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Hello Fresh Review – International Delivery Boom or Bust?

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With the many Hello Fresh reviews and their inconsistency, I had to give my two cents on something we currently are using.

Are home-delivery services worth the money, convenience, and time? Or is it too costly even for the single bachelor/bachelorette?

This review of Hello Fresh will give you a small inside look at how tasty these delivery services are.

Some of these recipes, selection of produce and meats are less than best, while others leave you wanting more.

Background on Hello Fresh


Hello Fresh started back in 2011 and was founded by a few individuals, Dominik Richter, Thomas Griesel, and Jessica Nilsson (Berlin). Most of their services are offered through Western Europe, North America, and even Australia.

Back in 2015, Jamie Oliver (British Celebrity Chef) announced a partnership with Hello Fresh as he is the creator of these famous recipes that many have grown to love.

How it works


Once you’ve decided this type of delivery service is for you or your family, (come on this is a family blog) Hello Fresh offers three different plan types.

  • Classic Plan ($9.99 per meal) Variety of meat, fish, and seasonal produce
    • Includes Meat and Fish recipes
    • Serves 2 or 4 adults
    • 8 recipes to choose from
  • Veggie Plan ($9.99 per meal) Meat-free proteins and seasonal produce for the vegetarian individuals or families
    • Vegetarian recipes ONLY!
    • Serves 2 or 4 adults
    • Receive 3 hand-picked recipes
  • Family Plan ($8.74 per meal) Family-friendly recipes to please adults and (picky) children
    • Meat, fish, and vegetarian recipes
    • Serves 2 adults and 2 children
    • Receive 3 hand-picked recipes

The website offers its customers up to 8 recipes on the Classic plan, while the vegetarian and family plan only offers 3.

Other similar companies offer 10+ recipes to choose from, but these aren’t the most convenient or flexible meal plans, especially if you have diet restrictions in any of the above plans.

Let’s look at some of the plans coming-up next week and see how well they fare against one another.

Classic Plan (Week of May 27th – June 2nd)

 Chicken Pineapple Quesadillas with Pico de Gallo and Southwestern Spices (30 mins)

  • Melty Monterey Jack Burger with Red Onion Jam and Zucchini Fries (35 mins)
  • Sesame Shrimp with Ginger Scallion Rice and Crispy Green Beans (30 mins)
  • Shawarma Spiced Pork with Couscous and Peas (30 mins)
  • Penne with Sausage, Corn, and Zucchini On (or Off) the Grill (30 mins)
  • Strip Steak Béarnaise with Creamed Kale and Rosemary Potatoes (45 mins)
  • Asparagus and Prosciutto Tartines with Lemon Pepper Ricotta and a Potato Hash (35 mins)
  • Speedy Springtime Pasta with Mint, Pancetta, and Peas (25 mins)

Veggie Plan (Week of May 27th – June 2nd)

  • Za’atar-Crusted Grilling Cheese with Sumac Roasted Veggies (30 mins)
  • Mega Mushroom Burgers with Avocado, Caramelized Onions, and Spicy Mayo (30 mins)
  • Colorful Confetti Salad with Corn, Beans, and Cajun Spices (30 mins)

Family Plan (Week of May 27th – June 2nd)

  • Penne with Sausage, Corn, and Zucchini On (or Off) the Grill (30 mins)
  • Thai Pork Stir-Fry with Green Beans and Bell Peppers over Rice (30 mins)
  • Lighter Fish and Chips with Broccoli and DIY Tarter Sauce (40 mins)

(Btw, it takes longer than 25-45 mins to make some of these meals)

As you can see, some of these are sound great while others may not appeal to every family. Hello Fresh offers its customers to skip a week (or more) if the recipes aren’t enjoyable (back to the grocery shopping it is for those weeks).

Check out the pricing below for Hello Fresh based on 2 or 4 people with their 3, 4, or 5 meals delivered a week.
Table 1

Those who work full-time, let’s say 2 working and able-bodied parents with a couple of kids (totaling the 4 people) if you want to try this out, you’re still paying $60 per week. Keep in mind this is for ONLY for 1 meal a day!!

