Mailbox Freebies: November

I got some really good freebies in November. My favorites were the Feast VoxBox and the Crowdtap Unilever Crowdkit. I also received a few new free sample subscriptions. Speaking of subscriptions, I’ve decided to only list the new ones I received instead of listing every one of them. What good freebies did you receive last month?

***NEW Complimentary Magazines***

Value Mags

  1. Diabetic Self-Management
  2. Family Fun (2 Issues)

Mercury Magazines

  1. Food Network

***Freebies & Free Samples***

Feast VoxBox from Influenster

  • Arnott’s TimTam Biscuits (Original)
  • Bigelow Tea (2 tea bags)
  • French’s Crispy Jalapenos
  • Country Crock Buttery Sticks coupon
  • Del Monte Fresh Cut Gold Sweet Whole Kernel Corn

Unilever Crowdkit from Crowdtap

  • Nexxus Therappe Shampoo
  • Nexxus Humectress Conditioner
  • Dove Invisible Solid (Fresh)
  • Dove Clinical Protection (Cool Essentials)
  • Pond’s Original Fresh MoistureClean Towelettes

-Soapiary Herbal Blend Invigorate Soap

-Maple Holistics Shampoo (Tea Tree)

-Spiky Massage Ball (Elite Deal Club discount + Amazon gift card/Twitter Retweet Rewards)

-Sharkace RFID Blocking Technology leather wallet (Jumpsend Discount + Amazon gift card)

-RFID Blocking Trifold Wallet for Men from Aonal (Sale price + Amazon gift card)

– Ekouaer Pajama Set free in exchange for review (@joy_fashion799)

– Trident Purely Trident gum in Spearmint (from Sampler & 7-11)

– Address labels from the American Heart Association

– In Touch December Devotionals and a free bookmark

– A Poison Dark and Drowning (Blogging for Books)

– Anself Manicure Pedicure Nail Clippers set (VeryDice Redemption)

– The Healing Tree lip balm in Natural (Tomoson)


27 Shades of FREE: Try new products in exchange for an honest review (No social posting required)

Getting free products in exchange for review is something I am relatively new at. I’ve only been doing this for about a year. While, it is true some of the sampling sites out there do require some social sharing, there are actually a good bit of them that don’t require that at all! Below you will find a list of all the sites that offer to send free samples in exchange for reviews with no social sharing required!

  1. PINCHme: This is the very first site I signed up for. I’m not going to lie, it did take me a little while to get sent anything. Also, there was a period of time when I didn’t have any offers at all but eventually it worked out for me to receive some samples. They tend to offer samples once a month (on a Tuesday) and the sample offers go live at 12 pm Eastern Time. You will want to sign in as close to that time to increase the odds of being offered samples. Be sure to write your reviews of the products sent within 30 days of your box being sent to remain eligible for receiving products.
  2. Sample SourceThese samples are offered seasonally (3x a year). I’m new to this program so I’m still learning about it. If you’re on Instagram, I recommend following their account because they tend to inform followers when they are able to have samples available. They’ll also send an e-mail when samples are available. They will send you an e-mail letting you know when it is time to do the surveys for products sent to you to try out.
  3. Daily Goodie Box: I know some people find this site a little sketchy but I am including this in the list because they really do offer a box of samples. I personally can verify this having received a box from them. The issue with this opportunity it that it can take a lot of work to be chosen. You tend to have to practically stalk their social media pages to see when there is an opportunity to win a box. (They tend to post around 4 pm EST)


There are a few other sites have opportunities for getting free stuff in exchange for honest reviews but these are the only ones I have personal experience of receiving items from. I’ll update this list as a gain more experience with other sources.


Next up in my 27 Shades of FREE series: 

Try new products in exchange for an

honest review and social sharing

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin: An Insightful Read

Ever wonder why some people readily meet expectations and others don’t? Ever wonder why you readily meet certain expectations and struggle to meet others? These are just a few questions that may be answered by Gretchen Rubin’s The Four Tendencies.


Rubin suggests that the way people respond to expectations depends on which tendency they fit into. Some people readily meet inner & outer expectations (Upholders) while others resist both(Rebels). And there are some who meet inner but not outer (Questioners) or vice versa (Obligers). Don’t know which one you are? No problem! She includes a short quiz in the book to help you identify your tendency. Alternatively, you can take the online quiz (which is what I suggest because there are more questions). If you’re interested in taking the online quiz, click here.


