My first Hello Fresh box & Discount code for YOU!

Hello Everyone, There is a huge disclaimer I must first let you all know: Reading this post will make you hungry and your mouth water. haha Also, don’t miss out on how you can save $35 off your first box! Discount code will be at the bottom!

I finally was able to try Hello Fresh and HELLO– It’s amazing. I will be describing my entire experience and also I’ll be sharing one of the meals I cooked up! ( I’m now craving it as I write this, haha not cool.) Below is the box that my meals from Hello Fresh came in. The box itself is heavy because it’s packed with a couple huge blocks of ice. I recommend when you receive your box to empty out all of the meat and ingredients and properly store them in the fridge and freezer.

I tried three meals for my first box and wish I would of gotten five. Hands down the best service out there and I’ll tell you why after! The three meals I got to cook were: Crispy Sole, Beefed-up Bolognese and Spanish One-Pan Chicken. My favorite was hard to choose, it was a tie between the Beefed-up Bolognese and the Spanish One-Pan Chicken. I had seconds of both! The Crispy Sole was a hit with my better half, I’m just not a big white fish eater. Below I will be showing you my step by step process making the Spanish One-Pan Chicken.

Prep time: 10 mins – Total: 35 mins (Nut Free and Gluten Free)

Starting Strong: 

(Tip) Use the widest pan you’ve got in steps 2 through . It’ll help ensure that the rice cooks evenly and gets that perfect al dente texture throughout.

Bust Out:

Large Pan & Oil (1sp | 2tsp)

1.Prep: Wash and dry all the produce. Core, seed and thinly slice bell pepper. Halve, peel and dice the onion. Mince or grate the garlic. Slice chorizo into 1/4 inch thick rounds. (I personally didn’t do the chorizo part, I kept it on the side.)

2.Cook Chorizo: Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add chorizo to pan and cook until it crisps and releases some of its oils, 1-2 minutes per side. Set aside, leaving oil in pan.

3.Cook Chicken: Season chicken on all sides with salt and pepper. Heat the same pan over medium heat. (Tip: If pan seems dry, add a drizzle of oil.) Add chicken and sear until browned and cooked through, 5-6 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.

4.Cook vegetables and start rice: Add onion, garlic, bell peppers, and a drizzle of oil to same pan over medium heat. Stir until just softened, 3-4 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat. Stir in 1 cup of water, a pinch of salt and stock concentrate. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until die is tender, 15-20 mins.

5. Prep remaining ingredients: Meanwhile, cut lemon into wedges. Finely chop parsley. Tip: While you wait for rice to finish, try practicing this Spanish phrase: Con pan y wino se and a el camino (life is better with food and wine). (Amen right?)

6. Finish and serve: Fluff rice with a fork and season generously with salt and pepper. Place chicken on top and sprinkle with crispy chorizo. Remove pan from heat and sprinkle parsley and a few squeezes of lemon.

The hardest part of this entire process was not eating my food until after I was able to get a good photo. Then, I had two plates. Ha- It was delicious!!!

I will be doing other posts coming up, sharing my favorite meals and recipes with you. If you’d like to try Hello Fresh for the first time and save $35 off your first box:

use coupon code: tonyamichelle35

After trying my first Hello Fresh box I will be signing up for the weekly deliveries. I realized how much time and money I spend weekly at the grocery store on things we don’t even need simply because I go there trying to find what I will be having for dinner. Not only the money, but the time we spend saying “What do you want for dinner” – “I dunno, what do you want?” It’s like a back and forth thing. I love being able to come home and theres everything I need waiting for me and we have the choices in front of us to choose from. The meals you can chose from are great, they give you also the choice to do family sizes or you can do dinner for two. They also have Veggie Plan, Family Plan or Classic Plan.

You can also get free recipes on their website, visit their website for more info:

www.hellofresh.com

Don’t forget to use your coupon code: tonyamichelle35 for $35 off your first box.

I’d love to hear below if you tried Hello Fresh yet and your thoughts!

 

 

 

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Clinique collabs with Crayola!

I grew up addicted to Crayola crayons, there wasn’t any other brand that I would use. Dead serious, I would even buy the non brand for my friends to use cause I wouldn’t let them use mine. HA Only child problems. When I received this package from Clinique it brought me back to the great memories I had when I was growing up. Now that I’m 30 years old, what’s better than makeup that looks like the fun and adorable Crayola crayons from back in the day.

Below are 4 out of the 10 colors they currently have out. These ARE limited edition, I would 100% purchase these before it’s too late!! I have sent up some direct links for you to purchase their colors.

From Top to Bottom:

Tickle Me Pink- click here

Pink Sherbert- click here

Mango Tango- click here

Razzmatazz – click here

Limited edition 8 piece set here.

I will be posting different looks using these Clinique Crayons later this week on my Instagram account which is linked here. I hope you guys get to enjoy these as much as I do!

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T3 Micro Wand Tutorial & My Favorite Products.

