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Sanity Saver: Online Grocery Delivery

Sanity Saver: Online Grocery Delivery

Does this sound like your house? You’ve just had a long, hard day. You finally get home. You sit down to relax and, without fail, someone asks the question:

What’s for dinner?

And you forgot to get groceries. So you spend too much on takeout. Again. And think that you really have to get this whole meal planning thing in gear next week.

If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. I’ve been right there with you. That’s why I want to talk a little today about something that has totally saved my sanity and taken my meal planning and budgeting game to a whole other level. Online grocery shopping.

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This is seriously the greatest thing ever created. Sitting at home. In my sweatpants. Ordering my groceries for the week. And then a nice, friendly delivery man brings them to my door at the specified time.

No more spending an hour at the store. Loading and unloading my groceries. Cursing the extra “impulse buys” the kids and I just had to have. This service has saved me time and money. It allows me to be intentional with my purchases and also free up the time I used to put into the grocery shopping process.

I’m going to talk a little about my top tips shopping online with the grocery store that I use. Hy-Vee. I’m know there are others, but this is my local grocery store, and the one I have experience with. If you have been on the fence about trying Hy-Vee’s delivery service, hopefully this post will give you some insight as to what to expect.

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  • Order 24 Hours in Advance
    You cannot order and expect delivery an hour later. Make sure you plan ahead. I’ve never had any issue scheduling a time when I schedule 24 hours in advance.
  • Don’t be afraid to select “No Substitutions”
    Hy-Vee offers you the option to allow or not allow substitutions. I’ve tried both. Since I am picky about my groceries, I’ve come to appreciate the “no substitutions” option. I do add a note that I am open to most substitutions and to please call with questions. They never hesitate to call and we can work out on the phone a suitable substitution that I am happy with.
  • Delivery is FREE on orders over $100
    Know if there is a delivery fee. Hy-Vee offers free delivery for orders over $100. I order once a week for a family of five. I am able to get free delivery and stay within my weekly grocery budget.
  • I do tip my delivery person
    When I’ve talked to people in person about this service, one of the most common questions I get is if I tip the delivery person. I do. They are always kind, friendly, and carry my groceries into my house and put them on my kitchen table for me. I feel that deserves a couple extra dollars for their effort.
  • Check Your Expiration Dates
    This is something we usually do in the store ourself, so when someone else is shopping for you, make sure you check those expiration dates when you put away your groceries. If you are frequently getting expiration dates that are sooner than you think is normal, call your local store and let them know.

For me, the option to order my groceries online and have them delivered to my door has been amazing. It has given me back both time and sanity that I lost spending hours wandering the aisles of the grocery store (many times with all three kids). If you are on the fence about trying a service like this, I would recommend giving it a go. It may end up being a game changer for you too.

Have you tried online grocery delivery? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Enjoy the Process

Enjoy the Process

We planted a garden for the first time this year. Not a big one, but it is a perfect size for our first attempt. We lovingly plowed up a small plot of land in the yard (with a little help from my Dad), planted our seeds, watered and cared for them, and have enjoyed watching them grow.

While we are waiting and watching, I noticed a few friends posting pictures to gardensocial media of the bountiful harvest they are receiving from their gardens. Us? Not quiet so much.

This made me impatient. I was putting in the time. Why didn’t my harvest look like theirs? Of course I had to post my frustrations to Facebook and got some thoughtful comments from friends.

But this got me thinking. How often does my impatience get me into trouble in life? How often do I focus so much on what I think the end result is going to be (or that my experiences aren’t looking like those of others around me), that I miss so many wonderful parts of the process that I’m experiencing right now.

Parenting is like this. We all put in a lot of time and effort to raise our kids. We try our best – never quite knowing if what we are doing is right. Hoping for a sneak peek of the person our child will become, to let us know we’re moving in the right direction. And raising a child is more than just “planting a seed” and hoping for the best. We cultivate and grow them at every opportunity because we never know which moments will have a lasting impact on their lives.

