Reviewing Citrus Lane: The October 2013 Box

I haven’t reviewed a Citrus Lane box for 6 months now… because frankly it’s kind of boring to just keep saying how awesome they are. However, just because I haven’t been blogging about the service doesn’t mean I haven’t been enjoying the boxes. We’ve been receiving them every single month since March 2012 and I’d say that 95% of the time I’ve been really happy with our monthly surprises.

Occasionally I’ll get something that we wouldn’t use, but that’s really the luck of the draw. Most of the time if we won’t use something I add to my ‘future baby shower’ pile to give away next time a friend gets preggo.

Only once have I been furious with an item in the box, which was when Citrus Lane included a ‘free outfit’ from FabKids, an outfit subscription service for children. After repetitively trying to contact them to make an order (with every single item in Jack’s size being sold out for the entire time the promotional card would work), I finally gave up and was left with a horrid feeling about FabKids. BOO FABKIDS! Luckily, that was the only time I was disappointed in what Citrus Lane had to offer.

For the October box, I tried something new. Citrus Lane sent out an email offering some special items that you could add to your box:

citrus lane screen shot for October review

One of the items, was a set of Green Eats snack bowls that we had gotten in a previous box. Jack has decided that he likes his food to be on plates and in bowls (rather than just scattered around his highchair tray), so we get a ton of use out of these. In fact, I’m pretty sure we use them every single day, so I thought it would be great to have a few more on hand!

Adding the item to my box was simple and the $6.95 was charged to my account (if you have any referral credits, the money can come out of that stash instead of charging it on your credit card). A few weeks later and our box with the extra goodies arrived!

Here’s what we got in addition to the Green Eats bowls:

October Citrus Lane Box - opened

Water Bugs from Boon - Citrus Lane ReviewWater Bugs from Boon: I LOVE this bath toy! It gives Jack something fun to play with during bath time (or pool time in the summer) and I don’t have to worry about any gross mold ending up inside the ‘bugs’.  The best part is that this is something I didn’t even realize I wanted, so it was the perfect sort of surprise gift!

Bops from Good Boy Organics: I appreciate that they threw in a healthy snack that could work for mom or kid, but um… yuck. I’m not a huge chip eater, but when I do eat a chip I want it to be a YUMMY chip. Not necessarily a healthy chip.

Babybug from Cricket Mag - Citrust Lane ReviewBabyBug from Cricket Magazine + 3 month digital subscription: We love books in our house and I always welcome some new kiddo reading material. This magazine is quite nice (and well made), but if I had the choice between the magazine and an actual book… well, I’ll choose the book every time.

Boat Whistle from Green Tones:  This is a super cute toy/whistle that is really well made. In fact, it is made from smooth, sustainable rubber wood and has a not-too-irritating toot when you blow into it. Jack enjoyed pretend-play with the boat, as well as slobbering all over the place to blow the whistle.

Playing with the Boat Whistle from Green Tones - Citrus Lane Review

So that brings us to the question that I ask myself each time I receive a Citrus Lane box: is it worth it?

My answer is a definite “yes”. I love the convenience of receiving age appropriate items for Jack each month. I really like that it introduces me to new products and companies each month too. Having the ‘add an item’ option is GREAT and I’m so glad I was able to add on the Green Eats snack bowls to our box order without having to go out and find them on my own. I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for future ‘add an item’ specials so I can get even more benefit out of our Citrus Lane subscription.

My typical disclaimer: I was not rewarded by Citrus Lane for reviewing their box on my blog. I review the boxes, because I feel like other mom’s would be interested in seeing what they’ll get if they sign up for the monthly service.

However, if you decide that you would like to sign up for your own subscription and use my link, I will receive credits on my account. Click here to access the Citrus Lane website with my special link and you will receive $10 off your order!

If you are interested in reading any of my other Citrus Lane reviews, go ahead and give a little clickity click to this link to check them all out.

Do you use any children’s subscription box services – whether it be Citrus Lane, Bluum, Kiwi Crate, or something else? What are your thoughts on the value for the items received?

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Reviewing Kismet Box: DIY Beauty

I’ve written about my love for subscription boxes before and have been thrilled to receive Citrus Lane boxes since Jack was born. There is just something about getting a fun little surprise in the mail that makes me so happy.

I mean, 9 times out of 10 when I open my mailbox it contains bills, junk mail or a rogue spider… so opening it to THIS instead really adds a little wiggle to my walk:

August Kismet box

When the nice people at Kismet Box contacted me about reviewing their very first subscription box, I was intrigued as to WHAT they would include in a DIY Beauty Box. I mean – I totally understand DIY – but DIY Beauty?

I actually used to have a beauty book from years ago where you could make your own beauty projects, but after a try at a ‘natural’ sugar waxing treatment for my legs left me with sticky, hairy legs… I pretty much gave up. So I was super excited that this kit included everything you need to make your own watermelon lip balm!

Inside August Kismet box

Included in the box:
– 2 disposable pipettes
– 1 (incredibly cute) mini whisk
– 1 mini measuring spoon
– 1 spatula
– 6 lip balm tubes
– 2 squeeze tubes
– Lip balm base
– Castor oil
– Watermelon flavor oil
– Coral lip-safe sparkle mica powder

I really loved that the kit included everything I needed to make the lip balm and even gave me ideas for how to decorate the tubes. As an added bonus, their website had some different ideas for how you can store the lip balm if you run out of tubes.

