Cooking With Blue Apron

Hey everyone, welcome back!  At this point, we have all heard of Blue Apron.  Their advertising game is impressive and everyone seems to know someone who knows someone who is absolutely obsessed, but they are still unsure and looking for more convincing.  Today, I’m hoping to shed some light on my experience and answer all of your questions about Blue Apron!

You all know I really love food.  One of my favorite activities is trying new restaurants and new food.  My biggest problem with this is that I am not huge into cooking for myself.

It isn’t because of unwillingness; it’s just that cooking for two can be such an unrewarding process.  I always struggle with buying food that can be used for different dishes in the same week, and as a result I seem to never go through all my groceries before they spoil.  As an added setback, B and I are incredibly indecisive.  We’ll walk around the grocery store or downtown for twenty minutes before just giving in to hanger and deciding on a standby (make tacos, order a pizza, etc).  We’ve also been trying to eat at home more, but I’m underwhelmed more often than not at the lack of flavors I’ve been able to pull together for myself.

Exasperated with wastefulness and palette boredom, I decided to give Blue Apron a try.  One of the things that instantly caught my attention was the perfectly portioned meals, so nothing goes to waste.  That was a huge selling point.  The other was the menu.  Instead of merely offering a slew of traditional American items, Blue Apron has a wide variety of original recipes that have all sorts of flavors including coconut curry, piccata, and chipotle; creating dishes I probably would never be able to concoct on my own.  When we went online to put together our first week’s menu, I was really impressed with the gourmet meals Blue Apron trusted us to create!

When I got the notification that my first Blue Apron box had been delivered (via Slice app!) I was a little nervous.  It was mid afternoon and I wouldn’t be home for a few more hours.  I was relieved when I started the unboxing and the meat was still nearly frozen thanks to the super strength ice packs and insulation.

The waste is a big selling point for me, and I imagine for most other people as well.  Almost all of the Blue Apron packaging can be recycled, and the meals are perfectly portioned out for you.  That means if B and I want to have burgers, we only get two buns, not eight like at the grocery store!

There is so much flavor in each dish I would highly recommend not using as much (or any) of the salt they recommend.  Our big takeaway: Blue Apron offers restaurant level flavor from your own kitchen.  Take a look at the pictures from my first box below (I used the handy Blue Apron app for filters and the recipe captions!)

My favorite dish of this box was the falafel pitas.  Luckily I was able to save the recipe on my Blue Apron app so that even when they’re not on the menu, I can make this easy and delicious recipe another night of the week, and try even more Blue Apron meals in my delivery box!

And now for my favorite part…. Click here to receive $30 off your first Blue Apron meal!  The program has great value and this deal just makes it that much sweeter!

If you have any questions about the Blue Apron program I would be more than happy to answer them!  Leave me a comment or send an email to thesolcompass@gmail.com – I love talking about it!

A special thank you to the Blue Apron Affiliate Program for working with me, and all of you for supporting the brands that make The Sol Compass possible!

Happy Cooking!

xo, C

Quarter Life Skin Crisis

Quarter Life Skin Crisis - The Sol Compass

Quarter Life Crises are all too real among millennials (sorry for using so many buzzwords in such a short sentence).  With so many factors stressing us out from every direction, silly things like ‘sleep’ tend to get pushed to the back burner.  Luckily for us, Origins realized that the twenty-somethings needed a skincare line directed specifically towards our stressed out, tired, and dull skin.

I’m not easily persuaded away from my bareMinerals cleanser and moisturizer duo, so I chose to try out two products that I wasn’t using at all: the United State balancing tonic and the Original Skin renewal serum.

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I never thought I needed a balancing tonic until this summer, when being outside and active for long periods of time started to clog up my pores.  This balancing tonic really helped clear up my face and reduce some of the shine, while removing the oils and dirt that back up throughout the day.  I anticipate it will dry out my combination skin a bit too much during the colder months, but it has worked fantastically for me so far this summer!

Renewal serum

The renewal serum is such a game changer for tired skin.  It really brings the glow right back to stressed out skin.  I found that, even on weeks where I had no sleep, my skin was bright and fresh.  My pores have been smaller and my skin has been firmer ever since I started implementing this serum into my ritual.  My initial reaction was that $40 was too much to spend on a product I didn’t really need, but I’m so glad I did.  The serum lasts for a while (I haven’t run out yet!) and really does bring my skin to a whole new level.
The last product I was able to try was the GinZing eye cream, thanks to a free sample that came with my order!  My tired eyes came right back to life after using it, the dark circles faded and the puffiness visibly decreased.  While definitely effective, the GinZing eye cream was a little bit thicker than some others I’ve tried, which makes me a little hesitant to go out and purchase it again, because I wasn’t crazy about the feeling of heavy cream on my eyelids as I was trying to unwind and get ready for bed.  On the other hand, it was unquestionably effective and if you have less tactile issues than I do I would certainly recommend trying it out!

Since I had so much success with Origins Quarter Life Skin Crisis products, I have been eyeing some others to try in the future!  This cooling roll on, face mask, and night oil are high on my wishlist right now!

Have any of you used Origins before? I would love to hear your experience in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!
xo, Caitlin