Saturday, February 25, 2017

Green Blender Subscription Box Review - 14th Shipment



Sweet Potato Renew


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Green Grape Hydrate


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Aloe Gloe Mango


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Cara Cara Cashew


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Apple Butter


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This is a review of a weekly smoothie subscription box called Green Blender.  For my 14th shipment I gave two recipes three out of five stars and three recipes two out of five stars. This week's recipes were "to get you glowing" in other words skin beautifying. It was one of my least favorite weeks of recipes. Calories ranged from 107 to 275 and preparation time ranged from five minutes to fifteen. 

Sweet Potato Renew ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

I gave this recipe three out of five stars. The ingredients in this smoothie are 1 sweet potato, 1 banana, 2 dates, 1 tsp cinnamon, 3 tbsp pecans, 1 cup water and 1 cup ice. The first flavor I tasted was the banana followed by the cinnamon. It was tasty. It has 275 calories, 10 g fat, 48 g carbs, 16 g fiber, 24 g sugar and 4 grams protein. This one gives energy, immune boosting, is high in fiber and good for the skin.

Green Grape Hydrate ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

I gave this recipe three of out five stars. Included in this recipe were the following: 1 1/2 oz Swiss chard, 1 pear, 5 oz grapes, 1 tbsp pea protein, 1/2 tsp spirulina, 1 cup water and 1 cup ice. Part of the pear was bad and it was bruised so I had to cut out the bad part. The first flavor I tasted was the spirulina, second the pear and third the grapes. It was tasty. It has 107 calories, 1 g fat, 20 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 14 g sugar and 7 g protein. This one is high in protein, immune boosting, low in calories and good for the skin.

Aloe Gloe Mango ⭐️ ⭐️ 

I gave this recipe two out of five stars since it made me nauseous. It tasted weird to me. I gave the rest to Hubby who enjoyed it. The first flavor I tasted was the Aloe Gloe, second was the applesauce, third was the squash and forth was the mango. Included in this one were 1 1/2 oz baby spinach, 4 oz mango, 1/2 cup applesauce, 1 yellow squash, 1/2 inch ginger, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, 1 cup Aloe Gleo and 1 cup ice. It has 127 calories, 3 g fat, 24 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 18 g sugar and 3 g protein. This one provides immune boosting, is low in calories and is good for the skin.

Cara Cara Cashew ⭐️ ⭐️ 

I gave this recipe only two out of five stars. It was too thick and it wasn't sweet. Included in it were the following: 4 oz carrots, 1 Cara Cara orange, 2 tomatillos, 3 tbsp cashews, 1 cup water and 1 cup ice. The first flavor I tasted was the orange, followed by the carrots and then the tomatillos. This one has 124 calories, 4 g fat, 19 g carbs, 11 g sugar and 3 g protein. It's immune boosting, low in calories and good for the skin.

Apple Butter ⭐️ ⭐️ 

I expected to like this one, but I landed up not liking it much and gave it only two stars. It tasted like cold unsweetened apple pie. Hubby really like it. Included in this one were: 1 1/2 oz mesclun, 2 apples, 1 tsp apple pie spice, 1 tbsp flaxseed, 2 tbsp almond butter, 1 cup water and 1 cup ice. It has 213 calories, 11 g fat, 28 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 17 g sugar and 5 g protein. It's high in fiber and good for your skin.

Next week's recipes look like they are tastier. I'll be reviewing them next week.  This is a good subscription box for those that want healthy smoothies not filled with sugar. One could add some stevia or honey to sweeten if needed. Don't be afraid of green smoothies, you usually don't even taste the greens! I added some protein powder since my doctor said I'm not eating enough foods with protein and these smoothies aren't high enough in protein. I gave up being a vegetarian due to IBS many years ago, but I still eat some vegetarian meals which tend to be low in protein. Check out my Green Blender Pinterest Board to see all of the Green Blender recipes I've reviewed so far.  Don't forget to enter my current giveaway before you leave. What's your favorite food subscription box?

