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The Adventures of Zach & Zoe: Part 18

Written By: Colleen - Feb• 13•16

They unwind after a busy day by sitting on mommy’s lap and watching nursery rhymes together…

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[Picture taken on Zach’s 20-month birthday, February 13, 2016.]

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So I Tried Prime Now…

Written By: Colleen - Feb• 12•16

So I figured my first step towards blogging more often would be an easy post. Baby steps…

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I tried Amazon’s Prime Now! Service just began in Raleigh. Last night, I realized that I needed to buy cookies for Zachary’s class’s Valentine’s Day party this afternoon. Since it was 11 p.m., going out to the store then was out of the question. I didn’t want to be bothered with stopping along the way to work (because getting out of the house early with a 20-month old is never a realistic option) and since I was planning on leaving early for the party, I hadn’t planned on taking a lunch break. So, I decided to see what Prime Now was all about.

primenow4How was it? Good! I only ordered groceries, so I can only speak to what that is like, but here are some pros and cons.

Pros: Well, ordering was super easy, and it was delivered to my office this morning within the time frame that it was supposed to. Success. It was nice to be able to follow a little map what tracked where the driver was as they were on their way with your delivery. They were packed pretty well, and used dry ice to keep the perishables cool. Using Prime Now definitely saved me what would have been an inconvenient trip to the store, which is what it’s all about at the end of the day.

Cons: The first downside is that you can only order it using an app on your phone. If I have a choice between using an app on my phone or using my computer, I will almost always choose using my computer. I hope one day, you can order through a computer. The other con is that it’s a $20 minimum per order. I totally understand this requirement. After all, it has to be worth the driver’s trip out there. The downside to this is that if you’re using it for groceries, their selection for the Raleigh area is still somewhat limited. The costs are generally comparable, but tend to be slightly higher than if you were to buy from Target or Walmart. The one thing that was cheaper through Now was Horizon’s Organic Whole Milk with DHA. I think it tends to run about $5.30 in stores out here, but was only $4.79 on Now. They also don’t have fresh produce such as salad or blueberries. So, while it saved me a trip to the store, it still didn’t save me a trip to the store, if that makes sense. I think if I had ordered things that I am always running out for at the last minute, like diapers and whole milk, I would have felt like it did more for me in the long run, haha.

primenow3Misc:  At checkout, Prime Now offers suggested tips for the driver. We never do delivery services for food and I have no real reason to take an Uber or taxi anywhere, so tipping was something I would have completely forgotten about if it hadn’t been suggested. That’s just something to keep in mind and factor in if you are shopping on a budget.

I definitely think that Prime Now is worth checking out and if you can find $20+ of what you need on there easily (and it isn’t going to wreck your budget), then it’s worth it. One thing to note, however: You get $10 off your first purchase if you use a promo code. I forgot the promo code, so I canceled my order within 45 seconds of placing it. I tried to redo the order and enter the code, but was rejected because it was technically not my “first” order. I admit, I was a bit put off by that. If it hadn’t been so late at night, I might have contacted customer service and contested that a bit. Oh well.

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Episode XXXII: Reclaiming Me

Written By: Colleen - Feb• 08•16

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Birthday Dinner Celebrating 32!

Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned. It’s been three months since my last post.

To be honest, I am forcing myself to write this post. Seriously. It took me an hour to write the first 129 words of this post. That’s pretty good considering it has taken me six months to get to the point that I am at now.

Today is my 32nd birthday. While my 31st year was just as awesome as my 30th year, it was also the year that I stopped taking care of me and really lost touch with myself. I think I made a few blog posts (or at least, I had the intentions of doing so), declaring that I was back and would be posting more, but it never came to fruition. That’s a shame because I had a lot to say last year. I just never made myself say it.

