Thank you all for your generous bids. I will email each high bidder with instructions.

Welcome to my charity auction!


I am running the NYC Half Marathon on my birthday, March 21, to benefit Think Pink Rocks. ALL proceeds go to funding for breast cancer screening, treatment and research. My mom, a breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed at age 37. This is a charity that is extremely important to me and I am honored and excited to run my first half marathon to raise money for them!

Think Pink Rocks

I am holding this auction to try and reach my fundraising commitment of $1,000 — but if we just so happen to raise more money in the process, that would be lovely! My donation page:


1) All items start at $20. They are divided into the following categories: Professional Services/Goods, Homemade, and Baked Goods

2) Each item has a title and corresponding number. You will email me using either this form or my email address dysterious at gmail dot com with the item NAME and NUMBER in the subject line. I will not accept bids left in the comment section.

3) The auction starts at 10 am EST and will end at 10 pm EST, Thursday, Jan 21.

4) I will post a list of each item and update the top bids throughout the day

5) I will send a confirmation email to the winners. Each winner has 24 hours to donate their winning amount to my donation page. If I do not receive their donation, I will contact the second highest bidder as the winner.

6) Serious bidders only! Please read item descriptions carefully as there are NO REFUNDS! I am really impressed with the generosity of people and companies who stepped forward to donate their time and products. I am so excited by how amazing these items are and I really hope you are too!

Top Bid List

This is the list of items and their current high bid. Scroll below or click here for item details and descriptions. All items start at $20.

  1. Aurorae Yoga Set – $65
  2. Pastry Girl Cakes (2 top bidders can win) – $25, $25
  3. Exhale Core Fusion/Yoga 10-class Pack – $200
  4. Professional Cooking Lesson (high bidder + 1 guest) – $80
  5. Personal Training Session with Celebrity Trainer Brynn Jinnett – $50
  6. The Blog Fairy Custom Blog Header – $50
  7. Yoga OR Dance Lesson with Emily Oldak – $55
  8. MyPublisher 20 Page Classic Hardcover with Personalized Photo Book Cover – $30
  9. Personal Training OR Health Counseling Session with Catherine Hesse – $50
  10. Tees for Change, Chase Dreams t-shirt (2 top bidders can win) – $20, $20
  11. Six Month Subscription to – $30
  12. Bumble and bumble Hair Care Gift Pack – $40
  13. Two Sign Language Lessons
  14. P&G Prestige Fragrances Sampler Pack – $20
  15. Health & Fitness Book Prize Pack – $30
  16. Gold’s Gym – Bailey’s Crossroads (Falls Church), VA (4 top bidders can win)
  17. PriorFatGirl e-Cookbook – $20
  18. Colorful Bulky Afghan – $20
  19. Handmade Passage to India Bracelet – $20
  20. Handmade Earrings – $20
  21. Handmade Necklace
  22. Food Blog Charms (4 top bidders can win)
  23. Seattle Cookie Bars – $20
  24. Hot Milk Sponge Cake or Pumpkin Fruit Cake (2 top bidders can win)
  25. Peanut Butter Butterscotch Brownies – $20


Professional Goods/Services

(1) Aurorae Yoga Set


  • Brand new pink “Hope” yoga mat, which was created with the intention of supporting women who have or have had breast cancer
  • Rosin bag (for slip free yoga practice)
  • Yoga towel

I have an Aurorae mat in lilac and I am in love with it! I even get compliments from my yoga teachers. And when you put your hands and feet on the mat and then move them, you can see the imprints. An amazing mat! I also have the rosin bag and it keeps my hands from slipping.

*Note – the Hope mat debuts in February and will be shipped to the high bidder as soon as it becomes available.

(2) Pastry Girl Cakes 2 dozen cupcakes, flavor of your choice

2 high bidders will each receive 2 dozen cupcakes of their choice

*Note – Cupcakes are available for NYC area bidders only. If you live outside NYC and would like to bid on Pastry Girl Cakes products, you will receive 2 dozen COOKIES.

Pastry Girl Cakes is a custom cake studio serving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. We provide delicious and beautiful cakes, cupcakes and cookies for your most special events. We specialize in wedding cakes, birthday cakes, shower cakes and cakes for corporate events.

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Pictured – Coconut cupcakes

Find a list of available flavors here:

Find pictures of more cupcakes here:

(3) Exhale Spa 10-Class Pack of Core and Yoga Classes ($350 value)

Click here for Exhale Spa locations in NY, Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida, Texas, California and Turks & Caicos


Build a strong core… Develop washboard abs… Improve your posture… Deepen your practice… Focus your mind.

