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Save Time by Grocery Shopping from Home with Instacart

Instacart Shopping Kitchen

Instacart Logo

Hey y’all, Merry Christmas! If y’all are anything like us there are several different family Christmas events to attend as well as church and friends Christmas parties. While this time with family and friends is filled with so many wonderful moments, small things like grocery shopping can get in the way.

There is a wonderful tool called Instacart. Raise a hand if you wouldn’t mind ordering your groceries from your favorite local grocery from the comfort of your own home. In your pajamas while drinking your favorite beverage. I have both of mine in the air, if you’re wondering.

Instacart is Convenient and Easy to Use

The website and app are both super convenient to navigate. To begin punch in your area code and the app will confirm if your area is covered. There have been times when a friend or family member was too far out of the city but the delivery service met them at an agreed location.

Once you have established your residence, pick the store you would like to shop. For instance, in Elkhart, IN Kroger, Aldi, Petco, and Walgreens are the available options. Usually I shop at one store because each store added to the cart requires a $10 minimum. Your first delivery is free, second delivery 7.99, unless you sign up to be an express member. Express membership costs $99/year but offers free delivery (order must be greater than $35).

My personal experience has been wonderful. The first time I tried the app we were driving home from a family get-together and I still needed to buy groceries for the weekend. Within 1½ hours after placing the order on Instacart my groceries were delivered to my doorstep.

One of my favorite features on the app is the ability to watch the progress of the groceries being picked up throughout the store. As your personal shopper adds the items to the cart, they are crossed off your phone in real-time. If you need to add something to your list before they get to checkout that you missed earlier, simply add the item to your list.

Your personal shopper will also notify you if there was a price change, if the store is out of stock on a particular item, and will ask you questions if needed through the Instacart app. Once they are in the checkout, you are notified that items can no longer be added to your list. Your personal shopper (that phrase is kind of fun to say) notifies you when leaving the store and estimates delivery time.

Let me just say that this app has helped maintain my sanity. I am not particularly fond of grocery shopping so I am so grateful to have this tool available. If y’all have more questions about the process go to You will not be disappointed.

For a limited time use code CARMENH185118 at checkout with a cart of $35 or more to receive $10 off.

P.S. This post is not sponsored by Instacart or their affiliates.

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Behind the Scenes Changes That You’ll Start to See

Carmen Joins Ultimate Weekly Planner

We’re excited to announce a few updates. The efforts has mainly been a two headed monster of (1) Lucretia designing the planner and (2) Reuben developing and managing the website. There has also been lots of help and input from Velinda of Laurel St Designs designed the planner cover and Debra of Main Street Roasters helped with promoting the planner as well as offering helpful marketing tips.

A few weeks ago Carmen joined the team. Carmen will be in charge of marketing and social media. Also, Carmen is Reuben’s wife and Reuben is Lucretia’s son.

A few things we want to get done by May 1st

  1. Introduce a New Logo
  2. Update all messaging to make it more clear how the Ultimate Weekly Planner can improve the productivity and ease stress in our customers.
  3. Update Website with Customer Experience in Mind
  4. Add New Products

Our customers can expect to receive quicker response when they ask a question and faster delivery of orders.

Our customers’ opinion is very important. We always are eager to hear how our products are improving your life and for ideas on making the products even better. If you enjoy using the 2019 planner and want to say “thank you” please leave a review. Leaving a review is the kindest thing you could do, seriously 😉. Here are links to leave a review on our website or Leave a Review on Amazon, depending where you completed a purchase.

We’ve already started on our goals and slowly you’ll see the changes and updates taking place.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Like most things in our family, Thanksgiving was not celebrated in the traditional sense. In the week leading up to Thanksgiving day we slowly baked, fried, stirred and cooked enough side dishes and finger foods to feed a small army of hobbits.

Then bright and early on Thanksgiving morning we ate a simple breakfast and drank endless amounts of coffee. Our parents were firm believers in the powers of coffee. We never changed out of our pajamas and we played games, read books, discussed the next big topic or walked down our lazy country road.

At eleven o’clock rolled around and we headed to Cracker Barrel to eat our “traditional” Thanksgiving meal. While our traditions weren’t normal for most people, they were ours. I can still taste the sweet potato casserole and turkey served up by a waitress with 3 stars embroidered in yellow on her brown apron. In the afternoon we slept off our Turkey coma and played games into the evening.