Last year was awesome in terms of new-motherhood. Zachary Louis rocks. He is just the coolest kid ever. I love being his mommy and I don’t mind how much it has changed my livestyle. That said, I need to find a better balance. Before Zach was born, I worked out six days a week for anywhere between 1-2.5 hours a day. During my maternity leave, we went for walks several days a week, and it allowed me to get some of my mojo back. I didn’t get to exercise much after I went back to work other than weekends and some Pure Barre during lunch time. A few things contributed to my newfound laziness:

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Ironic: 2015 Edition

Written By: Colleen - Nov• 10•15

Alanis was on “The Late Late Show” with James Corden last night. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of my favorite album of all-time, Jagged Little Pill, she performed “Ironic” (actually probably my least favorite song from that album actually), with updated lyrics to reflect the year 2015. I recently learned that Jagged Little Pill was originally released on June 13, which happens to also be Zachary’s birthday. <3.

Anyway, this feeds my soul tonight. I love it.

Bachelorette Care Package

Written By: Colleen - Nov• 06•15

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While I’m still in “wedding” wrap-up mode, I thought I would share the little goody bags that I made for my sister’s bachelorette party back in September. We spent a day doing a wine tour and visited several vineyards, so that’s what I was focusing the stuff inside around.

I got the burlap bags, tags, and silver Sharpies from Target. Don’t quote me on this exactly but I think the bags were $5 for a 4-pack and the tags were something like $2 for 10 of them. Here’s what was in the final kits:

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Bachelorette Party Kits:

I got the little packs of Advil from work (shhh) and already had the bath salts (bought at Marshalls or TJ Maxx) from another present I had made for Christmas (oh, that post is coming…). Everything else, I ordered from Amazon. You can actually also order those little Advil packets from Amazon if you wanted to. I printed off the labels for everything too. They didn’t photograph that well, but I swear they looked way better in person. I also bought little Fiji water bottles and gave them out with each goodie bag.

The Adventures of Zach and Zoe: Part 17

Written By: Colleen - Oct• 29•15

They help Daddy carve pumpkins together…

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I took about 50 pictures of Zach and Zoe last night on Jay’s nice camera, only to discover that the memory card wasn’t in it! I was SO upset. Luckily, I had snapped this one on Jay’s phone.

[Photo taken October 28, 2015, when Zachary was 16 months old.]

Pumpkin Picking in the 919: 2015 Edition

Written By: Colleen - Oct• 26•15

This past week, Jay and I took Zachary to a local farm to go pumpkin picking. We went to Hill Ridge Farms in Youngsville, NC. This place is crazy! It’s completely geared for children of all ages. It will be more and more fun every year as Zach gets older. The pumpkins themselves were kind of crappy, to be honest. They were imported, so not off the vine, and subject to however long they had been there. It was all about the experience, and Zach had a great time. I loved watching how excited he got just to run through a tunnel, haha. Anyway, here are a “few” pictures. I’m making a big album for Facebook that will have a lot more pictures.

Ready for some fun.

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Playing in the hay maze.

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Candy apple…

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Katelyn Rose Got Married

Written By: Colleen - Oct• 24•15

My sister Katelyn and my new brother-in-law Chris got married last Saturday, on October 17. My youngest sister, Christie, and I were the maid/matron of honor. The wedding was a lot of fun. Kate put a lot of work into having the wedding of her dreams, and it really paid off. She looked beautiful and so did everything else: the flowers, decor, theme, pictures, etc.

I was super nervous about my speech. It took me three nights and a lot of different drafts and angles before I finished it. I figured since I spent so much time on it, I’d share it here. I don’t think it sucks that much. I had a few compliments afterward, which was nice. If you’re interested, it’s after the page break, along with a few pictures.

They wrote each other cards and exchanged them just before the ceremony (without Chris seeing Kate, of course!)

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Love this picture of them:

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The Future is Here

Written By: Colleen - Oct• 21•15

This is kind of blowing my mind right now. The future is the past. Aaahhh.

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Happy Back to the Future Day!

New Star Wars Trailer!

Written By: Colleen - Oct• 20•15

Man, while I was at my sister’s wedding this past weekend, I missed out on a whoooole bunch of things. I know everyone has problem seen it already but holy crap, there’s a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens!! Lots of awesomeness/chills.

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