Back to Life, Back to Reality

 

Well hello there!!!!  After taking a long break as we found our legs as new family of six, I’m back to my little space here on the blog.  During my adoption-leave hiatus we have, traveled to China, brought home our little peanuty Collins, fought jet lag, navigated sibling rivalry and trauma, bought a car, sold a car, been on a hastily planned last minute family vacation, had a broken leg with toes to hip cast, had four cases of the flu, had therapies, and sports, and parties.  It’s been a whirlwind of a few months and I feel like we are still trying to find our new normal, but I’m ready to be back to sharing and documenting it all.  Thank you for your patience as we took this family time.  I thought what better way to jump back in than with a What’s Up Wednesday to catch up on all the happenings in Casa de Elsbury…

What we’re eating this week…

A delicious Italian sammy inspired by a recipe in Jen Hatmaker’s new book Of Mess and Moxie.  She mentions making this easy crowd pleaser after a day of grocery shopping when you are completely over thinking about food.  And that is exactly what I planned it for.

Vegetable soup – We like it spicy.  Must use Spicy V8 and creole seasoning

Black bean sweet potato tacos – my favorite

Sweet and sour tempura chicken (thank you, Trader Joe’s) and fried rice

Chili – a staple for this time of year.  I am loyal to this chili spice blend.

Pork chops, potatoes and veggies

What I’m reminiscing about…

China.  Posts and way too many photos of our trip coming up in the next few weeks!

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And our first little trip as a six pack was the perfect way to spend fall break.

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What I’m loving…

Well guys, like everything in life, I’m the last to jump on to every bandwagon.  I convince myself I will not get sucked into the vortex of whatever the current social craze or obsession is.  After years of convincing myself I was not one of those pumpkin crazy gals I gave in.  I ordered my first pumpkin spice latte.  My first in my entire 37 years of existence.  And y’all.  It was life changing.  Now I get what all of the hype is about.  It is flipping delicious.  Plus I am embarrassed to say that pumpkin is now permeating its way throughout the rest of my life as well.  Pumpkin O’s cereal from TJ?  Yes, please!  Pumpkin bread mix?  Why not!  Pumpkin creamer with my k-cup.  Abso-freakin-lutely.  Guys, It’s a problem.  I am now one of “those pumpkin people”.

What we’ve been up to…

See the first paragraph above 🙂  Life over the past couple months has been full to the max.

What I’m dreading…

My adoption leave from work is quickly coming to an end.  While I’m ready to get back to normal routine and time spent with people that don’t constantly ask for snacks sounds appealing, I’m anxious about transitioning back to work (even if it is only part time) and what that will look like.

What I’m working on…

Organizing pictures from our China trip so I can get a recap up before I forget all the details.

What I’m excited about…

We are thick in the heart of all things Halloween.  While Christmas is my ultimate favorite holiday, kids in costume just make my day.  I am excited to tour the neighborhood with my little band of trick-or-treaters this year.

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What I’m watching/reading…

I will have my What’s On My Bookshelf post up for the month on Thursday, but my current read, Reading People, paired perfectly with an aforementioned PSL on our road trip.

As for watching, fall TV is back so we are back to our favorites like Scandal, Big Bang Theory, etc.  Plus I just discovered the show Younger.  Have you watched it?  I just love Sutton Foster.  I am currently making my way through the first three seasons (I believe it’s on Hulu) and I believe it is currently on season 4.

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What I’m listening to…

Currently the quiet.  I am expecting to hear two little gals wake up from their naps at any moment.

What I’m wearing…

The past couple of weeks you never know if it’s going to be 80 degrees or 40 degrees.  So my wardrobe has been a bit of a everything.

One of my favorite things in the fall is choosing outfits for our fall family photos.  I wrote a bit about my process here.

