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

-Why do people honk when you are waiting to turn right at a red light? There is nothing that says that I have to turn right on red. Maybe I’d rather play it safe and wait for the light to turn green.

 
-I wish there were adult reading level books included on the monthly book order form from Scholastic. I am having fun picking new books for S though.
 

-On Monday B read three longer stories to S for bedtime. They were reading for about 30 minutes, and S sat and listened to every word. Now if I tried to read a long story to S, he’d jump off of my lap in about thirty seconds. What gives?

-I was so excited to take S trick-or-treating tonight, but now it looks like it will be raining 😦 Let’s hope it isn’t raining too hard, so we can at least take him to a few houses. I am not taking my toddler out if it is pouring rain. At least we didn’t really talk up how cool trick-or-treating was, and we were able to go to that trick-or-treat event over the weekend, so he at least had some Halloween fun. Again, fingers crossed that the rain stops!

-I am glad the Red Sox won last night! I am all about the Atlanta Braves, but if they aren’t playing, then I support B’s team: The Boston Red Sox. B was so excited that he said he wanted to wake S up to watch the end of the game. That was short lived though, once I gave him the “Are you out of your mind?” look, and said that he’d probably miss the end of the game if he went back to S’s room right then. Heh. Maybe if S were, say, 4 or 5 and could fall back to sleep on his own. 🙂

-All of the little kids were so cute at daycare drop off today. They weren’t allowed to wear costumes, but they all had Halloween shirts on. S has his spider shirt on, and he ran up to another boy who had a spider on his shirt and they were pointing at each other’s shirts and smiling. So cute!

-I feel bad for Laura B on Survivor. She is so excited about playing and trying so hard to play the strategy she has put a lot of thought into, but it just comes out as awkward. I hope she wins next week on Redemption Island and comes back into the game.

-I am so close to getting the reward I have been saving all of our Pampers Gifts to Grow points for! Did you see they released a code for 50 points today that is only good until 7PM EST? It’s: FBTRI707896P613. That really helped me out! I only need 122 more til I get that plasma car 🙂 Yahoo!

That’s all from here! Happy Halloween!! 🙂

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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 “Apple Picking” and the pack included autumn harvest inspired products.

October 2013 Hammock Pack.

October 2013 Hammock Pack.

Apple Hand Soap by Soap Box – This soap has a nice apple scent. What is great about this company is that with your purchase, they donate one month of clean water to a child in need. Love!

Pumpkin Spice Pretzels by Fatty Sundays – These pretzels are dipped in white chocolate and then they are pumpkin spice flavored on top of that. I wasn’t sure that I would like them, but they do. The flavors all work together nicely!

Soy Candle by The Flying Farm – This candle smells so good! I never light candles anymore after having a baby, but I might have to make an exception for this candle when S is asleep.

Whipped Sugar Scrub by Bungalow Bath & Body – I have never used a sugar scrub before, but I am excited to try it out. My hands are pretty dry at the moment, so hopefully this helps.

Apple Pie Bar by Larabar – I plan to add this to my bag as a snack for while I am at the library tomorrow. It will be a nice treat.

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.


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 23 month old boy box this month. Here is what was inside:

October 2013 Citrus Lane Box

October 2013 Citrus Lane Box

Boat Whistle from Green Tones – S loves this! I wasn’t sure he’d be able to blow the whistle himself, but he sure learned quickly!

Water Bugs from Boon – Ah, bath toys. I myself an anti-bath toy. Luckily for S, Daddy gives the baths around here, and Daddy is all about the bath toys. S loves scooping up the bugs in the net and I think he could happily play with this for hours.

BOPS from Good Boy Organics – We received these in a Love with Food box recently, and S liked them then, so I know he’ll like them now.

Babybug from Cricket Magazine – This is a cute magazine for young children, and it is more durable than a regular magazine.

Babybug 3 month digital subscription from Cricket Magazine – We haven’t taken advantage of this yet, but I am sure we will. S loves playing with my iPad, so I am sure he will welcome a new app to play with.

Another great box from Citrus Lane! S really does love receiving these each month, and this month B was able to open the box and go through it with S. That was a nice treat for them both!

