Kawaii Surprise: A Package of Candy and Snacks straight from Japan!

 Kawaii Surprise: price varies by surprise choice, package reviewed is the Chibi Cool Japan package filled with snacks and candy for $19.99 shipping included.

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How cool is it to get a package from another country? I almost want to keep the package since it has all of the neat stamps and Japanese stickers on it. 

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Packages from Kawaii Surprise can take between 1-3 weeks to deliver. I believe mine took about a week to get to me. As you can see in the photo everything was really well packed into a plastic bag. Miraculously nothing was smushed or melted and there was so many bright and colorful packages. Super excited to dig in and see what was in there. Please forgive that because I cannot read most of the packaging and there isn’t much in English I am unsure of the names for some of these. 

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Kit Kats!- These were I *think* dark chocolate and came individually wrapped in adorable snack size packages

– some kind of chocolate nut mix, really good!

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XYLISH- This is a strawberry mint gum, just so so. I am biased since I don’t like to chew gum. 

Sequoia Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Wafer Bar-This was probably my favorite thing to try since I love all things Matcha. This bar is a wafer covered with matcha green tea and white chocolate. It did not disappoint and I wish I had more!

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Yummy pink paw print gummies

Poifull Shining- This package contained different flavors of jelly beans. Not my favorite candy (like chocolate!) so I say they are just okay. 

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How neat are these chips, they are spaghetti flavored. These aren’t like potato chips, they are triangularly shaped and puffy, but not like a cheeto. They are really yummy.

Love love loved these pringle like chips, the packaging suggests that the flavor is vegetable. There is a distinct hint of wasabi that is just enough to taste and add to the flavor of these. Highly addicting.  

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Pokemon- These looked like candy cigarettes. They come separately packaged in the box. These were an interesting hard candy. Id say maybe a little sour, they came in two different flavors but Im not sure what they were. Little P enjoyed it, I think this would be a big hit with any kids. 

Green Apple Mochi Candy- I liked getting to try this but wasn’t a fan of the green apple flavor. Or the texture, I really was expecting it to be softer and more like traditional mochi. 

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Fun Extra: Pencil- very cute adding to P’s craft supplies

There was such an awesome variety of products in this one package, Id love to try more. Also considering it came from Japan it didn’t take that long to ship and the cost is included in the price. I thought it was very reasonably priced. There are many different mystery bag options on Kawaii Surprise’s site. I am tempted by one that is completely Matcha snacks and candy. Have you tried Kawaii Surprise or any other service that supplies snacks from overseas? It can be hard to pick out new items when you aren’t sure what’s good or even what’s in a certain product. That’s why I am really enjoying these packages from different countries (Candy German, I loved your box as well). 

 

*I received this surprise package for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Kawaii Surprise for letting me share your service with my readers! 

June Pop Sugar Must Have Box

Sometimes Pop Sugar can be hit or miss, this month I think their box is fabulous! PSMH is one of the more expensive women’s monthly subscriptions out there, but right now at least there is a $10 off coupon to use which makes it a steal at $30.

First looks of June’s box:

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You Smell Lemon Verbena Aloe Wet Wipes- $8

I love the packaging from this brand! I haven’t opened them yet but since I haven’t put them in my bag. There have been many moments recently where I wish I had a hand wipe. These are going to get put in my backpack asap.

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The One and Only By Emily Griffin- $16.52

Hawaiian BBQ Chips- $2

I am happy to see this book, it doesn’t look like the kind of story I would read though. Boo! I will read it anyway since I never have time to get books for myself. Every time I bring P to Barnes and Nobles she starts running around like crazy and reorganizes all the stuffed animals in the kids section! I know I could order books online but it just isn’t the same as getting to browse the isles in person.

