Monthly Archives: November 2013

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

-Today is Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is spending the day with people they love, enjoying lots of turkey, potatoes, green beans and pies.

-I am thinking about how thankful I am for all of the people in my life. I am lucky to have such a loving and supportive family and family-in-law.

-Is there a Curious George Thanksgiving special? I know they did a Halloween special this year, and we have the Christmas special on DVD, but I haven’t seen anything about a Thanksgiving one. I know S would love it if there was one!

-I cannot believe that S will be two years old in a week and a half! Where does the time go? He is such a big boy. We were at a play date earlier this week, and I was able to hold an 8 week old baby. I had forgotten how small they come!! So cute 🙂

-I am hoping we can clear out an area in our basement soon so that S can have a mini play area down there. Someplace for an easel and for using his wheeled toys inside would be amazing. We are going to need more fun indoor activities this winter, since running around outside won’t always be an option due to super cold weather. This might be just the trick.

That’s it from here. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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

November 2013 Citrus Lane Box

November 2013 Citrus Lane Box

Stock Pot and Utensil Set from Green Toys – I personally thought this was a little boring, but S loves it so that’s what counts! Now we just need a play kitchen for him to play cook in…

Zoo Plate from Skip Hop – This thing is super durable and much thicker than the other divided plates we have. S has been using it to play with his stock pot. He ‘cooks’ pom poms and then scoops them out to serve them on this plate.

Reusable Snack Bags from Bumkins – We got the alligator and turtle prints. I will probably claim the turtle one for myself as a collector of all things turtle. I am not sure we will use these for food, but they would be nice in a travel bag or to organize small toys too.

Lip Comfort from Pur~lisse – This is the mommy item this month. I can always use more lip balms in the wintertime, so this will be put to good use.

Organicasaurus Baked Organic Corn Snack from Good Boy Organics – We received this in a Love with Food box before and we liked them. S will enjoy these someday when we are out and about

Four Sets of Address Labels and Free Shipping from Tiny Prints – You have to spend $99 in order to redeem this, so it will most likely end up unused. Oh well.

Another nice box this month. And we renewed for another year with an amazing deal on Gilt City last week, so hopefully the great boxes keep on coming!

Happy to have his picture taken with some of his new toys from Citrus Lane

Happy to have his picture taken with some of his new toys from Citrus Lane

Check out my past reviews of Citrus Lane Boxes here.


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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.

November 2013 Love with Food Deluxe Box

November 2013 Love with Food Deluxe Box

The November theme is ‘Flavors of Fall’ and I was pretty excited about it. I love fall and fall flavors!

Tuxedo Popcorn from Kukuruza

This is delicious! It has a great blend of caramel and chocolate.

Green & Black’s Organic Dark 70% Chocolate

B and I really like dark chocolate, and these are really good, and really dark. We received two pouches with two pieces of chocolate in each one.

Maple Fudge from Laura Secord

We received three of these. I’m probably going to put them in B’s Christmas stocking if he doesn’t find them first.

Almond, Apricot and Yoghurt Bar from Eat Natural

I took this along to work with me last week and it made for a good snack. It wasnt something I’d usually buy, so it was a nice change of pace.

Sweet Corn Crunch from Sensible Foods

I haven’t tried these yet. I am hoping they aren’t too hard, as it seems like it is just unpopped corn kernels. We received two bags of these. Update: These are not at all hard! They could almost melt in your mouth. We all enjoyed these with lunch over the weekend.

Sweet Potato Popchips from Popchips

We received two bags of these and we haven’t tried them yet. We’ll probably bring them along on our next roadtrip for a snack in the car. Update: We did bring these along in the car, and they were great. All three of us enjoyed them and they were easy to pass into the backseat for S.

Black Rice Cracker Chips from Grains of Wellness

Haven’t tried these yet, but I they sound like something I’d like.

Seasoned Pistachios from The Gilded Nut

We received some flavored pistachios in a graze box a few weeks ago and we liked them. These are great too.

Rosemary Sea Salt Shortbread from Dancing Deer Baking Co

These sound amazing. I can’t believe we haven’t tried them yet!

Ginger Twist Tea from Mighty Leaf

We received two of these, and they have B’s name all over them.

Authentic Indian Spice Blend from Arora Creations

You are supposed to put these on veggies, and we just haven’t bought the right veggies to try it on yet. Soon though, soon.

Box Contents

Box Contents

Wow, writing this all out, I am surprised that we haven’t tried more of these items yet. We received the box over a week ago. I guess we have just been busy, but I did want to get this up so you could see the contents of the Deluxe box this month. I was happy with everything and excited that I hadn’t heard of most of these brands. It is always fun to have the chance to try new things, and I love that about Love with Food!

