Whether you are a stay-at-home Mom, a work-from-home Mom, a part-time workin Mama or a full-time working Mama there is one thing we can all agree on… there are not enough hours in the day. Here at Nashville Mom’s Blog, our mission is to not only connect you with each other, but to connect you with products and services to make your life easier!
Our team of mamas from all over the greater Nashville area has compiled a list of the top 10 services that have changed our lives.
10. Dollar Shave Club
“It’s a subscription based service for razors/razor blades. They market it as a monthly delivery but you can skip/cancel whenever. We do it for both convenience and savings – it’s like $5-6 for 4 razor blades. You don’t run out and that’s so cheap. Though it’s not advertised to women, I know a lot of women who use them because of the cost savings/quality.”
—Nashville Moms Blog Contributor Sarah Keil
“Okay, full disclosure here: I am one of those crazy women who keeps her legs smooth year round. This used to mean walking around with razor burn on my shin when I realized a little too late that I needed to swap out my razor. Enter dollar shave club. Every month, a new batch of cartridges arrives in my mail box. Ahhh, convenience and quality for an affordable price. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this company.
If you find yourself needing razors far less frequently than me, you can simply skip a month’s delivery at any time. You don’t have to sit on the phone for half an hour or walk through 19 different steps. You simply click “skip month”, and you’re good to go. Bonus tip: Try the shave butter. Oh. My. Word.”
— Nashville Moms Blog Contributor Whitney Sewell
9. Uber & Lyft
You’ve finally snagged a sitter (see below for tips) and are headed out to enjoy all that Nashville has to offer… the last thing either of you wants to be is the designated driver. The second last thing either of you want to do is hunt for a parking space. Enter Uber or Lyft. These services are incredibly easy to use, they’re less expensive, more responsive and about 1,000 times cleaner than any taxi we took in college…
What would make this even better? CHILD SEATS!!! Are you listening? Because we would LOVE to take the family to a Pred’s game without dealing with parking!!
Imagine a world where you never have to visit a gas station. No whining kids in the back seat. No dripping gas on your new shoes. Standing in the hot/cold/rain? Not happening. And no realizing that you are on empty first thing in the morning on the way to school. (The worst!) This world exists!! And its name? Yoshi! Each fill-up is $7 + the price of gas OR a $20/month subscription includes a weekly fill-up at your home or place of work. The membership includes discounted gas prices, and once a month the technician will check your tire pressure.
Want to make life even better? They also offer oil changes, car detailing, car washes, and a variety of other add-ons.
7. Meal Delivery
One of the many benefits of living in the bustling metropolis that is Nashville? Amazing food. And delivery services like Uber Eats, Grub Hub, Postmates and Local Meel allow you to eat this amazing food in the comfort of your own home! No more apologies to your server as he eyes the restaurant floor while you make a hasty retreat with a crying child. To order, you can either go to the website on your PC or download the app. It shows you a list of all restaurants that are open and available for delivery near your address (or in the area), a full menu, and estimated wait times for delivery.
“I use Postmates and GrubHub (aka Bite Squad) several times a week, and it is honestly a lifesaver. As a busy single mom who juggles several different jobs, some days I just don’t have the energy to cook or to drag my kids out to a restaurant when we finally get home. It’s also been fun to try new places without having to worry about the “witching hour” meltdowns in the middle of a restaurant!
Postmates even has non-restaurant options like Autozone and drug store options, so if you need a car battery in a pinch or some medicine for sick kiddos, they can deliver that to you as well!”
— Nashville Moms Blog Contributor Lane Faulkner
Similar to Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and other meal kit delivery services, Local Meel brings farm fresh, local ingredients to your doorstep. Menu options are based on seasonal availability. Meal kits include recipe cards and the supplemental ingredients to turn farmer’s market ingredients into creative dinners. Delivery fees vary depending on your Nashville location and are free in many parts of town!
6. Alcohol Delivery
Yes, you read that right. There are companies in the area that will BRING ALCOHOL TO YOUR HOUSE. Snow Day? No problem. Drizly and Minibar work with local liquor stores to connect you with your choice of wine, beer, and/or liquor. To that, we say Cheers!
5. Babysitting Services
We’ve all been there, you’ve got a date night planned and everyone on your list of regular’s is booked. OR your child is sick/school is closed, and you absolutely can’t miss work. And everyone on your list is a college student and/or works during the day.
Founded by Vandy grads, Wyndy is a mobile app that allows you to post sitting jobs and search for sitters. Sitters are full-time students at select colleges and universities who have passed a background check.
Whether you need a one-time sitter or someone on a regular schedule, Sittercity has you covered. The service is free to join, and offers a multitude of filter options to help you find your perfect sitter.
Sitting Made Simple
A one time $50 membership fee gives you access to sitters at any time of day with the click of a button. Members have access to view all sitter profiles on staff. All of the sitters go through an extensive interview process, pass a background check, are CPR certified, as well as have a clean driving record.