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Sachajuan Body Lotion in Shiny Citrus- $24

Lollies Hair Ties- $8

This lotion is lightweight and from what I read free of parabens. It doesn’t hurt that it has a wonderful light citrusy scent. I was worried I wouldn’t like a scent titled “shiny citrus” but this isn’t your drug store variety fake orange smell. This has notes of fresh citrus and jasmine. The Lollies hair ties are great, there isn’t a day you won’t see me without a hair tie in or on my wrist. What I think is really awesome about these is the material. Lollies hair ties are made from swimsuit material! I am now considering cutting up an old bikini (which I will never wear again after having a baby) and trying to make my own. If I am successful you bet I will post with details on how to make them!

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Turkish T Mykonos Breeze Towel- $32

Ok the only picture of this towel I have is the one above. Why didn’t I take another? Well because my little girl P has a fun time un-boxing with me and loves this towel! She ripped it right out and draped it around herself like a dress. This towel is wonderful not only for her but for me when we go to splash parks this summer and hopefully for when we take a trip to the beach. I end up using the wrap from last summer’s Pop Sugar box all the time around the house so I know this one will get used frequently.

This is such a great summer box it has everything you need to have a great trip at the beach, park or even backyard. I bought this because I know without a doubt I will use every item in this box. Plus with the promotion you cannot beat all these summer essentials for that price!

May Orange Glad Box

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I recently got my Orange Glad subscription box in the mail and I would have posted sooner but I wanted to taste test all the goodies first! Orange Glad is a gourmet dessert subscription box. Each month they send a wonderful variety of deserts from different smaller businesses. This is a somewhat new subscription box and I think it’s really great. The subscriber (yours truly) gets to sample a wide range of gourmet sweets without having to order them in bulk or do research to find said small business. The smaller bakeries and shops also benefit my spreading the word about their product through Orange Glad. If there is one thing I love it is to support small businesses.

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From the first look I really couldn’t tell what was in the box, which only made me more excited to rip into it!

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Here is the front and back of the May product card.

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Baking Betty’s Award Winning S’more Cookie and Peanut Butter Cup Cookie – $3.50(one big cookie would be almost $2)

Okay so this cookie is huge! Not to mention soft and delicious I loved the toasted marshmallows in the S’mores cookie. The peanut butter cup cookie was smaller and still good but I thought it could have had more chocolate in it. If you love cookies and would order them in large quantities I would check out Baking Betty. There was a really adorable circus animal cookie in her shop that looked yummy, but there are also other choices like classic oatmeal raisin and caramel apple.

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Cici’s Italian Butterhorns-$2.50

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Welsh Cakes- Orange Cranberry-$2.50

These are really interesting! At first glance I thought they were cookies but they aren’t. Welsh cakes are more like scones and aren’t baked but made in a griddle. I warmed ours up and drizzled them with honey for breakfast and both P and I really enjoyed them.

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Fine Sconehedge Baking Company Gluten-Free Ultimate Brownie-$2.50

I was wondering how good this would be even though it was gluten free. The answer? Pretty gosh darn good! These are moist and really rich chocolate, I couldn’t eat but a small piece of it at once.

Say maybe you wouldn’t want sweets every month? Orange Glad still would make a “sweet” present for say your dad or husband for Father’s Day coming up. Or even “sweeten” up things at work by getting a corporate gift subscription. Can you imagine how much people would love you if they got to eat a s’mores cookie instead of say a chips ahoy? Just putting it out there for consideration.

 

Blissmo Mini Snack Box

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I mentioned a while back that Plum District was having a deal on Blissmo mini snack boxes. Blissmo Box is a subscription service that sends a monthly package of personal care and healthy food items. If you subscribe for $19.95 a month then each month there are usually options for what themed box you want. I never knew that they offered the mini snack box and so I bought the deal on Plum. The mini snack box is $10 and I ended up getting two so Im going to review both.

Box #1

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Honey Stinger Organic Honey Chews in Pink Lemonade

Smarty Pants Gummy Vitamins for Grown Ups

Yum I think these honey chews are my favorite new thing, they are so good! I think they taste more of honey than pink lemonade but they are addictive. They also have a whole bunch of Vitamin C in each serving. The Smarty Pants vitamins are really yummy, I’ve tried them before and wolfed them down.

