This + That // Sales + Steals

September 15, 2017

This past month has flown by - it's hard for me and Molly to believe that THE GREAT GIVEAWAY ends today! Have you entered? If yes, thank you SO so much. If not, hop over to this post to do so!

Entering is beyond easy but I've broken it down into steps: 1). scroll to the end of the blog post and you'll see a widget for entering, 2). you have two options for "logging in" (it's the way we have your email address on file to contact you if you win) - either log-in with your Facebook account or manually type in your email address, 3). you'll then see a box that says "visit ALS TDI on Facebook" - this is how we will actually count your entry!, 4). click the box, and when a small pop-up window appears with a blue box for you to visit the ALS TDI Facebook account, click it, 5). a new window will open for ALS TDI's Facebook page - you do not have to follow, like, etc. the account! - just going to the page is enough, 6). click back to your page/window for The Great Giveaway blog post and and click the light blue box in the corner of the widget that says "I visited!" and YOU'RE ENTERED! Easy. Peasy.

If you've read our blog post for the giveaway, you know that the whole inspiration for gathering 18 of our favorite brands and creating a giant prize worth over $6,900 is to encourage all who enter to donate - whatever your can - towards the ALS Therapy Development Institute and the #whatwouldyougive campaign. This organization is doing incredible things for ALS, and they are SO MUCH CLOSER to developing drugs that can end ALS or at the very least, slow down the progression of the muscular deterioration and extend the lives of those diagnosed.  ALS is not an incurable disease. It is an underfunded one. Please consider donating to the amazing cause and thank you in advance for your generosity!

(per usual, I've got the Friday faves and sales and steals, so read on for those!) 

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: 40% off full priced tops with code TOPITOFF (No surprise, I found three white shirts that are amazing: this, this and this – and hello, this contrast stripe top is beyond)
  • Anthropologie: Extra 25% off sale – no code needed! (Call me basic but I love this kind of cardigan and I’m loving the wash and hem of these jeans)
  • ASOS: Shop more save more event! $50 off $200 with code EXTRA50, $70 off $250 with code EXTRA75, and $100 off $350 with code EXTRA100 (If you like ruffles, lace and just the right amount of smocking, this new top is for you!)
  • Banana Republic: Shirts, blouses and sweaters starting at $40! Shop the selection. (Machine washable merino sweater for $50?!?!)
  • BaubleBar: Play by Ear! Pick your 3 faves for $48! (Did I mention that the value is $94?)
  • Bloomingdales: Denim days! Take 25% off when you buy 2 or more items and 15% off when you buy 1 item! Valid on this great selection.
  • Bluemercury: Complimentary 21 piece gift set with any $150 purchase with code ANNIVERSARY. (Great time to stock up on hair faves!)
  • Calypso St. Barth: 60% off Calypso enfant & soleil collection (Some cute stuff for littles!)
  • CB2: Up to 30% off select bedding and up to 50% off markdowns!
  • Chicwish: Get an extra 10% off orders of $50 or more with code FIL10 – ends today! (Is it sweater weather yet? Because I love this and this!)
  • Club Monaco: The Trench Event – 25% off women’s trench coats! (How to choose…traditional, little scallops, or big scallops?)
  • Crate & Barrel: Up to 20% off the bedroom sale!
  • domino: The rug sale – take 20% off! (Lots of great styles, really liking this, this and this!)
  • Free People: New markdowns added to sale! (Blue and white goodness with this)
  • Gap: Get 40% off your purchase with code DEAL! (Lots of good new arrivals…including this jacket!)
  • H&M: Free shipping on orders over $40 with code 0040 (Feeling pink? I love the color of this classic sweater)
  • Intermix: Up to 75% off sale – no code needed AND extra 30% off applied at checkout! (Feeling all the off-the-shoulder tops…especially this and this)
  • J.Crew: Get 30% off your purchase with code FRIDAY! (Always into upgraded sweatshirts like this and really loving the extra detail on this v-neck sweater)
  • J.Crew Factory: 40-60% off everything, prices marked! (Give me all the sweatshirt items like this dress and these pants)
  • LOFT: Up to 50% off fall favorites! (A short sleeved sweater that’s idea for transitioning into fall…and I love the shorter bell sleeves on this)
  • Lulu & Georgia: Take 15% off all orders of $1,500 or more with code YESPLEASE. (Really loving all the pieces in the Karlie Kloss office makeover)
  • Old Navy: 20% off your order with code ENJOY – ends 9/16. (This dress has Molly’s name all over it)
  • Rag & Bone: Up to 50% off sale! (These boots. That’s all)
  • Rebecca Taylor: Lots of great stuff in the sale section…(This top is stunning. And white. So I obviously want it)
  • Saks: Kids sale, up to 25% off select styles.
  • Serena & Lily: Get 20% off beds, bedding and upholstery with code GETCOMFY. (Love this bedskirt)
  • Shopbop: Good newness added to sale! (Really like how sleek this top is!)
  • The Outnet: Extra 40% off last-chance buys!
  • West Elm: 20% off bedroom furniture! Up to 40% off furniture, rugs and more. And up to 60% off sale!
  • Williams Sonoma: Get 20% off your order with code FALL!

