Meal Delivery Services

I have tried two different meal delivery websites. Home Chef was tried back in April; and most recently I have tried Hello Fresh. Both did a great job packing and delivering the ingredients. I like trying new things.

My family does not eat seafood, so our options we fairly limited. From Home Chef, I ordered Parsley-Caper Pork Medallions, Beef & Pepper Tamale Pie, and Three Cheese Brown Butter Mac. I made the first two meals, and the ingredients for the Mac went bad before I got a chance to make it. Bummer. The pork medallions were ok, but did not have much flavor. The Beef & Pepper Tamale Pie was delicious, but a little on the spicy side and definitely did not come with enough cornbread topping to put on it.

From Hello Fresh, I chose the Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner and the Wonder-ful Italian Cheeseburgers. I was blown away by these meals! Everything was in the box. The prep and cooking was super easy. The flavor was amazing! It also seems Hello Fresh has more family friendly options, especially for a 7 year-old who changes her mind on what she likes to eat every single day.

Keep an eye for special offers from these companies, because it is always worth a try if you can get the meals cheap enough. The convenience is worth a little extra money, but not the $70 for 2 meals. It breaks down to $8.75 per serving (4 servings, 2 meals per week). That is more than most meals from Wendy’s.

I have to say, if there comes a day where I can order these services on a regular (or semi-regular) basis, I would go with Hello Fresh. The ingredients seemed fresher, the meals more family friendly, tasted delicious, and they were easier to prep and cook.


An Honest Thrive Experience.

The Build-Up

I am sure you all are so sick of hearing and seeing all these hype posts about Thrive by Le-Vel. I know I was, to be brutally honest. This is not one of those posts.

I ordered Thrive from a promoter friend (you know who you are) who was offering a good deal on it around Mother’s Day. She offered to buy back the whole kit if I wasn’t satisfied within the first 14 days. So I said, “what the heck, why not try it? I keep hearing all these people saying they noticed a change in their energy on day 1, they couldn’t sit still, they gave up coffee, soda, caffeinated beverage, etc. Maybe it will help me with my soda addiction.”

So I placed the $154 (YIKES) order that included the 30-day supply of capsules packed with vitamins and minerals, the 4-day-a-week shakes, and the DFT patch (Pictured at the end of the post) with much buyer’s remorse after the order was placed. The order came 5 days after I placed the order (WHOA!).

The day it arrived, I hadn’t eaten much for lunch, so I took one capsule to slowly introduce my body to all this good stuff, because, let’s face it, I was living off of junk food like Velveeta Shells & Cheese, crackers, chips, soda, pizza, etc. I didn’t want this stuff that I should have in my body to make me sick since it probably wasn’t there and hadn’t been for some time. The capsules are to be taken on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning before anything else passes through those lips of yours.

First Full Day of Thrive-ing

I woke up excited to start my experience. I took the left-over capsule from the day before. About 40 minutes later, as directed, I made and drank the shake, and then I put the DFT patch on my forearm.

What a stinking let-down! All day long I went without noticing the energy boost that everyone was raving about.

The Remaining Thrive-Filled Month

Days 2-22 I followed the same ritual, except I cut the shakes to every other day because it made certain things run a little too smoothly (if you get my drift). The shakes are only meant to be used 4 days a week anyway, so it wasn’t detrimental to the success or failure of the experience that I did this. Still, no burst of energy.

I did forget the DFT one day, but I didn’t notice a crazy difference in anything on that day. The DFT is an add-on item to help “enhance” the benefits of the Thrive Experience.

Final Verdict

While I did not see the magical energy boost everyone else raves about, I did see some slight changes. I noticed I was not craving caffeine or soda. I did have some coffee during my experience, but that was because I missed the taste of hazelnut iced coffee. I was not completely exhausted in the mornings when I woke up after a full night of sleep. I believe I was having a more restful night’s sleep every night.

I have been off of Thrive for 2 days, this is the third day. Since then, I have felt exhausted and not rested in the mornings. I feel like I need the caffeine to get moving and wake up in the mornings. Only 2 full days and 1 morning off of Thrive and I feel tired. So maybe I did have the magical energy boost everyone talks about, but I just didn’t notice. Maybe I did get all of the amazing things Le-Vel offers when you start the “Thrive Experience”, but I just didn’t want to see them because it can be a costly product to continue using.

Who knows why I didn’t see the benefits, but I am certainly feeling the downhill slide, the letdown, etc. from not continuing my Thrive Experience.

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(Note: I don’t really want to put this in here, but I feel like I should)

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Please contact me if you have questions. I will help you as best I can. If I cannot answer your question immediately, I will get the information you seek ASAP.

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You’re doing it wrong…

I have been putting off grocery shopping for too long. With that being said, I went to Aldi tonight to get coffee creamer, fruit cups for Sydney’s lunch, and on a mission to find something quick to make for supper. I successfully purchased the coffee creamer, the fruit cups, and found a 16″ take and bake pizza, along with many items I did not have on my mental list. I paid for my items, bagged my items, and put the items in my car.

