Monday, March 26, 2012

MSABC Wine Tasting Fundraiser - May 6, 2012 in Brentwood!


Please join us at the newest consignment shop in Brentwood, Diva on a Dollar (3850 Balfour Rd., Suite N, Brentwood), for a wine tasting event with raffle prizes to raise funds for my 10th Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

Sunday, May 6, 2012
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

I walk in honor of my aunt, Virginia Saguing, and in memory of my cousin, Natalie Nobida, and a wonderful woman, Maureen Withrow.

I have a $3,900 fundraising goal. If I reach that goal, this non-runner and loather of cardio will commit to my first Team in Training event and raise the same amount in 2014 (post 1st baby) in honor of my loving grandfather, Victor Manzano, who has been living with leukemia for years and now has Stage 3 cancer.

I want to put a end to cancer! Read more at

Wine tasting is $10 per person and you will get to taste at least 6 different wines, if not more, and also receive a BONUS raffle ticket for great prizes. (See below!) Tasters will receive an entry form where they can guess the kind of wine, year, region of origin, price and winery name. They will receive a point for each correct answer. The three entries with the highest points will get 5 additional entries to the raffle.

While wine tasting, we invite guests to browse the new store for some fashionable and affordable finds, and visit with:

Danielle Stolman of Not So Still Life Photography

and myself, Bernadette, an Independent Stylist with Stella & Dot.


$1,200+ worth in RAFFLE PRIZES include -
Not So Still Life Photography – (2) two family portrait sessions with a linen book and photos on DVD. ($250.00 value per session!)
Selected WINNERS: Laura D. & Sonny C.

Two (2) tickets for San Francisco Giants v. the Nationals for August 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM. Club Level. Plus a parking pass. (A $140.00 value) - Thanks to Jennifer N. for the raffle prize donation!
Selected WINNER: Laura D.

Two (2) Tickets for San Francisco Giants v. the Los Angeles Dodgers for June 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM at AT&T Park. Bleachers B144, Row 22, Seat 15 & 16 (A $46.00 value)
Selected WINNER: Toni S.

Four (4) adult tickets for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. (A $120.00 value) - Thanks to Jennifer N. for the raffle prize donation!
Selected WINNER: Sonny C.

Massage by Lori Yap-Chiongco
60-minute massage. The certificate expires November 6, 2012 – (An $80.00 value)
Selected WINNER: Wanda Z.

Rain Services – De-Cluttering & Decorating. Two (2) hours worth FREE with a 4 hour minimum for hire, free consult included in basic Professional Organizing Package. Certificate must be used between June 15th and September 15th, 2012. San Francisco and Bay Areas only. Winning certificate may also be used towards a gift certificate. (A $110.00 value)
Selected WINNER: Rowena V.

Creative Memories with Cathy Steed– Scrapbook Album, Breast Cancer Paper Pack & Tape Runner (A $42.00 value)
Selected WINNER: Pearl S.

Mary Kay with Christina Vela – Mint Bliss Energizing Lotion for feet and legs with soft plush socks! (A $15.00 value)
Selected WINNER: Pearl S.

doTerra Essential Oils with Lia Valenzuela - A mini dōTERRA Family Physicians Kit with a essential oils quick-reference book. (A $30.00 value)
Selected WINNER: Martha L.

A Pampered Chef basket with a reusable help whip cancer bag, Citrus Peeler, Weekly Dinners, Mix N Chop, Margarita Drink Mix & Bar (A $44.00 value)
Selected WINNER: Danielle S.

A 17 oz. Gold Canyon Candle - Caffe Velluto (A $25.98 value)
Selected WINNER: Martha L.

An Shirt – Blogger for Bay Area Lifestyle & Culture – (A $15.00 value)
Selected WINNER: Martha L.

Boresha Coffee with Tamara Porter – A basket of tasty, fat-burning B-SKINNY coffee, Tea and Raspberry instant latte. - (A $50.00 value)
Selected WINNER: Jill C.

Charming Creations - TBA
Selected WINNER: Wanda Z.

