Little Life Box – October 2017

Octobers box has been in for a little bit now (besides I get it later than everyone else, got to love living up north). I paid $26.15 CAD for Octobers box and still a price I have been more than happy to pay. Lets see if this box was worth it though.

So, I love the fall colours this box had. Plus, the cards are always so pretty. Not as many big items this month but there are a lot of items so Yay!

FYI: the pictures are kind of horrible I could not find a spot where I was not getting a shadow.

Who says save the best for last. We are going to do them first! On the left there is ‘Green Tea Primer’ by Evio Beauty. Cruelty Free stamp (PETA), Paraben free, and vegan. Excited about the vegan aspect and of course that they say they are cruelty free. I will not be opening this until I finish with my current primer though. Oh and it is made in Canada!

On the right we have a lavender mud bath mix by Black Oxygen. Pretty sure I can use this right now. I wish I had done this earlier as I had a bath the other night.

Two whey protein mixes. One in vanilla and one in strawberry, sweetened with stevia. Not thrilled but always happy to be able to try things out.

I have three sample packs of the ‘Organic’ Jelly Bellys. Have not tried them yet but I have mixed feeling about organic label. I mean they are still jellybeans and not healthy for you. This will not make me feel less guilty about eat them. On the right is strawberries and cream flavoured fruit and nut nibbles by Nakd. I want to say I have tried the brand before but no promises there. I am excited about these ones as the ingredients list is very small. Dates, cashews, raisins, rice flour, and natural flavouring. That is it!

Toothpaste samples by Auromere. These are being put in the bin of travel products. We are currently using a vegan, Canadian toothpaste. Which, I happen to love and I will have to check with Mister on how he feels about it.

Always enjoy this brand and while I cannot use these right now I am hanging on to them. They do not expire till 2019, lets just hope I remember to update when I am able to use them.

These I do not think I am comfortable using. They sound kind of interesting though. Pink Ice Energy Crystals. Raspberry and Mint flavoured. Suppose to be a dietary supplement. I would suggest doing some reading on these if you are interested in them. I am really on the fence about how I feel.

I have had this brand and the fact that they have chocolate cookies are a little exciting. Just not healthy for you. Awesome to be able to try this junk food with out actually having to buy more than you should!

On the left we have Handfuel marcona almonds with sea salt and freshly squeezed lemon. Mister seen these and told me I should be eating them right at this moment ha-ha. I keep stuff like this at the office but these sound much more refreshing or at least lighter. On the right are Laiki black rice crackers. They are vegan and kosher with a very limited ingredients list. Not holding my breath that I will like them but maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.

Besides a couple items I would say this box is worth what I paid. Cannot wait to see what November brings!

Little Life Box – September 2017

Sorry I am not going to big intro into this box because I am a month late. I am going straight into what the box contains. No fluff here!

Now I did not keep any of the cards or such but I think I can remember what everything was. As you can see there were quite a few large items in Septembers box.

First up we have on the left, Chocolate Coconut Probiotic Smoothie Mix, which I have not tried yet but I have chocolate coconut milk in the pantry. I think it will work great and easier than remembering to take the pills. On the right we have a spice mix for Masala Fish. This is by Jaswant’s Kitchen. We are not huge fish eaters but check out the website. It looks like quick tasty meals that could be made.

These two I cannot try but if I could have I would have loved too. There is the cinnamon supplement (which expires before I could use it) and we do not know any one who would use them. They are going to the pharmacy to be properly disposed of. The second is a feminine ‘Hair, Skin, and Nails’ supplement. Again I cannot use it but I did give this one to my mother for her to try out if she wanted too.

I have seen Skinny Pop Popcorn before but I have not tried it. We usually just make popcorn at home but I will try it at some point. Besides it is nice to be able just have something I can throw in my purse for the day. The red bar is quinoa and cranberry flavoured by Honey Bar. I love these, I had actually bought three different flavours before this box came in. Huge thumbs up from me for this product. The green bar is Freeyumm honey apple oat bar. Which, I completely forgot about but will toss in my bag tonight so I can try it ASAP. They say their products are allergen friendly which is huge for some individuals and families.

