19 Big Moods You've Had Shopping In Your Small Town's Only Walmart

19 Big Moods You've Had Shopping In Your Small Town's Only Walmart

I might be saving money, but I am definitely not living better.

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Walmart is one of the necessary evils of life. It's horrible and no one truly likes going, but everyone has to go. However, Walmart in a small town is on another level.

Suddenly, it's transformed from a grocery store with a ton of other useless stuff that you probably don't need to the place where high school students congregate, couples go when they can't think of anything better to do, and where people who just want to get out and be social come.

I know, weird, right? If you've ever been to a small town Walmart, then you know exactly what I'm talking about and have probably had these 19 thoughts.

1. "Oh, man even the parking lot is crowded..."

This should be your first sign to just turn around and try to find what you need somewhere else.

2. "Wow, there are so many people in here!"

I mean, you knew there would be because of the parking lot, but sometimes you forget just how overwhelming that first glimpse into the abyss of crazed people maniacally pushing buggies around to get what they need.

3. "Do I really need these things this bad?"

Is it truly worth it to keep going?

4. "Who on earth actually needs that?"

*you say as you walk past the display with the camouflaged school supplies*

5. "Why on earth do people just leave buggies everywhere?"

Y'all, put them back where they go. It isn't hard to be a halfway decent human being.

6. "Is no one going to make that screaming child shut up?"

Please, for the love of all things good, tell your brat to quit screaming because you aren't buying him/her a new toy.

7. "Yikes! Didn't her friends tell her that that wasn't a good outfit to wear out of the house?"

Let me just tell you, going to a small town Walmart is better than an episode of "What Not to Wear."

8. "Are those two on a date right now?"

Am I really seeing this? Yes I am.

9. "If I had superpowers, I would just make everyone disappear off the face of the earth for the next ten minutes so I could get my stuff and leave"

Need I say more?

10. "Ah man, if I go left I have to go into the crowd, but there are people I know to the right"

You've gotta choose between the lesser of the two evils: working through a crowd or engaging in a conversation. Best of luck.

11. "Why is everyone in this aisle? Please leave"

It's the one aisle you need to go down, but the entire rest of the store is there already.

12. "Um, hi, can you walk any slower?"

Slow walkers only prolong your stay and it takes all of your willpower not to step all over their heels like you did to your siblings when you were younger.

13. "Why did I think it was a good idea to come here?"

You thought you were mentally prepared and knew what you were getting yourself into, but nope.

14. Man, I wish we had a Target..."

Target is the holy grail of all stores. End of discussion.

15. "Okay, if I've forgotten something, that's just too bad because I am not going back through this store"

There is not enough money on earth to pay me to go back for that toothpaste. I'll just make it work.

16. "Did they really think that only having one self checkout and three regular cashiers open was going to work?"

Why, Walmart, why are you like this?

17. "I've waited in shorter lines at Disney World"

Now that you've been virtually trapped by your own need inside of the store for hours, they're making you wait another 10-20 minutes just to give them your money.

18. "I hate myself for doing this"

You just stand there in line and hate yourself for coming in the first place.

19. "Confirmed: I am in hell"

If you don't refer to Walmart as hell by now, you're doing it wrong.

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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.
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Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.


6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!


7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.


9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...

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In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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