SourcedBox Review | January

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Late last year, when SourcedBox was announced I immediately knew I had to try it. I received this healthy snacking service as a gift for my birthday to encourage me to start eating healthier. I decided to write a review on it, because I could talk about it for so long.

Niomi Smart and Marcus Butler created SourcedBox, which launched in January. I wanted to give it a go, because the snacks seemed very interesting and they ship to Europe, which was definitely a plus. The box arrived in a green plastic packaging that looks really nice in my opinion. The design of the box is simple but effective. It seems professional and practical.

Inside there was a menu telling you a bit about all the snacks in the box. I will follow the menu’s order when I talk about the snacks. I would also like to add that every snack is made with natural ingredients, which I liked the idea of a lot.

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First come the Mylk Chocolate Buttons by Ombar. The packaging of these was the most unique out of all the others, because it’s made out of paper and it felt very different. It looks really nice and simple. There was a lot of hype around them, so I wondered what’s so good in these and was eager to try these buttons. These are chocolate buttons with no dairy in them after all. I have to say they taste very coconuty in my opinion and the quality of the dark chocolate is unbelievable. They tasted absolutely amazing and now I get what the hype is for, too. I would recommend these to anyone who likes dark chocolate anytime.

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The Pecan, Cinnamon & Lucuma Flapjack by Naturally Sassy is incredible. I love everything about it. The packaging is nothing like I’ve ever seen before, it’s very exciting and eye-catching. I hadn’t known what lucuma was until I saw this and looked it up, but it fitted really well with the other ingredients. The flapjack tasted almost the same as the filling of a Hungarian dessert called zserbó – which I liked a lot. All I could taste is the cinnamon and the pecan in it and it was almost heavenly, all the flavours complimented each other very well. I would buy it anytime if I could.

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I will talk about the Mini Rice Thins by Rude Health and the Coconut and Almond Butter by Pip & Nut at once, because I ate them together as it was suggested. I have always known about rice thins but never really enjoyed eating them. However, these actually tasted fine and had the right amount of flavour to them, not like the other ones I’ve tried before. Since I snacked on them together with the butter, it made the experience even more enjoyable. The butter was very similar to peanut butter, just tasted healthier and was sweeter. These were great for an afternoon snack for me.

I had high expectations for the Maca Bliss Raw Choc Brownie by Pulsin’, because I wanted to eat a delicious brownie, which was good for me. To be honest, it did exactly that. It was tasty, but not as great as a brownie I would normally eat. It was a healthier version of it and although I was a bit disappointed because of my high expectations, it still had almost the same flavour as a regular brownie. I liked it and surprisingly it was very filling as well.

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I was so keen on trying out the Pizza Seed Toasts by Science Kitchen. The name got me very excited, because I was craving some healthy pizza. I have to say that compared to the other snacks in this box, this one has the least nice packaging. Although, I believe that the inside is what really matters. I will be completely honest here. I did not like them. In my opinion they taste nothing like pizza and they tasted too healthy for me. I tried to enjoy them so much, but I just didn’t like what they tasted like and I was expecting the flavour of pizza. It was nice to try them out, but they weren’t my favourite.

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The Rosehip & Lemon Bar by LoveRaw seemed very intriguing to me for some reason. It tasted really interesting and unusual, too. I definitely haven’t had anything like this bar before. The bar had a pleasant flavour to it and I was surprised how well rosehip and lemon go together.

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The Chocolate Mylk by Rebel Kitchen was one of the snacks I was looking forward to the most to try. Although I don’t like chocolate milk, I was interested in how this chocolate mylk tasted like since it didn’t have dairy in it. I have to say I was very-very impressed! It was amazing and heavenly. I could drink liters of it, I absolutely loved it. The design of the packaging is one of my favourites, too.

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There were two teas by the Bluebird Tea Co. in the box, but on the menu only the Dozy Girl Tea is mentioned. The other is called Honey Bee Beautiful. I haven’t tried any of these yet, so unfortunately I can’t say that much about them, but I have heard so many good things about this brand that I am absolutely sure I will enjoy these teas. I don’t know if it’s a British thing or not, but I like the fact that the tea bags are made out of this silky material so they’re more durable.

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I was the least excited about the Organic Persian Mulberry Promix by Wyldsson, because it’s just a mix of seeds, nuts and fruit. However, I was blown away by the taste of the mixture. It was very enjoyable and tasted quite sweet, which I liked a lot. I would give it another go anytime.

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I was a hundred percent most excited to try out the Broccoli Crisps by The Giving Tree. I adore broccoli so I couldn’t wait to snack on these crisps. They tasted very healthy and they are a great alternative to crisps. I was so sad when they were gone! I also am in love with the design, it’s really creative.

