ice cream + french fries

Monday, September 19, 2016

Gourmet Dinner in 10 Minutes with Gobble

No, I'm not already talking about Thanksgiving. I'm talking about Gobble a "you cook" meal delivery service.

While it's not a new concept, Gobble is a new service to our busy family.  Yeah, yeah I know I work from home, but there are seriously not enough hours in the day for work, cleaning, cooking. working out, family or friends. I don't know how some of you do it.

I decided to take control and use a meal delivery service and I'm on the verge of hiring a cleaning lady. Yup, there are so many other things I would rather do with my time. Like hang out with my sweet girl.

Recently I was approached about testing out Gobble. After checking out the website and meals I figured why not. Based off their menu and our family preferences I picked Chicken Tikka Marsala and Pan-Seared Barramundi with Sweet Potato & Poblano Hash. Oh and they happen to throw in a few slice and bake cookies. While they were a welcomed tasty treat my diet wasn't too stoked about it. ;)

We've tried a few meal delivery services and Gobble has been the easiest and quickest to date. I'm talking one pan and dinner is ready in 10 minutes! Talk about mom win! We gave a little of the  Chicken Tikka Marsala to Emerson and she keep asking for more. We might have a foodie in the making.

Get $50 off your first box of 6 dinners when you use my link (original price $71.70)!

All in all Gobble is a win in my book. While it's not something we use every week it's definitely something I'll use when I know we have one of those weeks coming up, return to a empty fridge after vacation or just need a break from meal panning. Plus, their meal kits are so simple your eight year old could make dinner!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tips For a Successful Playdate #WaterWipesMom

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. #WaterWipesMom

Oh life with a toddler, it's loads of fun. These days I just can't find the time for much, but one thing that's important is getting together for playdates with other mamas. Whether it's for the tiny humans to play or the adults to have real conversations it's important. Luckily we have a number of friends with kids around the same age.

When it comes to playdates I have one rule -- Keep it simple. Don't stress out. Make a few appetizers, keep pouches handy and have plenty of wipes around. Playdates can get messy.

This summer I was introduced to WaterWipes and have been telling all my mama friends how amazing they are. Especially boy mamas and those with sensitive skin. WaterWipes are both durable and effective without containing any of the harmful chemicals that may be found in other baby wipes, WaterWipes proves a safer, natural option for your little one.

But let's get back to how I'm keeping our playdates simple...

Tips For a Successful Playdate

1. Get Outside
If the weather permits host a playdate outside. We're luckily enough to live in Lake Tahoe which means summer days are spent at the beach with friends. Emerson and Wyatt are two peas in a pod. The key is to let them run themselves wild. ;)

2. Switch up Houses
While it's always easy to host at your house it's good to switch things up. Your tiny humans gets out of their comfort zone. Toys are different. Plus you don't have to stress out about your house being clean enough. [Even more reason to hire a house cleaner]

3. Get Baking
With cooler temps playdates might need to be spent inside. [eek] I know what are you going to do? Depending on age get crafty or bake some delicious toddler friendly cookies! We prefer oatmeal raisin.

4. Mama Talk
While the kids play have a 'real' conversation while enjoying those cookies you just made. Need some starter topics? Share some of your favorite products kid or non kid related. Maybe the killer item you just scored at Target. You know the love for Target runs deep in all of us.

5. Keep Wipes Handy
Playdates can get messy especially when you have cookies or popsicles! We like to keep WaterWipes throughout the house for those just in case moments. At a recent playdate I received a number of questions about WaterWipes and why we switched. Well, because they're awesome! Plus, they're a chemical free baby wipe that contains only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Casual Winter Jackets

As you might know I live in Lake Tahoe and it gets cold. Like feet of snow cold. Which means I need an awesome jacket to keep me warm when I decide to leave the house. Yes, it happens. Anyway I could easily wear my ski jacket and while I have it's not really my jam.

This year I'm on the hunt for the prefect casual winter jacket. It must be warm, water resistant and somewhat stylish. We'll call it functional fashion. It's possible people. Of course during my hunt I turned to some of my favorite brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, Prana and Columbia. I  found some great options!

Here are my top five.

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