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Dinner Is Saved with Peapod!

Disclosure: #ad  I was given a gift code to facilitate this review. All opinions of the Peapod Service are my own.

Hey friends!  It’s been awhile… Things have been pretty crazy over here the past 6 or so months.  Our family has experienced so many changes, and challenges and unfortunately this blog took a backseat to everything else.  But, things are settling down (sort of!) and I am so happy to be back!

One major change is that I very recently accepted a NEW JOB! I’ll talk about it more in the future, but it’s awesome, and I am so happy! It’s a “normal” job in that I actually have to change out of my pajamas and go to an office Monday – Friday, 9 – 5.  It’s a huge change after working from home or the past 7 years, but I am soooo ready for it.

As ready as I am, there is the little worry in my mind about how the heck I am going to do EVERYTHING?!

Take a look at our weekly schedule:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Sarah Baseball Work til 5pm Work til 3pm Work til 5pm Work til 5pm Work til 5pm Baseball
Dave Baseball Work til 2:30 Baseball practice 7pm Work til 2:30 Work til 2:31 Work til 2:32 Work til 2:33 Baseball
Avery Baseball Coding til 5:30 Dance 4:30 – 6pm Dance til 5:00 Baseball practice: 6 – 7pm Nothing? Maybe? That can’t be right. Baseball
Girl Scouts 5:45 – 7:15pm Baseball Game 5:30 – 7pm

OK, soooo…. WHEN DO I MAKE AND EAT DINNER?!?!

I guess we can just eat on Friday, and weekends when Dave doesn’t have night games.

I mean, Dave will be home, and he is more than capable of cooking (full disclosure: he is the one who cooks most of the time!)  But it feels like we won’t have any time now that I won’t be home until later. And when the heck will we do our shopping?

That’s where Peapod comes in!  I’ve blogged about Peapod before, and how easy it made party planning. I am going to start taking my own advice, and let someone else do the heavy lifting for me. (Literally)

Peapod is SUPER convenient and easy! I can order everything we need for the week while on my lunch break, and schedule a delivery time that works for me.54433318_570651363446645_6234251274750001152_n

Since Dave was home this week, I chose a delivery time right in the middle of the day, so he could be the one to put all the groceries away! Ha! 55546961_1214622135366021_7038730191530622976_n

I love that Peapod sends you alerts so you know exactly when to expect your delivery. It’s nice that you don’t have to wait around all day, looking out the window, dreaming about groceries…

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OK, so we all know about the convenient delivery and pick-up options. But wait, there’s MORE! Did you know that you can order delicious pre-made meals?  The chicken parm is really good, and is a definite favorite in our family! The pre-made meals are perfect for nights when I just do not have time to prepare even the simplest of meals. I can grab one of these from the fridge and just heat it up! peapod-2

Peapod also offers a variety of affordable meal kits (many are less than $5 per serving) that contain pre-measured, pre-cut and pre-washed ingredients for meals made in 30 minutes or less!!  I was really excited to try these out as we’ve always wanted to use meal kits, but never wanted to be locked into a monthly plan, or get stuck with meals we really weren’t interested in.
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I ordered the Beef and Broccoli kit, and the Upscale Beef Stroganoff!  It is so simple, as the kit includes all the ingredients you need, portioned and clearly labeled. The recipe is easy to follow, and doesn’t require any advanced cooing skills. peapod-4

The Beef Stroganoff was SO GOOD! And it made 6 servings so we had more than enough for dinner and lunches the following day! I love the ease of having these meals ready to go in the fridge. Dave and I can easily grab them and whip it up quickly for a hearty meal before practice!peapod-5 Peapod makes shopping so easy, not just with delivery or pick-up but with other special features like:

  • Express Shop: Quickly locate and select all ingredients for a specific recipe, meal plan, etc. Just type your list into the notepad; click Start Shopping and the products matching your first item will be displayed.
  • Order Genius: Auto-fill your cart with the items you buy most frequently and even recall shopping history from Stop & Shop and Giant loyalty reward cards.
  • Sort Feature: Find products with the best price, to meet your dietary needs, even see which product is most popular. Select your sort preference from the drop-down box at the top of every page. Click the Save Sort link and your products will always be sorted that way.
  • Filter Feature: Filter to only see the products that meet your needs, whether you’re looking for dairy-free cereal or peanut-free snacks.

Peapod has no required membership fee, but they do offer an optional subscription service called PodPass which gives subscribers unlimited free delivery and pick-up for one low price with 3 month, 6 month and 12 month options! Standard delivery fees range from $6.95-$9.95

So here I am, having a lazy Sunday, not rushing around the market trying to figure out what the heck we will eat this week, along with half the state. Because I know that Peapod has me covered!

BOSTON/MA FRIENDS!!! From now until the end of March, I am offering a code: FRESH50 to my followers for $25 off your first two orders and 1-year free delivery with a PodPass subscription!  That’s an amazing deal!! Don’t miss out and head to Peapod right now to grab your groceries for the week!

