Broke-Ass Tag: Real Life


I teamed up with For the Chef, who provided me with a few good tools, to work to create healthy meals that fit into tight schedules.

For the Chef DinnerWhen you’re knee-deep in wedding planning, running from this appointment to that, testing out different vendors, planning various parties and generally trying to keep your shit together, one of the first things that tends to fall by the wayside is healthy eating.

Because, let’s be real: Making dinner can be a pain in the ass.

But if you have the right tools, it doesn’t have to be. Grabbing a few veggies and healthy proteins to make up a few good meals can go much a much greater distance than grabbing a meal to go from your favorite eatery.

One of the challenges my husband and I face, now that our two has become three and our schedules have become considerably more harried, is finding time for meal prep. Because, y’all, cuttin’ them veggies, seasoning those sauces, prepping that meat … it all takes time, and whether you’re juggling a tiny tyrant or a bajillion planning appointments, time just isn’t easy to come by.

And when you can’t take the time to prep the good stuff, you tend to eat the bad stuff — or at least we do. And both our bank accounts and health are worse for the wear.

With that in mind, For the Chef sent me a couple of tools to help us focus on faster prep and centered around better eating.

For the Chef Salad SpinnerThe first, the all-in-one salad maker set, is like a dream come true for my house. My husband loves salad, and I loathe making salad — normally by the time I’m done with all the prep, I just want a fucking pizza — so this is a great compromise. The salad spinner portion helps make sure the greens don’t retain more moisture than necessary (my husband tends to leave them extra wet from washing … why husband, why???) and the mandolin slicer and varied chopping accessories make prep a breeze– no need for knives and cutting boards: you slice the veggies directly into the salad bowl!

For the Chef also sent a carbon steel French skillet, which my poor kitchen desperately needed — I was still sauteing out of a pan I’d used since college (not OK, you guys). This little pan is perfect for my Sunday morning omelette habit or for a quick sauce. I’ve always been particular to my cast iron skillet, but that thing is a bit of a beast to clean. I love this little guy for those jobs that would otherwise see me spending valuable relaxation time scrubbing debris from my cast iron.

For the Chef LogoYou don’t need to overhaul your whole kitchen to get yourself in the right position to eat healthier on both limited time and a limited budget. You just need to arm yourself with the right tools, and For the Chef can help with that!

Check out all the other awesome goods For the Chef has that will help you eat healthier quicker and without spending a ton of money!



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    I have been wondering lately how to balance a demanding career, part-time small business, a child, a fiance, cohabitation, all the hectic chaos of basic adulting and still remain excited about planning a broke-ass wedding. Honestly, for me, its been easier said than done. I find myself so exhausted by the end of the work day, and even more beat by the end of the week. I get two days. Forty-eight hours. Two days to catch up on mountains of laundry, photo editing, vacuuming, etc. On top of that I have to try to spend a few waking hours with my man and my kiddo. I keep wondering, “where in the hell am I going to find the time and the energy to DIY all the things that I need to do to have a wedding??”

    I keep hoping that a wedding fairy will show up, wave a wand and … we will get married! Happily ever after, activate! Sunsets and honeymoons, commence! Glitter, beauty, romance and memories will come pouring out of every moment. A fairy tale spun from the flick of magic wand. Its sounds ridiculous, I know. I guess in my exhaustion, delirium has seriously set in. What’s a gal to do when she is literally so tired that she can’t seem to make sure she washed her underwear for the week, much less hot glue, spray paint and plan a day that seems so far away?

    My answer, for now, is to relax. To stop putting so much pressure on myself, so much that I literally feel paralyzed. I am lucky, even in all the madness of my day-to-day life, I get to come home to a unicorn of a man, a brilliant 10-year-old girl and — in the midst of all the stress and the mess — I wouldn’t change a single thing.

    You see, I may not have a fairy tale life and we may not get a storybook wedding, but in the real world most people don’t. Its the strength of our relationship that makes me the happiest, and the assurance that he and I will make it through all of the crazy that life will most certainly throw at us. I have been through enough to know that is the most important of all.

    We will get there, and no matter what happens on the road to our wedding day, we will have our happily ever after. The day doesn’t matter as much as the life, and we are gonna rock this life, together.

  • 2/9

    Sign available from Etsy seller HeritageDesignsTH I was hoping to post this week about our Save the Dates (they are turning out really cute, btw). Instead, I’m heavily preoccupied with a life curveball that was thrown our way at probably the most inopportune time. Dear BABs, I apologize in advance for the vagueness of this post, but there is a level of privacy I’d like…

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    One of our sneak peek photos provided by SK Photography One of the things I was most excited for as my wedding approached was the free time I was sure I’d have once everything was said and done. For the past four years, any time Matt and I weren’t at least trying to think about the wedding, I felt an overwhelming amount of guilt. In…

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    Dear fellow Broke-Ass Brides, have you ever wanted to take a weekend and just get the hell away from everything? Even more importantly, have you made time to do so and will you *actually* go through with it? We are all learning that this whole wedding planning process? ... Well, it can be a bit much. (*coughUNDERSTATEMENTcough*) As such, it's important to realize that the spreadsheets,…

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    Photo: spiesteleviv via Flickr Creative Commons While certainly babies and kids are no clean machines and wedding planning is messy in its very own way, many of life’s messiest moments can come well before your family starts to grow. I mean, college, anyone? Living on my own, or with a multitude of roommates, often presented itself with many new moments of pure mess – spaghetti sauce…

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