Hello Fresh Review

Dinner at our house goes one of two ways. Either I’m making dinner as my husband arrives home or I get lazy and wait till he gets home and I hope that with enough whining and complaining he’ll just say “let’s go out to dinner.” I really do love to cook, but sometimes the thought of spending an hour or more in the kitchen making dinner, eating and cleaning up just doesn’t sound appealing after a long day at work.

I sometimes get into the rut of making the same things over and over and eventually they just don’t sound appealing anymore. Does anyone else deal with this dinner anxiety like I do? Since I wanted to get out of my cooking rut, I decided to give the dinner subscription service Hello Fresh a try. Here’s a peek into what comes in the box, the dinners we made and my overall thoughts on it.

If you are interested in trying out Hello Fresh for yourself, use the coupon code 3APHF8 for $40 off your first box. Boun appetit!

 

 

Hello Fresh Review

 

Hello Fresh Review

Rocksbox Review

Accessorizing an outfit is one of my favorite things to do. When I was in high school, I used to pick out my outfit and jewelry the night before school and modeled it for my mom. Even though I’m an adult now, I still pick out my outfits each Sunday for the week because it just makes my mornings go a little bit smoother. I love to pick out my jewelry and pair it with my different outfits. To me, jewelry is something that really helps to style an outfit and make it even more fabulous.

Rocksbox Review

Rocksbox recently reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in being one of their RB It Girls. Getting jewelry in the mail? Yes, please count me in! If you haven’t heard of Rocksbox, it’s basically a jewelry rental service. You pay $19/month and fill out a style quiz and wish list based on your jewelry specifications. A stylist will send you 3 pieces on loan for the month and you can keep them as long as you want. If you fall in love with any of the pieces in your box, you get a $10 credit to put towards jewelry to buy. If you don’t like anything, there’s a prepaid shipping label for you to send it back.

Rocksbox Review

 

Here’s a look at what came in my box for me ::

  • Perry Street Jean Crystal Earrings $41

I don’t often stray from my normal diamond stud earrings but I liked these pretties. They’re a big bigger than a stud to make a statement on your ear. It also helps that they’re big rhinestones because we all know how I like to sparkle and shine :)

  • Gorjana Chaplin Bracelet $40

I was not a fan of this bracelet. I do prefer to wear silver over gold so they got that right. But this was a flimsy chain and I can see this getting caught on my watch or charm bracelet so this was a thumbs down for me.

  • Perry Street Layla Necklace $44

I made a note to my stylish that I really love to wear statement necklaces. Even though this is on the small size, I would put it in that necklace category. I personally did not like this necklace simply because I prefer to wear big, bold necklaces with lots of color.

 

Rocksbox Review

Although this month’s pieces weren’t all a hit, I really enjoyed receiving this box in the mail. I’m looking forward to seeing what my stylist picks out for next month’s box!

If you are interested in getting your own Rocksbox, use the code ashleyericarichxoxo to get your first month’s box free!

QUESTION // What’s your favorite type of jewelry to wear? 

Popsugar October

It’s another month and time for another monthly Popsugar box! I just love the feeling of coming home to mail, it makes a bad day much brighter and a good day even better! The inspiration for this month’s Popsugar box was all things Halloween including tricks and treats, cat  eyes, moonlight, getting cozy and pumpkin spice!

