November Degustabox Review and Coupon

Degustabox is one of my favorite boxes; they always send a great assortment of full-sized foods and snacks! The November box was full of items perfect for the holiday season.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review. Post contains affiliate links.

Degustabox costs $19.99 per month with free shipping to the U.S. They also have a U.K. version of the box. Each box will have at least 10 full-sized snacks and pantry items.

I love this box because it's such a great deal. You'll get a bunch of food for way cheaper than if you bought each item individually at the grocery store, and I've been introduced to a lot of great new brands and foods through it!

Note: There are two box variations this month, and as a review partner I received all of the item options. Your box will contain either the Aneto Natural Chicken Broth or the Arteasan tea.

  • Goya Soft Taco Tortillas ($1.99) - This pack has eight flour tortillas inside. I used them for carnitas tacos and they were perfect!
  • Aneto Natural Chicken Broth ($6.99) - This broth is so good! I used half of it for chicken in the crockpot and the other half for soup. It's richly flavored and free from preservatives, additives, GMOs, trans-fats, nuts, gluten, dairy, and soy. Aneto selects the highest quality chicken and vegetables and simmers them on low heat for over three hours to create this broth.
  • Country Archer Jerky Co ($5.99 for 2.75 oz bag) - I'm not a huge jerky fan, but even I thought this was really good. It's made with 100% cage-free turkey breast with no antibiotics or added hormones. It had a strong, smokey and peppery flavor.
  • Bauducco Mini Panettone ($2.75) - Panettone is a traditional holiday cake made with Sun-Maid raisins in a process that takes 52 hours. I haven't tried this yet, but it was an interesting addition to the box, as I hadn't heard of panettone before.
  • Cafe Bustelo Cafe con Leche Instant Coffee ($2.99) - As far as instant coffees go, these are pretty good. Each individual stick has espresso-style coffee, sweetener, and non-dairy creamer. It was a little creamy with a good coffee flavor.
  • Walkers Shortbread Pure Butter Shortbread Scottie Dogs ($4.49) - I love butter shortbread so much and I'm always really happy when Walkers shows up in Degustabox! The little Scottie dog shapes made them even better.
  • The Lovely Candy Company Sea Salt Caramels ($2.50) - These are non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher certified, and have no high fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients. Boxes contain one of three flavors, and I'm glad I got sea salt because salty sweet is one of my favorite flavor combos.
  • Bell's Seasoning ($2.99) - William G. Bell started America's oldest seasoning and spice brand back in 1867 and it's been a staple for Thanksgiving cooking ever since. This salt-free blend is made with all natural premium spices.
  • Rufus Teague Free Sample - This is an extra sample of the Touch O' Heat Kansas City barbecue sauce. This is the perfect size for one piece of chicken (or whatever protein you choose to use it with).
  • Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar ($1.79) - You can't get much better than Oreos and chocolate. This bar is European Milka milk chocolate with a creamy Oreo stuffing. Absolutely delicious!
  • Arteasan Tea ($2.50) - If this is in your box (see note above), you'll receive one of five flavors. I got the Peach Rosemary Yerba Mate tea and it was full of flavor. These teas are made with less than one gram of sugar and sumptuous fruits and unexpected botanicals.
  • Goya Pico de Gallo Mild Salsa ($2.19) - This pico was delicious. It's a mild salsa with tomatoes, onions, tomato paste, jalapeno peppers, and coriander.
Bottom Line: I loved trying all of the great foods in the November Degustabox! There was a good mix of savory, salty, and sweet foods. I especially liked the Oreo candy bar and Walkers Shortbread!

SCOUTbox Review

SCOUTbox is a new subscription that's the only one out there made specifically for scouts, by scouts. Don't have a scouting history? Neither do I, but don't worry, I think this box is still great for anyone interested in outdoor adventuring and preparedness!

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

SCOUTbox was founded by Will and Chris, two brothers who are Eagle Scouts from Troop #888 in Enfield, Connecticut who have been involved in scouting their entire lives. Christ started as a Tiger Cub and moved up the ranks to Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and then became the president of the Xi Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a scouting-affiliated community service fraternity. Will also started in Cub Scouts and served as Senior Patrol Leader and other leadership positions with Troop #888. Both have also attended National Scout Jamboree events and continue to work as active alumni!

The goal of SCOUTbox is to provide quality gear and educational materials to enhance scouting for all subscribers (boys, girls, and adults from a variety of scouting programs). Boxes include gear, accessories, apparel, educational items, snacks, and games.

There are three subscription lengths and pricing options:
  • Monthly: $40 per month
  • 3 Months: $114 every three months ($38 per month)
  • 6 Months: $210 every six months ($35 per month)
Shipping is free with all subscriptions, and they even include a free firestarter every month -- the cardboard box itself!

