Thursday, September 26, 2013

What's more fun than a box - Kate Quinn Organics

    Surprisingly for the most part all the clothes that I had saved after Big Sis I have been able to use on Bear - even with the difference of being born in January and June. My galies are peanuts.
    I have picked up some clothes here and there for Bear - either dead cheep or fancy and fun pieces. I did try out Wittlebee under a discount code and was incredibly disappointed with the clothes and customer service. But we're over that and hopefully they've hammered out whatever hiccups they were going through for customer's sakes. Ironically I had received a Kate Quinn Organics onesie in a box but that wasn't enough after the disaster they sent to keep me on board.
    Let's fast forward. I swoon over Kate Quinn Organics and Violet + Moss. The clothes are beautiful, classic and warm my heart. You can occasionally see them featured on Zulily. I also love a good mystery so when I found out that they offer an Outlet Grab Bag subscription I knew I had to check it out.
    Here is a blurb from their website about it: our outlet grab bags contain either 3 or 6 items every month, depending on what option you chose. your bag will contain items from our outlet, and can include past season styles, samples and overstock items!
    Recently they offered a deal where you purchased three months and got the forth month for free - perfect!! Count me in! I signed up with Bear in mind, sizing up to 2T with no color preferences in a moderate climate.
    I received our first grab bag the other day and I am so excited. The items are beautiful and fun.
We are signed up to receive 3 items per month.
Cap sleeve bow dress in Purple Plum Moroccan - listed on the website at $38
You can see it in this picture but there is a bow in the middle of the front near the collar
Purple Plum Moroccan Organic Yoke Dress - I'm finding it online for $24.99

Leggings in Aqua Fleur Plume - listed on the website at $28
    I am over the moon happy with the items that were sent and the overall value of the grab bag. It is worth nearly triple than what I paid for it. The fabric is soft and feels incredibly durable. The dresses are so adorable and the leggings are beautiful. I highly suggest checking out this Grab Bag Subscription.  Even without the recent sale promotion they are definitely worth the cost per month.
    If you have already signed up - let me know what you're getting in your bags. I can't wait to dress Bear up in these amazing pieces!
**Again, I purchased the Grab Bag Subscription.
These opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for this post.**

Friday, September 20, 2013

What's more fun than a box - Citrus Lane September 2013

    I am over the moon on this month's Citrus Lane box! This is the second box that I had aged for my 3yo son. Last month's box was "pretty good" for him - he liked it and that's what matters right? We had received a cool double sided puzzle, some colorful themed band-aids, hand wipes and a coloring book set with a Fab Kids offer and a sample bag of Annie's cheddar bunnies. (I lost track of time and didn't get a chance to post our unveiling but it's here on my YouTube channel.) But this month takes the cake!
A stuffed box!!

The special treat for Mom this month was a bottle of nail color from Julep. I LOVE purples so I am stoked to try this out. It says that Julep nail polish does not contain formaldehyde resin, toluene and DBP and it is fast drying. (I did try out a coat on a nail and it is pretty stinky but the color is awesome!)
I haven't checked this subscription service out yet
but it is on my "check out wish list"

I am digging this hard cover book by Alexander Girard from AMMO Books. The pictures are fun and bright and the text is great! List price on the hard cover is $16.95
How fun is this spread?
Super fun text and an amazing bold, colorful picture!

Insert "swoon" here!
These bamboo vehicles from Hape Toys are awesome!
These cars are eco-friendly and just too cool!
These retail for $6.99 each

A tube of Peaceful Bubbles by Episencial. The younger kids love bubbles in their bath and I have been very happy with this brand in the past.
We already tried this out and it had a very pleasant scent. No icky film left in the tub and it didn't dry out their skin.
I'm guessing this tube was made for Citrus Lane -
an 8 oz. bottle retails for $8.99

This month's box was a great for us! The kids will all enjoy the Alexander Girard Color book. I'll be stashing the Hape cars as stocking stuffers for Big Bro. The younger two are enjoying the bubbles and in a bit I'll try to paint my nails to see how chip-resistant the nail polish is.
If you haven't checked out Citrus Lane yet, I suggest you do!
Let me know if you sign up and what age you're gearing your box towards. I think I'm going to do another month for Big Bro (3yo) and then switch back over to Bear (15mo).
I purchased this Citrus Lane box - the opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any way for this post. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

