Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Princess' Guide: "No" Happens

When you are passionate about something like the 3-Day, you naturally want everyone to be as passionate about it as you. Unfortunately, that's not how things work.

As hard as you try, you're not going to get everyone you know to fall in love with the 3-Day. Not even if you tell them about men dressed as fairies or wax nostalgic about the peanut butter and jelly graham cracker sandwiches.

And even if you write a gazillion fundraising letters, you aren't going to get donations from everyone you know.

Sometimes that's hard to deal with. And sometimes it's hard not to take that as a personal rejection. But you just can't do that.

Put your chin up. If they don't want to buy your pink ribbon pin or raffle ticket or cookbook or calendar, they're not saying "no" to you -- they are saying "no" to the opportunity. They aren't rejecting you, it's just that whatever it is you're offering isn't for them right now.

But don't give up on them. You never know what their situation will be in the future. Maybe they'll be more in the mood to donate in the fall. Maybe a cookbook isn't for them, but a poker night will be right up their alley. Maybe they're in the midst of fundraising for the MS 150 and need to take a breather before they can help you with your fundraiser.

It's crazy, I know. It's crazy to put yourself out there. It takes a ton of courage to ask people to support what you're doing. And it takes even more courage to keep asking over and over when people say "no." But you've got to just keep plugging away at it. You can do it!!!

And guess what? When they say "YES!" it's gonna blow you away!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Princess' Guide: Sneak Peek

Please Note: All photos are copyrighted. Don't you dare go "stealing" them!

Now... These are some of my favorite pictures from the Simply Pink photo shoot on Saturday!!! With pictures like these, how could you HELP but order a calendar? And a cookbook??? I'm telling you, that Amanda Rocks!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Princess' Guide: Make It Your Own!

Update: We now have Pay Pal!!! You can order your Cookbooks and Calendars and easily pay online!!!

Just click here to donate: In the notes section, please tell us specifically what you're ordering and if your order should be credited to a specific walker. Cookbooks and Calendars are $20 each. If you want to buy the set, it's $35. They will be shipped in time for Mother's Day!!! Please also give us your mailing address in notes section -- just to make sure we have it!

So.... A couple of days ago, I tried to encourage ya'll to get up off the couch, put down your bon-bons and really get out there and start fundraising.

And I suggested you use what you're passionate about as a springboard.

This year I've done just that. Quilting is my go-to. My creative outlet. My therapy. My peace. My prayer time. It's kind of hard to explain all that it is and involves for me.

So I got this idea to do a quilt calendar. And how cool would it be to have quilts made by all these really cool quilters I know?

Well... The idea has blossomed, and the quilts have been rolling in. Amanda and I are going to do the "real" photography this weekend, but here is a Sneak Peak of some of the quilts that will be in the calendar. And wait till you hear about the magical journey five of the quilts are on right now.

Oh! And if you haven't ordered yours yet, orders are due April 1. Just double-click on the order form picture at the bottom of this post, fill it out and send it in. And prepare to be "Wowed!"

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Heart Matters....

If you're one of my 3-Day peeps who has only been on the scene for a brief time, you may think this blog is all 3-Day, all the time.

Really, it's not.

More than anything else, this blog has been therapy. And real life. And I just tell it like it is.

Today is one of those days. So if you're here for the 3-Day scoop, we'll get back to that. But if you're one of my four tried-and-true readers who's been around awhile, you know sometimes I need to share my heart.

So here goes....

M'Lys, A'Lise and I have a big decision to make. A very big decision. A decision that doesn't just affect the three of us -- it has an impact on other people we love. It's a decision that we can't make lightly.

If you know what it is, then you know what it is. If you don't, you aren't supposed to know.

It's that simple.

But whether or not you know what I'm talking about in this way round about way, I do need you to know one thing.

We need your prayers.

As I see it, we have about five different options on this one.

Option #1 is an option that's a pretty "safe" option in regards to keeping the people we care about happy.

Option #2 would make a certain cluster of people we care about pretty upset.

Option #3 would make a different cluster of people we care about pretty upset.

Option #4 would make that same cluster of people upset -- but maybe not quite as much.

Option #5 is probably another "safe" option in regards to keeping people happy.

I'm a pleaser by nature. I want to make everyone happy. But the fact of the matter is, no matter which way we go, someone isn't going to be happy. There is absolutely no way we can make everyone happy on this one. No way.

So this is what we need....

We need your prayers that we will make the right decision -- one that provides a long-term solution. One that isn't just the right decision for us, but is the right decision for Abbie and Kaitlyn down the line.

Almost as much, we need your support. I think it goes without saying that M'Lys, A'Lise and I have had to deal with more CRAP in our lifetimes than we ever should have. You may think I'm exaggerating, but please remember you never know the whole story -- even if you think you do. And if you've been in our lives longer than this blog, you know that our challenges didn't just start with losing our Mom at 61. They started long ago, and they continue still.

So yes, what we need more than anything is your support. In the past, we have been thrust into the middle of far too many conflicts. We have had to claw our way through years of wading through the anger, unforgiveness and Olympic-size holding onto grudges. We have been dragged under, flipped over, and smothered by much of that.

We will not stand for it anymore. As I said, we've got five options going here, and there isn't a one that's not going to hack someone, somewhere off.

If we make that decision, and you're that person, please know that we aren't rushing through this process, and we're aren't taking it lightly. We're seeking counsel and prayers and are thinking it through very carefully.

And we fully expect your support when we're done. As the people who loves us, we need you to give us that much.

The Princess' Guide: The Lighter Side!

Okay. So now that there are all six of you reading my blog, I think it's high time we had a little conversation.

When we talk about the 3-Day, we often talk about the spirit, camaraderie, love, etc. But you know, that's not all it's about. The funny stories are what really makes the weekend.

So.... I'm going to Bust a Move and share my Most Embarrassing 3-Day Moment. Then, I invite you to share yours. Or maybe just a funny experience. I'm in a mood for The Lighter Side today!

