Cooking For Beginners – Hello Fresh Review


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It’s been quite a while since I posted (technically only four days but it feels like an eternity)! I wanted to catch you guys up on what new fun things have been going on in my life. The first, and most entertaining thing, which we tried out recently was Hello Fresh. For those who may not know. Hello Fresh is a food delivery service that puts together quick and healthy meals using fresh ingredients that are all delivered straight to your door. This was my first time ever trying out one of these services and it was so much fun! Of course, you get to choose which meals you want them to ship you that week; but, I didn’t look too closely at the recipes so it was always a fun surprise to open each day’s box. I’ll run you through the various meals we chose and which our favorite was. Stay tuned to the end to hear my final thoughts on Hello Fresh!


Cherry-Drizzled Pork Chops

Yum, yum, YUM! I think this meal was my favorite of the bunch. It was definitely a different take on the pork chops than we usually see here in the Midwest. I thought the cherry drizzle was an interesting take on the savory sweet meal. Definitely a keeper!


A Caesar Salad To Rule Them All

One of the most delicious and filling salads I’ve ever had. I’m definitely going to recreate this again! It filled me and my husband up (yes, salads aren’t just for ladies!) so much that we even had a bit left over for lunch the next day.


Vietnamese Marinated Steak

This was such a different style dish than my husband and I are used to eating but we loved it! If there’s steak involved, it’s usually a winner for my husband. I loved the mix of flavors together. The pickled salad was so good!

For a very beginner cook, like myself, I found it a little overwhelming balancing all the different things going on in the kitchen. But strictly sticking to Hello Fresh’s recipes and step by step instructions, it definitely calmed my worries. All in all, we were so pleased with our Hello Fresh box! (No, I’m not sponsored in any way.) We genuinely thought this was a great service. We could definitely see using it again in the future for those weeks that you know are going to be busy. It was great to not have to shop, buy the perfect amount of ingredients, or surf Pinterest for hours looking for great healthy meals. I highly recommend trying it out!

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Skinny Dirty Banana Cocktail

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Getting hooked on Dirty Bananas in the Caribbean was a terrible mistake because they’re so delicious and addicting! As soon as we got back into the states, my husband and I started recreating them. Of course they were still just as amazing but it’s not as fun without the beach view! Today I wanted to thin down the recipe a bit and make a “skinny” version of the Dirty Banana. (It’s still alcohol so how skinny can it really get, am I right?) I think this version really does it justice and definitely makes this cocktail skinnier than its original version. I’ll leave a link here so you can check out the original. It’s a great treat every once and awhile; but, it’s so heavy that it makes it difficult to enjoy often. Try out this Skinny Dirty Banana recipe to enjoy this Caribbean treat!

Ingredients :

1 oz. Malibu

1 oz. Kahlua

1 oz. 99 Bananas

Dash of Almond Milk


That’s it! Mix all together and serve over ice. It’s so easy and much better for you than the original recipe. I hope you try this recipe out and enjoy! Leave me a comment below and tell me your thoughts!
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Who Says Pants Aren’t Made For Summer?

Top (similar) : Forever 21   |  Bottoms : Charlotte Russe  |  Shoes  : Kohls  |

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I’ve been so excited to share this outfit post with you guys. I’m absolutely obsessed with these pants! I saw them on the Charlotte Russe website and ordered them immediately. I’m so glad that I did because they work with so many occasions and tops. I’ll definitely getting good use of these this summer! On this day, my husband and I were still in beautiful Jamaica. I thought this outfit would be perfect for a romantic dinner on the beach. It was absolutely the perfect outfit to transition into the night. The extra fabric makes it perfect to drape over your legs if you get cold but aren’t stuffy. I highly recommending checking these out! I’m hoping to see this style more and more in stores so I can get my hands on some more!

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May Favorite Posts This Month

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I know I say it every month; but, seriously, how is May already over? I feel like I just left for vacation but that was almost a month ago now. Wow! Check out some of my favorite posts to come out of this whirlwind of a month.

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Working Girl Outfits x Mallory Mileham

It was such a blast to collaborate with this amazing YouTuber! If you’re in need of some serious working girl outfit inspiration, check out both of our posts.

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The Interview Outfit That Won’t Fail You

The fashionably neutral outfit that won’t throw up any red flags to your future employer.

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Wedding Wednesday – Honeymooners Paradise

Trying to plan your honeymoon or romantic getaway? Be sure to check out where we stayed during our honeymoon and what our thoughts were!

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Stripes & Sangria

My favorite outfit from the honeymoon. So chic and so perfect for the beach!

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Drinks Your Guests Will Remember This Memorial Day

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While you’re planning what exactly to serve at your Memorial Day parties, be sure to give this amazing adult beverage a try. Here’s my twist on an Orange Pomegranate Crush!

Ingredients : 

1 oz Triple Sec

2 oz Smirnoff Pomegranate Vodka

1/2 orange juiced

1 splash of Sprite or other lemon-lime soda

Serve over ice


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Beach-side Drinks

Top (similar) : Forever 21   |  Shorts : Charlotte Russe  |  Shoes  : Poshmark  |

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Really wish I could be spending this Memorial Day weekend enjoying drinks out over the open ocean but these memories will have to suffice! I could think of no better outfit for exploring the resort than an off the shoulder cropped top and some denim shorts. Both pieces allow you to wear your swimsuit inconspicuously underneath without taking away from the outfit. I love this top and it has been in my wardrobe arsenal for years. It was originally from Victoria’s Secret and it has held up through the years beautifully. I’ll link a similar one in this post.

Leave me a comment below letting me know if you have a favorite outfit to hide your swimsuit!

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Stripes & Sangria

Top : Charlotte Russe   |  Jeans : Target  |  Shoes  : Poshmark  |

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Writing this post is hitting me right in the feels. I’m missing that gorgeous Jamaican weather and the beautiful breeze! My skin is definitely missing the sun as well. I feel like we have been under one big giant cloud here in the Midwest for the past two weeks…ugh. But, on a higher note, this was one of my favorite outfits of the trip and I’m very excited to show it to you today!

This top was my first new purchase for the trip and I fell in absolute love with it as soon as I saw it. It just screams the need to be on a boat in the tropics to me. I paired it with simple white shorts and these adorable Michael Kors sandals. (I won’t even try and be boujee with that, they came from TJ Maxx. No shame!) It was the perfect outfit to start off our vacation and so comfortable too. It was nice to have something flowy after a long day of cramped flights the day before. Now that we are back in the states, I’ll definitely be breaking out this little number more often!

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