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Rover: The Uber of Dog Care

As you could probably tell in our review of the best dog products, we absolutely love and spoil our Weimaraner dog. So much so that we welcomed another one into our family about 10 months ago. Even with just one dog, walking and boarding can be one of the biggest challenges (and expenses!) when you have a dog.  

We used to board our dog at dog care facilities, but we ultimately hated it. He always had extreme separation anxiety; we felt he wasn’t getting the attention he needed; and we spent tons of money. Once our second pup joined us, we knew we needed a better option. 

Luckily, we found Rover—a web-based and app service that lets us find local walkers and sitters to walk our dogs or to stay in our home with them when we are away. Our dogs don’t get separation anxiety anymore while we are gone; they are much happier staying in their own home and getting personal attention; and it’s surprisingly cheaper than dog boarding facilities!

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Rover Services and Costs

Rover offers a number of different services to meet our needs:

  • House sitting, when we want someone to stay in our home overnight.
  • Dog boarding, for those who want their pups to stay overnight in other homes.
  • Dog walking, for when we need someone to drop by to walk the dogs when we’re working or out and about for the entire day
  • Day care in someone else’s home
  • And Rover Now, for when we didn’t plan ahead and need a walker ASAP—a life saver when those last-minute, late-night meetings pop up at work. With Rover Now, the app picks the walker and sends them to your home asap (think Uber). We haven’t used this service yet, but it seems really convenient. 

The costs of Rover vary by service and walker/sitter. In our experience, we’ve always been able to find an affordable option. We’ve found:

  • dog sitting for $30-$50/night;
  • dog walking between $15-$25/walk;
  • and doggy daycare for $25-$40/day.

Comparing Rover’s prices to other facilities our pups have stayed at, the prices are great. For example, it costs around $90/night for our two dogs to stay at a Petsmart PetsHotel, where they are put in a kennel overnight and get to run around (and pee and poop…yuck) in a 30X30 room during the day. On Rover, we get to book with a sitter we love for $70/night (we pay $35 each dog per night), and our dogs stay in their home with lots of walks and love throughout the day. It’s a no-brainer for us.

Picking our Rover Dog Sitter or Walker

Picking a sitter or walker through Rover is simple. After entering some basic info about our dogs and home address, the type of service we are looking for, and the date, tons of potential sitters and walkers pop up. We live in Los Angeles, and there are always lots of options—even on short notice. We’ve also used the service while on road trips in other states, and similarly found plenty of options.

The Rover app lets us filter sitters by price, credentials (like dog first-aid certified), and level of background check, so we can narrow the options down a bit. We also find reviews to be super helpful. We can read about other people’s firsthand experience with that sitter or walker and even look through pictures of other people’s pups with that particular person. 

As a side note: While the Rover iPhone app meets our needs, the full web version of Rover has even more search options and filtering available, such as “Fenced Yard,” “House,” “Dogs Allowed on Bed” (a must for our pups). 

After finding a sitter we’re interested in, we can set up a time to meet the sitter before committing to a booking. That way, we can make sure we like the person, introduce our dogs, and talk about our preferences and routine. 

One question we often get from others is whether Rover is safe because the reality is that a random person is staying in our home or walking our dogs. It’s a fair concern and something people thought about every time they hop in an Uber in the early days. Rover made us feel better about this in a few ways. 

First, Rover has multiple levels of background checks and training experience for its sitters and walkers. We can pick someone who has a higher background check or training experience if that makes us more comfortable. 

Filter Rover sitters by those who’ve had an enhanced background check, for extra peace of mind.

Second, the sitter’s reviews help us confirm that the person isn’t crazy. We can see firsthand experiences with that person and pictures to back them up. Rover also shows you how many repeat clients a sitter has had, which is one of the best indicators of a good sitter.

Repeat clients are a great indicator of a good Rover sitter!

And, third, Rover offers insurance. If someone harms our pet or property in a negligent or purposeful way, we at least have some reassurance that we won’t be left picking up the entire tab. They also offer training so your sitter feels ready to tackle emergencies and you can filter to find sitters who have taken the initiative to complete the training.

Rover helps sitters complete pet care training.

For anyone who still isn’t quite convinced Rover is safe, we also have a smart camera doorbell and Nest indoor security camera downstairs, so we can always check in to make sure our dogs are getting the walks and attention they’re supposed to. If you do try Rover, we highly recommend the Ring doorbell and Nest indoor camera for peace of mind.

Our nest camera lets us know when our Rover sitters have taken our pups out.

What We’ve Loved Most about Rover

Lots of TLC for our dogs. In many daycare or boarding facilities, the real goal (if we’re being honest) is just to keep the dogs alive. The caretakers are there to make sure dogs don’t get into fights and to clean up their messes, but they aren’t there to provide love and attention to our pups. With Rover, we know our dogs are getting undivided love and attention. The texts we’ve received from our sitters makes it clear they really know our pups and they describe their personalities perfectly. 

Pictures galore! We get daily updates and pictures of our dogs while we’re away. That way, we know our dogs are happy and well taken care of. We can also look back at a collage of pictures from our many Rover adventures (check out ours below!). 

Our pups have had many adventures with their Rover dog sitters. Here are some of the pictures we’ve received through the app while we were away.

Comfort in our own home. We choose Rover‘s house sitting because we know are dogs are less stressed getting to stay in their own home. They get to play with their toys, sleep in their own beds, and keep up with their normal routine.

Personalized training. Our Rover sitters have all been very willing to keep up with our training preferences. At other dog boarding facilities, the staff don’t have the time to personalize their attention to the dogs. After a long trip, we’d end up spending many days getting our dogs to pay attention to our rules and training.

Flexible cancellation policies. Life happens and plans change. Similar to Airbnb, Rover walkers and sitters can pick their own cancellation policy. It can range from strict (cancel at least a week in advance), moderate (cancel by noon the day before), and flexible (cancel before the start of the booking).

Little extras. We’ve found that Rover walkers and sitters are happy to help little odds and ends when we ask them. If we ask them to check the mail, water a plant, or bring in a package, they’re always happy to. We also feel much better knowing that someone is staying in our home while we’re away!

