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December Bulu Box Review and B.A.M.M. Winner

I realize I am REALLY late in reviewing this one.  But, better late than never, right???

This December box came in the middle of the holiday madness.  I think I was cleaning the house, getting ready for company to come over and shoved the “mail pile” in a closet to hide it.  Well, I forgot about it.  So a couple weeks later, it was like Christmas all over again.

Especially when I opened it up to find that I had won the monthly BAMM prize!!!!!  So exciting!!

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So ….  what all do we have in here?

Sun Warrior Protein Mix – Vanilla flavor:  I really enjoyed this.  It’s smooth and creamy.  It’s plant-based and dairy free.

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SafSlim Belly Fat Supplement:  The consistency is gel-like, but not as thick as Gu.  The berry cream fusion flavor was actually quite yummy.  If it works, I may need to buy more!  🙂

Herbal Papaya Tea:  This was the only thing I didn’t try.  The flavor I received was mint.  And I can tell you right now – I am not a fan of mint tea.  I know that’s weird.  But to me, I don’t want it to taste like I’m drinking tea and brushing my teeth at the same time.

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Vitamin C Spray by Marzsprays:  It’s a megadose of Vitamin C that you spray directly in your mouth.  I was hesitant to try this, concerned about how it would taste.  But it’s actually good.  It leaves a nice after taste.  And who doesn’t need a little extra Vitamin C this time of year?!?

Vibrant Health Vibrant Cleanse:  It’s a powder that can make either a hot or cold drink.  I drank mine hot, though I would have also liked to have tried it cold.  I liked this.  I’ve always been wary of anything with a “detox” label.  But this tasted good.  I would buy more of this!

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But of course, my favorite thing in the Box was my winning ticket!!!!

They shipped me the Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender right away.


I can’t wait to use it.  I’m thinking soup first.  The possibilities are endless.

Thank you, Bulu Box!!!

If you haven’t tried Bulu Box yet, it’s only $10 for a monthly subscription.  (Which includes shipping!!)  Why not check it out.


November Foodie Penpals Reveal

FPP post Foodie Penpals November Reveal Day

It’s reveal day!!!  First, I want to thank the beautiful and talented Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean for organizing such a fun program.

I was paired up with Carrie, a blogger from Aunt on the Run.  She asked me if I had any dietary restrictions or allergies, but I told her I didn’t – I love all foods and I’m always up for trying something new.  I think she did really well picking out my goodies:


Everything she sent was local food from Texas.  I love that.

the goods

I’ve never seen those Thunderbird Energetica bars before.  I was anxious to try it.  Handmade with all natural ingredients.  This was Sweet Lemon Rain Dance flavor with apricots, cashews, cashew butter, pea protein, coconut sap, lemon extract and salt.  That’s it.  No other ingredients.  It was really quite tasty.  It has a little more sugar than I like to consume in one sitting (14 grams), but I ate it prior to a long run so I’m sure I burned it off.


I love chili!  I can’t wait to use this chili mix.  With all the craziness of Thanksgiving, I didn’t have time to make a pot of chili yet.  But as the weather gets colder, I’m going to want some chili very soon!

honey and jelly

Mmmm… local honey and local jam.  Peach is my hubby’s favorite.  He couldn’t wait to get this jar opened.  It was perfect spread on an English muffin.  Yummy!!

So thank you, Carrie, for the Texas treats.

The package I sent out went all the way to a reader in California.  Here’s a pic of what I sent to Jeremy.  He doesn’t have a blog so you won’t be able to read about it.  He told me that he likes dark chocolate, so I went a little crazy at the Trader Joe’s.  🙂

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If you want to join the Foodie Penpals, you’ll have to wait til January.  She’s doing something a little different for December.  She is asking that you donate the money you would have spent on Foodie Penpals and donate it to New York Cares, which is providing disaster relief for Hurricane Sandy.  Details will be on her website on Monday, so please check back!

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November Bulu Box Review


I have no idea why all my photos are sideways.  I apologize – you’ll have to tilt your head to see it.

What’s included:

Almased:  A metabolism booster which supports fat loss and ensures muscle retention.  It’s in powder form and you mix it with milk or water.  I chose water.  It’s supposed to be a meal replacement for weight loss or a supplement for wellness.  I was not a fan.

