Monthly Archives: September 2013

Today we went to a local consignment sale, and I came across a long sleeved, yellow shirt for S that will complete his Halloween costume! I wasn’t even looking for it, which is probably why I stumbled across it. (In my experience, the harder you look for something, the harder it is to find. Last year it took me FOREVER to find a long sleeved orange shirt for S’s Halloween costume!)

Anyway, I think I still need another costume for him, as this completed costume will just look like he is wearing regular clothes, and none of the kids at daycare will get it. But I am excited! I started getting stuff together for this costume last year at the beginning of October. Stay tuned!


Thursday Thoughts

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

-Where is my Goodies Co box? Seriously. I haven’t even gotten tracking email and so many people have already gotten their boxes. Grump face.

-Yesterday I bought a potty seat for S. He wanted to sit on the toilet the other day, so it seemed like it was time to at least gather the tools for potty training. I know he’s not fully ready, but I need to be a few steps ahead of him!

-My car was due for inspection, and I always hold my breath that something will be wrong, or something will only “just pass” and I’ll have to do some repairs soon. This time? Nothing. Just a phone call saying: “Your car is ready to be picked up.” Say what? You don’t want to suggest my brake pads are slightly worn? Or that my thingamabobber needs replacing? Excellent. Here’s my $16, see you next year.

-Daycare drop offs and pick ups are still challenging. S is upset now when we turn down the street that the daycare is on. I’m told he calms down a bit after I leave and then gets upset as kids start getting picked up at the end of the day. Tuesday he was crying when I dropped him off, but he actually reached for his teacher when she gestured to him to come to her arms from my arms. So that’s an improvement. And I was done with work a bit early, so I was actually the second Mommy to get their toddler. S started crying when he saw me and ran straight for me, as usual. I guess he did calm down a lot faster this time. Hopefully it gets better and better each time. Next week there is an open house on Thursday evening. We are going for sure, but I am dreading how S will respond to returning to daycare shortly after being picked up!

-I placed a Scholastic book order for S! B agreed that we needed all of the books that I had picked out, so we are getting them all! Ha ha! It was neat to be able to order them online too, rather than filling out the little paper form. (The form is still a choice, but with our rough drop offs, I figured it’d be easier to not have to hand off a paper form, a check AND my screaming toddler at the same time) I am excited to get our books and the next book order form!

-I’m thinking I need to find a Halloween costume for S. We also need to decide if we want to take him trick or treating. He’ll be almost 23 months at Halloween. Any suggestions?

-I guess I should start thinking about S’s birthday party as well. Both sets of grandparents have now asked us when it is going to be.

That’s it from here. What’s on your mind today?

I feel like I have missed a few Weekend Recap posts. Here is a brief summary, for those who are wondering what we did:

Two weeks ago, B’s parents came to visit. We took them down to the waterfront to walk around. S and his grandma played in the big sandbox.

Last week our friends came to visit with their daughter. We met them at the waterfront to see the Big Ships that were in town. The kids played in the big sandbox.

Big Ship

Big Ship

This past weekend we took it easy. S is recovering from his allergies/cold. I still really think his problem is mostly allergy related, as his symptoms match mine when I have an allergy problem: stuffed up/runny nose for about a week, then a horrible cough for another week as everything breaks up. In short: yuck.

We promised S that we would take him to the Zoo this weekend though, if he was feeling better. He is so much better, but not 100%. He is behaving like himself though, so we figured we’d go. S enjoyed it for a little while. He liked the elephants, and then he liked the rhino. He insisted on walking instead of riding in the stroller, which was fine. When he started getting tired we put him in the stroller and continued through the zoo. He saw the carousel, and excitedly pointed at it. S has never ridden a carousel but we had some free ride coupons, so we figured why not? He loved watching it as we stood in line. He liked seeing the horses up close when we got on the ride. But then we tried to sit him on one of the horses. Nope, he wasn’t having any of that! Afterward, he had pretty much had enough, so we headed home.

Looking at the pictures we have, you’d like S was only interested in the benches at the zoo. He wanted to climb on them all, not check out the animals. Typical toddler.


Bench at the Rhino Exhibit


Bench in the wooded pond exhibit


Bench in the farm animal exhibit

I hope you had a nice 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.

S received the 22 month old boy box this month. Here is what was inside:

September 2013 Citrus Lane Box

September 2013 Citrus Lane Box

This month I totally failed at taking photos of individual box items. The flash was all wonky, things were blurry, etc. So I don’t have any closeups of individual items for you.

Charley Harper ABCs from AMMO Books – S loves books, so we are always happy to see books in our Citrus Lane boxes. This is no exception, and the artwork is beautiful.

City Planner Blocks from Hape Toys – These are nice wooden blocks. S enjoys playing with them, but he gets a little frustrated stacking them as they are skinnier than his other blocks. He’ll get better as his fine motor skills develop, so it is a good toy for him. I am a little disappointed though because one of our blocks was splintered and not suitable for little hands.

Playful Wash from Episencial – I have been wanting to try this brand, and we are almost out of our current baby body wash. This one will be next up!

Super Toddler Bar from Happy Family – S asked to eat this right away, and then he ignored half of it. B and I tried it, and we both agree that it tasted like green tea!? S ate the rest of it with his breakfast this morning and liked it, so it’s a win!

Nail Color from Julep – I rarely paint my nails. Who has time when you have a toddler? But I have heard good things about Julep so I will try this out sometime when I get the chance. I’d prefer to see another kid item than a Mommy gift though.

