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Y’all may remember that not long ago I shared a review of some items I received from AdoramaPix.  If you didn’t read it, here’s the summary:  I loved them.

Now I have another opportunity (because I’m a U.S. Family Guide Blogger) to sample another of their products and share my thoughts with you.  As usual, this opportunity for me includes one for you as well:  a coupon that you can use to order the same item I’ll get for free (in exchange for my HONEST opinion).

You can give AdoramaPix a try now, or maybe you want to wait until I post my review.  The offer will be available for awhile.

So here’s the scoop (what the company wants me to share with you):

Your memories deserve more than a lifeless screen! Breathe life into your photos and turn them into beautiful keepsake photo books that will last for generations. AdoramPpix’s custom books are high quality and display your images in rich detail. Choose from gorgeous linen, hardcover and leather covers as well as 6 stunning paper finishes. Stop swiping and start printing your family memories with AdoramaPix photo books!

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I’m pretty excited about this offer because 1) I already have experience with this company and am confident I will like the product and 2) Like many of you, I’m sure, I have a bunch of pictures on my computer which I have never printed out and am never likely to without an excuse like this one!

Here’s the offer for my readers:

15% off photo books. Use code: PhotoBook15. Sale ends 11/05/2016 11:59 PM EST

Shop Here: AdoramaPix PhotoBook Offer

Check back in a few weeks to here what I thought about my photobook!

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OK, y’all, so you know how much I love to hike.  There’s a new batch of trails in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness that Emily and I just started exploring yesterday, as a matter of fact (and more on those later!).  Now as a US Family Guide blogger I am going to receive a product that I hope will help make those excursions more convenient–at least when it comes to carrying things.

Here’s the scoop:  New carrying concept, the Walkabout by Kangeaux Outdoors, is designed to be an industrial-strength and multifunctional carrying tool for the outdoor adventurer and sports enthusiast alike. With the development of the Walkabout, Kangeaux Outdoors has designed a carrier like none other. It is predicted to become a standard for those “In The Field” — but just as easily, its ergonomic fit is ideal for the everyday carry. The Walkabout’s adaptable nature creates easy solutions for both athletic essentials like sports bottles and baseball caps, as well as everyday items like keys, phones, sunglasses, etc. There is truly no other carrier like the Walkabout.

So, I think this things sounds pretty cool.  Here are some pictures of the product and of people using it in various ways:

Here’s an offer for my readers:

Save 20% on your entire purchase!  Sign up and stay up to date with our Kangeaux Newsletter and receive a coupon code for 20% off your entire purchase! http:// www.kangeaux.com

I’ll be reviewing this item (honestly, as ever) when I receive it if you want to wait to hear what I have to say before purchasing.

 

 

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Y’all, I am late doing this review and I feel really bad about it, because I LOVE this service and these products and I will definitely be spending my own money here in the future.

So, yeah, to get business out of the way, this IS a sponsored review, which means that U.S. Family Guide hooked me up with this sweet deal: to get free pictures from Adorama Pix in exchange for my honest review.

So here’s what this company does:

AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Because your images are infused right into the metal, and not painted on the surface, their metal prints are extremely durable. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. You can even clean it with glass cleaner. Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints.

You can find all the fun gift ideas HERE:
http://www.adoramapix.com/app/home/

As I said, I am late doing this, which means you only have a few days to save:

My readers get to save! 25% off Hexagon #Metal Prints! Use promo code: PXHEXMTL25 expires 06/ 15 /2016

Luckily, I know from experience that there are many other offers if you register on the site, which is the first step of the process.  It’s any easy process, too, and the only thing that made it take any time at all is deciding which options to choose.  There are shapes, sizes, and finishes to pick from, as well as display options.  I was supposed to try the new hexagon print, which can be used to make cool displays like this one:

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I still had money to spend after I picked my hexagon, so I also got a basic square picture and one with a cool silvery finish (which I thought matched the non-digital old picture which I had scanned).

The hardest part for me was picking the right pictures.  They need to be of a certain quality to work well, and the tool on the website rejected my first few choices.  Someone who is more tech-savvy would probably know in advance what would be the best pictures to use.

Anyway, here’s what I got back (super quickly, by the way) along with a complimentary cloth to keep them nice and shiny.  The hexagon print is meant for hanging on the wall but the other two came with features so they can stand for display.

