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Blue Apron Review

Mamas! I think I’ve found the answer to our prayers. If there is one thing that you should know about me is that I’m a mom who likes convenience. Even more so, now that I’ve gone back to work. One of my current obstacles besides having to get adjusted to using the NYC subway system again, is dinner! I get home at 7pm. That leaves just enough time to play with my little munchkin, check in with the hubby, get into Morgans nighttime routine (bath, massage, bottle, book) and prep for the next day. If dinner happens, it’s because my husband has prepared it. God bless him, but there is only so much spaghetti a girl can take (hi, dear 😘). There just isn’t enough time and eating after 9pm is just not something that I’m ready to do. But I’m pretty sure that I’ve found the holy grail of dinner time. A friend of mine introduced me to Blue Apron. From their website, “Blue Apron is a new concept in grocery delivery, built around incredible cooking experiences. We offer a once-a-week subscription service where we deliver all the fresh ingredients you need to make 3 meals, in exactly the right proportions. We’ve designed our service to teach you fun new recipes, save prep time and also reduce unnecessary waste. By letting us shop for you, we can bring you fresher and higher-quality food than you can get on your own in the supermarket, and for better prices!” I couldn’t agree more!

Here’s how the subscription service works:

  • Select the type of plan you want and the number of people
  • Delivery is free, and they deliver the same day each week
  • There’s no commitment: you can cancel anytime before the weekly cutoff
  • Stick with them long enough and you’ll get additional free goodies in the mail!

It cuts down time at the grocery store by supplying everything you need in your box delivery!

I thought that it was a no brainer when it came to trying it out. So the kind folks at Blue Apron provided a delivery with three meals and so my review begins.

My box arrived on Saturday at 11am. It was packed pretty well with solidly frozen ice packs to preserve the perishable items. Everything was labeled and packaged, so storing in my refrigerator was super easy. Also in the box came my cooking instructions for each meal, along with pictures. I prepared my first meal on Monday. It was the Chicken Sate in peanut sauce with jasmine rice and marinated green tomatoes. Delicious!! Seriously. My husband kept popping into the kitchen to see what I was up too and was also pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Convenience is great but if it doesn’t taste good, it’s a no go in my house. Hubby has quite the palate. Lol

Prep time was 6 minutes, cooking time 22 minutes, clean up time, 12 minute. 40 minutes total!

The directions were really easy to follow. The ingredients are fresh and yield a healthy portion for two adults. Miss Morgan was my sous chef the whole time and it was simple enough that I was able up play with her and cook at the same time. I also love the fact that it takes the anxiety out of cooking. If there is one thing I dread is that 4pm phone call asking “what’s for dinner?”. This week, I can just look at my Blue Apron menu and provide an answer, knowing that the ingredients are already home waiting for me. Major win in my book.

I have two more meals to prepare this week. Seared Salmon and Beef and Rice stuffed poblano peppers. I can’t wait!

I’m so excited about my new find that I am subscribing to their service and I want all of my readers to enjoy as well. For all Mommy& Morgan readers here is a little treat, my first 100 readers get 30% off their first Blue Apron Box!! Redeem here: https://www.blueapron.com/mommyandmorgan
I really hope that you enjoy as much as we are. Feel free to share your pics by hashtagging #BlueApron #MommyAndMorgan

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Product Review: Sweedie Kids

We have a teether! A drooling, gum gnawing, hand sucking teether. I didn’t think that anything other than a faucet could produce that much liquid. We are literally running out of bibs and burp clothes. Miss Morgan is having the time of her life and doesn’t seem to be in any discomfort at all, so that much makes us happy. I can’t, however, say that I am comfortable with wiping her mouth as much as it warrants these days. I was nervous about her skin and the constant wiping. Sure I “dab” most times instead of wiping but it still happens. So began my hunt for super soft baby bibs and burp clothes. Since birth we’ve been using Aden and Anais organic clothes, which as nice but a little too hard for a teether. I put my feelers out there and was put in touch with the folks over at Sweedie kids. Feels like we’ve hit the jackpot. Their bibs are super soft and THICK! Major win. It doesn’t hurt that it’s stylish and doesn’t take away from her outfits 😉.

