Building on Building!! Citrus Lane October ’14 Review

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Bean’s October Citrus Lane box was all about building…building onto learning development and building a play city!

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Thank you for joining me here, on my Mama Bendia blog, where I’ll provide product reviews, talk mama-ness, things to do in Central Oregon, baby-friendly restaurants, and general musings!

When we signed up for Citrus Lane, we provided age and gender of our little guy and, now, receive a wonderful box of age-appropriate goodies every month!

Here’s a look inside Citrus Lane’s October 2014 box for about a 2 year old boy :

~ Taxi Story City Set from Janod :
On vacation in Sacramento, when Bean was about 7mths old, we found an adorable toy store in Old Sacramento. This store had a lot of great Janod items, this was the first time we’d seen that brand and we quickly realized it was a great toy brand! So, I was excited to see this toy brand in Bean’s Citrus Lane this month…he was equally excited! The little Taxi set includes a Taxi car with wheels that fit on a standard toy train track and a little dude on a scooter…cute!

October 2014 taxi

~ Police Story City Set from Janod :
Oh! What!? He received two Janod City Sets! The second set includes a Police Car and Police Officer figure!
OK…Now, we have a thing going in our living room! I think I should get some more of these little sets and more Janod play/city toys, in general!
Of course, I can buy these on-line…but did you know!? Hopscotch Kids on Galveston in Bend carries Janod!

October 2014 sets

~ Maracitos from Hohner Kids :
We’ve received a few musical instruments from Hohner in the past…namely a Harmonic that Bean looooves!
And a Tambourine that Bean would not let go of for a week, even taking a flight with it in hand!
So, it was nice to receive more fun items to make music with and build upon his love of music. Bean was equally interested and pulls them out once in a while to shake a few beats.

October 2014 macaritas

~ Dinosaur Board Book from Chronicle books :
This month was a ‘pick your item’ month! And the options were various Dinosaur books…alphabet, shapes, or numbers. I decided to let Citrus Lane surprise me, we received the ABCs book, Alphasaurus!
Pretty cute, and again, good timing, as this builds on Bean’s curiousity of the ABC’s…he’s even started ‘singing’ the cadence of the Alphabet song!
The only thing is that I, actually, can’t pronounce all the names of the Alphabet Dinos! Ha!

October 2014 Alphasaurus

If I had purchased these items individually, I would have spent $35, not including shipping (no tax in Oregon). We, also, received great coupon codes for almost every company/item represented in the box! We opt for a yearly membership, so we pay about $16/mth…
boxes can be ordered for a month at time for just $29 AND
Get a whopping 50% off your very one 1st box here!
It’s so fun watching our little guy open the Citrus Lane box every month!

October 2014 box

October 2014 Bean Box

 

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Babies vs. WaitStaff : Protecting baby at a Restaurant

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I’m sharing a post that I wrote when Bean was 1 year old!
I still get a knot in my stomach when I spend too much time thinking about this…however, now that he is a bit over 2 years old, this diligence is even more important, as he sits with us and can reach out at any random moment and connect with sharp utensils and hot liquids.

By this point, we’ve gained enough confidence to share our concern with waitstaff (which we’ve only had to do a few times). Yeah sure, sometimes they are defensive in the moment, but when they take a few seconds and think about it, they are very understanding.
Typically, though when we order anything we have concerns about and/or see questionable utensils coming to our table, we simply cut the server off at the pass and take the item before it even breaches the table’s edge!

Happily, since we typically dine at family-friendly restaurants, most of the staff are aware of ‘child safety’…and our favorite sushi place in Bend, so far, always keeps Miso, etc. away from Bean when they place it on the table. They even deliver such with a little bowl of ice, so that Bean can enjoy himself.
After all, he does like a nice cooled spoonful of soup!

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Here’s the post I wrote for my www.SFONewb.com blog :
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Not surprisingly, I was stunned when the burning hot water from the tea mug drip-dripped onto my leg. As I moved back I was more concerned with hot liquid so close to my baby… my fear was realized as I saw the waiter put the same mug at the corner of the table within easy reach of my baby’s fast hands!

