Partyin’ It Up – For a Cause!

A few weeks ago, Emily and I were contacted by the good folks at Johnson’s Body Care to ask if we’d like to throw a party – sponsored by Johnson’s – to raise money for OUR favorite cause!

Heck yes we would! Who could turn that down? Both of us immediately knew what cause we would choose to raise $$ for – the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Emily’s husband Andy has lived with type 1 diabetes since he was 16, and I’m not exaggerating when I say this disease effects just about every moment of their lives. It doesn’t define them as a family but it factors heavily into how they function – and they look forward to a day when this disease will be eradicated! Research has made great progress in the last couple of decades – a perfect example is the insulin pump Andy has worn every day for the past 8 years that has greatly improved his health and quality of life.

So, anyways, get together with some of our closest friends, have lots of great food, raise money for a great cause and raffle off some incredible prizes? Yes, please!

Johnson’s Body Care sponsored the party by giving us money for the food and starting us off with $100 for JDRF!! And they provided these gorgeous swag-bags with full-sized Johnson’s Body care products inside! And travel sizes too!


Here’s Katie modeling her swag bag:

Katie models SWAG

Thanks to Johnson’s support, we were able to treat our guests to some super-yummy food: a taco bar from Qdoba!

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Emily also made our guests her famous Weight Watchers-recipe Margaritas. Here she is enjoying her creation:

drinkin' it up

Funny story: I have never bought alcohol in my life, and at age 31 Emily ruined me by calling me on the way to the party and asking me to buy “a cheap-@$$ bottle of Tequila”. So I obliged her and I am now a marked woman. We took a picture to commemorate my descent into debauchery (don’t worry Mom I didn’t DRINK any. I’m just pretending!!)

I'm just PRETENDING! I swear!

Ok, on to the PRIZES!!! We were able to get some amazing sponsors to donate prizes, which we raffled off to our greedy generous friends to raise money. Here are some of the AWESOME prizes we raffled off:

THREE KABOOST booster seats from Target

A Bug View, Bug Loupe, and zOrb from Carson Optical:

great science toys from carson optical

A cleaning product prize pack from Seventh Generation

A Clarisonic PLUS skin care brush (these things are amaaaazing!)

Fabulous SPF 15 skin care from Palmer‘s Cocoa Butter (love this stuff!) and my favorite organic lip balm set from EcoLips

A to-DIE-for prize pack of Eufora Hair Care products – my FAVORITE!!

Serif Digital Scrapbook artist and free CVS Photo Book!!

Great package of eco-friendly household products from EcoStore USA – another one of my faves!

Awesome Sun Care set from our friends at CVS!

This super-cutie apron by Taygalook modeled by Tricia of Once a Month Mom (who won it!) Isn’t she just GLOWING? Head over to her blog to find out why!

And here are some prizes that couldn’t be there in person but will be shipped to the winners!

Lee Colorwash Khakis (love!!)

A MyPublisher book – I LOVE these great photobooks!

A Sleep Number Pet Bed from Select Comfort:

A Yummie Tummie Lacie (I won this!! SCORE!!)

and our GRAND PRIZE…two Adirondack Chairs in the winner’s color choice from Lands’ End!

LandsEnd Painted Adirondack Chair

The lucky winner of this great prize was Andrea from MommySnacks!!



After all this great RAFFLIN’, we raised…..(drumroll please)….
$420 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU to all our prize sponsors, guests, and especially Johnson’s Body Care!!

Me, Emily & Sammy
(the cousins who blog and party together…)

Here’s some more eye candy – pics of our fabulous guests:



Shannan i heart you so bad!






Thanks everyone for an AMAZING NIGHT!! We love you all!!

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  1. Oh, you OH girls just have all the fun. Yea that Andrea won the chairs. What a lot of loot you gave away and better yet…raised for a great cause. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. it was soooo much fun!!!! thanks girls. =)

  3. I had so much fun!!! You girls know how to throw a party!

    Thanks to all the sponsors. I’m super excited about my chairs!!!

    And, Jenny’s mom – she really didn’t drink any of that alcohol!!!

  4. Y’all have all the fun ๐Ÿ˜‰ *sigh*

    YAY!!! Tha’ts awesome that y’all raised that money and had such a fabulous evening with such wonderful women1 YAY

  5. AMAZING Par-tay girls! Great recap woman!!! I had a ROFL of a time!

  6. I love you guys! Had a great time last night!

  7. How does one get invited:) I’ll bring the boxed wine:) And I’m in Dayton!! I’m not begging, okay, I’ll beg!

  8. It was such a fun party! Thanks for the invite and the great prizes.

  9. I wish I lived in Ohio so that I could party with you! I’d be lots of fun, I promise. ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. OHIO has all the fun! LOL

    I may have to move there just to have some parties to go to.

    I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love TEXAS, but there aren’t any bloggy parties, or atleast none, that I’m invited to. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Sounds like a fab. party! Too bad I don’t live a bit closer.

  12. I sad you didn’t invite me! I SO would have been there! My husband has diabetes also, you know!

  13. maybe I’ve been downgraded to not one of your closest friends and just haven’t realized it… until now.

  14. Okay, so I’m DYING to have that sleep number pet bed!!!

  15. Oh my gosh, I had soooo much fun last night. I must get that recipe for those margaritas. I had no idea they were both tasty and healthy (Sweet!).

  16. Wow, you really know how to throw a party! And how cool it was for a good cause.

  17. The best part of your post was the “greedy” part! LOL!! I love how competitive and HI-LARIOUS this group of ladies is!

  18. What a fun party! Looks like you guys had a great time!

  19. What kills me about this post. “Don’t worry mom I didn’t drink any” however, I did post a picture of cousin Emily guzzling one down! lol I wish I could have made the party! Looks so fun!

  20. Hey – can’t non blogging sister in laws join in your fun????? Looks great – especially the qdoba!!!! Glad you had fun!

  21. I got me a Kaboost! Thanks Target!!
    Hey, I’m sad you left out the Satin Hands. Throw some love to the little people. I’m trying hard to keep up with these corporate giants…really.
    Love to you all, it was a great time.

  22. What an absolutely AMAZING event! Thanks so much for sharing and allowing Clarisonic to be a part of it!

  23. What a great event– looks like you all had a blast! ๐Ÿ™‚ My DD has Type I- diagnosed last fall at age 5.


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