Instacart: $20 Off & Free Delivery On Your First Order

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Save yourself that trip to the supermarket — Instacart delivers groceries in as little as an hour! They connect you with Personal Shoppers in your area to shop and deliver groceries from major retailers like Whole Foods and Costco.

I live within a few blocks of Whole Foods. And I find myself running to the store almost daily to grab a few items. Sometimes I wish I had a personal mommy assistant to do it for me!

Imagine how happy I was to discover that Instacart actually provides that “personal assistant” style service with just a few clicks of your mouse or a couple taps on an app!

About Instacart

 How it works: Instacart can be downloaded as an app or accessed on your home computer. The website and app allows you to shop from local grocery stores online, by sending a personal shopper to pick up and deliver your order to you on the same day within hours of placing your order.

The personal shopper goes to the store, hand picks everything on your list, and then drives it to you in their own car. How cool is that? Such a time saver and makes great financial sense.

Cities it serves: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, Seattle & Washington D.C. areas

Stores it partners with: Whole Foods, Costco, HMart, Safeway, Harris Teeter and Petco Now and other grocery stores local to your area.

Delivery costs: Delivery is free for your first order. After that, it starts at $3.99 for two hour delivery and $5.99 for one hour delivery when you spend $35 or more. Delivery prices for your individual order are shown at checkout. There’s also an option to join the Instacart Express membership club, which offers free delivery on 2 hour and scheduled grocery deliveries over $35 for $99/year, after a free 2-week trial. Tips for your personal shopper optional but encouraged.

The Review

I’ve tried Instacart several times and am very impressed. If you’re someone who craves feedback, your personal shopper will text you and let you know when an item is out of stock and has been replaced. You can also customize exactly how you’d like your personal shopper to proceed if an item is out of stock. As an example: you could just request a refund or suggest another brand or type of item as a substitute.

I enjoy shopping with Instacart because of it’s promise to deliver within an hour to three hours of purchasing. There are days when I need to squeeze just a little bit more time to do other things and Instacart has given me a way to maximize my time and get my shopping done at the same time! I love it!

Special Offer: Get time back to do what you love! Enjoy $20 OFF and FREE Delivery on your first order! Use the coupon code: CMOMS20 and share it with your family and your friends!

Happy Shopping!

{Thank-you to Instacart for partnering on this post!}

Treat Dad to Shake Shack for Father’s Day!

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Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with a sweet treat from Shake Shack!

On June 19th all dads who stop by any DC, Maryland, and Virginia Shake Shacks will receive a free custard!

Try out the special flavor of the week, Cherry Streusel, or choose to make a meal out of it with Shake Shack’s newest addition to the menu, The Bacon CheddarShack (6.89 for a single, $9.69 for a double).

For more information, visit www.shakeshack.com. 

Do More Awesome With Awesome DC.org!

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Giving back to the local community is dear to my heart, but sometimes as a busy mom I feel as if I don’t have the time. I am truly passionate about the area, so I search for ways to contribute to causes that impact the area. Recently I had the pleasure of being invited as a guest trustee for Awesome DC, an amazing local philanthropy.

Awesome DC is the local chapter of The Awesome Foundation, a foundation that gives away a $1,000 microgrant every month to causes and charities in the area. These causes support the arts, the local community, the environment, and much more! The DC chapter was founded in 2010 and has already given more than $43,000 to the community. Also, 96.7% of all funds paid to Awesome DC in 2015 went directly to grants funding!

The meeting was comprised of 12 board members who volunteer their time every month to finding a recipient for the microgrant. The board reviews applications and votes each month on the recipient. Each board member also graciously donates $100 every month, which contributes to the microgrant fund — meaning the nonprofit is entirely self-funded by the trustees.

While looking through applications, the board used four simple questions to find a recipient:

#1- Is it awesome?

#2- Does it directly benefit the DC area?

#3- Will $1,000 make an actual impact?

