Tyra is in Love With Food–June 2014

 

Living in Chicago one thing is  for certain, people love their sports… Hockey, Basketball, Football and Baseball…As I child I have fond memories of the Chicago Cubs, Harry Caray and most of all the food. This month’s love with food box, is all of those great memories in a yummy little snack box. This month’s Theme was “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”

 

Love With Food
Cost: Tasting Box: $12/month / Deluxe Box: $19.95/month.
Ships To: United States including its territories and APO/FPO/DPO Boxes.  I do have a Disclosure Policy But I do in fact pay for a Deluxe Box Every month (But if you want to send me a free box, I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to it)

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I hooked up with Love With Food after the Goodies Box ended (I was getting box the regular and the Kids box… no judging, I like my snacks!) and they referred me over to LWF. I like the idea of learning about new products that I normally wouldn’t have known about. And I especially love that a with each purchase of a LWF box 1 meal is donated (two meals when you get order the deluxe box) And next month, those values are gonna double, so if you love  being introduced to new snacks and enjoy the fact that your purchases will do so good this is the subscription box for you! (details below)

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Pineapple, Raspberry and Mango Fruit Snacks by YumEarth Organics

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I’m not sure what these have to do with the whole baseball theme, but these are really good, I’m sure these are marketed towards children, and since there is no kiddies here I get to enjoy all the yummies..  The bags that I got were samples sizes and a little bit over .6 ounces. .. These are Fat-free, Glutton-free, and Nut-free and Non GMO. you can get 12 –7oz bags for about $11.99. These get a 9 out of 10

Cheddar Baked Fries by Snikiddy

There were fantastic, I think this was my favorite thing out of the entire box! This product isDSC02945 made with non GMO products and is Vegetarian friendly , I was given two 1oz bags, but this also comes in 4.5oz bags…. check out the website there’s a coupon!

 

Gum Balls by Tree Hugger Gum

DSC02944Despite the fact that this gum is all natural (non- GMO, no corn syrup and vegan friendly), this was the one thing that took me back to my childhood, I remember chewing gum balls like there was no tomorrow, although I think the ones years ago were a bit larger and I remember that if you chewed them for a long time they made your jaw hurt…. not these, the gum stayed soft throughout… and after 2 hours I was still popping away… I was able to find these at my local Whole Foods, but there is a store locator for a store that carries them…otherwise you can on the LWF site and purchase directly from them. Based on nostalgia alone this product gets a 10 out of 10

Snap Back by The Cookie Department:

DSC02943This cookie came at the right time, I caught a cold and I’m seriously snuffy…and this cookie cleared me up PRONTO! I love the idea od eating a cookie and getting  a little bit extra. These cookies are huge (3oz) you purchase these in a 12 pack for $30. If you’re not a fan of Ginger Snaps, they have other flavors like Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter. This cookies get’s a perfect 10!

 

Chicago Mix by G.H. Cretors

The Chicago Mix is not new to me, I mean come one… who doesn’t love Caramel and CheeseDSC02941 popcorn mixed together? The perfect combination of salty and sweet. I was pleasantly surprised by how much cheese was on the popcorn, most companies like to skimp on the cheese. (This product doesn’t have any glutton products in it) You can get 12 –7.5oz bags for $35.88. Now I know that some of you might thing that’s a bit pricey, but let’s compare this to Garrett’s you would find that it’s quiet reasonable… I love popcorn… so this one automatically get’s 10 out of 10.

Montmoremcy Cherries by Stoneridge Orchards

DSC02939This was the very first thing that I ate out of my box… I love dried fruit and this is no exception..The perfect combination and sweet and tart. This product got a 10 out of 10

 

DSC02948The website has coupons as well as local retailers that sell this product… check the website out they have dip recipes (they have this pizza one that I’m gonna try soon) they also turn the chips into dessert…This product doesn’t get a rating because I haven’t tried it yet.

