5 Time-Saving Tips for Holiday Grocery Shopping

5 Time-Saving Tips for Holiday Grocery Shopping

Let’s get to the point, and fast — everyone is in a rush during the holidays. You’ve got gifts to give, and bells to ring, and there’s no time to waste. I’m a grocery-shopping pro, and have done it both the easy and the hard way.

Below are my five prime tips for an efficient, time-saving grocery shopping experience that are sure to relieve some of the stress off your shoulders. The holidays are exciting after all… Might as well make your errands easier, and save yourself more time to spend with the ones you love!

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1. First Things First…. Make a Shopping List!
This should be common sense, but you’d be surprised… Even if you only need a bag of green beans and a bottle of wine,  MAKE A LIST. Once you arrive to a busy store, the anxiety of the crowd may cause you to forget what you’re even there for! Personally, I handwrite a list and mark it off as I go, but some prefer to make a note in their smart phone, or use list apps such as Wunderlist.

2. Organize Your List by Department
As anal as it may sound, it’s actually a very helpful tip and makes your trip quicker and more efficient. A friend shared this idea with me years ago and it has saved me so much time! I like to circle around the outer ring of the grocery store and work my way down the aisles as I go.

My map*: Produce > Bakery > Deli > Meat > Aisles > Dairy
*It all depends on how your store is organized!

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3. Inventory Your Pantry

Before you run to the store, take an inventory of your supplies. There’s no need to have 2 Nutmegs, and 3 different types of Garlic Powder (my pantry is overflowing because of this). Save yourself money, and your kitchen some space. Take a few minutes to double-check the fridge and pantry and see if you can mark anything off your shopping list.

 

4. Get to the Stores EARLY
Sure, it’s a pain in the ass to get to Trader Joe’s by 8 am, but if you wait til 10, it’s jam packed. Plus, it’s that much harder to get to the back of the store to the free samples and coffee…. The crowds are gone by dinner time, but then you risk the chance of the store not being stocked. Arriving early not only guarantees you a quicker trip, but also getting the items you need before they sell out.

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5. No Time to Leave the House? No Problem!
In a rush or forgot something at the store? You’ve got a few options – order online and pick-up, OR use a delivery service/delivery app.

More and more grocery stores are offering curbside pick up where you order online, pull up to the store, and an associate packs your trunk up — all without you ever having to step out of your vehicle. Kroger, Wal-Mart, Target, Whole Foods, and Publix all offer this service (depending on location).

If you can’t leave the house, your neighborhood or city may have some delivery options available. Shipt and Instacart are both apps (in the states) where you can get groceries delivered and dropped off right to your front door. Think Uber Eats, but instead for groceries, and in as little as an hour!

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BONUS TIP:
Never leave the house hungry or without caffeine — and take a water bottle to go!

Happy holidays and don’t let grocery shopping stress you out! If you enjoyed these tips or found them useful, shout out @goodafeats on Instagram! xoxo – Amber

28 Things I’m Grateful For Today (+1 to Grow On)

28 Things I’m Grateful For Today (+1 to Grow On)

Thank you to all the birthday wishes, messages, and texts I received this past week! My best friend, Ashton flew me out for 2 days to her home in North Carolina, and we literally just took it easy and watched Netflix. Over the weekend, I went to the symphony for a Back/Mozart/Elgar showing, ate my fave pizza, and danced the night away at Bourbon Street Blues in Nash. On the day of, I ate Mexican with my family. What a fun birthday, 28 has been!

To celebrate another year of life, I wanted to make a list of things I’m grateful for at this point in my life. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the cynical-ness of the modern world. It’s important to take a step back, and appreciate what we do have, minus all our troubles and sorrows. Below is my list… what are YOU grateful for today?

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” -Ausonius

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28 Things I’m Grateful For (Plus 1 to Grow On)

1. For my travel experiences – Discovering new places and new people is my jam. And eating the local cuisine, of course.

2. The USA – I’m very blessed to live in a country where I’m free to act, and say what’s on my mind without persecution.

3. Fresh flowers

4. Memories of my dad – I had 22 wonderful years with my dad before he passed, and I think about him every day. I will always be a daddy’s girl.

5. My mom – Without my mom, the death of my dad would have been even more unbearable. My mom is a strong woman, and I commend her for the battles she’s had to face. I’m so thankful she lives so close to me now.

6. Hummus + Crackers – Not necessarily together, but I love both.

7. Sheets fresh out of the dryer – I mean, there really is no better feeling.

8. My grandma – The matriarch of our family. My grandma puts everyone before herself no matter what, and shows me what true love is. I’ve told her time and time again we should name a church after her.

9. My house – Nashville is growing, and the house market is competitive af rn. I am so lucky to own a house in a good neighborhood.

