Things Our Pets Destroy + Trying Meal Delivery Kits

Add ceramic vases to the list of things our pets destroy πŸ˜‰

Black cat with broken vase

I was in our basement doing laundry the other day while Malcolm and Mavis were upstairs playing. I heard a big crash and found the shattered vase all over the floor. I’m pretty sure Mavis may have ate some of it, too. I’m happy to report she’s alive, though!

Other things our pets destroy
– The ability to sleep in (<– Mavis)
– Unattended books, shoes, and rolls of toilet paper (<– Mavis)
– Anything that can be knocked off of a counter (<– Malcolm)
– Food that is literally sitting on my plate right in front of me (<– Malcolm)
– Our old couches (<– Lola)

Dog and cat playing in bathtub

See Instagram for more of their antics.

They’re worth it though. It’s all material stuff (except sleeping in…) that can be replaced!

So, have you guys heard of meal delivery kits? I know I’m super late to the game with these because I’ve been seeing advertisements for Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and a few others for years now. I found a Groupon for HelloFresh and decided to give it a whirl since it was such a good deal!

HelloFresh Kimchi Chicken HelloFresh Kimchi Chicken

Sorry for the poor quality photos (daylight savings is killing my photography at night!). I have to say, we really enjoyed the whole process of picking out meals, not having to shop for them, and then having all the ingredients and recipes on hand to prepare them.

Jimmy and I were just talking last night and agreed that we want to try all the meal delivery services out there and pick which one we think is the best. It sounds like a fun experiment that will keep us out of dinner ruts! It’s probably not something we would do forever, since I think it can be a bit pricy, but I like the idea and all of the companies seem to have good deals for first-timers.

We are trying Home Chef next and looking into Blue Apron, Sun Basket, and Plated. Send any other recommendations our way!

Alright, enough about meal delivery services! Let’s talk about fun things like coffee.

Coffee in catfinated mug from Kirkland's

I tried Trader Joe’s coffee for the first time and loved it. I think I’ll have to add their coffee to my list of favorite foods from Trader Joe’s. What else is on the list, you ask? Their chocolate coconut milk ice cream and sunflower seed butter! Also, I painted my nails for once. Yay!

Mother and daughter

My mom and I spent some time together on Friday because she needed to pickup a 5k race packet on “my side” of Pittsburgh (she also made an appearance in my most recent vlog!). While we were out and about, I got a new candle from Bath and Body Works! It’s the cinnamon caramel swirl scent and I’ve pretty much had it burning nonstop for the past two days.

There’s just something about a lit candle that makes a home feel so cozy, especially in the fall and winter πŸ™‚

Bath and Body Works Cinnamon Caramel Swirl three wick candle

Alright, I’m off to do some chores around the house and then Jimmy and I are heading back to our church’s evening service. After the service, we’re co-hosting a taco fellowship for everyone with my sister and her husband. Yum!

I have lots of questions today…

If you have pets, have they every destroyed anything?

Have you ever tried meal kit delivery services?

What is your favorite candle scent?



  1. Hahahahaha- to have your pets ever destroyed anything~ where do I even begin with that answer? We have had labs– so there ya go. Chew chew chew… and as cocker spaniel — pee pee pee πŸ˜‚
    I have never tried a food kit delivery service, but I have to say you have definitely peaked my interest. As far as a favorite candle scent, probably lilac (surprise surprise), and b&bw maple cinnamon pancakes!!
    Love you baby

    1. Haha seriously to the chewing and peeing and so much more destruction! But all worth it!

      I hope you and dad try a meal kit delivery service! It is super cool!

      You have great taste in candle scents!

  2. I hope the I have never tried a meal deliver service but a couple friend of ours had Alex and I over for dinner one night. They made a meal from their recent Hello Fresh order and it was delicious! I’m curious to know which service you like best!

    Give me all the candles, but especially during fall and winter! It makes me feel like my apartment is more put together if I have a candle burning.

    1. Yay for HelloFresh! I’m so glad you liked it when you had it with your friends. If you ever get a chance to try it, I’d definitely recommend it! We are trying HomeChef on Thursday and I’m pumped!!

      YES to all the candles! I so agree!

  3. I love your cat mug! I have a pumpkin waffle scented candle from Bath and Body works that I really like. Also Aldi has some good scents but I’m not sure how well they diffuse when you burn them (I’m kinda skeptical of Aldi candles, not sure anything beats Bath and Body Works).

    We have never tried a meal delivery kit. Clay likes making up his own recipes.

    1. Thank you!! That is my favorite mug lately! The pumpkin waffle candle sounds amazing! I bet it smells so wonderful, especially this time of year! I agree with you on Aldi candles vs. B&BW. I don’t even think Yankee Candle can beat Bath and Body Works!

      Yay for Clay making up his own recipes! If he ever gets tired of it or in a rut, I’d recommend giving a meal delivery kit a try! They even have vegetarian options πŸ™‚

  4. This made me laugh because I can completely relate to it–Zelda destroys everything she can. She chewed through our Christmas tree lights, as well as fairy lights that were hung in our bedroom. She’s knocked a water glass off a counter, and jumped onto me when I was taking a drink–chipping my tooth–and also has shredded more toilet paper than I’d like to admit. Additionally, she’s torn up our carpet and is obsessed with anything she can knock off my dresser or our desk. Pets sure are handfuls, haha, but I wouldn’t give her up for anything!

    1. Wow, Zelda sounds like she would fit right in with our pets!! I can’t believe she chipped your tooth! That is crazy!! I agree with you about not giving the animals up for anything, though! They’re the best, even if they drive us crazy sometimes πŸ™‚

      1. She probably would, haha! Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either. It really was frustrating, not to mention painful, lol! At least the dentist fixed it so it’s not noticeable, but it’s always going to be a little rough. *sigh* They are the best, and she melts my heart! We actually took our Christmas card picture with her this year because we are definitely those people. πŸ˜‰ ❀

  5. Haha, the cat mug is awesome! And it’s so true that those meal prep delivery box services have great deals for first-timers. As you know, I’ve only ever consistently reviewed Degustabox which isn’t really a full meal prep service since it also has snack items included, but I can send you a discount code if you’re interested πŸ™‚

    1. It’s totally my favorite mug! I can’t believe how amazing some of those meal kit prices are for first timers! They definitely sucked me in, haha! Definitely send me that Degusta Box code!! I’d love it!

  6. Oh my goodness, Oreo has destroyed so many things. Well, I take that back… he’s only destroyed a couple of things (he chewed up the arm of a couch when we first adopted him and that was probably the worst). More than anything, he’s a scavenger. We can’t leave any food out anywhere that he can reach (including counter tops). You would think that we don’t feed him, haha!

    I haven’t tried home delivery food services before, but I’ve heard good things about them. I like your idea of trying a bunch of different ones and picking a favorite! They really do generally have great deals for first time buyers so that’s a great idea!

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