Spring FabFitFun Box Highlights

Spring FabFitFun Box Highlights

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I have always been a giver, but when I get awesome stuff it does make me happy ūüôā The spring FabFitFun subscription box definitely made me happy! It was chocked full of amazing finds fitting for any woman’s lifestyle.

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What is FabFitFun

FabFitFun is a subscription box with full-size fashion, beauty, fitness and lifestyle products. No tiny samples in these boxes! Each season there is a new box filled with products suitable for that season. The boxes retail for $49.99 but the value is well over $200. You can subscribe at fabfitfun.com, be sure to use my coupon (amberk) to get $10 off of your first box!!

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Let me just say there was nothing I didn’t love in the spring FabFitFun box. Each time I looked at a different product I lit up – there was just SO much awesome in the box. Here is a list with a breakdown of value.

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MakersKit Kitchen Herb Garden DIY Kit ($35) РGrow basil, mint, and thyme directly in your kitchen! It comes with everything you need to get started, just add water.

BodipureBodipure¬†Keratin Gloves¬ģ and Socks¬†($9.98) – There’s no denying the havoc winter weather can wreak on ¬†your hands and feet. These gloves and socks are made with Keratin to strengthen your¬†skin and nails. Your hands and feet will feel much smoother and soft after just one use.

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Jus D’Amour Bath Bomb Trinity ($28) РEvery woman needs at least 1 day a week to unwind and relax. These bath bombs are a welcomed treat for bath time. There are 3 different scents all made from organic ingredients.

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ISH¬†Contour Kit¬†($32) – Whether you’re new to contouring or a seasoned pro this contour kit is a great addition to your makeup bag. It has contour and blush so it’s a great space saver too.

Happy Necklace

Jook and Nona Gold Plated Tag Necklace¬†(Happy)¬†($65) – Who doesn’t enjoy jewelry? This necklace is a smaller statement piece that can be worn with nearly everything.

fabfitfunHelloLegs¬†Shaving Emulation Lotion ($19.95) – Made with¬†rich body lotion¬†and¬†gentle shaving creams with¬†a bit of “blade butter”, you’ll never look at shaving the same way. Kiss razor burn and frustrating shaving goodbye.

Marrakesh Argan & Hemp Oil Therapy ($22.99) РThis stuff is ahmazing. It makes your hair shiny and smooth without leaving any greasy/oily residue. it also smells amazing.

Merrithew Mat Strap Plus ($14.99) РI adore anything with multiple functionalities and this has so many uses. 

fabfitfun31 Bits Gift Card ($25) РThe only thing better than hand selected gifts is a gift card that lets you choose what you want! 31 Bits is a socially conscious jewelry company that gives displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to combat poverty through fashion.

Sterling Forever Gift Card ($30) РAnother gift card for gorgeous jewelry! They offer trendy jewelry at affordable prices РScore!

Total value of $282.91

The best thing about FabFitFun is that each item is curated to fit in with any lifestyle. It’s kind of finding a treasure chest filled with all the things you never knew you loved.

You can still get the Spring FitFabFun subscription box, and remember when you use my code (amberk) you get $10 off of your first box.

 

 

Nonna Box Review

Nonna Box Review

Spaghetti, lasagna,¬†mostaccioli. Are you suddenly craving pasta, or an impromptu trip to Italy?¬†Sure you may have the iconic Italian grandmother who passed on her authentic recipes, but what about the ingredients? What about those hard to find, sourced right from Italy ingredients? Well, that’s where Nonna Box comes in.

What is Nonna Box?

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Short answer: it is a subscription service for gourmet Italian food.

Nonna Box offers you the chance to get a real taste of Italia without a passport. Nonna Box is a monthly subscription box filled with foodstuffs from various regions of Italy. Each box has 6 full-size, premium and gourmet products. These aren’t products you’re going to find on the shelves of the local grocery store. Instead, they are carefully selected, traditional products that are used throughout the region and sourced from small Italian artisans.

I think it’s a bonus these are hard to come by products.

