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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Zatarain's Big Game Cravebox


Someone once said, "You know you're Cajun if You start cooking your rice when you make your coffee in the morning, even though you don't have any idea what you're serving for dinner."  So Cravebox nailed it when they put together the Zatarain's Big Game box. Plenty of rice, plenty of Cajun seasoning, spicy mustard and even sweet tea! Everything one would need for a rockin' Cajun celebration.


What celebration would be complete without some steaming hot Jambalaya? Zatarain's Jambalaya is the best! I've been making it for years with glorious results. I was very pleased to see that Cravebox included not one, but TWO giant Family Size boxes! I was truly pleased to find these boxes when I opened my Cravebox.


For those nights when I don't fix the Jambalaya, Cravebox included two boxes of Zatarain's Red Beans and Rice. These are a  spicy, Cajun addition to any meal and with only 1 fat gram per serving, they will fit into even the strictest of diets (mine, mainly).


I have already used this next product several times, on sandwiches, hotdogs, hamburgers, and even with pretzels. I love the ZING I get when I put this Zatarain's Creole mustard into my mouth. It is very spicy, so it is not for the faint of heart. As my husband says, "It will put hair on your chest!" Love it!


OK, I'm guilty. Of what, you might ask. Of the fact that I put Creole seasoning on most everything I cook. We are a family that loves spicy, so the Zatarain's Creole seasoning is a lovely addition to my pantry. I have always used Tony Chechere's Cajun seasoning, so I am excited to try Zatarain's. If this seasoning is anything like their other products, we will all absolutely love it.


Iced tea? A Southern meal wouldn't be complete without it! Cravebox gave us True Lemon Iced Tea Mix. My kids love it and it is so much easier than brewing tea because you just mix it with water. Awesome!


The people at Cravebox have really outdone themselves with this box. I was pleased with everything, but mostly I was pleased that everything I got was doubled!


As the Cajuns say, Laisse les bons ton rouler. (Let the good times roll). We will all eat, drink, and be merry at my house, compliments of Cravebox!

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Popsugar Must Have Box January 2013

Popsugar is always my favorite thing to get each month, however, I was a little less than enthusiastic about this month's box. While the contents may be useful to some, there was not much in my box that I will use. Don't get me wrong, I am still one of Popsugar's biggest fans, I just wasn't crazy about the box this time. Although, there were some things that my kids found delightful.

I'll start with the positives:


My kids were immediately drawn to the idea of putting a block of real chocolate into a cup of hot milk and stirring it until it melts away, then sprinkling little marshmallow bits on top. Needless to say, the Popbars didn't hang around very long!



One thing I can never have enough of is lip balm, which is why I did like this next product, Epicuren lip balm. I contains tea tree oil and is SPF 15. Not only does it make my lips feel soft and smooth, it also tingles a little when I put it on. I like the little gold container it's in, too! It retails for $8.


I guess the "biggie" in this month's box was the Remix Time Bomb watch. Although it is a trendy looking watch, it is just not my style. I couldn't find this exact watch online, maybe because it says that it is a "Popsugar exclusive", the nearest one I could find retails for $44.95.


Another item that I will not be able to use is the Merrithew  stability ball. It's not that I have anything against stability balls, in fact I already have one already blown up in my attic. It's for that fact alone that I will likely not use this product. I'm sure it's a fine ball, but do I really need two giant ball in the attic? This retails for $38.99.


I guess to compliment the exercise ball, Popsugar added in three Think Thin bars. These weight management bars are high in protein to help keep you feeling full. However, my son, who is into fitness and protein bars, tried one of them and didn't finish it because he couldn't take the taste or texture. I will try one of them to form my own opinion.



Popsugar included a card with a coupon for $15 off a phone case from Casetegram. You can make a custom case for your iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Samsung Galaxy. These are a little pricey to me, starting at $34.95, so I probably won't order one.

Overall, the box was just so-so. But, like I said earlier, I am still a huge fan of Popsugar. Not everyone likes everything and I've been so pleased with everything I've gotten from them up until now. I will look forward to my February box. This box was still a great deal at $35, and if I want to I can probably sell the watch and the stability ball to make the box pay for itself.

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