August Citrus Lane Box!

Just in time for back to school, this month’s Citrus Lane box has some fun goodies for the little ones not yet in school.

 

I love how Sara likes to inspect the insert of each box, like she is reading about all her new stuff!  Smart baby!

 

Lots of stuff that will be great for our little “filed trips” and errands while the big kids are at school.

 

As always, each box includes this insert which tells you more information about all of the products, includes websites and coupon codes and even little tips and tricks in line with the month’s theme.  Also, as you saw, this is one of Sara’s favorite parts of the box, even more than the yellow tissue paper!  Now that’s saying something!

 

Skip*Hop Zoo Lunchie Insulated Lunch Bag $14.00

Okay, I have to admit, I am in love with and completely obsessed with owls, so when we opened this box, my eyes immediately went to this super adorable lunch bag!  Love it!  It has an easy wipe clean interior, along with a little mesh pocket for hand wipes or napkins or utensils, you name it.  It also has an awesome clip on the handle, so it easily attaches to a backpack, stroller, diaper bag, etc to maximize space.  BPA and Phthalate free, this lunch bag is perfect for toting snacks on the go and keeping bottles, sippy cups, juice boxes etc nice and cool.  It’s so adorable, I think Mama may want to pack her lunch in it….

 

Andy Warhol’s Colors Board Book $6.99

Books are one thing in our house we can never have too many of.  My husband and I are bookworms, and we have passed that trait onto our children.  Literally, my kids would rather sit and read than play with toys.  Yes, they are awesome.  So is this bright and colorful board book!  Totally modern, totally colorful and totally fun, this is the perfect size for little hands and nice and sturdy for the roughness it is bound to experience.  It isn’t very long, which makes it perfect for little ones with short attention spans or for that last “one more story” at the end of the day.

 

Carefully going through each and every item.

 

DP (de-pee) Stain & Odor Remover $3.99

Oh, I could have used this yesterday!  Let’s hope I don’t have to use this anytime soon, but boy, am I glad to have it on hand!  DP is an eco friendly biodegradable enzyme cleaner that is tough on stinky, icky messes.  Anything from spit up to food disasters to even……poo, it is all blasted away with this product.  If you haven’t experienced an insanely stinky, icky mess with your child yet, just wait.  That day is coming, and now you can be prepared.

 

Keepin’ Fresh Baby Food Storage $3.75

This is adorably sized just right for kiddie portions, and it is made completely leak proof, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and freezer safe.  It is also BPA free, phthalate free, PVC and lead free.  These are made sturdy and can definitely take a beating and not look or perform any less than perfect.  I think I need about twenty more…

 

Sara found food!

 

Plum Organics Tots Yogurt Mish Mash $1.69

Included with the yummy Plum Organics this month, was a nice $2.00 off coupon for another Plum Organics product.  I love the convenient pouches and the replaceable cap to save any uneaten portions.  And of course, Sara loves the yummy flavor.  This is a great way to sneak in a serving of fruits and veggies if you have picky eaters.  It is also an awesome, healthy snack.

Lots of good stuff this month!  These things will all come in handy for play dates and trips around town.  What is Citrus Lane, you may ask?  It is an awesome subscription service that curates boxes to your specific baby’s age and the monthly theme and then ships them to your door each and every single month.  No leaving the house, no research, it’s all done for you!

Try out your very own subscription to Citrus Lane by clicking HERE.  Once you follow that link, enter coupon code 20TODAY.  This will save you $15 on a 3 month subscription, $25 on a 6 month subscription, or $50 on a 12 month subscription.  When you subscribe for a full year, they also give you two months free.

We love Citrus Lane in our home.  As I have said before, the value of the products each month for the small price paid is just fabulous.  And much cheaper than a “quick” trip to Target for me.  I love being introduced to new brands and companies, and we have loved everything we have gotten so far.

In loving memory….

August 17th has been burned into my memory for the last twelve years.  That is the day the world lost a truly amazing human being, Kevin Heisinger.

We worked together at Kmart, back in high school days,  along with a handful of other pretty awesome people that I am still lucky to call my friends.  He was by far one of the nicest, caring, wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  I still have a scrapbook with birthday cards he gave me, and ticket stubs to movies we went out to see together as the “K Crew”.

On August 17, 2000, Kevin was beaten to death in a men’s bathroom in a Kalamazoo bus station.  There were witnesses, grown adults who heard the screams for help and did nothing.  It took a twelve year old child to break the silence and call for help.

I remain as dumbfounded by his death today as I did 12 years ago.  I could rant and vent and tell you how I really feel about the monster that killed him or the horrible people that stood by and did nothing, but in honor of Kevin, I will simply share some articles about the incident and about the bill passed in his honor.

You can read more about his death HERE.

You can read about Kevin’s Law, a bill that took affect in Michigan in 2005 HERE.

Kevin Heisinger

February 13, 1976-August 17, 2000

Gone but never forgotten.

