Friday, February 5, 2016

Five on Friday!

Anyone else ridiculously pumped that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and we'll be getting an early Spring!?! I am beyond ready to pack up my turtlenecks and break out my bright colors!

On to a lengthy post of highlights from this week...
one.  For those of you looking for a Valentine's Day gift for the man in your life I wanted to share one of my best gifts to Matt - a Moscow Mule kit! I gave this to him last year and he still talks about how much he loves it! And his Moscow Mule Mug has gotten lots of use! This kit is really so easy to put together too. In a basket I threw in some Tito's vodka, a ginger beer, a lime and a copper mug!

two. To break away from our usual tacos, breakfast, pizza, takeout dinner rotation I signed up for HelloFresh (at the strong recommendation from a friend) to add some gourmet variety to our meals! To say I am impressed with this incredible service would be a huge understatement. And NO, this is NOT a sponsored post. I am just really that impressed that I wanted to pass along this goodness to y'all.
If I were going to narrow down my experience to three highlights I'd say...

1. Packaging: I really appreciated the way the meals were packaged and insulated with ice packs. Each recipe has it's own box of fresh ingredients and you get exactly what you need. So not only did I save money by not making three extra trips to the grocery store this week, I didn't waste a whole bunch of herbs when all I needed was exactly a tablespoon!

2. Quality Ingredients: I am pretty picky when selecting my meat and fresh veggies at the grocery store but my ingredients were super fresh and perfect (the chicken didn't have any extra fat, my tomatoes were firm, my herbs weren't wilted, etc.).

3. Gourmet Recipe Variety: In our first box we received ingredients for generous portion sizes of Stuffed Zucchini Boats, Chicken Yakatori and Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Tenderloin. I honestly didn't even know what Chicken Yakatori was until it arrived to my house and I read the recipe card. But that's why this is so cool! I would have never thought to put this in my meal plan but am glad that HelloFresh pushed some variety on me. I should also mention that the recipes are kept to under 30-40 minutes, including prep and cook time and last all week in the fridge. Each meal comes with a pretty recipe card that simply outlines the steps with photos too.

Okay, one more!

4. Subscription Cost. Because this is important! We keep our grocery shopping on a tight budget so I was hesitant that this would increase our meal planning costs but it actually reduced our grocery bill a teeny bit and prevented us from stopping at the Chick-fil-a drive-thru. I also priced out the ingredients at the grocery store and it was about the same cost to make the meal if I bought the ingredients myself.

So I subscribed to the Classic Food Box which allows you to pick 3 meals from five choices. This box costs $69. You can pause your subscription anytime you want, as often you want, for as long as you want. Or cancel it anytime! So you don’t really have to commit to getting the boxes every week or every other week. You also have the option to choose between different types of boxes (family size, vegetarian, etc.) of meals that serve 2 people, 4 people or 6 people.

Want to try HelloFresh? Use promo code MG8GKD for $40 off your first box! That means you can try out HelloFresh for $29 and then cancel after your box arrives or keep on going.
three. Yesterday we came home to the happiest package on our door step -- Valentine hair bows from Julia's Bowtique! Watching Caroline rip open her package and scream "bows!!!" was too cute too. I often get asked where her bows are from and well, 99% of them are from Julia's Bowtique! So here is a little peek into Caroline's bows for this holiday of love!
four. Going to a Super Bowl party this weekend? I have the perfect food post for you which includes my favorite Loaded Baked Potato Dip, my Hot Caprese Dip,the best dang burgers you'll ever eat and more! Check out the post here.
five. Last weekend Matt was away for a retreat and I had the kids on my own. Phew. I'm still exhausted just thinking about it. I kept them so busy bouncing around to activities and play dates to keep us all sane and happy and by the end of the weekend I was whooped. Stay at home mamas, I give you the biggest shout out ever. It's no easy feat to keep two minis entertained all day long on your own! A few highlights from our busy agenda...
We met friends for a yummy bagel date!
 And it was finally warm enough to get outside and run around.
Y'all know how obsessed with wagon rides we are! Thomas is finally at an age where we can strap him in and he loves it. So every few hours we did a lap around the neighborhood.
We also met April and Camille for lunch at Cowfish! The kiddos had a blast (and so did the mamas)!
These two. Love it. And yes, Caroline is really that petite! Gets it from her mama.
We wrapped up both nights with lots of bath play time. Both kids confined in a small space and happily entertaining themselves after a long day is the best. I highly recommend Mr Bubble Foam Soap if you're looking to add more fun to your bath routine!

