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Hi, My name is Amy and I love me a good subscription box! And it’s no secret that I love food, so put those together combined with the fact I haven’t been subscribed to any in a while… so it is about time I tried a new box. I had tried Blue Apron last year, and was only impressed with one of the meals. So when I saw a groupon for Hello Fresh I figured I would see what it was all about. Oh and if you stick around there may or may not be a $40 off coupon code for you!;)(hint – there is one).

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The package arrived by 10:30am on the day that it was scheduled to be delivered and thanks to tracking I knew I had to get out of bed to go get it. In the box were some freezer packs to keep it cold and a thermal casing. Each meal was separated into the bags pictured above and it included the ingredients, and the recipe with some pictures for reference too! All ingredients are included in the portions you need other than pantry staples like salt and pepper, butter and olive oil! Hello Fresh Subscription Box Review | www.amylorraine.com

The first recipe I tried was for this Warm Grain Salad. It included an avocado and I could tell it was ripe when I got it so I didn’t want to risk waiting! The quality of everything was really good too! I wasn’t sure how I was gonna like this one because I’m not a fan of basil (it’s like eating dirt to me) and I had never had butter beans before.

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The directions were simple enough..  Boil the barely in a pot of water and simmer for 20 minutes. Halve the tomatoes, tear the basil leaves, slice the shallots, and drain/rinse the beans. While the tomatoes are sautéing, slice the avocado and mix the ingredients for the sauce. Then combined all together and serve with torn basil on top!

My notes for this recipe would be to go with my gut and nix the basil, I barely added any and it was still too much for me and to chop the avocado and shallots into smaller pieces. But that’s just my personal preference! Overall it was really good and I’m glad I got to try something new that I wouldn’t had tried on my own!

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The next meal was this Mushroom Stroganoff and I was not a fan. The recipe wasn’t bad but it was my tastebuds! A few tweaks and this will be a new meal added to my menu!

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First you cut and peel the potato and let boil for 15-20 minutes. While that’s cooking you prepare the mushrooms, onion, garlic and greens. After the potatoes are done you add some sour cream and dijon mustard and mash together. Then top with the mushroom mixture.

For my tastebuds I would have used Spinach instead of Mustard Greens and only used a small amount of mustard in the potatoes. I love me some mashed potatoes but these were a bit too tangy for my taste. I also would have preferred more mashed potatoes to mushroom than what I ended up with.. but that could just be because I’m a potato hoarder. I probably would have cut back on the dried thyme.. but once again it wasn’t bad it was just my taste bud preferences!

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And here is my favorite of the week and currently what I’m eating. The Spring Asparagus, Pea & Mint Penne. But I did learn from my previous meals and decided to skip adding in the mint and it was perfect. This will for sure be something I eat regularly!

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While the pasta is cooking you prepare the veggies and then sauté. Once its ready you add the vegetable concentrate, butter, pasta water and parmesan cheese and then mix with the drained pasta. Served with a dollop of ricotta cheese and your belly will be happy!

If you want to try out Hello Fresh make sure you use my coupon code RYA3VB to get $40 off your first box! They have vegetarian options and some really good meal eater meals too! Do you have a food subscription box you love? Let me know in the comments!

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Amy Lorraine is a Lifestyle Photographer, Blogger and Creative who specializes in Senior Photography in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas including but not limited to Calvert County, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and St Mary’s County.

It’s over. Katy Hearn’s Winter Challenge has officially ended and we all are onto round 2, while we wait for the Spring Challenge. So it’s not goodbye, it’s “I’ll see you later”.

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 Alright, alright.. I’m moving on. Let’s talk about food.;) In part of Katy’s Challenges she goes over how to calculate your macros and how to figure out if you’re trying to bulk or lean out and how to know *exactly* what to eat specific to your body and goals! This is great in theory, and it works for SO many people.. me? Not so much. I’ve been doing separate research and learning a lot about food and my health. My goal for life is to eat healthier. I want less processed, less sugar, and more organic healthy goodness. I’m surely not knocking anyone who counts macros. If it works for you.. werk it ! For me personally, it just promotes eating more processed foods. I’m not a math person so being able to scan a bar code instead of figuring out all the ingredients and the portion size..etc. Just doesn’t do it for me. I did post a whole food photo on instagram [below] and there were a few comments about the prices. I hope you will consider this. If you invest in good organic healthy food instead processed “food” you’ll have to spend less on doctor’s visits and medications. Pay now, or pay later.

