Little Foxes

Ever since she discovered What Does the Fox Say?, my daughter has loved foxes. She has the cutest set of stuffed foxes from IKEA, and thanks to her aunt, she has the What Does the Fox Say? book. She likes to read the book while watching the video. Sometimes Mama and Baby Fox join her.

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Recently, it seems like foxes have become the cute animal du jour for children’s items, and we have embraced the fad. To be honest, Alexis and Anders’ aunt may have started it. Because we were too slow to come up with a nursery theme, she assigned us one (hint: it’s foxes!) and sent us a ton of super cute fox baby stuff. Unfortunately, it is all from Gymboree’s Fox Fella and Fox Trail Collections which are no longer available, except on Ebay. The children are growing too fast, so we needed to get some new clothes anyway. Here are some of the cutest fox clothes I’ve found (and bought) for my littles:

Fox Clothes1. Sateen Fox Print Dress 2. Fox Footed Pajamas

Fox Clothes

3. Fox Bodysuit Set 4. Fox Fleece Vest Set 5. Fox Hoodie Set

Fox Clothes

6. T-Shirt Dress with Geometric Fox Print 7. Fox Print Button-Front Shirt

There is plenty more fox stuff to be found, but I think we are all set on foxes around here. For now. Maybe.

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Citrus Lane August 2014 Box Review Take Two

Our second Citrus Lane box arrived this week. I wouldn’t normally order two boxes in one month, but Citrus Lane had a deal for a free box with free shipping. Who says no to that? Alexis and I were very pleased with our second box.

Citrus Lane August 2014 Box

Petit Collage Alphabet Flash Cards Animals A-Z (Amazon, $19). These cards are beautiful and sturdy, to the point that I almost didn’t want to share them with my flash card loving-daughter. Of course, I did share and she thinks they are great. They work equally well as flash cards and as nursery art. Petit Collage also has Alphabet Art card sets in other themes, such as Ocean Life A-Z, In the Garden A-Z, and On the Go A-Z.

Tea for Two from Green Toys (estimated $8). This set comes with one teapot, two tea cups, and two saucers, and was exclusive to Citrus Lane. Green Toys also sells a larger tea set (Amazon, $19.59). I had no idea my daughter needed a tea set, but based on her reaction when she saw this, there was a teapot shaped hole in her life. She is thrilled with this tea set, and is loving filling the teapot with water, pouring it into the tea cups, and drinking it up. I’m loving watching her learn how to pour without spilling.

Reusable Cool It Buddy soft cold pack from Me4Kidz (Amazon, $4.75). Our other box included Cool It Buddy instant cold packs, but they were single-use, and I was thinking how nice it would have been if they were reusable. It turns out Me4Kidz does make a reusable, but not instant, version. Now we can keep the reusable cold back in the freezer at home, and keep the instant packs in the diaper bag for injuries away from home.

Language Video Digital Download from Little Pim ($23.98). This box contained another card with a coupon code for a free digital download for a language lesson video from Little Pim, just like the other box. While this isn’t my favorite item, and we still haven’t let our daughter watch the video we downloaded with the last code (screen-time is a relatively rare and special thing in our house), I’m sure my daughter will enjoy it when she does get to watch it. Actually, there were two cards with codes for downloads. I suspect that was a packing error, but it means we get two new language lesson videos.

The box also included coupon codes for some of the brands included, and a card to save 25% off a membership at Care.com (which now owns Citrus Lane). Everything in the box added up to $55.73. With the coupon code, I paid $0 for this box and got free shipping, so this was pretty excellent.

Just so you know, the links in this post to Citrus Lane and the specific items are affiliate links. If you decide you want to try a box, clicking on my affiliate link will save you 50% off your box, and it will save me $20, too. Everybody wins! Even better, right now if you use the code SEPTBOX7, you can get your first box  for a new or renewed subscription for $7.

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Citrus Lane August 2014 Box Review

Thanks to some great deals in the last month, I signed both kids up for the August Citrus Lane box. The first one arrived last week. As usual, I was pretty pleased with what was in the box and feel like it was a great value.

Citrus Lane August 2014 Box

Petit Collage Woodland Friends Growth Chart. This growth chart is so cute and so very perfect for Anders’ nursery. It was designed exclusively for Citrus Lane. You can get different, but equally cute, growth charts from Petit Collage, like this Tree Friends one (Amazon, $18.22). This particular chart comes with a sheet of leaf stickers that you can write the date on and stick on the chart as you measure your little one.