Some Steals:

1. Tibi Gathered Flared Cotton-Poplin Top ($295 → $147) // 2. Rebecca Taylor Nouveau Eyelet Top ($350 → $199) // 3. Rag & Bone Margot Boot ($495 → $250)

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September 13, 2017

Its been one of those weeks where I can't believe its already the end of the day on Wednesday (thus, why this post is being published past when I had hoped!). After managing to frantically fit a workout in each day (thanks to Molly being the best babysitting auntie!), I get to the end of the day and truly don't know where the hours have gone. It could be adjusting to new normals...or this dreaded four month sleep regression that we're currently experiencing. We're just riding the wave at this point! (at least I've got seem decent vibes, right?)

1. SNEAKER SHOPPING // APL: I’ve always felt that if you wear your tennis shoes regularly, they have somewhat of a life-span to them and when that said life runs out, its time for a new pair. I purchased my beloved Adidas Pure Boost about a year ago and I think they are sadly reaching the end. At least for gym workouts. I think they would still be find for walking outdoors, but I’ve noticed the traction becoming worse and worse in my daily workouts as I slip around on the gym floor. Regular dog-walking around the neighborhood will eventually do that! APL, short for Athletic Propulsion Labs, is supposed to make some amazing tennis shoes that look pretty legit, too. The color choices are endless, so there’s literally something for everyone. Also, their new fall collection just debuted and it.is.good. The brand was founded by identical twin brothers, which, being two sisters, we can’t help but love. The brothers’ vision for APL was to create products symbolizing the ultimate intersection of design and performance. I would say they’ve done just that!

2. BAKING // AVOCADO CHOCOLATE BREAD: Truth be told (thought let’s be honest, I don’t keep this a secret), I have the biggest sweet tooth. I’m pretty sure I always have. But couple that with some sleep deprivation and the cravings have reached a whole new level. Ugh. I will say, that my Kombucha habit has helped curbed these cravings to some extent. But last night at 9:30 PM when we didn’t have a single morsel (not even a chocolate chip!) of chocolate in the house, I was devastated. Aside from Kombucha, I have found that a half (or sometimes a full, who am I kidding) of a Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup can be the answer to my craving prayers each night and I don’t feel too terrible about it. When I came across this recipe for avocado chocolate bread I was instantly intrigued. Chocolate! Bread! And avocado which is never a bad thing, right? Bonus points that the bread is actually gluten, grain, and dairy free. Going to put making this at the top of my weekend to-do list. Stay tuned!

3. HUNTING // PERFECT WHITE T-SHIRTS: Just this week I’ve come to the realization that I pretty much hate every single white t-shirt that I own. Which isn’t a great predicament to be in when you live in white tops/tees. Since these are a part of my every day uniform, replacing what I have is a must. And stat. When Molly and I ran into Rag and Bone the other day to try on some denim, we were both wearing dresses and needed a top to try on with so I grabbed us each a white crewneck tee. Lo and behold we both fell in love with the tees, which are ironically called “The Tee“. Aside from adding this guy, some less expensive versions I’ve had my eye on are from the Queen/King of basics, EverlaneThis and this look especially promising. Any other recommendations? Would love to hear them!