Still accepting additional prizes! Contact Me to make a donation.

Via in person: At the event on May 6th! Please stop by and purchase your raffle tickets! I will accept Cash, checks payable to The American Cancer Society or Visa, MC, AMEX or Discover via Square w/a 50cent convenience fee.

Via online: If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets, please go to and make a tax-deductible donation. One ticket is $3, or get 2 for $5. So if a $20 donation was made, they will get a total of 8 tickets. Upon completion of the donation, I will email you a confirmation of your donation, how many raffle tickets have been entered in your name, and for other contact information as to how you would like to be contacted if you win.

Via mail: Please contact me directly at bappletree @ for delivery address.

Current Number of Raffle Tickets Purchased:

Book a portrait session (with linen book and photos on DVD) with Not So Still Photography for $250.00 and say “Bernadette ref’d you” and Danielle will donate $50.00 to the cause.

Love Thirty-One Gifts? Shop my online party at HERE and 20% of your order will go towards my fundraising goal. Party closes on April 21st.

Like to scrapbook? Shop at and enter "BernadetteMSABC” in the notes section at the time of check out for 15% of your order goes towards my cause.

Shop and name “BernadetteMSABC” in the comments section & 20% of your purchase will towards my fundraising efforts!

Schedule a 60-minute or 90-minute session with Lori Yap-Chiongco, now thru May 6th and 25% will go towards my fundraising goal. Contact Lori at or 925.813.1397 and tell her I referred you!

Love jewelry? Purchase the Vitality Necklace ($59) or Tribute Bracelet ($36) at and my entire commission will to my fundraising goal. I have already sold 5 Tribute Bracelets and 0 Vitality Necklaces.

THANK YOU! I know this is a lot of information but if wine, shopping, socializing, and raffle prizes do not interest you, I beg you to FIGHT cancer by eating healthy, being active, getting mammograms and doing self exams regularly, get educated and encourage others to do the same. Walkers for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer cannot help you if you don’t help yourself. For more information, go to

Have a little girl that likes to play dress up? I have especially made pink Breast Cancer bows by Sweetpea & Lovebug for $5.00 each.

Related posts:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Fundraiser - July 30, 2011
We Miss You, Cousin Natalie
Rest in Peace - Maureen Withrow

Friday, March 23, 2012

Exciting News from Stella & Dot & Attn: College Students!

"We are so excited and proud to announce that the Stella & Dot Foundation will be ringing the closing bell at the NASDAQ Marketsite on Friday, March 23rd. Your Founder and CEO, Jessica Herrin, Level 5 Get Your Style Groove On Earners and our charity partners (ACCION, Girls Inc. and buildOn) will be ringing the bell to celebrate all of YOUR accomplishments, Stylists.

As a company we have created over 12,000 jobs across the globe, raised over $500,000 to date for our Stella & Dot Foundation and are nearing $100 million dollars in Stylist commission payout. Given that this honor is typically reserved for publicly-held companies, we are extremely excited and privileged to be a part of this opportunity."


I am so pleased to be a part of Stella & Dot and being part of the solution, not the problem. I have a team of 4 Stylists under me and I love training them, being there for them and watching them Style Their Life! Congratulations to all Stylists out there!

In other exciting news besides our March specials, the STEP Program is back for students entering college and or graduating this summer. I would love to have a college student on my Team to become a Stylist for $199, get $350 in free jewelry, an opportunity to earn $3200 in free jewelry and possibly a $5000 scholarship for Top in Sales and Top in Team Sales. I think this is a great program to be in if you are thinking about being a business major, interested in fashion or have yet to decide on the right path for you. There are weekly training calls with prizes, a supportive STEP Facebook Group and your very own Sponsor Mentor! I would so honored if yo were to sign up with me. If you sign up now, your Jump Start period of your first 100 days to book 4-6 trunk shows and earn free jewelry will re-start on May 15th. Take advantage of Easter and Mother's Day coming up soon. It's a great time to start. For more information, please go to My Stylist ID is 123532. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Also in April, we will be supporting Autism Speaks. With every sale of the Shine and Sole Bracelets (both $39), 20% of the proceeds will go to this great cause.

