My Texas Market Subscription Box Review April 2017

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code 10FIRST you can save 10% off your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).img_1278-1

The items were wrapped in bubble wrap and there were brown paper squiggles to keep everything safe.
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Everything in my box!

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April’s theme was Blackberries & Bluebonnets and is here to help us celebrate springtime in Texas!

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My Texas Market includes a card with a little info about the products and their producers, plus where they are located and instructions for their use.

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My Texas Market mentioned that some fan favorites from last year have made their way into this box and if there’s one thing I’ve discovered from this subscription it is the always fabulous Texas Hill Country Olive Company. I have tried their olive oils and flavored balsamic vinegars and they are hands down the best! I love this Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar and used it to make a dressing for a salad. The vinegar itself is from Modena, Italy, and the blackberry lusciousness was added right here in the heart of Texas.

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Spring mix salad greens, feta cheese, craisins, toasted pecans, and a homemade creamy blackberry balsamic vinagrette.
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I was wandering through the jam aisle at our local H.E.B. Central Market and saw this on the shelf and was so excited, telling my family “look, I got that in my box!”. Jammit Jam Blackberry Star Anise Merlot is a sophisticated take on a classic flavor and while I tried it on buttered toast it would be extraordinary on a cracker with Brie or cream cheese. I make blintzes every once in a while and I think this might just put them over the top.

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Here are some other serving suggestions!

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Luna Tigre Bluebonnet Soy Candle has a lovely floral scent and is made with 100% soy wax. This Austin-based company makes the candles in small batches and this size should burn between 15-18 hours.

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I don’t really think of bluebonnets as having a scent and yet both this soap and the candle have a similar bright, floral fragrance. Kuhdoo Soap Co. Bluebonnet Soap makes this bar with saponified coconut oil, avocado oil, shea butter, organic goat milk, Texas raw honey, colloidal oatmeal, and high-quality phthalate-free fragrance oil.

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Aww, a bluebonnet in a box! Nature Favors Texas Bluebonnet Garden Kit

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The dirt is even in the shape of Texas!

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There’s a little pot to place the mini-Texas seed inside. Then add water and wait for it to grow!
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I ALWAYS enjoy getting my monthly taste of Texas! The items were perfect for the theme and any time I see Texas Hill Country Olive Company I do a little happy dance. Texas has some wonderful makers and this box features them to great effect. I love that My Texas Market takes the time to visit farmers’ markets across the state and then picks the best of the best!

If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

What item are you wanting to try from this month’s box? Let me know in the comments!

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My Texas Market March 2017 Subscription Box Review 

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code 10FIRST you can save 10% off your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).

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The items were wrapped in bubble wrap and there were brown paper squiggles to keep everything safe.

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Everything in my box!

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I found some inserts and loved the card with info about bees!

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March’s theme was “The Bee’s Knees” and is all about our small little buzzy friends. My name means “honey bee” so I have a fondness for bees and honey. This card also says that April’s box theme will be “Blackberries & Bluebonnets”!

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My Texas Market includes a card with a little info about the products and their producers, plus where they are located and instructions for their use.

 

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Desert Creek Honey Raw Texas Honey Or as I like to call it, “liquid gold.” This is so good and has a pure, sweet flavor that is so much better than the stuff that comes in little bears from the grocery store. I used it on a wafflewich – toasted Nutrigrain waffles spread with peanut butter, sprinkled with raisins, and drizzled with honey. It’s also possible I just dipped a spoon inside and stuck it in my mouth. PS – if you really want your honey in a bear-shaped bottle you can find it on the Desert Creek website!

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SRSLY Chocolate + Two Hives Honey This is a special product that joins two Austin-based companies to produce a delicious item.

 

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The chocolate ganache features honey rather than sugar and the outer shell is made of dark chocolate for a sublime bite of bliss.

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Mind Your Own Beeswax Candle Company Citrus Sunshine Aromatherapy Candle is made from beeswax and pure essential oils and has a sunny, uplifting fragrance. I like to burn candles while I’m blogging to help me focus and relax.