On Saturday we had a picnic in Central Park and as most know, bibs find a way of getting completely unrecognizable after a day outdoors. Not her Sweedie bib. It held it’s shape, remained dry and fastened around her neck. The moisture did not soak through to her neck. As far as wiping goes, the super soft material doesn’t irritate her skin. Although this was sent to us for this review, I would certainly buy more and encourage others to do the same.

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Back to work!

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

And so it is. The last 9 months have been nothing short of amazing. I’ve gained a new found respect for my husband, fallen in love with our little person and realized that nothing else will make me feel the way they do. The plan was to be home for a few more months but my God had other plans by blessing me with a new opportunity. So with an open heart and mind, today is my first day as a working mom. My prayer is for continued guidance over my thoughts, words and deeds. Order my steps so that they may be acceptable in your sight. No situation is perfect but let me tell you, I couldn’t have orchestrated this better if I tried. Everything happens as it should once you let go and let God work.

Everyone that knows me, knows that I am a woman of faith. I probably don’t go to church as much as I should or read my bible daily but I am a diligent prayer. My prayer during this time at home has been for God to guide my family and bring us happiness, however it may come. And happy we have been. It hasn’t been the easiest thing, surviving on my husbands income alone but we made it work. I’m also a planner by nature so we saved, took out additional supplemental income insurance and relied on each other. We certainly have family who could lend a hand if needed but we did it on our own and have been able to lend a hand to those around us that needed it. Prayer works!

It is with this mindset that I return to the work world. I’m nervous that I may be missing out on important milestones or that her development will slow down because I’m not there to work and play with her every hour of her day but I trust in my God. As stated, this situation couldn’t have been any better if I planned it myself (and trust me, I’ve tried). My husband and her grandparents are super excited to begin our new routine, as am I. There is no doubt in my mind that my husband will do a phenomenal job, our family will flourish and we will have new experiences to share. To all working moms, feel free to share your tips and insights on how you’ve made it work and to all of my SAHM I am still with you in spirit! Staying home has been great for my family and I and I hope that every woman gets to experience it at some point during her journey through motherhood.

Nursery Check-in!

It’s been about four months since Miss Morgan has come into our lives. So it’s been four months of diapers, wipes, baths, ointment and ultimately figuring out what works for us and what doesn’t.

Being a new mom, like so many before me, I researched all of the “must have” items on every. single. website.  I compared prices and incorporated my need for natural products. I created a registry and whatever we didn’t receive at our shower we purchased in the months leading up to her arrival. (Please note- if the item was a gift, I am in no way being ungrateful to the gift giver, after all I put it on the registry and you were simply trying to make a hormonal pregoo lady happy. Kudos to you)

Some things worked well for us and others, not so much. So I’ve decided to share my list with you. The irony is not lost on me that this is yet another website touting must haves, but whatevs!

Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

Changing table (South Shore – Savannah Changing Table/Dresser, Pure White)-$250South Shore Changing Table

I love this table!! We bought an organic changing pad separately but I can’t share enough on what a good purchase this was. It’s height is convenient, the three small shelves are perfect for diaper storage (more on the boxes later). During our diaper changes and bath time routine, we dry, massage, change clothes, etc all in the same place because everything is within reach. No drawers to open with oily hands!

Storage basket (wicker pink lined storage baskets from Target)- $35

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These baskets come in a set of three (large, medium and small). We use the large one for diapers, the medium one for lotions, ointment, powder, etc and the small for socks and head bands. This keeps all items within reach and NEAT! I have a tendency to want things out of sight so with these baskets everything has it’s place.

Diaper warmer (Prince lionhart) $ 27

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I really wanted to like this warmer. I mean who wouldn’t want a nice, warm tushy wipe after handling their business. I found the actual device to be the problem. It can accommodate close to 60 wipes at a time but by the time we got to wipe number 40, they were no longer moist and the moist pad had   long since dried out. I tried adding a little water to the bottom and it helped in extending the moisture but not for long. In the end, we still use it to hold the wipes but no longer plug it in. Baby girl is used to room temp wipes now.

