Citrus Lane Subscription Box Review September 2015


I have been interested in the Citrus Lane subscription box ever since I had Little Jimmie. Last month my mom told me she found a 40% off coupon and decided to send us a box. I was excited to see what the company had to offer. As I’ve said before, I love getting mail. I also love giving Jimmie new, interesting things to play with. Books, snacks, toys, and other useful age appropriate items are included in each Citrus Lane box. You are guaranteed at least four items in each box.

Citrus Lane is a subscription box for children as young as a newborn all the way through preschool. When you subscribe, you are given the choice to select the age and gender of your child. You can also sign up for a gender neutral box. You can check out the prices for the subscription options over on the Citrus Lane site.

Our box arrived yesterday because we had our mail put on hold while we were away. Jimmie couldn’t wait to open it! Here is what we found inside:

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Toddler Tambourine from Hohner ($14.00 value): Jimmie loves making noise. What child doesn’t? We didn’t have a tambourine in our toddler collection of instruments. This is a perfect addition to our music box. The tambourine isn’t super loud, which is always a plus.

Qubes from Hape ($9.99 value): Jimmie is really into dinosaurs lately. These colorful cubes are perfect for him. I really need to brush up on my dinosaur names so that I don’t have to keep referring to them as the “red dinosaur” or the “blue dinosaur.” I really do like Hape toys. They challenge children to use their imagination. Many toys don’t do that anymore.

Listen Listen from Barefoot Books ($14.99 value): What I love most about September’s Citrus Lane box is this book! New books are my most favorite things to receive. Listen Listen by Phillis Gershator is really adorable. The illustrations by Alison Jay are gorgeous and the words are very sing-song. The story is about sounds of the changing seasons. This is a perfect book for every season in transition. At the end, there is a seek and find page for each season. Listen Listen is a perfect book for a growing toddler.

Nail Polish from Julep ($14 value): I love the dark purple color of this nail polish. I haven’t tried it yet, but the description says it dries fast and lasts a long time. It is also made from safe ingredients such as green coffee extract. Pretty cool!

Overall, I am extremely happy with our first Citrus Lane box. The value of the box ($52.98) surpasses what you would pay for it, which is always a plus when purchasing a subscription box. Of course, I found all of these prices on the products sites. You may be able to find the items cheaper on Amazon or in stores. Citrus Lane subscription boxes would make great Birthday or Christmas presents. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.



New England Road Trip Days 1 and 2

A few months ago, Jim and I decided to plan a week long vacation to the New England area. We also planned on visiting friends on the way up, in New York, and family on the way back, in New York. In total, our trip was 9 days long. We drove up to New Jersey last Friday afternoon, spent the night at my parent’s house, and then it was off to Brooklyn, New York, bright and early Saturday morning.


Originally, we just planned on visiting with one of Jim’s best friends in Brooklyn. When we arrived there, he suggested we travel into the city. I was pretty anxious about taking Jimmie into New York City, but we decided to go for it, and I’m glad we did. Jimmie loved the subway. This surprised me because he usually isn’t a huge fan of loud noises. The 9/11 memorial was a beautiful tribute to that horrific day in history; I had been anxious to see it ever since it opened a few years ago.  Not only did Jimmie take his first trip to New York city, visit Wall Street, and touch the famous Charging Bull (that I had never heard of), he also started to fully walk. Leading up to our road trip, Jimmie was taking more and more steps every day, but he finally took the leap into full-on walking in Brooklyn. What a great first day of our vacation.


Jimmie’s first subway ride


9/11 Memorial


World Trade Center


Excited to be on Wall Street


touching the Charging Bull

Other New York highlights included, a donoli (donut cannoli), pizza, and walking around Brooklyn. It was a relaxing first day, even though we were visiting one of the most busiest cities in the world.

On Sunday, we woke up and ate amazing New York bagels for breakfast. After breakfast, we left for our next stop Kent, Connecticut. We had originally planned on going to Kent State Falls Park before lunch, but since the trip took a little longer than expected, and there was a $15 parking fee, we decided to skip it and go right to lunch. We ate lunch at The Villager Restaurant in downtown Kent. The Main Street was beautiful and we were happy with our lunch spot. The waitstaff wasn’t the nicest, but the food was good, and Jimmie was somewhat well-behaved.


After lunch we walked around Main Street, bought some local wine, and drove to our next stop The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, Connecticut.


Since Bristol’s annual mum parade was taking place, the museum was completely empty. (More to come on the museum in a separate review.) We had a blast at the museum. Jimmie loved touching some of the horses and taking a private ride on the carousel. I loved not having to worry about him making too much noise since no one else was in the museum to care.



After the New England Carousel Museum, and a lot of driving, we decided to head to our first overnight rental, Voluntown, Connecticut. We found a very cute (and affordable) cabin on a lake property. The owners were really nice and lived on the same property. This was our first time using Airbnb and we were very happy with it. Feel free to message me for the exact cabin choice, if you are interested. We spent two nights in Voluntown, and were really sad to leave. We have already talked about going back.



