Grocery Outlet $25 Gift card Giveaway Ends 5/13

Groceryoutlet

Have you heard of Grocery Outlet? You have? Well have you stopped in to check them out yet? Trust me their prices are worth it. That is what really drives us to a store, isn’t it? Need a little more enticing? Well, if your family is anything like ours then you might be grilling for Mother’s Day, and Grocery Outlet’s new ad is perfect for all those grill masters out there!

 

Grocery Outlet Ad Highlights From My Family

 

Jennie-O Turkey Burgers 3 LBs $5.99

Bar-S Jumbo Jumbos 5 LBs $5.99

Lightlife Portobello Mushroom or Veggie Burgers 12 oz $1.99

Kettle potato chips 13 oz $2.99

Earthbound Farm Organic Salads 5 oz 2 for $5

These items and prices are valid for CA locations 5/7-5/13

 

There is much more in this ad, but these items will more than get my BBQ started!

 

What is Grocery Outlet?

It is a deep-discount store. A little more about them from their website;

 

“The premise is simple: We offer brand name products at up to 50% off conventional retail prices. Our offering is wide: groceries, frozen, deli & refrigerated, produce, fresh meat, general merchandise — seasonal products, housewares, toys, and gifts — health & beauty, and a most impressive inventory of beer & wine. Our buyers shop the nation and the world by traveling thousands of miles each year just so we can offer the best brand-named products for less than you would pay conventionally. We love to save you money.”

 

For a more detailed look at Grocery Outlet and the new El Cajon location check out The Gemini Mama’s Grocery Outlet Review.

 

Great news! I have one $25 GC to Grocery Outlet to giveaway to one of you!

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If you would like to win a $25 GC to Grocery Outlet please enter with the Giveaway Tool below! This giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. The giveaway will run from May 7, 2014 through May 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM PST. Entries will be verified. Winner will be notified via email, and will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

 

Good luck!

 

Gwen from The Gemini Mama received a gift card to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

The rest of April in Insta’s

Now that I updated you on all that yoga business yesterday, I figured that you might be interested in everything else. Well, by itself that is kind of a joke, but we can try anyway. I really meant it yesterday when I said that I didn’t capture a lot of random this month.

 

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In my yoga adventure I have dragged daddy into it a few times. He won’t tell you that he likes it, and will not yet go to a class, but I’m working on him. I want some acro yoga in my future. Who doesn’t wanna fly?

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Impromptu beach day? Yes please. Sand toys are a constant in our car, and now so is an umbrella. We decided to stay nearby while daddy finished up at work, and a trip to the beach was the natural choice. Thank you San Diego!

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Easy yoga stretch that is hard for me.

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Hard yoga balance that is easy for me.

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Kiddo who will handstand soon.

 

She was so cute. I wanted to have a picture taken so that I can see how deep into a scorpion forearm stand I get, but this image was the best. It makes my heart happy.

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We went to the Grocery Outlet’s grand opening and they had face painting there. The lady did a great job on both kids, and K1 got exactly what she asked for. I have no idea what is with the hand placement in this photo. I just asked her to look at me, she did the rest all on her own. No need to say “strike a pose,” she’s on it!

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Lastly yesterday. I was tagged on instagram to #strikeapose twice and I was finally getting around to doing it.

 

Did you see that? What? Oh yea I wore a dress yesterday. I guess talking about it the other day was enough for me to make it happen. Yeah for accountability! Also, join in! I wanna see all the pretty dresses. Snap a shot of yourself in a dress and share on instagram with #WearMoreDresses2014. You don’t have to type it the silly way that I just did, I did that so you could read it.

 

Was April good to you? What was your favorite part?

Insta April

Hello lovelies. I haven’t run away, life has just been crazy, and stressful, and mostly crazy. Just to fill you in …… in addition to all the regular every day, we are wedding planning (think DIY wedding), and buying a home. If all goes well we will be into our new house by June, but I’m not counting any chickens. Oh yeah it has a chicken coop too! Hah.

 

Anyhow, I told you before that I started doing daily yoga to relieve migraines at the start of February. Well, it turns out that I love it, I mean, I like it a lot. It’s sort of like the grown up, socially acceptable form of gymnastics, but it’s not, all at the same time. Weird I know. I was previously very close minded about yoga, and thought it was lame. Yup. I thought it was just stretching, and blah blah …. sitting still is not my thing. Naturally I thought that yoga was not my thing. Turns out I was wrong. My previous opinions of yoga were also wrong.

