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Expand your artistic skills with the insanely good Red’s Art Cart

I have never thought of myself as the creative type. I love music, photography and trawling around craft markets but I have always been an artistic spectator rather than a producer. That has all changed with the Red’s Art Cart Subscription Box. This monthly delivery is an art-class-in-a box that quickly draws out the artistic skills and grows creative confidence

The Red’s Art Cart is Australia’s first dedicated art subscription box created by Mrs Red Art Room, an online art class and store for art dabblers. Each month Mrs Red selects a theme and curates high-quality art supplies to post out in the Art Cart Box. She then uploads detailed YouTube tutorials hosted by herself to provide 30 mins of instruction and inspiration.

Her no fuss, easy-to-follow YouTube videos soon had me lost in a world of vibrant water colours.

Red's Art Cart delivers an art class to your home
Mrs Red knows how to teach and encourage playfulness

The Red’s Art Cart I received had a water colour theme to it and included two types of water paint products and techniques. I have to admit; it took me a while to get around to using the box because of my lack of confidence, but I needn’t have worried. Mrs Red knows how to teach art skills and encourage playfulness. Her no fuss, easy-to-follow YouTube videos soon had me lost in a world of vibrant water colours, exploring techniques and producing work of which I was proud. I loved ending my week this way and dabbling with my Red’s Art Cart has now become a bit of a Friday afternoon habit. Soothing the mind and grounding the soul.

Kids love getting artistic with Red’s Art Cart

Red’s Art Cart has everything you need to complete the tutorial with enough product supplied to encourage more than one art session. There is enough to go back to time and time again to hone ‘dem skills and grow. I recommend a subscription to Red’s Art Cart to anyone looking for an artistic outlet or mindful activity to do at home. The quality of the contents and YouTube tutorials are terrific without being overwhelming. It is addictive fun and you will be so glad you signed up.

Red’s Art Cart Details:

The Cost:
$ 38.00 monthly delivery (excludes postage)

Contents:

  • Cotman Water Colours
  • Winsor & Newton Profession Water Colour Stick
  • Winslow Water Colour Postcards
  • Stabilo Sensor
  • Jasart Round White Taklon 6

 

Total Retail Value:
$ 42.00 approx (exludes postage)

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Get Monthly Art Classes Delivered To Your Door

$ 38.00 monthly delivery (excludes postage)

Enjoy Award-Winning Whisky Every Month With Whisky Loot

Now I may have just crawled out from under a rock, but it appears to me that the Whisky culture is having quite its moment in the sun these days. New whisky bars are opening up every-other-week, on-screen characters are making it their drink of choice and uber-cool publications are dedicating page after page to this amber liquid.  It is not surprising then that subscription boxes should follow suit. Introducing Whisky Loot – a monthly subscription box delivering three award-winning Whisky tasters each month along with expert tasting notes and a keepsake Whisky Journal.

The Whisky Loot Delivery
The Whisky Loot delivers three award-winning Whiskey tasters each month

From the minute Whisky Loot arrives you get a sense of the quality. The package is heavy with a sleek design. As soon as it arrived, I took a snap shot and sent it via group chat to see who was up for a night of premium Whisky tasting. The responses were an instantaneous ‘yes please!’.

To be fair, the 60ml bottles are not big enough to host a party with but they were big enough for a 4-people to enjoy a dram, chat about its merits and get a good feel for whether the Whisky is worth putting on the Christmas wish list.

Whiskey Loot Subscription
The Whisky Loot comes with expert tasting notes and a keepsake Whisky Journal.

It wasn’t just the Whisky itself that dominated the conversation; the Whisky Loot Keepsake Journal and Tasting Notes also took front and centre. These elements provide an informal tutorial into whisky to help move your whisky-game to the next level.

The team behind Whisky Loot go to great lengths to create a space where you can explore origins, flavour profiles, colours to identify your preferences and ensure you make better selections in the future.

The July delivery had three very different Whiskys each from a different continent.

Whisky Loot Subscription Tasting
The Whisky Loot is as much an education as it is an experience

The Pure Scot was my particular favourite. An award winning Scotch Whisky Blend from Bladnoch, Scotland it had a rich flavour with a slightly sweet smoky finish. It made me think of Christmas and fruitcake and long nights spent around an open fire.

