This post was sponsored and made possible by Kroger. All statements and opinions remain my own.
Have you ever equated dinner with at least an hour of prep, strenuous clean up and half of the kids complaining because they would rather have cake? Yes?! We call this witching hour at our house and it usually ends in exclamation and a restaurant. Feeding a family that consist of two kids who’s first tooth was a sweet tooth means chaos and frankly, I would rather let someone else deal with the mess.
We tried endless variations of delivered meals, the always regretful TV Dinner and of course pre-made kits in the mail that without hesitation would nearly spoil before someone grabbed it off the porch.
As we saw our dinner plans unfold in all of their glory, it wasn’t until we walked in to our local Kroger that the food angels shined down on the aisle of the brand new, mind-saving, witching hour eliminator: Prep + Pared Meal Kits from Kroger!
Prep + Pared Meal Kits from Kroger take the guessing away and make an adult meal truly a luxury with a non-luxury price tag. Ringing in with a base price of $14 for two adult servings and a cook time of under 20 minutes, go ahead, chime the parent dinner bell! We have, multiple times this week! The kits are brand new and exclusively at your local Kroger, ours comes from Kroger on Euclid in Lexington, Kentucky. It is fairly close to us which makes the 100% measured and prepped meals that much more enticing. Aside from the fact that they go from box to plate in 20 minutes or less.
I absolutely cannot get over how fresh the Prep + Pared Meal Kits are. They look and taste like they are directly from the farm. In our Vietnamese-Inspired Spicy Lemongrass Pork the slaw mix was brighter than anything I had seen and the aromas were strong enough to fill you up. The chef inspired meal had essentially no fillers which left us feeling satisfied and our taste buds craving more. One of the less noted bonuses for me was the fact that these are designed for two adults so the portions are very easy to divide and left us feeling like we ate a very healthy meal without over-eating.
The ingredients are all ready to go with no cutting or chopping needed and everything labeled accordingly in usually a few steps. During our 20 minute cooking session we had at least two child interruptions and because everything is labeled and prepped it made going back to cooking so much easier.
Of course parenting comes with a lot of great adventures and as we all know, parents definitely slack on taking care of themselves especially when it comes to food. I am raising a hand to cold leftover nuggets because making myself a meal would be way too time restraining when it means leaving my threenager to her own accords for minutes on end. PS, that never happens! The Prep + Pared Meal Kits are a game changer on many levels; not only do they replace my meal of cold nuggets abandoned by my toddler but they are actually healthy and truly a no-fuss, minimal clean-up kind of deal.
The Prep + Pared Meal Kits from Kroger are so great for that luxury meal at a budget friendly price. I love that amidst everything going on in our house, within 20 minutes my husband and I got to spend quality time cooking together, because honestly that is about as long as we would get! Even though date nights are slim these days, the Prep + Pared Meal Kit made it feel like for a slight moment we were in a food oasis which is a feeling we really cherish. As former New York City dwellers, by way of Chicago, we have always enjoyed fine cuisine and love experimenting with food choices and options which is something our family really is centered around. Prep + Pared Meal Kits let us try a new cuisine right in the comfort of our own home and it definitely brought some nostalgia back during the process.
Within 20 minutes, thanks to fresh ingredients and less prep time we had a parent only dinner with many more laughs enjoyed and memories made. There was no ‘what’s for dinner?’ stress or ‘who will clean the mess up?’ which meant more time together. Until the kids chimed in that is. So go ahead, grab a Prep + Pared Meal Kit from your local Kroger and let your kids eat the cake!
As a breastfeeding momma and supporter at Little Gummi, the struggles of finding nursing wear that is convenient yet subtle is very real. I have never been one to nurse in a closed room or bathroom and am generally okay with public feeding (baby’s gotta eat!) but the one thing that has always been a bother for me is having any inkling of body showing during a nursing session. It’s just uncomfortable for me. BeliBea makes a nursing tank top that can easily take that anxiety away!
Parenting has some interesting gigs (especially at Little Gummi) to it and certainly a lot of aspects that follow along. Rather it is going to the gym for some well spent ‘me time’ (what’s that??) or hitting the park and the soccer games, the taxi doesn’t stop so why should you? Precidio has this awesome Total Hydration solution for all of your daily needs; The Multi Flask!
In this day in age, we are no strangers to screen-time fun for our Littles to either occupy during chores or just relax while in the car to give us parents some piece-of-mind. Kid Lid has taken the craft to a whole new level of tech time fun with their clever cases that allow your children to watch their favorite program without interrupting your apps (like deleting your Little Gummi quick-link (; )
Settling in as a new, or seasoned parent can arise many questions. The baby world is always changing and improving and that doesn’t stop with breast pumps. From the original 1800’s hand pump “governed by feeling and intelligence” to todays pump that is smart phone compatible, there’s no wonder this hot market item is always changing to adapt to us, the mothers, the feeders and the providers. Lansinoh is leading the industry with their Double Electric Breast Pump and we had to share.
At Little Gummi, one of our most treasured times is when we can introduce ice cream to our babes. I know, super sweet but when dad is an ice cream junky you have to start the good flavors young! If you don’t want your teeny babe having the frozen treat though, at least pretend with Baby Sweetooth, the sweetest teether ever
As mothers we usually have our hands full the majority of times, rather with children, toys, running a business or making lunches. This can often times be a hassle when it comes to nursing and pumping. As an exclusive nurser, even I find it difficult to just sit back and feed Miller without something else on my mind and while I can’t be doing anything else during our feeding session, I make at least ten lists of things I need to do after. The times I have pumped have always included multi-tasking in various ways and if you read some of my other pumping stories, this also usually includes lots of tears of spilled milk. Lactamed Hands-Free bra understood this when they created their pumping bra for moms like us at Little Gummi.
As dreamy as it is watching your Babes play in the snow, build a snow man (or woman!) and eat who knows what on those legendary homemade snow cones, the part right before all of that happens can be just a bit chaotic. The part I’m talking about specifically? Getting dressed for the elements! My daughter just abhors anything that could possibly keep her warm, including mittens. She will fight us tooth and nail until her hands are red and she decides it’s not worth it. Veyo Mittyz are created to eliminate those pink hands and the littles fight to get dressed.
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