Bad Days: Sometimes You Just Can’t Change Them (and that’s all right)

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What. A. Weekend.

Happy Tuesday, loves! Well, I’m hoping for a lovely, happy Tuesday. As I write this on Monday afternoon, I’m not very happy. Honestly, I had a whole different blog post in mind for today, but I’m inspired by my own bad attitude and moodiness.

Nothing makes me happy today.

We had the most amazing weekend. My husband and I got away for three days to Tampa, which is only about an hour away but still one of our favorite local cities. We stayed at one of our favorite Tampa hotels so we could wake up everyday to water views, gorgeous sunsets over the water, and coffee brought right to us in bed.

We had amazing dinners. We had middle-of-the-night room service. We spent an evening with Thomas Rhett and Kenny Chesney. We got to see friends – old and new – and we even got to get up in the mornings and run along the shore. We got to spend three solid days focusing on one another, and loving it. It was amazing.

We came home Sunday afternoon to all four of our kids in delightful, sweet, beautiful moods. They were dolls – all night long. We found some serious motivation to paint our master bedroom after we unpacked and did all the laundry, and we even worked a bit before ending up on the couch at 8:30 for some downtime. It was a stellar weekend.

And today, I hate everything.

  • I didn’t want to get out of bed
  • I (myself and no one else) put us running a million years behind this morning
  • I didn’t accomplish what I wanted to accomplish work-wise before I left to take the kids to school
  • My husband was setting up his new wireless earbuds and didn’t hear me when I was talking to him, and apparently today he gets no second chances in my mean eyes
  • Ava was pissed all morning and refused to tell me she loves me when I dropped her off because I snapped at her when she took her tablet into the twins’ school and 1 – bumped into someone else’s stuff and knocked it all over because she wasn’t paying attention and then 2 – bumped right into someone’s kid and knocked him down because she wasn’t paying attention
  • Addison has gymnastics and tumbling on Monday nights. An hour away. I hate that stupid drive and cannot wait for her to finish these classes when cheer starts again in June – yet I don’t want to send Craig tonight because the other option is spending the evening alone with the other three kids who were all whiny and annoying this morning…so…
  • My monthly visitor is only a few days away
  • I’m annoyed that I can’t find a real reason to be annoyed
  • It wasn’t the rainy day that it started out as. In fact, it’s mostly been sunny and I wanted a rainy day
  • Every time my husband tries to put me in a better mood today, I find myself side-eyeing him
  • I feel bad that I snapped at Ava and the mom-guilt is real

Honestly, I’m in a terrible mood today. And I’ve done all my usual things to try and alleviate it.

  • I worked outside on the deck
  • I drank lots of water and a cup of tea
  • We went to the gym and I ran hard on the treadmill and then did weights
  • I did deep breathing
  • I tried to replace my thoughts with happy ones
  • I tried to calm the eff down
  • I tried to shop online
  • I took another shower and tried to wash off the bad mood
  • I tried to remind myself that I have no reason t be a raging b*tch today or that I should be thankful this monthly mood doesn’t typically hit me this bad.

NOTHING IS WORKING.

So, I’m embracing my inner asshole, minimizing my contact with all humans, and trying to suck it up, buttercup. So far, no good.

But…there’s always Tuesday morning. I’ve made the executive decision to just let this roll today and focus on not allowing tomorrow to be the same kind of blah day as today.

I’m grateful my days aren’t usually like this, and I realize wholeheartedly I sound like an entitled, whiny, obnoxious brat today. I do. I can’t seem to change it, but y’all…I get it. I do. And I’m sorry to all the people I side-eyed today. Honey, I’m sorry I wasn’t nice when you didn’t know I was talking to you because you had music playing in your earbuds and  you weren’t facing my direction to know I was talking to and I decided that was not a valid or sufficient reason to not subconsciously know that I was speaking to you and that you should be a mind-reader.

To the people who smiled at me in the gym and received the RBF, I apologize. To anyone on the road today, I apologize for the names I called you in my mind. Anyone I missed, I’m probably sorry.

Lesson Learned

As someone who typically works my way out of a bad mood quickly, this kind of day is rough on me. I’d like to think it would be easier if I could blame it on something tangible, but the truth is I’m just in a funky bad mood and I just can’t work my way out of it no matter what I do today. So, I’m turning it into a lesson learned, I’m letting it be, and I’m just trying not to take it out on anyone else. And then I’m putting it away and starting over in the morning.

