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Freshly Is The Healthy Meal Service Cooked By Real Chefs

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Everyone wants to eat healthier, but work, school, kids, and every other daily distraction get in the way. In 2021, there’s no shortage of businesses trying to solve this problem, but Freshly may be the perfect combination of deliciousness and convenience.

About Freshly

Freshly

Freshly was started in 2015 to make quality meals at home a more realistic option for everyone. Unlike other healthy-food delivery companies like Blue Apron or HelloFresh, Freshly requires almost no work. Instead of sending raw meats and veggies with instructions, Freshly’s cooks prepare each meal in nice, ready-to-eat packages. All you have to do is heat them up in the microwave. Think TV dinners, but with real, fresh, chef-driven food..

Personally, I’ve never understood the lure of meal kits. HelloFresh charges as much as $12.49 per serving for a meal you have to make the effort to prep yourself — Chipotle, sweetgreen, and other fast-casual, healthier dining options can cost less than that, with little to no effort required. While I’m generally skeptical of meal delivery services, I was excited to explore Freshly offering because it hits a sweet spot in terms of effort, affordability, and nutrition.

Freshly offers several frequency options: four meals per week ($11.49/meal), six meals per week ($9.49/meal), 10 meals per week ($8.99/meal), and 12 meals per week ($8.49/meal). The menu rotates each week and has categories like Crafted Classics with homestyle favorites and FreshlyFit with low-carb or gluten-free options, among others.

I’m not the pickiest eater, so I chose to try a nice variety of Freshly’s meals: Homestyle Chicken, Zingly Buffalo Chicken, Pulled Pork Al Pastor, Keto-Friendly Chicken Bowl, K-Town Pork and Purple Sticky Rice, and Herbed Paleo Pork Chop. These were also a good balance of more traditional American favorites and trendier, specialized offerings.

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Homestyle Chicken

Calories: 590

Carbs: 45g

Total fat: 27g

Protein: 45g

This is sure to be a classic, and I hope it earns a permanent spot on Freshly’s menu. While it’s hard to do anything too crazy with chicken, Freshly’s Homestyle offering definitely hits the mark. It’s covered with an almond flour batter that adds a nice crunch and tastes just like bread crumbs.

The mac and cheese really blew me away. It’s thick, creamy, and tastes like it was made the hard way, not from a box. The mac and cheese isn’t made with traditional, highly-processed ingredients but rather gluten-free brown-rice macaroni and cheesy sauce with butternut squash. The green beans also feel fresh, firm, and real, not like the rubbery, just-popped-from-a-can type.

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Zingy Buffalo Chicken

Calories: 470

Carbs: 15g

Total fat: 28g

Protein: 40g

I love any buffalo-covered food, especially chicken. The chicken is tender and juicy, but I was a bit disappointed in the lack of flavor. I don’t like when things are too spicy, but I found the buffalo sauce on this dish to be underwhelming.

However, the side is amazing. I fully thought I was eating mashed potatoes — but it turns out that the dish is actually made from cauliflower! It’s topped with turkey bacon bits and cheddar cheese and tastes like it was made just minutes ago.

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Pulled Pork Al Pastor

Calories: 650

Carbs: 75g

Total fat: 30g

Protein: 28g

Al pastor is a great dish in general, and Freshly’s competes with restaurants and home cooking. What made it not as great for my tastebuds was its sweetness; there were too many pineapple chunks on top, which I found to be overwhelming.

The rice was cooked perfectly, which is impressive considering it had probably been about a week since it was cooked. This was also one of the higher calorie meals.

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Keto-Friendly Chicken Bowl

Calories: 340

Carbs: 13g

Total fat: 18g

Protein: 30g

While many find healthy food to be less than mouthwatering, I’d definitely eat this healthy meal again. As a huge pesto fan, I was happy to discover it as a prominent flavor in this dish. The chicken pieces are tender and the cauliflower rice isa nice addition. The best part is that this is high in protein and low in calories. The serving size is also perfect—I didn’t feel too full after eating it, but it still provided energy for the day.

