8.21.2014

August Citrus Lane!

Our August Citrus Lane box arrived today! Here's what's in the box!



Green Toys Tea for 2 - We love Green Toys (have you entered the giveaway?) and I'm thrilled that Citrus Lane sent us more to add to our collection! This is not the full tea set that Green Toys sells, but we love this small version anyway!
Retail $9 (estimated)

Petit Collage Alphabet Flash Cards, On the Go - I love, love, love this item! This flash cards are adorable and I plan to frame the letters that spell out my son's name for some wall art! This was an item that I knew was coming in advance. Citrus Lane gave me the option to customize the box. I was able to choose between these transportation cards or an animal version.
Retail $19

Fresh Feet Shoe Horn - Okay, so I'm a little less thrilled about this item. A shoe horn? At least this a smaller item and the other two were so awesome!
Retail $4

Little Pim free digital download - This one is really fun! We get to choose one 35 minute video in the language and topic of our choice!
Retail $11 (estimated)

The total value of this month's box is about $53 and the most you would have to pay for a monthly box is $29! That's a great deal! If you want to try Citrus Lane you can save 50% off your subscription by using my referral link! It's not too late to sign up for a September box!

Citrus Lane also has add-on items each month that are optional and ship free! That's where we got the Melissa and Doug Paint with water and the book Camping Spree with Mr. Magee. I actually got both of these items for FREE thanks to special codes Citrus Lane sends out to it's subscribers from time to time!

8.19.2014

Embracing my only child {Being content after infertility}

I never in a million years thought I'd be writing this post. I'm the mom to an only child and I love every minute of it! In fact, if I never have another baby, that's okay with me. I never wanted just one. I never thought even two was enough. I wanted four.

Only children are spoiled. Only children are selfish. They need siblings. They need someone to play with. It's lonely when you're an only child. These are all misconceptions I had. And then, I couldn't have a second child. When you can't have a second child, you forget about having numbers three and four. For a while I thought just one more. That's all need. I'll settle. Two children instead of four. If I can just have two I'll be happy. But time passed. I didn't get my second child, I only had my one miracle. And you know what? Life is perfect.

My one and only just turned three. He's amazing. He's smart and imaginative. He's loving and fun. He's everything I ever hoped for. He's a quiet introvert that likes to play by himself and he fits perfectly into our family. We live a quiet, mostly organized and structured life. We like routines and bed times. We like to spend time at home. We like to spend time together, but all three of us can appreciate the chance to be alone. To check out mentally.

I don't like chaos and with just one, I feel like I can control that. I do have my concerns. I'm incredibly close to my brother. We weren't always that way growing up, but now that we're adults I love that connection. What will my son have when we're older or no longer around? That worries me a bit. But I try so hard not to focus on the future and things that are out of my hands. I've done enough of that already.

I hate that I spent so much energy and money trying for another baby last year, but it's okay. I was in a different place at the time. And if God wants to bless us with one, two, or even three more, I'm ready for that too. We'll make it work for our family. But for now, I'm content. I'm happy with the life we live and I'm thankful that God is in control and knows what he's doing.


8.18.2014

Baby Bump Giveaway!

Green Scene Mom - The Bumble Collection GiveawayAre you a new mommy or mom-to be? These awesome brands have created products just for you, to make welcoming your little one into the world a little easier. We are excited to partner with Green Scene Mom to be able to offer this wonderful gift collection as a fabulous giveaway!
Green Scene Mom - Bundle Organics GiveawayBundle OrganicsVariety pack of Bundle Organics prenatal juices - Kale Apple Lemon Ginger, Orange Carrot Berry Ginger, Dark Berry & Veggies

Bundle Organics is a line of pasteurized juices designed especially for expecting and new moms. The juices are made with USDA organic fruits and veggies, and fortified with OB/GYN-recommended nutrients that complement prenatal vitamins. bundleorganics.com
Green Scene Mom - The Bumble Collection GiveawayPeek-a-boo Maternity$65 gift card

Peek-a-boo provides a total wardrobe solution, starting from early pregnancy throughout nursing. We offer moms around the world a budget friendly solution. There is no need to buy maternity clothes in addition to nursing wear! Peek-a-boo's designs enable mothers to breastfeed discreetly and keep mother-baby eye contact while still looking stylish. Our items are made with the highest quality, hand-picked materials and designed to fit a woman's changing body during pregnancy and while nursing, emphasizing both comfort and style. studio-peekaboo.com
Green Scene Mom - Philips AVENT Bottles GiveawayPhilips AVENT9oz Natural Bottles

