Keep Calm I Fight Like A Girl

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For those of you who may not know I was recently diagnosed with Cervical Cancer.

In fact it states on my medical chart that it is cervical carcinoma in-situ.

What that means is that it is only on the surface as of now and has not become invasive.

This is good news.

My doctor, husband and I agreed that the best course of action is a partial hysterectomy which I am scheduled to have tomorrow morning.

I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers, encouragement and good thoughts from all of you throughout this whole journey.

I know they are working, so please keep sending them my way :)

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As I sit here this morning I am in awe of how this all began.

I was the kind of mom that always, always, always put everyone else first as I know so many of you are too. I mean that is just what moms do right?

Somehow I got the notion that I was supposed to sacrifice everything for my children, including my own health.  What a stupid idea that is!

This means I missed taking care of myself for many years, while I was busy taking care of everyone else.

In fact it had been 16 years since I had a yearly pap test, and I likely would have continued to skip it if it hadn’t been for a pesky spot on my face that just wouldn’t go away.

A little over a year ago I finally made an appointment with the local doctor here to have a spot on my face looked at because I was concerned it may be skin cancer, which runs in the family.

After trying to freeze it off she suggested I see a specialist and at the same time said I should come back for a physical.

I was right to be concerned about the spot on my face and after using some chemo-lotion I was easily able to take care of it without cutting on my face.

I was not at all concerned about having a physical done, but when I returned for a follow up visit she told me my pap results were not good.  In fact she wouldn’t let me leave the office until they had scheduled another appointment with a women’s doctor that specializes in these kinds of things.

Fast  forward to today.

After several procedures, biopsies and waiting 6 months to see how things progressed,  I will have my womb removed in the morning in the hopes that I will finally get past this part of my life.

I wanted to share with you what has been going on and also give you a heads up in case you do not hear from me for a few days while I am recovering.

Although I hear it is a fairly easy recovery, in which case I will update you all as soon as I can.

But before I go, I want to encourage all you women to make an appointment to have a pap test done.

Somehow I got the notion that I was supposed to sacrifice everything for my children, including my own health.  What a stupid idea that is!

I came to the realization through this long journey over the last year that if I don’t take care of myself, I won’t be able to take care of anyone else.

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Moms, this is my plea to you.

Please, if it has been more than a year since your last physical or checkup, make an appointment today. It will mean so much to me.

But even more than that, your family will thank you for taking care of you.

I could have SO easily avoided all of this had I kept up on my yearly exams.

This is by far one of the easiest cancers to avoid and cure when caught soon enough.

So, please go make the call and schedule a checkup now before you get busy taking care of someone else ;)

Stocking Stuffer Ideas Under $2.00 Each!

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I thought it would be a great idea to start sharing some great Stocking Stuffer Ideas with you.

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Trader Joe’s Coupon Deals 10/28

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trader joe'sHere are the best coupon deals at Trader Joe’s, compliments of All Natural Savings. Trader Joe’s accepts manufacturer coupons, but does not offer store coupons. There is no online coupon policy. Prices and products may vary per store.

Cabot whipped cream $2.49
$1 off any 2 Cabot products
$1.99 each after coupon

Hickory-smoked Tofurky $2.49
$.75 off any Tofurky or Tempeh product
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Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers $3.49
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Find the rest of the Trader Joe’s deals at All Natural Savings!

Twenty Thanksgiving Books for Kids

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This is the perfect time to share some wonderful Thanksgiving stories with your kids! You will find a list of some of the best Thanksgiving Books for Kids arranged by age group below.

Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George

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Today is Thanksgiving and George is so excited! He loves everything about the holiday—from the parade with music, jugglers, and big balloons to the delicious turkey shared with family and friends. But even on Thanksgiving the curious little monkey manages to stir up some trouble! Follow George through his Thanksgiving adventures with the short poems in this board book. The fun, tabbed pages are perfect for little fingers! (Age Range: 3 and up)

T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story Paperback

T for Turkey

Little ones will love learning about Thanksgiving in Tanya Lee Stone’s newest shaped alphabet book. Join in as the elementary school puts on a play that tells the true story of the first Thanksgiving. Rhyming couplets that flow through the alphabet help kids celebrate everything from Harvest to Pilgrims to Turkey. (Age Range: 3 – 5 years)

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims

One Little Two Little

Ten little Pilgrims and ten little Wampanoag boys and girls are getting ready for the harvest feast. In colonial Plymouth, the young Pilgrims hunt ducks and geese and dig up turnips and carrots. In a nearby village, the Wampanoag children dig for clams, fish for cod, and gather nuts and berries. Finally, it’s time for the meal. Turkey, cornbread, cranberry stuffing, pumpkin, and Indian pudding are all on the menu-yum! First, everyone gives thanks, and then it’s time to eat and celebrate. The simple, rhythmic text and autumn-colored illustrations are just right for sharing the history and fun of Thanksgiving with young children. (Age Range: 3 – 8 years)

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

Pete the Cat

Join Pete in New York Times bestselling artist James Dean’s Pete the Cat picture book series as Pete celebrates Thanksgiving in this groovy lift-the-flap book!…Starring in the school Thanksgiving play would make even the coolest cat nervous. But when Pete the Cat gets onstage, he makes learning the story of the first Thanksgiving fun. With thirteen flaps that open to reveal hidden surprises, this book is sure to be a holiday favorite for every Pete the Cat fan. (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)

10 Fat Turkeys

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This silly rhyming story about ten turkeys teaches children how to count backwards. Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more. Veteran author Tony Johnston has written a joyful text, which first-time illustrator Richard Deas brings to life as wild and wacky fun! (Age Range: 3 – 5 years)

Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks

Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together. (Age Range: 3 – 6 years)

Biscuit Is Thankful

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Biscuit is thankful for his bone, his biscuits, and lots more, too. Sweet puppy! Woof! (Age Level: 4 – 8)

Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet

Fancy Nancy

This is going to be the best Thanksgiving ever! There is a gigantic turkey, Grandma’s secret stuffing, green beans, and authentic cranberry sauce, the kind that doesn’t come out of a can. And desserts? There are almost too many to count. Join Nancy and her entire family as they celebrate Thanksgiving in this brand-new storybook, complete with more than thirty swanky stickers. (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)

It’s Thanksgiving! (I Can Read Book 3)

Its Thanksgiving

It’s time for turkey! The parade is about to start. The pumpkin pie is in the oven. The whole family is gathered around the table. And everybody wants to pull the wishbone! From Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky comes a scrumptious helping of twelve Thanksgiving poems to enjoy every day of the year! (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings

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The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings Ride along with the Bear family on Thanksgiving Day as Brother and Sister learn about all the things they—and YOU—can be thankful for … including faith, family, and the huge feast waiting for them at the end of their journey to Gramp’s and Gran’s. Includes a sheet of colorful stickers featuring the whole Bear family. (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving Hardcover

Squanto

This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a 12-year old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims land in a strange new world. (Age Range: 5 – 10 years)

Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday

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The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to the eve of the first Thanksgiving. There they meet the Pilgrims as well as Squanto, a Native American who helped them. The story offers an age-appropriate, in-depth picture of what life was really like for early settlers, as well as the usual Magic Tree House adventure and excitement. (Age Level: 6 – 9)

Thanksgiving Jokes

Thanksgiving Jokes

“Thanksgiving Jokes” is a feast and a “corny-copia” full of funny short jokes for kids. Each joke is about some silly aspect regarding Thanksgiving, from turkeys to pilgrims to pumpkin pie. Kids will gobble up these humorous and short jokes while they look at the funny illustrations throughout the book. Every joke features two illustrations; one for the question and one for the punchline, so each joke can be enjoyed even more. Find out what a pilgrams favorite music is, what a space turkey says, why turkeys go ‘Gobble, gobble’, and many more silly riddles. (All ages)

Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage

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Plimoth Plantation and the National Geographic Society come together to tell the true story behind the legendary voyage of the Mayflower. A meticulously researched work, Mayflower 1620 offers children a compelling, fresh account of this much-told story. Vibrant photography of a rare reenactment using the Mayflower II leads readers imaginatively into the narrative. The vivid and informative text explores the story behind the exhibits at the living-history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Primary sources record what the voyagers wore, what they ate, and telling details of their journey. First-person accounts reveal the hopes and dreams they carried. Readers share in the long hours at sea, and in the dangers faced after landfall. Extensive end notes, a map, a detailed chronology, and a bibliography round out the full story of the Mayflower. (Age Range: 8 – 12 years)

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (I Am American)

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In cooperation with the Plimoth Plantation, a living-history museum in Massachusetts, National Geographic has recreated the first Thanksgiving. Photographs by National Geographic photographers of the recreation at Plimoth Plantation illustrate this book. In 1621, in a small settlement on the edge of the sea, 52 English colonists celebrated their first harvest. The colonists were joined by 90 men of the Wampanoag tribe for a gathering that was to last three days in a town now known as Plymouth. Over the centuries, there have been countless versions of this story, creating a popular myth of the first Thanksgiving. Many Americans imagine brave, peaceful settlers inviting a few wild Indians over for a turkey dinner. But there was no pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce at this celebration. There were no Indians with woven blankets over their shoulders and large feathered headdresses. No pilgrims with somber black clothes and silver buckle hats either. The English didn’t even call themselves Pilgrims. This book puts aside that myth and takes a new look at our American history. It questions what we know and recovers lost voices of the Wampanoag people. True history includes the voices of all its participants. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving invites young people to read, listen, and think about our shared history. The book also features a foreword, a section on the actual reenactment and the concept of living history, a chronology, an index, and a bibliography. (Age Range: 8 – 12 years)

The Sign of the Beaver

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Although he faces responsibility bravely, thirteen-year-old Matt is more than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness. When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or to protect himself. When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier. Elizabeth George Speare’s Newbery Honor-winning survival story is filled with wonderful detail about living in the wilderness and the relationships that formed between settlers and natives in the 1700s. Now with an introduction by Joseph Bruchac. (Age Level: 9 – 12)

My Name Is America: The Journal Of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, A Pilgrim Boy

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A young orphan journeys on the Mayflower to a new land full of adventure and mystery. When the crew arrives at Plymouth, they find a countryside of magnificent beauty, but also a life of harsh struggle. Jonathan strikes out on his own and forms a powerful friendship with the feared Nauset tribe. (Age Range: 9 – 12 years)

American Documents: The Mayflower Compact

Mayflower Compact

The eagerly-awaited final title in National Geographic’s popular American Documents series completes the broad sweep of the collection by casting all the way back to our country’s original document of record, the Mayflower Compact. The Mayflower Compact includes: an engaging, interactive, and age-appropriate text, vetted by experts 40 pages generously illustrated with period artwork and archival photographs biographies of key figures in the document’s history the entire text of the original document and a complete list of its signatories excerpt from Mourt’s Relation, written by Edward Winslow and William Bradford, two of the colony’s founding fathers the charter of the Colony of New Plymouth Web links to further information a detailed glossary and index. (Age Range: 10 and up)

Blood on the River: James Town, 1607

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Twelve-year-old Samuel Collier is a lowly commoner on the streets of London. So when he becomes the page of Captain John Smith and boards the Susan Constant, bound for the New World, he can’t believe his good fortune. He’s heard that gold washes ashore with every tide. But beginning with the stormy journey and his first contact with the native people, he realizes that the New World is nothing like he imagined. The lush Virginia shore where they establish the colony of James Town is both beautiful and forbidding, and it’s hard to know who’s a friend or foe. As he learns the language of the Algonquian Indians and observes Captain Smith’s wise diplomacy, Samuel begins to see that he can be whomever he wants to be in this new land. (Age Level: 10 and up)

The Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ New World

Mayflower New World

Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Mayflower! After a dangerous journey across the Atlantic, the Mayflower’s passengers were saved from certain destruction with the help of the Natives of the Plymouth region. For fifty years a fragile peace was maintained as Pilgrims and Native Americans learned to work together. But when that trust was broken by the next generation of leaders, a conflict erupted that nearly wiped out Pilgrims and Natives alike. Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Mayflower specifically for younger readers, this edition includes additional maps, artwork, and archival photos. (Age Level: 10 and up)

Zaycon Fresh Bone/Skinless Chicken Breast $1.89 lb!!

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I just got word that Zaycon Foods is bringing back the ever popular chicken breast to my area for just $1.89 per pound!

You might want to see if they are coming to your area any time soon too.

Zaycon Foods is coming back to my area and bring their famous bone/skinless chicken breast with them!

This is perfect timing for me because we eat a lot of chicken at my house and I hate having to pay the grocery store sales prices when I know I can get higher quality chicken at much better prices from Zaycon.  Seriously if you look at my menu plans each week you’ll notice that chicken is an ingredient in about half of our meals so I need to find great deals on chicken.

I stock up whenever I find boneless skinless chicken breast on sale for less than $1.99 a pound, and I only find it this low through Zaycon!

Their chicken sales are limited supply and only available while supplies last!

Sign up and secure your order here.

Also if you are totally new to Zaycon Foods and just not sure how it all works or what you will be getting, check out this video:

This is my box from the first time I picked up my Zaycon chicken:

This is my 40 pound box of chicken

They deliver 40 pound boxes of Boneless Skinless chicken breast to you for around about $1.89 (sometimes less) per pound.

The chicken I received is 100% natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients.

This chicken is FRESH (never frozen).  In fact when I picked up my chicken they told me it was butchered just four days before!

What is Zaycon Foods?

They are a privately owned company based in the state of Washington. The company was founded in 2009 to bring fresh meats and other products direct to consumers at wholesale prices. The founders have extensive experience in sales, business management and the grocery industry

Why would someone buy from Zaycon Foods?

Quality: They only sell what they eat themselves— high-quality, healthy food products
Price: Fresh, high-quality retail food products sold for wholesale prices
Customer Service: Exceptional service all along the way, from order to reminder to convenient, efficient pickup

How does it work?

When you sign up here you’ll be able to see if this program is in your area or find out when it will be in your area.  Then when they have a scheduled event they’ll email you to see if you want to order anything.

Once you receive your box you will need to trim the fat off the chicken and separate it into freezer bags.  These pieces of chicken were huge!  So I put 4 Pieces of chicken per bag and ended up with  bags of chicken.

Here is a great video that my friend Jasmine made to show what to do with your 40 pound box of chicken when it arrives.

Where do I sign up?

You can sign up with Zaycon Foods here.  As soon as there is going to be an even in your area they’ll let you know.  This is THE only time they will send you an email.

If you see that they have not made it to your area yet sign up anyway because when they see enough people from the same area sign up they know they need to bring an even to you!

I am very happy with the quality of the meat I received.  And I love knowing that I am feeding my family better choices than the cheap meat I can get at my grocery store.

Have you ever purchased your meat in bulk before?

Bath & Body Works Full Size Products $6.59 Shipped!

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Today Bath & Body Works is offering a special Buy 3 Get 3 FREE Sale!

Plus you can use the coupon code wildvanilla during checkout to save an additional 20% off your order now through October 31st.

This will bring your total cost down to just $39.59, or $6.59 each shipped for 6 full sized products.

There is also a coupon code to get shipping for $1 on orders over $25, but you actually end up saving more with the wildvanilla coupon and paying full price for shipping.

These make great gifts for anyone.  I put a few in a nice gift bag for my mail carrier and she loved it.  These are perfect for teachers, coaches, and hostess gifts.

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