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Gretchen Bee Ranch Lip Balm in Sweet Orange is silky smooth and left my lips soft and nourished. It is made with beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, and sweet orange essential oil and smells delightful.

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Moore Honey Pure Beeswax Bars are made from 100% pure beeswax that has had dirt and other debris filtered out. It has a delicate scent and a quick search on Pinterest led to an assortment of “recipes” that call for beeswax. You can DIY your own lip balm, lotions, candles, and even solid perfume!

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I ALWAYS enjoy getting my monthly taste of Texas! I loved the bee theme and the products were all of high quality and fit the theme PERFECTLY! Texas has some wonderful makers and this box features them to great effect. I love that My Texas Market takes the time to visit farmers’ markets across the state and then picks the best of the best!

If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

What item are you wanting to try from this month’s box? Let me know in the comments!

My Texas Market February 2017 Subscription Box Review 

 

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code 10FIRST you can save 10% off your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).

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The items were wrapped in bubble wrap and there were brown paper squiggles to keep everything safe.

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Everything in my box!

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February’s theme was “A Taste of Texas” and keep a look out because there will be a sequel later this year! It also says that March’s theme is The Bee’s Knees, yes!

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My Texas Market includes a card with a little info about the products and their producers, plus where they are located and instructions for their use.

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Grapevine Grains can be found at farmers markets in the DFW area and offer various whole grain products, granola, and trail mix.

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Wow, this box included Corn Bread Mix and Southwestern Soup Mix!

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The back of the box provides instructions for use. The soup will take a bit of prep since you need to soak the beans for 8 hours plus cook for another 2 1/2 hours so I’m saving it for a weekend dinner. Look at those yellow beans, I’ve never even heard of mayocoba beans before but now I can’t wait to try them!

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I am a big tea drinker and according to the website, this stuff is Texan for tea! Catspring Pedernales Green Yaupon is made from a holly plant that is native to America and is a natural source of caffeine.

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I’ve never had jelly made with beer before but County Road Canning took a Texas favorite and made it into something you can have with breakfast! Texas Beer Jelly features Shiner Bock Beer and reminded me of apple jelly with a little something extra.

 

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I made some BBQ Baked Chicken Legs in the oven one night for dinner and basted them with SuckleBusters Original BBQ Sauce. This is not as thick as some of the ones I’ve bought from the store but the flavor was great and my chicken legs were tasty! Plus, there’s no MSG or gluten, only ingredients I can pronounce.

 

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I ALWAYS enjoy getting my monthly taste of Texas! I loved the theme and the products were all of high quality. Texas has some wonderful makers and this box features them to great effect. I love that My Texas Market takes the time to visit farmers’ markets across the state and then picks the best of the best!

If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

What item are you wanting to try from this month’s box? Let me know in the comments!

My Texas Market January 2017 Subscription Box Review 

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code 10FIRST you can save 10% off your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).

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January’s theme was “Rise and Shine” and featured items to get you up and going, or maybe to help you have a relaxing morning in bed! Everything was wrapped securely in bubble wrap with brown paper squiggles.

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My Texas Market includes a card with a little info about the products and their producers, plus where they are located and instructions for their use.

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Everything in my box!

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I am currently enjoying the warm, sweet cinnamon scent coming from The Tiny Collection Cinnamon Buns Candle. This all-natural soy candle is hand poured in small batches in Dallas and smells very nice! Sometimes candles smell different when burning but this one burns true.

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I don’t drink coffee regularly and have no way to grind the whole beans in District Roasters Farmer’s Market Blend Coffee. The flavor notes mention deep chocolate with caramel and cinnamon and while I wouldn’t mind making a mocha latte with it I will pass it on to a true coffee connoisseur. Hand roasted in Tomball.

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The King and I Blueberry Whipped Honey features crystalized honey, dried blueberries, and blueberry extract, perfect for topping biscuits or cornbread!
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I bet this would go great in baked goods too! I plan on whipping it with butter to top the pancakes I’m going to make with the mix shown below! The King and I is located in Willis.

