Kroger Deals Updated 8-15-16



This week I found some awesome coupling deals (feeding all these boys has left me getting into this “couponing” thing). I’m still kind of new at this so bare with me. I link digital coupons to the Fry’s coupon page, if you shop another Kroger brand store, simply go to their “coupons” section on their website; they generally all have the same coupons and sales.

Tyson Chicken Strips $3.99

  • Tyson chicken strips are currently on sale for $5.99 (normally $7.99)
  • Print out $2.00 off Tyson® Whole Grain, Multigrain, Lightly Breaded or Gluten-Free Breaded Chicken item HERE
  • NOTE: coupon limits on per person, per transaction. Meaning you can purchase multiples if you break up your order into multiple transactions. HOWEVER, when I went to my local Frys, the guy at the self checkout grabbed my stack of coupons before I had a chance (umm… RUDE!) to separate them out. He scanned 3 of them and there was no issue- attempt this at your own risk. (it’s totally okay to be THAT person if it means you’re saving mad money!)


Idahoan Signature Russets Mashed Potatoes Pouch $1.50!


Crest Oral-B Pro-Health of 3D White Toothbrush $1.00!

Dole Fruit Bowls $1.50!


Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner $.50/ each!


Annie’s Homegrown Macaroni and Cheese $.50

  • On sale currently for 10/$10.00 (thru 9/4)
  • Buy (1) Annie’s Homegrown Macaroni & Cheese (6 oz) – $1.00 (thru 9/4)
    Use (1) $0.50/1 Annie’s Mac & Cheese Product Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 1 (exp 9/14) OR $0.50/1 Annie’s Mac & Cheese Product – SavingStar Rebate – Limit 1 (exp 8/30)
  • NOTE: I received a catalina (the coupons that print at checkout) for $2.00 off of 4 boxes Annie’s Mac & Cheese Products. I purchased 4 when I received it, but now I can go back and get 4 boxes for $.50 (possibly less, if it lets me stack the $.50 off digital coupon) in one go.


Old Orchard 100% Juice $1.17 each!


Happy Baby or Tot Pouches $.63!


Dove Advanced Car Deodorant $1.49!


DISH Rachel Ray Nutrish Dog Food $2.49!

  • On sale for $10.49 thru 9/4 (regularly $11.99)
  • Use $4.00/1 Dish from Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Dog Food – 7-24-16 SS; Includes 3.5 lb or Larger Only (exp 09/18/16)
    Or $4.00/1 Dish from Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Dog Food printable
  • Pay as low as $6.49, Submit for $4.00/1 Dish from Rachael Ray Nutrish Super Premium Food for Dogs; any variety -Checkout 51 Rebate

Betty Crocker Moist Cake Mix $.75!

  • On sale for  $1.25 thru 8/23 (normally $1.59)
  • Buy 4, Use $2/4 Betty Crocker Cake Mixes Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (exp 8/21)
  • NOTE: Limit 5 means you use the coupon deal 5 times, that means 20 boxes of cake mix (okay, I bake a lot, but who needs that much cake mix? I won’t judge, you live your life!)


Betty Crocker Frosting $1.00!


Hot Pockets or Lean Pockets Sandwiches (2 ct) $1.60!


Lysol Disinfecting Wipes $.99!

  • Lysol Disinfecting Wipes (35 ct) – $1.99 (thru 8/23)
  • Use $1/1 Lysol Wipes Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (exp 8/21)
  • NOTE: this is a great item to purchase and donate to your kids classroom!


Hefty Slider Storage Bags $.99!


Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Baked Snacks $.99!


Honest Kids Organic Juice Drink $.99!


Two All detergent and one snuggle fabric softener $3.98!

  • Buy (2) All Laundry Products (32-50 oz) or (24-80 ct) – $2.99 (thru 8/30)
  • Buy (1) Snuggle Fabric Softener Product (32-40 use) – $2.99 (thru 8/30)
  • Use (2) $1.00/1 All Laundry Product – 7-17-16 RP (exp 08/28/16)
  • Use $1.00/1 Snuggle Plus Superfresh Product – 7-17-16 RP (exp 08/28/16)
  • NOTE: if you don’t have this insert there are some printable red plum coupons for each item, but they are each $.50 off, not $1.00. Still a good deal!


Horizon milk singles $.67!


