Will and Garen joined in the fun for the Boy Scout Spring Camp Out a few weeks before school got out, so I probably should’ve already posted this as a Photo Friday post but I have end of school activities … Continue reading →
It’s been a while since I’ve written a Mommy Review Monday but was spurred into thinking of it today because this app is something I feel I should share. Since I’m on the road this week, I enjoyed a lovely meal from Panera Bread. (Half Turkey BLT and Half Green Goddess Salad). I pulled out my phone and opened my Panera Bread app. I quickly placed my order for rapid pickup and it was ready for me, bagged up and ready to go within minutes. It reminded me that there may be a few of you out there who don’t know about it and how great it is.
Here’s what I like about it:
Easy to use app with good layout
Choose whether to order for rapid pickup, delivery, or order from your table
Rapid pickup allows you to pick it up in a bag, packed and ready to take out
The delivery is super convenient
The “order from your table” option allows you to go secure a table during busy times and order there rather than waiting in line to order- even though their new kiosks are quite convenient.
I can order assorted boxes of bagels with cream cheese options for pickup quickly for an easy breakfast meeting snack/light breakfast.
It shows you where the nearest cafes are.
It keeps up with your Panera Bread rewards and shows you what you’ve already used and what you have available. I’ve already earned a free drink, free cookie, and a discount.
You can look up the menu. The menu shows you the nutritional facts. If you’re tracking your calories or nutrition, this is very helpful.
You can easily customize your order to include what you do and don’t want…even things you didn’t know were options.
You can save your credit card on there for fast ordering. I think you can use Apple Pay too.
You can see some of the screen shots below.
What I would change:
I’d love to see the option to order for in-house dining (like rapid delivery but instead of being packaged to leave be ready to eat at your table.) Sometimes I’ll order online for rapid pickup but feel guilty having it in disposable takeout bowls rather than the reusable ones.
I’d love to see them add more group meal options for box lunches, drinks, etc. It’s easy enough to just call those in but, in true millennial-style, I’d live to just do it online or on my phone to get a quick confirmation. I agree that this is very much a first world problem.
That’s honestly all I can think of right now to be improved.
Like I said before, it’s pretty fantastic. If you eat at Panera Bread on a somewhat regular basis, this app is totally for you. It’s my go-to for when I’m on the road because I can consistently get a good meal, both from a taste and nutritional standpoint. The convenience of it, along with free WiFi available when I need to pull out my laptop for work, makes it an amazing cafe choice, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
If you like this app, you’ll also live the Starbucks app. Check out my post about it as well.
Happy Mommy Review Monday. I hope yours was as awesome as mine!
Since today is officially the beginning of summer in our household, it seems appropriate that I should post these photos from our adventures at the pool last weekend. Summer means swimming, right?!? As you can tell, we had a blast … Continue reading →
Our Girl Scout troop advanced from Daisies to Brownies on Tuesday night with a great bridging ceremony. We’ve got such a fun and unique group of girls and awesome leaders! We’re looking forward to another great year as Brownies!
Here’s a few photos I got from Tuesday’s fun. Unfortunately Garen had to stay home with the littles since they had a cold (or allergies really bad), so I had to do my best with his camera. Luckily he’s pretty talented at editing. It’s pretty obvious I need some pointers but they turned out better than I would have done with my iPhone probably.
I have mentioned in a few of my previous posts that I use the Full Focus Planner. I happened upon this wonderful thing on one of the many podcasts that I listen to. It’s been wonderful for me.
Here’s what I like about it:
It’s black and non-discrete. There’s a lot of flashy journals out there and, for some folks that’s awesome, but I prefer something low-key. It’s not too big, allowing me to fit into most of my medium size and larger purses.
It’s got two built-in ribbons that help in keeping your place like a bookmark. I typically keep one on my current day and one by my quarterly goals list.
It has an elastic band to keep it shut, which is nice. I sometimes will also use this as a third bookmark.
It’s got enough for 90 days to complete a whole quarter.
It has daily quotes that are inspirational, etc. I have shared quite a few of these because they’re usually pretty wonderful.
It has your daily “Big 3”: The 3 biggest things that are most important for your day’s to-do list. There’s also a weekly “Big 3.” Example: My “Big 3” this week are- Stay on Noom, Work-out 3 times this week, and Stay Focused at Work and Don’t delay (yes, I know that last one sounds funny but sometimes I lose focus). So far, I’m doing well on #1 and #2….it’s only Monday though, so I’ve got time to get back on track for #3.
There’s a checklist and system for deferring, delegating, checking off, or cancelling. For a check-list lover like me, this is perfect.
Everyday is two pages- 1) The date, your “Big 3,” your checklist and 2) Notes- where you can either put more to-do items, as I usually end up doing, and/or write notes.
There’s an index and all of the pages are numbered to make it easy to find things. I honestly would not have ever considered this but if you’ve got something really important that you know you want to know what page you can find things in that topic about. For example: I’ve got a project called “Grapevine Stadium” and I had a few meetings about it with notes on pages 4,6,20, and phone calls on 8, 10, and 24. I can quickly go to these without flipping through every page. You have full control over how you structure your index. I only index things that I feel are really important.
There’s a goal setting portion in the front where you list your SMARTER goals. Then you break your goals down by finding out why and what you need to do to make it happen, along with setting frequency and due date, etc. It breaks it down into achievement goals and habit goals. These are all important for making sure that you achieve the goals you have.
Each week you look over your goals, your “Big 3”, etc. and it asks you how you did and what you could do better. It’s a really good reflection. It also asks you to set your “Big 3” for the following week. I take this time to look at what I have on my calendar for the week to help me with them. Then I try to pencil in my “Big 3” for each day of the week, knowing that these will likely change throughout the week but at least I have a general idea of the most important things I need to get done.
There’s a full year calendar in there, which is nice to put the most important things you have on your calendar in one place.
There’s the option to buy a “subscription” and they will automatically send you a new journal every quarter.
What I would change (there’s not much):
I’d add a pen holder, although I’m sure I could buy one for it.
I’d change the layout of the calendar. It doesn’t give enough space to write hardly anything in there. There are often times more than one thing I need to add in a day. Now that I think about it, I might start noting the page number that items are on to make that easier. But I still wish it was more in traditional calendar form so I could see what day of the week it was. I’m sure it was done this way to save space and have fewer pages. After all, you don’t want a planner that is too large.
I would’ve bought 4 journals at once rather than doing the subscription so that as I get closer to that next quarter I can start putting my to-do lists into their assigned days.
Overall, this is the best planner I’ve ever had and it really has helped me. I’m slightly ADHD, so I need all of the (Full) focus I can get. Pun intended. I’ll continue to use this and I’m hopeful that I’ll see the change in the calendar maybe someday but, even without that change, it’s awesome. I definitely recommend it if you’ve got a lot going on in your life and you’re into setting and achieving goals, whether personal or professional.
Yesterday marked four years of blissful marriage for Garen and I. This will sound cheesy, but I honestly feel lucky every day that I have such a wonderful man. He’s a great father. A great husband. A great friend. A great leader. The list of greats could go on and on. Instead, I’m just going to share a few photos of him that I love.
Happy Photo Friday and Happy Day-After Anniversary to us!