Unfortunately or not, my fear turned to anger quickly… I moved the tea as I looked up at the waiter, who had just finished apologizing and asking if I was OK. I couldn’t contain myself, “I’m fine, but you have really got to be more aware of hot liquids when you have babies at a table! Do not place hot liquids in front of a baby!!”
Our own server was at the ready for our order… I looked at her and reiterated my concern. Having children, herself, she assured me she understood! I took a breathe, looked at my hubs holding our baby and picked up the menu… but I still couldn’t concentrate and instead asked for a minute.

Just when I thought I was “OK” I realized that emotionally my nerves were frayed… my eyes teared up and when I looked at my sweet boy’s face, my eyes welled. I asked my hubs how he felt and he agreed with my actions.

You see, we were at a favorite breakfast place on the Peninsula of the Bay Area… we’d sat at this corner table before and I didn’t like that it was so close to the coffee/tea/hot water station. This morning I figured it was alright, since baby would be in a highchair at the other side of the table. Then we had this occurrence…

In other area restaurants I’ve had to address this concern, I was just helping the waitstaff become aware of serving/delivering hot dishes to a table with a baby sitting at it. After this occurrence, I will, indeed, continue to educate waitstaff on this particular safety issue!
We love going out to eat and we like to be respectful diners. We take it upon ourselves to ‘pick up’ after our baby when we are done eating, we strive to keep baby happy and if he’s fussy will take him for walk… we, also, move utensils and other items out of baby’s reach… there is, now, just one more aspect of eating out that we will be diligent with!

I write and share this blog post in the hopes of providing a bit of awareness to this topic for other parents and for the waitstaff that do not know how quickly kids can move and pull things off a table!

Take Care!

Thankfully, the waitstaff and management were not surprised at my reaction… they were understanding and generous in their offer to pay for our complete breakfast.

Kai First Sushi January 24 2014

Mama likes!! Citrus Lane September ’14 Review

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We received Bean’s September Citrus Lane box and Mama was sooo happy!

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Thank you for joining me here, at Mama Bendia, where I’ll provide product reviews, talk mama-ness, things to do in Central Oregon, baby-friendly restaurants, and general musings!

Upon signing up for Citrus Lane, we provided age and gender of our little guy and receive a wonderful box of age-appropriate goodies every month!

Here’s a look inside Citrus Lane’s September 2014 box for a 23mth-ish old boy :

~ Long Sleeve Tee from Tea Collection :
OK! I’m a mama obsessed with Tea Collection, I can’t help myself, I just love their clothes and designs. The styles are adorable and the quality is top-notch.
So far, I’ve actually found great used baby and toddler items on-line and at my local high-end children’s resale shop, Stone Soup.
And…then…this month Citrus Lane completely won me over…completely!
(I mean, I was already a fan, but still, they excelled!)
There was a little long-sleeved Tea Collection Tee for Bean in this month’s box!
WOOT!
Plus, an amazing promo code, which I quickly took advantage of.
Buying my first actual product(s) from Tea, themselves, was thrilling for me!
Then…we received the package! It came with a sweet little activity book for Bean! Pure awesomeness!
Way to go Tea Collection and Citrus Lane for teaming up! I’m a happy mama!
(More on Tea to come in a future post!)

Sept Tea
~ Foam 3D Links for Bath by Boon :
We’ve received Boon Bath toys in our Citrus Lane before…LOTS of them…and they are always so amazing! Bean loves his DIVE Bath Appliques and these Link were fairly similar.
Turns out the timing was terrific, as we had a 4yr old Birthday for a little friend coming up and these Bath Links were a great gift!
So…a great toy from Boon was given to another kiddo, I like that story!

Sept 2014 Bath

~ Write Your Own Labels from Emily Press :
Whoa! Cool idea!
Especially as Beans begins to become more social and we go places that require his name on his own items…good timing. Hoping they work out well!
We got little Animal themed ones!

Sept 2014 Labels

~ Disney Snack Bag from Bumkins :
We’ve received a few things from Bumkins in our Citrus Lane box in the past…wet bags, small snack bags, etc…I really like all the products we’ve received so far.
I like that this bag is larger and can hold a sandwich or larger item and it has the same washable fabric as our other Bumkins bags.
This was a ‘pick your item’ month with Citrus Lane and the print of this bag was the customization we got to choose.