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We’ve loved using Rover. Not only is it more affordable than many dog boarding and walking services, we love that our dogs are so much more comfortable when they get to stay in their own home. Try out the service and let us know what you think! Here’s a $20 off coupon for your first Rover booking (and we’ll get $20, too!).

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You Need a Budget: Seriously, a Review of the You Need a Budget (YNAB) Application

Two things we’re always trying to improve: Getting in shape and getting our financial house cleaner. We’ve talked about Peloton, which can help shed some pounds; now let’s talk about the application You Need a Budget, or YNAB for short. Sure, it might be a bit ironic to talk about budgeting on a blog that focuses on buying not-so-cheap things. But, the only reason we can buy all of these things is because we budget for them.

Our budgeting skills and methods have evolved—and greatly improved—over time. We started off using spreadsheets to track our financial goals and expenses. Spreadsheets are a pain to maintain, so we turned to applications such as Mint. Mint was helpful, but we found it to be too backwards-looking. It was good at giving us a sense of where our money was going, but it didn’t let us plan where our money should be going. So, we went back to spreadsheets. While spreadsheets worked great for planning, the inability to link to banks or credit cards meant manual tracking, which was time-consuming and tedious.

Luckily, we found YNAB. In our opinion, YNAB is one of the best budgeting applications we’ve found. YNAB gives us the power to budget as a couple, review our financial situation before spending a dollar, and access our up-to-date budget from anywhere. 

This article describes why we think YNAB beats the competition, highlights our favorite YNAB features, and provides links to resources to get you started. Take note, YNAB has a bit of learning curve and isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re ready to take control of your financial life, give YNAB a try. It costs $11.99 per month or $84 upfront for a year (which averages to $7/mo).

But, you can use our referral link to try YNAB for a free month (and we get a free month, too!). A month is the perfect amount of time to see if the YNAB system works for you.

Why YNAB is the best budget app for 2020

We tried other budgeting tools before YNAB, including Mint, Personal Capital (which we still use for stashing some of our savings, but found the budgeting to be ‘meh’), and HoneyFi. None of them worked for us. While they helped with expense tracking, they weren’t flexible and didn’t help us with financial goal setting. We finally found this total solution in YNAB for the following reasons:

Assigns a purpose to every dollar we have and tracks it forever.

This has always been our approach for managing our finances. We start with the money we have in the bank and the money we expect to earn, and we create a budget based on this amount. Once we’ve identified this amount, we ‘assign’ the money to our (1) required expenses (e.g., rent, utilities, insurance), (2) savings goals, and then, with whatever’s left, (3) luxuries like travel and dining. We watch these categories as they grow (or shrink) from month to month. If we want to eat at new, trendy restaurant in Hollywood, we eat on the cheap for a couple months and let our ‘dining’ budget grow. Many of the apps we tried simply reset our budget every month, which didn’t work for us.

Bottom line is that our budget is always a reflection of the total amount of money we actually have—not just the spending limit we’re trying to stay under. And, since all of our other priorities are already funded with real money, we can enjoy guilty pleasures knowing our goals are being met.

 YNAB’s system fit our philosophy perfectly. In fact, this way of budgeting is what YNAB refer to as ‘Rule 1: Give every dollar a job.’ You can watch more about this rule from YNAB, here:

Once every dollar has a job (budget category) in YNAB, we can start tracking our expenses against those categories. The budget then becomes our go-to before making any spending decisions. If we have enough money left in the category, we know that we can spend with confidence! If we don’t, but we really need or want something, we have to figure out which category we’re going to “steal” from. We label our savings as ‘DO NOT TOUCH,’ so that category is never an option to steal from, but other money is free game.

YNAB makes us reconcile any overspent categories each month. Rather than simply thinking we’ll try harder next mont, we’re forced to figure out what other category will suffer from spending too freely. This is super helpful in keeping us accountable to our goals.

Plans for irregular and future expenses.

In addition to giving every dollar a job, we wanted a tool that let us plan ahead. We needed to save for ‘known’ and ‘known-unknown’ future expenses. We wanted to make sure we’d have enough money for car registration due every June and that we were putting aside money for inevitable-yet-unexpected expenses like house repairs.

YNAB helps with this type of planning. For every category, we can set a goal contribution. For fixed expenses, such as rent, we include that value as a monthly contribution (i.e., rent is $3,000, so we have a goal of $3,000). For expenses that are variable or occur in the future, we include a monthly target to add to that account. For bills due by a certain date, we create a target balance that must be met by a certain date. The app will then determine how much we need to fund that category every month to meet our goal. For example, car registration is $500 and due in June, so YNAB automatically sets a goal of $42 per month, so we’ll have enough money available when that bill comes due.

Gives deeper insights into our spending.

By forcing us to reconcile our categories at the end of each month, we found that some of our budget categories didn’t reflect the reality of our expenses. We also found that unplanned expenses that don’t fit neatly into a budget category happen every month. We always thought next month would be more ‘normal,’ but we haven’t found a ‘normal’ month yet. Instead, we decided to plan for these monthly unknowns by creating and funding a ‘stuff we forgot to budget for’ category that gives us some planned flexibility each month without having to steal from our other goals.

Notes everywhere!

We have the worst memories and kinda freak out over expenses, especially when we forget details. With YNAB, we can add notes to every expense (e.g., ‘We took this cash out of the ATM to pay for XYZ.’). We can also add notes to our categories (e.g., ‘On January 15, we agreed to save $1,000 for this category and based this spending assumption on XYZ.’). If we’re thinking about stealing from a category that has money leftover, these notes remind us why we still need that money.

Has secure, automated (but not too automated) imports from banks and credit cards.

When we tried programs like Mint, the software’s algorithm never quite categorized our expenses the way we wanted. YNAB has the right balance, in our opinion, between automation and control. When we make a purchase, YNAB keeps it in a ‘new transactions’ folder for us to import, approve, and categorize. YNAB makes a category suggestion for each transaction to save us an extra click, but it never categorizes something without our approval. Similarly, when we have inflow, YNAB adds the money to a ‘to be budgeted’ category that waits for us to make a decision on how that money should be split across our spending categories.

We prefer this semi-automated workflow in YNAB. Many YNAB purists (I’m looking at you, r/YNAB) will say we should only add expenses manually to really think about our budget before we spend. The purists still use the automated expense import feature, but only to double check that they didn’t miss anything manually. For us, that’s a tad too tedious, and we understand our spending pretty well at this point, so we rely solely on the automated import feature.