 

I liked it so much that I found an awesome studio locally and have been taking classes when I can. With my new found interest in yoga I sought out inspiration via Instagram. There are so many “insta-yogi’s,” as I like to call them, it has been easy to find inspiration. Instagram is an interesting place to connect with like minded people. The yoga family on there is mostly supportive, and you can find lots of fun “challenges.”

 

In April I decided to participate in one of these challenges. I figured what better way to learn more about yoga, and see more of what it has to offer then by doing? This is also why I did not post any insta-Friday’s during the month. When I know I “have” to take a specific photo each day I found myself taking fewer spontaneous ones.

 

Here are all the photo’s from the challenge.

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There were ton’s of new-to-me poses, and some familiar things.

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Some things that felt great, and others that seem as though they will never feel comfortable.
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There were awkward poses that probably shouldn’t be done in public, and poses kiddos wanted to try.
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There were fails (read face-plants) , and successes.
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There were moments of struggle, and moments of cheesy achievement.

 

Yes there are only 20 photos there. The other 10 days I posted videos. While I love you all I will not be posting them here, if you would like to view them feel free to check out my instagram GT4936.

 

All in all it wasn’t so bad. I am not sure if I am stronger physically from it, but I honestly believe I am stronger mentally from it. I told myself that I was going to do another challenge for May, but honestly I think life is enough of a challenge right now.

 

I feel that I should also mention that I have not had any migraines since starting yoga. I can not say with 100% certainty that it is the main factor causing that, but I can say that I believe it is. Before I started doing yoga I had a minimum of one migraine a month. The migraine I had in January lasted three days. That is the longest I have ever had a migraine. If you are curious with how or what I started with follow to Mind Body Green. I spent about 15-20 minutes each day at first, now I do what feels good.

 

Have you ever done yoga? What is your favorite pose, and why?

April #WearMoreDresses2014 update

Remember those goals I set, back in January? I’m not so sure I am doing a great job with them. I plan to review them sometime this month and evaluate myself, but for now let’s talk about dresses.

 

Basically I haven’t worn any in the last two months. I have been wearing work out clothes a lot, but dresses, no.so.much. When I wake up in the morning I tell myself that I am going to the gym, so I get dressed to do so. I tell myself that I will come home and shower and then change into clothes for the rest of the day. What actually happens doesn’t always match what I tell myself will happen.

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You can see I had quite a few failed shopping attempts. It is challenging to buy a dress off a shelf somewhere. My body does not fit into a cookie cutter mold. I am also sure that a lot of you also have this problem. Maybe that’s why making your own clothes is increasing in popularity.

 

I am glad that I am ahead of all the dress wearing I did last year, because so far I am sucking at this goal of mine.

 

I could really use some inspiration. If you are on instagram snap a shot of you in a dress and hashtag it WearMoreDresses2014 so that I can see your style!

 

#WearMoreDresses2014

Grocery Outlet hits El Cajon

The Gemini Mama Grocery Outlet El Cajon

 

Did you know that Saturday The Grocery Outlet had their grand opening in El Cajon CA? Well the kids, daddy, and I packed up to go check it out. I had never been to, or even heard about Grocery Outlet so when I was invited to shop their store I was very intrigued. Their grand opening event turned out to be an exciting time.

 

Grocery Outlet now in El Cajon!

 

Before we made it into the store the kids were having a great time. They got to do crafts! An exciting note for all the parents close to the El Cajon CA store, they will have a kids craft table every month on the last Saturday. That is definitely one way to get the kids excited to go grocery shopping with you.

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The kids also met Lois Prices, and had their faces painted.

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So what did I think?

 

I was very impressed at how clean and neat the store was. I was easily able to find things that I was looking for. I was surprised to find that there was a refrigerator and freezer section, as well as produce, meat, and cheese. When I think bargain that is not what fills my mind. The prices were easy to locate, and clear. No questions or confusion.

 

I was also floored at how many organic items I found there! I can not say that they hunt down deals on organic products, but it sure seems like it. They also have them labeled differently so they are easy to spot.

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I really want you to take a good look at the items in this picture. Maybe take a minute to spot an item that you get every week. Then think about what you pay for it.

 

Got it? Good let’s move on.

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Their prices are amazing!

 

That is really the bottom line isn’t it? How much will you pay, or save at check out?

 

The Justin’s peanut butter for only $2.99 is a steal, and Aveeno baby sunblock at $8.99 for a two pack is crazy!

 

I was genuinely surprised by the prices I found while shopping there. I got much more than I expected, and I even splurged on some things that we would not normally buy, simply because at those prices I could.

