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Citrus Lane has been courting me hard on facebook. Their sponsored posts keep popping up in my timeline, telling me about all my friends who like them. Well it takes more than that to get my business, buddy. You gotta make it worth my while. When I read on another blog last month that Citrus Lane was running a promotion that would net me two boxes instead of one the first month I subscribed I decided to go for it, fully intending to cancel my subscription before I could be billed for the next month.

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If you’re not familiar with Citrus Lane, it’s one of those themed sample/subscription box services–you pay a monthly fee and every month a package arrives at your door full of surprise goodies. Citrus Lane specializes in kids and babies, so you tell them your child’s birthday and sex (or you can choose to keep it gender neutral, which I sort of wish I had done, but I worried I would miss out on cool stuff) and they send you items that are well-suited for your child’s age. Depending on whether you subscribe month-to-month or buy a whole year at once it’s $21-$25 per month, but with the promotion they were running I’ve now gotten two boxes for $25. PLUS they gave me a referral code and anytime someone signs up using my code both of us get $10 off. My friend Cassie already signed up with my code so my next box will only be $15–and she got $10 off too. I’m not saying I’m not still thinking of cancelling, but I’m at least convinced to wait it out another month. Want to see what I’ve gotten so far?

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In my first box I received: SUMO Snack Stacker from Zoli, Peek-a-Boo Turtle from Melissa & Doug, Cool It Buddy Instant Cold Pack from Me4Kidz and Nibbly Fingers from Ella’s Kitchen. There was also a promotion for 10 free postcards from Postagram, but I only included the actual tangible merchandise when estimating the total value.

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In the second box: Octopus Opposites from Barefoot Books, 5″ Playground Ball from Crocodile Creek, Mighty Shield Bug Repellant Lotion from Episencial, Adhesive Bandages from Ouchies Jr., and All Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes from Cleanwell. There was also a coupon code for fabkids, a kids clothing subscription site, and an activity that entails knocking down paper bowling pins (pretty sure my fourteen month old would rather eat the paper).

To be honest, I’m ambivalent so far. I was much more pleased with the first box, but even the thing I liked the most–the snack bars–is too expensive in stores for me to justify buying them again. The snack stacker and the hand wipes are both cool but too big to comfortably stow in the diaper bag. I do like the book and Jack likes the ball. I really wanted him to like the turtle but he’s not into it.

Like I said, I’ll stick around for another month or maybe more if I get another referral bonus, and I’ll be sure to let y’all know if I receive anything life changing in my next box. If you’d like to order a box of your own you can use my referral code to get $10 off–if you only want to order once just set a reminder to cancel before the next billing cycle.

And for those of you who just skimmed this post to get to the part where you save $10, here it is in case you missed it: use my referral code to save us each ten bucks. 

Thanks for reading, y’all, and have a fabulous Wednesday!

Exciting news, my friends! I have a couple of new sponsors this month and they. are. so. cool. If you usually skip these posts I encourage you to take just a moment to see what’s below before clicking away–I promise you won’t be disappointed.

First up, my loyal sponsor and friend Brandi of A Brandi Sized Shop. Brandi is actually going to be taking a little break from sponsoring soon and I want to thank her publicly for being such a great sponsor all these months! She has some cool new items to showcase.

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Vintage Fashion Manor Penn-Prest Coral Queen Flat Sheet

I love the coral shade and lattice print of this flat sheet. I think it would be fun to add a pop of color to a bed or you could use the fabric to make pillows, curtains, or a shower curtain (my extra tall shower curtain is made from a flat sheet). At $16 it’s a steal for the yardage.

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Set of Four Zodiac Medallians – Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, Aries

How fun are these Zodiac medallions? I think one would look so pretty as a pendant necklace. Brandi says she’s willing to split them up if you contact her. I’m an Aries and that ram is tempting me, but I also think the scaled would be a fun gift for an attorney in your life.

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Vintage Brass Anchor Candle Holder

I love vintage brass. This candleholder is a fun nod to nautica and could double as a weapon. It won’t be coming to live in my house because I’m fairly certain my toddler would stab his eye out with it, but maybe it could come live in yours! Farewell, dear Brandi, and thanks for being such a lovely sponsor!

 

Onto my next sponsor, Sunday in Savannah Vintage! Owner Laurie is a friend of mine who wears vintage dresses to playdates like it’s no big deal. She has an awesome Etsy shop with over 100  vintage clothing items.

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50s Dress / vintage 1950s Khaki Swiss Dotted Rockabilly Dress / Full Skirt Western Flair / Medium

I love the detailing on this dress, especially the bodice and shoulders. Fuller skirts like this are really easy to wear around little kids, too–you can get down on the floor without showing anyone your hoohaa.

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60s Dress / Spring Green Polka Dot Swiss Ruffled Sleeveless Cotton Dress / Extra Small XXS

Oh, how I wish this dress was not so small! Kelly green is one of my favorite colors and I just love the flattering cut, the swiss dots, and the ruffles. If you’re tiny this one’s for you.

