• Daily Life

    How I Get 4+ Hours of My Life Back Every Month (+ Keep My Sanity)

    Because my husband + kids insist on eating three meals a day with a cajillion snacks in between, I have to grocery shop.

    I’m not sure if I despise anything more than dragging one to three kids through a grocery store (or any store for that matter) while they point at anything and everything asking if they can have it.

    I’d almost rather have a prostate exam–and I don’t have a prostate.

    Plus, who has time for that? Here are some time management tips for moms like you + me so we can get some of our time (+ a glimpse of our life) back.

    Amazon Subscription

    Since my first daughter was a baby, I have subscribed to diapers, wipes, and eventually pull-ups through Amazon. Then, along came baby snacks and baby food, and eventually teething wafers, etc.

    Nothing saves more time than my shipment showing up once a month like clockwork. I don’t have to even think about it because there it is right when I need it.

    Time management tips for moms at its best right here.

    Honest Co.

    I now subscribe to the Honest Co. diaper and wipe bundle instead of getting diapers and wipes from Amazon. I found the bundles through Honest Co. to be comparable in pricing to Amazon and the diaper patterns are so cute.

    Seriously, though, the Honest Co. diapers and wipes don’t have any chemicals that smell funny or irritate the baby’s skin.

    I can choose different designs (if I want to) for each delivery, season, or holiday or stick with the same designs. I can also set the delivery schedule for whatever timeframe I want.

    The timeframes are more flexible than Amazon subscription and if you need it right away the price doesn’t change like it does on Amazon.

    Chewy

    Around the time my husband was traveling for work a lot, I decided schlepping to the pet store to wrestle a 40-50lb. bag of dog food into my cart, then into my truck, and then into my house wasn’t my idea of a good time.

    Call me crazy.

    This is when I found and started using Chewy.com. This too is on autopilot so I don’t have to think whether or not Lola or Poppy needs food. The dog and cat food just shows up on the schedule that I have set.

    Life changing.

    Instacart

    My latest time-saving obsession is Instacart. I have been using it on a weekly basis for the last month for groceries from Aldi.

    I L-O-V-E that I can use my phone to add items to my shopping cart as I have a few minutes or realize that I am out of an item. Then, I can choose the date and the time slot that the groceries show up.

    I especially have a fondness for the fact that I can “watch” the app as my shopper goes through my list to approve or decline substitutions as they shop. I have also discovered that I can go through my cart ahead of time to choose specific replacement items, request a refund, or allow the shopper to choose a replacement.

    Mind blowing!

    Jet and Boxed

    Another one of my greatest discoveries is Jet.com and Boxed.com. They are respectively the BJs and Costco of the online world. While you can’t buy too much in the way of fresh items, you can buy non-perishables in bulk (or singly from Jet).

    Again, add everything to your cart and it shows up at your door. The only thing I wish both of these sites offered is a subscription service so I could set certain items to show up regularly rather than having to manually shop for them when I need them.

    Not a deal breaker but it would be nice.

    So, there you have it, ladies. I save at least four hours (if not more) each month by not having to leave the house to shop for diapers, wipes, pull-ups, dog food, cat food, or groceries. I can shop in my not-so-flattering-to others (but super comfy) yoga pants, play with my kids, work, or what-ev while my groceries and goods are heading my way.

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  • Recipes

    My Quick + Easy Go-To Dinner for My Family

    Before I had three little people hanging off my leg demanding things, I L-O-V-E-D to cook and bake.

    Fact.

    Now, meh, not so much. Don’t get me wrong. I still do it almost every night but the joy is gone 🙂

    Seriously, though. Here is one of my fave go-to recipes because it is quick, easy and pretty healthy.

