#BlueApronMeals 

Hey y’all! Sorry we’ve been MIA! Chef Des & I haven’t been able to post as much as we’d like since homework & everyday life has been keeping us very busy! Needless to say this whole household is counting down the days, weeks, & months until summer break!! While we haven’t been able to post, we have been busy with some parties & in the kitchen, things I still plan to share soon. I did want to take a few minutes to talk to you about Blue Apron meals. Have you heard of them yet?? Let me say we have been impressed so far. What is it? Blue Apron is a weekly delivery service that sends the supplies needed to cook gourmet meals directly to your door with easy to follow step-by-step directions. There are so many things I love about this company!! You can cancel at any time or opt to skip weeks with ease! They send you high quality ingredients… non-gmo products, meat with no added hormones or antibiotics used, only sustainable seafood, fresh beautiful produce, high quality meats, etc. They partner with growers that use regenerative farming practices to replenish their land. You skip the middle man like grocery stores that often pick ingredients before they ripe. Instead, you get fresher, high-quality food from the farm to the kitchen, avoiding long and wasteful detours at costly grocery stores. They avoid waste by only growing what they need & sending you just the right amount of those produce items so you don’t end up throwing unused portions away. They even offer free recycling services for packaging that cannot be recycled under normal at home conditions. My favorite part though is the recipes! I have stated before how blah daily cooking can become… I mean how many times can you serve your family the same rotation of recipes… tacos, spaghetti, meatloaf… it gets old, & dinner planning & cooking becomes a dreaded chore which especially sucks for someone like me that likes to, well, used to like to cook. That all has changed with Blue Apron… I am enjoying adding new fresh meals in between our normal go-to dinners. We are trying recipes & ingredients we’ve never even had before! My 10 year old has started to love veggies I never even thought she’d try before like spinach, kale, napa cabbage, ginger, shallots, etc. I’ve wanted to try gnocchi forever but never knew how to cook it or what to make with it & guess what showed up on our menu for the first week! Ok I think I’ve got off on a tangent… how does it work? You have two delivery options… (info copied from Blue Apron website)



They preselect meals based on your plan & preferences, but you can easily choose another meal offered for your week if the ones picked aren’t appealing to you. When signing up, you can also choose what meats you & your family prefer & vegetarian options are available as well. There are no shipping costs. The Blue Apron meal app is so easy to use allowing you to see upcoming meal schedule, make choice changes, or chose to skip any week you’d like to fit your needs. You are only charged for the weeks you chose to receive meals & like I said before able to cancel at any time. So I think I’ve covered most of the whats are far as the service so far, but on to what you actually are receiving & what happens after that box is delivered at your door. Oh wait, before I forget… delivery… 1st) You can pick whatever day you’d like to receive your shipment. 2nd) Perishables delivered to the door? What if I’m not home? What if you live in Florida like we do? No need to worry! They are safely packed in an insulated box with long lasting icepacks allowing you plenty of time to get home from work or picking up kids in long car lines keeping everything nice & cold until you are able to transfer things to your fridge. Anyways, back to what I was saying… I love to cook, but I’m self-taught & learning as I go. The step-by-step are full proof. Actually Chef Des (my 10 year old, if you missed my last post) has been helping me make our Blue Apron meals & honestly though we have been cooking together could easily follow the instructions & cook these fancy dishes on her own! I’m sorry if this post is jumping all over the place… Darn ADD! Lol So let’s show you some pictures… these are of our very first family plan order…




Not very good pics plus I am doing this post on the WordPress phone app for the first time so bare with me.


Check out the cute little packaging in the spices & dry ingredients! Oh side note… the only recipe ingredients not supplied are salt, pepper, & olive oil… things most households have on hand.


Some actions shots of Chef Des helping me cook our first meal. Please excuse the messy kitchen… we live in a very small apartment with very little kitchen storage or counter space. Ok so I feel like I’ve covered a lot of info about Blue Apron’s services & what you get, but how about a few pictures of the recipes we’ve cooked? (PS The Blue Apron app allows you to take pictures of your food, add recipe headers, & share them to your favorite social media platforms!)





Just a few of all the wonderful meals out there, & look at all the variety & veggies! We’re only on our 3rd week, and I am the biggest fan. Want to see more? Check out Blue Apron’s Instagram page here or on Facebook here! Not only is Blue Apron a dinner slam dunk, but the app also offers tips & videos to help you unleash your inner chef. I haven’t tried it out yet, but they also offer wine parings you can purchase to compliment your meal. Oh crap, I just thought of something else I wanted to mention. Does the price seem high to you? Honestly, I first thought “I’m not sure this is an expense I can justify”, but then I broke it down. I honestly probably spend about the same per person on our boring, everyday meals, plus, as I sometimes do, I try new recipes & have to purchase ingredients that I either never use again or, when I do, I realize they have expired. If I just went out to make these meals, I would spend way more buying produce & spices in larger quantities that necessary (example a whole bunch of green onions when I only need 2 or a bottle of sesame oil when I only need a couple tablespoons). The proportioned seasonings, sauces, & produce is another cost & waste saving thing I love about Blue Apron! Plus your family is going to think you went out & became a chef when they weren’t looking! Does Blue Apron sound like something your family would like to try? I can help you out with that!! How about your first week of meals free? Yep… 2 family plan meals or 3 2-person meals absolutely free with no commitment, no catches! Believe me you will NOT be disappointed!! How you ask? Just comment your name & email address below & I will send you all the info! Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to hear from any current Blue Apron users as well as those who would like to give it a whirl! Please, I’d love some feedback! Have a great day & happy cooking!!