This book includes information about the strengths and weaknesses of each tendency and even how others can better deal with an individual in any of the four tendencies. Rubin also touches on what challenges & advantages certain pairings of the tendencies can face and tips on how to effectively communicate to multiple people in different tendencies.

I found this book filled with insight. It really did make some sense of some situations I have found myself in the past and why I readily met expectations or why I resisted. She includes lots of information on all four tendencies so readers can not only understand themselves better, but other people they come in contact with. There is only one thing I would change about this book: the quiz. I personally think the quiz is way to short and wish it was as long as the online quiz.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about themselves and others. This book would probably especially be useful for those in management or marketing positions.

To learn more about Gretchen Rubin click here.

I received this book from Blogging for Books this review.


*I received a free copy of Gretchen Rubin’s The Four Tendencies in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in the review above are my own.*


Mailbox Freebies: October

I’m very happy with all the free goodies I received this past month. I discovered a really cool phone app called Very Dice. It’s completely free to use and easy way to get some real free stuff of your choice. All you have to do is roll dice which will earn you tickets that you can redeem for real stuff! There is a huge variety of things you can work towards. Join today and start winning free stuff! If you use my referral code (1099269) you will get extra rolls! Click here to download it today.

***Complimentary Magazines***

Reward Survey

  1. Glamour
  2. Rolling Stone
  3. Allure
  4. Real Simple
  5. Shape
  6. Field & Stream

Reward Bee

  1. Entertainment Weekly
  2. Vanity Fair
  3. Cosmopolitan
  4. Good Housekeeping
  5. Cooking Light
  6. Marie Claire
  7. Woman’s Day
  8. Redbook
  9. Bon Appetit

Value Mags

  1. Outdoor Life
  2. Better Homes & Gardens
  3. Family Circle


  1. Car & Driver
  2. The Red Bulletin
  3. This Old House
  4. Road & Track
  5. Everyday with Rachael Ray

Mercury Magazines

  1. Popular Mechanics
  2. Elle
  3. Weight Watchers
  4. Entrepreneur
  5. Harper’s Bazaar

Magazine Gold Card  (Swagbucks or PinchMe)

  1. Taste of Home Simple & Delicious
  2. Yoga Journal
  3. PeopleStyle **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  4. Money


  1. In Touch November Devotions
  2. Turning Points Devotional magazine
  3. Highlights High Five (1/3 issues)
  4. Cook’s Country
  5. Zoobooks, 5 issues (Tomoson)
  6. Zoodinos, 5 issues (Tomoson)

***Freebies & Free Samples***

– Obsessed by Calvin Klein perfume samples

– Seventh Generation Disinfectant Spray ( Generation Good Mission)

– Pure Growth Organics Cheddar Monkeys & Crispy Rice Squares

– 3 Dunkin Donuts Bakery Series samples (Dulce de Leche, Blueberry Pancake, and Coconut Caramel)

– Disabled American Veterans gift (Christmas stickers, address labels, and notepad)

– Derma-e Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal mask

– Meow Mix Simple Servings sample

– 3 Magnolia Orchid samples from Skincare Jungle (All Around Eye Gel, Facial Hydrating Gel Cream,and Rose Hydrating Gel Mask)

– Hello Kitty brush set, Brushegg, and makeup brush dryer (VeryDice app)

– Unibelle Women’s Long Sleeve Cowl Neck Loose Fitting Casual Tunic Top Blouse available on Amazon (@jnfeguo on Instagram sent the top for free in exchange for an honest review) 

– 4 SmartyPants Probiotic samples (2 Lemon Creme and 2 Blueberry)

– Acidophilus Probiotic (Nature’s Bounty Rewards)

– 2 TeMana samples (NONI Brightening Toner & NONI Brightening Serum)

Mailbox Freebies: September

Hope everyone received some good freebies this past September. I know I am definitely happy with what I got! My favorites definitely being the books I received from Goodreads Giveaways and Blogging for Books. I also received a really nice bathroom scale. What was your favorite freebie(s) you received in September???

