Friday, August 22, 2014

What Happened to Grown Ups?

The other night I was sitting with the kiddos, watching a few videos on Youtube and Aaron, my 11 year old, saw a "Ferguson looting" video along the side & asked to watch it.
It was disturbing, to say the least. People were even stealing the gum balls from the kids gum ball machine
It was embarrassing, it's sickening to see people act like this, grown ups running around like freaking animals, smashing bus terminals, store windows, car windows, just for the sake of smashing things.
My kids were just sitting here asking what their problem is & will people always be this way? Will this be what they have to look forward to when they grow up and have children?
Genevive wants to leave the country. Aaron was just about in tears.
He kept asking why people continue to do this, why do people hate each other so much?
He said he believes if all of the grown ups would stop yelling, hating, complaining, fighting, treating other people bad, if they would be nice to other people, help other people and not act like they live in a zoo most of the time, maybe the kids in this country would start to see the difference it makes and maybe they would learn that when you are nice to others and you stop fighting and complaining & blaming everybody else, things will change and the grown ups of the future will be those kids, who learned these things from their parents & we wouldn't have to deal with things like this....
Genevive decided that if the grown ups would start being nice and teaching their kids how to be nice, she guesses she will stay here. But only if when she is a big person, people change from what they are now.
Aaron explained that he talks to these kids online (video game groups & whatever) and they also think grown ups are lunatics.
The funniest part was when, Aaron said, "Most grown ups are just dumb. Maybe the kids should be the grown ups for a little bit and we can teach the grown ups how to act."
So, we were talking about that for a bit. 

Genevive thinks it'll take a few years of kids in charge, Aaron is giving us grown ups a year to learn how to take responsibility for our actions, how to treat others & how to learn how to behave.
 I agree 100% with them. I really think this will continue to get worse if we don't soon stop the hate, ( no, not just race, not just black and white), the ignorance, the division, the pure hell we live in.
I've learned a lot from my 4 little ones, I'm sure many of you have learned from yours.
Why continue down this path of hate and division?
Our kids are talking with their friends, they think we're nuts!
Our kids are looking to us to learn how to act, how to be a part of the human race and we are failing, miserably! They are losing hope and wondering what weapons they need to protect themselves, what can they do if this or this happens, where should they live, where are there the least amount of people, what job can they do from home so they don't have to deal with nutballs. This isn't right!
Our kids shouldn't be scared of their futures!!
How can we let them down like this?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

We Fell in Love with WorldFoods Sauces

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I was more then thrilled to have this opportunity to try, WorldFoods Fusion of Flavors cooking sauces! 
I love to cook and try to attempt something new, whether it's a new style, flavor, food, as often as I can. (of course the kids sometimes end up giving new dinners just 1 or 2 stars) But, we're on a roll lately with our pile of, "Yes! Try again!" or "Yum! Add to our regular menu" recipes. 
So far, everything I've tried with, WorldFoods cooking sauces has been a hit!
We love Asian and Indian foods and I do use a couple of those awesome meal/ingredient delivery services. This is a fun way to try new recipes, not to mention, receive ingredients that I would otherwise have to drive an hour one way to purchase. 
They usually have a good variety of Asian dishes so we often end up making again and again and changing some of the ingredients to fit our family and eating style better. 
Our package of WorldFoods sauces arrived just in time to try that evening and all I have to say is, WOW!

We received a really cool little book to write notes and our favorite recipes and tips inside, (yes, it is almost filled! I love recipes and notes!)
Indian Tandoori marinade and stir fry sauce, Thai Galangai Lemon Grass stir fry sauce, Thai Green Curry cooking sauce and Malaysian Style Rendang Curry cooking sauce. 
As you can see from the photos, Indian Tandoori was our first choice!

I was already planning on chicken that evening, so I used olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper with the chicken and  waited until it was cooked through, then added, Indian Tandoori sauce. (I'm a bit of a messy cook, so of course a few drops landed on the counter lol!) I wanted more to spill after I tried it because it was definitely full of flavor and had such a sweet yet tangy taste!
I also made some couscous and added spinach with the couscous, during the last few minutes in boiling water, and VOILA! 

Genevive, our 7 year old, went absolutely nutty over this chicken! 
I even tried some of the sauces as dipping sauces when I make homemade fried chicken (baked, not really fried) and homemade chicken fingers. (Yes, I'm a dipper!)
Another quick and painless recipe we tried was just as yummy as our Indian Tandoori chicken.

