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Bokksu Hanami Festival Box: Taste of Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Although it may not feel like it, we are fully in the season of spring. Many cultures celebrate the season of renewal and growth in different ways. One of our favorites is the Japanese Hanami Festival, celebrating the Japanese Cherry Blossoms. In honor of Japan’s famed Hanami Festival, Bokksu, makers of the artisanal Japanese snack box, presented the Bokksu Hanami Festival Box. Hanami means “flower viewing” in Japanese; loved ones get together to enjoy a delicious feast under fully blossomed cherry blossom trees in parks throughout the country. The Bokksu Hanami Festival Box celebrates the decadent snacks enjoyed during the feast.

As April’s coveted snack box, the Bokksu Hanami Festival Box wonderfully honors the April Japanese festival. Bokksu curated this snack box to help you transport you to hanami season in Japan! Potato chip lovers won’t be able to stop eating the potato sticks. Fans of all things savory will love the snacks like the Ebi Crunch Black Pepper. Love sweets? The Handmade Sakura Candy is a must.  Check out all of the Bokksu Hanami Festival Box snacks below:

Spring Sakura Senbei – This thin cracker has a lot of flavor going on: preserved sakura blossoms, mirin (sweet sake), and squid to name a few. In fact, squid is the main ingredient of this senbei! Squid is a popular food in Japan during the spring and goes surprisingly well with the salty yet floral tang of the pickled sakura flowers. This uniquely Japanese flavor combination is captivating, so don’t let the squid scare you off!

Handmade Sakura Candy – Since its sakura season, Bokksu brings you this Handmade Sakura Candy made exclusively for them! Sakura in Japan symbolizes ephemerality and the fleeting quality of life. Like the sakura that fades away at the end of the season, this candy dissolves lightly on the palette. Sweet and floral, cherry blossoms are harvested and prepared by pickling and drying the flowers in salt. This traditional method preserves the vibrant color and flavor of Sakura, which makes it perfect for candy. This is also why this Handmade Sakura Candy contains real bits of preserved sakura!

Cheese Okaki Plum Flavor – This okaki (a type of cracker) with a cheesy center from popular maker Bourbon is a long-time favorite in Japan. It hasn’t stopped selling since the original flavor came out in 1984! This special plum flavor is seasonally exclusive for the spring hanami season. The cracker itself features umeboshi (pickled plum), a popular tsukemono (pickled food) in Japan known for being very tart and salty. It’snot uncommon to find umeboshi gently placed on top of a bed of rice or in the center of onigiri (rice balls) in a hanami picnic bento. This snack is great with a cup of green tea.

Sakura Chocolate Crepe – This delicate delight is one of our favorite spring-time treats. We first tried this crepe last April, and loved it so much we had to bring it back! A wafer-thin crepe is baked and rolled up for crisp layers. It’s then enrobed in a decadent coating of white-chocolate infused with powdered sakura petals for a richer flavor and color.

Sakura Chinsuko Cookie – This adorable Sakura Chinsuko cookie is shaped, flavored, and colored like a Japanese cherry blossom. Chinsuko is a traditional cookie from Okinawa and is a very popular omiyage (souvenir gift) in Japan. It’s similar in texture to a shortbread cookie and carries delicate flavors like sakura well. The addition of real sakura leaves enhances the light floral flavor of this pink cookie.

Ebi Crunch: Black Pepper Flavor – The cousin to Bokksu’s favorite, Ebi Crunch, this Ebi Crunch Black Pepper is equal in flavor as a mix of rice crackers and peanuts. It packs even more heat than the original, with its concentrated punch of pepper. It is the perfect accompaniment to your next happy hour beverage with its puffy frame and a generous helping of seasoning.

Kakinotane Plum Shiso – Kakinotane is a classic Japanese snack mix of crescent-shaped senbei and peanuts. This mix packs a powerful punch of traditional Japanese plum and shiso (perilla leaf). Sharp and a little spicy, it blends pickled plum, shiso, and paprika. The buttery peanuts perfectly balance the mix of dominant flavors. Kakinotane is a kind of otsumami, and as such is typically enjoyed with beer. We’re sure you’ll be amazed by its incredible flavor.

Suppa Mucho Plum Potato Sticks – These thin, crispy potato sticks are bursting with flavor. Like an ode to the Japanese plum tree, every bite carries the floral notes of plum blossoms, the sourness of umeboshi, and the earthiness of shiso (perilla leaves). This Japan-exclusive snack is the most addicting potato chip we’ve had.

