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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

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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!

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Photography Lesson

Today was a really fun day.  For years I have been less than satisfied with the photography on my blog and that is quite shameful for a Wagner as everyone in my family is a good photographer.  My Brother, Dad and Grandpa have all spent time as professional photographers and they each have different styles but are very talented. My brother is perhaps the most successful and has done a lot of skateboard and other sports photography.  Recently he did a shoot in Iceland for Nike as part of the Nike Poler shoes.

So, like I said photography is pretty intense in my family and I never felt I was very good at it.  Usually I hoped that the content would be good enough to outweigh the crappy photos.  Clearly if I’ve grown in readership for nearly 6 years there is some truth to that but recently I got the opportunity to do a guest blog for my friend over at The Little Ferraro Kitchen which will be posted on Nov 13th!!

I knew if I was going to guest post on her site that my photos needed to match up with the quality on her blog, so I bought a nice camera and my Dad instructed me as he did the amazing food photography for the post (seriously you guys will be blown away).

I’m super excited and working with my Dad made me want to keep learning and trying to get better.  Yes, my photos may never be as good as his but I can improve and learn more.  So, I asked my friend Kristi Linton if she would give me a lesson today and she agreed.  Fortunately I had received 2 subscription boxes that were good test subjects for me to practice on.  We went over backdrops, lighting, using mirrors and flashlights, tripods and even took some photos on the floor next to the kitchen glass door and I think they turned out pretty well.

These items are from:

Cheryl’s cookies-  Great prices and delicious cookies.  They have a quarterly subscription cookie service and individual orders.  This tin I got on discount as an end of Halloween sale http://www.cheryls.com/

Bklyn organics- $15 box you can order through their etsy shop . Included personal note and only one month required.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/BklynOrganics

Flicker box- This is a fun candle box.  I liked all the scents. Not too overpowering. $25 a month. http://myflickerbox.sqsp.com/

I am excited to keep learning and getting better.

Cheryl's cookies.  The best sugar cookie you've ever had.
Cheryl’s cookies. The best sugar cookie you’ve ever had.
Flicker box
Flicker box.  I think this photo turned out particularly nice.
Bklyn Organics box
Bklyn Organics box.  Included a personally written list of items. 

 

Kristi and I had a lot of fun during our lesson.  Also me sporting Poler hoodie
Kristi and I had a lot of fun during our lesson. Also me sporting Poler hoodie

Girls Night Slumber Party

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I’ve got a challenge for all of you lovely readers.  I defy anyone to produce better friends than I have.   It can’t be done.  They defend me when I am sad, are incredibly loyal and also a lot of fun.   I just love them and after the month I’ve had I wanted to say thanks and relax with my girls.

A few days ago I was talking to a box review friend that unfortunately I can’t remember who it was (if you are out there please remind me).  We were discussing how we had more make up from box reviews than we could deal with.   It really starts to add up quick and not all of it is good for my complexion so it could go unused.

So my friend and I were talking about our excess makeup problems and she told me she was going to have a makeover party with her friends to have fun and use up the makeup.  All of you know I love a party so this sounded like a great idea to me! Plus I felt exhausted by October so why not?

I put out the word of a girls night out to my friends and gave them plenty of warning and reminded them a couple of times.  I also invited a new friend Lindsay who I know from twitter.  I always have an eclectic group at my parties.  This was no exception.  There was Emilee and Rachel who I knew from singles ward and Hawaii 2011, Stefanie my roommate from 2006-2007 and bestie, and Rachel my friend from book club (yes, 3 Rachel’s- party!) .  I like having different people at parties so you have a mixture of conversation and personalities.  It is a risk but usually leads to the best time by all.

The party was easy to plan.  I put together goodie bags using dollar store items (and some see’s candy!).   I figured it was my chance to put together my own beauty bag so it fit well with the theme of the party.

In Rachel's beauty bag we had lip gloss, nail polish, q-tips, glow bracelet, pedicure kit, cherry tea light and 2 see chocolates
In Rachel’s beauty bag we had lip gloss, nail polish, q-tips, glow bracelet, pedicure kit, cherry tea light and 2 see chocolates (there was also a washcloth I forgot to picture)
The party booty
The party booty

The food for the party was easy.  I got a take and bake pizza and some baked chicken strips from a local restaurant. I didn’t have to cook anything which was good because I have been working and starting nanowrimo so no time to cook!

The girls got there at different times and we chatted for the first hour or so.  Then we ate and started our makeovers.  Masks, apple peel (from Juice Beauty, a great birchbox find) and exfoliants were used by various people.  Then we moved on to the eyes, lips and nails.  We looked very pretty by the end of the night!

girls night 2Then we finished up the night watching Joss Whedon’s new Much Ado About Nothing which was really fun.  They shot the film in 12 days with hardly any  budget but that was all for the benefit of the film.  I liked the black and white photography.  You could tell the performers were all friends (I guess Whedon does Shakespeare readings with his friends (great idea for next party!) and he had a break between the Avengers and decided to make a movie in his house.  Love that!

So I think the party was a great success and I look forward to the next one.  What do you gals like to do for girls night out?   I think as a 32 year old singlite I’ve got the girls night out down.  So fun!

Now off to write my next section of nanowrimo!  How are you all doing on your word counts?

“For man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.”

Just the Right Book

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Hey guys just a quick post here but I wanted to tell you about a cool new service called Just the Right Book.   Its pretty awesome and would make a great gift for the book lover in your life.

You log on to their website  http://justtherightbook.com/ and you create a profilejust right book

They ask you about your favorite books, authors you like, shows you watch and any additional comments (like I put that I’m LDS there and need things to be pretty clean).  You can also give this as a gift and put their preferences and it comes wrapped each month/bi-month/quarterly that you order.  You can also pick between paperback, hardcover or mixed.  The lowest cost is quarterly, paperback for $85 a year including shipping.

You can also return a book if you don’t care for it or already own it.  Pretty neat right!

Check out my youtube video to learn more

This is the book they got me this month and it is one I’ve wanted to read for a while.  I think they did pretty good

just the right book2I signed up for the bi-monthly subscription.  You can cancel at any time.