June 2016 Subscription Boxes

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Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of June:

 

Muse Monthly

June muse

Lit-Cube Stars Hollow Monthly

 

Stars Hollow Monthly

So far, I love the Stars Hollow monthly box. I’m currently using the “Oy With the Poodles Already!” wallet, and the coffee cupcake bath bomb was awesome. I love the bracelet, too! I can’t wait to see what July brings!

 

Uppercase

june 2016 uppercase

Owl Crate

Owl Crate June 2016 (2)

Owl Crate June 2016 (1) Owl Crate June 2016 (3)
 

Fresh Fiction

 

june fresh fiction

 

Ever After

june ever after

The Bookish Box

 

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This was a special edition Harry Potter-themed Bookish Box. I couldn’t pass it up. I love it!

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BirchBox

 

June 2016 Birchbox

 

Ipsy

 

june 2016 ipsy

 

KiwiCrate

 

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This is the finished Kiwi Crate for last month! Such a cool Pinball machine!

What do you think of month’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

 

Chrissy

 

Happy 2

 

May 2016 Subscription Boxes

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Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of May:

 

Lit-Cube

Lit-Cube May 2016 (1)

This was an awesome Alice in Wonderland box! I love the T-shirt!

Lit-Cube May 2016 (2)

I love the “Eat Me” cookie! And the prints are awesome!

 

Uppercase

Uppercase May 2016

 

Owl Crate

OwlCrate May 2016 (1) OwlCrate May 2016 (2)
 

Fresh Fiction

Fresh Fiction May 2016

 

Ever After

Google the Cat checked out the box, too!

Google the Cat checked out the box, too!

 

Jamberry StyleBox

The Classic Box

The Classic Box

 

BirchBox

May 2016 Birchbox

 

Ipsy

Ipsy May 2016

 

KiwiCrate

Koala Crate May 2016

May Koala Crate

May 2016 Kiwi Crate

May Kiwi Crate – They will be making pinball machines!!

Kiwi Crate April 2016 - completed

This was the Kiwi Crate from April. Both my boys get a crate. They made jellyfish tanks! The jellyfish move up and down using the wheels on the sides of the boxes. So cute!

Koala Crate Feb 2016 - completed

This was February’s Koala Crate. It’s a little stage with puppets. It came with a bunch of different backdrops that are on a magnet board. The puppets are magnets, too. There are a ton of magnets to design your puppets and the sets.

 

What do you think of month’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

chrissysig

 

efchappy

 

April 2016 Subscription Boxes

Hi, Everyone!

Wow! I’m a bit behind getting this post up. Sorry about that! Anyway . . . here are our subscriptions from the month of April:

 

Lit-Cube

April 2016 Lit-Cube (1)

This is the April Lit-Cube box!

April 2016 Lit-Cube (2) April 2016 Lit-Cube (3)

Lit-Cube Gilmore GIrls limited edition box Apr 2016 (1)

This was the limited edition Gilmore Girls Lit-Cube! I LOVE it! I signed up for the Gilmore Girls subscription box as well. It’s a lifestyle . . .

Lit-Cube Gilmore GIrls limited edition box Apr 2016 (2) Lit-Cube Gilmore GIrls limited edition box Apr 2016 (3)

Uppercase

April 2016 Uppercase

 

Owl Crate

April 2016 Owl Crate

 

Jamberry StyleBox

April 2016 - SB TrendyApril Trendy StyleBox 2016 (1)

BirchBox April 2016 Birchbox

Ipsy
Ispy April 2016

KiwiCrate

April 2016 Kiwi Crate

This is the Kiwi Crate.

April 2016 Koala Crate

The Koala Crate

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A past Kiwi Crate . . . that’s a flashlight and these are different shapes and animals to cast shadows on the wall. It was pretty cool.

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This is April’s Koala Crate. The animals are little finger puppets. The barn opens flat to be a barnyard. (It’s closed with velcro. Easy for little hands.) And that’s a vegetable garden to pick your own veggies. =)

 

What do you think of month’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

chrissysig

 

efchappy

 

In the Kitchen: Blue Apron Subscription: Shrimp Spaghetti

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Hi, Everyone!

In an effort to spend less time meal planning and more time reading, I decided to give Blue Apron a try. It costs less than taking the whole family to a restaurant, and it seemed like a fun way to add some new recipes to my repertoire.