All told, we love Citrus Lane and S loved this month’s box. I love the smile it brings to my kid’s face each month 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.


*This post contains referral links. I will earn Citrus Lane credit 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.

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 is the fastest box I get each month. Everything else takes about a week, but Hammock Pack takes two days. Love.

This month’s theme was “Colorado”, and everything inside was made in, you guessed it, Colorado!

September 2013 Hammock Pack

September 2013 Hammock Pack

Soaps to Live By – Handmade thyme lemongrass soap – This was the featured item in the box, and by far the most fragrant. My whole house smells like this soap now, and I have only had it inside for about 90 minutes! Luckily I like how it smells!

Melt Bath & Skincare – Lip Butter in tea tree mint – I didn’t realize this was ‘lip butter’, but that is a completely accurate name for this product! It is a lot softer than lip balm, and I really like the minty flavor.

Boulder Granola – Gluten-free granola – There seems to be a gluten-free theme this month (Love with Food was gluten-free this month) I love granola on my yogurt, so this is a welcome product in my house! I just have to keep it away from S, as he is a granola monster eating up all of my yummy granola! Ha.

Too Haute Cowgirls – Gourmet Popcorn – This looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to enjoy some later for a snack!

Salus Soap – Bath Bomb and Lotion Bar – This makes me want to take a bath for sure. I can’t remember the last time I took a bath instead of a shower, so it will be nice to try to find some time to enjoy this. And the lotion bar will be nice to have as the cold weather starts to creep up on us!

I really like receiving a subscription box that is just for me! It reminds me to take a step back and relax each month by taking a few minutes for myself.

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


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

Thursday Thoughts

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

-This season of Survivor looks AMAZING! So many twists and turns in just the first episode? Yes, please! I am rooting for Rupert and his wife, but I predict Aras or Hayden will win.

-Also, Big Brother finale…yeah, I really didn’t care who won, but I was more excited about the reunion at the end. I wanted to see everyone back together again, see if Julie Chen told Aaryn and GinaMarie that they had lost their jobs (no) , see Nick and GinaMarie (meh), etc. Watching GinaMarie answer jury questions and give her final speech was just horrible. Andy was the clear winner. You could tell he thought ahead about what he’d be asked and what he wanted to say. I am glad that he won. I am, however, upset that Elissa won America’s vote or whatever that was. I did not like her. At all.

-I had to keep tabs on America’s Got Talent via Twitter last night, as our DVR was recording so many other shows. Oy! I am a Taylor fan, but I also like Kenichi. I hope they both go on to do great things.

-My new job takes me back to where I went to college. Overhearing students’ conversations makes me realize I am not as young as I thought, haha. I need to remember headphones or something so I can tune them out as often as possible!

-S’s daycare gave out Scholastic book order forms! I was so excited when I saw it in his locker on Tuesday. I only want, oh, 16 books out of it. Oops. This could get expensive, fast! Ha ha! Luckily the ones I want are only $2 each. But that is $32 in books if we get them all! Still,  you can’t beat book order prices!

-Our Citrus Lane box should be here today! I stayed relatively spoiler free, so I am excited to check it out!

-Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day! Yarr 🙂

That’s it from here. What’s on your mind today? Who do you pick for the Survivor winner?

Love with Food is a monthly subscription box that sends gourmet food samples to your doorstep. What I love about this company is that they donate a meal to a hungry child for each box you buy. Love with food costs $10/month plus $2 shipping, so it is a pretty good deal!

September 2013 Love with Food box

This month was also the first month of Love with Food’s new deluxe box. B and I decided that we wanted to check that out too. The Deluxe box is touted to have 16-20 snacks (with some full-size items). It’s only $19.95/month and it ships free. There was a wait list to get the September Deluxe Box, and I think the same is true for October? We had one month left of our regular box subscription, and instead of contacting Love with Food to just upgrade to Deluxe, we thought it would be fun to compare.

Both boxes this month were curated by Chef Ming Tsai, and all of the items are gluten free.

Love with Food September Regular Box

Love with Food September Deluxe Box

Love with Food September Deluxe Box contents

Now, in my mind, the Deluxe box would have all of the same items as the regular box, and then more, different items to get up to 16-20 items. That was not the case. Most of the items are the same in both boxes, and I was disappointed that the Deluxe box had duplicates of items to get up to the promised numbers. The Deluxe box was also supposed to donate two meals to a hungry child, but the information card says only one was donated. Bummer!!

Anyhow, these items were in both boxes:

Blueberry Fruit Bar from Betty Lou’s

Roasted Garlic Hummus from Wild Garden

100% Natural Crunchy Cinnamon Apple Chips from Bare Fruit

Cherry Berry Raw Cookie from Licious Organics

Sipping Broth from Millies Savory Teas

Cinnamon Crunch from Cosmos Creations

Fruit Snacks from YumEarth Organics

These items were only in the regular box:

Cheddar Cheese Organicasaurus from Good Boy Organics

Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Bruschetta from Milas Foods

These items were only in the Deluxe Box:

Rice and Bean Chips from Beanfields Snacks

Sesame Crunch Chick Pz from Nutty Bean Co.

We haven’t eaten much of our snacks yet, just one of the Apple Chips (and they were good!) but I did want to get this comparison post up ASAP! I hope it helps people make a decision between the two boxes.

Did you get a Love with Food Box this month? What did you think?

 Sign up here for the October box and try using promo code: FBGIFT to get your first (regular) box for free (just pay $2shipping)!



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

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