Blue Apron Review + Special Discount!


It’s no secret that I’m a below average cook. I’m not sure why either! I come from a family of amazing women that can cook their asses off. I even married into a family of women that can cook really well so I’m not sure where I went wrong. You’re probably thinking, “why do you care if you can cook or not? You have awesome cooks in your family, just let them do all the cooking.” Well, the truth is that I do care and I don’t know why. I’m a pretty creative person outside of the kitchen and I just figured that if I learned a thing or two or tried new things maybe something will click and I’ll turn into this Julia Child’esque chef and never depend on anyone else to make me a delicious meal!

So, with all of that being said, I signed up for Blue Ribbon Apron. I’m not sure why I want to keep calling it Blue Ribbon, but I do. Anyways, it’s called Blue Apron and if you don’t know what it is you can check out their website here. But to make a long story short, they ship you everything you need to make a great meal. They have two different plans. One plan is for two people meals and the other is for four people meals. The cool thing about it also, is that you can skip weeks if you’d like. I don’t want them mailing me stuff every single week so I skip every other week. We get three meals a week, twice a month. Sam and I eat really boring things. I only know how to make a handful of things so as long as Blue Apron doesn’t send us sloppy joes, Old El Paso tacos, chicken pot pie, or DiGiornos pizza, then I’m fairly confident that we’ll be making things that we’ve never tried before. I always see recipes online that I’d like to try but then get discouraged when I see things like sage, turnips, gochujang, gai lan, etc. I don’t even know what those ingredients look like, let alone where the hell I’d find them if I wanted to attempt to make these crazy dinners. So Blue Apron sends you all of that stuff and I don’t have to go to the grocery store and make an ass out of myself looking for them!

My first Blue Apron delivery came this week and this is what I got:

Korean-Style Tteok – w/ spicy pork “ragu” & gai lan


Chicken Charlemagne – w/ roasted root vegetables & parsnip-potato mash


Banana Leaf-Steamed Cod – w/ spiced rice, yu choy & coconut


They suggest that if you receive any kind of fish in your package that you make that first, as it’s the first that will go bad if you keep it for awhile, so we made it on Tuesday. It was actually really good, really easy to make, and definitely something I would have never made if it weren’t for Blue Apron being so convenient. I’m not even much of a fish person and I liked it a lot. Last night I made the chicken charlemagne and I was quite impressed with myself because I’m usually awful at making chicken but it came out really tasty! And the potatoes AND parsnip mashed potatoes? Like, WHAT? Does everyone know about this? PARSNIP in the MASHED POTATOES? Because it was amazing and quite frankly blew my mind.

 So, let’s break it all down. Sam and I have a grocery/food budget of about $300-$350 a month. That includes all of our take-out money and going out to eat money. We only go out to eat or order take out when we want something that neither of us can cook so Blue Apron sends us stuff that we don’t know how to make and teaches us how to make it for only $120/month. Which I think is a fantastic deal and based on the dishes that I’ve made, I’d definitely say it’s worth it so if you were on the fence about giving Blue Apron a shot, my recommendation would be to GO FOR IT!

My first 50 readers get two free meals with their first Blue Apron Box – redeem here.

Happy Thursday/Almost Friday Day!


Organizing on a Budget – #3

Couponing? Scrapbooking? Arts and craft projects for kids?

If you partake in any of these activities and you don’t have a paper cutter, I’m sure you wish you did. I recently got my first little mini paper cutter for some scrapbooking projects and I can’t believe I ever went without it. It made my scrapbooking pages look so much nicer and did I mention the time it saved me? I didn’t have to line things up or use a ruler to attempt to make a straight line, it does it all for you! I also didn’t get those annoying, painful scissor indentations in my hand from hours of cutting. I purchased a small Martha Stewart paper cutter from Michaels for about $10 after all the coupons I used. Totally worth it! But not everyone is a Michaels Rewards Member and Michaels stores are becoming a little scarce, so I found some alternatives online for cheap!

This is a Cricut paper cutter and I heard that it’s awesome and perfect for cutting coupons and individual pieces of construction paper. You can buy it on Amazon right now for $7.97 and if you’re an Amazon Prime member you can get the free two-day shipping! Even if you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for a free month of Amazon Prime and snag this amazing deal!

This one is a Fiskars SureCut Card Making Paper Trimmer. Although it’s called a card making paper trimmer, it can still be used for couponing and cutting card stock for scrapbooks. You can buy this online or have it shipped to your local Walmart store. It’s only $10.05 and you can get it shipped to your home for only $.97! It’s a really great, inexpensive product that us organizers, couponers, and scrapbookers shouldn’t go without!


If you use or know of any affordable organizational supplies, I’d love to know and feature you on my blog. Comment with your e-mail address or e-mail me at