I was not involved with any scouting as a kid or teen, but I have friends and family who were/are very active with scouting. I have quite an interest in wilderness survival techniques and preparation, so SCOUTbox is still right up my alley.

I received the September box to review, which contained five full-sized items. September was National Preparedness Month, so SCOUTbox sent items essential for every scout's emergency kit.

  • Waterproof Disaster Survival Guide - This guide unfolds accordion-style and is packed with information. It covers everything from natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, etc) to what types of things you should have in your stock in case of an emergency. It's a really handy guide and while I hope I never have to use any of the information in it, it's definitely full of useful tips.
  • Nitelze Reflective Cord - A reflective utility cord is a unique essential that can be used for lashings, to identify yourself and your items, or a variety of other uses. The cord is 50 feet long, so there are plenty of options! Cord is a pretty basic item, but I feel like it's one of those things you never realize you need until you need it (and don't have it), if that makes sense.

Here's a better look at some of the info in the Disaster Survival Guide.

  • Adventure First Aid Kit 1.0 - I am such a nerd for this kind of thing. I like to have a First Aid kit handy at all times. It's obviously easier to have aid items available while I'm home in my apartment, but this kit is great for on-the-go. I think I'll store it in the trunk of my car just in case of any emergencies. It's packed with everything from bandages to moleskin, wound care items, and basic over-the-counter pain medication. There are even some small survival tools inside.
  • No-Rinse Bathing Wipes - I've kept wipes like this in my gym bag for when I don't have time to shower after working out, but they're obviously a great item to have if you're out camping or, worst case, in the middle of a natural disaster.
  • Waterproof Matches - Being able to start a fire is well-known as one of the most important skills to have when outdoors, and these waterproof matches ensure that you'll always be able to get one going when you need to because they work when both wet and dry.

This is only one side of the First Aid Kit -- the center package has After Bite for bug bites and some other medication, and the flap underneath has even more items!
The September box is no longer available, but you can pick up the October "Wilderness Survival" box for $40 here as a one-time purchase.

Bottom Line: I'm very impressed by SCOUTbox! Even though I'm not an active scout and don't have a scouting background I found every item in this box to be incredibly useful. This is a great box for scouts of all ages, hikers, campers, or anyone who wants to stay ready and prepared for any situation.

Introducing the Frolic Marketplace!

If you read my blog then you are most likely a fan of subscription services. There are a ton of boxes out there, with new ones popping up every day, and it can get a little overwhelming deciding which ones to try. Frolic is a new website and marketplace that will help make the sub box world a little easier to navigate!

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Frolic.

Frolic aims to create a destination where people can try a box without having to commit to a full subscription or worry about canceling before they're charged again the following month. You can purchase a one-time box for yourself or as a gift. They charge a slight premium over the subscription box price for this, but I think it's still worth it to have the peace of mind of not having to worry about if you've cancelled in time. Also, consider this: it's pretty much the same as buying a magazine off the rack as opposed to subscribing. Maybe you just want to buy one issue because your favorite actress is on the cover: you're going to pay a little bit more for that single issue than a subscriber did, but you got the one issue that you wanted!

Since they've just recently launched, Frolic is currently working with these three subscriptions: Love Goodly (organic, vegan, cruelty-free beauty), DirtyBird Energy (organic natural energizing soap), and The Rachel Zoe Box of Style (fashion and women's interest). I've heard great things about all three of these boxes and would definitely sign up to try just one of them. I really like that you can get one box without having to commit to a subscription length, that way you can decide if you like it or not without having to worry about being charged again in a month.

Not only does Frolic have this great marketplace, they also team up with social influencers to create limited edition boxes! Their collaboration with LadyGang is available now, and their next collab is with Katie Dean Jewelry and Thrifts and Threads and will be available soon.
Bottom Line: Check out the Frolic Marketplace! I think it's a great way to try subscription boxes without the hassle of commitment, and/or to purchase a one-time box as a gift. The holidays are fast approaching, so now is a great time to purchase a box for family or friends! I can't wait to see what boxes they add in the future.

RawSpiceBar Quarterly Subscription Review

RawSpiceBar is a great subscription for anyone who likes to cook! They have a quarterly shipment that sends six freshly ground spices and blends from all over the world.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

RawSpiceBar is a great way to keep your spice pantry fresh and full of variety. Each packet of spices has enough to cook two meals a week for three to four people. I live alone, so the quarterly shipment is more than enough to keep me cooking for quite some time!

