Friday, December 6, 2019

November MyBookBox Review

MyBookBox would make a great gift for the reader in your life, or as a treat for yourself! They send two hand-selected books plus a special gift each month.

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

MyBookBox sends specially selected books from the genres of your choice. They also include a special gift, such as a snack or reading-related wares. Here are the pricing options:
  • Monthly: $39.95 per month
  • Three Months: $110.85 ($36.95/month) every three months, plus free tote
  • One-time box: $39.95 
Shipping is free to U.S. addresses, including Hawaii, Alaska, and U.S. territories. Boxes are shipped media mail and take 3-7 days for contiguous U.S. and 12-16 days for HI, AK, and territories. Shipping to Canada is $19, Mexico for $26, and the rest of the world for $28. A delivery time for international shipping cannot be guaranteed.

All plans renew on the 28th of the month (for the three month option, your plan will renew on the 28th of every third month).

When you sign up for a subscription you'll be able to select from the following genres, and your preferences can be changed at any time:
  • Children 3-7
  • Children 8-12
  • Young Adult
  • Nonfiction
  • Mystery
  • Women's Fiction
This review is for the November Nonfiction and Mystery selections.

The Nonfiction book is The Crying Book by Heather Christle. It contains short snippets of information about crying: why we cry, crying related inventions, and personal stories from the author. This isn't the type of book I would pick up on my own, but I'm more than halfway through with it and it's very interesting. It took a little bit for me to get used to the way it was written (not all of the snippets flow into each other), but it contains a lot of information about crying and the human experience.

Each book also comes with a note from the author and a bookmark with more information about the title.

The Mystery book is The Last Thing She Told Me by Linda Green. The protagonist, Nicola, is told by her dying grandmother that there are"babies at the bottom of the garden." The novel centers around this secret and the painful family secrets Nicola unearths. I haven't started it yet but it sounds like a great mystery and family drama wrapped into one book.

The special gift for November is a pair of Winter Reading Socks from Out of Print. They are so cozy! The material is incredibly soft and the book design is cute and very appropriate for the box.
Bottom Line: I love MyBookBox! So far I've gotten nothing but fantastic selections from them and the special gifts are always a nice touch. This box is an excellent choice for book lovers.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

November Book of the Month Review and Coupon

I skipped the October Book of the Month so I was hoping to find a selection that I liked for November. Luckily there were some titles that caught my interest.

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

Book of the Month is one of my favorite book subscriptions. Your first mont his $9.99, and after that it's $14.99 per month for a new hardcover book. I have additional tax for the state of New York, bringing my monthly fee to around $16. That's still an excellent price for a brand new book.

Each month you'll be able to select one of five books that have been hand-selected by a panel of judges. If you don't see anything you like you can skip that month and your credit will carry over to the next month. You can also add on any books from past boxes for only $9.99 per book.

After 12 boxes, you'll become a member of the BFF Club and will get perks including a tote bag with a book slot, a free add-on during your birthday month, and a free copy of one of the finalists in the Book of the Year competition.

I usually go for anything that's a mystery or thriller, so The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell was an easy pick for me this month. Here's a synopsis:

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

I'm about three quarters of the way through the book and to be honest, it's a little less interesting and exciting than I was expecting. It's a decent read, but I've lost interest as I've gotten deeper into the book. Despite not yet knowing the ending, I think this will end up being a three out of five stars for me.
  • Visit Book of the Month to subscribe: first month is $9.99, no coupon needed
    • Use coupon code HIGHFIVE to get your first book for only $5
Bottom Line: Book of the Month is one of the best and most affordable ways to get a brand new book sent right to your door. Their selections are always top notch!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

November Daily Goodie Box Review

If you like trying new products and giving your opinions, check out Daily Goodie Box! They send a completely free box of deluxe samples (and sometimes full-sized items) in exchange for a few sentences of feedback on the products inside.

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

Daily Goodie Box really is free. Boxes are sent based on availability and not guaranteed, but all you have to do in order to sign up is create an account on their website. You'll never have to enter any type of payment information.

The products in a Daily Goodie Box vary and can be anything from snacks to beauty products and more. There's always a good variety of brands and types of products represented. Keep reading to see what was in November's box.

  • Que Bella Peel Off Masks: There were three masks: Refining, Energizing, and Exfoliating. The Refining mask is a 2-in-1 with coffee scrub, Energizing is lime and mint gel, and the Exfoliating mask has pumpkin. I've used the Que Bella brand before and they're a great quality and affordable mask.
  • Frutati Hard Candy Assortment: This mix has Blueberry Yuzu, Pineapple Passionfruit, and Green Apple Mango candies. All of the tropical flavors tasted great!
  • WOLO WanderBar in Peanut Butter Protein: This bar has peanut butter and peanuts atop a crisp rice base. It had a good peanut flavor and was nice and filling due to the protein content.
  • Green Goo Peppermint Toothpaste: Green Goo is a great brand of skincare products, and their toothpaste is made with all-natural ingredients. It helps soothe gums, freshen breath, and reduce plaque.
  • Sir Kensington's Pizza Ranch: This dressing is dairy-free and infused with oregano and red pepper chili flakes. My brother loves using ranch with his pizza so I passed this along to him and he said it tasted really good with a hint of celery (appropriate, because there is celery seed in the ingredients list).
  • Hydralyte Electrolyte Solution: I'm going to save this for the next time I'm feeling really sick and dehydrated. I opened it and took one sip and it is very flavorful. It's designed to provide rapid rehydration with four times the electrolytes and 75 percent less sugar than leading sports drinks.
  • Teaonic MOJO Herbal Wellness Shots: I got the My Gut Mojo Digestion shot and it has ginger and aloe leaf juice to aid digestion and soothe upset stomachs. It also has cinnamon for added digestive support, hibiscus for anti-inflammatory benefits, and cranberry juice for overall immunity.
  • Susan Brown's Baby Sensitive Baby Diaper Therapy Cream: I don't have kids so I gave this to my brother and sister-in-law, who have a one year old. It's made with zinc oxide and oat, calendula, chamomile, and shea butter to moisturize. It's free from fragrance, petroleum, parabens, and oil and is not tested on animals.
Bottom Line: The November Daily Goodie Box had 10 total products from eight brands, and a few full-sized items. I always enjoy the variety of products that are sampled. My favorites this month were the Que Bella masks and Frutati candies.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Winter Walmart Beauty Box Review

