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Mia Tempo Review- Monthly Organic/VEGAN Spa Supplies in a box!

First things first: I feel like we haven’t been on here in forever since our move, but we’re back now, and excited to get some of these boxes we have piling up reviewed! We also can’t wait to share some new house renovation pics (coming soon!)

 

Mia Tempo is a monthly subscription box featuring all natural/organic/vegan spa and beauty products. Their mission is to provide you some much needed “me time” with a relaxing, spa-like experience each and every month in the mail. What could be better than that? AND, With each box sold, Mia Tempo donates a portion of the proceeds to non-profit organizations that empower women. Sounds good to us!

 

My sister was in town for Thanksgiving, so instead of dealing with all of the craziness, fighting over $2 toasters, and crazy lines, we decided to have an online shopping/baking marathon on Thursday (Thanksgiving) night and a stay-at-home spa day, compliments of Mia Tempo, on Friday!

 

This month they debuted their first “Limited Edition Signature Box”, which is the box that we are lucky enough to be reviewing. I love that all of the products are organic- I have an allergy to anything that is artificially scented and I tend to break out- so I pretty much stick with organic or non-scented stuff. According to Mia Tempo, this box has been curated to reflect the rhythms of the fall season and features a number of firsts for them:

 

1.      The first skin care & bath products blended exclusively for Mia Tempo subscribers by the team at Buffalo Gal Organics.

2.      Eco-Fill Shred from the French Paper Company – made in the USA from 100% recycled materials by a 140 year old family-run company that is totally water powered.

3.      Based on many, many requests the skin care, bath & beauty products in our Signature Box are Gluten Free & Vegan Friendly!

Here’s what I received:

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Mia Tempo ships USPS in a brown box:

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And when you open it, behold the gorgeous wrapping! Doesn’t it look relaxing already?

ImageIncluded in every box is a treatment menu. This menu tells you the order of everything and explains all of the products. Love it!

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ImageThe first step on the card was to relax, and prepare a warm cup of tea from Tea Forte – I’ve always wanted to try Tea Forte (seriously, how adorable is that package?). I received orchid vanilla, and it was delicious.

 

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ImagePaddywax Library Collection Jane Austin Candle – I love candles! This one is a 2-wick soy wax candle, without synthetic fragrances. It comes in a cute little reusable travel tin. The scent is a floral blend of gardenia, tuberose, and jasmine. Love it, and I could smell it immediately when we opened the box- it really does smell like a spa!

 

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Next up on the treatment menu were the Buffalo Gal Organics Dead Sea Bath Soak (Amber & Fig) – These bath salts smell great, and I already use bath salts for sore muscles pretty often so I was excited to see these! They are made with essential oils and organic herbs to help you wind down and detoxify. One word of caution: they have a lot of herbs in them, and it may freak your husband out a bit if you forget to rinse the bath out after… but they rinse right out… oops! 🙂

 

ImageNext up on the treatment menu, we did the Buffalo Gal Organics Cream Body Scrub (Amber & Fig) –we ended up using this as a foot scrub for pedicures, although this is an all-natural scrub that can be used on your whole body. It smelled great and made my feet super soft!

 

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Next on the treatment menu was the Wild Carrot Herbals Wild Rose Face Mask – This is a small, one-use packet of powder that you mix with honey & water. We added honey and water to it, and it made our skin feel amazing! I’ll be hunting this one down for sure!

I even managed to get a picture of my sister putting it on. Here’s Kelsey’s big blog debut:

ImageWe joked the entire time that we looked like “Wilson” the volleyball from Castaway. But we had a lot of fun, which I think is the point of Mia Tempo’s spa box!

 

 

ImageNext, we tried Buffalo Gal Organics Deep Moisture Lotion (Amber & Fig) – This is an all-natural lotion that smells amazing.

Finally, we tried the Wild Carrot Herbals Wild Rose Eye Cream – Rose essential oil is one of the safest oils to use on the skin. It fights fine lines and wrinkles by protecting the delicate tissues around your eyes. I love the “rose” smell too- it reminds me of my Lola’s house.

 

Our thoughts:

We loved Mia Tempo. I’d recommend it for a lazy, after Thanksgiving or Christmas sister or friend day, or just for some pampering for yourself after a long week! I also think it would make an amazing Mother’s day present or present for any woman in your life that lives far away- because all of us could use some pampering (especially organic!) every once in awhile!

I was also hoping I wouldn’t get a ton of beauty products I’d never use. I don’t subscribe to many “beauty” boxes because I don’t do a ton with my makeup and I don’t switch up my style very often (I’ve used Estee Lauder coverup for about 100 years and probably always will) That said, I was definitely pleased with the items I received. Not only were they organic and vegan, but they were all so useful we used them right away!

What do you guys think? Would you try out a spa in a box experience? Why or why not?

 

 

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If you shop on Thanksgiving, you are part of the problem

Here’s a really good article that explains why I loathe Black Friday. 😉

The Matt Walsh Blog

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I’m a capitalist. It’s not my religion, I won’t bow before its altar, I won’t kiss its ring, but I believe in capitalism. It’s an invention of man and it involves money, so it’s not perfect, but I’ve never heard anyone suggest a better system. So I’m a capitalist.

