Thursday, July 31, 2014

Get Groceries in your Pajamas with Walmart to Go

There was a time I loved going to the grocery store. I'd treat myself to a fancy coffee drink, and wander the aisles looking for new and interesting ingredients. I'd debate the merits of sourdough versus challah, read product labels, and hang out by the hot foods bar. Sadly, those days are no more.

These days, preparing to go to the grocery store feels a bit like preparing to go on a long international trip. You got your babies, diaper bags, stroller, Ergo, water bottles, snacks, and toys. The only thing missing is a partridge in a pear tree. I'm exhausted before we even leave the house. Once we get to the grocery store, it's pretty much a race against time. I'm grabbing things, throwing them in the cart, bouncing Little Lady in her carrier, and grabbing Little Man before he grabs an apple from the bottom of the apple pyramid sending the entire display toppling. It's so chaotic, people actually let us cut in checkout line just so they don't have to watch the drama unfold. Just thinking about it gives me hives.

So when Walmart asked if I'd to give their new grocery delivery service, Walmart To Go, a whirl, it took me approximately .000001 second to say yes. I'd order my groceries online in the comfort of my pajamas and some kind soul would bring them to my door? God bless America! Now, in the interest of being scientific (even though I felt an ugly cry coming on when I saw the delivery man because I was so utterly grateful), I took some mental notes on the process.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cinnamon'y Sweet Potato Puree and a Giveaway from Oxo

As a parent who loves food, I cannot wait to introduce my babies to solid food. I love seeing their faces when they try different flavors and textures and I totally dig how they have food favorites from such a young age. I don't love the extra laundry involving berry stains and pasta sauce but then again, you can't win all the time.

Little Man was an eater! We have a video of the first time we fed him rice cereal and he couldn't get enough. At one point in the video, he grabs the spoon and shoves it in his mouth because we just aren't feeding him fast enough. That eat-everything-in-sight baby is now a picky toddler and after a week of far too many meals involving plain white pasta, I watch that video in disbelief. Don't worry internets, we're still offering him lots of variety, including fruits and vegetables and whole grains, and hoping he'll come around when he's ready.

After feeding an uber picky toddler for the last few months, I'm definitely ready to feed another (hopefully) eat-everything-in-sight baby again. The Hubster jokes that I've been planning Little Lady's first meal of solid food even before she was born. So when Oxo sent over a box of their fantastic products designed to make homemade baby food an easy and fun process, I was totally on board. Like all Oxo products, their baby food products are cute and functional like their Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers which allow you to make a big batch of baby food, and freeze it in single serving portions. Plus, the containers have lids to prevent freezer burn and funky freezer smells.

The good folks at Oxo are giving you a chance to win your very own set of OXO Tot #FirstBites tools (including all the fantastic tools in the picture above!) along with a Seedling High Chair! You can enter via the submission form at the end of this post.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tillamook Farmer's Market and Dark Chocolate Sour Cream Muffins

Last week, the good folks at Tillamook invited me to a farmer's-market-style launch party to introduce their newest products. Since I was already a huge fan of their ice cream, I of course said yes. Plus, it would work out perfectly since we already planned to be in the city that morning to go to the San Francisco zoo. It made total sense right? Two adults, two babies, two back-to-back events. It was a bit crazy but we were feeling lucky. Or crazy.

After a full day at the zoo, it was time to hit up the pop-up farmer's market and both Little Man and Little Lady were minutes away from total meltdown. So we did what any sane parents would do. Placated Little Man with a lollipop, popped Little Lady in her Ergo, and made a mental pact to bolt from the event at the first sign of either kid truly losing it. That grin on my face? It's the grin of a crazed woman operating on borrowed time. Who was attempting to strike a pose. Unsuccessfully, I might add. Awk. Ward.