Shimmer Voxbox Unboxing


This is a look back at and exploration of my Shimmer Voxbox from Influenster. I have received several Voxboxes now and they are always a lot of fun. Thank you, as always, to the brands involved for sending out free products!



Good Morning! (Creamer Recipe, Yoplait Reviews)

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I don’t normally buy these small Yoplait yogurts, but I got a great deal on them! I thought maybe getting some different flavors would inspire my husband to eat breakfast (it hasn’t worked yet, but I’m wearing him down!) and, of course, let me try some new things as well.

Normally, I only buy Greek yogurt, and I know these have a lot of sugar and not as much protein, but I am still a broke college kid for three more weeks. ūüėČ I got these yogurts for 30¬Ę apiece at Meijer. They were on sale 10 for $5, then I had an mperks coupon for $2 off when you buy 10–$3 for 10 yogurts was just too good to pass up to me!

The Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Whips! was interesting. It is a limited edition flavor, and I got two of them because the flavor sounded so yummy to me. I am normally not a big fan of the Whips! varieties because I think it is a weird consistency, but it works for this flavor, honestly. It is very chocolatey at first taste, and then you get the salted caramel as an aftertaste that lingers. If I can get them for a good price, I actually might pick up some more of this flavor!

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Blackberry Pomegranate

The Blackberry Pomegranate¬†flavor was pretty good. It was a fruity, berry kind of flavor. It wasn’t all that special and I don’t know that I would get it again.

I used a Peach yogurt and a Strawberry Banana one in strawberry banana smoothies on different mornings, and it was very yummy. I really need to add yogurt to my smoothies more often, because the texture is something special.

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Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake was super yummy and I will definitely get this kind again! It was strawberry but also had a rich, sweet flavor from the cheesecake part. If you don’t like really sweet, this one is not for you, but I liked it for when I had a sweet craving.

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Pina Colada

The Pina Colada one was pretty good. You could definitely taste both the coconut and the pineapple, and I believe there were some little bits of pineapple in it, which I was a fan of.

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The Cherry Cheesecake Whips! wasn’t as yummy as the Sea Salt one, but it was good. It was more cheesecake-y than the nonwhipped cheesecake flavor, I think because this texture is so similar to a light, fluffy cheesecake.

My husband ate the Blueberry,¬†and Key Lime Pie yogurts. I thought he would eat more of them, but it is so hard to get him to eat breakfast. (I’m not about to make him!) He ate the Blueberry one as a snack one day, but I think he did eat the other one at breakfast time.

I also recently made my own coffee creamer for the first time in quite a while. I realized that I miss the homemade! I found this recipe about a year ago and have really loved it and all of the variety it builds in. My favorite way to make it is the “Peppermint Patty” variety with sugar-free chocolate sauce and a few drops of peppermint. I really like reusing empty, cleaned creamer bottles because I like the shape of them and I love reusing things.

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I was thinking about writing a post about the vitamins and supplements I have been taking and what I think they are or are not doing for me. Would you be interested in reading about that or about more of my morning routine?

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EatPakd: We Tried It Free (as Adults!) and Here’s What We Thought

Here is an unboxing video of our first EatPakd box.

Honestly, we tried EatPakd both to try something new and because it didn’t threaten our tight budget. I thought that we could try it out and see if we liked the idea or the food fairly risk-free since the first box was free. This is how our experience went.

My husband did not like the food all that much, and the portion sizes were way too small for him. The portion sizes were okay for me, but some of the food wasn’t very good. I don’t recommend the cauliflower tots or veggie nuggets (both of which I was excited to try!), but the chicken stir-fry was very good. The desserts with the added veggies were very dry but not awful. The pumpkin chocolate chip muffins were the only ones that were not dry. The wraps were pretty good! I felt like having crackers with the tomato/cucumber mix seemed like just too many carbs and I would have preferred more tomato/cucumber, but it is more understandable if it is mostly for children.

We ended up getting a second box for free when I emailed the company to ask to have my subscription canceled. I don’t know if this is a regular occurrence, but I was fairly impressed by the belief they had in their products.

I accepted, thinking maybe we would have better luck on the second box. In the end, the box got left at our leasing office instead of our house and it was out of refrigeration for a while. Hopefully the freezer packs kept it safe, because we ate most of it anyway. We had a very similar experience to our first box, though, and didn’t like many¬†of the foods. The apple slices with ricotta caramel dip were delicious, though.

In the end, we canceled our box. My husband complained about the portion sizes and didn’t like a lot of the food. I was frustrated by all of the waste that their packaging entailed. The styrofoam and pads and freezer packs were all expected to be thrown away, and it practically made me sick. Instead, I gave my packing supplies to my Green Bean delivery person since they recycle those products over and over again. I think that this service could work for parents with children who are willing to try new things or who they want to save time packing lunch for, but it seems pretty expensive for the average household to afford regularly.




45¬Ę Homemade Bean, Rice, & Cheese Freezer Burritos (Easily Made Vegan and/or even cheaper!)


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My husband and I have been trying to eat down our food supply before we buy any more groceries. If you aren’t familiar with “eating down,” this just means that we are avoiding buying any new products until we make our way through a lot of the products that I have built up in our pantry and freezer by overbuying when things are on great sales or deals.

I have been wanting to make burritos for a while because I have seen so many great Pinterest recipes and they seem so simple and inexpensive. I found this Spanish Rice Knorr side in my pantry and thought that it would make an interesting, filling addition so I am trying it out!

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I got 12 burritos out of this, bringing my total to 45¬Ę apiece. That is only technically for buying the cheese for this recipe¬†because it only took a little bit of the cheese (about a quarter of it) so I finished a bag I already had. If you buy the ingredients to make this, you should have quite a bit left over for other things.

If I did not include cheese, they would be vegan-friendly and drop the price down to just 25¬Ę apiece! I got my parchment paper and tortillas at the Dollar Tree and you could honestly easily get everything you need for them there (I know that the Dollar Trees near me with freezer/refrigerator¬†sections usually have cheese).

It was my first time making burritos for the freezer, but I just followed regular rolling technique. I put the filling on the edge, fold over the edges, then roll across. I followed the same rolling technique with my parchment paper and rolled them up and put them in gallon bags.

Here’s my price breakdown:


Pre-shredded or chunk cheese, shredded (Meijer brand, 8 oz., $2.39)

Spanish Rice with peppers (Knorr Rice Side, $1.00)

Refried Beans (Vegetarian, Old El Paso, $1.00)

Burrito-size Tortillas (Dollar Tree, 12 pack, $1.00)


I made the rice while the refried beans cooked in the microwave (you can also use the stovetop). Then I heated the tortillas while I got everything organized. Then I rolled each one up and bagged them! I packed two and a cucumber in my lunchbox for supper and the rest went into the freezer.

Update: They are delicious! I really like the rice in them. We either put them in the oven or toaster oven for a while or microwave them (40 seconds, flip, another 40 seconds), but Hubby has something against the microwave¬†so there won’t be any getting away with that when he’s home.¬†