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Welcome to iGoPink Life!

This blog was started with you in mind. Whether you’re a 20-something trying to navigate the real world, a new mom finding her new norm, a generation X, Y, Z, a survivor, and everything in between, this is for you.
iGoPink Life is your go-to for wellness, fitness, healthy recipes, beauty and style, and even some inspiration.

We’re real women like you, doing our best to feel and live our best. The motivation behind this new adventure was to educate women on a healthy and happy life, decreasing chances for things like breast cancer. The ‘C’ word is always a big, scary monster, and we’re here to help you prevent it.

We have something for everyone here, thanks to our iGoPink Life team and contributing bloggers. Check in daily during the work week for chats on everything from the newest workout trend to what happened on The Bachelor this week. We’re so excited to share this journey with you — welcome to the iGoPink family!



iGoPink Scholarship Serves Local High School Seniors

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The Breast Cancer Charities of America is in the process of accepting applications for their iGoPink Scholarship, which is granted to students whose families have been affected by breast cancer.  The iGoPink Scholarship is a Houston-only program service of BCCA servicing our local community.

“So many patients that we service will reach out to us, saying that the thing they care about the most is that their breast cancer journey doesn’t impact their children.  Many fear that the costs of treatment may inhibit the family’s ability to send their child to college,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.  “That’s where the iGoPink Scholarship can step in and help these local families.”

Those awarded will not only receive the scholarship, but will also have the opportunity to be a part of a survivors photoshoot, produced by Holly Davis Photography, which will be featured on The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s webpage, sharing their survivor stories and testimonies with hopes to inspire other families who are going through the same struggles.

Recipients must live within 50 miles of Houston and have an immediate family relative who has been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last year. If you or someone you know is graduating this spring, learn more and apply by April 21st on our iGoPink Scholarship page.

 

 



How To Add NEW YouTube Donation Cards

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Great news! YouTube, the video-sharing website that many of us use daily, announced yesterday that they have rolled out a new feature called “donation cards.” Along with other pre-existing “cards” available to YouTube content creators, donation cards are now available to appear on videos. The custom cards can now be created to invite subscribers and viewers to donate directly from the video to the YouTuber’s favorite nonprofit.

So how does it work? To add a donation card, you must have a YouTube account and have uploaded a video or videos to your channel. Now let’s get started!

1. Sign into your YouTube account, go to your Video Manager.

2. Go to “Videos” and on an uploaded video, click the “down arrow” button, and on the drop down select “Cards.”

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3. The selected video will appear and begin to play. Click on “Add card“, locate “Donation” on the dropdown, and click the “Create” button.

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4. Next, type in the name of any any United States, IRS-validated 501(c)3 public nonprofit organization, such as our nonprofit organization listed as “iGoPink” for The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

Once you have typed in the nonprofit’s name (such as “iGoPink“), the name will appear, click on the organization’s image (if available), and select “Create card.”

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5. Now you are able to customize the card by adding a title, teaser text, and select “Create card.”

 

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You can even change the image from the selected image options; however, you cannot upload a new image.

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6. After the card is created, you can change where the card appears in your video by dragging the slider, located underneath the video, to the desired time (for example, 1:06 in this video below).

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7. Note that just like other YouTube card selections, you cannot add 2 cards that promote the same link, nonprofit, video, playlist, or function. (see warning below)

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8. Your card is now automatically saved and visible to all subscribers and viewers who watch your video!

The “card” will appear at the designated time and in the top right hand corner of the video (Desktop view).

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If a viewer selects the card, an additional panel with your message (custom title and teaser) will appear (Desktop view).

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Once the viewer selects the message on the new panel, a pop up will appear over the video and gives the viewer an opportunity to make a donation. The viewer can select $5, $10, $20, or other amount to donate before selecting Next.

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In the final step, the viewer (and donor) can review their donation, add a payment method, and press Accept and Donate to make a donation to iGoPink or another U.S. nonprofit organization.

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Watch YouTube’s “donation card” feature in action by viewing iGoPink’s Apple Pie Bites video below! The “donation card” will appear at 1:06.


