My First Time Trying Hello Fresh

I can’t help it: I like a deal!

I received a credit to try out two meals from Hello Fresh, and so of course I tried it.

We selected a family portion and tried Sweet & Sour Shrimp and a Penne Bake.

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Pretty packaging & pictures, right? Did the meals taste as good as the pictures make them look?

The service IS nice. The box was delivered late afternoon, so I had plenty of time to get it inside and start my meal prep.  All in all, there is A LOT of cardboard, frozen ice and packing inserts, so I couldn’t help but feel it would be wasteful to do this EVERY week.

Okay, so the meals – I made the shrimp dish first, per the instructions. The ingredients were very fresh. My kids insisted on snacking on the snow peas before I could cook them up! That was fine with me! Go ahead & eat those veggies kids! This meal took a bit longer than suggested to prepare. I should have saved it for a weekend night versus during the week to have more time to prep.  However, it was a hit. We had a LOT of leftover rice, and some leftover sweet & sour shrimp too.

Compared to the first meal, the second meal was another story. First off, the chicken sausage was missing from my shipment, so I made it a vegetarian meal. Second, the thyme was a pain to use fresh. I should have just used the dried stuff in my cabinet…though maybe it wouldn’t have been as fragrant. Third, the seasoning packet warned that it was spicy. I used a small amount, and it still was a bit much. I couldn’t even serve this pasta bake to my kids due to the spice. My husband and I thought it was okay. We really had a lot of this leftover. Ugh.

I did call customer service at Hello Fresh to tell them about the missing meat in my shipment. They were very nice and apologetic and gave me a credit for my account. I will be trying Hello Fresh another time after these mixed reviews. There is a nice convenience to the service, but I’ll have to determine if I think it’s worth the higher cost of meal planning.

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A Progress Report: Working Mama

Since I’m approaching my three-month mark for my part-time job, I  thought I’d share a kind of progress report on how we’re all faring.

Work Update

Work continues to go well, though I’m learning what I can realistically achieve in two days with a more realistic part-time mindset instead of the full-time one I previously had.  I certainly am NEVER without something to do, which is good, since I like being busy.  However, I do not like busy just for busy’s sake, and fortunately that is NOT the case in my job.  I feel like I am well-connected to the overall goals and am developing marketing strategies to help support those goals (while still completing every other marketing task that falls under those strategies too).  Overall, I feel like I am making important contributions that are making a difference. Did I mention my days go by very quickly?!

Preparation is KEY

Part of making my mornings and evenings run smoothly entails being organized and using time wisely, as I mentioned in transition back to work.  Sometimes things do NOT go according to plan, as is commonplace in parenting.  Today, for example, I thought my alarm didn’t go off because I woke up 20 minutes late, when in fact it DID go off, but someone turned the volume dial WAAAY down, so I couldn’t hear it. I also FAILED on my own “getting ready the night before” tip on Monday morning, when I realized I had a car seat in the trunk, and not properly installed in the backseat.  I was a little upset and frustrated, but I figured out how to install it, and only ended up being a few minutes late for work. Summer weekends are BUSY, and I’ve been exhausted after very fun and full days, making it easier to just go to bed verses taking 10 minutes to prep everything.

Lesson: Take your own advice!  If you don’t plan in advance, you just have to suck it up and make it work.

Work mode to Mom mode

After taking in the wonderful comments on my work mode to mom mode post, I have slowly become better at being more relaxed during my mom mode time.  Tonight was a pretty good example of our standard evening – heated up leftovers for dinner, had to reprimand the kids for chucking baby carrots, clean-up, do dishes, let kids play, give daughter a time-out for playing with a wire hanger, bath time, watched So You Think You Can Dance with the kids, then stories and bed.  Now it’s finally my time to sort laundry, do some cleaning, blog and relax.  AHH!!!

Some lessons learned:

  • Don’t always wear dry-clean only work clothes, or try to change out of them before eating dinner.  Today my machine washable dress pants were hit with baby carrot and applesauce.
  • TV / Shows on Netflix help buy time when I need to get dinner ready, or just some peace!
  • Every night does not need to be “perfect,” so I try to take it as it comes and get through the mis-behaving and savor the sweet moments with my kids.

Parents – what do you do to make your weeknights easier?  I’d love to read your comments.