I used Thai Green Curry cooking sauce for this fabulous chicken stir fry dish! (I added 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and some soy sauce as well)

I changed this recipe from an original recipe I used before and liked that I could use the Thai Green Curry sauce which has lemon grass already in it! It's rare I come across lemon grass at my "local" grocery store, so this was a blessing!
I stir fried yellow bell pepper and mushrooms with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and added kale with this, rather then noodles. 
Then I stir fried the cubed chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper and then added the Thai Green  Curry sauce, peanut butter and soy sauce.
The amount of real flavors in these sauces are just amazingly good. It really helps make your homemade meals taste more "gourmet" and is much better then take out or restaurant food. 
I can pronounce every ingredient and I know what the ingredients are. 
For instance, Indian Tandoori sauce has ;
water, dried chili, sugar, coconut milk, salt, garlic, lime juice, tapioca starch, dried birds eye chili, citric acid, cumin, coriander seeds, black pepper, cloves, turmeric and cinnamon.
I absolutely go crazy over brands that actually try and help people eat healthier and not have to sacrifice flavor. WorldFoods does just that!
The other reason we will be using their cooking sauces and marinades from now on, is because all WorldFoods recipes contain ;
No artificial colors, no artificial flavoring, no artificial preservatives, no cholesterol, no corn/maize, no egg, no gluten, no milk/lactose, no peanuts, no sesame, no soya and non GMO.
I also really enjoy their website where you can find tons of recipes!
We have some of these allergies in our house so WorldFoods is a perfect fit!

  • 100-percent natural, fresh ingredients to create each of its unique flavors.
  • Currently the brand offers 65 different sauces, dips, and marinades all inspired by the tastes of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, China, and India.
  • These sauces are perfect for individuals with dietary constraints. Each of their products are allergen and gluten free!
  • Free of added oil, trans fat, artificial ingredients, preservatives, or food flavor enhancers.
  • The retail price for WORLDFOODS sauces varies based on retailer. To find a store near your visit:

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014

    School Shopping Deals with Ebates #GivingBackPack

    I was provided $25 by our sponsor Ebates to purchase a backpack and school supplies. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. Ebates Back To School #givingbackpack #ebates
     It's that chaotic time of year again when we start rummaging through all of the sales ads, and trying to salvage from last years stock to see what, if anything, we can reuse or if we're lucky, open from our stock pile of school supplies, or even make look new again from an older sibling.
     School supply shopping should be a super fun time, (at least it was when I was growing up) but as a mom of 4, it's not so exciting anymore!
     I usually pick up odds and ends throughout the year, online, offline, anywhere I see a pack of markers, pens, paper clips, erasers, anything that I can use in my office or for crafts, I'll grab it! We sometimes end up with little crates filled to the brim with pencils, but no sharpener in site. That's when I grab 1 of my piles of sticky notes or to do list tablets and start making a priority list of what we need asap! (I don't know why it's been so hard to find a decent, dependable sharpener over the years) They just don't make them the same anymore.
    Of course, with all of my top secret cubby holes and little office crates, we end up with way more then we need. Which is a good thing, because we are always gathering supplies for children who may not be able to go to the stores and grab the cute butterfly erasers, scratch and sniff stickers, pencils, folders, binders, and the character backpack of their dreams.
    This year is especially fun, because we partnered with Madame Deals and Ebates, and we are participating with their #GivingBackPack event.
    Lucky bloggers, such as moi!, were given a very important task.....Find a backpack and stuff it with school supplies, as much as you can for $25. We love challenges and we love donating to our community so it's been a blessing to be a part of this awesome event!
     I posted on my personal Facebook account, asking my friends to message me about any local school kids who may be in need of a backpack filled to the brim. (We usually take some to the guidance office at the elementary school each year) but we wanted to first try and find somebody nearby, so we could maybe cater the supplies to him or hers, liking. I received a message from a friend, about her granddaughter who will be starting kindergarten this year. Of course, Genevive was more then happy to help with this task!

    We found out that this little girl loves the movie, Frozen, so we searched online for a Frozen backpack. 
    Of course, I logged into my Ebates account, and started hunting. 
    I had to shop on for my 11 year old son's birthday, so I checked there.....
    Toys R Us had a special deal, get a free lunch kit when you buy a backpack!! (SWEET!!)
    Genevive picked the backpack and lunch kit, (she's 7 and also loves Frozen!)
    The backpack was $16.99, the lunch kit was free, free shipping, (since I had other items), and 1% cash back from Ebates!! 
    Besides all of that awesomeness, I had a $5 reward on my Toys R Us card!!

