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Cooking with Red Copper

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper
~Thank you to Marketing Maven for providing me with a Red Copper Square Dance Pan for review.~

I’ve finally found the pan of my dreams! Ha, sounds pretty funny, right? But I’m not kidding. I’ve been through quite a few “non-stick” and “non-scratch” pans that ultimately prove to be quite the opposite. After multiple uses, EVERYTHING starts sticking even after prepping with non-stick spray, and there are nicks and scratches all over them. What a waste of money!

When we moved, I tossed out all of said pans so we could start anew. One of the new pans we got is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead and so far it’s been THE best pan I’ve ever owned.

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

Features:

  • Aluminum base heats evenly with no hot spots.
  • Cook on stovetop and in oven (safe up to 500* F).
  • 9.5” x 9.5” x 1.75” square dimension.
  • Smooth anti-stick and anti-scratch ceramic surface.
  • Riveted stay-cool handle.
  • Easy clean up and dishwasher safe.

Normally when I get a new pan, I immediately toss out all the packaging and give it a good wash before using. This time around, I did something different – I. Read. The. Directions. Who the heck ever reads directions for a pan? Why do pans even have directions? If you’re buying one, I assume you know how to use it. But ya know what, I actually learned something!

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

Before using the Red Copper Square Dance Pan, it is suggested that you season it. Season it? What the heck does that mean? Like when you season chicken? No, totally not the same thing.

Seasoning the Red Copper Pan consists of coating the interior with a small amount of vegetable oil and placing it in the oven at 300* F for 20 minutes. I’m starting to wonder if this is where I went wrong with all of those other pans that ended up in the trash. Oops!

After that it has been nothing but easy cooking with Red Copper. I’ve used it just about every day since getting it. I’ve made breakfasts of bacon, eggs and pancakes, of which I fit four pancakes in the pan at once. You can’t do that with a round pan. I’ve used it to make fried chicken and my new favorite dish – cooked cabbage (I’m totally addicted to cabbage these days).

All the while, nothing has stuck to the pan and no metal utensils have scratched the pan. On top of that, cleanup has been as easy as wiping it clean with a paper towel.

Take a look at this video of my cabbage dish in the works. I didn’t use any non-stick spray and threw the chopped bacon in the Red Copper pan with no prep to the pan at all. Not once did anything stick. (Sorry about the slight movement in the video. I couldn’t find my tripod for stabilization and was too hungry to search for it.)

 

When I was done cooking (and eating), you could see remnants of bacon grease sitting atop the pan. And even though I was totally eating out of the pan while waiting for the rest of dinner to finish, there are absolutely no scratch marks from my fork. What I didn’t eat out of the pan, easily glided right onto my plate. Then all I did to clean the pan was rinse with dish soap and hot water, and wipe it down. Easy peasy!

So non-stick the food dances right off!

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

Ready to get cooking with Red Copper? The Red Copper Square Dance Pan is available online at BulbHead.com for $19.99. Red Copper even offers a lifetime replacement guarantee. So if you treat your Red Copper pan well, but at some point it doesn’t deliver, you can get a replacement and get right back to cooking.

What will you cook with Red Copper?

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*Thank you to Marketing Maven for providing me with a Red Copper Square Dance Pan and helping me cook effortlessly again. 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.

Spring Ready with Florals #CentsofStyle

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

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You know what I miss about living in Florida? The warmer weather. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching the snow fall, playing in it with my kids and the beautiful scenery it makes. And as far as Florida weather goes, I did hate that I broke a sweat just walking to the car, so the cooler weather is a nice change.

But what I miss the most about the warm weather is the ability to throw on a cute skirt and some sandals, and call it a day. Now I just layer and layer, while waiting for the first hint of warmer weather. I’m so ready for spring to arrive and while I may be ready, Mother Nature is not.

See the snow in that photo up there? There are remnants of last week’s snow in both NJ and across the river in NYC. It’s time to melt already! Even with snow on the ground and feeling like an icicle, I was determined to show Mother Nature how ready I am for warmer days to arrive. Come on Mama N, can we please move into spring?

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

While I not so patiently wait, I’m already getting my wardrobe spring ready. My first new wardrobe addition is just one of the most amazingly beautiful and comfortable floral pencil skirts from Cents of Style. I used to think of floral prints as something that only belonged on elaborate rugs and tapestries, but they’re so much more! Floral prints are everything and my recent wardrobe extensions attest to that.

