July 2015 POPSUGAR Must Have Box Unboxing

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Disclaimer:  I was provided a complimentary July POPSUGAR Must Have box due to my affiliation with POPSUGAR Select.  I decided to share what came inside so all opinions are my very own. You can be assured I am going to keep it real.  Also this post contains affiliate links which means if you click and make a purchase I receive a small commission from your purchase.  

Hey Femme Fitale Family!  It’s been a while since I’ve received and unboxed a POPSUGAR Must Have Box but I must say it never gets old to me.  The POPSUGAR Must Have box is one of the few subscription boxes that contains a variety of items for the home, fitness, food, beauty and fashion.  They typically have themed boxes month-to-month and the value of the items in the box easily totals up to more than $100 to $175 when the box costs $40 per box.  That is excellent if you ask me.

This subscription box can be ordered HERE through my affiliate link.  Let me get started sharing what came inside this awesome box.  Think beach, travel, stripes and 4th of July.


Henri Bendel Bag

Henri Bendel Signature Stripe Canvas Doop Kit ($28)

This bag is my favorite item in this box.  It is waterproof, roomy and elegant.  I love it.

Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes

Yes To Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5.99)

I plan to carry this item around in my gym bag to clean off the sweat from my face before heading home so the salt doesn’t just sit there and break me out.  These face wipes are infused with blueberry and apple extract so it is nice and gentle.

Sorial Card Case

Sorial Card Case ($28)

I gave this case away to one of my Periscope viewers but this is nice.  It’s leather, its small yet roomy enough to hold IDs, money and credit cards without lugging around a big purse.  Definitely an item to get excited about.

The Good Bean Fruit and No Nut Bar Chocolate Berry

The Good Bean Fruit & No-Nout Bar, Chocolate Berry ($1.99)

If you are allergic to nuts and want a healthy and filling bar which is also vegan, non-GMO and gluten free then this bar is for you.  It’s made with chickpeas!

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 ($28)

I am definitely excited about this mist not only because it is SPF 50 which helps to defend against the strong sun rays, it is a 3-in-1 mist.  It sets your morning makeup, delivers SPF 50 protection and controls oil and shine!  I need that – plus it is infused with rosemary.  Heaven!

PopDental Portable Toothbrush

PopDental Portable Toothbrush ($19.99)

This toothbrush delivers 22,000 brush strokes per minute leaving your teeth clean and sparkling.  Very nice.

Hallmark Signature Greeting Cards

Extra Special:  Hallmark Signature Greeting Cards ($14.97)

Handwritten cards is such a lost art but you can revive it by sending handwritten greeting cards.  The designs are lovely.

That’s all folks.  If you add up all of  the items in the box it totalled $126.94.

Which of the items in the July POPSUGAR Must Have Box are you most excited about?

#FitnessFriday – Back At It

#FitnessFriday Weekly Workout Recap

I can’t believe Summer is already halfway over.  It seems like just yesterday the kids got out of school and were getting ready to head off to my mom’s for grandma’s summer camp.  With the kids out of town it allowed me some time to get in some extra morning workouts simply because I did not have to rush home and get kids ready for school.  That felt like my own personal vacation.

I have to admit though, after going to Mexico for 5 days on vacation, even though I worked out one day, I still feel like I fell off a bit.  While I worked out 3 times this past week, my goal was 5 so I fell a little short there.

I am happy about restarting my M.B.S. Fitness Online Boot Camp by renowned trainer Monte Sanders.  It is basically his in-person boot camp online.  If you have enough room in your home to do push ups then this is perfect for you PLUS he reduced the price to just $14.99/month which means you get 5 online workouts a week for 4 weeks and then it renews and kicks off 4 new weeks.  THAT is the most affordable program I have seen yet and honestly Sean T has nothing on him.

Beat the Bulge DietBet Challenge

On another note, Sheila Simmons from The Frugal Exerciser and I have decided to host another DietBet called “Beat The Bulge“.  You can register at http://dietbet.com/femmefitale and it’s $35 to get in it.  It starts August 18, 2015 and so far we have 4 challengers who are already in.

