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Hello Supermom Fans,

Supermom here.

I'm posting to let you know that I will taking a short leave of absence as my back is still causing me a lot of discomfort.

I just want some of the day to day pressure off of me allowing me to rest my brain.

I have so many things I want to share with you and I will when I feel better.

Thank you for all the wonderful thoughts my way.


CitriStar Citrus Juicer
You'll Never Juice Your Old Way Again

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of SupermomFor months I've had this box on my desk for a back to school post because all kids LOVE freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast before they rush off to school on a busy morning.  Right?  I remember that freshly squeezed orange juice was a treat and mostly served on a weekend at my Mamaw's house.  She used to put the little juice glasses that were filled with freshly squeezed orange juice in the freezer while she baked her biscuits and whipped up some homemade gravy.  Add some crispy bacon and life was just grand.

If I still had my ancient juicer I'd agree with the above and only have this treat on the weekends because it was a huge stresser with halved oranges up to my elbows and by the end of juicing the oranges I was probably ready to hurl my juicer out the window. 

Perhaps that was why it has taken me a month longer to share my experience with you because I was weary of the whole process.  I received a CitriStar Citrus Juicer in the mail and I was finally able to cut some beautiful oranges over the weekend to make some freshly squeezed orange juice. 

This juicer is AWESOME and it makes me happy!!!!!  It's super quick and super easy and super quiet!  I was shocked at how quickly I juiced the whole bag of oranges.  My old twenty year old juicer was never that fast nor that easy.  I'd have to press down pretty hard on my old juicer and it would make a grinding noise and sputter while trying to do its job.   My CitriStar is nothing like that at all.  It had juiced the orange in a matter of seconds and it didn't require all of my strength to press the orange down on the juicer.

I have no problem at all preparing some freshly squeezed orange juice for the kids before school now because I have the best citrus juicer around.  Supermom loves the CitriStar Citrus Juicer!

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom

**I wasn't paid to post this.  I was sent a CitriStar Citrus Juicer for free so that I could share how amazing it is with you!  Thank you.**

Following in my Mamaw's footsteps.

Father's DayMy Mamaw is the matriarch of our family and I say this proudly.  During my forty years of life my Mamaw has been a constant fixture.  I guess this is true for all of us in her family.  Again we are all {probably} proud of this.  I cannot speak for the rest of us.

My Mamaw became a grandmother at a very early stage in her life and I'm sure she wasn't exactly tickled about that.  My Dad and Mom were practically babies themselves when they had me and my brother then they had to experience the death of a child.  Michael, my twin, was seven days old when he died.  I cannot even begin to imagine such loss to two young and brand new parents.  I never realized this thought until writing this blog post and it saddens me.

I've always wondered if that lost feeling in my life, throughout my whole life, was losing my brother whom I shared a womb with and now I must imagine how my parents felt with losing a newborn son.  Their son.

At this point I'm guessing the maternal instinct took over in Mamaw and she took care of little Michelle when she was finally released from the hospital months after being born.

In a sense, she raised me, taking care of me when my own parents needed that older wisdom she possessed even though she was a young grandmother herself.  I have many amazing memories with my Mamaw and Papaw as you know if you are a regular reader here.

We continue to make wonderful memories with Mamaw and I'm extremely happy that all four of my children have a relationship with her.

With this being said, I became a young mother at twenty years old and my grandmother helped show me the ropes with my own children.  It was much needed help and advice when I was seeking answers or if I was just exhausted from parenting the children.  She has been there for me with all four children and I am thankful.  At times you need the encouragement and kind words that only a Mamaw can give. 

My children have both a mom and dad and a step-mom and a step-dad and they have a Mamaw.  She has been the “other” parent in the equation at times when needed.  Helping raise these youngin's and now she even gives them advice on their life.

Pretty awesome that Mamaw had been a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and pretty soon she will be a great great grandmother in her lifetime.  And pretty soon I will be a  Mamaw like she is.  It's hard for me to imagine that I've reached this stage in my own life.  A grandmother.  Nodding.  Wow.  It just doesn't seem possible but it is.