How do the meals taste?


I’ll be honest with you and I’ll share with you the recipes we’ve had with Hello Fresh. The ingredients are surprisingly good and maybe not something to write home to mom about, but worth blogging about.

Here’s a few of the recipes we’ve tried, you be the judge.

New York Strip Steak Panzanella with Watercress, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Garlic Croutons

  • The steak itself was (pretty) good, tender and juicy and flavorful (all things considered in a home delivery service). Instead of garlic croutons, I would have opted for a vegetable such as potatoes and the sauce that you make is a bit too strong as it was too vinegar-y.

Fun Fajita Day Bar with Southwestern Pork, Tomato Lime Salsa, and Cheddar Cheese (Includes Sour Cream)

  • The pork itself wasn’t the best as the pork was quite tough (it wasn’t our cooking) but otherwise everything else was flavorful and seasoned well. The downside (I enjoy sour cream on my tacos) they only provide you with 2 small packets of sour cream.

 

Berbere Chicken and Zucchini with Cilantro Rice and Lemon Yogurt Sauce

  • I was surprisingly shocked by this recipe and did not have many expectations for this, but it was quite delicious. The chicken was full of flavor and juicy along with the rice being perfect and the lemon yogurt sauce.

Pork, Eggplant, and Squash Stir-Fry with Sesame and Ginger over Brown Rice

  • This sucked, honestly, the spices and flavor are absolutely missing and struck out in this recipe. The pork overall was mediocre at best and there was no taste, no flavor, definitely could have used some spices and heat here.

Is it Worth it?


Will I buy again? Is it worth it for me and my family? I’ll tell you this much, I had a GREAT deal to try this so we took advantage of it. A friend gave us a free week, which is why we had to dive in.

I don’t know about you, but I know if I’m spending $60 – $100 a week for only 1 meal (btw, it literally makes for 1 meal there aren’t any left-overs) it’s a bit pricey and overboard if you ask me.

Due to how many different companies out there offer this type of service, we could only pick one. We may try out another company that offers similar delivery services such as Marley Spoon (Martha Stewart).

I’ve added a quick chart below for a price difference between both. The pricing reflects 3, 4, or 5 meals with 2 or 4 people under the Classic Plan (this is what we selected).

Table 2

The cost savings is a slight difference between the two companies, is one better than the other? Time will tell as I’d like to try Marley Spoon or any other competitor just to see if the products are a better quality (it’s Martha Stewart after all), or if they’re both similar in products, recipes, flavor, etc.

Conclusion

Well there you have it!

My Hello Fresh review.

All in all, I think it’s a pretty good service and I would recommend you at least try it as we are all different

Have you tried either one of these companies? What are your opinions on either? Sound off below!

Nuwave Oven Review – Worthwhile Investment?

Will the NuWave live up to its hype like it did on TV?

This review will give you a better understanding of yet another As Seen on TV product that may or may not work like presented.

Living a long, healthy life is a product of what you feed your body and you should be taking in healthy food in the right quantities to be healthy.

However, even the most nutritious food can be unhealthy if not cooked in the right manner, so will the NuWave oven be the solution?

The method used in the preparation of food has a great impact on how the body acquires and assimilates the nutrients.

Also, it determines whether the food will be useful in promoting good health in the person consuming it.

The traditional use of pans in the cooking process is slowly being replaced by ovens in the modern world, as ovens make the process fast and efficient.

The NuWave oven uses infrared in cooking, with 3 different cooking methods:

  • Convection– the transfer of heat that occurs when hot air moves in a circular motion.
  • Conduction– Transfer of heat between two parts which are in conduct but stationery.
  • Infrared– A form of penetrative energy.

80% of the energy we get from sunlight is in the form of infrared energy. Human beings also produce some level of infrared energy, which means that this radiant heat is as natural as it can be.

The NuWave oven uses this kind of energy in the cooking process.

The convection method in cooking is only available in the fancy restaurants, as it is the best method when you just want to infuse flavors in your meals.

Combined with conduction and infrared cooking, you will get the best possible meal ever.

