Tag: Tasting Box


[ 8 ] April 6, 2012 |

ohhhhhhhhhh, yeah.  This is gonna be a good one.  First, I must wish you a hip-hoppity Good Friday.  Hopefully, you are off from work like moi.  Although I wish I was layin’ around all day being a total sloth, I must finish packing up my abode for the big move of twenty-12 which is just 7 days away.

The day started off a little shaky – the only thing I wanted to do was sleep in, but the fluff-child had different plans for me.  We spent from 7am-9am laying in bed.  Me, trying to sleep, while she obsessively licked my eyelid and “touched” my face.  If you’re a cat person, you’ll get exactly what I mean.  If you hate cats, well, this will just make you hate them more.  Finally, I decided that sleep was NOT on the agenda for the a.m. so I turned on the Tube and was accosted by another heart breaking SPCA video, that made me pretty  much want to slit my wrists.

But, not to worry – the day is lookin’ good now:  I got the movie Selena bumpin’ in the background and I’m sippin on some coffee in my jam-jams.  Even better (as if it could get better than the movie Selena), I’m about to blow your freaking mind with a SUPER Sized list of awesomes.   I mean, it’s a holiday.  It’s the least I can do.  Enjoy.

Number 1:   Art in a Box

Whatcha’ Pay: $50 bucks per month (including shipping); 3-month minimum

Whatcha’ Get:  Kick-butt, high-qual works of art (you pick the medium) from Bay Area artistsUm, how fun is this?  And, how perfect is this for (a) yourself; or (b) you’re art-lovin’ soul-friend who is so hard to buy for.   Frankly, I think this is freaking awesome.

Find it:  here

Number 2:  Beauty Army

Whatcha’ Pay: $12 bucks per month (including shipping); 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions available; currently SOLD OUT, but you can get on a list.

Whatcha’ Get:  6 beauty samples, hand-picked by YOU each month.  Woazers!  These guys are claiming to be “the only subscription service that gives you the option to choose“.  LOVE it.  Will maybe send them a love note. Find it: here

Number 3:   Turntable Kitchen

Whatcha’ Pay: $25 bucks per month (including shipping), plus tax; recurring subscription

Whatcha’ Get:  “A curated food and music discovery experience, delivered to your door.”  I’m crushin’ on this box.  Totally genius idea to pair food & music.  If I had one of these boxes, I’d probably dance with it.  Then, maybe eat it.  Find it: here   (photo via theKitchn)

Number 4:  Umba Box

Whatcha’ Pay:$26 bucks per month (including shipping); available in 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions

Whatcha’ Get:  “A monthly delivery of curated handmade product(s) that is sure to please.” I like that whatcha’ get each month is a surprise – one month you might get something for your house and the next, something for your mouse to jazz up your outfit.  Just throwin’ it out there, but if anyone is thinkin’ about getting me something “just because”, this would probably suffice.  Find it: here         (photo via Subcriptionboxes.com)

Number Five:  Manpacks

Whatcha’ Pay:$TBD; depends upon what’s picked for the pack

Whatcha’ Get:   This service is a bit different then your average “of-the-month”, as it’s designed so that guys don’t have to shop for the basics.  Apparently, someone caught on to the fact that a guy will wear holy socks & skivvies until they basically fall off.  This service, sends them the package (with option to change up) every 3-months.   What does this do?  It gives them “More time to slay dragons” (that’s Manpack’s tagline by the way).  Genius.  

Find it: here       (photo via Hall of the Black Dragon; Online Magazine for the Modern Gentleman )

Number 6:  Conscious Box

Whatcha’ Pay:$12 per month (plus $7/month for shipping); or $33 bucks (plus shipping) for 3 months; or $54 bucks (plush shipping) for 6 months.

Whatcha’ Get:   With a focus on “sustainability, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility”, you’ll get 1 themed box per month filled with anything from vegan food to organic beauty and more.   From what I hear (yeah, I’m kind of a big deal), these boxes come pretty packed with stuff, and so therefore they are awesome.

Find it: here


Number 7:  Bark Box

Whatcha’ Pay: As low as $17 per month, including shipping.

