September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. There are numerous ways that you can show your support and help raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA). The easiest, most cost effective and fun way to contribute is by SHOPPING TEAL.
Why SHOP TEAL? Not only is teal is the BIG color for fall, more importantly teal is the ovarian cancer community’s color and serves as a reminder that ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all the cancers of the reproductive system and a leading cause of cancer death among women. There are hundreds of online retailers that feature teal items and we’ve teamed up with a number of these retailers to highlight their teal products.
The best part is that while SHOPPING TEAL, a percentage of your purchase will be earmarked to benefit OCNA. Teal may not be everyone’s color, but not to worry, you can buy just about anything you want from our participating retailers and still have your purchase support OCNA. We have plenty of retailers to share with you in order to help you begin your shopping adventure in support of Ovarian Cancer, but first, let’s get you familiar with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
Established in 1997, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has become the foremost advocate for ovarian cancer in the United States. Until there’s a cure for the disease, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance will lead the national initiative to conquer ovarian cancer. The organization unites individuals and organizations at the local, state, and national levels to advance ovarian cancer research in the quest for early detection tests, improved health care practices, and development of live-saving treatment protocols. The OCNA is helping save women’s lives by raising awareness about this drastically understated disease. The organization teaches us to “Know your body. Know the symptoms. Help spread the word.”
So now that you have a better understanding of what OCNA does and how important their work is to all women with ovarian cancer and to their friends and families, I bet you’d like to know how you can help too! We’ve been working closely with a number of our retailers to highlight their teal products and have dedicated an entire category where you can just click on these teal products, buy them and help fund research and educational programs to raise money and awareness for ovarian cancer. While September 3rd is the official WEAR TEAL DAY to publicly show your support for the ovarian cancer community, we’re dedicating the entire month to encourage a SHOP TEAL movement!
We’ve got to give our friends at DHC For Beauty and Health a great big thank you for coming in with a super amazing promotion! For the entire month of September DHC will give a $10 donation to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance on orders of $75 or more, plus free shipping!! If you’re thinking DHC? Let us give you the scoop, they are the #1 skin care product sold in Japan – now, if you’ve ever envied the flawless beauty of almost every Japanese women you’ve seen under their umbrellas, it’s likely they’re big DHC fans. We especially love their line of Q10 products and with a generous $10 contribution and a capacious variety of skin care, body care and fine foods products, it’ll be quite effortless to spend the $75 needed for both the contribution and the FREE SHIPPING!
Among other great retailers with teal colored products, you will find company’s such as:
Another shout out for their generosity has to go out to RED ENVELOPE, PRO FLOWERS, SHARI’S BERRIES and CHERRY MOON FARMS! Each of these retailers ear-mark $10 per transaction to benefit our nonprofit partners. For the month of September, we’ve identified some beautiful teal products that we know you’ll love …
Brand new to our retailer line-up is LOFT (do the happy dance now) and they have been great in helping us select some really cute and cozy teal items …
We couldn’t be more pleased to have Chico’s on board as well – we’ve found some wonderful teal items that we hope you’ll enjoy. Love the scarf and it just about goes with everything!!
And let’s not forget Macys – we found a cache of awesome accessories and home goods that are bound to round out your SHOP TEAL experience. We gotta hand it to the Macy crew for approving our wish list of teal items and turning this around as quickly as they did – Thanks!
Be sure to visit the SHOP TEAL PAGE to see more from Macys.
We wanted to tie this up with a couple more items – The fitness shape-ups from SKECHERS and these Persian Blue slip-ons from TOMS are a great way to show your support and spread the word by using the ‘shoelace’ express …
Does this list ever stop? Actually it shouldn’t but we’re winding down for now … for all those notes you’ve been meaning to write, check out the teal paper at PAPER SOURCE …. Mix it up or stay true to your colors, they’re a great resource for all your paper goods.
And finally to speak to the wellness aspect of surviving or living with cancer, more and more women are combining Western treatments with a holistic approach to healing both their bodies and minds. TEAVANA has a huge assortment of wellness teas that are certainly worth a try. SPAFINDER is a terrific resource to help you find the perfect wellness solution for a total body, mind and spirit overhaul – AND –during the week of September 20-26 SPAFINDER is running a special with savings on private yoga and pilates sessions, spa treatments and more, so be sure to check ‘em out!
Have you ever found yourself staring into a closet filled with clothes but have absolutely nothing to wear? It’s a common dilemma that nearly every woman I know has faced on countless occasions. Even if you are an avid fashionista, you’re bound to find yourself with a bounty of threads that just doesn’t cut the mustard when it matters the most.
For Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Carter Fleiss, two ordinary business school students, this fashion dilemma became a labor of love intended to free American women from the bondage of a lackluster love affair with clothing.