Here’s a sneak peak of what we will be wearing this year…

Shane-grey vest/plaid button down, Me-necklace/cranberry top/booties, Collins-chambray top/floral leggings/boots, Quinn-chambray dress/faux fur vest (similar)/boots, Anderson-shirt/pants/boots, Owen-button up/pants/shoes

What I’m doing this weekend…

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Following this little flamingo around to all the Halloween things. Trunk or treats, fall parties, soccer tournaments, and pumpkins, oh my! It’s going to be a busy weekend.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

My goal is always to have my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving every year.  Given that I haven’t bought one single gift yet, I better get to shopping!

Bonus question: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish…

Well just the thought of Thanksgiving is giving me hives (see shopping goal above).  I’m not generally big on traditional “holiday food”.  Turkey, ham, dressing, etc.  No thank you.  But my favorite side dish at Thanksgiving has always been noodles.  We are talking simple egg noodles cooked in chicken or turkey broth.  They are in no way fancy but I love them and the holidays are the only time I eat them.

So there is a little of what has been going on around here.  Come back tomorrow for the largest What’s On My Bookshelf post ever.  I have a lot of books to catch up on and, spoiler alert, several of my favorites of the year are included.

It’s good to be back with you, friends!

Linking up with Mix and Match Mama, Sheaffer Told Me To and The Larson Lingo for What’s up Wednesday and What I Wore.

Family in Fifty: Mississippi

When our family took the unplanned path toward adopting Collins this year, we knew a big summer vacation wasn’t in the budget.  But we didn’t want to abandon our #familyinfifty goal of visiting all fifty states as a family.  When our dear friends moved to New Orleans last fall we knew we wanted to visit.  It was drivable, we were missing our friends, and they were kind enough to offer to host us in their home.  It was the perfect way to check Mississippi and Louisana off our list.  We looked at the calendar and found a long weekend, Thursday through Monday, that I wasn’t scheduled to work, and made our plans to head south.

Three kids-check!

Coffee-check!

DVD playing in back-check!

At Home in the World on audio up front-check!

We were ready to go!

Rather than taking the interstate all the way we chose the scenic view of the Natchez Trace Parkway.  Beautiful views and no traffic!

Goodbye Tennessee…Hello Alabama!

Then on to Mississippi!

One of our Family in Fifty rules is that we actually do an activity in each state, not just drive through.  We have been to Tennessee and Alabama already so we just trucked on through.  But Mississippi was new for us.  Our first stop…Tishomingo State Park.

After a long day in the car we were ready for a hike.  Notice sister in the background was too impatient to stop for the photo.

This old suspension bridge was beautiful, but there was a definite lack of safety measures.  I was convinced one of the kids was going to fall off.

Creek bed rocks are always a hit.

A family that explores together, stays together.

Three little monkeys, sitting in a tree.

She loves to explore.

And she also loves bugs.

We made it back to the trail head.

Back on the bridge.

Successful hike with three kids in tow.  We were happy campers.

We spent the night in Tupelo, Mississippi.  Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis, and they like to remind you of that everywhere.

With all of the car lovers in this family, a visit to the Tupelo Automobile Museum felt like the perfect outing.  We were told it is the private collection of a car enthusiast whose goal is to have 10 cars from each decade.  The cars are displayed in chronological order which is fun to see how they evolved.  The brilliant staff at the museum gave us this little car to push Quinn around in.  What a smart idea to corral the littles and to to keep hands off of the cars.

The oldest car was from 1886.  My favorite part was the old signs decorating the walls.

After the museum we strolled down the main street of downtown Tupelo.  We stopped for lunch at Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen.  It is a delicious farm to table restaurant that did not disappoint.  If you find yourself in Tupelo we highly recommend checking it out.

Look at all of those gorgeous fresh ingredients.

After lunch we strolled down the street and popped in to a few cute little shops.

Then it was time to jump back into the car and make the final leg of our journey to our friends in New Orleans.  Louisiana, here we come!

Linking up our favorite way to spend our weekends-TRAVELING-with Erika and Shay for Working It Wednesday: Weekends.

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Here’s a little peek into everyday life this past week…

The toppings of a yummy dinner only to be highlighted by Anderson starting his prayer with “on your mark, get set…oops, that’s not what I meant! Dear God…” #prayersofasixyearold #padthai

Finally! A day with no rain!!!