I am not, however, a consumerist. I like the freedom and innovation of capitalism; I loath the materialism and gluttony of consumerism. There’s a popular misconception that capitalism and consumerism are inextricably linked; that one naturally involves and requires the other. But this is a fallacy. Certainly the “stimulus” programs a few years ago ought to have dispelled this notion entirely. The government perverted the free market and elected to hand free money to millions of people, hoping that they’d go out and buy a bunch of stuff with it. This was consumerism at the expense of capitalism, and it revealed…

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We’re Moving! And 33 Moving Tips that will make your life so much easier

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We’re moving into our house over the next 2 weeks! We’re so excited and can’t wait to show before/after pics- our house was a complete reno. We also have some reviews we’re working on that need to get put up after the move, but in the mean-time, I thought I’d share this helpful article that I found full of great moving tips. 

 

Click here to read the article.


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Taste Guru Review- Gluten Free subscription box

I think I’ve mentioned before that I do have Celiac disease, which means that my body can’t properly digest gluten, and when I do eat gluten, I end up in horrible pain. I was originally sent to be tested for Rheumatoid Arthritis when I found out I had Celiac (and hypothyroidism) because I was having horrible joint pain.

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The transition to eating gluten-free has been both harder and easier than I would have expected, although that doesn’t seem to make sense at all 😉

It’s been harder than I expected because it’s not as easy to eat out or grab a quick meal (which has actually been a positive thing, because it’s forced me to eat a lot healthier) but it’s been easier because the pain isn’t typically worth eating food that has gluten.

With all that said, when I found a subscription box company that sends 5 pounds of gluten-free food in the mail every month, I was so excited!

I’ve quickly learned that gluten-free food is hit or miss.

For example, there are things I love that taste better than the versions with gluten (I’m talking to you, Udi’s gluten free cookies, Van’s gluten-free waffles and just about anything by Feel good Foods or Amy’s GF) but I’ve yet to find a good, gluten free bread, and some snacks are hit or miss as well.

With all that said, when we found a subscription box company that sends 5 pounds of gluten-free food in the mail every month, I was so excited to do a review!

Taste Guru is a Gluten-free box of snacks and food delivered to your door every month.

Cost: $25-$34 a month depending on what plan you select, but you can try 2 months for free if you use code “2free” and comment “I signed up!” below. (you just pay shipping for both months, which is $24)

Here’s what we received in our Taste Guru box:

ImageGlutino Gluten-free frosted flakes ($6.11) We both liked these a lot. They taste like better frosted flakes and I’d still eat them if I didn’t have Celiac. Definitely a hit in our house, and I believe they are also vegan. Someone correct me if I’m wrong?

ImageAlpine Avocado Vinaigrette: ($7.50) I liked this! It’s vegan as well. The avocado flavor wasn’t super strong and I’m going to try it for other uses as well- like marinating veggies in.

ImageMediterranean Snacks Hummus Crisps ($2): We’ve received these before, and I’m just not a huge hummus fan, so I passed these on to my mom who loves hummus 🙂

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Dang Coconut chips ($3) We’ve gotten these in a Love With Food box and I loved them, and was excited to see them in this box!

ImageBakery on Main Oatmeal ($3) I haven’t tried this yet, but everyone in this family loves oatmeal, so I’m sure we’ll like it.

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Taste Guru also sends a recipe every month that incorporates one of the products in the box. We love trying new recipes, especially GF ones, so I thought this was great.

So what do you think? Would you try  a gluten-free box without having Celiac? I noticed everything in the box (I believe) was also vegan, and were all things I’d eat anyway without having Celiac, so I think I would!

You can check out Taste Guru here, and don’t forget to use code “2free” and comment below to try two months for half price! 

 

 

Disclosure: This post may contain referral / affiliate links. You don’t have to use them, but if you did, we’d thank you kindly ;) 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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Byrdie Glossybox Review October 2013 and promo code/ coupon code

My Glossybox came last week, but we were so busy I didn’t get a chance to post until now! This box arrived super early this month, unlike last month (please keep it up, Glossybox- I hate getting boxes from the previous month into the next month!) I love Glossybox, and I would say it’s in my top 5 boxes. (although this is the only makeup box I currently receive!)

Glossy box is a monthly subscription box that has deluxe and full-size products.

The Cost: $21 a month (you can save more with 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription), but if you go through Ebates, you’ll save $2.75, making this box only $18.25

Promo code: there’s no promo code on this one, but if you go through Ebates, you can save $2.75, and get a free $10 Target gift card, making your first month close to free. Click here to go to Ebates first, then sign up and search Glossybox! And even if makeup isn’t your thing, or you’re a dude, check out Ebates for a second anyway! You get paid extra to buy the things you already buy on the internet!

If you already have Ebates, you can click on the link below to check out Glossybox:

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I love that Glossybox always sends info cards. This month’s theme was a collaboration with Byrdie.

