Door Dash Food Delivery App Answering the Oldest Question in a Busy Mom’s Weeknight…

2016 March 23

This is a sponsored post by DoorDash.com.

What’s For Dinner Mom?

Spring months mean NOTHING is for dinner, because we’re never home in the evenings.

Track Practice. Games. Track Meets.
Little League baseball (Majors this year!).
Practices don’t start till 5:30 or 6PM.
Games get out as late as 9:30PM.
High School Track meets last hours and HOURS.
10Pm is about the average time my Freshman gets home from weeknight meets.

Door Dash Food Delivery App in Charlotte, NCWhen exactly am I supposed to cook dinner?
Maybe a crockpot 1-dish wonder? (I don’t even have time for that, working full time these days.) Maybe throw in a frozen pizza for the one hundredth time? Maybe a sad hotdog from the local gas station convenience store on our way home? Kill Me.

This is going to go on for 2 more months! I can NOT eat another pizza, people.

Door Dash to the Rescue

Week night dinner madness with chaotic family sport schedules is solved if you live in the Charlotte Area!

Door Dash is a simple mobile food delivery app. They are launching around the nation and it’s finally Charlotte’s turn. Simply download the app (both Android and IOS), sign in, locate a restaurant, order food, register your payment info and hit SEND.

For the month of March (2016) the delivery fee is only $1.

(Goes up to regular of $3.99 in April)

And right now you can use CODE: GOODNCRAZY2 for $5 off a $20+ order (in Charlotte only).
Pay attention as some restaurants will charge more per menu item in the app when using this service. And if you live within the Charlotte city limits there are 80+ restaurants to choose from! (I checked several zipcodes in South Charlotte and Ballantyne, all showed tons of restaurants.)

You pay a delivery fee for EACH order you make so if you choose a couple different restaurants you will pay separate delivery fees.

NOTE: Door Dash is not in Fort Mill…. YET. They tell me the whole area is expanding and Fort Mill is high on their list. (YAY!) Go to DoorDash.com and test your zipcode to see if there is delivery in your area?

Yesterday I tested the Door Dash food delivery app while at a blogger event in Uptown Charlotte. (Perfect if you work in uptown BTW!)

Door Dash Food Delivery App in Charlotte, NCSo far it looks to me like the wait time is around an hour for most joints. While you can’t choose a shorter time for delivery than it shows on the app, you can choose to delay and schedule later. I ordered my lunch meal before I left for the event around 10AM. The earliest delivery slot was Noon (since most restaurants don’t open till 11AM) that was perfect and my order showed up 20 minutes early. Which was fine as I had a wide window for my lunch.

But 20 minutes is a LOT early if you were expecting a noon delivery. Be prepared to be flexible on delivery times is my advice till they get all the kinks worked out.

I especially like that you can leave a short note with any special instructions. I ordered a salad and fried green tomatoes from Dish, Charlotte and the only option for dipping sauce with the appetizer was a horseradish dill sauce. I HATE all things dill (except pickles, but whatever) anyway, I asked them to please make sure the salad dressing came on the side and to add ranch instead of the dill dipping sauce.  — Everything was delivered exactly like I asked!

Like the ‘Uber’ of Food Delivery

Door Dash in Charlotte, NC Food Delivery appI received a text message when my order was first picked up at Dish, Charlotte telling me my driver was on the way. Then I received a phone call from my driver telling me the same thing, he let me know he checked my order & that everything was correct as well.

Later when he arrived my driver ‘Duane’ called to be let into the building (which I didn’t know was locked, so that was nice!). I asked him if I could take his picture and he proudly displayed his Door Dash T-shirt for me!

–If you get Duane as your driver say hi for me! —

Wait! I forgot about tipping!

It’s all in the app. WHICH I LOVE, I never have cash for that sort of thing. You have several options 15%, 20% and let it calculate the amount. So when the food is delivered just thank the driver and that’s it.

 

Wrapping Up My Thoughts about Door Dash

  • I love that there are fast food restaurants as well as gourmet 5 stars on the list to choose from. Chick-Fil-A craving? Good to go!
  • I love that you include the tip in the app.
  • I wish it had a bit easier way to choose a delivery time. 1 hour is a long time, so be prepared to order in advance.
  • I’ll let you know when the service comes to Fort Mill… till then if you work uptown this is a great option for you!
  • Overall thumbs up to the app and delivery. Once the service is up and running in more areas I’ll really cheer!

Disclosure: I was provided reimbursement for my Door Dash order. My opinions are my own.

Locate Door Dash on your app store, and on all socials as @DoorDash.