Days like today don’t come around often, and I’m eternally thankful for that!

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Traveling Without Your Kids: A Must Do For Your Marriage

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I’m going to be late picking the girls up from school if I don’t leave here in approximately 10 minutes, but I’m sitting here at my desk in my bathrobe eating a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter with tiny chocolate chips. And I don’t feel bad. Technically, the line doesn’t even begin moving until 3:40, which is what I’m telling myself even though I’m going inside today so I can give my oldest her gymnastics bag and grabbing my middle before we go get the twins.

I’m distracted this week, and I’m working my behind off trying to get a lot more done in a lot less time. I’m taking Friday off…which means I need to get all my normal Friday work done by Thursday. That’s easier said than done when you consider it’s around 15,000 words. I’m 100 percent so excited about the upcoming weekend!

Three glorious days at one of our favorite hotels in one of our favorite cities to celebrate our anniversary 3 weeks early! No kids. Just us. Date nights, and sleeping in, and getting some sun, and getting my husband all to myself for a few days. What else could a girl want?!

As I’m multitasking (working and making packing notes), I’m thinking about all the conversations we’ve had with people over the years anytime we plan a trip without the kids. “It must be so nice to get time away so often,” (It is). “How can you leave your kids?” (With a cheerful wave and some sweet hugs and kisses). “I’ve never understood people who leave their kids. I could never do it. More power to you,” (PSA: this is not a great veiled attempt at insinuating people who take time to focus on their marriage or not losing their ever-loving minds with their kids are less than amazing parents).

We miss our kids when we aren’t with them, but man-oh-man do we appreciate that time away! We get to come home on Sunday morning rested, fulfilled, happy, and as much better parents. I can’t parent when I’m stressed, on empty, and without some personal space.

Ladies and gentlemen – My husband and I have four kids. Free time is not something we have. We have to schedule free time – and it sometimes takes weeks to get time to do that – and we don’t get much down time. If we don’t take a break from the constant snack-making, lunch-packing, butt-wiping, booger-wiping, bath-giving, boo-boo bandaging, this food touched that food and I need all my food remade-handling, chauffeuring, homeworking-doing, sports-practicing, exhausting, beautiful moments that kind of wipe us out from time to time, things get really ugly, really quickly.

I suck at parenting when I’m exhausted. We all do. It’s why kids have naptimes and bedtimes. So we can recharge overnight and face the next day with a happy heart. And that works…but sometimes I just need to get my husband very naked and very much to myself for a few days. And I’m not even remotely ashamed of that situation.

If you are one of the many people who feels guilt at the thought of leaving your kids, I feel you, sister. I always feel guilty leaving them. But I go. They love their time with their grandparents and their cousins. They sometimes need a break from our faces, too. And that’s the pretty thing about time off. If you can find time to take off and get away from the kids, do it. The benefits are astounding.

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You Get to Have a Real Conversation

I don’t know about your household, but sometimes my husband and I try to carry on the same conversation for an hour before we finally get to the point. “So, I was thinking we could (MOMMY! Can I have some water?) Sure, honey, give me a second. Anyway, I was thinking this weekend we could take the kids down to Dis – (Daddy! Can you help me with my math homework? Oh, sorry. I didn’t know you were talking to mommy, but when you’re done can you help me with my math homework?) (Husband nods) What was I saying? Oh right, I was thinking this weekend we could…” and sometime an hour later, I might get that sentence out.

When we take a weekend without the kids, we get to talk. A lot. And we have meaningful conversation about how amazing it is to have meaningful conversation without being interrupted 87592641614 times. And the sad part is our kids know not to interrupt blatantly….but they’re constant “Excuse me’s” aren’t fun.

You Are Relaxed

What’s more relaxing than knowing you get to go to bed on your own time, you get to sleep all night, and you get to wake up on your own time? Oh, nothing. You’re also relaxed going to dinner because you don’t care if there is a small delay in your reservation. You aren’t eating on the kid timer. When you’re told it will be a few moments, you probably do what we do and say, “No rush! We’ll be at the bar!” You’re relaxed, and relaxed people are happy people.

You’re A Lot More Naked

TMI, I know. But let’s be honest. You are. And he is. And you both are. And that’s always, always, always the best. And I’ll leave it at that.

You’re Focused On One Another

I love nothing more than when my husband is fully focused on me and our time together, and it’s hard to manage that with the kids. I love being able to focus on him, listen to his stories and really hear what he’s saying. I love the focus, and that focus is good for the soul.

