This post has nothing to do with baking.   It’s about clean water and the fact that nearly 800 million people lack access to it.

“Charity:Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. 100% of all public donations directly fund water projects, and we prove every dollar using photos and GPS coordinates on a map.”

In 2011, I picked up the book Start Something That Matters with high expectations.  I simply had high expectations because the individual who wrote the book, Blake Mycoskie, is the founder of TOMS shoes.   Little did I know I would also come to find out about other business’s who are not in business to simply exist or make money.  In fact, they are in business to do good and help change this world in impactful ways.   One organization I read about was charity:water.  I went to their website and very briefly looked at it.   It turns out years later I found out that my visit shouldn’t have been brief.  In fact, it should have been continuous and on going because I have the very same dream in this world as the founder, Scott Harrison.   I know that maybe odd. But it is true.

August 15th there was an event in Fargo, ND called Health Pitch, which showcased some of our region’s innovators that are creating a better and healthier world.  Much to my delight the keynote speaker was Scott Harrison and I knew I had to go.  Not only that, I wanted to go and needed to go because I was interested in this organization.  Many people are unaware that 1 in 6 or 7 or 8 (depending on what statistic one looks at) in this world lack access to clean drinking water.  I learned about some in this in 2008 when I started becoming more concerned about others (near and far) and less concerned about what I needed.   I already had all my basic needs met and far beyond that since the minute I entered this world.

August 17th I competed in my first triathlon.  My number was 333, which I thought was cool for some reason?  It was a sprint although it took me a very long time!  I failed to trained and finished LAST in my age category!  How pathetic.  I’m used to finishing in the top 50% when I run any race.  My lack of preparation is clearly starting to become a problem.  Anyways, that is not the point.  The race consisted of swimming 750 meters, biking 12.5 miles and running 3.1 miles.  The entire time I was biking and much of the time I spent running all I could think about was charity:water.  I already looked into volunteering alongside charity:water and 3+ months of experience in a developing country is a prerequisite.  I only have 3 weeks combined from my two travels to Guatemala.

The last time I was ever this passionate about something in my life (and the only other time) was meeting children and families in May 2008 in Guatemala.  Charity:water feels like my calling.  I’ve never wanted to be apart of any other movement more that this.  I’ve watched hours of videos from their website and feel more and more compelled to take action.

So, just before I finished my very first sprint triathlon painfully slow I vowed that I was going to train for 1+ years and compete in an actual iron man (swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles) for charity:water.  I don’t have the strength to do hardly anything by myself.   But when 800 million people lack access to clean water a  full triathlon seems like a piece of cake.  Those people lose up to 8 hours of their life every day going to gather DIRTY water for their family.  They are missing out on many simple opportunities I take for granted every day I get to wake up.  I refuse to not do anything about this problem because is it solvable.  Dedicating a few hours of my life every day (ok, this is a lie.  most days!) to train will be absolutely nothing compared to what millions of individuals just like you and me must do everyday when they should not have to.  It doesn’t matter who you are or what country you live in CLEAN WATER needs to be apart of your daily life.  I cannot help but be insanely inspired by water:charity and am committed to helping them change lives.

GOAL:  BRING CLEAN WATER TO 3,330 INDIVIDUALS  (remember my bib number? I found out exactly why I thought it was so awesome).  333 wasn’t good even for me and it shouldn’t be for you either.  $99,900 dollars that needs to be raised.  Do you think we can do this?  I’m just crazy enough to believe it!!

The actual race will not happen until 2014 or 2015.  I would love to say next year however these races are expensive.  I need to save money for a bike and just to register for the race.  Right now I’m thinking 2015.  I know it’s so far away but that will not deter me from my goal.  I’m so grateful Scott came to FARGO.  He changed my life when he did.

Want to help solve the water crisis?  Give up your next birthday and every one after that!


Much Love,

Kayla Rae



“It is. The same way curing polio was impossible. The same way a 4-minute mile was impossible. The same way a man on the moon in nine years was impossible. They are called impossible dreams. They are the most difficult challenges known to humanity. That’s why most people stay away from them. And that’s exactly why we won’t. Our love for our daughters demands that we seek and engage the most difficult battle available to us. Anything less dishonors them. This will be daunting, grueling, and intimidating. It will be difficult on a scale no one can possibly imagine. But it’s time we ended our addiction to easy. We have set this deadline to measure the best of ours.

