Boho Babe| January 2019

Welcome to the beginning of the new year! A time when everyone starts making resolutions about being healthy, going to the gym, or maybe starting a new hobby. The creators of Boho Babe are hot on the trail with this as well for their box for January and I love every single item inside it! Let’s get into this!

Create Your Own Vision Board
By Boho Babe
Retail: $10

I’m not going to lie. It felt as thought Boho Babe was reading my mind when I go to this in my box. I had already sketched some items and thoughts for my Vision Board for this year. I was preparing to print out pictures and get the items I needed for this project. These cards are going to look wonderful on my vision board. I can’t wait to get started!

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Lotus Hair Clip
By Boho Babe
Retail: $16

I squealed when I found this in the box and as I am typing this I am currently wearing it in my hair and I absolutely LOVE IT! It is so dainty and beautiful. I love that it is gold and I can’t help but smile when I catch its glint in the mirror.

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Lotus Intention Bracelet
By: Matilda August
Retail: $6

I love the idea of setting an intention or a goal anytime of the year. But to see that intention and goal come to fruition is something that is wonderful. This is a Lotus bracelet that when you put it on your wrist you make a goal or wish and you wear it everyday. Once the bracelet starts to fray you know that your wish is on its way.

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Californian White Sage Fire Lighters
By:The Smudge Stick Shop
Retail: $15.00

“As the new year is upon us. There is no better time to hold a new moon fire ceremony to clear the negative energy and set intentions for the new year ahead.” I love the idea of starting anew. It reminds me of the phoenix. When it sets itself afire it is not gone but born anew. Think of it that way at the beginning of the new year.

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Energy Essential Oil Inhaler
By: Joyful Aromatherapy
Retail: $6.00

This smells sooooo good! I can’t even explain to you how much better I felt after having a migraine for over a day and getting this in the mail and taking a whiff. This aroma can inspire you to take on new tasks with a fresh mind and perspective. I will be carrying this in my pencil bag that I take to work every day.

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Crystal Infused Fresh AF Deodorant Spray
By: Self Goddess
Retail: $9.99

This is a really interesting idea that I am excited to use on a day that I don’t have work. No need to be stinky at work, but you bet your bottom dollar that this weekend I am going to try this! This is an organic and natural lavender and Clary sage spray. This automatically is a win in my eyes because I love lavender. Lavender is probably my favorite essential oil and smell. I can’t wait to try this out.

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YASSS Queen Gummy Melts
By: Scents and Nonsense
Retail: $6.00

These are super neat and ADORABLE! They are sea moss, water lotus, and violet. They are made with essential oils, which I am ALL ABOUT. These are going to be perfect for my wax melter!

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Fire Agate Gemstone
By: Boho Babe
Retail: $10.00

This stone is known for increasing your passion and giving guidance to the things in your life that you crave or want to manifest in the new year. It helps you focus on your desires and really help guide you into the mindset that you need to get things done.

New Adventures Print & Fire Agate Postcard
By: Boho Babe
BONUS ITEMS

I love that they send bonus items every month. The prints that they send are perfect for a vision board as well!

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Overview of Boho Babe
January Box!

The Boho Babe Crew just keep upping their game every single month! I knew it! Boho Babe knocked it out of the park again in the beginning of the New Year. I officially feel like I am ready for the new year and everything that it has in store!


BohoBabe Mini Box- $19.99

 

XOXO

Courtny

A Date Night In| December 2018

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December’s box is one of the most gorgeous that I have seen yet. That blue with the stark white made me smile the moment I grabbed it from my mailbox. I know that they were going to give Aaron and I a cozy winter night date even though it was in the 70s when I got it here in Oklahoma.

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Just looking at the cover you can’t help but smile! Am I right?! You just want to cozy on in and get into the box. So let’s do that !

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They always have the most delicious selection of food for the date night and this month’s isn’t any different. They recommended the following:

  • Hot Toddy
  • Parmesan & Garlic Crostini
  • Pancetta & Sweet Pea Gnocchi
  • Homemade Peppermint Pudding

Something else that they ALWAYS add is #tabletalk. They always give you questions and prompts to talk about while you are eating dinner or while you are crafting. It always brings me and Aaron closer every month. I loved talking about living in the moment and expressing our stressors when it came to the holidays. We hosted everyone for about 8 days and it was exhausting. I couldn’t have done it without him.

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Of course no Date Night In Box is complete without a snack creation. This time we made a sweet treat of White Chocolate and Pretzel trees! These are so adorably cute! And the great thing is that you don’t have to make them perfect because all of natures trees are totally different!

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Another surprise was being able to create some art together. I still love the wooden tree stump that we made together in October. It is on our mantle. This is perfect to add to our Christmas decorations. I love that they give you EVERYTHING that you need to create this project as well!