    Between The Dollar Store, Walmart (online through Ebates, of course) and our stockpile, we had so much, we barely fit it all in!

    We spent $11.99 on the backpack and lunch kit,  $8 on, the extra  from CVS and The Dollar Store, (totaled $5) and we threw in the glitter glue pack, some lip balms, stickers, a couple pencils I picked up at Rite Aid for 10 cents and Genevive had the bright idea to fill her Frozen lunch kit with some extra snacks that we receive from subscription boxes, case purchases and review opportunities.
    We did go a little over our $25, due to the items we added from our stock at home. But even if I add those items up, it maybe would've cost another $5.
    We are delivering her backpack tomorrow afternoon, since I am a friend of her grandmothers, and Genevive is so anxious to meet her new Frozen fan friend, she has not been able to stop squealing and jumping up and down since she helped create this overstuffed, little girls dream come true!
    The boys wanted to help with this project, which they did! We will be delivering 4 other backpacks to the school, Monday, and they are in charge of filling those up.

    We had a lot of fun with this project, I am very grateful for Madame Deals and Ebates for allowing us to be a part of this.
    We love helping our community and have always believed that ALL children deserve new school supplies!
    I have been a member of Ebates for a long, long time, and although I forget to log on sometimes, I always love shopping online and I usually always remember Ebates the second I'm ready to check out. (I desperately need to remember to log on!) I am usually doing 20 things at once, of course!
    You absolutely have to sign up if you shop online! I am a member of many, many, many cash back sites and Ebates has always had the most and the best retailers available.
    Oh, one more thing! Not only do you have cash back from Ebates, but retailers sometimes have some very nice discounts and coupon codes available to Ebates members!
    Ebates – Where it Pays to Shop Online. Ebates is the pioneer and leader of online cash back shopping. Ebates pays members cash back every time they shop online as well as provide them with the best coupons and deals online. Founded in 1998, Ebates Inc.’s websites have paid over $250 million in cash to its members. That’s why millions of people have joined Ebates. Sign up today!!

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    I'm Dreaming of Pineapples and Instagram Contests!

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    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    A Day in the Life of A Pack of Kleenex

