Alex’s Lemonade Stand – Elijah’s Story

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Many of you might be familiar with Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a grassroots childhood cancer fundraising campaign started by Alex Scott at barely 4 years of age. Alex was in the process of undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, when she decided that she wanted to help raise money for her hospital so she could help other kids fighting cancer. A truly selfless child, she lost her fight with cancer in 2004 at age 8 but her legacy lives on through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF).

Alex's Lemonade Stand

Elijah’s story

Auntie Anne’s has partnered with ALSF to help raise funds to fight childhood cancer through a Tilt campaign. As part of the campaign, a different child hero is being highlighted each week and I have the privilege of talking about a brave young boy named Elijah. Elijah is from Little Rock, Arkansas and was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma in August 2005. After a round of successful treatment at his local children’s hospital, Elijah’s cancer sadly returned in 2006. He eventually had to travel with his family over 1,200 miles to get treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He’s receiving the help he needs in part due to organizations like ALSF. Elijah has been happy to host his own lemonade stands through ALSF which shows what a truly remarkable boy he really is. Please consider helping out Elijah and other child heroes who are bravely battling cancer by visiting the Auntie Anne’s and ALSF Mighty Fight Tilt campaign today and donating anything you can manage!

*Disclaimer: I am not being compensated in any way for this post, but will be having a donation made to this campaign on my behalf thanks to Auntie Anne’s.

An exclusive interview with celebrity makeup artist Ashley Gomila, The Makeup Expert

Dove Sleeveless Summer Challenge Sweepstakes!

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

Dove Sleeveless Summer Challenge

When I was recently asked to partner with Dove to review and talk about Dove Advanced Care Deodorant, I was so excited! I’ll be receiving my samples soon and look forward to experiencing Dove’s Nutrium Moisture and its long-lasting 48-hour effect! Before I try out Dove Advance Care Deodorant though, I wanted to let you all know about a fabulous sweepstakes they’re hosting, the Dove Sleeveless Summer Challenge! Ditch your sleeves for a chance to win a trip to New York City Fashion week and a VIP styling session with A-List Hollywood stylist, Erin Walsh, just click here to participate!!Dove Sleeveless Summer Challenge

School Fundraising with Schoola…and a Schoola Coupon Code!

I recently posted here about a remarkable new school fundraising website called Schoola, where you can earn money for the school of your choice simply by donating outgrown children’s clothing. When I first posted, I was new to the site myself but excited to give it a try! Well, we requested our first couple of donation bags and have gotten to work cleaning up our garage of gently used children’s clothing, and we have a TON! I quickly filled up our first two postage-paid bags and dropped them off at the local post office. I immediately ordered more bags as we still have a lot more to donate! My son is super excited to see how much money his old clothing earns as 40% of the proceeds go directly back to his school, how awesome is that? My 2-year old daughter will even benefit from the sale of her heaps of clothing as she’ll be attending the same school in just a few short years. If you want to request your own free donation bag, head to Schoola and choose the school you would like to benefit and they’ll send you a bag, easy as that!

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Two of our many bags of outgrown clothing we’re sending to Schoola to earn money for my son’s school!

We’ve also taken to shopping on Schoola, all of those outgrown clothes we donated need to be replaced with stuff that actually fits! My kids are growing like crazy right now and all of the jeans I just bought for my son at full-price this winter have become way too small for him (maybe you’ll end up buying a pair if you have a size 5 or 6 boy!) I was elated to find practically new brand-name jeans on Schoola for my son at a fraction of the price I usually pay for his jeans! I found him two great pairs each for under $10, not a bad deal! My daughter has been lucky to have a ton of hand-me-downs from friends, but I still couldn’t resist getting her a few cute shirts from Schoola, they were practically free! If you want to pick out a few items for your own kids, use Schoola coupon code BacktoSchoola20 and get 20% off your entire purchase through 8/20/14! Remember that whenever you make purchases on Schoola, you are also helping fund education as 40% of what you spend will end up back in the school of the donor. It’s a deal too good to refuse!

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My daughter’s adorable new shirt and my son’s new Ralph Lauren jeans from Schoola!

This post is brought to you by Schoola, the best place to buy discounted kids clothes all while giving back to schools in need. Click here to learn more about Schoola. Click here to see what people are saying.

 

Wild Berry Exfoliating Peel by Michael Todd True Organics

Wild Berry Exfoliating Peel Overview

I recently had the opportunity to try the Wild Berry Exfoliating Peel by Michael Todd True Organics. I’m a huge fan of their Soniclear Cleansing Brush and have been wanting to try more of their skin care products! I was intrigued by this peel in particular for its ability to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. I’m 37 and have definitely seen the fine lines creeping up over the last several years. I’ll try just about anything to keep them from getting worse, or even to help minimize them. I was also glad to see that this peel also claims to help improve skin texture and tone, unblock and cleanse pores, adjust pH and improve skin condition in general.Wild Berry Exfoliating Peel

Wild Berry Exfoliating Peel Results

After using the Wild Berry Exfoliating Peel just once, I did definitely see that my skin texture was much smoother and my skin tone had evened out a bit. I also noticed cleaner pores right away. After several uses, I did begin to see some progress with the fine lines on my forehead and on the sides of my mouth. While using this peel, I immediately noticed the yummy wild berry scent and thought the peel looked and felt like pureed berries that I have prepared for dessert sauces in the past! It had a very natural and organic feel and smell to it, nothing that felt harsh or laden with chemicals. In fact, some of the main ingredients listed in the product description include fruit enzymes (wild blueberry, strawberry, grape and raspberry), fruit extracts and aloe. The fruit enzymes and alpha/beta hydroxy acids assist in exfoliation by dissolving the bonds that hold dead skin cells together and loosening them. These lined and damaged dead skin cells then come off, revealing the younger and healthier skin beneath. In addition, the fruit extracts and aloe serve to oxygenate and detoxify the skin for added antioxidant and antibacterial benefits.

Freebie Alert!!

Michael Todd True Organics
Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve already had some great experiences with products from Michael Todd True Organics, so I’m not at all surprised that I love this product too! If you’re trying to find a great exfoliating peel, I’d recommend giving the Wild Berry Exfoliating Peel by Michael Todd True Organics a try. It just so happens to be on sale right now! They even offer a money back guarantee that you will see improvements after one use, and they’ll cover return postage if you don’t! As an added bonus, if you spend $40 or more at TruOrganic.com, they will send you a FREE Pearl & Silk Facial Mask!

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