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Michelle is an Indiana native who has made her home on the Northeast side of Indy with her husband & two children. She is a pediatric nurse who has taken time away from the profession to grow her family. While at home she has honed her skills as a designer while building her portfolio for Lilyput Design.

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Grocery Delivery Saves Moms' Time & Sanity

The summer of 2015 brought many grocery delivery options to Indy and moms took notice. As the prime shopper in most families; moms tend to spend a lot of time planning meals, making grocery lists & shopping. It is not a surprise that many of our CityMoms were quick to try out the many time-saving & convenient options. Here is a quick run-down of some of our favorites:

 

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A long-time favorite of theCityMoms is local company Green Bean Delivery.

GBD works with local gardens and farmers to deliver fresh, sustainable produce, meat, dairy & pantry items that are in-season.

Why do our moms like GBD? It delivers the farmers market to your doorstep! For many it is important to know exactly where their food is grown, sourced or processed. GBD is very transparent and meets those needs.

Customize your bin or let GBD fill it with fresh, in-season produce. Their site is easy to navigate and they also provide recipes for all of that produce you will get in your bin.

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CityMom Jennifer says-"I like to let them pick my produce so that my family gets to try fruits and veggies we would normally not pick on our own."

Here is a treat for our readers who want to try Green Bean Delivery:

$15 OFF with code CITYMOM15 

*expires Dec 31, 2015| good on new or reactivations only*


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Instacart is new to the grocery delivery game in Indy and continues to expand their service. So, if you are not in their delivery area yet, you may be soon.

How is Instacart different? Basically, Instacart sends a personal shopper to the store to shop for you. In Indy the store choices are Whole Foods, Marsh, Georgetown Market, Petco & Costco. {hint: a Costco membership is not needed, but the prices may be a bit higher} You can have your groceries delivered in as little as an hour or two or choose a time that works best for you. 

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You can also choose to pick the groceries up yourself or have them delivered by your shopper. Either way you are asked to tip your shopper for their time. The shopper will text you with questions in regards to substitutions or other available options if an item is sold out. You also have the option of calling the shopper directly while they are in store to chat about your order.

CityMom Michelle says- "Instacart is a game changer. I can shop while looking into my cupboards so that I truly get what I need from the store. The recipes provided on the site are also very helpful when I need some help with my meal planning and the same day delivery is perfect when I need an item not planned for. I am actually spending less than going to the store on my own!"

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If Instacart sounds like the right service for you we have a handy promo code to save you some cash:

Enter INDYMOMS at checkout to get $10 and FREE Delivery off your first order!


 

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Peapod has been delivering to Indy for roughly 5 years and is based out of Chicago. The service is easy and reliable which is something all of us moms appreciate. Unfortunately you miss out on the local Indy produce, meats & dairy but if you are a Chicago native you may appreciate getting some of your hometown goods shipped to your door. 

All orders are fulfilled out of Peapod's grocery warehouse so you can rest assured items will not be out of stock. You can choose to have your groceries delivered whole you are at home or away. If you choose an "unattended" delivery your order will be left on your doorstep in cooling bins that keep everything cold/frozen for up to 2 hours. 

Delivery is usually next day depending on when you place your order.

If Peapod sounds good to you click here to save $20 off your 1st order!


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Kroger does deserve a mention even though they are not delivering to your doorstep. You can shop online and pull right up to have your groceries to your vehicle. It is also super easy to redeem Kroger digital coupons clipped right on their web site, manufacturer coupons clipped from mailers or use your Kroger loyalty card for more savings. 

CityMom Abigail has this to say about Kroger- "I love it because I can add items to my list throughout the week and pick-up any day I want. Even after completing my order I can still edit up until 24 hours before my pick-up time. Having my weekly list gives me and a good total for my finances and allows me to look for extra coupons and price match."

Check out Kroger right here!


Indy also has some local food coops and farms that deliver a limited variety of items to your doorstep. Check out Tyner Pond Farms, Good Earth Farms& Good 2 Go Groceries 
for more options.

 

Here is a quick view of local grocery delivery options-

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Birthday It Up At The Urban Chalkboard

A question that gets asked a lot by our members is, "Where is a good place to have a birthday party for my kid?".

I was asking that same question back in March when it came time to celebrate my daughter's second birthday.

My home was out of the question, but I could not think of a place that would cater to children ages 0-9, their parents & the rest of the extended family.

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You see, birthdays in our family, are not taken lightly. Each of us gets that one day a year to celebrate life, create memories and eat as much cake as you want. It is a tradition that the whole family gets wrapped up in, which meant, they were all coming to town for this party!

When I asked my fellow moms where to have this party I got some of the usual suspects, but then The Urban Chalkboard was mentioned. It was an "A Ha" moment because my daughter LOVES The Urban Chalkboard. I was not sure if they even offered birthday parties, so I gave the owners a call and found out they did. 

