Archive | June, 2013

It’s Summer, Summer, Summer Time! CitrusLane June’13 Review

20 Jun

Yep! Summer time is upon us! Summer Solstice is around the corner (!) and we got our Fun in the Sun Citrus Lane June box!
Citrus Lane is a local company that delivers monthly, age-appropriate goodie boxes to baby families!

Though I was hoping for some sort of Daddy Related box/items, the goodies we did receive were pretty dang cute!

I even got the option, beforehand, to add a few, separately purchased items to our box… since a box was being shipped out to us anyway, I decided to add Playful Wash, Baby Time by Episencial. Even though I’m currently using Earth Mama, Baby Angel, I wanted to try this new product and it can be a ‘toss in the bag’ and go for our Swim Lessons or visits to the beach.

Here’s a look inside Citrus Lane’s June 2013 box :

~ An Odd Ducks Bath toy by Boon :
Another Win!
Baby loves this… it’s brightly colored and squished down (after all, it is called Squish in the Orange color!)… so he reaches out for it every time he sees it and it’s ‘small’ enough for him to hold onto for a long time! 🙂
Per the Boon website : “Does not retain water, thus preventing interior mold growth.”
BOOM! Another win… because, yuck! I had never thought of that before… and babies LOVE to put all toys in their mouths!

~ Sunny Sunscreen by Episencial :
Awesome! Perfect, safe sunscreen, addition to our diaper bag!
1.5oz Travel Size, CL exlcusive

~ happybaby ‘grains’ organic Brown Rice Pudding :
Wonderful! A sweet, little treat with good for baby grains to have him try out!

~ iPlay Sun Hat
We put this on him immediately and he just kept wearing it and going about his business (aka : play).  So, it seems, we have a winner with this hat… baby does not even notice it and it will keep in ‘safe’ during fun in the sun time!
Per iPlay website :
“Special UV-protective fabric and wide brim offer excellent sun protection. Ties under chin. Microfiber with wickaway lining.”

If I were to have purchased all these items on my own I’d have spent over $30 (not including the added baby wash), not including shipping & tax.
But it’s delivered, shipping included, for much less and I got introduced to some new products!

Wondering what July’s Box will include!?!  Something celebratory for Independence Day!?! 🙂

Receive $10 off your first order here!

Kai Citrus Lane June 2013


Singer Hill Cafe, Oregon City! PDX to SFO Road Trippin’

17 Jun

Oregon City is outside Portland, Or… we had a bit of creative business to attend to there and I was excited to check out this ‘new’ place that I’d never ventured before… after all, I’d lived in Portland long enough, that I should have made my way over there!
It has one cute little downtown!
As it turns out it is the official location of the End of the Oregon Trail!
As well as have a big role in being the ‘beginning of Oregon’!

Not to be outdone by Portland, “The City of Bridges”…
Oregon City itself, also, boasts some pretty great looking bridges!

So… while waiting for my husband to finish his business meeting (Oregon City is becoming quite the little creative hub) and then for us both to meet-up with my sister…

I happened upon this great cafe up the hill and the big ole’ fancy elevator from downtown… On the corner of 7th & John Adams.
Singer Hill Cafe

Nice Staff,
Nice Atmosphere, with a ‘growing’ plant wall!
Nice Hot Cocoa,
And yummy cookies.
Great little back-room with an art gallery and framery attached!

If you find yourself around town… and you have a keen eye… you may even notice some filming locations from the TV Show “Grimm”. 😉

(hint : bridges, water, Halloween, Lady in White… and a few other locales)

So… pick up a hot cocoa and have a stroll!

The Cervix Whisperer : “Taste the Rainbow”!

15 Jun

When I shared with hubby that I had found the perfect Childbirth Educator for us and told him her website address… being the amateur comedian that he is, he promptly asked, “Is she going to whisper ‘Taste the Rainbow’ to your cervix!?” HA!

Turns out Patty, The Cervix Whisperer, is sooooo freaking great and funny, that she may actually do just that if you asked her nicely… though she will certainly throw back her head, flip her long signature hair, and laugh an infectious laugh!!

I was referred to Patty by our Birth Doula, Melissa from Stork & Sprout, and when I spoke to her on the phone, I realized she had the perfect mix of experience and hippy that I was looking for! (After all, at the time, she lived in Santa Cruz!)
She has more that 25yrs birth/baby experience and adds her special blend of holistic birthing tools…
aromatherapy, ‘mood’ lighting, yoga balling, even a hair comb!?!?!?

Patty has also, on occasion, offered doula services… though typically she keeps herself busy with Childbirth Classes at Sequoia Hospital and Pre/Post Natal Fitness classes at The Reading Bug! She even takes time to reach out to her new mamas a number of times during postpartum!

If you are looking for a top-notch, approachable, and fun Childbirth Educator… then look no further than The Cervix Whisperer… you will certainly be in good hands!

Yes, this post was short and sweet…
Just like all future mama’s hope their labor will be!

Kai Hospital Photog 10.22.12