Naturally Crated| Summer 2019

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Every quarter when I get this box in I LITERALLY squeal with joy. I love this box so much. They have changed it to where every box is curated to natural cleaning products for a room in your house. For the Spring the box was all about the Laundry Room! I have been using ALL of the products in my weekly washing! Go check it out!

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Approved By Elizabeth:

All products must fit into at least one of the following categories:

  • Products are full-sized, single-use or multi-use
  • All personal care & food products must include full ingredient lists
  • We value transparency, longevity of use, and family-friendly products
  • We never purchase items that we know have been tested on animals

This is a company that I can proudly stand by and that I feel good about getting every season. This box is $75 a quarter and it is worth EVERY PENNY!

Now, let’s get into the amazing goodies that we got in Summer Crate.

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Mama Suds
Castile Soap $11.50
All-Purpose Cleaner $12.50

I have been on the look out for an amazing All-Purpose Cleaner for FOREVER. They either leave a gross residue or they have a horribly powerful scent that gives me an instant headache. This cleaner however is perfect! It is perfect! Seriously! I love it.

Next of course is the Castille Soap by Mama Suds as well. This is an all-purpose cleaning soap. It has an amazingly long list of uses from hand-washing dishes and floors to counters. I can’t wait to use this!!!

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Moso Natural Fridge Bag
Retail: $8.95

My mom has always used a deodorizer like baking soda. But I really love this! The fact that it is fragrance free and filled with bamboo charcoal. This makes me feel safe with it being near our food. I love that it comes with a hook to hang it and that it will last up to two years.

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Milk bottle Candle
Retail: $21.95

I am currently burning this candle as I write this blog post. I love the fact that it looks so rustic and is so quaint looking. I love the smell as well. There is nothing better than the clean smell that is coming from the candle. I also adore the fact that they are made the old-fashioned way in a reclaimed United States Farm. They are made with soy wax, essential oils and cotton wicks. I’ll be reusing this bottle as a vase when I’ve used up the candle!

Organic Essential Oils
$15.90

Something that I adore about this box is that they send you essential oils every single time. They are always perfect for what they are promoting at the time as well. Last box they sent lavender and orange for the laundry. Which I have used up all of the way!!! Now they have sent Eucalyptus and Tea Tree! I can’t wait to see what they send for the Fall!

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Canning Tags
Retail: $2.99

These are adorable and perfect for the little cans that I have here at home. They are simple and sweet. I know that I will be using them for gifts later this year.

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Automatic Dishwasher Powder
Retail $17.00

One of the things that Aaron and I have had to work on is what we are going to use to clean the dishes. I was alway partial to liquid but Aaron have converted me to powder. I love it even more that it is a natural powder! It claims that there will be no more white residue on my glasses! This makes me a very happy woman! I also love that it is biodegradable, non-toxic, and will do 90+ loads!

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Pink Himalayan Salt
Retail: $3.75

There is just something gorgeous and calming about the look of pink himalayan salt. I also love how it tastes!!! IT REALLY IS THE BEST SALT! It is also supposed to help boost energy, contributes to healthy skin, and be an anti-bacterial and anti-imflammatory!

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Beechwood Serving Knife
Retail: $8.00

This is just a cool little trinket! I love the etching on the knife as well. This is perfect for special occasions as well. It is sustainably sourced!

I loved every single item in this box. I love how much thought and detail was put into the curation. The items are things that people need on a weekly bases. Everyone needs to clean their kitchen and dishes. The idea of doing it safely and in a way that is good for the environment makes me happy.

Naturally Crated costs $75 a SEASON. That is a wonderful price! Especially when you get over $100 worth of items in each box.

Live life naturally!

Until next time…

~Courtny

 

Bonjour Jolie| May 2019

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There is nothing more that I love then a box that has a theme to it. Bonjour Jolie really knocked it out of the park. This month’s theme is all about Honey!!!! This is my most favorite sweetener! Nature’s own candy! I love that this box has everything that I need!! Especially for when I am on my period.

