Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Expectant Mothers Parking



I so need to rant about this. It's something that really really bugs me! I can' t count the number of times I've pulled into the grocery store or shopping mall and as I'm walking past the "Expectant Mothers" parking spot, I see an elderly woman, whose well past her child bearing years climb out of the car and gracefully walk up to the entrance  Sometimes it's a teenage boy, an elderly man who are not shopping with an expectant Mom & clearing they're not expecting either!

When I was pregnant I loved this space. It was a nice little thing that grocery store and shopping plazas did just to honor us as a courtesy during our nine months. After my Daughter was born (a Winter baby,) I stopped using them unless it was clearly very icy and I was alone. Otherwise, my new favorite spot is next to the cart corral.

Some might think, well if she's got enough energy to walk around the mall, then why does she need to park so close? Well, for starters, She's pregnant! The spot was made for people like her. Just because you're an elderly person doesn't give you the right to take it. If you weren't given a handicap sticker & can't park there you are also capable then of walking. Or, maybe it's the middle of winter and while the inside of the shopping mall is dry and ice-free, the parking lot is covered in ice and slush! Maybe she's not at the mall and at the grocery store, in which case she might actually need to put food in her house and has no other choice but to be there! 

Today, I had enough of this! While I was loading two children under three in the car, I watched a man in his 60s-70s sit in not one, but BOTH "Stork Parking" spots while his wife walked into the mall, you guessed it, not pregnant!  I got into my seat, and phoned the mall just to ask what they can do to enforce such behavior. I KNOW they can't issue a ticket or call the Police and I totally get that but it's flat out rude and disrespectful to think it's owed to you just because you are elderly. Even more rude when you're a male who isn't helping your pregnant partner by parking there & only doing so because it's the closest available spot! Ugh! 

I was told by both security people at the mall how much it also aggravates them & that they wish something could be done but obviously, since you don't need a special tag to park there that they couldn't do anything but attempt to talk to the person and hope they understand (COMMON COURTESY) and move. I absolutely understood, and knew before hand they wouldn't be able to issue tickets but inside I was just hoping to witness somebody make this Man look like the fool he was being! 

Rant ended. :)

How many of you are also bothered by this? My mom is needs a handicap sticker when she goes places, that doesn't mean that just since she's going to the mall, she should be considered lazy as I read somewhere about these spots. When it comes to the handicap spots, I have been known to call people out on using them ILLEGALLY. I once watched a late teen-early 20-something  squeal his tires into the spot, park crooked and RUN in with a red-box movie in hand. I asked him if the Dr. denied his sticker for the space because he could run just fine. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Almost farewell to summer.. Freezing comfort foods!


I'm a huge lover of comfort foods. My only problem is that I love them all year long and I am a failure at only cooking enough to feed our family of three for one night. In stead, we tend to eat chili or scalloped potatoes & ham for lunch for 3 days following. Portion control is not one of my strong suits either. My eyes are bigger than my stomach 9 times out of 10. This leaves a lot more to be saved than planned. Until recently I never froze anything because every time I freeze something as simple as hamburgers, they get freezer burn.

So with Fall quickly approaching, our money being tight & Chris having weird schedules while in nursing school, I decided I'm not going to waste a single thing anymore. Lunches wont be leftover meals, they will be regular lunches & everything leftover will be frozen. As I mentioned, I cook large amounts. I don't know why, but I do. Last weekend I bought a 6.5 pound package of ground round with the intentions to make my version of Speedy Spaghetti (recipe to follow) & Chili! I also pulled 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts out of the freezer and made my version of Auto Parts Chicken .(recipe to follow)

I spent an entire day devoted to cooking these meals from scratch so they could be frozen for our busy days. I did a little research so I was sure I would freeze them correctly. Aside from making sure it's cool enough to not melt through a freezer bag, I was unaware of if it should be completely cooled or if slightly warm was OK. It SHOULD be completely cooled. I found the fasted, easiest way was to fill a large bowl with ice water and set your freezer bag in to rest for 20 minutes or so. Make sure all the air is pressed out and try to avoid making the bag when laid flat more than 3/4- 1 inches thick. Remember that food expands when frozen, so don't overfill. Lay them flat in the freezer, let freeze for at least 2 hours before rearranging.

I found the whole process to be very easy! One day of cooking (1 crock pot meal & two quick , easy electric skillet meals!) For a few nights  to have a home cooked meal that would have felt like such a chore to complete after a long day of work (home daycare!) & running my own household. It's sure to feel like a treat when I can just grab, quick defrost and heat!! :) 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Showing my love for EdenFantasys . . . again :)

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WARNING: This post contains adult content and should not be read or viewed by anyone under 18! If you are under 18, please do not continue reading this post.

I've been lucky enough to have the opportunity once again to tell you about a place I've been very addicted to for quite some time now, EdenFantasys. As I've mentioned before, it's a wonderful community  for conversation, advice and friendship. I've learned so much & if you're like half of the world currently hooked on Fifty Shades of Grey, you might have a few questions or interests on some of Christian Grey's little gadgets & the community forum is the place to go for all your naughty Q&A's! Not only does Eden offer the incredible community that I love to rave about oh so much, but they offer killer deals ALL the time and of course, my favorite feature ever, the Eden points program! It's so easy to create a profile and earn points for doing things such as writing a review, commenting on a product or even adding a friend to your contacts. Each point represents one penny some tasks, like commenting give you 5 points, where something like writing a review gives you 50 points so I'm sure you can figure out that they add up really fast! The more acive you are the easier and quicker you'll earn points that instantly turn into agift card to use on anything on the website!

If you're interested in spicing up your bedroom, EdenFantasys carries a H U G E selection. I was recently able to cash in some of my edenpoints and get something mentioned in Fifty Shades & also seen on the Weeds season premiere, a set of weighted K-balls. These are used for for many different things. I chose them because, I had for one, never heard of them until Fifty & Weeds and two because I really wanted to rebuild my pelvic floor muscles since having my Daughter 2.5 years ago and failing miserably at doing kegals. There are many different styles, sizes, colors and weights. I chose these because I thought they were pretty & have lots of good reviews!

If you're waiting for a good time to buy and get in on a great deal... NOW is the time.  They're celebrating 10 years RIGHT NOW and offering tons of great deals through August 3rd, some of which include, 25% off lingerie, 25% off items for couples & a free pocket rocket orders over $70, Free vibrating ring with ANY order!

PLUS something really awesome they are doing to celebrate their 10 year Anniversary aside from the usual free items that YOU can choose... they're offering
Free beach Towel on orders over $25
Free Glass toy on orders over $40
Free finger bunny with purchase of any rabbit
Free lube with purchase of any toy for men
Free cuffs with any fetish purchase
Free stockings with any lingerie purchase
Free cleaner & lube with any Lelo purchase
... and many more!


I cannot say enough good things about EdenFantasys.com & hope I have the chance to talk about them again in the very near future.

Until next time, Enjoy.

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