What’s in the Peak Posse Basket? Love, Generosity, Creativity, and Hope

On November 7, 2014, I wrote, Sam Heughan’s fans are very creative, clever, committed, entertaining, funny, industrious, loving, and loyal.  I had the pleasure of speaking to Bonnie Terbush Thursday morning.  She is a shining example of one of those fans.  Bonnie is the Administrator of a Facebook Group called The Peak Posse.  During the course of actor Sam Heughan’s My Peak Challenge, The Peak Posse decided to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research by raffling an Outlander inspired Gift Basket.  The Gift Basket consisted of over 60 donations, including autographed items. Within five weeks, the raffle raised in excess of $25,000.00 US Dollars.  By day, Bonnie is an Anti Money Laundering Investigator.  By night, she is in Basket Mode, “I call it Basket Head,” she says, “I commute, and as soon as I get off the train, I go into Basket Mode.”

Bonnie is now focusing her fundraising efforts to raise money for World Child Cancer, Caitriona Balfe’s chosen charity.  The current Gift Basket raffle began on 4/1/15 and ends at 8pm ET on 5/31/15. The winner will be announced at 8:30pm ET.  Bonnie says, “The efforts are a group collaboration.  I really appreciate everyone’s help!”  The World Child Cancer organization has been very involved. As of today, the basket contains the following items:

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Image via @CandidKathryn

To enter the Gift Basket raffle, just follow this two-step process.

  1.  Donate to World Child Cancer, interested parties may donate to the following site: https://www.justgiving.com/cmbthepeakposse/.  Donations to “The Peak Posse Just Giving page in support of World Child Cancer” are being generously matched by Macquarie, the employer of Heather Lee Ying, a member of The Peak Posse.  In order for the match to occur, the following statement must be included within the donation message “In support of the fundraising efforts, The Peak Posse/Heather L.Y.”
  2. As a Thank You, donors may enter to win the Gift Basket raffle in support of World Child Cancer at https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/7c3e22082/?

Bonnie also created Ten Dollar Tuesday.  Every Tuesday is Ten Dollar Tuesday. Here are the directions:

  1. Donate a minimum of $10.00 to https://www.justgiving.com/cmbthepeakposse/.
  2. Guess a number from 1-200.
  3. In the donation description include your Twitter name, #TenDollarTuesday and your best guess (number) and the matching statement “In support of the fund raising efforts, ThePeakPosse/Heather L.Y.”
  4. The numbers closest to the winning number on either side, will win a set of Jamie and Claire note cards by The Animated Life (they’re in the Gift Basket).

Additionally, individuals are invited to ‘Like’ the Outlander-The Peak Posse Fundraiser page on Facebook in order to follow our fundraising endeavors, https://t.co/urR4OfjHvb.

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Image via @CandidKathryn

For more information about World Child Cancer, go to their website at www.worldchildcancer.org.  You can follow them on Twitter @WChildCancer.  In my research, I found this moving World Child Cancer video on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdIZD8oS0BM.

I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with Bonnie last week.  One thought especially has stayed with me.  She said, “The opportunities I’ve had since I created this Facebook group are incredible…because of one book series and television show.  I’m awestruck by people’s generosity.  The support is overwhelming.”  I couldn’t agree with her more!  Sparkle on, Bonnie!

Thank you so much for reading!

Jenny Mc

inspiredbyoutlander@gmail.com

@jennymcinspired – Twitter

 

A Cookbook inspired by Outlander

When I started blogging in October, I did not know where my journey would take me.  I joined My Peak Challenge in January, and posted about my adventures.  My Peak Challenge, Sam Heughan, and Bear Strength Clothing Co. continue to be the most popular topics searched on my blog. I am happy to be in a place where I can create a buzz about all the positive activities surrounding Outlander and its stars.

A cookbook is being compiled to raise money for Sam Heughan’s charity Beat Blood Cancer and Caitriona Balfe’s charity World Child Cancer. We would like recipe contributions from all over the world. We are asking for favorite recipes from stars, friends, family, and fans. See below for instructions to submit your recipe.

Image via @Pellicot1

Dinna fash if you do not cook! You can always submit a recipe that you love to eat.

Image via @Pellicot1

Image via @Pellicot1

(I have meme envy. I’ve always wanted to use Memes in my blog, and now I’ve been given permission.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to email OutlanderCookbook@gmail.com. I look forward to seeing your recipes. I’ll be including some of my own as well. Thank you again for reading!

Jenny Mc

inspiredbyoutlander@gmail.com

@jennymcinspired – Twitter

 

Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!

We look forward to the arrival of spring at our house because it means two things; Spring Break and Disney On Ice skates into Jacksonville.  I was very fortunate to attend the “school show” of Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! on Friday.  I found this description of the show on the Disney On Ice web site, www.disneyonice.com. It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Presented by YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with your favorite Disney Princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivities from around the globe. Come join the celebration you’ve been waiting for when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! skates into your hometown!

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Photo via http://www.disneyonice.com

Both my son and daughter really enjoyed the show which featured over 50 characters. I loved seeing my daughter excitedly point out her favorite characters to her aunt as they glided on the ice. winterwonderland

Photo via Feld Entertainment

At the end of the show, we watched a special Behind the Scenes presentation which was tailored specifically for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. I was just as interested as my children. I have grown up watching the Disney On Ice Shows.  The production value of the shows is phenomenal.  Some of the skaters returned to the ice to demonstrate more of their skills, and give the children a peek into the set up of the show, the costume department, sound department, and the electrical department.  As a teacher and Girl Scout Troop leader, I would definitely recommend the “school show”.  The field trip groups were very well-organized. 2015-04-10 12.29.30 (2)

Fun Facts:

15 stage hands set up the arena 1 and 1/2 days prior to the first show

10,000 LED lights are used during the show

120 giant Clay Paky lights are set up around the ice

45 loads of laundry are washed by the costume department

36 skaters in this show from nine countries speaking 12 languages

37 countries are toured

I was curious to see if Scotland was one of those countries, and the answer is yes.  Click on http://www.disney.co.uk/disney-on-ice/landingpage/ to find tour dates and information. Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! will be at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, Sunday, April 12th.  There is a 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. show.  For more information, go to http://disneyonice.com/ticket-info/Lets-Celebrate!/49.

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Thank you so much for reading!

Jenny Mc

inspiredbyoutlander@gmail.com

@OutlanderI – Twitter

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