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My Date with 3 Men

I have been wanting a date with these three men for such a long time and Sunday I finally got a chance. 

my date with three men

Malik came home Friday for Spring Break from Bowie State University, hubby is feeling strong enough and comfortable enough to be around crowds after a long winter of Chemo treatments and Tayair decided to hang out with us as well.

Blake and Malik our oldest son, Tayair

 

Many thanks to Johnnie Lonon, who you will remember was featured in my “Millennials Making History” blog feature, but in case you missed it, click here to read the post.  Johnnie is an Account Executive for the 76ers and he invited us to a game. 

I know all about the Sixer’s record but going to one of their home games in Philly wasn’t all about the game or even the team, it was getting in some family time with my three men.

Philadelphia 76ers SUV Sixers Scoreboard

As a mother of sons, my heart is always with them even when they leave home and often times it is very difficult to view them as grown or almost grown men…I can still feel their little hands grabbing me around the leg!

Our youngest son at the 76ers game

Life has a way of flying by even when you aren’t having fun and those precious family times become fleeting which is why I try to grab a few when I can.  So not only did I have a date with my hubby and 2 sons on Sunday, but I also got a date with my youngest on Saturday when he and I went shopping at Goodwill, Plato’s Closet and the Dover Mall…despite the fact I had to pay for everything.  

Although he probably wanted to be with his buddies, if you look at his face you will see that he had as much fun as I did yet my heart was much more full!

shopping at Goodwill shopping at Plato's Closet

The date at the Wells Fargo Center was nice, the dinner was alright, $8 slices of pizza and $7 sodas, but the best part was just being with my three men #blessed

8.00 slice of pizza

 

Wells Fargo Center in Philly

Okay, so how many of you moms of mini men can relate, chime in and leave me a comment.


Thanksgiving Weekend Wrap Up – Movie with my Men

Thanksgiving Weekend Wrap Up

This year our Turkey Day was low key, but that’s exactly how we needed it to be. Hubby has two more Chemo treatments, the last one will be 12/23 and we are looking forward to entering 2016 Cancer FREE!

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Malik arrived home from Bowie State University on Saturday evening. Thankfully, his aunt drove him home so I didn’t need to make that trip down and it was wonderful to see him when I got home. I couldn’t believe how much my ‘baby’ had grown since August…just look at those “guns”

muscle man arms

no words…

It was a leisurely Turkey Day which started by watching the Macy’s Day Parade, cooking the Jennie-O Turkey which was delicious and then relaxing with Tayair while he and his father watched football and the Eagles lost again!

Jennie O Turkey Avi

This is a great turkey!

Philadelphia Eagles lost again

Philadelphia Eagles lost again!

I am not one who ventures out on Black Friday, so no bargains were had for us, instead we all watched movies together in the family room and munched on Thanksgiving dinner leftovers.  It was a lazy two days!

Lazy day

selfie with the sons

Saturday the mini men and I headed to a matinee at Westown Movies to see “Creed” and it was definitely a good movie. I loved the storyline, the actors but best of all, hanging with my sons.  

The last movie we saw together was Polar Express and the last time I was at Westown was to cover their Grand Opening, remember this post?

Our neighbor, Kyla works at the theatre and she was glad to see the guys as they are now all at different colleges.

at Westown Movie Theatre

they all grew up together

Creed at Westown Movies

Creed at Westown Movies in Middletown

After the movie we went to Ruby Tuesday for dinner and had a great meal, the Apple Cider Spritzer was very refreshing, I actually drank two glasses!

I ordered the Asiago Sirloin and Fried Shrimp, something that I haven’t done in over a decade. I don’t normally eat red meat and never fried shrimp, but it was the holiday so I splurged a little and it was worth it!  

Tayair’s meal was plated better than mine so I took a picture of his.

Dinner at Ruby Tuesdays

We popped over to Walmart, Marshalls and Kohl’s before heading home for the evening. Walmart had several of their Statement necklaces on clearance for $2.00 and a few Frank’s Red Hot sauce gift ideas on display as well as over at Kohl’s.

