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Blue Apron: Tasty Food? Worth the Cost?

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

For months I’ve been contemplating trying Blue Apron food deliveries, but could never fully commit to paying the $60/week price tag. But just recently I was emailed an amazing deal and paid only $14.94 for my first delivery. At that price, I knew it was the right time to give Blue Apron a try, so this time I didn’t hesitate.

The weekly Blue Apron plan I chose to get was three meals for two people. The service tailors the meals you receive to your diet preferences and tastes. For example, if you don’t eat seafood, you can designate that in your profile and no seafood dishes will ever be sent. There are even options for vegetarians and much more.

And to take it a step further, you’re offered a menu each week where you can pick and choose which meals you receive. It’s not a type of service where you’re flying blind and each delivery is a surprise, although you can keep it a surprise if you want to. Going to be out of town for a week? No problem. Just skip that week’s delivery and you won’t be charged for it. It’s definitely a perk that it works around your schedule and your family’s preferences.

We eat pretty much everything around here, so we don’t have any diet restrictions and after browsing the menu, the three meals I chose to receive were (1) Chicken Paillard with Potato, Fennel & Meyer Lemon Sauce, (2) Bucatini Pasta Bolognese with Brussels Sprouts, and (3) Lemon-Caper Catfish with Spiced Lentils & Collard Greens. I felt like these dishes would give us a good sample of different types of meals Blue Apron has to offer.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

Delivery

Once I signed up I believe it took about 2 weeks to get my first delivery. When it did arrive, it was on time and as promised. I was very pleased with how everything was packaged. All the foods looked fresh, much of which looked better than I’ve purchased at the store before; and with large ice packs keeping the food cold, I easily transferred everything to my fridge.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

Cooking

When it was time to try our first meal, I chose to make the Chicken Paillard dish. Each dish that comes in the delivery has its own recipe card, so all I had to do was pull the ingredients listed on the card and follow the cooking instructions. As far as ingredients, literally everything I needed was included with the exception of salt, pepper and water, and obviously these are basic cooking staples that everyone should have in their home. Even simple things like butter were included.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

As far as the recipes, I’d say they’re fairly easy to follow. If you’ve never worked with certain foods it could be somewhat of a challenge, but you’ll still figure it out. For example, I have never cooked with fennel before, but this dish included fennel. I really didn’t know how to prepare it, but after rereading the instructions a few times (ya know, just to make sure I was clear, haha), I made it work.

That just happens to be one of the things I like about Blue Apron. In every dish I made, I got the opportunity to work with certain foods and ingredients I’ve never cooked with before, including the fennel, black lentils, capers and brussels sprouts. I’ve never even cooked with red pepper flakes, which was part of this chicken dish.

Eating

When all was said and done, the Chicken Paillard was delicious! There is no doubt I’m keeping this recipe card handy and making this dish again. If you’ve been reading Making Time for a while now, you know my family loves chicken, so finding new flavors is always a plus for me and this is a flavor I love.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

The second dish I made was the Bucatini Pasta Bolognese and once again, this dish did not disappoint. In fact, my kids even loved it. My boyfriend and I didn’t get to eat our full meals because the kids were indulging too. I had actually given them a night off from family meals (my son is a picky eater) and let them choose what they wanted – chicken nuggets. But when they saw what we were eating, they tossed their nuggets to the side and headed to our plates.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

The last dish of our Blue Apron delivery was the Lemon-Caper Catfish. We love seafood, but I left this particular dish for last because I wasn’t so sure we were going to like the black lentils mixed with collard greens. Alas, I still cooked the dish per its recipe card and we gave it a try. Personally, it was a very different taste for me, but was doable. I would say that there were too many black lentils and they overpowered the dish.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

My boyfriend actually spit his food out and said heck no. He ate the catfish, but nothing else. So in my opinion, less of the black lentils would have made this dish much better, and I actually didn’t even plate all of the lentils that I cooked. This was just one recipe we didn’t care for as much as the others, but everyone’s tastes are different so to each their own.

Final Thoughts

Is the food good? Yes. We absolutely loved the chicken and Bolognese dishes, and will make those again in the near future. And even though we didn’t much care for the seafood dish, it was still a great experience to try something different.

Is Blue Apron worth the price? For my family, no. $60/week for three meals that’s just enough for two people, simply isn’t affordable. There’s another option that offers two meals for four people, but again that’s still not affordable for us. I can go to the store and purchase all the ingredients for these recipes for much less than that.

That being said, with Blue Apron you’re not only paying for the food and recipes, but you’re also paying for the convenience. It’s definitely nice to have everything I need to cook my family nice, hearty dinners delivered right to my front door. If we had disposable income, I may consider keeping my Blue Apron deliveries, but for now I’ve cancelled all future orders.

