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Adagio Teas from Around the World

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:34:00 +0000

Each morning, I transport to an exotic place, simply by sipping from my tea cup. Thankfully, with sites like Adagio Teas, I'm able to buy loose leaf tea from around the world with at click of a button.Adagio tea from around the worldAdagio is actually my go-to and the easiest to order from. They make it simple to understand and navigate through the different varieties and provide Facebook messenger updates on your order along the way.The site has a large collection of teas that are broken up by the type of leaf - green, white, oolong (my favorites), chai, black tea, pu-erh and herbals/roobios.I especially enjoy their white blueberry tea, Jasmine yin hao, and fujian jasmine pearl master blend. You can also order sample sizes to see if you like it first before ordering more.Adagio makes a great and reasonable tea maker for those looking to get started drinking loose leaf. Simply pour in the desired amount of loose leaf tea, add hot water, brew and then put over your mug and it drains instantly into your tea cup. I have two!ingenuiTEA makerIf you don't have a tea maker or loose leaf container they also sell their whole leaf tea in mesh pyramid tea bags. I like the convenience of these for work and travel, so I can still get quality loose leaf without toting my tea maker around.$5 Gift CertificateIf you'd like a $5 gift certificate to adagio, simply comment here with your email address or send me an email at Tara AT tarametblog DOT comDisclaimer: I received a gift certificate in exchange for my honest review. Regardless, I have been an adagio customer for several years. [...]



SWFL Dining Review: Bonefish Grill Bonita Springs

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:31:00 +0000

Bonefish Grill recently remodeled their Bonita Springs (26381 S Tamiami Trail) location with warm earthy tones and a sleek interior design. We went to check it out and as always were not disappointed.Bonefish Bonita Springs fresh new lookWhat I like most about Bonefish Grill restaurants is I know that no matter what I order, I'm going to have a good meal. It's consistently good.I also enjoy their Happy Hour, which is from 4:00-6:30 p.m. EVERY DAY! Even weekends! The happy hour menu offers $4 glasses of wine and bar bites and mixed cocktails for $6 each.Happy Hour every day at Bonefish GrillOur favorite appetizer is the Mussels Josephine, which we order whether we make it for happy hour or not. Be sure and save a piece of bread for dipping in the buttery sauce at the bottom of the bowl, yum!Mussels Josephine from Bonefish Grill's bar bite menuWe also enjoy, an order of Edamame which comes with Matcha Green Tea favored Sea Salt, which is so unique. Even our boys tried some of the beans.Bonefish Grill's Edamame with Green Tea SaltWe had never frequented Bonefish with our boys before, typically preferring to keep it as a date night location or for when other adult visitors are in from out of town. This time, the boys came with us and we were amazed at how child-friendly it was. They were provided with coloring mats and crayons. Their waters came with plastic tops to prevent spills (although it ended up being me who toppled over my water, opps!) and they have a reasonable Kids Menu to select from. We went with the fried fish fingers with broccoli and fries.A kids menu and coloring is available!A current summer special and fresh catch is a Crab Cake Topped Wood-Grilled Atlantic, which was outstanding.Crab cake topped wood-grilled Atlantic CobiaThere is also a Naples and Fort Myers Bonefish Grill here in Southwest Florida as well.Bonefish Grill in Bonita SpringsDisclaimer: I received complimentary Bonefish Grill gift cards to facilitate my dining review. However, we paid for our drinks, overage and tip. [...]



Avocado Ice Cream Recipe

Wed, 31 May 2017 17:50:00 +0000

(image) I hosted a fun mommy & me meet-up recently at Delicious Raw juice bar in Naples, Florida.

While sipping a yummy drink called Glow Raw (Carrots, Pineapple, Ginger, Parsley, Aloe, Coconut Water) I got to chat with other moms.
I also experienced for the first time a reflexology hand massage free from OMNI Balanced Life Center. It was super relaxing.

Best of all, we learned other ways to sneak veggies and fruits into kid's diets. TIP: Add pineapples, watermelon or oranges to a juice to mask the veggies.

Their new yummy Avocado Ice Cream is available at Delicious Raw’s Pine Ridge, Pavilion, Coconut Point and Davie locations, but their Chef Scott Boyd walked me through how it's done.

