Home Chef and Other Meal Delivery Services

I have been a big fan of meal delivery services since they started a couple of years ago. My main go to is Hello Fresh because I love their variety of meals and flexible weekly options. I have done a few posts reviewing the service, and even included some of the meals that you can make yourself within those posts.

I can tell you one thing though, during this quarantine and pandemic going on, these meal delivery services have saved my butt. Literally. Think about it, instead of gearing up mask and gloves to go to the supermarket surrounded by others who potentially can expose you to the virus, only to go up to the produce and meat sections to realize they’re out of almost everything OR prices have gone us drastically due to demand and you are only able to get 1 or 2 packages of fresh meat. It’s a nightmare.

With these meal delivery kits, they come like clockwork. Their sites say there may be delays, but mine have all been coming on time, and very fresh when they arrive. I have been able to have these 3 dinners worth of amazing restaurant quality meals delivered to me without fail during this quarantine and loving every week of it. I’m not gonna lie.. I even had both Hello Fresh AND Home Chef delivered one week because I forgot to shut one off for the week since I bounce back and forth, and it was 6 dinners worth! Think it’s expensive? Think again… no contract cancel any time, and your first box is only $35 if you sign up through an existing member – otherwise it’s $59.95. That’s still less than $10 a person for dinner per day.

Try it for yourself, save $35 on your first box by signing up 🡪HERE🡨

My new kick I’m on is Home Chef, I started it just a few weeks ago. It is the same basic idea as Hello Fresh, a collection of meals that you choose from a list, or if you forget to chose then the meals are chosen for you.  The difference I have noticed between Home Chef vs Hello Fresh is that Home Chef does some of the work for you & the ingredients are more on a professional culinary level even though the meals are simple. They’re both $59.95 for a 3 meal 2 person plan, and I am usually able to get 2 1/2 meals out of it for me, my husband and my oldest son (my youngest is too picky to eat anything good…).

With that being said, they do an AMAZING job with outlining the recipe and even a novice cook can feel like a chef.. I guess that’s where the got the name from!

Here is an example of a complex risotto recipe I was able to easily make in a matter of 30 minutes;

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This is their Shrimp & Bok Choy with Coconut Risotto and it was A-Mazing!

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Simple step by step recipe with the freshest ingredients ready to go. See if you can follow along with the recipe card and keep in mind all ingredients are provided in separate little meal bags for you although you do need to sharpen up your knife skills and chop;

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Prepare the Ingredients

Remove any discolored outer leaves from bok choy and trim ends. Cut stems into ¼” slices and coarsely chop leaves. Keep stems and leaves separate. Trim and thinly slice white portions of green onions. Thinly slice remaining green onions on an angle. Keep white and green portions separate. Pat shrimp dry.

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Start the Risotto

Place a medium pot over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add rice and white portions of green onions to hot pot. Stir occasionally until rice is toasted and opaque, 1-2 minutes. Add 1 cup boiling water from small pot and mirepoix base to pot with rice. Rice should just be covered by water. Stir often until nearly all water is absorbed.

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Finish the Risotto

Add ½ cup boiling water from small pot and stir often until nearly all water is absorbed. Repeat this process, stirring often, 18-20 minutes. Taste risotto as you cook, checking for tenderness. When rice has no more “bite” or crunch, it’s done. There may be water left. Stir in coconut milk until combined and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir constantly until slightly thickened, 1-2 minutes. Remove from burner and stir in green portions of green onions (reserve a pinch for garnish) and ¼ tsp. salt. Cover and set aside.

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Cook the Shrimp

Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, add shrimp to hot pan and cook undisturbed until seared on one side, 2-3 minutes. Flip, and cook until shrimp reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 1-2 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a plate. Keep pan over medium-high heat.

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Cook Vegetables and Finish Dish

Add 1 tsp. olive oil and bok choy stems to hot pan and stir occasionally until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes. Add bok choy leaves and stir constantly until leaves are wilted, 1-2 minutes. Stir in shrimpgarlic and ginger sauce, and ¼ tsp. salt until heated through, 30-60 seconds. Remove from burner. Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping risotto with shrimp-vegetable mixture and garnishing with toasted coconut and reserved green portions of green onions. Bon appétit!

Keep in mind all images above are copywrite of Home Chef and shown from my online cookbook. Yes, they even give you a cookbook in your online account that stores all of the past recipes you’ve made on their plan so you can remake them yourself by buying the ingredients.

I took it a step further and have ordered a large 3 ring recipe binder and a 3 hole punch and will be adding all of the Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, and Home Chef meal cards to so that I can have them all on hand to make them whenever I feel the need to.

