4 and Counting…

Well my lovelies…I’ve done it!! I have finally navigated my way past the first date, the tricky second date & post-second date freakout (him this time not me!!), the tricky third date and the OMG I’m on a 4th date!!

But that means date number 5 is looming!! What! I’m in shock…holy cannolies…

I did it…

So what have we done so far?

Date #1 – Waffles at 1am – A bit unconventional for a first date I admit, but when you can’t sleep and you’ve been talking on the phone for three hours and he says … hey so random idea…do you wanna be crazy and grab some waffles? (I mean they’re only my second favorite food!) I may have been already in my pjs, curled up in my bed, but you’re only young once so I said why not! It was crazy fun! I took Montana to our local hole-in-the-wall restaurant. We laughed and talked until about 3am. I got to meet his dog Koda who had been curled up asleep in his truck while we were eating. She loved me what can I say I’m a crazy dog lady…lol. We hugged and parted ways.

Date #2 – Read all about that in Weekend Wrap Up: A little Baseball & Brisket.

Date #3 – Read All about that in Weekend Wrap Up: Captain America & Slushies!

Date #4 – Read all about that in Weekend Wrap Up: Sunday Suprises

Date #5! I am really excited about this date :) I LOOOOOOVE drive-in movie theaters. Both Montana and I have lived in small rural towns that had one and when I mentioned we had one about 45mts away he jumped right on that for our next date. (See guys..girls are REALLY simple…you just have to listen and plan the dates accordingly!)

Green Chef, Blue Apron vs. Lemon

Hi my lovelies!

It seems like lately my inbox has been inundated with requests for me to try all of these healthy eating companies…Join today and we’ll give you four free meals!

I must admit I was intrigued at first! I mean not having to go grocery shopping sounded pretty good to me…so I started looking at one. My dad recently joined the Blue Apron wagon so I thought I would start there.

At first it seems like a great deal! $21 and some change and you’ve got 6 meals. But then you read the fine print and see it says future subscription charge of $71 a WEEK!! Ummm….no.

I was curious to see how that price compared to my current grocery budget.

My typical grocery budget per week is under $50. Mind you the only thing I’m feeding is myself, a German short haired pointer (who eats more than me most days), and a wild feline who decided she never wants to leave my porch.

Last week’s menu:

Breakfast – Blueberries and Spinach Shakes

Lunch – Chicken & Rice with Mango chunks and Black Beans

Dinner – Salad or Left over Lunch.

To make my chicken and rice recipe costs: $3.49 chicken, $1.00 brown rice, $.88 black beans, and $1.49 for the mango. Total of $6.86 and it makes 4 servings which breaks down to $1.71 a serving. Price per meal for Blue Apron was $13 and $11 for Green Chef. That’s eight times the cost of my dinner.

The other issue I have with their services is the lack of customization. I can’t eat read meat, shellfish, strawberries, kiwi, nightshades, avocado…and the list goes on (Yay, having O+ blood). I really didn’t want to spend that money for a box of food that I quite possibly wouldn’t be able to eat…

Is it convenient not to have to go grocery shopping? Probably…but there’s an amazing service offered by Harris Teeter and Target that allows me to shop online and walk in and pick my order up. It’s great. I grocery shop on my lunch break, and pick it up on the way home.

I also really like grocery shopping :) I shop a lot at Aldi here locally because they offer the best selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. I even know what days the trucks come in so I go after church to get the freshest items.

It’s been fun sharing my love of healthy eating on a budget with some friends. The number one complaint I hear is “I don’t have time…” My thought is this…if you have time to drive thirty minutes to KFC and thirty minutes back…you have time to cook dinner. Most of the food I eat during the week is prepped on Sunday and Wednesday.

It generally takes me less than forty minutes to cook every thing and pack it in Pyrex containers. I highly recommend using glass storage containers. Your food will keep longer and stays fresher.

Have you used a subscription meal service? If so, what did you like about them? Which one would you recommend?

XoXo,

One Mango Loving Lemon

 

Weekend Wrap Up: Captain America & Slushies!

Hello Lovelies!!

It has been such a crazzzzy weekend but a fun one :)

I worked commencement on Saturday then rushed to make the Mother’s Day banquet with my family. I’m so thankful I have such sweet ladies in my life!

After a yummy lunch and hanging out for awhile, I headed off to Lindy dance class. It was a lot of fun!

Sunday was super busy, running to church with my family. Got to see my little sister and then heading back to my aunt’s house for lunch with the family.

I love how crazy it is when we all get together. Lots of voices, laughs and crazy things nana says.

While I was there Montana texted and asked if I wanted to go to the movies. So I headed out to meet up with him in Camden.

He had been wanting to see Captain America: Civil War and I hadn’t seen it yet.

I was tired so he drove us to the movies. We headed to the Village at Sandhills. Lots of laughing on the way. I didn’t die from his driving haha.

It is so nice to go on dates with a guy to takes care of everything. He bought the tickets, asked what snacks I wanted, and even got me extra butter on the popcorn.