    Ingredients

    • 1-2 boxes of premixed herb pasta (I use the Aldi one but you can use whatever one you want/like)
    • Fresh brussel sprouts (1 bag)
    • Fresh spinach leaves (1 bag)
    • Zucchini (1-2)
    • Yellow squash (1-2)
    • Yellow onion (medium)
    • Broccoli

    Directions

    1. Prepare the herb noodles/pasta according to the directions on the box. The Aldi one takes about 5 minutes to prepare each box. I use two boxes so that I have enough for all 5 of us.
    2. Prepare the brussel sprouts. I steam them in the bag they come in (I use the fresh ones from Aldi that are in the bag). After I steam them in the microwave, cut the brussel sprouts in half. 
    3. Slice the zucchini and the yellow squash.
    4. Slice the onion.
    5. Chop the broccoli from the stems.
    6. Add all of the veggies to a pan and saute. Cook until veggies are to your desired tenderness.
    7. Add veggies to pasta.
    8. Enjoy!
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  • Activities for Kids

    10 Rainy Day Activities for Young Kids

    As I sit here writing this, it’s raining. It’s forecast to rain ALL day today and I think into tomorrow.

    Le sigh…

    Fret not my mommy friends. Here are 10 rainy day activities you can do with young children so that none of you go bat@#$% crazy 🙂

    #1 Jump in Muddy Puddles

    Dress your kiddos in their rain gear and head outside Peppa Pig style. Let them splash and play. Let them jump and run.

    One of my oldest daughter’s fondest memories (She’s five and we did it when she was two) is the day we did this while her baby sister (at the time) was secure, warm, and dry in her baby seat sitting inside the door of our breezeway.

    Of course, it goes without saying (Oh look, I said it) that you should only do this if it is not thundering and lightning. 

    #2 Bake

    Most kids love to help in the kitchen. Let them help you bake cookies or a cake. Give them “safe” activities to do like adding some ingredients or stirring and mixing.

    Leave popping your masterpiece in the oven to the adults.

    #3 Arts + Crafts

    Buy or bring out that craft project you’ve been hiding in the closet. I’ve been saving our Gingerbread House for Winter Break but today might be the day it comes out of hiding just a bit on the early side.

    Coloring books or plain white or construction paper, crayons, markers or watercolor paint are also great rainy day supplies for arts and crafts.

    #4 Museum Musings

    We have the privilege of living near Washington DC so we have free access to great Smithsonian museums. Pack up the kiddos (don’t forget snacks and drinks) and head out to a local or nearby museum for the day.

    Children’s museums might be your best option. Please touch museums are likely the most fun!

    #5 Read

    I’m an avid reader and my kids love books, too. Turn off the TV. Put away the iPads, phones, and Kindle and read some good old-fashioned tangible books!

    See #6 for other great options in this area.

    #6 Check Out the Library

    Both in Florida and here in Virginia, I’ve been blessed with wonderful library systems. Check out your local library. Libraries often have creative and imaginative children’s programs. 

    We’ve done everything from music programs to building your own car out of a cardboard box and supplies so you can watch a movie.

    Even if the libraries don’t have something going on today, take your kids to the library. Some libraries have play areas and activity areas in the children’s section. Have them check out books or read a stack of books there! Check out DVDs and watch a movie at home that isn’t on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

    #7 Make a Floor Bed + Watch a Movie

    Especially when it is a cold rain, help your kids make a bed on the living room floor with blankets and pillows. Snuggle up together and watch a kid flick.

    Add popcorn, of course.

    We do this frequently with our kids, rain or not. They love it!

    #8 Build a Blanket Fort/Tent

    Along similar lines, use chairs and blankets to build a fort — you know, like you did when you were a kid. Bring in the flashlights, books, toys or whatever. Hang out in your tent for a while.

    #9 Eat Under the Table

    My middle daughter (and the dog) love to hang out under the dining room table. Our table always has a tablecloth of some kind so it’s a little like a fort/tent for them. (I suspect the dog is there for the food, but…)

    Make breakfast, lunch, or even dinner, climb under the table with your kiddos and eat! They are likely to think it’s the best thing since you let them jump in muddy puddles.

    #10 Host a Playdate

    Odds are you aren’t the only mommy or set of kids about to lose their mind. Invite your mommy friends and their kids over for a playdate. 

