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Happy Easter! – Cadbury Lil Scoops

Cadbury Lil Scoops Chocolate

I came across this Cadbury product the other day and thought it would be fun to share this here on my blog. The packaging is adorable!

Cadbury Egg Tray
Tray of Cadbury Lil Scoops

Lil Scoops

After you “peel” the foil off, you’re suppose to “crack” open the egg and “spoon” out the chocolate mousse.

Cadbury Lil Scoops

The chocolate itself is up to the Cadbury standard but the mousse on the inside was not-so-great. It’s still cute though…

Kale Chips


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Kale Chips (Recipe)

Kale Chips

Kale seems to be really popular these days. It’s probably because this dark leafy green vegetable is full of vitamins and minerals. Honestly though, I don’t think it tastes very good. It has a strong flavour and a tough texture that I just don’t enjoy.

On the other hand, I could eat kale chips by the plateful! They are light and crispy, with a deep earthy flavour. I think they almost taste like roasted broccoli. I’ll have to try making these chips with baby kale instead, the flavour might be a bit milder. I think Loblaws is carrying organic baby kale now.

 

Ingredients:

– 1 small bunch of kale (even a small bunch may make enough chips for 2-3 batches)

– 1 tbsp olive oil (or olive oil spray)

– sea salt (to taste)

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

2. Wash leaves and remove the “spines” (stems) from the kale.

3. Spin the leaves in a salad spinner or pat gently with a towel to remove excess moisture.

Kale

4. Rip the kale into small, chip-sized, pieces.

5. Toss with a small amount of olive oil (or mist the chips with an olive oil spray).

6. Sprinkle with a very small amount of sea salt. Kale is naturally a bit salty, so if you add too much salt the chips will taste bitter.

7. Arrange the leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Fresh Kale

8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the kale has become dark and crispy.

Making Kale Chips

9. Remove the chips from the oven. Drain on paper towel if needed

Kale Chips on Tray

10. Allow to cool, then eat immediately. I recommend that you do not store leftover kale chips in a plastic bag as they become soggy. I put my leftovers in a bowl and cover with a clean, dry, tea towel.

Enjoy!~

Maple Crunch Chocolate opened


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I Bought a SeasonsBox

This blog post is really overdue. I meant to put it up 2 weeks ago but then my computer decided to crash…  *sigh*… Anyhow, I’m finally up and running and can begin catching up on posts!

SeasonsBox Feb 2013

What is a SeasonsBox? 

SeasonsBox is a monthly subscription service that “strive[s] to introduce you to luxurious environmentally conscious products that meet [their] highest quality standards and that will stimulate your senses.” Each box includes 3-5 full size luxury products that are selected to match a theme. The theme could be a season, holiday or other special occasion. I believe the company shipped out their first boxes in December 2012, so they are fairly new.

The nice thing about these boxes is that, unlike many other subscription boxes, they included products for the home, body, and occasionally they include edible products too. The subscription is available to residents of the United States and Canada, all prices on the website are in USD, and the boxes are shipped from Brampton, Ontario (Canada).

SeasonsBox Info Cardopened seasonsbox feb 2013

How much does it cost? 

SeasonsBox is a little more expensive than some other subscription boxes available right now, but it’s important to realize that you are getting full size products. Many other subscriptions only give sample-size products in their boxes.

You can either buy a subscription or make a one time purchase through the SeasonsBox website. If you purchase a subscription for 3, 6, or 12 months the price per box is reduced – like buying in bulk.

Subscription Pricing (prices include shipping)

  • Bill monthly for $34.90
  • 3 months for $99.70 (save $5) + 5% Store Discount
  • 6 months for $174.50 (save $34.90) + 10% Store Discount
  • 12 months for $349 (save $69.80) + 15% Store Discount
  • One time purchase or Gift it for $39.95

My box was shipped via FedEx Ground, and I received a tracking update email when it was delivered.

What’s the cancellation policy? 

I contacted the founder of SeasonsBox, Agnes, to get the answer for this question. Here is her response:
“For the month-to-month option you can cancel at any time with no obligation.
For the pre-paid (3, 6 and 12 month discounted subscriptions) the only time you can cancel and get a refund is prior to your first box shipment. However, we have a “skip a month” policy. Since we reveal our boxes monthly and for some reasons you decide a particular month’s box does not fit your life style, you can simply email us to skip that month (move a month ahead).
Our mission is introduce you to environmentally conscious products that meet our highest quality standards and to provide great customer service. For that reason we think you would love SeasonsBox.”


What’s Inside?

I was extremely pleased with the February SeasonsBox! The theme was “Love Yourself”, and I decided that this would be my valentines gift to myself.

I received a chocolate bar, a body scrub, a face mist, and a package facial cloths. See details below each photo.

Maple Crunch Chocolate

Galerie au Chocolat Fair Trade Bar in Maple Crunch
Retail price $5.00 USD, $5.00 CDN

 

This fine Belgian chocolate is made with a high percentage of cocoa. It has a rich chocolate taste with lots of crunchy maple bits. I’m eating it as a write this blog post… yum

Juicy Bamboo Facial Cloths

Kaia Naturals Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths
Retail Price: $17.00 USD, $19.99 CDN at Whole Foods

These 100% biodegradable cloths are sulfate, paraben, alcohol and synthetic fragrance free. They smell like Vitamin C tablets and honey, which is a good thing because they have both of those ingredients in them (and that smells better than it sounds, I promise).
dream organics rose water

Dream Organics Rose Water
Retail Price: $19.00 – $22.00 USD

This rose water should improve your complexion, reduce redness, and set your makeup. I really love how this smells. It’s exactly like the rose water used in Iranian desserts, very fresh and not at all artificial.
Bambu Earth Salt Glow

Bambu Earth Sugar Cookie Body Polish
Retail Price: $17.00 – $18.00 USD

I’m excited to use this body polish. It smells like almond cookies! This scrub is made from great ingredients like dead sea salt and organic coconut oil and is free of synthetic fragrances.

The February box is no longer available, but you can purchase these items from the SeasonsBox store here

Did I Subscribe?

Yes, I did! Although, to be honest, it’s really not in my budget right now. I cancelled a magazine subscription to help offset the price 😛
I went with the 3-month plan so I can do a couple more reviews, and I’m planning on ordering boxes with interesting food items. The March box preview is on the SeasonsBox website right now and I decided to skip it because I already have a few teas to write about.

Overall I’m really impressed with SeasonsBox though. When my income increases I’d like to subscribe to the 6 month plan. I think it’s a great way to treat yourself, and the boxes would make great gifts too.

If you’re interested in subscribing to SeasonsBox, please use my link. I’ll get $5 and SeasonsBox will include “an additional seasonal must-have product with your first box for free!” Let me know if you have any questions, otherwise you can contact SeasonsBox at support@seasonsbox.com.


Additional Information:
 If you enjoy reading reviews on subscription services, you should check out the Petite Pear Style blog. I actually discovered SeasonsBox through Ellesy’s blog, and was enticed by her descriptions and photographs. She also reviews TopBox, Glossybox, Glymm and other popular boxes so be sure to visit her blog!

Maple Crunch Chocolate opened
YUMMY!~