Statement Necklaces at Walmart

Frank's RedHot Gift Set

Frank’s RedHot Gift Set

Frank's RedHot Recipe Book

Frank’s RedHot Recipe Book

It was definitely a great Saturday night to be out and about hanging with my mini men.

What I wore on the weekend

What I wore to the movies

It’s tough getting both of them together to pose with me, but hubby and I were able to capture a few shots before I drove Malik back to school and the very last one he “allowed” me to take was when I dropped him off on campus.  

soda and a smile

a soda and a smile made my day

hard to get a group shot

me and my mini men

the loves of my life

my sons, the loves of my life

Bowie State University

see ya later son!

Well that was my Weekend Wrap Up, how was your Thanksgiving Holiday?


From the Hooters to the Tooter, Get Checked During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

From the Hooters to the Tooter, Get Them Checked During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is more than a month of falling leaves, trips to the Apple Orchards and Crock Pot meals. For me it also signals the time to put my legs in stirrups and to have my boobies mashed between two metal plates. Yep, it’s time for the annual exams for the hooters and the tooter, which also includes scheduling a colonoscopy.

I am so proud of hubby, as his chemo treatments are kicking colon cancer’s butt, so I need to make sure that my butt stays healthy as well.

2013 MAMMOGRAM

After checking both my work and home calendars I try to schedule my annual Pap Smear and Mammogram appointments on the same day. It’s so easy to get caught up with work and family, not to mention the holiday hoopla then forget to make an appointment.

get an annual breast exam

Oftentimes, I will mix the day of appointments with a day of pampering starting with the dreaded pap smear, followed by lunch, then the mammogram and finally a pedicure ~ works for me!

I don’t care how old I am, how long I’ve been having these procedures done, nor the fact that they are uncomfortable.  All three of these vital exams must be done annually…no if’s, and’s or butt’s about it!

GET YOUR BUTT CHECKED

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month however, if you haven’t scheduled an appointment this month, make it for next month, just make it! 

We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer which is more of a reason to schedule an appointment ~ no excuses.  

CANCER DON’T CARE!  

ihatecancer in memory of Rene

In loving memory of Debra Clarke, Hazel Woods and Rene McCrea


The Amazing Miracle Cleanse


Hello friends,

most of you know that hubby was diagnosed with small intestinal cancer for which he had surgery on March 31st.  His last two appointments have shown no signs of it, but he will still need to have blood tests taken every few months.

He actually started having digestive problems at the age of 45, hence the annual colonoscopies before the cancer was detected.  However, even now with the removal of it he still experiences bowel problems.  

Varies laxatives, both prescribed and over the counter fill our medicine cabinet but nothing seems to work all the time.  He eats plenty of fruits and veggies, very little to no red meat and is back to exercising, however, the problems still exists.  

Now that I’ve the opportunity to order Green Tree Life Sciences “The Amazing Miracle Cleanse” from Amazon.com, I’m hoping it might actually be the miracle cleanse that works. This all natural detox and colon cleanse dietary supplement is supposed to provide results in 12-24 hours to those suffering from constipation, gas and bloating.

The Amazing Miracle Cleanse  

The Amazing Miracle Cleanse can be taken as needed or as a 15-day cleanse detoxification when taking 2 capsules a day for 2 weeks. I’ll check with hubby to see if he wants to give it a try, who knows, this just might be just what his colon needs.  If he does and it works, I’ll come back to this post with the results.

Have you ever tried a cleanse?  If not, but are interested, use the code TOMOSON5 to receive a $10 discount on your order of The Amazing Miracle Cleanse.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Summer Salad with Jicama & Pineapple

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!  

Summer is the perfect time to eat lighter and healthier salads so when hubby brought home a jicama, I decided to try it in a new salad recipe.  A jicama is a crispy, sweet, edible tuber that looks like a turnip but has the crispness of a pear.  When choosing one from the produce department, select a small to medium one as they are sweeter than the larger variety. jimaca - medium

This vegetable is popular in Mexican cuisine and the jicama‘s unique flavor is great in salads, salsas, and vegetable platters.  Hubby read that they also inhibits the growth and spread of colon cancer to other areas of the body so I knew it would become a part of our regular diet.  

