Breast Cancer Risk Reduction for Mothers and Daughters

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I can’t tell you how many women I know that have been affected by breast cancer. I’m sure that many of you can say the same.  Breast cancer has hit my own family and that of my friends and community members.  So when I had the opportunity to work with the Breast Cancer and Environment Research Program (BCERP) this year for a research study – I knew it was an important project to be a small part of – and a crucial message to share.

The BCERP is currently examining the ways in which exposure to certain chemicals and food may influence and change how girl’s bodies mature and impact breast cancer risk.

Scientists, physicians, and community partners in the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk later in life. They created a mother-daughter toolkit mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.

 

Over the years, we’ve already implemented so many of these steps – but we can always use a reminder.  And I encourage you to share this information with your family, friends and your children’s caregivers. Although I’ve been met with resistance when discussing the harm in the use of plastics with extended family since my children were born – it’s essential to create awareness in simple steps to risk reduction that can make a difference right now. With a nine-year-old daughter (and a son too) – I must do everything in my power to make the best choices for my family.  We all want our children to thrive and be healthy – but the environment around a young girl may change the way her body develops.  Simple lifestyle choices that are supported by sound research can help protect our girls risk of breast cancer, and it’s never too early to begin taking steps.

Please join me in taking a few minutes to complete this survey to help contribute to the important work that the BCERP team is doing. 

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On Fall Fitness + Target Gift Card Giveaway

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Fall comes with the sort of consistency that I crave after the fluidity of the summer months wrap up.  The kids are settled into school and activities while I try and work around everything as best as I can. There is no perfect formula to balancing it over here – and on many days I fall short in some capacity – but I can always count on my workouts to bring moments of clarity, direction, and peace.

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Whether I’m outside or in my favorite spin class, working out is like a steadfast best friend.  I feel so much better after getting re-energized and giving back to myself.  And I have to admit that new workout apparel is among my favorite clothing to shop for. That’s why I was thrilled to discover the latest C9 Champion® brand at my local Target (the perks of having a store in walking distance and across the street from my gym!).  The C9 Champion® Embrace Run Tights elevate my solid workout pants collection with flattering iridescent designs, a lower back zip pocket, and an adjustable waistband that stays put while on the go.

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And I pretty much fell in love with the entire C9 Champion® Tech Fleece Full Zip Jacket collection – because the supper cozy fleece interior and details like thumb-holes and functional pockets quickly brought these pieces to new favorite stayus.  The entire collection is so well priced, perfect for layering and so well made.  I bet you’ll love these affordable staples just as much as I do!

C9-Champion-workout-sport-bra-leggings-jacket-TargetWin It! We’re thrilled that one lucky reader will get to elevate her workout with a $50 Target Gift Card + a pair of the new C9 Champion® Embrace Run Tights (sizes XS-2XL, $34.99 MSRP).  Use the gift card to pick up the new C9 Champion® sports bra and more!  To enter to win, just visit the widget below and check back to see if your name pops up as the winner. Best of luck – and thanks, as always, for visiting.

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On Pushing Limits + KEEN Kids Giveaway

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 Sponsorship provided by KEEN Kids. All content and opinions, are my own. 

Do you ever feel like those “on this day” reminders from your social media networks and online photo storage have a way of sucker-punching you in the most bitter-sweet ways?  I’m certain that it was just the other day that we tackled milestones like learning to walk, swim and ride a two wheeler.  And here we are – with kiddos ages seven and nine – plowing down skateboard ramps, surfing, and adventuring – and begging for skateboard “trick school” lessons that will lead us to another borough every weekend this fall.  Although I sometimes have to brace myself, I’m incredibly proud of the sort of solid confidence that can only come from pushing limits.  These kids play hard and work hard – and have collected a few battle wounds to prove it.

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So what’s a cautious mom to do, while reminding the kids’ Abuela that it’s not helpful to yell “BE CAREFUL!” DON’T FALL!!” “THAT’S DANGEROUS!”? I just make sure that my kids know that they have to wear helmets, skateboard-pads for the big tricks, the right sort of footwear – and a reminder to “make good decisions.”  They may have their share of falls – but they get right back up again.  And I’m learning lessons in squashing my concerns while admiring their determination.

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As brand new walkers, I first turned to KEEN Kids for their summer sandals, because they gave me comfort in those reinforced toes. We’ve been picking up pairs every summer since. And in this new season of back-to-school and adventuring – KEEN Kids will take my active kiddos from the school yard to the skate park in functional kicks that feel good and look cool too.

