These days, there seems to be a subscription box for everything — daily meals, makeup, clothing, shoes, books, razors, socks, crafts, underwear. . . the list goes on and on. No matter what you're interested in or need often, you can find a subscription box that will give you something to look forward to every month.
That's what inspired Sarah Wright to create a subscription box geared specifically toward busy moms. She wanted to provide items on a monthly basis that would help moms feel more organized and ready to manage everything that comes with having a home, family and career as well as offer a few pieces to make them feel a little pampered.
She launched the Supermom ShuffleBox in October, with the first boxes being sent at the beginning of November, and in that short time, she has listened to feedback from her customers and already decided to offer additional options to customers.
Sarah herself is a mom of two boys, and she's been blogging for years at SupermomShuffle.com, and she realized that a subscription box could be wildly helpful to busy moms who were frequenting her blog posts and offering comments.
The first box contained a Supermom Sanity Saver Notebook, slow cooker cookbook, blanket scarf, Burt's Bees tinted chapstick, earring set, spiral notebook with post-its and pen, pan scraper, socks, foldable and reusable grocery bag, and a laminated home cleaning list with dry erase marker. Also included is a disclaimer that the advice given is Wright's and that she's not a legal or medical professional. She also makes it clear that issues with the products are due to manufacturer error, but she's happy to help customers who have problems with a product or need a replacement.
After unpacking the contents (which come nestled in a purple Supermom ShuffleBox with lovely tissue paper covering everything), I assessed the variety of items and concluded it was a nice mixture of very useful items (pan scraper, cookbook, cleaning list) with more indulgent items like the jewelry, scarf and chapstick. The funny thing is that the tiny notebook with different post-it notes could not have arrived at a better time, because I had just discovered our entire stash had been depleted. I was also impressed with the pan scraper, which discreetly suctions to the inside of my sink for easy use but also means I don't have another thing sitting on the edge.
To be honest, I was most excited by the laminated home cleaning list. I've seen these types of lists everywhere, but having it laminated makes it so much easier to use and mark down. When I pulled it out of the box, I didn't see the dry erase marker, so I had a fleeting thought that I would need to go dig out a marker to use with it. But no, Wright thought of that and included one with the box.
I immediately taped the list to the inside of my "junk" cabinet (you know the one — it's where all the miscellaneous items end up living until you get so frustrated by the disorganization that you end up taking everything out every two months just so you can toss half of it and put the other half back in to organize another day).
As I surveyed the list of cleaning tasks, I was a bit perplexed by a few (do people really clean their ceiling fans, baseboards and inside their refrigerator every month?!). As quickly as I started fretting about my lack of housecleaning prowess, I dismissed the idea and instead struck out the items I knew I didn't need to worry about (I'm looking at you Clean Garbage Disposal) and realized that this was just a helpful guide and not a mandate. I've actually really enjoyed marking down each day when I do something but I'm not bothered if something isn't checked off all that frequently.
As far as the Supermom Sanity Saver Notebook goes, it's exhaustive and a touch exhausting. Wright packed it full of neatly organized categories for Mommy Self Care, Family Care, Organization, Date Night and Calendar with great information and lists. I'll be honest, though, that it was a touch overwhelming to go through. But, like the other items, I tried to focus on what I would use (Mommy Self Care, Family Care and Organization) and didn't worry about the rest.
The cookbook of meal ideas is very straightforward and handy; she includes recipes that use mostly pantry staples and Wright offers great notes and ideas for how to add to the course. I made three recipes and found them all easy and delicious.
As far as the overall value of the box goes, the original Supermom ShuffleBox on a monthly basis costs $43.95 plus $6 shipping (you can save money if you sign up for more than a month at a time), and now Wright offers other options like the Supermom ShuffleBox LITE, which includes the sanity saver notebook, cookbook and one item of choice as well as access to the private Facebook group for $25.95 a month plus $6 shipping. There's also a digital subscription for $12.95 a month that provides pdfs of the notebook, cookbook, organizational checklists or guides and access to the Facebook group. For the Christmas season, Wright is offering smaller bundle boxes specifically geared toward baking, fashion, organization, and pampering that must be ordered by Dec. 17 to arrive by Christmas (gift idea, anyone?).
Note: Opinions expressed in this review are my own, and this article has not been sponsored by Supermom ShuffleBox.