Grocery Delivery Service

It’s a very popular service that is now available almost everywhere and makes buying groceries a whole lot simpler. Retail giants like Google, Amazon and even your local grocery stores are offering this convenience. Yep, you guessed it, grocery delivery is an up and coming luxury that is quickly becoming the norm.

Google Express is the new way to shop online at all your favorite stores at the same time. With nearly 40 stores to choose from, including Walmart, Target and Costco, there’s hardly a reason to make a trip to the store. Free two-day delivery is available on orders over $25-$35 depending on the store. No membership is required to shop with Google Express. You simply add items from your favorite stores to your cart and pay for everything at once in a single transaction. If you have Google Home device, you can add items to your list with voice command.

For another added convenience you can download the app and add things to your cart on the go. This service is great for ordering all of your household products and non-perishable food items.

Amazon is also getting in on the grocery delivery business, but currently only offers the service in select cities. Amazon Prime Fresh is available for $14.99 a month, which is charged separately from the Amazon Prime cost of $99 a year. Non-Amazon Prime members are able to try both services for free with a 30-day trial. Amazon uses your preferred method of payment for all items. You can shop Amazon for specific products or shop directly from Whole Foods Market. Orders below $50 will have an added $9.99 delivery fee, but for all orders above $50 delivery is free. In eligible cities, this service is an added convenience for Amazon lovers, having almost anything you could want at your fingertips and making trips to the store a thing of the past.

In addition to services like Google Express and Amazon Prime Fresh, many local grocery stores have also jumped on the delivery train. If you visit your favorite local grocer’s website, you will be able to shop online and have your groceries delivered to you on the same day.

Most stores will offer discounts like money off or free delivery on your first order. It’s common for stores to add on a small delivery fee, but the time saved and added convenience of shopping from home really makes the small extra cost worth it.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

How many hours of sleep do you get at night? If your answer is between seven and ten, then you’re probably doing pretty well! According to the National Sleep Foundation, the amount of sleep you need is dependent on your age. For teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17, the optimal amount of sleep is eight to ten hours. The amount of sleep needed for younger adults (18-25) and adults (26-64) is exactly the same, between seven to nine hours. For adults ages 65 and older, a slightly lower amount of seven to eight hours is needed to feel fully rested. These numbers make sense when you really think about. The younger you are, the more sleep you need to make it through the day.

Next you may ask, why do we need sleep? The answer is, there is no clear reason. Scientists have asked this question for years and there have been multiple studies done, but no one has come up with a clear result. There are, however, several theories as to why both humans and animals feel tired and require sleep. Two popular theories include the Restoration Theory and the Brain Plasticity Theory.


The Restoration Theory states that our body needs sleep in order to “restore” whatever it has lost throughout the day while being awake. While your body is sleeping, it takes the opportunity to “recharge” your batteries in a sense and restore functions like muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis and releasing growth hormones. The Restoration Theory also mentions that sleep has proven to be important for cognitive function. The neurons in your brain produce adenosine, which has been linked to the cause of feeling tired. This may explain why you feel so tired after a long day of work and cognitive activity.

Another theory that has gained popularity is the Brain Plasticity Theory. This theory states that sleep plays a huge role in the structure and organization of the brain. This is especially critical for the brain development in infants and young children, which is why they need more sleep than adults. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep has an impact on the cognitive abilities of adults. For example, adults that did not have enough sleep had a harder time learning and performing other tasks, than those who got a good amount of sleep.

Although no theories have been proven, they have helped scientists get closer to fully understanding what causes us to sleep and why we need it.

http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/benefits-of-sleep/learning-memory

Pets of the Month

Hello, My name is Lacie Lorraine and I moved to LionsGate in September 2017. I love my new home. I love when we get to go for walks around the buildings and especially when I get to see some of the other dogs. I have made friends with some of them already. Where I used to live, it stressed me out because I lived next to a busy road, so I love the quiet now. I get excited when I see my new furry friends walk by our patio door.

Nine years ago I saw a shadow moving along our high patio wall. I looked out to see a tiny gray kitten with big eyes! My hubby, Troy, climbed on two stacked patio chairs and offered him a handful of treats. Thomas has been our forever cat since that night. We posted his picture on TabbyTracker and Petfinder but he wasn’t claimed (thankfully). He is affectionate and well behaved now that he’s matured. Because of his fur he has never had a hairball.

Think you have the world’s cutest pet and want everyone to know it? There’s nothing wrong with being a show off! Enter your pet in Richdale’s Pet of the Month contest for a chance to win a BarkBox or KitNipBox for your furry friend. Tell us about your furry friend and if he or she is featured, YOU win! Send pictures and a brief description to: TheLeaf@richdale.com!