Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Nerd Block Classic Review - December 2016 - Canadian Geek & Gamer Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Nerd Block Classic
How much? $19.99/month, plus tax and $8.75 shipping. Prices in US dollars.
What's in it? Comic-con in a box. Includes 4-6 collectible items, including a custom t-shirt and a $10 credit for ShirtPunch.com

Nerd Block is a Canadian subscription service that sends a monthly mystery package filled with nerdy apparel, toys, and collectibles. The products chosen represent all genres from movies, television, video games, internet, and more! There are 8 Blocks to choose from: Nerd Block Classic, Gamer Block, Comic Block, Horror Block, Sci-Fi Block, T-Shirt Block, Nerd Block Jr. Boys, and Nerd Block Jr. Girls. While boxes ship from within Canada, keep in mind that Nerd Block bills in US dollars.

You can skip or cancel any time, and you can even change your block from month to month. Classic, Horror, and Gamer Blocks can be switched between each other. To switch your block all you have to do is log into your account to view your switching option.

See all my Nerd Block reviews here.
The spoilers for December indicated we would be getting FOUR exclusive items from Star Wars Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Looks like an exciting collection this month!

The theme for December is "The Darkside". All 5 of the items this month are Nerd Block exclusives!

ShirtPunch T-Shirt - The Decepticons
This shirt is exclusive for Nerd Block subscribers and it's amazing! I love the design and colour choice.

Star Wars Rogue One Coin Bank
This little coin bank is another Nerd Block exclusive. It's a great design with lots of detail but it's quite small. It won't be able to hold my vacation fund, that's for sure!

Star Wars Darth Vader Chrome Mug
This mug is pretty spectacular. Who doesn't want to drink out of a moulded chrome Darth Vader head??

This will be great at work!

Rogue One Lanyard Set
Lanyards are always "meh" to some people, but ages ago I received a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lanyard and ID holder, which I use to hold my work ID and prox card, and I get some many comments and compliments on it. I may have to change it up with this one.

Star Wars Rogue One Coasters
This four pack of thick cardboard coasters would be great at a Star Wars themed party or movie viewing.

The designs are pretty cool!

The upcoming January theme is "Stark Industries" and the box includes 5 exclusive items! Unfortunately it's too late to sign up for January, but there's plenty of time to sign up for the February box.

The December Nerd Block Classic included five exclusive items, featuring Star Wars and Transformers! This is one of the best Nerd Blocks in a while. The t-shirt and Darth Vader mug are the best items ever. I sound like a teenager, but I'm totally serious! I didn't do a valuation on this box because of so many exclusives, but Nerd Block Classic typically has a value above $60 US.

Interested in trying Nerd Block? Use promo code SAVE15 to get 15% off your first block. Order before December 15th to receive the December box. Boxes ship between the 15th and 20th. Nerd Block also has a new online shop. Be sure to check it out on their website.

Click here to check out Nerd Block.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up

Monday, 16 January 2017

Gentleman of the North Review - January 2017 - Canadian Men's Sock Subscription

Canadian Box Addict pays for this box.
What is it? Gentleman of the North Sock of the Month Club
How Much? $11.95 per month, including shipping and tax. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What's in it?
A new pair of Soul of The North socks every month

I first learned about Gentleman of the North via the November Gentleman's Box. We received a GOTN toque and a promo code to get 1 free month of the Gentleman of the North Sock Club. I was thrilled to see that Gentleman of the North is a Canadian company, so I signed up for a sock subscription! 

Gentleman of the North creates Canadian inspired apparel for a true North winter. In addition to offering head wear, tee's and hoodies, and accessories, GOTN also has their own sock line called Soul of the North. GOTN also gives back by donating $1 from each Sock of the Month package to Lay-Up Youth, and organization that helps send underprivileged youth to summer camp.

The sock subscription auto-renews and bills on the first of each month. You can skip months through your account page and cancel by e-mailing the company. A minimum three month commitment is required.

The socks are "crew" style and made of 85% cotton, 10% polyester, 3% spandex, and 2 % nylon.

Soul of the North VII ($13.95)

Gentleman of the North Sock of the Month Club includes one premium pair of socks, valued at $13.95 Canadian. A subscription saves you $2 off the retail price per pair! The sock designs are all simple, with business-appropriate colour pallets and patterns. I like the simplicity of the designs. With Soul of the North, you can look dapper and distinguished with little effort.

Subscribe to the GOTN Sock of the Month Club in January and get a free lapel pin with your first order. No promo code required.

