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A way to give back

Hello friends!

I have read that many of you hope to find ways to “give back” as part of your goals for this new year. Please consider purchasing Musselman’s applesauce in the month of January to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation! Every applesauce purchase sends 10 cents to the NBCF, which “is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need.”

Last year, I wrote this post about my sweet friend Erica and posted a video featuring Peggy Fleming who spoke about her breast cancer experience and explained how this campaign from Musselman’s is going to help the foundation. According to an email I received, this effort raised $85,000 for the NBCF last year!

All you have to do is buy Musselman’s Natural or Healthy Picks applesauce. The Natural is my favorite but I have tried all of the Healthy Picks line and they are tasty as well! Applesauce is a good way to get in a fruit serving and on a personal note, this makes more sense for me to buy than a bucket of chicken.

For more information, please visit: Musselman’s Supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


Komen 5K Louisville

I can’t believe it has been a month since I’ve blogged here! Especially when so much has happened recently. Let me tell you about a race I ran recently!

On Saturday, October 9th, I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure here in Louisville, which was held down at Waterfront Park.

I joined a team from work and ran the race with my good friend and training partner Farrah. It was the perfect morning for a run; a little on the chilly side, but the sunshine kept us warm.

The course was flat and included a trip across the 2nd street bridge over to Indiana and back. Nothing too memorable. I didn’t go for a PR (finished in 32:42). I just took the opportunity to enjoy a nice 5k run on a Saturday morning and to help out a good cause in the process. It ended up being so much more than that.

The thing I remember most about this race is feeling overwhelmed and blessed at the same time. So many were walking and running with signs on their backs that said “In Memory Of…” or “In Celebration Of…” and it really hit me just how many lives are affected by breast cancer.

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I thought of my friend Erica and how awesome her story is. And she just a ran marathon by the way!!!

I also thought of my husband’s mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery not long before she passed away (from another cause). I was kind of mad at myself for not wearing a sign. Isn’t it sad how you can get caught up in your own life so much that you sometimes forget what others have been through?

I am truly blessed and I think being at this race was God’s way of showing me that. I am happy to be alive, happy to be healthy and grateful for my ability to run. I cannot take these things for granted.

It’s funny how we can show up somewhere thinking it’s no big deal and end up being completely moved. It was a beautiful day. 🙂

Musselman’s to help the NBCF (giveaway!)

During the month of January, Musselman’s is teaming up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, donating ten cents to the cause for every package of Musselman’s Natural Apple Sauce purchased!

We all know how important a cause this is, but it immediately reminds me of two very special people in my own life. My future mother-in-law (at the time) had recently had surgery for Stage III breast cancer when she passed away unexpectedly, just six weeks shy of our wedding.

The second is a very special lady that I “met” through the amazing blogosphere!

Erica‘s story is one of the most amazing and inspiring that I have ever had the privledge to witness. Her story is one of faith, courage and survival. She’s a beautiful lady both inside and out.

Love ya girl!

According to the email I received from the company, “The NBCF is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need. We have a video featuring Peggy Fleming talking about her experience with breast cancer and sharing details about what Musselman’s is doing to help others in need of support.”

Check out the Musselman’s site for more information!

In order to promote this campaign, I was sent a container of the Natural Apple Sauce (which is the best to me) along with some fun recipe cards and a nice pink breast cancer ribbon magnet that I promptly put on my fridge!

Natural applesauce is a good staple to have on hand for recipes or just as part of your everyday eats. I love using it in recipes, just like I did with my applesauce oats yesterday morning, in most baked goods (in place of oils or eggs) and also in pancakes.

I am also going to make the Good Morning Muffins recipe from the card above (only substituting flax for the egg) and I’m sure I will come up with even more ways to enjoy it soon!

Please tell your friends and go out and buy some Musselman’s natural apple sauce to support this amazing cause!

But wait…there’s more…

Musselman’s has offered to send one of you the same package you see above: the applesauce, recipe cards and pink ribbon magnet.

Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, January 10th. Feel free to leave a memory of a loved one or another personal connection to breast cancer.

You can also receive extra entries by linking this on Twitter or your own blog, just leave another comment here to tell me you did so.

Thanks 🙂