Naturebox: April 2014

So I’m catching up on a few of the April boxes I didn’t get a chance to post about. April was my 3rd (and last) month of Naturebox. I opted to pick up some snacks I knew we liked and throw in a few new ones. For info on a Naturebox subscription, their new pricing options and a coupon code, jump down below. Now let’s dive into the snacks!

Box Open

We’ll start with the familiar ones:

Pretzels
Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels

Serving Size= 9 pieces
Calories per serving : 120
Weight Watchers points per serving: 3
Description: Cheesy Salty Pretzel-ly Goodness
Verdict: Love!
My boyfriend loves these so I had to get two bags. These pair really well with beer and are a nice alternative to chips for game day.

dark cocoa
Dark Cocoa Almonds

Serving Size= 1/4 cup
Calories per serving : 150
Weight Watchers points per serving: 5
Description: Chocolate covered awesomeness
Verdict: Love!
I got these in the last box and I loved them so much I had to pick them up again. If you’re familiar with the Trader Joe’s chocolate covered almonds, these are very similar but with a thinner coating so they’re a bit lighter. If you have a sweet tooth and are trying out Naturebox, I can’t recommend these enough.

Now for the new contestants…

 Lemon
Lemon Meringue Waffles

Serving Size= 33 pirvrd
Calories per serving : 120
Weight Watchers points per serving: 3
Description: Communion Wafer flavored with Lemon Pledge
Verdict: Exterminate..Exterminate…
So I was looking for something I hadn’t tried and these Lemon waffles popped up. I really like lemon flavored things and I thought they’d be like super light cookies. I was so, so, so wrong. They taste like communion wafers dipped in lemon pledge. I don’t know how these snacks can be “natural” when the texture and taste is so synthetic. And that 22 per serving is like the college hazing portion. The memory of one is too horrifying. I don’t think I could make it through 5 on a bet. If you hate someone, give them a plate of these. Otherwise skip.

Honey Nut
Honey Nut Medley
Serving Size= 1/4 cup
Calories per serving : 170
Weight Watchers points per serving:5
Description: Lightly sweetened mixed nuts
Verdict: Like
Every time I hear the word “medley” I keep waiting for someone to burst into a Gershwin tune.   (It’s probably just me – you can take the girl out of music school, but you can’t take music school out of the girl). So back to the food.  Just some nuts coated with a bit of honey.  No more, no less. They tasted just fine but I don’t see what sets them apart from the multitude of nut mixes you can get from your regular grocery store, Trader Joe’s or whole foods. They didn’t have any unique flavors or combinations. A solid choice, just not exciting enough to prompt me to burst out into song (which is a shame since I do a kickass “Someone to Watch Over Me”.)

 Full box
OVERALL
Eh..

So I got a great deal for a 3 month subscription on Groupon and with a small Groupon credit, I ended up paying only $20 for a 3 month subscription. That comes out to about $6.67 per box. This is another month where I made the mistake of choosing something inedible. What I found particularly disappointing about the lemon waffles was how artificial they tasted. The idea behind this box was healthy snacks and nothing about those tasted healthy (or like a snack).

I enjoyed trying out this subscription for the low price I paid, but I think for the sizes and offerings, the full price is much more than I am willing to spend. I can get similar snacks at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods for less or order bulk on Amazon of my favorite brands.

Do you subscribe to Naturebox? If you do, what are your favorite and least favorite treats?

Did you try out the Naturebox snack in the April Popsugar box? If so, what did you think?

 

THE BACKSTORY

Naturebox snacks do not contain any: artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil, or trans fat.
All options include free shipping in the continental US:
$19.95 per month for 5 snack items per box.
$29.95 per month for 10 snack items (2 of each snack)
$49.95 per month for 20 snack items (4 of each snack)

Your options: You can select your specific snacks or leave it to the Naturebox folks to surprise you. You can even do a little of each and select a few snacks and then leave the others as a surprise

Coupon Code: SHARE10 & save $10 off your First Nature Box!

