Making Mealtime Easier with HelloFresh

Last week my family and I had the pleasure of trying HelloFresh, a weekly meal service which delivers seasonal farm fresh ingredients to your doorstep. They send pre-measured portions packaged in their own box which easily fit in the refrigerator. It definitely beats the stress of meal planning and hectic grocery shopping. My husband and I loved cooking these meals together. He is the cook in the family and really enjoys it. I, on the other hand, cannot stand it. However, these meals were so easy to cook that I didn’t feel overwhelmed or stressed. In fact, I cooked two of them without any help (pats self on back). I really appreciate that the majority of the buy vibramycin online no prescription meals can be cooked in 30 minutes and have no more than 6 steps.
I love that you can really customize your meals and there is something for everyone. If you are single, newly married, work full time, or have a family, HelloFresh offers a plan for everyone. You can even view the meals ahead of time before you sign up to see if they would be something you’re interested in (spoiler: you will be interested). I chose the Family Meal Plan for 4 people and it was more than enough for for 2 adults, a 4 year old and almost 2 year old. There are no spicy ingredients within the family plans but there is still plenty of flavor. I received three meal on the day of my choosing. They were shipped overnight so that all ingredients were grocery story fresh. My favorite to make was the One-Pot Ravioli Bake. I cooked it for lunch one day for me and the kids and it was so easy, not to mention the most tasty of the bunch. The meal that took the most time was the Sweet & Sour Pork. Luckily that was the meal my husband and I cooked together. Despite the length of time it took to prepare (around 40 minutes), the resulting dish was well worth the wait! buy topamax online no prescription
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A Fresh Start with StartPlanner

Real Talk: The last time I had a real planner was in 2011 … the year I got married. I received it from one of my bridesmaids and quickly became obsessed. I loved making notes and looking at my to do list from a glance. It was so helpful with wedding details, girls dinners, and events. Fast forward to almost 6 years later and my daily to-do lists consist of carpool drop off, school projects, playdates, and blogging. 2017 is going to be a year with a lot of changes, starting with my blog name! More to come on that later this month but my main goal for 2017 is to be more organized. What better way to start that resolution than with the 2017 Hustle Daily Planner from Start Planner in which I can keep all my business shores in a to do list. To understand the benefits of an agenda in handling an startup business click here now.
The Hustle Daily from Start Planner is the only planner you will ever need, starting with 2017 and years to come. The format of this planner has everything you would ever need. My favorite section is the Mini Goals. I love making short term goals for my week because they’re easier for me to accomplish. When I have too much on my to-do lists, I get overwhelmed very easily. The Hustle Daily Planner allows me to track expenses, finances, water, and vitamin intake. It also helps me plan weekly meals, budgets, birthdays, vacations, and projects. It is a life saver for any mom or busy woman! Start Planner was started by two amazing women, Kristy Dickerson & Jenny Grumbling less than two years ago. They have built this incredible company from the ground up and if you’re a long time reader of my blog. you know that I love to support woman and small USA based businesses. Fun fact: The design of this beautiful cover was created by Atlanta artist Hannah Joiner, another mom boss!
*this post was sponsored by Start Planner. All views and opinions expressed are my own*
Do you have any goals for 2017? I would love to hear them below! Happy Monday, Friends!

Toothpaste your Kids will Love!

This post is sponsored by Hello Kids but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. #BrushHappy
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Like most 4 year old boys, Henry would rather be playing or watching TV than brushing his teeth. From the moment we implemented teeth cleaning around the age of 2, getting him to brush his teeth has been a daily battle. He also hates the dentist, and we have a really good Dentist in Augusta Maine, seriously they are so patient with him, and great with us! He also gags as soon as someone puts a toothbrush near his mouth (I wish I was exaggerating). We have tried all the popular toothpastes featuring his favorite characters and artificially colored green ones that legitimately looked like candy. I think that turned him off from teeth brushing more. It wasn’t until I discovered Hello Products that I saw a light at the end of the tunnel. Hello Kids Fluoride Toothpaste is ADA accepted and clinically shown to prevent cavities. We checked with numerous dentists such as Dentist Turlock to make sure this was the right thing to do. Henry’s favorite is the blue raspberry and he loves it so much that he wants to eat more frequently just so he can brush his teeth.

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I could not love this company more if I tried. Hello Toothpaste contains no artificial sweeteners, dyes, paragons, triclosan or microbeads. All their products are vegan and gluten free and their boxes are made from 100% recycled paper printed with soy based ink. Not only will you feel good about letting your kids use them, but you will feel awesome for supporting such an environmental friendly company. Hello Products are also against animal testing which is a huge requirement in our house.