Whatcha’ Get:  First of all, if you have a dog to buy this for, I’m jealous and I hate you.  Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s the skinny: Each box comes with 4+ awesomes for your pup (treats, shampoos, bones, new cool dog-stuff, etc).  BONUS:  A portion of the proceeds for each box go to help “doggies-in-need.”  Holla! Woof.    Find it: here

(photo via Style It:  Where the Fashion Nerd meets the Pop Culture Obsessed)

Number 7:  Best Friend Box

Whatcha’ Pay: $25 per month for the Tasting Box, $35 per month for the Classic Box or $45 per month for the Premium

Whatcha’ Get:  Yeah, yeah.  I know.  Two pet boxes in a row.  And, by the way, I still hate you if you have a dog, but I’m slowing warming up to the idear.  Anyway, I’m bananas over this box because you can get it for your kitty-cat or your pup.  Boxes are personalized and 10% of the proceeds are donated to help animals in need.  Done and done.

Find it: here

Number 8:  Paleo Pax

Whatcha’ Pay: From $28 bucks per month, including shipping

Whatcha’ Get:  K.  I’m not gonna lie.  I had NO CLUE what “Paleo” meant, until I read all about this “real” food diet here.  But, if YOU know all about it, you are going to LOVE this tasting box subscription, because it was made just for you (and a whole bunch of other Paleo-peeps, but whose counting).  Enjoy 5 or so snacks each month – all of which will help you stay on track while on the go, or at home.  Sounds nifty!

Find it:  here 

Number 9:  Babesta Tee of the Month

Whatcha’ Pay: From $75 bucks for 3 months, $150 for 6 months and $290 for a year

Whatcha’ Get:  Each month, your love-child will get a new snap button snaptee, or regular tee (depending upon his/her size and age).  I mean, if you want a trend-setting babe, this is where it’s at.   I’m getting the “party at my crib” one for my cat.  She’s bound to love it.

Find it: here

Number 10: Lovely Box

Whatcha’ Pay: From $14 bucks per month, with options to add on for personalization

Whatcha’ Get:  I’m sorry, but I HAD to save this one for last.  Once I found it, I absolutely could not keep this off the list.  Gentle-dudes, take a back seat.  This one is for the ladies only (unless you also suffer from PMS and monthly visits from Aunt Flo-rence).  This box.  These guys provide a “little sunshine, at a time that is normally gray and blah”.  You’ll get anything from aromatherapy, tea and chocolate.  All the things that help to ease your inner-bitch (you, know the one that ONLY visits once a month).

Find it: here

And, that’s all I have to say about that.  Happy monthly-gift recievin’ and or givin’!

Oh, if you wanna see more subscriptons or cool of the months, click here and here.

Jenny, out.



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[ 0 ] March 29, 2012 |

Me again.  Remember when I just told you, I’d be blasting you with updates today since I’ve been uber-busy becoming a new home owner?  Well, I was serious.  Here’s the latest on my Foodzie Box love.  You can learn all about this insanely awesome food box subscription in my previous posts:

Someone Fed Water to My Foodzie Box

The Food Has Arrived

I won’t lie.  When it comes to scrumpdiddallyumptious treats for my belly, I’m a total floozy, with super loose morals.  I get so intoxicated by the treats my Foodzie pals send me each month (at a small cost of $29 bucks a pop), that I completely forgot to post my goodie-lists from December, January, February AND March.  Whatever, I was probably in a food coma or something.  Either way, below are the boxes I’ve received as of late.  Note that this is particularly torturous because I’m on this dumb diet and can’t have anything awesome.  Ok, here goes.  Mangia!

P.S.  If you sign up for Foodzie (it’s free), I’m 99% sure you can reap the INSANE discounts on all of the products I’m about to jones-on.  I put a “find em: here” link, just in case you want to check out the other great products these food making foolios make.

The circa Dec. 2011 “Stocking Stuffer Favorites” box was utterly snacktastic! Here’s what we got:

Butter Crunch from p.o.p. candy in Santa Monica, CA:  If I could eat this as my only source of food for the rest of my life I would.  It was that good.  Find it:  here

Blueberry Acai Gummies from Bissinger’s in St. Louis, MO:  I haven’t quite gotten into the Acai craze.  In fact we tried a cleanse with it once and it was the worst.  But, I will say that these yummy gummie Pandas were absolutely delish.  And, I mean, they are pandas.  Awesome.  Find it:  here

Old Fashioned Butterscotch Candy from Zeke’s Candy in Cedarville, Ga:  YUMMO. Find it:  here

Chocolate Sun Cups from Seth Ellis Chocolatier in Boulder, CO:  I would love to tell you how fab these were, but my husby thought it would be fun to eat all of them without letting me try one.  I’m thinkin’ that means they were great!  Find it:  here

Florentines from Clarine’s Florentines in Berkley, CA:  I honestly don’t remember eating these.  It could have been because I demolished them in like 4 seconds flat.  Either that, or they never saw my lips because they saw the man’s belly first. hmmmm.  Find it:  here

Sesame Ginger Popcorn from 479 Popcorn in San Fran, CA:  Popcorn+Ginger=my soul mate.  Loved em’.  Find it:  here

Put Your Money on Honey” Caramels from Droga Confections in San Fran, CA:  Shout out to San Fran for the go od stuff!  I/We loved these.  Blogged about them here.

