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Hi, I’m Emily and when I’m not kicking ass in the gym or getting snacks for my kids for the millionth time or contemplating my new life as a person going through a divorce…I’m teaching sixth graders! (If you would like to hear more about what led me on this journey of empowering myself and other women, check out this post, mama.) Yes, that’s my day job, mamas. I feel so blessed to be able to say that I really do love my career. Teaching is such a phenomenally rewarding, intense, evolving, and dynamic profession. But if you have never actually sat in and observed a teacher (and I mean a good teacher that believes in their work and brings it 100% each day) then you wouldn’t truly understand how it can also be so so so draining. I spend many of my days in constant motion, moving around from table to table, interacting with 90 + kids, using my teacher voice, redirecting Johnny for the 14th time, and trying everything in my human ability to get these awesome kids to learn a new concept. And when I come home, I am so. freaking. tired.
I know I am preaching to the choir that our weekends go by in a flash. (PREACH, mama!) I, like so many other people out there, used to spend a good chunk of my Saturday doing something I realllllly didn’t like doing: grocery shopping. Yea, I know there are people that like to grocery shop and find it very therapeutic and blah blah blah. I am NOT one of those individuals. You know what I’m thinking about when I grocery shop? Here, I’ll just give you a snippet of what is happening in my brain/what I am saying as I casually stroll down the bread aisle:
Okay I got the peanut butter…wait where’s Grant? Omg he’s been abducted, and we are going to end up on Dateline. Wait, no he’s right here. Hmmm… do we have refried beans? I should get some. Wait, should I get some? Didn’t I buy some last week? Omg where is Grant? Okay he’s here with Claire. “NO we are NOT getting that, put it back NOW.” WHY are there like 4,000 people in this store right now? WHY can’t my kids just stay by the cart, instead of suddenly becoming possessed by the grocery store goblin and acting like PSYCHOPATHS for the entire duration of this experience? Ohhhh Poptarts, I do love Poptarts. WAIT, where’s Claire!?
And all of that happens in like a span of like, 20 seconds. But honestly, grocery shopping wears me OUT. I do my best to plan out my meals and get my list ready to go, but even then, the experience can be so overwhelming with large crowds, whiny kids, and long lines. From getting my kids into the car, driving to either one or two stores to get all of my necessary items for the week, to standing in line, then paying, driving home, and finally unpacking everything, it can suck up three hours of my weekend! No. Not okay!
But then I found a service that is super affordable, reliable, and helps to empower me by giving me back my weekend. I discovered INSTACART. I’m not kidding when I say I use this service EVERY week. I love love love love LOVE it. Simply put, Instacart is a grocery delivering service. It’s like Uber for grocery stores. So lemme take ya through how I do this each week. I have my grocery store sale ad (I always shop at Stater Bros), my laptop, and I’m in my kitchen so I can easily get up and check my pantry to see we still have a can or box of whatever. I’m usually always in my comfy AF pink robe drinking some coffee because it’s THE WEEKEND.
Here’s what my Instacart screen looks like while I’m chilling out in my pjs, grocery shopping like a champ:
Instacart has each department of your favorite grocery store organized so you can easily find the items you need. When you locate an item, simply add it to your virtual cart. YES, of course Instacart honors any sales or online digital coupons available. And yea you CAN purchase booze! (Bust out the wine glasses, baby!) Then, when you have double checked your pantry, fridge, and freezer to make sure you didn’t forget anything and you’ve asked your kids if they want anything specific for their lunches that week, and anythingggg else you need to do, you set up a time for delivery and boom your work is DONE, mama. You don’t have to deal with lines, other customers, your kids getting snatched from you while you’re figuring out which avocados you want… It. Is. So. Easy.
Okay, say you hit deliver and then like ten minutes later you’re like SHITTT I forgot that I have to make cookies for my kid’s class this week or you just realized you are out of graham crackers. If your personal shopper hasn’t started shopping yet, (and the app lets you know the status of your order throughout the entire process) you can add anything your little heart desires to your order.
You may be thinking, “Okay, Emily isn’t this just a knock-off of Amazon Fresh?” and I would scream in your face “ABSOLUTELY NOT MAMACITA!!!” I have used Amazon Fresh in the past and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Instacart is the better service of the two. Why? It is soooo much more personal. With Instacart, you can leave detailed notes for your shopper letting them know any preferences you have regarding your groceries. For example, I have a note letting my shoppers know that I want my bananas to be pretty green, because I cannot stand a too-sweet banana. Or I may leave a note saying, I don’t want the pears if they are soft. But it gets better. While your shopper is grocery shopping your order THEY CAN TEXT YOU THROUGH THE APP TO ASK YOU QUESTIONS OR LET YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON, ON THEIR END. I’m telling you it is such a personal experience! If the store is out of the bread you requested, your shopper can recommend a different brand that is near the same price, and you can text back via the app (so obviously, your privacy and your number are protected) to say yey or ney.
When your shopper done with your order, they actually call you to let you know they are done shopping and that your order will be delivered shortly. I never pick up this call because I am busy ENJOYING MY WEEKEND. When your shopper gets to your house, they ring your doorbell and you can have them leave the groceries on your front step or if you are comfortable with it, they can put them in your kitchen. They leave, you take 5 minutes to put everything away and just like that…your grocery shopping experience is over.
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It is so insanely empowering to have a service like Instacart handle a task for me that would otherwise take up so much of my precious time and energy. I’m learning how to let go in my life, empower myself, and how I can make myself a happier, less stressed mom and woman. Instacart has truly helped me with this. I truly cannot recommend this service enough!
Do you use Instacart, or any other service that helps you take back your time and your weekend? I would love to hear about it! If you have any questions at all please comment and I’ll answer them pronto, mama.