***Complimentary Magazines***

Reward Survey

  1. People ( September 18th)
  2. Glamour
  3. Shape
  4. Real Simple
  5. Allure
  6. Robb Report
  7. Field & Stream
  8. Rolling Stone **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**

Reward Bee

  1. Entertainment Weekly
  2. Cosmopolitan
  3. Woman’s Day (September & October) **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  4. Cooking Light
  5. Redbook
  6. Vanity Fair
  7. Marie Claire
  8. Good Housekeeping
  9. Bon Appetit

Value Mags

  1. Outdoor Life (2 issues) **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  2. Family Circle
  3. Better Homes & Gardens


  1. Road & Track
  2. Car & Driver
  3. The Red Bulletin **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  4. This Old House
  5. Everyday with Rachael Ray

Mercury Magazines

  1. Popular Mechanics (2 issues) **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  2. Entrepreneur
  3. Bridal Guide (November/December)
  4. Elle
  5. Harper’s Bazaar (2 issues) **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**
  6. Country Living **NEW SUBSCRIPTION**

Magazine Gold Card  (Swagbucks or PinchMe)

  1. Yoga Journal


***Freebies & Free Samples***

True Citrus samples sheet ( 8 samples total)

Coupon for free box of O.B. Tampons (Smiley360- no mission)

EatSmart Bathroom scale (Tomoson)

Turning Points devotional booklet

In Touch devotional booklet

Emporio Armani fragrance samples Stronger with You (for him) & Because It’s You (for women) and Woman by Ralph Lauren from SoPost

Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World by Iddo Landau & Advance Uncorrected Proof of The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Mareno Garcia (Goodreads Giveaway wins)

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin (Blogging for Books)

Peplum top & 2 lingerie pieces in exchange for an honest review via Instagram (krystal_chen7614, lymark2186 & rosyee_luo)

Relax + Focus Stress & Anxiety Relief Formula and coloring card (Zen Balance)

Eyenlip Pure White Tone-Up Cream & Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Clean Up Aha Fruit Toner (08 Liter)

Differin Gel (Smiley360)

Dandruff & Flaky Scalp shampoo sample from Maple Holistics

Blogging For Books: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Late July I received a book I selected to review from Blogging For Books. I selected Haylen Beck’s Here and Gone. I am still fairly new to reading thrillers so I am still discovering exactly what particular kinds of books I really enjoy in the genre.

Here and Gone

According to Penguin Random House, this crime fiction book has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and has also been on some best-of-year lists with numerous publications. Below you will find a description of the book released from Penguin Random House:

Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.

It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them…

Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.

So…what did I think?

Overall, I liked it. It’s a good read, but not a great read. I personally think it has a slow start and took a bit too long to pull me into the story (around chapter 20).  But the further you get into the book, the better it gets. I like that it has a plot that almost really could happen in real life and the most of the characters are somewhat likable. If you like thrillers, and plots that are realistic, I’d recommend this book.

If you’re interested in reading this book yourself, click here to find out where you can order your own copy.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Blog for Books

*I received a free copy of Haylen Beck’s Here and Gone in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in the review above are my own.*

Simple Solutions by Arm & Hammer: Baking Soda Shaker & Tip booklet

One of the missions I was on this summer was with Simple Solutions by Arm & Hammer. They sent me a baking soda shaker and a booklet filled with tips of how to use baking soda. Unfortunately, they did not include any baking soda (or include a coupon) which was a little disappointing. They did provide a link to some coupons but I don’t have a printer so they are of no use to me. There were 3 tips included in the booklet I could see myself using baking soda mainly for: adding to laundry, deodorizing carpet, and adding to our trash can as garbage builds up to help fight trash stinky smells between changing bags.


Below I have included some of my favorite baking soda tips that are included in the booklet I received:

  1. Fruit & Veggie Scrub- Add a few shakes of baking soda onto a veggie brush or clean, damp sponge, then scrub the produce and rinse.
  2. Laundry Boost– Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to help balance the pH of water to get your clothes cleaner.
  3. Freshen Towels– Wash towels in hot water (or follow label recommendation) and then add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle and the dry on high heat (or follow label recommendation).
  4. Clean pets toys– Add 4 tbsp of baking soda to 1 quart of warm water. Wash plastic and rubber toys in solution and rinse thoroughly. For furry toys, sprinkle baking soda on toy and let sit 15 minutes, and then brush off excess.
  5. Baking Soda Facial– Make a paste with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Massage paste onto your skin using gentle circular motion, and then rinse.
  6. Itch Relief– Make paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Apply paste to irritated area as needed (or as recommended by doctor) and then pat dry to form a thin layer on skin.
  7. Freshen your trash can– sprinkle baking soda between layers as garbage collects.

