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.

April Citrus Lane Box!

Speaking of splurging on my babies, let’s talk about Citrus Lane.

I discovered this company through a Facebook sidebar ad.  It was advertised as a “monthly care package for moms and babies”.  Intrigued, I clicked the link and instantly fell in love with the idea.

I love to get mail.  Who doesn’t?  (That’s my Saraphina in the pictures, by the way.  I think this may be her blog debut.  Let the “awwws” begin.)  I also love surprises, and essentially, the idea of Citrus Lane is to surprise their subscribers with items of the month’s theme.

Citrus Lane was founded by a mom.  While preparing for her first baby, she researched and asked everyone she knew about which baby products were the very best.  The idea behind the company is to provide moms with new and innovative products and companies that they may not have discovered on their own.  There is an emphasis on natural and organic products, which I think even the less than crunchy moms (soggy moms unite!) can appreciate.

Saraphina thinks the yummy, yellow tissue paper is the best part.

This month’s theme is Bed & Bathtime Fun.  Each month, you receive 4 – 5 products that coordinate with the monthly theme.  The boxes are specifically chosen for your baby’s developmental age, from newborn to three years old.  My box pictured here is for Saraphina, who is 9 months old.

As you can see, the ducks caught her eye right away.

These are the Green Sprouts Stacking Duck Set, BPA and PVC free.  How super cute are they?  I love the colors and they are fun to chew on.  (Sara told me.)  These are great for in the tub or out.  Citrus Lane includes a price list of their items to give you an idea of the value of their boxes.  These are valued by Citrus Lane at $9.99.

“Ducks or book…which should I chew on first?”

The delicious looking book is “I’ll See You In The Morning” by Mike Jolly.  It is a bright and beautiful board book following the bedtime theme.  I love the fact that is an actual story to read, not just a word or two per page, like a lot of board books tend to be.  We can sit and read this one, letting Sara turn the pages without worrying about a page tearing.  Thumbs up from me.  Citrus Lane valued this at $6.99.

Branam All Natural Xylitol Tooth Paste $7.99

This month’s box included a boo boo that actually worked in my favor.  They were supposed to send me tooth gel for Sara, but I got the toothpaste by mistake.  They are sending a replacement gel for Sara, but in the mean time, Isabella was out of her SLS free toothpaste and this just so happens to be SLS free!  *happy dance*

In case you don’t know what SLS is, it stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which is used in many toothpastes and shampoos, etc for sudsing and emulsifying.  It is, as we have come to find out, a nasty chemical that in Bella’s case, does more harm than good.  She was constantly getting painful, bloody canker sores in her mouth that left her crying and unable to eat.  When we asked our dentist about it, he happened to suggest using SLS free toothpaste for her.  Since the switch, not a single canker sore has returned!  This poor baby was getting them regularly, and it was from her toothpaste!  Yes, that was a guilty mama moment.  But honestly, we put our trust into companies not to harm us or our children, so how are we to know that they would include nasty, toxic chemicals?  Live and learn.

Seventh Generation Natural Hand Wash $3.49

This is a big bottle of hand soap.  And it smells wonderful!  It is fresh and citrusy, I think it just may find a home in Mama’s bano, instead of the kiddos….

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel For Sensitive Skin Deluxe Sample

Citrus Lane likes to throw in little samples for the mamas, and that is an awesome, much appreciated extra.  This month’s sample is an organic peel from Juice Beauty.  I have not tried it yet, but I have smelled it.  Meh.  To me, it smells like the rotting apples on the ground when you are visiting the local orchard for your yearly apple picking trip.  I’m not ungrateful in any way, and I appreciate it and will definitely be trying it, but the smell is a bit off putting for me personally.  Maybe you enjoy smelling like rotten apples, to each his (or her) own.

Also included in every box is an insert, giving you details about your goodies, exclusive coupon codes and where to find the items, along with general tips for the month’s theme.  This month there was also a $15 gift card for ecomom.com, a discount for chroniclebooks.com, and a special offer from Juice Beauty.

I feel like Citrus Lane is an awesome deal, I get my money’s worth and then some.  This was our second box and I am very pleased.  When I signed up, I subscribed for an entire year, which I felt gave me the very best value.  Each box is $25 with free shipping.  When I signed up for 12 months and added a coupon code, I ended up only spending about $16 per box.  This month, that was practically the value of the gift card alone!  I love discovering the new brands, I love the surprise package in the mail each month, and I love the products.

If you want to give Citrus Lane a try yourself, go HERE and then enter coupon code 20TODAY.  That 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.  Oh yes, Mama loves a deal.  And $16 a month is far less damage than I could do on a “quick” trip to Target.

Chew ALL the things!

Citrus Lane has not paid me or asked me to write this review, nor have they provided me with any boxes or products.  (But hey, Citrus Lane, if you wanna, I am game! )  I just think this service is awesome and wanted to share.  I’m cool like that.