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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Citrus Lane March 2015 - gender neutral 13 month old box

As my due date approaches, I am doing my best to reign in my spending, but still want to celebrate with gifts for my new baby. Of course, I went back to Citrus Lane because we loved it so much when my son was a baby. I decided to age up my unborn child because I typically don't find the newborn boxes to be as nice as the older boxes. This month's box arrived today (March 21st) in the normal Citrus Lane box. The box was a bit heavy, so I was really excited to open it! All values below were obtained from Amazon.com unless unavailable on that site and otherwise noted. Here's what was inside: Citrus Lane does a great job packaging their monthly boxes in cheery yellow tissue paper. The wrapping was a little sloppy this month and I am not surprised as I was told by a customer service rep that the company had recently changed shipping partners.
Inside the tissue was a card explaining the contents of the box:
Well, to say I was disappointed would be a severe understatement. I did not use Johnson & Johnson products on my son and I don't plan to use them on my daughter. Judging by the hundreds of comments already on Citrus Lane's Facebook page, they will realize their partnership with J&J did some serious damage to their relationship with their customers.
Johnson & Johnson 9oz Head to Toe Wash: $6.45 and Johnson & Johnson 3oz Baby Bubble Bath: $2 (Walgreens.com)

Next up is the Ubbi Tweat Snack Container:

This was one of the spoiler items that could appear in your box. I think we will get great use out of this item and it's bird design is really cute. I had a hard time finding the value for this item, but per the manufacturer's website it can be purchased for $10

We love books (as I've said so many times before) so I'm always glad to receive one. Charle Harper's ABCs board book is no exception. I'm sure it'll get lots of use in our house.

Charley Harper ABCs board book: $13.46

Lastly, we received the Begin Again Earthworm Racer. I'm not sure about this for my baby girl, but I do like that it's all natural and safe if she places it in her mouth. The product description says that the toy assists your baby in developing motor skills as the toy twists, bends, stretches and rolls. It will be fun to see what she thinks of it!

Begin Again Earthworm Racer: The Racer's are currently priced between $4 and $15 depending on the color selected

The total value of the March 2015 box was: $46.91 (if using the highest cost Racer).

We purchased our mini-subscription as a Groupon, boxes normally cost $27/mo ($81 for a 3 month subscription), so the value is definitely there. Unfortunately, my personal opinion and what appears to be the opinion of many subscribers is that the contents and quality of the boxes have deteriorated over the past several months/year since the company was purchased by Care.com. Our subscription expires in May and at this time I don't think I will continue. BUT there are always new subscription boxes to try!! I'm anxious to take a break from kid boxes and try Petit Vour or Vegan Cuts or maybe some of the Fluff mail (cloth diaper) subscriptions. What are your favorites?

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