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Orange Glad Review and EXCLUSIVE Promo Code- A Dessert Box Subscription- SAY WHAT???

We were so thrilled when the nice folks at Orange Glad offered to send us a box to review. Orange Glad sends an assortment of desserts in the mail every month, and although we try to eat healthy over here at the family class, we both have a sweet tooth and we enjoy gourmet sweets.

 The box:

Orange Glad: $19.95/month. Orange Glad is a assortment of gourmet sweets delivered straight to your doorstep every month.

Promo code: Orange Glad has a special code for our readers only: 10% off with code “FAMCLASS10″

 

ImageOur box contained five different types of treats.

 

It also came with two inserts as well.  The first one told us about all the treats and the companies that made them.  

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The second insert was an ingredients list. I always love when companies include ingredient lists, because I have Celiac (so I eat mostly gluten-free) and I like to know what the ingredients are!

ImageAnd here’s all of the delicious desserts we received! (Also, we received this box the same week of our move. I had to BEG Greg not to eat it before I could photograph it- if there’s chocolate in the house, he finds it.)

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The Crispery S’mores Crispy Cake

Marshmallows are my absolute favorite dessert, I think because they tend to be gluten-free! So my eyes lit up when I saw The Crispery S’mores Crispy Cake. I’ve actually seen these in a different subscription box and I’ve always wanted to try them. This yummy marshmallow treat is layered with crunchy graham cracker cookies, rich chocolate, and marshmallows. This was the main thing I had to keep away from Greg. Want proof? He was hovering over me while I took pictures waiting to snatch this one away when I was done. He didn’t even bother to take the cardboard sleeve all the way off before he tried it:

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Cary’s of Oregon Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee

From the info card: Cary’s Toffee is made from a mouth-watering blend of sugar, butter, milk and a hint of vanilla extract. Cary’s of Oregon creates award-winning toffee based on family tradition.

These were delicious. I love toffee. It’s one of my favorite types of chocolate. I claimed these right away!

 

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Julian’s Recipe Liege Style Vanilla Belgian Waffle

From the info card: European Belgian dessert waffles are steadily gaining popularity in the United States. These treats are made with pearlized sugar that create a dreamy caramelized coating on the outside, yet the inside of the waffle is still perfectly soft and fluffy. Julian’s Recipe Liege Style Vanilla Belgian Waffle has a subtle sweet flavor and can be enjoyed during any time of the day.

These were seriously magical. My sister and I tried this one on Black Friday. We both loved it! I only wish I had more. I’m going to be ordering these for sure. It was a keeper.

 

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Isabella’s Cookie Company Choco-La-La-La

Soooo… my sister and I may have also eaten these for breakfast on Black Friday. Hey, no one ever said Black Friday breakfast had to be healthy. My favorite thing about the winter season is all of the holiday-themed treats that emerge. Isabella’s Cookie’s had white chocolate mint chips and red, green and white sprinkles. They were adorable and tasted great! I thought these would make a good gift/comfort food for someone far away at Christmas time!

 

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Newark Nut Company Chocolate Peanut Butter Brittle

Peanut brittle is a childhood favorite of mine because my grandma used to make it. I love the salty sweet flavor combination of the peanut brittle and the chocolate. We all loved this one!

 

Our verdict:

If you couldn’t tell from our glowing reviews, we’re completely in love with Orange Glad (I mean, chocolate treats delivered to my door, how can you not love it?). Each of the featured products seems to taste homemade, and has a fancy artisan feel. Orange Glad would make a great last minute Christmas gift this season!

What do you guys think? If you want to check Orange Glad out, don’t forget to use coupon code “FAMCLASS10″ to score 10% off!


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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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Parenthood Survival Box October 2013 Review

Parenthood Survival Box is a monthly subscription box full of helpful items for babies and parents to help get through the early months of having a baby. The nice folks at Parenthood Survival Box kindly sent us a box to review. The box can be customized by gender or you can opt for the general neutral option, if it’s a surprise!

Boxes are $39.99/month

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We were excited to review this box even though we’re not expecting. We were curious whether it would make a good future baby-shower gift though, and luckily, it arrived a day before a good friend’s shower, so we were able to test it out!

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I had to add this one too. I call this picture “How I know my cat is plotting to kill me.” Or, she must not love subscription boxes like I do.

Here’s the first look into the box. I love that the Parenthood Survival Box comes with a letter explaining each item and why it was selected. I think this is a great touch- especially for gifting this box to new parents!

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Here’s what we received in our box:

ImageAngel Dear Swaddle Blanket – Value $16

I was trying to think of excuses to keep this one, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have even covered half of Auden’s body. This blanket is so nice and soft! It’s made with 100% pre-washed cotton muslin, and I love the owl print too!  We could’nt wait to gift this to the momma-to-be!

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Hey Diddle Diddle Indestructible Book – Value $4.95

Auden had a couple of these and we loved them- you can rip them, step on them, whatever- and they don’t tear! We’ve actually gifted a couple of these already, so we were excited to see this product in the box!

ImageChill, Baby Pacifier – Value $10

This pacifier is silicone and BPA free! Auden never really took to pacifiers (sometimes we really wished he had) but I think this is a hilarious gift. Love Fred products, they’re always hilarious.

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BabyLegs Legwarmers – Value $10

These are so adorable. I wish this trend was around when Auds was a baby, I see it all the time now and love it!