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I totally don’t want to restrict myself and I am all about moderation so when I do indulge.. I will get some yummy Talenti. This stuff is the best. I’m sorry Ben & Jerry, you have been officially replaced. I can pronounce everything in Talenti’s ingredient label. It also has 30% less fat than regular ice cream, no high fructose corn syrup and the sorbetto kinds are dairy free! I am so excited about this.

Talenti gelato| Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Nine - The End | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

Something I need to point out about Katy is that she inspires greatness and I have made some amazing friends throughout this challenge. Katy is nothing but positive and kind to everyone, even the rude comments she gets, she’s still kind to those people and I fully believe when you exude goodness, you’ll attract it back. Between Instagram, group chats, and facebook groups, I’ve met so many amazing supportive awesome women. So for this blog, I asked all the girls to send me a selfie for this graphic. Until the day we can take a group picture together (Katy I still want that summer camp to happen;)) this will have to do!

#KHFitGirls| Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Nine - The End | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

As you may have noticed, I didn’t post progress photos of myself… and there are a few reasons for that. When I feel like I have progress to show the world, I will. Until then.. I hope you all check out the hashtag #KHWinterChallenge for progress photos of all the other girls and Katy’s Instagram for the winner later this weekend.

I’ve learned and grown so much and for that I thank you, Katy.
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Have you ever stopped to research why or how our traditions became our traditions? Like why do we put a tree in our house for Christmas.. or why we dye eggs for Easter?

I do! And I was thinking about St. Patrick’s day this week.

Happy St. Patrick

This is the celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick and March 17th is the day of his death. It became an official Christian feast day in the 17th century and the celebration of Christianity in Ireland.. thank’s to Saint Patrick.  The color green has been a part of Irish culture since at least 1640 but throughout the 19th and 20th centuries the association with green and St. Patrick’s Day grew. The celebration has become more widespread and not only a religious holiday but a celebration of Ireland and Irish heritage!


May you always be blessed with walls for the wind, a roof for the rain, a warm cup of tea by the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all the your heart might desire. – Irish Blessing

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today?

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Most of my day looks like this:

Nailed It | Jamberry Manicure | Ditsy Floral and Boysenberry | www.amylorraine.com

And luckily those nails stay looking good! In January, I hosted a Facebook party for Jamberry after I got my samples and fell in love. I wrote a review and ended up getting over 20 nail wraps with all the credits I racked up from the party! So I’ve decided to feature the wraps once a month! This month is all about my dying need for spring to get here already and so I’ve paired together Boysenberry and Ditsy Floral!

Nailed It | Jamberry Manicure | Ditsy Floral and Boysenberry | www.amylorraine.comAnd I’ve learned, I can cross hand model off my list of future careers.:DIf you want to order you can go HERE! And if you head to the website check out the options.. but make sure you look at the photos of the images on real nails on instagram! They look so much better on the nails instead of the picture!

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This is the last week of the challenge… Wait whattt? How could that happen? I don’t really know where the time went but I’m so happy to have participated. The rest of the girls and I are in denial so we will be doing #KHWCround2 on Monday. But as for the last week, it’s been a pretty good week!

Chug Life | Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Eight | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

I did have a ‘bad day’ earlier in the week and this got me through it.

Bad Day| Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Eight | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

I do want to apologize to all those who suffer with peanut allergies. You may never know the meaning of true happiness and that makes me sad for you. But.. shout out to all the pear.;)Nomz | Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Eight | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

International Women’s Day was on Sunday and I think empowered women have the power to bring together some awesome women. Katy Hearn has done that with this challenge and I have made some kick ass friends!  Empowered women empower women | Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Eight | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

Throughout the challenge Katy suggests only having one cheat meal a week. I am a bit more lenient on that because I’m not counting calories. Plus.. who can say no to sushi at Nagoya?.. not me. And did you know that waffles are just pancakes with abs?

Cheat Meal | Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Eight | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

 

Activate Apparel.. do you need a spokes person? If so, I’m your girl! I love this company and their shirts are ALWAYS on point. While I’m still waiting on my letter to Hogwarts, I’ll start attending Hogweights. Activate Apparel Hogweights | Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Eight | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

Oh people of the interwebs. How I wish I could shake you all until you understand this quote. Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. Know that just because there is a comment section, doesn’t mean you need to be rude, negative or nasty. Keep scrolling, block, delete.. whatever you need to do. Do it.Maturity | Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Eight | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

Speaking of promoting what you love. This baby right here is the best thing in the world and I don’t know how I was living without you. Deep relief is perfect for sore muscle relief but also my scoliosis back pain. Want to know more about essential oils? Check it out hereDeep Relief Roll On | Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Eight | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

If you want to follow my journey on Instagram you can follow me HERE and check out everyone’s journey’s using the  #KHWinterChallenge hashtag!

