Monday, June 26, 2017

PSA: Kroger ClickList

Well, friends, it's been quite a start to the summer.  The first week of the tennis program started off with a bang and while I thought it was just that stress that was causing me to feel like my heart was going to explode, I landed in the ICU the second week.  All is great now though!!  After a little shock (literally) my heart is back in rythm and it finally feels like summer can begin.

After all this excitement, Hubby and I just needed a few days to rest, relax, and take it easy.  With that in mind, we decided to try Kroger ClickList and boy were we glad we did!  It was incredibly easy, convenient, and allowed us to stock the fridge quickly with very little effort.



How it works:
Simply login to your Kroger account and click ClickList.  From there you can complete your shopping by adding items to your cart.  If you use a Kroger Plus card, there will be a special section for items you buy frequently.  If you're anything like me, this will speed things along as I tend to buy the same items over and over.  You can also shop sale items, by category, or simply search the item your seeking.


Within your selections you can give instructions, for instance green bananas or ripe avocados.  You can also choose whether or not to allow substitutions.


After your cart is full, simply choose your pickup day and time and head to the store.  (Hubby did this, and when I asked him to snap a few pics he looked at me like I had complely lost my mind. So, no photos....)



There are designated ClickList spots to park.  Call the number on the sign and within minutes your groceries are being loaded into your car.  They will alert you as to whether anything has been substituted and you have the option to decline the substitution.

This was absolutely perfect for our situation, especially considering the service fee is waived for your first three orders.  This would also be perfect for the busy working mom, ordering for a sick friend who lives far away, or when you arrive home from vacation to an empty fridge, not to mention when you just don't feel like shopping.

Now that the fridge is full, it's time to head to the pool for some more R and R....doctors orders, right?!?  ;)

Happy Shopping!

*This is not a sponsored post, just something that made life easier that I wanted to share with you!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Peanut Butter and Banana Energy Bites

Sweet friend KB has recently been raving about her new power ball breakfasts consisting of oats, bananas, and all sorts of other yummies she throws in there.  So when Hubby and I had a bunch of bananas that were on their last legs we thought we'd go for it.  I eat breakfast every day, but have a habit of running late so thought these would fit the bill nicely.


After scouring the internet I decided just to go for it without a real recipe.  We don't have flax seed and don't really care for chia seeds so we kept to what we could find in the pantry.  The end result was pretty yummy and they're so easy to keep on hand!  

Peanut Butter and Banana Energy Bites

Ingredients:
  • 2 large bananas, mashed (it ended up being about a cup)
  • 2 cups oats, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • couple squeezes honey
  • 1/4-1/2 t cinnamon
  • small handful mini chocolate chips (we used semisweet because that's what we had)
Directions:
  • Mash bananas in a bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Refrigerate mixture for about 30 minutes or until you're able to roll into balls.
  • Roll into 1 inch balls.
  • Refrigerate to store.
Notes:
  • Throw in whatever sounds good to you!  We've made them a few times and found that in this hive we like the cinnamon on the lighter side.  Sometimes we add more banana, sometimes we leave out the chocolate, it all really just depends on what's on hand.
  • You can make a large batch to keep in the freezer and just pull out a few at a time.  Freeze individually on a cookie sheet before putting into a giant Ziploc.  They defrost quickly.
  • Use a scoop to form the balls quickly and uniformly!

Monday, June 5, 2017

On My Bookshelf [The Hypnotist's Love Story]

Typically I love Liane Moriarty's books, as I've shared before with Big Little Lies and The Husband's Secret, however, I found this one fell just a bit short.  The Hypnotist's Love Story had such promise, but for whatever reason, it wasn't quite as gripping as the others.  All in all, however, it was still a decent, easy read.


Amazon says:
Ellen O'Farrell is a professional hynotherapist who work out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents.  It's a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history.  She's stoic about it but at this point, Ellen wouldn't mind a lasting one.  When she meets Patrick, she's optimistic.  He's attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back.  Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk.

Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised.  It turns out that Patrick's ex-girlfriend is stalking him.  Ellen thinks, Actually, that's kind of interesting.  She's dating someone worth stalking.  She's intrigued by the woman's motives.  In fact, she'd even love to meet her.

Ellen doesn't know it, but she already has.

I'd love to know what's on your bookshelf!!  I'm always looking for a good read, especially now that I'll be spending some time pool side!!

Happy Reading!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Nordstrom's Sale]

Happy Sunday!  I must have been living under a rock (or more like I've been working insane hours getting the tennis program started) but today is the last day to shop Nordstrom' Half Yearly Sale.  With that in mind I've picked out some favorites.  So....

Today I'm sipping....

This Mojito-esque cocktail is so light and refreshing...the perfect sweet treat on a hot day.  Stepping out to the garden to pick the mint seems to make it that much more like summer.



I'm shopping the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale.  I'm a little late in joining the game, but there are still some terrific deals to be had!

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse



Ruffle Crepe Top (Comes in a lovely pink blossom!)








What did you find during the sale??  Anything spectacular land in your cart??  

Happy Shopping!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What Makes Me Happy with The Uptown Acorn

I'm beyond excited to be sharing What Makes Me Happy with Ron of The Uptown Acorn today!


Hop on over to see the little things that bring me great joy!  I've been a long time reader of The Uptown Acorn and I can assure you, Ron has impeccable taste and a spectacularly beautiful home!  I'm honored to be included in his series.  

If you've popped over from Ron's blog, welcome!!  I'm thrilled to have you visiting!

HaPpY Wednesday!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Floral Maxi]

Happy Sunday!  With Summer quickly approaching, the weather becoming more and more beautiful, and the flowers blooming, I've been swooning over the floral maxi.  They're so reminiscent of my coveted Laura Ashley dresses from back in the day.  (Full disclosure: they may or may not still be hanging in the back of my closet...)

With the summer happy hour nearing, I'm sipping a Pink Sunset Delight....



...and I'm shopping for a floral maxi dress.
Nordstrom


http://shopstyle.it/l/vtq
Nordstrom


Asos

Happy Sipping and Shopping!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Five on Friday [512.17]

Happy Friday!!  Time is simply flying by so quickly!  The end of the school year is nearly upon us and things are just busier than ever.  Here are a few things that have been happening around our happy little hive:

ONE
We are counting down the days until the pool opens.  I mean, were counting down until the last day of school, too, but the pool just as important. Ha.  These Ralph Lauren beach towels are on sale!  I'm a sucker for stripes!


TWO
Dear Friend B surprised me with this darling little coozie.  I can hardly wait to use it on the boat this summer.  And let's just face it, everything is better with a monogram (especially if you combine it with pink and a bow)!!  She knows me well!



THREE
I've been carrying this pink delight since our trip to Florida.  I went a little crazy at the Kate Spade outlet, but it really was an amazing deal.  I LOVE the size.  It's big enough, but just not too big.  Although this one is a little different, it's very similar.   #happybirthdaytome



FOUR
Things have been crazy around here.  Cooking and grocery shopping have fallen by the wayside.  However, we whipped up this yummy little dish the other day.  Seriously so easy!  Perfect for the busy weeknight!



FIVE
Dear friend MDR treated us to a dinner featuring these beauties.  Such a special spring time treat.  My usual secret spots for finding morels hasn't been as productive this year, but we sure enjoyed these.  




Wishing y'all a wonderful weekend!  
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