You Feel Closer Together

I cannot get enough of my husband when we travel. I feel so close to him when it’s just the two of us. It takes me back a decade before we had kids and we were just newlyweds jetting off to New York City one weekend, California the next weekend, and Hawaii three weeks later. That was our life, and it was so, so good. It’s a million times better now, but it does take me back to that time when we were young and carefree.

You’re A Better Parent

At the end of the day, you’re a much better parent when you have a few days away. I can always tell when my patience is waning, and I know when a timeout is necessary. Sometimes we just need to get away for a few days and recharge. We need to just be us and be reminded how much fun we have. We need to be reminded that we actually do miss our little monsters when we’re away, and we need to be reminded of the little moments so we get to go home and be much better parents to four much better kids (Kidding…the grandparents come stay with our kids when we travel and they don’t know how to pronounce “NO” so our kids are basically evil when we return).

For example, when we wake up in a hotel and room service delivers our coffee, we get to sit on our balcony and overlook the city or the ocean or wherever we are, talk, drink in silence, read the news, savor the sweetness. But we also realize that those sweet little faces that usually climb up next to us on the couch to cuddle when we drink our coffee at home are really sweet moments (because Lord knows in the moment we’re just like “Omg. Could you take up any more of my space?).

You’re A Better Couple

I don’t know about y’all, but I really like my husband – a lot. And I’m pretty sure he mostly likes me, too. Save for about a week every month, but what’s a girl to do about attitude problems when her hormones are like whoa and she has four kids and all that? Anyway, I really like Craig. And I like spending time with him. We are a better couple when we have a few days to ourselves. He makes me laugh. My cheeks always hurt by the end of our trip from laughing so much. He’s always so thoughtful in making reservations at my favorite restaurants, taking my Insta photos, shopping with me, and he always defers to me when it’s time to choose the bottle of wine we order – and I never have to compromise on that. It’s nice.

We are a much better couple when we have time alone, and that makes our marriage that much better. We might be together 24 hours a day save for pick up and drop off at school during the week, but we still need that quality time to focus on our marriage and nothing but one another. And we are so much better for it.

Did I mention all the nakedness?

Friday Favorite: Working Out to Feel Oh-So Good

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Happy Friday, babes!

Isn’t April just gorgeous? I love this time of year in Florida when the temperature is warm during the day but cool in the mornings and evenings…the open doors and windows, the late nights outside, and the fun we have with the people we love the most. Halfway through the month and the Raiford household is in a good mood. It’s been a busy but productive month, and everyone has been in such a good mood the past few weeks.

I think it has something to do with the fact that we’ve been so active, and my husband and I have been making a major effort to work out together most days. We’ve been focused a lot on working out this month just to make some healthier changes in my husband’s life. I find the time every day to exercise, but he often finds himself deep in a project with work and doesn’t move from his desk all day long.

He’s been making an effort to go running during lunch, and I’ve been joining him even on days I go to yoga first! On days I don’t have yoga, he’s been making it a point to ask me to wait to go to the gym so he can go with and work out during his lunch break. It’s been amazing challenging one another and seeing him working so hard on his health – I like it a lot.

Because I’ve been talking about it lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions in my inbox about my workouts, our workouts, and things of that nature. I thought I’d take some time to share why I love working out, what I do, and answer some of your questions.

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How often do you work out?

5-6 days a week almost every week, but never fewer than 4 days a week. I do two days a week at yoga for an hour, and the other days I spend at the gym doing a variety of things to keep my body in shape. I don’t feel good if I workout fewer than 4 days a week, and I really don’t love only getting in a four-day workout if our schedules are hectic. I love to workout daily. If I have 10 extra minutes, I will run or go to the gym and literally workout hardcore for 10 minutes – because it makes me feel better.

What do you do?

Again, two days of yoga – but it’s not regularly yoga. My instructor is hardcore, and she pushes us. Our yoga class usually involves 20-30 minutes of challenging stretches and core workouts on the floor and another 30 minutes of sun salutations made exceptionally challenging. Most of us are sweating, panting, and in LOVE with her classes. I’m challenged hardcore each and every class, and I love it.

