Fabletics April 2014 Review – Outfit 2

Fabletics, a collaboration between Kate Hudson and the people at JustFab work to bring stylish and affordable workout clothes to your door each month.  This is a subscription program, at the first of the month you have 10 days to choose your outfit (from $50-$80) or skip.  If you don’t do either, they will charge you the $50 and you have a credit in your account.

For April, I chose Uninhibited (top right)

Fabletics April Mid Month Collection

Fabletics April Mid Month Collection

I loved the pink and gray and didn’t want to chance it being sold out before the May selection window opens.

The first look is never too exciting.  Since I chose my outfit, I knew what I was receiving.  Fabletics ships via Fed Ex Smartpost and usually takes 6 days to get to me.  Each piece is packaged individually and I’ve never had a problem with the way my order has arrived.

First Look

First Look

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Suva Run Short

Suva Run Short: $29.95 cost, $23.95 VIP price

These shorts are fabulous!  They have a lining inside so that if you are working and doing yoga or something you don’t have to worry about your shorts riding up.

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Ayni Sports Bra

Ayni Sports Bra: $24.95 full price, $19.95 VIP

This bra is another love!  Unlike my first April bra which I liked, this one is amazing.  It has skiny straps but a very supportive elastic along the bottom.  I wore it tonight and even when I was jumping rope it was supportive.  This bra also has removable cups.

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Embra Tank

Embra Tank: $24.95 full price, $19.95 VIP

This tank is nice.  It has a large cut out in the back which is partially filled in with the pink sports bra.  It’s a good weight fabric and fit me a little small, but that’s probably more the 10 lbs. I put on this past month than the shirt.  It is a slimmer fit than my other April shirt.

This was another great outfit from Fabletics.  It had a VIP value of $63.85 but is only $49.95 when purchased as an outfit.  And, if you sign up through my link, you will receive your first outfit for 50% off!  (This will enroll you in their VIP program).  Some day I will get brave and post pictures of myself wearing them.  I really thought this was a subscription that I’d order once to get my 50% off outfit and then I’d cancel.  But the quality of the clothes for the value is so great that I keep ordering.

To learn more about Fabletics, or to sign up, click here.

~Elizabeth

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Citrus Lane April 2014 Review & Coupon Code

Citrus Lane is a monthly box of goodies delivered to your door for your little one birth – age 5 and start at $29 (and decrease if you prepay).  Through April 22, you can prepurchase boxes for up to 44% off!  We purchase our box for our youngest daughter who is 23 months.  Box contents are not themed but are different depending on age and gender.

First Look

First Look

I was a little worried with the first look, things had gotten moved around a lot in shipping.  Luckily, nothing was broken.

The Prince's Bedtime

The Prince’s Bedtime

Barefoot Books The Prince’s Bedtime (with CD): $9.99

The girls both love listening to this book.  The rhyming, illustrations and message are great.

Green Eats Tumblers

Green Eats Tumblers

Green Eats Tumblers: $5.99

This is a 2 pack of cups made from recycled materials.  They are bigger than most cups and are pretty heavy.  I wouldn’t pay $3 each for a plain tumbler, but we can always use more cups and I like that these are BPA free.

Mrs. Meyer's Dish Soap

Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap

Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap: $.37

This is one of the least valuable samples I’ve ever received.  But, I’ve always wanted to try the Mrs. Meyer’s products, so this will get used.

Green Toys Flower Set

Green Toys Flower Set

Green Toys Flower Set: $10.00

I was most excited for this set when the spoilers came out.  This is half the size of the set you can buy on Amazon.  I have always wanted to buy this for the girls but I didn’t know if it would be worth the money.  They spent hours over the weekend building flowers.  I’ll be buying the ful set to add to the half set that we now own.

Amazon sells the full set for about $20 which is the price I used.  But, the Green Toys website lists it at $27.99 and Fat Brain toys lists it at $25.95.

Final Thoughts: I paid $29 for this box and received $26.35 worth of products.  It’s not the most valuable box we’ve received, but I love everything in it.  With that said, everything will get used so this box was another win for me.  I’m loving Citrus Lane more each month.  To learn more, or join, click here (signing up through this link will save you 50% on your first box!)

~Elizabeth

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April 2014 Birchbox Review

Birchbox ships 4-6 beauty and lifestyle items to your door each month for only $10 a month.  Plus, Birchbox lets you review your items (a short multiple choice questionnaire) for 10 points per item.  Each 10 points is equal to $1 in the Birchbox shop.  So, this month I paid $10 for my box and received 5 items so I earned back $5 in products.

My Birchbox was supposed to arrive this Tuesday or Wednesday so I was very surprised to see it in my mail last Friday!  The April theme is all about rainy days.

First Look

First Look

First Look

First Look

I had peeked in my account on the 10th when they release the box contents, so I knew what I was getting, but I still love seeing the colors/sizes of the samples.

derma e Hydrating Night Creme

derma e Hydrating Night Creme

derma e Hydrating Night Creme with Hyaluronic Acid: $29.50 full size, $7.38 sample size

I really like this night cream.  It’s not too heavy and I don’t wake up with my face feeling greasy.  I’ll have to use it longer to see if it reallly reduces wrinkles and fine lines, but as a moisturizer, I like it.  This was a .5 oz sample which I love.  There’s enough there to use this for at least a week to see if it’s a product  I want to buy or not.

