Colorado Gold Rush Towns: Georgetown, Central City and Black Hawk

After a totally brutal day of altitude changes, we decided to alter our original plans for the day. We were supposed to hike Mount Bierstadt, which would have been our first 14er, but we decided that this was a little too ambitious.

By the way, if you missed my previous Colorado posts, check them out first:
A Day at the Pack Burro Races in Leadville, Colorado
Exploring Colorado’s Great Outdoors + Is the Dwight Howard?

Instead, we decided to start heading to Denver from Silverthorne, which had been our base for the past two days, and stop off at a few towns along the scenic drive.

Our first stop, though, was breakfast at a cute place called the Sunshine Cafe! Although it is located in a strip mall, the food and service were excellent. I ordered the hueoves rancheros with vegetarian green chili, which came with a side of hash browns. Yum!

Georgetown, Colorado

The first town we visited was Georgetown. In its heyday, it was the mining center of Colorado and a huge silver mining town. Today, it still attracts many visitors due to its historic preservation. During the drive, we passed by the Georgetown Loop Railroad, which was completed in 1884 and takes visitors between Georgetown and Silver Plume.

Georgetown Loop Railroad
Georgetown Loop Railroad

Georgetown’s historic district is filled with preserved period buildings, with many serving as boutiques and souvenirs shops today.

Kneisel & Anderson Grocery
Hotel de Paris Museum
In addition to the Historic District, Georgetown also has a number of beautifully preserved Victorian era homes. This part of town reminded me of Cape May, New Jersey. How I miss it. 

Continuing to the next town, we passed by the Argo Gold Mine. I thought this was funny because of the film Argo, which I loved.

We took a scenic, partially paved path that is only open during the summer months towards Central City. The road had reminders of its old purpose, serving the mining industry, with long ago abandoned equipment along the road.

Central City, Colorado

Central City also has beautiful historic district, but instead of having many historical points of interest, it seems that casinos are its main attraction. There were very few people in town the day we visited and there didn’t seem to be much going on.

I loved seeing this old stable.

Central City also has some cultural attractions like its Opera House.

Central City Opera House

Black Hawk, Colorado

Black Hawk seems to be beating Central City at the gambling game. It has 17 casinos! Many of them casinos are also newly built, huge Vegas-style casinos. We wound up having a late lunch at the Lady Luck Casino. I had steak and veggies. 

Raisin Bread and I both aren’t the gambling type so it is hard for us to understand the culture of gambling.

We made the rest of the journey to Denver, where we settled in to our studio from Airbnb.

Sunshine Cafe
250 Summit Place
Silverthorne, CO 80498

Lady Luck Casino
340 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills Preseason Game

I got a surprise in my email inbox late last week. It was an invitation from Klout to attend the upcoming Washington Redskins preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. The email was pretty nonspecific, so I thought it was just two tickets for me and a guest. After conferring with Raisin Bread, we decided to go. I had never been to an NFL game before, and he hadn’t been to a Redskins game before, so it would be a new experience for both of us!

On Friday, a confirmation email came with more details. The tickets weren’t “just” tickets. We would have Club Level access, and we were also invited to a pre-game tailgate and meet-and-greet with the players’ wives and girlfriends. Nice!

Raisin Bread and I planned to meet in time for the pre-game event, but the Metro took soooo long. It took me an hour and 40 minutes to get to FedEx Field and it took Raisin Bread almost 2 hours! So frustrating.

Needless to say, we didn’t make it to the tailgate.

FedEx Field

While I waited for Raisin Bread to arrive, I picked up our tickets and found out that we had been upgraded to “Dream Seats” in Row 3! I wasn’t sure what that meant but it sounded awesome.

We still had about half an hour before kick off so we went up to the Club Level to check it out. It was so nice. It is entirely enclosed and air-conditioned with dedicated restrooms, restaurants, bars and food courts. We also had access to the party decks, but we didn’t scope it out.
My favorite part of the Club Level though was the plethora of seating available. There were tables and chairs and big comfy leather seats everywhere and flat screen televisions at every turn. This would come in handy later.  
A nice concierge took us down to our seats, and we finally figured out what Dream Seats are. They are a dream! Um, can this get any better? 
Dream Seats also get you unlimited basic food and drink: hot dogs, peanuts, cookies, water and soda. I took full advantage of that, maybe a little too much! 
Get your peanuts!
We stayed put for the introductions and run through the tunnel. I still can’t believe how close we were! 

We were also there for the start of the first quarter.

