ePantry review

epantryHas anyone heard of ePantry? It’s a delivery service for sustainable cleaning, household and beauty products that deliveries to your home once a month (or less). From their website: “We use technology and a simple user experience to replace stressful last second errands with a service that’s fun, economical, that you can feel smart using.”

I’ve been using ePantry for about a year now and it’s super convenient and easy to use! It works like this: you create an account and add products you need to your pantry dashboard on their website for each month. They are delivered right to your door a few days after the ship date! All the products are environmentally friendly and are cheaper than you can get in a store. You can either plan your months ahead (if you use the same products and go through them quickly) or add what you need month by month.

Since it’s only me and my fiancé and we don’t go through cleaning products very quickly, I have mine set up to deliver every other month. The in between months I keep empty. This works great for us! Every month they send me an email letting me know to check my cart before a shipment is scheduled (even if it’s empty). This is my reminder to check the house and see if we do need anything.

You can add multiple pantry managers, split bills and they often send you free or discounted sample items to try. Everything comes packaged extremely well so there are no spills during transit. You just receive a bunch of sustainable cleaning supplies that actually get you excited about cleaning!

Has anyone else tried ePantry?

At home date night ideas

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[To read part 1, Date night ideas for going out, click here.]

Sometimes after a long week all you really feel like doing is staying home. If this is you (it’s me A LOT) and you have a significant other to stay in with you, here are some ideas of how you can still have a fun date night while staying in. :)

Play an outdoor game. Our dart board is one of our best investments. It gives you a reason to go outside, have a beer and have a little friendly competition. Preferably do this while also grilling something delicious for dinner.

Drink wine and eat cheese. Wine and cheese are definitely two of my favorite things. Grab a few different bottles of wines you’ve never tried that you can sample (try buying all of one kind and rate them!) and create a cheese plate with different cheeses, meats, fruits and crackers. Light some candles, turn on some music and relax!

Have a theme night. Pick a theme and center everything else around this theme. For example, Mexican: cook tacos, make margaritas, put on some salsa music and get your dance on!

Do a puzzle. I know this one sounds kinda lame but it can actually be super fun! I finally convinced my fiancé to try a puzzle and he surprisingly loved it! It’s something laid back to do while you’re also able to have a conversation.

Take a walk or a bike ride around your neighborhood. Go on an adventure together and the bonus is you get a little exercise too!

Agree to watch one of your significant other’s favorite movies and in return they have to watch one of yours all in the same night. It’s more fun than just finding a random movie on Netflix and you might learn something about each other!

Do a project together. My favorite is to repurpose an old piece of furniture but you could also create some diy artwork or build a garden box!

Life Lately

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately :) Happy Friday everyone!

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[delicious, fresh, huge shrimp at my parent’s for dinner]

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[I bought this crab shirt and it made me really happy, I think I’m ready for summer ;) ]

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[a pretty sunset from my parent’s house]

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[taking a wedding planning break at Cask and Larder in Winter Park]

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[exploring engagement photo locations in WP]

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[at Forks & Corks aka the best event in Sarasota ever]

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[this photo of us made it in the local paper!]

Date night ideas: Going out

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Ok guys, so bad news. I totally dropped the ball on last weeks challenge. There is no excuse but I did learn that I’m going to have to set an alarm for some of these so I actually remember to do them. So! I’m going to give myself another chance. My alarm is set and I plan on being serious about reading this week! Sorry about that… new challenge next week. Moving on!

Date ideas!

After being with the same person for a while, you can start to get set in your routine of staying in to drink wine and watch netflix or going to your favorite restaurant every Friday night. I think It happens to all of us! So, I’m here to give you some fresh ideas if you’re feeling stuck in a date rut with your significant other. Here are some ideas for a date night out and I’ll be back another day with fun ideas for staying in too :)

Trivia: find a local restaurant or bar that does trivia and go see how many random facts you know (or don’t know)!

Try a new restaurant: look up new restaurants that have opened recently in your area and give it a try!

Pack a picnic: grab some cheese, crackers, champagne and a blanket and head to the beach or a park, preferably somewhere you can watch the sun set.

Live music: find somewhere playing live music and give it a try! Even if you have no idea who the band is, that actually makes it more fun and interesting.

Try something different: have you both been to a ballet? an orchestra concert? a play? Discover your local arts culture and try something new together.

Craft breweries: they’re popping up everywhere so why not see what ones are nearby and go do a tasting?

Travel to a nearby town: sometimes just going to the next town over gives you a ton of new things to try and can make you feel like you’re on a mini vacation.

Go to a sporting event: whether you’re into sports or not, going to a local baseball game or hockey game can be something different and bonus: you get to drink beer and eat yummy snacks. Make a bet on the winning team!

Any other ideas? :)

 

Gift Idea: 5 Year Journal

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This a thoughtful, fun gift that’s great for anyone or even for yourself! Q&A a day offers an easy solution for someone who wants to record their life but doesn’t want to take the time to sit down and write in a journal regularly (ahem…me). It’s a 5 year journal with very simple questions to answer each day over 5 years. It takes only a couple minutes to jot down an answer and the result is pretty cool. I’m on the 4th year of mine and I love seeing where I was 4 years ago [see below] and how I’ve evolved with my answers. I’ve bought this as a gift for many people including my sister, best friend and my boyfriends sister and it’s always a hit!

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[a peak into my journal…taco bell…really?]

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[quote on the first page]

Reading list

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”― C.S. Lewis

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I’ve surpassed my goal of reading 10 books this year (by 3!) so that was the first time that’s ever happened, yay! I usually try to rotate between books that are more fun reads to more serious/non-fiction books. Here are the next few on my list and one that I’m currently reading and enjoying:

the goldfinchTo Entertain: The Goldfinch By Donna Tartt
I know this is super long and I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews but overall everyone seems to think this book is worth reading. I’m finally ready to give it a try. Also, doesn’t it always feels like you really accomplished something after finishing an especially long book? It seems like a perfect read to dig into for the winter.
“…a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art.”

 

25460To Inspire: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
This seems a little different than something I’d usually pick up but it may help me on my journey of eating better even if it is a little extreme!

“This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . .”

 



18052969To Learn: The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance by Katty Kay
I just saw this book recently and was intrigued. It’s not so much about how to gain more confidence but more about the science behind confidence. I can’t wait to learn something new and see how I can apply it to myself!

“Confidence. We want it. We need it. But it can be maddeningly enigmatic and out of reach. The authors of the New York Times bestseller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint for bringing more of it into our lives.”

the engagementsCurrently Reading: The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
I’m not too far into this but so far I’m loving it! I’m immediately interested in anything about advertising (it was my college major) and I like how there are a few different stories that apparently intertwine somehow in the middle. Can’t wait to find out how!

“…an exhilarating novel about Frances Gerety, the real pioneering ad woman who coined the famous slogan “A Diamond is Forever,” and four unique marriages that will test how true—or not—those words might be.”

Downward facing dog.

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Finding a way to fit in exercise will probably always be a challenge for me. I’ve accepted that. But in my attempt to live the life I want (which happens to include getting exercise) I’m going to share different ways I try until hopefully I find something (anything) that sticks.

This week I set a goal to do yoga twice, in my living room to a 20 minute Youtube video [yogamazing] that I’ve been using on and off since college and actually really enjoy doing. It seemed like an easy enough goal but I succeeded in doing it only one time on Monday morning. For some reason I always seem to be motivated to do yoga at home while dog-sitting which results in what you see above. I’ll try again next week.