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Numi Savory Tea in Tomato Mint

I am really excited to try this. When I first got a sample of Millie’s Savory tea I really enjoyed it and ordered more. I love the mint tea that Numi makes so I bet this will be good. I think savory teas are fantastic for cold weather and for when you have a cold. It makes my whole insides all warm and comforted.

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Sencha Green Tea Leaf Mints in Dragon fruit

For every 3 mints it’s the equivalent to drinking a cup of green tea. This is great and yummy. I’ve never had a dragon fruit and Im not even sure what they look like. But at least these mints taste good. I do love green tea, especially matcha. If you’ve ever had matcha green tea flavored mints they are so good!

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Barnana

At first glance I was unimpressed with this snack because we love bananas in our house and eat them everyday. Why do we need it in this form? They are intimidating at first because they turn dark brown. These are good thought and I love that it has just the one ingredient and nothing else. Browning of bananas is completely natural so nothing to worry about. This pouch is also resealable which is nice and my daughter liked chewing on these, another win.

Box #2

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Might Leaf Iced Tea 

Eat Green Tea

I like Mighty Leaf iced teas but the edible green tea not so much. I put this in a smoothie and I don’t think I blended it well enough because the texture was that of like little twigs or tea leaves in my mouth. I think I would rather just drink it than eat it. Maybe if it was in powder form…

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Pur Spearmint Gum

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Gin Gins Ginger Candy

Love ginger candy especially the peanut chews.

So from these two boxes it seems like Blissmo includes a snack a tea and a gum or mint in each mini snack box. At least that’s how mine were. Have you ever gotten one or a box from Blissmo? I do really love those Honey Stinger chews.

September Taste Guru and Promo for 2 Free Months!

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Taste Guru is a service that sends a monthly shipment of completely gluten free food. This is a really great idea for someone who has Celiac’s and would make a great gift. While I don’t have any trouble eating gluten I thought this service sent some really great items and wanted to try it out. I was blown away by how big and heavy the box was when the delivery man dropped off my first box.

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Here is a first look of the products neatly assembled in the box.

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Viviana Sweet Potato Fettuccine- $6.99

I am already planning a recipe to make with this delicious looking sweet potato pasta. I love trying different varieties of pasta and also recently found a chocolate raspberry pasta to experiment with as well. This fettuccine is gluten free and made with rice flour and sweet potatoes of course! I also think it was nice that Taste Guru sent out a email with a recipe using the pasta, just in case you needed some ideas.

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Sea Turf Pacific Smoked Salmon Chowder-$6.99

This looks so good. I don’t often eat smoked salmon but when I do it’s a real treat. I usually eat it on an everything bagel with red onions and capers. This soup is going to be great when the weather finally cools down.  I think the pouch packaging is the best. I hate using my can opener and this way you can microwave the pouch and pour it into a bowl. Isn’t it the worst when you burn yourself grabbing a hot bowl out of the microwave? Or is that just me that does that? Anyway…taking a look at this company it seems like they put a lot of care into making a premium product, so I hope it’s up to scratch!

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Cook Simple Tamale Pie- $5.00

This box has some neat directions on the back so I had to include a picture of it. Im not too much of a fan of chili but this is still a good pantry item. Especially for a night when you are too tired to figure out dinner. This does need extra items to make it, but I think the extras are items one normally has on hand anyway.

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Glutino Strawberry Breakfast Bars- $5.00

I have been giving these to my daughter to snack on and she likes them a lot . I also tried them and they tasted pretty good.

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Toufayan Wraps- $3.50

I liked making some tuna wraps with these. From what I’ve heard it can be hard to find a gf wrap that doesn’t rip on you. These too seemed like they were on the brink of ripping but didn’t “whew”.

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Rocky Mountain Naked Popcorn- $1.25

This was gobbled up immediately. It was good popcorn and I wish there was more. I still think it’s hilarious that my little girl loves popcorn so much. I was worried about it being a choking hazard when I gave her some for the first time. To my surprise even though she still doesn’t have all her baby teeth in she loved it! So basically any popcorn is good with us.