Includes a powerful mobile user interface.

We’re often out and about when we make spending decisions, so it was important that our budgeting tool has a powerful mobile interface that lets us see every aspect of our budget and do everything we could as if we were on our computer. YNAB’s mobile user interface is the best mobile budgeting app we tried. From our phone, we can quickly skim our entire budget. We can fund categories. We can categorize expenses. We can add notes. A simple color coding identifies what categories are on track (green), at risk (yellow), or busted (red). All of these actions with a clean and intuitive (while not dumbed-down) user interface. We primarily use an iPhone with the YNAB app, but their site says they also have iPad, Apple Watch, Android, and even Amazon Alexa.

YNAB's mobile app is intuitive and easy to use. The app shows every budget category with colors to show if you're on track, at risk, or busted in each budget category.
YNAB’s intuitive mobile interface makes referring to your budget on-the-go easy!

Doesn’t inundate us with ‘special offers’ and other nonsense.

Because YNAB is a paid subscription service, the app focuses solely on providing users with a great experience and powerful tools. YNAB doesn’t make money from advertisements offering credit card deals or whatever other nonsense. Just clean budgeting. That means YNAB focuses on its users—what tools do they need, what helps them stick to their budgets, and how can they make those tools easy to use. Other budgeting apps are focused on what the advertising money wants. Those are not the motivations we wanted our budgeting software team to be focused on. While it costs a small fee each month, having a painless experience on the app and a product developed with the right motivations is worth the subscription fee to us.

Makes joint budgeting easy.

A joint budget is only useful if both people are actively managing and in tune with expenses. We needed something that would allow both of us to see our latest balances for every category. YNAB makes this easy by sharing an account and having the app accessible both in mobile and web.

Like most couples, we divide our income into a wide range of categories: The mandatory expenses spent on a monthly basis, such as groceries and rent; quality of life goals we save for and spend over longer periods, such as travel and hobbies; and our long-term retirement savings. Each of us also gets a stipend each month that we’re free to spend in whatever way we want, completely judgement free. YNAB is capable of organizing and executing our budget in this way.

YNAB makes it easy for us to have conversations about our budget. We implement a system to ensure we have regular discussions about our budget and financial goals. Each week, we categorize any remaining expenses that haven’t been categorized and then systemically look at the spend rates for each budget category. If we see, for example, that our ‘dining’ budget is low, and we have most of the month to go, we both know we can’t afford to eat out that weekend. We don’t even bring it up because we know we shouldn’t.

Also, at the end of each month, we take a deeper dive through all of our categories to make sure we’re on track and then we set up next month’s budget by adding dollars to each category. If we notice we’re having a difficult time sticking to a particular category’s limits, we have a discussion about what a realistic budget is for that category and where the extra money would come from. If we’ve had a lot of unexpected expenses, we look for a trend in the type(s) of those expenses to see if a new category should be created to better plan for them. These monthly discussions are critical to adapting our budget to our actual needs and to ensure our savings projections stay accurate and realistic.

Allows us to personalize budget categories.

We wanted a budgeting app that allowed us to describe budget categories in a way that is meaningful to how we think about our expenses. This sounds trivial, but for our long-term retirement savings, we’ve always labeled those accounts as ‘DO NOT TOUCH.’ There’s something about having those big, bold letters staring at us that keeps us from borrowing against these accounts. 

YNAB allows us to keep that tradition alive with flexible category naming. While the tool provided a list of initial categories to help us identify our likely expenses, it’s super flexible in letting us create/re-name/edit every category. In addition to different categories, we can split categories into larger meta-categories that help us collapse and/or expand on different parts of our budget. For example, we have a ‘just for fun’ meta-category that captures our entertainment-type categories like dining, wine club memberships, and streaming services. We also have a ‘DO NOT TOUCH’ meta-category that captures our retirement and investment categories. When we have our weekly budget check-ins, we focus only on our monthly spending and ignore all of our long-term, ‘DO NOT TOUCH’ savings categories by simply collapsing them all down. This makes our budget review much more efficient. 

Provides support from real (and nice) humans when we need help.

Great customer support wasn’t something we were actively looking for in a budgeting app, but now that we have it, it’s a must. YNAB’s customer support team is amazing. The couple of times we had issues figuring out how to use a particular function, the support team from YNAB has been friendly and effective. YNAB has a live-chat function that provides immediate support during working hours or outside of working hours email support that typically responds within 24 hours.

Fun banter along the way.

We weren’t looking for this feature either, but the little jokes YNAB hides throughout the application takes the edge off of an otherwise tedious task of budgeting. The writers at YNAB have an approachable style that makes reading about budgeting and using the tool a joy.

YNAB’s Budgeting Philosophy

YNAB is not only a great budgeting tool; it’s a system and philosophy on how to take control of your finances. The following video describes the ‘Four Rules’ that YNAB users live by and gives you some insight into how YNAB’s budgeting rules are put into action within the tool. If you’re curious about what it’s like to use YNAB, the video is worth a watch.

As you can see, there’s a learning curve to using the tool, but there’s also plenty of videos and tutorials to get you set up. And, if you run into any issues, the YNAB support team is only a chat message away.

YNAB Free Trial and Quick Start

Are you ready to give YNAB a try? Start by using this link to get a free, 34-day trial of YNAB. You can set up your budget and make sure it works for you before committing to a subscription. Once you create an account, we suggest you use YNAB’s Getting Started video courses to help you set up your budget, connect your accounts, and fund your categories. If you get stuck at any point, reach out to the customer support team before spending too much time researching. They’re super helpful and will get you the right answer right away.

Course outline for YNAB's video series, "Starting Your YNAB Budget".
YNAB has a wealth of training on their website, including this video series for how to start your YNAB budget.

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A Thistle delivery bag delivered to a front door
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Thistle Review and discount code: try a meal delivery service for healthy lunches

If you’ve read our blog, you know we love cooking Blue Apron meals for dinner. If you haven’t, check out our detailed Blue Apron review or our Blue Apron vs. Hello Fresh comparison . While we have dinners all set, we’ve been on the lookout for a great lunchtime meal subscription service until we finally came across “Thistle”.