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The box also includes card inserts with regional food history and traditional recipes from real Nonna’s.

My Thoughts on Nonna Box

Nonna Box sent out a box for me to check out and get a feel for. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but for almost $70/month I knew it should be awesome. When the box arrived I eagerly unpacked the contents. The first thing I noticed was the absence of familiar brand names. That was a good sign since I’d rather support smaller businesses over the bigger ones; there’s always a noticeable difference in quality and mission statements.

Here’s what was inside my Nonna Box:

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Artichoke Spread ‚Äď Considering Italy is the world’s largest producer of artichokes (fun fact of the day) it seems fitting that this is included in the box. The artichokes used in the spread are from Puglia and produced by De Carlo. De Carlo is one of Puglia’s oldest olive oil mills and dates back to the 1600s.

Sun Kissed Cherry Tomatoes ‚Äď Packaged tomatoes don’t get much fresher than these. They are organically grown and processed within 24 hours of harvest. The perfect combination of extra virgin olive oil, salt, and spices make these a delightful, right out of the jar treat.

Bella di Cerignola Olives ‚Äď ¬†First I’d like to mention that these olives carry the DOP status. This certification promises that the olives are locally grown and packaged. The olives are large, and meaty, and have a wonderfully fresh flavor.

Olive Oil Taralli ‚ÄstThese are a traditional Italian snack food dating back to the 1400s. Made with simple ingredients (olive oil, flour, wine, and fennel seeds) they are meant to be eaten like popcorn or chips.

Orecchiette di Farina Arsa ‚Äď These are hand-made (by Pugliese women) pasta shells made from flour, water and salt. They have the most amazing smoky flavor and a wonderful texture.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil ‚Äď I think EVOO is the cornerstone to most, if not all, Italian dishes. This bottle is made with olives from the terra di Bari region and also carries DOP status.

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The Fine Print

  • Price per box: $69.95
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Commitment: Cancel anytime
  • The contents: 6 artisan products from an Italian region
  • Discounts & Deals: Promotional codes are offered

Create an account at Nonnabox.com (click to get started)

ePantry Subscription Service Review

ePantry Subscription Service Review

Have you ever been so busy that you spaced on the shopping list and forgot 1 or more things? I do it all of the time and by the time I realize it I don’t feel like going back to the store. This usually leads to at least one of the following:

  • Running out of conditioner (because the shampoo always lasts at least twice as long) and having blah hair.
  • Running out of dish detergent (because the dishwasher is busted) and having a sink full of dishes.
  • Running out of laundry detergent and having to re-wear last weeks jeans… twice.
  • Running out of hand soap/toilet paper and having guests show up unexpectedly… every darn time.

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This post contains personal opinions and affiliate links. I received products in exchange for sharing my thoughts.

I could go on and on but I’m sure you get the point and can relate. When I found ePantry I realized my woes were about to disappear.

What is ePantry

ePantry is small company that offers a subscription service for natural cleaning supplies and personal care products. They offer products from well-known brands at¬†a discount from the list price. Brands include Method (my fave!), Acure Organics, Mrs. Meyers, Full Circle, Tom’s of Maine, Preserve, Seventh Generation, and more. They even have an in-house brand.

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ePantry offers a VIP service ($39.99 per year) that gets you free shipping plus 4 free, full-sized products per year. The free products are valued at over $20 each so it more than makes up for the VIP subscription cost. VIP members also get access to the VIP-Only Support hotline which means super fast responses to your questions and concerns.

If the VIP membership doesn’t sound like something you want/need don’t worry – it’s not required to take advantage of the great discounts from ePantry. Non-VIP members pay a small ($2.99) shipping fee. You can also manage your subscriptions to make sure you only get what you need when you need it. You can even cancel recurring subscriptions if needed and ePantry sends reminder emails so you won’t get any surprise charges.

The ePantry website is easy to navigate and the selection of products is incredible. You can shop by category or by brand. If you know what you want you can use the built-in search function to find it. It really couldn’t be easier to ePantry. With a service this great you can be sure you won’t run out of the essentials ever again!

