Citrus Lane http://blog.citruslane.com fresh finds. parents picks. delivered monthly Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:18:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Spring Inspired Outdoor Play: Top Hearts & Stars http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/04/spring-inspired-outdoor-play-top-hearts-stars/ http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/04/spring-inspired-outdoor-play-top-hearts-stars/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:04:29 +0000 http://blog.citruslane.com/?p=8079 We kicked off a new season of product discovery with Spring Inspired Outdoor Play in the Best of What's Next. Thousands of parents added, recommended, and wanted products perfect for little ones to enjoy under the sun. See the top voted products below! heart  Top Recommended: 1. Radio Flyer Wooden Wagon -- 599 Hearts "The kids love riding this to the park they get a full view" -- Sandy Chiang 55       &nbsp ...more

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We kicked off a new season of product discovery with Spring Inspired Outdoor Play in the Best of What’s Next. Thousands of parents added, recommended, and wanted products perfect for little ones to enjoy under the sun. See the top voted products below!

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 Top Recommended:

1. Radio Flyer Wooden Wagon — 599 Hearts

“The kids love riding this to the park they get a full view” — Sandy Chiang

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2. Step2 Water Table — 408 Hearts

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE STEP2 WATER TABLE GIVEAWAY!

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3. Citrus Lane Subscription — 169 Hearts

“The best!” — Cecilia Perez.

CLICK HERE AND USE CODE SAVEHALF TO GET 50% OFF YOUR FIRST MONTH’S BOX!

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4. Sidewalk Chalk — 147 Hearts

“My daughter loves drawing with these on the driveway.” — Jeri Wachs

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5. Cozy Coupe — 139 Hearts

“Great for hours of indoor or outdoor play!” – Rachael Curotto

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Top Wanted: 

1. Play Set — 225 Stars

“All my kids would love this as there is something for everyone of them.” – Melissa Holland

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2. Bouncy House — 104 Stars

“I love it because it has both things my kids love all in one! this would make my lil ones extremely happy!” – Tiffany Becker Samarco

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3. My First Trampoline — 117 Stars

“It’s fun for my little one and it’s safe.” – Whitney Fraissinet

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4. Step2 Water Table — 115 Stars

“Fun for babies and toddlers! Creative, hands on and inspires their little imaginations.” — Erin Fike

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5. Outside Playhouse — 104 Stars

“its super cute and roomy for more than one child to play in.” — Jenine Kinsey

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Laugh Out Loud Baby GIFs http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/03/laugh-loud-baby-gifs/ http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/03/laugh-loud-baby-gifs/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:33:46 +0000 http://blog.citruslane.com/?p=7976 Babies -- they're hilarious. Here's a collection of our favorite baby GIFs that will surely give a good laugh! 1. Fool me once... 2. Too smart for his own good! 3. Mom when is the Citrus Lane box com.... 4. Babies are like little drunk adults. 5. Gettin' jiggy with it! ...more

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Babies — they’re hilarious. Here’s a collection of our favorite baby GIFs that will surely give a good laugh!

1. Fool me once…
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2. Too smart for his own good!
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3. Mom when is the Citrus Lane box com….
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4. Babies are like little drunk adults.
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5. Gettin’ jiggy with it!
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6. Spoon me, fur brother!
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7. We’ve all been there…
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Kids Say the Darndest Things http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/02/kids-say-darndest-things/ http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/02/kids-say-darndest-things/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:05:32 +0000 http://blog.citruslane.com/?p=7877 You can always depend on the little ones for hilariously honest, witty and touching statements. Here are some of the favorites shared by the Citrus Lane community!

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You can always depend on the little ones for hilariously honest, witty and touching statements. Here are some of the favorites shared by the Citrus Lane community!

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Did your little one say something so funny, shocking, or painfully honest that you’d like to share? Share with us in our Facebook discussion here!

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A Child’s Wonder is Beautiful http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/02/childs-wonder-beautiful/ http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/02/childs-wonder-beautiful/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:58:28 +0000 http://blog.citruslane.com/?p=7871 Little 15-month-old Kayden frolics in the rain for the first time. So cute! ...more

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Little 15-month-old Kayden frolics in the rain for the first time. So cute!

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Giveback Giveaway: Shady Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/02/giveback-giveaway-1/ http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/02/giveback-giveaway-1/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:24:32 +0000 http://blog.citruslane.com/?p=7828 UPDATE: Congratulations to Jen Singer, the winner of our first Giveback Giveaway! Thank you to everyone who entered! Don't worry, we'll be having another Giveback Giveaway soon (once we think of the next prize). You can help by commenting below with what you think the next prize should be! Introducing Giveback Giveaways! Givebacks are amazing prizes -- Citrus Lane's way of saying thanks to our community and subscribers.       |Special Offer: Join Citrus Lane Today and Save $10. Use Code VDAY10 We’re are kicking off Giveback Giveaways with a Bang, or perhaps we should say a Boing. Enter ...more

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Jen Singer, the winner of our first Giveback Giveaway! Thank you to everyone who entered! Don’t worry, we’ll be having another Giveback Giveaway soon (once we think of the next prize). You can help by commenting below with what you think the next prize should be!