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

Just look at how gorgeous this print is! I chose this particular one because I love the classic black background and the warm colors of the flowers. This skirt has so many style options, from pairing with a variety of color combos to pattern mixing. Dressing up or dressing down. Paired with tights or worn bare legged. While rocking some sexy heels or taking it easy with simple sandals. The options are endless!

So how do I prefer to style this versatile floral pencil skirt? I like taking a dressed down, mom on the go kind of approach. I’m a busy working at home mom and most days have on a pair of jeans, a tank (and coat now that we live in the cold) and of course, rocking my mom bun.

Occasionally I like to trade in my jeans for a cute dress or skirt, but ones that are still practical for mom life. This floral pencil skirt is exactly that. It’s lightweight, stretchy and all around perfect for spring (whenever it gets here). Comfort is important to me as I run errands and chase my kids, and Cents of Style definitely delivers!

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

My perfect look starts with a little pattern mixing. I chose to pair the skirt with a black and white striped swing dress. Yes, stripes and florals are great compliments to each other. And yes, I’m pairing a dress with a skirt. Who would have thought, right?

I just knotted the front of the swing dress, giving the skirt a peek-a-boo effect in the front, while the back of the dress covers most of the back of the skirt. To finish off the look I have my trusty red Converse sneakers and my everyday go-to mom bun. I love it! It’s stylishly fashionable, but still practical for my everyday needs.

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

The more I think about how much I love this skirt and how versatile it is, the more I think (okay, the more I know) I need to buy more prints. Give me all the floral skirts! Luckily for me (and you), they’re on sale for $19.95 this weekend with code FLORALSTORY. Plus shipping is free! Woohoo!

And for all you curvy girls, Cents of Style offers their floral skirts in sizes S-3X, so those of us who have sexy and voluptuous curves can enjoy them too.

Which floral print is your favorite? How will you style your skirt?

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*Thank you to Cents of Style for providing a floral skirt for styling and inspiring me to get spring ready. 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.

How I Prepare for a Couponing Trip

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

Since I started posting my grocery store couponing hauls on Instagram, I’ve been getting a lot of feedback on how great it is and what amazing savings I’m getting, and many people wishing they could do what I do. You can and I’m going to give you some tips!


Yesterday was my latest haul and while it wasn’t my biggest, I still kicked butt. In fact, I saved a lot more than I had expected. Even the cashier and people in line behind me were amazed and in awe.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

In fact, I got into a little conversation with the woman behind me about where I get my coupons and just the store’s general coupon policy. She was asking me so many questions and I was trying to answer them all, while at the same time trying to make sure the cashier didn’t skip over any of my coupons (they sometimes stick together), haha. So this inspired me to write a post just giving you some info about how I do my couponing and what I do to prepare for a trip to the grocery store.

Store’s Coupon Policy

Now, I’ll tell you, when I lived in FL I wasn’t as coupon rich as I am now. I still used coupons, but didn’t save nearly as much as I do now living in NJ. The reason is simple. FL stores do not double coupons or at least none of the one’s in my area did. But now that I’ve discovered ShopRite and its amazing coupon policy, I’m able to make my coupons go further. So my first suggestion is to check out the coupon policies for the stores in your general area.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

I love ShopRite because they have digital coupons that you electronically add to your shopper card, and many of those coupons are duplicates of the exact same coupons that can be printed online. And for each item you buy you can use both a digital coupon and a printed manufacturer coupon. That alone is double savings.

To make it even sweeter, for any coupon with a face value less than $1.00, ShopRite will double it (given it’s a coupon that allows for doubling and in my experience most of them are). This means if I have a coupon worth $0.75, ShopRite doubles it, saving me $1.50.

THIS, my friends, is how I save the bulk of my money using coupons. It all boils down to the store’s coupon policy.

Store Ad

Now that I know what I’m looking at in terms of the store’s coupon policy, my next task is to browse the store’s weekly sales ad. This is where I start every single week. I look for and simply take note of sales of items that my family enjoys and uses. I find that looking through the sales first makes it a little easier for me to gather what I need to get the savings.

Coupons

To be coupon rich you have to have coupons, right? I get asked often (even in the grocery store) where I get all my coupons and quite simply, I print them at home. I haven’t gotten a Sunday newspaper, which offers tons of great coupons, in about a year. But if you do get a Sunday newspaper, then you’re more ahead of the couponing game than you think.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

Personally, all of my coupons are printed online and the majority are printed from InboxDollars. What I love about InboxDollars is that for each coupon I print and actually redeem, I earn $0.10. That’s not something offered by other coupon sites.