4. CLEANING // MURCHISON-HUME: I’ve mentioned time and time again how I became much more focused (obsessed), with bringing more natural products into our home and lives. This can be a pretty daunting task and I have admittedly spent way too many hours researching and fretting over everything. I am still trying to find that balance, which is tricky. Companies like Murchison-Hume are incredible because they take a lot of the guesswork out of it and also don’t send you down a black hole of Googling which is never good – for me at least. The company creates plant-based cleaning products using the cleanest, most effective, non-toxic ingredients. Oh, and the best part? They look pretty if you leave them sitting out – accidentally or on purpose!

5. STERILIZING // BABY BREZZA: With the occasional pumping that happens around here comes cleaning and sterilizing bottles and pump parts galore. I truly don’t know how moms who work full-time and pump from the office do it! Such admiration, seriously. The washing and sterilizing can get pretty annoying and often feels like the last thing I have time for. But then again, I know how important it is to do right. Especially with the CDC having just recently come out with new guidelines for cleaning pumping kits. I’m actually not sure how I survived before the Baby Brezza Bottle Sterilizercame into our lives. The sterilizer uses natural steam to kill 99.9% of germs in both bottles and pump parts in just 8 minutes. You are able to leave the bottles in the case and they will remain sterile for up to 24 hours, or until the lid is open. It also dries everything so that you don’t have to worry about killing the cleanliness factor by drying everything yourself. The best part is that it can fit any brand of bottle/pump part, so you don’t have to worry about it not working with what you already have. This guy has been a complete game changer in both getting everything sterilized but also easing my own anxieties in keeping everything clean and sterile!

6. READING // TORY B’S SOUTHAMPTON HOME: I remember yearssss ago when we were with friends in NYC and two friends who worked for Tory Burch at the time told us that Tory has all of her stores and homes/apartments “approved” by a Feng Shui expert. They told us that she had even pushed back an opening for one of her stores after the expert didn’t give it their seal of Feng Shui “approval”. To be honest, I know absolutely nothing about Feng Shui, so I could be describing all of this completely wrong, but regardless, this is the first thing that came to mind when I saw that Tory’s Southampton home had been published. The 15,00 square foot house was acquired by Burch in 2008 was completed over the course of 9 years with decorator Daniel Romualdez. In the time span it took to *mostly* complete the Southampton home, Tory and Romualdez worked on almost 200 (!) Tory Burch stores together. The home was a true labor of love! Click here to read more and see the photos.

7. LOVING // MAR x CLARE V COLLAB: It is true that I have somewhat of an obsession with jackets and coats. Living in San Francisco did nothing to help this habit as you wear some sort of jacket pretty much year round. Although we are nowhere near this kind of weather yet in Dallas, I had been wanting to get some sort of military-style situation for fall here. Its as if Marlien Rentmeester from Le Catch was reading my mind when she launched her Mar x Clare V. Marmy military jackets the other day. The jackets were launched and sold in the Clare V. Nolita store and online, but were such a hit that they sold out over night. Sadly, I missed out, which makes me want one that much more. Don’t you love how that happens? The good news is that Marlien has announced on her site that there are more Marmy jackets to come in the next few weeks. Now I just need to stalk her site so that I don’t miss them again! The real question is – to monogram or not to monogram? At first I was dead set on no monogram, but then I saw photos from the event, and now I’m not so sure. Kind of loving the lavender color against the army green!

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September 6, 2017

I had high hopes to publish this vibes last week but my move totally kicked it out of me. I mean, I'm a total beast so I killed it with the packing and unpacking - but it still took me a full week to feel completely organized and settled. It also only took Rosie (my almost one-year-old lab) a week of being outside her kennel while I was gone from my place to totally destroy one of my rugs. She's back in the kennel (sad face - I was really hoping the experiment would work in her favor) and there's duct tape on a very large and visible corner of my living room rug. At least it was from overstock.com. And at least all my wine is unpacked and there was a bottle chilling in the fridge. (keep reading for the vibes I'm really feeling and had fully intended to post last week!)

