Hasbro Gaming Crate Review and Coupon

The Hasbro Gaming Crate just launched and the first crate will ship in August! This new subscription promises "Game Night Delivered!" with three brand new games for families and adult game nights.

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

Hasbro Gaming Crate is a quarterly subscription (ships every three months) and sends an exclusive collection of three games curated by Hasbro gaming experts. Boxes are $49.99 every three months plus shipping. Crates currently ship to the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and APO/FPO boxes. You can also skip a month or cancel your subscription at any time.

The Crate is available in two options:

  • Family Crate: Family friendly games for the whole household
  • Party Crate: Games curated specifically for adults

When I input my address into the checkout page it added $15.87 for shipping, so I am assuming the shipping cost will depend on your address.

This is a review for the very first Family Crate, which will be shipping in August of this year. Each Crate also has a theme, and this one is "Family Staycation."

I loved playing board games as a kid and I have great memories of laughing and playing them with my parents and brothers! I think the Hasbro Gaming Crate is such a fun and unique subscription and a great way to get your family and friends back into playing board games!

The box was well packaged with all of the games in plastic wrapping over their individual boxes and little squiggly pieces of paper for padding. There was an informational card inside and a packet of mini staycation challenges (pictured above) from other Hasbro games.

The featured game for this Crate is Mask of the Pharoah. It's for ages 10+ with two or more players. It's a collaborative virtual reality game with an included VR mask. Players will find themselves in a mysterious world of pyramids in Ancient Egypt, and the objective is to reconstruct a maze based on the clues and descriptions given by the person wearing the VR mask. I bet this game would be a hit with kids because it perfectly integrates digital devices with a good old board game.

Since the true companion app doesn't launch until August with the shipment of the Crates, Hasbro sent me an invitation to download a beta version of the app. I installed it but unfortunately could not get it to launch because it kept giving me an error message saying Hasbro wasn't a verified account with Apple or something like that, so the app wouldn't open.

Here are all of the pieces included in the game. As you can see, the maze board and player pieces are all in punch-out sheets. The mask also needs to be assembled and I have to admit that I could not figure out how to put it together! I tried for a good 10 minutes before I just gave up. There are pictorial instructions in the instruction booklet but I'm not great with that type of instructions (i.e., ones without words) so I couldn't get everything to line up right. Maybe an adult with better visual learning skills would be able to put it together faster than me!

The next game is Leo Goes to the Barber for ages 6+ and two or more players. In this game, players will guide Leo through the jungle to get to his hair cut appointment on time. Players work together and use matching and memory skills to move Leo forward to the barbershop.

All of the pieces for this game were also included in punch-out sheets. The memory pieces have animals and colors on one side and jungle on the other. There's also a clock piece and Leo cards.

The last game is a card game called Tricky Wishes. It's for ages 8+ and three or more players. To win the game, you have to find three kinds of wishes: one superpower, one gift, and one world harmony. Players take turns swapping and shuffling the cards to collect the highest-scoring set.

I think Tricky Wishes is my favorite game of the three. I always liked card games like this as a kid and even now still as an adult. The illustrations are really great, too.

I haven't bought any board games in years, but based off of a cursory search on Walmart's website for other Hasbro games, they range in price from $12-$30. Not including shipping, the $49.99 price for this Crate equals about $17 per game. To be completely honest, I think the games are fun and really cute for families and kids, but I found the quality of the actual boards and pieces lacking. I was surprised to find that the boards for Mask of the Pharoah and Leo Goes to the Barber were made entirely of punch-out cards. I remember getting board games with actual big boards that you'd fold out and move the little pieces around. That being said, the pieces are sturdy and well-made, it just seemed a bit odd to me. But again, I haven't bought any games in a while so maybe that is how they're all made now?

Bottom Line: The Hasbro Gaming Crate is a bit on the pricey side after you include shipping, but I think it's a fun way to bring board games into the home. I like that they have two options, one for families and one for adult game nights, and that each Crate has three exclusive games. I guess the fact that they are exclusive also adds to their value over other games you'd find in stores. If you're a board game fan, I think this Crate is a great option!

