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    • Awareness Ribbon Colors and Meanings

      Awareness Ribbons

       

       

       

      It's the beginning of the year and we will be highlighting different causes each month. To kick things off, here is a  list of some of the common Awareness ribbon colors and causes.  This list is not necessarily all-inclusive, so please feel free to let us know if you would like another awareness ribbon or awareness cause added to our Awareness Ribbon Colors reference guide.

       

      Black Ribbon: Melanoma, Mourning POW-MIA, Suicide, Anti-Gang

      Black and Clear Ribbon: Street Racing Awareness

      Blue and Yellow Ribbon: Down's Syndrome Awareness

      Brown Ribbon: Colorectal Cancer Awareness

      Dark or Royal Blue Ribbon: Colon Cancer, Anti-Tobacco, Arthritis Awareness, Child Abuse Prevention, Crime Victim Rights, Domestic Violence, Drunk Driving, Education, Epstein-Barr Virus, Police Officers Lost in the Line of Duty, Reye's Syndrome, Huntington's Disease

      Gold Ribbon: Childhood Cancer Awareness

      Grey Ribbon: Diabetes Awareness, Asthma, Brain Cancer Awareness

      Green Ribbon: Kidney Cancer Awareness, Organ Donation, Bipolar Disorder, Cerebral Palsy Awareness, Glaucoma Awareness

      Lavender Ribbon: Epilepsy, Hysterectomy, Rett Syndrome, Testicular Cancer

      Light Blue Ribbon: Prostate Cancer, Thyroid Disease, Men's Health, Addison's Disease, Grave's Disease

      Multi-color (puzzle piece design): Autism Awareness

      Orange Ribbon: Leukemia, Lupus, Motorcyclist Safety, Multiple Sclerosis

      Pink Ribbon: Breast Cancer Awareness

      Pink and Blue Ribbon: Miscarriage, ARDS, Male Breast Cancer, SIDS Awareness

      Purple Ribbon: Thyroid Cancer, ADD, ADHD, Alzheimer's Disease, Animal Abuse, Cancer Survivor, Children with Disabilities, Crohn's Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Domestic Violence, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Macular Degeneration, Pancreatic Cancer

      Red Ribbon: DUI Awareness, Heart Disease, HIV/AIDS, MADD, DARE, Substance Abuse

      Silver Ribbon: Abuse of the Elderly, Children with Disabilities, Diseases or Disorders of the Brain, Parkinson's Disease

      Teal Ribbon: Ovarian Cancer, Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome, Sexual Violence, Spaying and Neutering Pets, Substance Abuse, Tourette Syndrome, PTSD, Cervical Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Gynecological Cancer

      White Ribbon: Adoption, Bone Disease, Bone Cancer, Child Exploitation and Abuse, Free Speech, Innocence, Peace, Poverty Awareness, Purity, Student Sexual Assault, Victims of Terrorism

      Yellow Ribbon: Support our Troops, Adoptive Parents, Endometriosis, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Missing Children, Missing Persons, Suicide Prevention, Testicular Cancer

    • Breast Cancer ~ Fundraising Ideas and Tips

      You may have noticed that pink is everywhere! Pink ribbons, pink shoes, socks, or chin guards on football players, pink shirts, pink bracelets, pink cupcakes, and pink packaging on hundreds - if not thousands - of products you purchase every day. When you see pink you can be sure that money is being raised, lives are being changed and we are making great strides in the fight against breast cancer. 

       

      Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, it is the most popular time year to raise money that will help to provide mammograms for women who cannot afford it, fund research that will improve cancer treatments, one day wipeout the disease forever and to improve the lives of cancer patients everywhere. Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in some way and if you have a loved one or friend fighting the disease you may feel very helpless but still feel very determined to find away to help. Fundraising doesn't have to stop in October - it can keep going year round!

      So what can you do to raise money for the cause? There are so many ways and here at Charming Chick we hope to give you ideas and inspire you to make a difference!

       

      Fundraising ideas:

      1. Clear the clutter and host a garage sale. Donate all proceeds.

      2. Get crafting. Turn your hobby into money for your favorite breast cancer organization. Do you like to take photographs, quilt, knit, sew, paint, or something else? You can sell these items at crafts fairs, bazaars or on Esty.

      3. Are people always asking for your recipes? Make a cookbook and sell it and donate the proceeds.

      4. Just ask! Ask for a donation in any amount for your favorite breast cancer foundation. You can even write a letter to friends and family about why it is so important for you to help raise money for breast cancer.

