Lactation Support Groups & a Giveaway

If there is one piece of advice that I could give any mom is that nothing ever goes as planned, ever. If it did, I would’ve already had B2, I fully anticipated she would be a June baby based on my conversations with my OB, but June came and went and she is still in utero. With B1 the plan was always to breastfeed, but with some medical complications post birth and the fact that after 2 weeks of trying my milk still hadn’t come in, I ended up not breastfeeding. It was such a hard decision, mixed with the post-partum hormones, and the guilt that I felt for not feeling good enough to provide for my baby, I hibernated. The only lactation consultant I saw basically told me to give up, it was an extremely difficult decision for me but at the end of the day, I needed to provide nutrients for my baby and if I couldn’t do that then I was going to find an alternate solution.

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More than ready for baby girl :)

With B2 I plan on trying the breastfeeding route again, I will be more willing to see a (different) lactation consultant immediately for help and pray that my milk comes in this time. Fortunately for me I was contacted by the team at Acelleron in North Andover, MA. Not only can you order medical products (like breast pumps, etc…) through them, they also offer many pre and post-partum services for moms. Things like fitness classes, doula services, new mom support groups, and lactation support groups. Since I didn’t go to one when B1 was born, I sent Megan at Acelleron a list of questions that I had about lactation support groups. I know I personally am very intimidated to go to any type of new class whether it be fitness, education, or something like lactation, my type A personality doesn’t like the unknown.

For the benefit of you and I, I posted our Q&A session below, and at the bottom is the info to enter the giveaway that Acelleron and I are having!

1. What is the benefit from attending a lactation support group?

There are so many great benefits! First, it is a great time to connect with other new moms! You get to see that your relationship and struggles are very common and you are not the only one going through them at 3 am. Second, you get professional advice and opinions by someone who is trained and educated in the field of lactation support. There are so many myths and bad advice out there surrounding breastfeeding. This is a great time to come in and get your questions answered by someone with professional and personal expertise.

2. When should mom start attending a lactation support group?

As soon as they can get out of the house! They can even come to a group while they are pregnant. I have had moms come with 3 day olds and moms come in with 12 month olds. It’s never too late or too early to join us.

3. How long should I attend the lactation support group for? How long does the average mom stay in the support group?

It totally depends of the kind of support mom is looking for. Moms are welcome to drop in once to get their questions answered, or come every week for their whole maternity leave. It is great when moms come for a few weeks and really build a bond with other moms. We are all about community and supporting each other, so it is great to watch that happen. On average, people stay in the group for 3-4 months.

4. Do moms actively breastfeed during the support group?

Yes. There are moms nursing throughout the meeting. It also gives me a chance to check positioning and latch.

5. When would a mom need a private session instead of being part of the group?

Moms would need a private session for a few different reason. If a baby is not gaining weight appropriately, lots of pain or bleeding on mom’s nipple, mom needs help creating a plan for going back to work. I always suggest starting out with the support group and then deciding from there, unless it is a more emergent situation.

6. What would you say to a mom that could not breast feed her first child but wants to try to breastfeed a second child?

Every pregnancy is different and every child is different! The best thing to do is educate yourself. Learn from what happened the first time around, and find a support system that will help you get breastfeeding started early on.

7. Are there foods or a diet that boosts breast milk supply?

Some moms will report a boost in their supply when they eat things like oatmeal, lactation cookies, coconut water and Gatorade. It is all really anecdotal as there is no research that proves any foods can increase supply.

8. What can a mom do to encourage better milk production or for her milk to come in?

The best advice is to breastfeed the baby early and often! As the baby suckles it tells your body to make more milk. It is all about supply and demand. The more the baby nurses, the more milk your body will make. In those first few days the baby does not need a lot of milk to fill up their tiny tummy. They need to be at the breast at least 8-12 times in 24 hours. This will help encourage your supply.

9. What would you tell a mom who’s milk has not come in more than one week post-partum?

If your milk has not come in after more than one week post-partum mom should be working directly with a lactation professional. Milk usually comes in around day 3 for a vaginal birth and can take up to 5 days to come in for a c-section.

10. For moms that don’t want to exclusively breast feed, when is it best to introduce a bottle?

The best time to introduce a bottle is around 3-4 weeks. If you wait much longer it might be harder. If you do it too soon it could have some negative effects. When deciding to introduce a bottle make sure to do some research on Paced Bottle Feeding. You can find some great video’s on YouTube. This method helps simulate a breastfeeding type experience and will help the baby easily transition between bottle and breast.

