Help support Breast Cancer Awareness & Research with Harley-Davidson’s Pink Label Collection (giveaway ends 10/31/14)


HD jacket

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I think it’s wonderful that so many companies, brands and organizations make a point of helping Breast Cancer awareness and research this month by offering pink or pink ribbon products and other ways of raising funds.

Did you know that Breast Cancer affects men as well as women? My grandfather had Breast Cancer back in the 80’s and have to have is left breast removed. Breast Cancer might not be as common in men as it is women but please be aware that it can and does happen to men too.

Here are some sobering facts about Breast Cancer from BreastCancer.org.

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,570 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
  • About 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2014. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
  • About 40,000 women in the U.S. were expected to die in 2014 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989 — with larger decreases in women under 50. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
  • About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
  • The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).

Pink Ribbon

I truly wish there was a cure for this horrible disease. I am grateful that there have been plenty of medical advances to help women with Breast Cancer but there is still so much research that needs to be done.

Harley-Davidson is one of the many brands to help find a way to raise funds for Breast Cancer research and awareness. They have a special collection called the Pink Label Collection of MotorClothes and apparel.

Since 2010 Harley-Davidson customers have helped to raise over a million dollars. The funds goes towards organizations that help support and empower women affect by Breast Cancer. Their motto is “You’re not alone, because we ride with you.

When you purchase apparel and accessories from the Pink Label Collection of MotorClothes you are helping to support women affected by Breast Cancer through the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the After Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Young Survival Coalition.

You can check out the available Pink Label products at H-D.com/PinkLabel. Some of the available products include a pink Harley-Davidson leather jacket (pictured above), boots, gloves, helmets and hoodies to name a few. They even have lovely jewelry available to help support Breast Cancer too.

Harley-Davidson has a lovely Pink Label Beaded Necklace that is part of the  Pink Label Collection of MotorClothes collection.



This necklace would make a great gift for the Harley-Davidson fan in your life. It features the Harley-Davidson logo as well as beads engraved with an “H” and “D” for Harley-Davidson.

It has a “lobster claw” clasp which makes it easy to get on/off. I like that it’s adjustable too so you can add a bit of length to it if you need it.

The necklace retails for $60 on the Harley-Davidson site.

I have this necklace. It was sent to me to review. I’m going to be giving it to my co-worker. She’s a young girl who loves to ride motorcycles. She even goes to a track upstate (NY) on the weekends to ride motorcycles on a special race track. She’s also dealing with cancerous cysts in her ovaries. I realize it’s not Breast Cancer, but it’s cancer none the less and she does love motorcycles. I think she’ll really love this necklace.

If you would like to learn more about Harley-Davidson’s efforts to support those affected by breast cancer, visit Harley-davidson.com.

Harley-Davidson would like to give a lucky winner the same necklace I receive to review. Thank you H-D!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this giveaway.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Kohl’s Cares – Great Gifts and a Great Cause


Kohls Cares Logo



Are you familiar with the Kohl’s Cares program? If you are a regular Kohl’s shopper you have probably seen the product displays around the check out area.

Kohl’s cares is a program where Kohl’s sells kid-friendly merchandise, such as books and toys. 100% of the net profit is donated to Kohl’s Cares charities that support kid’s health and education programs nationwide. Since 2000 Kohl’s Cares has raised and impressive $257 million dollars.

I first learned about Kohl’s Cares many years ago when I first started blogging. I entered a giveaway on another blog to win some Dr. Seuss books and matching plush toys. Being a big kid at heart, and having fond memories of Dr. Seuss, I had to enter. I was thrilled to find out that I won.

From that point on I always make sure to check out what Kohl’s is selling as part of their Kohl’s Cares program whenever I am at our local Kohl’s store or shopping online. They offer new products throughout the year. They are also available while supplies last so if you see something you like I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase it.

