! I’m loving the quality and fun all wrapped up together in these soaps. Seriously though, when my box arrived, I could smell the soaps before I opened the box!

I’ve considered stealing the Calamity Jane lotion from my son, because it smells so good, but he’s informed me that even though these are called Outlaw Soaps, stealing is not allowed.

Though, to be honest, The Gambler is my favorite. It’s on the counter in the boys bathroom for hand washing and it makes the entire room smell good!

Outlaw Soaps has subscriptions ranging from $7 to $67. There’s 12 different subscription combo options, from a monthly bar of soap all the way to a bi monthly box with cologne, deodorant, soap, and lotion. You have the option of sticking with your favorite scent forever or a different scent in every box. There’s some really flexible options here so you are easily able to get exactly what you want every month.

You can even gift a subscription for a selected amount of time (anyone know of someone who could use a fun set of soaps for Christmas?).

Don’t want a subscription? You can also purchase each item individually. They have soaps, body wash, hand wash, lotion, cologne, deodorant, air fresheners, and beard oil. More than everything my son needs to stay clean and smell great!

All in all, a terrific subscription or gift!

Drift

Drift has 3 subscription options. Wood visor freshener, rove vent freshener, and room spray. I was sent the Mill wood visor freshener and the Mill room spray. They’re both great, robust, scents!

The Room Spray is in my kitchen window and I use it when the house just needs a little freshening up scent wise (you know, I made fish for dinner and I don’t want to smell it all through tomorrow). It’s a great scent, and a little goes a long way.

The Wood visor freshener is my favorite though. It’s this little cedar wood block soaked in essential and fragrance oils that you just slip inside your black visor clip each month (you can see the visor clip in the picture with the wood block still packaged inside of it) You can get a subscription for monthly or bi monthly and you can pick your favorite scent or the scent of the month and they’ll send you a new limited edition scent every month. With scents like zen, grove, and teak, they’re perfect for making the car smell great without being obnoxious.

What’s more, the black visor clip keep the scent block well hidden on the top of your visor. My husband used the block in his car and loves it! He said it was really strong the first couple of days, and you want to be careful not to touch the wood if at all possible – he touched it and then his hands smelled like his car air freshener for the rest of the day. But, this is definitely something he would be excited about receiving every month. He loves having his car smell great! And at $8 a month, this is a great price!

Makeup/Accessories Subscription Box Review

Mint Mongoose

I was sent this cute jewelry subscription box to review. And I was definitely pleased with how fun the jewelry is. For a $16 monthly subscription, you receive 3 matching pieces of jewelry. I love how the jewelry could be worn alone or together. The sealed envelope and little candy were such a nice touch!

Each jewelry set comes with a postcard that tells a story behind the inspiration to create these pieces. You choose if you want silver, gold, or rose gold. And you can opt out of earrings if you don’t want them.

Want a little more? You can get their Mint Mongoose Black subscription for $23 a month. It comes with 4 pieces of jewelry and 2 accessories each month.

So much fun!

My Little Mascara Club

A subscription for mascara? I was skeptical at first, but, being as I was offered a free box to review, I thought I would give it a try. They sent me their starter set. Which is currently $21 (discounted from $31).

The mascara works well for me – I’m a little picky about my mascara, and this one worked great. What I really love though, is the micellar water and the erase pads. These made getting my mascara off actually possible. Erasing one of my pet peeves about wearing mascara!

You can choose 30, 45, 60, or 90 days frequency, depending on how much you use or like to replace your mascara. After your first order, you’ll receive mascara only for $21 at your subscription frequency. Super convenient!

Ipsy

Ipsy is a monthly makeup and beauty supply subscription box. They have 3 sizes, Glam Bag, Glam Bag Plus, and Glam Bag Ultimate. Bags are $12, $25, and $50 a month, respectively. One interesting thing about this subscription is that in order to subscribe to the larger bags, you have to also subscribe to the bags below it.

Glam Bag contains 5 deluxe size samples. Glam Bag Plus contains 5 full size products. Glam Bag ultimate contains 8 full size products and 4 deluxe size samples.

You do get the option to customize your bag each month. I get both the Glam Bag and the Glam Bag Plus and it’s plenty of cosmetics for the month. If I don’t like something, my girls are usually happy to take it. And if I’m feeling like I have too much, I just pause my subscription for a month or two.

This subscription is just a fun way to treat myself every month. Check it out here!

