As if mama didn't have enough to worry about when walking the grocery aisles – organic produce, food dyes, and the dirty dozen produce items to name a few – she can now add the store's grocery carts to their list. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 24,200 tots had to be treated in emergency rooms due to injuries involving falls from shopping carts. From cart related accidents to whining kids, a visit to the supermarket is never quite a walk in the park. Check out these five tips for shopping for food with your tykes in tow.
Food is an essential part of our lives. As an avid foodie, I wholeheartedly stand by that statement. I love cooking at home, and sometimes groceries can get quite pricey, especially if you're going organic. I'm wondering — how much do you spend on supermarket shopping a month?
I always see people take some bites of a sample at a supermarket, then walk away without buying anything. When you don't have any intention of buying the delectable products, do you still take a bite of their samples?
I recently decided to take a quick look at a nearby farmers market without the intention of buying anything. It's been a while since I've checked it out, and I'm the type of person that loves browsing the supermarket and flipping through recipe books to look at food. I like to call it food window shopping.
While browsing, I chanced upon a German bakery stall and started drooling over this goat cheese and chorizo quiche. It was $4.25 and I didn't bring enough cash because I didn't think I was going to buy anything. I was honest with the seller and told him all I had in my wallet was $3 and we struck a deal.
Prices are set in supermarkets and you can't exactly start haggling with the Whole Foods salesperson, but it's definitely done in farmers markets. Would you bargain at a farmers market?
A trip to the supermarket isn't usually on a lil one's list of favorite activities. Aisles filled with goodies that mom won't add to the cart is quite a tease. While we all do not have the luxury of babysitting services at our local grocery stores, we can create our own activities to occupy our tots that help them build important learning skills while allowing us to get our errand done. Check out these five ways to incorporate learning into an everyday errand.
On the road to becoming the healthy, happy you, it pays to be organized. Keeping a mental list of all your various projects can be overwhelming. There is just no way to remember all those things you need and want to do.
Many of us use day planners for work, so why not use a planner as a tool for your personal life as well? I came across these from lobotoMe.com. Talk about organization! They make notepads for everything.
My favorite is the Feed ME meal planning to do list. It's a pad of 50 sheets ($8) and helps you plan out your meals for an entire week. On the right-hand side, there is a preprinted grocery list so you can keep track of all of the ingredients you need so you are organized when you go to the grocery store. This way you don't wander into the cookie and chip aisle, and hopefully the organized list keeps you from having to make multiple trips back to the store for forgotten ingredients.
I also like the organizeME Weekly Planner ($16 per pad of 60). It's a way to organize all the chores and errands you need to get done in each day, and a way to remember to take care of yourself too. It has a spot to write down what healthy dinner, exercise, and "me time" you have planned Monday through Sunday. It even has a little spot on the bottom to check off when you've had your 8 glasses of water a day. These sheets can tear off and fold to fit in most daily planners.
Taking care of yourself is something you need to do everyday, and sometimes you need to plan for it in advance. I'm all for anything that can make eating healthy, getting exercise, and staying stress-free easier. There's a lot to keep track of, and these day planners can help keep you on track.