Citrus Lane – May 2015

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Citrus Lane is a monthly subscription box for parents with babies or toddlers. For those of you that don’t know much about this box, you can read a more detailed description about the box in my first Citrus Lane review post here.  In short, the box typically comes with one large item and a few smaller items and the price can range anywhere from $29 a month down to $16 a month depending on whether you buy them during a sale and the number of boxes you prepay for (1 month, 3 months, 6 months, one year). This month’s large item was this  Blowfish Graphic T-shirt from Tea Collection ($19.50).  The T-shirt was design was cute but it was just a regular 12 month T-shirt.  Connor has so much clothes that I didn’t think that this shirt would be that useful for us.  Also, I probably wouldn’t spend $20 on a regular shirt that Connor would only wear a few times before he outgrows it.

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The second item in the box was this 5″ Playground Ball from Crocodile Creek ($8.99). It was happy with this ball.  I appears to be made of a thick vinyl material that is PVC and BPA free.

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The third item in the box was this Snack Container from Goodbyn ($1.25).  I thoght that this was a very practical item.  I’m always looking for containers to put Connor’s food in and this two compartment snack container will be very useful.
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Finally, the last item in the box as this Family Pack of sample pack of all-natural, chemical free detergents from Vaska (~$1).  The sample pack came with one dish soap packet, one baby laundry detergent packet, and one regular laundry detergent packet.
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Overall, I estimate the value of this box to be approximately $30.75, which is one of the lower valued boxes I’ve received from Citrus lane.  I  purchased this subscription box primarily for the purpose of providing Connor with one or two good toys a month. As such, I was a little disappointed in this box inasmuch as there was only one real toy in the box, and it was just a rubber bouncing ball.  Hopefully next month’s box will be better.

Citrus Lane – March 2015

Life has been pretty hectic recently, so this review of the March Citrus Lane box is a little late.   I love receiving and opening these subscription boxes, and as always, Citrus Lane did not disappoint.  So, without further adeiu, on to my box:
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The first item in the box was this Bow Tie from Baby Bow Tie ($25) .  I feel like this bow tie is one of those things that I would love for Connor to have, but would not have bought it myself.  Accordingly, I was really happy to see this item in the box, and I can’t wait for Connor to wear it.   The tie was well-made, adjustable, and has a magnetic closure for easy dressing and removal.DSC03029

The second item in the box was this Tweat Snack Ball from Ubbi ($10).  This snack container has a pretty neat design.  It has two large handles for holding, a weighted bottom that the container supposedly always stays upright, and an attached lid that stays on while opening.  Connor’s not eating finger foods yet, however he will be in a few months.  I cant wait to use this one.
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The third item in the box was this First Play Peek-A-Boo Panda from Melissa & Doug ($8).  I thought this was a pretty nifty wooden toy.  The panda’s arm/hands flip up (over its eyes) and down, as if playing peek-a-boo.  Connor is just starting to learn about object permanence and so this peek-a-boo panda is a perfect toy for Connor.

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Finally, the last two products in the box were a 9 oz bottle Bubble Bath from Johnson & Johnson ($3) and a 3 oz bottle (not shown) of Head to Toe Baby Wash from Johnson & Johnson ($2).  I know that many people online were disappointed with this item because this is a product everyone has heard of or used before (most likely in the hospital).  But for me, I was happy with getting these items because they are much more useful than the tubes of lotion that I’ve gotten in past boxes.

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Month after month, I am surprisingly pleased with Citrus Lane.  They have a very nice mix of toys and useful items for baby.  I think this is my favorite box so far because I can see using each and every item in this box.  Overall, the I estimate the total value of the box to be about $48, which is a great deal considering the amount I paid for my box.

Citrus Lane #3

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My third box from Citrus Lane arrived this week! For those of you who don’t know, Citrus Lane is a subscription box for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. They customize your box to fit your child’s age and gender. 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! Now let’s get to my box:

The first item in my box was this Burpy Bib from Aden + Anais ($11).

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I love Aden + Anais swaddles so I was very pleased to find this Burpy Bib in my box.  The bib is made with the same soft muslin material as their swaddles and was large enough to serve as a burp cloth or a bib (using snaps).

The second item in my box was this Chime Ball from Skip Hop ($10).

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I knew that I was getting this item in my box because Citrus Lane sent me an email that allowed me to choose between this parrot chime ball and the rhino chime ball from Citrus Lane.  I decided to pick this parrot one because I thought it was cute.

The third item in the box was these First Keys from Green Toys ($7).

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Connor is teething like mad and seems to put everything he can in his mouth.  So I’m excited to be able to give these to him.  Made out of recycled milk jugs, these keys are BPA, phthalates and PBC free.  I know Connor is going to love this!  It’s funny how some of the most simple toys are often the ones little kids love the most.

Finally, the last item in the box was a Travel Size Body Lotion form Naif (~$2).

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I couldn’t find a price for this .5oz travel size bottle so I don’t really know the value of this item. I’ve never heard of this brand before but it’s supposed to be made of natural ingredients such as cottonseed, almond, avocado, and macadamia oils.

I estimate the value of this box to be about $30, which was about the original price of the box.  Overall, I am really happy with Citrus Lane and am looking forward to my next box.

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.  🙂