    If you’re really lucky, one or more of your kids’ friends will invite them over to their house, instead, for a playdate 🙂

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  • Daily Life

    8 Things in My Diaper Bag I Can’t Live Without

    This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use these links to make a purchase. It does not cost you anything extra +  you’ll keep me supplied in caffeine. It’s a win for everyone, really.

    I’m on my third baby and third time carrying a diaper bag. And, my oh my, have the items in my diaper bag changed from child to child. 

    #1 Diapers

    Duh, right? I mean, it’s right there in the name of the bag for God’s sake but you wouldn’t believe how many times I have grabbed that bag, ran out of the house thinking it had diapers in it, and when it was time to change the baby no diapers in sight!

    Now, before I leave the house, I always check the bag for diapers and stock it with at least 5 at a time, which in theory, should last me for more than one trip to the store, outing, etc.

    #2 Wipes

    Wipes are magical creatures. Not only do you need wipes to clean dirty bottoms but wipes clean up almost anything. I’ve even been known to clean my bathroom with wipes (Don’t judge.).

    I always make sure I have a package of wipes in my bag and if I’m running low, I grab a new package and dump it in there before heading out the door. 

    #3 Changing Pad/Mat

    My diaper bag came with a changing pad/mat and this thing is a godsend. I use it in the bathroom on the changing station but it also comes in handy if we have to change a diaper in the back of our Suburban or anyplace where there is no changing station for baby. 

    #4 Complete Change of Clothes

    I also make sure that I have a complete change of clothes for the baby. Shirt/onesie, pants (shorts or skirt, depending on the season), and socks. You’re going to want to change these out as baby grows and as the seasons change.

    Of course, you’re also going to have to change it out after the incident that renders it dirty. 

    #5 Butt Paste

    We have gone down the road of what feels like a million diaper rash creams. Our oldest had the most sensitive skin and breakups. Our second daughter was somewhere in the middle and the youngest seems like she has the least problems in her diaper area.

    For the two older girls, I always had a tube of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste in my bag. With the baby now, I always have a tube of the Natural Boudreaux’s Butt Paste.

    This stuff is life changing. It seems to work better than any of the other rash creams we have tried. 

    #6 Sippy

    I always pop a sippy cup with fresh water in it. This way if we stop off to eat somewhere or the baby gets thirsty in between nursing, she has a cup she can drink from without making a total mess. 

    #7 Bib & Placemat Set

    I didn’t do this for my first two but for the third, I always carry a placemat with “bowls” attached to it and her matching bib. Place it on any table and she’s ready to eat. This way she doesn’t have to eat off the table and she won’t toss restaurant bowls or plates on the floor. 

    The matching bib is one of those that has a pocket at the bottom so it catches a lot of food during mealtime. When the baby runs out of food on her placement, she starts to eat the food that her bib caught 🙂

    Both go directly into the dishwasher when we get home and then put back in the bag for our next time eating outside of the house.

    #8 Wet Bag

    Whether it’s to hold clothes from a blowout or other mishap, a wet bag holds the dirty clothes until you get them home to wash them. It also protects the rest of the items in your diaper bag from getting unmentionables on them. 

    After three kids, you really learn to perfect what does and doesn’t go into your diaper bag. It can truly feel like you need to drag everything and the kitchen sink out with you when you’re taking baby out into the world. 

    The truth is that there are only a handful of items that you truly need and this list pretty much sums it up.

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  • Daily Life

    10 Cringe-Worthy Questions Only Moms of All Girls Are Asked

    I have all girls. I’m a girl mom. I have a 5-year-old, a 3-year-old, and a 10-month-old. I know other girl moms that have only 1-3 girls. I know lots of boy moms too that have 1-3 boys and that’s all they’re ever going to have.

    When I journey out in public with all three of my girls, people stare, people smile/smirk, and people ask questions.

    It amazes me, sometimes, the questions that they do ask. These are 10 that make me cringe (and sometimes laugh). 

