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March Plated Review

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Plated is a meal subscription box that delivers chef-designed recipes and fresh ingredients to your door for you to prepare. It is perfect for finding new recipes to get you out of your dinner rut. I finally decided to try Plated while they offered a deal to get two meals for two people and three months of membership for just the cost of shipping, which was $20. I had wanted to try it for a while, so I jumped on this deal. I had mine delivered for March 12th, but it arrived at my door a day early. (Not complaining.)

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First Look

Everything came packaged perfectly with enough ice packs to keep everything fresh.

MY MEALS:

~ Linguine with Seared Tuna and Tapenade:

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Recipe Card

With each meal you get a recipe card. On the front if gives you definitions for cooking/food terms you may not already know. This was super helpful, since it saved me from having to google what Tapenade is made out of. It also gives you some cooking tips, a photo of the finished meal, the time it takes to prepare/cook, and the calories per serving.

On the back you get step by step instructions with photos on how to prepare your dish. For both meals, these instructions were super easy to follow.

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Ingredients

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Finished Dish

I was really excited to try this. My husband and I are fish lovers, and we’re already big fans of tuna steaks. I also love pasta, and I’m a sucker for anything with basil. I ended up not being a huge fan of this dish. The tapenade was okay, not my favorite, but it was nice to try something new. I’m not a big leaf eater, unless it’s basil or iceberg lettuce, so I didn’t really enjoy the arugula. I’m not sure if I’d make this again, probably not, but the tuna was delicious and I got to try some new things and new cooking techniques.

~ Spicy Soy Poached Pollock with Vermicelli Noodles:

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Recipe Card

 

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Ingredients

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Finished Dish

Sooo, this dish was phenomenal! I had never tried Pollock before, and I had also never poached anything, so there was a lot of newness going on here. I’ve seen a lot of complaints about Plated’s portions being really small. Maybe I’m not the “typical” American that thinks one serving is two pounds of fish and an entire box of noodles, but in my opinion there was plenty of food. I actually couldn’t even finish my meal, there was that much. I like spicy foods, and there was a good kick to this, but definitely not too spicy that it takes away from the dish. I wish this was a permanent meal option, because I’d order it twice a week. It was THAT good!

SIGN UP: Would you like to sign up for Plated and get two meals free? Sign up here, and use the code “7861B0″ to get $30 off your first delivery.

Julep Nail Polish Giveaway!

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I realize I’m still pretty new to the blogging world, but I’m trying. I haven’t been able to do nearly as many posts as I would like to, and I seem to be falling slightly behind on my reviews. I suppose such is life with a nearly one-year-old, a busy husband, and other people’s children in and out of your home daily.

Another first world problem I seem to be encountering is the lack of space I have on/around my dining room table. I will blame my subscription box addiction for this, and also Kayde’s birthday party. I use most things from sub boxes, but there are always a few things I could, but probably won’t, use.

So, I decided to do my very first giveaway including a few of these items. Be excited! I will be giving away 3 mystery Julep nail polishes and 1 Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat! These are all brand new, completely unused, and still in their original packaging. All you need to do is enter below! GOOD LUCK!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Flashback Friday

So, I was never planning on doing a “Flashback Friday”, not sure if it’ll even become a trend for me. Buuut, a friend of mine came over last night with a flash drive containing photos I’ve been dying to see for a little over a year. My maternity shoot!

It was very casual, as she’s one of my closest friends and just did it for free. (She also did my wedding photos, she’s pretty amazing.) So, there are a few of my super mature husband scaring me with a booger.

But anyway, finally seeing these photos has been long overdue, especially since Kayde will be one next Thursday. So without further ado, here are a few photos I wanted to share:

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March Love With Food Review – Flavors of the World

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Love With Food is a monthly subscription box that sends boxes filled to the brim with new, organic, all-natural snacks right to your door. They cost $10/month plus $2 S&H for a monthly sub. First time subscribers can get their box for only the cost of S&H, only $2! Read to the bottom for the link and code. This was my first month trying Love With Food, and I was very pleased.

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The Box

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First Look

The inside cover of the box reminds you that for every box you buy, Love With Food sends a meal to a hungry child in the US. So not only are you indulging in healthful and delicious snacks, but you are also doing good deeds! (;

The card included gives you a list of all the snacks you received in that month’s box. The theme for this month is “Flavors of the World”, so the card tells you where in the world each snack came from.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

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~ Wai Lana Cassava Chips – These chips are gluten-free, non-GMO, and contain 30% less fat than regular potato chips. You can’t tell, because these are delicious.

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~ Vintage Italia Pasta Chips – I was somewhat skeptical, because I’m always unsure about tasting weird chips. I love pasta, but didn’t know how pasta chips would be. But, I ate the whole bag. They were delicious, and didn’t have too much marinara flavor.

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~ Walkers Shortbread Fingers – Delicious, buttery shortbread cookies from Scotland. These are so yummy, although not at all new to me.

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~ Desert Gardens Taco & Burrito Seasoning – I haven’t used this yet. I don’t like tacos, but C loooves them! So this will definitely be a hit.

