Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Cover + Clear COVID-19 Health Box Review and Coupon

The team behind the Spiffster Tie Club subscription has created a new, timely box called Cover + Clear. The box delivers preventive health products safely to your door for an affordable price.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made life very different for all of us. Cover + Clear was created to ease a bit of the tension by delivering masks, sanitizers, and other preventive care products to your door.

Cover + Clear delivers KN95 masks, hand sanitizers, non-latex gloves, and safety tips. They have a few different box options:
  • Light Use: $19.95 per month for two masks, two small sanitizer bottles, four pairs of gloves, and safety tips
  • Heavy Usage: $29.95 per month for four masks one large sanitizer, two small sanitizers, eight pairs of gloves, and safety tips
You can also gift a box with the Light Use products to someone. Shipping is free for all box options within the United States. They ship internationally, but the shipping charge will depend on your location.

I received the Heavy Usage box option to review. Each product is individually packaged and easy to sanitize before use. 

The non-latex protective gloves are on the left side of the above photo, inside of their own plastic packaging. They have no natural rubber or latex proteins, so if you have allergies to those ingredients you can safely use these gloves.

Cover + Clear sends KN95 masks, which are my preferred type of mask because I find they are the easiest to breathe in. These masks have a filtering rate above 95 percent against COVID-19, the flu, pollen, and other allergens. They are disposable and made from multilayer fabric, ideal for daily use. I wore one to the store today and the straps were comfortable and the mask fit well on my face.

The large sanitizer bottle is from i belivyu, a Korean skincare brand. The packaging is entirely in hangul (Korean alphabet), but I am Korean so I immediately recognized the brand and language. For those who don't read Korean, the back of the box does include an ingredients list and this sanitizer meets the CDC and WHO standards for efficacy with 65 percent alcohol content. I'm going to keep this bottle in my car.

The box also contained two smaller bottles of sanitizer from Angie Makes Joy. There was no ingredients list on the bottles, so I checked their website and confirmed that they contain 70 percent alcohol. The bottle has a dropper applicator, so I think these are best for using at home and not on-the-go (might be a bit difficult to use a dropper while in the car, etc).
Bottom Line: I think the Cover + Clear box is a great idea. We all need protective products now, and it's not always easy to find them in stores. This subscription delivers high quality sanitizers, masks, and gloves right to your door, so you can further limit your exposure and not have to go to the store.

July 2020 Book of the Month Selections and Coupon

The July Book of the Month selections are here! You have until July 6th to choose your book this month.

*Disclaimer: Post contains referral links.

Book of the Month is $14.99 for a new, hardcover book. You can add on as many title as you want for $9.99 each. Here are the selections for July:
  • The Beauty in the Breaking by Michele Harper: the real story of an ER doctor's life
  • The Shadows by Alex North: a creepy thriller for urban-myth believers
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: a new take on Gothic suspense that displays the horrors of colonialism against a dreamy (nightmarish) backdrop.
  • Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein: a story of long-standing rivals, gymnastic routines, and inter-athlete love.
  • Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman: a nonfiction exploration of female friendship from all angles.
Which book are you choosing this month? I'm going to go with The Shadows, because I loved Alex North's previous title I got from BoTM!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

June 2020 Book of the Month Review and Coupon

I skipped the May Book of the Month and it worked out for June, since there were two books I wanted and I was able to use my rollover credit to get one of them. This month's selections were really interesting.

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love! Post contains referral links.

Book of the Month is probably my favorite subscription and it's a must-have for book nerds. You'll get a new release hardcover for only $14.99 each month. You can choose from one of five titles and if none of them pique your interest, you can skip the month. You'll be charged, but then that credit will roll over to the next month until you choose a book (you can skip as many months in a row as you want).

You can also add on any number of titles to your box for $9.99 per book, which is an awesome deal. Since I had skipped May, I used my $14.99 credit and paid the $9.99 for the extra title.

The first book I chose was A Burning by Megha Majumdar. I say first because, if I didn't have the rollover credit, I would have chosen this book only. It's a debut novel from the author and is about three people in India whose paths cross around a terrorist attack. Here's the synopsis:
Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party, and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan's fall. Lovely—an irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humor—has the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear.

Taut, symphonic, propulsive, and riveting from its opening lines, A Burning has the force of an epic while being so masterfully compressed it can be read in a single sitting. Majumdar writes with dazzling assurance at a breakneck pace on complex themes that read here as the components of a thriller: class, fate, corruption, justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet nurture big dreams in a country spinning toward extremism. An extraordinary debut.

The second book I chose was Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. This is the fourth title from this author and the fourth time they've been featured in Book of the Month. I've read two previous titles by them and I enjoyed them. I figured this title would be a fun, more easy read to balance out the heavier themes in A Burning.

What was it like? Living in that house.

Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.

Bottom Line: I'm excited to dive into both of these titles and was very pleased with the selections for June. I ended up getting two brand new books for only $24.98, which is still less than the price of most hardcovers in a bookstore! I love Book of the Month and look forward to checking out the new titles each month.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

June 2020 Gramma In a Box Review and Coupon

The June Gramma in a Box featured Emoji and Minion treats! The box comes with everything you need to create fun and delicious cookie and candy crafts.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Gramma in a Box is a great way to make delicious treats with and for your family. You can gift a box to loved ones to share your love from afar, or create the treats with them. The subscription was created by Terry, the founder, after she was inspired to share treats with her grandkids that had moved away.

