So I’m sure I’m not the only one. You go to the store with your list of everything you need to buy, coupons locked and loaded, kids safely secured in the cart. YOU ARE READY! As you begin strolling down the aisles your brain begins to communicate with your stomach, who not so gently reminds you that you are starving. No, not just starving, you are ravished, famished, I mean death could be approaching at any minute. So what do you do? Naturally, your survival instincts kick in and you begin to throw any and everything edible that you see into the cart. A few hours later you’ve made it home, groceries put away (even the ones you had to create extra space for that you unintentionally purchased) and you’re feeling rather satisfied with yourself. That is until you go to cook the amazing dinner that you’ve been thinking about making for days now and you realize that one of the most essential ingredients that you were supposed to be buying during your earlier grocery run is still sitting on the shelf at the store!
This happens to me ALL the time. I usually do my shopping early on Saturday mornings since I’m already up with the baby. This typically is the best time to shop for moms with young kids because there are no lines, no crowds, and you can be in and out rather quickly. Also, if your kids get a little loud, they aren’t disturbing anyone. Unfortunately, I tend not to eat breakfast before going to the store. I always feed the baby, throw on some leggings and a t-shirt and out the door I go. I typically have an idea in mind of the meals I want to make during that week so I already know what I need in addition to the usual staple items for our home. But no matter how prepared I am, I always seem to buy things that I don’t need out of sheer starvation/greed and end up having to run back to the store several times during the week for the items that I needed but forgot to buy. You’d think I’d learn my lesson by now and throw something in my mouth before I go, but you know how it is. As moms we are always in a rush, even if where we are going isn’t somewhere important. It’s always hurry up so we can be on to the next thing. I guess the lesson isn’t necessarily “eat before you shop”, but more so slow down and take care of the essentials before rushing onto the next event. Taking an extra 5 minutes to eat a bowl of cereal in this case is an essential for me and I really need to just slow down, enjoy and quick bite with my baby and then get on with my day. I’d better start this tomorrow, maybe I’ll remember to buy eggs this week… I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!