New Subscription Box time! I discovered the Happy Mail subscription service from A Beautiful Mess and immediately subscribed to it, canceling Pennie Post in the Process… If you aren’t familiar with A Beautiful Mess, ABM was founded by sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman and it’s a women’s lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle. In their words: “Cheers to doin’-it-yourself, always learning, trying, failing, dreaming big, enjoying the small stuff, and above all else … embracing imperfection. Life is better when it’s a little bit messy.” I can get behind that, can’t y’all? So fun! Seriously, just check out their site if you want to smile. There is so much to look at and they just seem like gals I’d like to know. They also have another subscription service called Messy Box which sends fun scrapbooking supplies.

As for the Happy Mail box:

In Happy Mail by A Beautiful Mess, subscribers get $50 (retail value) of stationery at their doorstep for $15 a month. (It’s kinda a steal.) This kit doesn’t stop at cards. Each month we include a couple of fun pieces like note pads, journals or stickers!

And holy crap, did they send so many things!

I really enjoyed this initial subscription box because there were SO many fun and modern cards and paper products to go through and play with.
I love that they included this “Stand Out” print. This is very much along the lines of my Home Office inspiration and might look cute in a gold frame. The only thing I am slightly annoyed about is that I have the World’s Worst Mail Carrier and they folded my envelope containing all my cards/prints and so this came a little bent. This is obviously not the fault of ABM, just a personal annoyance because my mail carrier is The Worst.

It’s always important to have extra birthday cards around for those cases when you forget to buy them. This is really why I wanted to have a card subscription in the first place because I am so terrible at remembering to get occasion cards from the store. Now they come to me and I am prepared. This Happy Birthday Card is just a simple flat card (versus a folded card) but I think it’s modern and fun and does the trick.  I like that “Happy Birthday” is in silver foil so it’s shiny!
This You Are the Best Card is super cute. I think it’s neat as a play on an eye chart and also looks pretty modern. I like that versus an overly floral, frou frou card.

The back of this Phases of the Moon card says, “I’m over the moon for you.” I love the silver foil of the phases of the moon. Again, I love the modern feel of these cards. Matt is going to get so many cards that he will never know what to do with!

This Phone Card is a traditional folded card that says “Turned My Phone Off For You.” I’m not sure who I would ever give this to because I turn my phone off for NO ONE EVER. MY PHONE IS MY PRECIOUS. My iPhone will be pried out of my cold, dead hands.

I think it’s always great to have wedding/engagement cards around. This Engagement/Wedding card a simple flat card which isn’t great if you wanted to tuck a check/money in it but normally we buy gifts ahead of the wedding from the registry and have sent directly to the couple and just bring a card so this works really well for that. I like the silver, sparkly foil look of this card a lot.
I mean, who doesn’t want a Banana Card? I love the Andy Warhol vibe to it and it’s just a happy blank card for any occasion. I loved this Cactus card. Inside it says, “You’re One of a Kind.” This is another nice Any Occasion type card to send a friend. I actually sent it to Jill’s husband as a joke so we’ll see what he thinks of it. He will likely think I am very ridiculous.
I love this colorful Paint Chips Postcard. This is fun for any occasion and just saying hi. I also just like the colors and so it might spend some time on my inspiration board.
This is another flat card in the form of a Thank You card but the weird thing is that it didn’t come with an envelope so that is kind of weird. But I have a ton of Thank You cards so I’m not worried about it. However, I like the polka dot design. I wish there had been an envelope but I can always find another one.
 I feel like I am getting repetitive where I keep repeating how much I love things but I love that they included this little Another List Notepad. This is great for our kitchen so we can jot down things we need or for my new desk with all of my gold things. They also included a cute Sticker Sheet with different fun phrases and words. I imagine I am just going to stick random ones in random places.


Final Grade: A+++++

Ummmm, I love this subscription so much! As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I decided to trade my Pennie Post subscription (where I would receive 3-4 cards for $11/mo) for this incredible box where I essentially receive infinity cards for $15/mo. It’s a no brainer. I love the modern, young and fun feeling of all of these cards. These feel like cards I would definitely buy in the store for my friends so I’m excited to have a little “home collection” of neat cards to choose from for special events and to just brighten someone’s day.

If you are interested in trying out Happy Mail by A Beautiful Mess for yourself, click here! 

 

A self-proclaimed beauty junkie/hoarder with a serious Sephora problem. After years with Birchbox, she now has a subscription box problem as well. Her free time is a mixed combination of cats, TV, and finally trying to figure out how to do her hair.

1 Comment on Happy Mail: August 2015

  1. Jor
    August 30, 2015 at 6:33 pm (2 years ago)

    They mentioned the thank you card could be attached to a wine bottle, but I also wish it had an envelope. Also, I think it’s important to note that the $15 price is if you buy a year in advance, otherwise it’s $20 per month. This is my favorite subscription! It has never disapointed. I always have cards fror friends and family, and I’ve framed a bunch, too!