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Getting back on the bandwagon

September 7, 2017

It's been an intense time in our household since April this year! We decided to go ahead with a fairly thorough renovation of our house and that saw us tearing out bathrooms, kitchens, flooring and more.  We've lived at home throughout the renovation, with the exception of staying a good few nights with my folks when we've had the kids, or when the painters were in this past week. My parents have been angels; feeding us, housing us, doing our laundry and being the step-grandparents from Heaven. Thanks, you two!

It has been a bit chaotic for us, though.  Effectively we have moved the entire contents of our house to various different rooms in our house, over and over, for about five months.  

 

Every item in our linen cupboard has been washed three times.  Between tiles getting ripped up, bathroom demolitions, new flooring going down and SO.MUCH.PLASTERING....dust has been our constant companion.

 

For about four to five weeks over July we didn't have a functioning kitchen.  This coincided with me being on an exercise ban post appendectomy and Dylan having a horrible bulging disc in his lower back so neither of us were moving all that much.  It was a pretty fantastic recipe for getting out of shape, fast! 

 

We mitigated some of the damage by order You Foodz four weeks in a row.  We found this to be the best meal delivery we've tried and would 100% recommend it to people renovating, with a new baby, time poor, or who want to manage their intake without as much meal preparation and grocery shopping.  At $9.95 per meal they're not cheap, but they're not as expensive as some of the other meal delivery 'dinner' options either. We chose more of the 'hearty' options - lamb shanks, beef ribs etc as they were more bang for buck in terms of volume and being filling.  The satay chicken with pesto risoni was my favourite. The leaner chicken and vegetable ones were nice too, though.  Recommend.

 

Exacerbating the effects of the renovations, injuries and exercise bans were the usual round of winter colds and