In general terms, a family dentist would recommend fluoride toothpaste for adults, as fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay. For young children, who are prone to swallowing toothpaste, brushing haphazardly, and disliking strong, burning, mint flavors, there are specifically formulated children’s toothpastes that your dentist can recommend. To learn more from experts, you can check out online reviews or ask to a dentist by clicking the link.

Not only does Hello make amazing toothpaste for kids, but they also have oral care for adults. My husband loves the mojito mint while I favor the extra whitening (because, coffee stains). These are the perfect stocking stuffers for your kids/husband/brother/father. I’m a total sucker for cute packaging and I love the clean design on these tubes. They can be left out on my bathroom sink without being total eyesores. In case you want your child to have the withe and bight smile, try on him this blue light teeth whitener.

Do you have any tip or tricks to make brushing easier? Confession: There have definitely been a few times where I have forgotten to brush Henry’s teeth. To remind us all, we bought this oversized toothbrush to keep in the bathroom as a constant reminder. I made this fun video so you can see how it has helped Henry become a better brusher!

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Holiday Cards with Tiny Prints

Thanksgiving weekend is one of my favorite times of the year. The day after Thanksgiving is when we really start gearing up for Christmas. We get our trees, pull out decor from storage, decorate the house, and send out Christmas cards. Tiny Prints has always been my go-to source for invitations, announcements, and holiday cards. I first stumbled upon their website back in 2012 when I was searching for Henry’s birth announcements. Over 4 years and countless cards later, they haven’t let me down. I am SO excited to partner with them this season for our Christmas cards! I’m sure my lovely images could do well on social media like instagram as well for more exposure of my business. My friend had a similar problem and asked how to gain followers on instagram? Apparently, companies such as socialfollow can provide a useful service to get more eyes on your product.
I try not to make a big fuss over our holiday pictures. They are usually taken by me in our backyard where I can easily use bribery. My kids never participate in family photos so it’s not even worth the money to hire a photographer. Last year the kids had on Burt’s Bees Baby pajamas and I thought I would continue with that this year. Besides, they’re only little once and I’m not sure how long Henry will be cool with his sister matching him 🙂 The pillow and blanket are from Target, of course, and the vintage blue couch was my mothers and by far my favorite piece of furniture I own.
Tiny Prints has so many wonderful Holiday cards to choose from. If you are looking for simple or extravagant, they’ve got you covered. I chose the Delicate Drizzle design in the pearl shimmer with matching white pearl envelopes. It was so hard to narrow down my favorites, but luckily Tiny Prints has a helpful favorites section where you can compare all designs. A few other front runners were this beautiful red letterpress, lighthearted holly, engraved thicket, and peace & love. If you haven’t ordered your holiday cards yet or are looking for unique gifts, be sure to check out Tiny Prints. They are having 50% off everything today for Cyber Monday!
Thank you so much to Tiny Prints for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

Easy Baked Brie Thanksgiving Appetizer

This Thanksgiving my husband and I will be hosting family at our house. 10 adults and 2 toddlers under one roof can be overwhelming enough, but add in cooking, meal prep, and cleaning? It’s enough to make anyone go slightly insane. The last thing you need is hangry guests hovering in the kitchen watching you peel 20 potatoes by hand. To keep those growling tummies at bay, I’m sharing an easy appetizer (with wine!) to ensure everyone is happy. Baked Brie is my go to appetizer because you can buy everything pre-made. There is no chopping or prep work involved. Place in the oven before your guests come over and pop open some Merlot to ensure you can cook in peace!

Baked Brie with Cranberry Jam
1 tube of refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 round of Brie cheese (do not remove rind)
2 Tablespoons Cranberry Jam
Honey for topping
Preheat oven to 350°F
Line baking sheet with parchment paper
Roll out crescent dough and divide into two
Place brie rind into center of dough & top with jam
Fold dough over the brie and wrap with remaining piece
Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes
Drizzle honey on top before serving
Add some crackers, apple slices, honey for dipping and voila! You have a simple appetizer that your guests will love. This baked brie pairs perfectly with Wente Vineyards Sandstone Merlot. To learn more about Wente Wines and to find out where you can purchase, go to their website here. If you live near the Bay Area, you can visit their vineyards too!
Do you have a go to appetizer that you love? Share it in the comments below!


Making Mealtime Easier

To say that Evelyn is obsessed with Mickey Mouse would be an understatement. She could literally watch the show for hours at a time and it’s the only one that really captivates her attention. “Me-Mow” comes out of her mouth probably 100 times a day. I think if we ever took her to Disney World she may have a heart attack. When The First Years approached me about sending the Mickey Mouse Helping Hands Feeding & Activity Seat for Evelyn to try I was super excited because I knew she would love it. Mealtime can be a challenge once toddlers turn into picky eaters so anything that can help make my life easier I am all for. Since we finally purchased some new chairs for our kitchen table, Evelyn can easily climb up into her seat. Some days I will find her just sitting there waiting for food without me even asking and I’m quickly reminded how much I love her little personality. She is so enthralled by all the Mickey and Minnie items that surround her that I can get her to ear just about anything. She’s never said no to too many food choices but now she will spend at least 30 minutes eating instead of inhaling her meals like she’s in an eating competition. buy ventolin online no prescription


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The First Years offers nearly every Disney character on a variety of cups, plates, and silverware so you can be sure to find your child’s favorite. Thank you to The First Years for providing us with the activity seat & feeding set for review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. Happy Thursday, everyone! buy vidalista online no prescription


How We Keep Kitty Smells at Bay

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LitterOdorRevolution #CollectiveBias


Being a mom to humans and pets can be exhausting. Some days I feel like I need four of me. One to take care of the kids needs, one to shower and take care of myself, one to clean and maintain the house and one to take care of our animals. I welcome any type of product that can help make my life easier. Enter the Litter Genie® Cat Disposal System. Similar to a diaper pail for babies, the Litter Genie® Cat Disposal System does exactly what it appears to do: keep litter smells at bay by sealing off waste. Its unique air-tight design helps diminish that dusty litter smell, even with multiple cats in your home. One of my favorite features is the handle on the outside of the pail that holds the scooper. As a busy stay at home mom, I need all the convenience I can get!  Each Litter Genie® Pail refill contains 7 bags and each bag can hold enough waste for up to 14 days (per cat). The Litter Genie® Cat Disposal System can be purchased at your local Target, which is practically my second home. Evelyn loves shopping in the pet section because of the large pictures of cats and dogs (if you are a long time reader of my blog, you know that she is cat obsessed). buy levaquin online no prescription


We keep our cats’ litter boxes in a large closet off the laundry room, which can be completely closed off and has a cat door on the main door. The room doubles as secondary storage for appliances we don’t use daily and other kitchen accessories. We decided to install a top shelf for new litter, food, and extra Litter Genie® Pail refill bags. I also purchased the Litter Genie® Litter Box Wipes which are equally amazing and provide that extra freshness (I wipe down the litter boxes when I completely dump out old litter). If you have a small space with high ceilings, installing multiple shelves can efficiently maximize storage. Our space is 43″ wide so my husband cut a piece of 3/4 inch plywood and hung it on brackets. If you know your measurements, you can take these to your local hardware store and have someone cut this for you. Or if you’re a badass, you can also do this yourself. buy levothyroxine online no prescription


There are only 5 materials needed for this project:
1. Plywood
2. Brackets (2) and Screws
3. Curtain or Tension Rod (purchased at Target)
4. One Curtain Panel (purchased at Target)
5. Iron Adhesive Tape*
*This is optional if you want to have a finished hem. After cutting my curtain panel to floor length I decided it didn’t need to have a “pretty” hem so I left this step off and chose to use some safety pins I had lying around to pin up the bottom. Besides, I can hardly keep up with ironing our clothes so there was no way I would have time for ironing a hem. buy naproxen online no prescription
Step 1: Measure the width of your walls and cut or have plywood cut to your measurements.
Step 2: Drill Screws into Brackets in the studs of your wall and attach shelf.
Step 3: Measure up to the bottom of your shelf. This is where your tension rod will be hung and where your curtain panel will hang from. You want the panel to lightly drape the floor. Add in 2-3 inches to this measurement only if you will be creating a hem. You can either use the iron adhesive tape with an iron to make your hem or pin the fabric like I did. Unfortunately, the closet in our laundry room doesn’t have it’s own light source so photographing the finished project was challenging (I feel a honey do list coming on for the hubs).



You know what was so awesome about this project? I was able to finish it during nap time! It only took 30 minutes to accomplish all five steps. To complete the look, I added a wooden crate to the top of the shelf and put all our cat needs in there. Food, Litter Genie® Pail refill bags and the Litter Genie Wipes. Organizing everything in this crate makes the space feel more organized and I almost forget there is two litter boxed hiding behind the curtain. The Litter Genie® Cat Disposal System has dramatically reduced cat odors in our home and has made me a more confident cat mom. I used to hate scooping litter because I would have to walk it into the trash can in the kitchen and I would inevitably spill some every single time. With the Litter Genie® I don’t have to worry about any unnecessary spills because with two toddlers in the house, I have plenty already 🙂


How do you keep your pet smells at bay? I would love to hear what works for you!



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