The rest of the week I hit the gym. I use the weight machines for 10-15 minutes, and I always do a half hour on either the treadmill or the elliptical to go with it. Lately, I’ve been running with Craig. I’m not a runner, so I’m learning, but it’s been surprisingly easy. I guess I’m in shape because I don’t feel like I’m dying. Yesterday I did 2 miles in 20 minutes without stopping or slowing down. I’m slow, but I literally just started running a week ago!

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How do you find the motivation?

Listen, I’m not motivated to get up and add something else to my schedule every day. Our kids have hectic schedules, I have a business to run, and my husband and I can’t always get our schedules to line up. However, I always find the motivation to feel good. I motivate myself by reminding myself how good I feel and how much I love the energy I have when I exercise. That’s my motivation. Additionally, I’m vain enough to realize that I’ve been pregnant three times and given birth to four kids and I have a great body – and I like that.

How do you make exercise more fun?

I don’t do things I don’t like. It’s pretty simple. If I try something and I don’t like it, I don’t do it. For example, I *HATE* Bodypump, so I don’t go to that class. I also find that I don’t care much for Spin – though I think I could change my mind about that one. Exercise is fun when it’s something I enjoy. Yoga, for instance, is my favorite. I also love to work out on machines that allow me to challenge myself. I always want to go further, faster, and better than I did the last time.

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I find challenges make me love working out. Lately, I’ve been running with my husband. I’m not as fast as he is, but I find that I’m more willing to run longer and without stopping when he’s there. I mean, I don’t want to be the first one to stop, so I push myself to keep going when I don’t want to just so I ‘win’ because I love a good, healthy competition. We have fun together, so that makes it fun.

I also wear fun workout gear. One of my favorite things to do is find the most outrageous yoga pants possible because they make me happy. Bright colors and fun patterns certainly put me in a good mood. It’s impossible to put on a pair of bold and bright yoga pants and not feel excited about my workout. It’s simple, really.

Do you only exercise?

No. We also eat well and healthy. I’d say 90 percent of what we eat is good, but we aren’t above a great cocktail or dessert – or bacon. We just don’t eat poorly often. A typical day in our house is healthy. I, for example, eat the same thing almost every day.

Breakfast/Lunch (I cannot eat early in the morning. I’m not hungry, it gives me a stomachache, and it makes me ravenous the rest of the day if I do eat breakfast) is at 11 am: 1 orange, half cup of Greek yogurt with fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and a quarter cup Publix granola from the produce section (omg, it’s so good), 2 scrambled eggs.

Snack is at 2ish: A tablespoon of creamy peanut butter with a teaspoon of tiny chocolate chips.

Dinner is around 5:30 pm: Always a baked chicken, fresh salmon, or filet Friday with double veggies and no starches. We find a way to make our favorite unhealthy foods healthier, too. Craig makes a killer homemade pizza on a thin crust, we love healthy chicken piccata, and any wheat pasta with roasted veggies on top is my favorite.

I find that eating later in the morning means I’m actually hungry, and it curbs my appetite the rest of the day. I also drink like 89 cups of water a day – and black coffee all morning.

{We ran a 5k with our 9-year-old daughter last weekend. The first picture is us with her after we finished. She walked and ran the mile, we both ran the 5k. It was my first time running a 5k (I’ve walked plenty of them…) and I finished in 35 minutes. The second picture is my husband and I before the run….and right after I put my arm around him and asked him to take a photo only to realize I put my arm around a teenage boy and got awfully comfortable with him because Craig had walked away! It was hilarous, and now he’s our new friend, and he snapped this picture!}

At the end of the day…

I am not an expert or a health professional or a coach or whatever. However, I do love to work out and I do get a lot of questions, so I’m just answering them and hopefully motivating someone to get up and get moving.

My main goal is to stay healthy and look great. I love to feel great, and I want to be sure my husband is as healthy as possible so I can keep him longer. We’re celebrating 13 years of marriage next month and 17 years together this year….and I want to multiply the amazing years we’ve had already by a million. If I can’t get him healthier and I can’t stay healthy, that might be a challenge.

I love to exercise because I love how I feel. I love being in a good mood. I love being stress-free, and I love feeling more relaxed and energized. I also love that I like how I feel in my clothes, and I love never being ashamed of putting on a two-piece and going in public. I just like feeling good.

 

**When I don’t want to work out or stop my work-flow, I remind myself that I’m going to be furious with myself later if I don’t work out. I’m always right, and I always feel amazing after a workout. Being strong is so important. 

***One of the best things about working out with your spouse, too, is how good it feels to challenge one another. It’s good for you. 