The only photo I managed to take today was when I was leaving work at 11:49 pm. 😴 Hopefully tomorrow is a better day.

I have a fairly strict rule for myself regarding purchasing coffee from a coffee shop (other than on vacation-then it’s free reign!). I allow myself one every 6-8 weeks to enjoy while I get my hair cut/colored. Today I broke my rule and used a Christmas gift card to treated myself to a little mocha. It was the perfect treat after too little sleep and a crazy busy day. #starbucks#pleasesendcaffeine

Second grade Muffins with Mom.

Monster Jam was a huge hit!!! Thank you DudDud for a great boys night. #monsterjam #zombie

Shane’s little blue car is getting tight so today we headed to the Louisville Auto Show to check out some future options. I’m pretty sure we climbed thru a thousand different vehicles.

Looking back we had four days’ pics that involved vehicles.  It looks like the theme to our week!  Check back tomorrow for Show and Tell Tuesday: Steal & Splurge.

Thanks for following along!

Show and Tell Tuesday: Christmas Traditions and Recipes

Today for Show and Tell Tuesday I’m linking up to share some of my favorite Christmas traditions and a couple of favorite recipes.  Some of these activities I’ve already shared this year and some I have not.  These are all things we love to incorporate into our holiday season.  We usually fit most of them in but sometimes there is an activity or two that has to wait until next Christmas.  Either way each tradition is special and meaningul to us.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

This is one of my favorite traditions.  Every year on Christmas Eve night my dad has read The Night Before Christmas to me.  Now story time includes the my kids.  Our book is 30+ year old and tiny and falling apart, so a couple of years ago we got a recordable book version as well so we can record DudDud reading the story.

(that is some serious eyeshadow I was sporting that year)

Visit Santa

All about our visit with the big guy here.

Charlestown square

We love meeting friends and strolling around to check out the lights in Charlestown.

Lights under Louisville

Every year Yanni and Sarah take the kids to the megacavern for Lights Under Louisville.  This tradition also somehow always involves a child that desparately needs to use the bathroom while waiting in line, so the travel potty in the van is a must for this outing.

Neighborhood lights

We love to take an evening and drive around looking at Christmas lights (apparently we REALLY like light traditions).  Hot chocolate/coffee are required and we have to get out of the car and take a picture in front of our favorite house.

Gingeread houses

I shared all about our gingerbread houses and why I’m a fan of the prebuilt ones here.

Carriage ride/caroling

Since I was in middle school we have had a tradition of taking a carriage ride through downtown Louisville and caroling (complete with song books!) with our dear friends the Daltons.

Cookies

Our Christmas cookies.  Always simple.  Always the same.  Our tradition.

Christmas movies

We don’t often sit down to watch a movie as a family, but during the Christmas season it is a favorite evening activity.  Bet you can’t guess what movie we were watching here.

Christmas jammies

Every year requires fun Christmas pj’s.

Polar express

We are hoping to make the trip to French Lick for the Polar Express an annual event.  If only I can remember to buy tickets early enough…

And finally, I am sharing two of my favorite recipes that I make only during the holidays.

Lump cookies

Lump cookies, or no bake cookies to the rest of the world, are probably my second favorite food.  Just behind popcorn.  But for some reason whenever anyone else makes them they are always dry and super disappointing.  The key to them not being dry is to boil them for EXACTLY one minute.  Not more, not less.  We always leave lump cookies for Santa.

Lump Cookies

2 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup cocoa (I prefer the Hershey’s special dark cocoa)

put above ingredients in a pan. Bring to a boil and boil for EXACTLY ONE MINUTE.  Set a timer.

in another bowl combine:

1 cup peanut butter

3 cup oatmeal (old fashioned oats, not quick oats)

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pour boiling ingredients over bowl and mix.

Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper lined cookie sheets and refrigerate until set.

Peanut Butter Pie

Another holiday favorite is super easy peanut butter pie

Peanut Butter Pie

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese

1 cup peanut butter

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

8 oz cool whip

combine all ingredients in mixer and mix.  Spoon into pie crust and freeze overnight.

