I received an awesome 2 week supply of baby food from Raised Real in exchange for my honest opinion. Honestly, you’re gonna wanna check this out!
Y'all, I love getting things delivered to my house. My kid already gets it, she thinks it magic when those brown paper bags show up on our doorsteps full of treats! "Momma it's FOOD!" Pair that with the fact that anything she wants to watch on t.v. is ready as soon as she demands it, and never having to listen to the draining tune of dial up internet, and I have basically stripped her of three major character building experiences and she isn't even three yet.
But, seriously, I am a convenience queen. A serious CONSUMER. Is it going to make my life easier? Is the amount of convenience that it provides worth the price? When it comes right down to it everyday we choose in all areas are we going to spend time or money? This baby food delivery service is the peak of new world parenting in my opinion and I'm not mad.
We got our first box or Raised Real last week and my oldest was so excited to check out baby sisters special goodies. Up until now she wasn't getting any goodies delivered because I was hauling my but to the grocery store to get organic fruits and veggies to bring home and peel, and chop, and steam, and puree because the produce that was getting delivered by our grocery delivery service of choice was not up to par for my bouncing, baby, bundle. We have been slowly introducing solids a few days apart for the last few weeks and we are so ready to level up. So, that brings us here.
Here's why I love it:
1. Super Convient
-It comes to you, like to your door packaged all pretty on ice! You can also have it auto ship so it’s one less thing you have to worry about ordering!
-All of the ingredients are sourced from organic, sustainable, non-gmo farms and then flash frozen to lock in the nutritions, this is a serious level up from jarred food!
-Even though I LOVE making her food from scratch so that I know EXACTLY what she is eating there are ingredients here that I just wouldn’t have added naturally, when I am introducing I am doing one food at a time and not adding the spices and butters, and you can see all those wholesome ingredients in the bag, so it’s so nice for her to get things now that she wouldn’t have.
4. More than one meal per bag
-The cost per meal is $4.75, the meal fills a standard baby food jar to the top when puréed. For us this gives two if not three feedings because she is still getting most of her nutrition from breast meal, so it’s super affordable at her age.
5. No prep
-I choose which meal for the day, use my baby food maker to prepare them. So, I open a bag, ad water, steam, and purée and it’s ready. Then I store the remainder in old glass baby jars in the fridge for another meal. Barely any dishes or fuss!
...and baby Girl’s review, she can’t keep a bib clean, and is a frequent visitor to the clean jars club, we love it.
We had the 6 month check up this week I think this marks the end of the set of immunizations that she gets that are four at a time and a drinkable (poor babe!). Aside from all of the shots, this age is my favorite of the baby variety. Sitting, crawling, eating settling into a routine, I love it.
The whole food introduction piece has been really fun for us. She is really interested in eating and very open to trying new flavors and textures so in the new few posts I will be telling you about some of our favorite snacks and meals.
Up until last everything that she has eaten has either been literally MADE by me (milk) or bought prepped, cooked, and pureed by me. But, now we are at a "snacking" crossroads, she isn't quite to the point of consuming enough solid food that it eliminates some of the feedings, but she sees everyone else eating and wants in, all the time.
Right now she eats two pureed meals per day and then the rest of her nutrition is still milk. Between her meals and when we at eating and snacking we started trying out some baby snack foods. Melts, puffs, crisps, whatever is age appropriate. A sand our favorite has emerged. Baby Mum-Mum. Here’s why we love them
Of course my toddler wants to have everything the baby is eating now so having Mums that are appropriate for her was huge, plus the allergy piece keeps me sane. These dissolve faster than any puff or melt I have tried and are big enough for baby girl to hold and maneuver into her mouth on her own which is huge because we are not at the stage of picking up finger foods yet. I am so glad to have found these and they will definitely be a staple in my household going forward. Have you tried Baby Mum-Mum yet? Head to my post on Instagram for your chance to win a free box!
I am not much of a planner, this is just a fact. Even with kids I have tried to plan more ahead of schedule but it just doesn't happen. That brings us here to almost Father's Day one of his gifts IS actually purchased because it required some advanced planning, but we will get to that. Here are five things that y0u can get for the da-da in your life from your phone, now...
I know I know how cheesey right? My husband typically has somewhat of a "signature" scent so this makes it really easy. It's a great time to go online and take advantage of all of the deals they offer this time of year to restock him, grooming bags and extra products, travel size aromas, sometimes they even offer a freakin' duffle bag!
I didn't claim that these were totally orignal ideas guys. However, I got my husband a JORD Wood Timepiece for Valentine's Day this year and he has never recieved more compliments on a piece of jewelry, wedding ring included! They are seriously timeless pieces, you can find a watch to match any style and they even off iPhone bands now, so you can guess what he is getting from JORD for Father's Day. They even offer custom engraving to kick it up a notch. Use the code SHAUNAFD18 for $30 off of you order.
Most spas will let you schedule online from your phone and some will even let you prepay! Handle that gift like a boss from your iPhone. I DID schedule the hubs a massage already because he got me one for Mother's Day so I just made the appointment before I left the spa. Easy Peasy!
OK, you can't exactly order this, but you can get the canvas, mug or other art materials from your phone. Michaels and Hobby Lobby always have coupons that you can take advantage of listed right on their site. Paint, canvas, patience= beloved gift for life. If you were around last Father's Day you know that I don't recommend taking a toddler to paint pottery, just keep the crafts at home.
Flask, Cufflinks, Wallet
These all kind of go together, right? A custom trinket that is slightly elevated in class that he wouldn't typically buy for himself. My husband has engraved cufflinks and two custom flask and I think there is just a sort of classy swagger that comes with these.
I hope this helps all my last minute mommas out there! What are your Father's Day plans?
Shauna Hyler, mommy of two beautiful girls! Working, blogging, and adventuring with the hubby and my sweet girls.