Millie update and...We NEED a cure!

Some of you may have heard that our sweet little cancer cutie, Millie, has relapsed once again.  (Millie's family was our first featured family, read Millie's story here.)  We are heartbroken for the Flamm's as they check into the hospital once again to fight for their daughters life for a third time.  They will have to live at the hospital for at least the next month while Millie receives an intense round of chemo.  We are asking for everyone to ban together in prayers, meditation, and positive thoughts for this family.  Please share her story and spread the word.  This little girl needs as many people as possible fighting with her! If you want to send a card or note to Millie and her family, please send it to us at: P.O. box 615 Farmington, Utah 84025 we will make sure it gets to Millie!

Watching my dear friends go through this for the third time, I have so many emotions and conflicting feelings.  On one hand I am so sad and terrified.  On the other hand I have this fire burning inside me.  I am angry and I want revenge.  I want revenge on the cancer that has taken so many children at far too young an age.  About 1,543 children will die from the disease each year.  This makes cancer the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children.  We NEED better cures for these kids!  Did you know that only 15 new drugs have been approved for pediatric cancer in the last 55 years (compared to the 120 new drugs approved for adult cancers).  So why are new drugs not being developed for childhood cancer?  This article says it is because childhood cancer is not profitable to the pharmaceutical companies, kids don't vote, kids get the hand-me-downs, and their cancers are different (to name a few).  Nobody is helping these kids.  They need people fighting in their corner and standing up for them.  They cant do it themselves!

Watch this video that explains why childhood cancer needs private funding so badly:

Facts about childhood cancer:

Incidence of Childhood Cancer
  • Each year around 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US
    • One in every 330 Americans develops cancer before the age of twenty.
    • On the average, 36 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer everyday in the United States (around 46 per school day).
    • On the average, one in every four elementary schools has a child with cancer. The average high school has two students who are current or former cancer patients.
  • The incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29% in the past 20 years.
  • The causes of most childhood cancers are unknown. At present, childhood cancer cannot be prevented.
  • Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years.
Mortality associated with Childhood Cancer
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States.
  • 1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer will die within 5-years
  • 1 in 3 children diagnosed with cancer will not live-out a normal life-span (excess mortality)
  • Some pediatric brain tumors, such as brain stem gliomas and pontine gliomas, are terminal upon diagnosis and no new protocols have been developed in 30 years.
  • Many pediatric cancers, including neuroblastoma and disseminated medulloblastoma, are terminal upon progression or recurrence.
  • The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8, causing a child to lose 69 years of expected life.
  • Childhood cancers affect more potential patient-years of life than any other cancer except breast and lung cancer.
  • Cancer kills more children than AIDs, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.
Long Term Health Effects of the "Cure"
  • 74% of childhood cancer survivors have chronic illnesses, and some 40% of childhood cancer survivors have severe illnesses or die from such illnesses.
  • Childhood cancer survivors are at significant risk for secondary cancers later in life.
  • Cancer treatments can affect a child’s growth, fertility, and endocrine system. Child survivors may be permanently immunologically suppressed.
  • Radiation to a child’s brain can significantly damage cognitive function, or if radiation is given at a very young age, limiting the ability to read, do basic math, tell time or even talk.
  • Physical and neurocognitive disabilities resulting from treatment may prevent childhood cancer survivors from fully participating in school, social activities and eventually work, which can cause depression and feelings of isolation.
  • Childhood cancer survivors have difficulty getting married and obtaining jobs, health and life insurance.
Funding Disparities
  • Despite these facts, childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.
  • In 20 years the FDA has initially approved only two drugs for any childhood cancer - 1/2 of all chemotherapies used for children’s cancers are over 25 years old
  • Research and development for new drugs from pharmaceutical companies comprises 60% of funding for adult cancer drugs and close to zero for childhood cancers. However, the NCI spends 96% of its budget on adult cancers and only 4% of its budget on children’s cancers.

These are just some of the many MANY reasons that P.S. I Adore You is so serious about finding a cure for these kids.  Our favorite childhood cancer research foundation is CureSearch and we have decided that we need to raise some money for them in honor of sweet Millie Flamm.  We are teaming up with Luvalexa who has created this darling printable calendar.  We are selling them in our store for the next 5 days and 100% of the proceeds will go to CureSearch in honor of Millie!

Darling Desktop Calendars!

Need a quick, easy and inexpensive gift for your neighbors?  
Want it to be something the ACTUALLY use?  
We've gotcha covered!

These darling printable calendars are perfect to pass out to all your neighbors and soccer mom friends!
We love them for the desk, in the car, or to put in a frame and display by the phone!

Dont want to print and cut your own?  We will do it for you!
PDF version: $3.00
Physical version: $12.50
Plus we are throwing in FREE gift tags with every order!  Yay!
Order yours here:

 Need packaging ideas?

