H-E-B Curbside Grocery: A Mom’s Best Friend

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Addie has been home nearly 2 years from the hospital after her 10 month stay, and our lives are busier than ever. Between therapy sessions, doctor appointments, my jobs with Young Living and blogging, Mathew’s job, trying to get to workouts, and attempting to put in some fun stuff in there, we’ve got a lot on our plates. One of my favorite things to do (and I swear I sound so old saying this), is go to H-E-B to just get out of the house for a bit and shop for groceries. I have a special meal planning and shopping list printable that I use so I am organized, too! Y’all- I go to H-E-B so much the cashiers know me.

As much as I enjoy going to H-E-B to spend a few moments to myself, sometimes our days are just too packed! I’m sure you other moms can relate, right? After a busy day, the last thing you want to do is go to the grocery store and take the time to shop and then cook dinner. Surely I’m not alone! Sometimes I’m not able to get to H-E-B until 6 or 7 depending on our day, and then by the time I’m home and make dinner, it’s already 8 or 8:30! Too late for Mathew and I, and by that time Addie has already eaten and gone to bed. I hate days like that.

Thankfully, H-E-B Curbside has opened near us and it’s been life changing for our family! I recently was invited by H-E-B to check out their Granbury location and finally try curbside for myself, and I was incredibly surprised at how easy the process was. I hadn’t utilized the curbside service at my local H-E-B because I thought the process might be complicated or they might not pick the produce the way I like it, so I loved getting the opportunity to try it!

 

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All I had to do was go to the H-E-B Curbside website and I just typed in the products I needed. Everything was easy to locate and I liked that the website let me know if something was on sale or was a better price. There’s also the ability to shop by aisle if you’re perusing and not really sure what you’re wanting to grab for meals. Once I was done, I clicked to look over my cart, made sure everything was there that I needed, and then I reserved a time slot. Even better? The first 4 times you try H-E-B Curbside, you get the curbside service for FREE! Not too shabby!

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I was able to find the Granbury H-E-B pretty easily thanks to my GPS and pulled up to an adorable store that was pretty busy! The parking lot was full and there were lots of people going in and out. It made me thankful that I was just having to use H-E-B Curbside because I didn’t want to have to go into an unfamiliar store and also deal with people. If you’ve never been to an H-E-B it’s pretty much the mecca in Texas. Not only does H-E-B provide groceries, but they have Texas Backyard (their gardening section with plants and beautiful outdoor furniture), a great household and kitchen selection, and my favorite, the healthy living aisle (so I can grab my Kombucha!)

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The H-E-B Curbside section was on the far right of the parking lot and when I pulled in there was a number to text. I wasn’t sure if H-E-B had my phone number in their system or how it worked, but I saw some other customers with their windows down, so I went ahead and did the same. Within a couple of minutes a H-E-B partner came out and asked me for my name. He also let me know that one thing I purchased wasn’t in stock (90/10 hamburger patties) and asked if I wouldn’t mind 80/20 patties. A minor difference that I didn’t mind, whatsoever. He told me they would be back shortly with my groceries and had me sign for my order on a tablet. Super easy.

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After maybe 5 minutes, another sweet H-E-B partner came to my car with all of my groceries. Since I was traveling to try the curbside at the Granbury H-E-B, I brought a cooler with ice for my meat and dairy. When choosing my groceries online I made sure to put a note at the bottom stating that I was coming from out of town and would have a cooler, so the H-E-B partner knew that already and had all my items separated perfectly for me. She put everything neatly into my cooler and trunk, and that was all I needed!

H-E-B Curbside service ended up being way easier and insanely less stressful than I thought it would be. When I came home, I immediately started unloading my groceries and made dinner. All my produce was as perfect as I would have chosen myself, and my whole order was correct. I love going to H-E-B and taking my time in the store for some quiet time, but I definitely will be utilizing this service again for busy days when I don’t have the time to run in the store. I already started my next order!

What’s your biggest reason for needing to use H-E-B curbside grocery service? Share in the comments!

How Not To Lose Yourself as a Stay-At-Home Mom

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It can be really easy to lose yourself as a stay-at-home mom if you’re not careful. It can creep in really slowly and then all of a sudden, you look in the mirror and find that you hardly recognize yourself. You know how I know? Because it has happened to me. Staying in pajamas all day was a “thing” and I barely made it to the vanity to brush my hair in the mornings. By the end of the day, I just would feel terrible about myself because I was still in pajamas from the night before! It doesn’t have to happen to you though, and I’m going to share just a few tips on how NOT to lose yourself as a stay-at-home mom.

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Set your schedule. One of the biggest things you can do for yourself is get a planner (I have this one) and get a schedule set up. For me, this is what keeps me sane. Don’t just shove that planner in a drawer, actually use it and refer to it daily. When you can set a schedule for yourself you’ll be able to make time for all the things you need to get done. I work from home (and am LOVING this book from Sarah Harnisch right now), so I plan time to do business when Addie naps or once Mathew is off work. We also schedule time for her different therapies, doctor appointments, and whatever else we need for the week.

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Get Stephanie’s outfit:

Sweater / Bottoms / Necklace / FitBit

Take some time for fitness. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again- fitness is important. I made sure to schedule working out 3 times a week with Camp Gladiator, and sometimes I even have the time to go 4 times a week. Scheduling time to workout isn’t easy. You have to want to do it, and you have to force it into your schedule, especially if you’re busy. Many workout facilities have childcare options so you can bring the kids along, and 1 hour of your day is going to get you in the mood for focusing on your tasks for the day. Try finding a local workout program or gym near you, or even YouTube some fitness vloggers like Blogilates or Kayla Itsines.

