Last night, I posted the mommy & me session of Natalie + Madalyn over at Love This Photography. We shot it as a celebration of Maddy's 2nd birthday - a milestone that snuck right up on me. Maybe I'm partial because Natalie has been one of my closest friends over the years, but I think the photos are just the sweetest :) I love the bond those girls have! Check out the rest of the gallery here
Mildly obsessed with Blue Apron's meal delivery service. Have you tried it?? I never imagined I would be the person to order something like this but now I'm hooked. After reading about it on eight-gazillion blogs, I finally signed up through Oh Happy Day. Best.Decision.Ever. Meals are $9.99 a person and it is worth every penny. The Furikake-Topped Salmon (shown below and recipe here) is just one example of the awesome dinners.
We chose to sign up for three meals a week with two portions per meal (portions are generally large so this is enough food for our whole family. Plus we gave up having a microwave so it's best that we don't have leftovers). Blue Apron delivers a box to our doorstep every Wednesday, filled with chilled ingredients and awesome recipe cards. That's right! No grocery shopping midweek with children clinging to my legs as I clumsily navigate Trader Joe's... can I get a woohoo?! Each meal takes about 30-40 minutes from start to finish and the instructions are laid out in a beautiful and user-friendly manner.
The pros outweigh the cons in my opinion. The packaging is what most people complain about but all of it is recyclable or biodegradable. Plus the exact portions mean I don't end up with food waste - something we used to have a lot of! Not all of their food is organic but they do try to locally source ingredients and their meals are based on seasonal items. We aren't picky eaters so the variety of dishes has been really fun for our family. The one thing we absolutely haven't liked is the cod. After I get my weekly delivery, I go online and check the menu for the following week. If cod shows up on the menu, I change my preferences to "no fish" and it substitutes that meal with one of their vegetarian friendly options. I just have to remember to go back and add fish back as an option on the following week (the salmon dishes are amazing!).
So that's my unsolicited praise for Blue Apron :) If you're interested in trying it out, leave a comment or send me an email telling me so. I have several free meals I can give away on their site. Happy Friday!!