Boobfest!

Now that I have your attention, you may be asking me...What is Boobfest?? Boobfest is a celebration and a fight!

It is us coming together to celebrate women (and our boobies) and also fighting the big bad beast that threatens our lives (and our boobies).

I am talking about breast cancer.

The statistics about breast cancer in Canada are staggering and down right scary.

Among Canadian women, breast cancer continues to be the most frequently diagnosed cancer with as many as 23,200 new cases diagnosed in 2010, nearly twice as many as lung cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality among women, and is expected to take the lives of 5,400 Canadian women in 2010.

Breast cancer is also one of those diseases that you know is bad. Very, very bad. Until it hits close to home or at your home, you just don't know how bad. My good friend Jen (you can find her fabulousness on Twitter @JenBanksYEG) lost her mother-in-law to this disease and just this past year, the big bad beastie hit close to home for me when one of my friends (who is younger than me and a mom of young kids) was diagnosed and is currently undergoing treatment. It becomes harder to think that it won't happen to me, or you, or someone you love. So something has to be done...

You all know I am a fan of Twitter and have met so many wonderful people through this amazing social media site.  Not least of these is the super-cool Dee Brun, AKA, The Cocktail Deeva. She is a smart sassy woman and is the founder of Boobfest. Dee lost a good friend to breast cancer and started Boobfest last year to raise funds and awareness for her Weekend to End Women's Cancers Walk.

I signed up for this year's Boobfest Twitter party and then thought...hey, wouldn't it be fun to have a live party here in Edmonton as well! I asked Connie Peters of Modern Mama to help me organize the event and then Jen Banks came on board too!  We have harnessed the power of Twitter and have been amazed at the level of support and donations that have come pouring in from local Edmonton businesses and individuals for the party and silent auction!

The Edmonton Boobfest Party is being held THIS THURSDAY, March 31st from 5-9PM at D'Lish Wine Bar. Tickets can be purchased HERE and make sure you sign up for the official Boobfest Twitter party HERE.

There are TONS of prizes to be won from both parties and ALL proceeds from the tickets and the silent auction in Edmonton are going to the Alberta Cancer Foundation and our local Weekend to End Women's Cancers.

Please join us and like a good bra-come out and support the 'girls'!

Much Love,

Natasha~

 

**Boobfest logo used with permission and created by the awesome Big Daddy Kreativ**

F'in Perfect!

I wrote a post last week that seemed to really hit a cord with a lot of people. If you missed it ,you can read it here.

Essentially, I was having a really bad week and feeling quite crappy and needed to just 'let it out' so to speak. Which is one of the big reasons that I have this blog. To let all the crazy, random, sometimes silly, sometimes profound thoughts and conversations I have with myself OUT. I am an emotional person and sometimes I can't quite verbalize my feelings as eloquently as I can when I write them down and so, here I am.

I received quite a few comments and emails and personal Facebook messages from a lot of you and I wanted to thank each and every one of you who did comment or send a message (and those of you who didn't but I know felt the same). You don't know how much I needed to hear that I am indeed NOT alone in feeling sometimes inadequate or ill-equipped for this whole motherhood job!

Here are a few gems that really stuck with me.

Pam wrote this and I could not help but feel better about myself (and not just because of the skin comment!)

"Please try to be happy with who you are - the amazing mama that loves her children more than anything and has a beautiful smile (and great skin that women half your age would kill for)."

....and Shannon wrote this,

"...you are exactly where you are supposed to be at this time and it is your choice on how to perceive that."

....and Allison really got me thinking with this,

"I have been preaching to my daughter from the time she was just a baby that she should never say anything to herself, about herself - aloud or in her head - that she would not say to her best friends. If it is not kind enough to say to a friend you love, then you should never say it to yourself either."

....and Kim actually wrote this post that I think you should read too.

And then I really listened to the lyrics of Pink's new song and saw the video and cried (again!  Yoohoo, remember me, Miss Emotional!). And so I am dedicating this to all mothers out there, young and old, vibrant and wise, baking 17 loaves of bread or watching a movie with your kids.

YOU ARE ALL FUCKIN' PERFECT!!

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Especially in the eyes of the most important people in the world...your babies.....

Much Love,

Natasha~