The write stuff...

We have another fabulous item featured in our gift giving guide today!  Todays gift is a customizable wire necklace.  For just $14.40, you can order one for everyone you love.  
It's a gift that tells them you are always thinking of them!  
Find them here:

a VERY special delivery!

Yesterday we got to go visit cute Millie and her family to deliver their swag basket.  At P.S. I Adore you we take pride in finding you the highest quality products and vendors who work hard at making their products the very best.  To ensure the quality of the products we feature, we require each vendor to send us a sample of their product, but what do we do with these samples you ask?  Well.. we give them to the featured families of course!  As a cancer mom myself, I know that these cancer moms NEVER have the time, energy or money to shop for themselves.  They deserve to get something fun once in awhile and I am thrilled that we are able to deliver a basket that hopefully puts a smile on their faces for a few days.  The Flamm's were thrilled with their swag (who wouldn't be.. we love all that awesome stuff).  Thank you to our vendors for working with us to provide these samples.
Anyway here are a few pics:

 We had to bring the girl who inspired it all along with us.
Cami and Millie are such cute little cancer buddies.

We have to say a special thank you to Swanky Janes (remember their darling dolls on our site?) They were so touched by Millie's story that they wanted to do something special and they went above and beyond.  They made Millie a custom doll that looks just like her!  It has her hair color, her eye color and a removable wig (it even came with a little hat).  They made Millie a book all about how her doll, it had pictures of Millie and her family, the time they took gathering all that is incredible.  Oh, and Swanky Janes is going to make a doll for EVERY cancer kid we feature!  How INCREDIBLE are they?  Thank you Swanky Janes.. it means more than you'll ever know!

I read Millie her book, she got the biggest grin and started giggling when I asked her if her doll knew what it was like to loose its hair.  She pulled off the little wig and just beamed!
Oh how we love that little girls smile!

Millie loves her doll!

We love you Flamm Family!  Thank you for sharing your story with the world.  
You will forever be in our hearts.  

Dock it and rock it baby...

On the third day of gift giving P.S. presents to you... a gift for your electronic loovin' foo!
A Gift for...
We adore this modern and stylish iphone holder.
It is perfect for hiding those cords and for making his desk a little cleaner, cooler and all around more sleek.  This gift is so unique he does't even know he wants it yet!  SCORE!

Order one for your electronic geek for just $29.00!  P.S. thats 42% off!

We're smitten with these mittens!

Our favorite girlfriend gift!
We've been so excited to share these mittens with you all and the day is finally here! These make the perfect gifts for all the friends in your life! Believe us.. You'll get compliments everywhere you go!

Who wears the scarf in the family?

Both of you do...thats who!
Just one look at these beautiful HANDMADE men's and women's scarfs and you'll be hooked!
They make the perfect gifts and can be purchased together or separately.

P.S. This vendor is offering shipping to our Canadian friends!
get them here:

A true friend keeps you warm and comfy!

On the second day of gift giving P.S. presents to you... a Zoobie® Pet that keeps them warm too!
This ones for the...
Just try and find a cuter gift for your kids this Christmas.. we dare you!
These adorable Zoobie® Pets will be your kids favorite friends, but even better they will keep them warm and cozy!  They are the perfect travel companion or sleep-over mate.
These pets can be found in all the largest department stores around the country, but not at this price!
Hurry and get them for all the kids in your life!

You might want to stock up, at just $14.99 (for Blankie Babies™) and $22.99 (for Blanket Pets™)
they make perfect birthday gifts too!

Check out this video to see how your Zoobie® Pet works!

 Check out all the darling animal choices!

Dear Santa,

Need some gift ideas?
In a Holiday rut?  
Too busy to shop for everyone on your list?
(P.S. I Adore You is here to help...)

We have been working around the clock and around the world (literally..Chelsea's been in Hawaii) to bring you our "Dear Santa" Gift Giving guide.  During the next 7 days, you will find our hand-picked items for everyone on your list!  Each of these gifts are guaranteed delivery by Christmas and will without a doubt thrill everyone on your list!

...and it gets better!
  Since giving is just so fun, we want to give one very lucky reader the entire lot!  Thats right, enter to win one gift from each day... thats 7 AMAZING gifts people!!!
{giveaway will be announced Monday}

A Teacher gift that's... ABC easy as 123!

On the first day of gift giving P.S. presents to you... an alphabet kit that you can give to who???
All the TEACHERS in your life.. that's who!
(or anyone really)!
Seriously, what teacher wouldn't love a set of adorable stamps all bundled up in a darling little box?  They're useful, they're adorable, they're organized and we
LOVE em!

Get yours today for just $11.00

Meet the Boyd's

We are so excited to introduce you to our little cancer buddy Connor Boyd. Connor is a fighter with an amazing attitude! He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on November 9, 2011. Meet this sweet little guy and his amazing family. Read his story below written by his Mom.

