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REVIEW: November 2013 Citrus Lane Kids Subscription Box

I’m definitely in love with subscription boxes, so I was really thrilled to find out that there are fun sub box options for kids!  I got the opportunity to receive a box from Citrus Lane for my 5 year old.

Citrus Lane sends a box filled with snacks, toys, and crafts for children from newborn up to five years of age.  When you start your subscription, you put in your child’s age, and each month they send a box picked especially for your child’s age and ability level.  I like that the boxes are chosen by age in MONTHS, because every mom knows that a few months can make a big difference in the things a young child can do.

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My son was really excited to get a package in the mail!  The box was nicely decorated and when I opened it, we were greeted by a bright yellow tissue paper.  It was kind of like opening a gift!

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In this box, we received five products.

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Good Boy Organics OrganicaSaurus Cheddar Cheese Corn Snacks

Retail Value: Not Sure

These are organic, gluten free, non-GMO low fat snacks shaped like dinosaurs!  They are really cute, and a good size.

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They have a light texture and big crunch.  N wasn’t too crazy about them, though, but he is an exceptionally picky kid.

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Bumkins Bags Reusable Lunch Bag

Retail Value: $12.95

This is super adorable with the little alligator print!  It’s also quite roomy.  I wish my son was able to pack his own lunch for school so we could use this every day.  But it’s great for all day road trips, which is what I’m sure will be its’ primary use.

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Green Toys Build-a-Burger

Retail value: $8.50

This is a really cute toy that lets kids’ creativity shine through.  N loved taking mine and his dad’s orders and then building the burgers with what we wanted on them.

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The parts of the burger are made from 100% recycled milk cartons, so I thought that was pretty awesome.

Faber-Castell Jumbo Beeswax Crayons and Doodling Pad

Combined Retail Value: $7.50

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The box of crayons comes with 12 colors.  We had never used beeswax crayons before, so this was a new experience for us.  N liked using the crayons, but we will probably be passing them on to a younger cousin because he already can use normal sized crayons pretty well.  We will for sure be using the notepad, though!  N would much rather free color and draw than stay within the lines of a color book.

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Altogether, the products were valued at approximately $28.95.  The box costs $25 monthly, so the value of the products was a bit more than the cost of the box!

Check out Citrus Lane for a special offer to get your own subscription!

*DISCLAIMER: I received a box for reviewing purposes.  This does not affect my review in any way, and my thoughts, words, and photos are my own.

The Shandle: The Potty Training Tool You Never Knew You Needed!

My son turned 5 yesterday, so he’s been potty trained for a couple of years.  Nevertheless, if you have a son, you know he may still have some issues long after the basics of potty training are done: remembering to flush, aiming(!), and putting the toilet seat down!

The Shandle toilet seat handle is the cool new device designed to help your young son with raising and lowering the toilet seat.

Here’s how it works:

Cute and simple, which makes it all the more attractive for a little kid to use.

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We received 2 designs to try: Seahorses and a really adorable Alien!

Putting The Shandle toilet seat handle on is a snap!  Simply remove the backing from the adhesive and hold The Shandle in place for 30 seconds.

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The adhesive is very sticky, and The Shandle can be used within hours of application–thought it’s best to wait a whole day.

This is what they look like when the seat is down:

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There are also humorous and natural designs as well, so you can choose to fit your taste.

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As for my son, he liked the seahorse design and it didn’t take him long to get used to using The Shandle!  I like that it keeps his hands a lot cleaner than just grabbing the underside of the toilet seat.  Another thing I appreciate about it is that it allows him to set the seat down gently, rather than slamming it down, which is what he was doing before.

Our Shandles have been on for a few weeks and are still holding strong.

You can get The Shandle toilet seat handle here!