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K-Town Pork and Purple Sticky Rice

Calories: 590

Carbs: 53g

Total fat: 33g

Protein: 21g

Like the rice in the al pastor dish, this purple sticky purple rice was the perfect consistency. The chicken was savory and juicy, with a hint of sweetness. My favorite part may have been the broccoli and carrots, as they tasted like they came from a good Asian take-out spot.

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Herbed Paleo Pork Chop

Calories: 490

Carbs: 29g

Total fat: 30g

Protein: 28g

I’m a fan of the FreshlyFit meals after trying two dishes. I’m not typically someone to order pork, but this was delicious and the garlic-and-shallot pan sauce was a nice topping. The vegetable mix was nutty and even had a little spice. Freshly also found a way to make mashed cauliflower craveable with this side. If you’re on a paleo diet, this one’s for you.

Final Thoughts

While eating Freshly every day could get pricey (about $100 for 12 meals) compared to buying groceries from the store, the time you save and the quality of the food could certainly make it worth the cost. I saw this ad on Instagram that sums it up pretty well:

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Good American: The Basics That Grow With You

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When I had the opportunity to review Khloe Karadashian and Emma Grede’s brainchild, Good American, I was ecstatic. I’ve been a fan of Keeping up with the Kardashians for years and am completely in awe of all the businesses the Kardashian/Jenner clan has launched.

Good American is a size-inclusive brand whose clothes are made to fit every woman. The brand’s tagline, “Made by women, for women. All bodies. All Sizes. No compromises,” is apparent in its offerings. Good American originally launched in 2016 with a collection of jeans ranging from sizes 00-24 and earned over $1 million in sales on its launch date (the most successful denim launch in history). Over the years the brand has expanded into clothing, swimwear, shoes, sleepwear, and athleticwear. The clothes are fashion-forward, yet incredibly comfortable — a balance few brands have been able to perfect.

GRWM (Get Ready With Me)

After scouring the website for some time I decided to hit the basics — Good American’s signature sweat set and a nice ol’ pair of jeans. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of quality options on the site, but over the years I’ve learned that when in doubt, go for a neutral basic.

Cropped & Cool Sweatshirt

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This sweatshirt is exactly what you would see a celebrity wearing in a paparazzi shot exiting Dogpound. It’s intentionally baggy, but still has a nice silhouette to it — and you can always size down if you’re looking for a slimmer fit. The cropped fit makes it perfect to pair with matching sweatpants or biker shorts. It’s made of a cotton knit, cozy terry fleece that feels high-quality and durable. I was worried that the shade I was sent wouldn’t look good on my skin tone, but it was extremely flattering once I tried it on. My only complaint is that I haven’t been able to wear it out much in Texas because the fabric is so thick.

Note: the sweatshirt isn’t a casual crop, but rather a when-you-raise-your-arms-everyone-can-see-your-bra cropped.

Boyfriend Sweatpants

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These sweats are soft, slouchy, and exactly what one reaches for at the end of a tiring day. They’re made from the same heavy-duty cotton knit, terry fleece that the sweatshirts are made of. Sweatpants have been my uniform of choice during the pandemic so it only makes sense to splurge on a quality pair. Design wise, they look exactly like a pair of Gildan sweats, but you’re paying for high quality and years of usage. I primarily wear mine to lounge around, but there are many different ways to style them: roll the cuff, pull them down to your waist, roll the waistband, or pair them with heels a la Kardashian style.

I have a slight case of body dysmorphia so I requested a size 2/M and they were way too loose on me. Thankfully, there’s a drawstring so I’m still able to wear them around the house. Just keep in mind that they run large. Now to get an actual boyfriend…

Good Mom Jeans

Let me preface this by saying that I’m someone who hates jeans—they’re often uncomfortable, fit poorly, and shrink in the wash. But, that was before Good American sent me these jeans made of 99% cotton and 1% elastane. The fabric is durable, yet stretchy, but not in a tacky-jeggings sort of way. These jeans allow you to sit down and enjoy a good meal without needing to undo the top button. They don’t dig into your skin, but they also aren’t baggy when you walk around. I even debated wearing them on the plane.. A PLANE!

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These are model off duty jeans, sans the need to be a model. Good American offers sizes 00-24, showcasing the ethos of the brand in its offerings. Plus, each pair is made with GA’s signatureAlways Fits technology, which allows the garment to stretch up or down one size.

