So, I got my first Home Chef box, and it was pretty awesome. I would give it an 8/10, and if you want to know all about my experience, how the meals turned out, etc., then keep reading.
I ordered two meals for my first box, and I cooked one of the meals the day I received the package. Opening my first box was a very thrilling experience. I opened a fully insulated package with two large ice packs included, and it felt like a freezer inside.
The meal I will be showing today is the Home Chef Sweet and Sour Shrimp Noodles meal. I am a vegetarian but do eat seafood on occasion which is why I chose this meal.
Each meal is separated and bagged which makes it really easy to make your meals and know exactly what you need. Everything came super fresh and looked great!
I actually made shrimp for the first time with this meal. The shrimp came in a separate pack and were very easy to thaw. The tails were taken off which was great too.
Each meal comes with a hole punched recipe card with a photo of the finished meal making it easy to remake in the future if you choose. The card fits in a standard sized binder (that's also included)!
Here's a sneak preview of the ingredients I cooked/prepared before I mixed everything together for the final look.
And this is the final result! The meal was super easy to make and gave me inspiration to cook. The recipe was easy to follow, and the level was easy. My boyfriend cooked the second meal for us, and the difficulty level was expert, and there was only one part of the recipe that was a little challenging, but the meal turned out great.
Overall I highly recommend Home Chef--the service is great. My only comments/notes are that I don't like many of the vegetarian meals they have (and they have a limited amount of vegetarian meals each week), so I've skipped quite a number of weeks and will probably skip more. Also, if you don't like eating the same thing and prefer to eat different recipes and dishes often, this service is great as they send you every ingredient needed for the recipe and give you the exact amount necessary, but if you want to repeat meals you enjoy, it'd be more cost effective to pick up the ingredients from the store and remake your favorites.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post or that it helped in some way!
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins
This week, I did something I never thought I'd do: I signed up for a food subscription box. I was sitting in my bed watching Say Yes to the Dress on Hulu when the same commercials for Home Chef kept popping up on my screen. The first view or two didn't affect me, but after seeing the commercial a few more times, I started to think about what it would be like to have those beautiful looking meals without having to go to the grocery store and pick everything out myself. To have this beautiful looking food delivered to my home and all I have to do is follow a recipe to cook it.
I don't know about you, but I love delicious food and want to cook at home more often. I don't have the time to look up elaborate recipes or shop for all of the ingredients to make elaborate meals, and I'd rather not invest in tons on of ingredients especially when most of them will most likely to go to waste. I did a little research and when I saw I'd get a discount upon signing up to âHome Chef and that I could skip whatever weeks I wanted, I decided to sign up to this meal delivery service and give it a try.
I subscribed on November 5th, and my first box is to arrive November 13th. I don't plan on cooking necessarily every day, and I'll be cooking for myself except for when I cook for my boyfriend when he comes over, so I selected the 2 servings per meal option, and I'm starting with 2 meals a week just to see if I like them and to have flexibility to still make my own dishes throughout the week as well. My total for 2 meals with 2 servings each originally came up to $49.80 as the meals together were $39.80 and shipping is $10, but they gave me a $30 credit upon joining which brought my grand total for my first box down to $19.80. That's truly a steal for what the meals are, and I'll be sure to tell you the names/descriptions of the meals I chose and what came in the box as soon as everything arrives.
Do you have a food subscription service? Which one do you have and how do you like it? Are you considering trying one?
Thank you for reading,
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins
I love decorating. There's something so raw and special about creating and building a space inspired by your vision. Whether you're decorating your room, office, or house, your space(s) should be somewhere you feel comfortable, happy, inspired, or whatever you want that space to be for you. In this post, I'm sharing 5 of my tips for decorating your room, office, or home. Dive in and enjoy.
1) My first tip is to curate your inspiration. I will mention budget in a minute, but finding your inspiration is step 1 as creating a budget first can block your vision a bit and cause you to create limitations that don't have to be there. For me, much of my inspiration comes from Pinterest. I'm a huge fan of Pinterest, and I'm proud of my boards and they inspire me in various aspects of my life. If you want to check out my boards, you can access them here . Taking a quiz to find your room style or even looking at furniture/decorations in a store or magazine can be inspiring as well.
2) Step 2 is really important, and that step is to create your budget. Once you've got your inspiration and vision in mind, decide how much you want to spend on everything in total. Then, break down your budget into how much you want to spend on furniture, accessories, decorations, etc. You can get really specific if you'd like and create a budget for each piece of furniture, accessory, etc.
3) Step 3 is not 100% necessary, but it's worth considering, and it's deciding your time frame. Do you want your new home decorated before holiday season? When do you plan to start working in your office? Is there a time your project needs to be completed, or can you take your time? Figuring this out will help you know what pace you need to go in regards to decorating your space as well as when you need to have the funds available for your project. The longer you take, the more you can space out the costs needed.
4) Back to a more fun step: step four is to choose your pieces. You've got your vision, your budget, and your time frame laid out, now decide what pieces you want in your room to bring it to life. Creating a list can be beneficial to see it out on paper or in front of you in some media form to know where to start, what direction to go in, etc.. Be sure to keep in mind the space you have available when choosing your pieces.
5) Now it's time to create your layout. You've got everything sorted and planned, now it's time to really decide how to bring it to life. Keep your space in mind while doing this; measuring can help as well if you know the measurements of your space and pieces. Looking at your inspiration can also help you decide on your layout. Your layout doesn't have to be set in stone; work on it and have fun.
If you're in the process of decorating your space or are planning to, I wish you luck, and I hope you have tons of fun while doing it.
Thank you for reading, and I hope this post helped and/or inspired you in some way.
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins
Sometimes you just need a little extra cash. Recently, I've found ways that are new to me to make a little money that I want to share with you. Whether you're looking for a few extra dollars to get groceries or make ends meet or are building a side stash for some new clothes or something fun, these ways are quick and easy and have the potential to support any of those avenues.
1) The quickest way to make money from the ways I have in this post is through Plato's Closet. Plato's Closet is basically a thrift store that pays you to donate your items. I'm not sure if they're only looking for high-end pieces or not, but I do know that items need to be in good condition to sell.
I cleaned out my closet recently and took a bag of clothes to a Plato's Closet near me, and within a few hours I was able to come back and get cash for the majority of the pieces I took there.
This option is not going to get you a ton of cash, but the better the quality of your items, the more recent they are, and the more items you bring will result in more cash. Nonetheless, you can earn enough money to get gas and a bite or two to eat.
2) My second recommendation is to sell clothing on Poshmark. Poshmark is a platform where you can list your clothing pieces old or new as well as shoes and accessories and sell them. You get to set the prices, but Poshmark gets a fee. Poshmark is fun, and I've earned a reasonable amount from Poshmark, but selling can be a hit or miss. I've had pieces that have sold within a day or a couple of weeks, but I have pieces that have been up for a little longer that haven't sold yet. I've also seen other sellers have items that have been up for over a year that have yet to be sold. It's worth trying though!
3) My third (and favorite) recommendation of the three is Mercari. Mercari is similar to Poshmark in that you can list and sell your clothes, shoes, and accessories, but you can also sell a lot more including electronics, handmade items, and more. I've had my most success through this platform, and it's a lot of fun and easy to use. I've also used Mercari (and Poshmark too) to buy, and my experiences have been easy and pleasant. Listings seem to sell quicker on this platform than on Poshmark from my experience.
Thanks for stopping by and reading this post. If you're in the process of selling or looking to sell items, I wish you the best of luck.
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins