Reorganizing and Saying Goodbye

Goodbye Container Store

A little over 3 years ago, I read a snippet in the paper that Indianapolis was getting a Container Store. I’m not sure if “squee” was a word yet (did it appear before or after “selfie?”), but if it was, that’s what I did. I’ve loved The Container Store as a consumer for a very, very long time, from the days when I only had a dorm to organize.

I never intended to go back to work when I did, but the opportunity to work for The Container Store, a company that has been included in the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For 15 years in a row, was too good to pass up. I wanted to be a part of something special, a company that stands for something, and I wanted in at the very beginning.

It’s not easy to get hired at The Container Store. As part of their Foundation Principles, they believe that 1 great person = 3 good people, and the interview process proves it. I had four interviews for my part-time job before I was hired! What that means in practice is that I’ve spent the last 2 1/2 years working alongside some of the best, brightest, hard-working, funniest, and kindest people I’ve ever met. When you walk into The Container Store in Indianapolis, and someone in a blue apron greets you? I promise they are the best of the best, some of my favorite people in the world.

The Container Store Indianapolis

Just as I never intended to go back to work when I did, I certainly didn’t intend to turn in my apron last week. But things are changing, both for Mike and me, professionally. They are changing in the best of possible ways, but sometimes that means letting go of things you love. And for me, that meant that I had to say goodbye to working at The Container Store.

Everyone jokes about how much I’m going to miss that discount (And believe me, I will! It’s a damn good discount.), but it’s the people that I’m going to really miss. You’ll have to forgive me, because I’m about to go faux-Oscar speech on you, but I can’t say goodbye without giving a very special message of thanks to the motley crew of coworkers that made up our merchandise processing team.

Nearly every Wednesday for the last 2 years I’ve spent my evenings sweating, swearing and laughing with my team. It’s not an easy task. We have roughly 3 hours to unload a semi-truck. There are tiny boxes. There are giant boxes. If we’re lucky there are lots and lots of pallets. And stack baskets. Mountains of teetering, won’t-stay-put stack baskets. It could be miserable (and sometimes it is). But for some crazy reason, I looked forward to these late night shifts more than any other. I’ve never laughed so hard at work as I have with these people. Week in and week out, we opened up those truck doors and thought, “Impossible.” And week in and week out we made it happen, and we had fun doing it. You learn a lot about a person when it’s midnight and they’re covered in sweat and swimming in cardboard. And I learned that these are great people.

It might not seem like a big deal. After all, it’s just a store. But it’s a store that matters to a lot of people, and it’s a job that my coworkers take a lot of pride in. I have no idea what opportunities lie ahead for me, but I will always be grateful for the opportunities I was given at The Container Store, and the friends I made while working there. I’ll miss you guys. The stack baskets? Not so much. But you TCS people? You’re the best.

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Supreme Dreams of the Pre-Puppy Routine

Visit havertys.com to enter the TEMPUR-pedic contest for your chance to win a TEMPUR-pedic Mattress! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The thoughts and opinions are all mine.

Some girls want diamonds, some girls want flowers, other girls want to be swept away to exotic places. You know what this girl loves? Sleep. If you were to present me with any of those things, and then tell me that behind Door #4 there was a big, comfy bed, a cool breeze, and no alarm clock? Well, you can have your other fancy gifts. This girl’s gettin’ her jammies on.

I don’t even have an excuse, really. For years, I’ve been getting really good sleep. My kids are not babies anymore, which means they can either sleep in or wake up with the good sense to find the iPad and let me sleep. On top of that, it’s summer vacation, so most mornings we don’t have anywhere we have to be. My arch nemesis, the alarm clock, is gathering dust for now. The bedtime routine, and the sweet, blissful 8 hours of sleep that go with it, is wonderful.

So why, oh why, did I have to mess with it? Well, this sweet face is to blame:

And just like human babies, this furbaby is messing with my sleep. We’ve been working on crate-training him, which means he sleeps in his crate while we sleep in our wonderful-made-for-humans-only bed. He is not pleased with this arrangement, and he wants you to know it. The puppy crying is messing with my blissful bedtime routine.

Thankfully, I know this time is short. He’ll eventually catch on and go to bed without whining. And because I have such a great mattress, I’ll fall right back into sleeping like I used to (well, until school rolls around and the evil alarm clock returns). We all have the things we can’t control that mess with our rest, but our mattress doesn’t have to be one of them.

If it is (or if it’s simply time to be a grown-up and buy yourself a real mattress), now is the perfect time to shop for one. AndHavertys is the perfect place to do it. They have a big sale going on just in time for Labor Day (and just in time for you to finally get the good night’s sleep you deserve)!