Emma & Chloé Fly to Paris Giveaway and Coupon

Emma & Chloé is running an amazing promotion and giveaway! Read on for the details.

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Emma & Chloé sends hand picked jewelry from up-and-coming French designers for only $35 per month. Use coupon code FLYTOPARIS for $15 off any subscription and you'll be entered to win a free flight for two to Paris plus a shopping spree! This offer is good for this week only, until July 22nd.

Sports Crate Shipping Update for July

I just received the following email regarding shipping for the July Sports Crate and all Crates going forward:

So it looks like July Crates won't be shipping until July 31st. This is a bit of a bummer because I was looking forward to getting my Crate at the end of this week, but I'm glad that Sports Crate is providing up-front communication this time around. I hope that they are able to iron out all of their issues so that Crates will be delivered on time going forward. I do appreciate that they're taking our feedback seriously and are trying to communicate better than last month.

July Tea Runners Review

I love a good loose leaf tea, and Tea Runners is a newly-launched tea subscription that delivers the finest loose leaf teas right to your door! I sampled their July box and was very impressed.

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

Tea Runners launched this past February and they already have more than 900 happy subscribers. Each month you'll receive a curated collection of four of the world's finest loose leaf teas, along with tasting notes and brewing instructions. Each box will have enough tea to make 30-50 cups. Their teas are sourced from small batch producers and many are top place finishers at the Global Tea Championship Awards. Boxes may contain black, green, oolong, yellow, white, pu-erh, rooibos, and herbal teas.

Tea Runners is so popular that they currently have a wait list to join, but you can sign up on their website to reserve your spot in line. They will likely have space for 75 new members at the end of July.

Boxes are $25 per month for four loose leaf teas, which comes out to about 56 cents per cup. You can also prepay for three months ($67.50, or $22.50 per month) or six months ($127.50, or $21.25 per month). Shipping to U.S. and Canada is free and international shipping is $12. You can also skip a month or cancel any time.

The first thing I noticed about Tea Runners was the unique packaging. As you can see from the last two photos, the teas ship in a beautifully-designed thin cardboard box.

The teas are neatly packaged inside with a tissue paper wrapper. They're individually packaged in bright gold packets with lots of information about each tea on the outer label. The info card also lists information about each tea.

  • Mystic Mint from Rishi Tea - I've had this tea before and I love it. Mint tea is probably my favorite type of tea, and I drink it often to help soothe my stomach. This has a blend of peppermint, cardamom, and licorice root and sweet notes of basil with a slight hint of clove. It's a caffeine free organic herbal tea. I really like that Tea Runners includes steep times, serving sizes, and water temperature on the labels to ensure you brew the best cup of tea. This tea has a slightly sweet flavor and was very soothing.
  • Black Gold Biluochun from Tea Runners - This is a pure black tea with a medium-high caffeine level. The leaves were harvested last spring in the Simao district of Yunnan, China. It has a smooth, sturdy flavor with notes of chocolate and flowers. I love the way the leaves smell, they're definitely strong and bold, and I think I will try this one iced.
  • Organic Bliss by American Tea Room - This is a green and white tea blend with dragon fruit and pomegranate. The fruitiness is balanced with a grassy lemon tartness. It also has organic kiwi and raspberry pieces with a bit of sugar added. It has a lovely, fruity aroma and would be a good starter tea for anyone who isn't as experienced with fuller teas like black teas. It's very refreshing and great for summer!
  • Dragon Claw Oolong by Tea Runners - This is a pure oolong tea (which, I recently learned, is pronounced "WOO-long") from the ilam region of Nepal. The tea leaves resemble claws unfurling, hence the name. The cup steeps to a beautiful amber color with a nutty, toasted finish and sweet tartness of apricot. I'm not as experienced with oolong teas so I'm excited to try this one.

