Breast Cancer Awareness: How You Can Help

Can you believe it’s already October?! We are excited for some sweater weather to hit us here in Texas, but even more excited to help support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

As you are probably well aware of, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The popular ‘pink month’ was created back in the 1980s in order to promote education about breast cancer prevention and issues, as well as raise funds for research. Nowadays, a lot of organizations are helping to promote the cause such as the NFL who wear pink accessories all month long and special pink jerseys for some of their October games.

Spreading the word about the cause and donating to popular organizations like the American Cancer Society or the Susan G Komen Foundation are definitely two great ways to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month but there is so much more you can personally do to support those who are battling cancer, especially your family and friends.

How to Help Someone Who is Battling Cancer

Whether your friend is in the hospital battling cancer, or in an outpatient setting, there are ways for you to offer help, encouragement and support. Studies have shown that those who are battling cancer need the support of their friends and family. You may not think there is much that you can do for them, but that’s usually not the case. The question is, where to start?

For some of us, it’s hard to find ways to help when someone is battling a life-threatening disease. Flowers probably won’t do any good, a home cooked meal might be nice but what is something truly significant that would help? Friends and family of those battling cancer often feel helpless, like there’s nothing they can do that would make an impact when in fact, there are ways to help. The American Cancer Society provides a whole printable PDF booklet ideas on “How to Be a Friend to Someone with Cancer” and one of the first places they suggest to start is to talk with your friends; Learning the process of treatment and about the changes your friend is (or will be) going through will help you adjust your efforts to what they may need most.

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As I was reading through this lengthy list of helpful hints, I started thinking of my personal experiences and noticed a few of these tips that would come in handy for me. Below are a few that really stood out to me:

  • Send brief and frequent notes. Just something to let them know you are always thinking about them.
  • Speak to the family to find out ways you can help. They will probably be the best resource to tell you what your friend needs.
  • Spend time with your friend. Bring a puzzle, crossword or activity for you to do together, or even to do alone if your friend doesn’t have the energy to participate. You can watch their favorite show or movie as well.
  • Support your friend’s feelings. Let them be negative or withdrawn; don’t try to preach to them about being strong and urging them to fight the disease.
  • Surprise your friend with small gifts. Think of things that would be useful, creative, and fun.

Cancer Awareness

Another way we can help fight this far too common disease is by educating ourselves and others! The world has made strides in the studies, awareness and prevention of cancer. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to know exactly why one person develops cancer and another doesn’t, but studies have shown some common risk factors and preventative measures that we can all try to apply. is a wonderful resource for learning about cancer prevention and risk factors. They explain that when scientists are looking into preventing new cancers from starting, they look at risk factors and protective factors. “Anything that increases your chance of developing cancer is called a cancer risk factor; anything that decreases your chance of developing cancer is called a cancer protective factor.”

Risk Factors for Cancer

As stated above, risk factors are anything that increases your chances of developing the disease. As of yet, there is no sure-fire way to prevent cancer but more studies are starting to show some variables that can aid in cancer prevention. Particular risk factors can be avoided but many cannot. For example, use of tobacco can be avoided but inheriting certain genes cannot.

Most cancer risk factors are initially identified in the epidemiology studies. In these studies, scientists look at large groups of people and try to identify the similarities between those who develop cancer and those who don’t. These studies cannot prove that a behavior or substance is definitely a favorite in the development of cancer but it’s a good place to start. Some of the most-studied and most comment suspected risk factors of cancer are:

  • Tobacco
  • Age
  • Diet
  • Hormones
  • Alcohol
  • Obesity
  • Sunlight

Cancer Prevention

Cancer prevention is actions to take that lower the chance of developing cancer. Many factors – like our genes, lifestyle and our environment can increase or decrease the risk of getting cancer. The more studies that are done on this disease, the more information we have to work with and take preventative measures on.

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Specific to Breast Cancer Prevention

Sadly, breast cancer is very common; more than 3 million US cases surface every year which means we need to be taking more preventative measures! We are tired of losing loved ones to this disease – especially since more preventative measures are being discovered. Lifestyle factors like staying physically active and limiting alcohol consumption are some of the most common and well-known ways to help prevent cancer. Other factors that you should think about and take into consideration as suggested from Mayo Clinic are:

  • Smoking. Accumulating evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer, particularly in premenopausal women. Not to mention that not smoking is a great overall positive health choice.
  • Breast-feeding. A lot of mothers want to breastfeed for as long as possible (whether for emotional or health reasons) and it may be doubly beneficial since it may play a role in breast cancer prevention; the longer you breastfeed, the greater the protective effect.
  • Controlling your weight. Being overweight or obese shows to increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Being physically active. This mostly ties into the idea of controlling your weight. Being physically fit and at a healthy weight can lower your risk of breast cancer. 150 minutes a week of moderate activity is recommended.

By following these guidelines for cancer prevention, it is one way we can help lower the cases of cancer and decrease the deaths caused by this disease.

Let’s Stamp Out Cancer!

Join us as we help fight this disease! Through the entire month of October, 20% of the purchase of any cancer related product will be donated to the organization of your choice. Designated items are marked with an asterisk and can be shopped by visiting our site here.

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Our line of cancer survivor jewelry is a meaningful way to support someone who is battling or has battled ovarian cancer, breast cancer or any other horrible disease. You can create a customized piece of cancer survivor jewelry that will help you, or someone you love, realize life is worth fighting for. Let’s unite and stamp out cancer together!

The Perfect Gift for a New Mom

Can you recall a time when you received the perfect gift?

A mother always remembers the day their child was born. The special feeling a mother has bringing a new life into this world is priceless.

