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Health Help: 5 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Mammogram

Ok girls, we know, getting a mammogram is not exactly something we look forward to doing every year, but it is a MUST! I know you are busy, but you have to take care of yourself! You know when you are riding in an airplane and they tell you to put your own oxygen mask on before helping others–same thing here. Take care of yourself first, so you can be there for your family!

October is breast cancer awareness month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness about this awful disease that affects so many in our area and across the world. Talking about breast health can be confusing, thankfully, our sponsors at Mercy are here to help us through the entire process. First thing first, start by getting your annual mammogram.

Why is an annual mammogram imperative? What can you expect? Dr. John Bumberry, general surgeon, focusing on breast surgery and Dr. Jack Gregston, radiologist, have compiled a list of 5 things you should know before getting a mammogram.

1-smallScreening mammograms have been proven to be the most effective exam for identifying breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage.

2-smallMercy Breast Center follows the guidelines from The American College of Radiology, the Society of Breast Imaging and other national organizations that recommend women age 40 and over get an annual screening mammogram. Women younger than 40 who have a significant family history of breast cancer should discuss starting screenings at an earlier age with their physician.

3-smallThe radiation from mammograms is very minimal and should not deter a woman from getting routine mammograms. Women receive more radiation from walking around on our planet than they get from their mammograms.  The chance of getting cancer from the radiation emitted from a mammogram is less than the chance of getting struck by lightning. The benefit of diagnosing breast cancer early                      outweighs the risk of the minimum amount of radiation necessary for the exam.

4-smallGetting a screening mammogram is one of the first steps in identifying breast cancer. Women whose results are abnormal will be called back for a different kind of mammogram called a diagnostic mammogram.  The exam may appear to be the same as a screening but a diagnostic exam, directed by a radiologist on site, includes different views and techniques.

5-smallMammography technologists are special people called to a special ministry at Mercy Breast Center. They make this most private exam as comfortable an experience as possible. The Breast Center radiologists are dedicated mammographers who dedicate their practice to breast imaging which includes reading screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms,breast ultrasound and                        breast MRIs. They perform minimally invasive biopsy exams and diagnose over                              300 breast cancers annually.

Note from Kelli and Mindi: Thank you to Drs. Bumberry and Gregston for taking the time to visit with us about what to expect when getting a mammogram. Also, thank you to the Mercy Breast Care Team, including radiologists, surgeons  and oncologists, who are dedicated to providing compassionate care and exceptional service! The team is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

If you have questions or concerns, don’t wait. Call the experts at Mercy Breast Center today at 417.820.2500.

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Moms + Meals: Spooky treats!

I just love Halloween! First off, I must say I LOVE the candy! That might be the real reason I love Halloween. I love planning out the girls’ costumes and getting them ready to go trick-or-treating! Halloween is also a big event for our neighborhood! We all get together for a chill cook-off with spooky treats and Halloween games before the trick-or-treating commences. Here are some fun spooky treats to take to your Halloween event or to just make Halloween extra spooky at your house!

 Spooky Witch Hats and Brooms


  • Keebler Fudge shoppe cookies (1 pkg)
  • Hershey kisses – chocolate
  • orange frosting
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups
  • pretzel sticks


For the Witch Hats: Face cookies upside down, add a drop of orange frosting, place unwrapped Hershey Kiss on top.

For the Witch Brooms: Unwrap the Reese’s cups, face down and put a pretzel stick into the center. So Easy your kids could make these!

 Still need ideas? Here are a couple of our favorite finds from Pinterest (just click on the photo to see the full recipe)! Happy Halloween, mommas!

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SWMO Events: Local Trunk or Treat events

trunk-or-treat2-300x187Looking for a safe place to take the kiddos to trick-or-treat this Halloween? Here are some local trunk or treat events your little monsters are sure to enjoy! Don’t forget to also snap a photo of your cute princesses, monsters, and ghosts. We will be doing a photo roundup of all the cute Halloween costumes. So snap the pic and use the #swmomommas. Happy Haunting!

Countryside Christian Church – Trunk or Treat

Wednesday, October 26th 6-8

3350 W. Jackson St – Nixa, MO 65714

Food & refreshments (Walking tacos, hot dogs, chili (along with all the fixins) Tea, lemonade & hot chocolate.
Inflatables, games, of course Trunk-or-Treating and much more!
We hope you will grab the kids and join us for this fun FREE event!

Howl-O-Ween Fest, Eagle Rock Library

Saturday, October 29, 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy a costume contest, haunted house, crafts, car show and food vendors!

Branson Landing’s 5th Annual Safe Street Trick or Treat

Monday, October 31 – 5 pm -7 pm

On Halloween, the Branson Landing merchants join in to create a safe Halloween alternative for area children. Kids up to age 12 in costume can “Trick or Treat” by stopping by businesses with the Halloween sign on their windows. There will be a witch in town square and lots of goodies.

Halloween Safe Trick or Treat at the Battlefield Mall

Monday, October 31st

The Battlefield Mall in Springfield, Missouri hosts the Halloween Safe Trick or Treat each year. This fun and festive event has an emphasis on family friendly Halloween activities which are held throughout the mall. Youngsters can wear their costumes and go from store to store collecting candy.

Many local Area Churches host “Trunk or Treat” or October 31st Parties:

Many churches in the Ozarks hold a “Trunk or Treat” or an October 31st Party to enable local kids to create a safe Halloween experience. Here are just a few local churches, but make sure to check with the churches in your area to see if they will be having a Halloween party for the community.

Cassville United Methodist Church

Sunday, October 30, 5 p.m.