Have you tried Blue Apron or any other food delivery service?

*This post was in no way sponsored. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Crockpot Fall off the Bone Whole Chicken

Want an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycooking

Chicken is a staple in my house. Any time I see chicken on sale I stock up, even if I have to freeze it. It doesn’t matter if it’s wings, legs, thighs, breasts or in this case, the whole chicken, my family is all over it.

But this also means we eat a lot of the same chicken recipes over and over. A couple of weeks ago I decided to try something different and cook a whole chicken in my crockpot. Let me just say that I have never gotten a bone so clean in my entire life. Not only was the chicken moist and delicious, but it literally fell off the bone! I couldn’t even pick up the whole chicken to get it to the cutting board without it just falling apart.

Want an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycooking

Now, I know there are tips and tricks to prevent the whole chicken from falling apart when cooked in a crockpot, but I actually enjoy how moist and flavorful the chicken is when it cooks in it’s own juices. And apparently, so does my family. We ate on this whole chicken for three days (talk about affordable!), preparing the leftovers in different ways.

There’s no doubt I will be cooking whole chickens in the crockpot in the future and will be trying different seasoning variations. This time around I used fresh garlic, thyme and lemon, along with the basic salt and pepper. Delicious!

Want an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycookingWant an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycookingWant an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycookingWant an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycooking

 

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Crockpot Fall off the Bone Whole Chicken
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Serves: 6+
 
This crockpot recipe for slow cooking a whole chicken will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, it will literally fall right off the bone?
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken (5-6 lbs.)
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 bundle of fresh thyme
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. Rinse and slice the lemons. Set aside.
  2. Peel the entire head of garlic so you have individual cloves and cut each clove in half lengthwise. Set aside.
  3. Remove the chickens innards (usually packaged in a bag you can simply pull out) and rinse the chicken well under cold water. Pat dry.
  4. Season the entire chicken, inside and out, with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Layer the bottom of the crockpot with slices from 1 lemon, the garlic cloves (leave about 4 cloves set aside) and a few sprigs of thyme.
  6. Stuff the inside of the chicken with the slices from 1 lemon, 4 cloves of garlic and a few sprigs of thyme.
  7. Tuck the chicken legs/thighs under and place the chicken in the crockpot.
  8. Top the chicken with the remaining lemon slices and thyme.
  9. Cook on high for 4 hours.
Notes
If you want to make it a one pot meal, try adding chopped vegetables around the chicken. Think potatos, carrots, celery and onions. Oh my yum!

Want an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycooking

Have you ever cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot/slow cooker?

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Canvas Factory, Taking Photo Displays to a New Level + Giveaway

Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory

~ Thank you to Canvas Factory for providing a sample for review. ~

Since our move, the walls in the kids’ room have been pretty bare. The room looks and feels so empty, aside from their furniture, so much so that I can even hear myself echoing occasionally. I decided it was definitely time to do something about this.

When thinking about what the perfect décor for their walls would be, I remembered I had a beautiful canvas print of my son in his Halloween costume a couple of years ago. I had it on display in our living room at our previous home, but really don’t have anywhere in our new living room to put it. Rather than keeping it hidden in storage, I thought it would be perfect to display over my son’s bed on his side of the room.

Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory

But that still left me questioning what to do with my daughter’s side of the room and then it hit me. It would be perfect to get a photo of her in the same sized canvas print! I immediately thought of Canvas Factory, as this is where my son’s canvas print came from and I just love the quality of it. Not to mention, the ease of designing and ordering one.

In just 5 easy steps, my daughter’s canvas print was ready to go!

Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory

  1. Choose a canvas size. The 16 x 20 print is Canvas Factory’s most popular canvas size and the same size I chose. I like that it’s larger than a typical photo frame, but not so large that it’s obnoxious. It’s definitely a great size to be the focal point or center of a wall/photo display.
  2. Upload a photo. This is probably the hardest part of the whole process. With tons of photos to choose from and wanting prints of so many of them, I chose a great photo of my daughter from her first birthday. Would you believe this was actually a photo taken with my phone? I couldn’t believe how clear and vibrant the canvas turned out after the photo was enlarged so much!
  3. Choose a wrap style. There are three wrap styles to choose from. One is a Gallery wrap, which is simply continuing to wrap the photo around the edges. Another style is a Colored Wrap, in which the outer edges are a solid color. And the third style is a Mirror Wrap, which is the one I chose. This is simply taking the outer portion of the photo that shows on the front of the canvas and mirroring it just enough to fill the edges.
  4. Add any coloring affects or text. I decided to skip this part of the customization process, but you can add color effects like tinging the photo with various colors, or brightening and sharpening the photo, adding text and more.
  5. Checkout. The last step is just completing your order and waiting for your canvas print to arrive.

Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactoryNeed some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory Need some decorating inspiration? A 16 x 20 canvas print from Canvas Factory was exactly what I needed to inspire me to finally decorate my kids' bedroom walls. Head over to the blog to check it out! #canvasprint #CanvasFactory

Aside from the great quality of the prints from Canvas Factory, they are always having a sale of some sort so there’s no paying full price for anything! Right now they’re offering 70% off storewide and when I visited the site I was able to sign up for email notifications (so I’ll always know when these awesome sales are happening) and got a promo code for $10 off! I can’t promise the same will happen for everybody, but you won’t know unless you visit Canvas Factory!

Now would be the perfect time to get those family holiday photos printed on a canvas because these deals combined make a 16 x 20 size canvas print just $28.70! AND, I have the chance for you to win one! Just enter using the giveaway form below!

Where will you display your Canvas Factory canvas print?

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 This giveaway is a partnership with Canvas Factory. It is open to US and Canada Residents, ages 18+ and ends on January 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*Thank you to Canvas Factory for providing a 16 x 20 canvas print for my review and inspiring me to finally decorate my kids’ room.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

“Welcome to the Uber Life” + Giveaway

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill
~Thank you to KNG International for providing a free sample for my review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. Opinions are 100% my own.~

You know what I hate? Going to the refrigerator and finding that what I was looking forward to eating or drinking is gone. At this point, living in a house of four, I feel like it’s just a fact of life. 

But I’m not so sure I’m ready to accept that. And thanks to the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge from Uber Appliance, I don’t have to.  It’s compact size and ease of use allows me to keep those special treats hidden in my bedroom, away from the rest of the family. Well, at least the kids. My boyfriend is still questionable, but if anything ever goes missing I know exactly who to blame.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge Features:

  • Interior dimensions – 8.5″ x 5.75″ x 5.25″
  • Exterior dimensions – 11″ x 7.25″ x 10″
  • 4L personal fridge holds up to 6 cans.
  • Solid-state thermo-electric cooling system.
  • Both heating and cooling options.
  • Plugs into 12V car charger or in-home outlet.
  • Removable shelf.
  • Self-locking recessed door handle.
  • Available in a retro red or silver color.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill "Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Aside from the compact size of the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge, I love that it can be used for both cooling or heating. This makes it a great accessory for camping or even keeping your lunch warm at the office. I can only imagine all the things I would have used this mini fridge for, when I had my own cubicle at work. Mothers can even use it for storing pumped breast milk.

Another favorite feature is that the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge can be used by plugging it into a 12V car charger. That means you can take it on the go! Take it camping or on long road trips and eliminate the need for a messy ice chest.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Uses:

  • Office/cubicle
  • Bedroom
  • Dorm room
  • Camping
  • Road trip
  • Vacation/hotel stay
  • Garage
  • Picnic

Want your own Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge? There are many different retailers who have it available. You can shop directly from Uber Appliance, but even shop retail sites like Amazon, Walmart, Sears, Overstock, Newegg, Wayfair and even Groupon (price varies by location).

I even have a chance for you to win one! KNG International is giving one lucky reader their very own Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge! Simply enter using the giveaway form below.

Welcome to the Uber Life

What will you use the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge for?

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"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Sponsored by: KNG International and Uber Appliance

Hosted by: Making Time

Co-hosts: Babbles and Tantrums

This giveaway is a partnership with KNG International. It is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on January 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

New Year, New Cheer #Giveaway Hop

New Year, New Cheer #Giveaway Hop - Enter to win a $15 Target Gift Card from Making Time and then hop to other blogs for more prizes!

Welcome to the New Year, New Cheer Giveaway Hop brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers.

HOSTED BY: Mama Smith’s and Women and Their Pretties

Many bloggers have come together to bring you some amazing prizes! Each prize is worth a minimum of $15, but some are worth much more. There is no limit to how many you can win – so enter them all! GOOD LUCK!

New Year, New Cheer #Giveaway Hop - Enter to win a $15 Target Gift Card from Making Time and then hop to other blogs for more prizes!

Let’s get the hop started right here with Making Time’s very own $15 Target Gift Card giveaway! Just use this entry form to enter and when you’re done, hop to the other blogger giveaways below.

*This giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18+ and ends on January 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm est. Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Making Time is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 


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New Year, New Organized You

I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda.

~This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

As the New Year arrives, many of us are reflecting on the previous year. Did we accomplish our resolutions? Was the year meaningful? Did I do everything I could to make it great?

