Author Archives: The Jewish Lady

Bake It Happen: Bake & Share to help Cancer Research

Finding out that someone you love has cancer is one of the worst experiences anyone can go through. That happened to me when my very best friend was diagnosed. Because we live on opposite coasts, I felt totally powerless to help her. I couldn’t be there physically, but I was committed to offering whatever support I could—calls, text, research, etc.

All that web surfing introduced me to a lot of different charities that want to assist cancer patients and Bake It Happen is one of the most innovative. Started by two sisters whose mission is to find a cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), the concept is really cool: simply baking and sharing recipes to raise awareness. While breast cancer in general receives a lot of attention, MBC is much lesser known and 41,000 folks die from it every year!

Now in its 5th year, Bake It Happen has partnered with The Cancer Couch Foundation,Taste Buds Kitchen, Sweet Loren’s and Ford Warriors in Pink.

Bake It Happen has yummy recipes that you can bake and share. Not only does this increase exposure for the disease, but an anonymous donor has agreed to donate money for every share, with 100% of the funds raised from Bake it Happen going directly to The Cancer Couch Foundation.

After picking out and baking your favorite of the recipes, post it everywhere using the hashtag #BakeItHappen and their Instagram and Facebook accounts.

For more information about the Bake It Happen campaign, visit their website.

Finding Hope and Healing After Tragedy

When bad news seems to be all around us, with new and terrible events occurring back-to-back, it’s difficult to remain happy and upbeat. The following guest post offers a unique perspective on how to find hope and healing after tragedy.

 

After coming home from the concluding services of Yom Kippur, our most holy day in the Jewish faith, I began to ponder what the next chapter of my life would bring.

I am always trying to figure out how I got to where I am today and where I may go tomorrow. What roads will I walk, what mountains will I climb, what rivers will I dare to cross? And, when I stumble and fall, will I be brave enough to get back up?

These thoughts tumbled abound in my head for the next day or so. And then, as if I was struck in the face by an open hand, my ears burned and my head began to spin with the horrible news of the tragedies of Las Vegas. How could thousands of innocent people be in the middle of a concert, no longer full of music but filled instead with the sounds of spraying bullets and screams?

What is happening to the world I once knew? It just didn’t seem real. I had to sit. I had to think. I had to cry. I had to pray.

I managed to get to my office, numb and still in shock. I poured a cup of coffee, took a seat at my desk and turned on the computer. And, before I could even catch my breath, I heard the somber news of the passing of one of my most beloved artists, Tom Petty. His music wrapped a ribbon around my family since before my kids were born. They grew up singing his songs and being inspired by his message.

My mind began to peddle faster and faster. What would the future bring with all this chaos, death, and sadness that we all seem to be bombarded with? The lump in my throat sat on my vocal cords, paralyzing me. My heart was broken. It was a very long and difficult day.

Then, as if to speak to me and steer me in the right direction, as I was driving home that evening, I saw one of the biggest, fullest moons of my entire life. It was smiling down on me from the vast space we call the sky. In that moment, I felt complete gratitude and an overwhelming sense of peace.

The moon reminded me of the cycle of life. Renewed each month, only to fade and disappear, just like the lives of so many people we once knew and in some sense, the reality of what the world once was for all of us. I thought of all those individuals whose moon will never renew, whose lives have been cut short, whose destinies have been interrupted by evil.

As I continued to search the sky for things that made sense, the more confused I became. The stars, the wind, the seas and mountains; I tried to understand the catastrophes of nature. In the last several months, we have seen terrible storms destroy homes and lives. Why, oh why, is this happening…

Are we on a path of destruction, filled with selfishness, violence and carelessness? And if we are, perhaps a new moon may not arise again for any of us?

It then occurred to me that there has to be a reason why things happen in the order that they do. There has to be a reason why at the end of a month of tragedy, senseless loss and destruction, we can still be inspired by a full moon and the renewal that it symbolizes. So, while we are not entirely safe and while I fear for my children and others, I have decided that the renewal of the soul cannot be deadened by a weapon, a hurricane, an earthquake, or the death of a beloved artist.

I will continue to pray, to be an inspiration to myself and those around me, and try to be a ribbon of trust, hope, and safety around all that I love. I will stand up to this hate and violence and I will always carry the message of Tom Petty, may he rest in peace: “Well, I won’t back down. No, I won’t back down.You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down.”

About the Author:

Stacey Marcus is living a life that she loves, due to the people and experiences that she has been blessed with. Throughout her life, Stacey has been involved with a variety of Jewish organizations, including serving on the executive board of two synagogues, volunteering with various Jewish outreach programs, including Chabad’s Friendship Circle, (a special needs children’s program), for which she was presented an outstanding community achievement award. Stacey has routinely volunteered for the elderly and those with special needs. Over the last several years, thanks to the encouragement of some amazing women, Stacey has become involved with the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and is now leading trips for other women going to Israel. She blogs regularly at Stacey Inside Out.