YouTube has over a billion users that now have new opportunities to do good for great causes across the United States! We hope you try YouTube’s newest feature and transform each view into a donation.

For more information or questions about how to setup donation cards to help benefit iGoPink, please contact Jen at jen@igopink.org

Thank YOU so much for helping iGoPink make a difference and support breast cancer patients that need our help!



Are 2015 Donations Tax Deductible?

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Thank YOU for helping The Breast Cancer Charities of America make a difference in 2015!

Is My Donation Tax Deductible?

Not only are you helping others and making a difference, but did you know your donation IS also tax deductible?! You are able to deduct charitable contributions of money or property made to qualified organizations, such as BCCA, if you itemize your deductions.

YES, the Breast Cancer Charities of America is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. A donation to BCCA can be made online at donate.thebreastcancercharities.org/donateigopink

To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep a copy of your receipt of your donation for your records. Once your online donation to BCCA is processed, we will send you an email with your donation receipt.

YES! I want to make a tax deductible donation

Make A Difference

With your generosity – no matter how big or small – your donation to BCCA IS making a difference!

But, how exactly does your donation make a difference?
You are impacting the lives of breast cancer patients currently going through treatment and struggling financially to pay their growing pile of bills. The Help Now Fund, one of BCCA’s program services, provides emergency financial assistance for past due rent and utility bills to these women and is funded by people just like you.

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Your Donation Of…

  • $10 donation can send $1,300 of medical goods / medicines to breast cancer patients through our medical missions program service
  • $15 donation pays for a Feeling Beautiful Again basket and educational information to be sent to a patient going through breast cancer
  • $20 pays for the tools for 4 students in our iGoPink Educational Workshop Program
  • $30 can pay for the water bill for a woman going through breast cancer
  • $50 pays to keep the heat on and house warm during the cold winter months
  • $250 pays for an average past-due electric bill
  • $500 helps to pay for the rent of a patient going through breast cancer
  • $1,000 underwrites the quarterly training of our iGoPink Ambassador Program and educational materials
  • You are also helping women to be educated, informed and empowered about preventing and surviving breast cancer!
  • …and so much more!

Learn more about how we put your gifts to work through BCCA’s program services: Adult Education, Help Now Fund, Feeling Beautiful Again, University Education, Non-Invasive Breast Cancer Research & Education, Medical Missions, Cards of Hope

Learn More

Only a few days left in 2015!

Donate today to The Breast Cancer Charities of America and you will help support women battling breast cancer, support program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support, and join the fight to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.
Thank you for your support and generosity!

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Wine Women & Shoes Houston FAQ’s Answered!

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Wine Women & Shoes Houston is LESS THAN 2 weeks away! The BIG Fall event benefitting The Breast Cancer Charities of America will be returning to The Woodlands on September 24, 2015 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

Presented by EXIT Lone Star Realty, Wine Women & Shoes Houston will be showcasing new fall fashions, designers and fabulous shopping experiences that every woman will want to see. “Last year was our inaugural Wine Women & Shoes event in The Woodlands and it was a huge success and VIP sell-out” said Erica Johnson, Founder & Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America in which the event benefits. “This year, our committee has a plethora of new surprises and fantastic shopping experiences that any woman would love to win.”

From Shoe Guys, to the ‘Key to the Closet’, a New York Style Runway show, boutique shopping and wine tasting, Wine Women & Shoes will be the ladies night out this fall. In addition, new stations will include Kendra Scott’s ‘Sip & Sparkle’ and one of the ladies favorite, the ‘Best in Shoe’ competition that will be crowned that that evening.

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FAQ’s

1. Where can I buy a ticket?
www.WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston

2. What are the ticket prices?
VIP tickets are $150 and General Admission tickets are $100 a piece.

3. What’s the difference between VIP and General Admission tickets?
VIP will receive a reserved seat and table along with a special VIP gift and bottle service.

4. If I have a General Admission ticket, will I get a reserved seat?
There will be chairs available for general admission but will be on a first come first serve basis. There will also be cocktail tables and other areas where you can watch the fashion show.

