Friday, March 27, 2015

More Fluff... My Addiction Confession

Well it happened.. it took one whole kids being potty trained and another one almost a year old before I succumbed to the fever of fluff but I am now officially addicted. What finally gave me the excuse for it was that I start a new job as a lead teacher in a few weeks and Sweetbaby will be in my class (if we can get subsidies). So I need enough diapers to where I can leave at least 10 at the daycare all the time (trading them out as she wears them) and still have enough at home. Well I found a new company. They are a china based company... yes I know.. bad bad. I would only buy WAHM made ones if I could afford it but I can't. Anyway this company is the same quality as Alvababy but the they are less known so they are offering sets of 6 diapers (each set has different prints) and one random wet bag for 35$. My first order came in and I was really impressed and in love.. so I immediately bought another set. I am cutting myself off at the 12 but I could see myself buying many more. I have willpower though so I will stop. So without further ado here are the adorable prints I got.
Here are the first 6 I got and the random wet bag. The next six I don't actually have yet but they should be here soon. I am excited to see what my other wet bag will look like. How cute are these prints???!

I love love love this wet bag. 
It has two pockets so you can pack clean and dirty diapers in the same bag!

So here are the other 6 prints. I am so excited to have them come. The Christmas diaper we actually already have though so we are giving it to my best friend who is due in 8 weeks!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Citrus Lane 1

So like many Moms with a new baby I jumped on the Citrus Lane train.
Citrus Lane is a company which sends a mystery box of items based on your child's age and gender. The items are supposed to be a crunchy Mama's dream. Melissa and Doug, Skip Hop, Aden + Anais, 3 Sprouts, Barefoot Books, and other top great brands. You get 4-5 items in each box, one box a month. I did not hear about Citrus Lane until Bug was about 3 and by then he was almost too old to do it. From what other Mom's have said, even though the cut off is age 5, anything past age 3 and the boxes get pretty sad and lame. So this time I decided to try it while I still had a baby. I set Sweetbaby up with a six month subscription. I was prompted to jump at it now because last month they were running a promotion. If you signed up by Dr. Seuss' Birthday you got a free Dr. Seuss meal set as well as a 30% discount off your first month. So I decided to try it out.
Well our first box came yesterday and I took some pictures of our unboxing so I could write this review. Here are my thoughts after our first box. I plan to do one each month.
 So here is how the box arrived.
 Bug helped open it up.
Inside the first box was the Dr. Seuss Meal Set and the main box. I couldn't find a price for this but just a Bumkins Superbib is 7$.
The Dr. Seuss meal set is really high quality. It came with a segmented plate, bowl just the right size for cereal or soup, and a bib made by Bumkins Superbib. The bowl and plate are a bit too old for Sweetbaby just yet but Bug loved them! The bib however is great for her.

Inside the big box was also the main box. I loved how fancy it looked both outside and in.

Inside that box was 5 items. A headband/bowtie from This retails for 14.99.

It is meant to be interchangeable as a head band or bowtie, but I found that it looks a tad funny as a headband.

But I found it was really cute as a bowtie for Bug. Because as any Whovian knows.. Bowties are cool!

Next was a Tweat snack cup container from Ubbi World. This retails for 9.99. I really liked this item! It was by far my favorite thing in this months box!

Next was a Melissa and Doug wooden Caterpillar Grasping Teether. 

This would have been a really great item except as we are a family that LOOOOVES our Melissa and Doug stuff, Sweetbaby had actually already gotten this for Christmas. Oh well now she has two. This retails for $7.99.

Last and sadly least was two Johnson and Johnson bath items, which I won't use on my kids. If it does get used it will probably be only on Bug, but really I don't like to use them for either kid. Sweetbaby actually breaks out from their products. We only use California Baby, Burt's Bees Baby Bee, and Coconut Oil. I was actually pretty disappointed to see not only these products but an ad for their company in the box. Johnson and Johnson doesn't seem really in line with Citrus Lane. From what I could tell these together are worth about 5$.

So all in all this months 20$ box was actually worth 38$ (plus the free meal set). All in all I was pretty happy with it. I hope though to see less J and J products in the future.

New Beginnings... Again

Dearest Readers, I am back! I am so sorry. I started this year with the best of intentions and alas between illness, family drama, severe family illness, job drama, and searching for and finding a new career path.. I have been a bit busy and sidetracked the last few months. On a happier note, while life is not going to slow down anytime soon, it is for good reasons instead of bad ones. My best friend is due exactly 2 months from today. My sweet Rainbow Baby turns 1 in 2 months from next Sunday. My new job starts in a little over a month. Easter is in 2 weeks from today. So much to look forward to.
So yes I am starting a new job and this time I finally am going to be a Lead Teacher with my own classroom. I am so beyond excited. I see this as the opportunity to finally give my all to my job, and do something that truly is rewarding. I am not only going to be a lead teacher but also help run a Garden program with the older children during the summers. This truly is going to be a wonderful opportunity. I am going to be able to enrich little lives a little more everyday and help them to grow.
Speaking of growing, our garden is underway, at least as far as seed starting goes. It is still very cold here though. The average daytime high is still between 25 and 40 degrees F. So needless to say we are still under a good deal of snow. Hopefully in a few weeks I can actually start tilling and composting/fertilizing the gardens.
So here is to New Beginnings.. and new posts. Spring Days are coming :)

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