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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Get serious about homemade soup. Buy yourself an immersion blender.

October 1, 2017

Immersion blenders are one of those funny kitchen tools that, if you have one, you love it, but rarely do people think “you know what I really need? An immersion blender.” But here’s the thing: there are a few times when you do really need an immersion blender. Even if you only pull it out of the cupboard four times a year, it’s well worth the $30 you'll spend on one. And I guarantee you’ll use it more than four times a year.

Immersion blenders..

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The secret to perfectly scrambled eggs

September 8, 2017

If you’ve ever successfully cooked scrambled eggs, you’re already aware that as far as cooking challenges go, they’re about on par with boiling water or cooking rice. However, as simple as scrambled eggs are to make, they can still be improved upon with a little extra know how. Now, I would never consider myself an expert on the subject. But, I have cooked more scrambled eggs than I can count and have found that there is one sure-fire way to..

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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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Fix-it-yourself: Ceiling water stains

May 27, 2017

Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, there are few home maintenance issues more distressing than ceiling water stains. These brown rings are awful to look and incredibly stubborn. Worst of of all, they have a nasty habit of cropping up again and again regardless of how many times your paint over them.

Fortunately, there is a simple way to stop the stain from spreading and ruining your ceiling, and all it requires are a few simple cleaning..

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Got a mess? I love my vacuum and you can too.

April 29, 2017

Maybe you wouldn’t call it a vacuum. Maybe to you it’s a glorified dustbuster. But it is decidedly NOT a dustbuster. I had one of those years ago and never used it. This is a hand-held, easy-to-use, fabulous vacuum cleaner, and it has made my life so much cleaner.

Two years ago, my husband bought me this: a Black and Decker Lithium Flex Vacuum

I turned my nose up at the gift, even after he showed me how easy it was to turn on and off, empty..

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Wake up for work in the morning (without hating everything)

March 19, 2017

Wouldn't it be great to wake up every morning without feeling exhausted? Here are some tricks to do just that.

The Day Before:

1. It's after 3pm. Step away from the coffee.

Easier said than done. But it really helps, so don't consume caffein in the afternoon or evening.


2. Sleep debt is a thing... sort of.

If you need to make up sleep debt, take a nap. Otherwise, stay awake throughout the day. If you're unusually tired, try exercising or..

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How to stop constantly checking your phone

March 19, 2017

Take a moment to smell the roses! But first, put your phone away. Here's how.

Leave your phone at home. 

Breathe. It's going to be ok. Ask yourself: do you really need your phone when driving to the post office? Or on the way to the movies? Challenge yourself to a few truly phone-free minutes every day. Then increase the time you spend not clutching your phone. It'll feel liberating.


Airplane mode is for more than just when you're on an..

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