Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Product Review: Real Simple Magazine Meal Planner


This post is NOT a sponsored post. I have not received any kind of compensation for writing this post and all thoughts are 100% mine.
 
This year I became a subscriber to Real Simple magazine. I have always eyed this magazine in the grocery store, but I never really got a copy due to newsstand prices. I loved that Real Simple always had organizational tips, which I desperately need, so when a magazine fundraiser came around, I subscribed. It was also nice, that my Barnes & Noble Nook allowed print subscribers to get the electronic copy for free with a current subscription. Double win!

Last month the magazine advertised a new service - weekly Meal Plans. Each week for either 6 months or 1 year, your choice, you get a meal plan of 5 meals for the week emailed to you. It is $6 for 6 months or $10 for 1 year. I thought the service looked interesting so decided to try it. I bought the 1 year plan, since it was just $10. With a new baby coming, I can use all the meal planning I can get.

I have now been a meal plan recipient for 2 weeks, and I like what I see. The plans come in PDF form, and are about 6-8 pages in length. The first 2 pages are a full shopping list for everything you need for that week. The following pages contain a recipe and full-color picture of each meal.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Let's Get Real Link Party #62

I am so excited to be this week's co-host for the Let's Get Real Link Party. As a co-host I was tasked to pick a feature from the link-ups at last week's party. What a hard choice! I don't know how these ladies do it week after week. Check out below to see who I picked for my feature. Don't forget to check out the other hosts to see their features and of course, to add your link. Now on to the party!

Woot! Woot! Let's get this Friday started. Let's Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That's right! It's all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That's you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.

**This week you can enter to win next week's special co-host spot. If you are interested in co-hosting next week, please enter the rafflecopter give-away. We would love to have you join us for the week. 



 Let's Get Real Friday Linky Party


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5 Easy Bento Lunches


This post is inspired my best friend, who has been trying hard to build a lunch her little picky eater will eat. She has been looking at the bento lunch posts here and at my Pinterest board and decided to try it out. When she posted her lunch "fail" on Facebook, I felt for her. She wants to make a lunch that her daughter just MIGHT eat but feels, as many of us do, that fancy bento lunches may be just to difficult or time consuming.

I took a look at my bento Pinterest board and found some easy bentos that anyone could easily create.

Here they are: 5 Easy Bento Lunches
(Keep in mind these lunches are made by a bento amateur and are made for a pregnant woman, so may contain larger portions than you would make for your child.)

"Lunchables" Lunch

This lunch was inspired by lunches made by my friend Christine at My Epicurean Adventures. She makes her own "lunchables" for a quick, easy and healthy lunch.
Lunch includes: turkey & cheese pinwheel rollups, baby carrots, cucumbers, crackers and dip

Pumpkin Lunch

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rubbermaid lunch Blox Review

This post is NOT a sponsored post. I have not received any kind of compensation for writing this post and all thoughts are 100% mine.


During this back-to-school season, I saw that Rubbermaid had the lunch Blox lunch boxes available. In the past I have reviewed bento-style lunchboxes and these lunch Blox looked like a version that may be  more easily accessible to consumers. With a Rubbermaid manufacturer's coupon in hand, I headed to my local stores to find them. In August the only place I was able to find them was at Target. By September Walmart also had them. The pricing of the lunch Blox depends on the size - there are larger entree boxes, mini entree boxes, salad boxes, sets with cool packs, etc. Since I was thinking about back-to-school lunches, I decided on an entree box and a salad box. The entree box was about $15 on sale and the salad box was $7 on sale. 

Entree Kit: 1 large container with 2 smaller containers, 1 medium container,
2 small containers, 2 ice packs
Salad Kit: 1 larger container, 1 3-section insert, 1 small container,
1 ice pack

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Looking for Guest Bloggers!

I'm looking for guest bloggers for Halloween through the Christmas season while I am on "maternity leave". I would love any seasonal or healthy recipes and/or tips. Please contact me if you are interested. I look forward to working with you!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back-to-School Big Brother Bento (Guest Post)

Today, we have a special guest blogger with us. Since it is back-to-school time, my friend Christine from My Epicurean Adventures is here with another fun and easy bento lunch. Last year, Christine made a fabulous toddler lunch for us, you can check it out here. As always, I am so happy to have her as a guest. Take it away Christine!

I'm excited to be doing another guest post for my buddy over at Scarlett's Excellent Adventures. She's doing a series of back-to-school posts and I was honored to be included. Thanks so much, Scarlett!

So here's a lunch I made for her son who is getting ready to be a big brother soon! It's not an easy job, but I bet he is going to be a great one. Congrats to you guys! :)


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blogger Bookshelf Series Guest Post

I am happy to be a guest on A Rose in the City today, talking about something I don't get to talk about much here - my books! A Rose in the City is hosting a Blogger Bookshelf series, and I am honored to be a part of it. Check out my bookshelf tour, and while you are there see what other blogger's bookshelves look like.