Saturday, 24 September 2016

Sephora Collection - Holiday Advent Calendar Now Available in Canada

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The annual Sephora Collection Advent Calendar is now available for purchase in Canada and the US. The cost is $54 Canadian from Sephora.ca, and includes free shipping.

What is the Sephora Collection Advent Calendar? It's every beauty lovers' Christmas dream!
A captivating advent calendar with 24 exclusive makeup, skin care, bath and body products, and accessories. Discover SEPHORA COLLECTION's shrine to beauty. Treat yourself to a must-have makeup, skin care, bath and body, or accessory gift every day with this Advent calendar. Open all 24 palace doors and find a surprise hidden behind each one.

The tough part will be saving it all until December 1st!

Click here to check out the Sephora Collection Advent Calendar. They are available online and in stores, while supplies last.

New Canadian Subscription Box Find - Les Cocottes


What is it? Les Cocottes
How Much? TBA, ships every 2 months
What's in it? A gourmet care package with French delicacies 

There is a new Canadian subscription box on the horizon.  Les Cocottes is based in Vancouver and founded by two French ex-pats. Their mission is to share their passion for French culinary and cultural heritage. No clichés here. Experience authentic French traditions and "art-de-vivre" with Les Cocottes. 

The bi-monthly box is meant to please everyone, from the sweet tooth to the savoury fan. Les Cocottes includes fine specialties direct from France, which may include tapenade, pâté, nougats, teas, jams, spices, and more. The package may also include traditional recipes from chef's, as well exclusive tips. 


Les Cocottes launches in January 2017. Currently they are taking e-mail sign ups on the website. The first 50 early birds will receive an offer for 10% off a yearly subscription. The price structure has yet to be released, but there is a way you can score this box early, at a great price.


Les Cocottes has launched a campaign on Kickstarter. For $50 CDN, you can score and early-bird VIP Christmas Box, shipping in December. The inaugural January 2017 box goes for a $60 CDN donation. Canada-wide shipping is included. 

Click here to check out the Les Cocottes Kickstarter campaign.

Click here to check out the Les Cocottes website and sign up for the e-mail list.



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, 23 September 2016

Bowzer Box Review - September 2016 - Canadian Pet Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review and this post contains referral links.
What is it? Bowzer Box
How Much? $29/month CDN, plus $4.50 shipping per box. Save on 3 & 6 month subscriptions.
What's in it? 5-6 items such as dog treats, toys, and accessories

Bowzer Box is a Canadian subscription service that delivers a box of doggy goodies every month. Their mission is to bring wholesome, healthy treats, and durable, quality toys right to your doorstep. Bowzer Box caters to all dogs - small, medium, or large. Subscriptions start at $29 per month. You can save by pre-paying for a 3 or 6 month subscription. Shipping is an additional $4.50 per box. Bowzer Box includes a variety of handpicked items including toys, treats, samples, and coupons from various brands. Every box is unique and each one will highlight a Canadian product. Bowzer Box also donates a portion of proceeds to animal related charities.

Bowzer Box recently launched Bowzer Shop, and online shop where you can re-order all your favourites and get free shipping on orders over $60!

Click here to see all my Bowzer Box reviews.

This is a review for a small dog box.  


It's back to school season so now that the kids are out of the house, it's Bowzer's Time to Shine (BTS). This month's box makes sure your pup gets special treatment.

First Look

Product Card 

We received a $10 off promo code for the Bowzer Shop! It's good until September 30th, and will give you $10 off a minimum $50 purchase. Since a purchase is required to use this promo, it's not factored into the overall box value. 

Northern Bark Peanut Crunch Minis ($5.99)
These little treats are wheat free and great for small dogs.

Great Jack's Bacon Flavor Treats ($3.99)
These Canadian made soft liver treats are grain free. I only wish this Canadian company spelled "flavour" the Canadian way! 

Naturawls Dog Treats - Chicken Feet and Beef Achillies Tendon (~$4)
These all natural dog treats are simply dehydrated animal parts. I'm sure dogs love them.

Outward Hound Invincibles Mini Dog ($7.49)
This cute little guy is supposed to be extremely durable and will keep squeaking, even if punctured. I'm going to give it to Jack. He can destroy a stuffy in 30 seconds flat.