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I may not drink coffee but I drink several cups of tea a day and this “Fake It ‘Til You Make It” mug from Blue Heron Farm is really cute and will make me smile each time I use it. Blue Heron Farm is located in Field Store, a little north of Houston, and they raise their goats on a sustainable farm and sell cheeses, cajeta, and other products!

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Bona Dea Gluten Free Baking Mix is a great starter for pancakes, waffles, or crepes and you can mix in your favorite “fun” ingredient such as berries, chocolate, or bananas. It was very considerate of My Texas Market to include a product that can be used by those who may be sensitive to gluten so they can have a yummy breakfast too! Made in Austin.

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I ALWAYS enjoy getting my monthly taste of Texas! I loved the theme and the products were all of high quality. Texas has some wonderful makers and this box features them to great effect. I love that My Texas Market takes the time to visit farmers’ markets across the state and then picks the best of the best!

If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

What item are you wanting to try from this month’s box? Let me know in the comments!

My Texas Market December 2016 Subscription Box Review

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code 10FIRST you can save 10% off your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).

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This month’s theme was “Home for the Holidays” and featured items to help us get in a festive spirit!

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The product information card is very detailed and this month it had a little bit of a backstory from the owners of the companies that were featured!

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This beautiful Christmas card greeted me when I opened the box and looked rustic and colorful!

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Plus, festive confetti! All of the glass items were well protected with shredded brown paper and bubble wrap.

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This looks like it’s going to be a tasty box!

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I tried Jammit Jam Cherry Clove Cabernet on buttered toast but I think there are more sophisticated ways to use the rest of the jar up. Maybe with cheese on a cracker or as a baste for chicken breasts, either way, this is not like the stuff from the store. It isn’t too sweet and the cloves give the chunky fruit an unexpected lift. Biscuits, that’s what I’ll put it on!

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I haven’t tried The Barton Table Peppermint Chocolate Sauce on ice cream yet, but I am sure it is amazing. I just keep eating it one bliss-inducing spoonful at a time! Butter, chocolate, cream, and peppermint are an indulgent treat not to be confused with that stuff from the grocery store.

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I love the simplicity of this rustic-looking Texas ornament from Bleu Willow Market! If you like Fixer Upper and Chip & Joanna Gains or make pilgrimages to Magnolia Market then give this website a look because it has a selection of farmhouse casual items.

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This is the time of year when I frequently whip up small vats of Mexican hot chocolate and I usually top it with whipped cream out of a can but next time around I might try one of Michele’s Marshmallows to put it over the top. These bear little resemblance to the ones from the store and are pillowy soft and taste like brown sugar and vanilla.

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There is just the barest hint of crackly texture as you bite into this gooey treat.

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To wrap up this month’s box there was a deliciously scented Holiday Cheer Bar Soap from Kuhdoo Soap Co. The ingredients are so simple: saponified coconut oil, honey, oatmeal, Shiner beer, and fragrance oil. This soap smells sweet and spicy!

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I ALWAYS enjoy getting my monthly taste of Texas! These products fit the theme so well and were tasty, seasonal, and scent-sational. I love that My Texas Market takes the time to visit farmers’ markets across the state and then picks the best of the best!

If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

What item are you wanting to try from this month’s box? Let me know in the comments!

My Texas Market November 2016 Subscription Box Review 

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code 10FIRST you can save 10% off your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).

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This month’s theme was “A Day of Thanksgiving” and was full of products to help subscribers get in touch with their fall feelings, such as feeling warm and cozy. Or maybe that’s just how it made ME feel!

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This is such a lovely, detailed product information card and I love that the websites are listed because sometimes I need more and so it’s easy to order my new favorites from home.

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This box smelled delicious and I couldn’t wait to dig in!

