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.

Well, what do you know?

Busch Stadium, as seen during the park's openi...

It would appear that our hummingbird friend and little grasshopper buddy did indeed bring good luck.  We were informed Friday morning that we won St Louis Cardinals tickets for this Thursday’s game.  Um, awesome much?

Had a great weekend, nice and cool and strangely productive.  The kids start school later this week, so they are soaking up the very last bits of lazy summer days while they can.

I am working on reviewing a few new products right now, one of which will be including a very generous giveaway.  We’re talking 10 winners, my friends!  Stay tuned, I’ll have more info on that very soon.

Meanwhile, I am definitely feeling the shift as we move into a new school year.  We are adding onto our already crazy schedule this year by signing Noah up for dance class.  He is excited, and as long as he wants to do it, I’m all for it.  The boys are a pretty spiffy little novelty in the dance routines, so I predict an extra awesome recital next year with Isabella and Noah sharing the same stage.  It can only be awesome.  Once I find some tiny, toddler sized black ballet shoes, that is.  That task is proving harder than expected.

It won’t be sad saying goodbye to summer this year.  It was hot and miserable, keeping us indoors far more than we would like.  Hopefully the fall will bring us some nice, cool temperature to enjoy the outdoors and make up for lost time in the fresh air.

 

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.

Summer School

Film poster for Summer School - Copyright 1987...


After an ever so brief week off from school, los ninos are returning today for Summer School.  Now, I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, summer school was for…well…the less than bright students.  It was for catching up and passing subjects that were failed during the school year, so you would be able to progress with your classmates to the next grade level.

Was that the way it was for everyone else?

Well now, Summer School is like summer camp!  The kids have classes with Legos and magic tricks and even an entire class dedicated to Dr Seuss.  There are daily prizes given out by random, and an attendance price for each child at the end of the roughly four week session.

The kids get paid.  They get a gift card with $60 a pop for perfect attendance.  It was $100 a kid a few years ago.  What the what?!

I am envious!  I would have loved this program when I was a kid!  My mom wouldn’t even let me join Girl Scouts, to say I was a bored child would be an understatement.

So, today it’s just me and the littles.  Matt and Bella are having awesome adventures at school and earning money while they’re at it.  Lucky little brats.

 

I can’t leave this post without adding that Summer School was an AWESOME 80’s movie!  Mark Harmon, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Kirstie Alley,  Chainsaw, omg, I love me some cheesy 80’s movies!