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



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It was super cold and windy here this weekend, so it was a nice weekend to do some indoor activities. On Saturday we did all of our grocery shopping, and B got a haircut. My parents watched S for us afterward and B and I were able to go buy a few Christmas presents and enjoy a dinner date night. We hadn’t had a date night since February, so it was really nice to have the chance to get out without S.

Sunday we hadn’t planned on doing much, but I ended up running to two Targets to try to get a Christmas gift for B that we had seen in the ad. Luckily the second store had it in stock. Now I just need to wrap it! During S’s naptime we made a batch of homemade playdoh. S has never played with playdoh before, so it was a fun treat for him when he woke up! He really liked cutting it and rolling it between his fingers.




Stretching the playdoh

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

-I returned bottles and cans today after work. We had an obscene number of them (neatly) stacked in our garage, and now it looks so empty in there! It was around $15 in deposits when all was said and done. Crazy!

-I am thinking about the Christmas gifts I have to wrap. I like to wrap as I buy, and I have about five things sitting waiting to be wrapped. It is making me antsy to have so many ‘naked’ presents!

-I did a bunch of errands today after work, and I am still thinking that I forgot to do one but I cannot remember what it was. I hope it wasn’t important!

-Survivor is starting to get exciting again. I am rooting for Katie, Hayden, Tyson or Caleb and not necessarily in that order. I think I have a good chance of being happy about who wins, as I like just about everyone left in the game, which I think is rare for a season of Survivor. I would also cheer for Vytas and Gervase in the finals. Man, I guess I need to make up my mind!

-I think my giant water bottle is leaking, only I cannot figure out where. It leaves a puddle anywhere I set it down, but it doesn’t seem to lose much (if any) water from inside. What gives?

-How could I forget about this? S says ‘I love you’ now, and it is the cutest thing ever. He was telling B that he loved him this morning while B changed his diaper and got him dressed and it was so sweet! Melts my heart every time 🙂

I have to go wrap those gifts now, or else I am going to go nuts!

Our weekend started on Friday night when we went to my parents’ house to visit. My cousin was in from out of town, so she and my aunt were there too. We had fun catching up before, during and after dinner. My cousin hadn’t seen S since he was about two weeks old, so it was great that she was able to see him again. He sure is a lot different now than he was at two weeks old though!

Saturday S had a lot of energy to use up so we spent some time outside raking leaves for him to jump in. He had a blast and got good and messy! We also enjoyed grocery shopping during free sample time at Wegmans. They were introducing all of their holiday stuff so there were tons of things to try. While it is super crowded during these events, S loves sampling the food so we always make a point to go shopping then.

Leaf pile!

Leaf pile!

Sunday was a pretty cruddy day outside, so we had fun inside. I finished making S his felt toddler Christmas tree, so we hung it up to play with even though it isn’t Thanksgiving yet! He really likes putting the ornaments on the tree, but he gets mad when you take them off.



This morning we enjoyed walking around the mall with my mom and my aunt, and then we had a delicious lunch at Ruby Tuesday. I was thinking of running to Target with S when he wakes up from his nap, but it is still so windy outside, so I think we’ll just stay in!



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

-I cannot believe that is is Thursday already! This week is just flying by.

-I thought I had bought a bunch of Christmas wrapping paper on clearance last year, but that seems to not be the case. Or else it is hiding somewhere in my house. Sometimes I wish I could do a Google Search that would locate things within my home, you know?

-Yesterday I found the printer ink that I had been searching for for at least a month. I had to confirm in my past Target purchases online that I did indeed buy the ink, and that it is indeed somewhere in my home. And then I found it at last, sitting pretty much out in the open. Sigh.

-I need to buy some fun wrapping paper for S’s birthday gifts. I know he would like Curious George, Thomas or Elmo paper, but I also don’t want to break the bank on wrapping paper. I wish there was a dollar store closer to me! Or rather, a dollar store that was nearer to the places I regularly go. There’s one about 15 minutes away, but we never go that way!

-I thought last night’s Survivor was pretty boring. The producers must have thought so too, since they did two Tribal Councils in one episode. Must not have been a lot of plot to build on there!

-S keeps asking for Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Baa Baa Black Sheep to be sung to him. I think I need to teach that boy some new songs. I don’t remember many kid songs though…I tried Old MacDonald, and he asks for that one by saying random vowels at me. Ha! ” EOEIEO”

-Tomorrow is the deadline to order from the book order! I NEED to remember to make some selections and order them today.


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

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