Check-off the To-Do List: Helpful Websites to Assist with Errands

From play dates and groceries to meal plans and general home maintenance, your to-do list seems to grow exponentially. Luckily, there are many online tools that can help you complete all your errands with ease.

check-off your to-do list with the best online resources

Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping and bargain hunting can take up time you don’t necessarily have to spare. A solution that will save you time and money is the new Thrive Market — an online grocery store that offers all your favorite natural food, home, health and beauty products at 25-50 percent off their usual retail price. The shop is great for moms, as it has a “Baby & Kids” category where you can find products like Seventh Generation diapers, Weleda baby cream and organic kids snacks. The company is also very philanthropic, as it will sponsor low-income families with the money raised through membership fees. Thrive Market is convenient and easy; your online order is delivered straight to your door, at no extra cost.

Family Recipes

It can be difficult to provide your brood with a meal that balances all their different taste preferences. Luckily, sites like and offer hundreds of family recipe ideas. Food Network provides you with healthy recipe ideas that are realistic to make on a busy weeknight. Their delectable dishes include fast fake-baked ziti, halibut fish tacos and pork chops with roasted kale and walnut pesto. Real Simple provides recipes that are geared toward your child’s palate to keep your kids happy and well-nourished.

Naturally, I’m biased, but Julieverse offers a monthly meal-plan of healthy and well-balanced family-friendly dinners. Each menu links out to sites such as Real Simple, Food Network, and many others, including individual blogger’s recipes. You’ll find a variety of meals planned for your family, as well as instructions to help you learn to meal plan, throughout Julieverse. The most recent Julieverse Meal Plan is always featured in the slider at the top of our home page, and you can easily search “Meal Plan” to hop through the year.

Vehicle Upkeep

Make sure your family vehicle is up to safety standards, so you can safely transport your family between all their extracurricular and social activities. The state of your tires are often a main concern when it comes to the safety of your car. Avoid the hassle of lines and long waits at the tire store by visiting TireBuyer carries trusted brands like Michelin and Nexen, and you can compare tire quality and prices in an instant. The site makes tire pick-up and installation especially convenient, as your tires can be sent to a tire shop nearby at no cost for shipping.

Play Dates

Whether you’ve moved to a new city or struggle to find play date opportunities for your children, can remedy this issue. Meet Up is an online social networking site that facilitates offline group meetings in cities around the world. A specific sector of Meet Up is geared toward parents who hope to find play dates for their kids. More than 1,500 cities around the world have play date Meet Up groups. This is an excellent way for you and your family to meet other families and potential new friends.

Home Improvement

Home improvement can be expensive and new decor trends may seem out of reach. Luckily, there are a number of DIY blogs where creators share what they’ve put together and make elevated home decor accessible to everyone. Apartment Therapy is a wonderful resource that shows you the tips and techniques required to re-purpose everyday products into artistic, well-designed creations. The site shares IKEA-hacks, with detailed photos that are very simple and easy to follow, every day living befores and afters and tons of ideas for changing things up to make your area more live-able. (These ideas aren’t just for apartments!)

Another website for design and improvement inspiration, check out Houzz where you can find nearly any look or change you’re envisioning in your home, already done, ten-fold. I enjoy playing Houzz, creating new concepts and ideas for my own home, and saving many future purchases and concepts to “propose” to my husband when it’s time for another renovation.

This post was co-authored by Julie and SocialMonsters.

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this list of onilne resources includes things to make parenting more productive like grocery delivery, meal planning, home care, auto care and more

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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