Check out my past reviews of Citrus Lane Boxes here.

Disclaimers:

*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.


We had a very Halloween-y weekend! Saturday we had planned to go to the Howl-o-ween event at the zoo, but it was SO cold and windy that we decided to try to find an indoor Halloween event instead. We were in luck, as our local community college was hosting an indoor trick or treating event for kids, and it benefited the Red Cross. But first we went to Trader Joe’s! Trader Joe’s just opened up in our area a few months ago, and I had been holding off on going to check it out until the novelty wore off and it wouldn’t be so crowded! I went on Thursday, and then spent Thursday and Friday evening talking B’s ear off about how cool it was, so much so that he actually wanted to go check it out himself! So we all loaded in the car and headed over there. We spent some time exploring the store and picking when delicious looking foods would be going home with us! B said we’d be going back there again for sure. We left and headed on to the Halloween program.

We timed it pretty perfectly for arriving right as they opened, so that was pretty great. They had a bunch of trick-or-treat stations set up inside, and each one had a creepy Halloween doorbell to ring. S loved pressing the buttons and hamming it up for all of the people passing out candy. He did a great job waiting his turn and staying by us as we wound our way through everything. Only one costume seemed to really freak him out (a big tall guy dressed as Batman), so that was great too. He had so much fun and then he promptly fell asleep in the car on the way home!

S was a fox. He loves wearing his costume, and he runs around excitedly while wearing it. Hopefully we can get a better photo on Thursday!

S was a fox. He loves wearing his costume, and he runs around excitedly while wearing it. Hopefully we can get a better photo on Thursday!

One of my favorite things was when S woke up from his nap. He didn’t waste any time sneaking into the kitchen and riffling through his candy bucket. He pulled out a Twizzlers and triumphantly ran through the house waving it around. Silly Mommy and Daddy for leaving the candy bucket where he could reach it!

Sunday we did a few errands in the morning, and then headed over to my parents’ house in the evening for a combination Halloween and birthday party. S had fun hamming it up again in his costume, and we all had a great time celebrating my brother’s birthday. I know I have pictures from that too, but I am pretty sure B has the camera with him at work today, and I didn’t get a chance to download the pictures from it yesterday.

 

How was your weekend?


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

-I finally remembered to change the Thursday Thoughts button! Yahoo!

-I still haven’t written a review of our October Citrus Lane box, and I have had it for over a week. Oops. Maybe tomorrow?

-I was a bit disappointed in the tribe shake up on Survivor last night. I think it could have been a lot more interesting if more people were able to play with their loved ones. Though maybe there aren’t too many people left that have their loved ones in the game? Let’s see: Aras and Vytas, Tina and Katie, and Kat and Hayden. Did I miss some? Probably.

-I finally remembered to dig out my gloves! My walk from my car to the library will be so much more pleasant today thanks to having gloves on!

-My friends and I have been doing Secret Santa exchanges since we were twelve. That is a lot of years! I am starting to think about this year’s exchange and whether or not we should change it up with a theme or a different price range and whatnot. I came up with a bunch of theme ideas, and so far everyone seems to think a theme would be fun, but they have no preference on what it should be. I cannot decide (we are all pretty indecisive) so does anyone have any fun exchange theme ideas? These are what I had come up with:
  • Something to read
  • Something to eat
  • Something to watch
  • Something for the kitchen
  • Something green
  • Something that is a Christmas decoration, etc.

-That reminds me of the birthday/Christmas gift thing I had seen last year before S’s birthday. I think it was a Victorian idea or something like that on how to not spoil your kid with gifts. You give them something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. If only I could stick to that…maybe when he’s older.

-S came home with his first art project from daycare! It is a butterfly and I think they decorated it with shaving cream and paint. I’m not sure about that, but it is really cute 🙂 They had them hanging on the wall in the hallway, and now they have been replaced with apples that seem to be decorated in the same way.

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That’s it from here. I hope everyone has a great day!

We had a great weekend this past weekend! I hope you did too!

