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.

~Elizabeth

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Friday Fave Five

Friday Fave Five

Friday Fave Five

I’m again linking up with Jennifer at Mom’s Got Mail for her Friday Fave Five blog hop.

Here are my five favorite things this week:

 

Favorite New Podcast:

Serial Podcast

If you haven’t checked out Serial yet, it’s a must listen.  I mentioned it in my Zumba class the other night and now quite a few women are listening.  I even got my husband to listen and he’s very into it.

Favorite Gift Idea:

Personalized Large Kitchen Hot Pads - Set of 2! - Fletcher Style

Personalized Large Kitchen Hot Pads

I picked these up on Jane a few weeks ago and they arrived this week.  They are back today and are $12.99 for a set of two.  It’s a great gift for a housewarming or just for the person who has everything.  I love to get useful gifts instead of more “stuff”.

Favorite :

Ballet Slipper Cookie 2

Ballet Slipper Cookies

I found these on Sweet Sugar Belle and think we are going to tackle making them for Ella’s dance teachers for Christmas.  Brian and I are both intermediate level cake decorators so I think we can handle these.  Her directions make all of the cookies look so simple, but I think these really are simple (for decorated cookies!)

 

Favorite Clothing:

Kingston Pullover - M

Kingston Pullover

I am in love with the style and the color of the Kingston Pullover shirt.  I’m thinking it will be an add on to my next Fabletics order.

 

Favorite Food:

Starbucks Holiday Cake Pops

My Mom turned me on to this (of course I can’t eat it now on the 3 day quick fix), but it’s delicious and I’m sure when we go Christmas shopping there will be a treat of one.  It’s a brownie coated with peppermint.  Yum!

Thanks for checking out my favorites this week!

~Elizabeth

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Thursday Thoughts

 

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

~ This week has flown by.  We got nothing done over the weekend (at least nothing on our to do list), but my husband cleaned up around the house and put up the tree on Tuesday!  I’m hoping to get the rest of the house cleaned and the tree decorated on Friday.

Ta Da

Ta Da

~ We had parent/teacher conferences tonight.  It’s so fun to see the “world” Ella lives in during the week.

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

~ I was feeling so ahead of the game for Christmas and now I’m feeling really behind.  I have almost all the gifts (I have a few more that I’ll order tomorrow) and our Christmas cards are done.  But, nothing is wrapped and I haven’t addressed any of the cards.

~ I am starting a 3 day quick fix (part of the 21 Day Fix) to jump start me into better eating.  I’m basically eating 6 meals a day with a protein at each meal and carbs only at meals 1 and 2.  If I seem really cranky on Saturday, you’ll know why :)

~ Anyone else getting the Allure Beauty Box this season?  I’ve read a lot of people are skipping it, so I’m hoping that’ll improve my odds to get one.  It goes on sale Tuesday at 12:01 pm.  Liz at My Subscription Addiction has all the details of what’s in the box.

 

Allure Beauty Box

 

~ If you missed it, I posted reviews of Birchbox, Birchbox Man, the Vanity Affair Limited Edition box and the Home Sweet Homespun box.

~ It was another slow box week for me. Kiwi Crate arrived yesterday, Citrus Lane should be here tomorrow and I still have to post my Erin Condren reviews.

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Birchbox Home Sweet Homespun Review + Coupon Code

Birchbox  announced a couple weeks ago their holiday Limited Edition boxes.  I love the Limited Edition boxes because they release all the contents so you know what you are getting.   Birchbox also shows which items are full size and which are travel size.  I knew I wanted the Vanity Affair box as a Christmas present, but this Home Sweet Homespun box looked great as a treat leading up to Christmas.

This box is $40 and promises a $96 value.  Use code MOBILE20 (to save 20%) and don’t forget to add a free mystery sample pack to your order ($10 value)

 

Birchbox Home Sweet Homespun

Birchbox Home Sweet Homespun

This box is BIG, I was very surprised by the size of it.  I actually moved the products from the Vanity Affair box to this box (and added some other items I’ve received from Birchbox) for my husband to wrap for Christmas.

Birchbox Home Sweet Homespun First Look

Birchbox Home Sweet Homespun First Look

The first look was a nice, full box with little packing material.  Most of the box was filled with the items.  Since I knew what was included in the box, it wasn’t too surprising.

Meri Meri The Little Garden Treat Kit

Meri Meri The Little Garden Treat Kit

Meri Meri The Little Garden Treat Kit: $12.95

I’ve seen Meri Meri tags online and in a couple of stores before but have never bought them.  It includes 18 tags for labeling your treats.  I’m hoping to make cookies for a few gifts this year, and these tags will come in handy.  I like that they are not Christmas/holiday themed tags so if you are getting this as a Christmas gift you will be able to use the tags.