Megan O’Neill is the Director of Lactation Support at Acelleron Maternal Health & Wellness in North Andover, MA, which provides the resources and supportive community parents need to become empowered in the process of growing their family. Megan has over three years of breastfeeding experience with her two little boys and holds her Certification in Lactation Counseling and is also certified by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Procedure. She holds a weekly free drop-in breastfeeding support group on Wednesdays from 11:30-12:30pm: http://acelleron.com/maternal/support/lactation-lounge/ or you can email her at: moneill@acelleron.com. More info about Acelleron Maternal Health & Wellness can be found at: http://acelleron.com/maternal/, Facebook or Twitter.

 

Acelleron is offering to giveaway a Simple Wishes hands free bra to one lucky reader. This giveaway ends Friday, July 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST

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Did you attend a lactation support group? What was the best thing about it?

Bondi Band Review and Giveaway

You all know I love a great workout headband. I have reviewed many different types on this blog, through my relationship with Fit Approach, I was able to review Bondi Bands. I have heard and seen Bondi Bands for a long time, especially in the runner world, but I haven’t had a chance to try them out until now.

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First, let me tell you a bit about Bondi Bands! Bondi Bands are a stretchy yet form-fitting band that is composed of a blend of nylon, lycra, and spandex. These headbands are great for all hair types! They also donate 10% of pre-taxed earnings to a charity, in 2009 it was the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DCFI).

I was sent 2 headbands, one for me and one to giveaway, unfortunately due to a mixup, neither were my style. I was then sent two more headbands. So one lucky reader will win TWO headbands instead of one!

Flat Back Narrow Bondi BandThe first headband I tried was the Flat Back Narrow Band in Hot Pink, when I first put it on my hair was wet, and it stayed put. However as my hair dried the band started to slip backward.

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This was a taken a little over an hour after the picture above. I wasn’t even working out, I was driving. I will note that when I had my hair down the band didn’t move at all. So I think this will be an around the house or yoga type of headband.

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The other 3 headbands I received are the more traditional bands that you see from Bondi Bands. Hot Pink Have a Magical Run, Black The Journey is the Reward, and Aqua I Bust Mine so I can Kick Yours.

I really loved the black one, I wanted to try it out at my Poise class, but I woke up with a migraine and didn’t make it to class that morning. I did wear it around all day yesterday, which included visits to the playground, running around outside, and lots of doctors appointments, and it stayed on the whole time.

You can win the Have a Magical Run and I Bust Mine so I can Kick Yours bands, enter below.

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The giveaway ends Monday, June 9 at 11:59 pm EST

Even if you don’t win, you can receive 10% off your order at Bondi Bands, excluding Bargain Bin, Design Your Own, and Custom Items, use code SWEATPINK until June 28th to take part of this deal!

What is your favorite way to sweat?

Five Things Friday: Giveaway, Stitch Fix, & Reviews!

Five Things Friday

 

It’s been awhile since I had one of these so lets jump right in!

1. How I Met Your Mother

Nick and I have finally watched the series finale, and I cried, a lot. Part is probably hormones, but part is because I felt like it was the show of our generation. I mean we all watched Friends, but as adults it seems like our lives match more to the likes of HIMYM. I liked how it ended, it was sad, but it felt real, all of the crappy things that happened at the end, those are real life. If everyone ended up happily ever after I think I would be more disappointed. What do you think did you like the ending?

2. Stitch Fix

So I drank the Stitch Fix* kool-aid. If you don’t know what Stitch Fix is leave me a comment and I will send you more info, but basically you sign up and fill out a style profile. You give them your info, sizing, style preferences, what types of items you want to receive, etc… and pick a date for your fix. You can either pick a single date or pick to have a recurring fix. For each fix you pay a $20 styling fee, if you like something that is in your fix then that $20 is credited against what you purchase, if you buy nothing then you lose the $20.

When you get your fix, which is 5 items, you will receive a list of the items you received and the price for each item as well as a style card. The style card has each item that was in your box and 2 ways to style that item. The also send you a pre-paid USPS bag to send back what you don’t want. If you purchase all 5 items you receive 25% off the entire purchase. You have 3 business days to return the items you don’t want.

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1. Pink Martini Sally Mixed Striped Dress –  $98 – I loved the cut and the color of this dress, but it was snug around the thighs and it wasn’t flowy enough for me to wear to an event if I have B with me.

