Author Archives: The Jewish Lady

$120 Blue Apron Gift Card Giveaway

If you’ve ever wanted to try a meal delivery service, here’s your chance with the Blue Apron Gift Card Giveaway. 

Not sure how it works? Read my full review and see why I found it fun, fast, fresh, and most of all, very delicious. (Seriously, what’s not to love about high quality proteins and veggies along with step-by-step photo recipes, delivered right to your door?!)

Menus change every week and you can pick whichever meals appeal to you from the options, including vegetarian. 

One winner will receive a $120 credit, good for 8 meals that will feed 2 people. The Giveaway will be open until May 20. Good luck to everyone.

 
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Hallmark: Free Cards Every Friday

Starting tomorrow, April 20, through July 27, Hallmark Gold Crown stores are giving out free “Just Because” cards to members every Friday! Since most malls have these stores, it’s a convenient way to build up a card stockpile. Use the locator to find one near you. 

With so much of our communication being digital, an old fashioned card, sent by snail mail, is such an amazing way to show you care, especially when it will only cost a stamp. 

Dairy Kosher Restaurants Face Many Difficulties

If given the choice between a meat meal or a dairy one, I’d pick meat 99% of the time. Based on this article, I’m definitely not alone. Titled “The Curse of Dairy Kosher Restaurants in Manhattan,” it details the steep odds such an establishment faces, with most closing down quickly. 

What’s causing the distinct difference? Mainly the fact that dairy foods are subject to less strict requirements. There is no kosher slaughter needed, after all, and if you couple that with the huge surge in vegetarian and vegan alternatives popping up in recent years, it makes sense.

Personally, I know many people who will eat parve or dairy food at a non-kosher place, but will not touch the meat. (I’m not saying whether that’s right or wrong, just sharing my experience.)

The NYC food scene is notoriously competitive, for sure, but I think kosher dairy is less popular around the country. Look at California, Florida, Chicago or any other metro area and the scale is severely tipped towards meat. The only exceptions, of course, are bakeries and ice cream shops. 

As more people start to explore different cuisines, a strictly kosher eatery isn’t going to have the need it once did. In my local area, there are all kinds of trendy and healthy options available—juice bars, raw food, a food truck that serves only salad and on it goes. Any of those could work for someone who keeps kosher, even though they’re not certified as such. 

Even so, I’m sad to see any kosher spot fail. Kashrut is a universal link to our heritage and it deserves to be honored. 

 

Do you prefer meat or dairy?

Onist: Helping Families with Their Finances

It’s been said many times that money is the number one cause of marital problems. Spouses who can’t agree on money are less happy and may find themselves fighting often. If it gets bad enough, a divorce could result from constant disagreements and a lack of trust. 

While I’m blessed to have open communication with my husband overall, money is an area we have definitely squabbled over, mainly because we have different attitudes; I am hyper-organized while he is very laidback. I like to look for sales, use coupons, and track spending. He, on the other hand, doesn’t pay attention to prices, charges things constantly at full price, and often forgets to tell me what he buys.

This has become even more stressful right now with Tax Day. We have spent countless hours searching for receipts that were lost or misplaced. He feels badly about being disorganized and I get upset about the chaos. Clearly, we’re not on the same page and we need to work on it. 

We’ve tried annual budget meetings, reading books together, the envelope system and switching off on who actually pays the monthly bills. All of that worked great for the short term, but we could never stick to it for long. What we needed was a comprehensive system that would integrate our entire financial life in one place, with equal access. (I know his habits will not change, despite years of nagging and begging, so I’ve just accepted it.)

Onist, a new program designed to help families with their finances, was the answer to our prayers. They have developed a streamlined platform that securely connects in a way that’s both easy to use and easy to understand. No more guesswork, no more filing cabinets, no more fights. 

Start by setting up a free account, then add bank and brokerage information. Once linked, balances and daily transactions are updated automatically every day, making it so much more realistic to track spending and cash flow for both of us. We also have access to the bigger picture. Can you believe that before Onist we had no idea what our true net worth was? Crazy, I know, but probably really common! Better late than never and now that we know, we can do more to build a secure future. 

Another cool feature is the vault. This lets you upload important documents for insurance, wills, deeds, investments, etc.  In addition to spouses, it can be shared with professionals like accountants and lawyers. You only have to share what and with whom you’re comfortable; this is not an all-or-nothing system, everything can be customized. 

For families with older children, involving them in the process, particularly once they become teens, will help them to develop fiscal responsibility and reasonable expectations about money—something that seems to be sorely lacking with youngsters. 

Another area we’re grappling with is aging parents. Because I’ve gone through the unexpected loss of a parent who was only 54, I can’t stress enough how important it is to be prepared. While these conversations can be scary and uncomfortable, it is so much better than never discussing it and having to clean up a disaster after a death. At our urging, my in-laws, who both are in poor health, have agreed to set up an account for all 4 of us. 

Of course, putting so much personal information out there raises the question of safety. Onist is committed to not only protecting privacy, but also ensuring that your data doesn’t get hacked or sold; even their own employees don’t have access. With 3 levels of encryption, de-identification, and a secure database and server, I feel peace of mind.

Financially collaborating and connecting as a family not only increases shalom in the home, it provides a deeper level of love and trust, knowing that we’re all in this boat together and each of us must be part of the solution. Let Onist help you get on track; sign up for a free account today