How many of us have learned lessons or made life adjustments since 2020? I’m sure we all have in some way, shape, or form. For some people, the life changes could have been big – moving to another state or switching to a career that brings you more joy. For others, the changes could have been smaller – spending more time outdoors or learning to say “no” to things.
For me, the biggest lesson I learned from 2020 was the value of family time. As life has picked back up for us, I’ve become keenly aware of how important it is for me, as a working mom, to protect our family time. This past year has encouraged me to really analyze my work-life balance and determine how I can maximize my time with my family without compromising my job or self-care.
One of the things I’ve realized is that during the school year, our family time is minimal to begin with. The girls are in school the majority of the day and most afternoons are filled with an activity for at least one of them. Weekends usually include a sporting game of some sort and/or a friend’s birthday party. All things my kids get joy from and in turn bring me joy. But, a busier schedule leaves us with precious hours a day during the week that I am simply not willing to give away to something else.
2020 made analyze how I am spending those precious “free hours” with my girls. Prior to this year we would spend some of that free time running errands or grocery shopping. Sure, we were together, but I wouldn’t exactly call it quality time. So, today I am partnering with Walmart to share how I am able to save time on chores and grocery shopping (a necessity, let’s be honest), by utilizing their online pick-up and delivery service.
If you’ve been following me for awhile, you are aware of how often I use their online pick-up and delivery service for groceries. Their produce is fresh and hand-picked by an associate, you can select your own grocery substitutions if an item isn’t available, and I can order it all online when my kids are asleep. We alternate between the pick-up and the delivery options based on if we’re out and about or how quickly we need the items.
The thing I didn’t clue into though until recently, was that you can order more than just groceries for pick-up or delivery. Yes, you read that right. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but as a working mom of two, this was huge news for me. For example, both of my girls needed a swim suit for swim team practice and I also needed several more items for our Easter celebration. Prior to realizing you could order more than groceries for delivery, I would have had to make 3 separate stops – one to a sporting goods store for the swimsuits, one for Easter items, and a separate one for groceries. Now though, I can order it all without ever even leaving my house!
And the other thing that’s nice is that if you choose the delivery option (there’s a small fee associated with delivery), you can schedule it days in advance. So for example, last week I only had time to shop on Thursday evening after the girls went to bed. So, I added all the grocery and non-grocery items to my cart and scheduled our delivery for Sunday morning. I knew in advance we were spending time with our girls Friday evening and that Saturday would be full of soccer and soft ball games. So, I chose a time when I knew we would be home – Sunday. Again, I typically try to do the pick-up option if I know I’m going to be out and about as it saves a couple bucks. But, I knew we were going to have a packed weekend, so having our groceries delivered was ideal.
All this to say, I was able to truly enjoy time with my family this past weekend and didn’t have to devote a single minute to grocery shopping. We maximized our time together as a family and still managed to get our chores done for the new week ahead.
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my favorite snack to get extra protein
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NOTE: There is a $35 requirement to quality for their online pick-up and delivery service and there is a small delivery fee. Our weekly grocery bill is always well above $35, so this never seems to be a problem.
This post was created in collaboration with Walmart. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support Fleurdille.