I check my stats every now and again. See who is stopping by. Making sure someone is reading my rants. If I am not familiar with the site I often times will click on the link in the traffic sources area. I like to visit back most of the time. If someone has taken the time to visit my site/blog, the least I can do is visit their site/blog, right? Fair enough?
I happened to do this the other day on a link that I wasn't familiar with.
Man, oh, man how I wish I hadn't done that.
The name was very generic so I had no clue as to the surprise that lay ahead. Imagine the shock on my face as I clicked the link and up popped a very *adult* like site. No warning. BAM! There it was!
I have never closed a screen so fast in my life and thank god, the children were not around. Then I went to my tools and erased all memory of this site. Heaven forbid, someone gets on the computer, drops the address bar down and visits this site again. ICK!
I scratch my head and wonder how this traffic source found my blog? Very disturbing.
My dad had a bunch of funny sayings he used to say to me....that now of course I have incorporated into my vocabulary as a parent...I keep catching myself saying these funny sayings so I thought I would share them.
Your Crusin for a Bruisin (he wasn't abusive or anything so don't think that by the saying)
He would sometimes ask me if I needed an Attitude Adjustment when I was being a pill which was often rare. (First couple times he said this, I thought this was a good thing...and then I wised up)
Of course he always called me and my cousins, Rugrats, long before the show since I was born in the 70's.
When I would whine and whine and whine, he would ask me if I wanted some cheese with that whine (wine)? (that is a big one I say these days to our 3 yr old)
Were you born in barn? For some reason we could NEVER shut the doors. (Light bulb goes off; this is where our 3 yr old gets it. I can't get that kid to shut the screen door or doors in general for that matter to save my life)
Stick it in your ear. (He would say this when I would say something quite outlandish; kinda like "Your pulling my leg")
Stick it in your nose. (Same as the above)
To the Moon (in reference to The Honeymooners. I wrote a post about this awhile back)
When it was time to go to bed, he would always sing that Sha-Na-Na song, Good Night Sweetheart. Remember that song? I can hear my dad singing it now.
I am sure there are tons more but these are the ones that quickly come to mind.
Do you have any funny sayings that your mom or dad said when you were growing up that now have become part of your vocabulary? Please share them.
I don't usually shop at Walmart because it is so overwhelming...
Too many people...
Too big of a store...
Too many selections...
Sometimes too dirty...
Too many check out lanes (and over half not even open)...
Too many carts...
I could go on....
I pull into the parking lot and many times I end up making a quick detour out the next entry/exit. The number of cars in the parking lot alone give me anxiety because I know for each car there is probably at *least* two people.
I am not anti social, not afraid of big crowds nor do I have a medical social anxiety disorder....I just don't *like* Walmart. Plain and simple.
Yes, there is always a but...
I think I am going to have to get over *it* because they take other stores coupons now! Did you hear? Walmart takes other stores coupons. Follow the link to get all the details. I know they updated their coupon policy about a month ago but apparently I am a little slow. Actually, I have known about it since the update but just didn't have a post to share it in until now.
Albertsons used to do that therefore that was always my "go to" store but now that Walmart is picking up the slack...being the frugal person that I am, I am going to have to bite the bullet and shop there...Maybe not all the time but at least some of the time.
I do think however I am going to shop during off hours, like my daughter does. Seriously, she shopped at Walmart a few nights ago in the middle of the night. I know a bit crazy. Kinda funny too that she works at another competitor who will remain anonymous but shops there. And did I mention my frugalness has rubbed off on her and then some? I would even say she has me beat most of the time.
She came home one night after a trip to Walgreen's where she bought (8) containers of the Physicians Formula foundation (originally I think $13.99 each) and walked out spending $1.83 if I recall. She had BOGO coupons, plus rewards, plus regular coupons..I was astounded. She did a similar thing for a bunch of cleaning products that she now has on hand at her new apartment. Hope they are being put to good use because when she was at home, I think she was *allergic* to cleaning products.
I did find a pair of shoes at Walmart today that I will brag about because they were only $10.00! Figured you can't beat that. Hopefully, they will hold up for awhile. I am not the typical woman in the sense that I love shoes. I don't. I have many pairs but yet I still gravitate to a select few pairs. Namely black and comfortable.
Cute? I know nothing to write home about. I like them though and since I am wearing them that is all that matters, right?
Where do you tend to shop the most?
Have you found some good deals lately that you want to brag about?
Do you use coupons? How much money do you save on average?
So once again I cheated...I admit....I have said this before and I will say it again, I am not superwoman!
This is another "short cut" meal w/only 5 ingredients.