Thistle is a newer company that delivers to the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Davis, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County. Thistle also ships across California and parts of Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It seems like they’re expanding, so if they’re not in your area quite yet, keep checking! While we’ve primarily used Thistle for lunches, it also offers breakfast, dinner, and snack options. If you want to give it a try, you can use our Thistle referral code — BRAND601 — on the final checkout page for $50 off your first month of Thistle (and we’ll get $50 off, too!) Here’s what we’ve loved so far:

Healthy!

A delicious and healthy prepared meal from Thistle. A Thistle referral code for $30 off your first order is included in this post.
Carrying a delicious prepared meal from Thistle to work for lunch.

These are nutrient-packed meals. Thistle touts that these healthy meals provide more energy and a sharper mind, and we can’t agree more. Thistle pays attention to macronutrient ratios to deliver high-quality, healthy meals that aren’t high in calories. Breakfasts generally have 250-400 calories; lunches and dinners 400-550 calories; and snacks 300-400 calories. We didn’t start using Thistle for weight loss, but we’re definitely eating less calories at lunch while not feeling deprived.

Filling!

Most Thistle meals we’ve tried are salads, and we’ve been really surprised with how full we are after eating. We don’t know about you, but when we usually eat a salad, we’re hungry within an hour. Now, we stay full for the rest of the day. It’s probably because of their philosophy: “Gluten-free, plant protein – We only use complex, low glycemic index carbs which contain fiber and micronutrients, and take longer to digest — as opposed to glutenous carbs. A day of Thistle’s plant-based plan contains an average of 60 g of plant protein. Plants and legumes can provide all 9 essential amino acids that we need to be healthy and happy human beings.” For those who aren’t quite ready for the all-plant diet, don’t worry, Thistle also has meals with meat protein.

The size of each meal is also pretty substantial, encouraging us to slow down while eating and filling us up even more (which is good because we often stuff our faces because of stress and this makes the experience last longer!).

Flavorful!

The meals have a ton of different flavors. All of the flavors complement each other but are separated in the container, letting us experiment with different combinations of foods and sauces. This also slows us down and helps us really enjoy our lunches, changing the flavor profile over the course of the meal.

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Try Thistle using our referral code — BRAND601 — to get $50 off your first month (enter code on final checkout page), and we’ll get $50 off, too!

Flexible!

Because we’re in the local delivery zone, after picking how many meals we want delivered each week, we can mix and match from any of the breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options. While we’ve primarily used Thistle for lunch, it’s been nice to have the flexibility to switch things up by occasionally throwing in a breakfast option. They also have interesting add-ons like juices, desserts, or even an egg or avocado to help achieve different dietary goals. For those not in the local delivery zone, there’s a preset plan of 6 meals per week. As with most meal subscription services, we can also pause or cancel at any time.

Environmentally-Friendly!

For those in the local delivery zone, Thistle delivers the meals on ice in reusable bags. We leave the empty bag on the doorstep, and Thistle picks it up when dropping off our next meal. Thistle focuses on limiting waste by providing all by-products from their foods to local farmers for composting.

Try It and get $50 off Thistle!

You can choose anywhere from 2 meals a week to enough meals and snacks to fill all of the meals you’d need for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the entire week. The latter gets quite costly though! The more meals you buy, the lower the cost per meal, of course. For 2 meals per week, it currently costs $14.99/meal for meals with plant protein or $17.24/meal for meals with meat protein to as low as $11.50/meal and $13.75/meal, respectively.

If you’re interested in trying it out, use our Thistle referral code — BRAND601 — you won’t regret it! Simply use our Thistle referral code — BRAND601 — to get $50 off your first month of Thistle (and we get $50 off, too!). It won’t be obvious that the coupon worked by clicking the link as your $50 coupon code BRAND601 can only be applied on the final page of checkout. Enjoy!

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The 4 Best Online Clothing Services and Products for People who Hate the Mall

If you’ve read our Trunk Club review, you know we don’t like shopping at stores. Over the years, we’ve found some high-quality products and services that help keep our closet fresh without stepping foot in a store.

Trunk Club: Hand-Picked Clothes Delivered to Your Door

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Use our referral code to get a $50 Trunk Club credit for your first trunk (and we’ll get a credit for our next trunk, too!)

We still love Trunk Club. If you haven’t already, please check out our full Trunk Club review. Trunk Club makes it easy to request a trunk of clothes, give feedback to our stylist before the trunk is sent, and return anything we don’t like. Although there’s a $25 styling fee, it’s credited to anything purchased from the trunk, and we’ve always bought at least one piece of clothing. Trunk Club is also one of the few clothing services with options for both men and women, which is awesome.

Living in Southern California, we have the added bonus of being able to go into the local Trunk Club clubhouse to meet with our stylist in person and try on clothes, all while sipping on a glass of wine or beer. Trunk Club offers petite and plus sizes, so it’s helpful to go into the clubhouse to make sure your stylist really understands which clothes fit you best.

While the clothes may be on the pricey side, Trunk Club matches Nordstrom’s pricing, so we feel comfortable knowing there’s no added cost for the benefits we get through the Trunk Club service. We’ve tried cheaper online stylists options, such as Stitch Fix, but we found that the quality and service weren’t nearly as good as Trunk Club and the Stitch Fix stylists didn’t seem to personalize your selections. With Trunk Club, we know we have a real person making high-quality selections just for us.

Rent the Runway: Borrow Luxury, Designer Clothing for Any Occasion

Rent the Runway is another great option for refreshing our closet (at least for Randi!). Gone are the days of buying a $300 dress to wear only one time! For years, Randi used this service for renting luxury, designer dresses for special occasions such as weddings and galas. Over the past year, however, she’s taken advantage of the $159/month RTR unlimited service that allows her to rent any four pieces of clothing and borrow them as long as she’d like.

If you’d like to try Rent the Runway, you can use Randi’s referral code to get $30 off your first Rent the Runway rental or purchase (she’ll get $30, too!). We don’t believe this works for RTR’s unlimited service, but it should help you get a discount on your one-time rental!