So my first year, we were building a house while I was supposed to be training for the 3-Day. We'd already moved three times that summer, and were living in an apartment in McKinney. Six steps to the refrigerator -- I think I gained 10 pounds.

Lisa came in the night before, and I was pretty well packed -- but still rushed around a bit the morning of the walk.

We had to wake up in the middle of the night to get there. Like 4:00 a.m. Day 1 was starting at Texas Stadium -- a long trek for us in the best of circumstances. We threw the girls in the truck in their pajamas and Biggsy drove us over there.

Just one problem.... I left my other sports bras at home.

That's right. I had one on, but that was IT.

Being the resourceful girl I am, I wore it again on Saturday. But by the end of the day, it could have walked 20 miles on its own. So I washed it in the showers, thinking it'd be fresh for Sunday.

Ummmmm.... No..... It was COLD that night -- something like 34 degrees, and I woke up with a bra popsicle. Still wet. Cold. NOT cool.

I'm not one of those girls who could walk 20 miles braless.

So.... I had to wear Lisa's bra -- the one she had worn the day before!

And that, my friends, is my best 3-Day story. What's yours???

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Princess' Guide: The Ten Most Powerful Words

Growing up, I was in 4-H for about a bajillion years. I learned to cook and sew and slop hogs -- and one fantastic summer at the Texas 4-H Center, I learned that the 10 most important words in the English language are, "If it is to be, it is up to me."

Now.... Some of you are thinking, "No, Chica. If it is to be, it is up to God." And you're right. But every now and then, God needs you to step up and take a role in His plan.

If you're looking for a job, you can't just sit on the couch eating bon-bons. You've got to get a resume together and get it out there.

If you live way out in the boonies, you can't just wait for Prince Charming to get thrown off his horse and land on your porch. You've got to get on E-Farmony or put a listing in Farm Journal's Agricultural Singles Directory (Not that I'd know anything about that.....) and hope your luck holds in the process.

But seriously, you can't just sit around and wait for good things to happen.

Fundraising for the 3-Day is just that. If it is to be, it is up to YOU. You can't sit on your couch watching Days of Our Lives and expect those checks to come rolling in the door. (I know your heart is breaking over Bo and Hope -- I'm right there with ya. But still.)

You've got to get out there and Git er Done.

Here's the cool part... You have as many options for raising $2300 as there are 3-Day walkers. And the really cool part? You can use whatever you're passionate about to make it happen.

Like riding your motorcycle? Organize a biker rally. Like crafting? Make pink stuff and sell it. Is baking your forte? Have a bake sale.

Just remember.... If it is to be, it is up to YOU! One person CAN make a difference. If we're going to find a cure for this beast, we need YOU to be at the top of your game!

Monday, March 22, 2010

What We Did on Spring Break...

Yard Art.... Sargent style.

What happens when you JUST miss the ball....

Granny Nelva really enjoyed the beach!

Mmmmm.... Shipley's.....

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Princess' Guide: There's No Place Like Home....

... Based Businesses.

What I wouldn't give to have a digital picture of me with my buds to put in here, but time is short and my scanner is experiencing a learning curve. But....

A lifetime ago, I sold Homemade Gourmet. And I was really, really good at it. I can tell you that I use the lessons I learned each and every day. Through that experience, I can tell you that the people who own home-based businesses have huge hearts. And they want to do fundraisers to help you out.

My dear friend Anne Wolter is one of those people. I don't keep up as much as I should, but back then Anne won Top Sales EVERY year -- and won jewelry for it!! She rocks!

If you're looking for a home-based business who will support you in a fundraiser, Anne is a great pick. She's got an easy plan to follow. You can find her website at: Or you can email her at annekwolter (at)

Tell her that crazy chick from Texas sent you.

If you have a home-based business and would like to help the 3-Day family with their fundraising, please feel free to post your opportunity in the comments section on this post.

Please don't hijack my blog with "opportunities." If you do, I'll have to give you the Mommy Look -- and I don't like to do that. It gives me wrinkles.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Princess' Guide: When Spring Break Hands You Lemons...

... Make Lemonade!!!
You know, there really isn't anything cuter than a bunch of kids selling lemonade. And what better time than Spring Break for them to set up a Lemonade Stand?

We're pretty much the only family in our neighborhood that didn't head out of town for the Break, and our girls are going nuts. They ask that much-anticipated "What can I do?" question at least every 10 minutes.

I'm thinking we need an afternoon Lemonade Stand.

This is one of the easiest fundraisers you'll ever do -- and it doesn't have to be confined to out in front of your house. Last fall, Team Tiara did a series of Lemonade Stands out at our soccer fields during the season. They weren't huge money-makers, but they did bring in about $150 a pop. That's $150 more than we would have had if we hadn't done them....

And a Lemonade Stand can really be as much or as little as you want it to be. You can branch out and serve baked goods or T-shirts. You can keep it just lemonade. We had a little pail of those dum-dums suckers for the kids to take. AND of course, we served PINK Lemonade!!!

Signage is VERY important! You want people to know you're raising funds for Komen and that additional donations are accepted. You want them to know what you're doing and that they can help!
And it's a great way to give your kiddos something productive to do!
The Clincher? You don't have to be a 3-Day walker to have a Lemonade Stand! Whoever you are, wherever you are, your kids can do a Lemonade Stand and donate the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. What a great way to teach your kids about responsibility and making a difference in this world!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Princess' Guide: Spring Break Fundraising

I don't get it.

When you talk to people about the 3-Day, it's not the walking that concerns them. It's not sleeping in a pink tent. Or the rumor that someone once peed in the shower stall next to my friend Karen. (YIKES!) It's the fundraising... And I just don't get that.

It really is difficult for me to grasp the fact that there are some of ya'll out there who work really, really hard at fundrasing -- and have no luck at all. I really do try to get that, but I don't....