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Again every month they come up with so many fun games to play and that are beautifully themed to the month’s box. I don’t know how they do it every month but they are wonderfully creative and I am living for it! This was the Handbands Game. This is so much fun! I highly recommend it!

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And last but certainly not least is the last activity of the night the “Create a Sentimental Gift”. Writing a letter to your significant other is something that seems so simple but can mean more than any high dollar item. Write down a special moment or something that you love about your partner and then give it to them when you think they need it the most!

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 February.

 

Until next time…

XOXO
Courtny

A Date Night In| November 2018

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It is never too late to show your loved ones how thankful you are to them. I received this box in the beginning of December and I couldn’t have been more thankful. Date Night In really does take the time to help you and your favorite person have a wonderful and meaningful date night in.

They always give you a wonderful newspaper bursting with ideas from what to drink, this month it was a delicious Cranberry Spritzer, to having a wonderful dinner Turkey, Brie, and Cranberry Pesto Phyllo Wrap with some Parmesan and Thyme Mashed Potatoes. If that doesn’t get you in the comfy mood I don’t know what will! Of course they top it off with a dessert selection of Salted Caramel Cheesecake Muffin!

But not only do they give you a wonderful choice for dinner but they also give you #tabletalk suggestions to help guide the talk for the night toward the theme of the box. Some questions were:

What characteristics of our relationship are you thankful we have?
What date activity in our relationship are in thankful to remember?

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They also include somber and sobering stories that help you realize how thankful you are every day to breathe, love, and share your life with others. This is something that gave me chills as I read. This story is something that I plan on sharing as the years come. Your partner is someone who is amazing and can help you conquer anything or help hold your hand and wipe away your tears.

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I always love that they have different crafts and cooking inside their boxes. This always makes me smile! Make sure you read all of the ingredients before you get started on your date night so that you have everything that you need! This is the ice cream that we made for our caramel apple cider floats!

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As we enjoyed out Caramel Floats we turned on the custom Spotify Playlist for the night and started talking about and writing down things we were thankful for about each other. After we wrote them down we were told to hide them around the house where they would find them, just when they needed it the most.

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Another aspect of the Date Night In box that I LOVE is that they always include a game to play with your partner. This time it was Gratitude Slam! You were given cards that had letters on them and you had to make words with them. Words like, Thank, Bless, Honor, Love etc.

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. Aaron actually had fun last night and he said that he would most definitely do it again with me. It’s makes me giddy just thinking about what the Date Night In crew is putting together for January.

 

Until next time…

XOXO
Courtny

Oceanista Winter Box| 2018

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The Oceanista Subscription Box

“Get ready to experience the excitement of receiving our signature box delivered to your door every season, and uncovering the hidden treasures that await you inside. You’ll be awash in whimsical beach inspired essentials from brands we love that are sure to compliment your beach lifestyle and wardrobe. Featured artisan pieces, luxury skin care products, mid-season surprises, and the chance to win a free gift every season guarantees our box will be one you look forward to again and again!”

This box is $81,00 a season, BUT if you use my code “Courtagonist” you’ll get 10% off your first box! How awesome is that?!?! The annual subscription is a great deal because there’s already a $30 discount going annual. So the savings is almost $60.00!!!!

Plus, the value of the box is always worth $175 or more! The winter box had a retail value of over $215 dollars! Now, let’s get into the goodies, shall we?

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JJ Sterling is probably one of the most genuine people I have had the pleasure of talking to when it comes to the creators of boxes. She is always reaching out to me asking me my sizes for clothes and shoes as well as updating me on any information that her wonderful company needs their customers to know. I love this quote that she put on this stunning spoiler card! It is those little touches that makes me a loyal customer!

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Custom Greeting Card
Retail: $4.95

If this card doesn’t give you the urge to visit the ocean this winter I don’t now what would! I love the bright and vibrant colors as well as the poem on the front. It was the first thing on top of the box when I opened it and I immediately smiled!

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Swell Made Co. Monstera Leaf| Key Tag
Retail: $8.97

This is such a beautiful and delicate tea ring. I love how light weight it is and the subtle gold coloring is just stunning. I love how dainty it is and that I will fit all of your keys and not take up too much room!

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Hotel Luxe Candle by Beach Style Collective
Retail: $35.00

There is nothing better than getting a wonderful and relaxing candle in a box. I don’t know about you but I love having candles burn in my house year round. If it isn’t candles it is my essential oils diffuser. I love the beautiful box that this came in! And as the name suggests it is very luxurious in smell and in quality of the make!

