The Gift You Give Yourself, And Pay For Yourself.
There are so many things I learned from my Baltimore bar trivia team, but one of the most important ideas it introduced me to was Subscription Boxes.
One of the questions was about "the world's largest direct mail marketing company" - when I hear "direct mail marketing" I of course think "garbage in my trash can" but one of my teammates lectured me on the wonders of Birchbox and how much it changed her life.
As a very responsible adult, my first question was, "But $10 a month for random tiny samples? Isn’t that prohibitively expensive?" I asked, drinking my 4th $8 margarita of the night.
“Oh Jess. It’s just so sad, watching you sometimes...” my friend said, as she explained to me how much she looked forward to her monthly box of girly goodies.
“I’ll definitely look into it as soon as I get home,” I responded enthusiastically.
Two years later I made good on that promise and one of the first websites I stumbled across was My Subscription Addiction, a site that is maintained by a very charming group of women and men who open up their various subscription boxes and discuss them. I don't know why, but it's really addictive - even when they discuss opening Indie Music or Vinyl Figurine boxes, things that to me really are "garbage in my trash can."
After spending a few weeks deliberating, I just went all in and added one new subscription box a month until I was informed politely by my husband that my profligate box spending was unacceptable. And like any responsible and non-manipulative wife, I just added a few men's boxes into the mix along with the phrase, "But you work so hard, I really thought you'd like this..." Nary a complaint since, bwahahaha.
But off of this blog I finally made the plunge and started subscribing to Birchbox, Birchbox Men, Bespoke Post, Ipsy, FabFitFun, Glossybox, PopSugar MustHave, Try the World, Olfactif, and SpiceBar.
I think most of these boxes are very awesome for most women, but especially for moms and especially-especially for military moms who are often so caught up with our husbands' and childrens' needs that we are not going to go out and spend an hour at Sephora and Nordstrom's each month checking out products that really might enhance our life.
I'll be discussing some of these boxes later in the month, and hopefully sharing some cool product finds that can actually improve your quality of life (even in small ways, it's important) and hopefully that can help you decide which (if any) of these boxes might be right for you.
In the meantime, the discount site Gilt City is offering a great deal on past PopSugar Must Have boxes. At $25, you should totally do it.