I don’t factor these earnings into my total haul savings when I post them because it takes a little while for these to show up. They aren’t added to your InboxDollars account until the store sends the coupons to the manufacturer for payment and when that’s done varies from store to store. On average it takes about 30 days for me to see these earnings show up in my account.

Rebates

Aside from coupons, I also save money by submitting my shopping receipts for rebates. I use Ibotta, Saving Star, Checkout 51 and MobiSave the most. The great thing about Saving Star is that just like ShopRite’s digital coupons, Saving Star rebates are sometimes the exact same as the coupons I can print.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

For example, yesterday I purchased Dial body wash. I printed a coupon valued at $1.50, ShopRite had the same digital coupon, and Saving Star had the same rebate. That’s $4.50 in savings. How much did the body wash cost? $3.49 – I got it for free plus made an extra $1.01!

The other great thing about Saving Star is that I can link my ShopRite shopper card number and the rebates will automatically be processed within a few days of my purchase. So this is one app I don’t have to manually submit my receipt to, like I have to do with Ibotta, Checkout 51 and MobiSave. But I love them all and use them all the time!

Shopping List

My last step before heading to the store is preparing a shopping list. After browsing the sales ad, seeing what coupons are available for printing and seeing what rebates are available, I can determine which items I can get a great deal on.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

My shopping list consists of what the item is, along with its regular or sale price. I then detail where all my savings are coming from, whether a printed coupon, ShopRite digital coupon, or rebate. This helps me figure out what my final price is for each item. I also use it as a tool to ensure I have all the printed and digital coupons ready to go. I mean, I’m doing all this work to save as much as I can and when every penny counts, I have to make sure I’ve got everything I need when I get to the store.

And to be honest, if I didn’t make a list I’d get to the store and forget half of what I wanted to get.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

In a nut shell, this is how I coupon and save the money I do. I really only do major couponing like this at ShopRite, but do still coupon at other stores. Other store coupon policies just aren’t as great as ShopRite’s!

Are you ready to get started? Check out InboxDollars and the rebate apps to see what kinds of savings are available and get to it!

Are you ready to be coupon rich?

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The Migraine Hat

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief
~Thank you to Marketing Maven for providing me with The Migraine Hat for review.~

While I have never personally suffered a migraine, I do on occasion suffer from terrible headaches that make my eyes feel like they’re going to pop out of my head. After a long day of sitting in front of the computer, or using my phone to answer emails throughout the day, my eyes are pretty strained and they have absolutely no problem letting me know.

When this happens, I usually end up going to bed early because it just hurts too much to have my eyes open. Closing my eyes for a few minutes doesn’t help, as they continually throb and the light in the room doesn’t help either. The only thing that helps is sleep in a dark room. And just imagine how hard it is to get through the day when these eye-popping headaches present around lunch time. There’s no darkness to be found.

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief

I hate having to go to bed early due to a headache like this because I miss out on valuable family time. It’s just absolutely no way to live. But after being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I don’t have to live this way anymore.

What is The Migraine Hat?

The Migraine Hat is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a hat that helps reduce and eliminate the effects of a migraine. Now, as I’ve already said, I have never personally experienced a migraine, so I’m going to offer my opinions on the product from the point of view of my eye-popping headaches that ultimately result in me going to bed earlier.

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief

Features:

  • Quick cooling and soothing relief
  • Adjustable one size fits all (adults and children)
  • Hands-free hat for use on the go
  • Removable hat topper
  • Removable and reusable flexible Cryo-gel Ice Packs that stay cold up to 4 hours
  • Adjust tight or loose to target pressure points
  • Pull over eyes and ears to block light and sound
  • Drawstring storage bag keeps all components together

The science behind The Migraine Hat is that ice compression, or cool compression, helps to relieve migraines. The Cryo-Gel Ice Packs provide up to 4 hours of cooling relief and because The Migraine Hat is adjustable to fit loosely or tightly, you’re in control of the amount of compression you want. And since it’s a hat, it’s hand-free relief so you can get back to living life the way you were meant to.

Relief in 3 Simple Steps

Before using The Migraine Hat you have to give the Cryo-gel Ice Pack time to freeze. But once it’s nice and cold you’ll definitely be in business. You simply place the ice pack into the hat and close the Velcro along the top rim.

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief

Then it’s just –

  1. Wrap
  2. Cool
  3. Compress

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief

Does it work?