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2. Kensie Jeans Sophia Ankle Length Skinny Jean – $88 - Again, I loved the color and style of these jeans, but they were snug around the thighs, at the price point it wasn’t worth it for me to keep them.

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3. Pomelo Corinna Striped Dolman Top – $48 – I loved this top. I liked the shorter sleeve, and the material was super comfortable. I’ve bought a lot of long-sleeved shirts over the years that end up with holes or pulled material because the quality isn’t great, so this shirt was a keep.

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4. 41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan – $48 – I loved this cardigan, the length is long enough that I can wear it with leggings but it is also lightweight. I can see pairing this with a maxi dress at a summer BBQ. After some texting with my sister, I ended up purchasing this as well. I have a thick pink cardigan that is similar, but like I said it is a heavier material and it is actually very short.

5. IMG_794341Hawthorn Holly Chevron Arrow Print Infinity Scary – $32 - I liked the scarf, but I already have scarves with similar color schemes.

Instead, I bought the infinity scarf I am wearing on the right. I purchased it after I completed Pure Barre Challenge as a gift to myself from the store at Pure Barre. The pattern is unique and it will match with a lot of my wardrobe.

The total of my items was $96 – my $20 styling fee. I paid $76.

3. Get Skinny Again

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I was able to receive a copy of Sarah’s book, Get Skinny Again*, awhile back, but I wanted to wait until I had the opportunity to try some of the recipes and workouts in order to give you a solid review. I am happy to report that my review will finally be on the blog next week! Spoiler: I really liked it. I have been reading Sarah’s blog and watching her YouTube videos for a long time so I am not really surprised, but it has a lot of things other diet books I have seen don’t have!

4. Avapalooza 

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The charity yoga event with Yoga Jake that I attended a few weeks ago was to benefit The Cure ATRT Now Fund as part of this years big fundraiser called Avapalooza. Avalanna is this Saturday, April 5, from 11 am – 11 pm. There is spinning and yoga as well as a few fitness and nutrition classes. I am bummed I can’t make it to any of the events, but if you are local to Methuen check out the schedule or you can donate here.

5. Just Add Cooking Giveaway

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Remember that Just Add Cooking review I wrote on Wednesday? Well, now I have a chance for you to win a 2-person, 3 meal box for yourself.

How to Enter the Giveaway:

This prize is for new clients only. Before entering go to Just Add Cooking and click on Get Cooking to create an account. There is no charge for this and you don’t need to enter a credit card. You also need to make sure you are in the delivery area, after you do that, enter the rafflecopter below. The giveaway ends Monday, April 7 at 11:59 pm EST.

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What things are you excited about this Friday?

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Raise the Child You’ve Got: Book Tour & Giveaway!

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Through From Left to Write I have had some great opportunities to read and review books. I again have the opportunity to read and review Raise the Child You’ve Got – Not the One You Want by Nancy Rose.

I have plenty of family and friends who don’t have blogs and don’t participate in the world of social media, yet they see the influx of articles and news pieces about parenting and the pressures of being the perfect parent. It is so easy to judge all the other parents out there and how they are “doing it wrong”, but sometimes we don’t look at our own parenting and what we might need to approve upon.

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Everyone talks about how “terrible” the twos and threes are, and I will be honest, I have my very rough days too, but I think a part of the problem with this age is that kids are learning how to communicate, and that learning process can be difficult. Deciphering what it is your child is saying, responding in a manner that they can understand as well. Then there are the issues that arise when you don’t respond with what they want. Sometimes we get frustrated and give up. Trust me, I am not perfect, I have definitely given up or given in, and I am not proud of that.

This excerpt below is one that really resonated with me:

“If you want to really know your child and have him open up to you, you must be emotionally present. By doing so, you give your child permission to show all of himself to you. What does it mean to be emotionally present? It means letting our children communicate all their feelings, not just the pleasant ones. It can be a challenge to be present with children who feel sad, angry, or incompetent, but it is worth the effort (and is the only way you can teach them appropriate ways to express difficult emotions). If your child senses that you want to know her thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, she will let you know in words. Let your child reveal the full picture of who she is by making it clear that you want to know everything about her and can handle whatever she has to tell you, not just the good stuff.

When parents give the impression that they do not want to know the bad stuff, their children will often express their struggles by acting out, rather than talking. Notice what your child is telling you through his behavior. For instance, if he is terrified of giving a report in front of his class, he may not necessarily tell you; what you may see instead is your child bullying his younger sibling. We should be tuning into not just what is said, but what is unsaid, perhaps as you see him having moments of quiet sadness by himself before going to school.”

