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Tuesday
Jun142016

Amazing New Way to Manage Your Time

Sometimes we discover new things on our own. Other times we learn through conversing, listening, or reading. In my case, what seemed like an innocent conversation with a friend has turned into a new way of being. As a result of that conversation and a willingness to try something new, I received time management, relationship, confidence, and health benefits. Are you curious? Let me share my discovery with you..

Have you heard of subscription food or meal kit services like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh or Plated? These types of companies deliver fresh food, all ingredients needed, along with detailed, easy to cook recipes directly to your home. Several months ago, my husband and I signed up for Blue Apron.

 

Here are some of the benefits we’ve noticed so far:

We’ve . . .

  • Saved time by not having to shop for food
  • Saved time and stress by not having to figure out what to cook for dinner
  • Learned some new cooking tips and techniques
  • Enjoyed more time together by tag teaming it in the kitchen
  • Enjoyed eating at a more leisurely pace
  • Become more confident in our cooking skills
  • Been impressed by how well organized the packaging and recipes are
  • Become more experimental and in my case, more willing to try new foods
  • Made cooking together and sharing meals a priority again
  • Been eating more healthfully
  • Been having even more fun with lots of high-fiving each time we make a new recipe

What I love is the wonderful, communal use of time, doing a fun activity that yields a delicious result. Plus I get to hang out and cook with my husband. This is simple, basic stuff, but one that I had been missing.

If you’re interested in trying Blue Apron, I’m happy to share a “free” one week trial with you. I'll send an invite to the first three people that email me at linda@ohsoorganized.com. I don’t get anything by sharing the offer, only the satisfaction knowing that you might enjoy the benefits I’ve been enjoying too.

Have you tried a meal kit service? If so, what has your experience been? Is it a time-saver? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (9)

I have a friend who tried a similar service (don't really remember which one.) She was adjusting to having fewer people in the house, and it was a great timesaver for her! Eating healthy meals involves planning, whether you do it yourself, or someone else does it for you!

June 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Great post on what works! I have noticed my clients really appreciating these services as a way of being more efficient, more healthy and more in touch with their family. Kudos to you for trying this out!

June 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Seana- You're so observant. Trying this service definitely corresponded to having fewer people at home. Our daughters have been out of the house for a while and building their lives in Boston and Brooklyn. The household dynamic has definitely changed along with some of our routines and traditions. I love bringing back the cooking/bonding tradition. Blue Apron has definitely helped us to do that.

@Ellen- I love that you're seeing similar benefits for your clients with this type of service. Life can be so busy and we often can shortcut the basic things that are essential to our well-being. Any method that allows us to focus back is a positive.

June 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I am seeing these services appearing everywhere in my area too. I actually love to cook and shop for food too.. It relaxes me. So I don't think it would be as beneficial for me. But I really like the idea to help others who don't know what to cook or don't have time to buy something. There is a new service in my area that offers fresh farm dairy and cheese delivered to the home. I plan on trying that one soon. Thanks for sharing your experience.

June 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Sabrina- I know what you mean about the relaxing aspect of cooking and shopping for food. I think it's the planning part that I've never been good at. I'm such a planner for most things, but it's the one area that I've never focused on with planning. So having that part done for me makes the entire process so much more enjoyable. The fresh dairy and cheese delivery sounds awesome. Let me know how it is once you try it.

June 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

As a happy Hello Fresh customer, I completely agree with your observations, Linda! Early this year I wrote a blog post called Cooking for Dummies, and there's a sequel in the works.

June 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHazel Thornton

@Hazel- Ahhh! Another happen "meal kit" subscriber. What has been your favorite "Hello Fresh" meal to date that you've made? Looking forward to reading your sequel. Love your posts!

June 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

These services are popping up all over! Just last night, we had my son and his wife over for dinner, and they were telling me about one here in Ontario, Canada called Chef's Plate. They received gift certificates when their baby was born - isn't that a great idea for new parents?

June 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- That's such a great idea to gift new parents. I hadn't thought of that. What do you think of it as a gift for someone moving into a new home? There was an article recently in The NY Times (I think) that felt these "meal kit" services weren't real cooking. I don't understand that at all. I sure seems like real cooking to me...with all the "ingredients."

June 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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