As an extra incentive we are giving away prizes to the individuals who invite the most people who actually sign up.  That person will win either a workout band set by Workout Bands or my Infusion Water Bottle with Drink Tracker.

Workout Bands


Infusion Water Bottle with Drink Tracker

Nice right?  So I hope you join us and invite others because the more the merrier and who doesn’t love making money while losing weight?


Nike+ Running app and Timex Run X20 GPS Watch

I hit the pavement again with my running mates of BGR! Baltimore.  It was great to be back outside especially since the last time I ran with them was exactly 2 weeks prior.  We did a loop that was a little over 3 miles and while I felt strong starting off, as you can tell by the orange in the graphic above from my Nike+ Running app, those final 2 hills KILLED ME!  It was a struggle.  Now mind you just a few weeks prior I ran through those hills and felt strong.  That is what happens when you take off time from training.

I am going to get back on it though – no worries.  I have a plan…a new Kiqplan to be exact.  I agreed to try out the Kiqplan’s 5K and 10K training app.  It’s a digital coach of sorts that helps train you up to successfully run and finish a 5K or 10K.  I am still in the process of setting up the app and haven’t used it yet but I am hopeful it will be able to help me get back into it.

This app seems pretty powerful as it allows you to set targets to hit daily, contains food plans for optimal fuel, offers motivation and rewards to keep you going and has videos you can follow of exercises to keep your body strong so you finish strong.  You guessed it, a full review is coming soon once I get to play with it a little more.

I can’t have any more run Mondays like I just had.


I hit Brick Bodies and worked out with my personal trainer Tuesday.  I am still feeling that workout.  We did 4 basic exercises but the reps is what got you.  They were either 30 or 50 reps.  It really depended on which exercise you were doing and we were supposed to finish 3 rounds in 30 minutes but I could only get through 2.  It was hot in that gym.  Here’s what we did and try it if you like.  Just know I am not responsible for injury, loss of limb or life as a result of you trying this workout.  Always consult a physician before starting any new workout program.  This workout was designed specifically for me by my personal trainer based on my physical ability and fitness level.

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Sanders Optimum Fitness Online Workout

I was sore from Tuesday’s workout, especially my rear end from those overhead abs to sit ups but I did turn on my laptop, headed downstairs to the basement and planned to restart the M.B.S. Fitness Online Boot Camp by Monte Sanders.  It was abs city day so I did a quick 5-minute warm up on the treadmill and then was down on the mat to hit my abs from every which way but loose.  In between we did jump rope intervals.  It was intense and the sweat felt good because I knew I was working it out.  I miss my SOF Family and working out with everyone in person but I am confident I will be able to work my schedule to get back there again.

That was my workout for the week.  I was invited to join a Ragnar Relay team to help raise money for Girls On The Run, which is a very worthwhile organization, by Alexis of Flecks of Lex.  I am considering it but in the meantime we are thinking about hooking up for a run in Maryland this weekend.  Will keep you posted if that happens.

This post is also linked up to Fit and Fashionable Friday by Fitful Focus – hop on over to check out her blog and awesome linkup.
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I found out about this cute fitness apparel line called Sweaty Betty and they had some pretty cute stuff in their line that I hope to add to my fitness collection.  Check it out.

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Beat The Bulge DietBet Challenge

Beat the Bulge DietBet Challenge

Hey Fitness Family!!!  Sheila Simmons of The Frugal Exerciser and I are back at it again by popular demand.  We are hosting another DietBet challenge called “Beat The Bulge“.  Summertime is a great time to get outdoors and stay active but many of us also indulge in swanky summertime drinks, foodie treats and indulge during vacation.

This challenge right here is YOUR opportunity to get everything back on the right track before the holidays hit (yes it comes up quickly).  We would love if you join our DietBet challenge and join our community for support, inspiration and motivation.

Here’s all that you have to do:

Register here:  http://dietbet.com/femmefitale

Bet:  $35

Dates:  August 18, 2015 – September 14, 2015

Brief summary:  Lose 4% of your starting weight in 28 days and win back your initial bet + extra money.  This challenge is open to men and women over the age of 18+

That’s it!

For an added incentive we are giving away 2 prizes  to the people who invite the MOST people who sign up and register for this challenge.

