Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Ice Age Meals Review

Happy Wednesday friends! Life has been really busy for us at the 'ol Stavely homestead which means meal planning and cooking has been somewhat non-existent. I've been busy at the store with engagement season, styled wedding photo shoots and a HUGE bridal event that I have coming up with Tesori. Long story short, cooking has been put on the back burner! Mark and I really don't like to eat out during the week so Ice Age Meals has literally been a lifesaver.  I was skeptical at first when we came across Ice Age Meals... Mark couldn't convince me that a frozen meal could actually be healthy and tasty.  After a month or so of scrolling their website we finally pulled the trigger.

The benefits of these meals are that they are properly portioned with the right amount of fats, carbs and proteins according to the zone diet. Obviously each persons needs differ based on their goals so you may need more or less food depending on what you're trying to accomplish. All of the food they use in the meals are non GMO, gluten and dairy free. While not every ingredient is organic they are all fresh. I love that the owner of Ice Age Meals, Paleo Nick, as he calls himself says that anytime he adds a new meal to the site he cooks the meal up for his family first to taste test.

Photography by Sarah Pape of Pape Weddings 


You order the meals directly from their website and can do packages that they preselect for you or you can build a box. I recommend building a box so you can choose exactly which meals you prefer. The minimum amount of meals you can order at a time is 14. Sounds like a lot of meals but you'll go through them quickly. They ship the meals directly to your door and come packed in dry ice. From the time of ordering the meals they take about 2-3 business days to arrive to your doorstep.

Photography by Sarah Pape of Pape Weddings


Reheat in the microwave for quickest cooking and voila! The tastiest and healthiest meal you've ever had. SERIOUSLY! The first meal I heated up and pulled out of the microwave I was shocked that it looked like real food cooked in my own kitchen which was refreshing. Each meal we've had is a major flavor bomb and much tastier than anything I would prepare. Let's just say Mark didn't marry me for my cooking abilities 😂 I'm not going to lie...the only reason you see us adding avocado in the picture below was for color. The meals really don't need anything added to them.

Photography by Sarah Pape of Pape Weddings

We've tried almost all the meals and so far our top 3 favorites have been the butternut squash lasagna, pastel de papa, and chipotle turkey chili with butternut. My least favorite was the thai meatball curry and it's not that it wasn't edible or "bad" I just didn't enjoy the flavors as much. Mark and I try to hide our favorites at the bottom of the freezer from each other because the obsession is real in our house! 

Special  thanks to Sarah of Pape Weddings for coming to my home and photographing me awkwardly eating. She's seriously the best!  




Be Well,

Lindsey



Click here to visit the Ice Age Meals website.
"Our purpose is simple – we’re preparing food that meets your nutritional goals and tastes great at the same time. The beauty of properly frozen food is convenience – our meals are ready whenever you need them." -Paleo Nick

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Click here to go to the Ice Age Meals website. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

50 shades of pink




















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Happy Valentine's day my loves! I'm not going to lie... I love V-day. Not because of the flowers and chocolates but really just because it's a silly holiday and I'll use any excuse to celebrate the people I love! Mark and I usually celebrate by just spending time together instead of buying gifts so we're planning a fancy dinner and getting all dressed up.  And for a Wednesday, that's pretty wild for us! You can typically find us at home during the week relaxing and whipping up something fairly healthy for dinner. I can't wait to hear what everyone else has planned for Valentine's Day! I love that this holiday has turned into more than just celebrating with your significant other. I can totally get behind this whole Galentine's thing.

Since Mark and I don't usually do gifts I figured I could treat myself to something I need want. Right now, I'm ALL about the head-to-toe monochromatic look whether I'm headed out for a night on the town or hitting up the gym... it always seems so chic to me. And did you know that dressing in one tone is slimming?! BONUS! This look is so versatile because you can mix and match pieces in with regular clothing and can totally wear this to yoga class or take it out to brunch with your girlfriends. If you're not a pink girl don't worry...these items all come in neutrals. Leave me a comment on how you're celebrating today 💓

Be Well,

Lindsey











Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SMELLS yeah! How to care for your athletic clothes + keep them stink free.

These days we all wear our athletic clothes for MUCH more than just working out therefore I don't mind investing a little more moolah in them.  I've ruined so many of my athletic/performance based clothing because the fabric requires a little extra loving.  I've rounded up some of my favorite products to preserve your favorite pair of yoga pants or that sports bra that fits justttt right. (((On a side note: I don't put on "real" pants unless I absolutely have to so this whole athleisure trend was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.)))






Wash immediately after wear:

I'm just going to throw this out there...and I hope we're in the NO judgement zone. BUT(pun intended), I sweat mostly in what I like to call my under carriage areas 🙆 therefore I like to wash my workout clothes ASAP. I don't think I need to get in the nitty-gritty details but can we all just agree to wash our sweaty clothes instead of leaving them in the clothes hamper for 2 weeks like you do a pair of jeans. K, Thanks!








Mesh/Lingerie Bag:

If you don't have a lingerie bag for your laundry you NEED one. You can use this from everything from delicate panties(still can't say this word with a serious face) to a sweater you don't want snagged in the wash. I mainly use it to protect my workout clothes that have mesh panels from harsher fabrics, zippers, etc.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Yes, you read that right! Apple cider vinegar not only is good for your metabolism but it also gets that musty, sweaty, stench out of clothing and towels. This sounds crazy but I put this in almost every load of laundry I do. It works!

Slow down on the laundry softner:

Downy is one of my favorite things in life. But, it's terrible for your performance fabric clothing. It breaks down the integrity of the fibers and overtime stops the fabric from doing whatever it's supposed to do A.K.A wicking abilities.

Gentle laundry detergent:

I use a special laundry detergent from The Laundress that I use only on my workout clothes. It seriously smells like sunshine and unicorns! And bonus, it's not tested on animals and is nontoxic, biodegradable AND allergen free. I didn't want to like it because I didn't want to use different detergents for my laundry but it's totally worth it. You can also use this on swimwear and it got that weird chlorine smell out of all my suits too.

Invest in a drying rack:

Never ever ever dry your workout clothes. It breaks down the fabric and shrinks them and the last thing I need is a TIGHTER sports bra. No thank you! You can purchase a rack for $20 or less at Target...as if you needed another excuse to go to Target. 🙌


















Be Well,

Lindsey





Special thanks to Jo Johnson for the rad pictures and Sit & Spin for letting us take the rad pictures. 

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