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Heading back to full-time work earlier this month meant getting my shiz together and putting systems in place to keep us organized to remove unnecessary stressors (well the ones we have control over, anyway). Truth bomb – we kinda fly by the seat of our pants over here and organization does not come naturally to us, but seeing how it helps our flow makes a small investment of time to get practical systems in place so worth it in the long run. These 3 services are kind of fabulous, and anything that helps our family simplify and stay afloat is worth sharing.
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Smart home delivery services have been a huge time-saver for us. I don’t know what cave I’ve been living in to have only stumbled upon Amazon’s Subscribe & Save service last month, but it’s fantastic. We’re already Prime Members because of pre-order & quick ship perks, and with the Subscribe & Save service you’re able to create a list of items you want delivered on a regular basis – our shipment comes by mid-month. Our list includes everyday essentials that we don’t want to run out of like toilet paper, paper towel, breakfast cereals, cleaning products, diapers (which you get 20% off using the Amazon Family service) and coffee (This one especially needs to be well-stocked 😉 Hello parent fuel! ).
What we love most about it:
– You can cancel anytime
– You can choose the frequency of delivery (ie. 1 month, 2 months, etc.) and change the frequency at any time
– After 5 items have been added to your list, you get 15% off your order (on top of any COUPONS (affiliate link) you can add to your account!)
– FREE shipping!
– Email reminders before your delivery goes out in case you need to modify/cancel items
One system that hasn’t been working for family management is the multiple to-do/grocery lists (you know the ones we forget on the counter every time😉!), strewn sticky notes and half-updated calendars. This kept family information in a scattered state and we needed something to keep us all in-sync. We’ve dropped lots of balls in this crazy stage of parenting, and Andrew and I always say we need a life organizer, not just a calendar. A personal assistant would be nice too 😉
Well I’m pretty sure we found it – Picniic has all the tools parents need to manage everyday family life in one central location that can be accessed and updated by anyone in the home from anywhere via desktop or mobile…genius! And the answer to our organizing prayers! It’s literally a virtual family assistant or hub with amazing features of a shared family calendar, grocery list, family news feed, meal planner, recipe sorter, to-do lists and more. Anything that removes stress, saves time, keeps everyone updated, and creates family efficiency is a major win in our books. It’s co-developed by a busy Dad who gets the need to remove family stressors, and it’s one of TIME magazine’s 50 best apps of the year hailed “A swiss army knife for keeping your family organized.” You should definitely check out this smart way to manage the crazy of family life.
I was pretty excited when HelloFresh reached out to partner this month. I’ve said it before – I’m just not a meal-planning mama, and being back to work means dinner prep is even more challenging. HelloFresh is #Helloamazing – the answer to this meal-planning delinquent’s prayers.
I’ve had my eye on meal delivery services for a while, and HelloFresh has always come up in conversation. We had 3 meals delivered to try – Teriyaki Chicken, Pork Schnitzel & Pesto Chicken.
We shared our experience on Insta-stories this past week, and here’s what we loved:
√ The meals are nutritious and delicious, made with farm-fresh ingredients that come premeasured – even the meat (which I dislike handling!) was sliced to perfection. Removing the prep time makes it easy to get our little people involved in the process too! The kids had fun being mini sous chefs
√ Efficiency – no meal-planning or special grocery shopping needed, and the boxes come delivered to your front door on a prescheduled time. You can order from anywhere, anytime on your desktop or mobile app
√ Flexibility – you can modify, pause or cancel your delivery at anytime. No questions asked. No contracts to sign
√ Variety – we have the opportunity to try so many dishes we may not have otherwise, which is helping us expand our kids’ palates and try new tastes. Even our pickiest of the bunch gobbled them up!
√ The Family Plan which lets you adjust the number of people you need to feed in your gan
√ Earth-Friendly – all the packaging is 100% recyclable and safe to place in your blue bins with other household recyclables. The ice packs are filled with non-toxic saltwater solution and can be reused for coolers or lunchboxes. Precise ingredient measurements also mean less food waste.
As a thank you to our followers, HelloFresh has generously offered a 40% discount off your first HelloFresh box! Use “KERR-40” at checkout at hellofresh.ca/tasty/.
The above systems have removed some of the time-sucks and frenzy from our family life, adding some relief and order to our every day. Anything that simplifies the crazy, and buys us time to enjoy life’s more fulfilling things outside of responsibilities is a major parenting win over here.
If you try any of these, please let us know if you found them useful in the comments.
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Keep well xo