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Nov 19 2013

Citrus Lane – November 2013 box

Published by under Products/Shopping,The Boy

This will be our last Citrus Lane box, at least for awhile and possibly forever. Out of the three boxes we’ve gotten, one has been good, one has been “meh” and this one was like “That’s it?” The box arrived while I was out with Mackers, and The Man tore right into it, so I didn’t get a picture this time. But, here’s what was inside:

Bumkins Reusable Snack Bags, Two-Count
Amazon price: $6.95 for two
I guess I’m not a normal mom, because I don’t pack snacks that need to be distributed into smaller bags. Maybe I’ll use these more as he gets older, but right now the snacks that come out traveling with us are things like yogurt and string cheese. I would never have bought these and I probably won’t use them.

Green Toys Chef Set
Amazon price: $14.12
The Green Toys Chef Set is four pieces: a lidded pot, a pan, a ladle, and a spatula. They’re nice enough, and he’s getting a kitchen for Christmas, so they will probably get some use. They are recycled plastic, which is fine. I prefer wood, especially since we’re getting him Melissa and Doug kitchen stuff, but they are nice and plain and don’t have cartoon characters all over them, so they pass muster. Since I didn’t open this, I’m not sure if we didn’t get the pan or if it’s lost somewhere in the house. I’ve never seen it, so it’s hard to say. When The Man comes home, I’ll ask him if I remember and edit appropriately. I am currently using the pot as a snack holder to try and drum up some interest in it. It’s a nice place to put animal crackers.
Edited to add: I asked The Man, and we did not receive the pan. So, either we got the shaft, or Green Toys inexplicably decided to remove one piece from their normal four-piece set before sending the product to Citrus Lane.

Good Boy Organics Organicsaurus Baked Organic Corn Snack, Cheddar Cheese
Amazon price: $41.99 for 24 (approx. $1.75 each)
They looked cute – 3D dinosaur shaped treats. But The Boy spit them out. I don’t know if he didn’t like the taste or the texture.

Skip Hop Zoo Divided Plate – Dino
Skip Hop price: $6.00
It’s. A. PLATE. A nice plate, but still a plate. As my husband said, “If you need a plate, you’re not waiting around, hoping one shows up in your Citrus Lane box.” Also, there’s not a lot of innovation in tableware. It’s basically what design is on it, and by the time your kid is eating solids, you probably have a collection of tableware already.

Some coupon for address labels
The Man threw it out, but told me it was a coupon that we could only redeem if we spent $100 on product. He thinks it was for a site like Shutterfly or Snapfish.

Mom Gift: Purlisse Pur-Lip Comfort Daily Lip Nourisher, 0.38 oz
Amazon price: $7.00 for 0.5 oz
It’s fine. The last thing I needed was more lip stuff, though. And I’m annoyed that they threw in a mom gift.

Anyway, I’m sure this would have been a fine box for some other family whose child isn’t a picky eater and who likes snack bags and where the mom was excited to get a token present of her own, but that’s not us, so we were not pleased that this is what we got for $25. I subscribed to Citrus Lane hoping to be introduced to products that I wouldn’t find on my own or wouldn’t think to buy. I’ve been disappointed overall in our three months of boxes. We’re going to cancel Citrus Lane for now and try out one of the other subscription services. Next up is Googaro, which is $35/month, so we’ll see if we feel like we’re seeing the additional value.


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Nov 01 2013

First Trick or Treat

Published by under Holiday Magic,Photos,The Boy,The Man

It rained all the ding-dong day on Halloween this year. Fortunately, The Man’s place of employment (which is where I used to work) does indoor trick-or-treat. If an employee wants to participate, he or she puts a balloon on their cubicle or office, and the kids can go trick or treating. It’s nice. So, we took The Boy there.

He dressed up as Obi-Wan Kenobi. I got his costume off Amazon and it was a nice, lightweight job that he wore over a set of pajamas. I tried to keep him dressed lightly, but his face was still rosy red by the time he was done. That might be because he went full blast from the time we started until we finished. He didn’t care about the candy, he was just glad there were so many people he could talk to and a nice big place to run around in.

When people tried to give him candy, he would often take a piece out of his bucket to give back to them. I guess he thought he was working on the barter system. He wanted to carry around a box of Nerds the whole time. And he didn’t say “Trick or Treat”, possibly because I had never taught him to say “Trick or Treat”. Instead, he ran up to everyone and greeted them with a very enthusiastic “Hey, man!” This was a big hit, as you can imagine.

We got a lot of compliments on his cuteness. He IS pretty cute, if I do say so myself.




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Oct 22 2013

Citrus Lane – October 2013 box

Published by under Parenting,Products/Shopping,The Boy

Our second Citrus Lane box arrived last week. I wanted to give The Boy some time to handle the contents and see how he liked them before I rated the box. For me, the initial impression was “Meh”. However, since he seems to enjoy the two main items, I guess this gets a passing baby grade.

