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Three Ingredient Roasted Carrots

Three Ingredient Roasted Carrots

I have always hated cooked carrots, until I made these three ingredient roasted carrots. Truth be told, there was a similar recipe within the Well Fed Weeknights Cookbook for “Everything Carrots.” My lazy (read: extremely busy as we all are) self knew this title meant […]

When in Doubt, Dice it Up!

When in Doubt, Dice it Up!

One of the questions I get asked often is, “How does Riley eat so many vegetables?!” And while I really think that the key to this was how we introduced her to solids, a huge thing we do now is dice up anything she doesn’t […]

Walmart Grocery Delivery? Are Delivery Services Worth It?

Walmart Grocery Delivery? Are Delivery Services Worth It?

Walmart has announced it will begin a grocery delivery service! According to this article on MSN, the service will have a $9.95 flate rate fee for delivery of a minimum-$30 purchase. What does this mean? It means major competition against both Amazon and Shipt. Amazon has a shipping service available near Whole Foods, and Shipt works with various grocery retailers across the US (though clearly, not Walmart).

Is Walmart Grocery Delivery Worth it?

At this point, you need to look at the value of your time and transportation. Frankly, Walmart Grocery Delivery is a game changer. The reason why Amazon and Shipt are overlooked by myself and others on tight budgets is because not only is there a delivery cost, but the goods purchased come at a higher cost as well. If I were to utilize Amazon’s service through Whole Foods (which actually isn’t possible since I don’t live near a Whole Foods), my grocery budget would at least double. In my region, Shipt serves Meijer. While Meijer is certainly more affordable than Whole Foods, it’s still much more expensive than Wal-Mart for groceries and household goods. Also, Shipt in my area has a delivery fee AND an annual membership fee. For me, Walmart is 25 minutes away, and the nearest Aldi is a smilar distance. What hasn’t been ensured is the proximity of the deliveries. If Walmart in my area were to deliver, I would absolutely pay for this service. The driving time alone is about $10, so for $10/hr for this service, it seems very worth it. However, this brings me to my next point.

What About Walmart Grocery Pickup? And Other Grocery PickUp Services?

Since the Walmart Grocery Delivery service will be “expanded to 100 cities by the end of the year” according to the Wall Street Journal, this means many cities will not have this service. Again, this comes back to the value of time and transportation. The nearest Walmart to me that does Grocery Pickup (which is FREE!) is about 35 minutes away. If you have free time in your day, then that $10/hr is probably worth it to save and just do the free pickup. But if you are as overloaded as I was only a month ago (full time engineer, full time wife, mom of a toddler, and full time MBA student), that $10 for an additional hour sounds amazing. I found the Sam’s Club In-Store pickup (also free!) to be a hugre game changer. I mentioned Meijer before, so I will bring it up again. The nearest Meijer to me does not offer pickup (it does have Shipt), and the closest Meijer that does have curbside pickup has a cost! So that isn’t worth it to me at all.

Will I use Walmart Grocery Delivery?

If it is available to me, I definitely will try Walmart Grocery Delivery and review it. I think there is a huge benefit to the ordering online. It allows you to plan your grocery list efficiently and not get sidetracked with in-store impulses. This is key for us when we Meal Plan/Shop for our Whole30/Paleo meal plans (click here to read how we do this on a tight budget!). Of course, online shopping can come with its own impulses, but overall for us the cost is lower when we order online. The biggest thing that makes me want to try this is that Walmart is already one of our primary places to shop based on cost. In my opinion, the only way this could get better is if Aldi did the same thing. Now my question, would YOU use Walmart Grocery Delivery? Do you use another grocery delivery service that you would potentially cut? Let me know!



Other helpful links…


How We Meal Plan/Shop/”Prep” Whole30/Paleo on a Tight Budget

Is Worth it for Pet Food?

Cleaning Products Worth the (Extra) Money

3 Ingredient DIY Household Cleaner

$10 Gift Card With Sam’s Club Membership

the only affiliate link is the Sam’s Club link, which gives me a credit that I use for groceries. We’ve paid for our membership since the beginning of our marriage. 