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I used to be anti-green-wearing-girl on St. Patricks day but with this look I think I will change my mind.

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I’ve written about my love for Activate Apparel before but they seriously have the cutest and funniest workout shirts. I have a few ordered that are stuck because all this snow and it makes me sad.Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Seven | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

This goes with fitness goals and life goals in general but however it applies to you, believe it! I’ve seen a lot of girls upset because they aren’t seeing progress. I’ve seen a lot of photography business owners upset because of their ‘competitions’ success. But at the end of the day, seeing some one else’s success makes me happy and excited for them. Seeing someone achieve their goals makes me giddy, but by no means does that hinder my ability to reach my goals.Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Seven | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

I have two moods: Lay in bed all day doing nothing but binge watching tv or getting up and working out and being productive. Trying to find my happy balance has been a struggle.

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I love my essential oils and I’m happy to have them in my life. Did you know that rinsing your fruit and veggies doesn’t do anything to wash of residue or pesticides? Even organic produce should be washed. There’s an easy way to prep fruits and veggies with this soak wash recipe. It will prolong the life of your produce if you do it all at once and store. Bowl of cool water, 1 cup vinegar, 2 drops of Thieves, 4 drops of citrus oils (I did half lemon, half orange). Soak for 10 minutes, rinse and put in the fridge! Voila!

If you want to follow my journey on Instagram you can follow me HERE and check out everyone’s journey’s using the  #KHWinterChallenge or #KHWC15 hashtag!

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I’ve been ridiculously unmotivated to get my camera out. I think it might have something to do with the cold weather, massive amounts of snow, and the fact that I haven’t really been out of the house. The more days I missed the easier it was to miss. I’m hoping I get my creative juices flowing this following week and I get back on track!

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ERMAHGERD GUYS! I won a weekly prize from Katy Hearn’s Winter Challenge.

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Like what? For those of you who don’t at the end of the challenge Katy picks 3 girls who’ve have great progress to win $500. But throughout the rest of the challenge she picks one winner a week to win a bikini from Ravish Sands, meals from New Vision Nutrition, or a supplement/goodie care package put together by Katy! The weekly prize isn’t necessarily based off of progress. It can be someones attitude, how helpful they are to other girls or even if they’re just straight killing their workouts/macros. I loved the idea because no everyones body translates into progress as quickly as others and thought it would be cool to win, but I never actually thought I would win. There are *SO* many amazing girls in this challenge. Super helpful, positive, and kicking butt! Needless to say I was really shocked, excited and overall giddy that I won!

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^^ Actual replica of my face when I read this. ^^ But it’s even funnier that I didn’t know I won anything until a friend called me and told me! Since Instagram doesn’t make my phone vibrate or ring I hadn’t know I was getting notifications! And then my phone was blowing up and I couldn’t keep up with the notifications! So many comments and then I felt bad I couldn’t respond to everyone. So if you tagged me or left a comment, I read it, I appreciate it, and I appreciate you all!

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I’m really proud of the person I’ve become.  And I’ve learned maturity doesn’t necessarily come with age, but I feel like I’ve ‘grown up’. I think I owe a lot of it to the people I’ve surrounded myself with. When I look at some negative or judgmental people I used to be friends with and that I let them out of my life.. Its always been the best decision. I constantly try to surround myself with and be inspired by the big thinkers, goal getters, dream chasers, mold breakers, change makers and badasses. I’m constantly trying to be one of them too. I include Katy and so many challenge girls in that group as well!
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The water jug is something I created when I did the fall challenge. But I really think I need to make another one. I’ve been drinking so much water, I could be mistaken for a pregnant woman too!

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I’ve always been a lover of shoes. When I was 4 my Nana took me to a toy store and told me I could pick out any toy I wanted. After looking around I told her I didn’t want anything but asked if I could get a new pair of shoes instead.  “If I ever let my head down, it will be to admire my shoes.”

If you want to follow my journey on Instagram you can follow me HERE and check out everyone’s journey’s using the  #KHWinterChallenge or #KHWC15 hashtag!

Looking for the past posts of my Fitness Journey | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4  | Part 5

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