As a Mum of 2 kids (+ manchild) who works full-time, time is not something I have a lot of.  I was lucky enough to be gifted a HelloFresh subscription to trial and review. I was pretty excited about the concept because 1, it would it take the guesswork out of dinner time, 2 save us money on our weekly shop and 3, Introduce new and healthy options to all of us.

Cooking is something I have never really been good at, I am not a fan of baking or cooking things from scratch but have totally mastered chicken nuggets in the air-fryer. Yes, I am that mum. I spend way too much money at the supermarket every week buying meat that I take out with good intentions and then get busy and a bit lazy so I just end up cooking noodles. Having HelloFresh has really given me a boot up the bum to be more creative with meal times, to think outside the box (see what I did there) and to experiment.

It really was cool to be able to involve the kids when it came to unpacking the box, looking at the recipes and having them help me put everything away. I love the convenience of having each meal in a separate colour coded bag – it makes for easy storage and quicker preparation when all you need to do is grab the bag and get started. The pre-packaged meals are colour coded to the recipe cards which makes it visually so simple to see what each bag is. The recipes are super easy to follow with simple step by step instructions. I also love that they have a mobile app which is easy to navigate and allows you to swipe through each step of the recipe.

The meals are created by a certified nutritionist so I know my kids are getting all the nutrients they need to grow big and strong.

While my plating skills may not have been as on point as pictured on the recipe – it tasted delicious! Simple things like adding sesame seeds to home-made chips, why did I not know about this sooner? Honey-soy chicken! OMG. I really did live in a bubble and HelloFresh has kickstarted my journey to discovering tasty and affordable dinner options.

One of our biggest problems as a family is that we’re creatures of habit and I am mainly to blame for this due to my fussy eating habits, I am constantly worrying about these bad habits rubbing off on the kids. The thing that I really loved about HelloFresh is the variety it introduced to me and the kids (Reuben isn’t so sheltered) and the simple additions that can turn a meal from ordinary to delicious!

If you can relate to some of the above or are sick of searching the cupboards or Pinterest for new dinner ideas then order your first box now and get $35 off by using the code NEWMUMCLUB

Thanks, HelloFresh for making me realise dinner times can be delicious, nutritious and super easy!

There are so many little lies you’ll be told coming into this whole parenting gig. These little lies turn out to be BIG Little Lies!

So to celebrate the launch of SKY premiering the new HBO drama “Big Little Lies” on SoHo and NEON, they’ve and asked me for my top five Big Little Lies that parents & parents-to-be are told, I said, “what, you only need five?”.

  1. Sleep when you can.

Um OK, so when is that? Never.. between caring for the needs of a newborn (there are a lot), maintaining a household and also caring for other children (+ manchild) you will likely never sleep again. On the upside, it does give you more time to watch good TV. But I am sure it gets better.

  1. They’ll stop eating when they’re full.

Yeah… they don’t. They vomit and have explosive nappies. They’re like animals, they don’t really have a filter and they don’t know their own limits. I am sure it gets better (this is my answer to everything when it comes to parenting if you haven’t already worked it out).

  1. It’s just a phase which will pass.

OK, When? I am 30 and my parents are still wondering when this ‘phase’ will pass. Each phase morphs into the next… so be mindful of that. It gets better…

  1. Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful journeys you’ll ever experience.

If you had an amazing, stress-free and beautiful pregnancy, go you. Most of us don’t. I would almost make up a figure, let’s go with 80% of women don’t enjoy being pregnant. Yes, it is so worthwhile and the end result is one so amazing not even words can express but the pregnancy itself? You’ll feel like absolute rubbish for a large majority. “It gets better in the 2nd trimester”. Yes, it does. Then it goes back to being shit again in the 3rd. You’ll be tired and you’ll be sore and by about 32 weeks, you’ll be well and truly over it. It gets better, haha – see below.

  1. It gets better.

When they’re a full blown adult maybe. Even then, you’ll still be dealing with their shit, as my folks remind me on the daily – haha.

With everything, the good outweighs the bad. Parenting isn’t easy if somebody tells you it is – they’re likely to be lying. Nothing can really prepare you for the whirlwind experience. Let me say, though, you start to experience more good days than bad and the sleepless nights eventually become a distant memory when you’re in a haze of Pinot Noir and the kids have finally tired themselves out enough to fall asleep on the middle of their bedroom floor.

Which is the perfect time to engage in my favourite activity and the one thing that has kept me going – entertaining TV – I thrive off it and it keeps me sane.

So I was excited to hear about the new HBO drama, Big Little Lies, that tells the tale of three mothers of first graders, whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Starring Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Shailene Woodley (The Fault In Our Stars), Laura Dern (Enlightened), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), James Tupper (Revenge), and Zoë Kravitz (Divergent) form a stellar ensemble cast in this HBO mini-series, written and executive produced by David E. Kelley.