Spring Gold Green Tea – Celebrate the spring with this beautiful tea package designed exclusively for Bokksu and enjoy classic sencha tea to warm you from the inside out! Sencha is a traditional steamed Japanese green tea and considered the most popular tea in Japan. This particular tea is exceptionally strong in flavor and is the perfect addition to any spring picnic party under cherry blossom trees!

What are your thoughts on the snacks in the Bokksu Hanami Festival Box?

Sanrio and Loot Crate Unveil Mystery Gift Box Subscription

The subscription box industry just got another exciting candidate. Fans of all things Hello Kitty, be ready for some surprise continuous adorableness. Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for Hello Kitty, Chococat, My Melody, Badtz-Maru, and Keroppi, has teamed up with Loot Crate, the monthly, themed mystery subscription box to launch their first gift box subscription. The Sanrio and Loot Crate, named the Sanrio Small Gift Crate, was unveiled today at the Sanrio booth #536, during Comic Con with Hello Kitty and Sanrio ambassadors joining in on the unveiling. The quarterly, mystery subscription launches in November (Hello Kitty’s and our birth month) and will feature exclusive, super cute Sanrio products delivered to you four times a year.

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The Sanrio and Loot Crate Small Gift Crate will feature exclusive collections of never before seen Sanrio products including apparel, collectibles, accessories, and more. The Sanrio and Loot Crate mystery box is inspired by Sanrio’s ‘small gift, big smile’ philosophy, the foundation for all their characters and products, the concept that elicits the ‘surprise and delight’ that is distinctly Sanrio.

The above crate is the Sanrio and Loot Crate in the subscription series and is themed around Hello Sanrio, a new multi-character brand from Sanrio. This new will character usher in an immersive world uniting multiple Sanrio characters and their fans through unique products and content. The crate features an assortment of exclusive products and content from Japan, featuring the characters you know and love – Hello Kitty, Chococat, My Melody, Keroppi, Gudetama, Badtz Maru, Little Twin Stars, and Pompompurin, among others. The crate features artwork and core Sanrio products that fans are sure to enjoy. Additional crates will be available in 2017 and will feature various themes that celebrate your favorite Sanrio characters and unique products.

To be one of the first to know when Sanrio Small Gift Crate goes on sale, click on www.lootcrate.com/sanrio and enter your email.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Scentbird Delivers Monthly Designer Perfumes

We admit it, we love receiving our monthly subscription boxes, whether they be beauty (hello Birchbox, FabFitFun, and Cocotique), food (hello Hatchery and Naturebox), or wine (we miss Club W), we get excited to discover our new favorite things. If you’ve ever wished for a great way to enjoy your favorite fragrances, and discover new scents (we always find ourselves wishing for more fragrance options from our monthly beauty subscription boxes), have we got some good news for you. Launching today, and with plenty of time to set up a Mother’s Day subscription is Scentbird, a stylishly modern, yet convenient and affordable way to stay in-the-know on all things fragrance.

For $14.95 per month, you will have access to 30-day supply of Scentbird’s 350-plus top designer fragrances, including Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Hermes, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs delivered directly to your door in a sleek and beautiful purse-sized spray (the 0.27oz bottle is about the size of a rollerball) that comes housed in a sophisticated black atomizer that is nestled in a luxurious velvet pouch. For Mother’s Day, you can surprise mom, or any woman with new scents of your choice every month, or have them select her own; they will no doubt count this as a favorite gift.

As a subscriber, you can choose your fragrance based on suggestions from Scentbird’s TruScent™ Recommender, which boasts a database of thousands of scent profiles and over 500,000 reviews by real women. Or, you can find your match by searching by brands, you mood, occasion, or your personality. You can also create a list of the different scents you want to try, or continue on with a scent you feel connected to for as long as you wish.

Created by Mariya Nurislamova, Scentbird was created as an alternative to the “perfume graveyard” all women have (we’re definitely guilty of having one), she states, “The number one reason women buy perfume is to find something new or different. In fact, most women 18 to 34 no longer believe in having a signature fragrance. These women are used to living a life on their terms, changing their scent on a whim and matching it to an outfit. Expensive perfume bottles that last for years just cannot keep up with a modern woman’s lifestyle.“ 

The Scentbird website is easy to use, gives you detailed information of all fragrances including all notes, and introduces to scents you may have not been considered. e love fragrances that are sweet, and spicy and as you can see in the first image, Scentbird recommended so many wonderful choices based on our fragrance profile. We’re loving it so far, you will too, and so will your mom, sister, and significant other.