How I Quit My Job Without Warning (No Two Weeks Notice)

How I Quit My Job Without Warning (No Two Weeks Notice)

Today, I quit my job without warning. Woah. Yea. It began as a “normal” day. I woke up at 3:55am in a panic. There was an ache in my chest from the anxiety that had become so common. WorkWorkWork. A big meeting today. Actaully, a […]

ASMR Real Typing: Something Very Different

ASMR Real Typing: Something Very Different

This is something very, very different for this website. I wanted to talk a little about ASMR, and a little experiment I decided to try. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridan Response. Basically, you hear a sound and it give you “tingles” or relaxes you. Here’s a […]

Sunday Meal Plan/Prep + Post-Baby Food Prep!

Sunday Meal Plan/Prep + Post-Baby Food Prep!

This was a big week when it came to food shopping. In addition to the week of meals I’ll share below, we also picked up ingredients to prep for “after baby meals.” Our Sunday Meal Plan this week is super tasty and we’re both really excited!

This Week’s Meal Plan

Quick note: if you’ve read How We Meal Plan/Shop/”Prep” which goes into ALL of the details about how we deal with food, you would know that we prep all breakfasts to be the same. It’s the one “repeat” meal that makes life easier.


  • Breakfast: Sam’s Choice (Walmart version – still Whole30!) Chicken & Apple Sausage, Greens, Black Olives
  • Lunch: Beef Au Jus Sandwiches with red cabbage coleslaw
  • Dinner: Buffalo Chicken Casserole


  • Breakfast: Sam’s Choice (Walmart version – still Whole30!) Chicken & Apple Sausage, Greens, Black Olives
  • Lunch: Buffalo Chicken Casserole leftovers
  • Dinner: Spicy Tuna Cakes with any extra red cabbage coleslaw


  • Breakfast: Sam’s Choice (Walmart version – still Whole30!) Chicken & Apple Sausage, Greens, Black Olives
  • Lunch: Spicy Tuna Cakes with any extra red cabbage coleslaw
  • Dinner: Chicken Tenders with Fries


  • Breakfast: Sam’s Choice (Walmart version – still Whole30!) Chicken & Apple Sausage, Greens, Black Olives
  • Lunch: Chicken Tenders with Fries leftovers
  • Dinner: “Wet Burritos”


  • Breakfast: Sam’s Choice (Walmart version – still Whole30!) Chicken & Apple Sausage, Greens, Black Olives
  • Lunch: “Wet Burritos” leftoevers
  • Dinner: Leftovers or Family Date Night (restaurant) TBD.

What We Prepped for This Week AND “Post Baby” in 2.5 Hours

  • Made THREE Buffalo Chicken Casseroles (Two for after baby!) – I cooked the three spaghetti squash in my instant pot. I literally put in a whole spaghetti squash for 15 mins with water. Repeated this with the others. That’s it. I didn’t pre cut anything. It was amazing. Then I cooked up a “family pack” of boneless skiness chicken breasts in my cast iron skillets. While the chicken was cooking I chopped up the veggies and cooked them in the same skillets. I mixed one batch at a time in our largest stainless steel bowl then put into pans to freeze. The third one is in our fridge ready to cook fresh tomorrow night. I love an easy Monday evening 🙂
  • Made “Ranch” for the casseroles and to have available for fat. I use my dirt cheap immersion blender, eggs, lemons, dill, salt, mustard powder, and extra light olive oil. I never, ever use coconut cream in my ranch because it kills the taste for us. Using a lot of dill gives it the correct flavor.
  • “Hard Boiled” 2.5 Dozen Eggs – Again, thank you Instant Pot! I just put all of the eggs in there with half a cup of water and set for 5 minutes. Then I quick release and put immediately into cold water. These will be made into my pickled eggs and a BLT Egg salad.
  • Cooked a pack of bacon. I also use the bacon fat as cooking fat for additional prepping
  • Made BLT Egg Salad – this was chopping up lettuce, sundried tomatoes, bacon, and tossing in the ranch.
  • Made Beef Bone Broth – Yet again, thanks instant pot. It’s super easy and I got three great batches out of only a small bit of beef bones.
  • Prepped Breakfasts – for the whole week it takes 10 minutes. I just slice the sausages in half, sear in the cast iron skillet, then make containers of a generous bed of greens, add in the sausages and a handful of olives. Wam. Bam. DONE. 10 minutes and every morning is taken care of.
  • Chopped up all veggies for meals (Thanks mini chopper and a good knife)