For those of you who experience migraines, I’ve heard they’re much more intense, debilitating even, and beyond what I experience with my eye-popping headaches. With that being said, I can’t say whether it helps with migraine relief, but as far as my headaches The Migraine Hat has worked wonders.

I find the frozen Cryo-gel Ice Packs to be too cold for me, so rather than freezing them I keep mine in the refrigerator. When I feel my eyes starting to hurt, or even after they’re in full-on “watch out, don’t stand in front of me, POP” mode, I wrap my hat around my head and immediately get relief. When the ice packs are refrigerated they hold their coldness for about 30 minutes and that’s all I need.

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you suffer from headaches? I get terrible eye-popping headaches that have ultimately led to going to bed early and missing out on family time, but since being introduced to The Migraine Hat, I no longer miss that valued family time. Head over to the blog to check out my review of The Migraine Hat to see if it's something that could provide you with migraine relief. #TheMigraineHat #TheDailyMigraine #migrainerelief #headacherelief

I also prefer to have the hat fit tightly and when I do it that way I can feel the individual ice squares applying pressure in all the right places, particularly my forehead and temples. I also like to keep the hat pulled down over my eyes so that it’s dark and also without the hat topper so there’s room for my mom bun. After 20-30 minutes I’m able to get back to my family or carry on with whatever I need to.

Price

The Migraine Hat retails for $29.99 and included you get two of the Cryo-gel Ice Packs so that while you’re using one, you have another that will be ready at hand if you need it. I think this is a great price considering it’s more effective than what multiple bottles of generic medicine could do.

There is another package option for $59.99 that includes a third Cryo-gel Ice Pack, along with a custom cooler bag that will keep The Migraine Hat ready for use while you’re on the go.

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The great thing about The Migraine Hat is that it can be used on the go. Wear it while you work, in the car, while doing housework, on your lunch break, grocery shopping, anywhere! It definitely provides me the relief I need to get back to my daily routine.

Do you suffer from migraines? Could you benefit from The Migraine Hat?

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*Thank you to Marketing Maven for providing me with The Migraine Hat and helping me take control of my headaches. 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.

Save & Earn Money on Dealspotr

Love saving money? Love earning money? You can easily do both with Dealspotr! #savingmoney #coupons #earnmoney

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You guys know I LOVE saving money. If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve probably seen my shopping trips where I use coupons and rebates to save tons of money on groceries.

 


But my savings go way beyond groceries! I’m talking about retail therapy. I love shopping, period! But the reality is we have a budget and my retail therapy budget is probably the smallest budget we have. When I get a hankering for some shopping, I first head to Dealspotr to see what kinds of savings are available because I want to get the most out of my budget.

What is Dealspotr?

Dealspotr is your one-stop hub for savings of ALL kinds – online promo codes, online sales, in-store savings, deals on specific products, and even freebies. And it’s not just for retail shopping, but encompasses anything and everything you can buy – groceries, clothing, shoes, printer ink, food delivery, flowers, sporting equipment, vacuum cleaners, electronics, gifts, services, and on and on and on. You can find savings for everything on Dealspotr.

Love saving money? Love earning money? You can easily do both with Dealspotr! #savingmoney #coupons #earnmoney

Where do the deals come from?

So, where do all of these deals and savings come from? From me and you! If you find a great deal or sale that you just can’t help but share, share it on Dealspotr. Spread the savings and let everyone know about it.

Just last night I posted a deal for Marzetti Ranch Veggie Dip. It’s pretty random, but it was such a good deal that I just had to share. I was shopping at BJ’s Wholesale the other day and noticed the product out of the corner of my eye. It was retailing at just $1.99 and that alone was the cheapest I’d ever seen. But, I had a $0.75 coupon with me that I had previously printed and then remembered seeing a $1 Ibotta rebate. After the coupon and rebate, that made the dip just $0.24! Um, that is totally going in my cart! It’s Super Bowl weekend and dip is in high demand!

Dealspotr is more than saving. You can earn money too!

Did I forget to mention that when you post a deal, you earn points? And those points can be redeemed for Amazon gift cards and even PayPal cash (if you reach Gold level status)! It’s a win-win! You visit Dealspotr to find great deals and sales to help you save money, and when you post deals and sales you find, you earn money!

There are also other ways of earning posts, than just posting deals. You can also earn points by validating that deals work. Did you see my Marzetti Ranch Veggie Dip deal and head to BJ’s Wholesale to get it? Validate my deal by posting your receipt or posting a photo of the dip in-store. You’ll earn points for that!

