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Citrus Lane Review October 2013 (4 year old boy) plus coupon code

Yay! Finally some boxes! We were getting a little bored over here, with almost 2 weeks of no deliveries!

Citrus lane cost: $21-25/month, depending on which subscription you choose, including shipping
To save on your first box: Click here to bring the total down to $15.00.

What’s in it: Full size care items for babies, toddlers, kids and moms. (or people looking for a great deal on a baby shower/b-day present!)


This month had a breast-cancer theme with a pink box:

ImageThey also created the “Bowstache” which combines October (Breast Cancer Awareness) and November (Men’s Health Month). You can pop out the mustaches from the box:




Inside the box:

ImageDreamz and Twinkles To Go from Cloud B ($19.95) We all loved this! I’ll be picking up these for baby shower gifts from now on! I tried to take a picture of how cool it looks in the dark. It shines little designs all over the room, but it didn’t turn out.



ImageBops Potato Chips from Good Boy Organics  ($1) These are baked potato chips, and we’ve gotten them before in another box, but they’re great because they aren’t fried!


ImageHohner Kids Harmonica ($11) A lot of moms would be terrified when they received this, but I’m so excited! My dad got me a harmonica when I was little (Or let me play with his harmonica, I can’t remember!) But I remember having so much fun with it. Love this one.


ImageLadybug from Cricket Magazine and digital subscription ($2.83 / $4.50) This magazine reminds me of a preschool version of “Highlights.” Not sure if we’ll use the digital subscription if you have to put a card number on file, but Auds likes the magazine so far.


Total value: around $40

We love Citrus Lane. They were our first subscription box and everything is useful and fun. If you’re interested in signing up, or giving Citrus lane as a gift, click here to get your first month $10 off!





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Bluum Box Review September 2013 Bluum 4 year old

YAY! Aud’s Bluum box arrived today! In case you’re new to the site, we started reviewing a couple different subscription boxes as a way to see if any of these would work for our family, but also for potential Christmas/birthday/baby shower gift ideas.

Wouldn’t receiving a box every month for 3-6 months would be an awesome gift???

Bluum cost: $21-25/month, depending on which subscription you choose, including shipping

To save on your first box: Use code “PAMPERS” to save 50% off a box, click here

What’s in it: Full size care items for babies, toddlers and mom!


Here’s how the box ships: (side note: when these brightly colored boxes arrive, somehow Auds just knows, and gets hysterical. -I’m a little worried about the happiness he’s going to associate with getting mail, and what kind of weird conditioning I’m doing to him 😉


The theme for September was “Fall for Fun” -pretty fitting, right? In my personal opinion, that baby should have a pumpkin-flavored latte in her hand though.


On to the stuff! First, we have a Bumkins Dr. Seuss plate! We read Dr. Seuss all the time, so this was a huge hit for Auds. ($6.99)


The next item is a Simple First activities Wipe Clean Letter Book: Auds for whatever reason always thinks he has “homework” (maybe because he hears us talking about homework) so he loves doing stuff like this as his “homework”… that he assigns himself! (almost $12)


Next in the box we received an immune support supplement from Wellements Baby for Auds. We used the same brand’s Gripe water when Auds had colic as a baby(which was a lifesaver, along with Dr. Brown’s bottles), because it was one of the few all natural supplements we could find. We’ve also used their “Baby move” for constipation for him.

We haven’t tried the immune support yet, but it will be nice to have the next time one of us is sick/over winter so that he doesn’t catch it! ($13.99)


Next in the box, we had another workbook, from Simple First Activities- My Giant Sticker book

What kid doesn’t like stickers? ($11.97)


Finally, we received a DVD from Early Lingo (French) -which is fantastic because I was just sitting in class the other day thinking how great it would be if we introduced Auds to another language at this age (did you know the younger a child is when they learn another language besides their native tongue, the less of an accent they will have?)

Plus, we received the French DVD, which is awesome, because my husband’s family is from a French-Canadian background (I have the fancy french last name to prove it!)      ($19.99)


Our Thoughts:

  1. The total value of the Bluum box ended up being around $65. Since the cost of the subscription is between $21-25, we’d say it’s definitely worth it!
  2. This was our first Bluum box, but if they keep up the great products, they might take over as our favorite box for Auds (vs. Citrus Lane)
  3. We loved how educational this box was!

What do you guys think? If you want to check Bluum out, you can click here, 

and don’t forget code “PAMPERS” to save 50%

Do you guys have a favorite between Citrus Lane or Bluum? Comment and let us know if you get either, both, or would consider gifting a kids subscription box!