Adulting ain’t easy

Full disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own and this post is only to share my experience.

Sometimes you just don’t want to adult. Grocery shopping can be a pain in the ass when you have kids and really, even the kidless just don’t want to adult sometimes. So of course, brilliant market researchers took notice and low and behold, “Click & Collect” grocery shopping was born.

If you’ve been living under a rock, Click & Collect shopping consists of you shopping for your groceries at home via the Internet, driving to the store, parking your car, calling a number, and having a store associate load everything into your vehicle for you. Really, it’s a wonderful idea for those with mobility issues or if you have young children who are terrors while in stores. I’m a big fan of going into a store an physically buying my groceries myself, especially my produce, but I was feeling extra lazy after Christmas and since my go-to grocery store recently launched their Click & Collect program I decided to give it a try. Have a little faith, you know?

I was actually quite pleased with the experience. The website was easy to navigate and it was easy to find everything I wanted. I was even able to edit my order after I realized that I forgot to include a couple items in my cart. I especially liked the “Special notes” section for the items – I was able to ask for the greenest bananas possible and mention what kind of substitute I’d like if the item I wanted wasn’t available.

When it came to my biggest apprehension – the produce –  I was pretty satisfied with the quality. My bananas were as green as can be and the red and green peppers I wanted were in great shape. There was a bit of a misunderstanding on the mushrooms I asked for; while most produce you purchased by the “each” (6 bananas, 4 apples, etc.), mushrooms were by the kilogram. I never weigh my produce, I just go by looks and quantity, so I guessed on the weight and made a note that I just wanted 6 mushrooms. My personal shopper either didn’t see my note or disregarded it, because I received a huge bag of mushrooms. Not a huge deal because I used most of them over time, but still something to mention. I’m also super picky when it comes to selecting which apples to buy, and while I got the variety I wanted (Galas) they weren’t up to my standards in freshness. (Which is tricky enough in the winter, but really, they were still edible.)

Checking out was fairly easy – I selected what time I wanted to pick up my order the next day (same day pick up is available if you place your order before a certain time), and then I entered my payment information. I got the option to use my club card points on certain items if I wished (I didn’t), and I even got $10 off my order for being a first-time online customer. Yay!

When I went to get my groceries the next day I rolled right into a reserved parking spot and called the number I was given to have my groceries brought out to me. I think I only waited about 10 minutes from calling in to having my groceries loaded into the truck? Not too bad considering Norah was having a shitfit in the backseat because she LOOOOOVES going into the store and was getting mad that I wasn’t getting her out of her carseat.

I suppose what it all boils down to is the question of whether or not I’d use the Click & Collect program again, and the answer is “Probably not.” Don’t get me wrong, I loved the convenience of it and not having to drag the kids through the store, but I also enjoy the socialization aspect of grocery shopping. Being a past employee, I know a lot of the staff still and enjoy catching up with them, plus I do run into other people I know, so I say “Probably not” with that in mind. However, if I was deathly ill and needed to still be an adult and make sure the kids are eating flour and uncooked pasta, then I’d absolutely take advantage. (Hell, they even deliver right to your house for a small fee!)

Sure, adulting ain’t easy sometimes, but perhaps this is one of those adulting moments that I don’t mind doing.

Have you used a Click & Collect grocery service? How was your experience? (No need to name businesses if you don’t wish to! I’ll happily tell you who I used via email.)

 

 

 

Viva La Juicy

Over the past 5+ years of being in the parenting game, I’ve learned that some things quickly get forgotten about. Laundry. Dinner in the oven. Cleaning the toilets. Basically, life becomes a big bag of Hashtag: Ain’t got time for that.

Of course, there’s the little things that get forgotten about too, like putting yourself together and smelling good. In all honesty, I can’t remember the last time I spritzed myself with a little perfume. Maybe to work? Or on a date with my husband? Either way, the lonely bottle of smelly stuff circa 2005(?) I have got jammed in the back of a bathroom drawer and hasn’t seen the light of day since, well, who knows.

20171201_141722.jpgWhen I was asked by Influenster to give Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture a try, I figured, “Why not?!” Just because I’m a mom doesn’t mean I have to smell like goldfishy crackers when I’m out running errands.

It’s been so long since I’ve spent any amount of time at a cosmetics counter that I don’t even know where I’d start, but thanks to Influenster, I don’t think I’ll have to look very hard once my little sample spritzers of Viva La Juicy run out! With sweet scents of wildberries, vanilla, and jasmine, I was pleasantly surprised by how light and feminine the eau de parfum is! (Bonus points for Kyle also liking the smell!) One little spray lasted nearly all day and not once was I asked if I dumped a bottle of perfume on my head.

To be honest, I don’t think Juicy Couture would have ever been on my radar for perfume, simply because the pink and blingy-gold packaging doesn’t speak to me personally, but I really do love the scent! Call me crazy, but smelling good can make a gal feel 1,000 times more confident, even when dragging a screaming 2-year old around a grocery store. Agreed? ;)

What’s your favourite go-to scent? Fruity? Spicy? Musky? Au naturel?

Full disclosure: I received complimentary samples of this product from Influenster Canada for testing purposes. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Product Review: Bioré Baking Soda

I have battled with acne since I hit puberty. Over the past 18 years or so, I’ve tried almost every remedy under the sun: drug-store brands, prescription cleansers, as-seen-on-TV systems, you name it, I’ve probably used it!

While my acne these days isn’t nearly as it bad as it was 18 years ago, I’m still prone to breakouts if I don’t wash my face on a regular basis. Throw in post-pregnancy hormone swings, and my skin is all sorts of whacky. It gets tiring, but what can you do?

Well, enter Bioré. It was like the freebie gods were looking down on me, because I was sent not one, but two different products to try and test! While my usual facial cleanser was doing an alright job I was still having the odd breakout, so I was curious to see if switching up cleansers would have any affect.

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Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser (L) and Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub (R).

I first gave the Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub a try as it was the most intriguing. Basically, it’s a powder scrub that’s activated by water; you pore a quarter-size amount into the palm of your hand, let it get wet, and then science happens and you have a scrub!

To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the scrub. It had an odd lemony scent and tingled more than my liking while I washed my face. Also, my face felt slimy even after rinsing the scrub off throughly with hot water. So, how well did it work? Well, for my skin, not so well. I washed with it once a day (my usual face washing regime) for just shy of a week and was broken out more than when I started using the scrub. It was a bit of a letdown and when I saw the price tag at my local big-box retail store I was surprised! Not worth the hefty price, IMO.

After that letdown, I moved onto the Baking Soda Pore Cleanser. While I was preparing myself for more less than stellar results, I’m actually pleased to say that I had better results than the scrub. The scent is pleasant, there was no irritating tingling sensation, and I was able to manage my acne better than the scrub. I’ve been using the cleanser for about three weeks and haven’t had any more breakouts to speak of. The cleanser definitely trumps the scrub!

Of course, the question of the hour is, would I be willing to switch to the Bioré Baking Soda Cleanser from my usual brand? Keeping with the whole “full honesty” policy of this review, most likely not. I don’t think the Bioré cleanser is doing a better job than my usual cleanser at keeping acne at bay, and since it’s about $1.50 more in price it’s not worth it to me.

So, final verdict? Cleanser: Okay, Scrub: Nay. Perhaps someone with a different skin type may have different results, but for my wonky skin it was just alright.

Full disclosure: I received these products for free from Influenster in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.