Saturday, May 31, 2014

Graze nibblebox (April through May 2014)

My entire fifth box from Graze was just... terrible.  Hahaha.  I don't really fault Graze for it.  I give them props for trying to be inventive.  But it was so bad.  I'm not going to bother detailing the items too much so here's my list for:

April 13, 2014
  • Fruit and Seed Flapjack, rustic rolled oat flapjack with mixed seeds and dried fruits.
  • Smokey Gazpacho Dip, smoky gazpacho relish with wholemeal crisp bread slices.
  • Little Figgy Went to Market, diced figs, cranberries and soft apple pieces.
  • Cracking Black Pepper Cashews, black pepper cashews, roasted unsalted cashews and redskin peanuts.

April 27, 2014

Box 6... a mix of both "Love" and "Hate".  The "Loves" were repeats of items I received in my first few boxes, which was lovely, but there are still so many treats to try I was a teensy bit disappointed.  I won't re-detail the repeats.
  • Key Lime Pie, lime infused raisins, sponge pieces, mini meringues and green raisins... blech.
  • Brooklyn Bites
  • Tropical Sundae, pineapple pieces, mango and chewy banana coins... double blech.
  • Lightly Toasted Pistachios

May 11, 2014

COME ON, GRAZE!  I only got one thing I hadn't already tried with Box 7.  And it wasn't wonderful.  But at least the stuff I'd received before were things I had "Loved" or "Liked" in the past.
  • Chocolate Orange Flapjack
  • Garden of England
  • Chili and Honey Almonds
  • Twist of Black Pepper Popping Corn... just what it says.  It was an adorable and perfectly portioned package.  Popcorn was okay, but a little peppery for my taste.  I am definitely looking forward to trying their other popcorns.

So that's it for April and May, and I'm officially caught up on reviewing my Graze snack boxes until June.  I accidentally let my credit card expire before activating the new one so I missed the May 25 box.  Oopsy.

Next I'm probably going to detail my Julep box for May.  If you haven't already, check out my page, "Websites to Try (Or Not to Try)."  The most recent update is about Perfumes For a Buck.

Until then, try to enjoy this beautiful Spring weather!

Graze nibblebox (February through March 2014)

February 16, 2014

I absolutely loved everything I received in my first (FREE) box.  Each additional box is $6.  You can elect to receive your deliveries weekly, biweekly, or monthly.  I'm personally set up for the biweekly orders.

My first order consisted of:
  • Chocolate Orange Flapjacks, a rustic rolled oat flapjack with chocolate and orange.  It had the consistency of a granola bar and tasted very much to me like and orange scone.
  • Cherries & Berries, a delightful medley of cherries, lingonberries, cranberries and jumbo raisins.
  • Lightly Toasted Pistachios, roasted pistachios with a touch of salt.  There was nothing particularly special about these.  You could probably get the same quality in any grocery store.  But I love me some pistachios.
  • Brooklyn Bites, a surprisingly delectable mix of poppyseed pretzels, cheese cashews and roasted pumpkin seeds.

When you "Love" the treats they prepare for you upon reviewing the order, they will send them again, and quickly, so be sure you truly like the items and are anxious to enjoy them again.

March 2, 2014

My second box was a mixture of "Loves" and "Likes", so still a pleasant experience:
  • Hot Cross Yum, sponge pieces, cinnamon and honey almonds and orange infused raisins, really was reminiscent of a hot cross bun, or at least how I'd imagine a hot cross bun to taste.  It was really delicious.
  • Chili and Honey Almonds, roasted almonds with a chili and honey glaze.  Sounds like a not-so-spectacular combination but I was very surprised at just how great these tasted.  Chili and honey go well together, and has definitely opened my taste buds up to more sweet and spicy concoctions in the future.
  • Garden of England was a dried fruit trio of mini strawberries, blackcurrants and soft apple pieces.  Tasty as it was, I could probably find something similar at the supermarket.
  • Salsa Fresca, a tomato salsa fresca with cheesy sombreros, is no longer available, but as I recall the sombreros were okay but I did not care too much for the salsa itself.

"Liked" treats will also find themselves again in a box in the future, but not nearly as quickly as the "Loved" items.

March 16, 2014

The third box was another assortment of "Loves" and "Likes", but it was also the first time that I recall having a "Hates".
  • Toffee Apple, sticky toffee sauce with granny smith apple slices, was wonderful.  The toffee sauce was similar to a buttery caramel sauce.
  • Tropical Daiquiri was tasty (pineapple, green mango and lime infused raisins) but nothing to write home about.
  • Natural Vanilla Seeds, vanilla seeds and vanilla pumpkin seeds, were alright but a little to dessert-y for my love of seeds.
  • Bonnie Wee Oatbakes, red onion marmalade with cheese and chive oatbakes, was less than desirable.  I ate the rather flavorless "oatbakes", but just could not bring myself to consume more than a couple of bites of the marmalade.  I cannot think of the proper words to describe it.  It was onion-y.  Also sweet and bitter.  A flavor I can only hope to never have to taste again.

March 30, 2014

By the fourth box, I kinda felt like they weren't trying to impress me anymore.
  • Raspberry & Coconut Muffins, a blend of amaretti drops, raspberry infused cranberries, almond slices and coconut flakes, just... tasted wrong, as did...
  • Herby Bread Basket, mini basil breadsticks, garlic crostini and oregano rice crackers.
  • Summer Berry Flapjacks, rustic rolled oat flapjack with berry-infused cranberries, brought the box back up to an edible level.  They were pretty good but not quite as good as the chocolate orange flapjacks that came in my first box.
  • Jalapeno Fiesta, a mix of jalapeno peanuts, roasted sunflower seeds, salsa almonds and roasted pumpkin seeds weren't bad.  Strange flavors, but they combined nicely.  I hope to try them again.

So now I know that the selections can be hit or miss, but I was still looking forward to my next box.

I shall continue my reviews of Graze in a future blog.  Until then, try to have fun and live each day to the fullest.      

Friday, May 30, 2014

In the Beginning... UPDATED!

I have recently entered the exciting world of boxes by mail... snack boxes, beauty boxes, sample boxes, etc.  I began my journey by purchasing a bi-monthly subscription to Graze (  If you choose to join, please use my friendcode: R7CG2QKNP.  I'll get free boxes, and you'll get your own friendcode with which you can start to build free boxes.

I've been doing it since February 16, 2014, and although what you receive in the boxes is a total crapshoot, I have been pleasantly surprised.  Over the next month, I'm going to try to go back and review all of the boxes I've gotten so far.  I'm having a lot of fun.

I also tried a Julep ( box.  That was a great deal and I'm happy with what I received in my first package.  I did discontinue my membership for the time being because I'm a recovering (hopefully) nail biter so there're only so many colors a girl needs in the beginning.  But I will definitely consider reopening my account at a later date.

I'm currently on a waiting list to join Ipsy (  There are several others I'm excited to try, but I need to slow my roll and do one thing at a time.

I hope you'll keep up with my blog and share your experiences and opinions in regards to the boxes you've tried.  I will certainly take your notes into consideration when choosing my future "projects".

Until next time, try to enjoy an exciting and surprising life!

UPDATE:  I couldn't take it... the waiting for my Ipsy membership.  So I also joined Birchbox (  My membership is immediate so I look forward to reviewing my June box!