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Friday, February 24, 2017

GIVEAWAY - Blue Apron Meal Kit Worth $59.94


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

20th Sun Basket Review & Three FREE Meals for You



Padang Salmon Curry with Jade Rice


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Meatballs & Red Sauce with Penne & Caesar Salad


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Gingered Turkey Meatballs in Japanese Mushroom Broth


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This is a review of our 20th shipment from a weekly food subscription box called Sun Basket. This week we gave one recipe four out of five stars and two recipes three stars. Two of the recipes are gluten free and one is paleo. Calories ranged from 530 to 640 and preparation time ranged from thirty-five to forty minutes. 

Padang Salmon Curry with Jade Rice

I just had to order this recipe since we've never had jade rice before and we love curry. Notice the lovely jade color of the rice in the ingredient photo above and then notice the lighter color in recipe results photo as a result of cooking. It really didn't have a different flavor, maybe a little different texture. We gave this recipe three out of five stars since the five dried red chiles didn't provide enough spice. Normally one has to be careful with them since they can be too spicy, but for some reason unknown these didn't provide the heat we expected. Also, I would have preferred that the cashews were cooked rather than placed on top raw. It was a tasty dish, we just wished it had more spice. This recipe has 640 calories, it's gluten free and it took about thirty-five minutes to prepare. It was a satisfying portion.

Meatballs & Red Sauce with Penne & Caesar Salad

They don't offer a lot of pasta dishes and since we love pasta I had to order this recipe. We gave this recipe four out of five stars. We both gave the salad five stars and the pasta dish three stars. The dressing was perfect and they prepared it in advance for us which was a time saver. The salad was nice and crisp and it was delicious. The meatballs were a bit dry, but tasty and very filling. There wasn't enough sauce, so Hubby added some that we had on hand. This recipe has 610 calories and it took about forty minutes to prepare. It was a very generous portion, so I saved part of the pasta dish for lunch the next day.

Gingered Turkey Meatballs in Japanese Mushroom Broth

Anytime they have a Japanese recipe I order it since I love Japanese food. We both gave this recipe three out of five stars. The turkey meatballs were delicious though I didn't care for the dried shiitake mushrooms. I enjoy them when they aren't dried. The coconut flour smelled delicious, but it didn't change the flavor of the recipe. There wasn't enough cabbage, so it was more of a lunch portion. We would have liked more kimchi Chile flakes since it wasn't spicy enough for our taste. It has 530 calories, it's paleo and gluten free and it took about thirty-five minutes to prepare. 

It was another enjoyable week of recipes, just not our favorite week. We really enjoy their low calorie meals and their wild caught seafood. Most of their recipes are either paleo or gluten free or both which is another reason we have been ordering from them the most lately. I highly recommend you give Sun Basket a try, if you haven't already. What's your favorite meal kit subscription box? Check out my Sun Basket Pinterest Board to see photos of all the Sun Basket recipes we have made so far. 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

20th Plated Delivery Review


Chicken Caesar Gyros with Shaved Parmesan


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Mediterranean Burgers with Harissa Aioli & Carrot Fries


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Moo Shu Chicken with Pancakes


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This is a review of the 20th delivery we have received from a weekly food subscription box called Plated. This week we gave one recipe four out of five stars, one recipe three stars and one recipe two stars. Calories ranged from 670 to 850 and preparation time ranged from thirty-five to forty-five . 

Chicken Caesar Gyros with Shaved Parmesan

We gave this recipe three out of five stars. It was kind of like having a salad on a gyro. I think it would have tasted better as a side salad. They gave us such a small amount of anchovy paste that the dressing just wasn't very tasty. It needed some black pepper and more garlic. The chicken was tasty and moist. This meal made me crave a traditional gyro with sliced lamb and tzatziki sauce. It has 730 calories and it took about thirty-five minutes to prepare. It was a healthy portion of food.