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This is the old photo.  Keep in mind that this is a photo of a photo (which itself was made by scanning a fire-damaged 35 mm print that was about 15 years old).  The perspective is also skewed because the back of this has a fold out stand that I did not want to fold back in all the way! Anyway, the silvery finish is perfect; in person, it masks the imperfections of the photo and gives it an old-timey feeling.

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This iPhone photo taken at close range turned out the be the best of the lot according to the online tool.  And I do love this picture of William at 13! This one came with a little strip of wood to stand it up in.

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Finally, my hexagon print! I love this picture of downtown Knoxville, and I can envision this as the center of a display of lots of other Knoxville pictures.

I spent $55 (including shipping) for the three pictures above, the hexagon being the most expensive.  You can get a nice picture from Adorama Pix for $12, and I think that’s a deal.

Remember, you have four days to save using my coupon!  If you do give Adorama a try, please let me know what you think.

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So no sooner do I finish all those reviews do I see another offer from US Family Guide that I am so excited about that I am jumping right back on the reviewing treadmill.  Check this out, y’all:

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Does that look cool, or what?

Now, y’all know I like to take pictures.  And in exchange for agreeing to review this project, I’m going to be able to get one of my own pictures made into a hexagon print.  I can see already the problem is going to be picking which picture.  Anyway, here’s the scoop:

AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Because your images are infused right into the metal, and not painted on the surface, their metal prints are extremely durable. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. You can even clean it with glass cleaner. Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints.

You can find all the fun gift ideas HERE:
http://www.adoramapix.com/app/home/

My readers get to save! 25% off Hexagon #Metal Prints! Use promo code: PXHEXMTL25 expires 06/ 15 /2016

Doesn’t that sound neat?  Check back soon for my review.

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Surprise, surprise! It’s another sponsored review post from me.  I know these disclosures can get boring, but ethics require I let you know that I received the following product for free in return for my honest review.

This time I am going to write about my experience with Bulu Box, another one of those fun (and inexpensive) monthly subscription boxes that keep springing up.  If you like packages and surprises, you will like this one.  Here’s the official blurb:

The perfect partner in the pursuit of a healthier you, Bulu Box is like having a personal trainer and a nutritionist as a best friend. Each month, a box of healthy discoveries is shipped right to your door for just $10. You learn about that month’s 4-5 premium samples, try each one and see what fits into your individual healthy lifestyle. For sharing your opinions on each month’s samples through a quick survey, we will give you 50 Rewards Points (that’s $5!) to use in our shop to get more of your favorites.

Don’t laugh, but one of the things I loved about Bulu Box was . . . well . . . the BOX.

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I mean, I got a little uplift just from reading all the slogans on the box.  Seriously.

Then there was the fun of opening the box to see the surprises inside.  And they were surprising! With the other subscription boxes I’ve shared with you, at least I knew I’d find coffee, or tea, or hot sauce.  With Bulu Box there is a lot more variety.

For some reason I neglected to photograph the contents of my third box, but these two pictures will give you an idea:

As you can see, these are health-related samples:  some are performance-oriented (I shared these with Teddy), some are snacks (Lorelei taste-tested these), and some are vitamins/supplements (which I kept for myself!).

Some we liked, some we didn’t, but that’s really going to be up to the individual, plus your samples won’t necessarily be the same as the ones I received.  You can order full sizes of anything you liked directly from Bulu Box.  And reviewing your samples gets you points (lots of points, and it’s relatively easy to get them) to redeem for free or reduced-price products).

Ultimately, I won’t be renewing my subscription, because the only products I found personally compelling were the supplements, yet when you only get a pill or two it’s really impossible to tell whether they had any effect.  Still, if you have the disposable income to take a chance on a supplement or other product introduced in your Bulu Box, it’s a great way to learn about what’s out there.

If that sounds like you, feel free to take advantage of this special offer for my readers:

Get a 3 Month Subscription for just $15 (regularly $30)! at Bulu Box – Use code WOWZA
Or you can access the offer at this link.
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Back again with another review for US Family Guide.  Monthly Pepper Box (to which I was given a three-month subscription in exchange for my honest review) is NOT a box full of pepper shakers or a box full of jalapenos and habaneros!  Rather each box contains three bottles of what I would call hot sauce.