1. DENIMING // EVERLANE DENIM: Anytime Everlane does a new launch of goods I instantly perk up. So the fact that they’re launching denim, finally, has me jumping out of my seat like a lunatic. Maybe you’re all, “what’s the fuss?” Maybe you don’t know Everlane. They’ve based their whole business on “Radical Transparency.” That means they are beyond dedicated to showcasing the ethical factories where all their goods are made and explaining the costs associated with each piece. Everlane might be all about minimalism and no-brainer design but they sweat the small details in a big way. So, denim! After almost 6 years – they started with the humble t-shirt – Everlane fanatics finally get to shop ethically made and right-priced jeans. Three styles for women: the high-rise skinny, the mid-rise skinny, and the modern boyfriend. Men get two styles: the slim fit and the straight fit. All the pairs are $68(!!!!!!!!). But the price isn’t what makes this collection special (it’s just fair premium pricing) it’s the fact that Everlane found the cleanest factory in the world to make them – no leaching of toxic chemicals back into the ecosystem, no dumping contaminated water into the environment – and is using Japanese fabric that holds its shape and won’t bag out. As they put it, this is denim you can get behind. So get excited to shop it starting TOMORROW!

2. LIBERTY LOVING // ANTHRO COLLECTION: When it comes to prints and patterns, Liberty London is the OG (Mom, that means “original gangster” and yes, it’s a real term). The British brand is famous for their eclectic, detailed, bold, and bright prints and as such, they’re no stranger to a good collaboration. My fave example: J.Crew incorporating Liberty prints into their pieces season after season. And while it’s fairly easy to scoop up clothing and accessories that feature the iconic patterns, there has never been an opportunity to buy upholstered furniture with the fabric in the states…until now. Anthropologie has collaborated with Liberty to launch 40 pieces showcasing 18 of the brand’s heritage archival prints! What makes this collab truly special are the 12 pieces of furniture. I might not have the extra cash-flow to snag a pair of these chairs (the Strawberry Theif print is a fave of mine!) but I’m 100% going to get a couple of these little bowls, an oven mitt, maybeeeee a sheet set (for back-up, you know?), and while I definitely don’t need a shower curtain I just love this one so much.

3. DREAMING // BEYONCÉ’S $300 BOOK: If you’re wondering how to make lemonade, Beyoncé style (re: her multi-award winning album) then her collector’s edition box set is for you. The set – which comes with a 600 page hardcover coffee table book, double vinyl LP, and audio and visual album downloads – is made for a queen (like Queen Bey, get it?!) and also priced for one ($299.99). I guess the cost is associated with the “unprecedented insight into the making of multiple award-winning LEMONADE” and the fact that each tome is numbered? A fan can dream…

4. ORDERING // ASHLEY LONGSHORE’S BOOK: Ok, this book is actually affordable and maybe just as important. If you know artist Ashley Longshore, you know that she’s unapologetic about…everything. Her obsession with color, sparkle, pop-culture and pop-art, luxury, and yes, crass humor has made her larger-than-life pieces highly covetable. As an Ashley fan, I’m very excited to get my hands on a copy of “You Don’t Look Fat, You Look Crazy: An Unapologetic Guide to Being Ambitchous.” You read that right: ambitchous, not ambitious. Ashley’s guide has promised to be one packed with attitude and love of life – I for one could use a dose of her unabashed individualism and devil-may-care lifestyle. $16.60 on Amazon…add it to yo cart! P.S. if you live in Dallas, mark your calendar for Ashley’s pop-up shop at For Home Forty Five Ten. She and her larger-than-life personality will be in town September 15th and you know the Veuve will be flowing.