Fab Fit Fun

I love this box! This is a quarterly subscription box. And at $55 a box is an amazing deal! Full price, my fall box would have cost me almost $500. This box has beauty supplies, but it also has home items and clothing.

I got this awesome blue and white poncho in my summer box and have absolutely loved it! That thing itself was probably worth $55 to me! My fall box is on it’s way and I just can’t wait! It has a super cute throw, kitchen canisters, a curling iron, adorable hair clips, and a few other items.

You do get to customize and because I’m getting so many beauty items in my ipsy box, I tend to pick accessories instead of beauty products when I customize.

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Favorite Snacks Subscription Boxes

Last set of food related subscription boxes. If you haven’t noticed already, I love food! These 3 are some of my newest subscriptions. The thing about not going to a physical store is, I buy a lot less snacks. It’s great, but, there are times I just want a snack. For some reason I struggle to find and add these when I’m ordering groceries, so…I decided to try out something a little different. These snack boxes are so much fun!

Munch Pak

This was the first snack box I tried, and it’s lots of fun! They have an assortment of snacks from all around the world, and an option to add on a soda – which is so much fun!

This is a monthly subscription, with 3 size options. 5, 10, and 20. I chose the 10 and that’s perfect for me. With the soda add on, it’s $30 a month for 10 snacks and a drink. So far, each box has had a variety of snacks, basically 2 each from 5 different countries. I enjoy trying new things and this box has been so much fun!

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Universal Yums

This one is super fun! And I love how different it is from the other snack box. Universal Yums themes their boxes by country each month. This past month was Egypt and it was amazing! I had no idea that Egypt made so many tasty snacks.

They have 3 sizes 6, 12, and 20. I get the 12 and it’s just right. At $25 a month, I get a lot of fun snacks to enjoy. What’s really fun is it includes a little booklet of information about the country and about each snack. I always have so much fun reading about each snack before I eat it.

They also include this fun score card so I can jot down what I thought of a particular snack. And then, what’s super duper fun, if you really like something, you can purchase more from their “Yum Shop”. Pretty cool!

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Telestrations Upside Drawn – Review

I received 2 copies of Telestrations Upside Drawn from Tryazon & The OP Games to have a board game party and share with my friends.

We have a couple families that we’re hanging out with these days so we had them over for a game night. Telestrations Upside Drawn was so much fun!

Having phrases as one of the categories was a unique twist on Pictionary and was definitely a learning curve for us. Once we figured it out, it was pretty funny!

The words are generally simple enough that the kids were able to join us and be fairly successful at playing. Though, the game was much more lively when it was just us adults playing. Because, let’s face it, one of the best parts of a drawing game is making fun of people’s drawings. And this game did not disappoint.

One of my favorite things about this game is the 4 drawing markerboards. Those are awesome! No more hunting for paper. Each team has a markerboard and it was so much easier.

This is such a fun family and party game!

WonderWorks Pigeon Forge to Offer Educational Opportunities for Fall 2020

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee – (August 19, 2020) – WonderWorks Pigeon Forge is offering a range of new educational opportunities for the fall of 2020. With both in-person and virtual options, WonderWorks is expanding upon current programs and adding new ones to be a part of the new education “normal” 2020 is bringing. These programs come at a time when many parents and teachers are searching for additional educational opportunities for their students, to help enhance the virtual and homeschool learning environment many families are opting into.

“We understand the educational experience this year will look different, but we want to be a place where education meets entertainment,” explains Ed Shaffer, general manager for WonderWorks Pigeon Forge. “We’re excited to offer our new virtual Learning Labs, as well as the Sm-ART Art Contest.”

Educational opportunities being offered by WonderWorks this fall include:

SM-ART Art Contest – WonderWorks Tennessee is launching an annual Smoky Mountain art contest for local student artists. All semester long, students can submit their artwork to be featured in the iconic upside-down house. This year’s contest theme is “Time to Think.” Submissions will open on September 8, 2020. Selected winners will receive four free tickets to WonderWorks to be able to see their artwork on display in the gallery. Additional information and submission forms can be found online: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/art-contest/.

Virtual Learning Labs – New this year, WonderWorks will offer Professor Wonder’s Virtual Learning Labs which cover in-depth explorations of topics such as the principles of pressure, the states of matter, severe weather topics, the water cycle, adaptation, and more. This program was developed as a way to meet the needs of teachers and students looking to enhance their distance learning experience during these unprecedented times. More information can be found on their website: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/virtual-labs/.

