Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom

April 7, 2016

Go Green For Earth Day with Giant Food Stores! {GIVEAWAY}


Despite being a product of the 80's, when environment and healthy diet choices were not high priorities, Hubby and I have become more and more invested in making healthy decisions for our family. We work to eat better, exercise and be more aware of the products we use in and around our home.

Not long ago, you had to go to specialty stores for products that were organic and natural. It made healthy lifestyle choices that much more difficult (and expensive) for health/environmentally-conscious families.

I love that nowadays, I can hit up my local Giant Food Store and have economically-priced organic, free and natural products at my finger tips. 



Earth Day is coming up on 4/22, and to celebrate, I'm showcasing the awesome products Nature's Promise has to offer! The Nature's Promise brand is a constant in my house, ranging from food to cleaning products, as well as quality reusable bags. It helps us make greener choices all year 'round!

Check out how the earth has benefitted from Giant's efforts:




To sweeten the festivities, Giant is giving one of my lucky readers a $25 gift card to green-ify their house for Earth Day!

To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below. The giveaway will run until next Friday, 4/15, at 12pm. 

Happy winning!

a Rafflecopter giveaway





Disclosure: I was provided product and monetary compensation for this review and giveaway. All opinions are my own.

March 8, 2016

Fresh Meal Kits at GIANT

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post.

Some days, I just can't keep up.

With, like, life.

And by "some days" I mean "every day."

Can I get an amen?


Since starting this blog as a stay-at-home mom (thus the name of the blog), I've transitioned to part-time work-at-home mom (WAHM). But I made the recent leap to being a full time WAHM. And friends? 

It's daunting. 

And perhaps I should come up with a better name for the blog, eh?

With an increased work load, a steady parenting load and the endless load of keeping house I am overloaded. The laundry pile never gets smaller, and although I try to stay on top of meal planning, some days we get to 5pm and I look around wondering who will be cooking tonight.

Oh. Right. Me. Hai.


I know a lot of families have opted for meal services that deliver pre-packed ingredients and a recipe right to your door. And that's nice and great. BUT. I don't want to commit to this kind of service, as I often need to decide in a moment that dinner needs to happen. Ideally, I'd be able to get the same pre-packed service, but have it available for direct purchase at my grocery store.

Which is why Giant is, as always, my BFF.



BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT OF IT AND MADE IT HAPPEN INTO EXISTENCE.

Like, for real people. The Giant Fresh Meal Kits are a godsend to overwhelmed and overburdened individuals and families alike. There is a fantastic variety of meal options, they are available at select Giant stores in the Philadelphia area and they are AFFORDABLE. Each Meal Kit is $14.99 and feeds 2 people, and 2 kits are a steal at $24.99. 

That's less than going out for dinner!

We are fortunate enough that our local Giant offers the Meal Kits, so we took them for a spin.






The meal options were tantalizing, and included:
  • Pan seared chicken breast with creamy mushroom sauce, garlic roasted green beans and seasoned wild rice.
  • Baked chicken parmesan with rosemary Yukon gold potato wedges and fresh ratatouille.
  • Mini Italian style meatloaf with couscous and fresh vegetables.
  • Peppercorn steak with creamy blue cheese sauce, chive mashed potatoes, and garlic roasted broccoli and cauliflower.
  • Pan seared boneless pork chops with apple and honey mustard sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes.

You can imagine it was hard to choose.




We went with the Peppercorn Steak. And it was a great choice. Upon arriving at home, we opened up our Meal Kit, and I absolutely loved how everything was perfectly portioned and packaged. 




The instructions were included, and I found them simple and easy to read. 


Whipping the meal up was a cinch and, might I add, delicious. I am actually eager to try the other meal packs!

This is such a fantastic option for those who want a fresh at-home meal but don't have the time to scour Pinterest for recipes and gathering the ingredients at the store. Thank you, Giant, for doing it for us!

The Fresh Meal Kits can be found in select Giant's in the Philadelphia area as well as the Peapod delivery service.

For more information, visit Giant Food Stores online.


February 16, 2016

Nonnabox: The Subscription Box for Italians!


Italy is in my blood.

Literally.

A large portion of my heritage is Italian, and from my loud-mouthed ways to my love for pasta, it's hard to deny. 

So when I heard there was an Italian-themed subscription box, I was all, "HOLD ON. LET ME WIPE THE GRAVY OFF MY FACE AND CHECK THIS OUT."

Meet Nonnabox.



Guido Pedrelli, founder of Nonna Box, gets the Italy love. He's a US-based Italian with a Nonna (grandmother) who ran a trattoria in San Carlo di Cesena. She was an amazing cook, and Guido has fond memories of her kitchen and her food. 

To honor her spirit and commitment to all things culinary, Guido created Nonnabox: a subscription box service that delivers gourmet food items from a different Italian region each month, along with the story and recipes of a local nonna.


I LOVE IT.

I had a chance to check out last month's Nonnabox. And this Italian girl was QUITE pleased! Feast your eyes on my haul:




I love that every item has a recipe to accompany it! It allows me to truly use every product.


Nonnabox makes an AWESOME gift: either to someone else OR yourself! The monthly price for a box is $69.95, and you can order online.

For more information: www.nonnabox.com.

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