ABC 123 Blocks from Melissa and Doug (Amazon, $20.54). These are very nice blocks, and they come with a storage pouch with a velco closure. Alexis already had a set of Melissa and Doug ABC 123 blocks, but it was a smaller number of blocks that came in a little wooden wagon. With this new set, she’ll be able to create bigger towers and spell more words. I don’t think it’s possible to have too many letters and numbers.

Cool It Buddy instant cold packs from Me4Kidz (Diapers.com, $3.73). The box describes these as “targeted relief for bumps and bruises on the go.” Toddlerhood certain comes with a lot of bumps and bruises. We haven’t needed to try these yet, but I’m glad to have them on hand for when we do. Alexis loves the Me4Kidz bandaids she got in another Citrus Lane box, so seeing the familiar penguin might make her more amenable to trying an ice pack, too.

Yum-a-roo’s from Nurtureme (Amazon, 12 pack for $30.46; $2.53 for 1). Freeze-dried fruit and veggies, with no added sugar. Freeze dried broccoli is actually tastier than it sounds. This one is Alexis approved.

Language Video Digital Download from Little Pim ($11.99). We haven’t actually tried this one out yet, but I suspect it will be hit, given how much she loves sign language and Signing Time.

The box also included coupon codes for some of the brands included, and a card to save 25% off a membership at Care.com (which now owns Citrus Lane). Everything in the box added up to $57.01. With the coupon code, I paid $7.00 for this box and got free shipping. I love getting a deal, especially when it’s on something that we’ll actually use and is of high quality.

Just so you know, the links in this post to Citrus Lane and the specific items are affiliate links. If you decide you want to try a box, clicking on my affiliate link will save you 50% off your box, and it will save me $20, too. Everybody wins! Even better, right now if you use the code SEPTBOX7, you can get your first box  for a new or renewed subscription for $7.

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2 Months Old

2 Months Old

2 months old already! In the blink of an eye, Anders has almost doubled his birth weight and grown a couple inches taller. He’s still the most mellow, happy little guy you could imagine. I think we’ll keep him.

2 Months Old

Also, siblings. How great are they?

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24 Months Old

24 Months Old

And just like that, she’s 2. Nobody told me when I started this parenting journey that every special milestone would be so bittersweet. I’m so excited for my growing girl. Every day she amazes me with some new thing, some little change. Each day, she’s just a little more incredible than the day before. I love seeing the person she’s becoming. But at the same time, every change is a little loss, one step further away from my baby. I love who she is, but I loved who she was yesterday, too. I miss the tiny baby that would sleep in my arms, and I delight in the toddler who turns to me with a big smile and exclaims, “I did it!”

This two-year old of mine, she is wonderful. Independent and strong-willed, kind and generous. An observer, she studies the world around her before she acts. Incredibly smart, creative, and funny. It is such a gift to be her mama.

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One Month Old

One Month Old

Time moves faster when you add a second child to your family. I can’t believe how quickly we’ve come to Anders first monthly photo, but here we are. In the last month, Anders has gained over two pounds and has started to turn into quite the chubby little guy. He is mellow and laid back, and has started to smile at us. It is, of course, one of the cutest smiles ever. Every day, I feel lucky that such a delightful baby has joined our family.

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23 Months Old

23 Months Old

This was a big month for Alexis! She became a big sister, and is doing a great job helping out with the new baby. She comforts him when he cries, saying, “It’s ok, baby,” and “I know, I know,” and she likes to practice taking care of her dolls the same way she sees mommy and daddy taking care of her brother. Her grandma was visiting all month, and her grandpa came to visit, too! Alexis loved spending time with her grandparents.

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Another Birthday

We have one more birthday to celebrate in our little family! Welcome, Anders. 6 days old and sweet as can be. It is so nice to have a tiny baby to snuggle again.

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22 Months Old

22 Months Old

22 months old and signing “more!” Every month, I think it isn’t possible for her to get cuter and more funny, smart, and all-around wonderful. And every month, I am wrong.

This was Alexis’ last month as an only child. She is excited about her new baby, and likes to tell him, “Baby, get out!” And soon, he will. But until then, Alexis is soaking up the love from mommy and daddy, and grandma, who came to visit for a whole month.

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21 Months Old

21 Months Old

Alexis is 21 months old! I keep thinking of her as my “almost 2-year old.” As she does every month, she’s grown so much. She has started using three word sentences, and tries to do everything by herself. She loves to help me with the laundry, and is a pro at sorting things and switching the clothes from the washer to the dryer. She knows you need to shut the door, fiddle with the dial, and push the button the triangle on it to start the washer, although she doesn’t quite grasp why we adjust the dial yet. When it’s snack time, Alexis knows where we keep her snacks and her dishes, and is able to get what we need to prepare a snack for her.

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