Introducing Giveback Giveaways! Givebacks are amazing prizes — Citrus Lane’s way of saying thanks to our community and subscribers.

      |Special Offer: Join Citrus Lane Today and Save $10. Use Code VDAY10

We’re are kicking off Giveback Giveaways with a Bang, or perhaps we should say a Boing. Enter today to win…
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- $299.99 value
- A backyard inflatable with a shade canopy for bouncy fun! This inflatable bouncer features a slide and large bounce area covered by a protective canopy. Kids can play together and get great exercise in this timeless bounce house. Mesh sides help keep kids on the bouncing surface.

Enter below by Monday, 02/10 11:59 PST! Winner will be contacted by email.

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Ruby Ribbon Shopping Spree http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/01/ruby-ribbon-shopping-spree-2/ http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/01/ruby-ribbon-shopping-spree-2/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:16:17 +0000 http://blog.citruslane.com/?p=7822 Win a shopping spree to Ruby Ribbon's Shaping Essentials. Just LIKE them on Facebook!

After entering, click here to read our interview with Anna Zornosa (Founder & CEO of Ruby Ribbon).

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Win a shopping spree to Ruby Ribbon’s Shaping Essentials. Just LIKE them on Facebook!

After entering, click here to read our interview with Anna Zornosa (Founder & CEO of Ruby Ribbon).

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LIMELIGHT: Anna Zornosa, Founder & CEO of Ruby Ribbon http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/01/limelight-anna-zornosa-rubyribbon/ http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/01/limelight-anna-zornosa-rubyribbon/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:12:46 +0000 http://blog.citruslane.com/?p=7753

Anna Zornosa left her high-power corporate career to start Ruby Ribbon, a fashion company that prides itself on making stylish (and comfortable) shape wear, helping women to look and feel their best… and what mom doesn’t love a little lift from time to time? But that was only part of her vision–Anna set out to create a company that would empower women to start their own at-home businesses. On Sunday, our CEO Mauria, gave it a whirl–she invited a group of friends and fellow moms to her home to chat, drink and ...more

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Anna Zornosa left her high-power corporate career to start Ruby Ribbon, a fashion company that prides itself on making stylish (and comfortable) shape wear, helping women to look and feel their best… and what mom doesn’t love a little lift from time to time? But that was only part of her vision–Anna set out to create a company that would empower women to start their own at-home businesses. On Sunday, our CEO Mauria, gave it a whirl–she invited a group of friends and fellow moms to her home to chat, drink and learn more about Ruby Ribbon. She discovered that working has never been so much fun! Afterwards Mauria sat down with Anna to ask a few questions.

Q & A:

What inspired you to start Ruby Ribbon?

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I spent years in corporate environments – sometimes in industries dominated by men – and the idea of creating products that give women confidence and that are sold by women who are creating community, was something that didn’t just make business sense – it came from my heart. 

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Why did you decide on the ambassador model for Ruby Ribbon?

When we go into retail stores these days, we are lucky to find someone who has the time to help us. I believe the experience of buying a product is as critical as the product itself – especially when “Fit” is an important part of the equation. The first time a woman meets our product line, she usually does so in the company of a trained Ruby Ribbon Stylist who gives her some education, helps her try things on, and ensures she’s going to love our products and look great in them.

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Our product is really unique – and the channel we focus on is sales through “pop-up retail events” conducted by our stylists. Those Stylists also have their own Ruby Ribbon ecommerce sites so after a customer meets them once, they can re-order conveniently through the web. Our stylists know we are one hundred percent dedicated to their success – we aren’t going to compete with them. 

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What is your long-term goal for Ruby Ribbon?

WE want to be the biggest social commerce apparel brand EVER built. Ever!

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Being a career mom myself, I’m interested in how you find the balance?

First – I give myself a bit of a “mental break” in that I don’t expect balance to be an every day or every minute thing – that’s just setting the bar too high. I seek balance “over time”…the scales sometimes tip towards family, sometimes towards career and sometimes to me.

Secondly I learned that my own exercise is not negotiable. When I began to incorporate running and body conditioning back in my life – which, sadly, didn’t happen till my oldest was 8 – I turned the corner. 

What piece of advice have you received as a mom that you would pass along?

One piece of advice I would pass along is: “don’t forget your girlfriends.” My mother was a great believer in the power of friendships and counseled me, no matter what, to make time for my friends. I am so glad I took that advice. My friends have been there for everything that is important and I don’t know what I would have done without them.