Sept Bumkinds

~ FREE Citrus Lane Box for a Friend :
WHAT!? This is awesome! We received a code to send a free box to a friend! I take this as a win for being a Citrus Lane subscriber for so long!
I quickly jumped on this and sent out a box to my niece, 6mths older than Bean!
Can’t wait to see what she gets!

Sept 2014 Free box

If I had purchased all these items individually… I’d have easily spent more than $75, not including shipping & tax. We, also, received great coupon codes for almost every company/item represented in the box! We opt for a yearly membership, so we pay just about $16/mth… but you can go a month at a time for just $29 AND Get a whopping 50% off your very one 1st box here! It’s so fun watching our little guy open the Citrus Lane box every month!

Sept Bean Look throughSept 2014 Box

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The haunting of Daylight Savings…on a Toddler Family…boo!

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My husband and I are night owls!
We are night owls…in our 40s…with a two year old toddler!

This year’s Fall Back time change happened the weekend of an admittedly late night holiday…Halloween! 🙂 Thus, the title of this post!

Though our bedtime routine might be a bit later than other families…we’ve always had a good little sleeper, who will put in many hours sleep at night, as well, as a nice nap at day. (Especially since we’ve added DHA gels to his diet.)

Even though we’re attachment parents, with a practice of putting babe to sleep by nursing, I’ve felt I’ve been able to eek out a bit of ‘free’ time for myself after he fell asleep at night…usually!
I mean I do greatly enjoy nursing Bean to sleep…and, at the same time…I slightly resent it! My feelings on this particular topic have been wonderfully captured by Wendy Wisner in a post on her NurseMeMama blog!

In the two years since we’ve had Bean, neither the Spring nor Fall Time Changes have affected us. Though, I had feared our first Fall Back would hurt, it didn’t.
Bean seems to roll with it…in fact, he doesn’t really even change his timing…sort of to my chagrin, as I kind of hoped he’d go to sleep an hour, or at least 45mins earlier, after the time change last weekend. But, nope, we are on the same time and routine as ever, without much negative effect on Bean…expect that one night when he woke up at 4:30am for about 20-30mins!

So, then, why is this time change hurting me (and hubs) so much!?

~ Could it be that, even though Hubs does not have a 9-5er and gets home later, this week is a tight deadline (otherwise known as ‘crunch’) for him and he’s getting home much later!? Even though Bean is still being put to bed at the same time.

~ Could it be that little Bean turned TWO (!) right around Halloween!? And by turning two, a little switch was flipped that upped his development by what seems like 100 fold! He is talking so much now, so active in movement, and thinking so abstractly! It’s completely wonderful! His brain is likely trying to process all this development every night!

~ Could it be that this time last year we were in a totally different climate and geography!? California, then; Oregon, now…the sun is in a different place in the sky, it becomes dusk earlier and faster, and it’s cooler here! (read : cold…which equals hunkering down in a cozy blankey with tea and dreaming of sleep. Ha!)

~ Could it be, as I was reminded by a friend in my mama’s group…that my toddler is still pushing through two of those four hard-core molars!? eek!

~ Could it be that, regardless, Fall Back does seem a little more difficult than Spring Forward?

Bean Sleeping
~ -OR- could it just be that, ummm…ahem, this mama is spending a wee later night trying to catch up on Season 2 of “Orange is the New Black“!?

HA! Have I pinpointed the issue -or- just let out my secret!
Surely, it’s a combo of many things…there are so many variables to add to this year’s Daylight Savings Fall time change! I’m simply so surprised at how it affected us this go around! But, alas, we’ll forge ahead!

So…mamas…how does Daylight Savings affect your family? Do you do anything in preparation of the time change? And…what’s your favorite TV Show Guilty Pleasure!? 🙂

(on a side note : since Halloween, Bean’s favorite word has been “boo!” and he’s been using it in so many smart and funny ways! 🙂 )

