Valentine’s Day with Angela and Isabel

Angela wrote a special guest blog just for Citrus Lane moms and dads! See what crafts she and Isabel made together for Valentines:

Hi Citrus Lane Moms & Dads out there…Valentines Day is fast approaching!

My 4 year old daughter Isabel and I painted our nails fun, pink colors this weekend and started to figure out what craft we’ll make.

I always love arts and crafts. If you walk around my home you’ll see little signs that a crafting session of some kind happened. From chalk walk drawings of flowers and rainbows on my driveway to little glittery pieces of snowflake construction paper hanging in the living room…it is a magical peaceful place to come home to after a long day at work.

My Mom and Dad are visiting from Texas this week and will be with us for Valentine’s Day. I asked Isabel what we should make for them. Her first answer? Heart shaped cookies! I bought some Crayola Air-Dry clay and we decided to use a heart cookie cutter and make little hearts. We paint them after they dry and give them as gifts to family and teachers. Playing with the clay is awesome. We always add a little water to make it easier to mold and, of course, to increase the messy fun factor! And because we are obsessed with stickers, I found some cute ones in a Valentine’s card craft kit at Target’s dollar bin section. Always a great place to find stuff for crafting. We will do those this Wednesday afternoon with my Mom.

I really can’t wait for the three of us to sit at my kitchen table and start these little projects together. I hope Isabel always remembers afternoons with Mamma at the kitchen table crafting and laughing. I can already feel how quickly my time with her seems to go. She’ll be in kindergarten soon and I can’t even believe this little baby that I held in my arms is going to be starting school.

Happy Valentine’s to you all! Are you crafting for Valentine’s Day? Send in your craft pictures to community@citruslane.com and I will share some of them on my next blog!

Xoxo Angela

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Cuteness in a box

…Citrus Lane’s celebrity ambassador, Angela Kinsey (best known for her role as Angela on NBC’s The Office), has put together a special “Mommy & Me” box that was inspired by her four-year-old daughter, Isabel. “Isabel is super girly,” says Kinsey. “She helped me with this quite a bit. She’s all about my lotions and my makeup.” Inside the box, you’ll find a tea set by Green Toys, an Ivy + Bean paper doll set from Chronicle Books, an all-natural, sparkly bath set by Sparkle Hearts and a sample of Plum Organics’ Fruit & Veggie Shredz. You’ll also get a penguin cookie cutter as thanks for supporting an endangered animal through Oceana, one of Kinsey’s favorite nonprofits (plus, 20% of the proceeds from sales of this box go to Oceana). This limited-edition box sells for $45.

“I love shopping online,” says Kinsey. “I bought two pairs of boots on set the other day.” The box she created also makes a perfect gift. “I’ve given it to a few friends. Especially my friends that are new moms,” she says. “You’re just overwhelmed. Along the way you get something nice in the mail at the end of the month and you discover new things.” And as for shopping for Isabel, “I just love Gap Kids,” she says. “There’s one right by me and I don’t have to go in the mall… I love Gap Kids for her. She has their hoodies and their pants. They fit her perfectly.”

Kinsey recently sold a show to Fox with one of her oldest friends, Rachael Harris (The Hangover). It’s a comedy “about two women starting over a little later in life and all the kind of honesty and raw and embarrassing things that come with that,” explains Kinsey. Hopefully it will get pcked up and we’ll see Kinsey in her own new series soon!

Angela creates holiday box for Oceana

Citrus Lane, a leading subscription box company created by moms to bring the best products for kids to parents everywhere, announces a special edition “Mommy and Me” holiday box curated by its celebrity brand ambassador, Angela Kinsey (NBC’s The Office). The box will benefit Kinsey’s long-standing charity of choice, Oceana, the world’s largest ocean advocacy organization.

“I am beyond excited that the Citrus Lane community has invited me to design my own box!” says Kinsey. “I am so drawn to Citrus Lane’s compassion for bringing parents together to help each other and teach us all about the best products and responsible companies behind them in the vast marketplace. Every month I learn a little more about how to give the best to my family.”

Kinsey’s box is on sale for $45 at www.citruslane.com. Her choices were inspired by her four year old daughter, Isabel, and the times they spend together playing make believe and cooking in the kitchen. Appropriate for preschoolers aged 4-6, the box will include a personal note from Kinsey to Citrus Lane parents, along with a selection of goodies including:

• Tea Set by Green Toys
• Ivy and Bean Paper Doll set by Chronicle Books
• Penguin Cookie Cutter from Oceana with Kinsey’s special recipe for sugar cookies
• Sparkle Hearts Hair and Body Gift Set
• Shreds snack by Plum Organics

“We are grateful to Angela for sharing her favorite products, recipes and inspirations to create this special edition box,” says Mauria Finley, CEO of Citrus Lane. “Angela’s Mommy and Me box is sure to delight girls and their parents, and help them create cozy family time in the middle of all of the holiday hustle and bustle.”

For each purchase, 20% of proceeds will go to Oceana (with a guaranteed $5,000 minimum donation) to support its work to protect the world’s oceans. Growing up in Indonesia, Kinsey had a special connection to the oceans at a young age and a deep love for the sea and its beauty. She partnered with Oceana to do what she can to preserve and restore the ocean so that her daughter can have the same appreciation for the Earth’s water and sea life.

