Citrus Lane December Box

My second Citrus Lane box has arrived!  For those of you that don’t know about Citrus Lane, Citrus Lane is a monthly subscription box for children’s’ toys and items.  One of the best things about this box is that you tell them how old your child is and they send you age appropriate items.  Thus, the box is supposed to “grow up” with your child.  The regular price for a box is $29 a month, but they do have discounts if you buy a subscription for more than one month.  If you want to try a box out for yourself, you can click here for 50% off your first box and because I referred you, I’ll get some referral credit to buy more stuff from Citrus Lane!

Anyway, enough of my shameless plug.  Now to the box!

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The first item in the box was Scrappy Elephant from Under the Nile ($6.95 + $2.99 shipping )

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I knew that I would be getting this item in my box because earlier this month Citrus Lane sent me an email, which allowed me to choose the color of my elephant.  I decided to choose a more neutral gender color scheme of green and orange.  The elephant is a perfect size to fit in Connor’s hand and made of a nice, soft cotton material.

Little Hoot from Chronicle Books (The back of the book states that the price is $7.99, however the cheapest I could find the book online is $12.14)

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After already receiving a board book last month, I was a little disappointed to see another board book at first.  However, this story was so cute and funny that I quickly changed my mind about this book.

The third item in my box was a Happy Friends from Hape rattle ($6.99 + $7.20 shipping).

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This rattle was one of the items included on Citrus Lane’s website as a sneak peak into the December boxes.  I thought it was really cute and I was hoping that I’d have it in my box.  It was a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be, but I guess it makes sense because it has to fit in a baby’s hand.

The last set of items in the box were two Super Blends from Love Child Organics ($1.67 each).

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The two flavors I received were (1) Strawberry, Peaches, and Bananas and (2) Blackberries, Raspberries, Pears, and Bananas.  Connor is a little too young to eat these right now, but I’m sure we’ll be giving these to him in no time.  I’m so excited!

In summary, I really liked this month’s box and can see myself using every single one of the items in this box.  Also, I am very impressed at how prompt this box was.  Living in Hawaii, I’ve been accustomed to having mail arrive late and I was expecting this box later this week, especially considering that it’s so close to Christmas.  Thus, it was a nice surprise to see my box early.  🙂

Honolulu City Lights Parade

As part of my birthday weekend, Ev agreed to take Connor and I to the Honolulu City Lights Parade.  We were lucky enough to find parking and thoroughly enjoyed the family time.  Despite Connor’s best efforts, Connor fell asleep half way through the parade and missed seeing Santa.  I’m sure he’ll do better next year!

Here are some of my favorite “floats” in the parade.  Everett and I both agreed that we were most impressed with TheBus.

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The Board of Water Supply.
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Hawaiian Electric Company
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Santa

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So, which was your favorite float?

Birthday Dinner at MW Restaurant

For my birthday, my family took me to MW Restaurant.  It was my first time there, and for the most part the food and service were above average.  The ambiance was a little disappointing for such a fancy and pricey restaurant.  The desserts, however, were exceptional and were the highlight of the meal.  Here are some pictures of the desserts we had:

DSC01225I ordered a Lilikoi Floating Island dessert, which was like a lilikoi float.
DSC01226Everett ordered the Strawberry Shortcake and it was by far my favorite dessert of the night.  I could have eaten 3 more of those!
DSC01228My father-in-law ordered a some sort of Chocolate Coffee mousse and my mother in law ordered a deconstructed Banana Cream Pie, seen below. DSC01229Overall, it was great birthday dinner.  My father-in-law was a big fan of this restaurant and said that it was the best meal he has had in a very long time.  I am so fortunate to have such great company to share my birthday with.
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My Birthday

A bouquet of flowers apparently from my 5 month old son was delivered to me at my office this morning.  I suspect that Ev had something to do with this but he insists that he had nothing to do with this and that it was all Connor.   I have such a great family.

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Chef Chai

This was the first time eating at Chef Chai since it moved from Aloha Tower to the Pacifica building.  Ev and I didn’t want to cook, and a coworker gave me a $50 gift certificate for Christmas last year.  So, we decided that this would be a perfect time to check out the new place.  I decided to order the four course prix fixe meal, which came with an appetizer sampler, salad, choice of entrée, and dessert.  Everett decided to order the pot pie and eat some of my appetizer, salad and dessert.

The first course was a pre-appetizer dish of two chicken satay sticks, some slices of pita bread, peanut sauce and cucumber salad.

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The second course was my appetizer sampler which came with a bite-sized Crab Cake, Goat Cheese Wonton, Kataifi Prawn, Butternut Squash and Lobster Bisque shooter and seared Ahi Katsu.  My favorite appetizer was the Kataifi Prawn.

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The third course was a Smoked Duck Breast Vegetable Salad with Raspberry Guava Vinaigrette.

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The fourth course was our entrée course.  I had the Grilled Filet Mignon with Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Foie Gras Truffle Puff Pastry and Merlot Demi Glaze.  Ev had the Deconstructed Scallop Pot Pie with Lobster Reduction, Fingerling Potatoes, Pearl Onions, Mushrooms, and Baby Carrots.

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Finally, for dessert we ordered the Coconut Cheesecake, and as a bonus, the waitress thought Connor was so cute that she gave us a free Heart Shaped White chocolate Gelato Truffle with Raspberry Guava Puree.

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The meal was a bit pricey for a random day of the week dinner, but it would be a nice place to go for a special occasion.  Even with the gift certificate, the meal (with drinks not pictured) was almost $100 after taxes and tip.  Given the price, I’m not sure when we’ll ever go back.  But, overall, it was a very enjoyable meal with great company, good food and exceptional service.