Monday, June 27, 2011


Camp CARE (Cancer Ain't Really the End) has been a HUGE part of my life for many, many years.  It is a week-long summer camp for children in the Charlotte, NC area who have, or have had, cancer and their siblings.  The organization also provides other year-round activities but the main one is the week of summer camp. 

I am a survivor of childhood cancer.  I was diagnosed at age 11 after surgery and went through 2 years of chemo treatments.  Camp CARE began as I was just finished with my last treatment.  It took me a few years to get involved and once I did I was hooked.  I began at age 15 and continued through my late 20's.  I still keep my foot in the door and volunteer with events as I can.  It will always be an important part of my life.

I met my BFF at Camp CARE the first year when we were 15.  I wish I had the capabilities to scan an old photo of us.  Here is one from last year when we visited Camp CARE to celebrate the 25th anniversary.  I am forever grateful that we met through Camp CARE.  We still share a wonderful friendship and are enjoying watching our children grow up together.   

During my years with Camp CARE I met another volunteer who eventually became my husband.  We spent several years working on camp stuff side by side until I got pregnant with our first child and I decided to step back.  Here is a picture of us when we visited Camp CARE last year. 

This morning my kids and I volunteered for Camp CARE...checking in the campers and loading all the luggage onto the buses.  A little piece of my heart went with them as the buses pulled out for the 2-hour drive to Lake Lure, NC. 
Here is my very favorite TV story about Camp CARE.  It's from 2007 from the Carolina Traveler, a local TV show.  Please take just a few minutes to watch the video clip and get just a little glimpse of what Camp CARE is all about...

To learn more about Camp CARE, please visit their website HERE.

And in honor of Camp CARE this week, I'm making Cookie Mush today!  It's a big deal to get this dessert at Camp CARE.  Go HERE for my recipe and post about one of my favorite treats. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Favorites

Here it is…another week has gone by without a post from me.  It’s been a busy week getting my little guy to Lego camp each day, having playdates with both kids’ friends, spending time at the pool, and other fun summertime stuff with the kids. 

Speaking of fun summertime stuff, I found some fun posts to share with you this week.  Hope you enjoy!

I have some posts planned for next week (finally) so I hope you'll stop by.  Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

pop rocks rimmed cocktail glasses
Pop Rocks Rimmed Cocktails from Pizzazzerie 

4th of July Tin Can Windsocks from Random Thoughts of a Supermom

DIY Coke Icee from Bake at 350  (I want a tabletop ice cream maker now!)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Favorites

It's been forever since I've done a Friday Favorites post.  I haven't been reading many blogs lately with everything else that's been going on.  So, this week I took a little time to check up on some of my favorite food blogs and thought I'd share a few things that caught my eye. 

I know why they caught my's 'cause I am trying to watch what I eat and not indulge in these sweet treats as often.  These tummy-yummies sure are tempting!

Hope you enjoy...

Nutter Butter Brownies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache from Bake at 350.

Oreo Cookie Cupcakes from Things That Make You Say "Mmmm".

Better Than Sex Cake from Life as a Lofthouse...need I say more???

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Get 2 Free 8x10 Photo Collages ~ Great Gift Idea!

I love photo freebies and try to take advantage of many of them.  Here is a nice one...and would make a fun Father's Day gift for a dad or grandpa in your life. 

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