Thursday Thoughts – Thanksgiving Edition


TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

~ It wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving post if I didn’t post how thankful I am for my husband and girls and everyone else in my family.  Life just wouldn’t be the same without these turkeys :)

My Turkeys

My Turkeys Last Thanksgiving

~ I am actually ahead for Christmas, so I’m hoping it stays this way.  I’ve cleaned (most of) the house and am feeling on track.  I’m hoping to decorate this weekend and get presents wrapped.

~ We are heading to my brother’s house today.  The girls love playing with their little cousin Ben and everyone brings sides and desserts so no one is doing ALL the work.  It should be a nice relaxing day with lots of yummy foods.

~ Since my Christmas shopping is mostly done, I won’t be looking for much tomorrow.  But, I will be taking the girls to Target to buy a present for Brian and their gifts for each other.  We will also head to Bath and Body Works to get some Christmas scented Wallflowers and Hallmark for their gift wrap.

~ If you didn’t see it, make sure you enter my giveaway for a three month Kiwi Crate gift subscription.  You can choose Doodle Crate, Kiwi Crate, Koala Crate or Tinker Crate depending on who you want to give it to.

~ It was a slow box week for me but I did post lots of reviews.  If you missed them, there’s a review of the Erin Condren stickers, the Birchbox Mystery Sample Packs and Ace Bag and the November Citrus Lane.

What’s on your mind this week?  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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Win a 3 Month Kiwi/Koala/Tinker/Doodle Crate Subscription

It’s Thanksgiving and thinking about everything I am thankful for makes me realize how much I am thankful for the time I spend with my girls making crafts.  I loved working on crafts when I was younger and the memories of my Mom and me and my Nana and me working together are some of my favorites.  Thankfully, I have Kiwi Crate to help me create some awesome crafts with our girls.

As a thank you to my readers who have made my blog more popular than I ever imagined, I am giving away a three month gift subscription to any of the Kiwi Crate  boxes (Tinker Crate, Doodle Crate and Koala Crate).  You will get to choose the box!


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While you are waiting for the giveaway to end (and for me to receive our next Doodle Crate and Koala Crate boxes), check out the latest reviews:

Second Look - Koala Crate

Koala Crate

Koala Crate – Colors

Doodle Crate - First Look

Doodle Crate – Painted Canvas Pouches

Doodle Crate – Painted Canvas Pouches


Tinker Crate – Motors

Tinker Crate – Motors

Bean Bag

Kiwi Crate – Wild West


Kiwi Crate – Wild West

Good luck!


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Erin Condren Stickers Review and Coupon Code

Last year, I made my first purchase from Erin Condren (my Life Planner) and that really changed my organization.  Since then, I’ve been checking out their other products.  During a recent sale, I purchased some of their stickers.  The sale has ended, but if you sign up using my referral link, you will save $10 off of your first order.

Classic Gift Labels: Colorblend Balloons: $25.00 for 23 stickers


Erin Condren Stickers Outside Envelope

The stickers came in an envelope with one of the stickers on the outside and this cute label.  I don’t really need the label telling me how to use them, but it’s a great touch if you buy stickers and give them to someone as a gift.


Erin Condren Gift Label Colorblend Balloon

I purchased these stickers to put on gift bags for all of the birthday parties Ella is getting invited to.  These are a little thicker than the average paper label you buy at the store and were cheaper than buying a card for every party.  Ella likes to make her own “card” to add to gifts, so we really don’t need to be buying another one.  I chose the balloon design so we could pair them with lots of different colors of bags and tissue paper.

Mailing Label in Candy Lace (Lime/Mocha): $30.00 for a set of 23 labels


Mailing Labels Outside Envelope

These labels came in the same type of envelope that the gift labels came in.  I didn’t notice when I ordered that these are $5.00 more, but that’s because they are waterproof!


Erin Condren Mailing Label in Candy Lace

Since these are waterproof, they are glossy and are thicker than the gift labels.  I was really impressed with the quality.  (I blurred the address but left the state in the picture above so you can see the font type/size on the label).

