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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Transition Back to Work

After being at my new job for a whopping three weeks, or six days, I feel like I can accurately share details about my transition back to work.  In a word:

GOOD!

I am very happy to have more structure, as I have to be more organized and productive in order to make my work days go more smoothly.  This means a few things –

  • Getting as much ready as I can the night before.  Kids stuff packed, my lunch packed in containers ready to go into my lunch box, items staged close to the door, dinner planned and prepped (if I can).
  • Wake up BEFORE everyone else!  This is key in getting ready quickly, so I can get out the door when I need to.  Plus, I love the quiet house in the morning.
  • Don’t get distracted.  I have a tendency to linger and putter around in the morning when eating breakfast.  On my word days I have to stop myself and stay focused on what I MUST DO instead of the “NICE to-do’s.”
  • Prep snacks for the kids because they are hungry immediately upon arriving home.  Instead of just throwing more crackers their way, I try to have cut up fruits and veggies ready for them.
  • Keep dinner simple.  We typically eat leftovers, crock-pot meals, or quick & easy to make meals.  Tonight it was pasta with red onions and black olives.  Yum!

Do I still have crazy moments in the two hours from daycare pick-up until my kid’s bedtime on my work days? Without a doubt! But together, my awesome teammate / husband and I figure it out and make it work.  It is only two days out of the week, so it has not been too difficult of a transition thus far.

Work wise, I’ve had to adjust from my larger, corporate marketing mindset to that of a small business.  I have to scale down some efforts to an appropriate level that matches our current resources with my time often being the limiting factor.  I work with extremely nice people; it’s too small of a business for office politics; and I feel like I’m already making a difference.  Of course there are some new ideas and changes that I’d like to propose, and I hope to do so in due time.  Until then, I’ll clock in for my two days a week and accomplish whatever I can to keep plans moving in the right direction!

How do you make your workdays easier?  If you transitioned from staying home to working, I’d love to hear how you make it work!