The subscription costs $26 per quarter (every three months) or $88 for 12 months. Subscribers also get 25% off all purchases from the RawSpiceBar shop in case you want to stock up on other spices in between shipments.

As you can see from the first photo, each spice is packaged in a resealable packet. RawSpiceBar recommends moving them into airtight containers if you plan on storing them for a long period of time.

I received the following six spices in my quarterly box: Salt Free Greek Seasoning, Kashmir Chiles Tandoori, Shichimi Togarashi, Freshly Ground Chiles Taco, Punjabi Garam Masala, and Unpumpkin Pie Spice (pictured above clockwise from top left).

I've already used the Shichimi Togarashi as a chicken rub and it was delicious! I love the variety represented here. Spices can get pretty expensive, and RawSpiceBar sent me high quality spices that I don't normally have access to. I think this is a great way to keep your pantry full of flavorful spices at an affordable price.

Salt Free Greek Seasoning

Kashmir Chiles Tandoori

Shichimi Togarashi

Unpumpkin Pie Spice

Punjabi Garam Masala

Freshly Ground Chiles Taco
RawSpiceBar also has lots of recipes on their website that feature each spice in case you need some inspiration on how to use them. They also have a ton of other spices to choose from if you want to shop a la carte.
Bottom Line: I love RawSpiceBar! I'm so excited to use each of these spices. I especially love the Shichimi Togarashi and Freshly Ground Chiles Taco, since I prefer some heat in my dishes. This quarterly subscription is an excellent deal with high quality spices.

50% Off 12 Month PlateJoy Subscription

PlateJoy is a meal planning service that sends recipes and ingredients lists tailored exactly to your dietary needs. They have lots of wonderful recipes to choose from, and now you can save 50% off a 12 month subscription!

*Disclaimer: Post contains affiliate links.

Now through November 20th, use coupon code PREYEAR at checkout to save 50% off the 12 month plan. This brings the price down to $49.50 (only $4.13 per month)!

If you're not sure about committing to a full year yet, you can use coupon code GET10 for $10 off any subscription length.

For more information about how PlateJoy works, please read my introduction post here.

Laurence King Publishing Review and Giveaway

It's early November, but it's not too early to start thinking about holiday shopping. I know I've already started to pick up gifts for everyone on my list. If you've got a book lover in your life, Laurence King Publishing is your one-stop shop!

*Disclaimer: These books were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Laurence King has a huge line of products, from coffee table design books to games for kids and adults. They also have an expansive collection of adult coloring books, like Johanna Basford's Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest.

I love adult coloring books and I'm so glad they've become so popular. Coloring is very calming and meditative for me. I prefer nature designs, so these two books are perfect for me! The artwork is absolutely gorgeous.

Secret Garden features beautiful illustrations or floral designs and whimsical fairytale-like scenes. There's also a treasure hunt at the beginning that lists a bunch of different images for you to find with an answer key at the end of the book.

As you can see, Johanna Basford's artwork is intricate and perfect for mindful coloring. She suggests using fine point felt pens to color, but I prefer colored pencils. You definitely need something with a sharp tip though.

Enchanted Forest also has a treasure hunt element to it, with illustrations of cute animals and forest scenes. This is my absolute favorite type of book to color in!

Rabbits are my favorite animal and they're peppered throughout this book.

Here's a completed hedgehog that I colored in. I love that the illustrations are full of dreamy elements, like using leaves for his body instead of regular quills.
Bottom Line: The Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books by Johanna Basford are the perfect gift for the creative person in your life (or as a treat to yourself)! The illustrations are so beautiful and the extra treasure hunt game is a fun addition. Even if you're not a fan of coloring, you should definitely browse the Laurence King catalog because they have so many great gifts to choose from!

Laurence King Publishing has kindly offered a copy of each book I've reviewed here to for my readers to win! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. This sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents aged 18+ and will end at 11:59 PM EST on 18 November 2017. Laurence King Publishing will be shipping the prize to the winner.

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Dispatch by Breakout Games Review

Breakout Games is the largest escape game company in the United States, and they've now launched a murder mystery subscription box called Dispatch!

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Have you heard of escape rooms? They're exactly what they sound like -- real life, interactive games where you try to escape from specific situations, often with a story woven in. Dispatch allows you to experience the excitement of an escape game from the comfort of your home.

Series One is "On The Run." Once you open your first box, you'll find yourself immersed in the story of the disappearance of your closest childhood friend. He's also suspected of killing his wife, a well-known heiress. The physical clues in the box and details embedded online will help you deduce what's fact and what's fiction and help find what happened to your friend.

I love the idea of this box! It's unique and a really fun way to engage in a murder mystery game. You'll receive your first box shortly after you subscribe and additional box each month with clues to further explain the story.