Rent the Runway offers clothes for any occasion: work, weekend, vacation, date night, or elegant. Rent the Runway also offers a wide selection of clothes for any size, including petite, plus, and maternity. An added bonus is that if Randi loves a particular piece of clothing, she’s able to buy it at a huge discount! Depending on how many times it’s been rented, she’s seen discounts of up to 50% off the retail price of the clothing. And, since she gets to wear the piece before she buys it, she knows she’ll love wearing it and it won’t sit in the closet with the tags on.

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Try Rent the Runway and get $30 off using this RTR discount code (Randi will get $30, too!)

Randi was originally worried about the options available as many weren’t her style; however, she says the Rent the Runway app has learned her style and now recommends clothing she loves. She can also find pictures and reviews from other renters to see how the clothes look on ‘real’ women. The app sorts reviews by people with similar body dimensions, which has been super helpful.

In our view, Rent the Runway has the edge over some of its competitors because you can keep items for as long as you’d like and ship items back individually for replacement. Some similar services, like Le Tote, require you to ship all of the items back at the same time. Shipping is incredibly easy by the way. The clothes show up on our doorstep within 2 days of picking them, and we just drop them in at UPS box whenever she’s ready to send them back.

Rothy’s: Eco-Friendly, Washable Shoes

Sorry, gentlemen, one more ladies-only recommendation. Rothy’s offers high-quality, washable shoes that are made from recycled plastic—but are actually comfortable! The shoes are a bit on the expensive side ($125 for flats), and Rothy’s generally does not offer promotions, with the exception of Rothy’s referral codes from other members and teacher discounts on certain styles. With that said, the expense is worth it because these shoes are made to last. They are durable because they are made from recycled plastic, which also means that you can wash them whenever they get dirty. It’s like having a brand-new pair of shoes after each wash!

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Use Randi’s Rothy’s referral code to get $20 off your first pair of Rothy’s and she’ll get $20 towards her next pair, too.

A word of caution – Rothy’s shoes (especially the pointed ones) tend to run VERY small in Randi’s experience. Be sure to size up a full size (not a half size) if you want them to be comfortable. If you get the wrong size, though, don’t worry, Rothy’s has some of the best customer service we’ve ever seen. When Randi’s first pair were too small, Rothy’s sent her a new size before she had even sent the original pair back! Incredible.

TOMS: Shoes, Sunglasses, Apparel, and Accessories with a Mission

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TOMS has been around for quite some time, but we still love their mission. One for one. Meaning with every purchase, TOMS helps someone in need. With every purchase of shoes, TOMS provides a pair of shoes to someone in need. With every pair of sunglasses, TOMS helps give sight to someone in need. It’s an inspiring mission, and on top of that, the shoes are comfortable, and the sunglasses, apparel, and accessories are trendy. Over the years, TOMS has greatly expanded its line of shoes to include almost any type of shoe, including casual, dress, and waterproof work boots. I guess the only type of shoe we haven’t seen are tuxedo shoes! If you haven’t yet tried TOMS, you should definitely give them a shot!

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Trunk Club: Our favorite way to buy clothes

Shopping for clothes is such a painful experience. Fighting traffic; navigating crowds; searching racks and racks of clothes yet never finding the right size or style. Luckily for us, a co-worker referred us to Trunk Club. It was such a peaceful, efficient experience, and the first time we enjoyed shopping for clothes in a long time. Here’s a quick, personal review of why we love Trunk Club:

Shop with an adult beverage at a clubhouse

In a few cities, Trunk Club has clubhouses where you can go in person to try on and pick out clothes. You just have to make an appointment to meet with a stylist. In the Los Angeles clubhouse, we check in with someone at the front desk who escorts us to a comfy couch and offers us a beer or a glass of wine. After a short wait, our stylist greets us and takes us back to another comfy couch, with a couple of dressing rooms nearby. She asks what type of clothes we are interested in and then disappears for ten minutes, bringing back racks filled with clothes.

We spend one to two hours trying on different clothes, never feeling rushed at all. After trying everything on, we pick the clothes we like and leave what we don’t. We continue to sip on our wine while our stylist charges the clothes to our on-file credit card, packs everything for us, and emails us a receipt all while we never leave our couch (or the wine!). If the clothes don’t fit perfectly, we leave it behind for free tailoring and they ship it to our home afterwards. It’s such a relaxing, stress-free experience. The hardest part is not being able to buy everything we want!

Unfortunately, clubhouses are located in only a few cities right now, including Los Angeles, Boston, New York, and Chicago. But don’t worry, you can still enjoy Trunk Club by getting a trunk of clothes mailed directly to your home. Read on.

…Or get and return trunks from your doorstep

If you don’t have a clubhouse nearby, or don’t have time to go shopping, it’s super easy to have a stylist send a ‘trunk’ (aka fancy box) of clothes. After answering some questions about your style and preferred clothing brands, the stylist pulls together a trunk. You specify what you want in your box, such as work or weekend wear, and your stylist goes to work on your behalf. Before sending the trunk, the stylist sends a preview to you, at which time you can nix any items you’re not feeling or provide more direction to your stylist.

A few days later, a trunk appears on your doorstep. At that point, you just try on the clothes, keep what you like, and mail back the rest (Note: You pay a $25 styling fee, but it’s credited towards any clothes you buy.). Once you notify your stylist that you’re ready to send back a trunk, they’ll schedule a time for UPS to pick up the trunk off your doorstep. It’s that easy.

A real, human stylist to match your style and budget

We’ve had great luck with having trunks sent to our home. Our stylist stays the same between boxes, and she has really come to understand our style and cost preferences over time. When we’ve needed something in particular—like new shoes for work, a startup-style suit and pants outfit, options for vacationing in Mexico, or any other crazy request—we simply send a text to our stylist, and she goes to work finding the perfect outfits. It has saved us so much time, and we like our closet so much more than before.

Keeping it honest: Our only critique of Trunk Club is that the clothes are pretty expensive, particularly when shopping in the clubhouse. Trunk Club is pretty transparent about that on their website, acknowledging that you should expect to pay high-end department store prices, generally ranging from $100-$300 per item. In our experience, men’s clothing items are more commonly around $100, but it’s easy for women to spend at least $200 on a blouse. We’ve found that Trunk Club can be more accommodating of your budget when you have a trunk sent to your home because the stylist has more options to choose from their warehouse. Plus, when you preview the trunk, you can ask that overly-expensive items be removed.