Click here to check out Gentleman of the North Sock of the Month Club

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

YumiBox Review - January 2017 - Canadian Nutrition Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? YUMiBOX
How Much? $29.99 per month, including shipping and tax. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What's in it? A bag of YUMiGrains mix, a bag of YUMiOats mix, and 2 unique YUMiRecipes  (16 servings total)

YUMiBOX is a Canadian subscription that sends healthy grain and oat mixes. With YUMiBOX you get more flavour and less sugar! According to the co-founder Zoey, "YUMiBOX was created to bring back whole grains and to inspire healthy carbohydrate choices for overall health, as well as blood sugar management". Zoey says that eating healthy carbohydrates is difficult for most people, and that whole grains have been forgotten (or demonized - we all know about the low-carb diet craze!). YUMiBOX mixes are created by a team of nutritionists and dietitians to help people with heart health, weight management, and blood sugar control.

Each month the box will include a bag of whole grain mix, a bag of breakfast oatmeal mix, and two recipe cards. Both mixes offer at 8 individually packaged servings, which helps with portion control. The savoury grain mix is a healthy alternative to rice or pasta, and cooks within 20 minutes. The oat mix is a low-sugar breakfast oatmeal that can be prepared in just a few minutes. The mix flavours change each month.

YUMiBOX ships on the 15th of each month. You can skip or cancel any time from your account page.

YUMiBOX mixes are vegetarian and many are vegan. Some products contain nuts. Each month you will receive an e-mail detailing the new flavours.  You can check the ingredient list, and skip the month if the ingredients don't work for you. The products are not gluten-free.

Did someone say Ratatouille? Our Tomato-y twist on a French Classic will be sure to fill your new year with lots of flavour! 

According to YUMiBOX:
YUMiGrains are NOT meal replacements! They simply replace your rice and potatoes for lunch and dinner. Be sure to pair with your favourite protein and vegetable sources for a balanced meal.

Key ingredients: Barley, quinoa, freekeh, black lentils, wheat berries, tomato, onion, garlic, celery seeds, basil, sage, oregano, parsley, lavender, thyme

Rise and shine with our mango and baobab superfoods. Packed with antioxidants, especially Vitamin C! Feel the warmth from the sun. 

Key ingredients: oats, freeze dried mangoes, baobab fruit powder, almonds, poppy seeds

The recipe for the oat mix is a Mango Baobab Smoothie Bowl. I didn't have some of ingredients on hand to follow the recipe, so I improvised. I used almond milk, frozen berries, and 1 packet of Tropical Boost YUMiOats. I topped the creation with sliced bananas and hemp hearts. It was a tasty and new way to get my morning oatmeal! I would also use these mixes with yogourt, or as a cereal (warm or cold) with almond milk.

The January YUMiBOX includes two healthy grain and oat mixes, offering 16 individually packaged servings. This box costs $29.99 Canadian per month, including shipping! I first reviewed YUMiBOX in June 2016 when they first launched. Since then, the cost has dropped a bit and they changed to individual, portion controlled packets. I love this change. The mixes stay fresher longer and the oat mix can be taken to go to enjoy at work. YUMiBOX is a great and easy way to get healthy grains into your diet.

This box is available to purchase until January 15th, so if these mixes appeal to you, sign up today! Use promo code CDNBOXADDICT5 for $5 off your first box!

Click here to check out YUMiBOX.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

GlobeIn Artisan Box Review - January 2017 - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box
How Much? $40/month, $114/3months, $210/6months + $12 shipping per box. All prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? A themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world

Each month, GlobeIn delivers “the globe in a box” - a collection of artisan-made products from around the world, curated around a central theme. GlobeIn introduces you to products that you can feel good about - they are often organic, fair-trade, and support artisans and farmers from around the world.

Click here to see all my previous GlobeIn Artisan Box reviews.

Before I get to this review, I just need to address the controversy that erupted over this box. When the first spoiler for the Love box was announced back in mid-December, the box was already sold out. Longtime subscribers logged into their accounts and found that they would not be getting the January theme. Many were set to receive past themes that they had either skipped or already received. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason why some subscribers were getting Love and some weren't. Some were longtime subscribers and some were brand new.

To help fix the supply and demand problem, GlobeIn has instituted some changes, which will be implemented over the next couple of months.
The demand for the Artisan Box has been growing. Every month YOU are employing hundreds of artisans all over the world and helping them create a better life for their families. Without you, GlobeIn would not exist and many artisans would not have access to fair wages and the global economy.