On Saturday we took S to meet Curious George at a local bookstore. When we walked in, Curious George was standing in the middle of the room, and S lit up with a huge smile the minute he saw George! It was very informal, with George just kind of milling about interacting with kids that came up to him, and S gave him a lot of high fives. We didn’t get a good photo of them together, but S was very excited and he had a great time. They had a lot of toys set up at the bookstore as well, so he had fun playing with trains, trucks, animals, and coloring Curious George pictures. I wish it had been a bit more organized with a handler for George and a person greeting you as you walked into the store explaining what there was to do, but I think that is just the librarian in me, and my former experience with children’s programs at the library. S had a good time, and that’s what is important.

A split second after a high five!

A split second after a high five!

After the bookstore, we met up with my parents and brother to have lunch with my mom’s cousin and her husband at Tully’s. S loves Tully’s, as everything is sports themed and he loves watching games with balls. We all had a nice visit and a good meal.

I ran a few errands while S took his nap and B had some downtime. We took it easy for the rest of the day after that as we were all pretty exhausted from a long week.

Sunday we went to the Botanical Gardens. They were having free admission that day, so it was especially nice! S likes to look at the plants and the fountains, and of course play in the play area they have set up for kids.

I'd like some of these in my garden. They were huge!

I’d like some of these in my garden. They were huge!

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S with plants

Outside the Botanical Gardens, S enjoyed these huge plants that made a great rustling sound when the wind blew. He was laughing so hard at the noise and dancing as the plants moved. It was really cute!

S with the loud plant

S with the loud plant

We tried to get some family pictures with the camera’s self timer. S really enjoyed pressing the button and then running back into position.

Family

Family

B even let S take his very first photo with a camera (as opposed to the ipad)

S's first real photograph

S’s first real photograph

On the way home we stopped to see some trains go by, which was a huge hit with S. One last stop for lunch from Tim Horton’s, and it was a great morning! After S’s nap we went to the grocery store and came home to make chili. Another great day!


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. The regular Love with Food box  costs $10/month plus $2 shipping, while the Deluxe box is $19.95 with shipping included. This month we opted for the Deluxe box.

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October 2013 Love with Food – Deluxe Box

The October theme is ‘Scary Delicious’, and they suggest you enjoy your treats while you wait for trick-or-treaters. Ours will probably be gone before the trick-or-treaters come!

Chocolate Pizzelle Crisps from Silk City Snacks

We received two of these in the deluxe box. Each bag is 100 calories, and the cookies aren’t bad. I was hoping they’d be more like Rip van Wafels, but they are not.

Glee Gum from Verve Inc

We received five of these. I wish they had been mint flavored, as I don’t really care for fruity gum. B might though, so these are all his if he wants them!

New World Caveman Cookies from Caveman Bakery

We received four of these. I plan to toss them in my bag for an on the go snack.

Organic Hard Candies from Torie & Howard

We received five of these. They’ll be nice to have in my purse for those times when you just need a piece of hard candy.

Pixo Pearls from Vinaigeric Gingras

Not really sure what to do with these. It gives a few suggestions, but none sound all that great to me. Maybe B will like this.

Happy Squeeze from Happy Family

This has S’s name all over it!

Toasted Coconut Chips from Dang

Haven’t tried these yet, but I hope they are good.

Organic Bars from Happy Family

We received two of these. Our card says we received Apple & Kale and Honey Grain Sunbutter, but we actually received Apple & Kale and Chocolate Sunbutter. No matter, S will eat them!

Baked Cheddar Fries from Snikiddy

I am pretty sure I have had these before, but that the packaging looked different. I remember them being tasty.

My Super Snacks from My Superfoods

These are part cookie, part granola bar. I look forward to sharing them with S.

Overall I am pleased with this month’s box. I still wish that the Deluxe box had 16-20 different items in it, rather than duplicates. I maintain that if I wanted double the contents of the regular box that I would just buy two boxes! This is only the second Deluxe box though, so I have hope that things may change as they work out the kinks and receive feedback about what people were expecting.

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

If you want to sign up, try using the code “FB7OFF” to get your first box for only $5!

 

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Disclaimer:

This post contains referral links. If you sign up for a Love with Food box through my link, I will get points to use towards future purchases.

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



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