My September Bowzer Box included five items, valued just over $21 Canadian. It's a very low value this month. Normally we receive close or equal to the cost paid, around $30-40 value. This time, the value doesn't even meet the cost of the box. The products are great,with all the treats from Canadian sources. One more item would have made this box a hit. I will note that the best way to get a deal with Bowzer Box is to sign up for a longer term subscription. On a 6-month term, it's only $25 per box, plus shipping.

If you are interested in trying Bowzer Box, you can save 10% off your first month's box. Just enter promo code CDNBOX  at checkout!
 
Click here to check out Bowzer 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. 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Market Mix Review - September 2016 - Canadian Lifestyle Subscription Box

Canadian Box Addict pays for this subscription.
What is it? Market Mix

How Much? $39.95/month, plus $10 shipping. Prices in Canadian dollars. 
What’s in it? 4-6 hand-picked, small batch, Canadian products that you might find at your local farmers' market.

Market Mix is a new Canadian subscription box, based in Calgary. Each month, Market Mix sends the farmers' market to your doorstep. With Market Mix, you will receive hand-picked, small batch, local good, without having to go to all the markets yourself. Boxes may include a variety of treats, from candles to soaps and relishes to lotions. All products will be Canadian made!
Market Mix aims to get wholesome, local products to Canadians in a simple and delightful way – with a package full of goodies delivered every month! Buying from local producers stimulates the home economy and supports our neighbours, so Market Mix makes it easy and affordable.

Market Mix ships on the 15th of each month. Order by September 27th, and you will receive the October box. Their first box was "Canadian Summer" and there are a few left, currently on sale for $30, plus shipping. If you are interested, click here (this purchase is not a subscription). 

When I saw this box, I had to subscribe. I try to hit up my local farmers' market every Sunday, and I've never met a craft fair or gift show that I didn't like. Plus, you guys know how I feel about small Canadian businesses... Market Mix seemed like the perfect box for me!

The product info is affixed to the inside of the lid. Each box has a theme. September's theme is "Country Harvest". 

First look... and something smells amazing.

Medicine Hat Meat Traders Beef Jerky in Chipotle Lime ($7)
This jerk is made in Alberta from 100% Canadian beef. It's super tender and soft. This chipotle lime flavour was nice and not at all spicy.

Jack Pine Naturals The Great Outdoors ($9)
This is a blend of essential oils and witch hazel to keep annoying bugs at bay and help you enjoy the last days of summer to the fullest. Jack Pine Naturals is based in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

CCBee's Naturally Hand-y Salve (2oz, $10) 
This salve contains organic shea butter, organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, Albertan beeswax, therapeutic grade organic essential oils, vitamin E. It's perfect for dry skin and hardworking hands. CCBee's is based in Red Deer County, Alberta.

Natura Soy Candles Casa Essential Oil Blend Votive ($7.75)
Casa is described as "a welcoming, warm and inviting blend of Cinnamon, Orange, Nutmeg & Ginger". It smells like mulled cider and Thanksgiving. Natural Soy Candles is based in Okotoks, Alberta.  

Brassica Mustard Gift Pack ($23.95)
This gift pack includes four 60ml jars of Prairie made mustard. There is Cranberry Honey, Roasted Garlic, Dill and Horseradish. Brassica is based in Calgary.

Brassica is made from Alberta grown mustard seed and local honey. The company started when the founders were looking to make homemade Christmas gifts for friends and family. I love this story. I make jellies every year for Christmas gifts. Maybe I need to start a business!

The September Market Mix box included five items, valued at $57.70 Canadian. This box costs $49.95 per month, including shipping. I enjoyed my Market Mix unboxing. The products are all Canadian made, and the quality is fantastic. I like the mix of food, body, and home products. Four of the five products are from Alberta, which is all good and fine, but I really think the Market Mix team needs to come to Vancouver this fall or winter and spend a Saturday at the Nat Bailey Winter market, or hit up the Vancouver Make It! Show. I'm a little partial to BC made products! :)

October's box is on sale now and the theme is "Bath Bliss". There are only a dozen or so spots left, so sign up soon!

Click here to check out Market Mix.


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.

Chefs Plate Review - September Week 2 - Canadian Meal Preparation Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

Canadian Box Addict pays for this subscription. This post contains referral links.
What is it? Chefs Plate
How Much? Starts at $49.80 per week, plus $6 delivery. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? Fresh ingredients and delicious recipes delivered weekly to your door

Chefs Plate is a weekly meal delivery service that sends original gourmet recipes and pre-portioned farm-fresh ingredients so you can cook a fresh, healthy, and nutritionally balanced meal. Chefs Plate started in Toronto in 2014 and now ships to most major cities in Ontario, BC, Manitoba, and Alberta. They plan to expand into Quebec and the Maritimes soon.
Chefs Plate is putting Canadians back in the kitchen. By delivering easy-to-follow recipes and fresh pre-portioned ingredients right to your door, we take the guesswork out of cooking and have made food fun again! No more Sunday night grocery store lines, no more hunting for recipes – we handle everything so you can relax and enjoy the cooking experience! 

