We tried Hello Fresh for a month – this is what we think…

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hello fresh, meal service, meal-kit service, meal delivery service, food, easy cooking

hello fresh, meal service, meal-kit service, meal delivery service, food, easy cooking

hello fresh, meal service, meal-kit service, meal delivery service, food, easy cooking

hello fresh, meal service, meal-kit service, meal delivery service, food, easy cooking

hello fresh, meal service, meal-kit service, meal delivery service, food, easy cooking

hello fresh, meal service, meal-kit service, meal delivery service, food, easy cooking

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Happy Thursday you guys,

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anyone hungry and doesn´t know what to cook from time to time. Well as much as we love to cook sometimes we just don´t know what to make anymore and also shopping for groceries never was a great task and now with Covid it is even worse. So how convenient would be a service that deliveries your weekly to your doorstep and all you have to do is cook, not even meassure the ingredients. That would be awesome am I right! I thought so too and went for it. I have known about Hello Fresh quite some time reading about it in an ad here and there put finally set up an account two months ago. 

Hello Fresh is a meal-kit service that offers different meals every week. You can choose between three to five meals per week. We did three. I think this is a great amount cause on somedays we get take-out and other days we cook favorites. 

I am ordering our meals over the app. It is very easy to navigate and there is not much you can do wrong. So subscribing to the service doesn´t mean you need to take their services every week. If you don´t like the menu or are out of town you can skip the weeks you don´t need food. We pay weekly so you don´t pay any money for the weeks you skip.

You can choose from every dish Hello Fresh offers for the week or you are putting in a filter like vegetarian, family friendly, low carb and express dish.

Sometimes a fresh produce isn´t available due to weather or traffic so they will notice you with an e-mail and exchange it for a similar item or give you some money back. 

In conclusion the service is a great idea for everyone who hates grocery shopping, has no time to grocery shop, has not idea what to cook or who wants to try ususual dishes but not buy everything by themselves. All the meals are pre-portioned so there won´t be any waste of food. 

Delivery worked out very well so far. You can decide by yourself when your Hello Fresh order should arrive. We timed it for Monday and it always turned up on time. The perishable foods are cooled with ice packs and everything else is packed in several bags with all the ingredients you will need for the dish. The box itself is very sturdy so I don´t think the produce will be damaged ever.

We are very pleased with the whole service and will continue to use it.

There is a discount code that will be valuable till the end of the year for Hello Fresh Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is fresh21 for 50 Euro off on your first month (10 Euro off, 10 Euro off, 5 Euro off, 5 Euro off).

Hopefully this was useful for you guys. If you have any questions left feel free to ask. See you.

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All the details to Emilia´s Minnie Mouse Birthday Party…

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Happy Friday you guys,

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the weekend is finally here and also the pictures of Emilia´s first birthday are back. How adorable has the Minnie Mouse theme been? The cake I ordered was so cute I almost cried when I cut into it. Also the cupcakes were the most precious I have ever seen.

I wanted to share all the items and info with you guys here on the blog cause I got some questions and sharing it on here means it stays on my platform forever.

The theme I decided was Minnie Mouse for my little girl cause I think it is an absolute gorgeous theme for a girl´s birthday party plus we gave a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal to her some months ago and she takes it everywhere she goes so I thouht the theme would be on point as she already knows and likes her mouse plus her mommy is a huge Disney fan.

And I know it only was her first birthday party and I probably went a little overbord but so what. We have been in lockdown for so long and restricted to do so much I wanted to have the most beautiful first birthday for her even if she won´t remember it. There will always be tons of photos and items for her keepsake box.

What to include into a Minnie Mouse birthday party

The Cake

The first thing I always think about when choosing a party theme is the cake. I love cakes and the looks of them and always wanted to have a tree-tier birthday cake for my child. Now I can finally have those. I have found various pictures of Minnie Mouse cakes on Pinterest and ordered a mix between 4 or 5 different cakes. 

Is one cake enough or is more required. To be honest the huge cake would have been enough cause we only invited the grand-parents due to the Corona restrictions but I wanted the little cupcakes too. A baker nearby make those and they tasted so so good plus how cute are the little cookie ears in the buttercream?!

The Decor

So party decor is right up my alley. In fact all decor is but who is counting. I get most of my party decor from Pink Dots Party Store. They have sorted their items by themes and/or color and you know me – I love great organisation. 

Here is what I got from Pink Party Dots:

red/white/black rosettes / red photo backdrop garland / red dot napkins / black dot napkins

The table decor includes some things from amazon as well as etsy. These three are my go-to for every party. The cupcake etagere is from amazon and holds 24 pieces. The black sequins tablecloth is from etsy. It is huge and looked so pretty. The Minnie Mouse letters are a download from etsy. I went to a copy shop to print them on thicker paper to cute them out and make garland for Emilia out of it. To be honest I was very proud of myself cause it turned out great.

The Photo Backdrop

Who wouldn´t want a huge ballon arch occupying their living room days before the party!!! No just kidding I loved our ballon arch. It was easier to assemble than I thought and I did it with a friend of mine and to say we were pretty damn proud of ourselves would be an understatement. I got the ballon kit off of amazon plus the band to attach the ballons. The whole ballon arch concept is self-explaining once you unpacked it all. And one more thing – if you are planning on doing one you need to get an electric pump otherwise you won´t make it out alive. It still took us some time with the mashine but at least it didn´t take our breath. Since I am no one for white walls I added the red photo backdrop garland (used the same one for NYE) and really like the way it looked. This was smash cake area and it looked so great in the pictures. Highly recommend getting one of these for any kind of backdrop you would need. They are inexpensive and so easy to hang.

