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My favorites from Hello Fresh

As I told you back in May, I've been getting Hello Fresh.  As of today, I will receive my 15th Hello Fresh box.  I originally tried it because I got a coupon code for $40 off my first box.  There was no commitment, so I decided I would try 6 meals (3 different meals for 2 people) for $19.98.  I really loved it, and then started getting it on the weeks when there were 3 meals that week I was really jazzed about.  Now, I get it whether there are 3 I'm jazzed about or not.  It's so easy, a good value, and so good.

Now my only complaint is that some weeks there are 6 options I REALLY want to try, and then the next week there are only 2 I REALLY want.  But that's just a me issue.  As far as real complaints, anytime I've ever received any produce that wasn't up to snuff, they gave me a credit to my account to make up for it.

I've really loved many of the 45 recipes I've made so far, but some of my favorite recipes were easy ways to tweak tried and true thin…

{Confessions of a Product Junkie}... Skincare 2017 Edition

I'm no Skincare expert, but I do like to buy beauty products.  It's been a LONG time since I have blogged about my favorites.  Some may be the same, some have changed.  Here is what I'm loving right now...

I'm still using some of the Renee Rouleau products.  Over the past couple of years, I have used many of these products, but I'm down to two.  They repackaged last year, and along with looking different, you get less product for the same (or maybe even more?) money.  Which is a bummer, but the products are good.  They don't upset my face (I recently tried to go cheap with a Neutrogena set of cleanser and toner, and my face freaked out!)

For a cleanser, I use the RR AHA/BHA Blemish Control with Salicylic Acid Face Wash.  That cheaper brand I bought a few weeks ago had all of those same ingredients, but my face is just too sensitive for that formula.  I've never had any trouble with RR, so back to the old faithful I went. (Note: I do use store brand face wip…

Packing & Travel Tips

The good news is, you are going to Europe, anything you forget, you can buy there.  That being said, I like to be as prepared as possible, because who wants to spend vacation time trying to buy a plug adapter?

These are some things I like to always pack for a trip to Europe:

Adapters vs. Converters
An Adapter makes our US plugs fit into their different shaped plugs, while a converter actually changes the voltage for our US products.  For the most part, adapters are all you will need in today's times because most of our plugs are ok to use with a range of voltage.  iPhones, camera chargers, etc. generally work with an adapter only.  The way to tell is to look at the writing on the back of your charger.  If it has a range, then it is good for those voltages.  Adapters are relatively cheap and can be purchased at travel/luggage stores, or even just on Amazon.  I google the place I'm going, and find out what type of plugs they have.  Be aware that it can change from country to cou…

A New Look

As you probably noted, I have a new look around here.  I'd like to say I was just ready for a refresh and ready to start re-blogging on the regular, but that's not the case.  Here's what happened:

I went to log on to my blog this morning to look for something and this is what I saw
I thought I had been hacked by some sort of ransom virus or something.  I looked into it further, and I sort of had.  Not an illegal virus, but I guess the cute images that I had on my blog header, sidebars, etc. had been saved on photo bucket.  Now photo bucket had decided that I needed to pay them $399.99 a year for them to house my images and post them on a 3rd party site.  Yeah.  No.   Not going to happen.  
They also seem to be holding my images hostage until I pay up, so they are basically gone forever.  Luckily, I had this on one of my instagram posts and while I could use it in a header as an image from my computer, I just decided to go with a new format and look altogether.  But I'm…

Hello Fresh...my newest favorite thing

A few months ago, I got a coupon code for Hello Fresh, and I decided to try it out (I'm giving you the same coupon at the bottom of this post!).  I had heard dozens of advertisements for similar food services, like Blue Apron, and even trashed a ton of coupons for BA because their menus didn't really appeal to me.  When I check out Hello Fresh, their menus seemed much more to my taste, and it has quickly turned into my newest favorite thing.

A little about my food situation:  I don't mind cooking, but I don't do so well when it comes to planning and shopping.  And if I need to thaw out something to cook, like chicken breasts, etc., well, there is a 98% chance I will forget to do that.  I also tend to buy too much food at the store, and end up with lots of waste.  
Basically, Hello Fresh solves all of these problems for me.  They send me 3 meals on Mondays.  My Hello Fresh box includes every thing I need to cook the meals except olive oil, salt, pepper, and sugar.  I ha…