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July 2013 Hammock Pack

July 2013 Hammock Pack

This month I received my second Hammock Pack, part of a birthday gift from my parents!

Hammock Pack is a monthly subscription box service that sends everything you need to take a mini getaway without actually going away! Hammock Pack costs $25/month plus $5 shipping. They ship USPS priority mail and it arrived very quickly!

This month’s theme was “Girls Night Out”.

First look

First look

I love their info cards!

Anyway, let’s dive in.

Wine-A-Rita

Wine-A-Rita

CosmoRita – This is a mix to use with white wine, but it also has recipes for mixing with vodka or ginger ale if that’s more your style. I am not sure what I will end up mixing it with, but I am excited to try it out. I just have to gather up some girls to help me drink this up!

All Nighter Mask

All Nighter Mask

All Nighter Mask – At first I thought this was just stuff you smeared on your face, let it dry and then rinsed it off, but it is actually a full on mask, with eye holes, you put on your face. I have never used anything like this before, so it will be neat to test it out. I will be sure to wait until S goes to bed though, to avoid scaring him! Ha ha.

Pirouette Cinnamon Pecan Barre

Pirouette Cinnamon Pecan Barre

Barre Energy Bar – In the interest of science, I thought I would taste test this. And then I ate the whole thing. It was good. From the taste you could tell it was an energy bar, but it still tasted good. I’d buy it again.

Tea Tree and Mint Shaving Cream

Tea Tree and Mint Shaving Cream

Giovanni Cosmetics Shaving Cream – This smells really good. I almost wish it was a lotion instead of a shave cream so you could enjoy the smell longer. In any case, this will get used up and I will feel luxurious about it!

Pink Dragonfruit Mints

Pink Dragonfruit Mints

Sencha Naturals Mints – These are neat because three mints have the same amount of antioxidants as one cup of green tea. They taste good and I would buy these again as well.

The box also included a $50 gift card to Naked Wines.

All in all I liked this month’s box! I am anxious to see what they have in store for us next month too! I love the idea behind Hammock Pack and how it reminds me of the importance of taking a little bit of time for myself each month.

Did you get a Hammock Pack this month? What did you think?

Disclaimers:

I was not compensated to provide this review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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This weekend we became members of the zoo! Now we can go whenever we want for free. At least until next summer, when we will have to sign up again, but I can’t imagine us not rejoining. S loves the zoo, so it was a no-brainer for us.

B was jealous that S and I had gotten to see the polar bear cubs a few weeks ago when we went to the zoo with my mom, so we have been meaning to go again ever since. This Saturday was the perfect opportunity, and the weather was great for it. Yes, it rained, but it didn’t rain until we were in the car on our way home. We also discovered that if you go to the zoo in the morning, the animals are more awake and therefore more interesting. For example, I had never seen the rhinoceros this close up.

Rhino

Rhino

S really likes the giraffes, and either the zoo cleared out a new space to see them from, or else we never noticed, but we were able to get a little closer and get this nice shot of a giraffe looking at us.

Giraffe

Giraffe

I think S would be happy just looking at the giraffes to be honest with you, but he does enjoy the whole zoo.

The polar bear cub exhibit was super crowded, and I did not get any good pictures this time. They were playing separately, one in the dirt and one in the pool, and when the dirty one tried to get into the pool, the other was having none of that! It was quite the show. They are right across from the zebras, and we felt bad that the zebras were being ignored. We made sure to give them a good look before moving along.

Zebra

Zebra

When we got back in the car, we asked S if he had had fun at the zoo, and his huge smile was all the answer we needed.

Sunday we went to the Farmers’ Market and to Target. I finally bought something to help organize our office closet, so this week I hope to actually, you know, organize it. That would be great. We also went to dinner at my parents’ house and S played with his little golf set there. He had a blast, and we got some good pictures of him playing. They are on my dad’s camera though, so I don’t have them. Yet.

What did you do this weekend?


Thursday Thoughts

Time for a Thursday Thoughts link up with Ramblings of a Suburban Mom!