      5. Participate in Komen for the Cure, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer or any other fundraiser dedicated to raising awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer.

      6. Host a bake sale. Yummmm!

      7. If your boss will let you, you can make a "Casual Friday." Folks interested in dressing down on this day can make a donation of $5 or more each time they want to participate. then that money can go to the cause.

      8. Party with a Purpose. Host a dinner or get together that aims to raise money for breast cancer. You can charge per plate or table and you may be able to get food, entertainment, a venue and decorations donated.

      9. Have an auction or raffle. Depending on the laws for your state you can put on a silent auction or raffle off items with proceeds going to benefit breast cancer research.

      10. Have a Car Wash

      11. Chili Cook-off are fun and a great way to raise money!

      12. Donate your birthday for a cure. Let friends and family know that in lieu of gifts this year you would like them to donate to your favorite breast cancer organization.

      13. Many restaurants will donate a portion of their days proceeds to raise money for certain organizations. Approach several. It never hurts to ask around.

      14. Sell flowers, fruits or veggies out of your own garden.

      15. Have a friend that does home parties like Tupperware, Partylite, Pampered Chef, etc.? Offer to donate your hostess rewards and/or see if they will donate a portion of their sales to the cause.

      There are really so many ways you can raise money to help fight breast cancer. Get creative. Be Passionate. You will succeed!

    • Breast Cancer Awareness ~ Self-Exams Save Lives

        

       

       

       

       


      Breast cancer occurs when cancer cells form in the tissue of the breast. There are many different types -- and the disease can differ by individual, age group and the tumors themselves.  Women should be aware what is and what isn't normal as far as their breasts are concerned and should call their doctor if they feel a lump, mass, or hardening of the tissue. This type of cancer is not exclusively a women's disease though they are the largest group with 200,000 diagnosed each year. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation - 1,700 men will be diagnosed each year and 450 will die from the disease.
      
      
      
      

       

       

      When detected early enough, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 98%. Advances in detection and treatments have made this possible. This is why it is so important that women do monthly breast self-examinations (BSE) starting at age 20.  BSEs are a self-inspection of one's breasts using hands to feel for lumps or hardened tissue -- and eyes to see if there appear to be any visual changes. Mammograms are the most effective tool in catching breast cancer early but it is important for women to be familiar with what is normal for them and their breasts so they can note any changes. Also according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, if you do find a lump there is no need to panic because 8-10 lumps found are not cancerous -- but you definitely want to get it check out by your doctor.

       According to BreastCancer.org there are 5 steps to performing a BSE:

      Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.

      Here's what you should look for:

      • Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color
      • Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling

      If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor's attention:

      • Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
      • A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out)
      • Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling

        

       

       

      Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.

      Step 3: While you're at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).

       

       

       

      Step 4: Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.

      Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.

      Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn. This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pressure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When you've reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to your ribcage.

       

       

      Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in Step 4.

       

       

       

      If you have any other questions or still aren't exactly sure how you should do a breast self-exam talk to your doctor.

        

      In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month it is important to spread the word about early detection, prevention and treatments. It is also a great time to donate to any causes dedicated to finding a cure for this disease.

    • BIGGEST Clearance Sale of the Year!!!!!


      Glam -- Pink and Black Wallet

      If you haven't done so yet -- you really must stop by Charming Chick and take a look at all of our wonderful clearance selection. There are fantastic items, with some unbelievable prices!!! With Mother's Day and Easter just around the corner -- there is no reason not to take a look and save some money. The Glam wallet that is pictured above, regularly sells for $11.99. It's super stylish, fits great in your purse, and holds your essential credit cards or ID.  The soft faux pink leather exterior is embellished with a cute charm featuring Swarovski Crystals. It is now just $2.99! What a savings!

       


      Pink Ribbon and Heart Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon

        

      This beautiful bracelet is a great way to show your support, and bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer. The stretch band - with light pink and silver-tone beads - is adorned with a pink ribbon charm and a silver-tone heart charm.  The heart charm features a single pink crystal stone on the front. This Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet measures 7 inches and will stretch for a comfortable fit.

        


      Multi-colored Crystal Stainless Steel Ring

      Our Multi-colored Crystal Stainless Steelring is a beautiful item at an amazing price. Stainless Steel is a very durable - and hypoallergenic - white metal. Stainless Steel will not break, bend or tarnish. The crystals are bright and colorful. This ring will add pizzaz to any outfit! The faceted crystals will also dance as the light hits them. 


