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My name is Christen, I'm 30 years old and a stay-at-home mom to my three beautiful girls, Lauren, Hailey, and Farrah. My husband David and I live on scenic Long Island and we love it. Our party of 5 keeps pretty busy, but I try to set aside as much time as I can to blog (which isn't as often as I'd like these days).


Thursday, January 31, 2013

UNBOXED: Citrus Lane - January 2013

For the first time in several months, my Citrus Lane box was really late! I was anxious to see what was packed into January's box after a blog announcement stated that there wouldn't be monthly themes anymore. Recently, Citrus Lane seemed to be struggling with curating items around the chosen theme. Eh, Animal Parade anyone? Yeah. In addition to eliminating monthly themes, boxes are now available for children up to the age of five, instead of three.

Despite the new changes, I'm on the fence about continuing my subscription with Citrus Lane. My biggest gripe with the company is that I've been sent boyish toys every month when I specified that I wanted items for a girl. I just don't want blue, green, and red for my daughter. Pink, purple, and yellow all the way!

A fresh look for the new year - and more neatly packed! A tri-fold product pamphlet with a detachable collectible game piece (use at www.citruslane.com/fun) replaced the usual cardboard paper sheet. I think the game pieces are a great addition to the box. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to interact with them.

Skip*Hop Night & Day Discovery Toy
This owl toy is absolutely adorable and appears to be great quality. I know my daughter would play with it regardless of the gender neutral colors...BUT I don't like that Citrus Lane only sends gender neutral and boy toys. I just have too many like it at this point, so I'll be passing it on to my pregnant sister-in-law who is expecting her first son this year. If I receive another item like this toy in February's box, I'll probably cancel my subscription and find another service that is tailored to be gender specific.

Farmyard Rhymes By Clare Beaton (Barefoot Books)
I love children's board books. You can never have too many, and I'm still building up my daughter's collection. This book has classic nursery rhymes as well as some I haven't seen before. 

Episencial Soothing Creme & Playful Wash Packet
Up until a few days ago, I had been using Johnson & Johnson Bedtime Lotion to massage my daughter with before bed each night. It has helped her relax and sleep more soundly. But I noticed she started getting hives on her arms and thighs so I had to discontinue using it. The Episencial Soothing Creme is meant for babies with sensitive skin like hers so she probably won't have the same allergic reaction. I've already received a packet of the Episencial Playful Wash from Conscious Box back in December. I haven't used it yet, but I'm definitely pleased to receive another one before I decide whether or not I like it and would buy the full-sized bottle. 

Ella's Kitchen First Taste Pouch in Pears Pears Pears
My daughter recently started eating solids in addition to her formula, so this baby food packet couldn't have come at a better time. I always see Ella's Kitchen products at Babies R' Us and was anxious to test them out when she was ready. I squeezed out the contents of the packet and fed this to her several days after introducing rice cereal. She really liked it! I own a Baby Bullet and plan to make my own baby food, but every now and then I'd like to see what else is out there and packets like this are good for backup in my diaper bag since they don't have to be refrigerated before you open them.

Dropps Baby Laundry Detergent
I wish I received Dapple laundry detergent instead of Dropps because I've had my eye on the brand for a while now and I don't want to buy a full-sized bottle until I've tried it. This sample contained two packets of detergent to simply throw in my washing machine with a load of baby laundry. Easy enough. Everything that had been washed appeared to be completely clean, but unscented. I don't know...I like to smell a difference.

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