I wrote a love letter to Amazon Prime last week. Then they raised the yearly rate by $20. Oh well, I still think it’s a bargain. This week I’m writing a love letter to various other things in my life that make my life much easier.
Stitch Fix. I am now on Fix number 7 or something like that. I keep basically everything they send me. Would I have picked it all out in stores? No, but no one ever accused me of being a fashion icon, so I probably shouldn’t wear what I would pick out in stores. They are getting to know my style better as time goes on. And I’m starting to get full outfits. For instance, I’ve been wearing a pair of skinny jeans, a striped shirt and a flow-y red cardigan that they sent. After my last fix, I asked for a statement necklace. And I got one (see photo!) I wore it while giving a speech last night and got lots of compliments on it. I’ll probably take some time this spring to buy a few items to turn orphaned Stitch Fix items into outfits (I haven’t figured out what to wear some olive green pants with yet).
Travelocity. I don’t know how someone like me would have booked travel 20 years ago. OK, I guess I know. I’d probably get some sort of plan with a travel agent. But it would have been a pain to call every time. Now I can look at all the different flights going places and quickly see that it was like $800 cheaper to fly to Toronto from Newark than from Philly. When I am looking for a hotel, I can see who has rooms and I can quickly find a hotel on a map to make sure I won’t also have to rent a car (I hate renting cars).
OpenTable. Similar to above. One of my least favorite chores is calling restaurants and seeing if there is space. With OpenTable, you see who’s got tables left. Key for busy times (Saturday night, Valentine’s Day).
The YMCA. An offline life hack, but one of my favorites. Our gleaming new YMCA has a great workout area, a basketball program that my kids play in, a lovely (and clean and well-staffed) playroom, and a nicely heated indoor pool. We go every weekend, usually twice. Having a childcare option that doesn’t require planning ahead makes weekend exercise so much less of a hassle.
HomeAway and VRBO. I’ve used both sites to book homes for vacations. Every vacation home owner I’ve found through these sites has been wonderfully sweet and prompt with contracts and answers. Especially with a larger family, I’ve found that renting a home usually beats a hotel if we’ll be staying somewhere for any length of time.
I welcome other suggestions!
Also, I now have 99 logs in for the Mosaic Project. I still welcome others!