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5 Tips for Grocery Shopping from a Professional Instacart Shopper — Be a Better Shopper

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If you haven't had that moment of panic after a grocery shopping trip gone awry, the rest of us worship you. Those of us who, at 6:17 p.m. on a Thursday night, bleary-eyed from a day of work, wander zombie-like around the grocery store throwing things like mangos and imported German mustard into our carts even though we wanted to make pasta that night. Or those of us who brave the 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon crowd at Trader Joe's, elbows thrown over the last of the seasonal Jo Jo's, strollers ramming up against our ankles, waiting patiently to get to the front of the line only to realize we forgot milk, which was the reason we came to the store in the first place.

Sure, grocery shopping can be a therapeutic, enjoyable activity when it's done on our time, in our way, but everyone's gotta eat. And often times, that "gotta eat" means you "gotta shop," versus "get to shop."

Want to get better at grocery shopping? Shawna Haner, Instacart's new markets associate is showing us the ropes. She spent time as a personal shopper with Instacart and knows her way around a grocery store. In case you're not familiar with Instacart, it's basically a service that lets you shop from local grocery stores online, and then a personal shopper picks up and delivers your order to you the same day. Basically, she's a total pro at this stuff.


The Best Cabinet Paint Colors for a Happier Kitchen, According to Interior Designers — Paint Project

With hundreds (thousands?) of pretty paint colors to choose from, no trip to the hardware store would be complete without a bit of buyer's anxiety. Picking the right shades for a room in your home can be an arduous and frustrating task — especially if you're picking something for your kitchen cabinets. What if you go through all those steps to paint your cabinets and you end up hating the color? What if you wished you had picked a more white white than a cream white? People say you can always paint again, but that's a lot of work!

Save yourself the trouble and read this story before you even pick up a paint brush. We asked seven interior designers to share their favorite kitchen cabinet shades and why they love them.


7 Ways to Save Time During a Grocery Run, According to Time-Management Experts — Shopping

If you're on this site, chances are that you love grocery shopping. It's probably not a chore for you, right? No matter how much you enjoy it, though, you don't always have hours and hours to spend, slowly moseying up and down each and every aisle. Because, well, life.

That's why we asked some brilliant time-management experts for their best tips to help us all get in and out of the grocery store quickly. These smart ideas all go beyond the generic make-a-list tidbits, which you already know. Use them whenever you're crunched for time.


Bloggers Share Their Smartest Solo Travel Tips — Travel Intelligence

Love to travel but don't have a companion? No worries. More and more, traveling alone is an active choice, with women leading the way, according to Mary Bond of The Gutsy Traveler. (In fact, when it comes to travel, women are leading the way, period. Bond notes that 75 percent of those taking cultural, adventure, or nature trips are women, while women-only travel companies have increased by 230 percent.)

Not only are women traveling more by themselves, but it's not a big deal to do so. "Solo female travelers" don't think of themselves as such and they find it odd when asked if they feel safe and told how brave they are for traveling unaccompanied.

"It's a fallacy that, if you're a woman alone, it's dangerous," says Oaxaca-based Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads. "As if everywhere isn't dangerous including your own hometown. I feel more comfortable in Saigon than some places in North America."


These 2 Acronyms Will Keep Your Kitchen Clean — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

If you have good organizing systems and maintain them regularly, clutter is less likely to build up. Or so I'm told, by organizing and lifestyle expert Lorie Marrero, creator of The Clutter Diet.

"What if you decided not to brush your teeth all month, and on the last day of the month brushed them 30 times? That clearly would not work — some things need to be done regularly to be effective," says Marrero. Like, for example, your kitchen.

Marrero is a strong believer in morning and evening routines to keep things running smoothly — and, to make them easy to remember, she has two acronyms.


Here’s What a Scientist Thinks About Roasting Marshmallows on Sticks Found in the Woods — National S’mores Day

The best part of any camping trip (or even a backyard fire-pit gathering) is obviously the time you spend with your friends and family. The second-best thing? The s'mores, hands down.

If you're one to really rough it, chances are you've roasted your fair share of marshmallows on random sticks you've collected in the woods. While any specks of dirt and bark just add to the rustic experience, it's hard not to wonder if what you're doing is actually okay. How gross are those sticks you're eating sugar off of? We talked to an expert to find out.


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