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Stealing this one word meme from Emily, since my thoughts tend towards the terse today:

1. Where is your cell phone? Counter.

2. Your significant other? Tall.

3. Your hair? Flighty.

4. Your mother? Creative.

5. Your father? Kindhearted.

6. Your favorite thing? Food.

7. Your dream last night? Wacky.

8. Your favorite drink? Cola.

9. Your dream/goal? Peace.

10. The room you’re in? Paneled.

11. Your church? Warm.

12. Your fear? Failure.

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Wiser.

14. Where were you last night? Couch.

15. What you’re not? Snooty.

16. Muffins? Chocolate chip.

17. One of your wish list items? Couch.

18. Where you grew up? South.

19. The last thing you did? Grumped.

20. What are you wearing? Cut-offs.

21. Your TV? Large.

22. Your pets? Sweetness.

23. Your computer? IMac.

24. Your life? Mine.

25. Your mood? Restless.

26. Missing someone? Best friend.

27. Your car? Honda.

28. Something you’re not wearing? Shoes.

29. Favorite store? Meijer.

30. Your summer? Flying.

31. Like(love) someone? Husband.

32. Your favorite color? Yellow.

33. Last time you laughed? Kitten.

34. Last time you cried? Gone.

35. Who will repost this? You.


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My new bloggy friend Michelle tagged me for the 7 random things meme, which I’ve done once before here. Since it seems to take such things to get me to write a blog post these days, I will gladly participate.

1. I am a whiner. Sadly, my kids are too. I’ve mentioned that I’m the youngest of 4 girls. When I was little, one of my older sisters (*cough* the one who wanted to make sure everyone knew she was not the baby *cough*) used to call me “Elaine the Pain.” How could you not whine when that happens? See? It’s happening again. At least my kids don’t cry as much as I did.

2. I am a good mom. I’m trying to give my kids the tools they need to move beyond their whiny heritage.

3. I am, finally, after 13 years of marriage, a good cook. Last week, I threw together a little home-cooked comfort-food meal of baked chicken, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, and rolls within an hour. No one was harmed in the process (I don’t even think there was any whining!). When I was first married, that surely would have taken the whole afternoon. I did not inherit a complex culinary heritage from my mom.

4. I am a mystery shopper. I started picking up a few local mystery shopping jobs in February after reading about it in my frugal blogging travels. My husband says I’m the perfect mystery shopper. Probably because I’m one of those people who flies low under the radar. You wouldn’t notice me. And I’m detail oriented and have a good memory. Which could mean I’d be really good on ‘Survivor,’ except for that whole whining thing.

5. I love small things. In a really big way. So does ‘Nell.’

6. My husband and I are thinking of opening an Etsy store selling his pottery and sending a percentage of the proceeds to various relief efforts in Rwanda. You could pray about this.

7. I love making new bloggy friends, especially when they read my blog faithfully even though they don’t know why. I feel a new tag line coming on…

If you need blog fodder, consider yourself tagged. And since I still need blog fodder, I’ll be accepting your questions in the comments.

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You’ll love this little writing exercise I found out about from Stephanie at Bad Mom. I had fun looking around her links to SMITH magazine’s Story Projects and NPRs slideshow version.

Without further ado, here are a few!

Momma, I am scared. Hold me!

This described my life for more years than I care to admit.

I love her. She is so cute.

Until…Aaaah. The angels sing. The sun glistens all around. I am cured of my low self esteem.

Real love. Real life. Real good.

And I finally come into my own.

Here are a few that describe my life in a more timeless sense:

Barbecue in the summer is nice.

Dogs that don’t slobber are sweet.

Cat purrs nightly on my pillow.

This was what my brilliant husband came up with:

Born smart. Likes art. Kids fart.

which I would edit to:

Born smart. Like art. Old fart.

Let me know if you try it. (This definitely has Toni written all over it).

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granny.jpgAmy at MomAdvice is doing a review of her Grocery Game trial. She’s a big Aldi fan (the Aldi Queen, in fact), so I’ll really be interested to hear what she has to say.

In celebration and solidarity, I thought I’d do another shamelessly commercial Thursday Thirteen to share my love for all things Aldi.

