Adventures of an Island Mom


TCP February 25, 2010

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PLUS, they are having their “Winter’s Last Blast” sale with items as low as .99 cents!!

Things are going fast, so go there NOW!!


Natural Living—Vitamins February 23, 2010

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I grew up in quite a “natural” home.

If you recall THIS post, then you know that I had kidney cancer (Wilm’s Tumor) when I was two, and that I was “naturally” cured from it.  My parents went completely against the grain, refused chemotherapy and radiation, and put me on a strict vitamin-nutrition program.  There were naysayers a-plenty, and even some who turned my parents into CPS, but, nonetheless, my parents stood their ground and did what they knew to be the right thing.  And, what do you know—I’m still cancer-free 29 years later!!!

If you’ve been a follower of my blog for awhile, then, you will also know that I have been seriously and prayerfully researching vaccines.  I have learned and found out SO MUCH, that, it has been absolutely life-changing.  So, if you hadn’t already figured it out, we have decided to STOP vaccinating our kids.  We are thrilled and 100% confident with our decision.  I know deep down in my gut—-in my heart of hearts—-that this is the right decision.  Again, as I have always said, YOU have to educate yourself and make the decision that is right for your family.

With that said, I am going to try to start posting, periodically, about different ways of natural living.  There are thousands and thousands of different ways to live naturally, and I am not a professional “natural liver,” but, maybe there a few things you can take away from these posts.

So, to start this off, since vitamins have been a huge part of my life, I thought I’d post about 5 vitamins/supplements that we give to our kiddos everyday.  This is, in no way medical or professional advice, so please don’t take it as such!  This is information that I have taken from hours and hours of research and through my own experiences.  So, besides a good, nutritious diet, appropriate amount of sleep, and lots and lots of love, here’s the five things we’re giving to our kids, everyday:

1.  A good, PURE, age-appropriate Children’s Multi-Vitamim.  We use Shaklee’s Incredivites for Ava and Luke:

And, since Anna is 6 months, now, we use Shaklee’s Vita-Lea Infant Mix:

2.  DHA/EPA Supplements.  We use Nordic Naturals EPA and EFA:

3.  A Probiotic.  We use Udo’s Choice:

We give this to all three kids, 1/2 tsp, once a day.

4.  Chewable digestive Enzyme.  We’re using Vitabase:

5.  Vitamin D3 Depending on what Multivitamin you use, you might not need to add more D3.  Currently, we’re using the Nature Made brand Chewable D3:

I didn’t write about each, individual vitamin and all of its benefits, because, if you are considering any of these vitamins, then I am sure that you will do your own research and find out all the amazing benefits from each of them.  Education is key!!

I know some may balk at vitamins, because they are expensive, and, yes, they are not cheap.  Point blank—they will cost you some money.  BUT, the benefits FAR OUTWEIGH the cost.  If this is important to you, work the cost of vitamins into your budget and MAKE IT WORK!!


Menu Plan Monday February 21, 2010

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Oh, how I LOVED working/playing in the yard with my family on such a fine, delightful, sunshiny day!!!

We pretty much spent the whole day outside, today, and, boy, was it ever great!!!  We have quite a huge yard/garden and LOTS, LOTS, LOTS to do, so having an unexpected, beautiful, sunny day in February was much appreciated!!  The kids played and played and got dirty, dirty!!  I had fun whacking down some bushes and pruning some apple trees while Mark rota-tilled the dahlias and veggie gardens and mowed our entire yard.  It was so beautiful being outside together!!  And soooo beautiful getting so much done!!!

Saturday we ran lots of errands and spent the day shopping together.  One of our stops was Costco, which, we only do about once every 3 months, and stocked up on all our essentials.  One “essential” I bought this time, which I haven’t done before, was a 25-lb bag of pinto beans.  I have been researching pinto bean and their prices, and found that Costco’s price is right up there with the best:  it breaks down to be, about, .59 cents a pound, which, is pretty excellent.  I’ve been loving making my own re-fried beans and have wanted to try many more recipes with beans.  Beans are super healthy and super frugal, so I thought it’d be worth it to buy my beans in bulk!

Tonight I made a really amazingly simple, yet, delicious meal:

Beans and Cornbread

Photo courtesy of Ree Drummond--The Pioneer Woman

HERE is the delicious recipe.

We loved it, the kids loved it, so healthy and hearty—-ooooh, and that cornbread is to die for!!!  YUMMY!!

Here’s what I have planned for dinner for this week:

Monday:  Grilled Steaks, Baked Potatoes, Corn

Tuesday:  Baked Teriyaki Chicken, Steamed Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Wednesday:  Veggie and Cheese Omelets, Bacon, Toast, Fruit

Thursday:  Chicken Delight (freezer), Raspberry Muffins (freezer), Green Beans

Friday:  Roast Pork Panini Sandwiches, Chips, Pasta Salad, Fruit

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Safeway Policy February 19, 2010

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If you are a big Safeway shopper, like I am, I wanted to fill you in on a bit of  information, in case you weren’t privy to it:

  • If an item is rung up incorrectly, the sale price does not ring, the clearance sticker is not peeled, etc.  Basically—if they mess up the price of your item in any way——did you know that you get that/those items for FREE?!?!?!

