Monday, February 24, 2014


Monday, Monday, Monday.

Okay, so I think I started this week in a short week hangover – if that makes sense.

Short week last week + normal week this week + what felt like a super-fast weekend = me not wanting to be at work today.

Here’s a joke for you:
Why did the chicken cross the ocean??? Because the USDA said it could!
Yeah, yeah…not funny, I know!

But anyway, I was at work today, chatting with one of my boob buddies as my boss would so eloquently put it (a few of us girls from our Special Needs Room have become pretty close), and she informs me that the USDA has approved the US to send our chicken to China to be processed and then sent back to the US to sell.

I’m sorry if I’m about to offend anyone in China, but really – that’s gross. Horribly, terribly gross. Chicken is already known for all kinds of nastiness – salmonella and that sort of stuff. So I’m sorry if I don’t want a country that has food preparation standards that our lower than ours preparing our chicken and sending it back for our stores to sell. And not to mention the fact that it is going to be shipped back and forth and could possibly start to thaw if it isn’t handled correctly in all of this transport.

Here are just a few highlights from this gem:

“As the New York Times first reported, the products will be offered without a country-of-origin label. The chickens will still be raised in the U.S., Canada or Chile (the only countries approved by the USDA), but can be processed in China because USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) auditors have approved four Chinese poultry plants to start exporting processed poultry to the U.S.”

Not offering a country-of-origin label leaves consumers in the dark, with no way of knowing if they are eating a product that comes from a country that has recently seen a series of food safety scandals, like China, where there was a recent outbreak of H7N9 bird flu virus in fresh meat markets.

After reading about this I informed the hubby that we will only be buying local chicken from local farms.

So, that’s what I’ve been hung up on all day. And to try to take my mind off of it, I went on a small shopping spree for spring clothes for baby A. It's so much fun to buy cute things for little girls! 

Tonight I’m going to just tell you about a couple of the goodies we keep in our living room for those emergency hand and lip issues – chapped skin and lips!

(What can I say – this picture just felt right with what I wanted to tell you about today!)

Yes, you are seeing it right. The lip stuff on the left is Chicken Poop lip balm. And no, it does not really have chicken poop in it!
Ingredients include: Avocado oil, jojoba, sweet orange, lavender essential oil, bees wax, and Vitamin E. (as listed on the tube)
It is a little slimier than the Burt’s Bees, but it is very moisturizing and nice for the winter months.

The lotion in the middle – the Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream – LOVE this stuff for when my hands are super dry. Yeah that about covers every day right now. Again, a little slimy, but it’s great for when I’m just watching tv and not doing much with my hands. Give it a few minutes and the slime fades away.

And to the far right, the Burt’s Bees original Beeswax Lip Balm. This is my all-time favorite lip stuff when my lips are dry. I layer it under lip gloss, lipstick, or go naked! It’s minty-ness is awesome, it isn’t greasy. And did I mention that the hubby loves it too? I’m pretty sure we have upwards of 8 tubes floating around our house, in my purse, in our bedroom, in his coats….so yeah, we are big fans!

Here’s to hoping that your week goes quickly!  

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