I have a soft spot in my heart for my favorite children’s books. I actually still own more of my favorite books from when I was a child. Whenever possible I like to pick up a new version since many of my favorite books are falling apart.

One of my favorites growing up was Put Me in the Zoo. I must have read that book a million times. So you can only imagine how THRILLED I was when I saw that Kohl’s Cares offered the critter from one of my favorite childhood books as well as the book.

Put Me In The Zoo

He sits on the bookcase near my desk.

What I love about the products Kohl’s Cares offers is that they are quality products. You can see from the photo that the plush toy is exceptionally well made (and very soft and snugly too!). He’s also large.

I have several Kohl’s Cares plush toys and I have never had an issue with any of them. They are all wonderful.

Kohl’s Cares products are also “budget friendly”. Each product they offer is only $5.00.

I received a few of the current Kohl’s Cares products which happen to be Disney books and plush. The plush are made just as well as the identical plush toys you can find at other retail stores for $20+.


Currently Kohl’s Cares is offering Disney plush such as Dumbo, Lady (Lady and the Tramp), a Dalmatian (101 Dalmatians), Baloo (Jungle Book) and a few others. They are also selling Disney books (the same as the plush characters). They are also offering wonderful Disney puzzles, Disney tote bag, Look & Find book and more.

Kohl’s Cares often offers products for adults too as the same $5.00 price point.

I donated a bunch of Kohl’s Cares plush toys, books and puzzles to the classroom where I work. We work with children who come to court for a variety of reasons (order of protection, divorce, paternity, neglect…). We do our best to provide a warm, friendly and inviting place for children to come while their parents are in Family Court. Sometimes all these little ones want is something to cuddle with like a snugly plush toy.

Sadly a lot of these children don’t even have books at home (many are low income). We always make sure to send the children home with a book. The books are donated to us so they are in various conditions (some are new, others are really old and ragged). We also keep some books in our room to read to the children. We have a rocking chair and blankets for the kids to curl up into. I am enjoying reading some of my favorite Disney books to the children. They make a wonderful addition to our room.


Kohls Cares

As you can see the books and plush are very well made.

We also have a couple of the 300 piece puzzles. We keep those in the cabinet for the older children to enjoy (little ones just dump the pieces all over the place).

With the holiday season fast approaching the products available as part of the Kohl’s Cares program would make great, affordable gift options. Imagine the delight of a young Disney fan to receive a brand new book and matching plush they can cuddle with for only $10 ($5 for the book and $5 for the plush). It’s not often you can find great gifts for that price.

If you enjoy participating in programs where you purchase gifts for children in need the Kohl’s Care products would be a great gift idea. Plus they are great to keep on hand for last minute birthday gifts. There have been a few times when my kids were little where they were invited to a classmates birthday party so I always made sure to have unisex “kid-friendly” gifts available.


The products from Kohl’s Cares changes throughout out the year. I have Koh’s bookmarked on my computer and I try and check back often to see what new goodies they have to offer. Sometimes they offer cookbooks (I love cookbooks) too.

If you would like to see what Kohl’s Cares has to offer just look for their display at your local Kohl’s store. You can also check Kohl’s online (do a search for Kohl’s Cares). Please remember that once the products sell out they are no longer available.

Visit Kohl’s online at Kohls.com. You can also find the brand on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Google+). The links are found at the bottom of their home page.

Have you ever purchased a Kohl’s Cares product? What did you buy? Feel free to share your thoughts.




*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.



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Help Unilever Sunlight Project and Feeding America Share a Meal



I work part time doing child care for Family Court. The children that come to us are there for a variety of reasons (order of protection, custody, paternity, divorce…).

It’s hard enough that these children are dealing with so much with their families but to be thrown into a room with total strangers can be really traumatic.

It’s bad enough knowing that these children are dealing with so much. It’s even harder when they offer little “nuggets” of information about their home life (we don’t ask questions but often children just open up and start telling us things).

I try and start conversations with children just so they feel comfortable with me. I ask them about school, find out what their favorite television show is and simple things like that.