You see, I'm blessed with an INCREDIBLE support system -- a bajillion people out there who loved my Momma and who love me and who give the best they can. So I try to think of what I would do if I didn't have that support system.

This is what I know. I'd work my tail off to raise the money to do this walk. I would. And I wouldn't let fear or anything stop me. And in that mode, I'm going to try to funnel some ideas your way - ideas for things that are proven to work. Ideas for things that might work. Just ideas.

So... It's Spring Break in Texas -- for the vast majority of us, at least. My kids are already driving me nuts, and I'm guessing yours are as well. But hey! This is your opportunity to do a little Spring Break Fundraising!

While the vast majority of our neighborhood (it seems) are at Fairfield East, AKA Disney World, there are still quite a few ankle biters running around and driving their Mommas nuts.

I'm thinking you could volunteer to take those kiddos off your friends' hands for a donation. This wouldn't be your ordinary "come over and play date" -- you've got to make it worthwhile. Charge $15 a kid and have them over for about five hours or so.

Do crafts. Play games. Have fun. Check out for ideas. I'd gladly pay $30 (for the two Bigglets) to have five hours of peace this week. And I'm thinking I'm not the only one.

So there you go.... Your fundraising idea for today! Let me know how it goes!

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Princess Guide: Child Labor Laws Do Not Apply

Great News! Child Labor Laws do not apply to 3-Day Fundraising!!

Seriously, involving your children in your fundraising has so many benefits. It doesn't have to be anything huge -- whether it's applying stamps to fundraising letters or working at a lemonade stand, your children will love playing a role.

And when you explain that what you're doing is for them, it'll be even better.

Our girls can talk 3-Day like no one's business. When they see a pink ribbon, to them it's not just about breast cancer -- it's about the 3-Day. They've been known to tell people I'm finding a cure for breast cancer. (Like I could do it alone.) They love to be involved -- whatever the tasks.

A large number of Team Tiara's walkers live right here in our neighborhood. When you get that kind of concentration, you start to see a more involved experience for your kids -- and their friends. Our school has gotten into the act. We have "Pink" days where the teachers pay to wear jeans and pink T-shirts. The kids wear pink T-shirts. Many of the students have written letters of encouragement or made cards for our team members. It really is cool to see the involvement that we have as a community.

No one will be as proud of you as your kids are. They are your greatest champions.

But even more than that, think of the lessons you're teaching them. You're teaching them that it's not enough to just stand by and let something like breast cancer run amok. You're teaching them to take a stand and make a difference. To put one foot in front of the other, even on the days you don't really want to. You're teaching them to talk to people, to share their passion. You're teaching your children to bring about change -- that one person can truly make a difference.

And the world will be better for it. Especially when it's a world without breast cancer.

Oh My....

We went to see Brad Paisley last night at the Rodeo. Well, we only got to see him sing three songs. He came on so late we had to get the girls home.... Sometimes being a responsible parent isn't nearly as much fun....

BUT... The three goobers certainly had a good time.

And Brad P. was pretty cool -- for what we saw....

And my little Redneck Girls got to chow on Turkey Legs as big as they are...

I'd say it was a success!!!
Thanks, Wendy!!!

The Princess Guide: The Bucket List

How cool is that? Anthony put it together. He's our Lone Ranger this year -- so far the only guy on Team Tiara. It's a 62-1 ratio, so he's not too sad. And while we're on the topic of buckets, here's my fundraising tip for today....
(Please don't proceed unless you've done #1 and #2 from yesterday's post....)

So.... Let's talk about Canning. This is a great way to do some fundraising throughout your year without a big, huge time commitment. You can decorate cans -- whatever size you want -- and display them at neighborhood businesses.

Now here's the cool part.... Too often we get caught up in the Fundraising side of the 3-Day and forget that we have a BIG role to play on the awareness side. These little cans can help with that -- particularly if they are accompanied with a little literature about Breast Cancer. You can find all sorts of literature to order on the Komen website. Or just print out the list of breast cancer facts from the 3-Day Toolkit, laminate it, and put it with your can!

The best part of this? You get to get all creative with the scrapbook supplies and stickers!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Princess Guide: Tell Us What We Want to Know....

So what's cool this week in D'Lyn-Land? Well... I think my blog readership has jumped from four to six. How cool is that??

Seriously, I know some of you are thinking I'd better start talking Fundraising. Like Now.

You have to understand... Way back when I started this crazy path, I quickly figured out that the more people who walked the walk, the more money we would raise. That on my own I couldn't raise nearly what a big team would raise.

And I was right.

So for the last couple of weeks, as the clock ticked down on that Registration Discount that the 3-Day was offering, I had tunnel vision. It was all about getting as many people to walk with us as I could. And it still is.

BUT... I know you're getting restless and a bit nervous, and I'd like to ask you to repeat after me.

It's. Still. Early.

I know that for some of you it's not nearly as early as it is for me. But let me tell you.... If you're walking in Dallas, November is still a long ways away. And you'd be amazed at how much money comes in in those last 30 days before the walk.

But I know that when you've got that $2300 hanging over you, it doesn't matter how much time you've got. Especially if this is your first rodeo.

For today, I'm going to give you two tasks. Just two. No whining about fundraising until you've done these two tasks. I mean it. I'm immune to whining.

1. Design your Participant Center. By "design," I mean make it yours. Add a picture that's YOURS -- not the stock photo. Add your story. Why you're walking. A scripture.

Remember, this is your way to "talk" to your sponsors -- some of whom you've never even met. They're the people that play bridge with your Aunt Bertha. They're the guys that meet your Uncle Fred for coffee every morning at the Dairy Queen. And that family of yours? They are so darn proud of what you're doing, they can't stop talking about it. They're spreading the word. So please give those people something to read when they land on your page.

