Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Review of Marley Spoon Meal Delivery Service

There are so many wonderful food delivery plans out there and we have tried about six of them, I think. However, the only one that we keep going back to is Marley Spoon. This is Martha Stewart's Meal Delivery plan and the meals are delicious!! You can view current menus here before you decide if this is something that you want to try. 

Each week, there are dozens and dozens of meals to choose from. We can cook up most of them in 30 minutes or less from start to finish. You can see the nutritional info and recipe card on the website before you choose which meals to add to your weekly choices. The ingredients are so fresh and we always feel like we are eating restaurant-quality meals each week. 


  • The ingredients are really fresh and they include almost everything that you need for each meal. If they don't include it, then the website lists what you will need to have on hand to complete the recipe.
  • The meals are delicious. I think there are only two meals that we said we'd never eat again. There are often choices for breakfast as well. I really like their Overnight Oats!
  • The variety of recipes is amazing! Marley Spoon may rotate their offerings, but not often. In six weeks of orders, I don't think I saw them same meal twice!
  • Portion sizes are good. Each recipe gives us the required two servings and we often get three servings as I think we eat less than some people. This gives my husband a "leftover" lunch or two each week!
  • I like knowing the nutritional information ahead of time.
  • Each recipe includes a nice-sized serving or two of vegetables and I am glad for that!
  • Cost for three meals weekly is $82 shipped, which makes it $13.67/serving. That is pretty comparable for a meal of this quality at a lot of our local restaurants, but I have knowledge of the nutrition and control over changing an ingredient if I want to. I consider that a win-win!
  • You can pause your subscription and restart it again at any time. I often pause it when we want a break from meal prep and cooking. It is also handy when going on vacation. I recommend you set up the pause about two-three weeks before you need it because I've gone to pause it and missed the deadline which means a meal would arrive while we were gone. 
  • When you are done cooking a meal, save the recipe card and use it to cook the same meal again by visiting your local grocery store. 


I only have two negatives to share. 

  • First, sometimes the delivery of the box is a day or two late. Usually, it's just a day, but really bad winter weather can delay it up to two days. With the current situation of shipping delays in our country, this isn't a huge deal for me as I have come to expect it from just about every company. The food is packed on recyclable ice packs and comes in metal foil envelopes. I've never had a problem with my food "going bad" or whatever, even in the summer, due to a delayed delivery.
  • The other negative is that there aren't enough low-carb choices each week to suit me. We buy three meals weekly and I can usually only find one meal with the carb count that I want. 
I am not an affiliate with Marley Spoon, but I can offer a special deal if you wish to try them. Marley Spoon lets a current member invite up to 4 people to try their program. Your first box is free and you get 25% off of your next 3 orders. That is a great deal and a month is enough time to figure out if this meal delivery service will work for you! If you are interested in trying them out, reach out to me by email and I'll be happy to help you out!

All in all, I would give Marley Spoon a 9/10 rating. If they'd add more low-carb meals, I think I'd give them a perfect 10!

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Anti-Aging Skincare that I Use

I started trying to take better care of my skin about five years ago. I was introduced to the idea of "medical grade skin care" at a doctor's office. I was trying various skin treatments like SkinPen and Hydrofacials and the esthetician told me about all of the benefits of really good quality skincare products. After using them for so long, I can definitely see a difference in my skin and I'll never use anything else. Yes, there are good quality products available "over-the-counter" but I know what is working for me and so I'm going to stick to what I know!

  • I love the SkinMedica line and use many of their products on a daily basis. The line consists of a lot more products than are listed here, but you can view all of them at the above link. Some products come in two sizes, a smaller version for an initial trial and then a larger bottle to help save a little money if you decide that product should stay in your daily routine.
  • I start my day off by washing my face with the AHA BHA Cleanser. A little bit goes a LONG way and one tube will last me about 6 months! I like to apply it to my Clarisonic Mia face brush several times weekly for a really good exfoliation! 
  • I used the Scar Recovery Gel after my facelift
  • The powerhouse product is the TNS Advanced Serum. Yes, it is pricey, but it truly is worth it. I use it every other morning (see below for the other product that I use in the mornings). From the description, "It’s the only growth factor product proven to address sagging skin. Visible results in just 2 weeks. Results continue to improve through 24 weeks of use." I only use it in the mornings as I have another product I use at night. Using it once every other means this serum lasts up to 6 months.
  • I have dark circles under my eyes and I was just introduced to the Instant Bright Eye Cream. Used regularly, twice daily, it is supposed to help with fine lines & wrinkles and as well as the dark circles. I've just started using it but will report back my results in about 3 months!
  • To take care of my neck skin after my face & neck lift, I started using the Neck Correct Cream. The texture of my skin has gotten smoother and it has helped with some of the discoloration on my chest area that I have experienced as I've gotten older.
  • The HA5 (hyaluronic acid) Rejuvenating Hydrator (1oz, there is also a 2oz bottle) is a wonderful moisturizer and provides a smooth surface for applying makeup. 
  • Sunscreen is SOOOO important for taking good care of your skin and I love their Total Defense and Repair SPF 50
  • After washing my face at night, I use their Dermal Repair Cream. This is described as a "rich moisturizer," but it is very light and a little goes a long way!
  • A product that I plan to add to my daily routine soon is the Lumivive System. It includes a day and a night serum that helps with blue light exposure and other damage caused by environmental factors. 
(Note: I am NOT an affiliate with SkinMedica or anyone selling their products. I'm providing these links so you can read more about the products and they link to my facial plastic surgeon's online store.)