In 2016 we started reaching production capacity with many of our existing artisan groups in remote areas around the world. You might have noticed a few hiccups over the last few months: one product was delayed, another one had to be substituted at the last minute.

Moving forward, we have devised a new sourcing strategy for 2017 and beyond. Starting March 2017, we are planning on sourcing multiple Artisan Box themes each month rather than just one. This will enable us to place smaller, more manageable orders with more artisans, and ensure that all products arrive to you on time. This means more products, more options, more partnerships and more impact!

As the demand for the Artisan Box grows, we anticipate new themes to sell out. On our end, we promise that you will always have multiple theme options to choose from every month. If you do not like the themes offered, you always have the option to skip a month. We NEVER want you to receive something that you are not happy with.
January and February will be transitional months. Read more at the end of this post to learn more about how the next few months will play out for subscribers - current and new.

Now... on with the review.

The theme for January is "Love". 
This is the love box. Love is a box. Love is a box you are holding, a box you are opening. Love is an opening, a holding, is you. Love is a piece of chocolate broken off, a pile of sand blown into glass. Love is a wine, a quiet toast.

Love is a thoughtfully set table, a word of affirmation whispered softly to the self. Love is a napkin on the lap. Love is a woven bowl ready to be filled. Love is already.

In Kenya, the Caribbean, Mexico, and India, love is global and local at once. Love is an always bazaar, handmade and open to all, touching down wherever you are.
Love Greeting Card ($3)
This card is lovely. It would look wonderful framed!

Palm Leaf Heart Bowl from Mexico ($6)Instead of the usual woven basket we have this woven bowl with a heart motive. It's super cute and I appreciate that we got a variation from the usual.

Soapstone Dish from Kenya ($10)
This dish can be used to hold candies on the table, paper clips on your desk, jewellery on your bedside table, or soap in your bathroom. The possibilities are endless.

Love box recipients will get one of three designs. The elephant is adorable but I'm happy with the black dish.

Soapstone Word Heart from Kenya ($3.50)
This is another variation item. Baskets will include one of the three designs below. I like to put wish rocks like these into my plant pots. They add a nice bit of colour and good vibes. 

Here are the soapstone heart variations.

Equal Exchange Organic Dark Chocolate Caramel Crunch with Sea Salt ($4) 
We got one of these in the December 2015 Celebrate box and it was sooo good. The chocolate is sourced from Dominican Republic.

Set of Two Hand Blown Wine Glasses from Mexico ($30) 
These wine glasses are fantastic. They are quite heavy and thick walled. I was very impressed when I unwrapped them... and it was even more authentic since they were wrapped in newspapers from Mexico!

 You can see the thickness of the edges. These glasses are great quality!

The final item in the love box is a set of two Shibori Napkins from India (value $12). Unfortunately these were missing from my box! GlobeIn is good about handling missing items and typically sends out replacements quickly. 

The January GlobeIn Artisan Box, themed "Love", includes seven items, valued at $68.50 US. It's a great box this month, and I like that the Love theme was sent in advance of Valentine's Day in February. With the wine glasses and napkins, you could put together a romantic dinner for two, and share the chocolate bar as dessert! Unfortunately this box is currently sold out, but GlobeIn has indicated it may be available again later in February or March.

Earlier in the post, I mentioned that GlobeIn is making some changes and that January and February are transition months. There is limited availability of the newly-curated themes for the next few months. According to GlobeIn, this is what you need to know:
1) Not all current subscribers will be able to choose the newly-curated theme: we are prioritizing Artisan Box members that have previously received all of our themes. (We don’t want anyone to get a repeat box unless you want it!) - I take this to mean they are prioritizing members that have not skipped any months. 
2) New subscribers will not receive the newly-curated themes in the next few months. Instead, you will get to choose from a variety of other exciting boxes. - Take a look at my GlobeIn reviews to see some of the past themes that may be available.

***Please login to your subscription settings now to see what themes are available to you.***

3) If the newly-curated theme is not available, don’t worry! You will have a chance to get it in the future: we are creating a waitlist and will let you know as soon as it is in stock.

4) Remember, you can always skip a month if you are not happy with your current theme options!

We definitely welcome feedback to help us make a better experience for you - contact us at support@globein.com. Thank you for supporting GlobeIn and joining us on this exciting journey.

If you are interested in checking out GlobbeIn, new subscribers can save $10 OFF a 3-month or longer Artisan Box subscription using promo code WELCOME.

