Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Fives




1 - First things, first.  If you are on instagram and haven't entered the Mother's Day loop giveaway that I shared earlier in the week - get on it!  I partnered up with some of my favorite blog mamas out there to giveaway a Land of Nod teepee for the littles and a $250 Nordstrom gift card to the winning mama.


2- Next up,  I've been trying to get Ashlynn to use real cups or glasses when eating at the table.  We use mason jars for our glasses, and the jelly jars are the perfect size for her.  I cleaned out our sippy cup stash and ditched any that leaked, were too banged up, or soft spouted.  I still like the sippy cup, mostly because Kenley hasn't mastered the art of not dumping the whole cup of water on herself, but also because Ashlynn needs one for school.  I'm trying to get in the habit of only allowing milk at the table with meals in a glass, so it won't be randomly left out all day behind the princess castle getting all sorts of gross.  Also, Penny, our Boston Terrier, literally will follow them around waiting for the milk cups to get thrown over so she can try to drink from them like a hamster.   Yeah, I'm getting over it.  So I figured, I'd invest in a better travel cup for A and keep the sippies for K.  Any preferences out there between Camelbak,  Thermos, or any other brands?    This Frozen one is over 25% off and it's purple, so it's right up her alley.  I'm looking for one that will hold up and doesn't have a bunch of parts.



3 - I recently read an article about Emily McDowell, a designer and cancer survivor who created a line of Empathy cards.  She wrote "Get well soon cards don't make sense when someone might not.  Sympathy cards can make people feel like you think they're already dead.  A 'fuck cancer' card is a nice sentiment, but when I had cancer it never really made me feel better.  And I never personally connected with jokes about being bald or a free boob job, which is what most 'cancer cards' focus on."  Not only do I love her cards esthetic, but I love the messages of support, with humor, and of course understanding.    The one in the bottom left, really resonated with me outside the world of cancer, but with loss in general.  I can't even count how many times I heard "happened for a reason" line after my miscarriage.   This card could also fit for someone severely injured or diagnosed with any illness.   Check out the whole article here.

4 - This post went from super light to pretty heavy, but the article and cards above inspired to share another story.  A friend of mine from college was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric cancer in the Fall '13.   We had met before classes even began our freshman year since we were both student athletes.  We hung in the same social circles, and we both had majored in Finance and shared the same classes our junior and senior year.   He put up quite the amazing fight against cancer, physically and even more so mentally.  He had moved to NYC after graduation and we naturally lost touch like most people do, outside of Facebook.  I followed his journey and was devastated when I found out he lost his battle last month.  He was 32.


Inspired during his chemotherapy treatments, Alex began a kickstarter campaign to create CureWear.  A line of clothing made for patients undergoing treatment with medical ports.  It allows them to keep their clothes on while still allowing access to their ports.  You can read all about it here and please feel free to share with anyone you think may be interested in supporting this innovative company.  They also created an active wear for supporters to purchase, perfect for wearing during a 5K.


5 - And swinging this back to light because it's Friday.  I hope every one has a fantastic Mother's Day this weekend!







11 comments:

  1. We've had the BEST luck with our thermos. And it legit works. Keeps the water cool forever! And we've had zero leak issues and it's lasted over a year (major win!).

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  2. We have the Mickey version of that thermos. Works great! No spills. Thanks for sharing those cards, it's not easy picking out a "get well" or "thinking of you" card when none of them face reality..those are perfect!

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  3. those cards are pretty much perfect and with summer coming up we just recently bought a thermos. I need something to stay cool while we hike or longer trips!

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  4. I love those cards...i cannot tell you how annoying the "it happens for a reason..."

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  5. I love those cards too. They're perfect. The lemons one is right on point.

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  6. So, the thermos is a long conversation for me. We got one and LOVED it. Bought two more. Loved them for about a year. Now if you take the straw piece all the way out to clean it and don't sit it in there just exactly right it'll leak. I carry it in my purse in a wet bag, just in case and it's all of the ones we have that do it. Also, they leak all the time if they tip over b/c there's an air flow hole thing in the straw. Reed always puts his cup flat so it's no biggie, but if your dog will knock it over it might not be a good option for you. Overall I do like them though and love how cold they keep the water. It's definitely our go to cup for the pool/park.

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  7. i have the thermos straw cups for both girls -- well mainly just Ellie now. Clara uses tupperware cups w the lid or just a regular cup for milk. Hands down my fave cup. If its upside down it will leak. But Ellie loved clicking it closed and i like that it keeps the milk okay for a few hours if it doesn't get put back in the fridge right away. I havent used camelbak but have friends that do and haven't had complaints. but for me -- thermos get the vote.

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  8. Ha that's funny. I think I origingally came across it on FB from a friend who lost a husband to cancer. It can be such a hard thing to bring up as a friend who wants to be supportive, but doesn't know what to say. I think these cards are perfect

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  9. Good to know, thanks for the tips!! Our Tommee Tippee sippies are like that, they are great, but if the pieces arent perfect, they'll leak.

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  10. I know you love them :) I just want it mostly for school or when out. I really want her using cups/glasses at home since she can. I think I'll order it.

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  11. I love those cards so much, saw them on FB but never actually clicked the article. Also love the Mom v. Dad image at the bottom. So sorry to hear about your college friend. Cancer affects so many, have been thinking a lot about my friend who is a survivor lately.

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