Peaces by Cortney Expansion

My shop, Peaces by Cortney is heading in a new direction for 2018!  While I will continue to offer baby hats, I will be expanding my shop and making items for children and adults.  If you want to keep up with the expansion follow my blog; as I will be offering a sneak peek along with an exclusive coupon code.



Staycationing with Kids

This summer we would love to travel out of town for a week vacation.  However, with small children, a vacation can mean even more work.  As such, this summer, I am looking at having several staycations and home staycations.

What is a staycation? It is a vacation spent locally rather than abroad, or one spent at home that may involve day trips to local attractions.  And a home staycation is when you spend it at home.  The plan is to survey the kids to discover their desires…right now they include:

  • Water balloon fight
  • Ice cream sundae bar
  • At home movie marathon
  • At home facials & manicures
  • Go to  the movies
  • Go to the aquarium
  • Go to the zoo
  • Go to the pool
  • Ride on a train

I am sure they will have more ideas as the week go by. But I think their list is doable and certainly cheaper than what we would spend on a vacation out of town.  The rules for the kid’s staycation will be simple.

  1. No fussing or fighting.
  2. Have fun.
  3. Be safe.

Stay tuned, as I will be posting about staycationing for parents next week.

My Experience with Instacart 

This is not a sponsored post but it does contain affiliate links. 

Where I live the only thing that delivers besides the mailman is the pizza man. No Amazon Prime Now, Chinese food delivery… I know sometimes it makes me sad too.  But I was so excited when I found out I could get groceries delivered via Instacart!  I have now ordered probably about eight times and here is my experience.

I find this to be extremely helpful, and some days a life saver, in getting things done on the weekend.  As a mom, wife, caregiver, small business owner and full-time employee it is just wanted I need get some time back for myself.  There is a yearly unlimited shopping fee option, that I am not willing to pay, that takes care of the $5.99 shopping fee per order.  To me $5.99 is worth and levels out the time I would spend driving to the store, looking for my items, fighting off cravings on the snack aisle, and then standing in line.  Also, the shopping fee can be waived if you order featured items.  In most cases, the featured items are regular items on my grocery list – so I usually don’t have to pay the shopping fee.

I also utilize the notes for items that I am picky about to give the shopper more direction when selecting produce, meats, bread and other particular items.  However, there are some cons and pros:


  • There is no guarantee you will get the same shopper.
  • For some stores, the prices are higher than what is in the store.
  • Some shoppers are better than others.
  • You can’t use paper coupons.


  • You can better manage your grocery budget.
  • You don’t have unexpected things landing in your cart…like candy.
  • Most of the stores you can shop on Instacart have the same prices as in stores.
  • You can clip their online coupons.
  • Instacart has great customer service.

I shop with Instacart at least 2-3 times a month and will continue to do so! Try it for yourself and tell me what you think.  Need an incentive? Click here and we each will save $10 on an order.

Help! How to take up yoga?

For a while now I have been wanting to take up yoga but have no clue how.  I searched the internet for answers but didn’t really find what I was looking for. I would go to a class but I am worried about embarrassing myself -not knowing all the poses or at worse passing gas in front of everyone. So I am asking your feedback and help!

  1. What poses should you really know before you go to a class?
  2. What do I need to have? yoga mat vs yoga towel, blocks, etc.
  3. What are the unspoken rules of a yoga class?
  4. What should you wear?
  5. Do you go barefoot or wear yoga socks?
  6. What should you do if you pass gas in class?
  7. How do you progressively incorporate yoga into your lifestyle?

Please feel free to share any other tips and advice.  I really want to start off right.