Special days like this are shared between family and friends. I, for one, have many best friends that have given birth to their first bundle of joy within the last year. When I go to visit them at the hospital and meet that new precious baby, I am blown away by all the gifts that a new mother receives. Many of these gifts are so special, beautiful and unique that it made me feel like my bouquet of sunflowers (my typical go-to gift for new mothers) was overshadowed and maybe even a little ignored.

Then one day it hit me – *poof!* The perfect gift for any new mom should be personal and sentimental. For the next hospital visit, I tried to be a little more prepared: I ditched the sunflowers, called my friend’s mom to find out her newborn’s name, and ordered a custom bracelet for the new mother. When I delivered the custom bangle, it had the newborn’s name stamped right on it. I didn’t wrap it, I just greeted my friend at the hospital and chatted for a bit, then slipped the hand-stamped bracelet on her wrist. Her reaction was more than I could have ever expected. Her eyes got wide and she started to tear up. It was so sweet and I’m glad that my personalized bracelet was one that would mean so much to her.

Personalized Bracelets and Bangles for Her

From that moment forward, I realized I had cracked the code for the perfect gift for new mothers. Now for every baby shower, every push present and visit to a hospital, I bring along with me a customized piece of jewelry with the newborn child’s name on it – and they all LOVE IT! These ladies never take this jewelry off. Every time I see them, they smile and show me that they are still wearing that bangle, necklace, or ring with their little baby’s name stamped onto it.

Plus, don’t forget the new moms who have brought a child into their family’s home by adoption! Oftentimes, these moms can get overlooked but never should be! Having a child, whether by birth or adoption, is still a life changing milestone in any woman’s life. I have a friend who just did adopt; they had a very fun adoption party and that sweet Mom loved every minute that people took the time to share in their new bundle of joy! A hand stamped personalized double ring would have truly been the most perfect gift for her!

Picking a Unique Gift for a New Mom

I have talked about this a few times with some of my girlfriends, and many of them have difficulty with trying to find the perfect gift for a new mother. It can be such a grueling process and at some point, we have all been in a position where we are searching for that treasured gift for a new mom. When in this situation, people tend to think about gifts they have gotten themselves, or those we have seen others receive. And most gifts are typically items that we still cherish today. Yes, beautiful and fragrant flowers are much appreciated, but they have become the standard present for most any occasion. Celebrating someone you care about as she enters into a new stage of her life, deserves something special. The perfect gift for a new mom is one that forever links the mother to the new baby for all of time! What better way to do that than with a personalized item that can become a family heirloom in the future!

So with that in mind, I have put together a few ideas to help all those out there who are searching for that perfect present for any new mother. Hopefully some of these ideas will help you give the gift that is forever cherished to that new mother in your life.

Perfect Gifts for New Mothers

The easiest and most elegant gifts to give that new mother in your life is a personalized Mother’s Stamped Tag Charm Necklace. Typically, I tend to get the newborn’s name stamped into the charm, but lately I have been adding a birthstone to the charm for a little extra sparkle. For my really close friends I might even add a second charm to the necklace with the birth year on it, like you can see in the Established Family Charm Necklaces.

Personalized hand stamped necklace

My next go-to gift for new moms is a personalized bangle bracelet with the newborn’s name stamped on it. Some of my favorites are from the Family Bracelet Collection because I am able to not only get the newborn’s name stamped on the bracelet, but I can also add the mother’s name and even the birth year stamped on the inside of the bracelet. I find that this bracelet costs about just as much as a bouquet of nice flowers – except the bracelet lasts forever!

Personalized name bracelet.

Finally, for those very special friends, I tend to splurge a little more and get them a double ring with their name and their baby’s name stamped. It’s called the Mother Daughter Ring and it is always a big hit. The hardest part about giving this gift is having to find out my friends ring size without spoiling the surprise. To pull this off, I typically pull in the help of the baby’s father. Most husbands know their wife’s ring size, and if they are not married yet, it is always a secret nudge to get the boyfriend to find out the ring size just in case he might want to make it official – *wink wink*

Nelle and Lizzy personalized double ring for mother and daughter.

What better way to commemorate the special time of becoming a new mom than to be given an exquisite bracelet, ring or charm that is personalized with their precious baby’s name? Especially with more and more unique names being given every year, a personalized present may be hard to find but with the Nelle and Lizzy, you’ll be able to give an item that is perfectly tailor-made!

Blessed Heart Necklace

117329My dear friend’s house was robbed and what broke her heart most was her stolen jewelry. Her family lives on one income and she has always put her needs last. This necklace will not only replace some of her stolen jewelry, but remind her what a blessing she is to her husband and three children. Thank you!” – Josephine R.

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Blessed Family Bracelet

117028“My friend’s daughter had her first baby, after years of infertility. Josie was born with a severe heart defect and will be undergoing surgery. I chose the 3 hearts to symbolize their family…and the heart itself…love, strength, faith, hope…blessed was the word chosen because God had chosen them to be the parents of this beautiful little girl.” – Mary Ann B.

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Best Friend Bangles

117195“I am purchasing the two bangle bracelets with the stamp: EST. 1974 for myself and my very best friend. We met each other when we were 10 years old in a school yard in Sept. 1974. So I guess you can say that I am giving us this beautiful gift for a 40th anniversary.” – Lisa F.
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Friendship Day is Aug 3rd!

friend ringsFriendship Day is Aug 3rd, and what would we do without our friends? I mean really! Celebrate your friendship with a little reminder ring to wear even when you’re apart.

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In Memory

116462“This ring is for my best friend. Cooper is her 4 year old son and Lee was born an angel at 22 weeks old. She is going through a really tough time right now and I thought this would be the perfect gift to help her remember she is a wonderful mother. I have a double ring with my kids names and I love it, I wear it everyday.” – L Hicks