Ordering Groceries Online with Peapod Saves Me Time & Money


Tonight I walked into a grocery store for the first time in a couple weeks. In the last several months I have only been in a grocery store a handful of times.


I’m ordering my groceries online with Peapod.

Save Time


Last year I shared 7 things I do to make my life a little easier, and ordering groceries online was on the top of that list. Ordering groceries from the comfort of home is truly a game-changer. I save so much time each week by simply adding our needed items to the online cart. In fact, I usually begin by simply filling my cart with all the items I purchased the previous week. I do that with a simple click of a button, and then I adjust my cart as needed.

Save Money

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Not only do I save time by ordering my groceries online, I also save money. I am not tempted by every tasty item or once-in-a-lifetime sale. I stick to my list and buy what we need. I have stayed below my grocery budget for the last several months by staying out of the store. I even included ordering groceries from Peapod in my favorites post last month for this very reason.

A Few More Tips & Tidbits

~You can always pick up your groceries instead of having them delivered. You don’t tip at pick up, but do consider tipping your driver!

~Peapod does accept manufacter coupons. Just hand them to your driver!

~While handing him or her your coupons, also pass them your old Peapod grocery bags. They recycle them for you!

If you are looking to make your life a little easier and if you are looking to save time and money, then I suggest ordering your groceries online. A number of major grocery stores offer this service, so check to see what your local store offers!

If you live near a Stop & Shop, then check out Peapod! First time customers can receive $20 off their order.

What about you? Have you ever ordered your groceries online? Share your experiences below! I would love to hear from you!

Until next time,

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Gift Guide for Kids: 10 Ideas Under $50

Gift Guide for Kids_ 10 Ideas Under $50

I am sure there are many of you who are done with your Christmas shopping. For those of you who are still looking, here is my 2017 gift guide for kids! All these items can be found on Amazon for quick shipping and easy returns!

I hope you see something your child will enjoy!!

Happy shopping!!

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1) Who Was book series   

My children have enjoyed many books in this series. They are informative and well-written. There are so many choices that you are bound to find a good pick for your child! And don’t forget that they have the Who Is, What Was  and What Is books, as well.

If you have a middle grade reader, consider Wolf Hollow or Beyond the Bright Sea both by Lauren Wolk. These are even great books for adults. I just recently read both!

2) Connect 4  

Who doesn’t love a good, classic game?! This is one my kids have and enjoy playing!! Adults can get in on the fun, too! If you already have Connect 4, consider Guess Who?. That is probably one of my favorite games from my childhood and Amazon sells the retro version!!

3) Art Set

I included an art set in last year’s post, too. It’s a great option for so many kids! Don’t forget to grab a sketch pad to complete the gift.

4) Razor scooter

If you’re looking for a gift your children can enjoy outside, consider a Razor Scooter. There are lots of color and style options from which to choose.

5) Snap Circuits Jr.

My son has and enjoys Snap Circuits Jr. This is a 30 piece set that brings out the young scientist in your child! For more of a challenge, try out Snap Circuits with 60 pieces.

6) Brain Flakes

This is a toy that all 3 of my kids (ages 4, 8 & 11) enjoy. These colorful interlocking pieces allow for endless creativity!

7) Play tent

We have a few play tents that have been given as gifts over the years. Right now my girls have one set up in their bedroom. They add a little flare to any room and provide opportunity for lots of imaginative play!

8) LEGO City Town Bus Station

Any LEGO fans in your life?  A building kit is always a nice option, and my children have received a few over the years. This bus station stood out to me, but you can find the kit that catches your eye.

9) Floor puzzle

Melissa and Doug offer many floor puzzles that are colorful and detailed! It’s a fun gift to give a family with young children because they can all work on it together. For more of a challenge, check out this one with 100 pieces.

10) Melissa and Doug Imaginative Play Sets

Melissa and Doug sell endless toys and art activities. They have many play sets that spark imagination and creativity like this ice cream set.

What about you? What did you get the children in your life this year? I would love to hear from you, so drop me a comment below!

Until next time,

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Holiday Collection for Your Kids at Crazy 8

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Many of us have events coming up this holiday season. Finding festive items for your kids just got a little easier thanks to Crazy 8!!!

