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5 Great Subscription Services to Spend Your Holiday Cash On

5 Great Subscription Services to Spend Your Holiday Cash On

Did you survive the holiday?

I can assure you I'm quite thankful that they are over.  I'm ready to rock the new year for sure!  As someone who loves to give gifts that give way more than just the holidays.....I went on a mission to find some great gifts that you can give all year long.  Plus, mama has GOT to gift herself from the hard work being home with kids the entire winter break, right? #RealMomProblems

Subscription gift boxes are all the rage right now.  In fact - I've found my new fave website to fuel that addiction!  (And seriously-the site is called 'MY SUBSCRIPTION ADDICTION'!  TRUTH.)  

Each month, a box is shipped to your front door filled with new products.  They can be anything from sample sizes of clothing & shoes to renting runway fashions & even RENTING TOYS!  Everyone loves to get packages in the mail. There is always something great about getting something new & fun at your doorstep!




Ecocentric is one of my faves too!  I am not 'granola' if you will. lol I love to support the Earth when I can though and with this box of 5-9 hand selected products you'll discover great new finds!

I love that they send you larger than the usual sample sizes.  They even include full sizes!  Each box has a $24-$50 retail value to them.  You will discover new types of natural, sustainable, organic, and ethical products with each box.


For the LEGO fans, you can’t go wrong with Brick Loot . Brick fanatics!  Subscribers get receive a monthly box filled with unique, custom and never-before-seen items that work with LEGO bricks and custom building. Each month your Brick Loot box is filled with 4-8 items that were hand picked by Brick specialists who scour the world for the newest and coolest products for you to collect.

What I LOVE about Brick Loot is the UNIQUENESS that comes along with their products.  There isn't a giant LOGO (or should I say LEGO logo) screaming at you.  It's unique, cute, convenient and a HUGE gift for any building fans in your house!



BirchBox.  I actually have seen quite a few different bloggers & vloggers doing unboxing videos of BirchBox.  It's a fun diddy of unique products.  They sent me one for review and I immediately signed up my husband for the dude deliveries!!  He is very into smelling and looking good.  (That is of course a GOOD THING that he's like that.  He is a pretty boy and I love that about him!)  He really liked the idea and that he was getting three more boxes.  The one thing that I'll say is that the boxers in the box they sent for review were a size M.  What guy is a medium??? lol I'm not sure if they personalize that better.  I hope so cause he loved the boxers - but ahem.  Said his 'bits won't fit'.  Ok & alrighty then. lol TMI, right?


Many moons ago when my 6 year old was a baby I use to get a monthly subscription of scrapbooking stuff.  I loved it until I stopped scrapbooking and my house filled with STUFF.  lol.  The great thing about these kinds of crafting boxes is that they can be gifted too.  And they teach you a serious step by step learning of simple and cute crafts.  

So, I came across a very cool crafting subscription service called For The Makers.   This isn't just your average "here's a bunch of beads now go build something service"!  They have some serious art projects!  At For the Makers they give you all the materials to make 4 DIY projects for $29 a box. What's really fun about this service is that you can shop the collection pending your personality!  The boxes range from products like making lip balm to shoe clips.  What's interesting to me with this service was that they actually sell the finished products on the website and for a LOT more than the $29 investment you made to handmake them.  And if you are someone who loves to do handmade gifts - you'll LOVE this!


This is a box that I tried out a couple years ago.  It is the PERFECT box for any new mom, mom to babies, baby shower, etc.  VERY motherly with BLUUM.  =)  They have gotten a lot better over the years.  I did enjoy this particular box when I was pregnant with Hudson - because there was a lot of great natural products in there. 

Now they send from pregnancy to preschool including some very fun games!  Bluum also is a great service that lets you try before you buy.  You know as a new mom - the products you buy trying to find the right one is soooo expensive! lol

Real Mom Tech Gadgets: Power Wallet


I'm a mom on the go, and in this technological world we now live in, my devices go with me.  I can't tell you how many times I've been at an important meeting or an event, and my much-needed devices fail me. My phone is a necessary item for these meetings and events, and it leaves me powerless (literally) when their batteries die on me!

But not any more!

I'm totally crushing on the Power Wallet. This stylish item fits easily into your purse looks super cute. But the best part? It has a rechargeable built-in battery that powers up most smartphones. How amazing is that? That means no more being left stranded with a dead, useless phone. How many moms could benefit from this? Here are the specs: 

  • Includes Power Wallet with built-in 3000mAh battery, micro USB cable, 30-pin adapter, and USB charging cable
  • Compatible with most micro USB and 30-pin smartphones
  • Side battery indicator
  • Interior card/cash pockets
  • Holds most smartphones
  • Polyurethane/cotton construction
  • Approximate measurements: Closed 4-1/2"L x 7-5/8"L x 3"D; Open 8-1/2"W x 7-3/4"L x 1-1/2"D

Bonus feature: it can be worn as a wristlet!

