Mommy Sanity Secret: Zifty Delivery

First I want to say that this is not a sponsored post at all and Zifty has no idea that I’m actually writing this post right now.

Okay now that I got that out of the way, here’s some backstory. Before I got married, my bachelorette pad was smack dab in the middle of the city and I had access to tons of different food options (walking distance and delivery). At some point, I discovered Zifty and I think they were still relatively new at that point. Once every two weeks (sometimes once a week), I would order dinner from them and make sure there was enough for lunch the next day. For someone who doesn’t drive, it was a gold mine of yummy food right at my finger tips.

Well when we got married, we moved and our new area didn’t have Zifty as a delivery option. We’ve been here about 3 years and I would randomly think about Zifty and check to see if they delivered here yet, but still no luck. So, imagine my surprise a couple Sundays ago when I saw a Zifty delivery car in our neighborhood. As soon as I got home, I checked to see if they delivered over here and THEY DID!!! Since I had been at a conference all weekend, I hadn’t meal planned or made a grocery list, so I ordered dinner from them the very next Monday. I was so excited I tweeted about it and they of course responded because that’s what companies do nowadays. I was planning to add them to my tricks for staying sane post when I’m overwhelmed with work, but no they get their own post today.

If you’re following on Facebook, you know I’m not feeling the best today. I’m pretty sure I’m coming down with college student germs or something thanks to my wonderful students. I decided that I wasn’t going to make lunch today, but I didn’t want Mr. S to have to pick something up for all of us during our break, so I ordered from Zifty. Once again I tweeted them thanking them for saving me from making lunch today and this was their response:

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So, not only did they respond, Lance (the owner I think) went to my Etsy shop and shared my pumpkin hat on their timeline. Oh and then proceeded to order one for his nephew. Think that’s all? No, he had his wife (I’m assuming) write me a handwritten thank you note for ordering from them.


I’m pretty sure this is the best customer service I’ve ever received… seriously! If you’re in the Atlanta area, I encourage you to check them out and let them know Danielle from Mamademics sent you!

P.S. I didn’t proofread this post yet because my lunch is waiting…

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Wait… What Exactly Does My Insurance Cover, Again?

If you follow Mamademics on Facebook, you know that I went to the eye doctor this past weekend. I was on my last pair of contacts and overdue for a contact and eye glass exam. I only ended up getting a contact exam because my eye insurance coverage said that I have to wait until next year for new glasses. Now I know it’s been two years since I got these glasses and so does the doctor’s office, but for some reason it kept saying 2015 in the system. I’ve been wearing glasses since the second grade, so I’m pretty familiar with the every two years new frames experience, but it looks like my insurance was a bit off that day.

If you only knew how thick my frames really are...

If you only knew how thick my frames really are…


Part of this is my own fault since I didn’t go back and check our benefits after my husband re-enrolled us and updated things this past summer. I remember having a conversation with him where we sat down and looked through the pros and cons of HMO and PPO, and we paid close attention to what’s covered for pregnancy because we do want to have another munchkin in the future. I also remember us discussing the dental portion and being sure to add the tiny human because he’s almost three. For some reason he wasn’t automatically added when he was born and we spent hours at the dentist earlier in the year waiting only to be turned away. Mr. S claims he also talked to me about adding legal advice and fraud protection to our benefits, but I guess I zoned out at that point. I said all that to say we never focused on eye insurance. I’m the only one in the house with vision problems at the moment, so the plan is more for me than anyone else. So, somehow it got overlooked in our discussion and now I’m left to wonder if the re-enrollment period caused the confusion or maybe my mommy brain thinks I got new glasses in 2012, but I really got them in 2013.

Oh and guess who was told to purchase reading glasses to wear OVER her contacts while working? Yea… this girl… *sigh*

My husband's glasses are for fashion purposes only... lucky him...