Diaper ointment (butt paste Boudreaux 16oz $16.99 jar vs Vaseline baby skin protectant $5)

Butt Paste Vs Vaseline

Vaseline wins in our home!! I found the Boudreaux to be messy. I would put it on and found that it was a little difficult to wipe off during the next diaper change. Because it is a little thicker, I tried it at night because she tends to stay in her diapers a little longer. I still didn’t like it. The Vaseline was light and made her skin super soft. I felt comfortable enough to use it in her sensitive areas.

Baby wash (noodle and boo baby wash and lotion $12 for 8 oz vs Burt’s bees baby wash and lotion $8 for 12oz)

Burts Bees Vs Noodle Boo

I found Noodle and Boo to be a little harsh for her. Although it smells amazing, her skin dried out really quickly after prolonged usage. I tried diluting it but that changed the formula and it no longer suds. I want to try it again now that’s she’s getting older and we still have half the bottle left. Burt’s bees is our winner! It’s smells fantastic, leaves no harsh residue (you know the kind that makes the bath rag a little hard) and the lotion is great for after bath massages. Morgan likes those  a lot and has a tendency to put her hands and toes in her mouth soon after. I’m comfortable in knowing that Burt’s bees is a natural product.

That’s all that I have for right now but I’m sure that this will be an ongoing post! We love to try new things and share our opinion. Enjoy!

Philips Avent Express Microwave Sterilizer Review

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We told you a little while ago that we started using the Avent Bottles when Morgan became a little gassy due to the Kiinde twist bottle system. Any mother knows that with a ton of dirty bottles comes the hassle (did I say that?) of the sterilization process. When I told my grandmother about this 1) she looked at me as it I were nuts 2) asked me what was wrong with a pot and boiling water and 3) proceeded to sterilize all of Morgans bottles.

Seeing as though Grandma doesn’t live with us and Mama is a mama all about convenience I decided to try our bottles namesake the Philips Avent Express Microwave Sterilizer (click name for purchase). Me likey!

It’s super easy. You literally wash the bottle and it’s parts as normal, add water, load into the sterilizer, put in microwave and that’s it. You’re done! So easy even my husband can do it (hi honey!).

Pros- easy to use, sterilizes for a full 24hrs, quick clean up

Cons- makes the bottles a little cloudy. But who cares! Not me.

In the end, I’ve added this to my “list of items to get new moms as a babyshower gift”. At $47.90 a six bottle sterilizer is a win win!

And the winner is!!!…

@JButlerMcPhee!!!

 

Thank you to all those who participated in the first Mommy and Morgan Giveaway courtesy of our friends at Freshly Picked. We had a ton of fun getting to know all of our participants (via Instagram).

Please stay tuned to Mommy and Morgan.com for the next #MommyAndMorganGiveaway courtesy of Sweedie Kids!

 

Freshly Picked Moccasins Review and Giveaway!

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We trust that you all have been enjoying your summer thus far. Mommy and Morgan have been soaking up the sun rays every chance that we get. As a new mom, it is important to me, that while touring NYC this summer, Morgan is cool and her clothing comfortable. With that said, Morgan absolutely hates shoes! I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve searched high and low for shoes that came in 6 week sizes because some size 1’s are too big. When I found a few, she would just kick them off. She kicks off socks, sandals, just about anything. So we were a little hesitant when given the opportunity to try a pair of moccasins from the folks over at Freshly Picked. But we hit the jackpot! They were soft and light weight enough for her to wear during the summer months and they stayed on her feet! She didn’t even flinched once we put them on. Our July 4th weekend was fun filled and she modeled them like a pro for the  whole day!

From their website “The moccasins you purchase today are durable, well designed, and most importantly: stay on your child’s foot.” We couldn’t agree more. So much so, that we are partnering with Freshly Picked this month and hosting our very first giveaway!!

Because Mommy and Morgan is all about sharing, we would like a very lucky reader to be able to partake. Giveaway rules are as follows: Starting July 15, 2014

*Log onto Instagram and make sure that you are following @MommyAndMorgan

*Repost the Giveaway post with the hashtag #MommyAndMorganGiveaway

That’s it!

A winner will be selected at random and posted on our Instagram page on July 21, 2014.

Freshly Picked Giveaway

 

Good Luck!