Advice doesn’t stop after buying clothes

Aside from buying clothes, Trunk Club has a few other nice features that we enjoy. First, pictures of all the clothes you buy are stored in a virtual wardrobe that you can see in the Trunk Club app or your website account. You can also upload pictures of other clothes to your virtual wardrobe and then ask your stylist to put together virtual outfits to see how he or she would piece items together. Finally, in our experience, our stylists are super responsive and open to giving random style advice. On a few occasions, we wondered whether a particular shirt went with a pair of pants and felt totally comfortable sending our stylist a quick text via the app, which she always responds to quickly.

Try it out!

Want Trunk Club to help add to your wardrobe? Try it out! If you are interested, we’d love you to use our referral link: https://www.trunkclub.com/invite/39R86D. That’ll connect you with our stylist (she’s awesome!). If you use our link, you’ll get a $50 credit to use and we’ll get a credit on our next trunk, too! If you try it out, let us know what you think!

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Peloton: Indoor Bike Review and Coupon

Peloton: Convenience of home, excitement of the studio

We love the idea of working out, but not all of the steps that need to happen before being able to. Get in the car. Drive to the gym. Check in. Work out. Get back in the car (sweaty…). Drive home. Each step becomes an excuse for why we shouldn’t work out that day.

A couple of years ago, the Peloton indoor bike popped up in our Facebook feed on New Year’s Day (a vulnerable time for anyone and their exercise ambitions). At first we joked about getting it because the price tag is, well, a little steep at $1,995 for the bike, along with a $39/month subscription for access to the classes. But, we did some rough math and realized that for both of us to go to a boutique cycling studio 3 times a week at $30/class/person would add up to almost $10,000 per year. The price was suddenly a bargain, and it would almost be silly not to buy one…right?!?

For those not familiar with it, Peloton is a company in New York that offers boutique, indoor-cycling classes. They held a successful kickstarter for an indoor bike that could bring that same boutique experience to riders at home – across the world. The Peloton bike has a large touchscreen mounted on the front, which streams live classes straight from New York City into your garage, basement, or living room – anywhere you have a power outlet, access to wifi, and room for a bike. If the schedule of live-streamed classes isn’t convenient, you can access thousands of on-demand classes at the push of a button (as of this post’s date, they had over 8,500 classes on demand).

Over 500 classes later, we’re still in love with the bike. Here’s why.

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An intense workout is only steps away

It’s hard to find an excuse for not walking 20 feet to work out (don’t get me wrong, we still try to find them…it’s just way harder). Once we clip in, we’re 3 touches away from starting a workout. And the workouts are intense. We were nervous that virtual instructors wouldn’t be able to push us during the classes. We were wrong. The size of the touchscreen (22” High Definition) makes us feel like we’re right in the class and like the instructors are talking to us. And sometimes they are. They can monitor each person’s metrics, and if they see we’re slacking, they’re not afraid to call us out!

Clear metrics are right in front of us

We’ve been in way too many spin classes where the instructor yells, “Turn the knob 2.5 times!” First of all, we can never figure out how many times we’ve actually turned the knob. And second, we’re probably going to cheat by only turning it 2 (small) times. The Peloton bike has precise metrics for distance, cadence, resistance, output (calculated based on cadence and resistance), calories burned, and heart rate – all of which are clearly visible at the bottom of the touchscreen. The instructors guide the rides by referring to cadence, resistance, or output numbers, so there’s no hiding whether we’re slacking off.

The classes also have a leaderboard that shows us how our ride compares to others. It ranks everyone by total output, which is based on our resistance and cadence numbers. We also receive medals as we hit certain achievements, such as personal records, milestone rides (e.g., 1st ride, 100th ride), 3 rides in 3 days, 7 rides in 7 days, and others. Get to 100 rides and you may be in for a surprise! (We don’t want to ruin it, but it’s a good one :-))

The instructors are motivating (and intimidating)

Peloton cares a lot about the talent they bring on board for instructors. The instructors all have great personalities, and they’re all unique. So depending on our day, we gravitate towards different instructors. If we want a no-nonsense workout that pushes us to the extreme, then it’s Robin Arzon. If we want a “you-do-you” workout that gets a sweat in while building you up, then it’s Cody Rigsby.

User interface keeps getting better

Similar to Wattson (meet Wattson, our Tesla Model S, in a post below), Peloton pushes over-the-air software updates to add features, ultimately improving the user experience. Since purchasing it 2 years ago, Peloton has implemented several user-interface overhauls to create a modern, clean look and added a number of sorting capabilities, so we can quickly search classes by instructor, class length, and class type. A recent (but minor) change we love is that the bike highlights the type of music played during each class. It identifies the title and artist at the start of each song, so if a song we love plays then we know the name and can download it later.

Workouts include more than just bike classes

The subscription gives us access to not only thousands of bike classes but also hundreds of other workouts, including stretches, yoga, and total body. We can take the classes using the bike’s touchscreen or access them through Peloton’s mobile app (which we also get free access to with our monthly subscription).

Get $100 off accessories!

You’ll get $100 off accessories, and we’ll get $100 off some swag at Peloton Boutique. We highly recommend at least buying the shoes and heart monitor from Peloton, so the $100 will come in handy. Our referral code (37CPMC) can only be used 12 times/year, so it’s also first come, first served. If you do end up getting one, let us know what you think! 

If you bought the bike, check out suggestions for other accessories below!

Essentials for your new Peloton bike

So you bought the bike? Congrats! Now what?

Peloton offers several packages with accessories to get you started. We definitely recommend buying the cycling shoes and heart rate monitor through Peloton, but you can get better deals on other accessories through other vendors. We’ve also bought some not-so-essential-but-fun-to-have accessories that make our cycling experience even better! Here are our top picks:

Peloton mat alternative at cheaper price

 

SuperMats Heavy Duty Equipment Mat:

A good floor mat is really important, regardless of whether you’re riding on a hard surface or carpet. For the former, it helps prevent damage to hardwood floors; for the latter, it prevents a bunch of sweat from soaking into your carpet. Peloton sells the bike mat for $59, but you can get one much cheaper elsewhere (like the floor mat we bought on Amazon).

