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.  🙂

Citrus Lane Subscription Box #1

343I LOVE getting mail.  Magazines, letters, junk mail, it doesn’t matter what kind of mail, you name it, I love it.  So, when I first heard about subscription boxes, I though this was a wonderful concept and knew I would have to get some.  I conducted a lot of research/read a lot of reviews before deciding which boxes I wanted.  In the end, I ended up deciding on one box for me (Stitch Fix) and one box for Connor (Citrus Lane).  The Stitch Fix box should be arriving sometime this month and will post another post when that arrives.

Now to my very first Citrus Lane Subscription box review!

Citrus Lane is a monthly subscription box for children’s’ toys and items.  Some of the most appealing aspects about the box are that you always receive age appropriate items because you tell them how old your child is and 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, back to my review.  I’ve been wanting to subscribe to Citrus Lane for a while and have been following the reviews for months.  I first asked Ev if we could get a subscription back in April but he thought that we already had most of the newborn items from gifts and the shower.  I revisited my request last month and was so happy when Ev finally gave in and agreed to the box.  Ev wanted to buy a 3 or 6 month subscription, but I ended up buying a year’s worth of boxes!  😀

According to Citrus Lane, the boxes should arrive between the 17th and the 22nd of every month.  Being in Hawaii, I’m used to getting mail late so I was really surprised and quite pleased when my first box arrived on the 17th!  They are already off to a great start.  Now to the box!348Each box comes with a small note from Citrus Lane describing each of the items in the box.347From other people’s reviews, the box will generally have one larger, higher priced item, 2-3 smaller items and a sample or coupon.  Sometimes one of the smaller items will be a gift for mom instead of baby.  I think that’s kind of nice.  Now on to what I got.

The “big” item I received was the Lullaby to Go from Cloud B ($15.99)349My Lullaby to Go was a bright blue stuffed turtle that plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star when you squeeze the turtle’s hand.  The turtle has a Velcro loop on the back so that you can hang it on things.  My Lullaby to Go turtle went onto Connor’s car seat right away and Connor likes to look at it.   My only complaint is that it doesn’t turn off by itself and you have to turn it off manually.  It also doesn’t look like you can change the battery without cutting open the turtle.  But I guess for $16, you can’t expect it to use it forever.  If the battery dies, you just buy a new one.

The second item on the list was the Opposites Board Book  From Barefoot Books ($4.97).354The book I received was entitled Big and SmallI absolutely love children’s books, and this one was very cute.   The board book was of good quality and pictures were nice and colorful.   You can’t have too many board books, so this one will definitely be used.  I can’ t wait to read this book to Connor.

The third item I received was a Starter Bib from Bumkins ($4.95).352The starter bib had a really cute Winnie the Pooh print and is made of a lightweight odor and stain resistant fabric that is supposed to be easy to clean.  Unfortunately, a friend recently gave me a whole bag of bibs, so I really didn’t need any more bibs.  It’s a bummer too because I think this bib would have been nice to use.

The fourth item in the box was Green Apply Age Defy Hand Cream by Juice Beauty ($12.00).  This item was a “mystery” item because Citrus Lane sent me an email a few weeks ago for me to select one of three different items.  Unfortunately, the email was accidentally filtered out into my junk mail box and I didn’t see it in time.

Even though I didn’t get to choose my 4th item, I’m still pretty happy with the hand cream.  It’s nice to have mommy gift and it’s a full-size, not a sample size bottle.

Overall, I’m very pleased with my first Citrus Lane box, and I estimate that the total value of the items in the box came out to about $37.91.