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Fast Comfort Food Contest

Don’t forget to send me your recipes for the cooking contest and get 6 month birchbox subscription!

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cooking contest2So friends we are going to have some fun together 🙂

Way back in 2010 I did a healthy recipe contest that was a lot of fun.  Recently I found myself thinking about it and wondering if I should try again now that I have many more followers than back then.  I’m afraid I have had little to no cooking motivation lately and just testing out the recipes will be motivating on that front so I figured why not!

rachel-at-party

So here are the rules to the contest:

All entries must be in by the end of 2013.

They can be appetizer or entrees but they must be able to cook within 30 minutes of prep (If they are crockpot or require more baking time that’s fine).

The healthier the better and while I am not going to forbid processed ingredients (canned soups, bisquick etc) the less the better.

Make it…

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Fast Comfort Food Contest

cooking contest2So friends we are going to have some fun together 🙂

Way back in 2010 I did a healthy recipe contest that was a lot of fun.  Recently I found myself thinking about it and wondering if I should try again now that I have many more followers than back then.  I’m afraid I have had little to no cooking motivation lately and just testing out the recipes will be motivating on that front so I figured why not!

rachel-at-party

So here are the rules to the contest:

All entries must be in by the end of 2013.

They can be appetizer or entrees but they must be able to cook within 30 minutes of prep (If they are crockpot or require more baking time that’s fine).

The healthier the better and while I am not going to forbid processed ingredients (canned soups, bisquick etc) the less the better.

Make it your recipe, but if it is based off somewhere else tell me.

1 entry per person.

Winner gets 6 month birchbox subscription (3 months for birchbox man).   If I get a great response will do 2nd place.

I’m open to any cuisines, and while I’m not rolling in cash, the price is not a qualification for the contest.  I’m also just one person so try to keep the recipes down to a normal family size- serve 4.

Seriously guys I need your help on this.  Please send your recipes in.  I will do my best to judge recipes as quickly as possible and announce a winner in early January.

Fun times!  Email entries to smilingldsgirl@yahoo.com.  Also you can ask my friend Amber I’m good on giving out the reward.

cooking contest

Holiday Subscription Boxes

I thought it would be fun to let you all know about some December subscription boxes that are offering limited edition boxes for the holidays.  Give some Christmas gifts to yourself and check some of these out.

Escape Monthly Christmas Box-

Escape Monthly has been one of my favorite subscriptions since it started in August.  The idea is they take a place and give you guidebook and items all associated with traveling to that place.

So far they’ve done Napa, Portland and Hawaii.  Now they are offering a special holiday box described as having holiday-inspired sweet delights, luxurious essentials for self-indulgence and very special seasonal secrets.

This sounds really fun as a gift to a friend or a little holiday gift for yourself.  They are $39

escape

Snow Day Birchbox

Another holiday box is from my friends at Birchbox with the Snow Day Box. This is a box full of items good for cuddling by the fire (even has some cool looking matches!).  This is $39 and you get 55 birchbox points with the order.  Birchbox claims it has a $105 value.

snowday_ltebox_exclusive_900x900_1Wantable Holiday Box-

Over at Wantable.com they are having a special holiday box $36 with a subscription, $40 one time purchase.   You can pick 3 different themes starlight soiree, majestic masquerade, romantic rendezvous and it is mainly a makeup kit with a sleep mask, and wantable exclusive pair of earrings.

11-9_holiday-box-heroPopsugar Must Have Limited Edition for Men-

I clearly won’t be ordering this box but if I had a man in my life I totally would because I love popsugar must have.  This box is more because it is $100 so it must have a $200 value but they don’t say or show you what is in it but usually popsugar is double.

Popsugar must have box is whatever is trendy sometimes books, lotions, accesories, food etc.  If I had a man I would buy them one.  If anyone wants to be my man I will buy you one 😉

holiday for himCheryl’s Cookies

Cheryl’s cookies makes the best cookies I have ever tried, especially the buttercream on sugar cookie.  They are full of seasonal colors and have a cookie of the month club or individual tins for very reasonable prices. Both of these tins are $38 which is pretty good for this type of service.  Would make a great gift for family or friends. They also ship quickly.

They also have cookie grams and cookie tins on clearance. http://www.cheryls.com/

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Kiwi Crate Holiday Craft Boxes-

If you have kids the Kiwi Crates are fantastic with tons of activities and they 7 craft boxes for the holidays that would be great when entertaining the kids during the busy moments.  They are $19.95 and include all the directions and are divided into certain age ranges.  Would be a fun thing to get and leave with a babysitter or to do as a project during the holidays so the kids feel involved.

Christmas Gingerbread kit
Christmas Gingerbread kit
Hanukkah kit. So cute
Hanukkah kit. So cute
Thanksgiving crafts. You could make centerpiece together
Thanksgiving crafts. You could make centerpiece together

A friend on one of the blogging sites said she is going to hold all of her December boxes to open on Christmas morning.  That would leave my youtube channel kind of dry but its a fun concept.  What do you guys think?

