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With the new year comes resolutions or developing new methods to make our lives better. As I sit here in my office, looking through snow pouring outside, I wonder if I’ll ever go out to do some much needed grocery shopping. But luckily, Giant Eagle now has Curbside Express Delivery. Yes – produce, meats, frozen or perishable items delivered straight to your door! I am so thankful that this service is now available to me whenever I can’t bring myself to brave the freezing temperatures. So how does it work? Let me show you below along with a fun DIY chalkboard wall tutorial to help you stick to a meal plan this year! Consider this a half-kitchen reveal of our new home too. Half, because I’m still working on the other side of our kitchen and as you maybe able to tell in some photos, we have a ton of vintage kitchen appliances to replace!
How To Use Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery
- First, click here to get to the Giant Eagle Curbside Express page and select the Delivery option.
- Then, enter your zip code to find the nearest Giant Eagle that delivers to your area. When you see the shop online option in a store near you, click that to begin shopping.
- You can now start adding grocery items to your cart. I got myself a ton of fruits, some breakfast items like bread and hash browns, bottled water because you have to be prepared when a snow storm hits, and a couple other things.
- When you’re done shopping, go to your cart and checkout. What I love about Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery is that it’s like having a personal shopper. Just above the checkout button, you’ll be able to leave notes like how you want green bananas instead of ripe ones. Or maybe you’re getting onions and you prefer bigger or smaller ones instead.
- Once you’re done leaving instructions, hit check out to log in or create an account. On a side note, make sure to link your Giant Eagle Advantage card to take advantage of their weekly offers. Now, you’ll be asked what day and time you want the groceries delivered to you to make sure you’re home to accept and sign for your delivery.
- Finally, enter your payment information, review your order, and confirm. Curbside Express Home Delivery is $12.95. But you can try it for free for your first order. I highly recommend to take advantage!
Giant Eagle Curbside Express Home Delivery is perfect right now when you just don’t want to brave the cold. I imagine this would be perfect for large families with little ones. Just think about having to dress up yourself and two or more little kiddos in full winter gear, and shovel the driveway just to get your grocery shopping done. Or perhaps you’re having a busy week at home and can’t find a time to do it. Take advantage of the free trial right now here.
DIY Chalkboard Wall
Now that you have a better method for getting fresh ingredients and food delivered to your door, how about a method to help you stick to a meal plan? While I love meal planners and printables that I can stick to my refrigerator, I find that a huge chalkboard wall is more “in-your-face-you-cant-ignore-me” reminder! So that’s what I did!
To create this DIY chalkboard wall, you only need two things: a chalkboard paint and a paint brush, or a paint roller and pan. Everything can be purchased at a home improvement or hardware store. Here’s how I did mine in our new home!
- Find a wall in your kitchen that seems to be lacking some decor or is just a perfect space to put reminders on. I used this corner because we found out that it was the original chimney in our new home. Originally, I wanted to hang floating shelves for mugs on this wall – making it a coffee bar. But apparently, that wall has bricks behind, making it hard to drill on. We tried and failed (we need a different kind of drill bit and maybe a tougher drill). I have a video that I’ll be sharing in a full kitchen reveal later on where you’ll see the holes that we did and how we patched it up. Since I can’t hang anything on it without buying the necessary tools, I decided to make a chalkboard wall instead! Once you decide on a wall, wipe it clean prior to painting.
- Now let’s prepare to paint. If you’re painting a whole wall, make sure to cover your floor with a drop cloth, old rags, or flattened cardboard boxes to protect it. Also, use painters tape to tape edges, baseboards, and/or crown moldings. Since I’m only creating a big board on a half wall, I used cardboard and newspaper underneath. Open your paint can and use a a stick of wood to mix the paint to even out the color throughout. If you buy a big paint can at a hardware store, you can just ask for the stick. For my small can of paint, I just used a bamboo stick to mix it.
- It’s time to paint your wall. Since I have a small wall to paint, I dipped my brush directly in the paint can. But if you have a huge wall to paint, pour some paint in a tray and use a paint roller. Because I wanted mine to look like a big curvy chalkboard on a wall, I first outlined it with my paintbrush. If you want to be precise, you can also outline with a pencil first. Next, fill it up with paint. I did 3 coats.
- I let my paint dry completely for 24 hours. And then, using the broad side of a chalk, rub the chalkboard wall. This is called seasoning. If the chalkboard wall isn’t “seasoned”, ghosting or shadows may occur. Simply wipe it off after and you can start using your chalkboard wall like a regular chalkboard wall.
Like I said, I use mine to plan out our meals. I noticed that I’ve been sticking to it since it’s such a huge reminder that I can see whenever I walk into our kitchen!
Well, that’s it for today. Stay tuned for more “room reveals” of our new home. And I hope these tips and tutorials will be able to help you create better methods for the new year! Xo.