Munchery

When Cameron went back to work after his paternity leave I was left with all the my normal responsibilities and commitments in addition to caring for a newborn. Needless to say, a majority of the time I felt exhausted and a tad overwhelmed as I adjusted to my new normal. Whenever I had a free minute I was either cleaning up the house, doing laundry or trying to find a quiet moment to myself. The time and preparation it took to plan a meal, go grocery shopping and make dinner felt like an impossible task. This is where Munchery saved me. Munchery is a unique service which delivers healthy, locally made, ready to eat food at the click of a button right to your front door. You can browse their ever changing menu each day and select entrees such as Miso Black Cod, Eggplant Parmesan or Grilled Steak Cobb Salad.

Within ten minutes I was able to order a variety of soups, salads, desserts and entrees to compromise a week's worth of dinners. Upon check out I was given an opportunity to choose my delivery time and even saw a photo of who my delivery guy would be. Munchery is perfect for those who want to eat healthy, but who for whatever reason don't have the time, energy or creativity required to make delicious meals on a daily basis. Overall my experience was great. The food was delivered on time by the friendliest guy (one time he even apologized for being five minutes early), the instructions were simple to follow and the food was easy to reheat (even though we don't have a microwave). Munchery gave us a weeks worth of ease and allowed me to focus on other things all the while knowing dinner would be delicious and I didn't even have to leave the house. 

In one week we were able to try the following:

Beef Fajitas & Tri-Color Peppers, Cajun Blackened Salmon Caesar, 

Tandoori Chicken and Biriyani, White Bean & Escarole Soup, Salted Peanut-Chocolate Brownie

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells, Shaved Brussels Sprouts & Almonds

Wild Mushroom Pot Pie, Kale & Smoked Almonds Salad

English Pub Pie, Beef and Black Lentil Soup, Boston Wedge Salad, 

Sicilian Braised Chicken, Tomato Soup with Squash & Beans

Our favorites were the fajitas, salmon caesar, shaved brussel sprouts, English Pot Pie and the soups. 

My favorite things about Munchery are:

  • Easy to use. I appreciated being able browse appealing photos of my food before I ordered it. 
  • On time and consistent. Unlike a repairman, the delivery guy was at my house at my predetermined time. 
  • Economical. Each entree was roughly $8.95-$9.95 and was an appropriate serving for one person. 
  • Local, fresh and eco friendly. Food is made by local chefs, all ingredients are fresh and their adorable packaging is compostable and biodegradable. 

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions stated here are my own and I was under no obligation to write anything other than my personal experience. I will never write about anything I did not enjoy or find to be a valuable experience. 

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Christmas Day

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When I placed the order for Jasper's stocking I thought nothing of all the wonderful possibilities of its use as a prop. However, once it arrived in the mail I realized he might just be able to fit inside of it. To my surprise he was a perfect fit and an impromptu photo shoot ensued.

Tis the season to create priceless photos of your child in which you can later use to entertain or embarrass your child. 

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As a family we have been enjoying our days together. At the end of the day we often look at each other in bewilderment wondering where the day went. We seldom seem to make it out of the house before 1pm except on the days we have doctor appointments or concrete plans. Otherwise our days consist of afternoon walks, late lunches out, running errands, and lots of baby cuddles and feeding time.

While our baby sleeps we like to watch him, talk about him or look at pictures of him. We are completely and utterly obsessed and in love with him and we would not have it any other way. Even though Jasper will not remember these first few weeks together as a family, to me they have been a dream come true and will always hold a special place in my heart. 

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When you are exhausted after delivering your baby, but love the idea of having professional photos taken of your new little bundle Bella Baby Photography is the perfect alternative. The best thing about Bella Baby is they are a photography service offered through the hospital so there is no need to plan ahead. A photographer will simply stop by your room and offer their services which means the ultimate in flexibility for both you and your baby. For our session the photographer came by just as our baby was hungry, so she happily popped back in once he was done feeding. The other selling point for me is how they are able to capture a handful of great shots in roughly fifteen minutes. No fuss and a few priceless shots of the newest addition to our family makes for one happy mama. 

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