Thursday, June 1, 2017

7 Meal Delivery Companies Reviewed

I was going to do a separate blog post for each meal delivery service we tried... but yeah... who was I kidding? I don't have the time for that, and you probably don't have the time to read 7 separate blog posts just to find out which one was the best. So I'm going to lay it out all right here quickly, to the point, and hopefully more efficiently.

Over the course of a year, my family tried Hello Fresh, Green Chef, Blue Apron, Home Chef, Sunbasket, Plated & Terra's Kitchen. Some we enjoyed so much that we tried it for multiple weeks, others we just did once. We don't have the budget to do one of these every week, but for those weeks where I knew we were going to be super busy- they came in super handy. I think they're also great for new moms (or to gift to a new mom) who has her hands full and could really use a quick, meal- because all of the meals generally never take more than a 30-45 minutes to make, the ingredients are all laid out for you, and there are step by step picture instructions included for each meal.

Also, if you want to try each meal delivery service before choosing on one, I believe every company can be easily canceled online. Or you can always skip or pause your account as well while you try different companies to see which one fits best for you and your family as well.

I've already reviewed Hello Fresh and Home Chef in detail- you can read about them here and here.

So here we got with the other 5:


Plated: Plated was the first company we tried. A friend of mine had a coupon for us to try it for free, and although I was skeptical and scared I was going to forget to cancel for future weeks, if we didn't like it, I decided to try it. And let's just say it got us hooked. Plated wasn't my favorite of the 7 but it also wasn't bad. I also wouldn't say any of them were bad- we just had ones we liked more than others. I also still continue to make one of the recipes we got from them- my husband loved it. I would say the portions were probably too small for him though.

Coupon/ Deal: If you'd like to try Plated for yourself, they're currently offering a deal where you can try one night free here


Green Chef: Green Chef was both mine and my husband's favorite. We ordered it several times and each time loved everything we got. I believe they are also the most expensive of the group, go figure :)

Coupon/ Deal: Through this link, you can currently get 4 meals free (which equals to about $50 off your first order!).


Sunbasket: Sunbasket was also in our top 3. The quality of ingredients these companies use is unbelievable. I was really impressed that we were generally receiving organic fruits and veggies and high quality, natural meats from almost all of these companies.

Coupon/  Deal: First 3 meals free through by clicking here


Blue Apron: Blue Apron was the company I was most familiar with upon starting this journey. While I had never personally tried it before, I had gifted it to family members and talked to friends who used them quite frequently. It was also the most affordable meal delivery service by far. We liked the meals we received but not enough to order again at the time. We may try them again in the future, I do think it's kind of hard to judge off of only 1 week, and again- the price point is nice.

Coupon/ Deal: I believe they're giving away 3 free meals as well here


Terra's Kitchen: Terra's Kitchen was the second company we tried. And let's just say- coolest delivery box goes to them! It comes in a like a mini refrigerator thing with drawers- as someone who loves cool packaging I was definitely excited :) Their meals were very healthy- and a bit too small for my husband who came home on the daily from 10 hours rafting out on the river. But they did offer a ton of different meal options which I loved. I'm not sure if they're doing any deals at the moment but you can find out more about their service here.

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Great Meal DeliveryJourney: Hello Fresh Review & Coupon Code



Our next stop on the Great Meal Delivery Journey is Hello Fresh. Hello Fresh is the company Jamie Oliver has partnered with and I think you can tell. The ingredients are fresh, delicious, and easy to make. Just check out the spread below- yum...

I think we ordered from Hello Fresh about 3-4 times. We obviously liked it lol

You have the option of choosing between a Classic, Veggie, or Family Box. We did Classic each time and there was always plenty of food for the two of us. They also send you an apron with your first box which is pretty cool... I like free stuff :)

It's also really easy to put your subscription on hold if you're going on vacation or cancel it if you're unhappy with it. Everything is done online which I love.

There wasn't really anything that we disliked about Hello Fresh. I think we were missing 1 potato from one of our boxes once but that was it. 

Meals typically range around $70 a week but if you follow this link and enter the coupon code ZXM8K4 at checkout- you can try it for $30 instead with free shipping included. So that will be 3 meals for 2 people for $30 with free shipping- it's a win/ win :)


This review is not in any way associated with or sponsored by Hello Fresh. All of the opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

FREE George Foreman Grill


FREE George Foreman  Grill for new TopCashBack members! Just click here. If you're new to TopCashBack it's absolutely free to join and similar to ebates (where you simply access their site first before making a purchase elsewhere and they give you cash back on your purchase).