The birthday girl´s outfit

Our little birthday girl had two outfits. One for her great entrance including the cake smashing and one to be clean and comfortable after. I got this adorable red polka dot tulle skirt on amazon and it came with a black onesie. It is really small. I couldn´t close the onesie and I also had to add more elastic to the skirt. It is one size fits all, if you are ordering the next size there will be a two on the onesie. It was okay for us cause I tucked the onesie into the tights and she only wore it for about an hour and didn´t seem uncomfortable. The second outfit was her comfy theme look. I got this red polka dot set on amazon as well and I was just as cute as the first. I ordered the 90 cm which was still a little big but better than the other way around. 

The Sentimentals

Since it was her first birthday I printed some pictures of her as a newborn and added the date. It is a personal touch and a very emotional experience to do so but I loved going through all of her newborn pictures.

Congratulaions for staying with me. It was such a long post but there were lots of details and I had so much fun planning it all for her even if we didn´t have guests other than the grand-parents. Hopefully next year will be different. 

Wishing you a happy weekend. See you.

 

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Disney + Review…

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Good day friends, 

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we got Disney + in March last year when the Pandemic hit us and we were forced to stay at home and a short time after Emilia joined our little family so we stayed home even more and longer so this was definitely a good investment. 

 

Disney / Pixar Animated Movies

I am a Disney gal through and through and love anything animated they ever made. Not only the princess movies but everything else too. I love love love Disneyland and everything with Mickey Mouse on it. In every city we are visiting and there is a Disney store I get a stuffed animal from a movie I loved.

Definitely great that you can watch all of the really old Disney movies like The Beauty and the Beast and Snow White. 

To be honest I wasn´t a huge fan of the newer Pixar animated movies but there are definitely cute ones in the media library.

I hope to pass on my enthusiasm for Disney on to my little girl so that we can visit Disneyland together in a few years.

National Geography Movies

Not only did we watch several animal movies, we really got into the Bear Grills episodes. Thrilling and fascinating how to survive in the wild.

STAR WARS

If you are a fan this is your streaming service. Not only offers Disney+ the old 6 movies, you can stream the latest Star Wars Movies with Raj and also the story of Han Solo plus The Mandalorian is exclusively on Disney +. We have been watching every episode religiously so far and it is one of the greatest shows I have seen in a while.

Seasonal / Holiday 

Another category Disney+ offers are seasonal or holiday movies. For Halloween or Christmas for example all of the related movies had been accessable in one folder. So easy to find what you are looking for but it makes is even harder to choose from. 

Benefits

You can quit your subscription on a monthly base which is very nice cause you don´t have to remember a certain deadline or you make a one year subsription and save some money. Either way it is a good choice.

 It definitely is a family channel. These are the first and foremost movie categories. If you are searching for another the adult category there are still Disney movies but not as plenty as other steaming services offer. I would say go for it and watch whatever you are interested in. You can watch as much as you like in one month and then cancel again.

See you tomorrow.

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How to “at home date nights” no. 1 – baking pizza together…

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date night, baking pizza, at home date night, at home, pandemic, dressing up

date night, baking pizza, at home date night, at home, pandemic, dressing up

date night, baking pizza, at home date night, at home, pandemic, dressing up

date night, baking pizza, at home date night, at home, pandemic, dressing up

date night, baking pizza, at home date night, at home, pandemic, dressing up

date night, baking pizza, at home date night, at home, pandemic, dressing up

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Good evening ladies, 

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welcome to my new series – how to “at home date nights”. I have called this series to life because we are in another lookdown and also we weren´t able to go to a restaurant since November. It just sucks that you have no where to go and a lot of people I know are getting really sad. 

I am one of them, missing the easiest things of life. Going out for dinner, or to a movie or to play billiard or meet with friends. None of it is possible and I think it won´t be possible for a great amount of time.

Anyways, today is episode one and I am sharing a very easy but oh so great thing to do together. Cooking together. I mean everyone must eat so why not share the task. We love to cook together. It is our time to talk and recap our day and / or plan things together.

So why not make pizza. Everybody loves pizza and making it from scratch was a lot easier than I though. I have a love / hate relationship with yeast so take this from me – it was super easy t make the dough. 

For the recipe you need one block of yeast (if you only have dry yeast use two packages), a pinch of salt and sugar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 500 gr. of flour.

Crumble the yeast into 250 ml of warm water, add the pinch of salt and sugar, stir it up and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

Put the flour and olive oil into a bowl, add the water – yeast mixture into it and kneed the dough until it is smooth. For about 5 to 10 minutes. Now put it back into the bowl and let it rise at a warm place for about an hour.

The dough is enough for two pizzas. Now you have time to chat and choose / prepare the ingredients you want to have on your pizza.

Put them in the oven for about15 minutes at 190 degrees. Pour yourself and your spouse a glass of wine while waiting. 

It is a great way to spend time together and dressing up for your significant other wouldn´t hurt either. It is all about making an effort after spending your weeks in sweats.

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