Okay, that’s all I’ve got for now, but I’ll keep adding deals as I find them! Enjoy and happy shopping!




Gardening with boys..

I love this time of year! When we still lived way out in the middle of nowhere Arizona. I tried to get a garden going. I had lucious tomatoes ravaged by the javalina. I had sweet strawberries scoured by bird and squirrels. I became so frustrated with my garden that I soon gave up. (I know, quitters never win, but these critters were getting on my last nerve!). We have been in this current house for about 2 years now. Linedad assisted me in building a raised planter.

I have filled this guy with spinach, kale, lettuce, carrots, green onion and zucchini. In pots around the yards I have lots of herbs, strawberries, snap peas, green beans, blueberries, tomatoes and peppers. I’m like a little kid on Christmas; I keep looking everyday for sprouts. When I see something I hop around with glee. I’ve missed ha in g a garden so much. The early stages are hard, because I always want more to do. I don’t want to leave my garden and go inside. Sometimes I almost think I NEED my garden.

This year has been fun so far. I bought Little Goo a watering can, so far he really loves to dip it in the dogs water and dump it upside down. So we bought him a bubble machine and decided distraction is my gardens friend when concerning Little Goo. The boys have all gotten into gardening (okay, they just like playing with the hose, but that’s a start right?) Little Goo gets really into the mud his older brothers create. Roadrunner and Looski like to mist the baby in hopes that it might help him grow! Haha…  My mom used to water me along with the plants (a lot of good that did!).

Look at that cute little sprout! Boys will be boys and after all, “They walked into my heart and left muddy footprints.”

Hop to it!

Part of being a mom is trying to do everything for every little holiday. Christmas, go see Santa, bake, decorate… Halloween go trick or treating, bake, decorate… Fourth of July, go see fireworks, bake, decorate… Easter, go see that damn bunny, bake, decorate… You get the point. As your kids get bigger many things about holidays seem to evolve. One- you don’t have to be sneaky. The jig is up mom, we know who the Easter bunny really is. Two- you have to find new ways to make the holidays fun and involve all ages (I mean, they’ll all love the baking part until they can’t have it anymore because I gave them diabetes with all my baking. Just kidding, I eat most of it.). Three- no more obligatory holiday mascot photos! I thought I was close to this one with the older boys but they all still hold on to Santa. The Easter bunny they could care less about. So, of course, I just take Little Goo. 

The auntie and I got to the mall nice and early to get a good spot in line (and possibly a Starbucks..) We were the first ones there and just like our luck (ha! Luck.. It’s st Patrick’s day! Haha!) the bunny and his buddies are 30 minutes LATE! Of course this is the morning Little Goo decides he hates the stroller, loathes that banana (usually he will eat an entire bunch if I would let him), throwing pennies in the fountain is okay, but oh wait, you’re out of pennies? LOATHE this too! Okay, bunny should be here soon (for the love of God, please hurry your furry butt up!) he’s spins and plays with the bunny land decor he can reach, chases the black tiles along the floor, watches the elevator and starts wondering towards the escalator until…. Who’s that? Bunny. He’s peeking out from behind a pillar at Little Goo, waiving. It was pretty cute. 

Little Goo was smiling at him and seemed to be intrigued- good sign. They take another 10 minutes to get set up, they tell us we get a discount for waiting (touché bunny buddies, you know how to calm angered moms-yes, discounts) and then some rude ladies just jumps in line in front of us. Had we been waiting longer? Yes. Was my toddler on the brink of meltdown? Yes. Did you have a 8 year old and a newborn who didn’t care what the heck was going on? Yes. Did you still jump in front of the woman with the angry toddler because you’re a terrible human being? Yes. Anyways, Little Goo broke down in line. We got one cute picture of him with a spring background (mainly because he was throwing a giant plastic egg at me). 

Bunny time. We walk over to the bunny, he waves and I encourage Little Goo to say “hi” (what do I think he is, a performing monkey?). He hides his faces in me but is smiling at the bunny- okay, good. We walk over and sit him in the bunnys lap. Oh. Heck. No. He exploded, tears, snot, hysterics of every sort. We snapped a few pics; they asked if I wanted to come back for retakes- no point. Once a baby has decided the bunny is evil there is no going back. 