Popsugar Must Have: April 2014

It’s time for one my favorite monthly boxes, Popsugar! As you know I was a bit disappointed in the Popsugar Special Edition resort box so I’m hoping this one makes up for it.

Let’s find out if it does.

Box Open Box

Bag
BlueAvocado (Eco) Shopper (Retail: $24.99)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Description: “This collapsible tote is made from upcycled plastic bottle sand folds neatly into a wallet-sized pouch.” It was desgined by Lauren Conrad and BlueAvocado.
Verdict: Love!
There are a few items I hoard: blank notebooks, lip balms and tote bags. I saw this and I loved the print and how neatly it folded up. I’m revamping my work bag for spring and this is going to get tucked inside for those lunch time trips to the fruit and veggie vendors.

Naturebox
Naturebox Popsugar Must Have Mix (Suggested Retail: $5.00)
Category: Must Have Food
Description:“Enjoy the balanced medley of almonds, soybeans, corn and cranberries for a satisfying crunch.”1 oz/serving = 130 calories &3 Weight Watcher’s Points.
Verdict:
Miss
I’ve had a Naturebox subscription (and will be posting my review of my last box soon) so I’m familiar with their snacks and products. Personally this one wasn’t too my taste and I don’t think it was a good option for a mass subscription box. There are nuts, corn & soybeans – that’s a lot of allergens in one little package. I think perhaps one of their pretzel offerings or dried fruit might have been better. This included a code for 50% off your first Naturebox. Just use POPSUGAR.

Palette1 Palette#2
Too Faced Natural Eyes (Retail: $36.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Description: “With nine different shades, there is a color for every age and skin tone.”
Verdict: Love!
So when the spoiler for this leaked, everyone was completely excited and it seems lots of new folks signed up for Popsugar just to get this. I completely understand the buzz since it’s a beautiful palette in an adorable tin and the cost of it covers almost the entire pricetag of the April box. This came with a little booklet to give you ideas on how to use the shadows. I can’t wait to try it out. I have so much new makeup from all these boxes that I’m going to need to clean out my beauty case!

Towels
Fresh Pastry Stand Totally Awesome Tea Towel Set (Retail: $18.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “Handmade from a water-based ink and completely lint-free, these graphic towels totally live up to their name.”
Verdict: Gift
This is a really cute towel set, but I already have an over-abundance of kitchen towels so I’m going to bundle this into a cute birthday gift with some baking themed items. It’s nice to see an Etsy seller included and this one has some adorable tiered stands in their shop.

Notebook
Graphic Image Pocket Notes (Suggested Retail: $20.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Description: “…this Graphic Image notebook designed exclusively for Popsugar..isn’t your average notebook..with silver eges, acid-free paper, and a flexible cover, it’s the smart and stylish way to keep your life in order.”
Verdict: Hit!
So another little notebook I can use when I finish the leather Graphic Image one from the Nina Garcia box. Graphic Image has some really great notebooks and planners but they tend to be out of my budget. I’m happy to get this and will definitely use it.

Soap
Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap (Retail: $10.50)
Category: Must Have Home
Description. “The combination of floral aromas and spicy cedar undertones creates a subtly divine experience…this gentle yet heardworking soap is free of any harmful chemicals.”
Verdict: Love!
I love Caldrea products. They have the best scents that always smell natural (never that cloying artificial stuff). Since I am spring cleaning the hell out of my apartment, I am super happy to see this and it will make its appearance on my bathroom counter when I finish deep cleaning and painting the room.

Full Box
Overall:
Love!

I think this is my favorite monthly Popsugar box I have ever received. I love so many items from it and will use nearly everything. The suggested retail value came out to $114.49 and thanks to some referral credits I got this one for free, but I would have still been quite happy at it for the regular monthly price. I can’t wait to see what’s in next month’s box.