There are two plans available: The "2-Person Plan" includes market fresh meals for two and the "Family Plan" includes market fresh meals for four. Once you've selected your plan, decide if you'd like to receive 2, 3, or 4 recipes per week. Plans are priced per plate. For example, if you purchase a 2-Person Plan with two recipes per week, that's four plates. The "2-Person Plan" is $10.95 per plate (serving) and the "Family Plan" is $9.95 per plate. I subscribe to the "2-Person Plan" with two recipes per week, which is $55.80 per week, plus $6 shipping. Prices are in Canadian dollars and there is no tax. The shipping fee is waived if you opt for more meals per week, or go with a family plan.
I've lost track of how many Chefs Plate deliveries I've received. I think this is number five. I skipped the first week of September because I was out of town. This one arrived September 13th. My FedEx guy typically arrives around 2pm, so I can plan my day around the delivery. 

Pork Fried Rice
A seared pork chop and sunny side up egg add a double dose of protein to this Chinese classic! The rice is steamed and then fried with peppers and cabbage in a hoisin-ginger sauce. This hearty favourite gets finished off with a molten yolk and crisp green onions.
I changed this recipe up a bit. I made it to take to work for lunch the next day, so instead of a sunny side up egg, I did a bit of an omelette/scramble (like you would find in true Chinese fried rice), and instead of displaying the pork on top, I cut it into smaller pieces and tossed it into the rice mixture. You will see what I mean with the final result picture. 

Here are all the ingredients... and amazingly, the eggs came intact! The cabbage was staring to brown a bit, but I sliced off the brownish bits and the rest was good. 

Chop, chop, chop. You know this is my favourite part!

 Here is the assembled dish. Like I wrote above, I added the cooked egg and pork into the finished rice mixture and tossed it all together. The flavour was good and this made for a protein packed lunch.

Thai Crunch Salad
Crisp and light, this spicy Thai salad is back by popular demand! Each ingredient makes a textural contribution – the purple carrots are shaved into curly tendrils, the snap peas are blanched for a refreshing bite while the fried chow mein noodles provide a crunch. Cooling sour cream is juxtaposed with spicy green curry paste for surprising and exotic dressing.
This is a vegetarian dish, which is normally not my preference. I find it's a better value to get meat dishes from Chefs Plate, but an occasional meat-free dish isn't bad. 

This recipe was nearly entirely no-cook. Just the snap peas and edamame required blanching. The rest was consumed raw. The dressing was a mixture of sour cream, mayo, green curry paste, and lime juice. 

So you may notice there is chicken on this vegetarian salad. I had chicken breast that needed cooking so I broiled it and added it to the salad. It worked out great. The salad itself wasn't my favourite dish from Chefs Plate. I didn't like the creaminess of the dressing, and the curry taste was kind of odd mixed in with raw salad greens. Overall it wasn't terrible (I ate it all!), but I wouldn't pick this one again. 

If you are interested in trying Chefs Plate, you can get your first THREE plates for FREE! That's a $33 savings. Simply use my referral link here, or enter my referral code #3platesFromcdnboxaddict in the promo code section at checkout. On a "2-Person 2 recipe plan", your first week will only be $10.95, plus $6 shipping. After that you can continue with your subscription, skip as many weeks as you want, or cancel. 
Menus for September 26-Oct 2 (September Week 4) and Oct 3 - Oct 9 (October Week 1) are currently up. Check out what's available here. My next delivery is September 27th and I selected New England Shrimp Rolls and Malaysian Mango Noodles. For the first week of October I picked Braised Turkey and Cuban Steak Bowl. Now I'm hungry!
Click here to check out Chefs Plate.



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

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

GlobeIn Artisan Box - October Theme Reveal + PROMO CODE

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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.

The theme for October is Gather.
So much is, well, gathered into the idea of gathering. While the word may conjure thoughts of family and friends coming together around the table, it actually has its roots in the reaping of the harvest. Of course, the two are related, and beautifully so. For what better way to celebrate abundance than to be surrounded by our loved ones for that festival of nourishment known as the meal?

