Monday, August 31, 2009

Chicken Wing Fave Song of the Moment

This song is one of the cutest songs that I've heard in a long while, and it comes to us from a surprising place...Uncle Kracker.

Yes, you did read that correctly - Uncle Kracker.

The song is called "Smile," and you can find the song and accompanying lyrics in the video below. I think it's adorable, and it reminds me A LOT of my very own Mr. Chicken Wing. This song is very "us."

Enjoy, faithful followers! Don't forget that you need sound for this!!! Be prepared for a smile to be stuck on your face, and this song to get completely stuck in your head! You're welcome! :)

Until next time,
A Smiling Miss Chicken Wing

Chicken Wing Quote of the Day

I just came across this little pearl of wisdom and felt compelled to share. We're all overworked, underpaid, and stressed to the max, and this quote reminds you of what's important.

"Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you."
-Annie Dillard

Until next time,
Miss Chicken Wing

P.S. - I can't wait to update you on this past week! I'm sorry you've had to wait so long, but I was super duper busy! :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Chick's Pick: Fun Website

Okay, okay....I have to admit that I am a huge sucker for this website.

Seriously, you NEED to go to it! Haha! You can have so much mindless fun "becoming" someone else. This website has given you the outlet to become someone (maybe with a few less cares than you currently have, or maybe with a lot more money than you currently have).

It can be wildly hilarious, depending on the scenario you choose and your personal picture choice!

Take a look at the few below, for example. They have the ability to make you laugh at yourself, see what you'd look like with a different hairstyle or color, and they can take you away from your normal world for awhile. (Let's face it...we all need that sometimes).

Enjoy, faithful followers!

Mr. Darcy and I enjoying a dance. Gotta love Pride & Prejudice.

Come on, like you're surprised. I am Miss Chicken Wing!

I told you he was my favorite artist of all time. What I didn't tell you is that we were actually best friends!

Looks like it's just Kate + 8 now... :(

And, finally..............

It's a sick obsession, this Twilight. It's sad that I'm not one of the millions of people who are mega-fans. You can tell that I'm not in that group by this photo, I'm sure. :)

Seriously, go to that site. Search your favorite actors, actresses, singers, athletes, movies, TV shows, etc. You'll be amazed by how many scenarios they have! It's hilarious! I guess it's true what they say: You can be anyone you want to be! :)

Until next time,
Miss Chameleon Chicken Wing

Friday, August 21, 2009

5-Minute Mental Health Break


I just needed to get that out of my system! I don't know about the rest of you, but I've had a long week! I am greatly looking forward to hopefully doing a minimal amount of things this weekend, as I desperately need to get my laundry situation in order.

I'm also at the point in my life where I've learned how necessary de-cluttering can be. You know you must be blessed when you have more things than you have space for or know what to do with, and I am thankful for that. However, I almost feel like all of my "stuff" is taking over my life. One should really have no need for the amount of clothes that I have. And, let's face it, if I can somehow bring myself to really take the time to sort through it, I might be able to reduce the amount of laundry that I am allowed to do, which could honestly be a blessing in disguise.

I don't want to sound ungrateful, because I definitely am grateful for all that I have, but I think it's time for a change. I want to see if I can be happy with less stuff.

So, that's the project that I'm going to be continually working on for the next month or so. Grandma Chicken Wing has already picked the date for the next yard sale, and I'm going to really try hard to downsize for this one. I made a valiant effort last time, but I want to kick it up a notch for the next one. So, wish me luck! I love that my things can be loved by new people, especially if they need them more than I do.

So, faithful followers, here's to FRIDAY (one of the best days of the week, in my opinion)! Here's to de-cluttering our lives! Here's to trying to relax at some point this weekend! Here's to _____________ (I'll let you fill in the blank)!

Until next time,
Miss Chicken Wing

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Chicken Wing Inspirational Minute!

I found this great quote and thought I'd pass it along! There are lots of things to fear in life, and it is true that the most looming fear is fear itself. I consider myself to be more cautious than not, and sometimes I have trouble jumping because of the anticipation of the jump.

This quote will hopefully inspire me when I feel anxiety about trying something new, and who knows? Maybe it will inspire one of you, too! (In that case, I would say this post is a success!!!)

Here goes:

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
--William Arthur Ward

Untile next time,
Miss Chicken Wing

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Great Old-Fashioned Day!

I don't know about all of you faithful followers, but I know that one thing that makes me smile is when I experience something that has been the same way since the beginning of time (or in my case, since I was born....hey, that was the beginning of time for me!).

Whether it be a family reunion, or the taste of homemade ice cream (you know, the kind you had to put the dry ice around and let spin forever and ever, but was the best thing you'd ever tasted in your life), some things are just better left untouched. You know the old saying - if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Well, I got to experience one of those "old-fashioned" situations this past weekend when Maternal Grandma Chicken Wing, Little Sister Chicken Wing, and myself had a YARD SALE!!! Yes, we had my first ever yard sale!

