Oceanista| Spring 2019

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Oceanista Quarterly Box
Spring 2019

“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 $85 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 $175 or more! The spring box had a retail value of over $205 dollars! Now, let’s get into the goodies, shall we?

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The amount of thought and kindness that J.J puts into the wrapping and the items inside this box blows me away every season. I love how everything ties together and it really seems cohesive.

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Woven Raffia Fringe with Tropical Print
Retail $30

This is a stunning and perfectly sized clutch! I love the bright colors and the feel of it in my hand. This is perfect to throw in your suit case for a weekend trip. It is perfect for date night or a day trip with your girl friends!

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Salt Water OCeanista Exclusive Bracelet
Retail: $16

I love that Oceanista tries to show case a featured artisan every season. They really are a small business lifting other small businesses up. This makes my heart so happy! I love this bracelet, the tassel, and the adjustable sizing for all. It is a beautiful teal color and I feel like it will go perfectly with the Spring and Summer colors coming out!

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Salt Water Taffy Gold Triangle Earrings
Retail: $18

J.J seriously knocks it out of the park EVERY TIME when it comes to jewelry in her boxes. I am IN LOVE with these salt water taffy earrings. I have gotten so many compliments on them. They are so elegant and light weight! I love that they are unique and different compared to other cookie cutter jewelry that you can get in a box.

The Original Coconut Bowl
Retail: $25

These are probably one of my most favorite items from the Spring Box! I don’t know about you but I have been loving making acai bowls! I have been playing with all different kinds of smoothie bowls and these are just PERFECT to use! They are all unique from different coconuts and they come with handmade spoons as well! These are wonderful!

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QuickTan Sunless Tanning Sleep Gel Mask
Retail: $20

This is something that is new to me! I have never heard of sleep gel tanning mask but this is something that would be very cool to try out. I am a very pale person and I don’t like staying in the sun too much. However, I do like to look pretty golden in the summer and this might be just the ticket!

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Oceanista Exfoliating Body Wash
Retail: $15

Another item that is a need for the Spring season to get ready for the Summer season is a great exfoliate! I am not the best at getting all of the dead skin off of my legs that tend to get there due to the dry weather. This smelled like summer! I loved the citric smell!

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The White Embroidered Tunic
Retail: $49

This is one of the most colorful and vibrant tunics that I have had the pleasure of being sent. It is super soft and light weight. This is perfect for those days on the beach or on the lake. It will be wonderful as a swim suit cover as well! I love this!

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The “Bottoms Up” Pillow!
Retail: $32

And last, but certainly not least, lets head outside to my patio to show case this beautiful comfy pillow! I love that the print is on either side. This was created by Besty Drake with was influenced by the day out on the beach with her daughters. This pillow can be used inside or out. I love it!

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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. $85 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 Summer 2019 holds for us.

Until next time.

XOXO

Courtny

Sudsy Club| April Review

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What is Sudsy Club Soap?

“All of the ingredients in our soaps come from natural plant-based sources such as olive oil, shea butter, and coconut oil.  We never use artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances, preservatives, or detergents in any of our soaps. Many handmade soap companies add brightly colored dyes and artificial fragrances to their soaps. At Sudsy Club, we let the natural scents of the oils and butters enhance the soap with things such as herbs, essential oils and clays.”
So why is “all-natural” better? Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it absorbs whatever you put on it. As we always say….”What goes on goes in.”

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This box is $25 a month which is a steal if you ask me! There is nothing better than knowing that what you are putting on your body is all natural. The smells in that emanated from this box were intoxicating!

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

Eucalyptus Lavender Silk Bar
Retail: $5.95

The smell of this bar is intoxicating. If you have been following my reviews over the past year you know how much I love lavender. Lavender is the most perfect essential oil for calming your mind and body. It uplifts you and brings a sense of rest to your mind. This is going to be the PERFECT evening shower or bath soap. Something that will really get you ready to a relaxing evening. It is also scented with eucalyptus in the Brazilian Clay. This helps to improve circulation, detoxes, and minimizes pores!