Here are the pricing options:
  • Monthly: $20 per month (first box is only $10)
  • Three Months: $55 every three months (save $5)
  • Six Months: $110 every six months (save $10)
  • 12 Months: $220 every 12 months (save $20)
Shipping is free to the U.S. and taxes are included. If you want to cancel, do so by the 25th of the month. You can also try one box for $20 without a renewing subscription.

Boxes ship monthly and include three projects based on a different theme. There are enough ingredients to make 15 to 20 individual snacks, plus an info card with a list of everything inside and the few items you'll need to supply yourself (basics like a bowl, spoon, paper plate, etc).

The first project was Emoji Pops. It included melting chocolate in the microwave then dipping the sticks and marshmallows into the chocolate to bind them together. There were chocolate sprinkles and lots of fun faces to attach!

The second project was Crispy Minion Bites and included using up the rest of the melting chocolate. It was easy to assemble, with mixing in Kix cereal and then spooning it into the individual cups. I didn't portion it out well and ended up having five cups instead of six, but that's okay. The final touch was to add blue sprinkles to match the Minion colors.

The third project is always cookies, and this month's were Emoji and Minion Cookies. The cookies are pre-baked and shipped in airtight plastic to ensure freshness. You should complete the crafts within a week of getting your box to make sure they are the most fresh.

The frosting colors were blue, yellow, and white with matching sprinkles, as well as the funny face shapes and candies from the first project. As you can see from the second photo, I messed up the frosting on one of the Minion's clothes, but it still tasted great!
Bottom Line: Gramma in a Box is a great way to treat yourself and your friends and family to cute candy and cookie crafts. They're a lot of fun to put together and to share!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Bespoke Post "Blue" Review and $20 Off Coupon

I've been subscribed to Bespoke Post for a while now but I don't order a box every month. Not to say that the products they feature aren't high quality, because they always are, but I usually only order when there's something I really like and know I will use. This month, the Blue box was perfect!

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love!

Bespoke Post is targeted towards men, but I think their boxes are appropriate for all genders. They do occasionally release "For Her" boxes, too.

Boxes cost $45 per shipment and you can skip as many months in a row as you'd like. With tax and shipping to New York, my boxes come out to $52.87 (shipping is $3.95 and taxes probably only apply to NY and CA).

Bespoke Post releases new boxes with different themes each month. If you don't like any of the new releases, you can also order past boxes. So far I've ordered three: Dim (Phillips Hue smart lights), Marshmallow (pillows), and now Blue. You can read my review of the Dim box here. I didn't review Marshmallow because, well, I got lazy (the pillows are fantastic, though).

I hadn't gotten a box in a few months, so when I saw Blue was a new release for May I decided to pick one up. I'm glad I did, because this box quickly sold out.

Blue features upgraded home accessories from United By Blue, an excellent eco-friendly brand. They are a certified B-Corporation, meaning they have passed testing to prove they create ethically-sourced, sustainable goods. Their individual mission includes removing as much trash from the oceans and waterways as possible.

This box was a bit customizable. The first item is the United By Blue Enamel Mug, which I chose in the "Folk and Fauna" style. The other choice was a turquoise/green design with a camping van that says "Mountain Bound." These came in a set of two and I love them. The design is so pretty and the mug is made of pretty lightweight enamel-dipped steel, making it great for camping.

The main reason I chose this box was because of this Out-of-Doors Candle. I'm obsessed with home scent products, especially anything that's woodsy. There were four candles to choose from, and I picked Tioga Woods, a blend of "deep wood tones with cedar and sandalwood." I absolutely love it. It's hard to describe the scent, but I think it's perfect -- slightly sweet with lovely woody notes.

The candle is small (three ounces) and only has a 10 hour burn time, so I burned it about halfway down and will now use my candle warmer to keep it going for as long as possible (it's a warm base that melts the wax without needing to burn the wick. Highly recommend getting one to lengthen the life of your favorite candles!).

The other candle scents were Surf (bright, fresh aroma with notes of sea salt and ocean air), Log Cabin (warm and spice-forward with ginger root and hints of citrus), and Mountain Peak (crisp and refreshing with notes of sage and wood). Frankly, they all sound amazing I would definitely purchase them individually to have the full set.

Rounding out this box are the Stainless Steel Straws and SoftHemp Sock in Navy.

To be honest, I don't love stainless steel straws. I am all for reusable ones, I just buy ones that are made of plastic because I find the steel hurts my teeth. That being said, these are a great set of four straws with a cleaning brush included. They're made from durable, kitchen-grade stainless steel and will last for years.

The SoftHemp Socks are so soft and cozy! They're made with hemp, hence the name, which can be grown nearly anywhere and uses a fraction of the water that traditional fabrics consume. The hemp blend in the socks creates a plush feel that is also four times as durable as regular cotton. These fit men's sizes 8-12 and women's 10-13. I wear a women's 5.5, so they're big on me, but that's fine -- they'll be extra cozy when winter rolls around again.
Bottom Line: This is my favorite Bespoke Post box yet. It's the first box I've gotten that had a variety of products and I loved all of them. The assortment was well balanced and I'm glad to have learned about United By Blue.