~I had such fun hunting around Target yesterday for misplaced Summer Clearance items. I was all over that store and back a few times that I wish I had a pedometer on to see how much I walked!
I bought some gardening tools for S to use next summer, a few chalk a doos for next summer, a slushy magic (maybe S will drink chocolate milk if I slush it up?), and cling wrap for 90% off. I also bought a single serve trail mix for 50% off and altogether it was $4.01. Amazing! It makes me want to go back to a different Target today, but I probably won’t have the time.
~I never remember soon enough to vote for things on Big Brother. I wait until maybe the next afternoon or the day after that (if I even remember at all) and by then voting is closed. Do they expect people to just run to their computers and vote right then? Or probably use their smartphones. I do not have a smartphone, CBS, and voting on your website with my iPad is super annoying.
~Whenever I inform S that nap time is in a few minutes he starts in on saying “No.” It is so funny because he just keeps calmly saying “No.” every few seconds and shaking his head ever so slightly. He just goes on for at least a minute each time, and he probably says “No.” at least twenty times. I tried to take a video of it, but he was distracted by the camera.
~I am on the hunt for a second Elmo plush. I have succeeded in getting S to use Elmo as his lovie, so now I need a spare. Of course the Elmos are usually out of stock. Blast! I should have tried to get him attached to a lesser loved, more readily available Muppet…like Murray. There are always a bunch of Murrays in the bin and they always get my hopes up, thinking they are Elmo.

What’s on your mind today?


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July 2013 Tasters Box #2

Goodies Co. is a monthly subscription box service that sends 5-8 sample sized food products right to your door for $7/month. Each month the boxes vary slightly in terms of which flavors you get. I am not sure how many different boxes went out this month, but I received Tasters Box #2.

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First look

The little card explains that they used a smaller box this month because they sent smaller things. I am also pretty sure that last month’s box was not green, but I like the green. I hope it is here to stay!

Second look

Second look

The box was neatly packed. I liked how there was a divider so the drink didn’t roll around and crush the other snacks.

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Black Raspberry Fruit Water by Coca Cola

This was a little too fizzy for my tastes. Or perhaps not fizzy enough. I liked the taste of it, but it either should have had less carbonation to be more like water, or more carbonation to be more like pop. This was in between and it confused me.

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Caramel by Cosmo Creations

These are great! They remind me of Corn Pops cereal, only they are caramel flavored. If I saw these at the store, I’d pick them up for sure!

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Multi-Seed Crackers – Original by Crunchmaster

I haven’t tried these yet, and I think I will save them for when we have some cheese to go with.

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Fresh Corn and Sea Salt Chips by Sugar Foods

I liked these a lot! It was a nice alternative to a tortilla chip, and it had a nice crunch.

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Cherry Lovers by Gimbal’s

These are delicious! They are just like jelly beans, but they are all some kind of cherry flavor (Wild Cherry, Chocolate Cherry, etc). They are a great texture too: not too chewy.

Overall, I’d say it was a good box this month. We liked almost everything inside, and it was a nice treat. It would have been nice to get 1-2 more items though, especially since the last two boxes were pretty stuffed!

Did you get a Goodies Co. Tasters Box this month? What was in yours?

If you’d like to sign up for a Goodies Co. box, try using the code GOODIESCOFANOFTHEWEEK to skip the line and reduce your wait time!

Disclaimer:

I was not compensated to provide this review. As always, all opinions are my own.


We had a nice weekend, relaxing and not worrying too much about our To Do lists.

Saturday morning we were all in recovery mode. B had been out of town for work this week and he was tired from traveling. I was tired because S has been getting up at 6:15 AM everyday for the past two weeks (what happened to my baby who sleeps in?) and we were all extra tired because S woke up at 12:30AM scared of the thunderstorms.

In the afternoon we went to the park before heading to my parents’ house for dinner.

S with ducks

S with ducks

S really liked seeing all of the ducks at the park. I remember going to the park to see the ducks when I was a kid too, back when you used to be allowed to feed them! It was neat to see my kid enjoy a park I love.

S and Mommy at the waterfall

S and Mommy at the waterfall

It was really hard to get a nice shot of S at the park because he was so busy with the ducks. About three seconds after this was taken he tried to break away to get back to them.

