Daily Archives: November 7, 2011

OXO- Bake A Difference


I found this great non profit organization this morning through an email from the folk’s over at OXO.  :)

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was founded by two parents’ whose son, Liam was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma.  They learned that the main reason that over 25% of kids diagnosed with cancer don’t survive is because of a lack of effective therapies.  The lack of effective therapy is due, in large part, to a lack of funding.  Liam’s parents were looking for a way to support the development of new and better treatments by finding a simple and easy way for people to get involved and spread the word.  They held a bake sale, with a goal of selling 96,000 cookies.   Gretchen had a simple idea and a larger-than-life goal.  After the involvement of families with children affected by Neuroblastoma, and the help of so many people in the community, they had sold ALL 96,000 cookies and raised $400,000 for pediatric cancer research.

How Can You Help?

  1. Host A Bake Sale
  2. Send Their Cookies
  3. Check Out The Gift Shop!
  4. Create A Giving Page

And If You’re A Blogger…

Check out the “OXO ‘Good Cookie’ Spatula Giveaway!’

The “Good Cookie” Spatula:

The OXO limited edition “Good Cookie” Spatula helps fund pediatric cancer research. OXO has committed up to $100,000 in 2011 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, an organization close to our hearts. Find out more about our partnership with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer here.

Etched with an inspirational message that serves as a reminder to “Be a Good Cookie”, the Cookie Spatula combines the strength of stainless steel with the advantages of silicone. Great for non-stick cookware and bakeware, the Spatula’s thin, flexible edge glides easily beneath all foods and is the perfect size for getting between cookies on a crowded baking sheet or removing one brownie at a time from the pan.

With a rounded corner that’s great for getting sticky dough out of a spoon and an angled handle that keeps your hand away from fragile foods and hot dishes, the Cookie Spatula makes a perfect companion for every baker.

What Does Your Support Do?

“Through The Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Foundation, your support and donations will help scientists and top pediatric oncologists at leading Pediatric Cancer Centers accelerate and deepen their investigation into new and less toxic therapies in an all out effort to save the lives of innocent children. “

And Most Importantly, You Help These Little Guys Out :)





And many others whose stories you can find here :)


Happy Hippie



My Other Half


This morning was crazy.

I decided to read and try to get to bed at a relatively early (for me) time last night in order to get in a full nights sleep.  Well, the getting to sleep early thing didn’t quite happen. I would say I went to bed sometime around 1:30am and had the alarm set for 10:30 to give myself time to get ready before my desk shift.  Well, I woke up sometime around 3:30 to go to the bathroom and when I fell back asleep a dream began immediately.  Normally when I dream, I know that I’m dreaming, if that makes sense.  Usually most of the details of the dream are pretty accurate to real life, but there are always a few minor things that remind that I’m just sleeping and imagining all of this.

This dream, however, was so vivid, so completely accurate, and so real.  I honestly didn’t know that it wasn’t  and it was the worst dream I have ever had in my life.  I don’t want to describe it because I feel like it will give me bad karma, or something, but I will say that I woke up hysterically crying.  This girl doesn’t cry.  Ever.  It was just that bad.

Fortunately, it was just a dream and I was able to fall back asleep for another two hours to make up for the terrifying wake up call.  And then I got a big bowl of rice krispies for breakfast to make me a happier girl. :)  Yeah yeah… I haven’t kicked the cereal monster out quite yet.

I found this picture online... this is not my hand or hairy arm hahaha

This leads me to my thankful post.  I’ve decided to do it early today rather than tonight because I’m just itching to say it and what better time than the present?

Today I am thankful for…

My sister.

You often times hear people say that someone is their other half, or that they couldn’t live without them.  Now, I myself have been guilty of using those phrases as well, but I have to admit that I never really had a good grasp on exactly what those words meant until my dream last night.  I can honestly say that this girl is my other half and that I can’t imagine what it would be like living in a world that she wasn’t a part of.  She is the only person in the world who literally knows everything about me.  She is a part of every memory: every time we danced in Grandma’s basement, watched Sabrina the teenage witch movies over and over, sat in the basement and eating ramen noodles each afternoon together, buying our first makeup, going on our first dates, each grounding, time out, holiday, birthday, and every single second in between.  It doesn’t matter if we are baking copious amounts of blondies, sliding down the stairs in plastic tubs, sitting on the roof, passing out donuts to the homeless in Chicago, driving around aimlessly at 2am, or just laying on the couch at home watching Lifetime movies with huge bowls of popcorn and diet mountain dew; because whether we’re doing a million things or doing nothing, it’s just about the fact that we’re doing it together.

This girl is my best friend, my other half, my lifeline.

My life.


Happy Hippie