Loving Stella & Dot! How about you?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Private Party Vendor from Brentwood, Met in SF

As per my Yelp review below, I just realized that Juanita and Tako Bar Catering was from Brentwood after reading a local person's page on Yelp. It's funny because we both worked a private event in San Francisco yesterday. I'm surprised that the conversation of where were both located didn't come up! Regardless. I definitely recommend their services.

How funny that Juanita is also from Brentwood. I arrived at a private party where I was to assist and bartend at in San Francisco. Juanita and her team were cooking away and it smelled fantastic. They made this watermelon and strawberry juice that was amazing! It was a big hit at the party and if you add some vodka or Malibu Rum, it’d add a little something special to it. The party hosts had plenty of wine left over because people just loved this juice!

I had a pupusa for the first time. My sister has cravings for it but I have never had it. Theirs were so good, made from scratch and gave you an option of just cheese, or with cheese and beans with it. It is then topped with a cabbage salad and given the option for mild or hot. The guests were loving the hot sauce so I HAD to try it, and it was something amazing. After she left, lingering guests were inquiring after the hot sauce and if she had left some behind. She unfortunately took her ‘secret sauce’ with her. They also made quesadillas, had guacamole, sour cream, salad, rice and steamed veggies. It was all so very good and it seemed to be reasonably priced. I look forward to working with her again some day.
(855) 437 - TACO
Serving South & East Bay Area, San Francisco, San Jose, Marin County & Sacramento Area

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Officer Beats Cat vs. Saving a Life

Article - Officer Beats Cat
Courtesy of Peta

An officer was called to assist a cat that was hit by a car. Instead of taking it to a nearby vet hospital, he decides to club it to death. Given the article does not state that he has a veterinary background as well as in public service, but was it his call? He didn't give the cat a chance. Had the officer been hit by a car, he would have been rushed to a hospital. This is just crazy. I would have picked up the cat as gently as possible and rushed it to a nearby hospital. If this was my Bevo, I would rather not have the 'help' of this Officer and take care of my baby myself!

This reminds me of a summer day in Pacheco, CA in 2001 I believe. I was leaving my condo for some reason or another. In between upper units, there is an awning and a sky light. I found on my doormat a little bird, slightly breathing. I believe it was struggling to go towards the light and exhausted itself. I am so glad I didn't step on it! I gently picked it up, placed it in a Tupperware container I had sitting on the counter (without the lid of course) and tried to figure out what to do with it. I researched online for a bird rescue and came across The Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, CA. I called for instructions at first so I didn't waste any time going down there when they were just going to send me to another place. But they told me to bring the bird down. So I did and left the little guy in good hands. I didn't follow up with them but I'm sure they took good care of him.

*Photo from Lindsay Wildlife Museum website

Two different people, two different reactions. It's so sad that a trained professional that society needs to believe would "save and protect" would do something like that to an injured animal.

What is your take on law enforcement officials? In your experience, do they go above the call of duty? Or do you feel they do just the bare minimum?
Have you saved an animal?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sign up as a Stylist!

Tonight, there is an opportunity meeting at Faz Restaurant in Danville, CA at 6 PM. Come by for more information on the company, the products, how much you can earn and meet other Stylists in the area that are working it and Styling their lives! I can't believe I am coming up on my one-year anniversary and I am proud to say that I have a team of 4. They have taken the initiative to change something in their lives for the better whether it is to gain celebrity-adored jewelry at a discount, starting their own business, earn extra income for themselves and their families, to overcome the fear of public speaking or building a tougher exterior every time you get a "No, I don't want to do a trunk show!" I look forward to continuing to motivate them.

If you or know someone that is looking to fulfill any of the above goals but cannot make it tonight, please check out this video on Frequently Asked Questions in regards to becoming a Stella & Dot Stylist. Please contact me if you have any questions. I would be more than happy to chat over the phone, email, Gchat or meet in person.