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Mama’s Got Mail Subscription Box Review – May 2014

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Mama’s Got Mail Subscription Box Review – May

Mama’s Got Mail is a unique subscription box for moms that reminds you to take some time for yourself each month. In addition to the items included in the box, each mailing also includes a monthly Personal Self Check In sheet to use to do some reflecting!

Mama’s Got Mail kindly sent me this box to review.

Mama’s Got Mail Subscription Box Review – May 2014 Items

The Subscription Box: Mama’s Got Mail

The Cost: One time box ($49), 6-month subscription ($44 a month), 12-month subscription ($39 a month)

The Products: Items in the box are a surprise each month, and also include a personal check-in worksheet, as well as a newsletter explaining the story behind the box’s contents.

Check out all of my Mama’s Got Mail reviews and the Subscription Box Directory for Moms!

Mama’s Got Mail Subscription Box Review – May 2014 Card

Each box comes with a letter from Shannon explaining the items and the theme for the month. May’s theme is about originality. 

Mama’s Got Mail Subscription Box Review – May 2014 Info

There’s also a self check-in quiz with every box.

Mama’s Got Mail Subscription Box Review – May 2014 Art

The Art of Non-Conformity – Retail Value $15

Always Do What You Are Afraid To Do Notepad – Value $10?

I’m pretty excited to read this book – I like the theme, plus I’ve loved all the books Shannon has selected for Mama’s Got Mail so far!

Mama’s Got Mail Subscription Box Review – May 2014 Dvd

The Buddy Holly Story DVD – Retail Value $15

I haven’t seen this movie, but Shannon describes Buddy Holly as one of the original most original thinkers, and it gets good reviews so it will go in our movies-to-watch-queue.

Verdict: This box also included a link for a free month of SkillShare – from what I can tell everyone can get a free month, you do have to enter your credit card info though, so I’m not counting it toward the retail value of the box. The May box has a retail value of about $40. (Some of these items are on sale for less though). From my experience I would say that this box isn’t about a high value – it’s more about the curation and the self-check in. (If you’re going to subscribe I think that the 6 or 12 month options make the value a lot better).

This is definitely one of the most unique subscriptions I get, and I love that it’s about self-reflection and learning. What do you think of the May Mama’s Got Mail Box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I can’t belive some of these comments. Apparently they are not actually subscribers and are just looking for a deal. Nobody seems to mention the Self Check-in that is included in every box. That is the heart of Mama’s Got Mail for me; a little reminder (with guidance from a professional) to help me be a happy mom! I would much rather pay the $39 a month for Mama’s Got Mail than the *hundreds* it would cost for a counselor or coach.

  2. I can’t get over the incredible lack of value in this box! I’m so glad I cancelled at the last minute. Talk about random and grossly overpriced crappola! A DVD of a movie made decades ago based on a cradle robbing, borderline pedophile in his day, a paperback book anyone can snag on Amazon for under $10, and a notepad with a random sentence on top of each page? Even with subs that focus more on curation (which I think is code for “we’re totally going to rip you off by sending crap that’s worth less than half what you paid”), these items just look utterly random. Seriously, there are no more recent “independent
    thinkers” to include than Buddy Holly? How about a female role model since this is a sub geared toward women/moms? And it’s rather ironic that the idea wasn’t even the curator’s own according to the letter, a great way to demo “independent” thinking! When will these subs ever learn that notepads are cheap and rarely well received? Everyone knows they’re generally just cheap filler included to raise the total item number and inflate box value anyway (this goes for all subs).
    I guess I’m just stunned that this is what passes for $50 worth of “well-curated” products. Not one puts this mom in mind of taking time for myself. Such a shame.

  3. Wow. This is embarrassing! Seriously. And to send this to the biggest subscription box review site and expect to get customers? SMH. I can get these things at the dollar tree! And $50!? I wouldn’t pay $10 for tbis!

  4. I think this box was horrible. I purchased it for the first time and I was so disappointed. I wouldn’t purchase again.

    • Does the owner of this biz not take feedback? Seems like every time there is a review on this box, all the comments say the same thing.

  5. Honestly, I’d be really upset if I paid nearly $50 for this box. The book is $9 on amazon, I’ve found the DVD for $4, and the notepad looks like it wouldn’t cost more than $3. I’ve seen boxes that were worth a bit less than their price, but the curation was well thought out. This just seems thrown together.

  6. As a new mom, I really really like the idea of this box and would love to subscribe. But the monetary value is so low that I just can’t justify it.

    I wish this box would offer a paper only version, with just the self check in and maybe a list of suggestions of things to do (ie, watch the Buddy Holly story and read this book instead of actually sending me copies.) Then I could decide if I wanted to do those things or not without unconscionable expense.

  7. A paperback book, an old movie I’ve seen (probably can get a $5 copy at Target or free download on Amazon Prime) and a note pad? I don’t think this has a decent value at all. Just some extra cheap items (like snacks while watching the movie) would add some excitement to the box.

    • That’s the thing too – I never buy physical books or DVDs anymore, I digitally download everything.

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