Adventures of an Island Mom


Menu Plan Monday November 30, 2009

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It was a really wonderful, albeit, BUSY time for us these past few days!!  Thanksgiving was a fantastic, blessed day, filled with family, fun, and Ava’s 4th Birthday party thrown in!!  I had to work the next day–Black Friday–and boy was it BUSY!!!!  I came home with achy, swollen feet……I need to wear better shoes next time!  (after 10 years with this company, I should have known!!)  Saturday was a full day of downtown Seattle—taking in the sights, riding the carousel, seeing the Gingerbread houses, lunch and shopping—-LOVE this time of year!!  Yesterday, we, somewhat, chilled….although, while the kids were napping, I made a dash to a few stores and picked up some sweet deals—Bananas (25 cents a pound!!!!) and clearance Chicken (.60 cents a pound!!!), among other things!  We also started getting our Christmas decorations out, last night, and we set up the tree—tonight we’ll start decorating it!  The kids can’t wait!!

It was such a great, great time these past 4 days……why do they always seem to fly by so quickly?!?!  I literally am in awe that December is upon us.  SO IN AWE.  Crazy.

Here are a few pictures to catalog the last four days:


Ava wearing her “headdress” she made in Preschool:

Auntie Martha and Ava:


Trying (oh. so. trying) to get a family picture.  No one wanted to hold still!!

Ava eating her Birthday cake, with her crown on:

Opening Presents:

Mark’s sister’s family and us:

It was a loooonnnng, fun-filled Thanksgiving, and this is how we found the kids that night:

A couple shots from Saturday’s visit to Downtown Seattle

Ava and Daddy on the Carousel:

Auntie Martha and Lukie:

In line for the Gingerbread Houses:

‘A Christmas Story’ Gingerbread House:

All of us (Mark’s taking the picture):

It was a lovely weekend!!

Now, on to a NEW week!!!

Our Menu Plan for the week:

Monday:  Homemade Mac and Cheese, Smoked Sausage, Green Beans

Tuesday:  Honey Chicken, White Rice, Peas

Wednesday:  Homemade Potato Soup (freezer), Homemade Pumpkin Rolls (freezer)

Thursday:  Chicken and Lentils, Broccoli

Friday:  Got a screaming deal for a frozen Turkey, so I’m going to do a Turkey dinner with all the trimmings!!

For more Menu Ideas, check out, I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Have a great week, everyone!!


Sweet Cheeks November 27, 2009

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This is a darling profile shot of Anna, yesterday, watching her big sis, Ava, open her presents at her 4th Birthday Party!

Such a sweetie!

(Thanksgiving AND a Birthday party–all in one…….who could ask for more?!?!)  🙂

I’m going to take a few days off, but will be back on Monday.  I’ll share more pictures of our Thanksgiving Day (and Ava’s party!), and our Menu Plan for the week.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Tip Tuesday–Cellfire November 24, 2009

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If you read my post HERE about, then you might be excited to know about Cellfire, if you don’t already!

Cellfire is pretty much exactly like Shortcuts—-you download your selected coupons onto your store Club Card, just like you do at  (You can also save non-grocery coupons to your cell phone, but I haven’t tried that yet!)

Your downloaded coupons are automatically redeemed at checkout, and the VERY COOL part is this:  There are often times the SAME coupons are on Cellfire and Shortcuts, so you can get a DOUBLE discount!  Plus, to top that off, you might just have the SAME coupon in your hand!  This has already happened to me and it works EVERY time!!  Just the other day, I purchased a Betty Crocker Cookie Mix pouch.  It was on Sale for $1.49—I had two .40 cent coupons downloaded onto my Club Card (one from Cellfire and one from Shortcuts), then I also had a .40 cent paper coupon—that’s a total of $1.20 off!  I got the cookie mix for .29 cents!!!

Check it out!!


Menu Plan Monday November 22, 2009

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Hey, Peeps!  We’re back to a Monday, again!!  Whew!

Hope you all have a WONDERFUL and THANKFUL week!

Here’s our Menu:

Monday:  Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Bacon, homemade Hashbrowns, Pear slices

Tuesday:  Chicken Wings, homemade Jo-Jo’s, Green Beans

Wednesday:  Three Cheese Ravioli, Green Salad, toasted Bagels

Thursday:  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday:  Baked Potatoes (with all the fixings!), Corn, and Banana-Pear-Berry Smoothies

For more Menu inspirations, check out I’m an Organizing Junkie


Vaccines—continued November 20, 2009

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As I stated in THIS post about vaccines, this subject is heavy on my heart, and I am doing EVERYTHING I possibly can to fully educate myself on this topic.  As I learn more things that are eye-opening and that I feel are important to share, then I will do so.  This, is, in no way, me telling you what to do.  YOU have to make the decision that you feel is right for you and your family.  I am not an expert on this subject and would NEVER tell you what decision to make.  But, this post and upcoming vaccine posts are simply my way of getting information out, regarding vaccines, that I feel is important information.

I said this before, and I’ll say it again—–I will NO LONGER naively and foolishly let any Doctor inject anything into mine or my children’s bodies without being FULLLY EDUCATED about it. My husband and I (along with millions of other parents!!!) have vaccinated our kids, because, simply put—–WE WERE TOLD IT WAS THE “RIGHT” THING TO DO. Kind of like, an, “everybody’s doing it” mantra.  The government tells us it’s the right thing to do, the CDC tells us it’s the right thing to do, the Media tells us it’s the right thing to do, and our Doctors tell us it’s the right thing to do.

But, is it really??!?!?!?!?!?

I will no longer let someone pressure me and tell me what they think I should do.

In my endeavor to be FULLY educated, I came across this—–this is a FACTUAL ingredient list of all of the TOXINS that are found in vaccines.

This is taken from

Vaccines contain ingredients such as MSG, antifreeze, phenol (used as a disinfectant), formaldehyde (cancer causing and used to embalm), aluminum (associated with alzheimer’s disease and seizures), glycerin (toxic to the kidney, liver, can cause lung damage, gastrointestinal damage and death), lead, cadmium, sulfates, yeast proteins, antibiotics, acetone (used in nail polish remover), neomycin and streptomycin.  And the ingredient making the press is thimerosol (more toxic than mercury, a preservative still used in many vaccines, not easily eliminated, can cause severe neurological damage as well as other life threatening autoimmune disease).  These vaccines are grown and strained through animal or human tissue, like monkey and dog kidney tissue, chick embryo, calf serum, human diploid cells (the dissected organs of aborted fetuses), pig blood, horse blood and rabbit brain.EDUCATE BEFORE YOU VACCINATE!!

Faithful Friday

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your


Proverbs 3:5,6


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