The men in the group preferred the Whisky sampler from the Koval Distillery for its distinctive American flavours. Lighter than the PureScot, this whisky was easy drinking and an overall crowd-pleaser (if you can call 4-people a crowd)

Those more experienced Whisky drinkers in the group enjoyed the Australian Limeburners taster for its sweet fruity flavours and well-balanced finish.

The Whisky Loot subscription box does not put a foot wrong and is equally suited to men and women. I would highly recommend it as a gift for anyone who loves Whisky or for the person who has everything. Shoot, I would even recommend signing up to it yourself as a monthly treat.
Sign up now and get your first box for the reduced price of $49.95 (includes postage).

The Whisky Loot Subscription Box Details

The Cost:
$49.95 first month, $59.95 per month thereafter (includes postage)

Contents:

  • Pure Scot Whisky (60 ml)
  • Koval Whisky (60 ml)
  • Limeburners Whisky (60 ml)
  • Tasting Notes
  • Whisky Journal

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And Receive Three Award-Winning Whiskey Tasters Each Month

$49.95 first month, $59.95 per month thereafter (includes postage)

How To Make Dating At Home Easy With Date Crate

Recently I have come across a slew of new apps, webinars and downloadable cheat-sheets on the art of dating. Each offer tips, tricks and reminders to help people ‘up’ their dating game effortlessly and with great impact. The thing is, many of these new products and services work only for singles happily on the dating merry-go-round. What of those who are in long-term relationships who also want to add spark to their relationship but struggle because they are home-bound with young kids? Thankfully, Date Crate has this group covered. Forget the lists of latest places to eat, drink and visit; Date Crate creates the perfect night in with themed activities, sweet treats and music.

Date Crate creates the perfect night in with themed activities, sweet treats and music.

The Date Crate Parisian Nights Box
Date Crate brings Paris – the city of love, to your home for Date Night

Each Month, the Date Crate subscription box includes up to four designed to create space for a couple to change the day-to-day tempo and spend time with each other in a fresh new way. The team behind the box cleverly select products that allow couples to add their personalities and flair to each activity, giving scope for personal tastes and dating styles. And to set the mood, each Date Crate comes with a curated Spotify playlist to encourage an evening free from TV viewing.

DIY Crepe Mix in the Parisian Nights Date Crate
Start date night off on the right foot with a sweet plate of crepes

I recently received the Parisian Night Box from Date Crate, which centred on French Romance. Included in the box was a DIY Crepe Mix with speciality jam by Not Your Normal Jam (Delish!) as well as a pack of Jumbo Playing cards for a few rounds of Quinze. I do love me a good card game and Quinze easy to learn and play. Also, being a game of chance, it is a good game to play to avoid an over-the-top competitiveness that can kill a dating vibe.

The Date Crate team also included a booklet on French Love Phrases to woo your partner (Pepe Le Pew eat your heart out), and a sketching set complete with props.

Date Crate Encourages fun play
Have some carefree fun with the Parisian Night Date Crate

The idea behind the sketching set is to relax and just have some fun drawing each other. By trying something new and having a laugh the Date Crate people hope you connect with your partner and feel re-rejuvenated.

It is evident that a lot of thought has gone into Date Crate and I think that the curators do a great job of including products that subscribers can adapt to suit their style. If you are a couple who find going out difficult because of young children, then I would recommend signing up to bring an element of surprise and intrigue to your dating game.

 

The Cost:
$ 45.00 monthly delivery (excludes postage)

Contents:

  • Crepe Mix
  • Whisk
  • Two Jars of Specialty Jam by Not Your Normal Jam
  • Jumbo Playing Cards
  • French Language Phrase Book
  • Sketch Pad
  • Pack of Sketch Pencils
  • Box of French-themed Props

 

Total Retail Value:
$ 46 approx (excludes postage costs).

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AND GET SET FOR A GREAT DATE NIGHT AT HOME

$45 per month (excludes delivery)

Get No-Nonsense Support With The Superb Running Fit box

I have long admired runners. They appear to have a no-nonsense approach to fitness, simply tying up their laces, plugging in their earphones and getting on with the business of keeping fit. They have a casual ‘all in a day’s work’ air about them, and I envy them for it! The Running Fit Box delivers that same sense of sensibility and offers practical support from people who know a thing or two about the art of running well.