KIND Healthy Grain Bar

KIND Healthy Grain Bar

KIND Healthy Grain Bar (Maple Pumpkin Seeds): $11.88 full size, $2.38 sample size

I’d rather receive more beauty products than food/lifestyle items in my Birchbox, but I was very surprised with this.  I avoid tree nuts and most bars contain them.  This one does not.  It wasn’t fabulous, but as a healthy snack to have on hand it was good enough that I’ll probably pick some up at the store.

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash: $15.00 full size, $2.81 sample value

This body wash was another good sized sample: 1.5 oz.  I used it once and loved the scent – it reminds me of a spa.  I’ll be putting this in my travel bag for our next trip.

Color Club Nail Polish and Cynthia Rowley Eye Liner

Color Club Nail Polish and Cynthia Rowley Eye Liner

Cynthia Rowley Eye Liner: $16.00 full size, $8.00 sample value

I was excited to get the Cynthia Rowley Eye Liner in my box until I received my box and saw the color I was getting.  It’s silver!  This is a travel size pencil (not full size) so I’m guessing on the value.  I most likely won’t use this but it is a nice quality eyeliner.

Color Club Gala’s Gems Collection Nail Polish: $13.00 full size, $3.25 sample value

I received Gold Struck which is sort of a rose gold polish.  It’s okay.  Not something I would wear to the office, but I’ll use it on my toes.  Nail polish is not something I love getting in my boxes (I’d rather get more hair products) but I know some people love getting it.  That’s the fun of subscription boxes.

Overall, I was very happy with the April Birchbox.  There were lots of products I’d never heard of and I got to try some products I know I will never buy without spending too much money.  The box was $10, I received $5 in Birchbox points for reviewing my products, so in the end the box cost me $5.  Even without the points, the sample value was $23.81- still much greater than the initial cost of the box.  To learn more about Birchbox or to sign up, click here.

~Elizabeth

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Julep Maven May 2014 Selection and Coupon Code

Julep, a monthly nail polish subscription service, has opened their selection window for May. Boxes are $19 (they are raising the price to $24.99 starting with the June box, but it will be completely customizable!) a month.  You can get your first box free with the code FREEBOX; just pay shipping…but this enrolls you in their subscription service and you earn a skip box every 6 months.

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The May collection is Fresh Twist.  Besides the usual It Girl, Boho Glam, Classic with a Twist and Bombshell boxes, you can also choose Modern Beauty (no polish: this month it’s the Glycolic Hand Scrub and Rock Star Hand Crème), Core Classics (Ta-Da Quick Dry Drops, Freedom Polymer Top Coat, Vanish Cuticle Remover and Cuticle Oil) or the new choice: Color Crush which is two It Girl polishes and one Boho Glam polish.  To see the color swatches, check out the Julep blog.

What colors are you choosing this month, or are you skipping?  I’m choosing the Core Classics box – I really want to try the cuticle remover and it’s $14.40 regularly, so this is a great way to try it.

~Elizabeth

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Birchbox Mystery Sample Pack Review – April 2014

I received an order from Birchbox today but as part of my order I had added a Mystery Sample Pack and figured I’d review it since I think it’s one of the great perks of ordering with Birchbox and it seems like a lot of people don’t know about it.  My order was also supposed to include the Yumi Kim iPhone case, but there was no case.  I did email Birchbox about it and will update when I hear from them.

Birchbox has a bonus shop and be sure to check it out whenever you are placing an order.  Sometimes there are gifts with purchase available, sometimes there are samples with purchase.  It varies month to month, but the Mystery Sample Pack is almost always there.  The Sample Pack is free with a $35 order and promises $10 in value.

This time I received:

Mystery Sample Pack

Mystery Sample Pack

Wei Golden Root Purifying Masque: ($42.00 full size, $5.25 sample value)

I do wish there had been more information included with the sample – like how to use it.  That information is usually on the card in the monthly Birchbox.  But, I’ve read great things about them so I’m excited to try it.

Chapstick Hydration Lock: ($2.99 full size!)

I received this in a previous Birchbox as a Birchbox find – a drug store item that isn’t one of your 4-6 samples.  I’m still using the one I got.  I really like it – it’s thicker than most regular chap sticks and is something that I can always use.

My Mystery Sample Pack had a value of $8.24 and since I purchased my entire order using my Birchbox points, I didn’t even spend $35 of my own money to get it for free.  This wasn’t one of the most valuable sample packs, but I’ll use both items and it was FREE.

What have you gotten in your Mystery Sample Packs?  To learn more about Birchbox or the Mystery Sample packs, click here.

~Elizabeth

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Friday iPhone Dump

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I am again linking up with Jen at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for the weekly iPhone dump.

Wagon rides

Wagon rides

We had nice weather over the weekend so the girls got to enjoy the wagon in the back yard.

