The Adventure Challenge is a monthly subscription that delivers everything you need for a unique, creative date to help you reconnect with your partner as you spend quality time together. While functional by itself, this subscription makes for a great companion to the Couples Camera Set, which is not included.
This is a review of the Adventure Subscription Box, which is currently on sale for $39.99 a month.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
Interestingly enough, my 7-year-old has recently formed an obsession regarding The Titanic. We have checked out multiple books from the library, researched online, printed themed activity sheets from Teachers Pay Teachers, and even let him watch the 1997 Titanic movie (fast forwarding through the painting part of course!) So needless to say, my husband and I were very familiar with the "Jack and Rose" theme sent by Adventure Challenge this month. Admittedly, Dustin was a little apprehensive when he went through this month's inclusions but ended up having a very good time. Read below to find out just how this month's date went.
Like I have mentioned before, my husband's love language isn't romance. If you haven't read Gary Chapman's book "The 5 Love Languages", I highly suggest it, as it explains how different personalities work, and how love can be shown in different ways depending on your love language. If you and your partner have different love languages, conflict can arise, and this explains how to overcome that. Dustin's love language is "acts of service" which entails him changing lightbulbs for me, fixing my car without being asked, among completing other jobs in a timely fashion without complaint. My love language is a tie between "words of affirmation" and "quality time", which is definitely different. Because we have basically grown up together, we are comfortable enough to let each other know when we aren't feeling our needs are being met and are able to work through it without much conflict. Anyways, when we opened this "Jack and Rose" themed box, Dustin gave me "the look" and asked if we really needed to do it. When I told him how much it meant to me (and poured him a small glass of merlot), his tune changed, and we gave it a shot.
Included in this month's box is a pamphlet describing exactly what we received in the box, suggestions on how to go about our date, and photos of a couple that completed this rendezvous. Like last month, this date included an artsy type of date, and while my husband groaned, I was raring to go. The instructions were simple: paint each other with body paint and see where the evening takes you. Being provided with photos of ideas, I couldn't wait to get started, and Dustin tagged along after me. Easy and unique, we set up our items and got started.
As the instructions describe, this month we were to paint each other with body paint. Being so incredibly out of our comfort zone, we kept it PG and did some back designs. We received 6 colors, that weren't labeled, but did include ingredients in the booklet. Washing off with dish soap and water, this wasn't as messy as I expected it to be, and the colors turned out to be quite pigmented and bright. While I loved the colors, I do wish they would have included black paint, as that is one color that can be used to add so much detail. Besides that, the paints themselves worked fantastically, and once dry didn't smear as much as I expected.
Paint Brush Kit
The next item we received was this cute canvas brush holder that ties into a scroll like pouch. With a variety of brushes, I found them all to be well made and useful, creating all of the lines and strokes I wanted, all while storing perfectly. Also not labelled, I'm assuming this brush kit was created just for this box, so I was unable to find it elsewhere for purchase. It sure does look like something Jack would have had in his suitcase though, doesn't it?
No paint kit would be complete without a palette, so here we are. Being large in size and made out of wood, this traditional paint palette can be used to mix colors and give you a very artistic looking vibe. While we didn't use this for this particular date, you can bet it will come in handy when we start working on our County Fair projects!
Canvas Drop Cloth
The last item we received was this canvas drop cloth. Like I mentioned above, we kept our date pretty PG, so this part of the box was unnecessary, but I did really like the fact this was coated in plastic on the bottom, so it could actually be used as a tablecloth for future shabby chic birthday parties!
The Actual Date
Dustin wasn't comfortable taking photos of our artwork, but I will share the floral design we created together. Using all of the included colors, it was really fun to play around with the brush sizes and create some interesting designs that we otherwise wouldn't have created. I liked this piece so much in fact, that I left it on for my son's baseball team, and got many compliments, with one gal thinking it was a real tattoo! While things didn't get as steamy as the booklet showed they might, I feel had we not had the boys reading up in their room, we could have amped this up a bit... there's always next time, right?!
Because the boys were upstairs for quiet time when Dustin and I had our date, the kids had no idea I received face paint. Because our initial trial was so much fun, I decided to bust out the brushes and give another design a whirl, and Charlie wanted in. For the next baseball game, I painted a ball on his cheek, and the following day he decided to try his own hand at painting. Can you guess who did what design?! Addictive and fun, at first, I wasn't sure about this box, but now have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to body art! Oh, how the tables have turned!
With The Adventure Challenge box, I have come to conclude that you never know what you are going to get, which in turn definitely elicits an adventure. Because there aren't detailed step by step instructions, you are able to tailor this date to your needs which is really pretty cool. Body painting is not something I would have ever thought to try with my husband, and while it wasn't suited to his tastes as much as mine, we did have a really fun time. Also, the fact that I was able to re-use these paints and use them to also create memories with my kids made it more cost effective. Unique and now sort of an obsession, I am loving this body painting theme!
The Value: Because the materials in this box are custom-made for this box, it is hard to put a retail value on the contents. Between the materials, ideas, and quality time together, I would like to say the $39.99 price is fair but would like to see a few more physical items to add to the value. Snacks, a candle, drinks, or anything else to set the mood might have lured my husband in a little bit easier than the body paint. What did you think?
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Possibly. The Adventure Box is a preset monthly experience, so it just depends on which one they are sending out at the particular time.
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