Yogi Surprise July Jewelry Box Unboxing & Review

 

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Hey, how’s it going everyone? This week has flown by so fast, it’s crazy, okay let’s be real here, July has flown by, how did that even happen? I hope everyone is having a great week, and are ready for the weekend. I have a fun thing planned tonight, that I am excited about, yeah for that 🙂 anyways, I don’t want to jynx it! I have had a busy week, and have had lots of sweet baby & toddler snuggles, which I adore these precious moments!

Today I am reviewing my July yogisurprise box, this is the jewelry box, as you may know there are two different monthly subscription boxes for yogi surprise. I love both of them but sometimes I love one more than the other, which includes this month hands down! They both are great boxes, but this jewelry box is by far my favorite box! The subscription prices will be down below, and more information if you would like as well. I did receive both the lifestyle, and the jewelry boxes for review purposes as always, I am lucky to get these amazing boxes every month, I always get so excited to check them out, it’s like Christmas every month. Each box contains a variety of items, brands, and products, some which are completely new to me, which I love discovering new products, so this is always perfect for me! The jewelry box always includes 2 jewelry pieces, and a treat for eating. Jewelry, and treat, doesn’t get much better than that! The jewelry pieces are always hand crafted and or made, and are very special, and unique every month. This month was my favorite box so far, I love the pieces! The chakra bracelet is literally the cutest, and most high quality bracelet I have ever seen, so well made, and perfect for me, it is already on my wrist as you can see below! I already feel more at ease with it on, and it’s just a daily reminder of spirituality. 

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Yogisurprise Subscription Boxes Jewelry/ Lifestyle Review May 2016

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Hello everyone, how has a month flew by so quickly? I have NO idea how that even happened!!! Here I am trying to be better about blogging, well it’s time to make that commitment again, I have had some great boxes for June roll in, and still wanted to share with you all. I hope you enjoy, I think the photos turned out pretty neat too! If you don’t know what yogisurprise is, it’s a monthly subscription box that has two different box options, which both are amazing boxes!! Each box is a separate subscription and price, so please check it out down below. I most definitely love both!! I can’t decide which I like best, they both are great boxes this month, let’s jump right into the review for both of them, I do receive these boxes for review each month, and they are a local to me company here in Oregon yeah, but my honest opinions are always my own. I love yogisurprise though, and they are an amazing company as well, and offer a great variety of brands, and products, and the jewelry pieces are very unique, and lovely! Yogisurprise is great for everyone, not just yoga lovers, the lifestyle box has something for everyone 🙂

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I am sharing the yoga jewelry box down below. This is my favorite box I have ever received from yogisurprise. Yes, I know the box is from May, but I just had to review, and share it, because it’s that good!!! The mala sandalwood necklace is absolutely stunning, so beautiful, and very well made. I couldn’t believe how lovely it was, and how much of a high value it was! Yogisurprise nailed it with this box! I really love the bracelet as well, the delicate charm on the bottom is so cute, and perfect! The lovey chocolate fudge rolls we have received before in a previous box, which is a bummer, but they are really yummy, so I don’t mind, they are grown up versions of tootsie rolls, can’t go wrong with a classic right? I really enjoy how they include a treat every month in the box! 

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What do you think of the jewelry box for May? Do you think you would try it out? They both are great boxes, and I am sure it would be hard to choose which one to try, but I think anyone would love 2 pieces of beautiful crafted jewelry every month! Thank you for checking out this post about yogisurprise, if you would like to join please check out their website at >> Join Yogisurprise here!

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Influenster Target C9 Champion Sports Bra VirtualVox Box

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OMG! I was so lucky enough to get the virtualvox box from Target for the C9 champion bra! I literally paid $6 for this amazing bra! If you are unfimiliar with influenster it is a reviewing company, and am amazing one at that! I have recieved several free or discounted products from influenster, I have been a member for a about 2 years, and love them!!! It is totally free to join, if you would like a link or would like to join and recieve amazing products to review please comment down below, and I would be happy to email it to you 🙂 iIt is hands down the best review website company there is that’s for sure, I highly recommend them! They have a huge variety of brands that they work with, and some very high end beauty brands, it all just depends on what you get with how active you are on the website, and on social media, etc. defintely worth signing up for, because you never know what you could qualify for to review! 