With the NuWave oven, you can broil, barbecue, roast, bake, dehydrate, steam, or even air fry like the Power Air Fryer XL.

Because the oven is energy efficient, you can save up to 75% electricity costs when you choose to use it in cooking, which is one thing that might just make this appliance worth it alone.

However, there are precautions to be observed in this process.

Even though the oven is capable of browning food in the cooking process, it is not healthy. You should not brown your food with the excuse that any food cooked using the NuWave oven is safe.

Precautions when using the NuWave oven

  • Do not place the NuWave oven power head in your dishwasher.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines
  • When cleaning the oven parts, let them dry up naturally as it increases the life of the oven.

How the NuWave Oven Works


This oven consists of a powerful and unique triple combo. The different cooking processes when combined ensure that the meal preparation objectives are met.

Through conduction, heat is directly applied to the food just like what happens in the traditional ovens.

In convection, a fan circulates hot air over and around the food and infrared energy is needed to ensure the heat also penetrates the food for complete cooking.

The three process ensure that everything is cooked evenly, which results in having crispy food items on the outside but they will be juicy and moist on the inner side.

What You Get


The NuWave oven comes with an upgraded amber dome, a cooking rack that is reversible and a digital panel.

It also has a stainless steel extender rings and a liner pan made from porcelain enamel, so you can cook your food up to 10 hours.

With settings which allow you to heat, delay or warm the food, you just have to key in the temperature you want the food to be cooked at.

It is also possible to change the NuWave oven settings in the course of the cooking process.

The NuWave oven can cook 70% faster that the conventional ovens.

Being light weight and of a small size, you can take it with you whenever you are traveling or moving.

Oh, and it also comes with a one year warranty.

You can dish wash the NuWave oven parts, which have been cleared by the manufacturer and further assembling is not necessary once you have completed the purchase.

Features and Details of the NuWave Oven


  • Cooking up to 14 pounds ham and 16 pounds turkey.
  • A delay timer which kicks off at the time you have keyed in.
  • Delay, warm and reheat setting.
  • Defaults to 155°F for two hours.
  • 70% faster cooking and 75% less energy usage compared to the standard ovens.
  • Uses convection, infrared and conduction cooking.
  • A light-weight liner pan.
  • Smokeless cooking systems.
  • Patented locking mechanism. It is important in keeping the cooking dome in one place.
  • Multiple cooking.
  • Less grease is left on the food.
  • Long lasting sheath heater. It can last up to 30 years.

Who is the NuWave Oven Intended For?


Anyone who wishes to cook faster, which is almost everyone I know.

Also, if you are tired of traditional ovens which take a long time to complete cooking while using a lot of energy, then this might just be the solution.

If you want the perfect gift for your friends and family, then the NuWave oven is definitely one to consider.

So the NuWave Oven is perfect for anyone looking to save money as well as make healthier and tastier food without having to be in the kitchen all day.

What I Like Most About the NuWave Oven


Despite the size, the NuWave oven is very powerful when it comes to meal preparation.

I’m sure, there are many small ovens in the market, but they cannot beat the NuWave oven when it comes to performance.

With a single press of a button, your food will be perfectly cooked and you do not have to watch over the food to avoid burning or spills.

You do not have to spend a lot of money going out to eat all the time to have amazing food, because this little appliance does make food tastier and easier to cook.

The oven is durable and we have had ours for over two years now and it is still kicking.

Cons of the Nuwave Oven


Obviously there’s a size limit, which is a clear indication that this handy infrared cooker will not replace your regular old oven, so you might want to keep that if you were thinking about giving it to your neighbor.

It also won’t fit a huge turkey, but it can fit some.

Other than that, I have no complaints about the NuWave.

Where to Buy


With further research, I have found the best prices to be on Amazon, but they don’t offer the buy one get one free deal.

However, the price is a lot cheaper and in the end, it comes out to about the same price if you were to purchase two NuWave Ovens.

Conclusion


If you enjoy making tasty and healthy meals, try the Nuwave oven, and you will not regret it as it does cook your food faster and it does produce healthier meals.

