Think Inside the Subscription Box

I love food! Who doesn’t? I’m also a big snacker! Thankfully we’ve come a long way from greasy chips and fat filled twinkies. Snack food can be good for you and taste good! Every month people look forward to the most unique and delicious treats delivered to their front door. I’m one of them. This post is all about the subscription box. Thanks to Kiara Loves KC affiliates, I’m sharing my favorites with you!

Are any of these yummy treats looking good to you? Simply click on the image to learn more. Bonus: be sure to take advantage of discounts and free gifts if you start a subscription! (They’re highlighted in red.)

Do think a snack subscription box is for you? No worries! I included a few for dog lovers, the kiddos, and more. You definitely be thinking outside the box with these!

Art of Tea

Art of Tea subscription box

Art of Tea is an award-winning importer of organic and speciality teas. Our teas are hand selected and crafted and come from Art of Tea founder’s yearly journeys throughout Asia, India, the Middle East and Africa. For those who can’t live without your favorite tea, Art of Tea has introduced a more in-depth Tea of the Month Program. Subscriptions start at $15 per month. You get a choice of a 12 month, 6 month or monthly subscription box of their most popular blends. Try a sampler tea pack to start or use the tea wizard to find your personal tea style.


Baklavva Subscription Box

Baklavva is a monthly subscription box of delicious Mediterranean sweets. Each box will have a variety mix of baklavvas that may include  Burma, Ballourie Mini Roses, Bassma, Baklavva, Bird Nest, Fingers and Ghourib. Subscriptions start at $18 per month. Get 50% off your first box with code: MY50.



BarkBox subscription box

BarkBox curates unique collections of dog toys, treats, chews & accessories that you can’t find anywhere else! Sniff around the collections or chat with a pawsonal shopper to find the perfect products for your pup. Guaranteed tail wags and puppy kisses with every order. Each monthly subscription box has 4-6 full-sized healthy treats and innovative toys for your dog. All treats are sourced from the USA and Canada, and toys are sourced from American vendors. Rest assured, everything included in each box is high quality and safe and tested. Plus, 10% of all proceeds go to shelters and rescues to support dogs across the United States and Canada.


Graze box subscription box

Graze is a snack subscription box service that delivers wholesome and delicious snacks. Every graze box is made up of perfectly portioned snacks customized for each person based on their taste preferences and dietary requirements. There are over 100 snacks to choose from and you’ll love the creativity behind the recipes. Graze box comes in a protein box, signature variety, and under 150 calorie box. They only use high quality ingredients and no GMO’s, no artificial flavors or colors, and 0 grams of  trans-fat per serving. Subscriptions are $11.99 with 8 different snacks each month. Get a 4 snack sampler Graze box for free.

Lil Bear Book Club

Lil Bear Book Club subscription box

Lil Bear Book Club is a subscription box company that caters to young children. 2-4 gift wrapped board books or picture books are sent to a child’s door monthly to get him or her excited about reading. This is a great way for children to learn to read and for parents to bond with their kids. It also makes a fantastic last-minute gift idea for a young child. Subscriptions start at $15 per month. Get 10% off your first box with code: MYBEAR.

Love With Food

Love With Food subscription box

Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered right to your door. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks. Variety is based on seasonal themes. Subscriptions start at $9.99 per month. For each box that is purchased, Love With Food donates a meal to food banks all across the country to help combat childhood hunger. Get 40% off your first Tasting Box or 50% off your first Gluten-Free Box. Want to learn more? Check out my review of Love With Food.


RawSpiceBar subscription box

RawSpiceBar partners with award winning chefs, bloggers and source old family recipes to bring you unique spice blends from the highest quality spices around the world. You’ll receive three hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends with every monthly subscription box.  Subscriptions are $6 per month. Each contains 1-2 ounces of spice blends, creating three dishes sized for serving 8-10. You will also receive kitchen-tested, detailed recipes and ideas for each spice blend you receive. RawSpiceBar encourages home cooks to incorporate fresh, authentic and new globally inspired meals into their cooking routine each month.


