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Bake it Happen 2017 #bakeithappen

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TWO SISTERS LAUNCH INNOVATIVE CAMPAIGN IN MOM’S MEMORY THAT RAISES FUNDS FOR METASTATIC BREAST CANCER SIMPLY BY “BAKING AND SHARING” HER COVETED RECIPES ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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Taste Buds Kitchen, The Cancer Couch Foundation, Sweet Loren’s and Ford Warriors in Pink to Partner with “Bake It Happen” Campaign During October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“Bake It Happen” an innovative fundraising campaign started by two sisters whose mission is to find a cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), gains strong momentum and will kick off its fifth year with the help of strategic partners The Cancer Couch Foundation, Taste Buds Kitchen, Sweet Loren’s and Ford Warriors in Pink.  The fundraising effort - which honors the legacy of Judy Levin, a talented baker/cook and mom who sadly lost her battle with Metastatic Breast Cancer - requires only that participants “bake” and “share” photos of Judy’s recipes on social media.  An anonymous donor will donate money for every Bake it Happen photo “shared.” 100% of the funds raised from Bake it Happen will go to directly to The Cancer Couch Foundation to fund Metastatic Breast Cancer Research.

While 41,000 individuals die from MBC each year, little funding for research is allocated to this deadly disease.  As a result, Judy’s daughters, Shari and Stacy have been the driving forces behind a creative fundraising campaign aimed at helping accelerate treatment options for patients battling this most aggressive form of breast cancer.

“Even throughout her six year battle with Metastatic Breast Cancer, our mom’s kitchen was a communal table for family, friends and even strangers who embraced the tastes and love emanating from her dishes,” says Shari. Her sister, Stacy adds, “After receiving multiple requests for our mom’s recipes, we realized we could spread Judy’s culinary love  -- all in the name of Metastatic Breast Cancer research.”  And so, in 2012, the Bake it Happen campaign was born.

The Bake It Happen campaign was first introduced on Shari’s blog My Judy the Foodie, which has an incredibly loyal following, and is dedicated to her mom and her amazing recipes.  In its first year, the campaign was shared by influential parenting and food bloggers across the country who lent their support and digital influence to the fundraising effort.   Over time, thousands of supporters across the country began to pass on Judy’s culinary legacy and hope for a cure.  After five years, the Bake it Happen campaign achieved its goal: to build the baking campaign into a national fundraising movement where supporters would bake and share Judy’s recipes or donate to the cause.  To date, the Bake it Happen campaign has raised over $60,000 for breast cancer research and this year, Shari and Stacy are determined to raise even more.
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This year, Bake It Happen will be donating all of the funds raised by its fundraising efforts to The Cancer Couch Foundation - a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera (an amazing woman who was initially diagnosed, incorrectly, at Stage 4 and then restaged and currently battling Stage 3c breast cancer). Rebecca is a neuropsychologist who, upon diagnosis, quit her private practice to dedicate ALL of her time to raising as much money as she can to fund metastatic breast cancer research.  The Cancer Couch Foundation, in just the first six  months, raised over $500k for cutting edge metastatic breast cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  The Cancer Couch Foundation is privately funded allowing 100% of donations and event proceeds to go directly to these carefully chosen research projects to accelerate treatment for MBC. Furthermore, every single dollar is matched and this year they are on track to put 1 million dollars toward this life saving, critical research.

“I will never forget what it felt like to have been initially diagnosed at Stage 4, knowing there is no cure, and I will not leave behind those who are still living with this,” commented Founder Rebecca Timlin-Scalera, PhD (Stage 3c).

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Bake it Happen has also formed strategic partnerships with Taste Buds Kitchen. TBK is a Kids Kitchen by  day and a BYOB Adult Kitchen by night offering cooking classes, parties and special events to ages 2-99. With their flagship location in NYC and franchise locations in cities around the country, all locations will offer special Bake It Happen themed classes this October for budding chefs ages 2 to 8 along with a caregiver to make a special recipe from the campaign. All locations have committed to donating a portion of the proceed from those classes to The Cancer Couch Foundation!

“We are honored to contribute to the Bake it Happen campaign and support the efforts to find a cure for this terrible disease. Our budding chefs are excited to make a difference," commented Jessi Brelsford, founder of Taste Buds Kitchen.
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Additionally, Ford Warriors in Pink and Sweet Loren’s (amazing, all-natural cookie dough) have joined the campaign as social media partners and will help amplify the message about Bake It Happen via their digital platforms.

For more information about the Bake It Happen campaign, visit their website at www.bakeithappen.net.  Click here for digital assets.

Celebrating the Release of From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose

Friday, June 23, 2017
From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose is finally available in paperback.

Every day of every second a woman has an abortion. Every day of every second a woman has to live with the emotional turmoil of her decision. Forty years ago at the age of sixteen Debra had an abortion changing her forever.

From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose brings an emotionally charred women out of the pits of fire, through the ashes into the beauty of purpose. With the direction of God, hurting women weather through the painful journeys, become women of spiritual beauty, find God's purpose, and learn to live again.

You can purchase a copy at Amazon for $9.99.

You can also download a sample copy at Author's Den.

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Disclosure: I received a free product from SeabuckWonders in exchange for promoting the following information.

Have you ever had one of those days when you don't know what is going on with your insides?

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month and SeabuckWonders Offers Five Tips to Support Digestive Health.

If you’re not personally affected by IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), chances are you know someone who is.  Did you know that 11% of the world population suffers from IBS?[1]  In the U.S. alone, 25-45 million people are affected by this disorder—with a majority being women.  And it is quite possible there are many more who suffer from IBS but have not been diagnosed.

