Target Vs. Walmart: Baby Registries and Boxes

When I went to Motherhood for clothes they signed me up for a baby box for only $2. I figured $2 did not seem like a bad price and the women at the counter promised it was worth it. It was! There were coupons worth 100’s of dollars, a free baby bottle, free subscriptions to magazines like Parents and much more. I was intrigued! Who else offered these wonderful boxes? So I started researching and reading blogs about baby boxes. I found out about Babylist, which turned out to be a great site! You can link certain registries to it and they send you fun weekly emails about the stages your baby is at. I have everything set up through it for my baby shower. It was about $10 for the box, but was worth it! Check out our video blog to see what was inside! Amazon also as a baby box, but you need to spend $10 on your registry first to get it. I think that seems fair. We have not spent $10 yet, but I know we will soon. When we get the box we will post a video when it arrives.

So, on to Target and Walmart. This blog post is about my experience with both companies in signing up for a baby registry and getting the baby boxes. I first went to Walmart. According to a blog I read and Walmart’s website you go to customer service first. So Joe and I went straight to customer service. They looked at us like we were idiots and stated matter of factually that everything is online and then turned away. Perplexed I asked about the baby box. The women next to the counter turned to me with a raised eye brow and said “I have never heard of that.” I let her know that I read about the box on their website. The man by the counter said with his head bobbing very dismissively, “Well you read it on the internet so it has to be true.” Honestly, I almost walked out of the store then, but I knew a lot of my relatives shopped at Walmart and would likely go there for buying a baby gift. Experiences like this is why I choose to order off of Amazon instead and why I go to more expensive grocery stores. I still go to Walmart when I have to, but only when I am using their grocery app (which can be very faulty) or they are the only store that has the product I need.

After the interaction I pulled up the Walmart app and found the baby registry on there. It was actually very simple to use. Your phone is the scanner. You go to the baby section and scan the barcode of the items you want. It does automatically put items on when you sign up…all of which I removed. This was an annoying step to me. I guess Walmart assumes this will be the only place you register, but not this girl. After you complete your baby registry you go to https://walmart.cesampling.com/babybox/order and follow the instructions. Supposedly a free baby box is shipped to you. We have yet to receive our box. I did receive an email from customer service asking for a review on items in the box. I replied to the email that we have yet to receive the box. They promptly replied to please allow 4-6 weeks for the box to arrive. Then why are they sending the email so soon? Suffice it to say my experience with Walmart baby registry and baby box was terrible. Unless the box has untold wonders in it I do not recommend even going through the trouble. When and if the box arrives Joe and I will post a video blog about it.

So after my Walmart experience I felt very discouraged about baby boxes, but earlier this week Joe and I had an opportunity to stop at Target. I knew that they also had a baby box available and per their website you stop by the customer service desk. Joe dropped me off by the door while he parked the car and I went straight to customer service. I nervously approached the desk prepared to feel like an idiot. A woman greeted me very nicely and I asked about signing up for a baby registry. She excitedly told me congratulations and that she would be happy to help me. She asked if my phone was fully charged. I said yes. She asked me to pull up my app store and showed me how to set up a registry. Meanwhile Joe came in and joined the conversation. After everything was set up and explained she pulled out a green folder with information about baby registries and handed it to us. She said with a smile, “When you are all done come back and will give you a free baby bag filled with coupons and free items.” She then handed us two coupons for free drinks at Starbucks and again told us congratulations. The baby section at Target was amazing! They had everything. To be honest I could see someone completely registering at Target and not needing to go anywhere else. It was so organized. They even had a postpartum section for mothers. The app was a little glitchy, but that might have been my phone. It had a hard time reading some of the barcodes, but we managed to make it work.

After, we went back to customer service. The woman was gone, but there was a young man who greeted us nicely. We let him know we completed our baby registry. He immediately went and got the baby bag and asked if we could go to the Target website so he could get the code he needed. He handed us the bag and told us to have a nice day. Starbucks was next to customer service so we went there and each got a free drink. I told them I was pregnant and diabetic and they helped me figure out a drink I could get. They made me a sugar-free Mexican hot chocolate latte that was caffeine-free, half milk, and half heavy whipping cream with whipped cream on top. Oh my god was it delicious! Joe picked something from the menu. On our cups they wrote congratulations!

So my overall experience at Target was amazing! Please go there and register for a baby registry. We have not opened the bag yet, but I peeked inside a little and looks like some cool stuff. We will be doing a video blog about it soon, so keep your eyes peeled! If you are deciding between Walmart or Target for registering for baby things I 100% recommend Target over Walmart. Target had wonderful customer service and the infant section was wonderfully maintained. Most importantly…THEY DID NOT MAKE ME FEEL LIKE AN IDIOT. Sorry Walmart, but Target has you beat.