Teabox subscription box

Teabox as a perfect blend of the old and the new. Their goal is to rekindle the experience that comes with tea. The people behind Teabox believe every tea drinker deserves to know how, where, and when their tea was born. The greatness of a tea lies in its very precise origins. They’re redefining the way the world thinks about and enjoys tea by ensuring the leaves are superbly sourced—and hand-picked and packed—every time. Subscriptions start at $19.99 per month. Get 30% off 10 different blends in the Earl Grey Tea Collection until March 15, 2016. Enjoy 15% off site wide at Teabox with code: AFTEA15 until March 15, 2016.


Urthbox subscription box

UrthBox is the best way to discover healthy new foods, beverages, snacks and more for your home, the office or on-the-go every month. They are a snack subscription box company available in classic, gluten-free, vegan, and diet options. Subscriptions start at $9 per month. Every month you’ll enjoy safe, healthy and natural products from trustworthy brands that you can buy at your local stores or at the UrthBox Shop.

Subscription boxes are a great way to explore different foods, cultures, and eat healthy. Plus they make fabulous gifts for family and friends. I actually received my first Graze box three years ago, as a birthday present. Feel free to share this with the foodies in your life or go ahead and surprise them with a subscription!

Love With Food subscription box

Love With Food Natural Snacks Box

This conversation is all about My City Adventures affiliate, Love With Food. Thank you for taking the time to learn about their awesome snacks and their mission to help end hunger in America.

If you’re interested in any style of Love with Food snack box or want to learn more about them simply click on any image or bold black link in this post.


What is Love With Food?

Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered right to your door. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks. Variety is based on seasonal themes. Plus for every box sold, a meal is donated to food banks across the country.

Aihui Ong, founder of Love With Food, was inspired by her world travels to create a platform where food producers can connect with people who are as excited about food as they are. While experiencing the most spectacular sights, she also witnessed many who were living in poverty. So many people had neither clean water nor food, and this hard truth stuck with her throughout her journeys.

Ong realized that she could also use Love With Food as a means to help underprivileged children. There are more than 16 million children in America that are at risk of hunger. That’s more than 1 in 5 children that need a helping hand in order to thrive. For that reason, when you purchase a Love with Food snack box, a meal gets donated to help combat childhood hunger in America.

Love With Food Snack Boxes

The Love With Food curation team works really hard to hunt for the most unique, healthy snacks to feature in their boxes every month. What does that mean for you? No artificial flavoring or coloring. No trans fats. No hydrogenated oils. No high fructose corn syrup. Products are always organic or all-natural. Monthly subscriptions come in several options.


The Tasting Box is just the right size for individuals.  You’ll receive 8+ new snacks every month. Starts at $9.99 per month. At least 10 points are accumulated every month for redemption in the online snack shop. Each Tasting Box ordered equals one meal donated to hungry children in America.

The Deluxe Box is for the whole family. You’ll receive 16-20 new snacks each month. Starts at $16.99 per month. You’ll also get 20 points each month for use in the online snack shop. Each Deluxe Box donates two meals to hungry children in America.


The Gluten-Free Box has been specially curated for those who want to eliminate gluten from their diet.
Each monthly box comes with 10-12 surprise celiac-safe and mostly dairy-free snacks. Starts at $24.99 per month. You’ll get 20 points every month for use in the online snack shop. Each Gluten-free Box donates two meals to hungry children in America.

How Love With Food Works



Step 1. Order a Red Box. Choose from several subscription plans to start receiving your very own red box in the mail for a little as $9.99 a month. Gift options are also available for your loved ones. You will be billed for your subscription on the first day of every month, and then the box will ship ten days later.

Step 2. Tell Love With Food what you think. They care about your opinions of their food. Give your review of the items that you’ve sampled from the latest box to help them get more of what YOU love. Plus, you’ll easily earn points for every product you review and that means more free stuff!

Step 3. Shop Online. Can’t wait a whole month for more of Love with Food’s delicious snacks? Now you can buy the full sized products straight from the online shop by redeeming your points or paying with your credit card.