I was getting a little too much sun, so we went back to the Club Level to sit in the lounge for the rest of the first quarter. We headed back out for the remainder of the game.

I spy #10 from across the field!

Washington beat Buffalo: 30 to 7! 
Since we missed the pre-game event, we decided to stop in to the 5th quarter post-game party on the Club Level. It also gave us a chance to wander around some more. There are PS3s to play on, lots of places to eat and drink and even an Audi Club. 

The 5th quarter was held in a tent on the patio and featuring some live music! Lots of party people!

We stayed for about 20 minutes before heading home!

Bye, FedEx Field! Thanks again to Klout and The Women of Washington Redskins Club for the amazing time!

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets for me and a guest to this preseason game from Klout and The Women of Washington Redskins Club. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure here.

Weeks in Review (August 5 to 25, 2013) + {Product Review} FrogFuel Protein Shot

How I feel after vacation
Image source: Free-picture.net
The Weeks in Review have completely disappeared this month, I know. Since school ended, I have been very unmotivated in general and with training in particular. That didn’t stop me from running my third 10K last weekend though. 
August 5 to 11, 2013
Monday: rest
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: ran 1.62 miles
Friday: rest
SaturdayMetabolic Maximizer + 30 second plank
Sunday: hiked/walked 3 miles

Total mileage this week: 4.62 miles

August 12 to 18, 2013
Monday to Saturday: rest
Sunday: Run Wild 10K 

Total mileage this week: 6.2 miles

August 19 to 25, 2013
Monday: rest
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: ran 1.96 miles
Thursday: rest
Friday: rest
Saturday: walked 4 miles
Sunday: ran 4.02 miles

Total yoga this week: 0 times

Total mileage this week: 9.98 miles
Total mileage this year: 241.05 miles

Since I have a half marathon on the schedule every month until the end of the year, I won’t have any choice but to keep myself on track! 
Before I go today, I wanted to finally give my review of FrogFuel. As you may remember, I hosted a giveaway last month. That post has some of the specs on the product, so I’m not going to rehash that information here. 
I was supposed to receive some samples to review, but there was some kind of issue so it took me quite a long time to receive the product, which is why this review is just going up now. 

I tried FrogFuel both before and after runs. If you are like me and regularly use GU or a similar product for mid-run fueling, the first difference you will notice between those products and FrogFuel is the consistency. FrogFuel is liquidy instead of gooey. This makes it easy to take before or after a run because no slurping is required. The second thing I noticed was the taste. The flavor is supposed to be “berry,” but it tastes very artificial, medicinal rather than fruity. In fact, I couldn’t really swallow the protein shot on its own and had to take a sip of water with it to dilate the flavor. So while the consistency would make FrogFuel ideal to take without water mid-run, the taste would not make this possible for me.

What’s my take: I can’t get past the taste. Although I really like the consistency and ease of use, the flavor was not my favorite. If FrogFuel comes out with more flavors, I might try it again.

Disclosure: I received three FrogFuel protein shots for the purpose of this review. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure here

Exploring Colorado’s Great Outdoors + Is that Dwight Howard?

My first post about my 10 day trip to Colorado and New Mexico left off at our morning at the Leadville Pack Burro Race. From Leadville, we began to drive towards Aspen. Our first destination was to be Independence Pass on the Continental Divide. Along the way, we made several scenic stops to see the beautiful lakes and mountains of Colorado.

How gorgeous is this? 

There was a small loop trail at Independence Pass that we went on. It was at about this time that I started feeling the effects of the elevation change. Walking even on a slight incline was difficult and left me out of breathe. We took our time walking to the lookout. 

 Once we got there, we saw more beautiful mountains.

A short distance away is Independence Townsite. Independence was founded in 1879 and declined shortly thereafter. Some of the buildings have been preserved. There is also a 1 mile loop hike around the abandoned buildings that we explored. 

Our next stop was a short drive away to a trail called The Grottos. This hike was mostly on large boulders, and eventually takes you to an area where the Roaring Fork River has carved into the rocks to create waterfalls. 

We found the trail to be a bit confusing and wound up getting disoriented while we were trying to find the Ice Caves, so we just headed back to our car instead of wandering more. 

Next, we drove to Aspen to take an afternoon break. On the drive over, we came across a grove of Aspen trees. 

We explored town a bit and had way too many cookies from Paradise Bakery. Later, we decided to hang out in the park, where there were lots of doggies and their humans also hanging out. And wait? Is that Dwight Howard throwing a football around with a bunch of kids??? Why, yes! Yes, it is!