Popsugar Must Have Box October

  • Happy Socks Animal Socks :: $12
    • This month’s box didn’t have any big ticket items, which in all honesty made me a little bit sad because I think that’s one of the thrills of the box. However, these socks hit it out of the park for me! I love leopard and I especially love to wear fun socks when the weather gets cold.
  • butter LONDON WINK Eye Pencil :: $18
    • I’m a big fan of the butter LONDON nail polishes and have never tried any of their makeup. This came in a gray color which I’ve never used before. Needless to say I haven’t tried it out yet because I always stick to the same makeup routine. Hopefully soon I’ll give it a go!
  • Isaac Jacobs International Acrylic Frame :: $36
    • I recently redecorated my office area in our house. I bought a bookshelf that I’ve been styling with various decor items I’ve been picking up. This acrylic frame was the perfect addition to my shelf. I actually put two photos in it so I can switch it around whenever I feel like.
  • Mine Design Chalkboard Candle :: $24
    • This was also a great addition to my office since it’s in the colors black, white and gold. I also love candles so this has made itself a nice, cozy home on my bookshelf :)
  • Dean and Deluca Pumpkin Spice Malt Balls :: $5.75
    • These did not last long at all! I gobbled them up in less than a week! I wasn’t sure how I would like the pumpkin spice flavor but it didn’t taste like pumpkin at all. These were so delicious and I’m thinking of ordering myself a bag before fall is over.
  • Nailed Kit Halloween Decals :: $8
    • I’ve never had much luck with nail decals because I have thin nails that peel very easily. I meant to put these on for Halloween but completely forgot about them. There is one design that is orange chevrons so I may give that one a go sometime soon.
  • K. Hall Designs Shoreline Shea Butter/Olive Oil Bar Soap :: Special Extra
    • I won’t open this to try until I finish my current soap but the fact that it says shea butter sounds very moisturizing. I’m hoping that’s the case since I need all the moisturizer I can get now that it’s getting cold out.

  Popsugar Must Have Box October

Popsugar Must Have Box October

 Overall it was a pretty good box. I’m glad that a few of the home decor items were a perfect fit for my office redecorating. Plus the socks are one of my favorite clothing pieces right now and I wish I had more of those chocolate malt balls to eat!

If you’re interested in a Popsugar box, then I highly suggest you sign up! They also have special edition boxes including a bridesmaid one, baby gender specific ones and a Neiman Marcus holiday box. Any of these boxes are not only a nice treat to yourself, but they’d make great holiday presents too!

Naturebox Unboxing

It’s been a little while since I last did an unboxing video, so check out my latest box that made it’s way to my doorstep..Naturebox! I had some hits and misses in this month’s box so tune in to see what my thoughts were on my healthy snacks this month.

Save $5 on your first Naturebox with this link! 

 

Popsugar Must Have Box :: September Edition

Taking a break from some of my travel recaps, it’s time for my favorite piece of monthly mail! I always look forward to getting this box in the mail, but was especially excited to get this month’s box since it waited a week for me while I was on vacation! It’s always easier to get back into real life mode after vacation when you have “presents” waiting for you at home!

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Now that it’s fall, I LOVE to wear scarves! This is in a neutral gray color that will work with a lot of my clothes. And what a value this thing is too! I feel pretty fancy when I wear it :)

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I’m always listening to music either when I’m running or at work, so these are great to add into my headphone repertoire.

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I really wanted to like this, but I just couldn’t. It has a brownie taste at first but then the almonds kick in and while I love almonds, this whole combination just wasn’t working for me.

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I always have flyaway hairs and am always willing to try a new hairspray. I didn’t find there to be anything extra special about this. It seemed to leave my hair sticky and have those hairspray stick straight chunks in it..know what I mean? This was a miss for me and I’ll be sticking to my Moroccan Oil Hair Spray for now.

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Growing up I hated writing in pencils in school. But now I’ve learned to love them when I’m writing down things for blog planning since I often change my mind on what to post when! I’m also currently obsessed with anything black and gold so this is right up my alley!

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I’m a sucker for a good piece of snail mail and I can’t wait to send one of these little notes in a present to one of my girlfriends.

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Nike shorts are my favorite to run in so I’ll be putting this to good use.

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I love chocolate and Ghiradelli to me is the best kind out these. This bag didn’t last one week in the pantry because they were so good! I love sea salt and I like to think that because it had almonds in it, that makes it somewhat healthy!

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QUESTION // Do you get any subscription boxes? 

