Breast Cancer Awareness


As you may have noticed from the sea of pink taking over cities everywhere, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is celebrated annually to increase awareness of this disease that touches so many of us. Today, 1 in 8 women (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Whether you’re a survivor yourself, or among the millions of friends and families that know someone who has won or lost their courageous battle, now is the time we all come together to raise our messages of strength, support, and hope for a cure.

Join In the Fight
If you’re wondering what you can do to show your support or help out, we’ve compiled a list

of ideas that anyone can do to make an impact throughout the month.

Take the PLEDGE!
Despite the campaigns each year, many people still don’t know how to properly prevent and monitor their chances of getting the disease. The pledge consists of six steps that can help.

Make a donation.
Every penny is a step closer to a cure, and no donation is too small. You can donate at events in your community or easily do so online as well.

Participate in an event in your community.
In just about every city in America, you can join a walk, run, race, or special event to help support the cause. Take your mom, sister, grandma, or best friend by the hand and head out to make your mark.

Be a light for someone.
If you know someone in your neighborhood who is living with cancer, step in and offer kindness. Provide a meal, watch the kids, deliver some magazines, weed her garden, etc. If you don’t know anyone personally, volunteer at a local hospital.

Learn more.
Even something simple as learning a bit more about breast cancer makes a difference. It’s all about awareness. To start, we think you might find this list very interesting of 6 Things You Don’t Know About Breast Cancer.

Help spread awareness.
No one deserves to go down the road of breast cancer. At, we have cards and postcards you can send and share with everyone you know, to remind and encourage them to take steps toward prevention, as well as to raise awareness all month long.

At this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, and with your help, there will be millions more.





Beating the Winter Blues

Whether you call it the Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), it simply means we’re getting mid-way into winter and those gray skies aren’t bringing out the sunniest parts of our dispositions. Well, some of us anyway. But honestly, if you’re feeling a bit slower, a little melancholy at times and you have less energy, you’re not alone. Especially if you’re living in a part of the world that simply gets less sunshine at this time of year, which is basically most of North America, Europe and Asia! As much as we hate to say it, women between the ages of 20 and 40 are also twice as likely as men to have SAD.

Not fair you say? We agree, but there are ways to combat the Winter Blues without having to pack up and move to sunny Florida or Brazil or anywhere nearer the equator! Of course a trip to Rio would really be worth considering! Oh yes, back to the more realistic remedies…

Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Get some sun or at least more light. When there’s a break in the temperature, try getting outdoors more often. Keep your drapes open and your shades up and sit closer to a window. If you’re in a windowless office, try your own version of light therapy…bring in a lamp and use “full spectrum” bulbs that mimic natural light. (It has the same effect as the real thing!)

Work on your new year’s resolutions. A CDC study states that there is a strong link between healthy behaviors and depression. Exercising, eating right, etc. all lead to a healthier you and a healthier you is a happier you.

Be good to yourself. We were only half joking about the trip to Rio. Beside the additional sunshine you’d be getting, treating yourself to something special is often a real pick-me-up. If Rio is out of the question, how about a spa date, a night at the theater, a sporting event or a great movie…anything that keeps you motivated and gives you something to look forward to.

Say “no” to stress. Even in the middle of a sunny summer season, stress is a downer. And while none of us can eliminate 100% of the stress in our lives, we can try to keep it manageable. Getting enough sleep is important, doing something relaxing is essential and, at times, doing nothing can be downright good for us.
You could always sign up for yoga or try a little meditation. Staying in bed with a good book sounds pretty good right now, too!

Say “yes” to winter. If you can’t get away from the cold or snow, why not find a way to enjoy it. There are lots of winter activities to enjoy…skiing, ice skating and sledding to name a few. Again, the more active you are, the less stress you’re likely to feel and the more energy you’ll have.

Stay connected. It’s really important to stay in touch with friends and family during these longer winter months. They offer a great support system and just a chat over coffee or a quick email can usually provide you with just the thing that can brighten your mood. It works the other way around, too. Providing someone else with a cheery word can do wonders for your own well-being!







Don’t Give Up on Those Resolutions…

It’s New Year’s Resolution Revolution Day!

Okay, we’re only two weeks into the new year and yet, some of us need to ask ourselves: how well are we keeping our resolutions? “Just fine,” we say, with our fingers crossed behind our backs. Well, we all know those dumbbells aren’t going to exercise themselves… not to mention, that all of that healthy food we bought isn’t helping if it’s still stuck in the fridge! So, let’s put on some sweats and get busy working up an appetite for that veggie smoothie! Remember, we don’t have to look buff, we just have to keep at it when the going gets tough. We can do it…and we’ll feel better for it, too!

