Glittercrunch Monthly Subscription Box Review

OMG what a great gift idea for those “hard to shop for people”!!! The “Glitter Crunch Box” ” glittercrunchbox ” is a new monthly subscription box dedicated to those who love and appreciate European hand painted Glass ornaments. Each month, subscribers receive a box with 1-2 European hand painted glass ornaments, plus 4-6 additional items all related to a unique, monthly theme. This month’s goodies: coconut glass ornament, popsicle ornament, oversized lip balm, salt water taffy, gourmet virginia peanuts, and a set of 3 decorative sea shells!!!

Everything in this subscription box was pretty unique and had some type of hand either painting or hand picking.  The products are one of a kind and very european in terms of the glass ornaments they provide.   You get way more than the $59/mo. monthly box subscription price, and there’s multi-month discounts available too.  There’s stand alone boxes (single purchase) if you’d like that option as well and not a monthly subscription.

So unique, so clever and what a great gift idea!!!

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Great Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds (non Apple)

I bought these in white and they’re very good for the price. I’ve tried other earbuds (including Apple’s!) and for some reason they don’t fit in my ear very well. I use them while mowing the lawn and the other ones are CONSTANTLY falling out of my ear. Ugh, it’s annoying. Sure, they don’t have all the bells and whistles that my Apple ones do, but the fact that they fit so perfectly for me makes me use these far more than my Apple ones. I read the reviews and the two major issues people complain about are battery life and sound quality. I mow my lawn and it takes about 1.25 hours and I have absolutely no issues whatsoever using them well beyond. I’ve used them 2 hours straight with no issue. Sound quality, yes – my Apple ones are better but at what price? The case is bigger than the Apple ones… it doesn’t matter at all to me. I think these are great little ear buds for the money. You can’t go wrong! $25.99 !?!?!?!? You can’t beat it!!!

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Great Beginner Indoor Drone For Kids / Children

I bought this drone for my friend’s son for Christmas.  I have an expensive DJI Phantom 4 drone that I really love, but before that I had tried a couple of inexpensive sub $100 drones that were absolutely horrible.  They just did not fly right and were impossible to control.  I did some research as I wanted to find a great beginner indoor drone that was good for kids or children.  I stumbled upon this Tenergy Syma X20 Mini Wireless Quadcopter Remote Control Drone and with so many good reviews, I had to try it.  I was skeptical, I admit … especially for such a low price.  Inexpensive does not mean inferior as I’ve learned from this inexpensive drone.  It’s fantastic!!

First, I was first introduced to the Tenergy name because I bought some of their AA and AAA rechargeable batteries.  Those are absolutely great.  High capacity and relatively inexpensive.  So I was already familiar with the Tenergy name.  The drone arrived quickly and it was packaged very well – almost too well!  That was the most difficult part of everything, unboxing it and getting the drone and remote out of the packaging!

I charged the drone (has an integrated battery with a USB charging port) and installed the batteries in the small, easy to hold remote control.  Pairing was easy, up and down on the compact joystick and it’s paired in less than a couple seconds.  Takeoff was so simple – there’s an automatic takeoff feature where the drone (placed on a flat surface) takes off and hovers.  Now it didn’t completely hold the position as well as my DJI Phantom 4, but it was also $27, not $1400!!!  I flew it around my house and fell in love with it.  It’s quick to learn how to fly the X20 drone — that is once you figure out that the light on the front is the orientation of the drone so when you press forward it goes in that direction.  The controls didn’t take long to get used to and by the end of my first flight, I was getting really good at it.  There’s bumpers on the props so that if you run into the wall (don’t go too fast mind you!) it protects the props from damage… and if you do damage it, there’s extras in the package.  I haven’t explored the stunts it says it can do because it IS supposed to be a Christmas gift!!!!   I almost want to get another one for myself!!!!

In summary, while this isn’t an expensive drone, it’s a really good one for beginners, especially for kids.  And of course it’s fun for all ages because I thoroughly enjoyed flying the drone around my house.  It’s very compact and portable too!  Love the auto take off and auto landing… for the price, you will NOT find a better drone!!!