PopSugar Must Have Box :: August Edition

I have to admit, I (again!) caught a sneak peek of this month’s Popsugar box on Instagram. Ok…well maybe I did take a look at the hashtag and start stalking it on a daily basis to see what was coming my way. When I saw that one of the items was from Kendra Scott, I was OVER THE MOON EXCITED! This has been my favorite box to date. I’m so so so sooooo glad my husband renewed this monthly subscription box for me. I get so excited for it to arrive each month. It’s like Christmas to me!

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When I first caught a glimpse of the box, I saw that most people were getting the infamous Kendra Scott earrings. I have wanted a pair of these for awhile so I was looking forward to getting these. Until one day, I saw that some people were getting the earrings or the necklace. My box came with the necklace, which I’ll be honest I was a little disappointed about first. But, once I got my hands on it, it has definitely grown on me. It’s dainty and I love the shape of it. I’m thinking of getting one in another color too. The glitter one just speaks to me!

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I love the outside of this candle. It’s tiny which automatically makes it adorable. I also love the light blue color of it. I’m not sure if I’m a fan of the scent though. It reminds me of walking into Abercrombie which takes me back to my high school days. I’ve only burned it for a short while and haven’t noticed any special aroma from it yet. At the very least, this will be a cute jar to use after it’s burned.

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Since I take my lunch to work each day, I’m always on the hunt for containers to take food in. This is a great little box that will be perfect for some dip and veggies to snack on throughout the day.

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No surprise that I LOVED this item. My sweet tooth is looking forward to making these. I also think the packaging is so cute too!

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This is a great sized bottle of shower gel and I know this will last me a long time. I’m normally a fan of fresh scents so I’m hoping that even though this is more of a perfume scent that I’ll still like this.

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o   This is another item I was really looking forward to getting. I’m a big fan of their lip tints and the brand overall. This shade was created just for POPSUGAR’s second birthday so that makes it even more special! It reminds me of my favorite lip gloss NARS Easy Lover so it’ll be nice to have another lip gloss option in my collection.

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I have always wanted to try these protein bars but haven’t bit the bullet and done it yet. I often get nervous trying new protein bars. I’ve been keeping this in my lunchbox for one of those days I need a little something extra to eat. It has 10 grams of protein and zero grams of sugar. Here’s to hoping it actually tastes like a brownie!

PopSugar July

I seriously just love when my PopSugar Must Have Boxes come in the mail. It’s like getting a present every month in the mail! For any of you guys out there that have trouble shopping for your gf/wife/sister, I’d highly recommend getting them a subscription to this monthly box. The value of the box each month is almost always over $100 and it’s a great way to try out new brands and items that you might not otherwise get a chance to try

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I always struggle with my current beach hat. When I pack it one time years ago, it lost its shape and never got back to its normal size. This hat has wire in it so you can adjust it accordingly. It’ll make a great piece to pack in your beach bag without worrying about it getting misshaped.

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I think these salad servers are so much fun! I love a good chevron print and these are bold and colorful. These will make a good addition to my next cookout.

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This is a sunscreen I have always seen when I’m at Ulta, but never picked it up to try. I like that this came with an aloe lotion as well because I often burn so this will be a nice and refreshing sip of moisture to put on my skin after a day in the sun.

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I have a mason jar in my kitchen filled with printed straws and I couldn’t wait to put these in there! They add some pizazz to any drink.

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Even though I love to workout, I’ve never really used a jump rope to work up a sweat. I’ve put this in my gym bag to use as a way to throw in some cardio burts when I’m lifting weights.

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Coconut is one of those flavors that I am not a fan of. I did try these though and they were like thin french fries..but they were a fail for me and I did not like them at all.

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This is a full size mascara that came as a bonus item. I haven’t tried it out yet as I have some other mascara I’m currently working my way through. But I can’t wait to try this out as I normally stick to my usual tried and true mascaras.

 

The value of this month’s box about $108. All of the items were a hit for me which is good since I probably would have never tried any of these items before. If you’re interested in getting a subscription,

PopSugar Must Have Box :: June Edition!

