At Bit a Bliss, giving back to our community is very important to us. We participate with Cleaning For A Reason to provide free house cleaning for women undergoing cancer treatments. Each woman that is assigned to our company through Cleaning for a Reason receives one free cleaning a month for four months. However, we have seen that these women often still need help after the four months are up.
As a company that truly cares, we would like to do everything we can to stay with those that still need help after the four cleanings are complete. We currently have clients that we are continuing to clean for until they are well.
Bit a Bliss would like to give you a chance to participate in helping us make life easier for these women that are fighting for their lives. If you would like to donate your cleaning to one of these brave women, just give us a call. You pay like you normally would, but instead of coming to your house, we go to the house you donated to. Or if you prefer you can make a monetary donation to cover their cleaning. Go to www.bitabliss.com or call 214-390-3907
As many of you already know, October is breast cancer awareness month, also called Pinktober. At Bit a Bliss, we take cancer very seriously, and do what we can to help those who are in the fight of their life. Since 2009, we have been a partner of Cleaning For A Reason, a foundation that helps women battling ANY cancer receive free house cleanings. It has been such an honor working with them, and since we all have been affected by cancer through our families and friends, it is very personal to us and we are proud to be a part of the foundation.
Cleaning For A Reason began in 2006 by Debbie Sardone, President of Buckets and Bows Maid Services, Inc. in Lewisville, TX and can boast over a thousand cleaning service partners around the United States and Canada. The foundation recieves applications from patients, and once they are approved, are matched with a cleaning service in their area. The foundation passes the information to the cleaning service, and they contact the patient and set up their free cleanings. Absolutlely no money is required or asked for from the recipient for their services. If you or someone you know could really use housecleaning during this trying time, Apply Here.
So this Pinktober, we would like to encourage you to get active in any way you can. Whether it’s donating directly to Cleaning For A Reason (or you could donate to the cleaning service you use that participates, and they will make the donation on your behalf,) or getting the word out, whatever you decide is the right choice. If you enjoy having your home cleaned by a service, we encourage you to use a service that participates in Cleaning For A Reason, to find a service near you, Click Here.
Also, take good care of yourself. Many women have no control over whether or not they get cancer, and there is still a long way to go in erradicating it entirely. But there are preventative measures you can take, check out a previous blog of ours on Preventing Breast Cancer.
Going green with the products you use in your home is a great idea for you, your family, and your pets. Something just happened in my life that is a great example of the benefits of using as little chemicals as possible, and I wanted to share it with you.
My sister-in-law Katelyn has this adorable little dog. Fleas are a big problem in their area, so she is diligent in keeping up with his flea medicine. On his last treatment, she went with a different brand because it was on sale, and almost immediately her entire body broke out into these painful, itchy welts. Flea medicine is designed not to be washed off easily and spread throughout the body, so before she knew it, there were traces of it all over the house. Everywhere she sat, even laying in her bed, made her break out more. So she spent the evening at a friend’s house so her mother could try to clean everything, and she realized that even being away, she was still having reactions to things that never used to bother her, such as fabric softener on bedsheets, and bleach that had been used in the bathroom.
In my home, we use a homemade all purpose cleaner with vinegar, water, and peppermint oil (Click Here for a guide to making your own green housecleaning kit.) We even make our own laundry soap, which you can cheaply and easily do by following These Easy Instructions. We have two children, so we like to keep our home free of unnecessary chemicals, especially when what we use is just as/even more effective. And the money we save is a great perk!
We invited Katelyn to stay with us until everything was ok for her to go back home, and during her stay here she has not broken out, and the welts all over her body are quickly subsiding and becoming less irritating. I’m glad we made the choice to stop wasting our money on standard cleaners, and the fact that my home is the only place Katelyn can be without breaking out is a testament to what a better choice it really is.
For other ways to green your home, check out our blog on Keeping Chemicals Out Of Your Drain!
As we have mentioned before, we work with the organization called Cleaning For A Reason that provides free house cleanings for women with cancer who are undergoing treatments. We are very passionate about this, because having a clean home while dealing with cancer is so important, but can be almost impossible to manage with so much to handle already.
Starting today, in conjunction with the Mayor of Plano Phil Dyer, we are thrilled to announce that this Cleaning For A Reason Week. For more information, Go Here To Our Press Release!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As members of Cleaning For A Reason, a foundation that we work with to provide free cleanings for cancer patients, this month means a lot to us. So in honor of those affected by this devastating cancer, we wanted to share some information with you on preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk.
Exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet to keep your BMI below 25.
Obesity is a major contributor in many life-threatening ailments, and breast cancer is no exception.
Limit Alcohol Consumption.
Having more than one drink every day will increase your risk by 20-25%.
Load Up On Your Vitamins.
A good multivitamin taken daily will help fill the need for vitamins you may not be getting through nutrition. Make sure what you are taking contains Vitamins D & E, and Omega-6.
Limit Wearing A Bra.
In a study Explained Here, it expresses a statistical theory that women who wear a bra 24 hours a day have a 3 in 4 chance of developing breast cancer. Women who rarely or never wear bras have a 1 in 168 chance. While this theory is not considered valid by The American Cancer Society, it is also not deemed an improbable factor. So why take the chance if you don’t always have to?
Buy Organic As Much As Possible.
It’s ok if you can’t buy organic 100% of the time, but consider it as much as you can. Especially with milk. Hormones in regular milk can have many negative consequences on the body. Be sure and wash inorganic produce as thoroughly as possible to remove any pesticides.