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Virtual Lemonade Stand for the Peds Infusion Room at Shands Hospital

26 Feb

Getting an IV infusion is tough on any kid. (Just ask Sadie, whose screams can be heard in the neighboring county!)  One perk is that after the IV is placed, the kids get to pick something out of the treasure chest. It’s usually a long process… searching through all the goodies that have been donated to pick JUST the right prize. It’s  something the kids look forward to!

Last Thursday, we were at Shands Hospital getting Sadie’s monthly treatment for her JRA. When Sadie went to get her prize out of the treasure chest, the pickings were quite slim. (The treasure chest is stocked by donated items or by items the nurses purchase with their own money.) With roughly 100 kids coming through the pediatric infusion room each week, this can be a big expense.

So, Sadie decided that she was going to raise money to buy some toys to go into the treasure chest! Her first thought was to get out her plastic recorder, play music and have people put money in a box at her feet. But after some thinking, she decided that at lemonade stand would be much more better.

Today, from 11:30-1:45 Sadie had a lemonade stand where she sold cups of lemonade for a quarter. Thanks to all the wonderful people in our neighborhood, she raised $15. Via facebook and text, tons of friends said they wished they were closer to stop by, get a cup of lemonade and donate toward her project.

virtual lemonade stand for BluFairySo, we’ve set up a virtual Lemonade Stand so that everyone can do just that! For just $1, you can purchase a virtual cup of lemonade and help stock the treasure chest at the Pediatric Infusion Room at Shands Hospital. All donate funds(minus credit card fees) will go directly to this project. Stay tuned and we’ll update you on what our fairies donate and show you the loot!

If you (or your company) would like to donate items, please mail them to BluFairy, P.O. Box 621044, Oviedo, FL 32762 and we’ll be sure it gets to Shands! Donations can include toys, trinkets, new stuffed animals, jewelry, games, puzzles, books, crafts, individually wrapped food/goodies, etc. By the way, they are ALWAYS in need of items for kids ages 11-18.

Well, are you feeling a bit thirsty yet??? How about a nice virtual cup of cool, Countrytime lemonade!! :o )

THANKS for your support! Our BluFairies are the best!!

Easing Holiday Stress: Step 3 Assign a Dollar Amount

18 Nov

So far, we’ve set a budget and made a list. Well done!! We’re taking small steps to ease the holiday stress. By working along with us, you will have a holiday that is special, within your means and completely enjoyable! (Well, we can’t guarantee the completely enjoyable part since you’ll be surrounded by family, but we can guarantee a less-stressful holiday.)

Step 3: Assign a value to each person on your list.

Yes, it may FEEL like you’re assigning a dollar value based on how much you LOVE the person on your list… but in reality you’re simply making sure that you have money budgeted for the most important people on your list.

So, start at the top of your prioritized list and assign a dollar amount to that person. Then, work your way down the list assigning each person a dollar amount until you run out of your budgeted money.

This may sound like a basic step, but it’s HUGE!! So get busy, decide what you are willing to spend on each person. Good luck 🙂

Easing Holiday Stress: Step 2. It’s ALL about the list!

10 Nov
As you know, Out of the Blue Delivered‘s mission this season is to Ease the Stress of the Holidays! If you’re working along with us then you have already completed step one which was to Make a Budget! 

Step 2: Make a Prioritized List (and check it twice!)


Though it may seem basic, this is a VERY IMPORTANT step! It’s not only about making a list, but then prioritizing it.

You have a gift budget (thanks to Step 1) and now you need a list of who you will be spending that allocated money on.
Begin by listing everyone that you WANT to buy a gift for. Include anyone that you normally give to: family members, friends, neighbors, nieces, nephews, your kids’ friends, boss, co-workers, nanny, teachers, caregivers, doorman, mailman, etc. Be sure to include any secret-santa or other gift exchanges you are planning to participate in. Also, if you send out holiday cards, be sure they were included in either Step 1 or Step 2.0

Once you have your list, you MUST prioritize it. (Otherwise you’ll run out of money before you get the gifts you REALLY need!) Decide which gift recipients are most important and rewrite your list in descending order starting with the most important recipients at the top and working down to the least important.

Fun tip: Have an iPhone? Of course there’s a Holiday Gift App that can help you make and track your holiday gift list!

Easing Holiday Stress: Step 1

6 Nov
The Harry Potter characters, Star Wars figures and assorted princesses have all come begging for candy (and gone home to devour a year’s worth of sugar in one sitting) which means that the holidays are officially upon us! 

Our mission for 2010: Stop the Cycle of Madness!! Let’s make a pact right here and now that we are all going to ENJOY the holidays this year. 

How, you wonder, are we going to do this? One step at a time.

Today’s assignment (aka Step 1): Make a budget

In order to prepare for the holdiays, you MUST know how much you can afford to spend on them. There is NOTHING more stressful than the stack of bills that arrive in January that you work all year to try to pay off only to do it again the next year. This year, the cycle of madness ends!!