The Walmart Beauty Box sends samples of products available at Walmart stores and online each season. Boxes are only $5 per quarter and have a variety of skincare and beauty inside!

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

I think the Walmart Beauty Box is comparable to the Target Beauty Box and is $2 cheaper (Target's is usually $7). Walmart advertises this box as free, but technically it costs $5 for shipping. Either way, $5 for a box of samples once a quarter is a fun and affordable way to try out new products.

I've noticed that a lot of the boxes have repeat products, but this Winter assortment was one of my most favorite yet. You'll get some foil packet samples, but there are usually at least one or two deluxe samples or full-sized products. Again, considering it's only $5, that's not too bad of a deal to me.

  • Earth to Skin Tea Time Black Tea Sheet Mask: I love sheet masks and Walmart has some great ones! This brand is new to me so I'm excited to try it. It has black tea, glycerin, and Mountain Flower extract to tighten, firm, and mattify skin.
  • Nivea Coconut and Monoi Oil Infused Body Lotion: This lotion has a lovely coconut scent and is infused with monoi oil to help moisturize skin for 24 hours. It has a silky formula and absorbed into my skin quickly.
  • Schick Intuition FAB Razor: This is a repeat product, but it's a good one. "FAB" stands for "forwards and backwards," meaning you can shave in both directions for a smoother and closer shave.
  • Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Strip to Scrub: This is an interesting take on pore strips. Instead of ripping it off and potentially stressing out skin, this one dissolves into a scrub that you wash away with the excess dirt and oil.
  • Sofia Vergara Lost in Paradise: This perfume was a little too floral for me. It has notes of Nashi pear, tropical gardenia, and golden woods. I liked the warm and fruity notes, but the gardenia was a bit too overpowering.
  • NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick: I got the shade "Cheekies," which is a light pink/peach nude. All of the shades in this line are nudes and have a semi-glossy sheen.
Bottom Line: The Walmart Beauty Box is always a nice surprise, and for only $5 I think it's a great deal. It's also nice that all of the products are available at Walmart stores and their website, so I can easily pick up full-sized versions of the ones I like.

Monday, November 18, 2019

November Gramma in a Box Review

The holiday season has started and for many, that means lots of baking and cooking! Gramma in a Box is a great subscription to share baked goods and treats with your loved ones.

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

Gramma in a Box was started by founder Terry as a way to share candy and cookie crafts with her grandchildren after they moved away. She turned it into a subscription box for anyone to share, and it's always a fun and creative box!

Here are the pricing options:
  • Monthly: $20 per month
  • 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.

Gramma in a Box is also having a Black Friday sale from November 28th to 30th. You can get a full year for $190, which is $50 in savings! This brings the cost of each box down to only $15 per month. Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY on November 28-30th to claim this deal.  

The November box had, of course, Thanksgiving-themed treats. Each month you'll receive all of the ingredients you'll need to create three projects with 15-20 individual treats each. The only items you'll need to supply are household basics like a bowl or spoon for mixing.

The first project was Turkey Buddies, and they came out so cute! They were made up of a Ritz cracker base with melted chocolate and candy eyes, sunflower seeds for the beaks, and candy corn for the feathers.

I love how cute these are! The Gramma in a Box crafts are always so creative (and delicious).

The second project was Harvest Bark and it involved using the remaining melted chocolate from the first project and mixing in cinnamon crunch cereal, peanuts (optional), candy corn, and sprinkles. It hardened in about five minutes and was full of sweetness.

The third project is always pre-baked cookies to decorate. The Fall Cookies were shaped like turkeys, pumpkins, acorns, and oak leaves with sprinkles and yellow, orange, and brown frosting. The cookies are a butter/sugar cookie that come sealed for freshness. It's recommended that you do the crafts within a week of receiving the box.

I had some leftover turkey eyes so I used them on them on the turkey cookies. These cookies are always so yummy and I love decorating them each month. These would be really fun to decorate with younger kids in the family.

  • Visit Gramma in a Box to subscribe - First box is $10, no coupon needed
    • Use coupon code 10off for $10 off a 6- or 3-month subscription! 
    • Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY on November 28-30th for a year for $190 ($15 per month)
  • Connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

Bottom Line: Gramma in a Box is always a creative way to share delicious treats with your family and friends! The November box had a great theme, and I especially loved the Turkey Buddies.