Citrus Lane – August 2014

This has got to be the best Citrus Lane box yet!  Charlie received stuff he can actually use now!

Woodland Growth Chart from Petit Collage ($18.00)

167Exclusive to Citrus Lane, this growth chart is a fun way to track just how fast your baby is growing. The modern design will grow with your little one – up to four feet tall! Leaf stickers help keep track of dates and special notes. Later, fold easily to store as a keepsake. Tip: Measure 21″ from the floor to the bottom of the chart to hang.

I’ve been wanting a growth chart for Charlie and this one is really cute. I also matches his room really well. I only wish I had this sooner so I could have measured him at one year old!

ABC 123 Blocks from Melissa & Doug ($15.00)

168Some toys are classics for a reason. Toddlers love stacking and building (and knocking down) towers, and as they get older will start to recognize their A-B-Cs on these solid wood blocks. We also like that they come with a convenient storage pouch to keep them all together when not in use.

Charlie has been obsessed with blocks lately and my husband and I were saying how we should probably buy some. Wish granted! I was the most excited to see these in the box. We have a few wooden toys from Melissa & Doug and have  been happy with them. Charlie already loves playing with these and the storage pouch is an absolute plus!

Cool It Buddy from Me4Kidz ($2.99)

169It’s amazing how many bumps a toddler gets, especially early walkers who love to explore. These instant ice packs are great for then you’re on the go, or can’t find the ice pack in the freezer. We also like that Me4Kidz is a family business that helps support those with disabilities.

This is neat! Charlie is everywhere and has been starting to run. Although, I’m hoping I won’t have to use it, I know I will!

Language Video Digital Download from Little Pim (Free Trial)

171Studies show that introducing a second language at an early age is great for children’s development. Little Pim’s award-winning program is adorable and fun for little ones. Choose from over 11 languages – just go to littlepim.com/citruslane and chose the code on the enclosed care to download a video for free,

I hope the code is good for a little while because I don’t think we’re quite ready for this yet.

Snuggle Lotion from Episencial ($5.50)

172Baby skin can dry out easily, so it’s really important to hydrate and nourish with a non-greasy lotion. Made with organic ingredients like borage seed oil to boost skin’s immunity, and avocado, flax and primrose oils to soften. Snuggly lotion will likely become a staple in your post-bath routine.

I do put lotion on Charlie so I’ll give this a try.  Not sure it will become a staple in our post-bath routine though…

Overall Impressions of Citrus Lane:

This box blew me away! I was just saying in my last review how I thought Charlie would get more stuff for him to play with rather than practical stuff to use. The blocks and growth chart were home runs for us! The odd thing was that I couldn’t find these exact items on Citrus Lane’s website so the prices are what I found online and are guesstimates.  I do think I got my $30 worth out of this box and also got things that we will actually use! Way to step it up this month Citrus Lane!

Interested in trying out Citrus Lane?  Sign up here!  When you click on the link and start a new Citrus Lane subscription, you’ll receive 50% off your first month of service, and I’ll get $20 in credits!

xoxo,

Katie

*Product descriptions courtesy of Citrus Lane

**This is not a sponsored post.  I paid for this subscription and all opinions are my own.

Citrus Lane – July 2014

After giving it some thought, I decided to give Citrus Lane another whirl.  For those of you who don’t know, Citrus Lane is a subscription box service geared at children.  They have three different delivery options: $29/month for a monthly subscription, $24/month for a three month subscription, or $21/month for a six month subscription. You can let them know the gender and age of your child so that you get items tailored to your kid.  I have a 21 month old boy so let’s see what they picked for him!

My First Phone from Plan Toys ($10.00)

046Babies seem to love to play with phones, and unfortunately also seem to have a knack for breaking them! This adorable new play phone from Plan Toys has a colorful dial pad and a magnifying glass screen. Helps develop dexterity and encourage imaginative play – you may be surprised by how young babies are able to mimic mommy and daddy talking on their “phone”.

I had a choice of the phone or the camera. I am wishing I went for the camera. First, the phone is pretty small. Second, the buttons don’t do anything. Third, I don’t think my son knows what to do with a magnify glass… It’s cute but it doesn’t do anything. Charlie looked at it and set it on the floor. If I could turn back time…

Aqueduck Faucet Extender from Peachy ($12.00)

044Hand washing is an important thing to teach little ones – after playing outside, going potty, or before eating. However, giving your kids a boost to reach water can be difficult, not to mention hard on your back. Bathroom stools are great but this product is a fantastic addition to the stool or to take with ou when you’re out and about. After using it, you’ll never know how you lived without it!

Now this was a great item to get in the box! It fits on our sinks and will work out well.  We do have a bathroom stool so together with the extender, washing Charlie’s hands just got easier!  I am pleased with this item!

Silicone Placemat from Oogaa ($8.95)

045Toddlers are messy eaters, and sometimes it’s easier to just feed them off of the table or high chair tray instead of using a plate, which is likely to be thrown to the floor. This silicone placemat from Oogaa is a great solution for at home or travel, and perfectly sized for little ones. The soft silicone stays put, and you can bring along washable markers to draw on the placemat. BPA free, no sharp edges, dishwasher safe.

This placemat will for sure be used. I typically bring a disposable adhesive placemat out to restaurants with us but I might try this one. We are also traveling soon so this will be coming with us!  Side note – we received the blue patterned mat.

