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Pop Sugar Must Have Box Review

There are a lot of subscription boxes in the world for every age and interest, (just ask Buzzfeed) but, being the naturally cheap and distrustful person that you know and love, I tend to be weary of them. I’m sure you ask yourself the same questions I do. Are they worth my money? What are they sending? Will I like any of it? Will a sample have more than a shower’s worth of product? Is a masked murderer going to gain access to my mailing address?

Just me? Moving on.

Given my simultaneous interest in and distrust of the subscription box game, I got a little excited when Pop Sugar sent me their January Must Have box to try.

“But, Kaitlin!” you say, “I thought you weren’t going to do the blogger thing anymore?” “Correction!” I respond. “I’m not doing the blogger things that I don’t like anymore.” Who doesn’t like free stuff though? Any person with even the slightest internet presence who tells you they don’t enjoy the occasional swag is straight up lying to you.

But I ain’t no liar, ma’am. I am going to tell you the truth because, you know, I don’t really care if I’m never sent anything free again. You are my people, damn it! I will only tell you the truth. For example, I didn’t even bother trying the Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel Multi Acid Resurfacing Peel because anything with the word “peel” as it relates to my face terrifies me, and I dislike the Daily Concepts Hair Towel Wrap because it’s a weird shape and somehow doesn’t hold all of my hair and not enough of it at the same time. 

(Full disclosure: I may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase an individual product from a link I’ve included.)


A Healthy Dose of Skepticism

I had been looking forward to attending the BeHealthful Retreat for a few weeks. Massage, skin care, and nail services are some of my favorite things (duh).

Luckily, I did find a few things totally worth checking out on your own.

  • Spa in Your Space and Lisa provide beauty and spa services anywhere – even your office. The thought of me getting a massage in my cubicle is oddly entertaining.
  • Hummus Plus is a healthy meal packaged for easy portability. Chicken and hummus is one of my favorite things (which is good, because now I have five flavors to try).
  • Door to Door Organics is yet another grocery delivery service – but one that focuses on healthy, organic foods only. It’s a real bonus if you, you know, have that whole knowing how to cook thing down.

There were dozens of Chicago holistic services represented, as well. I’ve been known to try things like chiropractic work, cupping, and talking to a medium before. The way I see it, what’s the harm in trying something potentially off-the-wall like reiki if it makes you feel some kind of comfort, right?

Well, there is none – to a point.

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For example, the point where cancer is cured by removing the anger from one’s liver or removing things like sugar and gluten from your diet. That feels like a dangerous point to get to.

To be clear, the panel I attended was a general discussion on holistic medicine, not all of which seemed completely outrageous. I also don’t doubt that healthy food choices and a good attitude can positively affect a patient’s outcome, but I worry that people in vulnerable states will think white bread is the cause of all their health problems.

So here’s what I learned at the BeHealthful Retreat: a well-informed patient is an empowered one.


Washio, Oh, Washio

I have (at least) two fatal flaws: inherent laziness and sub par domestic skills.

I’m also privileged enough to have some disposable income, and regularly choose to pay other people to do my laundry. I did the math. It’s actually more cost-effective to have someone do laundry for me! (Ugh, I know. I’m just as annoyed with myself as you are right now, I promise. Once I get an in-unit washer/dryer, I will do my own laundry.)

In the past, I’ve walked bags to a wash’n’fold laundromat or worked with a local pick-up and delivery service with varying degrees of success. Since they also pick-up and deliver dry cleaning, I decided to give Washio a try.

Washio Bottom Line:

Maybe I’ve worked in some version of customer service for too long, but if the business effs up my service, I expect more than a promise the behind-the-scenes IT guy will look into why my service was flawed. I want free delivery or a discount or, I don’t know, an apology.

Full disclosure: I did finally receive a coupon when I contacted customer service a second time expressing my displeasure with my first Washio experience. My clothes did come back folded nicely and in good condition. The bags provided are quite convenient. I am still too lazy to haul my dirty clothes to the basement of my apartment building. I’m going to try it again, hoping that it’s all a fluke (and, of course, because they gave me a coupon).

If you dare try Washio, use code kaitlinsullivanos51 to get $15 off your first order. Hey – I’m a giver.