Mediterranean Burgers with Harissa Aioli & Carrot Fries

Notice how small the burger is in comparison to the bun shown above. We gave this recipe two out of five stars since the burger was too small and the sauce wasn't tasty. The carrots were too spicy and the spice didn't compliment the carrots though they were tender. The flavor from spice mix in the burgers was absent. The Harissa we were sent was beige yet in the photo it appears orange. It was such a disappointing recipe which was shocking because we've never had a burger recipe we didn't enjoy before. It's pretty difficult to mess up a burger recipe! This recipe has 850 calories and it takes forty-five minutes to prepare. It was a small portion of food. 

Moo Shu Chicken with Pancakes

We gave this recipe four out of five stars. We find that any recipe with hoisin sauce is delicious. It was a wonderful combination of flavors. They sent us three types of mushrooms: cemini, oyster, shiitake. They were delicious! I don't know why they call the wraps pancakes, because they taste just like any ordinary wrap and in no way taste like pancakes. While the recipe was scrumptious, it was a small portion of food and we were hungry again only a few hours later. Their picture on the recipe card shows the wraps overfilled. As you can see above, I had to open one up to show it's contents. This recipe has 670 calories and it takes about thirty-five minutes to prepare. 

It was a disappointing week of recipes. We use to really enjoy Plated since most of the recipes were four and five stars, but lately they have been scoring lower. They also have been sending smaller portions and have had some ingredient issues which weren't the case prior. In addition, they stopped sending the produce in green bags which keep the produce fresh longer and can be reused several times. Due to these issues and since they are one of the most expensive coming in at $72 a box, I'm going to take another break from ordering. If you are a subscriber, how have your meals been lately? What's your favorite food subscription box?

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box Review - February 2017


The Soft Side - Stellar Products Are Only the Beginning


This is the review of a monthly subscription box from Sephora called Play! by Sephora. It only costs $10 per month including shipping and it includes five cosmetic samples, one perfume sample and a cosmetic bag. They were sending everyone the same products each month, but now they have a couple of variations. If you ordered this month's, it may not include all of these products. This month the retail value of my box is $33.77. Included in my February box were the following samples:
  1. Clinique - Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer, made in the USA, .24 fl. oz., retail value $4.16
  2. Sephora - Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara, made in Italy, .094 fl. oz., $3.41 value
  3. Too Faced - Lip injection Glossy in the color Milkshake, made in Canada, .03 oz., $4.71 value
  4. Origins - GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, made in the USA, .17 oz., $10.20 value
  5. Nars - Velvet Lip Glide in the color Bound, made in the USA, .07 oz., $9.01 value
  6. Marc Jacobs - Divine Decadence eau de parfume spray, made in France, .04 fl. oz., $2.28 value  
I'm so happy they sent two lip products since I love lip products! If I could only buy one type of cosmetics it would be lipstick or lip gloss! That's something I don't leave home without applying. I tried the Too Faced plumping lip gloss first. It's a lovely light beige color with fine gold glitter. I prefer more of a gold beige, but it's a nice nude gloss. It would have been great if they had sent us the latest trend, metallic lipstick! One of my favorite beige-gold lipsticks from many years ago had a bit of metallic shine to it. Then I tried the Nars Velvet Lip Glide which is suppose to be semi-matte. The lower lip reflects the gloss more than the upper lip. I wish it had been a matte since that's what in style right now. It has a lovely creamy texture. It's a bit less liquidy than a liquid lipstick usually is which makes it easier to apply. It's suppose to stay all day, but I'm skeptical.  Before I finished this post, I checked my lips and it now has a matte look and it looks like it needs a retouch. I applied some more, so it's not long lasting. I've only had good luck with matte lipstick being long lasting. The one I tried recently that amazed me is Cover Girl Outlast. Check out my review before you go. That one still looked like it had just been applied even after my dentist appointment! You can make that one  glossy or matte. The Origins Eye Cream is a really small sample. I'm a bit nervous about trying it since recently an eye cream irritated my eye enough for it to be a bit red for several weeks. Unfortunately, I don't remember which one I used since I'm always trying samples. I'm going to start putting aside the skin care products I use in case that happens again. Normally I just put it away in a drawer, so I have no idea which one caused the irritation. I enjoy receiving mascara samples, so I look forward to trying Sephora's latest mascara next time I apply my makeup. Clinique usually has pretty good moisturizers, so I'll be trying that one after my shower tonight. I don't care for the Marc Jacobs perfume. It's described as: champagne extract, orange blossom, creamy bergamot, gardenia, hydrangea, honeysuckle, saffron, vanilla, liquid amber. 