I used a special code to get this box cheaper which is why I decided to try it out. If you want to try Taste Guru then use the code 2FREE to get 2 months for $24. Considering this box was definitely worth more than $12 and Im going to eat everything I would say that’s a great deal!

September Goodies Kid Box Review

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Just got our Goodies Box for Kids this week! Goodies boxes are only $7 and even though they can be hit or miss my family usually enjoys trying everything in the box. I used to get the normal one but I switched to the new kids box to see if I got anything fun to try for P.

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Since this is the kid’s box Goodies has so far been making them so that the kids can decorate them. The first box had a bunch of doodles to color in. This box in contrast is blank so that the kids can draw and decorate it however they want.

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Nesquik Cookies in Chocolate and Strawberry (2 packs)

I tried the chocolate cookies, which I think would be good with some milk. I would say these are similar to oreos but not as good.

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Cow Wow Now Cereal Milk Organic Chocolate

I haven’t tried this one yet but it looks yummy. I could never pass up chocolate milk and I know P will like trying it.

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Sour Power Straws in Strawberry

These are fat free and pretty sour. Not much else I can say since I didn’t eat them. I passed them on to A since these aren’t for me.

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Oogies Kettle Corn

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Animeals Organic Pasta Sauce

AHH I was super happy about this item. Organic mild flavored, less acidic tomato sauce made especially for kids? This is a great idea.

Vermont Snacks

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This may seem way off topic, but do you ever watch travel or food network shows ? And just wish that you could go there and get to try what the host or chef is making? I do, very frequently but Im young and a new mother. There is very little hope of me getting to travel anytime soon. That is why I am so excited about some of these newer subscription boxes that send products made exclusively in one place. In this case the box I am reviewing is products from Vermont. When I think of Vermont I think of skiing and trees and maple syrup. I couldn’t wait to rip into this box to see what I was going to be able to try, from a place I would love to visit if I could.

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When I opened it up the information card was right on top

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All the Made with Love in Vermont treats!

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Distler’s Maple Pretzels- $2.00

Ok well you know I just mentioned maple syrup. Maple and pretzels? I haven’t tried this combination before, yes please! These are hard sourdough pretzels broken into bite size pieces. These pretzels were a great snack and weren’t too sweet. Just a nice light touch of good old maple syrup.

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Liz Lovely Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies- $3.99

These are two big, soft cookies vegan and gluten free. Now just because it says vegan it doesn’t mean it’s any healthier, these have a lot of sugar in them! A tried these and said they taste like cookie dough. I think they are delicious but only in small bites. If I ate a whole cookie I think I would feel sick.

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Garuka Bar-$3

I’ve always wanted to try these! Made with raw Vermont honey and simple ingredients, can’t wait! I also thought this was neat: ” The only energy bar using 100% consumer recyclable packaging.”

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Bloodroot Mountain Sauce Co operative Chipotle Morita – $6.99 (this is an estimate based of the website)

This looks very good and is a nice addition to my pantry. I don’t own many hot sauces even though I love spicy food. I think I just forget to use condiments like this with my food. Most of the time I am just trying to eat something before running to chase after P. Ill share an update once I try this sauce out, Benito’s hot sauce does have great reviews on their site. I especially would have loved to get their chipotle infused maple syrup.

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****Bonus 2 pieces of chocolate for first time subscribers

Vermont Snacks is $19 a month and that’s with shipping included. The total of what I received comes to about $16 and I saw the shipping on the box was around $6. I think this was reasonably priced for the variety I received. I think it was great that all of these products are from smaller companies who are also trying to be more socially responsible in how they produce their goods and use all natural ingredients. What do you think of Vermont Snack’s first box? Has anyone tried some of the other boxes out there for products from one state? like the one for Hawaii? I’d love to know! Please share your thoughts below.