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Last, but not least the Fruit Jerky by Snact was actually the first thing I tried out of this box. I was very surprised, because it was made out of surplus food, but still tasted very yummy. I love the fact that they use surplus food to make something delicious without wasting edible food.

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These were the snacks in the January box. I hope you liked this review, I know it was a bit different from what I normally write about. It was fun to write about, because I enjoyed the products in this SourcedBox and would highly recommend to anyone to try out. Unfortunately, they only ship to Europe as of right now, but I’m sure they will expand further in the future. I will receive a box in February as well, which will sadly be my last one. For a Hungarian like me it is not that easy to buy a box like this every month, but I think it really is worth it and great for your body at the same time. You can check their website out by clicking HERE.

If you don’t already know, I made a Twitter for my blog not long ago. You can follow me if you want to by clicking HERE. My username is @justkingablog. I hope you enjoyed reading this post! See you soon! :)

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Kinga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Books From My Wishlist

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Lately I’ve discovered lots of interesting books, which I would really like to read. I made a wishlist consisting of exactly ten books, so today I’m going to share those with you.

Side note: If you’re not already following my on Twitter, then do it now! Click on my username, which will bring you to my Twitter page. My username is @justkingablog. I try to tweet daily, mostly random stuff. It’s quite new, I created it about a week ago.

I will list all ten books along with what they’re about. I still can’t decide which one to get first, it’s such a hard decision. If you’ve read any of these books, please let me know your opinion about them, I’d be pleased to know! Now let’s get into it! It’s going to be a long post, so sorry in advance, haha!

  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

  • Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

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“No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?”

He knows there’s something more to the girl sitting in the back of the class the moment he sees her. She’s beautiful, intelligent, and athletic – but she slips quietly through the crowded halls, trying not to exist. Determined to get to know the elusive girl, Evan soon discovers… Emma Thomas is hiding a terrible a secret. Reason to Breathe is an electrifying page turner from start to finish, a unique tale of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and one girl’s fragile grasp of hope.

  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

  • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

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A stunning debut novel in which a single mother reconstructs her teenaged daughter’s life, sifting through her emails, texts, and social media to piece together the shocking truth about the last days of her life.

Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is stunned when her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, calls with disturbing news: her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been caught cheating.

Kate can’t believe that Amelia, an ambitious, levelheaded girl who’s never been in trouble would do something like that. But by the time she arrives at Grace Hall, Kate’s faced with far more devastating news. Amelia is dead.

Seemingly unable to cope with what she’d done, a despondent Amelia has jumped from the school’s roof in an act of “spontaneous” suicide. At least that’s the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. And overwhelmed as she is by her own guilt and shattered by grief, it is the story that Kate believes until she gets the anonymous text:

She didn’t jump.

Sifting through Amelia’s emails, text messages, social media postings, and cell phone logs, Kate is determined to learn the heartbreaking truth about why Amelia was on Grace Hall’s roof that day-and why she died.

Told in alternating voices, Reconstructing Amelia is a story of secrets and lies, of love and betrayal, of trusted friends and vicious bullies. It’s about how well a parent ever really knows a child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.

  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

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Two boys. Two secrets.

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan.

When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…

  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

 

  • The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

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Apparently I’m boring. A nobody. But that’s all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you’re very welcome.

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.

But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.

From the bestselling author of Soulmates comes a fearlessly frank take on school, cliques and crushes.

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

 

Here they are! The books that are currently on my wishlist. I would love to review some of these books too when I read them. Help me choose which one to read first by leaving a comment below or you can tweet me as well! :) Sorry if it was too long, but I hope it was worth it!

Bye x

Kinga

 

 

Why Start A Planner

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I have always been one of those people who don’t understand what the purpose of a planner is. I had never used a planner until recently, because I thought I won’t ever forget anything important (I have a very good memory). Then, I ordered Louise Pentland’s Calendar type diary, called the Sprinkle of Glitter Diary 2016. I loved her first book, so I wanted to see what her diary was like. I started to fill it out with future events on the last week of December. I have been using it since then on a daily basis. It literally changed my life in such a positive way. I’ll tell you why and what the benefits of it are.

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I feel like I have always been quite an organized person in the sense of keeping up with every date, event and deadline. However, a couple months ago I started to realize to forget about a lot more things than I used to, e.g. having a chapter test of English civilization. I know, it’s really bad. But having a planner helped me so much.

Having a planner helped me:

  • Stay more organized
  • Not miss important events and deadlines
  • Feeling less stressed
  • Look forward to plan my week
  • Be more productive
  • Not have an excuse to get away from jobs to do – if it’s written down, you’re more likely to complete a task you set yourself earlier.

These are some of the benefits I faced during the last couple of weeks of owning my own planner. Do you use a planner? Does it help you stay organized?

