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Pink it Forward for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation and Bake It Happen- #BCA #SPON #bakeithappen

Monday, October 13, 2014
Disclosure:This is a compensated post for Breast Cancer Awareness sponsored by Gold Sun Marketing.


Once again it's time to THINK PINK and support Breast Cancer Awareness!

Did you know that breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women?  That’s why pink pumpkins are back again to fight breast cancer. 


What is the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation?
  • The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation was created to aid in the fight against breast cancer.
  • To be part of the foundation, pumpkin growers commit to give a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin they sell to the foundation.
  • Growers purchase their seed and plant their pumpkins.
  • Once they harvest and sell their pumpkins, they donate a percentage of their sales to the foundation.
Why pink pumpkins?

The foundation was created in the fall of 2011, with our first growing season being 2012. We found ourselves with this beautiful pink pumpkin and it made sense to align with growers and give back to breast cancer research. We were really interested in giving the proceeds to organizations that would put the highest percentage of that money into actual research.

Why is Breast Cancer Awareness important to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation?
Unfortunately, breast cancer is one of those diseases that has affected so many people, directly and indirectly. As members of the produce industry, we want to be a part of the cure, in any way we can, and by giving funds to these wonderful researchers year after year, we hope we can get closer to a cure.

Decorate with pink pumpkins and raise awareness for breast cancer!

The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation has partnered with pumpkin farm owners and growers across the country who have agreed to give back a percentage of their pink pumpkin sales to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation.  Funds will then be donated, through a grant process, to reputable breast cancer research organization that spends most of their money on actual research, something that is very important to us. For the past two years, they have donated about $60,000 to two such researchers, in 2012 to the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and in 2013 to Rush Medical Center.  You can help raise breast cancer awareness by participating in their national campaign, “Pink Pumpkins in Your Home – Let’s Unite Against Breast Cancer” which is designed to encourage everyone to join the fight against breast cancer by purchasing these pink pumpkins from their list of farm owners and growers and placing them in your homes as part of your annual Halloween and fall décor.

Not only can you participate in the "Pink Pumpkins in Your Home", this year The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation has teamed up with Bake it Happen™, a national baking campaign that raises money for breast cancer research.

The campaign is unique in that no one is asked to personally raise money, run a race, or climb a mountain.  The concept of the Bake it Happen campaign is really quite simple and fun and anyone can participate: just bake and share the baked item with the people in your/your readers’ lives throughout the month of October 2014.  For every recipe shared, $2 will be donated to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation.

Here’s how it works:
  • Go to the Bake it Happen website to get access to one or two of the celebrated recipes (the recipes are from a mother and cook who unfortunately died of breast cancer—the inspiration for the popular food blog: My Judy the Foodie.  
  • Participants are encouraged to bake the recipe and share it with anyone in their lives throughout the month of October. 
  • Every time a recipe is baked/shared, participants take a photo and either upload it to Facebook (or social media of their choice) or email it with the hashtag #bakeithappen. 
  • Each time a picture is taken and shared, an anonymous donor will donate money to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, through Bake It Happen!

Turn October PINK with pink pumpkins and yummy goodies!



The Replenish Study CAN Make a Difference! #sponsored

Monday, September 22, 2014
Disclosure: This is a compensated, sponsored post for the Replenish Study to help you overcome your hot flashes. All information has been provided to me.
Are you eager to cool down from hot flashes? Do they leave you irritable and feeling frustrated? 
Or even interrupt your night’s sleep? 

You may be interested in a medical research study called the Replenish Study. It is evaluating an investigational medication to see if it may reduce the frequency of hot flashes and sweating associated with menopause. 


To qualify, you must be:
  • Female between the ages of 40 and 65
  • Have not had a hysterectomy
  • Suffer from several hot flashes a day

Study Participants:
  • Receive study medication at no cost
  • Receive study-related medical exams (similar to an annual gynecologist visit) at no charge
  • Are not required to have insurance
  • May be reimbursed for time, travel and other expenses

To learn more about the Replenish Study and see if you qualify, visit www.ReplenishStudy.com or call 1-800-918-1468.


Replenish Study

Monday, August 25, 2014
Are you tired of dealing with hot flashes? I know I am! This is a compensated, sponsored post for the Replenish Study to help you overcome your hot flashes. All information has been provided to me.


Ice cubes, fans, cranking the AC, sticking your face in the freezer… nothing seems to help when you are eager to cool down from your hot flashes. They come out of nowhere and occur multiple times a day, leaving you irritable and feeling frustrated. Sometimes, they even interrupt your night’s sleep!


