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

Simple Loose Leaf Tea- November 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 November’s Tea Box!

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White Monkey
Retail: $13.00

Something that I am really loving with Simple Loose Leaf Tea company is that their inner pamphlet keeps getting better and better with more information on the tea, the growing seasons, how it is made, and the different flavors that one will taste with them. You can really tell that the company loves what they are doing.

White Monkey is a full-bodied green tea that has a curled leaf structure. This tea is from China and it has a really light and sweet aroma. When tasting it I noticed that it had a hint of peach in the taste. As always I add a little bit of natural organic honey made in Oklahoma to help sweeten it a bit.

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Yunnan 1st Grade
Retail: $7.00

Some of my most favorite teas are black teas and Yunnan is one of the best. It is from China’s Yunnan province. It has a slight chocolate flavor with hints of honey. Accentuated with my natural honey that I add to every cuppa. This tea is known as an everyday tea and is in the 1st grade which makes it a high-ranking tea.

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Apple Cinnamon Herbal
Retail: $8.00

This probably had to be my favorite tea out of this month’s box. The aroma put me at ease and the taste was mind-blowing. I have a huge weakness for apple and cinnamon and when you put it with tea it jus takes it to another level!

This is a perfect tea for waking up on a cold morning, wrapping yourself in a blanket, sitting next to the window, and opening up your favorite book or maybe even writing in your journal. This tea primarily uses a cinnamon chip paired with South African rooibos leaves. I highly recommend this tea!

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Pumpkin Spice Herbal
Retail: $7.00

This tea is basically Autumn in a Cup. It is perfect for the month of November. Pumpkin Month. It is seriously Thanksgiving in a Mug! The Pumpkin Spice Herbal tea uses a South African rooibos base that adds a sweetness to the classic Pumpkin Spice flavor! I really enjoyed this tea! The color was wonderful and it really made me feel cozy!

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 By Break Out Review

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Dispatch By Breakout
I, SPY: Chapter 5

A couple of weeks ago I did a huge review for the first FOUR CHAPTERS HERE, this is the final box in the I, Spy series by Dispatch. It has been so much fun up until this point and I am on the edge of my seat to figure out how everything connects!

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One of the MANY things that I love about this mystery box is the fact that they have built out websites, instagrams, twitter accounts, and more to really give this a full immersion feeling for you! I love that with the last box of this series they make you go on an adventure to escape the lair! You can only get into the envelope once you’ve gotten the code!!! Their attention to detail is amazing.

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When you finally escape the lair you find all of these goodies inside. The newspaper always feels like real newspaper, the protractor for the map was a great touch, and I just love how real everything feels. It legit feels like you are a real spy! Here are some more close up pictures of the items.

I really loved this whole series of I,Spy. It was so much fun! I felt like James Bond with a little bit of Miss. Marple all mixed together!!!! I highly recommend this box for people who love Escape Rooms, figuring out the whodunit, or if you just LOVE having game night at your house! You can break up parts for everyone in the group to do their research and find out the missing pieces!

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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

 

Date Night In| Fall in Love

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Date Night In Box
“Fall in Love”

I’m not going to sugar coat it, when I saw that this box was available to review with A Year of Boxes I jumped at the chance! I had been seeing this company advertise on Facebook, Instagram, and even on Twitter. I LOVED the idea of having a cozy date night in with my honey.

We were finally able to have a night in last night and this was his and my experience.

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The box was beautifully created! I love the fact that their box design is something new each month and it fits with the theme that they have chosen. This was the Fall in Love box and I couldn’t have loved it more. It was so thoughtfully curated. The little newspaper that came with it was just as aesthetically pleasing as the box. It had tips, tricks, and ideas for things to talk about with my boyfriend, Aaron.

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There were two different crafts that we could do as a couple. The first one was creating a candle. This is something that Aaron and I have tried before just by ourselves. So I knew that we would have fun doing this.

I had went to the store before Aaron got home and bought stuff to make dinner. I was craving steak, vegetables, and I bought cheese cake and wine for dessert. Now, there was a suggestion for what to make for dinner which I thought was a wonderful touch!

