Monday, April 30, 2012

I'm SO Money


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It's Monday, It's Monday....wooooh! I can be that excited about today because...well...I just can. Stay tuned later this week and you'll see why I'm loving THIS Monday so much!

Being Monday, it also means I am hooking up with the most awesome Stasha at The Good Life. Her Monday Listicles have become a big 'ole favorite of mine and not just because it helps jumpstart my week with something decent to post beside whining and blathering on about how much I hate Monday's. Via The Mommy Padawan, the topic feeding my obsessive compulsive desire to list  for this week's list happens to be "10 Things you really like about yourself, things you are good at or your super powers."

I enlisted some help with this one. I considered asking Lil Duck but I know she would just say "everything mumsie!  (<--yes she like to adopt a British accent) You are the awesomest person in the whole world." Or she might have simply said, "You let me eat tootsie rolls for breakfast."  I instead implored of Irishman a few moments of his time (because really, a list like this should be easy to make. Heh). So I give you his take on today's listicle...

"10 Things I like (love) about Howard (aka The Duck)"
by: Irishman

1. She has the most BEAUTIFUL heart of any person I have EVER met. Unequivocally.

2. Her entire being just lights up the room when she smiles (or maybe that just happens to me).

3. She has a gorgeous heiny

 4. In order to keep this PG-13, I will not go into detail about her super powers. She has them. I know. And it aint flying or X-Ray vision.

5. She has probably one of the best eyes for photography I have ever seen. She can make an ordinary trip to the trout stream look like a wonderland.

6. It is so easy to love her. I mean the deep, passionate, exploding chest kind. The kind that makes you literally hurt when she isn't around.

7. She is literally at the top of a very short list of my very best friends.

8. She makes me giggle like no one has or ever will.

9. She is MORE than patient with me.

10. But the best part is, being with and around her makes ME a better person. I am truly in love with her.

**and with that, I am speechless. Someone is getting lucky tonight {eyebrow wiggle} Ain't LOVE grand?! :O) And NO! I did not pay him to say those things....or offer any sort of 'luckiness' prior to having typed the list up.**

#CoronaRita and Girls Night Out

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Cinco de Mayo is merely days away! Is that not the perfect time to head out with the girls?! We get so little girl time anyway, I figure this year I'm going to make a point to head out for a little adult time and girl time with my sister.

Chilis is going to be our first stop. Have you heard about the new CoronaRita at Chili's?

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The menu is full of so many favorites I really have no idea what I will choose first. Most likely I will start with the CoronaRita and move straight to desert. The CoronaRita is expertly mixed with Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila and Coronita. Sounds delish, right?! I am certainly eager to try it. I do have a few other favorites on the menu such as the quesadilla or the chimichanga. I'm certain either one of those would be a fabulous completement to CoronaRita.

And of course there is NO reason to limit why you are celebrating. It matters not the Cinco de Mayo is but one day a year. There are a plethora of reasons to kick back with friends or family and share laughs, chips and salsa and CoronaRitas. Graduations are coming up, my brithday was a few weeks ago. You could always use that as a reason to celebrate with a special dinner out. Take your sweetie out for a bite to eat. Its a great date place...at least the location near me is. I mean, they have little mints for free on your way out the door. #WINNING Or heck...I've been know to treat myself just because the day ends in Y. There is ALWAYS a reason to be found and if you need one, hit me up and I will find a reason to celebrate for you! 

Summer is quickly upon us and kicking back on the patio cooling off on the patio with an Apple Sizzler (my absolute FAVORITE from the dessert menu) sounds like a great option as well! So see! Take one of my ideas and run to your nearest Chilis!! You won't be sorry!

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***and of course remember you must be 21 years of age to drink alocoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly.

 

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pro Gun Political Tees - Review

You are no longer restricted to "Honk Again, I'm Still Loading" bumper stickers on the back of your F150! I have a most awesome tee shirt site for you to check out! Pick up one of these awesome political gun tees from "The Original Homeland Security"  tee shirts and wear your opinion!

Made from a durable, heavy but soft cotton, these come in sizes to fit just about everyone! Looking for something with a little more GUNS and a little less Old Guys? Not to worry, The Original Homeland Security tee shirt site has lots of options to choose from! With 100% satisfaction guaranteed (including proper fit) and an easy check out process purchasing your awesome gun t-shirt is sure to leave you feeling that you've gotten the most bang for your buck. (yeah, I went there)


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blooming Smiles

For the most part, with the exception of a few days of "cold" peppered in, we have skipped over spring and headed right into the beginning of Summer....many months early. You won't hear me complaining. I love the sunshine and I LOVE flowers! Toss those in the blender with my obsession of snapping photos and you get a whole hard drive full of flower shots!