That was kind of humorous because I have no idea who Dwight Howard is, but apparently, my husband does as does every other grown up in the park!

Our final hike of the day was to be Maroon Bells. Just as we were heading over, it started to rain and then when we got there, it was pouring down. We still took a soggy walk around but couldn’t do the hike.

Still lovely despite the lack of sun! 

It turned out to be good that we couldn’t do the hike because by this time, I was in bad shape. My head was pounding and I was starting to feel nauseous. Maybe it was all the cookies, but I think it was the altitude and the over-exertion from our already long and active day.

We drove to Glenwood Springs for dinner at The Pullman, but I had absolutely no appetite. Did I mention my pounding headache??? Ugh. Raisin Bread had to run to 7-11 to get me some Tylenol. I couldn’t even consider trying to eat meat, so I ordered a salad and soup. I wound up not even being able to stomach the soup.

It’s too bad because under normal circumstances, I would have wanted to eat the entire menu.

Folks, altitude is no joke. The only other time I have done hiking in similar conditions, I was heavily medicated on Diamox! Don’t be tempted to go, go, go like we did and give yourself a day or two to acclimate. 

Paradise Bakery
320 South Galena Street
Aspen, CO 81611

The Pullman
330 7th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Lehigh Valley Zoo Run Wild 2013 10K – Race Recap

On Sunday, I ran the 5th Annual Lehigh Valley Zoo Run Wild 10K. This time I signed up for a 10K that was actually the correct distance! The race was special to me because it was the first race I ran with Raisin Bread. Let me tell you running with the hubby is a lot of fun. We drove up to Pennsylvania on Saturday and spent some time with his dad, stepmother and brother – helping them clean up from their yard sale, shooting hoops and bouncing around on their trampoline.

Look at these crazy kids jumping around! Oh wait, it’s just Raisin Bread doing the jumping. 

After dinner and more hanging out, we completed the remainder of the drive to the Lehigh Valley and Raisin Bread’s mother’s house. We didn’t make it until almost midnight, which meant very little sleep before our early wake-up time.
I had my usual pre-race breakfast: water and a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Mmm…nommy! 

Raisin Bread’s mother offered to join us to watch us run. What a nice thing to do! We left the house around 6:45 am. The main road leading to the zoo was closed and we hit a dead end. Luckily, there was a lady jogging, who actually works for the zoo, and she gave us directions on how to get to the parking lot. Better signage would have been helpful! There were a lot of other cars behind us that did the same thing. Not fun to get lost on the way to a race.

After another 10 minutes, we finally got to the zoo and picked up our race packets. The 10K had only about 225 registrants, so our line was very quick.

We had a few minutes to kill before we had to get to the starting line. Raisin Bread saw that there were massages being given nearby, so he wandered over to see if they cost money. They were free! So we promptly got in line for a pre-race massage! So nice! 

Since we were in a zoo, located in a nature preserve, there were some animals around, such as this peacock! 

We had just enough time to hit the bathroom before it was time to get to the starting line. We discovered that there were lots of mosquitoes around the park at this point. Raisin Bread had a bite on his forehead and I got five bites on my legs. Boohoo!

The race quickly started and we were off. It was very crowded because the 5K and 10K both started at the same place and time. The race was mostly on pavement but there were about three spots that ventured onto trails. Here we are heading into the woods!

The weather was very nice that day. Not sunny and not humid in the 70s. It was perfect race weather for me!

Soon after the 2 mile mark, the 10K and 5K split onto different routes, which was so nice because there was so much room and no more need to weave around people. It was also at this time that we started climbing uphill along some switchbacks. Just when we thought the climbing had ended, we came to a monster hill! I couldn’t run uphill anymore so I walked up the killer hill as did most people my pace. From the bottom of the hill to the top, we had gained over 320 feet! Ugh.

Big mean hill!

When we got to the top, we got a pretty nice view of the valley!

Around mile 4, we were greeted by these furry guys. I love bison. They are such majestic creatures although I wouldn’t want to be on the other side of that fence!

After the fourth mile, it was pretty much two more miles of very fast downhill, which was amazing after such a grueling middle route. As we entered the final stretch, we re-entered the zoo grounds. I was able to spot some emus and kangaroos as we were finishing.

Raisin Bread and I sprinted to the finish and I beat him by a hair. I think he let me beat me since he’s such a nice husband.

We grabbed some snacks and headed home.