After a long day on the road, Jimmie went right to sleep. We sat on the porch, listened to the radio, sipped wine, and enjoyed each other’s company. What a perfect end to a perfect day.

Fit Snack Subscription Box Review September 2015

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I’m just getting around to writing my September  Fit Snack review because I took my box on a road trip! We just finished up our first big road trip to New England. We went from Maryland to New Jersey (to drop the dog off.)Then we went to New York (to visit friends.) Then we traveled to Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont. (We are saving Maine for our next trip.) I brought some of the snacks with us to enjoy throughout our journey because I knew they would help balance out  all of the unhealthy eating that usually happens on road trips. Fit Snack boxes make great road trip snacks because they are healthy, yummy, and hold you over until your next rest stop. My Fit Snack box also dueled as a holder for ALL of our snacks for the trip. Just another great use for your empty Fit Snack box. Recycle, baby!


Truproteins Whey Protein: I don’t use whey protein, but I may try this in the future. It’s a pretty big sample bag.

Wilde Bar: These bars reminded me a lot of jerky. The flavors I received were: Maple Bacon Blueberry (slow-cooked turkey bar) and Stawberry Black Pepper (slow-cooked bison bar). I’m not a huge jerky fan, but I enjoyed trying them out and discovering new (strange) flavor pairing. Jerky just isn’t my thing. My husband, on the other hand, said they were very good. He said they weren’t chewy like normal Jerky. He loved both flavors, but was extreemly surprised on how good the Strawberry Black Pepper one was. Wilde Bars are packed with protein and are low-cal. They are a great pre or post workout snacks.

Tosi Health Super Bites: Since these have almonds in them, I couldn’t indulge. That being said, I gave them to Jim and he said they were awesome. He couldn’t stop snacking on them.

Amara Sports Drink: Amara Sports Drinks are the official drink of the Paleo diet. I could never go on a Paleo diet, since I don’t have the discipline to, but if I did, I would drink this drink. It was tasty and kept me energized. It is made out of raw fruit and the caffeine comes from the Coffeeberry.

MHP Protein Brownie: A delicious alternative to a high-calorie brownie: full of flavor and filling too. Who would turn down a healthy brownie?

Ips Protein Chips: I love Ips chips. They were in previous box and I was so happy to see them in this month’s box. This month’s flavor was creamy white cheddar. Both me and my husband enjoyed a bag. They reminded me of white cheddar popcorn. Scrumptious!

Trophy Nut Cashews: I obviously couldn’t eat these, but I sure wish I could. I used to love cashews. I gave them to my husband, as always. He was happy to snack on them on our road trip.


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I was sent a Fit Snack box in exchange for an honest review. All of the options are my own. Thanks Fit Snack!

Friday Five

  1. Jimmie is starting to use his legs A LOT more for walking. He is still mainly crawling and cruising, but he has been taking so many more steps on his own. He even took 15 steps across the kitchen to Jim last Sunday. We should have a full-on walker soon. *crosses fingers*
  2.  Starbucks has a new drink: the Toasted Graham Latte. It is amazing. Unfortunately, it is just as expensive as the new Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’ll only be getting it as a special treat. They’re fall cups really cute. I would love a mug with that pattern. I hope the drink (and cups) become a fall regular.
  3. I’m so happy that all of my shows are back this week: Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Nashville, and Modern Family. Modern Family was hilarious, as usual, and Nashville was just okay. I haven’t had a chance to watch my TGIT shows yet. I’m expecting them to be juicy. I honestly can’t believe summer went so fast. I feel like I was just watching season finales in May.
  4. It’s OFFICIALLY fall. We turned the AC off on Sunday and I’m pretty confident that it is off for good. It’s so nice to have the windows open. Plus, Jimmie looks absolutely adorable in his footie PJs at night.
  5. I really don’t have much to say this week. Sorry for all the boring information (more boring than usual.) Except for Jimmie walking, of course. That is pretty exciting!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sorry the all my pictures have been awful! for the past two weeks. I left my camera at my parent’s house. These are all from my not-smart phone. Better pictures should be returning soon.



Book Review: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent


Delilah Marlow woke up on her 25th birthday with a surprise: Her boyfriend had bought her tickets to the famous traveling carnival, Metzer’s Menagerie, that was passing through town. Delilah hadn’t been to the Menagerie since she was in elementary school. She didn’t feel right about it then, and she didn’t feel right about it now. Not wanting to hurt her boyfriend’s feelings, she went along with her birthday surprise. After an unusual transformation at the werewolves cages, Delilah is taken into custody and stripped of all of her human rights. She is put on display in the circus and told to perform with the rest of the caged monsters. The biggest problem, besides being treated like an animal, is that Delilah has no idea how to turn into the monster she suddenly became while she was a guest at the circus.

