A Little Help Please

Now that I am working I find I need help just a little bit more than I did before. Whether that is someone to pick up the kids, let out the dog or babysit so I can get a much-needed break from my second job of keeping the house going and coordinating 5 people’s schedules. It is exhausting!! Last week I learned about a new app designed to make mom’s lives easier and helping us keep all the plates spinning without dropping any.

Little Helper recognizes that moms are the Chief Household Officers in most homes and that we could use some resources to help manage it. Whether that be finding a pet sitter, someone to take jr. to soccer practice or that precious baby sitter who you trust with your newborn. It is quite possible you already have these people in your network, but you don’t know how to find them. This is where the Little Helper app comes in.

Little Helper allows families to build what they call their “essential network.” These are the people you trust and depend on when you need help. It could be grandparents, trusted friends or regularly used sitters. But when you have a need, it takes crazy amounts of time to track them all down and see whose schedule works with yours. What if you could just post your need and your trusted people could see it and respond. You simply create the event, your network is notified and they respond if it works in their schedule.

Here’s a better explanation of how it works:

Facebook is awesome, but I don’t always want to broadcast my needs out to 1000 “friends”. Little Helper allows me to control who I ask. Have people in your trusted network who aren’t app savvy? They can use the online version and get emails notifying them that there is an event where you could use some help.

Little Helper is in beta, but they have a lot of great ideas they are working on to make it work even better. Best of all, they really want feedback to make it the best app it can be. The developers recognize that moms are often under resourced when it comes to managing all the details of their family’s lives and they want to be part of the solution. Download the app, build your network (and invite them to join as well) and save yourself a little sanity today.

This post was sponsored by Little Helper and The Motherhood. As always, all opinions are mine. 


Meijer Curbside Works for Me!


In all the years that I was a stay at home mom, one of my consistent life savers was meal planning. When I fall off the wagon, we all suffer. Eating out too much, eating crap too much, spending way too much on last minute trips to the grocery store. It’s a mess.

So when I went back to work, I knew that meal planning was going to become even more essential. Coming home at the end of a work day, the last thing I want to do is think about what to feed everyone for dinner. Bonus points if I plan a crock pot meal and come home to a house filled with the smell of something delicious!!

But even if I am on the ball and plan out the week’s meals, someone still has to get to the grocery store. Going on the weekends ranks right above sticking a fork in my eye. The stores are crazy crowded and weekends are time to chill and have fun with the family. But I am finding that my week gets filled rather quickly between work, appointments, volunteering and keeping some semblance of order around the house. Why was I constantly running out of time to get my shopping done?

Well the stars aligned and I was invited to try out Meijer’s curbside program. This isn’t a new program per se, but it is a revamped, expanding program and it just happened to be starting at the store that is perfect poised between work and school. It might not be Rosie the Robot, but it is certainly the next best thing.

Meijer curbside allows you to place an order for your groceries on-line and then pull up in a special lane where your groceries await you at a time of your choosing. Oh what I would have given for this service when my kids were little, all buckled in car seats, in the dead of Michigan winters!! But even now, while the ordering process takes some time, not having to battle crowds and lines and parking spaces is a life saver!!

Here are some other things you should know:

  • You can pick the time you want to pick up your groceries but it will typically be at least an hour from when you order. The hours after school and work do tend to fill up faster. If you are really specific about the time I would order a day in advance. You can pick up between 7 am and 9 pm.
  • You can tie your order to your mPerks account and the discounts automatically apply.
  • You can specify brands and also specify substitutions in case your shopper is unable to provide exactly what you order.
  • I found produce to be a tricky thing to order. The bananas they picked for me were bright green as were the avocados. Next time I will leave notes in the note section of the order specifying how I like my produce
  • There is a small fee for using curbside so I probably wouldn’t use it to grab a gallon of milk. But that really is up to you how much not getting out of your car is worth. I can promise you, there were days when my kids were really little where I would have paid $20 to not have to get out of the car.
  • Your groceries are bagged by frozen and refrigerated items. So if you only have a second to drop things at home before you run to the next thing, you can easily find which bags need to be put away first.
  • There is a way on the website to save things to favorites so if you have items you order week after week you can populate your order much faster. You can also search by what is on sale to save even more money.

Meijer Curbside is definitely making my life easier and I am very grateful it is here. They are expanding their services in Michigan and Ohio and hoping to add more in the future. Over the holidays they are even adding some surprises into your orders so it is the perfect time to give it a try!!

I was given a gift card to try out Meijer Curbside, but writing about it was up to me. I was so impressed with the service I wanted you to know about it! I am linking up to Works for me Wednesday at Giving Up On Perfect.

Sunday Chat

*tap, tap, tap*

Is this thing on? Oh my word I fell off the face of the earth there. Apparently that is what happens when you go back to work after a 12 year hiatus.

