THIS IS A SPONSORED POST ON BEHALF OF SAM’S CLUB
Finding ways to simplify life and streamline basic activities is something I have never been great at.
I overthink things. I strive for perfection. And, I lack the ability to just move on when things aren’t up to my standards.
But not when it comes to mothering.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am often flying by the seat of my pants, high-5-ing myself when everyone stays alive.
It’s not because I don’t care -I totally care, sometimes too much; it’s just that the way parenting is set up, there is no right, one size fits all way to go about it. No one truly knows what they’re doing when it comes to being a mother, and my idea of perfection is probably vastly different from yours.
And standards. Sometimes they get pushed to the side by reality, and priorities, and the desire to really just spend a day on your couch, wrapped in your kids, with a massive bucket of popcorn and a Netflix Original series on your screen.
For me, parenting is about living your best life. It doesn’t mean things will be perfect, it means that you will spend your time creating joy, for yourself and your children, while also teaching them to be decent people.
This I can do.
It’s the home chores that I fail at.
I am legitimately terrible about this element of life and, sorry future wives of my children, but I anticipate that they will be too.
I mean, they have chores, and they do them, often without my asking, but it’s not a priority for me or for them.
And, frankly, I can’t care.
Because I know for certain that I will never look back on my life and wish I would’ve spent more time loading my dishwasher or scrubbing my floors.
What I will do, no matter how much I try to put it first, is look back and wish for more time with my boys while they were young. I will want for these days again and lament not spending more of my moments actively in their presence.
I know chores are a part of life and that they must be done (because living in squalor is a no-go), but I just don’t like to sacrifice our limited family time for silly things like mopping and changing sheets.
I hate menu planning almost as much as I hate cooking.
And don’t even get me started on yard chores. It’s hot out there, and there are bugs, and snakes, and like sunshine -hard pass.
So, I outsource all of these activities as budget allows, and then I find ways to streamline and simplify the ones I just have to do on my own.
Like grocery shopping.
I’ve yet to reach the income bracket where I can entirely eliminate this from my plate.
Fortunately I have found some ways to make it slightly more time friendly.
Get Your 15 Minutes Back with Sam’s Club Scan and Go Option
I have been a Sam’s Club member for years, but I have recently partnered with them to test out some of their time friendly shopper experiences (they clearly get my life).
At Sam’s Club locations across the nation, they have launched programs like Sam’s Club Online, Sam’s Club Pick-Up, and Sam’s Club Scan and Go.
These options allow shoppers to spend less time filling their cabinets and more time filling their lives with meaningful experiences.
And they are all great for busy, on-the-go parents like me. In fact, it’s like they created them with me in mind because they get that shopping for food to feed my family is a necessity, but they also get that it is a chore. They understand that I’d rather be cheering my boys on at a game, or just sitting with them snuggled over me on my couch, and they make time in store much less consuming so you can get back to the places you really want to be in life.
To be honest, I personally enjoyed the Scan and Go option the best. I kinda like actually being in the club, looking at the food I’m choosing, munching on a treat from their snack bar. I just don’t like waiting in line.
The Scan and Go option makes it so that you don’t have to -you just scan your items as you load your cart, pay via the app, and show your receipt as you leave.
As it should be.
I shaved a good 15 minutes off of my trip to the store last week. Doesn’t seem like a ton, but if you’re a mom, you know the power of 15 extra minutes.
Want to try it?
Sign up for a Sam’s Club membership, get a $10 gift card and see what you can do with those 15 minutes of your life back!
15 Things Moms Can Do with 15 Extra Minutes
Take a cat nap in the car rider line at school.
Start a load of laundry.
Read a chapter of whatever steamy romance novel you’re into right now.
Drive to soccer practice.
Text a friend.
Call your mom.
Take your dog out.
Make three school lunches.
Download the photos on your phone so you stop getting those stupid warning messages every time you open your camera.
Put on makeup.
Eat a Kit-Kat bar. Regret it, and eat another.
Snuggle your kids without a device in your hand or a distraction in your mind.
What will you do with your extra time?!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club. All opinions are my own.