5. SERVING // PIZZA SET: I love to eat and my favorite cuisine, hands down, is pizza. I don’t discriminate between the cheap and easy (Dominoes), and upgraded pies (Dallas has a lot of great spots – I feel blessed). If you ask me what I want for dinner I’ll say “pizza” 99% of the time (even if I had it the night before and also for lunch). Maybe I’ll outgrow this devotion – though I hope not – but for now, I do cardio so I can indulge and make my heart and tummy happy. As such, when I came across the “any way you slice it” pizza cutter and server set on kate spade I got hearts for eyes. I thought, “someone should get me this for my birthday! I should get myself this like, tomorrow! How do I not already own this?!” Form and function and perfection. And now I’m starving for a pepperoni and jalapeño pie…

6. LISTENING // JON PARDI: I’m a big dork who loves listening to the radio and specifically the Country music stations. I’ve loved Country since forever, and living in Texas has just made me even more of a devotee. So many good songs this summer…“Ask Me How I Know” by Garth Brooks, “You Look Good” by Lady Antebellum, “Body Like a Backroad” by Sam Hunt, “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” by Old Dominion, “Hurricane” by Luke Combs…I could go on. But my FAVORITE listen on repeat, crank up the volume when it comes on, know all the words song is “Heartache on the Dance Floor” by Jon Pardi. I don’t know why but I’m living for this song. Listening to it now and feeling all kinds of happy.

7. SISTER MATCHING // THE COLLEGE SWEATSHIRT: Sally and I do this thing where we see something we both love and say, “sister ___?” (fill in the blank with item name). It’s our way of justifying a purchase, typically one that’s a splurge and unnecessary, and we deploy the practice in only the most important circumstances. Like, “how can we live without these?!” circumstances. For several years now – dating back to our summers home from college – we’ve been asking each other, “sister sweatshirts?” The question mark is essential. We have several sister sweatshirts. When Cabana (a very favorite Dallas boutique) posted this Instagram with sweatshirts from The Great – we both had the same idea. Sister. Sweatshirts. Specifically the ones with the small embroidered hearts. I don’t know why it’s taken us over a month to finally take the plunge and make these bad boys ours but all I can say is that it’s inevitable. We both keep bringing them up to each other – leaning towards the grey with navy hearts – and now that it’s under 90 degrees in Dallas, it’s just a matter of time before we need to wear them everyday. And match. Obvi. You don’t have to have a sister to match with to have one, too – find yours herehere, here, and here!

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August 23, 2017

​Ever since our trip to Kansas City which was almost two weeks ago but seems like it was mere days ago, I cannot keep track of which day of the week it is. Even though we got back a week ago, I still feel like I'm trying to get my bearings and get organized around here. Oh wait, maybe I just always feel like that. Ha. Aside from that, I am counting down the days until cooler weather when I can regularly wear jeans. It always seems like this time of year I am desperate to be able to wear jeans without feeling like they are sweating off of my body. Anyone else? Read on for this weeks vibes! And please, please, please be sure to enter to win The Great Giveaway and donate to the #whatwouldyougive campaign and our team. (vibes, vibes, vibes - right this way)

1. DRINKING // HOLY KOMBUCHA: Before we moved to San Francisco from Dallas, my friend has gotten me hooked on the Holy Kombucha on tap at the Juice Bar in Dallas. Sadly, I was unable to find that particular brand of Kombucha sold anywhere in SF and was too nervous to try anything else (I’m weird, I know), so I sort of fell off of the Kombucha bandwagon. Now that we’re living in Dallas again and I can find my favorite Holy Kombucha in the Green Apple Ginger flavor at Central Market, Royal Blue, and a bunch of other places, I’m once again obsessed. In fact, I have taken to drinking one a day. I am convinced that I can tell a difference when I don’t drink them and have come to crave them. Neither of which are a bad thing since Kombucha is so good for you! I also swear that it helps with sweet cravings – even better. If you are able to find it, try Holy Kombucha’s Green Apple Ginger – it’s the best. I only wish that I could order the stuff in bulk online and have it shipped to my house! ​

2. NEEDING // VELVET SWEATSUIT: Raise your hand if you had and loved a Juicy velour sweatsuit. Guilty. In fact, I still own my black velour sweatpants and consider them one of my favorite articles of cozy clothing in my closet. I even wore them up to the hospital when I went into labor ​- ​they are that much of a comfort item! With as much as I love sweats, a pair that looks “presentable” enough to wear out of the house would be ideal! Even if it’s just to run out and grab coffee. In a few months, mind you, as it is hotter than hot at the moment. When I came across AMO’s velvet sweatsuit (matching sweatshirt here) ​on their Instagram account I had alllll the heart eyes. A grown up version of one of my favorite pieces of clothing from my teenage years? Count. Me. In. Plus, there is nothing cozier than velvet. Am I right?

