I’m pretty sure Holden was abducted by aliens (with a Daily Harvest Review and SWEEPSTAKES!!!)

Are you ever just exhaussssted the second you wake up? And by the time your kids get home from school, you have zero energy and just can’t do it anymore? That was me last Tuesday. By 10am, I was dunnnn, so by 3pm, I needed toothpicks to keep my eyes open. But when you have kids, you have no choice but to pull it together and function.

And it’s always those times that your kiddos expect you to step into a phonebooth, put on a cape and morph into Super Mom. Which is exactly what Holden wanted me to be last Tuesday.

HOLDEN: Can we do a special Mommy-Son dinner together?

ME: Awww, that’s sooo sweet, honey. (short pause) No.

HOLDEN: But you promised.

Oh crap, did I promise? I don’t remember promising, but it’s entirely possible that I promised. Shoot, I vaguely remember saying the words ‘I promise’ about something.

He must have seen the look of exhaustion in my eyes because that’s when he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

HOLDEN: Pleeeease, I’ll cook it.

Wait, what? Did my ten-year-old just offer to make ME dinner? Is it possible he was abducted by aliens and this is Bizarro Holden? Based on what he said next, I’m gonna say yes.

HOLDEN: You go take a nap, and I’ll do it all.

I meannnn. DONE. Aliens schmaliens, I don’t care who this child is. I’m taking him up on the offer. There are no two better words in the English language than NAP TIME!!!

But as I lay in my bed there was no way I could fall asleep. A. My body was like what the heck is this nap thing you speak of? And B. All I could focus on were the loud noises coming from downstairs. Crash, bang, metal clattering to the floor. Was he destroying my kitchen? What on earth was he making? But I didn’t want to ruin his surprise, so I calmly lay there listening.

See? Not tense at all.

I won’t go down there, I won’t go down there, I won’t go down there, but then beep beep.

Ruh-rohhhh, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that’s the sound of my house about to be burned down. Yup, he was pressing buttons on the oven. So I jumped out of bed to go check, and this is what I found.

FYI, this picture is a total lie. He was sooo angry at me for ruining the surprise but I made him stop and smile for one picture.

I couldn’t believe what he had decided to make me. Not grilled cheese. Not ramen noodles. Not nuked nuggets. He was making me something ridiculously thoughtful that he knows I like. One of my new Harvest Bakes from Daily Harvest!! I got four of them in my last box and I’d only tried the Chickpea +Coconut Curry one so far and he heard me talking about how deeelicious it was, so he was making me Squash +Wild Rice Gratin.

And yes, this is sponsored by Daily Harvest, but you want to read this because it’s awesome AND one of you is going to win a FREE box of Daily Harvest!!! And all of you can get up to $40 off your first box by using the code BABY40.

Harvest Bakes are Daily Harvest’s newest collection, and they are packed full of organic veggies, grains, beans, and sooooo many great flavor combinations. They’re super hearty, full of protein and fiber, and each one lasts TWO meals for me, or I can share it with my hubby. Bwhahahahaha, not. They’re all mine.

So after I helped Holden get it in the oven, I went back for the rest of my “nap,” and told him to call me when the timer went off, which he did. Tadaaaa!

And then he made me close my eyes while he led me over to the table. And then he walked me straight into a cabinet. And then I yelled at him. And then he yelled at me because I was peeking. And then I immediately forgave him because he’d set the table so nice with candles and flowers and our placemats at either end of the long table like you see in the movies. Awwww. But I will have a bruise tomorrow.

And then he served me the entire meal. Seriously, the ENTIRE meal on one plate.

Those four things around the outside of the plate are Daily Harvest Bites, aka bites of dessert. Just pop them out of the cup and snack! They are absolutely delicious and satisfying and I lovvvvve the hazelnut and chocolate ones, but they probably shouldn’t be on the same plate as Squash +Wild Rice Gratin.  

I ate every single bite and pretended to lick the plate clean. Not just because he made it, but because it was amazing. But I’m not surprised because Harvest Bakes are like the easiest thing to make (don’t tell him I said that). You just pop it in the oven for 22 minutes and stir it once in the middle. Voila, a rich meal with complex, gourmet level flavors that tastes homemade!! Mmmmmmm.

Literally every single thing Daily Harvest has ever sent me has been sooooo easy and sooooo good.