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Stellar Gourmet Mulling Spice is a nice way to kick off the season. I have a couple of bottles of apple cider and red wine waiting for a cold front so I can put my new spices to use. They even included a muslin bag tucked inside the lid. Fortitude Provisions Co. Autumn Kindling Room Spray  has a cozy fireside scent thanks to cedarwood, orange, patchouli, and vetiver.

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Here’s a closeup of those mulling spices.

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I love that they included a recipe card!

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November is a wonderful time of the year to give thanks for our bounty and blessings. There was a little muslin bag that had a few pieces of paper inside that you could write your blessings on and then store them in the bag. Whenever you want to remind yourself of all that you hold dear just reach in and pull out a reminder.

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I loved the scent of the Benjamin Soap Co. Pumpkin Spice Candle! This candle is made from non-GMO soy and is scented with essential oils, plus it has a 35-hour burn time.

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I have been snacking on The Pecan Shop’s Apple Pie Pecan Halves. These certified pesticide-free nuts have been soaked in filtered water and are sweetened with apples, cinnamon, and wildflower honey. Garden Dreams Cranopeno Jelly  is a cross between cranberry sauce and jalapeno jelly and can be served with toast, as a glaze for meat, or with cream cheese or brie on a cracker.

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I ALWAYS enjoy getting my monthly taste of Texas! These products fit the theme so well and were tasty, seasonal, and scent-sational. I love that My Texas Market takes the time to visit farmers’ markets across the state and then picks the best of the best!

If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

What item are you wanting to try from this month’s box? Let me know in the comments!

My Texas Market October 2016 Subscription Box Review

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code MAIL25 you will save 25% on your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).

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Usually I find a product information card and other product info on top but they must have been overlooked! My Texas Market always does a great job at presentation but this month had a lot of glass so there was also a lot of bubble wrap (I use it with my students to practice fine motor skills!).

I found the following on the My Texas Market website:

The theme for the October box is “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice.” This box is part of our fall celebration extravaganza and is inspired by the delicious tastes, sights, and scents of autumn. Get into the season with savory pumpkin, yummy apple, and more. Enjoy! The October box will also make a wonderful gift. We have reserved a few October boxes for individual purchase, and they are first come first serve. Items include pumpkin chocolate, holiday spice sugar, starbucks wax melts, pumpkin spice brown sugar scrub, and caramel apple bourbon jam.

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Oh, I love the looks of this fall-themed box! It does indeed look nice and spicy!

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Confituras is an Austin-based business that creates delicious seasonal jams and jellies. Their Bourbon Caramel Apple Jam is similar to apple butter and would be great on top of some brie and a cracker. I plan on serving it with my pumpkin waffles and gingerbread pancakes.

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From Scratch Farm Homemade Body Scrub in Brown Sugar-Pumpkin Spice worked well but the product was hard to mix and you will need a spoon or something to get the product out of the jar unless you have freakishly long fingers. It smelled lovely, was very moisturizing, and exfoliated well. I think I would prefer that this product came dry and then I could just mix in my own olive or coconut oil.
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Spaulding’s Specialty Spices Holiday Spice Sugar combines fair-trade cane sugar with cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, lemon, and fenugreek. They suggest using it in your coffee or holiday baking but I plan on using it in herbal tea and as an upgrade to cinnamon toast.

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Tradition Scents Soy Wax Melts in Starbucks Coffee made my home smell as good as the coffee shop. Notes of coffee, vanilla, and caramel filled the air and it is pretty strong and long-lasting. I walked into the living room this morning and even though my warmer is off it STILL smells great!

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SRSLY Chocolate is another Austin-based business that grinds their own chocolate and hand-pours into individual bars. This ain’t no Hershey bar. This chocolate was barely sweet and had texture thanks to the pumpkin pie spices.
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I ALWAYS enjoy getting my monthly taste of Texas! These products fit the theme so well and were tasty, seasonal, and dare I say luxurious? Not just apple butter, but apple butter with bourbon! Not just cinnamon sugar, but spicy holiday sugar! Plus my house smells amazing, my skin is soft, and I had fancy CHOCOLATE!  I love that My Texas Market takes the time to visit farmers’ markets across the state and then picks the best of the best!