My husband’s glasses are for fashion purposes only… lucky him…

Moral of the Story: Check your health insurance benefits regularly, so you know exactly what to expect (or fight for) during doctor’s visits. Read through the benefit options carefully to and make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Did you know that four in 10 (42%) workers waste up to $750 each year on mistakes with their insurance benefits?

Do you have insurance? If not, head over to Aflac’s site and check out their open enrollment information:

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Random Thoughts: He Gets Me



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Sometimes I think my 2.5 year old is the only one who gets me. I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last 48 hours or so, and today after giving Sesame a bath and putting his clothes on I went in my bedroom and just laid on the bed on my stomach. I heard Sesame come in the room and I prepared myself for him to climb up and jump on my back. I felt him staring and then heard him walk out the room. A few minutes later he came back dragging something with him, but I still didn’t look up. I heard him sit down on the bedroom floor and finally I looked  up to see what he was doing. He was just sitting on the floor playing with his trains. He didn’t say a word and neither did I, but it felt like he just knew that I didn’t really need or even want to be left alone, but I did need a moment to just be…


Pre-birthday kisses…

This is why he’s my sonshine… He gets me…

Do your little ones ever do anything that lets you know that they get you?

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Mind Right Monday: Playing Catch-up

Happy Monday! It’s time for another Mind Right Monday link-up hosted by yours truly, Dani from Ok, Dani and Reese from Reese and Coco. Just make a post that includes 1) your GOALS for the week and 2) what you’re GRATEFUL for, and BOOM You’re Done!! Oh and link up your post at the end… (If your post doesn’t meet those two requirements, it will be deleted)



Let’s see how I did last week… 
  • Enjoy my first blog conference and get the most from the experience. (DONE)
  • Write a birthday reflection post. (My birthday is Friday) (FAIL)
  • Be happy. (DONE) ‘

Two out of three isn’t bad and even though I didn’t write a post here I did, I did post a nice status on my personal Facebook that I’ll share here:

The older I get the more “simple” my birthdays become, yet somehow each year I’m a little happier than the previous year. I didn’t get to go to a fancy dinner (we had Chipotle) and my iPhone 6 is chilling at FedEx until Monday, but I’m still going to bed with a huge smile on my face. I had an awesome day learning new things and meeting my online friends in person.
My day is ending with Sesame cuddled up next to me because he missed me so much today and tomorrow I get to do it all over again.This week’s goals…


This week’s goals are a bit more extensive and I’ll be splitting some of these tasks up over the next few weeks

  • Workout and Meditate (I’m not going to say how many times a week)
  • Add new neck warmer styles and candy corn hats to my Etsy shop
  • Design gift card for Hook Smart
  • Finish 3 out of 5 outstanding Hook Smart orders
  • Brainstorm next post in the Raising an Advocate series (what y’all wanna talk about?)
  • Conference decompressing (organize contacts, follow up with folks, read through notes, etc)
  • Plan out special blog posts for the next few months.
  • Catch-up on grading (I’m sooooo behind *sigh*)
  • Email my advisor for real this time (I’m scared…)
I am grateful for…
  • Being a year older and happier
  • Everything I learned at the conference this weekend
  • All the budding friendships that came from this weekend
  • Schedule flexibility that allows me to do so many of the things that I love
  • My husband’s support
  • My new iPhone 6 (don’t judge me)

What are you grateful for this week? What’s on your weekly agenda?

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Happy Birthday, To Me!

Today is my birthday and I’m spending it at the Type-A Parent Blogger Conference. It’s my first blogger conference and I’m curious to see the similarities and differences between blogger and academic conferences.

My birthday weekend 2013...

My birthday weekend 2013…

I will probably be on Twitter all weekend posting about the conference, but I wanted to get my birthday wish in over here first.

I have two simple wishes:

1. Head over to the Got Questions? post and leave some questions, so I’m not totally lame.

2. Check out the first two posts in the Raising an Advocate series and share them with your friends: Post One and Post Two

That’s not too much to ask is it?

Are any of you at #TypeACon this weekend? Let’s meet up…

Any other birthday people this weekend? What are you doing to celebrate?

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