Eggland’s Best Hosting Twitter Party Oct. 6

pink-dozen-logo-200jd092910Eggland’s Best is hosting a Twitter party tomorrow night, and you are invited.

Why?

Because EB is supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure (the world’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization) by donating $50,000 to help save lives and end breast cancer forever, and they want to celebrate their support with you!

Now, I’m no expert at the Tweet, so I can’t explain all of what follows, but if you have some know-how in the Twitter department, I’m sure you can make sense of all these details:

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 2010
Time: 8 pm EST (thats 7 pm CST, 6pm MST, and 5 pm PST)
Hashtag: #EBSGK
Hosts: @egglandsbest and @chaotic_barb
Tweetgrid: http://is.gd/fKUR1
3 lucky winners will win an incredible gift pack during the party including:
Three-month supply of EB eggs (six free product coupons)
Six 50-cent off coupons
Eco-bag
spatula
plush egg
Poach Pod
TWEET: Eggland’s Best Twitter Party: Support Susan G. Komen for the Cure: http://bit.ly/9tSf9K #EBSGK Wed! RT PLS?

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 2010

Time: 8 pm EST (thats 7 pm CST, 6pm MST, and 5 pm PST)

Hashtag: #EBSGK

Hosts: @egglandsbest and @chaotic_barb

Tweetgrid: http://is.gd/fKUR1

3 lucky winners will win an incredible gift pack during the party including:

  • Three-month supply of EB eggs (six free product coupons)
  • Six 50-cent off coupons
  • Eco-bag
  • spatula
  • plush egg
  • Poach Pod

TWEET: Eggland’s Best Twitter Party: Support Susan G. Komen for the Cure: http://bit.ly/9tSf9K #EBSGK Wed! RT PLS?

Just click on the link listed below to RSVP with your Twitter account:

Eggland’s Best Twitter Party To Support Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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Dr. Susan Love’s New Breast Book: Giveaway

www.amazon.com
www.amazon.com

Five and a half years ago, my surgeon called it the bible on breast cancer, and Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book has been a constant companion of mine ever since. It’s the one book I recommend to everyone I meet with a new diagnosis, it’s my go-to gift recommendation for family and friends who don’t know how to help, and it sits tattered and worn on my bookshelf, ready for instant consultation.

As of yesterday, I have a brand new shiny copy of Dr. Love’s treasured book of wisdom (fifth edition) — the coveted resource she revamps every few years so that women everywhere have the latest and greatest information on a disease we so badly need to understand.

How is this book different from all the others? Well, it’s been totally reorganized and rewritten in order to communicate two paradigm shifts that have taken place over the years:

(1) We now know that all breast cancers are not the same. There’s actually five or six molecular subtypes, and treatment must be personalized to match each one.

(2) We also know that cancer cells do not function in isolation. There’s more than a mutated cell at work — it needs an environment to nourish it. A bad cell in a good environment will likely stay dormant. But if the environment changes, there might be trouble. Aha, lifestyle is important.

With these two topics woven throughout, Dr. Love breaks down everything from the biology of the breast to risk factors to decisions regarding treatment. She talks recurrence and research and politics, and she’s got sketches, drawings, charts, and graphs to help make sense of it all. The book is more than 600 pages long, and that should tell you something about how detailed and complex breast cancer can be. Don’t be intimidated, though. You don’t need to sit down and start reading — just use it for reference, and be thankful that there’s someone out there, armed with the best and most accurate information, who cares enough to try to stop this deadly disease once and for all.

It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to give away one copy of Dr. Love’s book. If it happens to land in your hands, you will be forever grateful for the direction and inspiration that lies within.

Ready to play? Just follow the steps below:

  • Leave a comment sharing why you need this book in your library!
  • Leave your comment no later than 5PM ET on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, who are 18 and older.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing via random.org.
  • One winner will receive one book, valued at $22.00.
  • Winners will be notified by email, so make sure to check next week to find out if you’ve won!

