Picks of the Month: June 2014

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Picks of the Month is my monthly feature. Modeled after what I’m loving lately at Annie’s Eats (one of my favorite food blogs), I’ll be sharing the products, websites, pop culture, apps, etc that made my life easier and/or more fun the previous month. And, yes, as this is a book blog, I will probably find a way to sneak some mention of my favorite reads from the month too!

Graze

My mom has always been into eating healthy, so I decided to get her a Graze box subscription for Mother’s Day. I got a chance to try some of her snacks and then I ordered my own. The snacks pictured above were in my first box. As you can see in the picture, I selected “love” for both the flapjack and the tomato and basil pizza mix. That lets them know I want more, although I do hope to try other snacks before I start getting too much repetition. We ended up using the seeds and the dried berries as salad toppings. Both were good, but not something I would necessarily hope to have again soon. I got a different flavor flapjack in my second box. It was even better than the first. I hope to get more flapjacks in future boxes.

(When I first joined, the word flapjack was confusing for me, because in the US, a flapjack is a pancake. Apparently in some other countries and on Graze it’s an oat bar.)

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry

I love wearing nail polish, but I hate waiting for it to dry. I had been using Seche Vite, a quick drying top coat that’s popular among the nail bloggers I used to follow. I liked it, but it’s expensive for the tiny bottle you get, and after a while it gets thick and gloppy. I read about Sally Hansen Insta-Dry top coat and decided to give it a try. I found it at Target for less than a much smaller bottle of Seche Vite. It dries super-fast and it helps prevent chips, something I have a lot of trouble with. I haven’t been able to understand how people can wear the same nail polish for a week or more. On me, even with most top coats, I have chips on the first day. I didn’t get my first chip with the Insta-Dry until day 3!

2014

Someone on Twitter mentioned 2048 this month. Having no idea what it was, I went looking for it. I’m a numbers girl, so I love this game even it’s more about matching than math. I have the app on my iPad and I play it while I’m watching TV.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin Say Her Name by James Dawson

My favorite books read in June were Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin, and Say Her Name by James Dawson. Reviews for Smile and Say Her Name will be up next month.

Jenna

Comments

  1. I’ve thought about trying Graze but wasn’t sure about it. I’m just worried the box will come and I won’t like anything and then have to wait for the next one and hmm… But maybe I should? Though I have to admit, I’d be confused by the flapjack thing too! haha. I’d be expecting some pancakes 😉

    And ah yes 2048. I played that obsessively for a while. I eventually stopped though and then got annoyed with it because it kept sending me notifications to play it again. 😛 But it is quite fun! More challenging than you’d originally think!

    And Say Her Name! I was supposed to read that for a book club but didn’t have time. I am interested in it though just because it’s horror and I don’t read enough of that in YA. Look forward to your review!
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    • I was a bit nervous about that too Asti, but you can actually rank snacks before they even start shipping to you, so if you are quite sure you won’t like some or are allergic to anything, you can tell them to never send them to you. I might have upvoted all the chocolate things from the start >.> If you want an invite code, let me know 😀
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    • Like Anya says, you can go through and rate their snacks before they send you a box. So far I’ve had a flapjack in all three of my boxes. Anya’s invite code will get you the first and fifth box free if a US code works for the UK, so you won’t even be out any money for your first box.

      Say Her Name was a pain to get here in the US. It was worth it though. I need to get that review written this week before I forget all the details.
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  2. I absolutely love Graze! I’ve selected to always get their calorie-saver boxes to try to snack a bit healthier, but I always end up eating all the snacks as soon as they show up >.> I’m really hoping they start selling the snacks in bulk sizes since I really really like some of them and would love to be able to have them as a snack ever day, haha.
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    • Some of them are really good! Have you tried the Nibblr Box? Same concept, but you can get it as little as once a month. That’s what I have mine set on since I’m getting one every other week from Graze.
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  3. I’m so happy you liked Say Her Name! It looks awesome, it’s on my summer TBR and can’t wait to get to it.
    Oh boy, is that game addictive. It’s been kind of a trend at my school and everybody had it thus I joined in and then I had to delete it from my phone to stop even though I hate everything that has something to do with numbers (I’m also terrible at them.) I wasn’t very good at this either, but that didn’t seem to deter me.
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  4. Thanks for the Sally Hansen info! I love Seche Vite but hate how goopy it gets. I bought a bottle of thinner which helps but sometimes I over-thin and the SV loses its shine.

    I’m looking forward to your Say Her Name review!