The History of the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I wanted to recognize this important fact on my blog, but I wanted to do something more than display the pink ribbon this month. As I was deciding what, a question crossed my mind. What’s the history behind the ribbon? We all know what it signifies, but how did it come about? How many people are aware of how this ribbon originated.

I decided to goggle to find my answer. It seems a lady by the name of Charlotte Haley used the ribbon in 1990 when her daughter, grandma and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer. She starting making peach ribbons and attaching them to cards to raise awareness of the National Cancer Institutes’ lack of funding for research and handing them out at the grocery store.

In 1991, Evelyn Lauder, breast cancer survivor, of the Estee’ Lauder Corporation and Alexandra Penney of Self Magazine wanted to use the concept in Self Magazine to recognize breast cancer awareness month. They contacted Charlotte Haley to request use of the peach ribbon; however, Charlotte declined. She believed that it would commericalize the concept, her story was personal.

Evelyn Lauder and Alexandra Penney were determined to use the ribbon concept, so they went to their legal departments. It was decided they could use the ribbon; however, the color had to be changed. They choose pink. The rest is history.

Giggles & Sugar Kisses proudly displays the pink ribbon each October. Please leave us a comment how you’re promoting Breast Cancer Awareness on your blog.
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Crazy Like A Fox! post signature

Birthday Boy!

We celebrated Xavier’s birthday yesterday and I promised you pictures of my little angel’s day. Here they are. We were suppose to receive rain in our area the entire week-end. I prayed for sunshine. There’s something to be said about the power of prayer, we were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day on Saturday. It rained immediately after the last guest left. I truly thank my higher power for blessing Xavier’s day.

We posted zoo signs through out the yard(above), and tied jungle themed balloons on the posts. The “Xavier’s Zoo” and “Enter At Your Own Risk” were at the entrance of the tent. We had two others that said, “Lions, Tiger, and Bears” and “Don’t Feed Me”.

Stuffed animals from the Goodwill were used as center pieces for each table. After the party we give them to the kids as party favors, that’s after we made some of the adults put them back.  We ordered jungle themed party favors from Oriental Trading and placed them into a jungle themed favor bag.  Each child took home a box of the Barnum and Bailey animal cookies. Xavier loved the cookies.


We had approximately 30 guests, and served jungle burgers, warthogs, snake salad, quick sand, toad salad, floating grass, red fungus, swamp juice with ants, rolling rocks, and monkey bread. Better known as hamburgers, hot dogs, spaghetti salad, mac & cheese, potato salad, green beans & corn, stuffed tomatoes with crab, green punch with raisins, and hot dogs & hamburger rolls. We added mixed fruit with Whipped Creme to the menu as well.

Granddaddy Preparing The Warthogs

Xavier’s cousin, Ciarra, announcing She’s At the Party

In the picture above Ciarra, Xavier’s cousin, is telling one of her Uncles that she’s at the party. She just turned 2, it was hilarious.

We served jungle cupcakes (above). I had the bakery sculpt the icing in a grass texture and we used jungle shaped cupcake picks in the center. Everyone loved them. Initially we were going to use a cupcake tree, but we decided to just place them on a tray so the children could retrieve them easily. We did half of the cupcakes in chocolate and half in yellow with a butter cream icing. Everyone of the cupcakes disappeared. The children seemed to like them better than the cake.

The cake that we used for Xavier to stick his hand in had a whipped icing. As you can see, he decided to stick his face in the cake too. He was willing to share the icing with everyone by giving icing kisses. Gran didn’t mind. I love sugars from Xavier, lol. The cupcake shirt that he’s wearing is by Ambajam. They will be featured on our blog next month.

Everyone Singing Happy Birthday

Xavier Sharing Cake With Mommy & His Cousins looking On.
Mommy Wondering How She’s Going to Get Xavier Clean


Xavier received so many gifts my daughter and son-in-law couldn’t fit everything into their car. My daughter’s in-laws had to load half of them into their SUV. Guess who won’t be buying toys for Christmas. His favorite gifts were the Popcorn Popper that you push and the little balls pop up and down and his motorized car. His cousin is helping him with his new wheels in the picture below. My long drive way is finally good for something.

Opening Gifts With Aunt Nikki

Xavier With His Cousin Jordon

We played Pin The Banana on the Monkey and a board game similar to Candy Land, but with a jungle theme. The kids actually perferred to run and play football. Go figure!
We were worried that we would be unable to get the icing out of Xavier’s shirt, but with a little Tide and a good soak in cold water it washed up beautifully. It’s adorable, we’re going to let him wear it until he grows out of it.
We hope that you enjoyed the pictures. I’m not sure who had the most fun, the children or the adults. We will be doing a post on party ideas. Feel free to send your ideas to rhonda@gigglesnsugarkisses.com. We will add them.