Of course, it would be even better to win a new mattress, so make sure you enter the Havertys SupremeDream Giveaway! Simply follow the link to the Havertys website between now and September 1, 2014, fill out the form, and you’ll be entered to win a TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Queen Set. Additional entries can be earned by sharing the giveaway on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #HavertysYawn. See website for official rules. For even more fun and prizes, check out the #HavertysYawn Twitter Party tomorrow (August 27, 2014) at 1 pm ET. You can also find Havertys on Pinterest, Facebook, as well as their own blog.

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Green BEAN Delivery: Fresh, Local Foods at Your Door {$15 Promo Code!}

Green BEAN bin contents

Disclosure: Green BEAN Delivery provided me with a free bin in exchange for a review of their service. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

For years I was a loyal Green BEAN customer. And then, suddenly, I wasn’t. I cancelled the service shortly before we moved into our temporary housing with the best intentions to start it up again once we were settled in the new house. And, well … you know what they say about a certain path and the best intentions!

Are you familiar with Green BEAN Delivery? They are a local company that delivers top-notch organic and all-natural produce and food items to your front door. It’s been so fun watching Green BEAN grow in the midwest, both literally and figuratively. Many of the items offered are grown or made locally, including fruits and veggies from Green BEAN’s own Feel Good Farm in Sheridan, Indiana. I remember when they first started out here in Indy, and now they’ve grown to add delivery areas throughout the midwest, including Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Missouri. Beyond the jobs they provide and the farmers and artisans they support, they’re also very active in the community. They partner with local food banks and sponsor the Constant Canned Food Drive.

Of course, the most important thing to you is the food. Is it good? Is there a decent selection? Is it affordable? The answer is yes, yes, and yes. I recently reopened my account, thanks to the kind nudge from the good people at Green BEAN.

The service is very easy to use. You simply open up an account by clicking on the “Sign-Up Now” link on the Green BEAN homepage. Choose the size of bin you’d like to receive, and how often you’d like to receive it (weekly or biweekly). For our somewhat vegetable-averse family of 4, the small bin, delivered biweekly, is perfect. You’ll receive an email a few days before your delivery date in which you can customize and add to your bin. Then, on your delivery day, your bin of goodness will magically appear on your doorstep!

Green BEAN delivery

Here’s my last bin. Behold, $35 of produce and $13 of add-on grocery items:

Green BEAN fruit and vegetable bin

I’ve got local sweet corn, peppers, beets, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, and green beans. I also have pears, garlic, bananas, plums, and peaches. I added on some of my favorite bread from Scholars Inn Bakehouse (for my daily summer lunch of tomato sandwiches), and treated myself to something I’ve been wanting to try for ages: curtido from Indy’s Fermenti Artisans (it’s amazing, by the way).

I’d forgotten how fun it was to customize a bin to my liking, and to add some of my favorite local treats to round out my bin. Why did I wait so long to start it up again? I have no idea, but I’m glad to be back on the Green BEAN Delivery wagon again.

Now, I know you have some questions, but I’ve heard them from friends and family before …

What if I don’t like the service? What am I committing to?

If you don’t like it or feel like you’re not getting your money’s worth, you simply cancel the service. You’re not locked into any contract and you can quit at anytime.

What if I like it, but even biweekly is too much produce for me? What if I’m going to be out of town/too busy/not cooking for awhile? What if the grocery budget gets tight towards the end of the month?

You can always cancel a delivery, or even multiple deliveries, via the Green BEAN website. In fact, I do it frequently. I typically only order 1 bin a month, and supplement with regular grocery shopping in between. There’s absolutely no penalty in doing so.

What if I don’t like what’s going to be in my bin? What if I’m extremely picky? What if I have allergy issues in my family?

When you get your email with your delivery information for your upcoming bin, you’ll see a selection of products already in your bin for you. You can certainly take the bin as it comes, but you can also customize it to your heart’s/belly’s content. Hate kale? Not a problem, sub a fruit or veggie you love, or increase the quantity of something else that’s already in your bin. It’s very easy to do as well. Have allergies or dietary restrictions? You can search for items by category, including kosher, gluten free,  vegan, vegetarian, and dairy free products.

What if I’m not happy with something in my bin? What if my bread is moldy, the milk’s gone bad, or my squash got squashed?

It happens (though not very often). Shoot Green BEAN’s customer service an email. They’ll make it right.

I’m pleased as punch to be able to offer you a special discount code for $15 off your first bin. Use the code 15JLNml when placing your first order for the discount. (Note: this code expires one week from today on 8/29/14) So, seriously, what are you waiting for?! Order up that bin and tell me about your favorite items so I can add them to my next bin!

 

 

 

 

 

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