On another note, I’ll try to share more pictures that are taken by me (although it’s a work in progress right now). I hope you enjoyed reading this post and might acquired some new information. Also, follow me on Twitter, my account is @justkingablog. See you soon!

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Kinga

New Twitter Account!

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You didn’t see this post coming, did you? Haha! I just wanted to let you know, that yesterday I made a Twitter account for this blog. Yay! I am so excited!

I have always loved Twitter, but mine is private so I didn’t want to share that with you. That’s why I decided to make a new account for the blog. What do you think? This way I can connect with you more easily and you can see what I’m up to on a daily basis. I try to tweet very regularly to chat with you. :)

My account is @justkingablog (as justkinga is already taken by someone). You can follow me by searching me username on Twitter or clicking here.

I also made a little widget on the left handside of the page so that you can always see my two latest tweets. Follow me on Twitter and let’s chat and have fun! See you soon! :)

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Bye x

Kinga

Songs Of The Year | 2015

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As I told you not long ago, I chose some of my favourite songs of 2015, the ones that I perhaps listented to the most last year. It was extremely hard to choose such a few songs out of probably a hundred of my faves. I narrowed it down to a list of 20 songs, which seems like quite a lot, but I promise, it’s not. I tried to pick songs from different artists as not to repeat a song from the same performer. Although you will see, that AURORA is on the list twice, because I just couldn’t leave those two songs out of this list, I listened to both of them a LOT. Exceptionally, this time I decided to try to put the songs in order. I don’t really know if I managed to perfectly do that, buti t was quite hard. Enjoy my list!

  1. Eyes Shut – Years & Years
  2. World Without You – Hudson Taylor
  3. Drag Me Down – One Direction
  4. Half The World Away – AURORA (Oasis cover)
  5. Toes – Glass Animals
  6. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  7. Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
  8. EASE – Troye Sivan ft. Broods
  9. Geronimo – Sheppard
  10. Good Times – Ella Eyre
  11. UGH! – The 1975
  12. Need The Sun To Break – James Bay
  13. Sing – Pentatonix
  14. Dazzle – Oh Wonder
  15. Camouflage – Selena Gomez
  16. Heroes – Måns Zelmerlöw
  17. Runaway – AURORA
  18. Around Town – The Kooks
  19. Stronger – Clean Bandit
  20. When We Were Young – Adele

Here it is! I’m still not sure if the order is entirely correct, but now I just felt like it is, so I’m going to go with it this time. I hope you enjoyed reading this post. What are some of your favourite songs of 2015? I would LOVE to know them! Let me know in the comments below! :) See you soon!

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Kinga

My New Year’s Resolutions | 2016

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Happy New Year! It’s the start of a whole new year, which means lots of people make resolutions that they most likely won’t stick to throughout the year. I generally am that type of person as said, but I decided that 2016 will be different from all the others. I will succeed in reaching my goals with the help of completing my New Year’s resolutions. Most of them will be very similar or the same as last year’s (showing that I didn’t managed to do those things I had wanted to).

  1. Do some exercise. It is one of the hardest things for me to do, because I am very-very lazy, which is horrible I know. A few years ago I loved playing sports, but after I stopped playing handball I became extremely idle. School always tired me out (still does) and I used it as an excuse not to play any sports. I am very determined this time, I have a workout plan (I use Blogilates‘) and I’d like to do yoga once a week. I have already been to some classes in late December and I really enjoyed doing yoga instead of sitting at home.
  2. Eat healthy. This will be the most difficult resolution to actually achieve. I love eating unhealthy foods and I eat sweets all the time. I have wanted to change on this habit for a few years now, after I had been to the US for the second time, because I gained a lot of weight there. I couldn’t lose that much weight since then, and I am very insecure of my body mainly because of this reason. I promised myself to conquer my urge to eat all those nasty snacks and eat healthy. I made a commitment and I’m going to defeat my unhealthy side. So far so good, I really want to achive this goal in 2016 and I won’t let anyone bring me down.
  3. Stress less. I am veeeery stressed out and I keep all the stress inside me, which is probably a bad choice. 2016 is supposed to be the most stressful year of my life so far because of graduating and going to uni, but I want to change that and still manage to deal with school and other stuff that might stress me.
  4. Be a lot more positive. I wouldn’t say that I’m a pessimist, I probably am in the middle of being a pessimist and an optimist. I would like to lean more towards the optimist side, because a lot of the times I only see the bad and the scary in everything. I will definitely try to be more optimistic and happier.

I think this many resolutions are enough for me to try to reach them. It won’t be easy, but I’m very determined unlike other years. Do you have any resolutions for 2016? Let me know in the comments below, I would be interested in seeing your answers! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that you’ll have an AMAZING year! Go and make your dreams a reality! See you soon! :)

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Bye x

Kinga