This “Jump Start Your New Year” box could not have come at a better time.

Pacific Sea Salt & Cinnamon Crunch from Somersaults in Sausalito, CA:  These are so tasty!  I even got a bag of them in my Birthday gift bag from my love ;)   Find em’:  here (and also at Wholefoods).

Sea Salt & Nibs Bar from Madecasse in San Francisco, CA:  I adore chocolate & salt teamed up in a bar.  find it:  here

Sun-Ripened Pu’er Tea from Five Mountains in San Fran, CA:  Haven’t tried this rich, dark Tea yet.    find it:  here

Quite Cheesy Kale Krunch from Alive & Radiant in Emeryville, CA:  This was actually quite appetizing, despite the fact that it was probably the home to an Octopus before it hit my lips.  AND, it really does taste cheesy, but guess what?  No cheese!  Find it:  here

Vanilla Blueberry Energy Bar from Bearded Brothers in Austin, TX:  LOVE the packaging and texture of this chewy bar made with organic dates, almonds and bloobs.  In fact, I just put them on my “to order” list.  Find em’:  here

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Kelapo in Tampa, FL:  find it: here  I’m on a HUGE Coconut Oil kick right now, so this was used up right away!  I’m ingesting it, and applying it to my skin and hair topically and the results are A-mazing.  We’re also cooking with it in place of other oils.  I’ll be bloggin’ about my experiences with it soon.  Until then, read about it here via Jenna Marbles blog (or here, if you want the censored version).

Roasted Almonds from Stackhouse Orchards in Hickman, CA:  Um, if you don’t like almonds you’re weird.  Unless your allergic, and then you’re not weird.  If you find em’:  let me know.  I can’t find em.

The smoochy-lovebird box (aka, the “Movie Night Box”) from Feb is what turned me on to my new obsession:

Heirloom Popcorn from Tiny But Mighty in Shellsburg, IA:  I love fresh popped corn so much that I asked for (and received) a beautiful red air popper, which I use all the time.  These itty bitty poplets are TO DIE FOR.  No seriously, I would probably throw myself  in a piranha tank for these babies.  True story – I just ordered 6 bags, but now have 8.  Funny story, but  more on that lates.  Find it:  here

ZZang! Bar Original from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, MI:  I haven’t tried this guy yet due to the dumb diet of 12′.  Find it:  here

Black Ace Red licorice from Moon Dance Baking in Rohnert Park, CA:  We ate these in one sitting.  Probably the reason why a diet was necessary.  They were divine.  Find em’:  here

The Lovelies from Droga Confections in San Francisco, CA:  Hey!  I just realized that these guys are the same dudes that make my favey “Money on the Honey” chocolates I just mentioned!  Neat.  Flavory cali raisins with dark E. Guittard chocolate coating.  Reason #2 for diet.  Find em’:  here

Chai Cola from Taylor’s Tonic in Santa Cruz, CA:  surprisingly palatable given that its black tea based.  Actually, almost tasted like a normal soda-pop!  Find it:  here

Peanut Butter Cups from joycup in Coyucos, CA:  Although I can’t confirm or deny this, but I’m pretty sure the man I married, ate these up before I tasted them too.  Find yours (before your better half eats it up without sharing): here

Gummy Bears from Surf Sweets in Wheeling, IL:  “Gummy Bears!  Bouncing here, and there, and everywhere…” – Remember that show?  These, as are all gummy-esque candies, were heavenly.  Find em:  here.  Hang ten.  Letter’ rip.

And lastly, but certainly not least (since I am lucky enough to get a Foodzie box every single month!), the “Brooklyn Box”, inclusive of all things made in the city with the famous bridge.  Most of these have not been tasted yet, FYI.

Beer Truffles from Nanu Chocolates:   Find them:  here

Bacon Fat Old Bay Peanuts from Ovenly:  The fact that this has the words “bacon” and “fat” make these the best peanuts ever made, ever…forever.  Find them:  here

Organic Dried Mangos from Peeled Snacks.  I’m basically addicted to these, in all varieties.  In fact, I just ordered $50 bucks worth so that I can nosh on them daily, as part of my snack.  Read all about that, here.  And find these:  here.  I’m pretty sure if you get these, you will be addicted and insane about them, like moi.