5. When will you stop selling tickets online?
Tickets are available online until 4pm on Wednesday, September 23, (unless tickets sell out before then).

6. Will you sell tickets at the door?
If tickets still remain, they will be available at the door on a first come first serve basis.

7. Can I pre-purchase Key to the Closet or Sip & Sparkle tickets?
No, all tickets will be on first come first serve limited basis…so we encourage you to get there when the doors open!

8. What is the evening’s agenda?
Doors open at 5:30pm. Shopping, photo booths, wine tasting and more until 7:30. Runway show and program will begin around 7:30pm. Evening will conclude at 9pm.

9. Must I be present to win Key to the Closet?
Yes

10. My girlfriends and I are all buying VIP tickets separately but want to sit at our reserved VIP table together, how do I make sure that happen?
Please send an email with the final list of ladies by September 18 to info@igopink.org (after September 18, guarantee of seating arrangements or re-arrangements can not be made.)

11. Is there a formal dinner?
No, this is a cocktail type event with appetizer stations mingled within the wine tasting stations.

 

Did not answer your questions? Please email us at info@igopink.org and we would love to answer your questions and address any concerns that you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at Wine Women & Shoes Houston on September 24th!



Fashion Show Designers Announced for Wine Women & Shoes

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Pictured Above: Hector Villarreal, LUCHO & Erica Johnson, Breast Cancer Charities of America

Pictured Above: Hector Villarreal, LUCHO & Erica Johnson, Breast Cancer Charities of America

Four name-brand designers have joined the New York-Style Runway show that will be spotlighting the night at Wine Women and Shoes on September 24. 
 
Kendra Scott will be dazzling the runway as the Exclusive Jewelry Sponsor as well as the fabulous ‘Sip & Sparkle’ champagne & bling lounge; Trina Turk will be providing a sneak peek at their fall look-book as the Exclusive Apparel Sponsor; Elaine Turner will be showcasing their gorgeous line of Fall handbags; and Uptown Park’s custom shoe designer, LUCHO, will grace the catwalk with gorgeous stilettos every woman will want. 
 
“This is going to be THE Fall fashion event you will want to be at” said Erica Johnson, Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.  “The looks that will be gracing the runway are stunning and this year we have some amazing surprises in the show that you won’t want to miss.”
 
Wine Women & Shoes Houston’s fashion show will also be celebrating the health and survivorship of five beautiful breast cancer survivors from Montgomery County who will be gracing the runway in gowns from Couture House.  The evening is presented by EXIT Lone Stare Realty and proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Charities of America.
 
Tickets for Wine Women & Shoes are available now.  VIP tickets are available on a first come first serve basis.  Sponsorship opportunities also remain.  To find out more information visit: www.WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston  
 
Additional event sponsors include: BMW The Woodlands & Houston North, CHLOE Wine Collection, A Memorable Event, Radiance Advanced Skin & Body Care, A Memorable Event, Morgan Stanley, The Lind Institute of Plastic Surgery, blo Blow Dry Bar, Massage Heights, Villa Sport, The Vein Doctors, Pinnacle Point Insurance, Four Seasons Veterinary Hospital, Speedpro Imaging, Mindy Harmon Photography, Brio Tuscan Grille, KB Kasuals, Rhinestone Leopard, Armario de la Bella, Tara Flannery Photography, Stori Brie Photography, Nnene Mbonu Photography, Nearly Me, Neal Hamil Agency, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, Double P Bakery, South Walton Florida, Reviewit, Sunny 99.1, Fox 26, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes, Living Magazine, ConnexionW, Community Impact, 99.7 K-Star Country, I am Magazine and Woodlands Online. 


Stretching: From Hospital Bed To Floor

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Stretching can help anyone at any time! It helps relax, lengthen and release tension from muscles no matter what your physical ability is.

It’s important to start at an easy/moderate stretch and work on flexibility before working your way up to a deeper stretch. It’s best if your muscles are warmed up to increase your flexibility, but really, it can be done even while watching TV!

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Make sure when reaching for your toes you avoid rounding out your back and try to release from your waist, relax your shoulders, take nice deep breathes and hold anywhere from 20 seconds to 45 seconds, always continuing to breathe.