When it comes to reflecting on the past year, all I have to do is flip through my planner/agenda from 2016 and see just how much I accomplished. Knowing I conquered it all like a boss makes me feel like a super woman/mom/boss/girlfriend (and all the other amazing things I am).

As a working at home mom, I have tons to do and keeping up with it all gets difficult. I get involved with so many different things between work, blogging and family, taking on multiple tasks, all of which have their own deadlines. And quite honestly, I can’t keep up with them all unless I write them down. This is the main reason a planner is a must-have for me and you can definitely get a good look at my schedule just from taking a peek inside.

This year I decided to go bold, but still keep it classy with a large black/white striped Kate Spade New York agenda. I’ve actually been using it since the beginning of December since it’s a 17 month book and so far I’m really loving it.

I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda.

With tab dividers for each month, there’s a mini to-do list compliments of Kate Spade New York featured for each one. I consider this a simple reminder to not get too busy to live and have fun.

January’s To-Do’s:

  • Send lots of thank-you notes
  • Read between the lines
  • Make a snow angel
  • Host a clothing swap
  • Join a book club

I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda.

Behind each tab you’ll find a full monthly calendar, along with weekly divisions broken down by day. This is where I make a lot of entries in my own planner. It’s the only way I can keep up with what I need to get done that specific day and an easy way for me to mark each item off as I complete it. It’s certainly nothing overly complicated, but exactly what I need to keep my year organized.

Other notable features:

  • Large size (9.25″ x 7″ x 2″)
  • Beautiful hardcover
  • Elastic closure for secure keeping
  • Metallic gold spiral binding
  • 2 interior pockets for filing
  • Complete annual calendar
  • Section to note celebrations by month
  • List of 2017 holidays
  • Multiple pages of notes in the front as well as a couple pages behind each month’s tab

I just love the black/white stripes of my Kate Spade New York agenda, but if stripes aren’t your thing, there are other designs to choose from including Gold Polka Dots, Gold Caning and a Floral design. No matter which design strikes your eye, it can be purchased for $36. And I have to say this is probably the best $36 I’ve spent so far for the New Year.

I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda. I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda. I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda.

Do you use a planner/agenda to stay organized? Which Kate Spade New York agenda design is your favorite?

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.  I did not receive product in exchange for a review, but am simply sharing my love for a new organizational tool. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Tights Are a Staple That Never Go Out of Style #itfitsitflatters

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg
~Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing samples for review.~

I have a confession to make. I have never been a big fan of women’s hosiery. Am I the only one? I mean, I see so many women all the time wearing some type of hosiery and always thought it was the perfect finish to an outfit, but I just couldn’t ever get with it. And I honestly think it’s because I could never find ones that truly fit me. I’m considered a plus sized woman and even as a child, have had my fair share of tights and pantyhose that I couldn’t even get over my butt.

But just recently I got the opportunity to try some Berkshire tights and I really feel like I’ve been missing out for so long. I finally found a brand of hosiery that has sizing that works for me and I absolutely love the fit. Their sizing ranges from regular to curvy and they even have maternity options.

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

The first thing I got to try from Berkshire is their Easy On! 40 Denier Plus Size Tights ($16 or 2/$26). It was love as soon as I put them on!

  • Cooling fibers with knit in ventilation.
  • Extra stretch for room at the top.
  • Comfy control top.
  • Coverage and colors to love.
  • Easy to wear super soft fibers.
  • Easy on the toes.

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

I love how just one pair of tights can add the finishing touch to so many different looks. It’s easy to take summery type outfits and make them winter ready. Just like every woman needs that rocking little black dress, every woman needs a good pair of black tights.

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

In the past I never would have given red tights a second thought and most of my wardrobe consists of dark colors, like black. But I’ve recently started stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to add pops of color here and there, so I went for it. I am so glad I did! I took this all black look of mine and made it something special. I’ll definitely stand out in a crowd, but in a good way.

And I didn’t stop there! In addition to the tights, I received a pair of Berkshire’s Stretch Fishnet Pantyhose ($11). Most people tend to associate fishnet stockings with burlesque, but I’m here to tell you that they are so much more! I took the same outfit as above, with my red tights and just layered the fishnet stockings over the tights. One simple addition changed up the whole look!

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

Of all the outfits I put together with my new hosiery, this one was my favorite. Who would have thought a hosiery hating lady like myself would go from nothing, to this. All it took was finding ones that worked perfectly for me.

Berkshire, where have you been all my life?! I will never again go without tights in my wardrobe. They’re a staple that simply put, will never go out of style!

Ladies, do you wear tights?

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*Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing Berkshire hosiery samples for my review and inspiring me to step up my fashion.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.