This picture was taken right before Connor was diagnosed

 Connor and his family
On November 9th, 2011 our lives changed forever when our sweet Connor was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, at the young age of six. His cancer journey has not been an easy one. He was put on High Risk protocol after his cancer cells were more persistent than expected. He has had many hospitalizations for chemotherapy as well as

 Connor receiving bone marrow and a lumbar puncture.

We spent Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mothers Day and Connor’s 7th Birthday all inpatient at Primary Children's. He has had to endure all the horrible side effects of chemotherapy, which at times seemed like more than his little body would be able to handle.

Connor is a fighter and has had to grow up way to fast. His view of the world is astonishing, it takes your breath away. He is known for his beautiful eyes, smile and intelligence. He has over two more years of chemotherapy left but has come so far in the last year. He has endured things children should never have to, and he always does it with positive attitude. We love him so much and are very proud of him. We raise awareness because NO child deserves to lose their childhood, or most of all their life to CANCER!

Let's join together in bringing some smiles to this beautiful boy & his family.
To donate please visit our Website or send an email to

-P.S. We Adore you. XOXO

The hardest words I ever had to say...

Finding out your child has cancer (as you can imagine) is one of the most devastating experiences a parent can go through.  It is hard to put into words what I felt that night in a cold, dark E.R.  I felt helpless, alone, and terrified.  I didn't want to, but I couldn't help but think about the worst case scenarios.  You can read about that night on my personal blog here.  Although my husband and I were going through pure hell, Cami was oblivious and had no idea what cancer meant.  Once we found out more about Cami's diagnosis we grew optimistic that after the battle of a lifetime she would heal and live a normal life again, but it was time to tell her what was in store for her.  As a mother, this was the hardest moment for me.  I could take hearing the bad news, having the heartache, but not my little 4 year old daughter.  She shouldn't have to know about these things at such a young age.  We thought long and hard about how to tell Cami that she would be getting sick, pretty much live at the hospital (or cooped up in her house) and that she would be losing her precious princess hair.  So, 2 days after she was diagnosed we cleared out all the family, all the nurses and all the Doctors and we sat down to tell Cami about her battle that was to come.  She had lots of questions about the medical things, but the hardest part for her was her hair.  Her precious hair that she NEVER wanted to cut (because she was growing it out to be like Belle's) would soon be gone.  She was heartbroken and she didn't understand why.  It was the worst feeling in the world to be that out of control when your daughter is already going through such physical pain, to add to it emotional pain is just devastating.  After spending some time with Cami and trying to talk things through with her we brought in a child phycologist.  His name was Mike and he was EXCELLENT with Cami.  He brought books about little girls losing their hair, he talked to her about her feelings and he gave us some really great tips on how to help her get through the emotional part of losing her hair.  He suggested getting pictures taken before her hair fell out (so she could have something to look back on and mourn when it was gone).  I am so glad we did this, Cami STILL looks back on these pictures and remembers her long hair and dreams about it one day growing that long again.  Here is one of the photo's we had taken:

You can read my original post about these photo's here.

The other thing that Mike suggested was to "play it out".  He suggested we use the "play it out" method to help heal Cami emotionally for many of the things she would be faced with over her 2 1/2 year battle with leukemia.  He said that kids can deal with their emotions and tell us how they are feeling about what they are going through by acting them out, so we played pretend that her froggy was sick and lost his hair, then it was Barbie, then My Little Pony, and a baby doll.  We played out every scenario and it HELPED!  After a few days of playing we realized that Cami was feeling better about losing her hair, and she was even looking on the bright side.  I'll never forget the joy I felt when she said "at least my little brother wont be able to pull my hair anymore!"  We ended up shaving Cami's hair almost 1 month after she was diagnosed, it was falling everywhere (getting in her food, itching her, etc.) she decided she wanted to make it a party, so that's what we did (you can read about it here).  Here are a few pictures of that day...

Cami wanted to shave her Daddy's hair first...

Then it was his turn (Pat said this was one of the hardest thing's he's ever had to do).

I was a wreck...

I'm so grateful for this picture.. just look at that smile on our brave girls face!  It was Mommy who needed the comforting, not her... she is (and always will be) so much braver than me... my little hero!

So... the reason I am telling you guys all of this is because we have an AMAZING vendor who wants to make this process easier on these cancer families.  Jill and Blythe with Swanky Janes creates gorgeous hand-made dolls.  She has created a custom doll for our cancer cuties so they can "play-it-out" and deal with their emotions through play.  Not only did she donate one of her products (as each of our vendors do) to our featured cancer cutie Millie, she is going to make a custom doll for EVERY child we feature this next year!  Tears stream down my face as I type this.  I am so grateful for Swanky Janes, they are a vendor who truly understand our mission to help these kids and they are doing everything in their power to help us. 