That’s right!! I’m a working woman. And I’m kind of loving it!! I took a position at my church coordinating all of their social media. It is a perfect fit for me. I work during school hours a couple of days of week and fill in the rest of my hours at home in my pajamas. I’m living the dream!!


I was unaware of the steep learning curve that is going back to work. Also apparently that robot we were all promised growing up on a steady diet of the Jetsons? Well Rosie continues to let me down. The laundry is piling up. These people still expect to be fed. And the cleaning fairy needs to be fired.

A month in and I am still flailing a bit. But little by little, we are getting it together. Well, as together as we get around here. #keepingitreal

This week I will share a few posts about some things that are helping me out as a new working mom. Hoping you find them helpful to. See you back here tomorrow!!

Saving Lives One Drop at a Time- Plus a GIVEAWAY #PowerofClean

I don’t know about you, but lately I feel very overwhelmed by all the bad news. I’m totally over the presidential race (before it has started). I am completely devastated by the refugee crisis. My Facebook feed seems to be filled with friends struggling in ways I cannot help. It is just all so much. And I just sit in the middle of it and feel so helpless!

I love it when I learn about simple ways to make a difference. If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know when I find an easy way to partner with a company and do good, I am going to let you know about it. And this one honestly might be the coolest yet.

I take for granted piles of things on a daily basis, but one of the biggest is that with the touch of a faucet I have clean drinking water any time I want. I googled some stats about clean water and found this fact from 2013.

85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet. 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.

You guys. This is heartbreaking. And it is yet another one of those causes that can make you feel helpless. Until you learn that there is a company doing something about it. Something awesome!

P&G is the brand behind a whole bunch of products I use and love. Tide, Crest, Dawn… the list goes on. But I didn’t know until recently that they are also the brand behind the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. The same scientists that figure out how to keep my clothes clean have figured out how to provide clean water across the globe. And I got to put that technology to the test in my very own kitchen.

First I had to dirty up my water. You can see the contrast next to the clean water:


Then I added the P&G Purifier of Water packet and stirred it up quickly creating a nice little vortex:

Side by Side

After about 5 minutes all the dirt separated from the water in the funkiest, coolest way:


I filtered out the dirt with a paper towel strainer and was left with clean drinking water. Amazing:

Clean Water

The power of clean water can transform the lives of children and their families. It means they no longer get sick from drinking dirty water so their health will dramatically improve. For children who used to miss school because they were sick, having clean water means they can attend school more regularly and get a better education. Parents who used to get sick or who had to stay home caring for their sick children can now earn a regular income and provide stability for their families. A game changer for sure.

So how can you help?

  • Share the Power of Clean Water video to donate a day of clean drinking water to a child in need on your behalf. 

  • Donate to the program at www.csdw.org. A small amount makes a big difference. It costs about 10 cents to share a P&G packet with a family in a developing country, and each one provides enough drinking water for a family of five for an entire day. $7.50 provides enough water for a year for a child. $30 provides enough water for an entire family for a year. Incredible what so little money can do.

P&G wants to encourage you to help share the message of the “Power of Clean Water”. Leave a comment below about something that struck you from the video. One randomly selected reader will receive a P&G product basket AND, the best part, a $30 donation in their honor to provide clean water for a family in need for one year. Giveaway ends Oct. 7th.

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of US & DC who are 18 years of age or older.  Giveaway starts 9/29/2015 and ends 10/07/2015.  Sponsored by The Motherhood in partnership with Procter and Gamble. For the full list of rules, click here.

Good luck and keep spreading the word!!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Motherhood and P&G. But I think it is a pretty awesome cause and all opinions are mine as always. 

Binge Watching- Mom’s Turn #StreamTeam

Do you have a list of shows you want to binge watch? I keep one in the notes section on my phone. We won’t discuss how long it is. What we can discuss is how every time I read something about a show everyone is buzzing about, I add it to the list. It is how I found Friday Night Lights and Parenthood and How I Met Your Mother and Scandal. I need to catch up on Scandal (got sidetracked by White Collar), but the rest I binge watched beginning to end. Thank you Netflix.

So often my Netflix posts focus on what your kids can watch. But don’t you deserve a little downtime at the end of your days. Maybe with a nice Cabernet? This month, let’s discuss the most binge-worthy shows you are missing on Netflix. Got your notepad ready?



Once Upon A Time

Once Upon a Time

Gotham: Season 1


The Walking Dead

Walking Dead

The Blacklist: Season 1-2


Grey’s Anatomy

Grey s Anatomy

The League: Season 6

The League



Every one of these minus The Walking Dead (can’t do zombies) and Grey’s Anatomy (gave up on that show when Christina left) is on my list. Which one of them should we watch next? Which one is on your list?

Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I received a year long membership to Netflix in exchange for these posts. All opinions are mine.