My clock time was 1:12:22. The race wasn’t chip timed, and we started in the back of the pack. My actual time might have been a minute or so less than the clock time.

My Nike Running app keeps crashing, so I’ll update with my split times once it’s working again. It doesn’t look like this was a PR for me though. The route was just too tough.

Splits from my Nike Running app:
Mile 1: 10:38
Mile 2: 10:11 *fastest mile
Mile 3: 14:32 *big hill!
Mile 4: 11:55
Mile 5: 10:48
Mile 6: 10:35

Average pace: 11:27

Overall, I thought this was a great race. My only complaint was the difficulty we had finding the parking lot. Other than that, it was well-organized and well-staffed. The route was challenging, but it was scenic. I also didn’t like the mozzies, but they can’t help that. 
Runners also had the chance to visit the zoo after the race, but we had brunch plans and didn’t take advantage of that. 

A Day at the Pack Burro Races in Leadville, Colorado

Raisin Bread and I just returned from a 10 day trip to Colorado and New Mexico! One of the highlights of the trip was seeing the Leadville Burro Race during the Leadville Boom Days Festival. Donkeys have always been one of my favorite animals: they are hardworking, gentle and pretty darn cute!

We drove from our hotel in Silverthorne to Leadville, an old Colorado mining town, pretty early in the morning and arrived around 9:30 am. The town was already bustling so we visited some of the local shops to pass the time before we found where the burros were being warmed up before the race.

There were so many cute burros.

Even mini ones! Those little legs can run.

Burros were munching away on grass.

There were some fuzzy burros. Look at those fuzzy legs and fuzzy head.

Gentle burros don’t mind a pet on the head.

There was one burro in particular who didn’t seem too happy to be at the races. 
After visiting with the burros, we walked with them to the starting line. The Leadville race is the second leg of the triple crown of burro racing. During a burro race, a human racer leads a burro by a rope along a long distance course. Humans are not allowed to ride the burro, and burros must also carry saddle packs. The Leadville race is 22-miles long and goes up Mosquito Pass before returning to the town center with the burros packing 33 pounds of traditional mining gear, including a shovel, gold pan and pick. 
The men’s heat went first. Here they are lined up at the starting line. 
Then they were off! They sure can move. 

See you later, burros!

The burros were set to return in about 3.5 hours. Although we weren’t planning to see them finish, there were many things a spectator could do before the grand finish.

You could admire the architecture or if you’re a little one, ride a train around the main street.

Or buy some antiques. Don’t you love these teddy bears for sale?

You could watch some gunslingers in a mock shoot out. 

We decided to enjoy some fair food: homemade root beer, fried pickles and a pulled pork sandwich.

 

There was also a variety of restaurants serving up some grub like the Golden Burro Cafe. 

I never knew the sport of pack burro racing existed prior to planning this trip, but I am glad I got to experience this Colorado tradition! 

{Product Review} Le Tote – Totes #3 and #4

I’m currently on my fifth Le Tote. From this, you can probably assume that I have been relatively happy with the service so far, and I have been overall.

Le Tote #3 

1) Black top with ruffles and faux leather strap in back

2) Purple pleated tank
3) Orange and white print dress
4) Purple earrings, 5) white and gold bangle, 6) thin gold bangle
7) Black statement necklace

As you can tell, this tote contained more than five items, as promised by my stylist to make up for the broken piece I received in Le Tote #2.
I wore the gold bangles throughout the week with different outfits. I wound up wearing the purple top two times, once to work with the purple earrings and once to a festival on the 4th of July. I decided to pair this casual outfit with the statement necklace to make it more interesting and also because I needed to send back my items and didn’t have anything else to wear the necklace to. 
I wore the black top to work, together with some old pieces. I actually really liked the fit of this top even though I initially thought it was quite boring. I was thinking about keeping the top but the “leather” strap in the back wouldn’t stay closed throughout the day. 

I threw on the graphic dress for dinner one night with my hubby. I wasn’t too happy with the shape of the dress and I didn’t have an appropriate belt to cinch the waist with, so it was worn for all of 45 minutes. 

I wrote a long-ish email to my stylist after this box. Almost every piece I have gotten so far were flowy and waistless. I asked to receive more interesting shapes and cuts.

