2017 Walk to Answer TTP Together

I have finally recovered from the emotional roller coaster that I experience every year around this time, specifically, Mother’s Day through September. Four years ago, I lost my mom (who I affectionately refer to as “Joanie”) to a short battle with Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (aka “TTP”). She went to the hospital right after Mother’s Day and never came back home. TTP is a rare blood disorder that is considered a true medical emergency. TTP is diagnosed at a rate of 3-4 in 1 million people per year. Potentially fatal complications can result from internal blood clotting with damage to critical organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys. On August 18th, I celebrated Joanie’s birthday with my colleagues by sponsoring my 2nd Annual Jeans Day for TTP Awareness. It was a huge success thanks to all who donated. It’s an amazing feeling to be supported by so many. All of the money raised during jeans day was donated to Team Walking for Joan for the Answering TTP Foundation’s 2017 Walk to Answer TTP Together. This year’s team was just me, my dad and my boys, Nico and Ivey. It was perfect. We found a trail near our new neighborhood in Germantown. Next year, I will have t-shirts made for the boys. I totally dropped the ball.

We exceeded our fundraising goal and completed our ongoing mission to raise TTP awareness and honor our beloved Joanie. For more information on TTP, visit answeringttp.org.

Shop Labor Day Sales + Get Cash Back with Ebates!

Hi, my name is Staci Rutherford and I’m addicted to Ebates. Seriously, I’m a huge fan of Ebates because I can shop at some of my favorite stores while getting cash back! When you sign up for email notifications (which I highly recommend), you get the latest info on hot deals, in-store cash back, and double cash back offers. I have my favorite stores saved to my dashboard so I can easily spot what specials to jump on. Labor Day sales are happening now, so here’s how to get started shopping with Ebates:

  1. Sign up {here} – it’s FREE (no hidden fees and no strings attached).
  2. Look up your favorite stores on Ebates (there are thousands!).
  3. Start shopping!  Ebates will tell you the percentage of cash back you will receive from your purchase based on the store.
  4. You will receive a “big fat check” every three months.
  5. Share Ebates with all of your friends and receive a “tell-a-friend” bonus (more cash back!) 

The weekly emails from Ebates summarize which stores are having sales, online coupons or double cash back, which is the perfect excuse to do a little shopping on your lunch break, right? Before I buy anything online, I always check Ebates first so I can make money while spending money.  You’ll thank me after you receive your first check!

Note:  This is not a paid advertisement.  I am a loyal Ebates customer.  I will receive a referral bonus once you sign up through my link and make your first purchase.

Designer Deal: Louis Vuitton White Multicolor Pochette

Doesn’t this bag just scream “I’M READY FOR SUMMER!” I have always loved the Louis Vuitton White Multicolor collection so I nearly gagged when I saw this fab find at Jill’s Consignment. The pochette is super cute and perfect for carrying the essentials. It has never been carried and comes with dust cover. Price: $395.00.