Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Citrus Lane February 2013 Review

Our February Citrus Lane boxes arrived on Saturday!  Jake went down early for a nap that day and I was waiting for him to wake up so I could take the boys down to the mailboxes at the end of the street.  Ryan immediately got excited when he saw the boxes and wanted to hold them on his lap.

When we got home, I went to grab my camera to get a picture of the boys with their Citrus Lane boxes and Ryan grabbed a pen off of the computer desk to try and open their boxes.

I mentioned last month, Grandma got the boys both a 3 month Citrus Lane subscription (Groupon) for Christmas.  This is now our second month receiving our packages.

For anyone who does not know, Citrus Lane is a subscription box service for babies/toddlers/kids from birth to age 5. Basically, you will receive a surprise box filled with 4-5 (mom approved, top of the line) items tailored to your little ones age.

You can get boxes on a month to month basis for $25/month.. or you can a 6 month subscription for $21 a month! When I signed up, I put in my little one's name, birthday, and gender to ensure that both Ryan & Jake will receive boxes especially made for them.

Citrus Lane ships their boxes from California on the 15th of every month and arrive on your doorstep between the 17th and 22nd of every month. Did I mention that you also receive free shipping?!

I wanted to do another monthly review because like me, every one google searches Citrus Lane reviews and my last review got a ton of hits and I even recieved a $10 credit for someone signing up through my link.  Thank you :)

Here we go... I was actually able to keep both boys away from the boxes while I opened them up so I could get a picture and actually see what they looked like all wrapped up.  There is a little information card on the top describing, in detail, each product.  I chose not to open it & I even stayed away from their Facebook page so I would not get any spoilers!  I wanted to be surprised when we opened our boxes.

I liked the first glance because everything had sea animals on it.  You can see at the bottom of the Fish Guiro there is a little chap stick.  I didn't notice it at first.  

This is Ryan's box.  He is listed as a 32 month boy on the website.

The first thing we looked at was the Fish Guiro from Hohner Kids.  I could not figure out how to play with this toy!  It has a little stick and you rub it along the ridges.. I haven't played with one in about 20 years, so that's probably why.  I showed Ryan how you run the mallet along the fishes tail, he tried doing it but he had a difficult time.  He started just banging the stick against the tail.  I showed him again and he started banging it again and laughing.  Oh well.  Even though he didn't quite get the concept- he still had fun playing with it.  The little information sheet does say that they are introducing this toy early.  This had a retail of $8.00- which I thought was pretty high considering what it was.

We also received Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee from Chronicle Books.  I read this book to Ryan.  I liked it more than he did.  He's into books about Curious George, shapes, numbers, and the zoo.  It was a cute rhyming book.  I brought it into work to my second graders and they loved it!  This book came with a coupon code for 20% off plus free ground shipping.  This book retails for $6.99.

Next, flouride free, bubblegum flavored Tooth gel from Branam.  This was Ryan's favorite item in his box.  This kid loves brushing his teeth.  He loves tooth brushes and tooth paste and he squealed "toothpaste!" when he saw this.  We haven't had the opportunity to try it out yet, because our current toothpaste isn't out yet.  This came with a coupon code for 25% off.  This retails for $6.59

Next up, Little Buddy Wipes from Me4Kids.  You can never have too many wipes when you have a one year old and a 2.5 year old at home!  Retails for $2.49 per pack.

The last thing in our box was a Lip Balm from Pangea Organics.  My lip balm was lavendar scented.  I'm not crazy about the scent but it is 100% organic.  It also retails for $12.00 which I think is crazy!  I hope people out there don't really spent that much on lip balm.  I went to the website and there are 2 other scents.  I wish I could try a different scent.

We also get a box for a 14m old boy.  The contents are similar but slightly different.  Ryan was pretty cute- I explained that the second box was Jake's box and Ryan took everything out one by one and handed it to Jake.

Jake received a Toddler Tambourine from Hohner Kids.  Jake LOVED this toy.  His little hands can hold this and shake shake shake.  He's pretty cute shaking it too and gets the biggest grin on his face.  This toy retails for $11.00

He also got a boardbook, I Spy in the Ocean from Chronicle Books.  This book is a super cute version of "I Spy"- ocean style!  I read this book to Ryan and he liked it more than Jake did.  It retails for $6.99.

The next three items were exactly the same.  

The tooth gel- grape flavored.

More buddy Wipes.

& another lavender lip balm.

Overall, I am happy with the contents in our February Citrus Lane box.  Considering, it cost a little less than $12 a box through Groupon.  Would you like to try out Citrus Lane?  You can get your first box for only $15 by clicking the link Citrus Lane Sign up.  You will get $10 off your first box and I will get $10 off my next order.

Do you already subscribe to Citrus Lane?  Share your review link with me so I can read your review!

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