Feliz Aniversario!

 

Last weekend, Abe and I celebrated 12 years of marriage.  I was given 12 gorgeous roses, a home made breakfast and, knowing me as he does, a  beautiful, glittery Disney anniversary card.

 

My husband is awesome.

We had the tiniest of weddings in a tiny little Las Vegas style wedding chapel in St Louis city.  When I say tiny, I mean, we were scrambling to make sure we had enough witnesses to sign the papers.  I had my brother, a friend from work and her two little girls as my flower girls, and that was it.  I had invited my sister, but she declined.  Yeah.  So…..

After our quick ceremony, we hopped in the car and headed to Destin Florida, where we spent a few lazy days at the beach before we headed down to Disney World.  I had never been to Disney World before, and even though I was a grown up, it was still magical and amazing.  Disney never disappoints.

12 years later, and through all kinds of crazy ups and downs, here we stand, stronger than ever and more in love than that rainy July morning when we said “I do”.  My husband really and truly is my very best friend in this world.  He is my soul mate and as hard as it is for even me to comprehend, I love him more each and every single day.

 

 

Quiero estar contigo para siempre, mi amor.

July Citrus Lane Box!

It’s the middle of the month, and that means we had our favorite box on our doorstep once again!  If you haven’t heard of Citrus Lane, well then, where have you been?  Long story short, they curate boxes for babies from newborn to age 3 and include several items to match each month’s theme based on your child’s age.

This month’s theme is Bon Voyage, and included several items to make traveling with your little one just a wee bit easier.

Sara is always quick to dive into her box each month!

As always, Citrus Lane includes a flier that tells you all about the items in the box, where to find them, and even special coupon codes for discounts on more.

Someone has her eyes set on a yummy snack…

Ella’s Nibbly Fingers $3.99

From Ella’s kitchen, this box included a package of five snack bars for babies.  Made with organic fruits, veggies and wholegrain oats, these make the perfect snack for baby in between meals when meltdowns are just around the corner.  There are no nasty chemicals, hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners or preservatives and they are just the right size for little hands that insist on feeding themselves.  They are pretty yummy too. Hey, what can I say, Sara likes to share and I was intrigued.  Two thumbs up.  Well, two mommy thumbs and two messy baby thumbs.  That’s how you know they’re good!

Green Toys Race Car $8.99

Making yet another appearance in our box this month is an awesome Green Toys item.  This time, it’s a race car!  This car is nice and chunky, the perfect size for little fingers to grab onto, and even cooler than that, like their other items, this toy is made 100% out of recycled milk containers!  I am amazed every time I read that.  Don’t be fooled thinking that makes for a flimsy car!  No, this is very sturdy and thick, well made for all the inevitable crashes it will have in a house full of kids.  This car is also BPA, PVC and phthalate free with no metal axles or small parts.  Vroom vroom!

Baggu Standard Bag $9.00

This is a handy dandy reusable bag, made from ripstop nylon which is capable of holding up to 50lbs!  I wouldn’t load it with 50lbs of anything, but I am guessing my hubby would in his neverending quest to carry all the groceries in with one trip.  This neat little bag folds nicely into the perfect little pouch when it’s not in use.  It’s so small, it would easily fit into a purse, diaper bag or even the glove compartment of your car so you always have a large, sturdy grocery bag with you should you need it.

Notice how she is consulting the insert as she inspects her goodies.

On-the-Go Baby Laundry Detergent $1.99

I think every mother has had the not so wonderful experience of heading out with her baby, dressed quite adorably, and then having a massive diaper blow out, thus ruining the cute outfit.  Perhaps you have tried to rinse it in a sink with handsoap?  Yeah, that doesn’t work too well.  Believe me, I know.  With the Dapple sink packets, you can literally wash a sink full of soiled baby clothes.  There are no parabens, no toxins, and it is completely hypoallergenic.  These would also be awesome for hotel stays when you aren’t close to a washer, especially if you want to be sure and clean the clothing before stains have a chance to set in.  Always be prepared!  This package has 3 packets for three sink fulls of cleaning power.

Me4Kidz Medi Buddy $5.95

This is brilliant!  I am guilty of having a ratty old ziplock bag of bandaids and cleaning wipes stashed in my diaper bag.  This compact little kit has 40 items inside!  Bandages, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, even stickers!  Everything you can think of, in a hard plastic case that protects the items inside and makes it easy to always be prepared.  This would fit easily in a purse, diaper bag, car, back pack, stroller, just about anywhere. Plus, you will be the cool mom, handing out boo boo stickers to the kiddos when they get cuts or scrapes.  Who doesn’t want to be the cool mom?

California Baby Travel Set $10.50

You may have seen California Baby items on the shelves of your local Target while perusing the baby aisles.  This company is committed to creating toxin free skin products that are both healthy for kids and the environment.  The formulas are tear free and contain natural plant extracts that are calming and soothing to young skin.   They smell pretty amazing too.  I can’t wait to try some wacky do’s on Noah’s hair with the Jelly Mousse!

