Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Conscious Box Review + Unboxing.

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If you're anything like me, you love trying out new products. We live in a world that is always debuting new products to try and it can be overwhelming to try and decide not only what is worth our money, but also which items are better for us and the environment. That's where Conscious Box comes in! They offer one of the most refreshing monthly subscription boxes out there - chock full of wholesome products that are environmentally friendly, cruelty-free, non-GMO and often gluten free and vegan as well!


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Priced at only twenty dollars a month, I knew this was a box I wanted to try. So when I found a coupon online I signed up for my first box and I'm very happy that I did. My June Conscious Box more than sold me on their service and I can't wait to see what's in store in the future!


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My box came earlier in the month and before I even got to the products within I was excited. They put these boxes together very nicely. There was even a postcard that I could send to someone...but I think I'll just keep it and instead close my eyes and envision being in the gorgeous place featured! ;)


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While I'm not vegan, I personally chose the vegan box option. I enjoy vegan products and wanted to see what they would include. 


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Upon first impression of the contents of this box I was very impressed. It seemed to be filled to the gills with products - which it definitely was!


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First up were the Beanfields Snacks Bean & Rice Chips, in the sea salt flavor. Boy were these delicious!! The ingredient list was very impressive - everything on it was not only readable and pronounceable but simple. A+ in my book. I look forward to trying their other flavors!

 

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  True Natural All Natural Sunscreen - Okay so I'm one of those weird people who actually likes the scent of sunscreen. But this stuff is fantastic! I'm absolutely loving the coconut and I think it might actually encourage me to use sunscreen more often which is something I need to get in the practice of doing!



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Next up were these bars from Skout. I first tried the apple cinnamon and it was incredibly yummy. Like I've said in a previous post, I am very picky about snack bars so that means a lot. I had zero complaints about this one and would definitely purchase it.

In the box were two flavors: Skout Organic Apple Cinnamon and Skout Organic Cherry Vanilla. 


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The next product, Son for Men,  is something technically for men, to aid with ingrown hairs and razor burn, but let's be honest: this is not a men only problem. I personally have pretty sensitive skin so while I haven't tried this product yet, I definitely will and have no issues doing so! This product could easily be unisex!


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This little Herbal Zap packet is full of herbs to aid with immunity. Grown in Sri Lanka, these herbs pack a mighty punch in a tiny packet. Just add to water and enjoy. I'm saving this for when I feel under the weather but I like that it's small enough to just keep with me for a drink on the go!



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Staying with the drinks-on-the-go theme, these pouches will keep your thirst quenched practically anywhere. There were two flavors in the box: superfruit and citrus hibiscus. I've tried the citrus hibiscus flavor and it's definitely a different taste - but in a good way!


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This Lotus Moon face moisturizer was an exciting thing to find in my box. While I currently have a moisturizer that I'm pretty happy with, I'm always looking to try something new that might impress me more. So far, I've been using this hibiscus moisturizer both morning and evening and I'm pleased with the results. It's not overly greasy and my sensitive skin seems to have no complaints. I also like the unique scent! These little sample pouches really provide a lot of product as well. This might be one of the items I chose to purchase from my box first!


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This Nature's Baby Organics shampoo & body wash might be marketed for babies and children but who cares!? This stuff smells AMAZING!! I seriously couldn't stop sniffing it when I first took it out of the box. I love little sample sized bottles of product because they're great for on the go and they also work well for everyday use since they take up far less space in your shower. When you have a full house that is definitely an added bonus. ;)


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One of the last products in the box was this ALT snack bar in peanut butter cookie. I actually ended up giving this bar to my sister who is basically addicted to all things peanut butter and she said it was awesome and that she would definitely eat one again. Considering her affinity for all things sweet and desert like, I will take that as a good thing. :) These bars are actually from the Larabar makers which is a company I love (especially their apple pie bars!) I definitely want to try their other ALT flavors like apple crisp and pumpkin pie! They sound delicious!


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Lastly, there were a few things in the box from a site called Paper Culture. There were a few gift tag stickers as well as an adorable card. Also they put in a coupon code for a $25.00 voucher on their site. This company uses 100% post-consumer recycled paper for every product they make and also plants a tree for every order received. How fantastic is that?! I definitely plan on placing an order from them sometime in the near future. I just need to decide between all their adorable designs! 




Conscious Box offers three different box options (vegan, gluten-free and classic) as well as various subscription choices (monthly, 3 month, 6 month and yearly). I'd highly recommend this service to anyone interested in trying out some unique products every month!



