May 7, 2018

Easy Like Sunday Morning - Date Night In

Raise your hand if you have young kids who allow you to have a peaceful, late morning. Anyone? Me either, if you do…know that you are lucky! Every once in awhile my kids will sleep until 6:30, so we really don’t have that down time in the mornings to enjoy some quiet or a cup of coffee before the house is awake. When Night In Boxes sent me the Easy Like Sunday Morning Date Night In Box, I had no idea how we would squeeze this date in, so rather than stressing about trying to fit it into a morning we decided to have our date after our kids went to bed.


This month’s box was breakfast themed so I was really excited about it, anything that includes waffles is a winner in my book.

What’s Inside?
date night itinerary*
waffles
maple syrup
tea
essential oil wipes
2 mini pencils
game dice
*games are included in the itinerary

This Month’s Menu*
Drinks – Blood Orange Mimosas, Sparkling Blood Orange Juice
Main Course – Kale and Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs, Candied Bacon, Belgian Waffles (included)
*all menus come with a complete shopping list and the directions for how to make everything.


Since we had our date after dinner, we didn’t make anything from the menu even though it all sounded AMAZING, my husband did snack on the included Belgian waffles though. We read through the front page of our itinerary, turned on the Spotify playlist, and found a comfy spot in our room.  There were a few games to play and my husband, being the competitive soul that he is, chose to play the dice game…he won and wasn’t shy about it. The other games included a Mad Lib, a 10-question quiz, a crossword puzzle, and a fill in blank story.

We tried a few of the games, but the dice game was our favorite because just involved having fun and was a total close call at the end. I did love the idea behind the other activities, but I would have preferred them to not be so related to loving your partner and only built around that theme, some regular every day themes would have been appreciated. The Mad Lib was a little funny because we didn’t necessarily keep our words revolving around love, and I totally wasn’t pleased that he apparently asked to take my coffee…do you even know me?! Ha! The story was another fill in the blank activity which had to do with celebrating your love, and the crossword puzzle was filled with words like spark and chocolate. We love playing games with each other and do so often, they usually involve strategy or competition.




If you are looking for a date night that reminds you and your partner of why you fell in love, these Date Night In Boxes are for you! Did you know that they even have a Faith option? Check out my affiliate link HERE to see what box best fits your lifestyle!










*This post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase a Night In Box using my link..I make a small commission. I received this date box for free in as part of the Night In Box affiliate program, all opinions are my own.

April 23, 2018

Anchored East Backpack Diaper Bag - Review

As a mom of two kids with the youngest almost completely out of diapers, I probably have more diaper bags than I’d like to admit. Even though we don’t really need diaper bags for the “diaper” factor anymore, we can still pack a mean load for our day to day activities. We live in Florida where most theme parks are less than a 2-hour drive so if we aren’t traveling out of state, you can most likely find us at Disney World. For theme parks, we prefer a backpack because we can ditch the stroller and have everything we need on our backs.


I started using the Anchored East backpack diaper bag back in March and have so many AMAZING things to say about it. There are a few other brands that have the same style, but the price and sturdiness of this bag is hard to beat. The stylish heather grey polyester exterior is water resistant and easy to wipe clean, and the interior lining is also easy to clean. The gold colored zippers and hardware along with the PU (Polyurethane) leather details really makes the bag stand out and look high end. When you’re ready to go, the handles snap closed with a PU leather strap.

Features
One of my favorite features of this bag are the stroller straps, and mostly because they aren’t sold separately! The straps are attached to the bag, meaning you will never accidentally forget them at home, how many times have you done that? They don’t get in the way of carrying as they are on the outside of the shoulder straps and they can be tightened or loosened to attach to almost any handlebar with a snap buckle closure.

Anchored East diaper bag backpacks also include a water resistant changing pad, and although it isn’t as thick or long as some others that I have used, it still gets the job done. Since it isn’t as thick it can be folded down pretty small or even rolled to make more space in the diaper bag if needed. This diaper bag backpack is also filled with so many convenient pockets, one of which is insulated--but more about that below. The shoulder straps are easily adjusted to fit and have a padded mesh material for comfort, as does the lower portion of the back of the backpack.

The bottom of the bag has sturdy luggage feet to help keep the bag off the ground, it doesn’t keep it completely off the ground, but it certainly does help keep it from getting ruined on concrete or other rough surfaces. I really love how the main opening is structured and opens incredibly wide while the bag stands freely for easy packing. According to the listing on Amazon, this bag measures 26x14x14cm.....more than enough space to fit all of your needs, it would be great for cloth diapering too.




All the Pockets!
This bag has a total of 9 pockets; 5 on the inside and 4 on the outside.

Interior pockets: 
there is a nicely sized zippered pocket, an aluminum insulated pocket that fits my 2 kid’s cups or bottles in various sizes, and the other 3 are open with a bit of elastic on the top. I use these for items such as sunglasses, bibs, sunscreen, etc.

Exterior pockets: 
the large pocket on the front fits my wallet, keys, and other mom essentials, the 2 pockets on the sides are great for my own water bottles/cups or anything I need to just store quickly while wearing the bag. One side pocket has a small zipper down the side that I wish was an extra small sealed off pocket, but it does give you access to the bigger pocket. The pocket on the back is padded mesh for comfort and can fit a wipes case.


