Graze box. (review)

If you love trying different healthy snacks like me, you’ll love Graze.

graze2Graze (www.graze.com) is a subscription snack box that comes with 4 individually packaged snacks. There is a wide range of snacks which you can choose to try, and based on your top ratings, you will get a surprise combination in your mailbox. There are also snacks for vegans, dairy-free and gluten-free people!

graze3The snacks have tasty unique flavors, and the little containers are the perfect size to carry with you on-the-go. Although I’ve read reviews of people raving about their flapjacks, they are a bit too sweet for me -but I love the dried fruit snacks! Oh, and the chocolate, of course. ;)

I first learned about Graze last year when it was just starting and I was lucky enough to get on the waiting list. After a few months, I got an invitation code in October to join and try my first box, and since then have been hooked. I have tried a few similar subscription boxes in the past, but have usually canceled after the first few boxes. Considering that I just got my 9th box this week, I think that says a lot already! Each box costs only $6, and it’s awesome that there is no commitment required. You can choose whenever you want your box to be delivered (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) and cancel any time.

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A cute little card always comes in the box with more information…

graze5…and nutrition facts for each snack on the back!

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If you’d like to try Graze, I have a Friend Code, where you can get your first and fifth box free! Click here or contact me if you’d like my promotional code!

And no, I am not sponsored by them or associated with them in anyway. I honestly just enjoy their snacks! (you’ll get a Friend Code if you join too, don’t worry.)

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Q: What do you like to snack on?

 

 

Fail lemon muffins & weekend Boston trip.

Last week I wanted to bake some lemon muffins as a birthday present for my good friend Mary who I went to visit in Boston for the weekend. I planned to try a new recipe with coconut flour and baked with Catherine. The following are pictures from my lemon muffin attempt:

lemonmuffins1I had never tried this recipe before, and it didn’t state how many muffins the recipe would make, so it should have then be alarming to us that four eggs were used for 6 muffins. Key word: should. lemonmuffins2The lemon juice and lemon zest smelled so nice though!lemonmufins3The batter was very easy to make, but I wanted at least 12 muffins, so we made another batch, and then put them in the oven.lemonmuffins5They look great, right?lemonmuffins6So how did they taste?

Let’s judge from some first bite reactions:

“You know Fiona, I usually like what you bake… But this is absolutely terrible.” -Darien

“WHAT THE **** IS THIS? *spits out*” -Lisa

“It’s… moist?” -Steven

Catherine even wanted to take 3 home with her to give to friends, but after trying one she decided not to. Wise decision, Catherine. Everyone including me thought they were disgusting except for my boyfriend and Connie. Apparently they like moist eggy muffins.

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I’m sorry guys, but these were pretty terrible. I therefore regret to inform you that there will be no recipe in this post.

However, I did eat some amazing food on my weekend trip to Boston!

bostontrip1For Mary’s birthday dinner, we ate at her uncle’s restaurant with her family. Though I did not eat any of this sashimi, it was definitely picture worthy. bostontrip5A vegetarian roll with sweet potato made for me. (So filling!) bostontrip4Mushroom flatbread from Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen.  bostontrip3

Delicious Belgian waffle with chocolate and strawberries from Zinneken’s. Highly recommend going there. Very cute and cozy too. Not a biased opinion by the way… okay maybe it is. (I’m half Belgian and I love Belgian food, okay?!)bostontrip6Cool graffiti wall and a big YES.bostontrip8Rahul and his new friend. ;)

It was a fun weekend! A happy birthday again to Mary, and sorry about the muffins! Hopefully my next post will have a successful recipe. Fingers crossed.

DIY Honey & Green Tea Face Mask

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It’s midterms exam week! You’ve been studying like crazy. Your skin has also been going crazy from all that stress. Now what do you need? You need a face mask! But why waste money on pre-made, full-of-chemicals face masks when you can make a better-for-you, easy (and yummy!) face mask at home with ingredients you probably already have right in your kitchen? That’s right, I’ll show you how to make an amazing, simple, moisturizing and anti-acne DIY Honey & Green Tea Face Mask!

I know, that sounded too much like a commercial.

But seriously, this face mask is pretty great. A while ago, I got together with my friend Alexis. We like to use different face masks, and since I got Matcha green tea and knew of this recipe, we decided to try it!

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All you need is 1 bag of green tea, and 1 tbsp of honey. I recommend Matcha green tea, as it is a very fine powdered, high quality green tea. It is full of antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory, so it’s great to drink and put on yo face! However, any green tea would be fine too. For honey, the best to use is local raw, organic, unfiltered honey. Honey is also full of antioxidants, is suitable for all skin types as it is incredibly moisturizing, and acts as an anti-fungal and antibacterial agent.

Now cut the tea bag open, and mix the powder with the honey in a small cup. Note that this makes plenty for 2 faces! Then simply apply the mixture to your face with your fingers and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Be careful of it dripping though. Have a paper towel nearby! Or just lick it while it drips like I did. (Just kidding.. But not really.)

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After 10 minutes, wash your face with warm water and use a soft towel to scrub everything off. This may take a while, but your face will feel like a baby’s bottom after, so everything will be okay.

greenteahoneyfacemask4Enjoy this pretty close-up picture of my face. Mmmyeah, lookin’ good. ;)

Thank you, Alexis, for your fine photography skills!