kiwi crate

As the end of the preschool year approached this year, I knew that my boys would need hands-on activities to stay busy this summer. They are content with some paper, crayons, stickers, scissors and tape and creating at random for short times during each day. They call it “Doing a Project”. I am the type of mom that has bins of children’s craft supplies at home, but that lacks the creativity to come up with a project to make said supplies useful. Pinterest is great, but I often forget to tackle any of those ideas until it is too late to prep and gather supplies. In May, I decided to register The Oldest for Kiwi Crate, and while registering I could not resist the sibling add-on [same crate, same project, extra materials] for The Middlest.

The Oldest and The Middlest are very close together in age, however, far enough apart that I knew The Middlest would need help with his projects. Kiwi Crate gears the projects to the child’s age, and I selected the age of The Oldest. You could order two [or more] crates if you are more concerned than I am about age appropriate activities.

Each crate has a theme with enough materials for two separate crafts. Our first crate was a “Rainforest” theme and had supplies to make a game that launched frogs from a lily pad in to a pond and to make a rainstick. The rainsticks are holding up well and the boys love making noise with them.  The Middlest needed help with most of both of these activities. They have only played the frog game one time.

Our second crate was a “Camping” theme, which the boys have been acting much more interested in, so they were quite excited. This box had a surprise treat from Nature Box [not something that we subscribe to, yet, but is intriguing!].  The box had supplies to make “sunprint” backpacks and a model campfire. They LOVED the backpack activity, and it was an age appropriate activity for both boys. I appreciate that the end result is also useful and worth keeping around the house. The campfire was also age appropriate for both of them, though not quite as useful.


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Overall, I am impressed with Kiwi Crate. Mostly, because all of the supplies are pre-packaged and the instructions for the projects are incredibly clear and relatively easy for my children to follow. Truth be told, I was hoping that these would be projects I could hand off to The Oldest and keep him busy while I tended to other household needs. That is not the case, I need to be fairly hands on with them while we work on the projects. I am thankful for that, though. I have really enjoyed this time with them. The Oldest told me, mid-project, “You know, most mom’s don’t do crafts with their children. I love that you are doing crafts with me!You win, Kiwi Crate. [and to top it off, on Friday, The Oldest said “Mom, did we get another one of those Kiwi boxes dropped off yet?”]

Once they head back to school in the fall, I do not think that Kiwi Crate will be something that we continue, but rather that we pick back up on, again, next summer and likely keep on our wishlist. I would certainly recommend it to anyone, whether there was an incentive or not. Kiwi Crate did not sponsor this post, and we paid for our subscription on our own. However, if you click our referral link, you save $10 on your first box, and we receive a $10 credit. Win, win.

[in case you missed it… here’s our Citrus Lane review]


citrus lane

The Littlest of the Three Boys received a subscription to Citrus Lane for his birthday. I had been curious about Citrus Lane for quite some time and dismissed the curiosities simply because with two older brothers, we have everything we need for The Littlest. That said, when it came to birthday ideas, this came to mind. And, I am so glad that it did, because we have both thoroughly enjoyed the first two boxes that arrived at our doorstep. With a three-month subscription, each time a box arrives at the door, it feels like birthday celebrations all over again [and let’s be honest, I get much more excited about Three Boys’s birthdays than my own because allthecutethings].

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Included in our June box: little vehicle from Hape | adhesive bandages from Ouchies Jr. | Mighty 4 Bars from Plum Organics | Taro Gomi Book from Chronicle Books | Wet Bag from Bumkins | coupons for mom [one for the Plum Organics bars and one for Third Love]

 Love-love-love the little vehicle from Hape. The Littlest loves all the things with wheels, and this one I don’t need to worry about ending up in his mouth. Chew away, Kiddo. The paint is child safe and the wood is smooth like butter. This is a shop I will be frequenting for gift ideas. Well played, Hape. [use code HapeCitrus for 10% off and free shipping on $40+ orders]

The bandages, well it’s tough to get excited about bandaids. But, The Oldest and The Middlest go through them like they’re water, and I’ll just toss them right in to our summer go-bag.

I always enjoy stocking up on “to-go” snacks for the boys. In fact, we received our Mighty 4 Bars on a Thursday, and I promptly packed these for an overnight on Friday. I have been wanting to purchase these at the store, but hadn’t. They have fruits + veggies and they’re organic. All around win. I’m sure I’ll put the coupon to use. We have used Plum products in the past, and they do not disappoint. [including these in our summer go-bag]

The book is adorable, as are most board books. One of those items we definitely do not need, but is still fun to add to the collection. And, it has sight words. Perfect for The Oldest to “read” to The Littlest. [use code CITRUS2014 for 30% off + free ground shipping at]

The wet bag would have really come in handy back in my cloth diapering days. We’ll put it to good use bringing sandy clothes home from the beach or wet suits from the pool. Whinnie the Pooh would not have been my first [or any] choice in print… Nothing against Pooh, it’s just a little overrated. [use code CitrusLane14 for 35% off at]

Each time I open the Citrus Lane box, I have been so impressed at the products and their value. So much so, that I added three months to our subscription and subscribed my nephew for his birthday. If subscribing for a first-born, you can always pick the gender “neutral” option. [Citrus Lane knows nothing of my post, this is not sponsored by them, I am just really excited about it and wanted to share my thoughts with you all! Thanks for reading! Now, if you do feel compelled to try it out for a month or more, this is my referral link and The Littlest and I would be thrilled if you used it! You’ll get 50% off of your first month and I will receive a credit for future subscriptions].