If you search for ‘how moms find time to shower’ on Google, you will get a whopping 27 million results. Aside from blogging moms sharing their desire for more time for personal hygiene, there are also legitimate articles outlining how you can find more minutes in a day. While we sometimes blame technology for wasting precious hours, the reality is that the internet can help if you have access to information that will save you both time and money.
Birchbox, which launched in 2010, is a monthly gift box that includes everything from makeup to perfume. Since then, hundreds of companies have recognized that moms enjoy the convenience of having products delivered right to their door’and not just beauty samples. What we want are products that surprise and delight us, but also make running a home with young children easier.
As you start your search for the best online companies that best suit your needs, here are five services that you might want to consider:
Starting at US$16.95/month + shipping
Whether you choose a Koala Crate (ages 3-4) or a Kiwi Crate (ages 5-8), you will get a monthly box that includes a fun and interactive STEM-based project. From flying paper kites to rubber band rockets, your child will be excited and inspired when this pretty little box arrives at your doorstep.
Starting at US$13.99/month + shipping
Thanks to the recent popularity of The Lego Movie, girls and boys love to build more than ever. With BrickBox, each month you will receive a box of bricks with additional surprises to let their imagination go wild. For example, in November 2015 there was a Superhero theme that included a mini figure, among other brick-based toys.
HP Instant Ink
Starting at $3.99/month
There is nothing worse than running out of ink when your child wants to print a colouring page or smartphone pic. With an HP printer and this ink replacement service, ordering printer ink happens automatically thanks to a special connected sensor in your printer that knows when you’re running low. Not only is this convenient, you can save up to $660 a year since you’re getting Original HP ink at half the price.
Starting at $9.97/month plus shipping
Packing lunches every day is a necessary pain. And sometimes we get stuck in a rut when we run out of new snack ideas. With NatureBox, you will get a monthly supply of healthy vegan and non-GMO treats. The best part? You can choose the 5 or 10 treats you know your kids will love to try.
Starting at $15.99/month plus shipping
Nothing compares to the excitement you feel when your little one starts to read. With Bookroo, you can encourage exploring new board books and picture books every single month. This is an affordable way to build your child’s home library and share the joy of reading.