Bounce Bites, coconut almond. I am not a fan of coconut so I have to be honest I am avoiding these a little bit.

Starting at the top left, we have 7th Heaven mud mask. I have used this brand before and cannot vouch for how well they work but I do not break out or react to them. No one has Eczema so not sure if the cream samples will every get a chance to be use. The first vial is a body oil in Lavender. Psyched for this one and I did not see an expiry date so I will be using this the minute I am able to. The vial on the left in some energy gel shot. I cannot find this in the kitchen so I think it was accidently thrown out.

I know I had meant to have this post up last weekend but I am having issues with my personal computer and I finally just said screw it. I have also left Octobers box intact that way I can do a better review of the box and how I really feel about it.

What?! Another Update

As I start typing this post out I am thinking about the million other things I still need to do. Things that are very important to get done because soon I will either not be able to do them or I just will not have the interest to do it.

I have a plan though. Yes, I know, I have plans all the time but I promise this time is different. The reason it is different is there is a part of our life that has not really been made public yet. I will be doing a post about that soon here. It makes it easier just to go about blogging instead of beating around the bush.

I have only fallen behind on one review post. After I have this posted I will just throw up the Septembers Little Life Box. I know we are over that and I did just get in Octobers. It was still a good box none the less.

Shortly after that I will be posting about the quarterly update. Which catches me up on the ‘currently’ regular posts. Maybe than I will get around to everything else I have been putting off…

Little Life Box – August 2017

I have re-subscribed! I really did miss this box out of everything I have tried in the past. I realize I got this a little late compared to others but none the less lets get on with the review.

This is for the original box (there is a vegan option and one day I will review that one too). The box cost $23 + $5 shipping (CAD) on a monthly subscription. I also just learned that they are now shipping to the USA. It is a healthy lifestyle subscription box that features a lot of Canadian companies. This is a big deal for myself as I try to be aware when shopping where my item(s) are being made or where the company is located. This allows me to discover and try new things before purchasing the full product or the full line of flavours and such.

I seen this beauty as soon as I opened the box up. I do love flamingos and I think the postcard is gorgeous. It will be finding a place in our home.

Right off the bat there is a variety of items. They have really covered their bases with this box.

Here we have SISU U-Cubes, two samples of each. Calcium and D3 children’s chews and Multivitamin Gummies.

*Update: These are being disposed of by the pharmacy as we do not have much use for them.

Powdered Peanut butter *no sugar added by PB&Me. I am a huge fan of this idea and to top it off this sample is no sugar added. For me I do not see a need to sweeten peanut butter. So excited and can see this being a future purchase.

We have an Urban Spa bath mitt in the middle. Honestly my skin is to sensitive for most of their products. However I am making a very nice self pampering gift basket. On the left is a stress roll-on by Puressentiel. It does seem to have quite a strong lavender sent to it. Despite that I am going to give it a fair shot (lord knows I could use help de-stressing). On the right we have Arthro Action by Reeliv5. It is a topical spray that relieves muscle pain and inflammation. This item in particular I am not able to use right now and won’t be able to for a while. However I have lucked out and it does not expire till December 2019.

Chocolate flavoured plant based protein powder by Profit Pro. Now protein powder is not really my thing but I will add it into a smoothie. We also have fruit punch flavoured powdered sports beverage by Pro Circuit Endurance. It will be interesting to try.

On the left is a raspberry flavoured fig bar by Natures Bakery. I have seen these at the store and have never picked one up for some reason. I enjoy fig bars and need to be adding things like this to my day anyways. Great reminder! On the right, pumpkin spice flavoured coconut chips by Hungry Buddha. Not a pumpkin fan so hopefully this does not ruin the first experience of coconut chips.

*Update: Fig bar was fantastic and I will be buying some to have in the pantry to snack on when running out the door.

*Update: I have not tried the coconut chips yet but Mr. did and he is not a fan.