 

 

 

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Granola is granola, it’s neither good nor bad, I did like the little fun twist on it… PB&J! Interesting… I would defiantly give this to little kids… they might enjoy it a little more than I did . This get 7 out of 10

 

Chocolate Cookies by Dolcetto

DSC02942The sort of remind me of those pillow mints… but these came in a little 100 calorie back, perfect for those times when you just need a little something sweet… I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed them..You can get 24 pouches of this petite cookie for $17.95.. Or they have a larger bag six pack for a dollar more. These get a 9 out 10.

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Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a fan of BBQ sauce, but my youngest brother… it’s his go to condiment…. he;s a man of few words, but he said that he liked it… so you can take that with a grain of salt. A small .5 ml bottle was included in the box , but if you check the website to find a retailer in your area… and it also sells on Amazon. My brother gave this a 7 out of 10

 

 

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I also got coupons for the chocolate cookies (15%) , the BBQ sauce ($4.00), Dried Cherries ($1.00) and the Dippin Chips ($1.00)

I think the thing that I loved the most was the Cheddar Fries, OMG! so yummy and the Snap Back Cookie, that sucker really helped clear me up while dealing with this yucky cold. I would give the box whole a 9 out of 10. I loved everything in the box…although there were some things that I really struggled with trying to figure out how they meshed with the theme.

Did you get Love With Food this month?  What’d you think?  If you are interested in signing up click here.  Subscriptions (for a regular box) are $12/month, but you can use the coupon code “FB7OFF” to save $7 off your first box, making it only $5!

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Nail Polish Lottery Club – Week 76

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So for the month of June I said that I was gonna be on a “No Buy”  There is a certain amount of weight that I wanted to lose this month and I said that I wouldn’t buy any polish until I lost the weight…. but something happened. Walgreen’s had it’s Sinful Colors 99 cent sale again… I forgot to cancel my Julep box for the month, then I got my birthday coupon from Sally’s, then I went on vacation where my brother and sister in law gave me polish, then I went to Walgreens when I was on vacation and got more polish, got home then got another Sally’s coupon and went to get MORE polish… the Father’s day came around…. and I went to TJ Max and Marshalls… and I got MORE polish needless to say my No-Buy was an epic failure! Maybe I should try again net month. I’m slightly ashamed at the amount of polish that I have and the lack of self control (I didn’t even photograph all the polish I got….consider this the highlights…. but at least I’ll have lots to blog about)

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM NUMBER IS 365

Alternate Number 36 +5 =41

Color Me Monthly’s Candied Clementine

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Sweet and delicious simmered in sugar crystals yet stunningly tart

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Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and  every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally  cool!!

Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page

Use the hashtag: #nplclub on Twitter and Instagram

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I was looking to try something new, lately I have been really unhappy with the polishes that Julep has come out with, so on a whim I signed up for Color Me Monthly . Color Me Monthly is a monthly nail polish subscription that sends out an affordable bottle of non-toxic, vegan, and20140612_210653 cruelty-free polish in earth-friendly packaging. The subscription costs $7.00/month. This month I got something that honestly I wasn’t too jazzed about but I guess that’s the whole point of a subscription box service, try something new and get out of your comfort zone. And they’re giving away a 6-month subscription right now. clicky. I should also point out that the disclosure policy doesn’t count as I purchase this box myself!

1402625195905Candied Clementine  is an orange (think traffic cone orange)shade with yellow flecks of microglitter in it. Initially it goes on sheer, but it’s buildable and dries actually kind of matte. (which was a bit of a surprise to me) I requires at least three coats to get the achieved look. I was really happy to see that there was a good amount of microglitter in the first coat. And it’s very visible in the photos, it’s even more so in person. You can clearly see the microglitters in the bottle and the polish looks exactly the same on the nail, there is no color or shade variation at all.. Even without the use of flash (and if you can look closely you can see the microglitters on my nail..

20140612_210700The application of the polish was smooth and I had no issues at all with the brush. Although I was head over heels with my two previous CMM mailings, this wasn’t quiet me. The polish was a bit sheer for me and even after 3 coats there was still a VPL. Plus I’m not a fan of orange. But I did enjoy the shimmer and the application was great and it dried superfast. So this polish get’s a 7 out of 10! And if you’re looking for a good quality polish in a “surprise” color every month I would highly suggest signing up for this service.