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent is a magnificent book. It is full of mythology, mystery, and magic. For once in my life, I wanted to skip to the end, before reading the middle, to see what was going to happen. My husband actually had to hide the book from me one night because he wanted me to slow down. If I didn’t have a toddler, I would have read it  cover to cover, without hesitating.

Ever since I read Water for Elephants, I have been intrigued by the traveling circus/carnival life. This traveling circus is a lot different from the one I first read about. In Menagerie, all the “animals” are cryptids: mystical creatures such as mermaids, werewolves, oracles, and minotaurs. The novel is written so beautifully and so matter-of-fact that I was convinced that these cryptids could actually be living among us, just waiting to show their true identities. I was so consumed by the creatures and their potential existence, I forgot that I was reading something make believe. I felt pain for these so called “monsters.” They were living in unethical conditions, barely eating, and barely surviving. Not only were they being tortured physically, they were also being tortured mentally.

Delilah is a fantastic female heroine. She is bought by the circus after never even knowing that she isn’t completely human. She has added difficulties adjusting to cage-life because many of cryptids don’t know what life outside a cage is like, she does. After living in the free world for 25 years and then being thrown into a cage, Delilah doesn’t give up. She fights as hard as she can to try to bring justice to not only herself, but the entire Menagerie.

I learned a lot about mythical creatures in Menagerie. Rachel Vincent put a lot of time and effort into making each detail of each cryptid unique and special.  Menagerie is the first book Rachel Vincent’s newest adult series. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in this unforgettable trilogy. Menagerie will be available for purchase on September 29, 2015.

I was given a finished copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Friday Five

It’s Friday again? I slacked on the Friday Five last week. I will try to be interesting this week to make up for it.

  1. We spent over a week at my parent’s house from labor day weekend to last weekend, which is why I didn’t post too much for the duration of that time. Jimmie is terrified of my parent’s basement. Not all basements, just theirs. I have no idea why, but it makes blogging harder because that is where their desktop is and Jim had our laptop with him. We had a busy week that included a trip to the Please Touch Museum, the beach in Ocean City, NJ, and a lot of backyard fun. Jim came back up for a family party last weekend, which are always fun, and then we drove back to Maryland on Sunday night.
  2. Can we talk about how I spent $5.25 on a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte yesterday? Needless to say, I will NOT be buying anymore. That’s the problem when recipes go “natural,” we sometimes end up paying more. Give me the fake stuff, people.
  3. Dancing With the Stars started up again this week. I am rooting for Nick Carter and Sharna and I also (obviously) love Derik and Bindi Irwin. I hope those two couples go to finals. I will continue to watch because of them. Paula Dean was a trainwreck.
  4. We moved our coffee table out of the middle of our living room and I took the playpen down from the playroom. We are hoping with less furniture to cruise on, Jimmie will take a leap towards walking on his own. We are up to six steps. I know he can do it. I am just so tired of having to explain to people that he isn’t walking yet. Also, my back hurts. He needs to walk for the sake of my mental and physical health.
  5. Today at the park, this woman asked me if Jimmie wore a size four shoe. I said yes, and she proceeded to give me the shoes off her son’s feet. She said she just bought them and they are already too small. How nice was that? I’ll have to pay it forward and do something nice for someone this weekend.







Happy 15 and 16 Months, Jimmie!

Since I have been in a blogging slump over the past few weeks, I figured I better at least update Jimmie’s life progress over the past two months.

Words Jimmie can say: He says some kind of word for more that starts with an “m” and says “sna” when I ask him if he wants a snack.

Favorites: Hummus, temper tantrums, reading, The Chica Show, touching things he isn’t supposed to touch.

Weight: Almost 24 pounds at his 15 month check up.

Firsts this month: Jimmie can push his Vtech push toy all over the place except he isn’t very good at turning. He can walk confidently with our hands(or hand) and stand alone for long periods of time. Jimmie went to the Please Touch Museum for the first time he also went to the Ocean City, New Jersey. He received his first haircut from his daddy.

Nightly sleep schedule:  Sleeps from 7ish to 7ish. He is also officially on one nap a day. Usually 12-2 or a similar variation. If we are out and about on the weekends, he will fall asleep around 11 AM in the car and nap for about 45 minutes. If he is super tired he will fall asleep in the afternoon, if we happen to be in the car again, around 3, but never in his crib.

Favorite toy: Little Tykes Discover Sounds Sports Center – He loves every part of this toy. He also really loves his play food by Melissa & Doug.

Hardest moment of the month:Jimmie still isn’t walking. I know he will do it because I can see the progression every day, and from week to week. But it is still frustrating to see every other kid his age walking and my little giant just crawling around. We should throw a Jimmie finally walked party, because it will be a long time coming.

Best moment of the month: Jimmie finally finished teething for the time being. All of his teeth are in except his two year old molars.

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I left my camera at my parents house. 16 Months was done with my phone.