Not too long ago I was working overtime. It was late in the afternoon and we had a few children in the room with us. One young girl was playing with the kitchen set we have. She was making something to eat for one of the dolls we have.

Just to make conversation I asked the little girl a random question – what was she having for dinner that night? When I asked her she just shrugged her shoulders. I asked her if her mom mentioned what she was making for dinner that night. The little girl replied that she wasn’t having dinner that night. Curious to know why she said that I questioned her – “You are not having dinner tonight?” The little girl replied “No”. I replied “Won’t you be hungry?”, to which she replied “No. I’ll probably have a bowl of cereal”.

Cereal? Cereal is not dinner. Maybe breakfast and sometimes lunch, or even a snack, but it certainly doesn’t seem like enough for dinner. That made me wonder if her family has enough to eat or was the little girl one of the millions of children right here in America that come from food insecure homes.

If you are not familiar with the term “food insecure” it means not knowing where your next meal is coming from and not having enough to eat on a day to day basis.

If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that I fully support campaigns that work towards putting and end to hunger here in the United States. Feeding America is one organization that I have written about frequently. I have ever participated in a food drive as well as toured one of their facilities.


Feeding America serves about 12 million children each year. These are children in your community. These children can be living next door to you and you might not even know it.

Unilever is a partner with Feeding America. They have helped to contribute nearly 30 million meals** to families and children over the past five years which includes more than 13 million pounds of food and more than $3 million in support.

Unilever’s program is called Project Sunlight. It launched in November 2013.

Unilever Project Sunlight embodies the consumer product company’s global mission – the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan – that encourages people to take small steps that together make a big difference toward building a brighter future for children. The initiative is made up of a growing community of people who believe in a world where everyone has enough food to eat and no child goes to bed hungry.

Some people are under the misconception that they know what hunger looks like. Hunger doesn’t have a “look”. Your well dressed co-worker who lives in a nice car might be food instable. Your child’s happy little friend might be hiding a dark secret – that they go to bed hungry every night.

Hungry people look and act just like you and I do. The only exception is that they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

People find themselves in these situations from a variety of reasons – job loss, debt, death in the family, divorce… Sometimes things happen that are out of our control and we have to make due with what we have, even if it means having to sacrifice a hearty meal to pay the electric bill or fill a prescription

Unilever wanted to share stories about Americans who are struggling with hunger. With the help of Unilever Bright Future Award recipient, Patrick Creadon, Unilever has created a heart-wrenching and inspiring look at how Americans are grappling with child hunger in a four-minute documentary called “Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger.”

Unilever Project Sunlight wants to encourage people around the country to get involved

“What struck me the most in meeting these families and creating this film is how quickly people – our neighbors – can go from being the helpers to being those in need of help,” said Creadon.   “Going beyond donating – to sharing a meal or a moment of support – truly underscores that this is an issue that touches us all in every community in every pocket of this country.  These are our children.”

Here is the film. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it. It’s only 4 minutes long.


This is such a powerful documentary. You would think in our country hunger would not be an issue. We have three year olds walking around with their own smartphones and iPads… yet some children can’t even get a simple meal to it. It’s sad that our priorities can be so “off” at times.

Hopefully this documentary has inspired you to help. There is a way you can share a meal this holiday season. Simply visit ProjectSunlight.us. There you can download the informative Unilever Share A Meal Toolkit to learn more about the power of a shared meal.