    I remember the day we were shoved in a box and wrapped up, and it got real dark. I was scared at first, but I was with my mom, my dad and my brothers and sisters, so, it wasn't to bad.
    I lost track of time, but it felt like days, when I saw light again.
    I saw this big, smiling face, staring down at us, and she started yelling for her mommy.
    Her mommy came to see what was going on, and she pulled us out of the box. We were a bit frightened, we didn't know these people, what they wanted with us, what their plans were, what in the world do they want with a pack of my Kleenex family?
    My mommy tried to tell me it would be ok, she said not to worry, she has heard the other Kleenex talk about these people and that they won't hurt us. She said we are here to help them, because nobody can go through life without Kleenex. So, I calmed down a bit, but wanted to stay awake, so I could see what this little girl and her mom were up too.
    The little girl's mom seemed to really like us. She put us in a fancy box and started taking pictures for her friend, Crowdtap. (I still don't know who, Crowdtap, is, but, they sound pretty cool. I know this mom loves them! All she talked about was how awesome Crowdtap was. I hope I get a chance to meet them!
    Just then, 2 little boys came running and screaming, 1 told their mom that the smaller one had a runny nose, and then, one of my worst nightmares came true! 
    Their mom ripped open the pack, took my big brother out, and wiped the tiny boy's nose! OH, the horror! My mom kept saying, "Shush! This is what we are here for. It'll be fine, dear." I don't care what she said, where is my brother going??
    Do you know where he went? The little boy rolled my brother up, into a ball! Then, shoved him in his pocket! 
    I closed my eyes and tried to disappear, but it didn't happen. I was to scared to see who would be next.
    Ok, the little girl is back again, omg I hope she doesn't have a runny or stuffy nose. 
    Oh no! She just ripped my big sister straight from the pack! Not even a warning??
    What is she doing?
    Oh my, she's asking her mom for nail polish remover, she wants her mom to help take off her nail polish so they can redo them! I don't think I can even look. 
    Her mom loves Kleenex a lot, she will not stop talking about how much better we are than cotton and how we don't stick and we help take off the fancy nail polish with glitters, confettis, and sand. (Why would anybody put sand in nail polish?) I don't know, but the next thing I saw, was possibly the most horrifying of them all! 
    The little girl wanted her toenails painted and her mommy ripped my dad right out of the pack and tore him into pieces! 
    If that isn't bad enough, she put the pieces of my dad, in between the little girl's toes! AAHHH!
    But, the mom told her little girl, Kleenex work super nice to help with the perfect pedicure. If you put pieces of us in between your toes, I guess, your toe nails don't touch your skin and your polish stays nice and smooth.
    Her toenails did look pretty! 
    What in the world? The bigger boy came back and just tore my little brother out and ripped him into pieces for a craft he was making! A comic book? Why does he need to rip my little brother in pieces?
    Hmmmmm. I'm not so sure he needed to, haha, well, it is funny, he did make the Kleenex beat up the stain in his tshirt. 
    I don't know what is happening now, but the mom picked us up and threw us in her backpack and she took the kids and put them into her truck, oh no, it looks like we're going on a trip!
    It was nice to get some fresh air, especially after all of the events that just took place. I was feeling a little......WHAT? 
    What is going on? She just took my little sister out of the pack and put her between her lips and looked in the mirror! She is going on and on about how awesome Kleenex are when you want a matte look or if you need to blot your lips to prime for gloss? Oh boy, I am sooo happy I don't have to go through so much just to look good. 
    Now the music started and she pulled some more things from her backpack. Did somebody just say, candy? Yes please!
    These kids sure love candy! We do to, but we aren't ever going to have any again if she keeps using us all day. Doesn't a day go by that this lady doesn't go through packs of Kleenex? 
    Of course, the smallest boy is messy and needs my other brother to wipe him up. Ugh! I bet he gets rolled up too. 
    Now we're at a red light, and she just tore my last brother from the pack so she can dust off her gauge cluster and dash. Either this mom is a mess or being a mom is a lot of work!
    We just stopped again, I don't know where we are, but I think we are going along. 
    Who was that? That poor little girl just fell outside of the truck and started to cry. This is sad. I don't like to hear little kids cry. I hope her mommy can fix her up and make it better........Uh oh, my mommy just said she has to go and help the little girl! Ok, mommy, I will see you soon. (My mom is always the first to help everybody.)
    I just heard that little girl's mommy tell her that Kleenex are always good for skinned knees. They help stop the bleeding and come in handy when you don't have band aids. Even more important, they help keep the wound clean and dry. I don't know what a skinned knee is, but I don't think it sounds so nice. I don't have knees, so I won't need to worry.
    We are at the grocery store! It's just me and my other sister left anymore, I am starting to have fun with this family though. I hope they need me in a very big way!
    The mommy just explained to the kids that they have to clean off the cart handle, so the germs go away. That's a good idea. I bet there are a lot of germs on a shopping cart!
    There goes my sister, adios sis! I'll probably see you in a pocket somewhere later!
    Well, this is a big day so far, I'm getting kind of tired and now I'm all alone. I have nobody to talk too.
    I think I'm going to fall asleep.........
    What? Where am I? It's that little girl again. She's still so sad about her knee, the poor little thing. I wish she would smile again!
    I am not sure what is happening, but she just took me out of the pack, and started to giggle. Well, that's ok, if I can make her happy, I am happy too.
    Wait! What are you doing to me?

    I'm a what? A lollipop ghost? 

    She just called me Emily, and said I'm her lollipop ghost friend forever. She even gave me a face!
    I think I will be ok here after all.

    * We received a sample of Kleenex from Crowdtap. Our review is honest and original and receiving a free sample did not change our views in any way, shape or form *

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    Tasty Skinny Drink Ideas

    I'm sure most of my readers know by now, how much I love, Crowdtap. If you don't know, well, it's the coolest website for anybody who has an opinion. The more opinions, feedback, the more talkative you are, online and offline, the better your chances of getting cool stuff to post, share, tweet, pin, instagram, bookmark, and try.
    I'm also certain, most of you know by now, I'm a bartender.
    I've been a bartender for 21 years now, and even with my disability, (which is in my feet, the whole way through my hips), I still work part time weekends, because I love my job, and love talking to people. I usually say it's my time off of work, lol! It is hard work, but blogging, cleaning, cooking, and a big family with nutty kids, seems to be much more hectic than a busy bar.
    Anyway, I scored this #TeamSweetNLow sample and share through, Crowdtap, and I wanted to share my drink recipes I came up with for Sweet N Low!
    This was my sampling kit, complete with some super yummy drink recipes created by, Sweet N Low, along with some coupons and samples, and a box for moi!
    I'm a sugar addict, so I figured this would be interesting to try, especially for some delicious martinis!
    I prepared all of the fresh fruit! (I ate most of the mango and nectarine!!)
    and then prepared and plated the Sweet N Low...
    I always like to rim the glasses with either colored sugar, or now, Sweet N Low, or if you are having a margarita of course, you would use salt. 
    I always slide the fruit chunk around the rim of the glass, and then dip in the Sweet N Low....