While making the candle and waiting for it to set they had questions for us to ask each other, “When did you know you fell in love with me?” and “What is a physical feature of mine that is your favorite?” This was so much fun to do. Aaron and I don’t normally talk about things like this, we like to joke, tease, and laugh all of the time. It’s rare for us to have too serious of conversations.

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I loved all of the couples that were apart of the newspaper as well. It was fun reading an talking about what others thought about the different topics and questions. I do wish I had remembered the amazing recipe for the Caramel & Chocolate Apple Slices! They looked sooooooo good! But that will just have to wait until next month! I’ll plan better next time.

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The next DIY that we created was the Tree of Life. I loved the symbolism in this activity. It compared out relationship to the rings of the tree. We talked about all of the moments in our relationship (2 1/2 years) that were defining. We put our thumb prints in the middle where our relationship started and marked around it different moments that made us fall even more in love with each other.

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My MOST FAVORITE activity was actually the Fall in Love Bunco! I loved how much detail they put into creating the game cards and how to play. Every time someone one a BUNCO they had to say something that they loved about the other person. Now, normally Aaron and I have to play games that we are on the same team. We are very competitive people and we just know that we can’t play against each other. Haha! But I wasn’t competitive AT ALL. Look at our scoreboards below.

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I DIDN’T WIN ONCE! But I felt like I was winning the WHOLE ENTIRE NIGHT! I loved it so very much. Aaron shows me his love in different ways, cuddling and doing acts of kindness. He is a man of very few words. But every round last night he won and had to tell me things about me that he loved. I almost cried because there were things he noticed and loved about me that I didn’t know I did. I might not have won any of the rounds, but I felt like I won the night!

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 November.

 

Until next time…

XOXO
Courtny

Naturally Curated| Fall 2018

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This is the Fall Crate for Naturally Curated. As with their Summer Crate this one has taken my breath away with its simple designs, warm heart, and natural elements. This box is aptly names “Thanks + Giving”. This box is full of everything you need to feel blessed and bless others. Without further ado, let’s get into this amazing box.

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Heart Dish
Retail: $21.00

This is a stunning handmade natural gift out of mango wood. I love the fact that they left most of the wood bare so you can truly admire the natural wood for all that it is. The beautiful detail of the gold leaf is something that just catches your eye as you walk past it but isn’t something that is too gaudy. This is perfect to place jewelry in or even to have by your door to place your keys in.

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“Thank You” Card Set
Retail: $24.99

Nothing says Thank You much more than a well-thought out Thank You card. These are hand-made in Oregon from 100% recycled paper. This card set is letter-pressed in small batches. Sometimes you just need to tell someone thank you. Whether it is your child’s teacher for all of their hard work, a co-worker that you see struggling but doing their best, or your significant other. You can never go wrong telling someone thank you.

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Ranunculus Wood Cover Journal by Cardtorial
Retail: $29.00

This is my absolute most favorite item in the crate this month. I have been searching for months for a spiral bound, blank page journal. I want to use it as a bullet journal/daily journal. It is like Naturally curated read my mind and sent this. The wood is absolute stunning and I love the mint green peaking through as well.

Something else that I love about the company that makes these journals is that they read out and serve over 500 young girls annually. They put on workshops, panel discussions, and special evens to help girls get creative and get through high school into college. As an educator that is something I can support!

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Organic Almost Pumpkin Paleo Bites by Pure Bliss Organics
Retail: $5.99

This is the perfect seasonal treat! I am very basic and I love anything with pumpkin in it. So when I saw this healthy treat I swooned! Pure Bliss Organics is a Atlanta, Georgia company. Their passion and goal is to share bliss through their delicious food made with pure, life sustaining ingredients! They also provide granola for breakfast at local shelter and charities!

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The Giving Keys Necklace
Retail $50.00

This is a gorgeously simple yet elegant piece of jewelry. These keys are hand-crafted in Los Angeles by men and women who are transitioning out of homelessness. There is a word on every key. My word is “love”. As soon as I saw this necklace I smiled and felt a sense of calm come over me. I love wearing it with a high necked dress because it is a very long necklace.

