A user review of AmazonFresh: the good, the bad and the gigantic.

October 15, 2017

I placed my first AmazonFresh order last April. I've used it consistently since then, marveling at the fact that I could order groceries online at 9pm, and have them show up before 6am on my doorstep. Here are a few things I've learned about using the service, and why I continue to love it.

1. Timing

While the turn-around on order-to-delivery time is not as quick as it was during the pilot stages of the program, AmazonFresh is still generally..

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Use these four ingredients to shortcut your meal prep

August 28, 2017

Many recipes claim to be "30 minutes or less" but how often is that actually true, if there are still five carrots to be peeled or a container of mushrooms to wash? There are many tricks to making your meal prep faster without sacrificing flavor or that homemade quality. Here are four of our favorite tricks to spend less time prepping and more time eating.

Rotisserie Chicken

It's hard to find a cheaper way to buy chicken at the grocery store..

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Stop wasting produce: 5 tricks to getting the most out of your freshest ingredients

August 20, 2017

I would never recommend not buying fresh produce. Fresh is the ultimate way to go. But I find that, often, I overbuy on produce — by the end of the week, I have a huge box of spinach wilting in the back of my fridge, or my celery has gone limp. Here are a few tips for reducing the amount of produce you throw out each week.

1. Check the "sell-by" date before you buy

Self explanatory perhaps, but I often forget to look at sell-by dates on my..

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How to prep veggies so your kids might actually eat them

June 4, 2017

I am blessed with having kids who eat most of their veggies, most of the time. But even so, I'm always looking for new ways to serve vegetables that might inspire my kids to try the veggies they don't think they like. Here are a few things I've tried over the years with some success.

Frozen

Strange, yes, but my kids love eating frozen corn. I pour the corn into a bowl straight from the freezer, given them a spoon and off they go. Other veggies..

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The five best podcasts you've never heard of

May 13, 2017

Do you love podcasts? I know I do! I'm always on the lookout (or earout?) for the next audio experience on par with Serial or Radiolab. While there are literally thousands of podcasts out there to appeal to any number of tastes, it can be difficult to figure out which ones are worth my time. Sure, we’ve all heard of This American Life or WTF with Marc Maron, but what about the great podcasts that fall under the radar? Here are five of the best..

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Quick + clean = easy spring cleaning with maximum WOW factor

May 6, 2017

Ah, spring! A time when the birds start chirping, the leaves start growing, and we all get the itch to start cleaning! Right? Well, maybe not. If the cleaning bug doesn't bite you, here are a few things you can do with minimal effort for maximum cleaning reward.

De-clutter

This can be as easy as choosing one item to remove from your kitchen countertop. We have a lot of small appliances, water bottles, tupperware, and boxes of tea bags on our..

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How to be prepared when grocery shopping online

April 28, 2017

If ever there was proof that we live in an age of wonders, it’s the advent of online grocery shopping. Why take time out of your day to get in a car, drive to the store, find everything you need, and then lug the heavy packets back home when you can just hope online and order your groceries with a few mouse clicks? Is there really any reason to go to the grocery store anymore? Well, actually there is. You see for all its conveniences, there are..

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For those in mourning, send food not flowers

April 28, 2017

There are a number of good reasons why flowers are often the first choice as a sympathy gift for the bereaved. Flowers can represent growth and new life, and can be a great comfort those in mourning. However, In some cases, flowers aren’t always the best choice. Those dealing with the loss of a loved one can often become overwhelmed by the sheer number of bouquets and arrangements, and some may find the sight of wilting flowers to be distressing..

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Keep yourself hydrated with these wonderful water bottles

April 28, 2017

You can never drink enough water, at least that’s what all the TV doctors, lifestyle magazines, and websites keep telling us. Fortunately, there are literary thousands of water bottles out all there all promising to keep us hydrated. With so many to choose from it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so we're here to help. Here are ten unique water bottles that are worth a look.

The Mobot

 

Considering that fitness and hydration go hand in hand the..

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Personalize your home with photos

April 23, 2017

One way to make your house feel like a home is to decorate it with personal photos. These days, everyone has a camera in their back pocket, so take a few snapshots and check out these options for turning your .jpgs into something cool.

Basic Print and Frame

Get your photos printed to the size you like, buy a frame, and hang it. It's as simple as that. Costco does a remarkably good job printing photos — even ginormous poster-sized ones and..

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