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50s Dress / Vintage 1950s Party Dress / Kerrybrooke Cream and Yellow Gold Polka Dot Chiffon Full Skirt Prom Dress / Extra Small

Here’s another extra small, but it’s just so cute! Can you tell that I’m drawn to a certain silhouette? I love dresses with defined waists and full skirts. They’re just so flattering and easy to wear. The gold polka dots on this one are so festive!

 

And last but not least, my newest sponsor! Amelia and Meghan are the two proprietors of Little Eli, a shop featuring handcrafted jewelry, soaps, and concrete creations. Amelia is a reader who contacted me–turns out she lives in Baton Rouge and we have a couple of mutual friends. After checking out her awesome shop I’m pretty sure we need to be besties.

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Champagne Pearl Bracelet with Gold Crystal Ball. Classic Bracelet. Bridesmaids Present. Bridal Jewelry. Champagne Pearls.

I mean, I don’t even have any words. This shit is adorable (sorry! language!).

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Medium Round Concrete Planter. Two Tone. Ombre. Desk accessory. Succulent Planter. Outdoor Planter, Urban Industrial. Cottage Style. Cement

How creative are these girls??? They have a bunch of concrete planters, dishes, candleholders, etc. You could use this one as a planter or for a large pillar candle. I love the two-tone look.

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Orange Mint Soap. 5oz. Small Batch. Handmade. All Natural. Vegan Friendly. No Artificial Anything. Essential Oils. Small Soaps. Two Bars.

They also make soap! At only $5 for two bars this would be a great purchase to have a couple of small gifts on hand for hostesses or thank-yous or whatever. And I’m pretty sure it smells amazing.

Amelia and Meghan are offering a special discount for Living Well on the Cheap readers! Use the code “livingwellwithlileli” at checkout for 15% off for the rest of August!

 

And last but not least, my public service announcement for the month:

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The Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center started as a single phone line serving the needs of the LSU community in 1970. Six LSU students, including the student body president, died by suicide during the 1969-1970 academic year and in response The PHONE, a confidential crisis counseling service, began that spring. It’s been active 24/7 since, manned mostly by volunteers and expanding to serve a ten-parish area. I went through the intense training program to become a volunteer counselor my sophomore year in college and soon joined the staff as a part-time employee. I worked there for four years and learned many skills that would serve me well both in my personal life and in my career as a social worker. I also met some seriously wonderful people, my BFF Cassie included. The heart and soul of BRCIC is still The PHONE and the volunteers that answer the lines, but the center has also expanded to provide information and referral (particularly following natural disasters), support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide, and education and training to the community. It’s a wonderful organization that is struggling just like any other during these tough economic times. If you’re interested in learning more you can visit their website, where you can also donate if you feel so inclined. And if you’re local and interested in volunteering you can call their business line at 225-924-1431. If you’re in crisis and need somebody to talk to you can call 225-924-3900 and there will be someone there to listen any time of day or night. Would you believe that I knew both of those numbers by heart four years after leaving that place? I can barely remember my husband’s phone number but some things just stick with you, I guess.

Thanks for reading, y’all, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Smooches!

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Can I get a what what for the weekend? Things have been so busy for us the last few weeks and I’m really looking forward to a quiet weekend at home. I’m oddly excited about getting some housework done, studying for my LCSW, and enjoying some quality time with Nick and Jack. In approximately T-minus 9 hours Nick will be home from work and relaxation will commence! I hope you each have an absolutely wonderful weekend and thank you, as always, for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the blogosphere. You are the wind beneath my wings. Smooches!

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As soon as Jack became mobile the items on the lower shelves of this bookshelf were so tempting to him. I didn’t mind him playing with the books, but some items posed more of a hazard. You can see in this older photo that it was not at all kid-friendly:

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I removed everything breakable or that could hurt him from the lower shelves until I could figure out a solution. I finally have it rearranged just how I want it and I have to say that I like it even better now than I did before!

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I got a large basket on sale at Hobby Lobby ($20) and filled it with toys to keep Jack busy while I’m working in the kitchen. I chose lightweight toys so the basket wouldn’t get too heavy and stuck some foam pads on the bottom to keep it from scratching the shelf or the floor. Jack knows there are toys in there and often crawls over and pulls it off the shelf. I also used museum putty to secure the silver pig and green glass bowl to the shelves. I have actually watched Jack yank on the pig, which is stuck to the book, which is stuck to the shelf. The cover of the book lifts up but the whole operation stays securely in place. It’s amazing! I wish I would have known about this stuff years ago. It would have saved me a lot of grief with some of the stuff my cats like to knock down.

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I’m still trying to work out the best way to secure the shelf to the wall. It seems pretty stable but I don’t want to risk it falling over on Jack if he tries to climb it or something. I’m thinking of using a couple of metal brackets (like these) in an inconspicuous area near the top. Thoughts? I think I’ll also go ahead and use museum putty to stick down any heavy objects on the higher shelves, just to be sure they don’t fall on him. It’s so hard balancing safety with my desire to have a home that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Babyproofing is definitely a work in progress around here and I’m planning a post soon on what we’ve done to make our house more kid-friendly without it looking like a daycare.

Happy hump day, y’all. We’re halfway to the weekend! I know it sounds crazy for someone who doesn’t work full-time to look forward to Friday but I do. It’s so nice having Nick around and to slack off from our weekday routine. Thanks for reading!