Kelly the Culinarian: Win it Wednesday: Bestowed Box

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Win it Wednesday: Bestowed Box

Hi friends! I'm obviously not having the best week ever, but goodies in the mail always perk me up. There's something exciting about getting a box full of surprises that brings me back to when my mom used to make me care packages when I was in college. It really brightened my day to get a mailer full of random items from home.

I received a Bestowed box to review and one lucky reader will receive one, too! There are so many monthly subscription services out there now it's hard to keep them all straight. What I love about Bestowed is that for $19 a month, you receive at least five product samples that are hand-selected by nutritionist Heather Bauer. I'm attracted to this concept because there are entire stores out there now stuffed with "natural," "organic," "healthy" foods that are completely unregulated. Like, what does all that stuff really mean? You can buy organic oreos and all-natural gummy bears, but I'm not sure if these are smart choices. Let me outsource that to someone else.

Another cool aspect of this service is that the box comes with an explanation about why each item was chosen, as well as tips for how to use the items or best enjoy the snacks. This box contained fig bars, which the insert suggesting heating up in the microwave and serving with yogurt or berries as a dessert. Don't mind if I do.

Past boxes have included snack bars, desserts, treats, energy supplements and the like. Here's what's in the May box:

I thought it was a pretty eclectic selection of items that I wouldn't normally purchase. I appreciate that this type of service exposes you to items that could become new favorites. Much like my comments about Wine Riot, it's too easy to get stuck in a rut of buying the same things over and over again. This breaks the cycle.

I already love the granola and look forward to trying the Hemp Hearts.  And my love of Bestowed was cemented with that little chocolate bar. Value wise, there's more than $19 worth of stuff in the box, because I know the granola alone is worth $7 (it's Tim's favorite brand), and there's a $25 gift card in there for iTrain.

If you want to try Bestowed, enter below to snag your own box! Or, get $5 off your first box using discount code - 5OFFBSTOWED02.

This contest will conclude at midnight May 16 and I will announce a winner here after that.  Good luck!

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44 comments:

Teresa Millstone said...

I've never lived far enough from my parents for them to send a care package.

Lani said...

I've gotten lots of care packages from not only my parents, but many of my other family members as well - in college, while at the Army School of Music for advanced training after basic training, while stationed in Korea, and during my deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq! My parents send packages several times a year for me and my 2 boys no matter where the Army sends me!

Amanda said...

I lived at home when I went to college so no. Unfortunately I never got a care package.

Loop Looks said...

My mom definitely sent me fun things in college and still sends me the occasional Valentine's Day or Halloween goody. She figures that if she sends things to her grandkids she should still send something for me to enjoy even if I don't have kids!

Valerie said...

I got care packages in college...which was funny considering that I went to school 20 minutes from my hometown! Mine were extra special because they were delivered in person instead of the mail :-)
Valerie
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Beth Sheridan said...

I've never heard of Bestowed Box but I'll definitely be checking that out now :)

Erica A said...

I love care packages and all of these boxes! My mom used to send awesome ones to summer camp with candy, cookies and magazines/books! and essentials, too. I love to send care packages as you know!

emmers712 said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I love all "real" mail and packages!!! (Usually all I ever get are credit card solicitations, advertisements, and bills.) I would love to come home to a nice welcoming package of goodies on a regular basis. =)

Lizzie said...

My parents sent me a huge care package/birthday present when I studied abroad in Ghana that mainly included lots of dark chocolate bars for me and Easy Mac for my friends!

Megan said...

I lived at home through University, so I never received care packages. BUT if I lived away from home, I'm sure I would have gotten all sorts of goodies.

Lauren @ mostly i run said...

I went to college about 8 hours away from home. And yes, my mom DID send care packages! It's been a long time, haven't thought about that in a while :)

Aph Mordly said...

No my parents never did. I have always been the outcast of my family so it wasn't too much of a surprise.

Beth Ann said...

