Today I got up for day 4 of my plank challenge and it was easier to get to 60 seconds than yesterday. I said in my last post that my dear friend Savannah has decided to join me in this, and since yesterday a lot more of my wonderful friends have let me know that they have decided to jump in too! A lot of 30-day challenges expect you to add more each day, so by the end, you are really investing a lot of time, but this one is simpler. 60 seconds is the minimum total. You can do it all at once or you can break it into smaller increments, and of course you can do more, but so long as you hit 60 seconds for the day you are golden.

I did my 60 all at once today. Yesterday I did both the morning and evening. I’m feeling pretty great.

Today I have two exciting announcements! First, inspired by one of the other blogs I follow (check her out here), I decided to launch a facebook page! Please follow me there for additional content and links! I’ll be posting my posts there going forward, and I’ll also be reposting some older material as well from time to time. (Don’t worry, I’m not going to blow up your notifications posting every single thing I’ve ever written there all in one day.)

Announcement number two is that I have registered for the 2016 Tunnel to Towers 5K! This race benefits our 9/11 first responders as well as other worthy initiatives for children and orphans. It’s a great cause and a really cool concept. From their website:

“The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Series was created to honor the heroic life and death of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.”

You can donate or register here.

My mom and dad have also signed up to run this race, so looks like I need to clean up my kitchen since I will be having house guests soon!

photo credit: Nancy McCall

As always, here is some information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Your donations are appreciated! Please donate to this wonderful cause here!



Donations make a difference

Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50

These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.

Wagon: $70

Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.

Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75

St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.

Creative Toys: $100

Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.

Delicious Meals: $210

St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.

One Day of Oxygen: $447

Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.

Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700

These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.

Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average

For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.



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