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Charity Blogger calendar is here!


For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome!  My name is Deb.  I began blogging in August, 2009 to help people who might be struggling with weight loss or weight-maintenance.  Over a decade, I lost 100 pounds and now maintain a ~90 pound loss.  It is not easy, and I am constantly learning what works and does not work for me.  In blogging, I wanted to share my journey with others and have some fun doing it.  What I did not realize was that writing my blog would be a springboard for making new friends in the healthy-living blog world.

The idea for this calendar stemmed from a running joke that my Dad used to make.  He always said that my blogging friends were pretty enough to be calendar girls.  Each time I had a 'meet up' with a new girl, he would ask "So another one for the calendar?"  The answer was always "yes."  And we giggled at the thought of a blogger calendar. 

It wasn't until he was dying of lymphoma in April 2010 that I had the idea to turn his joke into a reality.  Working together on this project was a fun distraction for him in his last weeks of life.  He helped to choose all of the girls and his favorite photographs as well.  The day before he died, he chose the final photo.

I want to thank all of Marty's 'Blogger Babes' for taking part in this calendar.  They donated their time and efforts to produce high-quality photos that were health & fitness-themed, using their own resources.  They did an amazing job!  The babes are:
I'm happy that Dad even had the pleasure of spending some time with Allie, Jenn and Lara.

I want to thank Carolyn Hinojos at MaCher for her fabulous job with the graphic design.  Many, many hours of work went into the fun backgrounds and details that she created in the photos for this calendar.  Finally, I would like to thank my husband, Derek because I could not have done this project without him.

Any profits of sales from the calendar will be donated to USC Norris Cancer Hospital.  This hospital and doctors Ann Mohrbacher and Don Feinstein helped to keep my Dad living life to the fullest for years beyond what was predicted.

Edited to add:  While it's well-known that USC Norris is one of the leading cancer researching facilities in the world, this article was posted on 11/19/10 to Medical News Today indicating more Phase I clinical trials will be brought to the center.  This will mean more research dollars for drugs that can help cancer patients.

Here is a sneak peak at the calendar.  The captions are not included in the actual calendar.  I just love to caption photos, so I couldn't resist doing so for this post.  Enjoy!

Daddy-o & me; and the story behind the calendar

January 2011:  Susan is a personal trainer who is balanced and wise beyond her years.
February 2011:  Abby looks glam 'smoking' veggies.

March 2011:  Tiffany is just doing what we all dream about.  Admit it.

April 2011:  Heather is one groovy mama.  Can you believe that there is a teeny Summer inside that belly?

May 2011:  Allie wrote one of the most creative food/smoothie blogs ever!

June 2011:  Check out Janetha's sultry moves

July 2011:  Dad called this Charlotte's Betty Grable pose (I know, I had to google it too)

August 2011:  Jenn makes KettleBells look positively sexy

September 2011:  Katie is a local LA model, actor and rapping Spin instructor.  Yo.

Michelle is,  like, totally rad

November 2011:  Make sure Grandpa passed his cardiac stress test before letting him see Miss November, Justine!

December 2011:  The Five-A-Day ad campaign should hire Lara as their spokeswoman.  The world would be a healthier place.

January 2012:  Caitlin, channeling her Beautiful inner Farrah

February 2012:  I had many reservations about being in the calendar, but my Dad really, really insisted.

If you would like to order a calendar to help support cancer research and as a memento of your blogging days, drop me an email at: LASmoothieGirl(at)gmail (dot) com.  Cost is $15 including shipping within the USA for the first 80 that are sold.  Thereafter it will be $17.99 plus shipping directly from the printer.  Non-US residents, email me and I can let you know how much it costs to ship. 

This calendar is dedicated to the memory of my father, Marty Cohan.  He appreciated humor and beauty, both of which are represented in these pages.  While he never saw the finished product, I know that he would have been more than pleased.

Thank you for sharing this journey with us!

43 comments:

Abby said...

I tried, but words cannot express...
XOXOXOXO

azusmom said...

What an amazing tribute!
I'll be ordering mine soon.

Janetha said...

Deb, your story behind the calendar gave me chills. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the calendar and how sweet are you to include a few extras. Marshall and I had a good laugh at the little book. You're too good to be true. The calendar is INCREDIBLE. Like, wow. I love it. I am posting about it tonight. Thank you for letting me be a part of it and I hope we can raise some money in Marty's honor. xoxo

Stefanie said...

Wow! Not only is the story of the calendar-making incredible, but so is the calendar itself! What an amazing, thoughtful idea! I love it!! :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Omg the calendar is such an amazing idea!!! All the ladies look beyond drop dead gorgeous!! (except blonds are under-represented...LOL....kidding! except for Janetha)

Deb this is amazing…I had no idea you had this little trick up your sleeve. Wow. SO COOL!!!!

Anyway all the ladies look awesome! What a bunch of BABES!!! woo-hooooooo!

And your dad would be soooo proud!!! and touched! Not only for the message, but to have all these hot young girls posing in his honor :)

Amanda said...

I love the story behind the calendar Deb. I started to cry. I need to buy one of these from you. The photos are so awesome.

I really love that you did this. You are obviously a great daughter. :)

Ameena said...

Deb - this seriously just brought tears to my eyes. I am in awe of what you've done to honor your father's memory.

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer yesterday and it sucks. (Forgive the tacky way I just shared that information.) I hope that I can be as dedicated a daughter as you are. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

Every single one of your models, including you, are gorgeous.

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) said...