K’Nex K-FORCE Build and Blast! New Toy Idea for Tween Boys This Year

2015 November 3

Review: we were given a Mega Boom Blaster Kit at no charge as part of the Knexeprt Program via K’Nex.

K Force Build and Blast!

K'NEX K-Force Build and Blast review stop motion videoK’Nex Brand has created a new line of ‘Blasters’. Using sponge darts kids first create one of 3 different types of blasters: A Dual Cross, A Mega Boom (See Stop Motion Below) or a Double Draw. Plus each of the blasters (cost between $45-$50 depending where you shop) can be found in smaller version kits from around $15 each.

I JUST REALIZED!! The Mega Boom Kit is on MEGA sale today. #Afflink.)

Several other K’Nex K-Force Build and Blast kits are on sale today as well!

 

Watch this 2 Minute Stop Motion Video…

My kid building the Mega Boom K-Force Blaster. It took him a little over 90 minutes with a lot of stopping and

watching a family movie.

WARNING: The blasters REALLY do shoot 75 feet. And they are very fast. Getting hit with a dart isn’t very painful, but I would stay FAR away from shooting at anyone’s face, for sure be careful of eyes. Think goggles, m’kay? Either plan to head outside once your blaster is built or warn the whole house (including the dog!).

Be careful with dart guns around pets and people's eyes!

K’Nex rates these building kits at age 8 and older. In my opinion K’Nex sets can be built by an 8 year old but be prepared to HELP a lot. The instruction manuals are mandatory to create the intricate design and still function. However in our experience by the time my kid was about 9 and a half he magically had the patience to read through the manual, understand the instructions and build his kits piece by piece by himself.

K'NEX K-Force Build and Blast review stop motion video

{NOTE: The manual included only describes how to build the largest blaster. You will need to download instruction manuals from the website for the other blasters in the kit.}

We always start with several bowls to hold all the little pieces, because if any get lost you are kind of in trouble for completing the piece. There were exactly 3 pieces left over when he completed the Mega Boom—which is the largest blaster in the kit. The kit makes a total of 6 designs, however you can’t make all 6 at once.

Later he created a smaller blaster and the target set. And I think he had more fun with the target set and the smaller blaster than the full sized double blaster.

Are the large K’Nex Build and Blast sets worth the $45 price tag?
We think so! I’ve had a really hard time finding age appropriate gifts for my very science minded tween boy. He has run home from school for a week now to work on his blaster, alter the configuration and set up ‘target practice’.
The crazy sale price right now is DEF worth it. HALF OFF!

If you miss the sale and $45 is too steep, I suggest purchasing a smaller blaster with the target set: The K-20x Build and Blast (with a small target) is normally $25, but on sale today as well for only $12.50!

 

– K’NEX can be found on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

We were not compensated for this product review. Our thoughts and opinions are our own. There are Amazon Affiliate links in this post. We are part of the KNexperts Program.

Vocal Hygiene? What’s that? Why Keeping Mom Hydrated = Healthy Kids with the #PureLifeRippleEffect

2015 October 13

Thank you to Nestlé ® Pure Life® for sponsoring this blog post.
All opinions are my own.

Vocal Hygiene.

I know. Stay with me. It’s a thing.

I haven’t been very ‘vocal’ about this chapter in my life (see what I did there?) but over the summer I had a polyp removed from my vocal fold. —In case you don’t know, voice therapists will correct you if you say ‘vocal chords’. Apparently they are vocal folds… now you know.

Carissa Rogers Blogger GoodNCrazy.comAnyway, it was a very minor surgery and I did joke about it via Facebook, referencing the scene from Pitch Perfect where the girl was very stressed about announcing to the world that She. Had. NODES!

I’m still recovering and my voice is hoarse several months later and I have been in vocal therapy as well.

The one thing that stands out to me as surprising is just how strongly, as in… INSANELY vehement my therapist is about how much water I’m drinking. Like… she gets downright angry if I confess to less than the optimum GAZILLIONS of ounces of water per day.

But dang, I’m not very good at drinking water.

I wrote a WHOLE post about my… er… extreme dislike of water. And 10 ways to incorporate MORE water into my day especially because I don’t like the taste of it. Does that even make sense?

After reading up on the #PureLifeRippleEffect project, I realize my issue with hydration affects more than just me and my vocal hygiene, it also affects my kids! Makes sense though, kids follow what you do WAY more than what you say right?

Back to my therapist, the whole vocal hygiene thing is important for avoiding nodes in my future as I’m now more likely to have one re-occur. UGH. Slowly losing your voice when you are… um… talkative(?) is seriously one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. Geez TOTAL understatement. I’m not talkative, I’m loud and annoying and once talked 15 hours straight with another blogger on a roadtrip to BlogHer. But that’s another story.