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Winter 2018 Featured Artisan
Paradise Coast Beads
Retail: $20.00

One of the MANY things that I love about this company is how they support and showcase new and upcoming artisans! I love that they really take the care in getting these items as well. They aren’t something that is just thrown together and they hope that people like them. You can tell that this box is beautifully curated in every item.

This item was created by Kat with Paradise Coast Hospitality. The beads are home decor that are intended for guest to welcome them and bless and protect their home. This is perfect as we glide into the new year!

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Oceanista Kimono in Lavender Blue with Fringe
Retail: $29.95

I love that each box comes with a wearable of some sort! Whether it is jewelry, sandals, or a  kimono! This is a wonderfully soft and light weight kimono! This is 100% viscose and it is extremely easy to wear. You can wear it as a kimono or even as a scarf. It is perfect!!

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Oceanista Bamboo Eco-Friendly Drinking Straws
Retail: $6.95

One of my goals going into 2019 is to take more care with what I am putting into the environment. Using less and using more quality items. This includes use reusable straws. This is a phenomenon that is sweeping the world in the effort of really trying to be kinder to our world. We have one world, we need to respect and love it!

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Ancient Roman Glass Hook Earrings
by The Roman Glass Company
Retail: $88.00

These are my MOST favorite item in the Winter 2018 box. I have worn these earrings every day for over a week! They are stunning. The card that came with the earrings stated:

“Your jewelry is inlaid with a fragment of ancient glass, discovered in an archaeological excavation in the Holy Land. The “patina” was created by chemical interactions with mineral-rich soil over the course of 2000 years.”

I can express enough how much I love these earrings. They are exquisitely made.

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Sun-kissed Pearls Gel Eye Liner
by Elizabeth Arden
Retail: $22.00

Last season we received a beautiful eye shadow palette and this season we are getting a beautiful pot of eyeliner that is rich in emollients and natural oils. It comes with an angled brush to help get that PERFECT cat eye effect.

This is one of my absolute favorite seasonal boxes. I love how much detail, care, and love goes into curating every inch of the box. I love that they stick to the theme and keep striving for better and more luxurious products. $79 is an amazing price for everything that you receive every season. It is like a small gift to yourself or someone you love. I can’t wait to see what Spring 2019 holds for us.

Until next time.

XOXO

Courtny

Naturally Crated Winter Box| 2018

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Naturally Crated
Winter Crate

This has to be my FAVORITE box of the year with Naturally Crated. I am a person that loves all natural items. I love knowing that what I am doing is helping the environment. That I am being my best self. This box was FULL of amazing goodies that anyone would love it!

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 Winters Crate.

Plant Therapy Essential Oils
Retail: $45

This is one of the most exciting items that this crate has for Winter. A few years ago I was suffering from migraines. It was so bad that I had a migraine everyday for over 60 days. I went to the doctor and got scans and the lot. I was told that I have Chiari Malformation. This is are fancy complicated words to explain that my brain stem is longer than it should be.

I was told that I could EITHER lose weight and have less stress in my life OR I could have brain surgery. Ugh. Apparently heavy weight and stress causes Chiari to flare up. I finally decided that I needed to take control of my life. Why am I brining this up for essential oils, you ask?

Well, I started doing yoga and running as well as using essential oils to help with my migraines and my anxiety. This is something that I am extremely passionate about and I squealed like a little girl on Christmas when I saw everything in this box.

If you want to know, I ended up losing 60lbs and I rarely get migraines! Yay for natural medicine!

In this box we received:

  • Orange Sweet
  • Rosemary
  • Cinnamon
  • Cedar wood
  • Peppermint

Essential Oils Flashcards
Retail: $25

To go with the amazing oils that they sent they also sent Essential Oil Flashcards. It is a HUGE learning curve to understand all of the different ways that Essential Oils can help you. Can you digest them, put them directly to your skin, need a carrier oil? This is a FUN and EASY way to learn about all of the different types of Essential Oils and how you can use them. They are fun and colorful and extremely helpful!

Essential Oil Travel Bag
Retail: $28

One of the things that is most difficult when you become an Essential Oils Addict is the ability to travel with them safely. I have no idea how many times I have has Sweet Orange or Lavender spill in my overnight bag or in my purse. And while I love the scent of those oils a little goes A LONG way! This is a perfect little pouch for your essential oils! It is perfect for winter and it fits 10 oils comfortably! I also put the Flash Cards in the middle of the oils to show to friends and family!

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Organic Aromatherapy Rice Bag
Retail: $14

I don’t know about you, but sometimes you have sore muscles from working out or it is that time of the month and you can’t stop cramping. This wonderful organic aromatherapy rice bag is just what you need!

