I’m feeling pretty sassy these days. The extra sunlight is a big help. I am almost ready to concede that winter is over and I am almost ready to take my warm weather clothes out and put my cold weather clothes into storage. Almost. I know if I put my sweaters away it will snow so I am waiting at least until this weekend. We have been having a spectacular spring here this year. This is notable since spring in Minnesota is usually no more than a weekend. We go from shoveling and high heating bills to lawn mowing and air conditioning in the blink of an eye. There is never a time when the utility company isn’t raking in all kinds of dough.
My tulips are in full bloom and the lilacs are just about to pop. Last week I planted my window boxes with marigolds. I’m feeling so good about this spring that when the fucking squirrels dug up all of my marigolds I didn’t go after them with my wrist rocket. I’ll get them but not until the heat of summer has set in and I am feeling crabby again.
To add to my uplifted mood I received a couple of packages last week. I finally got my shwag from General Hospital, which included a mug, tote bag, throw blanket, and poster signed by 17 cast members. Now if I could just figure out how to get their words “General Hospital” off of each product I might actually use them. I also received my Sassy Sampler box from Jenn at The Sassy Sampler.
Jenn, a fellow tribe member from Tribal Blogs, asked if I wanted a sample box and if I would review it. I’m always about getting free stuff in the mail so I jumped at the chance. She promised to send it out right away and it arrived after three days. Of course, I have the attention span of a gnat and I get distracted easily. In those three days I completely forgot about it. So it was a wonderful surprise when it showed up on my front porch last week.
Jenn had clearly market the box on one end with OPEN THIS END, but I was far too excited to read any kind of direction and opened it at the other end. The wrong end, spilling all the contents out on my kitchen floor, not unlike a pinata at a child’s birthday. More fun!
I sat down on my kitchen floor like a kid at Christmas going through a stuffed stocking. Except that most kids don’t empty their stocking loot out on the kitchen floor. Luckily for me the daughter was still at school so I had a little time to go through everything without little hands grabbing at everything.
If she had been there I would have had to fight her off. Included in my Sassy Sampler were all kinds of goodies. There was a lovely beaded bookmark, something I am always in need of, candle melts that smelled yummy in hydrangea and apple cinnamon, an insomnia kit, face scrubby, energy drinks, some awesome mineral make up made by Jenn herself, and several charms. All inside a satin tote!
Sample boxes are a great idea. You can try a variety of different products and choose the ones that work for you. It’s a great way to find artisans that you would never find out at the mall. Sample boxes can be tailored to different needs such as new moms, beauty products, health and wellness, diet, and crafts just to name a few. I love the idea of gathering the best products from unique artists and putting them together for people to try out.
The only criticism I have about the Sassy Sampler is that the samples were packaged in little zip loc bags. Boring! I’m a fool for pretty packaging. If something comes in a cute little box I will love it, no matter what. Put a ribbon or bow on it and I will be a customer for life. I also choose books by their covers and if a bottle of wine has a cute label and name I will buy it, drink it and love it. I’m a marketers dream. I realize to package all of the samples would be costly but it might be a worthy investment. I am not the only one who loves pretty packages. I would also suggest adding an item that was full sized, just as a little treat.
The Sassy Sampler is a great way to discover new products and artisans, they also make great gifts for those people you just don’t know what to get. Give a little of everything!
Isn't it amazing how much weather affects our moods? I am always so much happier and subsequently productive when the sun is shinning. Im so over the winter.
I am a little jealous of your General Hospital Swag. I might have to get some of my own!
And, I definitely need to know more about that insomnia kit, included in your Sassy Sampler!
I knew someone was having trouble sleeping but I couldn't think of who it
was. I haven't had insomnia since before my kids were born. Email me your
address and I will send it to you. I'm dying to see how it works. I'll send
the poster too if you want;)
I am totally emailing you my address! And I will even write a blog
post about the results of the insomnia kit. But I will have to pass on
It's signed by Anthony Geary (Luke)!
PS: my favorite male 'Soap Character' is TAD from AMC!
We are getting spring in two or three day stints. It's currently raining and colder than heck. I'm still wearing shorts and flip flops. My legs are purple, but I don't care. It's spring. This weekend it will be warm and then next Tuesday it will be raining again. Good grief. Enjoy your spring.
Have a terrific day. 🙂
I have never had a sampler box so I am a jealous goat.
I probably would have eaten some things I should not have.
Do they have goat samplers with apples and grain? THAT I would like.