October 2013 box

OK, so The Boy is 20 months old this month. This is the box he got.

Cool It Buddy instant cold packs
Amazon price: $4.99
OK, so it’s a cold pack. Or specifically, it’s a package of two cold packs. Useful and everything, but I’ve had instant cold packs in my medicine cabinet since The Boy started moving around independently. I can’t imagine not having cold packs around with a wonky toddler going full tilt around the house all the time. I tossed these in the medicine cabinet with the rest of them.

Boon Water Bugs Floating Bath Toy with Net
Amazon price: $7.99
Comes with three plastic water bugs that float in the water, and a net to catch them with. The theory is that it helps with hand-eye coordination and motor skills, but The Boy laughs in the face of intended toy use. He floats the net in the water and puts the bugs inside. Or chews on them. He plays with it, though, so it gets a passing grade.

 Green Tones Train Whistle (by Hohner)
Amazon price: $19.84
It’s a nice whistle. It has a good sound. It’s made of sustainable rubberwood, and other non-toxic materials. The Boy enjoys hearing us blow it, but he hasn’t figured out blowing himself, yet. I’m sure when he does, I’ll be sick of this toy in no time flat. It’s nice that it’s also shaped like a train so he could pretend with it as well. Personally, if I saw this toy in a store, there’s no way I would pay $20 for it. It’s also worth noting that two days after we got it, he dropped it on the floor and one of the decorative blocks broke off. The glue holding it to the main body gave way. It was simple to reattach it with wood glue, but it was an eye-roll worthy moment, when the big, sustainable, non-toxic, expensive train whistle broke due to normal toddler handling.

Babybug Magazine (one issue)
Yearly print subscription is $33.95 at www.cricketmag.com, one issue value approximately $2.83
The Boy was underwhelmed by this. He looked at it one time, but every time we’ve picked it up since then, he’s refused it. We also got a coupon for a free digital subscription or reduced priced print subscription to this mag, but I threw it out, so I can’t put down the details. Regardless, we won’t be redeeming it. The Boy isn’t into digital content yet, and he didn’t care for the print, so it would be a waste either way. I will give this “magazine” props for being printed on very heavy paper. It’s like glossy book paper, not thin magazine paper. It is much more durable and will hold up well to a toddler paging through it. The pages will still tear, but shouldn’t rip with normal handling.

This is one of those instances where the monetary value of the box will exceed my subscription price, but the actual value will not. The train whistle I would have rated at most as a $10 toy. My husband told me he wouldn’t have spent $5 on it, but he is notoriously 1980s in his mental pricing. The cold packs are practical, but I think it would be a challenge to find a Citrus Lane subscriber who is parenting a toddler and who doesn’t have cold packs in her arsenal already. Maybe I’m wrong about that.

The total cost of items in this box was $35.65 (not including the free or reduced magazine subscription). My subscription cost was $25.00.

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Oct 04 2013


Published by under Health,The Boy,The Man

I’ve been using the My Fitness Pal app since May. The Man’s been using it longer, and he’s down 50 or 60 pounds this year. I can’t remember which it is, but I know that he’s in 30″ waist pants, and he says that hasn’t happened since high school. I have traditionally been the person who refused to count calories, wasn’t interested in portion sizing, and didn’t diet mostly because it was too complicated and I didn’t want to learn to cook new (potentially gross) food. Well, MFP basically takes all of my objections and throws them out, because it’s easy. So I didn’t really have a leg left to stand on. I decided to try it and see what happened, and if I hated it, I could just stop.

Well, as of Monday I’m down just over 14 pounds. I went down a pant size, which is a nice change, because for the past few years, I’ve only gone up. I can see the difference in my face, arms, and calves. It’s rather nice. My initial goal is to get down to 160 pounds, and I’m well on my way.

In other health related news, The Boy got his last Hep A booster yesterday, so he’s done with vaccines until age 4. Well, except for his flu shot. He got that one, too, and apparently we have to go back in a month for the second one. That will be a yearly occurrence, unless zombies.

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Sep 28 2013

ABC, sing with me!

Published by under Products/Shopping,The Boy

Update on the Charley Harper ABC book from our Citrus Lane box:

The Boy has started loving the alphabet, thanks to Super Why and Alpha Pig. He “says” the alphabet when prompted (“A! B! O! J! D!”) and now loves his ABC book, because I will open it up and make the letter noises for him. He can identify some of the letters. Today I asked him where the O was and he pointed to it. Same with J and V. Lots of people say TV is bad for kids, and I definitely think if you are parking your kid in front of the television all day, that’s no good. However, Super Why has been teaching my son about letters and words much more quickly than I’ve been able to. Now I just reinforce what he’s learned with books and real life examples.

Anyway, point being, he now loves his ABC book, so that’s another check in the Win column for the Citrus Lane box.

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