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Great inexpensive iPhone X Screen Protector – Skinomi

First of all, I’m a long time Screen Protection customer with a well-known product that begins with the letter Z. I have used them on every iPhone in the last 4 years, usually replacing them at least a couple times a year. They’re expensive. So I finally decided to try something different as a less expensive alternative.

The Skinomi iPhone X Screen Protector gives you 3 for a fraction of the price of one I typically buy at the mall kiosk!!! It is perfectly molded to the phone and is simple to install. I always have shy-ed away from doing this install myself but it was so easy. I used the microfiber cloth, held the glass screen protector on the sides and put it down – aligned on all sides. I used the silicone squeegee to get out the air bubbles – and now it’s perfect!!! The protector is well made and I can’t tell any different between this one and the ones I’ve purchased at 6x the price!!! PLUS…. I have 2 backups. Let’s face it, i’ll probably drop my phone at some point… so now I have 2 backup screen protectors when I do!!

I cannot recommend this product enough – great protection at a very low price!!

Meal Prep Bento Lunch Boxes with Lids 15 Day 30 Piece

According to Wikipedia, Bento (弁当 bentō)[1] is a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables, in a box. [2] Containers range from disposable mass-produced to hand-crafted lacquerware. Bentos are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋 bentō-ya), railway stations, and department stores. However, Japanese homemakers often spend time and energy on a carefully prepared lunch box for their spouse, child, or themselves.

A “Bento Box” is commonly nowadays a high quality to-go or takeout container that is used for meal prep or food storage.  Meal prep is a great way to have portion control and to also control costs.  These bento boxes were a great find!!! $10.99 on Groupon – WOW! What a great value!

These are BPA, PVC, and phthalate free.  They can be used from freezer to microwave to dishwasher.  Safe for all!  The ones I purchased were 32oz. with 3 compartments 2 x 8 ounce and 1 x 16 ounce.  They really save money and time and are easy to stack in the freezer!!

The Most Amazing Filet Mignon Recipe

Are you looking for the most AMAZING filet mignon steak recipe…?

…you’ve come to the right place.



(2) 6-8 oz. center cut beef tenderloin filets

4 tablespoons unsalted butter  (can use salted, but reduce the amount of salt overall in this recipe)

Dash olive oil

Salt and Pepper


D I R E C T I O N S 

1.) Remove the filet mignon steak from it’s packaging and let it rest on the countertop until it is room temperature.  Don’t season it.  Don’t wrap it up.  Just let it sit until it’s at least up to a cool 60 degrees.  You won’t get food poisoning, you may have to lock the dogs outside.  This will make for a nice even cook, when meat is room temp the proteins don’t shrink back as far when you add it to a hot pan and the final result is a steak that’s tender and not dried out.

2.) Pre-heat a well seasoned cast iron skillet under HIGH HEAT (crank it up!). Let the pan sit with nothing in it for about 5-7 minutes.  

High Heat = Great Meat

3.) While you are waiting for the pan to reach inferno level, season the meat with salt and pepper.  Yes, inferno.  Be generous.  You are seasoning the just the outside and you want that flavor to reach the inside as well.

4.) The pan will now be insanely hot.  This is what you want.  Reduce the heat to medium.  Wait 2-4 minutes.  The pan will still be insanely hot.  Add half of the butter and a splash of olive oil.  The oil will prevent the milk fat in the butter from burning.  The butter will sizzle and spatter and turn brown.  That’s OK.  

5.) Add the meat to the pan.  Your portions should be shaped the like a hockey puck you want the flat side face down in the pan, not the rounded sides.  If you want to get fancy add some thyme sprigs to the pan and lay a pat of butter on each filet.  Let it cook for 5-6 minutes (for more rare doneness go 2-3 minutes)  

6.) Flip.  Repeat the same cooking time.  Two minutes before the end of cooking, add the other half of butter.  Use a large metal spoon and pour the melted butter in the pan over the top of each filet.  The basting process will add richness to the seared crust of the meat.  

7.) Move the meat from the pan to a wooden cutting board. LET IT REST!  Tent with aluminum foil and let the meat rest for 5 minutes.  Don’t cut it.  Don’t fiddle with it.  Don’t even look at it.

8.) With a very sharp and thinly bladed knife slice as desired, season the cut side with a touch of salt and devour.