Well, you know what time it is! It’s Popsugar Must Have box time! I was pretty lucky this month because not only did I get my regular monthly box in the mail, but my husband surprised me and also got me the Limited Edition Summer box as well! Take a peek and see what I thought about each box!

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Naturebox & Graze Unboxing :: May Edition

Since I love snacks so much, I decided to continue on with my monthly subscription box to Naturebox after I gave it a try last month. I was really looking forward to the snacks that were coming in this month’s box because I got to pick which items went into this month’s pantry. It was a difficult decision, but you’ll see that I made some very delicious decisions!

I also gave the Graze box a try this month as well. My friend Michelyn over at Brains, Beauty and Basketball had a code for your first box free so I decided to give it a shot!

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If you are interested in trying out either of these boxes, check out the deals ::

Naturebox :: Use the code RPGN-LFQ to get $10 off your first box at naturebox.com! A box is normally $19.95 so you can get your first one for $9.95! (discount applies only to new, first-time customers and cannot be combined with any other promotion.

Graze :: Use the code MTY5NQNQB to get your first and fifth boxes FREE at graze.com!

 

QUESTION // Have you ever tried Naturebox? What snacks would you recommend I try out next month?

PopSugar Must Have Box :: May Edition

It’s that time of the month! No..not THAT time of the month if you know what I mean. It’s another month of a PopSugar Must Have unboxing!

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I say it every month, and I really mean it. This is the BEST monthly subscription box out there! They always have such fun themes and getting full size products in it is even more fun to look forward to!

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Since summer is right around the corner, it was a summer themed box this month. And, yet again, this box did not disappoint and I got well over a $40 value. Let’s take a look at what came in this month’s box!

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Zing Anything Citrus Zinger ::  Value $17

This is a water bottle that makes it easy for you to infuse fresh fruit into it. You put fruit on the bottom of the bottle and it will press the fruit into the bottle to give you a flavored water. I sometimes get bored always drinking water so it will be fun to try out different fruits in this during the hot summer.

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy Nail Polish :: Value $10

Last year I started to get into blue toned nail polishes. In fact, I wore a blue color on my toes for my wedding day! This is a fun turquoise color that will make for a fabulous pedicure color.

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Kerry Cassill Eye Mask :: Value $24

Since I like to travel, I have my share of eye masks, so it’s nice to have another one in my collection. The only things I don’t like about it is 1) it’s just an elastic band on the back which might stretch out over time since it’s not adjustable and 2) I wouldn’t pay $24 myself for an eye mask. But at least it’s in a pretty color!

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Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser :: Value $45

When I sprayed this, my first thought was that it reminded me of vacationing in St. Maarten. It smells exactly like summer. It’s that coconut, salt water, sun tan lotion, beach smell all rolled into a bottle. Whenever I want to be back on the beach, I’m going to spray this!

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Tone It Up DVD :: Value $15

I did a little squeal when I saw this DVD in the box. I have always loved the Tone It Up girls and have wanted to try one of their DVDs for awhile. Since I love working out and am always looking for new workouts, this is right up my alley!

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Hi I’m Skinny Sticks Multi-Grain Sweet Onion :: Value $4

This snack is the greatest invention ever! I always love finding new snack type items and this is so good, I snacked on it the whole afternoon after my box arrived! It’s shaped like a french fry and is a crunchy chip. And it tastes exactly like an onion ring, which I love to eat! You can eat 34 of these sticks for only 120 calories! What a great alternative to having greasy onion rings. A total guilt-free snack!

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Total Value for May’s box :: $115

Overall, another great box! This month had a great theme and these items did not disappoint! I’m not bummed about any of the items and am so excited to start using them! I seriously can not rave enough about how awesome these boxes are. It’s always something to look forward to getting in the mail.

If you’re interested in signing up for PopSugar Must Have Box, here’s a link where you can sign up!

QUESTION // What’s your favorite must have item for summer? 

Previous PopSugar Boxes 

NatureBox PopSugar Box

March PopSugar Must Have Box

April PopSugar Must Have Box