You also have a daily checklist that gives you the opportunity to earn an extra 200 points every day. Simply satisfy the 4 tasks in your daily checklist. Some tasks include posting deals, validating deals, or even simply sharing a great deal you found to your social media. It’s that easy!

Love saving money? Love earning money? You can easily do both with Dealspotr! #savingmoney #coupons #earnmoney

Tip for validating deals – Find an online deal, go to that website and add things to your cart to satisfy that particular deal. Add the promo code (if there is one) and post a screenshot validating whether it works or not. You don’t even actually have to make a purchase to validate whether an online deal works because you can see the savings before completing checkout. So even without a purchase, you can still earn points for validating!

What makes Dealspotr different?

Aside from the ability to earn money, you’re probably wondering what makes Dealspotr different from other coupon sites. The answer is simple. First, all of the deals are posted and monitored by its members – me and you. Not only do we have the ability to validate a deal is working, but we also have the ability to invalidate a deal.

I actually did that just this morning. Someone posted a deal for Papa John’s, so I went online and added the necessary food to my cart, but when it came time to checkout, the savings didn’t show. So I took a screenshot and invalidated the deal (and earned points for doing so!). This feature alerts other Dealspotr users that the deal posted isn’t actually working. It’s possible the user who posted the deal forgot to include a promo code or maybe even typed the promo code incorrectly. And let’s face it, mistakes happen. But by working together Dealspotr users can make sure only the best deals are posted and are accurate for others to use.

Love saving money? Love earning money? You can easily do both with Dealspotr! #savingmoney #coupons #earnmoney

The other thing that sets Dealspotr apart from other coupon sites is the customization options it offers its users. I can select what types of deal interests I have and only deals pertaining to those interests will show in my personal feed. This eliminates the trouble of browsing through tons of deals I’m just simply not interested in, in an attempt to find something I am interested in. Finding the deals I want has never been easier!

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5 Reasons to Love the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag (+ 50% Off)

5 Reasons to Love the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag + 50% Off #diaperbag #baby
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After two kids and about a dozen different diaper bags, I’ve finally found one that’s perfect for me. I’ve had everything from expensive ones with special features and accessories, to free ones that come with a purchase, but none of them I carried for an extended period of time.

I’ve always wondered if the perfect diaper bag exists. Ya know, one that will hold everything the kid’s need, everything I need, is fashionable enough to wear all the time and won’t break the bank. You guys, I found it! That perfect diaper bag is the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag. I’ve only had it for a few days, but it was love at first sight and I know it’s one I’ll continue to wear even after my diaper bag days are over.

5 Reasons to Love the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag

1. Fashion

I absolutely love the look of this diaper bag. With its durable striped canvas exterior, the bag has a bit of a nautical design, but the black/white/tan colors make it so it can be carried with and will match pretty much any outfit you wear. The closure also adds to its fashionable appearance. There’s an interior magnetic closure and an additional hook/clasp exterior closure, for ensured safekeeping.

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I mean, it really doesn’t even look like a diaper bag and no one will even know that’s what it is. There’s nothing wrong with ditching the baby-like designs that desperately scream diaper bag and carrying one that looks like a purse!

2. Size

The Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag is a medium size. I compare it to my purses, of which I like to carry at least a medium sized purse and sometimes go larger. So the medium size of this diaper bag makes it just right for me, as if I’m simply carrying a purse. Large, bulky diaper bags are like carrying another baby and baby alone is enough, so Laiya wins hands down when it comes to size.

3. Functionality

Just as you’d expect from any diaper bag, this one features lots of pockets and lots of room for anything and everything baby could need while out and about. I’m at a stage where my infant has transitioned to a toddler, so there are some things I no longer need to carry, but we still take a lot of stuff when we leave the house. If nothing else, our main essentials are diapers, wipes, snacks and a sippy cup. And the Laiya Deluxe Diaper has pockets to keep it all organized.

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  • Two outer pockets.
  • Six interior pockets.
  • One zippered interior pocket.
  • Includes matching striped changing pad.

Any pockets that aren’t in use for her necessities, hold mine – my wallet, keys, sunglasses, cell phone, lipstick, etc.

4. Versatility

One of the nice features of the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag is the different ways it can be carried. I personally like to carry mine as a crossbody bag, but the longer strap can be removed and the bag can be worn on your arm like a handbag or even over one shoulder.