Happy Easter! This is getting framed. Nothing says “I love my child” like a traumatizing memory of the Easter bunny! Santa wasn’t much better, but this takes the cake. At least I got a cute spring photo out of the ordeal and the bunny picture was free because they don’t have their lives together. My poor Little Goo, I just hope this didn’t scar him (the scarring should be reserved for humiliating family moments, right?). The whole ordeal was an unprofessional nightmare, but if I know our family it will be one we laugh about when we look back on it. 


Homemade almond milk (aka heaven) 

So, little Goo has been against drinking any sort of milk since I weaned him at 14 months. He hates cows milk, won’t do goats, refused coconut and mildly tolerated almond. He wouldn’t drink more than half a cup of almond in a day though. This was not okay.

A mom from my kids school mentioned she once made her own almond milk. In my head I’m picturing her pressing almonds (how do you milk an almond?), but in reality that’s how you get oils from nuts. (Why do I know that? Oh yeah, we watch “How it’s Made” like our job around here.)

After hearing about this. I thought I would look into what it actually takes to make almond milk. (This sounds like it would be too much work for this mom. Pass me my Bon-bons!). I found recipes asking for weird ingredients, such as dates (umm… No.). I was able to concoct a recipe of my own that is both simple and AH-MAZE-ING. It’s naturally sweet and flavorful.

The best part of all, folks. Little Goo will drink 3-4 cups of this a day!!! He loves it! Linedad likes it too and he never likes healthy things! Haha! Love you, honey!

First, soak your almonds overnight in a container in the fridge. You will want them moist and plump! (Oh hey, foot photobomb!)


After blending, it will look a lot like this.

This is all the milk I got from squeezing the pulp out in the cheese cloth after straining it. That’s a whole sippy worth people! I’ve yet to find a way to do this without making a mess, but I can’t really cook without making a complete mess of myself and my kitchen.

Homemade Almond Milk

  • Servings: 4-8oz
  • Difficulty: easy
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You will need: 

  • Container for soaking almonds
  • Blender
  • Cheese cloth or reusable coffee filter
  • Container for storing milk (I use mason jars)
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 7 cups filtered water
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon

To make: 

place almonds in container with 2 cups water and allow to soak overnight in the refrigerator.

The next day you will drain the almonds and put the in the blender with 5 cups of water (you can blend half at a time of you blender doesn’t fit this much). Blend, blend, blend. Add in 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon. Blend well. Strain your mixture through the cheese cloth or filter.

This is the double batch I made.


Place in container for storage (make sure it seals well.) and refrigerate. I suggest you use this within 5 days as it does not contain any sort of preservatives. You can also add stevia to sweeten it a bit. I like it regular. Enjoy!

Please don’t judge my ancient blender, I know, it belongs in the Smithsonian.

You can save the almond pulp to be used in other recipes. You can put it through a food processor and make homemade almond meal with it too! Enjoy!

Kinsa review

Kinsa Smart Thermometer Review and Giveaway!

 When Little Goo was sick, I got a chance to use something cool! I kept seeing the Kinsa Smart Thermometer online and wondered what the big deal was. I have a temporal scanner that works fine (I guuueeesss, but it’s not cool- humph!)- although I have my days where I question it (I feel like I’m dying- you suuurreee I don’t have a temperature?) So, I ordered one and figured I would give this new magical thermometer a go.

Little Goo HATES having his temperature taken. Nothing makes me feel worse when he already doesn’t feel well, then to have to hold him down to scan his forehead (I might be trying to brush his hair guys!)




Shipping was free and fast; I got it in about two days! I opened up my package and already was happy- the packaging was easy (unless your impatient like me and rip it. Yeah, calm down, the top slides out, Kyla.) You pop out a clear box like you’ve just bought a new iPhone (hey, it worked for Apple, right?) I do like the clear plastic storage case. It’s organized, has a place for each accessory and easy wrapping for the extension cord.




Hey look! My phone was actually charged!

We downloaded the app (on Linedad’s phone, my dinosaur couldn’t support the app. My phone is four years old- that’s like, 40 in phone years!), plugged the Kinsa in and very quickly we received a readout of Little Goo’s temperature. You can save your temperature recording along with any symptoms they are currently experiencing; this could be very valuable info later for the doctor if an illness escalates! (which feels like 90 percent of the time!)








