Guess what! This company is one of the reasons I started my blog and subscription obsession in the first place! The Universal Yum Box is like traveling to a new country to experience their sweet treats and snacks every month! This international subscription allows you to experience each countries goodies without leaving your home! They do all the work in selecting unique and delicious and often extremely difficult to find treats. Want to see what comes in the box? Just look at some of my previous posts from them which included a trip to Turkey with their yummy pizza sticks and choclatey goodies, then to France with their amazing Madeleines and nougat. Poland and Phillipines were pretty good, but I loved Greece and the USA, they found some really amazing snacks!
They have 3 box sizes to choose from. First off is the Yum Box starting at $13.75 a month with 6+ snacks in each box it’s quite a steal and definitely a subscription box I would suggest if you like trying new things. From there you can double your order and get the Yum Yum box with 12+ items for $22.92 a box. Lastly the Super Yum box with 20+ snacks for $35.75 a box. They ship throughout the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, and Israel which includes free shipping within the US. They also send a super helpful info card with info on the country, each snack and how it’s unique to that country, a playlist, trivia and a little hint on the next months destination! This was the April box but we have Indonesia coming up for July! Order here;
Coffee lover? Where do you go to get your cup of joe in Vancouver? One of my favorite spots over the years has been Caffè Artigiano. I used to frequent the Hastings – Burnaby location once a week to treat myself to some amazing sweet treats and a fancy espresso drink on my way to work. From a wide variety of homemade baked goods, soups and sandwiches, to an array of delicious coffee beverages they have the food side of a cafe down pat. They are also cozy enough to relax with a friend to catch up or open your laptop to get some work done. They have delicious artisan coffee with some stunning latte art that is for sure Instagram worthy. Opening in 1999, and staying true to only brewing the highest quality coffee and being a trustworthy company that promotes sustainability in their neighborhoods. They offer lots of organic and natural products and are doing their part to reduce their impact and footprint on the environment.
With 12 locations across the Lower Mainland and a few sprinkled in Calgary, this coffee joint is a must for the Vancouverite. This week I got to visit the Yaletown location for my first time. Right across the street from the Yaletown skytrain, just grab a cup to go and peruse around town! I went for the Chai Latte with Almond Milk, mmmm the perfect amount of cinnamon makes this one of my favorite hot beverages. For lunch I had the Roast Chicken Panini, it was simply delicious with provolone cheese, sundried tomato aioli and a nut-free pesto on an organic ciabatta bun with arugula, soooo delicious. I definitly intended to eat it on the go but had to sit down and enjoy, the perfect lunch item! Some other items I muuuust try next time are the Ham & Cheese Croissant, the Tuscan Chicken Wrap that has roasted cauliflower, the Spartan Apple Muffin and the Spanish Latte… yum! Oh and did you know that they cater? Woot!
They have some really nice items for sale as well. A rack full of coffee that smells delicious, from the Artigiano House Blend with hints of nutty caramel, to the Classic Italian Blend with some dark chocolate, to the Private Reserve with hints of roasted almonds, and of course a decaf! Their stainless steel thermal tumblers are really nice too, perfect to use and save 10 cents on your coffee order! I’m absolutely in love with their cotton canvas totes, the Vancouver backdrop looks perfect with Science World and the mountains. They also support a great cause as it’s by a fair trade company in India called Free Set Global which supports women who were trapped in sex trade work, giving them new opportunities with a job and fresh start.
Find out the locations and more info about Caffè Artigiano here;
Sprezza Box is a gentlemen’s subscription box of monthly stylish accessories for that stylish aficionado in your life. Let them do the work for you in finding the perfect look for your next big day, business day or any day! Perfect to turn your man into a stylish dapper fella with the tools to mix and match and create the perfect look. Classy and interchangeable with your past boxes and existing closet make this men’s subscription a winner! You can expect ties, bow ties, socks, men’s accessories and jewelry, suspenders, watches, sunglasses, wallets, flasks, lapel pins, tie bars, every month is different but goes together so perfectly! All their items are available for purchase online as well. This is the Hillcrest box, bringing you some sexy formal pieces, it includes;
- Elevon Watch – holy moses, this watch is worth $105 on it’s own!!! Super sexy brown and water resistant, comes with a warranty too!