Workout Bands

These workout bands are awesome.  There is a variety of weights with these bands and this is an awesome prize to win as it it lightweight and extremely portable.  You can use them in your home, the office, on the road practically anywhere.  One lucky winner will win these.

Infusion Water Bottle with Drink Tracker

These Infusion Water Bottles with Drink Tracker are the latest products in my arsenal of offerings.  I am very excited about these water bottles because they are fun, help you stay on track with drinking your water, helps you spruce up the flavor naturally, is BPA and BPS FREE and very durable.  One lucky winner will win one of these.


As you can see I am very excited about this challenge because or last DietBet challenge was a big HIT.  Everyone from one of our previous challenges put in $35 and our winners took home almost $57 bucks just for losing at least 4% of their excess weight.

For extra motivation and inspiration follow me on Periscope @FemmeFitaleFitclub as I’ll be checking in regularly with you all LIVE to see how you’re doing and may even sponsor some nice fit gift giveaways.  You definitely want to get in on that.

Make sure you follow both Sheila & me where we love to hang out on Social Media!

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Let’s end the Summer with a BANG and Beat The Bulge together!

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July Snack Sack Box Unboxing

July Snack Sack Box Unboxing


Disclaimer: I was sent a complimentary Snack Sack Box to write an honest review. As always, all opinions, thoughts, suggestions, and recommendations are my very own. In other words, I’m going to keep it real regardless.  :-)

Hey Fitness Family!  If you haven’t noticed around here but this week is chock full of unboxings!!!  Ever since I tried my very first subscription box last Summer I have been hooked and what better type of subscription box to get in the mail than one filled with healthy SNACKS?  Snack Sack is just that.

About the company

Snack Sack is a subscription box delivery service based in Colorado.  They scour the Earth to find nutritient dense, fair trade, non-GMO, organic and gluten-free snacks for its customers.  Each box has enough snacks and goodies in it to either keep for yourself or share with a crowd such as in your office, amateur sports league or movie night at the house.

You can check them out on FACEBOOK @SnackSack, TWITTER @GetSnackSack, or INSTAGRAM @GetSnackSack.

How the service works

As with many subscription box services there are several plans to select from for delivery.  You can go month-to-month OR choose to subsribe for several months and have snacks delivered several times within that month.  I have not seen that before and if you have greedy gremlins at home or in the office, getting a snack box multiple times a month for 3 or more months may just be right for you.  You can read more about their plans HERE.

Now that the housekeeping is done, let me show you what came in this delicious box!!!

Gourmet Popcorn Pop Art Snacks

Pop Art Snacks Gourmet Popcorn

 Tortilla Chips Food Should Taste Good

Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips

 Potato Chips by Boulder Canyon

Boulder Canyon Potato Chips

 Honey Stinger Vanilla Energy Gel

Honey Stinger Vanilla Energy Gel

Honey Stinger Vanilla Energy Gel

Honey Stinger Fruit Smoothie Energy Gel

 Power Puffs Snack Out Loud

Power Puffs Snack Out Loud Sweet And Tangy

Garden Veggie Straws by Sensible Portions

 Veggie Straws by Sensible Portions

Fruit Fusion Mix by Made In Nature

 Fruit Fusion Mix by Made In Nature

 Dried Apple Crisps by Snapz

Dried Apple Crisps by Snapz

Chocolate Chip Cookies Homefree

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Homefree

 Spearmint Gum Pack by Pur

Spearmint Gum Pack by Pur

Wasabi Peanut Mix Kameda Crisps

Wasabi Peanut Mix by Kameda Crisps

Blueberry Almond Bar by Kutoa

Blueberry Almond Bar by Kutoa


The amazing team at Snack Sack would love for you to try their snack box so for a limited time they are offering a 10% discount off the first box to my readers with promo code FEMME10.  I think that’s a pretty neat deal so head on over and try it.  I do not think you will be disappointed.

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Which snack would you want to try first from the July box?


