Plum Deluxe Tea Review

Plum Deluxe Tea

Hello my lovelies! I hope you are having a wonderful evening! I know that I am! I am healing quite nicely from my surgery last week! Yay! It has been aided by the amazing teas from Plum Deluxe Tea. They reached out to me a little while ago and asked if I would love to try some tea! How could I say no?!?! That fact is, I didn’t! Let’s dive into some of these amazing teas that they sent to me!

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Porch Sippin’ Pecan Black Tea
Retail: $7

This tea is EXACTLY what the name of it invokes! I CANNOT get enough of the black tea with cinnamon chips, pecan pieces, pecan essence, and safflower. The smell is intoxicating!

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Not only was the smell intoxicating but the taste was to die for. This is a type of tea that you can have with or without sweetener. As you all know, I am a huge believer in getting honey from your local beekeepers. This was a perfect mixture! It will be even more amazing come autumn!

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Blackberry Mojito Black Tea
Retail: $7

This tea has a mixture of black tea, spearmint, blackberries, hazelnut pieces, blackberry leaves, lime essence, maple extract, and love! This one does have caffeine in it. This is the perfect “WAKE ME UP” tea. If you like coffee and the kick it gives you in the morning, I would try this one out.

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I loved what they said on the website, it fit this tea perfectly! “Inspired by the cocktail of the same name, our blackberry mojito tea will add some pizzazz to your tea time.  The hallmarks of a refreshing mojito are lime and spearmint, which we added a few blackberries and also a splash of maple (mojitos generally have powdered sugar – we thought this was a lovely substitute).   It’s sweet and refreshing without being overly so.  Great iced and great shared with friends.”

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Spice of Life Hot Cinnamon Black Tea
Retail: $7

I’m not going to lie, this has to be my favorite tea that they sent me. I have a weakness for cinnamon tea. This one is perfect! It is the PERFECT tea to help clear your sinuses and wake you up in the morning. It does have caffeine. I love that it has black tea, cinnamon chips, cloves, and orange peel. Anything with citrus is wonderful!

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I just LOVE a good close up shop of a beautiful tea. Aesthetically Plum Deluxe’s teas are beautiful! I am loving these so much. You must check them out! I promise you wont regret it!

Plum Deluxe has a tea club for $10 a month. In this you will receive:

One oz premium, seasonal tea made just for the club (approx 15-20 cups)

✔ Sample of a 2nd delicious tea from our shop

✔ Brewing instructions, tea pairings & recipes

✔ Private, supportive tea lover’s community

✔ Free shipping on ALL your purchases

✔ Members-only specials and discounts

✔ Risk free: cancel any time

Until next time….

Happy drinking!

~Courtny

Naturally Crated| Spring Crate

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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 Springs Crate.

I love that since Naturally Crated turned into a seasonal box that they have really curated their boxes to the season. I don’t know about anyone else, but once Spring hits I get the cleaning bug REALLY bad! This box just hit the spot when it came to cleaning the items that I use every day! My clothes!!!! Let’s dive in!
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Fair Trade Wool Dryer Ball Set
Retail: $28.99

I have ALWAYS wanted wool dryer balls! These are fantastic for getting the static out of clothes AND for making them smell AMAZING! These are fair trade and they support women in Nepal! You’re supposed to add essential oil drops to the balls and then throw them in with your clothes in the dryer! I can’t wait to do laundry! Which I haven’t EVER said!

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Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder
Retail: $13.99

This laundry powder/soap is made up of only FIVE earth-derived ingredients. It is also made specifically for those with sensitive skin. It is supposed to be long lasting, super concentrated, and affordable. I can’t wait to try it out as well!

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Wet Bag
Retail: $16.88

This is one of those items that you never think of to get yourself but you never realize how handy it is to have. Whether you are coming home from the gym, the pool, or a rainy day this is the perfect bag to store your wet clothes while you are waiting to wash them! You simply toss in the clothes and the empty bag in the washer when you get home!

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Organic Lemon Oil
Retail: $9.95
Organic Lavender Oil
Retail: $10.95

Last season Naturally Crated sent over an essential oils holder bag, a wonderful flip through of information for the oils, and so much more! They knocked it out of the park again by adding in these essential oils as well. I can’t wait to use them in my diffuser but as well on my wool dryer ball set! It is going to be wonderful!

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Hogwash!
Retail: $8.95

Apparently this is supposed to be able to wash just about anything out of your clothes! I can’t wait to put this to the test! It can be used as a spot cleaner as well! I love the packaging and the name. It makes me giggle!

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Eco Nuts
Retail: $4.50

The names of this item cracks me up! But I love the idea of them! They are dried berries from a tree that grows in the Himalayas! When put in water they produce a naturally made laundry cleaner! How cool is that? I love that nature has given us so many things to be able to take care of ourselves without adding in all of those bad things into our systems!

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Cedar Block Set
Retail: $4.99

I love how the team at Naturally Crated really do think of everything when it comes to their theme. These cedar blocks are supposed to go packed with your sweaters to keep the moths away from them during the Spring and Summer months!

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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 wash their clothes and 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

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

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

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