Experience a transformational Core Fusion® toning class, based on Lotte Berk Method fundamentals, Pilates, and 50 years of combined fitness expertise, to achieve a strong, athletic, flexible, and youthful body. Improve your performance in sports with the total body workout, Core Fusion® Sport. Or strengthen your overall wellbeing within a combination of yoga asanas, Qi Gong, core strengthening, and stretching with a Core Fusion® Yoga class. All classes include a cardio element and are fueled by upbeat and inspirational music rhythms.


A union of mind and body… linking breath with movement… a meditation in motion… the flow of energy.

Our yoga classes are ritual journeys that respond to the changing needs of urban life by infusing the highest quality of teaching with a revolutionary approach to yoga. For this amazing transformational practice we have created an equally amazing space.

Exhale as you discover your sacred space for this ancient healing practice.


(4) Professional Cooking Lesson for high bidder + 1 guest

New York City area only

Mercedes Vargas is a chef who currently works at the Ritz-Carlton. Formerly pastry chef at Gemma, Pair of 8’s and La Bottega. She also works with private clients on different functions as well as with Great Performances caterers. Her menus mostly consist of fresh, seasonal and local foods.

The cooking class for two people would be approximately 2 hours. The menu will be determined by Mercedes and the client, it would be three courses, all appetizers or dessert, depending on what the client would like to learn. The certificate will cover her fee of $300 for the class. All other expenses are covered by the client.

(5) Personal Training Session with Celebrity Trainer Brynn Jinnett

New York City area only

Join celebrity trainer Brynn Jinnett for this intense total body workout that combines the most effective movements from Pilates, yoga, ballet Lotte Berk and traditional strength training.


(6) The Blog Fairy Custom Blog Header

A custom blog header designed by The Blog Fairy, who has designed many blogs including Dori’s Shiny Blog, Missy Maintains, Just Flourishing and more! Visit to view samples of her work.

(7) Yoga OR Dance Lesson with Emily Oldak (Modern dancer, certified yoga instructor, former Cirque du Soleil star)

High bidder + up to two guests can select a private one hour yoga session or dance class

New York City area only

Emily Oldak was born and raised in NYC. She began dancing when she was 4 years old and became more serious when she attended “The Fame” School where she discovered her love for modern and contemporary dance. Following high school Emily graduated with a BFA from the Juilliard School in 2005. While at Juilliard she danced works by contemporary choreographers such as Aszure Barton, Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, Dwight Rhoden, and Robert Battle. Directly after school, she joined Cirque du Soleil for their new Creation of “Love” which was in collaboration with the music of The Beatles. While at Cirque, she learned others street forms of dance as well as aerial acrobatics. In her free time in Vegas she studied to become Yoga certified. After 3 years at Cirque she decided to return to her home to pursue a freelance dance career. She currently works with the Chase Brock Experience and Aszure Barton and Artists. Emily is represented by Mcdonald Selznick Associates. You can catch her in her latest commercial gig with MSA as a body double for Shakira in her newest music video “Did it Again”.


(8) MyPublisher 20-page Classic Hardcover Photo Book with Book Cover

A customizable 20 page MyPublisher photo book with a personalized photo Book cover

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(9) Personal Training Session OR Health Counseling Session with Catherine Hesse (Core Fusion teacher & certified Holistic Health Counselor)

Personal training for New York City area only. Health counseling session can be held in person or via phone depending on location.

Catherine is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with Columbia University and is trained in all the different dietary theories, eastern and western nutrition, modern health issues, personal growth and development, and health counseling. She is a Core Fusion Yoga Teacher Trainer, and a senior teacher of Core Fusion®, and Core Fusion Yoga, at Exhale Mind-Body Spa, in New York City. She specializes in body image, emotional eating, general wellness and healing through self love. Catherine is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

(10) Tees For Change – Chase Dreams bamboo short sleeve t-shirt

*Two t-shirts are up for auction. I will accept two winning bids.

Made from 70% sustainable bamboo and 30% organic cotton, this tee is luxuriously soft and silky and has an amazing fit.pumpkin tee, yellow text on the front

  • pre-shrunk and runs a bit smaller
  • fair-trade and sweatshop-free, imported
  • available in sizes S (0-2), M (4-6), L (8-10) and XL (10-12)


(11) Six month subscription to

TurnUpMyWorkout lets you choose your favorite kind of music, pick the intensity level you workout at and each month you will receive a list of motivating workout songs! I’ve tried this service myself and absolutely loved it — it gave me a new list of awesome songs that pushed me through my first half marathon training run! (Will be posting a review soon)

For more information, visit the website at

**Please note the music downloads are not included

(12) Bumble and bumble Hair Care Gift Pack from Missy at Missy Maintains ($200 value)

Pack includes:

  • 1 bottle Spray de Mode Hairspray
  • 1 bottle Classic Hair Spray
  • 1 bottle Bb Gel
  • 1 bottle Gellac
  • 5 oz. Holding Spray
  • 5 oz. Styling Creme
  • 5 oz Medium to Thick Curl Creme
  • 5 oz Medium to thick Curl Conscious Shampoo
  • 5 oz Medium to Thick Curl Conscious Conditioner


(13) Sign Language Lessons with Jenny from ColorHungryBoston area only

Includes 2 one-hour sessions

Born the child of profoundly deaf parents, Jenny could sign the alphabet by 1 and a half. She went on to learn American Sign Language and as a hard of hearing individual herself, often serves as an interpreter at her workplace for deaf students visiting campus. She has over 20 years of experience.