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July Love With Food Deluxe Box Unboxing

Love With Food July Deluxe Box cover

Disclaimer:  I was compensated through my affiliation with Sverve to write an honest review of the July Love With Food  Deluxe Snack Box.  As always, all opinions, thoughts, suggestions, and recommendations are my very own.  In other words, you are going to get an honest review, regardless of compensation.  :-)

I first reviewed the March Love With Food Tasting Box and fell in love with it.  The treats were delicious, health-conscious AND the organization donates a meal to feed a hungry family in America.  I find that super duper awesome and I hope you do too.

This time around, I JUMPED at the chance to review their Deluxe box which is similar to the tasting box BUT they pretty much double up the snack treats included in the box.  Also for every purchase of the Deluxe box they donate 2 meals to feed a family in America.  I am all for that!!!

Love With Food Deluxe Box

Before I jump into what came in the box (which subsequently got ravaged by my greedy family *smile*) let me tell you how YOU can get a box.  My friends at Love With Food is offering ALL of my readers a chance to get a Deluxe box at 50% of the original price of a box.  Simply click HERE to order and use promo code BLOGDELUXE.  It’s that simple!!!

Surfin USA Love With Food pamphlet

You can read all about Love With Food and their awesome program on their site HERE.  There they have information about the company, the founder and CEO plus the types of boxes they offer for home or office and the different packages and pricing.  Be sure to check it out.

Seas Gift Roasted Seaweed

Sea’s Gift Sweet ‘N Salty Seaweed

Bear Naked Almond Coconut Curry Granola

Coconut Almond Curry Granola by Bear Naked

Simply Toasted Crunchy Coconut Chips by Bare Snacks

Simply Toasted Crunchy Coconut Chips by Bare Snacks

Fruitval Banana Chips

Banana Chips by Fruitival

Gum Pops by Glee Gum

Gum Pops by Glee Gum

One Potato Two Potato Hawaiian BBQ Kettle Chips

Hawaiian BBQ by One Potato Two Potato

True Lemon True Lime True Orange and True Grapefruit by True Citrus

True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange, and True Grapefruit by True Citrus

Lemon Almond Biscotti by Biscotti Di Suzy

Lemon Almond Biscotti by Biscotti Di Suzy

Fruit Strips by Sunrype

Fruit Strips by Sunrype

Tasty Brand Organic Fruit Snacks

Fruit Snacks by Tasty Brand



Doesn’t this box look delicious?  Don’t forget, you can order your own HERE and save 50% with promo code BLOGDELUXE so try it out and let me know what you think.

Message from CEO of Love With Food


Which of these snacks do you want to try first?


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Join Me on Periscope


Hi Femme Fitale Family!!!  I mentioned in yesterday’s #FitnessFriday that I joined Periscope @FemmeFitaleFitClub and started scoping last week!  Here is my very first scope and excuse me as I was little nervous.  LOL.

It’s a lot of fun and best of all LIVE so there are no do overs or editing.  What you see is what you get and I feel that is the best part of it.  The other part I really like about it is that it is highly interactive.  While you the viewer watches, you can tap the screen and give the broadcaster plenty of hearts which is like currency on Periscope.  That is how we know how much you liked or didn’t like what you watched.  The more the better.  :-)

You can also “talk” to the broadcaster live by typing in questions which pops up on the person’s screen and they can choose to respond.  It’s GREAT!  So why not sign up and download it for FREE?  It is based off of your Twitter account handle (makes it simple enough) and it is available in the Google Play and Apple stores.

I’m very excited about this opportunity to “speak” to you all that way and hope you tune in.  In August I am planning a major fitness challenge with some other fitness and beauty lifestyle bloggers and during that challenge plan to broadcast almost daily Monday – Friday at 7 pm ET on my Periscope channel.  I plan to send encouragement, answer any questions you may have about my fitness journey, what I ate today (helps to keep me accountable) and much more.

Fitness Talk Announcement

Make sure you also catch @StrawberriCurls on Periscope because that’s who I’m teaming up with in the month of August for our fitness challenge.  She is amazing, broadcasts frequently and really knows her stuff!

Some other Periscopers I highly recommend you follow and watch because they are dynamic women DOING IT are:



It’s so much fun so sign up, follow me and let’s DISH fitness talk every evening at 7 pm ET on Periscope @FemmeFitaleFitClub.

What type of topics do you want me to discuss during my Fitness Talk segment?

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