The theatre was really, really small! And I don’t like to feel claustrophobic. You would know the only seat left open were in the middle of the row. I hate having to climb over people..but I did it. We finally sat down and the guy beside me was quite overweight and overflowing onto me. Thankfully, he moved and switched seats with his daughter so he wasn’t touching me anymore…whew!

But then it was tricky. Trying to balance Montana’s drink, my drink, and the popcorn haha. I ended up having to wedge my arm under Montana’s and his poor long legs were sooo cramped.

The movie was really good! I haven’t seen the first of the Captain America movies (judge me…I know!). But I really liked this one! Definitely going to have to watch the others.

After the movie, we headed back to Camden. Montana was really glad I had come to see the movie. I enjoyed being with him. He’s beyond sweet and pays attention to details. He’s always picking on me and it cracks me up because he’s always making me laugh. Apparently, he does it because he likes my smile haha.

When we got back to Camden, he fussed at me for not getting a slushie at the movies. Ummm hello…he remembered slushies are my favorite thing???!! what….who is this guy?

So before I knew it, we were pulling into Sonic for a slushy. I couldn’t believe he’d never been to a Sonic before. I guess they don’t have those in Montana haha.

Sipping on a slushy and watching him inhale a burger, foot long and tater tots was ridiculously fun. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy these little moments. I don’t need fancy dates or expensive trinkets. It’s these little moments of quality time spent together.

He drove me back to my truck and we ended up sitting in his truck just talking for a few more hours. He even called his mom to wish her Happy Mother’s day while I was in the truck (that was a little weird but he wanted to….so who am I to say no haha).

After a few more laughs, he hugged me and we parted ways. I’m looking forward to our next date!

XoXo!

One Powerade Slushy Filled Lemon

Weekend Wrap Up: A little Baseball & Brisket

Hello Lovelies!

It’s been a crazy weekend and week so far! This past weekend Austin and I went to Columbia for the USC baseball game against the University of Florida. It was a fun ride up there talking about anything and everything. It’s refreshing to be able to just be me with a guy.

We stopped at Maurice’s BBQ for lunch because the boy was craving some brisket. (THANK YOU YELP!! Cause I had no clue where to go for brisket…) I had some bbq chicken and it was sooo good! It literally fell right off the bone.  Lunch was full of giggles, bbq sauce drips and people watching. He’s very observant and it’s fun to watch his facial expressions. Being from Montana, he doesn’t quite understand our southern-isms. So I had fun explaining “Bless Your Heart!” and “Y’all” to him.

It was fun planning the perfect outfit with my friends and Pinterest stalking one! The perfect outfit for a baseball game? I know, I know…guys it’s a girl thing! I found this outfit, and decided to modify it a little bit.

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I decided to wear a black v-cut shirt with white shorts and cute gray sneakers. I wore my rose aviators, silver earrings and a gray & black Carolina hat to tie it all together.

It was the perfect outfit! The sun was out and it was hot! I have to be really careful in the sun because my body overheats quickly. Austin was roasting in his hoodie and jeans haha. We enjoyed a little bit of the game and then they suspended it for a weather delay. Those typically last between 25 – 40mts so I took Austin up to the vista to see downtown.

We stopped into marble slab for some icecream and it was crazy fun! Apparently icecream and beards were not made to go together…it was all over his beard and shirt it was melting so fast. We talked about our families and our mom’s since mothers day is approaching. He hasn’t seen his mom in two years! I couldn’t imagine going that long without seeing mine…

They finally restarted the game and we walked back to the stadium. I enjoyed watching the little boys in front of us. It was their first time attending a USC baseball game! The littlest one was all over the place…he was so excited and bouncing around. The oldest boy was on the edge of his seat asking his dad to explain each play. I really enjoyed watching their dad. He was never phased by their endless questions and overly patient with each one.

Shortly after that, the game was suspended again. As we were walking out of the stadium the bottom fell out and we both got soaked. So I decided I was done haha.

We headed out of Columbia and Austin asked if we could stop at the Harley Davidson tower/dealership. I have always wanted to stop but never have. It was a lot of Harley’s to look at! I may have drooled over a few…until I saw the price tags.

We made it back to Camden where Austin and I had met up earlier. As I was driving to drop him off, he turned and asked if I was hungry. I wasn’t but I told him I was happy to go with him and get something to drink. We ended up at Leo’s which is quite the hole-in-the wall. I honestly have been to Camden a million times before and never seen it.

Austin wanted wings…and can I just say that a 6’5 guy can go through some chicken? He ordered a 20 basket…and ate another 20 basket before we left! It was a ton of fun. We met the owner, Paul, and enjoyed talking with him. Before I knew it, we had been there three hours and they were closing up for the night. Time flies with this guy and it’s fun…really fun. It’s been a long time since I’ve had this much fun.

We headed back to Austin’s truck and ended up sitting there talking for a few more hours. I finally headed home with a touch of sunburn and a smile on my face.

Glad that a job brought this Montana boy to my state.

XoXo!

One Happy Lemon

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