Mexican Candy Box-September

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If you like trying new things and are a candy junkie then this new monthly subscription might be for you. Mexican Candy Box sends a mixed box of candy every month ranging from chocolate to spicy mango lollipops with chile powder. Personally I love this concept because I love trying new things and I also have never tried any spicy candy till now. When trying to purchase candy from another country it can be hard to choose what to get and sometimes even harder to find a good way to get it. Before this box came out I also used to receive a similar box, but of asian candy treats. The company has since gone out of business but I really enjoyed trying new things from them and was super excited to try this box. There are three different options to choose from the smallest  solo (for 1) is $12, amigo (you and a friend) $15 and familia (for the whole family) $20. I chose the amigo so I would have enough to share with A. 

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So although this came in a somewhat small rectangular box it was pretty heavy! I checked and the shipping cost on the label said $6. When I opened my box everything was nicely wrapped up safely in tissue paper and on top was a handwritten thank you note. I thought that was a very sweet touch. Just like the description said I received a few of each candy so that I could share (or have more for me!) 

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Mango del Puesto (2)

I am totally digging the packaging of these lollipops. I am not too much of a fan of lollipops, but a mango lollipop with spicy chile powder to dip in? Count me in, I really enjoyed trying this. I also love that if I don’t want the whole thing in one sitting I can just close it up for later. 

Sandia del Puesto (2)

This is the watermelon lolli with salty chile powder to dip it in. I haven’t tried this one yet but I am sure it’s tasty. I enjoy the contrast of sweet and salty and sweet and spicy. 

Vero Elotes (3)

This is a strawberry lollipop already covered in chile powder. The second picture above is what it looks like. 

Paledon Goat Milk Lollipop (3)

These look delicious, Im thinking they will be similar to the Tomy candies I got. I will try and update after I try everything (I can only handle so much sweets at once!). 

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Duvalin Strawberry & Hazelnut frosting 

This is very very sweet, and I think I prefer Nutella. I did still enjoy trying it and I thought the little spoon it came with was very convenient and cute. 

Bocadin Chocolate Wafer

These chocolate wafers were not impressive, I think they were stale. I have definitely had better. 

 

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Canel’s Gum assorted flavors

I feel like I have had this gum before. At any rate I normally don’t buy gum so these will be nice to have in my purse. So far I have tried the peppermint and it has a nice minty taste. 

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Tomy Butterscotch candy

I love these hard candies! This was maybe my favorite candy in this box and even better, I got the most of these in comparison to everything else. 

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Pulparindo- Extra Hot and Salted Tamarind Pulp Candy

I was so excited to try this! I have never had tamarind and certainly never spicy salty tamarind pulp! Woah this stuff has to be eaten in small doses. It packs a punch, I can handle my spice but it still is an intense flavor. Lots of salt and fire, it will make your mouth pucker up and your eyes squint. I know that may not sound like something you want to try, but I really enjoyed the unique taste. 

This was the first month of Mexican Candy Box and overall I am pretty happy with it. I paid $15 and shipping was $6. So did I get $9 worth of candy? No, I don’t think so. I am sure I could get the candy cheaper. Here is why I don’t mind: Since I have never tried mexican candy and also can’t speak much spanish I wouldn’t really know what to buy. I looked online and saw several places to buy mexican candy but they would be in bulk (with choices being overwhelming). I think for a once in a while purchase this candy box is a great way to try new flavors and see if you like Mexican candy. I wouldn’t get this every month but if they offer a one time box, then I would get it every now and then. 

So tell me, do you have any strange or foreign candy that you like? I would love to know in the comments below! If you have had Mexican candy what’s your favorite? Do you enjoy spicy candy, I know I am! 

Goodies first Kids Box!

Goodies Co. is one of the most affordable food and snack subscriptions out there, it’s only $7 a month. Every month there is a jumble of different items to try out sent right to your door. For a while I was subscribing to the regular box they have, but then Goodies Co. came out with a Kid’s Box! So I switched over to this one to see if I find anything good for P. Now my little girl is only 14 months old so I know she won’t be able to eat too much of what I get. This was the very first Kid’s Tasting Box so I wasn’t too sure what to expect. It turns out all three of us gobbled up the whole box and tried everything in it the second I finished taking pictures!