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And it doesn’t stop there! The bag features two stroller loops on the top of each side so you can easily slip it over the handles of an umbrella stroller. How convenient is that?!

5. Price

With all of the great qualities of this diaper bag, you’d expect it to be somewhat expensive, but it’s really not. Retailing for just $44.95 makes it very affordable, especially in the realm of diaper bags. But I can make the price even sweeter!

I have an exclusive promo code specially for Making Time readers, giving you a whopping 50% off! Yes, this is real! Just use promo code MAKETIME at checkout. The promo code (valid through 2/10) can also be used more than once, so if you get your own and love it as much as I love mine, you can go back and order another for a friend. Talk about a great baby shower gift!

I also want to add that a portion of each purchase goes to supporting families who are seeking to adopt. What an amazing cause to contribute to!

What do you like about the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag?

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11 Hair Care Tips for Color Treated Hair

Dying your hair could be something you've been doing for years, or could be a big decision, as it was for me. When I made the decision to go big or go home, I knew it would be a learning experience as far caring for color treated hair. These are 11 tips I've learned over the past year about caring for and maintaining my color treated hair. #haircolor #haircare #colortreatedhair
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About a year ago I finally took the plunge and did something to my hair that I’d been wanting to do for years. I dyed it purple! I had seen photos of women who had this amazingly beautiful and vibrant purple hair and instantly fell in love. I just had to do it!

For career purposes, I had never been able to do fun and vibrant things with my hair so the dream was put on the back burner. But after becoming a stay at home mom a few years ago, it quickly moved to the top of my to-do list. To be frank, it was going to be a BIG change and I worried how the bleach and dye would affect my hair. Besides, I had absolutely no idea how to care for color treated hair.

How long would the color last?

Would I be spending hundreds of dollars every month just trying to maintain its vibrancy?

Would a color like this bleed all over my clothes and everything else it touched?

Do I need to use special hair care products?

Dying your hair could be something you've been doing for years, or could be a big decision, as it was for me. When I made the decision to go big or go home, I knew it would be a learning experience as far caring for color treated hair. These are 11 tips I've learned over the past year about caring for and maintaining my color treated hair. #haircolor #haircare #colortreatedhair

There were so many unknowns, but I gathered up enough courage to go through with it. You can read all about my day at the salon going from a natural red head to a sensational purple, here. But today I want to offer some tips I’ve learned over the past year, as to how to care for color treated hair.

1. Wait as long as possible to wash after dying.

The longer you wait to wash your hair after the initial dye, the better. This allows time for the color to really sink in, if you will. I was able to go five days after the initial dye before washing and found that, along with following these other tips, helped the color last longer.

2. Wash no more than twice a week.

The more often you wash your hair, the sooner the color treatment will disappear. I try not to wash mine more often than every four days.

3. Dry shampoo is your best friend.

Wondering how you’ll go so long between washes? If it isn’t already, dry shampoo will become your best friend. Dry shampoo assists in removing natural oils from your hair, eliminating that greasy, dirty look in between washes. At the same time it protects the color treatment because you’re not actually washing your hair. My favorite dry shampoo is Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo.

Dying your hair could be something you've been doing for years, or could be a big decision, as it was for me. When I made the decision to go big or go home, I knew it would be a learning experience as far caring for color treated hair. These are 11 tips I've learned over the past year about caring for and maintaining my color treated hair. #haircolor #haircare #colortreatedhair

4. Don’t wet your hair until you’re ready to wash it.

When it’s time to wash your hair, do everything else in your shower routine before wetting/washing your hair. If your hair is wet, it’s going to be more prone to bleeding and will result in more color coming out. This is especially the case the first couple of weeks after the initial dye.

5. Wash your hair in cold water.

It’s really important to wash your hair in cold water – as cold as you can stand it. Warm water opens the hair follicles/pores and releases the color, so washing in cold water helps maintain the color longer.

6. Use shampoo and conditioner meant for dyed hair.

For color treated hair, it’s better to use a shampoo and conditioner that will protect the color. It doesn’t have to be an expensive brand and you can usually find a variety available at any store that sells hair care products. I like to use Biotera Color Care shampoo and conditioner.

Dying your hair could be something you've been doing for years, or could be a big decision, as it was for me. When I made the decision to go big or go home, I knew it would be a learning experience as far caring for color treated hair. These are 11 tips I've learned over the past year about caring for and maintaining my color treated hair. #haircolor #haircare #colortreatedhair

7. Don’t rough dry with a towel.

In general it’s not good to be rough with your hair, so rather than roughly drying it with a towel, try wrapping it in an old t-shirt or loosely twist into a hair towel. This will also help prevent the inevitable color transfer to your favorite towels.