Today’s Friday Foodie Feature

Jicama and Pineapple Salad

Summer Salad with Jicama and Pineappple

Summer Salad with Jicama

Ingredients:

Juice of 1 lime or use bottled lime juice

1 medium jicama – julienned

1/3 cup of finely chopped cilantro or 1 crushed cube of Knorr’s cilantro

1 cup of fresh cubed pineapple

After washing and peeling the jicama, cut it julienne style and mix it together with the lime juice, chopped cilantro and the pineapple chunks in a large bowl. Refrigerate an hour then serve – quick, easy, and nutritious!

I also checked online and found some other great recipes so I am looking forward to trying jicama in different dishes each week.

Jicama and Pineapple Salad

Let's Chat have you tried any new foods lately?

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Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

BTW – don’t forget to come back at 6:00 p.m. for the Weekend Wind-Down Party!


Super Foods for Seniors | Cancer Fighters

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I trust you all have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter/Resurrection Sunday. This week’s chapter of Super Foods is near and dear to my heart, especially since hubby just had surgery to remove the cancer from his small intestines.

Super Foods Cancer Fighters

Many believe as I do that we all have cancerous cells but it’s not known what triggers them in some and not in others.  It is also believed that there are foods that contain natural compounds that defend your body against cancer.  These are just a few of them:

  • Blueberries – the antioxidants in these berries are tough on cancer and it’s development

  • Mushrooms – contains ergothioneine which is a cell-protecting antioxidant

  • Broccoli Sprouts – these baby bloomers are more potent than the adult version, broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane, a cancer fighter

Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli Sprouts

  • Cereal – cereal fortified with Vitamin D can cut risk of colon, breast and ovarian cancer

  • Pomegranate Juice – the extract helps to prevent prostate cancer

  • Garlicallicin and sulfur compounds can rev up your immune system

  • Tomatoes – rich in lycopene which contain anti-cancer powers, which is also found in watermelon, pink and red grapefruit, sweet red pepper, cooked asparagus and red cabbage

tomatoes and garlic

  • Brazil Nuts -helps your body resist cancers of the esophagus, lung, stomach, colon and rectum.  They contain selenium, which is an anti-cancer nutrient

  • Walnuts – a few walnuts a day may help prevent prostate cancer

  • Cantaloupe – beta carotene and other carotenoids helps to lower the risk of head, neck, mouth, uterus, prostate and blood cancers.

  • Lima Beansinositol pentakisphoshate may inhibit growth of cancer and may even make anti-cancer drugs more effective

  • Cabbage – eating cabbage at least once per week provides extra lung cancer protection, it can also help to prevent colon, brain, breast, stomach, and bladder cancers.

  • Sweet Peppers – antioxidant powers of vitamin C can save you from cancers of the stomach, throat, lung, bladder and pancreas.  Other foods rich is Vitamin C are strawberries, broccoli, cantaloupe and brussels sprouts.

Sweet Peppers

  • Broccoliindole-3-carbinol is a natural cancer foe found in broccoli

  • Tumeric – curcumin is an antioxidant that helps to prevent eight types of cancers – lung, blood, breast, stomach, colon, mouth, skin and liver

  • Olive Oil – monounsaturated fatty acid found in olive oil targets the main gene that promotes breast cancer

  • Turnip Greens – lowers the risk of colon cancer

  • Barley – cuts risk by 40% if you raise your daily fiber intake to 35 grams

  • Black Beans – eating beans 3 times per week may lower your risk of colon cancer especially for red meat lovers

  • Sauerkraut – eating three servings a week lowers your chance for breast cancer, make sure to rinse and drain before eating to cut down on the sodium

Turnip Greens and Beans

  • Black Raspberries – the ellagic acid may prevent 4 kinds of cancer, lung, liver, skin and esophagus