I’m all about wearing workout clothes that can double as athleisure because I’m usually running errands after working out (groceries anyone?) I’m a huge fan of prAna because they’re comfortable for working out, their clothes are sustainable, and I can just throw the sweater on top of my workout tank and do what I need to do for the morning. Everything is made from organic cotton or hemp, so they are amazing for moisture wicking.

You guys know I’ve been on a journey the past 2 years in making our home greener, and I love that the clothes from prAna are mindfully made in order to support fair trade and sustainable practices. We are the gatekeepers to our homes, and we can make an impact on our world if we try. One way to do that is to make sure that the things you buy have a positive impact on our planet and will make a positive impact in your home.

prAna gave me a discount code just for YOU to use now through April 14, 2017. Just enter code “PMOMVMW” during checkout for 15% off your purchase. Enjoy!

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Take a moment if you need. The struggle is real when it comes to being a stay-at-home mom. Between kids having their needs, your spouse having his needs, and you having your own needs- more often than not, everyone else’s needs usually get met before your own. It can be completely overwhelming to never get to leave your “job” at the end of the day. When I get overwhelmed, I love to get my Young Living essential oils out and do an “oil intervention” to just clear my head. Check out the video below to learn how to do it yourself!


I love oil interventions because it only takes 1-2 minutes to do, and I am back to being the level-headed person I need to be for my family, for my business, and just for my day in general!

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Make time for friends. I don’t know about you, but one thing that always brings me back to my “old” self is hanging around with friends. It is so important to keep up with your friendships during this stage of life so you don’t lose yourself! I love grabbing coffee with friends, inviting them over for some monthly essential oil DIY projects (where we all bring snacks, we chat for hours, and we play hilarious games), or getting dinner! Friends are such a key part of life and really can keep you grounded when you’re not feeling yourself. When Addie was in the hospital for 10 months, I was the world’s worst friend. Of course, I had a good excuse, but now that she’s been home almost 2 years, I am redeeming myself by seeing my friends as much as I can!

These are just some of the tools I use to stay true to myself while I’m a stay-at-home mom. How long have you been a stay-at-home mom? What are some things that make you feel better about yourself and about your day?

The Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever

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Want to surprise the love of your life with a fun dessert for Valentine's? This is the Best Valentine's Cookie Cake Ever and one that will win over the heart of anyone that you are looking for cupid's arrow to hit!

You know the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? That is the case when it comes to my husband, Mathew. I swear that man married me because of my cooking. I reeled him in in our dating days with my creamy chicken alfredo and my “oatstanding” oatmeal crasin cookies. Over the years, I’ve cooked a lot of delicious desserts, but there’s one thing he loves that is his love language- cookie cakes. I love baking cakes for my family’s birthdays and Mathew would always rather have a cookie cake instead! I never have been one to really enjoy cookie cakes, but this Valentine’s I was determined to make a cookie cake that not only he could enjoy, but that I could take a bite or two of and not want to spit out. So…I went through some of my favorite cookie recipes and am bringing you the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever!

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I’ll tell you, there’s a secret to making the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever- it’s to not over bake it. I like to err on the side of caution and set my timer for a couple minutes less than I usually would with typical cookies to make sure that it’s not overdone. In combination with my cookie recipe, it makes for seriously THE Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever.

Y’all know I love shopping at H-E-B, and they always have some great deals. I spotted one in particular, and found it was perfect for this recipe! If you buy the Handi-Foil Cook-N-Carry Heart Pans & Lids 2 pk for $3.97, you get 2 Pillsbury Cake Mixes and a Pillsbury Frosting FREE in store with your coupons! Of course, I needed the heart pans and frosting for the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever, so it was a no brainer to grab my coupons and get some free goodies. If you’re planning on making this, go get yours while they’re available! I also grabbed this cute little dutch bouquet in the floral department of H-E-B to put on my kitchen table. It’s so pretty and festive, and the perfect size for a little pop of color.

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The Best Valentine's Cookie Cake Ever
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
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Want to surprise the love of your life with a fun dessert for Valentine's? This is the Best Valentine's Cookie Cake Ever and one that will win over the heart of anyone that you are looking for cupid's arrow to hit!
Ingredients
  • 1 c Butter
  • ¾ c Sugar
  • 1 c Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 c H-E-B Select Ingredients Baker's Scoop All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2 c Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • Pillsbury Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Cook until butter is light brown in color and smells nutty. Then remove from heat.
  3. Combine sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Stir in browned butter.
  4. Carefully mix in eggs until just combined.
  5. In another bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Fold into other bowl until well combined but not over mixed.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Press dough into greased Handi-Foil Cook-N-Carry Heart Pan into a nice, even layer.
  8. Bake 10-15 minutes. Start your timer with 10 minutes and add time as needed until you achieve a light brown cookie.
  9. Cool completely and decorate with frosting and sprinkles.

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When I made this for Mathew, you should’ve seen how big his eyes got! He loves cookie cake so much! I used cream cheese frosting to give a little tang and offset some of the sweetness from the cookie. I don’t like desserts to be sickly sweet, and the cream cheese was a perfect pairing. I love making goodies for him and cookie cakes always seem to make him smile. Even better? He proclaimed, “This is the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever!” and it completely made my day.

Plan on making the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever? Head to your local H-E-B then tell us what you thought in the comments!