Don't get me wrong....I have been to yard sales before, but I've never had a yard sale, so this was extremely exciting for me. It was a hot and sunny Saturday, and we had a lot of foot traffic in the tiny town where I grew up. I saw old friends that I haven't seen since high school (or some before that, even!), and met new people who had recently moved to the area. I even made more money that I ever expected to, so that was a pleasant surprise!!!

I made posters and hung them up around town so people would know how to get to Maternal Grandma Chicken Wing's house, and I got so excited every time someone mentioned, "Well, I saw your bright green sign and decided to swing by" or "I've never been down this street before, but when I saw your sign, I had to drive by." It was great!

I think the other thing that was so exhilerating about the yard sale was that I knew I was getting rid of a lot of things that 1) were cluttering my house and leaving less room for Mr. Chicken Wing and myself and 2) were going to make someone else really happy! I was thrilled to give new life to some of these items that had been collecting dust at my house. When little children purchased stuffed animals at next-to-nothing prices, they just lit up with excitement, and it melted my heart! They were actually able to afford new toys with their tiny allowances, and the feeling that they had just "bought" these things made them even more happy!

All in all, it was an awesome day. Even though I got up super early (5:30am!!! YIKES!!!), and even though I got a teensy bit sunburned, it was such a wonderful day. And, I got to spend it with Maternal Grandma and Little Sister Chicken Wing, which was probably the coolest part.

I always welcome the times when I get to have old-fashioned experiences, and I hope all of you do, too! I think I will make a pitcher of cherry Kool-Aid when I get home and enjoy it on the back patio because that is another old-fashioned experience that never ever gets old!

Until next time,
Miss Nostalgic Chicken Wing

Monday, August 3, 2009

Chick's Pick: Summer Must-Haves

Since I recently posted the beach sneak-peek recap, I thought it only appropriate to post the Chick's Pick for Summer Must-Haves!

There were some items that made this summer (and our beach trip) absolutely wonderful, so I figured it might be best to share it with my faithful followers. Who knows, you might just get something out of it, and you might just find your new summer must-have!

First, let's start with the health and beauty must-haves.

The absolute first thing that I feel is necessary to have during the summer is a great sunscreen! I know that I have a really sensitive face - I can't wear normal sunscreens because they always mess with my complexion. I've honestly been searching for the "best" facial sunscreen for me and I believe I've found it in Aveeno's Positively Radiant line. I used the SPF 15 this year. (Funny story from last year: My dermatologist insisted that I wear SPF 30 last summer, which I did. The upside: My face was protected! The downside: The rest of my body tanned, and my face did not, and I looked like Casper the confused ghost! Needless to say, I refused this year!)

The next thing on my list of summer must-haves is Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. Nobody likes rough lips, and let's face it - sunburned lips is NOT something you want to deal with! Trust's happened to me ONCE, and I vowed to never let it happen again. I think it's probably the time for me to tell you that I am a ChapStic/Lipstuff freak! I have to put it on every single night before I go to bed, and I absolutely adore Burt's Bees. They also have a pomegranate formula, which is also fabulous!!!

Ahh, the last in the health and beauty category - nail polish! If there ever was a must for the beach, it is nail polish! I love any and everything Tuscan-inspired, and lucky for me, Revlon came out with a brand new shade called Tuscan Sun! It really is a pretty shade - a mixture of brick red, orange, and hot pink all in one! The overall effect is pretty matte, unless you add a shiny topcoat to it, but it is beautiful. It really makes you think of a dark sunset!!! If you like red nail color, you should definitely give this one a try!

Up next is entertainment...what does the Chick Pick for keeping yourself entertained? Read on, friends!

Okay, I am halfway expecting "hate comments" on this one, but hear me out! I was never a Tori Spelling fan until I, by chance, was flipping through the television stations and came across her show on Oxygen. I left it there for a minute, and became absolutely enthralled! She really has this unbelievable personality that really comes through in the show, that I never realized was there when she was playing Donna Martin on 90210. She has written the two books above, (inserted in order for your convenience), and they are great! I loved the first one, Stori Telling, as it really gives some insight into her life and the tabloid tales - she tells the true version, though! Mommywood was also good, but I think it will be something I appreciate more when I have children of my own. Her stories are too funny, though, and she shows that even though she lives in Hollywood, she still has the situations that we all do, and her "voice" throughout the books is really refreshing!

Okay, people. I've already written about this movie here. I still stand by all that I said in that post, and that is why it is THE movie of the summer. Seriously, do yourself a favor and go see it!

Finally, the Chick's Pick for a summer snack that is in no way good for you, but is in all ways fun!

These Jolly Rancher Screaming Sours Soft & Chewy candy are tasty and are also a riot! We had a blast on our vacation eating these while playing board games. Half the fun was watching each others' faces get all puckered up due to the sourness of each one! So, due to this fact alone, I highly recommend!

What summer must-haves would you have on your list?
I'd love some of your recommendations, so please comment and let me know!

Until next time,
The list-making Chicken Wing :)
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