This vox box is a little different because it is a virtual box, meaning they don’t actually send you the product for review. I did recieve a coupon discount code for 40% off either the  power core or power shape sports bra from C9 champion at target. I went into my local store to redeem the coupon, and to my surprise, the bras were already on sale for $10 each, yeah I’m so glad I waited a little while to redeem it! So, with the coupon it brought the bra down to $6, incredible value that’s for sure! I have purchased sports bras, underwear, clothing, and socks from this brand, I really do think they are very high quality, and defintely comparable to more expensive brands. I was happy with the cute designs, and cute colors they had available. I do have to mention that the store display was a bit confussing though, because there were so many different types, and styles to choose from, but hey that’s not a bad thing right? There is defintely something for everyone, and all different support types as well, which is wonderful by the C9 brand by target. The sports bra I chose was the power core compression racerback sports bra. 

The sports bra by C9 champion from target is a great option for those who are looking for a quality, comfortable sports bra at an affordable option. This brand truly does compare to more expensive brands, I couldn’t believe it, the design especially looks exactly like some other well known expensive brands, I mean exactly, it’s tough to even tell the difference! Seems almost to good to be true, but it’s not, this brand is amazing, love everything, I want more from the line, everyone loves great dupes right? 

Here are some details about the bras, specifically the sports bra that I choose from the target.com website. I chose this style because I was looking for a wireless sports bra, beacuse I don’t need wires, or that much support, and this style is just my preferance for comfort. I think the racer style back is very cute, and stylish as well, it adds a great design aspect to the bra. I usually tend to stick with medium support bras because that’s really all I need, and a pullover style, instead of a clasp closure back, again just for comfort. Overall, I really love this bra, and how comfortable, and cute it is, I defintely think it’s a great price even at the $16.99 regular price. I am so glad I got the opportunity to try it out, I quickly became a fan, and feel in love with this bra that’s for sure! If you have any doubt, check out the reviews on these sports bras, or anything from the C9 champion line, everything from the line at target have amazing reviews!! Give C9 champion a try! 

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The C9 Champion® Women’s Power Core® Sports Bra provides medium support and a compressive fit. Wicking fabric stretches to move with you and dries fast to keep you cool.
Sizing: Women
Bra Cup Style: Sports
Underwire Type: wireless
Material: 87 %: Polyester, 13 %: Spandex,
Back Style: Racer
Closure Style: Pullover
Sheerness: Opaque
Care and Cleaning: Hand wash, cold, Do not use fabric softener, Non chlorine bleach when needed, Tumble dry, normal, no heat, Iron, low, Do not dry clean
Support Level: medium impact

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Health Update (from my heart): My Story- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Hypothyroidism

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Hi there my lovies!!! I do realize that I have really neglected both this blog, and my youtube channel, and I apologize, as I mentioned briefly in my last blog post 2 months ago, wow has it really been that long? I have been having some health issues. Well, I am finally ready to talk about it, so I am going to share in this post. I think it will help me with coming to terms with what is going on, and maybe help spread the awareness to others. I feel like even if I spread the word, even just a little, I could help others, so I am going to try my best to keep this, and future posts open, and honest as a sort of way of my expressions, and feelings regarding my health. I also would love any feedback / suggestions/ guidance/ support that others have, and very much welcome your comments, and communication with me. Okay, so I have to mention the irony in my being a butterfly lover, and the disease that I am now diagnosed with, who would have thought huh? I sure as heck wouldn’t have!!! 😦

I feel like I am learning so much through researching that honestly it is a bit overwhelming, but I know there is so much more to learn, and know that change will take time, and some getting used to. I think it’s a good idea to start from the beginning, because I think that’s always a good place to start, so I am going to go with that, thank you for reading, I truly appreciate each, and every one of you, thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙂

Alright, I can’t write this blog without a little scientific explanation, and reasoning, I have done so much research I feel like my head is going to explode, and there is so much more to know. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is attacked by a variety of cell- and antibody-mediated immune processes, causing primary hypothyroidism. It was the first disease to be recognized as an autoimmune disease. In essence, my hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto’s disease. I know it doesn’t really make sense, but when you have hashimoto’s disease, you kind of have both, or there is a reason for your hypothyroidsm. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body’s activities. Yep, you read that correct, it affects EVERYTHING……great right? Your thyroid gland is pretty darn important, and plays a vital role in your body. If your thyroid is not functioning properly you may or may not even know it, until it gets so severe (like mine) you know something is wrong.

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I am going to start with how I knew something was wrong. It all began about 8 months ago, wow writing that seems like a long time that I was dealing with it that’s for sure, it began with what I thought was depression, and anxiety, and just pure exhaustion on a daily basis, I was loosing tons of hair, my skin was dry, I was always freezing cold, overly puffy face, poor hearing, I had a hard time concentrating, I gained 10 pounds, I was depressed, had horrible heavy periods, my bowels were different, sorry TMI on those, trying to be honest here, I could go on, I had every symptom for the most part. I went to the doctor, feeling so fed up, and done with the way I was living for so many months, and we both decided that putting me on an anti depression medication would help, no other tests were done, and I really thought that the medication was the answer, boy was I ever wrong.

Let me just say that yes, I believe in western medicine, and although I do know that not everyone will agree with me, and everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, and opinions, including myself, I just wanted to put it out there, as I continue this journey, I truly hope to not offend anyone. Anyways, I was on the medication for 7 months, and it really wasn’t helping, even with an increase in dosage, I saw little to no results, or improvement. I continued, and I got to the point where enough was enough, and back to the doctor I went 2 months ago. I was so incredibly exhausted every day, emotionally drained, and depressed. I knew, deep in my heart that something was wrong. I was at my doctors appointment, and I mentioned, hey I am really, really tired everyday, like I can barely get through the day tired, and have some other symptoms that I would like to discuss with you as well, so I realized, and wanted tests to be ran to really try and figure out what was going on. That day a ton of blood tests were ran, I honestly thought to myself, everything will be fine, I’m healthy, I have nothing to worry about. After a few days, I got the test results, well sure enough my thyroid wasn’t functioning at optimal levels, my heart sunk, tears started running down my face, and honestly didn’t know what to feel, or what to think. I was glad to have answers, but sad knowing what the future holds as well. My diagnoses wasn’t confirmed, my doctor wanted to take additional tests to confirm it just in case, so more tests that day were done, good thing I don’t mind needles I tell ya. A day went by, and I tried not to think about it, or stress myself over it until I knew for sure. Well, my doctor confirmed that I had hypothyroidism, and my levels were very low sadly. I won’t get into the specific tests that were done, because well, they are personal, and if in the future I feel comfortable sharing then I definitely will, but for now, I will just keep those aspects of my health brief, but I am also going to mention that I have low levels of Vitamin D,Vitamin B, and Iron as well, and am now on supplements for those being so low to help regulate them to more normal levels. Later, I was told that I have Hashimoto’s, and that it is causing my hypothyroidism. I thought to myself, great it just keeps getting better…… I was so glad that my Mom went with me to that appointment that’s for sure, her support has continued to be amazing, thanks Mom (and Dad too) I am so lucky to have such a wonderful, supportive family that’s for sure.