“Beekeeping is a crucial component to any local food initiative. Honey and solitary bees provide much needed pollination. Bee pollination increases fruit and vegetable size at yield, speeds up maturity, and even produces a more symmetrical fruit shape.” Pledge to Save the Bees!

“The Ultimate Subscription Box Designed Exclusively for You to Be Pampered on your Period! We take the Frustration out of Menstruation!”

Monthly Subscription

$23.50 / month

  • Each Box comes with:
  • A Unique Gift
  • Bath and Body Pampering Items
  • Specialty Teas or Drinks
  • Sweet Edible Treats
  • Up to 20 Menstrual Items
  • Hygiene Wipes and Ibuprofen

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The Necessary

There is nothing worse than being at work or at an event and having mother nature knock on your door without being prepared. These are the perfect size for a clutch or in your pocket!

The Pampering
South Bee Farms Solid Lotion Bar
4 oz
Retail $16.00

I love that this box is broken up into different sections! There was the necessary with the tampons and now we are onto the pampering item! The amazing lotion bar. There is nothing I hate more than dry skin! I love that they included a natural long lasting bar made with beeswax and shea butter. You just need to warm it with your hands and rub it on their dry areas!

The Edibles

There is nothing better than sweet and salty snacks during your period. This box came right in time for me! If you know what I mean. Ha! I love that there are graham crackers, Nature Valley bars, honey sticks, and tea. This is seriously the best period box one could ask for!

The Edibles

Of course, a whole box surrounding honey wouldn’t be complete without real honey and a honey comb dipper! This is the cutest and the best honey ever! This is perfect to sweeten the tea that they sent as well!

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The Gift

I really thought that this box couldn’t get any better until I opened up this stunning necklace. I love that it looks like a deep honey color and the little bee charm. I can’t wait to wear it! It is so gorgeous!

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The Helpful

Even though they didn’t name these as The Helpful, I did! Sometimes before, during, or after my period I feel so gross. Oily and breaking out of course. I love that they sent over these wipes! This makes throwing them in my bag so much easier. Along with the Advil for cramps and headaches that come along with Aunt Flo. This rounds up the box perfectly.

Overall this was an amazing box. I loved it! I can’t wait to see what June 2019 brings!

Until next time,

Courtny

Cozy Releases| June 2019

Cozy Mystery Releases Video

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Duplex Double Trouble (A Flamingo Realty Mystery Book 4)Kindle Edition
by CeeCee James
https://amzn.to/2WdjQOp
June 2nd

Stella’s newest client, Charlie Booker, wants to sell his half of a duplex but before he can sign the listing papers, he’s murdered.

Even stranger, there are only one set of footprints leaving the house, with none showing up as entering the home.

The police mark it as a robbery gone wrong and target a local group of petty thieves.

Stella can’t shake the feeling that it’s someone much closer. There’s his neighbor, the owner of the other half of the property, and a girlfriend who was overheard threatening the poor victim. The girlfriend is overly polite and friendly while being really passive aggressive about keeping her out of the house.

Stella doesn’t have any evidence to give the police- she can’t have anyone arrested on bad vibes. So, Stella does some sleuthing and the more she digs around, the more convinced she is that there’s something hidden in that house. What could be in there that’s worth committing murder for?

Meanwhile, Stella finds out more about her past… and her mother. The secrets are starting to unfold and Stella is holding all the men in her life accountable. She’s just as determined to know the whole truth as they are determined to keep her from finding out.

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 11.02.28 AMA Patchwork of Clues (Queen Bees Quilt Shop Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Sally Goldenbaum
https://amzn.to/2KhvyQV
June 4th

On her morning jog, Portia Paltrow comes upon the dead body of antiques store owner and college professor Owen Hill, sprawled across the back doorstep of Selma Parker’s fabric and quilt shop on Elderberry Road. The site of their Saturday morning quilting bee just became a crime scene. Violent crime is rare in the charming village of Crestwood, Kansas, and rumors are soon circulating of a burglary gone wrong. But who would rob a quilt shop? No, Owen Hill has been murdered.

