10 01, 2015

Little Life Box

By |January 10th, 2015|chocolate, health, Smoothie, Tea, wellness|0 Comments|

I can’t remember where I first heard about Little Life Box but I thought it sounded like an amazing idea and was so excited to give it a try.

Basically, it’s a monthly service where you receive a box filled with samples of healthful foods, natural products, etc… It’s $19.99 per month, or you can sign up for a prepaid subscription which saves you a little bit per month.  I opted for the 3 month prepaid subscription and figured I’d reevaluate when I’ve received the 3 boxes.

My first box came in the mail a couple of days ago and I was so excited to find out what was inside.

Here’s what it looked like when I first opened the lid…

 

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So shiny and pretty 🙂

My first look at the products

My first look at the products

Everything that was included.

Everything that was included.

So, as you can see there were quite a few products, some of them were full-sized (organic roasted coconut tea, white quinoa, chocolate bar and channa masala) and the rest were samples.  Just doing a rough estimate, I’d say the products included were worth more than $30.  This makes the box very worthwhile in my opinion as I feel like I got my money’s worth but I also get to try a few products that are new to me.

I’m looking forward to trying the roasted coconut tea.  I don’t think I’ve ever tasted coconut tea!  I’m also interested to try the protein powder as I’ve never had a chai flavoured smoothie.  I usually only use coconut oil to remove my makeup, but I’m willing to give the makeup remover a try.  The quinoa and vegetables soup mix doesn’t really appeal to me that much, but I think it might be nice to bulk up a bowl of bone broth on a cold day.  I’ve had the snap pea crisps a few times and I already use hemp seeds all the time.  The chocolate bar will definitely not go to waste 🙂

All in all, I’m very happy with this month’s Little Life Box and I’m looking forward to seeing what next month’s box contains.

29 08, 2014

August Foodie Pen Pals

By |August 29th, 2014|chocolate, foodie pen pals|1 Comment|

It’s time for another Foodie Pen Pals reveal.  This month I had the pleasure of being matched up with the lovely Jen of Pretty Little Grub.  Jen is a dietician who lives in Alberta.  We exchanged a few e-mails and found out what we each liked and disliked.  I found out Jen loves chocolate and coffee, so you can take a look at what I sent her by going to her blog.

In return, Jen sent me a box tailored to my favourite foods.  She was so thoughtful in her choices and really paid attention to my particular food preferences (mostly paleo/primal, no refined sugars).

Here’s what she sent me…

 

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The box was wrapped with this pretty ribbon!

 

A sneak peek of what was inside :)

A sneak peek of what was inside 🙂

 

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Not sure how she knew that these are one of my favourite snacks! Salty, crunchy and cheesy. What’s not to like!?

 

Dark chocolate with salt.  Need I say more?

Fair trade dark chocolate with salt. Need I say more?

 

I told Jen I love spicy food, so these were a great addition to the box.  Perfect to top salads!

I told Jen I love spicy food, so these were a great addition to the box. Perfect to top salads!

 

Grain-free granola.  So delish. to sprinkle over a bowl of kefir in the morning.  This was new to me and is soooo good.

Grain-free granola. So delish. to sprinkle over a bowl of kefir in the morning. This was new to me and is soooo good.

 

I had never seen these before. I love that Jen included it because she figured it would be difficult for me to find portable snacks due to my dietary restrictions. This was really, really good!

 

Krestan claimed these right away.  Two honey-filled sticks.  One is caramel and the other is chocolate.  Needless to say, they are both gone and were both very much enjoyed :)

Krestan claimed these right away. Two honey-filled sticks. One is caramel and the other is chocolate. Needless to say, they are both gone and were both very much enjoyed 🙂

 

Jen included a lovely, hand-written note explaining why she chose all the items.

Jen included a lovely, hand-written note explaining why she chose all the items.

 

So that concludes another month of Foodie Pen Pals.  Once again, I was thrilled with all of the items in my box.  Can’t wait to do this again.  I’ll be taking at least a month off for various reasons, but hope to sign up for October.

30 07, 2014

Foodie Pen Pals July 2014

By |July 30th, 2014|chocolate, foodie pen pals, gluten-free, grain-free, Paleo|0 Comments|

I’ve been participating in Foodie Pen Pals for about a year and a half now and I’ve received some really interesting packages filled with all sorts of delightful goodies.  Some of the boxes have been more to my taste than others and some have been so incredibly thoughtful, but I have to say that this month’s box definitely takes the cake!