 

What should you know?

 

  • All Grocery Outlet’s are owner operated, and they buy with cash. That mean’s you get the best possible prices, no built in fees from using credit lines.
  • Products on the shelves are from buy outs. That means that you might not find the same item there, tomorrow so get it today! It also means that same items could be sold at a different prices at a later time, from a different buy.
  • Buy outs are for various reasons. Some of those could be; overproduction, package or label change, too short an expiration for grocery stores (1 year or less).
  • Their price labels list the prices “Elsewhere,” ….. think Target or other national retailers, for comparison.

 

How can you make Grocery Outlet work for you?

 

Take you list and start there! They have a great selection of various items, but often change. If you start your shopping here you can take advantage of the great deals as they fit your shopping list.

Don’t marry yourself to a brand. It will be easy for you to shop from your list if you are general in what you are shopping for. Think “crackers” not “Wheat Thins.” Not to say that you will never find the brand you love, you will just be more successful if you are flexible.

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Now don’t be sad if you missed out on the grand opening celebration. All month long you can enter to win some grand prizes. My favorite, a year of groceries. Then on Saturday May 24th they will have the grand prize giveaway! Compete with coffee, and treats, wheel of bargains, and magic cart. At noon they will announce the grand prize winners.

 

Still curious? Feel free to view Grocery Outlet El Cajon’s website here or keep up to date with events and info on their Facebook page. 

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Take a peek at what I got.

 

Annie’s bunny crackers variety pack

Cascade Farms peanut butter bars

Seattles Best K-cups House blend

Tom’s of Maine mouthwash

EO Shower Gel

Tom’s of Maine deodorant

Tarkettle Road Zinfandel

2 bags of Vegan Carob Chips

Oneida Jumbo muffin pan

Lil Critters Gummy Vitamins

 

Now let’s have a little fun.

Take a guess at how much I spent at check out! Let’s see who can come the closest!

 

Disclosure I received a gift card to facilitate my review, no other compensation was received. As usual, all opinions expressed are my own.

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review&Giveaway 5/1 US and Can

The Gemini mamaGlow Bug Diaper review

 

In the spirit of our cloth diaper series, I took the chance to work with Glow Bug Diapers to bring you this diaper review.

 

Glow Bug Cloth Diapers

 

Let me start by saying this is the most adjustable diaper we have ever tried. Most cloth diapers that intend to take you from newborn to toddler (7-35lbs) only have three rows of snaps adjustments, but Glow Bug Diapers have four. That would have come in very handy when K2 was newborn. He had that tiniest legs and everything leaked out all the time, because nothing would adjust small enough. These would be great for all those kiddos that seem like they are an “in between” size in diapers.

 

They also have crossover snaps to adjust to an even smaller waist size. There are also snaps on the wings, so that they do not droop or slide while in use.

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Next what struck me was the inside 360 gusset. This is genius! Made to prevent leaking and those horrible, up the back, blowouts. I love this, and have never seen anything like it on another diaper. This is great because some materials absorb less quickly than others (think bamboo), this 360 gusset would give extra time for absorption.

 

There are also waterproof flaps at the front and back of the diaper, which help to prevent moisture wicking through to your child’s clothing.

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Instead of having a pocket, this diaper is open on both ends. That means that you don’t have to sick your hands into a scary messy pocket to remove an insert. Yay! The insert can just stay in place for washing, if that’s what you want to do.

 

There is also another view of one of the water proof flaps. It folded right over the insert easily, and worked well.

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The front of the sleeve has a snap to help your insert stay in place. This is great for pre-stuffing your diapers, or wiggly babies. It also means that I rate this diaper babysitter, grandparent, and day care friendly. The less complicated your diapers are, the easier it is for others to use them without a cloth diaper 101 class. That can be an important consideration if others will be helping in the care of your children. Lets be serious, every mama, and daddy, deserves a break at some point.

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The diaper that I received came with one insert which worked out perfectly for daytime needs. I also could easily add an insert for additional absorption, if needed. No an additional insert would not snap in place, it would lay on top of the included insert, by would easily stay in place.

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If you were thought that they would do without leg gussets because of the 360 gusset inside you were wrong. They really have gone to great lengths to ensure there will not be any leaking. That is a great thing pregnant friends, trust me.

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On my live model, they fit really well.

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No pinching or pulling and a really trim fit. Some cloth diapers can be bulky and hard to fit pants over them. That is not an issue with this diaper.

