The weekend is here and it’s time for my favorite post of the week, Seven for Saturday!
1 – Southern California Road Trip
I missed last weekend’s Seven for Saturday because I was on a road trip with Bill to Southern California. Bill and I visited friends in Los Angeles, then headed to an influencer event at Pala Casino Resort & Spa, which I will be telling you all about in a future post.
On our way home, we stopped in San Luis Obispo to spend some time with my stepson, Ryan and his fiancée, Hayley. We had a wonderful trip and loved getting to meet Hayley’s family and checking out this quaint Central Coast college town that many people refer to as SLO.
We had a wonderful dinner at Hayley’s parents’ house the first night, went out to eat the next, did a bit of shopping and mostly just hung out with them at their darling house. It was a wonderful way to conclude our fun and busy trip.
2 – Amazon Fresh
I have never tried grocery delivery before, though I have often entertained the idea. I found out Amazon Fresh is available in my area and Amazon was offering a discount to try it so I decided to give it a go. My order arrived Wednesday morning, right on time.
Thoughts on Amazon Fresh:
~ It’s so convenient! We live in a small town with only a convenience store which is not very convenient. With delivered groceries, I don’t have to spend 30 minutes in the car just getting to and from the store. Hurray!
~ It’s temptation free. Shopping for groceries online keeps me from buying food I don’t need and being lured into purchases because of a sale, a cute display or some other marketing ploy.
~ I can take my time adding what I want to my cart. Even up until the afternoon before my delivery I could still make changes to my order. So that creamer for my coffee I forgot to add the first time around still made it to my doorstep.
~ The prices are great. I can sometimes spend upwards of $4.00 on a small head of organic lettuce. Amazon Fresh has that same lettuce for $1.41!
~ I must have unloaded about 30 refrigerator gel packs. I kept about 1/2 of them but they take up room in my freezer and really, how many of them will I really reuse? While you can return the bags and the insulated packaging, the cooling bags and plastic bags are not returnable. So that’s a bummer.
~ My ordered arrived in 9 big bags. I had to laugh when I went to my door and saw my entire doorway covered in big green box/bags. I am supposed to keep these bags until my next order. Thankfully we have a garage so I can store them until I am ready to place a new order but if I lived in an apartment or condo, for example, this could present a space issue.
~ Of course you can’t handpick your produce when you shop for groceries online so you have to trust someone else to pick produce in good shape. Given the amount of vegetables I ordered, I am pretty happy with the quality. I bought all organic and everything was in good shape except the celery was a bit tired looking and my kale was partially frozen from being stored on top of a refrigerator bag. Overall the quality was great.
I will be using Amazon Fresh again and am already adding things to my cart here and there as I think of them. I think this service would be perfect for someone who does not like to grocery shop (me!) and is a meal-planner (not me!). A meal planner could gather up recipes for the week, then add ingredients as needed and have it all delivered in time for a big day of prepping and cooking. I really should give that meal planning thing a try one of these days.
3 – Summer Reading
My summer reading continues despite being unable to find a book that knocks my socks off. I finished The Couple Next Door earlier this week. It was just okay. It’s an easy read and somewhat intriguing but overall, I don’t think it warrants all the hoopla. Have you read this book? If so, I’d love to hear your take.
I have moved onto another thriller, All the Missing Girls: A Novel by Megan Miranda. I haven’t gotten very far but so far, I like it.
What are you reading these days? I would love some recommendations. It’s been a long time since I read a book I became enthralled with.
4 – Drinking More H2O
I bought myself a new travel tumbler and it’s gotten me to drink more water both when I am in the car and around the house. I love cold drinks in the summer and the Simple Modern Slim Cruiser keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours. My ice takes forever to melt!
I love the pastel pink color and the shape fits perfectly in my car’s cup holder. I also ordered a smaller one for coffee on the go in the Robin’s Egg Blue color.
5 – Riding the Rails in Wine Country
I will be doing a full blog post about our adventure soon but in the meantime, here are a few photos from yesterdays trip on the rails!
It was a bit muggy yesterday and although the train car is air conditioned and very comfortable, we were outdoors quite a bit during our three winery stops. I wore my new J. Jill A-line dress which is made with a lightweight cotton. I love the ease of this dress – it’s a “throw-on-and-go” – and I’m a big fan of the side pockets. I wore strappy sandals and my new geode necklace that I bought in San Luis Obispo while shopping with Hayley.
6 – Ready for the Eclipse
As you are likely aware, there will be a total solar eclipse on August 21st that will be visible in much of the Continental U.S. I am very excited about this and wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to order solar glasses. Sun damage to your eyes is not to be taken lightly!
I really didn’t need 5 pairs of these things but oh well. Maybe I can help out a neighbor in need that morning.
Are you prepared to watch the eclipse? Will you be able to see it where you live?
7 – Pop-Up Dinner Wine Country
In my last Seven for Saturday post a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I’d be going to this year’s Handmade Events Pop-Up Dinner for the third year in a row. The event was held at General Vallejo’s Mansion in Sonoma. It was a gorgeous evening, despite the heat. Thankfully our friends arrived early and got us two tables in the shade.
We had such a fun time! There were 13 of us in our party. A woman none of us knew offered to take our group photo. We all posed as most groups do – standing still and smiling at the camera – then she told us to kiss the person next to us. We agreed and the photo turned out so cute! I wish I knew who she was, I would like to thank her!
Here are a few more favorites from the evening:
** Reminder! How I Wear My is happening next week!
The theme for August is “Sundress, Romper or Jumpsuit” and the deadline for sending in your outfit photo and description is tomorrow, August 6th. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jill and I can’t wait to see what outfit photo you send us!
Disclosure: My J. Jill dress was sent to me for my review. Our tickets for two on the Napa Valley Wine Train were in exchange for coverage. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.