Oreo Pie Crust

24 Oreo cookies (crumbled in food processor)

3 Tablespoons sugar

3 Tablespoons melted butter

mix ingredients together and press into pie pan.

Looking forward to continuing these traditions and incorporating new ones.  Merry Christmas!

A Christmas Cookie Tradition

Making Christmas cookies has been a yearly tradition my entire life.  One Saturday morning each December we would make a trip through the McDonald’s drive-thru and and take lunch to my grandma’s house for cookie making.

I’m happy to report that the tradition has stayed alive with the only substitution being a breakfast of eggs and bacon to replace the cheeseburger happy meals.

On Saturday morning we all donned our Christmas jammies (we are getting a lot of mileage out of them this year already) and headed to Mimi’s house.

The cookies we make are not fancy, but they are our tradition and super easy.

It’s more about the experience together than the actual outcome.  We have learned that with six small kids involved it’s best to have the cookies already baked so all we have to do is icing and sprinkles.

Everyone has their own method and vision with their cookies.

Some want to decorate and take their masterpieces to share with their teachers.  You’re welcome dear educators 😉

And some just want to eat the merchandise.

There is teamwork.

And collaboration.

The littles eventually snuck away for a conversation with Santa.

And to inspect the tree.

Just look at that adorable profile.

When you decorate cookies with an 8, 5, 3, 3, 2 and 1 year old they often look like this.

To many more years of cookies to come…

Feebee has arrived…and he brought breakfast

On Saturday evening we drug the tree upstairs before bed so we could start decorating first thing Sunday morning.  Typically our elf, Feebee, arrives the morning after we put up the tree.  Apparently a bare tree was enough to signal Feebee’s arrival because we woke up to find that Feebee had arrived and he brought us a sugary breakfast.

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Donuts, hot cocoa, marshmallows, festive plates and napkins and a note!  Not a typical breakfast around this house.  Only an elf would come up with it.  According to his note he thought our bare tree looked sad and needed some ornaments.  Ha!

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Someone couldn’t wait for a picture before he dug into the marshmallows.

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They were not going to wait for their sister to dig in.

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Powdered sugar face.

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Finally sister woke up from her first night in her big girl bed.

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Only a princess uses a straw to drink her hot chocolate.  A mug full of hot chocolate and donuts definitely filled this girl with joy.

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Feebee picked the perfect spot to oversee a day full of decorating and decking the halls.  But more on that tomorrow.

Fun Fact: Feebee first joined our family in 2009 and Owen, then one year old, named him “Feebee”.  Our elf is a boy so we decided that was the male way to spell Phoebe.  We later figured out he was trying to say “sweet pea”  but the name had already stuck.   I still think it is the perfect name.  Thanks for the breakfast, Feebee!

Sharing this Christmas tradition and linking up with Erika and Andrea.  Excited to share more traditions as we go thru this holiday season.

Friday Favorites: Thanksgiving Week

For most people it’s Black Friday, but for me it’s work then on to another round of Thanksgiving.  I’m not really a fan of the traditional Thanksgiving food.  Turkey and stuffing?  Nope.  I go for the desserts.  Before I indulge in more peanut butter pie and no-bake cookies it’s time for Friday Favorites…

Going Away Party

Last weekend we had a going away party for some dear friends that are moving to New Orleans.  It was a great Mardi Gras themed night filled with great friends and lots of laughter and fun.

I loved this progression of the girls getting ready for a photo.  There are about 45 similar pics on my phone.

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Finally settled down and ready.  (Don’t be confused.  I’m standing on the hearth while everyone else is standing on the ground.  I look weird being tall!)

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A husband who knows to always shoot from above has been trained well!

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Twinsies!

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We will miss you Kelly and Brandon!

Potty Training

A couple of weeks ago after a conversation with Quinn’s teacher, we realized it was time to step it up on the potty training.  We decided it was time to ditch the pull-ups and go strictly with underpants outside of sleeping times.  We are about two weeks in and she is doing great.  We even felt comfortable enough to let her sit on our bed for a little netflix on Thanksgiving morning.

