5 Boxes You Need in Your Life

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I know what you’re thinking: really? How are these boxes really saving my life? And I get your skepticism, I do. But listen: having it all is hard. Actually, it’s impossible. We all need a little help managing the chaos of life, and somehow getting a sense of “balance” whenever possible. These boxes help me do that.

I’m no expert in “having it all,” but I do know what it means to have an abundance of priorities, pursue a high-intensity career, and still find time for the important things in life, in some little or big way. Prior to my experience as President of Cratejoy, I was co-founder and CEO of YouEarnedIt!, a software company that revolutionized employee engagement and culture. Running a company, raising great kids, and being a good partner is next to impossible without some optimizations and help along the way.

As an entrepreneur and busy mom, I’m used to looking for ways to make the most of my time in all aspects of my life, from the conference room to the kitchen table. Cratejoy and its various subscriptions are what I consider to be some of my favorite “easy buttons” for a better, more balanced, joy-filled life. Take a look at some of my faves:

1. CLOTH & PAPER

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Price: Starts at $16.33/month

What’s Included: 4-6 high-quality writing utensils and 6-8 exclusive stationery supplies in each box

Why I Love It: When you’re an entrepreneur, a lot of people give you gifts intended to help you organize -- desk supplies, gift cards to Staples, new printers, etc. After a while, despite their good intentions, it can feel like a little much! (How many binders does one person need?) But this subscription box of elegant, black-and-white stationery is different. Not only are the paper products beautiful and the pens luxe and stylish, but Cloth & Paper offers me a variety of different planners and trackers to keep on top of everything outside the office as well -- from taking inventory of my closet to tracking important side projects. It’s the perfect way to keep up productivity in all aspects of my life.

Cloth & Paper is one of my favorite gifts to give, too. I have a handful of friends, fellow superwomen, who love the thoughtfulness behind this gift and it helps them do more, better.

Deal: Get an exclusive discount with code TRYCLOTHANDPAPER

Shipping: Ships worldwide (except select countries) from U.S. between the 19th-24th of the month

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2. IBBEAUTIFUL

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Price: Starts at $24.99/month

What’s Included: 4-6 fun products for tween and teen girls, including jewelry, fashion, skincare, accessories, stationery, and self-care items

Why I Love It: This is the perfect gift for my daughter, who’s in her tweens. She is right in between that little girl stage and actual teen, which is bittersweet for me. The products that iBbeautiful includes are cute enough that she finds it cool, but are still age-appropriate, from (light) makeup to fun, colorful school supplies. The team behind the box keeps their product curation different enough from month to month to keep her from getting bored (and believe me, she will -- I’ve spent enough time finding Christmas presents she abandoned within hours to know), and what’s more, they’re really invested in helping boost girls’ confidence, which I am all for! It’s a fun thing that she and I share together every time it arrives.

Shipping: Ships within U.S. by the 20th of the month

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3. Freestone Fly Fishing Company

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Price: Starts at $17.50/month

What’s Included: Exclusively curated flies, fishing gear, educational guide, stickers, and a yearlong membership to Trout Unlimited magazine

Why I Love It: This one is for my partner since he loves fishing and well, I don’t! Specifically, he loves fly fishing, and he’s always talking about setting up a fishing excursion when the weather gets a little nicer (consistently, that is). Problem is, there’s not a huge market for fishing shops in the middle of a city -- Austin may be in Texas, but it’s urban enough that fly fishing isn’t so popular. I gifted him this subscription box for the holidays and he couldn’t be more thrilled. Now, everything he needs comes straight to him, and he can focus on what he loves most: the fishing itself.

Deal: Get 50% off the first month with code FREESTONEFLIES

Shipping: Ships worldwide from Canada on the 5th of the month

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4. TheraBox - Self Care Subscription Box

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Price: Starts at $30.99/month

What’s Included: 1 happiness-boosting activity and 6-8 self-care products like aromatherapy, all-natural bath & beauty, luxury skincare, and more

Why I Love It: This one is a MUST HAVE for me, because it’s so easy to forget to take time for myself. And, when I do take the time, it's not much time that I have. TheraBox is a perfect reminder to focus on me when I can, and getting everything in one box means I have no excuses. The founder of this box started as a therapist, and you can tell -- each product included is carefully chosen to create a holistic wellness experience from the inside out. Not only do I get a chance to try out new premium skincare brands, but I can do it while meditating! I appreciate TheraBox’s emphasis on mindfulness. We all need some “me time,” but if you forget to live in the moment, are you really taking advantage of it? I’ve found that to do it all, I need to take what quiet moments I can, and TheraBox helps me do so.

Deal: Save 10% on your first order with code CJFIRST10

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 24th-29th of the month

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