Planning a Summer Trip? Use Valpak!

Sandra Lee  |  2015-07-02 16:13:21  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Save up for your summer trip by using Valpak deals, like these ones at valpak.com/travel.
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Great Deals at Valpak!

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-30 16:28:18  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Did you know Valpak, which is sent to millions of homes, has great deals online too!?

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Rose Razzle-Dazzle

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-24 21:03:25  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Looking for a lovely topper to a mini bundt cake?

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Fresh Flowers

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-24 20:45:26  |  Sandra Lee Blog

For your centerpiece, buy bright bunches of flowers from the grocery store, then regroup them in small monochromatic bouquets. 

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Happy Father's Day!

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-20 18:26:54  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers, brothers, uncles and wonderful men in our lives. This is a picture of me with ...

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Medical Monday

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-19 16:03:27  |  Sandra Lee Blog

 

I sooo want to tell all of you that everything is going perfectly, that it's fine, but what I hear is "you aren't out of the woods yet."  I feel like every time I go to a doctor's appointment I'm looking for a gold star that never comes. He says at least another four weeks before we know for sure. It is incredible to me how long this healing process takes and although I do feel great energy coming back to me daily I have to stay put and be so very careful, as 24 hours can make a huge difference on whether you get sick again or not. 
I know I will be up and around any minute - I cannot wait to hit the beach somewhere, at this point, anywhere. 
If I could write my OWN story, I'd have brighter news for you to start your week. But I am trying to use positive imaging - to picture myself being 100 percent well, and on that beach. Maybe planning for the Fourth of July weekend, and my birthday! As you know I was in the hospital Memorial Day weekend, so the Fourth is EXTRA special to me this year. What are you planning to do for YOUR Fourth of July Weekend? Barbeques? Picnics? A Parade? And what are the cocktails? Let me know so I can dream about being with you sipping on something refreshing!

I sooo want to tell all of you that everything is going perfectly, that it's fine, but what I hear is "you aren't...

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Roses and Relaxation

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-18 22:09:31  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Roses relax me, and they're in full bloom right now. These rose bushes are attached to my potting shed, which I spend as much time in lately as possible.

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Random Acts of Kindness

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-17 01:50:35  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Today I'm spending some time going through all the beautiful letters I received from all of you.
The special notes and the special cards were so appreciated.

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Trying Something New: Hyperbaric Chamber

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-15 17:30:29  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Today I'm going to try something completely unusual: it's called a hyperbaric chamber. It's specifically for burns and the healing of infection - it's a massive oxygen tank you sit in and breathe pure oxygen. At this point I'm going to try anything and everything - I absolutely do not want to go back into a massive surgical procedure.

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Outdoors Again Today

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-12 17:01:00  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Yay - I'm outdoors again today!

First thing I do in the morning is I feed the birds. Phoenix and Halo, of course, and then the birds that live in Lily Pond. 

It makes me feel better. It makes me feel like I still have the same routine as I did before I got sick.

Somehow I think the birds and the animals that live here know something is different, it's like they sense something isn't the same.

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Going Through My Books

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-12 15:22:52  |  Sandra Lee Blog

When I woke up this morning, I thought about what I want to do today. When I have a big day out and about I'm down for at least two days afterwards, so staying at home snuggled up in my living room is what I'll be doing today. 

I walked around my house and thought about what I haven't enjoyed lately that I used to love so much. What hobbies have gone by the wayside because my days have been filled with so much to do and no extra time for the little wonderful things.

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Getting Up and Out!

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-11 17:45:49  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Today I am getting up and out.
It's definitely time for some new scenery. I am sick of being sick!


I'm off with one of my friends to a new gardening center to get some new plants for my garden.

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Back to Work!

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-10 19:01:10  |  Sandra Lee Blog

I want to reach out and say hello, and thank you for being so supportive and so helpful during this time.

Also I want to let you know that I am back to work for a little while!

I'm working from my home on the editorial for the upcoming fall and Halloween magazine issue - which hits newsstands August first!

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Help Me Add to My Bucket List

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-09 16:58:53  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Sunshine, my garden and a really good iced tea make me so, so happy.
I really haven't wanted to leave my house over the last three weeks at all; maybe a few little car trips here and there, but nothing major for sure.

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Losing Weight, But Stabilizing

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-08 14:07:06  |  Sandra Lee Blog

I have lost 20 pounds total – but that has stabilized, and I’m putting on about a pound every two days.

I have to say, I'm almost 50 and I don’t think I look that dang bad! But lately I feel like I’m 100 – which is a heck of a lot more important.

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Back to the Doctor's Office

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-08 12:38:45  |  Sandra Lee Blog

 

Back to the doctor’s office to check on my progress...

 

I keep trying to focus on yesterday’s message regarding National Cancer Survivor Day, and I AM so grateful to be fighting this disease, but I just want to be told that everything is great, and to get back to my life. 
But that’s not what I’m being told… Keep your messages and prayers coming…I re-read your notes when I’m feeling discouraged…What makes YOU feel better on a day when you have the blues??? 

 

I'm headed back to the doctor’s office to check on my progress. 

I keep trying to focus on yesterday’s message regarding National Cancer Survivor Day, and I AM so grateful to be fighting this disease, but I just want to be told that everything is great, and to get back to my life. 

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Good Fats and Proteins

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-05 21:22:49  |  Sandra Lee Blog

 

Feeling a little bit better this week, and surely this post salmon with yogurt dill sauce and half an avocado will make me feel even better!
Lots of good protein and good fats here - and a nice cold iced tea, because that makes me happy! 

Feeling a little bit better this week, and surely this post salmon with yogurt dill sauce and half an avocado will make me feel even better!
Lots of good protein and good fats here - and a nice cold iced tea, because that makes me happy! 

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The Consequences of Pain Medication

Sandra Lee  |  2015-06-05 21:12:05  |  Sandra Lee Blog

Okay Facebook family, here's one of the biggest issues with going through this: not only am I severely uncomfortable and have excruciating pain if I don't take pain meds (I am off the pain meds and get an unbelievable headache) but in addition to that, I have massive hot flashes. 

What organic methods do you have for dealing with hot flashes? (Obviously I cannot take hormones!)
This one I really need your help with!

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