    #1 Are you going to try for a boy?

    We only have girls so surely we want and are going to try for a boy, right?

    Wrong.

    My husband and I always talked about having three kids. We have three. We have three girls. I’m done. Unless God has a different plan (and sometimes he does), we are not trying for a boy.

    I asked my husband the other day if he would ever consider adoption.

    His response, “Adopting what?”

    I said a child.

    He said, “I think we have enough kids.”

    Touche, hubs. Touche. 

    #2 Do you have a lot of pink in your house?

    Why, yes, we do have a lot of pink stuff in our house, including two bedrooms that are painted pink. My girls do love pink, but they also love blue and purple and yellow and orange…

    When Kate draws, she often draws with rainbow colors, so all colors are represented equally in our home 🙂

    #3 Do girls run in your family?

    I’m not much of a runner myself but my husband runs (He is in the Army). 🙂

    I have a huge extended family and it is quite a mix of boys and girls. My husband’s family is much smaller but it is still a mix of both boys and girls, so no, girls don’t run in our family any more than boys do.

    #4 Are you disappointed none of them are boys?

    Uh, they are human beings and blessings — each and every one of them. Honestly, before I became a mom, I wanted to have five boys (yes, you read that right). It’s probably why I wound up with all girls 🙂

    I had a miscarriage between my second and third daughter and a piece of me wonders if that was a boy or a girl. I don’t wish any of the girls I have were boys, though. 

    These are the blessings I am supposed to have and these are the girls that I am supposed to raise. 

    #5 Is your husband disappointed he doesn’t/won’t have any boys to play/watch sports with him?

    *Sigh*

    This question is typically followed by the statement, “He must be disappointed.”

    NEWSFLASH: Girls/women like to play and watch sports, too!

    I am not athletic but I do enjoy watching hockey and college football (Go Noles!) — although it was hard for me to watch my college football team this season. 

    My husband, on the other hand, is athletic. He played baseball and wrestled in high school. He played and still plays hockey now.

    Our two older girls love sports. They watch hockey and football with us. Both also play sports. One is definitely a little more athletic at this point but both are active participants.

    The baby just rolls a ball around and laughs right now 🙂 The verdict is still out on her.

    #6 Does your husband hate being the only guy in the house?

    It is true that he is the only guy in the house. Even the dog and our new kitten that is coming home next week are girls.

    We actually joke about this when people ask. We say, “Even the dog is a girl!” Soon, we’ll have to say, “Even the dog and kitten are girls!”

    He’s not upset now, but when the non-furry girls start to date, he probably will be.

    #7 You know you have to pay for all THREE weddings, right?

    This one really makes me chuckle. In my former single life living in Miami, I was a wedding planner. 

    According to “etiquette,” yes, we are responsible for paying for all three weddings but pump the brakes. They are 5, 3, and 10 months. I think we have some time to save up our pennies for their weddings.

    AND, who knows if all three will marry or want a big wedding or pay for their own wedding. 

    It’s too soon to tell. 

     #8 Did you cry when you found out the sex of the last one?

    Uh, no.

    The truth is that my third is my rainbow baby. I cried when I heard her heartbeat for the first time. I did not cry when I found out she was a girl. We actually laughed knowing that we were going to have three girls.

    We also knew that this is our last baby — that we’re not going to have any more kids so we knew three girls is what we get!

    All three of our girls are answered prayers. I know that sounds cliche but I met my husband and had all three of my girls later in life (38, 39, and 42). I always wanted to marry and have kids so when I actually got to do all of that, the last thing I did was cry (except for maybe some tears of joy).

    #9 Did you do things to try to have a boy? You know there are things you can do to try for a boy, right?

    Uh…

    This one always renders me speechless (and it’s hard to render me speechless).

    I think it’s because I’m truly unsure about how to answer this question. Do they actually want to know how my husband and I get busy in the bedroom?

    Really?

    Probably not, right?

    #10 Do you know how lucky you are?

