I ordered my groceries from Instacart…

And it was amazing.  I hate grocery shopping.  Adamantly.  N doesn’t understand why I dislike actually going into a grocery store, so let me set the scene.

Working mom.  Limited free time that would be better spent stabbing myself in the eye with my family. 3 year old who wants all the things (and a nap, or her 23rd snack of the day). Time is money, honey.

For the past year I’ve been using Smith’s Clicklist. Super lifesaver and easy to just swing by and pick up my groceries after work. However, today B was down with a stomach bug and I had originally planned to grab our Clicklist after preschool pickup… so change of plans. I noticed that the website was now offering a “free first delivery” of groceries and figured, why not? All of my items were pre-carted and ready to go with coupons attached. At 8am I was able to select a delivery time slot of 11am to noon.

Around 9am I started receiving a ton of text messages from Benjamin, my Instacart shopper. He had just arrived at Smith’s at some items were out of stock, so I needed to approve the replacements he had selected. He did a pretty solid job of choosing some alternatives, just like the Clicklist team would’ve done.

He arrived to my house at 11:09am and I was seriously impressed!

There is of course a fee that is normally attached to Instacart, but Clicklist does the same. The only item that should be accounted for is that tips are not included in those fees! You MUST go back and tip your shopper! I mean, think about the shop and drive time they just saved you…

At the end of the day, I would definitely use Instacart again. Maybe not every time since Clicklist pickup will save me a few bucks, but for sure when I’m in the trenches of motherhood or just feeling lazy AF.

I love that we live with technology… how did we survive before being enabled to avoid the stuff we hate to do?!

why i will never do a juice cleanse again.

i can’t even remember how i was inspired to do a juice cleanse.  i love food.  i love coffee.  i love donuts.

either way, the idea of getting rid of toxins in my body sounded delightful and intriguing so i thought, why not?  that’s me… all rainbows, sunshine and positivity.  i convinced my father in law and very sweet co-worker to join me on this endeavor.  in the end, it’s just one (very long) day!

i did both blog and vlog review for everyone’s enjoyment of my suffering.


Classic or Advanced Options (six 16.9 fl oz juices)

Price: $40 (additional 10% off coupon if you sign up for their online newsletter)

Juice 1: apple, parsley, kale, spinach, mint, lime, cucumber, celery.

i drank this juice while i was getting ready for work.  first sip- gross.  then it grew on me.  and then it was just so much liquid that it was tough to finish.  the taste reminded me of mixing roberto’s red salsa with cucumbers, lime, and salt.  great when it’s solid food… not great as a liquid diet!


Juice 2: filtered water, lemon, agave nectar, black pepper, turmeric. 

at this stage, i had my co-workers with me so i was a bit more encouraged.  i really wanted coffee, since i usually make a cup with a bowl of oatmeal or granola bar for breakfast.  but, i popped open juice #2 at 10am.  it tasted okay.  better than the first one for sure.  i was looking forward to my small salad for lunch which pushed me forward…


for “lunch”, i had a small lettuce of iceberg lettuce, avocado and red vinaigrette.  not satisfying at all, but it was something.  at this point, i was not “starving”, but i was hungry.  okay- mostly i was craving coffee.  i took a walk with my co-worker because i just felt so restless and almost anxious about the rest of the day.

Juice 3: apple, celery, beet, lemon, parsley, spinach, ginger.

this juice was different in my “advanced” series than the “classic” cleanse.  it was blood red.  i was almost afraid to bring it with me to my afternoon meeting for fear that it would spill and make a giant gory mess everywhere.  i took about 4 drinks exactly before i decided that i just could not stomach it.

Juice 4: filtered water, lemon, agave nectar, coconut charcoal.

my late afternoon juice was definitely the most palatable of the day because it was not heavy on the green veg.  since it was charcoal based, the drink was BLACK.  however, it tasted mostly of lemon.  i did great with it until a headache hit me full on.  i took an advil… then another advil.  i took a walk.  i could not focus and i felt extremely nauseous.  i still had a meeting to get through before end of day and by the time i left work and got home, i felt so sick.  the thought of another juice made me want to puke.

and so i did.

i got home and threw up.  my head hurt, my nausea was still awful. i felt exhausted.  i curled up on the couch until N and B got home and i had to put on my happy face and be mommy.  at this point, i ate a small snack of B’s organic popcorn.  i attempted to eat pasta, but my stomach was just not having it.

Juice 5 and 6: cucumber, green apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon, swiss chard, celery (5).  filtered water, almonds, dates, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, nutmeg (6).

these juices did not happen.  nope.  my body was just not going to even consider it.

i was able to get through B’s dinner, bath, and bed time.  N takes our puppy, Eli, to the park each night and he returned with a milkshake (helps counteract the acids) to settle my stomach.  i definitely got sick over it all not because i was hungry… but because of the high acidic levels and sheer quantity of liquid i was consuming.  i also was not peeing enough to cycle the juices out of my body.

overall, based on my experience, i would never do another juice cleanse.  in asking both of my co-workers who went through the experience with me, my first co-worker had a positive experience.  nothing life changing, but he was able to get through without any side effects.  co-worker number 2 suffered the same symptoms as i did throughout the day, and she stopped half way through juice 5.  many people are curious about if a juice cleanse will give you the runs, but out of the three of us, nobody experienced this symptom.  i believe it’s common if your cleanse extends past one day.

would you ever consider doing a juice cleanse?  what’s the craziest diet/de-toxifying trend you’ve ever tried?

Photo Credit: Nekter Juice Bar, Pixaby.