(14) P&G Prestige Fragrances Sampler Pack from Ashley at Healthy Happier Bear Includes:

  • Flora by Gucci 2.5 oz
  • Escada Marine Groove 50mL
  • Lacoste Challenge 75mL

Value $192

(15) Health and Fitness Book Prize Pack from Melissa at FitnessNYC


12 Steps to Raw Foods

The Secrets of Skinny Chicks

Extreme Fat Smash Diet

Runner’s World: The Runner’s Diet

Fast Track: Training and Nutrition Secrets from America’s Top Female Runner

The 90 Second Fitness Solution

8 Minutes in the Morning to Lean Hips and Thin Thighs

healthy book prize pack

(16) Gold’s Gym – Bailey’s Crossroads (Falls Church), VA – Washington, D.C. Area & surrounding area bidders only

Four items are up for auction. Limit one per customer.

– Three Month Membership to Gold’s Gym + 1 personal trainer session

– One Month Membership to Gold’s Gym + 1 personal trainer session

– One Month Membership to Gold’s Gym + 1 personal trainer session

– One Month Membership to Gold’s Gym + 1 personal trainer session

Please specify if you are bidding on the one month or three month membership when bidding.

(17) PriorFatGirl e-Cookbook

A collection of healthy recipes from the friends of PriorFatGirl! Over 50 recipes + tips from personal trainer MizFit

Homemade Goods

(18) Colorful Bulky Afghan

A gorgeous, high quality handmade multicolored afghan. Looks stunning displayed on a couch and will keep you warm and cozy!

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(19) Handmade “Passage to India” Bracelet by Jenny from ColorHungry

Fully adjustable for smaller or bigger wrists

(20) Handmade Earrings by Katherine from Low Fat Kat


(21) Handmade Necklace by Katherine from Low Fat Kat

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(22) Food Blog Charms by Mara from I Made Dinner

Four items for auction: 2 computer charms and 2 peanut butter jar charms. Please specify which charm you are bidding on when you send your email.

Charms are handcrafted out of lead-free pewter. They come on either a vegan-friendly nylon cord or cell phone charm.


Baked Goods

(23) Seattle Cookie Bars by Mallory from Bacon Wrapped Life

Up for auction: two dozen cookies – one dozen Cherry Almond and one dozen Hazlenut

A Northwest twist on the classic Magic Cookie Bar.

The flavors are inspired by Theo’s Chocolate, a local Seattle love that makes organic, fair trade chocolate that is unbelievable.

The Theo Classic Combination bar, Dark Chocolate with Cherries and Almonds is in the first cookie, along with lots of chopped almonds, dried cherries and shredded coconut. The sour bite of the cherries and the smooth, bitter dark chocolate from Theo cut through the sweetness of the cookie for a really addicting treat.

The 3400 Phinney Chocolate bar, Hazelnut Crunch Milk Chocolate is in the second cookie, along with a ton of chopped hazelnuts and of course shredded coconut. Wonderfully sweet, nutty and delicious. Plus, a couple Theo bars thrown in for good measure, so non-Seattle folks can appreciate the inspiration for the cookies.

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(24) Choice of Whole Cake by Maggie from Say Yes to Salad

2 high bidders will receive one of the cakes listed:

  • Hot Milk Sponge Cake with a brown sugar and coconut topping. Goes well with fresh fruit and whipped cream.
  • Pumpkin Fruit Cake made with homemade pumpkin puree. A seasonal favorite.

Please specify which cake you are bidding on in the subject line.

(25) Peanut Butter Butterscotch Brownies by Jenny from ColorHungry

Jenny discovered these puppies one night when she was too upset to sleep and started baking. Imagine her surprise when these turned out to be some of the tastiest brownies she’s ever eaten. And don’t take her word for it- others have agreed!

Good luck bidders!!!!

All donations to THINK PINK ROCKS will benefit 501 (c) (3) charitable organizations. Beneficiaries are: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; BRCH Women’s Center for Breast Care; The American Cancer Society / Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; Reach Global / Jacob International; The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation; The H.O.P.E. Project; University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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