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~ Taylors of Harrogate Earl Grey Tea – I hate tea. C might drink this, but I doubt it. Just not a fan of getting tea in my sub boxes.

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~ Pierrot Gourmand Lollipop – I haven’t tried this yet. I don’t even know what the flavor is, or if there is a flavor. I’m not a huge fan of hard candy.

~ Chimes Ginger Chews – I haven’t tried these either. C loves ginger, so I’m saving them for him.

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~ Emmy’s Organics Chai Spice Macaroons – I saved the best for last! Boy, were these delicious. I was eyeing these for days before I finally took photos of the box. Once I did, I immediately opened these bad boys up and devoured them. Unfortunately, they’re a whopping 100 calories per macaroon, but so soo worth it! I would have been ecstatic to have just received an entire box full of only these. Of course, I’m a sucker for anything chai/coconut.

MY THOUGHTS: I’m not putting the retail value for this box, because there are so many little items, and it would take too long to find the MSRP for each individual item. I would definitely assume that the value is far beyond what I paid, and even beyond the regular price of this box. So far, Love With Food is a win for me. I really enjoyed the diversity of this box, and everything I’ve tried is delicious.

SIGN UP: Would you like to sign up for Love With Food and save $10? Sign up here, and use the code “YUMMY″ to get $10 off your first box. You’ll get it for only the cost of S&H, which is $2!

Thursday Thoughts

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This is my first time doing Thursday Thoughts. I’ve been feeling like crap the past two days, so I’m keeping my “thoughts” short & sweet.

▪ As I lay here on the couch while Kayde naps, I can’t help but think how convenient it is that he fits perfectly snuggled into me.

▪ Showers have become a luxury for me lately. I hate feeling dirty and stinky. But it’s sometimes difficult to get a shower in when I watch other children during the day, have to make meals & feed everyone, do housework, run errands, and of course Kayde can’t take naps without me holding him. Daddy just won’t do.

▪ It’s amazing how much natural light fills your house when you actually pull the blinds open. Apparently, we’ve been living in darkness.

▪ Every day I realize just how obsessed I am with buying Kayde toys and tableware. He’s not even quite a year old yet, he doesn’t need twelve different sippy cups just because they look like monsters and robots. And he certainly doesn’t need so many toys that the pack ‘n play is being used as an extra toybox.

▪ Quite often I find myself wishing I was pregnant. At least then I’d have a valid excuse to be fat.

▪ Not sure if this is normal, or maybe I’m just strange. Buuut, I love the smell of Kayde’s baby breath. Especially while he’s asleep or has just woken up. I promise I’m not a creep.

March Treatsie Review

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Treatsie is a monthly subscription box that sends curated boxes of gourmet artisan sweets from ever-changing vendors for $15 a month + S&H. This is my second month getting Treatsie, and I enjoyed this month even more than the last.

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The Box

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First Look

WHAT’S INSIDE:

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~ TCHO Mokaccino ($7.00) – First off, I love the the package that this chocolate comes in, adorable. Second, I may try this but I’m not a fan of coffee flavored anything. Buuut, C loves coffee, so I’ll probably let him have it.

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~ CocoaPlanet Chocolate ($3.50 each/$7.00 total) – I received Salted Caramel and CocoaMint. These little chocolate spheres with flavors “suspended” in Premium Dark Chocolate. Of course, I hate dark chocolate, but I might try at least one. C loves dark chocolate, so he’ll probably end up with one or both.Image

~ TCHO Minibar Assortment ($6.00) – “Set includes a Dark and Milk Assortment – 1 each of “Chocolatey”, “Fruity”, “Nutty, “Bright”, “Classic”(Milk), and “Cacao”(Milk).” These are also in cute wrappers, and come in plenty of flavors. They only have two milk chocolate bars, so I decided to try those. The Cacao one is still a little too dark for my taste, it reminded me of the chocolates from Christmas advent calendars. I did enjoy the Classic though, it was pretty delicious. I’ll add the rest to C’s stash of chocolate. Lucky guy.

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~ Big Picture Farm Goat Milk Caramels ($1.00 each/$4.00 total) – These came in four different flavors: Cocoa Latte, Maple Cream, Chai, and Sea Salt & Bourbon Vanilla. I haven’t tried these yet, but now that I know what the flavors are, I really want to try the Chai. I’m a sucker for anything Chai. C loves caramels, so he may eat the rest. They do sound delicious though!

MY THOUGHTS: The total value for this box is $24. Exactly the same as last month. So, once again, it isn’t super high-value, but you do get a little more than your money’s worth. I think it’s worth it to get to try sweets that I otherwise would have never heard of. Even though C will end up eating most of what’s in the box, I still like this box even better than last month’s. We got a large variety of flavors, and every item we received will be enjoyed by one of us. I highly recommend indulging in this box.

SIGN UP: Would you like to sign up for Treatsie and save $5 off your first box? Sign up here, and use the code “SUBSCRIBE5″ to get $5 off your first box.