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Why I am starting to love shopping at Walmart again

I love meal planning, making a list and organizing my pantry and freezer. I hate grocery shopping. The task of shopping was made harder when I lost part of my eyesight and the aisles were overwhelming. Add to it my increasing aggravation at some of the employees and shoppers and I felt like I was losing it and only shopped once a month if possible. (We don’t drink a lot of milk and I get fresh vegetables at the Farmers Market).

There are many grocery stores for me to pick from, but until recently with the opening of Aldi, the prices were a lot cheaper at Walmart.

As I was skimming through Facebook an ad popped up for Walmart Grocery Pickup in my area. I decided to check it out and entered my zip code to see if it was offered in our city and was surprised to see it has just started in our area and decided to try it out.

I’m in love!

Check HERE to see if Walmart Grocery Pick up is available for you!

First step is to register for a Walmart Grocery Account. It’s free and pretty quick to complete. Next step is to reserve your pick up day and time. You are allotted an hour to pick up your groceries. Then start filling up your cart! The minimum purchase amount is $30. Easy enough!

When I finished shopping for my groceries, I checked out. On the day of pick up I got a text and an email that my order was packed and ready for pick up at my registered time. The text also included an app link and I downloaded the app. Once the app was downloaded I was able to “check in” when I was parked at the orange parking spaces on the side of the building. I am pretty sure I chuckled out loud when I passed the people looking for a parking space 🙂

The app didn’t work so I called the number on the parking sign (think pick up order to go for a restaurant). The sweet lady who answered the phone asked me what space I was in and said she would be be right out. Sure enough, two minutes later and she walked out the doors with a crate dolly. I got out of my car and she said “no need to get out of your car, I will load everything into your trunk for you”. Say WHAT?! She let me know what Items had to be substituted. I ordered a $2.98 bag of miniature candy bars and since they didn’t have them in stock they substituted with a $7.98 bag with no extra charge to me. Score! In fact, several items had to be substituted, but they gave me either a brand name or higher quantity item at no extra charge. My sweet bagger told me that was their grocery pickup policy. Definitely a win for me!

My first pick up I also got a cute little reusable bag with coupons and a pepsi and samples of items. All my items were well within expiration date. I purposefully ordered meat, produce, dairy, and fruit and vegetables. Every item was exceptional.


In California, there is a charge for bags of 10 each. However, you can bring your own bags. I asked what I needed to do if I brought my bags and was told to let them know and they will bag my items for me. I started bringing my own bags and they bag all my like items together. It’s a dream to unpack my bags at home now because all my refrigerated items are together, pantry items together, etc.

I do love Aldi, but the convenience of picking up my items is priority for me right now while my body recovers. I also like the win of sticking to my grocery list and not being “enticed” by the marketing while I shop.

I highly recommend Walmart Grocery Pick up! Let me know what you think in the comments!

Much love,

Closet Clean Up

Well, my plan worked!

I was able to clean out part of the garage and the guest bedroom closets and cabinets in the loft. This is what I started out with (I know….pictures are bad. I’ll work on it, but for now I am working on the closets not the pictures. sigh…)


      And all of THIS had to fit in the closets….

Christmas and Seasonal

All my Christmas and seasonal decorating needed to come out of the garage and into manageable totes for me to handle when I needed them.


Space for Guests Clothing
Christmas Decorations
Seasonal Decorations

While I was at it, I cleared out the second guest bedroom closet….

Space for guests clothing and suitcase. I added a bench for extra blankets

I used a cute little IKEA cart to store gift bags, tissue paper and ribbon
Gift wrap storage

So happy to complete this project! I am working on redecorating the large guest room, fireplace redo, master bedroom closet and garage. Whew! Stay tuned….

The Great Cleanup of 2017 {Home Version}

My belief is that when you organize your spaces, you clear your mind. Being organized helps you to have a sense of calm and control, save money and set goals more easily. 

So, I mentioned last week that Hannah moved to her own little place, chemo ended and I was slowly getting my energy back. My body hasn’t recovered as quickly as my mind. I am moving at a fast pace to do a ton of things, but we will see how it goes.

One things is for sure, things are changing!

I aim to complete one task per week until this house is in order! I read this book by Marie Kondo:

and although I believe I am an organized person, Marie takes it to a new level. I will be organizing and purging A LOT! Three piles: keep, donate and sell! I will be having a yard sale in September and I will share my best tips. Time to get started!

Here’s my master organization list:

  • Move Christmas to large guest room closet (formerly known as Hannah’s room)
  • Move other seasonal decorations to large guest room closet
  • Organize games, crafts and office supplies in loft closet
  • Organize family photos and mementos into small guest closet
  • Rearrange wrapping paper and ribbons ( build a wrapping station?)
  • Complete redo on Master Bedroom Closet (!)
  • Garage Redo including floors!
  • Clean and organize outdoor shed

I hope to get the Christmas and seasonal decorations closet done in twp days and share with you all!

Let’s go! Tell me what closet you need to organize!