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?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Happy Friday!



It's the weekend y'all! These next few days are filled with baby showers, birthday parties, work, church and family time and we couldn't be looking forward to it more. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend as well! See you next week!



Image via Pinterest

FREE Charmin Toilet Paper Today Only!



Today TopCashback is offering FREE Charmin Toilet Paper via Walmart through this link. If your'e not a TopCashback member no worries- it's free to join. I already got my free detergent in the mail yesterday that I posted about a couple days ago, and my free Fabric Softener in the mail that I ordered yesterday- craziness. So free items with free 1-2 days shipping... I don't understand it- but I love free things shipped to my door for free... and the next day :)

Once you've joined or if you're already a member, then click the pink Get Cashback button and it will take you straight to the item.

Make sure to only have the one item when your'e checking out or else you'll get the normal 6% back instead of the total amount for the Charmin toilet paper. Like similar sites, the money will be deposited back into your account- usually anywhere from 2 weeks to a month. But hey- it ends up being free so who cares

Also, Walmart is currently offering a 30 day free trial for their 2 day shipping pass so if you enroll in that (the first 30 days are free and  you can cancel at any time)- then it's all free! You can request free store pick up or pay the shipping fee if you'd like.

Let me know if you have any questions. I've already gotten a free giant pack of diapers this way as well.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Camping with Toddlers


I have to admit that I wasn't exactly looking forward to our first time camping with Magnolia.  I absolutely love camping- and I obviously absolutely love my daughter- but since she's not a huge fan of sleeping anywhere other than her crib- I really thought it was going to be a rough night for all of us.

But it was Father's Day and I knew my husband really wanted to go so we decided to just go for it. And I'm so thankful we did! Magnolia did great! She loves being outdoors to begin with and being outdoors non- stop was just pure heaven for her. 

We headed out to the campground by Granite Hot Springs just south of Jackson. It's one of our favorite places to car camp and there was surprisingly barely anyone there. 

My husband making some kid friendly dinner for us: hot dogs over the fire :)

The only thing that Magnolia was not a big fan of was the fire. She basically hates all things that are hot or warm so when we tried to all relax and sit around the fire it was as if we'd ask Superman to plop down in front of a giant heap of kryptonite. Not going to happen. So no s'mores for us

And although it took much longer than usual for her to go to bed. We both just went to bed together once it  was dark (which is around 10pm around here) and after about maybe 45min- 1 hour she was out. I consider this a success since I've heard horror stories of babies and toddlers staying up til the wee hours of the morning crying. And she was basically giggling and squirming around until she fell asleep so it was at least pleasant :)

To help, I thought I'd throw out some of the things that helped us in camping with a toddler. 

1) Bring kid friendly food. Camp food I feel like is already pretty kid friendly but it doesn't hurt just to throw it out there. We had hot dogs & chips for dinner and scrambled eggs, potatoes & fresh fruit for breakfast. We also brought lots of munchies

2. Bring extra clothing. I generally pack Magnolia an extra outfit on outings but you may want to pack a couple more and for different types of weather. She got really dirty. Sitting on the ground, playing with dirt, moving dirt from one chair to the next. And then mix that with campfire soot, spilled food, bug spray, juice, and sunscreen- it can just get to be a little messy lol. Plus temperatures can change so drastically from day to night- it never hurts to bring a little extra... their clothes are small anyways. AND- If you're camping in bear prone areas like we do, you want to make sure that when they go to bed they have absolutely no trace of food left on them

3. I would also suggest bringing an extra pair of shoes for them. We only brought 1 which was fine but if you're near water and their shoes get wet- it could be pretty miserable during the evening/ early night.

4. Bring something comforting for bed time. I brought 2 of the stuffed animals my daughter sleeps with and it seemed to at least help her understand what the purpose of the tent was haha

5. Bring kid friendly bug spray and sunscreen. I don't know about where y'all are- but we have a ton of mosquitoes right now!

6. Make sure to also bring kid sized camping chairs & bear spray (if you're camping where there are bears)

7. We also brought one of our backpacking therm-a-rests for her to sleep on and lots of blankets in case it got cold- which it did. I gave her my sleeping bag which is good for temps down to 20 degrees. And I took her  Frozen blankets... which coincidentally enough I froze in. So we'll be getting her a an adequate sleeping bag

7. Other than that, I'd just say keep your expectations low and have a great time. We had such a great time on Magnolia's first camping trip and really look forward to going again soon

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

FREE Laundry Detergent Today Only!



Today only, Walmart is offering FREE Tide Laundry Detergent and free shipping to all TopCashback members. If you're not a member, it's free and you can sign up here.

Once you're a member, simply click on this link and click on the pink Get  Cashback button. Purchase the detergent through Walmart's website- and then the money will be deposited into your TopCashback Account. Easy Peasy. I love free d

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Boxed.com Review & Coupon



Living out in a rural area, I do a lot of our family's shopping online. Thankfully we live in a day and age where that's completely possible. Even so, I still want a good deal. I don't want to pay for shipping. And I generally want some sort of coupon code before I'll ever make a purchase. Boxed.com is one of the recent companies I've tried out. They sell large quantities at generally wholesale prices. I've seen some that are more than on other websites but I've also found really good deals on their site.