The Running Fit Box crams so much into each delivery

Now available on a quarterly basis, the Running Fit Box crams so much into each delivery. It gives runners across all levels access to essential fitness-related products and nutritional supplements to help improve their running game. The range is extensive and provides enough support for the entire season.

Big Brands featured in the Running Fit Box
The Grip It Kinesiology Tape and Yankz! Sure Lace System were the favourite products from the Autumn box.

Being a wishful runner rather than a bonafide one I shared the box with a few friends who regularly run and the feedback was the same across the board. They all agreed that they would be thrilled if they received the Running Fit Box and felt that many of the products were ‘big ticket’ items.

The Grip It Achilles & Calf Kinesiology Tape and Yankz! Sure Lace System Shoe Laces were the favourite products from the Autumn box. Great to have on hand for when the need arises or to use straight away, both products offer subscribers the opportunity to experiment and decide if they are for them before purchasing.

The Sting Microfibre Excercise Towel was also well received because of its high quality and practical design. The towel is thick, large enough to be useful and comes with a sturdy built-in zipper section and hanger.

The Running Fit Box Nutritional Support
The Autumn Running Fit Box had the usual staples of energy-based snacks and gels.

The Autumn Running Fit Box had the usual staples of energy-based snacks and gels. The enrGIsustain Dark Chocolate Coconut Cashew Bar is one of the best sports bars I have ever consumed. Delicious taste and with a low GI formula meant there was no sugar crash after eating it, and loads of sustained energy. The Turmelixir Healing Blend was another favourite nutritional product. This convenient Turmeric based elixir is a mix of herbs and spices that help detox, improve gut health, reduce inflammation, enhance energy, boost metabolism and clears skin. Added to hot water each morning or made into a golden latte, the Turmelixir blend is an easy antioxidant fix that nourishes and builds vitality.

The Running Fit Box Autumn Superfood Inclusions

The most interesting inclusion, however, was the Grilo Go Greensect organic superfood powder blend, powered by Crickets. I have watched enough Bear Grylls and The Amazing Race to know that cricket insects are regularly consumed in some countries and surprisingly offer immense nutritional value. Crickets are a sustainable, all-natural source of Vitamin B12, iron and protein making the Go Greensect powder an excellent addition to smoothies and juices.

If you are a regular runner or someone who wants to be inspired to run more, I encourage you to sign up to The Running Fit Box. Every three months you will receive a box of essential running-related products to help you reach your fitness goals in optimal health.

 

The Cost:
$49.95 (AUS) for quarterly subscription (excludes postage)

Contents:

  • Grip It Achilles & Calf Kinesiology Tape
  • Yankz! Sure Lace System Shoe Laces
  • enrGIsustain Dark Chocolate Coconut Cashew Bar
  • Winners Energy Chews
  • Yoga Glow Turmelixir Healing Blend
  • Flexall Topical Coolant Gel
  • VFuel Endurance Gel
  • Green Tea X50 Energy Drink Sachet
  • Grilo Go Greensect Organic Superfood Blend
  • Sting Exercise Towel

Total Retail Value:
$80+ approx.

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AND TAKE YOUR RUNNING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

$49.95 (AUS) for quarterly subscription (excludes postage)

My Supply Co makes shopping for mens grooming products easy

I am a pretty lazy shopper when it comes to clothes and accessories. I tend to go to one store and buy a couple of co-ordinated outfits and accessories in one go and then head home. The less time I spend going from shop to shop trying to match this-to-that the better. I think that is what appeals to me about the My Supply Co subscription box. It cuts out the need to go from shop to shop searching for grooming accessories because the team behind My Supply Co do the hard work and pull together a coordinated range of products that work across various styles.

My Supply Co delivers Men's Accessories
My Supply Co introduces the Oliver James brand

My Supply Co is an Australian company that keeps a close eye on local, seasonal trends, working with new fashion brands to deliver fresh looks at low costs. Each month, the stylists at My Supply Co subscription box select ties, socks, lapel pins, money clips, toiletries, cuff links, etc.. to produce a subscription box with a retail value of over $100. The contents are rotated on a regular basis ensuring subscribers build a varied collection for their wardrobes.

My Supply Co stylists do an excellent job at sourcing ties, socks, lapel pins, money clips, toiletries, cuff links, etc..