A (White) Greenhouse

    I love Ikea! I wish there was one closer - like around the corner close but sadly there isn't. On our recent road trip to Pittsburgh's Ikea I picked up their Socker Greenhouse for our herbs. Big Bro helped me assemble it - it was super easy! Luckily there were no major parts to assemble and it was super easy.
    In about 10 minutes we had our Greenhouse built and then got to work on starting our chives kit. Next we'll start the basil. Our afternoon projects while Bear is sleeping and Big Sis is at school.
    Trey is wondering why the Greenhouse isn't green - I tried to explain why it is called a Greenhouse but I don't think he bought it so I'm going to dig through some boxes and look for some of those yard sale dot stickers and have him stick some green ones on the white but for now our Greenhouse is a Whitehouse.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Call it in? Yeah

     According to our school district Kindergarten students may walk up to 0.1 miles from their house to a bus stop. We are lucky - well unlucky enough to have a bus stop 0.08 miles from our house. We have to walk down a block and a half. This is all fine and dandy right now when the weather is nice - we enjoy going on walks but what happens with I have to bundle and drag two younger kids through the snow and wind to go wait?
    Wondering why I'm venting about this? I am venting about this because we were told that if we were to question this arrangement that it wouldn't be considered that's how tight the school district has planned these routes. (That was from "Chatty Bus Stop Dad" - he was rather quick to pop our balloon on that) Whether or not that is true - I will soon find out. I'm venting about this because in the morning and afternoon I watch the Middle School bus stop at the end of our road and pick up the girl across the street. So the Middle School bus stops at the corner that was "assigned" to us as a bus stop and also stops at the corner of our road. MIDDLE SCHOOL. Those are much older kids than my Kindergartener. Making a 5 year old walk across 2 roads and past a fence yard that blocks direct sight of the bus stop and having an oh- 10 year old get to walk 20 steps to another corner?
    Am I missing something? Do I have a valid cause for a call? How do you handle bus stop waiting with the little kiddos?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What's more fun than a box - Kid's Box - August 2013

    Here is a little video of the Tweedles helping me as we unveiled our first Kid's Box. Needless to say they were very excited and I was pleasantly pleased with yummy goodies stashed inside and for $7 it was well worth it! This is one box to check out if you haven't yet. We are definitely looking forward to September's box!

    What was your favorite from this month's box? The Tweedles liked the Tangy Zangy Twisters by Morris National Inc. even if they weren't very sour. They were new and fun.

I purchased this Box and was not compensated in any way.
My opinions are my own.

Monday, September 2, 2013

The 3:45am Conflict

    It was 3:45am when I looked at the clock this morning on my way to the bathroom. My body is so sore when I try to get up because of this rib pain that I am sure I will not be able to pin point on the chiro since it's still ongoing three months after the fact. After I got back into bed and settled down into a semi comfortable position the Hubs started to snore. (OY!)
    I use to be able to whip my body around a poke him (and when I say poke I really mean jab). I had to carefully move my body around so that I was barely able to wake him to tell him he was snoring. That's when it started. My mind was wide awake but my body wanted nothing more than slumber.
    I got mad at the chiro for breaking my rib. Then I got made at work for letting my department go which made me scurry to go to the chiro before my healthy insurance was up which made the chiro break my rib. If my health insurance wasn't in a threat to be up I would have never made it a point to get into the chiro causing this waterfall of pain.
    It didn't stop there..., my mind then went to this apparent social need to be in my only sibling's wedding party. My mum is asking me to reconsider. My aunt asked me if I was going to be in it and said I should even if it was going to end up costing our family a ton, under the impression the Hubs and the kids are included as well. I honestly and truly don't understand what the deal is. I feel I can support more and not have to be standing up there in the same dress as 7 other girls toting around some flowers with a prom hair-do. I was in one wedding party and I just did not enjoy myself or have the remote desire to be in another. (And PS - this whole being part of the wedding part bit is way different with the guys verses girls. They get off so easy!)
    My mind was just going through so many different things and all I really wanted to do was just sleep. I wanted SLEEP but that's hard to obtain when anger, confusion and wondering fills the brain.
    Eventually I ended up downstairs at the dining table just looking at stuff on the internet. Mindless stuff. The clock said 5:54am when I found myself in the living room making some nest with all the pillows on the couch. The next time I looked at the clock it was 7:21am and Big Bro was asking me to help him turn his shirt inside out.
    What do you do when your mind races in the wee hours of the morning?