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

Review| Boho Babe December 2018

Boho Babe December 2018

This box ALWAYS knocks it out of the park! I use EVERYTHING in this box every month. They are one of my absolute favorites that I receive every month. Let us dive into what was in December’s box!

Create Your Own Gratitude/Vision Board
By: Boho Babe
Retail: $10.00

This is just a fun and thoughtful idea. This time of the year is when most people start reflecting on the past year. We start looking at all of the events, our emotions, and our actions to others. We start making New Years Resolutions and trying to start our year off on the right foot.

Sometimes we need to visualize and create what we want in the world. I know that I do. I love making Pinterest Boards or printing out pictures that remind me of what I want to have and work for in the next year. This is a GREAT way to get started.

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Gratitude Candle
By: Magic Fairy Candle
Retail: $7.00

I am a HUGE sensory person. I love essential oils, candles, and scents that remind me of comfort, love, and being safe. I love that Boho Babe believes in the same way! This is a two in one type of candle. Well…actually three in one. You burn in for the scent which calms you. You create your Gratitude board while it burns. Then you can use it as a wonderful massage oil! This has an intoxicating scent of vanilla, amber, and rosemary.

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Heart Shaped Rose Quartz
By: Boho Babe
Retail: $10.00

I love that every box that Boho Babe sends is surrounded by a theme. This theme of Gratitude continues with this Rose Quartz Gemstone. Rose Quartz is a stone known for love and gratitude. It empowers the higher heart chakra. This stone emanates love from the heart of the wearer to attract love and gratitude from their surroundings and people around them. I love keeping this in my pocket and rubbing on it when I am having a tough day.

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Boho Copper w/ White Tassels Necklace
By: Boho Babe
Retail: $32

I LOVE THIS NECKLACE! I have worn this necklace I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES! It is extremely comfortable. The leather, the tassels, and the copper pendant match any outfit that I am wearing. I have taken to wearing this as a worry necklace as well. I have found that when I am stressed or worried that I rub on the copper part of the necklace. This is one of my most favorite pieces I have in this box!

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Handmade “Grateful for You Cards”
By: AJPAPERCO
Retail: $5.00

Something that is rarely thought about and use is Snailmail. The wondrous feeling you get when you have a letter or card from someone is something that has exploded even more with the lack of personal cards or letters being sent through the United States Postal Service. I love that they sent us two cards with envelopes that say Grateful for You!

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Hand Painted Feather Ornaments/Garland
By: Boho Babe
Retail: $18

This picture does not do justice to this beautiful garland and they gorgeously painted feathers. I love the natural boho way this looks. It is perfect for pinning up on a bookshelf or in your room above your gratitude board!

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Boho Tassel Scarf
By: Boho Babe
Retail: $34.00

This is my second favorite item in this month’s box. I am actually wearing it today! It is silky soft and gives just the right about of blockage to the wind here in Oklahoma. I love the lavender color and it is just perfect! I wear is most days over my pea coat. I want it in all colors!

BONUS ITEMS
Grateful Affirmations Mandala Print
Floral Bookmark

These are so much fun and elegantly made! I actually taped the Grateful Affirmations Mandala Print into my Bullet Journal and I am an AVID reader so this gorgeous floral bookmark is PERFECT for me!

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Overview of Boho Babe
December Box!

The Boho Babe Crew just keep upping their game every single month! I can’t wait to see what they have coming for the new year but I know that they are going to rock it!


BohoBabe Mini Box- $19.99

 

XOXO

Courtny

Review: Boho Berry| December 2018

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Boho Berry Box

One of my absolute favorite things in the world is to be organized. You could say that I am a Type A personality or a nerd and you’d be 100% correct. I love making To-Do Lists, I thrived on checking boxes, and I get super excited for stationary items.

As the years have gone by Bullet Journals have gotten more and more popular. I have always loved the idea of being the creator of my own agenda and journal. I don’t like being boxed in by what other people might think the best agenda would be. In comes bullet journaling! I can create my own boxes, themes, color schemes, and more!

However, I am not the most artistic person in the world. I am not the best at straight lines and sometimes I need help visualizing what my next month’s spread should look like. I started following a lot of Bujo youtube channels and the only that hooked me the most was Kara’s channel Boho Berry. I love the way she would do her spreads, how relaxed she was, and how simple they looked. When I found out that she was creating her own goods and even a subscription box I jumped on the chance and ordered the November 2018 box. I fell in love.

Okay, so with that back story out of the way. Here is my December 2018 box from Boho Berry!

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I love that Kara designs items that will actually be used in that month’s spread! I can’t believe that 2018 is ALMOST over! Can you believe it? Where did this month go!?! I love that Kara and her Crew are into reflecting on what happened in 2018, the good, the bad, the ugly, and what can be changed or grown in the next year!

This sticker was amazing! I love the quote and the lettering. This will most certainly go on my laptop. I have been looking at the questions she asked on this FULL STICKER page for my bullet journal for the past couple of days and I am excited to fill it out tomorrow!

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Not only does she create items that are perfect for the month but she also creates products that I have a problem drawing myself. As I admitted above, I am not the best with straight lines or spatial awareness. Haha! I really appreciate the Monthly Tracker that she puts in the box every month! She was talking in her unboxing of this box about how next year the tracker and the other stickers will also start matching the themes that she creates for each box. This is really exciting for me!

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Another aspect that I love with this monthly box is that she has a theme and color scheme that matches. This month is all about reaching for the stars. She added these ADORABLE star and moon paperclips, the moon and star washi tape, and the beautiful crescent moon dish. Not only did she include those stationary items, but she always puts in writing utensils! This Tombow pencil is FREAKING amazing and you can never go wrong with a Tombow double sided marker.

This is one of my favorite boxes that I get every month and I do spend my own money on it. I love everything about this box and I hope you do as well!

If you would like to give this box a try you can use this coupon code B4A5 for a one-time use, $5 off your first purchase!!

I hope you have an amazing weekend! Keep planning!

~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