Mom-friendly Businesses – Part 1

Before I became a mom, I really did believe everyone who told me that a baby would change my life.  What I didn’t understand was how much our baby would change my life, decisions and everyday routine.  After our baby (now four months old) was born, I no longer felt I could go to the grocery store, restaurants or other local businesses without a large amount of work and stress.  Since my husband travels frequently for work, I had to figure out how to make everyday life happen on my own.  Throughout my journey as a new mom, I have been so appreciative of several local businesses that have made a difference in my daily outings.

Have you ever driven through the Chick-Fil-A drive-thru and been pleasantly surprised by the hospitable service you receive?  How about driving through with a crying infant in the backseat because she doesn’t like the fact that the car has stopped?  The folks at Chick Fil A are always courteous and even encouraging in such a stressful moment.  They have gone out of their way to show what I feel is an abundance of kindness and a pleasant smile.  So it comes as no surprise that Chick Fil A of Boone has introduced a new service, Mom’s Valet.  This video, made by another Chick Fil A restaurant, offers a fun introduction to this service to moms.

 Mom’s Valet:  How It Works

  • Place the order and pay at the drive-thru.  Mention you want to use the Mom’s Valet service
  • Park your car and unload kiddos.
  • When you enter the restaurant, they will have your order ready at a table, including high chairs, place mats and condiments, if requested.

Don’t forget that you can check out a range of exciting Chick-Fil-A events here.

Before I had a baby, I loved to serve others through baking and cooking.  Don’t get me wrong; I still love to do these things but my time and energy stores have decreased.  I wanted to share a snack at a recent MOPS meeting but could not figure out how to make something in time.  So an hour before the meeting, I called up Josiah and Meredith, owners at Local Lion and placed an order for a dozen donuts.  All I had to do was go through the drive-thru, give my name and pay.  The donuts were ready to go and they e-mailed the receipt to me!  This totally made my day, not to mention how much we enjoyed those donuts at MOPS!

Need to grab a pizza for that next sporting event or kids’ sleepover?  Papa John’s makes it easy for moms.  We recently had some last minute out of town guests come for dinner and I didn’t have to stress because of Papa John’s new online ordering system.  Simply place your order, choose delivery or carryout and pay online.  If you’re like me and you live outside of pizza delivery zones, you can pick it up when you’re out and about later or I ask my husband to pick it up after work.  He likes it because the pizza is ready and already paid for so it’s a quick errand for him.  Right now Papa John’s Rewards Program is featuring a great deal through April 8 that you can learn about here.  There are frequent coupon codes and discounts, as well.

Next time we’ll take a look at some other local businesses that make life a little bit easier for moms.

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