I was teamed up with the lovely Jenn over at Bake and Be Merry  this month.  We exchanged a couple of e-mails and hit it off right away.  This was her first time participating in Foodie Pen Pals.  She mentioned in one of her e-mails that she participated in a foodie scavenger hunt which raised money for the Ottawa Food Bank.  I was so interested to hear that since I volunteer 2 days a week at a local food bank.  She wrote an awesome blog post on the subject, which I forwarded to our community liaison in hopes that we can do something similar in the future.

I sent Jenn my usual Foodie Pen Pal questionnaire asking things like ‘what’s your favourite food?’, ‘what don’t you like?’, etc… and she answered it and then added even more questions for me to answer.  One question she asked me was ‘Is there something that you’ve been wanting to try/make/eat/drink that you haven’t gotten around to yet?’  I answered that I’ve been wanting to attempt making macarons for my sister as they’re her favourite baked treats.  Well wouldn’t you know that the extremely sweet and thoughtful Jenn put together a macaron kit for me!!!!  I mean, could you possibly ask for a lovelier gesture?  I was blown away.

Okay, enough rambling and on to the package contents…

At the top of the box there was an envelope telling me to open everything before reading it.  I LOVED that!

At the top of the box there was an envelope telling me to open everything before reading it. I LOVED that!

The macaron kit was wrapped in this pretty box with a ribbon.

The macaron kit was wrapped in this pretty box with a ribbon.

It contained all the makings for one batch of macarons.

It contained all the makings for one batch of macarons.

I loved how everything had a little note attached and what fun that everything was wrapped up.  It was like Christmas :)

What fun that everything was wrapped up. It was like Christmas 🙂

Apple chips for a healthier option than my guilty pleasure, potato chips :)

Apple chips for a healthier option than my guilty pleasure, potato chips 🙂

She actually had a spice shop make up a collection of spices for me!!!

She actually had a spice shop make up a collection of spices for me!!!

One for each of my favourite cuisines!

One for each of my favourite cuisines!

I love how she attached little notes to each item :)

I love how she attached little notes to each item 🙂

I tried these the day I got the package.  YUM!

I tried this the day I got the package. YUM!

Even fancy napkins! :)

Even fancy napkins! 🙂

I was so excited to see what was in this package!

I was so excited to see what was in this package!

Dark Chocolate to pair with wine!!!

Dark Chocolate to pair with wine!!!

I mentioned that I'm on a tasting panel and she managed to work that in to the package too! :)

I mentioned that I’m on a tasting panel and she managed to work that into the package too! 🙂

I can't wait to try this.  I'm obsessed with flavoured salts!

I can’t wait to try this. I’m obsessed with flavoured salts!

And then I got to open the letter.  Reading this, you can tell how much care was put into the package.

And then I got to open the letter. Reading this, you can tell how much care was put into the package.

Needless to say, the chocolate didn't make it past day one and it paired beautifully with a glass of dry red wine. I did share :)

Needless to say, the chocolate didn’t make it past day one and it paired beautifully with a glass of dry red wine. I did share 🙂

 

I truly hope that Jenn enjoys my package as much as I did hers.  And I hope that next month she’s paired up with someone as thoughtful as she is.  I wonder if maybe I should quit Foodie Pen Pals now as I can’t imagine any package topping that one! 🙂

 

 

 

2 11, 2013

Foodie Pen Pals October

By |November 2nd, 2013|chocolate|0 Comments|

 

This month I was fortunate to have the lovely Margarita of Hazel Daydreams as my foodie pen pal.  She sent me a great package of so many lovely treats.  I apologize that I’m posting this later than usual, but I’m currently working on my culinary nutrition program and it’s taking up soooooo much of my time.  I’m not complaining as it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done, but wow, I’m pretty overwhelmed.  I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way, but I’m just being bombarded (in a good way) with so many fantastic healthy facts and figures and trying to take it all in and then there are all the assignments.  Well, I can only say that it’s awesome and wonderful and better than I expected, but still lots of work 🙂
Anyway, back to what the lovely Margarita sent me…
 Mmmm, tapenade!  Love this!!!
 Some Parmesan biscuits!!
 Delish. dark chocolate!!!!
 I guess people know I love spicy as this is the second pen pal who’s sent me this stuff.  LOVE it!!
 And then there was this deliciousness!!!!!
 And what a lovely hand-written note!!
Front of the lovely note
This was yet again a wonderful foodie pen pal exchange.  Thank you so much to Margarita for all of the delish. goodies! 🙂