    This question is usually not from the same people who ask some of these other contradictory questions.

    The answer to this one is yes, we do.

    My husband and I both always wanted kids. Now, we have three beautiful, smart, funny, and kind people — yes, people. They happen to be girls and that’s not what’s important.

    What is important is the kind of people they are now and the kind of people they turn out to be.

    Have you read the book, “This is how it always is?” It’s an interesting book because it’s about a family with five boys and the youngest is transgender. It’s about how they deal with helping their son to feel comfortable in his own body as a girl.

    My point is that I don’t see them as boys or girls. These are my children. These are people that will do great things for this world. These are human beings.

    BTW: I’m giving away my copy of “This is how it always is.” If you’re interested in winning it (totally free), enter by leaving a comment below. I’ll pick a winner at random and ship it to you.

    No strings. No gimmicks. Just a free book for your reading pleasure. 

    US/FPO/APO addresses only!

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  • Gifts for Kids,  Girl Birthday Parties,  Holidays

    #1 Reason I’m Giving My Kids Experience, Not Toy, Gifts

    Have you seen that YouTube video Girl Moms vs. Boy Moms, where they paint this picture of what it is like to be a mom to a girl in a light that it’s all cupcakes and kitten licks, while being a boy mom is all chaos and mayhem?

    To this I say poppycock!

    I have three girls, a 5-year-old, 3-year-old, and 10-month-old. Every single one of them, including the baby, is like a hurricane (and I know hurricanes because I am from Florida).

    In fact, this is what the older two girls’ room looked like this morning (I’m embarrassed to even reveal these pictures):

    This isn’t even the worst I have seen it look, either. The “stuff” doesn’t stay in their room either. It seems to overflow throughout the rest of the house, which means I get to spend every night walking through the house picking up the items nobody else bothered to pick up and return to their rightful home. 

    I have tried all sorts of toy clutter solutions. I bought those pretty bins to put on shelves. I bought a toy bin holder. The best of the toy clutter solutions that I could find is to stop buying toys.

    The Top Toy Clutter Solutions

    This, my fellow mamas, is the #1 reason I vow to not buy any more toys as gifts. This does not even include the 9lbs. (I wish I was exaggerating) of trash, toys, toy parts, books, cups, pieces to various games, arts and crafts pieces, and papers I cleaned out from behind and underneath their bunk bed.

    Ridiculous.

    I was so angry while I was cleaning out this mess. This is exactly the moment that I proclaimed no more.

    On the way home from church last week, I had this exact conversation with my husband. I told him that our house is too small, they have too much crap, they don’t take care of the crap they have, and they don’t put away the stuff they have so NO MORE STUFF.

    I told him that I think we should give them experiences instead. 

    I would rather spend our money on taking them to the theater (our oldest has been asking about seeing The Nutcracker) or catching the Fancy Nancy live show that is in the area, or having them dine with their dolls at the American Doll Bistro.

    I’d rather pay for an extra vacation each year.

    I’d rather fill their calendar with even more free library programs than we already attend or pay for additional dance classes, soccer, or whatever the heck it is they want to do than to fill our house with even more stuff that nobody cleans up but me. 

    I would rather deposit extra money into their college funds than spend one more dollar on stuff.

    Educational Toys & Books

    We have overflowing bookshelves of kids books. We have bins bursting at the seams with puzzles and educational toys and games.

    At this point, we don’t need anymore. Plus, the two older ones, especially, have educational items in their kindergarten and preschool classes.

    PLUS, we can borrow and return most of these items from the library!

    This, this, and this are all the reasons why I am choosing to just say no. In the eyes of my kids, this probably makes me “the worst mom ever” but I can live with that. In the long run, they’re not going to remember or benefit from all of the stuff they have.

    The experiences they have, however, they will remember for a LONG time. 

    What about you, Mamas? How do you feel about toys and all of the stuff your kids own?

