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Reviewing Causebox: The Fall 2019 Box Reveal

8 Oct

I feel like I’ve been looking forward to this box for ages and I’m so happy it’s finally here!

About Causebox:
Every season, members receive a limited edition curation of products from the leading socially conscious brands. Some of them are designed exclusively for Causebox. Each box is designed and filled with love. From the original artwork on the outside of the box, to the lovingly handmade products that fill it up, there is love in every detail. The cost is $49.95 per quarter if you subscribe annually, or $54.95 per quarter if you subscribe by the quarter. I don’t have a referral code to give you, but if you click on their website you might see a pop-up with a promo code on it: www.causebox.com

Let’s check out what I received in the Fall 2019 box:

Known Supply Weekend Duffel, $108 value

Source: Causebox.com

An oversized duffle for everything from weekends away to trips to the gym. Handmade by artisans in Jaipur, India.

Out of all the items in this box, this was the one I was most excited about. Typically when packing I’ll pack either a backpack or a small suitcase, but this duffle is perfectly in the middle. I picked the gray/white stripes with the natural colored straps and I love the pretty gold-ish metal accents on everything. I saw some people complaining on the Causebox Instagram page that this bag was smaller than pictured… but once you stuff it full of stuff I think it’s exactly the size as represented. I used this for last weekend’s girl trip to Lindsey’s house and it was the perfect size!

Malin + Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil, $82 value

A multitasking treatment oil that provides hydration and helps skin feel softer, smoother, and brighter. Naturally composed of nine antioxidant rich oils.

With fall and winter coming, I’m happy to add this antioxidant oil to my stash. I like being able to sample these items long term before committing to the high price, so this is perfect for me.

La Beaute Soi 10-Piece Makeup Brush Collection, $24 value

A 10-piece set of makeup brushes for every imaginable use and look. Every brush is made with vegan, cruelty-free bristles, and packaged in a thoughtfully designed vegan leather clutch.

First off, you all know how I feel about “vegan leather”… can we just call it what it is?! PLASTIC. I can see how this makeup brush set might be useful to many people, but I’m really not that involved with putting makeup on. In fact, I typically only use one brush… maybe two if I’m feeling fancy. I’ll either gift this one or donate it.

Nashelle Heather Drop Lariat necklace, $38 value

A custom-for-Causebox take on the classic Y silhouette. For every product sold, Nashelle donates 10 meals to those in need.

For this necklace, I was able to choose between silver and gold and I went with the gold one. I like the weight of this necklace and both the design and the chain are substantial. I’ve tried adding it to a couple outfits, but it’s really just not my style — to me it looks like a dog choke collar. I think this one will probably be added to my Poshmark closet.

La Lueur White Cactus Coconut Wax Candle, $35 value

A fresh take on autumn, this candle was developed from sustainably sourced ingredients including a proprietary coconut wax blend. Every La Lueur candle is hand-poured in the USA and packaged in a gorgeous reusable glass vessel.

I actually really like the scent of this candle and the glass vessel is really pretty, so this one is a keeper!

Glass Ladder & Co Terrazzo Travel Wallet, $18 value

For this choice I was able to pick between this travel wallet and a felt letter board. The letter board looked super cheap, so I went with this travel wallet even though it is once again vegan leather. Sigh. It is fine for storing a passport and stuff while traveling and I will get some use out of it, but it’s not very exciting.

Bonus: $25 Known Supply Online Store Credit

There was also a postcard for a special promo code to get $25 store credit at the Known Supply online store. I did a quick search of the website and it looks like they have some cotton t-shirts (graphic and plain) for $34 – 54, so I may use this gift card towards something.

Overall Thoughts
I really like the Fall Causebox! The duffel bag is really well made AND adorable, the candle smells good, and the face oil has promise. While the necklace seems well made, it’s not really my style so I’ll list it for sale so someone else can enjoy it. I’m not enthused about the two vegan leather/PLASTIC items in the bag though and wish they had some non-plastic choices.

What is your favorite item from the Fall Causebox? Do you like Vegan Leather??

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Loving Right Now: Brittany Runs a Marathon

23 Sep

For my birthday this past weekend, Travis and I had a weekend away and it was fabulous! One of the things we love to do when we go to the Northern Virginia area is see a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse (you can order freshly baked cookies and cold milk to come out to you DURING the movie!).