Here’s a little more incentive…a few websites with some great smoothie recipes!



Sun, Sand and an Ocean Breeze – A Vacation for the Soul!

beach chairs 6.27Do you hear it? There’s the sound of calypso drums setting the tropical breezes in motion, giving happy feet to those who wander across the wet sandy beach looking for shells, those mementos of a peaceful moment. A little laughter can be heard from the couple snuggling under the beach umbrella nearby and from the children running and building sand castles. It’s a glorious day. The salt sea air is just beginning to make you feel a little stronger, a little more playful, and a little more at peace. It’s a great vacation–even if you haven’t actually left your living room.

The fact is you can enjoy mini moments…
little flights of fancy to different spaces and places, ones that free your heart and mind and give you the buoyancy to keep afloat. You can escape on your own little adventure any time you want, any time it feeds your soul. A virtual vacation is a good thing.

And if the beach isn’t your thing, you may find yourself in the mountains, walking through vast canyons, hiking up past the tree line or strolling through quaint villages. You may even be in Europe at a little café, ordering your favorite cappuccino and smiling at the waiter who seems to be flirting with you. You get the picture…hammock 6.27

Yes, sometimes, the good times are right at your finger tips. All it takes is a few quiet moments, and a little willingness to just slip away to somewhere glorious. After all, the “real” world will call you back soon enough. When that happens, grab some lemonade and your favorite muumuu and head out to your deck, feel the sun on your cheeks and the breeze in your hair and mentally check in at that little beach hotel down the road. After all you have control over your imagination and it is always happy to take you anywhere that makes you smile.

sq jar of shells 6.27Time for some fun in the sun? Drift away! And check out, for lots of videos, pictures, quotes, gifts and other ideas or download some free awesome beach wallpaper desktop calendars here.

Know someone who has a birthday coming up but can’t swing the 5-star, beachfront, week- long getaway to celebrate?  Send them the virtual vacation ecard to help them enjoy a momentary vacation for the soul.



Pet Care Health Tips or How Not to Turn Your Pet Pink

The sun is out, it’s finally warm and you and your pets are ready to frolic outdoors.  While you’re out there having fun, here are a few tips to keep them healthy and safe.

Some of our favorite pet friends spend a fair amount of time sticking their noses into somebody else’s business… namely Mister Skunk’s.  If they have an encounter of the smelly kind, skip the tomato juice.  It barely makes a dent in the scent and you end up with a pink pet!  Instead, head to the store for two quarts of Hydrogen Peroxide, a half cup of baking soda, and about one or two tablespoons of liquid dish soap.  Just mix it all together, and work it deep into the fur – be sure to keep it away from your buddy’s eyes!   Let it sit for a few minutes, rinse thoroughly, and reapply to heavily oiled areas if necessary.

If you have a pet who joyfully rockets himself into the car at the mere mention of a R.I.D.E., please remember some important safety tips.  Your pet needs to buckle up, just like you.  (Special seat belts are available.)  An unrestrained animal can be fatally injured by a sudden stop.  Under no circumstances should an unrestrained pet ride in the back of truck.  And even though he may enjoy riding with his head out the window, it puts him at risk of injury from flying debris.  Even on mild days, the sun can raise the temperature inside your parked car to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.  So if you’re running errands, please leave your pet at home.

Exercise is an important part of keeping your dog or cat at a healthy weight, which helps his body stay cool, but overdoing it can cause him to overheat. Keep the walks to a gentle pace and make sure he has plenty of water. If he’s panting a lot or seems exhausted, it’s time to stop. Hot weather may tempt your pet to drink from puddles in the street, which can contain antifreeze and other chemicals. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that animals like, but it’s extremely toxic. When you’re walking your pet, make sure he doesn’t sneak a drink from the street.

Keeping your pet well groomed will help his hair do what it was designed to do: protect him from the sun and insulate him from the heat. If he has extremely thick hair or a lot of mats and tangles, his fur may trap too much heat, so you may want to clip him.  And so you don’t have uninvited guests on your pet or in your home, be sure your pet is protected by veterinarian-approved protection against fleas and ticks.