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When we decided it was time for Operation Underpants we went to Target to let her pick out some new underpants.  She chose Peppa Pig and Finding Dory.  It seems to have done he trick.

Instant Pot


On our girls weekend a few weeks ago several people were raving about the Instant Pot.  I’ve been hearing lots of people talk about them lately so when I friend pointed out a great deal on Amazon (on sale for $60, normally $219), I decided to take the plunge.  I’m excited to try it out.  If you have one and have any great recipes or tips, let me know!

Thanksgiving Day Parade and Dog Show

While everyone in my house looks forward to our tradition of watching the parade, my favorite is the dog show that comes on after.  That’s right, the dog show.  Yes, I am terrified of dogs and will never own a pet.  But there is something about the dog show that sucks me in every.single.year.

Normal Hearing!

This week Quinn underwent a sedated ABR, a test that measures the hearing nerve’s response to sounds.  She has recently failed several hearing tests at school, the pediatrician and the ENT.  We wanted to make sure that we are not missing a hearing issue that could be contributing to her speech delay.  The results.  NORMAL HEARING!

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I’m going to be honest.  Waking up from anesthesia was UGLY.  But we are celebrating normal results.

Many and Pandy Books


This week Quinn has been obsessed with her Mandy and Pandy books.  We bought several of them before we went to China.  The books are written in both English and Chinese and come with a CD that reads the books in both languages.

She fell in love with these books instantly and they are still some of her favorites.  This girl loves anything with pandas.  They are definitely her favorite.


Yummy Breakfast

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Most mornings I have a cup of coffee and a greek yogurt for breakfast.  Lately I have been loving the pumpkin pie and caramel apple pie flavors.  Perfect for this time of year.  Add  a cup of cinnamon dolce coffee and you have the perfect cozy breakfast for the holidays.

Gilmore Girls

The new Gilmore Girls comes out today and I could not be more excited.  Can it be a favorite before I have watched it?  Yes.  Yes it can.

That’s it for this week.  As usual I’m linking up with Erika, Andrea, and Narci.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with your favorite people and favorite food.  Until next time!

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What’s Up Wednesday, October

Taking a break on my Disney recaps (you can catch up on days one, two and three) to catch up with the current everyday happenings in our world.  What better way to do that than with a What’s Up Wednesday.  Today for What’s Up Wednesday I’m answering these questions…

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What we are eating this week

Monday: Leftovers from our Sunday lunch at Huber’s

Tuesday: Sweet and sour chicken and asian vegetables

Wednesday: Tortellini (I will be working so Shane will be on his own)

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner (working again)

Friday: Spicy vegetable soup

Saturday: Lasagna (Shane makes the best lasagna using this recipe.  He is making a double batch so we can take some to another family in our church)

Sunday: out or leftovers

It is a crazy busy week so we are sticking with mostly super easy dinners.

What I’m reminiscing about

This time of year I am constantly thinking about our Halloween costumes from years past.  You can see some in my post here.

What I’m loving

My new coffee mug.

It’s perfectly me.  The sleep mask.  The robe.  The grumpy morning face.  It couldn’t be more perfect.  The other side says “mornings aren’t magical”.  #truth #notamorningperson

What We’ve been up to

All things fall.

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Apple picking, Halloween at the zoo, the list goes on.  It’s such a fun and festive time of year.

What I’m dreading

Taking Owen to get his annual labs drawn.  I’ve been putting it off because he can be quite the drama king when it comes to getting blood drawn or shots.

What I’m working on

Starting to make Christmas lists.  Yikes!

What I’m excited about

I have a girls weekend at our lake house planned in a couple of weeks with a bunch of my adoptive mom friends.  Yay!

What I’m reading

I’m finishing up Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice


Next up are

The Magnolia Story and

Present Over Perfect

What I’m listening to

This weekend Tim Tebow spoke at our church.  Guys, it was so good.  I want to have a sit down with his mother to discuss how she raised a son that is so bold in his faith.  I need her tips!