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Nancy’s Point Of View

I Will Keep on Trying
My name is Nancy Stordahl and I am pleased to have the opportunity to write a guest post today.
I lost my mother to breast cancer in 2008 and found the experience to be quite devastating, so of course I decided to write about it. Writing gave me purpose. Writing gave me back a sense of control and power. Or so I thought.
I realized my risk of developing breast cancer was significantly higher than the average daughter since my mother carried the BRCA2 gene. However, I thought surely I would not get cancer until I was at least as old as she was when diagnosed.  She was 74. I was convinced I had time. Cancer could not strike again in the same family so quickly. That would be too cruel. I was wrong. Cancer is cruel.
In April of this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and soon realized that we never have as much time as we think we do. Before determining my treatment path, I was tested and discovered that I also carry the BRCA2 gene. In June I had a bilateral mastectomy and began the reconstruction process.  Currently I am finishing up chemo therapy. Naturally, I turned to writing once again in order to maintain my sanity, sense of control and also hopefully to be a resource for other women – with or without cancer. That’s why I started my new blog www.nancyspoint.com. I tell myself every day it’s perhaps why I got breast cancer – in order to make some small difference. I hope that doesn’t make me sound arrogant. That’s not my intent; it’s just what I tell myself each day to keep going.
The arrival of October, Breast Cancer Awareness month and all the pinkness out there obviously has extra significance to me this year. I never really believed I would be in the position of having breast cancer myself. Who does? But here I am, like too many other women, another statistic. We all somehow think we are immune. We are not. Almost everyone at least knows someone affected by this disease. Too many women will develop it themselves. Therefore, we all need to be advocates for women’s health (men’s too, of course) in general.
So, I will happily and with optimism for making a difference write about awareness here and in my own blog. I will put my pink ribbon decal in my car window in the hopes that someone will see it and think about getting a mammogram or making a donation. I will try not to be annoyed by all the businesses using this month to self-promote. I will remember the startling statistic that a woman dies every 69 seconds somewhere in the world from breast cancer. I will use whatever voice I have to help eradicate this disease so that my daughter and other people’s daughters might not have to get breast cancer. I will keep on surviving. I will keep on writing. I will keep on trying to make a difference.

I have the great pleasure of meeting so many inspiring people through this whole blogging thing, and today, I introduce you to my new friend Nancy.

Nancy is a wife, a mom of three kids (and two dogs), a writer, and like so many of us, a breast cancer survivor. You know what that means? She’s got a story!

Today, Nancy reveals a bit about her cancer journey, and she invites you to continue following her triumphs and troubles at her brand new blog, Nancy’s Point: A blog about breast cancer and loss.

Thank you, Nancy!

Nancy, with Sophie and Elsie
Nancy, with Sophie and Elsie

I Will Keep on Trying

My name is Nancy Stordahl and I am pleased to have the opportunity to write a guest post today.

I lost my mother to breast cancer in 2008 and found the experience to be quite devastating, so of course I decided to write about it. Writing gave me purpose. Writing gave me back a sense of control and power. Or so I thought.

I realized my risk of developing breast cancer was significantly higher than the average daughter since my mother carried the BRCA2 gene. However, I thought surely I would not get cancer until I was at least as old as she was when diagnosed. She was 74. I was convinced I had time. Cancer could not strike again in the same family so quickly. That would be too cruel. I was wrong. Cancer is cruel.

In April of this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and soon realized that we never have as much time as we think we do. Before determining my treatment path, I was tested and discovered that I also carry the BRCA2 gene. In June I had a bilateral mastectomy and began the reconstruction process. Currently I am finishing up chemotherapy. Naturally, I turned to writing once again in order to maintain my sanity, sense of control and also hopefully to be a resource for other women – with or without cancer. That’s why I started my new blog www.nancyspoint.com. I tell myself every day it’s perhaps why I got breast cancer – in order to make some small difference. I hope that doesn’t make me sound arrogant. That’s not my intent; it’s just what I tell myself each day to keep going.

The arrival of October, Breast Cancer Awareness month and all the pinkness out there obviously has extra significance to me this year. I never really believed I would be in the position of having breast cancer myself. Who does? But here I am, like too many other women, another statistic. We all somehow think we are immune. We are not. Almost everyone at least knows someone affected by this disease. Too many women will develop it themselves. Therefore, we all need to be advocates for women’s health (men’s too, of course) in general.

So, I will happily and with optimism for making a difference, write about awareness here and in my own blog. I will put my pink ribbon decal in my car window in the hopes that someone will see it and think about getting a mammogram or making a donation. I will try not to be annoyed by all the businesses using this month to self-promote. I will remember the startling statistic that a woman dies every 69 seconds somewhere in the world from breast cancer. I will use whatever voice I have to help eradicate this disease so that my daughter and other people’s daughters might not have to get breast cancer. I will keep on surviving. I will keep on writing. I will keep on trying to make a difference.

If you’d like to share your breast cancer story, just let me know in the comments, and I’ll be in touch!

