Over the last few years, monthly and quarterly subscription boxes have popped up like mushrooms after a rainstorm. The premise is simple. Pay a monthly or quarterly fee and a box show up with sample and full size products for you to enjoy. This is a good way for brands to launch new products or to get their name out in front of their target audience. I first became aware of subscription services several years ago when beauty boxes were all the rage. I tried two different ones then opted to not renew as I didn’t think the value was there. Fast forward to this year when you can find just about any type of subscription that you could want. You can find anything from makeup to food to crafts and everything in between. I have seen the FabFitFun box on various YouTube channels and in magazines. Amanda had tried it out and said how much she liked it, so I decided to take a chance on it. This box is a seasonal box, which means that you get a box delivered once a season, for a total of four times per year. The price per box is $49.99 and there is a discount code for your first box. Each box is guaranteed to have over $300.00 worth of items, making the cost per box appear to be a good deal. Below are two photos of the Winter 2015 box. This box had a mixture of health, beauty and lifestyle items. My favorite out of the box is probably the headphones as I have currently misplaced my noise cancelling one. The overall value of this box was in excess of 300.00 I’ve used the Demalogica products, the reed diffuser (which makes makes my room smell so fresh), the mitts, which came in handy the few mornings that we were below 40 and the headphones. I haven’t used the polish, but that will soon and haven’t used the gift certificates or the Hello Fresh voucher. I also use Hello Fresh, so that certificate is of no use to me. Over all, the headphones alone make up for the initial cost. I am going to try one more box and see if this is something I will continue. Next post, I will talk about the Try the World box, an internationally curated food box.
Archives for February 2016
Twelve years ago, this blog started out as a knitting blog. Over the years I’ve developed other hobbies, but I’ve continued to knit. I also went through a phase where I listened to podcasts, then I stopped, but within the last year started up again. One of the reasons is because I got a new car that has the ability to stream audio from my phone, and as radio gets boring on the commute to work, I started listening to various podcasts again. I’ve mainly listened to knitting podcasts, and that has jump started my knitting. One of the podcasts I listen to is The Knitmore Girls. One of the ongoing knit alongs they have is Operation Sock Drawer. I love knitting socks, and I need new ones because the dogs have decided that my hand knit socks are their favorite toys. I found that out in the move when Idunn would find them and run around the house with them. As a result, one or two were lost to collateral damage. I have a goal of knitting a pair of socks a month to end up with with twelve pair by the end of the year. As I’m a month behind already, I think I have a couple of single socks that suffer from Second Sock Syndrome, so I’ll pull one of those out and knit the second sock. I picked through the stash and found skeins for the next three months. I close Truffles from Claudia Handpainted Yarns for February. It reminded me of Valentine’s Day, Twinkle Lights from Knitterly Things for March. I know this was dyed for the Christmas season, but I think that the colors just shout “Spring is coming!” and then on the far right is some Sweet Georgia Tough Love sock yarn in Snapdragon. I’ve had this skein forever, so it will be great to finally knit this up. I have cast on for the February socks and have the cuff knit for the first one. I scoured Ravelry and found a fairly easy pattern, Petty Harbor, that I hope won’t get lost in the varigation in the yarn. I’ll post KIP photos in the next post. I also have two other WIPs, that I will post as well. I’m working on Bifrost by Cate Carter-Evans and Yowza! by Susan B. Anderson . I’ll have photos of those two. Most of this knitting won’t get a lot of use until this time next year as by the time I’m finished, it will be 90 degrees here! Are you doing Operation Sock Drawer, or any other knit along? If you are, leave your comments below.