There are other ways you can help. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Help a Family in Your Neighborhood: Simply sharing a meal with a neighbor either in the form of a simple lunch or dinner party, or even packing an extra lunch for your child to take to school, could go a long way.
  • Partner with Local Organizations: Local community organizations are great resources for sharing a meal in your area – simply tap into their networks to see how you can help.
  • Coordinate with Your Local Food Bank: Whether you wish to volunteer or host your own local food drive, use Feeding America’s online Food Bank Locator tool to get in touch with a food bank in your area.
  • Host a Virtual Food Drive: Feeding America’s Personal Fundraiser tool is a great place to start and to reach out to friends, family, and colleagues for contributions.
  • Donate: Consider swapping a night out with a night in and share those extra savings with children and families in need in the form of a donation to Feeding America.
  • You Buy One, We Give One: Look for the Unilever “You Buy One, We Give One” coupon offer in the Sunday paper on November 16.  Redeem at participating stores from November 16 – 30 and Unilever will donate one meal* to Feeding America when you purchase any participating Unilever product.
  • Lend Your Voice:  Inspire others by revealing why you’re helping to end child hunger on social media using, “I #ShareAMeal because…”

I hope you are inspired to do something to help out.

For more information about Feeding America you can find them on the various social media sites.

You can also follow Unilever Project Sunlight on social media too.

PLEASE share the documentary on social media so that your friends and family know about this important campaign. The URL for the video is http://ulever.us/ShareAMeal and the official hashtag is #ShareaMeal.

Did you watch the documentary? Why or why not?

Do you know a food insecure family? Have you personally experienced food insecurity?

Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I have partnered with Unilever Sunlight Project to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Pick up a Halloween coupon book from Wendy’s and support the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®



Halloween is just around the corner. Most children are already picking out their costumes and making plans with friends to go trick-or-treating. Candy is on the minds of most children – and some adults too.

My kids used to bring home A LOT of candy. It was great for a day or two but after that it was candy “overkill”. We would end up sending most of it to work with my husband to share with his co-workers. The candy that we did save usually ended up getting thrown out around Christmas. Thankfully my kids wouldn’t want to gobble it all up. They enjoyed their favorites for a few days and then were over it.

I like to offer trick-or-treaters something different. This year I am looking into getting some child-friendly comic books to give out instead of candy. I also have a supply of Wendy’s® Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books**. I like to pick up several to not only give out at Halloween to the trick-or-treaters but I also like to keep a few on hand “just because”.

The coupon books are only $1.00 each. I can buy 2-3 books for what it costs me to buy a cup of coffee at my favorite coffee spot. As much as I love coffee it’s gone in a few minutes whereas the coupons are good for a while and the whole experience of going to Wendy’s® with the family and making fun memories outweighs that cup of coffee.

We first learned about the Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books several years ago when my kids were little. They brought them home in their trick-or-treat bags. They were more excited about going to Wendy’s® to get the Jr. Frosty™ ice cream then they were the candy they received that night.

I remember one time we went to Wendy’s® to redeem the coupons and my son jokingly dipped his french fry into the Jr. Frosty™ and ate it trying to gross out my daughter. My son actually loved the flavor combination. So much so every time we go to Wendy’s® he always gets a Jr. Frosty™ and dips his fries in it! My daughter does it too. I have yet to try it. I prefer ketchup on my fries. LOL!

Purchasing the coupon books makes me feel good too because I know the proceeds are going to a great charitable cause, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® (DTFA) which supports foster care adoption.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® believes that we have a responsibility to be the voice of foster care adoption, so that every child finds a family. As founder Dave Thomas said, “These children are not someone else’s responsibility. They are our responsibility.” The DTFA exist to find homes for children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care in North America.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® has been around for the past 22 years and helped to find families for 4,000+ foster children. That is amazing!

This year the foundation hopes to raise $10 million dollars.

I was not adopted, but I was raised by my paternal grandparents. They are my mom and dad. I can related to adopted children because of it. I know how it feels not knowing your biological parents and having questions about your ancestry. Thankfully I have a great relationship with my biological father. I wish I knew more about my biological mother.

Ninety cents of every $1 Wendy’s® Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Books sold between September 13, 2014 through October 31, 2014 will go towards the charity. The coupons are valid from November 1, 2014 through February 1, 2015.

Since the coupons can be enjoyed up to February 1st of next year you could use the coupons as stocking stuffers, rewards for good behavior and other fun purposes.