This probably looks like it takes FOREVER, right? Wrong. I started after breakfast (okay cheated a little because I cooked the pack of bacon while making breakfast because I needed it for breakfast). Yesterday I did the spaghetti squash and bone broth. I promise the effort was minimal. Then today, I spent from about 10am to 12:30pm prepping the rest of the above items. This is with a toddler and a puppy around for a lot of that time. At about 11:45 both went down for a nap which made the alst 45 minutes SUPER efficient. What I’m trying to say is that this is really, REALLY doable. 2.5 hrs to have food for the WEEK ready, AND two large pans of casserole for after baby!

A Couple of DIYs: Pizza Crust and Waffle Mix

A Couple of DIYs: Pizza Crust and Waffle Mix

Can I be honest about something? I don’t think it’s a secret that we eat about 80% Whole30, 90% Paleo, and the other 10% “Food Freedom”/Whatever We Feel Like. Well a couple of those items that fall into the 10% are pizza and waffles. Here […]

NYMN Blue Sea Kale and Coconut Water FULL LINE First Impression

NYMN Blue Sea Kale and Coconut Water FULL LINE First Impression

Okay, full disclosure, my hair was in a weird place when I tried the NYMN Blue Sea Kale and Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner the first time. That said, I’ve got a pretty good first impression of the products, with pictures to share with you […]

Meal Plan + Grocery List 2/10/18

Meal Plan + Grocery List 2/10/18

Woohoo! It’s time for another weekly meal plan and shopping list. I’ve been terrible at posting these, but honestly we’ve never done better with our meal planning/grocery shopping. Read my post here ALL about meal planning Paleo/Whole30 & shopping on a tight budget. It’s comprehensive. But if you just want to know what we’ll be eating, then keep reading!

Meal Plan

  • Monday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash – recipe may be on the way depending on how this turns out
    • Lunch – leftover Roasted Duck (Sunday’s dinner)
    • Dinner – Creamy Seafood Pasta (Dairy Free)
  • Tuesday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash
    • Lunch – Leftover Creamy Seafood Pasta
    • Dinner – BLT Night w/Sweet Potato Fries
  • Wednesday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash
    • Lunch – Leftover BLT & Sweet Potato Fries
    • Dinner – Homemade Pizza Night (Dairy Free for me, going to attempt this DIY crust)
  • Thursday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash…note, in my Meal Planning/Prepping/Shopping post I explain that breakfast is our one “repeat” meal through the week to keep things easier.
    • Lunch – Leftover Pizza
    • Dinner – “Breakfast for Dinner” – going to attempt making DIY Bisquick
  • Friday
    • Breakfast – Ham/Veggie Hash
    • Lunch – some type of leftovers. There’s always something.
    • Dinner – Unplanned/Family Date Night!

Grocery List

If it isn’t on this list, that means the ingredients/items were already in the fridge/pantry/freezer.

From ALDI:

  • Shrimp
  • Gluten-Free Spaghetti
  • Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Eggs (2dozen)
  • Marinara Sauce?
  • Ground Sausage
  • Shredded Mozzerella
  • Biscuits & Gravy ? (hubby’s request)
  • Butter (a few because I’m going to make my easy ghee)
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Baking Powder
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Yeast

From Sam’s Club

pssssst, since I’m bringing the toddler along I’m using the Free Store Pickup. Aka, I order online and then it’s ready to go. Saves time and helps us avoid impulse purchases!

  • Almond Flour
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter – they don’t have the large containers at Aldi
  • Bread
  • Flour

From Meijer (Regional Grocery Store)

The hubby is going to get these items

  • Baking Soda
  • Rutabaga
  • Matchstick Carrots
  • Bacon



Pickled Eggs from the UP

Pickled Eggs from the UP

I went to school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Being from Alaska, I never looked into the weather in the location of my school studies. Instead, I made the assumption that “anywhere would be better” as far as the weather was concerned. I was […]