2. Write your fundraising letter. Then send it. I send mine via snail mail and get a great result. I know a lot of people that do theirs via email. It doesn't matter how you do it -- just do it. If you don't ask these people to sponsor you, how do you expect them to know you need it? If you don't share the magnitude of this challenge, how can you expect them to donate more than $5??

This is KEY to fundraising. You can't just sit in the middle of your cul-de-sac in your chair with your beverage of choice and tell your six neighbors that you're walking in this walk-thingy. You've go to get out there, let people know what you're doing and then ASK them to help.

And I'm telling you... You will get out of this exactly what you put into it. If you send that letter to six people, at best you'll get donations from six people. If you send that letter to 350 people, your odds are looking a whole lot brighter.

Yep. I said 350. It's crazy, I know. But you've got to send that letter to everyone you've ever met. Co-workers, former co-workers, college buddies, high school buddies, kindergarten buddies, fishing buddies, teammates, your kids' teammates' parents, your family, your cousin Elmo, the lady at your dry cleaners, your entire Christmas list, your Momma's entire Christmas list..... Do you want me to continue??

Okay. I won't. But I think you get the point.

Since I love all six of you so much, I'm going to do you a big favor. If you'll read on, you'll see a fundraising letter extraordinaire, courtesy of me. Feel free to edit it as needed to make it your own -- and yes, you''ll have to do that yourself. Your story isn't my story. You've got your own. Be proud of it.

And good luck. I'm rooting for you!!!

March 10, 2010

Dear Friends,

You’re probably wondering what on earth would make me search high and low for contact information for anyone and everyone I could think of – even people I haven’t heard from in years.

Well…. Six years ago, my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She chose to live and fought it bravely. After a double mastectomy, she was cancer-free.

In October 2006, a friend and I walked in the Komen for the Cure’s DFW Breast Cancer 3-Day in honor of my Mom. It was an incredible experience. Mom was so flattered that we would walk 60 miles for her.

That’s right. Sixty Miles. In three days. Yeah, me. (You can quit laughing now.) I immediately signed up to walk again in 2007 as a way to support my Mom in her ongoing struggles with her health. You see, even though she had beat breast cancer, it was continuing to affect her life. Her kidneys were failing, and she needed a transplant. But because of the breast cancer she had battled, she wouldn’t be able to get one for at least 3-4 more years.

My Mom didn’t give up. She had determination and courage that were nothing short of amazing.

In the meantime, Biggs was transferred to Houston. We moved here June 16, 2007. Four days later, Mom was diagnosed with a tumor at the base of her skull. God, in his infinite wisdom, had brought us to Houston just in time for her arrival at MD Anderson. The next month was a blur of hospital stays and tests. She passed away July 21. She was only 61.

That October, walking the 3-Day was much different than in 2006. I felt like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders. But 13 precious friends joined me, held my hand and cried with me. I know Mom was walking with me as well – I walked each and every one of the 60 miles and didn’t get a single blister.

In a surprising twist, I was one of 17 walkers flown to L.A. the next weekend to shoot the print, radio and TV ads for the 2008 3-Day series. Believe me, “We want you to fly to L.A. to shoot a TV commercial,” were words I never expected to hear. But I’m so glad I did. The men and women we worked with in L.A. were such a gift. We continue to be featured in commercials, ads, promotional video and literature that are distributed nation-wide.

Our team, now known as Team Tiara, continues to walk this walk and fight this battle. To date, we have raised almost $300,000. But we're not done. We're going to walk this walk until that magical year when this becomes a celebration - the year we find a CURE for breast cancer. This year, we'll be walking in Dallas on November 5-7. As we continue to lose dear friends and family members, and ache with others just being diagnosed, I am more determined than ever to help find a cure before Abbie and Kaitlyn are old enough to know what a mammogram is. I’m reaching out to absolutely everyone I can think of.

Would you like to know how you can help?

You can walk with Team Tiara – This year our goal is to have 100 walkers on our team. With that many walkers, we can raise the $250,000 needed to reach the cumulative $500,000 mark - in this all-important FIFTH year of walking. Wouldn’t that be cool? As a walker, you will be introduced to many “firsts.” You’ll sleep in a pink tent, take showers in a converted semi trailer, dine on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and become an expert on blister care. You will laugh at the kind of jokes only breast cancer survivors can come up with. You’ll cry over people’s stories and share your own. And in the process you’ll help raise millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education. You can check out our donation website at To join our team, click on the button that says, "Join Team."

You can crew with Team Tiara – It takes about 500 crew members to make sure everything runs smoothly. There are people to make sure you get across the street okay (when you’re that tired, sometimes you forget to look both ways!), there are volunteers that serve all the meals, and there are even a couple of guys that dress up like fairies to send you on your way in the morning. Crazy! To crew with our team, follow the same directions above.

You can donate to Team Tiara -- Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. The money you donate goes directly to research, education, awareness and services…. You can donate online at You can donate by phone – just call 1-800-996-3329. My walker ID number is 1434066. If you prefer to donate by check, you can make it out to “Breast Cancer 3-Day” and send it to me at the address below. I will attach one of the donation slips and send it to the 3-Day bank! And of course, all donations are tax-deductible.

Now.... I’d be remiss if I touched base with you and didn’t remind to “check your chi-chi’s” and make sure the women in your life get regular mammograms! Breast cancer knows no age or gender boundaries. You are your best defense!

Many Blessings,

D’Lyn (Lloyd) Biggs

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cookbook & Calendar Order Form!!

Here is a copy of our Cookbook & Calendar Order Form!!! Just click on the picture, then print it out, fill it in, and send it on its way!!!

Princess Guide: It's ALL About the Clothes!!!


It's time to order our 2010 Team Tiara T-shirts!!! I THINK you can pull this "picture" of our order form up, print it out, fill it in, and send it on its way! If that doesn't work, shoot me an email to dlyn (at) and I'll send it all to you as an attachment!