Pictured clockwise, from top left: Mystic Mint, Dragon Claw Oolong, Black Gold Biluochun, and Organic Bliss.
Bottom Line: I'm very impressed with the July Tea Runners box and I can see why they have a waitlist! The teas they sent are all wonderful and I can't wait to try them all. I like that they send a variety of tea types and their packaging is absolutely beautiful.

July Daily Goodie Box Review

I'd recommend making an account on Daily Goodie Box to everyone! This box is entirely free and is always full of great products. Keep reading to see what they sent for July.

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

Daily Goodie Box is not a monthly subscription box, but they do send out boxes every month. The way it works is you can create a profile on their website and interact with them on social media to increase your chances of receiving a box. Boxes are sent out based on availability so creating an account doesn't guarantee you'll receive one, but they do offer plenty of chances to get one (especially on their Facebook page, link at the end of this post).

The boxes really are 100% free and I've found that they send high quality products from a variety of brands. These boxes are a great treat and I've discovered some great brands through Daily Goodie Box!

Be sure to log in to your account after you receive a box to provide feedback on the products. All you have to do is leave a few sentences of honest feedback in exchange for the box.

July's box had lots of snacks inside, which isn't always the case but is something I'll always enjoy. That being said, I still think there was a good variety of products represented here.

  • Davidson's Organics Coconut Vanilla Tea - I'm not a huge fan of coconut but I do like vanilla. This is a USDA certified organic dessert tea with no caffeine. There were two bags included and I'm curious to see how this tastes.
  • Palo Popcorn Premium Cheddar Cheese - I love Palo Popcorn! I know I just said I don't like coconut, but I do like coconut oil, which is what this is made with. It's also non-GMO and made with real cheddar cheese and is just so good! The coconut oil makes it feel creamier to me and I love how packed each piece is with flavor.
  • Watusee Foods Organic Chickpeatos - These were another delicious snack! I got the Zesty Ranch flavor; I'm not sure if everyone got the same flavor but there are three available. These had a ton of flavor and were nice and crunchy.
  • Detox Water in Mangaloe - This is mango flavored (my favorite) but it's called Mangaloe because it's an aloe water. I've had Detox Water before, maybe from a previous Daily Goodie Box (I can't exactly remember), and it's pretty good. The water has ACTIValoe gel flakes to help support the body's immune functions and digestion.
  • Natural Vitality Natural Calm - I really enjoy Natural Calm and have reviewed the supplement on this blog before (read that review here). It's an anti-stress drink with magnesium in it to help balance calcium intake and help you fee more relaxed. It's also vegan and non-GMO. I received two packets of the Raspberry Lemon flavor in this box.
  • Balla For Men Tingle Formula Body Powder - This is made with fine Italian talcum powder and a subtle fragrance to help your body feel dry and comfortable. It has a mint scent and leaves a tingling sensation on the skin. I haven't tried this yet, but even though it's for men I'm going to throw it in my gym bag for some post-workout refreshment.
  • Goddess Garden Natural Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm - This lip balm is SPF 30 and made with certified organic ingredients. It's also beeswax-free so it's vegan. I appreciate that the SPF is high, usually I find that lip balms are in the 15 range and I feel that isn't strong enough for the delicate skin on your lips. I got the Lavender Mint scent and it's lovely.
  • Curoxen First Aid Ointment - I got to use this right away because my big dumb self somehow got two giant scratches up my leg the day this box arrived. I'm not sure how it happened honestly, but I put this ointment on it right away. It's all natural and organic with no artificial antibiotics or chemicals.
  • Flapjacked Milk Chocolate Protein Smoothie Mix - I don't usually drink protein smoothies because I haven't found one that didn't taste horrible. My post workout snack is usually a glass of chocolate milk, but I was curious to try this because it was milk chocolate flavored and made with greek yogurt. It tasted pretty good and I would definitely purchase more!
  • Honey Stinger Cran-Apple and Walnut Snack Bar - I've tried some other Honey Stinger products before and I liked them. This bar is gluten-free and non-GMO. I plan on taking it to work for breakfast.
Bottom Line: I really liked everything in the July Daily Goodie Box! There were some products I already knew and enjoyed as well as some new ones to try. The Goddess Garden lip balm and Palo popcorn were my favorites!