Click here to check out GlobeIn.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Post Pal Club Review - January 2017 - Kids Subscription Package

This package was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
What is it? Postal Pal Club
How Much? $10.95/month. Free shipping. Save on 6 & 12 month terms. Prices in US dollars. 
What’s in it? 4 Awesome, Personalized Postcards

Postal Pal Club is a subscription for kids that sends four postcards personalized with your child's face and name. Pick 4 lucky friends or family members, add a handwritten message on the back, affix postage*, and drop the post cards in the mail!  Postal Pal Club is good for all ages, but it's especially popular with kids aged 3-12.

*For U.S. customers, postcards are pre-stamped and ready to send. Canadian customers will have to add their own postage.

The idea behind Postal Pal Club is that kids will learn the sentimental value of sending and receiving a handwritten note via the mail. It's also a hands-on activity that doesn't include a smart-phone or tablet!

To help get your child started, Postal Pal Club includes a card introducing you to a young child who may appreciate a postcard with some happy thoughts. This month, we meet Zamora Moon, a girl in California who is battling pediatric brainstem glioma. Learn more about her story here.

Postal Pal Club includes suggestions for what to say and what not to say to Zamora. They also include the mailing address, where cards received will be forwarded on to the family. This is a really great idea and can help teach your child compassion and empathy.

I sent in a photo of my niece. They requested a high quality, face-front photo with no dark shadows. Postal Pal Club takes the photo and crops out the face, then places it into their own original artwork.

When I opened the envelope I found these post cards hilarious! My niece really got a kick out of them too. She was really amazed that her face was on all these drawings. There are new designs sent every month!

On the back side, there's a picture of your child dressed as a postman, along with his or her name. The envelope also included a personalized bookmark, but I didn't get a photo.

The January mailing from Postal Pal Club included four personalized post cards and a bookmark. I really like the concept behind this subscription. It's very creative, and parents can use the postcards as a teaching tool to help kids write and communicate better. In addition, kids are treated to a fun piece of mail each month, and there are some laughs to be had upon opening the package! Alternatively, you could hold onto the post cards and send your own handwritten notes to your child, which is also a fun idea!

Click here to check out Postal Pal Club.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Vancity Box Review - January 2017 - Canadian Regional Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Vancity Box
How Much? $49.95/month. Free shipping in BC! Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? 5-8 handmade, artisan, and local products made by BC vendors

Vancity Box is a Canadian subscription box focusing on handmade artisan products from Vancouver, BC and the surrounding area. With Vancity Box, you will get 5-8 products, with a retail value of up to $80. Items range from clothing, accessories, snacks, knits, scarves, socks, soaps, body lotion, creams, beef jerky, art pieces, and things you can only get in Vancouver.

Living in Vancouver for so many years made us fall in love with everything it has to offer. Whether it be the nature in our backyard, countless types of foods and restaurants, active and healthy lifestyle choices, or the number of small businesses that make up more than 90% of companies in BC. We can really agree that it is the best place to live!

Click here to check out all my Vancity Box reviews.

This month we have some crinkle paper, but still no product card. Baby steps! 

Modus DOM Single Origin Whole Bean Coffee ($21.50)
Modus coffees are roasted in Vancouver for the discerning palate. DOM is a single origin roast from El Salvador. It has hints of chocolate, dark fruits, nougat, and raw sweetness. This batch was roasted December 28th so it's super fresh!

Zen Tea Life Seven Treasures Green Tea (3.5oz tin, $13)
This fruity green tea blends Sencha, Gunpowder, Chun Mee, and Pi Lo Chun green teas, along with sweet strawberry and pineapple pieces. It smells fantastic and would be wonderful iced.

Beth & Olivia Owl Guest Soap ($9.50)
This Vancouver based company makes handmade bath and body products. This lavender and lemon scented guest soap is almost too pretty to use!

Lavender Sachet (~$5)
This sachet is filled with dried lavender, mixed with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Store it in a drawer or closet to keep linens fresh and repel insects. There is no indication on the tag which company makes this product.

Beth & Olivia Earl Grey Lip Butter ($6)
This lip balm is for tea lovers! It's made with shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, and beeswax. I received this once before and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

The January Vancity Box includes five products, valued around $55 Canadian. The value isn't very high this month, but I'm pleased with the products, especially the Modus Coffee!

If you want to give Vancity Box a try, you can save 15% off your first box using promo code CDNBOXADDICT15 at checkout.

Click here to check out Vancity Box.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.