The appointment that day felt like it lasted hours, seriously I was like a sponge absorbing so much information, and knowledge, I felt like I couldn’t get enough, yet it was so difficult to take all in, and know that this will be a new lifestyle that I will have to get used to. My doctor recommended several things as far as diet, and lifestyle changes, taking a daily medication, fitness, maintaining good sleep, stress level control, etc. I knew this was all going to be totally different for me, and to be honest, I still haven’t really focused on most of these, or truly worked hard on them since getting diagnosed. She was really pushing a paleo diet, ummm this girl can’t live without dairy, or bread, seriously I just can’t, but I am cutting back a lot, and eating better, but I have to remind myself that I’m not perfect, and changes take time, and to hang in there, all I can do is make the effort. (I need to be better about remembering those) Just taking the medication every day is not enough, I wish it was that easy, but over the past 2 months it is proving that the changes all need to happen, and be in place for me to get better, and maintain this disease, only I can choose to change, I know that. I have a follow up appointment in a couple weeks, I’m interested to see how my levels are doing, and what else can be done to maintain, I am also wanting to get a referral to an endocrinologist as well, for more information, etc. I really want to see my symptoms improve, especially because it’s the best time of the year outside here in Oregon right now, sun just makes me happy, and am so thankful for the wonderful kids in my life that I get to enjoy it with as well every day! I just want to be able to have enough energy to truly appreciate, and enjoy everything.

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I wanted to end this with thanking you for reading, and coming along with me on this journey, I know it will be good for me to write about it, I will try and post updates monthly if not bi- weekly to keep everyone updated, etc. Please feel free to share this post, and leave comments, I always respond to every comment posted. I am hoping to now finally be back in the blogging community, but just expanding my focus on not just beauty, and subscription boxes, etc, but throwing in some lifestyle, and adventure posts like this one as well, I am excited about this beautiful weather to come, I hope all of you are enjoying some sunshine (or snow) as well!! Thanks for your thoughts, and continued support. New blog posts are coming, so stay tuned! 🙂

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Yogisurprise Yoga Subscription Box October 2015 Review

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Hey everyone! I hope your day is going well so far! I finally am back on track with yogisurprise box, well at least I hope I am, lol. They are getting to be a bigger company, so somehow the communication isn’t great there for shipping boxes to the bloggers, but that’s okay, I hope they continue to keep me on the list, and I don’t get caught up in the mix, because I love yogisurprise, and reviewing their amazing subscription boxes, and definitely feel lucky to review them! Yogi surprise isn’t just for athletic people, or for the yoga lovers, I think it’s really for anyone, it’s more of a lifestyle box, and full of items you will actually use, how great right? The box has so many great, and unique items you won’t find in any other subscription box, which is my favorite part about the box. It is full of useable items for any practicing yogi, I definitely practice yoga, and although I am not perfect, I wish I could do it more often because my body truly loves it!! This has been one of my favorite boxes so far, I love the face mask, and body balm, these are both right up my alley, I actually buy these types of products all the time to use, so I was so excited that they were both full size! This value of the box was very high compared to what you pay per month, so cool! This is one of my favorite boxes to receive every month, I hope I get the honor of continuing to review this great box! I love all the eco friendly, natural products in it, that I actually use, and would purchase anyways! 

Yogisurprise offers 2 different monthly subscription boxes, the 2 are an lifestyle box, and a jewelry box, both are great boxes, and I have reviewed both types, my favorite box is the lifestyle box though, so definitely think if you want to try it, you should for sure! 
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Yogisurprise October 2015 Box>>>>

Yogi Surprise Yoga Hand Towel – Retail Value $10

The Jiva Shop Sweat Wicking Headband – Value $10

Essential Living Organic Coconut Chips – Value $10

Paleo Simplified Pecan Pie Superfood Energy Bar – Value $4

Urban Oreganics Anti-Aging Facial Mask – FULL SIZE! Value $22

Meraki Botanicals Healing Lavender Geranium Body Balm – FULL SIZE! Value $18

A beautiful picture to inspire you! 

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A yoga-inspired monthly subscription box designed to complement your way of being. It’s like a retreat in a box!