Because I know you’re going to love shopping with ePantry I want to share this deal. Start shopping through this link and get $10 towards your first shipment!

Bring the Sexy Back with Adore Me #GiftAdoreMe

Bring the Sexy Back with Adore Me #GiftAdoreMe

This post was sponsored by Adore Me as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Okay, so I have been riding the celibacy train for 6 months now, which means I am halfway through with my vow. It’s not at all a religious thing, just something I’m doing for myself. It’s me learning how to love myself and command respect so I don’t end up reliving my past few relationships. I know it has to sound crazy to some people, and sometimes I think it is crazy too. Choosing to give up on something I’m so used to for a whole¬†year?!¬†But then again, that’s¬†why¬†I’m giving it up. I have been¬†chasing boys¬†since I can remember.

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My problem was that they were too easy to catch. Well, I guess I was the one that was too easy to catch. I’d fall for every cheesy line and trusted way too easily. That’s why I’ve been with guys who lie, cheat, and other unmentionable things. I have a bad boy thing and it has got to go! By swearing off of dating or any intimate relationships for a year I am forcing myself to see the world around me and appreciate myself.

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I have learned a lot, mainly that I am friggen’ awesome! But besides that, my biggest setback is that I have self-esteem issues big time. I don’t have that part of me that says “You’re important. You deserve the world. You are beautiful” so I am hoping to build that piece up. I don’t want to settle or put myself on the backburner. I want to be happy, I want to be that person that believes I am important. I deserve the world. I am freaking beautiful.

I have always been happiest when I feel beautiful. Or maybe it’s when I’m happy that I feel beautiful? It’s a bi-polar thing I guess. Either way, the two correlate well together. So, I’m experimenting a little. Bringing sexy back {to me} if you will :). I found a company that has lingerie, sleepwear, corsets that fit me (without ordering 3 sizes up) and all the things that make me feel sexy. That’s not easy when you are plus size with a less than ample bosom,¬†but Adore Me has it all!

Adore Me Corset

For all of you ladies who are hesitant to shop for lingerie online Adore Me is your answer! They are a subscription company¬†that has¬†true to size intimates in over 500 styles. Styles are available in¬†petite and plus sizes too! The styles are amazing and the fact that I could order in my usual size and have it fit, I died a little. The corset was everything I had ever hoped for but yet to receive. The only issue I had was there was no one to help me close it (one of the downsides¬†to¬†celibacy!) but, get this, I could pull it on! Sure there was wriggling, twisting, and gyrating¬†but I got it on and didn’t lose any of the corset benefits.

Adore Me Lingerie

The lingerie (panty/bra sets) selection is droolworthy. I wasn’t used to seeing my size available in so many sexy styles. What was even better was being able to choose separate sizes. Buying sets elsewhere usually means a One Size Fits All type of deal. You get a 36B bra with a size 7 panty. That doesn’t work for everyone, including me. Adore Me lets you select from extensive sizes for each piece of the set separately. I snagged a gorgeous red bra & panty set ( the Julie Contour) ¬†that does¬†wonders¬†for me! The bra helps smooth out the top part of my chest and the panty fits perfectly with no riding or falling.

 

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Then there are the sleepsets which while there aren’t as many styles to choose from, cover all of your needs. They offer sexy sleepwear as well as a more conservative set. I love the Judie set. The fabric feels amazing on my skin and the way it flows instead of clings makes me feel sexy, which makes me happy. They also have robes which I just want to live in! The Vanessa robe¬†is flowy and sexy and pairs with everything.

I have had such a self-esteem boost since I found Adore Me. My mood has totally changed and I feel like I look amazing which, right now, is all that matters. I’m so excited about this company and highly encourage you to try it for yourself! Whether you have someone to impress or just want to feel beautiful and sexy you must check out Adore Me.

How Adore Me Works

Adore Me Bringing Sexy Back

Like I said, Adore Me is a subscription lingerie service. Their VIP Membership is $39.95 which gets you your choice of a matching set from the Adore Me collection each month. There is an awesome sale right now (until November 30) where new members can get their first¬†VIP‚Ä̬†set¬†for¬†$19.95¬†using the code GETGLAM19.

The beauty of this is you don’t have to buy a set each month. If you’re strapped for cash or just not feeling lingerie one month you can skip it. There is action involved here though so you have to login to your account and click “skip” between the 1st and 5th of the month. If you don’t your membership will be auto charged the membership fee and you’ll get a credit to use for the amount. If you don’t want to use the credit you can refund it to yourself within 30 days.

That alone is enough to love Adore Me!

Some other perks of being a VIP are:

  • $10¬†OFF¬†any¬†style,¬†any¬†time!
  • Every¬†6th¬†set¬†is¬†on¬†us!
  • Free¬†shipping¬†and¬†exchanges.
  • Exclusive¬†access¬†to¬†VIP¬†only¬†sales¬†and¬†sets.

This would make the perfect gift for your¬†closest friends during the holidays! What’s better than the gift of sexy?! #GivingSexyBack!!

Here’s your chance to try it for yourself!

I-C is hosting a contest for Adore Me that you can enter to win one of two $500 credits to Adoreme.com The contest closes November 30, 2015

Enter by sharing! I-C will randomly select two winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prize.

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Blue Apron Subscription Box Review

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Have you ever wanted to make a gourmet meal but found yourself less than inspired? Maybe it’s the tedious work that goes into it or maybe you can’t find those specialty ingredients. Either way I’m going to tell you about this awesomesauce company, Blue Apron, that makes it not only possible, but fun too!

First a little back story:

Blue Apron sends everything you need to create 3 luxurious meals. The meats, the produce and the little bits and pieces to tie it all together. All shipped to your home in the freshest state possible! So awesome.

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Blue Apron Subscription Box Review

The first dish I made was the Seared Pork Medallions with Rhubarb Chutney and Sauteed Freekeh. I had never worked with Rhubarb or Freekeh and I’m not a fan of asparagus. With that said, the dish came out¬†incredible.¬†My roommate and I couldn’t believe how delicious this meal was. The Rhubarb Chutney was a bit intimidating for both of us. We had never had anything with rhubarb and it wasn’t very attractive; but oh my goodness… it was yum. It pulled the entire dish¬†together. Incredible!!

Seared Pork Medallions with Rhubarb Chutney and Sauteed Freekeh The freekeh was very interesting, and I really enjoyed the texture. The only issue I had with this dish was I forgot the thyme; I tend to get ahead of myself when I’m cooking. Kind of like people that have a tons of screws left over after putting something together.

I’ll preface what I’m about to say with I don’t like fish. Can’t stand the stuff normally. Because of that I was extremely hesitant to make the Maple & Ginger Glazed Salmon with Watercress & Parsnip Salad. You can not imagine how happy I am that I made this. Of the 3 meals this was my absolute favorite. Not so much for the salad, but the salmon was out of this world good.

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There was no fishy taste which was the first bonus. The maple and ginger flavor blew me away. Like I want to eat this every night for the rest of my life.

Lemon-Parsley Chicken Thighs with Squash & Zucchini Salad and Red Quinoa

The¬†Lemon-Parsley Chicken Thighs¬†with Squash & Zucchini Salad and Red Quinoa was probably my least favorite. I’m not a fan of dark meat so chicken thighs fall to the bottom of my foods I love list. The zucchini salad, however, was really good. I somehow managed to burn the quinoa too. Not sure what I was thinking that night! My roommate did enjoy this dish so it’s all a matter of personal preference.

My roommate and I are both in love with Blue Apron. The directions are so simple to follow from start to finish. If you enjoy cooking with fresh ingredients then you will definitely love Blue Apron as well. Even if you’re a beginner in the kitchen you can’t go wrong. One thing I absolutely love is there is no “waiting” while you’re cooking. The directions keep you busy the entire time (which is why I can’t figure out how I burnt the quinoa!)

I think Blue Apron would be perfect for anyone in newer relationships. Show off  your skills in the kitchen even if you have none! You really have to check out Blue Apron.

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