What did you think of the April Popsugar Box? Did you love it as much as I did?

What were your favorite and least favorite items?

The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription

Naturebox: March 2014

So this is my second month of Naturebox. I opted to pick up some snacks I knew we liked and throw in some new ones.
Box
For info on a Naturebox subscription and a coupon code, jump down below.  For now, on with the munchies!
Open Box

Pretzels
Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels
Serving Size= 9 pieces
Calories per serving : 120
Weight Watchers points per serving: 3
Description: Cheesy Pretzel-ly Goodness
Verdict:  Love!
You will note that I ordered two of these and that one is already opened.  That is because my boyfriend loves these so much he couldn’t wait for me to get my act together and take a picture.  If you try out Naturebox you really need to grab these.

Cocoa Almonds
Dark Cocoa Almonds
Serving Size= 1/4 cup
Calories per serving : 150
Weight Watchers points per serving: 5
Description: Chocolate covered awesomeness
Verdict:  Love!
If you remember last month’s Naturebox review, you know that I selected this and yet they sent me “Oat bran dipping sticks” instead.  I was annoyed then and after tasting these I am even more annoyed now.  In no universe anywhere, in the history of ever would those sticks be an adequate replacement for these delicious little guys.  They are like the chocolate covered almonds from Trader Joe’s but with a thinner coating.  A great treat for the folks with a sweet tooth.  This one is a must have.

 

Granola
Cherry Crumble Granola
Serving Size= 1/2 cup
Calories per serving : 230
Weight Watchers points per serving: 6
Description: Not Enough Cherries..or Crumbles
Verdict:  Miss
Despite my deep love of the Apple granola from my last box, I wanted to try out some other flavors.  This one isn’t nearly half as good.  It’s pretty bland and there weren’t many cherries in my batch.  Again, this granola isn’t crunchy and one bag only contains 1 cup of granola.  It’s just not worth the cost, next month I’ll be skipping the granola options.


Chipotle
Chipotle Maple Almonds
Serving Size= 1/4 cup
Calories per serving : 170
Weight Watchers points per serving:5
Description: Slightly sweet almonds with a bit of spice in the aftertaste
Verdict:  Like
These were okay.  I think they’d actually go well chopped in a salad.  I had expected more of smoky taste because of the chipotle but it was  subtle.  (I love chipotle, so take that with a grain of salt).  I didn’t really find anything particularly special about these.  You can find spiced nuts anywhere.  For me to order these regularly they’d need to be a lot more compelling.

 

Full Box
OVERALL

So I got a great deal for a 3 month subscription on Groupon and with a small Groupon credit, I ended up paying only $20 for a 3 month subscription.  That comes out to about $6.67 per box.  I liked this month much better than last, and I was happy to see I got all my selections.  This time everything was edible, even if all the items weren’t that interesting.  Again for the low price I paid, I’m more than satisfied, but I’d never pay the full $19.95.  You could easily go to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s and spend that money and get a lot more bang for your buck.

Do you subscribe to Naturebox?  If you do, what are your favorite and least favorite treats?

 

THE BACKSTORY

Naturebox subscriptions cost $19.95 per month for 5 snack items per box.
The snacks do not contain any: artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil, or trans fat.

There are discounts for pre-paying:
6 months for $99.97
12 months for $199.97

Your options: You can select your specific snacks or leave it to the Naturebox folks to surprise you.  You can even do a little of each and select a few snacks and then leave the others as a surprise

Coupon Code: SHARE10 & save $10 off your First Nature Box!

Naturebox: February 2014

I had mentioned I’d be featuring some new subscriptions and when I found a great deal on 3 months of Naturebox, I jumped on it. Naturebox sends you healthy snacks each month (5 packs per box).  The snacks do not contain any: artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil, or trans fat.  You have the option of letting Naturebox choose your treats for you, or selecting your own.  For more info on Naturebox subscriptions and a coupon code, jump down below.