I don’t think Tsuki was feeling it this week, she didn’t want to me photographed with the 1402637698306polish… maybe she felt like it was to cliché… you know orange and black… my cat is such a diva!

 

 

Until Next Time…
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Tsuki’s World : Lucky Me!

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Here’s my previous post

Hey everybody I’m back! And better than ever. So many things have happened and yes I am sill on my quest for world domination! (it’s a little difficult when you’re human isn’t a good minion) But before I start I would be remiss not to mention that I’m a lucky girl; but some of my friends aren’t as lucky  and a lot of them are still waiting for a human to adopt and to find their forever home so if you live in the Chicago area and looking for a feline master I would suggest this wonderful organization called Hyde Park Cats  (that’s where my human found me!!!) or your local no-kill shelter.

The last time I checked in I spoke about that horrific incident where my human took me to the veterinarian and they stuck a thermometer in my…. well you get where I’m going with it… well I had a little cancer scare (mammary cancer happened to be the third most common cancer in cats) and am pleased to report that I’m healthy and cancer free, it was benign and I am officially in the 0.9% !!! As I said before I’m a really, really lucky girl.

20140522_151736Speaking of lucky I won a contest… one of my human’s favorite blogs, Sometimes, Cats Herd You held a contest sponsored by Simple Solution for their 30 Day Super Absorbent Litter. My human was one of 3 people to win! And what is she gonna go with her booty? So I get to reap all the benefits…

I have officially taken on the role as night time escort. My human get’s up a lot in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, and since I know her sight is not as good as mine; and I’m afraid she might get lost… once I went outside I and got20140520_192001 lost and I never found my human again so I make sure that I escort her to the bathroom anytime she needs to go; I wait for her, make sure she’s goes back to bed; then grab a quick nibble before going back to bed beside her… there are even  times during the day time she goes to the  bathroom and she takes too long  and I get worried and have to make sure she’s okay…my human …what am I going to do with her??

No one can keep a secret in this house, everyone is taking about going on vacation, since I’m not a fan of the outside or the water I’ve insisted that my human take me to a hotel where I can be pampered and spoiled. I’m excited, I’m getting a pink manicure to match my sparkly collar ;but my human is very worried, she keeps assuring me that she loves me and that she would never leave me there; I think she’s worried that I’m going to think that she’s abandoning me, I know that’s not the case, She’s MY human and I’m stuck with her until the very end…have any of your feline masters been to a pet hotel? I’d like to know how it was… what should I pack?

Two days ago I got by brand new MeowBox and boy am I excited! I mean REALLY excited! As always I got lots and lots of goodies and this month’s box was chock full of CATNIP!!!

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I got some awesome stuff:

The human said I can only use one toy at a time, something about being dazed and in a frenzy… HA!! What does she know, a lady always knows how to stay composed.

Well maybe she has a tiny point

And before I leave, check out my instagram… I require that my human posts at least once a day! Well I have to go, my human wants to watch Frozen

Meow,

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Nail Polish Lottery Club – Week 71

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Generally I try to get my NPLClub posts on Tuesdays… I’ve been feeling under the weather… so you’re gonna get a ton of posts today (I’ll be posting in between naps…)

Before we go into this weeks pic, let me lament about last week’s pick. Great color, so great IDSC02771 did my toes in the color and got so many complements on the color and my manicure as a whole, but holy cow… it leaves a mess behind when 20140513_151958you remove it. My nails were so yellow that my doctor asked me if my liver was okay, he thought that maybe I was showing signs of jaundice. So just beware if you plan on using this polish, your nails are defiantly gonna need some TLC afterwards. (this was taken after they were buffed and soaked and you can still see a bit of yellowing)

 

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM NUMBER IS 164

Alternate Number 16 +4 =20

Color Me Monthly’s Sirens

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In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous yet beautiful creatures, portrayed as femme fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.

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Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and  every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally  cool!!

Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link :https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PJtYOL0VJjvrrfDVgK-3GSnjCcuyRDdj0Gb9IZKMjQA/edit
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub?fref=ts
Use the hashtag: #nplclub on Twitter and Instagram

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I was looking to try something new, lately I have been really unhappy with the polishes that Julep has come out with, so on a whim I signed up for Color Me Monthly . Color Me Monthly is a monthly nail polish subscription that sends out an affordable bottle of non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free polish in earth-friendly packaging. The subscription costs $7.00/month. Once again I got another great spring color called Sirens, and before I even knew the name my first thoughts were, “how this reminds me of the sea, and mermaids, fish scales and all that jazz”… hell I was close enough.

DSC02752Sirens is a medium milky sea foam green with a shimmering microglitter. Very pretty and totally on trend for the season. As you can tell from the picture this is the first coat, so this particular polish requires at least two coats to get the achieved look. I was really happy to see that there was a good amount of micorglitter in the first coat. By the time I got to my second coat the polish was completely opaque.

You can clearly see the microglitters in the bottle and the polish looks exactly the same on theDSC02753 nail, there is no color or shade variation at all.. Even without the use of flash (and if you can look closely you can see the microglitters on my nail..

I loved this polish so much I matched my entire outfit to it… as you can see my bracelet and 20140511_115146rope belt match my manicure! And I wasn’t the only one who liked this polish Tsuki REALLY liked it… I sat the polish on the bed and see DSC02744assumed it was a toy and proceeded to carry it off to her bed… I was able to snap a picture before she bolted. Maybe this week I will do a little nail art with this polish, I think last month’s CMM pick would be a great complement to this

The application of the polish was smooth and I had no issues at all with the brush. Overall I was really impressed with this weeks pick and look forward to future CCM mailings. Now I know that I said the same thing about my previous CMM pick, but I have that I love the fact that this is a small operation which means there is extra care to make sure that each polish is perfect. And you know that I will find anything to pick apart  on my post, but this one seems to have done it again, I am VERY impressed. So this polish get’s a 10 out of 10! And if you’re looking for a good quality polish in a “surprise” color every month I would highly suggest signing up for this service.

Until Next Time…
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Tsuki’s World : I Got Mail

 

 

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Humans, my name is Tsuki (the T is silent), sometimes my human calls me Tsuki Monster when I especially playful. Did you know that Tsuki is Japanese for Moon? Did you also know how incredibly fashionable and fabulous I am? Don’t believe me; my human has an instagram and I allow her to photograph me. I got tired of watching my human typing on her computer, seriously nothing is more important than me, so I have forced requested that she write a blog post for me… Humans are so trainable..

So let me tell you my story… I recently adopted my human… about three weeks ago Tyra came to visit me at my Fosterer Leslie’s house…she sat on the floor (as I require all human to do if they want to greet me properly) and because she was nervous I went over and greeted her, she smelled like yummies so I knew she might be a good match… then I sat on her and fell asleep while she, my foster human and an adoption agent talked about me and told me how pretty  and smart I was…Seriously what girl doesn’t like that. Tyra went to visit other cats, but it was too late MY scent was on her.. and they knew she was mine and knew to stay away.. a few days later she came and picked me up.

Anyway she brought me home, and I was very curious about everything; after a thorough inspection I deemed it worthy of my presence and claimed it as my domain… these humans are so easy… it took me less 20140421_210331than a day to bend them to my will. I have even commandeered the bed and have allowed my human to have a small portion of the bed… after all I need a lot of space to spread out.. I’m a lucky girl; but some of my friends aren’t as lucky a lot of them are still waiting for a human to adopt and to find their forever home so if you live in the Chicago area and looking for a feline master I would suggest this wonderful organization called Hyde Park Cats  (that’s where my human found me!!!) or your local no-kill shelter.