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  • Girl Birthday Parties

    7 Steps to Create the Perfect 1st Birthday

    I’m getting ready to plan my third 1st birthday party for my youngest daughter. Two have gone before her and as a former event planner (in my former single life in Miami), I tend to go a little crazy with it and tend to be a bit of a perfectionist (I know, there’s no such thing as perfection but tell that to my inner planner.).

    I write this post as much as a reminder for myself as to share with you the steps to take to create as perfect of a birthday party as possible.

    Step #1 Pick A Theme

    Whether it’s a character theme, color theme or some other theme, picking a theme for the birthday party makes it easy peasy to plan E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. It’s sort of like homing in on a niche if you’re opening a business or writing a blog.

    When you have a theme, it really narrows down the options for all of the party items you need and want for the party. For example, if you’re having a pink and gold theme, you automatically know that you need pink and gold decorations.

    If you’re having an outdoor picnic/BBQ theme then picking foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and watermelon is easy.

    The theme for my oldest daughter’s 1st birthday was a ladybug theme.

    For my second daughter, it was a pink poodle theme.

    I’m still working on the third daughter’s theme but I better work quick because her 1st birthday is two months away:)

    This might lead you to the question, “How do I choose a theme?” I admit I spent hundreds of hours in Pinterest-land coming up with ideas for themes and then for the ways to pull the theme off.

    In the end, though, the themes came to me rather simply. My oldest daughter is Kate but we called her Katie Bug the Ladybug when she was little — hence, the ladybug theme. We also call her (still) Kate the Great so we easily could have pulled off a superhero theme, too.

    I sang a song to my second daughter, Audrey Grace has a pretty face, to the tune of the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace (changing the words to fit a baby and a blue-eyed girl instead of a brown-eyed girl) so it was natural to have a 1950’s sock hop pink poodle theme.

    I can’t say I am having the same luck with my third. I do sing Emmy Anne to the tune of 2 Live Crew’s Get it Girl. Probably, not appropriate for a party theme, though 🙂

    Leah, over at Home Growen published a series on planning a Winter Onederland Party. You can check out the series for ideas, free printables, and more. 

    Step #2 Pick a Date

    This may sound so like duh to you. Of course you have to pick a date for the party but it can be a tiny bit more complex than you think. You have to consider holidays and long weekends or dates that might be out of the question for your invited guests.

    If you’re planning to have the party at a place or venue, you have to pick a date that the location is available. Even if you’re having it at home, you have to pick a date when you can have your home guest-worthy.

    For all of these reasons and more, pick a couple of dates. If your first choice is booked at the venue you want, go to your back-up date.

    Step #3 Pick a Place

    You really have to have a theme and a date in place in order to move on to all of the other steps of planning a 1st birthday party. The next big decision is to nail down the location. If you’re hosting the party at home, then it’s not a problem to quickly move on to the next steps.

    If you’re booking a venue, then you have to locate the one you want that can hold the number of guests you’re expecting and that is available for your party date. Usually, the venue also needs to fit into your budget.

    Step #4 Order + Send Invitations

    For the 1st birthday, I still send pretty/fun/festive hard-copy invitations. (Subsequent birthdays get Punch Bowl invitations.) I chose shops on Etsy that provided custom invitations (and party supplies like decorations) that fit my theme.

    Step #5 Plan the Menu

    I always try to coordinate the food and snack items with the theme. So for the ladybug theme, I served red and black snacks and candies. We also served hot dogs and hamburgers, which did not necessarily fall into that category.

    Same was true for the pink poodle party theme. We served hot dogs on an old-time hot dog roaster (50s-style), popcorn, along with pink and white candies and sweets.

    Step #6 Decide on Decor

    So far, we have had 1st birthday parties at our home. For my oldest daughter, we rented some tables and chairs and black and red table covers. I bought a banner, hanging decorations, and wall decor from Etsy. I bought ladybug paper plates and cups, along with red and black utensils from an online party store that had a ladybug pattern I liked better than the local party store.

