How I turned into a mini chef for a few days

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Mini Chef!

If you know me, yes you heard correctly! If you are newly joining my journey you will discover that I am not a chef by any means. Matter of fact, I used the good ol’ Carrie Bradshaw quote, “I keep sweaters in my oven.” Okay maybe not so much anymore. Becoming a mom has really pushed my comfort levels in the kitchen and more importantly, made me more health conscious. What I feed my family is important to me. So even if I only cook a few days a week, at least those few days I want them to be filling and nutritious.

The Battle

We had the same dinners all the time. My wife to this day probably can’t stand enchiladas anymore. Ha! We would get to the grocery store and I would ask, “what would like for dinner this week?” And I would be told the same five things. Yikes! So we experimented with a few new recipes. I saved the ingredients list and spend WAY too long locating the items. Not to mention some I would have to google to figure out what it was! And I’m a sharp cookie y’all! Needless to say, we needed a better system. And to our rescue came, Hello Fresh.

The Solution!

Hello Fresh is a delivery service that packs everything you need to cook a delicious meal! They have three plans available; A classic, a veggie, and a family plan. I chose the family plan as I wanted to be mindful of the spices for our son. Then you choose how many you’d like and for how many people (serving size) I chose for a family of 4.

The Experience

Mini Chef with Hello Fresh.

A big box arrived at my door shortly after 3 P.M. clearly marked Hello Fresh and I immediately became excited! When I opened it, I was pleased to see all 3 meal ingredients were in separate boxes and clearly marked. This made storing in the fridge easier. The meats were at the bottom covered under large, flat frozen ice packs. Inside the box was also a booklet with the instructions. I was very pleased with the presentation! It was well-organized, easy and professional.

First Hello Fresh meal

Onto the cooking like a chef!

Second meal with Hello Fresh.

The instructions are SO easy! It even provides you with an image with each step. The only ingredients that weren’t included were salt, pepper, water and oil. That’s it! Everything else was inside those smaller boxes! Okay so there’s usually something warming up or boiling while you prep. Prepping is about 10 minutes and the cooking about 35 minutes. Even though the first meal took me twice as long because I am the world’s slowest food cutter. Seriously the time it takes you to dice 3-4 tomatoes, I have only diced one. I don’t know why! I’m working on it! I couldn’t believe it I made those three dishes! It wasn’t complicated but it sure looked like a fancy recipe. Most importantly it tasted great! My toddler even loved it. That right there is the real stamp of approval.

Third meal with Hello Fresh.

My Recommendation

Try it out for yourself! My wife and I did the math, 3 meals with Hello Fresh costs us half of what we spend on groceries anyway! Why not allow them to bring variety into our dinners, healthy options and too good to be true time saved at the store. The only thing I left for the store was your typical, milk, eggs and bread! And only because our recipes didn’t need them! Ha! I loved their service so much that I want to give you $35 off to experience it for yourself! Type ANGELICA35 at checkout at HelloFresh.com or click HERE! And make sure to come back and tell what you think.

Love,

 

Angelica

*This post was sponsored by Hello Fresh. All thoughts and opinions are as always 100% my own.

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Peek-a-bear Children’s Book Review

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Reading Peek-a-bear book together

I knew since I was pregnant that I wanted to install the love of books to our son. Our wish for him was to yearn learning and a passion for reading. In my research, I learned that starting as early as possible was key to achieving this. Therefore to this day we are always constantly searching and buying books we believe he will enjoy and are educational. We are currently on a reading nook so stay tuned for that reveal! I know when our son loves a book because he wants it read over and over! He selects the book himself, brings it over while making persistent sounds and then sits on my lap. Seriously cutest thing. Well when I first discovered Peek-a-bear book, I instantly knew it would be a hit with my son as he loves particularly interactive play. He is so curious about life and animation that he demonstrates it vocally and physically. He claps and yelps in excitement. That is exactly the reactions moms look for to ensure it is to our little ones satisfaction. We I can confidently tell you, Peek-a-bear nailed it.

Peek-a-bear book

Peak-a-bear

From award-winning author, Jill Mangel Weisfeld, Peek-a-bear has won 5 awards including a Gold Medal in the Mom’s Choice Awards, a gold medal in the Purple Dragonfly Awards and a silver medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Peek-a-bear keeps children intrigued while navigating through the color pages on a quest to discover what is hidden behind flaps and curtains similar to the game of pee-a-boo. My son as his very early, impatient age, rushes to open the flaps before I can finish reading the page. We truly laugh with excitement as if we were playing a game.

Peek-a-bear Book

The design

The book is hardcover with very thick pages appropriate for young children. As a mom, these type of details matter as we worry about paper cuts for instance. Durability is as important as well while babies and young toddlers have not grasp delicacy and often toss books in and out if containers. It is very colorful! Vibrant, warm and cool colors that draw your attention instantly. The imagery is fit to attract a young readers heart.

Playing with Peek-a-bear Book

Overall

Peek-a-bear delivers! It has become one of baby boys favorite books, so much that I have it memorized. If he could speak, he would as well. I invite you take a look for yourself and recommend getting it for your child (dren), grand babies, or any young child in your life you’ll love to bring a smile to. What I absolutely love that most is that a percentage of all book sales go to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. ❤ You can get more information and order your book HERE.

