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Hungry Globetrotter Review

Hungry Globetrotter is an international food of the month club that sends you quality recipes, spices, and sauces every month.

Hungry Globetrotter Cost: $34.95

To check out Hungry Globetrotter World Dinner Club, click here and you’ll receive $10 off of your first month!


Hungry Globetrotter is a little different than most meal subscription boxes, because they don’t send you all of the ingredients, but instead send you the extras you need to create your “Global” meal- which may be world foods you’ve never tried/aren’t something you could find at your grocery store. The nice thing about a meal subscription box like this is it gives you the option to cook the meal whenever you want (for example, I received this box on a Thursday, but we didn’t end up making the meal until Monday night)
Here’s what was in the box:

ImageHungry Globetrotter equipped us with all the recipes we needed for a full Hawaiian Dinner, complete with wine pairing suggestions. They also provided detailed information on the food culture of Hawaii. Greg and I are both very weird in that we like to read up on where our food comes from/how it’s made (it’s part of the reason we started blogging originally!) so we love getting extra information like this.

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Aloha Premium Gold soy sauce. I guess Hawaiian soy sauce has less sodium in it than regular soy sauce, which is good to know!  ($4?)

ImagePlumeria flours Li-Hing Mui Caramel Popcorn- This was so incredibly stale. I was excited for it, because I love caramel popcorn, but since they sent me a box to review, my best guess is that this was an older box (It looks like it was the May box from this past spring). But I can tell these would have been really good if they weren’t so stale and overly chewy. But if you receive the box every quarter through a subscription, I’m sure they’d would be much fresher! ($6)



Ka’iulani Kona Coffee Rub and Curry Seasoning: We’ve never had “coffee” rub before, but we LOVE coffee, and we loved this rub. We put it on the chicken and we seasoned the pineapple rice with the Curry Seasoning. ($6.75 x 2= $13.50)


Hungry Globetrotter Chip Clip ($1?)

And here’s the meal we made, and it was great. We decided to make:

  • Kona-Shoyu Chicekn (we changed this a bit from the recipe and cut it up so we could have it with the rice) and
  • Ka’iulani’s Exotic Curry Fried Rice


The Family Class Rating: 4/5 ★★★★✩

We loved the quality of the food- the rice with the Curry seasoning was our favorite part- it also had cilantro and pineapple in it, and it was delicious. The chicken turned out great too. Hungry Globetrotter has high quality, mostly organic ingredients that are hard to find elsewhere. We would have given it a 5/5 if the value seemed a little better (we like to get the value of the box at least, and even better if it exceeds the cost!) And  I came up with $23.50 (Unless I calculated something wrong, someone let me know if I did!). We do feel like we were introduced to some great, quality ingredients though, and although this box isn’t a “deal box” necessarily, it is still worth it because you get to try new things from all over the world you wouldn’t normally try.

Disclosure: This post may contain referral / affiliate links. All views in this review are the opinion of the author(s). The Family Class does not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box.


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Fall Activities at The Family Class

ImagePhoto credit: Alyssa McCord

We’ve already gone to an apple farm twice (so it’s no surprise that like most people, we love fall!) so we’re going to share our plans for a “fall” related activity every week. Hopefully you guys will get some ideas and can share some new ideas with us! Be on the lookout for some fall related giveaways! This week, we’re going to have our annual fall movie night, which consists of:

  • Using all of the blankets and pillows in our house, and laying out on the living room floor
  • Watching Hocus Pocus (Audie thinks Binks, the cat from the movie, is our cat, Lua -we have an all black cat)
  • Drinking apple cider
  • Eating Caramel corn
  • lighting pumpkin scented candles

…we’re excited for this weekend!


Do you have anything you want to accomplish for fall this year? A fall bucket-list, of sorts? And what are your little ones (or you!) planning to be for Halloween? Auden changes his mind every day! We’d love to hear from you!

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Box of Happies Giveaway!