Askinosie Chocolate Sipping Chocolate

Askinosie Chocolate Sipping Chocolate

Askinosie Chocolate® Single Origin Sipping Chocolate: $16.50 full size/$3.69 sample value

This beverage is meant to be a thick, rich chocolate drink (you only mix it with 4 tbs. of milk).  Unfortunately, I found it too bitter for me (and I like dark chocolate).  But now I know without buying the full size container :)

Richer Poorer Socks

Richer Poorer Socks

Richer Poorer Socks: $12.00

I’ve seen people rave about these before but never knew why they were so special.  They are lightweight without being so thin that your feet are cold.  I love the fun patterns and they were really comfortable to wear in boots all day.

Illume Mini Tin Soy Candle

Illume Mini Tin Soy Candle

Illume Mini Tin Soy Candle: $9.00

I really like the smell of this candle (Noble Currant).  For the longest time I would only use the plug in fresheners because I was afraid of the girls bumping into something that I had a candle on.  Now that they are older, I am starting to burn candles again.  I am saving this for after Thanksgiving to make the house smell nice and Christmasy.

Milk Bar Cornflake-Chocolate-Chip-Marshmallow Cookie Mix

Milk Bar Cornflake-Chocolate-Chip-Marshmallow Cookie Mix

Milk Bar Cornflake-Chocolate-Chip-Marshmallow Cookie Mix: $16.00

This is why the box was so big.  The container for this cookie mix is pretty large.  We will be making these on Friday night when we decorate the Christmas tree.  You simply have to add butter and egg.  The cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookies will be new to all of us and should be fun to try.

MakersKit Hanging Photo Clips Complete Project Kit

MakersKit Hanging Photo Clips Complete Project Kit

MakersKit Hanging Photo Clips Complete Project Kit: $24.00

This is the item I’m most torn about.  It basically makes a hanging “clothesline” for your photos.  But, I feel that the price is really high for what you get and I wish the directions weren’t only available online.  I do plan to use this with Ella to hang up some pictures of the Christmas events we’ve already done and add to it as we get closer to Christmas.

Soak Handmaid Luxury Hand Crème

Soak Handmaid Luxury Hand Crème

Soak Handmaid Luxury Hand Crème: $10.00

This hand cream is from a company in Canada and contains shea butter, olive oil, and vitamins A and E to soften skin.  I like the scent and the bottle is a good size to keep at work.

Cowshed Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm

Cowshed Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm

Cowshed Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm: $8.00 full size/$3.51 sample value

I love lip balms and lip gloss and have them stashed in every bag, jacket and drawer.  This will be added to my stash because I can never have enough – especially in the winter.

Final Thoughts: I loved this box.  I was introduced to some items that I’ve wanted to try (the Richer Poorer socks), and learned there are some items that I don’t want to purchase again (like the sipping chocolate).  The Vanity Affair is a better value and offers more beauty products if that’s what you are after, but this box offers more lifestyle items.

Did you get any of the  Birchbox Limited Edition boxes?  I’d love to hear what you think of them.

~Elizabeth

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Finish This…

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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.

If I could fly to any destination tomorrow, I’d go to Disney World.  We went there on our honeymoon and it’s totally different at the Holidays.  All the decorations, the gingerbread houses, gigantic trees.  It’s all so pretty and gets me in a great holiday spirit.  I’d love to take the girls to Disney but especially some time to see the Christmas decorations

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

Disney World during the Holidays

My best advice for travelling is prepare.  It always amazes me when people don’t have the right clothes for the weather.  It’s so easy to check the weather before you leave and I’d rather not buy another jacket because I didn’t prepare if I have one at home already.  (And never wear new shoes if you are going somewhere that you will walk a lot).

I (like / dislike) to travel because

I love going to new places and taking a vacation from every day life.  I dislike traveling because I am a crazy planner and put so much work into it before I go.

 

Thanks for reading!

~Elizabeth

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Kiwi Crate Coupon Code

Today (11/18) only Kiwi Crate is offering 60% off all crates using code PREVIEW60 including Koala Crate, Doodle Crate and Tinker Crate (click the links to read my reviews of their first boxes).  If you miss the sale today, you can still use my referral code to save $10 off your first box.

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Kiwi Crate, Doodle Crate, Tinker Crate, Koala Crate Coupon Code

 

 

~Elizabeth

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