This item retails for $66 on QVC (but currently on sale for $49.86. The Power Wallet will also be featured in the 2014 Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide (so grab it now while it's on sale for those tech-savvy women in your life!)




Have you ever worn shoes that as you stomped along though-UGH-if only I had worn flats cause I'm dying here?!?!?!


I know that feeling. FAR more often that I care to admit! haha

I remember the very first time I went to NYC.  And I wore HEALS FROM HELL!!

And now?  Lesson learned. lol I thought I was going to die.  I'd have loved to cute my feet off after that trip!  Ugh.


These are great shoes that can be used for so many occasions.  Prices for the CAMiLEON HEELS run from $99-$139. 

I was sent a pair for review but unfortunately they didn't fit.  I want to say the sizes run a bit on the small size. (I'm a 9 and my mega toes were too giant to fit.)

You can take the heel from 3 1/4" down to 1 1/2" heels.

I'll come back and share with you how the look and feel when I get to hit the streets with my own pair!

Do you own them?  What is your favorite design?


iPad Case & Blue Bird Clutch

If you've never been to the website Uncommon Goods, then PREPARE YOURSELF! =)


This site has some of the coolest of all things ever.  Things you just don't find really anywhere else.  


The sent me this awesome iPad case (see all here) to review that was made out of an old Mailbag.  And I LOVE IT!  My son has his iPad all safe and secure but mine just flys around the house.  (Yes he's spoiled and yes mine has been cracked before.  Sigh)  So now it's nice to have it in a SAFER place.  Cute and trendy doesn't hurt either!  The iPad case costs $55. 


The little clutch is felt and so much fun.  It's great with summer colors but warm and cozy for winter, spring and fall too! It costs $32


Uncommon Goods has some great (like these!) a
and (like these!)  You MUST check them out!  


Happy Shopping!



JC Jewelry Design Handstamped Jewelry DISCOUNT

JC Jewelry Design - Circle of Love      My Family is the Key to My Heart II

I am so excited to share this with you!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE handstamped jewelry.  (I even downloaded an e-book on how to do it...but still have no clue! hahaha)

Judy, the owner of JC Jewelry Design sent me this absolutely GORGEOUS necklace from her Circle of Love collection.

One of the (BIG) things I totally love about personalized jewelry is that it's ONE OF A KIND.  There is no one in the world wearing one like yours!! 

I totally love this necklace also because the chain is so delicate.  The 3 loops used to connect the pieces to the chain is super fun.

What is also great about this piece is that you can add up to 10 names.  (Or 60 characters).

This would be a perfect gift for moms-grandmoms-moms2be-or even doggymoms!  (Rocky is apart of our family so I couldn't leave him out of the necklace!?!?! ha)

Judy has a zillion different designs to choose from-but you can also create your own!  And as someone who frequently buys jewelry...the prices are great.  Can you imagine the time it takes to do these?!?!?!  They truly are a piece of beautiful art.

They come is an cute little gift wrapped box in a soft velvet pouch. 

Ok-go shopping now and be sure to use their super fab 10% off coupon code: FBJC10

Also, catch great deals at their facebook page to find out about awesome facebook ONLY deals!

I am 100% all about buying American.  AND a super awesome small business like Judy's!

Do you want to win a $50 gift certificate?!?!?

Be sure to Head HERE (my 'giveaways' page) and see how you can win!!!  Trust me... it's worth it!

Beautisol YOURSELF!

Click Pic to visit BeautisolAfter a whopping 7+ years as a lifeguard who RARELY wore sunscreen I can honestly tell you that..well..I'm an idiot for one.  But for two?  Tanning outdoors, beds or anywhere that damages my skin is really a no go anymore.

A few years back I got laser work done to remove some NASTY deep tissues on my face that were FRIED from tanning.

But...I ALWAYS feel better about myself with a tan!!!  So it's kind of a 'catch 22'.

Thank HEAVENS for GOOD self tanning lotions!!!!!!!!  That's all I gotta say.  YES.  My hair and my skin are FAKE.  Sorry to burst your bubbles.  =)

But I was recently send Beautisol to try out. 

They retail for about $40 which is a bit high-but with self tanning.. you GET what you PAY for!!!

Just asked Sinead Norenius-the SelfTanningQueen!

I have to admit-I haven't yet.  But I will be sure to share with you what my thoughts are on it.

In the meantime, HAPPY SELF TANNING!