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This diaper has held up to all the crazy that this guy has to offer.

 

Over all, I know these are very functional diapers, but my favorite thing about them is that they are so stinking cute! They select great prints, and fun colors and styles. These gears are perfect for my little guy, he was enamored with his new diaper. Most of his diapers are hand-me-downs from sister, so this was fun for him.

 

The Gemini Mama cloth diaper series

 

Are you in love and now you …

 

Want them?

 

Feel free to check out Glow Bug Diapers shop.They offer very affordable packages!

 

Now here is the exciting part. Glow Bug Cloth Diapers has agreed to send one boy, girl, or gender neutral diaper to one winner! That means one of you!

 

If you would like to win a Glow Bug cloth diaper please enter with the Giveaway Tool below! This giveaway is open to all US and Canada (void in Quebec) residents, ages 18 and older. Canadian residents must answer the skill question on the Giveaway Tools form in order to participate. The giveaway will run from April 17, 2014 through May 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM PST. Entries will be verified. Winner will be notified via email, and will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

 

Gwen from The Gemini Mama received a diaper cover and insert from Glow Bug Cloth Diapers to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received.  The Gemini Mama is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Cloth Diaper Apartment Washing

The Gemini Mama cloth diaper series

This post is a part of the cloth diaper series that I have created in an effort to generate awareness for cloth diapering today.

 

For a large group of parents it is hard to say “yes” to cloth because of the necessary laundering. Lot’s of apartments do not have washers and dryers in the unit, which leaves you heading to a laundry mat, or on site facility. All those people telling you to do extra rinse this, and soak that, leave you scratching your head. Your likely thinking that they all own their own home, and don’t go to a laundry facility. You could be right, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cloth diaper. It also doesn’t mean you have to turn your bathroom into a washing station either.

 

A few things that you should know before I get started on easy apartment washing. We chose to use prefolds as our diaper style of choice. They are affordable, and easy to clean. Prefolds also happen to be made from natural fibers like cotton, bamboo, and hemp so they tend to not hold onto anything and wash clean. Synthetic fibers like microfiber my not be as easy to clean and it is possible that these washing instructions might need to be modified some to suit your diapers. We did have a few pocket diapers and a few all in ones in our stash, but there were either overnight or on the go diapers, not all day use. I did not have a problem with those diapers coming clean.

 

How to wash cloth diapers in a laundry mat

 

Living on the second floor in an apartment complex with a new baby meant that I had to carry her up and down the stairs in addition to everything else to do laundry. We kept our dirty diapers in a wet bag, and never used a wet pail. I am very thankful for this now, because I would never have been able to carry that up and down stairs to do laundry. Just something you might want to consider.

 

This is very simple you might be surprised. These instructions are for top load washing machines only.

 

  • Load all dirty diapers into the washer
  • Do one large cold water wash with no detergent
  • After wash is complete do a second wash with hot water and use 1/4 amount of detergent for large load
  • Remove clean diapers from the washer
  • Dry diapers

 

Seriously that is it. That is all I did for 15 months while living in an apartment where I used a laundry facility. I had to put quarters into a machine and all.

 

A few notes, if your laundry mat is fancy and you have the option you can choose hot wash/cold rinse for your second wash. My facility did not have that option, so don’t worry.

 

About drying. Our apartment had a 5’x5′ sunroom where we stuffed everything we weren’t using, from bikes to snorkel equipment. When a diaper looked “stained” after washing I would hang it from something in that room so that it could “sun” which bleaches out the stains. I bought a rack like this Folding Clothes Drying Rack, White after we moved, and I wish I had it sooner. It is compact enough that it would have fit out on our door step, and holds a full load of diapers for one child. I would have saved a lot of dollars spent on dryer diapers if I had this sooner.

 

You can put prefold diapers into the dryer. Actually sometimes I prefer the way they come out of the diaper because they are softer and fluffier. When you hang them to dry they are a bit crunchier, but this makes them easier to fold. Anyhow, when I used the laundry facility dryer I found that it took about two cycles for the prefold to be fully dry. I always hung up my covers to dry. The PUL of your covers does not want to go into the dryer as often as your prefolds, just an FYI.

 

Lastly, I am not an expert. This is what I did and what worked for me. You can always check with a Real Diaper Circle near you to see what their recommended washing instructions are. Also water is different from location to location, so what works here might not work there. Keep that in mind as you are reading suggestions from different people around the web.

 

Do you have experience washing diapers in a laundry mat? Did it work out well for you, or were there challenges? 

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