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My name is Christen, I'm 30 years old and a stay-at-home mom to my three beautiful girls, Lauren, Hailey, and Farrah. My husband David and I live on scenic Long Island and we love it. Our party of 5 keeps pretty busy, but I try to set aside as much time as I can to blog (which isn't as often as I'd like these days).


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Conscious Box: January 2013 "This Year Belongs To You"

I was a little disappointed that I received my Conscious Box late this month due to a shipping error. Luckily, Customer Service is quick to address concerns via e-mail and a new box was shipped my way only a day later. A big thank you to Jesse Richardson for taking care of that.

This month's box was curated with the help of Celebrity personal trainer and fitness guru Joel Harper. I honestly have no idea who that is, but I'll be sure to check out his website to learn more about him. One of my New Years resolutions is to incorporate more fitness - scratch that, ANY fitness into my life since giving birth to my daughter. From what I understand, Joel has written bestselling fitness books and made a few workout DVDs. 

This Year Belongs To You
As the past year fades into memory, a New Year of possibilities spreads before us. This new start is your chance to set your course for the next year. While most strive to improve themselves when setting their goals, by recognizing that you already possess everything you need, you'll stop endlessly seeking what you don't. By becoming content with yourself and all the unique views and talents you hold, the world becomes yours. 

"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you." - Lao Tzu 

My Conscious Box is PACKED.

In no particular order...

Hail Merry Macaroons - Choco (3.5 OZ)
Sweet baby Jesus, are these delicious! And just in time too. Woman needed some chocolate. I will definitely be purchasing this product again after I finish my little bag. Hail Merry sells these macaroons by the case. I smell trouble, no, CHOCOLATE!!!

Maakoa Koopuwa (1 OZ) 
I was lost at Koopuwhatchamacallit, so I had to research more information through the company's website. This product is an individual serving of Superfruit Juice. I drank it and it tastes a lot like prune juice. Very interesting. Does this mean I'm Superhuman now? *womp womp womp*

Pamela's Products Chocolate Brownie Mix (100 G)
Supposedly you can microwave these brownies into existence in about a minute. Even the package advertises "Instant Gratification". Magic words. I'll save this mix for a quick dessert after dinner. My husband loves brownies and will eat any kind. Literally. He'll eat one that's completely flavorless if it's brown and looks legit. Ha.

LARABAR Uber Roasted Nut Roll (1.42 OZ)
I don't know if I'll enjoy this product because I'm not a fan of nut bars. It takes a special nut bar for me to be a repeat buyer. I'll probably try this when my cabinets are bare and it's my only option. You know, when the National Enquirer alleges there will be another apocalypse and I raid my kitchen in despair...

Nutiva Organic Shelled Hempseed (1.1 OZ)
I haven't tried hempseeds before, but I've wanted to. There is a recipe for a Hemp Banana Smoothie on the back of the packet that I want to make for breakfast tomorrow morning. I'm glad I got hempseeds because I recently purchased a NutriBullet and would like to add more protein to my NutriBlasts.

Chia Shots (8G)
The only Chia product I know of is Chia Pet! I wonder if these are the same seeds used to sprout those funky potted plants? Speaking of, I would totally buy this one if it existed: Shia Pet The Chia Shot is stapled to a recipe for Pumpkin, Cashew And Chia Soup. I'll make it on a brisk or rainy day. 

Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters - Cinnamon Crunch (0.63 OZ)
This product looks like a good snack. The bag is a bit small though. But then again, I'm more accustomed to gargantuan snack bag sizes. That's another New Years Resolution! Smaller EVERYTHING. Anyway, I'm going to put this treat into my daughter's diaper bag for me to snack on when we're out and about.

Q.bel Whole Grain Crispy Wafers - Minty Mint (1.1 OZ)
These wafers taste just like York Peppermint Patties! And surprisingly, I was satisfied with the two small bars in the package. It's hard to believe something so delicious could be only 180 calories! 

Waxelene (7.5 ML) 
The name of this product gives me flashbacks of Mr. Miyagi prompting a young Ralph Macchio to buff his car. Wax on, wax off. "Looking good, Daniel-son!" "It's not me Mr. Miyagi, it's all that Waxelene!" Eh, in all seriousness, I'm not sure what I'm going to use this for - but it does have a lot of purposes.

Nordic Naturals DHA Xtra (1,000 MG)
I don't take supplements. I barely take my vitamins (it's taking me more than a year to finish one bottle of Women's One A Day - sad, but true). Looks like I'll be on Santa's Naughty List this year. Upon further research on the company's website though, I'm truly impressed by all of the health benefits for your brain, mood, and nervous system. Perhaps I shouldn't swear off supplements after all. 

Amazing Grass Kidz SuperFood Drink Powder - Wild Berry (0.6 G)
My daughter isn't old enough to try this product. I'll probably try it myself or pass it along to someone with an older child since it'll expire before she's able to drink it. 

TeeChia - Blueberry Date (50 G)
This product is probably the perfect match for the remaining greek yogurt in my fridge. A Blueberry Date breakfast parfait? So it's settled then!

Tea Forte Minteas Resist - Lime Mojito (0.81 OZ)
The mints in this tin have a refreshing taste that lingers on your tongue. Each mint is shaped like a tea leaf and contains antioxidant defense against sickness. I'm surprised how many mints fit into the little tin. I'll be toting it in my purse for sure. I need all the help I can get with battling sickness...

Also included, but not pictured: 

* Joel Harper Introduction Card
* Postcard of the Month
* Nordic Naturals Information Pamphlet
* Nutiva 15% OFF Online Coupon
* Q.bel Buy 3, Save $1.00 Coupon
* The Oxford Trunk $10.00 Gift Card

Click HERE for more information about Conscious Box.

I'm really looking forward to the special Valentine's "More Love" Conscious Box!!! Be sure to check back for my review. 

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