What an exciting time to be living! Since I’ve been working remotely, my trips to the grocery store are often my only social interaction for the day. For those with much busier lives, Amazon Prime is now offering one hour delivery for “daily essentials” for $7.99 or a two hour delivery for free! Everything we want, now! Forget waiting and patience! The service is currently operating in sprawling cities such as Houston (as of October 15) and Dallas.
Coincidentally, Wal-mart just announced on October 14 that it has expanded curbside grocery pickup to Houston locations. This allows consumers to purchase their groceries online, drive to a specified Walmart and pick up their groceries for no additional charge.
Pickup or delivery… I choose delivery. Every time.
Two friends are helping plan my friend’s 30th upcoming birthday bash and since we are renting a house, everyone is chipping in for the cost. Obviously there are many apps available in order to pay and receive money from a connection, but they all seem complex. Perhaps it’s just my consistent user error but I just want something easy where I know the money has been sent or received, no questions asked.
Enter Square Cash. A few years ago, I talked about the technological marvel that processes payment. For those of us who won’t be starting businesses and needing the device in the near future, we needed a solution to exchange money easily. The process to send money is this:
- Open up a new e-mail
- Add your friend whom you owe the money in the “to” column
- Add email@example.com in the “Carbon copy” section
- Put the cash amount in the subject line of the e-mail
If you haven’t used it before, an e-mail will be sent back to you to set up an account. All you have to do is enter basic information, including a debit card. Once that has been completed, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that the money you sent has been received and when it will appear in their bank account. Best part? No additional fees and it’s FAST. Receiving cash is just as easy once an account is set up.
There’s also an app you can download, but bear with me. I’m an older millennial and e-mail works just fine.
You are welcome.
Breaking news in the food industry: Chipotle, loved by many, will stop serving G.M.O.s (genetically modified) ingredients. This is a huge step for the food industry, especially in quick-service, due to the challenges associated with the transition. These challenges include shortages in product availability and crop. Even still, Chipotle has been moving this way for quite some time. In 2013, Chipotle voluntarily labeled all of the items that contained G.M.O.s. Through this transition, Chipotle continues to appeal to the younger crowd of consumers. Considering this group eats out the most, this decision was a no-brainer.
“Chipotle is really showing that there’s a better way to do fast food,” Chipotle co-CEO Steve Ells told CNNMoney in an exclusive video interview. (http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/26/investing/chipotle-gmo-free/)
I had been mulling over a genius idea for months, maybe even a year and the only soul I had shared it with was my husband. Even though all husbands are obviously supposed to immediately agree with the ideas of their life partners (me), mine seemed hesitant. I felt confident it would succeed so in the last few weeks I started to do some research. Within minutes the great mind of Google brought me to a website which held all the answers. As it turns out, some other really smart human that probably doesn’t have a 9-5 job had already invented MY idea, without consulting me at all.
The product: Whispersync.
The brand: The ever-loyal Amazon.
This amazing idea allows Kindle readers to purchase a book as they are accustomed, add the audio companion (naturally incurring an additional cost) and then you are all set. The system allows you to switch between reading and listening, saving your spot in your novel so no time is spent trying to locate it yourself. Since this idea was initially mine, I’ll tell you why this is the greatest invention next to the imminent self-driving cars:
- By far the biggest issue with being a well-read person functioning in our ever-active society is that you cannot find the time to sit on the couch and pour into a book.
- This allows time for errands, working out, cleaning, and also relishing in the 30 minutes of alone time which you have been gifted.
- Not only does this system work on your kindle alone, but you can switch devices! Left your Kindle at home? No problem! Grab your phone and plug into your novel instantly!
Amazon already has over 55,000 books with the special Whispersync companion, and the list continues to grow. For someone like me who loves a good audiobook for road trips, and then hunkers down with a book to escape the real world, nothing can beat this.
I don’t know about you but as the weather starts to drop to cooler temperatures, my eagerness to be outdoors increases dramatically. I am suddenly overwhelmed by the urge to work outside, to eat all meals on patios, and to find chores that involve the outdoors. All those picnics that hip magazines and blogs referenced in the summertime? Now is the time. I have finally reached the point where a picnic sounds mildly pleasant. The cast of characters: my closest friends and my Stack Wines. Truth be told, I came across Stack Wines on my beloved Pinterest app, where I delight in pictures of painstakingly delicious food and crafts I could never replicate.
The concept is simple enough: portable wine. The difference is, this wine isn’t heavy, or an awkward shape, or too many servings. “Each “bottle” of Stack Wine consists of four individually sealed, shatterproof glasses of California wine.” (http://drinkstack.com/) All a consumer has to do is zip, snap, and sip. Currently the company offers four different options of wine available for purchase online or at certain stores such as World Market. Are you thirsty yet?