I'm glad to hear that you like the granola. I haven't tried the KIND granola but I'm a huge fan of the KIND bars, so I've been wanting to branch out and try their other products. My parents never did send me care packages--sad face. But, my dad did give me some extra money to buy pizza and snacks and things around finals in college and other stressful times, so that's about the same thing. :)

Shannon said...

No they never did, but I didnt really care anyways.

Shannon said...

No they never did but I didnt really care.

Just keep running! said...

Nope, no care package for me.

Jen G said...

Oooh, that box looks fantastic. Sorry you're having a bad week and hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel quickly! Hang in there.

Lauren Wong said...

I loved care packages! I didn't get a ton as I didn't spend tons of time at camp. My favorite care package memory was when my parents dropped off at my college a box on Dec 6.

Dec 6 is St. Nicholas Day, and in our family the tradition was that you'd get one of your shoes with an orange and some candies stuffed in it.

So my freshman year of college I get a shoe with stuffed with an orange & some candies! Made my day!

Unknown said...

Fun Box! hope your week improves!

chococat34 said...

When my folks dropped me off at school, in Tennessee, my Mom left a big box and inside were at bunch of smaller boxes. One for each day of my first 2 weeks. They were little things...a book of stamps, cute pens, stationary, rolls of quarters for laundry, socks...and each had a sweet note from Mom and Pop. It really made a difference. Then once a month or so after I'd get a care package with little home comforts. I loved it!

Tiffany said...

Yes, my mom sent me letters and care packages. This was in the days before the internet!

Betsy Thompson said...

Fun! A lot of the products look gluten free too! Bonus...

I didn't go away to college or camp, so no care packages for me!

Kathy said...

No Care packages for me either! They always sound so cool though!

Alyssa Neiers said...

My mom used to send me care packages in college. It usually contained a few pieces of fruit and some good chocolate. I still wished she would send me those packages. Instead I just go home and steal her food.

Lauren said...

I received a few care packages, esp since I lived so far away from home.

Angie said...

I can't say that they did.

Chris M said...

I never had care packages sent to me but have returned home from visiting my Dad with a package of goodies.

Losing Lindy said...

These kinds of boxes are popping up everywhere. I like what they sent you.

Ashley Tester said...

My mom sent me the best care packages. Always stuffed with my favorite foods as well as seasonal items (candy on halloween, green jewelry for st. patricks day, etc) and occasionally some extra cash!

Ashley Tester said...

My mom sent the best care packages throughout college! She would send me lots of candy and occasionally some cash!

Lynn said...

I would love to win this! I get the Stridebox now, and I love to try out all the different items each month to see which I like. I never went away to college so I never got a care package :-(

karmakaytlyn said...

I never went to camp and received my college degree as an adult.

Julie Molenar said...

I was a bad mom when My son was in college. I sent him maybe 2 things.

Julie Molenar said...

I was a bad mom I only sent my son stuff at Easter time.

Kimbie said...

I was living home when I went to Pastry School and I never went to camp so unfortunately I didn't get any care packages but I know my mom and I'm pretty sure she would've sent me one if she had the chance.

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femmefitaleblog.com said...

Not sure my earlier entry was received. I would like to win a Bestowed Box. Please consider this my entry for the giveaway.
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meredith m said...

My mom sometimes sends me care packages

icecreamtomarathon said...

Nope!

Kimberly Truesdell said...

I feel totally uncool. Never got a care package. Not once.

Luz said...

I'm a broke college student and live with my parents. So sadly, no care packages.. but I do like that fig bar in the box. I love fig bars!

Maggie Wallace said...

Yes! My mom usually sends me a little package for each holiday that i'm not home with little goodies.

Jenn said...

Yes, care packages at camp but not since then. I can still remember the excitement when they arrived. Great memories!

Joan Troche said...

I received care packages during technical school in the Air Force. So great to get one!

Dewdrop said...

I love getting packages. I would love it more if it comes with healthy things !