Tonight: Shrimp Spaghetti with Cabbage & Toasted Breadcrumbs

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YUM. Just, YUM.

Husband wasn’t too thrilled with the shrimp, but we all enjoyed the flavor of this dish. The cabbage was an interesting addition, but definitely one we liked! Who knew our little family liked cabbage so much?

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If I make it again:

  1. More spaghetti!
  2. More cabbage!
  3. More garlic!
  4. Skip the shrimp or sub with chicken
  5. Skip the breadcrumbs

Did my kids eat it: Yes. There were, as usual, no leftovers.

melissakitchensig

March 2016 Subscription Boxes

Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of March:

 

Muse Monthly

March 2016 Muse Monthly

Lit-Cube

Lit-Cube March 2016 (2)

I love my time turner!! And the Frostbeard candle!

Lit-Cube March 2016 (1)

Fresh Fiction

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Uppercase

March 2016 Uppercase

March 2016 Uppercase 2

I love the quotation mark earrings!!

 

Owl Crate

OwlCrate March 2016

Jamberry StyleBox

Stylebox March 2016March 2016 Trendy

BirchBox

 March 2016 Birchbox

Ipsy

 March 2016 Ipsy

KiwiCrate

Kiwi Crate March 2016

Kiwi Crate

Koala Crate March 2016

Koala Crate

kiwi crate

Here are the finished race cars from the February Kiwi Crate. My boys had a blast with these cars!

 

What do you think of month’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

chrissysig

 

efchappy

 

February 2016 Subscription Boxes

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Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of February! Yes, I know I’m late with this post. Don’t worry, March’s boxes will be up soon!

 

Muse Monthly

Feb 2016 Muse Monthly

 

Lit-Cube

Feb 2016 Lit-Cube (2)

The Wuthering Heights is a wallet!

Feb 2016 Lit-Cube (1)

The perfume smells pretty good, and the bookmarks are adorable!

 

The Bookworm Box

Feb 2016 Bookworm

 

Uppercase

Feb 2016 Uppercase

 

Owl Crate

Feb 2016 OwlCrate (1)

Feb 2016 OwlCrate (2)

A Tardis magnet pin!

 

 

BirchBox

 Feb 2016 Birchbox

 

Ipsy

 Feb 2016 Ipsy

 

KiwiCrate

Feb 2016 Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate

Feb 2016 Koala Crate

Koala Crate

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A completed Kiwi Crate from a month or so ago. The kids love this grabber!

 

What do you think of month’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

chrissysig

 

efchappy

 

Blue Apron Subscription: Beluga Lentil Stew

Hi, Everyone!

In an effort to spend less time meal planning and more time reading, I decided to give Blue Apron a try. It costs less than taking the whole family to a restaurant, and it seemed like a fun way to add some new recipes to my repertoire.

Tonight: Beluga Lentil Stew & Squash Agrodolce

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Friends, I have a new go-to recipe for lentil stew. The red onion made a HUGE flavor difference; I’ll never make lentils without one again (the epic serving of butter I added at the end didn’t hurt either)!

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Maybe it’s because I have two kids under 4, but I’m beginning to realize the estimated prep times are for, you know, Super Ultra Chopper People Who Don’t Have Any Distractions. I started cooking around 5:30; dinner was on the table shortly after 7. That may seem like a really, really long time, but guys, not only did I make this recipe, I also fed a baby, bottled a baby, changed a diaper, scolded a 3-year-old for running his baby sister over with his bike, and answered two phone calls, all without burning anything. I’d call it an average dinner prep night time-wise.

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If I make it again (which I’m going to . . . Husband LOVED it):

  1. add extra garlic (oh wait, I did that anyway. GARLIC IS NOM!)
  2. halve the red wine vinegar . . . it was yummy, but it overpowered all the other flavors
  3. forget the fancy breadsticks and pop open a tube of crescent rolls
  4. I’m pretty sure I’m going to say this about every recipe, but here goes: separate the garlic bulbs, plant them in the back yard so I don’t feel like I’m wasting them, and crack open my giant jar of pre-minced stuff. Because, you know, mincing garlic is yuck.

DID MY KIDS EAT IT: No. We didn’t share.

melissasig

Blue Apron Subscription: Lemon Glazed Catfish

Hi, Everyone!

In an effort to spend less time meal planning and more time reading, I decided to give Blue Apron a try. It costs less than taking the whole family to a restaurant, and it seemed like a fun way to add some new recipes to my repertoire.