Cup of T, U, V! Citrus Lane August’14 Review

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We received Bean’s August Citrus Lane box and it got a little wordy… so we just added water! Wanna Try it out! Get 50% off your First Box here! Thank you for joining me here, on my Mama Bendia blog, where I’ll provide product reviews, talk mama-ness, things to do in Central Oregon, baby-friendly restaurants, and general musings! Upon signing up for Citrus Lane, we provided age and gender of our little guy and receive a wonderful box of age-appropriate goodies every month! Here’s a look inside Citrus Lane’s August 2014 box for a 22mth-ish old boy : ~ Alphabet Flash Cards by Petit Collage : Bean is savoring the ABCs… which I sing and sign in ASL (Thanks Touch Blue Sky Baby Sign Language Classes!)! He knows quite a few letters and enjoys ‘practicing’ the signs with me. So, I was thrilled to see these Alphabet cards in his box this month! These will make a super cute addition to our ABC repertoire! There are a number of Alphabet themes to choose from, and we happened to get Animals! Yay! We love animals in our house! We’ve received other items from Petit Collage… just as cute! August 2014 Citrus Lane (6) ~Tea for Two by Green Toys : While the Tea for Two set was created exclusively for Citrus Lane subscribers, Green Toys has a hit on their hands no matter the size of toy! We have lots of Green Toys in our home, including the full size Tea Set. What I liked was that this little set came in a mesh baggie with a little tea kettle, two tea cups, and two saucers… adorbs! And a perfect addition to the Tea Set with Spoons, Creamer, and Sugar Bowl that we already have. Bean was very happy to open this box while lunching in one of our favorite restaurants… he took a spot of … Water, in his! 😉 August 2014 Citrus Lane (5) ~ Reusable Cool It Buddy from Me4Kidz : Me4Kidz is a great little company that makes adorable first aid items for kiddos. We received their MediBuddy first aid kit in a previous Citrus Lane box! I love using little cooled packs on Bean’s ouchies and Bean loves them too. So, this was a great addition to our freezer! August 2014 Citrus Lane (2) ~ Language Video Digital Download from Little Pim : My mom is obsessed with Little Pim for the kiddos… she got us all a Spanish set last Holiday Season. I wasn’t so stoked and Bean was on to other things. I do want him to learn as much as possible and another language is a great idea… but I’m so into ASL (as mentioned above, hooked on it via Touch Blue Sky) and Bean enjoys the Signing Time with Alex and Leah videos so much, that I haven’t pushed another spoken language on him. Though I do like the Little Pim offers downloads AND they have Mandarin Chinese! August 2014 Citrus Lane (7) We, also, received a code to try out Care.com! If I had purchased all these items individually… I’d have easily spent about $35, not including shipping & tax. We, also, received great coupon codes for almost every company/item represented in the box! We opt for a yearly membership, so we pay just about $16/mth… but you can go a month at time for just $29 AND Get a whopping 50% off your very one 1st box here! It’s so fun watching our little guy open the Citrus Lane box every month! August 2014 Citrus Lane (1)

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Little Dude is growing… and CL knows it! Citrus Lane July’14 Review

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Our little guy is really embracing his toddlerhood and is very much into every learning opportunity on the planet!
We received Bean’s July Citrus Lane box and it was full of super fun things to help him do just that!

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Sooo… upon signing up for Citrus Lane, we provided age and gender of our little and now receive a wonderful box of age-appropriate goodies every month!

Here’s a look inside Citrus Lane’s July 2014 box for a 21mth-ish old boy :

~ My First Camera by Plan Toys :
Ummm… LOVE this!!
I think I loved it more than Bean, to begin with!
July was a ‘pick your item’ month… and the Plan Toys items was what I got to choose from; there was a Phone or a Camera… since we have a couple ‘toy phones’ already, I opted for the camera.
And. Was. Not. Disappointed!
Not only are Plan Toys made super well… sustainable and safe for baby… but their toys are adorable!
This camera has a actual button, a little wrist loop, and a rotating lens cover… and a kaleidoscope lens!!! Bean didn’t ‘get it’ when I first gave it to him and showed him how to look through the lens… it took about 4wks and then he walked around with it all day, while he looked through the lens, and told me everything he saw ; “Mama”, “Doggie”, “Balloon”, etc! Ummm… Adorable!
Thanks Plan Toys!

July Box CameraJuly Box Camera lens

~Aqueduck Faucet Extender :
Hmmm… sometimes I get things from Citrus Lane and I think we’ll never use them. Such was the case with this faucet extender by Peachy. However, I added it to our most used bathroom sink, just in case. Bean hadn’t really started washing his own hands yet, but he was getting close and has a bathroom stool by Bjorn to help him out.
THEN, we had a playdate and I noticed the kids that were just about 4-6mths older than Bean were having great success with the stool and faucet extender.
After that playdate, and a quick try at ‘the 3 day potty training’, I had Bean start washing his own hands more frequently. He’s now a pro, steps right up on the stool and puts his hands directly under the water… which easily reaches him due to this fascinating invention! 🙂
He’s still working on the potty training… but he’s not even two years old… so I’m happy with the fact that he wants to flush and interact with the toilet at all!