Things seem to be going along smoothly I have yet to train my human to give me her food… I stare and give her sad eyes an that doesn’t work, I’m sure if I start “talking” she’ll eventually give in…this might be a challenge, but I’m up to it! Last Friday she took me to the veterinarian for what my human called a “wellness check” I called it a “exercise of my patience” after the whole thermometer fiasco I vocalized my displeasure  and demanded to go home! I came home and went to a private room to sulk; I’m sure my human has learned her language an won’t make that mistake again. But I’m good now…

My human has just reminded me that this blog isn’t about me … but about what I got in the mail today…how rude!! EVERYTHING IS ABOUT ME!!

Anyway …. I’ve been here for a little over two weeks and my human is always getting things in the mail.. snacks, nail polish, craft stuff, clothes, make-up…she calls them subscription boxes; and to my surprise she order MY box before I even came home… such a good human….anyway it came today and I was so excited!! I got my very first MeowBox!

My human presented by with my mail an grabbed her camera (she’s always got the camera)…..

 

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Ooh it’s my box… I’m confused if it’s my box how come the cat doesn’t look like me?  Maybe they didn’t get the picture in time…hopefully next month they will correct their error…..
My human thought that I was going to be able to open the box myself… who does she think I am? Some uncultured dog? Pu-leeese, that’s what slaves humans are for.

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What should I inspect first? Wait……

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The human wanted to “stage” the box .. something about a a pretty picture, but I had to promptly remind her that it was my box and the only paws that should be staging are mine!

I will admit that she might have done a better job than I could have… I guess thumbs are good for something.

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I decided to take everything out of the box fist them look at my booty.

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Almost there….

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FINALLY I was able to get everything out of the box… well almost everything.

If I fits, I sits…

Here’s a video the human took…

So I should probably tell you exactly what was in my box: I have allowed my human to speak, her thoughts will be in red

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Cat Dancer Cat Toy

retails for $3.50

I love these… and this came right one time I have one with a purple feather that mom says is getting a bit worn out.

These type of toys have always been popular with my cats and Tsuki in particular loves them… this will defiantly get a lot of use.

Red Barn Grain-Free Salmon Treats

retails for $3.15

I love Salmon, but the cat looks scary… my human said I had already had my treat for the day and I couldn’t have anymore, but she did promise me that I could have these tomorrow.

I’m really impressed with this company.. they have the cutest names for their food.

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Purrfectly Natural Chicken Treats

retails for $3.99

Couldn’t try these either… something about the vet saying I’m a little over weight… since when is being a tad over 11 pound overweight… my human weighs more than and she’s always stuffing things in her mouth…

Ignore her…she just mad that she’s on a ”diet”…and for the record I am not always stuff things in my mouth

Fresh’n Purr Cat Litter Deodorizer

retails for $5.99

My litter doesn’t smell I don’t require this product

Liar! This will defiantly be used

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Shrimp Sushi Catnip Toy
retails for $5.99

My human kept saying that the shrimp was freaking her out… apparently she’s not a fan of seafood…Blasphemy!!! I love it…

I’m sorry those big eyes creep my out a bit and I will be one of those toys that I’m sure I will find in some odd location in the house a week from now

 

Crawly Critter Catnip Toy

retails for $5.50

I’m not sure what this is but I was torn between fighting it and licking it to death….this is my favorite!

I had to actually put this away, she was getting way over stimulated…it was the first thing she gravitated to in the box, and hasn’t let go since

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This is the look a very happy kitty!
Being me is a lot a work after all the fun and games I decided to relax and take a bath.

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So much excitement really drains a girl, I had to take a nap, you can clearly see I was done being photographed so I turned by back on my human hoping she would get the message

When I wake up for my nap I will thank my human by allowing her to pet me…

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So this box get’s 4 Tsuki paws…. it would get more but I only have 4. If you’re human spoils you like Tyra spoils me… ask them to get you one…happy cat always equals a happy home. Since I’m on a quest for world

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Over all I thought that the Meow Box was an good bargain, these are things that I normally would have purchased and I came out cheaper. her reaction to the box and especially to Crawly Critter was enough to prove that this is a winner, I’m gonna agree with Tsuki and give this a rating of 4 paws… I can’t wait to see what she get’s next month!

Clearly Tuski is out to prove that this is HER world, and I simply allowed to live in it

Until Next Time…..

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