Peapod recently reached out to me to check out their grocery delivery service. I was hesitant for a few reasons:
1. Aren't grocery delivery services expensive?
2. Who's going to check my fruits and veggies to make sure they're "good"? Will my frozen food still be frozen when it gets to me?
3. I actually like grocery shopping and getting out of the house early on the weekends.
I decided to give it a shot and download the Peapod app on my ipad. Brennan and I laid in bed one night and picked out all of the items we wanted delivered. I even Googled a few recipes that I wanted to make an added the items right to my cart! It was SO easy -- and when I was done, I checked out, picked a delivery time and just waited for the groceries to show up.
We ordered everything that we would need for a week including a case of water, a local farm box full of veggies, lunch meat from the deli, okra for my new gumbo recipe that I found online, and fresh meat and dairy.
Our delivery came right on time first thing Saturday morning ( I chose a 7am delivery) and the food was brought right into my kitchen! No putting the items in your car, then up on the belt, then into your car, then dragging into the kitchen to plop on the counter. AMAZING!
Everything was fresh and exactly as I had ordered it. And you know what? I think I actually SAVED money by shopping through the Peapod app. Here's how I justify the small delivery fee:
1. I usually stop at Starbucks before I run into Giant to get groceries. I buy a venti coffee for me and usually a beverage and a pastry for B. I spend $10 before I even start my grocery shopping.
2. I didn't buy things that I didn't actually want or need. And I didn't shop the junk/snacks aisles with an 7 year old who adds just about everything to the cart. No impulse buys!
3. Sale items through the Peapod app! You can find out which meats or produce (or whatever items you're looking for) are on sale - and it's super easy.
bonus tip: figure out what your Giant Loyalty card number is and enter it into the app... it will automatically generate your most common purchases so that you can make your online shopping a breeze! (it takes a user 20 minutes on average to order through the app). also -- you can DOUBLE coupons with the app!
Give it a try -- I already placed my second order. I'm hooked!
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We are very lucky to have a rock climbing wall at our gym -- so I've been taking B at nights to let him test his skills out on the walls. He absolutely loves it! He's taken on the more experienced tracks and he's been able to complete a few of them. He makes me such a proud momma! Plus, this is a sport where I get to sit in the air conditioning and watch -- not on a sideline in the heat being bitten by mosquitos. Score!
Skin comes in so many types, from oily and acne-prone to dry and ultra-sensitive. It's common knowledge that skincare products are tailor-made to match these different skin types, but ethnicity is another factor that doesn't seem to get a lot of coverage. I'm mixed with Arab and Italian, so my skin is known to change with the seasons. I'll be super pale in the winter (I sometimes refer to myself as transparent), and in the summer I tan very easily.
Do products and services affect different colors of skin the same way? The truth is that in the world of skin care, ethnicity matters only some of the time. I did a little Q&A with Dr. Eliot Battle and the Cultura team to learn about some of the products and clinical procedures in which ethnicity makes a difference to help you pick just the right options for you and your complexion.
Dr. Batle, can you give me a little background on skin types?
Before we discuss cosmetic procedures, it's important to understand what gives different people different skin tones. In our skin, cells called melanocytes make melanin, or the brown pigment that gives skin its color. With the exception of a small subgroup of people who don't produce any melanin due to a genetic defect, the pigment is present in everyone, regardless of ethnicity. The difference is how the melanin is distributed.
People with light complexions tend to have small "packets" of melanin, called melanosomes, distributed in small aggregate groups throughout skin. Those with dark skin have larger melanosomes that are distributed more consistently.
Aside from giving us our looks, melanin plays an important role in keeping skin healthy. Darker tones are better protected against photoaging and other damage caused by the sun because melanin absorbs and scatters UV rays. People of African descent and others with dark skin often age "better," with fewer wrinkles. On the other hand, these people are at a higher risk of pigment irregularities, which can cause a blotchy or inconsistent appearance. This is why treatments that rely on pigment in the skin — typically laser and light treatments — need to be carefully considered for dark-skinned patients.
I am a HUGE fan of Laser Hair Removal - is it right for everyone?