Please note: You do not have to be a member of Team Tiara or live in Houston to get the T-shirts!!! We'd love to have everyone we know running around in one of our shirts! $5 in postage will get it to your door -- wherever that is.

- d.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

When Boobs and Trains Collide...

Team Tiara was given a unique challenge this morning....

If we have 100 walkers on our team for 2010, my friend Kevin will paint a locomotive pink. That's right. A Big, Bad Train Engine. Bright Pink! AND he'll paint some catchy slogan on the side!!!

How cool is that? Do you have any idea what a HUGE thing this is?? Can you imagine the publicity it would get? Can you imagine the impression that Big, Pink Train will make as it cruises the country??

This is an opportunity we can't pass up. Just as we can't step aside as breast cancer picks off our loved ones, one at a time, we can't pass up this opportunity to get THIS kind of exposure for the CURE.

As of this very second, this very moment, Team Tiara has 59 walkers registered for 2010. That means we need 41 more walkers. Don't you want to join us???

If you register today, and enter the discount code "RESOLVE" you'll save $25 on your registration.

Please help us get this Train for the CURE up and moving!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Princess' Guide: What's Up With The $2300????

You know, on Team Tiara we have implemented a No Drama rule.

We'd implement a No Whining rule, too, but then I'd have to abide with it.

I really hate to ask the team to do something I wouldn't do. What kind of leader would that make me???

Seriously, though, there tends to be a bit of whinage from time to time about having to raise $2300.

I'm thinking I'm just going to jump on out there and share my thoughts on the matter.

I think the $2300 fundraising minimum ROCKS.

That's right. I think it is way too cool that you have to raise $2300 to walk in this walk.

You see, if anyone could do it, everyone could do it. If it didn't require as much of a commitment, everyone would want to do it. And there wouldn't be enough room for enough tents. And friends like my buddy Dione, who always waits to register at the last minute, and drives me nuts in the process, wouldn't get to walk.

Everyone would do it.

Everyone but me.

I think of this as the X-Games of fundraising. If I could be an Olympic snowboarder, I'd do that in a heartbeat.; but unfortunately when God made me, he left the athlete gene on the drawing board. Really. I mean it.

I will never be an X-Games athlete, but the 3-Day gives me something just as good. It gives me a challenge and a goal and so very much more.

It's not enough for me to do Race for the Cure -- to just show up and walk my 5K or whatever.

Nope. I'm going for the Gusto. Give me a challenge. 60 miles in three days. A bucketful of money to raise. I'm off to the races.

I LOVE this challenge. I LOVE seeing friends reach that goal -- when they never thought they could do it. I LOVE crossing that finish line knowing that I've done absolutely everything in my power to Stomp the Hell Outta Breast Cancer.

I think Race for the Cure ROCKS. But the sad fact of the matter is, people generally live up -- or down -- to our expectations. If you're not going to require people to raise money in order to participate, many won't. If you tell them they have to raise $2300, many will do that and then take a break.

The true champions in my book are the people who raise that money for the Race -- even though they don't "have" to. The people who go above and beyond that $2300 even though they don't "have" to.

I'm hoping you'll join us on the walk this year, and become one of those true champions. And you know what?? You can save $25 off your registration through March 9. Don't make me come over there and taunt you with a Reeese's Peanut Butter Egg until you register. Just get on board now!!! Click on Join Team and take it from there. Add "RESOLVE" as the discount code, and you'll save 25 Smackeroos.

That $25 would make a great first donation, so you don't have to look at a Goose Egg on your fundraising page. Or, you could take me to lunch at Newk's. It's your call!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

We're Teaming up with SLAH to find a CURE!!!

Team Tiara is teaming up with Cheline, Southern Living Consultant Extaordinaire, to raise money for the CURE!!!

100% of Cheline's profits will be donated to Team Tiara!!!

If you want to come to the "Girl Time without Kids" party, here is the info:

You are cordially invited to an Open House FUNDRAISER!

Hosted by: Karen Suomela and Stephanie Cook

100% of profits from sales go towards our fight!


Order Online and/or COME TO OUR OPEN HOUSE~prizes given-see below

EVEN GUYS CAN ORDER from our catalog with


Golf Magazine AND Sports Illustrated

(see page 81 on our flip catalog -website listed below)

or items for the women in their lives of courseJ

Where? Karen Suomela’s house- 22034 Summer Shower Ct., Cypress TX 77433
Phone 281-373-3946 cell 832-752-7581

When? Friday, March 26th 4:00-10PM

Why? To support Team Tiara Breast Cancer Team fundraising efforts

How? Collect orders, bring friends, wear pink, check out the Southern Living at HOME’s new Spring catalog and have fun!

Our goal is to hit 2K in sales for a $500 donation-we hope to beat that goal -we need your help!

Drawings for coming to the open house! Earn tickets for:

Bringing friends to Karen’s house not on invite-2 tickets per friend

Collecting orders (sorry, top three in sales not eligible)-2 tickets per $50 of sales

Filling out customer care cards at party-2 tickets

Booking your own home show-5 tickets

*Prizes for drawings (3)are a secret*

but I promise you will NOT be disappointed

Together we can help find a cure

Check out these details for instructions on how YOU can shop online!

Here are the steps to order online:

1. go to

2. Click on “our products” on the left hand side of the home page

3. This will direct you to the online flip catalog

4. Browse the catalog by clicking on the large blue circle that says “browse our latest catalog” and find what you would like to order-write the name and number down of the product

5. click on “how to purchase”

6. Under the “how to order online”enter Team as first name and search-Team Tiara will then show up in orange-click on it

7. enter the search word of the item you are wanting ex. Ramekins and the two types will show up, choose the ones you want, enter the item number and proceed to checkout.

Credit cards can be taken online and orders can be shipped directly to those who order! Make sure to hit the direct shipping button at checkout.