Ameena. My heart is breaking over this news. I'm so sorry. I will get in touch directly, but I'm sure that you know that any help or support you can offer will improve your mom's life dramatically. There is just something about having someone share an experience that lightens the load just a bit. But it's huge, really. I'm sure that you are a wonderful daughter. Huge hugs to you. Emailing you next.

Kristina @ spabettie said...

I found you today via Janetha.

I love this... so awesome. It is clear you had a fun and wonderful relationship with your dad, and to create and have a product of that is just... perfect. I love the story.

I love that so many of my favorite bloggers are part of the calendar!

<3

closet365 said...

What a beautiful beautiful project. There is so much to love here - from the awesome women involved to the gorgeous photos - the whole concept is just amazing.

Mary (A Merry Life) said...

I love this project! What a great idea... it really turned out well. I hope you raise a lot of money! :)

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

this is so stinkin' cool Deb! What a great job you did. Your dad would be so proud!

Erika said...

Awesome Deb. I love it all. I will be ordering mine soon and hope you are doing well.

bluetamarai said...

LOVE this!!! What an incredible gift to your dad, and to yourself to be able to share the project with him. I will be ordering soon and can't wait to get it! I know my husband will like... what a lovely bunch of blogger hotties. ;)

*Naomi* said...

AH omg these are amazing! I love the idea of this calender! great job :)

Susan said...

Deb, you have no idea how honoured I am to be a part of this. I loved the personal story you wrote for it and am happy it brought some light to those darker days last spring. I never even met your dad, but Marty's character and vitality definitely shines through the whole project. You're an amazing daughter Deb!!! xoxo

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Courtney...um, I mean Deb ;)
Again, the calendar turned out great, and I am so honored to be a part of it. I love that your dad was able to pick out the photos, and I know he would be so proud of the finished product. Amazing job Deb, Derek, and Carolyn! :)

the actor's diet said...

deb you're amazing! this is amazing! everyone looks amazing!

Beth @ To the Fullest said...

So awesome!

Anonymous said...

This is freaking awesome, as are you. I am so glad you & your dad had something fun and memorable to share.

atasteofhealthwithbalance said...

this is awesome!!!

melonshots said...

this is so incredibly amazing!! i love this <3

Lara (Thinspired) said...

Deb, I was so honored to be a part of this project, and honored to know your father. I think Marty would be very pleased with the finished product. It has to be said that your photo is my favorite...your daddy would be proud of his calendar girl <3

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

The calendar looks amazing! I'm so glad you and your dad got to work on this project together. What an amazing way to honor your dad and to capture some truly amazing, beautiful, funny, and incredible bloggers!

kate said...

this is such a fantastic idea! all of you look so gorgeous!

Charlotte said...

Thank you Deb!! You are such a doll and I am so moved by the love that you and your father still have for each other! It was an honor and a gift to be a part of this. Thank you thank you thank you!

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Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) said...

Thanks to everyone except London asian escorts for your sweet sentiments. Well, even they were complimentary.

I've processed the first batch of orders and am running out the door to get those calendars out in today's mail. If you haven't ordered and would like me to reserve your copy, please shoot me an email at LASmoothiegirl (at) gmail (dot) com. The London escorts might require extra shipping however.

Thanks again peeps- cancer research thanks you too.

Andy said...

I guess I will just echo everyone else. This is awesome and amazing and moving. Food bloggers are pretty fantastic people.

Emma C/O: The Hearty Heart said...

Wow. What an awesome tribute. I too lost my Dad recently, and have found a connection to him through blogging, and health...

Super glad I came across your site, and this post!

Julie said...

i love this idea more than i love your amazing microwave chocolate cake that i've been inhaling and that's ALOT of love haha ;)

everyone looks GORGEOUS in their photos!

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) said...

Andy Boo, thanks so much. I agree about food bloggers. THen again I'm biased ;-)

Emma, I'm sorry that you also lost your Dad. Very cool that you found a connection through blogging. In a way, I did too because my father was a writer and I never wrote anything until I started my blog. I think he got a kick out of seeing me write.

Julie- thanks a bunch (as I finish my PB frozen popcorn yum!)

tam said...

So cool, well done ladies you all look super hot especially you Miss Debs! x x

Allie (Protein Girl) said...

I am still not sure why you chose to NOT include my full frontal Allie-overexposed shots in the calendar? Hmph.

Oh wait, that was for a different, slightly-less charitable project! Bloggers Gone Wild. Love to you and all the Calendar Girls.

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) said...

Allie- I forgot to tell you THAT calendar is coming out in time for SuperBowl Sunday. Something for the boys to look at when they get tired of commercials.

fitchocoholic said...

That calendar idea is sooo awesome!!!!!! It is seriously cute too!

hayleycepeda said...

This is truly an incredible gift and an amazing idea. What a great tribute to your dad...I absolutely love it. They really are blogger babes! :)

Stacey said...

What a great calender, great cause, and great pics. What a fun tribute to your dad.

Jessica said...

This was a great idea and you girls all look so beautiful! I love that each picture is unique and shows your personalities!

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) said...

Fitchocoholic, Hayley, Stacey & Jessica- thank you! :-) I found it really rewarding that all of the girls were reporting back how much FUN they had doing this project. And my Dad had some fun working on it too. ;-) Tough job, but someone's gotta do it!

Julia @ Brides Up North said...

That is FABULOUS!

Well done, you girls are all so glam!

Julia
Brides Up North

Erin @ Big Girl Feats said...

Deb, this is a really amazing, creative and touching memorial to your Dad, and even more so that you were both able to work on it together. Everyone is so beautiful and this is such a fun idea! Your Dad, I'm sure, was very proud of you :)

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) said...

Julia and Erin- THANK YOU! :-)

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