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Metastatic Breast Cancer: Share the Little Things

Find this image on ShareTheLittleThings.com
Find this image on ShareTheLittleThings.com

Among all the celebrations of survivorship, women with advanced breast cancer can often feel forgotten in the month of October. That’s why ShareTheLittleThings.com exists — to offer the metastatic community a place to be heard, and to provide a forum for women with advanced disease to recognize they are not alone.

It works like this: Head on over to ShareTheLittleThings.com, and post on the wall a story, a photo, a feeling, a quote, a piece of art, anything that pays tribute to living and coping with breast cancer. It’s really a seamless and simple process. (I just did it — see if you can find the above photo on the wall.) Then scroll around and gain strength from what others have shared. It’s hard not to be motivated and inspired!

You’ve got to check it out to really grasp the power of this place. And if you decide to add to the wall while you’re there, $1 will go toward supporting both the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network and Living Beyond Breast Cancer (up to $20,000).

Oh, and by the way, October 13 is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

Note: That’s a BondiBand headband in the photo above. Discounts on cancer-themed bands and hats now, through October 31, 2010.

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Keep A Breast Bracelets Raise Awareness

The Keep A Breast Foundation is a non-profit organization working to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection, and support. Art events, educational programs, and fundraising efforts are used to raise awareness, because you know what? Catching folks when they’re young and teaching them to develop healthy habits is way smart.

www.keep-a-breast.org
www.keep-a-breast.org

100% of the funds raised through the sale of these edgy bracelets go to the Keep A Breast Foundation.

www.loserkids.com
www.loserkids.com

There’s more than just bracelets — check out the entire online store for lots more variety!

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BondiBand: October Discounts on Headbands

www.bondiband.com
www.bondiband.com

These are my absolute favorite headbands! I love them for me, and I love them for other people (they are perfect  for affordable gift-giving).

Well, they just got better, because in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BondiBand (the place where function meets fashion) is slashing prices! Woo-Hoo!

www.bondiband.com
www.bondiband.com

Starting now, and through October 31, 2010, save $3 on cancer-themed headbands, including the solid-pink variety, and save $5 on cancer-themed hats. At the end of the month, 10% of gross proceeds will be donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Get yourself shopping, and pick up a few for you, then think about birthday gifts, teacher gifts, holiday gifts, and more. I’m headed there now — meet you there!

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Hats For You

Hats For You offers hats, caps, and scarves for those suffering hair loss due to cancer and chemotherapy, and from the looks of this online store, there are many options, which is a big thing in the chemo game.

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www.hatsforyou.net

Hair loss is a biggie. I mean, a B-I-G-G-I-E, and sometimes even worse than the cancer itself. Just look at what some readers had to say in response to my post, “Hair Loss: How Did You Handle It?”

I did not look at myself in the mirror while I had no hair unless I was wearing a hat and then only rarely. / Caroline

I so want to keep my hair. It took so long to get it where it is, it’s really screwed up to have to start over from zero. / Tracy

This too has been one of the hardest things I’ve endured during this adventure in “cancerland!” / Lisa

I still don’t know how exactly to describe how I felt about my hair loss. I told myself and anyone that asked that losing my hair was the least of my concerns and I really believed that I would be okay with it. I mean it’s just hair, and it does grow back. I had my hair cut short for the first time in my adult life 2 weeks before it was scheduled to dissappear. Someone told me that this might make the transition easier. Many compliments and thank-yous later I found myself in the shower with large clumps of hair in my hands, sobbing uncontrollably. I had a complete meltdown that morning, the first. Privately. And I so shocked myself with my reaction and the ensuing fear that my legs gave out on me in that shower. This made it real. / Liane

Yes, options are good. See what you can find at Hats For You!

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Eggland’s Best Spotlights Pink Dozen Bloggers

Screenshot of the Eggland's Best website.
This is just a screenshot!

There are 12 bloggers out there partnering with Eggland’s Best for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I am one of them. Eggland’s Best Pink Dozen is what we’re called, and the plan over the upcoming weeks is for the dozen to be spotlighted on the EB website. Well, my turn is right now, and the photo above is a screenshot from the front page of the website. It’s not clickable, so nothing will happen if you hover your cursor over it, but you can click here to land at the page, and browse around.

Coming soon on the egg front: A cooking segment (and by that, I mean, a video!), featuring two boys and a mom making Heart Healthy Pumpkin Bread. Two EB pink ribbon eggs included.