My Mamaw helped with my children and now I will be helping them in a way that she helped me by caring for my granddaughter while my daughter finishes college.  H is in her third year at our local college and I told her that I would keep the baby for her to finish school.  In my mind finishing her college education is extremely important and I want to do everything possible to make sure that happens.

I'm pulling a  Mamaw.  Said with a smile.  I'm going to help out in any way I can to help my children.  Just like my Mamaw did for me.

I'm going to be the best Mamaw EVER!!!  Well, I'll come in a close second right after my Mamaw. 

{This one time at band camp.}

I was collecting the kids from school and Lovely O is talking about one of her best friends getting their ears pierced tomorrow and she was asking them if they'd come to her funeral if she died while having it done.

Silly girl.

While driving down the road O was asking about this place that was never finished being built and she was curious as to why.

I belted out,

“Perhaps, they got their ears pierced.”

Bad Mommy.


Throwback Thursday #TT
{My my, look how we've changed.}

Michelle Lee @The Adventures of Supermom

Diaper Cake
{I'm crafty like that.}

I wanted to create something adorable for H's baby shower so I was cruising Pinterest for ideas and came across diaper cakes!  Diaper cakes are so freaking adorable because they allow you to buy all these cute baby things to make this awesome “cake” to share with the parents to be.

Like a great school project.

Here, take these and make something great with them!

{I think I might miss school.}

Here's what you do:

Buy your cute baby stuff.  I suggest the Dollar Tree for lots of fun goodies.

Making a Diaper Cake

Making a Diaper Cake

The Adventures of Supermom, Michelle Lee

Supermom and Superdad
{I was invited to an event and my husband was my date. My HOT date!}

Recently I was invited to a book signing and, luckily for me, my husband was my date.  There was a private dinner after and it was such a lovely night.

This is now my favorite picture of us!  What do you think honey?

Michelle lee

{I will tell you more about the event at a later time.}

Recently said on Facebook
{You should follow me there! I'm addicting!!}

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom{Click HERE to friend me on Facebook.}

Dear Facebook.
Thank you for the suggestions of people I may know. Yes, in fact, I do know my ex husband. We do have two great kids together. Duh!

Messing with the baby and she's kicking me. She is going to be a Ninja.

Yes, if you live local I sent a few of you invites to like my church's Facebook page that I help run. Grace Episcopal Church is am amazing place to worship and the people are also amazing. I'm glad that I found them. I have missed going to church and helping in the office on Wednesdays since I've hurt my back :*(

Writing a blog post about how I am a shit parent. Nodding. This should be entertaining.

My six-year-old about gave a presentation at school this morning. Why we are running late by Ninja. I couldn't agree on a pair of shoes. And then I was arguing in the driveway with my mommy and wouldn't get in the van. I gave the neighbors a show.

Morning. It's what they call wordless Wednesday. Wonder if I can get the kids to play along?

Two kids for sale. Ages nine and six. Everything included.

Oh Em Gee. Watching The Blacklist.

Doctor Who is losing my interest this season.

Just cleaned up my half of the closet and tidied up the door where my scarves are.

I really wish my wrap was finished so I could wear it tonight.

Sitting on my ice. Crocheting. Watching Bob's Burgers.

FYI today is National Vodka Day. I know I will be drinking this great alcoholic beverage as I've been invited to a media event and dinner downtown. I love my job/blog.

Up. Bad dream. My back is killing me. Which is why I had the dream I bet. Anyway. Good morning.

Good morning. Our camp-out was successful. My back didn't like it. Now we're going to go make some biscuits.

Ninja named my pimple Stevie.

I am uploading a video for The Adventures of Supermom. I talk about my trademark, books, even try to speak in a Dutch accent and try to get Siri to let me call him James.

Losing A Tooth {Boy, she likes to hang onto them!}

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom

Ninja Gurl finally lost her SECOND TOOTH!!!!!  About damn time.  And it's not even the one that has been hanging on my a thread since April.  Yeah, she's still got that one.  It's pretty gross but no amount of bribing her to pull it has worked.