#4- Is it immediately actionable?
I was amazed to see how many creative and inspiring causes exist in the D.C. area. Some past recipients include Funk Parade, The DC Wheels, and Comedy Hackathon. One organization that was awarded an Awesome DC microgrant is Code+Yoga. The organization teaches kids digital literacy and technology while incorporating the teachings of mindfulness and meditation! How cool is that? I’m always mindful about screen time with my kids. Another recipient is Uptop Acres, an organization that is rethinking farming. Uptop Acres is building sustainable rooftop gardens around D.C. for teaching, events, and eating.
I have to say that it was such an honor to be able to sit in on an Awesome DC meeting and contribute to such a worthy cause. There are so many ways to give back in D.C., but Awesome DC really stands out from the rest. It was a great opportunity to give back to the community I am so passionate about!

If you want to learn more about Awesome DC or want to learn how to contribute, click HERE.

{Thank-you to Pivot Point Communications for partnering on this post!}

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort: Blissful Family Getaway Near DC

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In need of a quick getaway just a short drive from the Washington DC area? Seclusion and adventure can be had at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort in Cambridge, Maryland.

Blissful and quality family time prevails at this generously proportioned waterfront resort. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort offers large marina, pool or Choptank River-view suites with private terraces, a quaint sandy beach, three large pools, a huge water slide a hot tub, seven restaurants and lounges, a day spa and lots of activities including a game room and fitness club, as well as opportunities for leisurely inactivity. Special packages are available if you want to play 18 holes at River Marsh Golf Club, a championship course designed by Keith Foster.

The game room includes air hockey, ping-pong, foosball and arcade games. Just down the hall, there’s even a game room that has an Xbox with several games.

While relaxing and recharging is the focus, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort offers parents a wonderful opportunity to get a break and enjoy a romantic date night. Camp Hyatt offers babysitting services at a reasonable rate. Hire them to entertain the kids with indoor activities like coloring and games as well as outdoor activities like a playground, beach, Frisbee golf and swimming pool. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort even has a movie night at the swimming pool—appropriately named “Dive-in Movies”. This place really does have it all! And for those of you with canine kids, there’s even a kennel for your beloved dogs.

The rooms are simply decorated with carpeted floors and plush, luxuriously comfortable beds with arched headboards and crisp white billowy comforters. Flat-screen televisions with a ton of cable channels, complimentary wi-fi service, and sliding glass doors to the outdoors are just a few amenities The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort offers. There are over 400 rooms , some have small terraces opening to the waterfront view.

You’ll feel yourself relax with the sweeping views of the stunning Choptank River from any seat in the lounge or the open balcony. Catch up on your shows on the television sets or enjoy a background of soft music in front of the fireplace inside the lounge or outside beside the infinity pool. Need to check on emails or look something up? Remain productive in a spacious separate work area or the library.

Getting in touch with nature here is effortless too! Without any more effort than a stroll along the boardwalk and around the quaint beach or even across the grounds to the hotel pool, you can see crabs, various types of fish, butterflies, and a variety of birds—all in the wild, in their natural habitat.

Overall Review

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort is a complete Eastern Shore refuge that is magical and relaxing and is less than a 2 hour drive from Washington DC. This resort is truly one of Maryland’s best kept secrets!

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort is located at 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge, Maryland, USA, 21613. For rates, bookings and more information, click here.

Check out our family’s Facet/Tastemade video recap!

{Thank-you Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort for partnering on this post! It was an honor to be part of the Blogger FAM weekend!}

Hello Happy: HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5

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I often ask my kids to tell me 5 things that happened during the day that made them happy. I often write them in my daily journal and also in some of the photo books that I’ve begun creating for gifts to my parents. In honor of the sweet and simple ingredients in HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup and the sweet and simple memories that it inspires, Hershey’s wants people to share the sweetness in everyday moments. So, I’ve asked my husband and our kids, Ella and Logan, to take a moment to “stop and smell the chocolate” and share their #Simply5 – a five word recount of what makes their day sweet. Summing up their joy using five words add a nice unique twist to my every day request.

Hershey’s Chocolate syrup makes me happy” was my husband’s #Simply5. Ella and Logan decided together that “Spending the summer climbing trees” made for their #Simply5. And my #Simply5 is: “Time spent with my family”—5 simple words, but so true.