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I love the box this comes in, when P is old enough she can color all over this. I am using this box as storage for her craft supplies.

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Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip Cookie

This wasn’t the best cookie but it is gluten free. When you have a child with allergies it can be hard to accommodate them, this is a nice option for a sweet treat in a lunch bag.

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Tangy Zangy Twisties in Sour Wild Berry

These were not so great, but then again Im not really into any candy but chocolate.

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P and I liked these cookies a lot. They are in cute sea animal shapes and are from Hawaii. I like that they aren’t too sweet and remind me of gingersnaps (which I love).

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Grammy Crisps from Crunchmaster

These again are a great option for someone who avoids gluten in their diet. I liked these but obviously I like the real graham crackers better. I have tried other crackers from Cruchmaster that I like a lot more and those are also gluten free.

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Motts Fruit Snacks

These were absolutely a hit with my family. I was cautious about letting P try one because she only has 6 teeth but she ate one too! She really liked them as did A and I. Im a sucker for fruit snacks and I would definitely pick up more of these.  IMG_1740

Bare Fruit Cruchy Fuji Red Apple Chips

These are a great healthy snack. How awesome is it that this has one ingredient? Apples, plain and simple. This is great by itself or I think it would be yummy over a salad.

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Got Milk? Vanilla Milkshake Straws

I have always wanted to try these, but I think I’ve been too embarrassed to get them. Now that I have, Im getting more! The flavor doesn’t last too long but I still think that their neat and make milk more delicious.

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For $7 I think this was not bad at all. We were all happy with everything we tried and I found some things I would get more of. Im hoping it’s just as good next month!

August Love with Food Box

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Love with Food is one of my favorite subscriptions, it’s affordable at $12 a month and you receive a pretty wide range of goods. I have gotten different kinds of snacks, sweets, spices and dips from these boxes and found some really awesome products. To make them even better LWF even donates a meal for every box sold. Also I just received an email today with some awesome news! LWF is coming out with a deluxe box option for $19.95 a month.

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Now on to this month’s box, which was barbecue themed in case you were interested ; )

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Aunt Sally’s Original Creamy Pralines

Rip van Wafels Amsterdam Waffle Cookie 

I don’t know if I have ever tried a praline before, but Im not really a fan. This was just too sweet for me. Im really excited to try the waffle cookie, I don’t know how many times I have seen these around and wanted to get one but didn’t. I mean who wouldn’t like that? A crisp waffle cookie filled with caramel, sounds delicious.

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Sahale Snacks Cranberry Sesame Seed and Honey Crunchers

Project 7 Sugar Free Mints

Yum! I didn’t think I would wolf down the crunchers like I did, they were very tasty. I would get more of these, I thought it was the perfect blend of salty sweet. I am also glad to get these mints! I received them previously through a PSMH box and completely broke the cork top, so I still haven’t tried those. With this new tube I was VERY careful to gently twist it off.

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El Pinto All Natural Salsa 

Dizzy Pig All Natural Spice Rub in Tsunami Spin

I like this salsa for it’s convenient packaging and will be taking it with me when I go on one of my picnics with P. The seasoning looks good and I will try it maybe on some of my mahi mahi burgers.

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Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps

Good Boy Organics Sea Salt BOPS (Baked Organic Potato Snack)

I already know and love Snapea Crisps as well as the lentil crisps that Harvest Snaps makes. I recently tried the onion thyme and tomato basil, both delicious. The potato chips were pretty good although a bit salty. BOPS are definitely a great alternative to normal potato chips with much less fat.

I couldn’t have been happier with this month’s box. I have been sampling here and there since I got it last week. I want to go order some more Sahale snacks, I think that was probably my favorite item this month. Who’s excited for the new deluxe box that LWF is coming out with? I know I am!