4. Order-Ahead Apps
Noodles & Co
3. Walk-in Clinics
It’s 5:30 pm, you’re on your way home from basketball practice, and he says his throat hurts. Is it strep? (Please, Lord, not the flu!) And the pediatrician’s office is closed. But wait! You can take him to a walk in clinic! Or, like me, the only care provider you see regularly is your OB/GYN, and you’ve had urinary tract infection symptoms for three days now. Where can you go and get it taken care of — and quickly? A walk-in clinic! Local clinics like The Little Clinic (inside Kroger), CVS minuteclinic and Vanderbilt Health Clinics at Walgreens are staffed by Board Certified Nurse Practitioners and Physician’s Assistants who can get you feeling better.
“I’ve taken my kids to The Little Clinic on several occasions. The Nurse Practitioners are always so knowledgeable and friendly. And their ‘hold your spot’ feature makes it easy for me to get in and out. The last thing I want is to spend hours in a waiting room with a sick child!”
—Nashville Moms Blog Contributor Jocelyn Cody
2. Amazon Prime
Subscribe and Save
“Amazon Prime Subscribe and Save is a great way to make sure you don’t run out of everyday essentials. It’s a subscription service that you can cancel at any time, and they often have coupons on items I buy. Right now in my house, that’s diapers and wipes! Every other month I buy two big boxes of diapers and two big boxes of wipes… and I’ve never run out. (21 months in… fingers crossed!) Plus you get a 20% discount on diapers, and they have coupons for other items. Win-win! If you order five items in your subscribe and save bundle, you get 15% off so I always order something different–granola bars or coffee, for example. There are lots of other perks to Amazon Prime, of course, like two day shipping, photo storage, and tv shows/movies.”
—Nashville Moms Blog Contributor Sarah Keil
Free 2-day shipping on pretty much anything your little heart can imagine
1. Grocery Pickup & Delivery
“I just love taking my kids to the grocery store!” said NO MOM EVER. Enter grocery pickup and grocery delivery. Lucky for us in the Nashville area, we have multiple time-saving options to help us get food from the store to the fridge.
How do I love Kroger’s ClickList? Let me count the ways…
- I can make my weekly menu and shopping list then sit down and pick out all the items on the easy-to-navigate website.
- Kroger remembers my recent purchases – (milk, eggs, cheese sticks, coffee…) so I can just scroll through these and add them to my cart.
- I’m only purchasing the items that are on my list – so I’m saving money (no getting distracted by gourmet cheeses, wine, or frozen confections) – which also means I’m making more responsible food choices!
- While I’m at the gym, or working, or home with a napping baby (or maybe even taking a nap myself!), someone else shops for my groceries. If an item is not in stock, they will substitute a higher priced item for the cost of the item I selected. This means I occasionally get Bounty select-a-size paper towels instead of my Kroger branded choice. Um, okay. My shopper reviews all these substitutions with me when I pick up my items. If I’m not okay with their choice, they will remedy the situation or remove the item from my cart. I also have the option to refuse any substitutions while I’m making my shopping list. (i.e. Dried thyme will not do; it must be fresh.)
- I roll up in my sexy mom car during my pick-up window and a team of friendly professionals loads the groceries into my car!
- When I hand them a stack of paper coupons (I can’t get my act together to load the digital ones to my Kroger card) – they apply these to my order.
- All this for $4.95 – and the first 3 times you use the service, it’s free!
Taking it a step further… some Kroger locations offer Grocery Delivery.
“Publix now offers grocery delivery straight to your kitchen counter in many parts of Middle Tennessee. I had a discount code to try it out, and the recent cold spell provided the perfect opportunity to do so.
After downloading the app, I chose my groceries from my couch and scheduled my delivery window. I was assigned with a wonderful personal shopper who texted me about any substitutions or questions. When she arrived at my home, she carried all of the bags into my kitchen and cheerfully explained more to me about the whole process. Just like the brick-and-mortar Publix employees, my shopper provided wonderful customer service. Publix delivery won’t be a weekly splurge for me, but it’s perfect for sick days, snow days, or weeks when there just aren’t enough hours in the day.”
— Nashville Moms Blog Contributor Whitney
Wal-Mart Grocery Pickup
“There is nothing I despise more than grocery shopping. Walking the store, putting each item into the cart, unloading every item on to the checkout belt, loading it back in to the cart, unloading the cart to my car, etc. It is an endless cycle of loading and unloading products. That is why I love Walmart Grocery pick up! I can order everything online and just drive to the store, and they load it into my car! Plus I can save all of my regularly purchased food on my Walmart grocery account and when I’m ready to place my next order I can easily and quickly add everything to my order. I can even do it from the Walmart grocery app on my phone. I have found that Walmart tends to be less expensive than other grocery stores, plus their pick up service is always FREE! It also saves me money in the long run on impulse purchases. Since I am not walking the aisles myself, I’m not purchasing items that are really not needed.”
— Nashville Moms Blog Contributor Amy Alder Smith
Yes, you read that right. Powered by instacart, Costco delivers. And this 2-day delivery is FREE when you purchase $75.00 worth of products—which is not hard to do. No more schlepping across town to buy granola bars, applesauce, protein powder, and vitamins in bulk. Now they can come to you!
Shipt is a membership-based grocery marketplace that delivers fresh foods, household essentials, and even alcohol (in select areas) from local stores. Through an easy-to-use app, friendly shoppers, and a commitment to exceptional service, Shipt simplifies lives and saves time for what matters most.