Le Tote #4

The items in this tote were completely different from the flowy, shapeless pieces I have normally received in previous totes. They were different cuts and different materials. 
1) Blue and pink dress with pink belt
2) Red pleather dress
3) Blue hummingbird top
4) Red dangle earrings and 5) Blue and gold chain necklace
The weather this week was scorching (in the high 90s and 100s) every single day, so I am quite sure I would have looked absolutely ridiculous wearing a pleather dress out. I thought it was quite odd that this piece was sent to me. Doesn’t say summer at all! I did take a selfie of me in it though. 

I thought the blue dress and necklace were amazing together. So sweet and very girly. Honestly, it was a little too girly for me, but I didn’t mind putting on some super girlish clothes for the day.

I really loved the hummingbird shirt. I wore it twice and also was pondering purchasing it. Unfortunately, it was a tad snug so I wound up sending it back. I paired the shirt with the earrings since I wasn’t able to wear them with the dress. 
I don’t think I’m going to cancel my subscription anytime soon. I love not having to think about what to wear after I receive a new tote and I love that it still serves its purpose of mixing up my wardrobe with new pieces. 
If you missed my first review of Le Tote, check it out here

Spicing It Up in Philadelphia

At the beginning of July, I headed to Philly for the weekend to visit my baby brother and his fiancée. After a delayed departure via the Megabus, I completed the two hour journey. We immediately met for dinner. Raisin Bread has GERD issues, so spicy foods aren’t consumed on a regular basis in our household. Since I have such a thoughtful little brother, he made sure that we took the opportunity to have our fill of spices!

For dinner, we had a spicy Szechuan meal at Han Dynasty in University City. The items on their menu are rated on a 0 to 10 scale of spicy-ness, with 10 being the highest. Two of the items we ordered were rated a 10 and my mouth was burning by the end of it.

We ate family style and ordered four dishes: beef and tripe in chili oil (10), Dan Dan noodles (8), dry pot style pork (10), and string beans with minced pork (0). Although I didn’t mind the heat, my favorite dishes were actually the non-spicy ones (the Dan Dan noodles and the string beans). I found the tripe way too oily.

Saturday was my only full day in Philly. We started the morning off with a visit to the farmers market outside of Ed’s apartment, where we bought banana bread and an apple dumpling to share for breakfast plus lots of fresh fruit. Then we started our day of museum visits.

We spent a few hours at the tter Museum, which is part of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and showcases the collection of medical oddities that once belonged to Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, who wanted to share his collection to improve medical education. Unfortunately, they do not allow photography inside the museum, but some of the things we saw include a syphilitic skull, a nine-foot long colon that had a tumor in it, a collection of skulls, and antique medical equipment. Interesting and grotesque stuff!

For lunch, we got our spice on again at Federal Donuts, which offers fried chicken and donuts. This is apparently a thing now because there are several restaurants that recently popped up in DC that offer the same combo. Federal Donuts has both dry and wet seasoning so we ordered one of each. The dry was called shabazzi, which is a mixture of cilantro, sumac and green chili and the wet was chili garlic. They were both super tasty and messy. We also shared their vanilla spice, strawberry lavender and cinnamon brown sugar (my pick) donuts. Too much food!

The second museum we visited for the day was the Rosenbach Museum and Library. I had never heard of it before, but the future sister-in-law wanted to see selections from the Maurice Sendak Collection, which is held here. We happened to arrive a few minutes before they were to begin a guided tour of the Rosenbach House, which was perfect because we wouldn’t have been able to see it otherwise. The tour was so interesting because I had no knowledge of where we were or who the Rosenbachs were. The museum is actually the Rosenbach brothers’ townhouse and holds an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts and antiques.

We saw pieces of the Sendak collection including illustrations, book mockups and a large wall mural. Don’t you just love this poster?

We rested up at the apartment before ending our day at Distrito for one more spicy meal. I really wanted to try a Jose Garces restaurant on this visit, so we picked this one. We went family style again and ordered a variety of dishes. We started with the rellenitos, Nachos Ignacio with black beans, tomato, queso mixto, jalapeno, and radish, and the tuna ceviche. My favorite of the dishes was the rellenitos.

 
We also shared three types of tacoes: lengua, pollo and skirt steak. Such great flavor and again, too much food! 

On Sunday, we enjoyed a lighter brunch at The Gold Standard Cafe before I had to make my way back to the nation’s capital! It was a great weekend exploring Philly with family!