So sit down with your computer, your checkbook, your significant other, and whatever else you need to decide on your budget and figure out the dollar amout that you are willing to spend on the holidays this year. Be sure to allow for gifts, travel, accomodations, food, Holiday meals, etc. Need Help calculating a holiday budget? Here is a worksheet plus tips to help! 

 

Stick with Out of the Blue Delivered as we work together to make this your best, most enjoyable holiday season ever!!

Fab tribute to cancer patients by Lance Armstrong and Team Radio Shack

25 Jul
At Out of the Blue Delivered, we have a special place in our hearts for cancer patients. So, you can imagine how thrilled we were to see Lance Armstrong and the entire Radio Shack Team ride to honor cancer patients worldwide today.  As the teams rode out for the start of the final stage of the Tour de France, Team Radio Shack showed up in all black jerseys with a huge number 28 on the back. (Smokin’ hot, sharp jerseys!)

“Today, we’re riding for every one of the 28 million people all over the world whose lives and families are affected by this disease,” said Lance Armstrong.

Unfortunately, the officials did not let the Radio Shack team wear the jerseys for the race, but they did get their message out and raise awareness about cancer patients, their families and the impressive number – 28 million – people that are living with the disease today.

At Out of the Blue Delivered, unique gifts and care packages for cancer patients are our specialty! We offer hand delivery in the Orlando and Central Florida area and we ship worldwide.

Who needs to know that you care today?

Want to honor a cancer patient on facebook? Radio Shack has a black #28 jersey that can be sent as a “gift” on facebook.

Thank you Lance Armstrong and Team Radio Shack for honoring all of these courageous cancer patients and survivors! You give them inspiration and strength!!

“Out of the Blue” find in the Florida Keys

16 Jul

At Out of the Blue Delivered we love to bring you unique,original gift ideas for every occasion and life event. Sometimes, we come across creative gift shops that we just have to share with you! While in the Florida Keys this past weekend, we happened upon just such a gift shop… Out of the Blue Gifts! While it’s not hard to figure out that the name drew us in, we were surprised and thrilled with the eclectic range of gifts we found inside!

Located in a bright pink house at mile marker 29 on Big Pine Key, Out of the Blue Gifts houses an eclectic collection of gifts including a wide range of handmade gifts by artists in the keys (and you KNOW how much we love to support local artists!) Our absolute favorite were glasses made from recycled wine bottles. The bottoms of the bottles were turned into tumblers and the tops into fluted glasses. INCREDIBLE! And at $12 each they were a bargain.

Upstairs was a kids’ area filled with stuffed animals, books and games. The backrooms of the store “house” a consignment boutique cleverly displayed. If you’re passing through Big Pine Key, FL, be sure to stop and browse. You’re sure to find something fabulous that you can’t live without or the perfect gift to bring someone at home.  Oh, and when you stop by, be sure to tell them that the girls from Out of the Blue Delivered in Orlando, FL say “hello”.

How to Help After a Cancer Diagnosis

4 Jun

Tips for Showing that You Care After a Friend’s Cancer Diagnosis

Have you had your annual boobie squishing or physical yet this year? Be sure to remember to take care of yourself. So many times we get busy over the summer that we postpone our own care!

Unfortunately, most of us have already been touched by cancer… breast, lung, prostate, lymphoma, leukemia, colon, ovarian, cervical, etc.

What’s a girl to do when her business associate, friend or loved one is faced with cancer? Well, here are a few tips I picked up during my 12 years of treating cancer patients:

  • First, depending on your relationship with the patient, drop by, send a card or leave a message of support.  It’s ok to send funny, uplifting cards – they don’t all have to be serious and deep.
  • It’s ok to tell her/him that you want to help but don’t know what to do or say! The patient just needs to know that you care and support her. The patient has a whole medical team to give her answers!
  • When you’re with your friend, take cues on the conversation. There will be times they want to talk about the diagnosis and journey and other days when thety will want to avoid it altogether!
  • Remember that cancer affects all of those in the patient’s immediate circle. Depending on the situation, offer to give the caregiver a break by driving the patient to an appointment or treatment, watching the kids or grocery shopping.
  • If the patient has a family, drop by with dinner. Don’t ask, just do it! Many times, patients hesitate to ask or accept help. Figure out how you can help and go for it!
  • Google and learn.  Did you know that there many types of breast cancer? or lung cancer? etc.  Learn about their specific type so that you can better understand the patient’s journey.  This knowledge is for YOU! Do NOT share all the gory details with your friend regarding their cancer, treatment, prognosis, etc. The patient has doctors for that!
  • Be persistent in your support! Call, send cards, email…show support in whatever way you can. NEVER expect a response. Depending on where the patient is in the journey, they may not be up to responding…just keep supporting! Trust me, your love and support will lift the patient up.
  • Pace yourself! Battling cancer can be a long process… A little support ALL the way through is much better than 24/7 support for the first couple weeks!
  • Pray for your friend often and be sure to be extra grateful for all the blessings in YOUR life!

by Dawn Veselka – Radiation Therapist and owner of Out of the Blue Delivered