They are crafted in the United States and you can use them to apply heat or cold to concentrated areas on the body. What is nice is that it comes to you unscented so that you can add the essential oil of your choosing. I ALWAYS use Lavender Essential Oils. I just love the calming aroma.

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Overall this box gets a 10/10 for me. It is rare when I will use EVERY SINGLE ITEM in a subscription box, but with this one the amazing crew at Naturally Crated hit the nail on the head! I can’t wait for their Spring 2019 box! Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful New Year!

~Courtny

Simple Loose Leaf Tea| December 2018

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The Simple Loose Leaf Tea Company is one of the best and affordable tea subscription boxes! They normally send you 4 different teas, 2 with caffeine, and 2 without. This is perfect for the next cold night that you want tea but you’re close to your bedtime and you are wanting something that wont keep you up too long. Another aspect of this Classic Tea Box is the fact that they send you 4 reusable linen tea bags every month!

From Simple Loose Leaf Company:

“Each month you’ll get a box filled with teas ranging from classically savory to enjoyably trendy, you’ll get terrific, members’ only discounts for our tea shop, and you’ll get everything you need to make that perfect cup of tea.”

What You’ll Get:

  • Four hand packaged loose leaf teas
  • 40g of tea in resealable pouches
  • A black tea, a green tea, an herbal tea and more
  • Reusable organic linen tea filters

For only $9 a month! That is a steal!

So without further ado, let’s get into December’s Tea Box!

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Hathikuli Black
Retail: $6.00

One of the BEST details that Simple Loose Leaf Tea Company does is give you a wonderfully detailed pouch with each of the different teas inside. They also give you the linen pouch that you can use for the different teas. This makes it a lot easier to keep the teas separated and make sure that your tea is going into the same bag every time.

The Hathikuli Black tea is part of one of Assam’s most prominent organic tea plantations. This tea has a distinct sweet maltiness that reminds me of honey and dates. I have a weakness for black tea and this one did not disappoint!

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Japanese Kukicha
Retail: $17.00

I love the colors of the tea that this company sends. One could say that you eat and drink with your eyes. When I look at the vibrant colors of the tea, smell the intoxicating aromas, and then taste it, it is a whole experience.

The Japanese Kukicha is a blend of stems, stalks, and twigs of the tea-plant. One thing that I love about the Japanese culture is the fact that they use ALL of the plant or animal that they eat. This is something that I try to pride myself on as well.

This tea is a mix between a gyokuro green tea and a sencha green tea. It can also be steep several times which is amazing!

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Midnight Herbal
Retail: $8.00

When I talked about how beautiful these teas are Midnight Herbal is the PERFECT example. This picture might not give it justice but it has Blue Lavender flowers, rose, and lemon grass. This is such a unique cuppa tea and I am so happy that they included it this month.

This is tea is an herbal tea in the truest sense of the word. If you need to sweeten it up, as I did, try a bit of raw honey from your region!

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Fujian Oolong
Retail: $6.00

Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea produced through a process of withering the plant under a strong sun. The plant tends to curl up into a rolled leaf style. This is one of my favorite styles of tea. I love the woody aroma of the tea but it also has a slight sweetness in it as well. The more you steep this tea the better it tastes!

This has been another lovely tea box! I love the new design to the box as well. It made me smile the moment I retrieved it from my mailbox. You really couldn’t get a better tea box for the price of $9.00 a month. I high recommend you try it out!

Happy drinking!

Courtny

Dispatch: A Magician’s Handbook

Breakout by Dispatch
A Magician’s Handbook
Chapter One

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This is probably one of the most fun boxes that Dispatch as put out! I love that we get to dive into the mysterious world of a magician! How cool is that!?!

In this box you are welcomed into the world of stage magic! This is a four-part mystery, the Immortal Lazarus has vanished and left behind a riddle and strict instructions to contact you if anything were to happen to him! Apparently something magical and mysterious has happened and we get to figure out what that is!

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As the months go by and I get more and more boxes and mysteries to unravel from Dispatch by Breakout I am floored at the level of detail that the team goes into with all of the clues! The quality of all of the little bits and pieces in this box are enough to make me squeal with delight!

This is a game that you can solve yourself OR you can invite a group of friends for a game night and figure it out together. I love that they have created really phone numbers, websites, and social media pages that you actually have to search in order to understand the mystery.

I highly recommend getting this box for yourself or for that person that is hard to buy for but you know they love escape rooms and solving mysteries. This is an escape room in your own home! How cool is that!?

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You get to CHOOSE what your first story is! How cool is that! Just go to Dispatches website and choose your adventure! It is $24.99 a month, but if you pay for more months you receive a discount. Each month you will receive a chapter of the story. I truly do love this subscription box!

Until next time…

XOXO
Courtny