These are just a few of the many tips that are included in the booklet I received.

If you already love using baking soda or are interested in learning more ways to use it, click here to join the Arm & Hammer community today!

Mailbox Freebies: August

***Complimentary Magazines***

Reward Survey

  1. People (August 14th, 21st, & 28th/September 4th & 11th)
  2. Glamour
  3. Shape
  4. Robb Report (Italian Genius)
  5. Field & Stream
  6. Real Simple

Reward Bee

  1. Entertainment Weekly (August 11th, August 18th/25th, and September 1st)
  2. Vanity Fair
  3. Cosmopolitan (with sample)
  4. Marie Claire
  5. Cooking Light
  6. Good Housekeeping
  7. Bon Appetit
  8. Allure (with sample)
  9.  Redbook  (first issue)

Value Mags

  1. Family Circle
  2. Better Homes & Gardens


  1. Car & Driver
  2. This Old House
  3. Every Day with Rachael Ray

Mercury Magazines

  1. Entrepreneur
  2. Elle (September and August issues)

Magazine Gold Card  via Swagbucks Rewards

  1. Taste of Home Simple & Delicious 
  2. Yoga Journal


***Freebies & Free Samples***

Cream Lips Stain in Pink Tea sample from Sephora

Armani Code Colonia (cologne) from SoPost

TeeHee Early Bird Tea sample from Instagram/official site

Free Graze Sampler box with 4 snacks via PINCHme code

Kleenex Facial Cleansing Products (big pack): Facial Cleansing Wipes, Exfoliating Cushions, Eye Makeup Remover pads, 3 travel size kleenex packs, and a purple reusable Kleenex bag. (Instagram)

Hello sensitivity relief fluoride toothpaste sample

35 free 4 x 6 photo prints from Snapfish total (One 20 prints + One 15 prints)

Chicken Rub sample from Twist’d Q

Carnation Breakfast Essentials Complete Nutritional drink sample (in chocolate)

In Touch September devotionals

Turning Points September magazine & devotionals

Secret Boho Berry Spray Antiperspirant (Shopper Army)

Burberry Blush perfume sample

Turmeric Brightening Polish sample (Volition Beauty)

6 French Hair Twists (Jumpsend discount + Amazon gift cards from Crowdtap & Swagbucks)

Yves Saint Laurent cologne sample from SoPost

3 month supply of Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, & Nails gummy vitamins (Nature’s Bounty Rewards)

Long-sleeve t-shirt dress  (If you’re interested in reviewing clothes, contact @xing7083 on Instagram to see if she has anything you’re interested in trying.)

Vichy Mineral 89 Booster sample

Urban Decay Trouble Maker mascara sample





SheSpeaks Book Club: The Breakdown


I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was able to get in on another SheSpeaks book club! sent me a free copy of The Breakdown by B.A. Paris this past June.

Here is a brief summary of the book found on Goodreads:

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

I really liked this book. It’s well written, though it takes a little longer to get the reader hooked (at least for me), but the main character is likable. Chapter by chapter I was trying to guess what was going on this poor woman. And it wasn’t what I expected it to be! It couldn’t put it down after I reached the halfway point because that’s when the book gets really good. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for suggestion for a good psychological thriller.

27 Shades of FREE: How to Get Free Magazine Subscriptions

Magazines are a quick, fun read when you don’t have enough time to commit to reading a book. I’ve always liked magazines but haven’t been able to read any over the past years because I haven’t been financially able to afford to pick any up. A few months ago I happened across some information about how it is possible to get complimentary magazine subscriptions! These are completely FREE and are not one of those trials you have to cancel before they start charging. Here are list of various places you can find complimentary subscription offers from.