 In conjunction with one of MamaKat's writing prompts today, I am sharing. Too bad we don't have smello-vision yet...




The evenings are now so beautiful and the perfect setting
 to take a Princess on a stroll (in her pink and purple chariot of course)




Post inspired by the nearly famous MamaKat's writer's workshop.
Prompt 2.) Has Spring sprung? Post a photo journal of what Spring is looking like in your neck of the woods!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sigh...You know...


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I'm pretty sure that more often than not, I'm the only one finding myself funny. But thats good! No really, it is. I've found that when you are sitting alone and laughing maniacally people tend to NOT approach you. Its a much gentler way than wearing a sign that says, "Despite the look on my face, you are STILL talking to me?"

If I'm not laughing at a text or post somewhere then I'm surely reflecting on my days that are chalk full of those "That Moment When..." uh...moments.


Here are a few cases in point.

That Moment When...

- You get in, start your car and get caught up in a text marathon before punching the garage door OPEN.

- You comment on how hard the hail is pounding the house and then remember you left your sunroof open.

-You laugh at the assclown frantically wandering the parking lot because they can't remember where they parked.

- YOU are that assclown.

-You realize you didn't get ALL of the shell off the hard-boiled egg.

-It becomes apparent that a short person residing in your house has thoroughly licked your favorite tube of chapstick.

- You realize you once again took a double dose of fiber and none of your allergy medicine.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Top 10 Reads - by Lil Duck

It's Monday...again. I'm loving the Monday Listicles link up with Stasha at The Good Life. The topics are always from a very broad range which means it keeps things interesting! Not to mention it allows me to discover some awesome new blogs. People LOVE this link up!

As a voracious reader, I loved that this week focuses on books. Somehow I managed to pass along my appetite for reading to LilDuck (she got all my best qualities). I am thrilled! Before Miss Sassifrass arrived I would easily sail through three or four novels a week. Its been quite some time since I've had the luxury to read at that rate. I have however picked up a novel myself as of late and am thrilled to find stolen moments to spend thumbing pages.

Because I love to involve LilDuck in my posts when possible, not to mention she is ecstatic knowing I'm writing about her, today's list of 10 Books will be Lil Duck's Top Ten reading list.

Lil Duck's Top Ten Reading List











This last one is mine. Lil Duck is insanely smart but 
she isn't quite ready to be reading 50 Shades of Grey

What's on your list? 
I will be in the market for a new read shortly. 
What should I pick next?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Budget Friendly Getaways - review & giveaway

After having such an amazing experience on our weekend getaway last week, Irishman and I have the bug to do more traveling. Lodging can be such a drain on the budget whether you're traveling solo, as as a duo or a family of five. There are options however!

I'm currently planning a long weekend getaway to visit my best friend in Florida. This review came at just the right time as we try to figure out where we want to stay. Timeshare rentals is the best kept secret for great vacation deals! Typically costing up to 50% less than a hotel room, timeshare rentals provide for the ability to afford luxury accommodations even when on a budget.

Aside from the savings of lodging, think how much a family can save on meals! With the option of spreading out in a lovely timeshare condo, complete with a fully equipped kitchen, you can save SO much money and time with being able to cook "at home". Even if you just prepared breakfast, packed up a lunch for the beach and went out to dinner, you're still saving substantially just on meals.

Using RedWeek.com to find the timeshare for your dream vacation couldn't be easier. With site options allowing you to search based on features you are looking for like "kid friendly", "theme parks", "pet friendly" or if its a destination you're wanting to search such as "golf" or "all inclusive", it is super easy to quickly search what best fits your desires.

RedWeek.com also allows you to read reviews of resort timeshares, they have a resource page with easy instructions on renting a timeshare and of course a FAQ's area. In addition to searching timeshare rentals all over the United States, you can also access those timeshares that are up for sale! If you're in the market for rental property or looking for a new vacation home for yourself, this is a wonderful resource.

