Google gave me a voucher to try Google Express. The service rocked my world! Here is how it helped me reclaim my Saturday.
Every Mom faces overwhelm from time-to-time. Here are my Top 5 Time Hacks for Busy Moms. Learn about the secret weapon I’m using to reclaim my Saturday’s!
One of the hardest things about being a stay at home working mom is that my time is so limited. There are always a million and one things to do!
At some point, I realized that in my constant quest to get things done the concept of fun had escaped my life. It was time to do something about that!
Through some trial and error, I found some things that actually worked to help me re-claim time for fun. Here is how I’m doing it!
5 Time Hacks for Busy Moms
Running errands on the weekends is one of my least favorite things to do. So I don’t.
Instead, I let Google Express do my shopping for me.
It frees me up to go swimming with the kids.
And to take them to the Lego Discovery Center.
I love spending time with the kids, without stressing about all there is to be done. Before Google Express, I’d spend at least half of my Saturday running around town picking up all the things I need from places like Costco, Whole Foods, and Kohls.
By the time I got home, I was usually too zapped from the 105+ degree temperatures to be in the mood for much other than cooling off in the air conditioning.
With Google Express, I can get everything I need from my favorite stores delivered right to my door. I don’t even have to plan that far ahead – they offer same-day, overnight or 2-day delivery. Delivery is free for members on eligible orders.
When I first heard of the service, I immediately assumed I’d be paying more for the products, but that isn’t the case. I’m paying the same prices I pay when I go to the store.
This is a total game-changer for me – I feel like I’ve finally made room for some fun in my life.
Last week, I needed some vitamins from The Vitamin Shoppe, and I was able to hop online and have them delivered to my door within 24-hours. This was such an amazing experience because I would have easily spent an hour of my weekend if I’d had to gather the kids and drive to the store!
Today, I realized that we were out of coconut oil and paper towels. Typically this would mean that I’d be loading up the kids and headed to Costco, but instead I’m just taking a few minutes to place my order, and I’ll have everything I need tomorrow.
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Get Your Kids on a Cleaning Rotation
I am someone who tends to be a “do-it-myself” person. For years I let the knowledge that the kids weren’t going to load the dishwasher “my” way, or be as diligent as I am when vacuuming the floor prevent me from delegating.
Once I realized how well they did with lists, I took it a step further. We got everything down to a schedule by the day of the week, and my home has been running smoothly ever since.
Since I’m outsourcing my shopping, I can let Google Express pick up my cleaning supplies at Costco. And if they do an extra-good job I can even have Google Express pick them up a treat at Toys R Us.
Meal planning can be overwhelming when you are not used to it, but trust me, once you get into the swing of things it is so worth it. We always end up eating better, and I save myself a million trips to the store.
I recommend starting with basics every week and then adding just one or two new recipes into your rotation to mix things up. You will save time and money. (You can even let Google Express pick up your pantry staples – are you starting to see the value of this thing?!)
Prepare Meals in Advance
There is nothing better to me than having meals prepared ahead of time. Even when you are meal planning, this is such a time saver. I like to stock the fridge with grab and go snacks for the kids and have at least three prepped meals in my freezer at all times. Preparing full meals ahead isn’t hard when you double your favorite recipes and freeze half.
Plus, I always keep my favorite pizza crust on hand. It thaws out fairly quickly, so a meal is never far away!
Invest in Kitchen Gadgets
With our mobile lifestyle, I thought kitchen gadgets would be a thing of the past.
Then I found myself hand grating cheese for a double batch of a casserole.
The fact is that your time has value. It is worth it to spend a little so that you can spend more time doing things you love. I promise a good food processor will become your best friend.
Tools I can live without include my food processor, crock pot, pressure cooker and rice cooker. You probably already saw this coming, but my BFF Google Express will even deliver kitchen tools from Sur La Table right to your door.
A special thanks to Google Express for bringing this post to you and letting me share how I’ve created the time to reclaim my Saturdays.
I’d love to see a photo of your Saturday! Use the hashtag #MyNewSaturday #GoogleExpress
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