CocoaWell True Energy:  a pill that supposedly enhanced energy, fights fatigue and stress.  It’s hard to tell with only one pill if it works or not.

Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant: a crystal-infused towelette.  I do have to say, this came in quite handy since I started running during my lunch hour.  It’s so nice to wipe the sweat off before putting work clothes back on!

Perky Jerky: a healthy satisfying snack flavored with guarana

FRS Healthy Energy Chews:  formulated with quercetin, a powerful all-natural antioxidant

I really wanted to like these FRS healthy energy chews, but the flavor was so weird.  It almost tasted like medicine halfway through the chew.  I might buy those again, but I wouldn’t get the pineapple mango.  (Which is crazy because I love love love pineapples).

The Perky Jerky, on the other hand, was awesome!!  Very tasty.  I could have eaten triple the amount they gave me in this sample.  YUM!!  I will definitely be buying this one.

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October Bulu Box Review

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If you don’t know what Bulu Box is yet, you need to check it out!  It’s an easy and inexpensive way to try out all the latest new health and fitness products before you buy them.  You pay a $10 monthly charge and they send you a random sampling of products (price includes shipping)!

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This About Time Chocolate protein powder was really yummy!  I would have loved to try the Cake Batter flavor, though.  Even with a 20% off coupon code, I don’t think I’ll be ordering it.  It’s quite pricey.

The little energy shot is just like the 5-hour energy.  Tastes the same.  Not sure it actually works – I think it’s more mental than anything.

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(Sorry for the bad pictures.)

We really enjoyed the CALM anti-stress drink.  It’s a supplement in powder form that you add to either hot or cold water.  It fizzes when it hits the water.  But it doesn’t taste bad like Alka-Selzer.

If you want to sign up for Bulu Box, it’s easy.  And here’s a coupon code for your first month free:  WOOHOO10

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Bulu Box Review – September


Yay for mail delivery. Today the mailman brought me the September Bulu Box!  I couldn’t wait to see what was inside.

I just got back from a walk so I had water in my hand. I wanted to try the Hawaiian Coconut Energy. It’s a powder you pour in your water. I was a little nervous about the flavor because I don’t like coconut water. Lucky for me, this did not taste like coconut water!

It had a slight pineapple flavor, and the best part is – it was packed with extra B vitamins. The only downside was that it had that artificial taste like Crystal Light has. I’d almost prefer plain water.


I also tried these razberri-k capsules. It’s a stimulant-free way to lose weight by supposedly curbing the absorption of fat.  We’ll just have to see how they work.

I have not tried the Athlete Octane yet.  It does not look too appetizing, however, I like that it increases endurance and reduces soreness.

The Detour bar is yummy. And with 15g protein and only 3g sugar, it’s a great alternative to a candy bar.

To sign up for your own Bulu Box subscription, go to  At only $10 per month (includes shipping), you get plenty of samples of new health/fitness products to try out.

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Bulu Box Review and Book Winner

Hey Everybody. Don’t you just love it when the mailman brings you goodies?  I had two surprises delivered to me on Friday, and I’m excited to tell you about them.

First of all, have you heard of the Bulu Box?  It’s a neat little program where you can pay a 10 dollar monthly charge (which includes shipping), and they send you a variety of different products to try.

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I also found a promo code (WOOHOO10) that allows you to get the first month for free.  Score!

Here’s what was in my box this month:

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I can’t wait to test it all out, especially the Click Espresso Protein Drink.

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Next, I want to tell you about a book I won!  Yes, I WON!!  I never win anything, so I’m really excited!!

The blog, Pound per Pound was giving away this book:

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She said she highly recommended it, as it was easy to read and understand.  And all of the reviews on Amazon were very positive.

I am really looking forward to reading it… Right after I finish Twinkie, Deconstructed. Both are sitting on my nightstand, ready to go. The only problem is — I am like the slowest reader ever.  I love to read, but the only time I have to read is right before bed. I’ll get all cozy under the covers, read about 2 pages and next thing I know, my eyes are closed.  I’ll wake up to the sound of the book hitting the floor, at which point my husband will just laugh at me and tell me to turn my light off and go to sleep.  So at a rate of about 2 pages per night, it takes me about 6 months to finish a book.  Ha.  I’ll try to move a little faster on both of these, though, so that I can write reviews for you on the blog one day.

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