PS I ADORE YOU: FAYE’S STORY

I am honored to be the PS I Adore You sponsor for the month of November!  PS I Adore You started with three passionate moms who were committed to bringing awareness to childhood cancer.  By offering fresh, on-trend items they’ve created a platform to shine a light on courageous children battling their disease. Your purchases fund the fight, and this month, we are focusing on miss Faye.  Here is here story, written by her mama:

Three and a half years ago we were expecting our third baby and Faye, then three, often complained of leg pain.  Doctors chalked it up to growing pains, but Faye’s pain increased, she often had fevers, and eventually she didn’t want to leave bed. The only comfort she could find is if we were rubbing her knees 24/7.  Several days after her brother Nixon was born, we took Faye back to the doctor where they did x-rays and blood tests.  Hours later we were in an ambulance heading to Texas Children’s Hospital where Faye would stay for the next five months to receive chemotherapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare type of leukemia that is difficult to treat.  The doctors told us a bone marrow transplant was an option, but Faye responded so well to chemo that we (doctors included) thought it would be best to proceed without a transplant, despite her little brother Nixon being a match.
Faye spent the next three years in remission and enjoyed all the things normal little girls enjoy–going to school, playing softball, and spending time with her brothers.  She has taken the name “Mini Mommy” upon herself.  She is incredibly helpful with another new, now one year old little brother.  When she began complaining of leg pain again we were scared to death, but her blood work looked great and we told ourselves her prior chemo could have long range effects on her body.  As the leg pain continued though, we wanted definite answers and asked for an MRI, which showed abnormalities in her bone marrow.  After a bone marrow biopsy, our worst fears were confirmed.  Faye’s cancer is back and this time a bone marrow transplant is the only option.
Faye spent the month of September in the oncology ward of Texas Children’s Hospital receiving chemotherapyto bring a second remission, which has been achieved.  Currently Faye is on the bone marrow floor where shereceived additional chemo to kill her bone marrow. She has received her transplant using Nixon as a sibling match. Now it is a waiting game to see if her body accepts the cells from Nixon.
Faye is as brave as a little girl can be as she goes through what no little girl should have to and has always prayed for her brother Nixon that “he will be OK when they do the ‘bow and arrow’” (Faye’s way of saying bone marrow).  We are so grateful to our Heavenly Father and for the heavenly and earthly angels who are helping Faye and our family through this fight.
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As a mom, I can’t imagine walking through this with one of my own children.  To see your child suffer in any way,  especially from a life threatening disease like cancer, is one of the worst things imaginable as a parent.  And on top of the emotional toll it takes on a family, there is also a huge financial one.  Fortunately, this is one part that we CAN help with.  10% from every purchase made on PS I Adore You this month will go straight to Faye and her fight.
I’ve styled some of my favorite items that will be available this month below!  Please join in helping this sweet family and receive something fabulous in return!
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Giraffe Dress – available now
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Striped Dress – available Nov. 6th
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Knit Circle Cardigan (available Nov. 18th) and little girl’s dress (available Nov. 6th)

VUELA GIVEAWAY
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Today, I’ve partnered up with Vuela Boutique for an amazing giveaway!  Vuela is a local curated online boutique offering well crafted accessories for you, your home or thoughtful gift giving.  They carry some of my favorite hard-to-find ceramic artists as well as independent designers from around the world.  Plus, Marji, the owner, is just a gem.

We are giving away a few of my favorite products: a Splatter Tote by Evens, a brass cuff by Young Frankk, and a ceramic fruit bowl by Workaday Handmade!  To enter, visit Vuela Boutique and comment below with your favorite items.  And follow @simplyvuela on instagram!  A winner will be chosen next Friday, Nov. 7th.  Open internationally.

Also, for the locals, Vuela is doing a pop-up event at West Elm Mission Valley tomorrow, Nov. 1st, from 11-3pm!  Stop by if you can!

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NEW MOM GIVEAWAY!

I’ve teamed up with my friends over at Lunchpails & Lipstick for a huge “new mom” giveaway!!  Also partnering up in this giveaway are Little Miss Momma, Cupcake Mag, and Small Fry Blog!  There is nearly $2000 in prizes up for grabs!  Read below for instructions on how to enter!

Blogger Giveaway

1. Pick a 14k gold charm from the 6 shown above. Winner will get a 14k gold 18″ chain to put it on. Helen Ficalora charms are incredible. Value at $270!

2. HOBO wallets are perfect for busy moms. The new fall line is just simply too good to pass up. Winner gets this indigo blue wallet valued at $140

3. Mustela is bringing you the best in sunscreen. The “play safe in the sun” kit will keep your kids sunburn free. Along with the sunscreen, winner gets a sunscreen bag from Hayden Reis. Value:$50

4. Nursing just got a whole lot easier with COVERED GOODS nursing cover up. Soft and breathable fabric makes it easy for baby and mom to be in public while feeding.

5. PCA skincare is a medical grade line of products that will change your skin! We are giving away the rejuvenating serum. You will be glowing in no time! Like really.Value:$82

6.The new Baby Bjorn We carrier is amazing! From birth to age 3 this carrier keeps you comfortable! Love the ability to position in front or the back. Value:$140

7. Lily Jade handbags are worn by all, even celebrity moms can’t pass them up. We’re loving this silver bag and know you will too! Value:$150

8. The Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair has changed dinnertime for families. Every kid in the home (even infants) can pull right up to the table in this elevated chair. Value at $150

9. Ahh…we are so in love with the Britax Affinity Stroller. You choose your frame and color pattern. Easy to open/close, lightweight for quick maneuvering. We love! Value:$700

10. Henry Mack made muumuu’s cool again. The newly updated version of our beloved housedress now has pockets! I’m wearing mine now. Value:$85

11. We found blankets that replicate what we imagine it would feel to sleep in a cloud. Seriously, the Saranoni blankets are unreal and we’re offering one XL adult + one receiving blanket. Value:$140

Good Luck!! Click through to enter the Rafflecopter!

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FREE PEOPLE DIY EVENT
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These are just a few photos from the DIY event I hosted on Thursday night at the grand opening of Free People’s San Diego store in Fashion Valley.  I had so much fun meeting new faces and crafting with everyone.  I will share this yarn wall hanging DIY in detail here soon!  I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with Free People on a few different occasions now, and I really can’t say enough good things about all the people involved with the brand.  From the girls in the shop to the home base team in Philly.  It’s so refreshing to see such great people behind such an amazing brand.  The new store in Fashion Valley is the largest I’ve seen with such a wide product assortment.  Large enough to get any girl in trouble who steps through it’s doors :)

Thanks for having me Free People!

*FP New Romantics Always Forever Tunic //  Phoenix Raffia Straw Hat  //  St. Eve Ornate Brass Pendant Necklace