Monthly Skill Box Review – April 2014

by Must Have Boxes on April 18, 2014

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Company: Monthly Skill Box

Category: Handmade

Cost: USD $23.00/month, plus shipping and tax

About: “Our goal is to help you learn new skills while keeping you entertained.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive a box filled with all the supplies needed to help you learn a new skill. Anyone over the age of 12 will enjoy these fun activities and love mastering unique skills that will last a lifetime. Learn and expand your knowledge with Monthly Skill Box.

The Box:

The April Monthly Skill shipment arrived in a gorgeous hinged wood box. This month’s theme is all about celebrating Easter with some fun and creative egg decorating techniques. Everything needed for these crafts was included in the wood box and there were also cards that described each project. Let’s check them out…

thegoodies

Egg Supplies
Includes: Plastic Easter Eggs, Packets of Egg Dye

Egg Decorating Supplies
Includes: Floral Napkins, Circle Stickers, Daisy Appliques

Egg Decorating Tools
Includes: Paint Brush, Marker, Glue, Sticks

Project Instruction Cards
Includes: Sticker Eggs, Couple, Napkin Decoration, Egg Snowman

This month’s projects are all about getting creative with your Easter Egg decorating. Sticker Eggs shows you how to dye eggs then adorn them with stickers to create a colorful polka dot design. With the Couple activity, you can add some personality to your eggs with a simple black marker. Napkin Decoration instructs you on how to create gorgeous floral patterns on your eggs using napkin cut-outs. Last, Egg Snowman allows you to build a snowman from eggs (one that won’t melt either!)

verdict

The April Monthly Skill Box is a home run for kids! It allows children to be imaginative while using everyday objects, like eggs. The theme of the box is great too, since Easter is right around the corner. I think this subscription is geared more toward a younger audience, but I appreciate the fact that these fun projects are something that the entire family can enjoy together. :)

What do you think about Monthly Skill Box? Planning to subscribe? Let me know! 

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Fair Treasure Review – April 2014

by Must Have Boxes on April 16, 2014

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Company: Fair Treasure

Category: Handmade, Lifestyle

Cost: USD $35.00/month, free shipping

About: “Handmade Treasures, Fairly Paid, Beautifully Crafted, & Delivered To Your Door Each Month.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive ethically sourced treasures from around the world, ranging from jewelry to candles. Each high quality, handmade item is produced by a local artist with an incredible story to tell. Fair Trade allows you to explore amazing global treasures while supporting small businesses across the globe.

The Box:

The April Fair Treasure Box is themed around the idea of a “Breath of Fresh Air.” This month is the perfect opportunity for you to relax and enjoy the tranquility of spring. The grass is greener, the air is fresher and it’s time to appreciate the nature around you. The box didn’t come stamped with the usual Fair Treasure logo, but inside all of the featured items were carefully packaged and came with descriptor cards too. Let’s check it out!

thegoodies

Mata Traders Summers End Necklace
Value: USD $29.00

Mata Traders has a mission to work with organizations that educate, employ, and empower women in India. This fair trade, handmade Summers End Necklace is stunning! The deep plum color is totally on trend for the spring season and this statement piece will add a bold pop of color to any outfit. I love how the purple resin pieces hang from the delicate 9″ – 11.5″ adjustable brass chain.

Zen Zen Garden + Home Small Square Wind Chime
Value: USD $6.25 (wholesale price)

Zen Zen Garden + Home is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and the organization works with directly local artisans and village communities. This Small Square Wind Chime, made in Indonesia, would make a great addition to a patio, backyard or other outdoor space.  Strings of pearlescent shells dangle from a wooden base and the clear line with attached hooks makes hanging a breeze.

verdict

The April Fair Treasure box is one of my all-time favorites! I’m moving into a new townhouse this May and I can’t wait to hang the Small Square Wind Chime on my patio. I love the gorgeous, natural look of the shells. I’m equally excited to wear the Summers End Necklace this spring (that plum shade is so chic!). It’s great to receive these unique handmade items, but it feels even better knowing that you’re supporting local artisans around the globe.

What do you think about this month’s Fair Treasure products? Interested in subscribing? Let me know!

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Orange Glad Review – April 2014 + EXCLUSIVE COUPON CODE!

by Must Have Boxes on April 14, 2014

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Company: Orange Glad 

Category: Food & Drink

Cost: USD $15/month, plus shipping & handling (Use the coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to receive 5% off your entire order!)

About: We search high and low for new tasty sweet treats to put in our Gourmet Sampling Box for you to try every month.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive a delicious collection of handpicked gourmet sweets delivered right to your doorstep. Orange Glad is the perfect cure for your sweet tooth and it makes an even better gift!

The Box:

I get so incredibly happy when I see my monthly Orange Glad box sitting on my doorstep. The April shipment arrived in a cute branded box with the contents carefully wrapped inside. There was also a detailed card that described each of the featured items. Let’s see what delicious sweet treats have arrived this time around…

thegoodies

Greyston Bakery Walnut Fudge Brownie 

Greyston provides individuals in Southwest Yonkers, NY with employment, skills and resources to help them escape poverty. This delectable Walnut Fudge Brownie is made from a delicious combination of unsweetened and semi-sweet chocolate and huge chunks of walnuts. This rich, chewy treat does not skimp out on the nuts! I loved every chocoaltely bite.

Cafe Valley Bakery Petite Chocolate Chip Muffins

What better way to start your mornings than with these petite chocolate chip muffins? Each adorable, bite-sized muffin is packed with chocolate chips that give the treat a sweet balanced taste. I was really impressed with the fluffy, moist texture as well. These muffins would pair perfectly with a warm cup of coffee or tea. YUM!

Wicked Whoopies Red Velvet Whoopie 

Oh my goodness! I was so excited when I saw this giant whoopie pie. Soft red velvet flavored whoopie cake shells surround a thick layer of sweet fluffy cream filling. The chocolate taste of the cake combined with the luscious center is almost too good to be true. Wicked Whoopies offers over 20 mouth-watering varieties of Whoopies pies, and I want to try them all.

Greyston Bakery Brown Sugar Blondie

I already mentioned the awesome work that Greyston does in the previous description. The bakery also has an Opening Hiring policy that begins with an apprenticeship program. This Brown Sugar Blondie features light brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate, and a hint of vanilla extract. The soft texture is great and the blondie packed tons of flavor!

Truffle Cake Co, Sinful Red Velvet & Peanut Butter Paradise

NOTE: My Orange Glad box was left outside for a few hours on a hot day which caused the truffles to melt and change shape. Normally, the truffles are perfectly spherical and gorgeous looking!

The Truffle Cake Co. is a family-oriented business started by Mariam Hart in Gainesville, Florida. These delicious bite-sized desserts are carefully crafted in small handmade batches using only the finest ingredients. The Sinful Red Velvet flavor is super rich and chocolately and the Peanut Butter Paradise variety is smooth and packed full of nutty flavor! I love them both.

verdict

The April Orange Glad box is a total winner! My favorite item from this month’s shipment is the Wicked Whoopies Red Velvet Whoopie. It’s so light and fluffy, shareable, and not to mention totally FUN to eat. But seriously, all of the featured desserts in this package were absolutely yummy and oh-so enjoyable. I look forward to Orange Glad every month…it’s the perfect treat!

Ready for some sweet treats? Remember to use the coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to receive 5% off your entire order!

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