Make Weekday Meals Convenient and Stress-Free with HelloFresh

I've told you about my overall love for HelloFresh. I've told you how to hack your HelloFresh box to get yummy leftovers. Now let me tell you about how HelloFresh has eliminated mealtime stress during the week (weekday dinners are peak stress times in our house). 

I love to cook. I love exploring new recipes. Food is a passion of mine. But mid-week, rush in the door after work, scramble to put together a nutritious meal before we have to start the bedtime routine cooking? Is the actual worst. I am not at my best when I'm hungry (Shawn nods vehemently). I get snippy snappy and irritated. It's not a good scene.

HelloFresh has transformed our weekday meals. Before HelloFresh, our go-to on busy nights was ordering pizza. Now, there's no shame in the pizza game. Having a hot, delicious pizza delivered to my door is one of life's greatest joys. But it was becoming less of a treat and more of a habit. An expensive - nutritionally void - habit. 

HelloFresh gives you three meals of either two or four portions, and it works out to be cheaper than eating out for three meals. "But I still have to cook the food?" you ask. Yes, you do have to cook the food. But the ingredients come straight to your door, pre-portioned so all you have to do is open the bags and throw them in the pot as the recipe instructs. It's foolproof. You don't need any special tools or skills; if you can read a recipe, you can rock a HelloFresh box. 

One of the perks we've enjoyed is the ability to control the salt. Takeout can often be too salty but HelloFresh puts the seasoning decisions in your hands. You add the amount of spice you want. You salt to your taste. You follow the recipe but make it your own. Faster than if you picked up the phone and ordered takeout. 

Use code HILLARY40 for 40% off your first box. Try it and see how it can transform weekday meals from stressful and annoying to quick and easy. 

Do you use HelloFresh? What do you love or not love about it?

{Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this review; all opinions stated are my own.}

Keep Kids Safe with Lil Worker Safety Gear

I heard about Lil Worker Safety Gear through the local parent grapevine. Started by a local arborist and dad of three little ones, Lil Worker Safety Gear makes high visibility gear for kids. 

Safety is my number one priority and if I could, I'd encase both my babies in bubbles with neon flashing lights and 24/7 security guards whenever we left the house. (I'm a peach to be married to. Just ask Shawn.) Little kids are unpredictable. Taking Grady and Poppy for walks is not relaxing. Grady is old enough that he won't run off but Poppy can't be trusted. And just because Grady is old enough to have a modicum of common sense, that doesn't mean he's always visible to drivers. 

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James from Lil Worker sent us Safety Fleece Jackets to try and Grady's first comment when I showed him was "it's just like a construction worker!" He's totally right. They look like miniature work site high-viz jackets, not costume-like or twee. These aren't dress-up clothes, they're high-quality, well-made, garments featuring professional grade 3M Scotchlite reflective strips. 

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Keep your kids SAFE! The first high-visibility sweater for kids designed to comply with the high standards of workplace safety organizations.

Keeps kids WARM! Ultra snuggly, grandparent-approved 100% poly-brushed 270GSM Polar Fleece. Huggability guaranteed.

High-contrasting colours and 3M Scotchlite reflective strips enhance visibility during early morning and late afternoon play. (Seriously, your child may even be visible from space with this thing.)

Industrial grade YKK zipper that no mortal child can destroy.

Super tough, machine washable fabrics are designed to withstand the rigours of playtime.

Available in three high viz, high contrast colours and sizes from 18m to kids’ size 7.

Other benefits of this high visibility fleece sweater for kids:

Greatly reduces parental stress and worry – you may even start holding hands with your partner again! (Seriously, how long has it been?)

Significantly reduces down time searching for missing children.
— lilworkersafety.ca

There's an almost five-year age gap between Grady and Poppy, which means when we're at the playground, they're interested in different things. The Safety Fleeces mean I can keep my eyes on Poppy and let Grady have a little more freedom because he's so visible. I don't spend time searching through the sea of kids to find him, I glance up and my eyes are drawn straight to the neon yellow. He gets a bit more independence and I feel confident I can locate him quickly (and I can keep track of Miss Independence whose main goal in life seems to be to lose me in public). 