{I've even told her that if she let me pull it RIGHT now that I'd take her to The Toy Box and buy her whatever she wanted!!!!!!}

And that didn't even work!  If you are local and know about The Toy Box then you know that it's every kids favorite place in Asheville.  Even better than Toys R Us if you can imagine.  I even love it there and feel like a kid and I want to build with the blocks and play with the train table.  {nodding}

It was adorable when the tooth came out.  She was in her bedroom playing with her friends and they were yelling that she lost a tooth.  She came into the living room sort of in a daze with tears in her eyes and blood on her mouth.  Poor baby.  She was like I felt something hard in my mouth and I knew that I didn't put anything in my mouth so I pulled it out and it was a tooth.

HA HA!!  I didn't put anything in my mouth!!!!!

I love her so much!  She is a total baby doll and my baby.

The tooth fairy always makes it special when she comes.  She sprinkles fairy dust in places and on the money.  She's really nice like that because all girls love fairy dust.  After the tooth fairy came there was fairy dust all over the place and on us.  I looked in the mirror and I was all sparkly.

I walked into the kitchen and told everyone, "Either the tooth fairy came last night or I am a vampire."  Only Superdad and Ben got it but that was okay because it made me laugh.

We sparkled for days and there is still fairy dust on her bed.

I love being a mom.  I'm pretty good at it I think.  My kids can tell me in about twenty years how I did and how therapy is going for them.  {gentle smile}

Throwback Thursday #TT Asheville, North Carolina
{Friends from school hitting the town.}

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom

Margaritas at lunch.  {She was driving.}

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom

He had ninny while we feasted on coffee roasted pork.

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom

Eating in style.  {Me love some baby toes!}

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom

Then we enjoyed peanut butter pie.  YUMMY!

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom

Best Friends and a Baby in Asheville, North Carolina.

Edward Marc Chocolatier's Breast Cancer Awareness Treats!
{October 2014}

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Edward MarcThe Edward Marc Chocolatier Nonpareils are made with signature Edward Marc Chocolatier chocolate and coated with pink nonpareils. When you purchase these decadent pink treats, 20% of this product’s online sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Chocolate Treats for a Great Cause!

Edward Marc Chocolatier Pink Nonpareils
Price:$9.50 for a cylinder
Available online at: www.EdwardMarc.com

Edwarn Marc

**I wasn't paid to post this.  I was sent my very own Pink Nonpareils to enjoy.  Thank you!**

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Since October is Breast Cancer awareness month there is something I want to share with you. Someone very close to me is a breast cancer survivor for over sixteen years now.

A wonderful woman who means the world to me.

A woman that has always been there for me and my children.

A woman that loves me unconditionally.

A woman that is proud of me.

She is a strong willed woman that has taught me how to be one as well. She is the first person I call when I get up in the morning or when I hear something I think she'll want to know, or if I want advice. She is also the person I call every night to tell her my love and that I'll talk with her in the morning.

This special Breast Cancer Survivor is my Mamaw. I blog about her all the time because she is such a BIG part of my life. She really means the world to me. Her name is Betty and she is 84 years young. She is a widow, my papaw died from a heart attack 20+ years ago. She never remarried because she always would say, "When you had the best you will never find anyone like them". They ran off and got married when she was thirteen I believe. They have two sons together and then they basically raised me. I am the only grandchild, which I totally love. I have given her four wonderful great grandchildren that she SPOILS 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week.

Michelle Lee
July, 4 2014 {The Hens}

How cancer entered our family:

I remember when she told me it was cancer. I was pregnant with B2 (16 years ago). It was Christmas time. I sat in the doctor’s office, trying to fight back the tears while listening to her doctor. She chose to take the whole breast off and go from there. I was so scared. My Mamaw had breast cancer. How could I possibly live without her in my life?

She had her breast removed the day after CHRISTMAS! I was up there the whole time, never leaving her side. After they brought her back to her room, where I had been waiting, I remember going to the bathroom breaking down, thanking God for letting her come back to me. I sat in a chair by her bed until she went home. She would have done the same thing for me. Well, she has done the same for me.

Everything came back wonderful!! Her lymph nodes looked great. She didn't want chemo or radiation. She just wanted to heal from losing her breast and that's what she did.

Not a day goes by that I don't thank God for my Mamaw. She has been a big part of my life that I don't know what I would have done if she hadn't of beat cancer.

Mamaw and Sophie

I am a big supporter of Breast Cancer. I buy the pink. I donate to the cause. I hope that one day there will be a cure.