ImageParents’ Night Out Pad – Value $6.50

We actually own this Pack this! pad, and I can’t live without it. I’m incredibly forgetful and unorganized and I always forget something that needs to be packed.

The last time we went on vacation, I couldn’t find my “packing” pad and I had a mental breakdown. Well, that and I while I was packing, I found a tick on me and I have never encountered a tick before, and Greg wasn’t home so I had to pull that sucker out myself. Ticks+disorganized packing = nervous breakdown.

This box made a great baby shower gift, and the box had a great value in our opinion too – nearly $50 worth of baby and new parent items for $34.99.

What do you guys think of Parenthood Survival Box? Would you gift one to a new parent?

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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Glossybox Review September 2013

(Note: I’m doing this “September” review in October because I didn’t receive my September box until October 2nd. Luckily I love Glossybox so I’m willing to deal with not receiving the box in the right month!)

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)

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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 here to check out Glossybox:



The theme this month was “All you need for Fall”

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Here’s what I received:

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Nioxin- Diamax treatment- This treatment is supposed to thicken your hair. I have pretty thin hair so I’ll give it a try! ($50.00)

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Be a Bombshell Eyeliner pen– man, I never knew that my life was missing an eyeliner-pen. I love this thing. ($14)

ImageBCBG Maxazria travel fragrance: I’m not a huge fan of wearing scents (they make me sneeze) so I’ll probably pass this off to one of my scent-loving friends, but if I wasn’t allergic, this would be great! ($20???)

ImageEmite Makeup eyelash curler: now, I know a lot of people may not need a $30 eyelash curler, but I didn’t even pay $30 for this box and this curler is awesome! I’ve owned a Shu Uemura curler before (another high end-curler) and was totally disappointed with it- it chopped off both my and my sister’s eyelashes and they took months to grow back! But this one is great and even feels expensive. Love it. ($30.50)

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Oceane Makeup Remover pen: How did I not know these things existed? But this is the very reason I subscribe to Glossybox, to check out full-sized products I never knew existed! Well, and it feels like Christmas every month when this box comes in the mail. ($5.30)

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 minimal, but I love this box for it’s quality.

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:

<em>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.</em>


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Peach Dish Discount!

We’ve done quite a few reviews about a meal-box subscription we receive every week and love, Peach Dish. If you’ve thought about trying Peach Dish, the good news is that you can try it now for $15 with code “2kWmFqc6

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$15 for a 3-course meal for 2? Not bad at all! Click here and be sure to use the coupon code to save $5.

Want to check out some of our reviews of Peach Dish? We have 3 examples you can check out here:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Disclosure: This post may contain referral / affiliate links. All views in this review are the opinion of the author(s).


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Box Of Happies Review- first edition October 2013

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 then getting charged for an extra month. Box of Happies lets you choose as many or as few boxes as you would like – and you don’t have to receive your boxes consecutively. 

Box of Happies cost: $24.00 + $4.99 shipping

If you’re interested in signing up for the October box (the first box- so you know it’s going to be AWESOME!) you can use code “ 5PERCENT” to save 5% off of the first box

ImageBox of Happies shipped in a USPS priority mail envelope, and I was surprised to see it came in a little plastic box instead of the typical cardboard box. It came with a card with recommendations of how you could re-use your box!

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The description card also included the value of each item which was really nice to see- it makes my job a lot easier! The first item was an adorable necklace from Mint Marbles on Etsy. I checked out their job and they have some cute stuff! My sister actually stopped over, saw this necklace (I was taking pictures) and yelled “I want that!” hahaha. Sorry, sis, I’m keeping this one! ($10 +shipping)

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The next “Happy” was a set of adorable recipe cards from Petersen Designs on Etsy. I love giving out recipes, and I can’t wait to use these adorable cards! ($2)

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next item was a pair of earrings created especially for Box of Happies, and guess what??? Box of Happies is giving one lucky reader a pair of their own! Just click on the link at the bottom of this review! I was so excited to see these in person! They’re really beautiful and look great on! Confession time: I ordered this box to get a pair of these for myself 🙂 ($8)

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Next in the box, I received a little “sticky-notes” note book with a little gel pen from Leas Letters on Etsy. This is great because I can never seem to find post-it’s when we need them and I can just keep this out on the counter. Love it. ($4 + shipping)

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The last item is a glass ring from Glasshealer.com. It reminds me of a galaxy or something, so cool. And since I’ve taken a glass class, I have a new-found appreciation for glass art. It’s hard stuff! ($3-$5)

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So what do you guys think? We think Box of Happies is a great company that showcases some great artists. So who wants to win a pair of Box of Happies earrings? Then enter below!

  • PRIZE: A beautiful pair of handmade earrings (A Box of Happies original!) that will be featured in the first box in October!
  • TO ENTER: Enter by following our blog and clicking the Rafflecopter link below!
  • BONUS COMMENT QUESTION: …what’s your favorite piece of jewelry you’ve ever owned? Or, if you’re a guy, who would you gift these to if you won?
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: October 31st
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
  • PRIZE SHIPS: United States only (we’re working on some international giveaways- we appreciate all of our international readers too!)

UPDATE: For some reason the raffle image link above does not appear on most mobile phones, but works on normal computers.

Disclosure: We weren’t paid or given anything for hosting this giveaway, and want to thank to everyone who follows our blog and checks out the great companies we partner with.