Wanna join Darci, April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is...
1.) Write your post about five things you're lovin' this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.) Share the logo on your blog and link back. 
3.) Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!



  1. That gift basket is so creative! I don't have a valentine but I could see myself making something similar for a friends birthday gift! Have a great weekend!!
    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  2. I love the idea of the Moscow Mule basket--- thanks for sharing!! That app looks amazing!! Always love finding good recipes :) Happy Friday!!

  3. Target dollar section has some crayola paint soap that is our bath time addition. I've been buying a few tubes each time we go, and I'm pretty sure I have about 30 stocked up! Haha also, I love petite Caroline is since I have a tiny tot too! They're about a month apart and I think from reading her last stats my girl weighs less, but may be taller. At her 18 month we were at 19.3lbs.. 0.6%! Haha but 50% height ☺️ oh, and we'll never get out of size 3 shoe it seems!!

  4. Ah how I miss cowfish! We had work lunches there at least once a week. They need to expand! Looks like you did great last weekend and the kids look like they had an awesome time. Also the Moscow Mule kit is adorable!

  5. A moscow mule kit is a great idea! I personally love a moscow mule!

  6. That Moscow Mule kit is a fantastic idea, except I want it for Valentines! Have a great weekend! XX Prairie Girl

  7. That last picture is everything. ;) I don't have littles of my own yet, but I teach preschool. Sometimes the only thing that helps wind you down, and get geared up for the next day, is our faithful friend "wine". You're a superstar, Mama!

  8. I grew up about 20 minutes from Punxsy Phil! I'm always a big believer in him when he doesn't see his shadow...or maybe that's just wishful thinking ;)

  9. No ways!! That food looks and sounds delish!
    Haha, I often look back on a day/week or time when my hubs has been away on business and wondered how I managed to survive... x

  10. That moscow mule basket is seriously such a great idea and I'll have to check out those recipes for the game this weekend! Happy Friday Friend! Belle in the City

  11. First off, that moscow mule kit is perfect! We love those so much, so that would be the perfect little gift for the hubs.

    Second - stay at home mommmas - SERIOUSLY. I don't know how they do it. I can't imagine entertaining our two littles alone all day! I have utmost respect for them!

  12. omg the picture of the babies in the car!! SO cute. and i want ALL the food. yum :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  13. Yum! All your Super Bowl treats have me drooling! I love Miss Caroline's bows, too!

  14. So much good stuff! Just signed up to try Hello Fresh. Listed your blog as where I learned about it! Thank you ☺

  15. So much good stuff! Just signed up to try Hello Fresh. Listed your blog as where I learned about it! Thank you ☺

  16. That tenderloin meal looked so tasty!!! Love the gift basket (and that you know about Tito's)!!

  17. That last picture is HILARIOUS! Also, how do you get Caroline to keep all those gorgeous bows in her hair? Do you ever have to battle with her ripping them out?

  18. Great 5 Christina! I loved your bagel date. We don't have bagel stores here (not in my town anyway) I'd adore that. Well done Mama for holding the fort on your own! As a stay at home mum I know how hard it is, and to not have the help in the evenings too? Womp! You're a star because these special guys of ours work hard and deserve some time out too. Now make sure you book in your time! ;) Lizzie xo

  19. You've got me craving a moscow mule now! Tito's is my favorite!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules


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