Adding powder

Making Kismet lip balm

For my first try, I used 1/3 of the ingredients and ended up with three tubes full of pretty lip balm. I had some washi tape sitting around the house, so I wrapped each of the tubes in a few strips of washi and then sealed them into place with some packing tape. Cute, right?

Kismet Box finished tubes

I added enough color to the mix that it shows up as a sheer coral color on the lips, which I love!


Ok, that picture isn’t the best. I look a bit… odd. I was hoping to get a picture of my sister’s and me all wearing our lip balm (I gave the other two tubes to them), but forgot to do it when we were all at the beach this weekend. You’ll just have to believe me when I say that I apparently rock at making lip balm and the color is super pretty.

So thank you to Kismet Box for sending me this super fun kit to review and I’m really curious what will be in next month’s kit. DIY lotion, make-your-own nail polish or even a sugar waxing kit? Ok, not the waxing kit… I’m still a little scared of that. I did LOVE this kit though and like that I still have enough ingredients to make at least 6 more tubes of lip balm (or I could add a little extra mineral oil and make shiny lip gloss in the squeeze tubes they provided).

If you’re interested in treating yourself to a DIY beauty product box, The Kismet Box is pretty awesome! For a monthly subscription price of $23.95 (with free shipping), you will receive the tools and materials for a seasonally themed beauty project. If you want to get the watermelon lip balm kit that I reviewed, you need to place your order by August 15th.

This would make a really cool gift for the lady in your life who is super hard to buy for. Like me. You know, if you wanted to give me a gift. Or your sister. Or maybe a friend who pretty much has EVERYTHING and you need to figure out something for her birthday ASAP.

So tell me, have you done any DIY beauty products at home? I feel like there is a whole world of DIY that I didn’t even know about!

Disclosure: I was provided with a free Kismet Box to review; however all thoughts and opinions in this review are my own. I am not rewarded or compensated in any way if you click through to purchase a Kismet Box.

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Reviewing Citrus Lane: The April 2013 Box

Yay, its Citrus Lane box review time… bring on the party!

I was writing these reviews every single month before reducing down to a bi-monthly schedule. So, if you’re super curious to check out my previous box reviews, go ahead and give a little clickity click to this link to check them all out.

I still feel like I’m posting these pretty often though, so maybe I’ll reduce it further to once a quarter and do a death match between all the items to determine the ones that we love the most? Let me know your thoughts on that, mmmmkay?

Oh and if you’re a complainer or happen to have to listen to a bunch of complainers, check out my last review which included my rant on FunBurglars.

At this point Jack is 14 months old and we’ve been getting these boxes for over a year. I was afraid that by now we’d receive a bunch of duplicate items and be totally sick of the Citrus Lane subscription, but that has not happened at all. In fact, out of the 13 boxes we’ve received, we’ve only gotten one item twice. Since it was the Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water and we LOVE that stuff I am definitely not complaining!

IMG_1935This month’s box was pretty much perfect for his age, so let’s talk about what we got:

Slide & Seek Toy from Melissa and Doug
First off, I really like Melissa and Doug toys in general and we only have a couple of their puzzles. This cute little Slide & Seek toy is the perfect size to throw in the diaper bag and Jack actually seemed to really like it.

Diaper bag essentials: snack container + baggie with a pack of apple sauce, a bib and the placemat.

Packin’SMART Stack –N-Seel 2 Tier from Innobaby
The brochure that came with this month’s box says it best, “Diaper bags have the amazing ability to swallow things whole, making it difficult to find what you need when you need it.” PREACH! I swear I’m tearing through my diaper bag once a week trying to figure out why I have 4 pairs of pants, 3 sippy cups, 2 baggies of crushed cheerios and a partridge in a pear tree all up in there. I try so hard to keep my stuff organized in baggies (one for diapering needs, one for feeding needs), but I’m ready to work this stacking thing into the mix. I’ve already filled one side with teddy grahams and one side with cheerios and it’s working fabulously at keeping my diaper bag a little less crumbly.

Non-Slip Placemat from OogaaIMG_1925
I want to love this, I really do. In theory it’s pretty much awesome – you take this snazzy silicone placemat and put it on the table when you’re dining out. In reality, once we’re done and I’m left with a messy mat I’m not really sure what to do with it. Do I fold the crumbs up inside it and take them home with me? Or, should I try to somehow empty the crumbs into the trash can and wipe the mat off with one of my bleach wipes? Maybe I just need to play with it a little more… About 8 hours after this blog post went live I got an email from the FOUNDER of Oogaa (her name is Sam and I’m super impressed that she reached out to me) and she explained that the easiest way to deal with the mess is by taking a damp napkin to wipe down the mat when you’re out and then you can give it a full washing at home. You can also throw the mats directly into the dishwasher, which is pretty darn awesome. So thanks to Sam for setting me straight and now we need to go out to dinner again so we can try this placemat out properly!

Shampoo & Body Wash from The Honest Company
The fact that this is a full-sized product in really cute packaging is totally right up my alley. Add to that a shampoo/body soap that is organic with essential oils and an insanely delicious smell of orangey vanilla and I’m huffing the bottle of soap like a junkie. Let’s just say, Mommy Likes. And she might not be sharing this with the boys in her life.

My typical disclaimer: I was not rewarded by Citrus Lane for reviewing their box on my blog. I review the boxes, because I feel like other mom’s would be interested in seeing what they’ll get if they sign up for the monthly service.

However, if you decide that you would like to sign up for your own subscription and use my link, I will receive credits on my account. Click here to access the Citrus Lane website with my special link and you will receive $10 off your order!

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