These are staggering statistics for a condition that does not have a specific cure.  As a matter of fact, if you’ve been diagnosed with IBS, it is because most other digestive diseases or conditions have been ruled out—it is a diagnosis of exclusion with many variables in terms of symptoms, treatment and severity.
 
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

The Mayo Clinic defines IBS as …a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is a chronic condition that you will need to manage long term.[2]  It goes on to explain that only a small number of people have severe symptoms requiring prescribed medications, and that most sufferers can control symptoms through diet, exercise, lifestyle and reducing stress. 

Symptoms of IBS

The signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can vary widely from person to person and often resemble those of other diseases. Among the most common are:
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • A bloated feeling
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation — sometimes alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea
  • Mucus in the stool

For most people, IBS is a chronic condition, although there will likely be times when the signs and symptoms are worse and times when they improve or even disappear completely.[3]​
5 Tips to Reduce Tummy Trouble:

  1. Drink plenty of water - Drink enough water. Many digestive problems are the result of a lack of water, as the liquid helps dissolve fats and soluble fiber.  Taking a glass of water soon after waking up jumpstarts the digestive system, which helps prevent constipation. Also, drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal stimulates the stomach lining and prepares it for food.[4]
  2. Probiotics - Increasing the number of good bacteria in our GI tract, by taking probiotic supplements and eating foods that contain probiotics, may help combat reduce digestive symptoms, a growing number of scientists say. New research indicates that specialized strains of these good bacteria could also alleviate mood and anxiety disorders.[5]  Of course, always confer with your doctors to find out which probiotics are right for you and the optimal dosage.
  3. Low FODMAP Diet – FODMAP compounds (found in gluten containing foods) are thought to contribute to the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and similar gastrointestinal disorders.[6]  Click here to learn more and find out which foods are low in FODMAPs, which may help reduce IBS symptoms
  4. Increase Omega-7 intake - Sea buckthorn has an array of essential omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega 7. These fatty acids soothe cells and support the functions of the gastrointestinal mucosa. Omega 7 provides also helps to restore moisture. When the mucous membranes are healthy, they hold moisture better. Constipation sufferers may find relief with the healthy functions of these mucous membranes.
  5. Exercise - Aerobic activity, the use of large muscles groups for at least 10 minutes, helps fight constipation. Exercise helps with digestion in several ways, including promoting the movement of food through the intestines and improving blood flow to your gut.[7]
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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Friday, March 10, 2017
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is an annual observance that sheds light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls. Every year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, national and community organizations come together to show support for women and girls impacted by HIV and AIDS. This year marks the 12th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Today, about one in four people living with HIV in the United States is female. Only about half of women living with HIV are getting care, and only four in 10 of them have the virus under control. Women face unique HIV risks and challenges that can prevent them from getting needed care and treatment. Addressing these issues remains critical to achieving an HIV- and AIDS-free generation.

The 2017 theme is "The Best Defense Is a Good Offense." Whether you're actively dating or are in a committed relationship, you can take these simple, effective steps to help prevent HIV infection for you and your partner:
To learn more about each step, visit What every woman needs to know about HIVWhat every girl needs to know about HIV, or the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day fact sheet.

What Can You Do Today?

#RocktheRedPump for my Daughter, for your Daughter

My Daughter Ashley Michelle

My daughter had AIDS
my daughter was a statistic
my daughter was a prostitute
my daughter was Ashley Michelle
my daughter died
my daughter was twenty-seven
my daughter was beautiful
My daughter had AIDS
my daughter loved life
my daughter died in my arms...


National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) March 10th

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is an annual observance that sheds light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls. Every year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, national and community organizations come together to show support for women and girls impacted by HIV and AIDS. This year marks the 12th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The 2017 theme is "The Best Defense Is a Good Offense." Whether you're actively dating or are in a committed relationship, you can take these simple, effective steps to help prevent HIV infection for you and your partner:

What can you do on March 10?

#RocktheRedPump March 10th

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The Red Pump Project

From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose Kindle Edition

Monday, January 30, 2017

From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose available on Amazon Kindle

Thursday, January 19, 2017

It's Here! The eBook Release of From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose

Saturday, January 14, 2017



New Harbor Press, January 2017      
 ISBN:9781386914235


It's here. You can download my eBook for only $7.99.


On November 4th, 1977 at the age of 16 my life changed forever. In August of 1977 I met a man who was 10 year older than me. He was into drugs and got me hooked. My mother was an alcoholic and did not care what I did, so I moved in with this guy, got hooked on drugs, and got pregnant. Part of my story is blurry, but I remember somehow I wound up back with my mom who lost custody of me and I was forced into a group home and was forced to have an abortion at 9 weeks pregnant. This book is not about my abortion, but how God took me out of ashes into beauty. It's about women who are struggling with guilt after an abortion. it's about women who are struggling within themselves with any type of pain or grief of the past.

Blurb:

Every day of every second a woman has an abortion. Every day of every second a woman has to live with the emotional turmoil of her decision. Forty years ago at the age of sixteen Debra had an abortion changing her forever.

From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose brings an emotionally charred women out of the pits of fire, through the ashes into the beauty of purpose. With the direction of God, hurting women weather through the painful journeys, become women of spiritual beauty, find God's purpose, and learn to live again.


My hope is this book will help other hurting women who have struggled or are struggling with grief or anger of post-abortion.

You can purchase a copy at the following websites.