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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Let's Eat: Cilantro + Lime Chicken Tacos

Summertime and the grillins' easy...


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Sorry, I just couldn't help myself. ;) It's true though, summer is officially here and it's the season of grilling! We've been giving the grill a good workout well before summer started though. When you live in the northeast part of the country, you learn to savor any remotely nice weather and get all you can get out of any decently warm day!

Grilling is a magical, magical thing and such a quintessential part of summer. While I'm sure when you ask most people what they prefer to grill on, they'd choose a larger sized propane grill, but personally I feel you can't beat the taste from a charcoal grill! I'm in love with my Weber! It's built really well, is priced well and is the perfect size for our household. (I'm sure I sound like a commercial!)



While we definitely have our fair share of standard grilling staples like hamburgers and hot dogs, it's fun to mix it up now and then. So chicken tacos it was!

These tacos are a seriously simple meal to put together. Slice up some tomatoes, shred some lettuce (or buy a bag of shredded lettuce if you're feeling a bit pressed for time as I will admit I did), and round up your favorite taco toppings. The only intensive (if that!) step is the chicken! You could even do the chicken in advance for a super quick weeknight meal! A+


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I started by marinating the chicken with some cilantro fresh from the garden, lime juice, smoked paprika, minced garlic, sea salt and chili powder. I placed all that in a bag with the chicken breasts for about an hour or so before grilling.


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One of our favorite things to do with chicken on the grill is making foil pouches for it to cook in. Often, chicken can dry out on the grill but the foil pouches are a miracle! It keeps the moisture in while the chicken cooks and every time we've used this method the chicken comes out nice and juicy. You could of course buy foil bags made for things like this but why bother when you could just buy some non-stick foil?! Much cheaper!


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After grilling comes the most time consuming part of this meal: the shredding. I personally feel shredding is much nicer for the tacos than slicing it, but everyone has their own preference so you can do whatever you like!


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We chose to top our tacos with lettuce, tomato, a mexican cheese blend, organic salsa & sour cream. Simple and so yummy!

Cilantro + Lime Chicken Tacos 
serves 8 
  • 5 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, stems removed & chopped. 
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Juice of two limes
Mix all seasonings together and cover each chicken breast with mixture. 

Marinate in a ziploc bag for at least an hour (can marinate overnight if desired). 

Grill until done in foil pouches and shred immediately after cooking. 

Serve on taco shells with desired toppings and enjoy!  

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

::This Weekend::




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This has been a weird weekend. It's been so humid and hot out that I've struggled to accomplish much of anything. Friday I baked a quick little birthday cake for one of the dogs (who turned EIGHT!). They devoured it in about the time it took to even get the eggs out of the refrigerator. Not at all surprised though! ;)

I also went on a quick little adventure to the nearest beach on a driftwood/beach glass hunting adventure. Looking for beach glass has been something I've done since I was little and it's something that never gets old. My favorite are the blue and green pieces, which seem to be (of course) the hardest to find!




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I am very lucky to live not too far from the water. Perhaps it's not the best waterfront/beaches in some people's eyes, but hey, on a hot day it's nice to feel a nice breeze and cool water on your feet!



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Hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend! :)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

::Link Love::

Just like everyone else, I spend way too much time online. Link Love is going to be a regular post sharing some of my favorite bloggers, products and articles. 


Abe's Market - A fantastic shopping website. All natural, vegan, Non-GMO, gluten-free, cruelty-free, made in the USA...the list goes on and on! They often feature great sales, free-shipping and more. Oh and have you checked out their Discovery Boxes yet??  


Non-GMO shopping guide - Speaking of Non-GMO products, this site is a great resource if you are interested in opting for products (both food and otherwise) that are GMO free! Since there is no law that forces companies to label their products, this is a very valuable resource!  


8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Order Countries - A very interesting, eye-opening article that shares different foods/additives that are legal in the U.S. but not in other countries. Definitely worth a read! 


Daily Garnish - I read a LOT of blogs, but right now Emily Malone's site Daily Garnish is one of my favorites. I love how down to earth she seems to be and her photos are fantastic! 


Farm Sanctuary's Walk for Farm Animals - Farm Sanctuary, in case you don't know, is a fantastic organization with sanctuaries in both New York and California. They take in animals from factory farms and other places and let them live out their lives naturally and happy as can be. Every year they have tons of walks across the country to raise awareness and funds for these adorable animals. Find out if there's one near you!


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