This service will normally run you $20 per month, but with this special link, you can get 10% off your three-month subscription.  Here’s the company spiel:  Your best friend in the pursuit of all things hot sauce, Monthly Pepper Box is like having a miniature hot sauce festival delivered to your door every month. Each month discover savory gems of artisan hot sauces. Every box, you’ll get 3 bottles of succulent heat ranging from a “Low Burn” to “Call the Fire Department” from hot sauce companies you’ve never heard of.

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For me one of the most fun aspects of this particular subscription service is seeing the creative names and labels on the sauces I’ve received so far.  This month’s shipment of High River Sauces included Tears of the Sun, Hellacious Hot Sauce, and Foo Foo Mama Choo.  Their ingredients were as individual as their names–of course they all include peppers of one kind or another, but you will also see mango, papya, peach, agava, lime, and ginger in the ingredient list which is helpfully included in each shipment along with a description of each variety.  Last month’s selections included two Captain Assjack selections (Minorcan Ghost and Minorcan Gold) and one from Frankie Flamingo & Company (Flamingo Fire).  I can’t wait to see what they send me this month!

A note on customer service:  I didn’t even notice this because who looks at this kind of thing, but the Flamingo Fire in the first box was past its expiration date.  The folks at Monthly Pepper Box were extremely apologetic about this, and a replacement bottle was shipped out the same week.  In addition to the original email apologizing for the error, I received at least two updates regarding how the company was working to correct the situation.  I don’t know about you, but I find it easy to forgive mistakes when a company provides that kind of follow up.

Now, I am probably not the best person to review these sauces because I have a very low tolerance for hot and spicy things.  But my spice-loving oldest son who loves to cook with hot sauces was very excited about them.  What I appreciate about them is the variety, which honestly I didn’t even realize existed! I am looking forward to experimenting with them more (I’m making chili tonight) especially when it’s warm enough to start grilling again.

The value and variety of these boxes are undeniable; my one question would be whether a monthly subscription is necessary.  I mean, how much hot sauce can a family use?  But that’s probably a matter of personal taste, and a three-month subscription will stock up your kitchen with a nice variety of sauces to use.

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So maybe coffee is not for you. (I suppose people like that exist, hard as it might be for me to understand it!)  Well, I had the opportunity to enjoy a free three month subscription to a club for tea lovers recently.  My honest review follows.

We actually drink a fair amount of tea around here in addition to coffee.  William especially likes to start his morning with “strong black tea” and we all enjoy relaxing cups of chamomile or blends meant to promote sleep and relaxation.

Simple Loose Leaf shipments include at least four samples of various kinds of tea each month, and a three-month subscription will only set you back $17 each month (plus I’m going to share a coupon with you if you keep reading).

Notice I said “loose leaf.”  Most of us are used to our tea coming in little tea bags.  I remember when I first got married my mother-in-law gave me a tea ball for brewing loose tea and I didn’t know what it was for!    Of course the nice things about loose leaf tea is that you can experiment with how much you want to use to make a brew that’s right for you.  And the nice folks at Single Loose Leaf kindly provide you with reusable bags so that you will be ready to brew your first cup as soon as you open your box.

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I’ve received two boxes so far, each with five varieties of tea:  Citrus Hibiscus Herbal, Cranberry Citrus Herbal, Ginger Peach Rooibos, Pumpkin Spice Rooibos, Jade Oolong, Japanese Sencha Saga, Lavender Sencha Green, Kenilworth Ceylon Black, Ceylon Supreme, and Bird Nest Pu’er.  You can see there is something for every palate!   Herbal teas are my favorites, but the only one here that is a bit . . . unusual . . . is the Bird Nest, which is fermented.

Each shipment comes with a card describing each tea and offering suggestions for proper brewing, as well as a discount good for future purchases.

Personally,  I think this club is a great value for tea lovers.  It would make a special gift for anyone you know who enjoys tea.  And unlike the coffee club in my last review, you don’t need any specialized equipment to brew the perfect cup.

My readers get to save! 25% off Gift Membership or Ongoing Subscription signup – Use code: 25HOLIDAY
http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=75&bid=12278&dealid=2122

 

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