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We're Ben and Kelly Zugay, and we're on a mission to live small and give big!  Since 2015, we've been on a renovating and decorating our well-loved 800 square foot condo — our home on Harvest!

When we're not biking, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying beautiful western Wisconsin, Ben is a a university-level entrepreneurship educator and I'm a small business owner.




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Birchbox is the one and only subscription service I have ever tried.  Our Wisconsin winters are long and harsh, so I ordered the subscription as a pick-me-up to survive the cold and dreary weather — and I haven’t looked back!

If you’re unfamiliar with Birchbox, it is a once per month $10 subscription box, filled with beauty product samples.  When you sign up, you’ll complete a brief survey to make sure you’re getting products you’d be interested in buying. When I filled out my survey, I mentioned being interested in organic and natural products, so I’ve received a lot of really great products — from facial scrubs to an all-natural nail polish remover.  Using your online profile, you can take a peek at the products you will be receiving — or have received — and buy full-sized products, too!

Lately, Birchbox has been partnering with other great brands and businesses — like Cupcakes and Cashmere and Rifle Paper Co. — so every box I’ve received has been really beautiful and thoughtfully curated.

Over the weekend, the Birchbox Road Trip brought Birchbox to Chicago!  I happened to be in the city for Create + Cultivate, and with my hotel just a few blocks away from the event — I had to go!

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At the event, you could:

  • Create your own Birchbox, by filling a box with a variety of beauty products.
  • Purchase a complete Birchbox from a previous month.
  • Sample beauty products.
  • Buy full-sized beauty products.
  • Get a free manicure!
  • Visit the donut bar. (Donuts have been a theme this weekend!)
  • Take a selfie with a selfie stick to win $500 toward Birchbox products.

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I sampled Stila Lip Color — which, as you can see, was really bold!  It really did last all day — through the 90 degree weather, through a couple of bottles of water, and through a two-hour train ride back to Wisconsin!  I had never worn a matte lip color like this one, but I loved it!  I also sampled Sea Salt Styling Spray (Similar Here) which was a fun way to make my post-braided hair look perfectly [purposely] messy!

I really love that Birchbox offered so many samples, because it really helps to know what a product looks like, feels like, or smells like before purchasing.

I’m so glad I had an opportunity to visit the pop-up!  If you’re interested in getting a Birchbox subscription of your own, click here!  (Birchbox is also perfect for gifting, too!)

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Birchbox Road Trip: #BirchboxInMyCity

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