Ulta Beauty $100.00 Gift Card Giveaway

Ladies who go crazy for makeup, haircare, and perfume are gonna love this giveaway, good for a $100.00 Ulta Beauty Gift Card.

The gift card can be used in the store for merchandise or in the salon for services. So whether you want to update your look or need some pampering, it’s good all around.

I’ve been going to Ulta regularly since June after enjoying a free hair event. The experience and the huge selection of products were both awesome. In my area, they have way more locations than Sephora, which is really convenient and that’s the main reason I prefer it.

One winner will receive this prize and the giveaway will be open thru 11/11. There are many ways to enter, including answering this question:

If you win, will you buy products or salon treatments?

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Save Big at Shaw’s Supermarkets Stock Up Sale

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Shaw’s Supermarkets. All opinions are my own.

Grocery shopping is something that everyone has to do and most of us have many options available in our area. Even though there are 5 stores within 2 miles of my home, there is only one that I truly enjoy.

Here in New England, this store has been loved by many for generations. I can recall going up and down the aisles, sitting in the cart, while my Grandmother pushed me, over 30 years ago! This tradition has continued as I now raise my own family, stopping in regularly to pick up all of the items we need.

When I make my grocery list, I always use the Shaw’s Supermarkets app. It has a digital version of the weekly flyer so I know what the latest deals will be and a digital coupon program called MyMixx that offers additional savings. (It’s so awesome because I don’t have to clip anything and there’s no worry about forgetting my coupons because everything is in my phone.) And, on top of all that, they also have fuel rewards where you can earn up to $1.00 per gallon at Sunoco.

Needless to say, shopping at Shaw’s Supermarkets is wonderful for consumers every week of the year, but the special promotions are even better. Right now, they’re holding a Stock Up Sale, which means I can get all of my favorite staples from General Mills, Coca-Cola, Kraft and Nabisco at a great value.

Everyone in my family loves Betty Crocker™ Cake Mix, Ritz Crackers and Old El Paso™ Taco Shells, and the kids are especially fond of Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ cereal and Annie’s™ Macaroni & Cheese, so those items were a must.

Other items I bought to keep in my pantry are Classico Tomato & Basil pasta sauce and Progresso™ Rich & Hearty soups. Because pasta and soup can be prepared quickly, those meals are ideal for busy evenings when we have dance, sports, or Hebrew school to attend.

Shaw’s Supermarkets is giving away groceries for a year to one lucky winner. Between 10/4-10/19, show them what you bought during the #StockUpSale2017. Entry is as easy as 1-2-3:

  • Take a photo featuring two or more of the participating Stock Up Sale products below
  • Share the photo on Twitter or Instagram or here by 10/19
  • Use #StockUpSale2017 and #Sweepstakes in your caption and complete entry form

Participating products:

  • Honey Nut Cheerios™
  • Cheerios™ 8.90oz.
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ 12.20oz.
  • Progresso™ Traditional, Rich & Hearty, Reduced Sodium, Light Soup, Vegetable Classic, selected varieties 18-19oz
  • Nature Valley™ Granola Bars 7.44oz-8.44oz
  • Yoplait® Traditional Yogurt, 4-6oz, selected varieties
  • Oui™ by Yoplait® Strawberry French Style Yogurt 5oz.
  • Annie’s™ Natural Mac & Cheese 6oz; selected varieties
  • Old El Paso™ Shells
  • Totino’s™ Pizza Rolls 15ct, Totino Party Pizza 9.8-10.4oz, selected varieties
  • Betty Crocker™ Hamburger Helpers, 4.7-8.7oz, selected varieties
  • Betty Crocker™ Fruit Snacks, 4.5-8oz, selected varieties
  • Chex Mix™ 8-8.75oz, selected varieties
  • Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Cake Mix, 15.25 – 16.25oz., select varieties
  • Betty Crocker™ Whipped Frosting, Milk Chocolate 12oz.
  • Betty Crocker™ Brownie Mix, Chocolate 18.40oz.
  • Pillsbury™ Apple Toaster Strudel™, 6ct., 11.70oz.
  • Coca-Cola Mini Cans
  • Dasani Sparkling Black Cherry
  • Classico Tomato Basil
  • Heinz Ketchup
  • OREO 14.3 oz
  • Ritz 13.7 oz

Don’t have a Shaw’s Supermarkets nearby? These great products are available at your local Albertsons Companies grocery stores including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Star Market, United Express, United and Carrs/Safeway.

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Shaw’s Supermarkets. All opinions are my own.