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Headbands of Hope + a Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday! This week is quickly passing by thanks to Monday’s holiday.

Before I tell you all about today’s fantastic giveaway, I wanted to show you my fall decorations thus far! Adam might just have my neck if I make one more trip to Hobby Lobby before Christmas, so I’m prioritizing my budget and am anxiously awaiting my Christmas decor shopping spree! Our house already feels fall-ish year ’round, and one of our friends even said it feels like a cabin in the woods. Winning! So, I wanted to just add a few little pieces here and there that I can carry over for future fall seasons.

Hobby Lobby has tons of cute owls right now. I didn’t think I was an owl person, but they really are the perfect hint of “fall.”

I focused on the owl, so you can’t really tell, but that white pumpkin in front and the pumpkin on the right with the little black crow are so cute!! I would love to have a whole display of white pumpkins…maybe one day!

I bought a box of these sparkly and painted pumpkins, acorns, pine cones, and mini squash and am now thinking how easy it would be to DIY. I already have a stash of pinecones in the backyard that I’m hoping to spray paint silver and gold for Christmas vases ๐Ÿ™‚

Neither of these is fall, but over the weekend I put together a little gift for our friend’s baby, my father in law taught me how to make banana nut bread, and the flowers on the right are fresh from the farmer’s market. The gift was super simple…burp cloths, wipes, bread,ย and a card ๐Ÿ™‚

Headbands of Hope

When Marissa of Barefoot Colorado contacted me and told me about how she’s a campus rep for a cute headband organization that raises money for childhood cancer, I couldn’t wait to hear more!

Headbands of Hope was started by Jessica Ekstrom while she was in college. She had interned for the Make a Wish Foundation and was so moved, that she decided to find a way to make a difference, and headbands seemed like the perfect way!

“One day, I was pulling my hair back in a ponytail and thought about the hundreds of girls I encountered that lose their hair to cancer. I saw how much losing their hair had an impact on their self-esteem and confidence level.โ€จโ€จโ€จ I thought about the thousands of girls around the world losing their hair to chemotherapy. Being a young girl presents many struggles with self-esteem already and losing their hair as a result of a life-threatening illness is traumatic. Not only do they have to face the risk of losing their lives, they feel that they lose a part of their feminine identity. Therefore I started Headbands of Hope! For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research…”

I don’t know about you, but this really got me thinking how much I take for granted on a day-to-day basis. My hair really is so important to me, and just like any other girl will go to great lengths to insure its pristine condition. Myย hair makes me feel pretty. It makes me feel like me.ย I throw it up in buns, braids, pony-tails, and slap on a headband all the time without even thinking twice. And on days when I’m having a “bad hair day,” it’s just about the worst thing in the world. But the thought of losing my hair? That just about puts me into a tail-spin. I couldn’t even imagine that process. I couldn’t imagine how I would feel. This is why I think this organization is so fantastic! ย Jessica is providing a way for girls who have lost their hair to feel pretty, to feel confident, and to feel normal. I don’t think there’s a better gift out there than to help a young girl with her self-esteem. She’s helping to show these girls that hair isn’t everything, and it’s what’s on the inside that matters most. I think we all need this lesson every now and then.

Did you know childhood cancer takes the lives of more children in the US than any other disease? I had no idea just how prevalent it is, and how important it is to raise awareness.

“Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 3.5 minutes.”

Every 3.5 minutes. By the time you’re done reading this post, another child may have been diagnosed. It’s so, so important for people to know the facts, and to be given a way to feel like they can make a difference too.

“Progress canโ€™t be made without research. Research canโ€™t be done without funding. And funding canโ€™t be done without awareness…Headbands of Hope aims to start with awareness and end with a cure.”

Now, let’s get down to business. The actual headbands are ADORABLE. There are tons of different styles, ranging from chevron, sparkly, flowered, lace, and so many more. There truly is a style to make every single girl feel beautiful. Here are a few of my favorites:

Jessica was so generous to send me one of her sparkly glitter bands to test out and review for you! I received the fushia one, and love it! I wore it last night on my run and took a few pictures of her cute packaging before I headed out.