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I knew one of the products was going to be this Tarte Mascara because of an email spoiler this month:

ImageTarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara ($23): I love the Tarte brand and I knew how much this mascara cost, so I was excited about the value of this one. It does make your lashes nice and long, but it also is kind of clumpy. Plus, I’m a loyal fan of Maybeline Great Lash (it keeps my lashes super long!) but I just ran out so I’ll still probably use this up. Plus, the packaging is fabulous.

Here’s what my lashes looked like (not a great picture, I took it with my phone, but you can see the lashes pretty well. Sorry, Tyra, I forgot to “Smize” (smile with your eyes).

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Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream ($12.60): This was nice to use after the exfoliating cream. I have to use it a little bit longer to tell if I really love it.

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Bvlgari Eau Parfumee Au The Vert de Cologne ($4): ugh. I’m sort of sick of receiving tiny cologne bottles. Although this smells nice, neither of us wear cologne often so I’ll end up passing it on to someone.

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Sesha Renu Exfoliating gel ($10?):  Oh. My. Gosh. I love this! This is definitely going on my Christmas list. My skin felt like I just had micro-derm, and I can honestly say that I’ve never used a product before that made my skin so soft! According to the website, the exfoliating gel “uses natural papaya enzyme to gently remove dead cells and unclog pores”. The strangest part was you could feel all of the dead skin cells coming off!

The final item was Balance Me Shine on Tinted Lip Salve ($19.37): I’m not sure what happened to my picture of this! But you can see it if you click on the link. I love the color of this gloss, and it isn’t sticky at all, but the smell is a bit weird. But it has lots of natural ingredients, so I just chalked it up to that.

This box had a value of nearly $120 – which is awesome! And I love that every item was full-sized with lots of makeup products, instead of just smaller samples like a lot of other makeup subscription boxes send. And the presentation and packaging is still the best I have seen. I’ve been getting Glossybox for a few months now and have yet to be disappointed. This one is a keeper for Christmas presents!

What do you guys think of Glossybox? I’m not super into experimental trends with makeup- I tend to keep my makeup pretty simple and classic colors, and this box delivers just that- beauty products anyone can use!

If you’re interested in signing up for Glossybox, make sure you sign up for Ebates first here

and if you’re already on Ebates, here’s the Glossybox link below:

Disclosure: This post may contain referral / affiliate links. You don’t have to use them, but if you did, we’d thank you kindly 😉 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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Monday Deals! Green Kid Subscription box promo code and Thread up promo code

We’ve been sort of M.I.A. on the blog for the last week because of midterms, but we do have plenty of subscription boxes piling up that will be up shortly! In the meantime, here’s some Monday deals we found to check out!

Plum District: Green Kid activity box

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Plum District currently has a deal for a Green Kid Monthly Activity Box 3-month subscription for $45, which would make a great Christmas gift!

Plus, use code “CITRUSLANE25” to save 25%, bringing the total down to $33.75! If you’re having trouble finding this deal, scroll to the bottom of the Plum District page and click “Baby and Kids” and it’s one of the first deals! 

Do you know a child who would love this box? I know mine would!

Thread Up:

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Thread up is a gently used, online brand-name clothing store, similar to Plato’s closet. Thanks Secretly Hoarding, for introducing me to them! I ordered the H&M cocktail dress above (for holiday parties/Christmas) for only $4(including shipping!) 80% off retail, according to their site!

Click here to check out Thread up (they have kid’s clothes you could purchase as well) and use code “THREDUPPIJON” to save $10- making lots of items almost free! 

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Bulu Box Review October 2013

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Bulu Box: $10/Month

We love subscription boxes- so much so, that we review them all the time! Unfortunately, neither of us loved this one. In fact, I just took 3 pictures of this box because both of us were so incredibly disappointed, and I didn’t want to invest the time in a review of a box we just didn’t love.

Even though this box is only $10, if you check out Bulu’s website, the box looks like a good deal and boasts on the website that each box contains Each box contains “4 to 5 premium samples plus lifestyle extras like gym gift cards or DVDs from time to time”

Here’s what came in the box:

Image1. Rootology (x2) -although we both use a natural allergy supplement, and will probably try these, I feel like this is more of a “specialty” product for people that have allergies and I don’t completely understand why it would be in a nutrition subscription box.

2. Strawberry pocket protein: now this is a product I would expect from a nutrition box, but is really the only “deluxe” sample in the box.

3. Smarty pants adult vitamins: These are really good, but I wish it was a bigger sample so I could take them for a couple days. There was only enough for 1 day.

4. Body Glove Chocolate energy gel: I’m not a huge energy gel fan, but Greg sometimes takes these, so I’m sure he’ll give it a try.

5. Axia 3 Prodigestive Antacid: We don’t really get heartburn so we’ll probably pass these off to someone that wants them.

6. A $25 “giftcard” that is only good on a full price Bulu gym bag, which start at $142

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Our Thoughts:

We thought the samples were probably not even worth $5 (but they cost $10) and we were incredibly disappointed. If we’re totally missing something about this subscription box, please point it out to us. Unfortunately, we don’t feel like it’s a very good value, and we cancelled our subscription after only one month. I don’t think we’ve ever done that before!