    You can also just dip your fruit garnishes, into the Sweet N Low, and slid that around, or not..and just let it set on your glass.
    I needed pineapples for my evening of skinny drinks and Sweet N Low, but after a trip to my local grocery store, I realized, I'd have to make do with the fruit I already had. (We live in nowhereland, and have 1 store closeby. Most of our groceries are bought online, yes, even produce. But, I do visit this store each week. They were just out of pineapples.)
    This is a classic creamsicle martini. 
    I used Skky vodka, light cream, fresh orange juice, a packet of Sweet N Low for the orange garnish, (I also dipped the orange garnish into the drink to get some more sweetness in there)
    This is one of my favorites! Normally, I would garnish with some orange sugar, but I'm liking the whole, less is more deal, that Sweet N Low has to offer!

    This is quite the tasty, very healthy, skinny, cocktail!
    I came up with this when I threw some strawberries, blueberries, nectarine pulp, and raspberries, into the blender, (just as I would a smoothie), and added just 1 packet of Sweet N Low, and some Skky vodka!
    I apologize for the toothpick garnish. I would use a cocktail stirrer, or "little swords" as my kids call them, lol!
    But, I'm all out of those and it isn't something I usually have on hand.
    (I am thinking of grabbing more accessories and adding a drink recipe series on 1 of my blogs, but, more on that later!)
    I really, really, really loved this drink! I cubed some nectarines, and used those on the side! YUM!
     I love these ice cubes!! They will never water down your drink, and they come in a handy little bag. You just throw them in the freezer, and voila! They stay cold forever, and they won't affect the flavors in your yummy cocktails!

    Can you see those sweet non watery, ice cold cubes in there??
    Now, this drink is just fabulous!!!
    I threw this together, and wish I could have a 2nd, but, the kids have summer camp early in the morning!
    I used, Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay Pineapple flavor, (again, I would usually use a pineapple, along with the mango, orange and lime) and I used 2 special ingredients, along with just a half of a pack of Sweet N Low...
    Rooibee Roo Orange Tea and Rooibee Roo Mango Tea. 
    WOW! Now, this is something I wouldn't mind drinking on a hot, summer day, or um, every, hot, summer day!
    I am very pleased with all 3 of these drinks, and, I'm even more than interested in using Sweet N Low for even more creations, drinks and desserts!!
    You only need a very small amount of Sweet N Low, to sweeten your desserts, teas, cocktails, coffee, tomato sauce, the possibilities are endless!!
    Please leave comments about what you would create by replacing sugar with a skinnier, sweeter version!
    I'll be back soon, to name these drinks! (I have to think a bit, but I'll add my names for the last 2)

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

    My Much Deserved Girls Night Out in Atlantic City

    Last week, I had the awesome opportunity to spend a night in, Atlantic City, NJ.
    Crowdtap sent some of it's members, some bloggers, some social media junkies, to stay at a few different casinos, right on the boardwalk.
    My itinerary stated to arrive between 3 and 4pm, at, Trump Plaza.

    This was the view from my room at Trump Plaza Casino. It was a beautiful view of the beach, especially at nighttime! The one thing that really bothered me most of all was that there wasn't a balcony, and these windows didn't open. There was no fresh air, beach smell, you couldn't hear anything from the beach, it was just silent, and that bothered me a little. I'm not sure why a hotel would have such a gorgeous view but not have windows that open.
    This was the nighttime view! Absolutely stunning!! But again, no open windows. 
    I don't know, it may be because I'm used to camping, or because I love fresh air, and to hear all the sounds, but, this even bothered me more at night. So, I ended up walking up and down the boardwalk until a little after 4am and went about trying to find some more beauty in this loud, crowded, sometimes sad, casino town. But, more about that later! 
    After check in, we went to our room, (I brought my co worker/friend with me, since Atlantic City so generously told us to bring a guest!!), and unpacked, freshened up, and went back downstairs to meet up with the rest of our Crowdtap crew, for, A COCKTAIL PARTY! Yes! Atlantic City, took care of us very well!
    We were on the 14th floor, and being the camper chic that I am, I was totally losing it over the absence of a 13th floor. I always swore this was a myth, but here is proof! There really was no 13th floor and I was just, well, floored ;)
    Back to the party.....
    We found our Crowdtap, Atlantic City party rep downstairs in the lobby, and met a few other fellow, Crowdtappers. That was pretty cool! 
    After waiting a bit for a few more to arrive, we hopped aboard Atlantic City's, 24 hour transportation, Jitney. (I loved Jitney! They have stops, all day, all night, and fare is more than reasonable, at $2.25 a ride. (You can save even more if you buy a frequent rider ticket!)
    The Jitney van was super clean and comfy and our driver was very sweet, kind and courteous. I was really impressed with this service, and would love to have something similar where I live!