- Sprezza tie – I really love this pink tie, pink is super sexy on a crisp clean suit.
- Weekend Casual socks – I’ll probably keep these, they are so cute with the flamingos! Perfectly matching the tie.
- Ainsley & Troupe pocket square – I really like the blue jean look this one has, very sexy.
- Razor MD Tweezers – to keep you looking fresh!
This box is worth over $180 and yet it’s still only $28 a month gets you an amazing box just like this one, so well worth it! Love an item you got in your box? How about a past box? You can go to their online store and order any past items! Use code SUBBOXGIRL for 10% off your first box and your entire store purchase. Order here;
Love seeing the new selection from Book of the Month! What did the judges choose this month? Maybe a mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, a gripping memoir, a dramatic love story, a tale of struggles, I can’t wait to find out! Each month 5 judges including a guest judge skim hundreds of books and select those hidden gem novels you’ve always wanted to read (not just those books on the bestseller list that every single person has read). Judges can include well known book editors, best selling authors and celebrities! On the first of the month the books are posted with a quick review to help you make your selection, then you simply choose one or more hardcovers by the 6th of the month! Here are the May selections to choose from;
- Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – BOTM Quick take: From the author of Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied, a horror story about that too-good-to-be-true Craigslist job.
- Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center – BOTM Quick take: A redemptive read from the author of How to Walk Away with a tough-girl firefighter who isn’t as tough as she thinks.
- Three Women by Lisa Taddeo – BOTM Quick take: Fascinating, raw, and NSFW. Ten years of reporting is on full display, recounting women’s complicated sex lives.
- The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger – BOTM Quick take: Schadenfreude at its finest. A beautiful train wreck of wealthy parents who implode their oh-so-perfect lives.
- Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – BOTM Quick take: A whip-smart Cinderella gets tangled up in a 1920s jazz-age epic that brings Mayan mythology to life.
Only $14.99 for your first book. Add up to 2 additional books of your choice from the extra books section for only $9.99 each. Skip as often as you like, and free shipping everytime! Want to get your books for even cheaper? Sign up for a yearly subscription and it drops your price down to $12.50 a month plus any extras you add! New member to BOTM? New members can now get their first book for $9.99 when you join using code: SUMMERVACAY. Order here;
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I’m always so excited for the Love with Food box and to see what new treats I’m in store for. New companies, new flavors and trying something out of my regular comfort zone! Snack time folks! Life is sweet when you have Love with Food sending you snack packs every month! They are the perfect choice for those looking to try new and yummy junk-free, organic, all natural snacks and treats. They include all sorts of goodies that are hard to find in store and available for purchase in their online store if you just can’t get enough! They also have boxes available for your office, small taster boxes, and even gluten free boxes!
Order today with free US shipping and a free box for an annual subscription and includes 8+ items. The Deluxe starts at only $16.50 for 16-20 items and a free bonus box for an annual subscription, with free US shipping and $3.99 international shipping. The Gluten Free box starts at only $19.99 for an annual subscription and includes 10-12 items. Bonus, for every box they send out they also donate a meal to someone in need at a food bank, make that 2 free meals for the Deluxe and Gluten Free boxes! Bonus bonus, each item you review after trying in your box gets you points, save up your points and use them in the store for free items! Click below to get 40% off your first box, so only $11.95!