“The King” Bar from Liddabit Sweets:  Fun name alert!  I wanna eat this now, and might possibly quit my diet for these peanut butter nougat, banana ganache & brown sugar butter cookies housed by milk chocolate.  Find yours: here.

Red Onion Rosemary Crackers from Z Crackers:   These were absolutely luscious with roasted red pepper humus (which, by the way, I never tasted in my life until last week and now I get the shakes if I don’t have it.  Strange. ).  Find em’:  here

 Farmhand’s Choice Granola from Early Bird Granola:  You know what they say, about the “early bird getting the worm”…um, yeah. I lost where I was goin with that one.  Either way, Granola is the grooviest.  You should get some.  Find it:  here

And that’s that.


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[ 51 ] February 22, 2012 |

Yey!  Back by popular demand is the “Keep on Givin’ {again}” Giveaway, sponsored by yours truly!  Since I’m a psycho for all things “monthly subscription” and “of the month“, I decided to host another giveaway so that I could give one (1) lucky winner something I love so very much!

It’s super-easy to enter.  Just use the handy-dandy Rafflecopter form below to get your entries.  Yes, I said entries (plural!) – you can get up to six chances to win, just by stalking me via the internets and telling your pals.

OH, YEAH, Here’s what you can win (your choice of one (1) of the following):

A one (1) year subscription to Eco-Emi OR


A one (1) year subscription to Birchbox OR


A six (6) month subscription to Foodzie OR



A $150 AMEX gift card to use however the heck ya’ want.

Can’t wait to see who wins and what they pick!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Starts at 12:01 a.m. ET on 2/22/12 and ends at 12:01 a.m. ET on 2/29/12. Open to legal residents of the 50 US and DC, 18 years or older at time of entry. Subject to official rules here. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook®, Google™, or Twitter®, or the prize manufacturers. You understand that you are providing your information to the blog five-style-high and not to Facebook®, Google™ or Twitter®, or the prize manufacturers. The information you provide will be used SOLELY for the purposes of selecting and notifying a prize winner, after which the information will be permanently deleted.


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[ 0 ] January 23, 2012 |

It’s no secret that I’m a lover of  “monthly subscriptions” and “of-the-months“.  It is the absolute most fun receiving cute little packages each month.  You should try it, at least one of them, at least once.  You can cancel most of them whenever you’d like without selling off your first born or anything, so that I consider a bonus.

My current monthly flames are Maghound, Birchbox and Foodzie so that I can get my magazine, beauty and snack fix.  I’m totally stoked to report that I just snagged a Cravebox subscription as well, which is a box that kinda-sorta blends the Birchbox and Foodzie concepts together (think “secret lovechild”).  I have heard through the grapevine that my Cravebox is on its way to me as we speak.  I will be sure to provide my official opinion on it’s awesome status as soon as the stork drops it off.  Until, then, here’s the most up to date info on my other loves (starting with BirchBox):

FYI, me and Birchbox are still in a pretty serious relationship.  For those of you unfamiliar with Birchbox, it’s an awesome monthly beauty box subscription that’ll only cost you $10 bucks a month!  The full skinny is here and, I also talk about it here.  Anyway, when Birchbox came into my life, I took the plunge and circled yes, and now I’m it’s girlfriend.  I’m not a very good girlfriend though because I haven’t talked about my lover since November!  Since then, I’ve received 2 beautifil Birchboxes and I’m stoked to tell you what I got.  So, without further adieu:

Frolic & Fancy (December Box)

Harvey Prince (Yogini) – I’m sad to say that this was probably one of the more disgusting perfume samples I’ve sniffed.  It gave me an instant headache, although I’m super picky when it comes to fragrance, so take it for what it’s worth.

Jouer (Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink) – I was pleasantly surprised with the way this looked on my lips given it’s beautifully insane custom Birchbox fuchsia color.  The bad news is that I’m becoming increasingly convinced that Jouer lip products give me chapped lips (had the issue with this product as well as their limp plumper).  I’m interested to hear if anyone else has experienced this, so please let me know!  I just might be a weirdo and am hoping that it’s just coincidence.

L’Oreal Professional  (Mythic Oil) – Was STOKED to get this sample as I have extremely dry hair and am always looking for new products to oil up my mane.  I usually use Moraccan Oil which, I’m sorta married to at this point.  BUT, the Mythic Oil worked good too, so I will definitely be keeping it on the radar.

