Jul 29, 2014

Citrus Lane and a Favorite

It's Favorite Things time again. Once again this month I'm linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals to share a favorite thing under $10.

 

This month I'm finding this antibacterial hand spray from Honest Co. absolutely indispensable. With a new baby in the house, I'm very concerned with the twins dirty germy hands. But, at only 18 months old, I can't go ask them to wash their hands or even count on them rubbing their hands together for a hand sanitizer gel. This spray is perfect! A few spritzes and we're on our way. AND if you aren't an Honest subscriber, this hand sanitizer is now available at Target!

Yes. Another reason for my Target addiction!

 

It's also time to review our Citrus Lane subscription box contents again. Out of the box, this one doesn't appear to be a hit. I'm excited to work through the math and determine the value proposition though. Maybe it's better than it initially appears.

Read my June Review here.
Read my May Review here.
Read my April Citrus Lane Review here.
Read my review from our first month as Citrus Lane subscribers here.

 

This month we received:

  • My First Phone from Plan Toys I have seriously mixed opinions on this one. It is a high quality, sustainable, low-tech toy, which I love. But, it seems a bit young for my 18 month olds. I don't expect this toy to be a hit, but the boys still play with a Chicco infant phone and love holding it to their ears and having a conversation so perhaps this phone will get the same treatment. I'm interested to see if the boys notice that the "screen" of this phone is actually a magnifying glass. The phone is priced at $14.99 on Amazon.
  • Silicone Placemat from Oogaa Meh. Our boys don't do great with plates when we are out to eat and placemats are one solution to that. Another solution is to bring antibacterial cleaning cloths to wipe off the table and let them eat right off it. Much easier than lugging a placemat! Honestly, with two boys carrying a placemat was too much. With three boys, this will likely never even make it out of the box. Price to purchase is $12 on Amazon but I give it no value. Not age appropriate. Not useful.
  • Aqueduck Faucet Extender I'm pretty excited about this one! The twins aren't quite mature enough to stand in front of the sink and brush teeth or wash hands but I know it is only a matter of time. If I blink a few times they'll be doing these things and we'll appreciate a safe and easy way to help them reach the water. At only $9.73 on Amazon, I might have these all over my house if it works well!
  • Plum Organics Mighty 4 Pouch. With yogurt. Whomp. Whoop. Again, this months box contained food. Again, it had dairy. Again, I had to throw it away. No value. At all.
  • Sample Sized Sunscreen. I've said before that a tiny little sample bottle of a product doesn't do it fir me. That's not what I am paying for when I subscribe. And a tiny sunscreen that is MAYBE one application? Not a winner. No value. At all.
The total value of this box is $23.73, even less than last month's disappointing $27.79. Since I'm currently paying $15 a month, the math works, but once my promotional price ends and this costs up to $25/month (depending on how many months you prepay for) this would be really disappointing.

 

If you would like to subscribe to Citrus Lane, use my link and you get 50% off of your first month and I get store credits so I can try it out for one more month! And, just FYI, this post does contain Amazon Affiliate links. So, I did all the work and linked directly to the box products for you and in exchange I make a few pennies.

 

Jul 25, 2014

friday

Happy Friday y'all! Excited to share a few favorites this week!

{---} I ordered FAR too many things this week and despite my Gap, Hanna Andersson, and Lands End orders all being placed on different days, all of my beauties should arrive at my house today. I just love getting packages in the mail! I'm eager to try on a few shirts that I'm hoping are nursing friendly. I nursed the twins for longer than I was pregnant and I plan to do the same again. Why is maternity clothes everywhere but stylish nursing wear so hard to find?

{---} Casey and I are so very blessed and know some truly Godly wonderful people. We have been showered with meals since James arrived and this has truly blessed our family. To have one less thing on our plates as we figure out this family of give thing is priceless. I don't even know how to thank these people enough. Seriously.

{---} Project Runway is back!! I'm not a fashionable person. I don't follow the latest trends. I don't read Vogue or any other fashion magazine. I'm the least likely person to love this show. But I do!! I wasn't immediately drawn to any of the designers but I felt like I should root for the boy from Dallas. My time on team Emmanuel Tobias was short lived though. He's already gone. Hmph.

{---} I've been a bit (okay a lot) absent from social media this week. I explained why last night. Worth a read.

{---} Also worth reading is this post by an amazing twin mama, Christian woman, and inspiration. Actually, you should just read Amber's whole blog. I feel like she writes directly to my soul. God is speaking inspiration to mothers (or at least to this mama!) through her writing.