Boxes are $24.99 per month. When I entered my address (in New York) into the checkout page, shipping was free but NYS taxes added another $2, bringing my total to $26.99. I still think that's a fair price considering how well-made everything is in the box. The subscription auto-renews unless you cancel and you'll be billed approximately every 30 days after you place your first order. You can cancel at any time through your account page, but if you choose to continue through the length of the story be advised that each story lasts for "less than a year," according to the Dispatch website. They'll also refund you the most recent box if you're not satisfied with it.

I was eager to dive in to this box! I've always loved mysteries and detective stories since I've been a kid, so being able to sort through the clues was really exciting.

The first box contains a bunch of different clippings, notes, and other items. The only information aside from the clues is the above information card. There isn't any guidance regarding what to do with the items, but if you've signed up for this box I'm assuming you're aware of how it works. That being said, the info card does state that if you get lost at any point, "the local detective can help you along the way" (more on that in just a bit).

I won't explain in detail every clue because that seems tedious, but I did take photos of all of them. Everything is such high quality and it really makes you feel like you're receiving real clues. By that I mean it's easy to forget that you're playing a game --- for example, the above pictured wedding program looks like an actual real wedding program, down to every detail!

I just love the attention to detail on all of the clues; it's easy to see that a lot of thought went into planning out this box and story. Even the red ink and corrections in the best man speech (yellow paper) add to the authenticity!

The bread and butter of the box is your journal. Right inside is the business card of Bailey Detective Co., and this is the website you'll use if you get stuck on any of the clues. If you go to the site you'll see that there's a contact form where you can fill out your name and what game you're playing, along with any questions you may have.

The journal also has other information aside from your writing, including newspaper clippings and a note on a napkin. I haven't read the entire journal yet but so far it's a really intriguing story.

The last two clues are magazine covers that feature stories about your friend and his wife's murder.
Bottom Line: I was blown away by the quality of this box! Everything is put together so well and the clues are all high quality, down to the tiniest detail. I love the idea of investigating the story each month and I think this box is a must-have for mystery fans!

KitNipBox Cyber Caturday Sale Coupon

KitNipBox is launching their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale early! Their "Cyber Caturday" sale is live now and has their deepest discount of the year.

*Disclaimer: Post contains affiliate links.

Now through November 11, new subscribers can get 20% off their first box with coupon code CYBERCATURDAY. KitNipBox sends toys, treats, and goodies for your cat -- you can read my review of their box here!

Bloom Mineral Beauty Dead Sea Minerals Review

Bloom Mineral Beauty creates skincare with Dead Sea minerals to help you look and feel radiant, hydrated, and renewed. I tried their Purifying Mud Mask and Shielding Foot Cream, both with excellent results!

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Bloom Mineral Beauty develops their products from Dead Sea salts, quality natural botanical extracts, and modern sciences techniques to ensure high efficacy. They use 100% pure salt from the Dead Sea and a combination of other ingredients, including palm oil, soy, olive oil, aloe vera, calendula, chamobile, and green tea. All of their products are also cruelty-free and have no parabens, petroleum, or GMOs.

The Purifying Mud Mask is made with black mud from the Dead Sea to deep clean pores without overdrying. It also has honey and aloe vera to soothe skin and is formulated for most skin types. I wanted to try this because I have oily skin and mud masks are great for absorbing excess oil and impurities from the skin.

I really like that this mask has minimal ingredients, as you can see from the photo above. The consistency was a little runnier than I am used to with mud masks, so I suggest giving the bottle a good shake to mix everything up before dispensing. Otherwise you'll get a bit of separation from the oils and the mud.

I used this as directed, leaving it on for about 15 minutes. There was a slight tingling sensation, but that means that the mud is doing its job. This was much more gentle than other mud masks I've tried, so if you have sensitive skin this would be a good bet for you. After using it my skin felt so nice and refreshed!

I love a good foot cream. The Shielding Foot Cream is excellent; made with aloe vera leaf and calendula extracts to soothe dry skin. I think that a lot of people don't think about their feet when considering moisturizing, but since we're on our feet so often I think it's important to pamper them as well! This cream was nice and thick but also lightweight. It absorbed quickly into my skin and felt silky smooth afterwards. This is a great treat, especially for the upcoming dry winter weather.

Shielding Foot Creme and Purifying Mud Mask
Bottom Line: I really enjoyed the Purifying Mud Mask and Shielding Foot Cream from Bloom Mineral Beauty! Both products are perfect for my skincare needs and worked very well. I think Bloom Mineral Beauty has wonderful skincare products that are perfect for treating yourself!
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