Erin Condren Planner Photo Stickers - $5.00 per sheet


Erin Condren Planner Stickers – Personalized Photos


Erin Condren Planner Stickers – Erin Condren Art

I ordered two different sets of the photo stickers.  On one page, I used photos of our family (the ones that look dark are because the photos were dark – not a reflection on the Erin Condren printing of them).  You can use photos from your computer or upload from Facebook.

I also created stickers using the Erin Condren Art.  There are quite a few designs to choose from.  You could probably use your own clip art, but these are already sized correctly and laid out for their stickers.  The only one I am not pleased with is the balloon (that’s the blue and orange sticker in both pictures).  I thought it would be good to add to our calendar when we have a birthday party to attend, but the string on the balloon is so narrow it almost doesn’t show.  I’ll probably trace over it with a marker.

Final thoughts: I am very pleased with all of the stickers I purchased.  The only ones I would buy at full price are the photo stickers, but at 40% off (which is what I paid), I think they are worth it.  The photo stickers will make our Functional Family calendar easier for the girls to read and the mailing labels will add some nice color to gifts we send out of state to family.

Have you bought any Erin Condren stickers?  What do you think of them.


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Birchbox Mystery Sample Pack and Ace Bag Reviews

With Black Friday approaching and lots of gifts with purchase available on Birchbox and other sites, I figured it’s a good time to review a few of the items I received with some orders I placed from Birchbox recently.

I was so excited to receive two more Birchbox Mystery Sample Packs and a Birchbox Ace bag.  For every order you place of $35 or more, you can add a Mystery Sample Pack.  It’s an item and not a coupon code, so you can get a Mystery Sample Pack and add a coupon code if one applies.  I’ve reviewed Mystery Sample Packs before (check out those reviews here and here), but we got great samples so I decided to show you what we received this time.

The Ace bag is free with any purchase of $75 or more with the code ACEBAG (you must be a Birchbox Ace to add this to your order).  Since this uses a coupon code, you really need to decide if there’s better money savings in another code.

Mystery Sample Pack: Women’s



Birchbox Mystery Sample Pack


Hairkop Obliphica Treatment Conditioner: $26.00 full size/$2.82 sample value

Nouveau Prodigieux Perfume Sample: $69.00 full size/$1.38 sample value

Total value of this sample pack: $4.20 (below the $10 value placed on the packs)

I will try the treatment conditioner, but at $26.00 for a full size bottle, it’s probably something I won’t buy again based on the price alone.  I don’t mind perfume samples, but this is in a foil pack so it’s not something easy to apply.  And, storing what I don’t use the first time will be sort of a pain.  For the first time, I feel I got a dud sample pack.

Mystery Sample Pack: Women’s


Birchbox Women’s Mystery Sample Pack

Hairkop Obliphica Leave in Moisturizing Cream: $38.00 full size/$4.54 sample price

Hairkop Obliphica Treatment Hair Serum: $38.00 full price/$1.75 sample value

This one came closer to the $10 value, but was still only worth $6.29.  And, I don’t love that I received so many samples from the same brand.  I don’t mind getting foil packets, but I would have liked a variety of products (and I know that’s me being picky).

Birchbox Ace Bag:


Birchbox Ace Bag


Birchbox Ace Bag


Birchbox Ace Bag Inside

I was very excited to receive this bag.  I love the color and I really like the pop of pink on the inside.  The bottom also has pink elastic to hold smaller items in place.  Overall, the bag is about 4″x5″ and about 1″ deep.  You can hold a few items in here but don’t plan on it holding everything you need.  I wanted it to hold some of the smaller samples of lotions and makeup that I receive that I throw in my work bag and then can never find.

The bag also promises to come with three samples:


Gilchrist and Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash

Gilchrist and Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash: $15.00 full price/$2.53 sample value


Coastal Scents Revealed Ballerina Palette

Coastal Scents Revealed Ballerina Palette: $19.95 full price/$1.60 sample value


Suki Exfoliating Cleanser

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser: $32.95 full size/$1.65 sample value

The total value of these samples was $5.77.  This was disappointing because I had gotten an Ace Pack before they added the bag and the value was over $45!  I know I lucked out with such a huge value, but I didn’t think the value would be so low this time.  I like the items I received and will use them, but am really disappointed that the value just wasn’t there – especially since I had to spend $75 and not use a coupon code that saved money off my purchase.

