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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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