While the retail value of this box is lower than previous ones it's a good box for me and I'm happy with it.  If you received a Sephora box this month, are you happy with your samples? What's your favorite subscription box? Check out my Play! by Sephora Pinterest Board to see what I have received in my previous boxes. Also, check out my Subscription Box Pinterest Board to see what other boxes I've subscribed to over the years. Help me out by sharing this blog post with friends by clicking on the Google red box (G+1) at the very top of this page or via Twitter and Facebook by clicking their boxes here:


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

QVC's TSVs for March 2017

Preorder Numbers for Today's Special Values


2nd - Ryka Adjustable Mesh Mary Jane Sneakers, A291795, $44.94 or 3 payments of $14.98, comes in 5 colors

4th - Dooney & Bourke Saffiano Leather Shoulder Bag, A292565, $199.90 or 5 payments of $39.98, comes in 6 colors

6th - Josie Maran Argan Tanning Oil & Illuminizing Body Butter Set, A292569 or A/D A293704, $49.98 or 4 payments of $12.50, comes in 3 scents

7th - Denim & Co Button Front Eyelet Shirt with Tank Set, A293252, $43.86 or 4 payments of $10.97, comes in 6 colors

9th - Dennis Basso Water Resistant Jacket, A292560, $59.94 or 5 payments of $11.98, comes in 5 colors

10th - Calista Perfecter Pro Grip Heated Round Brush with Bag, A292570, $79.96 or 4 payments of $19.99, comes in 2 colors and 1 pattern

11th - Vionic Orthotic Adjustable Slide Sandals, A292563, $59.88 or 4 payments of $14.97, comes in 5 colors

14th - Scott Living 400 TC Hydro Cotton Tercel Sheet Set, H211191, $69.98 or 4 payments of $17.49, comes in 5 colors and 2 patterns

17th - Waterford Crystal & Connemara Marble Cylinder Hurricane, H211159, $129.96 or 5 payments of $25.99

18th - IT Cosmetics It's All About You! Customer Favorites, A292567 or A/D A292920, $59.94 or 4 payments of $14.99, comes in 5 shades 

20th - Clarks Artisan Leather Espadrille Wedge Sandals, A292583, $79.80 or 4 payments of $19.95, comes in 6 colors

21st - Aqua Joe Set of Two Hose Nozzles with Smart Throttle & Quick Connectors, M53552, $29.98 or 4 payments of $4.79, comes in 5 color combinations

24th - WEN Cleanse, Style & Finish Four Piece Collection, A292566 or A/D A292750, $59.96 or 5 payments of $11.99, comes in 6 scents 

25th - Issac Mizrahi Stretch Lace Short Sleeve Dress, A292561, $44.94 or 4 payments of $11.24, comes in 6 colors

26th - Power Air Fryer XL Pro, K45574 $99.95 or 5 payments of $19.99, comes in 6 colors

27th - LOGO Lounge Zip Front Cardigan with Lace Back, A293481, $59.96 or 5 payments $11.99, comes in 5 colors

So what is tempting you for the month of March? Top pick for me is the WEN TSV. I purchased he body cleanser a long time ago and really enjoyed it, but it's so expensive. It didn't feel much different than the shampoo. I wish it was available in the seasonal scents though, I'm tired of the classic scents. I love his styling creme and I'd love to try his new hairspray. I'd be tempted by the IT Cosmetics set if there were more than 5 shades. It never works for me when there are so few since I need the fairest of fair. Definitely not tempted by the self tanner. I use to like them sometimes, but Hubby dislikes how they look on me. I can't be bothered with them these days. They are such a pain to apply. Nothing else temps me. I'm a bit tired of QVC repeating such similar TSVs each month. It's time they add some other brands to the TSV list and bring back the seasonal Bare Minerals TSVs! I swear that Dennis Basso coat looks just like a previous TSV. I love his jackets, but that one is too plain for me. I get so many compliments on one TSV jacket I bought. I liked it so much, I bought a second one on clearance. You should check out his clearance items, they are usually the TSV price or lower. Here's some TSVs that information isn't available for yet, but may be popular:

