a guest post.{keep calm & fight on}

As we speak I am running at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure today! :] I am super excited & can't wait to make a difference for all those fighting & for those survivors! :]

But as for today I have another amazing young lady to guest post -- Miss Ashley from {The Heart of Life} blog! I have had the pleasure of getting to know Ashley over the last few months & she is def. a sweet heart & I can't wait to actually meet her in person here soon :) 
Hello there, lovely readers of My Unrehearsed Life!
I’m Ashley from the heart of life: a loyal reader to Ashlyn’s fabulous blog & a huge fan of the month of October.

Can’t you tell?
I have a fall-inspired love affair with pumpkin patches, apple cider, pumpkin-spice anything, boots, scarves, bonfires, football… Let's just say, I love this entire season and everything that it’s goodness can throw my way. Wanna know another reason why I’m a huge fan of October?
Because October is also breast cancer awareness month.

Breast cancer affects TONS of women. Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer of all women in the U.S. Can you think of someone close to you that’s been affected? Sadly, I bet all of you can picture a loved one you know that has survived, battled, or been lost to breast cancer, almost immediately. You’re not alone. The fact that breast cancer is becoming such a prevalent disease among women is an awful thing, to say the least. October (and all of it’s greatness) is a month for promoting awareness and inspiring research, as well as breast-cancer-related events, that will help put an end to this disease. That, my friends, is a wonderful thing.

Without breast cancer awareness month, we wouldn’t get to see our favorite NFL athletes dress up with pink cleats, we wouldn’t have the chance to be inspired to walk or run in breast cancer 5K’s, we wouldn’t see the color pink incorporated into almost every item at the store, and we wouldn’t sport our “save the ta-tas” bumper stickers on our cars. (Okay, maybe we still would.) Would there still be breast-education and support to all women, with or without breast cancer,  if not for this awareness month? Absolutely. Finding a cure for breast cancer is a year-round effort. October is just used as the designated month of awareness and the empowerment of women. It’s a month to think about & support those who are, or have been, affected. It’s a month to make a difference and educate other women about this disease, however you can. It’s a month to wear pink in remembrance and with pride.

Ladies- seriously, make sure to “feel your boobies”, get those annual mammograms, and be involved in any efforts to help “save the ta-tas.”

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{pinterest.com via Ashley}

And to everyone incredible woman who is battling with breast cancer, this month and always, remember…
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Here’s to women empowering women. What a -you guessed it- powerful thing.
How will you support breast cancer this October?

guest post + a giveaway! :]

I first want to apologize for not being able to post on my blog like I want too. This semester is extremely difficult for me & I am def. struggling to keep up. I barely sleep & I am super exhausted ALL the time. That is why I have reached out to people for their time to help me. I hope that you enjoy reading these guest posts that these amazing women have been graciously willing to give. I feel that my readers + comments dwindle when someone else is guest posting & that really bothers me. When you do a guest post for someone else, don't you get excited for others feedback? I know I do. I hope that you think about this when you are coming by my blog. Don't think that I don't have a million things that I want to write about bc I do --  I just honestly don't have the time or energy to write like I want to right now & I am very sorry for that. I hope you stick with me :]
Today I have Miss Alana from {Mrs. Alana's Miscellany} here to say hi to all you sunshines of mine! :] I have had the wonderful privilege of getting to know her over the last few weeks & when I mean get to know her I mean I learned stuff about her {& others} that is TOP SECRET! :] She is such a genuine person & full of life & I am so happy that she is here today to do a guest post & giveaway from her amazing new shop {alana in love}. Please leave her some love, check out her shop, & don't forget to enter the giveaway! Happy Thursday! xxoo.

I'm so honored to be guest posting for sweet Ashlyn today! I've learned that there are the bloggers that you stalk, some you correspond with, and a special few who become friends, and Ashlyn is one of the latter to me. Thanks to our video chat last week, I think we might even have enough information to blackmail each other, so I have to be extra careful not to offend her. (I kid! Sorta.)

This series is very close to my heart because my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was little. I still remember crying with her on the porch swing when she found out. I couldn't imagine something happening to her--the strong, outspoken matriarch of my family.

The next few months are a blur.  I don't know if it was just because I was so young or if my family intentionally kept the details from my siblings and me to keep us from worrying. I wish I knew more about what happened, but in a way I'm grateful that they protected us.  
For the record, we didn't mean to coordinate; We were at a Bama game! #rolltide
Thankfully, Gran beat it! There were several surgeries, more doctor's appointments than you could count, and I'm sure, many more tears than we kids saw. One thing I do remember is that she was very hesitant to tell others about her cancer. I understand that it was completely her right to keep her condition private and I don't fault her for her decision. However, I think she missed out on a lot of support from friends and even strangers who would have helped her through the dark times.