Han Dynasty
3711 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

tter Museum
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Federal Donuts
1632 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Rosenbach Museum and Library
2008 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Distrito

3945 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Gold Standard Cafe
4800 Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Week in Review (July 29 to August 4, 2013)

Happy Monday! For those who read my blog regularly, you know that I am usually not afraid to try new things. This week I was hesitant to try a new class at the Pilates studio I have been going to recently, but I tried it anyway and I’m glad I did. On Saturday morning, I took a CoreAlign class, which is supposed to improve posture and balance. My posture is pretty bad and I’m a klutz, which made this class pretty challenging. It did not come to me naturally at all, but I am glad I went. I’m not sure that I will be adding this class as a regular part of my workout routine, but it was good to get out of my comfort zone.

I had fewer workouts this week but felt like I put in some good quality time!

Monday: Ran 2.84 miles
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: Pilates Reformer class (50 minutes)
Friday: rest
Saturday: Ran/walked 2.2 miles + CoreAlign class (50 minutes)
Sunday: Walked 3 miles

Total yoga this week: 0 times
Total mileage this week: 8.04 miles
Total mileage this year: 220.25

Oh and this is exciting! I am being featured in today’s blog post on RealInto.com as this week’s F.I.T. Interview. Check it out here. Thanks, Carli!!

Question: What was the last new thing you tried? 

{Product Review} Bulu Box – May 2013

This review is extremely delayed…about 2 months delayed! Oops! Better late than never, right?

Bulu Box is a subscription service that delivers 4 to 5 vitamin and supplement samples every month for you to try. They also offer a Bulu Box Weight Loss Box for those looking to lose weight. Month-to-month, 3 month and 6 month subscriptions cost $10 per month, while the 12 month subscription is available for $110.

I tried out the regular Bulu Box for May 2013. It contained five samples and a brochure with descriptions of all of the items, which I will be referring to below.

1. Artisana Superfood Nut Butter“Maximum Antioxidants: Already love the delicious and nutritious taste of cashew butter? Now with 5 different superfood additives, Artisana Superfood Nut Butter is a perfect appetite suppressing snack for your taste buds and your body. Take control of your appetite and feel full longer.” 

I received a sample of the Berry AntiOxidant flavor. The back of the package said, “Knead it. Squeeze it. Enjoy!” I kneaded and the package proceeded to explode! I didn’t wind up trying it because I was paranoid that the package may have already been open before I started kneading and didn’t want to risk it. The smell, however, was not at all appetizing, so I am not sure I would have liked it anyway.

2. Fit n’ Crisp Protein Snack by Promax“Healthy Craving Fix: Make a healthy snack decision – reach for a Fit n’ Crisp by Promax. Only 140 calories, 13 g of protein and 0 artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup, it’s your perfect quell to the sugar craving storm inside.”

I had the vanilla marshmallow flavor Fit n’ Crisp as an afternoon snack at work and I really liked it. To me, it tasted just like a rice krispy treat. Yum! Plus, it kept me full all afternoon long.

3. Fitmixer Amino“Muscle Building Fuel: Give your muscles fuel to burn longer and build stronger. By increasing nitric oxide production, the delicious Tri-Flow Amino Blend reduces fatigue and improves your muscle recovery.” 

I made a glass of the fruit punch flavored Fitmixer as a post-workout drink. It tasted great and was super refreshing after sweating it up!

4. NeoCell Beauty Bursts“Delicious Collagen Support: A burst of nutrients with a gush of flavor. Collagen Types 1 and 3, found in NeoCell Beauty Bursts, promote smoother, more radiant skin, hair & nails. Try both super fruit punch and fresh mint chocolate. Treat yourself to delicious taste and beautiful skin.” 

Another fruit punch flavored item. While I didn’t mind the taste of the chews, I don’t think my hair, skin and nails got any more radiant after having the two chews. Lol.

5. Plantiva AllerDx – “Fast Allergy Relief: Boost your immune systems’ tolerance to the environment around you. By strengthening kidney health and calming over-active liver function, AllerDx calms histamine reactions and improves nasal airflow. Best part, it works in minutes!”

I didn’t feel comfortable ingesting this supplement even though I have pretty bad seasonal allergies. I suffer from hereditary hypertension for which I take daily medication and didn’t know if I should be taking this while on my meds.

What’s my take? I wasn’t too impressed with this month’s box, especially because I wound up only being able to try three of the five products. In general, I’m not much of a supplement-taker so I don’t think I would go out and subscribe to Bulu Box on my own. The cost of subscription is relatively inexpensive so those who do like to try out new vitamins and supplements might enjoy Bulu Box more.

Disclosure: Due to my affiliation with Fit Approach, I received a complimentary month of Bulu Box. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure here.