Laser hair removal has been a game-changer for so many men and women around the world. The procedure, which usually yields a permanent reduction in unwanted hair, uses concentrated laser energy. This energy is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, which is why it's more effective on dark hair than light hair.
When it comes to laser hair removal, the best option for black patients and other people with dark skin is an Nd:YAG laser. This laser's wavelength permits it to bypass the melanin in the skin to reach the pigment in the hair. Because laser hair removal almost always requires several treatments spaced a few weeks apart, it's best to choose a practice that offers a variety of lasers. For instance, Cultura, which specializes in cosmetic dermatology in Washington, D.C., carries multiple laser devices to suit the changing needs of each patient as his or her hair gradually becomes thinner and thinner before disappearing completely.
Laser Skin Resurfacing is a big trend right now, do you recommend it for all patients?
Because it also involves a laser, laser skin resurfacing (and its gentler cousin, intense pulsed light) should also be used with caution by dark-skinned patients. These devices use laser energy to tighten skin and improve its texture, as well as reduce the look of pigmented lesions.
It's vitally important to choose a practice that frequently serves ethnically diverse patients. A laser treatment is far from being a "one size fits all" experience. An experienced aesthetician can walk you through your options to help you determine whether a particular laser is a good fit for you and your skin.
Are there any Skincare Products you suggest we look out for?
The topical products we put on our skin can also have unintended effects on color. Generally, harsh ingredients known for causing dryness or irritation can strip color away from dark skin. Ingredients to use with caution include:
Alpha-hydroxy acids (including glycolic acid and lactic acid)
These effects can be amplified if you already have dry skin.
Do you have any final tips or advice if someone is trying a new product or service?
If you're thinking of starting a new skincare regimen, always start with a patch test — a preliminary application of the product on a discreet area of your body.
thanks to Dr. Eliot Batle and the Cultura team for taking the time to share with me and sponsor this post
I was invited into the new Whole Foods Market in Ashburn to check out their brand new bar that serves not only wine and beer - but also Spirits! We had rum and Absinthe + locally made whiskeys and tonics. The drinks were strong and the tater tots - amazing! Loaded every way you could imagine. If you're making dinner for a date night, it'd be a fun stop at the bar for drinks and appetizers before you do your shopping!
On Tuesday night, I was sponsored by Vocal Point and Chelsea Collective to hit up the pre-grand opening party for Chelsea Collective at Tysons Corner. Although the parent company is Dick's Sporting Goods, Chelsea Collective is a smaller, boutique-like store focused on women. The store also has a community engagement leader that's sole purpose is to focus on building partnerships with the community.
Chelsea Collective carries name brands such as Nike and Under Armour, but also smaller brands like CALIA by Carrie Underwood, Lorna Jane, and Spiritual Gangster. Also, in the shoe department, I was shocked to find that they carry all of the athletic shoes you could imagine, plus Hunter rain boots! There are some cute casual wear items in the store too, so you could stop by and grab an outfit to go work out, or just go out!
One last tip, there is a "bra bar" and a "leggings bar" where you can be perfectly fitted into the right product for your shape and size... Who doesn't love a perfect fitting sports bra and leggings to lounge in? I'm totally sold!
The store's grand opening celebration is August 8 and 9. There will be in store styling demonstrations, complimentary refreshments, and the first 100 will receive a special gift!
You can follow the grand opening on social media using the hash tag #ChelseaCollective or check out their web site: http://bit.ly/chelseacollective.
I was invited to Huntington Beach, California for the brand new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid launch. I was one of a handful of women bloggers to attend -- but I had the BEST time! I was partnered up with my friend Vincent from SlashGear.com and we cruised up and down the Pacific Coast Highway to see how the car performed. I was spoiled when I asked him to make a pit stop at the Starbucks in Laguna Beach and take beach photos and he obliged!
I'm usually an SUV girl -- as I find myself hauling around a ton of junk all of the time -- but I acutally really enjoyed cruising around in the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and PHEV. With features like blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alerts, heater steering wheel, hands-free trunk opener, and an awesome on-board display -- I'm pretty sure you would've thought you were in a $50k luxury vehicle.
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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