Valeo Neoprene Hand Weights:

For the arms portions of the classes, you’ll need some 3- or 5-pound weights. Peloton sells weights for $25, but we bought some additional, heavier weights at a cheaper price online. Check them out here.

Schwinn Triple-Link Pedals:

We recommend you ride the Peloton bike with clip-in shoes for the best experience and workout; however, it’s a good idea to have toe cages/straps for house guests who may want to take the bike for a spin. The Schwinn Triple-Link Pedals replace the pedals that come with the Peloton bike. You can still clip in with your Peloton shoes, but you also have the option of adding toe cages/straps when others want to use it with regular shoes. Pretty awesome.

Jabra Elite 65t Wireless Earbuds:

The cost point on these earbuds are clearly a splurge item, but we’ve absolutely loved wearing these when we ride our bikes. We love having the freedom of movement that wireless earbuds offer, while not compromising the sound of music. These earbuds fit the bill.

Philips Hue Go Smart Light Table Lamp:

We almost didn’t buy our Peloton bikes because we thought we would miss the studio experience too much. After we bought them, we wanted to replicate the cycling studio as much as possible. We purchased a Philips Hue Go to use for our early-morning and late-evening rides. It really helps re-create the studio vibe and keeps us motivated to push through our ride!

Whether you splurge for all the extras or just get the bike, we think you’ll be thrilled. We hope to see you on the leaderboard soon!

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Tesla: Why we love Wattson, our Model S

Why we love Wattson, our Tesla Model S

We are no stranger to buyer’s remorse, but 2.5 years and 33,000 totally-free miles later, the Tesla Model S continues to make us as happy (and probably even happier) than the day we bought it. We are early(ish) adopters of Tesla, buying our pearl white Model S 85D–named Wattson–back in August 2015 using a friend’s referral code. There are so many features we love, but the following stand out…

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Wattson improves over time

Just sitting in our garage at night, Wattson gets new features that improve how the car performs. For example, one night we couldn’t activate autopilot on Wattson, and the next morning we woke up with a car that had adaptive cruise control and could keep itself within the lane markings on a road. Wattson connects to wifi when it’s in our home, and Tesla–about every few months–sends over-the-air software updates to improve the car. Some of these updates are mundane, such as bug fixes, but many of them are impressive updates that enhance our ownership of the car. To name a few: enhanced autopilot, Summon (basically allows you to move the car while not being in it), redesigned user interfaces, improved maps, and GPS-enabled Homelink (to have your car magically open your garage, gates, etc). As an owner, if there’s something you don’t like about the car, you can always make a suggestion to Tesla, and who knows, the next software update may fix just that!

The car isn’t the only thing that gets better with time. Tesla has a great referral program where you can give friends and family discounts on their purchase. Currently, Tesla is offering 1,000 miles of free supercharging for people who get a Tesla referral code. For every referral code that your friends use, you can win awesome prizes such as putting your picture in space or a child-sized version of a Tesla! The referral code program changes often, so keep an eye out. You can find the latest referral code and program by clicking the treasure chest icon in the Tesla mobile app.

An electric car that looks beautiful

Listen, let’s all be honest here: The Nissan Leaf is ugly. So are mainstream hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius and the Ford Fusion. We probably offended a few people (sorry!), but we’re not sure why carmakers decided that environmentally friendly means that a car needs to look so…weird. Tesla proved that an electric car can look as beautiful as any other car on the road. The sleek-yet-aerodynamic contours of the exterior coupled with the refined-meets-minimalist interior make this a car that will turn heads for years to come.

Driving thousands of miles for $0

We’ve taken several long-distance road trips from California to Nevada, Seattle, and Texas. After thousands of miles driven, our cost? $0. The first time we drove Wattson home to Texas, it boggled our families’ minds that we could drive so far and not pay a cent. One caveat: New Tesla Model S and X owners receive a capped amount of free supercharging per year (400 kWh or about 1,000 miles) and then must pay a small fee for each kWh or amount of time charging, which varies depending on the area. Model 3 owners do not receive any free charging and must pay a small fee.

This change was inevitable. With so many more Teslas on the road, Tesla needs to manage supercharger use to help minimize long lines. According to Tesla, the cost to charge a car to go 1,000 miles is about half the cost of filling up a car with gasoline to go that distance. So, even though you have to pay for supercharging, it’s still quite a bit cheaper than filling up a car with gasoline.

Speaking of free supercharging: We love this car so much and wouldn’t promote it in this way if we didn’t. Tesla gave us a referral code that gives you 1,000 miles of free supercharging when you use the code to purchase a new Tesla Model S, Model X or Model 3. If you’re in the market for a Tesla, feel free to use it!

Little to no range anxiety

For the first few months, we totally had range anxiety. The 85D has a range of 270 miles, and we would sweat if it fell below 100 miles. Today, it’s not uncommon for us to pull into the garage or a supercharging station with 20 miles left. A couple of improvements have made range anxiety almost obsolete. First, the number of superchargers has increased from 100 in 2014 to over 1,100 worldwide as of this post. As long as you’re in a large metro area, you can pretty easily find a supercharger (or another electric charging station) to charge at.

Second, Tesla has improved its maps to automatically route you through superchargers if they are needed to reach your destination. For example, a month ago we drove to Texas. After inputting our destination address, Wattson mapped out the superchargers we would need to stop at, how long we needed to charge, and what our charge would be when we arrived at the next supercharger. Tesla includes a buffer, so we arrived with 10-20% of charge at each station. We can add that Wattson was almost spot on with its estimates–we would typically arrive within 1-2% of the car’s estimate as long as we drove the speed limit.

Lots of random, cool features

There are too many cool features about Wattson to list, but here are a few (maybe lesser known) features we love:

  • Using Homelink through the Tesla app. A few months ago, we walked out our front door, hit the lock button on the electronic keypad, and took our dog for a walk. When we got back to the front door, the keypad’s battery was dead. Without a physical key to open the door, we opened up our Tesla app and hit the Homelink button, which opened our garage. Voila, no locksmith!
  • Massive amounts of cargo space. Prior to Wattson, we owned a Jeep Commander. The Jeep Commander had crazy amounts of room, and we were nervous that the Model S wouldn’t offer nearly as much. To our surprise, there is a ton of room in Wattson. Between the frunk (front part of the car with storage space because there’s no engine) and trunk, which includes a hidden cargo area at the bottom, we think Wattson has as much–if not more–usable cargo space than the Commander. That may or may not be backed up by numbers, but that’s definitely how it feels!
  • GPS-enabled Homelink. This feature seems incredibly minor, but we love it. We live in a gated community, and as we approach the gate, Wattson automatically activates the Homelink button to open the gate. Same goes with our garage. It’s so nice to never worry about fumbling around with finding the right Homelink button.