I give the Nuwave oven two thumbs up and is definitely going to add to your kitchen in a very positive way.

Thanks for reading this Nuwave review and hopefully I have given you all the information you were looking for.

Thanks for reading!

 

Power Air Fryer XL Review – Best Air Frying Choice?

With the many reviews surrounding the Power Air Fryer XL, I figured I’d add my two cents into the mix to give you an opinion from someone who is actually just as new to this as you are.

There is something about deep fried foods that gets the taste buds excited, but then there is the questions regarding calories and health.

With statistics concerning cardiovascular and obesity death rate standing at 31%, you have every reason to think twice before you get carried away by the sight, smell, or taste of any deep fried food through the wet method.

But what if there was a way to enjoy your deep fried meals which are perfectly healthy?

The Power Air Fryer XL has come to liberate the people who love crispy and crunchy foods but still have to watch their weight and health.

Sounds like everyone to me.

This is a machine that will have your family hooked to your cooking and also make work easy for you.

Starting with its outward appearance, the sleek and modern look of the Power Air Fryer XL will look great in your kitchen.

It is all about elegance and class, with its main color being black.

The major question that goes through the minds of many people when they hear about air fryers for the first time is, “How do they fry without oil?”.

It seems unbelievable at first, but it is possible and you only need a fraction of cooking oil to get crispy food.

In cooking, you can decide to use the wet method or the dry method.

However, you have to consider the recipe before you settle on a particular cooking method.

Deciding is not easy, and that is where the Power Air Fryer XL comes in.

You can cook any food perfectly using this appliance.

Not only will you get healthy food but also tasty. If you want an air fryer that will not fail you, Power Air Fryer XL is the way to go.

How Does it Work?


The Power Air Fryer XL makes use of air-technology where the food is deep fried through circulation of hot air through the basket.

Your cooking will only take a few minutes as the rapid circulation of air ensures that the food is properly cooked without the need for too much oil.

Complete Flavor Control

Among its many benefits, the air fryer boasts complete control when it comes to flavor. You can rest assured that you will taste all the spices and products you add to your meal if only you use the Power Air Fryer XL in your cooking.

Best Frying choice

The Power Air Fryer XL can be used in making a wide range of meals including French fries, fried chicken, fish sticks, onion rings, chicken tender, mozzarella sticks, potato skins, homemade potato chips and more.

You will have your family coming back for more once they test your breaded veggies made using the Power Air Fryer XL too.

Perfect for dessert

Meals are not complete without dessert but making it can be time-consuming.

Instead of serving the same boring dessert every day, Power Air Fryer XL gives you a chance to make a number of desserts in a short time.

Your kitchen experience and the meals you serve will never be the same with this powerful machine.

You will be spoilt for choice because you can make chocolate cookies, air-fried donuts, apple pie and even fruit crisp.

Air Fryer-Healthier

Power Air Fryer XL has changed the rules of air-frying because you no longer have to worry about the calories you are heaping when enjoying your deep-fried food.

You do not have to hold back your desires because you worry about your health.

Every bite into the crunchy meals is done with a smile because it is pure bliss and perfectly healthy.

Prepare You Meals  Within Minutes

The operation is easy because you just have to load the raw foodstuff on the basket, slide into back to the fryer and press the cooking settings.

It comes with 7 preset programs for all kinds of cooking.

It automatically goes off once the preset time is up, thus, you do not have to remain in the kitchen while the cooking is taking place.

You can go on with other house chores or activities while cooking. Power Air Fryer XL is there to save you time. The digital timer control has feather touch.