Mighty 4 Pouch from Plum Organics (around $1.75)

047Pouches are a great way to get nutrition into increasingly picky eaters. We like Plum Organics Mighty 4™ pouches because they’re a healthy blend of four food groups – fruits, veggies, grains, and Greek yogurt. We also like to pop them in the freezer for a refreshing treat on hot summer days.

I’ve given Charlie the Ella’s Kitchen ones when traveling but haven’t tried this brand.  I was just at the store and bought some Ella’s Kitchen pouches for our upcoming trip. This one will get tossed in the snack bag.  We received the flavor: kale, strawberry, amaranth and Greek yogurt.

Coupon: $1.00 off and one mighty snack (bars, puffs or pouch).

Pur~Protect SPF 30 from Pur~Lisse ($16.50)

048As busy moms, we remember to put sunscreen on the kiddos but often neglect our own skin. This light-weight, nourishing moisturizer includes SPF 30 so you can use it daily and not have to worry about too much sun exposure. Great for summer months or year round to help protect from every day rays.

I’m well stocked on sample size sun screens between this and my Birchbox samples.  This stuff is expensive, $55 for 1.7 oz. I look forward to trying it as I would never buy it! I’m glad I actually got a product for me to sample rather than a stupid special offer/coupon to buy something like a received last month.

Overall Impressions of Citrus Lane:

I think this box was better than our first box so I’m glad I gave them another try.  The value of this box came to $49.20.  Can’t be mad about that seeing as I paid $29.00. Even though I feel like this box was worth my money, I’m still uncertain if I want to continue this subscription. I have the option to cancel or pause the subscription. I received some pretty practical stuff (which I appreciate, don’t get me wrong) but I was hoping for more fun items that Charlie could use.  Maybe those boxes come when he’s a little older…

If you’re a subscriber or a previous subscriber, I’d love to hear why you like or don’t like this subscription!

Interested in trying out Citrus Lane?  Sign up here!  When you click on the link and start a new Citrus Lane subscription, you’ll receive 50% off your first month of service, and I’ll get $20 in credits!

xoxo,

Katie

*Product descriptions courtesy of Citrus Lane

**This is not a sponsored post.  I paid for this subscription and all opinions are my own.

Citrus Lane – June 2014

I decided to give Citrus Lane a try for my son.  I was able to take advantage of a discount offer and received the first box for $9.00 (regularly $29). Who could say no to that?  For those of you who don’t know, Citrus Lane is a subscription box service geared at children.  They have three different delivery options: $29/month for a monthly subscription, $24/month for a three month subscription, or $21/month for a six month subscription. You can let them know the gender and age of your child so that you get items tailored to your kid.  I have a 20 month old boy so let’s see what they picked for him!

wet bag croppedWet Bag from Bumkins ($10.95)

We found that this versatile wet bag has become one of our favorite things. Great for keeping an extra change of clothes accessible, and for storing a wet outfit or bathing suit after a dip in the pool (or after an accident while out and about). Made from Bumpkins easy wipe waterproof fabric.  PVC, BPA, phthalate, vinyl and lead free.

I’m sure this will find a purpose… I’m just not sure where yet!

Pouch Puzzle from MudPuppy ($10.99)puzzle cropped

These award-winning 12 Piece Puzzles are designed with extra-thick pieces so they’re a great introduction to a jig saw puzzle.  We like the colorful artwork and the reusable pouch to keep all of the pieces together. We’re sending this a little early, so you may need to help your little one at first.

The puzzle is a little too advanced for Charlie but I know he’ll love it eventually!

cup croppedZoo Straw Bottle from Skip Hop ($6.00)

At some point during the toddler and preschool years, little ones move on from sippy cups.  The Zoo Straw Bottle helps ease this transition by giving little ones a “big-kid cup” with the protection of a flip-top lid.  Dishwasher safe; also comes with an extra straw and a Velcro strap to easily attach to a back pack, diaper bag, or stroller. Be sure to check out adorable coordinating items in our shop.

Charlie’s favorite word right now is “cup” so I know this will be getting used right away!

Mighty 4 Bars from Plum Organics ($4.99 for box of six ($0.83 each))bars cropped

Mighty 4™ essential nutrition bars are baked with whole grains, fruits, veggies and a touch of yogurt – 4 food groups are represented in every bar! These yummy, organic bars pack a mighty punch with 11 essential vitamins & minerals and 5 grams of whole grains. And they’re sized just right for your little on-the-go eater.

Coupon: $1.00 off and one mighty snack (bars, puffs or pouch).

I’ve tried other organic bars for Charlie before and he’s not a fan but I’ll at least try giving him these.

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Overall Impressions of Citrus Lane:

I was a little underwhelmed by this box. The items came to a total of $29.60. I’m pretty happy that I only paid $9.00 for this box.  Had I paid full price ($29), I think I would be just a tad disappointed.  This box barely covered the monthly cost of the subscription. I’m on the fence if I’m going to continue this subscription service or cancel it. What do you think?

Interested in trying out Citrus Lane?  Sign up here!  When you click on the link and start a new Citrus Lane subscription, you’ll receive 50% off your first month of service, and I’ll get $20 in credits!

xoxo,

Katie

*Product descriptions courtesy of Citrus Lane

**This is not a sponsered post.  I paid for this subscription and all opinions are my own.