3rd - Lisa Rinna
8th - Lenox Elegant Entertaining
15th - Cooking on Q
16th - Susan Graver
23rd - Judith Ripka
30th - Cottage Farms
31st - Dr. Denese

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Monday, February 13, 2017

19th Sun Basket Review & 50% Off Coupon


Steak & Eggs with Tomato Cauliflower Rice


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Gingered Turkey Meatballs in Lemongrass Broth


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Pear Kale Tonic Smoothie


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Mango Turmeric Smoothie with Ginger


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This is a review of the 19th delivery we have received from a weekly food subscription box called Sun Basket. This week we gave one recipe five out of five stars, two recipes three stars and one recipe two stars. Calories ranged from 190 to 760 and preparation time ranged from five to thirty-five minutes. All four recipes are paleo and gluten free and two are vegetarian. Two breakfast recipes are sent for the same price as one dinner recipe. This week the two breakfast recipes are both smoothies.

Steak & Eggs with Tomato Cauliflower Rice

While it look delicious, it was in fact not. This was the worst recipe we have had so far. The combination of paprika, tomato paste, rice and tomatoes was awful. The steak sauce was made with maple syrup and scallions and it had such an unpleasant flavor. Their pasture raised organic eggs are always delicious, but the steak was tough and we threw most of it out. The chopped up cauliflower we received stunk as soon as I opened the box, so I had to throw that down the disposal immediately. I contacted Sun Basket via email to inform them of this issue. We were given a credit on our account for the cauliflower. We used jasmine rice as a substitute. This recipe has 600 calories and it takes about thirty minutes to prepare. It's a gluten free and paleo recipe.

Gingered Turkey Meatballs in Lemongrass Broth

We both gave this recipe three out of five stars. I had high hopes for it since all of the other recipes that included lemongrass were scrumptious. One problem was that there wasn't enough broth. Again, the prechopped cauliflower was bad upon arrival, so we substituted jasmine recipe. I wasn't crazy about the mint flavor in this one. The baby kale went bad before we used it, so we bought some regular kale to substitute. This recipe has 760 calories and it took about thirty-five minutes to prepare. It's a paleo and gluten free recipe.

Pear Kale Tonic Smoothie

This was our favorite recipe for the week. Hubby gave it five out of five stars and I gave it four stars. At first taste it had a very healthy greens taste, but then it turned into the flavors of pear, honey and cucumber with a slight sweetness that was delicious. It's a immunity boosting drink packed with iron, vitamin C and fiber. It's a paleo, gluten free, vegetarian recipe with 300 calories and it took about ten minutes to prepare. 

Mango Turmeric Smoothie with Ginger

I gave this recipe three out of five stars, but I had to substitute orange and apple for the precut mango since the mango package broke open during shipping. Perhaps I would have liked it more if I had been able to use the mango. It had too much ginger, but my apple helped add some sweetness. Anytime you taste a smoothie and you don't like the flavor or need to add some sweetness, just add an apple. It always solves the problem without changing the flavor too much. This is a paleo, gluten free, vegetarian recipe with 190 calories and it took about ten minutes to prepare. 

It wasn't our favorite week of recipes and there were a few ingredient issues, but this isn't typical for Sun Basket. Normally most recipes are four and five stars and there are rarely ingredient issues. Though I don't recommend ordering any recipe that has the cauliflower chopped up in advance since the majority of the time it hasn't arrived in bad shape. Cauliflower doesn't ship well after it's been cut up into small pieces. I still highly recommend this weekly food subscription box since it's still at the top of our list. They gave us a generous credit for the issues this week. Check out my Sun Basket Pinterest Board to see photos of all the Sun Basket recipes we have made so far. Which recipe looks tastiest to you? Don't forget to enter my monthly giveaway before you go.

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