This support is what I love most about blogging. For example, even though I recently moved over 800 miles from home and my husband is constantly traveling (aka leaving me all alone), I can always turn to my blog and twitter gals for a laugh, a sweet word, or just plain old sympathy.  And somehow, even though they are miles away, it makes it a little bit better.

So whatever you're going through, whether it's health problems, depression, or just a really bad day, remember that you're never alone--unless you want to be.

I hope you'll come by and say hello! Any friend of Ashlyn's is a friend of mine.  :)



MANDATORY {entry 1}: MUST be a PUBLIC follower of {my unrehearsed life} blog!

ENTRIES: {total of 6}
{1} Visit Alana in Love shop and come back & leave a comment telling me which painting is your favorite

{2} Follow Mrs. Alana's Miscellany blog

{3} Follow @mrs_alana_ on twitter

{4} Become a fan of Mrs. Alana's Miscellany and Alana in Love on Facebook

{5} Tweet about the giveaway: "@mrs_alana_ is giving away artwork over at @loveeashlyn blog {http://tinyurl.com/65x94kb}"

GOOD LUCK! Giveaway ends NEXT Tuesday October 26th at mightnight!!!

check your boobies ladies //

Our boobies are pretty important to us gals, wouldn't you say so? I can remember way back when I first noticing that I was developing. I was about 15 years old, which is actually pretty late due to being a year round swimmer. I had just finished swimming my 100 breast stroke & I when I got out the water I noticed that my Dad had made it just in time to see me swim! :) I was pretty ecstatic, since usually my Dad couldn't make it because of my younger brother's other sporting events that took place on the weekends! I ran outside to give him a hug, since it was an unexpected surprise. My Mom, Dad, & I are outside talking & my Dad looks at me and says, "Looks like you are growing some bug bites!" -- 

YES he said that. 
YES I turned bright red. 
YES I didn't know how to respond, but with "DADDDDDDD?!" & an eye rolll. ha
YES I don't think that I looked at him for week. 
& YES I am sure that I decided to sport a huge sweatshirt all week even around the house! lol

What I am trying to get at is that even when we were young our breasts mattered to us. We wanted to have boobs like the rest of the girls around us. Boys noticed them. Girls made fun of them - whether small or large. They come in all different shapes & sizes. They give us security or they can make us insecure. They play a huge roll in a woman's life.


via check your boobies.org

The most important thing you can do for yourself is to learn how to do your own self breast examination at home. It is important to understand the correct way to do it & what to look & feel for.  There are a few different ways to perform the exam, but none of them are necessarily better then the other. Here is two ways to {1} perform the self breast exam at home & {2}self breast examination. Also, if you click the picture below it will take to a website where you can print out your own self breast exam shower card that you can laminate & put in your shower! :] You can even ask your OB/GYN or Primary Care Doctor for a shower card -- I am sure they have some at their office!


(1) What are risk factors for breast cancer?
All women, including women with disabilities, are susceptible to breast cancer. You might be at    a greater risk for breast cancer if:
you are over age 40.
your mother, sister, or daughter has had breast cancer.
you were exposed to high dose radiation when you were young (i.e. extensive x-rays for scoliosis, radiation for thymus problems, radiation
for pneumothorax).
you have a diet low in fiber and high in fat.
you give birth to your first child after age 30 or never give birth.
you began menstruating early or experienced menopause late.
you are obese (very overweight).
(2) How can you check for breast cancer?
You need to take three steps to detect a breast cancer:
1 - Perform monthly breast self-exams.
2 - Have yearly well-woman exams that include manual breast examination.
3 - Have yearly mammograms once you are over age forty.
(3) What are some unusual breast changes that could indicate breast cancer??
a lump
dimpling or puckering of the breast or nipple
nipple discharge
one breast hanging lower than the other
one breast growing bigger than the other
a change in the color or texture of the skin of the breast or nipple
unusual swelling of the upper arm
When should you do a breast self-exam?
You should do a breast self-exam every month about a week after your period when your breasts are the least tender and swollen.
(4) When should I perform my monthly breast exam?
You should do a breast self-exam every month
about a week after your period when your breasts
are the least tender and swollen.

you can sign up by clicking the sign up button below! :]

Oh & I thought this was pretty cool -- You have have a Check your Boobies Party!
Yeah pretty neat if you ask me, because Breast Cancer is THAT important!
You can click the image below to take you to the info on it! :]

party time


For more information on breast cancer and a full explanation with diagrams of the breast self-exam, please visit breastcancer.org, 4women.org, and the Komen Foundation.

oh & one last thing ....

I am running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this Saturday & I am trying to reach my goal of raising $125 -- if you help please do! You are helping find a cure to help fight breast cancer!You can go HERE too donate! :]

oh & don't forget to ENTER my giveaway over at THE SHINE PROJECT, it ends Friday night at midnight