I hope you will consider visiting your local Wendy’s® to purchase a Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Book* for $1, which benefits the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®!

To find a location near you please visit Wendys.com. You can also find the brand on social media sites like FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest. All the links can be found on the brand’s website.

Wendys Coupons


*I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

**Coupon book may contain coupons for 5 or 10 free Jr. Frosty™ treats. Prices and participation may vary. Ninety cents to every $1 coupon booklet sold between 9/15/14 and 10/31/14 will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. Coupons valid from 11/1/14 through 2/1/15. ©2014 Oldemark LLC,

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Hear our stories – Share Yours


PHOTO SOURCE:  BCAcampaign.com Facebook page

PHOTO SOURCE: BCAcampaign.com Facebook page

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are events, sales, specials and more happening all over the country all in effort to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer and to remind women every where the importance of self examination and mammograms.

FYI… Men CAN get Breast Cancer too. My dad did. He had his left breast removed after a cancerous mass was found. That was back in the early 80’s too.

I am grateful that my dad was the only person in our family to have Breast Cancer. I don’t know my maternal side of my family (my mom abandoned me when I was a toddler), so I am not sure if any cancers run in her family. I do know that her mother died from cancer, but no one in my family knows which kind.

Cancer is a VERY scary thing and has touched many people in my life. I worry about it each and every day.

Many brands have created their own Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns to help with research and education.

The Estée Lauder Companies have developed their own special Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign that centers around powerful stories of Breast Cancer survivors and their supporters.

The company has created a very powerful campaign that really touches the heart. It features powerful stories from Breast Cancer patients and their families. It’s a strong reminder that this horrible disease can affect our lives 365 days of the year.

Check out this incredible video where Breast Cancer patients and their families share their thoughts and experiences.


It found this video very moving. One of the stories shared by the other and her two teenagers really touched me. I have teenagers and I couldn’t imagine having to tell them that I have Breast Cancer. And like another woman featured, I too want to be with my husband for many, many, many years and see my children and grandchildren grow up, get married and start their own families.

The hope of the campaign is that it will inspire people around the world to take action in the fight against Breast Cancer.

People are encouraged to share an uplifting message or photo on Instagram or Twitter that includes #BCAstrength and if possible tag @BCAstrength. When you do so the Estée Lauder Companies will donate $1 toward education and medical research, up to a maximum donation of $22,000, to BCRF. I hope you will consider doing this to help raise funds and awareness about Breast Cancer.

There is also a website where the companies are encouraging people to join them in the “Hear our stories. Share Yours.” campaign to create a global forum of support and to bring us all closer to a world without Breast Cancer.

Please visit www.BCAcampaign.com. You can also watch more videos from this campaign on a special YouTube channel.

You can also follow on social media. All the links are found on the website’s home page.

In true “Stronger Together” spirit, many of the highly sought-after, iconic brands of The Estée Lauder Companies are offering Pink Ribbon products or making donations, united in support of The BCA Campaign. I have been using a few of these products.


AVEDA - Limited-Edition Aveda Hand Relief™ with Shampure™ aroma – I have this hand lotion. It works very well. I feel instant relief wen I apply it to my hands and I have noticed a great improvement since using it. My hand are hardly dry anymore. I’m not overly keen on the scent, but I love how effective the product is.


CLINIQUE - Pink with a Purpose Long Last Lipstick in Power With Pink & Great Skin, Great Cause: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ – I have the Great Skin, Great Cause: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+. It comes with a beautiful key chain with several lovely Breast Cancer awareness designs on them.

As for the lotion, I have been using it for about a week or so now and I like how it feels on my skin. It’s not heavy at all. It absorbs quickly and leaves my face feeling soft and moisturized. I use it after I wash my face in the morning and again in the evening when I wash off my make up.


