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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS | AN INFERTILITY STORY

This has nothing to do with photography but since we are all women here, I have a hunch that some of you might relate to this heartbreaking story of my husband's brother & his wife. They are truly an inspiring couple and I love that they have made literally made lemonade out of lemons. -Kelli France

by Camille & Mark France | Guest Contributors

After years of trying to get pregnant, a miscarriage, a devastating diagnosis, failed fertility treatments, and heartache after heartache, we are faced with our last attempt in having a biological child. We will be doing In-vitro fertilization this summer. We are actually very good candidates for this procedure and our doctor has given us an 85% chance of success the first try. We find hope in our chances.

This chance comes with a very heavy price tag though. A price tag of $21,000 all due up front with no refunds if it doesn’t work. Our insurance will not help cover this procedure, and figuring out what to do over this matter has brought great sadness to us both.

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We have been trying to save for quite some time now in order to do this procedure. As part of our savings we set up an FSA account last year. The money in our FSA expires June 30, 2014. We want to use the money in our FSA before it expires, but even with this amount we have still not saved enough for our procedure.

Months ago while praying about our situation, I felt impressed we should share our story by creating an e-cookbook to sell as a fundraiser. The idea of doing this was very hard for us both and truthfully, it still is. Nonetheless, we feel it is the right thing to do. So, please be kind and non-judgmental. :)

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Introducing our LIFE'S LEMONADE COOKBOOK:

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SOME OF OUR FAVE RECIPES IN "LIFE'S LEMONADE" COOKBOOK:

  • Mango Salsa Chicken
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli
  • A Killer Homemade Barbeque Sauce
  • Avocado Roasted Potato Salad
  • Cilantro-Lime Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Pineapple Salsa
  • Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
  • Healthy Peach Cobbler
  • Strawberry Shortcake Skewers
  • Strawberry Lemonade

 

WHAT YOU'LL GET WHEN YOU BUY "LIFE'S LEMONADE" SUMMERTIME E-COOKBOOK:

  • One color copy PDF file of "Life's Lemonade" with 75 recipes
  • One B&W printer-friendly PDF file of "Life's Lemonade"
  • A virtual hug for doing something good today!

PRICE: You set the price. Donate your desired amount.

Upon purchase you will receive a link to the download file, sent to the email address you use to buy the e-cookbook.

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PLEASE SHARE THIS! Our goal is to sell 200 cookbooks by July 1st.

You can read more about our story on www.buildourfamily.com

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Behind the Scenes Video of the Chic Retreat Video

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

Ummm words can’t even express how insanely fun the Chic Retreat in Seattle was! FOR REALZ! You’re just going to have to see for yourself…

WATCH THE CHIC RETREAT VIDEO NOW:


Have you seen our "Slo Mo" video from the Chic Retreat yet? Check it out because It's kinda hilarious! Oh and here's some of our Instagram pics from the Retreat.

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Chic Critique Retreat via Instagram | #Chiccritiqueretreat

We might have just blown up your Instagram feed last week with over 726 posts from the #ChicCritiqueRetreat. Guess we kinda had fun...

Follow us on Instagram at @chiccritiqueforum & @kellifrance.

Wanna attend next year's Chic Retreat? Get on the waiting list HERE

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