Happy 4th to me


Happy Fourth of July!

Right now, I am sitting on my couch with a cup of coffee, reading a magazine. Well, right, RIGHT now, I’m typing but you know what I mean. My front door is open and a cool, refreshing breeze is blowing through my home. Its completely silent. These moments are so rare and this moment is thanks to Instacart.

Now before you think, “Crap, another sponsored post” let me say, this isn’t sponsored. They have no idea I’m writing this and since I used my personal, not professional email, they probably have no idea I’m even a customer.

Last night, my hubs text messaged me to tell me he is taking the 4th off work to barbecue. While I appreciate him taking time off for our family, if we were going bbq, I needed to go grocery shopping. Instead of letting the kids sleep in the morning of the 4th of July, I now needed to wake up my three children, get everyone dressed and hair combed and to the grocery store. Awesome! (sarcasm).

About an hour later, I get another text, “I’m going to take the kids fishing in the morning. Well, not the baby. That should give you some shopping time.” Considerate, I know, but not wonderful. Now I have to get up even earlier, four hours earlier in fact, to get two kids dressed and ready to go, manage our toddler’s tantrum because she will want to go with everyone else, then get her ready and take an upset, fussy child to the grocery store. Super Awesome!

As I thought about all the potential scenarios for my morning, I typed in grocery delivery and Instacart popped up. Crap, I forgot about them! I’ve used them a couple of times. There was that time I forgot to get a cake for an event. Oops. That time my nephew and I were hankering for ice cream late night. Yum. Oh, and that time I went to Target for diapers and left with six bags but forgot the diapers and I WAS NOT going back. Don’t act like I’m the only one who does it. Still, I’ve never used them for a REAL grocery shopping trip.

I selected Safeway as the store and put all the items I needed into my cart and picked a delivery time. Options ranged, starting at one hour from my order time but I chose between 10 and 11 on the 4th of July. I downloaded the app and was able to keep in communication with my shopper. She alerted me when she needed to replace an item and I was able to tell her if that is okay, if there is another option I’d prefer, or whether she should just refund me for the item. I could chat with her at any time and I could see her on the delivery route as she made her way to me. Since the baby was asleep, I greeted her at the door and asked her to leave the bags on the porch. She did and that was it! I didn’t have to get cash, sign anything, or find a tip. The Safeway receipt was in the bag but I was also emailed a final total total and receipt from Instacart and given the option of tipping (think Starbucks app).

Okay, the gates of heaven may not have opened up for you like they did for me but I HATE GROCERY SHOPPING and imagine the possibilities! How much time could you save? What else could you be doing? I don’t know about you, but more than once I’ve ended up with a house full of children I hadn’t expected or had an unplanned visit from my little cousins/nephews. Do you have any idea how much four teenage boys can eat?!

So yeah, I still had to get up at the crack of dawn and get my two oldest children ready for a fishing trip with their dad, but after that, I spent my morning in my pjs, sipping coffee, reading a magazine, and typing a post for you guys (a feat I haven’t had the time to accomplish in months I might add), while the little one sleeps in. So this moment of silence is all thanks to Instacart.