It’s no secret that over at The Family Class we love handmade gifts, and the nice folks over at Box of Happies recently contacted us because they want to give one of our readers a pair ofgorgeous, handmade earrings (A Box of Happies original)

Box of Happies is a subscription-box service that sends you 3-5 top-quality, handmade products a month from artists across the country. 

We think Box of Happies sounds like a great idea for stocking up on hand-made Christmas presents and we’re excited to check out the their first box, the October box (we signed up today!). In addition, it supports artists (we have a lot of artists in our family!)

Another great thing about Box of Happies is that there are no recurring charges like a lot of other subscription boxes. I hate forgetting to cancel a box that I wasn’t a fan of and…

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E-Sentials Review- Women’s personal hygiene products delivered- Time of the month box delivery

E-Sentials is a monthly “time of the month” delivery service for women.

When the nice folks over at E-Sentials asked me if I’d like to try out their service, I was excited! I’ve wanted to check out a time of the month subscription service. Because of school, work, home stuff, and the blog, I’m the kind of person who hates running to the store last minute. Or asking Greg to stop. But seriously, aren’t men that are willing to grab their girl their monthly “supplies” and even know the right brand/kind the REAL men? 

I haven’t tried out any other Time of the Month services, but E-Sentials seems like one of the most affordable services I’ve come across. The E-sentials box cost anywhere between $10-$16 a month, depending on what you want “included” in your feminine hygiene care kit. Here’s the 3 different prices:

  1. $10- 20 Tampons and pads
  2. $13- 20 Tampons and pads and 3 disposable razors
  3. $16- 20 Tampons and pads, 3 disposable razors, and deodorant.


ImageIt comes in a white, plain, discrete box. Here’s what was inside:


ImageThe wrapping is so nice. You can tell the company packs everything with care. Almost makes that time of the month a tiny bit more exciting?

Essentials gives you the choice of how many tampons and pads you would like. I can’t remember all of the tampon choices specifically, but there were a lot of them. You can also decide the quantity of each kind of tampon and pad, to equal 20 in all. I thought this was pretty cool, because instead of buying a ton of different kinds and spending tons of money, you can just have the exact amount of each sent to you. For example, you could order 5 light tampons, 5 regular, and 5 regular pads and 5 overnight. I was lazy and ordered 10 pads, 5 light tampons and 5 regular.



ImageAnd pads! (Never thought I’d be photographing pads! As I took this picture, I was thinking how I’d be surprised if I ever photographed pads again in my life)

I’m not a huge fan of pads and was a tiny bit disappointed at first that you couldn’t order panty-liners as an option, but then I thought about it, and considering panty liners are about $1 each you’d actually be much better off buying them yourself. It would be a nice add on though, they could charge $17 (+$1) for panty liners too. There is currently only one option for pads (always ulta thins) but I like that brand anyway so it’s fine!

ImageI just ran out of razor-refills so this is perfect timing. No Sasquatch legs this month! 🙂 I’m not sure of the brand of these, but they’re nice razors. They remind me of the disposable Gillette razors I used to use. I’m not sure if I’ll continue to get the razors in my subscription, only because I like using a re-useable razor vs. disposable to save plastic. But I can also see how convenient getting these every month would be. You wouldn’t have to go to the store for anything! Well, not anything (chocolate!), but at least a few personal care items.


ImageI usually wear men’s deodorant (I’m so weird, I know! It’s “Fiji” by Old Spice, I guess you could say I’m “the woMAN your man could smell like” hahahah.) I usually don’t like women’s deodorant, because while I don’t want to smell like a dude, I also don’t want to smell like a baby’s butt. Why is baby powder so popular as a woman’s scent? Why are we supposed to smell like babies??? It’s too creepy for me to handle.

But this one doesn’t smell like “baby” at all. It barely has a smell, but I’d say it has a slight clean smell. Again, really nice not to have to run out that month! I can imagine this subscription box making the best gift ever for a new mom, because this is what you forget to buy when you’re at the store getting everything for your new baby. And one less thing to worry about when you’re a new mom= always a good thing.