I liked how you can use this thermometer in there different areas: the underarm, under the tongue or rectally. You can also use standard thermometer tip covers with it- if you prefer. The thermometer itself is small and flexible, making it comfortable to use. The Kinsa does not have a battery, it is wired and uses your phone for power (okay, THANK YOU from the mom who NEVER remembers to buy batteries. Seriously, my kids have forgotten what some of their toys do at this point; they’ve been without for so long).



The thermometer is smart; it can detect if it is not in a proper position and will alert you of this (Kinsa, every dad is thanking you right now- just saying.) There is a fun bubble popping game on the app kids can play while the thermometer takes the temperature (average read in about 10 seconds). Little goo was very angry, because I made the decision to take his temperature rectally (we’re getting personal here- I know.)

This is by far the best thermometer I have ever used. Not only is it fun, but it truly is an innovative device. I love that it saves our kids history for illnesses. The kids like the bubble popping games- makes taking you temperature fun! I give Kinsa my personal seal of approval and highly recommend you give it a try.

The best deal I have found for the Kinsa Smart Thermometer is Here on amazon. You’ll save about $10.00 on what you would spend at stores or the manufacturer website. (Kinsa often has promo codes and discounts you can always keep checking back for.)


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Boys are made of dirt and broken bones.

I’ve had a massive brain block on what to write about. I start a post about one thing, get about a paragraph into it and decide it is boring dribble. What the heck has been going on with me, huh? Oh, maybe it’s the disaster I call my house, trying to get things straight with school (my financial aid is a mess), Looski met with a psychologist this week, Roadrunner broke his nose (yep, lets start there!).

On my way home from Walgreens I get a call from Linedad telling me that he is certain Roadrunner broke his nose. (With a screaming Roadrunner in the background. My neighbors must think we’re beating our kids.) Apparently, our son thought it was a good idea to ride his skateboard down a ramp, on his belly (at least he was wearing a helmet!). He put too much weight on the front of the board and skid on his face.


He totally posed. “Mom, send this picture!” Poor Roadrunner looking as pitiful as possible! He got spoiled the next day, don’t worry.

I get home to promptly turn around, go back into town and get to the nearest Urgent Care before they close (yep, they loathed me the moment we walked in, fastest service ever!). I hate walking into Urgent Care or Emergency Rooms with injured kids, I swear they think you are at fault for their injuries. I have boys, we go more often than I’d like. Do they offer a frequent flier discount? Even the doctor was in awe of how quickly we got back our x-rays.

Roadrunner nearly amputated his finger back when he was in kindergarten. The surgeon who reattached asked what I was expecting (I was pregnant with Little Goo at the time). When I told him we were expected boy number four, he laughed a little and told me to expect lots more broken bones. Fingers and heads were the most common. Roadrunner has now done both (NOT a goal we were aiming for).

So, as you can see, if you plan on having a tiny herd of boys- make sure you have good insurance, a first aid kit (tip: I put lollipops in ours. Always helps little ones to not freak out while you clean and bandage the latest wound), and plenty of ice packs (and maybe a bottle of wine). You’ll need them!



Being the Mom of “The Problem Child”

Sometimes life throws us curve balls and some times it throw a live freaking hand grenade. Today is another grenade day. My oldest, Looski, has struggled in school since Kindergarten. He had energy (like me, but on 100 cups of coffee), his Kinder teacher was a very sweet mother of boys. She understood what it was like and found ways to let him move around without being too disruptive. First grade hit and he struggled, HARD. His teacher knew he was a “problem child” and didn’t do anything, but punish him for needing to move more. I watched my sons confidence tank that year. I will never forgive that woman for how she made my son feel.

She would call home and tell me, “Angelo is spitting on other kids!” He would cry and say he wasn’t. Come to find out he wasn’t “spitting” on them. He was making car noises and being silly- he didn’t realize that silly noise made spit go off his tongue. There was a million scenarios like this. She once told me he wasn’t allowed to wear his new shoes to school, because they became untied and he didn’t know how to tie them. He could, just not very fast. (of course he mastered this years later when I showed up to get him from school and his teacher was giggling and saying, “look at your son”. He had tied his own shoes together and couldn’t get them untied. He had waddled around school all day!)

