April 2016 Wish List



Every month I like to put together a list of products that have snuck there way onto my wish list for one reason or another.  This month you can tell I’m focused on a little bit of a clean look and a spring refresh, which is perfect for the new season. With a little bit of fashion, beauty, and home all mixed up, these are the things that have caught my eye lately and I’m dying to get my hands on.  Read more

My First Bulu Box (September 2013)


Yesterday I was super excited to get my first Bulu Box in the mail.  I am loving the trend of monthly subscription boxes.  I’ve been a huge fan of Birchbox, one of the first beauty subscription boxes out there.  If I had the money I’d be subscribed to many more, but thanks to a coupon I found on a fellow blogger’s site, I got an amazing deal on a year long Bulu Box subscription. Bulu Box is a monthly subscription service that sends you sample sizes of health and fitness related products every month. What’s really nice about Bulu Box is they have two diferent box options: general health and fitness or a weight loss specific box.  I love that they give their customers a choice like that.   Just like Birchbox, they have an awesome little points program, where every 100 points means $10 off a full size item in their shop, and you can earn points simply by taking surveys on the products they send you each month.

Time to dig in to what I found in my box this month. Surprise Surprise, I subscribed to the Weight Loss themed box, rather than the regular one.

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Naturade Total Soy

First up was a packet of a meal replacement smoothie mix.  I enjoy taking smoothie mixes and blending them with frozen strawberries and unsweetened almond milk to get an ice creamy type treat, so this is right up my ally. The claims of Naturade is this product not only suppresses appetite, but lowers cholesterol as well.  This mix has a nice balance of micronutrients (simply put: carbs, fat, protein and fiber) so I do consider this to be a pretty solid meal nutritionally, and at only 140 calories it will cost me 4 Points Plus, which is a little more than I’m used to, but it’s worth a try for breakfast one morning.

Full size: $14.49 for 19.05oz

Sample value: 1 packet = a little under $1

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Body Glove Surge Shot

A chocolate flavored energy shot?  Sign me up! PacificHealth designed this energy shot with green tea, honey, protein, carbs and some bonus antioxidants to give the body an extra boost when it needs it.  This shot is fat free and 2 Points Plus.  Added bonus: 150mg of caffeine. Yay! *caffeine addict in me dances happily*

Full size (12 shorts): $28.70

Sample Size: 1 shot= $2.40


BSN AminoX

This is a workout recovery drink mix that contains Branched Chain Amino Acids, (BCAA)  which help the body burn fat and aids in overall better body composition.  It can be used as a recovery drink after a hard workout (I’ll probably use it on a day I do some good weight training) or as a supplement to help any weight loss routine.  0 Points Plus.  You can see the front of the packet on my picture at the top of the post.

Full Size: 30 servings for $22.99

Sample Size: 1 Serving= .$.76


Shapeology Burn Blend

I’ll be honest, I cheated and looked online to get a quick glimpse at what was coming in my box before it got here (I was actually checking for shipping info and stumbled on this info accidentally) and so I saw I was getting a sample of this.  My thought: “Oh, that’s great, except how is trying one dose really going to be helpful in even deciding if it’s a product I want to buy??” *insert annoyed face*  Fast forward to opening my box.  Instead of the little packet of 2 pills I expected, I got a bottle that contained a whole week’s worth of the Burn Blend capsules!  This in and of itself made my opinion on Bulu Box go way up.  Burn Blend is a thermogenic that mimics the effect of high metabolism so it enhances the body’s ability to burn calories and torch fat.  The liquid capsule also ensures faster delivery to the body so it starts working sooner.  I will say this: I took one (normal dosage is 2 pills twice daily if you can handle it.  The sample is enough for 2 pills daily, so I’m sticking with one, twice a day for the week they’ll last me) pill this morning, went to the gym around an hour later and had so much energy! We’re talking energy I haven’t had in weeks.  I worked out so hard and had a great sweat session, which made me feel amazing.  If this little pill is the cause of that, I just might pick up a full size bottle (there’s sale going on now).  I don’t need it to drop a bunch of weight (although the few lbs I put back on I would love to be gone by my wedding dress fitting in a month), but i felt incredible working out, which is reason enough for me.  Now of course, maybe I happened to get a good night’s sleep last night and that is why I feel so good.  Thanks to the generous sample from Bulu Box, I have a week to figure it out, rather than a single dosage.

Full Size (60 Capsules): $50 (although it’s on sale at the moment)

Sample size (14 Capsules): $11.62

**Please note that the subscription is normally $10 a month, and the Burn Blend sample all by itself is worth more than that.  Total Box Value: $15.78  Way to go Bulu Box for giving me much more than my money’s worth!!**

Conclusion: I’m really impressed with what Bulu Box is offering.  If you’re interested in getting a subscription of your own, just click here and the site will tell you the rest.  Based on my first impression this is totally worth it for the health and weight loss crowd. I can’t wait to see what the rest of my year long subscription brings!