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Goodies Co. is somehow associated with Walmart. It's a monthly subscription where for $7, they will send you 5-7 (mostly) full sized products delivered. You can taste them, review them and buy them on their site.  The subscription service is by invitation only. You go to their site and request an invite. I think my invite took about a month. 

I got the February box #7. 
A very neat, large box showed up unannounced at my doorstep. I love surprises but I knew what was in the box because there were several spoilers online. 
The box was neatly packed with a detailed information card. 
Plentils (the name is so off - plentils?!) is a lentils based chips. I liked these. It's gluten free and barely 100 or so calories. Perfect snack for whenever. 
I got two sample good sizes of Peanut Butter & Co's flavors - Dark Chocolate Dreams and Peanut Butter. I tried the Dark Chocolate Dreams and it tastes exactly like Peanut Butter with a very very faint hint of Chocolate. Not enough chocolate for my taste. 
Now this is Wai Lana, a Banana with dried fruit bar. Sounds Awful, right? And you know what? It was awful. The most awful thing I have ever tried and trust me, I have had semi-cooked snake and squid dishes from local dives in Beijing and this takes the cake. I hated it, in that when I bit into it, I almost threw up. It could not have found the garbage sooner. 
I have never seen Snack Wells or their Yogurt Pretzels before. But lil O really liked these. 
This is Bacon Pop's Cheddar Bacon Popcorn. I popped this easy to make popcorn in my microwave and it totally stunk it up. This popcorn has a particular smell (not particularly nice though). It just tastes mildly cheddar flavored with some weird seasoning. I didn't get bacon (not that I wanted bacon in my popcorn) and did not like this popcorn at all. I ate some and tossed the rest. BK and lil O didn't like it either. 
Chips Ahoy is more or less a constant at our home. So I wasn't thrilled to be seeing this in a subscription box. And Reese is not a favorite in this household - so I wasn't into this either. 
So long story short, for $7 a month I think I will try a couple more of the Goodies boxes. In this box the only two things I may buy are the Plentils and Snack Wells. I love Nutella too much to try Peanut Better Co. And the rest were terrible. 
 
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We as a family love trying new foods. And if we can find a snack/dish that Lil O would eat without fussing then it's a success. 

One such recent success has been Graze Box. Graze.com was started by 7 friends who wanted to get healthy, fun snacks to the doorsteps of people who wanted to live not just happily but healthy too. 

They have two types of boxes - Nibble Box (a whole lot of variety of snacks) and Light Box (Low calorie snacks). For $5 a week (you can stop/cancel/postpone), you will get a box of four different snacks to taste and enjoy. The best thing that I like about Graze is that you can go to their site and rate what you think you will like, love or hate. This will ensure that you are never sent things that you know you will hate unless you want to give it a try. And if you love something that you got, then tell them you love it and it will keep coming in your next boxes. 

My Graze box took a little long to deliver but usually it takes just a few days. 
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I love their box. What can I do with it?
In our first box, we got Billionaire's Shortbread (fudge pieces, blanched almonds, milk chocolate drops, cranberries), Tropical Sundae (pineapple, mango and banana coins), Korean Chili Rice Crackers (spicy chili rice crackers) and Mississippi BBQ Pistachios (roasted pistachios with BBQ seasoning). We loved the Korean Chili Rice Crackers and BBQ Pistachios the best. 
This is the best part - Lil O enjoying it without any cajoling, threats or sulks. Thank you Graze

Graze.com is only taking new members by invitation. Click on any of the links here and try your first Graze box for free (I have only 4 more invites left as on 02/11/2013). You can pause or cancel anytime. Your first and every 5th box is free. 

Graze away folks. (I earn $1 upto $5 when anyone signs up using my link)

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All opinions on indigoandviolet, expressed explicitly or implied are mine own. None of them have been influenced by any person, company, wine or money. And none are intended to persuade or dissuade any users to make purchases of their own.
 
Totally! The most adorable Kid's Lunch bags ever! EVER! 