Last week, I posted the recipe for our family’s Sunday sundaes. If you haven’t had a chance to try it, check out the recipe here. The main topping for the sundaes features HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup, which has no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavors, and is made from non-GMO ingredients.

HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup is simply delicious, with only 5 ingredients. You can find it in 21.8 ounce sizes at grocery stores nationwide and in 48 ounce sizes at Costco. For more information on HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for all the delicious scoop on their yummy products.

What’s your #Simply5? Share on social media using the hashtag #Simply5.

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hershey’s via Mom Trends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hershey’s or MomTrends.}

Keen UNEEK: Must-Have Kids Shoes for Summer & The Outdoors

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Hiking, camping and biking are as much a part of summer as hot dogs, baseball, s’mores and beach getaways. This is my favorite time of the year because I get to spend as much time as I want with my kids enjoying the outdoors. When I was growing up, all of the kids in my neighborhood would run around barefoot—going on hikes, riding bicycles and walking to the river to go tubing. And now, most of us adults know better. We try to protect our kids from broken bottles, splinters, blisters, cracked heels and etc. a little bit more than our parents did “back in the day.”

Taking care of your feet while hiking, biking and camping is very important. That may sound like a “no-brainer”, but there are a few things to be concerned about. Comfort is key. But, you also need a shoe that is safe, lightweight and waterproof for those hikes and camping trips.

I’m a huge fan of Keen Footwear. They’ve been our family’s go-to summer shoes for a while. They’re comfortable, offer amazing support, are lightweight and are actually quite stylish. Much to my excitement, Keen has just released the UNEEK style for Kids!  

Ella and Logan love their new UNEEK shoes. They have great traction, are waterproof—so they’re perfect for those stream crossings. UNEEK adapts to your feet for the perfect fit, with innovative two-cord construction and a free-moving cord junction that provides freedom of movement, security and structure. The lightweight midsole delivers durability and comfort, while the high-traction rubber outsole keeps your step secure.

Fun colors and free-moving construction make this shoe a must-have. It supports like a sneaker and feels like a sandal. Interlocking cords form to kids’ feet for a just-right fit, and a hook-and-loop strap on the side is easy for little hands to adjust. It’s comfy enough for a full day of play, and the eye-catching design stands out in a crowd. They are breathable to prevent less odor and are durable enough to last.

For more information, visit www.keenfootwear.com and be sure to follow Keen on social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

{Special Thank-you to Keen for partnering on this post!}

New Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup is Yummy and Simple


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Just a squeeze of HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup, brings back cherished childhood memories and makes a bowl of ice cream feel extra special. It’s an easy way to share a sweet and simple moment with your family.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, making time for traditions can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Some of the best moments are the simplest ones.

After every Sunday dinner, I prepare waffle bowl sundaes for my family. It’s a simple recipe providing a happy ending to the weekend and  a very sweet way to begin the new week ahead.

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Ice Cream Waffle Bowls and Cones
Yield: 12 bowls
Ingredients
2 whole eggs
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions

Preheat your waffle cone maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
In a mixing bowl, mix together egg, egg white and salt on low speed just until well blended. Beat in the sugar on medium speed until the egg has lightened in color, about 1 minute. Add the flour and mix on low speed until blended and smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the melted butter and vanilla and mix on low speed just until blended, about 20 seconds.
Pour 3 tablespoons batter in the center of the iron. Close the lid and cook for 1 minute. Continue cooking until the desired color is reached.
Quickly remove the waffle from the iron onto a clean dish towel. Use the dish towel to help lift and roll the waffle around a bowl form. Hold the bowl for a few seconds to set the shape. Place on a wire rack to cool.

The Sundaes

Ingredients

1 – 2 tablespoons HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 chocolate syrup
1 – 2 tablespoons Hershey’s Caramel ice cream topping
2 giant waffle ice-cream cones or bowls or 4 regular waffle cones
1 scoop of french vanilla ice cream, 1 scoop of chocolate ice cream, 1 scoop of strawberry ice-cream or any of your favorite ice cream flavors
1/2 cup sliced banana and quartered strawberries
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts, cherries and a dollop of whip cream

Directions

Scoop ice cream into cones. Top with banana and strawberry slices. Drizzle with caramel and HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 syrup. Top with chopped peanuts, cherries and whip cream. Enjoy!