TLDR; A Good Brand

I’ll admit that there was a part of me that was hesitant about Good American — how well could a celebrity co-founded brand really be? I could not have been more wrong. Good American is a quality brand whose elevated basics make getting ready a breeze. The idea that being comfortable means looking sloppy is a thing of the past, thanks to brands like Good American.

I feel good wearing a brand whose ethos is centered around making women feel comfortable in their own skin. No more squeezing into uncomfortable jeans that leave you unable to breathe, or buying cotton shirts that shrink after one wash. Invest in yourself by investing in a wardrobe that allows your body to fluctuate without any guilt or shame, and can withstand hundreds of thousands of washes. I might even argue that my items are more comfortable now than when they arrived.

5 More Reasons To Love Good American:

  • Good American uses American distributors. The brand’s factory is close to its LA headquarters and has been sewing knits for an entire generation.
  • Good American is the first brand in the industry to require their retail partners to carry its full size range and display all the sizes together rather than in a separate plus-size section.
  • Not only does its footwear offer extended sizing, but each size also includes the option of extended widths in feet, calves and thighs, translating to 72 unique sizing variables.
  • When shopping on the site you can select a model in size 0, 8, or 16 to get an accurate picture of what the clothing will look like on you. No more exclusively 00 models!
  • New customers save 15% Off your first order with code WELCOME15 at Checkout.
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Product Review: KUIU Women’s Attack Pants and Ultra Merino Crew

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I’ve been hunting since about 2009 and in that time, I’ve never been brand loyal when it comes to hunting clothes. So many brands used to not even offer women’s options, and now that more have, each one of them seems to offer something different. As with all women’s clothes, women’s camo is not created equal when it comes to sizing. And another reality is that it’s usually super expensive.

I primarily hunt in Idaho, in the mountains, where temperatures swing 30-40 degrees from morning to afternoon, the terrain can be rough, rocky, or wet, there’s thick sagebrush and lots of uphill walking. I need gear that is functional and will hold up in a variety of conditions. I also don’t prefer the traditional Realtree or Mossy Oak tree patterns.

I have seen quite a few women on social media wearing KUIU pants and knew they were men’s, but they looked like they fit those women pretty well. My partner, John, has two pairs of Attack pants and he loves them. I tried his pair on for sizing, and to see how they fit; surprisingly, they actually fit pretty well (not my size, but wanted to get an idea of how they fit). So I broke down and ordered the men’s Attack pants during one of their sales. Surprisingly, they fit great.

A few months later, KUIU announced that they are finally offering a women’s line of hunting clothes after all these years. I bit and ordered the women’s Attack Pants and Ultra Merino 145 LS Crew top.

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KUIU Women’s Attack Pants

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Features (from KUIU.com)

  • 247 g/m2 fabric weight
  • 4-way Stretch
  • Brushed back for reduced chafing
  • Makspec® odor control
  • K-DWR® water repellency
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Open hand pockets – 2
  • Open seat pockets – 2
  • Zippered cargo pockets – 2
  • Mesh backed zippered hip vents – 2
  • Articulated knees for full range of motion

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KUIU

Size and Fit

For comparison, I normally wear a size large or 12 in pants. I checked the size chart on KUIU’s website and felt like I was in between 12 and 14 so I ordered both (I also compared these measurements to the FirstLite size chart since I know how those pants fit).

I tried the size 14 on first and they fit, with some extra room. They definitely weren’t huge on me, but a little baggier than I wanted. The size 12 actually fit well. They are higher-waisted and sit above my hips, which I prefer. The back is slightly higher so when you sit, there’s still coverage back there.

These pants have a slimmer design than the men’s version, so the legs are a bit narrower. I have bigger thighs so they seem a little more fitted on me than they might on other women. I was concerned that the bottoms were too narrow and fitting over boots would be an issue, but it wasn’t. Once I tried them on with my normal hunting boots Danner Wayfinders, they are pretty fitted but in a good way. The narrower leg might actually prevent them from getting caught when walking through thick sagebrush, and will probably be more comfortable when wearing leg gaiters since there’s not as much fabric.