I love the Lunch Bags that they have for kids. The reason I included Skip Hop here, even though I don't own one (yet) was because that's where my search began. (And Gap Lunch Bag seems to be a clear-but-not-quite substitute to Skip Hop.)  
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Skip Hop Zebra Lunch Bag (click picture to check out other Skip Hop bags)
I almost bought this adorable Zebra (they have plenty of different creatures) Lunch bag when I stumbled upon this beautiful little girl bag from Dabbawalla Bags. 
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Dabbawalla Bags Flower Power II Lunch Bag, Purple/Blue
They have more Dabbawalla bags with different themes, prints and creatures. I liked this best for the moment. I bought this on Amazon (click to see more options) for $24. It is not really insulated and for my purposes, it didn't need to be. The best part (apart from it being oh-so-cute) is that it is washable. It fits plenty of stuff in and my 2 year old lugs it around and has no trouble opening it or getting her stuff out. Getting her to eat that stuff is another matter. 
The reason why this bag jumped out at me was the name - Dabbawalla. This literally translates to Tiffin Box Men. Dabbawallas are very popular in Mumbai, India. They are a team who delivers lunches to people. Doesn't sound very interesting, right? The details are that they deliver to millions of people exactly at lunch hour and exactly what they ordered with rarely ever a mistake. Read more about Dabbawallas of Mumbai here
Two sisters head Dabbawalla Bags and the name was inspired by the Tiffin Box men of India. The sister have it right. I love the simple design, vibrant colors and that it is made of biodegradable material. 
This Gap lunch bag reminded me so much of the Skip Hop bags and I got a couple for my nephew and Lil A. It's much smaller than the Dabbawalla and Skip Hop Lunch Bags but are pretty. 

Next up is some style for a little tough eater - A Tory Burch exclusive for Target.


(Dabbawalla bag fits all these items as well but it's a tight fit.) 
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Look at all the junk that I feed my kids fit perfectly in there.
Over the Holidays, I found this Tory Burch Lunch Bag at Target. This is from their Neiman Marcus line. And it was on sale. Who could pass that by? I got it for about $5; it was originally priced at $15 or $19. (Thank you Ramblings of a Suburban Mom!)

I couldn't resist (Yes, very weak will power when it comes to killer deals on kids stuff at Target) and I bought the Thermal Flask as well. The Lunch Bag is very nicely insulated and very spacious. 
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So out with the old, reliable, sturdy flask and in with the new, unproven, glamorous one (Hmmm... why does this feel like a scandal?)

I am sure there are many more cute Lunch Bags out there, I just wish they can go their way and not disturb me anymore. 

Which is your favorite lunch bag?
 
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Julep was created as a tribute to the girlfriends who tell it like it is. Julep is a monthly Nail Color (and other products too) subscription box. For $19.99 per month, you will receive about $30-50 worth of nail color that suits your style profile. Your style profile is determined with a style quiz that Julep administers when you are all set to be a Julep Maven.  


For your introductory box, click here and when you check out, enter JULEPVIP and you will receive your first Julep box for $.01 (shipping of $3.99). 

My very sharp and cute Julep box arrived in the mail today. Though I am not a nail paint person, (I would just rather go to my manicurist or leave my nails at unpainted dullness) I love Julep's very stylish package and their nail paint bottles. 

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Yes, apparently I am Boho Glam. (Actually I was Classic with a Twist but I liked these colors better)
The difference with the Julep boxes are that they work like Fabkids. They will notify you when your box is selected and you can go online and see it for yourself. If you like it, the wait for shipping begins (very quick delivery). If it's not for you, you can skip a month, you can change it with another style type or you can cancel all together. Always a hit, never a miss? Feels like it! 
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Loving their Packaging
The Julep Nail Colors are valued at $14 on their site but discounted to $11.20. The surprise gift included in my Julep box was the Julep Daylight Defense Lip Balm values at $6 but discounted to ~$5. The Julep Essential Cuticle Oil is valued at $18 but discounted to $14.40. So looks like for $4, I got products worth $42. That's awesome. And for a monthly $19.99 (shipping included), the same value of products would be sent to you. 

As a Maven, you will have access to their shop, 20% of all the Julep products (they have body scrubs, Jewelry Box, scrub towels, nail treatment products, hand lotion, pedicure treatments and some Julep exclusive nail colors) and free shipping. 
I love the Julep nail color bottles - very sleek, handy and different. I am taking my new fav color - 'Michelle' to my nail spa soon (yes, that lazy!). 

Go ahead, click on any of the links for Julep here and get your first Nail Color set for just $4 and see if you like it. I may get points when you join. 

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All opinions on indigoandviolet, expressed explicitly or implied are mine own. None of them have been influenced by any person, company, wine or money. And none are intended to persuade or dissuade any users to make purchases of their own.