Swanky Janes is being featured on P.S I Adore You and has some beautifully hand-crafted dolls for your little ones too!

Check out Millie's darling doll they created to look just like her:

Happy Birthday to Whitney!

We couldn't let the day get by without wishing Whitney a happy birthday! Whit- we hope your day has been perfect! We love you! XOXO

Happy Birthday Ashley (and a giveaway)!

I didn't get this posted yesterday, but I wanted to wish Ashley a Happy Happy Birthday!  Ash is not only gorgeous on the outside, but she is a fabulous mother, friend and business partner.   
We love you Ash!

Meet Ashley and her adorable little family.

We wanted to celebrate Ashley's birthday in a big way, so we are giving away THREE surprise gift boxes that will be FILLED with all our favorite finds.  
How fun would it be to win one of these for Christmas!?!

--PS We ADORE you!  

Meet The Flamm Family

I am so excited to introduce you to our very first featured family The Flamms.  Their little girl, Millie, was the first cancer friend that we met after Cami was diagnosed.  They were so supportive while we went through our treatments together.  Below is their story written by my dear friend, Amanda (Millie's amazing mother).  

On August 28, 2009 I delivered my second child by emergency C-section. He arrived into this world 11 weeks too soon. Thankfully Austin was strong. He weighed a whopping 4 lbs 8 oz. 

Austin spent a month in the NICU, a month I will never forget. A month that some days I didn’t think I could physically or emotionally make it through. It was difficult to leave my brand new, tiny, helpless baby in a cold hospital. Of course I knew he was in good hands, but I was his mother. The problem was I needed to be the mother of Millie, my 4 year old daughter as well. She seemed to be struggling with the adjustment of sharing my time. It had just been Millie and I at home for years. We were and are best friends.

Luckily Austin was a fighter and he was able to get out of that dreaded hospital 31 days after his birth. It was amazing to feel like I had passed the most difficult trial in my life, but I was so wrong. I had no idea as I held my little man with such pride that a horrible beast had taken hold of my daughter while I wasn’t looking.

My sweet Millie hadn’t been herself the first few months of being a new sister. She tried to be happy but she just wasn't. She was whiny and tired all the time. Some days she would cry for no reason. I knew something was wrong. 

On December 17, 2009, Millie, my stunningly beautiful, smart, perfect, little girl was diagnosed  with cancer.


Once we knew what Amelia had it was painfully obvious to me. I should have seen it. She had been extremely pale, had leg pain, unexplainable fevers, and was exhausted all the time .

I was a wreck with the traumatic arrive of my son, but if Austin hadn’t come early I would have had a brand new baby right when she got diagnosed.  He knew what was coming for our family and he prepared us, he was and is “my sunshine.”  Austin was there to support all of us in a battle that none of us could have handled one single day sooner then it came.

On the very day of Millie’s diagnosis Austin was at Primary Children’s Hospital as well. He had a double hernia surgery the week before and was there for his follow-up appointment to make sure everything looked good. Thankfully, it did. The day Austin was officially healthy was the day our world crumbled. 

Amelia continued to get daily doses of chemotherapy through the start of February 2012. She fought for over 2 years. Unfortunately, 3 days after the celebration of Millie conquering her cancer we found out that she had already relapsed. Hearing "It's Back" was earth shattering.  There was no air in the room and I couldn't breath. Nothing can prepare you for it. Nothing. The most difficult  part was telling Millie that her battle wasn't over. It had only begun and it was about to get worse. Amelia had to endure 7 more months of extremely, intense chemotherapy her body hadn't seen before, along with 8 doses of full body radiation . This was all followed by a bone marrow transplant on June 22, 2012.  After all of that Amelia still has a 40% chance of her cancer coming back. A fact that as a mother I am constantly aware of. I try my hardest to live in the moment, but the fear of "what if" is always in the back of my mind. 

Millie is still in recovery from transplant and thankfully she is doing incredibly well. She is a shining star and because of her amazing attitude she has been able to prove to everyone who knows her that staying positive does make a difference. Miss Millie has become infamous because of it. I get asked all the time if I'm Millie's mom. 

Her giggle is contagious, her whistle is loud, her dancing is outrageous, and her imagination is never ending. She is a star. Amelia has changed how I see the world and I am grateful to her and will be for the rest of my life. Millie has conquered cancer twice,  she can move mountains, she can do anything. 

Cute Amanda posted this to our Instagram...
"The donations is a huge surprise to me and we are so grateful, but we have been so blessed that we will be choosing another family in need this holiday season to donate any funds that come in.  Please donate and help us surprise someone else in need.  Tis the season."

Leave it to the Flamms to think of others and spread the love this time of year.  My heart is overflowing from all the support we have been given and now to have this family want to pay it forward, it may sound cheesy, but it just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn't it?