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In our family, we have very different tastes.  This is especially clear when it comes to ordering pizza!  First of all, Avery is allergic to tomatoes, so she needs a pizza without sauce.   Dave loves pepperoni, peppers, onions, sausage, basically, every topping known to man piled on top of his pie.  And then there’s me. Plain cheese. Sometimes I’ll go craaaazzzzyyyy and get mushrooms or black olives, or BOTH if I’m feeling especially wild! When we order pizza, Poor Dave rarely gets his way, and has to “suffer” eating the not so topping-full pizza of my choosing! If he’s lucky, I’ll let him order a half and half pizza. Half plain cheese, and half whatever he wants. And, if we grab a frozen pizza?  He’s completely out of luck since they rarely offer much in the way of toppings we agree on!

While shopping in Walmart I stumbled upon the solution to our problems! The DIGIORNO® Design A Pizza Kit! It’s the perfect product for families like ours who can’t agree on toppings!  Each person can top their own delicious slice!

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I thought this would be the perfect Father’s Day lunch for Dave, so I grabbed two pizzas (a Pepperoni & Sausage with Peppers for Father’s Day and a Spinach, Tomato and Red Onion with Pepperoni for another night!)

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I thought it would be fun to make him a pizza with all his favorite toppings!

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 The #Digiorno Design A Pizza Kit includes everything you need to make the perfect pizza! The dough is already sauced and cheesed and you just add on your favorite toppings!

Since Dave never gets the pizzas he wants I thought I made him a slice of each of his favorites!  1 slice pepperoni & sausage, 1 slice, sausage & peppers, 1 slice just pepperoni, and 1 slice just peppers.  (annnd I may have left 1 itty bitty slice plain…Hey! I needed to try it out, too!!)

I preheated the oven to 400* and got to work!

Of course, Avery needed to help…

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Due to her allergies, I just let her help with the extra cheese on top.  She helped for about .0003 seconds before she started shoving the cheese in her mouth, and I had to send her back to the living room!

I popped that beauty into the oven, right on the rack, and waited…

It smelled absolutely delicious and after 20 minutes it was done!

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Perfection!

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Dave was busy working (as always!) but I called him up from his shop for his surprise lunch!

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He loved it, and he wasn’t even mad at me for stealing plain cheese slice! It was really, really good! After he ate a couple slices he went back to work, but I knew it was only a matter of time before he came back up for “just one more slice”

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I loved how much fun it was to make this pizza! I’m really looking forward to our next pizza night when Dave and I make our own perfect slices! I think we might even invite my parents over, too! They put up with my picky palate for many, many, MANY years, so I’d love to treat them to their own perfect pizza!

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  • Chicken, Green Peppers and Red Onion
  • Spinach, Tomato and Red Onion with Pepperoni

And can be found at Walmart in the frozen pizza section

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Eat Your Veggie Fries

*I was given coupons to try out Veggie Fries. All opinions are my own* 

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So, Avery is a toddler, and part of the Toddler Code states that “Toddlers Shall refuse foods, even if said food was one they enjoyed the day before.”  She lives by this code, and it makes meals very difficult for me.

“Apple, Mommy!!!  PEASE!!! PEASE!!! APPLES!!!! MORE APPLES!!!”

I serve her apples, peeled and sliced, on her Mickey Mouse plate…

I turn around…

and I hear the plate hit the floor…

“NO APPLES!!!! I DON’T YIKE IT!!!”

It’s a daily battle.

Here is a list of food that Avery will never eat. Ever.

  1. Red meat

Here is a list of food she will eat about 25% of the time (she LOVES them one day and throws them across the room the next)

  1. Bananas
  2. “berries” (grapes)
  3. “booberries” (blueberries)
  4. Bread
  5. chicken in nugget form
  6. broccoli
  7. corn
  8. peas
  9. apples
  10. “onenges” (clementines)

Here is a list of food that Avery will eat about 80% of the time:

  1. “Yo Hos” (Pirates Booty)
  2. “Cookie crackers” (graham crackers)
  3. Hot dogs

And finally here is the list of foods that Avery will eat 100% of the time

  1. Cake pops
  2. Fries

So, as you can see, we have a bit of trouble getting those key servings of veggies in to her growing body.

Thank goodness that Boston based mom and dad created Veggie Fries!

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Veggie Fries are awesome!  They are made from all natural USA grown potatoes, but not JUST potatoes! Each variety contains at least 25% of non-potato vegetables!

Baked and super crispy Veggie Fries are a delicious addition to any meal!

Veggie Fries are a product that you can feel good about serving your family! They are all natural, non-GMO and wheat & gluten free! Each 3 ounce serving of Veggie Fries contains 2 full vegetable servings!

We tried the Carrot and Potato variety as well as the Broccoli and Potato and both were delicious! So crispy on the outside (we baked them) and fluffy and full of flavor on the inside! EXACTLY the way I like my fries to be!

I’m thrilled to have found a product that our whole family loves, especially a healthy one!

Veggie Fries are a great way to kid picky eaters to eat their veggies! #sponsored

Now, if only they’d create a veggie-filled cake pop…

Veggie Fries are a delicious side dish! A great way to get your daily dose of veggiesYou can learn more about Veggie Fries here: eatveggiefries.com

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So, which variety do you want to try first?

