Monday, January 31, 2011

Super Bowl Squares

Super Bowl XLV - Charity SquaresYou're invited to join my 3 Day Charity Super Bowl Squares pool!  What a great way to give to charity and have a chance to win up to $500.00! Please feel free to forward this link to anyone that you think would enjoy stepping up to the challenge!

If you wish to make a tax deductible donation directly without playing, please visit the following site:

How to play

  1. Random numbers (0-9) are assigned to each axis the grid (hidden until start of the game).
  2. A winner is determined at the end of each quarter based on the last digit of the score.
  3. Squares cost $5 each (pick up to 10 )
  4. Prize distribution (Up to $200 total –Half of the proceeds are going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure):
    • 1st Quarter 25%: Up to $62.50
    • 2nd Quarter 25%: Up to $62.50
    • 3rd Quarter 25%: Up to $62.50
    • 4th Quarter 25%: Up to $62.50


  • Easiest way to pay is to PayPal my account: for the number of squares you desire. In the comments, please place the numbers of the squares you will be picking to ensure I have an accurate count. This is on the honor system.
  • For locals, I will accept cash/check donations.
  • Half of the proceeds will go directly to the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure to aid me in my fundraising goal of $2300.00
Please use this link to join:

Monday, January 17, 2011


Walking for Her FutureAs I look back on 2010, one of the memories that I hold dear is the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. The thought of walking honestly started in 2009. I was driving in my car, listening to the radio when an ad played (and continued to play for the next few weeks) talking about the 3-Day. I thought wow that would be a neat goal to work towards. Not only would it get me off of my couch, it would also allow me to do something to give back to those that have given so much of their lives to my upbringing (my mom). So needless to say, nothing happened (in terms of the 3-Day in ’09)…the thought quickly faded and the walk went on without me, as it had for many years previous to that moment.

In 2010, the ad once again came on as I was driving to work. This time, it struck a chord…knowing that I was so lazy in the past; I wanted to act quick before the fire faded. I signed up for a getting started meeting and quickly became enamored with the idea of walking for my mom. I still had some selfish ambition to get off the couch mind you, but this time, I really wanted to say thanks for all of the time, love, blood, sweat, and tears my mom poured into my upbringing. She did a fabulous job, but please don’t tell her that, it might go to her head.

As I left the getting started meeting, I was on fire…but quickly thought, how in the world am I ever going to raise $2300.00?! I have never fundraised in the past, nor do I know a lot of people that I felt comfortable enough asking for their hard earned money. Everyone said that this was easier than expected and the walk was the hard part…yeah right. So in 2010, I started simple and non-obtrusive; email. I was blown away by the response. I honestly never believed that I would get the response I got. A lot of people responded to my initial email blasts with donations! The generosity was amazing,

While I reached my goal in 2010 of raising $2300.00, the one thing that I was a bit one-sided on was the reason for these donations. Why were people donating the money they donated? I decided in 2011, the one thing that I wanted to know is the reason for the individual’s donation and honor that during my walk. Is it for a loved one, a friend, a relative, themselves, or just because they want to help? These reasons are the reasons I walk and I don’t want them to be lost in the donation. I want to honor that this year in my 2011 walk, so as you consider donating, please think of the person(s) that have impacted your life and let me know the reason.

Upon the donation, I will add them to my Web site for a constant reminder, as well as to a special cape that will be worn ALL 60 miles of my journey, Thank you for your sacrifice, as every dollar counts!

Scentsy for the Cure

Love, Life, Hope Scentsy WarmerDespite my best efforts to avoid actual fundraisers, I decided to succumb to the reality that raising the funds will not be as easy as it was last year.  Think about it, last year mentioning the event to people had the whole shock and awe effect, however, once its over and you try the same tactic for year two, the amazement has worn off.  Granted, it is the same cause, but its not as easy to raise the $2300 the second year.  With this being said, I’m kicking off the new year with my first fundraiser.
Thanks to Melissa Elliot, our local Scentsy rep, she has partnered with me for a win-win situation.  Not only will you be able to purchase some amazing products for yourself, or as gifts to loved ones (Valentine’s Day is right around the corner), but you’ll also be helping us find a cure for Breast Cancer.  Its easy, no need to attend a home show, just point your browser to the following Web site, make some purchases and voila!  You’ve bought something that will last for years to come, as well as helped support me in my 60 mile journey.
There are a few key promotions I’d like to point out for your shopping experience:
  • Love, Life, Hope Scentsy Warmer
    Created to honor women with breast cancer Love, Life, Hope’s simple pink-and-white stripes and black accents spread a message of hope and support to breast cancer survivors and their families. One hundred percent of the net profits from the sale of Love, Life, Hope will go directly to The National Breast Cancer Foundation to support their breast cancer awareness and education programs.
  • Bundled Discount
    Buy 3 full size warmers, 4 plug-in warmers and 9 scents bars for $150.  This is a $200 value!  This is a Melissa Elliot special, so in order to take advantage of this deal, you’ll need to e-mail her directly:

Thank you in advanced for your support!  If you want to donate additional funds to the cause, please feel free to visit the tax-free donation site directly.