8. Avoid blow drying your hair.

Hair dye drastically dries out your hair, so adding heat just causes more damage. Blow dryer heat also has the same effect as washing with warm water, so to keep long-lasting color let your hair air dry.

9. Wrap your hair in a scarf to prevent dye transfer to your bedding.

It’s inevitable that at least the first couple of weeks (and maybe more) you’re going to experience color transfer. It’s going to get on your shirts, your bedding and any type of cloth/material your hair touches. I even had purple color along the top of my cream colored recliner.

Sometimes it will wash out and sometimes it may take a few washes or cleanings to get the color out of everything. To help prevent color transfer to your bedding, wrap it in a light scarf while you sleep. After a few weeks the color will stop transferring and you won’t need to wrap it anymore. I think I probably wrapped my hair for 3 weeks or so.

Dying your hair could be something you've been doing for years, or could be a big decision, as it was for me. When I made the decision to go big or go home, I knew it would be a learning experience as far caring for color treated hair. These are 11 tips I've learned over the past year about caring for and maintaining my color treated hair. #haircolor #haircare #colortreatedhair

10. Pale colors fade quicker.

Because pale colors fade quicker, they’ll take much more maintenance in terms of keeping the color, so be prepared to hit the salon much more often. My bright colors fade really well into pale colors and I can go about 2 months between salon visits.

11. Stay away from the pool!

Chlorine will disturb the freshly dyed color and can actually alter it. This was probably the hardest part for me when we lived in FL. My kids love the pool, as do I, so this was a struggle for a few weeks after a salon appointment. If you must go swimming, wearing a swim cap will help. I just wasn’t willing to take the risk.

If you could dye your hair any color, what would it be?

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A Perfect Valentine’s Day Look #itfitsitflatters

Valentine's Day is almost here and I want to look and feel amazing. Heck, I want to look and feel amazing ALL the time! I've already pieced together a perfect Valentine's Day look for this year and couldn't feel more beautiful! Head over to the blog to check out essential pieces to my perfect look. #iffitsitflatters #alookforeveryleg #berkshirelegs #ValentinesDay #fashion #flauntyourcurves
~Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing samples for review.~

I’m no fashion expert, but when it comes to piecing together an outfit that makes me feel beautiful, I have a few essentials to consider. With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, I knew I needed to start planning my look sooner than later. And I love shopping, so if I decided I needed something new I could get a little retail therapy in the process.

1. Pretty Dress

If I had to choose only one thing that makes me feel beautiful, it would definitely be a pretty dress. I’m a tank and jeans kind of girl so it’s not often you see me in a dress. But I’m trying to change that and have been wearing dresses much more lately.

Right now floral prints are really popular and that’s the route I took. I chose a simple and lightweight sleeveless dress in a ravishing red and floral print. It couldn’t be more perfect for Valentine’s Day!

2.  Legwear

If we had warmer weather, I definitely could make this dress work without any legwear. But because the average high has been in the 40’s, I need something to help keep my legs warm. Last month I introduced you to Berkshire and how they’ve completely changed my outlook on tights. So for my Valentine’s Day look, I knew right where to go for my legwear.

Valentine's Day is almost here and I want to look and feel amazing. Heck, I want to look and feel amazing ALL the time! I've already pieced together a perfect Valentine's Day look for this year and couldn't feel more beautiful! Head over to the blog to check out essential pieces to my perfect look. #iffitsitflatters #alookforeveryleg #berkshirelegs #ValentinesDay #fashion #flauntyourcurves

Instead of full footed tights, this time I went with the Easy On! Ankle Length Tights which feature:

  • Cooling fibers with knit in ventilation.
  • Extra stretch for room at the top.
  • Comfy control top.
  • Total coverage.
  • Easy to wear super soft fibers.
  • Comfy cuff at the ankle.

The thicker material did wonders for leg warmth and the color looks consistent throughout my whole leg. The fit is also great. One of the things that turned me off of tights years ago was how horribly the fit around my waist cut into me, but that’s not the case with Berkshire. I can wear Berkshire tights comfortably, with no tight waistband showing my pudge through my dress.