If you wish there were a way to get your hot flashes under control, the Replenish Study might be right for you. This medical research study is evaluating an investigational medication to see if it may reduce the frequency of hot flashes and sweating associated with menopause.


To qualify, you must be:
  • Female between the ages of 40 and 65
  • Have not had a hysterectomy
  • Suffer from several hot flashes a day


Study Participants:
  • Receive study medication at no cost
  • Receive study-related medical exams (similar to an annual gynecologist visit) at no charge
  • Are not required to have insurance
  • May be reimbursed for time, travel and other expenses


To learn more about the Replenish Study and see if you qualify, visit www.replenishstudy.com or call 1-800-918-1468.



Beano® Back on the Menu Challenge Follow-up and Giveaway -#sponsored #beano+dairydefense

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Disclosure:“I am participating in a sponsored campaign for Beano. I received Beano products and compensation in exchange for my participation. The opinions stated here are my own.”


Gas and bloating are no picnic, especially when you are trying to enjoy a picnic! That's why I took the Beano Back on the Menu Challenge a couple of months ago. I'm happy to say, I'm gas free with no more unsightly bloating. 

Beano + Dairy Defense is great! I can eat dairy and my favorite gassy food without the worry of embarrassment or the hassle of running to the bathroom.

If you can't eat your favorite foods or suffer from unwanted gas or digestive problems Beano + Dairy Defense is for you. 5 lucky readers will win a bottle to get started on the Beano Back on the Menu Challenge. 

Live healthy and enjoy the foods you were afraid to enjoy. Entering is simple, just enter on the Rafflecopter below. US only. Contest closes September 1st.



It's Time to Talk about Sex After Menopause with Missy Lavender -#sexaftermenopuase #sponsored

Friday, August 8, 2014
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

 It's Time to Talk About Sex After Menopause digital campaign that helps raise awareness of an often-neglected area of women's health.  For men, Viagra is regularly discussed but for women, painful sexafter menopause, and sex as they age is not discussed. Missy’s organization is trying to change that.

"When  it comes to talking about sex after menopause, women and their doctors pull back and are reluctant to have any earnest dialogue about what is really going on," said Missy Lavender, Founder and Executive Director, Women's Health Foundation. "When we compared this silence for women to how men's sexual health is a socially acceptable part of the vernacular today, we realized something needed to be done."


Missy Lavender is the Founder and Executive Director of WHF. Prior to her life as a Pelvic Health Evangelist, she had a long career in real estate finance, development, and investor relations.  Missy is a national speaker on pelvic health and has been featured in numerous press outlets, print, radio, and television.  She is the author of two books, “You Go Girl…But Only When You Want To!”and “You Go Girl…But Only When You Want To! Senior Edition.” Her forthcoming books, “Below Your Belt: A Girl’s Guide To Pelvic Health” and “Riding the Potty Train” will be published in 2014. Missy’s other activities include being on the Board of Personal PAC Board and the Azadi Foundation, and a founding member of First Tuesday, an innovative women’s resource group. Missy is actively involved with her children’s schools, is a member of the Leader Council for Mercy Homes for Boys and Girls, and sings in the choir of her church. A mother of two, Ms. Lavender holds an MBA from the Kellogg School                                                          of Management at Northwestern University.


About the Women's Health Foundation
Women's Health Foundation (WHF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the pelvic health and wellness of women and girls through community-based programs and services, research, and community outreach.  WHF is recognized as the nation's most visible and passionate champion of pelvic wellness issues. Learn more at www.womenshealthfoundation.org.

About Shionogi Inc.Shionogi Inc. is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Shionogi & Co., Ltd., a Japanese pharmaceutical company with a distinguished 135-year history of discovery and development of innovative therapies.  Shionogi Inc. continues this focus on the development and commercialization of high quality medicines to meet patient needs while recognizing and addressing the highly personal nature of healthcare.  In the U.S., Shionogi is currently focused on women's health and pain.  Pipeline products are in the additional areas of allergy, oncology, anti-infectives and endocrinology.  For more information, please visit http://www.shionogi.com.  For more information on Shionogi & Co., Ltd, please visit http://www.shionogi.co.jp/en/.   

It's Time to Talk about Sex After Menopause with Dr. Susan Kellogg-Spadt-#sexaftermenopuase #sponsored

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.


It's Time to Talk about Sex After Menopause is sponsored by the Women's Health Foundation in partnership with Shionogi Inc., and will be spread through Thunderclap, a crowd amplification website.