COACH - Poppy Wildflower EDP Spray – I love this perfume. It’s very light and delicate. It’s perfect for every day use. I work with children in a professional setting. I love wearing perfume but in my line of work a strong perfume is not necessary. This perfume gives me a lovely scent without coming off too strong. Even my teenage daughter enjoys wearing this perfume to school.

Donna Karan

DONNA KARAN COSMETICS – Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Rollerball Duo – These are beautiful scents! I don’t know which one I like more. One day I lean towards one scent, then the next day I enjoy the other one more. There are two different perfume rollers in the box. One is Cashmere Mist and the other is Liquid Cashmere. I like that they are perfumes you apply with a roller. They are also small enough to tuck inside your purse and take with you.

Both scents I find to be very soothing. They have a relaxing quality to them. I also find the scents to be a bit exotic.

Both scents are great for running errands around town or for a night on the town.

Notice that the perfume has the pink ribbon on their caps too.

Advanced Night Repair

ESTÉE LAUDER – Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection & Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact & Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II & Pink Ribbon Keychain & MODERN MUSE Solid Perfume Compact. – I have the Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recorvery Complex II. I apply it to my skin before going to bed at night. A little bit of this product goes a long way. It’s more of a liquid and just a few drops can cover your entire face and neck. It aborbs quickly and feels nice on your face. I have only been using it for about two weeks now so I haven’t noticed a difference in my fine lines and wrinkles (yet). When I wake up in the morning my face looks and feels good. Often I have to wash my face as soon as I get up because I feel like it’s dirty and needs “refreshing”. I don’t feel that way since I started to use this product. I am excited to see how it transforms my face in the next few weeks.

The product came with a beautiful golden Breast Cancer Awareness key chain with the iconic ribbon. My apologies for not having a photo of it.

Joe Malone

JO MALONE LONDON – Jo Malone London Red Roses Cologne – If you love roses then you’ll love the cologne. It smells exactly like real roses! I have had rose scented products before, but nothing has come close to smelling like real roses – until now. It’s as if someone squeezed rose petals into a bottle. It’s a beautiful scent. I love it! I have received many compliments whenever I wear this cologne.


LA MER – The Hand Treatment

ORIGINS – Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm in Berry Splash

SMASHBOX – Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

BOBBI BROWN – Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE – prêt-à-powder with a limited-edition pink cap

DARPHIN – Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum

I love what the Estée Lauder Companies are doing to show their support and help defeat Breast Cancer – from their donation program (#BCAstrength) to their special Breast Cancer Awareness labeled products and “gift with purchase” (key chains).

Has Breast Cancer affected you or a loved one? Feel free to share your stories. Please don’t forget to share your stories, uplifting messages or stories of hope on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #BCAstrength and tagging @BCAstrength if possible to raise funds.



*I received free product samples in order to do these reviews. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Tips for being prepared for emergencies from LuminAID


Stock photo - Hurricane Katrina - New Orleans, LA

Stock photo – Hurricane Katrina – New Orleans, LA

An emergency situation can happen at anytime, anywhere. How prepared are you?

Over the past decade or so our weather has been getting more and more unpredictable. Think back to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy as great examples. I’ve lived in New York my entire life and I don’t recall a hurricane has horrible as Sandy.

It’s always important to be prepared for emergency situations. What if you find yourself without power for several days. Do you have an emergency energy source, water and food to sustain you and your family for a few days? My family usually has water and non-perishable foods on hand. We also have a solar cellphone and iPad charger so we can call for help if needed and have something to entertain ourselves (Netflix or Hulu on the iPad).

Here are some great tips from a company called LuminAID.

1. Check your food and water supply

Bottled water and packaged/canned food are the best in case your power goes out.

2. Check your source of lighting

Often people think they have enough batteries or candles to outlast the hurricane, but an easier and more sustainable source of light is the LuminAID solar-powered inflatable light. The LuminAID comes fully charged, so it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice.  You won’t have to hold it like a flashlight, and it will last for over 16 hours! Its lightweight and compact design makes it easy for re-charging for hundreds of uses.