July Degustabox Review and Coupon

If you love snacks like me, you have to check out Degustabox! They consistently send great foods of all varieties for a really affordable price.

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

Degustabox sends at least 10 full-sized foods and pantry items each month for only $19.99 per month. Shipping is free to U.S. addresses. They also have a box for the U.K., but this is a review of the U.S. box.

Each Degustabox is always a treat, literally, because it's packed with great snacks. I have discovered some great new brands and products through this subscription. Here's what was in July's box:

  • Wise PopCorn ($.75 each) - There were two bags of each flavor, Sea Salt and Cinnabon. The Sea Salt was lightly salted and the Cinnabon had a really great cinnamon flavor.
  • Vermont Smoke & Cure Cracked Pepper Beef & Pork Stick ($1.99 each) - These are in the Original best-selling flavor of Cracked Pepper and have real spices with nourishing meat protein.
  • Mrs. Thinster's Cookie Thins in Brownie Batter ($2.99) - I love these cookies! The Brownie Batter flavor was new to me and it was delicious. The cookies are very thin but packed with flavor. I especially liked the chocolate chips in them. They're non-GMO and have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
  • King Arthur Flour Essential Goodness Everyone's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ($4.99) - This mix is made with premium chocolate chips, real brown sugar, and no artificial ingredients. The ingredients are already measured out in the mix so they're ready for baking.
  • KALA Beans in Tropical Curry ($3.99) - I like snacking on KALA Beans because they're a healthier option than something like potato chips. These have a ton of flavor and a satisfying crunch. The other flavor options were Simply Peppered and Sea Salt and Vinegar Crunch.
  • Mutti Tomato Sauce ($2.29) - I make pasta all the time so this sauce will be put to good use. It's made with a creamy puree of tomato skins with Mediterranean herbs and a hint of chili peppers.
  • Goya Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($3.99) - This oil is the winner of the ChefsBest Excellence Award for overall quality. It's derived from the finest Spanish olives.
  • Karma Wellness Water in Acai Pomegranate ($1.99) - I tried one of these waters when I ran a 5k last fall and they're really interesting. The vitamin powder is in the cap, and when you're ready to drink it you push the cap down to dispense the vitamins into the water. The reason for this is because vitamins lose their potency in the water, so this keeps them fresh until you're ready to drink it. The Acai Pomegranate flavor was really good, but it does add a ton of flavor so this more like a juice to me than a flavored water.
  • Waffle Waffle in Buttery Vanilla ($1.79) - This big waffle was full of flavor and was very good. It's made with real pearl sugar and you can definitely tell. It was sweet and delicious.
Bottom Line: All of the products in the July Degustabox were a hit for me! I loved the Waffle Waffle and the Mrs. Thinster's Cookie Thins the most. All of these products would have cost way more individually in the grocery store, so you really can't beat Degustabox's value!

  • Visit Degustabox to subscribe
    • Use this link and coupon code CJSUMMER for 50% off your first box, free shipping, and a FREE bottle of Bibigo Go-Chu-Jang Sauce!

July Something Sweet Undies Review

Something Sweet Undies is a new subscription service that sends premium underwear at a a really affordable price!

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

Something Sweet Undies is based out of Newport Beach, California and they send two pairs of stylish women's underwear for only $11 per month. Shipping is free to U.S. addresses and $10 internationally.

The package ships in a nondescript mailer and the undies are inside of a cute gold package inside of the outer shipping envelope.

There are three style options to choose from: thong, non thong, or one of each. This a review of the non-thong option. Each option is available in small, medium, and large and you'll choose your size when you subscribe. There is a sizing chart on the website and you can change your size at any time by logging into your account page.