The Attack pants are only available in regular length, which is a 32″ inseam (the men’s version has regular, short, and tall inseam options). I’m 5’8″ and usually buy ‘regular’ length jeans. When I tried the pants on with bare feet, the bottoms hit right at the top of my foot. They seemed short, even though they are the same inseam as my favorite Old Navy jeans. After trying them on with my boots, I actually didn’t mind the length. They hit at the top of my foot and didn’t bunch up at the bottom. I think the narrow leg makes them seem shorter.

KUIU
KUIU

Functionality

At the time of writing this, I have not worn these pants outside. Honestly, I have not decided if I want to keep them or not. My initial impression though, is that they have several features that will make them very functional in the field.

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The leg vents are a huge benefit for me. It gets hot hiking in the mountains chasing elk, and these vents will allow heat to escape. This is actually one of the features I was most excited about in women’s pants.

The material is durable. It’s thick but not hot thick. I’ve worn the men’s version and these are the same material. Sagebrush and thorns don’t poke through it and make holes. It stands up to thick brush without issue.

Lastly, they are flexible and easy to move in. Even with the slimmer fit and narrow leg, movement is not restricted. I’m able to do full squats, bend over, lift my knees to my chest, etc. without issue. There’s no pull or hesitation with the fabric. Even when lifting or bending my leg, the pants legs do not ride up.

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There are 6 total pockets which seems like enough; most of my other pants either have the same or less. They include two zippered pockets on the back (which I typically don’t use), two zippered cargo pockets on the legs, and 2 non-zippered hip pockets. The only thing with the cargo pockets is that they are semi-tight at the leg, so there’s not a ton of room in them. I would usually put my phone in one, and put a knife, my tag/license holder, and chapstick in the other.

Options and Price

Sizes: 2-14, regular 32″ inseam (the size chart shows size 16, so this may be offered later?)

Colors: Valo (shown in my pictures), Verde, Vias

Overall Opinion

The women’s Attack Pants fit true to size but need to have regular and long options to work for a wider range of women. They seem like good quality pants that are functional for the type of hunting I do. Again, I’m not 100% sure if I’ll keep these yet since I do like the fit of men’s version.

KUIU Ultra Merino 145 LS Crew

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Features (from KUIU.com)

  • 145 g/m² fabric weight
  • 90% Merino Wool / 10% Nylon
  • Naturally odor resistant
  • Thermoregulating
  • UPF 50+ Sun Protection
  • Highly breathable
  • Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort
  • Layered thumbholes
  • Flat-lock seams for added comfort and reduced chafing

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Size and Fit

I typically wear a medium or large shirt, depending on the style. I assumed this would be on the tighter side, so I went with a large because I didn’t want it to be super fitted. The large was a good choice. It’s fitted but not skin tight. Medium would have been too small/tight for me. (100% honesty…I don’t want all of my rolls showing so I don’t like really fitted designs.)

The length of this crew is nice. Pulled down, it hits right at my hip. So when I sit, no matter if it’s tucked in or not, there’s coverage in the back.

Functionality

The material is very soft and easy to move around in. It’s thin, which is typical of this type of shirt. This will be a great base layer in colder weather or under a hoodie in mild temps. On hot days, I’ll wear this shirt alone. Merino in general is odor resistant, helps with moisture absorption, and helps regulate temperatures, so it will be a good option for all types of hunting, and for long days in the mountains.

When I ordered it, I didn’t even see that it had thumbholes and I’m glad it does. This is a main feature I look for in hunting shirts. I prefer some hand coverage but don’t always want to wear gloves.

Options

  • Sizes: XS-XL
  • Colors: Valo (shown in my pictures), Verde, Vias

Overall Opinion

I definitely like the shirt and will absolutely be keeping it. It will be a good piece to add to my elk hunting gear for the fall, and I’ll use it for the remainder of this turkey season as a base layer.

Final Thoughts

I’ve had a negative opinion about KUIU in the past because of a specific statement by the founder years ago about women’s gear (I’m not going to include it here, but you can look it up). I was surprised that they finally decided to add women’s options. Even more surprising was that the initial introduction included a complete lineup of functional gear. Plus, according to their website, more is coming.

In my opinion, based on the two pieces I’ve purchased and by looking at the website, they aren’t skimping on the women’s options just to have a women’s line. These pieces are comparable with the men’s versions and have the same features and functionality. And the men’s and women’s versions are the same prices (which is rare), and decently affordable when compared to other brands.