Instagram Roundup: What I’ve Been Wearing Lately

Happy Tuesday, lovelies!

The week has gotten off to a stellar start in the Raiford household. My husband and I ran a 5k with our oldest daughter Saturday. It was the first I’ve ever run. We’ve done plenty of 5k’s in the past, but they’ve been obstacle course-type mud runs and such. I’ve only ever walked them, but this was my first time running one. To be honest, it was my first time running more than a mile without stopping – and to be really, really honest, it was only my second time running a mile without stopping.

I run often, but I run like 200 yards and then walk 500 and then run 100 and walk the rest of the way. I hate to run, but I finished 3.1 miles in 35 minutes. I was so super impressed with myself that I’m now obsessed with running and working on challenging myself to go harder, faster, and get stronger. So now my Monday, Wednesday, Friday workout routine has changed a bit – but I’ll never give up my Tuesday/Thursday yoga classes!

I’m behind on my IG roundups, but the weather all over the place is literally all over the place, so I can’t find a real groove in my spring style. So, on that note, here’s what’s been going on in my life lately.

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{ Jeans, Shirt, Blazer, Shoes, Glasses, Earrings }

This is my new favorite tee shirt, and I cannot even tell you how much I love it! Our oldest daughter’s best friend celebrated her 9 3/4 birthday with a complete Harry Potter theme at the local train station – and her mom did the most spectacular job. So I thought I was only appropriate to sport an “I solemnly swear I am up to no good” tee. Right from Amazon. I love prime.

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{ Jeans, Boots, Shirt, Glasses }

I am so far behind that most of the outfits I haven’t shared details about yet are from the Book Fair week we had at the girls’ school last month. I know…It’s been three weeks! But these Tory Burch boots are my favorite riding boots, and this tunic is probably one of my favorites. It’s so soft and so warm!

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{ Leggings, Kicks, Sweater, Glasses }

By the last day of the book fair last month, I was so over wearing real pants. You don’t even understand. I work from home. I’ve worked from home for the past 10 years. I get dressed long enough to take the kids to school and pick them up – and I’m back in my robe the moment I walk through my front door. I mean, honestly. I was so over the wearing pants and being dressed and working what felt like a real ‘job’ needing to be somewhere at a certain time and staying there all day….dressed. So, it was faux leather leggings and oversize Topshop sweater!

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{Dress, Espadrilles, Espadrilles, Glasses}

I love these Christian Louboutin espadrilles more than any shoe I own. I bought these more than 10 years ago (maybe 12?) and love them endlessly. They are actually my very first pair of Louboutins – and the only pair I’ve ever managed to score on sale! They were on sale for $300 and I was positive I needed them in all their polka dot glory, and I was so right. I love them with this little Old Navy swing dress I just picked up a few weeks ago for like $9. I love a good high/low combination.

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{ Boots, Jeans, Sweater, Glasses, Earrings

These pink Hunter Wellingtons are ON SALE right now! I love this adorable blue sweater, but I don’t know where to find it for you. I saw it at TJ Maxx about two months ago and totally fell in love with it. Also, if you’ve never worn Hunter boots before, size way, way, way down. I wear a full size smaller in Wellies than any other shoe – and I think they’re a bit large, too.

Three Closet Staples For Spring

Spring is here.

Or so I hear. It’s just hot in the Sunshine State. The humidity is back. The air is on. My makeup is melting regularly. So, good for you if you have spring. And yes, you do infer a bit of sarcasm in that congratulatory phrase.

Now that spring has allegedly sprung, it’s time for us all to do a little shopping. I’ve been in the mood for some shopping lately, and I’ve picked up a few super fun items. I’m sharing a few of my recent purchases with you, what I love about them, and I’ve broken them down into three must-haves this spring. You can even roll them into summer if you like…

Maxi Dresses

I love a gorgeous maxi dress, and these casual dresses are kind of everything right now. They’re easy to wear, easy to style, and they go with just about anything. From running errands to a casual lunch date, you can get away with a maxi dress casually. Adding some upscale accessories can even take some of these from day to night. I love this one, this one, and this one.

Full Skirts

If there is one thing I”m currently obsessed with this season, it’s a full skirt. This is my Sunday best staple, and I cannot tell you how many compliments I receive when I wear one of mine to church on Sundays. They’re feminine, ladylike, and so elegant. But you can dress them down with a tee shirt, up with a blouse, and in between with the right shoes. Did I mention they are also super flattering? I love this one, this one, and this one.