What I loved about the My Supply Co subscription box was the classic look of each of the Oliver James items. The colour and design of the tie are smart and practical and work in well with the solid cufflinks and stag lapel. I didn’t much like the pocket square, though; it didn’t seem to have the same quality of the other products. However, with the money clip and Nivea Body Lotion included, the overall package offers incredible value.

I would recommend the My Supply Co subscription box to anyone starting a career in the corporate sector or who has a big year ahead for formal events, weddings and black tie evenings. The team at My Supply Co will keep you well stocked with all the accessories needed to keep you looking dapper and on-trend.

My Supply Co Details

The Cost:
$44.95 for monthly subscription (includes postage)

Contents:

  • Oliver James Neck Tie
  • Oliver James Pocket Square
  • Oliver James Money Clip
  • Oliver James Stag Lapel Pin
  • Oliver James Cufflinks
  • Nivea Moisturiser

Total Retail Value:
$115.45 approx.

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And receive 4-9 stylish grooming products each month

$44.95/mo

bellobox is one of the best subscription boxes for men

If there is one thing I know for sure, men will happily use skin care and grooming products if the products land in their laps with limited effort or fuss on their part. You will rarely see them scouring the beauty aisles of shops looking for alternatives to their tried-and-tested shower wash and shaving cream. But, give men a box of toiletry goods, and they will gladly jump in and try an organic this or hydrating that.

Enter bellobox, the quarterly subscription box featuring expertly sourced grooming products for men. Each delivery contains 6 or more products, tailored to the season and designed to introduce subscribers to a range of skincare and toiletry samples.

“Expertly sourced grooming products for men”

bellobox is the younger brother to the incredibly successful bellabox, so it offers the same knock-out value and mass appeal. The products are well curated and will keep subscribers stocked with bathroom and grooming essentials.

 

 

Every bellobox I have received over the last 12-months have all had one thing in common; they were choc-full with products and in some cases had items packed outside of its blue box. The number of full-sized and premium brands has been impressive leaving me a little pea-green with envy. The products are simple to use and not at all intimidating for men new to skincare practices.

There is so much to love about the bellobox subscription box, and I would not hesitate to recommend it as a gift for the man in your life (husband, partner, son, etc…) or as a convenient way to shop for yourself.

 

bellobox subscription details

The Cost:
$ 30.00 for a quarterly subscription (includes postage)

Country of Origin:
Australia

Contents:

  • Example from Spring Box
  • Uppercut Delux Face Wash
  • Bulldog Skincare Original Moisturiser
  • Saya Men’s Shaving Cream
  • Spud Sponge Charcoal Detox Sponge
  • Mo by Blue Stratos Eau De Mo
  • Deluxaskin Men’s Hydrating Eye Cream
  • Grime Boxx Heavy Duty Hand Wipes
  • It’s Just the Best Triple Milled Soap
  • Baimeni Hydrating Eye and Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid

Total Retail Value:
$81.50 approx. (excludes postage)

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AND RECEIVE 6 OR MORE GROOMING PRODUCTS EACH QUARTER

$30 /QTR

The Change Box Makes Supporting Fantastic Ethical Brands Easy

I love the saying ‘be the change you want to see in the world’.
It is a simple reminder that we have the choice to be a positive influence in the world through our actions. The team at the Change Box make it that much easier to do this by supporting worthy causes and ethical brands through their subscription box.

Each month the Change Box sets out to introduce subscribers to products from businesses giving back to various causes and charities. Each product is hand-picked and unique ranging from natural beauty products, homewares, snacks and superfoods.

There is so much to love about The Change Box. From the warm tingles, you experience by being part of something bigger than yourself, to the discovery of some lesser known brands doing incredible things for the world around them.

Charles and Olivia featured in The Change Box
The Change Box introduces the Charles and Olivia bamboo toothbrush

For example, the Charles and Olivia bamboo toothbrush. This toothbrush is gorgeous, not only in how it looks but in how it feels. It is so soft and incredibly tactile that the sensory experience reminds you daily (assuming you brush your teeth that often) that you are making a difference. For every toothbrush sold, Charles and Olivia donated one to a child in a developing country. The packaging and soft bristles are recyclable, and the bamboo handle is biodegradable, so every which way you look at it this product is pretty awesome.