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The Blue Apron box includes ingredients and recipes for three different meals. The default delivery choice is weekly, but you can skip around if you don’t like the week’s choices or just want to take some time off. Each week you have to choose from 5 or 6 different recipes (and yes, there ARE vegetarian options), so you can pick the foods that sound tastiest to you.

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The first recipe I tried was: Lemon Glazed Catfish with Collard Greens & um . . . whatever the recipe card says. =)

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The recipe was simple and easy to follow, but don’t believe the time approximations unless you’re a master multi-tasker. Aside from cooking materials, the only ingredients you need are salt, pepper, and olive oil. Not too shabby! The instructions also wanted me to keep washing and reusing the same skillet . . . I guess it’s nice to know I could’ve made dinner with only one, but I opted to dirty more dishes and toss them all in the dishwasher at the end.

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Check it out! My finished product looks almost mostly sort of like the one in the picture! AND it was DELICIOUS. I rock!

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If I made it again, I’d:

~ skip the sugary lemon glaze in favor of plain old lemon juice

~ either invest in a mesh strainer (that freaky grain stuff is SMALL), or replace the grain with couscous or orzo or something easier to find

~ dice the collard greens instead of cutting them into strips so they’d mix more easily with the grain

~ feed the baby before I tried to sit down for a nice, relaxing dinner with Husband

 

The best part: all that packaging is recyclable! Yay!

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I can’t wait to try the next recipe! For now, though . . . instead of making a grocery list, I’m going to go read a book. On the couch. With a cup of tea. Thanks, Blue Apron!

 

melissasig

 

 

efchappy

 

 

January 2016 Subscription Boxes

Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of January, and a few things from December:

 

Muse Monthly

Jan 2016 MuseMonthly

Lit-Cube

 

 

2016 Star Wars Lit-Cube (1)

This was a special edition box, theme Star Wars. I love the T-shirt and the Rey Funko Pop. It’s an awesome box!

2016 Star Wars Lit-Cube (2)
Jan 2016 Lit-Cube (2)

Jan 2016 Lit-Cube (3)Jan 2016 Lit-Cube (1)

The Bookworm Box

Jan 2016 Bookworm

This is the January box.

Dec 2015 Bookworm

This is the December box. Delivery was delayed so it arrived in January!

Uppercase

Jan 2016 Uppercase (2)

Jan 2016 Uppercase (1)  Jan 2016 Uppercase (3)

Owl Crate

Jan 2016 OwlCrate (2)

I love the Ron Weasley Funko Pop!

Jan 2016 OwlCrate (1)

Book Riot YA Quarterly

I won't be renewing this subscription. It's on the pricey side, and sadly, I don't think it's worth the cost.

I won’t be renewing this subscription. It’s on the pricey side. This was a good box. I like the Where the Wild Things Are socks and the coloring notecards. I’m looking forward to reading both books as well.

Jamberry StyleBox

This is the Feminine StyleBox.

This is the Feminine StyleBox.

BirchBox

 Jan 2016 Birchbox

KiwiCrate

Jan 2016 Kiwi Crate

January Kiwi Crate

Jan 2016 Koala crate

January Koala Crate

Dec 2015 Koala Crate

This was the December Koala Crate. My daughter had a blast being a polar bear and playing catch with her paws and snowballs!

 

What do you think of month’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

chrissysig

 

efchappy

 

December 2015 Subscription Boxes

Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of December (2015):

 

Muse Monthly

Gina loved the tea! She says it was like Christmas in a cup.

Gina loved the tea! She says it was like Christmas in a cup.

 

Lit-Cube

I did something I never used to do . . . I waited until Christmas to open my box!

I did something I never used to do . . . I waited until Christmas to open my box!

Lit-Cube Dec 2015 (1)Lit-Cube Dec 2015 (2)
 

Uppercase

I love the calendar!

I love the calendar!

 

Owl Crate
Dec 2015 Owl Crate (3)

Dec 2015 Owl Crate (1) Dec 2015 Owl Crate (2)
 

Fresh Fiction

Dec Fresh Fiction Box 2015

Fresh Fiction Christmas Box 2015

 

Jamberry StyleBox
December 2015 Stylebox

 

Kiwi Crate and Koala Crate

Dec 2015 Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate

 

Dec 2015 Koala Crate

Koala Crate

 

What do you think of month’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

chrissysig

 

efchappy