  1. ValueMags – This site has a variety of free magazine offers available. Some of them in print, some of them are digital. Also the free subscription offers vary from an one issue subscription to a year subscription. You can also earn MagPoints which you can redeem for rewards or select magazine subscriptions. Log in every day to earn 5 MagPoints. You can also earn MagPoints by refering friends, opening e-mails sent from ValueMags,  or completing activities/offers. Subscriptions I have received from ValueMags: Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Diabetic Living, and 1 issue of Bridal Guide.
  2. Recyclebank – This site has apparently been around for quite awhile. You earn points by learning about recycling. It’s not very time consuming and you can earn a lot of points within a short period of time. There is a limit to how many points you can earn monthly but I am unaware of what that limit is and have yet to reach the limit.  One of the rewards you can redeem your points for is magazine subscriptions to various magazines. It’s quite easy to earn enough for a few magazine subscriptions within a couple hours. To see the selection available right now click here. You can also redeem points for select products from the One Twine shop. If you actually recycle you can earn even more points towards rewards. Subscriptions I have received from RecycleBank: Everyday with Rachael Ray, Road & Track/Car & Driver, and Highlights For Children.
  3. Mercury Magazines – Simply fill out the short form and they will let you now which free magazine subscriptions they have available for you. Don’t offer anything you’re interested in or no offers available? Don’t worry! Once you sign up for the site they will send an e-mail to you when they have any offers available! When you get an e-mail offer for a magazine you are interested in simply click on the link and then fill out the form again before subscription offer runs out. You can also find out about current offers from Vonbeau or Yo Free Samples. Unfortunately, signing up for an offer on Mercury Magazines doesn’t necessarily mean you qualify to get a subscription but you won’t know until about 10-12 weeks later because the publishers of the magazines don’t always let you know you didn’t qualify. I have yet to run into this issue but I wanted to be upfront about the possibility. Subscriptions I have received from Mercury Magazines: Weight Watchers, Bridal Guide, and Entrepreneur.
  4. Reward Survey – This was the very first site I started getting free magazine subscriptions from. This site is really easy to use. Just take a quick survey (which takes only a few minutes) and earn money to go towards rewards like magazine subscriptions! Most subscriptions can be redeemed after doing your first survey. They typically update the survey once a week but every once and awhile it happens 2 or 3 times a week. You don’t have to take the survey every time you log in if you aren’t interested. Just scroll to the bottom of the survey and you can click Skip Survey and Redeem Points to go straight to the current selection. The selection changes a little week by week. And some of them will require you paying a $0.99 processing fee. Which is still a pretty darn good deal if you think about it. I’ve seen a few that always ask for it but there are some publications I have seen that don’t always ask for it. So you can always just check back later to see if the processing fee goes away. Subscriptions I have received from Reward Survey: People, Real Simple, Robb Report, Glamour, and Shape.
  5. Reward Bee – This is another site that offers free magazine subscriptions in exchange for taking surveys. This site works a little different than Reward Survey. Instead of having to log in every week you can take surveys whenever you want and as many as you want. If you aren’t interested in any of the magazines available on the survey page you can always go to Redeem Points and select one from there. I don’t recommend taking too many all at once if you plan on gifting subscriptions you are interested in getting yourself because once you subscribe to a magazine you can only subscribe to it from a survey page that has it among the selection it you can get. Subscriptions I have received from Reward Bee: Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, and Vanity Fair.
  6. Pinch Me (via Magazine Gold Card) – Pinch Me is a sampling site but they also occasionally offer bonus magazine subscriptions too after Sample Tuesday has passed. The selection available is limited. I just recently signed up for a renewal and a new subscription so I haven’t received anything yet.
  7. Swagbucks (via Magazine Gold Card) – This is at the bottom of the list because it can take awhile to be able to get a free magazine subscription. Swagbucks is one of those short tasks and survey sites that you earn points when completing tasks/surveys (or in this case Swagbucks) which can be redeemed for rewards like gift cards. One of the rewards offered is for a free magazine subscription (or a renewal) from Magazine Gold Card. You normally would need 1000 SB but right now the offer is on sale for just 250 SB! Subscriptions I have received through Swagbucks/Magazine Gold Card: Yoga Journal and Taste of Home’s Simple & Delicious.

There are more sites out there but these are the only ones I have used.

If you have any issues with a subscription, contact the publisher first. If they don’t fix the issue within a reasonable time then contact the service you received the offer from to let them know that the publisher is not fulfilling their obligation.

Wish you all a great day and a great week ahead of you!