Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Willie Wags Box ~ A Subscription Box for Women by Women + Coupon Code

The Willie Wags box immediately touched my heart with it's purpose. This box is designed by a women with the intention to use and showcase purely women owned businesses. You may have noticed before that I'm big on supporting women and their business dreams. We are intelligent, creative and and hardworking but it's a scary step to take and I'm proud of those who have taken bull by the horns and done it.

If you want a box full of motivating, empowering and inspirational products to encourage you, no matter who you are or what you're doing, Willie Wags is for you. If you have been tinkering with an idea in the back of your head, this box is going to make you think about it harder and push you to get the wheels whirring. Like a boss. :)

The Cost: $59.99/month plus shipping based on location.

What You Get: Carefully curated items from women owned small businesses. Each box is designed to empower, motivate, inspire, and encourage you. A portion of each box subscription goes back to fund growth opportunities for the small businesseses included each month.

Parrot Design Studio Notepads- I adore lists. I love lists. I make lists by the dozen. Lists ground me and push me in the right direction when I want to get sidetracked. Plus there is something ultimately satisfying about crossing each item off. I think that's really why I make them... for that happiness that comes when something gets marked off.
These are adorable pads and I especially love the "Don't Quit Your Daydream" message. Alright, I won't!
These are designed by Sarah Parrot (what an excellent first name she has-- it's definitely one of the best!) in her letterpress studio in Maine. You can also get greeting cards and other eco-friendly papergoods online at her shop.
Value: $13
"Make it Happen" by Lara Casey- Lara is an editor for a magazine company and is also an inspirational speaker. This is a faith-based book which might not appeal to everyone but I enjoyed it. It's sort of self-help and sort of memoir. I enjoyed it and found it encouraging. It's a pretty quick read, not too intense and offers some time management tips along with stories of the hard decisions she had to make in order to save her marriage and survive as a perfectionist struggling to work, be a perfect mom and stop being so hard on herself. There's definitely a message of hope.

Make It Happen is the story of how I surrendered my fear, took the leap, and got a life. In my case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make "it"―a greater purpose than mine―happen, and how you can too.

Make It Happen is for
women who find themselves worried, anxious, and completely overwhelmed by the constant chase for perfection
those seeking the courage to jump into a new venture
working women who are struggling to "do it all"
weary wives and moms looking for relief from burning the candle at both ends
anyone who dreams of a life lived not by accident, but on purpose
Your time has come to take a leap of faith. Join me as we surrender our fears, end the chase for perfection, and say yes to cultivating the meaningful lives God desires for us.

You know all those things you've always wanted to do?
You should go do them.
Value: $10 (on Amazon)
Levant Corner Store Whoopie Pies- O.m.g. To die for. I ate the Plain Jane one already. I was horrified that I did so because these are huge but it was so good I just couldn't stop. I tried. Now the peanut butter one is calling to me. Must resist. At least for one more day. These are the best whoopie pies in Maine by popular vote.
Value: $6
The Bangle Bear Silver Cuff- This business is owned by two sisters who love cute and affordable jewelry and decided to make their own. This particular bracelet is designed to hold a hair tie which is fun and useful. I always have a hair tie on my person or in my purse. Can't life without them.
This is a little big on me but since it's a cuff I'm just going to adjust it to the right size. Yay!
Value: $15
LG Design Water Bottle Decal- Drink up! Getting at least 64oz of water a day is ideal. This way you can keep track. Now my problem is... which water bottle to put it on!
Value: $6
Passion Planner 2016 Undated Planner- I am seriously in love with this. I love it because it's undated because I tend to leave a planner then come back to it. This is SO perfect! There's all the room for all kinds of list making.
In the front it has a goal making exercise and then instructions on how to put everything to good use. The first section is a monthly one and it includes a Monthly Reflections section where you answer questions like "How do you feel about this last month? What were your 3 biggest successes? What are you grateful for? and What can you improve on next month?" Then the planner is broken down by weeks with hours listed, a place on each page for notes and thoughts. The back has lined pages and graph pages, too.
Value: $29
Limited Edition Signed Art Print by Cynthia Bogart-  The title of this art print is "You are Your Fiercest Warrior." I love getting art in boxes. I've always loved supporting artists, especially at farmers markets and small art shows. This is a 5 x 7 watercolor gicle print and is the Queen of Clubs in Cynthia's soon-to-be-released collectible playing card collection. I just need to frame it. The etsy shop also has some pillow covers in patterns I really like.
Value: $23

VERDICT: Honestly? This box did just what it was supposed to do. I had a great time opening it and discovering each item. It made me think about some of the things I've been putting off and encouraged me to just get out there and do it. Not only that, I'm reminded that I need to be drinking my water like I used to and along with that get my buttcheeks to the gym more often. Plus, give me all the list-making utensils and I will use them. And of course my sweet tooth is pretty happy right now

The message behind it is fabulous. It's not inexpensive but the value is good at $103 and I love the contents. I also appreciate knowing that this box is doing everything it can to support and encourage women in the business environment along with each subscriber that receives it. Everything from the boxes, the stamps, the packing and string-- everything is sourced from women owned businesses and I can absolutely get behind that.

If you would like to sign up for The Willie Wags box, you can do that here. Use code BITSANDBOXES10 to get 10% off your first box. The curation of this box was so much fun I'm really excited to see what comes next.

What do you think of this box? Or are you a lady boss yourself and going to contact them about getting your goodies featured?!

*this box was sent complimentary for review purposes. All opinions are mine and I am so pleased to be able to introduce you to this. affiliate links were used in this post.<3 font="">

5 comments:

  1. Wow. That's all I can say.

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  2. This is a beautiful box and the sentiment seems to be extremely empowering. Since I haven't read the inspirational material, it seems to be a bit weak on actual value, but your conclusion is that it was everything you hoped for and more. That says a great deal to me. :)

    IF, for some reason, you think they need to add one product, or maybe a gift card or discount card to, oh, say Bouqs.com ( seeing your gorgeous tulips brought flower GCs to mind) :), then give them your heartfelt advice.

    It seems to me that the ladies involved with this box want to do quite a lot for women here in the USA, and that's getting rarer and rarer.
    I plan to subscribe and also spread the word. I hope others will read your review with the emotion you put into the words.

    You are a very kind and lovely lady, and your character really shows in box reviews such as this one. :) Thanks for sharing the JOY.

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    1. Aww, thank you! I just have so much admiration for women getting into business, creating something they love and then building a life around what they enjoy. I think this would make a wonderful and encouraging gift for someone just starting up their own business, too. It's not easy and this would be pretty special. :)

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  3. Love that they included a Passion Planner! Also I may have skipped down to read the whoopie pie review first......

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    1. The Whoopie Pies were insanely good. INSANELY! I'm glad I don't live within an hours drive of that place because I would have taken a trip just to get some.

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