It is based on the novel by best-selling author Liane Moriarty.

Check out Big Little Lies on SoHo on SKY at 8:30pm on Sunday’s. And now available express on NEON – Get started with a 30-day free trial here http://bit.ly/2kYi3IB

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Note: This post has been in collaboration with Sky TV. All views, opinions and writing is my own and we do not work with anybody we do not know, support and/or love.

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In one of my recent posts I made a big hoo-hah about the fact it’s a new year but ya’ll are gonna get the same old me and that I wasn’t going to make ridiculous goals that I know I have zero intention of fulfilling.

Instead, I am embracing all the changes coming this year and since turning 30, I can’t hide it anymore, I really am an adult and I am starting to get old. Things that never used to matter to me are now front of mind.

  • My health is more important than ever because I have 1 (soon to be 2) little people fully reliant on me.
  • We’re about to put an offer in on a house so our finances are extremely topical right now and I am learning so many things I never even knew.
  • I have always been a terrible saver. If I have money, I spend it. I am so thankful I joined KiwiSaver early as that helped me a lot when it came to my deposit.
  • I’ve gone through life working my butt off but never doing a lot to actually protect myself should anything happen.

With my 30th birthday been and gone, it’s got me thinking about putting a will in place. Some of these are things I don’t even want to think about but I need to, not only myself, but for my family.

As you would have seen from my last post with Warehouse Money, we’ve been doing a bit of work together and I have to say, sponsored or not, this whole collaboration has taught me a lot about insurance, different types of cover and why it is so important.

My latest learning is about Health Insurance. I have never really put a lot of thought into until becoming a parent. Like my previous post touched on, I’ve always had the attitude “I won’t ever need it” and “I can better spend the money elsewhere”. I’ve always been in generally good health so have luckily never needed it.

I’m pretty careful person, yeah, I am clumsy as heck at the best of times and am yet to break any bones or do any serious damage (touch wood).

Sitting here pondering why we mums need health insurance and I have come up with a few reasons:

  • As I mentioned earlier, I’m not a great saver so coming up with a large sum of money at a moment’s notice can be hard (especially because we are soon to be paying a large Wellington mortgage)
  • When Reuben catches a cold and thinks he’s dying (man flu, boohoo). (Doctors visits and prescription costs add up significantly over the year for a family of three – soon to be four!).
  • Parent accommodation cover – just in case one of the kids needs to go into hospital and we need somewhere to stay (If my child gets sick, I worry like crazy and want to ensure the best care for him – so knowing that I have private health insurance means we can jump the public health care queues
  • Non-surgical hospitalization – for things like asthma or specialist appointments (which can be crazy expensive).
  • Typical kid stuff like grommets and tonsillitis.

Even better? If you purchase before you have your baby, they’re covered for anything that may arise pre/post birth.

Since becoming a Mum to Baxter and with his sister arriving in April I don’t just have myself to worry about anymore. Of course, I still have to worry about myself, for their sake but I also need to ensure that they are covered in the case of accident or illness.

If something happened to me, what would happen to the kids? Reuben stays home with Baxter and I am the one working. Could they manage without me? And then, what if Reuben got sick?

Warehouse Money has partnered with nib to bring you different types of cover to suit your needs. There are three great plans available: Everyday for Everyone cover, Hospital cover, Hospital and Specialist cover.

The thing I love most about the Warehouse Money approach is that is clear and simple with exactly what cover you’re getting. They’re on a mission to make things easy for us Kiwi’s when it comes to offering great value financial products and services.

We’re looking at the Hospital Cover policy, a slightly more premium product that covers a lot for the average kiwi family (like us). From only $2.29 a week per person, that’s less than the average cup of coffee! This cover is great if you require private hospital treatment so you can quickly get back to doing the things you love. What else does it cover? Surgery, Cancer Treatments, Oral Surgery, Specialist Consults and much more. Have a look at what policy is right for you over at www.warehousemoney.co.nz

Obviously, each person has individual needs and can pick the cover that best suits them. I just love that it’s made so transparent and tells me exactly what I am getting, in a simple way that I can understand and make an informed decision from AKA I can do it all online.

So thanks Warehouse Money, for making insurance easy to understand, good value and easily accessible for all New Zealander’s.

I am keen to know what changes you’re making/have made in regards to your life/health since becoming a parent? Did things change dramatically or were you just more organised than me? Do you see insurance as a priority and a must have?

If you’re stuck and are not sure where to start, jump onto www.warehousemoney.co.nz and get a quote.

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