There’s a difference between what appears impossible and what actually is. Impossible is the guardian of great achievement. It gives itself up to those who call its bluff. To those who can move beyond it. We intend to drive a massive wedge between impossibility and achievement and move into a new world where breast cancer is ended, over and done. Impossible? Bring it on…BREAST CANCER DEADLINE 2020

Please take a look at BAKE A DIFFERENCE (previous post) to find out how you can order “Cupcakes for a Cure” and donate to the Susan G Komen for the Cure!


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In an effort to provide funding and a sweet treat, “Cupcakes for a Cure” will be sold the entire month of October.  Cupcakes will be $4.00 each.

There are 2 different choices:

  • Vanilla Almond with bettercream frosting (this is no typeO!)
  • Chocolate with cookie dough in the middle with bettercream frosting

Bettercream is somewhat similar to cool whip, only 10 times better! Cupcakes are topped with a pink ribbon sugar cookie (picture at end of post).

All proceeds will benefit Susan G Komen For The Cure.  Here is the website if you are interested:  Boxes that fit 1, 2, 4, 6, 12, & 24 cupcakes are available…it’s safe to say the number you can order is unlimited!  Please allow 24 – 48 hours to process the order.  For the Fessenden-Bowdon area, I will be home some weekends in October and Kelby will more than likely be home every weekend!  So do not hesitate to order because I have my own special delivery boy 🙂

Chances are you have a friend, co-worker, family member, or you have personally had this disease or are currently cancer free like my mama Toni.  Male breast cancer is a rare condition, but it does account for 1% of all breast cancers.  Cancer affects us all; that is why the fight and hope in our hearts remains so strong.  I will never stop fighting for this cause because someday there will be a cure.  I truly do believe that and hopefully you do too.  What you do today, impacts what you do tomorrow.  Continue to support the fight against cancer and keep doing whatever it is you’re doing to fight the battle.  If you are not doing anything, well what are you waiting for?

“I believe that one of life’s greatest risks is never daring to risk…Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time.” – Oprah

Truth is most people have some really great ideas.  Truth is most people fail to put those ideas into action.  Refuse to be a passive person and be the person that acts on their ideas.  There is always someone who will belittle your ideas, but do not let that stop you from doing anything.  If it turns out your idea didn’t produce the results you were expecting that is still very commendable in my opinion.  That is courage, that is risk, that is exactly what this world needs more of.  Sometimes you may have to revamp your idea or start all over.  Chances are you won’t impact the world but who knows what the potential outcome could be for those around you.  You never know until you TRY!! And honestly if something you do helps another person then it was absolutely worth it.

 There are so many simple things you could do

  • Drive a cancer patient to treatment
  • Make their favorite meal (or better yet, dessert!)
  • Send a card & your thoughts & prayers their way
  • Stop over for happy hour….I mean coffee hour!!
  • Organized an event to raise money & awareness
  • Fundraise
  • Blog?? (awareness)
  • Be positive and hopeful (hope is truly a gift in itself)

The ideas are endless and you can probably think of better ones than the list I just made up!

“You’ve been made for so much more than
Sittin’ on the side lines
Don’t wanna look back and wonder
If good enough could’ve been better
Everyday’s a day to start over
So, why am I waiting for tomorrow” – Mandisa lyrics

Make today your moment; Stop waiting for tomorrow because tomorrow is never a guarantee.  In fact, make every day your moment & remember that it is in giving that we truly receive.  So much could change if we just get started.

This idea is not unique in any way; hundreds and thousands of companies do this come every October but it’s still very much worth the effort.  I may not sell a single cupcake, I may sell hundreds.  But I will have a smile on my face & joy in my heart knowing the simple fact that I tried.  I believe trying is succeeding because the only true failure is when one fails to try in the first place.  So please, try, try, and try again…..& share this link with your friends!


So what do ya say we band together and do it for the girls??!!! 🙂


Full-time NDSU student (& damn proud of it!)

Part-time baker