This time, I knew exactly which one I wanted… Brittany Runs a Marathon.

You guys. This movie was SOOOO good. It’s really funny and touching and I full-on cried at one part. I mean, tears down both cheeks and I had to stop myself from making that weird sobbing noise. My husband really liked it too (but says he didn’t cry…) and we both felt super inspired to make some small changes in our lives too.

Go see it.

Go see it.

Go see it.

And then let’s talk about it!

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Jack’s Book Recommendation: The Bad Guys

17 Sep

I’ve been hoping since Jack was born that he’d turn into a bookworm just like his mommy. While he’s not quite in the burying-himself-in-books stage, we have been reading a book every night before bedtime for the past 7+ years. Back in April, I shared that his favorites included Pete the Cat and Dogman (read the post here) but now he has a new favorite series: The Bad Guys!

I had stopped by the library on my own to pick up a book on hold when I decided to do a quick loop of the kid’s section to grab a few new books. I saw a bunch of Bad Guys books, so I grabbed book 1, 2 and 3 and brought them home. Holy Guacamole, Jack LOVED them!

Here’s a list of all of them with links to the paperbacks which are typically about $3 each. You can also stick them on hold at the library like we did!

Source: Amazon.com

The Bad Guys (#1) https://amzn.to/32FcDVV

The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable (#2) https://amzn.to/2NYgN79

The Bad Guys in The Furball Strikes Back (#3) https://amzn.to/34BjEZE

The Bad Guys in Attack of the Zittens (#4) https://amzn.to/32Ff8aH

The Bad Guys in Intergalactic Gas (#5) https://amzn.to/2QbPOYw

The Bad Guys in Alien vs Bad Guys (#6) https://amzn.to/306vHPv

The Bad Guys in Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?! (#7) https://amzn.to/2QbJmRo

The Bad Guys in Superbad (#8) https://amzn.to/32F3H2J

The Bad Guys in The Big Bad Wolf (#9) https://amzn.to/2LvKzOZ

These books are for kids in 2nd – 4th grade and center around “bad guys” trying to act like good guys. The graphic novels center around Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark and Legs the tarantula. There’s a bunch of kid appropriate ‘potty’ humor that had Jack and I cackling out loud!

We read a few chapters every night (they are a little more challenging for him, so I read to him and he follows along) and we burned through all three of the books. We went back to the library to grab more and at this point we’ve finished the entire 9 book series and we are impatiently waiting for more.

Jack has already asked me to add the whole series onto his Christmas list and it looks like #10 will be coming out in December!

Have you read The Bad Guys books yet?

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Inspiration Fit Autumn Grab Bag Reveal

26 Aug

We’ve already established that I have a weakness for the Inspiration Fit grab bags, so let’s move on to the good stuff… the reveal! This time I approached my grab bag purchase in a more strategic way. They had 6 possible designs in the Autumn bag and I knew I really liked 3 of them, so I bought TWO bags to ensure I would receive ALL THE DESIGNS.

Why would I do this though if I don’t love three of the designs? Because I joined the Inspiration Fit Swap Facebook group and I knew I could sell off any unloved shirts!

Each Autumn Grab Bag (fitted tank top option) cost $29 and they were running a deal that if you purchased 2 you would also get a $15 gift card to spend on a future order.

I received 6 shirts – all the possible designs in an assortment of fall colors. These were the three designs I really wanted:

And these were the three designs that I liked but didn’t love:

I listed my unwanted shirts on the Swap Facebook Group and within an hour or so I sold them for $12 each, for a total of $36 in sales (minus Paypal shipping costs and postage). I then searched the group for the Pumpkin Spice shirt I loved in a long sleeve version (for a perfect Fall Casual Friday look for work) and bought a pretty burgundy version for $19.

So now I have four shirts… all designs that I love. I ended up averaging about $11.75 per shit and I still had that $15 gift card to use on a future order.

After a little site stalking, I used the gift card on this shirt, which I love:

AND I’m super prepared for Fall… bring on the pumpkins and spice! {But not the Pumpkin Spice, because that stuff is too sweet!}

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