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The Little Book Club is the brain child of Doug and Sara Ludlow. In order to help extremely busy parents with cultivating the interest of reading and enriching their children's lives, the Ludlows founded the Little Book Club. 

The Little Book Club curates interesting and popular books based on the child's age and in keeping with a theme for the month. It saves parents the time spent in looking for new books, new lessons and fun ways to teach it. 

I found a deal on Plum District for The Little Book Club and grabbed it. This monthly service costs a slightly steep $24.95 for a set of three books. The books are amazing, the packaging and presentation is awesome. I snagged this deal for $13 for the first month. 

And this is what we got. 

This large book mail was addressed to lil O. I tried to show her and tell her that this was for her. She seemed interested enough for a 2 year old. There was a little envelope with her name printed and that was adorable. 
The theme for the month of March was 'Days of the Week'. This was perfect because I hadn't gotten to teaching lil O days of the week or months yet. 

Let me tell you right away - now she knows some days of the week but not in order yet. 
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Information Card
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The books
We did not own any of the books here. I usually look at the Best Seller Lists for Tots and on Amazon's Popular Lists for lil O's reading collection. But I never got around to picking up books with a theme in mind. That's where the Little Book Club comes in perfectly. I love that they do the research and curates age appropriate books around a lesson. And I can tell you that it actually works. 

Lil O's favorite book amongst these, was Cookie's Week
This book is priced at $5.99 and is the cheapest book in this set. This book traces a cat - Cookie's terrible messes on each day of the week. Lil O and I read this book so easily because so many of things that Cookie does, lil O did. And we laughed while reading this book. And this is the book where lil O got some of the days of the week. 
At the most expensive price point in this set, Tuesday at $17 was our least favorite. This book has a bunch of beautifully put together and highly creative pictures of flying frogs. It's nice but I had such a hard time explaining it to lil O. 
I really liked this book and I am going to hold it until lil O is old enough to comprehend the imagination this book calls for. 
At the end of this book, I asked her if she liked it. 

She said, 'Ribbit'. 

Since I laughed so hard, now every time she wants to get away with something, she says, 'Ribbit'. 
The last book in this set is Today is Monday. This is supposed to be a song, is it? I am not sure. It has a bunch of fun pictures. This book is priced at $6.99. 
So these book total at $30, which is more than the $24.95 that they charge on a monthly basis. It is not much of a value deal in my opinion. But - BUT, how much time would you have taken to define a theme, find good books around that theme and then ship them to your door step? That's a huge effort. I should know. Then the feel-good factors of the printed envelope and information card - all of that totals up, you know?

Given that, $24.95 is awesome.  

The Little Book Club has good Customer Service as well. The delivery was a little slow and I was not pleased. When I contacted them, the founder (or someone in his stead) Doug responded almost immediately with an explanation and apology. And they also offered us a free month. That is awesome and I look forward to The Little Book Club deliveries. 

And Lil O looks forward more to jumping and popping the bubbles on the big bubble wrap that the books come neatly wrapped in. 
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You know those ads that keep popping up every once in a while that says 'Buy four Disney books for just $4.99, free shipping and get free calendar/bag/activity book and add two more for just $.99'? 
It always rings as phishing to me until I saw it on Plum District. And as usual I bit. 

I am glad I did - I came away with an amazing mouth full. I bought two sets - one the Disney and Dr. Seuss set. 

Early Moments is a kids' Book Club. On a monthly basis (after the purchase of your first discounted set), they will send you a selection of three books for about $19 (includes shipping and handling). You can skip a month, cancel your membership or schedule lag times for delivery. This is awesome because lil O is not at a reading level that matches the Disney or Dr. Seuss books yet. I can see myself get on this club eventually. But for now I have identified book clubs/stores that I like. Look at the book sets I got. 

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A tidy little package!
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Dr Suess
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Dr Seuss Books
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Activity Book, Stickers and Calendar
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Awesome Activity Book
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Activity Book (for 4-5 yr old age)
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Activity Book (Saving it for lil O)
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Fav Book in this set
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Lil O can read from memory! It's that simple
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The Disney set
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Disney Calendar
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Dr. Seuss Calendar
I really like the books that Early Moments have. Apparently these books are created just for the club; you would get the same stories everywhere but this format and size of the book is exclusive to Early Moments. Obvious from the pictures should be that we love the Dr. Seuss books more. 

We love the books but we are paused until lil O can read or can sit still long enough for me to read to her. Happy Reading!
 
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Sometime last month, Citrus Lane sponsored a giveaway - 4 Counting books from Chronicle BooksChronicle Books specializes in award-winning, innovative books for adults and children. 
Citrus Lane is a monthly subscription care package put together by a mother, designed to introduce new parents to different products and new brands curated specifically with your child's age in mind. When subscribed to on a monthly basis, they cost $25 per month. 
I haven't subscribed to them yet. 


But I do follow them on Facebook because I like their blog. And it was then that I entered and won their Chronicle Books giveaway. 

And gifting me books is like giving candy to a child who's every tooth is a sweet tooth. 

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This books counts dinosaurs.
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This books counts 1 - 20 in candies!
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This books counts 10 funny animals with a pop out number.
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This book features Emma and Aiden demanding tons of Jelly Beans.
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'How many Jelly Beans?' has a page that opens up to show one million Jelly Beans!
These are really fun books to go over numbers for toddlers. Check out Chronicle Books
 
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I love Zulily - yes, love. I find so many things here. Mostly clothes for the girls and sometimes for me. I find children's books at great prices and recently the EasyPlayHouse. 
I also find some shoes too. What more can a girl ask. 

I love Zulily because:
  • Good Prices: Their prices are real sweet. Not the lowest sometimes but great value for that period of time. 
  • Great Referral Program: They would give you $20 referral fee (used to be $15) when they ship something to a person you referred. 
  • Variety of Brands: You will find a whole lot of things under one roof. I love that. Though I do notice that their home decor and kitchen stuff are expensive. 
  • The BEST Customer Service: I cannot rave enough about their customer service. Let me tell you how they WOWed me. 

I bought a dress and ended up putting it in the cart twice (yes, my enthusiasm gets the best of me). I went on ahead and ordered everything in my cart without noticing. I called Zulily Customer Service for an unrelated question and a lady at CS pointed out the quantity on that item and when I told her that it was a mistake. She refunded the cost of one item and asked me to keep both anyways. I didn't even ask for a remediation. 

Another time I order O's birthday dress and when I got it, it was way too big and obviously not the advertised size. I called to ask if they had the same item in a smaller size and they refunded the cost of that dress and asked me to keep it. 

A sketcher's pair of shoes had some finer details a little off and they refunded that as well when I asked them to replace it.

They are awesome and I love that they take care of their customer even if I didn't ask for a refund or store credit for delayed shipments. 

Since Zulily's business model is to gather orders before placing them with their suppliers to keep the costs low, their shipping time is long. It takes, on average 15-18 business days for orders to be fulfilled. (Usually you pay for shipping as well). 

If they exceed the estimated shipping time (they give you time estimates for each item upfront), they will refund the shipping costs. 

If you go via Ebates (you get cash back via check) and use coupon codes, you will save much more with Zulily

These are some of the items I picked up at Zulily over the past few years. 

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Brand: Ava loves Olli
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Donita
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i'Coo
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Make Believe Ideas Book set
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Calvin Klein
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Easy Playhouse
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Joe Ella
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Rockabye
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C.I. Castro
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Young Hearts
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Kenneth Cole
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Little Willy's

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