While doing random research for this post, I discovered that Trader Joe’s and Aldi are kissin’ cousins, which comes as no surprise to this gal. Some of my favorite products at Aldi, I once purchased at Trader Joe’s. I was especially glad when I stopped having to trek over to TJ’s for #3. Don’t get me wrong, I still head over every once in a while for a special treat, but it’s definitely something I do for special occasions rather than routine shops.

In my very unscientific trial, I am finding that I can often get things cheaper at Meijer using my Grocery Game list. But I do love many Aldi items, and their prices usually cannot be beat if you don’t combine sales with coupons. Here, in no particular order, are some of my faves:

  1. Milk and Honey hand soap
  2. Jasmine rice
  3. Frozen ‘haricot verts’-style green beans
  4. Canned baked beans
  5. Dee-licious canned corn
  6. Cat litter
  7. Tandil oxygen activated stain remover (don’t make me live without this)
  8. Their version of the Magic Eraser sponge (you need one)
  9. Apple juice (It is not pretty if we run out of apple juice in this house)
  10. Chex-style snack mix (I occasionally run out of this just on principal)
  11. Peppercorn potato chips (heaven)
  12. Ground turkey (haven’t found a better price)
  13. I love their frozen “crispy” chicken (combined with mashed potatoes and green beans for a quick, easy, comforting, kid-friendly meal)
What about you? What are your favorite Aldi products?

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Actually, this would more accurately be titled: 13 things I love about shopping at Meijer with my 3 year old.

If you don’t like crass commercialism, click away now. But of late, I have been struck with how close to pleasant it can actually be to shop with a 3 year old in tow while searching for specific bargain items. I’m definitely an Aldi fan, but my Meijer-love grows bigger each week. So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to see if I could finally come up with 13 items for a Thursday Thirteen.

  1. the “doggy bones” candy my 3 y.o. likes to get out of the $.25 candy machines
  2. the chatty greeter who always has my cart ready while I’m trying to keep the 3 y.o. from dropping all the “doggy bones” and then eating them off the floor
  3. $1.00 snacks on sale
  4. my Grocery Game list which nets me even bigger bargains
  5. Michigan produce; I have some deLIcious apples in my fridge (Empire)
  6. the joy my 3 y.o. gets from going to look at the fish in the pet section
  7. my favorite grocery clearance rack right beside the fish; up to 80% off regular retail
  8. Starbucks samples — most recently toffee nut latte
  9. great coupons that print at the register to stack with other deals
  10. cheap gas
  11. plus 5 cents off gas with the Meijer credit c@rd
  12. the Meijer M@sterCard gives money back
  13. And last but certainly not least. “For Meijer customers” : free kiddie rides on the mechanical horsey

(Next time I ride it, I’ll be sure to post a picture)
Thank you, Meijer, from the bottom of my poor, frazzled, stay-at-home mom’s heart.
What about you? Got any tried and true tips for shopping with a child in tow?

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If I were a shoe, I’d be a red silk flip flop.

If I were a city, I’d be Paris.

If I were a season, I’d be summer.

If I were a car, I’d be a Volkswagen bug.

If I were a vegetable, I’d be a pea.

If I were a fruit, I’d be a grape.

If I were a color, I’d be orange.

If I were furniture, I’d be a bed.

If I were a song, I’d be the first two lines.

If I were a country, I’d be Denmark.

If I were a beverage, I’d be Coke.

If I were clothing, I’d be a comfy pair of yoga pants.

If I were weather, I’d be a warm summer rain.

If I were an animal, I’d be a big cat like a lion or tiger.

If I were a dessert, I’d be shortbread.

If I were a plant, I’d be a hibiscus.

If I were a word, I’d be fuzzy.

Thanks to Stephanie for this fun little writing exercise. Let me know if you play along.

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You Should Have a Blue Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent a time of calm, understanding, and peace.

You avoid family fights, and you don’t get too stressed out – even when things are crazy!You like to make Christmas about making everyone’s life a little bit better.

You don’t get caught up in greed or commercialism. You’re too sincere for that.

Your blue tree would look great with: Lots of silver tinsel

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: It’s a Wonderful Life

What you should bake for Santa: Chocolate chip cookies

(hat tip to Fried Okra)

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