This resonates with me for two reasons, the first being that I don’t ever want to be that parent to tell B he can’t do something (or should do something) because he is a boy. If he is frustrated I want him to be able to tell me. I also want him to know that it is okay if he cries. When he falls and hurts himself and cries, I do everything in my power to make sure he feels safe and comforted and that whatever injury happened isn’t serious. I make the effort to make sure the words “boys don’t cry” don’t come out of my mouth, and it is an effort, because sometimes I say that statement. I don’t want him to ever feel like he can’t show his emotions. If he is angry because I took his toy away, I want him to be able to tell me. I want to have the opportunity to tell him that because he threw it at my face means he can’t play with it for awhile. He can be upset that I took it, but I will always be there to tell him why his actions caused a reaction.

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At least he will tell me when he’s done getting his picture taken ;)

The other reason I love this piece of the book is because I grew up in a house where my parents pacified my sister and I. This is a behavior that STILL happens. When I get frustrated with one of my parents because of something they did, instead of having an adult conversation about it, usually they pacify it (or ignore it). For example, one of my parents was supposed to come to San Francisco with my sister and I to spectate me in the Nike Women’s Marathon. This was a plan for 7 months, and the day I had to book my flights said parent backed out. I found out via my sister and when I expressed my anger and frustration, the person threw money at the situation. Over a year later and I am still obviously frustrated about it.

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Enjoying SF on a sisters trip!

 

I do love my parents, but I don’t feel like I can sit and have a real conversation with either of them about how I feel regarding my relationship with them. I never want B or any future children to feel like that, I want our children to feel like we will always hear them out and have a rational discussion about how they are feeling, judgement free. But that I will also give out consequences when their behavior is unacceptable.

Now you get your own chance to win Nancy’s book! The giveaway is open until 11:59 on January 22. The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to get back to me. US only. Check out more posts for the book tour and Nancy’s appearance on the Today show!

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How do you feel about the excerpt above?

Swanson 30-Day Healthier Holiday Giveaway

It’s kinda crazy to think that one of my first ever reviews was for Swanson Health Products almost 2 years ago!

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Here we are just in time for the holidays with another review and of course a giveaway! I am so honored to be a part of this group, each day for 30 days, well now there are 20 days left, a blogger will be hosting a giveaway and you could win $100 to spend at Swanson Health Products for the Swanson 30-Day Healthier Holiday Giveaway!

Swanson was wonderful and also gave me a $100 to spend. Here are a few of my favorites!

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It’s not holiday time in my house without baking. I am participating in the Food Blogger Cookie Swap, I am hosting my own cookie swap, and of course I bake for my family, friends and neighbors. This means I need A LOT of flour. I am very loyal to two brands, one is King Arthur and the other is Bob’s Red Mill. I love that Swanson carries a variety of Bob’s Red Mill products, including some gluten-free items!

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I got hooked on this stuff when I received it in a Foodie Pen Pals box last year. I drizzle my veggies with olive oil and sprinkle this on top, it is so delicious, and I cannot find it anywhere else!

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The first time I tried Coconut Oil was the first time I ordered from Swanson, and I haven’t used any other brand since. Nick loves to use this when we make popcorn on the stove top!

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A fun treat for the B man and also my sister, ha. I love that Annie’s Organics are available online at Swanson.

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My favorite flavor or kind bar, Swanson actually has quite the variety of bars!

There are a few other items but some of those are going in stockings so you will have to wait until Christmas to see them, but if you would like to enter the giveaway to win $100, enter the widget below! This is only open for 24 hours so make sure you enter now!


What item would you buy first at Swanson?

FitnessGlo: Review & Giveaway!

Source: fitsugar.com via Laura on Pinterest

 

If there is ever a quote that is my daily mantra — this is it.

I haven’t been shy about the fact that for the past 3 years I have been using my home as my gym, although that is changing – I will address that in another post, today I am telling you all about your new at-home or on-the-road fitness tool, FitnessGlo.

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FitnessGlo states:

FitnessGlo was designed to change the way you feel about fitness. Many fitness programs get very complicated, very quickly and before you know it you’re tracking so many different factors, it’s easy to lose your way or decide to skip your workout altogether. Our goal is to keep it simple: find a workout, do the workout.