Step 4. Donate a meal! The main goal of Love With Food is to make all tummies happy. So for every box or product you buy, a meal is donated to a food bank in America. They’ve donated over a million meals so far! Love With Food has no intention of stopping until they see an end to world hunger. They’re reaching for that goal one meal at a time.

Thank you for reading! Know any foodies in your life who would love these snacks? Share this with them. They also make a great addition to care packages for family and friends. Why not surprise a loved one with a Love with Food snack box?

Want to know even more? Visit to discover exactly what kinds of snacks go into each box, plus all the facts about these healthy snacks and their mission to fight childhood hunger in America.

Kansas City Folk Festival 2016

Last weekend the Westin Crown Center was transformed into a knee-slapping, song-belting, square-dancing, guitar-strumming music festival. To be exact, Folk Alliance International presented the annual Kansas City Folk Festival. If you happened to be there you got a giant serving of folk music from Kansas City and around the world.

Kansas City Folk Festival 2016. Credit: Kiara Watts

Folk Alliance International (formerly the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance) is the non-profit organization based locally that sponsors the Kansas City Folk Festival. Folk Alliance International has a mission to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community. Amateur and professional artists alike have access to education, advocacy, and performances.

Kansas City Folk Festival 2016. Credit: Kiara Watts

Since moving the conference in 2014, the Kansas City Folk Festival has been an industry focal point for folk music and dance in Kansas City. As the largest folk music conference in North America, members include record companies, publishers, music support services, and artists that work in the industry.

Kansas City Folk Festival 2016. Credit: Kiara Watts
Andara the Band

During Friday night’s Folk Festival events Lily and I found ourselves at Crown Center searching for a suitable place for dinner. Actually we were looking for anything Lily wouldn’t balk at the idea of eating. Panera? No. Spin Pizza? No. (What?!? Lily, you love Spin Pizza!) Three Little Pigs? No. She finally decided on Fritz’s. Once our bellies were full we continued our wandering around.

Kansas City Folk Festival 2016. Credit: Kiara Watts

I remembered the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium was featuring laser light shows set to Beatles’ music. At just $6 per ticket that was going to be our plan. We walked towards The Link to Union Station but stopped at the stairway leading down to the Brasserie. From there we spent the rest of the evening following our ears.

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Kansas City Folk Festival 2016. Credit: Kiara Watts
Bill Banks with his rare Mando Bass

Kansas City Folk Festival 2016. Credit: Kiara Watts

Kansas City Folk Festival 2016. Credit: Kiara Watts

Kansas City Folk Festival 2016. Credit: Kiara Watts

Kansas City Folk Festival 2016. Credit: Kiara Watts
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Kansas City Folk Festival 2016. Credit: Kiara Watts

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My City Adventures Daily Deals – Week 2

Thanks to the sponsors of Kiara Loves KC, I’m able pass along these fun daily deals to you. Check out these awesome ways to save money in Kansas City or wherever you live.

Fashion MIA


Fashion MIA is dedicated to delivering high-quality clothing to women that will make them look and feel their best. They believe every woman has the right to dress well, and shouldn’t have to spend a lot to love how she looks. Fashion MIA’s online store is filled with the season’s hottest trends, available in all sizes. Get your wardrobe Spring and Summer ready with up to 90% off at the online store.


Groupon is having a sitewide sale through 02/24/2016. Getaways are 10% off! Goods are 15% off! Local deals are 20% off!



Gymboree’s clothing and accessories are created to celebrate kids being kids in unique, head-to-toe looks. The clothing is designed with colorful, high-quality fabrics and detailed touches throughout. Take advantage of a 40% discount off the entire online store!

