How YOU can help Haiti

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A destroyed building in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince

A woman is helped after being trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building in Port-au-Prince. Reports of casualties and damage were slow to emerge because of communication problems

A woman is helped from the rubble

Hi there.  I have been researching for both myself and you lovelies, how we can help Haiti (for more information on this horrible disaster, go to .  Any little bit counts.  Here are some ways to help.

1.  Donate through your local Red Cross.  If you are in the Philadelphia area, click here.

2.  Donate through Wyclef’s charity “YELE”  THIS is really neat, as you can donate $5 via your cell phone by texting YELE to 501501.

More about YELE (from the site)

About Yele Haiti and Yele Vert

Yele Haiti is a grassroots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti while helping to transform the country through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment. Yele’s community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief.

The Yele Vert program combines community based agroforestry, environmental education and social marketing into a new and sustainable program of tree planting, agricultural improvement and environmental restoration.

GrammyAward-winning musician, humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti Wyclef Jean founded Yele Haiti in 2005. For more information please go to

3.  Also, apparently (set up prior to this horrible disaster), the shoe Chain Villa ( inthe Philadelphia area is helping out as well

(taken from their site) Highlighting the partnership is a collection of boots that debuted this week under the popular Timberland Earthkeepers(TM) line. For every pair of Earthkeepers(TM) Yele Haiti boots sold, $2 will be donated to Wyclef’s Yele Haiti organization to support reforestation in Haiti. The collection of eco-conscious footwear, made from recycled and organic materials, will be available globally for men, women and kids. VILLA is the first location in the Philadelphia area to be carrying the Yele Haiti collection.

See for more info on this charity


Thank you. Toodles.

“It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” — Ethel Percy Andrus.

“Just another blogging Sunday!”

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Note:  title of blog post to be sung to the tune of “Just Another Manic Monday” 🙂

HI all!  This was really a lovely weekend!  So you saw what Friday consisted of (how fun!?!) and it kept getting better (…mostly-boo Phils)!  Anyway, Saturday morning was the Mutt Strutt.  Although it was raining almost the entire time, we had a great time!   Our team was called “Team Oscar ‘n Friends” and included Oscar, myself, Husband, Steph, Luxy, Eric and Riley. We raised about 200 dolars for animal rescue! Here are some pics to highlight the event:


Oscar already tired on the way there!


Snacky snacky for the ride- yummmm


Team Oscar 'N Friends from left: Oscar, Ian, Steph, Luxy, Riley and Eric (missing: Jess, taking pic hehe)


Oscar the "watchdog"


Luxy Girl


Luxy and Riley


Riley LOVES the camera!


Cute costume!


Where's Waldo owner/dog costume- how cool!?!?!


Luxy and I sharin' some love


Another cure Cav (other than Oscar, that is)


Husband and Osc and the finish line!

After the Mutt Strut, we took an amazing nap and then awoke to pleasantly discover we were due for a visit from Kevin (Ian’s brother) Ryan (their good friend) and some other friends.  How fun!  Halloween was shaping up to be a grrrreeat day!  So, they all came over and we (unfortch.) watched the Phils LOOOOOOSE.  Then the guys went out and I met up with Bri.  We were ninjas.  Actually, she was a samerai and I was a ninja.  She created my whole costume- how fun!


Bri and I


Kyle (Bri's man-she made his costume too) and I

OOOOHHHH-KAY, SO.  Sunday morning was time for Jen’s Baby Brunch! I had been SOOO excited for this for some time now and the day had come!  Jen is a dear neighbor (married to Tim)- both are such nice people, along with their son Theodore (as he says it- too cute).


The adorable Theo

Anyway, I think it turned out great! Everyone seemed to have a great time, as did I!  I loved the favors I did.  They were the Artie Lange cupcakes from Crumbs Bakery in New York.  The proceeds go to S. Jude’s Childrens hospital- cupcakes are yummy and the cause is great!  I wrapped those babies up in a lil’ treat bag, made a cute label with a poem and some cute baby booties-she’s having a boy! 


Here are some more pics from the baby brunch- Congrats again, Jen!


Jen and the 'burbs girls 🙂


The guest of honor, Jen in the lovely hat I got for her 🙂


Me and the mommy-to-be!


What a partay!

Anyway, all was well and everyone (hopefully) went home feed and happy (and ready for a nap-See Oscar below)…


OMG! Cupcake Blunder!

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Ok, so I am absolutely OBSESSED with New York’s famous Crumbs Bakery…HOLY YUMcrumbs.JPG

It was definitely the apple pie cupcake that roped me in that I “shared” with my mom (aka saved her a bite).  It was spice cake with apple pie filling topped with cream cheese icing and caramel swirls.  Holy Heaven!  Anyway, I brought the Husband home a variety pack that contained many yummy flavors in cute bite sized mini cakes.

Well, you see what happened was…ME.  Those babies went faster than hotcakes at Chez Downes!  So, I wanted to send the HUB a little treat.  I ordered him the “Vanilla Collection” (he and I both go for vanilla) and had is secretly delivered to work (yes, I had to take out a loan for this 🙂 haha)

Vanilla Collection

OK, so story should end here right?  Nope.  So cupcakes get delivered on the day Hubs left for Arizona for a baseball tournament, so I was left to babysit these suckers.  WELLLLL…bestie Bri and I had a good ol’ time that weekend and needless to say, only one lone cupcake remained for Hub (give me some credit- it was his favorite type).  SOOOOOO out of guilt (and of course love) my thoughts were to ONE day send them again as a surprise….

OK, now fast forward a few days.  Husband calls me AT WORK (never does this) to graciously thank me for the new cupcakes I had sent him at work.  Ummmmmm…sweetie, those cupcakes were for a baby shower I am throwing for a neighbor on Sunday.  They are Artie Lange cupcakes and are going to be favors for the shower, as the proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital.  OY did I disappoint him!  So, a public apology to my dear husband and a warning to watch the mail 🙂 xoxo

Artie Lange

yummy Artie Lange cupcakes.

Passionately Pink and Pantene Great Lengths!


Good morning all!  Sooooo exciting!  Today at my school is Passionately Pink for the cure to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. We all are joining the fight to find a cure by wearing PINK and donating to the cause.  Well, it just so happens that all I own in pink are SWEATS!  Yessssss! I LOOOOOOOVE sweatpants.  Cotton is my BEST friend.  When I got married I really wanted a cotton wedding dress.  Oh well, anyway, today is a comfy and chartiable day- LOVE IT! 

OK, so yesterday I got the COOLEST letter EVER!  Backstory:  at the end of the summer, I decided to donate my hair to an organization that colelcts human hair for wigs given to cancer patients. I have always wanted to do this, but never really got the nerve.  So, I looked into Locks of Love, which is WAY outta my league- the hair needs to NOT be processed and ten inches at least.  Threw that out the window a long time ago (my “natural blonde highlights” are not so natural to say the least).  Anyway, then I found the organization “Pantene Pro-V Great Lengths.”  They allowed for processed hair and only required 8 inches.  My hair doesn’t grow too fast 😦  So…. I did it!  I sent the hair but was quite nervous there might be somethign wrong with it?!?!?!? So yesterday I cam home to an AWESOME letter that I will certianly save from Pantene thanking me- it was AWESOME!  My hair worked!  A little person going thru a tough time will be able to have a beauuuuuutiful wig 🙂  Happy giving and happy day!  For more info of Pantene Great Lengths, click here.


AFTER… (coming soon)