Should anyone have questions or want to just email me what they want and their credit card info, she can do that as well. Simply email me at chelineboston@

Thank you for spreading the word on this fundraiser. We need all of you to gather orders to make this a success! J Let’s hit 2K in sales for our $500 donation goal! Whoo Hoo!

The Princess Guide: Buy Stock in New Balance Now!

Hi There.

Did my last post freak you out a bit? Did you ever think so many things could go wrong with a pair of feet?

The fact of the matter is, your feet are precious -- you've got to take care of them.

My feet....

Well, my feet are the kind of feet people compliment me on. High arches. Dainty. Size 6. Pretty.

Well, except for that one toenail. And my stubby toe.

I have a friend in Plano who had bunion surgery a few years ago. Her viewpoint all these years down the road? "Doctors in Plano are really good at making things look good. They aren't so great at making them work."

Now, I don't know much about that -- I do know that Plano is the cosmetic surgery capital of Texas.

My feet are feet that perfectly fit that description. While I've never had surgery on them, I do have feet that look really good. But they sure aren't functional.

My loss is your gain. Hopefully my sharing about my feet issues will help you avoid more of the same.

It really is scary how many people in this world deal with Plantar Fasciitis, Neuromas and all that jazz. And the 3-Day community isn't immune.

I'm no foot doctor, but I can tell you what works for me.

Remember that pair of shoes I bought two weeks before the walk in 2006?? They were New Balance 1060's, and I've stuck with that series ever since.

I did have a brief switch to Avias in 2008, that I'm convinced had something to do with my neuroma. Because they're tighter across the toe box, they put pressure on that nerve. Because my feet are so little and tightly woven, there wasn't much room in there for that nerve to "breathe." With the Avia's, things got a bit tighter. A trip to the mountains right about then probably didn't help, either.

I know. Land the Plane.

Seriously? The NB 1060 series has worked GREAT for me. But you know what?? I didn't just stumble on this magical fit. I went to the New Balance store in Frisco, and they got me set up. I highly recommend having a professional fit your feet. Not the guy at Mecca, I mean, Academy. I think those guys are great -- but I'm talking the kind of professional you'll find at Luke's Locker or Run On. The kind of guy with a treadmill right there. And it doesn't hurt if he's kinda cute. (Just thinking about you single girls out there!!!)

I walk in and ask for the best guy they've got. My feet are so squirrelly, I can't settle for less. If he's out to lunch, I tell them I'll be back in an hour. And every time, I come back to that NB 1060 series.

Now... The cool thing about finding a shoe that really, really works for you is that is that it can save you a whole lotta money. Sure, I paid upwards of $100 for these shoes when I first started wearing them, but I haven't since then.

I'll get them online or at the New Balance outlet whenever and wherever I can. I'm just guessing here, but I'm pretty sure I've had more than 10 pairs of shoes in this series. The last time I paid $45 a pair. You can't beat that.

Now... That's what works for me. It's not going to be what works for you. But lucky for you it's only March -- and you've got a lot of time to figure this part out.


Great Socks Rock. I've used a different type of sock nearly every year. My all-time faves were Balagas. It was like walking on a cloud. I can't wear them any more, though, because the thickness contributes to my shoes being too tight. But oh, they were a dream while they lasted.

They were also kinda hot. Not so much that I couldn't stand it -- but kinda hot for a Houston summer. But come November, when we were doing the actual walk, that warmth was welcome!!!

Really, with socks, the most important thing is to get moisture-wicking ones. I'll tell you, Biggsy has spent the last five years laughing at me and all my moisture-wicking attire. We're talking head-to-toe moisture-wicking attire. He's laughed at how "spoiled" we 3-Day walkers are and how much I've spent on it. He's gone so far as to say we should use it as a recruiting tool.

Sign up for the 3-Day, and you get to buy a whole new wardrobe.


His men's softball team had moisture-wicking uniforms last year.

He's a whole new man.

With a whole new wardrobe.

Seriously, you can't beat this moisture-wicking stuff. And I don't think it's more important anywhere than it is with socks.

What do I wear? These thin Adidas socks that I get at Mecca. They have aloe in them. I'm not sure what that does, but it sounds cool. I can't feel a toe seam (my OCD just cannot handle toe seams), and they breathe really well. More than anything else -- they look good. They hit right at my ankle, just above my shoe, and have a little gray, black or teal band around the top. Works for me!!!

It Goes on Smoooooooth.....

Now... I would totally be remiss if I didn't mention that Gold known as Body Glide. If you don't have any, do not pass Go, do not collect $200 -- get out there and get you some!!!

At Mecca, it's with all the weight-lifting hardware and nutrition stuff. When I walk over to buy it, people naturally assume I'm shopping for my husband.

This stuff really is Gold. You can use it anywhere you have friction. I'm not going to go into details on that -- just know it can go anywhere you have friction. I put that stuff all over my feet and then put my socks on. And I redo it all at lunch. And in all the 3-Days I've walked I've never had one stinkin' blister.

So... That's what works for me. But it may not be what works for you. The crazy thing? There will be 3000 people on the walk, and they'll be using 3000 different combinations of shoes, socks and blister control to get through the 60 miles.

It's very important that you find what you like, and the only way you're going to do that is to go on training walks. What feels great at mile zero can be a blister by mile 3 or be driving you insane at mile 7. Many, many issues don't even pop up until around 10 or 12. And we won't even talk about what mile 22 will do to you.

The absolutely best thing you can do for you and those feet of yours is to put some time into finding your combination. Trust me. It will all be worth it in the end.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Princess' Guide: Let's Talk Feet

True Confession Time.

My feet are whacked out.


And on top of that, I really should have them insured. I've spent a LOT of money keeping them functioning.

I'm hoping you can learn from my mistakes -- surely you can.


Between July and October 2006, we moved four times. We were building a house and through the process spent far more time loading / unloading moving trucks and PODS than I did training. Incidentally, the 60-sum-odd miles I walked in 2-week-old shoes on untrained legs didn't go so well.

