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After almost 12 years of troubles with my, well, lady parts, I’m proud to say that I’m on a new path to recovery! On Tuesday morning, 11/27/12, I arrived at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital at 6:30 am. An hour later I was oblivious and I finally woke up in my hospital room at around 3pm that afternoon. I had been semi-conscious a few times throughout the day but was in a lot of pain and very drowsy and don’t remember much. I experienced a fever and had some minor complications with my lungs from being on the ventilator during surgery. But, I did pretty well according to my doctor and the assisting doctor whom I’d never met prior to surgery.

One of the things that I found most ironic was that when I woke up, I was in a rather familiar place, the room where I delivered my daughter almost…

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#Black Friday…Yay or Nay?

Are you standing in line first thing the Friday morning after Thanksgiving? Or Thanksgiving night? I’m not. I just don’t buy into all of the hype and feel like those jokes running around Facebook about being thankful on Thursday and greedy on Friday really hold some truth.

I can’t stand to read stories about people being trampled in stores and even gun fights. To me, even as a frugal Mom, no sale is worth any of that. And, I prefer to teach my children that the season’s hottest toy is either within reach or not. I’m not going to fight for something that really, in the greater scheme of things, has no value. Luckily, they understand.

I do often take advantage of a couple of other promotions around this time of year like “Small Business Saturday” where local business are patronized rather than the big box stores. I truly believe that these local stores, especially in smaller communities, really support the structure of our downtowns and put dollars back into the community. Plus, some of these small stores have the neatest gifts that really jump out at you with someone’s name on them. Much more fun than shopping isle after isle of household goods trying to find something for that hard to buy for person in your life.

Of course, I’m not a total prude. There certainly are things that my kids ask for that can’t be bought in these local shops, especially electronics and video games and the like. For those items, I’m a huge fan of Cyber Monday. Great deals online and no crowds. That’s my kind of shopping!

Whatever avenue you chose to shop, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe weekend! Please do be grateful for what you have and foster the spirit of giving and caring. You don’t need a single cent to check in on someone, smile at your neighbor and wish someone a happy Holiday!


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Free Amazon Prime and UPS MyChoice #holidayshopping


If you do a lot of shopping on Amazon or are a Kindle or Roku owner you will not want to miss this One-Month Free Amazon Prime Membership. I’ve had it for a couple of years and it really does pay for itself, over and over. You get FREE two day shipping, instant access to tons of Amazon Prime streaming movies and one free Kindle book per month. Overnight shipping for Prime members I just $3.99 and you can get the Kindle version of my book, Moms at Home: A Collection of Recipes for free!

When you sign up, you’ll enter your credit card info but you can go into your prime account settings and choose not to upgrade. You will still receive the benefits for the remainder of your one-month trial and the membership will automatically terminate without charging your card! If you choose to stay with Prime you can pay the $7.99 per month membership fee or pay for a year in advance at a discounted rate of $79.


I recently signed up for UPS MyChoice for free! I’ve since had one or two packages come by UPS and can attest that this works and is a really neat service for anyone that shops online via Amazon, eBay an any online store. Free members can choose to:

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PS: I also use Swagbucks to earn free Amazon gift cards. It really does work and just takes minutes a day. You should check it out!

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Missletoad? Kissing Toe? Holiday Traditions According to a 6yr old!


“Once you stand under it you have to get a kiss.” Under what? “The missletoad! I mean the kissingtoe!” Ah, yes. The traditional Mistletoe according to a six-year-old. Some of the things that this kid says are almost too cute to correct! I asked my Husband if I kissed him under the “missletoad” if he would turn into a Prince. He didn’t find the notion nearly as funny as I did!

Anyway, the whole kissingtoe conversation really got me thinking about some of the Holiday traditions we have and where they originated. With Google literally in hand, I set out to find out where the Mistletoe tradition came from.

It certainly didn’t start out sweet as, according to Wikipedia, mistletoe was used as a weapon in the 13th Century “the god Baldr is killed by his brother, the blind god Höðr, by way of a mistletoe projectile.” For the next three centuries Mistletoe was thought to represent fertility due to its berries and a perceived connection between them and…sperm?

It wasn’t until the 16th Century that our notion of mistletoe and kissing became documented with ties to religious customs in England. Still, the custom wasn’t associated with Christmas until the 18th Century. The type of Mistletoe used for Christmas decorations today is , also according to Wikipedia, the same type that was considered sacred by he Ancient Druids. It’s also a PARASITE that grows on trees!

Wikipedia continues to provide further explanation of the tradition,

According to ancient Christmas custom, a man and a woman who meet under a hanging of mistletoe were obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Scandinavian origin. It was described in 1820 by American author Washington Irving in his The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon
‘The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.'”

Whatever the origin, kissing beneath the mistletoe is a cute and fun tradition and, even if my husband won’t turn into a prince, I will look forward to meeting him in the archway where we’ll hang our mistletoe next month! After all, he is already the “King” of my heart! Xoxo

What are some of your favorite Holiday traditions and customs? Do you know where they originated? I’m going to be posting about a few more of ours in the coming weeks. I’d love to hear from you about yours in the meantime!

(Reblogged from my other blog, Erica R. Buteau.)

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Thinking About Thanks Before Thanksgiving #whatimthankfulfor

Sharing my blog post from my “Professional” blog with my Moms at Home Fans!

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As Thanksgiving approaches, I am thinking a lot about what I’m thankful for. There are so many things! Many of my friends have been posting on Facebook about what they are thankful for each day this month. I didn’t really get there and so, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do and thought that a blog post might cover a tiny portion of all of the things that I have to be thankful for. Speaking of blogging, I’m certainly thankful for my readers, friends, fans and followers. Your comments, feedback and support really have meant the world to me and you are all why I keep coming back and typing away. Of course, I am thankful for my beautiful family. The kids are healthy, happy and doing quite well. I’m thankful for the little things with them, like, my youngest who is currently sitting on the floor next…

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