I think the two undies I received are really cute and stylish! The styles are comparable to what you'd find at higher priced retailers. They're well made and an excellent value at only $11 per month. I feel like if you went to the mall you'd pay at least $11 just for one pair at some stores!
Bottom Line: Something Sweet Undies is a great subscription at an affordable price. I think this is a much better option than going to the mall, since the designs are high quality and comparable to what you'd find elsewhere for a much better price!

July BookCase.Club Review and Coupon

I know I say this every month, but I always get so giddy when my BookCase.Club boxes arrive! I love getting new books and this subscription makes it easy and affordable.

*Disclaimer: These boxes were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review. Post contains affiliate links.

BookCase.Club sends two hand-selected books from your genre of choice for only $9.99 per month with $5 shipping. They have plenty of options to choose from:
  • Thrill Seeker - mystery/thriller
  • Strange Worlds - sci-fi/fantasy
  • Teenage Dreams - young adult novels
  • Blind Date - paranormal romance
  • Booking for Love - romance
  • Quarterly Cook Books - two cook books every three months
  • Quarterly Military History - two military history books every three months
There's also a BookCase.Kids option with three cases available for kids of different ages. You'll receive three hand-picked books per month with that box.

This is a review for the Thrill Seekers and Strange Worlds cases. I've gotten so many great books from both of these cases and I'm always excited to see what the next month will bring!

The Thrill Seekers case had some really great titles this month. When I saw the Broadchurch by Erin Kelly cover I said "yeeeeessss!!!" out loud because I loved the Broadchurch TV show. At first I though, "I didn't know this was a book first," but that's because it wasn't. This was adapted into a novel from the TV series, but I'll still read it because I really enjoyed the show. Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin also sounds like a really great murder thriller

Here is the blurb for Broadchurch, from Amazon:
In the sleepy British seaside town of Broadchurch, Detective Ellie Miller has just returned from vacation, only to learn that she's been passed over for a promotion at work in favor of outsider Alec Hardy. He, escaping the spectacular failure of his last case, is having trouble finding his way into this tight-knit community wary of new faces. But professional rivalry aside, both detectives are about to receive some terrible news: 11-year-old Danny Latimer has been found murdered on the beach.

For Ellie it's a personal blow; Danny was her older son's best friend. She can't believe anyone in Broadchurch would ever have harmed him. But Alec considers everyone, even Danny's parents, suspect in his death. It's a living nightmare for everyone involved…even before the press arrive and start stirring up the secrets every town member keeps hidden behind closed doors.

An intimate portrait of a town and the ordinary grievances that have slowly simmered for years before boiling over in an unthinkable crime, this remarkable adaptation of the hit television show Broadchurch tells the story of a shattered family, a reeling town, and the two imperfect detectives trying to bring them answers.

Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin:
As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving “Black-Eyed Susan,” the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa’s testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.

Now, almost two decades later, Tessa is an artist and single mother. In the desolate cold of February, she is shocked to discover a freshly planted patch of black-eyed susans—a summertime bloom—just outside her bedroom window. Terrified at the implications—that she sent the wrong man to prison and the real killer remains at large—Tessa turns to the lawyers working to exonerate the man awaiting execution. But the flowers alone are not proof enough, and the forensic investigation of the still-unidentified bones is progressing too slowly. An innocent life hangs in the balance. The legal team appeals to Tessa to undergo hypnosis to retrieve lost memories—and to share the drawings she produced as part of an experimental therapy shortly after her rescue.

What they don’t know is that Tessa and the scared, fragile girl she was have built a fortress of secrets. As the clock ticks toward the execution, Tessa fears for her sanity, but even more for the safety of her teenaged daughter. Is a serial killer still roaming free, taunting Tessa with a trail of clues? She has no choice but to confront old ghosts and lingering nightmares to finally discover what really happened that night.

The Strange Worlds case has increased my interest in sci-fi and fantasy novels quite a bit. I've always appreciated the genre but never really got to into it, but the books selected by BookCase.Club have been excellent.

This month's case features Proxima by Stephen Baxter and The Fold by Peter Clines. Both sound like they have great stories, but I'm especially interested in The Fold. The plot reminds me of my all-time favorite sci-fi book, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.