Love,

Angelica

*This post was sponsored by Take a Peek, Peek-a-bear. As always, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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5 Easy ways to be healthier in 2017

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5 Healthy Habits in 2017

New year and new resolutions! It has been a whole year since I gave birth to our son as well as exclusively breastfed him. Therefore there are zero excuses to not kick things into gear this new year with healthier choices. I used to worry anything and everything would impact my milk supply. I believe it was what kept me from exercising or eating certain things. I am still careful of course but realize I can do many things to be healthier that won’t affect it. I promise these 5 changes are so easy, hardly any effort is needed. Whether you breastfeed or not.

Breakfast Time!

It is by far my favorite meal! And it IS absolutely the most important meal of the day. It is so important to eat something nutritious and filling as it is your fuel for the day. You want to be productive this new year right? Well you are in for a treat! Literally. I am going to share with you my favorite breakfast smoothie and how to make it.

Ingredients

Half a cup of Post® Honey Bunches of Oats®

1 Cup of Almond milk unsweetened

1 cup of cold coffee

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon of almond butter

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 cup of plain greek yogurt

Instructions 

In the blender add all ingredients to blend. Do not add ice. It is why the banana is frozen. This way it makes it chilli and never watery like ice cubes do. I peel a banana and place it in the freezer over night. I also brew my cup of coffee then place it in the fridge over night so it is cold in the morning. Pouring a hot cup of coffee over your frozen banana will definitely ruin it. If you forget simply place your brewed cup in the freezer until it is at least room temperature. It is also important that your ingredients are plain meaning no vanilla almond milk or no vanilla greek yogurt or flavored coffee.

I used to drink this smoothie without the cereal when my efforts were to lose weight and was incredibly successful. Now my goal is to maintain my weight and be healthy therefore Post® Honey Bunches of Oats® cereal not only gives my smoothie excellent texture but also completes my balanced breakfast meal and source of fiber!  You can get you Post® Honey Bunches of Oats® coupon HERE.

Post® Honey Bunches of Oats® Coupon

Water water water

I used to be terrible at drinking water! When I became pregnant, I made it a priority and everyone made me accountable. Well I have fallen off the boat since! Therefore this year I will go back to drinking 8 glasses of water daily! You heard me, now hold me accountable please.

Yoga and Meditation

I love yoga and everything it represents. I love how it makes me feel. I love how it improves my breathing. I love how it improves my posture. But most importantly I love how in peace it makes me feel. My days always are better after yoga because I am in a better mindset. This year I will go at least 30 minutes of yoga 5 days a week.

Walking

 I had a desk job for so many years that I truly didn’t walk as much as I should have. I also live in a state where half the year it’s too hot to be outside. However I will make it work! Right now the weather is gorgeous therefore I will take my son to a minimum of 15-20 minute walk. I am loving all the fresh air also by the way.

Lastly my daily fruits and veggies

I’m not trying to sound cliché here but it is the most simple way to be healthier. I’m already having a banana at breakfast therefore I will incorporate steamed veggies for dinner. Simple enough right? It takes a whole 5 minutes!

 

What do think? I promised they were easy. Tell me your thoughts in the comments below and add any you think I should incorporate.

 

Love,

Angelica

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Newbieshade-Our favorite baby car seat cover

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Newbieshade

Newbieshade

Gosh if I could go back to when our son was born, I would have the coolest, cutest stuff prepared. It’s funny that you think you know but you really don’t. As a first time mom, I pretty much confined myself to what they sold at that big chain store. Yes you know which one I am referring to. I had no idea I was missing out on so many amazing products from small businesses such as Newbie Shade.

The Issue at hand

Let me first tell you we have tried multiple products that were left practically brand new. We purchased and were gifted car seat covers. One the material was so thin and cheap it ripped the FIRST time I washed it! No, I am not kidding. The second was better, however I hated that I couldn’t see our son and lifted the darn thing every 10 seconds to see him. You know, typical paranoid mom. So after a while we just gave up and got him cool sun glasses. That isn’t a joke, we really did! Haha. He left them on and everything! The problem however persisted; the sun in his face did not help the car ride at all poor little guy. Therefore we bought those shade you stick on the windows from Amazon. They kind of worked depending which direction the car was headed and what time of day it was. It also drove me nuts that we couldn’t open the windows. They stayed on for a while as something was better than nothing. Well now those are gladly gone!

Our new car seat cover

When I was trying to make my selection online my first impression was that they were super cute with adorable prints. I gravitated towards the grey, rainy clouds on one side and  black and white trees on the other. I love that it’s reversible! When I received it I was extremely pleased with the quality. They are 100% durable cotton. I love that I can grip the fabric and feel the thickness. I don’t have to worry if my son yanks at it in the car or starts splashing his sippy cup on it. I am more than comfortable throwing it in the wash, and retrieving an intact cover.

Installation

It was the easiest thing I did that day! Each ends has two clips very much like any stroller, high chair, grocery cart. That is it folks! No difficult equipment. Just a beautiful, well made cover for your baby’s car seat.

Our favorite car seat cover Newbieshade.

What I love the most.

I can see my baby! I so so wish I would have had this since he was born. Maybe he would have slept in the car more! We often still play peek a boo and he just cracks up. I leave the side towards the window down and the side next to me open so we can see each other. I am sure one he will be more interested in what’s going on outside the window than playing with me but until that day comes, I will enjoy our no blinding, car rides together.

My recommendation

You know I am a big supporter of small businesses and gladly to be behind Newbieshade. Seriously this is a wonderful baby shower gift and product you need to have for your own baby. It compatible with all car seats; infant, rear and front facing car seats! If you have any questions about it don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

You can get your own adorable newbieshade here. Type code ANGELICA for 20% off! Good until April 1st 2017!

Love,

Angelica

*This post was sponsored by Newbie Shade. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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