Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How to make your Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk full of awareness AND fun!

Well, everyone!  It's that time again!  Tomorrow I will be leaving for my 6th Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk!  This year, the RACK STARS are heading for Minnesota for the Twin Cities walk.  It's such an exciting and emotional event and I can't wait to make some memories to last a lifetime.  Here are 5 ways to make your Susan G. Komen 3-Day full of awareness AND fun!

1.  Do NOT buy cute new sneakers the day before the walk.  Wear the same shoes that you have been walking in....unless you want BIG BLISTERS!!

2.  Travel to a new 3-Day destination each year like the Rack Stars.  This way, it becomes a mini vacation for a very good cause:)

3.  Always come prepared for all types of weather.  It is often chilly in the early morning and toasty in the afternoon.  Water bottles, gloves, bandanas, ponchos, and sunscreen are a must!

4.  Take time to take in the sights and scenery along the route.  Take pictures, stop for a quick snack at a local shop, and enjoy the views.  Walking 60 miles through a city is definitely a unique way to explore!

5.  Wear matching outfits with your teammates!  It's makes you feel like a real team and will help through those last few miles.

Good luck to all of those walkers out there!  Be sure to follow me @betterwithabook on twitter and @ahamer on Instagram.   If you're not walking this year, plan on making a difference next year!   2015 registration is open for all walks, so make your plans now!  Just go to

Thursday, July 10, 2014

National Lemonade Days #onecupatatime

#Onecupatatime...It's as simple as that!  Last month, my two girls and some neighbors participated in the National Lemonade Days campaign to bring renewed attention to the fight against childhood cancer.  What a rewarding experience!  We received a kit from, which you too can receive just by registering your stand, to help kick start the festivities.
                              (Kit contents vary, depending on the time of year or event)
Look at all of that fun stuff!  Tons of support and options become available to you once your stand is registered.  You can even start a donation page or invite ambassadors of to come to your stand.

In just a couple of hours, the kids not only raised over $130, they got to experience a great sense of pride, knowing that the money they raised, all by themselves, was going to help children fighting the cancer fight.  I was just so impressed with the kids and knew that even though the task of hosting a lemonade stand seemed so simple and fun, that their direct involvement in the activity made a lasting impression.  I'm sure that the young founder, Alex Scott (1996-2004) would have been proud!

Please register today at to receive a kit to host your own lemonade stand!  Every day is a great day to fight childhood cancer #onecupatatime.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day: Why We Walk

It's time! I am on my way to Philadelphia to participate in my fifth Susan G. Komen 3-day walk!! I can hardly contain myself! I feel even more overwhelmed with excitement because I am walking with my sister and four other teammates in our home city of Philly! San Diego, Dallas, Washington D.C., Phoenix and now HOME!

The 3-day has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. Fifteen years ago, my family's life was rocked with the news of my mother having breast cancer.  She was 52, and was told that her form of cancer was very aggressive and tough to treat.  Our family came together and supported our mother through surgery and chemotherapy treatments. Her attitude was remarkable. She showed such strength and courage, that we had no choice but to move on and fight alongside her. I am happy to say, fifteen years later, that my mom is living CANCER FREE!!

I know that my mother, along with another one of my teammates this weekend, is here because of the Susan G. Komen foundation and the 3-day walk. All of our hard work fundraising and raising awareness along our 60 mile route has helped save the lives of our loved ones. I am always so moved by the individuals walking alongside us and can't help but feel like a part of a huge breast cancer fighting family. I know that Philly won't let us down! I can't wait to begin our 3-day journey of love, fun, support and awareness!

Please follow along on twitter with the hash tag #The3Day and follow @The3Day or visit to register for an event!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Hey Everyone! Try using our 4th and 5th grade classroom's new book rating system!  It's easy to do and is fun for all!  Here's how you can participate!

1.  Read a book!!!

2.  Decide how you feel about it.

3.  Rate the book, using this star rating system.
     ⭐ = The book wasn't that great.

      ⭐⭐ = The book was okay.

      ⭐⭐⭐ = The book was interesting!

      ⭐⭐⭐⭐ = I loved the book!!

      ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ = I couldn't put the book down! It was amazing!

4.  Choose an emoji that follows the theme of the story or the way you were feeling while you were reading.  You might choose a ��  if you were scared or a ��  if it was a sad book. Use ��  if you were surprised by things in the story! Use your creativity!

5.  Tweet your rating on twitter, using the hashtag, #emojibookrating!  My daughter just read a Cam Jansen book.  Here's our tweet!
Use this in your classroom or at home!  Let's see if we can get some #emojibookrating love!  I can't wait to see all of your ratings and recommendations!  Happy reading!!

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