Selma and her assistant manager Susan are understandably at loose ends over the crime. So while the tightly knit covey of quilters—who range from a new mother to a wise octogenarian—work together on a Crystal Pattern quilt for Selma’s store’s anniversary, they also get busy stitching together a patchwork of clues. But they’d better work fast—before a crafty killer bolts . . .

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 11.02.36 AMThe Tell Tail Heart (Cat Cafe Mystery Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
by Cate Conte
https://amzn.to/2EGoCJw
June 25th

Maddie is hoping to have some downtime during Daybreak Island’s off-season to tackle her to-do list. Her grandfather’s house-turned-cat-café is under construction and she’s also scoping out places to open a juice bar on the island. On top of that, her relationship with adorable dog groomer Lucas has taken a pawsitive turn.

But easy is getting harder every day for Maddie, especially when a big-name writer who’s on the island working on a new project winds up floating in the canal. This, on the exact same day an eccentric woman shows up at the cafe claiming Maddie’s cat, JJ, is hers.

As the investigation into the dead writer picks up, Maddie realizes that even the neighbors she’s known all her life might be keeping secrets that go deep into the heart of this small seaside town. Meanwhile, a killer remains at-large…and on the prowl.

 

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 11.02.48 AMGuilty as Charred (A Cook-Off Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
by Devon Delaney
https://amzn.to/2W9CpTs
June 25th

Sherry Oliveri has attained celebrity status after winning the America’s Good Taste Recipe Contest with her delectable New England Crab Cake Sliders. But now that she’s back home in Connecticut, she’s got to deal with something else fishy . . .

Sherry’s making a guest appearance on a local radio show when the news comes in: Poppy Robinson has been found dead in the town’s community garden. Sherry was supposed to be taking questions about her win in the national cooking competition, but instead the callers start dishing dirt.

Poppy and Sherry were both involved in the vegetable garden, and while Poppy may have been a bit priggish, it wasn’t anything that called for a shovel to the back of the head. There was already trouble brewing, with the owner of the land threatening to renege on their agreement, and this murder has taken tensions to a new level. Now while Sherry’s organizing a Fourth of July cook-off event, she’s also got a murder investigation on her plate . . .

Includes Recipes from Sherry’s Kitchen!

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 11.02.57 AMClause & Effect (Deadly Edits Book 2) Kindle Edition
by Kaitlyn Dunnett
https://amzn.to/2EHv0Qs
June 25th

Nestled in the picturesque Catskills, the village of Lenape Hollow prepares to celebrate the 225th anniversary of its founding. Freelance book editor Mikki Lincoln has been drafted to update and correct the script, left over from the town’s bicentennial, which is housed at the historical society.

The building is being renovated for the first time since that last celebration. But when construction reveals a shocking discovery—human remains walled up in a fireplace—Mikki shifts focus from cold-reading to solving a cold case.

Just as her investigation seems to have hit a brick wall, a new murder rattles the townspeople. Clearly, someone is hiding a few skeletons in the closet. Now Mikki will need to go off script to make a connection between the bicentennial bones and the current homicide. But if this book editor isn’t careful, she may be the next one sentenced to death . . .

 

Date Night In| March 2019

The Throwback Date!

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Seriously this was so much fun! After the hectic month that I had in April this was the most fun box to go through! I loved seeing all of the items, candy, and games that we used to play as kids! Aaron and I’s age was perfect for this box! I can’t even describe how much fun and how much we laughed!

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I love that they had truth or date, M.A.S.H, and even karaoke! The jams were perfect for the night! There is nothing better then a #tbt! I can promise you that. Sometimes you really need to look at the past to really appreciate the future!

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The snacks they sent with this month’s box were perfect! I have a huge weakness for smarties, those pop rocks are awesome, and there is nothing better then sharing a ring pop with the love of your life!