Lemon Delight
Retail: $5.95

There is nothing better than citric smell. I love how awakening it is. I constantly have lemon and orange essential oils with lavender on me or in my diffuser. This wonderful little bar is the perfect addition to my addiction! This is PERFECT for a morning shower. It will sure to wake you up and get you ready for the day. It is also swirled with French Green Clay which is known to be amazing for your skin.

Cocoa Mint Silk Bar
Retail: $5.95

This was the most stunning of all of the sudsy bars for this month. It was just beautiful in color and marbling. The smell as well is something that makes me feel luxurious! This is the perfect pampering soap. Try taking a long hot bath or shower and treating yourself with cocoa with hints of peppermint and spearmint! How wonderful does that sound?! There are large amounts of silk, shea butter, and chocolatey goodness!

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Bath Sponge
Retail: $6.95

Not only did Sudsy Club make the perfect artisan soap for every occasion but they also added in the bath and body sponge. This is perfect for cleansing your body and face. I am so excited about this box and everything that this company stands for!

 

Remember to treat yourself!

Until next time…

~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

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

BohoBabe- November 2018

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BohoBabe November 2018

As I say EVERY single month this is one of my absolute favorite boxes to receive. I love the themes. I love the creativeness. I love how much thought they put into the design of the box. I just love everything!

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Every month this box makes me feel empowered. I am in control of my happiness and I am in control of how I react to negative influences. This box helps remind me of this! Lets dive into November’s box!

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Inspiring Your True Self Sacred Grid Kit
by Mystic at Bluemoon
Retail: $18

This is such a fun concept. You are give a tiny mat with perfectly chosen shells and crystals. This mat is used to help you find your true self and manifest your dreams into reality. This would fit perfectly on your desk at home or at work. You want to put it some where where you will see it more often then not as a reminder of everything that you can do!

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Citrine Gemstone
by BoHoBabe
Retail: $10

Citrine used to be one of the rarest gemstones on Earth. Only the most wealthy could afford it and use them in their jewelry. However as time has gone on and human technology has advanced most people can become a proud owner of this gorgeous gem. 
It is used to help with self healing, menstrual cramps, and it also helps with mental focus and it will draw all good things to you!

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Natural Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Bracelet
by BoHoBabe
Retail $32

It is said that blue is the best color to help enhance creativity and help awaken your inner artist. Not only will it awaken your inner artist but because this is Lapis it is also supposed awaken your third eye. This illuminates and enlightens you to your surroundings and the possibilities available to you. 

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Handmade Driftwood Jewelry Holder
by Battery Point Drift
Retail: $9

This is the cutest and most precious jewelry holder! I love that it is all natural. The driftwood is smooth and pleasing to touch. This is perfect for the bathroom or where ever you store your jewelry. Put you most used necklaces on this while you are showering and getting ready for the day. 

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Awaken Your Third Eye Necklace
by BoHoBabe
Retail: $24

This is the symbol for the third eye on your chakra. It is located in the center of the forehead and honors psychic consciousness, wisdom, intuition, and the power of the mind. Embrace your inner self. Be you. Be free. Wear this as a reminder to always be yourself. Connect with yourself! 

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Bloom Jotter Notepad by Ruff House Art
Retail: $6
Crystal Diamond Ball Point Pen by BoHoBabe
Retail: $4.99

Sometimes I have thoughts that pop into my head in the middle of the night, while walking around doing errands, or when I am no where near my computer. This notepad and pen are fantastic for writing down thoughts as you go in your busy life. 

Inspire Handrawn Mandala Coloring Page
by Lilac Moon Studio Art
Retail: $0.75

Mandalas are something that I have always enjoyed coloring and looking at. Its amazing how simple shapes can create something so intricate and beautiful. I like to think of it as everything that I do in my day to day life will eventually create a beautiful life. Just like this mandala. It takes times and sometimes it is tedious but it is worth it in the end. 

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I always love that they almost ALWAYS include an art print of some sort. Every month is themed to something that will connect with you deep down. I am NEVER disappointed in what I get every month from BoHoBabe! They are one of my TOP favorite monthly subscription boxes that I receive! I can’t wait to see what next month has in store! 

Until next time…

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