PopSugar Must Have Box September 2012

The Lean Green Bean

I’d been a participating member of the Foodie Penpals for a few months, but to be honest, I’m a horrible Penpal. You do not want to be paired up with me. With Foodie Penpals, you are paired up with two people.  One person sends you a box full of food goodies valued around $15, and you send the other person a box as well.

My boxes were always sent late, and I struggled with coming up with unique ideas to put in the boxes. I don’t bake often, and that’s essentially a big part of Foodie Penpals – sending unique, home-crafted goodies.  On the flip side, there was even a month that I didn’t receive a box. [sad panda] It typically cost me around $45+/month to put together a box and ship it out. (Shipping is expensive!!) Don’t get me wrong, Foodie Penpals is great, it just didn’t work for me and my interests personally.   

That’s why when I learned about Birchbox, I was interested. Even better, it’s only $10 a month! Problem is.. I don’t really care about beauty products. Birchbox briefly describes themselves as “the best new grooming, beauty, and lifestyle products.” My nails are too short. I have no idea what someone would need three eye shadows for when one works perfectly fine. I strongly believe your lipstick color should match the inside of your cheek. Sorry Birchbox, I’m just not your girl.

So.. I continued looking around and finally stumbled upon PopSugar Must Have Boxes. It wasn’t all beauty, it wasn’t all food. At $35/month, it’s more expensive than the Birchbox, but still cheaper than Foodie Penpals. Plus, I can just sit back, relax, and wait for my box to arrive. This Goldilocks may have found her match. So I signed up.


FYI, my fancy schmancy camera broke again, so these two pics were taken with my Samsung Galaxy SIII. Honestly, it did a fairly decent job. What do you think?



  1. Rifle Paper Co.’s Lined Notepad:
    meh. It’s cute, but I don’t need another notepad.
  2. Brokedown Scarf:
    YES! This is as amazing as PopSugar said it would be. It also came with a coupon to buy another one for 50% off which I have ALREADY USED to buy the Taupe one. I actually really needed a nice scarf like this, so this was a nice surprise. This scarf is $84 online.
  3. A zipper makeup bag:
    I’ll hang onto this and probably use it at some point.
  4. Trace Martin Skin Care Salon gift card:
    meh. Seriously. If someone wants this, comment below, and I’ll mail it to you.
  5. yes to cucumbers facial towelettes:
    These will definitely come in use at the gym. They’re already in my bag.
  6. A cookie from Pop-Up Pantry:
    This was surprisingly good. A great post dinner snack. Pop-Up Pantry is “…like a wine-of-the-month club, but for amazing gourmet dinners crafted by top chefs!” They included a coupon for a free dinner, but I’m not sure if I’ll sign up or not.
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie Tickets and Book:
    Interesting way to market a book/movie. The movie was released on September 21, and does not appear to be playing anywhere near me. Maybe they’ll expand their reach. I looked it up on their website, and it doesn’t look promising. According to Fandango, Fans say “Must Go!” and Critics say “Go!”. The movie stars the Harry Potter actress in it, Emma Watson.
  8. Benefit Cabana Glama
    meh. The box is cute, but I highly doubt I’ll ever use this. I probably should, but I doubt I will.
  9. Kitsch Hair ties.
    Sure.. whatever.

There were two items I dug into immediately after my half marathon on Saturday, so they didn’t get included in the group shot.

  • Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips:
    If I need a chip and I’m at Native Sun, I might grab these, I might not.
  • Becky’s Blissful Bakery Original Sea Salt Caramels
    These were delicious! If my entire box had been crammed with these, I would have been happy. (As long as the scarf was in there!)  Did I mention they’re gluten free?

Overall, I would say I’m pretty happy about it.  I’m fascinated with knowing a little package is headed my way each month and I have no clue what’s in it!

If you’re interested in signing up, you can here: http://popsu.gr/rDi

(That’s an affiliate link, so please click through there so I get credit for any referrals!)

You can also use the code REFER5 when signing up, and get $5 off your order!

Have you participated in any of the monthly subscription services like Birchbox, wine-of-the-month, Omaha steaks etc? 



Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

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