Everything You Need for Spring...In One Box


FabFitFun! Have you guys ever gotten their boxes before?!?!

FabFitFun is a subscription box with full-size fashion, beauty, fitness and lifestyle products. The box comes out once each season and I just received the Spring Editor's Box and it is AMAZING! 

 

The box retails for $49.99 but always has a value over $200. Way over $200 if you ask me! They put so much in there! If you sign up now you can still get your own Spring Editor’s Box before it sells out!

 

Use coupon code KITC for $10 off your first box at fabfitfun.com

 

The Spring Editor's Box from FabFitFun!

The Spring Editor's Box from FabFitFun!


Here is a list of all the amazing goodies that were in my Spring Editor’s Box box:

  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Treatment
  • Briogeo Deep Conditioning Mask
  • Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug
  • Free People Starry Eyed Travel Eye Mask
  • Fashion Choice: Summer & Rose Striped Tote
    • Or some people get a Rachel Pally Clutch
  • Shower Choice: Spongelle French Lavender Buffer
    • Or some people get a Daily Concepts Hair Towel Wrap
  • Relaxation Choice: Grace & Stella Bath Bombs
    • Or some people get a MYTAGALONGS Hot/Cold Pack
  • Beauty Choice: Tarte Double Duty Leave Your Mark Eyeshadow Palette
    • Or some people get a Tarte Lip Paint

 

Use coupon code KITC for $10 off your first box at fabfitfun.com

I'm so excited about all of the products! I am a total bath girl so the the Spongelle French Lavender Buffer and Grace & Stella Bath Bombs are perfect for me. I will sit and soak while I use the Briogeo Deep Conditioning Mask, which when you have hair as blonde as mine, deep conditioning is always needed!

 

I sleep in an insanely bright bedroom, with only sheer panels on my huge patio doors, so the Free People mask is going to save my life on those weekend mornings when I actually can sleep in. Then I can wake up to the cutest mug ever, created by one of the cutest people ever, Ayesha Curry! Look how adorable it is, I love it! It also happens to be my favorite color :D

 

The FabFitFun team definitely read my mind with the Tarte eyeshadow palette because shimmery neutrals are always my favorite. I'm excited to experiment with them. And finally the Summer & Rose Striped Tote is coming with me on every beach and pool trip this summer! Super cute and nautical and is lined inside for wet swimsuits and whatnot! Genius! 

 

Get your own box! There is still time to get this same Spring Editor's Box!

 

Use coupon code KITC for $10 off your first box at fabfitfun.com


MOM HACK: QUEEN OF DELIVERY!


If there is one thing I absolutely LOVE it is having every imaginable thing delivered right to my door. When I say everything, I mean it. If there is an app that will do my laundry, run my errands, clean my house- I have used it.

This all started last year when I broke my ankle and had to have surgery. This meant crutches and a cast for 3 months. Definitely annoying and as a single mom there was no one else to run all of the errands so I had to figure it out! Lucky for me we live in an age where virtually everything can be delivered right to your door! Here is my review of some of my favorite time saving services.

 

That is when I discovered yummy.com which is a grocery delivery service in Los Angeles. If you are near one of their markets they will deliver to you within 30 minutes. Amazing! Of course they have a somewhat limited selection of items and with delivery fees and tipping the delivery guy it gets expensive FAST. So at this point I pretty much only use yummy when it is 9pm, my daughter is asleep and I decide that I “need” wine or gelato or something similarly healthy:)

So then I discovered Google Express. YOU GUYS… Google Express has CHANGED MY LIFE!    Not even being dramatic (ok maybe a little;). But seriously it is pretty great. If you have it in your area you should check it out for sure! They deliver from a bunch of different stores but the ones I use the most are Target and Costco. But they also have REIUltaToys R UsWhole FoodsStaples and lots more. Need a tent delivered? They can do that?! Need a last minute present for a baby shower?! They can do that! Have a date and realized you have no makeup?! They can do that! You get the picture…

Google Express Stores in my area

The Costco by my house in Marina del Rey is a total nightmare. Costco + In-N-Out in one parking lot = disaster. So I was thrilled to find a service that will deliver my bulk Smart Water right to my door without any stress:) Then there is Target… everyone knows what happens when you actually go to Target. You have 3 things on your list and end up walking out spending like $300. So I actually think using Google Express saves me money. Now there is one major downside to Google Express and that is they do not deliver cold or frozen items as of right now. I did receive an email from them saying there were going to start this service soon in Los Angeles, so I am crossing my fingers that starts soon! The cost for Google Express is $95 a year, and you get 6 months for free when you first sign up. Every delivery is free as long as you spend $15 at each store. They have a few delivery windows each day you can choose from.