Our classes have been created to get you moving and feeling good about you. When you move, you begin to feel great and when you feel great, you can truly enjoy living.

FitnessGlo was created for women, by women and is designed for busy women; whether you are a mom, travel frequently for work, or just don’t live close to the gym, it was designed for you to get in a workout during your busy day. The classes are shorter, but can be combined with other classes if you have time for a longer workout. There is also a balance tracker to see if you are maintaing balance within the strength, cardio and stretch classes every week.

I have taken a plethora of classes from barre to cardio to stretch. Some classes have been easy and some have been extremely hard. I will be honest, the first class I took was level 3 Cardio Athletic (the hardest level) and I had to stop because it was so difficult, it was almost embarrassing. Then I realized that this program is not just for those who are new at fitness, it spans all fitness types and there are multiple ways to challenge yourself.

FitnessGlo makes it very easy to do a quick workout when B is sleeping or when I am having a crazy day.  It’s nice to know that when I am having one of those crazy mom days, I can take 10 minutes of my time and get in a workout, and I always feel better when I get a little sweaty.  The website is also very easy to use which is a huge plus, being short on time – the last thing I want to do is waste time on the website.

You can search for classes by style, teacher, duration or level.

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You can also schedule classes, I did this at first, to try out a bunch of different classes.

Scheduling a Class

Scheduling a Class

But you can schedule one class as a recurring schedule. I have my stretch session scheduled for every day that I am running.

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I do not stretch enough, so I actually set a reminder in my phone to stretch immediately after my run. It’s easy I have my computer set up in our guest room, so I head upstairs and immediately open FitnessGlo and follow the stretch class. It is pretty simple and pretty easy, well the stretching isn’t easy but getting to the video is.

Is FitnessGlo affordable? It costs $12 a month to have access to this program. That is one or two lunches out from one week. You can totally swing that in your budget, right?

So how can it get better? I have one 90 day membership to giveaway, courtesy of FitnessGlo!

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FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own

TuneTime Music Hour – Review and Giveaway.



As I may or may not have mentioned before, my husband Nick happens to be a software developer by profession and more specifically, an iOS developer by night. He’s had a few apps in the app store for a few years now and he’s asked me to share some news about a recent fitness-related update to one of his apps. In his own words:

I even used this last night, if you follow me on instagram, you would’ve seen me post a preview of the app!

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I personally use the app for tempo runs and HIIT workouts. Plus you can share your completed workouts on your social media networks to keep yourself accountable.

Hi Cupcake Kellys Readers,

I’ve been very hard at work on a new version of my musical timer app TuneTime Music Hour for iOS. The app started life as a generic musical timer, but as time goes on, I am hearing of more and more folks using it for fitness related activities. To that effect, I’ve added two exciting new features that I think you guys will really enjoy in addition to the rest of what the app already has.

The latest version adds background audio, a feature I haven’t seen in many timer apps. You can start a timed activity and music continues even if you switch apps or put your device to sleep. Additionally, you can now set custom interval lengths so your timed activities don’t have to be restricted to 60-second intervals.

I’m really hoping to get some feedback from users in the fitness community so that I can continue to add features taylored to fitness activities and make the app even better for people like yourselves. If you decide to check it out, please don’t hesitate to send me honest feedback around things you like and things you’d like to see.

~Nick

You can check out the premium version of the app here:

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There’s a free version of the app as well, but it doesn’t have two highlighted features and also contains ads (the purpose is to be more of a “try before you buy”, though it is still quite functional). Find it at:

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As a bonus, Nick has given me some promo codes for the premium version of the app to give out to five people that tweet about the app. Just click on this Tweet button to make it happen and we’ll get you your code!

There are several ways to enter (leave a comment for each or additional entries won’t count!):

1. Click the above link to tweet and leave a comment with the URL. (Mandatory)

2. Follow @CupcakeKellys on twitter

3. Leave a comment telling me what you are going to use the app for

You have until Sunday, November 18 at 11:59 pm EST to enter. Winners will be announce Monday, November 19.

Unfortunately this app only works on iPhones, not on Android.


Playlist Thursday: ANGSTY & Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Wild Harvest giveaway is: Raymond! Congratulations. (For some reason the rafflecopter is not showing up for me)

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Check out my guest post on the Team In Training blog today!

Now onto Playlist Thursday!

I am linking up with Pavement Runner today. I LOVE his music posts, mostly because I am always looking for new running songs to add to my playlist, but because of the format of his posts.