Cassville United Methodist church invites the community to attend their annual Trunk-or-Treat event in our parking lot! Kiddos will load up on candy, enjoy bounce houses, hay rides and several fun crafts!

blockparty_2016_graphic_3_0Fall Block Party at ParkCrest Baptist Church

Sunday, October 30th 6-8pm

Parkcrest Baptist Church is looking forward to having decorated cars for kids to collect candy, inflatables, games, music, & food. This event will take place on our north east parking lot.

James River – October 31st Party

Monday, October 31st 6-9pm

James River Church holds their annual October 31st Party, and it is one of the largest events in the area. They have giant Inflatables, crafts, an amazing kids show,  kettle corn, lots of candy and much more. This event is free and geared towards kids of all ages.

4_trunkortreat-600x450Northside Christian Church’s annual Trunk or Treat extravaganza

Monday, October 31

6-8 pm  NCC parking lot

4902 N. State Hwy H, Springfield

Car to car trick-or-treating, Inflatables, Hot dogs, popcorn and hot cocoa, Marshmallow roasting, Candy, candy and more candy! Wear your costumes and get your face painted!

Sunday Devotion: New Mama of 5

By Kala Brown

We serve an amazingly, AWESOME, mind-boggling, all-powerful, and all-knowing, limitless God!

brownI am now several weeks in to being a mama of 5 kids! YIKES! I’m still not sure who really does this! Ha!

As most of you know we recently celebrated the birth of our 4th homegrown boy and have 1 beautiful princess through the gift of adoption! I want to tell you the past few weeks have truly been a blessing to all of us.  This new baby has brought more life and smiles in our home than we have seen or felt in months.

You see for months, I have been selfish. I have been depressed, overwhelmed, fearful, worried, and doubtful that God truly knew what He was doing with our family. Starting over was not what I wanted to do and many times I found myself in tears and overwhelmed with this idea. I love our kids, but the chaos that we live in is tiring and draining and in my heart and mind, I was DONE.

Sure, as a little girl I always had that fantasy of a big family. You know lots of talented kids performing and just having fun. Dinners each and every night together talking about our day and just enjoying life together. However, this fantasy in my mind died.

The sounds of that big family just became too much for me. I remember sitting in the doctors office 2 months before we found out we would be expecting yet another bundle of joy in tears because I felt I just couldn’t be Super Mom anymore and raise these kids.

The amazing thing about this is that what I didn’t know is that God saw me differently. He knew exactly what His plan was and it was about to unfold in our lives. He knew I could do way more than I ever imagined. For some crazy reason He knew one more baby boy was exactly what our family needed to be complete and made new. He knew that starting over was going to be more amazing than any of us ever imagined it to be. HE KNOWS IT ALL!!!

For the past 2 weeks as I have looked in to these deep baby blue eyes I have once again been mesmerized by our awesome Creator.

Psalm 139:13-16: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Did you catch what that verse said? All our day’s are ordained and written before they ever come to be! STUNNING! I’ve cried many tears of joy the past 2 weeks as I have looked at our precious Cash and seen just how amazing our kids are with him. I have asked for forgiveness over and over for my negativity and doubt in my awesome Creator. I know full well it will not always be an easy journey as a mom of 5, but I fully believe this truly was and is God’s plan and He will remain in control. He will continue gluing this family together in ways we never imagined. We have to believe and have faith in Him and His plans.

I am not a mom that sits well. I am up and going at all times. My mind races just as fast as my legs run, but God has opened my eyes and helped me to see just how much I need to slow down. I need to embrace not just baby Cash, but each one of these kids. Our time really does go fast and although in different seasons we are ready to rush through it God takes moments like these to stop us and show us His blessings. If I could give one piece of advice that God has pressed upon me lately, it is to STOP, BREATH, and ENJOY HIM! Enjoy all the many blessings He has given us. I will tell you something; once you truly stop and enjoy you will be overwhelmed by the Peace that God gives!

Click here to read more from Kala at blessedandmessy.com.

969b8186-e14f-4dbd-b464-402e495f2ba4I’m a beautifully, broken mess! I’m God’s mess! God continues to show us more and more as we walk through the storm obediently with Him. Our lives have changed so much since I first started blogging in 2012. I’m a tired and overwhelmed mom of 4 homegrown boys and 1 beautiful God given Princess that we recently adopted. I feel God has lead me to share my trials as a mom, foster mom, wife, friend and daughter. Nothing we have would be possible without Him and through Him we are made new!

Candy overload? Have you heard of the Switch Witch?


imagesAhh!! Too.Much.Candy!  I’m sure your family is just like ours, we have Halloween events at school, church then trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. My kids get so much candy that we don’t need! I don’t want my kiddos to eat all this candy and I don’t want to be tempted to eat all of their candy when they aren’t looking!

witch-946730_640What can we do? Well, have you heard of the Switch Witch? She is real, and I think she became my new best friend! The Switch Witch will come over and visit your house once your kiddos are fast asleep from their candy coma and take their candy. Now, I know that sounds mean and cruel, however, you explain this to your kiddos and tell them that she will leave them a gift for trade for their candy!

In order to pull the “switch” off, you need to talk to your kids several days in advance. If you try this on Halloween night your kiddos might turn into a scary witch.

Here are a few tips to pull off a successful “switch”:

  • Start telling the story of how the Switch Witch swoops in to take their candy to feed her fat cat, or to spread to other boys and girls that didn’t get any candy! You can make the story your own!
  • Let your kids pick out some of their favorite candy to keep, however, the more they give to the Switch Witch, the bigger the gift.
  • The gift can be discussed, it doesn’t have to be expensive, but try and make it fun, something they would really enjoy, or have been wanting for awhile.

Happy Switchcrafting!!