Life got a little easier!

I am a mom with 4 kids, and finding any life hack, or any way possible to make my life just a little easier I will do it!

Going shopping has always been a hot mess for me. Making a list of things that I need, loosing the list or forgetting it at home. People in the store makes me crazy and stressed out or even if you are low are money and you go up and have to put things back. Hey I will admit I have been there! It is embarrassing!

I enjoy shopping online, Amazon, kijiji, varage sale anything possible that I don’t have to endure the stress of going to the store. Plus taking 4 kids into a store when my husband is not home just makes the stress 10 times worse because we all know kids want EVERYTHING. Hey so do I! but it can get out of hand when you say “Sorry not today” then freak out. Everyone gives you dirty looks, one person says “I would never have 4 kids” and it’s just all around horrible experience. Also having a child with ADHD and autism who doesn’t understand that “not today” doesn’t mean no it means just not right now.

One day we were in Walmart my son asked for a toy, I said “not today” and melt down, I was standing in the check out, line behind me, he decided to bolt. Now here I am trying to get him back 3 other kids line behind me everyones looking at me like I have 2 heads.

So I found a way to make my life just a little easier, grocery shopping online and let me tell you, this was a life saver ! Not only did it stop the stress, it helped me save money. WITH Walmart!

Through out the week when I run out of something that I don’t need right then and there I will add it to the list as I go and it saves it to your grocery cart. Instead of making a list that I always loose or forget I am at home making the list in my cart. I check what I need in the comfort of my home and order!

You pick a time slot whatever is convenient to you, plus it says the amount right there! no stress and worrying that will I have enough if you are on a budget! No forgetting something while you are there because you can see whats in your house while adding! If you make meal plans its easy to make it right on there by adding the to the cart what you want for the week! They will pick out all your groceries for you, email you telling you that its all picked out and when they don’t have something that you put in your cart they do their best to substitute it for something similar and the same price!

You drive up to the stops, and call the number, you tell them your name and you’re here for grocery pick up and they bring it right out to you! This is a big help when I have all 4 kids in the jeep and can’t go in.

Also guess what!!! ITS FREE! You pay for the amount of your groceries but the cost of the pick up is free!! Like shut the front door!!

Parenting is hard, life is hard really… anyway possible to make life easier.. DO IT!

Surviving Christmas Shopping

I never was big on shopping, even before I had kids.

Now what I mean by that I enjoy buying stuff, I just don’t enjoy going to the mall.

All these YouTube videos and commercials about all these toys that burp, fart and even some of the actually go to on the potty. Robot dogs that you can control and they walk with you like a real dog, and even things that hatch out of eggs!

Going online and you see all these parents going nuts about all the toys that are “IN” They  pay outrageous prices for these toys, lets be honest they will either break or the kids will just get bored of them or the would rather play with the box it came in.

I remember when I was younger and we got the sears wish book and my brother and I would open it and make a huge list of all the toys that we wanted. Even those our parents would only get a few things off our list, but it was still so much fun making that list. Writing to Santa letting him know what we wanted and him listening and pulling those toys out of his bag.

That’s what I get my kids to do, they write a list to Santa… of the toys that they actually want. One it helps them with writing and spelling and it gets their imagination going and excitement to write Santa a letter. Also it helps my husband and I with knowing what to actually buy them. We can walk into the store with a list and confidence knowing what stores we can go in grab what we want and leave.

Instead of hunting down that really big toy thats in, ask your child what they would like for Christmas. Ask them to write a letter to Santa and watch the excitement on their faces. Yes their list might be several pages long, and you might not understand some of the words they are trying to spell, but it will make them happy, and hey maybe pretend to mail it and write a letter back pretending to be Santa saying “I got your letter”

It’s not about how much money to spend on your child, its how much time you spend with them.