There are several parts to vocal hygiene including not whispering? That one is just weird, and I looked up why, Google just says they don’t know why for sure but it’s harder on your folds than talking quietly. No singing is another one, I was explicitly told to lip synch during church hymns for example, as singing is one of the most stringent things your folds can do. Not good if there’s a polyp in the way. No yelling either.

But the one thing that makes a huge impact is simply drinking a LOT of water (and laying off the caffeine). I don’t drink coffee, but I do like diet sodas that contain caffeine. My therapist didn’t care where the caffeine came from, just stop drinking it and go grab a water bottle!

Mom Selfie with 3 teens & tween

 

As a mom of 3 tweens and teens I wish I could say I’m the best role model and always show my kids a healthy attitude and willingness to change my habits and increase wellness in my lifestyle.

YNestle #pureliferippleeffecteah. No.

It doesn’t work that way. I wish I was better at the water intake game. I’m working on it. I AM! I always order water when at a restaurant, and encourage my kids as well. With Lemon? Yes Please! I make it a challenge to see if I can drink a whole glass before my meal comes.

I keep bottled water around the house at all times, because my husband is more likely to grab one on his way to super early morning bootcamp, and my daughter who runs cross country in the extreme Southern heat needs water not just after her runs but throughout the day in order to build up her body’s hydration enough to deal with her workouts in the heat. And I place one at my desk each day where I’m much more likely to grab it than to walk, you know, ALL THE WAY over to the pantry to grab one.

I PLEDGE to take better care of my vocal hygiene.

I still can’t sing at all… okay I couldn’t sing well before, but at least I could croak? I have to be reminded not to raise my voice—I have a killer whistle—and try to whistle a lot at running meets. And believe it or not, whispering is surprisingly hard to stop. (Confession: I totally whisper to myself while writing and in the van alone… am I the only one who does this?)

TODAY I pledge to drink more water every day.
Not just for my health, but for my kids (and their kids) too!

 

The #PureLifeRippleEffect

I was asked by VolunteerSpot.com to take a look at some surprising statistics and results from a recent survey* about inadequate hydration and am inspired by the efforts of Nestlé® Pure Life® to bring awareness to this study with a campaign they call the #PureLifeRippleEffect.

“To help your family Drink Up and be a part of the Ripple Effect – a movement to keep kids hydrated – visit: PureLifeRippleEffect.com and share your tips for healthy hydration using #pureliferippleeffect.”

A few results that most concerned me (and I struggle with as well):

 

  • Moms don’t give regular water reminders. Barely half of moms (52%) regularly remind their child to drink water.
  • Drinking water is one of the biggest “healthy habit” struggles moms have with their kids (38%), even more than struggles like “eat your fruit” (29%), “get enough exercise” (23%), and “eat your breakfast” (19%).
  • Between water, milk, juice, and soda, moms say water makes up 67% of their daily beverage intake, but it makes up only 48% of their kids.
  • 84% of moms say bottled water is a convenient way to ensure their child is drinking water.
  • Kids who drink less than 4 glasses of water a day are more likely to request soda, juice, and sports drinks (76%)
  • 25% of kids age 6-12 choose soda as their preferred drink, while 23% choose water.
  • Kids are most likely to choose a drink other than water at restaurants (54% soda) and celebrations (58% soda).
  • Water consumption is higher among both Hispanic moms and kids compared to non-Hispanic moms.

 

Bottom LINE:

If mom is drinking more water and encouraging her kids to drink more, everyone will benefit!

A recent study* stated that 54% of all school-aged children are inadequately hydrated. This shockingly high number alarmed Nestlé® Pure Life®, and they’re creating efforts to reduce it. Partnering with After-School All-Stars, Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year through After-School All-Stars an organization that strives to keep children safe and healthy through afterschool programming. Additionally, they’re helping consumers keep their own families hydrated with information and tips on the site pureliferippleeffect.com.

*Source Prevalence of Inadequate Hydration among US Children and Disparities by Gender and Race/Ethnicity: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2012. Erica L. Kenney, ScD, Michael W. Long, ScD, Angie L. Cradock, ScD, and Steven L. Gortmaker, PhD Am J Public Health,2015.

 

*Nestlé® Pure Life® conducted an online survey in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12.

Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year through After-School All-Stars.   

Information source – At over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country.

 

Disclosure: I am working with VolunteerSpot.com. My stories are my own as are my vocal fold issues.

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