As you can tell, Wattson is one of our favorite additions to the family. If you’re a Tesla owner, email us or add a comment below if we missed an important feature, or, if you have a question about owning a Tesla, feel free to ask any questions!

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Me Undies: Unicorns on my bum

We’ve only just met, but let’s talk about underwear. We introduced ourselves to MeUndies about a year ago and haven’t bought a different brand of underwear since. At the most basic level, MeUndies sells underwear. Super. Comfortable. Underwear. They also have memberships where you can receive one pair of underwear every month at a discounted price. They also sell loungewear and socks, though we’ve only purchased MeUndies underwear. The cost is slightly less than what you would pay for higher-end brands of underwear, but it’s an affordable splurge item. A men’s pair (trunk, brief, boxer brief, or boxer) costs $20 (if you buy a membership, you save 33%). A women’s pair, depending on the type, costs between $16-$20 (a membership saves you 22%).

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Comfort is by far our favorite part. But there’s still so much more for us to love:

Endless, fun patterns

MeUndies sells three different styles of underwear: classic, bold, and adventurous. Classic has five or so basic colors to choose from, like black, grey, and blue. Bold has quite a few more colors that are more vibrant than the classic, including pink champagne and just peachy. Adventurous has a ton of unique patterns that are constantly changing. They’ve had space-, polar bear-, and avocado- (yes, avocado) themed underwear. New patterns are constantly coming out and often coincide with different holidays throughout the year. We typically go for adventurous since we can get plain underwear anywhere. Now we sport hearts, unicorns, and (our latest favorite) sloths doing yoga. You read that right.

Matching sets for you and your partner

MeUndies allows you to purchase matching sets for you and your partner. You can probably do this with any other brand by just picking the same type and color of underwear, but it’s particularly fun with MeUndies given the variety of unique colors and patterns. For example, we’re really into science, so buying matching pairs of space-themed underwear was a blast. For Valentine’s Day, MeUndies ran a special where you could purchase matching pairs, and they sent them in a nice box with Sugarfina champagne and rose gummy bears.

So soft. So Comfy.

We’re not sure what material MeUndies uses, but it’s extremely soft and comfortable. The waistband also seems to sit at the perfect height on our waists. This may be too much information, but the material also seems less prone to riding up our thighs or butt. Let’s just say it’s a sad day when we open our drawer, and we only have other brands.

Ready to be adventurous and try a pair?

If you’d like to try MeUndies, you can MeUndies! We hope you love wearing them as much as we do!

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Soothe Massage: Bringing the spa to your home

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With all of life’s craziness, taking care of ourselves is always last on the list. Anything that makes doing so more convenient is a winner on our list.

Soothe is a recent discovery for us. For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s an on-demand massage service you can book through the company’s app or website. You can book most types of massages, including Swedish, deep tissue, and pre-natal, with times ranging from 60 to 120 minutes. The massage therapists come to your home, bringing all of the equipment they need (i.e., table, linens, oil). As long as you have about 6-ft squared of space, you too can have a massage in your own home. The cost is comparable with what you would expect to pay in a decent spa–$109 for 60 minutes, $159 for 90 minutes, and $205 for 120 minutes. Soothe also has 10-, 20-, and 40-hour packages that reduce the price point to below $100 per hour.

Here’s what we’ve loved so far:

Convenience of coming to you

Time is our most valuable resource, so anything that saves time scores big points. We love going to the spa, but the time needed to drive to the spa, park, check in, and change clothes, is time-intensive enough that we don’t go nearly as much as we’d like. With Soothe, we open our front door, and within 10 minutes we are on a massage table. After the massage, the therapist packs up and is out the door within 5 minutes.

Ease of booking and payment

With just a few clicks, your massage is booked. And you don’t need to book well-in-advance; Soothe says they can find a therapist with as little as an hour notice (we’ve never done that, but we usually book the night before!) Soothe handles everything on the other end by finding a therapist in our area who can provide our requested message, as well as ensuring the therapist shows up at our home at the requested time. After the massage, we pay and tip directly through the app, also a huge convenience. To this day, we still end up at spas where we have to tip therapists with cash, an all-around awkward process.

Peace of mind about who is showing up in our home

It’s hard to ever feel 100% safe when welcoming a stranger into our home, but Soothe takes steps to ensure that its therapists are qualified and safe. On its website, Soothe says that they meet every therapist in person, ensures that they are licensed and certified in their practice area, and verifies that they are insured by a reputable firm. Every therapist who has entered our home was punctual, professional, and personable.

Couple of caveats…

We went back and forth on whether to put Soothe up on the blog. We’ve had a great experience thus far. With that said, we also promised to keep it real with you and to caveat as appropriate:

  • While having a therapist come to us saves a ton of time, we recognize that the atmosphere of a spa puts us into a relaxing state of mind. Getting a massage in the area between our kitchen and dining room doesn’t quite have the same overall effect. We still think it’s well worth getting a massage in our own home, but we also think it’s valuable to still make the occasional trip to the spa.
  • Looking at Yelp reviews, other users have clearly had mixed experiences. It’s been easy for us to book massages–even at the last minute–and all of our therapists have been on time, qualified, and professional. Other Yelp reviewers said that they tried to book a massage, only to have someone not show up because Soothe couldn’t find a therapist. We live in a huge city with apparently no shortage of massage therapists, so this has never been an issue for us. Other reviewers have claimed that the therapists who showed up were unprofessional or that their massages were lackluster. Again, knock on wood, we’ve had great luck, but we understand that a mediocre massage is completely possible. One plus about Soothe is that once you find a massage therapist you like, you can book that same therapist in the future.

You get $20, we get $20

If you want to give Soothe a shot, you can use our referral code: IXEVB. You’ll get $20 in credit, and we’ll get $20 in credit. If you do try it, we hope you love it as much as we have so far!