In 2006, the DFW 3-Day trekked around a lot of Arlington. Who knew they had hills?

By the time we were done, I had painful knees and tendonitis in my left ankle (presumably from having my runner's loop too tight on my brand-new shoes.

Lessons Learned: Don't buy shoes two weeks before the walk. You need a minimum of 25, preferably 50 miles of training in your shoes before the walk.

Also... If you strengthen your leg muscles with weights, your knees won't have to work as hard.

Also.... Be sure you pack your sports bra.

Oops. We're talking feet. I forgot.


Trained like a wild woman right up until my girls got out of school for the summer. We climbed "The Hill" in McKinney over and over. My legs ROCKED.

Got new shoes -- bought 1/2 size up so my feet would have room to "swell."

Moved to Houston. Mom got sick. She passed away. I gained 10 lbs. off hospital / funeral food.

Severe pain set in in my right foot around the end of the summer. Plantar Fasciitis was the culprit.

I got two cortisone injections and then limped through each and every mile of the 3-Day.

Found a new podiatrist. Turns out my extremely high arches were falling. Physical therapy became the name of the game.

Lessons learned: Plantar Fasciitis sucks. If you catch it early, it's much easier to deal with.

Also... People with really screwy feet should be cautious about bumping up to a larger shoe. Sometimes the stability of an accurately-fitting shoe can be more important than a toenail.

Also... If a doctor sounds like a quack, acts like a quack and has a not-so-impressive office, he's probably a quack.


This was going to be MY year.

Got custom orthotics for my crazy feet. Hard, leather, uncomfortable orthotics. But I was ready to do what it takes, right?

Trained like the dickens. Worked out with a trainer at a boot camp three days a week. On top of that, I did water aerobics two days a week, lifted weights three days a week, and walked 20+ miles a week. Spent two weeks at our fishing hut running up and down the stairs barefoot.

Ended up with Plantar Fasciitis and Neuromas in BOTH feet! Argh!!!

Only walked about 13 miles -- total.

Lessons Learned: It only counts as cross-training if it puts a completely different type of stress on your body. For instance, if you're walking 20+ miles a week, don't spend an additional 5 hours a week pounding your feet as you jump up and down. (You'd think I would have been smart enough to figure this one out!)

Instead, try the lifting weights, but mix it up with riding a bike or swimming or something that takes the heat off your feet.

Also... You don't have to walk 60 miles to be a 3-Day walker. In 2008, I created my own 3-Day experience by doing my best to be the hands and feet of Jesus to my teammates. It was a very powerful experience!


New doctor. He rocks. Sent me to a specialist for new orthotics. Now I have the comfy, cushiony kind athletes use. Complete with a lot of support for my extremely-high arches, as well as a bump in each shoe to take the pressure off my neuromas.

Began training when A&K went back to school in August. Not significant training, but training nonetheless. Three miles here, six miles there... You get it.

Walked 45 miles!!!

Lesssons Learned: Don't let a "bad" year, when you couldn't walk all you wanted to, get you down. Hang in there -- you never know what the next year will bring!


I'm good to go!!! Back to working with my trainer, and am working to lose 25 lbs. before the 2010 walk! Still have my cushy orthotics, and I still move like an old lady in the mornings. BUT.... I just don't have functional feet. I've learned to "listen" to my feet. I know their limits, and I can't wait for the walk!

I'll talk more about the nuts & bolts of socks, shoes, etc. in my next post!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today would have been my Momma's 64th birthday. I've been doing "okay." But then, when you least expect it a wave of grief comes over you and just slams you.
I miss you, Mom.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Order Your Cookbooks and Calendars!!

March 2, 2009

Dear Friends,

Team Tiara is launching our 2010 Breast Cancer 3-Day season in a grand way! We are kicking off two primary fundraisers that we know you will want to be a part of!

“Cooking for a Cure” — a cookbook compiled from over 250 of our favorite recipes. This cookbook honors many of our friends and family who have faced breast cancer. In it, you’ll find many of those recipes you’ve asked us for in the past!

“Simply Pink: Quilts for the Cure” — a calendar featuring 35 quilts made by women from across the country. This is a 20-month calendar which runs from May 2010 to December 2011. These beautiful quilts will be sold at auction in October. We’ll send you additional details about the auction at a later date.

The cookbook and calendar will both be available for Mother’s Day! They are $20 each or you can purchase both for $35. Shipping is included. Orders received by April 1 will be printed in our first printing and shipped by May 1. Orders received after April 1 may have to wait for our second printing, but will be shipped as quickly as possible.

Please see the following order form for additional information about the cookbook and calendar, as well as an opportunity for you to make an additional donation to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 100% of the profits from the sale of the cookbook and calendar will go to breast cancer research, education, awareness and services.

Thank you for supporting Team Tiara and the Breast Cancer 3-Day! If you’re not familiar with Team Tiara, our primary beneficiary is the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. We walk 60 miles in three days to raise money for breast cancer research, education, awareness and services. To date, we have raised over $290,000 for the Breast Cancer 3-Day.

Please consider walking with us! As a walker, you will be introduced to many “firsts.” You’ll sleep in a pink tent, take showers in a converted semi trailer and become an expert on blister care. You will laugh at the kind of jokes only breast cancer survivors can come up with. You’ll cry over people’s stories and share your own. And in the process you’ll help raise millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education. You can register for the walk at On that website you will find a button that says, “Register to Join Team.” Just take it from there.

Team Tiara is a non-profit foundation operating as a 501 (3) (c). In addition to walking in the 3-Day, we provide direct support to men and women whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. You can find out more, as well as information about additional fundraisers, at:

Many Blessings,

D’Lyn Biggs

Team Tiara Captain

Team Tiara Order Form
15802 Applerock Trail
Cypress, TX 77433

Billing & Shipping Information:
Phone Number
Email Address

Item Quantity Total
Quilt Calendar $20.00
Cookbook $20.00
Cookbook & Calendar Set $35.00

I would like to make an additional (tax-deductible) donation to the Breast Cancer 3-Day in the amount of $________.