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M&M Dolls

Have you seen the M and M dolls from Ashton-Drake? I saw these adorable little dolls, 6 inches long, on the Ashton Drake site and thought I would share my find. These are great for M & M collectors. I’m not a collector, but I love the peanut M & Ms. These adorable dolls will be shipped in issues. Each wears a cap with a different saying. The first issue, green, says, “I Melt For No One”, the second issue is red. The cap reads, “Sweet On The Inside”, next is the blue “Never Let Them See You Melt”, and the last is the yellow, “There’s A Little Nut”. Each sells for $29.99. You will receive free express shipping on the first issue. Be sure to check them out, and put this great gift idea on your list for the M and M lover.

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Wordless Wednesday

Water Under The Bridge

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No Slip Charlie Give Away

Get a grip on your wet baby with No Slip Charlie. I had an opportunity to try No Slip Charlie on my grandson. They are wonderful. I only wish that I discovered them when he was an infant. My daughter was intimidated when it came to bathing Xavier. She was so afraid that he was going to slip out of her hands. She didn’t become comfortable bathing him until he was several months old. These gloves would be have been a perfect solution to calm her fears.
Before No Slip Charlie, I used a loofah on my grandson. He loves for Gran to use No Slip Charlies now. He gets a kick out of seeing my fingers wiggle through the opening, and the mitts are softer against his skin than the loofah.

These nifty gloves were invented by Kim Shulman. Kim understood the stress of new moms and slippery babies after the birth of her son, Charlie. The bathroom can be a dangerous area with a wet baby. Kim decided to take action, we now have No Slip Charlie named after her son.

The gloves are made of a soft fabric that allows you to grip your baby comfortably. Your fingers are free to shampoo your baby’s hair to and touch them lovely during bath time. The package also contains terry cloth mitts for bathing baby. They slip off easily when needed, and are available in pink and blue.

Every mother wants to feel comfortable bathing her new bundle of joy. No Slip Charlie and a bath towel from Giggles & Sugar Kisses would make a great baby shower or new baby gift. You can get a lot of mileage out of this cozy combination. I’m using the gloves on my 1 year old grandson. They get 3 snaps, a booty shake and they go into grandma’s bag.

Kim has been gracious enough to offer Giggles & Sugar Kisses readers a change to win a pair. Here’s how: It’s Baby Safety Month. Visit No Slip Charlie and watch the video. It’s less than a minute. Kim’s offering 20% off the gloves during the month of September if you want to order now. After viewing the video and browsing Return to our blog and let us know which pair you would like to win, pink or blue, if you don’t order. Subscribe to our blog and you can enter twice. This contest is open to US and Canada residents 18+. Contest will end mid-night October 20, 2008.

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Wordless Wednesday

A Mountain View!

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Mia Bella Candle Give Away

Giggles & Sugar Kisses is giving away 12 Mia Bella Votive Candles. You could be a winner. Here’s how: Visit Giggles & Sugar Kisses and leave us a comment on your favorite item. Subscribe to our blog and you can enter twice. Subscribe to the Giggles & Sugar Kisses newsletter and you can enter three times.


Votive candles will be mailed directly from Thirty One. Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you. Contest expires mid-night October 15, 2008 and is open to all US Residents 18+. Winner will have 3 days to submit name and address information. Failure to contact us within 72 hours will result in a disqualification. Good Luck!

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Big Birds!

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Happy Birthday Xavier

My adorable grandson is turning 1 at the end of the month. It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since he entered this world on 9/28/2007 at 5lbs 13 ounces. He was so small I could hold him in the palm of my hand. He was actually the smallest baby born into our family.

It has been amazing to watch the milestones in his life from holding his own bottle, crawling, getting his first tooth, his first experience with baby foods, toddler foods, walking at 11 months and now celebrating his first birthday.

I call him my miracle baby. My daughter was diagnosed with a kidney disease at 16. As a result, she has taken high blood pressure medicine everyday since to ensure no further damage to her kidneys. I was really against her becoming pregnant, we knew that a pregnancy would cause more damage. She insisted on giving her husband at least one child. When she announced her pregnancy, I honestly had mixed emotions. I thought about the movie Steel Magnolias constantly. What if she dies from kidney failure. She and her husband thought about it too. They discussed which of the two would live if she ran into trouble during the delivery, her or the baby. She wanted the baby to live. Her husband decided that he would never be able to face me if he made that decision. She is my only child. Talking about emotional moments and a mountain of stress.

As a result of her risky pregnancy, the doctors decided to induce labor at 32 weeks. At 9:00 p.m. on 9/27/2007, Marisha entered the hospital anxious to give birth to her son. Xavier decided he wasn’t ready to enter the world. If we wanted him out, we would have to send a doctor to get him. After 30 hours of labor, they decided to do a C-Sect. The above picture is of Xavier when they brought him out of the delivery room. He was on his way to the nursery, but stopped for a brief moment to let Gran admire him and to snap a picture. He’s been posing for the camera ever since. I’m telling you, if you bring out a camera that boy will stop and pose for the camera. He has brought so much joy into my life. He is truly my little sweetie pie. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.
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