Freebie Friday Winner!









So who is today’s winner??  So what did our winner win?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Carol Orellana!!!

Congrats to Carol!  Carol receives the stylish and comfy Think Pink ball cap that honors and gives back to Breast Cancer Awareness month.  This cute cap comes from Teresa’s Creative Gifts and Katydid, two organizations that support BCA.  pink-ball-cap


Plus Carol also wins the very nice Spent Grounds Coffee Scrub by Odelay Bagel Co +  Badlotion.  This awesome body scrub contains Re-Dried Spent Drip Grounds, organic lemon and organic oils like Jojoba oil and Amaranth grain oil, among others.  scrub-nice-copy
coffee-scrubA nice body treatment that will exfoliate and accelerate cell turnover while giving short term skin tightening and firming.  And it nourishes skin with anti-oxidants.  Love this locally made product that sells exclusively at Odelay Bagel in Ahwatukee.  Odelay is located at 12020 S Warner Elliot Loop.   The scrub can also be ordered by emailing [email protected]

Congrats to Carol for winning!  And thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.

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A big thank you to Badlotion, Teresa’s Creative Gifts and Katydid for supplying today’s awesome prizes! appreciates it! 

My 3TV Everything October Segment

Here is my Everything October 3TV segment.  My segment is only 2 minutes long, but I was able to include several cool items because October brings so much fun. Traditions like pumpkin everything, Halloween, the beginning of gift shopping season and more.  And most importantly, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, too. So take a quick look at my speedy segment to see where to get Halloween wines for less, a super cool recipe photo gift idea for holiday gift giving, a low cal and healthier pumpkin muffin recipe and some pretty in pink BCA items.  It’s all here just in time for everything October.  Also links to items shown in this segment can be found below the video at the end of this article. Just look below for anything you saw in the segment that you want more information about.


Links & Info from segment topics:

*My delish Autumn Sangria recipe can be found here. 

*Hob Nob Halloween wines sell for $9.99 at Total Wine & More locations, with biggest variety at the Tempe Marketplace location.

*CVS Photo recipe cards can be ordered here.

*Pumpkin muffin recipe at MealGarden online meal planning site.  My version with spelt flour and dark chocolate chips can be found here.

*The pink Mission Belt and all colors and styles can be found at Mission Belt.

*Teresa’s Creative Gifts at this link.

*Click here for Katydid.

BCA Month Think Pink Products

Every October I put together this blog post about pretty in pink merchandise that gives back to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  pink braOh how I long for the day when BCA month no longer exists.  But until that amazing day arrives, here is my annual article with BCA pink products that give back.  Consider these pretty pink items for your holiday shopping. bca-stuff-2016
To all of my friends battling breast cancer, I send you a big hug, prayers and love.  And to all of us, consider thinking pink as you dive into your holiday shopping.  Here are some terrific items that all give back to BCA.  

Let’s start with one handsome pink product for the guys!

For the Guys:

*Mission Belt ($39.95 at Mission Belt website) – A pink belt for the guys that supports BCA!  m-beltLove this!  This stylish, unique and revolutionary no-holes leather belt for men looks great (because men can wear pink, too) and gives back. For all sales of the Mission Belt Pink Collection (also includes white belts and pink buckle) during October, Mission Belt will donate one dollar to the Keep A Breast Foundation.belt-bcaBe sure to check out Mission Belt to see the pink belt and all of the handsome and colorful belts that are available.  And in fact, all sales of the entire Mission Belts inventory give one dollar back to a variety of organizations that help those living in hunger and poverty across the world.  brown-beltgreen-btSo this company gives back all year long including to BCA month in October.  Such a cool company!


For the Gals:

*Katydid Faith & Think Pink Ball Caps ($20 at Teresa’s Creative Gifts…purchase link below) — These stylish, comfy and cool hats are cute on and $1 dollar is donated to BCA with every purchase.  Several other styles are also available. faith-cappink-ball-capBuy at

*Katydid stylish BCA tees ($22 – $26 at Teresa’s Creative Gifts…purchase link below) –  Several cute and super stylish t-shirts by Katydid are sold at the local online gift boutique, Teresa’s Creative Gifts.  One is a white sports style tank top that says, “Be Bold, Be Fearless, Be Brave” and another vee neck short sleeve black t-shirt sports a cool hot pink and blue logo on both the front and back that say, “Hope, Love, Faith”. be-bold-tee front-bk-tee$1 from each sale goes back to support BCA month.  Good stuff.  The link to purchase is here…..


And the pink and white one is here….

I have to give a big shout out to Teresa’s Creative Gifts because every year she offers a big variety of BCA items to help others.  Plus her online Facebook gift website is full of unique gift ideas that are fun to give all year round! ctg

*Fry’s – Fry’s grocery stores display a good selection of BCA items faithfully every year come October.  Be sure to check your local Fry’s grocery store for super comfy socks that are called Knock the Socks off Breast Cancer ($4.99 for 3 pairs).  50% of the sales of these socks are donated to Breast Cancer Research. Pretty head bands by West Coast Novelty ($4.79 each) are also available and a minimum of $65,000 goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation regardless of sales.

socks-stuffVery cool.  So check out and purchase some of the products above and/or shop pink all month long at a large variety of retailers, both in stores and online.  This is a great way to get some holiday shopping done while supporting a cause, that I know, is near and dear to many of our hearts.

And this article, as it does every year, honors my beautiful late Aunt Betty (my daughter’s middle name is named after my Auntie Betty).  She is SO missed.

My Aunt with my baby Jack in 1997.

My lovely Aunt Betty with my baby Jack in 1997.