Saturday, April 13, 2013


A couple weeks ago I was on twitter and a tweet caught my eye. Kristin McGee also known as @thebenditgirl was doing a giveaway for a box of snacks from Boxtera. I am always on the search for finding new healthy snacks so I had a few minutes and thought I might as well enter. With a house full of boys I need to keep the house stocked but sometimes run out of ideas. I liked that it looked liked Boxtera offered a lot of products I'd never heard of.  Well, would you believe I won! I remember very well when I found out I had won. It was a Friday and we were in the middle of one of our many snowstorms we've had this winter/spring. It made my day when I got the message!

Such a pretty box.

I love the green. Always makes me think healthy.
Our box came the beginning of April and WOW, it was loaded with so many snacks! Lots of products/companies I've never heard of. We are still working our way through the box. Some of our favorites so far are the Garden of Eatin' Black Bean torilla chips, Bobby Sue's Nuts, the 18 Rabbits Bunny Bar, and the Bitsy’s Brainfood Orange Chocolate Beet snacks. We're looking forward to enjoying the rest of these tasty treats. 

Our box jam packed with yummy snacks.
So we were absolutely thrilled that we won this wonderful box of snacks. It's always nice to find new products that are good for you and you don't have to feel guilty about eating them or giving them to your kids. I always like to keep some stashed in my purse or the suburban for when we happen to be out running errands and don't want to have to do the drive thru and regret it later. I'm happy to say I've found some new favorites thanks to Boxtera and Kristin McGee.
If you want to find out more about Boxtera's monthly boxes their website is here. They are also on facebook and twitter. They have different plans you can choose from and I'm sure you'll be as happy as we are to find some new snacks. 
*I was given this box free from a giveaway courtesy of Kristin McGee and Boxtera. Opinions are my own. I was not asked to do a review just wanted to share my thoughts. :o)


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hungry Globetrotter

So by now with all my posts you probably think I'm obsessed with monthly boxes. I'm actually just trying several out and seeing what fits our family. This particular box is the PERFECT fit for us.
Hungry Globetrotter sends a monthly box dedicated to a certain country. They send a handful of products so you can create your own international meal at home. Included with the products are recipes and a bit about the country or region that the box is about.
I absolutely love this concept! We are actually using it for our homeschool. We get a bit of culture, history, geography, and home ec all in one!
The March box was all about Tuscany. Included was a Foccacia bread mix, Tuscan peasant soup, Italian seasoning salt, and Farro with mushrooms and herbs. The only thing you need to buy for the meal is steak which you use some of the seasoning salt on and club soda for the Foccacia mix. You also use the seasoning salt for the Foccacia bread. We already have the steaks in the freezer so I just had to go buy the club soda.
Now if only the weather would cooperate we could grill our steaks and enjoy our Tuscan meal! Wind, snow, and 30 degrees doesn't really make me feel like I'm in Tuscany. :o)
I even got Rick Steves' Italy dvd from Netflix so we could do a little visit to Italy to complete our experience. The boys have enjoyed it more than I expected and even have recognized a few of the art pieces we've learned about previously and a few of the sites from history we've discussed.
I think this has to be one of my favorite boxes out there. I'm already looking foward to the April box which is based on Peru.
If you'd like to check out this awesome monthly box you can visit the Hungry Globetrotter website and find out more! They are also on facebook and twitter.
They also sell past boxes and individual items from the boxes on their site. If you love learning about other countries and their delicious foods then I suggest you try this out!
Buon appetito!

****Update***  We finally had a day without a snowstorm or wind and were able to enjoy our Tuscan meal. I got the whole family involved in helping prepare it. Hubby was in charge of the grill and the boys and I prepared the other stuff. It was a very enjoyable meal!

So yummy!
I added bits of ham to our soup.

*Opinions are my own & I pay for my own monthly box.


We are big coffee drinkers at our house. It is one of a few things that we are rather picky about. Especially my husband! He even had to have special coffee at our table at our wedding 14 years ago. Back then I hadn't became a coffee drinker yet. It was after a year or so of being married and I just gave in and never looked back. I do have to admit I use a fair amount of creamer in mine. Hubby is of the "I only drink it black sort." Three out of our four boys are also on the coffee bandwagon and get to enjoy a small amount every so often.

So I thought I had to give MistoBox a try when I heard about them. What could be better than delicious coffee beans delivered to your door? I knew hubby wouldn't complain about a box like this!
MistoBox sends you four 1.7-2 oz samples each month. They taste 50 varieties each month from different artisian roasters all over the country and select their favorites and send them to you.

Our April MistoBox.

The box smelled so good when I opened it!

This booklet tells about the beans selected for the month.

Verve: El Salvador La Palma
Klatch: Guatemala Genuine Antigua Covadonga
Augie's Coffee: El Salvador Santa Julia
Ceremony Coffee: Rwanda Gitesi

We have been enjoying our April selections which are in the photo above. I love being able to try different beans! Once you discover a bean that you just love you can order a full size bag from the MistoBox website and shipping is free! They also have lots of info about anything coffee on their site.

MistoBox sends out their monthly boxes the first week of each month. Shipping was very fast. I had mine in just a couple days. It came via regular mail. They currently have a promo if you use BOX5 and your first month is only $5. They have a few different plans but I am just doing the monthly right now for $15 and you can cancel at any time. 

You can check out their MistoBox website or find them on facebook or twitter.

Nothing better than sharing a good cup of coffee with friends & loved ones! :o)

*Opionins are my own & I pay for my own monthly subscription. (Well maybe my hubby does.)


In my quest to find healthier snacks I recently discovered Tasterie. It's a monthly box full of good for you foods. You can actually pick the box that fits your health needs. They have boxes for those with allergies including dairy, soy, nut, gluten, wheat, and egg just to name a few. We actually don't have any allerigies thankfully so I choose the Healthy & Nutritious box for us. We currently get the Signature box.

This was our March box.
We have enjoyed everything that was included in our March box. My 9 year old that has braces was very happy to see the Pirate's Booty since he is not able to enjoy regular popcorn for the time being. I ate the multi-grain crackers with the hummus one afternoon and it was a snack I didn't have to feel guilty about! The jar in the center of the photo above is a roasted pineapple and habanero dip (salsa) from Robert Rothschild Farm. It is the perfect mix of sweet and a tad spicy. I enjoyed it with some tortilla chips I had in the pantry. My oldest son snatched one of the granola bars up right away when we opened the box and said it was really good. I have the other one stashed in my purse for an emergency errand snack. My absolute favorite snack in this box was the Brown Rice Chips from Eden. They were so very yummy! I was smitten with the first crunch. They are just the tastiest things! I'm really hoping I can find them at one of my local stores.

I enjoyed Udi's Sweet & Fruity Cranberry Granola with my greek yogurt for breakfast!
Tasterie offers several options for their monthly boxes based on your family's allergies or if you're like us and just want to eat healthier. They also offer the option of a SnackBox (currently $18) or a SignatureBox (currently $25) per month delivered to your door. The woman behind Tasterie is also a mom and a pediatrician so you know she is looking out for us moms and our children to find healthy and safe options.
You can find out more about Tasterie by visiting them on their webpage. They are also on facebook and twitter.
*I pay for my own monthly subscription to Tasterie and opinons are my own.