Citrus Lane May boxes are here!!
Two or three months ago, I got wind of this nifty company called Citrus Lane. It had been promoted in my Facebook news feed, and there were a few friends who I had seen talking about it. Citrus Lane is a subscription service specializing in children's items. They tailor each box to your child, hand picking age appropriate items and delivering four or more to your door on a monthly basis.
A box full of goodies once a month sounded so fun! I really wanted to try it out, but once I saw the price, it wasn't in the cards. We have three kids. At $25 a box.. just, no. Anyway, I started following the company on Facebook. A few days later I was excited when they put up a code for half off your first box. At $12.50 a box it was doable, and I really wanted to get my kiddos each a box!
You have to buy a subscription, and they come in monthly, 3, 6, and 12 month options. You can save a few dollars a month if you go for the 6 or 12 month subs. All of them renew automatically, which means that if you don't want to be charged for the next month (or cycle if you go with one of the lengthy subscriptions) then you must cancel before the next billing date. I chose a monthly subscription to try for each kid, and used the half-off code for each box.
Signing up with more than one child is a little inconvenient. You need a different e-mail address for each kid that you sign up. It was kind of a pain having to create three separate accounts to get each kid their own box, definitely a little more than I wanted to have to keep track of.. but whatever.
If you place your order before the cut-off date, which is the 5th of each month, then you'll be receiving that month's box (unless it's sold out.. which I have seen happen before, in that case you'll get the next month's box.) If you order after the cut-off date, then you get the next month's box. I ordered ours on April 15th, so we got the May 2013 Citrus Lane boxes.
Waiting is the hardest part! Boxes are sent out half way through the month and according to their website, usually arrive between the 15th and the 22nd of each month. We live in Missouri and received ours on the 21st. I had let the big kids know that they would be getting packages in the mail- special packages just for them that they could open on their own. So when they saw the mailman walking to our door with three boxes stacked in his hands, they started jumping up and down and screeching with excitement. I scooped up the boxes from the porch and brought them inside.
Something bothered me about the packages. They were all addressed to me. I had hoped, and kind of assumed, that they'd be addressed to the kids. Citrus Lane asks for your child's name when you sign up.. so I was just a little surprised that they weren't addressed to the kids. This meant that I had to open the packages up, which I didn't want to do. I wanted it to be all their fun. Either way, I figured for sure that each box would be marked on the inside with something that would indicate which child it was for- name or age. Wrong again. The packages didn't say which kid they were for on the inside either. I had to look at the items and guess which kid they were for. This took a little fun out of the whole experience. I peeked through the side, trying not to tear open the tissue paper that was wrapped around the items. It was easy to figure out which box was for the 5 month old, but the 3 and 4 year old boxes were a little trickier to differentiate between. I thought I was right, and handed the boys each their boxes. I felt bad that I had to dig through them, because I had told them that they'd get to open them on their own, but it didn't bother them too much.
All were packaged very sweetly :)
There is a pamphlet inside each box which lists and describes all of the items.
This first one was for our 5 month old daughter, Olive:
- Bear Takes a Trip.. a book from Barefoot Books
- Rattle Keys from Green Toys
- Gripe Water from Mommy's Bliss
- Dish Liquid from Dapple
- The Mommy Hook
This next box was for our 3 year old son, Sylas:
- We All Go Traveling By.. a book & CD set from Barefoot Books
- Pizza Play Set from Green Toys
- Happy Munchies Veggie & Fruit Crisps from Happy Family
- Meyer Lemon Moravian Cookies from Salem Baking
The best part of this box, and our favorite item from all three boxes, is the Pizza Play Set! The boys just love to play with it, and Demitri practically threw his box to the ground and went running after it when he saw it. He was pretty upset that he didn't get one as well! It reminds me of a Melissa & Doug pizza play set that they've played with before. I am a big fan of this toy! It is, like the Rattle Keys, made by Green Toys and therefore made from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs and free from all of the yucky stuff that you don't want in your kids' toys.
It comes with these cute order forms... love!
This last box was for our 4 year old son, Demitri:
- The Gigantic Turnip.. a book & CD set from Barefoot Books
- Planting Kit from Green Toys
- Be Good to Bugs Kids Gardening Gloves from Melissa & Doug
- Snackimals Cereal from Barbara's Bakery
- To-Go Disinfectant Surface Spray from CleanWell
- Moisture Stick from Deep Steep
UPDATE: August 6, 2013
I have used the Moisture Stick quite a bit over the past several months and have decided that it is terrible. It is sooo greasy and NEVER soaks in. Hours after applying it, the product still sits on top of the skin and never sinks in. I can't put it on anymore because it rubs off on everything. I am definitely disappointed in it.
So those are the items that we got, and my first impressions. I'm sure I'll be posting reviews for several of the items, and I'm excited about that! However, I probably won't be getting any more boxes from Citrus Lane. I looked at all of these things as they were out on the floor and thought to myself, "this is not worth $75." Sure, part of the whole thing is the thrill of the unknown and the excitement of getting a surprise package, but for me it's just not worth that much money. Of course if I had an extra 75 bucks lying around every month, I'd probably stick with it, but that's not the case!
I decided to nix the subscriptions, and the cancellation process is a little annoying. First of all, it took me a while to even figure out how to cancel, and I had to look in the FAQs for the answer. You can't do it through your account page, from what I can tell. You have to either send them an e-mail or fill out a cancellation form. I chose the cancellation form, which ended up being a survey through surveymonkey.com.. a little strange. I filled out the form/survey and submitted it, and then opened it up again in a new tab because I needed fill it out for the other two e-mail addresses that I had accounts under (if that's not annoying then I don't know what is). I kept getting the "Thanks for taking this survey!" landing page. I'm sure I could have cleared my cookies or whatever, but I just ended up opening the form/survey in a new browser for each account that I had to cancel. So I ended up using Firefox, Safari and Chrome all in one sitting. Then, I was a little turned off by the fact that I didn't get any sort of confirmation number after submitting the surveys, nor did I receive any e-mail confirming that I had cancelled my accounts. I ended up e-mailing customer service. If you choose to cancel your Citrus Lane account just e-mail customer service and relax. I received an auto-reply e-mail and a prompt human reply to confirm my cancellation. The process could definitely be simplified or at least more clearly outlined in the account page.
Here are a few coupon codes that I wanted to share with y'all.
These were on the pamphlets inside the boxes (is this ok? I hope so! lol)...
- Use code citruslane20 for 20% off your order at deepsteep.com | good thru 6/30/13
- Use code CWCL2 for 20% off any purchase at store.cleanwelltoday.com | good thru 7/30/2013
- Use code CLSPRING13GT for 10% off your order at shop.greentoys.com | good thru 6/30/13
- Use code DISCOVER for 20% off your order at barefootbooks.com | no expiration given
- Use code CITRUSLANE50 for free shipping on your order of $50 or more at salembaking.com | no expiration given
Also, if you'd like to try Citrus Lane, you can use my referral link to get $10 off! But look around for a half-off code first; There always seems to be one floating around. In fact, I know that they posted one on Facebook within the last few days, but I can't find it anywhere! Hold up - wait, I just found it! Use code TAKEHALF to get half off your first box at Citrus Lane! There ya go! Enjoy!!!