 

I Went On a Date

Last night I went on a date.  It was with this guy. Ive known him for awhile now, but we haven’t really gone out in….oh….6 months. His name is Dave and he’s my husband.

My mom came over to watch Avery and give Dave and  I some much needed “alone” time.  Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE spending time with our baby girl. She’s pretty amazing and it can be hard to leave her, but, we also need time to be husband and wife, not just mommy and daddy.  It’s only healthy. I think a lot of couples can get in trouble when they focus everything on being parents, and don’t put any energy into their relationship. Dave and I don’t want to end up on the negative side of those divorce statistics, so we want to make sure that we continue to spend time on “us”  And, ya know, I think Avery enjoys a bit of a break from us, too.   I mean really, how many of  you want to spend every. waking. moment. with your parents?

I will say, for the first time, I did have some anxiety leaving Avery. I have gone out to events, or to dinner with friends and always been fine, but this was different. She was super cranky and clingy yesterday and I felt that she  knew something we didn’t.  Like she had some sort of premonition that we’d be killed in a firery accident. So, the drive to the restaurant stressed me out.  We did make it there (and home) alive. Obviously. (I’m not posting this from the great beyond, I swear) And Avery also survived her night with grandma (grandma survived too!)

We wanted to go someplace that we really couldn’t bring the baby.  For our anniversary we had gone to Foxwoods (not to gamble, just to eat) and thats a place you DEFINITELY can’t bring a baby. We were looking for more than just a sit down meal. So, we headed to Dave & Buster’s.  We got to race each other ( I won) Play Skeeball (I won) basketball (I won) and air hockey (You guessed it….I won)  All things you really can’t do while holding/bouncing/burping/entertaining an infant.

 

 

It was really nice to get out with my husband.  We got to do a few things we haven’t done in awhile:

  • We took the escalator.
  • We sat at the bar.
  • We had more than one drink (We had two drinks!!  Woooo!!)
  • I carried a purse.
  • We swore! Out loud!
  • We got to eat our dinner while it was still HOT!
  • We ordered food that was slightly complicated to eat (Dave had a messy cheeseburger, I had chicken that I had to cut up with. a. KNIFE. And we had fondue for dessert!)
  • We stayed out past 7pm
  • Not once did we speak in “baby talk”
  • We held hands
  • We engaged in Public Displays of Affection (I know, ew!)
  • Neither of us ended up with spit-up stains or smelled like rotten milk
  • We could focus on each other.  For the entire night.
  • We got to relax. For almost 4 straight hours!

It really was nice, we both had a great time and I can’t wait til the next one!

 

**We used all 2,400 of our prize tickets to buy Avery a stuffed dog wearing a Red Sox hoodie, and an owl nightlight**

Plugged In

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Dave and  went out to dinner last night at a family chain restaurant.  At the table next to us was a father and his two sons (or son and a friend perhaps) who looked to be about 10 years old. The dad was on his iphone from the moment their name was called, until the server brought out their drinks (each of the boys had two sodas–a Pepsi and a Sierra Mist–brought out at the same time. But, that’s a whole other post)  At first I thought “ugh that was rude” but figured maybe it was his wife calling to check in on her boys or something.

When the dad got off the phone,  then handed an ipad to one of the boys, and then made another phone call.  So now the dad is on the phone and the kids are playing a game on the ipad.  “OK, maybe they will put everything away when the food comes out.” I thought.  Their food came out, the dad told the kid holding the ipad to stop playing, but not because the food was there, but because it was the other kids turn to play!  He then handed the now media-free kid his iphone to watch youtube videos on.  Dad ate his dinner. the iphone rang, he took the call, the kids ate bites of food between shooting zombies and youtubing. And then they left. There wasn’t any conversations, nobody enjoyed their food, I’m not even sure they’d have a clue what they were eating.

I found this whole thing sad and disturbing.  I remember going to dinner with my family as a child.  Of course this was long before cell phones, but, I wasn’t allowed to bring my Nintendo GameBoy, or Sega Game Gear with me to a restaurant.  Dinner out was a special treat, a time to enjoy each others company in a different, sometimes fun, sometimes fancy place. We talked to each other, we laughed, we enjoyed our meal (most of the time) It was QUALITY time.

What is going on with our society that it’s ok for kids to be playing video games, and dads to be on their cell phones all throughout dinner? What happened to talking to each other?  I admit, I am  guilty of checking my phone, or facebook while out at dinner, but I do not take phone calls, my ringer is off.  The phone goes away when the food comes out, and if it’s a fancy dinner, the phone doesn’t come out at all.

Ive heard parents say things like “It’s the only way I can get him to be quiet at dinner”  And I think, “you must have started that habit.”   I know everyone will say “Oh you have no idea, just wait til you have a screaming 3 year old, you’ll hand over the iphone just to get them to be quiet”  In reality, I think I’ll just do what my parents did if I threw a tantrum, we’ll go outside.  I don’t want to teach Avery that a restaurant or the dinner table is a place for us to plug in to our electronic devices.  I want to teach her that it’s a place where we plug in to each other.