This is one of the most well thought out and caring boxes that I have the pleasure of being sent and to review for. If you care about the environment, people, and you love naturally made items, you should check out this box.

Until next time,

Courtny

 

Oceanista| Fall 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 $79.99 a season, BUT if you use my code “Courtagonist” you’ll get 10% off your first box! How awesome is that?!?! Plus, the value of the box is always worth $150 or more! The summer box had a retail value of over $200 dollars! Now, lets get into the goodies, shall we?

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This month’s theme was “Fall For Flamingos”! How flipping cute is that?!?! I even love the gorgeous little flamingo paper clip at the top. Also, sidenote, this box smelled INCREDIBLE when I opened it. This month’s box had a retail value of $209.18. Not bad considering the box costs $79 a season. We received 8 top of the line items. So, without further ado, let’s get into this box!

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Doucce Freematic EyeShadow Quad
“Sweet Dreams” Retail: $35.00
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Crown 3-Piece Pro Brush Trio
Retail: $29.95

This was my most favorite product in the box. I love the fact that they sent a quad of eyeshadows! Two matte. Two shimmery. They are also very fall colors which made me really squeal in delight. The brushes are extremely soft and have indentions where you can place your fingers comfortably. I love that they sent a tree piece so that you can really try out all of their brushes on every part of your face.

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Genuine Feather Crescent Necklace by Oceanista
Retail: $29.95

This is a stunning statement necklace. I love the pop of color in the feathers and the nod to the moon which is getting it’s time to shine during the Autumn and Winter months. This is a perfect necklace to go with a sassy dress for going out or for a comfy long sleeve high neckline dress. Either way you will be having people compliment and ask where you got such a stunning piece of jewelry!

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Melissa Harmonic Bow III Flip Flop
Retail: $55.00

These are stunning and chicly made flip flops by Melissa. They have a statement bow that will polish any look. Wear these as the hot days become cooler nights with a gauzy shirt and flowy pants or with a flowy top and some boy friend jeans. These are what made the box smell so AMAZING. They were molded from a fruit-scented PVC. How awesome is that?!?!

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Flamingo Wet Bikini Bag with Hemp Rose Handle
Retail $15.95

Not going to lie, the temperature has dropped quite a few degrees here in Oklahoma. I don’t see myself swimming anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean I am not going to be able to use this totes adorbs bag! It is perfect for an over night bag in my suitcase. It would fit all of my travel shampoo, conditioner, and my moisturizer perfectly! Since it is supposed to be used for a wet bikini I don’t have to worry about putting my wet bottle into it! It is multipurpose!

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Fall 2018 Featured Artisan- Simon Andrew
Retail: $13.83

I love how simple these drawings are by Simon Andrew. They are somewhat childlike but also have enough detail to make me want to frame them in my entry way. I love the bright colors and the simplicity of the artwork. These are beautifully made and put on Fedrigoni Acroprint 300gsm premium paper. I can’t wait to mail these to friend and family! They are stunning.

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I love how much detail Oceanista puts into the packaging inside their boxes. If feels like presents inside of presents. Look how beautifully they wrapped this one with the ribbon, the tissue paper, and the artwork piece!

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2-in-1 Flamingo Sarong/Scarf
Retail: $17.00

This is one of the softest materials I have ever had the pleasure of feeling. I love that along with sending the sarong they also showed you MANY different ways to wear it. This is something that I struggle with when a box sends me something but I am not quite sure how to style it. It takes the pressure off of trying to figure it out on your own. I know that I will be wearing this as a scarf during the Fall and Winter. Just to have that little reminder of Spring and Summer.

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Evian Facial Mist
Retail: $12.50

During the Fall/Winter months my face becomes extremely dry in some areas. I go from having oily skin in the summer to the Sahara Desert on my face. I love that Oceanista thought of this and supplied the Evian facial spray! This is something that you can throw in your purse, overnight bag, or just keep on your counter. You can use it before you put on make up or throughout the day. Either way this is like having a spa in your arsenal against dry skin.

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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 Winter 2018 holds for us.

Until next time.

XOXO

Courtny