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Help Support Ovarian Cancer: Drink [Virtual] Lemonade

So I was reading this article at MOMformation and was like, “Okay – I’ll bite – what’s all this about virtual lemonade?” Have you been hearing the hype too in like a way over there way? Well if you aren’t in the loop yet, here’s the good word, according to MOMformation: Electrolux is doling out approximately half a million dollars to help fight ovarian cancer, the fifith leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. Along with its spokeswoman Kelly Ripa, they have launched a Virtual Lemonade Stand campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). According to the OCRF, ovarian cancer is “an insidious disease that can strike without warning or cause. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.”

Here’s how you can help: Visit the Electrolux site here and open a virtual lemonade stand – you can find mine here. For each stand opened, Electrolux will donate $1 to OCRF. It’s free and only takes a few minutes to open a virtual stand – which you even get to decorate and pick the flavors for sale – it’s strangely fun and you are doing something awesome. Then if you are feeling generous, you can continue to help the cause by buying and selling virtual glasses to your family and friends through a secure donation site. You can spend as little as a $1, or as much as you’d like. Every dollar helps.

Another reward for entering is a chance to win a new French Door Refrigerator by Electrolux. The slick, stainless steel appliance retails for more than $3,000 and offers cool amenities such as the Perfect Temp Drawer, which offers storage for items that need to be kept at an ideal temperature. The refrigerator also has double the ice capacity, and  is wide enough to accommodate party trays, everyday products and, of course, big pitchers of lemonade.

For another chance to win an Electrolux French Door Refrigerator, visit Mom Central, which is also giving one away. All you have to do is click here and 1) Tell Mom Central about the virtual lemonade stand you created and what flavors you are selling; 2) Share your own summer entertaining tips and ideas.

Thanks to MOMformation for the excellent information!

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Thank You: and Happy Veterans Day

Thanks to Karen for posting this cute comic first!

It’s Veterans Day! Do you have a special veteran to thank today? Or any family or friends serving our country RIGHT NOW? My family is blessed with many former and current soldiers, from the Marines, Army, Navy & Air Force and I have a very, very good friend serving right now in the Army. I’m quite sure none of them will be reading this, but I want to say thank you anyway. It is your hard work, bravery and dedication that allows us to enjoy all of our freedoms.

Be sure to thank those brave men and women in your life today. You can send a card to a deployed soldier, contact the Red Cross to send care packages, put a yellow ribbon on your car, or give them a call or visit in person and just say, “Thank you.”

Here’s a great quote from Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC (thanks to MOMformation for posting this):

It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.