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Farewell to a Friend

Jean was one of the first people to reach out after I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. She’s the one who left a stack of books on my front porch — one turned out to be a favorite: Love, Medicine & Miracles, by Dr. Bernie Siegel. And she was the one who counseled me at a playgroup in her living room that day I was so sick and nearly incoherent from chemo. I contacted her days later to share that I wasn’t just crazy, but that my blood counts were terribly low and I’d been admitted to the hospital.

I hadn’t seen Jean in years. But I learned last night that she just died of a brain aneurysm. She leaves behind her husband and five children. The oldest is 9, the youngest is 18 months.

My heart is broken.

And somehow, cancer doesn’t seem so bad right now.

Obituary for Jean M. Winner

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White House Black Market Gives Hope Oct. 7

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http://www.whitehouseblackmarket.com/

If you’re a White House Black Market kinda girl and you can get your hands on a pretty pink WHBM “Give Hope” coupon, you might want to mark your calendars for Thursday, October 7. On this dedicated day, 15% of your total purchase goes to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.

Now, I assume you need the coupon in order for this contribution to be made, but why not ask if you can go without.

WHBM has been supporting LBBC since 2004, and the corporation has donated more than $950,000 to the cause, helping more than 150,000 women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

I’m in no way suggesting that you go out and shop just so that 15% can be sent to charity, but if you’d already planned to throw down some cash on some trendy black and white gear, you might want to make October 7 your day. Just sayin’!

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Pink Hair Products, Good Prices

www.sallybeauty.com
www.sallybeauty.com

This is a really good deal — a pink flat iron (the GVP version) for $59.00, plus a free pink and black cosmetic case. Sally Beauty Supply is the spot, so head into a store near you, or you can order online. Your call —  just keep in mind, these are limited-edition items, and they’ll only be around while supplies last. Hurry!

You don’t have to get the flat iron if you need other hair care gear — there are pink traditional curling irons and blow dryers, too — I just have flat irons on the brain, because mine fell on the bathroom floor two days ago and cracked into a bunch of little ceramic pieces, which lead me right to Sally’s, where I got myself a shiny new one!

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www.sallybeauty.com

Don’t worry if you don’t have a hair on your head right now, or your locks are tumbling from your head, because it will grow back, and you might end up with curls in a few months, and you might hate those curls, and you might need to straighten them. That’s how it happened for me, anyway, which is why I crank up that iron every morning, and why you should get yourself one now, while the price is right.

I’m telling you, you just might need it!

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1 a Minute

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share.1aminute.com

I told you yesterday that every 69 seconds, a woman dies of breast cancer somewhere in the world. Some sobering stuff on this first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, huh?

So, what will you do to stop the clock?

You might want to start by seeing the movie “1 A Minute,” (in select theaters) starting October 6, 2010. You can also make a difference by sharing your story and spreading the word! Got some other ideas? Please share in comments.

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My Platform on Pink

Photo: geishaboy500, Flickr
Photo: geishaboy500, Flickr

Over the next 31 days, you will find all sorts of pink thrown around this place, and I want you to know where I stand on the whole matter of breast cancer and its prominent color, so that you can make sense of why I share what I share.

I’ve said it all here before, I weighed in over at AOL Health last year, and my mind has not really changed at all. Still, I’ll sum it up for you again, as we embark on a month that can be a little overwhelming.

  • I’m a fan of the color pink. I liked it long before breast cancer meant anything to me.
  • I’m grateful to anyone who donates funds to the cause, because the way I see it, every penny counts. So, I’m not mad at any company offering to charity just $5 per purchase of something that costs much more, because, hey, $5 is $5. And if someone caps their donation at oh, say, $20,000, that’s OK, too. It’s still a hefty donation, and more than I could ever give. Yea, when .10 cents is the magic number, I admit I do kinda judge.
  • Of course, I think donating 100% is ideal, and I’ll feature this month a rare gem or two generous enough to give everything they’ve got.
  • While I am thankful when anyone donates funds to help women like me survive a nasty disease, I will not personally back a product that is not healthy or has been shown to contribute to obesity, illness, or disease. Like alcohol, or fried chicken, or well, you know what I mean, right? Eggs, I can do, and my partnership with Eggland’s Best (EB) feels right. Eggs are nutritious, plus EB’s eggs are cage free, and the organic hen diet consists of healthy grains with no animal fat, no animal byproducts, and no recycled or processed food. No added hormones, antibiotics, or steroids either. Good news: EB is donating $50,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Which brings me to another point.
  • I like to know where the money is going. No generic claims of “will be donated to breast cancer research.” If it’s legit, a specific charity should be named.

