Why Brandless.com Is The New Way To Order Groceries

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Hello Lovely,

Last week I received my first order from a relatively new site called Brandless. I was watching TV the week before and saw a commercial for the website advertising many gluten free and vegan grocery items. I was intrigued but given the natural sceptic that I am, I was like, "That's nice. Now how much?" Can you imagine my surprise at the end of the commercial when they said everything is just $3?!?!?!?!?!? I almost did a back flip off my bed to grab my laptop! I thought, this has to be a scheme. It's probably an introductory price or something. NOPE! They meant it!

While I searched their site, I found out that they're based in San Francisco and Minneapolis and got started July 11, 2017. Brandless offers a unique selection of food and household items. I say unique because none of it is name brand. That's right, if you haven't figured out by the name of the company yet, Brandless sells non name brand items. They're simple clean products that are practically being sold at cost! Brandless is trying to eliminate BrandTax™ (the hidden costs you pay for a national brand) once and for all.

So what did I order? I'm glad you asked!

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Now let me break down this order for ya!

I loved everything I got! I made the blueberry muffins the very next day. They were great! My co-workers couldn't believe it was gluten free. I definitely want to try making own using a flour alternative I actually like (so far I've tried spelt, but I really don't like it). The maple syrup isn't think like most, but it does have a smooth and light taste. I made the soup the very next night and added a little pasta and strips of leftover chicken breasts with some mushrooms. I could eat that almost every night!

I went through the snacks over the course of a week (no shame) and I couldn't believe they were healthy. I was mad when I had to share my maple twists with my students. The oat and cranberry crisps have a genuine real flavour (nothing artificial there) and the sweet potato crisps were a great savoury sweet snack that made a field trip I had to supervise much more bearable.

I use the face lotion every day but my skin is taking awhile to adjust to it. Next time I order, I'm going to try the toner as well.

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You wanna know something cool? A meal is donated to Feeding America®, the nation's leading domestic hunger relief organization every time you shop on Brandless. Check them out today. You can even buy a prepackaged bundle if you don't know where to start.

Crochet Gift Box Pot Holders

Hello Lovely,

This weekend had me feeling completely inspired! I hadn't crafted something that couldn't be eaten in months because of my busy schedule. But after seeing this post by Repeat Crafter Me, I couldn't resist making my own. It's so simple and makes the perfect gift! Like Sarah says, all you need to do is crochet a solid square and then add slip stitches and long crochet chain for a bow. I thought to myself, I can do that! And so I did! 

– Red and Green yarn
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Tapestry Needle


Finished Size: Approximately 9×9 inches

Gift Box Granny Square Pattern:
With Red (or main gift box color)
Chain 21, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain, chain 1, turn
Row 2-21: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (20 SC)
Do not fasten off
Continue to SC along the 3 rough edges of the square. There should be one SC for each row of the square (along the edge). Make a SC + chain 1 + SC in each of the 4 corners. Fasten off and weave in ends.

With White
Join white at any point on edge, SC in each stitch around making a SC + chain 1 + SC in each of the corners.
Edging Round 2-4: SC in each stitch around and make a SC + chain 1 + SC in each of the corners. Fasten off and weave in ends.

With Green (or bow color)
Slip stitch horizontally and vertically down the middle of your red box. 

I'm still making the green one so I'll let you know how that turns out but this is the first one. I'm still trying to decide who I should give it to. What do you think? Do you like this as a gift idea? Did it look simple enough to make?