The first time I ordered from Boxed I was able to score a gift card for their site at 40% off on Gilt.com. Huzzah! So I placed an order with them that afternoon and that night my order had already shipped- I think it showed up 2-3 days later- with free shipping... count me impressed. Unfortunately a giant bag of trail mix that I ordered for my husband had a slit through it and there was trail mix everywhere. But their customer service was awesome and after a couple emails- everything was squared away and I had a credit on their site.

The next time I ordered everything was perfect. Order again arrived in days and not a thing was wrong with it. Their packaging is really bright and happy as well... which I'm obviously a fan of.



Some of my favorite deals off Boxed right now are:

The  Live Better Coconut Water (24 boxes for $13.99!)


Old Fashioned Quaker Oats (10lbs for $9.99)


Ziploc Sandwich Bags:(Sandwich 500 for 9.99)


Ghirardelli Brownie Mix (6 packs for $9.99)


Sriracha (28oz. for $2.39)


Honest Kids Organic Juice Drinks (40 for $14.99)


Annie's Homegrown Organic Mac n Cheese (12 boxes for $13.19)


Saran Cling Plus Plastic Wrap (400 sq ft for $3.49)
They offer Free (and fast!) Shipping on all orders over $50 and you can currently get $10 off your first order by entering the coupon code AM4Q9 at checkout!

Have you used Boxed?  What did you think?

This review was not sponsored by Boxed.com in any way. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Perfect Summer Breakfast: Overnight Oats





This recipe for an Overnight Oat Sensation is a favorite breakfast of both me and my husband at the moment. It's super easy, healthy, and filling.

Recipe:

1) Add 1/2 cup of milk (I used almond milk but you can use whatever) to 1/2 cup uncooked Old Fashioned Oats

2) Layer on your favorite fruit, nuts, yogurt or other toppings ( I typically do bananas, blueberries, almonds, organic shredded coconut, raisins, Chia seeds, & local honey)

3) Chill overnight


You can do as many variations as you like.  And there's a ton more on the Quaker Oats website here

Friday, June 3, 2016

Happy Friday!



Happy Friday/ National Donut Day! I hope your weekend is just as sweet as these delicious treats above! 

Image from Studio DIY

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Thrive Market Review + Coupon

Thrive Market is an online retailer that sells wholesome food and wholesale prices. I tried them when they had a promotion going on and we absolutely love them! Everything comes beautifully packaged and both of our shipments thus far have arrived very quickly. The prices are awesome as well. I also love that they offer free shipping on all orders over $49 (can't remember the last time I spent less than that when grocery shopping) and you also get a free item! What?! We've gotten both Chipotle Lime Mayo (my husband loves it!) and Avocado Oil Mayo (which we are also now fans of!). I see them giving free Coconut Oil a lot as well and Justin's Almond Butter (something I definitely want!)

If you'd like to give Thrive Market a try, you can get 15% off your first order by signing up through this link- and don't forget you'll also get Free Shipping on orders over $49- plus a free item as well! This is a win/ win if I ever saw one.

Some of our favorite products so far: Salted Snappea Crips, Mango Slices, Clif Kid Fruit Ropes, Quinoa Pasta, Creamy Dark Roasted Peanut Butter, & these Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Also, for each person who signs up for a membership, they give a free one to a family in need- love it! Healthy Food. Wholesale Prices. Pretty Packaging. Quick Shipping. And they help others? We're fans

Monday, May 30, 2016

Since You've Been Gone...

Queue the Kelly Clarkson music, because it's been a really long time since I've been blogging so I thought I'd give a little update on what's been happening Since You've Been Gone... or since I have.

Last time I was here- We were living in Wyoming and our sweet little Magnolia Hope had just been born a few months earlier.

Since then, we moved back to our hometown in southern California and then moved back again to the Tetons- just this time on the other side of the pass in Idaho. It's a long story- and one I will get into once I have the actual time to write about it- but for now- we are just so thankful to be back. Our daughter is almost 2. And it's summer time in the good 'ol mountains. Huzzah!

1.5 years later




Wow... it's been a really long time since I've blogged. I mean- I was pretty consistent for about 6 years and then Bam! Introduce the most wonderful baby into my life and I literally cannot find time to shower let a lone write about our adventures. But I'm going to try and be much, much, much more consistent.

I'll be talking about living in Idaho (since the last time I was on here, we've since moved from Wyoming to back to California, and now back to where we were before- just on the either side of the border in Idaho), sharing some awesome deals (in both my own shop and others), and any other random things that come up.

So if there's anybody still reading this- thanks for sticking around :)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Mega Sale Starting today!

MEGA SALE starting today in my Etsy shop! 20% off ALL orders plus FREE Shipping on all domestic orders and only $6 international shipping.  Simply enter TWENTY at checkout for discount to be applied