How do you like surprises?

Wait. Let me rephrase that.

How do you like receiving a box full of surprises?

I recently stumbled upon subscription boxes, and the way it works is that you pay a monthly fee and get a bunch of stuff that (more or less) cater to your interests.

The total retail value of the items is usually more than the cost of the subscription itself (including shipping fees). From beauty samples to geek gear to specialty food and children’s activities, subscription boxes are a great way to not only try a product before you commit to making that bigger purchase, but also to discover new brands and services.

Personally? I like the mystery and surprise it offers. It’s like unwrapping a Christmas gift (or three) every month! Even if I did have to pay for it myself. Heh.

So far, I’ve subscribed to 3 boxes: Fancy Box, Threaded Canvas, and (the one that first piqued my interest) Nerd Block.

But because those subscriptions don’t ship out until the end of the month or early July, I decided to get me a Fancy Mystery Medium Box for Women first. It’s a one-off purchase and is a perfect introduction for anyone who is considering jumping onto this subscription box bandwagon.

The Fancy Mystery Box comes in three sizes – Small (USD10), Medium (USD20) and Large (USD40) and is gender-specific.

My box came today, exactly one week after I made the purchase. The tracking information told me that it’ll be delivered tomorrow evening. So when the FedEx guy rang me on my mobile, telling me he was outside, I let out a customary girly squeal. :p

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Luckily for me, I had already seen a couple of “unboxing” videos on YouTube (yes, they exist) so I knew that the box isn’t going to be filled to the brim. After all, it is important to manage one’s expectations, no?

Witness all the “fancy” filler:

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And beneath it all, lie these :

Fancy Mystery Box (Medium) June 2014

I’m not gonna lie. The Mason Shaker (RRP USD29) caught my eye immediately.

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I know of at least one person (you know who you are) who will snigger at this and think “of course she’ll love the cocktail shaker”. In my defence, you can’t deny that this is way cool.

Then there’s the Cyclone Spiral Hot Dog Slicer (RRP USD4.99), because – SLICE YOUR WIENER.

Fancy Mystery Box (Medium) June 2014

This is something I’d never voluntarily buy, but wouldn’t mind having if someone were to give it to me. So, score!

I’m not quite sure how the Sasquatch Soap (RRP USD6) ended up in a supposedly female-centric box when it’s a soap for men.

Fancy Mystery Box (Medium) June 2014

It smells soooo good though. Like how a man should smell after a shower. Mmmmm. Alas, no special man in my life, so this is going to my father.

Finally, we have a pair of Director’s Sunglasses by A.J. Morgan (RRP USD28).

Fancy Mystery Box (Medium) June 2014

I personally thought this was the least exciting item and was all ready to give it away… Until I tried it on and saw that it fit me so well. Keepers.

How does it all add up?

Fancy Medium Box USD20 + International Shipping USD19.95 = USD39.95

Total Retail Value: USD67.99

All in, this was a good first Mystery Box and I’m really happy with what I got. In fact, I may just get the Large one too, because why not? ;)

Fancy getting a box for yourself? Hur hur.

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I wish I could just look at pictures of gorgeous homes all day. Why doesn’t that pay the bills? Pfft.

The final episode of American Dream Builders had the last two designers transforming two beach houses. In my mind, this particular house was always going to be a sure win, never mind that it has a black exterior.

The direction is strong, the concept works, the little touches are spectacular and the DIY pieces are to-die-for.

I’m moving in right now.

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(images via Pinterest)

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Blanket Fort Party

May 16, 2014 · 1 comment

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I volunteered to babysit this evening and wanted to do something interesting for the kids. It was also the perfect excuse to have some fun and not have anyone judge a 31-year-old for building a blanket fort.

Besides, I was inspired by this:

Blanket Fort

So I did a quick run-through of what I had lying around the house:

Blankets? Check.
Pegs? Check.
Bamboo pole? Check.
Heaps of pillows? Check. Check.

After figuring out the main structure, this was what I came up with:

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LOL.

Hardly pretty. I know. But you know what? My folks actually thought it was cool and most importantly, the kids enjoyed it.

I never imagined that it would feel quite warm in there though. Ah well, at least we lasted about an hour.

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