If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

My Texas Market September 2016 Subscription Box Review 

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code MAIL25 you will save 25% on your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).

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First look! My Texas Market does a great job at presentation and everything arrived safe and sound.img_2097

There was shredded paper and bubble wrap to keep the products from breaking.

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Everything in my box! It all looks so good. I always have a hard time trying to decide what to try first but I usually go for the sweet stuff.

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September’s theme was “Back to School”, which is pretty cool since I work at a school. Some of the products this month will be used at work!

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I love the detail that goes in to the product info card. It not only lists each item and why it is a standout, but where you can get some more of your favorites.img_2145I review several book boxes and if I ever have time to actually read one of my books I will make sure to use this lovely bookmark from ATX’s Sweet Time Design. These are hand-stamped by owner Chelsea on flatware she finds at antique shops and vintage thrift stores around Austin.

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I love granola and keep a steady supply of it on hand at all times so I was over the moon when I saw Kitchun’s No-Grain-Ola in not one but TWO different flavors! I decided this was more like trail mix and so I brought it to work for snacking right out of the bag. Both flavors are delicious!

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You’re the Apple of My Chai and Holy-Coco-Cacao!


How gorgeous is this Goddess of the Sea Bath Soak from Sam Wish? Hand made in small batches here in Austin out of natural and organic ingredients, this soak has spirulina and gives the bath water a natural aqua color! I haven’t tried it yet but the scent is an uplifting blend of bergamot, marjoram, and clary sage. Even the bubble-wrap packaging was cute!

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It’s time to start fall baking and the gluten-free Create-A-Muffin Mix from Whole Note will come in handy on busy school nights. I can just mix it up with eggs, milk, oil, and any stir-ins such as blueberries or chocolate chips and nuts. Come on cooler weather!

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I don’t know how My Texas Market does it. Every. Single. Month. They put out awesome boxes with great value and products that I never would have discovered on my own. I love the monthly themes, I love that this box can be enjoyed by both men and women (and teenagers, since they eat all my treats), and I especially love that these items represent our state so well. This month’s box had items from Austin and Cedar Park, Katy, and Dallas. If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

P.S. What was your favorite item this month? I’m having a hard time choosing!

My Texas Market August  2016 Subscription Box Review 

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code MAIL25 you will save 25% on your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market!!!).

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First look! My Texas Market does a great job at presentation and everything arrived safe and sound.

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There was shredded paper and bubble wrap to keep the products from breaking.

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Everything in my box! It all looks so good. I always have a hard time trying to decide what to try first but usually I pick something sweet.

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The theme for August was “Gulf Coast Summer” and the products inside were geared towards helping eke out those last bits of summer fun before the season changes.

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I love the detail that goes in to the product info card. It not only lists each item and why it is a standout, but where you can get some more of your favorites.

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See what I mean about the details? How pretty is this wrapping job?

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Next up is a Foot Scrubby from Sweet Home Bath & Body that has that minty scent that I love so much. I am grateful for the little rope which I used to hang it up in my shower and therefore I will remember to use it daily. I grew up using a loofah and forgot how invigorating they can be and combined with the cocoa butter and clay I expect my feet will soon look and feel better.
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I have a confession to make. Please don’t laugh or scold but I don’t own a deep fat fryer, nor do I deep fry in my skillet. I hurts my heart to see all of that oil sitting there bubbling away so I will pass the South Texas Milling Gulf Coast Fish Fry on to a friend. This is made with all natural products and is free from MSG.

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I loved the caramels from Dallas Caramel Co. (PS, they have their own subscription box too!). My favorite was the Texas Drunken Nut, which has just a bit of  whiskey and delicious Texas pecans. The Sea Salt Caramel has a tiny bit of crunch from the Fleur de Sel de Guerande, the caviar of salts. My husband and I would share one caramel between us since they are so rich (plus it lasts longer that way).