I love that they always include recipes as well! This box just gets better and better as the year goes on!

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This was an amazing box! We loved every minute of it! If you ever need to have a fun date night in this is the perfect box for you all!

The Date Night In Box

This box is something that I would purchase every single month. With how much dinner and a movie costs  well into $50-70 for a date night out, this box is fantastic in cost savings and brings you closer to your significant others.

Month to Month

$41.99 for each date
with free shipping*

I can’t wait to receive next month’s box. It’s makes me giddy just thinking about what the Date Night In crew is putting together for May.

 

Until next time…

XOXO
Courtny

Sudsy Club| June 2019

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What is Sudsy Club Soap?

“ALL OF THE INGREDIENTS IN OUR SOAPS COME FROM NATURAL PLANT-BASED SOURCES SUCH AS OLIVE OIL, SHEA BUTTER, AND COCONUT OIL.  WE NEVER USE ARTIFICIAL DYES, SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES, PRESERVATIVES, OR DETERGENTS IN ANY OF OUR SOAPS. MANY HANDMADE SOAP COMPANIES ADD BRIGHTLY COLORED DYES AND ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCES TO THEIR SOAPS. AT SUDSY CLUB, WE LET THE NATURAL SCENTS OF THE OILS AND BUTTERS ENHANCE THE SOAP WITH THINGS SUCH AS HERBS, ESSENTIAL OILS AND CLAYS.”
SO WHY IS “ALL-NATURAL” BETTER? YOUR SKIN IS THE LARGEST ORGAN OF YOUR BODY, AND IT ABSORBS WHATEVER YOU PUT ON IT. AS WE ALWAYS SAY….”WHAT GOES ON GOES IN.”

This box is $25 a month which is a steal if you ask me! There is nothing better than knowing that what you are putting on your body is all natural. The smells in that emanated from this box were intoxicating! Seriously, I was drooling! I couldn’t wait to open it!

The aesthetic of the box is exactly what I would expect from a company that wants to spread natural plant-based items. The blue of the box is eye catching while the inside of the box is what really catches all of the senses! Let’s dive into this month’s box and see what it has in store for us!

When you open the box you are immediately calmed down. The scents coming from these boxes are just what I need after a long day! In the first box the extra item I got was a wonderful scrubber but in this box I got a lavender roll-on! Seriously. Lavender is one of the best smells in the whole entire world.

I tend to use lavender essential oil in my hair after a shower! I put a couple of drops in my hands and run it through. This way I have the smell lingering all day! I love that they have added this to this month’s box! It’s perfect to rub on for perfume for the day on your wrists and behind your ear or as a calming scent for bedtime! I am so keeping this in my purse from now on!

Blue Indigo Silk Bar
Retail: $5.95

I’m not going to lie. I threw away all of my body washes once I got this box in last month. I have used up one full bar and am halfway through the other. I might have been switching between the scents throughout the month!

The marbling on the soaps are eye catching and just aesthetically pleasing. I can’t get enough of them. This one is Blue Indigo Silk Bar.

There isn’t anything that I love more in the morning, other than a cup of coffee, then the smell of lavender and lemon. I have a weakness for citrus. This really does smell calming. I love that this is for anti-inflammatory and to help calm irritation! I’ll be using this in the morning!

Morning Mist
Retail: $5.95

I can’t wait to test is out more in the morning. This is just what I need to get myself in gear for the summer and keep my energy going.

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Mountain Air 
Retail: $5.95

This soap is exactly how it is described in the name. It really does smell like Mountain Air. If you ask me there is nothing more relaxing or calming the the mixture of orange and spearmint together. This box is nailing it when it comes to my favorites scents.

It is seriously making me want to take like four showers a day so I can use different soaps all of the time. Is that weird? It might be a little weird, but I’m going to own it. Because, I am me!

This was another fantastic box! I can’t wait to see what they have for July! My birthday month! I know they will knock it out of the park!

Remember to treat yourself!

Until next time…

~Courtny