By the last quarter of first grade Looski was placed in a different classroom after a very bad year and a lot of issues involving his teacher. She was very young and hadn’t taught for more than a couple years, she wasn’t experienced enough to handle a child like him. They moved him into a classroom with a teacher who had been at the school since my siblings and I were kids. Suddenly, my Looski was getting honor roll and the calls home stopped. It was a breath of fresh air.


Looski with his first ever award.

When Looski started second grade we moved him to a small charter school. The school had just opened and we had high hopes for him. Maybe the smaller class sizes would work better? Maybe the public school atmosphere just wasn’t for him? Maybe they would be more willing to work with him and not so quick to label him?

Throughout his second grade year he began having angry outbursts. He felt singled out by students or teachers and would lash out. This would be something we struggled with for the next two years. The problems with his biological father played a huge role in this. He was angry at him and he was lashing out. I had no idea what to do. Punishments seemed harsh, but necessary and positive reinforcement just wasn’t working.

Third grade rolled around and we lucked out- his teacher was amazing. She could shut down his negative behavior better than anyone else I had ever seen. We still had small issues, but more behaviorally (okay, I’m the mom of the boy who BIT another kid. I said it. He bit a girl. He wrote an apology letter to her and they’re great friends, but he BIT her.) than academically. By the end of the year he was doing very well.

Fourth grade hit. Damn, fourth grade hit. This year I feel like there is a call home every single week. Or I am getting an email or message about his behavior. I have tried everything. Sometimes I get angry, I mean, what the heck do they want me to do? Come babysit him at school and force him to behave? That’s not logical! I know they are at just as big of a loss as I am. I’ve got to tell you though, every time that school name pops up on my caller ID my stomach churns. I dread every call, because I know they are calling to tell me my son is in trouble, my son is failing, my son… did something they don’t like.

I feel like I failed him on a regular basis. How is it one son is so happy, well adjusted, organized and academically successful in school and the other isn’t? What did I do differently? What could I have done to change it? I’ve spent nights tossing and turning trying to come up with new ideas for his teachers. I wonder how many other parents know I’m the mom of “that kid” or “the problem child”? I wonder if they think his little brother must be just the same?


Looski, the happiest little baby.

What they don’t know. I’ve broken down into tears in the principals office. I cried saying I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how to fix him, I don’t know what happened. They don’t know I’ve taken him to Behavioral Health Specialists. I don’t ignore this issue or take it lightly. Looski was the HAPPIEST baby you would have ever met, what changed? He never has been a problem at home (besides normal level boy stuff). He is always the child everyone has said is so polite and well behaved. I’m really not being THAT mom here, either.

Looski is ADHD, not a diagnoses I took easily. I feel strongly about the over diagnoses of ADD and ADHD these days. I also strongly feel that it should only be diagnosed by a mental health professional and not a pediatrician. These, of course, are my personal opinions. I have been against medicating him. Oh man, am I against it, but if it means there is a chance everyone can see the happy, polite and amazing boy that I know- it will be worth it. His friendships struggle, his schoolwork suffers and he struggles- every day. I finally hit the realization; if your child needed glasses, would you just make them sit closer to the board? Or would you take them to get a pair of glasses? I’m having to look at this in a different way. A way that makes more sense. A way that just maybe could be better for him.



I think every single weekend my kids ask me to makes pancakes. They would eat their own weight in pancakes if I let them. Every now and again I decide to bear the burden of the mess and the fact that they take forever to make (how do I have 5 males in my house and NOT own a freaking griddle for this exact reason?! Why do I do this to myself?!!). I get creative with them every now and then. One time I made Mickey and Baymax shaped pancakes. I was pretty cool that morning, yeah…. Any who, I’ve made “cinnamon roll” (recipe at bottom) pancakes, I’ve made all kinds of chocolate or white chocolate chip.


Roadrunner enjoying cinnamon roll pancakes.

This morning, however, I got sneaky. My kids had no idea that I put pureed sweet potato in the pancakes. Hmm… this gives me so many ideas! Not a single boy caught it, not even Linedad! It was subtle but I could still taste it. I felt kind of good knowing I snuck something healthy in there. Of course they may not have noticed because they absolutely drown their pancakes in syrup. While dousing the pancake I overheard a conversation that made me giggle: Roadrunner,  “I can’t believe I didn’t used to like syrup.” Looski,  “Thats because you didn’t know what living is!”( he said this SO seriously. syrup IS life!)