To some people these women are simply just Harvard graduates, but to me they are revolutionaries. With nothing more than a simple dream, buckets of blood, sweat and tears, and an amazing production team; they developed Rent The Runway.
What is Rent The Runway? It is an online company that gives regular woman like you and I the opportunity to wear red carpet fashions for a fraction of the price without having to make an eternal commitment to a piece of clothing you might never wear again. Here’s how it works:
Step 1 – Become a member of RentTheRunway.Com – It’s free to join. Once you’ve become a member you can browse through a seemingly endless array of A-list designers to find a dress or two that you love.
Step 2 – Schedule a delivery date and your dress will appear on your doorstep right when you need it. They’ll even send you a second back-up size of your dress – just to be safe!
Step 3 – After you’ve worn your dress just pop it in their handy pre-paid packaging and drop it in the nearest mailbox. The best part is that you don’t even have to dry clean it!
It’s really that easy. I know it sounds too good to be true, but I assure you this is not a dream. It is no longer necessary to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on designer fashions that may very well end up collecting dust in your closet after wearing it only once or twice. You’re friends will be in utter disbelief when you show up to their cocktail party in a Diane Von Furstenberg dress, or to a black tie event in a Bibhu Mohapatra gown.
But wait…. It gets better! Rent The Runway also has a giant collection of breathtaking accessories. Close your eyes and imagine for a moment the feeling of a Badgley Mischka necklace against your skin, or an edgy yet elegant Dannijo cuff on your delicate wrist.
The possibilities are endless, but most importantly these fashions are accessible on just about any budget. So what are you gonna do, sit around and drool longingly over fashion magazines, or make your desires a reality? You’d be crazy not to take advantage of what Rent The Runway has to offer.
Go now to Rent The Runway to sign up for your membership. There may a brief waiting period before your membership is accepted as there is no doubt a long waiting list, but not to worry, it is definitely worth the wait. I signed up and got accepted within one hour but I would have waited for days if I had to. Now I have the world of high fashion at my fingertips and so can you!
Spring is in the air and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about that special gift for the woman who brought you into this beautiful world. As a mother myself there is no sweeter day to celebrate the miracle of motherhood. In my household we refer to Mother’s Day as my birthday. You might wonder why since obviously this is not the day I was physically born, but to me becoming a mother represents the day my purpose in life was born.
Motherhood is no easy task. Aside from all the day to day responsibilities of raising a child there is one thing that makes this job the hardest in the world….the burden of love. I used to think of this phrase “burden of love” as a negative thing. How could they use a word like burden to refer to such an amazing gift, but then I had my own child and I quickly came to understand.
The burden itself is the sleepless nights that for me didn’t stop at that point where my baby began to sleep through the night. After 10 years, I still find myself resting my hand on my child’s chest while she sleeps to make sure there is a rise and fall of safe breathing. The burden is sending your child to school and accepting the fact that you can not have eyes on them at every waking moment. The burden is having a child with a tiny little cough and stuffy nose and feeling like it’s the end of the world, calling the nurses hotline at 4am, panicking over nothing, and maybe, just maybe, over doing it with warm blankies, teddy bears, checking temperatures every 20 minutes, and trying to concoct the perfect homemade remedies from random goods in your kitchen.
The list of “burdens” go on and on. The important thing to keep in mind here is that the burden itself is not your child, it’s the overwhelming amount of unnecessary stress that we as mothers put upon ourselves simply because the love that we have for our children is the most intensely consuming emotion we could ever experience. This is a burden I am grateful to have. This is why Mother’s Day is the most important day of the year for me and for so many millions of mothers across the globe.
When we think about all the sacrifices our mothers have made to ensure we have a happy healthy existence, it’s hard to imagine how we could possibly show our gratitude in just one day and with just one gift. That is why I would like to share with you a very special offer that will not only impress mom, but you can make her gift something that will serve as a daily reminder of just how much you appreciate her lovingly neurotic approach to giving you a memorably fulfilling life.
Right now ProFlowers, Red Envelope, Shari’s Berries and Cherry Moon Farms are offering a very exciting opportunity to our non-profit “shopanthropists”. With every transaction made when you purchase from these four sites, $10 dollars will be earmarked for your favorite non-profit. Isn’t that incredible? You could buy something for $5 or $50….no matter what….they will donate $10!!
Your mother would be so proud of you for making such a generous purchase. There are tons of great gifts for mom from all four retailers. I would love to share some of my favorite picks with you. Each item is a beautiful and thoughtful gift, perfect for reflecting your sentiments towards mom.
Mom will LOVE this digital brag book which sports a 3 ½” LCD screen and stores up to 2,000 photos! This item usually sells for $119.95 but if you hurry you can purchase it for $79.99
All women love jewelry but this stacking ring set is particularly special. It is beautifully crafted from sterling silver & set with cultured freshwater pearls to represent family. Price starts at $39.95. Buy the set of 3 rings for smaller families or the set of 5 rings for larger broods.