Best Idea Ever = Birthday at The Urban Chalkboard

{{{If you have never heard of The Urban Chalkboard you can check out our sweet post right here}}}

I was delighted to find out that I would not have to decorate, clean, make goodie bags, snacks or bake anything. ALL of this was going to be provided along with activities and entertainment to keep the entire family happy.

I was actually excited to attend the party and make some memories with my tot! Owner Jessica gave me a list of party ideas and themes and made it super simple to come up with a unique birthday celebration.

My daughter's favorite cartoon is Angelina Ballerina so Jessica created a party just for her that incorporated her favorite character. 

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  • Each guest went home with a bag of goodies that included a Day Pass and Tote Bag from The Urban Chalkboard

  • The Angelina Ballerina book read to the kids was gifted to the birthday girl and signed by all of her favorite TUC staff members.

  • Adult guests were smitten bottomless cups of freshly brewed coffee and time to chat while the kids played away.

  • Did I mention that I did not have to clean up!!!
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What did I enjoy most about this party? I was in attendance, in the moment & enjoying the time with my daughter.

Hopefully she remembers that too. She played and enjoyed the day while in her element; sharing the time with her favorite people. 

Thankful that was all made possible by simply letting Indy's only play cafe, The Urban Chalkboard, to make the day special.

Find out more about The Urban Chalkboard:

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452 E Carmel Dr
Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 815-5711

***disclaimer: Michelle was offered a special rate in exchange for a blog post about her daughters birthday party***
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10 Apps That Make Your Mommy Brain Seem {almost} Non-Existent

Motherhood brings glorious & fleeting moments of clarity.
#stayorganized | #10apps | #mombrain

 

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Y'know, like when you get a glimpse of your new baby's first smile, witness your kiddo round the bases to home plate or hear your little one say 'I Love You Mama'. Those are the moments that are ingrained on our souls and we will never forget.

There are many other things us mamas need to remember. The Tuesday doctors appointment, grandma's birthday, your day to bring snacks to preschool and so on.... 
Most days I could use a reminder to eat and take a shower!
Here are 10 of my favorite apps that help me keep life in check and my sanity intact.

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COZI has been around for a bit and offers both a paid and free version available on all platforms. It is combo calendar, to-do list, meal planner & grocery list keeper. If you are into bells & whistles this app also has a great blog helps you manage the crazy-busy family life.

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Todoist is a multi-platform app, which means it can be used with any browser on a desktop computer or laptop as well as on mobile devices. The design is sleek, simple and super easy to learn. It is also very easy to share your work with others and collaborate on your to-do list!

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EVERNOTE makes it easy to keep everything in sync. You can use it from your PC, tablet or phone. Keep track of your favorite Web Pages, Research your next vacation, Take pictures & Write notes to remind yourself why you took it in the first place.

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The KEY RING app is made just for your mobile device. The name of it's game is to 'Tame Your Cards'. All of those annoying shopper loyalty cards that take up entirely too much space on your key chain and wallet. Yep, Those!!! Save them all right to your phone and access them while shopping. It also has a handy coupon function to help you save money too!

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LASTPASS is a secure way to save your passwords. Probably not a good idea to keep a post-it taped to your laptop with a list, right? This app makes it easy for you to login to sites by encrypting and remembering your usernames and passwords.

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TEUXDEUX is a sleek 'design-y' app that has a simple and straight forward to-do list feature. It can be used on Mac, PC or most mobile devices. LOVED reading the story behind the app. You have to check it out if you are the literary type!

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TIMR keeps track of your time for you. Maybe you need to track time spent on work projects at home or you need create billable hours for a client. Heck, maybe you want to send your husband a bill for hours spent on housework ;) This multi-platform app also keeps track of mileage along with your time.

 

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ZIPLIST is another full-service multi-platform app. It is more of a meal planner, coupon clipper and meal planner in my opinion. Those are all things super-important to me and probably to you too.

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Hair 101 with Heather of Retro 101
You may have seen Ellie rolling around town at one of Indy's premiere social events. She is Retro 101's flagship mobile boutique and the brain-child of wildly fun owner Heather Pirowski. 
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#shoplocal | #retro101 | #Hair101
Guess who theCityMoms adore? Heather!!!
She is one rockin' mama with an eye for style and styling to boot.
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At a recent event theCityMoms caught the Retro 101 buzz when Heather showed us how to style our hair with one of her adorable headbands.


In under 2 minutes she had transformed one of our moms into a retro goddess. We just had to share this little trick with you!
We like to call this one the Retro Headband Trick

Here Is How You Do It:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A CityMom Tip:
 
and an added perk!
You will not only get compliments on your curls. The headband and up-do are head turners too.
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We discovered that if you do this sweet little trick on barely damp hair and wear it until dry you will get the most amazing head of curls that last all day!


How To Find Retro 101
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