January 18, 2014

Citrus Lane: a peek inside my January box...

Citrus Lane January box | yourwishcake.com 
It's Citrus Lane time again! Yep, yep.

To begin with, when I was thinking about writing this post, I wanted to mention that I have been lucky enough to have received some of my past few monthly boxes for free, thanks to referral credits. So, if you have a subscription, be sure to share your referral link with your friends. It's totally worth it. If you're a fan of this company, then by all means do what you can to share the love (and save a bit of money at the same time). I also want to mention that before I even know about their referral program, I paid full-price for a handful of these boxes when Eisley was a baby because I loved them so much. They are a company that I'm happy to promote (and, no, I'm not asked or expected to write these posts) and I just wanted to be up-front and honest about my history with them as I continue to write these reviews!

So, now that I've totally overdone it on the whole explanation thing…here is a peek inside my January box:

Citrus Lane January box | yourwishcake.com
Fruit Set from Plan Toys — I'm unsure whether or not I will be saving this toy for Eisley's birthday (or Christmas) or donating it, since I'm sort of up-in-the-air when it comes to toys like this. I like them in theory, but how many times can a child pretend to cut a piece of fruit in half and then velcro the pieces back together? They're well-made and very cute (I like that they're not all cartoony in design, like many kids toys are these days) but we're so limited on space that I'm not sure this will be a toy that is worth keeping around! (Do I sound like a total scrooge right now? I'm just currently living in a one-bedroom duplex that seems to hold some sort of toy or children's book on every shelf and in every corner. It gives me hives.)

Duo Tip Washable Markers from Faber-Castel — I am always thrilled when they include some sort of art supply in the box. And we didn't have any markers for Eisley up until this set, so she was quite giddy! It's worth noting that this is probably the third box in the past 6 months-or-so that has included a Faber-Castell item, but that doesn't bother me because Eisley is quite the artsy little gal.

Upset Tummy and Nausea Relief from Mommy's Bliss — I was surprised to find this as a featured item this month, but I think it's a product I should probably have on hand. Instead of coming in one bottle, this box has single-serve packets that make it easy to tuck inside the car, diaper bag, and any other places you may want to have them on hand. And they're all-natural, which is quite nice.

Zig Zag Zebra Coloring Book from Barefoot Books — This was my favorite item this month, and I'm saving it for Eisley's birthday! It seems a bit more advanced than where she's at right now, and she's happy enough to use regular ol' dollar store coloring books for the time being. This book is gorgeous, though—pages are full-color and beautifully illustrated, each one with different activities for the child to do or ideas on how to complete the picture. Very cute! We received another book from Barefoot Books last month, and everything I've seen from this company is so beautifully done.

This box also included a coupon for 20% off shapeware from a company called Ruby Ribbon, but I'm not in the market for shapeware (I'm embracing the tummy situation at this point in time). I feel like when I first received these boxes, they were much more generous with the "little extras" every month (coupons, discount codes, etc.) but lately there have been less and less. Ah, well! I was still happy with this months's box and am eager to start hoarding things for birthdays and holidays this year.

If you're interested in snagging a subscription for yourself or someone you adore, feel free to use my referral link—if you do, you'll get $10 off of your order (and I will receive a credit on my account, too!). I also found a code for $20 off any of the 3+ month box subscriptions, so feel free to use this one if you want to purchase more than one box in advance: HELLO2014. Just note that the $20 code will expire at the end of this month.

4 comments :

  1. My son loooves his pretend fruit and loves "making dinner" for us by putting various things on plates. And it's surprisingly satisfying to cut them up! But to each kid their own - I hate having toys around that he doesn't use, too!

    The art book looks super cute and perfect for Eisley!

    I wish I could use your referral code but I'm going to guess shipping to Canada makes it crazy expensive, as is the case with almost every company. Ah well, saves me from doing way too much online shopping.

    One more thing - I totally admire you for being so up front and honest about what you are getting for free. Not that it matters, really, but it's refreshing to see that in the blog world, for sure.

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    1. Aw, how cute! It's so fun to see a child really start using their imagination with these sorts of things. I'd love to someday have enough room to get my daughter one of those mini-kitchens. I had one as a child and couldn't get enough. :)

      And I can't believe how crazy shipping prices have gotten over the past few years! I've had to take the int'l shipping option off of my Etsy store for the time being because I just can't make accurate estimates, and it's usually so much more than I think it will be. So frustrating! And it's weird, because a few years ago I remember shipping things to Canada being very close in price to US (for small items, at least).

      Thank you for the kind words, too—this year my goal is to worry less about outside influence and all the internett-y pressure to do it all. I want to be sure that I'm as transparent as I can be and all of that, especially when promoting things I love and have tried. :) Thanks for always being so encouraging and sweet!

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  2. Meredith got a stomach bug at the beginning of the month and I would have LOVED to have some of those meds on hand. I wasn't sure what to give toddlers that was natural so I'm happy to know about that!

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    1. I'm so glad you know about those meds now! One of my recent goals has been to actually have some sort of a well-stocked medicine cabinet, and I'm glad to add these to the mix. As far as other natural meds, I had pretty good luck with Hyland's Cold n' Cough nighttime (for Eisley's recent cold). Of course, I'm in no way opposed to good old Dimetapp when it's an especially rough night, haha… ;)

      Also, when you have a chance can you email me your mailing address? I know I had it last year but I must have lost it!

      Hope you and your sweet family are doing well! I'm interested to hear about how different having a newborn is the second time around. Keeping you in my prayers, lady!

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