If you want try it please use my invite link to appreciate my work that went into posting this for you!🤗
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There are other meal plans as well like FRESHLY if you are not a fan of cooking. They’re pre-made meals and perfect for take and go lunch’s for work or quick dinners. They are microwavable and freezer ready. They’re very tasty but a little expensive in my opinion for the portions although the more you buy the cheaper they get and they do have $20 off of your first order by signing up 🡪HERE🡨 .

Hope you try one of these meal plans out, they are definitely coming in handy during this shut down in New Jersey! Comment your thoughts if you’ve tried any of the meal plans I mentioned or any others that I haven’t.

LSC in the House

The Liberty Science Center is closed until further notice due to thr Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing implementations.0e76f88a86fe57f9109cfd5a2342c19c

LSC in the House is the place where home scientists can conduct experiments, explore the world of LSC’s animals, find amazing movies to watch, and get inspired about science and technology without ever leaving the living room. Check out all the fun at the links below, and be sure to come back often. We will update our experiences regularly while so many of us are sticking close to home.

Check out their Facebook live streams!

Join us Mondays at 11:30 AM for LSC Junior live streams, Tuesdays at 1 PM for Live From Surgery medical presentations, Wednesdays at 11 AM for LSC’s Animal Updates, Thursdays at 1 PM for Planetarium Online presentations, Thursdays at 6 PM for Virtual Science Trivia, and Fridays at 11:30 AM for Virtual Science Trivia for Kids & Families.

Upcoming Facebook Live Streams:

Monday, May 18, 11:30 AM – LSC Junior: Story Time with Mr. Kengo
Tuesday, May 19, 1:00 PM – Live From Surgery: All About Bones
Wednesday, May 20, 11:00 AM – LSC’s Animal Update
Thursday, May 21, 1:00 PM – Planetarium Online: Five Planets in One Night!
Thursday, May 21, 6:00 PM – Virtual Science Trivia
Friday, May 22, 11:30 AM – Virtual Science Trivia for Kids & Families

MamarazziOnline with The Moms and Laura Prepon during Quarantine; You and I as Mothers

Join the conversation by liking and commenting on Just For Moms above!

Such an awesome #MamarazziOnline with The Moms and Laura Prepon

You and I as Mothers; sounds like something I’d want to read! Jersey Native Laura Prepon has published her new book and it’s on shelves now. Being a mom of a newborn is so difficult. But being a mom of a newborn, and a 2 1/2 year old, living in NYC must be the most difficult of all.

Laura is handling it with style and grace. She admittedly threw on the sweater she was wearing just for us, and that she is usually sporting a baby scarf shall these days since she spends most of her time breastfeeding her newborn son who’s name she would not spit out no matter how hard we tried!

We talked about her new baby boy and how much she was already prepared for isolation without even knowing it, about her daughter Ella “marking her territory” when new baby brother came home, and about the importance of routine in her home right now.

Limiting screen time is so hard these days when we are “sheltering in place”, but there are some great options like the Non-profit Child Mind Institute to get you and your children through these tough time. They have online times from 10am-4pm weekdays and cover topics for young children, teens, coping skills, special needs and more during this unreal time.

Here are some awesome screenshots from our zoom “Mom Time” as I like to call it. It actually gives me a reason to do my hair and makeup, and I couldn’t be more grateful for this to occupy my mind during this difficult time 

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Melissa was trying out Laura’s side pony and I think she has a new favorite hairdo!

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I can’t even lie, any time I see a zoom chat of squares, I immediately think of the Brady Bunch intro. Maybe that’s a good idea for next time!

If you know an essential worker you’d like to recognize during this difficult time – send The Moms Denise or Melissa a message or tag #Mamarazzionline nominating them. Who know’s, maybe they’ll wind up getting to speak to someone awesome like Laura!

Twitter.com/LauraPrepon
Instagram.com/LauraPrepon
facebook.com/laurapreponofficial/
YouTube: https://bit.ly/LPYT2020

#YouandIAsMothers
Link to buy Lauras awesome book: http://bit.ly/LPYouandIasMothers

Free Ride Night at iPlay America

Blogger Night FREE Ride Night at iPlay America Friday, February 28th from 5-8pm only!

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To get in on the fun, you must go to http://www.iplayamerica.com/blogger and register your tickets. You will then be emailed your passes to print and bring with you and each person you bring (everyone needs their own pass although the passes can all be under one persons name and email for ease).

Check out the flyer below. What is your favorite ride at iPlay??

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THE RIDE Celebrates ONE MILLION RIDERS

“Our goal was to create traveling theaters, and currently, the world’s only traveling virtual reality theater.
We can run a Broadway show from our integrated technologies, if we’d like.
You’re with us for an EXPERIENCE.”

