i'm pretty sure most of us like receiving things in the mail. i think i prefer shopping online just for the thrill of finding a package on my doorstep. bluum is a monthly subscription service that sends you a box filled with fun products for both mama and baby or toddler right to your doorstep. bluum just recently launched the toddler box and holden and i were lucky enough to receive one.
i was actually surprised at the amount of products that were included in the box and we really enjoyed each and every one. the box retails at $24.95 and includes all full size products. here is a list of everything that was in my bluum box (all for just $24.95!!).
- little pim french: wake up smiling (disc 2) - 17.95
- oogaa baby mealtime spoon - 5.99
- wee can too veggie crayons - pack of 5 - 11.00 (my very favorite thing in the box! smelled like chocolate!)
- smile makers assorted reward stickers - 75 stickers, 5.99
- happy family happy tot - 4.22oz - 2.09
- happy family happy creamies - 1 oz. - 3.59
- boogie wipes gentle saline wipes for stuffy noses - 30 wipes, -3.79
- brain rules for babies book - 15.00
and if i am being completely honest, i would purchase every single item in that box. some of the items the saline wipes have been especially helpful during this cold season, the brain rules is one of my favorite child development books, and holden found a new favorite snack (we call them his treats). the bluum box makes for a fun monthly surprise for you and your little one or an absolutely amazing baby shower gift (i already have a few expectant mamas in mind). you can find out more about how it works and signing up here.
i interviewed the amazing and beautiful nicole gonzalez, who works as brand development for bluum and is mama to little lucas, on what it's like working for bluum.
How long have you worked for Bluum?
I have been with the bluum since it was just an idea. I consider bluum my "second baby"! Our one year anniversary was in October - this was such a rewarding celebration for our team.
What is your favorite part about working for Bluum?
I adore being part of such an amazing community. Having an outlet where I can discuss products and day to day mom life has proved to be an immense benefit for me as a first time mom.
What is your favorite product that has ever been included in a Bluum box? What is your little one's favorite product that has ever been included?
There are too many to choose from! I absolutely adore Pinxav diaper cream. I have been using it every night since Lucas was a newborn and I've yet to experience a full blown diaper rash. Lucas's little tush is thankful! Another amazing product is Burt's Bees Baby Shampoo & Wash. It's incredibly gentle and leaves his skin so smooth and silky. I'm also pretty much obsessed with the sweet, honey smell.
Has having a baby influenced how you view the Bluum boxes (i.e., do you have more of an opinion on what goes in them, do you think about your little one and what he would like)?
Absolutely. Every product is chosen with the greatest care. We are a team of moms, and we all test and use the products on our own children. We would never send out an item that we ourselves would not feel comfortable using. You can be sure that every box is mom approved!
What is the greatest challenge for juggling work and being a mama?
To be quite honest, it's challenging at times. Lucas is at the age where he understands when I leave the house. It's heartbreaking to wait for the elevator and still be able to hear him cry. But I LOVE what I do. It is so rewarding knowing that I am able to help moms during the most exciting/nerve wrecking time in their life. One tip I have for working moms is making sure you have real, quality family time. This means no email, no cell phone, no computer. It's hard to let go of all these distractions, but it makes all the difference. When I get home I spend every minute playing and snuggling with Lucas until bedtime.
bluum supplied me with a toddler box, but i was not financially compensated. these are all my own opinions.