Free HelloFresh Box | Our First Box

Everywhere I look on Pinterest I see these awesome “30 minute meals.”  They all look so beautiful and delicious, but I’m intimidated.  You see, I don’t cook.  Barely at all.  Perhaps you don’t believe me?  I just learned how to brown meat about a year ago.  Not kidding.  It’s that bad.  My daughter is just about to turn seven and she’s been showing more and more interest in cooking and baking.  Obviously, this presents a problem since if you tell me to mince garlic I will look at you like you’re a unicorn.  Then a friend of mine asked if I wanted to try a HelloFresh box.  I had heard of these food delivery places but they scared me.  They SAY they are easy and 30 minute meals.  They say they deliver everything you need.  They say they provide instructions.  Sure.  They all say that, but again, I don’t know how to cook. So would it really be okay?  Well, when offered a free box from my friend, I couldn’t turn it down.

The process is pretty easy.  You sign up online at their website.  After you sign up you are able to log into your account to schedule your first delivery!  I picked four, 2 person meals.  Then I was able to select what meals I’d receive.  I was given 6 options.  I was also able to pause the delivery of next week’s box, as we’ll be out of town so the food would go to waste.  It was extremely easy to do.

Today was delivery day!

Sadly, the box arrived very damaged and it was a 90 degree day.  It made me nervous for the contents.

HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel

When you open the box you’ll find your recipe cards and the cooling mechanism.

HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel

The first layer will be the produce boxes.  You get a separate box for each meal that you’re making and they are nicely labeled.

HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel

HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel

Next you’ll find the ice packs and the meat.

HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel

HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel

The recipe cards will show a picture of what you’re making, all the ingredients needed, and then step by step instructions.  It also tells you the HelloFresh nutrition information.

HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel

 Then it’s time to get started with your ingredients!

HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel

Step one is always to clean the produce.

HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel

Each instruction is carefully written out. I had to explain the processes to my daughter, but she was able to complete all of the steps by herself.

HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel

HelloFresh provides the tiniest cute little bottles of ingredients! It’s wonderful to not have to go to the store and make sure you have these things.

HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel HelloFresh Free Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel

In the end, our meal said that it was a skill level of 1 (super easy) and since a seven year old made our meal, I’d say that’s pretty accurate.  It said that it would take 10 minutes of prep and 30 minutes of cook time.  That was a little under for us.  It took us exactly an hour from unboxing until eating.  I would say that a normal adult who has some cooking experience would be faster, however a seven year old was pretty slow with cutting her vegetables and I was pretty slow in trying to find if we owned a zester!

HelloFresh Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel HelloFresh Box Summertime Pork Schnitzel

Our meal was good.  It wasn’t great, by any means.  But our daughter was super proud of herself and we cleaned our plates.  We have three more meals to try before I’ll put out a final verdict on the FreshBox, but so far it was worth the… oh yeah, I got it for free so it didn’t cost any money!  Ha!  So far it was worth the 3 minutes it took to sign up 🙂

This post contains affiliate links.  Both you and I receive a bonus if you decide to sign up for HelloFresh.  Enjoy!

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift | Hot Wheels Massage Shirt

When my daughter asked daddy what he wanted for Father’s Day he said a massage.  Okay, he didn’t really.  But if she would have asked him on a day when his back was aching perhaps that’d be what he’d say.  Ha!

For his present we decided to make a back massage shirt.  But not just any back massage shirt, a Hot Wheels Massage Shirt!

We got the template off of a wonderful blog called The Blue Basket.  She provided me with the perfect template and instructions and so away we went!

Hot Wheels Massage Shirt Father's Day Gift

The first step was buying a plain white t-shirt and printing the template.  We placed the template inside of the shirt with newspaper underneath, just in case the fabric markers leaked through.

FAB_6287_1

Hot Wheels Massage Shirt Father's Day Gift

Kora then followed the pattern with a black fabric marker.  This required a little bit of help because the shirt would move so I held it tight while she traced the lines.

Hot Wheels Massage Shirt Father's Day Gift Hot Wheels Massage Shirt Father's Day Gift Hot Wheels Massage Shirt Father's Day Gift

After all of the black outlines were done Kora chose which colors she wanted to use for all the buildings.

Hot Wheels Massage Shirt Father's Day Gift

We bought some Hot Wheels Monster Jam trucks.  They have really nice big wheels so would feel perfect on dad’s back!

 Hot Wheels Massage Shirt Father's Day Gift

And there you have it!  A nice homemade Hot Wheels Massage Shirt for dad!  He gets to lay down and relax while the girls play cars on his back.  Sometimes they get a little crazy and crash the cars, but otherwise it’s been wonderful!

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side | The Expo

It was finally here!  Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side weekend!  I was so excited to participate in my very first runDisney event!  I was only able to run the 5k due to my flight schedule but I was excited non-the-less.

runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Dark Side 5krunDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Dark Side 5k v4

The first thing you have to do for runDisney weekends is attend the Expo.  This is held at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.  This event is where you get your race bib, timing chips, t-shirts, commemorative items, and can shop until you drop at the runners expo.

Walt Disney's Wide World of Sports

Walt Disney's Wide World of Sports v2

First stop, the HP Field House to pick up my bib and t-shirt!  You can also get your pre-purchased items and commemorative items as well!

Wide World of Sports HP Field House Bib Pickup Wide World of Sports HP Field House Pre-Purchased Item Pick-Up

One thing that many people love is the special Dooney & Bourke purses that they release for these races.  They had plenty of variety left for people to choose from.

runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Dark Side Dooney Bourke

After collecting these items, you can make your way over to the Jostens Center to shop!

Wide World of Sports Jostens Center

runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Dark Side Expo

Next stop, sleep!!!  The bus leaves the resort at 4am for the Star Wars Dark Side 5k Race.

 

Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Pinterest