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Today’s theme is: Teenage Angst, songs that remind us of our teenage years, whether good or bad. I went with another sub-theme, Andrew McMahon, he has been the front man for Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin. He also is a Leukemia survivor, and even started a foundation, and since this weekend is all about LLS, I think I owe him a tribute.

SOMETHING OLD
Artist: Something Corporate
Title: Hurricane
Side Note: I saw Something Corporate twice on their reunion tour in 2010, the Philly show was quite possibly one of the best shows I have ever been too. (So that’s the video)
Quotable: Stand up don’t make a sound. Your ears might bleed. There are sweet fluorescent enemies. That live inside of me. The world moves faster than I knew. Not fast enough to not creep up on you. And the space we put between. So pull me under your weather patterns. Your cold fronts and the rain don’t matter. Because the sun burns what I needed.

SOMETHING CURRENT
Artist: Jack’s Mannequin
Title: Caves
Side Note: Another live video, this one from when they performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra…one of my first review posts was reviewing this. This song is about Andrew’s struggle with cancer. Holy tears.
Quotable: I fought a war to walk a gang plank. Into a life I left behind. Windows leading to the past. Think it’s time I broke some glass. Get this history off my mind

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER
Artist:Something Corporate
Title: Konstantine
Side Note: This song is about 9 minutes long, and if you are a longtime fan of SoCo you know this one. The one they NEVER play. But they played it on the reunion tour. I mean what is an angst palylist if there is no song that boy sings about a girl? This was at the live show in Boston!
Quotable: This is because I can spell confusion with a K and I like it. It’s to dying in another’s arms. And why I had to try it. It’s to jimmy eat world. And those nights in my car. But this time I’m alone, and I don’t see those stars. I’m not your star? Isn’t that what you said. What you thought this song meant. You thought this song meant

Have you ever heard of Andrew or these bands? WHat do you think?

SparklySoul Giveaway Winner

Hey All!

I know it should have been done weeks ago but I finally vlogged the winner of the SparklySoul giveaway. Thank you everyone who purchased a headband!

I know I have talked a lot about my fundraising but I haven’t given you any facts, so before we get to the fun stuff here is some serious stuff.

The Facts:

  • Approximately every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Approximately every 10 minutes, someone dies.
  • Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 20.
  • Lymphomas are the most common blood cancers and incidence increases with age. The survival rate for myeloma is only 41.1 percent.
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has invested more than $814 million in research aimed at helping all blood cancer patients live better, longer lives.

If you would like to make a donation (and any donation is going to be considered in the next giveaway (it’s a good one involving lululemon) Every penny counts and I appreciate all donations.

  • A donation of $25 provides patients and their loved ones with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date information on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
  • A donation of $50 makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
  • A donation of $100 helps supply laboratory researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.
  • A donation of $500 could provide patient aid to THREE patients with Leukemia or a related cancer for a year.
  • A donation of $1,000 makes possible one- on-one conversations with health care specialists who provide patients with information about their disease, treatment options, and helps prepare them with questions for their health care team.

Bachelorette Recap: The Preview & a Giveaway!

If you follow me on twitter you probably know already that it was my sister-in-law’s bachelorette this weekend. We planned for the event to be in Boston so that I could host all the girls. It was a lot of fun and everything went off smoothly.

Part of what I did (with my sister) was to make a goodie bag for everyone in attendance, stocked with party treats.

Let’s start with the bags:

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Each girl received a tote bag that I personalized with their name.

In the bags:

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A reusable plastic cup, personalized with their name, to use throughout the night.

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A nip of their favorite liquor, for me tequila.

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Gum, water, and chocolate

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flip flops, a makeup remover wipe, lip gloss, nail polish & file, hand sanitizer and mardi gras beads (from New Orleans)

Most of our night was spent on this:

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Which was why we included some of the items listed. Plus we were able to give everyone their bag at dinner and they wouldn’t have to lug it around all night!

Now here is your chance to win one of the bachelorette bags, stocked with your favorites.

This giveaway ends Tuesday, June 18, 2012, at 11:59PM EST. Entering is easy, but make sure you write a comment for each method of entry so that they are all counted when I randomly select the winners!

REQUIRED: Tell me which item you love the most from the bachelorette bag above!

Follow @cupcakekellys on Twitter.

Tweet “I want to win a customized bachelorette bag from @CupcakeKellys! http://bit.ly/NtZYvt” and include the tweet’s link when you comment saying you did so.

Good Luck Everyone!