Over 25 flavors of Smoothies that are filled with chopped fruit, veggies, spices, nuts and seeds. Harvest Bakes and Harvest Bowls that are filled with healthy organic veggies. Even Oat Bowls that can be warmed in the microwave or made cold overnight so they’re ready in the morning.Everything is gluten-free, and dairy-free, and plant-based.

And of course my favorite, Scoops! Plant-based ice cream with special ingredients like Dragon Fruit, probiotics, pine pollen, and ashwagandha (no idea what that is but it sounds healthy!). It brings ice cream to a whole new level.

All these awesome meals from Daily Harvest are delivered frozen straight to your porch, so you can just pop them in your freezer and have easy, gourmet food all the time. No shopping, chopping, or meal planning. Always there and ready with flexible plans!

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Anyways, Holden and I had a lovely Mommy-Son dinner, and just when I thought my evening of being pampered was coming to an end, he offered to do one more thing. The dishes.

I meannnnnn.

But as you know, all good things must come to an end. Right now as I’m typing this he’s upstairs screaming at his sister, so apparently the aliens brought back my real son and I’ll be making my own dinners from now on. Good thing I have more Daily Harvest in my freezer. And if you want Daily Harvest in your freezer (and you DO), just click here to order it .

Last but not least, the SWEEPSTAKES!!! If you want to win a FREE box of Daily Harvest, just hop on over to the Daily Harvest website and pick out something you think looks delicious (good luck picking just one), and then leave it on my Facebook post along with a reason Daily Harvest would be great in your life. I’ll randomly choose a winner tomorrow night (February 9th) and respond to their comment. Here are the official rules in case you like legal mumbo jumbo stuff.

Now please excuse me while I go break up the fight that’s happening upstairs. Sigh, no wonder I’m so exhausted.

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There are 13 comments for this article
  1. Wendy Miller at 7:08 pm

    This blog was great until you started selling stuff.

    • BabySideburns at 7:18 pm

      If it makes you feel any better Wendy, I only promote products I really like. And if I ever win the lottery and don’t have to work for a living, I won’t anymore.

      • George at 3:26 pm

        I enjoy your writing even when it’s promotional,. because you are a skilled writer, & I like how you make the product a part of your family’s daily life. I’m out of luck on this meal thing, as it’s not in my area (Canada) :'(

      • George Pope at 3:28 pm

        *fingers crossed for you to win the Lotto*

    • Gaby at 7:48 pm

      I don’t know about you Wendy, but I support other women. Especially this one! Will check out Daily Harvest and keep my fingers crossed I win the sweepstakes ☺️

    • Mandy at 10:03 pm

      So Wendy, you should get to be entertained, for free, constantly and forever, by her well written, witty content? No ma’am, that’s not how this works.

    • bruinspin at 12:27 pm

      Wellllll-uh Wendy dear, this is the kind of advertising the will sell more stuff because of the real-ness to it all. Sure do wish MORE advertisers would do this in promoting their products through REAL LIVE people we can actually relate to! My first thought? Oh wow! She got a sponsor! This is GREAT!!!! So you be you, and the rest of us will move forward and celebrate the greatness that is our dearly beloved Ms. BabySideburns!!!

    • Nichole at 12:46 pm

      Maybe instead of sharing your negativity you just keep scrolling?

    • George Pope at 3:28 pm

      Is it fair she should work for FREE? She invests much time & effort into presnting this wonderful blog for us to read, totally free. Then there are her books — try reading those — they rawk! She’s an excellent writer, I find, so I even enjoy her product promos. Someone has to paty for the website & email reminders, etc. If it’s not YOU personally, then who? I know I can’t, so I’m grateful she has found a way to keep this going. . .

  2. Jeanne Starr at 7:59 pm

    In the scoops section “chocolate plus midnight fudge”

    • BabySideburns at 8:07 pm

      That one is SOOOOO good. I kept trying to get all the fudge parts.

  3. Mary at 6:47 am

    Love your blog! But I’m getting anxiety just looking at the knives and forks sticking up in your dishwasher. LOL

  4. Ailis at 9:14 am

    I want to try all of the things! The Harvest Bowls in particular look amazing. But I also want to try the Cinnamon + Cocoa, Chili-Spiced Churro Scoops abd Hazelnut and Chocolate Bites. I think I’m going to order some bowls now as I need more veggie variety now in my life before my CSA starts up again. Thanks!