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Wintertime Smooth and Soothe Set Giveaway http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/01/wintertime-smooth-soothe-set-giveaway/ http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/01/wintertime-smooth-soothe-set-giveaway/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:27:04 +0000 http://blog.citruslane.com/?p=7750 ...more

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10 Ways to Learn with LEGOs http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/01/10-ways-learn-legos/ http://blog.citruslane.com/2014/01/10-ways-learn-legos/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:02:59 +0000 http://blog.citruslane.com/?p=7508 Who doesn’t love LEGOs? The colorful plastic blocks have captured the fascination of kids for generations all while enhancing their learning and development. The best part about LEGOs? Everything is kept FUN! Here are a few ideas to get your little one started with the playful learning. 1. Use them as props to create stories and during pretend play. 2. Stick words onto them and teach sentence simple sentence structure. 3. LEGOs are perfect for picturing fractions ...more

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Who doesn’t love LEGOs? The colorful plastic blocks have captured the fascination of kids for generations all while enhancing their learning and development. The best part about LEGOs? Everything is kept FUN! Here are a few ideas to get your little one started with the playful learning.

1. Use them as props to create stories and during pretend play.
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2. Stick words onto them and teach sentence simple sentence structure.
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3. LEGOs are perfect for picturing fractions.
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4. Use them as subjects for matching animals…
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5. …or to match and teach colors!
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6. Create a maze and lead a ball to the end.
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7. Make habits like washing hands more fun.
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8. LEGO towers to teach patterns and sequences.
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9. Addition and subtraction.
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10. Estimate how many blocks are in a container.
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You can even build your own Citrus Lane bud!

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Citrus Lane’s 2013 Community Highlights http://blog.citruslane.com/2013/12/citrus-lanes-2013-community-highlights/ http://blog.citruslane.com/2013/12/citrus-lanes-2013-community-highlights/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 04:50:45 +0000 http://blog.citruslane.com/?p=7729

1. Citrus Lane moms and dads sharing their advice, tips, and expertise.

  Calling All Parents is a Citrus Lane staple where Citrus Lane members help one another. During 2013 we posted hundreds of your questions and got back over 15,000 helpful responses. Have a new challenge or question? Post it here.  

 2. Lil' Beethovens

Our February Boxes included musical toys from Hohner, and your kids played them like old pros.  From your video submissions Citrus Lane created this ...more

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1. Citrus Lane moms and dads sharing their advice, tips, and expertise.
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Calling All Parents is a Citrus Lane staple where Citrus Lane members help one another. During 2013 we posted hundreds of your questions and got back over 15,000 helpful responses. Have a new challenge or question? Post it here.

 

 2. Lil’ Beethovens

Our February Boxes included musical toys from Hohner, and your kids played them like old pros.  From your video submissions Citrus Lane created this eye and ear-catching diddy featuring the Lil Beethovens.

3. Valentines Day with Sunny & Tot

You all swooned over our office “Buds” Sunny & Tot for Valentines Day, and they went ahead and made special customized V-Day cards for their favorites!
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4. Baby Sleeping Positions

Kids don’t just sleep, they pose, and Citrus lane captured the magic.  From the classic Sleeping Bootie to new-wave yoga poses, our little members show just how comically awesome sleep can be when you drift off into lala land.
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5. More than a Box submissions

Once a year we ask our subscribers to turn our standard cardboard box into something special.  This years entries were better than ever and let us rest assured that the future creativity of mankind is in good hands with your children.
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6. Mother’s Day Quiz

We celebrated Mother’s Day with a fun quiz to help our moms uncover their motherly strengths! Were you a Fun, Carefree, Go-To, or Careful mom?
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7. Ultimate Baby Pool Party!!

Summertime got a bit more fun during the Ultimate Baby Pool Party.  Sure this scene never really happened, but seeing the Citrus Lane kids posing with the hats and sand play toys they received in our June boxes made us all smile.
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8. Epic Battle of Cute vs. BarkBox

Citrus Lane kids battled with BarkBox dogs in the first ever Ultimate Battle of Cute.  It is hard to say which side had the cuter team, but let’s just say Team Dogs are holding the trophy, for now….
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9. Bowstache: Lil’ Health Raisers Unite (for Breast Cancer Awareness and Men’s Health Awareness)

Even if they don’t understand quite yet, the health of mom and dad is paramount to kids.  Citrus Lane turned our mini members into Lil Health Raisers to support both Breast Cancer and Men’s Health Awareness in the most adorable way possible – the Bowstache.
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10. 100,000 Facebook Milestone

Our Facebook community reached an amazing milestone in May growing over 100,000 families! We are so thankful to all the wonderful moms and dads that have helped us grow into the thriving parenting community we are today. Of course, we celebrated with a massive Citrus Lane box giveaway!
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There is so much more fun in store for 2014 at Citrus Lane! Here’s a sneak peek at one of them…

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