Proxima by Stephen Baxter:
Mankind’s future in this galaxy could be all but infinite.

There are hundreds of billions of red dwarf stars, lasting trillions of years—and their planets can be habitable for humans. Such is the world of Proxima Centauri. And its promise could mean the never-ending existence of humanity.

But first it must be colonized, and no one wants to be a settler. There is no glamor that accompanies it, nor is there the ease of becoming a citizen of an already-tamed world. There is only hardship...loneliness...emptiness, even as war brews in the solar system.

But that’s where Yuri comes in. Because sometimes exploration isn’t voluntary. It must be coerced.

The Fold by Peter Clines:
The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step. The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe. Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.

Bottom Line: All four books in both the Thrill Seekers and Strange Worlds cases from BookCase.Club are great! I don't know which one I'm going to start reading first. I am consistently impressed with the books they send and I think this subscription is an excellent and affordable option for all book lovers!

June Chicago Cubs Sports Crate Review

Rejoice, my June Sports Crate is finally here! There was a lot of rigmarole related to this shipment, hence why I'm reviewing it in July. Keep reading for more on that...

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

Sports Crate is a part of the Loot Crate family and the MLB Edition is available for the following teams: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals (boo), San Francisco Giants, and the Texas Rangers.

Crates are $39.99 per month for 5-7 officially licensed, team-specific items valued at $80+. They also have a Season Pass option available for $179.99. The Season Pass is only available through July 31st, so sign up quickly if you want to go that route. But you might want to read on before you decide to go that route.

Anyway, there are five Crates total (May-September) and the Season Pass will afford you 10% off the monthly price, an additional MLB Action Figure, and two entries into the Golden Ticket sweepstakes each month (instead of just one with the monthly subscription option). One subscriber for each team option will get a Golden Ticket in their box that's good for exclusive team experiences, like on field tours and more.

Okay: June Crate drama. Crates are supposed to ship the third week of the month and take about a week to arrive (the website says 1-2 weeks, but last month mine only took four days). The end of the third week of June rolled around and I had no box. No one else did, either. Everyone took to social media and was asking Sports Crate what was going on, but no answers were given at first. Very frustrating, especially since I signed up for the Season Pass option and couldn't cancel!

Sports Crate did finally release a statement via email saying that the Crates were held up because one of the items was delayed in production, thus delaying shipments. That's fine, I understand stuff happens; however, Sports Crate should have told us all this as soon as they knew. I find it hard to believe that they didn't have this information sooner than when they sent out that email.

One other thing that was bothering me was that I never received my FedEx tracking number for June's box. I just assumed they didn't send out tracking numbers, but then I learned that some people got tracking and Sports Crate also kept referencing tracking numbers on Twitter, etc. I contacted them via their Customer Service form and received a non answer first, but then when I reached out via Twitter they told me there was a glitch in the system that caused some tracking emails to not be sent out. Apparently that glitch is still not fixed because I never got an email with tracking until I contacted them (AGAIN!) via their contact form. Only then did I finally receive my tracking number.

So, like I said in the beginning of this post, rigmarole! Nonsense! Overall it's frustrating because I know Sports Crate is from Loot Crate and they've been around for a while, so I feel they should be experienced enough to have better customer service than this. I hope there are no delays with future boxes.

All that craziness aside, I really liked the June Sports Crate! I wasn't sure about the "Behind the Plate" theme when it was released as a spoiler because I was afraid it would be full of items for grilling and I don't grill. But the items were much better this month than in May and I was happy with most of them.

What item was kind of a bummer? The one pictured above. Each month's box will feature an exclusive BALLERS Collectible Figure, and this month's box featured catchers. I was really, really hoping for a Willson Contreras figure because he's so exciting to watch and one of my favorite new Cubs. Nope. We got Miguel Montero, which is especially funny now because Miggy is no longer a Cub. He was recently DFA'd and is now with the Toronto Blue Jays. Oops!