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Check out all of these great KEEN styles for kids! The new Hikeport from the Solo collection (featured in this post) – and the Fall Moxie are among my favorites.Back-to-school-Keen-Kids-shoes

Win It! Our friends at KEEN have partnered with us and other parenting websites to giveaway 10 pairs (yes ten!) of KEEN Kids shoes (new arrivals) to ten lucky winners – who will each get one pair.  Check out all the other writers favorite kicks below:

The Chirping Moms // Wanderlust Crew // Simple, Like Love // Suburban Wife, City Life // Girl in the Red Shoes// The Love Designed Life // Momfessionals // Munchkins and Moms // Being Brickner // Thrifty Nifty Mommy

To Enter – leave a comment on this post and visit the Rafflecopter below (U.S. only). Best of luck and check back to see if your name pops up as a winner!

Update: Giveaway closed. 

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Cheers to Summer

Thank you JaM Cellars for sponsoring this post. Looking for Butter Chardonnay or JaM Cabernet near you? Check out our Store Locator! Just pop in your zip code.

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Although I think I’m built for an endless summer – the end-of-season promise of the return to routine (hello kids in school!) is always welcomed as soon as the cooler evenings begin to roll in. This summer was so good to me – but I’m also ready for what’s next.  The start of September always feels like the Sunday of summertime and JaM Cellars wine helps to usher in the new.

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With pockets of time alone at the beach (thanks, kids surf camp!), I found myself enjoying the ocean alone, spending time with friends, and giving back to myself in ways that just aren’t possible when you’re busy caring for others.

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Even though I may sometimes want summer to slow down – I’m celebrating all the incredible memories and our soon to be new rhythm the right way – with wonderful friends and great wine as we say goodbye to the past few months. I’ve been really enjoying JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay. It melts in your mouth in the most creamy-licious way. Everything IS better with Butter!

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JaM helps to elevate our informal gatherings with something for everyone with three easy-to-love, everyday California wines – Butter Chardonnay, JaM Cabernet (berry-licious and luscious – this Cab is my JaM!), and Toast Sparkling. Made in the tradition of great California winemaking—rich, bold and luscious – and under $20 too.  JaM creates an instant party when shared with my favorite folks and some good eats too.

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Cheers to you summer 17!

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

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Back-to-School Super Cool: Tween Edition

This post is sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh. All opinions are my own.

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How do you get a tween who lives for bathing suits and cover-ups to swap her super casual beach-all-day-every-day vibe for clothing that’s suitable for a new school year? Stir up excitement for the impending back-to-school season by letting her pick out some fresh new stylish outfits all on her own  – and fully trust her free-spirited fashion sense with a brand that’s age-appropriate and fun. All at prices that won’t break this mom’s kid fashion budget!

Go For Gender Neutral: Our strong girl often pulls T-shirts and more from her brother’s collection. She fell in love with OshKosh B’gosh’s BE YOU tees – featuring positive, laid-back messages, and hand-drawn doodles that happen to speak to both of our kiddos. Hello, sibling-shared tees designed for both girls and boys with the ability to match with everything.

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Say Yes to Accessories:  A fun bracelet collection, sun glasses, and a pair of glitter-drenched shoes allow for self-expression.  Paired with her favorite new “artist” or “no bad days” tee – and she’s ready to go!

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Mix and Match with Confidence:  Versatile clothing options make everyone’s school mornings easier.  Our sporty girl gravitates towards activewear.  The bright, cheerful and positive options from OshKosh will carry her through the seasons along with her favorite B’gosh denim and logo sweatshirts.

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Grab Discounts and Help Others:  Get in on the back-to-school shopping fun with this great 20% discount coupon (below) for both online (code:OKBG3352) and in-store (code: 036992) purchases until October 2nd 2017.  Find a store near you here.  Also join us in donating a pair of jeans (or make a cash donation) at checkout in-store or online to help local schools, teachers, and kids thrive through donorschoose.com via the #BgoshJeanius campaign.  Happy shopping and best of luck in the new school year!

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’90s Nostalgia: Limited Too Pop Up Shop Comes to NYC

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Tweens of the ’90s rejoice! Your favorite store to hit up at the mall with your friends is back – and it’s touring New York City.  There’s still time to catch the Limited Too mobile pop-up shop packed with fashion and accessories nostalgic of your own childhood years (but perhaps, way cooler).


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All the necessities for back-to-school are here – and at reasonable prices too, with everything under $100.  From glittery sneakers, two-way sequin notebooks, bomber jackets, backpacks, locker-gear, and of course fabulous fashion and apparel for girls sizes 2T-16.

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The rain didn’t stop us from checking out their Herald Square location – a totally fun experience for today’s mom/daughter outing.  I can’t tell you how excited I was to leave my local mall with a Limited shopping bag in hand back in the day – and middle-school me would definitely envy all the cool duds and goodies that my daughter picked out.

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There’s still time to get in on the fun (don’t forget to get in on the photo op too!)

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Catch the Pop-Up from 12pm-7pm at the dates/addresses below:

August 8th: Herald Square/6th Avenue between 35th and 36th

August 9th: Union Square/17th Street between Park Avenue South & Broadway

August 10th: Flatiron/5th Avenue between 22nd & 23rd Street

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