You’ve probably seen the commercials for monthly subscription services for companies like JustFab and Fabletics, right? But while receiving shoes and workout gear every month saves time and effort, have you ever thought about more– dare I say– “practical” items you can use on a day-to-day basis?
Recently, I’ve found myself on this journey to organize my life, to truly optimize my waking hours by finding opportunities to simplify my daily responsibilities. I’m sure many of you can relate. That’s why the idea of monthly subscription boxes got me thinking. If you’ve read my post about online meal kit delivery services then you know I’m all for solutions that help to make life run a little smoother. But what else is out there?
Here we are in 2017 and I can safely say that we’re living in a time where we can get almost anything we need with a simple click of a mouse or a tap on a cell phone. You can order dinner, hire a nanny for your kids or buys holidays gifts from almost anywhere. So why can’t this apply to items we rely on every day? With everything we as moms have going on in our lives, why can’t we strike out items on our to-do list with a little help each month?
I’m happy to say that I’ve curated a list of services that I’m excited to share with you. While I haven’t used them myself, I’ve done some research and strongly believe that they’ll:
- Help lighten your load by providing practical things you genuinely need
- Free up some of your time to focus on spending time with your kids and pursuing your interests
- Expose you to products and ideas you normally wouldn’t have known about
So without further adieu, let’s dig in:
1. No More PMSing
If you’re one of the three to eight percent of women who suffers from PMS, this box is for you. Once a month No More PMSing will send a box containing a mixture of feminine products and goodies to help you through the not so fun parts of PMS. They ship all over Canada and shipping is only an extra $9.99.
To get your box, simply choose from one of their three packages, pick your subscription term (month-to-month, three, six of 12 months), customize your box and wait for your goodies to arrive.
Cost: $19.99 – $29.99/month. Depending on the term you choose, you’ll be billed for the full term up front. The benefit being the savings increase the longer the term.
2. My Tea Box
For the tea drinkers out there, this is a fun option for you. Once a month, My Tea Box will send you a selection of three types of loose leaf tea. They send a wide range of blends like green, black, rooibos, herbal and white, to name a few. They say that each tea makes at least five cups, so that’s definitely enough to get you through the month. They have four plans to choose from (month-to-month, three, six of 12 months). As an added bonus, they ship across North America for free!!
Cost: $24.99/month (no tax!!) per box but you’ll be billed for the full term up front if you choose one of the monthly plans.
3. Curiosity Box
Whether you’ve got one child or five, chances are there’s going to come a time when you need to keep them occupied while you get stuff done. I have to admit that there are times when keeping Miss O occupied means a Dora the Explorer or Sophia the First Marathon. But there are other times when she’ll “read” or colour for 20 glorious minutes while I do the dishes. That’s why I was happy to find Curiosity Box. Every month they deliver crafts and activities for your kids to try. Each box has a theme so each one is unique. You can choose from a three, six or 12 month subscription. Boxes are suitable for kids ages 3 – 7.
4. Razor Company
We’ve all heard of the wildly successful Harry’s brand of razors but what about an option for us ladies? While Razor Company offers a variety of razors for men, they also cater to women. They have two razors to choose from (The Five-0 and The Smoothie) and send a package of six replaceable cartridges every month. You can order in bulk or a subscription ranging from two, four and six months.
Cost: Starting at $8.95/month, taxes included
Wanigan is a service I’ve actually tried. Based in Peel, they deliver fresh fruits and vegetables weekly. You can choose from locally grown organic or non-organic options. How it works is you choose the type of box you want, it can include either fruits or vegetables or both, and you choose the size. When I ordered in the past I found the quality and selection great.
To further reduce your trips to the grocery store, they also offer a selection of herbs and spices for order with your box of choice.
Cost: Boxes start at $25/week
A Few Extras!
During my hunt for fab subscription boxes, I found a few fun subscriptions that I want to share with you as well. While they’re not necessities per se, they’re definitely handy and serve different purposes. They’re not all Canadian but I’ve checked and the non-Canadian ones deliver to Canada.
6. Q&A Letterbox
Technically an everyday “mom product” but I had to include it. If you send notes to your child’s school, why not do it with a little flair? Q&A Letterbox includes greeting cards and stationary from Canadian designers and companies. Boxes are sent every three months which gives you lots of time to dream up creative ways to use your stationary.
Shipping costs depend on where you are in Canada.
Cost: To be announced. They’re working on relaunching and will be ready for new orders this summer.
7. Runner Crate
This is a box I’m seriously considering subscribing to this summer. I love running and plan to run my first 10K this summer. Whether you’re an avid runner or just getting into it, this box is an awesome motivator to get you moving. Each month Runner Crate sends a box of running snacks and gear. They’re meant to introduce you to a wide range of products that you might not be familiar with but will help you with training and nutrition.
They have four plans to choose from (month-to-month, three, six of 12 months). If you only want to dip your toe into the water, they also offer a Mini Warm-Up Crate for $16 USD.
Cost: $35/month USD when you purchase the month-to-month plan but you save up to 25% when you purchase one of the monthly subscriptions.
8. The Calm Box
Have you ever had one of those days when all you want to do is sit on the sofa and veg? Of course you have!!! You’re a mom!! The Calm Box has got you covered. Ever month they send a plethora of calming products like inspirational books, music, candles and so much more for you to pamper yourself.
They offer a monthly plan that auto renews but you can cancel at any time. Delivery to anywhere in Canada costs an extra $10.
Cost: $35/month USD
I’m super excited to share this one. It’s for all my natural sistas out there. If you’re particular about the products you use in your hair and lean towards natural ingredients– maybe you’ve even made your own products– I’m right there with ya girlfriend! I used to have a hair product lab in my kitchen where I made anything from hair masks to gel to shea butter moisturizers. If you prefer natural hair products for your locks, check out CurlMix. Every month they will send you natural ingredients to make your own products. They also include a step-by-step guide to walk you though your creation.
They offer a monthly subscription so it’s super flexible.
Cost: $25/month USD
So, there you have it. Think outside the box to get your needs met. Often times these options cost less than you would spend in stores buying the individual products. Many are offered without tax or delivery rates.
If you already receive a monthly subscription please share its name and what you love about it.