Final Thoughts: I will continue to add the mystery sample packs to my order because they don’t take the place of any other coupon codes or savings and I have gotten some great items in the past.  But, I would not recommend getting the Ace Bag unless you really want the bag.  The samples just weren’t worth the money I could have saved using a coupon code.


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Finish This…


I’m linking up today for the Finish This… hosted by  LISA (COASTLINED), JEN (The Arizona Russums), BECKY (The Java Mama) and NICOLE (Three 31).  Basically, they provide the prompts and I have to finish the sentences.

My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is watching the Macy’s parade.  I am honestly not a huge Thanksgiving fan, but I love that it means the start of the Christmas season.  Shopping, people decorate, holiday parties, Christmas lights….
My most memorable Thanksgiving was two years ago when Ella’s allergies gave her a stomach ache.  She was ill right before we sat down and then she spent Thanksgiving watching TV on my brother’s kitchen floor and eating apple sauce :)

My Turkeys

My Turkeys

My favorite Thanksgiving food or dish is stuffing and mashed potatoes.  But they have to be the real ones – no Stove Top or instant mashed potatoes for me.
I’m so thankful for my family.  My girls are (mostly) happy and healthy.  We may not have everything, but we have enough.

 Thanks for reading!


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Earn 60 Extra Birchbox Points when you shop!

Between now and 11/27, earn an extra 60 Birchbox points when you spend $60 or more (including gift subscriptions) when you use code BBTHANKS!  This is on top of the points you would already be receiving for your order.

And don’t forget to add a mystery sample pack to your order – you can find them under the Shop Tab -> Bonus Shop.  They are the first item listed, are FREE with a $35+ order and have a value of $10+.

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Citrus Lane November 2014 Review + Coupon Code

Citrus Lane is a monthly box of goodies delivered to your door for your little one birth – age 5 and start at $29 (and decrease if you prepay).  We purchase our box for our youngest daughter who is 25 months.  Box contents are not themed but are different depending on age and gender.

Lately the Citrus Lane boxes have been a great value and we’ve used all the products that come in the box which makes the value even greater to me.

Our Citrus Lane  box is for a 3.5 year old girl so that I receive items that are good for both Ava (2) and Ella (5).  I aged our box up a few months ago and am very happy with the decision.  Like last month, I am putting everything aside to use for Christmas gifts.

The Products:

Barefoot Books Animal Boogie Puzzle

Barefoot Books Animal Boogie Puzzle

Barefoot Books Animal Boogie Puzzle: $12.99

The girls love puzzles and this looks like it will be a good one for them to work on together.  Ava is still at the stage where she jams the pieces together to make them fit, so I like that this is nice and sturdy.

Juice Beauty Hand Cream

Juice Beauty Hand Cream

Juice Beauty Age Defy Hand Cream: $12.00

This month everyone was given a choice from a few items of one item they would like to receive in their box.  I received a sample of this about 6 months ago and really liked it, so I knew I wanted more.

Faber Castell Watercolor Crayons

Faber Castell Watercolor Crayons

Faber Castell Watercolor Crayons: $11.83

I don’t know why I had no idea these existed.  This looks like it will be so much less messy than regular watercolor paints.  The kids draw the pictures, then you add the water to blend the colors.

Faber Castell Watercolor Paper

Faber Castell Watercolor Paper

Faber Castell Watercolor Pad: $7.57

If you’ve ever done watercolors with kids, you know regular paper just doesn’t cut it.  I like that they included the paper with the watercolor crayons so we are all set to sit down and paint when we are ready.

Final Thoughts: Subscriptions start at $29 a month, I paid about $15 for this box and received $44.39 worth of products.  Even though there were only four items,  I thought they were all great items and was very pleased with what we received.  Three items will be kept for Christmas gifts and I like that the value is becoming more consistent.

To learn more about Citrus Lane or to sign up click  here and save 50% off your first box with my referral link.


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