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Bonding Bees Date Night Review + $10 Off Coupon – July 2018

Bonding Bees July 2018 outside box

Bonding Bees is a monthly date night and relationship building subscription box! It’s designed to provide dates that both new couples and couples married for years can enjoy together.

Bonding Bees July 2018 inside box

Each box comes with an information booklet that talks about your box and the activities they included for you.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Bonding Bees July 2018 all items

About Bonding Bees

The Subscription Box: Bonding Bees

The Cost: $39.00 a month + free US shipping. Save with 3 and 6-month subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save $10 off your first box!

The Products: Each month will have a unique theme with activities to go along with it, such as crafts, games, relationship building, cooking/baking, and more

Ships to: the US for free and Canada for $10.00

Bonding Bees July 2018 Review

Bonding Bees July 2018 info intro 1

Bonding Bees July 2018 info intro 2

Bonding Bees July 2018 info couple feature

This month’s date theme is “A Couple Race” (a la “Amazing Race”) and the featured couple was included as if they were a couple you sat next to on a plane and got to know, which I thought was cute. The race’s first “stop” was India!

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Bonding Bees July 2018 india items 1

For India, they had some facts and info, but also included some henna, incense, and a coloring sheet with mini colored pencils. They also had instructions to try some different couples yoga poses, too.

Bonding Bees July 2018 india incense holder

Bonding Bees July 2018 india coloring page

Bonding Bees July 2018 india henna

Here are our henna tattoos. A friend of mine posted on IG that she and her siblings got tattoos like this (real ones) where there were as many dots as there were siblings, and each sibling had the dot that correlated to them open (so the oldest had the first circle open, etc). I didn’t have a lot of ideas and wanted something easy and subtle, so we went with this. Also – we didn’t get to the couples poses in the “date” time. The India pages had the henna activity first, and then the yoga poses, which we didn’t want to do with wet henna! We tried a couple pose later (and laughed about it), but I feel like the order should have been swapped.

Bonding Bees July 2018 kenya info 1

The second “stop” was Kenya.

Bonding Bees July 2018 kenya info 2

Bonding Bees July 2018 kenya mancala

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They had us play mancala, which was kind of hard with roll-y beans and slippery, flat cardstock as the board, but we made it work. Luke won (of course, lol). It would have been cool if they had included, a travel or mini mancala set.

Bonding Bees July 2018 switzerland info 1

Bonding Bees July 2018 switzerland info 2

Bonding Bees July 2018 swiss miss packets

Bonding Bees July 2018 switzerland frozen hot chocolate

Bonding Bees July 2018 final puzzle

The third “stop” was Switzerland. Our activities for this was making frozen hot chocolate and doing a code puzzle (because, spies).

Bonding Bees July 2018 china info

Bonding Bees July 2018 china chopsticks and ginger chews

Our last stop was China.  They included some chopsticks and ginger candies for a game…

Bonding Bees July 2018 china info 2

The game they had us play was to unwrap a few ginger candies, and then pick up and pass one to our partner and then they put it in our mouths. There were a couple fumbles, but overall this was pretty easy and not exactly challenging. Maybe we’re just super good with chopsticks. But it also helped that the ginger candies were soft and chewy, not hard, so they were easier to grip and pass.

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And we finished the race!

Bonding Bees July 2018 info final puzzle

There was one last puzzle, which took some more thought than the other activities, and was fun. I guess I forgot to take a photo of the completed puzzle but it was “time together is the prize.”

Bonding Bees July 2018 scratch off travel map

There were some extra, travel-themed items included in our box! One was this beautiful, scratch-off world map.

Bonding Bees July 2018 scratch off travel map 2

The idea is to scratch off the places you’ve been, and they also have a cool section along the bottom where you can scratch off continents and mountains and other statistical travel milestones like that.

Bonding Bees July 2018 luggage tags 1

The last items included were these luggage tags! Definitely a practical and nice item for a travel-themed box. One says “Life is a journey best traveled together,” and the other says “Adventure awaits.”

Bonding Bees July 2018 luggage tags 2

They’re actually quite nice luggage tags, and better than the cheap ones we had.

The Verdict: This was a pretty fun date for us! We like puzzles and it was fun to do things like color together and zone out into that while talking, too. We loved the frozen hot chocolate, too. I loved the map and the luggage tags, but other than that, I feel as though the items could have been just a little higher quality (like the mancala papers, and the henna bled once applied and was a little hard to be precise with more intricate designs I tried later), but ultimately the box is designed to help facilitate an experience, not provide a bunch of products. We had a fun time, and it was nice trying something different that we didn’t have to think up or decide on ourselves! 

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, boxes for each month ship the first and second week of that month. If you ordered today, you’d get the August box. (Their website says if you order a box in the 2nd week of a month, they’ll try to get you that month’s box as long as supplies last but they can’t guarantee.)

Coupon – Use code MSA50 to save 50% off your first box or use MSA12 to save $12 off your 3 or 6-month subscription!

Value Breakdown: This kind of box is really subjective and can be hard to state a real value for because it may be different for everyone. It’s definitely about the subjective gain from sharing the experience and not about what you tangibly get for your money. We had a fun time, and it did get us doing things we normally wouldn’t (aka we did things other than takeout & Netflix) and we didn’t have to find or pay a babysitter.

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Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered the wonderful world of subscription boxes in 2012 and began writing for MSA in 2014. Over the years, she has found many subscriptions to love. Now a mom of three, her favorite boxes are ones that dress her kids, help her get organized, feed her family, send her snacks, and offer educational fun for her children.

Posted in Bonding Bees Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: bonding bees | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. This looks like a lot of fun. I ordered and was able to get this box. It will give us a little bit of a change from Pokémon and swimming when we aren’t camping.

    • Maybe I misunderstood and I am getting Aug…its aug not July.
      Sandra

  2. I really like the theme of this box and the last one,and that frozen hot chocolate looks SO good! These last 2 reviews I can see the value.

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