Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mealtime Makeover + a GIVEAWAY!!

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon something that has changed my life for the better! Today, I am going to share the joy!! :)

Background: I really don't like to cook. Wait, that's not totally true. I don't mind cooking, I just really really hate having to come up with ideas for meals every single day. Ugh. So, I usually don't. And we usually end up eating out or having something ridiculous like cereal or scrambled eggs for dinner.

Enter: Mealtime Makeover (or E-mealz).


I happened to be listening to a radio program that I had never listen to before and haven't listen to since. But in the few minutes that it was on, I heard and ad for this website, and decided to check it out.

Here's how it works: for $15 per quarter (that every 3 months. So, about $1.25 per week), you get a weekly meal plan with a complete shopping list. Additionally, you can select the store you shop at, and they will plan the meals around the weekly specials at that store. You can pick from several plans including 7 day meals for family, 5 day meals for 2, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Portion controlled, etc.

I have been subscribed for about 3 weeks now, and let me tell you my thoughts.

I love it. I LOVE IT!

So far, there have not been any repeat meals, (although there are several I am really looking forward to again!) and all of them have been very, very good. Not only that, but pretty simple to make. The instructions are easy to follow, and the meals are pretty well balanced. There is always a fruit and/or vegetable involved. Most importantly - my kids will eat the food. And as the mother of the two pickiest eaters on the planet (and the pickiest eating Mom on the planet) I can tell you, that is saying something.

I haven't found a single downside. ;)

As soon as I knew how happy I was to have found this I started planning to share it on here, because if I magically found a way to feed my family and have extra sewing time, then who am I to keep that to myself?!? :) Then I had a great idea. I emailed the site owners and asked if they would be willing to put something in as a giveaway... and they AGREED!!!

Here's what's up for grabs: a free, 2 week subscription to E-Mealz!!! YEA!!! Here's how to enter: (3 possible entries...)

1. My followers get a freebie! So, if you are a follower, leave me a comment saying so! (if you aren't a follwer, you can become one and comment!)

2. Anyone and everyone - leave me a comment! Any comment! :)

3. Spread the love on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, where ever, and leave me a comment telling me!!

Easy peasy!!

ALSO - E-Mealz has also generously given me a promo code for you all to use to get $2 off your first subscription!!! When you sign up, type "savemoney" in the promo code and get those $2 off!! A huge thank you to E-Mealz for that!!

***Giveaway is now closed!***

41 comments:

Angie said...

Very cool, Lindsay! I'm already a follower. =)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I am a gluten free very low sugar/carb eater so when I saw that was an option I thought this is pretty cool!

Sign me up!!!

Becky said...

I'm a follower! :)

Becky said...

This sounds like a fantastic idea. And I'm seriously looking for ideas for my picky child. thanks for sharing!!

Melinda said...

You have found my weakness! I get so tired of coming up with dinner ideas! And I think my children may give yours a run for your money on picky!

Melinda said...

I follow you!

Lauren said...

I'm a new follower!

Julie said...

This sounds incredibly awesome! I'm with you, meal planning sucks! And I'm tired of buying boxed crap just because it's easier. Thanks for telling us about this!

Julie said...

Oh, and I'm a follower!

A.J. Dub. said...

This sounds fabulous! And a good deal too.

A.J. Dub. said...

I am a follower too.

Sleepless In St. George said...

Woot woot...sounds great!

A.J. Dub. said...

I shared on Facebook.

Angie said...

Facebooked and tweeted. Are you on Twitter?

Michelle said...

Awesome, Linz! That sounds really cool. Sure love ya!

Kathy said...

Of course I'm a regular follower! Thanks for thinking of us with this giveaway.

Kathy said...

I LOVE to cook! But I lack ideas. Something that combines meal plans with store specials -- sounds great!

Kathy said...

I blogged about your giveaway at:
http://new2quilting.blogspot.com/2011/10/drunkard-path-roly-poly-owl-and-block.html

tiffany said...

ok im a follower i bloggeed on both blogs and facebooked it this is awsome

Christina said...

Sounds awesome. I'm gonna check it out. Thanks!

Katie B. said...

Cool! Meal planning is such a pain! This sounds promising!

kwiltmakr said...

the planning and cooking gets harder as you go along. After 40+ years of it I am a bit tired of it all, the dishes too.

Sunni @Love Affair with my Brother said...

I'm already a follower via GFC.

Sunni @Love Affair with my Brother said...

I have been looking for something like this. I hate lugging out my cookbooks and canning through thousands of pages to find something. Either that, or just make what I made last week!

Sunni @Love Affair with my Brother said...

I tweeted the giveaway!

Christy said...

Following! Intriguing concept.

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Wow, I can't believe I wasn't an official follower of your blog. I thought I had done that some time ago :) We'll now I am an official follower :)

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

This sounds like an amazing program!! I feel the same way about cooking, love to cook, but only after I have figured out what to make. And trust me, you are not the only one to use the old cereal for dinner plan. We once had popcorn I was so desperate :) This sounds like it would really help me out :)

Mitzi said...

Your kids really eat the meals? Wow! That would be a huge accomplishment if my kids would do that!

Mitzi said...

You know I'm a follower!

Kara Benson said...

You know I am a follower, I love you!!! And I would love to win this, I need HELP with my picky eaters!

Kara Benson said...

Oh yeah, I follow under my husbands name, Josh.

Paula said...

Sounds great, please count me in, thanks!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Paula said...

I follow your blog
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Jill said...

i NEEED this!!

Debra said...

I'm a follower!

Debra said...

I am so tired of eating out. This would really come in handy!

Debra said...

I tweeted @Lealee33

Lisa said...

I'm a follower!

Lisa said...

what a great idea! I've come across e-mealz a couple of times and thought of trying it...i especially liked the idea that they coordinate it with your favorite grocery store :) Thanks for the chance.

Jen said...

Ha! Just in time. I am a Faithful Follower.