3. BURNING // OVEROSE: Since having a babe in the house, I have become extra sensitive to having “fragrances” around. I rarely wear perfume because I feel like it just seems too strong when I’m constantly holding baby H and I worry about the strong fragrances to some of our candles. But, these candles are necessary because #dogssmell. Overose is a luxury French perfume house founded just last year. I, admittedly, was initially drawn to the pretty pink packaging – specifically the custom made pink-colored wax. Even better than its appearance though, is the Overose candle’s makeup. The company “believes that improving environmental and health conditions requires a high-performance sourcing sourcing policy and an increase in the use of organic and natural oils”. Therefore, each candle is made up of raw materials of natural origins and natural essential oils. This sounds like just the answer to my pretty candle, safer alternative to fragrances, dogs that constantly seem to stink – prayers. I only wish that I could smell them in person first! You can also find them at The Stell online!

4. PRE-ORDERING // DONALD: It’s been awhile since I’ve added a coffee table book to our collection, but Assouline’s newest (not even out yet!) “Donald” definitely needs to make its way to our bookshelves. I can’t help but love Donald Robertson aka “Drawbertson” and his entire aesthetic/being. If you’re not already following him on Instagram, do yourself a favor and add him to your list. His feed is a combination of his seemingly hysterical family mixed with his playful artwork ​and it just gets me every time. How fun would it be to call Donald your dad?! “Donald The Book” features the best of Robertson’s artwork as well as original work that was created especially for the book – making it a true collector’s item.

5. WANTING // RODIN LIPSTICK: The other week my husband and I were visiting Sid and Ann Mashburn and I made my way over to the women’s section to pick up some shorts. While checking out, I was playing around with their pretty Rodin lipsticks and found my new favorite lip color​ “So Mod” – housed in an irresistible pretty see-through case. Rodin’s “So Mod” smells amazing, is a nice creamy consistency, and the color is the perfect nude/rosy pink color. I also appreciate that its a natural product since we inevitably end up swallowing so much of what we put on our lips.

6. INCORPORATING // FOODS FOR PRODUCTIVITY: With a baby at home, the time I have to spend on eating or meals in general has significantly lessened. Unless it’s dinner with my husband, I generally don’t sit down to eat anymore. So it’s all about ease while also getting good proteins that I know will fill me up more. I found this article on foods for productivity fascinating. Don’t we all want to be more productive?! Luckily, the foods listed in th​e​ article aren’t anything crazy and are super easy to incorporate into your diet pretty regularly. In fact, some of them I already have been eating daily. The one thing I always tell myself I’m going to eat with my scrambled eggs in the morning but then never do is avocados. We buy them and they just sit there. Something about the task of slicing them and then attempting to keep the other half from going brown becomes the last thing I want to do. Clearly I need to get over this and just make it happen.

7. LOVING // RRR GIFT SETS: I admittedly have an obsessive love for Roberta Roller Rabbit and their 100% Pima cotton Jammies. For both babies and myself! Molly and I have mentioned how their onesies and pjs are a go-to gift for us to gift to friends with little ones. Their darling prints are hard to resist! Recently, Roberta Roller Rabbit came out with an adorable, gender-neutral duck print that they are selling in various gift sets. Genius, right? They have completely taken the guesswork out of picking out a thoughtful gift for a new mom/baby. The “First Day” set is both practical and sweet. Every new baby needs lots of gowns (much easier diaper changes!) and every new mom needs a comfy robe to wear in both the hospital and at home. Plus, there’s nothing more fun than matching. ​Equally as sweet is the “Bundle of Joy” set that has all the things for a new babe.​

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The Great Giveaway

August 15, 2017

The Great Giveaway. Donations from 18 brands. 1 grand prize with a total value of up to $6,965. 1 winner. And all you have to do to enter is submit your email.