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Lil Worker Safety Gear is going to be on Dragon's Den October 12th on CBC and I can't wait to see the presentation and results. I have a soft spot for small, parent-run businesses so I've got my fingers crossed for James and his crew. 

If you've got little people in your life, check out Lil Worker Safety Gear. You won't regret it. I'm adding the rain jackets to the kids' Christmas wish lists because I'm so pleased with the quality and durability of the fleece jackets. If, for whatever reason, you're not happy with the products, you can't beat Lil Worker's return policy:

Just like growing up, shopping for kids can be tough work.

If you’re not 100% satisfied with your order for any reason, please email me at james@lilworkersafety.ca and I’ll make sure you’re happy. Period. Full stop.

No messing around, no pain, no fussing, no crying, no haggling, no arguing. I promise I’ll just make sure you’re happy. That sounds like a good return policy to me.
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#VizYourKids

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{Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this review; all opinions stated are my own.}

LVL Lash Lift and Tint

A few weeks ago, I asked for mascara recommendations on my Facebook page. I use mainly tarte cosmetics, and have used their Gifted mascara for years, but I was looking for a change. A friend suggested I try getting my lashes tinted. 

As fate would have it, one of my favourite bloggers, Janette from Ava to Zoe, posted a review and giveaway for an LVL Lash Lift by Stefania Lash Bar...and I won!

Truth time: I had no idea what an LVL Lash Lift even was. Stefani does LVL Enhance by Nouveau Lashes.

LVL Enhance straightens your natural lashes at the root, creating the appearance of longer, thicker lashes. Plus the added lash tint creates a mascara-style effect, so your lashes are perfect from the moment you wake up. No extensions, no adhesive and no need for mascara!
— https://nouveaulashes.com/lvl-enhance-the-natural-lash-lift

I don't have a lot of time to fuss with my face (understatement!). I like that the lash lift uses my own lashes and after the first 48 hours I have no restrictions or special care instructions. The tint makes it look like I'm wearing mascara, even though my eyes are completely free of makeup. 

Stefani's home studio is cute and artistic, and her table was so comfortable I almost passed out during the hand and arm massage (while your lashes set, she does a hand and arm massage with locally made lotions). The entire process took less than an hour, was completely painless, and there were no harsh smells. The products Stefani uses are vegan and cruelty-free. 

I was a little concerned that I would wake up with irritated eyes this morning but I was pleasantly surprised. When I fall asleep without removing my mascara (BAD, HILLS) I wake up with angry red, itchy eyes so I was expecting something similar this morning. My eyes were totally fine this morning. No pain, no discomfort, no itch, just beautiful lashes that made me look like I'd already spent some time in front of the mirror. I'm thrilled.

So! Who wants to see the magic Stefani performed?

Disclaimer: I won this service in a giveaway so I did not pay for it. I am not required to write, nor am I being compensated for, this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Spring Cleaning with Pine-Sol Spring Blossom

It's snowing again today. We've had the snowiest winter in recent history. We are cold and we are weary. Spring feels like a foreign concept.

Pine-Sol sent me a bottle of their new Spring Blossom Multi-Surface Cleaner to try and the dreary skies and frigid temps made me reach for it this morning. Spring may be a long way off but that doesn't mean I can't start my spring cleaning.

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I'm not a big fan of strong fragrances. Really strong or complex smells give me a headache. I was worried that Pine-Sol Spring Blossom might be too much for me because it's a blend of Jasmine, Magnolia, and Orange Blossom scents but I was pleasantly surprised. The smell is fresh, light, and not overwhelmingly floral. In a perfect world I could find cleaners that are effective and fragrance-free but until that day, I'm happy to use Pine-Sol Spring Blossom. It cleans well and I like that I can use it on a variety of surfaces so I don't need to buy multiple cleaners for different rooms.

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Have you started spring cleaning? Or are you staring out the window at snowflakes, dreaming of a tropical holiday?