I made "Faux" Chicken N Dumplings last night for dinner.
1-2lbs chicken thighs or breast (whichever you prefer or is in your budget)
16-32 oz bag of frozen mixed vegetables
(2) can of Condensed Mushroom Soup
1-2 cans of biscuits
1/2 can of milk
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. In a 13x9 casserole dish mix the frozen vegetables, 2 cans of soup and 1/2 can of milk. Set aside.
3. Slice chicken thighs/breast into small pieces.
4. Coat frying pan with EVOO or cooking spray, cook chicken thigh/breast on med heat until golden brown.
5. Mix chicken thigh/breast in with the mixed vegetables/mushroom soup.
6. Place biscuits on top of chicken/vegetables.
7. Cook for 15-20 mins, flip biscuits over and cook for another 15-20 mins until both sides of the biscuits are golden brown but the middle is still a little soft.
Note: When cooked this way the biscuits will not rise very much and be careful when you flip them because the bottom of biscuit will be gooey.
The biscuits will not be completely done. You want them kinda gooey like dumplings but obviously cooked enough so they aren't raw. Use your own discretion.
And there you have it. A bowl of all around yummyness.
Chicken N Dumplings just like grandma used to make just much easier (Ok, maybe that was stretching it a bit).
I ran across this website in my Real Simple magazine (which can I say I just adore getting each and every month) called Spoonflower.
Have you heard of it?
Now I am not a sewer by any means. I can barely thread a needle to sew a seam in my pants. So I will pass this awesome site on to others who really sew.
Maybe you have seen it already?
I thought it was a pretty neat idea and I don't even sew.
Instead of buying a ream of fabric that when you get home it may or may not match much in your house afterall, go to Spoonflower, design your own material, upload a pattern or image and then choose the type of cloth. You can then "try" before you "buy", order your swatch for $5.00.
I am linking up again with A Nut In a Nutshell Giveaway linky...Check out all the cool giveaways on her site.
And if you haven't entered my giveaway, please do so! Ends 4/23/11.
Even if you are already a follower, you can still enter by commenting on the post and you can gain additional entries by following me on twitter and liking The Happiest Mom on FB. Just make sure you leave a comment on the post for it to count. **LOW ENTRIES**
Ok, let's be honest...here in the blog world, we often times live under a mask, live a bit of a facade. Often times, many of us only share the good parts of our lives.
How bout lets start getting real!
I am not perfect, you're not perfect. We all know that so fess up.
I found this awesome linky party over at Not Just A Housewife where we can share some of our "moments" of insanity, meltdowns, screw ups, etc and have no fear. Nobody is going to judge you, make fun of you, belittle you....
Come join the fun! I bet you will feel so much better when you go check out some of the other gaffes.
I always joke about what people would see if I had a ticker tape running across my forehead. Sometimes my thoughts are just so wacky, to say the least, and very random. I could be thinking about what I am going to cook for dinner and then remember that I need to buy more toilet paper, just so off the wall in relation to one another.
This is what my ticker tape is saying right now....
I need a zip drive for my brain so I can remember everything.
I need more post it notes. I should have bought more when I was at Target the other day.
It's 1255am, why the heck am I up and blogging? I hate insomnia.
Our daughter is moving out today. She is actually packing the last bit of stuff as I type this. I know she is a big girl and will do just fine but I will still miss her.
Cereal is so much better in the middle of the night.
Man, I could be and should be cleaning my house. It is a mess. What happened to it?
Our son is going to Acquire The Fire tonight/tomorrow with our church youth group. This is his first year. I hope he has fun.
Easter is rapidly approaching. I better go get some Easter bunny treats for the kids this weekend before I get stuck with all the leftovers.
Talking about Easter, I better make a few calls and make sure our family knows we are doing dinner at our house this year.
Yesterday was my nephew Calib's first birthday. How I wish him and my brother/sister in law were closer in proximity to us. They live back east.
I can't sleep. I hate not being able to sleep. I know I am going to be paying for it in a few hours. Coffee will be my best friend.
It is so crazy busy at work right now. I don't know which way is up. So many things I need to accomplish today.
I need some new throw rugs.
I hate Peeps. (I will probably get some back lash for this one)
We have a couple mice that seem to like to visit under our kitchen cupboard where we keep the trash can. We set a trap there the other day. No mice just yet. They are onto us.
I really hope it is nice this weekend. I would love to be able to go to the Saturday Market and walk around.
Shoot, I need to buy a wedding present. We have a friends wedding we are going to on the 30th.
I better check my email. I haven't done that in a few days.