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Costco Dinner Hacks, New-Mom Must-Haves + Costco Mom Hour Details

This post was sponsored by Costco. All opinions are our own.

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Whether you are feeding a house full of growing kids who eat at all hours of the day and night or are trying to keep babies supplied with diapers and wipes, buying groceries and other household essentials is a lot of work. Make your life easier with a Costco membership!

Kick off your holiday shopping with an exclusive shopping event just for moms. Join Des Moines Moms Blog at the 2nd annual #CostcoMomHour November 4 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Don’t miss out on the exciting offer for new members below!

See What the Costco Fuss is All About With #CostcoMomHour

But don’t just take our word for it! Come see for yourself!   

Who :: all Des Moines area moms {and their families!}

When :: Friday, November 4 | 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Where :: 7205 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Special extras :: at the event, you can expect a light breakfast, coffee (of course!) and juice as well as samples throughout the store … the first 100 moms in line will also receive a swag bag full of Kirkland goodies (one per family!) … and during the event there will two $100 giftcard giveaways! There will also be friendly staff members on hand for questions.

Why :: in partnership with City Moms Blog Network, dozens of Costco stores are opening up an hour early JUST for moms. This is your chance to shop for an hour without the masses OR – if you are not yet a member – come see what the Costco fuss is all about. 

Note :: you do have to be a member in order to make a purchase, but you can browse for free and enjoy breakfast!

Cost :: FREE

RSVP :: join the Facebook group for updated information and register HERE or below {you MUST register in advance}

New Member Offer

The offer will be available 3 weeks prior to the event, so even if you can’t attend you can still take advantage of the fantastic membership offer!

• $20 cash card for Gold Star signups

• $43 worth of coupons (including free pizza, $3 off any fresh berry item and $5 off Costco Photo Book, and $25 off of $250 on Costco.com.)

• $20 Cash Card offered for Executive upgrade at membership counter

You can sign up online and bring in your membership certificate into the warehouse to redeem for a new membership. The warehouse will provide you with a $20 cash card. The coupons will be mailed to you after. If you decide to upgrade to the Executive membership at time of sign-up, you can get an additional $20 cash card! HOT DOG!

We can’t wait to see you on November 4 at 9 AM! Be there early to get breakfast and a chance to be the first 100 to get a swag bag.


costco des moinesEasy Costco Dinner Hacks

As a mom, the question I detest the most is:

“what’s for dinner?”

It simultaneously causes my soul to wither as well as makes me want to shout in rage. Why am I the only person who can plan or make dinner around here? Can’t someone else be the adult? Seriously.

There are days when I need a quick dinner hack and Costco saves the day.

costco mom hourKirkland Signature brand items (Costco’s exclusive brand) are a game changer. There are several times when I’m trying to stick to my budget and will buy “store brand” only to end up disappointed (for example – generic Oreos never live up to the original).

I have NEVER been disappointed by Kirkland Signature products. The quality of Kirkland Signature items are awesome. Never be afraid to try KS brand, because it’s the same or better (and if you don’t love it, it’s guaranteed). Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself! 

Now on to my dinner hacks!

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Here’s how I turn some of these products into full meals:

Combine brown rice, orange chicken, frozen edamame (which my son affectionately calls “pea pods” and has the most fun popping them out of the pod) – also from Costco and potstickers for a complete meal!

Add halved cherry tomatoes to your tortellini and pesto and you have a restaurant-quality meal.

As for the rotisserie chicken, you have to do NOTHING to it. It’s a star on it’s own. Add a salad and now YOU are the star. You can thank me later 🙂


Costco Must-Haves for New Moms

The week before I had baby number three, I hit up Costco to stock up on all. the. things. From the looks of my cart, you would have thought I was never going grocery shopping again! It was piled high with baby wipes, trail mix, peanut butter, toilet paper, cereal, yogurt, and plenty of ingredients for easy-to-cook meals.

Now that the baby is here, my grocery shopping is sporadic at best. I am still mastering the art of getting 3 kids under the age of 4 into the car and into a store without everyone (myself included) melting down! But I can rest easy knowing that we won’t be running out of baby wipes or toilet paper (the essentials!) for the foreseeable future!

costco-kirkland-must-have-productsI especially love the Kirkland baby wipes! They are much thicker than other brands and there are 100 wipes in a package. Believe me, with 2 kids in diapers, we go through a lot of wipes, and these are the best! 

And I’m pretty sure I ate the entire 3 pound bag of trail mix by myself during the first few weeks of having a baby. It didn’t matter how much I ate at meals, I was HUNGRY ALL THE TIME! Babies literally suck the life out of you!

Here are some more of my favorite things to stock up on as a new mom:

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