Sunday was our usual day of errands and doing stuff around the house. We played outside a bit, which was nice since it had been way too hot all week to do that.

I guess we didn’t really do too much now that I’m writing about it. Sometimes you need a weekend like that though!

How was your weekend?


Citrus Lane is a monthly subscription box service geared toward kids ages 0-5. The items you receive are specifically selected for your child’s gender and age group.

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July 2013 Citrus Lane Box

S received the 20 month old boy box this month. Here is what was inside:

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Puzzle

Melissa & Doug Wooden Peg Puzzle – $7.99 – Citrus Lane admits that they are sending this puzzle a little early (it is for kids 2+) but I don’t mind at all! S loves his other Melissa & Doug puzzles, and he already has been working on some 2+ ones. He needs a little bit of help, but he can do them. This one will be a bit more challenging for him though, as the pieces aren’t as chunky as his other puzzles. I can already imagine the games we will play with this to learn numbers!

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Snack Stack

ZoLi SUMO Snack Stack – $14.50 – My first thought was “Not more plastic food containers!” but that was quickly replaced with ideas of all of the times this will be super handy to have. I know we will be sending it to my parents’ house next month when they watch S overnight for us. Each container holds one cup of food, and they all screw into each other. It even has a handle that you can use to attach it to your stroller or diaper bag. Would I pay $14.50 for this? No. But I will use it for sure!

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Instant cold packs

Me4Kidz Cool It Buddy Instant Cold Pack – $2.99 – I thought these were reusable ice packs, but they are not. They are instant cold packs to use when you are out and about. These are going straight into the car for sure!

GoGo Squeeze Appleberry pouch

All sealed up!

GoGo squeeZ Appleberry pouch – $.99 – I LOVE how they shipped these sealed in plastic. We have never had a problem with food leaking in our subscription boxes, but I still think this is a great idea just in case. We have never tried GoGo squeeZ products, but S loves pouches and I know he will love this.

Also included is a code for 10 free Postagrams ($10 value). Postagram allows you to send a real postcard using a photo from your mobile device. I know we will be trying these out!

Happy baby!

Happy baby!

I came out with a value of $36.47 for this box using a combination of MSRP and Amazon.com prices (whichever was cheaper). I personally really like this month’s box, and S is always excited to open his Citrus Lane box. You just can’t put a price on that look on his happy little face when he sees the Citrus Lane box waiting for him.

Did you get a Citrus Lane box this month? What did you think of it? And what was inside?!

Check out my past reviews of Citrus Lane Boxes here.

Disclaimers:

*This post contains referral links. I will earn $10 toward future purchases if you sign up for a monthly Citrus Lane subscription after clinking on my link. Thanks in advance!

*All opinions are my own. I was not compensated to provide this review.


Thursday Thoughts

Time for a Thursday Thoughts link up with Ramblings of a Suburban Mom!

~I am hooked on watching le Tour de France. I missed the end of the time trials yesterday and that made me sad! Today’s climb was intense, and the descent literally had me on the edge of my seat! Such narrow roads that are not in good condition, and they are going so fast around tight corners. It makes me want to watch more bike racing for sure!
~And I am hooked on America’s Got Talent. I was literally crying as they ran the segment telling people they were in or out. Most of my favorites made it through, so I am happy.
~I feel like I should have something to say about Big Brother, but I do not. I have been reading spoilers from the live feeds, and this week has so far been pretty straightforward. I am anxious to see who wins HOH tonight though!
~Yesterday I went to Target just to get one thing (door knob covers for baby proofing) and though I browsed, I only bought the one thing I went in for. I think this is unheard of and worthy of celebration.
~S is dismayed that all the doors are now baby proofed. He kept walking me down the hall and showing me how he couldn’t get in anymore. I know, kid. That is the point!
~Does anyone know if you can give a 19 month old expressed milk in a bottle? I feel like S would like this better than in a sippy cup, but I also read you aren’t supposed to give a kid over 14 months a bottle. It has been so long since he had expressed milk, so I am at a loss. Is this worthy of a call to the pediatrician? I hate bothering them.

What’s on your mind today?



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