This post is Dedicated to my Mamaw Betty. I love you!

Best Breakfast Ever
{Brought to you by Thomas' Limited Edition Bagels & English Muffins and Président Butter.}

Michelle Lee, THe Adventures of Supermom

I've been having the best breakfast lately!!!  I was sent the new limited edition flavor from Thomas' Bagels & English Muffins in the mail recently and they were smelling the kitchen up!  In a yummy delicious way that is.  I've been enjoying my Pumpkin Spice bagels and english muffins toasted with butter and extra butter!  Thomas' has been making these great yummy limited editions lately and they are spoiling me by sending them my way.

Do you know what goes with a hot bagel or english muffin?  BUTTER!!!!!  I have found my FaVoRiTe butter EVER!!!!!  It was also sent to me for review and I am so thankful!!!  I love butter!!!!  Real butter!!  None of that fake stuff that's like one molecule away from plastic. 

Président, which is also famous for its cheese, is prized because:
·      Butter contains 100% cream with no added oils
·      It’s luxurious texture, full nutty flavor and rich golden color
·      Ranked #3 amongst 13 cultured butters by top food critics
·      Cultured cream adds a distinct flavor not present in sweet cream butter

I'm so happy that two great companies sent me two amazing products to try!  They came when I needed them the most, while recovering from my crazy back injury.

Check out these two great companies by clicking HERE {Thomas'} and HERE { Président}.

PS.  The plate is one my girls made at Fired Up! Creative Lounge in downtown Asheville.

**I wasn't paid to post this and the opinions expressed belong entirely to me, Michelle Lee.**

Toasted Coconut
{Supermom is in the Kitchen again.}

Michelle Lee
Second Batch.

Our babies love toasted coconut!!  We put it in their lunchboxes!!  A yummy treat that is sweet like candy.  One thing about toasted coconut is that it's expensive!!  I'm not talking that blue can of coconut that your grandmother uses to bake with, I am talking a packet of toasted coconut from the organic grocery store.

It's a bit pricey.

Yanno what?

I am an intelligent amateur chef and made my own.

{At a fraction of the cost!}

The first batch I added powdered sugar and maple flavoring and the second time I added more powdered sugar {because the first batch wasn't sweet enough} and vanilla flavoring.  IT WAS A HUGE HIT!  Even a neighborhood child that claimed he didn't like toasted coconut went home with a small bag.

{Insert smile here.}

The Adventures of Supermom does a video.

I talk about trademarking a name, my kids being home, this HUGE pimple on my chin {not suitable for kids} and I try to get Siri to let me call him James.  {He has a British accent - my phone.}

Enjoy!  Don't forget to comment about my new lipstick color.  BIG KISSES!!!  MWAH!!

My Mamaw and My Papaw
{Two Very Important People}

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of SupermomA few weeks ago I had the best dream ever!!!  A dream where you don't want to wake up because it's so good!  My Papaw was there and even though I knew he was dead in the dream I was so happy to see him because I couldn't figure how he was there.  Hugging him.  Crying.  Kissing him.  Sitting in his lap at one time.  Telling him how much I missed him.  He looked just the way I remember him even with those ankle boots that zip up on the side.  {He was always dressed in slacks, button up shirts and those boots.  I don't think I ever saw him in jeans.}  I just wish I could hear his voice in my head.  I know the tone of his voice but I want to hear it.  There was a great line in Ulysses about this and I remember while reading the book I got really upset because I couldn't remember my Papaw's voice.

My twin brother Michael was also in the dream.  Michael died when we were only seven days old.  There are no pictures of Michael.  In my dream he had dark straight hair.  I kept asking him all these questions and he we sort of rolling his eyes at me because to him we'd known each other all this time and I was being the annoying little sister.  But to me I wanted to know all about him.  Where had he been?  What was he doing now?  What did he like?  What did he not like?  So many questions in such a short span of time.

My Mamaw was there too.

It was just the four of us.

Papaw, Mamaw, Michael and me.

I woke up and just cried and cried.

The dream was so real that I could just see myself there with my family.

I'm so glad that I had that dream.

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom
In Canada acting silly.

Michelle Lee, The Adventures of Supermom
In Canada again.