My husbands traditions are very different than mine. His father’s side of the family gathers together for four whole days of merriment. The festivities start Wednesday evening and don’t end until Sunday afternoon. There is food, and puzzles, and talking, and sleeping on bean bags in the corners. The younger kids play games in the barn, the teens go bowling and watch movies. There is line dancing, and karaoke, and the traditional Thanksgiving day football game.

Traditions are beautiful in the fact that they usually carry sweet memories with them. It doesn’t matter whether you have a quiet stay-at-home Thanksgiving like our family or spend it catching up with loved ones you haven’t see all year. They are your reminders of what you have done in the past and stories are swapped about how and why the tradition was started in the beginning. Whatever your traditions are this year, hold your loved ones close. Reminisce about the things you are doing. Carry on the stories of your family before you. Open your heart to new traditions and allow the old and new to blend making for a beautiful experience shaped by the past and presence.

What are some of y’alls holiday traditions?

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Something New — Academic Planner

Academic Planner Front Cover

Last year I learned that my nephew and niece were using the Ultimate Weekly Planner as an academic planner. They asked me if I’d be willing to remake the UWP for college students. So instead of a space for a menu there is space for listing subject assignments. Instead of starting in October the academic planner starts on August 1st. We really love the Academic Planner and think you will too. Here’s a little encouragement to give it a try.

Free Shipping + $5 Discount on the Academic Planner

Use Coupon Code: fb17
Valid Through Sunday, August 6th
Buy Academic Planner

Virtual Flip Through of the Academic Planner

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Error on 2017 Planner, New Planners Will Ship November 9th

Update Nov 15:

We will have new planners in a few days and will be shipping out immediately. You should expect to receive by the weekend or Tuesday (22nd) depending on location.

Notice: There was an error in the printing of the 2017 Planner.
We will be shipping new planners to everyone who placed an order or won a free planner. Replacement planners will be shipped November 9th with expected delivery date no later than November 16th for all customers.
We are sorry for the inconvenience to each of you and are working as quickly as possible to get this issue resolved.

2017 November Page Error

What Was Wrong?

There were several errors but the primary mistake was the 2-page layout of November 2017–was the November 2016. Some of the minor issues that have also been fixed are the incorrect spelling of mileage and a duplicate page August 21–27.

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Feedback Request for 2017 Planner – Mileage Tracker

Work & Charitable Mileage Tracking

Would you use a mileage tracker in the back of the planner? This was a suggestion from several users of the Ultimate Weekly Planner but before we implement in the 2017 planner we’re seeking feedback from other users. This question is posted on our Facebook page and if you leave a comment you’ll be entered to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

As always, your feedback is important as we strive to make the most useable and practical personal organizer.

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Second Printing Delivered – Inventory Restored

A few weeks ago I posted that we’ve been blessed with a higher than expected demand for the Ultimate Weekly Planner. Because of the valuable feedback from the first printing the second printing has some updates.

  1. Heavier Paper: Because of the heavier paper the planner is thicker than the original printing
  2. Better Binding: The back pages were falling out of the binding so we had the printer change that to make for a more reliable product.

Shipment on Way to Amazon

Our Amazon inventory has been out for a few days and this morning several boxes of planners were shipped you can expect that to be in the hands of Amazon and available for order by Sunday. Even though Amazon isn’t currently showing availability orders are being fulfilled on our website.

Your feedback is always important to us so please send us an email mail @ ultimateweeklyplanner . com or message us on Facebook.

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2nd Printing of the 2016 Ultimate Weekly Planner

Why a Second Printing

We’re very blessed and happy to announce a second printing of the Ultimate Weekly Planner because of the success of the past few months. Thanks to all support and feedback from customers we’re able to implement some of that feedback in this 2nd printing of the 2016 planner instead of waiting for the 2017 planner.

2 Updates to the 2016 UWP

  1. Heavier paper to help with bleeding of ink
  2. Switching direction of binding to eliminate back pages falling out. There were several complaints about the back pages falling out of the binding. To resolve this issue we’ve instructed the printer to flip the direction of the binding. It’s difficult to explain but trust me, this will make a big difference.

When Will It be Released?

V2 of the Ultimate Weekly Planner will be available around the 16th of December. Check back in a few weeks for an exact date or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on the release of the planner.

Thanks again for all the support and feedback from family, friends and fans of the Ultimate Weekly Planner.