Hey Ladies, Hope everyone is having a fabulous day! Today I wanted to show you how I use one hair tool to get two different size curls as well as the products I use to keep my hair healthy in the process.

Below you will see how I transform my hair from straight to wavy and kinky curls!!

Just blow dried my hair straight and now ready to start the fun!

Above I’m using my T3 Micro Whirl Convertible (say that 3 times fast, I dare you!) You can achieve two different sized curls from this wand! If you want more loose curls, you start curling your hair from the bigger end of the wand to the smaller end. If you’re looking for kinky / smaller curls you can simply curl your hair all at the smaller end of the wand. I did two different size curls below so you can see the difference. The Whirl Convertible is my favorite size they have, I’m always switching up what size curls I want and this wand gives me both! You can click here to purchase and find more of their wands!

Below is my loose curls.

If you run your fingers or a brush through them, they will loosen up even more.

Below is my kinky/small curls.

I always feel super sassy when I do smaller tighter curls, I love them! ha

Now, below I will show you some products I use to help my hair stay healthy and also some that I use to add volume or to style. I’m not paid by these brands, I just like them and it’s what I use. I also do change up my hair products every other month or when they run out. I like to try new things and I believe its the only way you really know what you love and what doesn’t work for you!

So above are the current hair products I use while my hair is either wet or when it’s styled.

  • Philip B – Jet Set Hairspray : I use this daily. #heavensent #1
  • It’s a 10 – Miracle Dry Oil Spray: I use this when my hair is frizzing & not listening to me, a little goes a long way! I’m almost out though! #2
  • Umberto – Lifting Powder: I use this when I want some major volume at my roots, no joke, use the TINIEST bit! This is something you want to build up gradually, if you use too much you will need to wash your hair again, lol. Trust me — been there. #3
  • L’Oreal -Frizz Taming Serum: I also use this for frizz, I switch between this and the “Its a 10” #4.
  • Goldwell- Kerasilk Color Protective Blow-Dry Spray: I use this daily to protect my hair before I curl it. It goes on your hair before or after, I use it after, right before I curl my hair. #5.
  • RedKen- Satinwear 02 Blow-Dry Lotion; This is a gel. I personally use this every other day but I need to remember to use it everyday. This also protects your hair from heat. #6.
  • It’s Miracle De‑frizzing Gel: I use this a lot in the summer, humidity doesn’t like my hair. #7.
  • Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner- I use this to help my hair feel soft after day 2 of dry shampoo and not washing it! ha, who’s with me? #8

** I have micro- link extensions, they were done by Gina;  @glamyourhair in Maryland, I love my hair and I’ve had them now for almost 2 months, no complaints so far and these are my favorite kind. I’ve had them all — just ask, these haven’t damaged my hair. If you use her services, you can get $50 by telling her you were referred by me. It’s good towards installation.**

I hope you liked my hair post! I will be doing YouTube videos soon, so be on the look out! My youtube channel is link here, feel free to follow.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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New Sol de Janeiro launch at Sephora!

Sol de Janeiro

I have a sneak peek for you at the newest product being launched by Sol de Janeiro in Sephora nationwide on January 9th!  AÇAÍ BODY POWER CREAM !!!!!! Beyond PUMPED for this new release, their products smell so good you wish you could eat them. (Hint Hint, can y’all make an edible one? LOL)

Brazilian Beauty Secret: AÇAÍ BODY POWER CREAM – This delicious body cream is infused with Açaí Oil (the anti-oxidant power house in its purest form) and contains nourishing Cupuaçu Butter and conditioning Coconut Oil, extra fine peachy-golden mica flecks for an irresistible afterglow and a refreshing and energetic Açaí fragrance 🇧🇷 Care for your skin the Brazilian way for resilient, supple and replenished skin 💪🏽 Officially launching in Sephora January 9 nationwide! How Exciting!!!!!

Love It. Flaunt It. You’ve Got It.

Be ready for their launch on Jan. 9th — these sell out quickly! Here is a direct link to purchase from Sephora and a direct link to purchase from SoldeJaneiro website as well. Bookmark them!

Below you will find my other favorites from SoldeJaneiro — I honestly can’t wait til we’re blessed with being pregnant because I will be rubbing this all over my body times two. I already went through a BumBum cream, I think in less than 3 months– trying to be bootylicious over here!!!LOL

Again, don’t try to taste these products, they might smell like you can eat them, but you can’t. But you will smell beyond amazing which — who doesn’t want that?

BRAZILIAN BUM BUM CREAM

Direct link to purchase here.

BRAZILIAN 4 PLAY MOISTURIZING SHOWER CREAM-GEL

Direct link to purchase is here.

BRAZILIAN KISS CUPUAÇU LIP BUTTER DOCE DE LEITE

Direct link to purchase is here.

I hope you all get your Sol de Janeiro on and feel amazing. For those like me up in the North East of America — freezing right now we can only dream about being in Brazil, so this is the closest thing I have and I’ll take it! haha

xx, Tonya Michelle

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