RedWeek.com is offering one winner a free TWO year membership to their webstite allowing you to have all the insider information on reviews, deals, current availability and more.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bring Your Own Crazy

It's Friday...if you haven't checked out Drazil....do it. She is uber cool. Seriously...she farts gumdrops and lives in Care Bear land. I want to be the bear with the cupcake on its tummy, or the sunshine bear, sometimes the bear with rain would be cool. I look good in blue. 

Anyway, her button is below. Click it, she likes it when you do that. And then snag her questions for today. I'm well aware that you all wait with baited breath to learn more about the Duck (and brush yo teeth! blech).



1. Do you have any siblings? What is your relationship with them? Good, bad, ugly?

I have an older sister and a younger sister. I am the eptiome of the middle child. (<--see, already trying to shift focus to me). I have am awesome relationship with my younger sister. I have to. She know almost ALL my dirt. KnowwhatImean?! We are very close, very supportive and kick each other's ass (or someone else) when its needed.

I HAD a wonderful relationship with my older sister. We all three were actually very very close. She died almost 2 years ago.

2. Let’s talk pizza. Do you prefer homemade or restaurant? What toppings are your fave?

I will do either. I don't eat pizza all that often but when I do I'm a thin crispy crust and heaping veggies kind of gal. I DETEST that meat lovers crap. BLECH. I'm also diabetic so pizza is pretty hard on me if it isn't thin crust.

3. When is the last time you cried – in sadness and in joy?
I cried in sadness yesterday. I cried in joy on April 2nd when Irishman gave me my birthday present;  paid airfare to visit my bestie in Florida!!

4. Do you own a gun – one that is specifically yours? Do you know how to use it?
I do not. Mostly because I know just how much energy it would take to overcome the temptation to shoot stupid people. I have a very low tolerance. Its best for everyone that I just use my wicked shin kicking skillz when needed.

That's not to say I wouldn't love to have one. I've wanted for quite some time to get my license to carry. I've shot Thing 1's airsoft guns. That mostly tells me I would enjoy it WAY too much and unless the target is the size of a barn, no cat, dog, bird, human, car, or kid whizzing by on his skateboard will be safe.

I should stick with shin kicking.

5. Repeat question. Summarize your week!
Started reading 50 Shades of Grey. Crop dusted a warm room for revenge. Had an anvil fall on me (by anvil I mean a kid that LOOKS like an anvil and for some reason couldn't stay awake even standing up. So when he rocked forward on a snore and kept going, I TRIED to step to the side but he grazed me on the way down.) Fought with my job AGAIN for having taken $900 out of my paycheck for no reason. Applied for 3 jobs and decided on my quit date. Hit Zumba with fervor, drank a ton of water and as of today I am still corked up. Traveling always gives me boulder butt. Over slept ONE day and spent the rest of the week battling with my ugly lover, Insomnia. UGH!


TGIF Quackers!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ghosts, Castles, Wine & Beaver

I warned you there would be more. Monday you had a sneak peak into our Treehouse adventure. While I am not sharing photos from the actual treehouse adventures (that's not family friendly) I DO have photo evidence that we left the treehouse. We found great adventures out and about in historic Eureka Springs.

Our first stop on Friday 13, was to take the ghost tour at the Crescent Hotel. This is one of the hotels featured on Ghost Hunters! It was incredibly AWESOME! I highly recommend making this a stop if you ever find yourself visiting Eureka Springs.




This is the famous locker #2 down in the morgue where the thermal imaging camera the Ghost Hunters team used captured a clear human figure standing next to the locker.

Next on our tours during the weekend was the Quigley Castle. This place was incredibly beautiful with amazing views and breathtaking gardens. I took a bazillion photos here. Mrs. Quigley single handedly collected and BUILT this house from stones and rocks. Every single rock she carried to the homestead herself.



We visited the most beautiful Thorncrown Chapel nestled snuggley in the heart of the hills.


We stopped at the local Keels Creek winery for a tasting and of course left with a few bags of new wines we love!

There was plenty of shopping in historic down town as well as sublime history and architecture. Regardless of what we were doing, we had a BLAST!

Redneck wine glasses (yes we bought some!)

And rounded out our very full Saturday with some 
live music and drinks at the Rowdy Beaver

CHEERS!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pinning Giggles

One of my favorite boards on Pinterest is my For The Giggle of It. I'm often tempted to print them out and place them where I'll see them frequently or wear them as signs around my neck. Since that really is not practical as it doesn't fit my already cluttered decor, I'm sharing here! Lucky you!



Do you have a favorite board? Leave me a link and I'd be happy to follow you! Happy HumpDay!