Dinsaur Train Pajamas

For Christmas Boston got a Dinosaur Train and he LOVES it!  Ever since then we've watched the show lots!  The new season started mid January on PBS KIDS® so be sure to check it out!  (You can view an episode HERE.)

In the meantime-you can get your Dino Fan the CUTEST PJ's!  (Or Jammies, like we call them in our house.)

Now available at Kohl's the Dinosaur Train™ Striped Footed Pajamas will keep your babes nice and warm!

The hit television series Dinosaur Train ® is roaring into 2011 with an all-new episode premiering Monday, January 17 on PBS KIDS® (check local listings). We wanted to let you know so you can tune in.  We’d also greatly appreciate it if you would consider letting your readers know about the episode debut too!  In addition, we have a giveaway opportunity featuring a new Dinosaur Train sleepwear item for your followers.

In the all-new episode, “The Good Mom;” “Diamond Anniversary,” Mrs. Pteranodon meets fellow mom Millie Maiasaura, who is a little too over-protective of her kids. The two moms share some time comparing mothering methods in a play date at the Big Pond.  And, Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon decide to surprise each other with gifts on their anniversary.

Regarding the first part of this all-new episode, “The Good Mom,” you might be interested to know that Maiasaura, meaning "good mother lizard", was a large duck-billed dinosaur that lived in North America during the Late Cretaceous. There is evidence that Maisaura lived in large nesting colonies and that the parents diligently cared for their young!


Who's Brad and how did he find so many AWESOME DEALS?!?!?!  Seriously...he's a woman's dream. hahaha

I'm a SUCKER fan for sales..and when I find good deals and sites that have great info-I'm on top of that one. was started by a guy named BRAD (go figure) when he was in college.  I've seen him on the Today Show and definitely hit up his site many times for coupon codes.

Last week I bought a table from Crate & Barrel.  I'm in HEAVEN over the deal I got while window shopping.  (I got the floor model of a table that costs $700 & I got it for $300!!  WOHOO!)

Anyway, I need to buy chairs.  I was on Overstock looking at some fab chairs and lucky for me my buddy Brad has some deals for Overstock!!  Overstock Coupons   

Boston is needing some new pants too.  Um. How do they grow so fast?!?!?  That kid's ankles are freezing! haha. Brad has the deals for Children's Place too!  Upwards of 20% off!!


This is a sponsored post - but it's no lie that I love this site.  Just ask my husband-and his credit card!!!  ((At LEAST Brad saved us some cash!  Wahoo!))

Miraclebody Jeans

Kind of a weird story on how I found these.  I was at a blogger event in Lancaster that I put together and one of my friends, Elizabeth had these cute jeans on.  I said to her 'you're losing weight!' and she said 'no!  It's these awesome jeans I got in NYC while at Blogher!"

I also saw them in my friend Whitney's site.  She reminded me even MORE to check them out.  They looked awesome on her too. 

I went into FULL FLEDGED

DadGear Diaper Duty

If your husband is a 'guy's guy' like mine...he likely refuses to use your flowery diaper bag.

Got the perfect answer for you!

DadGear!!!  It totally rocks.

I found DadGear when I was

Julian & Company Jewelry Review

Around Mother's Day time-I got an email blast from Whitney, the creator of  Whitney is a Philly Mom Blogger too.  But I have to admit-I've been in LOVE with her site since I was on the air in Chicago...I wasn't married OR a mom then, either!

Right after I found out I was pregnant-I was perusing her site.... and found out she was from around here.  I emailed her and we started emailing back in forth.

I finally got her in studio when I was on the air at Now 97.5.  I did a fun video blog with her.

Now that you know about my obsession with her great site-go sign up!  haha

Anyway-I sent a link to hubby HINTING at what I wanted for Mother's Day. 

And the smart man that he is... he got it for me! 

I had emailed them-after he gave it to me-wanting to know if I could get a longer chain; they were so nice!  I sent them back the chain-and they sent me a larger one (to fit my FAT neck.  Blah)

They also sent me an AWESOME GIVEAWAY!

ALSO-shop shop shop away!!  Put the code: JULIANSUMMER and get an awesome $15 off!

Ok go HERE to leave your comment in our Giveaways section!


Fun Finds! New great handbag

So, I met this WONDERFUL designer, Kristine Christie.

She ROCKS the handbag world!

She found my site and reached out to me.. asked if I wanted to review a bag."

"Sure!" I thought.. honestly thinking her bags were like every other...

BUT that all changed.

1st off - after I talked to Kristine... She's as sweet as they come.

2ndly-when I got her bag a couple weeks ago-I was in HEAVEN!

I wear this bag every day... and just LOVE it.

The ChrisDee designs COMPLETELY and totally build your bag to fit you!

LOVE it.