Hello Fresh – Amazing

I have be dying to try Hello Fresh or really any service that will ship you all the ingredients you need to make delicious home cooked meals.

Does anyone else go to the grocery store and leave with way more then they went in for? I’m almost convinced that Hello Fresh could be cheaper then going to the grocery store. Almost. Or maybe I’m trying to convince myself because these meal delivery services are pretty expensive.

Hello Fresh is pretty versatile because you can choose from the Classic Plan, Veggie Plan, or Family Plan. The Classic and Veggie Plan are both $9.99/per meal and you can order them to serve either 2 or 4 adults. While the Family Place is $8.74/per meal and serves 2 adults and 2 children.

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 12.54.46 PM.jpg

Here’s another problem I have when making meals — I always cook enough to feed an army. Why have I made a buffet platter of lasagna for 4 or less people? Well because the box of lasagna has X amount of noodles and the container of Ricotta is X ounces. I’m not going to waste those ingredients. But we never need that much food.

Hello Fresh gives you portion sized food and only what you need to make the meals. Which seems scary – we’re so used to eating more then the portion size how could their meals possibly be enough? Well the first meal I made had enough for 6 people!

How does Hello Fresh work?

First you sign up on the Hello Fresh website, choose your delivery date, and choose your recipes. On the day of the week you selected, your meals will show up at your door in a heavily insulated cardboard box. The box below held three meals for 4 people and it weighed a ton!

IMG_0144

Each week you get all of the ingredients you need to make the meals (aside from a few staples they expect you to have at home – olive oil, salt, pepper, etc.) and huge recipe cards that walk you through all the steps. I should have taken a picture of the back of these cards but I was so excited to open everything that I forgot.

IMG_0146

The following pictures are from the unboxing:

The meat isn’t in any of the ingredient pictures because its under huge ice packs which are below the piece of cardboard in the bottom right picture.

This week I am making three meals from Hello Fresh which are:

  • Lemon Basil Shrimp with Orzo and Avocado Salad
  • Pork DIY Dumplings with Quick-Pickles Slaw and Soy Dumplings
  • Crushed Peppercorn Steak with Creamed Kale and Potato Wedges

Lemon Basil Shrimp with Orzo and Avocado Salad

Last night I made this dish because Hello Fresh lets you know which dish you should make first based on how well the ingredients will stay fresh.

First of all, I don’t eat seafood at all. So I don’t eat shrimp but I had a whole skewer of them yesterday because they smelled so good I couldn’t resist them. Then there is my Dad who only likes his own cooking. He couldn’t stop talking about how light, fresh, and delicious this meal was. My boyfriend’s only critique was that it could use more salt and pepper (he LOVES pepper and uses way too much)! I’ll be sure to use more for our next meals. Everyone loved this dish so much they filled their plate a second time.

Back to portion sizes – we had enough for 6 people to eat last night which is impressive at our house, we generally eat way more than a “standard” portion size. Look how many shrimp this made! A skewer and a half were used at this point – hey! we’re supposed to enjoy our food not just take pictures right?

IMG_0162

I’m so thrilled with Hello Fresh thus far that I decided to post my review before even completing this week of meals. Of course, I’ll come back and update this post. But, I wanted to share it with you all in time for you to try Hello Fresh next week.

With my referral code you can get $40 off of your first order. This was the best deal that I was able to find online. When I ordered my 4 person, 3 meal box  I wasn’t allowed to take advantage of the advertised $50 off on Hello Fresh’s for whatever reason.

Could you afford to buy meals from Hello Fresh every week? Probably not. But I would try it at least once. Especially if you’re only ordering for 2 people because you can try 3 meals for $20 after the referral discount.

Lola – Ultra Thin Liners

You may or may not have read my original post about Lola when I decided to try their tampons. (FYI – if the word tampon bothers you then this is not a post for you). In that post, I explained the amazing deal I got by combining a “two boxes for the price of one” offer with a friends referral code.

My second post about Lola came two months later where I discussed how I liked the tampons and decided to keep my subscription.

This review (a year after my first post) is about the new Ultra Thin Liners that Lola offers. Spoiler alert: I LOVE them!

Screen Shot 2017-06-14 at 11.52.39 AM.jpg

I’ve also written about the Target Cartwheel app and since then gotten a Target RedCard. I’m a Target fanatic which is why in the past I decide to try the Up&Up brand liners. You can almost always get 5% off of Target brand items using cartwheel and my RedCard lets me get 5% off of everthing.

Surprise! The Target brand liners were awful. They’re the kind that doesn’t stay put and ends up getting bunched or sticking to your skin.

Anyway – after straying from my go-to Carefree Body Shape liners that I use every single day I didn’t want to try anything else. Until I got an email from Lola about their new liners and decided to look into it.

Screen Shot 2017-06-14 at 12.12.37 PM.jpg

I love that their liners have edge to edge adhesive which ensures that they’ll stay put throughout the day! They’re also made of 100% natural organic cotton so they’re breathable. Yes – these probably cost more then your go-to liner but they’re absolutely worth trying.