About the Women's Health Foundation
Women's Health Foundation (WHF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the pelvic health and wellness of women and girls through community-based programs and services, research, and community outreach.  WHF is recognized as the nation's most visible and passionate champion of pelvic wellness issues. Learn more at www.womenshealthfoundation.org.


Dr. Susan Kellogg Spadt is a nationally recognized expert in pelvic/vulvar pain and sexual dysfunction who treats patients from the greater Philadelphia/tri-state area and throughout the United States. She performs direct patient care and consultative services as a vulvar specialist, sexual dysfunction clinician and therapist.

Dr. Susan Kellogg Spadt is Professor of OB/GYN at Drexel University College of Medicine; Professor of Human Sexuality at Widener University; Assistant Professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Clinical Associate Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University. 

She is a certified sexuality therapist and educator and is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Healh.

Dr. Susan Kellogg Spadt has authored/coauthored two books, 15 book chapters, more than 75 peer reviewed articles, and has been a featured columnist in Women’s Health Care, The Female Patient, Contemporary Sexuality, and The New York Times.

Dr. Susan Kellogg Spadt speaks internationally on genital health and human sexuality, and has been featured in popular venues, including: The Today Show, 20/20, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Discovery Channel 
and WebMD.

Dr. Susan Kellogg Spadt is currently the Director of Female Medicine at the Center for Pelvic Medicine, Academic Urology of PA, LLC.

It's time to talk about sex after menopause and you can get invloved:
1)      Share this video, featuring menopause experts such as Dr. Susan Kellogg-Spadt, CRNP, PhD and Dr. Lauren Streicher, about the campaign and the importance of talking to your provider about sex after menopause.
2)      Sign up via the crowdspeaking platform Thunderclap and commit to having “the conversation.”
3)      Leverage your social voice via Twitter, Facebook, and/or Tumblr and encourage your friends and followers to do the same – below are some sample tweets/posts:
·        Women spend approx. 1/3 of life post-menopause. Should they stop having sex? NO! Help get the conversation going: http://ow.ly/yCsO1
·        Even your vagina ages - about 32MM women in the U.S. have vulvar and vaginal atrophy,#itstimetotalkaboutmenopause http://ow.ly/yCsOd
·        Sex is a fundamental part of satisfaction in life and love, even after menopause. Join the conversation:ow.ly/z6vgg
·        An estimated 6K U.S. women reach menopause every day often resulting in painful sex,#itstimetotalkaboutmenopause http://ow.ly/yCsOd.

It's Time to Talk about Sex After Menopause-#sponsored #itstimetotalkaboutmenopause

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Disclosure: This is a #sponsored post and I was compensated for my time. 



Let's talk about sex, baby.... Not likely if you are a woman who has gone through "THE CHANGE". Sex after menopase has become an off limits topic for many women after menopause. 

Well, I want to tell you  It's Time to Talk about Sex After Menopause!

It's Time to Talk about Sex After Menopause, an important call-to-action issued by the Women's Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to improving women's pelvic health and wellness with support from Shionogi, Inc. aimed at getting women and their doctors to have an earnest conversation about sex after menopause.

Did you know?
*       Although discussions about men's sexual health seem to be common place these days (just look at the number of erectile dysfunction ads on TV), many women (and their physicians) are more reluctant to "go there."
*       Sadly, as you know, if women don't bring up the topic of sex after menopause with their health care professionals, oftentimes, it doesn't get addressed - and women suffer in silence.





It's time for post-menopausal women to take back their sex drive and do something!

Here's a few things you can do to spread the word and let woman know  It's Time to Talk about Sex After Menopause!

The Women's Health Foundation site includes a lot of helpful back ground including several blog posts:

Share this video, featuring menopause experts such as Dr. Susan Kellogg-Spadt, CRNP, PhD and Dr. Lauren Streicher, about the campaign and the importance of talking to your provider about sex after menopause.

Sign up via the crowdspeaking platform Thunderclap and commit to having “the conversation.”

Spread the word via your social media:

Women spend approx. 1/3 of life post-menopause. Should they stop having sex? NO! Help get the conversation going: http://ow.ly/yCsO1

 Even your vagina ages - about 32MM women in the U.S. have vulvar and vaginal atrophy,#itstimetotalkaboutmenopause http://ow.ly/yCsOd

 Sex is a fundamental part of satisfaction in life and love, even after menopause. Join the conversation:ow.ly/z6vgg

An estimated 6K U.S. women reach menopause every day often resulting in painful sex,#itstimetotalkaboutmenopause http://ow.ly/yCsOd.

The statistics are alarming! It's time to stop hiding and talk to your health care provider.