Why I “Relay”…

My wonderful parapro is our school’s Relay for Life chair. She fundraises and fights to bring about awareness to honor her son who was taken too soon to cancer. I have been inspired by her courage, commitment, and passion for the organization. Because of Ro-Ro, I’ve also joined the battle with Relay for Life.

Cancer has not been absent from my own life. My grandmother, uncle, and grandfather-in-love were all taken by the disease. The pain of losing loved ones knows no bounds, and I’ve never witnessed greatest strength. But (Praise God!) my aunt and godsister have both beat cancer, and because of cancer research I am able to rejoice in these victories! Relay for Life is just one small way to remember and honor the greatest fighters our world has ever known… Cancer patients.

Check out the stats! I love this graphic of all of the ways our dollars can make a difference.

Relay for Life Fact Sheet

Now, I ask you to join with us (even join our team!!) I have joined my school’s team and plan to commit my year to fundraising, spreading awareness, and encouraging those who have experienced both loss and victory to keep fighting… Together, we can conquer cancer!!

If you’d like to donate via my page, click here! Also, check out how you can buy gift cards to make a difference!

FriYAY Faves!

These are a few of my favorite things… (Yes, I’m singing it too.)

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1. Elly Uneven Hem Tulle Skirt from Philanthropy ($56) – How gorgeous is that skirt? I think I need it for a Christmas party or two. Plus, have you heard of Philanthropy?? My good friend just opened a location in Athens, Ga, and as if Philanthropy didn’t already have the cutest clothes, they also do SO. MUCH. GOOD. For instance, 100% of their web proceeds are donated to charity… Um, hellooooo. That’s some feel-good, do-good retail therapy.

2. “You Are Enough” notebook from B is for Bonnie ($15) – White foil. About the only thing prettier than gold foil. And this craft paper notebook is not only great for doodling but also for reminding you each and every time that you open that “You Are Enough”. So don’t be anyone else, okay??

3. Baggu Backpack in Sailor Stripe ($38) – A canvas backpack is a classic for a grab-and-go gal. This one is the perfect size to hold your cutesy B is for Bonnie notebook (above) and your watercolors (below) so that you can stroll to the coffee shop and paint to your heart’s content.

4. Peter Pan from the Puffin Chalk Series ($7.99) – I love chalk. And I loooooooove Peter Pan. This would be a great coffee table addition. And it would encourage me to reread the classic that I fell in love with as a little girl. There’s also Pippi Longstocking and The Wizard of Oz!

5. Artist’s Loft watercolors ($4.99) – They’re inexpensive and you can get them from any Michael’s store… But they get the job done. I’m filling my time with lots of pen (or brush) to paper moments, and this set is compact, includes tons of colors, and is great for the beginner that just wants to get their brush wet. Pun intended.

Have the happiest of weekends!!