Busy Week? One Easy, Simple Dinner Shortcut

by jessicaturner on October 27, 2016


All ideas, recipes, & opinions are entirely my own however, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Michael Angelo’s™.

I think October must be the new December. I cannot get over how busy this month has been. Between Matthew traveling out of the country for 10 days, my course launching, my regular job responsibilities, soccer practices and games, school fundraisers and more, we have been go, go, go.

All of the busyness has meant that we have not had as much time to cook as we normally do. I detest fast food though, so have looked for other ways to make things easier.


I’m thankful to have discovered Michael Angelo’s Signature Meals, as they have been a great way to fill my lack-of-time-for-cooking gap. I learned about Michael Angelo’s when they reached out to me for a sponsored post. Knowing that I was about to go into a busy season, I thought it would be worth trying.

I’ll be honest though, I didn’t expect that I would love the food as much as I did! I grew up on Italian food (my grandfather was 100% Italian), so I am a bit of an Italian food snob. Our Michael Angelo’s meal, which we got in the frozen section at our local grocery store, did not disappoint. (Find your grocery store here.)



Michael Angelo and his mom, Sara use only real ingredients in their foods and they don’t include any preservatives and nothing artificial. This is REALLY important to me, and I think makes a big difference in the quality of the food.

I bought the Michael Angelo’s Lasagna with Meat Sauce and our family thought it was fantastic. Their lasagna is made with fresh beef, vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh herbs that are sautéed and layered with firm 100% semolina lasagna and topped with imported Pecorino Romano cheese from Italy. YUM YUM YUM


It was every bit as good as a home-cooked meal, and really helped to make a meal easier during this busy season for our family. All my kids ate it, which is a huge mom win, and Ezra had two servings – ha!

Whether you have a busy schedule or want a night off from cooking, I definitely encourage you to try Michael Angelo’s meals. I bet you will love them as much as we did. Plus, it’s really cool to support a family-owned company that cares about the food people eat, right?

What are your go-to meals for busy seasons? Let’s help each other out!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Michael Angelo’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Tips for Finding Gorgeous Girls’ Dresses on thredUP

by jessicaturner on October 24, 2016

Cheap Christmas Dresses

With Christmas just two months away, I am already in the thick of holiday prep. Because I am having major surgery December 2, advance planning is especially important this year!

For the past two years, I have found Adeline’s Christmas dress on thredUP. If you are unfamiliar with it, thredUP is a site that sells new and like new women and children’s clothing and accessories at up to 90% off retail.

I have bought dozens of articles of clothing from thredUP over the years and ordered 100s of clothes. (thredUP has a free return policy, so I typically buy a full box of clothes, try items on and then return most of them.)

If you need holiday clothing for you or your children, I recommend that you start shopping now. As the holidays draw near, more people are going to be looking for nice clothes, so shopping early might give you better pickings.


This is the Christmas dress I bought on thredUP for Adeline this year. It was $15 and looks like it was never worn.

Best kid Santa photos ever

I also bought her Christmas dress from thredUP last year. It was Gap Kids and in perfect new condition. It was exquisite and was only $11.


The dress Adeline wore for her school picture this year was also from thredUP. I think it was $8-$10 and is from Zara Kids.

If you have never shopped on thredUP, you can get $10 off your first purchase when you use my referral link.

Here are 5 tips for shopping on thredUP: 

  • Be specific in your search query: thredUP gives you lots of options for searching, so get specific. You can search by color, size, style, brand, etc. I also like sorting by price so I can stay within my budget.
  • Buy several options: thredUP offers free shipping on orders over $79 and free returns, so buy several options. This will give you more choices and you can return it for free. I find that this saves me time in the long-run because I can do one big shopping “trip” and have lots to choose from.
  • Shop often: thredUP adds thousands of new products every day, so shop often. I’m always surprised by how many new to me items I see in my searches.
  • Discover new brands: thredUP is a great way to discover brands you are unfamiliar with. Be open to purchasing brands you haven’t heard of – you might be surprised by what you like. I have discovered some great brands from thredUP, which I love because I know I wouldn’t have discovered them in the stores that I shop in. Moreover, because thredUP is so affordable, I get the items at a fraction of retail.
  • Be patient: Sometimes your search won’t result in a winner. Be patient. You’ll eventually find what you are looking for, which is why it is important to start early when you have the time to do so.

I hope you will check out thredUP for you or your kids! Get your free $10 credit here. 


Walking Dead Party: Menu & Decor Inspiration

October 23, 2016

Tonight is the long-awaited season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead. Matthew & I are huge fans of the show and it’s our wedding anniversary today, so we thought, what better way to celebrate than to have a premiere party with a few friends?! Whether you are planning to enjoy the show quietly at home […]

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Never Give Up: Inspiration from MDA

October 21, 2016

This sponsored post is a little different than most here on The Mom Creative, but gosh, I’m so excited for you to read it. You see, my day job is spent developing content for a children’s hospital. The families I get to meet are full of such bravery, kindness and hope, despite their circumstances. So […]

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5 Books for $5

October 20, 2016

This is such a great week for kindle deals. The following five best-selling Christian books are all 99 cents each on Amazon. Adding five books to your Kindle library for this cheap? YES, PLEASE! (Also, if you don’t have the Kindle app, you need to download it. It is free and makes reading on the […]

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Get The Fringe Hours for 99 cents

October 19, 2016

Wow! What a week this has been. First, more than 1,000 working moms enrolled in the inaugural Stretched Too Thin online course (wait list here). YEOW! Now, the kindle edition of The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You is just 99 cents. The Fringe Hours was written for every busy woman who has thought, there’s […]

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Last Day: Don’t Miss Your Chance

October 17, 2016

Wow! More than 600 working moms have joined my course this week. If you haven’t taken the leap, today is the LAST DAY to sign-up for Stretched Too Thin: 10 Days to Overcoming the Hustle and Thriving as a Working Mom.  I love what these moms, who have already enrolled, commented about the course: This is […]

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The juggling act of working motherhood

October 12, 2016

Last week we went for a long weekend to the mountains. The big kids had fall break, and we wanted to enjoy some family time away. As great as the trip was, the timing was a little challenging. Two days after we got home, Matthew left for a 10-day international trip and the kids were […]

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Are You Stretched Too Thin?

October 10, 2016

HOORAY! Today is the official launch of my new online course, Stretched Too Thin: 10 Days to Overcoming the Hustle & Thriving as a Working Mom. This summer I asked working moms to respond to a survey about working motherhood and their biggest challenges. More than 2,000 women responded and the results were overwhelming. Basically […]

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Working Motherhood Conversations: A Free Series

October 6, 2016

You might have noticed that things have been a little quieter here on The Mom Creative, but behind the scenes, things have been anything but quiet! For months I have been working on a new course called Stretched Too Thin: 10 Days to Overcoming the Hustle and Thriving as a Working Mom and today I […]

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