The headband felt great! I slipped a bobby-pin onto it to make sure it didn’t slide off, and I was good to go! Running in Arkansas does magical things to my hair, like creating crazy fly-aways, so these types of headbands are PERFECT. And, who doesn’t like to feel a little bit cuter on a sweaty run?

I did a quick 3.1 at the lake, and was reminded again why I love to run, and run at night. The air was cooler, and I didn’t feel like I was running through a sauna. My splits were right where I wanted them, and even Truckee congratulated me when I walked in the door. If she’s good for anything it’s high fives!

And now, here is some good news for YOU! Jessica has offered to give away THREE glitter bands to my readers! All you have to do to enter is tweet about the giveway, mentioning BOTH @headbandsofhope and myself, @sarah_ingle1, and tell us what your favorite inspirational quote is. Then, leave a comment on this post telling me that you tweeted so I don’t miss it!

Sound easy? Now, GO!

Winners will be announced on Sunday!

If you don’t enter, this girl will win all three.

Did you enter the giveaway? Do you love Hobby Lobby as much as I do? Are you going to be watching this season of DWTS?!

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    Megan
    September 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I tweeted my favorite inspirational quote and mentioned you both! Crossing my fingers for a cute headband!!

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    Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme
    September 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I might be the only person alive that doesn’t watch DWTS, but I LOVE So You Think You Can Dance. If I could pick ANY talent to have it would be dance.

    Adorable headbands and an even better cause. Thanks for spreading the word!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    September 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    HAHA im lol’ing at truckee in that hand band ๐Ÿ™‚ love it! what a great cause!! and i was so disappointed with the DWTS cast! oh well, ill still be watching obvs, although i havent picked a fav yet. jessie just might be it! cute fall decorations!!!
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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    September 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Oh my, Truckee looks so cute in that headband! Haha. You don’t look too bad with it on either. ๐Ÿ˜‰ They’re super cute and I love that they support a great cause!

    Can you come decorate my house? Seriously, everything looks awesome! I’m impressed you did all that with just Hobby Lobby items. That could pass for Pottery Barn!
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    Sarah
    September 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I entered the give away and LOVE your blog not to mention the concept behind Headbands of Hope!!! This is great ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    September 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I didnt think I was an owl person either until I saw your decorations- super cute! And love the Headbands of Hope idea- such a great cause!
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    Tara@PNWRunner
    September 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I love the headbands!! Super cute. The double green flower headband is my fav!

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    September 4, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    What an amazing organization! Thanks for sharing with us. You look fabulous in your sparkly headband! I don’t have a twitter account yet (next on my blog to-do list), but I’ll share this post in my Friday round-up. Your fall decorations look awesome. Want to come and decorate my house?! Pretty please? While you’re here, you can take pics of my girls too!

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    Ashley
    September 5, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Oh my gosh I love all your Fall decorations! I didn’t buy any new ones last year so I have a feeling I will be having a little fun this year : ) But you’re right, I also need to watch it so I can buy new Christmas ones too!

    What a great cause for Headbands of Hope – and the headbands themselves are so pretty too!
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    Reba- Not So Perfect Life
    September 5, 2013 at 10:17 am

    First of all your house is totally ready for fall. I love that owl. Second of all I love these types of headbands. I had been buying sparkily soul but I love this story. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Katherine
    September 5, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Headbands of Hope sounds like a beautiful idea! Oh and your decor has me antsy for fall to come!
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    Kelsey @ Blonder Side of Life
    September 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I feel like I overload your comments but what can I say I love your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I tweeted one of my favorite quotes by Babe Ruth “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Also I think pink is def Truckee’s color ๐Ÿ˜€
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    Kristi L
    September 8, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I tweeted. https://twitter.com/klundine/status/376881481336909825 What a great cause to support!

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