Monday, 16 May 2016

Thank you!

To everyone who supports the MS Walk each year- thank you!

And to the MS Society - keep on doing what you're doing.  You give me a lot of hope for my future.

Huge thanks from team Making Lemonade!

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Fundraising items - the winners!

It's raffle time!

Thank you to everyone who donated to the MS Walk this year.  Team Making Lemonade has raised almost $4000 this year, bringing our 4 year total to almost $24,000!

All the names of people who made any donation, to any team member, went into a big bowl, and I randomly picked the winners.  We have 6 prizes this year, so 6 winners there are!

(I wish I had a prize for each of you, I really do, but I gotta make this fair...!)

So here we go...

The winner of Dominique Fricot's album If Baby Could Walk is the McDonah Family!

The winner of Dominique Fricot's album Sweet Little Fantasy is Laurie B.!

The winner of Dominique Fricot's Haunted by Love t-shirt is Myrna!

The winners of Ryz Rémi's luxury skin care package are Kyle and Maria!

The winners of the family photo session with Penelope Slack Photography are Callum and Zoey!

The winner of the Aria Industries earrings is Amy Bateman!

Congratulations everyone!  I will be contacting you within the next few days to get your details.

And thank you to the generous, talented people who donated these wonderful items.  You've helped raise a lot of money for an important cause.  I'm very thankful.

Until tomorrow - It's almost go time!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Fundraising item - the earrings!

A welcome back (and huge thank you!) to the talented Aileen Lau of Aria Industries for creating and donating yet another stunning pair of earrings.

These intricate, custom-made beauties, created with coral and sterling silver, were again this year designed using the MS awareness colour of red.  They have been named Laia after the actress from Sebastian Schipper's one-take movie called Victoria, which played at the Vancouver International film festival in 2015.

Check out the beautiful work of Aria Industries here.

Thank you, Aileen, for your support again this year, and for your beautiful, unique pieces that can help bring awareness to MS!

All donations to team Making Lemonade are entered into the draw for lots of great prizes.  If you'd like to win these earrings, donate here!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Fundraising item - the music!

Back again this year, musician Dominique Fricot is supporting team Making Lemonade in the MS Walk!

I've got two signed albums and an awesome t-shirt to give away!

For those of you who don't know Dom, you are missing out.  His music, lyrics, and presence are intoxicating.  They make you sit still, stop talking.  You focus on every ounce of energy he puts out. And he draws you in.

He possesses some of the purest talent I've ever seen.

Here's one of his best known songs and a personal favourite:

Take some time to check him out here.

Thank you, Dom -  Your generosity and continued support mean so much!

Every donation to team Making Lemonade gets an entry to win these incredible prizes.

Donate here!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Fundraising item - the organic skin care!

I am so excited to showcase the newest item for my fundraising raffle.  Very generously donated by Ryz Rémi, a luxury organic skin care company, I present the Ryz Rémi Organic Skin Care Gift Package, valued at $450!

The Gift Package contains Ryz Rémi's upcoming Nutrient-Rich Elixir (25 ml glass vial) and their signature Day Balm Concentrate (15 ml glass jar) that includes a unique porcelain applicator made by Vancouver artist Robert Shiozaki. Included are samples of their Honey Calming Mask and upcoming Organic Perfumes.  All wrapped up in beautiful packaging.

The Nutrient-Rich Elixir provides vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Made to protect against moisture loss and free radical damage. Softens fine lines. Leaves your skin feeling plump, dewy and radiant.

The powerful Day Balm protects your skin from daily stress and prevents the signs of aging. Made to brighten, soften and provide light coverage. Calms redness, reduces dark spots, unevenness and discolouration.

Ryz Rémi is the creation of wife and husband research team, Dr. Natasha Ryz and David Rémillard. They create fine skin care and perfume here in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. They use only the finest quality organic & sustainably wild­-harvested ingredients. Every single ingredient has benefits for your skin.

Dr. Natasha Ryz has over 15 years of experience as a health and nutrition researcher. She has a PhD in Medicine from the University of British Columbia and is a Vanier scholar. She also holds a Masters degree in Human Nutritional Sciences. Natasha personally designs, develops and produces all of their blends.

From the words of Ryz Rémi:

"What you put on your skin is just as important as what you eat. Like food, skin care products should be made using fresh, natural ingredients. Our skin needs essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals to look its best. Our nutrient-­rich blends will make your skin feel healthy, beautiful, vibrant and loved."

This is organic skin care you can trust.  Quality you can believe in, and items you can feel confident using.  I have used the Day Balm, and can honestly say it is the most hydrating face cream I have ever used.  My skin feels incredibly soft, supple, and beautiful.

Every single donation to my MS Walk campaign will be entered to win this amazing gift package. To enter donate here.

Find out more about these wonderful skin care products at

Thank you so much, Natasha and David of Ryz Rémi, for this incredibly generous donation.  Your support for this cause is greatly appreciated.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Finally redefining

I've written a lot over the years about the idea of a "new normal."  Refusing to acknowledge it, negotiating with it, and finally, accepting it.

I've also written a lot about how MS has affected my kids.  More realistically, perhaps - How I worry it will affect my kids.

Moments like these sum it all up.  Perfectly.

Daily injections don't seem scary to them.  Or intrusive.  They are a regular thing that has to be done.  And yes - this is exactly how I do them.  Right at the table.  The kids can watch, they can help. They can ask questions.

It doesn't faze them in the slightest.  In fact - I think it has helped them embrace MS, and the changes it has brought, in a positive way.

Never in a million years would I have guessed that I'd be doing an injection at the dinner table while J sits right there making a comic book.

And that's exactly what it is.


(And if you'd like to support this little helper in his own MS Walk fundraising, click here!)

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Fundraising item - the photo session!

It's time to start the fundraising raffle!

Since this worked so well last year, and helped raise even more funds for the MS Society, I thought I'd try it again!

Remember - all donations, whatever the amount, get an entry into the draw.  And watch this space - more items will be added to the online raffle before the MS Walk in May.

The first item, generously donated by my talented photographer friend Penelope Slack, is a gift voucher for a maternity, newborn, or family photo session.  That's valued at $250, people!  Who wouldn't want to win this?  Check out the full Penelope Slack Photography website here.

Penelope did our family session last year - and she was amazing.  She is a gifted, thorough, and fun photographer. She was so patient with my boys, and was able to capture so many wonderful moments that show their true personalities.  (She even got them to be still!  I can't even do that!).

Thank you again, Penny, for supporting me so much over the years.  Now, who wants to win this?:

Visit my MS Walk fundraising page here to enter the raffle by making any donation!