Features and details

  • Rapid-air technology allowing you to bake, steam, roast, air-fry, grill and sauté without using a lot of oil.
  • No-grease, no-mess.
  • Uses less oil and butter to ensure all meals are healthy.
  • Weighs 16.1 pounds.
  • A capacity of 3.2 liters- perfect for entire family meal preparation.
  • 15000 W and heats foods to a temperature range of between 200°F-400°F.
  • Creates a non-greasy crispy brown food and locks moisture and flavor inside.
  • 70% faster cooking compared to conventional methods. You do not have to preheat the oven.
  • Digital control panel with feather touch controls and LCD display.
  • Adjustable temperature controls and timer.
  • 2 preset functions for cooking all meals within the perfect temperatures and time. The functions include chicken, French fries, steak, fish, shrimp, roast, and bake.
  • Offers 6-in-1 technology to bake, sauté, air-fry, roast, grill and steam.
  • Automatic shut-off upon reaching the pre-set cooking time to avoid burning of meals or overcooking.
  • A closed cooking system to offer an odor-free and safe alternative to traditional deep-fat frying.
  • Can cook frozen food without the need for thawing.
  • Power Air Fryer XL has dishwasher-safe and non-stick parts which are easy to wipe.
  • Comes with an easy-load frying basket designed with vents to allow the grease and fat to drain.
  • Power Air Fryer XL has an adjustable, removable easy-load basket divider. It enables you to cook different kinds of foods at the same time.
  • The Power Air Fryer XL comes with a baking tray perfect for biscuits, cakes and pizza baking.
  • The machine comes with a free recipe book featuring several fried food recipes which have been created for use in frying with the Power Air Fryer XL.
  • Dimensions: 32.2´32.2´ 36.6 (length, width, and height respectively)
  • Full refund within 30 days if the product does not meet your expectations.
  • It comes with a 3-year warranty.

Where to Buy the Power Air Fryer XL


After doing some research, I have found the cheapest place to buy the Power Air Fryer XL to be on Amazon.com.

With all the guarantees and warranties that come with this product, you can expect the same from Amazon as well.

The price can change though, but it usually is around the $150 – $180 price range.

(Click Here to see the current price)

Final Verdict of the Power Air Fryer XL


Although I thought this was an actual frying type of appliance, this is more along the lines of Nuwave type cooking, but still exceeded my expectations.

If you are looking for an air fryer, the Power Air Fryer XL is the one to buy.

I also think this is a great gift for dad with Father’s day right around the corner.

If you don’t like it, you can always return it for a full refund, but I’m pretty confident that you’ll find this handy appliance to be a lot more helpful than you think.

Thanks for reading my Power Air Fryer XL review and hopefully I have given you more than enough information on yet another As Seen on TV product.

If you have any questions or you would simply like to add your two cents, feel free to do so in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Nutribullet Blender Review – Bigger Than The Magic Bullet, But Is It Better?

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Wondering if this thing even works? This Nutribullet blender review will give you a better understanding of what this product can actually do so that you can decide if this is the right appliance for you.

I’m a sucker for As Seen on TV products and of course I was beyond curious to see if this thing does what they claim it can do.

If you’re familiar with the Magic Bullet, this is from the same company, but do not let the regular bullet make you think this one is the same, because they are actually really different.

If you’ve seen the infomercial on this, you might think that they would’ve done a better job than what they have done but of course these things are usually over exaggerated.

There are too many juicers out there that can do what the Nutribullet can do, but there are some things that make this different from it’s competition that I would like to explain in this review.

Nutribullet Review – Product Overview


Another As Seen on TV product, this countertop blender “effortlessly pulverizes fruits, vegetables, superfoods, and protein shakes.”

This blender works by extracting nutrients through its Bullet cyclonic action, which is what makes this different from a regular blender.

What You Get

  • Power base
  • 1 tall cup
  • 2 short cups
  • 1 flat blade
  • 1 emulsifying blade
  • 2 resealable lids
  • 1 handled lip ring
  • 1 regular lip ring
  • Pocket nutritionist
  • Manual with recipes

Features

This product is supposed to but open seeds, crack through stems, and shred tough skins to unlock the vital nutrition inside.

It only comes in 1 speed but it shreds, blends, grinds, and chops so I guess you can say it does it all.

What I Liked (Pros)


Just like it’s older and weaker partner, this one is very, very convenient. You can either leave it on the counter or store it in a cabinet.

It is extremely lightweight (3.6 lbs) and can fit almost anywhere.

Unlike the overpriced, bulky juicers out there, this one can save you some space.