[Quick disclaimer before I post: This is not sponsored by Blue Apron! I just love the company & wanted to share. The free meals are something every Blue Apron user is given to share with family & friends after they have received a few orders & I chose to offer my readers mine. If you want to get the information straight from the horses mouth so to say or just need more info, check out their website here or look for the Blue Apron app on your smartphone!]

#Pinch Me

As you’ve noticed, I’m a big fan of sample websites. Not only do I love free stuff (who honestly doesn’t?), I love the opportunity to try new products out before purchasing them. I hate buying an item especially something expensive without knowing if it works, it’s for me, or if it’s worth the money. I have written before about Smiley360, Buzz Agent, & Influenster in the past, but realized I had forgotten to share about Pinch Me. Now I’ll be completely honest… this isn’t my favorite freebie site for a couple of reasons… 1. The samples are often very small. While the sites I mentioned first usually offer full size items to try, Pinch Me usually sends a single serving or one of an item. I mean yes one band-aid or a travel size lotion is enough to see if you like it, but some things you have to use for a week or so to see if it really does anything. 2. Samples are only available once a month, & they go fast. 3. Shipping takes FOREVER! Now having said that, one perk of the site is you don’t have to jump through hoops like posting on social media. To keep getting samples, all you have to do is complete a feedback survey on each item that takes under a minute. You get to pick 3 samples to try each month, but then Pinch Me often adds a few extras as well. I wanted to give you my honest site review, yet don’t let it stop you from giving it a shot. You will get some great samples & coupons! Anyways, here are a couple pictures of recent boxes so you get an idea of the type of samples Pinch Me offers…

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For more information, check out the website… you can check out a list of past samples, see the next time new samples will be added, & sign up for yourself! There are surveys to take while you wait so they can best pick offers to fit your needs. Do YOU use a freebie or coupon site or money saving app that you love? Please share your knowledge with me as well! I’m always looking for ways to stretch my paycheck!!

#Suja Essentials Juice & Smoothies #Buzz Agent Campaign

If you are like me, your new year’s resolutions probably included a better diet or weight loss! Often we forget to get enough of those important fruits & veggies our body needs so badly to be happy & healthy. Thanks to Buzz Agent, another great company that gives you free samples to try, review, & share, I am currently giving Suja Essential Juices a try!

sujaThese are perfect for an on-the-go pick pick-me-up or on a day you haven’t quite had the chance to get those recommended 9 servings of fruits and veggies in. Suja juices & smoothies are organic, vegan, & packed with vital nutrients, amino acids, omegas, antioxidants! What are they missing? GMOs, gluten, added sugar or sweeteners, fat, & additives, but, hello, we don’t want those! As I sit here telling you about this great product, I’m sipping on their Mighty Greens variety right now, a late-night snack that instead of being guilty about, you can be proud of!  Laundry washed? √ Dishes clean? √ Blog entry posted? √ Gotten my daily dosage of greens? √√  Take a look for yourself at this bottle’s ingredients…

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No weird chemicals that you can’t pronounce, no sweeteners, just all natural, nutritional goodness!! For more information on this great product, click here for the Suja website! Does Buzz Agent seem like something you’d be interested in checking out? Click here! Grab a bottle of Suja today!

P.S. I received a free product from Buzz Agent for the purpose of my review. Opinions are 100% my own.

 

#Smiley360 #Emergen-C Mission

Hi guys!! While we wait for all the Valentine fun to commence, I thought I’d give you a little information about a great brand I’m trying thanks to Smiley360, Emergen-C Vitamin Drink Mixes.

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My free Emergen-C from Smiley360: 5 flavors of Emergen-C drink mixes, 5 $1 off coupons, & a mission guide’

We are right smack in the middle of winter (well some people are, I however live in Florida lol) and our immune systems are taking massive hits! What better way to help support your immune system then a fizzy drink packed full of antioxidants, Vitamin C,  B-vitamins, & electrolytes! There are tons of fruity flavors to chose from such as Super Orange, Strawberry-Kiwi, & Coconut-Pineapple. In addition to the original formula, Emergen-C offers products designed especially for kids, specialty formulas with added nutrients geared to specific needs like joint health & heart health, & Immune+! The Emergen-C Warmers line gives you all the original goodness in a soothing, cozy blend of flavors!

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Even kids can use Emergen-C to support their immune system against those plentiful colds making their way around school! Destiny enjoyed the raspberry & strawberry-kiwi flavors!

Interested in trying a free sample of Emergen-C, click here! Looking for a coupon, click here! Need more information? Visit the Emergen-C website here! Wishing you a happy & healthy 2015!