Please designate the Team Tiara team member you are sponsoring: ____________________

Grand Total for this order: $ _________

Please make checks payable to Team Tiara. If you would prefer to donate by credit card, please contact D'Lyn Biggs, Team Tiara Captain, at 281-883-8642 or

Funding breast cancer research, education and outreach efforts.

All proceeds will benefit The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure and Team Tiara.

Princess' Guide: Why Walk in the Breast Cancer 3-Day?

Why walk in the Breast Cancer 3-Day?

Other than the fact that Registration is $25 off? Yep -- just enter the discount code RESOLVE, and you save $25 smackeroos -- but only through March 9, you know. So you'd better get off your kiester and get registered!!!

To motivate you, here is my newly-revised (drumroll, please)....

100 Reasons to Walk in the Breast Cancer 3-Day!!!

1. You have Boobies.
2. You love someone who has Boobies.
3. It's easier than Chemo.
4. Suzi Bruin will carry your luggage.
5. We'll raise millions of $$ for breast cancer research and education.
6. You haven't lived until you've pee'd in a port-o-potty that's draped with a garland of really big bras.
7. Pink Beard Barry.
8. You get to sleep in a pink tent.
9. Chocolate never tasted so good.
10. Imagine thousands of people cheering YOU on.
11. 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer.
12. An estimated 1,910 MEN will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 440 will die.
13. You can ride in the Boobie Mobile.
14. You have a daughter.
15. You are someone's daughter.
16. Pink is definitely your color.
17. You get to eat snacks every three miles!
18. You haven't lived till you've seen men in tutus.
19. 85% of all women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.
20. For 3 days, the world is as it should be.
21. You want to make a difference.
22. You're in great shape.
23. You wish you were in great shape.
24. Free "Feminine Products" at camp.
25. Real men wear pink.
26. "There's a guy who loves Boobies!"
27. You have a wife.
28. You wish you had a wife.
29. 3000 women. 500 men. Talk about great odds!
30. You know it takes a LOT of money to fund a CURE.
31. You want to help promote awareness -- self-exams are your best defense!
32. A world without breast cancer isn't just a dream -- it WILL be a reality.
33. You loved my Mom.
34. You loved YOUR Mom.
35. You know how to Fight Like a Girl.
36. Hot Pink feather boas are the way to go!
37. Free massages.
38. You know someone who's going through chemo.
39. You've held a loved one's hand while they went through chemo.
40. You're turning 40 this year.
41. You need a good challenge.
42. You've never taken a shower in a converted semi truck.
43. You don't want to be a statistic.
44. You live in the DFW area -- and don't even have to travel to the walk!
45. We're going to be walking by your house anyway -- why don't you join us?
46. You're one of my best friends.
47. If I, D'Lyn Biggs, am giving up a cool November weekend to do this -- for the FIFTH year in a row -- there's got to be something to it!
48. You really don't have to worry about raising the money -- people want to help!
49. You don't have to walk all 60 miles -- you can always hitch a ride on a shuttle bus!
50. You've always wanted to know more about blister care.
51. What's that moleskin stuff, anyway?
52. You could end up in a Nation-wide advertising campaign!
53. Body Glide is soooo smooth!
54. You could end up wearing your tentmate's sports bra -- yikes!
55. It's a great way to test your very cold-rated sleeping bag!
56. You can learn about motor boatin'.
57. It's a great excuse to buy new shoes.
58. Do you know 46 people who could donate $50 each? You're there!
59. A weekend with Anthony Patton. 'Nuf said.
60. You get to experience every possible emotion -- in just three days.
61. Pink camo rocks!
62. Talk about a natural high -- just watch your fundraising meter rise!
63. Eliminate breast cancer before you daughters are old enough to know what a mammogram is.
64. Boobies. Boobies. Boobies.
65. How many words can you think of for boobies??
66. Linda and her motorcycle, Grace.
67. Test your balance by trying to pee in a port-o-potty at 3:00 a.m. while trying to keep your flashlight from falling in the hole.
68. Rest. Refuel. Rehydrate. And pee.
69. 60 miles = 4500 calories burned. Cool.
70. The Tammys.
71. It's like a free pass to be completely silly for three days.
72. You will feel like a queen. Or king. Or athlete. Or superhero.
73. Walking and talking is incredible therapy.
74. You can finally stomp your foot and have your say.
75. If walking 60 miles is crazy, why would you want to be normal???
76. Cancer Sucks.
77. My brother-in-law is going to wear a pink tutu.
78. It's a Whole New Way to Live.
79. Get "wrapped" by someone who knows what they're doing.
80. It's a great excuse to hit Academy or REI.
81. Suzi & I are in the Inspiration Video.
82. Forget the whales -- save the boobies.
83. You get to yell cute things like "Check your chi-chi's!"
84. Random people you've never met will let you pee in their bathrooms.
85. You can love on puppies and babies all along the way.
86. It's a 60-mile buffet.
87. It's 60 miles of ministry.
88. The kind of humor that only those who have been affected by breast cancer can share.
89. When is a mile really a mile?
90. Karaoke, Karaoke, Karaoke.
91. Don't forget to lock the port-o-potty door.
92. Try finding your ONE tent in a sea of 1500 matching pink tents.
93. If your port-o-potty doesn't have TP, you can call Suzi on your cell phone and she'll bring you some.
94. You've never seen so many decorations involving boobies!
95. Save Second Base.
96. "We must! We must! We must save our busts!"
97. When you hit a wall, and think you can't go one step further, a survivor will pass you. She won't have any hair. And you'll find out what it means to go the extra mile.
98. Isaiah 40:31.
99. My Mom will be there. She is every year. I promise.
100. It will change your life.