Now let’s get to the snacking!
Nature Box

Because I, like so many folks out there (and Jessica Simpson), use Weight Watchers, I’m also including Weight Watchers points for each item.

Open Box 

Oat Bran
Oat Bran Dippin’ Stix
Serving Size= 1/3 cup
Calories per serving : 170
Weight Watchers points per serving: 5
Description: Sesame Seed covered little crunchy things that you’re supposed to dip in other things that taste better.
Verdict:  Total Miss
This was the item in the box that annoyed me because I selected all my treats and this was not one of them.  Instead of my dark cocoa almonds they threw this in and said “try this instead.” Listen Naturebox, if I wanted something with the word “oat bran” in it, I would have chosen it.  I chose something with the word “cocoa” in it.  Sufficed it to say, I was not amused.  To me these just taste like crunching on a metric ton of sesame seed.  I think they’d be okay in a party mix with nuts and other snacks to offset the taste, but alone they are just not good.  I guess that’s why they are called “dipping sticks”, but then you’re just adding more calories and points by being required to dip them into something.

 

Apple Granola
Apple Orchards Granola
Serving Size= 1/2 cup
Calories per serving : 240
Weight Watchers points per serving: 7
Description: Super soft granola that tastes like an apple-y oatmeal Cookie
Verdict:  Love!
This was different than any granola I’ve tried.  It was moist and really tasted like an oatmeal cookie.  My one issue is that for granola, this bag is really small.  Once I took a single serving, there was only about half a bag left.

 

Potato Fries
Baked Peppery Potato Fries
Serving Size= 1 oz
Calories per serving : 130
Weight Watchers points per serving: 4
Description: Weirdly shaped crackers masquerading around as “fries”
Verdict:  Miss
For me these had very little flavor and I certainly didn’t get a “potato” vibe from them. They were just skinny crackers without particularly interesting seasoning.

 


Pretzel Pop
Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops
Serving Size= 1/3 cup
Calories per serving : 110
Weight Watchers points per serving: 3
Description: Circular salt licks in the shape of little balls and mislabeled as “pretzels”
Verdict:  The pretzels are a lie. 
I don’t know how something with the words “caramel” and “pretzel” could taste so horrific, so utterly, contemptibly awful, but they do.  All I could taste was salt, like a big crunchy ball of salt, while my boyfriend’s assessment was “like biting into sawdust”.  These were pretty much inedible.

 

Cheddar Pretzels
Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels
Serving Size= 9 pieces
Calories per serving : 120
Weight Watchers points per serving: 3
Description: Cheesy Pretzel-ly Goodness
Verdict:  Love!
These pretzels were so good.  Similar to the flavored Snyder’s pretzel nuggets, but much much better.  If you choose to order Naturebox, you must give these a try.

 

Full Box
OVERALL

So I got a great deal for a 3 month subscription on Groupon and with a small Groupon credit, I ended up paying only $20 for a 3 month subscription.  That comes out to about $6.67 per box.  For that price, I’m quite happy with it, but if I paid $19.95 I’d be pretty disappointed.  The granola was delicious, but a really small size for something like granola.  The salted caramel pretzel pops were inedible and the oat bran sticks were not what I selected nor were they even similar to the item I selected.

I’m happy with this box at my steep discount, but I won’t be paying full price for this, so it seems pretty likely I’ll be canceling after my 3 months are up.

Do you subscribe to Naturebox?  If you do, what are your favorite and least favorite treats?

 

THE BACKSTORY

Naturebox subscriptions cost $19.95 per month for 5 snack items per box.

There are discounts for pre-paying:
6 months for $99.97
12 months for $199.97

Your options: You can select your specific snacks or leave it to the Naturebox folks to surprise you.  You can even do a little of each and select a few snacks and then leave the others as a surprise

Coupon Code: SHARE10 & save $10 off your First Nature Box!