Do we have your attention? We hope so! The Great Giveaway is much more than just an incredible grand prize - it's a giveaway meant to inspire giving. Sally and I feel extremely passionate about supporting ALS and the charitable organizations that help fund research for the disease. This year we have created a fundraising team with #whatwouldyougive - a national campaign that builds awareness for ALS and helps raise funds for desperately needed research. Our desire to help the thousands of people afflicted with ALS runs so deep that we want to do MORE than just spread the word about donating to #whatwouldyougive...we want to leverage our readership and social media following by encouraging people to contribute and donate along side us.

What we know is that no matter how worthy the cause, getting people to donate by begging or “just because” isn’t enough. Our hope is that in telling you about our friend Sarah Coglianese and giving you the chance to win The Great Giveaway will be enough to inspire you to be generous - to donate to a severely underfunded cause that can change the lives of those diagnosed and living with the horrific disease that is ALS.

 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. And while every case is different, the disease attacks certain cells in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep our muscles moving. As the disease progresses, muscles become paralyzed. People with the disease often lose the ability to walk, move their arms, use their hands, speak, and so much more.

Here’s what you need to know about the lovely Sarah Coglianese: Sally met Sarah almost exactly two years ago when her daughter Scarlett was in Sally’s class in San Francisco. At that point Sarah had been living with ALS for three years – since Scarlett was just under two years old. As her daughter was learning to walk, Sarah was losing that very same ability…at the age of 33. Fast forward to 2017, Sarah has now been living with the disease for 5+ years; and with an average life expectancy of just 2-5 years for most ALS patients, Sarah has already beaten the odds. And she continues to do so as she courageously fights the disease that has taken so much from her and her family. This video shares even more of Sarah’s story.

Since meeting Scarlett and Sarah, Sally has been amazed and inspired by their strength, positivity, and the incredible empathy she witnessed in Scarlett each day in the classroom. We have both been following Sarah’s journey through her blog Speed 4 Sarah and as the #whatwouldyougive challenge and fundraiser was approaching, we knew that we wanted to use this blog to help, however we could.

Every 90 minutes another person is diagnosed with ALS. The good news is that the ALS Therapy Development Institute (TDI) is getting SO MUCH CLOSER to developing drugs that can end ALS or at the very least, slow down the progression of the muscular deterioration and extend the lives of those diagnosed.  ALS is not an incurable disease. It is an underfunded one.

Our initial thought was to run a giveaway where an entry would only count with a donation to #whatwouldyougive. After working with a great legal team on the logistics and laws surrounding sweepstakes, we’ve determined that this wouldn’t be an option. Because we are not a nonproffitt organization, having monetary donations count towards a giveaway entry is considered a raffle or lottery – both of which are illegal in Texas (and several other states). Learning this news was a bummer. We worried that our main goal of securing donations for ALS wasn’t going to be possible with a giveaway. But we believe in the goodness of people – in the generosity of others. We hope that in sharing Sarah’s story and our passion for ALS funding, along with giving you the opportunity to win The Great Giveaway, is enough incentive to ask you to please (please, please, please) make a donation to #whatwouldyougive.

While a donation will not increase your chances of winning (entry for The Great Giveaway will only be counted by entering your email in the Rafflecopter widget below) it will make a difference. Give a little, or give a lot. Maybe donate what you spend on your morning coffee, or your daily lunch. Maybe contribute the same amount you spent on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank. Enter to win The Great Giveaway – cross your fingers and your toes and tell all your friends to enter – then donate right here and we’ll be your best friends for life. It might be the quickest online transition you’ve done in a while and we guarantee you’ll feel amazing afterwards. We will also be matching our personal fundraising group’s final dollar amount of donations up to $2,500. So make sure you’re donating to our team page.

The Great Giveaway would be NOTHING without the support of some of our most beloved friends. Their generous, thoughtful, and loving donations have us speechless. And together, they make for one seriously incredibly grand prize. Listed alphabetically:

Giveaway starts today (August 15, 2017) and ends in one month (September 15, 2017). The winner will be selected at random and contacted on September 16, 2017. Entries are only valid via the Rafflecopter widget below. Must live in the United States to win. Spread the word. Be generous. And GOOD LUCK!

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