July Box Aqua

~ Silicone Placemat by Oogaa :
Soft and flexable placement… I had been on the look for a placement that we could take out to eat with us and Bean could color on with dry erase markers, then this was in our CL box! Timing!?! 🙂
We used it right away with some dry erase markers I bought, that were sold just for this purpose, unfortunately those markers do not wash out of clothing… so I’ve put this up for a bit while I figure things out.
This was our second Oogaa product from Citrus Lane… we received a silicone bowl a few months ago… so far, they have good stuff.

July Box Placemate cloringJuly Box Placemat

~ Mighty 4 Pouch by Plum Organics :
We’ve had some good luck with Plum Organics in our CL boxes in the past and I like that Citrus Lane is keeping up with Bean’s growing needs and offers food products geared to toddlers… It’s a nice way to try out something before we invest in a full package.

July Box Mighty

~ Pur~Protect SPF 30 by Pur~Lisse :
Yay! A little something for mama, baby, and daddy…!
We’ve received a Pur~Lisse product before… a lip protect! It was a nice addition to my daily lip needs… so I was excited to see this trial size of sunscreen, perfect size to keep in our JJCole travel diaper bag!

July Box Sunscreen

If I had purchased all these items individually… I’d have easily spent over $40, not including shipping & tax.
We, also, received great coupon codes for almost every company/item represented in the box!

We opt for a yearly membership, so we pay just about $16/mth… but you can go a month at time for just $29 AND Get a whopping 50% off your very one 1st box here!

It’s so fun watching our little guy open the Citrus Lane box every month!

July Box BeanJuly BOx


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Nurturing the little dude! Citrus Lane June’14 Review

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Wow! It’s been awhile! We finally moved into our new home and getting ready for our housewarming party… reviews and other posts were put on the back burner!
But… we did continue to get amazing boxes every month and you’re sneak peeks are forthcoming!

We received Bean’s June Citrus Lane box and it was full of great nurturing items… for eating and for experiencing!

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Thank you for joining me here, at my new Mama Bendia blog, where I’ll provide product reviews, talk mama-ness, things to do in Central Oregon, baby-friendly restaurants, and general musings!

Upon signing up for Citrus Lane, we provided age and gender of our little and now receive a wonderful box of age-appropriate goodies every month!

Here’s a look inside Citrus Lane’s June 2014 box for an 20mth-ish old boy :

~ A Disney Themed Bumkins Wet Bag :
This was a ‘pick your item’ month… so I got to pick the print of the wet bag coming to us. I picked Mickey Mouse, my little guy was lookin’ Mickey Apps at the time!
So, this item was not a surprise for me… though I loved receiving it! We have another Bumkins wet bag and it’s amazing when we go swimming… now that swimming includes mama, daddy, and a toddler (vs. mama -or- daddy and a baby in a baby swim class) we need ever more space to put our wet items.
Ta Da! Bumkins Wet bag to the rescue!

Mickey Wet Bag, CL June 2014
~ Forest Friends Puzzle in a Pouch :
Cute large puzzle (14″ x 11″) with little animals friends; a deer, owls, fox, rabbit, raccoon, fawn! All in a pouch that contains all the pieces!

forest friends puzzle, CL June

~ Skip Hop Zoo Straw Bottle :
We are loving straw bottles in our home these days… so it was great fun to get one that had a super cute shark on it!
We love Skip Hop toys, in general, so this was a nice little surprise.

SKip Hop Shark Bottle, CL June 2014

~ Mighty 4 Nutrition Bar by Plum Organics :
Immediately  upon seeing this, Bean wanted me to open it… then immediately upon taking a bit he said, ‘Yummmm’… So I guess this was a hit!
And we got a coupon, for more, to boot!

Mighty 4, CL June 2014

If I had purchased all these items individually… I’d have spent about $30, not including shipping & tax.
We, also, received great coupon codes for almost every company/item represented in the box!