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This month, The Hershey Company is introducing new HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup; a sweet and simple take on the Hershey’s classic, now made with five simple ingredients. The new HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup has no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial preservatives and flavors, and is made from non-GMO ingredients. HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup is available in 21.8oz bottles at mass and grocery retailers and 48oz bottles at Costco starting this month.This is the perfect treat for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and all of those summer occasions.

Inspired by the sweet and simple ingredients in HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup, the brand is encouraging people to share what they are grateful for on social media.

To learn more, visit: www.hersheys.com

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What are some of the ways your family makes sweet memories together?

Share in the comments or tweet them using the hashtag #Simply5.

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hershey’s via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hershey’s or MomTrends.}

Terra’s Kitchen Meal Delivery Review + $50 Coupon for Clarendon Moms Readers!


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Service: Terra’s Kitchen

Price: $74.99 for three meals serving two people each, four dinners for two people ($99.99), or two dinners for four people ($99.99). I opted for two dinners for four people.

Overall Impression: Great for busy weeknight meals and great for weekend dinner parties. My husband and children were impressed and enjoyed the meals.

I spend every day working and focusing on keeping healthy and doing things for my family. By dinnertime, I’m exhausted and don’t always have the energy or the brain power to think about what to prepare. I don’t want to bore my kids with preparing the same ole “go to dinner” either and I’m not one to go thru a drive-thru or fast food restaurant. I want our family to have healthy, nutritious, delicious meals at home without all the time it takes to go to the grocery store, chop up all the ingredients and select recipes from a variety of cookbooks for each appetizer, main course and dessert. I want to take all the “what should I cook” and the time consuming labor out of cooking. I wondered if there was a service that offered an alternative.

Introducing Terra’s Kitchen

I received a few referrals from friends and fellow moms and tried other meal delivery services. I was offered an opportunity to try Terra’s Kitchen, a pre-portioned, pre-chopped, ready to cook, meal service designed with your health in mind. I looked at the website and became excited to learn that the meals were nutrient dense, plant-strong, with options for those following vegetarian, paleo and gluten free diets. And what really caught my attention, was the fact that everything was pre-chopped and only took 30 minutes from kitchen to dinner table.

Terra’s Kitchen is a meal delivery service that sends you a box of pre-portioned and pre-chopped meal ingredients, with recipes you can make in approximately 30 minutes. They currently service Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Richmond Virginia. I was curious whether this service would save me time, money and assist me by providing something new, different, delicious and nutritious for my family.

The Review

The kit contained all the ingredients needed to cook three complete meals, each feeding 2 to 4 people, including recipes with step-by-step photos. Terra’s Kitchen also offers vegetarian, paleo and gluten free options. Delivery times are very consistent and really fit in to my busy daily routine.

We received 4 servings of both the Southwestern Steak and Sweet Potato Bowls ($15.99 for a 2 person serving) and Grilled Chicken Tacos with Avocado Goat Cheese Spread ($12.99 for a 2 person serving) that provided dinner on two different nights. Our total for a 4 person meal was $31.98 for the Southwestern Steak and Sweet Potato Bowls and $25.98 for Grilled Chicken Tacos with Avocado Goat Cheese Spread.

With a food philosophy of “feed others the way you want to be fed,” Terra’s Kitchen gets the gold star. Not only is Terra’s Kitchen committed to providing high quality food through their farm-to-front door delivery of meal kits, they’re also committed to finding sustainable food sources when creating menus that highlight fresh, seasonal ingredients. It’s really delicious, nutritious food you can make fast thanks to meal kits that contain pre -prepped ingredients that come ready to be used in chef-designed recipes that can be cooked in 30 minutes or less. You don’t need a sous-chef, when you’ve got Terra’s Kitchen.

