Six Hotels that are Thinking Pink

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It is almost October, and a new travel trend is that hotels are “thinking pink” this year by offering special programs and packages to honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From spa discounts to lavish breast cancer and pink events, here are six hotels that are thinking pink:

The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The majestic Resort at Pedregal lies on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – a stunning site carved into a cliff on 24 mountainside and pristine oceanfront acres at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Resort at Pedregal, in partnership with Clase Azul, is offering three exclusive pink bottles of the special tequila selling for $500 a bottle and $30 a shot where all proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation, the only property in Mexico to have this rare bottle. In addition, The resort is offering its signature Pink Kiss cocktail made with vodka, strawberries infused aperol, fresh pineapple juice, raspberry puree and homemade citrus syrup topped off with a lime wedge.

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The Palms Turks and Caicos Providenciales Turks and Caicos

On October 10th, The Palms Turks & Caicos will host its 7th annual “In the Pink” event to raise money for TCI’s Cancer Society. The “In the Pink” event is one of the hottest social events Turks and Caicos has seen. The Palms’ General Manager, Karen Whitt, (committee chairperson and creator of the unique event) helps organize the event for locals and guests alike, in which they host a shopping paradise and a lavish party on property with music, cocktails and giveaways. With donations from corporate businesses and individuals, the team will transform several of the guest suites into a (shopping paradise – need different word used this earlier) , allowing buyers to snag excellent bargains on a wide selection of new and gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and even some designer items. After the shopping zone closes, the fun continues with a superb after-party in the elegantly pink- decorated courtyard in front of the famed Parallel 23 restaurant. The after-party includes live music and charming guest bartenders serving up themed cocktails and raffle giveaways.

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Awili Spa and Salon at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort  Maui, Hawaii 

In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Awili Spa & Salon, the signature spa at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, will offer custom handmade pink soaps ($12) available in Vanilla Yuzu, Pikake Lavender and Pineapple Espresso. The spa will also be showcasing a special Pink Pedicure Package for $95 which includes the Awili Spa everyday hydration pedicure, hand-crafted pink scrub made by the apothecary consultants, a glass of Rosé sparkling wine, and a mini Pink Deborah Lippmann nail polish to take home. 10% of all proceeds will go to the Pacific Cancer Foundation. Aside from offering custom pink spa offerings, the property will also light their arrival bridge with bright pink lighting for the duration of October.

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Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-winning all-seasons resort set on 1,300 acres in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva, just 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property features 355 guest rooms; WELL Spa + Salon; two championship 18-hole golf courses; The Mountain Top, a three-chair/18-run ski and snowboard facility; 62,000 square feet of meeting and convention space and three restaurants.

This October, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is partnering with ABCD — After Breast Cancer Diagnosis — to raise funds to help survivors. ABCD is a Milwaukee based organization led by survivors and dedicated to breast cancer support and information.

  • Grab Your Drive. Help a Survivor – Visit the Golf Shop to purchase a sleeve of pink golf balls for $10 and receive a complimentary bag of 50 pink tees. $5 of your purchase benefits ABCD
  • Support a Survivor with a Sweet Treat – Dine in Geneva ChopHouse or Ristorante Brissago and ask for the Pink Lemonade Cheesecake with house-made strawberry gelato for $8. $4 of your purchase benefits ABCD
  • A Reason to Relax — Visit the WELL Spa + Salon any Monday in October and choose the pedicure right for you. Need a reason to relax? 10% of the price of the service will benefit ABCD

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The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Rancho Mirage, California

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage will adorn the signature pink color into every facet of the arrival experience from shining pink lights on the the entrance of the resort and featuring beautiful shades of pink and cream flowers in the lobby. In addition, the ladies and gentleman of the staff will wear a hint of pink in their wardrobe throughout the month and greet guests with a variety of pink treats from the Concierge Candy Bar as well as offer scrumptious pink-frosting artisan cupcakes in the State Fare Bar + Kitchen for a donation of $1 to be given to charity. The Cure Cocktail will be added to the repertoire of cocktails as the speciality beverage of October, with $1 donated to the American Cancer Society for each drink purchased. To incorporate efforts to raise awareness and support into every aspect of the property, pink stones will be gifted to Spa guests for a fond farewell. Enveloped within the Santa Rosa Mountain range offering striking panoramic views of the greater Palm Springs, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers 244 contemporary guest rooms that feature natural elements of stone, wood and fire, spacious patios, lavish amenities and incredible service to create a relaxing desert oasis.

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai

The world’s most luxurious hotel, continues to show its support for Breast Cancer Awareness month Burj Al Arab Jumeirah by launching a pink-themed campaign and hosting an event to highlight the importance of this worthy cause. Starting from Thursday 1 October 2015, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah will light its sail in pink and join a number of global landmarks participating in the worldwide illumination campaign. The hotel’s sail will continue to turn pink each Thursday throughout the month. For the first time, Burj Al Arab’s Royal Suite will blush pink on Thursday, 22 October, to play host to 20 breast cancer survivors from “Breast Friends” support group in Dubai.

Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms and Giveaway

I am so lucky because my 3 kids love mushrooms! Really, they do! As most of  you know, I am always trying to be as healthy as possible, especially in cooking. Did you know on average, mushrooms have 90 percent fewer calories than a ground meat alternative? Finely chopped mushrooms look similar and blend so nicely with meat, so classics can be made healthier without losing taste or satisfying texture. This Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms is a perfect example on how to simply substitute mushrooms for some of the meat in a traditional recipe. This reduces calories, fat and actually creates a healthier main dish (I actually think it tastes better too)! With the mushroom and meat blend, you don’t necessarily have to consume large quantities of meat to feel full and satiated, and your dish will also be more economical. Also, mushrooms bring important nutrients like vitamin D, potassium, B vitamins and antioxidants to the plate without increasing calories, fat and cholesterol. I am always reminded it’s October because the mushrooms in the produce aisle are in their adorable pink packaging. There is a huge reason for this… Read on (and continue reading for information on an awesome GIVEAWAY)  

  • Pink takes center stage in October as mushrooms will be sold in pink packaging in honor of National Breast Cancer awareness month recognizing the industry’s commitment to breast cancer research. Mushrooms have been studied (white buttons, in particular) by City of Hope scientists for their potential effects on breast cancer and sold in pink packaging during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • In total, the Mushroom Council has awarded more than $800,000 in grants for lab studies and pilot clinical trials to support this research. They will provide $50,000 to City of Hope’s research on breast cancer and mushrooms.

In honor of this amazing cause, I am hosting a giveaway for a $50 American Express Gift card and the cutest mushroom apron (see below) from Etsy. This post is sponsored by Mushroom Council, but all opinions are my own. To enter, just simply leave your favorite mushroom recipe or link to one of your favorite mushroom recipes in the comment below. The winner will be chosen randomly on Thursday October 17th at 8 A.M. For more chances to win, hop over to my friend’s Kristen at Dine & Dish and Jennifer at Savory Simple to check out their fabulous mushrooms creations. Thanks and good luck 🙂

Top 10 Race Running Tips: Race for the Cure

 

Who is running the “Race for the Cure” this year? Since it’s this weekend in Birmingham, I thought I would share a few of my top 5K Race Running Tips. I have been a runner since I was 16, and I used to run races almost every weekend. This race, in support of Breast Cancer, is one of the best. If you haven’t run a race before, support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by trying out the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure”.

My Top 10 Race Tips:

1. Run with a friend-Running with a friend always makes it more fun and rewarding. Choose a friend who is inspiring, runs your pace and makes you laugh.

2. Pace Yourself-Don’t start off too fast, and think small. Just think and worry about the mile you’re on and not the entire picture. Save your speed and kick for the last mile of the race.

3. Eat and drink well-The night before the race, eat good carbohydrates with protein, and drink a lot of water. Avoid alcohol, sugar and fatty foods.

4. Don’t overdress-Wearing too many clothes can be so uncomfortable. Believe me. I have been guilty of this on many occasions. Less is more.

5. Wear good shoes-Purchase good running shoes, but break them in first. Don’t wear brand new shoes the day of the run, or you may get blisters (I learned the hard way on this one too).

6. Train-Train for the race. You can find many great training schedules online as well as training groups in your host city. Be sure to cross train as well.

7. Warm up and stretch-I like to run for a bit before the race begins to get my muscles warm and then stretch my legs.  Also, remember to stretch when the race is competed.

8. Rest– Get a good night’s rest the night before. Try to relax the night before, and try not to stress or over-think the race.

9. Arrive early-Get to the race early enough so you can relax and don’t have to rush. Give yourself time to park, get your number, put your gift bag in the car and warm up properly.

10. Have fun-Enjoy the race and give it all you got. You will feel so much better afterwards, and it will also be a great accomplishment (it’s also very fun to get a new T-shirt).

Panko and Vegetable Stuffed Portobellos and Giveaway

I love creating recipes with fresh mushrooms, and this Panko and Vegetable Stuffed Portobello was a vegetarian main dish was a hit this weekend. Be sure to notice that between September 15th to November 15th, select retailers nationwide will sell mushrooms in pink containers in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since 2002, the Mushroom Council has invested more than $750,000 in grants to City of Hope for research on mushrooms and cancer. This fall, the Council will provide an additional $50,000 to continue funding this important research. How cool is this packaging in support of City of Hope and Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

Great Health Benefits of Mushrooms

 

1. Mushrooms are low in sodium and calories, and they are fat and cholesterol free.

2. Mushrooms can be an effective substitute for meats thanks to their hearty and fulfilling nature.

3. Mushrooms are the only item in the produce aisle to provide vitamin D, and one of the few non-fortified food sources. Growers also have the ability to increase D levels by exposing mushrooms to ultraviolet light.

4. These friendly fungi provide critical nutrients like energizing B vitamins, potassium and powerful antioxidants, including ergothionene and selenium.

For chance to win the great giveaway above, follow the steps below. For each one, and let me know in the comments for a better chance to win:

1) Follow @MushroomChannel on Twitter

2) Check out and “like” the Mushroom Channel on Facebook

3) Answer the question: “How do you support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

4) RSVP to the Mom It Forward #gno twitter party and check out the giveaway at Mom at Forward

5) Join me for the Mushroom Council #gno twitter party October 4th, from 9-11 p.m EST.

6) Follow @alisonlewis on twitter and come see me on Facebook

Note: I was compensated for my participation in the Mushroom Channel Campaign