Homeschool Days – WonderWorks expanded their Homeschool Days for the fall. This event will run every weekday in September through November, excluding holidays. Homeschool Days include reduced ticket prices of $12 per person for homeschool families, or $10 for groups that book ahead of time. Additional classroom activities, lesson plans, and scavenger hunts are available upon request. More information on Homeschool Days is offered online: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/homeschool/.

“Engaging the community while meeting educational needs is something that we’ve always strived to do,” added Shaffer, “and we’re not going to let these unprecedented times change that.”

WonderWorks has adopted new COVID-19 safety protocols, including reduced hours, enhanced cleaning efforts, social distancing measures, employee health screenings, and employee personal protective equipment (PPE). Guests are encouraged to review all safety procedures prior to their visit: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/covid-19.

WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge offers 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment” opportunities, billing itself as an amusement park for the mind. It offers over 100 hands-on exhibits covering natural disasters and space discovery, an imagination lab, a physical challenge zone, a far out art gallery, and a light and sound zone. WonderWorks is open daily 365 days a year. For more information, log on to their website: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge/.

About WonderWorks

WonderWorks, a science-focused indoor amusement park, combines education and entertainment. With over 100 hands-on exhibits, there is something unique and challenging for all ages. Feel the power of 71 mph hurricane-force winds in the Hurricane Shack. Make huge, life-sized bubbles in the Bubble Lab. Get the NASA treatment in our Astronaut Training Gyro and experience zero gravity. Nail it by lying on the death-defying Bed of Nails. Conquer your fear of heights on our indoor Glow-In-The-Dark Ropes Course. For more information, visit their website: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/pigeon-forge.

Favorite Food Subscription Boxes

Food is super important. And, I love to cook! So, I’ve tried everything from subscription freezer meals (yuck!) to straight up vegetable subscription boxes.

First things first. There are no freezer meal / prepackaged meals on my list. I’ve tried several and didn’t like any of them.

I do have my favorite meal kits and some fruit, vegy, and meat boxes that I love.

1. Dinnerly

Dinnerly is the first meal kit that I tried. I got a free box from a friend and gave it a shot. Their advantage is that they are the cheapest I’ve been able to find. At around $40 a box for 6 meals (3 meals X 2 people) that’s about $6.50 per person per meal. It’s a tad less per meal if you’re ordering for 4 but with these meal kids I have found that a 4 person meal is way too much for us since the kids are still young. I feel like this gives me a couple of meals that I don’t have to plan myself and that’s always a relief.

The downside is that they don’t generally prep their ingredients. So, if you need grated carrots, they just send you a carrot and you grate it yourself. I’ve found this box to require more prep time than the other boxes I’ve tried. But, you get what you pay for, so if you’re wanting inexpensive without having to do the meal planning and shopping, this is the box for you.

Interested in trying this box? I do have some free codes to give out. Just DM me on my social media and I can generate a code for you.

2. Home Chef

This is my favorite meal subscription box. At $50 to $60 per box this one isn’t super cheap but it’s also not the most expensive out there. Once again, this is the cost for 6 meals (3 meals X 2 people) so you’re looking at $8.25 to $10 per person per meal.

Their meals come with many ingredients pre measured and pre prepped (carrots are already grated) and each meal is in it’s own bag so you know all the ingredients are there and you can’t mix them up. These meals are usually pretty quick to prep, they have a large selection to choose from each week, and they’re delicious. They use fresh ingredients so I feel like I’m cooking good, healthy food, but with a lot less effort.

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3. Misfits Market

This is a weekly box of fruits and veggies. $22 plus shipping for 10 to 13 pounds of fruits and veggies for their small box. It’s plenty of food for my family. They do have a larger box if you want more, but honestly, everyone I know gets the small one. This is really a very inexpensive way to have fresh fruits and veggies arrive at your door every week.

There is an option to select your preferred foods (it’s not guaranteed, but I usually get what I request), you can add discounted organic products (like chocolate bars and hot sauce), and even though the products are seasonal, they have a large selection with lots of variety.

I love getting this box every week. It’s an easy way for me to make sure I’m serving lots of fruits and veggies to the kids!

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4. Butcher Box

This is the newest food box that I’ve tried and after 2 shipments, I’m hooked! This is a meat box. It comes well packaged and frozen, so you can drop everything in the freezer or stick some in the fridge for eating soon.

