Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Annie's Homegrown: A Review

If you know me, you know I'm not a huge fan of cooking.  I don't really enjoy it, and I'm not very good at it either.  (Just so you know how serious my cooking issues are, Kesha gave me a cookbook titled, How to Boil Water a few years ago.  It was an appropriate and appreciated gift.)

In January, I said that one of my goals this year was to be intentional...and that included being intentional about what my family eats.  That has been a hard one for me because convenience foods are, well, convenient.  It's easy to throw Bagel Bites in the oven, make Hamburger Helper, or--my personal favorite--just go out to dinner.

When Influenster sent an offer for our family to try an Annie's Homegrown frozen meal, I was pretty excited.  Annie's offers lots of organic products.  I had noticed them in the grocery store, but hadn't tried any. 

B and I chose to try the Shells and White Cheddar with Chicken.  The preparation was super easy--remove the meal from the box, place it on a baking sheet, and bake.  That's my kind of dinner prep!

It was really good!  Aniston loved it, and ate all of hers before leaving the table.  (Which is rare, because she's usually more of a grazer.)

We'll definitely be buying it again, and I'm eager to try the other products they offer.  If you're looking for a quick, easy meal that's still healthy for your family, you should give Annie's a try!

Disclaimer:  I received a voucher for a free Annie's Homegrown Family Size Frozen Entree from Influenster in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Birthday Review

I had a great birthday and birthday weekend!

B had class on my birthday, so I knew we wouldn't be able to do anything.  My mom, Kesha, and I had talked about having dinner, but Aniston had played in the sandbox that afternoon, was covered in sand (that's putting it mildly, really), and did not want to take a bath (again, putting it mildly).  I was beyond frustrated and feeling very blah about the whole thing, and called my mom to say forget dinner.  Mom tattled to Kesha (yes, tattled), who then called and told me I was not allowed to cancel (because after this many years, we've earned the right to say things like that to each other).

So I managed to get Aniston bathed and dressed, and we headed to dinner at Mi Pueblitos.  We had the best time with Mom, Chelsea, Kesha, Emily, and Clara!  It  was so fun and just...perfect.  I am so, so thankful to have all these wonderful girls in my life!

B came home from class with several surprises for me, and was so thoughtful.  I'm definitely a blessed girl. 

Kesha's birthday is March 27.  We have always loved our birthdays (no secret there), and celebrating them.  B and Matt tried to plan something this year, but had trouble coming up with ideas.  (We were told they had texts to prove they at least tried.  Bless their hearts.)

Lucky for them, Kesha and I have never had a problem with planning our own birthday celebrations. ;)

Compared to other years, this one was low-key.  The four of us went to PF Chang's on Saturday and it was so good.  

Earlier in the week, Matt suggested we go to The Cheesecake Factory for dessert after dinner.  I told Kesha I knew he was the right guy as soon as I met him, but this confirmed it.  Ha!

I don't have a single picture of the cheesecake because, really, who has time to take a picture of cheesecake?  Just for the record, though, I had the Dutch Apple Caramel Streusel, and it was amazing.

Also, in case you're wondering--why, yes, we did have two desserts that night.  And I was perfectly fine with it.

You only turn thirty once, right?  ;)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Yesterday was my 30th birthday. 

It's no secret that I love my birthday, and the number doesn't bother me much.  After all, it's the natural progression of things and, well, that's just the way it has to be. 

But, given the fact that I still feel like I'm 22, it surprises me a little that I'm 30.

30 sounds like an age when you should be mature and completely settled and in control of your life.  30 sounds serious

I haven't figured life out yet.  Most days I feel like I'm treading water just to keep up with everything I have going on.  I'm not as together as I once was.  I'm a horrible procrastinator.  I rarely cook, and when I do, it is most defintely not from scratch.  (I'm not exactly sure what cooking has to do with being 30, but it does.  Cooking is serious stuff, y'all.)  I rarely watch the news, I'm always a few days late on current events, and I--gasp--never read the newspaper.  I get Productive Parenting emails every day, but--let's be honest here--I hardly ever do the activities they suggest with Aniston.  I am not on the short list for mom of the year.  I live my life by a running to-do list that is never finished. 

So, yeah, I'm surprised that I'm 30 because I'm not what I thought 30 would be. 

But you know what?  I'm happy.  I'm happier than I've ever been, I think.  When I look around, I can't get over how blessed I am.  I am so in love with this live I'm living.  Even when the laundry has piled up again, even when I feed my family Bagel Bites for dinner...I'm happy.

So here's to 30.  Another year filled with fun, love, laughter, and new adventures.