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I think it tastes amazing! Their strawberry topping drizzled over it makes it that more enticing for kids. You could opt for honey or other natural syrups too.

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In the Delicious Raw kitchen
Avocado is high in healthy fats and provides a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals. So, grab your kids and a spoon!

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Hanes Father's Day Giveaway

Wed, 31 May 2017 00:43:00 +0000

Just in time for Father's Day, Hanes is introducing ComfortBlend Superior Softness Undershirts — now with Modal fabric.

The brand has taken its ComfortBlend fabric and added the smoothing benefit of Modal to create its softest tee ever. Just touch it, and immediately you’ll know that softness has reached a new level.

Why Hanes ComfortBlend Superior Softness Undershirts?

  • Cotton-Modal blend offers superior comfort
  • Includes FreshIQ™ advanced odor protection technology
  • Hanes softest tee ever
  • Quick drying and durable fabric shrinks less and keeps its shape
  • Tag-free for itch-free comfort
  • Lay flat collar
  • $12.00 for 3 Pack, in Crewneck and V-neck, available at Hanes.com and Walmart.com
  • Sizes S-2X, in Crew Neck and V-Neck styles 


  • Enter the following giveaway to win a set of Hanes ComfortBlend shirts and more for the dad in your life. The Hanes prize pack is valued at $75. Good luck!

    Hanes Father's Day Giveaway



    Gift Guide for the Dapper Man

    Wed, 01 Feb 2017 01:00:00 +0000

    I've done the gag gifts, the romantic ones, but now that we're a little older like fine wine, I'm opting for a more refined gift giving this year.Your guy will love these fashionable and tech-friendly finds to spruce up their professional life -- affordable little splurges they wouldn't get themselves.Lapel Pin - Who says you can't buy your guy flowers on Valentine's Day? Truly unique, I love this microfiber flower pin from Sprezza, which spruces up a tired jacket and also works as a conversational piece too. I first spotted this attractive statement accent on my Instagram feed and especially adored how these two dapper guys boldly wore it (one, two). Best of all, it's only $12! Available in black, red, or gray. I Sprezza Box - Fashion delivered for men! A subscription box curated by Sprezza's personal stylists will bring Valentine's Day joy to your man every month and will keep him looking sharp and trendy. Effortless Style for just $28 a month. Each box is guaranteed to have over $100 in value with 5-6 fashion and lifestyle products, so you're getting a lot of bang for your buck. You can pay upfront $300 for the entire year and save $36  or pay monthly and cancel anytime. Everything sent is his to keep!Cord Keeper - This 3-pack of black/beige/grey leather cord keepers keeps your cords neat and stylish. Perfect for travel and work. $9.99.Echo Dot - Alexa is the only woman I don't mind my husband talking to each morning ;) We are obsessed with our Dot. We have it in our bedroom and we'll tell it to play NPR in the mornings, provide us updates on the weather, give us a flash briefing of the day's news and even play little kid music for our boys. I'm saving up to get another one for my office too and have a feeling my husband wouldn't mind receiving one for his either. $49.99.Wooden Bow Ties - Yes, bow ties and neck ties made out of wood! My husband came back from Vegas purporting that men at the convention he attended were donning them and that they were getting a lot of positive attention for it. Definitely a conversation starter and great for the rugged gentleman in your life. $14.99 and up.  frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=tarablog-20&marketplace=amazon®ion=US&placement=B01DFKC2SO&asins=B01DFKC2SO&linkId=5009d17c2af63ba2ea6a15bb643af417&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"> frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=tarablog-20&marketplace=amazon®ion=US&placement=B01I821YGA&asins=B01I821YGA&linkId=14a9b1ba83fa694381c00bba60e6cfd6&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"> frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=tarablog-20&marketplace=amazon®ion=US&placement=B01B5AAP08&asins=B01B5AAP08&linkId=518f0d452d58a708d909593abb4f5a5b&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;">[...]