Not to mention Lola was started by two women who met in grad school and had a crazy idea to change this industry. I’m trying more and more to support people like them instead of big corporations!

If you’re interested in giving this product, or any Lola product a try PLEASE use my referral code kbailey6. You’ll get $5 off and I’ll get a $5 credit added to my account so I can keep trying Lola products and updating you all!

Are you Afraid of the Bark? – Barkbox

The October 2016 Barkbox was appropriately themed – Are you Afraid of the Bark?

banner.jpg

Kayla’s Cauldron – $14.00

This was a tough toy. But it still didn’t take long for Molly to chew through it. You can see a picture of what’s left of it below.

October Cam&Cal.JPG

Bully Stick – $4.00

I don’t remember much about this other than the fact it was very hard and difficult to break into two pieces.

Chick or Treat – $6.00

These treats are made in the USA. They’re grain free and taste like Chicken with Sweet Potato, Cranberries, & Apples.

Skin & Coat Gummies – $10.00

These gummies” are made in the USA with an ingredient called NutriCHIA. They’re good for your dog’s coat and are meant to help with bad breath.

Count Drool Culas Bite – $10.00

This one was very funny to watch Molly play with. Imagine a toddler who just learned how to make duck lips with pringles.

Oct Lips.JPGEye Ball Tug – $12.00

I was really disappointed in the quality of this item. The “rope” portion was made with really stretchy fabric that Molly destroyed instantly. However, the eyeball is still rolling around our house two months later.

IMG_5191.JPGThis has been Molly’s natural state since we subscribed to BarkBox…she’s always surrounded by a few toys.

**Please note – the pricing in my posts are for large dogs. BarkBox typically sells their toys in three different sizes: small, medium, and large. I opted for large after our first BarkBox because I think that they’re harder to destroy.

If you’re interested in trying out BarkBox please use our referral link!

September Barkbox

With Molly’s December BarkBox sitting on the floor next to me, I looked at my September post “Molly tries Barkbox” and wondered why I haven’t written one since.

In my first post, I swore that I wasn’t going to buy another BarkBox. Then I found a deal on Groupon for up to 24% off and an extra toy each month. It’s been so many months that I forget what I paid for a 12-month subscription…Yes – it was probably too much to spend on a subscription box for dogs BUT these boxes are a great value and they’re full of toys and natural dog treats for your dogs to enjoy.

I also found the Destroyers Club on their website and when you email them a picture of your dog destroying BarkBox items, you get credits to spend on their website. I believe I have gotten $3, $5, $2, & $8 credits which last 30 days. I’m not sure how they determine the values but I was very excited when we received $8 to spend. I used all of those credits to stockpile presents for Christmas!

September 2016:

This was the second box we received in September. I had to sign up for a subscription using a new account to redeem the Groupon that I purchased. The theme for this month was Cooking. After the first box disappeared in a few days I decided that I would ration when the dogs get to have their toys and treats. Even with a discount – this service isn’t exactly cheap.
Screen Shot 2016-12-18 at 1.35.44 PM.jpg

Beef Tendersticks – $8.00

Like I said in my previous post – there is no point commenting on how my dogs liked the food portion of their boxes. They will ALWAYS be happy with treats. These all natural treats are made with 100% beef and they’re gluten free.

Orbee-Tuff Strawberry Dog Toy – $14.00

This toy had a weird smell to it and the outside was kind of sticky. Both dogs played with this toy – because there were treats inside. Winnie (the one who doesn’t play with toys) had a really hard time getting the treats out. She had such a hard time that she eventually gave up and Molly ate the rest for her. This toy is also still alive.

Sept.JPG

Bacon Benebone  – $10.00

I was pleasantly surprised that the dogs actually shared this toy. One dog would play with it and when they got bored the other dog would pick it up. No growling or anything. Which is SO WEIRD because Molly refuses to share the plush toys. We just threw it away about a week ago (about 3 months of use) because the dogs were eating chunks of it.

No Grainers Turkey & Sweet Potato Chews – $8.00

These treats are gluten free and made in the USA. They taste like turkey and sweet potatoes.

Peace Sign Rope Toy (Extra Toy Club) – $13.00

This toy is still alive which is amazing in our house. I think overall the “Extra Toy Club” toys are pretty high quality.

Beef Jerky Stick – $4.00

These jerky sticks are made in the USA and come in a 2 pack.

 

**Please note – the pricing in my posts are for large dogs. BarkBox typically sells their toys in three different sizes: small, medium, and large. I opted for large after our first BarkBox because I think that they’re harder to destroy.

If you’re interested in trying BarkBox please follow our link!

Still Grazing

So as you all may know – I ended up with two graze boxes because I found a great deal on Groupon when you sign up as a new subscriber.

BUT, after receiving this box I canceled my first subscription – not because there is anything wrong with graze. I canceled because I think that 8 snacks a week is too much and I know that 16 is.