By now you all are thinking this is about grocery shopping and how my way is right and what you are doing is wrong. Well, you are wrong…about this post. I was stereotyped tonight, or at least I feel that way.

When I was taking the cart back so I could get my quarter back, I was handed a piece of paper. The front of this paper said something about life changes and had many “options” to check off on the front. I thought it was something stupid about life insurance, but when I turned it over, I found out it was a tract to aid in attracting people to God. I quickly walked over to the woman and her husband and handed the tract back. I explained to her I am already a believer and I want her to hand it to someone else who might not know Jesus and God. She replied with, “Praise God” and “Amen.” I thanked her for her concern and was on my way.

Now, this is where the title comes from. She’s doing it wrong. She saw me, a 20-something female, shopping at the grocery store, wearing sweatpants and a hooded sweatshirt. I am guessing she assumed I did not know God, that I did not know He sent Jesus to earth to die on the cross and raise from the dead 3 days later, then ascend into heaven all to save me from my own sin.

Those tracts are not produced to do the job of sharing the Good News for us. They are produced to help us start a conversation. They are there to help us start THE conversation. This woman, though she seemed kind enough and probably did want me to come to know Jesus, she should have first asked me about me and if I knew Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Instead, it seems like she simply has a goal of handing out so many tracts and doing her churchly duty.

Next time you go to hand out a tract to someone, talk to the person. Find out that person’s story. Ask if he knows Jesus Christ, what He’s done, and if he believes Him to be his Lord and Savior. It’s really not that hard. If you are bold enough to hand out the tract, you should be able to ask about the person, his life, and his salvation.

Christmas Thoughts

I usually love this time of year. I love what Christmas stands for. I love the lights. I love being surrounded by family. I love the snow (when it is still white and not marred by the ugly road dirt that turns it black).

This year, I have been a bit of a Scrooge. I have not been in the mood to decorate my tree. In fact, I didn’t even put up my normal tree. I “stole” the small tree off of my mom’s front porch. It is already decorated with red and silver bows, so I have not felt like decorating it further. My 6-year-old will tell you the honest truth about that.

Christmas Day is the day that Christians across the globe celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, see Luke chapter 2 in the Bible for the story. It’s a good story; I promise you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

Why is there a Christmas?

Well, once again, read Luke chapter 2 in the Bible. While you are reading in the Bible, go to John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
~John 3:16 (NIV)

God sent Jesus to be born of a Virgin. God sent Jesus to be baptized and to baptize others. God sent Jesus to be our Savior, our salvation. Jesus has paid the price for our sins. Jesus has removed that burden from us.

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
~Acts 4: 12 (ESV)

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Why is Jesus’s birth something to celebrate? We as faithful followers of Jesus celebrate His birth because He saved us from an eternity in Hell. He sacrificed himself so we might spend eternity with God the Father, our Creator. Without Christmas, we wouldn’t have Easter. And, in all honesty, we wouldn’t celebrate Christmas without Easter either. This is because if Jesus decided to disobey God and run and hide from the Roman and Jewish leaders, he would not have been crucified, he would not have died on the cross, and he would not have risen from the dead three days later. All of the work he did to prepare the way up to that point would have been pointless.

Why Gifts?

The other day while taking Sydney to school, she asked me an intelligent question for a six-year-old. One that required much thought, and one that I knew I did not have time to answer in the 5-minute drive to school because I knew there would be many follow-up questions from her (mainly a lot of “whys”). So what was this question?

“Mommy, why do we get presents on Christmas if it’s Jesus’s birthday?”


One answer I could come up with is that it is supposed to symbolize the gifts the Wise Men brought to Jesus upon His birth. The other answer I could think of was that people had commercialized Christmas so much that presents have become a part of the norm for this holiday. I knew she would not fully understand the second answer, so I kept that one to myself.

The greatest gift we can truly give anyone this Christmas is not an Apple Watch, an iPhone, a Samsung phone, or any other piece of technology, a toy, etc. It is the gift of salvation only given by believing Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected three days later paying the price for the sins we have committed and will commit. Share this gift; it doesn’t cost a penny, just a few moments of your time to share the story.

Let’s stop putting the emphasis on physical, tangible, meaningless gifts and start putting the emphasis back on the greatest gift anyone can ever receive.


Thanksgiving history: 
1621 marked the first Thanksgiving celebration and feast shared by the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians. President Lincoln declared that Thanksgiving would be held each November and a national holiday in 1863.

The first Thanksgiving was a celebration of the Pilgrims’first successful corn harvest. It is said they invited their Native American allies to this celebration as “thank you” for teaching the colonists how to successfully live and survive in the new world.

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Thanksgiving past:
I remember as child Thanksgiving Day was spent with family and friends. We would talk about what we have done, what we want to do, and reminisce. The Macy’s Day parade would be on the TV. Around lunch and thereafter the men would turn on whatever football game was scheduled. The children would be asked about their Christmas lists and if their letters were sent to Santa. We would take the time to talk about what we are thankful for. We would play games.