We opt for a yearly membership, so we pay just about $16/mth… but you can go a month at time for just $29 AND Get a whopping 50% off your very one 1st box here!

It’s so fun watching our little guy open the Citrus Lane box every month!

bean citrus lane June 2014

 


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Goats and Coyots… and Soap! Local Soapmaker and Farm Tour!

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Recently, I set up a Kids and Mama tour at Bend Soap Company‘s farm and workshop in Tumalo. Just minutes away from Bend, Ore. though, certainly, out of town and decidedly more ‘farm country’!

I came across Bend Soap Company at WinterFest in early-2014. As we chatted with the friendly owners, we learned that they offered tours of their farm and soapmaking workshop! YAY! I just knew this would be a perfect event for my local mama’s group, Moms Meetup of Central Oregon and it did, indeed, turn out to be fun!

At the end of May, 9 mamas, 1 grandma, and about 11 kiddos embarked on the goat farm of Bend Soap Company.

Perfect timing to see a few goat kids!
We were welcomed by a super friendly staff and excited sons of the owners. The Johnson family boasts 6 boys and 1 baby girl!
We got to see the workshop of a larger scale lotion and soapmaking endeavor. (larger, anyway, than my home kitchen, where I’ve experimented with a variety of whole body concoctions!)
We were then taken out to see the goats… the Johnson boys were, seriously, so adorable in the way they ran about picking up baby goats and bringing them over to the fence so that our kiddos could interact and pet these cute little babies!

Goats Petting

My own toddler son was more interested in playing with water hoses than the goats… but, eventually, he noticed the goats and wouldn’t stop talking to them! Then he started pretending to eat the hay with them!

Goats Water HoseGoats Talking and LaughingGoats eating hay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tour was great… but let’s not forget about the products!
The soap was born out of the need to help one of the boy’s with this eczema… it worked wonders, so they started selling it!
Bend Soap Company’s soap is silky smooth and they have some great ‘flavors’… Lavender, Almond Biscotti, Gardenia, Licorice, Island Coconut (new!), and more!
They have, also, added lotion to their product line… this too is silky, thick, and nourishing! With all the great ‘flavors’ as the soap… by far, Island Coconut being my favorite at the moment.
There are lots of other products to consider, including bulk soap scrap and tee shirts.

Goats soap

 

Oh, yeah, and what’s the deal with the Coyote, as named in the title of this post!?
Well… on our way home… as we passed Bend Distillery (with its great view of the mountains)… a beautiful coyote crossed the road in front of us! It was, actually, really cool to see his Wylie self as he cautiously crossed the road and checked everything out. He was not straggly, but rather fairly healthy looking (translation : he’s been eating!).
I took this coyote sighting as a reminder that the life of a farmer is filled with rewards and hardship and that farmers are such an important part of the landscape of all of our daily lives!

It was a great event and one that I plan to repeat soon!
If you are in the Bend area and have kiddos, get in touch with Bend Soap Company, they might have space or time for a tour Mon-Fri from about 10am-4pm.

Enjoy your Summer and Enjoy Central Oregon!

Goats BABIES

Mmmm for cookie and other great items! Citrus Lane May’14 Review

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We received Bean’s May Citrus Lane box! We’ve been at this a year now and have no plans on stopping! 🙂

Summer’s around the corner! Get 50% off your First Box here!

Citrus Lane is a Bay Area company, though we now live in Bend, Ore, we think Citrus Lane is a hit! 🙂
Thank you for joining me here, at my new Mama Bendia blog, where I’ll provide product reviews, talk mama-ness, things to do in Central Oregon, baby-friendly restaurants, and general musings!

Upon signing up for Citrus Lane, we provided age and gender of our little and receive a wonderful box of age-appropriate goodies every month!

Here’s a look inside Citrus Lane’s May 2014 box for an 19mth-ish old boy :

~  Wooden Chunky Puzzle from Melissa & Doug :
This was the first month Citrus Lane tried out the ‘Customize’ feature… so I was able to see one of the bigger items that was going to be in our box and customize it for Bean! This was a cool idea!
Turned out this month I got to decide which Chunky Puzzle to receive… this was great, because we already have a number of these awesome puzzles and there were two on the list that we have at home!
We received the Farm Animals puzzle and it’s adorable! Bean loves playing with these chunky puzzles, because not only does he get a puzzle to aid hand-eye coordination and memory/thought processes… but he, also, gets a few ‘toys’ to play with, making animal sounds and learning about animals. Very cool!
Now, if I could just find a good way to store these great puzzles… that would be wonderful… the Deluxe Wire Rack was not helpful at all!