Safeway is not vocal about this policy (and, I’m assuming it is a company wide policy, but, check with your local store), at least, they hide it at my local store.  There have been mmaaaaaannnnny times that I have been rung up incorrectly, I go to customer service, and they just give me back the difference.

That is, until another mom filled me in on this policy.

Soooooo, the next time it happened, I marched right up to customer service (mind you, I had already gotten to the car, put all three kids in their car seats, loaded all the groceries in, when I looked at my receipt and realized the mistake!!  Which, is, in and of itself a great tip—–LOOK AT YOUR RECEIPT BEFORE YOU EXIT THE BUILDING!!), showed them their mistake and the customer service associate proceeded to tell me she would give me back the difference.  That’s when I said, “Um….yeah, I heard that your policy is, if there is a pricing accuracy mistake, you refund the entire amount of that item.  Is this correct?”  She looked up at me with a, somewhat, horrified look on her face, and muttered, “Yeah.  Ok.”

I have a feeling this is not a policy they are shouting from the rooftops, but, hey, IT’S THEIR POLICY, nonetheless.

Folks, this is not trying to get more than you deserve, this is not being deceitful, this is not being greedy—— this is THEIR POLICY!!  Pricing accuracy is very important to Safeway, which is why they have this policy, and if they screw up, they want to give you that item for free.  It’s their way of staying on top of pricing and signing in the store and helping us out for this major inconvenience.

Don’t be ashamed to ask for this if they don’t offer it!!!

Gooooooo Safeway Shoppers!!!!!!


Growing so fast February 16, 2010

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It’s hard to believe that Anna is SIX MONTHS OLD today!!  I am baffled at where the time is going.

Here’s a few shots of our sweet Anna playing with her two favorite toys:  the remote and the phone.

What a little punkin!!!

And, not to be outdone, here’s a few updated shots of Ava and Luke:

Ahhh, yes… handsome Luke potty-training!

My beautiful Ava

And……………the sweet trio.

My. how. they. grow.


I am so privileged to be their Mama!!!


Don’t forget the Dairy February 15, 2010

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Just like the good ‘ol MEAT CLEARANCE, don’t forget to scour your DAIRY/cold case section for ah-mazing clearance deals, as well!!!!

Look what I scooped up:

Cheese, cheese and sour cream!  Each orange tag is .75 off——that yummy Tillamook cheese was already on sale for $3.99 and as you can see, I got another $3 off!!  Only .99 cents for a “special reserve” Tillamook Sharp Cheddar!!  Also, see that Kraft Cheese, with $2.25 worth of clearance stickers??  I bought another one with it ($2.49) and used a coupon:  $1 off 2!  I got two packages of Kraft Shredded cheese for:  $1.73.  That’s about .86 cents a bag.  Not too shabby.  Just like I ALWAYS look through the meat clearance, I also, ALWAYS go through the Dairy cold cases, every time I go shopping, because you never know what you might find!!

These scores are from Safeway, and I love how they use the bright orange colored stickers—it helps me spot them RIGHT away!!  Each grocery store has their own way of tagging dairy/cold case clearance, so keep your eyes peeled!!

AND, remember—–You can ALWAYS use coupons along WITH these clearance items!!!  Woot!  Woot!


Back to it!!

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It’s a new week and a new perspective.

Hallelujah for that!

Let’s see if I can re-group and pull it together again!!!

We did have a marvelous weekend, though!  It started off fabulously with my sister Martha coming up to visit us and giving Mark and I a date night!!!  Oh, how much needed that was!!!  🙂  She had all three kidlings and, from what she reported, the night seemed to go just fine!  Mark and I ate at a wonderful restaurant, had a super tasty dinner, went to a movie and capped the night off with an ice cream cone from DQ.  We had such a great, fun evening.  Thanks, again, Martha!!!

Saturday proved to be just as great!!  Martha stayed the night and my parents came up for a visit!!  We celebrated Valentine’s Day and my Dad’s birthday—we had great food, great conversation and great fun!!  Such a blessed day!!!!

Unfortunately, yesterday, (and the veeeeerrrrry wee hours of the night) started out with a sick little babe who has a sick mommy.  Not the greatest way to spend Valentines’ day, but, let’s hope and pray that Anna and I can kick whatever “this” is, soon!!!

But, as I said, it’s on to a new week and new, grand adventures!  The kids are out of school the next few days, so I’m looking forward to some outings and fun with the kiddos!!!

With that in mind, here’s what our Meal Plan looks like this week:

Monday:  Pork Fried Rice, Green Salad, Smoothies

Tuesday: Homemade Pesto over Cheese Ravioli, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread

Wednesday:  Chili (freezer), Cheese Quesadillas, Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Thursday:  BBQ Meatballs (freezer), Mashed Potatoes (freezer), Fresh Corn Casserole

Friday: BLT’s, Oven-Baked fries, Fruit Salad

Hope you all have a fantastic week!!!


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