There is also a matching Topps Trading Card of Miggy to go along with the figure. I do really like these figures and they're one of the main reasons I subscribed.

  • Cubs Barbecue Oven Mitt - I love this! The info card says it's great for summer barbecues and grilling, but as I said, I don't grill. I do cook things in the oven a lot, though, and this oven mitt is so much more fun than the plain black one I was using before.
  • Frosted Novelty Glasses - The fact that these are called "novelty glasses" made me laugh. They're clearly shot glasses, but I understand that the other name is more PC. I also like the description in the info card: "No matter how you decide to use these glasses at your Behind the Dish party, remember that anything is worth a shot." So Sports Crate is in on the joke, too. I like the frosted glass and that they came as a set of two.
  • The Home Plate Bottle Opener and Coaster - These are really unique and I like the multipurpose design. The home plate shape is fun and I like that they're made of plastic (or acrylic maybe, I don't know) and not wood or cork because then the water doesn't seep through and get all soggy all over my table. I'm currently resting my water cup on one of these as I type this review.

  • Cubs Flag - This is my favorite item this month. I feel like you should always have a team flag available. I have a Cubs flag hanging up in my cubicle at work, and now I have one for home, too. I wanted to buy a W flag, but since I live in New York and the Cubs aren't as popular I didn't want my neighbors to see a white flag with a W in the middle and get the wrong idea. Also, I don't have a flag pole or anything so I have this hanging in my bedroom, so I guess my neighbors seeing anything is a moot point. I like the bear logo and shattered design. At first I didn't get why it said "Chicago Homestand" on it, but the info card says you can display this at a barbecue, like at your homestand.

Here are more up-close views of the Miggy Montero BALLERS figure. I think these are well-made and fun collectibles, especially since they're exclusive to Sports Crate. As you can see, they have lots of points of articulation (21 to be exact) so you can place them in to all different poses. Currently I have Miggy and Jon Lester from May's box on my bookshelf with their torsos turned around backwards because I'm weird like that.
Bottom Line: I am much happier with the June Sports Crate than I was with May's. I have to admit, May's was kind of underwhelming and I was starting to think I made a mistake purchasing the Season Pass, but this box gives me more hope. Plus, next month's BALLERS figure is Kris Bryant so I'm excited for that!

Pura Vida Birthday Sale: 50% Off!

Pura Vida Bracelets is celebrating their birthday today with a great sale! Read on to find out how to get your first month for 50% off.

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The Pura Vida Monthly Club sends members three new bracelets a month for only $14.95 (up to $50 value!). The bracelets are handcrafted by artisans on Costa Rica and the styles are picked by Pura Vida's Instagram influencers and fashion stylists.

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June Harrison Blake Apparel Review and Coupon

The Harrison Blake Apparel collection for June featured bright colors and fun accessories perfect for summertime parties!

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

Harrison Blake Apparel sends a necktie and four coordinated accessories for $25 per month. They also have a bow tie subscription for $16 per month. Shipping is free to the U.S. for both options. This is a review of the necktie subscription.

June's tie and handkerchief were bright and beautiful and the accessories were great for summer. I've noticed that Harrison Blake Apparel has been sending more lifestyle accessories along with fashion, which is great.

Usually there is a little card that includes information about the items, but my package didn't contain one this month. Regardless, the tie is a pink knit tie and the pocket square was a matching floral pattern. I love the colors and think this would be perfect for a summer wedding.

My favorite item was the rabbit pin since rabbits are my favorite animals. The wooden bracelet is also an interesting design and easily transitions from dressy to a more casual outfit.

The last two accessories were a small shaker for cocktails and an apron. The apron is a synthetic material and thin, so it's perfect for outdoor grilling. I like the cocktail shaker a lot and have been meaning to get one, so I'll definitely be able to use this.
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Bottom Line: Harrison Blake Apparel is an affordable men's fashion subscription that sends unique items. I think it's a great option for anyone looking for a coordinated set and fun accessories!
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