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Bloomingdale’s Pink Campaign

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bloomingdale’s has held  The Pink Campaign for the past 13 years, this year being the 14th. Throughout the those 13 years, Bloomingdale’s has donated over $12 million to the fight against breast cancer. They plan to add to that amount this year. The purpose of this campaign is to raise money for cancer research, support, and awareness.  This year, like the others, Bloomingdale’s will be supporting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Carey Foundation, and the Marisa  Acocella Foundation

There will be three classes held this month in which the proceeds will go towards Bloomingdale’s partnering charities. On Saturday, October 6th, Bloomingdale’s teams up with POE yoga for a morning yoga class. On Saturday, October 13th, Bloomingdale’s will be teaming up with Orangtheory Fitness for a morning, total body  workout class, focusing on endurance, strength, and power. Finally, on October 20th, Bloomingdale’s collaborates with Everlast for a morning boxing class where you can train like a pro! Tickets are on sale now! 

The Pink Campaign is not limited to these classes. You can also contribute to the cause by shopping! From now through October 31st, you charge a $15 fee on your Bloomingdale’s credit card, which will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Carey Foundation, and the Marisa  Acocella Foundation. Once you do that, if you spend $150 or more on qualifying purchases, with your Bloomingdale’s credit card online or in store, you will receive a Give Pink, Get More card worth up to $250, which can be used online or at any Bloomingdale’s store. Visit the Bloomingdale’s website for more information. 

Not only is Bloomingdale’s raising money and awareness for breast cancer, but they’re also rewarding us for doing so. You get to help a great cause, shop, and get active. This campaign definitely does a good job spreading awareness, which is what we need to push the fight against breast cancer. Programs like this are what keeps hope alive. Let’s Give Pink and Get More with Bloomingdale’s! 

 

 

Katie Roberts

Fabulous Females: Katie Roberts

By Maria G. Fernandez
Instagram: @mz_maria_g

What do you do when it’s 18 degrees and you are trudging through Manhattan with 30 lbs of cargo on your back, en route to one of your major distributors? When you’re fingers are so frozen you can’t operate your cell phone? When you’re sick and tired of taking multiple modes of transportation to get to work? You go home and write your letter of resignation! Several years ago, Rutherford native Katie Roberts made the brave move to resign from her corporate job and become a momtrepeneur.

Katie Roberts

Katie left the corporate world behind and decided to follow her passion. What is her passion? Her desire is to “supply women with the tools and support they need to feel like the virtuous women they are intended to be, exposing that power to the world and in doing so, becoming a movement that shapes the world.” Such a powerful and moving statement! Her vision, and passion, where the catalyst for her to start World Momination. As a stay at home single mom (to two boys!), Katie tackles the daily challenges that come along with that in order to have a successful business. She makes it look easy, but it requires a lot of discipline and will power. Katie explained to me that she had to be very regimented in her application of time managements skills, and it was the hardest work she’s ever known. She’s reaping the rewards however, with a successful business, and by being an example to her children and other moms.

Katie has helped hundreds of women through her Bikini Model Mom challenge, Fitmergency (including yours truly, who lost 10 lbs in 10 days with this program!) and recently Juicy Bubbles. She’s also a motivational speaker, and you can catch her on her Instagram or Facebook live with her in your face real talk or tips, tricks for weight management. Her trademark “Goooooodddd morning!” and smile will put a pep in your step. Katie has taken it a step further and recently started a dating blog. There’s nothing that Katie won’t tackle, with vigor and spunk, to fulfill her life’s purpose.

Katie is an inspiration to many in that you can take big chances, work hard and make your dreams a reality. You can find out more about Katie here or check her out on her social media in case you need a kick in the pants!

Fabulous Females: Xiomara Gallegos-Bernard

Our current society has been more focused on female empowerment, and success. More women are rising to the top, in the corporate world, or SAH moms are taking a side gig and creating mini empires. No matter the industry, there are positive female role models. Hip New Jersey is featuring some local Fabulous Females over the next several months.

Xiomara Gallegos-Bernard is a SAH mom of three boys. Xiomara’s husband travels frequently, for work, so at most times she’s holding down the fort alone. She used to work in the corporate world. When her first son, Marquez, was 3 months she made the decision to leave the corporate world. It was a difficult decision because she’d been accustomed to making her own money, and she didn’t want to depend on her husband. All she thought was “I have a Bachelor’s Degree and I’m going to be a SAH mom?!”. Thanks to the support of her friends, and family, she took the big leap.

A few years into being a SAH mom, The Inspired Fit Mama was born. Xiomara decided to take her love of fitness and nutrition, and start her own Beachbody business. Being successful in using Beachbody herself it was a seamless transition. She quickly moved up the ranks by helping many women (and men) meet their fitness goals, in the comfort of their own home (whenever it suited them best). The freedom that she finds in being her own boss, she told me, is liberating. “There’s no commuting to deal with, no office politics and no need to ask anyone for permission when I need a vacation day, sick day or want to be present at my child’s school.”

I asked Xiomara what advice she would give to SAHM’s who are struggling with the same decision that she did. In her opinion ; (1) Prepare, plan ahead, vet out all options and talk to someone about your list of pros and cons, (2) Don’t ever let fear get in the way of doing something that can be life changing (3) Be confident about your decision and never apologize for the choice that you’ve made.

You can find Xiomara working out at 6AM, every day, and posting her workouts on @theinspiredfitmama. She also likes to post short tutorials on meal preps to encourage and support others to meet their fitness, and nutrition, goals. She manages her household, runs her own successful business and still manages the time to keep the magic alive with her supportive husband!