As mentioned above, I do have my fair share of diaper bags, so I do become biased as to which ones I like the most and which ones I will recommend to friends and family. We have another diaper bag backpack that I love, but I have been reaching for my Anchored East backpack most often. Ok, more like ALL THE TIME.

Experience
On my most recent Disney World trip, I took both of my boys (ages 2 and 4) to Magic Kingdom by myself and left my stroller at home…ON PURPOSE. Before you think I am crazy and I continue with my point, it was a wonderful day and my kids were so amazingly well behaved. Since I was flying solo without a stroller to carry our belongings, I packed up my Anchored East bag with all the day’s necessities, including but not limited to: snacks and snack cups, 2 kids jackets, a Lillebaby soft structured carrier when not in use, diapers, wipes, changes of clothes, Mickey ears, an autograph book, etc. I couldn’t believe how much it fit. I wore this bag ALL day (again…no stroller) along with my baby carrier and was very comfortable. I had no shoulder pain, which is amazing considering I was wearing my 2-year-old most of the day as well. The straps aren’t bulky which I think helps with the comfort level, and my husband also had a good experience wearing this backpack around Disney…and husband approval is key!


I discovered Anchored East on Instagram many months ago and I love how Emily, the owner at Anchored East, interacts with others. Finding brands with personable people is huge for me, I like being able to reach out to a company and know that they will respond and supporting other mom-owned businesses is a huge plus. You can find her over at @anchoredeast.co on Instagram, and you can purchase an Anchored East Diaper Bag Backpack on Amazon HERE for only $49.99.

* I received this product for free in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

April 2, 2018

Blind Date...With My Husband

When my husband and I were first dating, we would go on date nights often and at our own leisure, but now that we have two kids, finding the time (or a babysitter) to go and enjoy a night out doesn’t come as easily or as often. We have the simple nightly routine of dinner, kids to bed, TV, and bed ourselves. It isn’t a bad thing, but I thought we could use a little something to shake things up a bit, and if we can’t go out…why not have a date night in?

I honestly don’t remember how I stumbled across the Night In Box website, but I do remember how intrigued I was. It sounded fun, and exciting, and different! Since this is my first review of this service, I’ll give the low down before going into detail about the box we received.


What are ‘Night In Boxes’?
Night In Boxes are an online subscription service that offers a fun, at home experience. Currently, there are 2 different options of Night In Boxes to choose from: Date Night In and Kids Night In, with the option for a Faith Night In. The experiences are just that…a date night, or a fun night in with the kids.

How Does It Work? 
You pick which experience you would like, choose the frequency of dates (month to month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months), and then your date will be on the way! For reference, month to month dates are $34.99, but you save if you choose to subscribe for 3 months and up.

What’s Included?
Each month is different, so the contents of the box will vary. You will receive detailed instructions on what everything in the box is for, and one of the great things about being a member is that you will have access to things like meal ideas for your night in!

Sounds pretty great, right? We were able to try out this subscription service for the first time with the March box, if what you read above sounds interesting, keep reading!

For our first box, we got the Date Night In – Blind Date box. When I first opened it I immediately sent my husband a picture at work and we both had a few giggles with the contents. I mean, wouldn’t you?! Don’t worry, it totally was not the next sequel in the line up of Fifty Shades movies even though the list below might have you thinking otherwise.

What’s Inside?
card that explained where to access the digital instructions.*
2 blind folds
mini dry erase board
marker
chapstick
tape
cotton candy
*usually instructions are included but since blind folds were being used, listening was easier.


This Month’s Menu*
Drinks – wine, beer, juice
Appetizer – an amazingggg cheese and meat platter
Main Course – Sausage and Mushroom White Truffle Pizza
Dessert – Panna Cotta
*all menus come with a complete shopping list and the directions for how to make everything.

My husband works hard and works late most nights, and since we decided to do our date night during the week, we opted out of the full menu even though it sounded pretty enticing. We had a few drinks and for dinner we made a simple pepperoni pizza from scratch …it was delicious and perfect for our evening together. Next time I think we’ll try the menu ideas!

The blind folds served a couple of purposes for in this month’s box. One of the activities was to draw a beach scene blindfolded…unfortunately for me, my husband is apparently a blind artist because his blindfolded picture was basically perfection and with me telling him how to draw it was much worse, ha! Me on the other hand, just take away the marker and never give it back. Another activity was to set up an obstacle course in which the single blind folded person must safely make their way through just by listening to their partners directions. You don’t realize how difficult it is to remember to right and left until you are pressured and blindfolded! The night ended with loads of questions to build communication and some delicious cotton candy eating, apparently it is much more enjoyable blindfolded.



Overall, this box gave us a ton of laughs, we laughed because we felt ridiculous wearing blind folds with each other, and we laughed at some of our answers to questions throughout the night. The topic of this box was very much about communication as a couple. Communicating helps you get through the toughest obstacles, but it also allows you to learn about your partner. We did skip through some of the questions as they felt a little too "deep" I guess? We are very open with one another anyways, so it was pretty easy to be open for the Q and A activity. I can't wait to see what the next box has in store!

If you are interested in your own Date Night In or simply want to learn more, click HERE!



 *I was sent this date for free as an affiliate, and this post does contain affiliate links, which means I will make a small compensation on purchases made through my link. Thank you for considering!