Celebrate your table and all it stands for with this box's hand-picked, hand-carved, and hand-woven accoutrements. Cheers to festive cups that overfloweth.

Not much in the way of spoilers, other than "hand-carved" and "hand-woven". I'm very curious to see what this box will contain.

Interested in trying GlobeIn's Artisan Box? New customers can use coupon code WELCOME to save $10 OFF a 3-month or longer Artisan Box subscription. Subscribe before October 15th to receive the October box.

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

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.

SprezzaBox Review - September 2016 - Men's Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.
 
What is it? SprezzanBox
How Much? $34 per month, including shipping. Save on 3, 6, and 12 month terms. All prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? 3-4 lifestyle products and 1 grooming item to help a man redefine his style experience.

SprezzaBox is a subscription box for men that sends 4-5 products each month to help men add more style to their wardrobes. Each box will contain 3-4 lifestyle products and 1 grooming item. A typical box will have a tie, socks, an accessory and a grooming product. You may also be surprised with an occasional pocket square, bow tie, cuff links, or other trendy product. SprezzaBox is geared towards the "modern corporate man, everyday dapper gent ", or just those looking to spruce themselves up once in a while!

Click here to see all my SprezzaBox reviews.


September features "The Smith" box. Summer is winding down so we are getting ready for cooler weather and darker colours. This box of products helps with a transition from summer to fall.

First look!

Weekend Casual Socks ($10)
Polka dots are a timeless pattern and these navy socks will be very versatile.

Niche for Men 3-in-1 Multi Wash (2oz, $2)
Shampoo, body wash, and shave lotion in one. It's the perfect product for men. The scent is called "Shore Thing", which is citrus and lime. It's a very fresh and lively scent.

Gent's Lounge Fleur de Lis Tie Clip ($25)
Gent's Lounge collaborated with Sprezza to create this metal tie clip with a classic fleur de lis design. Fleur de lis symbolizes perfection, light, and life.

Sprezza Necktie ($30)
Called "Power Stripes", this tie also comes in navy with red stripes. It's 100% silk and can be worn in any season. 

MRKT Sunglasses Case ($15)
This case is made of high density, industrial felt. This case is flat and rectangle so it seems more like a passport holder than a sunglasses case. 

Sprezza Pocket Square ($18)
This pocket square was produced just for this month's box, to go with the power stripes tie.

 
The September SprezzaBox included six items, valued at $100 US. This box costs $34 US, including shipping to Canada. If you are interested in signing up, you can save 10% off your first box on a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription, or save 15% off your entire purchase in the Sprezza Store. Use promo code BOXADDICT10 at checkout to claim your discount. The Sprezza Store includes products from past boxes, as well as complete boxes from previous months.


Click here to check out SprezzaBox.


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, 20 September 2016

GlobeIn Club - October Sneak Preview

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What is it? GlobeIn Club
How Much? $10/month or $110/year (1 month free), plus $12/month shipping to Canada. Prices in US dollars.
What’s in it? One highly curated artisan pick of the month worth at least $15

GlobeIn has a new subscription box and it's perfect for those wanting the GlobeIn experience, without the cost. GlobeIn Club is just $10 per month US, plus shipping. Every month you will receive one highly curated artisan pick of the month - a fair trade product that supports makers in developing regions of the world. The product may be a hand-painted Tunisian cup, a palm-leaf Mexican basket, or a handmade jewellery piece. See all my GlobeIn  reviews here to get an idea of the type of products they curate. Club members can expect to receive at least $15 in product retail value each month. It should also be noted that a Club product may be a repeat from a previous Artisan Box.

A spoiler has been released for the October box!

Each October GlobeIn Club box will include a green Shibori Scarf by Matr Boomie, valued at $25 US. The scarf is lightweight cotton and measures 60" by 19". In addition, all club members can add more fair trade products to their monthly package at exclusive, members-only prices by going to their subscription settings.
Announce your outfit with a hip splash of design while treating your skin to something soft. Your scarf’s lightweight cotton and shape make it endlessly versatile and appropriate year-round.

You may remember this scarf from the August GlobeIn Artisan Box, and a similar version  from the May GlobeIn Benefit Basket. If you missed out on those ones, now is the time to get it again!  

Click here to check out GlobeIn Club.

Click here to see all my GlobeIn Artisan Box reviews.

Click here to see all my GlobeIn Benefit Basket reviews.
 

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.