This here bringer of the pooper to the fun party

A delightful seasonal delivery that somehow knows I should probably wash my hair

Whenever someone asks me in interviews about work-life balance—is there such a thing? is it attainable? which child would you sacrifice for just one night of uninterrupted sleep and what method would you use to inflict the most pain?—I try not to groan. I really hate that question. It’s like, really? This again? FINE. You want to know the secret to work-life balance?

GET YOURSELF A SISTER WIFE.

I’m not joking around, except let’s do away with the shared husband part. Here’s the thing: I hate shopping. Hate it. I hate grocery stores and malls, hate loading and unloading bags, hate the whole experience of it. You know who loves it? One of my best friends, Ivy. And guess what she hates? Doing laundry, and laundry is one of the things I do best in life right up there with making my father super uncomfortable with my website and calling everyone in a position of authority DUDE.

She could take care of the shopping, I’d take care of the laundry. And then we’d take turns watching all the kids so that we could both work our full-time jobs. The best part about this arrangement is that there’s no romantic dynamic to navigate AND YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. I don’t even have to get specific with that. All the help we need without wondering if one of us is going to end up sleeping on the couch tonight.

Since I don’t live with Ivy I navigate my hatred of shopping by using a few techniques. Sometimes I just hold my nose and do it. This approach doesn’t work very well at all. Sometimes I hide in my closet. This works so so. The approach that works best is subscription services, and I use one for clothing (from people who work as stylists), one for meal deliveries (from people who know how to cook), and I even use one that sends me replacement razors (from people who can shave an armpit like no one’s business). I told you, I am the valedictorian of hating shopping.

Earlier last month I learned about a subscription service for fashion, beauty, fitness and lifestyle products called FabFitFun, and last week I got the Summer Box in the mail. Turns out they know how a lot more about fashion and beauty than I do, so this falls right in line with my virtual sister-wiving. Yes, this is a sponsored post, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

The FabFitFun box comes out once each season and retails for $49.99. However, each box has a value of over $200.

The Summer box contains eight different products, and many of them are worth more than what you pay for the entire shipment. This season’s box has the following:

Michael Stars Ruana scarf

Kris Nations Mystic Gemstone Bar Necklace

bkr Water Bottle

Eau Thermale Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+

Cargo_HD Picture Perfect Highlighter in Bronze

Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

And my favorite thing of the entire set:

Understated Leather On The Road Again Travel Set, Passport Cover and Luggage Tag

(which I will use until they both fall apart)

Yes, all of these are indulgences and not nearly as necessary as groceries or that which keeps my armpits hairless. But once every season I get a little present in the mail that says, “We know you would like new bronzer and could DEFINITELY use some dry shampoo, Heather, but since you won’t go out and actually buy these things for yourself we will do it for you.”

Like little gifts from a sister wife.

FabFitFun is offering dooce readers $10 of your first box, just use coupon code DOOCE10 at fabfitfun.com. You have to act fast because each sesons’s box tends to sell out.

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This post is brought to you in partnership with FabFitFun.

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