A sample pack of stink bombs by Nature Clean. It is suppose to be an odour remover for laundry. This is not something that is really needed but I will do some research and maybe use it on the dog blankets. I think that will be the only way of finding out if it actually works. I have never tried this cleaning brand I might give them a shot. I do love how the small info paper at the bottom says ‘Made by really nice Canadians!’.

*Update: Gave this a shot with the dog towels and blankets. It worked and they seem clean but I regularly clean the dog item so not sure how well it de-stinks items.

Last item and I am psyched for it. Protein Pancake Mix by flapJacked in the cinnamon apple flavour. I do want to add a little more protein into my diet and this would be perfect. As long as we like it that is. I really do have my fingers crossed for this product.

There were a few information cards. Unfortunately Puressentiel’s brochure is in French and I can only understand a few words. Not a big deal to check out their information online but the brochure is a waste of paper in this case. Other than that I am quite happy with this months box and while not everything will create future purchases from these companies. I have a chance to try them and I would not have otherwise.

As I go through the products I do plan on updating the post.

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We Bought a House!

While I would like to say this was a long process and give some insight in to the process when there hiccups. Those things really did not happen. I do not have a long interesting story to provide you with. Everything happened fairly quick and seemed to work out in our favour. There are somethings you can only find out after living in a place though. Lets start at the beginning though.

I went into the bank for a preapproval while Mister was on a quick trip to China to help out a friend with some business stuff. I had no problem getting it. Actually I was quite surprised with the results. Maybe I am wrong but I think that was the easiest part. I am not signing my life a way or committing to anything. Just simply looking for a yes or no. Normally everything and everyone says go to multiple banks or broker. A broker can view all offers and rather than you having to go to all the individual places. I absolutely did not make a rash decision. I am a first time home buyer in a market that is becoming more difficult to get a mortgage in and as well as pass the stress test(s). I stand by my decision.

When Mister got back in the country I decided to book an appointment with a relator I use to clean house for. Took my Mother out with me the first day to check out the listing I was provided with. There was one house I was particularly fond of just from the listing. It worked out that we seen the five other homes before this one. I was very much relieved that it was not the first or I would have way over thought it. Instantly I was able to picture it being a home for our family. Exactly what we could do and in my opinion it was move in ready for us besides a few small items. Two days later I took Mister out to see three of the listings. This way he could form his own opinion… I think he still just went with whatever I wanted but I made and honest effort.

The next evening I made the offer and the countering started. In less than two and half hours we made the commitment and it worked out better than I thought it was going to. Paid the deposit the next day and contacted the bank to inform them. The longest part was waiting to hear back from the bank. It took a week and a half, it came in and I could move on.

Next came the house inspection. It was a stellar review, really. Everything that I was told was just simply things to maintain and things in his opinion we should we should think about replacing in the next couple years. Nothing expensive and nothing that causes safety issues. Last but not least was the insurance. I was able to get a letter quickly. Have the file started that way I could just go in to finish up the final details after the fact.

Signed my commitment releasing the conditions I set forth. All I had do was make an appointment with the bank to get the mortgage sorted out. I was informed normally this is already done when this point is reached but I did some of information over the phone. Only information, nothing concrete.

I made and appointment with the bank ASAP to get the mortgage information signed and done with. Once I had that appointment booked it was like every one was on fire to get things done. I had to go insurance before the bank to purchase. The reason being is British Columbia is in a state of large forest fires and they need to know the asset is covered. That day there was a doctors appointment, insurance and then the bank.

The next day I had had my notaries appointment. Where I got to sign my life a way! I also had another doctors appointment that day. Everything was very straight forward. I felt confident in understanding everything was put in front of me. I also felt like it was explained to me thoroughly. I think the hardest part was handing over that bank draft and seeing all that money leave my hands.

Truly this was an amazing home buying experience. It was not with out it stresses but I think that was mostly on me and worrying things would not get done on time. They did and I am so excited about having our own place. I do not have to worry about someone else’s property and can do whatever we want. Not a decision I regret but lets check in on that in a few months.

Officially Home Owners!!!

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