May Flowers + Grab This Printable Calendar Sheet

 

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Hello, May 2018! Spring is finally showing up in NYC.  And while my head may have to adjust to our recent swings in temperature (hello migraine-weather) – I’m definitely excited about the official shift into the warmer months.  The neighborhood is finally blooming and signs of spring are everywhere.  Flowers have a way of bringing life to the surrounding concrete and cobblestone and I’m more than ready to pack away the kiddos jackets and cumbersome layers.  I’m not rushing through spring, but summer – I can almost see you!

As always, we have a free, pretty, printable calendar sheet for the month to share.  Just click on the image to download and print.

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Cheers to new beginnings!

xo,

M

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Not One Type: A Closer Look At Breast Cancer

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Thank you to Genentech for sponsoring this post.

 According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 236,968 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States in 2014, and (not counting some types of skin cancer) breast cancer in the U.S. is the most common cause of cancer in women – across all races and ethnicities. It is also the leading cause of death from cancer, among Latina women. Like so many others I know, breast cancer has impacted my family profoundly and the trajectory of my loved ones. That’s why it’s important for me to join in sharing the Not One Type campaign, merging messages from a trifecta of champions – Genentech, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and ThirdLove.

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I recently joined New Yorkers in exploring the Not One Type Studio – a SoHo pop-up experience, encouraging women and their loved ones to take a closer look at breast cancer. Upon stepping into the ThirdLove Studio, women curious about bra shopping were visually halted by ThirdLove’s bra installation – challenging prevalent breast cancer misconceptions – with uniformed rows of suspended bras that were only one size, and only one color. Just like ThirdLove creates uniquely tailored bras to a women’s specific size, shape and color preference – Not One Type is sharing information about the ways in which breast cancer is a very complex and not-one-size-fits-all disease.

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The Not One Type website explains how breast cancer is classified into different types – determined by the unique characteristics of each tumor, including subtype, lymph node status and stage, among other criteria. Understanding the uniqueness of each diagnosis helps to empower women and their loved ones to engage in helpful conversations and make more informed treatment decisions with their providers.

I know first-hand that family and friends often step in as patient advocates – and according to Not One Type, women facing the early stages of breast cancer rely on three or more people to help them process treatment options. An incredibly valuable tool on the Not One Type website is a checklist of questions to help women facing this diagnosis and their supporters be as well-informed as possible in conversations with doctors.

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In addition to all of the visual messaging, a lovely tribute wall, “boobie pins” in all shapes and sizes, and ThirdLove discount cards – the campaign’s spokeswomen Giuliana Rancic was on hand leading the discussion with women currently living with breast cancer as well as drawing from her personal experience.  According to Giuliana “understanding your unique diagnosis is critical to receiving the right treatment for you. And it’s not just important for those diagnosed to know about the different types, but for those who love them.”

Armed with new-to-me facts and insight, I’m grateful that I can now help better support a loved one. Have a look around notonetype.org, I’m sure you’ll learn something too.

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Celebrate Mom This Mother’s Day With Teleflora + Giveaway

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It’s been a while since we’ve offered a fun giveaway over here! And when the folks over at Teleflora shared the ways in which they are honoring moms this Mother’s Day with a campaign highlighting incredible, strong, resilient mothers – overcoming odds and living out loud every single day – we knew we wanted to join […]

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Why I’m Excited About Google’s New Pixelbook

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This post is sponsored by Best Buy.  Have you heard the buzz about the Google Pixelbook? The new high-performance Chromebook and Pixelbook Pen (the smart, responsive stylus, sold separately) are designed to elevate the way you work and play. This is the very first laptop with the Google Assistant built in, allowing users to get […]

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April Showers + Free Printable Calendar

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Welcome, April! Signs of spring are beginning to pop up everywhere and although I’m not so keen on all the showers, I have my eye on the warmer seasons and all that comes along with finally leaving the winter doldrums behind.  As always, we have a free, pretty printable, calendar for April 2018 to share. […]

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A Healthy Green Smoothie for Saint Patrick’s Day

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Check out our yummy healthy green smoothie recipe to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with the kids! Thanks to our partner Maple Hill – America’s original 100% grass-fed dairy producers for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.  Over the years, my kids have shown me that it’s the little things commemorating the […]

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