And finally, keep an eye on what your pet is munching on.  According to the Humane Society, there are over 700 plant species that can be toxic to animals.  Here are some of the most common:

Shrubs:  all parts of azaleas, Christmas berry leaves, holly berries, seeds and pods of lupines and oleander leaves.

Wildflowers: all parts of delphinium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, woody aster and mustard seeds.

Garden Flowers:  daffodil and narcissus bulbs; bird-of-paradise pods; lily-of-the-valley leaves and flowers; and all parts of daylilies, and autumn crocus.

Garden and House Plants:  potato shoots and sprouts, and yellow oleander can harm animals. Pets should not be exposed to house plants like elephant ear, lantana, mistletoe, philodendron and poinsettia.

Our pets bring us so much joy and companionship.  Let’s do all we can to keep them healthy and safe.

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March is Red Cross Month—Be Prepared

Are you ready for a disaster? You can be – March is Red Cross month!  The American Red Cross is one of the most widely recognized aid and preparedness organizations in the world. Founded in 1881 by leader Clara Barton, the Red Cross is a leader in emergency response all over the globe. Because the organization is non-profit, March is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for this prolific disaster-relief institution.

Clara Barton brought the idea of the Red Cross to Washington D.C. after a trip to Europe following the Civil War. She was inspired by the Swiss-inspired international Red Cross network there and felt that it was imperative that the work continue in the U.S.

According to the American Red Cross website, “the American Red Cross responds immediately to more than 70,000 disasters, including house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters. The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to disaster victims, and helps those affected by disaster to access other available resources.”

Do YOU know how to survive and lend a hand in a disaster? Preparation is one of the important educational promotions of the Red Cross, and the group recommends being prepared with an Emergency Preparedness Kit. Here are some things you can stock up on to help you aid yourself and others in the event of a disaster.

Keep a 3-day food and water supply in an easy-to-carry kit, and have a 2-week supply stocked in your home for if you’re stuck in your house during a calamity. Check and update your items every 6 months to ensure freshness.

Along with your food and water, some other good things to keep in a kit include:

  • Cash
  • Radio
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid kit
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Emergency contact info and copies of personal documents
  • Map
  • Blanket
  • Cell phone
  • Sanitary supplies
  • Medication
  • If you have animals, pet food, water and meds
  • Pre-arranged evacuation plan from your home, including meeting places, and duties for what to do before leaving the home for each family member.

When creating your kit and your plan for getting out of your home, take into account how many people and pets will use the kit for any amount of time, and add items accordingly for each.

Be proactive, be prepared! For more preparedness tips and info on how you can support your local American Red Cross chapter, visit



American Heart Month Health Tips

Hearts are associated with love and life, and that’s why American Heart Month is so important. For the month of February, it’s important to take a look at what keeps your heart healthy so that your life stays strong, happy, and full of vitality and love for many years to come.

 According to the American Heart Association, “Cigarette and tobacco smoke, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes are the six major independent risk factors for coronary heart disease that you can modify or control.” Since heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, it’s important to be vigilant in your daily health routines. Simple healthy habits can help prevent heart attacks and other heart-related issues. Here are a just few tips for keeping your heart beating long and strong.

 Know the signs of a heart attack

One of the most important things to remember is that not all heart attacks come on quickly and with intense pain. Heart attacks can also begin slowly and with milder warning signs. It’s important to be able to identify and react to these symptoms as soon as possible.

– Discomfort in the chest. If you have discomfort in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or is an intermittent pain, or if you have feelings of pressure, squeezing, fullness, you may be in the early stages of a heart attack.

– Pain in other areas of the upper body such as discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach can indicate heart attack.

– Other symptoms can include shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.


Need some food tips and tricks?

– Watch your portion sizes – reducing overall caloric intake can help with weight and cholesterol issues

– Choose lean meats or skinless poultry for meals

– Opt for low-fat dairy products

– Cut back on your salt/sodium intake

– Eat more fiber

– Limit alcohol consumption


The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of exercise a day.

– Get moving! Increasing physical activity reduces heart attack risk and reduces stress.

– Try small chunks of exercise at a time like walking for 10-minutes at a time, 3 times a day, 5 times per week.

– Make it fun! Ride a bike, go swimming, play outside with the kids – the point is to get your heart pumping and your body moving.

 Quit smoking

Quitting smoking has innumerable benefits!

– Lowers blood pressure

– Increases stamina for exercise

– Decreases risk for heart attack and stroke

 For more tools and tips on living your happiest, healthiest heart life, visit the American Heart Association website at

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