-Richard Humphrey
Author/Director/CEO/CCO, The Ride LLC
As told to: Bus & Motorcoach News, April 17, 2019


THE RIDE
Celebrates
ONE MILLION RIDERS

February 25, 2020

1,000,000 RIDERS

(New York City – February 2020)  On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, THE RIDE, the experiential sightseeing theatrical tour/phenomenon, will welcome its one millionth RIDER on its 28,545th performance.

1,000,000 RIDERS.

28,545 performances.

As the iconic audience member boards the 4:45pm RIDE, CEO/CCO/Author/Director, Richard Humphrey, will be there to welcome them into the Times Square and Broadway neighborhood history books.

The 1,000,000th RIDER will receive a customized RIDE for themselves and forty-eight (48) of their chosen friends, relations and/or business associates.

Overseen by Mr. Humphrey, the CUSTOMIZED RIDE will be available to be redeemed for one year by the 1,000,000th RIDER.

Established on October 15, 2010 and re-launched on April 1, 2014, THE RIDE is currently scouting Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, London, Hong Kong, and Dubai as expansive markets.

In the meantime, THE RIDE’S breakthrough Virtual Reality DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE has expanded the parameters of Experiential Entertainment far beyond the wildest dreams of both its fans and its competitors.

Think globally.
Do business in the neighborhood.

Times Square.
The Center of the Universe.
40” Latitude.  73” Longitude.

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Diggerland Black Friday Special

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Diggerland has a HUGE Black Friday – Cyber Monday Special and they asked me to share it with YOU! You may have seen our fun day out at Diggerland over the Summer, but if you missed it, check it out! So much fun for all ages, my kids especially loved driving the machinery themselves (YES Really!).

It’s that time of year again, and we’re excited to announce our LOWEST PRICES yet for our Black Friday Sale! Our ultimate Black Friday sale gifts you with 2 parks for 1 price, with our Water Main Aquatic Park opening in 2020, plus more exciting discounts!

>>> SHOP HERE!<<< for Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals!

We’re so excited for our expansion and all the new fun things coming to Diggerland!

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Grand Opening is targeted for the 2020 Memorial Day weekend

9/12/2019 West Berlin, N.J. – Diggerland USA is ecstatic to announce its newest park expansion: “The Water Main” Aquatic Park. Guests will be able cool off, swim and splash their way around an expansive 2-acre outdoor aquatic park with two multi-zone pools featuring a slide tower, Wibit-brand challenge course, swim vortex, in-pool basketball area, themed splash park plus family and leisure swim zones.  Surrounding the pools are deck chairs and lawn areas for relaxation and sunbathing, walk‑up food and beverage service, and private cabana rentals.

The Water Main grand opening is targeted for the 2020 Memorial Day weekend.  During the remainder of 2019, Diggerland USA will be open weekends and holidays through the Christmas holidays.  Annually, Diggerland USA is open (subject to weather) during weekends, holidays and when schools are generally not in session from mid-March through the December holidays, and The Water Main will be open during those days from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.  Annually, starting in mid‑September, during the park’s “Diggerfest” and “Winterfest” seasons, the park offers seasonal and family entertainment and in‑park events.

Visit DiggerlandUSA.com and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with announcements about The Water Main and other aspects of Diggerland USA including our operating schedule and our in‑park entertainment and events.

LSC Extreme Giveaway!

Half day of school on a Friday? That calls for fun! #ExtremeLSC has just the right stuff.

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Enter to win a family pack of 4 tickets for the November 22nd 6-10pm Extreme Event at the Liberty Science Center (a $70 Value!). Great for children ages 2-16!

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Laser tag! Slime! A massive ball pit! Blast off into a brand new adventure for kids at Liberty Science Center: Extreme LSC!

Happening every fourth Friday from 6 pm – 10 pm, Extreme LSC is the ultimate way to kick off a weekend of fun. Experience Liberty Science Center’s most exciting adventures only at Extreme LSC! Get discounted advance tickets now for Nov. 22.

All of LSC’s exhibitions will be open, too! Experience all your favorites – the Touch Tunnel, the Infinity Climber, the animals in Eat and Be Eaten – at night with your friends. For an additional cost, you can also experience LSC’s newest premium exhibition: Angry Birds Universe!

The cafe will also be open serving food and snacks throughout the evening. Accompanying adults 21 and over can enjoy a menu of beer and wine.

Get tickets now and take advantage of the limited time online discount: $15 for kids, and $20 for adults. After the discount ends, all tickets will go up $5.