There are many boxes that will let you try one box as a gift for a friend including loot crate (for the geeky, nerdy friend in your life), fancy box, quarterly box (both are curated with themes by famous people and both have been great), also stride box for the athlete in your life, hammock pack and box of happies are single purchases and both would make lovely Christmas presents for under $30. For make up the clutch beauty bag is a great choice because you can just purchase one for the same price as a subscription and it is jam packed.

I’d also recommend the Just the Right Book for any book lover in your family and gwynnie bee for any plus size fashionistas.  Both are amazing services.

So you could potentially by a book service for the mom, a wantable jewelry box for the sister, loot crate for nerdy brother, kiwi crate for the little kids, popsugar must have for the husband and you’re done.  (As I have no husband that is clearly a hypothetical but it would be easy and fun to create Christmas with subscription boxes and I bet you’d get good quality for less money.

http://justtherightbook.com/

wantable holiday box

http://www.birchbox.com/shop/lte-snow-day

https://musthave.popsugar.com/

http://www.kiwicrate.com/holiday-crates.html

http://escapemonthly.com/deals/escape-monthly-holiday-bonus-box/

http://www.cheryls.com/cco-holiday-gifts?loc=LeftNav

Enjoy and happy giftiing!

Box Month Review

The award goes to…

(Excuse the length of this video.  A lot to cover 🙂  ).

After a month and half of trying subscription boxes I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.  I hope you have all enjoyed the reviews.  I now plan on moving on and covering only an occasional box on the blog (I want to keep the blog varied and interesting).  My goal with the blog has always been to be like a magazine for me.  Stuff I think is interesting, fun, exciting, meaningful.

Basically the blog is an exercise in self-indulgence that somehow has interested all of you.  I write about movies, books, politics, religion, writing, vacations, subscription boxes, swimming, current events, TV, weight loss and much more.  Thanks to all of you for reading my ‘silly thoughts’ as I say in the byline. More to come.

What would you guys like to see more of?  What posts have you liked more than others?  My movie posts are always quite popular but I’ve been on a bit of a movie drought lately.   I would love feedback.

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Lip Factory Review and Unboxing

My last beauty box for box month is here.  Its called lip factory and I had quite the story getting it here.  I had entered my information and then received an email from them saying they needed my address.  I gave them my address but for some reason it was sent to 1357 instead of my number.

With it being returned in the mail I tried to contact them to no avail and their website was down so I got nervous.  I cancelled my account and then posted a comment on their facebook account.  Within a few hours they responded, apologized, explained the situation and sent me a new box that got here quickly.  All in all I think they handled the situation very well and I left feeling impressed.

This box is $22 so it is more expensive than Birchbox or Ipsy but it has much larger samples, some full size.  It also has a larger beauty profiling service than either of those sites so you get the colors that work for your skin type and coloring.  I found it to have a $53.99 value which is a great return.

It is only for girls that wear makeup.  It doesn’t have a lot of health products such as lotions and hair products like ipsy and birchbox have.  I’m a medium makeup wearer but I like it and like trying new things.  I wish I knew how to do my makeup better but I try.

Anyway, here’ s the review.  2 more boxes left for box month!  Fun!  I hope you guys are enjoying learning about these subscription boxes and let me know if you decide to subscribe to any and what you think.

lipfactory

Lipfactory Price Breakdown

Lipfactory
7.99 sweat pea and fay lip joule
6.5 nyc wonder pencil
15.6 me me cosmetics shimmer stack
7.9 red cherry natural lashes
15 coulour u lipstick
1 White Towel Make Up Remover
53.99

 

Ipsy and Love with Food

Box month continues!  I got two today!

Love with Food- a box for the kind hearted.  You get a bunch of samples for $10-$12 and give a meal to the hungry for each box.  Here’s the video and breakdown.  I really liked this one.  Everything except for the praline looks good and the few things I tasted were very yummy.

Love with food box
Love with food box

Breakdown

Love with Food
1.25 Cranberries, sesame seeds and honey
0.58 POPS chips
2.49 pralines
1.99 snappeas
1.28 mints
1 dizzy dust
1.65 salsa
1.25 waffel cookie
2 salsa coupon
13.49

 

Ipsy- Ipsy is the competition to birchbox and a lot of the people on youtube like it better but I haven’t been thrilled. I like birchbox much better.  First of all birchbox has their points system and they give you more samples, smaller but I like trying more things and then leaving my review on the birchbox website for points.

This month was particularly disappointing for ipsy.  The value was high but everything I tried seemed overpriced and there wasn’t much in the bag.  On the other hand its only $8 so one can hardly complain.  Still I give the win to birchbox.

ipsy box
ipsy box

Ipsy breakdown

Ipsy
2.99 lip balm
5.29 michael todd facial scrub
9 chella eye liner
9.99 MICA Shimmer
4 Pixi mascara
31.27

 

August Birchbox

A great box this month!!! I think it is one of the best birchbox’s so far.

Trying out the red lip stick!
Trying out the red lip stick!
A great box
A great box

Here’s the breakdown of the birchbox samples value.  This is the retail price of the samples, not full size.

0.66 food wipes
1 buffing beads
22 liquid lipstick all day
17 miyu beauty essence
18.53 coastal scents pallate sets
59.19