Ideas are flooding in. Banana puree, sweet potato, pumpkin, blueberry & spinach (sounds gross but blueberry actually masks the taste of spinach! I make blueberry oat bars and add pureed spinach to the blueberry and you can’t taste it!) , strawberry, apple, squash… The possibilities are endless. I love finding sneaky ways to add healthy stuff to the kids diets. It can NEVER hurt to get extra goodness in there.

Too busy (or lazy, like I can be) to puree? I’ve used organic baby food in recipes before. Works great! Why is it that applesauce is the only baby food that is okay to eat? Some pureed fruits and veggies are quite tasty!

Another cheater moment, I premeasure my pancake mix. I usually make the same amount I premeasure the mix and seal it up in either a baggie or some other container I have around. This makes it even easier in on a lazy morning before the coffee has kicked in and the kids are begging you to make some yummy pancakes. I mean, with boys it is either your leg or food, best to be prepared!

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Use mix

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Prepare Cinnamon Filling in a medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a small zip baggie or squeeze bottle and set aside. Letting this sit a few will help it thicken.
  2. For pancakes: prepare according to package directions.
  3. Prepare Cream Cheese glaze: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, warm butter and cream cheese until melted. Whisk together until smooth, then whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop about 1/2 cup of pancake batter onto the skillet. Snip the corner of your cinnamon filling baggie and squeeze a spiral of the filling onto the top of the pancake. Making sure you leave an outer rim of pancake batter to hold in the filling. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip carefully with a spatula and cook until lightly browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer pancake to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while you make the rest of the pancakes.
  5. When ready to serve, spoon warmed cream cheese glaze on top of each pancake. Enjoy!


And yes, my kids have food “trust issues”. They always question what it in it. I lie to them 70% of the time. It’s good for them, don’t judge me.


Freshly Meal Review

When I was still nursing Little Goo I had ordered from I wanted to eat healthy, eat enough (I have a horrible habit of not eating enough when I get busy, which is detrimental to milk supply- and my weight!) and possibly shed a few baby pounds. Recently, I decided to order from them once again since I still had a credit available. With my fresh (pun intended!) batch of meals coming, I thought this would be a great time to review Freshly. I am not getting paid for this, these opinions are all my own. I used a credit I received from a shipment of damaged meals .

Ergo, first review point: yes, they came damaged and unsealed, but Freshly promptly made it right with a single email. I included a picture of the meals that came unsealed. They credited me DOUBLE what they were worth. The customer service has been above what I could have dreamed. I thought I was out of luck when the meals arrived in what was not an okay condition (not their fault- how shipping companies handle a package really is out of their control.)


Fully sealed and ready to go! They always put things on them like “gluten free” or “dairy free” which is great for those with food sensitivities or allergies. The website lists all possible allergens and ingredients up front.

I do have to say that the packaging has improved significantly! They are sealed much tighter and secure (I couldn’t peel them open!) They arrived perfectly sealed and with frost on them! I promptly put them away in the refrigerator. I put one of the meals in the microwave, because I’m a fat kid on the inside and I couldn’t wait! I purchased 6 lunches and 3 dinners. I struggle on having time and remembering to eat lunch. Later in the day I end up really hungry and make poor food choices. This also can kill your metabolism, too.


This is the meatloaf. It sits on a bed of peas and pearl onions. With a side of red potatoes with cheese sauce and spinach. YUM!

The meals so far have all been awesome! They have taken these to the next level. It’s awesome; they’re so healthy, easy and beyond delicious! I like the wide variety of choices you have with their meals. They often change up the menu, which is nice, because I get bored if I continue eating the same thing repeatedly. They have a variety of meat choices from chicken, pork, beef, and fish. They use a wide variety of veggies and grains. Freshly also uses healthier oils and methods of cooking these meals. The array of seasonings gives your main dish and veggies tons of flavor. Freshly makes kale (okay, I actually LOVE kale. I know I’m a weirdo!) and cauliflower taste good! (I loathe cauliflower… LOATHE!)


The toasted almond chicken & risotto “this dish made with porcini mushrooms, asiago brown rice risotto, chili flake broccolini and chicken crusted with toasted almonds.” This is my favorite dish. It’s simply amazing.

