Friday, September 27, 2013

On blogging {or my lack thereof}

Today is the first day in weeks that I've had time to sit down and actually blog. I've been so busy these last few weeks that I haven't even had time to do my Wordless Wednesday posts. Sometimes, I'm ok with not blogging, but other times my perfectionist side comes out in me and I feel like I'm lacking in keeping a good record of the girls' childhood. Then it hits me that I haven't made a Shutterfly book in years, nor have I made my blog into a scrapbook like I said I would. Sigh...maybe a winter project? At least I have all my pictures organized on my computer.

To be honest, sometimes I feel as if I fail at blogging. I'm not a fashion blogger because I'm not that into fashion, nor do I have the money to put towards me. I'd rather spend that on my house or girls. I don't have a Pinterest worthy home to blog about. Nor am I very crafty. I still find myself struggling to cook gluten free, and we all know I don't meal plan very well, so a food blogger would not be for me.

So where does that leave me in the blogging world? A mom who is blogging about my life with three girls, in three years. A homeschooling mama who isn't sure she is cut out for it. A woman who is so tired at the end of the day, she falls asleep at 10 pm when she used to stay up way past that.

Seeking Peace

Basically, I've been crying out to Jesus a lot these days! There has been a lot of stress and sometimes I don't actually feel like blogging it all out.

It's a pretty eventful, but boring life that I'm pretty sure everyone out there experiences at one time or another! But it's a life I haven't had time to write about, and that makes things harder for me as I de-stress and process through my writing.

These next few weeks I'm going to try and do my best to commit to blogging. I'll try to catch you up on my summer (I'd also love to hear about yours). Lastly, we can talk about Fall, Downton Abbey, my love of Salted Caramel Mochas, what I'm reading right now, and anything else that strikes either your fancy or mine! I'm looking forward to connecting with you all again and gaining back a little piece of my sanity while doing it! :)

Catch me up on your life in the comments! I'd love to hear about your adventures! If you blog, please link me to your blog as I'd love to stop by.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Fresh 20 Review

I know I've said it before, but I really am one of the worst meal planners in the world. It stresses me out and takes up too much of my time to plan meals out ahead of time. However, this is one area where I so desperately want to get better at! I do keep a good supply of meat on hand, but so many days I have Chris make a quick run to the grocery store for me before he comes home. Not only would meal planning save me time, it would also save us a lot of money in the long run. Thus, early this summer, I contacted The Fresh 20 about trying out their meal plans.

The Fresh 20 is a meal planning service that uses just 20 fresh, seasonal ingredients per week. Each week, there are meal guides to prep the food and recipes for five meals for the week.

Now perhaps summer was not the best time for me to fully try it out as we are gone a lot of the time. I'm realizing that now, and really regretting it as I found it incredibly convenient.  However, what I did try, I was very impressed with. The meals were easy to prepare, fresh, and tasted wonderful! While we eat gluten free, I did have access to the Classic, Gluten Free, and Vegetarian meal plans. While I only used the Gluten Free plan, I did take a peek at the other two and found them to be just as great as the Gluten Free one!

Good news for those of you who are Dairy Free, Kosher, Cooking For One, or needing Lunch plans, The Fresh 20 has just released menu plans for each of those so you will not be left out! One of the best parts of the plan, is that it is very affordable.

Ultimately, after three months, I concluded that The Fresh 20 is way worth it for me and that I wish I would have actually used it more than I did. The only thing I wish they would offer is Paleo meal plans, as we are starting to eat more Paleo based as a family.

So if you are like me and wondering at 4 o'clock each day what supper will be, I encourage you to look into The Fresh 20, as I don't think you will be disappointed in the healthy, quick, easy, meals and the best part is, you don't have to do the planning!

Keep up to date on The Fresh 20 and everything that is happening on their Facebook & Twitter pages!

*The featured product(s) in this post were provided for me by the company. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone.