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I have four unrelated golden nuggets to share today.
First, I was treated to a bra fitting by Molly, the bra buyer for Title Nine stores, who made me fall in love with her and the bra she put me in by talking about how important it is for women to have access to the right sports bra, no matter their size. Not only did Molly direct me to the perfect bra in my hard-to-find size, but she sent me an email the next day with a list of bras to check out. (All from Title Nine, of course.)
If you have a Title Nine in your area, keep your eyes peeled (or go to this page) for one of their Fit Fest events, where they will have bra evangelists on hand to help you out.
Related: Nursing bras for running
Note: This next tip is not actually for parents with boobs, as dudes are equally invested in car seat selection. I was tipped off to this super-affordable carseat from Cosco (not COSTCO!) that is a) made in the USA b) less than $50 c) comes in a lot of prints d) is easy to clean and e) FITS THREE ACROSS in most vehicles.
If you can accept the idea that an affordable piece of baby gear is just as good as the overpriced, have a look at the Cosco Scenera NEXT. (More expensive on Amazon, but here’s that link, too.)
Quick – Father’s Day book alert: Our real-life friend Mike Adamick has released his third book in the Dad’s Book of Awesome series, Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes. Look for his books at any retailer that sells books. My daughter loves paging through the Projects book.
Crafts in a Box -Â I received a subscription to Darby Smart as a gift from my husband. A new project arrived in a box every month – a craft project for grown ups. It’s kind of like Kiwi Crate, which is for kids, in that everything you need to create the project is included. No hunting for needle-nose pliers or a silver Sharpie if that’s what’s required for the project. It comes in the box.
So that’s cool, but I wasn’t always interested in the project in my subscription box. Like I have ZERO interest in making a set of coasters, so that one sat around for months.
I did enjoy making a little neon sign that said “EAT” and sat in my dining room. And I attempted to use the metal stamping kit to make a birthday gift for Heather, but failed at coming up with a presentable product at the end. Sad face.
I would like to receive the kit to make this because I have a new obsession with air plants.
Then I discovered Takeandmake.co, who sells craft kits for adults in a marketplace where you can choose your own project a la carte. They sent me a kit for that owl pillow and I made it. Darn cute, too. There’s a diversity of projects, and for the uber crafty, you can create your own kit to sell on their site – they source the materials for you.
THEN I checked DarbySmart.com again and saw that they have added an online store where you can buy everything you need for any of the projects as kits — without a subscription. Excellent. Plus, if you know you already have that silver Sharpie, just delete it from the shopping list and save the money. They’ve won me over. If you have been jealous of your kiddos’ Kiwi Crates, check out both sites.
If you’re not crafty at all, check out Kiwi Crate, because they send everything to your kid in case it never occurs to you to use markers.