Unboxing FabFitFun’s New VIP Winter Box

If you’re not familiar with FabFitFun, you better get better acquainted with this standout, seasonal, subscription gift box, which is delivered every 3 months. If you live for monthly subscription boxes (or even if you don’t), you need this subscription service in your life. FabFitFun offers full-size, premium products in every box, but they go beyond that. Along with their amazing boxes, they also offer amazing tips and tricks to help you feeling good from the inside out. What can you expect from this jampacked box of goodies? A great mix of beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness and home products from some of your favorite, and sure-to-be favorite brands. We recently received their latest, the Winter Box, and we’re beyond excited to share the goodies we it contained.

Upon opening, we were greeted with a 60-min Zumba “Max” DVD, led by Zumba creator Beto, and a $25 apparel gift card to enjoy our Zumba workout in style (this gift combo has a retail value of $55.00); and a free, 3 Months membership to a world-class cooking education to SaltedTV.com (retail value at $29.97). We love Zumba and cooking, so this box is already hitting all the right notes with us.

Under those first two amazing gifts, we discovered the following goodies:

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive – get ready to say goodbye fine lines, wrinkles, and an uneven skin tone, and hello to a brighter complexion, with this certified organic beauty must-have that exfoliates and refines skin. Retail $39.00

Half United Fighting Hunger Necklace (in either Gold and Silver) – this very cool necklace, made from recycled bullet casings, not only looks good, it helps fight world hunger. For every necklace that is sold, Half United gives half of the profits to feed children in need. It retails for $34.00, which means $17.00 helps feed starving children.

Lather AHA Hand Creme with Evening Primrose – winter, constant washing, and daily activity can do some damage to your hands. Renew the skin on your hands with this rich formula that contains cell renewing alpha hydroxy, and chamomile, evening primose, and lemongrass for luxurious soft hands. Retail $30.00

yourMinerals Assorted Eye Shadows (Brown Hypnotic Eye Glimmer, Lavender Dream Eye Shadow, Swedish Winter Eye Shimmer, Glistening Grey Eye Glimmer) – is the cold winter temperature destroying your eye shadow? Welcome these long-lasting, mix-able shadows from yourMinerals into your life and you’ll enjoy pigments that stays on no matter your activity and the temperature. Retail $44.00

Justin’s Classic Almond .5oz Squeeze Pack – you may recognize this name of this small pouches of deliciousness from our coverage of National Peanut Butter lover’s Month. Get ready for lots of protein, and healthy fats that can go anyway with you, thanks to its convenient travel-friendly package. For those of you who snack badly in-between meals, you need Justin’s. Retail $.63

Organic Valley Organic Balance Milk Protein Shake in Vanilla – there are times (mostly while non-stop blogging or editing) and hectic times like the upcoming fashion week, when we barely have time to eat, far less eat healthy. With this balance protein shake from Organic Valley, you can get the required nutrients you need to start your day. it’d also fantastic before and after your workouts. Retail $2.99

Special K Chewy Snack Bars (Berry Medley, Blueberry Bliss, Salted Caramel Chocolate, Pretzel Chocolate) – we all know the great health benefits and taste of Special K Cereal, now you can have that healthy goodness in a tasty medley. There’s no guilt when you snack on these amazing chewy bars. Retail (total of 6 bars) $2.62

Daniel Stone COCO Candle – have you heard of Daniel Stone COCO Candles? If you haven’t, you’re depriving yourself of a wonderful aromatherapeutic escape. Made from natural coconut, which allows the candle to burn cleaner than any other candle, these decadent scented candles indulgences the senses and relaxes the mind. Retail $42.00

Fashion Project $30 gift card with Free Shipping – could your winter wardrobe use a quick shot of style? Is your budget not ready for designer purchases? Do you love giving pre-loved and pre-owned clothing a new home? If you said yes to these question, fashion project should be shopping destination. Shop for what could become your favorite wardrobe staples

Passport To Beauty Tibetan Goji Berry Intense Anti-aging Eye Serum With Retinol .5oz – we’re always up late editing photos, writing our articles, etc, so you shouldn’t be surprised when we complain about our puffy eyes. With the help of “beauty food”, Goji Berry, we are ready to rejuvenate the windows to our soul with this advanced, anti-aging Eye Serum. Retail $88.00

This was an amazing box! More than well worth its price, and now it’s spoiled us for any other subscription gift box. Consider us completely hooked. There’s not many of these left so if you want to get your hands on one, do so ASAP. Now excuse us while we find out more about the Spring Box.