    SWFL Dining Review: Burgerfi in Naples & Fort Myers

    Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:46:00 +0000

    Sometimes you just need a big juicy burger and thanks to BurgerFi in Naples you can eat one that not only tastes great, but is made from 100% all-natural Angus beef patties that are hormone and antibiotic-free with no additives.Established in 2011, BurgerFi is among the nation's fastest-growing better burger concepts with nearly 100 restaurants. Founded by gourmet chefs, Burgerfi is committed to serving fresh food of the highest quality. All recipes are created from natural, fresh ingredients that require team members to cut chop, mix and prepare daily.Allergies? Be advised that peanuts, nuts and other food allergens are present at BURGERFI as they cook with 100% peanut oil because it’s healthier than other oils out there. Peanut oil contains antioxidants and good fats, and is naturally trans fat- and cholesterol-free.I tried The Grilled Cheese Burger Melt, featuring two Natural Angus Patties, Caramelized Onions, Aged Swiss and American Cheese in between three griddled buns! This new menu item though will only be available through January 29.Grilled Cheese Burger MeltAlthough I came for the burgers, I was particularly impressed with their hand cut fries. Seasoned with Parmesan, Herb and Garlic Aioli, these fries are Oh. My. Fantastic! They offer Chili & Cheese or Cajun style toppings too. You can also opt for the Cry + Fry, which loads 3 of their large onion rings on top of your order of fires.Parmesan Garlic Fries and Mexican CokeTIP: Looking for a healthier, lower carb option? Order your burger ‘green style,’ which is a lettuce wrapped burger with no bun.Burgerfi ‘green style’ - lettuce wrapped burgers Need something to wash it down with? We were surprised to see they had local craft beer on tap and bottles of wine for pouring.There is also a kids menu too with reusable plastic cups and hot dogs and other options.Inside, the fast-casual restaurant has a modern setting with exposed light bulbs and aluminum benches and tables.Good news, another Burgerfi location is now open in Ft. Myers / Estero area across from Gulf Coast Town Center.Disclaimer: My meal at Burgerfi was complimentary in exchange for an honest review. [...]



    Legoland Florida with Toddlers & Preschoolers

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:29:00 +0000

    Tips for Going to Legoland Florida with Young KidsMy boys have always been obsessed with building & blocks, but now they are LEGO crazed. Yet, we had stayed away from going to the LEGOLAND Florida theme park when visiting the Orlando area, unsure if they were ready for it. Let me assure you, the 150-acre park is built for little kids (pun intended) offering more than 50 rides, shows and attractions designed for families with children ages 2-12. Located in Winter Haven, Florida, just 45 minutes from Orlando (shuttle busses from the Orlando outlets are available).Unlike other Orlando-area parks, Legoland wasn't as crowded - neither the rides or lines for food. (Note we visited in January and February). Also, if you stay at the hotel or have an annual pass you get to enter the park a half hour earlier. Use the time to go on Ninjago The Ride, their latest attraction.Are They Tall Enough?Yes! Originally, we heard that the majority of the rides had a "42 inch height requirement to ride and with my 4-year-old twins still barely hovering at "39 inches, I wasn't sure there would be enough for them to do to justify buying tickets. However, I was wrong. Yes, I'm sure my husband would love for me to repeat that statement, lol! The 42-inch limit is only for kids to ride alone and does NOT prohibit them from going on the attraction. Thus, as long as we went on the boat, train and safari cart with them, they could experience the same fun as everyone else and even better we could do it as a family.LEGO Bricks EverywhereWe especially appreciated the many Create While you Wait areas. Even when there was a short line for an attraction, EVERY queue has an area where kids can build and play with LEGO bricks while adults hold their spot in line. Wouldn’t life be great if every line had LEGO bricks for children to play with? *sigh* In the Duplo area there are even size appropriate bricks for younger kids.Ford's Driving School Ford's Driving School has two different tracks: Jr which has one simple loop for kids ages 3-6 (not height dependent) and a more curvy track for bigger kids. Kids ride the LEGO looking cars by themselves, by steering and pressing the peddle all by themselves. This was by far their favorite ride, which is towards the back before the water park entrance. There is a ride attendant there though for when kids get stuck to help move the vehicle in the right direction. At the end of the ride, all drivers receive a paper driver's license too, which makes for a great FREE souvenir. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ms6b8GltGfE" style="text-align: -webkit-center;" width="560">4 Ways to Save on Legoland Florida Park TicketsOrder your tickets online at least two days in advance for additional savings. Subscribe to their monthly newsletter to discover their latest promotions as well. Stay on property. For stays between April 17 and May 25 at either the Beach Retreat or Legoland Hotel, KIDS GO FREE! The package includes a free two-day child’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.If you are a Florida resident take advantage of that perk with an annual Florida Residents Awesome Pass ($99+ tax). However, they can only be purchased online and not at the entrance, but proof of a Florida residential address is required for validation at time of live pass redemption.Figurine TradingForget pin trading, I now love figurine trading and I wish I had known about this BEFORE we went to the park for the first time.Model Citizens, or employees, wear colorful badges that display their name and will have little LEGO guys attached to it. If you spot one that you like you can swap a LEGO Minifigure that your kids don't want any more. Thus, you could leave the park with new souvenirs that they can actually play with, so buy one ahead of time or pick up the disca[...]