{---} I took an abysmal number of pictures this week and have ZERO that haven't been posted already to add to this post. Oops. I guess I need to work on that.

{---} Scratch that. I have one. And it's perfect.

Cheers to Friday.
Let the twins pour you a drink!
 

 

Be sure to link up this Friday. I'm linking up with A Little Bit of Everything, Grace and Love, and Momfessionals for Friday Favorites as well as with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for oh hey Friday!

Momfessionals

 

Jul 24, 2014

present.

I've been a fail blogger this week! Actually I've really just failed at social media in general. I didn't take very many pictures for Instagram. I posted nothing (other then Instagram photos) to my Facebook wall or Twitter timeline. I started two different time sensitive blog posts (this weeks #mommyreality link up on mommy life hacks and this weeks finish this link up) but didn't finish either one.

 

I spent this week being present with my boys and social media suffered.

These three weeks since James arrived have just flown by and the days are running together. (The nights too - we're still trying to help baby James understand the difference between the two!) I barely remember the twins' newborn days (daze?) and I don't know if we will ever have another child so I want to treasure these moments. I want to soak up his newborn smell and his soft soft skin. I want to cherish the love the twins already have for "aa-aah" and the sweet things they do for him. I don't want to miss the moment Davy tried to shove his treasured dino wub in James' mouth to comfort him when he was crying. I don't want to forget Tripp sharing his sippy cup with aa-aah. Sadly, being present in the moment with my boys means I missed getting the perfect picture of these adorable moments. Heck, I missed getting any picture!

 

I did grab my phone in time to catch Davy offering his milk a few minutes later though!
 

I don't have all the answers. I don't know the best way to find balance. But I know I need it.

I don't know how to take care of the needs of three baby boys and find the me time to blog it out. I don't know how to nurse non-stop and still support all of my dear dear friends on Twitter. I don't know how to be present and interact with the toddlers and still find time to pull out the good camera and document it all. I struggle with this.

 

I spent this week being present with my boys and the blog suffered.

I write this blog for myself as a record of my memories and an outlet for my emotions. This is my "me time." I don't want blogging to fall away again like it did when the twins were itty bitty. I stopped bogging for so long that I lost the community I was in. I am starting to rebuild that and I don't want to lose the connections I am starting to form.

I added write three blog posts to my to do list for next week. I'm not going to attempt to get back to my daily posting, but it would like to post three a week. I'm going to try and utilize the blog section of my planner better and jot down ideas and things I would like to share with you all throughout the week.

I spent this week being present with my boys and Instagram suffered.

I love having photos of the boys. I love the low quality iPhone photos. I love the selfies with my babies. I love the pictures I snap with the good camera. I love them all!

 

Sweet moments that melt my nerd heart.
 

I don't want to miss making memories because I am too busy photographing to experience them. On the flip side, I don't want to forget these days because I don't have any pictures. I treasure the monthly photos I took of the twins and I want to do the same thing for James. I want to be able to look back and remember just how tiny my babies were. I want life to happen. But I want to remember it.

I can't put "take pictures" on the to do list. I can't put a number or a goal on this. I don't want to limit the photos I take, but I also don't want my boys to picture me with a phone in my hand at all times. I also want to make sure I use the good camera often enough to get better shots of their perfect smiles, Tripp's chipped tooth, tiny baby toes, and all the other things that make my babies my babies.

 

I spent this week being present with my boys and Facebook/Twitter suffered.

I found amazing community on social media at times I needed it most. I found an incredible support network of other women dealing with infertility. I found other mamas who were honest and open and real. I found other twin moms who have been where I am. I found a village.

I refuse to lose these women, so all I can do is try my best to steal moments here and there to check in. I know that for the immediate future I won't be as involved and supportive as I once was, but I can try my hardest to stay involved and connected so that when my life calms down a bit, I can support other women the way they have supported me.

 

But above all, I spent this week being present with my boys and nothing else matters.

 

My boys. Little for now.
 

My time with Tripp and Davy as toddlers is limited. James won't be a teeny tiny newborn for long. These weeks, days, moments are just flying by. If I'm not careful I will miss them. So, unplugging a bit and just being present is okay! Some days, being present is exactly what my family needs. It is exactly what I need. I'm going to have more days and even weeks where I fail at social media. But, I need to be present for my family or I'll miss something.

And as the song says, I don't want to miss a thing!

 

 

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