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Bzzagent Review for Kellogg’s Special K cereal & Special K chewy nut bars

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Yeah, hello there lovies! I hope everyone is doing great today. I am going to share with you today a review of the bzzagent products I got to review! I got in for the Kellogg’s one, which included 2 items, they were the Kellogg’s special k protein cereal in the flavor “cinnamon brown sugar crunch” and for the kellogg’s special k chewy nut bars in the flavor ” chocolate almond”. I did receive full size products, and coupons to share as well. I was happy because I really do enjoy special k cereals, I actually buy the berry one all the time, it’s one of my favorites, and I’m not just saying that, it’s the truth! I think I love special k so much because I pretty much grew up being a cereal lover, my parents, siblings, and I still all are HUGE cereal eaters. It’s like a separate meal, or snack to us, nothing is better than a bowl of cereal at night when your hungry, and can’t think of what to eat! My mom has always loved special k, she would have it every morning, I went to visit my parents the other day, and low, and behold there was a box of special k cereal in the cabinet! I told them about this new protein cereal they are coming out with, and how good it was!

image2 3I am so glad that I got the flavor that I did, because it’s right up my ally, I love cinnamon anything, so it was perfect, and it really filled me up for longer than a normal cereal does, I know that sounds odd, but I think it’s because it’s more dense, so it truly keeps you satisfied longer! I also tried the chewy nut bars as well those are delicious too, they are the perfect on the snack, or a fast breakfast, I have been eating them in my car, I know, I know, lol, on my way to work, they are chewy in texture so not messy at all like some other bars are, yeah for less mess in the car, ha ha! I am not a huge fan of nutty bars though, it’s more the oat part that I like the best, or chocolate, but these were actually pretty good, and didn’t have that strong almond nutty flavor, the chocolate was the perfect amount. While eating the bar it was like I was eating a candy bar like snickers, except no caramel, that would have been nice though! They are both great for anytime, and am so glad I had the chance to try them out for free from bzzagent, if you don’t know what bzzagent is definitely check it out, it’s a great product review website, and very easy to use, I have gotten several things to review from them in the past 2 years, some are really great products, so join if you haven’t totally free to join, and start reviewing. I have a link in my sidebar to join! Bzzagent is awesome, truly one of my favorite sites for reviews, and opinions! 

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Buddhibox vs. Yogisurprise (lifestyle & jewelry boxes) July 2015

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Hi there lovies! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week, I have to admit I am definitely struggling this week, I haven’t been sleeping well, and feel like I have a never ending schedule, and to do list. Do you ever feel like that? I really need to get everything under control again, it’s not been fun that’s for sure!!! 😦

I know that I am super late on this review, and the video review, but it’s better late than never, it was a busy end of the month as always, and after this post I will be all caught up for July, yeah, feels great for now, until the end of August lol! Anyways I wanted to do another comparison for these two boxes because I feel like they are so similar, and it’s kinda fun to see what type of items are in each box, etc. This month though is definitely different than the boxes I compared in June, as one of these is the jewelry subscription box (yogi surprise) but, I still thought it was a good idea to compare. Buddhibox is actually just launching their very first jewelry subscription box as well in August, so this really is perfect timing for the review of both of these in reality, yeah for being late right?

Okay so both of these boxes are a monthly subscription service and, are pretty comparable as far as types of items, and price, along with retail values. They obviously vary a lot from month to month, but I think they are pretty equal, yet yogisurprise thus far seems to have more full size items included. I really do enjoy both of them, and honestly don’t know which one I like better! They both feature such younique, and special items, it’s difficult to choose a favorite. Let’s check out what items are in each box. 

Here is the pricing for each box~ 

Buddhibox~ Lifestyle & Jewelry Box

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I think both of these boxes were great this month, which one did you like the best? My favorite item from the buddhibox was the candle, it is in the scent nag champa, and it totally reminds me of back in the day when I would burn incense, I love the smell, brought me right back that’s for sure! I always love candles though! My favorite from the yogisurprise is definitely the bracelet, the rose quartz is beautiful, and lotus flowers are my favorite!!! If you would like to subscribe to either of these boxes, please go ahead and go to the site, as I don’t have a link yet, or any promo codes, but will hopefully have them in the future! 

Disclaimer—-This is a personal blog for reviewing purposes, and I do not receive monetary compensation for any of my product reviews, if I received them for free I will say. All reviews represent the opinion of bflyrenee’s reviews, and beauty. All images are property of myself, buddhibox, and yogisurprise.

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