    My Favorite Things Holiday Gift Exchange & Gift Guide for Her

    Fri, 16 Dec 2016 17:44:00 +0000

    A Few of My Favorite ThingsBesides the office grab for over 10 years now, I have participated in a holiday gift exchange with a bunch of girlfriends scattered across the country. This year, we did something different - a "My Favorite Things" exchange. It's where you think of a favorite thing that you love (lipgloss, best candle you've ever found, fuzzy socks that you adore, chocolates you crave) and then buy multiples of that one thing for everyone in the exchange. So, you then everyone in the group receives multiple presents and everyone's favorite thing.So, I thought, what do I like? Besides books, which are subjective and cats, which I can't very well send in the mail. I then narrowed it down to wine, chocolate and tea! I purchased whole leaf tea bags and individually wrapped dark chocolate mini bars from World Market and placed them inside a Tervis Wine Tumbler along with a note. Sadly, I'm now envious that I didn't make myself one too!Tervis Stemless Wine GlassesI love my Tervis tumbler's for water and their stemless wine glasses are especially great for messy red wine drinkers like me, lol. No fine glass to break or delicate stems to drop. These sturdy, unbreakable cups fit perfectly in your hand and keeps wine at the perfect temperature. I can bring them by the pool or to an outdoor concert or game too and not worry about breaking them. I'll drink to that! They are also  American-made and dishwasher safe for easy party clean-up. Oh, and they have clear, witty wine sayings, monograms, NFL and college team logos and floral design options to choose from. I went with the wine puns like Save Water, Drink Wine and Uncork & Unwind. Cheers! Easy housewarming or teacher gift or present for a coworker too! Price: $19.99 each.Stocking Stuffers for HerWhether I'm tweeting or trying to snap a photo for my blog, I drop my phone a LOT, but now not so much. Why? Because I added a simple Phone Loop to my case, a simple back-strap to help avoid unfortunate and expensive phone drops. It can be added to any case and easy to remove too. I like hooking my finger through it when I'm walking and talking on the phone too. CNET agrees and says it's "the best 6 bucks you can spend on your smartphone." This useful gift is only $4.99. Perfect for the stocking! Softlips CUBE Vanilla Bean Lip Balm (I'm obsessed!) L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (I also like Crabtree & Evelyn lotion tubes too, I keep them in my desk).essie 2016 holiday mini kit nail polishSoxxy unisex compression socks are the perfect gift for the traveler, athlete, and mom on the go. Soxxys energize your legs, decrease swelling and reduce the risk of DVT. I like their navy ones with a plane on it, very PanAm retro. For 30% off, use coupon code: SOX16.Purse sized hand sanitizers from Bath & Body Works or the yummy holiday smelling Marshmallow Fireside candle in mini size.Gifts for HerStraight and frizz-free hair in just several minutes with a Hair Straightener Brush. I found this to be easier and gentler on my hair than a traditional flat iron, quicker too. Simply brush your hair at a sloewr pace and it leaves behind a smooth finish. I have the version from USpicy that sells on Amazon for under $30 and comes with a glove to protect your hand from the heating tool. frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=tarablog-20&marketplace=amazon®ion=US&placement=B01B4902PI&asins=B01B4902PI&linkId=354db1bd0a709e3dee865236609e2c90&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"> frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.c[...]



