Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Happy Veteran’s Day from us at Lumber in my Minivan! Freedom isn’t free, and we are grateful to those who serve our country.

We will resume regular schedule on Wednesday.

Saturday Smiles

We have been kind of AWOL this week, and for good reason. We will be taking Monday off but things should be returning to normal on Wednesday. Hopefully, I’ll have a finished fireplace to show you.

This little lady won herself a trophy and a crown at her dance competition last weekend, and will be headed to Nationals for a pageant in June.

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This tiny girl had a birthday this week- she turned four and had a blast celebrating.

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I took this creeper shot of my hubby and added a sweet caption on social media. He’s used to my silliness by now 🙂

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And we have been working hard to finish the antique fireplace we are refinishing, and to finish our living room and back porch projects.

I also found this hilarious sign and nearly bought it for my classroom.

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We are so close to being finished but trying to get a little more done. I can’t wait to show you everything when we are done.

Until then, have a safe and observant Veteran’s Day. Dont forget to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice. We will see you Wednesday with a fireplace update 🙂

Happy birthday Aubrey!

Four years ago today, the littlest Lumber came into the world. At 36 weeks and after 24 hours of labor, our precious little lady made an appearance. And even though she nearly killed me, she was worth the wait.

She loves dance class, Frozen, playing with dolls and her big sister.

She’s silly, she’s sassy and she’s one of the most cuddly and affectionate children I’ve ever met.

Happy birthday Sunshine! We love you and we are so glad you’re our baby girl. ❤️

Five Friday Favorites: Things I’m Currently Loving

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This Friday, I’d like to share some of my current favorite things, and then next Friday, we will resume with our farmhouse Fridays.

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I hope you all have a had a great week- my oldest daughter got out of school this week. I am jealous- I want to be out too, but I have three weeks left 🙁

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How adorable is this dress from Anthropologie? I don’t need anymore dresses, but I absolutely love this one.  I cannot wait til they mark it down so I can buy it 🙂

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This pink hobnail planter from Afloral wants to be in my house! And for only $8, I can buy more than one 🙂

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This darling little kitchen set from Wayfair for $200. It’s adorable and my children would absolutely love it!

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This set of faux cathedral windows are beautiful and I can already think of at least four places I’d put them in my house.

 

What products or items are you crushing hard on right now? See you tomorrow for a Pinterest roundup!

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month!

In 2014, my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer. Although he had turned 50 the year before and had already survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he had put off his colonoscopy. My mother convinced him to get his test one year later, even though he really didn’t want to.

His routine colonoscopy resulted in doctors discovering a blockage and he had to have a colon resectioning. It was after his surgery that we learned he had colon cancer. Over the next three years, he had aggressive chemo treatments, radiation, seed therapy, and many more surgeries. Despite having excellent medical care, he passed away in 2017. He was 54.

Although my dad didn’t survive cancer, he was able to live three more years after his diagnosis. I believe if he hadn’t had his colonoscopy and discovered his cancer when he did, he would not have lived as long as he did.

Colon cancer is now the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third most common cause of cancer deaths. More than 142,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year, and while 90% of them are 50 or older, colon cancer is on the rise for people in their thirties and forties. Typically, a person doesn’t get their first colonoscopy until they are fifty, unless they have a family history.

There are three things that automatically increase your risk of colon cancer- having a family history, being a carrier of the Lynch syndrome gene, or having an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s Disease. The following lifestyle changes can drastically reduce most people’s risk of colon cancer: maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, exercising regularly, eating a high-fiber, low-fat diet and limiting your sugar and red meats, and getting a yearly physical and blood work. If you are fifty or older, you should get a colonoscopy yearly, but if you carry a high risk of developing colon cancer, you will need to get your first one before age 50.

If you are unsure about what age you need to get your first one, consult your doctor. Consult the infographic below for more information.

Colon cancer is a difficult and often deadly disease, but if caught early, it’s treatable. Making smart lifestyle choices and getting your yearly health screenings can make a huge difference.

Have a great weekend.