  • There are a couple other facial skin care products that I use regularly. I have been using the AnteAge MD products for about three years now. It really helped my fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes and mouth.
  • AnteAge MD System - I use this system every other morning. You can only find this amazing growth factor product at doctor's offices. There is a regular AnteAge system available online, but it is not as powerful as the MD version. From the description, "The AntiAGE MD System contains twice the active ingredients as retail AnteAGE, along with 21 additional ingredients that are anti-aging, pro-healing and anti-inflammatory.
  • AnteAge also has a Brightener and I just started using this in January. My skin is already in pretty good condition, so I'm not sure if it has added any improvement to it. However, it was a part of a special Christmas set that included their new eye brightening cream, so I am using it!
  • The sales rep for AnteAge told my esthetician a little secret for stretching the products so they last a bit longer. Put one pump of each (serum, accelerator and brightener) in your hand. Mix together and apply to face, neck and upper chest. I promise that you will have enough to cover all of this skin very well! These products are not cheap so this will stretch your budget a bit and still give you all of the benefits of great skincare!

  • I have also tried a couple of Alastin products. The Restorative Neck Complex is supposed to be the best neck treatment cream out there. I have used it, but not exclusively and I'm not using it now. However, I do plan to try this again when my current neck cream is gone.
  • The Alastin TransFORM Body Treatment is wonderful to use after CoolSculpting treatments as it helps remove the fat quicker and easier. It also targets crepiness of the skin and has won several awards.
  • All Alastin products are currently 25% off at this link through 2/28/22).
(Note: I am NOT an affiliate with AnteAge or anyone selling their products. I'm providing these links so you can read more about the products and they link to a nearby doctor's online store.)

  • I have just recently begun using One Skin Essential Moisturizer prior to applying my Dermal Repair Cream at night. This product targets aging at a molecular level and was designed by a panel of aging/longevity scientists. There is so much wonderful information about this new product on their website, that I highly recommend you click on the above link and have a look around. They will be selling body lotion and a cleanser in the future, as well. 

  • I discovered a wonderful local esthetician that provides anti-aging treatments (microcurrent, thermage, nano-needling, etc - I'll be discussing these in a future post!) and she carries the Theraderm line of products. There are a couple that I will be checking out after my current skincare is depleted to see if I want to exchange some products or maybe just add another to my routine. Products often provide very different benefits so it is worth it to use several! I did buy the Theraderm NuPeel Natural Enzyme Peel and I really like it! (You can purchase this on Amazon, but just be sure it is directly from the Theraderm store to be sure you aren't getting a "fake" product.) This exfoliator helps to remove dead skin from your face, hands, knees, elbows and body! You can use it anywhere you like! My skin feels so much better after using it and it is safe enough to use several times a week. It stimulates cell turnover which is a good thing. 
  • The product that I have been encouraged to try is the Eternox Peptide Creme. If you could see the skin of this esthetician, you would be conviced to try the Theraderm products! She has been using the line for about 10 years and her skin is amazingly wrinkle free, smooth and just beautiful! She credits this peptide creme for her skin's appearance as it has kept lines and wrinkles at bay (she is in her late 50s and skin is amazing!).
  • If you can find an office near you that sells the Theraderm products, ask for their travel kits as they are a good price and include 5-6 products to "try before you buy" so you can see if you'll have any reaction to them first before investing in them.
I hope that you have enjoyed what I have shared her and that it may help to get you started down a path of better skin care if what you are currently using isn't achieving the results that you want. There ARE many, many, MANY good skincare companies out there. The key is to find what works best for you so that you are getting the benefits that you want for your skin. If you have a product that you really like, I'd love it if you'd leave a comment telling me about it! I'm always looking for great products to take care of my skin.