12.30.2012

Unboxing: Cravebox Winter Favorites

I had hoped to do a vlog for you guys but I'm not gonna lie... I have been swamped 24/7 since BEFORE mine arrived. The holiday season is always a tough one for me because I find that people assume since I'm a SAHM that means I'm free to bake and clean and cook and volunteer for everything. It's also the time of year my kids have a ton of stuff going on and my older two are Thanksgiving and Christmas babies... so you can imagine what that entails.

Alas, my Winter Favorites Cravebox arrived right as I was about to rush out the door. I only had a few moments to snap photos and then it was boogie time. I'm only even getting time to put this up tonight because the guys decided to go out for a movie and then burgers and beers, the teen went to a friends, and the tot's bedtime rolled around. lol So please forgive me for not having this up sooner, I've wanted to at least post pics and even moreso a vlog but well... such is my life. ;) Enjoy!

 
I was immediately doing a happy dance because the pretty colored envelopes felt like presents!


And then underneath it was obvious really fast there was a TON of great stuff. I've generally liked every Cravebox's overall presentation save for one and this one was quickly a favorite just based on how much was packed into it.

 
I haven't had the time to go use any of my goodie coupons are even do a value estimate on the box but if there's one thing I love finding in a Cravebox it's coupons to try a product for free. I've actually never seen Nancy's products before so when my company finally goes home next week I'll hopefully get time to find a local retailer that carries them.

 
I know there was a bit of fuss from some Cravers on Facebook over these International Delight coupons being in this box. Originally these were to be included in the Thanksgiving one and I do feel it would have been fair to mail these out to those Cravers but since I was one of those I was happy to find these in my Winter Favorites. I don't buy coffee creamer a lot in all honesty (it always upsets my tummy) but I was eyeballing the holiday flavors the last time I was in the store. Can't wait to try the Iced Coffee too!
 
 
These will definitely get used in our house. The hilarious part? I had literally JUST made the Double Peppermint Crunch Cookies from the recipe book the day before! I used semi-sweet chocolate instead of white 'chocolate' and they were a hit. Really delicious if you like candycanes and chocolate. Be sure and grab the recipe on the Pillsbury website and save it for next year.

 
The one item I couldn't get to photograph well for the life of me! Mary Kay Lip Gloss in a super sparkley shimmery red. I had actually seen an add in a magazine featuring this gloss and was surprised when I discovered it was Mary Kay. I'd always kind of thought of the brand as a bit dowdy and matronly. Way to bring the image forward. I'm totally planning to wear this for tomorrow's NYE bash at home. lol

 
If I like it I may just have to see if my cousin still sells it because it looks like there are more nice products including fragrances, which are my weakness hands down.
 
 
Now I'm sure we've all heard of belVita by now. They have some odd advertisements that I remember scratching my head at a while back. I'm still trying to get past the fact they strike me as breakfast cookies. If you're a sweet tooth like me, chances are your tummy just growled at that but my inner voice of reason tells me cookies for breakfast = bad. My coupon is torn, not sure if the store will accept it but I'll hopefully dig into these with my coffee tomorrow (thanks for the Keurig for Christmas honey).  What do you guys think of these?
 

This time of year our temps go below zero and pretty much don't rise above freezing for the next four months. I hate it. It kind of withers my soul. The only thing I really like about cold weather is soup. Seriously. I am a soup fiend. I grew up really poor so sometimes soup and nothing but soup was our meal. Thank goodness I don't have to live off soup now, but there's nothing like a yummy soup and a thick slice of buttered bread on a chilly afternoon. I've been wanting to try Campbell's Gourmet Bisques but in all honesty, they seemed intimidating. Golden Butternut Squash should make a tasty soup alone or with something added to it, I can't decide what though. Plus, there are three other flavors that sound even more daring!


Just when I thought everything in the box was going to center around my mouth between the food and lipgloss I found samples of four different Vitabath body washes! I actually have been reeeeally wanting to try the Dreamy Pink Frosting ever since seeing it featured in another subscription box that I don't get. Can you ever have enough lovely body washes? ;)


Last—and actually least for me lol—was Heinz Chili Sauce. How have I not heard of this before? I literally have no idea what to do with it. Is it for fries? Cooking? The American cousin of Sriracha? lol The recipe included with it for Ultimate Party Meatballs sounds promising but our party plans for the week fell through so I may have to hold it off for something later this month.

Overall, it was a fabulous box featuring mostly products I was aware of but didn't know intimately. I think as a product discovery situation it was excellent and now that the holidays are almost over I can finally sit down and take the time to get to know them all more. Because that... down there... in that pic... is literally me trying to figure out cooking time for our ham a couple nights before Christmas. My hubs let our 3 year old play with the camera... and as you can see my poor Cravebox was keeping vigil as I did lots of holiday prep work.

 
Next week I'll have the deets on how YOU can win one of two Winter Favorites Craveboxes that I received in the mail on Friday. Man do I wish I could keep these for myself. ;) And be sure to drop by Cravebox's website to enter the drawing for the Resolutions box. I'm really hoping to be one of the Cravers who gets one because I have some big motivation for improving some key areas of my private life in the near year. :) Till then... be safe, stay warm, and Crave on! 
P.S. -- If you'd love to get a Cravebox of your own... you can learn more about this unique subscription box on the website: www.cravebox.com
 

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