Menu and Recipes to your Inbox –



Anyone who knows our family knows that both Natalie and I work full-time, fairly time-consuming jobs.  As her time commitment ramps up, I have found my self in the kitchen more and more.  While I am not completely useless in the kitchen (I took Home Economics 1 and 2 in high school), I am rather limited in my knowledge of food science.  I can make one hell of a classic breakfast mix and a few things on the grill, but the majority of my limited repertoire is not appropriate for the kids.

Our biggest problem is not the ability to cook, or shopping for the food, it is taking time to come up with a menu that is healthy for us, non-repetitive, and easily put together.  I’ve spent time in the past picking through the vast recipe collection over at  which is great for when you know exactly what you want, and that worked for a while, until we started repeating.

Earlier this year we found (referral link).  EMeals has a simple sign-up process where you indicate how big your family is, what type of menu you want, and if applicable, your favorite supermarket.  Once they have all that, and you give them a few bucks (search for a coupon, they tend to have some out often), you are all done.

Many different menu options, which you can change at any time.

Many different menu options, which you can change at any time.

What do you get for your $5 a month?  Every Wednesday I get a PDF mailed to me that has seven Clean Eating recipes.   Each recipe has a main meal and a side item.   On the last page of the PDF you have a simple 1 page shopping list, organized for your supermarket by section.  Normally Nat and I will go through the list of recipes and remove items we don’t like and comprise a list of 4-5 meals for the week.  I will warn that the clean eating plan will have you buying a lot of fresh veggies, meats and other items that will drive up the cost of your grocery trip, but so far has all been worth it.

Store options are presented depending on the type of Menu you choose

Store options are presented depending on the type of Menu you choose

We selected the family plan, which they indicate will feed 3-6 adults.  Since both of our kids are young, they don’t eat a full portion and I often have a full meal to take for lunch the next day.   Left overs are actually what prompted this post today, as I had left over slow cooker ribs, which were possibly better today than they were last night.

If you are a family on the go, or someone who struggles with the monotony of the same menu over and over, I highly recommend checking out EMeals.   **Disclaimer – All the links to in this post are referrals to Emeals, so hopefully some of you buy so I can get a discount on next year.


Review – Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club

One of the local radio shows had an advertisement for, (referral link, gets me free razors!!!) which I’ve been hearing fairly regularly for the last few months. When the I took my last Mach3 out of the plastic holder and cringed at the thought of having to buy more of those ridiculously priced razors, I decide it was time to give it a try, I mean, its a dollar right?

When I went to the site and checked out the options, I see ‘The Humble Twin’ as the $1 option, which as it’s name implies is a simple twin bladed razor, moving up the scale I see ‘The 4X’, which is a four bladed razor for $6, and they round out their offering with ‘The Executive’, a six blade option, coming in at $9 per month.   Since I’m trying to get away from paying for razors I don’t use, or in my case, don’t use enough to justify the cost, I went with The Humble Twin.  One thing to note is the Humble Twin comes in a five pack, while the four and six blade options come in  a four pack per month.

After putting in my payment info, my grand total comes to $3 per month with the first shipment coming to me within ten days or so. While you wait, why don’t you read a guide to trimming your stubble? Too smart? Know everything?

My first shipment came in a flat style recycled cardboard envelope.  It contained a pack of five razors, a new handle for the razors, and a sample of their butter shave cream.

Since I only really trim around the beard two-three times a week at max, I came up with a plan to replace my razor head first of every week.  Despite my perfectly laid out plan to utilize all five of my razors before the next batch came in, I forgot to switch the razor the next week, and guess what??  I couldn’t tell I wasn’t using a perfectly new razor despite already having three shaves on it.  I ended up using the first razor for six shaves total and I could have easily went another few before getting the pulling sensation, but since I had four other razors waiting for the pleasure of making me look sharp, I ditched the first and loaded the second razor in the pack.

Since I’m only trimming the edges of my manly beard, you beardless man-children that do full shaves might have varying degrees of success, but I would suspect you will likely be quite happy with the results, worse case, its $3 for five razors, give it a try.


Stupid Telemarketers

Its happened no less than five times in the last two weeks.  Home phone rings, not a number I know, so I answer out of curiosity. While I have worked in the call center industry for the last five years, and I’m on the National Do Not Call list, I still get telemarketer calls, mostly looking for someone else, or those really fun ones in Spanish which I lost certainly still do not understand (Sorry Senor Ball).

What made this one call special enough to use my internetless time on a plane to write a blog about it, this was the third in the last seven days from Sallie Mae.  Yes, the student loan company.  Like most, I have student loans, as does my wife, but neither have, or had, a relationship with Sallie Mae.  Being in the call center industry I know the laws around calling, intimatly, deeply and more than I care to know.  Knowing that  collection calls play by different rules, as
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Fat Shaming – Do it to me!!!

I was thinking about an app that would publicly call me out for not going to the gym, or in my case, CrossFit. With a little looking around, i found it. Its called Gym Shamer and unless I check in on FourSquare at the Gym, its going to post my laziness on Twitter and Facebook.

If you happen to see these post, feel free to join in the shaming.

Lets see how this works out.