Cleaning

When it comes time to cleanup, all you really need to do is give it a rinse.

Let it sit for a while and you can find yourself having a hard time cleaning, just like any other appliance.

Affordable

For $82.99, you can’t go wrong. I know you can get the Magic Bullet for under $30, but you get what you pay for.

This is definitely worth the price, so you can get it from Amazon.com for about $80 and you also get free shipping, while having it delivered in two days.

It comes in 6 different colors, so there is one to suit everyone. From black to pink, there are many different ones to choose from.

What I Didn’t Like


I couldn’t find this anywhere, so I had to resort to purchasing this online.

I’m not saying that I have a problem with shopping online, because buying As Seen on TV products are safe, but I kind of wanted it right away.

It did only take 2 days to come in, so I can’t really complain.

There isn’t much that I didn’t like about this, so that’s always a good thing.

Although the Nutribullet doesn’t come with as many accessories as the Magic Bullet, you can expect to get more value from this one.

I know you might be expecting the 10 different party cups that the regular bullet came with, but this is more focused on the actual product and not the fancy accessories.

What you can expect is a little more quality, with a lot less distraction from what this machine can really do.

Where to Buy the Nutribullet


When this thing first came out, it could only be purchased online, but I’m sure you can find this at Walmart or one of the stores in your area.

If you still can’t find this out in the real world, you definitely want to get it on Amazon.com as that is also the cheapest place I found.

There are many vendors for this product but Amazon is the cheapest place to buy the Nutribullet.

Click Here to See the Current Price!

Final Verdict


I know it’s hard to sell juicers, but I don’t think the dude in the infomercial did a really good job.

As far as the product is concerned, I definitely think it’s worth the money.

Although it’s strictly as seen on tv and can only be purchased online or through the phone, it is definitely worth the buy.

This product is easy on your wallet and it does the job.

For convenience and price, I do recommend you give this one a try.

Thanks for reading my review on the Nutribullet and I hope it has helped you make a final decision on whether or not you should buy this product.

Cheers!

 

 

Magic Bullet Blender Review – Is It Worth Buying?

magic-bullet-blender-reviewIn this Magic Bullet blender review I want to show you exactly what this thing can do and most especially if it’s worth your hard earned money.

There are so many mixed reviews of the Magic Bullet that I don’t even know what to think anymore. But just like everyone else that owns one, I have my opinion on this as seen on TV product that everyone seems to either love or hate.

Although they have come up with the Nutribullet, don’t get this mixed up with it’s more robust older sister, because this is not comparable.

Here is my personal review of the Magic Bullet and my suggestion on whether or not you should get yourself something as popular as this.

Product Review


The Magic Bullet is a product created by Nutribullet, which specializes in blenders and juicers that caters more to the healthy lifestyle crowd.

Call it a juicer or blender, I think the Magic Bullet is in a class of its own and it does the job but not to most people’s standards.

It is a “juicer” that costs a lot less than most and comes in the price of a regular blender.

Now whether or not it will live up to YOUR expectations is really dependent on you, as it does a very basic blending job and it won’t break everything down like one of those overpriced juicers would.

What I Liked


The price. Just like almost anything out there though, you do get what you pay for. Now for under $50, you can’t really complain.

If you’re just looking to break down a couple of fruits to make a nice little smoothie, then this can do the job just fine.

The Magic Bullet is super convenient and it is so small that you can store it anywhere on your kitchen counter without it taking up that much space.

For something so cheap, it’s like you almost get your money’s worth with all the little accessories that it comes with.

Although I don’t have all my guests over to act like the infomercial, it is there to take up space if need be.

Do remember that this does in two different sizes (regular and mini) so keep that in mind if you do decide to purchase one.

What I didn’t Like


There aren’t many things that I didn’t like about the Magic Bullet, mostly because of the fact that it is not going to cost you hundreds of dollars.

However, if there was one thing that irritated the crap out of me, it would have to be the little infomercial that came along with this.

I don’t know if any of you noticed this, but when they would hold down the Bullet and count to three, they would hold the three forever! Just talking about that is already irritating enough, so I’ll just let that be.

