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My name is Christen, I'm 30 years old and a stay-at-home mom to my three beautiful girls, Lauren, Hailey, and Farrah. My husband David and I live on scenic Long Island and we love it. Our party of 5 keeps pretty busy, but I try to set aside as much time as I can to blog (which isn't as often as I'd like these days).


Saturday, January 19, 2013

POPSUGAR Must Have: January 2013

The wait is over! My January POPSUGAR Must Have box is here... 

The box is a little heavy this month!

That's the plan.

Merrithew Stott Pilates 65 CM Stability Ball in Green ($38.99): 
So THIS is why the box weighed almost 5lbs! I'm absolutely thrilled that a Pilates stability ball was included in this month's box. Granted, I knew the box would be centered around New Years resolutions and fitness, but I figured there would be another DVD like August. As a stay-at-home mom who doesn't really have the opportunity to go to the gym, I will definitely be using this fitness ball. This ball is an item I wanted, but never thought to go out of my way to buy it for myself. So now I'm more or less forced to start exercising again because I have no excuse not to work out in the comfort of my own home! I have never done Pilates, but I have always wanted to try it after it became such a hit with celebrities (what can I say...I get sucked in). I found a Pilates For Beginners & Beyond Boxed Set on Amazon Prime for only $17.05 that I'll buy and use with my new ball. In the meantime, I'm going to use it as chair while I'm at the computer to help my posture. 

POPSUGAR also included a pamphlet with six different exercises you can do with the stability ball.

Remix TimeBomb Watch in White ($44.95) 
The two things I  break most often are sunglasses and watches. That's why I haven't owned a watch in years. Another reason I haven't bought a watch is because I haven't found one that speaks to my personal style. I really like the Remix TimeBomb. It's very sporty and is made of silicone so it won't break easily. Out of all the colors I could have received, I'm really happy I got white! That's the color I would have picked if given the option. It's the most versatile.

Popbar's Hot Chocolate on a Stick in Dark Chocolate & Milk Chocolate ($2.99 Each)
I have always loved hot chocolate. Any kind really - even that watery imposter Swiss Miss tries to pass off as drinkable. Popbar's Hot Chocolate on a Stick is a fun twist to one of my favorite winter beverages. I'm going to wait until a chilly evening to cozy up with my husband and try this fun treat with him. 

Jet Puffed Mallow Bits in Vanilla (About $7.00)
The inclusion of Jet Puffed marshmallows is obviously meant to be paired with Popbar's Hot Chocolate on a Stick. I'll use it with the Hot Chocolate on a Stick and also with two remaining packets of Dylan's Candy Bar hot chocolate mix that my husband gave me as a stocking stuffer on Christmas. However, I don't consider this to be a Must Have item and it doesn't add any value to the box in my opinion.

ThinkThin Bars (Prices Vary)
I received three different flavor and types of ThinkThin Bars - Divine Dark Chocolate Coconut Bar, Creamy Peanut Butter Protein Bar, and Crunch Caramel Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts. I've never heard of the brand, but I think these bars go well with the overall theme of this month's box. I like that I was sent three different kinds so that I can see which I prefer more. These bars are relatively inexpensive and are a decent serving size.

POPSUGAR also included a coupon for $1.00 off the purchase of any two ThinkThin Bars (not pictured above). 

Epicuren Lip Balm SPF 15 (About $10.00)
Epicuren is a repeated brand from POPSUGAR, but I don't mind. I will liberally use this lip balm because I don't really like ChapSticks or just plain Vaseline. The small pot is lightweight, and the balm has a fresh minty feel and glides on smoothly.

As an extra, POPSUGAR included a $15.00 gift certificate to Casetagram (not pictured above), which is the "first social design platform to make cases for your phone or tablet." Since my husband and I plan on getting iPhones once our contract with T-Mobile expires, I might just use it. I don't think the gift certificate adds value to the box either though since most cases start at $34.95!


I think a lot of people will be left feeling underwhelmed this month. January's box is good, but it isn't great. I'm happy with it though! 

What do you think of POPSUGAR's Must Have for January? 


  1. I did not get mine yet but it is so/so. I had a horrible experience with the Luxury box (soap spilled all over it en route) and the lack of excitement in this box and in the December box have cured me of my subscription fever.

  2. I like my box, but not overly excited.Jealous of your white watch as I got the pink.