Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Meal Kit Subscriptions Reviews

I have been saying for months (ok maybe like a year) that I am going to try a whole bunch of meal kit subscriptions since I love to cook but I feel like I end up cooking the same types of things over and over again (hello soups).

I live in an area that is filled with these companies target demographics so there are lots to chose from. Each of these companies has a discounted introductory offer and can be put on hold at any point so I am going to try a different company each month and see how it goes.  So far I have found 5 different companies to try so this taste test is going to take at least half the year.

I am going to try Hello Fresh, Sun Basket, Marley Spoon and Plated in the coming months but this month I am trying out Blue Apron. Even though most of the introductory offers are only for the first week I am thinking I need to try each company for at least 2 to 3 weeks to really get a feel for each company.

If anyone has more suggestions about more companies to try please let me know.  The more to try the better!

I got my second Blue Apron box today so I will be giving my official opinion of it at the end of the month so come back then.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Year Resolutions

Like many people do when a new year starts I tend to look back at the year that is ending and evaluate how it went but then look forward to the new year and see what I could do better or what needs to change.

From the time I joined Orangetheory in March of last year until I broke my foot in October I was very consistent in hitting the gym multiple times a week. During the week I go to a gym class that starts at 6:10 AM so I am very happy the I found something that can get me up at a very early hour of the day. I couldn't go to the gym for over two months due to my foot but I got the all clear from the doctor to carefully (with a couple of restrictions/modifications) go back to the gym. I plan to keep up my gym routine this year and hope to continue to get stronger and faster.

Lots of people make a resolution to lose weight and while I am currently trying to lose a bit of weight my overall goal for the year is just to focus on eating more healthy foods.  Losing weight may not be a reasonable thing for me this year as I am hoping to be pregnant at some point this year. Pregnancy and losing weight don't really go together but eating better foods and pregnancy definitely go together.

The other thing that I want to do more of this year is reading.  I love to read but too often end up on my computer or watching TV instead of reading when I am at home. I am going on a trip later this week so that plane ride should be a great time to get into a good book.  Once I get into a book I am better about making time to read since I want to know what happens next.

This something I have actually done pretty well the last few years but I always want to make time to go on at least a few little trips this year. I don't have any big international trips planned this year but I do have a quick trip to Disney World planned later this week along with a birthday present trip to Heart Castle with my husband.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Disney World Tips?

I am hopping on a red-eye Thursday night to meet my parents and one of my sisters in Florida to go to Disney World! I am so excited because I have not been to Disney World in at least 5 years.

I have been to Disneyland multiple times a year for the last few years so I have my favorites and go to rides/restaurants down pact. There are a lot of the same rides in Disney World but also a ton of different things to do too! I love any type of ride so any tips on what rides to ride and when would be welcome.

This trip was a bit of a last minute trip so we did not prebook any of our FastPasses and are planning to make a few when we get there if we can.

We are eating at Be Our Guest one day for lunch (the only time I could get a reservation the whole trip) and we are having dinner at the German buffet in Epcot one day but other than that we don't have any dining plans.  Any restaurant recommendations (or ones to avoid) would be welcome since I know there are some great places to eat.

While we may not have a ton of plans for what we do or where we eat I have no shortage of Disney clothing and accessories to wear on the trip!

I am so excited to be on my way and off to all things Disney!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Stitch Fix #19

When I got my Stitch Fix box last month I was super excited about it.  Most of the items looked like they had potential. Not all of it ended up working out but I was happy with the box anyway.

The one piece that I actually ended up keeping was this super comfy shirt. I am always a fan of stripes and the redish pink detailing just gives this shirt a little pop. This shirt is just fitted enough that I might be able to dress it up enough to wear to work but so far I have just worn it on weekends.

This black lacy dress looked great in the box but it just didn't quite fit me correctly. I had strangely large armholes so that didn't quite work for me.

I almost ended up keeping this asymmetrical maroon jacket but I couldn't quite spend the money on something I didn't know how often I would actually wear.  I liked it a lot but didn't have that much in my wardrobe I could picture wearing it with.

This was the one piece that I knew I wouldn't be keeping the minute I pulled it out of the box.  I am just not a fan of ombre in general but especially not on me.

The print on this dress was fabulous and I am sad the dress didn't fit better. The waist actually fit in the correct place (shocking I know) but the chest was just a little bit too tight on me so I had to send it back.

You can get your own box here and let me know how you like it.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My Favorite Moments of 2016

Now that we have rung in 2017 I decided to take a look back at some of the fun moments of 2016!

I was able go to Disneyland multiple times this year and with multiple different friends and family members. 

My sister threw me a fabulous bachelorette party in Paso Robles this spring.

My husband and I celebrated the 3rd anniversary of our first date with a delicious dinner at La Fondue.

I took a long weekend trip to New York City and met my sister there.  We ate our weight in cupcakes that weekend.

I went to my 10 year college reunion and was able to visit with so many friends.

My sister threw me a fabulous Beauty and the Beast bridal shower.

The main event! I married (again) the love my life over looking the ocean in Hawaii with our friends and family there to help us celebrate.

I joined Orangetheory fitness and with that I had found a gym routine that I loved and could stick with. Anything that has me waking up at 5:10 AM multiple mornings a week must be good.

I took a quick weekend trip to the Seattle area to visit family and attend the baby shower of one of my cousins.

I flew to Pennsylvania Labor Day weekend to surprise my sister for her 30th birthday. She was defiantly surprised.

