One of the first things I did when we moved back to the U.S. was start partaking in some serious consumer activity. The availability of stuff...everywhere...made me giddy. After 3.5 years of living with major convenience issues (that is, having nothing be convenient or easy), I was delighted to have options again.
Once we had a permanent address here in N.C., I decided to try out some of the straight-to-your-mailbox services that seem to have become all the rage while we were away. One of my favorites is without a doubt Nature Box. I'm not a person that likes to snack, but when I do snack I prefer it to be something that doesn't make me hate myself two seconds later.
Here's how Nature Box works: once a month they send you a package of at least five snacks. They can surprise you (which we tried the first time) or you can pick out each snack that is sent (what we do now). They have all different kinds of snacks and, from our experience, they are all stinkin' delicious. I always make sure that I have some variation of their sunflower seeds around. A handful of seeds is a great snack when I walk through the door after work and just need something to hold me over until dinner. Other favorites included watermelon chews, sweet potato fries and cheddar sticks.
My favorite part? The ingredient lists on all snacks have about five things listed. I've had some food sensitivities since being back in the U.S. (fully expected that), so it's nice to know things are made with care. It's also nice to be able to picture in my mind what ingredients look like unlike a lot of other processed food (Um, potassium bromate...can't picture it).
This is my way of saying that my monthly Nature Box -- at $20 a pop -- is totally worth it and feels like a downright treat when I find it in my mailbox at the start of each month.