Saving time with Masterpass: Follow our experience and have a chance to win a $500 card
As food bloggers you usually only hear one side of our lives as mothers. Sure, once and awhile one of us has a rant about our kid’s friendship triangles or the soul crushing capabilites of homework but most of the successes and woes (and, Lord, there are woes!) you hear from us are around food and mealtimes. However, like every other mom, we face the million little joys (sarcasm in full effect here) that face parents daily.
I don’t know about you but, in addition to our regular routines there are dozens of little, time-sucking morsels that fall into our laps as of the result of our children. Some of them, like homework, are expected, while others come at us from our blind spot and they’re always the proverbial straw that breaks the back of our day. I’m not ashamed to admit here that I’ve been reduced to crying in my car because the intricate schedule I orchestrated for my day was derailed by my daughter asking to have a friend over to complete a project for school together. It is a very minor issue but, in the scope of a busy day, adding a working playdate for an hour (and the logistics associated with it) can be the difference between harmony and the complete eruption of just-under-the-surface panic. It makes me feel bad for my daughter, who shouldn’t feel like these things are a catastrophe but, on some days, they are.
It’s why we threw ourselves into the opportunity to partner with Mastercard and road test their new Masterpass. In news that will surprise no parents, a recent study created by Mastercard found that 94% of Canadian parents make personal sacrifices to manage all their competing priorities. Designed to shave time from the myriad of tasks that can clog your day by further simplifying your on-line purchases, Masterpass is a busy parent’s security net for time management. And since the old saying by Benjamin Franklin “Time lost is never found again” always rings in my head, I’m willing to try anything.
Please follow along with us this week as we chronicle how Masterpass helps us save time and sanity during the busiest time of year. We’ll also be giving away $500 prepaid Mastercard so a reader can create their own Masterpass experience.
Ceri: Friday, December 2 – Mom vs PA day
Theres’s a PA day in December?! Are you kidding me? Are the kids not off for two weeks in, um, about two weeks? Deep cleansing breaths, deep cleansing breaths. Once I got over my feelings about the kids being off school on Friday, I hatched a plan with one of my neighbours. We’re really luck in that one of Esme’s besties lives less than a block from us and the girls are back an forth constantly. Esme was invited to her friend’s place for a sleepover on Thursday night and her bestie’s Mom agreed to let the girls hang out while she worked from home the following day. To thank her, I offered to have the kids back at my place for a late afternoon playdate and pizza party. So, my PA day was spent with Julian and he and I got a lot of errands done (more on that later). In the taxi ride home from the mall, Julian and I opened the Pizza Pizza app on my phone, ordered a ridiculous amount of food (and because my address was already loaded onto my Masterpass account, I didn’t waste any time with that while ordering). We were reunited with Esme and her pal back at home, and dinner arrived shortly after. We probably didn’t need to order brownies as well as the pizzas, salad and French fries, but it felt like a party.
Laura: Saturday, December 3 – Laura tackles household chores
Upon returning from our Thanksgiving vacation on Monday (I’m American), we hit the ground running. The next day was the beginning of a three night production of our local church’s Christmas pageant. It’s a lovely tradition but Scarlett’s starring role meant a trio of late-bedtimes that culminate in a sugar-fueled cast party on the Friday that I help organize and run. Knowing I had no time in my week to get the things I needed for our weekend chores, I jumped on-line to order everything making sure it would be delivered by the weekend. After setting up my Masterpass account, I was able to further streamline my on-line purchases by eliminating the time it takes to fill out all the fields required for credit card information and my mailing address. By Saturday, we were next level tired and staring down at a household chore list that would bring even the handiest of homebodies to their knees. Lowe’s had delivered everything we needed to complete the last of our fall clean up. In addition, the two billion lights Scarlett wanted to dress the house with for the holidays had also arrived. We were able to get right to work and by-pass the usual weekend congestion at stores and on the road. The efficiency of having everything at our finger tips in the morning enabled us to get the mass of white lights up on the monster trees bookending our home by early afternoon. With enough time to slow cook a big pot of chili, we settled in for a mean game of Monopoly. One point Masterpass, no points household chores.
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This post is sponsored by Masterpass but the opinions in it are our own.
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