      Swarovski Crystal Necklace, Bracelet and Earring Set

      This set has all the dazzle and sparkle of the designer sets but for a fraction of the price. This makes a wonderful - and affordable - bridesmaids gift. It can also be worn by a bride or for any other formal or semi-formal occasion. The set includes one necklace, one bracelet and one pair of earrings. All are silver-tone and made with genuine Swarovski crystal beads. The necklace is adjustable from about 15 to 18 inches long and has a lobster clasp closure. The earrings dangle down about 1" and are for pierced ears. The bracelet measures about 7.25" long and has a lobster clasp closure. The intricate flower/vine design -- is simply stunning.


      Black and White Long Locket Pendant Necklace

      The last piece we want to highlight today, is a gorgeous Black and White Pendant necklace. This would make an absolutely perfect Mother's Day gift for any of the women in your life.  You'll love the long chain and beautiful black and white brocade design. It is the perfect way to keep a treasured photo close to your heart.

      Be sure to check out all of our clearance items - so you can take advantage of these deep discounts - before they are sold out!

    • Promoting Breast Cancer Awareness

      Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a wonderful opportunity to promote Breast Cancer Awareness in your community and workplace.  Not sure how you can help?  Here's some ideas that anyone can do:

      • Make sure your employer takes Breast Cancer Awareness seriously.  Form a committee at work to evaluate your current health care plan to ensure that it allows adequate coverage.  Distribute life-saving information to every employee regarding the importance of self-exams and regular mammograms.  Many employers even work with a local clinic or mammogram facility to offer free mammograms to every employee on a certain date during October.
      • Join a local Race for the Cure in your area.  See the Komen.org website for a complete list.  You don't have to be in great shape or able to donate a lot of money.  Just a little time can make a big difference.
      • Save one life at a time - your own!  Make sure you know the risk factors, and are getting regular mammograms as recommended by your physician.  For a list of mammogram facilities in your area, check out this site.
      • Pass out free information at an event, local store or mall, or your office.  Get some friends together and have fun working for a great cause.  Check out this site for a list of free Breast Cancer Awareness materials.
      • Become an advocate for Breast Cancer.  Write a letter to your local law makers or a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.  Check out the Cancer.org website for ways that you can become a cancer advocate.
      • Every donation counts! Even if you don't have a lot to give, making a donation will help a great cause and make you feel great, too.  You can donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation online.  Also see if you employer offers matching donations!

      So pick one idea and go for it!  Have other ideas?  We'd love to hear them!

      For more great ideas on how you can help, visit the Breast Cancer Awareness Month website.

      And in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, add a pink ribbon to your daily wardrobe!  Maybe it will start up a conversation with a stranger, or simply remind someone that she needs to schedule her yearly mammogram appointment.  Here's some of my favorite budget-friendly pink ribbon jewelry:

      Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet Breast Cancer Angel Pin Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet

    • Planning a Fundraiser Dinner to Benefit Breast Cancer

      Breast Cancer Awareness month is less than two weeks away, and I know many of you are busy planning a variety of events to raise funds for and awareness of Breast Cancer.  One of the popular events is a fundraiser dinner, perhaps to spread knowledge about Breast Cancer or held in honor of someone whose life was touched by Breast Cancer.

      If you are planning or would like to plan a fundraiser dinner, the key is early preparation.  Of course it's not too late if you still wish to hold your event in October, but a fundraiser dinner can also be a success any month of the year.  To help you get organized, here's a quick list of what you'll need to do to get started:

      1.  Set your goals and objectives: What is it you wish to accomplish with this fundraiser dinner?

      2.  Who, what, when & where: Determine a date and time for the event. Then set deadlines for each step in the process such as dates by which tickets must be purchased or dates by which items must be donated for the silent auction. You may want to set a few variations and allow for a bit of  flexibility.  What kind of things will be happening at this event?  Where will the event take place?

      3.  Get started early!  No need to wait, dive into the work right now!  The sooner you get started, the most successful your event can be.

      And if you are looking for table favors for your fundraiser dinner, check out the pictures below for three beautiful and unique Breast Cancer Awareness favors:

      Pink Ribbon Picture Frame Pink Ribbon Favor Box Pink Ribbon Flowers

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