ImageThe last thing in the box was a sample of a Summer’s eve cleansing cloth.



So what do you think? Is a “Time of the month” delivery service something you’d be interested in? Why or why not?


Escape Monthly Review- September 2013 Oregon Escape Monthly coupon promo code

We just received our Escape monthly box, and we’re so excited! We’re planning a vacation out to Oregon next spring, and we received September’s “Oregon” box!

Escape Monthly: A destination-inspired theme box delivered to your door every month, with goodies from the monthly location, and a trip every month to one lucky winner!

Escape Monthly Cost: $49.95 monthly, including shipping.

To save on your first box, use code “TROPICALESCAPE” to get 20% Escape monthly has already announced that next month will be “Hawaii!” so check it out, Hawaii lovers!


Here’s how the box arrives, we love the packaging!


First, let’s just get this over with:  how do you do a “Portland” box review without these guys:


Put a bird on it.  What? You’ve never heard that? Well, we’ll be kind enough to provide you with a link.

Enjoy saying “I put a bird on it”  every time you see a product with a bird on it from now on.

Back to the review: We love when companies do a price breakdown. We like to know what everything is worth! This box has a retail value of over $80.



Molly Muriel Volcanic Bliss Soap ($6) Smells pretty good, and vegan. Awesome.


Wooden Pumice Brush ($6) I’ve been meaning to buy one of these, but always forget. Now I have one 🙂

ImageOregon Orchard Hazelnuts ($3.29) We have a huge complaint with these, and that is that there wasn’t enough. 🙂 They didn’t last very long around here! These were awesome. Our favorite thing in the box… okay maybe the candle too 🙂

ImageOregon Rain Soap ($9) Smells just like Roses! Haven’t tried it yet, but I will soon!

ImageMetolius Tea and Apothecary- (toasted coconut, raspberry leaf, and lavender) When we opened the box, between this tea and the candle, it was already like a vacation in a box. It smells amazing. we would totally try it, but we usually buy tea that already comes in bags… how do we steep this kind of tea? We wish they would have sent something. Does anyone know? ($10)

ImageDoug’s nuts: confession time: We were starving, so we reviewed this box as soon as we got in just so we could dig into the treats. These are great and we’ve already been on the website to order more. Plus, these guys have some humor. We love humorous companies 🙂 ($6)

ImagePrimitive Lights Cinnamon Roll Votive ($4) made of beeswax, this was one of the amazing smells when we opened the box. Greg loved this. We lit it for dinner with our Peach Dish delivery. It was a nice anniversary-eve dinner.

ImageGrounds for Change Coffee: We never say anything bad about coffee in this house, considering it’s the nectar of the gods. We mostly drink espresso, but we’ll give this a try too! ($11)

ImageMoon Oregon Travel Guide: this was our least favorite item. We are planning to go to Oregon, but if we weren’t, not sure what we’d do with this. It was also the highest value item in the box ($22) but I wouldn’t pay $22 personally for a travel guide, when I can usually find what I need online. If we’re being honest, we wish the box was a little cheaper, (like $30/40 instead of $50) and they left out the travel guide :/

ImageFinally, Portland Bee Balm. Seems very similar to Burt’s bees, but with even simpler ingredients. This balm is made at home, by hand by it’s owners using organic ingredients you can actually pronounce! ($3)

Our thoughts:

We loved almost all of the products. Everything is quality, mostly organic stuff so the higher price could make sense (you get what you pay for!) but our only critique is that it could be a little cheaper if they left the travel guide out, and then more people could afford a “vacation in a box” 🙂

What do you guys think about a vacation in a box? Anyone ever been to Portland/Oregon and recognize any of the brands?

If you’re interested in checking out Escape Monthly, click here and be sure to use code “TROPICALESCAPE” to get 20% off.

Disclosure: This post may contain referral / affiliate links. All views in this review are the opinion of the author(s). The Family Class does not accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box.