Make a Difference: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As you all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I intended for this post to be more upbeat, showcasing the amazing companies that are donating a portion of their proceeds to a cause that affects more people that we care to know.  Here are some facts I came across in my research:

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of death among women.
  • Over 220,000 women are estimated to be diagnosed with this terrible disease – with over 40,000 of them passing away.

Those three facts alone make me want to jump out of my seat and help. Here are some things that you can do:

  1. Have yourself checked – and more than anything check yourself!
  2. Join a fundraiser, such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation, participate in an event such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  I could list dozens of other fundraisers, walks and runs that you can participate in to help do your part.
  3. Become an advocate by helping legislate change – sign up to find out when there is something going on in your local area.
  4. Donate – even if it is a dollar or two.  Every little bit helps!  Be sure to do some research and confirm that the philanthropy that you are donating to is legit.
  5. Purchase items from brands that will donate a portion of their proceeds to breast cancer awareness and finding a cure.  Below are some examples of brands that are taking part.

Ralph Laurens initiative, The Pink Pony, is their way of helping the cause.  25% of the purchase price of pink pony products in the United States will benefit the Pink Pony Fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation,

Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection – available October 1st

Aveda Limited Edition Hand Relief with Shampure scent – my FAVORITE hand cream!

a veda breast cancer awareness

Origins Drink Up Hydrating lip balm in Berry Splash

Clinique’s Great Skin, Great Cause Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (comes with a super cute key chain too) – for each bottle sold, $10 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Dick’s Sporting Goods is offering free shipping on all Sport Your Support gear.

My favorite radio morning show, The Elvis Duran Show, is selling their Hello Lady t-shirt…with 100% of the proceeds donated.

These are just a few that I have found – there are dozens!  What are you going to do to support breast cancer research?  I just signed up for the Race for the Cure in January of 2015…wanna join me?


It’s Never too Late to Learn

I have to admit that there are a lot of times where I think, “I wish I went to school for XYZ instead of ABC”, or that if I took a different route I would have done everything differently.  I then think, “Shoulda, woulda, coulda” and stumble upon this great infographic!  Very motivating…
Too Late to Learn?

What new industry/topic would you like to learn?

Beauty Product Review: Valentia Antioxidant Serum

valentia product review

**Please note that I was given the Valentia Even Glow Antioxidant Serum to review.  All opinions are 100% my own!

I am  always on the lookout for the next best beauty product – some antioxidant serum that is going to help my skin stay healthy, moisturized, and young-looking.  I was offered to review a new product to the beauty arena – Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum – and after reading how it can help my skin, I signed up!

valentia even glow serum

I’ve been using the product for a little over a week now and am super happy with the results thus far.  I am going to continue to test it, as I like to give each product a good 2 – 3 week trial period.

I have incorporated Valentia into my nightly beauty ritual (usually completed while trying to wrestle the boys into their showers and then brush their teeth, etc.) which includes:

  • Make-up removal
  • Mask application (on Sundays when I remember heehee)
  • Cleansing
  • Serum (NEW!)
  • Moisturizer

First impression of Valentia was that is smelled really good – a very refreshing citrus scent!  All I had to do to apply was smooth it over my face and then once fully absorbed I would apply the moisturizer.

I do feel, that after the one week, my skin tone has been evening out a bit where I have been noticing hyper-pigmentation.  I’ll definitely keep you posted after the three week mark, but from what I have been experiencing I think my skin could only get better with time!

I love that this product is paraben-free, contains no perfumes, is made in the USA, and the high percentage of organic vitamin C.

If you are interested in checking the serum out, you can purchase it on Amazon.




Five for Friday – September 26

five for friday

I am both nervous and excited to announce that I am participating in a 31 day writing challenge, starting October 1st.  This is a huge commitment for me, although the topic I have chosen is 31 Days of Budget Fashion for the Busy Mom.  What do you think?  Guess what I will be preparing for all weekend???  Besides that we have baseball evaluations – you will know where to find me!  On to the Five for Friday!

  1. Ahhhhhhhh!  Yet another reason to love wine!  A recent study showed that both red and white wine slowed the growth of lung cancer.  PEOPLE…this is HUGE!
  2. I am all into the handwritten note…and notebooks, and old-school “write what’s going on” calendars.  Don’t get me wrong…I love my Cozi app and wouldn’t trade it in for anything as it is the hub of communication for my husband and I.  I love to write things down.  I feel like they are more permanent; I love to go through the calendar and see what’s happening this week or peruse my notebook and see what ideas have sprouted from something or another.  Enter a great article on how to organize your notebook.  Take notes (literally).
  3. I always made fun of the designer dogs – until I got one LOL…did you even know that there were this many designer dog breeds out there?Where Do Designer Dogs Come From?
  4. Ever get the itch to learn a new language?  Even though I took Spanish for over 7 years in school, I cannot speak it for the life of me.  I checked out Duolingo after reading about it in one of my magazines.  I love it!  The fact that they have an app is heaven sent.
    OK – your turn…what are your plans for this weekend?  Hey, if you happen to have any post ideas for my 31 day challenge I’d love to hear them!!