Your mother helped you blossom, so thank her with this elegant vase to display those grand bouquets that you love to randomly surprise her with. Delicately etched with the words “A Mothers Love Is Always In Bloom”. This vase goes for $49.95
Moms love to entertain, it’s just another excuse for us take care of the people we love. Here is a simply chic serving tray for a variety of appetizers that is sure to please any palette. This fancy entertaining accessory is only $69.95
Let’s not forget that mom works very hard to stay beautiful every day. It’s not easy having the weight of the world on your shoulders and still finding the time keep in good physical health. At the end of the day it would be such a blessing to have something truly luxurious to slip into, something that makes her feel like royalty when she finally rests her head at night. Made of silk and adorned with mother-of-pearl buttons, these fabulous pajamas come in their very own silk travel pouch that can be embroidered with a personal message up to 20 characters in length. Its $99.95 well spent.
Flowers are a basic and simple staple to make any woman smile, but this Azalea Bonsai plant is very special for two reasons. 1. Azaleas are gorgeously vibrant when in bloom. 2. Any potted plant, especially a bonsai will last for years, which is far better than a cut bouquet which will whither in a weeks time.
This beautiful spring colored bunch of mixed flowers comes with a copy of the book “Chicken Soup For The Soul: A Tribute To Moms”. Perfect? Yes!
The Heather plant is a very romantic and unique plant. A plant of Scottish origin, it boasts a pinkish purple hue. Both the plant and the colors are therapeutic. Again, a potted plant is a gift that keeps on giving. In its rustic wooden box it’s an aesthetically pleasing companion to a bubble bath.
ProFlowers has MUCH more than just flowers. Here is a truly unique gift that will have moms mouth watering for the whole year. Fruit is not only good for you, but it’s a deliciously guilt-free treat. Purchase this “Harvest Deluxe” fruit club for 12 months of free weekday delivery directly to your doorstep, and enjoy a variety of fresh seasonal fruits.
Every woman will love this Pink Ribbon chocolate collection. Not only is it filled with flawlessly handcrafted & delectable chocolate covered strawberries, but it supports a cause that every woman in the world stands behind. Mom will be very impressed with this one. Purchase this delicious dozen for $34.98 and 10% of your sale will be contributed to the Susan G. Komen for the cure foundation.
For those ladies who are trying to watch their weight or perhaps have special dietary needs there is no need to panic. Shari’s Berries has a great selection of sugar-free berries, like this one for only $49.97. They have all the flavor and none of the sugar!!
You will find a fabulous variety of gifts through Shari’s Berries that are not just limited to berries. This gift basket is chock full of goodies for a romantic night at home or creating the perfect girls night. The price is fabulous too – $59.99
You have got to be kidding me! Chocolate and peanut butter covered strawberries? These look so insanely tasty that I am finding it hard to continue typing at the moment. If somebody gave this to me as a gift I think I would go weak in the knees. You will have to spend $24.99 for this treat but something tells me the joy it will deliver is priceless.
The Reasons I love Mom Truffle Box. There are countless reasons to love mom but this mothers day start by telling her 10. Each box contains a heartwarming message on the outside and 2 delicious truffles on the inside, for only $29.99. This gift also comes in sugar-free!
Most moms really need the help of a pick me up to get their engines running each morning. For myself, I couldn’t possibly get through the day without at least 3 cups of coffee. Mom will love this gift box filled with delicious coffee, a variety of snacks and goodies, and a French press with coffee scoop for perfect measuring. A cup of coffee made through the French press method delivers the most satisfying flavor possible, the way a cup of coffee was intended to taste. This gift is neatly packaged in a keepsake faux suede photo box, so mom can have a place to safely store her precious memories. At $44.99 this gift is a steal.
The garden tote for mom. This is a neat little collection of tea, cookies, seeds and garden tools. At the end of a hard days work in the garden mom can relax with a soothing cup of English Breakfast black tea and butter toffee shortbread cookies. Each tote costs $44.99
One thing women love is a simple picnic on a beautiful spring day. This Wine Country Picnic set is perfect for a relaxing day at the park. Each set comes complete with: Kenwood red table wine, beef salami, toasted herbed almonds, camembert cheese, chocolate biscotti, toasted sesame crackers, Napa Valley mustard, wood cheese board, and cheese spreader in a complimentary wood box. This is a fantastic deal at $39.99!!
It’s hard to draw the line by showing you only a few of the amazing items from each retailer, but if this isn’t enough to tantalize you then I don’t know what is. However, I assure you that your mother will love any one of these indulgent gifts. Take a look for yourself and see what you can find. Most importantly keep in mind that with each transaction, no matter how big or small, you will help the non-profit you support by donating $10 dollars. Don’t be afraid to mention that contribution to mom when you hand her your gift. She will just glow with pride for having raised such a selfless and devoted child.