Thursday, January 24, 2013

January BarkBox Review and giveaway

Those of you who follow my blog will know I am a big fan of BarkBox, and in fact I found out today I was one of their first ever customers when they launched 13 months ago.

Each month you receive a box with 4 - 6 items in it. They include a variety of items, all of them a surprise until the box arrives. Check back through my previous blog posts to see previous box contents.

My dogs know they get a box each month, and I let them rip open the box. This months box must have smelled extra good as it didn't take Bluey long to open the box and pull out the first treat.

The first treat was a 100% beef bully stick from Barkworthies - these have been included in the box before and are a huge hit with my two. Luckily I was able to break it into two so they could have half each.

The next item was a 'wee-nut' from Ruff Dawg, it's a rubber toy made in the USA and you can stuff it with treats.

The yumzies are all natural, grain free treats from Nootie, my two have had these in the past and again are huge huge fans of them. Hopefully they will enjoy the peanut butter flavored one.

How cute is this toy, apparently he is called Elton the Octopus and he is from Jax and Bones, not only do they make cute toys, they donate a portion of each sale to  The Rescue Train - an organization that is dedicated to saving animal lives.

When you sign up for your BarkBox you select the size of your dog, small (0-20lbs) - this is the size I get each month, medium (20-50lbs) or large (50lbs+). You then have three subscription options. You can pay monthly which is $29 a month, or you can pay up front for 3 months which is $23 a month, or you can go for the 6 month subscription which works out at $18.20 a month, this is the option I go for. BarkBox also donate 10% of all proceeds to local shelters and rescues, I'm not sure which ones, as I couldn't see anything on their site, but they do send an update email each month (which I must confess I don't read!) so it maybe featured in there.

They have also launched a new service where members can get 25% off popular products for a limited time.

Anyone who wants to sign up can use the following link and they will receive $5 off their first box

Now on to the main event, BarkBox have kindly offered to give one of my readers a free box (or $29 off a 3 or 6 month subscription).

The giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only. All entries must be submitted using rafflecopter (below)

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Disclaimer:  BarkBox was not provided to me free of charge, I am a paid subscriber. The opinions expressed are all mine and I was not required to provide a positive review in return for the prize for the above giveaway.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Palmolive Fresh Infusions

I've been getting free stuff again!
I recently got sent a box of the new Palmolive Fresh Infusions - thanks to Influenster.

They recommend you keep one or two bottles and share with your friends too. It was a hard choice deciding which one to keep - they all smelled so good I wanted to keep them all. In the end I settled on keeping the Lime Basil one, and gave two of my lucky friends the other two bottles, which were Ginger White Tea and Lemon Thyme.

I was washing dishes this morning and it really does smell awesome, and does a great job of cleaning the dishes. Plus the bottle looks really pretty next to the sink :)

I was lucky enough to receive some money off coupons to share also, but I made sure I kept one back for me so I can go buy another bottle. They are currently on sale at Walmart and Target and are priced at $2.99

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Today I received my 100th postcard since joining Postcrossing - so thought it was about time I updated you with some photos of how it is going. 

First of all lets give some credit to my 100th postcard I received today - it came from Thunder Bay in Canada from Nature-Lover. It looks and sounds like a beautiful place to live.

I've been a member of the site for 9 months, and it certainly makes it fun sending and receiving mail. If you do sign up it is entirely up to you how many cards you send and how often, so it can be as cheap as you want it to be. Although the site does cap how many you can have traveling at one time. I buy my cards from Pier 39 usually where I get 5 for $1, stamps range from 32c (mailing within US) to $1.05 (international). 

I purchased some display pouches from amazon, each one holds 40 photos or 80 if you want to make it double sided and the pouches are $21.00. I think it is a nice way to display the cards and I have them hung on the walls in my office. Unfortunately the cute dogs are an added extra!

In the 9 months I have successfully sent 110 cards to a total of 27 countries, and I currently have 6 traveling and sadly 5 expired (which means they didn't reach their destination within 60 days), although I have had previous expired cards take over 90 days and then get registered. The 100 (well 101 in fact) cards I have received have come from a total of 25 countries. I've taken some stats from the site to show you the breakdown, I also think it is interesting to see the time traveled data too. I personally log my cards on the day they are received, but I know some people hold their cards and log once a week, so this could make up for some of the longer sent times.

If you love sending and receiving mail, this is a great site for you to sign up to. 

Have a great day
Sarah x