    Jitney dropped us off at, The Golden Nugget's H2o bar. Guess what? It was on the roof! H2o was so awesome! Poolside bar, clever, friendly, and funny bartender, (us bartenders have to stick together!).
    Once we were past the pool, we were taken onto this uber sweet patio, with some of the most hip lounge furniture, bright reds, and more relaxing than my own bed! 
    If that wasn't enough, oh my God! They had this long buffet table set up, with bins filled to the brim with the cutest mini bottles of wine, aluminum bottles of beer, tiny chubby bottles of sodas and waters, and lots of amazing smelling (and looking), food!
    This was my first plate! Veggie sliders, cole slaw, potato salad, onion rings, french fries, pickles, cheeseburger sliders, and oh, some delightful chicken and veggies on a stick! I grabbed a second plate, and thought of taking a third, but, I had to think ahead! Walking all night will get a bit tiring if I'm to stuffed. (I would've taken some of the cheeseburgers and chicken to go though!)

    I also had a couple of these ;)
    After meeting our leaders, (lol, really, we got a chance  to meet couple pretty important people from Crowdtap, and hear a bit about what, Atlantic City has to offer. 
    We hopped aboard Jitney again, to take us back to the boardwalk, so we could check out, World Cup Sand Sculpting. 
    Amazing, isn't it??
    This was one of my favorites, (I drooled over about 3 for sure!)
    I have been sharing so many photos, I can't remember which ones I shared and possibly drove people nuts with across my networks, so, I'll lay off some photos for now....
    I never realized that there was a World Cup, for sand sculpting, but I am so grateful I was able to witness the beauty behind such a beautiful art!
    After snapping tons of pictures, and Instagramming, Tweeting, Pinning, posting and sharing, we walked up on the boardwalk, to start bar hopping.
    I am a sucker for appetizers and fancy foods and local foods, and of course, boardwalk food! 
    Of course, after a few stops, my phone died and I was in dire need of a charge, so, we went back to Trump Plaza and charged my phone for a bit, and my friend ran down to the casino for a bit.
    I ended up watching some tv, and posting more about our trip, and after my phone was charged, I went out on the boardwalk, to try and find something other than closed windows, loud bathrooms, and ladies with their eyes glued to the slot machines, and big bags of change. 
    I walked up and down a few times, thinking about going to a few bars to grab some food, but decided to walk on the beach and watch the light and sound show that was right next to Trump Plaza.

    The light show was so much fun! I think I misunderstood a bit, and ended up not getting the pictures I really wanted, but I got the end of it for you!
    I also found some very cool people, the most memorable was a hilarious 63 year old waitress, who is more badass than any of the  bouncers or security inside any of the casinos I checked out.
    I also found something really funny!!

    A police sub station for rent! Don't ask me why, but this made me laugh like crazy, I swear some of the other people on the boardwalk were most likely thinking I was an escapee from an insane asylum.
    It was the perfect night for sightseeing and beach walking. There was a refreshing breeze, clear skies, plenty of people for people watching, and lots of entertaining personalities to chat with up and down the boardwalk. Very interesting and genuine people for sure!
    I realized I would love to come back to Atlantic City, and bring a friend or maybe 5, and have a girls night out, or a moms night out, and dress up like the mobster wives from, Casino, and spend a few hundred at the Blackjack table, wear a cute, little, black dress and put a bunch of jewels in my hair, and smoke a long, fancy cigarette, and have a few martinis.
    Then, I want to go hang out at the Margaritaville bar again, and have some fruity drinks with tons of fruit chunks on the side, and be able to feel free for a night! (No kids? Yes, thank you!)
    Oh, by the way, the bars don't close til the party is over, which by my observations, weren't until after 3am!
    There is also tons of food available for every taste, all night long! and if you're really having a fun girls night out, you can walk on the boardwalk with drinks!!
    I'm very much contemplating the wine and cheese festival that is coming up in a couple weeks.......I just may make it.