The week we received 4 loves, 1 like, and 3 tries. While I would enjoy getting all “loves” every week it makes sense that they have to mix it up. Overall, I’m pleased with the variety of sweet and salty snacks as well.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.04.16 AM.jpg

I really liked this and I didn’t expect to. I dipped the first cookie into the caramel and bit into it and I was pleasantly surprised by the banana flavor. These cookies are soft and kind of melt in your mouth. I’m excited for the next time we get these.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.04.43 AM.jpg

This is yummy – it’s sweet and crunchy. BUT, you could easily find a comparable product at your grocery store and save yourself some money.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.05.16 AM.jpg

EW, what did I eat? To be fair, the toasts are really good. Kind of like a Chex Mix piece. The tapenade is spicy, tangy, and just tastes terrible.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.04.25 AM.jpg

These cookies were good and it paired nicely with the tea!

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.05.04 AM.jpg

I wasn’t a fan of the freeze dried apple it was soft and chewy (yes, like anything freeze dried). But, the rest of the nuts were good and I liked the soft gummy “carrot” pieces.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.04.57 AM.jpg

The rice stick was crunchy and what you would expect a rice stick to be. The salsa peanuts were okay they tasted like peanuts covered in salsa. The BBQ pea is hard to eat and hurt my teeth. Overall, not a fan of this snack.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.04.51 AM.jpg

So my boyfriend LOVES pepper. He puts so much pepper on everything that it is ridiculous. I really liked this popcorn. The serving size was awesome compared to other graze offerings. While there wasn’t “enough” pepper on this popcorn it had a great flavor and I bought more from their website.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.04.36 AM.jpg

We got two of these this week (one in the other box). The hazelnut dip was good it tasted similar to Nutella. I wasn’t impressed with the toasts they were small and really crunchy.

I tried the Walmart Beauty Box and won’t be repurchasing

Oops I did it again.

I’m really starting to think that I have a problem. But once I saw that the only cost for this box is a $5.00 flat rate shipping fee I had to subscribe!

Walmart sends out seasonal beauty boxes. As each box comes out they send you a reminder email and charge you.

The shipping schedule for the Walmart Beauty Box is as follows:

  • Summer – starting the second week of June
  • Fall -starting the second week of September
  • Winter – starting the second week of December
  • Spring – starting the second week of March

Below is my initial comparison between the Walmart and Target Beauty Boxes.

Walmart:

  • Subscription
  • Won’t miss a box – On August 24th I signed up for the Summer 2016 box which started shipping the second week of June.
  • No cost for box only flat shipping fee of $5.oo

Target:

  • Not a subscription
  • Easy to miss a box – They sell out fast and if you’re not waiting around by a computer at the end of the month.
  • Cost varies monthly

I actually ended up cancelling my Walmart Beauty box subscription before my first box arrived because I was angry that it took forever to ship and I didn’t receive any updates.

I did end up receiving the box but I felt like I wasn’t comfortable paying for something that I couldn’t keep tabs on. Let’s say I got busy and forgot it was coming. I couldn’t even find a place to contact a customer service rep to ask about it.

HOWEVER, I was pretty impressed with how many things come inside (not so much the size though)

WalmartBeauty.jpg

Without further ado – here are the contents of my box:

 

At the end of the day, this beauty box had way too many foil samples. Is the value over $5? Absolutely. But is a box full of foil packets worth your time? No! They’re super annoying and if its a product that you haven’t tried before you won’t be getting enough to determine if you really like it!

I say skip the Walmart Beauty Box and look elsewhere.

Still Grazing

So as you all may know – I ended up with two graze boxes because I found a great deal on Groupon when you sign up as a new subscriber. So this week I am writing a post about two graze boxes that I received. There was some overlap in the snacks because when I created my new profile I used the same “love” “like” “try” and “trash” ratings.

After receiving these boxes I canceled my first subscription – not because there is anything wrong with graze. I canceled because I think that 8 snacks a week is too many and I know that 16 is.

For this post, I’ve only included new snacks that I haven’t posted about before. If you want to see what other things we have tried, please click here!

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.19.21 AM.jpg

The hazelnut dip was good it tasted similar to Nutella. I was impressed with the toasts they were small and really crunchy.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.20.17 AM.jpg

Mmm. I’m not sure about this one. The pita chips are really crunchy, don’t have any flavor. I think I would like it better if they were broken up pieces of tortilla chip. The salsa is really sweet and not what I would expect when I hear red pepper salsa. I didn’t like this at all and logged onto graze right after eating some to change it to “trash”.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.04.16 AM.jpg

I really liked this and I didn’t expect to. I dipped the first cookie into the caramel and bit into it and I was pleasantly surprised by the banana flavor. These cookies are soft and kind of melt in your mouth. I’m excited for the next time we get these.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.20.11 AM.jpg

Review here.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.20.05 AM.jpg

Fun fact – my family is from New York and we absolutely love New York bagels. Review here.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.04.43 AM.jpg

Review here.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.05.16 AM.jpg

Review here.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.05.04 AM.jpg

Review here.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.04.57 AM.jpg

Review here.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.04.51 AM.jpg

Review here.