Where Families Intersect

by Gigi Ross on October 25, 2012

You never know when two very separate parts of your life will intersect unexpectedly.

In June, the fabulous folks at method shared with me that they’d be launching new hand soaps in October to promote breast cancer awareness.

I planned to write my usual type of sponsored post. I thought about how I could work boobs (or my lack thereof)  into the post in a funny way. I toyed around with vlogging, a poem, a rap.

Three weeks later, my sister-in-law, Cindy, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

And as I grappled with the news, I thought about for how long we have been family, Cindy and I. Almost 30 years.

Suddenly, the post I planned  didn’t feel like enough. It didn’t feel right to just say, “My sister-in-law has breast cancer and by the way, method is making a great breast cancer awareness soap.”

I went back to method. And I asked them if they would consider sponsoring a party in Cindy’s honor. I wanted to talk about breast cancer, and Cindy, and method, in a more intimate way.

I told them I wanted to invite ONEHOPE Wine to the party as well, because ONEHOPE donates 50% of their profits on every bottle of wine sold to partner charities like Susan G. Komen and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. I’ve worked with ONEHOPE on many different projects, and they’re part of my blog family.

I told them I wanted to invite not only my blog friends, but my new neighbors, too, who have welcomed me into our neighborhood in a way that has surprised and delighted me. They are family.

It shouldn’t have surprised me that method was completely supportive of this idea.

Because they’re family, too. I’ve truly never been so privileged to work with not just an incredible brand, but with the real people who stand behind it, who make it the terrific company that it is, who recognized that while there is power in one blogger talking to thousands of readers, there’s also power in one woman talking to a handful of others, sharing wine and fellowship.

pink your sink, breast cancer awareness

Last night, I hosted #PinkYourSink at my home.

Seventeen lovely women came together to support Cindy, to support the cause of breast cancer awareness and to learn more about what both method and ONEHOPE are doing for the causes they believe in. All of the different parts of my extended family intersected for one night.

I want to thank Sherryl, Shannon, Kelly, Carrie, Monique, Jen, Debbie, Natalie, Morgan, Stefanie, Theresa, Mary, Melanie, Nicole, Kate, Ginger and Maegan for their support, along with method, ONEHOPE Wine and everyone else who has kept Cindy in their prayers.

method will be offering their two limited-edition breast cancer awareness hand soaps for the next 5 months in many grocery stores. The available fragrances are Mimosa Sun and Botanical Garden. At the end of this month, method will also be donating $10,000 to 4 separate breast cancer charities that were nominated by method Facebook fans throughout the month of October.

disclosure: I am a method maven and I was compensated for this post. But as you can probably tell, it’s really not about the compensation. All opinions are my own. I love method and what they stand for, and that they allowed me to honor my sister in such a special way this month.






Renee Schuls-Jacobson October 25, 2012 at 5:16 am

This is you at your best. Always finding a way to make connections between what is real and meaningful. I’m so glad you didn’t just write about soap.

But then how could you?

You are too genuine for that. It’s what keeps us loving you. You are a source of inspiration, Gigi. And I hope your SIL fights hard. Cancer is a monster. She’d better be prepared to be a raging bitch to beat it. My thoughts are with you all.

Sili October 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

This is beautiful, Gigi! I love Method for supporting you this way. Makes me want to beat their door down and ask them to make me a maven too.

Don’t you love it when you have such a great supportive group of people around you? Having wonderful brands that are open to helping you with your cause is that much better.

Sending hugs and tons of prayers for your sister-in-law.


Christina Berry October 25, 2012 at 8:09 am

Looks like it was a great night for a great cause. Thanks for sharing! :)

Natalie October 25, 2012 at 8:29 am

Gigi thanks for such an awesome get together for a great cause…I am so glad to have been a part of it!

I read a quote somewhere that friends are family that you get to chose. It’s so true, and you are part of my family, my friend.

Also? I used a few method products, but now I’m hooked and will be buying all of them! Can’t wait for my current laundry detergent to run out so I can try method’s!

Suzanne @ The Wine{a}be October 25, 2012 at 9:57 am

Gigi, I so wish I could have made it! It looks like a wonderful event…I love that you brought Method and One Hope together to honor your SIL. Sending prayers to your SIL and all of your family to help her fight! Cheers.

Lady Jennie October 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

My heart aches for Cindy. I’m glad you were able to do something concrete for her. The photos are also beautiful.

MommaKiss October 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

You know my passion for the fight against breast cancer. When the disease hits close to home, well, it’s rage inducing, to be honest. But you, and your ever elegant way of using your words/relationships for good – I wouldn’t expect any less. I’ve used Method products for a long long time, and now knowing they are in this fight, not just in general, but with donations – hoping to fund research and to promote early detection – this makes me love them all the more! And I’m a huge fan of One Hope Wine. I have to get it shipped to NY because MA is kind of a jerk about that stuff, but my mother in law doesn’t mind signing for wine deliveries.

Love that these two companies helped you throw a great party, you’re good people, Gigi.

p.s. I’ve used that package of decorations – so so awesome.

angela October 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

What a beautiful way to weave so many aspects of your life together to honor someone so special. Method has always had my respect as a great source of products, and it’s thrilling to know they’re a sincerely caring company as well.

Sam@India carnival October 26, 2012 at 12:07 am

This is nice work to do at this time because how cancer is expending their steps in all over the world so for that this is nice options to aware many people.

Deirdre October 26, 2012 at 8:27 am

This is amazing, lovely and such a gift to us all~

julie gardner October 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I have seen your posts on Facebook about your SIL and have wanted to reach out – but instead I’ve kept my thoughts and prayers inside (although no less sincere).

My dear, sweet sister-in-law Karen is awaiting her own double mastectomy (first she must survive serious surgery on her carotid artery next week). She is such a private person, I haven’t mentioned her anywhere.

As a result, I’ve kept quiet about my own fears.
But this post, this fight, this love needs to be shared.

Thank you for being a voice of hope.

Surferwife October 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Thanks for letting me a part of your fabulous Method party, gigi.

You have sold me on Method products…

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