Google Express

Since Google Express can’t bring me cold or frozen groceries I had to find someone else to do that- so I started using Instacart which I saw at the Whole Foods by my house. They deliver from a few different places too, but I only use them for Whole Foods. You get your first delivery free and after that the delivery cost depends on how much you buy, if you spend over $35 it is $3.99. You do get to select your level of tip before you check out and the pricing of the items is the same as in-store. Instacart has shoppers that help put your order together and text you when something is out of stock and ask if you want a replacement item and things like that which is a nice personal touch.

Instacart
Washio

That pretty much covers my groceries. But you can get more than just groceries through apps! One of my other guilty pleasures that I used all the time when my ankle was broken is WashioWashio picks up your laundry and dry cleaning and drops is back off all folded and clean. It is amazing. Not cheap, but amazing. Now that my ankle is back to new I feel too guilty to use Washio very often. So I only do it if I am having a particularly crazy week. I’m not positive but it seems like they have been tweaking their prices lately so you’ll have to check, but between my daughter and I we usually have about 4 loads of laundry each week and I want to say it was around $40 or something like that. There are delivery fees and you tip their Delivery Ninjas as they call them, so it is expensive. In contrast it would cost me $5 to do the same amount if I used the washer and dryer outside my patio which is a quarter-operated unit. So definitely a luxury.

And then finally someone has to clean the house and I would really rather it not be me! So I have used the now defunct Homejoy and then I switched to Handy after getting a free cleaning from one of their brand ambassadors as a local food truck night in Marina del Rey. I had a cleaning woman with Handy I really liked, but she left and then I did too. Lately I have been trying some new ones, I might give Tidy a shot next. I am not that picky of a customer with cleaning people, as long as someone else is doing it and doing a pretty good job I am happy. But I haven’t quite found the perfect match.

Then there are a host of other food delivery apps out there that will bring you breakfast, lunch or dinner like Uber EatsGrubHub and Munchery. I don’t use these very often because as you can see up above I get a lot of groceries delivered! I also get Blue Apron and Plated delivered which I covered on a previous blog. But every once and awhile we decide to get dinner delivered.

Munchery is the most unique. They are chef prepared meals that are partially ready but you need to heat them up and finish them once they are delivered. I like that they have unique offerings by cool chefs, you could totally make a dinner party super easy by going this route.

So by now you are probably thinking “THIS WOMAN IS CRAZY!” or “THIS WOMAN IS LAZY!” but honestly this gives me so much time back with my daughter. I would get so frustrated when I had to spend my free time with my daughter going from store to store. On the weekends there are so many other things I would rather do with her then drive from Costco to Target to Whole Foods and so on. So for me this is the perfect solution and I really think every Mom should give it a try! Spend your time enjoying life and doing things that make you happy! Let someone else deliver the necessities:)

Do you use any delivery services? If so which ones and how has it made your life better?


MOM HACK: SHOULD YOU CHOOSE BLUE APRON OR PLATED?! I'LL HELP YOU DECIDE!


Trying to decide between Blue Apron and Plated?

I think I can help!

I LOVE TO COOK! Ever since I discovered Pinterest about 4 years ago I have become really passionate about finding new recipes and cooking dishes I had never tried before. I also feel very strongly about raising my daughter to be an open-minded eater and be willing to try (and hopefully love!) flavors from around the world. After pinning thousands of recipes (and actually making hundreds!) I was burnt out on spending tons of money on unique spices and ingredients when I only would use them for 1 recipe. So that is when Blue Apron came into my life and I fell in love!

Then a few months ago there were a couple weeks when I wasn’t crazy about the weekly menus on Blue Apron so I decided to try Plated. Since then I have been switching between the two depending on whose menu I like better that particular week.

Now I am following and Ketogenic diet and so is my daughter so I have to skip more often because they don't have a ton of Keto friendly meals, but every once and awhile they have something that works or works with a small substitution so I still belong to both! 