IMG_1060Fast forward to today. About a week since I took the picture above. Our garden is still growing. Slow and steady. Especially the peas. Every day my kids run out excitedly to see what has grown and what they can bring in today. We may not have experienced an overflowing bounty (not yet anyway, I still am holding out hope), but we are making slow and steady progress. And it is bring us joy.

The garden has given me something good to think back on when the trials of parenting rear their head. When I question my parenting method, or how I’m doing. It is a good reminder to always keep at it. The small moments of teaching, love, and encouragement. You might not see a big harvest overnight, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening under the surface. Growing stronger and waiting to sprout and blossom at any moment.

6 Things to do Instead of Checking Facebook

6 Things to do Instead of Checking Facebook

I have a confession. When I have a few free moments of time, do you know what I do? I check Facebook. Or Twitter. I scroll through my feed and use it as a way to kill time. I use to as a way to feel like I’m doing something and not just sitting there “doing nothing.”

Lately that got me thinking. What could I do, when I have a few minutes, instead of instantly reaching for my phone to scroll through social media sites? Now, don’t get me wrong. I like social media. I think it has a place and value. (Following these dogs on Facebook makes me smile). But this is about being intentional with my time. Not just scrolling through a feed to “kill five minutes” or because I’m putting something off.

So I started a list. My goal? Every time I reach for my phone with the sole intention of checking social media, I think about these things first. If I can do them instead, I do.

  1. Drop & Give Me 20.
    Out for a quick walk with one of my littles last week.
    Out for a quick walk with one of my littles last week.

    Exercise and me are not always friends. I am lousy at finding 30 solid minutes to work out. But five minutes to do crunches? A couple minutes for jumping jacks or push ups? That I can do. It keeps me active and not feeling like a total failure in the exercise department.

  2. The Dreaded Chores.
    You know the ones I’m talking about. The things we all put off but would only take five minutes if we really just did it? Take the dishes out of the dishwasher. Sweep the kitchen floor. Fold a load of laundry.
  3. Pick Up a Book.
    I always like to have an easy and fun book going. This is a great time to take five minutes to pick up my book.
  4. Write someone a handwritten note “just because.”
    Handwritten notes are a lost art. One of the main reason I don’t write more is because it feels like I just don’t have the time. Keep some notecards handy and send someone a little note and let them know they are loved – it will be sure to brighten their day!
  5. Actually sit and do nothing.
    We all tend to pick up our phones because, in the moment, it feels productive. But in a culture that is built on sound bytes and instant gratification, when was the last time you stopped to just think? We need those moments of nothing. Those moments where your brain can take a minute to decompress. To think. To dream.
  6. Snuggle a Kid.
    I have three little ones still at home. I am very aware of how fast time flies and that they are not always going to enjoy hugs and snuggles from their Mama. Thus I make it a goal to get an extra hug or snuggle in every chance I get.

So next time you sit down for a minute and reach for your phone, stop and think. Is there something else you’d like to do with your free minutes? Something that may bring extra joy, value, or happiness to yourself or someone else? Try it. It may be way better than checking your Facebook feed one. more. time.

Embrace.

Embrace.

Embrace.

noun. The act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically.

With the changing of the season, comes a great time for reflection. Did you know that 2016 is now over half over? Does that excite you? Invigorate you? Scare you?

For me, it has been a great time to take a step back and evaluate how the year is going. I’ll be honest. A lot has changed in my life since I put my 2016 goals on paper last December. And that got me thinking about where I wanted to have my focus as we enter the warm summer months. The months where the kids are out of school. The months of new opportunities and adventures. Also the months of trying to balance work, life, and family a little differently than we do during the school year.

The word that kept coming to mind? Embrace.

Embracing. Accepting. Enjoying. Whatever comes my way this summer. Inviting it in. Seeing where things go.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to abandon goals, hard work, and being intentional. I am just choosing to embrace the season and renew my focus to make the moments count.

This summer, I choose to:

~ Embrace Home
~ Embrace Work
~ Embrace a Change in Pace
~ Embrace Faith
~ Embrace Learning

Let’s take the journey together this summer and embrace what life has in store.