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Looking to start your day on the right foot? It all starts with a healthy breakfast to jump start your day. What better way then a morning smoothie full of nutrious ingredients. Revive Superfoods delivers healthy smoothies straight to your door, frozen, and ready to go, just add your favorite liquid, blend up, add a straw and sip away! They take all the work out of your morning routine so you can simply grab and go! They also have overnight oats, simply add some liquid and leave it in the fridge overnight! No prep required and perfect for a balanced diet! Each recipe is delicious and nutritious with fresh organic ingredients all posted right there on the package.
My favorite part is choosing my smoothies as they have toooons of flavours! Like Blue Cacao with blueberries, banana, kale, avocado, dates, cashew butter, maca and more. To Liquid Gold with mango, carrots, pineapple, papaya, ginger, turmeric, chia seeds and coconut oil. They each show their health benefits too like the Pink Dragon is for stress relief and the Morning Mocha for cleansing. Then they have a few flavours for the overnight oats like Carrot Spice and Banana Nut! Plus you can rest assured that everything is plant based and gluten free!
Just choose how many cups and how often you’d like your delivery. So you can do weekly deliveries of 9-24 cups or monthly options of 12-24 cups. They start at $5.99 a cup and include free shipping! Use code KELSEY50 to get 50% off your first order! They even have wholesale options that start at $3.99 a cup. Order here;
Are you a beach babe at heart? Love the nautical look? Want to get your daily dose of Vitamin Sea? Me too! I had such an amazing Canada Day long weekend spending my summer days at the beach and the river and luckily my Oceanista subscription box arrived just in time filled with super summery pieces! Each box you can expect 5+ beach, aztec, boho and bohemian themed items like clothing, jewelry, accessories, home decor, bath & beauty products and more worth over $180, specially curated for the ocean or beach lover with those lovable materials we all like, crochet or silk anyone? Yes please! Take in the salty sea air or relax poolside with this fun seasonal box. They even customize each box, just let them know your skin type and tone, and preferences you have, shoe and clothing size, and ring size, then relax and let the tide roll in each season with a new fun box. This is The Girl from Ipanema Box, it runs over $235 which is amazing, in it we have;
- The Millie Thong flip flop by Oka-B in Licorice – I wore these immediately! They are super comfy and the perfect fit!
- Oceanista Embroidered Floppy Beach Hat in milky white – super cute and fitting for a day tanning at the beach, it’s foldable too!
- Coverup Convertible Skirt/Dress by Elan – This yellow sarong doubles as a blanket when you need one and is super cute with the geometric pattern.
- Blue Beach Net Tote – great for produce at the market or perfect for a beach day, just add a book, some sunscreen and a drink to go and I’m set!
- Cat eye Sunnies with Driftwood Designer Carrying Case- These are super cute, and the case is adorable, it’s collapsible too!
- Body & Sol Collection Nail Lacquer by China Glaze in Beach Buff – Hard to tell in the pic but I just painted my nails these colour, super cute, love it!
- Brazilian Camu Camu Body + Hair Dry Oil by Body Drench – this smells like candies! Great for your hair and body!
- Surf Tumbled Seaglass Necklace by Katie Makaiwi with Lani Makana – This piece is beautiful and compliments the bag and brings the entire look together. They are also the featured artisan, they handcrafted the perfect beach look with this piece!
Can’t wait to see the next box! These items were all so amazing! Starting at only $80 a season which is a great price based on all the fun items you’ll get worth over double that! Did you miss one of their past boxes? Fear not! They have an online store where you can purchase them if they still have any left! I would act quick thou, these are a hot commodity… so jealous I missed some of them so may need to order some myself, like that Fall for Flamingo box, looooove everything in it! Next up we have the Good Golly Miss Bali box, ohhhh my, I love Bali so fingers crossed that one is heading my way!!! Oh did I mention they have an online store with other items? I could just create my own box with all the items I’m obsessed with, like the Boho Round Towel, Aztec bathing suit, Bohemia Beach Bag… okay I had to stop myself because I already had a list of about 15 items from the first 2 pages! Want 10% off your first box? Use code SBG! Order here;