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Wear Red for Women OOTD LinkUp

Hello friends and welcome to the 2015 “Wear Red for Women” OOTD LinkUp. 

Go Red for Women Linkup

Robin and I have been excited all week in anticipation of this day, not only because it brings awareness to women and heart disease, but also because it is our first linkup!


We started the week with Good for the Soul Soulfood recipes and ways in which to eat healthier, lowering sodium and cutting back on red meat.  The alarming statistics explains why it is so very important to be heart healthy, so today we’re celebrating each other by wearing red and taking the pledge to keep ours healthy all year long.  

Please show your support by linking up with us and show off your fabulosity in a cute little RED DRESS, skirt, pants or even a pair of shorts and sandals!

Please note that all entries will also be posted to my Go Red for Women Pinterest board.

Little Red Dress purchased from Ross


This little red dress was purchased at Ross and the Jessica Simpson peep-toe pumps were from Charmingly Linda’s Consignment Shop in West Chester, PA.

Jessica Simpson peep-toe pumps

GO RED FOR WOMEN 010 New Year ~ New You


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Heart Healthy Begins with an A B C Smoothie


Heart Healthy Begins with an A B C ~ Smoothie!


*Women are strong. We are smart. We solve problems. Women can do anything men can do. And, there are some things we’re even better at – dying of heart disease and stroke. Like breaking barriers? Go Red! And help break the one against heart disease.

It’s not just a man’s disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. But we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

When it comes to beating heart disease and stroke, change can be the cure. Make a change at

Go Red For Women is about much more than wearing red on National Wear Red Day. It’s about making a change.”
Staying heart healthy can begin with eating these 3 things everyday.




avocados Avocados  – fats account for around three quarters of the calorie count of an avocado. Most of it is monounsaturated fat, in the form of oleic acid. Monounsaturated fat is considered to be a “good fat” which reduces levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease.



Bananas are a great source of vitamin B6. According to the American Heart Association, B vitamins help break down homocysteine—an amino acid that at high levels is related to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.


Carrots are a very good source of both antioxidant alpha and beta carotene, which are converted in the body to retinol (vitamin A), good for skin, lungs, immune system and heart health.

Salads and smoothies are great ways in which to include heart healthy ingredients into your daily diet.  If you don’t like “green” smoothies why not try an ABC Smoothie using ALMOND MILK, BANANAS AND CARROTS.

Smoothie made with Almond milk, banana and carrots


What is your favorite way to make a smoothie?

I’m getting so excited, and can’t wait to see you at Friday’s link party with me and the lovely Robin @robincharmagne as you show us your “Wear Red for Women” OOTD (outfit of the day).



Smoothie made with Almond milk, banana and carrots


A Woman’s Heart

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday 

Did you know that heart disease is the biggest killer of women, more than breast, ovarian and cervical cancer combined.  The scariest thing about heart disease for women is that over 64% of them who die suddenly of a heart attack had no previous symptoms. 

heart disease

Heart disease is caused by plaque in the blood vessels which was once very hard to detect.  This plaque clogs the arteries and makes the heart a ticking time bomb.  Now a new breakthrough discovered by a cardiologists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has made detection easier. 

heart attack symptoms In women not all heart attacks look like that of a man clutching his chest in pain.  For women the warning signs are more subtle and may be confused as being menopausal symptoms, but they should not be ignored:

  • Sweating – excessively drenched in perspiration
  • Nausea or Dizziness – you may vomit or feel like you want to pass out
  • Breathlessness – 58% of women report panting or inability to carry on a conversation
  • Sleeplessness – in the month before a heart attack, 50% report having trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety – a sense of doom or fear, your body is telling you something, trust those instincts

Paying attention to these signs and getting proper medical care can be the difference between life and death, so please make an appointment to see your physician.

Go Red for Women” and protect your heart by living healthy:

  • Quit Smoking
  • Consistent Exercise
  • Manage Stress
  • Eat Healthy
  • Take the heart healthy checkup (here) to stay healthy for yourself and for your loved ones!

Stay Heart Healthy!

Fight Heart Disease in Women – Go Red For WomenIt’s time to take a stand against heart disease in women. Join Go Red For Women to come together and fight the No. 1 killer of women – heart disease.

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I am truly thankful for being an ex-smoker, for my wonderful family, friends and of course my faith.  

I am also over-the-top thrilled and thankful for having my post published on the Parade Magazine website.  If you didn’t get a chance to read it (click here).

Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?

Please share, then come cover to Katherine’ s Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!


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Know your Risks ~ Live Healthy ~ Get Involved ~ Share Your Story

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  Wear Your Red and Post Your Pictures (here

Use the hashtag #GoRedChallenge on Twitter or Instagram  

As an ex-smoker since 2009, I would appreciate if you would VOTE on my submission (click here) – Thank you! 



































Go Red for Women

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!