    My sister-in-law is such a good sport so if I forward her the files, she prints the decorations and cuts them, assembles them — the whole shebang! Some Etsy sellers offer downloads so you can do this yourself or they will ship you the finished products.

    Audrey, of course, had pink poodle decor, favors, etc. As you can see in the picture, we also did chalkboard signs. We also opted for favors so this is something to consider when you’re ordering/buying the supplies you need and want.

     

    Step #7 Order a Cake (Don’t Forget the Smash Cake)

    For the 1st birthday, we always go big or go home when it comes to the cake. Kate and Audrey both had a two-tier cake. Both also had a smash cake that was all their own.

     

    Go forth and party 🙂 I’ll keep you posted on the baby’s 1st birthday party, which theme I end up choosing, and how it all turns out. She turned 10 months yesterday and I think she’s super excited that there is cake in her near future!

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  • Product + Service Reviews

    7 Reasons to Say Yes to Sun Basket: Meal Prep Service Review

    This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use these links to make a purchase. It does not cost you anything extra +  you’ll keep me supplied in caffeine. It’s a win for everyone, really.

    I remember before I had kids, I really enjoyed cooking and baking. I still do to some extent but it’s a lot harder to get it all done when one or more little people are hanging from your leg, begging you to pick them up, or asking for this or that.

    That’s not even to mention the grocery shopping involved. You’ve probably tried to shop with one or more kids with you so you know what I mean. I’ll leave that for another day (or post).

    Because my family loves to eat, I decided to give one of the meal prep services a try. While it doesn’t cut out the meal prep/cooking part, it certainly makes it a lot easier in some ways. I decided to try Sun Basket and here’s what I think.

    The Good

    First, I loved that I could get $40 off. Yes! I’m a huge fan of saving money so when a friend offered me $40 off by using their referral link, I jumped at the chance. (By the way, you can get $40 off too.)

    I found choosing from the menu options extremely easy. They offer different options each week so you definitely don’t have to worry about finding meals you and your family will actually eat and you don’t have to worry about repeating menu options too often.

    Delivery is prompt. You can choose the day of the week for your delivery. I chose Monday because that’s when I typically shop for our weekly groceries. My order arrived on my doorstep Monday afternoon.

    The food is delicious. My husband loved it so much, he offered to go to the grocery store to buy the ingredients so we can make the meals again (I know. Ah-mazing, right?). Even my picky girls (Not the baby. She eats almost anything.) loved it!

    I found the pricing with and without my coupon to be reasonable when considering it as a replacement for eating out. With my discount, it put each meal for 4 (the baby doesn’t really count) at around the $34 mark. Going forward, it puts each meal closer to $50 each. Still considerably cheaper than eating out (and in some cases the food is better than what you get at a restaurant).

    Most of the ingredients come in cute little measured out and labeled containers and packaging. I even re-use the little containers for my girls’ lunches and snacks for school.

    Finally, everything is fresh, organic, and healthy so that’s another big plus for me and my family.

    The Bad

    I opted for the quick-meal options. I didn’t find it to be quick. There was a considerable amount of peeling, chopping, mixing, and stirring. I wouldn’t say this is a deal breaker but quick and easy to me is throwing everything into the crockpot or one pan.

    For all the recipes, I had to use more than one pot or pan. Some, I had to use the stove and the oven.

    The Ugly

    For me, the worst part about Sun Basket is the pricing. It’s definitely more expensive than other meal prep services. Without my coupon, it takes the price per meal to approximately $54. At this point, we can still eat out at a restaurant with all three of our girls in tow and spend near this amount (sometimes less, sometimes more).

    On some occasions, it is worth eating out so that I don’t have to cook.

    My Conclusion

    Overall, I give Sun Basket an A. I definitely think there are more positives than negatives when it comes to using them as a meal prep service. I don’t know that I’ll do it on a weekly basis but it is certainly something I am likely to do one week per month.

    If you’re interested in checking it out, now is the time because you can save $40 on your first delivery. After you try it, let me know what you think by sending me an email or leaving a comment below.

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