Happily is a monthly subscription that delivers everything you need for a unique, creative date to help you reconnect with your partner as you spend quality time together.
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The Subscription Box: Happily
The Cost: $39.95 a month + free shipping. Save with 3- and 6-month subscriptions.
The Products: Everything you need for a creative date night activity with your significant other.
Ships to: The US
Happily May 2020 Review
Before we get started, I thought I'd share a little about us as a couple. My husband Dustin and I started dating when I was 15. After attending the same high school, we both attended the same college (I did PSEO my junior and senior year of high school) and after 2 1/2 years of dating, he asked my dad for his blessing. Five months away from my 18th birthday, he proposed to me in his pick-up truck on our way to my mom's birthday celebration. It worked out perfectly, as all of our close family and friends were already there to celebrate! We were married on June 30, 2007, and have been living happily ever after since! This year marks our 13th wedding anniversary, and while we sometimes argue, we have truly remained best friends. We now have 2 beautiful little boys, and because finding a babysitter is difficult when living in the middle of nowhere, any kind of date night in is a definite need for us!
Our date came with a date prep card. This listed all of the materials you'll need to have on hand to make the most of your date.
We also received a "Welcome to Your Date" card. This card gives a bit of a summary of what to expect from your date. I like that they describe how each task will strengthen your relationship and why it was included in the box. The reverse side of the card gives information for "What's Inside," describing all of the items that have been included in this box.
Here are some additional cards. This one gives us information on how to share photos of your Happily date on social media. All tagged posts will be entered into a drawing for a free 3-month subscription!
Happily also offers online classes from industry-leading experts on topics that matter to most couples. This month they included a promo code for $10 off of the "Conquering Conflict" class.
No date would be complete without a custom playlist! After going through our box contents and getting things organized, we opened up Spotify and started playing the playlist made just for our date. While I tend to love any type of music, my husband fancies George Strait, Hank Williams, and Merle Haggard so our playlist wasn't quite his cup of tea...he agreed to let it play out though, and I swear his foot was tapping to the Biebs!
With our music playing, and the kids tucked into bed, we decided to start our date night with the "Battle of the Brains" game. This online activity is a trivia game in which each player takes turns answering questions. You receive one point for each correct answer. Questions range from sports to movies, and everything in between. It only took about 7 minutes to play, it was fun to learn some new trivia, and to see how much my husband knows about make-up!!
Here is what the screen looked like - it even has a 10 second timer for some added pressure!!
After we finished our trivia game, we jumped right to the "Fight Type" quiz. This online quiz asks a series of questions that then calculates your answers and gives you your "fight type." The back of this card describes conversation starters based on each person's fight type.
While not a great photo, this is the layout of the "Fight Type" online quiz. We both went through and did the quiz to see what our results would be. Turns out my husband and I are both "competitive fighters." It gives a paragraph of information based on how they think we would operate in a fight. I wasn't convinced with this information because it stated a competitive fighter is aggressive, to the point, and an impatient listener. My husband and I agreed that I am just about the opposite of this description!
Up next was the Deep-Sea Disaster game. This game gives a scenario about a boat disaster where we need to vote people off of the boat to give us the best chance of survival out at sea. Taking turns, you each kick off a person based on their occupation and attribute. Once each person has one character left, you view the points revealed card and compare your characters' occupations and attributes based on the point values. After you total up your points, the highest score wins!
To play this game, you had to cut the attribute and occupation strips and place them each in a bowl. Taking turns, you each draw a character and attribute and lay them side by side. Then the voting starts! Not to brag, but I was the winner of this game!
The "Desert Survival" game was the one my husband was most interested in. We received a scenario in which our plane crashed leaving us as the only survivors in need of rescuing. We had to rank 10 items in order of importance. Once we ranked them on our own, we worked together to rank them as a team for our best chance at survival.
My husband spends weeks in the mountains of Montana and Wyoming in the fall, long weekends in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the spring, can start a fire anywhere out of basically anything, and is the best hunter/gatherer I know. It is safe to say that if there was ever an emergency situation in which my survival was at stake, I would 100% trust that he would keep me safe. That being said, we only scored in the 10-14 range on this game which was "It wasn't pretty, but you made it out alive!" Thankfully this wasn't a real-life game - but we did make it out alive, so that's what matters, right?
The last activity in this month's box was to make cinnamon rolls using your partner's arms while they're blindfolded. We received a cloth bag including the basic ingredients: gluten-free cinnamon roll mix, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a black blindfold.
To start the cinnamon rolls, I preheated the oven to 375 F. We added the baking powder, oil, eggs, and milk. I put the blindfold on my husband and tried taking photos while helping his arms add these ingredients...it was interesting to say the least! Because of the difficulty in taking pictures while using my hands to help my husband's hands knead the dough, I didn't get photos of these steps. We used the rolling pin to make the rectangle and added butter. Once the butter was added we mixed the sugar, cinnamon, and softened butter to a bowl and spread around the rectangle. Rolling the dough from the long side, we made our roll and sliced into 1" pieces with a piece of unscented floss. We placed in the suggested mini muffin pan and baked for 16 minutes. My husband was oh so sweet and sat with me in front of the oven as we waited impatiently for our cinnamon rolls to come out!
Once the cinnamon rolls cooled, it was time to enjoy. But wait...where is the frosting?!!!!?? These are in serious need of some frosting...my husband ate one and while he did finish it, his first comment was "these are definitely not homemade." While they were far from the best cinnamon roll we have ever baked, it was the first time my husband has ever helped baked cinnamon rolls, and my kids were excited to see them on the counter in the morning.
The Verdict: This was our first time receiving a box from Happily and I have to say it was an interesting experience for us. As I said above, we live about 30 miles out of town and finding a babysitter can be difficult. We spend most of our "dates" watching TV or playing cribbage. While I enjoy both of those things, I am always looking for a change of pace and excitement! I was really excited to receive this box, but I have to admit I was a little let down. First of all, in the world of COVID-19 and the change to distance learning, working from home, and Zoom meetings, I am about ready to throw my computer out the window by the end of the day. With that in mind, I was not excited to see the online games. While they turned out to be more fun than I initially thought, I was a little bummed out by my "Fight Type" as it was not even close to what I feel would be true. We did enjoy the Deep-Sea Disaster game, and the Desert Survival game, but I would have liked to see an actual physical game that we could play over again. The only "physical" item we received were the cinnamon roll ingredients. Now I love to bake, but I'm more of a morning baker, not an 8:00 PM after the dinner dishes just got done kind of baker. While that wasn't a huge deal, and it was a fun thing to do with my husband, I was pretty disappointed that they didn't include a frosting mix. (Don't worry, I frosted these babies up with some powdered sugar/butter/milk frosting myself!!) For $39.95, I feel dissatisfied...this box had a great basis, created some great conversation, and was a generally good time, but I feel that the value of the baking mix and the activities doesn't come close to the $39.95 price point. I hope the value increases in the future!
To Wrap Up:
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