Unboxing the Babylist.com Hello Baby Box and Discussion about the Motherhood Maternity Welcome Bag

Today we cracked open our Hello Baby Box that we received when we signed up at babylist.com . We go through its contents and also talk about the Welcome Bag we received when we signed up at Motherhood Maternity.

Camping Recap : Bay Furnace Campground : A Historical Monument to the Upper Peninsula’s Iron Ore Heritage with a Stunning view of the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore Conveniently Located Directly Across the Highway from a Casino Where Your Destructive Gambling Addiction and the Dead Eyed Visage of Saint Nicholas are Beckoning You to Bet All Your Money on Black and Leave Your Wife and Child and Never Look Back.

Bay Furnace Campground : It was very neat and clean. The facilities were also freshly updated and well maintained. Plenty of beach to go around even if you don’t nab a spot directly on the lake shore. 5/5. We stayed here Labor Day weekend 2019 for our second anniversary!

Here are some photos :

Firstly : The furnace itself! Yes, this is named Bay Furnace because it is a bay where there was a giant blast furnace where they made pig iron. IMHO Furnace Bay makes more sense but what the hell do I know?

 

It was pretty odd to think that where we were camping was a developed town built up around a giant blast furnace at one point. Kind of humbling to think that in 200 years any evidence of my ass being here could just be wiped away. (This is called foreshadowing, kids. You may have to be a bit of uh inteleckshual to understand it.)

 

Campsite and Beach Views! That land mass across the water is Grand Island.

 

 

The following photos were taken along the beach just off of the Sand Point Marsh Trail where it connects with the North Country Trail.

Nap Time!

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Post Nap Asshattery!

*Models Booty* *realizes it’s a video she’s taking*

“There’s something wrong with you. I’m normal.”

You’re normal?

“I’m normal, but there’s something wrong with you.”

What’s wrong with me?

“Well, you married me for one so that’s like the biggest mistake you could make.”

I see. What’s my second problem?

“YOUR FACE.”

And the look I was given after the video was taken and her phone got nabbed!

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My name isĀ Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Bluefin Bay Resort

Not far from the border of Canada in Minnesota, on the rocky shores of Lake Superior, is a place called Bluefin Bay Resort. Not going to sugarcoat it…I adore this place!! My husband and I went there last year on our honeymoon for one night and were bummed we did not reserve a second night. This year I took my sister Jennifer as a birthday present and stayed for two days. It was amazing! The staff was wonderful and super friendly. The room was clean and comfortable. We of course went with the cheapest room we could. They have a full range of rooms available. Our room was a small, one queen bed room. It had a fridge, microwave, tv and a nice bathroom. It was about $100 a night. The best thing about Bluefin? Everything is complementary!

Well, not everything, but pretty close! All equipment such as bikes, helmets, kayaks, etc are all complementary for guests. Not only that, but they have complementary guided tours and excursions. My sister and I went on a guided hike tour to a waterfall. Joe and I went on a canoe guided tour on a river. I saved the best for last! Every night at 6:00 they light campfires and give smores to all the guests. Yum! This is just barely the tip of the iceberg.

What is not complementary? The delicious food at the restaurants on the resort, but the food still worth it! If you want to save on the cost of food you can bring food along and store in the the fridge. They have grills available for use. The spa also costs some money and, if you want to go, make sure you book well in advance. The only thing left when Jennifer and I arrived was the very expensive back massage.

In all we had an amazing time and I recommend Bluefin to anyone looking for a beautiful place to vacation at. Check out my video of our time there!

Review for Olive Garden

I just want to start with saying that Olive Garden has always been a favorite restaurant of mine, but now I may be in love with them! Most restaurants are clueless about carbohydrate count unless you go to a fast food place. Even big chain restaurants do not always have nutrition information available which makes eating out a gamble for diabetics!

Well, if you are looking for a restaurant that has delicious food and has all nutrition information available (this includes allergens) than look no further! Olive Garden has a binder with a complete list of nutrition and allergies for everything on the menu. They are even willing to work your dietary restrictions. At least, they did with me.

Most restaurants I feel completely stupid when I request nutrition information. The waiter or waitress will give me a blank stare and then proceed to tell me the amount of calories, which does me absolutely no good!

Not Olive Garden! The last two times I have gone the waiters have been kind and considerate. One waiter even had them wait to prepare my food so I could take my insulin. Turns out he was diabetic too.

It is so nice to be able to go to a restaurant that cares about the people who eat there. You are not just someone paying for food. You are someone they want to have a wonderful time. Olive Garden will have me for a repeat customer for the rest of my life.