I seem to have figured out how to get things fixed in stupid disqus but I uploaded my mad face to show that I am still frustrated.
I am a definite believer in the weather altering my moods. I know I shouldn't talk to a Minnesota girl about such things, but we had a bitter winter down here in the Tropics that lasted far too long for my fragile Southern temperament. I felt like I was the biggest bitch during that time. The sky is blue now. The weather is balmy and I'm a happy girl.
No, it was probably much worse for you. It was cold down there this winter.
Our winter wasn't that bad really. No worse than we usually get.
We've had beautiful spring weather for the past couple of days, but today has been really overcast, and we had a crazy, crazy hailstorm! Boo.
Hailstorms are never fun. Cars don't like them. We've been really dry this
season, and still dry from the summer before.
We go from freezy winter , a few weeks of Spring and then 9 months of Summer and a few weeks of Fall, then a brief Winter. Ack! I love Spring and Fall, but rarely see that kind of weather here. Ever. So of course, I love it more when we do!
We have 9 months of winter and three months of hot, humid summer. I'm loving
Grab a revealing t-shirt from your summer wardrobe to wear on Monday (boobquake day)!
boobquake day? please explain..
Someone didn't read my post today.
I'm sorry, I'll get there. Jeez, you are a great mom wielding that guilt so
I may not have been born Jewish, but I'm learning.
I would say that you have aced it!
The weather completely affects my moods. You just can't be down when the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Especially after the lousy winter we had.
A sampler box sounds like it might be a fun gift for someone, and lord knows I need a lot of gifts next month! I also need to know what is in the insomnia kit? I'm curious.
I'm going to send it to Meleah and then she is going to see if it works.
It's aromatherapy type stuff. You can go to the Sassy Sampler website to
learn more about it.
Weather completely effects my mood.
It went from gorgeous spring to cruel winter here in the last two days. Not that does not make me happy! Getting stuff like you are talking about in the mail (Sassy Sampler) is my favorite. I frequently order the cosmetics items that have the most samples with purchase! I love samples! And its the best way to advertise as far as I'm concerned. I can actually try the product and see if I like it. I've found wonderful stuff I have never heard of before. Plus, I save a lot of the stuff for little gifts for my granddaughters! You never have enough lip gloss, lotions, etc. when you are a teen! Love it!
Of course I meant to say: That does NOT make me happy, but my fingers get ahead of my brain.
You can never have enough lip gloss when you are a grown woman either. I
still get excited at Clinque Bonus Time!
I am a marketer's dream too. I am totally sucked in by pretty packaging and marketing gimmicks. I work in marketing so I usually recognize what they are trying to do and am sucked into it anyway.
I like sassy women.
SWEET! I can picture you on the floor going through all the loot… I will definitely check out the site… thanks for the review! (and I had to laugh about the attention span of a gnat… way too funny)
Right 😉 I like all the seasons, provided they are true seasons. Icy winters, sunny spring, warm summers, and beautiful, sunny autumns. What I hate are Grey, miserable days. They make me feel Grey and miserable!
Jenn, thanks so much for the review. WE all learned a few things from the inagural box.
As for full size products, technically the charmsnthigns keyring, the alice charm and the charm from amethyst cottage are full sized. They all sell seperately through their sites.
I get the packaging not being super fancy, but I don't package everyone's goodies. They do and I can only recomend they do certain things.
However, that is why I also throw in the cute re-useable totes!
Oh, and weather gives my mother migraines. All her life.
Jenn, you did a great job. It was so much fun to discover all these
different things. BTW, your mineral make up is wonderful! I just love the
colors and it feels so good on my skin.
I love samples, especially when they look pretty. Sassy – love that word!
Finally got your comment section figured out! The sassy sampler was a nice surprise. Sometimes I forget stuff I requested and never know what my mailbox holds in store.
Yep, I'm a ball of sunlit sass myself. Winter really kicked my ass. Am so into surprise packages…..in fact I thought I got one on Saturday, but turned out to be some shitass package of body building junk for hubs. Oh well. I fixed that by ordering the first season of Glee on ebay and I know it'll be here any minute. Dammit.
Thank you so much for sharing your comments, your personal story and for even including a picture. As one of the many contributors, I am thankful for your wonderful suggestions to help us provide a unique, and quality product presentation. To tell the truth, I hadn't given much thought to the packaging, now I will.
My hope is that you enjoyed the samples and found the value we so proudly promote.
Carla J Gardiner