April 24, 2014

Pay it Forward - It's About Love

April 24, 2014
Selflessness is the sincere concern for the well being of others. It’s about love. It’s about compassion. It’s about kindness and faith. It’s about making a difference in the world. It's about paying it forward, and lending a helping hand when you are in the position to do so. Whether it's paying for the person behind you in line or finding a family to sponsor during the holidays, nothing feels better than giving.

And so seeing that today is "Pay it Forward" day I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you about someone who is near and dear to my heart. Someone who himself has given to many people in his lifetime. The person I am talking about is my Uncle Darrell. My uncle has been diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma and it has advanced to Stage 4. He has been getting treatments at Mayo Clinic since last Fall. But unfortunately, the treatments there did not work and because this type of Cancer is so rare, he is now in treatment at the Moffit Research Hospital in Tampa, Florida. We are praying with all of our heart that the treatments at Moffit will be answer to our prayers. 

Let me tell you a little about my uncle Darrell... He and my Aunt Robin have been married for 24 years. Robin and Darrell have raised a family of three children and the youngest is graduating high school in about a month. Darrell has always been the kind of dad that was always there for his family and was there for other people's children as well. 

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He was Vice President of little league for many years and he coached football and baseball for 18 years. Then when his son Chad was a junior and senior in high school they coached Pop Warner football together. Darrell given a lot of his time and heart to the children of Jacksonville Beach. 

In addition, Darrell has always thrived on working hard for his family also. But, it hasn't always been easy. Just a couple of weeks ago he had to quit working. A very hard but, necessary decision that he and his doctors made. He will be traveling to Tampa from Jacksonville weekly for treatments. Now without work and waiting for disability to kick in they have financial stress on top of an already stressful time. They have medical bills from Mayo Clinic that have been adding up since last year and now there are travel and medical bills from this year and much more to come. Not to mention normal monthly bills. 

We are hoping that these treatments will extend his life for a lot of years and the program that he is in at Moffit will soon find a great treatment for others with this type of cancer. And so if you're sitting there asking yourself today how you might pay it forward and make a huge difference in someone else's life... I'd like to invite you to join me in donating as I am asking everyone I know to please consider helping a wonderful person that has always been so kind and so generous to others. My goal is to help to give their family one less stress to worry about and I'm asking you all to join me!

Thank you so much for your generosity and prayers. I know that he would be so grateful for even the smallest of donations. Every single dollar helps and it is truly appreciated. To make a donation, please visit: GiveForward -Thank you so much. Paying it forward is truly a beautiful thing - Chrissy

* PS. For all wedding pros who donate $100 or more to this cancer fund, we will gift you a one month banner advertisement on our sidebar. Please contact me at chrissy@theperfectpalette.com for details.

April 23, 2014

Registry Must-Haves | Macy's

April 23, 2014
It's my eleventh post in this series that I've been working on with my friends over at Macy's! Want to know what items that I have deemed total must-haves? Having a hard time setting up your registry and don't know where to turn for help? Well, look no further, friends because I'm here to lend a hand!

Now, some of these items have admittedly been more glamorous than others. But the truth is that a lot of the stuff that you're going to need when you start your new life together are things that are simply daily essentials. Like cookware, for instance!
I couldn't go without mentioning my love for the All-Clad Stainless Steel 7" & 9" French Skillet Set. These are seriously two of my go-to's! I personally love that the "stay cool" handles actually stay cool during use which has always been a huge issue for me with other cookware. And these sizes? Totally perfect for small meals, which I love!

This is basically a no-brainer, guys. It's the kind of cookware that will last for years to come! Want to know where you can get your hands on a skillet set just like this? Well, lucky for you, you can easily add this skillet set your registry at Macy's! Don't have registry set up quite yet? Just follow {this link} and in no time you'll be on your way to making your own wedding wish-list!

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