Our new bottle helps to make bottle feeding more natural for your baby and you. The nipple features an innovative petal design for natural latch on similar to the breast, making it easy for your baby to combine breast and bottle feeding. philips.com
Green Scene Mom - Philips Avent pacifiers GiveawayPhilips AVENTNight Time Pacifiers

Philips AVENT orthodontic, collapsible and symmetrical nipples respect the natural development of baby's palate, teeth and gums. All Philips AVENT pacifiers are made of silicone and are taste and odor-free. Colors are subject to change. philips.com
Green Scene Mom - Yummi Pouch GiveawayYummi PouchYummi Pouch Minis - set of 6 reusable food pouches

Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches encourage healthy snacks for active kids. They are perfect for taking homemade baby food on the go, no spoon required. Yummi Pouch Minis are easily filled through their resealable zipper opening, they're freezer & dishwasher safe, and they easily fit in a diaper bag. yummipouch.com
Green Scene Mom - It's The Balm GiveawayIt's The BalmPregnancy Pamper Kit: Belly Balm, Cooling Foot Scrub, Whipped Foot Balm and Peppermint Lip Balm

It's The Balm is an eco-friendly company that handcrafts premium natural and organic bath and beauty products. Each ingredient is selected for its genuine soothing and healing properties. Any ingredient not found in our garden is purchased from the best organic, fair-trade and environmentally-friendly distributors to protect your skin and the environment. etsy.com/shop/itsthebalm
Green Scene Mom - Baby Jack Blankets GiveawayBaby Jack Blankets14x18 sensory baby blanket

Babies adore the different textures and colors of Baby Jack sensory tab blankets, featuring a unique design of sewn shut ribbon tabs that keeps tiny fingers from getting intertwined in ribbon loops. Baby Jack Blankets are baby's first and favorite blanket. babyjackblankets.com
Green Scene Mom - Spray Pal GiveawaySpray PalDiaper cleaning accessory

The Spray Pal was invented by a cloth diapering mom and dad who were tired of cleaning up the mess caused by the diaper sprayer. It makes spraying dirty diapers easy and eliminates dirty splatter on your walls and floor. Use full water pressure on your sprayer without worry and get cloth diapers really clean. spray-pal.com
Green Scene Mom - Gentle Goodnight GiveawayGentle GoodnightStep-by-step sleep guide

Gentle Goodnight is a simple step-by-step guide that allows you to realistically apply the Dancing Sleep Method to improve your life and achieve an enjoyable way to get your baby to sleep. The Dancing Sleep Method is the process of matching your babies energy so that you can help them bring down their energy to relax into sleep. Babies need to be shown how to relax for sleep. Gentle Goodnight is a quick, loving way to get babies to sleep. amazon.com
Green Scene Mom - Pacidoodle GiveawayPacidoodle2 Pacidoodle personalized pacifiers

Pacidoodle is keeping pacifiers personal! A cute, high quality solution to accidental paci-swapping! Pacidoodle features AVENT pacifiers permanently engraved with baby's name, monogram or cute saying. pacidoodle.com

Prize Gift Collection

Open to the US - Ends 11:59PM 8/27/2014
Baby Bump Giveaway Green Scene Mom
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8.15.2014

Green Toys Train Review and Giveaway


My son just turned 3 and let me tell you, he is one train obsessed little boy! We have just about every train toy we can find! So when I heard that Green Toys was coming out with a train set I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! We love Green Toys! I'm not a fan of plastic toys in general but Green Toys are different! They are made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs! How cool is that?! They turn old milk jugs into really sturdy, well built, fun toys for kids! Green Toys are also BPA, PVC, and phthalate free!




My son loves our collection of Green Toys! Citrus Lane (ref. link) has sent us a race car, a tug boat, an airplane, some cookware, and a sandwich! He received the school bus as a Christmas gift from a family member. And my dear sweet boy, eyes the tractor every time we see one at the store! But the train was a great addition to our Green Toys collection! He loves pulling the cars behind the engine and removing the top of the caboose to move the bears around the cars. What a fun toy!



Even I had fun with this one! We used the engine as party of his birthday party decorations to pull the "Happy Birthday cupcakes"!


The Green Toys Train retails for $29.99 and comes in two color choices! The red/blue set shown above, or you can get it in pink and green for those pink obsessed little ones! If you don't own any Green Toys yet, this makes a great first buy! You can find the whole Green Toys collection at many Green Team Enterprises retailer listed here.



You can enter to win a Green Toys Train set for your little one thanks to Green Team Distribution! One lucky winner will receive the train play set in either color choice! Open to US only! Good luck!

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