3. Reinforce your entryways

High gusts of wind and floating debris can easily break windows. Make sure you reinforce doors, windows, garage doors, skylights, and fireplace flues.

4. Have your things ready to go

If you need to leave in a hurry, make sure you’re prepared. Place all your important items in or around one bag. Wallet, cash, cell phone, car keys, first aid kit, a road map to your destination, etc. Keep these sealed in a leak-proof bag or at least a Ziploc.

5. Prepare your family

Make sure each family member is aware of how dangerous a hurricane can be.  In the event your family needs to evacuate, you do not want anyone left behind or uninformed.

Even a bad snowstorm or torrential rains can knock out power lines leaving you and your family in the dark – literally.

A solar powered lighting source is a fabulous idea. It’s better then having to stock up on expensive batteries. Not only that it keeps those batteries out of landfills.

I was sent a LuminAID to review.


Here is a little more information about the product.

The LuminAID is a solar-powered light that packs flat, charges on the go, and inflates to create a lightweight, waterproof lantern. Originally designed by two architecture students to provide comfort and safety for victims of an emergency, the LuminAID provides up to sixteen hours of LED light and is rechargeable. weighing just under 3 ounces, it is an ideal light source for recreational use outdoors, emergency aid, or in the home or garden. LuminAID lights have been used all over the world in emergency situations and after disasters.

I love that it’s small, compact and lightweight. You can take with you anywhere. The one I was sent to review I gave to my husband to keep in the glove compartment of his car since he commutes to work, just in case he get stranded on the side of the road.

LuminAID comes in a small plastic Ziploc type bag. To use simple remove from the baggie, blow it up (there is a valve where you can blow it up with your mouth) and then turn it on. There are two setting (one is a little brighter then the other). You can have LuminAID up and running in about a minute.

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LuminAID looks like a plastic “pillow” with a small control panel on the one side. The panel is where you turn it on/off and it ‘s where the solar panel is located to recharge LuminAID.

It’s recommended that you charge it every 2-3 months when not in use just to make sure it has a full charge for the next time you need it.

There is a small handle on the one side to make it easy to carry as well as being able to hang it up on a hook, door knob, tree branch or any place you need light.

You wouldn’t think by looking at it that it would emit a lot of light, but it does.

Here is the LuminAID in our hallway (hanging off the door knob) taken with my cellphone and unedited.



You can see how well it lights up the hallway. This shot was taken at night with no other lights on. Our hallway is about 12′ x 4′ (give or take).

By the way… those are not holes on the wall (towards the bottom on both side). They are Halloween decorations that I kept up because I thought they were cute (mouse and hole on the left – single mouse on the right). :-)

Check out this brief video that tells you more about LuminAID and provides you with some other great examples of how it can be used.


LuminAID also has a wonderful charitable program called Give Light, Get Light. The LuminAID light sells for $19.95 but for a few dollars more ($27.95) you can purchase the light for yourself and another light will be donated to someone in an impoverished area where electricity is not an option.

 Over the past year, LuminAID has distributed more than 5000 lights across projects in 15 countries. Our current campaign features partners who work in Haiti, Ghana, India, and the Philippines. See the Partner Organizations tab below for more information about our charitable partners. Your purchase covers the cost of one light that will be sent to you and funds the donation of 1 LuminAID light and all associated shipping and distribution costs. 

Please note that this donation is NOT tax deductible. I think for just a few dollars more it’s well worth purchasing the Give Light, Get Light package to help out someone else in need.

You can also donate a light for a $10 donation.

LuminAID is great for everyone. It’s ideal to keep in your home, your car, RV, with your camping equipment, while you are hiking, college students and the elderly. They are ideal to have on hand in case of emergencies or when you need a little extra light (backyard party, camping…).

For more information about LuminAID visit www.LuminAID.com. You can also find them on YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebo0k (social media links found on the company’s website).

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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