Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Bella Air Fryer Review

Alternate title: My Favorite New Kitchen Appliance

I mentioned my new air fryer the other day, and I’m truly obsessed with it. It’s been such an awesome addition to our kitchen, and I use almost every day. I honestly can’t believe I love a kitchen appliance so much! Haha!

The nice people from Bella sent me their 1.2 Q Air Fryer to try, and I’m so thankful to have it in my life. It now has a permeant spot on our kitchen counter, and, guys, I’m super picky about what occupies real estate there. I hate the look of a cluttered counter, so the fact that it now lives next to our coffee maker is a BIG DEAL!

I really could go on and go (and on!) about my love for this air fryer, but I’ll cut to the chase and give you guys all the deets via pro/con list. And, truthfully, if you knew how much you’d love and use this kitchen appliance, you probably wouldn’t need much convincing! 🙂 Ok, are you ready?!


  • It’s small and compact. I have the 1.2 quart air fryer, and I love that it’s not massive. I made the mistake of going BIG with my Instant Pot, and it kind of drives me nuts now. I have it stored away in a top cabinet, and it’s so big and bulky… and annoying. Obviously, this post isn’t about my Instant Pot, but I really love that the air fryer doesn’t take up half of my kitchen!
  • It makes small batches. Small air fryer = small batches of food! I love this because I can quickly and easily roast a bunch of veggies, cook up a single-serving dessert, or make a batch of salt + vinegar chickpeas. Mal and Quinn don’t like a lot of the foods that I like, so it’s perfect for whipping up something for myself. Plus, it cuts down on my time in the kitchen on Sundays when I meal prep because I can cook things on-demand during the week. This also means that I’m not eating soggy meal prep leftovers.
  • It’s SO EASY to use – like super easy! There’s only two buttons on this air fryer: Temperature + timer. You just set the temperature that you want to cook your food and then set the timer. That’s it!
  • It bakes, roasts, grills, and fries food. I didn’t realize an air fryer could do so much. I honestly thought it was a “healthier” alternative for deep frying, but it does so much more. You can even just use cooking spray and not add a ton of oils and fat to your food. Again, it’s super easy to roast veggies, which I’ve been doing pretty much every day since I got it!
  • It’s easy to clean. I just rinse the pan and crisping tray with soap and water, but it’s dishwasher safe, which makes clean up even easier.
  • It’s pretty and adds a pop of color to our kitchen! I mean, hey, the red is kind of fun, right? This model also comes in black.


  • You’ll probably need to make some space on your kitchen counter because you love it so much and want to use it all the time. (See above.) If you have limited counter space, this might be a problem. Of course, you can always store it in a cabinet or closet.
  • It’s small. I love that this air fryer is small, but if you’re cooking up big batches of food, it’s probably not the best option. Of course, you can always buy a bigger air fryer or just use your oven for baking and roasting.
  • I wish I got it sooner! I really didn’t think I needed another kitchen appliance in my life, but I’m so pumped to have this air fryer as part of my cooking arsenal!

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Weekend Top 5

Hi, guys! Good morning and happy Tuesday to you! I hope you had a nice long weekend (if you had a long weekend – I didn’t realize not everyone celebrates Veteran’s Day).

As you probably know, I often share snip-its from our weekend over on Instagram Stories, but just in case you “unplugged” and missed them over the weekend, I wanted to share some highlights. We had quite the nice long weekend! 🙂 That said, here are the “top 5” from the weekend!

1. Visiting the Derby Street Woody Wall at the Derby Street Shops – How fun, right?! It’s located on the Kohl’s wall in the alcove next to REI, and it’s the perfect spot for family holiday photos. If you’re local, there’s actually an event next weekend with treats, music, and games to celebrate the big reveal. It’s a totally free event – just register here! Also at Derby Street this month is a Black Friday Run, which is a 3-mile loop around Derby Street and the Hidden Pond. The event is FREE of charge and open to those of all athletic levels. (There will be a run route as well as a walking route.) Registration is free but required. I’m pretty sure the Hauperts will be there! 🙂

2. Lunch at CAVA – Meal times are still quite the struggle for Quinn, but we had the most enjoyable lunch at CAVA the other day. He actually sat and ate his whole meal. Quinn really loves the pita and hummus there! And I’m obsessed with their salad bowls – I could seriously eat them everyday! Are you a CAVA fan? You can get a free $3 here!

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3. An awesome client success story – I already shared this on Instagram, but I’m so proud of this client, I just had to share it again! Dedication and hard work certainly paid off – both on and off the scale for her! Throughout our time together, she dropped 15 pounds while building confidence in her ability to maintain her results on her own. We worked on tracking and lifestyle habits (i.e. meal prep, social events, weekends) for long-term results! She writes: “These pants were snug last year when I put them on, and I had to wear a baggy shirt to hide the fat rolling over. Now they are too big! I’m the lightest I’ve been in years. I’ve also been able to bring out a lot of my Lulu tops that were literally skin tight on me last year. I feel great! And people are finally starting to notice the hard work I’ve been putting in. Hoping to do another plan after Thanksgiving with you!” If you’re interested in working together, checkout www.cncmacroplans.com for details!

4. Dinosaur birthday party – Quinn had a blast with friends at a dinosaur-themed birthday party. He loved running around and playing as well as “adopting” a dinosaur and hatching egg at the end of the party. Also fun: Open swim with Dada at Goldfish! Usually, Quinn and I go together on Mondays, but Mal had the day off, so he joined us! 🙂

5. Playing with my new air fryer – The nice people from Bella sent me their 1.2 Q Air Fryer to try, and I am absolutely obsessed. Ob.Sessed. I have a full review coming later this week, but let’s just say, it now has a permeant spot on our kitchen counter! FYI: It’s on sale right now for just $33 at Macy’s!

Question of the Day

Do you own an air fryer? If so, what are your favorite things to make? 

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