10. Handwritten letters – They never go out of style.

11. Sundays

12. New Orleans – For a few reasons: it’s my favorite town (minus Nashvile), and I met my person in this wonderful city.

13. Joe – My person. I can’t wait to see where the future takes us.

14. Music – Music has and always will be a part of my life.

15. The outdoors

16. Cats…specifically mine – If you don’t know how crazy I am for cats, then you must not know me very well. Pretty sure I was an Egyptian in a past life… I love my sweet angels, Albus and Hasty – both tuxedo tomcats. And for the record, I like dogs too.

17. Old books – I love the smell (is that weird? Idc.)

18. Parallel Parking – All my friends make me parallel park for them. It’s a skill, y’all.

19. Concealer – I have really pretty dark circles.

20. The ocean – Because it involves everything I love – the sun, the beach, and seafood.

21. Nutrition and access to healthy food

22. Not being in my early 20s – And they say puberty is rough.

23. The internet – Call me cliché’, but it’s a great way to meet people and have the world’s knowledge at your fingertips.

24. Hulu – Even busy people need to catch up on The Handmaid’s Tale.

25. Manicures – A fresh set of nails make me feel like a brand new woman.

26. NASA –  Real guys go for real down to Mars girls.

27. My friends – My 20s have been a period of learning and growth. Through this, I’ve let go of people who don’t belong in my life, and held onto the ones who do.

28. My friendship with my friend Tim – I lost one of my best friends (practically my brother) when we were only 25. He was the definition of a true friend, and I will never forget his kind heart.

and last but not least…

29. God – With Him, we have so much to be thankful for.

Cheers to a good year. Xoxo, Amber

“Eat Well Nashville” Review

“Eat Well Nashville” Review

Everyone has always thought that since I love to cook, I must really enjoy meal prepping. False. I do not enjoy spending 3+ hours on my day off to make my lunch for the week. When I do meal prep, I do it for several reasons: 1) To save money, 2) I know exactly what goes into my recipes, and can control exactly what goes into my mouth, and 3) I don’t have to worry about lunch for the rest of the week.

However, even I don’t always have (or make) the time to meal prep. I’m sure many of you are thinking, “I don’t have time either!”

Let me introduce you to Eat Well Nashville – a local meal prep service in Music City, that’s affordable, healthy, and delicious. Did I mention they deliver? THEY FREAKING DELIVER.

I pondered for several weeks on what I should get my mom and grandma for Mother’s Day. My grandma is 87 – naturally, she has everything. She doesn’t want or need more “stuff.”

My mom has been living with grandma for several months now, due to my mom’s knee surgery recovery + broken leg, and being in out of a wheelchair. Yes, my 87 year old grandma is her daughter’s care taker right now (my grandma is kind of a bad ass, in case you didn’t know). It’s been hard on both of them the past few months.

I decided what better gift could I give other than homemade meals? It saves my grandma time, money, and energy. As much as I would love to cook for both of them, realistically, I do not have time. I decided to give EWN a try, and ordered 10 meals as a Mother’s Day gift for my grandma… I thought my mom and grandma could both use them!

What I like about Eat Well Nashville:
– All meals are listed online with nutritional facts. My mom is on a low sodium diet, and the nutritional facts were essential in choosing what meals I picked!
– There are 2 delivery days a week, depending on your zip-code.
– Food arrives on your doorstep fresh, and hot, in a tote. These are not frozen meals!
– Meals last 4-5 days, so you can order a week’s worth.
– They have a wide range of vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, Whole 30, and Paleo options.

The meals I choose were an assortment of:

– Grilled Salmon with Brown Rice and Vegetable Medley
– Brazilian Marinated Beef with Cauliflower Rice and Zucchini
– Grilled Romaine and Chicken
– Whole 30 Chicken Fajita Bowl

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My grandma made me try one of the meals, and I ate the Brazilian Beef with Cauli Rice and Zucchini. It was DIVINE, and also filling.

10/10, would recommend. If you are pressed for time, not good at cooking, or just want a break from meal prepping… try out Eat Well Nashville.

To save 10% off your order – Use the code “goodafeats” at checkout! My gift to you!

– xoxo, Amber

 

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Welcome to Good AF Eats…

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Hello, friends. For years I have developed a passion for creating, cooking and experimenting with food, and now I want to share my recipes with you. Not only will I be sharing my food porn with you, but various other ventures including traveling, important discussion topics, and who knows what else.

What does the “AF” in “Good AF Eats” stand for?
If you know me personally, I like to say “af” out loud when I speak (half-jokingly). The AF stands for “As f***,” sorry Grandma if you’re reading this!

I’m not a professional blogger, chef, photographer, or journalist… However, I do have a heavy passion for cooking, traveling & writing, and I hope you enjoy following my posts and use my recipes! Ciao! xoxo