They have 2 box options $129 for 8-11 lbs of meat or $238 for 16-22 lbs of meat. You can set your shipping frequency to every 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks. And you can pause or extend out your delivery date by 2 weeks at a time. They also have additional items (like extra ground beef) that you can auto add every month, and special sales that you can add as they’re available. You can choose to have your box all beef, beef & pork, beef & chicken, or beef, chicken, & pork. I do the beef & pork because that’s the meats I prefer to cook with. And I get the 8 – 11 lb box every 8 weeks with an extra ground beef added on.

The meat I’ve gotten has been great quality and it’s so nice to have meat arriving on a schedule so I can plan my meals around what I’ll have and when. With this box and Misfits Market, I pretty much have all my essentials. If I could just find a box that ships milk products, I would be set!

I know you’re dying to know more about Butcher Box, so Check them out here. And see what tasty meats they have available!

Favorite Beverage Subscription Boxes

The beginning of this year, I had a couple of subscription boxes that I used. I really didn’t see the need for more. Then, with ordering everything from home, I find the convenience and predictability of subscription boxes for food items to be very handy. As I was preparing this list, I realized that I’ve added a LOT of subscription boxes this year. So, rather than list them all in one long list, I’m going to do a couple of posts and list out my favorite by category.

1. Sipsby

This was my very first subscription box. I used to go into Teavana whenever I visited the mall and try out a new tea every time I was there. So, when they closed I started looking around for an inexpensive way to try some new teas. I came across Sipsby and I’ve been super pleased.

It’s $15 for a monthly box of tea. They send 4 flavors every month. When you sign up, you fill out a flavor profile so you don’t get things that you don’t like. I kept my profile pretty broad so I can share with everyone in the family. The kids love herbal teas, especially if the have chamomile in them. We’ve discovered some new bedtime favorites this way. My husband loves chai. After Teavana closed – taking our favorite chai with them – I was struggling to figure out how to find a chai that we like without spending a fortune. We’ve found several through Sipsby. And I of course, love a good black or oolang, and this subscription has sent me some really tasty varieties of these.

After you try your teas, make sure you review them online. I make sure to tell them what I think so my teas get better every month. Every now and then they send one that’s truly awful (like cinnamon & licorice) but I’m usually very happy with all 4 of my teas. Best of all, if you really like something – remember, I’ve found some favorites this way – they have info on their website telling you where you can buy it and a coupon code to get a discount when you purchase. For a family who loves tea like mine, this box is awesome!

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2. Atlas Coffee Club

Coffee is another love of mine. I started drinking it in college and then when kids came along, coffee is just a necessity. Seriously, when people were going crazy over TP in May, I checked my coffee stash, because if there was a run on coffee, I was in trouble!

Thankfully, I had already signed up for Atlas Coffee Club, so I wasn’t too worried. I actually tried out several coffee subscriptions and this is the only one I liked – so take it from me, this one is the best. You can choose ground or whole, between 1 and 6 bags of coffee per shipment, and a shipment frequency between 1 and 10 weeks. I set mine at 2 bags every 4 weeks and that seems about right for me. I’ve been known to pause, slow down, or speed up my subscription depending on the time of year and how much coffee I’m drinking or not drinking.

You fill out a flavor profile and they use that as a guideline when selecting coffees to send you. I’ve enjoyed the full flavors of all the coffees they’ve sent me so far, so I feel like they got my profile right. You can also review your coffees each month to help them send you more of what you like.

The price per bag goes down a bit depending on how many you’re getting per shipment. 2 bags is $28 + s/h but 3 bags is only $39 + s/h.

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Colton’s Time Machine – Review

*I received these books free for purposes of my review. All opinions are my own.

Colton’s Time Machine by Rebecca Massey

I was sent book 3 and book 4. Colton’s Time Machine book 3 is about Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin. Colton’s Time Machine book 4 is about Betsy Ross, Mount Rushmore, and the Statue of Liberty.

Colton is a little boy with little baby dragons and a time machine in his tree house. They all travel together through time and visit a variety of historical places and historical people. Colton’s Time Machine series is a spin off from Colton’s Pocket Dragon series. That series starts with him finding dragon eggs, helping them hatch, and discovering his dragon friends.

Colton’s Time Machine books each cover 3 historical people or places in American history. The story spends a lot of time on Colton and his Dragons in funny situations back in history and is interspersed with dates and important facts about the historical figure or place. A great way to share historical information with kids without overwhelming them with too many details.

You can purchase all these fun Colton books on Amazon!