Once you sign up and click the pink "Get Cashback" button, just make sure to add nothing else to your cart or you'll only get a percentage back as opposed to the total amount for the grill. It takes a couple weeks but once the company has verified your purchase, the money will show up in your account and you can either get it deposited directly into your checking, send it to your Paypal, or get an Amazon gift card for the amount.

Let me know if you have any questions! :)

The Great Meal Delivery Journey: Home Chef Review


I decided to go on a quest a while back to find the best meal delivery service. It's crazy how many are really out there and I think we've been having meals shipped to our house for over 2 months now... kind of crazy... and awesome.

One of the first meal delivery services that we tried was Home Chef... I actually think it was the 3rd- but line- up doesn't really matter right? ANYWAYS- Here's what I thought about their service.

First off, I loved that they sent their recipes with a binder. You get so many giant recipe cards with each meal delivery service and this is the only one so far that I've come across that give you something to put them in. Thank- you

Secondly, I loved the quantity of food they give you. I think they also win in this department. Some of the meal delivery services left us hungry afterwards but Home Chef was definitely not one of them.



Thirdly, I loved that each recipe card said how many days our ingredients would stay fresh. This was not common among the other companies and something that really comes in handy if you can't cook all of your meal immediately. 

Finally, I loved the idea behind each of the recipes. Our 3 meals included Flavors of Buffalo Bleu Cheese Chicken Breast with Buffalo Cauliflower and Arugula salad, Chicken Marsala with Buttery Garlic Mushroom Sauce, and Texas- Style Steak on Toast with Red Onion Gravy & Smashed Red Potatoes. They all sound delicious right?

The downsides for me:

One, and this is a small one- but the pictures on the recipe cards were horrible. They were way oversaturated and looked like something out of Napoleon Dynamite. The photo of our steak dinner above looks better and it was taken with my phone... at night. Again- I realize this is a small complaint but something I think they could definitely improve upon.

Secondly- the meals were not my favorite of everything we tried. They weren't bad at all. But they were lacking a bit in... I don't know... something. I guess they just tasted average in terms of flavor... like something you'd get at a chain restaurant

But overall, it was a really great experience. I also only tried them for two weeks so my experience is solely based on that.

If you'd like to try Home Chef for yourself, click here to get $30 off your 1st week's worth of meals. That's 3 meals for 2 people for about $30- not a bad deal :)

This review is not paid for or sponsored by Home Chef in any way. All of the opinions are my own.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Pampers Swaddlers on Sale Today



Pampers Swaddlers on sale today on Amazon. You can get a box of 216 for about $28. Make sure to clip the $3 off coupon and then sign up for subscribe and save (and be an Amazon Family member which is free) to get an additional 20% off. Click here to go straight to the deal.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

FREE LARGE TIDE DETERGENT!



New TopCashBack Members can get a FREE 89 load bottle of Tide Laundry Detergent while supplies last. If you're not a member you can join for free here. Just make sure not to purchase anything else during this transaction or you'll only get a percentage back, as opposed to the total amount of the detergent. You can also choose free store pick-up or if you have the shipping pass it ships free!

FREE KIND BAR



Celebrate someone being kind and give them a FREE Kind Bar! It's super easy and will brighten someone's day. Click here to send them some happiness

Monday, July 18, 2016

Parasol Diaper Review + Coupon



Many of you with children have probably seen an ad for Parasol diapers and wipes show up on either your IG or Facebook feeds. They are a subscription based service like the Honest company that offers an alternative to the regular diapers on the market. Because they were offering a free trial with only $3 shipping- I decided to try them out for Magnolia.

First off, their packaging is adorable. Even the box everything comes in has cute white waves dancing across the entire perimeter. Secondly, I loved the designs on the diapers.She received a mix of 2 different designs divided between 8 diapers. And those diapers really are super soft. They definitely have an extra cushy factor that Magnolia seemed to like. They were also super absorbent. I used them both during the day time and night for her and she never had a leak.  I think the only downfall is they tended to sag a bit after a while, but really not all that bad.

The package also came with a 20 pack of wipes that were great and had a very light and pleasant smell.

If anyone wants to try them for yourself, you can sign up for a free trial here. Or if you'd like $20 off your first subscription, give me your email address and I'll send you a specialized link.

Have you tried the Parasol wipes yet? If so, what did you think?