Here is the breakdown:

BLUE APRON

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Blue Apron’s box comes full of beautiful ingredients, all fresh and seasonal. It’s a little like Christmas as you start taking everything out of the box! Everything is in individual packages and are labeled. They are not divided up by recipe, so if you are like me, you look at the recipes and start organizing the ingredients so everything is grouped together and then load up your fridge. My favorite part is that you really feel like you have your life together when your fridge is stocked with fresh produce so bonus points for that haha!

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Blue Apron meals aren’t super difficult to make, but some of them do have some pretty heavy prep. It is definitely for people who enjoy cooking. I tend to be a little messy when I cook so there have been some nights where I have 3 dirty pans, a dirty cutting board and multiple dirty utensils which can be a little much after a long day at work. But the beautiful result at the end makes up for it! One main differentiator in my opinion is that Blue Apron really seems to focus on making a gorgeous plate and provides plating tips.

I have made hundreds of Blue Apron recipes at this point (check out my Instagram page for pictures of some of my favorites!) and I would say 95% of them get two thumbs up. They do a great job of giving the home chef unique recipes, with ingredients and flavors you may not normally try out.

Blue Apron is less expensive than Plated. For 3 meals for 2 people it is $59.95 ($9.95 per serving), this includes shipping. The serving sizes are great, and all meals seem to be between 500-700 calories.

To me the biggest downside to Blue Apron is that you can’t really choose your menu each week. You do make you selections of what you eat (beef, pork, chicken, vegetarian etc…) so your menu is customized based on those preferences, however if you want to switch out 1 meal they don’t give you a lot of options.

Blue Apron or Plated 2
Blue Apron or Plated 3

One new choice they do have is WINE! You can add a monthly wine subscription that will pair with your Blue Apron meals for $65.99. I haven’t tried this service because it is a mix of red and white and I only like red, plus they are “specially sized bottles for 2”- and personally I have never had issues finishing a normal sized bottle “for 1” lol.

Overall, I love the uniqueness of the recipes and the usage of ingredients I wouldn’t typically buy or even find at a typical grocery store. Also you really do feel like a chef with the beautiful plating and planning that goes into creating these meals. For $9.95 a serving I think it is a great value, way less expensive than going out to eat and also much healthier.


PLATED

The Plated box is a little different, it still comes in one large box, but Plated has already divided up everything for you and bundles everything for the individual recipes. It definitely makes for a quicker unpacking process, but it also takes a bit of the fun out of it.

Overall I would say that the Plated meals are easier to make than Blue Apron’s. They seem to be designed to be made in one pot or pan for the most part. Most Plated meals take around 30 minutes, Blue Apron is closer to 45 minutes in my estimation.

As a trade off for taking less time and effort I have also noticed that the Plated plates do not come out nearly as pretty. The food tastes good, it just isn’t as aesthetically pleasing and for an Instagram obsessed person like myself, that matters:)

Plated is more expensive, 3 meals for 2 people is $72.00 ($12 per serving), this includes shipping. Still cheaper than eating out, but I haven’t noticed Plated’s ingredients being of a higher quality than Blue Apron’s so I am not sure why the cost is so much higher.

The biggest upside to Plated is they give you a lot of menu options! Unlike Blue Apron you can choose whatever menu combination you want which is awesome.

Blue Apron

 

They also have plus up options, which of course cost more money but for example for $8 you can add one dessert to your weekly order.


THE VERDICT

So which one should you pick? For me, I am sticking with Blue Apron 80% of the time because of their pricing, the overall quality of the food, and because their dishes are more Instagram worthy. However, when Blue Apron has combinations I am not as crazy about I will happily use Plated. In fact this week I forgot to skip one of them and received both haha- lots of cooking in this house!

My daughter, who is 11, loves these meals as much as I do. Using these services has absolutely broadened her palette. I was already exposing her to different foods in restaurants, but I love that I now do this at home. 

I really do believe these services are the way to go if you love to cook and love trying new dishes. Also I feel very strongly about cooking with all fresh and seasonal ingredients for my daughter, so this is the perfect solution for me.

Both Blue Apron and Plated offer free week trials frequently via their existing customers. I am constantly given free week trials to share with friends so if any of you would like to try either Blue Apron or Plated please leave your email in the comments and I would be happy to send you one!


Which subscription meal plans have you tried? Would love to hear your feedback! 

Happy cooking!