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The final product is made here in Austin. Yellowbird Sauce in Jalapeno is almost like a tomato-less spicy ketchup and my husband will get to pour this on his scrambled eggs and he will like it. Just like the rest of the items in this amazing box, this sauce is made out of all-natural ingredients. This is real food.

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This box continues to amaze me! I love the monthly themes, I love that this box can be enjoyed by both men and women (and teenagers, since they eat all my treats), and I especially love that these items represent our state so well. There were caramels from Dallas and fish fry from near Victoria (where my husband is from) and of course products from Austin and Houston. As for the value, try walking around your local farmers market and see how much you can get for $25-35 and I think you will see this is a good deal, plus you don’t have to wander around in the heat, or the cold, or the rain. I spent $10 just for one jar of pickles y’all so I know those products aren’t cheap. If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

P.S. What was your favorite item this month?

My Texas Market July 2016

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My Texas Market is a monthly subscription box containing 4-6 items from small businesses in Texas that focuses on small batch and artisan products that fit a monthly theme. Have you ever wandered around the farmers market and wondered what to buy? It’s like they selected the products for you and shipped them to your house! The subscription is $35 a month or you can choose a 3- or 6-month subscription and save a little dough. Right now if you enter promo code MAIL25 you will save 25% on your first box! You can also send the box as a gift or purchase previous boxes and some featured items in their Online Market. To subscribe to My Texas Market, click here. This box was sent to me for review purposes (thank you My Texas Market and Happy Birthday!!!).

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First look! My box was beat up in transit but everything looked great inside! The packing and presentation are always top notch with this box.

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The theme for July was “How Sweet It Is” and the products inside were geared towards helping celebrate My Texas Market’s first birthday.

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I love the detail that goes in to the product info card. It not only lists each item and why it is a standout, but where you can get some more of your favorites.

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Not only does My Texas Market send awesome “Made in Texas” products, they also give a portion of their proceeds to the Houston Food Bank.

 

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My Texas Market sent 5 items this month. The products just look beautiful, don’t they? So colorful and fun!

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First up was Outrageous Oatmeal Cookie Mix from Bona Dea. This is gluten free and allergy friendly as well as GMO free. I will have to save this for a few months because I do not bake in the summer. Ever. It just heats up my house too much, but I can’t wait to mix up a batch of chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookies this fall!
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This seasonally appropriate Patriot Pop from Cornucopia Popcorn in Austin has red cherry, white sweet, and blue raspberry flavors and disappeared faster than a 4th of July sparkler. I am going to need to make a little trip downtown and grab some of their other awesome flavors!

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I am embarrassed to say that I was a little afraid to try Blue Heron Farm & Friends Original Cajeta because I am not crazy about goat cheese and thought this might have a similar foot stank smell but I was so wrong. This is the BEST caramel I have ever tried. It is so buttery and sweet and I need to get some vanilla ice cream ASAP so I can stop eating it by the spoonful. I guess I could dip some apples in it until I get to the store.

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What birthday party would be complete without a candle? This delicious smelling vegan Cupcake Candle from EcoBabe has a great scent and good throw. Plus it looks so darn cute sitting on my counter.

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If you were hoping to grab a second jar of The Peach Boys peach jam by EMZ Jamz you are going to have a long wait since it is out of season, but don’t cry because they have some other wonderful flavors to choose from! If you haven’t completely devoured this fresh tasting treat then try it with some brie or cream cheese on a cracker or mix with a little oil and vinegar to make a unique dressing for a summer salad.

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This box continues to amaze me! I love the monthly themes, I love that this box can be enjoyed by both men and women (and teenagers, since they eat all my treats), and I especially love that these items represent our state so well. As for the value, try walking around your local farmers market and see how much you can get for $25-35 and I think you will see this is a good deal, plus you don’t have to wander around in the heat, or the cold, or the rain. I spent $10 just for one jar of pickles y’all so I know those products aren’t cheap. If you would like to give My Texas Market a try then click here and get ready to enjoy the best of the Lone Star State!

P.S. What was your favorite item this month?