I have a few other thoughts on the matter — for example, If I’m going to buy a product anyway, and one brand gives to the cause and the other doesn’t, and both items cost the same, I’ll probably buy the pink one.

But I think that’s enough.

On with October!

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Eggland’s Best Helps Promote Health, Prevent Breast Cancer

pink-dozen-logo-200jd092910The pink ribbon has been popping up all over the place in anticipation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month — you know it starts tomorrow, right? Everything from hair dryers to toilet paper to Sharpie pens are turning shades of pink.

So are eggs!

Yes, eggs.

Eggland’s Best eggs to be exact.

See for yourself the next time you’re strolling the aisles of your local grocery store.

For the first time in the brand’s history, Eggland’s Best, Inc. (EB) will display the Susan G. Komen for the Cure running ribbon logo on their egg cartons during the autumn of 2010.

How cool is that?

Just about as neat-o as a pink version of the iconic “EB” stamp appearing on individual eggs.

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Kinda makes you not want to crack open that pretty little shell, doesn’t it? Well, you should, because what you’ll find inside is a powerhouse of nutrition. More to come on the nutrition front (I’ll be back with nutritionist and author Jonny Bowden, who will weigh in on the incredible, edible egg), and stay tuned over the next month or so, because I’ll be spouting out all sorts of other eggs-travagant information.

For now though, I just want to say Thank You to EB for the $50,000 they’ll be donating to Susan G. Komen for the Cure (the world’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization), and for the opportunity to help spread the word about the health benefits of the good ‘ol egg. (Honored, I am, to have been chosen as one of the Eggland’s Best Pink Dozen bloggers.)

This post is sponsored by Eggland’s Best. I received monetary compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Wig

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Hip Hat With Hair!

I’m not sure which I like more — the hair or the hat.

But the hair, well, that’s where the story is.

That pretty blond hair is a wig. It’s mine, and because I never did find the courage to rock my bald head during chemo, I wore it every single day for months and months. It was perfect.

Made of human hair, and with a soft cotton top, my underhair was made by Hip Hats With Hair. It’s intended for use with hats, or scarves, or something that covers the top of the head, and there’s nothing itchy or scratchy about it.

That’s why Tina loves it.

I think she’s going to enjoy how easy it is to care for, too. She just needs to wash, condition, brush, comb, curl, spray — anything she’d do to the hair that once sprouted from her head.

Tina — whom I’ve come to know via a common friend — shaved her head just this week because the darn stuff was falling from her head in clumps. The wigs she’d tried were uncomfortable, and so I mailed her mine. She received it today.

Tina’s not the first person who has used this hair, my friend Carmen borrowed it, too — twice. It just sits in a box on the floor of my bedroom closet, and since I plan to never need it again, I am happy to share. Tina’s friend calls it the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Wig,” and that pretty much sums it up. Connected by cancer, we girls must stick together.

And matters of the hair take top priority.

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Countdown to Pinktober

Photo: momo_mika, Flickr
Image: momo_mika, Flickr

It won’t be long now until the the world as we know it turns pink. I know, it’s kind of annoying for all sorts of reasons, which I won’t dive into right now, but I do sort of like October for the mere fact that I commit myself to blogging more than usual, and that makes me happy. It just seems like a good time to spotlight some special people, some truly charitable products, some giveaways, and more.

So keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for little nuggets of breast cancer goodness! It all starts this Friday, October 1, 2010, and you’ll need to stop in for about 31 days to see what I’ve got in store. Teaser: Julie Clark will make an appearance, Dawn from Out of the Blue Delivered will offer something fancy (and free), and did you know October 13 is National Face Your Fears Day? I’ll tell you about it, plus so much more.

I can’t wait.

Bring on the pink!

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And the Pendant Goes to Donna!

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www.outofthebluedelivered.com

“My Mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had surgery along with several hard months of chemo,” says Donna, who is the lucky winner of the Ovarian Cancer Marble Pendant.

“She lost her beautiful hair (she is mistaken for Barbara Bush so you know how beautiful her white hair was). She was a trooper, went through all of this and is cancer-free and living proof that technology is getting closer to finding a cure for ovarian cancer! I would love to give this pendant to my Mom. She is one strong woman who now cares for my Dad 24/7. Unselfish love is my Mom.”

Congrats, Donna, on your big win! I’m guessing your mom is really going to love this awesome gift.

Big thanks go to Dawn at Out of the Blue Delivered! This giveaway would not have been possible without her generosity. And guess what? She’s going to offer a freebie for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, too, so stay tuned.

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