Our own Personal Flurry

Our own Personal Flurry

I don’t think this even needs an explanation.  Two kids.  Styrofoam.  Dad bringing the trash outside…

Climbing

Climbing

Ava wants to climb up the rock wall so badly.  She can get off the ground by herself, but that’s it for now.

Ella Bella Ballerina

Ella Bella Ballerina

Ella needs a red, white and black outfit for one of her dance recital routines.  We put this together but I think she needs a little sparkle added to the leotard.  Any ideas?

Tissue Paper Beds

Tissue Paper Beds

Every year on my birthday, Ella makes a bed out of tissue paper.  This year, she recruited her younger sister.  They didn’t fall asleep there, but one year, Ella did fall asleep on her tissue paper bed.

Mommy and Her Girls

Mommy and Her Girls

Me with my girls watching a little tv before bed.

Easter Treats

Easter Treats

Ella’s last day of school before vacation and they had an Easter egg hunt outside.  She was proudly showing off her treats and the Easter bag she got.

Sleepy

Sleepy

And Ava missed the Easter excitement because nap time and school pick up time coincide.

Thanks for looking!

~Elizabeth

Friday’s Letters

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Dear Ava, what is with you today?  You are off the wall.  Still adorable, but you are getting into everything.

Dear Ella, is it a full moon?  The promise of Easter?  You and your sister are crazy silly today.

Dear Me, promise you will get the toy bins and the American Girl boxes labelled today.  Okay?  And then post pictures on here.

Dear Brian, thank you for driving all the way to the Container Store for me today so I can finally organize the American Girl toys.

Dear Container Store, I love you and your spring sale is making me so happy.

Dear Beachbody, I’m so happy my 21 Day Fix is shipping.  But is FedEx Smartpost really expedited?

Dear Ava, please don’t freak out when we see the Easter Bunny at the Carousel tomorrow.  This is our last chance to get a picture of you and Ella with the bunny.

~Elizabeth

Thursday Thoughts

 

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

~ Lately I’ve been so tired.  I only drink caffeine in the morning – I’m getting to bed around 11:00 and I wake up around 6:00.  It feels like I have no energy all day.  Any suggestions?

~ Does anyone have any ideas how to change the comments section on here?  I feel like the comment part is so hidden (it’s in the top right corner of the post).

~ Just as soon as it got warm, winter came back.  It’s been about 32 in the mornings and we actually had SNOW yesterday (just a dusting but it was still snow).  Happy birthday to me!

~ I am on a total etsy spree lately.  So many cute things I can’t find in stores.

~ I can’t believe that it’s now less than a month to Ava’s 2nd birthday!  I have to get going on her party planning.  Yesterday, I ordered her birthday banner:

Elmo Banner - Courtesy of Pocketfullofglitter on etsy.com

Elmo Banner – Courtesy of Pocketfullofglitter on etsy.com

For Ella’s birthday I ordered a printable banner from etsy, but by the time I bought the cardstock, ribbon, and printed it (it used an entire cartridge) and then spent the time cutting and assembling it, I was WAY over the cost of ordering a premade one!

~ I’m thinking I really want to make these Sesame Street pom poms for Ava’s birthday party.

Rosita courtesy of pompommomma.etsy.com

Rosita courtesy of pompommomma.etsy.com

~ I really wanted to make plain tissue paper pom poms for Ella’s birthday party but ran out of time and with the faces, these are adorable.  I wish I could buy just the faces for these.  I want to make them all, and definitely can’t buy them all premade.  If it works, I’ll post some pictures of how they came out.

~ It was another slow box week for me. Kiwi Crate and Citrus Lane are on their way and should be here before the weekend.  My Birchbox is coming late (forgot to update the credit card).  I have a Birchbox order coming today (mystery sample pack review coming tomorrow!) and my Honest Co. and Fabletics should be coming next week.

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Fabletics April Mid Month Collection and Coupon Code

Fabletics, a collaboration between Kate Hudson and the people at JustFab work to bring stylish and affordable workout clothes to your door each month.  This is a subscription program, at the first of the month you have 10 days to choose your outfit (from $50-$80) or skip.  If you don’t do either, they will charge you the $50 and you have a credit in your account.

Each month, a new selection of outfits is released on the first and then mid month they release another new selection of outfits.  I’ve always held back because I can’t afford to get two outfits in one month, but this month, I couldn’t resist.  I had a free outfit credit waiting for me (from points earned through purchases, reviews and referral credits) and I loved the pink and gray of this collection (plus it’s my birthday).

Fabletics April Mid Month Collection

Fabletics April Mid Month Collection

I really love the jacket in the top middle photo, but that outfit is just a jacket and shorts, so I went with the choice on the top right – pink shorts, gray tank and sports bra.  Not bad for free!  And I’m hoping that jacket makes appears again in the May collection!

To learn more about Fabletics, or to sign up, click here.  Once you create an account, you will receive a coupon code for 50% off any outfit that’s good for 24 hours.  You will not be enrolled in the VIP program until you actually purchase an outfit.

~Elizabeth

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