If you haven’t seen it, you can see it in the video below.

Along with that over exaggerated 3 seconds, it really doesn’t just take that long to blend anything, even if it’s just ice.

You would have to keep playing with it, until everything was chopped finely, if it even did chop it to your liking.

Try and head out the door without blending it enough and you can expect some chunks of ice and some not so finely grated fruit, which will get stuck in a straw.

What You Get (Regular Bullet)


  • 1 Base
  • 4 cups
  • 1 Recipe book
  • 1 Ice shaver blade
  • 1 Food processor blade

magic-bullet-accessoriesThe Price


Depending on where you get it will determine the price.

I have looked online and the cheapest place to buy one is on Amazon.com

Starting below at $47, but going as high as $60.

Not much of a difference, but I think we can all appreciate some savings.

Click Here To See The Lowest Prices!

Before You Buy


If you’re thinking of purchasing a Magic Bullet, you need to understand that you are not getting some type of sherd it all juicer.

It is good enough to slice and dice a quick smoothie, but it will not chop down stuff to what one of your pricer juicers would do.

What you see is what you get, so don’t expect anything more or anything less.

For the price, it is worth it, but you do get what you pay for.

Final Thoughts


I am not big on juicers, and this thing actually did the job I needed it to do. It makes delicious smoothies and it won’t break your bank.

For the price, it gives you more than you could ask for, but if you’re looking to get the most out of your fruits as far as juicing is concerned, you might want to try its sister, the Nutribullet.

Thanks for reading my review of the Magic Bullet and I hope this gives you a better picture of what it can really do and what it can’t do.

Have any experience with this? We’d like to hear it, so please do share it in the comments section below.

Cheers!

Britax Recalls Over 700,000 Strollers: What Should You Do?

According to the United States Product Safety Commission there has been a recall of over 700,000 strollers due to a risk of falling.

We own a Britax Affinity Stroller so this immediately got my attention. As of now, it looks like we weren’t affected by this recall.

Now if you own a Britax B-Agile or a BOB Motion Stroller you might want to visit the Britax website to see the different models that are connected to this recall.

“Britax has received 33 reports of car seats unexpectedly disconnecting from the strollers and falling to the ground, resulting in 26 reports of injuries to children, including scratches, bruises, cuts and bumps to the head.”

These strollers could’ve been purchased anywhere between MAY 2011 to FEB 2017, so if you have purchased your stroller from Target, Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, or Amazon.com this pertains to you.

“Consumers should immediately stop using their Click & Go receiver mounts and contact Britax for a free repair kit for single strollers.  Owners of the recalled double strollers should stop using them with car seats attached. Consumers can continue to use their stroller or car seat independently without the car seat attached to the stroller.”

What You Should Do:

You should immediately stop using your B-Agile and BOB Motion stroller as a travel system, however, it is safe to use your stroller in the recline-mode for infants.

  1. Do not return product to the retailer.
  2. Dispose of your Click & Go receivers.
  3. For single stroller only – before installing remedy kit, review the printed instructions. A video is also available for your convenience.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Britax Customer Service Department at the dedicated recall line: 1-844-227-0300. Customer Service business hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.to 7:00 p.m. ET and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Customers in Mexico with questions or concerns should contact customer support at 01 55 5026 0879 or by emailingMX.Atencion@britax.com. Customers in Chile with questions or concerns should contact customer support at Silfa Chile by emailing consultas.britax@silfa.cl.

For more information:

  • Britax online at www.us.britax.com and click on the Safety Notice on the homepage, or visit us.britax.com/recall;
  • Call toll-free 844-227-0300 from 8:30 a.m.to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday;
  • Email Britax at stroller.recall@britax.com.

 

“Dad, What’s For Dinner?” – 3 Healthy Meals You Can Spice Up In No Time

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Dads, we live in a very interesting time, these days. Woman are not the only one’s in the kitchen.

Single fathers have to cook.

Stay at home fathers have to cook.

If both parents work, sometimes you can make an arrangement to rotate who’s night it is to cook.

