My Blog Has Moved

Well folks, I've finally done it. I've switched to WordPress and my blog is now on my own domain. So say good-bye to Blogger and good-bye to the bling. But don't be sad. Life is full of change. Change is a good thing. It keeps us on our toes. It challanges us and makes us stronger. And as your next President... oops, I got a little speechy there, didn't I?

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Came Early - I Just Got My Out of the Box Sampler!

I don't know how I stumbled across the Out of the Box Sampler, but I am sure glad I did.  Michelle, from the Out of the Box Sampler blog, scours the net for the best esamples possible.  Every month she gathers the best of the best, the coolest of the cool, the newest of the new...oh you get the idea.  Anyway, she puts them all together into a unique sampler box which she offers once a month.

I visit her blog periodically but always seem to miss when the sampler boxes are available.  Apparently, these boxes are hot commodities, disappearing faster than Jonas Brothers tickets being offered to 13 yo girls.  That's pretty darn fast.  Like Jonas tickets, you will have to pay for your sampler box, but, unlike Jonas tickets, this will only cost you $19.95.  Trust me, it's a much better deal.

I managed to purchase December's sampler box simply because I signed up for their email alerts.  December is already sold out (I told you so) but you can sign up for email notifications by visiting their website here and scrolling down to the Sampler Box Priority Notification spot.  Anyway, I got my box yesterday, tore it open, and this is what I saw:

The top was secured with a bell but, being a guy, I had to rip it open immediately before thinking of taking a picture.  The cool part is what was inside:

The bag contained 21 different items, if you include the bell.  (I do because the bell is so cool and made me think of The Polar Express) That's less than $1 an item.  What a bargain.  Anyway, there were candles, cookies and tea lights; lotions, soaps, and sprays; a ring, a chocolate covered spoon, and a dill dip mix.  There were so many goodies that I didn't know what to look at first.  So I spread it out on the table and looked at it all!

In addition to the goodies, discount codes are provided for several of the sampling companies.  If you like a product,  you can go to their website or blog and use the discount code to order the full size.  Isn't that cool?  And they also include a contest ticket where you can win additional products or even the grand prize which is a free next month's sampler box.

Just so you know, I put everything back in the bag. I'm actually going to give this to Heather as a pre-Christmas present. I think she is going to love going through the bag and trying all the products.  And I still benefit cause she will share it all with me.  So stop wasting your time and go visit Out of the Box Sampler.  And tell them Preston from Me and the Blue Skies sent you.  I don't think it will get you or me anything extra, but I'm always open for a gratutious plug!  Happy Holidays!

Update:  I created this post on 1/18 and scheduled for it to post on 1/20.  I left a note for my daughter on the morning of 1/19 that the grab bag was for her. I just rec'd this text:

OMG.  I'm only half way thru bag. This is awesome. Coolest grab bag ever! I sooo love this!
 Is that a testimony or what?


Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

That is so cool! I'm gonna check this out! You can't get anything for less than $1 anymore!

Preston said...

Keeper of the Skies Wife - You are so going to love it. Sign up for the email alert so you can guarantee yourself the January shipment.

foongpc said...

Wow! Cool! But do they ship to overseas?

Preston said...

Foongpc - I think they do but you have to pay extra for shipping. Check out the website and blog. I'm sure there is information there.

Margaret said...

Wow that looks really neat. I am off to check out thier blog. I am sure I will never be fast enough to get one though.

Preston said...

Margaret - Sign up for their email alerts. As soon as I saw the email that said the December sampler boxes were now available for sale, I went to their website and purchased one. If I can do it, so can you!

Heather said...

I have been wanting to try this! It looks really cool!

Preston said...

Heather - You've got to. You will absolutely love it. My Heather has already ordered lotions from Park Avenue Creations. The sample was called Nile Queen and she claims it's the best lotion she's ever used. We are also going to order air freshener sprays from Strawberry Fields Candles & Gifts. The sample was Spicy Gingerbread. She pumped the spray only twice at 11:30 on Friday and the house still smelled like we were baking Gingerbread Saturday morning. It's amazing stuff!

koopermom said...

Ooh, I love this kind of stuff. Off to sign up for the newsletter right now!!

Janna said...

Ooooh... thanks for the tip... and thanks for visiting my blog!

nikkicrumpet said...

Very cool! thanks for sharing this with us. I'm gonna go check it out. And how sweet of you to give this to your beautiful daughter!

Preston said...

Koopermom - You will definitely love this stuff.

Janna - Glad to help out and thanks for stopping on by here too.

Nikkicrumpet - I love sharing stuff like this...and my daughter was absolutely thrilled with it.