Lil’ Bear Book Club


Lil’ Bear Book Club is a subscription box company that caters to young children. They send up to four gift wrapped board books or picture books to a child’s door monthly to get him or her excited about reading. Use promo code MYBEAR for 10% off your first month. For the month of February, 100% of all proceeds go to cancer patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Little Passports

Little Passports Early Explorers

Little Passports is a destination adventure travel kit that gets kids excited about the world. They’re filled with souvenirs, activities, pen pal letters, and more. Children receive a kit featuring a new state or country each month. Little Passports is offering $15 off a 12-month subscription to their Global Adventure travel kits. (Want to know more? Read my review of Little Passports.)



Teabox is the perfect blend of the old and the new. More than the tea, it’s the experience that comes with it. It’s the blend of soul and peace. Teabox possesses a lineage of over 150 years of growing quality tea leaves from the founder’s premium tea estates. Buy one tea and get a second tea for 50% off with code TRYTEA. Offer valid through 02/29/2016.


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Welcoming Krokstrom Klubb & Market to the Neighborhood

Before dining at Krokstrom Klubb & Market, the only Scandinavian cuisine I had experienced came from Kansas City’s annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival. Last year I tried meatballs in potato bread with a lingonberry sauce. It was delicious.


My first time at Krokstrom Klubb & Market completely blew that out of the water. (The meatballs, not the festival…)


Owners and couple Chef Katee McLean and Josh Rogers promised their new restaurant will transport you to Scandinavia. From the curtains in the front windows to the artwork in the restrooms, and of course the food, they make good on that promise. Actually the entire restaurant including the name Krokstrom Klubb & Market is a tribute to Chef McLean’s Scandinavian ancestry.

What We Ordered


Glazed Carrots with orange and cardamom glaze.


Hot Crayfish Cheese Dip with rye bread chips.


Mushroom Strudel with akvavit cream and Glögg gastrique.


Fika Sweet Plate – house made cookies which traditionally go with tea and coffee. McLean’s assortment of treats included walnut crescents, lingonberry thumbprints, almond cookies, petite meringues, and molasses chews.

Noteworthy Dishes

The house specialty is the Smörgåsbord. A variety of cheese, fish and cured meats are served with knäckebröd, housemade pickles and sauces.

Glögg – A Nordic mulled wine: made with red wine, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, star anise, cloves, and bitter orange, and finished with a vodka, akvavit, or brandy.



Lavender Beets – ruby roasted beets with lavender infused goat cheese, orange, greens, and beet cured gravlax.

Swedish Meatballs with Ale Cream – house perfected meatballs made by combining beef and pork with nutmeg and mustard served with potato, lingonberry sauce and cucumber salad.



Mussels with Apple Dijon Cream – fennel and onions cooked in a flavorful broth of IPA, apple cider, Dijon mustard and cream.

Akvavit Chicken Thighs – roasted chicken thighs in garlic, lemon and thyme on top of a creamy akvavit sauce with mushrooms.

The More You Know…


Scandinavian food has a limited existence in Kansas City so I feel the need to give a little education on the cuisine. This was a learning lesson for me too.

Scandinavians descended from the Vikings and still eat many of their traditional dishes today. Fish, pork, poultry, beets, potatoes, cucumbers, dill, parsley, horseradish, and apples are all staples of a Scandinavian diet. Oysters, mussels, mutton, cheese, cabbage, onions, berries and nuts are also often found in Scandinavian recipes.

When asked why, aside from her ancestry, open a Scandinavian restaurant in Kansas City, McLean replied, “It’s about time. Wouldn’t you agree?” Yes, I do.

Good Vibes


Fika (fee-ka) is a concept in Swedish culture that basically means “to have coffee.” However, Fika isn’t just a coffee break; it’s a moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life. More than the plate of baked sweets, this is the atmosphere in Krokstrom Klubb & Market. Even in the midst of working out the kinks during the weekend soft opening everyone was relaxed and joyful. Chef Kate McLean and Josh Rogers are both very friendly and approachable. Those vibes have been picked up by the staff who also made our Valentine’s dinner a most enjoyable one.

Krokstrom Klubb & Market
3601 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111


Krokstrom Klubb & Market celebrates a grand opening Tuesday, February 16, 2016. It’s now open only for dinner service but a lunch menu will be added soon, says Rogers.