He also has a new book out, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms that might be a good gift idea to add to my list for some of the guys in our life.

What I’m doing this weekend

Surprisingly we don’t have a lot planned for this weekend.  We will be hitting up a Trunk or Treat and the school Trick or Treat night.  Plus the usual soccer, but otherwise  low key.

What I’m wearing

Jeans, booties, vests.  You know, all my favorite fall items.

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What I’m looking forward to next month

New Gilmore Girls!!!  I need to host a girls day complete with all things Gilmore Girls…coffee, junk food, take out, etc.  Who’s in???

 Bonus question: What is your favorite Halloween memory/picture?

That’s easy…

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Liking up with Mix and Match Mama, Sheaffer Told Me To and The Larson Lingo for What’s up Wednesday.

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Kroger ClickList vs. Walmart Grocery Pickup

Yes, I’m continuing to profess my love for online grocery pickup services.  Truly a game changer.  Can you tell how much I dislike the grocery store?  Doesn’t everyone want an hour and a half of time back every week in addition to not having to push a cart full of groceries to your car in the rain?

After a couple of months without stepping foot in a grocery store, I am comparing both Kroger ClickList and Walmart Grocery Pickup.  I have used each 4-5 times and here are my thoughts.

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Overall both services are very similar, easy to use and I would definitely recommend each of them.  With both stores you log in to choose an available date and pickup time window, enter your order and show up to pick up your groceries.   You don’t even have to get out of your car.  Just sit and drink your coffee while all the work is done for you.

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So simple.  These are the pros and cons of each based on my experiences.

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Kroger ClickList pros:

  • No minimum order
  • Able to make specific requests or comments on each item (for example: green bananas)
  • Easy to make changes to order until the night before pickup
  • Substitutions are well explained at pickup
  • Pay when you pick up

Kroger ClickList cons:

  • $4.95 service fee (waived for the first 3 orders)
  • In order to get my preferred Monday 8-9am time slot, I have to reserve my time a week in advance
  • More substitutions in my order
  • Slightly longer wait time during pickup

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Walmart Grocery Pickup pros:

  • No service fee
  • Wider selection of products as compared to my Kroger including items from throughout the store
  • Phone call when your order is ready
  • Slightly faster pickup time if you call when you are on your way
  • Pickup times more readily available at my store (I have placed my order at 10pm on Sunday night to pickup on Monday morning)

Walmart Grocery Pickup cons:

  • $30 minimum order
  • No way to make special requests or comments on each item
  • Not as easy to add items to completed order
  • Must enter credit card number while placing order

Cost comparison:

  • I was interested in the price difference, so on a week when my list wasn’t too large, I decided to enter the same order into each site.  Walmart was a few dollars less expensive.  Plus Kroger had the additional $4.95 service fee.

So far, both stores have provided excellent customer service.  The employees are friendly and helpful, though the Walmart employee was a great sport when I took his picture 🙂

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I have had a problem with the Kroger website being down and they called me to explain and offered me a $10 credit.  After updating my order on the Walmart website my coupon code no longer worked.  Customer service called and apologized and offered another $10 credit.  Both stores are working hard at customer service.

Both stores allow you to choose if you are ok with substitutions.  If the store is out of an ordered item, they will substitute a similar item and give it to you at the lower price.  I am typically not that picky on brands or package sizes so I don’t find this to be an issue.  I will say that Kroger has needed to substitute significantly more items in my orders.  If they substitute something that you do not like, both stores can easily remove it from your receipt.

Overall I have been very satisfied with both Kroger and Walmart Grocery pickup services but I might give a slight edge to Walmart.  More available pickup times and no service fee have swayed me.  In addition, I have ordered a present for a birthday party, a shower curtain liner, spray paint, and several other random non-grocery items from Walmart since you can order items from throughout the store.  Use this link or the code ROK9RUKV to get $10 off your first Walmart grocery pickup order (and I will get a discount too).