Perhaps you are looking for a little something sweet or a little something sparkly for your toddler girl.holidaytoddler

Or maybe you want some fun plaid and a festive sweater for your toddler boy.


There are plenty of options for your big kids, too.goldstandardoutfit

fairisleToday I was able to pick up a few pieces for my kids for Christmas Eve. Jump on over to Crazy 8, and see if you find anything you like!

Crazy 8 Sale On Now!

Until next time,

My 5 Favorites (November 2017)


It’s the middle of a new month, so I am back with my five favorites for the month of November. Each month I share with you some of the things I have been recently loving. Sometimes I even share longtime loves. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Peapod Grocery Delivery


Last year I shared 7 things I do to make my life a little easier. Number 2 on that list was: I order my groceries online. Where I live that happens thanks to Stop & Shop’s Peapod Grocery Delivery. I have loved Peapod because of how much time I save by not going to the grocery store. More recently, I have been loving how much money I save. The more I grocery shop online, the better I get at it. I have been staying under my grocery budget week after week thanks to Peapod. First time Peapod customers can get $20 off their order!

2. Slow Cooker Taco Soup


Because of our schedules on Wednesdays that is usually the day of the week I choose to do a crock pot (or slow cooker) meal. The other night I chose to make a soup from allrecipes.com that I have made several times, Slow Cooker Taco Soup. It’s tasty and easy. It’s the perfect simple meal for this time of the year!

3. Ebates

I love finding ways to save money while spending. I just began doing some Christmas shopping, and I have been making sure I shop through Ebates. It’s easy for me to earn cash back when I shop at any one of the 2,000 retailers listed on their site. Most recently I made purchases at Old Navy and Payless Shoes. Thanks to Ebates, I made a few dollars, too.  First time users can earn $10 by signing up through my link.  It’s a simple tool to use at this time of the year when we are shopping more than normal.

4. Suave Body Wash

I often use Suave Body Wash, and I don’t usually think too much about which kind I buy. A few months ago, though, I found their Almond Verbena and have named it my favorite! If you can’t find the Almond Verbena then you might want to try the Cocoa Butter and Shea. It’s probably my second favorite right now.

5. The Simple Show, Episode 88


The Simple Show with Tsh Oxenreider and a few other fabulous co-hosts has always been one of my favorite podcasts. I think Episode 88, No & Yes,  is an especially great one to listen to if you have been following my blog. They discuss the importance of no and yes in our lives. Take a listen!

Those are my 5 favorites for the month of November! I am looking forward to sharing more next month!

What about you? What is one of your favorites this month? I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment below!

For more of my favorites, click here.

Until next time,

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Gift Idea!!: 2 Blanket Scarves for $20 from Cents of Style

Cents of Style is back at it again, offering a great deal on their super, cute blanket scarves!!


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If you are looking for a great gift idea, this is one to grab!! This weekend you can get 2 blanket scarves for $20 + free shipping with code FRIDAYSCARF!!!!



Awesome colors and patterns to choose from…



Hope you find something you like!!!


Until next time,


A Cozy Gift Basket Idea

A Cozy Gift BasketIdea

I think one of the loveliest gifts you can give is a basket of items you know the recipient will enjoy. I find that a cozy-themed basket works well for a variety of people and can be customized for whomever you are choosing to make the basket.

So, whether you’re thinking about Christmas, you have a friend with an upcoming birthday, or you just want to give a gift to a friend in need, here are the things you need to make a cozy gift basket.

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Start with a basket.

I love the look of a rope basket , and you can find an endless amount of styles and sizes. If you are looking to save money in the basket department, head to your local Dollar Tree, and grab a large basket or bin there.

Add a blanket.

Nothing says cozy like a warm blanket. Pick your color, style, and size, and add it to the basket.

Next, choose a great book.

Wolf Hollow is a recent favorite of mine, so I would likely include that in my gift basket.

Pick a fun mug.

It’s hard to go wrong with a fun mug. It’s just another simple element that brings cozy to your gift basket.

And finally…a nice warm beverage completes the cozy basket.

I love chai, and I think many people would enjoy finding it in their gift basket.

There you have it! A few simple “ingredients” add up to a super cozy gift basket. You can spend as little or as much as you like on each item. Make it special and meaningful…make it cozy!!

What about you? What would you add to a cozy gift basket? I would love to hear from you, so leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Until next time,

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