How do you take time for yourself? How do you build in a few moments of ‘you time’ among work, school, kids and all the hectic parts of life? Lately, I’ve been really into Birchbox, the monthly subscription box that brings the best of beauty to your door…

Among the pile of boring junk mail, bills and jury duty notices, it’s so nice to discover my Birchbox waiting for me. Each month, I’ll get home from a long day and spot it in the mail — it feels like a surprise present from yourself! I enjoy the ritual of opening up the box and discovering what’s inside.

Here’s how it works: You take a quick and easy quiz, so Birchbox gets to know your preferences. Then, every month, they send you five beauty products they think you’ll like. It’s easy to get stuck in a beauty rut — I’ve worn the same bronzer for a decade — so I love being able to try new products without having to go to stores or read through a million reviews. It’s like getting a monthly reminder to take a moment for yourself.

Birchbox curates fantastic finds — for makeup, skincare and hair — so it’s almost like a little spa shows up at your door every month. (They also sell tools, body care and wellness supplements.)

In my box this month, I discovered this cool lip balm, which looks clear but actually reacts to your body’s chemistry to create a beautiful pink that enhances your natural lip color. (Look at the before-and-after!)

You can sign up for one month, six months or a year. Starting with your second box, you can choose one of your samples each month. It’s a great way to try whatever you’d like without committing to buying the full size. But when you do find something you love, you can purchase the full-size straight from Birchbox and earn rewards points for every dollar you spend.

I love the self-care ritual of Birchbox. And wouldn’t a Birchbox subscription be a great gift for a college student, new parent, or anyone who could use a pick-me-up each month?

Great news: Birchbox is offering Cup of Jo readers $5 off your first Birchbox using this code. Thank you so much!

Have you tried Birchbox? What are the little ways you take care of yourself? I’d love to hear…

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Birchbox, a brand we love. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep Cup of Jo running.)