May 8, 2017

Women’s Health Checklist – Babbleboxx Review

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

Confession: I love getting the mail. Ever since I was a little kid I would beg my mom to let me race down the driveway to see what the box was filled with. More often than not it was bills and nothing that interesting to a child, but the days when an American Girl catalog or a postcard from my grandparents came…jackpot. To this day, I still get excited to see packages on my doorstep. Being a food blogger, I’ve had the chance to review some really cool sample boxes, and last week I got my first Babbleboxx.

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Here’s how Babbleboxx works. Brands reach out to to Babblebox, who then curates a themed box. They then send the boxes to influencers who help get the word out on these brands.

I received the Women’s Health Checklist box. Here’s what was inside!

First up, the food. Because why wouldn’t I start with food? I can’t tell you the last time I had a frozen meal, but these new Healthy Choice Power Bowls are worth a try. They’re a healthy combination of vegetables, proteins, and whole grains for those with an active lifestyle. The bowls varieties are that of Korean, Cuban, and Latin Cuisines with bold flavors, delicious flavors. Each has over 16g of protein and 6-8g of fiber.Babbleboxx Women's Health Checklist Box Review66

The most exciting thing in this box — for me, anyway — was a 23 And Me test. The test uses your DNA to educate you about your ancestral origins. All you have to do is provide a saliva sample, mail back the kit, and wait for your results.

I have always been curious about my background. Given that I have family from all around, I really just consider myself a mutt — but primarily Italian and Irish. But who really knows! I’ve already sent my sample in and hope to do a full review of this kit in about 6-8 weeks. I cannot wait to see if I’m actually…Russian. JK. Maybe? PS: Use the link above for $20 off your kit!

Next up, a tube of Arm & Hammer Peroxicare toothpaste. This toothpaste helps keeps gums healthy by cleaning along the gum line and between the teeth.Babbleboxx Women's Health Checklist Box Review66

The fourth product in the box was a Mio SLICE Heart Rate + Activity Tracker. It uses PAI,  a scientifically-validated metric based on heart rate that tells you how much activity you need to live a longer, healthier life. The ideal goal is to maintain a PAI score of 100 or more over a rolling 7 days, and you can do this with all types of activity, like biking, rowing, and fitness classes. PAI is calculated based on age, gender, resting heart rate and maximum heart rate.

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I love that this box was packed with some really great items, most of which I had never heard of before! It was definitely a great way for me to kickstart my fitness goals for spring!

Have you ever used a DNA/ancestry test kit? I’m soooo curious to get my results!


May 5, 2017

5 Fun Things 5.5.17

Am I the only one who doesn’t get excited about Cinco de Mayo? I just….don’t. It’s one of those holidays people use as an excuse to drink and I’m just like, really? Now tacos on the other hand…

1. I don’t know what took me so long, but I finally bought an Apple Watch. I know, I know, welcome to 2017 Christina. It was long overdue. I got the Rose Gold Series 2. But now my question is: what apps do I need? And why are there so many face options? And can we be friends on this device? Add me if there’s a way. I’ll figure it out soon enough.

2. Beautycounter‘s newest promo will have your lips smacking. Spend $150+ and you’ll get a lip gloss free!

My favorites shades are Dahlia, Peony, and Opal. I’m wearing Peony in the picture below. If you need suggestions on what to order, or the smartest ways to spend $150, email me: christinaorso@gmail.com. I’d love to help! And don’t miss the Mother’s Day Perfectly Pink set I mentioned here.

PS: Isn’t my Grammy the cutest?!

3. If you insist on celebrating Cinco de Mayo, go ahead and sip on one of these for me. I like my drinks spicy, and this Spicy Pineapple Cucumber Sangrita would hit the spot.

4. Speaking of adult beverages, Trader Joe’s will be carrying canned wine. BRB, leaving work now.

5. GIFs!

contemplating if i should really go into work today

what my bosses must think when i’m glued to my phone (bc instagram is my job)

when the internet goes out

when it comes back on without having to reset the router

everyone else in the office, while i stand begging for the printer to work

what it’s like working for a restaurant group

and also

but mostly bc it’s Cinco de Mayo 😉


May 4, 2017

Mother’s Day Gift Guide – All $100 or Less!

Here’s a roundup of some great ideas for the ladies in your life. There’s something for everyone – mom, grandma, auntie, or friend!

Alex & Ani “I love you Mom” Bangle

Love Ballet Flats

World’s Best Mom Mug

Beautycounter Perfectly Pink Gift Set – So cute and such a great value! Don’t forget – anyone who orders thru me by 3/15 will get a Charcoal Mask sample!

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Kate Spade Glitter Bottle – on sale for $21!


Voluspa Maison Blanc Candle Trio – The best scented candles.

A comfy Jersey robe. I need this too.

Monogram Striped Canvas Tote – Comes in many letter styles.

You Da Mom Trinket Tray – For all her jewelry!

Kendra Scott Pendant Necklace – I love this stone!

S’well Milky Way Water Bottle – How fun is this color?

Enjoy your day with your favorite lady!

May 2, 2017

Foods Making Me Happy This Week

1.Thanks to one of the guys in our catering kitchen, I’ve been making the easiest but super tasty chopped salad. All I do is mix grilled chicken, chopped romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, shaved red onion, roasted red peppers, and cilantro, then toss it with a little bit of salt & pepper, olive oil and a LOT of lime juice. Yes, lime juice. Trust me, you need to try this. Kim and I could not stop eating it!

2. Speaking of salads, I will never get tired of the Southwestern Salad from b.good. It was the first salad I tried there and I still eat it 2-3x/week. Arcadian greens, avocado, grilled corn, tomatoes, black beans, toasted corn, chipotle puree, and balsamic vinaigrette. Sometimes I swap out the dressing for a roasted red pepper vin they have. It’s so good!b.good southwestern salad

3. Switching into unhealthy gear for a second, this month’s #freakfrappe special at BBC is the “Frappe, Crackle & Pop”. This one was a joint effort between Frappe Daddy and me. He gets all the credit for the perfect name.

4. Over the weekend my friend Jess and I went to brunch at Earl’s in Assembly where she lives. We actually hang out in her area a lot because there’s a bunch of good shopping and restaurants we can hop around to. Sunday morning, we rolled right downstairs because I needed this avocado super toast. It had poached eggs, smashed avocado, olive oil, tomatoes, radish, sriracha, and toasted toasted hemp seeds.

Their Bloody Mary’s are really good too. Mostly because they come with salami and pickles…and I always add olives.

5. There’s another cooking video on my instagram from last night. Check my stories to see how I made a Fig Glazed Pork Loin from Home Chef. And ya know, watch my shenanigans. Hilarity all around. Watch before it expires around 6pm!
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Happy eating!