    Holiday Gift Guide for PreSchool Boys

    Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:04:00 +0000

    Holiday Gift Guide for PreSchool Boysa.k.a what my 4-year-old twins are getting (shhh!)Hot Wheels 7” Tablet Powered by Nabi The Hot Wheels 7” Tablet Powered by Nabi comes with several Hot Wheels screens and preloaded content, including “Hot Wheels Labs” where kids can watch videos about the science of hot wheels cars - resistance, friction and gravity. In addition, the tablet has over 25 apps and games already loaded onto the device. It runs on the latest Android OS and comes with Google Play, so parents can access over one million additional apps, games, music, movies, books, and more as your child gets older. The tablet comes with a custom orange bumper for protection and durability, so no need to buy an additional case. Besides watching Hot Wheels videos my boys mainly play with the Hot Wheels activity pack featuring a coloring book, a puzzle and a matching game. Oh, and there is a front and back camera that they were posing and taking photos with.Overall, as a parent looking to invest in a kids tablet, this one is affordable and won’t set you back extra with additional app purchases either. Nabi also makes an American Girl, Barbie and a Fisher-Price themed tablet for the same reasonable price. Ages: 3+ Price: $79.90 at Amazon.Disney Mickey Mouse Express Ready-to-Play Train Set What’s a Christmas tree without a holiday train set? And this locomotive is uber adorable. All aboard the Mickey Mouse Express, featuring iconic Disney characters dressed in their holiday best. It’s a perfect set to run under the tree, bringing a dose of holiday cheer and providing families with an annual tradition for holidays to come.The ready-to-play set comes with the train locomotive and cars, easy to connect interlocking tracks with various layout options and a RC remote control with easy-to-use buttons for even preschoolers to get their hands on. The train features a battery-powered general-style car driven by Mickey with accompanying authentic train sounds. Ages: 4+ Price: $79.99 on Amazon.Super Wings World Airport Playset  It's Fly Time! My kids and I enjoy watching the show Super Wings, which is why I was excited to see this airport playset from Auldey Toys. Seen in each episode the airport sets the stage for the ultimate playset for preschool boys and girls. Basically, it's a Barbie dream house for boys. It's large too! The 35-inch scale delivers loads of fun, with electronic sounds and lights plus tons of activities for kids to recreate their favorite Super Wings scenes with mini-transforming characters Jett and Donnie. The figures can attach to the fly-around balance bar and spin them to circle the World Airport before they come in for a landing. Load Jett into the elevator and lift him up to the Control Tower, then launch him down the ramp. Flip open the base compartments to reveal a rotating luggage carousel and a cargo scale too. Batteries are included! Age: 3+ MSRP: $35.99LeapFrog Leaping Letters This interactive game teaches letters and is fun for the whole family to play. Kids race against the clock to put the letters in their proper spots before time runs out otherwise they go POP! The timer can be adjusted to accommodate players of all skill levels and ages to play. The level of difficulty can easily be increased as well with color-coded letter pieces that advance the game to word building and kids can start forming words with add-on activity cards. We aren't there yet, but it's great seeing them race to build the alphabet. This toy also builds matching and fine motor skills too. Surprisingly, no batteries are required and there are no noises except the slight ticking noise the timer makes. Hopefully future editions will include some fun sound effects too, but for now at least this isn[...]



    Holiday Entertaining? Say Cheese!

    Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:47:00 +0000

    Are you hosting a holiday party this year? We are fortunate to have family visiting this Christmas, so I'm stocking up on some munchy hosting essentials. Nothing like a holiday cheese board and wine pairing to start off the night. Let's be real—every party is a wine-and-cheese party, and the more the merrier.From shredded to crumbled and sharp to sweet, Stella Cheeses found at Publix can satisfy any cravings.  Best of all, it's totally easy to whip up a cheese board and it looks impressive too. For a stress-free appetizer here are 10 easy steps to assembling the perfect cheese platter for entertaining.Tips for Arranging the Perfect Stella Cheese Board for your Next Dinner PartyUse seasonal fruits and local fruits to pair with the cheeses. Thus, if it's blueberry season, put out some blueberries. Dried cranberries or homemade cranberry sauce are great for winter holiday platters. My boys get excited when there are grapes.However, not everything has to be edible, for the holidays add a sprig of holly as decoration or a tropical flower in the summer to complete your board's look.Vary how you cut the different cheeses that you are putting on your plate for both presentation and texture. The same-sized squares will make your spread look pre-packaged and store bought.Go nuts! No, seriously, add nuts like walnuts and almonds. Drizzle honey on or near sliced Stella Asiago Cheese or Stella Crumbled Blue Cheese, which helps to make these stronger cheeses taste sweeter.Not everyone can handle my favorite Stella Blue Cheese, so make sure to also include an easy fan favorite like Stella Italian Sharp Cheese too. Try roasting figs to include with your cheese platter.Champagne is the best drink to complement the eating of cheese along with white wines over red.Purchase a board or cheese plate that you're proud of. A popular trend right now is to use Slate Boards, where you can write on with chalk. A cheaper version, I picked up a roll of black paper from Target's Dollar Spot and a paint pen to label the different cheeses. Adds a personal DIY touch to it.Because they say you can't live on bread and cheese alone (I disagree!) add in some prosciutto, pepperoni or other Italian meats to appease the guys and those that are eagerly awaiting the main course.WIN A TRIP TO WINE COUNTRYWe all know that wine and cheese are a perfect pair. Indulge in both with a trip to Napa Valley courtesy of Stella® brand! Good luck ... and please take me with you!Click to Enter To Win A Trip To Napa Valley With Stella CheeseCheers![...]



    Forgo the hassle with Walmart Grocery Pickup

    Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:40:00 +0000

    During my twins first year, I depended on my local grocery delivery service in Connecticut. Trying to bundle up two infants and lug two car seats into the store was my nightmare. Never mind the idea of having to make myself presentable to go out in public too. However, sadly the option was not available once I moved to Southwest Florida and I've missed it ... bigly (too soon?).Even now that my boys are older, grocery shopping for any parent can be a struggle. Doubly so when you have multiples since I can't always find a shopping cart for two. Either someone with one child is hogging it or I have to circle the parking lot to find wherever it was last discarded.Thankfully, I just learned about Walmart’s online grocery pickup service and fortunately it's available at the Estero location near my boys' preschool here in Southwest Florida.Designated Walmart Grocery Pickup parking spots in Estero, FloridaNow, I can simply add items to my online shopping cart or through their easy app, provide my credit card and select a time and day that I would like to pick-up my order curbside. And here is the best part -- they bring your order out to your car for you! That's right, my kids can continue watching Cars or Planes (whichever won the battle that morning) in their car seats while all of our groceries magically appear in the trunk of our van. No shopping cart to maneuver, no having to open Goldfish Crackers to keep them happy as I search for some mystery item on an unknown aisle and then backtrack again to pick up their trail of bread crumbs. Instead, I was able to just pull up to the designated sign and voila! 5 minutes later, we were off again.For my first order, I decided to get our grocery shopping for Thanksgiving out of the way by selecting our frozen turkey, fresh cranberries, stuffing, yams and apple cider now. Best of all, no impulse buys, just what is on the list.Worried about the produce and meat selections? Don't be. Even before they load your items into your car they show you the mean and produce options that were chosen, so you can object or not. Oh, but don't make the mistake I did when ordering bananas. I meant to select 4, but it turns out I did 4lbs, lol. No bother though, my boys both have one each morning.Even post holidays, I know I'm going to rely on this convenience again and again. The experience was great! The assistant manager, Eric even came out to greet me and another Grocery Pickup shopper. He was excited we were using the new service and provided us with a little bag of samples as a thank you. So sweet.Grocery delivery! Walmart's grocery pick-up service is FREE to use, but there is a $30 minimum per order. I found an offer valid through the end of the year for $10 off a purchase of $50. With this additional savings, I only spent $45 on our Thanksgiving dinner ingredients! Here is my offer code for $10 off your first order.Not my car, but what a beauty, couldn't resist including it in the shot!Disclaimer: While I paid for the groceries myself, I am being compensated for my time and honest review. However, I jumped at the chance to try this service once I heard online ordering was possible in my area.[...]