Fast forward to December, 2012. The holidays are here, and everyone you know is scrambling to shop for their kids. But not you. You’re calm, cool, collected. The gifts are ready, your budget is intact. And you didn’t even have to compromise – the toys you have, already wrapped and ready to go, are top quality, eco-friendly, non-toxic and COOL.
All you have to do is pour yourself some egg nog, sit back, and wait for the unwrapping to begin.
Sound too good to be true? No way! I did it last year, and now you can too! The answer is starting early. Super early. Like January early. No kidding. NOW.
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This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop, founded by Jen at Life with Levi. Check out the archives here. Last week, the reigns were handed over to a new host, Erin at The Slacker Mom. (Hi, Erin!) This week’s topic is “Celebrating One Year of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop! We did it!”
Once in a while, I make a few dollars, and every so often, I get a free product to try out. That’s fun. But, the true treasures are found when I happen upon a new friend–a fellow conscientious greenie. No matter what your priorities are, life can get a little lonely when you don’t know many people who share them, so finding like-minded friends…well, it’s a gift.
So, when Jameson Morris contacted me to try out his new offering, the Conscious Box, I jumped at the chance. It was apparent to me right from the get-go that Jameson is 100% dedicated to introducing his customers to the best in eco-friendly, conscientiously and sustainably produced products. There’s no greenwashing here…the concept behind the Conscious Box is from the heart.
What is the Conscious Box?
“Conscious Box is a monthly delivery of pure and sustainable products that are handpicked from businesses that care for the planet.” These products are carefully vetted by the folks at Conscious Box, and meet their strict criteria. A pretty, seasonally decorated box arrives at your doorstep, complete with an inspirational, heartfelt message and filled with sample sizes of pure and natural products from ethical businesses you can trust.
Sounds like a fun thing to find in the mail, huh?
I received the November and December boxes to review. Honestly, I was a little skeptical at first. Samples sizes don’t excite me all that much. I guess I just feel like you don’t get much of a chance to really try a product from a tiny sample. Well, when the boxes arrived, I found that these were no tiny samples. Many of the products seemed nearly full size, and the ones that weren’t were still generous enough to really give them a good try.
Here’s the November box:
I couldn’t possibly provide a thorough review of all the products I received – there were too many of them! But I can tell you that there were several that I already purchased faithfully, and a few that have become new favorites.
Good Earth lollipops, Honest Kids organic juice pouches, Kind fruit and nut bars, Eat Cleaner wipes, Justin’s nut butter – they were all staples in our home already, and I was happy to see them among my Conscious Box loot. (A huge sign that Jameson and I are most definitely on the same page.)
Several new products that piqued my interest, and then FAR surpassed my expectations, include BerryPlus laundry soap (made from soapberries!) and EarthFriendly Products cinnamon-scented room freshener spray. Love, love, love…LOVE!! Scented products are one thing that many toxin-conscious folks miss, and I was thrilled to be able to spray and scent my living room (and cinnamon is my #1 favorite scent!) SCORE! These two will definitely be joining my regular arsenal of household products.
I saw a few differences in the 2 boxes I received, and they told me a lot. The November box was great, but the December box was even better. More products, bigger samples, coupons…that tells me that the folks at Conscious Box are working hard to find more and more companies to share with their subscribers, and they are succeeding. This is a company focused on growth, so, in my opinion, this is the time to subscribe. I would bet that these monthly deliveries are only going to get better and better!
Get your Conscious Box!
Gift yourself or a greenie friend with the gift of sustainable surprises each month! Visit Conscious Box to subscribe now, and be sure to like them on Facebook where you just might find fun opportunities to get extra goodies added to your next box just by leaving a comment or sharing ideas on how to reuse the delivery box.
Jameson has generously offered one lucky ABCs and Garden Peas reader their own December Conscious Box! (Trust me…you will LOVE it!)
Enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below.
The only mandatory entry is the first one on the form – Visit ConsciousBox.com and let me know what you’d like to find in a future delivery!
Planning to attend a bridal shower, baby shower or birthday celebration?
Maybe you have a friend who could use some well wishes?
No matter what the occasion, if you have an event coming up and need a gift idea, Pure Designs for Living has just the thing!
Behold the Blessings Box! Lovely, isn’t it?
Blessings boxes are my new favorite way to celebrate the people I love. The idea is simple: At special occasions, you just sit this box out much like you would a guest book – only it’s way prettier, and serves as the perfect way to collect thoughts and blessings from friends and loved ones so that your honored bride, mama, or birthday girl (or guy!) can read all the wonderful wishes coming their way.
Each box is made of sustainable bamboo, and is assembled in California.
Inside you also find:
an instruction card that can be displayed for guests that explains what to do
20 recycled linen ‘blessed’ notecards for the messages (more cards are available for order)
a magnolia & plumeria, hand poured organic soy candle
a bamboo pen
an engraved white jade ‘blessed’ stone
two beautiful silver & white ‘blessed’ bracelets
(contents vary slightly by theme)
Available in Baby, Wedding, Healing, Birthday and Home themes, each box features a sliding lid and a delicate cherry blossom design. (My suggestion? A New Journey theme for people who are leaving jobs, moving, traveling, etc.)
I recently gave one of these boxes to a friend in my office, filled with marriage tips, happy thoughts and congratulatory messages from all of her coworkers. (The box has plenty of room to hold lots of cards from her wedding, too, if she wants to keep them all.) How nice it will be, years from now, when she can look back, reminisce over her cards and momentos, and revisit her day. She’s a greenie, like me, so the fact that the box itself is so eco-friendly and sustainably sourced made it just that much better.