Watch the Video Review

I’m excited to announce that Terra’s Kitchen delivers to Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Richmond. Meals for two start at $9.99 and you can get $50 off your first order from Terra’s Kitchen with the code CLARENDONMOMS.

For more information, please visit www.terraskitchen.com and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra’s Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.

Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to The Wizard of Oz (Opening Night) at National Theatre

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“We’re off to see…”

The most magical adventure of them all.

This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage.
Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar® – winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.

The Wizard of Oz is showing at National Theatre May 3-15. Show time is 2 hours, 18 minutes with a 20-minute intermission. The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

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{Disclosure: This post and giveaway was sponsored by The National Theatre.}

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3 Quick Home Repairs & Tips for Super Moms

 

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The secret to being a supermom is preparation: being ready for anything, anywhere, any time. That’s why your handbag can double as a first aid kit, foot locker and food truck. It’s why your phone is packed with numbers of doctors, teachers, parents and pizza places. It’s why you can speak knowledgeably about the most accurate apps for directions, best-in-class mid-size SUVs and the sneakiest ways to limit your kids’ screen time.

When things go haywire at home, a supermom knows how to step up and get the problem solved. Here are a few solutions to common problems around the house, with info about what you should — and shouldn’t — do yourself.

A Quick Fix for a Leaky Drain

A supermom should always keep a tube of all-purpose, clear silicone caulking on hand. It costs less than $5, and can take care of a leaky drain in minutes. You don’t even need a caulking gun.

All you have to do is clean and dry the leaky drain (it’s ideal if you can avoid using that drain for a few days), apply caulk to the area, and let it dry according to the directions on the product. This will seal the leak until you can have the drain properly repaired by a plumber.

How to Stop that Running Toilet

Ever have one of your kids make a last-second stop in the bathroom and then you stand at the front door, keys in hand, children ready to go bananas, while you wait for the toilet to stop running? And it just keeps on filling, and filling, and filling? So frustrating.

Here’s how to pull the plug on that problem:

  1. Remove the lid from the toilet tank, and see if anything is obviously in need of repair.
  2. If the chain is getting caught in the flap, re-hook the chain so that the flap can close.
  3. If the water is filling, but not filling to the line, you can fill an empty plastic bottle with water, cap it and place it inside the tank. This should raise the water level enough to shut of the water (this is also a great way to save water on an older, less efficient unit!).

If these tips don’t work, then turn the water off at the shutoff valve underneath the toilet and call a plumber who can help you make the needed repairs.

How to Stop a Leaky Faucet

This is the kind of thing that will keep you up all night. Drip…drip…drip…into the sink until it echoes throughout the entire house (or so it seems). It can be maddening!

To get a good night’s sleep until a repair can be made, simply turn off the water at the valves under the sink. The next morning, you can attack the problem on your own. Leaky faucets can usually be fixed by replacing the “seat” in the faucet. You will need some old towels, and some basic tools like a screwdriver, wrench, and pliers to make this fix.

If you pop the cap off the handle of your faucet, you should be able to take out the handle screw, remove the handle itself and then take out the packing nut (you’ll need a crescent wrench for this step). There should be a seat washer held down by a brass screw. Replace that seat washer and there’s a good chance that the problem is solved.

Try calling the manufacturer for a free replacement part, or you can pick up a washer at your local hardware store for a minimal fee. If you don’t have the time or inclination to tackle this task or the simple fix didn’t solve the problem, a plumber can make this repair in short order.

The Importance of a Sump Pump

Spring showers may bring beautiful flowers to your garden, but rain can sometimes deliver flooding, too. Even if you’ve never had water in your basement before, new cracks in your foundation or changes to the geography of your region can unexpectedly fill your home with water.

A sump pump will quickly pump the water out of flooded areas to help minimize damage from flooding. Manual sump pumps are effective, but an automatic sump pump will pump water out on demand. Even if you aren’t home and there is flooding, you can rest assured that your sump pump is keeping your home protected.

Some home situations overwhelm even the most super of moms, John C. Flood can help. With over 100 years of experience, John C. Flood will take care of your home repairs so you can spend more time being mom.

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{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post courtesy of John C. Flood.}