  • Strawberries – a good source of pectin, a cancer foe

  • Cranberriesproanthocyanidins in these berries fights leukemia, colon cancer and lung cancer cells

  • Peanuts – resveratrol in nuts is a cancer fighting antioxidant

  • Green Tea – drinking green tea regularly could cut your risk of esophageal cancer by up to 50%

  • Apricots – beta carotene in this fruit could cut your odds of some stomach and intestinal cancers

berries

  • Asparagus – antioxidant glutathione may help defend against disease and cell damage which is an effective cancer fighter

  • Beets – just a half of cup of beets in a salad gives you almost a fifth of the daily folate that your body needs which is needed especially if you smoke

Cancer is a disease of abnormal, out-of-control cell growth.  If not held in check, cancer can spread through the body, destroying other organs and tissues.  Breast cancer is most common in women, and for men it’s prostate cancer.  

However, as written in my previous post “Cancer Don’t Care” it can effect anyone despite the foods you eat or don’t eat, whether you smoke or not, sunbathe or not, please be vigilant in getting your physical exams and check early and often if cancer is prevalent in your family.

Today I’m hanging out with Tough Cookie Mommy for Monday Mingle, so come on over.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Cancer Don’t Care | Thankful Thursday

For far too many years, we have had several relatives affected by cancer, mostly breast but lung and colon cancer has also reared their ugly heads.  We watched them go through treatment, recovery, get worse, become survivors or die.  Cancer don’t care who you are, where you live, or even how you live. breast cancer awareness

Lung cancer has taken the lives of smokers as well as non-smokers and breast cancer invades the bodies of men as well as women and for far too long.

We have watched the deterioration of some and dealt with the sudden death of others. We have grieved as a family and attended the funerals and memorial services.  Cancer don’t care about any of this.

My mother-in-law battled colon cancer, she put up a good fight, in and out of Hospice Care for over a year until her small frame, weighing less than 100 lbs could no longer take it…she died on Saturday August 31, 2013. colorectal cancer awareness

“You have cancer” is a phrase that no one ever wants to hear, especially a healthy, active, non smoking, non drinking man who is entering his next phase of life.  Retirement papers signed after 32 years with the State of Delaware…now onward to that 2nd half of life and getting a start on the “honey-do” list.

Cancer Don’t Care!

Colonoscopy began at the age of 45, he ate little to no red meat, exercised daily, had a happy life with a happy wife and kids in slow suburban Middletown, DE.

Cancer Don’t Care!  

Years of pain and an irritable bowel, yet, no detection of cancer, until one specialist working in God’s favor does an endoscopy and there is was hidden in the small intestines.  

Cancer Don’t Care!

Diagnosed on the 21st…surgery on the 26th with no signs it has spread, and guess who’s home today!   colon cancer survivor

God is Good and

I AM THANKFUL!!!!!!!!!

 

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Cancer Doesn’t Care | Small Intestinal Cancer

“I was a senior in High School when my father was diagnosed with cancer”

Most of us has read or at least heard this statement, or you may have even said it yourself, I just never thought my youngest son would be uttering these words…

Yes, my husband of 23 years was recently diagnosed with Colon Cancer, actually, the cancer is located in his small intestine.  Small intestinal cancer is an uncommon cancer that comprises about 1% to 2% of all gastrointestinal cancers.  As you read this post, he and I are meeting with the physician who will be performing the surgery.

colon cancer awareness month

Ironically March is Colon Cancer Awareness month and although it is recommended you start having a colonoscopy at the age of 50, I ask that you consider beginning it earlier, especially if you have any symptoms.  My husband never smoked, drank or ate “bad” foods, he stayed active and continues to workout on a regular basis but cancer doesn’t care!

He started having colonoscopies at the age of 45 and although he had many of the symptoms it was only recently diagnosed with a endoscopy.  I trust and believe that the surgery will remove all of those cancerous polyps and ask that you pray for him and our family.  I will keep you posted as more information is gathered.

wear blue for my father

  Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

 

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