Citrus Lane May 2014 Animal Puzzle

~ Parthenon Sand Mold and Track Roller by Hape Toys :
This, by far, is the most unique and interesting toy we’ve received!
We like Hape Toys, so it was nice to get one (or two) this month… What we have is, literally, a sand mold of the Parthenon!! Soooo interesting and pretty dang cool!
As well, we received a Track Roller in a matching green color… The track roller, basically, looks like a big tire track when you roll it through sand, dirt, homemade playdough… ya know! 😉
Soooo… these are some pretty fun toys for summertime, parks, backyard and such!

Citrus Lane May 2014 Sand Toys

~ Hero Bento Box from Goodbyn :
This is cool! Because… not only is it an awesome way for Bean to tote his lunches when he’s older… we got a head start on this product, In. Our. Citrus. Lane. Before it even hit retail shops! Awesome!
OK, so actually, I think I might be using this little doodad before Bean even needs to start using it. It’s great to hold salad and a little dressing and other salad accompaniments… and, of course, it’s also great to hold a PB&J sandwich, apple slices, veg chips, cucumber slices, strawberries, and other kiddie foods!
I love that it’s called Hero! 🙂 Of course, it is BPA and Phthalate free. Hero Bento Style Box… rad!
AND the Goodbyn’s can be customized with Dishwasher safe stickers!?!? Cool!

Citrus Lane May 2014 Goodbyn

~ Fresh Feet Wipes for Kids by Jasmine Seven :
At first I thought this was not something I needed (or wanted)… but as we played with our new Citrus Lane box and went in and out of home… I decided to ‘clean’ Bean’s feet, though they kinda’ looked OK, however when I ran these over the bottoms of his feet, indeed, they picked up dirt. Most importantly, the grapefruit scent is delicious!!
With a new home on the way… these might be a staple at all entry doors to clean Bean’s feet… and doggies’ too!

Citrus Lane May 2014 Feet Wipes

~ A yummy little snack from Back to Nature, courtesy of Vine.com :
We received a little bag of Mini Chocolate Chunk cookies… and, yes, mama and baby were very happy! 🙂
I, also, received a really spectacular coupon for my first order at Vine, plus an additional discount on Back to Nature products through Vine.com!

Citrus Lane May 2014 Vine Flyer

If I had purchased all these items individually… I’d have spent about $37, not including shipping & tax.
We, also, received great coupon codes for almost every company/item represented in the box!
We are very happy with this box!

We opt for a yearly membership, so we pay just about $16/mth… but you can go a month at time for just $29 AND Get a whopping 50% off your very own 1st box here!

It’s so fun watching my guys (hubs and boy) open the Citrus Lane box every month!
Look forward to June… Summer Fun!! 🙂

Citrus Lane May 2014 w. Bean
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Dishwasher Lobster!? Great for Dad’s Day!

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What’s a mom to do when Whole Foods is having Lobster Tail as their super awesome Friday One Day Sale!?

Stock up and wait for Dad’s Day! Which is just what I did!
Then I made a little Lobster Tail during a dishwasher cycle and hubs was pleased as punch! 🙂

Yesssss… you read that right! I cooked Lobster Tail in the Dishwasher!!! 🙂
Yep, I saw this idea awhile ago on the Sporkful blog… and I thought it sounded just as bonkers as you probably do right now!

Well… Dano was stoked when I told him what was on the menu… so with a dishwasher full of dirty dishes I prepared a jar of lobster tails, butter, lemon, and pepper for poaching during a wash cycle and a heated dry (which we never use in our house… unless we are poaching lobster, of course!)

Results!? Serious deliciousness! Eaten with Artichokes… lovely!

Try it yourself and Enjoy the results! Yum! 🙂

Here are a few pics of this greatness :

All right, let's give this a go! :)

All right, let’s give this a go! 🙂

Dishwasher Lobster 2

Ready!?!?

Ready!?!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before!

Before!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After!

After!

 

Dish it up!

Dish it up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner! :)

Dinner! 🙂