All Freshly meals are free of gluten, wheat, refined sugars, peanuts, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. The shipping is free. When they say satisfaction guaranteed- they mean it!

I can’t all be good, right? I actually haven’t found a meal I don’t like. There was one breakfast I could not get into, but they only carried that for a month and quickly replaced it with something else. they must have known it wasn’t good. I don’t mind “health food”, but I love unhealthy food. I love these meals and they are actually healthy. I highly recommend trying them out. I plan to buy some Freshly meals at least once a month. It’s a nice change from my own cooking and surpasses anything you’ll buy at the store to microwave. After microwaving one I have to fight the kids back, they always think these meals smell so good. They love to tell me how they would like to eat my food. I learned years ago you have to fight for your food when boys are involved.

So, don’t be surprised if you come over and hear me exclaim “mine!” or “back!” while I am fending for my own meal, snack or drink. I have boys.


Not For Weak Stomachs

Since the day after Christmas our poor Little Goo has been vomiting. I’m not talking about a little tummy bug here. I’m talking about full on can’t keep a thing down; “how does one tiny human contan this much stomach content?” vomit.

It first happened after we had come home from running some errands. We thought since he was bundled and the house was warm; maybe he got overheated and it made him sick. Then it happened again the next day. A few days would go by, he would act fine and suddenly he would be sick again. I’m driving down the road the Wednesday before last and hear “Mom! Owen just threw up! Mom, Owen is still throwing up!” I pull over on the side of a fairly busy road and scoop (gross, I know, it takes a lot as a parent to truly disgust you.) everything out of his seat, use every baby wipe I can find to clean him, his clothes, the straps and everything else. It seeped down into the base of his car seat. (Guess what I get to do?! Scrub the car seat, dissect it and wash the cover; basically spend half my day cleaning this awful mess!) there’s a pile of rather nasty wipes sitting on the side of the road. Don’t judge me, I usually do not litter, but that nastiness was not going to sit in my van and I had no bags to put them in.

This kid has been bathed so many time in the past week at this point he probably hates them. Just kidding, he loves them as long as water doesn’t touch his head! When it does he will stand up, hysterically cry for 40 seconds and sit back down like nothing happened. Uh… Okay, makes sense.

By Monday morning, as we prepared the brothers for their oh so joyous (for me!) return to school; Little Goo was lethargic. I don’t mean sleepy, but rather, almost unresponsive. My baby would open his eyes for a brief moment and close them again. He couldn’t sit up, he couldn’t stand, he couldn’t talk. I got a meek whine from him- that’s it. I brought him his cup with some milk and noticed his hands shaking as he reached for it.

I promtply called his pediatrician. They asked me to bring him in within the hour. Upon arrival, they took his temperature, and like it had been for the past week, it was normal. The doctor examined him and told me he was dehydrated. I wasn’t surprised. If he didn’t get better in the next few days; I was told to take him back to the doctor.

By Tuesday evening he was looking and feeling better. I had bought him some of the Happy Family chocolate nutrition drinks since he still wasn’t eating much. Wednesday morning he vomited again (and again and again). He was heaving up clear mucus once his little tunky (baby tummy) was empty.

Little Goo (AKA Darth Baby) and Burt (Garrett) playing at the Dr office.

Back to the doctor we go! After talking out the events and recounting everything he had eaten- it dawned on me. Chocolate! He had some around Christmas -the day before it started. The nutritional drinks were chocolate flavor, which he had the day before he was really sick again. I spoke more with his doctor and we came to the conclusion that he seemed to be having a delayed allergic reaction to chocolate.

I’m happy we figured it out. Many friends and family have sent their condolences to Little Goo on the loss of this delicious treat. I did create an easy way to clean vomit out of the carpet, as well.

Okay, want to know that secret? (I mean, who wouldn’t college kids and moms alike could use an easy clean up method!). Mix one small box of regular baking soda with 1 1/2 cups of cornstarch (I reused an old baby powder container for easy sprinkling). Pour on your gross biohazard of a mess, place a towel gently over the mess and allow it to dry. Once it has dried vacuum it up. There may be a spot that requires some carpet cleaner and a bit of elbow grease (my computer kept autocorrecting elbow to Elvis, haha, maybe his hair was really greasy?). It’s way better than dealing with the gross gooey mess.