Valentine's Day is almost here and I want to look and feel amazing. Heck, I want to look and feel amazing ALL the time! I've already pieced together a perfect Valentine's Day look for this year and couldn't feel more beautiful! Head over to the blog to check out essential pieces to my perfect look. #iffitsitflatters #alookforeveryleg #berkshirelegs #ValentinesDay #fashion #flauntyourcurves

Plus, the footless style will allow me to use these year round. I can’t wait until warmer weather arrives and I can wear these tights with a pair of sandals.

3. Shoes

Which leads me to my next outfit decision – what shoes to wear. The chilly weather immediately eliminated anything open toed, so I turned to my favorite pair of black booties. Ladies, you can’t go wrong with booties!

4. Accessories

When it comes to accessories, the first thing I determine is if I’ll need a belt. This particular dress is flowy and I wanted a bit more curvature to the fit, so I added a thin royal blue belt. Such an easy and oftentime forgotten accessory.

To finish my Valentine’s Day look, I raided my jewelry box. My go-to jewelry piece is a long necklace. I have them in just about every color you can imagine and am constantly growing my collection. For this particular look, I decided to go with a blue beaded necklace to compliment the royal blue belt, and completed the look with a pair of tear drop dangle silver earrings.

Valentine's Day is almost here and I want to look and feel amazing. Heck, I want to look and feel amazing ALL the time! I've already pieced together a perfect Valentine's Day look for this year and couldn't feel more beautiful! Head over to the blog to check out essential pieces to my perfect look. #iffitsitflatters #alookforeveryleg #berkshirelegs #ValentinesDay #fashion #flauntyourcurves

What’s your favorite piece of this Valentine’s Day look?

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*Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing Berkshire hosiery samples for my review and inspiring me to stay fashionable this Valentine’s Day.  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.

Keepsake Picture Frame Revamp

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY
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I am a total sucker for cute picture frames. I even have new ones that’ve never been used just stored away, waiting for the perfect photo. During our move a few months ago, one of the frames I’ve been using for years somehow got broken; to a point that I couldn’t fix it in a way that wouldn’t be noticeable.

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

I let it hang on the wall anyways, broken corner and all, holding a photo of my boyfriend and I. Then a few weeks ago I decided it was time to decorate the walls in my kids’ room. I had some beautiful canvas prints to use, but needed something more to make the photo displays complete. So I thought, why not add a few other photos around the canvas?

I first went through my stash of new picture frames, but didn’t find what I was looking for. Then a light bulb went off and I knew exactly what I needed to do. I turned that broken picture frame into an adorable keepsake frame for my daughter and now instead of a photo of me and my boyfriend, it preciously holds a photo of my rambunctious daughter.

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Here’s what I did!

Step 1: Disassemble and clean.

The first thing I had to do was take the picture frame apart and clean it really well. This particular frame had two glass pieces because of the featured wording designs. The glass piece that goes in the back had something sticky on it (probably to hold a photo in place) and I had to get that off. I simply used a little elbow grease and Goo Gone to handle that.

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Step 2: Paint the glass.

I wanted to add a little girliness to the frame since it was going to be for my daughter, so I took the back glass piece and painted the back of it pink. I didn’t have any pink paint, so I just mixed equal parts red and white paint together to get the perfect pink shade. After two coats of paint and letting it dry, I absolutely loved how this glass piece looked. It still had the white featured wording from its original design, inspiring to live, laugh and love.

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Step 3: Remove wording from glass.

The front glass piece had black wording on it, again to the effects of live, laugh, love and it worked great for the original design of the frame. But for the revamped keepsake frame, I needed this glass piece to be completely transparent. So I took the blade from a box cuter and in a matter of seconds had easily scraped off the wording. Then I just cleaned the glass to make sure I’d gotten it all off.

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Step 4: Reassemble and fix corner.

The next step was to reassemble the picture frame and fix the broken corner. Rather than using tape or glue, I made it super simple and just wrapped one of my daughter’s headbands around the right side of the frame. The headband holds the broken corner together and offers a keepsake feature. The cute pink rose headband is actually one my daughter wore as an infant and as she’s grown, has become too tight for her plump little head. I have to admit, I felt like a genius when I thought of this!

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Step 5: Add photo and display.

The only thing left to do at this point was to choose the perfect photo for the frame and display it on the wall.

Have a broken picture frame around the house? Don't throw it out! Get creative and revamp it to make it a beautiful and functioning picture frame once again (or even something else). Head over to the blog to see how I took a broken picture frame of mine and revamped it into a keepsake frame for my daughter! #photodisplay #DIY

Have you ever revamped an old broken picture frame?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.