Casual Shoes 

Spring is all about casual flats this year, and I’m currently obsessing over a few of my own favorites. I love a gorgeous espadrille to make any outfit more fun, a great pair of flip flops – because I’m a Floridian – and this year as casual tenny. I love these, these, and these.

Dinnerly Dinner Subscription Review: Simple, Delicious, and Affordable

Cooking is not my forte.

I like to cook – kind of – but I don’t excel. Does that make sense? No? I know…I’ll try to find a way to explain that so it makes a bit more sense.

I love Food Network. I’d love to cook well, and there are a few dishes I’m quite good at making. But only because I’ve made them a million times and perfected them.

I don’t follow endless directions well. There’s just too much going on with a real recipe for me to handle it will. I prefer to bake, and I’m really good at baking. It’s easy when everything is basically in one pan. It all cooks the same time, there’s one thing at a time that requires my attention. Cooking is too much.

So I married a man who cooks like a champ, enjoys spending time in the kitchen, and keeps us well fed and happy.

When the amazing people from Dinnerly reached out and asked me if I’d like to try their dinner subscription service, I figured I might as well try. Perhaps I could cook some new dishes for my family quickly and with six or fewer ingredients, I was on board with it.

What is Dinnerly?

It’s the most affordable, simplest dinner subscription service on the market. The company provides up to three meals per week, delivered to your door with every single ingredient you need to cook dinner save for a few household items you already have in your pantry. It’s in a cooler, it’s fresh, and it’s simple.

You have everything delivered, you cook the meal, and you don’t need to grocery shop, meal plan, or stress about how you’re going to feed your family. The good news is that most of the recipes they send are on the healthy side. As a family who tends to skip the starches and breads in favor of additional veggie sides, simple grilled or baked chicken or fresh fish and – always – Filet Friday, we were on board with the healthier options.

What Makes Dinnerly Different than Other Subscription Services?

Simple – it’s far more affordable, far simpler, and a lot less stressful. You don’t have a half dozen different menu options in different categories to choose from. You have three. You choose them, you make them, you enjoy them – and even the ones I didn’t think sounded amazing when we received the box were so good!

The meals are $5 per person. You can order a 4-person package or a 2-person package. My husband and I have four small kids, and the 4-person boxes were more than enough food for all six of us. There was so much left over!

Additionally, Dinnerly makes the job SO much easier than other companies because every meal consists of six ingredients or less. It’s quick, it’s delicious, it’s easy. What more do you want?

What Else Should I Know?

The one thing you should know before anything else is you should check your recipes online before your box arrives is you will need a few things from home for some recipes. It’s all simple things, however, like salt and pepper or a little oil. You have it lying around, so it’s never a big deal.

Dinnerly also makes sure you’re able to get your recipes online through your confirmation email. This saves paper, and it saves you money as a result. You save all the recipes on your computer to reference later, and you aren’t inundated with paper recipes to file, put away, lose, or store. I mean, I cannot handle another needless piece of paper in my house, and I imagine you feel the same.

{Our meals consisted of the three pictured here: Potato Rosti, Meatloaf and Caramelized Cabbage, and Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini}

How Was Dinnerly For Us?

Welllllll…it was amazing, but only because my husband saved the day. I tried. I did. But again, even with only six ingredients, I struggle to cook more than one thing at a time or follow multiple steps at a time. Things burned. I used all the shallots in the meatloaf and saved none of them for the other meal half of them were meant for – because who reads directions in advance?!

Me. And you. We should all read the directions quickly before we make things. It does limit the complications and makes cooking easier. Of course, I’ll never admit this to my husband. Obviously.

Dinnerly was great once my husband took over. He found it simple and easy, quick and efficient, and his cooking was far better than mine. We have already signed up to use Dinnerly again when we have the time to cook at home three nights a week – once the kids’ activities calm down a bit over summer vacation!

Dinnerly was a great choice for our family because we don’t like complicated meals. We like fresh food, healthy food, and we simply don’t care much for the ‘traditional’ dinner items most people eat on a regular basis. We like more veggies than anything else, we like everything fresh and nothing pre-packaged or frozen, and we like simple menu items that taste flawless. Dinnerly definitely delivered – literally and figuratively!

Visit Dinnerly to see for yourself what the subscription service is like, what it entails (you choose how often you want it and only get deliveries when you decide!), and what’s for dinner this week.