“Oceana thanks both Angela and Citrus Lane for this great holiday gift idea,” says Oceana Vice President Matt Littlejohn. “Angela has been such a wonderful and impactful advocate for Oceana and the oceans – she’s swam in the water with sea turtles, lobbied Congress, hosted major fundraisers, done tons of social media and, as evidenced by this new effort, always looks for opportunities to help Oceana achieve its mission of winning campaigns that help to protect the world’s oceans. We are very lucky and grateful for her support.”

To purchase Angela Kinsey’s box or to join the Citrus Lane community of parents, visit www.citruslane.com, or Facebook at www.facebook.com/CitrusLaneKids.

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Angela’s Mommy and Me gift box

A special limited-edition gift box curated by Angela for Citrus Lane. Inspired by her 4-year-old daughter, Angela thoughtfully chose items around things she and Isabel love to do together–pretend play, storytelling and, baking!

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Tea Set by Green Toys Angela and Isabel love to play tea party with this adorable tea set from Green Toys. Outside of being super cute this is one of the greenest toys around—it’s made from recycled milk containers and manufactured right here in the US. Kids love playing with them; we love that we just toss them in the dishwasher for cleanup.

Ivy + Bean Paper Doll Set from Chronicle Books We’re crazy about the inseparable, unlikely pair of Ivy + Bean around here. And playing dolls is a favorite in Angela and Isabel’s house. The clothes and accessories are reusable stickers so you can mix and match many times. We use them to create our very own stories, like Ivy + Bean Clean Up Their Room!

Naturally Fab Gift Set by Sparkle Hearts This hair and body set by Sparkle Hearts is a must for Angela and Isabel because they love to be girlie. You actually sparkle at the end of your bath. Not to mention it smells amazing and they’re all made with all natural, cruelty free ingredients. Perfection!

Penguin Cookie Cutter We’re super excited about this one. When you sponsor an endangered animal through Oceana, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, you receive an adorable cookie cutter. Angela is a big supporter of Oceana and now we are too–20% of the proceeds from this box will go to Oceana! For details of our partnership with Oceana, visit http://bit.ly/cloceana

Fruit Shred’z Berrylicious by Plum Organics We love Plum Organics for everything they do and don’t put in their food. All organic and delicious ingredients are what makes these snacks so awesome. Plus kid’s can will love the fun factor—twist ‘em, tie ‘em, twirl ‘em! Angela packs them in Isabel’s lunch for something sweet.

You can purchase a Mommy and Me gift box here for $45 (retail $57).

Angela named celebrity ambassador for Citrus Lane

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Sep 10, 2012) – Citrus Lane, a leading subscription box company created by moms to bring the best products for kids to parents everywhere, is partnering with ‘The Office’ star and celebrity mom, Angela Kinsey, as the brand’s new ambassador.

Inspired by her own journey as a mother to four-year-old daughter Isabel, Kinsey will curate special edition boxes for Citrus Lane, starting with a limited-edition pre-schooler gift box for the holidays. Kinsey will also host events and experiences that reward parents within the Citrus Lane community, recruit new subscribers through her social media platform and lead grassroots promotional opportunities.

“As a working mom, I know how busy life can get when you’re trying to juggling everything,” says Kinsey. “The moms at Citrus Lane have done amazing research to find the best products. Getting a care package delivered to my door saves me time on errands and brings joy to my daughter’s life. Citrus Lane is a company I truly believe in and I am proud to join the team.”

“We are thrilled to have Angela represent our brand,” says Mauria Finley, CEO and founder of Citrus Lane. “Her down-to-earth approach — and her sense of humor about the ups and downs of parenting — fit perfectly with our mission to bring the best mom-tested products to parents and kids everywhere. Plus we are all huge fans of ‘The Office,’ so working with one of the stars is a real treat.”

Each month, Citrus Lane subscribers receive a themed box filled with cute, practical and entertaining products recommended by real parents. Tailored to a child’s age and gender, Citrus Lane designs each box based on market trends, insight from their team of moms and feedback from customers. Citrus Lane’s community gathers on their Facebook page to share parenting tips and ask other moms about the right products for their children.

In celebration of the new partnership’s launch, Kinsey introduced Citrus Lane to Hollywood moms this past weekend at a soiree at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood. Guests including Busy Philipps, Danny Pudi, Lindsay Sloane, Bethany Joy Lenz, Constance Zimmer, Layla Kayleigh and The Insider host Brooke Anderson showed up for a Mommy & Me Tea where celebrities met the moms behind Citrus Lane and enjoyed Crumbs cupcakes, while their little ones indulged in face painting, live quartet music by the ‘Fortet’ and balloon animals activities.

For more information or to join the Citrus Lane community of parents, visit CitrusLane.com or www.facebook.com/CitrusLaneKids.

About Citrus Lane:

Citrus Lane was created by moms to bring only the best products to kids and parents everywhere. Each month Citrus Lane curates and delivers a delightful box, full of mom-tested and mom-recommended products, right to subscribers’ doors. All the items are right for the child’s age and stage of development… and sometimes there’s even a treat for mom tucked in as well! Citrus Lane offers free shipping nationwide and is available as a monthly subscription, or as a 3, 6 or 12-month gift package.

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