Befine (Gentle Cleanser) – Some weird observations – 1.  Smells like tree bark.  I was expecting a really fresh, clean smell and I kind of felt like I had just stuck my nose in a pile of mud.  2.  Is this supposed to be watery?  I mean, to the point where I can’t really figure out how to apply it?  Oddly enough, this really worked well on my skin (I just sorta squeezed it all over my face), despite the previous observations.  I have rosacea and it made my skin feel totally clean, soft and did not make me went a face transplant, so that in itself makes this product pretty frackin’ awesome.

PREP ShowStoppers (Designer Fashion Tape) – These double-sided tape strips are  the BOMB.   I always have some sort of fashion tape on hand to avoid any “celebrity oops” moments.  They are also really good for fixing a seam / hem or holding a rogue belt flap down.  I actually haven’t used this particular sample yet – it’s in my purse for emergencies though, and I plan on buying these guys with my current Birchbox referral credit.

RECHARGE EBOOST (Orange Natural Energy Booster) – Drinking this as we speak and I have to say that it is WAY too sugary tasting for my palette.  To me, it tastes like Orange Pop (soda) and I hate it.  If you like Orange Pop though, you will probably dig it.  The jury is still out on weather or not this boosts my energy or immunity.  I’ll keep you posted if I end up ping-ponging off my walls later.

Clarity (January 2012 box)

Borghese (CuraForte Moisture Intensifier) – I have not tried this baby out yet, but am jazzed to give it a whirl.  The full size version is 10 million dollars, but I will totally become a stripper to pay for it, if it moisturizes my insanely dry skin.

Juicy Couture (Viva La Juicy) – I really thought I would have liked this, until I smelled it on myself and then I had to take an immediate shower to get it off of my skin. I’m a fragrance snob though,  so you should totally try it out for yourself.

Jouer (Body Butter) – I have to admit that I don’t think I’ve ever tried “body butter”. It sounds fabulous though, so I’m trying this out tomorrow.

Stila (Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner) – This is probably my most fave Birchbox present to date.  It is a FULL SIZE PRODUCT which costs double the $10 bucks I paid for this month’s box.  It’s a gorgeous bluey-gray color and it really makes my tie-dye eyes pop.  I’ve always been a liner-smudger, so this lil’ guy just made my day.

The “Lifestyle Extra” this month was a LARABAR (Mini Bar)I’m eating it right now, I just ate it and it was pretty tasty.  Love the texture of this “Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, Fruit & Nut Food Bar”.  Yikes –   That was a mouthful…and, I also just said “Yikes”.

I have to say that this was a pretty fun box for me.  In addition to the Stila Smudge stick, there was an extra card (coupled with an adorable Birchbox Logo magnet) that included a bunch of “mini-detoxes” for your mind, relationships, closet, diet and bathroom cabinet.  So much fun!  Get your Birchbox subscription here ;)

Stay tuned for the Foodzie Box and Cravebox updates, coming soon!




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[ 41 ] January 1, 2012 |

This giveaway has ended.

Happy New Year awesomes!  I’m super excited because today, I get to give you something to say “thanks” for being my new pal.  Make sure you follow all the steps below so you have a chance to win monthly presents.   Good luck!






Just click here and click the “Like” button between January 1st and January 7th, 2012 to show us some lovin’.  Don’t forget to complete “step 2″ below or we won’t know how to get in touch with you if you are selected as the lucky winner!

P.S.  If you are already a fan of our Facebook page, you can skip straight to “step 2″ below to enter! 




Type “Giveaway 1″ in the subject line and include your first name, email address and phone number in the body.  Then click the “send” button to receive your entry!  Limit of one (1) entry per person PLEASE. Your entry must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 7, 2012 to be considered eligible.


  • A three (3) month Foodzie tasting box subscription
  • A twelve (12) month Birchbox® beauty box subscription
  • A twelve (12) month Maghound® magazine subscription 
  • $100 bucks in the form of a major credit card gift card


We’ll randomly select a winner on or about January 8th, so be on the look-out for the announcement!

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Starts at 9:00 a.m. ET on 1/1/12 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 1/7/12.  Open to legal residents of the 50 US and DC, 18 years or older at time of entry.  Subject to official rules available here.  Void where prohibited or restricted by law.  This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Birchbox®, Facebook®, Foodzie, or Maghound®.  You understand that you are providing your information to the blog five-style-high and not to Birchbox®, Facebook®, Foodzie, or Maghound®.  The information you provide will be used SOLELY for the purposes of selecting and notifying a prize winner, after which the information will be permanently deleted. Names of prize manufacturers/trademark owners are used solely for the purposes of identification of the prizes.  No endorsement, authorization, sponsorship, or approval of prize manufacturers/trademark owners is intended or implied by such use.





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