No matter the reason, Dads need to know how to properly nourish their children.

Don’t worry, I am here to help.

To Fake the Meal or Not to Fake the Meal, That is the Question.

There they are… Those big eyes and rumbling tummies… And it’s your turn to cook tonight….

Dad… What do you do?!

Order Pizza? Chinese? Eating a burger is just like eating a salad, right?

Your wife will kill you if you feed those children takeout for the third time this week.

Just take my word for it.

Once, I had a friend who tried to pull a Mrs. Doubtfire when his wife was running late from the office. He ordered takeout from a local restaurant and put it on normal plates, as if he had cooked it. He even went as far as “dirtying” pots and pans to looks as though he had actually cooked. Not Smart.

Needless to say, my friend’s wife had some incredible laughs while watching her husband lie shamelessly for days about that meal. She even asked him for the recipe!

Dads, don’t fake the meal. Cooking is all about mixtures and measurements.

If you can read, you can cook.

If you can measure, you can cook.

Healthy can be simple and quick.

In my personal opinion, I find it so sexy when a man grills a steak or makes dinner because he got home first. I’m sure, I am not the only woman like this. So, for the sake of your sex appeal, I have compiled 3 simple, delicious, healthy and quick meals that every man should know.

Guy Fieri’s Italian Nachos: 

“These meaty, cheesy nachos are packed with flavorful Italian ingredients, like garlic, peppers, sausage, and herbs.”

Chorizo, Tomato, and Cheese Pizzas

“Use naan flatbreads and prepared pesto sauce for a fast and easy pizza. Try the chorizo and broccoli rabe as spicy and hearty toppings.”

Chipotle Nacho Burger

“The creamy mildness of ripe avocado wedges is the perfect complement to the spices in these burgers.”

Seems Daunting….

Well, that’s because it is. How do you think people learn how to do something new? They just do it and through trial & error, they perfect it.

There was  a time when I worked so late into the nights, getting up every morning and making breakfast was nearly impossible.

So, my husband helped me out and fed everyone in the mornings. After 3 weeks of pop tarts, toast and cereal, I had enough.

One night, I sat Nathan (my husband) down and said “I’m on a Pop Tart strike.”

Needless to say, he was not pleased with my request for a more diverse menu.

Now, don’t mistake any of this for “oh, every meal has to be some gourmet event.”

No… Hell No.

I just wanted something healthier. Something that would provide energy for my long day.

Oatmeal with fresh fruit.

Eggs and Bacon, etc.

Turns out, my husband just didn’t know how to work anything in the kitchen. He didn’t even know to spray the pan with a non-stick spray before putting food on it. I had no idea that this task plagued him with so much stress every morning.

So, I showed him the basics.

And then, I ate whatever he cook and put an honest effort behind, burnt or not.

Today, my husband makes the best sausage ever. It is incredible with pancakes and pancake designs (our daughter loves when Daddy makes pancakes) and he looks forward to cooking breakfast.

I guess the point is to look past the fear and just try.

With a little effort and some step by step recipes, you’ll be an incredible chef in no time!

 

 

Lego Kitchen Utensils – Who Are These Really For?

I don’t know about you, but most of the things I do these days are kid driven. If I’m going to add a new rug to the bathroom, I have a Toy Story theme in mind.

These kids will make you do some crazy things, but sometimes I think if it’s just the inner kid in me that is always trying to get me to purchase these things.

Just like these Lego kitchen utensils that got me thinking. Mind you, I already have more than enough of these to last me for the rest of my life.

Lego-kitchen-utensils

Kids Don’t Even Cook

Another thing I was thinking before getting these was if they were even worth the money. I’m going to be doing the cooking anyways, so why will it matter?

Is it because no one has it? It looks cool? Whatever reason it is, I think this is a very unique piece of cool that you can add to your kitchen to give it a little “color”.

To Buy or Not to Buy?

If you have a couple of bucks to spare, why not. They are no better than the ones you already have, so if you’re on a budget, these can wait.

I do suggest you NOT show this to your kids as they might be the biggest influence of them all and you my friend, will end up getting this! Your thoughts?