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A side bend stretch releases all the tension from your rib cage down to your ‘seat’ (glute) muscles – hold this one where you feel a nice lengthening down the side, but stop before you feel too much pain or resistance. Your body will tell you.

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Jaimee Myers is a member of The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s Advisory Board and owner of Pure Barre in The Woodlands, Texas. She has been an athlete all her life – from competitive ski racing to collegiate soccer to Ironman triathlons – and spreads the Pure Barre technique to clients, who see results while having a great time. Pure Barre is all about small, isometric movements that anyone can benefit from – it strengthens, arms, abs and legs without creating bulk. To learn more, visit http://purebarre.com/TX-woodlands/



National Cancer Survivors Day

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BCCA National Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day falls this year on Sunday, June 7th! National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration for cancer survivors and demonstrates that you CAN beat cancer! This day falls on the second Sunday of June every year and serves as an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, support for families struggling, and a way for the community to come together and give back.

Celebrate this special day by honoring a cancer survivor or a loved one by helping women who are still battling breast cancer. Your donation today and on June 7th makes a difference. Please join us in the fight against cancer!

Why should I get Involved?

  • Honor a Cancer Survivor! Show your support and join the celebration.
  • Give in memory of a loved one, family member, or friend.
  • Help women and their families in need that are currently struggling with cancer.

How can I help?

  1. Go to Donate.TheBreastCancerCharities.org/NCSD2015
  2. Click  Screenshot 2015-06-02 16.53.07 OR Screenshot 2015-06-02 16.53.38. By becoming a fundraiser you can create your own account, join or start a team, and get others involved! If you don’t want to start a fundraiser for National Cancer Survivors Day, you can click the “Donate Now” button instead. This way you can make a donation – even in honor or memory of a loved one.
  3. Please share the news! Share your fundraising page, create a team, and invite your friends and family to make a donation at Donate.TheBreastCancerCharities.org/NCSD2015 on or before June 7th.

Thank You for your support

Thank you for joining us as we PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer! With your donation, you can give a gift in honor of a survivor, loved one, and to help those who are still struggling with cancer.  Through the generosity of people like you, we can continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support.



Celebrate National Burger Day with 6 Healthy Tips

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It’s National Burger Day! This food holiday comes every year on May 28 and gives us one more reason to enjoy a great burger.

There’s no reason why you can’t celebrate this favorite foods, but still maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle! Celebrate National Burger Day with these 6 healthy tips:

  1. Select high quality and lean meat to make your burger. You can even choose leaner meats such as buffalo, turkey, chicken, lamb, salmon, tuna, shrimp, or even make a veggie burger!
  2. Add more flavor – not fat or high doses of sodium – to your burger with low sodium seasonings, fresh or dried herbs, and spices.
  3. Mix ingredients together until just combined and avoid over mixing to prevent toughening the meat.
  4. Add moisture and nutrients with sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms, and your favorite vegetables.
  5. Choose a whole wheat bun or instead opt for a pita, tortilla, or skip bread entirely and top the burger on a salad.
  6. Use low fat sauces and toppings like organic ketchup, mustard, salsa, and bbq sauce.

Have more healthy burger tips? Please share in the comments below!

Enjoy!

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Daily Wellness Checklist

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Wellness is possible! In fact, it’s probable! Believe it; you can dramatically increase the level of wellness in your life. You possess the power of choice. That power can increase your life quality and life quantity.

Start making healthy choices today – and every day! Use this checklist as a daily reminder to establish good habits and make healthy choices.

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Creating wellness is a journey. People often experience obstacles which threaten to get them off course from achieving their best intentions. Some of these obstacles exist in the world and some of them exist within each person. Our choice of actions when we encounter these obstacles applies directly to our state of wellness. Our choices determine the level of wellness we each create in our lives. Strive to make the right choices daily and dedicate yourself to living a healthy lifestyle. Feel, think, and live better than you ever thought possible!

For more information and our Create Wellness plan of action, click here.  This step by step workbook will allow you to document common questions you should ask your doctor, the emotions you’re going through and your journey through breast cancer.