At some point throughout the day, the talk would casually move on to Christmas shopping, Black Friday deals, and who was going where to shop. The day was filled with family, food, fun, and love.

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Thanksgiving present:
Thansgiving Day has been taken over by the corporate world and the focus of Thanksgiving is now earlybird deals, savings, etc. A lot of people who are working in the retail industry are no longer able to spend time with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day. They are forced to give up the holiday and give up precious time with their family, who they might only be able to see a few times per year, in order to work to support the corporate greed and the greed of the people who support early Black Friday shopping.

Family time is given up by those who are forced to work. Family time is freely given up by those who choose to shop on Thanksgiving Day. Conversations no longer focus on family, thankfulness, and memories. Conversations are now focused on what deals are where, who is going where, and what we are going to be doing Thanksgiving night and all day Black Friday.

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Philippians 1:9-11 (ERV) reads: “This is my prayer for you: that your love will grow more and more; that you will have knowledge and understanding with your love; that you will see the difference between what is important and what is not and choose what is important; that you will be pure and blameless for the coming of Christ; that your life will be full of the many good works that are produced by Jesus Christ to bring glory and praise to God.”

Let us all remember, embrace, and demonstrate the TRUE meaning of Thanksgiving and the coming Christmas season. Thanksgiving Day has lost its meaning and has simply become a “kick-off to the Christmas shopping season.” Let us take today (what’s left of it) and celebrate what we are thankful for, tell the people we know and love that we are thankful for them. Count your blessings on this and everyday.

Let us remember the TRUE meaning of the Christmas season: the celebrate of Jesus’ birth.

Let us demonstrate the love and meaning of the holidays to your children, family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. Remeber to be kind.

I hope you all accept my challenge to do at least one act of kindness this weekend and continue the acts of kindness throughout this holiday season. Most people will be scrambling to get the best deals, the lowest prices, and the hottest toys. Remember what is important this season and every season and continue to choose that.

What I am thankful for:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Food in my belly
  • A warm place to sleep
  • My God who decided I am worth saving
  • And so many more things in my life!

It’s been a while…

…Since I have written anything. I am going to blame is on laziness and being uninspired. I am still feeling uninspired, so bear with me as this might be all over the place with thoughts, feelings, ideas, etc.

Looking at my stats, I last wrote in July, and since then everything has gone crazy for me. Life since July has included graduating from college, a wedding in North Carolina, a family vacation to Myrtle Beach, planning an event for my church, and searching for a job that is in my area of interest and also pays well. It doesn’t seem like I would be all that busy, but I feel like life has not slowed down at all since I finished college.

I have been denied job opportunities and turned down one position because I just couldn’t see myself working for the company for any length of time past one year. I did get a job at the local YMCA as a swim instructor and lifeguard. The job is only part-time and does not pay very well, but it helps a little bit. I am hoping other position open up at the Y because I despise filling out all of the “new-hire paperwork.”

I have considered starting up a part-time business where I would be teaching people basic cake decorating techniques in their homes. I thought this would be something fun to do “party style” similar to that of Thirty-One, Pampered Chef, etc. The designs offered would vary with the season. I would be able to teach anything from decorating cakes and cupcakes to cookies. This idea has not taken off yet.

I played a major part in planning my church’s annual Trunk or Treat event. I am happy to say it was a major success and I could not have pulled it off without the help of all those who helped along the way.

As a final thought for this entry, I want to ask for your input. I would like to start writing about topics, but I don’t know what topics to write about. Send me some ideas/requests, and I will do what I can to write about these topics in some way. Give me a one-word prompt, something that has been weighing on your heart/mind; it doesn’t matter. I want ideas from you.


Struggle: to contend resolutely with a task, problem, etc.; strive (

I have been struggling lately. I don’t know where I am supposed to go. I have a passion, I have a dream, I thought I knew what I wanted to do. I have not even been able to come up with a new post lately.

Here I am, writing about what I am struggling with. I am struggling to find a job I will love. I do not want to take just any job. I do not want to take the first job offered to me. I want my skills and abilities to benefit the company and I want the company to provide me with something meaningful. I do not want to be miserable to just make money. It isn’t worth that feeling. I have had that feeling.

I am struggling inside my head. I keep thinking I am not good enough. I do not qualify. All of the confidence I gained during my internship is quickly fading away. I need to feel useful, confident, and needed. I need a place where my ideas are welcomed and appreciated. I need a place that allows me to express myself, to be creative, to problem solve, and somewhere that will challenge me to be a better person and continue to learn about new trends, ideas, and topics.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

I know God has a plan for me. I know it will be revealed in God’s time. Unfortunately, I like to know what’s coming and when. I like timelines and deadlines. I like plans to be clearly outlined. I need to remain faithful, persistant in prayer, and remain in God because he has a glorious plan for my life.

This song has become somewhat of an anthem for me lately:

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

~Lord I Need You by Matt Maher