After making my meal plan and grocery list for the week, it takes me about 10 minutes to enter my order online and less than 5 minutes in the parking lot to pick up my groceries.  I may never enter a grocery store again.

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Now if I just had someone to put it all away…

Friday Favorites

Fall wardrobe shopping, a Chinese holiday, groceries, and amazing friends.  This week’s favorites are all over the place.  It’s time for another Friday Favorites.

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1. Outlet mall shopping

On Sunday I spent SIX HOURS sifting through the boys’ rooms to assess their clothing situation for fall.  It was awful at the time, but boy am I glad I did.  Owen has outgrown every single pair of his pants from last year and Anderson isn’t any better.  I already knew that all of Quinn’s clothes are getting too small, so some fall shopping was a necessity.  My mom graciously offered a trip to the outlet malls to get these kids ready for the cooler weather.

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My mom and I rarely spend any time alone together any more, so it was a nice girls day without any kids tagging along.

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Doesn’t everyone try on boys size 7 jeans to assess the leg size?  Poor Owen inherited my thighs.

Funny story, when we were checking out at one of the stores, the cashier kindly asked if I wanted to keep the hangers.  I vehemently said “NO!  I like all of my hangers to match!”.  I’m sure she thought I was a complete nut-job.  What can I say, my type-A self likes a cohesive looking closet.  (These are my favorite velvet hangers)

We had to snap a quick pic on our way out.  Apparently it was windy!

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2. Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Last weekend we did a low-key celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.

We did homemade lo-mein and store-bought spring rolls.  Because that is how we roll.  A little bit of homemade, a little bit of store bought.

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This girl loves her noodles.

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We finished off with our spin on traditional moon cakes.  Fudge rounds!

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3.  Grocery pick-up

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I am still loving my grocery pick-up.  I haven’t stepped foot in a grocery store in two months!

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Instead I sit in my car, drink coffee, and take awkward selfies while my groceries are loaded into my van.

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I have now done both Kroger ClickList and Walmart grocery pickup several times.  Check back next week on a post comparing the two.

4. Boys outing

Since Owen’s birthday he has had some money burning a hole in his pocket.  He has been asking to go to Target so he can pick out some new Hot Wheels.  Apparently the several hundred we own aren’t enough?  On Saturday I was heading out to run a couple of errands and he asked if he could tag along and stop at Target as well.  Anderson quickly hopped on board with his own money and off we went.

It was such a treat for them to spend as much time as they wanted in the car aisle carefully deciding on which cars they wanted and calculating if they had enough money.  I got asked several times if I would cover the sales tax 😉

In the end they proudly placed their selected cars on the check-out belt and handed the cashier their money.

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A fun little outing with just my boys.

5. Kossack adoption T-shirt

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Our friends are in the process of adopting from China and this T-shirt from their adoption fundraiser arrived this week.  How cute is this shirt???  The piggy tails!  I own several adoption fund raising shirts, and this one might be my favorite.

I believe they may have a few extra T-shirts to sell and are getting ready to launch an online auction.  Head over to Instagram @kossackadoption for the upcoming adoption auction to help support bringing their child home!

6. Texts from sweet friends

Finally, my last favorite is my awesome friends.  I received texts from a couple of friends this week encouraging me in this little blog endeavor.  Their kind words really touched me.  One even encouraged me to consider blogging about fashion and style.  Ha!  When I received this message I looked down and was wearing this:

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My wardrobe after a day filled with cleaning house, 12 loads of laundry, grocery pickup and a fresh new hair cut and color.  Not my most put-together look.

But, if you’re looking for what to wear when you are super petite (4’10”), maybe I’m your girl 😉

I will say that the comment absolutely made my day.  So never hesitate to send your friends a quick compliment.  It might just be a highlight of their week.

That’s all for this week’s Friday Favorites.  As always, I’m linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci.  If you are looking for a yummy dinner for the weekend, check out my post about Banh Mi bowls.  Or if you want to see what happens when I try to take a simple photo with all three of my kids, check here.  I will be working this weekend and starting to pack for Disney.  Fall break is coming soon!