A dead car battery, chicken lo mein, a bike, and a SUPER cute tote.

So my initial thought was to share a quick and EASY recipe with you all for a quick supper before work:

Chicken Lo Mein

  • Boil some noodles (I used angel hair, my mom uses ramen)
  • Cook some chicken or try these pre-cooked grilled chicken breasts that I love from Walmart
  • Cut up some cabbage
  • Cut up and onion
  • Shred some carrot
  • Add a cup of chicken broth
  • Let the chicken, cabbage, onion, carrot and broth simmer (in a separate pan)
  • Drain the noodles when they are done boiling and add them to the chicken/cabbage mixture
  • Fry a couple eggs (nothing fancy just cook them and scramble them) and add them to the mix
  • Add some soy sauce to your liking

Ta-dah! It is delicious, quick and easy.

Okay so these are delicious and juicy and I highly recommend! Thanks WalMart!

So ANYWAY. I made this right before I had to leave for work. I usually eat my supper on the go in my car. I threw some in an open container and grabbed my bag and was on my way.

My car has had a few issues starting lately and I thought it had resolved. Nope. Not tonight. It wouldn’t even turn over. Car was DEAD.

Craig was in the combine. Mom was in Decorah. The only other person I’d call for help was watching the boys in the house and didn’t have a car with them! Mom said I could take dad’s suburban (read more on that here: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/at-the-hospital/ and here: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/the-burb/ )

While the suburban has four wheels and could get me where I needed to be, it is still every bit of a farm truck. Dad’s boots and overalls are still in the back. Coffee stains all over the center console. It smells like dirt and dust and a farm.

The problem was the suburban was all the way across town at my mom’s house! It was getting cool and dark and I was already late for work. I grabbed my bike from the garage which had already been put up for the winter – threw my supper in my bag – and across town I went on a bike, in scrubs, with a giant heavy bag, and off I went!

I definitely didn’t go as fast as I wanted to, my bag kept rubbing on my bike tires, I was pooped by the time I got to my mom’s house!

Anyway, I was only 8 minutes late to work. The lo mein was DELICIOUS.

Don’t EVER accuse me of not being resourceful!

P.S. I LOVE this tote! Seriously! A friend at work had one. It has SO MANY pockets! She talked me into ordering one and I’m telling you it is the PERFECT nurse bag! It can hold both of my contigo water bottles, my purse, my Ipad, my lunch, it zips, it has short handles and long handles, internal AND external pockets! I bought the black and white version. This would make an excellent gift for a teacher, nurse, or I guess anyone who carries a lot of stuff! 🙂

Here is my the bag I chose but I see it comes in several colors. I LOVE the red bag too! The link preview to the bag below shows pink but you can chose whatever color you would like when you purchase it 🙂

I want to be as real as I can with you guys, I’m working to monetize my blog and I need to be very upfront. I want to eventually be able to blog half time and work as a nurse to supplement my blog income. It is a big dream. I’m working on getting ads to show on my blog.

Another thing I can do to make money in an addition to ads is have an “affiliate link” with Amazon – such as this tote. I bought it, I love it, and I want to share with with you. I’m never going to rave about something to trick you into buying it so I get “commission” off of your purchase. If I like it enough to invest an hour or more into blogging about it, you can bet that I really recommend the product. Obviously others love it as well because this bag also has a 5 star review on Amazon.

That being said, if you purchase this tote from MY link, I do get commission. If you buy $150 worth of other stuff while you’re on Amazon by following my link, I also get commission on those things you purchase. It’s a way to support my blog and it is a way to score some great quality products.

I just want to be honest with you guys. I would have raved about this tote even if I didn’t make any money off of it.

Wow! Can you believe this blog post started off with chicken lo mein? WHAT THE HECK! How did we get here?

Anyway, have a great day guys 🙂



  1. Joy in Nw Iowa
    October 21, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    Good job! Over your blog!

  2. Joy in Nw Iowa
    October 21, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    That was supposed to say ‘love’ your blog! You and your mom are just so down to earth and honest!

  3. Sandra Kahler
    October 21, 2019 / 12:35 pm

    I do not see the ink to Amazon for the bag

    • Gayle
      October 22, 2019 / 12:45 am

      If you are reading it as an email it doesn’t show up. Click on the title of today’s blog and it will open in your browser and the link will show up.

    • thepinkshoelaces_nobzq1
      October 22, 2019 / 1:19 am

      I’m so sorry – people are having a hard time finding it! Here it is: https://amzn.to/31C5Tai

  4. Jill Klop
    October 21, 2019 / 12:40 pm

    You are resourceful!! Made me smile first thing this morning! I love your mom’s blog and I hope yours will be just as successful! I appreciate your honesty about trying to make some money with it. I understand that and don’t have a problem with it. I’ll be happy to close ads for you when you get them. Blogs aren’t free either, so I understand that too! Good luck!

  5. Marilyn
    October 21, 2019 / 1:08 pm

    You are so resourceful and I ad5that in a person. I will support your blog as best I can. YOU GO GIRL!

  6. Sandra
    October 21, 2019 / 6:36 pm

    Would love the actual name of your tote as don’t want to spend a lot of time looking for it but did want to see it. Must try the recipie as sounds something I could make for just me. Enjoy your honesty and blog and read yours right after I read your Mother’s.

    • thepinkshoelaces_nobzq1
      October 22, 2019 / 1:19 am

      I’m trying to trouble shoot the link issue! You’d not the only one! Here is a link! https://amzn.to/31C5Tai

  7. Joni
    October 21, 2019 / 7:52 pm

    Great goals, Kalissa! Love your blog and love your attitude and wish only the best for you and your beautiful family. I too, will click your ads and follow your links.

  8. Susan the Farm Quilter
    October 21, 2019 / 11:54 pm

    Love the tote and I ordered two of them!! Sucks when cars don’t do what they are supposed to do…I hope you can get yours fixed quickly and inexpensively!!

  9. Colleen
    October 22, 2019 / 12:17 am

    Where is the link to the bag? I’ve been through the post several times…If I order it, I want to go through your link so you get credit!

  10. Gayle Shumaker
    October 22, 2019 / 12:53 am

    Love your blog so far. Just a FYI if someone is reading your blog in an email any links will not show up. You have to click on the blogs title to open it in your browser then it will show up. Wasn’t sure if you were aware of this or not. Are the Walmart chicken breasts in the meat coolers or is it frozen? Also thanks for your recommendation on the bag. One of my daughter-in-laws is a nurse and I think this will make a good present.

    • thepinkshoelaces_nobzq1
      October 22, 2019 / 1:05 am

      AWESOME! I’ll have to subscribe to the email list and see what you see! Thanks for the input! They are in the frozen section!

    • thepinkshoelaces_nobzq1
      October 22, 2019 / 1:18 am

      Also – here is the link 🙂 It is in there, it just doesn’t look like what you’d expect! https://amzn.to/31C5Tai

  11. November 8, 2019 / 3:47 am

    After I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any method you possibly can take away me from that service? Thanks!

    • thepinkshoelaces_nobzq1
      November 8, 2019 / 1:26 pm

      I will get this to my IT team and see if they can help!

  12. November 12, 2019 / 5:46 am

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  13. November 12, 2019 / 2:52 pm

    me and my dad always love to ride motorcycles, we also have a motorcycle shop at home..

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