I will continue to keep my eye on KUIU’s women’s line as they introduce more. More brands are offering women’s options, including a few women’s only brands, but I’m picky about camo pattern and conscious of cost. The KUIU line seems like a good option.

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25 Facts about the Perfume Shop

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Do you buy fragrance at The Perfume Shop?  Be honest, do you really explore fragrance there or do you just nip in and out to pick up a gift set or a repeat purchase of a fragrance that you know and love?  I have to admit that that The Perfume Shop was not my first stop for perfum.  Why? Because I felt like the staff did not have sufficient knowledge to talk to me about notes and fragrances.  An experience from about three years ago sums up what I thought The Perfume Shop was all about.

The perfume shop

I went into a south London store and asked for a tuberose fragrance.  The woman looked at me liked I had asked for directions to Hornsey (in north London).  Rabbit caught in the headlights.  She just did not know what tuberose was let alone which fragrances featured that note. I left the store disappointed

The perfume shop

Fast forward to now and there have been a lot of changes at The Perfume Shop.  In honor of their 25th anniversary, here are 25 facts about The Perfume Shop.

  • The Perfume Shop is 25 years old – the first store opened in 1992.
  • There are 260 stores across the UK.
  • Superdrug has been home some The Perfume Shop concessions since 2010.
  • It’s not all celebrity and high street fragrances. They sell Cartier, Ellie Saab Tom Ford and Hermes online and in stores.
  • The 25th Anniversary Fragrance for Women is Ghost Whitelight Diamond Dust which is exclusive to The Perfume Shop.

The perfume shop

  • The Perfume Shop are working exclusively with internationally renowned nose Michael Edwards.  Why is that a big deal? Michael Edwards is he author of ‘Fragrances around the World’ the retailers ‘bible’ of fragrance.
  • Each The Perfume Shop store has access to Ipads which are loaded with information about perfumes, the notes they contain and fragrances that you may like based on their notes.
  • The Perfume Shop  also works with the Fragrance Foundation who train their staff

The perfume shop

  • Each The Perfume Shop has at least one member of staff who has worked with a master perfumer and is qualified to Master’s level in fragrance.
  • As well as perfumes, they also sell candles and reed diffusers (best to look online).
  • You can get your perfume bottle engraved (online only) from £5.99.
  • They also sell deodorants – mainly men’s buy if you are looking to create a grooming hamper for your man, it is good to know.
  • The first The Perfume Shop store was in the Bullring in Birmingham.
  • They also sell skincare, B (Superdrug’s flagship range, I also saw Elemis – Papaya Enzyme Peel, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum and Face Cream as well as Clinique, Elizabeth Arden and Cow Shed, none of which are available in Superdrug.
  • The most expensive perfume that they sell (currently) is £168.00.
  • They also sell cosmetics – there was some NARS and Smashbox on special offer when I went online as well as W7 which I have seen instore as well as online.

The perfume shop

  • An online search will bring up zero fragrances for tuberose despite the fact that they sell Estee Lauder Beautiful and Michael by Michael Kors both of which feature tuberose strongly.
  • They also sell nail varnish – Butter London and Nails Inc neither of which are sold in Superdrug stores.
  • The Perfume Shop sells over 200 different fragrance brands.
  • The Loyalty Card gives you a point per pound spent… so if you buy a candle some skincare and makeup you will have built up a tidy amount of points.

The perfume shop

  • With The Perfume Shop’s Click and Collect Service, you can order an item in your lunch hour and pick it up on your way home from work – they have a two hour turn around (on most fragrances).
  • The online Fragrance Finder can help you navigate fragrance notes before you go to the store or make and online order.
  • The Perfume Shop has a giftwrapping service.  Very handy!
  • Fresh fragrances are the most popular in the UK.
  • Perfume trend to look out for  ‘gender free’ or ‘gender neutral’ fragrances like CKOne and lateist iteration CKAll – both available at The Perfume Shop.

The perfume shop

The Perfume Shop has changed and very much for the better.  I’m impressed by both the range of fragrances and the increased knowledge of the staff.  If like me you have dismissed this retailer previously they are worth a second look..

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