The Change Box I received also included more established brands that I had no idea were ‘one of the good guys’.

Frank Green featured in The Change Box
Reduce unnecessary waste by using Frank Green Smart Coffee Cups

Frank Green is one such brand. Obviously, their stylish Smart Cups are as sustainable as they are functional and go a long way to reducing unnecessary waste. I did not realise however that Frank Green donate a portion of its profits to the Earthwatch Institute to aid in their world-class environment-focused research.

My favourite product though was the Kakadu Plum Powder from the Kakadu Plum Co. This product is an antioxidant superfood native to Australia. High in vitamin C and long considered a Gift of the Dreamtime by Aboriginal Culture, this powder can be added to a huge range of meals, snacks and drinks to help build a healthier immune system. I have been using it in my morning smoothie to combat the beginnings of a cold and can feel the boost almost immediately. The Kakadu Plum Co’s mission is two-fold. It not only wants to contribute to Australian Indigenous communities but also the Australian Native Food Industry. Its products are ethically sourced and wildharvested in partnership and consultation with community leaders, and aim to create a greater working ecosystem for long-term sustainability. The more I read about this company, the more I love it.

“The Change Box Subscription Box is a one-stop shop for ethical products”

The remaining two products were both food items that I devoured quickly. The Katie’s Essential Banana Bread Mix was the easiest banana bread I have ever made particularly given it was allergy-friendly and vegan-friendly. 5% of all profits go towards a variety of charities listed on the website.

The Chocolate Yogi Creamy Mylk chocolate bar is an organic, raw, vegan bean-to-bar chocolate that is handmade in Australia. The team at The Chocolate Yogi use ethically sourced products to produce chocolate that is all-kinds-of-delicious-goodness. More than that, 10 cents from every chocolate bar sold goes to the Sea Sheperd organisation to help in the fight against whaling.

Shop Ethically, Subscribe to The Change Box
Support Ethical Brands, Subscribe to The Change Box

The Change Box Subscription Box is a one-stop shop for ethical products. I love the idea of being introduced to new brands supporting different causes and being made aware of the issues needing help. While we can’t support every charity or initiative that comes our way, the Change Box makes it easy to get on board with 4-6 causes every month – and that has to be a good thing, right?

The Change Box Details

The Cost:
$ 54.95 for monthly subscription (excludes postage)
$154.83 for 3-month pre-pay subscription (includes postage)
$291.00 for 6-month pre-pay subscription (includes postage)


Contents:

  • Frank Green Smart Cup CafePay Enabled
  • Katie’s Essential Banana Bread
  • Charles & Olivia Bamboo Toothbrush
  • The Chocolate Yogi Creamy Mylk Chocolate Bar
  • Kakadu Plum Co. Plum Powder


Total Retail Value:

$65.00 approx.

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AND SUPPORT ETHICAL BRANDS

$ 54.95/mo (excludes postage)

How to avoid mismatched socks with Fresh Sock Co

When I was younger, one of my chores around the house was folding the laundry. When it came to socks, my dad and brothers had a selection of black, navy and white sports socks. No bright colours, no patterns, just single colour, boring socks! How I wish the Fresh Sock Co Subscription box were around in those days, it would have made folding laundry more enjoyable and the hard work of matching socks That. Much. Easier!

“No more socks with holes, faded socks, socks with loose elastics. Just a fresh pair of custom-designed socks delivered to your door every month”

Fresh Sock CoThe Fresh Sock Co subscription box delivers of a fresh pair of men’s socks each month. The socks are high quality 75% cotton blend and have original designs with colour and personality. No more socks with holes, faded socks, socks with loose elastics. Just a fresh pair of custom-designed socks delivered to your door every month ensuring you cover your toes in nothing but the best.

What I love about the Fresh Sock Co Subscription Box is that if you don’t like a design, you can return them and get a new pair. Or if you need more than one pair you can order more. It is all too easy!

If you are someone who loathes shopping for essential clothing items or is bored with black, navy or white socks, sign up here and enjoy the colour and convenience.

The Fresh Sock Co Details

The Cost:
$12.00 for monthly subscription (includes postage)

Contents:
1 x pair of Limited Edition Socks


Total Retail Value:
$16.95 approx.

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Subscribe for $12 per month