The other main event of the year! I took a fabulous 2 week honeymoon in Europe with my husband. We went to Germany, Austria and Czech Republic and can't wait to go back again. I never got around to finishing up my honeymoon posts so you may be seeing some of them in 2017.

 My husband and I went to Monterey overnight to celebrate the 1st anniversary of our church wedding.

We spent Christmas Eve with my husband's family and then Christmas Day with my family. A wonderful time was had by all.

There were a few low points in 2016 but as a whole it was a really wonderful and memorable year and I am looking forward to see what 2017 holds.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas Wrap Up

Another Christmas (and birthday) has come and gone. Since there are 12 days of Christmas with Christmas day only being the first day of Christmas I am leaving my decorations up for another week or so but the actual holiday has passed.

My husband and I spend a lovely Christmas Eve with his family and managed to not take a single picture. After an early morning workout to counteract all that I would be eating over the next few days we headed over to my brother in law and sister in law's house for a brunch of filipino breakfast foods.  We spent the afternoon playing games and after dinner we opened gifts. We did a secret santa with my husband's family so it was fun to give the gifts to the person I drew. Our tree looked so pretty with all the presents under it before we set our to give them to our families.
After dinner and presents on Christmas Eve we drove down to my parent's house so we could wake up there on Christmas morning. I didn't take any pictures of their tree before we opened presents but I got myself and my sisters new flannel pajamas to lounge in all day. We exchanged presents with my family, had breakfast and relaxed a bit before it was time to prepare for Christmas dinner.

My mom and her two siblings take turns hosting Christmas dinner so it is only at my parents' house every third year. This year was a year they were hosting so we all got voluntold to help set up. My husband and I set the tables and then helped my sister fold the napkins into fancy tree shapes. Thank you YouTube! Everyone was very impressed with the fancy napkins and with three people folding them they actually didn't take too long.

I rounded up my sisters before everyone got there to take a sisters photos.  I decided to go comfy this year and wore a very flowy dress with a cutout in the back. I thought about wearing a belt but decided against it.

We always have prime rib and Yorkshire pudding along with some sort of vegetable for Christmas dinner. Since my birthday is on Christmas there is always birthday cake of some sort, candles and singing as part of Christmas dinner.

We always have 2 trifles for dessert.  One version is high octane that most people eat and the other is low octane for those who don't want as much alcohol (or in the past were far under 21). For New Year's Eve with my husband's family I am trying my hand at not only a trifle but a prime rib and Yorkshire pudding so wish me luck. I have seen all of this made many many times and sort of helped make some of it but have never made any of it on my own.

In addition to the trifle since it is my birthday I always get to pick something to be my birthday cake. I am not a huge cake fan so I always pick some sort ice cream cake/pie.  This pie is layers of coffee ice cream, crushed chocolate cookies, sliced almonds, crushed Heath bars and chocolate sauce.

After a lovely Christmas we were exhausted and everyone in the house headed to bed early. The next morning I had a lovely breakfast of leftover ice cream pie and eggnog!  We met a couple of my cousins for lunch before packing up and heading back home to prepare to head back to work on Tuesday.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Back with a What's Up Wednesday

It has been months since I did one but I decided it was time for a What's Up Wednesday.

What we're eating this week:  I made a big pot of spaghettini sauce this weekend so that will take care of many of our meals.  Our niece is having a birthday on Thursday so we are going out to celebrate that night.

What I'm reminiscing about: 
I am reminiscing years of Christmas past and looking forward to celebrating this year. I love that I get to see my whole family at Christmas and I appreciate it even more now that my sisters live on the other side of the country.

What I'm loving: I am loving the Christmas season and all that goes with it. I love seeing houses all lit up at night as I drive home at night (though this doesn't mean I like it getting dark so early) and I love coming home to my Christmas tree all lit up.

What we've been up to: After a fairly eventful summer and fall we have been trying to have a quiet winter.  We have spent evenings at home and enjoyed all of Christmas ornaments.

What I'm dreading: I am not really dreading anything at the moment though I am always dreading cleaning my house since no matter how many times I clean it it just doesn't stay clean.

What I'm working on: I am working on wrapping up the last of the Christmas presents I have bought for my family and friends.  Everything is purchases and the last couple of things arrive from Amazon tomorrow. This years tree will soon look a lot like last years tree all surrounded by presents.

What I'm excited about: I am super excited about seeing my family this weekend for Christmas and I am also super excited that I am going to Disney World with my parents and one of my sisters in January. We are taking advantage of MLK weekend and making a long weekend even longer. As much as I go to Disneyland I have not been to Disney World in years so I am super excited to see what has changed since the last time I was there. This also gives me an opportunity to wear all my Disney accessories.

What I'm watching/reading: My husband and I have finally jumped on the bandwagon and are watching the Walking Dead. We are about 6 seasons behind so it gives us lots to watch. I spend half the time covering my eyes because it is so gory but it it still interesting.

What I'm listening to: Mostly whatever comes on my Pandora which is usually a mix of country and a random mix of 90s-00s pop music.  Everyone needs some Britney in their life every once in a while.

What I'm wearing: Between Christmas shopping for other people and this whole having a broken foot thing I have not been doing too much shopping for myself. I did manage to snag a new pair of fun flannel pajamas and this fabulous night shirt to wear this winter.

What I'm doing this weekend: All things Christmas obviously! We are spending Christmas Eve with my husband's family and then driving down to my parents' house to spend Christmas with my family. Along with it being Christmas it is also my birthday so I am looking forward to celebrating that too.

Happy Wednesday!