Included in this month’s box was also a coupon code for Sincerely Inc.  10 free Postagrams, a $10 value.  I think this is super cool, and I truly wish that I could use it, but Postagram is an app for smartphones, something this old school mama doesn’t have.  Cry me a river, right?  I wish it could be used online through a computer as well.  I like to think I’m not the last person in the world to not have a smartphone.  It’s a cool little bonus though, and if I don’t use it, I know plenty of people living in the here and now that could certainly use it with their fancy phones.

UPDATE: It appears that you can indeed use the Postagram feature online!  Yay!  See?  We don’t need no stinkin’ smartphones!  lol

So add everything together and we are looking at a box worth over $50!  And it is all delivered straight to your door, no packing up the kids in the yucky hot weather and wasting gas to go shopping.

Try out your very own subscription to Citrus Lane by clicking HERE.  Once you follow that link, enter coupon code 20TODAY.  This will save you $15 on a 3 month subscription, $25 on a 6 month subscription, or $50 on a 12 month subscription.  When you subscribe for a full year, they also give you two months free.

We love Citrus Lane in our home.  As I have said before, the value of the products each month for the small price paid is just fabulous.  And much cheaper than a “quick” trip to Target for me.  I love being introduced to new brands and companies, and we have loved everything we have gotten so far.

No Throw Review & Giveaway!

If you have babies, then you know how much they love to throw things!  Especially their cups and pacifiers!  I can’t count how many times I have watched sippy cups or bottles or even pacifers get thrown from a stroller or shopping cart.  And there have been plenty of times these items have been thrown without me noticing, leaving us without a drink or a binky for the now crabby baby.

How about dinner time?  Do your babies love to throw their cup down as soon as you place it on their tray?  In my house, the kids are constantly helping to find the cups or binkies after they have been flung by a giggling baby who loves to play fetch with the older siblings.  It may be fun for the kids, but Mama doesn’t like to play fetch.  Not to mention think about the cooties that are on the cup or binky after landing on the floor or in the dog’s water dish.  Que asco!

Here is where No Throw comes in to save the day!

Don’t you just love the name?  I mean, how appropriate!  And what an awesome product!  Basically, these are tethers for pacifiers and bottles/cups.  They attach securely, and make it impossible for your little star pitcher to get their cup or pacifier to the ground.  Or the dog bowl.  Brilliant!

No Throw was invented by Karla and Karen, twin sisters who, through traveling to see each other, experienced one too many thrown sippy cups.  Wanting to avoid the embarrassment any more, No Throw was born.

“Oh look! A drink for me to throw!”

“Be a dear and fetch my cup for me, won’t you?”

Amazingly, once she realized she couldn’t get any distance on her pitches, she held the cup for the remainder of her meal!

I especially love that the pacifier tether is not hook and loop!  It has a very sturdy metal clip, and it attaches to the pacifier with a loop.  Believe me when I say I have gone through many a pacifier tether, and none of them have been as well made or sturdy!  Hook and loop can be pulled apart by the baby, and it wears out just from general wear and tear.

No losing of the binky during playtime!

This time of year is especially perfect for No Throw, because it seems like every weekend there are fun things to go out and do, and therefore lots of opportunities to lose cups and pacifiers.

“Hey! I tried to throw my cup across the room, what gives?”

Notice it doesn’t even touch the ground when it’s dropped! No more cooties or 5 second rule!

You know what?  No Throw is good for things besides pacifiers and cups as well.

How about attaching it to your purse or diaper bag with your keys? I’m always hunting for my keys in the deep abyss of my purse or the cavernous diaper bag. This keeps them securely in place and easy to find! Love!

Attach it to toys! Teethers, rattles, anything really! This keeps them secure to the car seat or stroller when your baby feels like throwing things out, which is all the time with my kiddos.

Wondering where you can get your very own No Throw tethers?  Well, besides their website, which you can find HERE, you can also find them at your local Walgreens, Rite Aid, or CVS.com.

How would you like to win a set of No Throw tethers for yourself?   These would also make an amazing gift to a new mommy!  No Throw has very generously offered to send two winners two tethers each, either for pacifiers or bottles, and in a boy or girl pattern.  Interested?

Go “Like” No Throw’s Facebook Page HERE.

Follow No Throw on Twitter HERE.

Once you have “Liked” and “followed” them, leave a comment here on this post.  Just say “hi”, share a funny story about things your kids have thrown, or heck, tell us a hilarious joke.  Your comment will count as an entry in the giveaway.  The winners will be drawn and announced next Friday, July 6th.

How easy is that?

Read the Official Giveaway Rules HERE.

The awesome folks at No Throw provided me with their products for free so that I could review them and share their awesomeness with you.  I was not compensated in any other way, and I really do think they have an amazing, useful product!